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This is a short summary page for characters from the Fullmetal Alchemist manga series and its anime adaptation Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Note: For the page about the characters from the first anime, see Characters.Fullmetal Alchemist Anime.

This page deals with the Main Characters of the series.

Warning: Spoilers are below.
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    Roy Mustang
Voiced by: Shin-ichiro Miki (JP), Travis Willingham (EN), Rolman Bastidas (Latin America/animated series), Luis Daniel Ramírez (Latin America/live-action film)

Affiliation: Amestris Military
Rank: Colonel
Specialty: Flame Alchemy/Military Tactics/Alchemy Without an Array

A colonel in the military, stationed in East City at the start of the story. Known as the Flame Alchemist, he seeks to become the Fuhrer so he can fix the country and spread his ideals to the people.
  • The Ace: Easily the best State Alchemist in terms of combat power, made colonel before 30, has a loyal team, manages to assemble powerful allies to help him, and he has the highest homunculus body count.
  • The Atoner: His main motive for becoming Fuhrer is to ensure that nothing like Ishval ever happens again. According to Riza, his ultimate goal would most likely lead to him getting tried and quite possibly put in jail for what he did in Ishval - and he's just fine with that.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: By far the most badass member of his unit, as well as the resistance he organized.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Ed and Ling when Envy and Gluttony destroy their safehouse; briefly with Riza under the Fifth Laboratory.
  • Badass Boast: To Lust: You said it takes more than that to kill you, right? Then I'll just keep killing you until you die!
  • Badass Bookworm: In the same vein with Ed. Probably the most powerful of all the State Alchemists. Incinerated Lust and curbstomped Envy with no effort, and he actually had to be injured twice and blinded in the final battle against Father to preserve the drama.
  • Badass Fingersnap: He is a justified case; the friction he creates between his fingers when he snaps provides the ignition for his flame alchemy.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Less obviously than with Kimblee, but he always wears either a uniform with a dress shirt underneath or a suit. The only exception is when he's in the hospital.
  • Badass Longcoat: White or (mainly) black, depending on the task.
  • Battle Couple: With fellow soldier Riza, unofficially, due to the military's anti-fraternization rules.
  • Beard of Sorrow: While grieving Hughes' death, he lets himself go.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Mustang only loses his sight after meeting Truth, rather than his actual eyes. However, he was truly forced to perform human transmutation (specifically, Pride used energy from his own Philosopher's Stone while using the Gold-Toothed Doctor's knowledge to more-or-less force Roy through the Gate). Him just losing his sight did teach him something valuable, but he didn't commit the hubris of transmutation to warrant losing his eyes; in a side story, there was an alchemist who lost his eyes trying to bring his friends' daughter back, reinforcing this notion.
  • Berserk Button: He doesn't take kindly to being reminded that he's useless when wet.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Pulls one on Ed and his team, while the latter are engaging a horde of immortal mooks and are slowly but surely losing. Mustang pops in, asks if they're in need of help, and proceeds to set every single one of the mooks ablaze, clearing the whole room in under two seconds.
  • Blood Knight: A unusual example. Roy freely admits after his battle with Lust that he actually enjoys fighting a homunculus because it makes him feel human again and that he enjoys that feeling.
  • Broken Ace: Ishval did a number on him, and he never forgave himself for it. Being lauded as a war hero likely made him feel worse.
  • Byronic Hero: Actually a subversion. Mustang is certainly saddled with a lot of angst and guilt from Ishval, and although he is set up to be an Anti-Hero when he stages Maria Ross' murder he remains one of the most idealistic characters in the entire series.
  • The Chains of Commanding: Protecting your subordinates and being an effective military officer already carry a lot of responsibility. When your superiors are plotting against you, it's even worse.
  • The Chessmaster: Sometimes successfully (the Maria Ross incident), sometimes not so much ("Scar feeding cats, King Bradley is a homunculus...") Somewhat subverted on the whole, as most of his enemies and his allies figure out quickly that he's planing a coup, but consider his actions inconsequential to their plans, and they tend to ignore him because he's right where they want him to be. It should be noted that his coup would have failed spectacularly if not for major outside interference by others, and one of his allies swooped in at the last moment and took his prize from him anyway.
  • Chess Motif: Refers to his five closest subordinates using the names of chess pieces; he himself is the king.
  • Code Name: The Flame Alchemist.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Puts Envy through this near the end of the series. He even lets them regenerate themselves, stating outright that they'll die a thousand deaths before he's done with them.
  • Colonel Badass: He's even the page image for the trope. He BURNS HIS OWN WOUNDS SHUT and by the end of the series, he manages to personally take down two of the seven Homunculi, which is REALLY impressive in that universe. He also plays several of the defining bits of the trope incredibly straight - he's only thirty years old, rose through the ranks incredibly fast (partly due to being a State Alchemist, which automatically starts you off at the rank of Major), he's extremely high-minded and has tremendous ideals for the country, and he will throw himself into danger in a heartbeat rather than risk losing one of his comrades, particularly his five dearest and most loyal subordinates.
  • Combat Pragmatist:
    • Envy found out very painfully that talking ISN'T a free action, pretending to be allies doesn't work (although Envy should have picked someone who was alive), and Mustang goes for the EYES.
    • Subversion: the one thing he lets Envy get away with is Transformation Is a Free Action. Doubly subverted when he boils its eyes immediately afterwards, remarking how stupid it was to make his target bigger for him.
    • Another subversion: Mustang declares that he's going to let him regenerate each time before he resumes the torching, instead of getting it over with as fast as possible. He does this explicitly to make it suffer over and over again for Hughes' death.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Implied once in the manga. When he first sees Barry the Chopper put his hands on Riza (who clearly doesn't like it), Roy responds by pulling on his ignition gloves and telling her to stand aside because "there's going to be a fire tonight." It's noteworthy that the font of his speech bubbles changes for this scene, and he's shown to be literally growling.
  • Crippling Overspecialization:
    • His Flame Alchemy. While he's a talented alchemist (Talented enough to become a state alchemist long before he got his flame alchemy), he is so focused on said flame alchemy he's rarely seen using any other type of alchemy - you can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times he does on the show - and he's treated by most of the characters as severely weakened or nigh useless if he's wet and therefore denied his flame alchemy - despite the fact that by all rights all that should do is make him even to any other alchemist that doesn't possess flame alchemy.
    • Zig-zagged during his preparation for faking Maria Ross's death, where he sends Breda on a shopping trip for "the ingredients for one charred corpse". Unlike the formula used by the Elrics, Roy intends on making his cadaver mostly out of pork meat and bones, which are roughly analogous to that of humans. Roy justifies his corner-cutting by explaining to Breda that his dummy doesn't need to be functional and will be burnt through and through when he's done with it. Though this isn't quite the case as the doctor who examines it immediately knows it's fake, but he agrees to keep it a secret because he owes Roy a favor. The look on his face when this is brought up shows Roy knew he dodged a bullet.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Completely crushes Envy in what is unquestionably the single most one-sided battle against a homunculus in the entire series. It's so bad that Mustang's own allies have to jump in to stop him from crossing the Moral Event Horizon.
  • Cursed with Awesome: By the end of the series, he lost his eyesight as toll for the Gate. On the other hand, he gained the ability to perform circleless Alchemy, which also expands his repertoire beyond just Flame Alchemy. And thanks to Doctor Marcoh, he might be getting his sight back anyway.
    Mustang: Hmm... This IS convenient.
  • Determinator: Stabbing him through the abdomen won't stop him. Being forced to cauterize his own wounds won't stop him. Destroying his gloves won't stop him. Not even losing his eyesight will stop him for long. He will fight, and he will win.
  • Discard and Draw: Loses his eyesight as a result of being forced through the Gate, which means he's not as in control of his Flame Alchemy and needs Riza's help to aim. However, like the Elric Brothers, he can now perform alchemy without the need of a circle, which comes in handy when erecting defensive barriers.
  • Dude Where Is My Respect: Inverted. After Isvalian war he is praised for his involvement it and commonly considered to be a war hero, but he would much rather get punished for it.
  • Everyone Can See It: When Edward "Oblivious to Love" Elric picks up on how much two people care about each other, it's pretty obvious.
    Ed: And don't go worrying the Lieutenant.
  • Eye Scream: Inflicts this on Envy during his Roaring Rampage of Revenge, by flash-boiling the water in Envy's eyeballs. Twice.
    • This is subverted when he lost his own sight after being forced into performing Human Transmutation. Sure he is blind but not due to direct damage on his own eyes.
  • A Father to His Men: Part of the reason Team Mustang is recognized in the fandom as True Companions is his leadership.
  • The Fettered: He refuses to back down even after his plan is temporarily foiled by Wrath, and his goal involves getting himself tried for the war crimes he committed in Ishval. He won't sacrifice a life if he can help it, including enemies' lives, and refuses to do Human Transmutation even when Hawkeye gets her throat slit.
  • Four-Star Badass: At the very end of the manga, he reaches the rank of general.
  • Genre Savvy: Tells Hughes not to talk about his loved ones in Ishval because "those characters always get shot in the next battle." He's referring to novels.
  • "Get out of Jail Free" Card: Subverted when it is revealed that he feels immensely guilty for his actions in Ishval; being considered a war hero for committing mass murder sickens him and he actually wishes he was in jail for it.
  • Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: If it wasn't apparent that Envy had just angered Mustang big time, then his eyes narrowing to a slit makes it terrifyingly so. He's stopped right before he really goes off the deep end, though, then returns to normal.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has a scar on the back of his hand from when he had to cut a transmutation circle into it to kill Lust. Presumably he also gained one on his right side from the same battle, although it's never confirmed because we never see him with his shirt open again.
  • Guile Hero: As impressive as his flame alchemy is, his ability to outthink his opponents is even moreso. Successfully managing to stage a coup in the name of an enemy you just staged an assassination attempt on is awfully impressive, especially when you plan it right under his nose when he knows that is exactly what you are trying to do.
  • Handicapped Badass: Loses his eyesight as a toll for going through the Gate (or rather, being forced through it, hence why he only lost his sight rather than his eyes). He gets his sight back thanks to a Philosopher's Stone in Marcoh's possession.
  • Happily Adopted: Implied. He was raised by his father's sister, and they are obviously very fond of one another.
  • Having a Blast: His alchemy revolves around changing air densities to allow the air to combust and lead the flames to the target. He can even make the air so dense around the target that he essentially creates bombs out of pure oxygen that will explode spectacularly once the flames reach it. Overlaps with Playing with Fire.
  • Heal It with Fire: He's skilled enough to cauterize severe wounds with his alchemy, and puts it to good use saving himself and Havoc. Of course, he admits that he almost passed out from the pain of doing so.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: He has a brief one in the Brotherhood anime when Bradley plays the Love Is a Weakness card and announces that he's making Riza his own personal assistant, essentially holding her hostage for Roy's good behavior. The poor guy's face turns gray.
  • Hero Killer: Inverted. He's the only character whose mere presence is enough to constitute a deadly threat to the Homunculi, thus making him a Hero Killer Killer.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Hughes, ever since the Ishvalan War. Needless to say, he does not take his friend's death very well.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: He becomes one after the Maria Ross incident because he made everyone think he brutally burned her when he actually saved her.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: He's aware of this possibility happening on his quest to reform the military, namely that he may become as bad as the current regime, so he makes Hawkeye promise to shoot him if he ever goes off the deep end. Good thing that he's thought of this. When he encounters Envy, who killed his best friend Hughes, he becomes so ruthless that he nearly loses himself, making all of his friends and comrades present fear for him. See If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him for more information.
  • Horrifying the Horror: His brutal beatdown on Envy near the end of the series. He actively tortures them to the point that by the end, they're begging for mercy.
  • How Dare You Die on Me!: He says something like this to Hughes's grave after his funeral, and then later says it almost word-for-word to Riza when her throat is cut. It's even closer to an exact quote in the Brotherhood anime.
    Roy: Don't you dare die! Stay with me, Lieutenant!
  • Hurting Hero: Justified, considering the Ishval massacre that he regrets.
  • I Am a Monster: Invokes this trope to explain why he's eager to fight Homunculi: he only feels completely human when fighting true monsters.
  • I Can Still Fight!: He needs Hawkeye to help him aim after he loses his eyesight, but his flames are as hot as ever. Not to mention, he can summon defensive barriers from the ground without drawing alchemic circles.
  • If I Do Not Return: Played with in one scene, when he says this to Riza and she refuses to leave if he doesn't come back. To his amusement, he can only get her to agree as long as he promises to return.
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: Subverted. While Ed, Hawkeye, and Scar all step in to stop him from killing Envy, they do so to prevent him from losing himself in his hatred, with all of them agreeing that they deserves to die either way.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: With a snap of his fingers, he makes Envy's eyeballs explode, leaving the rest of the face relatively intact.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Grumman. They play chess on their time off.
  • Internal Reformist: Of the "working the system" variety.
  • Jerkass Façade: He gives the impression that he's a selfish, womanizing, ladder climber when he's actually The Atoner. He uses the womanizing as a cover story for when Riza goes undercover.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: Invoking this is a big part of his motivation. As a soldier in the Ishval Civil War, he committed numerous atrocities, but as he was on the winning side, he was commended and treated as a war hero. His goal throughout the series is to become the Führer of Amestris, so he can make sure this is rectified. When Hawkeye points out that this means Mustang himself will most likely be tried as a war criminal and sent to prison, Mustang informs her that that's exactly what he wants. Word of God confirms that Mustang does indeed see his day in court for his crimes in the war, and is found guilty, but pardoned for his role in saving everyone.
  • Large Ham: When distracting some officers over the radio in episode 18, he really gets into it.
  • The Leader: He's charismatic enough to get everyone underneath his command (and several people who outrank him) to conspire on what is essentially a military coup.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: For Riza, who emphatically asserts that she has no interest in living in a world without him. This is due to their deep and complicated backstory that resulted in their intense loyalty to one another.
  • Logical Weakness: The fact that he's useless when it's raining is a bit of a Running Gag. This is because, well, he uses fire, and rain is going to put a bit of a damper on his ability to get a flame going.
  • Manly Tears: Once. Almost twice, although the second time he covered it with a lot of shouting.
  • Maybe Ever After: Although he and Riza have an incredibly close relationship based on their shared history and future goals, and are strongly implied on many occasions to have more than platonic feelings for each other underneath their professional masks, we are given no indication of whether or not They Do after the series ends. The Chronicles book further confirms that they remain together for the rest of their lives, but are unable to marry because of military regulations.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Roy is old French for "King", creating an interesting parallel to Bradley, whose first name actually is "King".
    • The P-51 Mustang was considered the best fighter plane in WWII. It's carried further back, as the Colonel, like the fighter plane, was most likely named for the "wild, untamed horse" who bucks the master's (in this case, Bradley's) commands.
    • "Mustang" is also a slang term in the US military for commissioned officers who began their careers as enlisted soldiers.
  • The Men First: Insists on Havoc being treated before him despite his own intense injuries.
  • Milky White Eyes: As a visual effect when he goes blind.
  • Mook Horror Show: Played straight in Mustang's "fight" against Envy. It was less of a fight and more of a hunt. Just like a classic slasher film, Envy is show frantically scrambling for his life, desperately trying ANYTHING to so much as phase Mustang. While Mustang calmly hunts him, his stride never breaking faster than a slow deliberate walk (yet he is always JUST behind Envy), all of Envy's attempts to attack him just managing to piss him off even more. Within minutes, Envy's expression when Mustang so much as gets him in line of sight is utter horror and fear. When Mustang finally cornered Envy, it was only Hawkeye begging Mustang to stop that prevented him from brutally murdering Envy (if only just).
  • Mr. Fanservice: So very, very much. About the only way his Fanservice factor could be increased would be if he got as many shirtless scenes as Ed.
  • Mukokuseki: Inverted. Roy's appearance is noticeably Asian despite having a European name, leading to some speculation that his family has roots in Xing, but it's not something that's ever commented on.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Keeping with Arakawa's tendency to name military characters after real-world war machinery, Roy was named after the P-51 Mustang, which gained fame in World War II for its ability to lead raids from the front, handle high altitudes, and stay flying for long periods thanks to its fuel capacity — all of which are referenced in Roy's character. It also was responsible for shooting down more Axis aircraft than any other Allied fighter, which is alluded to in how Roy ends up killing the homunculi more than any of the other heroes, both for good and in general terms of depleting their philosopher's stones.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast:
    • To the point that whenever his allies hear the Flame Alchemist is about to take the stage, they have a collective Oh, Crap! moment and promptly clear the field.
    • Mustang garners this reputation amongst the Homunculi as well after he kills Lust.
  • No Badass to His Valet: Yes, he's the powerful Flame Alchemist and even some of his allies are afraid of him, but his "precious subordinate" Riza has no qualms about sassing or even bullying him if the need arises. He wouldn't dream of retaliating; the only time he's ever seen acting even remotely annoyed with her, it's because she almost died.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Delivers this to Envy after admitting that he killed Maes Hughes. It involves burning him repeatedly, non-lethally, to inflict the maximum pain without allowing Envy to counteract.
  • Not So Above It All: Normally he's very strategic, professional, and pretty guarded, playing Straight Man to semi-comedic subordinates like Hughes. However, there are also a good few instances of him goofing around. He seems to enjoy acting like an obnoxious bro over the phone just a little too much. He even admits to this when he's screwing with the military radio to throw them off Scar's trail in Episode 21.
    Mustang: Attention! This is Sector 3 Patrol! We're under attack from Scar! Request immediate backup. What? No! No! NOOOOO! AUUUGH! *disconnects the radio* Alright. On to Sector 17. Ohohoho! This is pretty fun!
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Though more like obfuscating perversion; the truth is those "mistresses" are actually his spies.
  • Odd Friendship: With Hughes. His constant pestering for Roy to find a wife and outgoing personality is a constant annoyance to Roy, but in the end, the two are as close as close friends could be.
  • One-Man Army: With his flame alchemy he can wipe out entire cities with a snap. Think what he can do to soldiers in formation.
  • Out-of-Character Alert: His completely out-of-place remark about the chicks in the East to Armstrong when he's pretending he charred Maria Ross. It's how Armstrong knew that Maria Ross was there.
  • Overranked Soldier: In the eyes of several of his contemporaries.
    • Until Edward Elric, Roy was the youngest State Alchemist in the country's history, which made him a Major in the military at the ripe old age of twenty. The result is that by the time he turned thirty, he had already become a Colonel Badass. Many of the other, older commanding officers resent and/or dislike Roy for a number of reasons, this being one of them.
    • He's then a full general before the age of 40.
  • Parental Abandonment: One of the guidebooks reveals that both of his parents died when he was young, leaving his father's sister to care for him.
  • Parental Substitute: To the Elric brothers. Since their mom is dead and the father is long gone, (at first) he generally fills in the mentor role of being a parent, if not exactly the 'nurturing' part. Though this is more evident with Ed because of their shared status as state alchemists (Roy having been the youngest in state history before Ed came along.) One scene even has Hughes pestering Roy about the two brothers and how they are too young to endure the hard reality of military life, and Roy just sighs and says he's their commanding officer, not their father. Riza, of all people, is better at the 'nurture' part, although she mainly confined to showing the more caring part of her personality to animals (in a firm but fair way) and children.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: When he finds out that Envy killed Maes Hughes, he goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge, repeatedly flash-frying them until Envy is literally begging for mercy. Despite the fact that Mustang was rapidly approaching He Who Fights Monsters territory, after all of the atrocities Envy has committed, not the least of which include being directly responsible for kick-starting the Ishval Civil War, they deserved every second of Mustang's wrath.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Destroys city blocks by snapping his fingers.
  • Pietà Plagiarism: With the dying Riza.
  • Playing with Fire: His FLAME alchemy.
  • Post-Victory Collapse: After defeating Lust, he collapses due to the pain of his injuries and the Heal It with Fire method that caused more pain.
  • Protectorate: To Riza. The whole reason she's in the military, as she explains to young Winry in a flashback, is because "there is someone [Roy] she needs to protect".
  • Rank Up: In the epilogue. The stars on his epaulets indicate he's made General.
  • Red Baron:
    • The Flame Alchemist. Also doubles as Roy's Code Name.
    • The Strongest State Alchemist.
    • Pride also calls him "The Most Troublesome State Alchemist".
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After finding out Envy was the one who killed Hughes, he goes on one of these. Man, does he ever. It's pretty furious in the manga, but the anime takes it Up to Eleven: at one point, he loses it completely and just keeps on firing ceaselessly until Envy turns to dust. And even then, the only thing keeping him from crushing its true form under his foot is the thought of harming Riza.
  • Sand In My Eyes: "It's raining."
  • Smart People Play Chess: He plays often with General Grumman.
  • Son of a Whore: His foster mother and biological aunt is the 'madam' of a whore house, and he gets the bulk of his information from the girls that work for her.
  • Spam Attack: He kills Lust by repeatedly blowing her up until she dies.
  • The Spymaster: He uses his foster mother's employees to gather important information without raising suspicion.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Again, part and parcel of being the Flame Alchemist.
  • Supporting Leader: He's not The Hero, but he is the heroes' direct superior and he's the one to lead the resistance against the Big Bad. This is why he can be seen as a Big Good.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Amusingly enough, Arakawa mentions in the third guidebook that she never intended him to be this way, despite the widespread fandom reaction. She states that he really isn't all that tall and although he's not bad looking, he isn't ravishingly handsome either. Most fandom estimates using Ed (the only canonical height ever given) as a baseline put him around or just under six feet.
  • Team Dad: To his subordinates, with Riza acting as the Team Mom.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: After Envy confesses to be Hughes' killer, Mustang slips into this mindset, intent on sending Envy straight to hell with a death as painful as possible. He succeeds in completely obliterating the homunculus' vessel, preparing to go through with a merciless finish on his now helpless opponent. Riza and Scar stop him, noting that such a brutal finish would latch onto his leadership capacity as well.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Not that he needed to take one, but, while he temporarily loses his eyesight, he also gains the ability to transmute without a circle. It can be assumed that, although he's recovered his sight, he retained this skill.
  • Tricked-Out Gloves: The transmutation circles on his gloves help him with his alchemy.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Riza. Arakawa's comments verify that the only reason they aren't married by the end of the series is the anti-fraternization law. She has also confirmed that Roy eventually achieves his goal of becoming Fuhrer, which may allow for a change in their relationship.
  • Unstoppable Rage: After Envy proceeds to reveal that he was Hughes' murderer and gloat about it to Roy's face, Roy proceeds to burn his body all the way down to ash and is about to step on the little bastard when they talk him out of it.
  • Urban Legend Love Life: As a part of his facade. The women he is seen with are part of his hidden information system. Still, one of the novels implies that he thoroughly enjoys the company of the fairer sex even outside his information system. It's not as if he can be blamed, either, with working long hours in an environment that's 10% female at best.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Ed. They drive each other nuts, but it becomes pretty apparent that they also always have each other's backs. It's alluded to this being because they're so alike at heart, but very different outwardly.
    Ed: The Colonel may be a bastard, but he's trustworthy.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Repeatedly said to be totally ineffective if under rain or if wet. It's not entirely accurate; he just can't use his alchemy if his gloves get wet, as they're made of a special ignition cloth to create the necessary spark. However, if he has another source of fire available (not even fire, all he needs for his alchemy is the appropriate circle and a spark - such as from a lighter), pray for deliverance. We're looking at (what's left of) you, Lust.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...: In contrast to his other behavior, his fighting style is simple: Kill It with Fire. If that doesn't work, kill it with more!
  • World's Best Warrior: The absolute best combat alchemist among the heroes, excluding Hohenheim, who prefers to transmute non-lethal traps.
  • You Can Barely Stand: His final confrontation with Lust.
    Roy: I almost passed out a few times.
  • You Killed My Father: What he asks of several people suspected of killing Hughes, his best friend, though when he finally finds the real person (Envy) he skips straight to the incinerating.
  • Zero-Approval Gambit: He enacted a plan to make it appear that he burned Maria Ross to death (it was actually a fake cadaver, and Ross was being sneaked out of the country). Ross was under arrest for the murder of Maes Hughes and was to be executed, so Mustang saved her life while making it appear to the higher-ups that his desire for vengeance was quenched. All the while, Ross's friends and family continue to think she's dead, making Mustang a bloodthirsty murderer in their eyes (at least until they learn the truth).

    Ling Yao
Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano (JP), Todd Haberkorn (EN), Eder La Barrera (Latin America)

Affiliation: Kingdom of Xing/Clan Yao
Rank: 12th Prince of Xing
Speciality: Swordsmanship/Martial-Arts

Ling Yao is a member of the Xing Royal Family, and is well-trained in martial arts and swordsmanship as a result. He comes to Amestris seeking the Philosopher's Stone so his clan can triumph over the country's Succession Crisis.

His appearance marks the start of the large differences between the first anime and manga/Brotherhood anime.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Ling largely downplays his status as a prince from Xing, and pretty much admits he's willing to grovel if that's what it will take to get what he wants.
  • All Chinese People Know Kung-Fu: Well, Xingese anyway, and he and the other Xingese characters all fit this trope's stereotype of Chinese people as martial arts masters. It's justified in the fact that every Xingese character by that point had been either a noble or a noble's bodyguard, and thus would have been trained in martial arts from a young age.
  • Anti-Hero: Extremely greedy and selfish in his motivations—which of course made him the perfect candidate to host the 2nd Greed. While it's true his ultimate goals are positive and he's very loyal to people he's made connections with, he doesn't have qualms with getting food and information by means of extortion.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Make no mistake, this guy is no slouch in combat. He fought off Wrath while he's carrying an injured ally and the latter is wielding his favored weapon, and he's about the only one in the series who faced Wrath and escaped relatively unscathed.
  • Asian Speekee Engrish: He deliberately uses this to his advantage. He's perfectly fluent in the language of Amestris, but comically fakes a language barrier with an exaggerated accent to get out of taking responsibility for the destruction of a town.
  • Badass Normal: Does not know alchemy or alkahestry at all, yet manages to be on the same league as Edward or Roy in combat.
  • Bash Brothers: With Ed starting when they fight Envy and Gluttony together. It even carries over to Greedling.
  • Benevolent Boss: Ling might run off on them a lot, but he really does care a great deal about his bodyguards and is very protective over them. See also A Father to His Men and Reasonable Authority Figure.
  • Berserk Button: He doesn't explode in the manner of, say, Ed, but just try to convince Ling that subjects to authority are expendable (including yourself!) and it will ensure that he will have a serious bone to pick with you.
  • Berserker Tears: In a terrifying manner when Wrath/King Bradley kills Fu.
  • Big Eater: In fact, he's been known to collapse if he doesn't get enough to eat, which could be Obfuscating Stupidity except that his bodyguards seemed legitimately worried about the possibility when they couldn't find him. If it's for real, it might make him a Handicapped Badass. Unsurprisingly, though, it's not a problem for Greed.
  • Broken Tears: Ling is absolutely devastated when comes to the realization that while he obtained an immortal body for himself, he can't save Fu.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Though, it seems it was Greed's decision to do so.
  • Catch-Phrase: Ling has two phrases that he says some variation of several times in the series: 'A King is no King without his people. Without his people, there is no King' and 'People of Xing always keep their word'.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Ling is a gifted martial artist who is able to hold his own when fighting against Homunculi, despite having no superpowers. Notable accomplishments: fending off Wrath one-handed while carrying a wounded Lan Fan with his other arm, and being able to lift up Gluttony, one of the heavier Homunculi.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He's definitely not afraid to fight dirty, and it helps him stay alive in a world full of dangerous alchemists and Homunculi. An early example is constantly running into King Bradley's apparent "blind spot" caused by his eyepatch. He even keeps some powder in his sword scabbard so that when he whips his blade out, it'll get in his opponent's eyes. Justified by his background and how he learned after surviving several assassination attempts.
  • The Conscience: Despite Ling's shadier characteristics, he has a strong sense of morality and ends up serving this role to Greed, after they end up sharing a body. While it is partly to gain an advantage over him, Ling comments on his actions, chews him out when it's warranted, and eventually coaxes him into recognizing what he really wanted in life.
  • Cool Sword: He wields an especially broad Dao sword that serves as a great foil to Wrath's western cavalry sabers.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Starting in the fight with Gluttony and Wrath. Ling goes from "Hi! How's it going? That's a pretty unique body you've got there!" to stonewalling Wrath in a swordfight with one hand after they make the mistake of wounding one of his subjects.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Like other Xingese, he is born with black eyes and hair. Until he gets possessed by Greed, after which they become the characteristic purple-red of most of the other Homunculi.
  • Deal with the Devil: Or in this case, deal with Father, who is practically the devil. Ling agrees to let Greed possess him, effectively making him into a homunculus, if it means he'll be that much closer to obtaining a Philosopher's Stone and thus the secret to immortality.
  • Detect Evil: All the Xingese characters are trained to sense "the flow of chi"... which comes in pretty useful when dealing with homunculi.
  • Determinator: Willing to do ANYTHING to a) get the Philosopher's Stone and b) save the lives of his friends and retainers if he can help it. He shows off both in the course of the series.
  • Disappeared Dad: While Ling's main motivation is to succeed his father's place on the Xingese throne, Ling also flatly states in the manga that he has actually never had a single conversation with his father in his life.
  • The Emperor: The Yao clan succeeds the throne after Ling finally gets ahold of a Philosopher's Stone.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: After accepting Greed. Remember how the first Greed couldn't hope to take on Wrath in a one on one fight? The second Greed can nearly hold his own against him, combining Greed's ultra-durability with Ling's martial prowess.
  • Enemy Within: Greed... sort of. Averted after the timeskip, they become genuine friends and swap control to one another as needed.
  • Eyes Always Shut: He does this deliberately, because he's aware his eyes are "shifty".
  • Face of a Thug: Ties in with Good Eyes, Evil Eyes and his aforementioned Eyes Always Shut habit.
  • Fainting: Has a habit of doing this. Mostly it's from genuine hunger and exhaustion, but on other occasions, it seems to be part of his Obfuscating Stupidity.
  • A Father to His Men: Strongly believes "a King is no King without his people" and will do anything to save his comrades, even if it means risking his life. His bodyguards, Fu and Lan Fan, certainly hold him in extreme high regard in part because of this.
  • Fire-Forged Friends:
    • With the Elric brothers, Ed in particular. Their relationship starts off antagonistic, but they eventually begin to work together. By the time Ling, Ed, and Envy end up trapped in Gluttony's stomach, they've become friends for real.
    • With Greed as well. Even if it did give him what he wanted (a Philosopher's Stone), Ling was still basically forced to accept Greed into his body, and initially the two fought each other for control of Ling's body. However, eventually (especially after the timeskip), the two have learned to work together and willingly trade who's in control depending on whose skills are needed more at the time. Despite frequently snarking back and forth, it's clear that they've gained a great deal of respect for each other, and eventually, Greed pulls a Heroic Sacrifice to save Ling (who would otherwise have been killed trying to save him).
  • Foil: Ling is a contrasting character to both Ed and Greed, who incidentally also parallel each other in a few ways. Unlike either of them, Ling is fairly transparent about his feelings, lacks their egotism, and doesn't share their overt Oedipus Complex despite having sufficient reasons to despise his father (instead he appears indifferent).
  • Funny Foreigner: Faked when Edward first needs his help.
    Ling: So Sori! I no understand much language of this countwi!
  • Good Counterpart: To King Bradley. Their philosophies on what it means to be a leader are the complete reverse of each others. Also interesting to note is Bradley's former status as 12th Fuhrer candidate and Ling being the 12th son of the Emperor.
  • Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: Played with. He's fundamentally a good person, though aware of how his "shifty" eyes makes him look evil so he goes with Eyes Always Shut to disguise it. He drops the act when he means business.
  • Greed:
    • He's a pretty greedy fellow, given that he a seeks immortality and the power to rule over his country. It perhaps makes a bit too much sense that he becomes the second Greed. To his credit though the reason he even wants those things is so that he may provide for his people in return.
    • Ling actually manages to embody the positive parts of greed, namely that desire and ambition are not always evil when pursuing a worthwhile goal. Perhaps most importantly, greed means treasuring what you have and being unwilling to just throw it away—and the very thought of throwing aside his people or his True Companions is a pointed Berserk Button for him.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Kinda.... given his tendency of latching onto anyone he thinks might be able to help him achieve his goals, he winds up allied with a plethora of different people at different points of the story whether it's intentional or not. He's definitely at heart a "good guy", however.
  • Heroic Willpower: Cunningly inverted; he willingly gives up his body to Greed without a fight (which incidentally helps in the long run, as his lack of struggle prevented the philosopher's stone he received from burning out most of its power), but he has enough willpower to maintain his consciousness. From there on Ling uses a combination of patience and willpower to occasionally wrestle back control of his body from Greed, at least until they start acting more in tandem.
  • Idiot Hero: Subverted. He often behaves like one, to the point Ed calls him an 'idiot prince', but Ling has a cunning mind up his sleeve.
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: Ling struggles with a variation of this through his entire character arc. Because of Ling's conviction that leaders should live to serve their people, people like King Bradley who view their nation as Cannon Fodder absolutely disgust him. Ling vehemently resists taking actions that would result in someone being sacrificed, even if his life is in jeopardy, believing that if he allows it to happen he'll be just like Bradley. This isn't helped by the fact Ling becomes a human based Homunculus like Bradley which only furthers this complex he develops. When Ling's comrades make sacrifices for his sake anyway and he can't do anything about it, Ling takes it very badly.
  • I Gave My Word: Ling strongly holds by the phrase 'People of Xing always keep their word', and will do his best to fulfill his promises.
  • The Illegal: He's an illegal immigrant from the country of Xing. He's sent to jail, but breaks out later. Since he's a prince, he could probably be considered a diplomat or such, but he didn't have his papers (and they wouldn't believe he was only 15) when he was arrested.
  • Immortality Seeker: Ling's reason for coming to Amestris is to find the secret to eternal life (or at least, seems like it, so that his clan can win the Emperor's favor before he dies). He gets his wish, but it comes with a price...
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Not as much of an outright "jerk" as most other examples, but he does come off as being smug and callous at times, especially when dealing with his personal desires. Nonetheless he genuinely cares about his country and the people close to him.
  • Keet: He's pretty damn energetic and happy-go-lucky when he's not keeling over from starvation. Or dealing with sharing his body with an egotistical homunculus.
  • King Incognito: Only a few people know he's actually a foreign prince.
  • Made of Iron: While fighting Envy after he goes One-Winged Angel, he breaks at least two ribs and gets hit so hard that he coughs up blood, but keeps going.
  • Master Swordsman: Can hold his own when dueling against Wrath!
  • Meaningful Name: The words "Ling" and "Lin" have various different meanings in Chinese in addition to being names, depending on the hanzi used: "ling" can mean, among other things, "nimble", and is one of the hanzi used to spell the word "spirit" (appropriately enough, considering his fighting style and the fact that his spirit is apparently strong enough not to get lost among all the other ones swirling around Greed's Philosopher's Stone), while "lin" can mean "carry" (which he does to Lan Fan while they're escaping from Bradley). His surname Yao, on the other hand, could be a play on the fact that "yao" can also mean "want". And then, in languages other than Chinese...
  • Modest Royalty: So much so that everyone doubled over from laughing in disbelief when he revealed that he's a prince.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Handsome? Check. Goes almost shirtless for much of the first part of the series? Check. Badass? Check.
  • No Shirt, Long Jacket: Has a tendency of leaving his shirts always open...
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Extremely convincing when pretending to be a complete moroneven while displaying window-crossing stealth bordering on Offscreen Teleportation.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: His prominent bangs sometimes will obscure one of his eyes.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Wants to be one. His belief that a King exists to serve his people certainly reflects this, and he already does take into account the feelings and suggestions of his bodyguards.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something
  • Say My Name:
  • Shadow Archetype: His character parallels Greed in a number of ways. And then he becomes Greed.
  • Ship Tease: With Lan Fan. More subtle than most of the other Ship Tease's in the series but it's definitely there. Ling doesn't deny that he has feelings for her when Greed brings up the possibility.
    Greed: You're quite the stud! How long have you been keeping such a fine young lady from me?
    Ling: Well, what can I say...I'm full of surprises...
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Ling/Lin/Rin, and some offbeat examples like Lynn. Ling seems to be the correct spelling, as his name tag bracelet when he gets put in jail has it written this way.note 
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Pretty good at pulling these off but it's more on the 'hi' side than the 'bye' side.
  • Stealth Pun: Maybe not deliberate, but in English - "PrinceLing".
  • Succession Crisis: The Emperor's twelfth son, but he could inherit the throne if he successfully wins his favor. Which he apparently does.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: Acquires Greed as his more powerful, more amoral alter ego.
  • Symbiotic Possession: Despite being basically forced to receive Greed into himself, they eventually become friends. Greed even pulls a Heroic Sacrifice for him, and Ling appears to grieve his loss.
  • There Was a Door: He seems to enter buildings through windows more often than he does doors.
  • Undying Loyalty: To his Clan, and especially the people close to him. He's willing to risk his own life for them, to the point he once has to be reminded that as much as a King is nothing without his people, the people too would be lost without their King.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: First with Ed, and later with Greed.
  • Walking Spoiler: The fact that he becomes a homunculus by becoming the second Greed.
  • Warrior Prince: As he put it, he had to be able to defend himself when his family is a Deadly Decadent Court about to go into a Succession Crisis. And he's no slouch either - he fought off Wrath while carrying an injured ally, and escaped relatively unscathed.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Ling does not possess Alchemy or Alkahestry and yet he holds his own in a fight thanks to his sword skills, his martial-art skills, and his speed.
  • What Were You Thinking?: Gets this reaction after his Deal with the Devil, of course.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Ling ultimately has this revelation. He came to Amestris seeking immortality and got his wish when fusing with Greed rendered him practically immortal. However, Ling realizes it's not worth it when he's still helpless to save people he cares about.
  • Wise Beyond His Years: In that while he wants to become an emperor, he also understands the responsibilities that come with it, namely a sense of duty towards his people.
  • World's Best Warrior: The best swordfighter among the heroes, but can't do a damn thing when it comes to alchemy. After he spends some time sharing a body with Greed, he picks up better hand-to-hand skills.
  • Younger Than He Looks: Is apparently 15 years old when introduced to the story (a bit younger than Ed), and thus technically a Kid Hero, although he looks like a fully grown adult and is mature beyond his age. Lampshaded when he gets arrested for being an illegal immigrant. The guard questions Ling's age and subsequently refuses to believe he's actually a minor.
    • Winry and Ed are also surprised when they find out he's about their age, having assumed he's an adult. (Naturally, Ed proceeds to get jealous over Ling's height — which probably helps contribute to him seeming older.)

    Van Hohenheim
Voiced by: Unshou Ishizuka (JP), John Swasey (EN), Daisuke Namikawa (JP - Young), Aaron Dismuke (EN - Young), Héctor Indriago (Latin America)

Affiliation: None
Rank: None
Speciality: Perfect Alchemy/Trap Alchemy/Immortality

The Elrics' father, a renowned alchemist who left them and their mother when they were little.
  • Absent-Minded Professor: While a fairly serious and somber character, he can be a bit of a bumbling space-cadet at times. For example, he once tried building a tree swing for the boys, stopped paying attention to what he was doing to think about other matters, and promptly fell out of the tree. Then there was his reunion with Al in the manga:
    Al: Father?!
    Hohenheim: My vintage armor!!
    Al: What!!!!
    Hohenheim: Oh... Er, Sorry.
  • Action Dad: The father of the two main heroes and has proven to be able to kick alot of ass.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: While the Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood anime preserves the most important parts of Hohenheim's character arc, it omitted the vast majority of scenes involving Hohenheim being an airhead, resulting in his personality coming off as much more serious compared to the manga.
  • All-Loving Hero: Does everything he can to save thousands of people he'll never meet, all while putting himself through hell. And then there's getting to know all of those souls.
  • Animals Hate Him: Justified. It's a natural reaction when they can sense more than half a million people standing in front of them at once.
  • Badass Beard: Sports an impressive-looking beard.
  • Badass Bookworm: He looks like he should be teaching in some school, but he's one of two Perfect Alchemists in the series. Which, considering the nature of alchemy as a power science, would actually add credibility to him as a schoolteacher.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Always wears a nice suit.
  • Badass Longcoat: It's not as military as Mustang's or as... adolescent as Ed's, but his regular jacket is still long enough to accentuate his movements.
  • Badass Pacifist: Not a fighter himself but some of his actions can screw Father over.
  • Berserk Button: When he was young, he would get angry if someone called him an idiot.
  • Big Good: He's the Good Counterpart to Father, serves as a Messianic Archetype, and has been setting up a response to the latter's plans for years.
  • Born into Slavery: Born a slave in Xerxes.
  • Break Them by Talking: After meeting his son for the first time in ten years and asking why they had burned his house down, he coldly rips Edward's answer apart. By the time he's done, Ed looks about two seconds away from having a breakdown.
    Hohenheim: That's not it. You just didn't want to see it again. You wanted to escape your horrifying memories. You wanted to conceal all traces of the sin you committed. You're no different from a child who hides his sheets after wetting himself in his sleep. You ran, didn't you, Edward?
  • Chekhov M.I.A.: He left his family and went missing years ago. Once he reappears, he becomes a major character for the entire plot.
  • The Chessmaster: Has been setting up a response to Father's transmutation circle for years. No one, including the Big Bad, saw that one coming.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Having all those souls inside him makes him kinda quirky.
  • Convenient Terminal Illness: Averted; he is dying after the final battle, having used up all the souls inside him, but Ed refuses to sacrifice him.
  • Cool Old Guy: Centuries old and has all of the experience and savviness that comes with it.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: During his first appearance, he coldly accuses Edward of running away and then knowingly lets him overhear a conversation with Pinako about the possibility that what he created wasn't even Trisha. The combination of these two events drives him to prove he isn't running away by checking the body only to find out that not only was it not Trisha, but it's little more than a crudely made jumble of random body parts that could never have been a functional human. By talking to it with Al, they realize it didn't even have a soul or consciousness of its own, so they didn't bring some poor freak into the world that could only suffer before it died either. This greatly eases the conscience of Ed, Al, and Izumi because it means they didn't kill their loved ones a second time.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Matching golden eyes and hair. A trait he passed onto his sons.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: He doesn't try to justify his actions, but left home after realizing that Father was preparing a larger version of the Xerxes transmutation circle.
  • The Dead Have Names: Knows the names of every person who died in the last days of Xerxes.
  • Death Seeker: One of the main reasons he left his family is because he was trying to find a way to revoke his immortality so he and Trisha would be Together in Death.
  • Dirty Old Man: Subverted. He's called this for requesting Lan Fan to accompany him when the group splits up in the Third Laboratory. It's really so he can help her escape the lab and find Ling; he's intending on confronting Father alone.
  • Disappeared Dad: Hohenheim left the family when Ed and Al were very young. He did have huge reasons, namely preventing his evil blood-related creation from absorbing the entire country into intself, becoming god, and conquering the world, but Ed is (understandably) still bitter about it.
  • Everybody's Dead, Dave: The complete destruction of Xerxes. To top it off, at least in part it was his fault. No wonder he freaked out.
  • Good Counterpart: To Father, who shares his appearance and power; in a weird way they essentially created one another.
  • Go Out with a Smile: He dies smiling at Trisha's grave; the closest to a reunion he could make.
  • Hair Antennae: Evidently, Ed inherited it from him.
  • Happily Married: He and Trisha weren't officially married, but they lived happily together for several years.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Hohenheim doesn't think anything he does is good enough.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Animals Hate Him because he's the Philosopher's Stone given the form of a man.
  • I Am a Monster: His usual explanation to anyone who sees his Philosopher's Stone-derived powers.
  • I Am Legion: A rare heroic example. He has, over time, come to terms with each and every one of the innumerable souls within him, making him nearly impossible for Father to subsume like the other Philosopher's Stones.
  • Irony: After the final battle, when he's dying, he realizes that now that he's finally getting what he wanted, he actually doesn't want to die.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: He was a Bishōnen before he grew a beard and definitely fits the bill for Mr. Fanservice in his youth. Though he's not that bad looking now.
  • Last of His Kind: The last Xerxian.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Pretty restrained with his power, but when he lets loose....
  • Living Forever Is Awesome: Downplayed. "I'm not gonna lie and say it doesn't come in handy."
  • Manly Tears: To highly dramatic effect, after hearing Trisha's last words.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: With Trisha. When they got together, he had already lived for hundreds of years while Trisha was just a regular human. When he realized he would eventually outlive his wife and sons, Hohenheim wanted to find a way to get rid of his immortality and grow old with them.
  • Mind Hive: He has hundreds of thousands of Xerxian souls in him, but he is the dominant soul in the body. He has, however, managed to soothe all of the souls so they aren't consumed by despair and panic like souls in other Philosopher's Stones, and this allows them all to act with a singular purpose, as shown when Father's attempt to drain him is interrupted by some of the souls, and even more prominently with the Umbral Circle failsafe.
  • Mysterious Parent: We don't know much about him until later.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: The full name given to him by Father is Theophrastus Bombastus van Hohenheim — the real name of famous real-world alchemist Paracelsus.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Thanks to his Philosopher's Stone, it's really hard to hurt him.
  • Non-Action Guy: Despite his god-like powerful alchemy and Nigh-Invulnerability, he flat out admits being a pretty poor fighter. This results in him duelling Father by exhibiting impressive alchemic powers while stumbling around trying to stay on his feet.
  • No Social Skills: He's so terrible at interacting with his sons that at first he almost comes off as outright villainous. One of the first things he does is give Ed a Breaking Speech about his reaction to the failed Trisha resurrection, and instead of just telling Ed he didn't kill Trisha again he fakes an Exact Eavesdropping moment.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He doesn't want passers-by to know his true nature so he downplays it.
  • Opaque Lenses: They make him look pretty creepy on occasion, but it's ultimately a Red Herring.
  • Papa Wolf: "Don't you EVER mock my SON!"
  • Parental Neglect: When they were little, Ed and Al viewed as a cold father who spent all his time working on his office, but he really cares about them.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: His alchemy is fueled by the 500,000ish Xerxian souls within him, as he is a Philosopher's Stone given the form of a man. It's reconstructed however, given how he managed to reach an understanding with each and every soul within him, and in the finale, the souls within him actually urged him to use more of them to stave off the Big Bad's assault. It's as awesome as it is heartwarming.
  • The Power of Friendship: Part of at least two counter plans he has prepared, thanks to his Legion.
  • Really Dead Montage: In Brotherhood, after his death at the very end of episode 63.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Always looks like he's in his 40's to 50's, but is over 400.
  • Red Herring: Let's see, he looks just like the Big Bad, who was last seen getting off his throne and walking somewhere unknown shortly before Hohenheim returned to Resembool, he gives Ed a "The Reason You Suck" Speech, he warns Pinako about a coming catastrophe and tells her to leave the country and when she refuses he says that will be the last time they speak, and finally when he scares off some bandits by proving he's immortal he refers to himself as a monster, in a page that contrasts him with several Homunculi. It's really obvious that he's supposed to be sketchy as hell.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: A warning light indicating he's about to get dangerous. Alternatively, they indicate that he's currently being incredibly dorky.
  • Shipper on Deck: He pretty blatantly acknowledges Lan Fan's feelings for Ling when he tells her to go find him.
  • Sole Survivor: Of Xerxes.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Expresses some for Father.
  • Together in Death: He gets a scene with Trisha in the afterlife.
  • Trap Master: He may not be the best at combat alchemy, but he's great at transmuting traps and tombs for his foes. Pride learned this the hard way.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Fu describes him as the strongest person present at a gathering that included Greed, Gluttony, and Pride. Despite this, his lack of combat skills makes him less impressive than he could be.
  • Unwitting Pawn: The original Homunculus tricked him into helping to obliterate his own civilization.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Zigzagged all over the place. At first, with the freshly dead Xerxians inside him, he wanted to die to be free of the screaming. After he got them under control, he liked that he had all the time he wanted to experience the world. Then he met his wife, and regretted that he would outlive her and his sons. Finally, as he's dying at the end of the series, he laments that he can't live a little longer with his sons.
  • You Are Number 6: He was known as Slave 23. Father was the one who gave him a real name.

    Winry Rockbell
Voiced by: Megumi Takamoto (JP), Caitlin Glass (EN), Melanie Henríquez (Latin America)

Affiliation: None
Rank: None
Speciality: Mechanic

The Elrics' childhood friend and Ed's personal automail mechanic, who happens to have a crush on him.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Blonde-haired in the manga and two anime series, brown-haired in the movie.
  • Adorkable: Winry's unusual love for machines and tools is quite endearing.
  • Babies Ever After: She marries Edward and has two children with him at the end of the story.
  • Badass Pacifist: She's the only major character without combat skills, but she manages to stand out as one of the braver characters through her sheer kindness and willingness to help others.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Some of her outfits feature this.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Ed.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Do not damage the automail she makes. Retribution will be swift.
    • Also, if you're Edward, do not refrain from drinking your milk.
  • Break the Cutie: Totally loses it when she found out who murdered her parents.
  • The Chick: The kind supportive Nice Girl of the series though she is more of a Tomboy than is standard for this trope.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Ed.
  • Child Prodigy: She made Ed's first automail limbs when she was 11. Ed also says she was able to comprehend and read medical journals from a young age like he and Al did with alchemy books, which comes in handy when she has to deliver a child when no doctor is available.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: A very slight case, but she did seemed bothered by Rosé's desire to see Ed again and Al teases her for it.
  • Cry Cute: In the aforementioned Break the Cutie moment. And again near the end of the series When Ed and Al return with their bodies restored.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Her parents were murdered in the Ishvalan War and her two closest friends nearly died doing a human transmutation.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: She beats Ed (comically) with a spanner every time he breaks his automail (that's often). In the manga, her response to the damage from his battle with Lan Fan was to maul him with a chainsaw.
  • Fanservice Pack: Her figure becomes appreciably more curvaceous and feminine throughout the time in which Brotherhood takes place. Justified in that she goes from 11 to 15-16.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: She made Ed's automail.
  • Genki Girl: She goes full-on Bishie Sparkle, Squee, and arm-wavy mode whenever she sees something cute or acting cute (Elysia Hughes weeded this mode out of her the first few minutes after she met her), something's caught her interest (mainly anything involving automail, i.e. Rush Valley, or a shopping spree in Central), or a rather vicious (and comic) argument with Ed (again, mainly over automail).
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: She repeatedly hit Al with a wrench, after he started wondering about his history and if he was really a human (or just a construct created by Ed).
  • Girl Next Door: Was this to Ed and Al growing up, as their nearest neighbor and closest friend.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: One of the most morally upstanding individuals in the series.
  • The Heart: Winry's main purpose in the series is to keep the Elrics grounded in reality.
  • Heartwarming Orphan: Downplayed as she still had her grandmother and the Elrics have more sympathetic trauma.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: Thought not quite as, ah, vehement as Ed is about it, she is quick to tell Rosé that Ed is her childhood friend when Rosé looks as if she's about to assume something else.
  • He Will Not Cry, So I Cry for Him: Winry does this for Ed and Al at first, until Ed asks her to stop as it only makes things harder for him. They agree the next time she cries for them they'll be tears of joy. D'aww... Btw…promise kept!
  • Hostage Situation: The brothers specifically admit she is their weak point, as the villains of the story have, unfortunately for her, figured out.
  • Hypocrite: She believes that Scar should be punished for the murders that he committed against Amestrians, but as more hesitant to believe that Mustang, Hawkeye, and the rest of the Amestrian soldiers should be punished for doing the same thing to Ishvalans, a view she shares with Ed and Al. Most of Scar's victims were State Alchemists, some that participated on his race's genocide, but the Amestrian soldiers killed thousands of Ishvalans, women and children included. Granted, he believes that the Amestrian soldiers were Just Following Orders and being manipulated by the homunculi, but Hawkeye, who participated in the genocide, outright states that's no excuse for their actions.
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: Ed tells her something like this when she points a gun at Scar.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Like her mother, which plays a big role in Scar's character development and Winry's forgiveness.
  • The Lady's Favour: Winry gives Ed some earrings to look after. It's actually for a logical reason, but it's clearly intended to hint at this trope.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: She's very much aware that Ed and Al don't tell her everything about what they do, and it really bugs her too; especially when she finds out that Scar was the one who murdered her parents and that Ed and Al knew this without telling her. Gradually she's let in but even then Ed and Al still feel the need to hide or lie about whats going on including the fact that Bradley is using her as a hostage against the two trying to break away.
  • Love Epiphany: When she gets on the train back to Rush Valley after the Scar incident, she gives the matter a lot of thought and comes to the realization that she's been falling for Ed for a long time.
  • Loving a Shadow: Being an orphan, she admitted to feeling this way toward Lt. Colonel Hughes for her dad, which made it all the sadder when he was killed.
  • The Medic: Winry was reading medical textbooks at the same age that Ed and Al started teaching themselves alchemy, and she shows skill in surgery, first aid, and automail (which requires background in neurology and anatomy, among others). She also delivers a baby in Rush Valley despite never having done it before.
  • Miss Fixit: Usually automail but other machines too.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The bath scene in Lior. Also, her normal working attire top appears to be just a tube top bra as well, and her other usual outfit is a tiny miniskirt.
  • Naïve Everygirl: Most shown with Kimblee.
  • Neutral Female: Justified, as she isn't a Alchemist or even related to any form of military except her parents being doctors. The one time she nearly gets into a fight is definitely not meant to be played for laughs or awesome...
  • Nice Girl: Winry is a very emotional, strong-willed and emphatic person who puts all her heart and effort into the things she does.
  • Plucky Girl: She's a lot more cheerful than the brothers, and just as brave.
  • Raised by Grandparents: She was raised by her grandmother after her parents died.
  • Shipper on Deck: Makes cracks at Al, regarding May.
  • Shorttank: She's a mechanic and is frequently referred to as a "gear head" or tomboy. She fits the dress code quite well as she wears a sports bra when working and in public wears a tank top, jacket, and short skirt.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: It took her awhile to notice, but Winry realized she fell in love with Ed a long time ago. To reiterate, Winry fell for Ed, the man who is brave, selfless, loyal, fiercely protective of those he loves, and reverently values life. In fact, her Love Epiphany was right after Ed made a promise to her that the next time he and Al made her cry, it would be tears of happiness.
  • Squee!: When she gets to Rush Valley, oh boy does she go into fangirl mode!
  • Tank-Top Tomboy: When shown during mechanical work, she often wears a tank top.
  • Tareme Eyes: They showcase her kind nature.
  • Teen Genius: When it comes to automail. She made Ed's at the age of 11.
  • Tsundere: A harsher Type B, focused around her family/friends, though the only person she gets really mad at is Ed.
  • Vapor Wear: At least in the chapter where Ed almost watches her undress.
  • Will They or Won't They?: With Ed. They Do.
  • Wrench Wench: Page image! Never seen without a wrench and is the most skilled main character when it comes to machines.
  • Wrench Whack: Her preferred method of punishing Ed (and on one occasion, Al) when he does something out of line, specifically breaking the arm that she made for him.

Voiced by: Kenta Miyake (JP), J. Michael Tatum (EN), Alfonso Nittoli (Latin America)

Affiliation: Ishval (formerly)
Rank: Monk (formerly)
Speciality: Destructive Alchemy/Alkahestry/ Constructive Alchemy/Alkahestry

A mysterious Ishvalan Priest in a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against the State Alchemists that annihilated his people.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: In-Universe, Roy and Ed argue about what kind of man Scar is. Roy says he's a genocide survivor with a good reason to avenge his people. A chagrined Ed believes that Scar just likes attacking people because he's a bully that is masking his pain. Given that Ed was too young to participate in the Isvhalan massacre and Scar attacked him and Al, he may have a point.
  • Anti-Hero: Eventually switches sides after the Homunculi start moving openly, but stays gruff and closed-off.
  • Anti-Villain: He just wanted revenge on those that have killed his people.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Al when escaping Father's lair.
  • Badass Boast: "Your only solace from my wrath will be damnation!"
  • Badass Preacher: A former warrior-priest. The guy killed about 20 State Alchemists before the start of the series and was able to effortlessly defeat Ed and Al. He even killed Bradley, a guy that went 1-0 with a tank.
  • Badass Transplant: He has his brother's arm, tattooed with alchemical markings that allow him to destroy anything with a touch.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Literally, as he was an Ishvalan warrior monk. Later upgraded this status with his added Face Palm of Doom.
  • Batman Grabs a Gun: During his showdown with King Bradley near the end of the series, he breaks his code as an Ishvalan and uses Alchemy to reconstruct matter, thus regaining the upper hand. Up until that point, he only used his abilities to destroy things and so remained technically within the bounds of his code against it.
  • The Big Guy: Scar's an extremely effective martial artist. However, because of his history as one of Ishval's more conservative priests, he is (by choice) unfamiliar with the rest of the setting's combat tools. Ed almost got killed in his first fight with Scar by trying to fight him hand-to-hand; in his next fight, he stressed his alchemy more and had Scar locked down. It's also telling that Scar was only able to deconstruct Jerso's saliva after Ed mentioned that it was mostly water.
  • Big Little Brother: He is way bigger and stronger than his older brother was.
  • Book Ends: His story of revenge begins when he wakes up after being saved by the Rockbells and discovers that his country has been destroyed, and ends when he wakes up in the Armstrong mansion and is offered the chance to rebuild his people. A key difference is that in the first one, he suffers a Freak Out! and kills the Rockbells, having connected them with the Amestrians who killed his people, while in the second he doesn't do any of that, despite being greeted by the similarly blonde haired and blue eyed Olivier.
  • Break Them by Talking: "Just don't forget, it was you Amestrians that started the Ishvalan War!"
  • Character Development:
    • He cast aside his name to murder State Alchemist, and near the end realizes he doesn't need one to rebuild his people.
    • On another level, Scar starts out the series hell-bent on getting revenge on the State Alchemists for the genocide of his people, and will even attempt to kill children for that purpose. Towards the end of the series, he's grown so much that he ends up helping to talk down one of the State Alchemists he was hell-bent on killing from losing himself to blind hatred and vengeance—exactly what Scar was at the start of the series.
  • Cool Shades: He wears a pair to hide his red eyes.
  • The Comically Serious: First seen in chapter 26. When a young Ishvalan refugee yells at him to clean up before throwing a washcloth at his face, Scar's expression doesn't waver one bit. However, the most famous example is probably his reaction to Shao May.
  • Cuteness Proximity: He loves kittens and had an urge to pet Shao May.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: The extermination of his people, his brother dying to save him, the scar on his face etc.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: It's a trait shared by all Ishvalans.
  • Death Seeker: Implied, at least for a time. His goals seemed to be suicide by State Alchemist. More explicit in the manga when, after being saved by Olivier, he complains that she, like the Rockbells, didn't just let him die.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Hovered on the edge for a long time. He could only justify living with vengeance.
  • The Dreaded: For a good long while, he was the boogie man that had the entire military on edge.
  • Easily Forgiven: Played with. Winry is willing to help Scar by treating his life-threatening injuries because it's what her parents would have done, but that doesn't mean she's forgiven him. Also, Edward still wants to beat the crap out of him and make him pay his respects in front of the Rockbell graves one day. He also refuses to tell Winry why he killed her parents, not wanting to seek forgiveness for it (he killed them after regaining consciousness after his family was killed, discovering that his brothers arm was now attached where his own once was, and freaked out when he saw them and was reminded of the Amestrian soldiers.) On the other hand, Olivier saves his life near the end and Miles offers him the chance to help rebuild Ishval. Olivier claims that she did it to scare Roy when it became obvious that saving him wouldn't benefit her.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Even before he got any alchemical abilities, he was capable of defeating multiple armed Amestrian soldiers with just his bare hands. The manga even states that the average Isvhalan warrior-priest was equal to 10 standard soldiers in a fight.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • After he incapacitates Al, who isn't a State Alchemist, he gives his word to not kill Al while preparing to execute a helpless Ed, who is one.
    • He admits that he feels horribly guilty for killing Winry's parents, because they were innocents and had saved him.
  • Everybody's Dead, Dave: His refugee party is wiped out by Kimblee.
  • Face Palm of Doom: His signature attack.
  • The Farmer and the Viper: During the war, Winry's parents gave him medical treatment, saving his life. Scar thanked them by flipping out and killing them both. It's a bit of unusual variation, as this murder was a result of confusion and rage on his part, rather than being an Ungrateful Bastard like in most examples
  • Freak Out!: He's usually quite cool and collected, but when he wakes up to find his brother has sacrificed himself to save him he loses it completely and undeservedly kills Winry's parents.
  • Friend to All Children: Children who aren't certified State Alchemists at least, since he tries to kill Ed as soon as he finds him. May Chang is the first one to try to reach out to him, and he also sympathized with Nina Tucker, albeit in a twisted way.
  • Genocide Backfire: Unfortunately for the Amestris military, one of the survivors of the massacre happened to be a vengeful Badass monk with a penchant for doing Your Head Asplode to State Alchemists. It really backfires in the end, doesn't it Bradley?
  • "Get out of Jail Free" Card: While he does go through a genuine Heel–Face Turn, Scar is still responsible for dozens of murders, including Rockbells, who were in no way responsible for the Ishvalan massacre. He doesn't suffer any official punishment for any of them.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: His entire family was killed by alchemists and his brother gave up his life (and arm) to save him, since his people have a quasi-religious reason to hate alchemy, he goes out hunting, "In God's Name". Especially ironic since he uses a form of alchemy to destroy his targets: state alchemists. This is spelled out to Scar himself when Ed throws himself in front of Winry to protect her from Scar. Scar flashes back to Ishval, where Ed is in his brother's place, and Scar himself is in Kimblee's.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He wasn't super evil to begin with, but he grew less violent and radical over time. Even Envy pointed out to him that he was teaming with a State Alchemist; Scar basically told Envy he knew and just didn't care anymore.
  • Heel Realization: He knew he wasn't a good person for a while. But it wasn't until Winry agreed to heal his wounds despite her hatred for him (crystallizing a point his elders made about their decision to pursue nonviolence) that he comes to realize just where—and how grievously—he went wrong. The start of it was after Winry freaked out and tried to kill him after she discovered that he had killed her parents. Afterwards, Scar could only wonder if that was what he looked like.
  • Hero Killer: His first encounter with Ed and Al ends with Ed's automail being shattered, and Al unable to move. Ed was saved only by Riza Hawkeye and Alex Armstrong's Big Damn Heroes. Mustang also tried to pull this along with them, but failed because it was raining.
  • His Story Repeats Itself: He starts out as a member of an oppressed group fighting to take Amestris down, and winds up saving it.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: When May decides to start hanging around. She's around his waist in height.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Shows Bradley that he has managed to make a reconstruction tattoo on his left arm in their final fight.
  • Irony: Scar's quest for vengeance started because Amestrians slaughtered Scar's people. That quest ended with his working with Amestrians to save both peoples. Also, he's the man who ends up killing Fuhrer Bradley, the man who ordered the Ishvalan genocide, AKA Wrath, the sin he prescribed to the most in his original roaring rampage of revenge. By the end of the story, he's over all his anger and bitter hatred and is instead helping Major Miles promote a new age of peace and understanding between his people and the people of Amestris, as should have been done all along.
  • Kick the Dog: He comes across the Elric brothers brooding in the rain, neither in a state to fight. Then he asks for their names, attacks them, and corners them when they try to run.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: His victims include Shou Tucker and Giolo Comanche (an unrepentant State Alchemist who served in Ishval). He also goes up against Kimblee, who would have killed the Rockbells if he had not. However, it's implied that he also murdered some relatively decent people, such as Basque Grand.
  • Life-or-Limb Decision: When Scar lost his arm in a bomb attack, his brother replaced it with his own arm, and apparently bled to death in his place.
  • Lightning Bruiser: His Weapon of Choice are his fists (well, his fist o' destruction) so in order to do much damage he has to get close enough to touch his opponent. Pair that with fighting mostly long-range opponents, and you either get really quick or really dead. He's probably the fastest human in the series, barring perhaps Major Armstrong, and Ed when he had his Briggs automail.
  • Misplaced Retribution: He tries to kill the Elric brothers shortly after he's introduced. Scar is one of the few surviving members of a genocide perpetrated by the Amestrian government, and so has good reason to be angry, but he chooses to exact revenge for the deaths of his people by killing State Alchemists, and all State Alchemists, regardless of whether or not they were involved in the Ishvalan conflict. Ed and Al in particular were small children when the genocide took place, and had absolutely nothing to do with it.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He gets a few shirtless scenes and many, many shots that pan down his arms. His good physical shape's justified in that he's an Ishvalan warrior-priest, and he gets yelled at for maintaining his workout regiment even while recovering.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Among his murders, Winry's parents are the only ones he feels genuine guilt and remorse over, as he knows they were unjustified. And unlike the others, they also weren't planned and were carried out in the middle of a freak out.
  • The Nameless: More like he forsook his own name.
  • Noble Demon: He may be an extremist serial killer who indiscriminately hunts down state alchemists, but he does have his principles. He avoids harming innocents and even minimizes damage to soldiers and police, saving his wrath for assassinating state alchemists and self defense against homunculi. He kills Nina to spare her from a living hell as an abomination and experiment, honors Ed's "last" request to spare Alphonse and takes full responsibility for killing Winry's parents in cold blood.
  • Normally, I Would Be Dead Now: Survives killing Wrath (no easy task) and even gives us some exposition in 106. While dripping blood out of... everything. He's not that impressed when he wakes up later to find that he did survive.
  • Not So Different:
    • While he and Ed have several differences, signs point to them being incredibly similar. Scar actually lampshades this about himself and Edward. The fact that he did so to encourage Mustang not to become as bitter as them did not amuse Ed.
    • Ed's not the only Elric brother that Scar has similarities to: A younger brother had his life saved by his older brother, who gave up his right arm to do so. Also, the younger brother is the better fighter and more physically imposing than the older in both cases. Are we talking about Scar, or Alphonse Elric?
  • Odd Friendship: With May.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: He's only known by Scar. He refuses to tell anyone what his real name is because he doesn't feel he deserves it anymore.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: A subtle version post-reform. When helping to talk Roy down from his Roaring Rampage of Revenge against Envy, he concedes he has no moral high ground to condemn Roy's vengeance but admits he shudders to think what someone consumed with hate like he once was could do as the leader of a country. Up to that point there's never been a hint that anything following the Ishval Massacre could actually scare Scar.
  • Overdrawn at the Blood Bank: Bleeding out a lot after his Crowning Moment of Awesome, but survives.
  • Perpetual Frowner: The number of times he smiles in the entire series can be counted on one hand.
  • Personality Powers: A violent revenge seeker fittingly has destructive alchemy.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • His mercy-killing of chimeric Nina, grim as it may be. The pity with which he finishes her is one of his first on-screen instances of humanity.
    Scar: "At least your passing will be in peace."
    • His kindness to May makes him a bit more likeable.
    • According to the Omakes, he also likes kitty cats. Awww.
    • Being fond of Shao May is an almost literal example, as he tries to pet her at one point.
    • Unlike his hatred for alchemists and apparent indifference or distaste for Amestrians, he is gentle and respectful to the Ishvalan refugees he meets, especially children and his elders.
  • Please Kill Me If It Satisfies You: When Winry picks up a gun and is on the verge of shooting him, Scar freely admits she has every right to do so, though he also warns her that the second she pulls the trigger, she will be his enemy. Ed and Al intervene, not wanting Winry to become a murderer.
  • Power Nullifier:
    • He ignores Father's Power Nullifier and absolutely wastes Gluttony with his destructive touch after Ed and Al's alchemy had been rendered useless. This was because his right arm, which he'd received from his brother, was based in Xingese alkahestry and not Amestrian alchemy.
    • In the story's climax, Scar is responsible for carrying out the plan to nullify Father's Power Nullifier by activating a reverse transmutation circle in coordination with several Ishvalans. Not only does this make it impossible for Father to shut off alchemy any further, but it also gave Amestrian alchemists full access to the raw power of the earth, something Ed picks up on and uses to his advantage.
  • Power Tattoo: The source of his alchemy.
  • Redemption Earns Life: He becomes a priest in the reforming Ishval, teaching the new generation about their people's culture alongside Miles.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Zigzagged. His red eyes identify him as an Ishvalan--something which would get the average Amestrian up in arms immediately. However, the Ishvalans are a needlessly persecuted ethnic group that was nearly wiped out in a civil war. Compared to the average Ishvalan, though, Scar is an extremely dangerous individual, especially to State Alchemists, yet through his Character Development, he's less caustic and more antiheroic by the end of the series.
  • Right Hand of Doom: Can only perform his deconstructions with one hand.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: How he's introduced.
  • Scary Black Man: Well, Scary Ishvalan Man, but close enough. This guy becomes the State Alchemists' bogeyman! Although it's averted with May, who doesn't find him scary at all, even after being informed that he kills people.
  • Serial-Killer Killer: Replace "serial killer" with "war criminal" and yeah, that's Scar. Indeed, he assassinates his targets with the same power that they use to commit their war crimes.
  • Shoot the Dog: Upon finding Nina transformed into a horrific dog-creature, Scar recognizes that she's suffering and mercy-kills her with his alchemy.
  • Spanner in the Works: Father's alchemy-cancelling abilities have absolutely no effect on him. Compounded with the moment he and May first gatecrashed into his lair, he's been derailing his plans bit after bit.
  • The Stoic: He's a man of few moods. The most common is "solemn religious judgement".
  • Suicide by Cop: Seems to be his life's goal. He doesn't succeed, much to his irritation.
  • Survivor Guilt: He deals with it by killing state alchemists.
  • Tame His Anger: Probably the most noticeable one in the series.
  • That Man Is Dead: He uses this as his reason why he abandoned his real name.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With everyone after his Heel–Face Turn, especially Ed.
  • Tragic Bigot: His hatred of all Amestrians, including and especially State Alchemists, stems from what the Amestrian military did during the Ishvalan Massacre.
  • Tranquil Fury: In his Roaring Rampage of Revenge, he is, save for a few moments, very calm throughout the entire deal. He even goes toe to toe with Wrath with only a Death Glare to show his utter hatred of the man who slaughtered his people.
  • Trauma Button: When Ed throws himself in front of Winry to protect her, Scar flashes back to the moment his brother threw himself in front of him to protect him from Kimblee and freezes up; Al takes advantage of it to attack Scar and drive him off.
  • Trauma Conga Line: It all started when Kimblee attacked him and Scar's brother gave up his arm to save his life. When he woke up and thought his brother was with him only to find out about his arm and the fate of his brother he freaked out, killed the Rockbells in a berserk rage, and went outside only to find Ishval destroyed.
  • The Unreveal: He doesn't reveal his real name.
  • Warrior Monk: He was a warrior-priest of Ishval during the war, and tried to do penance afterward through becoming a death-seeking avenger of God.
  • Withholding Their Name: The Ishvalan known as Scar underwent a Meaningful Rename, and tossed away his old name in his quest for revenge. During Brotherhood, Yoki asks Scar's name. Scar responds that to Ishvalans, a person's name is the most important thing; the name is regarded as a gift from God. So Yoki asks again, and Scar's response is "I threw it away. I threw away my own name." Yoki doesn't dare ask him again. At the end of the series, he still refuses to give his name and says you can just call him whatever you want to.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He's one of the few survivors of a brutal genocide which killed almost all his loved ones. As revenge against the government who massacred his people, he becomes a Serial Killer who exclusively targets state alchemists. Fortunately, he gets much better overtime.
  • World's Best Warrior: Scar is the best hand-to-hand fighter in the cast thanks to his martial arts prowess and his destruction technique. He is, however, held back by his poor range and lack of alchemical skill, at least until he battles with Wrath and decides to give reconstruction a shot.
  • Would Hurt a Child: At first. He gives a Mercy Kill to Nina after he murders her father in front of her. Then he attacks Ed and Al, who only put up a fight when cornered, despite the fact that Ed was too young to have participated in the Ishvalan massacre. Mustang and Armstrong have to challenge him to get him to stop Scar from murdering Ed in cold blood.
  • Wrath: His big sin. He essentially views himself as the wrath of God personified, starting him down the deep end. It foreshadows him being the one to finally kill Wrath the homunculus.
  • X Marks the Hero: Double Subverted. He starts out as a He Who Fights Monsters-style Anti-Villain, but the ensuing Character Development slowly turns him into an Anti-Hero instead.

Supporting Main Characters

    May Chang
Voiced by: Mai Goto (JP), Monica Rial (EN), María José Estévez (Latin America)
Shao May is voiced by: Rie Kugimiya (JP), Tia Ballard (EN)

Affiliation: Kingdom of Xing/Chang Clan
Rank: 17th Princess of Xing
Speciality: Medical Alkahestry/Martial Arts

A Xingese princess from a very minor clan, her goals are similar to her half-brother Ling's. She's always accompanied by her tiny panda, Shao May.
  • All Chinese People Know Kung-Fu: May is a fantasy-counterpart Asian princess, and she can really kick ass in a fight. Justified, in that learning self-defense tactics is a necessity for someone who is a potential target of assassination attempts.
  • Anime Chinese Girl: Xing is a Fantasy Counterpart Culture to China, so yeah. She fits this trope more than the sensible ninja Lan Fan, being a perky martial artist/princess, having Odango Hair, and being dressed in feminine East Asian clothing.
  • Badass Adorable: Despite being around twelve years old she's quite the martial artist, and she's undoubtedly cute.
  • Bottomless Magazines: You may be wondering where she gets all those throwing knives. This trope is averted by Fridge Brilliance in that she simply transmutes more from available material.
  • Child Prodigy: Expert at alkahestry and martial arts, and she is still not a teenager yet.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome:
    • A somewhat milder case, although in the end, instead of returning to her country with Envy, she decides to stay in Amestris to help everyone. Ling notes that she lost her chance to make her clan win by involving herself in another country's business.
    • Exemplified again in the fight against the gold-toothed doctor and his mooks. May could make a grab for the Philosopher's Stone he dropped, or stop the dying Riza's bleeding. Unsurprisingly, she chooses the latter.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Has quite the overactive imagination.
  • Combat Medic: A great martial artist and practitioner of alkahestry. She knows enough about alkahestry's medical applications to be a competent first aid provider.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Like most other people of Xing.
  • Detect Evil: She can sense homunculi and the subterranean Philosopher's Stone.
  • Empathy Pet: One of the more literal examples. Her panda not only shares her feelings, but also mimics most of her movements.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Her status as a princess of Xing is only relevant insofar as it spurs her quest for the Philosopher's Stone. Otherwise, it's rarely brought up. Admittedly, she's not a princess in very high standing.
  • Flechette Storm: A variant in that she doesn't use it to attack people directly, but she does tend to throw them very close to people's heads when performing remote transmutations.
  • The Glomp: Her standard greeting towards Alphonse.
  • Head Pet: Shao May, who's small enough to perch on her head at times.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: May thinks Scar and Yoki are great guys before either has really reformed, and she initially distrusts Ed and Al.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Once she gets over Ed, she's on Al like Elvis on a pound of bacon. Also a platonic example with Scar, who's probably two feet taller than she is.
  • I Got Bigger: In the epilogue, she appears to have grown at least two feet taller. Justified by the fact that it seems to be at least several years later, so May could've hit a growth spurt or two during that time.
  • Immortality Seeker: She's searching for the secret to raise her clan's standing in court.
  • Implied Love Interest: For Alphonse. While she clearly has a Precocious Crush on him, he's affectionate towards her, and she appears in the family photo at the end, we don't know for sure if they get together.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: She can effortlessly throw five knives at once to land in a circle.
  • The Ingenue: Sweet, naive, and well-intentioned.
  • Knife Nut: Not as a weapon, but a tool to perform her alkahestry.
  • Kung-Fu Kid: Enters the story by kicking Al in the head.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard: Adept at both martial arts and alkahestry.
  • Little Miss Badass: See Plucky Girl below.
  • Love Before First Sight: Develops a crush on Ed after misinterpreting a description of the Fullmetal Alchemist and his legendary exploits, coming to believe he's a Knight in Shining Armor. Then she finds out what Ed's really like, she drops him for Al for similar, but less exaggerated reasons.
  • Maybe Ever After: It's implied that she got together with Al since she appears in the new Elric Family Photo.
  • The Medic: Knows some healing alchemy. Oddly enough, she fills this role for her group more than her teammate Marcoh, who is an actual doctor.
  • Morality Pet: For Scar; his treatment of her is one of his first kindnesses in the series.
  • Mouthy Kid: Although she can border on Bratty Half-Pint whenever Ed's around.
  • Naïve Everygirl: She's well-intentioned, but she's not a very good judge of character.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Envy tricks her into restoring him/her to his full strength on the Promised Day.
  • Ocular Gushers: Enough to put out a fire.
  • Odango Hair: With Braids of Action to boot.
  • Odd Friendship: With Scar.
  • Panda-ing to the Audience: Shao May, her tiny panda sidekick.
  • Perky Female Minion: She fits this to the extent that while she is rather cheerful, the character she follows is very much The Stoic. Granted, Scar is well on his way to being an Anti-Hero by the time she meets him.
  • Pet Baby Wild Animal: She found Shao May after she had been abandoned by the other pandas due to her stunted growth and has taken care of her ever since.
  • Plucky Girl: Crosses a Sahara Desert expy and into an unfriendly militaristic nation ALONE, picks a fight while still recovering from a concussion, and attacks the Big Bad even while knowing that she is totally outclassed by him. Even after being badly wounded, she continues to help out in the final battle. May Chang does not give up.
  • Pretty Princess Powerhouse: While a polite and well-mannered princess who is devoted to her clan, she's also an accomplished martial artist and alkahestrist. Justified in that she grew up in a Deadly Decadent Court where assassination attempts are the norm, and downplayed in that she can't be more than twelve, so she still acts like a child in some respects.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: Her outfits are usually varying shades of pink and red.
  • Rapunzel Hair: It's both braided and wrapped up in buns—it'd probably go to her feet if she let it down.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Shao May.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Justified. She has to do something (in this case, search for the secret to immortality) if she wants her clan to survive.
  • Settle for Sibling: After Ed doesn't turn to be what she expected, she falls for his brother Al.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Develops a crush on Ed after misinterpreting a description of the Fullmetal Alchemist and his legendary exploits, coming to believe he's a Knight in Shining Armor. After meeting him in person, she quickly drops her infatuation. Instead, she falls for his brother, Al, who fits the "knight in shining armor" description better.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Where to begin? May Chan, May Chen, Meichan, May Chang, Mei Chang, Xiao May, Xiao Mei... it just never ends.
  • Succession Crisis: As means to save her lesser clan.
  • Tagalong Kid: Kind of; she ends up joining Scar's group, and while she is the youngest member of the team, she's far from useless or a burden.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: She teaches Al about alkahestry and she very much likes him. Her presence in the Elric family photo in both the manga and Brotherhood implies that Al returned those feelings.
  • Thinks Like a Romance Novel: She has indulgent romantic fantasies towards both Elrics.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Attacking Father head on despite being warned by both Elric brothers that it's a horrible idea and he's really powerful. She gets a massive Curb-Stomp Battle for her poor decision making.