Characters: Anime: Fullmetal Alchemist
A short summary page for characters from the 2003-2004 Fullmetal Alchemist
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The protagonist of the series. Seeks the secret of the Philosopher's Stone so he can undo the mistakes of his past of trying to bring back his mother to life. The truth behind the Philosopher's Stone, and the connection to the secrets behind the country he lives in drives the story.
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Ed is a more brooding character than in the manga. This is because the writing focuses more on current events, rather than dwelling on the mistakes in his back story — this version of Edward is faced with problems that require imperfect, morally questionable solutions, and he is frequently confronted with the consequences of his decisions.
- Byronic Hero: Something of a younger version of this trope. He frequently considers morally dubious solutions to his problems, though he rarely carries them out.
- Celibate Hero: This or Chaste Hero, but considering how pushy Rose is at certain points, it's more likely he's ignoring his admirers than completely unaware.
- Childhood Friends: With Winry.
- Child Mage: Alchemy is not an easy thing to learn. Especially alchemy needed to perform Human Transmutation.
- Child Prodigy / Teen Genius: He's the youngest state alchemist known, and he was skilled enough to at least attempt to preform Human Transmutation at a young age.
- Child Soldiers: Edward received a State Alchemist's certification at the age of 12. As such, he is a part of the military, and although he is given a lot of leeway in what he does, every so often he will be called in for a mission.
- Code Name: Upon being inducted into the State Alchemists, Edward was given the title of "Fullmetal", ostensibly referring both to his obstinate personality and his metallic limbs, although it is likely also a joke on his expense by the Fuhrer, as his brother (who is encased in a full suit of armour) fits the title much better at first glance.
- Combat Pragmatist: "All's fair in war, pal. Everyone knows that."
- Cosmic Play Thing: He only manages to get a Bittersweet Ending after everything that happened to him and Al.
- Cursed with Awesome: Even Ed admits his automail has come in handy and saving his life on many occasions.
- Curtains Match the Window: Blonde hair and gold eyes.
- Cynicism Catalyst: The whole human transmutation experience, followed by the Nina incident left him gloomy and cynical, though still heroic.
- Dark and Troubled Past: The series starts with a flashback showing the most significant part of it.
- Determinator: He was a Determinator when he was ten, and he hasn't changed since. Sometimes it's what leads to his problems, rather than what solves them.
- Doesn't Like Guns: At first. In later episodes however, he uses firearms a couple of times (at one point he even transmuted a machine gun onto his automail arm), and by the time of the movie he keeps a pistol stashed in his belongings; perhaps representative of the loss of his innocence. He's a lousy shot however, and still prefers to use his fists over guns.
- Does Not Like Spam: Edward absolutely loathes milk; the loathing is compounded by the fact that people insist he drink it to help him grow, and his height is a sore issue for him.
- Extra Ore Dinary: Edward is especially skilled at manipulating metals, a skill that comes in handy as two of his limbs are metallic.
- Grasp the Sun: Reaches for the sun a few times in various opening credits and in the very last scene of this series.
- Handicapped Badass: Has automail in place of his missing right arm and left leg and isn't afraid to use them.
- Heroic Bluescreen Of Death: Might as well be the patron Saint of this. One of the best examples is after seeing Nina's exploded remains over a wall.
- Hero Insurance: After a particularly destructive duel with Mustang, Edward is forced to repair everything without alchemy.
- I Choose to Stay: At the end of the movie, Edward chooses to stay at the other side of the gate knowing he can never return to Amestris.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Several instances. Not being able to help his mother, Al losing his body, not being able to protect Nina and Hughes dying while trying to help him.
- In the Blood: His father was a great alchemist as well.
- It Gets Easier: Ed at first refused to kill anybody. Then he fights and regrets killing Greed, but later kills Sloth with cold precision. By the time he gets to fighting Envy, he has no qualms whatsoever about killing him.
- It's All My Fault: Believes he's responsible for Al losing his body along with the deaths of Nina and Hughes.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: This trope more or less defines Ed. Although it seems like a lot of the "jerk" is a Jerkass Façade.
- Knight in Sour Armor: Very much so. As the series progresses Ed sees more and more terrible things and performs amoral deeds in return which turns him into a good hearted but cynical hero.
- Life or Limb Decision: In the brothers' backstory, when the attempted resurrection of their mother turned out to require another life to balance the act and Al was chosen as the sacrifice, Ed sacrificed his right arm to pull back Al's soul before it was pulled into the Gate (a mysterious metaphysical object that is encountered by alchemists who perform human transmutations) and then affixed it to a suit of armour.
- Men Don't Cry: His attitude, though he does cry in moments of extreme emotional vulnerability a handful of times throughout the series. Nina's death in particular hits him really, really hard.
- Mr. Fanservice: His shower scene and the one shirtless scene with all his limbs.
- My God, What Have I Done?: The result of trying, and failing, to resurrect their mother. Also, Edward's response to seeing the graves of people in Lior.
- Noble Male, Roguish Male: The Roguish Male to Mustang's Noble Male.
- Non-Idle Rich: He makes quite a lot of money being a state alchemist. He's also quite generous with it too.
- Oblivious to Love: Gets told to his face that Rose loves him and he still doesn't get it. Though she was out of it at the time so...
- Oedipus Complex: He blames Hoenheim's Parental Abandonment for his mother's death.
- Older and Wiser: By the time of The Movie he's 18 years old, much more mellow, and one of the few characters who recognizes that messing around with The Gate between our world and Amestris is going to have consequences.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: Just don't say it to his face.
- Rank Up: As a State Alchemist, he became the equivalent of a Major at age 12.
- Redemption Quest: Ed's mission in life is to get Al's body back, which was lost when they tried to bring their mother back to life. Although the blame for this falls on both boys, Ed blames only himself, and is consumed with guilt.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Al's Blue and Roy's Blue.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man to Al's Sensitive Guy.
- Shadow Archetype: Tucker is a very dark one for Ed, having similarly broken a taboo and sacrificed a family member out of hubris, similarly mangled his own body as an unintentional mark of his transgression, and being similarly obsessed with finding a way to undo his mistakes.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: In regards to Winry.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With Al.
- Strong Family Resemblance: In a short OVA to the first anime Ed is shown elderly and he looks identical to Hohenheim. The same OVA shows that one of Ed's grand kids looks just like Ed when he was younger.
- Thou Shall Not Kill: Refuses to take a life, even when absolutely necessary. As he is quite a skilled fighter, this is not actually a very big problem for him. This attitude ends when he is forced to kill Greed.
- Troubled, but Cute: Edward is generally considered the most attractive person in the series, but he has one of the harshest backstories of the cast.
- Tsurime Eyes: in contrast to Al's Tareme Eyes. This reflects their personalities, as Ed is harsher and rougher than Al.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Edward is a friend to Colonel Roy Mustang, but the two are fighting as often as not.
- Wise Beyond His Years
- You Can't Go Home Again: First burning down his and Al's home in Risembool. Then choosing to stay on the other side of the gate in order to prevent others from invading Amestris.
Edward's little brother, he lost his body during an experiment that went horribly wrong. He survives in the form of a suit of armour, his soul joined to it through the use of a blood seal.
- Achilles' Heel: His blood seal is his one real weakness until he becomes a Philosopher’s Stone, at which point even falling into a river doesn’t erase it. Overusing his own alchemy will cause him to fade away, though.
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: In particular, his dilemma over whether his memories are real lasts longer and is explored a lot more here.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: From blond to dark blond. His eyes are also brown here as opposed to gold in the manga.
- Animated Armor: Alphonse's soul was bound to a suit of armour by Edward in order to save his life. The binding seal keeping Alphonse tied to the armour is painted in blood on the inside of the breastplate.
- Badass: Alphonse isn't as inclined to fight as Edward, but when he does, he will kick your ass.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Subverted. There are hints throughout the series that Alphonse has underlying rage issues, and would go on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge if anything ever happened to Edward. In fact, this is the main reason why he empathizes so much with Scar. After Character Development, however, he resolves to make sure that nobody else will be able to carry out their revenge. This turns out to be his main motivation for going to Ishbal, since he's no longer certain about whether or not he should try to get his body back.
- Blessed with Suck: Since Al's soul is bound to a suit of armor he is effectively immortal unless his blood seal is destroyed and his body is incredibly strong. However he can't do normal things that regular humans can, such as eat or sleep, and he can't interact with the regular world outside of his friends and family without the risk of someone finding out his secret, which leaves him depressed.
- Big Little Brother: Even before the Transmutation he was still about the same size as Edward, this is emphasised in the movie where despite having a body six years younger than Ed's at this point he is still about the same height.
- Childhood Friends: With Winry.
- Child Mage: Alchemy is not an easy thing to learn. Especially alchemy needed to preform Human Transmutation.
- Child Prodigy: Although not as knowledgeable as Ed, he is still extremely skilled at alchemy as a whole.
- Corner of Woe: His version of Ed's Berserk Button. Calling him a "tin can" pretty much results in this.
- Cuteness Proximity: Can we blame him for wanting to keep that kitty?
- Dark and Troubled Past: Same as Edward.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: In The Movie, twice. At first he grows his hair out like Ed to be like him, but toward the end we see him with his hair cut in the same style as it used to be.
- Extra Ore Dinary: Like Ed, his alchemy is specialized on this.
- Gentle Giant: Well, the armor he's bound to is definitely not small. Although he really tries his best to be friendly, the size can be intimidating.
- Glowing Mechanical Eyes: When his helmet is on, he has two glowing dots in the helmet's eyes.
- Idiot Ball: Mainly during Martel's unneeded death.
- Innocent Prodigy: Alphonse was this before his soul was placed in a suit of armor and then again at the end of the series.
- I Will Find You: Determined to find Ed at end of the series. In the movie, his travels were due to his search for Ed, whose whereabouts are unknown.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: Once finds a kitten out in the rain and lets it hide inside his armour.
- Made of Iron: Literally. His soul is encased in a suit of full body armour.
- Parental Abandonment: He takes it much better than Ed does.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Alphonse is the calm blue to Edward's fiery red.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Alphonse's sensitive demeanor is usually used as a contrast to Edward's more reserved, if surly, ditto.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With Ed.
- Tareme Eyes: in contrast to Ed's Tsurime Eyes. This reflects their personalities, as Ed is harsher and rougher than Al.
- Took a Level in Badass Goes to becomes a state alchemist when he's human again and the movie shows how much his alchemy powers have grown.
- Why Am I Ticking?: Kimbley does this to him near the end.
- Wise Beyond His Years: A good example is how he figures out that he can trade his soul for Edward's arm, since the opposite happened.
- You Can't Go Home Again: First burning down his home in Risembool with Edward. Then chooses to join Edward on the other side of the gate knowing they can never return to Amestris.
The Elrics' childhood friend, and Ed's automail mechanic.
- Lovely Angels: With Scheska as the two naturally click with their intelligent interests and klutzy tendencies. They even bug the Fuhrer's secretary's phone together.
- Mr. Fixit: She especially fixes Ed's automail whenever she's available.
- Ms. Fanservice: And how?
- Nice Girl: Mostly, so long as you don't destroy her Automail.
- The Not-Love Interest: Although some certainly see subtext, her relationship with both brothers remains purely platonic. Even so, it's explored quite extensively.
- Raised by Grandparents: Her parents were killed in a war, leaving her grandmother to raise her alone.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Scheska's Blue. While Winry is much more adventurous and loud-spoken, Scheska is spooked easily and keeps to herself.
- Tsundere: Similar to Brotherhood. She's sweet and friendly, but once Ed sets her off...
- Wrench Wench: As a woman who makes lots of automail as well as other mechanical works, she naturally fits this trope.
A mysterious Ishbalan in a Roaring Rampage of Revenge
against the State Alchemists that annihilated his people.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: He's younger than his ''Brotherhood' and manga incarnation, and has notably much smoother features.
- Anti-Villain: Like in Brotherood. The things he did were bad, but he still had very sympathetic motives.
- Badass Transplant: Scar's arm was blown off by a State Alchemist. His brother saved Scar's life by sacrificing his own right arm, which contained alchemical inscriptions.
- Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: He creates the much sought after Philospher's Stone by taking the lives of countless soldiers.
- Cynicism Catalyst: His brother's death appears to have been the final straw, but the injustice done to his people did the bulk of it.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Holy shit. Like everyone (except Kimblee) involved in the Ishbalan War, he has heaps of it. Bonus points for realizing his brother was going to sacrifice a lot of his fellow countrymen to create a Philosopher's Stone.
- Dark Messiah: To the people of Lior, along with Rose. Subverted since his main motive is creating a Philosopher's Stone.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: This isn't just due to his ancestry in this version; his hair actually turned white due to shock.
- Hero Killer: Subverted. While he is a State Alchemist killer, he never actually kills any noteworthy protagonists. Likewise, his first on-screen victim Basque Grand was a serious asshole and a recurring antagonist early on.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Despite killing several people and going on to sacrifice many soldiers to create the Philosopher's Stone, he gradually cared for the Elric Brothers and the Homunculus Lust.
- Mr. Fanservice: Especially notable due to his radically changed character design (to make him look younger), and the fact that he's at least 8 years younger than he is in the manga and "Brotherhood".
- One-Hit Kill: He can touch your arm and make your brain explode. He still has to touch flesh, however, a fact that Ed capitalizes on. When touching materials such as metal, it has to be the kind of matter he thinks it is, or else his ability will not work (Ed changes the metal of his automail arm in his last encounter).
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Like in the Manga, his name was never revealed.
- The Other Darrin: In the dub of the Chibi Party OVA, he's voiced by J. Michael Tatum (it carried on to Brotherhood).
- Person of Mass Destruction: His powers can cause objects and people to disassemble molecule by molecule.
- Sunglasses at Night: He always wears them to hide the fact he is an Ishbalan.
- Survivor Guilt: After Kimblee blows up his arm, Scar's brother uses his own arm as a transplant and dies as a result. Scar had to live with that ever since.
- The Unfettered: He will kill off Central's army for bringing war to Ishbal, no matter what. He manages to kill off quite a lot of them up to his death.
- The Unreveal: His name is never revealed, much like the manga; he believes that by using alchemy, he has renounced his name.
- Tragic Villain: Especially with a much more painful past and his brother going crazy.
- Villain Protagonist: Later on, of the Anti-Villain variety.
- Your Head Asplode: He generally fights by trying to grab someone's head and activating the alchemical circle inside to violently deconstruct everything in the area of effect, resulting in most of the skull being blown away.
A colonel in the military, he is the third most important protagonist in the series behind the Elric brothers. He seeks to become the Fuhrer so he can fix the country, and spread his ideals to the people. And by that, we mean make all the women in the military wear miniskirts.
- Colonel Badass: Becomes General Badass by the end of the series.
- Cuteness Proximity: His reaction to Black Hayate, as mentioned above.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Has a really dark one. See Driven To Suicide below.
- Death Seeker: Used to be for killing Winry's parents, but has managed to get over that by promising himself that he would never follow any more unreasonable orders.
- Driven to Suicide: He's stated he would kill himself, if he had the guts. In fact, as a young soldier in Ishbal he was this close to eating his own gun after killing Winry's parents and had to be stopped by Marcoh.
- Drowning My Sorrows: Possibly to the point of alcoholism.
- Finger Snap Lighter: Roy's gloves are made of a special material that can cause sparks when rubbed together. He uses the gloves as the final step when starting fires, after preparing the area to be incinerated with alchemy.
- Hero Insurance: Subverted. Is forced to repair what he damages during a duel with Edward without alchemy.
- Hurting Hero: Never got over what he did during the Ishbalan war.
- Jerkass Façade: One instance is that while he teases and prods Ed, he actually cares a great deal about the Elric brothers - as Hawkeye points out at Hughes's funeral.
- Kill It with Fire: Part of being The Flame Alchemist.
- Knight in Sour Armor To the point he considered suicide.
- Large Ham: Although usually calm and reserved, Roy occasionally lets his presence be known by striking a heroic pose and/or shouting at someone. Ed lampshaded this when he gives his own impersonation of Roy. In the dub Travis Willingham drew inspiration from his failed audition for... Armstrong.
- Men Don't Cry: Tries to pass this off at Hughes' headstone after the funeral.
- Noble Male, Roguish Male: Noble Male to Ed's Roguish Male.
- Officer and a Gentleman: For the most part, though he has his moments when he loses it.
- Papa Wolf: Is angered when Pride kills Selim.
- Person of Mass Destruction: In Ishbal.
- Playing with Fire: Mustang specializes in fire alchemy, subtly manipulating the environment using alchemy and then lighting it up by snapping his fingers to create a spark with his special glove.
- Post-Victory Collapse: After defeating Pride.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Ed's Red. Color-Coded for Your Convenience with their coats.
- Sand In My Eyes: During Hughes' funeral.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: It's heavily implied living through Ishbal left him with shell-shock.
- Stepford Snarker: An increasingly common interpretation of his character in this version is that he's a Type A one of these, suffering from PTSD as a result of his part in the Ishbal Civil War including killing the Rockbells, and that his characterization in Conqueror of Shamballa is the mask coming off. It's supported by him having traumatic flashbacks to his conduct in Ishval when he's in similar situations in the series, such as the one he gets to killing an Ishvalan child during his battle with Ed in "Fullmetal vs. Flame."
- Stuff Blowing Up: He is The Flame Alchemist.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Wet gloves usually mean he can't use his alchemy.
- "World of Cardboard" Speech: After tracking down Ed and Al late in the series, he tells them about how he contemplated ending his own life once after executing the Rockbells, but then resolved never to follow unreasonable commands again. He tells them he came after them by his own choice, then demands to know why they ran away rather than trust him.
- You Can Barely Stand: His final confrontation with Pride.
Roy's trusted second-in-command and bodyguard, Lt. Hawkeye's calm, collected demeanor and remarkable sharpshooting skills earn her the respect and fear of her fellow officers.
- Badass Normal: She doesn't utilize alchemy like her fellow soldiers, but she still gets the job done with her guns.
- Cold Sniper: Subverted; while not overly affectionate, she's far from cold.
- Cry Cute: In the final episode, when she thinks Mustang is dead.
- Demoted to Extra: While most of the other girls had their roles ascended, Riza gets little Character Development and screentime compared to her manga/Brotherhood counterpart.
- The Gunslinger: Her last name isn't Hawkeye for nothing; she has a great reputation for her sharpshooter skills in the military.
- Pet the Dog: Black Hayate's owner... though her idea of training him is a bit shocking.
- The Stoic: The war has made her rather cold on the outside.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Her name is not exactly common so for quite a time fans were stumped. Liza, Riza, or Lisa? The official version is "Riza" and the manga even has a reference as "Elizabeth" is a code name, not her real name
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Riza has her fair share of more tender moments that hint that there's more to her than the Cold Sniper exterior. Especially involving Roy or the Elric brothers.
Fuhrer President King Bradley
The ruler of Amestris. Fuhrer is his military title, he is also the President of the Nation. His name is King, it isn't a title. He came to rule Amestris after leading his nation out of a bloody civil war and setting up a military dictatorship. He is also the Homunculus Pride and Dante's second-in-command.
And in The Movie
it turns out he's the alternate universe's version of Fritz Lang.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: He looks a bit younger than his manga counterpart and his mustache is less prominent. He also has softer looking features. This is probably due to the fact that he represents Pride instead of Wrath, and indeed it manages to cover up his true nature much better.
- Adaptational Villainy: He was no hero in the manga, but in that, he was at least a relatively amiable man with a genuinely friendly demeanor. Here, however, he's a cold-hearted sociopath who's "kindness" is only skin deep. This makes sense, though, when you consider the fact that this King Bradley represents the Sin of Pride instead of the Sin of Wrath, so him being selfish and cold-hearted sort of comes naturally.
- Badass Grandpa: He's impressively badass, even without taking into account he's 60 and a powerful homunculus.
- Badass Moustache: Even though it's not quite as badass as the manga...
- Blood Knight: For example, he lets Roy blow him up just to see if he'd survive.
- Character Exaggeration: Not as severe as the Kimbley example below, but Pride/Bradley has none of Wrath/Bradley's sympathetic qualities, and has his ruthlessness turned Up to Eleven. He's a mean, vicious bastard and that's about all there is to him.
- Dual Wielding: He always wields two swords in combat. Most prevalent when fighting against Roy.
- Eyepatch of Power: He wears it to hide the Homunculus symbol on his eye.
- Evil Genius: Serves as Dante's deep-cover agent, and provides weapons, coordination and troops for the master plan.
- Faux Affably Evil: He's a pretty nice guy Until it's revealed he's Pride.
- A God Am I: Not God, but considers himself equivalent to an Angel enacting God's will. Ironic, considering his manga counterpart is a textbook Hollywood Atheist and Straw Nihilist.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: Lets Roy incinerate him once, just to test his healing abilities.
- His Name Really Is Barkeep: "King" isn't a title; it's his actual first name.
- Implausible Fencing Powers: Although it does help to be a homunculus with superhuman abilities.
- Irony: Has Instantaneous regeneration in this version, considerable since In both the manga and Brotherhood, he lacks this feature because he struggled enough to reduce the stone to one soul, basically making him the same as a human, just as fragile, but tough as hell like the rest of the cast. Likewise, it's revealed in The Movie his alternate/real world counterpart is Fritz Lang, a Jew, despite being the Fuhrer of the Fullmetal Alchemist world's equivalent of Germany.
- Kick the Dog: His murder of poor Marta.
- Kill It with Fire: How Roy deals with him. After he's nothing but a puddle, he sets it aflame and throws Bradley's own skull in the fire as well.
- Lack of Empathy: His killing of Marta and nonchalantly congratulating Al on helping "trap" her illustrates this quite nicely in him.
- Magical Eye: His Ouroboros is on his left eye, which is the 'Ultimate Eye'
- Morality Pet: His son Selim. Right up until he strangles him.
- Narcissist: Not surprisingly, given his sin.
- Number Two: Dante's right-hand man, and the leader of the homunculi. Has many characteristics of The Dragon as well, given his status as the most powerful Homunculus; that position however is fulfilled by Envy.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: He acts like a well meaning, if sometimes harsh man. In reality, he's a very evil man and The Dragon to Dante.
- Offing the Offspring: Kills Selim for bringing his skull unknowingly while Roy and Bradley were fighting.
- President Evil: Amestris' military dictator.
- Pride: He doesn't even seem to consider the possibility that he could lose to Roy, and sees nothing wrong with keeping his greatest weakness right in his own home. His pre-fight speech indicates that he holds all of humanity in contempt and sees himself as an agent of God.
- Pride Before a Fall: Fittingly enough, Bradley meets his end after he left his one weakness in his own home to be discovered by his son.
- Putting on the Reich: He's called "Fuhrer" for one thing.
- Villain Ball: Murders Selim for bringing his one weakness into the room where he is fighting Roy, thus ensuring that the item in question remains present. Moron.
- Walking Spoiler: Hard to really talk about him without revealing he's Pride which reveals a lot about his role in the story.
- Would Hurt a Child: His own son to boot.
A rather quirky officer working in the records department. He develops something of a parental relationship with the Elric brothers, and assists both Mustang and the Elric brothers in their respective missions. Contrary to his appearance, he is not a man to trifle with.
- Ascended Extra: Zig-zagged. Hughes does have a lot more screen time and development before his death as opposed to his Brotherhood/manga counterpart who is killed fairly early on, but after his death he only gets mentioned a handful of times, and Ed and Al don't even discover that he was killed until very late into the 2003 anime's run. In the manga and Brotherhood on the other hand his death served as a major motivator for the characters and was continuously referred to until the end.
- Badass Normal: He doesn't uses alchemy, but his knives supplement it.
- Disconnected By Death: Hughes is killed by Envy after the homunculi discover he knows too much about their plans.
- Doting Parent: So much so that he's the current poster-boy for the trope.
- Fatal Family Photo: But for most of the series, they're just annoying family photos he keeps shoving in everyone's face!
- Heel-Face Turn: His alternative universe counterpart does this in Conqueror of Shamballa.
- He Knows Too Much: Once he begins to uncover the truth behind Amestris' politics, he gets assassinated for it.
- Killed Off for Real: Next to Trisha herself, he's one of the most notable characters to die first. It's his death that really shows just how serious the Homunculi really are.
- Knife Nut: Hughes is lethal with the small, arrowhead-sized knives he carries hidden on his person.
- Let's Get Dangerous: Seems harmless, but do not let him get near a knife.
- Lieutenant-Colonel Badass: Hides it well with his quirky persona, but he can be a serious, talented soldier when he needs to be.
- Obfuscating Stupidity or Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's either an incredibly skilled investigator and knife expert who hides his skill behind a facade of being an overbearing gushy father and husband, or he really is an overbearing and gushy father and husband who is also an incredibly skilled investigator and knife expert.
- Perma Stubble: Throughout the series, he always had a stubble that never grows any longer.
- Sacrificial Lion: His death happens at about the half-way point in the series, and is a significant turning point, with the tone taking a serious turn for the darker after it.
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: Towards his wife and his daughter. Heck, one of his Image Songs is a duet with Elysia that Tastes Like Diabetes.
- Those Wacky Nazis: Of all the possible people this could have happened to in this show, his alternate world counterpart gets this treatment in The Movie. Notably, despite this trait and the fact at one point he tries to hinder Ed's progress, he's not a real villain (he is Hughes, after all) and even ends up being the one to kill the Big Bad. While he initially shows a little hostility to Noah for being Roma (a prejudice that was not exclusive to the Nazis), he just seems to share their political and economic beliefs and genuinely believes the Nazis and Hitler is the best future for Germany (notably, the Nazis don't actually control Germany yet and Hitler isn't dictator) until the end of Conqueror of Shambala, where he no longer seems to be affiliated with them after what he's witnessed.
- To be fair, this makes complete sense in context when you actually look at the series carefully. Amestris, the series equivalent of Germany, is a military dictatorship whose state army is responsible for committing various atrocities upon some of its citizens, and Hughes was one of the soldiers who carried out one of said evil missions—namely, the Ishval Civil War. Both German and Amestrian Hughes supported an evil regime. While not as deeply scarred as his friend Roy Mustang (especially not in this continuity), Hughes has never forgotten how horrible Ishval was, and in his high-ranking position would go on to uncover the conspiracy behind this evil and get killed for knowing too much—similar to how German Hughes would leave the Nazis after seeing them for what they really are. German Hughes was used as the CoS mirror not only for his own Amestrian counterpart, but for all the Amestrian soldiers who acted to atone for Ishval.
Alex Louis ArmstrongMajor Alex Louis Armstrong, the Strongarm Alchemist! Heir to the Armstrong fortune!
The following tropes have been passed down the Armstrong line for GENERATIONS!
- Ambiguously Gay: His obsession with hyper-masculine beauty and his extreme emotionality both fit Japanese gay stereotypes, and in combination with the fact that he is never seen, mentioned or even hinted to be or ever have been involved with a woman, one begins to wonder...
- Author Appeal: The author of the manga likes to draw big, muscular men. This carried over into the anime adaptation.
- Badass Mustache: The only hairy part of his body, in fact, the mustache goes past his cheeks.
- Bishie Sparkle: Armstrong is particularly famous for this in anime fandom - especially since he's not a bishie at all, and yet he outshines nearly all the traditional examples, as the sparkles show up pretty much every time he's on screen. It's Lampshaded in a scene where Breda is disguised as him, and has paper sparkle-diamonds hanging from his costume.
- Boxing Battler: A style his has been passed down the Armstrong line for generations, apparently. Served with a side of Full-Contact Magic.
- Catch Phrase: "This technique has been passed down the Armstrong line for generations!" is said every time Armstrong is showing off one of his many talents.
- Dishing Out Dirt: His particular alchemic specialty is pounding the ground with his fists (where his arrays are located) and using that to create earthquakes.
- Genius Bruiser: As a State Alchemist, Armstrong is by definition one of the country's best and brightest, as well as a member of the army. When in a scrap, he fights with his fists to great effect, using them to both attack and to utilize the alchemical circles inscribed on his gauntlets to shape the stone and rocks around him.
- Gentle Giant: Of course, when he cools down from chewing the scenery, he can be a very kind-hearted man despite his ripping features.
- Large Ham: Everything he does and speaks... he does with a loud voice and lots of flourish.
- Person of Mass Destruction: As another State Alchemist. In Armstrong's case, he seems to have Earth-based powers, which he achieves by pounding the ground with his fists.
- Punny Name: As one might expect from the name, Armstrong is one of the most muscular people in the show.
- Shirtless Scene: It would be easier just to list all the times he kept his shirt on!
An official from the military court who replaces Maes Hughes
after his untimely death. Unlike his predecessor, he is an incredibly cold and vicious man and is known for his love of war.
- Ambiguously Gay: Archer seems very content on having Kimbley work under him as a personal assistant, and they are both heard humming the exact same tune, implying they must have to spend a lot of time together. The lines are also changed in the dub to have Archer launch his attack in Lior because Scar thought he could do what he wanted, where in the sub Archer launches his attack because Scar killed Kimbley. Ed even lampshades it in the sub.
- Arm Cannon: After his restructuring, his mechanical arm features a built-in machinegun.
- Artificial Limbs: One arm and leg. The former has a machine gun attached.
- Canon Foreigner: Archer is completely original to the 2003 anime, and has not appeared in unrelated works.
- Colonel Badass: He is very capable, sharp, and cool under fire, but definitely not quite the Bad Ass he thinks he is.
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Okay, he was already pretty evil, but his automail restructuring did not help the situation, making him more unstable than ever.
- Cyborg / We Can Rebuild Him: After he loses half his body in the Liore campaign, he is rebuilt as one of these. Includes most of his body on that side, as he was effectively bisected down the middle.
- The Dragon: To Pride. Even after he realizes he is a homunculus, he still wants to serve him.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Shot in the back by Hawkeye while attempting to murder Roy.
- Manipulative Bastard: Attempts to be one, with some success, but largely relies on his position and government connections rather than genuine ability. His personality fits, though.
- My Country, Right or Wrong: Is fully aware that Bradley is a homunculus and honestly doesn't care. He remains loyal to the end.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: Often uses his position to frustrate Roy and the brothers' investigations.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Kimbley's Red.
- Sanity Slippage: Loses quite a bit of his cool after being rebuilt as a cyborg.
- Smug Snake: Right down to the smugly superior tone of voice. Of the relatively high-functioning variety, though, as he's not that incompetent.
- The Sociopath / Sociopathic Soldier: Like Kimblee's anime counterpart, he could care less about Ishbal's people, soldier or innocent. And when he's a cyborg, he didn't even care about shooting his fellow soldiers.
- War Is Glorious: His driving belief.
- We Can Rule Together: He offers Izumi a chance to join the military in global conquest. Predictably, she tells him to shove it.
A Colonel during the Ishbal Civil War, who was in charge of it. He was pretty much just your generic General Ripper
(even if he didn't become a real General until after the war). He shows up mainly to give Ed top secret information, sometimes in front of a bunch of Red Shirts
. He gets killed when Scar simply walks up to him and kills him
- Adaptational Villainy: See Colonel Kilgore.
- Ascended Extra: In the manga, he is only mentioned posthumously and seen during the Ishbal flashback arc. He gets more exposure (and a personality change) here, and is in fact one of the main recurring antagonists early in the series.
- Asshole Victim: Was a major Jerk Ass and dies at Scar's hand.
- Badass Mustache: It looks like it could probably cut you in half.
- Colonel Kilgore: Turned into one by the anime. Unlike his Manga/Brotherhood equivilent who was an honorable man who killed his jerkass general to let the Ishbalan high priest meet with Bradley to at least try to put an end to the bloodshed, and when fighting in Ishbal didn't seem to have any pleasure in fighting (he was just fulfilling his duty as a human weapon), the 2003 anime paints him as a major Jerkass who loved fighting in Ishbal.
- General Ripper: As seen above, his military rank is also a Colonel.
- Made of Iron: He's called 'The Iron Blood Alchemist' for the way he sculpts metal into weapons or armor in combat.
- Mr. Exposition: His main role is to tell Ed the secrets of the Amestrian Goverment.
- Person of Mass Destruction: While he doesn't give his "I am a weapon" speech from the manga/Brotherhood, he still maintains his normal alchemy style of creating BFGs and even encasing them around his body to literally turn himself into a weapon.
One of Mustang's closest subordinates. Before joining the army, he was just a typical country boy.
- Butt Monkey: Gets mocked a lot for his lack of luck in the romance department.
- Demoted to Extra: Havoc doesn't get much screentime to himself here other than Team Mustang's A Day in the Limelight episode, where one subplot revolves around his dating troubles. He's a more important character in the manga and Brotherhood anime, though, playing an essential role in the fight against Lust and Roy's eventual coup.
- Smoking Is Cool: At least, his fangirls think so.
- Unlucky Everydude: Havoc is cute and nice, but with Roy in such close proximity, he can't seem to keep a girlfriend.
Vato Falman, Kain Fuery, and Heymans Breda
Mustang's other subordinates, a trio of officers that fill out various functions. Their loyalty to Mustang is unquestionable.
Falman voiced by: Takehiro Norozono (JP), Kyle Hebert
Breda voiced by: Tomoyuki Shimura (JP), Josh Berry (EN)
- Brilliant but Lazy: Hinted at with Breda considering his skill at strategy games.
- Demoted to Extra: All three of them have much smaller roles compared to the manga, mostly serving as comic relief.
- Eyes Always Shut: Vato Falman. In the manga, a Brigs soldier even calls him "Squinty Eyes".
- Fan Nickname: Roy-tachi, Mustang-tachi, Team Mustang.
- Greek Chorus: When present, they tend to be this to Mustang-centric plots and, on one occasion, a plot centered around Havoc's dating troubles.
- Mauve Shirt: Not quite. They serve a greater role to the story than most shirts, but they're hardly players in the game.
- The Short Guy with Glasses: Kain Fuery is the shortest of the three. He could've been the shortest in the whole military if Ed didn't join.
- The Smart Guy: Fuery would be this, if it weren't for the fact that both Breda and Falman are easily his equal in intelligence, if not smarter. Still, he is the resident communications expert.
- Spock Speak: Falman talks this way sometimes, such as in Episode 13 about Black Hayate.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Breda is afraid of dogs.
Armstrong's subordinate. Serves as one of Edward and Alphonse's bodyguards during their investigations in Central.
Ed and Al's other bodyguard, his carefree nature combines unexpectedly well with his serious partner Maria.
Voiced by: Misao Harada (JP), Jim Foronda (EN)
- Cannot Spit It Out: Clearly has a thing for Maria, but can't get up the guts to admit it to her.
- Mauve Shirt: He has an important role in the Lab 5 arc, but doesn't get to do much more than that.
- Spell My Name with an "S": His last name can be alternatively be spelled "Bloch", but it also requires a different pronunciation.
- Those Two Guys: With Ross.
A young and cute librarian with a prodigious visual memory. Her investigations will come handy more than once...
- Ascended Extra: She's only prominent in one or two chapters early on in the manga and never appears again; here, however, she continues investigating Hughes' death against Mustang's wishes until she became something of a second heroine next to Winry.
- Brainy Brunette: She didn't become a librarian for Central's largest archive for nothing. She is very intelligent.
- Expy: She is Yomiko Readman from Read or Die, but without any paper manipulating powers and with a lighter, shorter hair.
- Genius Ditz: Although sharp as a tack, she can be a very clumsy, nervous woman.
- Lovely Angels: With Winry as the two naturally click with their intelligent interests and klutzy tendencies. They even bug the Fuhrer's secretary's phone together.
- Meganekko: Is rarely seen without her large, brown-rimmed glasses.
- Photographic Memory: Combined with her love for books, she has an astounding memory.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Winry's Red. While Scheska is spooked easily and keeps to herself, Winry is much more adventurous and loud-spoken.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Scheska? Schezka? Schieska? Schiezka...?
As beautiful as she is deadly, Lust acts as The Corrupter
amongst the Homunculi, tempting others into trying forbidden alchemy. Like all Homunculi she's a result of Human Transmutation, namely the failed transmutation of the woman loved by both Scar and his brother.
- Cloning Blues: Wonders about her past existence as Scar's brother's lover.
- The Corrupter: She initially influenced people to create the Philosopher's Stone.
- Dark Action Girl: Despite her immaculate looks, she is not above fighting or getting her hands dirty when she needs to, and she's one of the most active antagonists.
- Death Seeker: Her death shows that the true reason she wanted to be human was so that Lust could be able to die.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: She desires to be a human greatly.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: As for most homunculi.
- Hoist By Their Own Petard: End's up being sealed by Wrath with the same Transmutation circle she created for Sloth
- Femme Fatale: A lesser version, but she does exploit her beauty to get men such as Lujon to do her plans.
- Heel-Face Turn: Up until her death.
- I Die Free: Realizing her dying moments are more human than anything, she accepts it.
- Intimate Marks: As befitting her character, her Ouroboros mark is right on her cleavage.
- Lust: Not only does she inspire lust in others, acting as a muse to alchemists, but her character is defined by a lust for humanity.
- Manipulative Bitch: She does encourage people to go after the Philosopher's Stone. Lujon's death, however...
- Pinocchio Syndrome: Her primary motivation is that she wants to become human, even moreso than the other homunculi do.
- Wolverine Claws: Lust's primary weapon is her fingers, which extend into blades.
A simpleton who loves to eat, and will eat anything. Has an odd, symbiotic relationship with Lust and acts as her companion and bodyguard, and is never seen acting independently. Of all the humonculi, his 'life' is never examined. Dante implies she made him specifically to create Philosopher's stones.
- Acrofatic: Can make great leaps and run on all fours quickly despite his weight.
- Alas, Poor Villain: It's heartbreaking how sad he gets after Lust's death, and when Dante transmutes away all of his thought processes so he can't think of anything besides eating, making him "pure" and basically lobotomizing him.
- Ambiguous Innocence: He seems to be utterly incapable of moral thought and acts like a child.
- Ax-Crazy: Dante turns him into this in the finale. The good news is that in the process, she sealed her own fate.
- Bald of Evil: As seen above, not a hair on his head and not a white spot on his soul (if he had one).
- Beast and Beauty: With Lust.
- Big Eater / Extreme Omnivore / Hungry Menace / Villainous Glutton: He practically embodies hunger-related tropes; if it exists, he can eat it, period.
- The Brute: He serves as the muscle the other Homunculi order around, and lacks any higher agenda or motive.
- Despair Event Horizon: After learning about Lust's death, he loses the motivation to do anything but just sit there and mumble her name. Dante fixes that for him.
- Dumb Muscle / Fat Idiot: Clearly not one of the Homunculi's best and brightest, but despite being overweight, he's a very powerful character.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Has eaten people before such as Father Cornello.
- Obliviously Evil: Doesn't seem to see anything wrong with eating people alive.
- One-Winged Angel: A creepy white Eldritch Abomination in the movie.
- OOC Is Serious Business: After Lust dies, Gluttony refuses to eat.
- Psychopathic Man Child: Not very bright and doesn't see anything immoral about eating people alive.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: It's implied that this is why he kills Wrath in the movie, as revenge for killing Lust.
- Vocal Evolution: In the dub; his voice sounds less raspy over time.
A misanthropic, psychopathic shape-shifter with a hate-on for the entire human race and a sneering contempt for the other Homunculi, Envy is the field-commander of the other homunculi and their main heavy-hitter. If Envy can Kick the Dog
, Envy will. Turns out that he's really the failed transmutation of Hohenheim's first born son, the oldest Homunculus and The Dragon to the Big Bad.
A Homunculus so greedy he won't play second fiddle to anyone, even his creator, Greed is the 'black sheep' of the homunculi and escapes from a state of Sealed Evil in a Can
due to the Elrics. He later surfaces to trouble them. From his backstory we learn he's a failed transmutation by Dante of a lover who rebelled from her rule, being uninterested in her egomaniac quest for the Philosopher's Stone.
- Affably Evil: Always polite and before his death, even tells Ed how to kill a Homunculi.
- Bad-Guy Bar: The Devil's Nest, his hideout.
- Benevolent Boss: To his minions.
- Code Name: He is occasionally referred to as "The Ultimate Shield", which also refers to a technique where he uses alchemy to cover his body in a nearly impervious shell.
- Greed: Unlike Lust, who wants abstracts like meaning and humanity, Greed wants to own everything and seeks immortality to give himself the possibility of doing so. Most of all, he wants to be his own man and outlive Dante.
- Immortality: His goal in life.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Finished off by being run through.
- Nigh Invulnerable: His Ultimate Shield mode restructures the carbon in his skin into armour, rendering him near immune to stabbing or punching. Ed kills him by transmuting his skin into graphite and stabbing him before he can reform, a trick Greed's manga incarnation would later use against Father.
- Pragmatic Villain: Not as nice as manga Greed, but ambivalent towards the heroes and wants to be left alone with his designs. He crosses the brothers' path mainly because he believes Alphonse can teach him how to become immortal.
- Suicide by Cop: With the prospect of being imprisoned forever by Dante, he goads Ed into killing him, and with his last words, tells Ed how to kill homunculi.
- Slasher Smile: In his normal form, he has shark-like teeth; his Ultimate Shield form is a more traditional example.
- Strike Me Down with All of Your Hatred: Pulls it on Ed as part of his suicide.
- Take Over the World: His other goal in life.
- Taking You with Me: When the other homunculi flush him out of his hideout, he tries to murder Dante. When that fails, he passes that torch on to Ed.
- Villains Never Lie: "It's my policy to always tell the truth."
- Wild Card: He hates the Big Bad, but isn't joining the heroes either.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: "I have no intention of fighting a woman."
One of the younger homunculi (and implied to be at least the second of her name by Greed), Sloth is the homunculi's inside spy in the Amestris Military through her civilian identity as the Fuhrer's secretary Juliet Douglas. She is revealed to be the failed human transmutation of Trisha Elric.
- Blob Monster: Her body is comprised entirely of liquid, and bullets and swords simply go through her. Sloth was virtually unstoppable, even after the red stones were removed from her body. Had not Wrath fused with her, thus exposing her to Trisha's remains, Sloth would have succeeded in killing the Elrics.
- Brilliant but Lazy: She is much more powerful than she looks, but true to her sin, she rarely uses her full power.
- Combat Tentacles: Her water abilities often manifest as this, when she turns her arms into liquid.
- Dead Person Impersonation: Her official identity is Juliet Douglas, a soldier who fired the shot that started the war with Ishbal.
- Dying as Yourself: Maybe, if her Famous Last Words (in which she tells the Elrics to take care of themselves) are anything to go by.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Has very light skin, is extremely stoic to others, and can attack others without breaking character.
- Elemental Shapeshifter: Unlike Envy, her shapeshifting powers are limited as a manifestation of her water powers.
- Emotionless Girl: Subverted. She tries to be this, but fails during her battle with the Elric brothers.
- Evil Is Petty: Wants to kill the brothers in order to prove that she's capable of having a life independent of Trisha.
- Foil: To Lust. Lust wants to embrace her memories of her former self; Sloth wants to escape from them.
- Gender Flip: Sloth in the manga turned out to be a male character.
- Kill It with Water: Has a liquid body.
- Lazy Bum: Both mentally and physically. Unlike the other homunculi with higher thought she never bothers to come to term with her existence, and her combat style involves staying still as much as possible.
- Boys, I Am Your Mother: Works on Al. Subverted in that she is convinced that she is not their mother, and wants to prove otherwise by killing the Elrics; she uses the trope to mess with them, but doesn't believe it herself.
- Magic Pants: Her water-shifting does not seem to affect the dress she wears, although it does affect her secretary suit at one point.
- Making a Splash: Her power.
- Manipulative Bitch: Plays with Ed and Al's heads throughout their battle, actually convincing the latter to try and protect her.
- Monster Sob Story: Depending on the viewer.
- Not So Stoic: When it involves Wrath.
- Offing the Offspring: Her life's goal is to murder Ed and Al, her former self's sons, so that she can have her own life.
- Parental Substitute: Acts as Wrath's mother.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Wrath's red.
- Shapeshifter Guilt Trip: Uses her resemblance to Trisha as a weapon against Ed and Al.
- Tragic Villain: Seeing as how she's formerly the Elric brother's sweet mother, it's upsetting to see her now trying to kill them just so she can become her own person. Moreover, during the battle with Ed and her, Sloth becomes increasingly unsure if she is their mother or not.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: She's not on Envy's level, but her water abilities make her capable of altering her appearance in various ways.
A hot-tempered, needy child, first discovered by Ed in a 'feral' state and undervent a Face-Heel Turn
thanks to Envy. He is the failed transmutation of Izumi Curtis' dead son.
- And I Must Scream: Being trapped beyond the Gate was not a fun experience for him.
- Artificial Limbs: Gets automail limbs after the final battle to replace the ones he got from Ed's transmutation.
- Ax-Crazy: Especially post Face-Heel Turn after Envy gave him Philosopher Stones.
- Bare Your Midriff: Like Envy, making him as equally androgynous.
- The Berserker: After Gluttony, he's the one who's likely to charge into a fight without thinking.
- Beta Test Baddie: The way he views himself, though Izumi doesn't feel this way at all.
- Composite Character:Like Manga!Pride, he's a particularly ferocious homunculus who initially appears to be an innocent child. He's also the resurrected form of Izumi's stillborn child from the manga, and take's Truth's role as the being at the gate that steals Ed's limbs. Truth even shares his voice actor in Brotherhood.
- Creepy Child: Seems very spooky at first, but becomes dangerously psychotic post Face-Heel Turn.
- Crossdressing Voices: In both Japanese versions and English.
- Cute and Psycho: Post Face-Heel Turn, especially with his Slasher Smile.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Justified in that he was created in the forest without this necessity.
- Driven to Suicide: Implied in Conquerors of Shamballa.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Takes this Up to Eleven in the movie, where he's even more androgynous than in the anime.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Like all Homunculi.
- Enfante Terrible: Post Face-Heel Turn.
- Establishing Character Moment: His very first line of dialogue (not counting him crying when Izumi asks him who he is and where his parents are) is when the Elrics check up on him while everyone is asleep. It's a pretty big tip off that he's not a normal kid.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Towards Sloth and eventually towards his real mother, Izumi.
- Face-Heel Turn: When Envy feeds him red stones. And then he does a Heel-Face Turn in The Conqueror of Shamballa.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Though not as much as you'd think, he still goes for more of the rage filled side of Wrath than the Tranquil Fury side of his King Bradley counterpart in the manga.
- Heroic Sacrifice: A big one in The Conqueror of Shamballa.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Well, Sloth's petard anyway. During his last battle with Ed, he manages to grab and absorb Trisha's remains. He later fuses himself to Sloth, freezing her in place and allowing Ed to finish her off.
- Momma's Boy: To Sloth, though she doesn't see at first.
- No Nudity Taboo: In his early appearances, he ends up naked at least twice (not counting that one time Winry was bathing him), and shows no shyness or embarrassment about it.
- Parental Abandonment: Definitely how Wrath sees the situation. Izumi might disagree though.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Sloth's blue as well as Envy's.
- Shapeshifter Weapon: His Homunculus power is the ability to absorb matter and shape it however he wishes. He seems to prefer whips and spears.
- Slasher Smile: Constantly after his Face-Heel Turn.
- The Sociopath: Post Face-Heel Turn.
- This Is Your Brain on Evil: He acts pretty harmless until he's fed red stones, at which point he is awakened as a homunculus and becomes hostile.
- Together in Death: He is last shown meeting up with Izumi's spirit at the Gate and embracing her.
- Tragic Villain: He desperately wants a mom only to realize he had one after his Heroic Sacrifice. And if Envy didn't corrupt him, he would've been a normal kid.
- Trigger: Suffers traumatic memories of being sealed in the Gate when he hears a baby crying.
- Wild Child: Looks and acts a lot like a feral child.
- Wrong Context Magic: Thanks to having Ed's limbs, Wrath can use alchemy, allowing him to activate transmutation circles and improve his absorption abilities. Also because he was transmuted from Izumi's baby, he left not remains that could be used against him.
Pride is the most powerful of the homunculi. He is alluded to only vaguely and isn't revealed until late in the series, where it turns out he's really the Fuhrer King Bradley, the ruler of Amestris.
- Co Dragon: Serves this role for Dante along with Envy.
- Combat Clairvoyance: Like his manga counterpart, his left eye grants him precognitive powers and superhuman senses.
- Faux Affably Evil: Not quite like his Wrath counterpart who was more nihilistic, his quirky Reasonable Authority Figure act only undermines what an arrogant and sadistic monster he is.
- The Heavy: Plays this role with Envy within his capacity as ruler of Amestris.
- Offing the Offspring: Bonus points for his son not even knowing why he was being killed
- President Evil: While his Wrath counterpart was mean-spirited and nihilistic, the Pride in the 2003 anime is a rather sadistic man who takes great pleasure in what he's doing.
- Pride: Goes without saying. Unlike his manga counterpart, whose 'pride' stems from being The Dragon and the one closest to the Big Bad, Pride in this incarnation is more focused on his own accomplishments as the leader of Amestris.
- Pride Before a Fall: Fittingly enough, see King Bradley's entry for more details.
- Sadist: Unlike the manga counterpart, he thoroughly enjoys the cruel actions he commits in the series, taking pleasure in being the superior species.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Bigger on the "villain" in the anime.
- Walking Spoiler: Knowing too much about him gives away a huge twist in the series.
- Would Hurt a Child: Kills his own son for unknowingly providing his Achilles' Heel to Roy by choking him to death.
Dr. Tim Marcoh
A state alchemist who served in Ishbal, and creator of the red crystals. Due to his experience in the war he deserts the military, living a quiet life as a country doctor, until trouble comes knocking on his door.
- The Atoner: He feels guilty for his part in the Ishbalan massacre, but unlike the manga, he never lives long enough to redeem himself.
- Back-Alley Doctor: In a small country town, and very competent.
- Bus Crash: He is last seen not even halfway into the series when Lust and Gluttony break into the hotel he's at to hold him hostage. He is mentioned frequently throughout the series after that, but it isn't until the penultimate episode that he is revealed to have been eaten by Gluttony.
- Death by Adaptation: He lives in the manga and even redeems himself eventually, here he doesn't get the chance.
- Death Seeker: He wants to die for what he did to the Ishbalans which he does in this adaptation.
- Defector from Decadence: He left the war for the guilt in participating in the Ishbalan massacre he never lives long enough to redeem himself of his guilt.
Mentor to the Elric brothers, she taught them both alchemy and martial arts, both of which she is a master. Despises State Alchemists. Easily the most Bad Ass
character in the series.
- Action Mom: Or more accurately, Action Teacher.
- Badass Teacher: Taught the Elrics everything they know about martial arts and alchemy, and can wipe the floor with just about anyone.
- Blood from the Mouth: Usually comes with her Incurable Cough of Death.
- Cruel to Be Kind: Her treatment of the Elrics is in many ways part this and part Tough Love.
- Death by Adaptation: In between the end of the series and the movie.
- Determinator: Like in the manga she seems to hang on by sheer willpower despite of several of her organs being damaged or outright missing.
- Dreadlock Rasta: Her hair style.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Indicates sickliness rather than creepiness.
- Happily Married: With Sig.
- Housewife: Insists that's all she is.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Her husband Sig is easily twice her size and can match muscles with Armstrong.
- Incurable Cough of Death: Due to her failed attempt at human transmutation to revive her stillborn child. Most of her organs were taken as payment and, as later revealed by a doctor, her remaining ones have taken up the slack.
- Jerkass: A slight version, but more than in Brotherhood/the manga such as when she's being particularly harsh.
- Juggle Fu: Shown to do this with a book while training Ed and Al in a flashback.
- Mama Bear: To her students and Wrath, who is the incarnation of her dead son.
- Parental Substitute: To the Elrics, who seem to treat her almost like a mother. She appears to reciprocate.
- Played for Drama: Her Incurable Cough of Death, unlike in the manga and Brotherhood where it is also Played for Laughs on occasion. And unlike in the manga it is incurable and eventually kills her.
- Stepford Smiler: She acts strong and all, but hid from almost everyone the terrible and heartbreaking reason why she coughs up blood.
- Stern Teacher: Moreso than in Brotherhood.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: In the movie, anyway.
- Together in Death: Her spirit meets up with Wrath after he sacrifices himself to open the Gate.
- Tough Love: Her treatment of the Elrics. Upon learning the two had committed human transmutation, she beat the crap out of them and then hugged them.
- Training from Hell: She subjects the Elric brothers to this, to the extent that the very mention of her name makes them tremble with fear. Considering who her alchemy teacher was, she probably had some hellish training herself.
The mother of Edward and Alphonse Elric. She ultimately died of an illness. Ed and Al attempt to revive her with human transmutation set the events of the series in motion.
Solf J. Kimblee
A former State Alchemist who participated in the Ishbal war. Kimbley is a psychopath and a sadist, believing that "people are empty, worthless beings". He does, however, have some respect for the chemical properties of human beings: he specializes in transmuting things and people
- Arch-Enemy: Scar's. Although Kimbley himself seems much more fixated on Al at times.
- At Least I Admit It: He thinks everyone else is just pretending that their lives have meaning.
- Axe Crazy: If you're within about a mile of this bastard, start running now.
- Bad Powers, Bad People: He turns you into a bomb by making physical contact. Yeah, no way he's going to be one of the heroes.
- Character Exaggeration: Less than others, but Manga Kimbley is a cultured, philosophical Darwinist with a streak for sadism and a love of explosions. The anime version of Kimbley (which was the first to be featured as a shown character) really only had those last two traits—that last one tweaked into a love of making people into explosives—and those were all there were to him. Justified, since when the 2003 anime was being made, Kimbley had yet to appear in person for more than one or two panels...and all there was to base his character on was the implications that the Ishbal campaign had for him.
- Colonel Kilgore: To a ridiculous degree.
- Combat Sadomasochist: Definitely shows some shades of this, particularly during his death.
Ah, you feel so good!
- The Dragon: Comes very close to being Archer's.
- Famous Last Words: "I want him to have time to focus on how meaningless his efforts have been."
- Go Out with a Smile: He smiles about having transformed Al into a bomb when he finally dies.
- Having a Blast / Mad Bomber: His special power is to make things explode.
- Hero Killer: Both those who've served with him in Ishbal and those who've heard about his reputation are terrified of him. He lives up to it, reducing Liore to a smoldering ruin on his own, injuring Scar, and nearly killing Al.
- Just Following Orders: Happily during the Ishbal Massacre.
- Lack of Empathy: Had no qualms blowing anyone up, even innocent Ishbalan civilians.
- Loves the Sound of Screaming: The final moments of when people realize they're going to blow up... as he describes.
- Misanthrope Supreme: An interpretation. His belief that people are fundamentally hollow could be what he uses to justify his sadism..or not. He also holds himself in the same contempt, and doesn't seem to care if anyone kills him.
- Mysterious Middle Initial: What the J stands for is never revealed.
- Nietzsche Wannabe: "We're all empty. We're all worthless."
- Person of Mass Destruction: Pretty much destroys Liore on his own.
- Playing Against Type: Holy shit, Yuji Ueda.
- Psycho for Hire: He's only in the army for the chance to kill people, and takes it well beyond even the most Sociopathic Soldier. He doesn't even have any real loyalty in him; he just likes to hurt people.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Archer's Blue.
- Slasher Smile: Very frequently.
- The Sociopath: A very nasty, low-functioning sociopath.
- Sociopathic Soldier: When he was a state alchemist. Up to Eleven, too.
- The Unfettered: Psychotic variant.
- Why Am I Ticking?: His alchemy, although the victim doesn't really have time to notice that they're ticking.
Barry the Chopper
A serial killer that goes after young women, he gets taken down by Edward (after a rather terrifying encounter) and arrested. He ends up as one of the guards of the hidden laboratory used to create the red stones.
- Break Them by Talking: Gives one mighty lecture to Al, leaving the poor boy questioning his own existence.
- Character Exaggeration: Somewhat, in the manga he still plenty crazy but is fairly reasonable and even helps the heroes for a bit. Here, he's just irredeemably evil as after the prison complex goes down. He just finds new work as a mercenary all so he can hurt people.
- Crossdressing Voices: An interesting example. Barry is normally voiced by a male in both the Japanese and English versions, but while disguised as a woman in the Japanese version, however, he is given a female seiyuu.
- Effeminate Misogynistic Guy: He only murdered women and was a crossdresser.
- Glowing Mechanical Eyes: When his helmet is on, he has two glowing dots in the helmet's eyes.
- Larynx Dissonance: Dub only, when he's crossdressing.
- Psycho for Hire: After Lab 5 is destroyed, he works as a mercenary to continue killing people as much as he pleases.
- Serial Killer: Killed tons of people back when he was a human being... not much has changed since he became a suit of armor.
- Villainous Crossdresser: Before his soul was sealed into armor, he donned a female wig while killing people in his van.
A young girl that the Elrics meet in Lior. She is an orphan whose lover, Cain, has recently died. The High Priest Colonello has promised to revive him, and she becomes very disillusioned when Edward exposes him as the fraud that he is. However, things got even worse
as time passed...
- Adaptational Dye Job: Black hair with pink bangs in the manga, brown hair with pink bangs here.
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: In the manga half the stuff that happened in the manga. She wasn't raped, impregnated, mute from trauma, or kidnapped.
- Ascended Extra: Only has a few scenes after the first chapter in the manga and is inconsequential to the overall plot; here she is a significant supporting player.
- Break the Cutie: After realizing Father Cornello and his religion were fraudulent, it takes her a while to get back up again. And then she was raped and impregnated by an unknown assailant.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Who would think that the girl from Lior would become such a big part of Dante's plans?
- Child by Rape / Teen Pregnancy: More accurately, her child is implied to have been by rape.
- Crystal Dragon Jesus: She becomes the Holy Mother of Lior.
- Cute Mute: The assault and rape she went through traumatized her enough to lose her voice.
- Evil-Detecting Baby: Her baby smiles and giggles in Ed's presence but sobs, cries and screams in Dante's. That should probably have been a signal for Rose that Dante should not have been trusted.
- Grand Theft Me: What Dante wants to do to her.
- Mama Bear: To the orphans she looks after in Liore and later her own baby too.
- Multicolored Hair: Pink in the front, dark in the back.
- No Name Given: Not Rose herself, obviously, but her baby is never referred to by name; she usually just calls him "my baby" or "my darling".
- The Ophelia: Dante either places Rose in a state of hypnosis or drugs her. In addition to the other terrible events that traumatized her, this makes poor Rose nearly catatonic, vacant, and either completely still or dancing. But she gets better.
- Race Lift: In the manga and Brotherhood, she's white; in the anime, where the Liorians are part of a separate ethnic group and not just a region of Amestris, she's Ambiguously Brown.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Rose vs Roze.
- Rape as Drama: Loses her voice and gets impregnated from it, but she still kept her baby.
- The Tragic Rose: Dead boyfriend, implied rape, mute, dead parents, unrequited love, alone except for her baby, and taken hostage.
Hohenheim of Light
The Elrics' father, a renowned alchemist who left them and their mother when they were little.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Light brown in this version, straw blond in the manga/Brotherhood. May be justified, as he had yet to appear in the manga when he was introduced in the anime.
- Adaptational Villainy: To a point, mostly in the backstory. In the manga/Brotherhood, he had no idea about Homunculus' plan to sacrifice all of Xerxes to transform himself and Homunculus into living Philosopher's Stone and is just living with the consequences of Homunculus' actions. In the 2003 anime however, he for many years has been willing to sacrifices large populations to create Philosopher's Stone so he can keep on living, just like Father and Dante, and is even implied to have wiped out an entire civilization to make one. Likewise, when it comes to his abandoning of the family, his motivations in particular are unfortunately less noble. In the manga/Brotherhood, he left out of necessity to counteract against Father's plans for The Promised Day- something which would have killed his family anyway had he not done anything, while in the 2003 anime he just didn't want Trisha and children to know his true nature, and for that reason abandoned them. He wasn't even aware for quite some time of Dante's plans for his children, and potentially wouldn't have intervened if they hadn't involved them. However, by the time the series starts he's settled down with Trisha, he's no longer walking this rather dark path. He is by no means an antagonist (or even a bad guy at this point the series starts), however, he certainly is not the Big Good he was in his manga and Brotherhood counterpart.
- The Atoner: He wants to make up for what he's done to the family, Dante, and even Envy.
- Badass: What little we see of his power, shows him to be an incredibly powerful alchemist.
- The Charmer: Makes Ross blush and he isn't even trying.
- Death Seeker: In The Movie, it's revealed he's seeking to finally end his own life, using Envy as the means.
- Disappeared Dad: It's his disappearance that really starts the events of the story.
- The Faceless: At first, until the second season of the anime began.
- Hard Light: He can transmute light as an alchemical material, thus earning himself the nickname "Hohenheim of Light".
- Historical-Domain Character: The Reveal of Amestris being a parallel world to one similar to ours, combined with some supplementary materials, strongly imply that he may be the alternate version of Paracelsus. Also known as Philip von Hohenheim.
- Immortality Immorality
- Light 'em Up: His version of alchemy is to literally transmute the photons of light itself.
- Light Is Not Good: Played with. He was known as "Hohenheim of Light" for centuries, and he likely pulled a number of Grand Theft Mes over the years, but he's always portrayed as kind and sympathetic (except by Ed), and very repentant of his past.
- Mysterious Parent: Trisha claims that Hohenheim left to study alchemy, but he hasn't even left the family a letter since, making Ed believe he just plain left. The series keeps leaving hints it's much more than that until he reveals it all to Dante in episode 45.
[MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!] Click here to see her younger self.
An elderly woman who lives in a mansion in the woods with her current student Lyra, and Izumi's alchemy teacher. As the entry shows
, the canny reader might suspect something. Revealed to be the creator of the Homunculi, using them as pawns to retain her immortality. She is the former lover (possibly wife) of Hohenheim and the mother of his first son, who currently serves her as the Homunculus Envy. She then takes over poor Lyra's body to make her goals come true...
Young Dante voiced by: Yumi Kakazu (JP), Monica Rial
A young state alchemist who serves as the enforcer of Lieutenant Yoki during her first appearance. Later on in the series, she reappears as the newest student of Dante.
While she is a fairly minor character with few tropes who doesn't really do very much in the story, one should tread carefully when reading her spoilers as they contain some details to a massive twist in the story one probably wouldn't see coming, as opposed to small spoilers for an episode or two as a reader might think. For better clarification, see her Walking Spoiler
- Blow You Away: She has wind-based alchemy powers.
- The Cameo: Shows up briefly in the movie as her parallel world counterpart.
- Chekhov's Gunman: She appears to be an extra at first, but by the latter half of the series her face becomes that of the Big Bad.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She first appears as a young woman with ambitions to become a state alchemist. She also has a My Country, Right or Wrong attitude toward Yoki and the military. After being defeated by Ed she loosens up on her view, becoming Dante's new apprentice still hoping to become a state alchemist, but also hoping to become like Ed and make a difference in the world for the better. Tragically, she's never able to follow through on her newfound beliefs as Dante hijacks her body.
- The Dragon: She served as this to Yoki during the small time she worked for him.
- Foil: To Ed (and all other heroic State Alchemists to a lesser extent.) Though called "a dog of the military," Ed loathes being controlled and will never let his duty come before doing what's right. Lyra, however, is well and truly a stray dog, blindly loyal to anyone who takes her in.
- Good Costume Switch: In her first appearance as Yoki's corrupt henchwoman, she wears a black maid dress. Later, as Dante's apprentice, she wears a pink one. Double subverted because it turns out that Dante's evil too, but Lyra doesn't know this.
- Grand Theft Me: Suffers this at the hands of Dante.
- Half The Girl She Used To Be: How Dante disposes of her after they switch bodies.
- Heel-Face Turn: After leaving the military and becoming Dante's student, she acts much more friendly and apologizes to the Elrics for her actions.
- Unwitting Pawn: For Dante.
- Walking Spoiler: She is a rather minor character and has relatively few tropes as a result. She's rather unique among characters in this category in that most of these don't so much spoil her, but they come with being Dante's apprentice, and most of these spoilers are related to her actions, not Lyra's. Reading Lyra's spoilers without caution reveals a LOT about why Dante is such a Walking Spoiler and they are NOT minor spoilers.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The minute Dante switches bodies with her, she gruesomely murders her.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Miniskirts and boots version.
Law, Dorochete, Bido and Marta. Half-human, half-animal beings created through illegal alchemical proceedures, they worked for the military in specialist roles before finding much more fulfilling work with Greed
The “Sewing Life Alchemist”, whom Ed and Al meet with while Ed is studying for his State Alchemist exams. Ed stays at his house during that time and plays with Nina, but shortly after he passes, Tucker transmutes Nina and Alexander into a chimera. He is said to have been executed for this crime, but ends up in the military’s employ, working on a way to bring Nina back.
- Adaptational Heroism: Slightly. Due to the fact that he doesn't die, he gets somewhat more fleshed out, and is showcased to be regretful of what he's done to Nina and wished to go back to simpler times.
- Ascended Extra: While not a huge endgame character, he does have a larger role in the 2003 anime than in the manga and Brotherhood.
- The Atoner: Doesn’t come off as very sympathetic, though, given how terrible his crime was and the fact that he is committing many more crimes to undo what he did.
- Beast Man: A human torso, melded onto the back of a bear/ape like creature's body.
- Body Horror: Takes on the form of a chimera when he's seen again.
- The Cameo: Appears briefly during the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue, where he can be seen holding the lifeless doll that he thinks is Nina with a manic grin on his face.
- Determinator: He may have been a prick for what he did to his daughter, but you'd be surprised at the lengths he's willing to go to make up for it.
- Evilutionary Biologist: Has combined his wife with an animal to create a talking chimera and later does the same for his dog and daughter.
- Fate Worse Than Death: His survival by the end feels like this. Not only is he trapped in a monstrous body, but he's also completely lost his grip on reality.
- Guinea Pig Family: Just in the manga and Brotherhood, he sacrifices both his wife and daughter to keep his state alchemist title.
- Karmic Transformation: Unlike the manga and Brotherhood where he was killed by Scar, he himself his transformed into a half-human, half-animal chimera.
- Lack of Empathy: Subverted this time around. He still sacrifices his wife and daughter just to keep his State Alchemist license but actually shows remorse for his action in the 2003 anime and goes through pretty impressive lengths (for what you'd expect from such a man, anyways) to undo what's he's done and try to bring back Nina via Human Transmutation.
- Mad Scientist: He turns his wife and daughter into chimeras for the sake of science. It's every bit as disgusting and infuriating as it was in the manga.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Creates a legion of these for the Military. And during his time in Laboratory 5, he actually becomes one himself.
- Not So Different: Tries to pull this on Ed, but it doesn't work.
- Sanity Slippage: Of course, he could hardly be called sane to begin with.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: While occasionally his glasses reflect light very harshly, after he transmutes Nina and Alexander into a Chimera, it becomes much more noticable.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Ends up very dead very fast in the manga. He actually survives 'till the end in 2003 albeit after completely losing his mind when he's only able to bring back Nina's body, not her soul.
The leader of the Church of Leto, a cult that controlled the town of Liore. In reality, he was a power-hungry alchemist whose "miracles" were actually performed with a Philosopher's Stone.
- Bald of Evil
- Card-Carrying Villain: Subverted. He fancies himself as one, planning to spread his cult's ideology using the Philosopher's Stone power to plan an overthrow of the Amestrian government believing himself to be a Big Bad caliber villain. He couldn't be farther from the truth.
- Engineered Public Confession: How the Elrics take him down.
- Good Shepherd: Certainly a shepherd, but definitely not good.
- Light Is Not Good: His cult worships a sun god called Leto, and as such the sun is a symbol he uses often.
- Path of Inspiration: The Leto cult.
- Starter Villain: Just like in the manga and Brotherhood, he is the first villain to be confronted by the Elrics. Naturally, he's also the easiest defeated.
The Tringham Brothers
Two brothers who Ed and Al meet in the town of Xenotime while investigating rumors of the Philosopher's Stone. The two boys pose as the Elrics in order to get support from the town, so that they may continue their father's research in making stone. However, it turns out their father, Nash Tringham, abandoned the research as it involved using pregnant women to help with the process which was killing the town's newborns. He wound up killed by the scientist who was working alongside him (who was later revealed to be manipulated by Lust) and tricked the two boys into continuing the research. The two brothers have a change of heart after realizing the truth and help the Elrics stop the scientist. Later, the Tringham brothers point the Elric brothers to where they can find a better lead.
They have a short cameo later in the series. Russell Tringham is the eldest sibling, while Fletcher Tringham is the youngest.
Voiced by: Russell: Kosuke Okano (JP), Justin Cook (EN)
Fletcher: Minako Arakawa (JP), Avery Williams (EN)
- Canon Foreigner: The brothers do not appear in the manga or the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood anime. They do, however, appear in the first light novel, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Land of Sand, which is not written by Hiromu Arakawa but is set in the manga universe (written by Makoto Inoue).
- Green Thumb: The two brothers are proficient at using plant alchemy; at one point, they transmute an entire forest to save a nearby town.
- Heel-Face Turn: In their first appearance, the Tringham brothers antagonize the Elric brothers by assuming their identities and working against them. At the end of their story arc, the pair are shown the error of their ways, and become allies to the Elrics.
- Nice Hat: Fletcher's green hat with large straps and no top to let his blonde hair flow out freely.
- Not So Different: The Tringham brothers have a lot in common with the Elric brothers.. The older brothers are stubborn and temperamental, while the younger are more rational and mature. Both pairs are also self-taught alchemists, orphans, and good-hearted.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Is the brothers' surname spelled as "Tringham", "Tringam", or "Tringum"? The "Tringham" spelling receives use in the anime and is visible in Funimation's English subtitles for Japanese episodes. However, printings of the Light Novel Fullmetal Alchemist: The Land of Sand (where the brothers originated from), repeatedly use "Tringum" throughout the text. Within the same light novel, the "final character sketches" of Russell and Fletcher (with the pages being situated near the end of the book) prominently feature the spelling of "Tringam".
- Spot the Imposter: They disguise themselves as the Elric brothers due to their similar looks to them.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Russell is one, at least; Fletcher just follows along with it but knows what they are doing is wrong.
An alchemist who bears an uncanny resemblance to Scar's older brother. Lust met him when Envy unleashed an epidemic in his village, and took on the role of teaching him so as to push him into creating the stone. During this time he fell in love with her. Two years later he sought out Lust again... and it doesn't end well for him.
Conqueror of Shamballa (SPOILERS)
The chairman of the Thule Society who acts as the primary antagonist of Conqueror of Shamballa. She is trying to open a portal to Amestris, which she recognizes as 'Shamballa' so she can utilize their alchemy, which she recognizes as magic, to help Hitler take over Germany. This however turns out to be a lie even to her own men. What she wants to do is open the portal to Amestris not to use it to help the Nazis take over the world, but in order to destroy the other world out of paranoia.
- Absolute Xenophobe: Well, she is affiliated with Nazis, after all. Except instead of Jews, she wants to destroy the FMA 2003 world out of fear of their abilities to use alchemy.
- Axe Crazy: She will stop at nothing to reach Amestris so she can destroy their entire world out of fear.
- Big Bad: It is her desire to destroy the FMA 2003 world that drives the conflict of the story.
- Body Horror: After she fails to defeat Edward in her One-Winged Angel, she mutates into something that can only be described as humanoid before being killed by Hughes.
- Evil Laugh: Once she loses her stoic personality, she gains this.
- Fantastic Racism: Amestris is basically the Germany of Edward's world. Amestris had absolute dictatorships being run by a Fuhrer before Dante and Pride were killed which is what the Thule Society hope to set up with Hitler. You'd think she'd just want to make an alliance with the Nazi party (who have yet to take over Germany) and weaponize the alchemy they cannot normally use for their revolution, but it turns out she's afraid of them and just wants to kill all of them.
- Irony/Karmic Death: Once she reaches Ed's world, she starts ranting how the people of that world are monsters just due to the fact that they can use alchemy so easily. Ed and Al manage to send her back through the Gate, leaving her in a monstrous state in front of her own troops. She is quickly gunned down because she looks like a monster.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Her name is based off of Dietrich Eckhart, a member (though not chairman- possibly he was only an associate) of the Thule Society and a leader and co-founder of the German Workers Party, which later became the National Socialist German Workers Party. He was a major influence on Adolf Hitler and saw him as the Dark Messiah Germany had been waiting for. She is probably also based on Helena Blavatsky, who co-founded the Theosophical Society which preceded the Thule, and founded the Theosophy occult system. All three were antisemitic Jerkasses who melded the idea of Aryan supremacy with mystical elements, though the real Eckart less than the ladies.
- Omnicidal Maniac: She wants to destroy the entire Fullmetal Alchemist world out of fear because of her fear of alchemy.
- One-Winged Angel: In the finale she manages to gain some powers from the Gate when crossing it, gaining very advanced alchemic powers in order to combat Ed, far beyond that of any normal alchemist. However, after her defeat and Villainous Breakdown it just devolves into Body Horror.
- Shoulders of Doom / Villainous Fashion Sense: Seriously, those shoulder pads can give football players a run for their money.
- Straw Hypocrite: Her motivation to reach Shambala initially appears to be because she wants to use their "magic" to help Hitler overthrow the German government, but in reality she is afraid of how easily they can use alchemy and fears the potential that they might one day invade our world, and as a result wants to kill them first. However, when she finally fights Ed, she uses alchemic powers gained from her One-Winged Angel gained by crossing the Gate. Doubly ironic considering her primary fear is how easily the alchemists of Amestris can use their alchemy, and she's at the point she can use advanced alchemy without clapping and can just make circles appear out of nowhere.
- Those Wacky Nazis: She's a villain from 1920s Germany (even though the Nazis themselves are not in power yet). What are you expecting? That being said, she does care more about killing all the Amestrians than about Nazi beliefs.
- Too Dumb to Live: When she comes back to our world, she appears in a monstrous form and advances toward Noah, with her horrified lackeys seeing only a monster. She disregards them entirely as she focuses only on Noah. Hughes fires and kills this monster.
- Villainous Breakdown: Once she loses her fight against Ed in her One-Winged Angel and it mutates in flat-out Body Horror, she snaps and is reduced to ordering her underlings to send her back to the other side of the Gate.
A young Roma (gypsy) woman whom Ed encounters in our world.
A boy whom Edward also becomes friends with in our world. He has a huge and beautiful dream and needs to fulfill it soon... because he's dying of an illness.
- Identical Stranger: Looks and acts quite a bit like Al. Justified, since he's Al's parallel-world counterpart.
- Ill Boy: Alfons is constantly seen coughing, and it is implied that he is dying. According to an earlier script, it's lung cancer.
- Incurable Cough of Death: A somewhat realistic case: he's literally a rocket scientist, and the fumes from the rocket fuels he was creating have destroyed the poor guy's lungs. As it turns out, that isn't what eventually kills him. It's Rudolf Hess.
- Teen Genius: Despite being a teenager, he's an extremely skilled rocket scientist.
- Tragic Dream: Already dying of a disease, Alfons is aware that his dream of advancing rocket technology will not last long.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Some official art and sources spells his name "Alphonse".
Yes, that Fritz Lang
, and apparently our world's counterpart to King Bradly. He and Ed cross paths after a case of Mistaken Identity, and goes on to act as a source of advice and aid through the movie.