!!Both Series
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: For both series. It can be argued that the [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist original manga and Brotherhood]] are {{Shonen}}, while [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime]] is a {{Seinen}} version of the story.
* BaseBreaker:
** Envy: [[DracoInLeatherPants Lovable gender-confused palm tree with a completely acceptable excuse for his/her psychopathy]] or monster who doesn't deserve a bit of the fandom? Moreover, [[spoiler:was Roy justified in his actions when half-fighting, half-brutally torturing him/her or was it absolutely horrific and unethical?]]
** Edward Elric: Obnoxious BrattyHalfPint or total MrFanservice?
** Along the same lines, is Al a good foil for Ed, or just really, ''really'' annoying?
* CompleteMonster: This trope has [[Monster/FullmetalAlchemist its own page.]]
* CrazyAwesome: Armstrong and Barry The Chopper in both series... but for Barry, this trope applies better in the manga version.
* DieForOurShip:
** Rose for those who ship Ed and Winry.
** On top of Rose, Winry has also been on the receiving end of anger from YaoiFangirls because of this trope - although the fact that she's close to both Elric brothers means some of them will just [[ShipMates ship her with the other one]] instead.
** Mostly [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] with Riza, perhaps because her relationship with Roy is close enough to the line [[WillTheyOrWontThey between platonic and romantic]] (in the manga/''Brotherhood'' - it doesn't get elaborated on much at all in the 2003 anime) that fanfic writers can easily shift her into the former role if they'd rather Roy be [[HoYay with Ed or Hughes]].
* FanPreferredCouple: FMA has a lot of ShipToShipCombat, but the ''single'' most popular couple in the fanbase (at least in terms of amount of fanfiction/fanart dedicated to each) is [[HoYay Roy/Ed]], especially among Japanese fans.
* FashionVictimVillain: Envy, and Wrath in the 2003 anime.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Maes Hughes is very popular with the American fanbase, much to the surprise of the Japanese creators.
* HoYay: [[HoYay/FullmetalAlchemist Has its own page]].
* IronWoobie:
** [[StealthPun Alphonse]], Edward, Izumi, Lan Fan, Alex Armstrong, Hawkeye, ''Mustang''... oh, ''almost every good guy''.
** The trope might as well be called "Fullmetal Woobie".
** [[spoiler: Armony]] from the first PS2 video game.
* LauncherOfAThousandShips: Ed. Al. Roy.
* MemeticSexGod: Roy Mustang often has this effect in fanfiction, which, to be fair, is not that dissimilar from [[TheCasanova his character in the actual show]] ([[spoiler: although, it gets subverted in the manga/''Brotherhood'']]). The difference is in fanfiction, he tends to have this effect [[EvenTheGuysWantHim regardless of gender]], whereas in the anime we only see it happen to women (and in fact, many of the men around him can't stand him for stealing their girlfriends).
* MoralEventHorizon: Shou Tucker turning his ''daughter'' and the family dog into a chimera. Some even believe he had ''already'' been past the [=MEH=] back when we first met him, as he had already done the same thing to his wife.
* OnlyTheCreatorDoesItRight: Some fans of the manga feel this way about the 2003 series; conversely, part of the 2003 anime's fanbase considers it [[AdaptationDisplacement the far superior work]]. The majority falls somewhere in the middle, but the flame wars tend to drown them out.
* PortmanteauCoupleName: Royai for Roy Mustang/Riza Hawkeye, Edwin for Edward Elric/Winry Rockbell, Royed for [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Roy/Edward]], Hyuroi or Hyuroy for Roy/Maes Hughes, [=LingFan=] for Ling Yao/Lan Fan and [=AlMei=] or [=AluMei=] for Alphonse Elric/May Chang.
* TheScrappy: [[MadScientist Shou Tucker]] for transmuting his wife and daughter into human chimeras.
* ShipToShipCombat: Royai vs. Royed, Edwin vs. Royed, Edwin vs. Alwin, Royai vs. Hyuroi...let's face it, it's all over this fandom. But particular mention goes to Edwin vs. Ed/Rose, the mother of all FMA ship wars coming off of the 2003 anime.
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!![[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Manga and Brotherhood]]
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation:
** Did [[spoiler:Bradley's]] last words show that he really did care about his family or that he didn't care about them at all? It's actually fairly obvious but people love to argue.
** And then there's Truth. GodIsEvil? GoodIsNotNice? Divine distributor of ironic punishment or just does it ForTheEvulz? It's up for debate.
** [[{{Omake}} 4 Koma Theater]]. [[NightmareFuel Scar]]. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Winry’s Parents]]. Will never be able to look at Scar the same way again. We need a “Crowning Moment of Ridiculous” page, but “Funny” will do for now.
** Was Miles actually right about Grumman planning to let Roy and Olivier take the heat as traitors, while he swooped in to take over the government?
** It's generally agreed from TheReveal about [[spoiler: his spy network]] that Roy Mustang is exaggerating his reputation as TheCasanova at least ''somewhat''. But the ''degree'' to which he is - whether he's actually ''completely'' hopeless with women [[SingleTargetSexuality who aren't Riza]] (or even [[ArmoredClosetGay not into any women at all]]), or he just dates about the same amount as a typical affluent, attractive, single 29-year-old - is a question that's caused a surprising amount of InternetBackdraft among the fandom. Roy's sex life is apparently SeriousBusiness.
* AngstWhatAngst: Ed and Al, to the point that Winry has to invoke HeWillNotCrySoICryForHim far more often than is healthy over the first half of the series.
* {{Anvilicious}}: The flashbacks of the extermination of Ishbal have a distinct ''''[[WarIsHell war is bad]]'''' vibe to them. [[TropesAreNotBad Not that it wasn't completely accurate.]]
** It goes beyond just "War is Bad", however. Once the Briggs arc starts, Edward and Alphonse became ''walking anvils''. It gets to a point where adults rarely if ever get upset when Ed and Al lecture them, and those lectures often result in [[EasyEvangelism convincing those adults to see things their way]]. (See: the chimeras in the Briggs arc.)
** For a few more of the non-so-subtle [[AnAesop morals-of-the-story]], there's: "being cynical is bad", "falling into despair after tragedy is bad", "killing is bad" and "revenge is bad". The last one is taken to particular extremes, when Roy's pursuit of revenge on Envy is portrayed as morally equivalent to Scar's killing random State Alchemists. Which it arguably is (Envy was the one who [[spoiler:killed Hughes, amongst a whole bunch of other shit]], State Alchemists in general destroyed Ishval), but still.
* AwesomeMusic: [[AwesomeMusic/FullMetalAlchemist Has its own page]].
* BaseBreaker: Much like Dante below, Father qualifies as this. Is he a threatening villain that [[spoiler: nearly succeeds in his plan]], or is he just a GenericDoomsdayVillain that lacked the charm Dante had.
* BrokenBase:
** Is ''Brotherhood'''s animation style bold, crisp, and original, or ugly, washed out, and far too cartoony?
** Was the manga's ending incredible or did it feel like fanfiction?
** Is ''Brotherhood'' a better adaptation of the manga or not? Somewhat of a separate question from the "which canon is better" debate, since even a lot of people who preferred the manga found things to dislike about ''Brotherhood'' adaptation-wise.
** Are Roy and Riza 'obviously' in love with each other or just platonic? [[TakeAThirdOption Or is it truly ambiguous?]] Same with Al and May.
** In more recent years, a big debate has sprung up over whether the manga (and Brotherhood by extension) are truly deserving of their "feminist" cred. The results have been... explosive, to say the least.
* DracoInLeatherPants: Envy, Kimblee and Lust in particular.
* EarWorm: Any of the ''Brotherhood'' openings, especially #3, Golden Time Lover.
* EnsembleDarkHorse:
** Though the series is full of [[GushingAboutCharactersYouLike likeable people]], Lan Fan is very popular among the ''Brotherhood'' fandom, despite only being a secondary character.
** Ditto Sheska, who many fans lament the disappearance of in the manga, [[BrotherChuck where she simply goes "poof" plotwise]]. The fact that she looks like a female [[NeonGenesisEvangelion Kensuke Aida]] doesn't help matters at all.
** Being an EnsembleDarkhorse has been passed down the Armstrong line for generations!! Both the Major and his sister are definite favorites of the fandom.
** Amongst the bara fans, Scar is a big time example. Darius and Heinkel were also popular enough in fanart to get a doujinshi.
** Greed is probably the most popular Homunculus behind Envy, especially considering how minor of a character the former is compared to the latter.
*** In the manga poll, [[spoiler:Greed I and II]] were ranked the 12th and 13th most popular characters respectively (the highest ranked [[spoiler:Homunculus, only behind Envy]]). If they were both ranked as a [[spoiler:single character (since they ''are'' the same person), then Greed would have scored higher, maybe even higher than Envy]].
** [[OverprotectiveDad Maes]] [[BadassNormal Hughes]], for being a hilarious DotingParent of a KnifeNut.
* EvilIsCool:
** Envy is a dick in every sense. They're just so damn awesome at it that the fans tend to find them [[LaughablyEvil amusing anyway.]] Kimblee also fits. Greed also seems to [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] this trope as he [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor alternates]] between Cool Evil and Cool Good at massive FaceHeelTurn and HeelFaceTurn speed.
** There's Wrath. A guy who can do all those feats of implausible awesome should have been here by default. [[spoiler:He took down ''a tank. ''With a '''sword.''''']]
** Most of the Homunculi, then.
* EvilIsSexy: Lust, obviously. And this canon's version of Kimblee has a ''huge'' number of fangirls.
* FauxSymbolism: Several Christianity references in the manga, most obviously the names of the homunculi. Even so, Arakawa says that "Christianity doesn't exist in that world".
* FoeYay: Roy and Olivier.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment:
** In one of the omake after [[spoiler:Pride consumes Kimblee, Pride is seen spitting him out in disgust.]] A few volumes later [[spoiler:Kimblee ends up depowering Pride from within and allowing Ed to reduce him to his true form in disgust.]]
** Any moment where Ed's shortness and his sensitivity about it is played for laughs, after the revelation that [[spoiler:it's because Al's body has been drawing nourishment from him to survive]].
* GeniusBonus: Van Hohenheim is named after [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paracelsus Paracelsus]], a.k.a. Phillippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus ''von Hohenheim''. In-story, the dwarf in the flask [[spoiler:i.e. Father]] names him Van Hohenheim but initially suggests he take on the name Theophrastus Bombastus.
** Executive Order 3066, Bradley's order to wipe out the entire Ishvalan people, is named for a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executive_Order_9066 not-nearly-as-bad-but-still-a-pretty-huge-dick-move]] RealLife executive order.
* HarsherInHindsight:
** The scene in Brotherhood where Ed and Al see Bradley while talking with his wife and son is [[DramaticIrony already quite unsettling]] for them because they know that [[spoiler:he’s a homunculus]], but it gets even worse if you know that [[spoiler:his son is a homunculus, too. One has to feel sorry for Mrs. Bradley]].
** In a flashback to Xerxes, the king ordered a "waterway" to be dug around the kingdom. One of the workers comments "Nothing less to be expected from the King of Xerxes, he even thinks about commoners like us!" [[DramaticIrony Eeeeugh]].
* HellIsThatNoise: [[spoiler:When the [[NightOfTheLivingMooks mannequin soldiers]] are awakened during [[ApocalypseHow the Promised Day]]]]. If that first scream from [[spoiler:one of the mannequins]] was from a character in any series being tortured by {{Satan}} in Hell, it would've been among the more terrifying examples. Which, considering their very state of existence as well as the BigBad [[SatanicArchetype of the series]], [[FridgeBrilliance well]]…
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Ed mentions that if he ever went to see God, he'd probably get sent right back to earth. [[spoiler: Guess what he does twice; once to escape certain doom, and again to save Alphonse in the final chapter.]] And that's without accounting for the very start of the story in the first place, meaning he's secretly speaking from experience [[spoiler:and then it happens again]].
** ''Creator/TravisWillingham'' and ''Creator/LauraBailey'', who are the dub voices of Roy Mustang and Lust respectively, are now married. With that knowledge, just try to watch episode 19 without laughing at some point. This also makes Mustang talking about bringing Lust onto her knees into [[DoubleEntendre a whole 'nother context...]]
** Years ago, [[Creator/VicMignogna Vic]] and [[Creator/CaitlinGlass Cait]] did a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMyY7Qu5XTc funny/adorable marriage proposal skit]] at a con. [[spoiler: [[WackyMarriageProposal We all know the last scene of the manga]].]]
* JerkassWoobie: Ed, Mustang, the second Greed, Scar, [[spoiler:Pride]] and Envy.
* LevelBreaker: The final fight had every character being as [[LargeHam hammy]] and [[ChewingTheScenery taking as much screentime]] as possible.
* MagnificentBastard:
** Kimblee and Father.
** Roy Mustang always has a plan when he is involved, and often pulls them off with elegance and style.
* MemeticMolester: Mr. Garfiel in the 4koma skits. No one is safe. Not even Ed.
* MemeticMutation: Regarding everything that happens once [[spoiler:Father successfully activates the national transmutation circle]]:
-->[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion I know, I know I've let you down]]\\
[[LyricalDissonance I've been a fool to myself]]...
** Major Armstrong's CatchPhrase "X HAS BEEN PASSED DOWN THE ARMSTRONG LINE FOR GENERATIONS!"
* MisaimedFandom: [[spoiler: Roy's]] [[CurbstompBattle curbstomp]] of [[spoiler: Envy]] was enjoyed a little ''too'' much by the fandom. [[spoiler: Envy]], from the 2003 series, was a massive KarmaHoudini who managed to get away with ''a lot'' of atrocities without any real retribution, so many saw [[spoiler: his torture at the hands of Mustang]] as belated LaserGuidedKarma. WordOfGod is that the intent was to show that [[spoiler: Roy]] was getting close to succumbing to HeWhoFightsMonsters.
** Now that the anime has come out, [[spoiler: Roy's]] mad rage and [[spoiler: Envy's]] pain and fear are easily evident in their voices, so this is less of a problem.
* {{Moe}}:
** May Chang. Small and cute. Also badass, but that's [[BadassAdorable another story...]]
** Also Nina, Elysia, and any cat that finds its way into Alphonse's armor...
** Lan Fan can be pretty Moe in her more vulnerable moments, particularly [[spoiler: while she's recovering from losing her arm]].
** Arakawa herself doesn't seem too fond of the concept, having complained about in one volume's opening pages.
--> '''Hiromu Arakawa:''' MOE, MOE, MOE! Everything's coming up MOE! Enough already!
* MoralEventHorizon:
** Bradley not only headed Amestris during the rebellion, but rejected Loug Lowe's proposal to sacrifice his own life to end the violence, saying one life is only equivalent to one life (and presumably intending to kill ''all'' the Ishvalans).
** Envy [[spoiler:killing Hughes and almost getting Maria Ross executed for it]], and starting the Ishval rebellion by killing a child and framing an innocent soldier for it (who got court-martialed and presumably executed) and if the later wasn't enough, when Ed and Al find out this from him, he ''proudly gloats'' about this act.
** Homunculus Father crossed his [[spoiler: in his backstory when he manipulated Hohenheim, the King of Xerxes, and the King's Alchemists into making PhilosophersStone bodies for both himself and Hohenheim out of [[PoweredByAForsakenChild every single soul in the country]]. Seeing the MO of this guy's [[SatanicArchetype Satan-based objective]] in action is truly [[NightmareFuel horrifying]]]].
* {{Narm}}: The first opening sequence of ''Brotherhood'' is mocked for the bit where Ed loses his arm and leg, Al loses his whole body, and Winry loses...her balance.
** The fifth opening might have worked had it come earlier, but by the time it arrives it's pretty absurd to see a show that's become wall to wall {{HSQ}} moments suddenly get such a soft, gentle theme song.
* NarmCharm:
** [[spoiler: After Father swallows Hohenheim, he looks like he's pregnant. This is offset by the fact that Father's OneWingedAngel is '''''absolutely terrifying.''''']]
** [[spoiler: Father's appearance before swallowing a god]] also qualifies. How ridiculous it looks only makes the shit that much crazier.
** The aforementioned eyecatches actually manage to come off as pretty badass in episode 44, where they're played just after [[spoiler:the title character's triumphant and unquestionably awesome reentry into the series after being missing for an episode.]]
** The [[LargeHam ham-tastic delivery]] Father's dub voice actor does as he [[spoiler:pulls God down to earth]] would normally induce huge spiels of laughter in any other scenario. In this one, it induces that nervous, [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow Oh-my-god-I-feel-my-brain-breaking]][[BrainBleach -MAKE-IT-STOP]] sort of laughter.
* NightmareRetardant: If something terrified you in a volume, chances are the omake will make fun of it in a such a way you'll never be able to take it seriously again.
* RuleOfSymbolism: When Roy is talking about [[spoiler: how all his loyal men (and woman) have been taken away, while going over the chess pieces representing them, the bishop in the panel is tipped onto its side.]]
%% [[spoiler: During Father and Hohenheim's initial fight, notice the dragons they use against each other. Notice a difference?]] %% Zero Context Example. Give more information before putting back in.
* TheScrappy: In addition to [[spoiler: Tucker]], the unnamed gold-toothed doctor is also not well liked, often being referred to as a "bastard".
* SuperlativeDubbing: Like its predecessor before it. Possibly moreso as nearly all the original cast is brought back and have experience for the roles. Even the newcomers for Al, Scar, etc. manage to capture the spirit of their characters. In particular, Travis Willingham's deeper and more confident delivery as Mustang is considered a big improvement, as he'd had several years to hone his craft since doing the first series.
* TheyJustDidntCare: A criticism frequently leveled at ''Brotherhood'', mostly on account of the rushed early episodes, which are an unfortunate side effect of trying to cover all the events of the manga covered in the 2003 anime to catch new viewers up to speed, without staying on them long enough to bore people who saw the first anime.
* UglyCute:
** Envy's chibi true form is guaranteed to make you giggle or want to huggle him/her [[spoiler:even when s/he's being broiled alive]]. Perhaps even more in that case. Also, Gluttony.
** Slicer could count, when he's reduced to just a helmet.
* UncannyValley:
** The cyclops army.
** Then there's the [[spoiler: reincarnated Xerxians]]. Even the characters got a bad vibe when they showed up.
* UnfortunateImplications:
** Garfiel, particularly in the omakes, where he's frequently the butt of jokes about how gross effeminate men are, and is portrayed as a sexual predator for laughs.
** Grumman slapping Rebecca's rear being played for laughs. In the manga, she at least gets to yell at him for it, but not in the anime.
* {{Wangst}}: Al's serious consideration that he might just be a fake-soul-in-armor that Ed created, and Winry and Pinako are in on the joke.
* WhatAnIdiot: When the heroes, after long enmity and a fight, [[spoiler:''finally'' reduce Envy to a mostly-helpless [[EldritchAbomination larval green thing]], they... put him in a jar and give him to May Chang so that she can save her family's fortunes with the secret of immortality]]. There are ''several'' problems with this.
** Although May, Ed, and [[spoiler:a reforming Scar]] are not the kind of people to kill a helpless opponent, the soldiers [[AndZoidberg and Yoki]] should have fewer reservations, particularly as [[spoiler:Envy]] has been incredibly dangerous, and immediately demonstrates that he is only ''mostly'' helpless.
** The secret to immortality that [[spoiler:Envy]] knows involves some really nasty, evil things and there's no good reason to think that he knows a better method. [[spoiler:Edward has already refused to use a Philospher's Stone because of it, as has May herself, not to mention how most of Scar's people were literally ''killed for it''.]] Thus, none of them should be okay with it being given to [[spoiler:an Emperor who May had said earlier wouldn't hesitate to use it]]. If Envy did know a better way, it's doubtful he'd tell her because he likes nothing better than to see people tearing each other apart.
** They're sending [[spoiler:Envy off with an unsupervised kid. May can [[BadassAdorable handle herself in a fight]], yes, but she is soft-hearted and Envy is an excellent deceiver.]]
** In conclusion, nobody at all should be surprised that [[spoiler:Envy talks May into a nest of zombie-like abominations that he uses to regain his full power]]. It's an IdiotPlot to ensure that both May and Envy will be in Central in the final arc.
*** When [[spoiler: Al is trapped in the dome with Pride and allows Pride to beat out morse code on his head ''for hours'' until reinforcements show up to free him. Al is naive and trusting to a fault but surely he's been around the military enough to figure out there was some kind of foolery going on there.]]
* TheWoobie: Half of the sympathetic portion of the cast need hugs.
* {{Woolseyism}}: Xing's answer to alchemy (''renkinjutsu'') is ''rentanjutsu''. This word refers to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_alchemy Chinese alchemy,]] but actually using something like "Oriental alchemy" or "Xingese alchemy" would get pretty stale and unwieldy after a while. The ''rentan'' refers to the goal of Chinese alchemy, the elixir of life. Drawing off of this, Funimation dubbed it as "alkahestry", after [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alkahestry alkahest]]. As a universal solvent, alkahest was another hypothetical goal of alchemy and would have had valuable medicinal applications; [[GeniusBonus if you understand the reference]], "alkahestry" manages to convey Chinese alchemy's greater concern with medicine than with gold and sounds exotic next to "alchemy". The substance was supposedly invented by Paracelsus, whose birth name was Von Hohenheim, and the fictional Von Hohenheim was the inventor of Xingese alkehestry.
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!! [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 Anime]]
* AdaptationDisplacement: Even a few years after ''Brotherhood'', this is usually where casual anime fans' minds go when someone mentions "Fullmetal Alchemist". At least, [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff in the West]].
* AngstWhatAngst: Being [[spoiler: kidnapped and nearly killed by a serial murderer]] would traumatize most people for life, but [[spoiler: Winry]] seems to bounce back pretty quickly.
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Hohenheim gets a lot more of it here than he did in Brotherhood (where he's seen as more unambiguously benevolent): is he a wise [[TheAtoner atoner]] who feels bad for [[spoiler:all the [[BodySurf Body Surfing]] he's done]] or a suicidal JerkAss whose excuse to [[ParentalAbandonment abandon]] his children and wife Trisha doesn't cut the test and who [[spoiler:unintentionally helped the [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazis]]]].
* AssPull: It's hard to think of the AlternateUniverse twist as anything other than this, considering the complete absence of any foreshadowing, and the amount of FridgeLogic it raises in regards to the Gate of Truth and how Alchemy functions.
* BaseBreaker:
** Envy, Wrath and Rose are among the most polarizing characters. In the case of the latter, this is probably why she suffers DieForOurShip more often than Ed's other love interests (with the exception of [[TheScrappy her double]] in ''Conqueror of Shamballa'').
** [[spoiler: Dante]] as a BigBad is often a lightning rod for the debate over [[BrokenBase which anime is better]]. Some fans of ''Brotherhood'' believe that she's less interesting and imposing than Father; however, just as many prefer her over Father, praising her abhorrent selfishness and her role as Edward's ShadowArchetype. Most fans seem to agree that each fits their respective continuities, and that which one you prefer ultimately comes down to personal tastes.
* BrokenBase:
** Is [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime adaptation]] the superior work, merely a very well-done PragmaticAdaptation or [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks a completely unacceptable mess that perverts the original source material]]?
** Was the 2003 anime's ending excellent and original, just passable, or a convoluted mess?
* ContestedSequel: Some fans view TheMovie as a touching send off to the characters that ties together most of the loose ends left over from the series. Others see it as a kick in the junk that resolves nothing and simply screws everyone over worse than they were screwed in the series.
* [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome Crowning Soundtrack Of Awesome]]:
** Michiru Oshima's score is considered to be a masterpiece. The openings and endings aren't anything to sneeze at either.
** Several tracks stand out in particular, such as Bratja and Dante's various themes.
** the Kelas
** "Regret", the song played entirely on the harmonica that plays during Mustang's flashback of the Ishval war in Episode 13.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwY4lilrJv4&feature=related "YOU'RE GETTING ATTACKED BY GERMAN ZEPPELINS, HAVE SOME BEETHOVEN".]]
* CultClassic: For many of its fans.
* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: In comparison to the more optimistic manga/''Brotherhood'', many viewers complain about this during the final quarter.
* DeaderThanDisco: Has sadly become this among many anime circles that prefer ''Brotherhood''. Averted for the most part, though, as ''Brotherhood'' didn't get the high ratings or the status as a GatewaySeries that the original did in the West. In fact, there's still quite a fanbase for the 2003 anime on some sites like tumblr.
* DieForOurShip: [[TheWoobie Rose]] gets it a lot from some Edwin shippers and YaoiFangirls. Even with all the horrible things that happened to her, getting an [[AscendedExtra expanded role in this version]] did not help her with shippers. And in turn, a lot of Ed/Rose fans hate Winry; YaoiFangirls generally tend to leave her alone, though, as it's more common for them to make [=AlWin=] ShipMates with [=RoyEd=].
* DracoInLeatherPants: Envy gets even more of this than he does in ''Brotherhood'', likely due to his more sympathetic motivation of [[spoiler: being the failed transmutation of Dante and Hohenheim's son, and resenting his father and half-brothers]]. But it's to the point where some fangirls seem to forget that he's so evil; some of them even [[FoeYay ship him with Ed]]!
* EvilIsSexy:
** Lust, so much that she's the picture of the trope article.
** Envy seems to [[LauncherOfAThousandShips get around pretty well]] in fanfiction for one of the most unambiguously evil characters in the series.
* FashionVictimVillain: Envy and Wrath.
* FoeYay: [[spoiler:Because Greed is the incarnation of one of Dante's lovers, he involuntarily feels affection towards her and is drawn to her home, despite the horrible things she does to him.]]
* GatewaySeries: Love it or hate it, this series was one of the driving forces behind the big Anime boom of the early-mid 2000s.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: ''Brotherhood'' completely eclipsed this series in its native Japan, but the first anime remains the more popular and influential series on American shores. It's hard to tell whether it was simply due to it falling during the aforementioned Anime Boom while ''Brotherhood'' came after the bubble burst, or because the first anime captured something in Western audiences that ''Brotherhood'' just didn't.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** In episode 22, Envy asks Ed if he wants him to turn into a taller version of Ed. Then comes episode 50 [[spoiler: and we find out Envy was Hohenheim's first son and looks a lot like a taller version of Ed]].
** [[spoiler: Selim Bradley. A human boy in the first anime and King Bradley (Pride)'s adoptive son. Bradley kills him in a fit of rage in the finale.]] In the manga and the second anime, [[spoiler: Selim turns out to be Pride (Bradley is the manga's Wrath), oldest and deadliest of the Homunculi, and Bradley works for ''him''.]]
** In one of the flashbacks, a young Ling Yao can be seen, wearing sunglasses similar to Greed; while he has no important role in ''this'' anime, [[spoiler: he becomes the new Greed in ''Brotherhood'' and the manga]].
** At the end of the (non-canonical) OVA "Kids", there is a prominently displayed photograph of an elderly Ed shaking hands with an important-looking, formally dressed man who bears a moderate resemblance to BarackObama. (The OVA was made more than three years before he was elected President of the United States.)
* IncestSubtext: There's significantly more of this in this version than in the manga/''Brotherhood'', which is a large part of the reason that [[BrotherSisterIncest Ed/Al]] is as popular of a ship as it is (probably the second most popular slash pairing after Roy/Ed).
* JerkassWoobie: Wrath and Scar
* LauncherOfAThousandShips: Envy was a big one for this series, despite being even more evil here. Ed in particular is even ''more'' of a "fandom bicycle" among the 03 fans, since he never got a canonical love interest in this version.
* MemeticMutation:
** Roy Mustang [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-RUSFq16Wo&feature=related loves dogs.]]
** Roy Mustang has a dream once he becomes Fuhrer. It involves female officers and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WKPH_8PwFA tiny miniskirts]].
* MemeticSexGod:
** Everyone wants [[EvilIsSexy Lust]], no exceptions. Sloth also fares well in this department.
** It's a joke among some fans of this anime that [[LauncherOfAThousandShips everyone]] (yes, ''[[EvenTheGuysWantHim everyone]]'') is in love with Ed and he just [[ObliviousToLove can't see it]].
** Envy, of all characters, seems to be this among certain parts of the fanbase.
* MoralEventHorizon: Crossed by both Scar and the Homunculi. Envy crosses it with [[spoiler:the murder of Hughes]] and enjoys dancing over it again and again. Depending on who you ask, [[spoiler: Bradley]]'s came with either [[spoiler: Marta or Selim's murder]], or TheReveal that [[spoiler: he engineered the Ishvalan War to try to make a Philosopher's Stone, and wants Lior to be a repeat of Ishval]].
* {{Narm}}: [[spoiler:Scar standing up to an absurd amount of punishment in his swan song episode, until it starts to feel like Monty Python. Plus he apparently carries Kimblee's body to a rooftop in his teeth.]]
** [[spoiler:Cyborg Archer. The design is ridiculous, and it stretches {{Schizo Tech}} to the absolute breaking point.]]
* NarmCharm: How many fans feel about [[spoiler:[[FanNickname TerminArcher]]]]
* NoYay:
** [[spoiler: Dante]] hitting on [[FreudWasRight Ed]]. It gets even worse when you consider that she's mainly doing it to "be loved by the son of Hohenheim."
** There's also a bit of [[spoiler: LesYay between Dante, in Lyra's body, and Rose]]...which [[GirlOnGirlIsHot wouldn't have been that bad]], were it not for the fact that [[spoiler: Lyra's body [[{{Squick}} was rotting]] and she wants to take Rose as her next one]].
** And then there's the fangirls who ship Kimblee with [[SociopathicSoldier Archer]]. As if the fact that they're both psychopaths wasn't bad enough, one of them is a ''half-mechanical {{cyborg}}''!
** The episode with Psiren, where she repeatedly unzips her outfit in front of Ed, and makes some decidedly seductive remarks? At this time, Ed is 15 years old.
** The tendency of Envy to be a LauncherOfAThousandShips among some parts of the fanbase, tends to have this reaction among the rest.
* TheScrappy: Noah from TheMovie. It turns out it's a pretty good thing the writers didn't create the Ed-Noah-Alfons love triangle originally planned for the film; hardly any fans like her, and instead they ship [[HoYay Ed and Alfons]] together.
* {{Squick}}: The scene where Izumi Curtis eats that crumb off of the the island boy's face was done in a manner that suggested it was supposed to come off as sweet, but it ended up more gross than anything.
* StoicWoobie: Lust. Mustang can give off this impression sometimes, considering his guilt over his part in the Ishvalan war.
* StrawmanHasAPoint / HannibalHasAPoint: The lecture [[spoiler: Dante]] gives Ed and Al about how EquivalentExchange (in terms of being a principle for life, outside of its use in alchemy) is crap. The fact is that, yeah, she's right that there are a lot of times in life where the effort you put into something is disproportionate to what you get out of it (for example, she talks about how Ed, as a ChildProdigy, passed the State Alchemist exam with flying colors on his first try, while others had been slaving away and repeatedly failing it for years). [[spoiler: Hohenheim]] later gives Ed a more optimistic take on it.
* SuperlativeDubbing: Formal reviews of the series rarely pass up mentioning the overall quality of the voicework in the English version. It helps that all of the actors involved ''loved'' the series to death and put their hearts into it.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: It's notable that many (though certainly not all) of the complaints about the series come from fans of the manga, rather than from fans who saw it as a stand-alone series. Conversely, it's not unheard of for those exposed to the franchise through the 2003 anime to sometimes have this attitude towards Brotherhood.
* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Psiren. Meant to be a {{Classy Cat Burglar}} with sympathetic motives for her crimes...except each and every time those motives are shown to be lies, and she even tries to murder Ed. Her motivation for wanting to give the town visibility (and even then, it's ambiguous whether she actually cares about that) is kind of drowned out by that.
* UnfortunateImplications:
** Claus, the girl who dresses like a boy in episode 4, stops doing so after she gets over the death of her sister. The implication being that dressing as the opposite sex always stems from something negative, and is "just a phase" that people grow out of when the negative thing is resolved.
** Barry the Chopper being a VillainousCrossdresser, once again reinforcing the idea that there's something wrong with those who dress as the opposite sex.
** Rose getting an obliquely-presented, but obvious, case of {{Rape As Drama}} offscreen, which she never gets to actually discuss (because her trauma turned her mute). Her treatment in the show is pretty excessively sadistic overall, but this is the worst of it.
* ValuesDissonance: Izumi's domestic violence against the Elric brothers; Ed and Al abusing each other.
* ViewerGenderConfusion: Envy. Although, unlike in the manga/''Brotherhood'', [[spoiler: he does get a canonical gender at the end]].
* {{Wangst}}: Some people find it excessive the way this version handled Al's identity crisis after his confrontation with Barry the Chopper. In the manga and ''Brotherhood'' anime, Winry gives him a stern talking-to and he quickly snaps out of it. Here, he gets an additional episode to stew over it and even when he comes to his senses, it has lingering effects on his later CharacterDevelopment.
* WhatAnIdiot: Both involving homunculi and their deaths:
** Wrath [[spoiler:takes Ed's sample of Mrs. Elric's remains into himself to deny Ed using them on Sloth. Wrath fuses with Sloth. Ed and Sloth figure out what is very stupid about this immediately.]]
** Pride when [[spoiler: he strangles Selim for bringing in his AchillesHeel - giving Mustang the chance to use it against him - rather than telling Selim to run away with it]].
** Rose in the 2003 anime had a lot of those moments. A priest says he can bring her BF back to life. She believes him. She later sees the disturbing, horrid, disgusting body that was clearly made out of parrots (who had all their feathers plucked out) that's going to be used to make a replacement for her dead boyfriend and she's ''still'' on the fence about it.
** Al has two of these in the final third, like [[spoiler:stopping Martel from killing Kimblee, thus making him responsible for everything Kimblee does afterward, holding on to the idea that Sloth is his mother long after it's clear that she's trying to kill both him and Ed. To be fair on the second one though, even though he knows it's not his mother, Sloth still looks and has memories of her. She even acts like her to toy with the Elric brothers and it happens to work far better on Alphonse.]]
* TheWoobie: The Elric brothers, many times. Wrath, Winry, Rose, Roy, [[IronWoobie Izumi]], even JerkassWoobie [[AntiVillain Scar]] and StoicWoobie [[HighHeelFaceTurn Lust]].
* {{Woolseyism}}: In the episode with "Warehouse Thirteen", one of the characters mentions that the house only appears at night, and that it's a "Were-house". The pun works ''brilliantly'' in English.
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