!! ''Fullmetal Alchemist'' serves as the TropeNamer for the following tropes:
* EquivalentExchange
* GateOfTruth
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!![[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Manga/Brotherhood trivia]]
* AdoredByTheNetwork: ''Brotherhood'' has essentially replaced the original anime, which has not aired ever since Creastor/AdultSwim started airing ''Brotherhood'' (and which AS no longer has the rights to). It stayed when [adult swim] Action was replaced by the revival of Creator/{{Toonami}}, and so far, as of January 2014, ''Brotherhood'' (along with the long-running ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'') has the distinction of being the only show on Toonami that has managed to stay on the lineup ever since the block was revived.
* FandomNod: 503 as shorthand for Ed/Winry shipping, [[spoiler:Ed calling the new Greed "Gree(d)ling"]].
** [[spoiler:Pride attempting GrandTheftMe on Ed]] may be a nod to ''VisualNovel/FullmetalAlchemistBluebirdsIllusion'', where [[spoiler:Ed is made into the homunculus Pride]].
* GeniusBonus / ActorAllusion:The first thing Envy says upon meeting Ed is "Arara", an expression of surprise and interest. It is often uttered by [[DetectiveConan Conan Edogawa]] when he's playing dumb (see HeyItsThatVoice below).
* HeyItsThatVoice: As with the first anime, there's a lot of this. Combined with...
** RelationshipVoiceActor: In Japanese most of the seiyuu had recently worked on ''{{Gundam 00}}''. In the dub...well, this is Creator/{{Funimation}} we're talking about (a lot of the original main cast is kept); but ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' and ''Manga/SoulEater'' come to mind.
*** ''Brotherhood'' is not the only instance of ''Gundam'' and ''Fullmetal Alchemist'' sharing several voice actors, the original anime also featured several seiyuu from ''GundamSEED''. So it's probably a safe bet that if there is a FMA anime, then they will most likely follow after a Gundam series, and have several voice actors in both.
** TheCameo: Creator/AaronDismuke, English voice of young/teen Al in the 2003 series and ''The Conqueror of Shamballa'', appears in a brief role as [[spoiler:Young Hohenheim]] as he couldn't reprise the voice of Al (due to his voice obviously breaking).
** Both the sub and dub of Brotherhood have some of the ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' cast.
** [[Manga/AzumangaDaioh Yukari]]-[[Creator/LuciChristian sensei]] is {{God}}...be very afraid.
*** Along similar lines (though with less frightening implications), Izumi Curtis and Sakaki [[ChristineAuten share a voice actress]] in their series' respective English dubs.
** Amazingly, in both the Japanese and English dubs, Yoki shares his voice actor with [[Manga/OnePiece Bon Clay]].
** The dub still manages a crossregion casting, though minor -- the Briggs doctor is hinted to sound ''[[GhostInTheShell Major]]''ly [[Creator/MaryElizabethMcGlynn familiar]].
*** ''Sacred Star of Milos'' has Creator/MatthewMercer playing Melvin Voyager and Christopher Smith as Soyuz. The latter also voiced Judeau in the first OVA.
** In Japan, [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Hitsugaya Toshiro]] is the Fullmetal Alchemist. In America, It's [[HotBlooded Ikkaku]] [[Creator/VicMignogna Madarame]].
** Russia from Hetalia Axis Powers shares a voice actor with Gluttony. (Japanese version)
*** And in America, Russia shares [[Creator/JerryJewell his voice actor]] with Barry the Chopper.
** Try seeing Envy as an [[KidIcarus angel]] and a [[Manga/DetectiveConan detective]].
** King Bradley is also a [[Manga/YuYuHakusho Jerk-ass Teacher]] in his spare time. Not to mention a certain [[HellGirl God of Hell]]
*** In Japan, you may also know him as another [[Series/KamenRiderStronger honourable swordsman with a military rank]].
** Ling Yao is the [[Manga/SoulEater son of the Grim Reaper]], while Shou Tucker spends his spare time dissecting living things and swinging around a Death Scythe who happens to be [[VicMignogna Ed]]. Along with this, Hawkeye wears an eyepatch and is in love with Tucker. In the meantime, Roy Mustang doubles as an [[SoulEater ineffectual magical werewolf]] and Selim Bradley is a flamboyant blue-haired ninja. Major General Armstrong is a spider, and Winry has a flame-throwing cheese grater for a weapon. Kimblee enjoys listening to loud music while Scar has gears on his legs for weapons. Guess what? They're still enemies. Meanwhile, Father is also an undead teacher in his spare time, Greed is a transforming legendary sword that's annoying as hell, and Lust is suddenly... flat-chested. May Chang grows up to be a chain scythe than can transform into numerous ninja weapons, and Alphonse Elric [[CatchPhrase doesn't know]] [[MemeticMutation how to deal with]] [[SoulEater this]]. He also spends a lot of time getting beaten up by [[Creator/SonnyStrait Lieutenant Colonel Hughes]].
*** Don't forget that [[SoulEater Death]] is also Hohenheim as well as [[OuranHighSchoolHostClub Tamaki's]] dad (Ouran's Chairman).
*** And Ed seems to attend [[OuranHighSchoolHostClub Ouran]] part time as a certain president of a Host Club and Winry seems to also attend as the [[OuranHighSchoolHostClub cute cross-dressing girl who got dragged into all of this because of a broken vase]].
** In Japan [[Creator/FumihikoTachiki Sloth]] is [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Kenpachi]]. In America [[Creator/PatrickSeitz Sloth]] is [[TheOtherDarrin Kenpachi?]]
** Trisha Elric's Japanese voice actress has now moved on to voice [[Manga/AttackOnTitan Carla Jeager]]. Funny how that does not bode well for her.
** Lan Fan is a [[RosariotoVampire powerful vampire with dual personalities]] and [[{{Naruto}} a white-eyed kunoichi]] [[NamesToKnowInAnime (among other]] [[NanaMizuki things)]] in the original Japanese, where as Ling Yao is a [[AxisPowersHetalia pasta-loving Italian]] in the dub.
* A lot of the dub cast (especially in Texas) got their start from ''[[Manga/DragonBall Dragon Ball Z]]''.
** [[Creator/KentWilliams Father]] used to be more interested in ''creating'' the perfect being via robotics than becoming it through hermetic magic and still had at least one rebellious creation. [[Creator/ChuckHuber Tucker]], Ross, and Breda were among those rebellious creations; in fact, Tucker killed Father in cold blood not too long after we first saw him. Ross eventually got together with [[Creator/SonnyStrait Hughes]], ironically. [[Creator/ChristopherSabat Major Armstrong]] used to be…okay, ''[[TalkingToHimself everywhere]]''. Dolcetto once had a third eye.
** For [[Anime/DragonBallKai the]] {{recut}}, obviously [[TheOtherDarrin some places changed]]. Alex was…a few less people, [[Creator/ColleenClinkenbeard Hawkeye]] took Ross's place, and [[Creator/VicMignogna Edward]] and Knox were members of the Ginyu Force. [[Creator/MaxeyWhitehead Alphonse]] became a Namekian, while [[Creator/MonicaRial May]] got blue hair in her thirties while becoming far less badass and even brattier (she did invent some good stuff, tho).
** A lot of the VA's for this anime are in ''Manga/FairyTail'' now, too. Ling is Natsu, Elicia Hughes is Lucy, Barry the Chopper is Lyon, Lan Fan is Sherry, Hawkeye is Erza, Major Armstrong is Elfman, May is Mirajane, Scar is Simon, Justin is Loke, Sloth is Laxus, and Fuhrer King Bradley is Jose. To name but a few.
* TheOtherDarrin:
** Creator/AaronDismuke couldn't reprise Al's role thanks to hitting puberty and was replaced by Creator/MaxeyWhitehead.
** ''Brotherhood'' replaced a good deal of the Japanese voice actors from the first anime. Two who returned ended up playing different characters. In contrast, the English dub retained nearly all of the original voice actors; the changes basically amount to Al, Scar, Hohenheim, Marcoh, and Breda.
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: Important bits of the plot have been cut for time from the Creator/AdultSwim broadcast, particularly regarding Mustang and his group after he makes his move just before the Promised Day.
* TalkingToHimself: In the original Japanese version of ''Brotherhood'', Alphonse and the miniature panda Shao May are both voiced by Creator/RieKugimiya.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Lan Fan's actress wasn't available for the final episode of ''Brotherhood'', meaning we miss the end of her character development from the manga.
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!![[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 Anime trivia]]
* CrossDressingVoices: Ed and Al are voiced by women in Japanese, but not in English. Envy, however, is voiced by a woman in both versions. It contributes to [[ViewerGenderConfusion his/her/its]] creepiness quite effectively.
* EnforcedMethodActing: Done a ''lot'' in the dub:
** VicMigongna on ''many'' occasions was not actually shown the entire script, and his lines were all recorded in chronological order. As a result, his surprise at what was on the other side of the GateOfTruth, what originally happened after the tucker incident, ''and'' Vic's sadness in the last few episodes were legitimate surprises.
** When Al was hit with a teacup, supposedly, a teacup was tossed at Aaron Dismuke's face.
* HeyItsThatVoice: Numerous in both languages.
** The dub had a surprise cross-region one late in the story: Creator/ScottMcNeil as Hohenheim!
** Earlier than that, Creator/JohnnyYongBosch, typically a Los Angeles-based actor, makes a surprise cameo as a supporting character for one episode.
** The series is purported to be one of, if not the only anime series to be dubbed by actors hailing for all four major dubbing cities: Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, and Vancouver.
*** It's easier to list Texas-based voice actors who ''haven't'' been in ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' at some point than those who have.
** In the Japanese version, an amazing amount of the cast had been involved in ''Mobile Suit Gundam SEED'', which Fullmetal Alchemist had immediately followed in the popular (at the time) Saturday 6 p.m. timeslot after SEED had finished airing. The tradition would be continued with ''Mobile Suit Gundam 00'' and Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood.
** In Germany Roy is Creator/JohnnyDepp (voiced by David Nathan who is the German voice actor for most of Depp's stuff.)
** Hungary: There are quite a few veterans from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'': Courtney is Lust, Brick is Edward Elric, Noah is Denny Bloch, Trent is Vato Falman, Tyler is now Solf J. Kimble, Scott is Kain Fuery, Mike is Brotherhood!Envy, Chef is Brotherhood!Sloth, Anne Maria is Paninya, Blaineley is Rebecca Catalina, Bridgette is Izumi Curtis, Jo/Eva is Gracia Hughes.
* MarthDebutedInSmashBros: Quasi-example: the LicensedGame, ''Fullmetal Alchemist and the Broken Angel'', was released in the US just two and a half months after the anime's Creator/AdultSwim premiere, but was localized ''before'' the dubbing of the anime began; thus, all of the US voice actors were cast for and recorded the game before starting on the first episode.
* RealitySubtext: VicMignogna is religious in real life, which makes the fact that he plays Edward (who is agnostic) amusingly ironic.
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: Not really screwed, per se, but despite still owning the rights to it, Creator/AdultSwim has not aired the series since ''[[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood]]'' premiered.
** Creator/AdultSwim has also rarely, if ever, aired TheMovie.
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!!Unsorted
* FanNickname:
** Hoho and Hohopapa for Hohenheim, Scarbro for Scar's brother, Sexyhobo/Gar for Scar (no, really!), Shinri-kun or Truth-kun for [[spoiler:the guardian of the Doors of Truth]], [[spoiler:Greedling or [=GreedLin=] for Greed once he takes over Lin/Ling's body]] (which is used by Ed as a ShoutOut to the fanbase at one point), etc.
** Also Bob the Blob/[=Proto-Father=] for [[spoiler:Father's original form]], Mr. Monopoly, Colonel Clean (a.k.a. Sparkleman), Palm Tree, Shota [=McShadowrape=], Ninaxander, the Pimp Suit, [[spoiler:Fetus!Envy]], [[spoiler:Godfather]], Scarbro..
* PortmanteauSeriesNickname: Hagaren for "Hagane no Renkijutsushi," meaning "The Alchemist of Steel".
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