Characters: Fullmetal Alchemist Homunculi
This is a short summary page for characters from the Fullmetal Alchemist
manga series and its anime adaptation Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
: For the page about the characters from the first anime, see Characters.Fullmetal Alchemist Anime
This page is for the Homunculi.
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All of them provide examples of:
- Anthropomorphic Personification: Of a sin or aspect of human nature; and also a facet of Father's personality.
- Artificial Human: All of them except Wrath were created by Father in order to create pawns and means for Father to achieve perfection. Father himself was the very first artificial human.
- Badass: As The Sociopath Humanoid Abominations, each with a unique ability and every one possessing an insane Healing Factor, even Gluttony is this by default.
- Big Little Brother: All the Homunculi to Pride. Pride is the oldest of Homunculi and looks like a child while the others look way older.
- Dark Is Evil: Generally true.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Greed, who made a Heel-Face Turn twice. And Sloth doesn't seem actively malevolent, he just wants to sleep. Gluttony may be too dumb to know exactly what he's doing, but still belongs more in "evil" than "good".
- Death by Irony: In the manga and Brotherhood, all seven of Father's creations are defeated in ways that reflect each of their respective deadly sins they represent!
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Except for Gluttony, who is bald and Father, who has blond hair.
- Evil Gloating: Except for the dim Gluttony and Sloth, all of them are frequent perpetrators of this.
- Healing Factor: Can recover from fatal injuries without much problem. However, "killing" them enough times exhausts their factor and renders them dead for real. Due to the method of his creation and the effects on his body it had, Wrath is the exception, not that he needs it.
- Hero Killer: The heroes are terrified of them all, with Wrath, Pride, and Lust in particular living up to their reputation in combat.
- Humanoid Abomination: All are sociopaths (except arguably Greed, Sloth, and Gluttony) made through unnatural means with superhuman powers fueled by a stone filled to the brim with disembodied souls screaming in despair.
- The Illuminati: Its demonic leaders.
- It's All About Me: Especially Father.
- Lack of Empathy: In varying degrees depending on the individual—Greed's definitely the least so in this aspect and Pride, Lust, and Father are definitely the most.
- Moral Myopia: Ed calls this out to Pride and Ling does so to Greed as well
- Our Homunculi Are Different: Obviously.
- Powered by a Forsaken Child: More like powered by a forsaken population of countless souls.
- Really 700 Years Old: All of the first 6 were created centuries ago by Father who himself is over 400 years old. Wrath and the Second Greed avert this rule.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: In one of the openings there's a picture with all of them with half their face in a shadow and just one glowing red eye.
- Red Right Hand: Their ouroboros tattoos.
- Seven Deadly Sins: Each of their code names only King Bradley and Selim have names to the public eye are named after one because they are split from Father in order to become the perfect being. They also all die in manners similar to the punishments in Dante's Inferno.
- The Sociopath: With the exception of arguably Greed, all of them display no guilt to their crimes and often gloat about it, manipulate others to no end, lie about everything enjoy the sufferings of others and resort to killing their enemies brutally if pushed to a corner.
- Tangled Family Tree: Father is Ed and Al's much-older half-brother, if he's anything, and his 'children,' the Homunculi, are their nephews and niece (or nieces if you count Envy as a woman). Despite being older. In one of the omakes they even try and beg a couple years of pocket money out of him.
- True Companions: Envy, Lust and Gluttony were quite possibly the closest among the Homunculi and were almost always seen together. As you can imagine, both Gluttony and Envy are horrified when Lust dies. Gluttony is left sitting there doing nothing but sobbing and Envy is quick to rage at King Bradley for letting it happen.
Affiliation: Amestris Military/Homunculi
Speciality: Perfect Alchemy/Immortality
The creator and leader of the homunculi. His true name is Homunculus—he was the first artificial human, having a body made out of Philosopher's Stone, and all other homunculi are pieces of him. He is almost identical to Hohenheim, since he was created from Hohenheim's blood back in Xerxes. Was responsible for the destruction of Xerxes, which gave him immortality. He spread a corrupted form of Xerxes alchemy to Amestris.
- Abusive Parent: Burning Greed alive in a vat of molten metal, for one thing. He raises his children specifically to act as pawns in his plan.
- He doesn't care when any of the homunculi die. He just keeps them around because they're useful. Ed eventually points this out to the physically crumbling Pride, whom Father abandons in order to go replenish his own philosopher's stone.
- And I Must Scream: His final fate.
- Antagonistic Offspring: In a bizarre way, he's this to Hohenheim.
- Anti-Magic: He can turn off alchemy. Not just the alchemy of one person, but all the alchemy in the country. This only applies to Amestrian alchemy, so people like Scar or May Chang are immune to this.
- This is because all the Amestrians have to go through a layer of his Philosopher's Stone to draw on energy. Once Scar activates a circle that nullifies it, Ed and Al resume throwing things at him.
- Archnemesis Dad: To Greed
- Assimilation Backfire: After absorbing Greed again in the end for his Philosopher's Stone, Greed rebels from within by turning Father's body into frail graphite.
- Bait the Dog: When he meets the Elrics, he cheerfully chats with them about their relationship with Van Hohenheim, mends their wounds, and gently admonishes them for not taking care of themselves. Then he tells Gluttony to eat Ling and responds to Ed's plea for Ling's life with "I don't care."
- Be Careful What You Wish For: "Despair for the conceited".
- Big Bad
- Bishōnen: See One-Winged Angel, below
- Bishounen Line: Form 1—A tiny black blob with one eye. Form 2—A middle-aged man. Form 3—A human-shaped Living Shadow covered in eyes. Form 4—A miles-tall one-eyed giant. Form 5—A golden-haired youth. Form 6—A vein-covered, white-haired youth. Form 7—Back to Form 1.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Only in his Old Man Form and his Final Form his True Form did not have hair as well as his Blob Form and Giant Cyclops Form
- Body Horror: He can do some really creepy stuff with it, especially when helping his Homunculi.
- Cain and Abel: He's Ed and Al's brother.
- The Chessmaster: With four hundred years of planning behind him.
- Cloudcuckoolander: He comes off as one, but only because his concerns are so far above humans' that they can rarely understand his thought processes.
- Creative Sterility: When it's pointed out to him that all he tends to do is mimic humans, his response is essentially "Fuck you."
- Dark Is Evil/Light Is Not Good: He's both! Started as a flask-dwelling creepy little black blob and afterwards reshaped his body into looking like Hohenheim's, meaning he became a noble looking old man wearing white robes, invoking traditional depictions of Top Gods. Afterwards, he became a human sized black blob with eyes everywhere. Then he became a gigantic cyclops. And THEN he reshaped his body once more into becoming a sexy teenage version of Hohenheim; the only consensus to be made out of this is that he is evil but prefers more attractive forms.
- Taken further to an extent in the anime. Whenever we're shown Father's lair, it seems to glow with a strange silver light. When he sheds his human form and becomes the black blob during his fight with Hohenheim, the room becomes much darker, almost insinuating that his old body had been emitting that light.
- Deal with the Devil: Specializes in this, especially the "careful what you wish for" part. The King of Xerxes and Central Command were both promised immortality for their participation in many horrific projects culminating in the sacrifice of every soul in their respective countries, none the wiser that this all meant his feast of souls included them as part of the meal. These Faustian deals are in fact the driving force behind the entire plot. There's also appealing to Solf J. Kimblee's sadistic sense of curiosity to get Kimblee to work with the Homunculi and cornering Ling Yao into accepting Greed, though these two came back to bite him in the ass.
- Devil in Plain Sight: During his early days as the "shadow in the flask", he was obviously up to no good but unfortunately no one in Xerxes picked up on it enough to avoid becoming an Unwitting Pawn.
- Dragged Off to Hell: Or the nearest equivalent in this universe.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He appears twice, each time for only a moment, in the first episode when he detects the Freezing Alchemist's huge transmutation circle in Central.
- Eldritch Abomination: His true form, a human-shaped blob of Living Shadow covered in massive eyes and mouths.
- Elemental Powers: He gains a few after consuming The Truth.
- Evil Counterpart: To Hohenheim. They have similar appearance, at first, but contrasting goals and philosophy.
- Evil Plan: To achieve 'perfection'. Hohenheim states its actually to escape his flask which only made bigger after the depopulation of Xerxes.
- Eyes Do Not Belong There: His true form.
- Fatal Flaw: His condescension towards humans, outlook on them as being simple energy for his goals, and inability to comprehend what makes them tick in a spiritual/moral/ethical/psychological sense beyond darker desires is ultimately what comes back to bite him in the ass. All he sees in the sins he separated from himself are the bad and thus only the bad in humans, but in truth those deadly sins aren't all bad as Greed told us. He certainly never expected Scar to be a thorn in his side, for instance.
- Faux Affably Evil: Though he drops the facade after his first few appearances.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: He started out as a small, limbless, rather unimpressive-looking creature trapped in a flask. Then he happened to strike up a conversation with a young slave, and things just escalated from there.
- Gambit Roulette: Manipulating the development of an entire country to suit his plans.
- A Glass of Chianti: He swivels a glass around at one point, although that's not wine he's drinking
- A God Am I: Has this attitude throughout the manga; he believes all other life forms are too far beneath him to even be worthy of contempt. Accomplishes it for real, but not for very long.
- Good Powers, Bad People: Can heal any injury instantly because he is a living Philosopher's Stone. Also counts as subverting No Cure for Evil.
- Grandpa God: His appearance definitely invokes this, but he's really more a Satanic Archetype than anything.
- Hair Antennae: After absorbing God
- The Heavy: Not only would Amestris not been created, but none of the cast would've ever been born if it weren't for his plans.
- Hijacking Cthulhu: Father uses a massive-scale alchemy technique to absorb Truth into his body. He was never weak to begin with, but Truth is definitely far more powerful. That said, this ends up being a partial subversion, since he eventually loses control and gets dragged into the Gate of Truth.
- Human Resources: He is basically a living philosopher's stone. When Hohenheim makes a comment about Father's Creative Sterility, he recreates the bodies of the Xerxes souls... right before melting them down AGAIN and turning them in a Wave Motion Gun.
- I Just Want To Be Free: His initial reason for all he's done is wanting to escape the flask.
- Immortality Immorality: The Philosopher's Stone is made by melting down the bodies of living people and trapping their souls within a red liquid.
- Ironic Echo: During the final battle, he talks of how despair is truth. After he's defeated and sent back to the gate, the physical interpretation of "Truth" throws these words right back at him before the gate pulls him in.
- Also right before getting sucked back to the gate, he yells how he wishes to know everything and be free. Little does he realize that he actually gained everything he wanted when he got a physical body. Regardless, he chooses to imprison himself down the central command of Amestris, cutting contact with everyone else and therefore becoming no different from the time when he was living inside a small flask.
- Ironic Hell: "Despair for the conceited"
- Lack of Empathy: As he explains to Ling, he considers himself so far above humans that he literally feels nothing towards them.
- Literal Split Personality/Self-Duplication: He "perfected" his soul by splitting off parts of it into separate bodies (in this case, the parts corresponding to the seven deadly sins). Rather than destroying the beings created by this separation, he kept them around to do his dirty work for him.
- Man Behind the Man: More like "man behind the military".
- Manipulative Bastard: One of his last tricks involves calmly having the rotting, moaning population of Xerxes emerge from his body. As a distraction.
- Meaningful Name: He is the father of the homunculi. In addition, his eye catch illustration refers to him as Our Father. Our Father is the term that refers to God in The Lord's Prayer of Christianity: His ultimate goal is to become a perfect being by attaining the power of God.
- Monster Progenitor: To the rest of the homunculi. Hence the name "Father."
- No Sense of Personal Space: When he meets the Elric brothers he gets very close in their face trying to recognize them, much to Ed's discomfort.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Well, it's worse; (absorbing everyone in Xerxes and Amestris for the power of a god, which puts them in an And I Must Scream scenario), but the results are pretty similar.
- One-Winged Angel: During his fight with Hohenheim, Father gets the souls forming his body to "vomit him up", revealing his true form, a Living Shadow in the shape of a man, covered in eyes. He undergoes a second transformation when his "perfect" form is that of Hohenheim as an adolescent.
- Parental Favoritism: Pride is considered to be Father's favorite.
- Phlebotinum Overload: After the 50 million Amestrian souls are removed from him, Hohemheim invokes this on him, pointing out that "the few Xerxian souls [he has] left aren't enough to contain [his] so-called 'God'". After a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown from the combined forces of the entire Briggs army, a blinded Roy Mustang, Greed and finally Edward Elric (with his arm restored) completely depletes his philosopher's stone, the power of God causes him to immediately implode.
- The Power of Creation: Personally created each of the homunculi.
- Pure Is Not Good: He claims to have purified himself of emotions by giving those aspects of himself to his "children", but as noted by Hohenheim, he's probably worse now than he was when he had those emotions.
- We see in one of the final chapters that his Gate of Truth, unlike those of others, is completely blank.
- Though it's stated numerous times that Father has expelled all of his sins, it's interesting to note he acts in a way similar to that of the sins: He seeks power at all costs (Greed); views humans as "ants" (Pride); devours his home cooked meals with no self control (Gluttony); has a desire for a family like humans (Envy); prefers to let others do his bidding for him (Sloth); feels anger towards any opposition, principally Hohenheim (Wrath); and shows complete disregard and manipulation of human beings (Lust); so perhaps he didn't really lose them. Which leads us to…
- Satanic Archetype: He is the secret chief commander of a deep shadow cult conspiracy using a country run by a military industrial dictatorship with a sinisterly-manipulated source of prosperity and power, ALL his doing. In spite of being responsible for all of the known mass bloodshed within the series universe, few know that he or his conspiracy even exists. His seed homunculi, surrounded in occult symbolism the whole nine yards, largely born as the results and walking icons of every single vice known to man and to his own personality, refer to him as "Father". He's about ten insidious layers of misguiding light, and that's putting it mildly. The King of Xerxes made a deal with him to become immortal at the expense of the freedom of every soul in his own entire nation only to quickly find out the hard way how Faustian it really was for himself, and Solf J. Kimblee is heavily implied to have wagered his own soul in a way just to see how the homunculi's games would play out; knowing this makes it fairly easy to connect the dots about all the main officers in Central Command. Still not convinced this guy's the FMA crossover between Satan and the Demiurge? Fine. His ultimate goal/desire is to conquer and replace God.
- Shadow Archetype: To Hohenheim.
- Stepford Smiler: As the Dwarf in the Flask. He needed to be this to fool Hohenheim into going along with his plan.
- Third Eye: Although his true form has a lot more eyes than that, he's shown a couple of times forming a third eye on his forehead and pulling out a spare philosopher's stone. When the souls he absorbed from Hohenheim rebel, they cause a drill bit to painfully burst out from the same place.
- Tin Man: Although he claims to have no emotions he actually does display them, sometimes as seemingly friendly ditziness, but also anger and great cruelty. If anything, it's more like his emotions are fairly low key. Hohenheim points out that while he claims to not want a family, the fact that he created seven "children" and had them call him Father betray his motives.
- Which takes Envy's existence into Fridge Brilliance if you think about it.
- It also foreshadows that Greed actually wants friends since he acts friendly after absorbing Greed; once he gives Greed to Ling he becomes a monster again.
- The Trickster: In his earliest days.
- Truly Single Parent: Each one of the Homunculi is born from him. Each is a representation of one of his sins, or so he claims.
- The Unfettered: He sees everyone, enemy and ally alike, as pawns or stepping stones to his goal.
- Villainous Breakdown: Undergoes a minor one in at the end of the series, when he is Out-Gambitted by Hohenheim.
- He then has a major when he loses control of God.
- Vocal Dissonance: In the anime, he keeps his "elderly man" voice even after transforming into his sexy younger form.
- Walking Spoiler: Not that you'd know or anything...
- Zerg Rush: It takes the combined efforts of Ed, Izumi, Mustang, Hawkeye, Major Armstrong, Zampano, Lan Fan, Darius, Greed/Ling, and an entire military company just to wear him down to the point to where Ed can move in to close combat.
A seductress of immense beauty and cruelty. Father's emissary to his pawns.
- Absurdly Sharp Claws: Her primary weapon, which has earned her the In Universe Nickname "the Ultimate Spear".
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's tall, aloof, and as deadly as she is beautiful.
- Author Appeal: In addition to muscular men (see Armstrong), the author has acknowledged that she really likes drawing buxom women such as Lust ("Women should be vavoom!").
- Ax-Crazy: A bit more polite about it than, say Envy, but it's made pretty obvious that her "lust" is a lust for violence and murder. To drive the point home, she's the only Homunculus who is not against killing sacrifice candidates (something that even Envy knows it's not allowed to do), although it took a hell of a lot to push to that decision.
- Badass: Takes a ridiculous amount of punishment before she even starts to consider dying.
- The Baroness: Sexpot version. She even seduces Havoc.
- Beast and Beauty: With Gluttony, though in a brother/sister manner rather than a sexual one.
- Brains and Brawn: The Brains to Gluttony and Envy's Brawn.
- Buxom Is Better: She has pretty impressive breasts, though it only gets brought up once.
I can see how she tricked you. You've always been a sucker for big boobs. Havoc:
I'm sorry sir. (cue Cherubic Choir)
I just love them so much!
- Card-Carrying Villain: Enjoys being evil.
- Combat Sadomasochist: Heavily implied. She's normally cold and collected, but in combat displays a truly sadistic streak.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Whenever she's damaged, she always regenerates one of her arms first, so she can promptly counter attack.
- Dark Action Girl: You had better believe it.
- The Dark Chick: The only unambiguously female member of the Homunculi. She's also a manipulator on a team of arrogant brutes and sociopaths.
- Death by Irony: Repeatedly burned to death by Mr. Fanservice when she was about to kill the woman who almost certainly has a Bodyguard Crush on him.
- Lampshaded by Lust as she fades into dust.
- In Dante's Purgatorio, the lustful are made to pass through a wall of cleansing fire before passing from Purgatory. Lust dies by being incinerated.
- Lust actually embodies the sin of bloodlust, and not lust of a sexual nature - she kept Roy alive specifically to fulfill her desire of seeing him suffer until his death, and that decision, which had underestimated Roy's will to survive, ended up being what killed her.
- More irony to add to that! Lust enjoys causing pain to humans and killing them. Roy, a human who admits to like fighting a homunculus, ends up killing Lust not for enjoyment, but to save others.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Her main attack is called the "Ultimate Lance" and can penetrate anything.
- The Dragon: Played With. Early on in the series she's without a doubt the most notable antagonist of the Homunculi, and is the one who personally coordinates their efforts to manipulate alchemists to advance the plot. However, this is later downplayed once it's revealed that Wrath is King Bradley and is doing this on a national level and that Pride is posing as his kid and is the true personal coordinator of the Homunculi's individual approach to alchemists.
- Dying Curse: To Roy.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
- Evil Genius: She's probably the best in her group at manipulating people and one of the more strategic of the Homunculi. Not The Evil Genius in a Five-Bad Band sense (that's Wrath's job) but an Evil Genius. Keep in mind, she was orchestrating multiple events like Father Cornello all around the country for centuries.
- Evil Is Sexy: She was the former Image Source. Jean Havoc has a brief discussion with Roy Mustang about how she was able to... distract him.
- Faux Affably Evil
- Femme Fatalons
- Foreshadowing: As she dies she says she looks forward to the day that Roy's eyes are "Clouded with agony". During the finale, Roy is forced to perform Human Transmutation and has his sight taken as a price.
- Gainaxing: Complete with sound effects.
- Go Out with a Smile
- Graceful Loser: After getting killed by Mustang, she calmly accepts her defeat, remarking that there are worse ways to die.
- In-Series Nickname: "Ms. Ultimate Spear", by Greed.
- Killed Off for Real: Even earlier than the 2003 Anime.
- Kill It with Fire: Roy roasts her repeatedly till her stone runs out. Just as her lance was an inch from spiking through his head.
- Lady of War
- Light Is Not Good: Her fake name Solaris is associated with the sun.
- Lust: Well, duh! In her case it seems to be a lust for violence and chaos rather than being sexual in nature (though she's an object of lust).
- Made of Iron: Even for a Homunculus the woman is tough, taking more punishment than the rest of her siblings put together. No particular explanation is really given.
- The Magnificent: Lust the Lascivious.
- Manipulative Bitch: On a far smaller scale than say, Father, but see what she did to Havoc.
- Ms. Fanservice: What would you expect with a name like that?
- No One Could Survive That: "She's dust...I definitely cremated her." Sorry, Roy...
- Of Corsets Sexy
- Opera Gloves
- Opposite-Sex Clone: To an extent. There's some Fan Disservice when you notice how she has some of Father's features.
- Pride: Very much so, despite it not being "her" sin.
- Rasputinian Death
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Envy's red.
- Sacrificial Lion: Inverted/Played with. She's one of the most Badass Homunculi, yet was killed fairly early on to show that Mustang does not screw around. It's worth noting that her death is also the first real setback that Father has suffered in four hundred years.
- Sarcasm Mode: Switches to this frequently: "Oh no, did I get your ignition gloves all wet? Silly me."
- The Schlub Pub Seduction Deduction: Poor, paralyzed Havoc...
- Smug Snake
- Smurfette Principle: Unlike the 2003 anime, Lust is the only female Homunculus.
- Superior Species: Believes Homunculi are innately superior to humans.
- The Vamp
- Vapor Wear
- We Hardly Knew Ye: A mild example, but she dies rather suddenly and much earlier than any other Homunculus (the others all survive until the last arc); and contrary to her incarnation in the 2003 anime, her character doesn't get much Character Development.
- What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: "I've sent Gluttony and Envy. They will not fail."
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Her reaction when Roy calls her a monster after showcasing her abilities and Philosopher's Stone. She claims that the homunculi are "the next link in the evolutionary chain" of humanity.
- Wolverine Claws
- Woman in Black
Speciality: Eating Everything/Imperfect Gate
A simpleton who loves to eat, and will eat anything. A heavy-hitter who plays backup to the other Homunculi as needed. Has an odd, symbiotic relationship with Lust.
- Acrofatic: Surprisingly quick for his size.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: By no means is Gluttony handsome, but his Brotherhood incarnation is less drool-prone and this one's 'alternate form' is much less grotesque than the white version of Envy that the 2003 version used.
- Back from the Dead: Scar once exhausted his Healing Factor and killed him for real. However, Father was nearby and able to resurrect him with all his memories without much trouble.
- Bald of Evil: In contrast to the other Homunculus who have hair.
- Beast and Beauty: With Lust. It's not romantic.
- Belly Mouth: In his One-Winged Angel form.
- Big Eater: As per his "sin", he is never ever full.
- Brains and Brawn: The Brawn to Lust's Brains.
- The Brute: Very strong, none too bright, and used by Father and Lust as a living wrecking ball.
- Catchphrase: "Can I eat him/her?"
- Ironic Echo: Pride says it to Greed after absorbing Gluttony and gaining his ravenous hunger.
- Curbstomp Battle: On the receiving end by a now Automail armed Lan Fan, and Ling.
- Death by Irony: Eaten by Pride.
- Dumb Muscle: Gluttony has no real understanding of really anything. All he does it throw himself around and try to eat things.
- Eldritch Abomination: About on par on Pride and Father in this regard; the other Homunculi are relatively attractive humanoids, but Gluttony? He's a physically repulsive bottomless pit whose stomach leads to another dimension.
- Extreme Omnivore: He's the embodiment of Father's gluttony.
- Fat Bastard: Though he's hardly mean about it.
- Fat Idiot
- Hungry Menace: Normally he's docile and really Affably Evil, but when hes given permission to eat something he becomes very dangerous.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Seems to prefer eating humans.
- Ironic Death: He is eaten by Pride.
- Karmic Death: Who would have expected that Gluttony would end up being eaten by someone else? Still Alas, Poor Villain.
- Let's Get Dangerous: Face it, Mustang—he's one of the Homunculi. You should have expected him to be a Not-So-Harmless Villain.
- Lightning Bruiser: Manages to keep up with Wrath and Ling.
- The Magnificent: Gluttony the Voracious
- Morality Pet: Seems to be this to Lust; she's genuinely fond of him.
- The Nose Knows: Has a very good sense of smell, which makes him dangerous during Greed's groups fight with Pride, as without light to see him, Gluttony has the advantage.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Easily the most docile of the Homunculi when not eating, but once he realizes that Mustang's the one who killed Lust, he goes ballistic.
- Obliviously Evil: Gluttony is not much eviler than a great white shark. He's just hungry and completely unaware of concepts like morality.
- One-Track-Minded Hunger
- One-Winged Angel: His chest can open up in a fanged mouth. Unusual for the trope is that he can change back.
- Overly-Long Tongue: That thing is huge!
- Psychopathic Man Child
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: "Roy Mustang....killed Lust!"
- Say My Name: MUSTAAAAAAAAANG!!!
- Unskilled, but Strong: In a manner similar to Sloth, Gluttony does not have any real fancy tricks aside from his Imperfect Gate. He uses his massive physical strength to win so he can devour them.
- Villainous Glutton: Well, duh.
- Villainous Friendship: With Lust.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Technically more like Your Usefulness Is Greater To Me Dead.
Affiliation: Amestris Military/Homunculi
A misanthropic little psychopathic shape-shifter. If Envy can Kick the Dog
, Envy will. Father's chief spy and instigator.
For the sake of clarity, Envy will not be referred to by they/their/they're
- Accidental Pervert: Envy walks in on Edward after Edward just left the shower, and thus has no pants or towel on. Screaming ensues.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Noticeably a lot more muscular in Brotherhood than in the first series. They're also a weaker fighter in this series.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Invoked by Edward during Envy's death.
- Ambiguous Gender: Nobody knows Envy's true gender, not even Envy. That said, other characters refer to Envy with male pronouns.
- Ax-Crazy: See the above image? That's their look when they admits to starting the Ishvalian Civil War, and they take joy in that!
- Bare Your Midriff
- Berserk Button: Envy really, really does not like being called "ugly".
- Beta Test Baddie: And they kill themselves when someone points it out.
- Big Bad Wannabe: In contrast to the 2003 series, Envy in Brotherhood is a borderline Butt Monkey. The only time they actually win a fight is when Ed had broke his automail arm. Dr. Marco completely immobilizes them twice.
- Boisterous Weakling: Brags a lot, despises humans and is prompt to Kick the Dog as often as they can. And gets their ass handed to them in every serious fight they have except in their One-Winged Angel form… and even that one backfires horribly against Mustang. Made even more obvious when it turns out their real true form is that of a minuscule larva-thingy.
- The Brute: Arguably. Envy's got a Hair-Trigger Temper, a profoundly limited sense of subtlety, relies on brute force in combat, and seems to be relatively low on the Homunculi totem pole. They are also the biggest homunculus.
- Bullying a Dragon: Envy admits to Mustang that they killed his best friend and brags about it. All that mocking stops the moment Mustang sizzles out their eyes.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Just look at how they gloat to Ed and Ling about how they were the one who sparked the Ishval Civil War. It's obvious they love being a heartless, evil monster.
- Chewing the Scenery: "I'm ALLLIIIIIIIIIIIVE!"
- Chew Toy: A regenerating one with an incredible talent to piss powerful people off. Envy takes SO much abuse during the series that their massive amount of hitpoints (combined with their terrible fighting skills) starts to look like a disadvantage since it only allows Envy's enemies to hurt them more.
- Played for Laughs in Brotherhood; the "fight" between him and Roy basically consists of Envy starting to say something, getting the shit burned out of them, and then running as far and as fast as they can. Rinse and repeat.
- Clasp Your Hands If You Deceive
- Clipped Wing Angel: Two ways: first, Envy's true form is a little fetus-thing that you could kill by stepping on it. Second, Envy's attempts to go One-Winged Angel against Roy led to the response, "I can't believe you made yourself a bigger target." Cue Oh Crap.
- Combat Tentacles
- Death by Irony: Commits suicide in humiliation when their envy of humanity is exposed and pitied by one of those humans (Ed).
- Does Not Like Shoes
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Upon its final defeat, Envy is so completely humiliated that Ed actually pities them that they commit suicide.
- Driven by Envy
- Driven to Suicide: They rips their own Philosopher's Stone and crushes it in their bare hands upon his final defeat.
- Eldritch Abomination: Evokes the same feeling with their true form.
- Enemy Mine: Briefly worked with Ed and Ling to escape Gluttony's stomach.
- Envy: Toward humanity, who can always rise to improve themselves no matter how crushed beyond redemption.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: To be fair, they have admitted this. And it pisses them off. Leads to their eventual breakdown after they're confronted with the fact that they're jealous of humanity's ability to be moral and strive toward redemption
- Evil Sounds Raspy: Envy's voice in the anime.
- Eye Scream: Mustang repeatedly flash-fries Envy's eyeballs during their fight. Ouch.
- False Flag Operation: Envy took the form of an Amestrian soldier and fired the shot that started the Ishvalan War. Years later, Envy took the form of Father Cornello to stir up unrest in Lior.
- Faux Affably Evil: Their attempts at being cordial only underscore the fact that they don't give a shit about the other character's hatred.
- Fetus Terrible: Their true form.
- For the Evulz
- Friendly Enemy: Likes to play this role. It's all lies, of course.
- Green-Eyed Monster: They're jealous of humans for having such strong bonds and for being able to make friends of enemies.
- This is a serious case of Fridge Brilliance when you remember this: Jealousy is completely natural, and is pretty much impossible to not experience in life. Envy, the unnatural is when you wish to cause someone harm out of jealousy. This explains why they love causing humans pain.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Hates being insulted, by anyone, about anything, and has a fuse shorter than Ed's.
- Humiliation Conga: Out-Gambitted into their fetus form and carried around. Moments after regaining their powerful form they're hunted by Mustang. Then driven to suicide by Ed pointing their fatal flaw.
- Hybrid Monster
- Hypocrite: Loves to cause pain and agony and laugh giddily over it, but if the tables turn expect Envy to bitch and moan about it the loudest of any of the Homunculi.
- I Just Want to Be You
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: So very much.
- Irony: One of Envy's abilities is to transform into humans. Which must really tick Envy off, because even though Envy can pass off as a human, deep down Envy knows they can never be one. The one thing that turns the tables in a fight against any of their opponents is that they can only use information they find out about anyone they transform into—Hawkeye uses this against them (by bluffing that Mustang calls her Riza.)
- Is the one who most consistently makes fun of Ed's height, is later revealed that their true form is a little fish-thing that you could hold with two fingers.
- Jerk Ass: To psychopathic levels.
- Just Between You and Me: Excels at this. It often backfires.
- Kick the Dog: Constantly and enjoys it immensely.
- The Magnificent: Envy the Jealous.
- Manipulative Bastard: Can be this when forced to be subtle. They manage to trick May Chang into indirectly letting them regain their normal form.
- No Sell: Takes a punch to the face from Ed and doesn't budge an inch.
- Oh Crap: There's no other possible way to describe Envy's reaction when they realize just how bad of an idea pissing off Roy was.
- One-Winged Angel: A giant green monster.
- Poisonous Captive: When Envy is trapped in a jar, they're able to play on May Chang's fear for her clan and talk her into going back instead of taking them to Xing, which allows Envy to get free and obtain a second Philosopher's Stone.
- Pride: They're always going on about how much better they are than humans, and about how stupid and pathetic humans are, to the point where they end up coming off as being more prideful than Pride himself. And when it comes out that they're actually jealous of humans, they commit suicide rather than live with the shame.
- Psycho for Hire
- Psychopathic Manchild: Well, more like Psychopathic Manteenager, but the principle's the same, they a tendency toward some rather erratic fits of anger when things don't go their way, not unlike a pubescent teenager throwing a temper tantrum.
- Rage Quit: Commits suicide by ripping the philosopher's stone out of their own body when they realize that they're not just defeated (again) but an object of pity.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Lust's blue.
- Say It with Hearts
- Shapeshifter: Ties with Unlimited Wardrobe.
- Sissy Villain: Unlike the previous adaptation of Envy, this Envy is more effeminate.
- Slasher Smile: Always has one of these—Envy's true form is composed of a bunch of horrible faces, most bearing this expression as well.
- Stealth Pun / Visual Pun: Envy, the big green monster.
- Stupid Evil: Not consistently, but pretty often. Envy is just way too sadistic to restrain the urge to brag about their atrocities at times when it's clearly not a best idea. This is also probably why Envy's Unskilled, but Strong—Envy just lacks the self-control to be a better fighter.
- Tentacle Rope: Pulls it off against Hawkeye after she sees through their Mustang disguise. Doesn't get much farther than wrapping her up and slamming her to the ground before the real Mustang catches up to them again.
- Too Dumb to Live: No, Envy, taunting a Person of Mass Destruction that's already slain another Homunculus about gleefully killing his best friend is NOT a good idea. Although in the end Mustang isn't the one to finish them off.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Envy is a terrible fighter in the manga/Brotherhood adaption. Thanks to its shapeshifting abilities, and the sheer weight Envy can put behind every blow, this doesn't often matter at least until the encounter with Roy.
- Vagina Dentata: Their true true form, revealed after Dr. Marcoh defeats them has an aura of this.
- Villainous Breakdown: Completely loses it after realizing they're outmatched during their "fight" against Roy.
- Would Hurt a Child: Started the war in Ishval by deliberately shooting an Ishvallan child in the head, while disguised as a soldier. Years later, Envy still seems to think of this as one of the most enjoyable things they ever done.
Affiliation: Homunculi (formerly)/Devil's Nest
Speciality: Ultimate Shield
A homunculus so greedy he won't play second fiddle to anyone, not even his creator. Bodyguard and watchdog to Father, that is until he goes rogue.
Affiliation: Homunculi (formerly)/His Own Crew
Speciality: Ultimate Shield/Martial Arts
A reincarnated Greed inhabiting the body of Ling Yao. He was originally meant to act as Father's bodyguard, but following an incident involving Bido all of the original Greed's memories flooded back into his head. Like the first Greed he too went rogue, and eventually formed his own crew with Darius, Heinkel and Edward.
- Affably Evil: At first, until his Heel-Face Turn where he's generally a decent guy.
- Nominal Hero: Initially. While he does fight the Homunculi alongside the protagonists, he only does so for his own ulterior motives. In his own words, he plans to steal Father's power for himself and become the king of the world. However, he later starts to develop into more of an...
- Unscrupulous Hero/Pragmatic Hero: As the series progresses, in spite of his own words, he actually starts to perform heroic deeds of his own free will. He rescues his chimera men from Pride and also fights Wrath on behalf of the Briggs soldiers. Later, he makes the ultimate sacrifice when he gives his own life to ensure Ling's protection and help defeat Father.
- Back from the Dead: An unusual variant as Father "absorbed" him and then later injected him into Ling. At first you could think of him as a different person from the original, with Greed himself trying to assert that, but he eventually regains the first one's memories.
- Bad Ass: The only character who can fight toe-to-toe against Wrath. In addition, he still has the balls to defy Father again and has gained new ones this time to openly attack him.
- Bash Brothers: A most weird variation with Ling, as they share the same body. That said, later on the two "tag switch" to exploit each other's strengths. A more normal version of the trope is him with Edward.
- Benevolent Boss: Though he still calls his friends "possessions".
- Big NO: After killing Bido triggers him to regain the memories of the rest of his fallen comrades, it leads him into an Anti-Heroic BSOD.
- Book Ends: Is both the first and last of the "sin" homunculi to die in the series..
- Byronic Hero: Charismatic, rebellious, only ever acts on his own whims. To boot, the Second Greed's conversations with Ling also resemble internal conflict.
- Came Back Strong: The original Greed was hopelessly outmatched by Wrath/Bradley. After returning in Ling's body, he's notably stronger. In fact, he even goes as far as to engage Wrath/Bradley extending his Ultimate Shield only over his arms and still gives him the fight of his life.
- Fridge Brilliance: Unlike the original Greed and his men, Ling and Lan Fan were both able to escape Bradley's pursuit at one point. Compared to Greed, and Homunculi in general, they were more on the Unskilled, but Strong side; however, skill and ingenuity obviously go further than strength when taking on King Bradley. So really it's more "Came Back Skilled".
- Cradling Your Kill: Does this to Bido after killing him.
- Dark Is Not Evil
- Defector from Decadence
- Defiant to the End: Again. He just laughs at Father while he single-highhandedly obliterates his body's carbon composition.
- Death by Irony: Died performing a selfless act and, in his last words, stated that he had gotten all that he could ever want.
- Demonic Possession: Of Ling.
- The Dog Bites Back: Again. As always.
- Drama-Preserving Handicap: Of the psychological variety—his vanity keeps him from covering his good-looking face with the Ultimate Shield if he can possibly avoid it, even when fighting Wrath.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Even more so than the original.
- The Fighting Narcissist: He prefers not to extend his Ultimate Shield over his head, since it tarnishes his appearance.
- Foil / Shadow Archetype: To both Ling and Wrath.
- Game Face: Very rarely, because of his vanity.
- Genetic Memory: Recovers the original Greed's memories through the shock of killing the original Greed's buddy Bido.
- Go Out with a Smile: Mocks father while also contently realizing that he already had what he always wanted—friends.
- Greed: Yah.
- Heel-Face Turn: A very quick one—he was in Father's employ no more than a month.
- Heroic Sacrifice
- Hunter of His Own Kind
- I Just Want to Be Loved/I Just Want to Have Friends: What turns out to be his truest desire.
- Insistent Terminology: Still calls his friends and henchmen "possessions". Well, until the end, anyway.
- It's All About Me: Genuinely nice, but a complete ego-maniac.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Much more obvious than the original incarnation, as he was very quick to accept Darius, Heinkel and Edward into his crew and continued to be very protective of them. Still tried to act like a Jerk Ass, with mixed results.
- Lightning Bruiser: His Ultimate Shield already makes him the toughest character in the series. He also destroys a truck with one arm and easily defeats a squad of Central's soldiers. Oh and this time, he's strong enough to fight on almost equal terms with Wrath. As for speed, he manages to keep up with and dodge most of Pride's and Wrath's incredibly fast attacks, even at one point showcasing the easy-to-miss speed that Sloth possesses.
- Made Of Diamond
- Made of Plasticine: If he were to take his abilities in the opposite direction. Which he used to weaken Father, who was in the middle of absorbing him, quite a bit.
- Morality Pet: His "possessions", even more so with Ling and Edward.
- My God, What Have I Done?: When Greed kills Bido whom he is unaware is the last of his former minions, the incident, combined with Ling's reprimanding, affects him so much it triggers his memories to come back.
- Noble Demon: Greed is obviously far from a saint (seeing as he's supposed to be the embodiment of a SIN), but he's the only Homunculus willing to work with the good guys as long as it suits his ends. He's so obsessed with his own desires that senseless murder in Father's name doesn't interest him, as anything that he could help Father get Greed would rather obtain for himself.
- Not So Different: Just before their final assault on Central, Greed lectures Ed on their similarities—Ed is motivated by hope and Greed by avarice, and what are hope and greed but different words for desire?
- Now, if we take into account what Greed truly desires and what Ed is willing to do without alchemy for, the above actually takes on a new meaning.
- Also interesting is Greed's Oedipus Complex toward Father compared to Ed's resentment of Hohenheim for abandoning him as a child, especially since Father and Hohenheim look alike.
- The original Greed once mocked Ed for being the type of person who can handle taking a beating himself but goes nuts when people he cares about get hurt. Guess what happens when this Greed remembers what happened to his subordinates?
- From another angle, in a recent chapter, Father commented on how much Greed reflects his own motivations, indicating ironically that the same qualities that made Greed fight alongside the "good", make Father truly evil.
- Odd Friendship: Probably the strongest hint of his true desire. His closest friends are the last people you'd expect to be hanging out with a Homunculus, especially Edward.
- Oddly Small Organization: The group he and Ed put together is even smaller than the original's. A definite, blatant foreshadow of his truest desire.
- One-Man Army: Together with Ling, he utterly demolishes Bradley's entire platoon; soldiers, weapons, vehicles and all.
- Redemption Equals Heroic Sacrifice: His final death can be seen as this for Ling. When Father absorbs Greed into his arm, Greed has Lan Fan chop it off so a) Father can't possibly absorb Ling as well anymore and b) so he can wreak havoc in Father's body.
- Regret Eating Me: Makes damn good on his first form's threat after being reabsorbed, when he turns Father into charcoal to allow Ed to deal the finishing blow.
- Relationship Upgrade: Non-romantic variety with Ling. (See Vitriolic Best Buds below.) After the timeskip, Greed uses Ling's first name and calls him "partner", or "brat" when in Jerkass mode. That's a huge change compared to the times when Ling was callously referred as "that guy" or "the owner of this body".
- The Scream: After killing Bido triggers his old memories to return.
- Shipper on Deck: While Ling and Lan Fan lay the hurt on Gluttony in the dark, Greed sits back inside Ling and watches, commenting on how Ling's "quite the stud, having a fine woman like her hidden away."
- He also compliments Ed on his choice of "possessions" after meeting Winry.
- Slasher Smile
- Spanner in the Works: To Father, who certainly wasn't expecting the Second Greed to regain his old memories and betray him a second time. Not only does Greed betray Father but he also joins the heroes to fight against him. Greed managed to weaken Wrath (greatly helping Scar) and helped the Briggs soldiers hold the Central fort. He was also crucial in the final battle as he managed to absorb some of Father's souls and distracted him long enough for the heroes to make him use up his Philosopher's Stone shield. Most importantly, after being absorbed by Father (who at this point, still couldn't die due to his regeneration abilities), Greed greatly damages him by using his carbonization powers to turn Father's shell into charcoal, thereby rendering Father unable to regenerate. All that was needed left to destroy Father afterwards was a single punch from Edward.
- Take Over the World: His ultimate goal in life. ....Supposedly.
- Token Heroic Orc
- True Companions: What he, no matter how he denies it, had with his chimeric "possessions" before their deaths. And ultimately, the one thing he desired the most.
- Villains Never Lie: He never ever lies, and is quite proud of that fact.
- Subverts it for the first and last time to spare Ling from being dragged along in his Heroic Sacrifice.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Ling. Their friendship forms off-screen during the timeskip, but we see bits and pieces of it when they argue and banter while working together against Pride and Gluttony. And later Greed lies to save Ling's life, and Ling has a heartbroken expression when Greed dies. It's an Odd Friendship considering their peculiar state of body, but personality wise, they are quite compatible.
- What the Hell, Anti-Villain?: Gets this harshly from Ling after killing Bido, which pushes him into his My God, What Have I Done? moment.
- Wild Card: Even more so than the first, as he outright joins the good guys. Kind of.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: "I don't fight women, I'm not that kind of guy."
- You Will Be Assimilated: Father tries this on Greed after he loses control of God. It backfires magnificently.
A hulking brute. Incredibly lazy, he has to be forced to work non-stop or he'll doze off. Not particularly bright. Father's workhorse and, after Greed goes AWOL, bodyguard.
- The Brute: A classic example.
- Catchphrase: "What a pain." and "Can I rest now?" Sometimes translated as "too much work."
- Chained by Fashion
- Dark Is Not Evil: Not only is he neutral, he's also only a threat if ordered to be.
- Death by Irony: He wears out after a long fight, literally working himself to death.
- Dumb Muscle
- Early-Bird Cameo: Gets a two-panel appearance thirty-four chapters before he's incorporated into the plot.
- Epic Flail: His chains.
- Go Out with a Smile: He's happy that he has an excuse to just not work anymore.
- Heavy Sleeper
- Hulk Speak
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice
- The Juggernaut
- Lazy Bum: In a physical and moral sense. Not only is Sloth constantly falling asleep, but he lacks the willpower to say "no" to the other Homunculi, and usually goes through objects and people rather than around them. In a weird way, his laziness is what makes him dangerous.
- Irony: His sin makes him the least difficult for Father to convince to do the arduous and thankless task he does. Lust would much rather witness the bloodshed after manipulating people into madness or spearing them with her fingers. Gluttony just wants to eat people and protect Lust. Pride rivals Father himself in both deviance and arrogance. Wrath was converted to be a war general and Envy created to ruin people's lives, and both would be pissed off at being asked to do something so menial as digging a tunnel the whole time instead. And most strikingly, Greed is too ambitious and has too many scruples deep down to even remain in Father's employ.
- Let's Get Dangerous: When he reveals his Super Speed.
- Lightning Bruiser: When he wants to move, he can move so fast that he can't be seen.
- Madness Mantra: "Too... Much... Work..."
- The Magnificent: Sloth the Indolent.
- Monster Sob Story: Poor Sloth isn't even malevolent unless ordered to be. All he wants to do is sleep, but his physical strength makes Father force him to do all the digging in to make the nationwide transmutation circle.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: One of his attacks pops Major Armstrong's dislocated shoulder back into place, causing the Major to get his second wind and begin beating the crap out of him.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Probably the toughest and undoubtedly the strongest of the seven Homunculi. Anything less than a tank won't even slow him down.
- Punch Clock Villain: Compared to the other Homunculi, all Sloth wants to do is sleep.
- Smash Mook
- Super Strength
- Super Speed
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Has the least screentime out of any of the Homonculi.
The first Homunculus to be created from a human and not from scratch. The puppet through whom Father rules Amestris. For information concerning his Bradley persona, see Fullmetal Alchemist Military.
Speciality: Shadow Manipulation
Serves as The Dragon
to Father. The eldest and deadliest of the Homunculi. Father's second-in-command and minder of the other Homunculi. In a shocking twist, it is revealed that he is living in Central under the disguise of Selim Bradley, King Bradley/Wrath's son.
- Badass: Let this sink in for a moment: Wrath is afraid of this guy.
- Bad Powers, Bad People: Gee, what a surprise. The most unrepentantly evil Homunculus is the one who uses living shadows to eat your soul. Who'd've thought it?
- Big Brother Mentor: In a weird sort of way he seems to view himself as one to Wrath, who is the youngest of the Homunculi.
- Cannibalism Superpower: Gains the powers of anyone he absorbs, be they Homunculi or human. As if creating tons of razor-sharp shadows wasn't enough.
- Casting a Shadow
- Compulsory School Age: He looks like a child and goes to school, but he is actually the oldest of the homunculi at over 300 years old.
- Creepy Child
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: He prefers not to force anyone through the "Gate", since it takes a large toll on him.
- Death by Irony: Ditching his pride out of desperation is what leads to his defeat. His attempt to posses the body of a creature he looks down on (Ed, a human) when his own body start failing disgusts the absorbed Kimblee enough for Kimblee to immobilize him, giving Ed an opening to defeat him.
- Deliberately Cute Child
- Devour the Dragon: Repeatedly. Pride callously murders Gluttony, Kimblee (though in this case, he was already dying), and the alchemic doctor to gain their abilities and/or knowledge.
- Dissonant Serenity
- The Dog Was the Mastermind
- The Dragon: To Father.
- The Dreaded: No one wants to fight against Pride, considering both his abilities and his cruelty. Even Greed considers him to be a monster.
- Eldritch Abomination: A living shadow composed of eyes, teeth, and tentacles which follow you everywhere.
- Enfante Terrible
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Mrs. Bradley is the sole human to whom Pride shows any sympathy.
- Fate Worse than Death: Considering Pride's loathing of humans and "lower beings", this might be how pre-memory wipe him would regard his fate at the end of the series.
- Game Face: Once his identity is revealed, he's drawn with much sharper, edgier features in contrast to Selim's rounded, almost chibi looks. Especially apparent after he eats Gluttony.
- Grand Theft Me: Attempts this on Edward Elric. Backfires when Ed invades him instead.
- Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: Tareme Eyes as Selim, Tsurime Eyes as Pride.
- He Who Must Not Be Seen: Until his reveal.
- Heel Face Mind Screw: In the course of destroying Pride, Ed somehow knows to rip out Pride's true form, a helpless, miniature baby. As a result, Pride has no memories of his past and is purged of his malicious personality, and this, coupled with being raised by Mrs. Bradley, means that he becomes the good little boy he had previously pretended to be.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Turns out absorbing Kimblee wasn't a good idea.
- Hypocrite: For all his talks about how worthless humans are, he at the end is willing to steal Edward's body just to escape his predicament, to keep himself from dying. This disgusts Kimblee into stopping him from within.
- "I can't believe you could treat your own brother with such hostility, Greed! Honestly, I might have to eat you!"
- I Just Want to Be Loved
- I'm a Humanitarian: Likes to eat his allies when they are no longer of use (Gluttony, Kimblee, and the creepy gold-toothed doctor). Disturbingly, after he eats Gluttony, Pride comments on inheriting Gluttony's ravenous hunger for people. However, he doesn't think of it as cannibalism, but rather absorbing them into his collective mind.
- Infant Immortality: He is the only homunculus who looks like a child, and also the only homunculus who survives...sort of.
- Lack of Empathy: Personified. Pride can't give a damn about anyone else, due to the nature of his sin. Flipped around after his rebirth, when he asks his mother if an injured bird can be "fixed".
- Laser-Guided Karma: Many of Pride's cruel acts came back to bite him in the end.
- When you think about it, being raised as a human child, with his memories erased? From his original perspective that's a Fate Worse than Death.
- Last of His Kind: Lost memories notwithstanding, he is the only Homunculus to survive the events of the story.
- Light Is Not Good/Dark Is Evil: He can only use his shadow powers in the presence of light, as total darkness isn't exactly conducive to shadows. His shadows can also be destroyed under intense enough light, such as a flash bomb.
- Loss of Identity: After his "death", he is reborn with the mind of an innocent child.
- Love Redeems
- The Magnificent: Pride the Arrogant.
- Morality Pet: Aside from Father, the only being he really cares about, even a little, is Mrs. Bradley - and that only began after she risked her life to save his and he grew curious about the concept of playing 'family'.
- Narcissist: Unsurprisingly. Pride can care about other people if he really, really tries (see Mrs. Bradley and Father), but he's far more interested in himself, to the point of bordering on out and out psychopathy.
- No Ontological Inertia: One of his few weaknesses, as when a base of his shadow is blocked off, the rest of the shadow disintegrates.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Or rather, Obfuscating Childhood.
- Oh Crap: Has a major one when Kimblee reappears and screws him over.
- Paranoia Fuel: In-Universe example for Riza Hawkeye. He could be literally anywhere there's shadows to listen in on conversations, even if he's "supposed" to be miles away.
- Power Copying: The Cannibalism Superpower variant, a decidedly dark one.
- Powers Do The Fighting: Being able to use shadows from anywhere and everywhere allows him to use them to fight by themselves.
- Pride: Of course.
- Pride Before a Fall: Feel free to laugh.
- Purple Eyes
- Really 300 Years Old
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Subtly has this with Wrath.
- Shapeshifter Baggage: Seemingly played straight, unlike Envy above. Drawing his shadow back into his "container" doesn't seem to affect his weight or mass at all, despite the fact that the shadow itself is large enough to extend throughout the tunnel of the nationwide transmutation circle.
- Kind of makes sense, since presumably shadows don't weigh anything.
- Slasher Smile: Gains one after eating Gluttony.
- His shadows feature numerous large smiles and eyes.
- Smug Snake: Boy is he ever. But what would you expect from someone whose name is Pride.
- Stepford Smiler: Part of his Selim Bradley facade.
- Strong Family Resemblance: To Father back when he was the Dwarf in the Flask. Selim, meanwhile, looks an awful lot like King Bradley when he was a kid.
- Stronger Sibling: Compared to his younger siblings.
- Superpower Lottery: He's The Dreaded for a reason. Between his homunculi-standard regeneration, his shadow manipulation, and his Mega Manning, this guy won. He's miles more powerful than any other character except for Hohenheim and Father, who are basically immortal near-demigods.
- Troll: Enjoys teasing Ed about his height while under the disguise as King Bradley's cute, innocent, and of course well-guarded son. He even delights in the fact that it annoys Ed.
- Tsurime Eyes
- Undying Loyalty: Nearly every single thing he does, he does to further Father's plan.
- Villainous Breakdown: Literal and figurative. His body begins to flake apart when he uses it to force Mustang into performing human transmutation. Later on, he finally snaps when Ed calls him out on his blind loyalty to Father, who doesn't give a shit about him, and "dies" screaming hysterically and begging for his life.
- Villain Override: Forces Roy to perform human transmutation, but it weakened him severely.
- Voice of the Legion
- Weaksauce Weakness: Bright flashes of light can hurt him and his shadow-based powers are useless in complete darkness and outside of the national transmutation circle and Central Area. More subtly, he can use his shadow tendrils to commit espionage by listening, but he can't use them to see, so Hawkeye exploits this to get a coded message across to Mustang, who pieces it together on paper.
- "Well Done, Son" Guy: Implied to be one of his motivations when Ed asks why he obeys Father in the first place, pointing out that Father doesn't really care about him.
- Your Head A Splode: How he dies.
Affiliation: Amestris Military/Homunculi
Speciality: Biological Alchemy
Not a Homunculus, but a human in cahoots with them. A mysterious alchemist working for Father, this unnamed doctor is a master of biological alchemy.
Voiced by: Bon Ishihara (JP), Mark Stoddard (EN)
- Asshole Victim: No one was weeping when Pride turns him into a lab subject in order to make Roy a sacrifice
- Badass Labcoat: An old skinny man who nevertheless shows no fear when confronted by Roy, Ed, Scar, Riza, and the Chimeras, stays totally cool under fire, and manages to defeat them through careful planning and the judicious use of Elite Mooks. He's repulsive, but that earns him some badass cred.
- Body Horror: Whoever he paid to bling out his mouth must be pretty creepy indeed, but it gets a whole lot worse. After being pushed through the Gate, he ends up as a hideously deformed "ball".
- Chekhov's Gunman: He's first seen performing the fusion of a human with a Philosopher's stone in Bradley's flashback, but becomes quite important later on.
- Dirty Coward: Despite acting relatively calm earlier, drawing his transmutation circle in the midst of a fight between the heroes and his Elite Mooks, the second Jerso manages to get a hold of him he loses all of his cool and begins screaming and panicking.
- Eye Scream: A mild example; the few times his eyes are seen, they're looking in opposite directions for an unknown reason.
- Probably to illustrate that he's a deranged psycho.
- Elite Mooks: Controls the failed Fuhrer candidates and uses them as his muscle, acting as the brains to their brawn.
- Evil Genius
- Evil Old Folks: Older even than Bradley and it shows.
- Faux Affably Evil: Maintains a cheerful and even somewhat jokey demeanor while throwing his subordinates to die against the heroes and slitting Riza's throat.
- Fate Worse than Death: Implied - he's not present in the usual omakes that show the dead characters, hinting that the he's still alive in that deformed "ball."
- Fish Eyes: Behind his glasses. These ones are not funny in the slightest however, and only serve to make him look more unbalanced.
- For Science!
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul
- Gold Tooth: Obviously. Somehow the resulting twinkle only makes his constant Slasher Smile more disturbing.
- Good Powers, Bad People: Knows medical alchemy, but uses those abilities for sick experiments and other evil purposes.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Taken out by six of his own creations, all of whom hated him.
- Mad Doctor
- Mad Scientist: The alchemic equivalent.
- Man in White: His labcoat and white shirt.
- The Medic: Villainous example.
- Misanthrope Supreme: Sides with the Homunculi, who seek to eradicate all of Amestris and regard his species as lower than insects.
- No Name Given
- Scary Shiny Glasses: That picture up there.
- Slasher Smile: Constantly sports one.
- Twinkle Smile: Courtesy of his gold tooth. The result is creepy as hell.
- Smug Snake: Altogether too pleased with himself about his various bastardly actions.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Dies with very little (but effective) characterization after only appearing in a few random scenes through the entire series.
- We Have Reserves: Discards his Elite Mooks like the expendable pawns they are.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness
Not referred to as homunculi, but are similar in being another group of Artificial Humans
. They are hideous, one-eyed, cannibalistic and hard to kill monsters created by ripping out people's souls and putting them in artificial bodies. The Military Conspiracy planned to use them as an unstoppable army, but when released, things didn't exactly go as planned...