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He uses Scar's destruction technique to defeat the Slicer Brothers.
And learns to cancel it during his second fight with him. Lampshaded in Brotherhood's second opening.
Ed sorts out things with Al after Al has a Heroic BSOD by kicking his ass in a fight and then reminiscing about their childhood to knock Al out of the BSOD.
He figures out how Greed's "Ultimate Shield" works — then he breaks it.
He does it in the first anime, too.
He manages to find a way out of Gluttony's stomach — which exists as an entire dimension unto itself.
In that episode of the dub, Ed says, "I'm sorry, but I have to use you" before he opens the Gate. Later on, Hohenheim says the same line before he uses the souls of Xerxes to create a transmutation circle that protects all of the souls in Amestris. His father's son indeed.
He defeats Darius and Heinkel with old dynamite — by transmuting the ammonium out of the nitroglycerin to overwhelm their heightened senses.
He figures out how to render Pride powerless — turn out the lights — and blocks Pride's attacks after the lights come back on using Greed's Ultimate Shield technique on his automail.
He verbally rips Envy apart by reading the Homunculus' motives perfectly; when Envy realizes the irony of his entire existence, he destroys his own Philosopher's Stone. Ed never has to lift a finger to do it, either — he merely talks Envy into suicide.
In Brotherhood, Ed manages to one-up the manga at the end of Episode 26. During the scene where he travels back from Gluttony's stomach, he sees Al's body as he gets dragged back through the Gate of Truth. Moments after it closes, he punches the Gate open and promises Al that he will come back soon. The manga has the same scene and the same lines, but it doesn't have Ed punching the Gate.
The idea that The Truth disguised himself as Al makes the scene a bit depressing, but it also makes The Truth's response downright fascinating. You could say it ruins the feeling that Ed talked to his brother, but the look of shock on "Al's" face when Ed bursts through the Gate of Truth makes it all the more awesome. The Truth can't believe what it's seeing. Many people probably saw Al looking down with a smile, assured Ed would eventually come back for him — but under this interpretation, it almost looks as if The Truth thinks, "You know what, Alchemist? ... I don't even doubt it." Ed eventually keeps his word; see below for the details.
When Pride taunts Ed that he's never faced a shorter opponent before, Ed quickly gets the upper hand and yells, "I KNOW EXACTLY HOW SHORT PEOPLE FIGHT!"
When Kimblee blows up the ground to escape from a fight in Episode 41, Ed falls through to a mine and wakes up impaled with a metal pipe. He's saved the lives of two of Kimblee's chimera soldiers, who free themselves from the rubble and go over to Ed to see if he's alive. Ed asks them to pull the pipe out so he can transmute his life to stem the flow of blood. When they do, it hurts even to watch, but it's pretty damn amazing once you realize how much pain he was in.
He finishes Pride off with a nasty case of Your Head Asplode. This also doubles, strangely enough, as a Heartwarming Moment: Ed not only lets Fetus!Pride live — despite how Pride had nearly hijacked Ed's body — but he places Pride on his jacket for comfort and warmth.
His method of taking out Pride should count, too: Ed uses his soul as a Philosopher's Stone to force his way into Pride's consciousness, then he suppresses the Homunculus' own Philosopher's Stone, which severs Pride's contact with the souls that support him. Basically, he beat Pride by possessing him, something that only the Homunculi could do.
"Get up, third-string. I'm gonna show you just how out of our league you are!"
He said something similar to Father Cornello way back at the story's beginning.
He pulls off the most awesome of Awesome Moments near the end: he pulls Alphonse out from the Gate, malnourished but alive and whole, with no new injuries to either himself or Al. Everyone in the world considered this impossible without either the help of a Philosopher's Stone. How did he do it? He offered up something that even The Truth considered an Equivalent Exchange for Human Transmutation: the ability to perform alchemy.
The entire conversation between The Truth and Ed during this moment has to count, too. In the anime, the nonchalant, fair, and sometimes cruel in-universe God even laughs in joy about Ed's offer.
Truth:You've done it! That's the right answer! (Ed claps his hands) Good job! You beat me! (Ed begins the transmutation) Go ahead, take him home. (Truth begins to dissolve) The back door's right over there. Good bye, Edward Elric. (Truth disappears completely)
A very minor one, but in the manga when Shou Tucker continues reaming Ed with his Not So Different lecture even after Ed nearly beats him to death, Al gives him a perfect Shut Up, Hannibal! counter by warning him that if he goes on it any longer, this time he'll be the one laying into him rather than Ed.
He manages to evade capture from the chimera for a time by using his form to his advantage, by running away from them, planning to tire them out.
And in Chapter 102 he refused to get his body back, since that weak flesh and blood body cannot be used properly for combat, and he needs to be able to fight in the Final Battle. Yes, it's much more awesome and emotional than it seems.
"Mr. Tucker... if you keep talking, this time I'll shut you up."
Al shines on more than one occasion, but his comeback against Kimblee and Pride is probably the one where he is most badass.
When Pride chopped off his arm and threw it back, he transmuted it into a sword! That kind of quick thinking is just sheer badass.
It gets better. Al, with his creative alchemy, had his sword swing blocked by Pride. So what does he do? Transmute the blade to flex around the shadow and connect the strike! More badass quick thinking on Al's part.
In Chapter 107, Al first shielded May from Father's Wave Motion Gun, critically damaging his blood seal. Then, when he saw that Edward was pinned with Father about to kill him, he asks Truth for a refund by transmuting his own soul for Ed's right arm. The last part also qualifies as a Tear Jerker.
After Lust tears a water pipe and drenches Mustang, he reveals he isn't so useless with water. After all, his transmutation circle moves oxygen. And water has plenty of oxygen in it. And Havoc has a lighter. See where I'm going with this?KABOOM!
Actually it separates hydrogen from oxygen which if you have ever done that, and then tried to light it, it makes a HUGE explosion. Which is what happened to not so poor Lust.
Fire, or, rather, the process of combustion, is essentially the process of oxygen binding itself super quickly to just about everything it can reach. Water doesn't burn because it's H2O, or Oxygen that has already been joined to a pair of Hydrogen molecules, hence, already burned. So, with all that water in the room, Mustang simply slices the bonds between the oxygen and hydrogen in the water and has Havoc use his lighter to start the Combustion process and rejoin them. All at once.
Then Lust stabs both Havoc (paralyzing him) and Mustang and tears up Roy's gloves, leaving them both for dead. Later, with Hawkeye BSOD'ing and Al struggling before her, a sudden blast of flame blows Lust off her legs. We see Mustang, revealing that by using Havoc's lighter and his specialized circle that he carved into his own hand he was able to cauterize both their wounds. He then incinerates Lust, proclaiming that no matter how many times she regenerates he will kill her, and keeps blasting her over and over until her Philosopher's Stone runs out and she dies. With her finger-lance centimeters from his face.
The most awesome part of that fight, when Lust asks how he can still move with his wound: "I sealed it with fire!". BAD. ASS.
What makes this scene so impressive is that it is the first major victory the good guys have that cannot be somehow twisted to help the villains. This is so apparent in the scene where Envy chews out Wrath for letting Roy live, it's clear Lust's death was like a slap to the face of the Homunculi, making them think "Oh shit, we're not invincible after all!"
Not only that, he practically made a whole, fail-safe scheme to get her off the hook on the fly. Knox wasn't in on the plan, but when saw that the corpse actually wasn't Maria Ross he knew that Roy was up to something, and decided to support him. Roy never directly spoke to Knox until after the autopsy report was filed.
Mustang owns Ed and Scar by defeating the Cyclops Army with a single snap of his fingers. What they both couldn't manage in a couple of chapters, he did in one panel. Ed's expression of complete disbelief was absolutely priceless. Also, making Rizablush should be considered an impressive feat.
Episode 1 of Brotherhood... after being drenched by Isaac, Roy furiously blows up part of the regenerating ice wall later (with replacement gloves via Riza). "WHAT DO YOU THINK OF MY FLAMES NOW, YOU BASTARD?!"
In Chapter 107 he proves that not even blindness holds him back when he returns to the fight and repeatedly incinerates Father, while Riza clings to his side and gives him directions.
Also: "Defense... like this? Hmm. This clapping thing is convenient."
To clarify, she twigs that something's up, then acknowledges and subverts the UST between Roy and her to trick Envy. Awesome.
Snapping Mustang out of his Roaring Rampage of Revenge by telling Mustang that after she kills him then she will kill herself so that the knowledge of flame alchemy dies with her.
Not to mention that this is also a little scary, seeing as she almost outright states that she wouldn't hesitate to kill her superior officer/love interest if she thought it was necessary, even if she'd commit suicide afterwards.
Yes, but back when he made her his aide, he told her to kill him if he ever "strayed from the path"; so she's following his instructions.
Earlier, during her "love conversation" with Mustang, Gluttony appears behind her. Her response? Calmly saying "I'm sorry. It seems that a nagging customer has come for me." then firing her rifle to stop Gluttony, with help only from Black Hayate and Fuery. Then later, she chides Mustang for nearly blowing his cover and endangering the whole mission, despite the fact that he saved her ass.
Chapter 107. Revenge of the Meaningful Name, as Hawkeye acts as Mustang's eyes to roast Father.
"Don't worry, we have eyes of a hawk watching over us."
During the fight against the Führer-rejects, she is the only one who actually manages to take some of them out. This is made even more impressive by the fact that she's the only Badass Normal in the group.
Marcoh revealing to Envy that since he knows how to make Philosopher's Stones, he knows how to destroy them. Since Homunculi are created from Philosopher's Stones, Envy is in trouble, to say the least. And by "in trouble", we mean "Marcoh blew his giant monster body apart and reduced him to a tiny, cowering tadpole-thing, with one transmutation." Doubly awesome given that Marcoh is possibly the least threatening character in the story (Besides Yoki. BUT SEE BELOW).
"What the hell do you two think you're doing!?!?".
Two different Awesome Moments one right after another: Ling Yao gets his fighting KingBradley in a sword fight while holding Lan Fan after Bradley has grievously injured her. While escaping, Lan Fan tries to kill herself so that she can no longer be a burden to Ling, while Ling tries to stop her. Bradley, following her trail of blood, sees her arm attached to a dog — Lan Fan had cut her arm off, and escaped into a sewer.
Even better is Lan Fan's fight with Envy, totally cut from the anime. Envy tries his very best to attack Lan fan who manages to evade and counterattack. He can't even lay a finger on her as she totally outclasses him. Later, Ling shows up and they fight until dusk. The only thing that stops the fight after consecutive hours is Pride echoing through the streets for the homunculus to stop. Even better, this occupies Lust's allies as Mustang takes her out.
Ling Yao finishing the fight against Gluttony by shoving a grenade into his mouth, blowing it, then quickly tying him up while he's regenerating. All in less than 5 pages. He also gets a minor CMoA when you see him actually lift Gluttony into Hawkeye's car.
Ling gets to kick Gluttony's ass again later on in the story- he convinces Greed that he can fight Gluttony in the dark better than he can, regains control of his body as Gluttony lunges at him from behind... and then grabs the thing by the back of its head and slams it into the ground effortlessly.
To add to that, during the fight Greed has to cope with memories rushing into his head (an experience he describes as "clawing the inside of his skull" and is shown to be extremely painful) and possibly Ling fighting him for control. So in other words, Greed had the flu and still managed to fight Wrath to a draw.
Father's would be when he stamps his foot, and Ed, and Al can no longer perform Alchemy until Father wishes it. The idea that the Big Bad is so powerful that even the best alchemist from Amestris are helpless against him is chilling.
That scene did double duty. The fact that Father managed to stop the Elric brothers' alchemy was frighteningly awesome... the fact that Scar and May Chang shocked everyone, Big Bad included, by still being able to transmute was a more traditional variant of awesome.
Oh it wasn't just the Elric Brothers. He shut off the Alchemy of EVERY SINGLE ALCHEMIST IN THE VICINITY, IF NOT ALL OF AMESTRIS.
Pride eating Gluttony was a Kick the Dog moment and terrifying, sure. But it also went to show how Bad Ass and deadly he is, as did his epic fight with Kimblee against Al.
He also gets another small one when trapped with Al. While trapped, he spends the time tapping on Alphonse's helmet with a stick. The audience, and Al, thinks it's because he's bored and just playing with it. But when the chimera Heinkel speaks with Al, he notices that Pride is not just tapping randomly, he's transmitting an SOS through Morse Code. Cue both Heinkel and Al having an Oh, Crap reaction right before Kimblee blows up the dome, freeing Pride and nearly killing Heinkel
In a flashback, after being ordered by his ridiculously vile superior to execute an Ishvalan peace envoy, Basque Grand informs him that many of the highest-ranking soldiers who died in the Ishvalan genocide were killed, not by Ishvalans, but by their own disgusted soldiers. Grand then walks up to his superior and does exactly that.
Basque: I AM BASQUE GRAND, THE IRON BLOOD ALCHEMIST! IRON AND BLOOD! MIGHT AND MANPOWER! IF I DON'T LEAD THE ATTACK, WHO WILL?!
Brotherhood adds a moment. In the manga, Grand dies off-screen at Scar's hands. In Brotherhood the battle is shown, and while it's short, it's clear that the Brigadier-General is still at his best. Despite being surprised by Scar he has the upper hand for much of the fight, and actually manages to trap him in a giant steel box, losing only because he is unaware of the latter's ability to destroy by touch. It's a very nice moment for fans of Grand in particular, who get to see that he didn't go out like a chump.
"You can hibernate there until spring, you big lummox."
She continues her habit of killing members of High Command after one of the Generals holds her at gunpoint. She stabs his arm, causing him to drop his gun, and then in one smooth motion, she picks up the gun and points it at a second General. She then points out that their cause is not noble, nor is she like Mustang — and shoots him in the head.
She then takes the first General as a hostage, holding him at both gunpoint and sword point and orders his subordinates to call off the men defending Central. When they don't comply, she stabs his foot. After all that, the General then pulls off his own moment of awesome, telling his men not to comply with General Armstrong's orders. While GeneralOlivierMiraArmstrong holds him with both a sword and a gun. That takes guts.
Close the north, south, east, and west gates of the Central Command Center! Do not let a single one of Briggs or Mustang's soldiers inside!"
Then she manages to convince the Central soldiers to work with her against the Cyclops Army. Though it's granted that Central Circle is Bad Boss in general....
Then, after all the crap they gave to him, Sloth finally focusing his attack toward Armstrong siblings. Alex realizes this, and telling the soldiers... "Stay back. We are the targets". And what they do? These soldiers, who are less than 3 chapters before are ready to kill Olivier and Armstrong without a single thought, instead pull a You Shall Not Pass to Sloth. These siblings are so awesome, their awesomeness turns the opposition.
The Briggs soldiers, taking out the head command, when the commander is about to commanding the civilian area bombardment. And then...
Major Armstrong: COURAGE RAISED A HUNDREDFOLD! MUSCLES RAISED A THOUSANDFOLD!!!
Cute Bruiser May manages to clock the utterly surprised Elric brothers in tandem and rescue Scar from military police capture with a powerful combination of long-range alkahestry and wicked martial art skills.
The four chimera introduced in the Mt. Briggs arc have already gotten some even though they were recently introduced, and are minor characters:
Zampano and Jerso manage to defeat Scar through careful study of his observed tactics. Later on, Zampano tricks Envy into a trap by pretending to betray the Elrics. Both of them then help Scar and May fight him.
After Pride has captured Al for a second time its revealed that Al doesn't have the Philosopher's Stone... but Marcoh does, and he's used it to heal Heinkel. Pride then notices that the wind has changed and tries to warn Kimblee, but it's too late as Heinkel chomps down on Kimblee's neck.
Hohenheim destroys Father's container by letting Father absorb some souls from him. How did that destroy Father's container? Hohenheim had gotten to know each and every person within his body. Whereas Father saw the Philosopher's Stone only as a bundle of energy, Hohenheim like Al saw that the Philosopher's Stone contained people. Who were really pissed off at Father for ripping their souls out of their body and stuffing them in Hohenheim for over 500 years. The souls then rip Father apart from the inside. Too bad Father no longer needed his container.
Chapter 105, holy goddamn hell. HE CAUGHT A GENERATED SUN. A FUCKING SUN. WITH HIS HANDS.
Chapter 89 is pretty much nothing but awesome. In short order:
Mustang and his crew (that's FIVE people) begin a guerrilla war against the entire Central Army. After they are surrounded, the opposing Captain tells his men to kill everyone but Mustang (including the captive Mrs. Bradley), and just when it looks like the end, the soldiers are shot by Mustang's old platoon from Ishval who had already sent King Bradley into a river.
After a large number of troops are sent to take down Mustang's forces, and the High Command of Central declares that they will defeat Mustang even if they have to use their secret weapons, Olivier tells him "Right on cue. You're nothing but bait for the bears of Mount Briggs. I wonder if your precious dolls will be able to stand up to them?" The bears of Mount Briggs then proceed to attack. They had hidden in the Armstrong mansion while it was being renovated.Magnificent.
Roy foreshadowed this in chapter 85: "'Large' doesn't even begin to describe this mansion. In fact... I think you could fit a company... maybe even a full battalion here."
Riza's friend Rebecca shows up with new weapons, an armored ice cream truck, and Maria Ross. Mustang's mysterious benefactor calls him, saying "Serving the community for 80 years, this is Havoc Sundries. From underpants to armored cars, we're your one-stop shop for anything and everything! AND we deliver!". He's even grown a Badass Beard.
Also, the look on Roy's face is absolutely priceless.
"Second Lieutenant Maria Ross, returning to active duty without permission, sir!"
Kimblee gets a crowning moment of psycho-awesome when, as he's being escorted out of prison, he thanks the warden for his "kindness" with a friendly smile and a handshake... transmuting the man's watch into a bomb, resulting in general terror and panic before everyone realizes it's a fake. "Just a toy, my dear warden. A gift for your children."
And his fight with Ed, who knows that destroying Kimblee's transmutation circles is pointless while Kimblee still has his Philosopher's Stone. So Ed disarms him of the stone, cuts Kimblee's circles, and declares victory. Kimblee simply laughs and calls Ed naive, saying something to the effect of "It never even occurred to you... that I might have another Philosopher's Stone, did it?" And he proceeds to bomb Ed, nearly killing him.
And then, just when we think he's died in an anticlimactic, but fitting way, he's back for one more EPIC gloat in Chapter 106. Helping Ed pwn Pride? T'was awesome.
How about the fact that he survived out of all the souls in Pride because, as he put it, "Howls of anguish...are like lullabies to my ears!" Along with that, the last we see of him is him waving goodbye, holding his hat in the air, and in a perfectly white suit. That has got to be one smooth criminal.
It's also worth bearing in mind that he was perfectly willing to let Pride kill Ed because he simply wanted to see how Humans v. Homunculi would legitimately play out. What pissed him off was that Pride cheated. The man may be an acknowledged and completely self-aware psychopath, but he's no hypocrite...
Pride: Why are you interfering, Kimblee?!
Kimblee: Eh, well, if you had just stuck to your convictions and fought, I wouldn't have done anything. But in the same breath that you boasted of your "Pride as a Homunculus," you ran screaming to steal the flesh of one of the humans you look on as inferior to escape your predicament. You are...hideous.
Made even stronger in the French translation where "hideous" was replaced by "unworthy".
Sloth reveals that he is in fact the fastest of the Homunculi when he has to exert himself, attacking both Armstrong siblings, hitting them constantly before they have time to react. Also hilarious when the Armstrong siblings are shocked and pointing in different directions.
When it looks like Sloth has killed Olivier it's revealed that Alex, using nothing but pure strength, is holding back Sloth, and then punches the ground to collapse the floor to save his sister. Bear in mind that Sloth was barely perturbed by a tank crashing into him.
Dear God chapter 95. When Sloth finally manages to pull the spike out of his mouth, he delivers Alex another beatdown, ending in Alex's arm being pulled out of its socket. Alex's response is to let Sloth beat him up even more, ultimately knocking his arm back into place, then punches Sloth full of holes and then drives a spike into each hole!
Best part of that moment? Alex's line immediately after doing it (at least in Brotherhood): "This artistic muscular and artistic alchemic collaboration..." And at this point we expect him to say the ever famous "Has been passed down the Armstrong line for generations!" But no, he instead follows it up with: "...is excellent and elegant!" In other words, that technique hadn't been passed down the Armstrong line for generations, Alex was just badass enough to trash Sloth with his own power, skill, and ingenuity. Truly awesome.
Yoki gets a Crowning Moment of Awesome when he rams a car into Pride. In his own words: "I'm tired of you guys hogging all the cool parts! Let me be in the spotlight for once, dammit!". Keep in mind that in the matter of under 10 seconds, he blocks an attack on Marcoh, rams a Cosmic Horror and liberates Al from it, and brings in an escape vehicle to get away from said Cosmic Horror and towards the bigger battle.
"I ACTUALLY DID SOMETHING! I ACTUALLY DID SOMETHING!"
He also stopped Marcoh from blindly running to Alphonse's aid. Sometimes being a coward means you know the difference between "being brave" and "being reckless".
Lan Fan, who got an automail implant, a painful process which normally takes three years to recover, and takes Determinator Edward Elric a full year to recover, comes back in action only in six months. "If this shrimp can do it one year, I'll do it in six months."
A bunch of bit characters get a moment of sneaky badass in chapter 94 when they throw off the Central military bosses by claiming to be hostages, while in reality, they're gleefully working with Mustang's crew to broadcast 'the most amazing scoop ever'.
Best part of all? Even Olivier is shocked; the expression on her face is priceless.
Sig shows off how his muscles are not just for show, and teams up with Alex to finally kill Sloth by throwing him into a spike that impales him.
So, Riza and Roy sit down at a table together during lunch — keep in mind that Riza is now Wrath's bodyguard as a way of keeping Roy's crew away from him — and have an innocent conversation about old friends and stuff like that. Later on, Roy goes into a bathroom stall, writes the first letter in their name down, and gets this message: SELIM BRADLEY IS HOMUNCULUS.
The return of King Bradley. All of it. He makes his first appearance announcing that he's going to stop the coup, he then attacks Briggs head on telling them that "What need is there for a king to enter his OWN castle through the back door?", then destroys the tank by himself in a Curb-Stomp Battle. He then defeats Buccaneer and demands that Falman open the door.
With a sword. He destroyed the tank with just his sword.
He did finish the tank off with a hand grenade.
If anything, Brotherhood makes it EVEN MORE BADASS, as he slices a Tank shell in half, cuts through an entire brigade to get to the Tank, which is backing up the passage to Central Command, while firing at him. Sweet lord.
Despite crying like a little girl. But it's not like we can blame him.
"Don't cry like a little girl when acting like a man!!"
Buccaneer gets one immediately after this by standing up and announcing that he can still fight even with his automail arm destroyed and having suffered numerous slash wounds.
And then, as Bradley scoffs at their futile effort to resist, asking if that was what humans called "bravery in the face of death." The one who answers his question isn't Buccaneer or Falman, but Greed/Ling, setting up for a hell of a rematch.
King Bradley's final match as well as the events before it. Despite being half dead and missing his Ultimate Eye, one of the chimeras stated that even with all of them combined, they would lose. Even Scar himself, using both his alchemic powers only managed to barely win. Even in his dying moments, he still proves to be awesome.
Buccaneer's abs are stronger than a tank! King Bradley stabs Buccaneer, but he can't pull out his sword, forcing him to fight with combat knives.
Which is a CMoA for Bradley, too. "Dear me. I guess I'm not quite as proficient with these..."
The Hulu episode summaries are pretty good here.
[Bradley's] first opponent is an armored tank. His second foe is even tougher
Bradley unleashes death on those who dare engage him
She makes her entrance dragging the unconscious body of a man she probably beat up outside, and ignores the dozen or so Chimeras and one Homunculus who just kidnapped her student, and instead throws the unconscious man at her aforementioned student.
Izumi: HOW THE HELL COULD YOU LET YOURSELF GET KIDNAPPED?!
Al: I-I'm sorry!
Lampshaded with Ed:
Fuhrer: I find this your teacher interesting. Shall I enlist her as a State Alchemist?
Ed: Nah, that's bad idea. Unless you're ready to lose a whole army.
Which, later, he tries. He sends the army to start looking for her somewhere around chapter 74, and they never find her. In chapter 93, almost 20 chapters later, she turns up at Briggs of her own will, adding another moment to the list.
But Bradley survives, though. And Lan Fan and Ling don't take it well. To give you the details, Ling is so outraged that he manages to override Greed's mind, uses Greed's diamond-hardened fist to break through Bradley's sword, and destroys King Bradley's Ultimate Eye.
Given that Pride and Wrath are not only the last Homunculi, but the strongest out of the seven, and that saying they're pretty much pissed off at that point is an understatement, I'd bet it is quite troublesome, yes.
"Now, you all have seen the state I'm in. Who shall win everlasting fame as the one who defeated me? The Chimeras? The foreigner? Mustang's loyal dog? Or perhaps... you all like a shot at immortality?"
Not to mention that Bradley is bleeding and blind in one eye and not even in his prime as a fighter, but as one of the pretty Badass Chimera's said, that even with Bradley walking around already beaten up he's terrified of fighting him.
"A battle to the death between two nameless warriors... I like it."
Alphonse is given the opportunity to take his original body back, but refuses, because that body, weakened and underused, would be useless in the final battle.
Chapter 103. Scar and Wrath are fighting when Wrath finally manages to trip up Scar and put him on the ground. He stabs Scar's right arm and is about to impale him with his other sword...when the ground erupts in spikes, sending Wrath flying. He looks at Scar with a look of complete surprise on his face, as Scar stands up and reveals that while his right arm has the power of deconstruction, his left has the power of reconstruction.Wrath's face pretty much says it all.
This has the benefit of being both pretty darn awesome in it's own right, but also demonstrating just how much Character Development Scar has gone through.
Father eats the countries of Xerxes and Amestris, then finishes with the God/Eldritch Abomination the Truth. Keep in mind that Father started out a wisp of black gas inside a flask, which would cause his death if broken.
Chapter 105 is full of this. It might as well be called a Crowning Chapter of Awesome.
Hohenheim (with May helping to protect the rest) is able to return everyone in Amestris their souls back.
What makes this even more amazing is the way he does this. He hid some of the souls that conformed the Philosopher's Stone within him in strategic points of the Earth's soil that he knew would have the effect of releasing the Amestrians' souls from within Father's body. And then he completed the transmutation circle with the shadow cast on Earth by the Moon during the solar eclipse. And he'd been planning this for years. It's not only a HUGE and ridiculously risky plan, it might be the mother of all Crowning Moments Of Awesome. EVER.
Father: Even now you still think you can stop me. YOU'RE A FOOL, HOHENHEIM!
Hohenheim: That's the very reason I came back. IT'S TIME YOU REMEMBERED YOUR PLACE, DWARF IN THE FLASK!
He later manages to deflect a blast with the power of a sun when Scar activates the Alkahestry circle.
Scar is able to finally defeat King Bradley by removing his arms, but Bradley is able to weaken Scar by slashing him with the sword held between his teeth.
Scar's Brother figured out what Father has kept hidden for 400 years. He placed a buffer under the Earth's crust so that he could control when Amestrian Alchemy worked, then purged all knowledge of Alkahestry so no one could figure out what he had done. Scarbro got the knowledge from caravans from Xing which allowed him to learn it and fashion a counter.
The man is obviously Ishval's very own version of Maes Hughes. The glasses should've been a clue.
Let's also remember that during his lifetime, while he was doing this research, Scar's bro was the only Ishvalan that didn't hate alchemy. Which makes Scar and the other Ishvalans' use of this counter to free the Amestrians' use of some of the same alchemy that pillaged them from Father's control that much more beautiful to see.
What about everything else in Chapter 106? Ed having a standoff with Pride, to the point where the Homunculus attempts to take over Ed's body, claiming it's possible due to his lineage connected to Hohenheim and therefore Father. Who shows up to help him, of all people? Kimblee, who had been assimilated by Pride earlier in the story, which allows Ed to release all the souls inside the homunculus and put Pride back in his original form: a baby fetus, of all things. Mein gott.
To go further in depth on Kimblee's resurfacing? He managed to maintain his sense of self amongst thousands of wailing, pained souls simply because he's so batshit insane. "Screams of agony are like lullabies to my ears!"
And what about the time Winry kicked two soldiers, two chimeras, and a homunculus out of her room? Ed's expression in the anime was priceless.
Her first Moment of Awesome was delivering Satera's baby in episode 11, and later earning enough respect from Dominic for him to recommend her to Garfiel.
Al transmuting his soul for Ed's right arm, also a HUGE Tear Jerker. And he does this as he's already falling apart because he shielded May from Father's psycho Beam Spam. The poor kid never stops giving.
After getting his right arm back, Ed GOES TO TOWN on Father; with the chapter ending on the same words he gave Cornello in chapter 1!
Also, the Briggs soldiers. In an attempt to provide some support to the protagonists, they unload everything they have from small arms and mortars. Their response when Father doesn't even seem to be phased by their attacks? They keep shooting.
The cover pic is likely the best one we're going to get. For bonus points, check around the edges, especially the upper right corner.
Doesn't the author herself, Hiromu Arakawa, deserve a mention for her story-telling? She took the concept of revenge, and clearly defined it, something that Masashi Kishimoto is still working on in Naruto, and shows it through Roy Mustang and Scar as the story progresses.
She has an impressive use of Foreshadowing. You know your story is well-planned when the shape of a certain hallway turns out to be important.
For something even more awesome about this entire storyline that Arakawa has concocted, let's seriously pay attention to The Illuminati trope and conspiracy theory and list off a number of ways that the Amestrian conspiracy can be said to be similar. We're talking about a shadowy cabal few people know exists secretly ruling all facets of how this country operates, engineering bloody wars and conflicts for its own sinister purposes, working for a being that could in so many ways be called the series' version of Satan himself, all to fulfill this being's purposes of not only ruling this entire world, but taking over the seat of God, and all believing that they will share in this being's glory. This work, at its core, beyond the remarkable science-based superpowers and further enhanced by the terrific story mechanics and beautiful characters, is about an ever-growing group of willing and capable human beings (and even a Noble Demon), all scarred by the deception in some form or another, waking up to the truth and coming together to DEFEAT THE ANCIENT WORLD-DEVOURING CONSPIRACY. Whether you believe in this sort of thing or not, you have to admire the way Arakawa tackles the theoretical issue, with a story that entails all the pitfalls of a world at least partially dictated by such an organization while still insisting that they can be beaten.
While Greed is sacrificing himself, Father asks why he's disobeying him. Greed replies with, "I have finally reached that rebellious age, father!" Awesome.
Ed punching Father through the chest, Truth giving Father his long-awaited comeuppance, and let's not forget Ed sacrificing his own ability to do alchemy by transmuting his Gate (and in the process impressing Truth). Hell, Truth gets his own in that scene with his Famous Last Words:
Truth: The back door's...over...there...
Ed's probably one of the only people to EVER accomplish this, as he needed to use Al's gate to get back
Even more awesome in the anime, as Truth jawdrops.
Hearing and seeing this scene in the English dub of episode 63 only drives it home even further that this was God here, clearly celebrating the fact that someone finally got it right. ESPECIALLY with the twist on Truth's voice during that scene (see Funimation's crowning moments a bit lower on of the page).
And of course, seeing Father, now back to his original form as Homunculus, getting punished by all the shit he pulled thorough the series is very satisfying. Specially when Truth says it is exactly what he wished for...
"What gives you proper despair for so that you do not become boastful, is truth. And so, I shall give you despair, as well. Despair for those who have become boastful. That is the outcome you desired."
What about when Lan Fan cuts off Father's arm after Greed makes a Heroic Sacrifice?! That was AWESOME.
It's a much quieter awesome in the face of a series full of sheer balls-out badassery, but let's just look at what Mrs. Bradley had been through since chapter 89. Her husband goes missing, she's taken hostage only to find out that Central command is perfectly willing to let her be a collateral casualty, her son goes missing, then it turns out that both he and her husband are inhuman monsters who've been using her since the beginning of their 'family'. Then her husband is killed, and her son is returned to her as a broken shell. With full knowledge of how deeply she's been tricked, of what her son really is, and with everyone left at the top of the military telling her it would be best to get rid of any lingering threats, what does she do? Takes Selim home and raises him into a kind, polite child who worries about injured birds, on nothing but willpower, love, and good parenting. And helps Grumman cement his position as Furher while doing it. Best mom.
When Gluttony attacks Scar from behind and Scar doesn't even turn around, just reaches behind him and manages to grab Gluttony's head and toasts it.
Lust is one of the most badass characters in the series. She blows things up. Nearly oneshots Roy's ENTIRE team (sure she may have failed but she gets points there). Hell, she fuelled the awesome during her battle with Roy. She also attacked Scar and nearly killed him, sparing the Elric brothers. And winning against Marcoh and threatening him.
Of the homunculi, Lust's death could be argued to be the catalyst for the breakdown of the organisation as a whole. Gluttony and Envy are fairly useless without her leading them. Additionally, she only ever fails due to her arrogance caused by 250 years worth of her own badassery, rather than a lack of power. Mustang's just lucky that she wanted him to suffer before dying.
Barry the Chopper barging into the prison and swatting people aside (and terrifying them!) in order to bust the innocent Maria Ross out of there.
Also, cottoning on to Mustang's girlfriend-code-talk right away when Mustang implies that he needs to use a safer telephone line to speak, was this and a Crowning Moment of Funny.
The way various members of the Northern and Eastern Command are able to transmit information to Roy (who everyone knows is being watched). Basically, except for a phone conversation between Buccaneer and Grumman and a more direct conversation between Grumman and a female soldier named Rebecca, each person meets casually with another and then surreptitiously slips a piece of paper with important information to them, casually mentioning that they should say hi to the next person in the chain. The total effort is a truly impressive example of sneakiness.
FUNimation earns a CMoA for reuniting nearly the ENTIRE ORIGINAL CAST for the Brotherhood dub. Even those that are not playing who they played in the original are back. (Aaron Dismuke playing Young Hohenheim, Monica Rial playing May Chang, Troy Baker playing the second Greed).
They also earn an extra CMoA for actually accentuating a moment that's already been mentioned. Specifically, it involves Truth. Whereas in the Japanese version Truth's Voice of the Legion would be an accentuated form of whoever's voice Truth was speaking to at the time, Funimation had Truth strictly voiced by Luci Christian. Except during Truth's shout of approval as Ed sacrifices his alchemy in episode 63 - Maxey Whitehead and Vic Mignogna took over as Truth right at that point in the conversation, creating the effect that Truth broke into a legion voice of Ed and Al out of sheer pleasure at seeing Ed's selflessness!
"YOU'VE DONE IT! THAT'S THE RIGHT ANSWER! GOOD JOB! YOU BEAT ME! GO AHEAD! TAKE HIM HOME! THE BACK DOOR IS RIGHT OVER THERE! GOODBYE, EDWARD ELRIC!"
Scar killing Shou Tucker.
Where's the love for Isaac McDougal? Sure, he shows up and dies in the first episode, but he STILL nearly destroys the military's headquarters, which we later find out is the home of the bad guys! And he does it all by himself.
And he didn't just happen to target and nearly destroy the home of the bad guys. He knew EXACTLY what was going down. Albeit in cryptic language, he essentially said as much, and Ed figured out what he meant halfway through the story. Pretty awesome for a filler character, eh?
The Truth's morality is certainly questionable, but no denying that it's "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Father was awesome. It tells him that he's the same as when he when he was inside the flask and that he's no better than humans, that he was a fool to assume that casting aside parts of his emotions would elevate him above humanity, and that all he's done is steal power from others.
From the 4koma theater, we have the entire Bradley family, including Wrath's Wife teaming up to fight Greedling. Mrs. Bradley even says that Wrath and Pride wouldn't know anything about fighting without her.
The first time he performs alchemy without a transmutation circle.
His statue pwnage of Cornello in the second episode, showing for the first time just how powerful he really is.
The way he defeated #48 by using Scar's alchemy technique.
There's also the Pre Ass Kicking One Liner. Since #48 is actually the souls of two murderer brothers bound to one suit of armor (Ed defeats one by knocking off the head containing the blood seal, but his brother, whose seal is on his body, simply picks it up and replaces it). The second brother, moving in for the killing blow, yells "This is for my brother!" Ed, injured and with his automail failing, almost gives up, but then he thinks of Al (who will be stuck forever as a suit of armor if Ed dies here) and enters his Heroic Second Wind with a shout of "And this is for mine!" Asskicking ensues.
His entire battle with Greed: "Let's start!" "Let's finish!"
Countering Scar's destruction alchemy by subtly changing the composition of his automail.
Al, of course, isn't without his moments:
When he gets pissed and charges down Wrath.
When he outsmarts and defeats Kimblee. "Devious bastard", indeed.
In the final episode, using his own Philosopher's Stone body to fuel the world's first successful human resurrection.
How about in the fifth episode, on the train to Central where the would-be hijackers turn around. Never has the word "Welcome" been more sinister or amazing.
Kimblee: At the end of the day, a human being is not much more than the components used to create a common bomb. If you think about it we're not that special, not you, not me, we're all empty. We're all worthless.
He gets another great Shut Up, Hannibal! moment (Al's good at these) in the final episode when he basically tells Dante to shove it when she tries to stop him from using his Philosopher's Stone to bring Ed back to life: "Stay back! You can't tell me what to do!"
Roy vs. Pride: "I don't know how long you've lived, Fuhrer, or how many times you've cheated death, but not anymore. It's the end of the line." Badass incineration ensues.
The Ed vs Mustang fight in Episode 13.
Ed and Alphonse making their way up to Dietline Eckhart's ship in Conqueror of Shamballa movie.
Ed revealing his Automail to Rose and Cornello in the first episode.
Despite mainly being a Faux Action Girl in the adaptation, Hawkeye gets one when she trips Mustang to stop him from inadvertently getting himself killed against Scar.
Scar versus murderous biker gang. Let's just say flying limbs are involved.
Scar's dispatching of Basque Grand is pretty awesome too. Gran is a feared hand-to-hand combatant and, when they meet, is in possession of Dr. Marcoh's powerful Philosopher's Stone copy, which previously has enabled Grand to transform into a human buttkicking machine. Scar, however, eliminates him as easily as if he's blowing his nose.
The Scar vs. Grand fight in Brotherhood is also quite cool for both combatants. In this incarnation, Grand's alchemy allows him to summon cannons, maces, and bladed chains to throw at Scar. When Scar sidesteps this onslaught, Grand traps Scar in a giant iron box. Against almost anyone else, this probably would've been a victory for Grand right there. Unfortunately, he doesn't actually know what Scar can do, and gets a little too close to the box, allowing Scar to just blow a hole in the cage and do his thing with Grand's head. This fight is especially nice for fans of Grand; because in the manga, he was revealed, in an omake no less, to have been taken out in a sneak attack while walking home. In this version, at least he doesn't go out like a chump.
In his fight with Wrath and Sloth at the factory, Ed does what we've all been waiting for the entire series and transmutes a BUNCH of guns onto his automail. To quote Bruce Willis, "Now I have a machine gun. Ho ho ho." Also counts for a CMoA for Wrath, who one-ups Ed almost immediately by transmuting many more guns into * his* arm and starts shooting.
King Bradley is stalking after a (relatively innocent) chimera, who tries to hide (at Al's suggestion) in Al's armor. Bradley walks up, sword drawn, a wide smile on his face, and greets him: "Good morning, Alphonse!" While sliding his sword down Al's neck. He pulls the sword out and walks away, leaving Alphonse dripping blood through the seams in his armor. Kick the Dog made into an art form.
The fact that Armstrong was nursing the wrong side of himself suggests he at least threw the fight. Doesn't make it any less badass.
Ed's Final Battle with Greed is one of the best animated sequences in the show, and is very often cited when people discuss favorite anime fight scenes.
And who can forget the moment during the warehouse battle when Edward did what fans of the series had wanted him to do since it first aired: transmute his automail arm into a freakin' Tommy Gun?
Envy gets one in the final episode. Almost everyone is terrified of going into the Gate, where all sorts of mysterious, flesh-eating creatures dwell. However, when Envy finds out Hohenheim is on the other side of the Gate, he just strides through it like he owns the place and tells the Gate-creatures to fuck off, 'cause he's got a papa to kill.