This is a short summary page for characters from the ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' manga series and its anime adaptation ''Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood''. '''Note''': For the page about the characters from the first anime, see Characters.FullmetalAlchemistAnime.

This page deals with the Main Characters of the series.

'''Warning: Spoilers are below.'''

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[[folder:Edward "Ed" Elric]]
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->Voiced by: Creator/RomiPark (JP), Creator/VicMignogna (EN), José Manuel Vieira (Latin America)

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'''Affiliation:''' Amestris Military / Greed's Gang\\
'''Rank''': Major\\
'''Speciality:''' Martial-Arts/Weapon Alchemy/Alchemy Without an Array]

The protagonist of the series. Seeks the secret of the Philosopher's Stone so he can undo the mistakes of his past of trying to bring back his mother to life. The truth behind the Philosopher's Stone, and the connection to the secrets behind the country he lives in drives the story.
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* AccidentalPervert: He almost sees Winry naked when she starts undressing, without realizing Ed is in the room with her.
* AdorablyPrecociousChild: Young Ed. He more or less kept it when he grew up, only now it makes him seem high-strung and unpleasant.
* {{Adorkable}}: Especially when dealing with anything related to Winry and romance and his adorable overreactions over his height and anger at being called "little" brother.
* AlliterativeName: '''E'''dward '''E'''lric.
* AlwaysSecondBest: Ed's brother Al always wins their sparring matches. Makes sense 'cause Al is, ya know, a ''living suit of armor''. It’s indicated, during their reminiscing of past spats at the hospital, that Al was winning quarrels between the two even before he was a suit of armor or was under Izumi’s tutelage.
* AmbiguouslyHuman: While he was born to a human mother, [[spoiler: his father is a walking, talking, immortal Philosopher's Stone]].
* AnArmAndALeg: Lost his left leg attempting human transmutation, sacrificed his right arm to retrieve Al's soul. [[spoiler:He eventually gets the arm back but the leg stays gone.]]
* ArtificialLimbs: His automail, replacing the arm and leg he lost during his attempt at human transmutation.
* AuthorAppeal: Hiromu Arakawa likes muscular men, which should come as no surprise seeing how extremely ripped Ed is for a too-short-for-his-age teen. And his remarkable tendency to [[ShirtlessScene rip off his clothing to show off his bare torso.]] Lugging around all of that auto-mail which probably helps with his physique, along with all of the fighting he does.
* AwesomeByAnalysis: Edward picks up several Alchemy Techniques simply by observing others and adopting their styles.
* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler:At the end of the story, we see a picture of Ed and Winry with their children.]]
* BadassBoast: Extremely satisfying example in [[spoiler:the last battle against the Father.]]
-->'''Edward''': GET UP, YOU NOVICE! [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown I'M ABOUT TO SHOW YOU HOW OUTCLASSED YOU REALLY ARE!]] THIS FIGHT YOU LOSE!
* BadassBookworm: You can't exactly practice alchemy without hitting the books. And, State Alchemists are supposed to hit lots of other things, too.
* BadassLongcoat: If (well, more like when) it gets shredded, fixing it is high on Ed's priority list.
* BadassTransplant: An arm and a leg are made out of auto-mail.
* BashBrothers: With his actual brother Al, as well as Ling, later on.
* BelligerentSexualTension: With Winry. [[spoiler:Eventually, TheyDo.]]
* BerserkButton:
** [[TheNapoleon "WHO ARE YOU CALLING A]] [[TwistingTheWords TINY LITTLE BEAN SPROUT THE SIZE OF A GRAIN OF RICE!?!"]]
** "If you think I'll let you hurt A HAIR ON HER HEAD...!"
** "I HATE MILK!"
** "[[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend WHAT GIRLFRIEND!?]]"
** Okay, yeah, [[HairTriggerTemper He's got a lot of them]]. But there are, in his words, "some lines you really shouldn't cross". For example, disregarding the value of human life and he ''will'' make you feel pain.
* BigBrotherBully: He used to pick on Al when they were little, but after a little talk with Hohenheim he started to be a nicer brother.
* BigBrotherInstinct: His mission in life is to get his little brother's body back.
* BigEater: Not really given much focus, but Ed eats a lot. Later on, he theorizes that this is because he's actually connected to Al's missing body and keeping it alive by providing extra nutrients.
* {{Bishonen}}: Especially more so in May Chang's fantasies of him.
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: His iconic armblade frequently gets transformed into a blade by his alchemy.
* BladeOnAStick: Frequently makes an elaborate spear out of his alchemy for combat. [[TheWorfBarrage Said creations usually get very little use]].
* BraidsOfAction: He usually ties his hair in a braid and is quite the badass.
* BrattyHalfPint: But don't let him catch you saying it.
* BroughtDownToNormal: [[spoiler:Willingly sacrifices his ability to use alchemy to get back Alphonse.]]
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Ed is a brilliant alchemist with a hair-trigger temper who flies into a rage when people call him short.
* ButtMonkey: Hero. Protagonist. Amusing (and not-so-amusing) injury magnet.
* ByronicHero: Edward has the less destructive traits of this. As cheery as he may seem, he is rigidly stubborn and spends a good amount of time brooding over the terrible things that have happened to him. His Byronic aspects are more emphasized in the 2003 anime.
* CallingTheOldManOut: The first time he sees his father in the main narrative, he punches the guy in the face, and with his metal arm too. This is because he stayed away from home while Trisha wasted away and died waiting for him.
* CannotSpitItOut:
** He'd rather recite the periodic table of elements at top speed or spit ''other'' things (like his drink all over poor Black Hayate) out than admit his feelings for Winry.
** Before that there was his fear that Alphonse secretly blamed and hated him for getting Al de-bodied. He never could bring himself to ask Al about it and it almost came back to bite him (for more on that see PoorCommunicationKills under Al's section).
* CastFromLifespan: To keep from bleeding to death, Ed uses his own soul as a Philosopher's stone and shortens his lifespan by a few years to close a wound.
* CelibateHero: A mild case of "Love is a distraction". He has to [[RedemptionQuest get Al's body back]] before even thinking about Winry and... ''[=HydrogenHeliumLithiumBeryllium...=]''
* CharacterDevelopment: Edward begins the series dependent on alchemy and doing everything himself. By the end of the series he has learned to depend more on his friends and share his burdens.
* ChekhovsGunman: One of the necessary "sacrifices" required for [[spoiler:Father to absorb God.]]
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: With Winry.
* ChildMage: Started alchemy at a very young age.
* ChildProdigy: Gets admitted into the military as a State Alchemist at the age of 12. At the age of 10 he managed to perform a perfect human transmutation, bonding Al's soul into a suit of armor after reading it in a book. He also, over the course of the series, increases his skillset through PowerCopying by simply watching others perform alchemy and duplicating their technique.
* ChildSoldier: Received a State Alchemist's certification at the age of 12. Which technically gives him the rank of ''Major''.
* TheCoatsAreOff: He doesn't take off his jacket, he ''rips it off''.
* CodeName: [[TitleDrop Fullmetal Alchemist.]]
* CombatBreakdown: [[spoiler:One-sided on Edward's end. He goes from using all his alchemy on Father to simply beating him down with his fists.]]
* CombatPragmatist: In his own words, "There's no such thing as dirty in a fight."
* CosmicPlaything: Is he ever. Though this does lead to a rather satisfying CallBack by Ed at the end of the series, "There's no such thing as a painless lesson."
* CursedWithAwesome: His artificial limbs have saved his life a ''lot''. And we can't forget anchoring his brother's soul let him transmute with just clapping his hands.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: His golden hair and eyes are inherited from his father.
* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: PlayedForLaughs, as this happens whenever somebody [[BerserkButton calls him short.]]
* TheCynic: Ed's idealism got well and truly sliced to ribbons upon his mother's death and what came after it. Even though he tries his level best not to let it hold him back. Later experiences just jumped on the remains and called it a day.
* CynicismCatalyst: The whole [[{{Necromantic}} human transmutation]] experience and Nina made him far more cynical and bitter, though he still strives to be heroic.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Shared with Al -- Their father seemingly abandoned them, mother died of an illness when they were young, and they tried to revive her via human transmutation...the results were ''not'' pretty; Ed lost his arm and leg, and Al lost his entire body.
* DeadpanSnarker: Especially with Mustang.
* DestructiveSavior
* {{Determinator}}: He was a Determinator when he was ''ten'', and he hasn't changed since. His sheer stubbornness and determination are what gave him the epithet of the [[TitleDrop Fullmetal Alchemist]], along with the automail.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Twice. First against Pride, then against Father. The second one counts as punching out ''two deities at once.''
* DisabledLoveInterest: For Winry. [[spoiler:They eventually marry.]]
* DoesNotLikeGuns: Strangely enough; they make killing without consequence too easy for his liking.
* DoesNotLikeSpam: He absolutely loathes drinking milk.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler:He gets his arm back, Al gets his body back, and he starts a family with his VictoriousChildhoodFriend,]] but WOW did he go through hell and back to get it. Which makes the happy ending all the more spectacular.
* ExactEavesdropping: He learns that [[spoiler: what he created was not his mother]] by eavesdropping a conversation between Hohenheim and Pinako.
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: Not a good thing with his... [[TheNapoleon vertical deficiency complex]]. [[BerserkButton Seriously]].
* ExperiencedProtagonist: Ed, along with Al, is already an experienced alchemist who has been working for the Amestris military for three years when the story begins. The anime provides several episodes worth of flashback.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange:
** He's seen with his trademark braid after he recovers from his automail.
** Later in the story, he switches it to a high ponytail while he's in hiding to recuperate from an injury. He does this because the military's hunting him, and their description of him mentions that he wears his hair in a braid.
** The ponytail also further parallels his likeness to his father, who looked just like him when he was younger. When Hohenheim mentions this, Ed changes his hair back.
** The last chapter shows an image of him with the ponytail again. It's possible Hohenheim's death had something to do with it.
%%* ExpressiveHair: Not just when in SuperDeformed mode, either.
* ExtraOreDinary: His and Al's alchemy specialty.
* FragileSpeedster: He's very fast and quite strong for [[TheNapoleon his size]], but can't take that much punishment. [[{{Determinator}} He keeps fighting anyway]]. Later becomes a LightningBruiser.
* FreakyIsCool: He appears to have a taste for gothic and macabre fixtures and will usually transmute decorations filled with monstrous or demonic imagery and unnecessarily gaudy details.
* GenerationXerox: As flashback episodes ultimately show, he looks exactly like his father as a teenager, who was also an alchemical prodigy traumatized by human transmutation.
* GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger: He does this many times over the course of the series. The most memorable has to be when [[spoiler: he did this while trying (and failing) to propose to Winry.]]
* GraspTheSun: Does this in two opening credits.
* GuiltComplex: Type 3.
* HairTriggerTemper: You could say he has a very... ''[[IncrediblyLamePun short]]'' temper. Considering his height insecurity, he might be trying to make up for.
* HandicappedBadass: ''Technically'', but his automail usually more than compensates. [[spoiler: At the end of the story he is still handicapped, but has both arms.]]
* HeightAngst: He is so insecure about his short height that it is by far his most well-known BerserkButton, often to the point that he'll assume any "insults" regarding it aimed in his direction are far worse than they really are.
* HeIsAllGrownUp: Winry notes to herself that Ed's back/shoulders are broader now, and Ed is becoming a man and is no longer a child.
* HeroicBastard: Despite living with his mom for years, his dad never actually married her.
* HeroicBSOD: His major BSOD happens in his backstory after his and Al's attempt at Human Transmutation goes horribly wrong, luckily Mustang showed up and offered him a chance to become a State Alchemist. [[spoiler: He also goes into one after Nina's death. So much so that he almost lets Scar kill him during their first encounter.]]
* HonorBeforeReason: Edward follows a ThouShaltNotKill principal to a T. This puts him at a major disadvantage during his fight with Kimblee.
* HumbleHero: Despite his occasional InsufferableGenius antics, Edward rarely puts that much stock into [[MildlyMilitary his military rank]] or even just how [[TeenGenius talented at alchemy he is.]]
* HurtingHero: Ed is constantly burdened with guilt over pressuring Alphonse to help him with his efforts to bring their mother back through human transmutation, and causing the subsequent loss of Al's entire body (and the loss of his own arm and leg). He also feels anger at his father's abandonment and holds him responsible for his mother's death.
* IdiotHair: He might not be an idiot, but Ed has a small "antenna" of hair which he intentionally sticks up, probably to make himself appear taller.
* IGotBigger: Goes from roughly 4' 10" when shown in the very beginning to about 5' 4" in the final battle a year later. Then once again to around 5' 9" in the epilogue, which is several years after that. A rare case in fiction of a teenager growing slowly in real time, slow enough in fact that you don't notice until you compare the differences over the course of thirty or so chapters. Amusingly enough, he only starts to grow once he stops complaining about how short he is.
* ILetGwenStacyDie: This occurs '''twice''' over the course of the series to poor Edward: [[spoiler:Nina's death, and then Hughes' death.]]
* InSeriesNickname: Almost always referred to as "Ed" instead of "Edward".
* InsufferableGenius: Part of Edward's CharacterArc. At the beginning of the story, he was convinced that he can solve all of his problems through Alchemy. Edward's growth was his learning to accept that he could rely on others around him.
* IronButtMonkey: With everything he goes through, does he really need Winry along with half his friends comically abusing him?
* ItsAllMyFault: Ed completely blames himself for the loss of Alphonse's body to the point of fearing that Al hates him.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He's rude, stubborn and short-tempered, but a really good guy deep down.
-->'''Alphonse''': Don't take it personally, he's like that with everybody and he's actually nice deep inside.
* KnightInSourArmour: He is ill-tempered and cynical about the world, but still fighting to do the right thing.
* LargeHam: When annoyed. Minus the "large" part. Also, in a [[BatmanGambit gambit to lure out Scar to kill him, and by extension the Homunculi to protect him]], Edward puts on a rather theatrical display of his Alchemy.
* LastOfHisKind: By descent, he and Al are [[spoiler:the last two ethnic Xerxians.]]
* LaughingMad: Does this briefly when he realizes trying to bring his mother back was a SenselessSacrifice after digging up the remains of what he and Al created during the failed human transmutation.
* LifeOrLimbDecision: How he saved Al's soul from crossing over, trading his arm to be able to keep his brother's soul in a suit of armor.
* LightningBruiser: Once he was outfitted with cold-weather automail, he truly became a force to be reckoned with.
* LikeFatherLikeSon: He can't stand his dad for abandoning his family and yet he abandons what constitutes ''his family'' in the way he shuts Winry and Pinako out of his life.
* LittleBigBrother: Al had been taller than Ed since childhood, but when he loses his body and is bound into a seven-foot-suit of armor, he towers over Ed, who is a hair under five feet (and very defensive when this is pointed out).
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: Normally tied in a braid.
* MagicKnight: A very skilled alchemist whose mentor put him in TrainingFromHell to make him good at fighting as well.
* MajorlyAwesome: State Alchemists have a rank ''equivalent'' to Major, so it somewhat counts.
* MeaningfulEcho: Of a sorts. The positions in the family photo of Hohenheim, Trisha, Ed, and Al are roughly repeated in the finale photo with Ed, Winry, and their two children. Well, except for Daddy Ed looking far more ecstatic than Hohenheim did.
* MenDontCry: Excluding his backstory, Edward only ever cries once in the entire series, and those were BerserkerTears over Hohenheim trying to convince Ed to sacrifice him to bring Al back to life.
* MildlyMilitary: Though having the rank equivalent of a Major as a State Alchemist and apparently being paid handsomely for that position, Ed doesn't do much that would indicate he's part of Amestris' military complex and chain of command aside from grudgingly listening to Mustang. It can be assumed his superiors are fine with him doing this since he keeps proving his potential value as a combatant in yearly examinations to keep his State Alchemist license yet they lack sufficiently pressing engagements for him utilized for them. It might ''also'' be on account of how it's later shown the antagonists want him kept alive as a sacrifice.
* MommasBoy: He adored his mother when she was alive. Her death drove him to try to revive her, which triggered the most of the plot.
* MouthyKid: "Cranky" seems to be his default mood.
* MrFanservice: Spends large amounts of time without a shirt on, usually because he keeps ripping it off. And don't forget his shower scene. Not bad for a [[TheNapoleon vertically-challenged]] double-amputee.
* MyGreatestFailure: Two equally gut wrenching things hang on his shoulders during the course of the anime: Costing Al his humanity by failing the human transmutation and [[spoiler:not being able to save little Nina from her father.]]
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: He's named after a real-life medieval alchemist.
* TheNapoleon: See BerserkButton... However, after he gets Al's body back, he eventually gets a growth spurt down the line! Even a little before the Promised Day, there was already an instance of him being noticeably taller than Winry. [[spoiler: Yet Al is still taller than him in the BabiesEverAfter photo, despite his body spending several years in an emaciated state. Ed just can't win...]]
* NayTheist: Not only does he know for fact that God[=/=]Truth[=/=]Whatever-He-Calls-Himself exists, his leg was stolen by it. That's the reason why his opinion of the guy is so low. Alternatively, Ed is not convinced that the Truth is God. Either way, it fits.
* NobleMaleRoguishMale: The Roguish Male to Mustang's Noble Male.
* NoIndoorVoice: Honestly, it's surprising that he hasn't given himself an anger-induced heart attack from all the yelling he does.
* NomDeMom: He and Al are registered under their mother's last name.
* NonIdleRich: He makes quite a lot of money being a State Alchemist. He's also quite generous with it too.
* NoOneElseIsThatDumb: A variation - when he and Ling end up in Gluttony's stomach, the latter [[BerserkButton asks him if he is the little runt]] to make sure he's not Envy in disguise. Ed reacts promptly.
-->'''Ed:''' ''[royally pissed]'' '''''WHO YOU CALLIN' A LITTLE RUNT, YOU JEEEEERK?!?!'''''
* ObliviousToLove: In a bizarre twist on this trope, Ed's obviously in love with Winry, but he can't seem to see that Winry returns his affections.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Whenever you see someone pressing Ed's BerserkButton (specifically [[TheNapoleon calling his height to attention]]) yet Ed didn't blow his top and instead cowering in fear, that someone ''instantly'' gets TheDreaded status.
* OrphansOrdeal: The main catalyst for Al's and his whole arch.
* PowerCopying: The true genius of Ed's combat Alchemy lies in his aptitude for incorporating the Alchemy styles of others into his own after merely having once seen them in action, which makes him very adaptable to various situations. He has adapted Scar's destruction Alchemy, Alex Louis Armstrong's gauntlets and stone spikes as well as Greed's carbon armor hardening into his combat repertoire. [[spoiler:He reversed Pride's attempt to possess him. He has also shown that he's capable of copying the Humonculus' technique to turn his soul into a Philosopher's Stone. As Pride ''painfully'' found out.]]
* TheProtagonist: He's the "Fullmetal Alchemist" from the title.
* RankUp: Upon passing the State Alchemist exam. He is still called ''Mister'' Elric instead of ''Major'' Elric, however, because according to Maria Ross, State Alchemists possess a rank ''equivalent'' to a major. Most characters in the military call him by [[FirstNameBasis his first name]] or "Fullmetal".
* RatedMForManly: The reason his duster is red? He thinks the colour is badass.
* RedemptionQuest: ''"I'm sorry, Al. This is all my fault. So I promise that no matter what, I'll get you your body back."''
* RedBaron: The Fullmetal Alchemist. Interesting enough, Edward actually does have a [[ChildProdigy reputation that precedes him]], to the point where May Chang even traveled all the way from Xing to learn from him. Due to [[MildlyMilitary Edward's typical attitude]] [[note]]Edward only treats his rank and title as a means to an end to research more into the Philosopher's Stone.[[/note]], most people that know him well, save for Mustang, don't actually address him by the title.
* RedIsHeroic: His red duster, although he denies being a hero. More or less an InvokedTrope aside from that as he wears the red duster because he thinks the colour is badass.
* RedOniBlueOni: The red to Alphonse's blue.
* RetiredBadass: [[spoiler: In the DistantFinale and even then Al mentions that Ed and him are working on new forms of alchemy.]]
* RudeHeroNiceSidekick: Ed is bad-tempered, rash and ill-mannered, while his sidekick and younger brother Alphonse is kind, patient and polite.
* ScarsAreForever: Decides against regaining his leg as a reminder of his journey and the consequences of his actions. [[spoiler:Even after he gets his right arm back, he retains the brutal-looking scars from his automail surgery, as well as a couple of metal bits sticking out of his skin and presumably more inside him.]]
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: The blunt, insensitive Manly Man to Alphonse's thoughtful, quiet Sensitive Guy.
* SharedFamilyQuirks: When Hohenheim was young, he seemed have being called stupid as his BerserkButton just as Ed's is being called short.
* SharedUnusualTrait: The gold eyes and gold hair he got from his father are an important plot point, as they mark him as ethnically member of the lost Xerxes civilization.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: He says this a lot about Winry. Nobody buys it. [[spoiler:And since they later end up married and have children together, it's no wonder they don't buy it.]]
-->"She's my mechanic! Nothing more!"
* ShipperOnDeck:
** Has been playing matchmaker to Ling and Lan Fan as well as Roy and Riza. You know it's sad when ''[[CannotSpitItOut Ed]]'' [[EveryoneCanSeeIt can see it]].
** He did this to Al and May (although it might have been unintentional) in chapter 104.
* ShirtlessScene: He loses his shirt so much that it's a wonder he [[WalkingShirtlessScene bothers to wear one at all]].
* SiblingYinYang: With Al; while he is short, short tempered and passionate, Al is taller (because of the armor), more patient, and more methodical.
* SingleTargetSexuality: Apparently decided he wanted to marry Winry at a young age, goes through a long period of CannotSpitItOut during which he never shows the slightest interest in another girl, [[spoiler: and eventually marries Winry.]]
* {{Sleepyhead}}: Ed tends to fall asleep a lot during the day. Like BigEater above, he theorizes that this is because [[spoiler:he's actually connected to Al's missing body and keeping it alive by providing rest.]]
* SpitTake: Delivers a spectacular one when Hawkeye asks him if he loves Winry.
* StockShonenHero: A more complex version of this trope. Ed is a rash and impulsive, but kind-hearted KidHero who would do anything for those he cares about and will never give up no matter what. He starts the series as TheAtoner due to past events in which his overconfidence and recklessness led to truly horrific results. His essential personality still almost completely matches the description, except for the IdiotHero part.
* StressVomit: Occurs when digging up the monstrous being that wasn't really his mother.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Flashbacks [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld to about 400 years ago]] reveal that when Hohenheim was younger, he looked almost exactly like Ed does now. According to a series of sketches of Ed aging done by Arakawa, he will look even more like his father by the time he gets to 40 or so.
* SuddenlyAlwaysKnewThat: Averted. The ability to [[spoiler:turn himself into a philosopher's stone]] was foreshadowed after his battle against Kimblee.
* SweetAndSourGrapes: He starts becoming noticeably taller after he finally starts mellowing out about being short.
* SympathyForTheDevil: [[spoiler:After Envy's defeat, Ed realizes that Envy that is actually envious of humanity's ability to form friendships and support each other. Just the knowledge that Ed pities it is part of the reason why Envy [[DrivenToSuicide commits suicide shortly after.]]]]
* TechnicalPacifist: In contrast to [[ItGetsEasier his portrayal in the 2003 anime]], Edward refuses to take a life, human and homunculus alike. [[spoiler:Ed makes a sole exception for Father, fighting to kill in the climax of the story. And even then, Ed ''still'' didn't actually kill him; Father was HoistByHisOwnPetard. Though considering Father gets sucked into the Gate by the Truth, [[FateWorseThanDeath Father probably wishes Ed had killed him]].]]
* TerribleArtist: His attempt at drawing Shao May sucks (though it's probably his visualization based on his negative experience with Shao). Al even says it looks like an alien.
* TestosteronePoisoning: Most of what he makes through alchemy could look good in a Death Metal concert. It's justified because he's a kid.
* ThouShaltNotKill: Absolutely refuses to kill people.
* TokenHuman: The only known full-on human character in the history of Greed's gang.
* TookALevelInBadass: As if he already wasn't badass enough, Ed getting his right arm back leads to Father getting a complete NoHoldsBarredBeatdown.
* TookALevelInKindness: In a big way. While Ed was never outwardly greedy or cruel, he is rather selfish and myopic at the beginning, and his more Jerkass moments are him fixedly ignoring or outright dismissing other peoples problems wile Al runs interference; as we learn through his development it's less because he's unable to empathize, and more because he's [[ItsAllMyFault so utterly horrified by what he's done]] that he believes that ''he'' has to fix his mistake, ''he'' has to deal with his own problem. But being forced by his own quest to acknowledge the suffering of others, as well as the other character's gentle (and [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan not so gentle]]) reminders that he's not alone in this fight, that he has other people who care about him and will help him, make him gradually a kinder and more open person- so much so that the same guy who coldly told Rosa to deal with her own problems in the first episode has to be ''talked down'' from offering help to others. Perhaps that's the reason he grew taller.
* TragicKeepsake: Edward's pocketwatch is engraved with 'Never Forget' and the date he and Al burned their house down to prevent themselves from returning home.
* TroubledButCute: Traumatized by his father's disappearance, his mother's death, his failed attempt at resurrection of said mother taking his leg and brother's body, and trading his arm to anchor his brother's soul in a suit of armor. And you've read his MrFanservice entry already, right?
* {{Tsundere}}: A male Type A; cannot spit his feelings out in standard ways.
* TsurimeEyes: To emphasize both cynicism and determination in this case.
* UnstoppableRage: He goes completely berserk against Father after [[spoiler:Al's HeroicSacrifice. It's the one time he's clearly showing killing intent]].
* VisualDevelopment: Becomes taller and more muscular as the series progresses. However, it's not until he [[CharacterDevelopment stops complaining about his height]] that it's noticeable.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Mustang, Ling, and Scar, after the latter's HeelFaceTurn. Let's just say anyone Ed befriends are likely to develop this type of relationship with him. Even Julia Crichton from TheMovie forms this with Ed.
* WackyMarriageProposal: [[spoiler:To Winry. "Equivalent Exchange! I'll give half of my life to you, if you give half of yours to me!"]]
* WalkingTheEarth: At the end, [[spoiler:he goes west for more research and create a replacement rule for alchemy.]]
* WiseBeyondHisYears: While not as often as Alphonse, Ed does have tendency to display a high level of wisdom for someone his age.
* TheWorfBarrage: He has on several occasions conjured an elaborate-looking spear from the ground. Until the fight with the Cyclops Army it would always be cut apart in moments. He's a much better fighter barehanded or with a blade transmuted from his automail's casing.
* WouldHitAGirl: He claims that "I'm not sexist!" when it comes to battles. And since the homunculi are just as dangerous - male, female, or otherwise - it's a good thing he is.
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: To Scar regarding a relatively minor matter, "Hearing you agree with me makes me mad for some reason..."
* YoureNotMyFather: Typically refers to his father as "Hohenheim," until the last chapter, [[spoiler:when he tells Hohenheim "Shut up, you rotten father!" in response to his offering to sacrifice himself to bring Al back.]]
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[[folder:Alphonse "Al" Elric]]
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->Voiced by: Creator/RieKugimiya (JP), Creator/MaxeyWhitehead (EN), Jhonny Torres (Latin America)

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'''Rank''': None\\
'''Speciality:''' Martial-Arts/Balanced Alchemy/Trap Alchemy/Alchemy without an Array]

Edward's little brother. He lost his body during an experiment that went horribly wrong and survives in the form of a suit of armour, his soul joined to it through the use of a blood seal.
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* AchillesHeel: His blood seal is his one real weakness; if that gets damaged, he's in real trouble.
* AllLovingHero: He always looks on the bright side of life. He has also converted two chimera soldiers to his cause just by showing them that they are still human.
* AmbiguouslyHuman: While he was born to a human mother, [[spoiler: his father is a walking, talking, immortal Philosopher's Stone]].
* AnimatedArmor: His soul is bonded to the armor by a circle made from his brother's blood.
* BadassAdorable: A sweet boy with a soft spot for kittens who is a living armor alchemist.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted; due to the constant fighting, his armor gets thinned out to extend it (to fix his arm) and his "hair" gets torn.
* BerserkButton: Not even close to as bad as Ed, but it still upsets him when people talk about how awesome it would be to have armor as a body, since [[BlessedWithSuck he clearly isn't]] [[SenseLossSadness very happy about it]]. His typical reaction is telling them "BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor".
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Yes, he's a sweet-natured young boy. He's also a living suit of armor with greater than average strength, and is perfectly willing to use it if necessary. He never lost his temper, but has come close...
* BigLittleBrother: He may be the youngest of the two protagonists, but his armor body makes him taller and more impressive than his older brother. Despite getting a growth spurt, Ed is still shorter than him, even after Al gets his body back.
* {{Bishonen}}: He becomes a '''[[MrFanservice big]]-[[EvenTheGuysWantHim time]]''' Bishonen after he gets his body back and heals up.
* BlessedWithSuck: Several characters, namely Ling and Greed, think it's a case of CursedWithAwesome. Alphonse though, doesn't agree because it means he can't eat, can't sleep or even feel the air around him.
* BulletProofVest: It's impressive how a 20th century suit of armor can ''bounce'' bullets off it without so much as a scratch.
* ChekhovsGunman: Like Ed, he was one of the necessary "sacrifices" required for [[spoiler:Father to absorb God.]]
* ChildMage: The mind of a young boy with incredible alchemy powers.
* ChildProdigy: Might be even better than his brother at alchemy.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: After blaming himself for the deaths of [[spoiler:Nina, Hughes and Martel]], he seems unable to let anyone die, even if they're possible enemies. For this reason, he adamantly refuses to leave a [[HeroicBSOD heartbroken]] Lt. Hawkeye behind to die at Lust's hands and shields her with his own body.
* CornerOfWoe: In contrast to his brother, making fun of Al's size or armor results in this.
* CursedWithAwesome: Like Ed, he really hates how his "body" is a suit of armor, but it's saved his life and the lives of others many times over.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: In his human body, he has golden hair and eyes.
* CutenessProximity: He's a KindheartedCatLover, and wanted to keep Shao May when he found her alone.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Shared with Ed -- Their father seemingly abandoned them, mother died of an illness when they were young, and they tried to revive her via human transmutation. The results were ''not'' pretty; Ed lost his arm and leg, and Al lost his entire body.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: The second main character after Edward (the main protagonist).
* ExperiencedProtagonist: Al, along with Ed, is already an experienced alchemist who has been working for the Amestris military for three years when the story begins. The anime provides several episodes worth of flashback.
* ExtraOreDinary: His and Ed's alchemy specialty.
* EyeLightsOut: Whenever Alphonse's soul is ''unconscious'', or being pulled over to the Gate, his eye-lights go out. This seems to be for the audience only, since none of the characters including Ed seem to be able to tell the difference.
* GeniusBruiser: His metal body grants him greater than average strength which he uses in combo with his impressive alchemy. Even when they were kids, Al would win most sparring bouts with Ed, who himself is quite a badass.
* GentleGiant: He looks intimidating, but he's much nicer than his brother.
* GlowingMechanicalEyes: It's not clear whether this is for the audience's benefit or not, but his eyes always appear to be glowing.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: One of the kindest people in all of Amestris.
* HeroicBastard: Like his brother.
* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler:He falls on it when King Bradley kills Martel and regains his memories of the gate.]]
* HeroicResolve:
-->'''Al:''' I won't leave you! I'm sick of watching people die, and I can't just sit back and take it anymore! I won't let anyone else get killed! Not when I can protect them!
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:During the FinalBattle, he refused to get his body back, since he can't properly use it for combat, despite the fact that he ''desperately wanted that proper flesh and blood body for years.'' He tries not to get too upset about it.]]
** [[spoiler:Seeing as his blood seal was cracked, Ed had lost his automail arm and was pinned against a rock and about to have his life force drained by the Father, ''he gives back his soul so that Ed could have his original arm back''. Thankfully he gets better when Ed comes back to save him.]]
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: With May.
* HurtingHero: Alphonse is wracked with guilt about his brother losing his arm [[PowerAtAPrice to save Al's life]].
* ILetGwenStacyDie: Feels responsible for the deaths of [[spoiler:Nina, Martel and Hughes.]]
* InSeriesNickname: Everyone refers to him as "Al".
* JapaneseSiblingTerminology: Al always calling Ed "nii-san". It is carried over into English translations as "brother" (sometimes more literally as "big brother").
* KindheartedCatLover: He hides them in his armor so Ed won't insist he abandon them.
* KnightInShiningArmor: Literally. May also thinks of him as this.
* LastOfHisKind: By descent, he and Ed are [[spoiler:the last two ethnic Xerxians.]]
* LossOfIdentity: He begins to fear his life is a lie after facing the possibility of being an artificial soul created by Ed.
* MadeOfIron: Averted. Even armor that can stop bullets cold still readily gets sliced up by super-powered beings later in the series, to demonstrate how lethal they are.
* MagicKnight: Suit of armor? Check. Magic ([[MagicByAnyOtherName well, alchemy]])? Check. Although at first, he's more of a KungFuWizard due to lacking the ability to use Clapping Alchemy.
* MaybeEverAfter: It's implied that he hooked up with May since she appears in the new Elric Family Photo in the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue.
* MommasBoy: Like Ed; their attempt to revive her was what started most of the plot.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: Like Ed, he's named after a real-life medieval alchemist.
* TheNeedless: He cannot eat or sleep and it brings him much sadness and frustration on his quest to get his body back, especially because he essentially spends his nights awake alone while his brother and everyone else close to him sleeps.
* NiceGuy: In contrast to his brother, Al is unflinching nice and sweet and does not enjoy seeing others in pain.
* NomDeMom: He and Ed are registered under their mother's last name.
* NothingButSkinAndBones: Inside the gate, his real body [[spoiler:is in pretty bad shape; poor hygiene, gaunt with emaciation, and too weak to even walk. Theorizing that his body may have been feeding off of his brother's nutrients, he probably would have died had Ed not been a natural SleepyHead and BigEater. Even still, he's happy to get it back at the end, though it probably took months (or even a year or two) to get healthy and back in shape.]]
* NotSoAboveItAll: He acts more mature than his brother, but he does tend to make mistakes too and often times can't help but be distracted by cute things like cats.
** A hilarious example was when he talked to May for the first time and she learned he was Ed's brother. Her tone indicated her new distaste for him (as a result of her delusion of him). Rather than take it calmly or even defend him, he becomes really annoyed before ranting in an Ed-like manner (albeit more subdued) about his qualities, saying he's taller, has neat hair, being the better fighter and being a gentleman. Quite out of character and hilarious (furthermore is that this speech was helped kickstart May's infatuation of him.)
%%* OrphansOrdeal
* PeekABangs: His hairstyle while trapped behind the Gate.
* PoorCommunicationKills: Barry the Chopper screwing with him about whether he is really alive or just a puppet made by his brother actually rents space in his head because of something that Ed tried to talk to him about once but couldn't. He flips out on Ed as a result and accuses him of creating him so he could control him. True to the trope, this gets solved within a minute of Winry confronting him about this, as she knows what's really going on—turns out Ed wants to know if Al hates him for dragging him into his plans to transmute Trisha back to life and thus causing Al to lose his human body, but he can't bring himself to actually ask about this. Sure enough, Al doesn't hate Ed, in fact he feels responsible as well for Ed's missing limbs as he could've refused or talked Ed out of the plan but instead helped him carry it out. Thus, once it's clear Al's memories truly are his own, the brothers make peace.
* PunnyName: The Japanese transliteration and pronunciation of "Al" is "Aru". This is also a homophone for the Japanese verb "to be" that is used when referring to inanimate objects (with humans and animals, the verb "iru" is used). Suddenly, Barry the Chopper screwing with him about whether he is really alive or just a puppet made by his brother makes a bit more sense.
* RedOniBlueOni: The blue to Edward's red.
* RudeHeroNiceSidekick: The much more patient and thoughtful sidekick of his short-tempered and rash older brother Ed.
* SenseLossSadness: He misses being able to do basic human things, but tries to remain optimistic by keeping a notepad of things he will do when he gets his body back (like trying Winry's pie).
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: The thoughtful, quiet Sensitive Guy to Edward's blunt, insensitive Manly Man.
* SharedUnusualTrait: The gold eyes and gold hair he and Ed got from his father.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: He denies that he has any feelings for May when Ed asks him about it in the final chapter/episode, but unlike most examples, says it as if he was correcting Ed about a math problem and doesn't get flustered at all. They ''still'' get together in the DistantFinale.
* ShipperOnDeck: For Edward and Winry. "Brother is so youthful!"
* ShrinkingViolet: To a certain extent. Made even more apparent in contrast to his [[BerserkButton easily angered]] brother.
* SiblingYinYang: With Ed.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Whereas Ed looks like Hohenheim, Al looks like a blonde, male version of Trisha.
* TaremeEyes: His human body has them.
* TeacherStudentRomance: May teaches him about alkahestry, making it a variant where the teacher is ''younger'' by a few years.
* TookALevelInBadass: To a point that he's just as badass as ''Ed''!
* TraumaticHaircut: PlayedForLaughs; He has the long hair from his helmet torn off after being tangled up to Buccaneer's [[ArtificialLimbs Automail]] during their first fight. Alphonse becomes distressed of that and comments how horrible his "hair" looks now.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Okay, he doesn't ''exactly'' go unnoticed, but you would think people would be more baffled to talk casually with a 7-foot-tall suit of armor which has the voice of a child to boot. No one ever seems to question why someone would need to wear the armor around all the time, even while (pretending) to eat.
* VocalDissonance: The voice of a child isn't what one would expect from a huge armor, even if it's just the soul.
** [[spoiler: It seems even more out of place, for some reason, coming from an older, giant-sized man after getting his body back.]]
* WalkingTheEarth: At the end he goes [[spoiler:east to Xing to learn under May. Which Ed [[ShipperOnDeck teases him for.]] He ends up returning (her following no less) back to his hometown though.]]
* WiseBeyondHisYears: Is far more level-headed than Edward despite being one year younger than him.
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[[folder:Roy Mustang]]
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->Voiced by: Creator/ShinichiroMiki (JP), Creator/TravisWillingham (EN), Rolman Bastidas (Latin America)

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'''Affiliation:''' Amestris Military\\
'''Rank''': Colonel\\
'''Specialty:''' Flame Alchemy/Military Tactics/Alchemy Without an Array]

A colonel in the military, stationed in East City at the start of the story. Known as the [[KillItWithFire Flame Alchemist]] he seeks to become the Fuhrer so he can fix the country, and spread his ideals to the people.
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* TheAce: Easily the best State Alchemist in terms of power, a brilliant strategist, and well known and loved by many women in addition to being a war hero and being the first character to kill a homunculus! By the end of the series, he has the highest homunculus body count.
* TheAtoner: His main motive for becoming Fuhrer is to ensure that nothing like Ishval ever happens again. According to Riza, his ultimate goal would most likely lead to him getting tried and quite possibly put in jail for what he did in Ishval - and he's just fine with that.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: By far the most badass member of his unit, as well as the resistance he organized.
* BackToBackBadasses: With Ed and Ling when Envy and Gluttony destroy their safehouse; briefly with Riza under the Fifth Laboratory.
* BadassBoast: To Lust: ''You said it takes more than that to kill you, right? Then I'll just keep killing you until you die!''
* BadassBookworm: In the same vein with Ed. Probably the most powerful of all the State Alchemists. [[spoiler:Incinerated Lust and curbstomped Envy with no effort, and he actually had to be injured twice and blinded in the final battle against Father [[StoryBreakerPower to preserve]] [[DramaPreservingHandicap the drama]].]]
* BadassFingersnap: He is a justified case; the friction he creates between his fingers when he snaps provides the ignition for his flame alchemy.
* BadassInANiceSuit: Less obviously than with Kimblee, but he always wears either a uniform with a dress shirt underneath or a suit. The only exception is when he's in the hospital.
* BadassLongcoat: White or (mainly) black, depending on the task.
* BattleCouple: With Riza.
* BeardOfSorrow: While grieving [[spoiler:Hughes']] death.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: [[spoiler:Some fans took issue with Mustang only losing his sight after meeting Truth, rather than his actual eyes, accusing Arakawa of simply not wanting him to be ugly during the climax. However, he was truly forced to perform human transmutation (specifically, Pride used energy from his own Philosopher's Stone while using the Gold-Toothed Doctor's knowledge to more-or-less ''force'' Roy through the Gate). Him just losing his sight did teach him something valuable, but he didn't commit the hubris of transmutation to warrant losing his eyes; in a side story, there was an alchemist who lost his eyes trying to bring his friends' daughter back, reinforcing this notion.]]
* BerserkButton:
** He doesn't take kindly to being reminded that he's useless when wet.
** Don't imply that you're attracted to Riza Hawkeye, or mess with her in any way, shape or form. In the manga, Barry the Chopper declares that he's in love with Riza (because she shot at him instead of screaming in terror). Then he makes the mistake of putting his hand on her waist, clearly against her wishes, in front of Roy.
-->'''Roy:''' ''[[CrazyJealousGuy *literally growling, eyes on fire*]]'' Stand aside, Lieutenant...there's going to be a ''fire'' tonight.
* BigDamnHeroes: Pulls one on Ed and his team, while the latter are engaging a horde of immortal mooks and are slowly but surely losing. Mustang pops in, asks if they're in need of help, and proceeds to set every single one of the mooks ablaze, clearing the whole room in under two seconds.
* BloodKnight: A unusual example. Roy freely admits after his battle with Lust that he actually enjoys fighting a homunculus because it makes him feel human again and that he enjoys that feeling.
* BrokenAce: Ishval did a number on him, and he never forgave himself for it.
* ByronicHero: Actually a subversion. Mustang is certainly saddled with a lot of {{angst}} and guilt from Ishval, and although he is set up to be an AntiHero when he stages Maria Ross' murder he remains one of the most idealistic characters in the entire series.
* TheChainsOfCommanding: They weigh him down. A lot.
* ChekhovsGunman: While not quite obvious from the get-go, Father's been eyeing him as a "sacrifice" required to absorb God for some time. ''Almost'' failed, too. But alas, [[TheChessmaster Father is Father]].
* TheChessmaster: An rare benevolent example. Sometimes successfully (the [[FakingTheDead Maria Ross incident]]), sometimes not so much ("''Scar feeding cats, King Bradley is a homunculus...''")
* ChessMotif: Refers to his five closest subordinates using the names of chess pieces; he himself is the king.
* CodeName: [[PlayingWithFire The Flame Alchemist]].
* ColonelBadass: He's even the page image for the trope. He BURNS HIS OWN WOUNDS SHUT and by the end of the series, he manages to personally take down [[spoiler:two of the seven Homunculi]], which is REALLY impressive in that universe. He also plays several of the defining bits of the trope incredibly straight - he's only thirty years old, rose through the ranks incredibly fast (partly due to being a State Alchemist, which automatically starts you off at the rank of Major), he's extremely high-minded and has tremendous ideals for the country, and he will throw himself into danger in a heartbeat rather than risk losing one of his comrades, particularly [[AFatherToHisMen his five dearest and most loyal subordinates]].
** In [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]], he even beats the [[spoiler:[[PuttingOnTheReich Führer]], another example of him taking down a Homunculus]].
* CombatPragmatist: [[spoiler:Envy found out very painfully that [[TalkingIsAFreeAction talking ISN'T a free action]], pretending to be allies doesn't work (although Envy should have picked someone who was alive), and Mustang goes for the [[EyeScream EYES]].]]
** Subversion: [[spoiler:the one thing he lets Envy get away with is TransformationIsAFreeAction. Doubly subverted when he boils its eyes immediately afterwards, remarking how stupid it was to make his target bigger for him.]]
** Another subversion: [[spoiler:Mustang declares that he's going to let him regenerate each time before he resumes the torching, instead of getting it over with as fast as possible. He does this explicitly to make it suffer over and over again for Hughes' death.]]
* CrazyJealousGuy: Implied once in the manga. When he first sees Barry the Chopper put his hands on Riza (who clearly doesn't like it), Roy responds by pulling on his ignition gloves and telling her to stand aside because "there's going to be a ''fire'' tonight." It's noteworthy that the font of his speech bubbles changes for this scene, and he's shown to be literally growling.
* CripplingOverspecialization: His Flame Alchemy. While he's a talented alchemist (Talented enough to become a state alchemist long before he got his flame alchemy), he is so focused on said flame alchemy he's rarely seen using any other type of alchemy - you can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times he does on the show - and he's treated by most of the characters as severely weakened or nigh useless if he's wet and therefore denied his flame alchemy - despite the fact that by all right all that should do is make him even to any other alchemist that doesn't possess flame alchemy.
** Zig-zagged during his preparation for faking Maria Ross's death, where he sends Breda on a shopping trip for "the ingredients for one charred corpse". Unlike the formula used by the Elrics, Roy intends on making his cadaver mostly out of pork meat and bones, which are roughly analogous to that of humans. Roy justifies his corner-cutting by explaining to Breda that his dummy doesn't need to be functional and will be burnt through and through when he's done with it.
* CurbStompBattle: Completely crushes Envy in what is unquestionably the single most one-sided battle against a homunculus in the entire series. It's so bad that Mustang's ''own allies'' have to jump in to stop him from crossing the MoralEventHorizon.
* CursedWithAwesome: By the end of the series, he [[spoiler:lost his eyesight as toll for the Gate.]] On the other hand, he gained the ability to perform circleless Alchemy, which also expands his repertoire beyond just Flame Alchemy.
-->"Hmm... This ''IS'' convenient."
* {{Determinator}}: Stabbing him through the abdomen won't stop him. Being forced to cauterize his own wounds won't stop him. Destroying his gloves won't stop him. Not even [[spoiler:''losing his eyesight'']] will stop him for long. He will fight, and he ''will'' win.
* DiscardAndDraw: [[spoiler:Loses his eyesight as a result of being forced through the Gate, which means he's not as in control of his Flame Alchemy and needs Riza's help to aim. However, like the Elric Brothers, he can now perform alchemy without the need of a circle, which comes in handy when erecting defensive barriers.]]
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: When Edward "ObliviousToLove" Elric picks up on how much two people care about each other, it's pretty obvious.
-->'''Ed:''' And don't go worrying the Lieutenant.
* EyeScream: [[spoiler:Inflicts this on Envy during his RoaringRampageOfRevenge, by flash-boiling the water in Envy's eyeballs. Twice.]]
* AFatherToHisMen: Part of the reason Team Mustang is recognized in the fandom as TrueCompanions.
* TheFettered: He refuses to back down even after his plan is temporarily foiled by Wrath, and his goal involves getting himself tried for the war crimes he committed in Ishval. He won't sacrifice a life if he can help it, [[ThouShaltNotKill including enemies' lives]], and refuses to do Human Transmutation even when Hawkeye gets her throat slit.
* FourStarBadass: At the very end of the manga.
* GenreSavvy: Tells Hughes not to talk about his loved ones in Ishval because [[spoiler:"those characters always get shot in the next battle."]] He's referring to novels.
** Also sharp enough to pick up on the fact that Hawkeye is trying to relay a secret message to him in the form using names and places in a (harmless sounding) conversation. It spells out [[spoiler:SELIM BRADLEY IS HOMUNCULUS.]]
* GetOutOfJailFreeCard: Subverted when it is revealed that he feels immensely guilty for [[MyGreatestFailure his actions in Ishval; being considered a war hero for committing mass murder sickens him and he actually]] ''[[TheAtoner wishes]]'' [[TheAtoner he was in jail for it.]]
* GoodEyesEvilEyes: If it wasn't apparent that Envy had just pressed Mustang's BerserkButton '''big time''', then his eyes narrowing to a slit makes it terrifyingly so. He's stopped right before he really goes off the deep end, though, then returns to normal.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: He has a scar on the back of his hand from when he had to cut a transmutation circle into it to kill Lust.
** Presumably he also gained one on his right side from the same battle, although it's never confirmed because we never see him with his shirt open again.
* GuileHero: As impressive as his flame alchemy is, his ability to outthink his opponents is even moreso. [[spoiler: Successfully managing to stage a coup in the name of an enemy you just staged an assassination attempt on is awfully impressive, especially when you plan it right under his nose when he knows that is exactly what you are trying to do.]]
* HandicappedBadass: [[spoiler: Loses his eyesight as a toll for going through the Gate (or rather, being forced through it, hence why he only lost his sight rather than his eyes). He gets his sight back thanks to a Philosopher's Stone in Marcoh's possession.]]
* HappilyAdopted: Implied. He was raised by his father's sister, and they are obviously very fond of one another.
* HealItWithFire: He's skilled enough to cauterize severe wounds with his alchemy, and puts it to good use saving himself and Havoc. Of course, he admits that he almost passed out from the pain of doing so.
* HeroicBSOD: He has a brief one in the ''Brotherhood'' anime when Bradley plays the LoveIsAWeakness card and announces that he's making Riza his own personal assistant, essentially holding her hostage for Roy's good behavior. The poor guy's face turns ''gray''.
* HeroKiller: Inverted. He's the only character whose mere presence is enough to constitute a deadly threat to the [[HeroKiller Homunculi]], thus making him a Hero Killer Killer.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: He becomes one after [[spoiler: the Maria Ross incident because he made everyone think he brutally burned her when he actually saved her.]]
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: He's aware of this possibility happening on his quest to reform the military, namely that he may become as bad as the current regime, so he makes Hawkeye promise to shoot him if he ever goes off the deep end. [[spoiler: Good thing that he's thought of this. When he encounters Envy, who killed his best friend Hughes, he's become so ruthless, that he's nearly lost himself, making all of his friends and comrades, who were present, fear for him. See IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim ffor more information.]]
* HorrifyingTheHorror: His brutal beatdown on [[spoiler: Envy]] near the end of the series. He actively tortures them to the point that by the end, they're ''[[VillainsWantMercy begging]]'' [[VillainsWantMercy for mercy]].
* HowDareYouDieOnMe: He says something like this to [[spoiler:Hughes's]] grave after his funeral, and then later says it almost word-for-word to Riza when her throat is cut. It's even closer to an exact quote in the ''Brotherhood'' anime.
-->'''Roy:''' Don't you dare die! Stay with me, Lieutenant!
* HurtingHero: Justified, considering the Ishval massacre that he regrets.
* IAmAMonster: Invokes this trope to explain why he's eager to fight Homunculi: he only feels completely human when fighting ''true'' monsters.
* ICanStillFight: He needs Hawkeye to help him aim after [[spoiler:he loses his eyesight]], but his flames are as hot as ever. Not to mention, [[spoiler: he can summon defensive barriers from the ground without drawing alchemic circles.]]
* IfIDoNotReturn: Played with in one scene, when he says this to Riza and she refuses to leave if he doesn't come back. To his amusement, he can only get her to agree as long as he promises to return.
* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: Subverted. While Ed, Hawkeye, and Scar all step in to stop him from killing [[spoiler:Envy]], they do so to prevent him from [[HeWhoFightsMonsters losing himself in his hatred]], with all of them agreeing that [[spoiler:Envy]] deserves to die either way.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: With a snap of his fingers, he makes Envy's eyeballs explode, leaving the rest of the face relatively intact.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: With Grumman. They play chess on their time off.
* InternalReformist: Of the "working the system" variety.
* JerkassFacade: He gives the impression that he's a selfish, womanizing, ladder climber when he's actually TheAtoner. He uses the womanizing as a cover story for when Riza goes undercover.
* LargeHam: When distracting some officers over the radio in episode 18, he really gets into it.
* TheLeader: He's charismatic enough to get everyone underneath his command (and several people who ''outrank'' him) to conspire on what is essentially a military coup.
%%* LivingEmotionalCrutch: For Riza.
* ManlyTears: Once. ''Almost'' twice, although the second time he covered it with a lot of shouting.
* MaybeEverAfter: Although he and Riza have an incredibly close relationship based on their shared history and future goals, and are strongly implied on many occasions to have more than platonic feelings for each other underneath their professional masks, we are given no indication of whether or not TheyDo after the series ends. The ''Chronicles'' book further confirms that they remain together for the rest of their lives, but are unable to marry because of military regulations.
* MeaningfulName:
** Roy is old French for "King", creating an interesting parallel to Bradley, whose first name actually ''is'' "King".
** The P-51 '''Mustang''' was considered the best fighter plane in WWII. It's carried further back, as the Colonel, like the fighter plane, was most likely named for the "wild, untamed horse" who bucks the master's (in this case, Bradley's) commands.
** "Mustang" is also a slang term in the US military for commissioned officers who began their careers as enlisted soldiers.
* TheMenFirst: Insists on Havoc being treated before him despite his own intense injuries.
* MilkyWhiteEyes: As a visual effect when he goes blind.
** GrayEyes in anime, no pupils either.
* MrFanservice: So very, ''very'' much. About the only way his {{Fanservice}} factor could be increased would be if he got as many {{shirtless scene}}s as Ed.
* {{Mukokuseki}}: Inverted. Roy's appearance is noticeably Asian despite having a European name, leading to some speculation that his family has roots in Xing, but it's not something that's ever commented on.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast:
** To the point that whenever his ''allies'' hear [[RedBaron the Flame Alchemist]] is about to take the stage, they have a collective OhCrap moment and promptly clear the field.
** Mustang garners this reputation amongst the ''[[SmugSuper Homunculi]]'' as well after [[spoiler: he kills Lust.]]
* NoBadassToHisValet: Yes, he's the powerful Flame Alchemist and even some of his allies are afraid of him, but his "precious subordinate" Riza has no qualms about sassing or even bullying him if the need arises. He wouldn't dream of retaliating; the only time he's ever seen acting even remotely ''annoyed'' with her, it's because [[DeathByDespair she almost]] ''[[DeathByDespair died]]''.
%%* NobleMaleRoguishMale: Noble Male to Ed's Roguish Male.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Delivers this to Envy after admitting that he killed Maes Hughes.
* NotSoAboveItAll: Normally he's very strategic, professional, and pretty guarded, playing StraightMan to semi-comedic subordinates like Hughes. ''However,'' there are also a good few instances of him goofing around. He seems to enjoy acting like an obnoxious bro over the phone just a little ''too'' much. He even admits to this when he's screwing with the military radio to throw them off Scar's trail in Episode 21.
-->'''Mustang''': Attention! This is Sector 3 Patrol! We're under attack from Scar! Request immediate backup. What? No! [[LargeHam No! NOOOOO! AUUUGH!]] *disconnects the radio* Alright. On to Sector 17. Ohohoho! This is pretty fun!
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Though more like obfuscating perversion; the truth is those "mistresses" are actually his spies.
* OneManArmy: With his flame alchemy he can wipe out entire cities with a snap. Think what he can do to soldiers in formation.
* OutOfCharacterAlert: His completely out-of-place remark about the chicks in the East to Armstrong when he's pretending he charred Maria Ross. It's how Armstrong knew that Maria Ross was there.
* OverrankedSoldier: In the eyes of several of his contemporaries.
** Until Edward Elric, Roy was the youngest State Alchemist in the country's history, which made him a Major in the military at the ripe old age of twenty. The result is that by the time he turned thirty, he had already become a ColonelBadass. Many of the other, older commanding officers resent and/or dislike Roy for a number of reasons, this being one of them.
** He's then a full general before the age of 40.
* ParentalAbandonment: One of the guidebooks reveals that ''both'' of his parents died when he was young, leaving his father's sister to care for him.
* ParentalSubstitute: To the Elric brothers. Since their mom is dead and the father is long gone, (at first) he generally fills in the mentor role of being a parent, if not exactly the 'nurturing' part. Though this is more evident with Ed because of their shared status as state alchemists (Roy having been the youngest in state history before Ed came along.) One scene even has Hughes pestering Roy about the two brothers and how they are too young to endure the hard reality of military life, and Roy just sighs and says he's their commanding officer, [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial not their father.]] [[TheStoic Riza]], of all people, is better at the 'nurture' part, although she mainly confined to showing [[SugarAndIcePersonality the more caring part of her personality]] to animals (in a firm but fair way) and [[FriendToAllChildren children.]]
* PayEvilUntoEvil: When he finds out that [[spoiler: Envy killed Maes Hughes, he goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge, repeatedly flash-frying them until Envy is literally ''begging'' for mercy. Despite the fact that Mustang was rapidly approaching HeWhoFightsMonsters territory, after all of the atrocities Envy has committed, not the least of which include being directly responsible for kick-starting the Ishval Civil War, they deserved every second of Mustang's wrath]].
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Destroys city blocks by snapping his fingers.
* PietaPlagiarism: [[spoiler:With the dying Riza.]]
* PlayingWithFire: His FLAME alchemy.
* PostVictoryCollapse: [[spoiler:After defeating Lust.]]
* RankUp: In the epilogue. The stars on his epaulets indicate he's made General.
* RedBaron:
** The Flame Alchemist. Also doubles as Roy's CodeName.
** The Strongest State Alchemist.
** [[EldritchAbomination Pride]] also calls him "The Most Troublesome State Alchemist".
%%* RedOniBlueOni: The blue to Edward's red. (One of two)
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: After finding out [[spoiler:Envy was the one who killed Hughes]], he goes on one of these. ''Man'', does he ever. It's pretty furious in the manga, but the anime takes it UpToEleven: at one point, he loses it completely and just keeps on firing ceaselessly until [[spoiler:Envy]] turns to dust. And even then, the only thing keeping him from crushing its true form under his foot is the thought of harming [[SubordinateExcuse Riza. ]]
* SandInMyEyes: "It's raining."
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: He play often with General Grumman.
* SonOfAWhore: His foster mother and biological aunt is the 'madam' of a whore house, and he gets the bulk of his information from the girls that work for her.
* SpamAttack: He kills [[spoiler:Lust]] by repeatedly blowing her up until she dies.
* StuffBlowingUp: Again, part and parcel of being the Flame Alchemist.
* SupportingLeader: He's not TheHero, but he is the heroes' direct superior and he's the one to lead the resistance against the BigBad. This is why he can be seen as a BigGood.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: Amusingly enough, Arakawa mentions in the third guidebook that she never intended him to be this way, despite the widespread fandom reaction. She states that he really isn't all that tall and although he's not bad looking, he isn't ravishingly handsome either. Most fandom estimates using Ed (the only canonical height ever given) as a baseline put him around or just under six feet.
* TeamDad: To his subordinates, with Riza acting as the TeamMom.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: After [[spoiler:Envy confesses to be Hughes' killer]], Mustang slips into this mindset, intent on sending [[spoiler:Envy]] straight to hell with a death as painful as possible. He succeeds in completely obliterating [[spoiler:the homunculus' vessel]], preparing to go through with a merciless finish on his now helpless opponent. Riza and Scar stop him, noting that such a brutal finish would latch onto his leadership capacity as well.
* TookALevelInBadass: [[spoiler:Not that he ''needed'' to take one, but, while he temporarily loses his eyesight, he also gains the ability to transmute without a circle. It can be assumed that, although he's recovered his sight, he retained this skill.]]
* TranquilFury: While [[spoiler: killing Lust.]]
* TrickedOutGloves: The transmutation circles on his gloves help him with his alchemy.
%%* TroubledButCute
* UnresolvedSexualTension: With Riza. Arakawa's comments verify that the only reason they aren't married by the end of the series is the anti-fraternization law. She has also confirmed that Roy eventually [[spoiler:achieves his goal of becoming Fuhrer, which may allow for a change in their relationship.]]
* UnstoppableRage: After [[AxCrazy En]][[StupidEvil vy]] [[spoiler: proceeds to reveal that he was Hughes' murderer and [[TooDumbToLive gloat about it to Roy's face]], Roy proceeds to burn his body all the way down to ash and is about to step on the little bastard when they talk him out of it.]]
* UrbanLegendLoveLife: As a part of his [[ObfuscatingStupidity facade]]. The women he is seen with are part of his hidden information system. Still, one of the novels implies that he thoroughly enjoys the company of the fairer sex even outside his information system. It's not as if he can be blamed, either, with working long hours in an environment that's 10% female at best.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Ed. They drive each other nuts, but it becomes pretty apparent that they also always have each other's backs. It's alluded to this being because they're so alike at heart, but very different outwardly.
-->'''Ed''': The Colonel may be a bastard, but he's trustworthy.
* WeaksauceWeakness: Repeatedly said to be totally ineffective if under rain or if wet. It's not entirely accurate; he just can't use his alchemy if his ''gloves'' get wet, as they're made of a special ignition cloth to create the necessary spark. However, if he has another source of fire available (not even fire, all he needs for his alchemy is the appropriate circle and a spark - such as from a lighter), pray for deliverance. We're looking at you, Lust.
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: In contrast to his [[TheChessmaster other behavior]], his fighting style is simple: KillItWithFire. If that doesn't work, [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill kill it with more]]!
* YouCanBarelyStand: His final confrontation with Lust.
-->'''Roy:''' I almost passed out a few times.
* YouKilledMyFather: What he asks of several people suspected of killing [[spoiler:Hughes]], though when he finally finds the real person ([[spoiler:Envy]]) he skips straight to the incinerating.
* ZeroApprovalGambit: [[spoiler:He enacted a plan to make it appear that he burned Maria Ross to death (it was actually a fake cadaver, and Ross was being sneaked out of the country). Ross was under arrest for the murder of Maes Hughes and was to be executed, so Mustang saved her life while making it appear to the higher-ups that his desire for vengeance was quenched. All the while, Ross's friends and family continue to think she's dead, making Mustang a bloodthirsty murderer in their eyes (at least until they learn the truth).]]
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[[folder:Ling Yao]]
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->Voiced by: Creator/MamoruMiyano (JP), Creator/ToddHaberkorn (EN), Eder La Barrera (Latin America)

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'''Affiliation:''' Kingdom of Xing/Clan Yao\\
'''Rank''': 12th Prince of Xing\\
'''Speciality:''' Swordsmanship/Martial-Arts]

Ling Yao is a member of the Xing Royal Family, and has the powers that come with it. His appearance marks the start of the large differences between the first anime and manga/''Brotherhood'' anime.
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* AllChinesePeopleKnowKungFu: Well, [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Xingese]] anyway, and he and the other Xingese characters all fit this trope's stereotype of Chinese people as martial arts masters. It's justified in the fact that every Xingese character by that point had been either a noble or a noble's bodyguard, and thus would have been trained in martial arts from a young age.
* AntiHero: Extremely greedy and selfish in his motivations--[[spoiler:which of course made him the perfect candidate to host the 2nd Greed.]] While it's true his ultimate goals are positive and he's very loyal to people he's made connections with, he doesn't have qualms with getting food and information by means of extortion.
* BadassNormal: Does not know alchemy or alkahestry at all, yet manages to be on the same league as Edward or Roy in combat.
* BashBrothers: With Ed starting when they fight Envy and Gluttony together. [[spoiler:it even carries over to Greedling.]]
* BenevolentBoss: Ling might run off on them a lot, but he really does care a great deal about his bodyguards and is very protective over them. See also AFatherToHisMen and ReasonableAuthorityFigure.
* BerserkButton: He doesn't explode in the manner of, say, Ed, but just ''try'' to convince Ling that subjects to authority are [[WeHaveReserves expendable]] (''[[IWillOnlySlowYouDown including yourself!]]'') and it will ensure that he will have a serious bone to pick with you.
* BerserkerTears: In a terrifying manner when [[spoiler:Wrath/King Bradley kills Fu.]]
* BigEater: In fact, he's been known to collapse if he doesn't get enough to eat, which could be ObfuscatingStupidity except that his bodyguards seemed legitimately worried about the possibility when they couldn't find him. If it's for real, it might make him a HandicappedBadass. Unsurprisingly, though, it's not a problem for Greed.
* BigScrewedUpFamily
* BroughtDownToNormal: [[spoiler:Though, it seems [[HeroicSacrifice it was Greed's decision to do so.]]]]
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Ling is a gifted martial artist who is able to hold his own when fighting against Homunculi, despite having no superpowers. Notable accomplishments: fending off Wrath one-handed while carrying a wounded Lan Fan with his other arm, and being able to lift up Gluttony, one of the heavier Homunculi.
* CombatPragmatist: He's definitely not afraid to fight dirty, and it helps him stay alive in a world full of dangerous alchemists and Homunculi. An early example is constantly running into King Bradley's apparent "blind spot" caused by his eyepatch. He even keeps some powder in his sword scabbard so that when he whips his blade out, it'll get in his opponent's eyes. Justified by his background and how he learned after surviving several assassination attempts.
%%* CoolSword
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Sure didn't see that one coming.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Like all other less-than-elderly Xingese. [[spoiler:Until he gets possessed by Greed, after which they become the characteristic purple-red of most of the other Homunculi.]]
* DealWithTheDevil: [[spoiler:Or in this case, deal with Father, who is practically the devil. Ling agrees to let Greed possess him, effectively making him into a humonculus, if it means he'll be that much closer to obtaining a Philosopher's Stone and thus the secret to immortality.]]
* DetectEvil: All the Xingese characters are trained to sense [[LifeEnergy "the flow of chi"]]... which comes in pretty useful when dealing with homunculi.
* {{Determinator}}: Willing to do ''ANYTHING'' to a) get the Philosopher's Stone and b) save the lives of his friends and retainers if he can help it. He shows off both in the course of the series.
* TheEmperor: [[spoiler:The Yao clan succeeds the throne after Ling finally gets ahold of a Philosopher's Stone.]]
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: [[spoiler:After accepting Greed. Remember how the first Greed couldn't hope to take on Wrath in a one on one fight? The second Greed can nearly hold his own against him, combining Greed's ultra-durability with Ling's martial prowess.]]
* EnemyWithin: [[spoiler:Greed... sort of.]]
* EyesAlwaysShut: He does this deliberately, because he's aware his eyes are [[GoodEyesEvilEyes "shifty"]].
* FaceOfAThug: Ties in with GoodEyesEvilEyes and his aforementioned EyesAlwaysShut habit.
* {{Fainting}}: Has a habit of doing this. Mostly it's from genuine hunger and exhaustion, but on other occasions, it seems to be part of his ObfuscatingStupidity.
* AFatherToHisMen: Strongly believes "a King is no King without his people" and will do anything to save his comrades, even if it means risking his life. His bodyguards, Fu and Lan Fan, certainly hold him in extreme high regard in part because of this.
* FunnyForeigner: Faked when Edward first needs his help.
-->'''Ling:''' So Sori! I no understand much language of this countwi!
* GoodCounterpart: To King Bradley. Their philosophies on what it means to be a leader are the complete reverse of each others. Also interesting to note is Bradley's former status as 12th Fuhrer candidate and Ling being the 12th son of the Emperor.
* GoodEyesEvilEyes: Played with. He's fundamentally a good person, though aware of how his "shifty" eyes makes him look evil so he goes with EyesAlwaysShut to disguise it. He drops the act when he means business.
* {{Greed}}: He's a pretty greedy fellow, given that he a seeks immortality and the power to rule over his country. It perhaps makes a bit too much sense that he becomes the second Greed. To his credit though the reason he even wants those things is so that he may provide for his people in return.
** Ling actually manages to embody the ''positive'' parts of greed, namely that desire and ambition are not always evil when pursuing a worthwhile goal. Perhaps most importantly, greed means treasuring what you have and being unwilling to just throw it away--and the very thought of throwing aside his people or his TrueCompanions is a pointed BerserkButton for him.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Kinda.... given his tendency of latching onto anyone he thinks might be able to help him achieve his goals, he winds up allied with a plethora of different people at different points of the story whether it's intentional or not. He's definitely at heart a "good guy", however.
* HeroicWillpower: [[spoiler:Cunningly inverted; he willingly gives up his body to Greed without a fight (which incidentally helps in the long run, as his lack of struggle prevented the philosopher's stone he received from burning out most of its power), but he has enough willpower to maintain his consciousness. From thereon Ling uses a combination of patience and willpower to occasionally wrestle back control of his body from Greed, at least until they start acting more in tandem.]]
* TheIllegal: He's an illegal immigrant from a place called Xing. He's sent to jail, but breaks out later. Since he's a prince, he could probably be considered a diplomat or such, but he didn't have his papers ([[YoungerThanTheyLook and they wouldn't believe he was only 15]]) when he was arrested.
* ImmortalitySeeker: Ling's reason for coming to Amestris is to find the secret to eternal life (or at least, seems like it, so that his clan can win the Emperor's favor before he dies). He gets his wish, but it comes with a price...
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Not as much of an outright "jerk" as most other examples, but he does come off as being smug and callous at times, especially when dealing with his personal desires. Nonetheless he genuinely cares about his country and the people close to him.
* {{Keet}}: He's pretty damn energetic and happy-go-lucky (to the point of being an annoyance, at least as far as Ed's concerned) when he's not keeling over from starvation. Or dealing with sharing his body with an egotistical homunculus.
* KingIncognito: Only a few people know he's actually a foreign prince.
* MadeOfIron: While fighting Envy after he goes OneWingedAngel, he breaks at least two ribs and gets hit so hard that he [[BloodFromTheMouth coughs up blood]], but keeps going.
* ModestRoyalty: To the point everyone doubled over from disbelieving laughter when he revealed that he's a prince.
* MrFanservice: Handsome? Check. Goes [[NoShirtLongJacket almost]] [[WalkingShirtlessScene shirtless]] for much of the first part of the series? Check. Badass? ''Check''.
* NoShirtLongJacket: Has a tendency of leaving his shirts always open...
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Extremely convincing when pretending to be [[IdiotHero a complete moron]]--''even while displaying window-crossing stealth bordering on OffscreenTeleportation''.
* PeekABangs: His prominent bangs sometimes will obscure one of his eyes.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Wants to be one. His belief that a King exists to serve his people certainly reflects this, and he already does take into account the feelings and suggestions of his bodyguards.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething
* SayMyName: ''LAN FAAAAAAAN!!!''
** [[spoiler:''GREEEEEEEEEEED!!!'']]
* ShadowArchetype: His character parallels Greed in a number of ways. [[spoiler:And then ''he becomes'' Greed.]]
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Averted, interestingly. Unlike Ed (who actively denies that he and Winry are romantically linked), Roy (who rarely talks about how deep his feelings for Riza are) and Alphonse (who doesn't yet know how he feels about Mei) Ling doesn't deny that he has feelings for Lan Fan when Greed brings up the possibility. Although he does it in a somewhat sarcastic-sounding way.
-->'''Greed:''' You're quite the stud! How long have you been keeping such a fine young lady from me?\\
'''Ling:''' Well, what can I say...I'm full of surprises...
* ShipTease: With Lan Fan. More subtle than most of the other ShipTease's in the series but it's definitely there.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Ling/Lin/Rin, and some offbeat examples like Lynn. Ling seems to be the correct spelling, as his name tag bracelet when he gets put in jail has it written this way.
** Xingese people have proto-Chinese names, so "Ling" (spelled "Lin" in Chinese, and either "Lin" or "Rin" in Japanese) is the correct form.
* StealthHiBye: Pretty good at pulling these off but it's more on the 'hi' side than the 'bye' side.
* StealthPun: Maybe not deliberate, but in English - "[=PrinceLing=]".
* SuccessionCrisis: The Emperor's twelfth son, but he could inherit the throne if he successfully wins his favor. Which he apparently does.
* SuperPoweredEvilSide: [[spoiler:Acquires Greed as one.]]
* SymbioticPossession: [[spoiler:Despite being basically forced to receive Greed into himself, they eventually become friends. Greed even pulls a HeroicSacrifice for him, and Ling appears to grieve his loss.]]
* TameHisAnger: [[spoiler:From the time Lan Fan lost her arm to the time he separated from Greed.]]
* ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil
* UndyingLoyalty: To his Clan, and especially the people close to him. He's willing to risk his own life for them, to the point he once has to be reminded that as much as a King is nothing without his people, the people too would be lost without their King.
* WarriorPrince
* WeakButSkilled: Ling does not possess Alchemy or Alkahestry and yet he holds his own in a fight thanks to his sword skills, his martial-art skills, and his speed.
* WhatWereYouThinking: [[spoiler:After his DealWithTheDevil, of course.]]
* WiseBeyondHisYears
* YoungerThanHeLooks: Is apparently 15 years old when introduced to the story (a bit younger than Ed), and thus technically a KidHero, although he looks like a fully grown adult and is [[WiseBeyondTheirYears mature beyond his age]].
** Lampshaded a bit when he gets arrested for being an illegal immigrant. The guard questions Ling's age and subsequently refuses to believe he's actually a minor.
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[[folder:Van Hohenheim]]
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->Voiced by: Creator/UnshoIshizuka (JP), Creator/JohnSwasey (EN), Creator/DaisukeNamikawa (JP - Young), Creator/AaronDismuke (EN - Young), Héctor Indriago (Latin America)

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'''Affiliation:''' None\\
'''Rank''': None\\
'''Speciality:''' Perfect Alchemy/Trap Alchemy/Immortality]

The Elrics' father, a renowned alchemist who left them and their mother when they were little.
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* AbsentMindedProfessor: While a fairly serious and somber character, he can be a bit of a bumbling space-cadet at times. For example, he once tried building a tree swing for the boys, stopped paying attention to what he was doing to think about other matters, and promptly fell out of the tree. Then there was his reunion with Al in the manga:
--> '''Al''': Father?!\\
'''Hohenheim''': My vintage armor!!\\
'''Al''': '''''What!!!!'''''\\
'''Hohenheim''': Oh... Er, Sorry.
* ActionDad: The father of the two main heroes and has proven to be able to kick alot of ass.
* AllLovingHero: [[spoiler:Does everything he can to save thousands of people he'll never meet, all while putting himself through hell. And then there's getting to know all of those souls.]]
%%* AnimalsHateHim
* BadassBeard: Sports an impressive-looking beard.
* BadassBookworm: He looks like he should be teaching in some school, but he's one of two Perfect Alchemists in the series. Which, considering the nature of alchemy as a power science, would actually ''add'' credibility to him as a schoolteacher.
* BadassInANiceSuit: Always wears a nice suit.
%%* BadassLongcoat:
* BadassPacifist: Not a fighter himself but some of his actions can [[spoiler:[[SpannerInTheWorks screw]] [[BigBad Father]] over.]]
* BerserkButton: When he was young, he would get angry if someone called him an idiot.
* BigGood: He's the GoodCounterpart to Father, serves as a MessianicArchetype, and has been setting up a response to the latter's plans for years.
* BornIntoSlavery: [[spoiler:Born a slave in Xerxes.]]
* BreakThemByTalking: After meeting his son for the first time in ten years and asking why they had burned his house down, he coldly rips Edward's answer apart. By the time he's done, Ed looks about two seconds away from having a breakdown.
-->'''Hohenheim:''' That's not it. You just didn't want to see it again. You wanted to escape your horrifying memories. You wanted to conceal all traces of the sin you committed. You're no different from a child who hides his sheets after wetting himself in his sleep. [[ArmorPiercingQuestion You ran, didn't you, Edward?]]
* ChekhovMIA: He left his family and went missing years ago. Once he appears, he becomes a major character for the entire plot.
* ChekhovsGunman: Twice! [[spoiler:The first time, Father/Homunculus needed him in assuming a physical form (that was an exact replica of his body). The second time, he needed him as a "sacrifice" required to absorb God.]]
* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler:Has been setting up a response to Father's transmutation circle for years. No one, including the BigBad, saw ''that one'' coming.]]
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Having all those souls inside him makes him kinda quirky.
* ConvenientTerminalIllness: [[spoiler:Averted; he is dying after the final battle, having used up all the souls inside him, but Ed refuses to sacrifice him.]]
%%* CoolOldGuy
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Matching golden eyes and hair. A trait he passed onto his sons.
* DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou: He doesn't try to justify his actions, but left home after realizing [[spoiler:that Father was preparing a larger version of the Xerxes transmutation circle.]]
* TheDeadHaveNames: Knows the names of every person who died in [[spoiler:the last days of Xerxes.]]
* DeathSeeker: One of the main reasons he left his family is because he was trying to find a way to revoke his immortality so he and Trisha would be TogetherInDeath.
* DirtyOldMan: {{Subverted}}. He's called this for requesting Lan Fan to accompany him when the group splits up in the Third Laboratory. It's really so he can help her escape the lab and find Ling; he's intending on confronting Father alone.
* DisappearedDad: Hohenheim left the family when Ed and Al were very young. He did have huge reasons, namely [[spoiler:preventing his evil blood-related creation from absorbing the entire country into intself, becoming god, and conquering the world,]] but Ed is (understandably) still bitter about it.
* EverybodysDeadDave: [[spoiler:The complete destruction of Xerxes. To top it off, at least in part [[UnwittingPawn it was his fault]]. No wonder he [[BigNo freaked out]].]]
* GoodCounterpart: To Father; in a weird way they essentially created one another.
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:He dies smiling at Trisha's grave; the closest to a reunion he could make.]]
* HairAntennae: Evidently, Ed inherited it from him.
* HappilyMarried: He and Trisha weren't officially married, but they lived happily together for several years.
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: Hohenheim doesn't think anything he does is good enough.
* HumanoidAbomination: AnimalsHateHim because he's the Philosopher's Stone given the form of a man.
* IAmAMonster: His usual explanation to anyone who sees his Philosopher's Stone-derived powers.
* IAmLegion: A rare heroic example. He has, over time, come to terms with each and every one of the innumerable souls within him, making him nearly impossible for Father to subsume like the other Philosopher's Stones.
* {{Irony}}: [[spoiler:After the final battle, when he's dying, he realizes that now that he's finally [[DeathSeeker getting what he wanted, he actually doesn't want to die.]]]]
* IWasQuiteALooker: He was a {{Bishonen}} before he grew a beard and definitely fits the bill for MrFanservice in his youth. Though he's not that bad looking now.
* LastOfHisKind: [[spoiler:The last Xerxian.]]
* LetsGetDangerous: Pretty restrained with his power, but when he lets loose....
* LivingForeverIsAwesome: Downplayed. "I'm not gonna lie and say it doesn't come in handy."
* ManlyTears: To highly [[TearJerker dramatic]] effect, after hearing Trisha's last words.
* MayflyDecemberRomance: With Trisha. When they got together, he had already lived for hundreds of years while Trisha was just a regular human. When he realized he would eventually outlive his wife and sons, Hohenheim wanted to find a way to get rid of his immortality and grow old with them.
* MindHive: [[spoiler:He has hundreds of thousands of Xerxian souls in him, but he is the dominant soul in the body. He has, however, managed to soothe all of the souls so they aren't consumed by despair and panic like souls in other Philosopher's Stones, and this allows them all to act with a singular purpose, as shown when Father's attempt to drain him is [[TooSpicyForYogSothoth interrupted by some of the souls, and even more prominently with the Umbral Circle failsafe.]]]]
* MysteriousParent: We don't know much about him until later.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: The full name given to him by Father is Theophrastus Bombastus van Hohenheim -- [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paracelsus the real name of famous real-world alchemist Paracelsus.]]
* NighInvulnerability: [[spoiler:Thanks to his Philosopher's Stone, it's really hard to hurt him.]]
* NonActionGuy: Despite his god-like powerful alchemy and NighInvulnerability, he flat out admits [[UnskilledButStrong being a pretty poor fighter]]. [[spoiler:This results in him duelling Father by exhibiting impressive alchemic powers while stumbling around trying to stay on his feet.]]
* NoSocialSkills: He's so terrible at interacting with his sons that at first he almost comes off as outright villainous. One of the first things he does is give Ed a BreakingSpeech about his reaction to the failed Trisha resurrection, and instead of just telling Ed he didn't kill Trisha again he fakes an ExactEavesdropping moment.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: He doesn't want passers-by to know his true nature so he downplays it.
* OpaqueLenses: They make him look pretty creepy on occasion, but [[spoiler:it's ultimately a RedHerring.]]
* PapaWolf: "Don't you EVER mock my SON!"
* ParentalNeglect: When they were little, Ed and Al viewed as a cold father who spent all his time working on his office, but he really cares about them.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Part of at least ''two'' [[OutGambitted counter plans]] he has prepared, thanks to [[IAmLegion his Legion.]]
* ReallyDeadMontage: [[spoiler:In ''Brotherhood'', after his death at the very end of episode 63.]]
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Always looks like he's in his 40's to 50's, but [[spoiler:is over 400.]]
* RedHerring: [[spoiler:Let's see, he looks just like the BigBad, who was last seen getting off his throne and walking somewhere unknown shortly before Hohenheim returned to Resembool, he gives Ed a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, he warns Pinako about a coming catastrophe and tells her to leave the country and when she refuses he says that will be the last time they speak, and finally when he scares off some bandits by proving he's immortal he refers to himself as a monster, in a page that contrasts him with several Homunculi. It's really obvious that he's supposed to be sketchy as hell.]]
* ScaryShinyGlasses: A warning light indicating he's about to [[LetsGetDangerous get dangerous]]. Alternatively, they indicate that he's currently being incredibly dorky.
* ShipperOnDeck: He pretty blatantly acknowledges Lan Fan's feelings for Ling when he tells her to go find him.
* SoleSurvivor: [[spoiler:Of Xerxes.]]
* SympathyForTheDevil: Expresses some for Father.
* TogetherInDeath: [[spoiler:He gets a scene with Trisha in the afterlife.]]
* UnskilledButStrong: Fu describes him as the strongest person present at a gathering that included Greed, Gluttony, and Pride. Despite this, his lack of combat skills makes him less impressive than he could be.
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler:[[BrainInAJar The original Homunculus]] tricked him into helping to obliterate his own civilization.]]
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Zigzagged all over the place. [[spoiler:At first, with the freshly dead Xersians inside him, he wanted to die to be free of the screaming. After he got them under control, he liked that he had all the time he wanted to experience the world. Then he met his wife, and regretted that he would outlive her and his sons. Finally, as he's dying at the end of the series, he laments that he can't live a little longer with his sons.]]
* YouAreNumberSix: [[spoiler:He was known as Slave 23. Father was the one who gave him a real name.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Winry Rockbell]]
[[quoteright:268:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/winry11.png]]
->Voiced by: Creator/MegumiTakamoto (JP), Creator/CaitlinGlass (EN), Melanie Henríquez (Latin America)

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'''Affiliation:''' None\\
'''Rank''': None\\
'''Speciality:''' Mechanic]

The Elrics' childhood friend and Ed's personal automail mechanic, who happens to have a crush on him.
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* {{Adorkable}}: Winry's unusual love for machines and tools is quite endearing.
* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler:She marries Edward and has two children with him at the end of the story.]]
* BadassPacifist: She's the only [[WorldOfBadass major character without combat skills,]] but she manages to stand out as one of the braver characters through her sheer kindness and willingness to help others.
* BareYourMidriff: Some of her outfits feature this.
* BelligerentSexualTension: With Ed.
* BerserkButton:
** Do not damage the automail she makes. Retribution will be swift.
** Also, if you're Edward, do not refrain from drinking your milk.
* BreakTheCutie: [[TearJerker Totally loses it]] when she found out who murdered her parents.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: With Ed.
* ChildProdigy: She made Ed's first automail limbs when she was 11. Ed also says she was able to comprehend and read medical journals from a young age like he and Al did with alchemy books, which comes in handy when she has to deliver a child when no doctor is available.
* CryCute: In the aforementioned BreakTheCutie moment. And again near the end of the series [[spoiler:When Ed and Al return with their bodies restored]].
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Her parents were murdered in the Ishvalan War and her two closest friends nearly died doing a human transmutation.
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: She beats Ed ([[ComedicSociopathy comically]]) with a spanner every time he breaks his automail (that's often). In the manga, her response to the damage from his battle with Lan Fan was to ''maul him with a chainsaw''.
* FanServicePack: Her figure becomes appreciably more curvaceous and feminine throughout the time in which ''Brotherhood'' takes place. Justified in that she goes from [[SheIsAllGrownUp 11 to 15-16]].
* GadgeteerGenius: She made Ed's automail.
* GenkiGirl: She goes full-on Bishie Sparkle, Squee, and arm-wavy mode whenever she sees something cute or acting cute (Elysia Hughes weeded this mode out of her the first few minutes after she met her), something's caught her interest (mainly anything involving automail, i.e. Rush Valley, or a shopping spree in Central), or a rather vicious (and comic) argument with Ed (again, mainly over automail).
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: She repeatedly hit Al with a wrench, after he started wondering about his history and if he was really a human (or just a construct created by Ed).
* GirlNextDoor: Was this to Ed and Al growing up.
* GreenEyedMonster: A very slight case, but she did seemed bothered by Rosé's desire to see Ed again and Al teases her for it.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: One of the most morally upstanding individuals in the series.
* HeartwarmingOrphan: Downplayed as she still had her grandmother and the Elrics have more sympathetic trauma.
* HeIsNotMyBoyfriend: Thought not quite as, ah, ''vehement'' as Ed is about it, she is quick to tell Rose that Ed is her childhood friend when Rose looks as if she's about to assume something else.
* HeWillNotCrySoICryForHim: Winry does this for Ed and Al at first, until Ed asks her to stop as it only makes things harder for him. They agree the next time she cries for them they'll be tears of joy. [[Heartwarming/FullmetalAlchemist D'aww...]] Btw…promise kept!
* HostageSituation: The brothers specifically admit she is their weak point, as the villains of the story have, unfortunately for her, figured out.
* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: Ed tells her something like this when she points a gun at Scar.
* InnocentBlueEyes: Like her mother, which plays a big role in Scar's character development and Winry's forgiveness.
* TheLadysFavour: Winry gives Ed some earrings to look after. It's actually for a logical reason, but it's clearly intended to hint at this trope.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: She's very much aware that Ed and Al don't tell her everything about what they do, and it really bugs her too; especially when she finds out that Scar was the one who murdered her parents and that Ed and Al knew this without telling her. Gradually she's let in but even then Ed and Al '''still''' feel the need to hide or lie about whats going on including the fact that Bradley is using her as a hostage against the two trying to break away.
* LoveEpiphany: When she gets on the train back to Rush Valley after the Scar incident, she gives the matter a lot of thought and comes to the realization that she's been falling for Ed for a long time.
* LovingAShadow: Being an orphan, she admitted to feeling this way toward Lt. Colonel Hughes for her dad, which made it all the sadder when he was killed.
* MissFixit: Usually automail but other machines too.
* MsFanservice: The bath scene in Lior. Also, her normal working attire top appears to be just a tube top bra as well, and her other usual outfit is a tiny miniskirt.
* NaiveEverygirl: Most shown with Kimblee.
* NeutralFemale: {{Justified}}, as she isn't a Alchemist or even related to any form of military except her parents being doctors. The one time she nearly gets into a fight is definitely not meant to be played for laughs or awesome...
* NiceGirl: Winry is a very emotional, strong-willed and emphatic person who puts all her heart and effort into the things she does.
* PluckyGirl: She's a lot more cheerful than the brothers, and just as brave.
* RaisedByGrandparents: She was raised by her grandmother after her parents died.
* ShipperOnDeck: Makes cracks at Al, regarding Mei.
* {{Shorttank}}: She's a mechanic and is frequently referred to as a "gear head" or tomboy. She fits the dress code quite well as she wears a sports bra when working and in public wears a tank top, jacket, and short skirt.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: It took her awhile to notice, but Winry realized she fell in love with Ed a long time ago. To reiterate, Winry fell for Ed, the man who is brave, selfless, loyal, fiercely protective of those he loves, and reverently values life. In fact, her LoveEpiphany was right after Ed made a promise to her that the next time he and Al made her cry, it would be ''tears of happiness''.
* {{Squee}}: When she gets to Rush Valley, oh boy does she go into fangirl mode!
* TankTopTomboy: When shown during mechanical work, she often wears a tank top.
* TaremeEyes: They showcase her kind nature.
* TeenGenius: When it comes to automail. She made Ed's at the age of 11.
* {{Tsundere}}: A harsher Type B, focused around her family/friends, though the only person she gets really mad at is Ed.
* VaporWear: At least in the chapter where Ed ''almost'' watches her undress.
* WrenchWench: Page image! Never seen without a wrench and is the most skilled main character when it comes to machines.
* WrenchWhack: Her preferred method of punishing Ed (and on one occasion, Al) when he does something out of line, specifically [[BerserkButton breaking the arm that she made for him]].
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[[folder:Scar]]
[[quoteright:268:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/scar11_2544.png]]
->Voiced by: Creator/KentaMiyake (JP), Creator/JMichaelTatum (EN), Alfonso Nittoli (Latin America)

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'''Affiliation:''' Ishval (formerly)\\
'''Rank''': Monk (formerly)\\
'''Speciality:''' Destructive Alchemy/Alkahestry/ Constructive Alchemy/Alkahestry]

A mysterious Ishvalan Priest in a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against the State Alchemists that annihilated his people.
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* AntiHero: Eventually switches sides after [[ConflictKiller the Homunculi]] start moving openly.
* AntiVillain: He just wanted revenge on those that have killed his people.
* BadassBoast: "Your only solace from my wrath will be '''[[PrepareToDie damnation!]]'''"
* BadassPreacher: A former warrior-priest. The guy killed about 20 State Alchemists before the start of the series and was able to effortlessly defeat Ed and Al. He even killed [[spoiler: Bradley]], a guy that went 1-0 with ''a tank''.
* BadassTransplant: [[spoiler:He has his brother's arm, tattooed with alchemical markings that allow him to destroy anything with a touch.]]
* BareFistedMonk: Literally, as he was an Ishvalan warrior monk. Later upgraded this status with his added FacePalmOfDoom.
* BigLittleBrother: He is way bigger and stronger than his older brother was.
* BreakThemByTalking: "Just don't forget, it was ''you Amestrians'' that started the Ishvalan War!"
* CharacterDevelopment: He cast aside his name to murder State Alchemist, and near the end realizes [[spoiler:he doesn't need one to rebuild his people.]]
** On another level, Scar starts out the series [[HeWhoFightsMonsters hell-bent on getting revenge]] on the State Alchemists for the genocide of his people. Towards the end of the series, he's grown so much that he ends up [[spoiler:helping to talk down one of the State Alchemists he was hell-bent on killing from losing himself to blind hatred and vengeance--exactly what Scar was at the start of the series.]]
* CoolShades: He wears a pair to hide his red eyes.
* CutenessProximity: He loves kittens and had an urge to pet [[PandaingToTheAudience Shao May]].
* DarkAndTroubledPast: The extermination of his people, his brother dying to save him, the scar on his face etc.
* DarkSkinnedBlond: It's a trait shared by all Ishvalans.
* DeathSeeker: Implied, at least for a time. His goals seemed to be suicide by State Alchemist.
* DespairEventHorizon: Hovered on the edge for a long time. He could only justify living with vengeance.
* TheDreaded: For a good long while, he was the boogie man that had the entire military on edge.
* EasilyForgiven: Averted. Winry is willing to help Scar by treating his life-threatening injuries because it's what her parents would have done, but that doesn't mean she's forgiven him. Also, Edward still wants to beat the crap out of him and make him pay his respects in front of the Rockbell graves one day.
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: Even before he got any alchemical abilities, he was capable of defeating multiple armed Amestrian soldiers with just his bare hands. The manga even states that the average Isvhalan warrior-priest was equal to 10 standard soldiers in a fight.
* EverybodysDeadDave: His refugee party is wiped out by Kimblee.
* FacePalmOfDoom: His signature attack.
* FreakOut: He's usually quite cool and collected, but when [[spoiler:he wakes up to find his brother [[SurvivorGuilt has sacrificed himself to save him he loses it completely and undeservedly kills Winry's parents]].]]
* FriendToAllChildren: May Chang is the first one to try to reach out to him, and he also sympathized with [[TragicMonster Nina Tucker]], albeit in a [[MercyKill twisted way]].
* GenocideBackfire: Unfortunately for the Amestris military, one of the survivors of the massacre happened to be a [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge vengeful]] Badass monk with a penchant for doing YourHeadAsplode to State Alchemists. It ''really'' backfires in the end, doesn't it Bradley?
* GetOutOfJailFreeCard: While he does go through a genuine HeelFaceTurn, Scar is still responsible for dozens of murders. Many of them were innocent people who were not involved in the Ishval massacre, and Scar is never punished for any of them.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: His entire family was killed by alchemists and his brother gave up his life (and arm) to save him, since his people have a quasi-religious reason to hate alchemy, he goes out hunting, "In God's Name". Especially ironic since he uses a form of alchemy to destroy his targets: state alchemists. This is spelled out to Scar himself when Ed throws himself in front of Winry to protect her from Scar. Scar flashes back to Ishval, where Ed is in his brother's place, and Scar himself is in ''[[MadBomber Kimblee's]]''.
* HeelFaceTurn: He wasn't super ''evil'' to begin with, but he grew less violent and radical over time. Even Envy [[BreakThemByTalking pointed out to him that he was teaming with a State Alchemist; Scar basically told Envy he knew and just didn't care anymore]].
* HeelRealization: He knew he wasn't a ''good'' person for a while. But it wasn't until Winry agreed to heal his wounds despite her hatred for him (crystallizing a point his elders made about their decision to pursue nonviolence) that he comes to realize just where- and how grievously- he went wrong.
* HeroKiller: His first encounter with Ed and Al ends with Ed's automail being shattered, and Al unable to move. Ed was saved only by Riza Hawkeye and Alex Armstrong's BigDamnHeroes. Mustang also tried to pull this along with them, but failed because [[WeaksauceWeakness it was raining.]]
* HisStoryRepeatsItself: He starts out as a member of an oppressed group fighting to take Amestris down, and winds up [[spoiler:saving it]].
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: When May decides to start hanging around.
* IAmNotLeftHanded: Shows Bradley that [[spoiler:he has managed to make a reconstruction tattoo on his left arm]] in their final fight.
* {{Irony}}: Scar's quest for vengeance started because Amestrians slaughtered Scar's people. That quest ended with his working with Amestrians to save both peoples. Also, he's the man who ends up killing Fuhrer Bradley, the man who ordered the Ishvalan genocide, AKA Wrath, the sin he prescribed to the most in his original [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge roaring rampage of revenge]]. By the end of the story, he's over all his anger and bitter hatred and is instead helping Major Miles promote a new age of peace and understanding between his people and the people of Amestris, as should have been done all along.
* KickTheSonOfABitch:
** His victims include [[spoiler:Shou Tucker and [[ColonelKilgore Giolo Comanche]] (an unrepentant State Alchemist who served in Ishbal). He also goes up against [[AxCrazy Kimblee]], who would have killed the Rockbells if he had not.]]
** Averted with his murder of [[spoiler:Basque Grand, who, through what little we gleam of his character, was a relatively decent person.]]
* LifeOrLimbDecision: When Scar lost his arm in a bomb attack, his brother replaced it with his own arm, and apparently bled to death in his place.
* LightningBruiser: His WeaponOfChoice are his [[BareFistedMonk fists]] (well, his [[RightHandOfDoom fist o' destruction]]) so in order to do much damage he has to get close enough to touch his opponent. Pair that with fighting mostly long-range opponents, and you either get really quick or really dead. He's probably the fastest human in the series, barring perhaps Major Armstrong, and Ed when he had his Briggs automail.
%%* MrFanservice
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler:Among his murders, Winry's parents are the only ones he feels genuine guilt and remorse over, as he knows they were unjustified.]]
* TheNameless: More like he [[ThatManIsDead forsook his own name]].
* NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow: Survives killing Wrath (no easy task) and even gives us [[MrExposition some exposition]] in 106. While dripping blood out of... everything.
* NotSoDifferent: While he and Ed have several differences, signs point to them being incredibly similar.
** Ed's not the only Elric brother that Scar has similarities to: A younger brother had his life saved by his older brother, who gave up his right arm to do so. Also, the younger brother is the better fighter and more physically imposing than the older in both cases. Are we talking about Scar, or Alphonse Elric?
** Scar actually lampshades this about himself and Edward. The fact that he did so to encourage Mustang not to become as bitter as them did not amuse Ed.
* OddFriendship: With May.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: He's only known by Scar. He refuses to tell anyone what his real name is because he doesn't feel he deserves it anymore.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: A subtle version post-reform. When helping to [[spoiler:talk Roy down from his RoaringRampageOfRevenge against Envy]], he concedes he has no moral high ground to condemn [[spoiler:Roy's vengeance]] but admits he shudders to think what someone consumed with hate like he once was could do as the leader of a country. Up to that point there's never been a hint that anything following the Ishval Massacre could actually scare Scar.
* OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank: After his CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* PerpetualFrowner: The number of times he smiles in the entire series can be counted on one hand.
* PetTheDog: His kindness to May makes him a bit more likeable.
** Before that him killing Nina could be considered as such in a darker way. He later makes a good point that since she could never get back to normal and would certainly spent the rest of her life being treated as a lab rat, a quick death was mercy.
** According to the Omakes, he also likes kitty cats. Awww.
* PowerTattoo: The source of his alchemy.
* RedemptionEarnsLife: He becomes a priest in the reforming Ishval, teaching the new generation about their people's culture alongside Miles.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Zigzagged. [[InvokedTrope His red eyes identify him as an Ishvalan--something which would get the average Amestrian up in arms immediately.]] [[SubvertedTrope However,]] the Ishvalans are a needlessly persecuted ethnic group [[LastOfHisKind that was nearly wiped out in a civil war]]. Compared to the average Ishvalan, though, Scar is an extremely dangerous individual, especially to State Alchemists, yet through his CharacterDevelopment, he's less caustic and more antiheroic by the end of the series.
* RightHandOfDoom: Can only perform his deconstructions with one hand.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: How he's introduced.
* SayMyName: "KIIIIIIIIMBLEEEEEE!!!"
* ScaryBlackMan: Well, Scary ''Ishvalan'' Man, but close enough. This guy becomes the State Alchemists' bogeyman!
* SerialKillerKiller: Replace "serial killer" with "usually unrepentant war criminal" and yeah, that's Scar. Like many other examples of this trope, he punishes his victims by killing them with the same method they used to kill ''their'' victims (alchemy, in this case). The keyword is "usually" since he doesn't seem to bother finding out if the State Alchemist was even part of the Ishvalan Massacre, since he showed no problems trying to kill Ed.
* ShootTheDog: Upon finding Nina transformed into a horrific dog-creature, Scar recognizes that she's suffering and mercy-kills her with his alchemy.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Father's alchemy-cancelling abilities have absolutely no effect on him. Compounded with the moment he and May first gatecrashed into his lair, he's been derailing his plans bit after bit.
* TheStoic: He's a man of few moods. The most common is "solemn religious judgement".
* SuicideByCop: Seems to be his life's goal.
* SurvivorGuilt: He deals with it by killing state alchemists.
* TameHisAnger: Probably the most noticeable one in the series.
* ThatManIsDead: He uses this as his reason why he abandoned his real name.
* TranquilFury: In his RoaringRampageOfRevenge, he is, save for a few moments, very calm throughout the entire deal. He even goes toe to toe with [[spoiler: Wrath]] with only a DeathGlare to show his utter hatred of the [[spoiler: man who slaughtered his people.]]
* TraumaCongaLine: It all [[StartOfDarkness started when Kimblee attacked him and Scar's brother gave up his arm to save his life. When he woke up and thought his brother was with him only to find out about his arm and the fate of his brother]] [[FreakOut he freaked out]], killed the Rockbells in a berserk rage, and went outside [[FromBadToWorse only to find]] Ishval destroyed.
* TheUnreveal: We never learned his real name!
* VitriolicBestBuds: With everyone after his HeelFaceTurn, especially Ed.
* WarriorMonk: He was a warrior-priest of Ishval during the war, and tried to do penance afterward through becoming a death-seeking avenger of God.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: He's one of the few survivors of a brutal genocide which killed almost all his loved ones. As revenge against the government who massacred his people, he becomes a SerialKiller who exclusively targets state alchemists. Fortunately, he gets much better overtime.
* {{Wrath}}: His big sin. He essentially views himself as the wrath of God personified, starting him down the deep end.
** Foreshadows [[spoiler:him being the one to finally kill Wrath the homunculus.]]
* XMarksTheHero: DoubleSubverted. He starts out as a HeWhoFightsMonsters-style AntiVillain, but the ensuing CharacterDevelopment slowly turns him into an AntiHero instead.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Izumi Curtis]]
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->Voiced by: Shoko Tsuda (JP), Creator/ChristineAuten (EN), Cittlali Godoy (Latin America)

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'''Affiliation:''' None\\
'''Rank''': A housewife!\\
'''Speciality:''' Martial-Arts/Alchemy without an Array]

Mentor to the Elric brothers, she taught them both alchemy and martial arts, both of which she is very much a master of. Despises State Alchemists. Believes in physical honing over focus in alchemy as a balance. Also, ''scary as hell'', especially when coercing her apprentices.
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* ActionGirl: A very competent fighter and one of the few people whom Ed and Al fear.
* ActionMom: She taught Ed and Al advanced alchemy and how to kick ass while also having become a mother figure for them.
* AerithAndBob: Her Japanese given name stands out a bit since Amestris is basically 20th century Europe and unlike the Xing characters, Japan has no (known) direct counterpart in this universe.[[note]]Xing bears a few elements of Japan in terms of clothing, weaponry, and fighting styles, particularly those of the bodyguards Lan Fan and Fu. However, given that their names are still chinese-esque, the origins of Izumi's name remains a mystery.[[/note]]
* ApronMatron: Izumi will proudly proclaim herself a HouseWife while simultaneously [[MamaBear kicking the ass of every single person/chimera/immortal who dares to hurt her surrogate kids.]] Then she beats said surrogate kids up herself!
* AwesomeButImpractical: In a nutshell her fighting is this, as when she does fight, she often ends up curbstomping her enemies. However, her missing organs makes it very impractical for her to fight.
* BadassBookworm: When she started training the Elrics, she effortlessly dodged everything they threw at her ''while'' reciting the first lesson of alchemy from memory ''and'' reading from a cookbook simultaneously.
* BadassTeacher: ''She's'' the one who taught Ed and Al alchemy.
* BattleCouple: With Sig.
* BloodFromTheMouth: Tends to happen at random, completely freaking out everyone around her. Which, [[DarkComedy in a very rare form of this trope]], is usually PlayedForLaughs, including one moment when, mid-interrogation, a perp cracks when she starts vomitting blood all over him. It stops after Hohenheim rearranges her organs to compensate for her damage.
* BoobsOfSteel: She has one of the most sizable busts in the cast, second to Lust and possibly General Armstrong. And she's one of the strongest characters in the series, physically, skillfully and morally.
* {{Catchphrase}}: "''I'm a housewife!''"
** Near the end of the series she deliberately changes it to "I'm an ALCHEMIST!" indicating her intention of giving a good asskicking for the final battle.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Quite possibly one of the strongest characters in the ''[=FMA=]'' universe. She can ''aikido'' you in the air with little effort even if you're stronger than her. Just ask Sloth.
* ChekhovsGunman: While revealed a little late, she is a necessary "sacrifice" required for Father to absorb God.
* TheDreaded: Given the TrainingFromHell they endured while under her tutelage, combined with her HairTriggerTemper, the Elric brothers are understandably ''terrified'' of her and make it a point to avoid making her mad.
* DreadlockRasta: WordOfGod says they're actually microbraids.
* DreadlockWarrior: She is the Elric Brother's teacher of both alchemy and the martial arts. In fact, she is one of, if not THE only person that they are afraid of.
* GeniusBruiser: She'll just pummel you without breaking a sweat normally, so pray she doesn't decide to break out the alchemy too.
* GoodIsNotNice: She does not believe that painless lessons are worthwhile lessons, to put it mildly. But she is undoubtedly one of the good guys.
* HandicappedBadass: She's missing several of her internal organs and randomly coughs up BloodFromTheMouth. She is also one of the most frakkin' epic characters in the entire series.
** She is no longer inhibited by her loss (or at least as much) thanks to [[spoiler: Hohenheim's alchemy rearranging her innards.]]
* HappilyMarried: To Sig. They run their business together, he takes care of her when her illness starts up, and there are frequent lovey-dovey backgrounds when they're both on screen.
* HiddenDepths: Despite being introduced as TheDreaded badass who scars Ed and Al to death, when she learns they did Human Transmutation to bring their mother back to life, she hugs them and tells them its okay, showing us that Izumi is more complex then first thought. It was later discovered that she made the same error when she tried to bring back her stillborn child.
* {{Housewife}}: Emphatically declares herself, one though the closest we see to it is working in a butcher shop with her husband.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Her husband is easily twice her size and can match muscles with Major Armstrong. NiceGuy for the most part, [[TheButcher runs a butcher shop]], [[GeniusBruiser but don't make him angry]].
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: Due to her failed attempt at human transmutation, she lost some of her internal organs (enough to where she could never give birth to a child again.) Partially fixed later, thanks to an alchemical punch to the gut from Hohenheim, who cannot give her organs back but ''can'' nullify the effects of such a loss by restructuring her innards around.
* KillerRabbit: At least when compared to her GentleGiant FaceOfAThug husband.
* LoveAtFirstSight: With her husband after a CrashIntoHello.
* MamaBear: Her own child was stillborn and through a strange exchange of fate, ended up taking Ed and Al as students who just lost their mother. As such, she more or less became their second mother. They are very competent fighters, but hurting them will bring her wrath and she will show you why she is one of the few people whom the brothers fear.
* OlderThanSheLooks: She's revealed to be around ''thirty-eight'' throughout the course of the series (she was eighteen when training in Mt. Briggs, which is stated by soldiers about 3/4 into the series to have been twenty years ago), and doesn't look much older than thirty, if that.
* ParentalSubstitute: Both played straight and inverted. While she primarily served as their teacher, it's pretty evident that she also serves as a strict but caring mother for them (especially given the recent passing of Trisha Elric.) Appropriately enough, the Elric brothers also become the sons she never got to raise (as the child she gave born to was stillborn and her attempts to bringing them back resulting in her losing certain parts of her body and leaving her unable to give birth ever again.)
* PluckyGirl: A grown-up version, but she still qualifies.
* SexyMentor: Winry even remarks that's she's surprised at Izumi's looks, since she got the impression from the Elrics that their mentor was an evil old hag.
* ShoeSlap: Used several times.
* SickeninglySweethearts: With Sig.
* SinkOrSwimMentor: How she trains the Elric brothers: abandoning them on a mostly-deserted island with little equipment. Either they die of starvation, or learn to survive. Even that isn't enough though, as they have to understand Alchemy and its fundamental concepts or else she'll kick them out. Mind, she ''also'' made sure that they'd be okay by leaving someone else on the island to check up on them, which is more than ''she'' got while undergoing the same "training" in the frozen mountains of Briggs.
* SuperStrength: She effortlessly judo-throws ''Sloth''. If any unaugmented human in this series qualifies, it's Izumi.
* ThisIsUnforgivable: When she learns the Elric Brothers did Human Transmutation, she expels them, stating that she cannot forgive them for such a thing. In reality, it's much more complicated [[spoiler: namely in that it reminds of her own attempt to bring back her stillborn child the same way they would tyr to bring back their mother.]]
* ToughLove: She's hard on Ed and Al ''because'' she loves and cares for them, [[spoiler: and empathizes with their pain since she ''also'' tried to use alchemy to bring a loved one back.]]
* TrainingFromHell: She subjects the Elric brothers to this, to the extent that the very mention of her name makes them tremble with fear. Which is nothing next to the training she endured. It involved Mt. Briggs and [[BearsAreBadNews fighting bears]], which we get to see more of in the 3rd OVA. Some of her exploits surviving out there include pilfering military bases for supplies--read that again, ''she stole from [[BadassArmy Briggs]] and got away with it.''
* {{Tsundere}}: Type A as she seems to be 'tsun' when not putting up a "sweet housewife" front, but is unbelievably 'dere' with her husband.
* WaifFu: Looks like a typical {{housewife}}, but manage to to set off her HairTriggerTemper and you're in for a pretty solid ass beating. And you better pray your don't make her angry enough to use her alchemy. [[spoiler:She tosses ''Sloth'', the fastest homunculus and who's built like a tank to boot, like he weighed ''nothing.'' This move completely floored the Armstrong siblings, who had been on the ropes after fighting Sloth.]]
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