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Characters: Fullmetal Alchemist Main Characters
This is a short summary page for characters from the Fullmetal Alchemist
manga series and its anime adaptation Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
: For the page about the characters from the first anime, see Characters.Fullmetal Alchemist Anime
This page deals with the Main Characters of the series.Warning: There are no spoiler tags on this page whatsoever.
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Edward "Ed" Elric
Affiliation: Amestris Military / Greed's Gang
Speciality: Martial-Arts/Weapon Alchemy/Alchemy Without an Array
The protagonist of the series. Seeks the secret of the Philosopher's Stone so he can undo the mistakes of his past of trying to bring back his mother to life. The truth behind the Philosopher's Stone, and the connection to the secrets behind the country he lives in drives the story.
Alphonse "Al" Elric
Speciality: Martial-Arts/Balanced Alchemy/Trap Alchemy/Alchemy without an Array
Edward's little brother. He lost his body during an experiment that went horribly wrong and survives in the form of a suit of armour, his soul joined to it through the use of a blood seal.
Affiliation: Amestris Military
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 power, a brilliant strategist, and well known and loved by many women in addition to being a war hero and being the first character to kill a homunculus! By the end of the series, he has the highest homunculus body count.
- Broken Ace: Ishval did a number on him, and he never forgave himself for it.
- 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: 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.
- Battle Couple: With Riza.
- Beard of Sorrow: While grieving Hughes' death.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Some fans took issue with his only losing his sight after meeting Truth, rather than his actual eyes, accusing Arakawa of simply not wanting him to be ugly during the climax. Justified in that he was literally forced to perform human transmutation. Him just losing his sight did teach him something valuable, but he didn't commit the hubris of transmustation to warrant losing his eyes (in an extended story, there was an alchemist who lost his eyes trying to bring his friends' daughter back).
- Berserk Button: He doesn't take kindly to being reminded that he's useless when wet.
- And unless you want to literally die in a fire, don't threaten or hurt his subordinates. Especially not Riza. It's also not a good idea to hit on her (Barry the Chopper) or accuse her of enjoying killing (Kimblee)...on the whole, it's just not wise to mess with his Living Emotional Crutch in any way.
- Also, absolutely, never ever, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, admit that you are the one who killed his best friend, and ESPECIALLY, do not brag about it! Because you will get your ass handed to you charcoaled.
- 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.
- 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: They weigh him down. A lot.
- Chekhov's Gunman: While not quite obvious from the get-go, Father's been eyeing him as a "sacrifice" required to absorb God for some time. Almost failed, too. But alas, Father is Father.
- The Chessmaster: Sometimes successfully (the Maria Ross incident), sometimes not so much ("Scar feeding cats, King Bradley is a homunculus...")
- Chess Motif: Refers to his five closest subordinates using the names of chess pieces; he himself is the king.
- Code Name: The Flame Alchemist.
- 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.
- 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.
- Discard and Draw: Loses his eyesight as a result of being forced through the Gate, but gains the ability to perform "clapping" alchemy on more than just flame.
- 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.
- A Father to His Men: Part of the reason Team Mustang is recognized in the fandom as True Companions.
- 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.
- 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.
- Also sharp enough to pick up on the fact that Hawkeye is trying to relay a secret message to him in the form using names and places in a (harmless sounding) conversation. It spells out SELIM BRADLEY IS A HOMUNCULUS.
- "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 pressed Mustang's Berserk Button 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
- Happily Adopted: Implied. He was raised by his father's sister, and they are obviously very fond of one another.
- 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 BSOD: 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, making him a Hero Killer Killer.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Especially after the Maria Ross incident.
- 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 he does, too, because he comes alarmingly close to becoming this when he takes revenge on Envy and begins to lose himself in his hatred. The aforementioned promise is a big part of what snaps him out of it.
- 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 somehow 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.
- 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 Envy 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: Master of it. So much that he deserves to be the Trope Codifier.
- Large Ham: When distracting some officers over the radio in episode 18.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Perhaps just a coincidence, but "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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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, and 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.
- Noble Male, Roguish Male: Noble Male to Ed's Roguish Male.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Delivers this to Envy after admitting that he killed Maes Hughes.
- 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.
: 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Destroys city blocks by snapping his fingers.
- Pietà Plagiarism: With the dying Riza.
- Playing with Fire: His alchemy.
- Post-Victory Collapse: After defeating Lust.
- 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".
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Edward's red. (One of two)
- 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
- 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: How he kills Lust.
- Stuff Blowing Up: Again, part and parcel of being the Flame Alchemist.
- Superpower Lottery: See Badass above.
- 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 actually 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: They help him with his alchemy.
- Troubled, but Cute
- 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.
- 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. 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 you, Lust.
- When All You Have Is a Hammer: In contrast to his other behavior, his fighting style is simple: Kill It with Fire. And if that doesn't work, kill it with more!
- You Can Barely Stand: His final confrontation with Lust.
"I almost passed out a few times."
- You Killed My Best Friend: What he asks of several people suspected of killing Hughes, 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).
Affiliation: Kingdom of Xing/Clan Yao
Rank: 12th Prince of Xing
Ling Yao is a member of the Xing Royal Family, and has the powers that come with it. His appearance marks the start of the large differences between the first anime and manga/Brotherhood
- 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, though its justified in the fact that every Xingese character so far has 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.
- Badass Normal: Does not know alchemy or alkahestry at all, yet manages to be on the same league as Edward or Roy in combat.
- 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.
- 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.
- Big Screwed-Up Family
- Brought Down to Normal: Though, it seems it was Greed's decision to do so.
- 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.
Ling: "If you want to
- Cool Sword
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Sure didn't see that one coming.
- Curtains Match the Window: Like all other less-than-elderly Xingese. 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 humonculus, if it means he'll be that much closer to obtaining a Philosopher's Stone and thus the secret to immortality.
- 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.
- Detect Evil: All the Xingese characters are trained to sense "the flow of chi"... which comes in pretty useful when dealing with homunculi.
- The Emperor: The Yao clan succeeds the throne after Ling finally gets ahold of a Philosopher's Stone
- Enemy Within: Greed... sort of.
- 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.
- Funny Foreigner: Well, he's funny and he's a foreigner.
"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. The parallels become even stronger when Ling becomes the only other human-based homunculus, but unlike Bradley who in the process of becoming Wrath burned out most of the souls in his philosopher's stone, possibly including his original soul, Ling maintains his individuality in Greed. 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 thereon 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.
- The Illegal
- 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 (to the point of being an annoyance, at least as far as Ed's concerned) when he's not keeling over from starvation. Or dealing with sharing his body with an egotistical homunculus.
- 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.
- Mr. Fanservice: Handsome? Check. Goes almost shirtless for much of the first part of the series? Check. Badass? Check.
- Modest Royalty: To the point everyone doubled over from disbelieving laughter when he revealed that he's a prince.
- No Shirt, Long Jacket: Has a tendency of leaving his shirts always open...
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Extremely convincing when pretending to be a complete moron - even while displaying window-crossing stealth bordering on Offscreen Teleportation.
- Peek-a-Bangs: His prominent bangs sometimes will obscure one of his eyes.
- Prince Incognito
- 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: LAN FAAAAAAAN!!!
- Shadow Archetype: His character parallels Greed in a number of ways. And then he becomes Greed.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: Averted, interestingly. Unlike Ed (who actively denies that he and Winry are romantically linked), Roy (who rarely talks about how deep his feelings for Riza are) and Alphonse (who doesn't yet know how he feels about Mei) Ling doesn't deny that he has feelings for Lan Fan when Greed brings up the possibility. Although he does it in a somewhat sarcastic sounding way.
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...
- Ship Tease: With Lan Fan. More subtle than most of the other Ship Tease's in the series but it's definitely there.
- Sixth Sense: Like his fellow countrymen; Lan Fan, Fu, and May Chang, Ling is capable of reading the "Dragon's Pulse", allowing him to sense the presence of Homunculi as well as other humans from a distance.
- 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.
- Xingese people have proto-Chinese names, so "Ling" (spelled "Lin" in Chinese, and either "Lin" or "Rin" in Japanese) is the correct form.
- 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 one.
- 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.
- Tame His Anger: From the time Lan Fan lost her arm to the time he separated from Greed.
- This Is Your Brain on Evil
- 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.
- Warrior Prince
- What Were You Thinking?: After his Deal with the Devil, of course.
- 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.
- Wise Beyond His Years
- 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 a bit 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.
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. And then there was his reunion with Al in the manga:
Hohenheim: "My vintage armor!!"
Hohenheim: "Oh... Er, Sorry."
- Action Dad
- 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
- Badass: Runs in the family.
- Berserk Button: Don't insult or try to injure his sons.
- 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
- 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.
"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."
- Chekhov M.I.A.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Twice! The first time, Father/Homunculus needed him in assuming a physical form (that was an exact replica of his body). The second time, he needed him as a "sacrifice" required to absorb God.
- 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
- Curtains Match the Window
- 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: 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
- 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; 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
- 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.
- I Am a Monster: Apparently his usual explanation to anyone who sees his Philosopher's Stone-derived powers.
- I Am Legion: A rare heroic example. He has also, 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.
- May-December Romance: With Trisha, on the outside. When they got hitched, he looked like a man in his late 30's/early 40's while she was in her early 20's.
- Mayfly-December Romance: With Trisha.
- Mind Hive: Subverted. 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 absurdly powerful alchemy and NighInvulnerability, 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
- 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.
- 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: With Trisha.
- 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 Xersians 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 Six: He was known as Slave 23. Father was the one who gave him a real name.
The Elrics' childhood friend and Ed's personal automail mechanic, who happens to have a crush on him.
- Babies Ever After: With Edward.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Cry Cute
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: She beats Ed (comically) with a spanner every time he breaks his automail (that's often).
- Fan Service 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.
- Green-Eyed Monster: A very slight case, but she did seemed bothered by Rosé's desire to see Ed again and Al teases her for it.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold
- 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 Rose that Ed is her childhood friend when Rose 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.
- 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' 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.
- 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.
- Ms. Fixit: Usually automail but other machines too.
- Naïve Everygirl: Most shown with Kimblee.
- Neutral Female: Justified, 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...
- 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 Mei.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- Anti-Hero: Eventually.
- Anti-Villain: Type II. He just wanted revenge on those that have killed his people.
- Badass Boast: "Your only solace from my wrath will be damnation!"
- Badass: Oh boy is he ever. The man killed Bradley, albeit barely.
- Badass Preacher: A former warrior-priest.
- Badass Transplant
- 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.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Literally, as he was an Ishvalan warrior monk. Later upgraded this status with his added Face Palm of Doom.
- Big Little Brother: He is way bigger and stronger than his older brother was.
- Break Them by Talking: "Just don't forget, it was you Amestrians that started the Ishvalan War!"
- Character Development
- Cool Shades
- 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 an ethnic trait.
- Death Seeker: Implied, at least for a time. His goals seemed to be suicide by State Alchemist.
- 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: Averted. 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.
- Everybody's Dead, Dave: His refugee party is wiped out by Kimblee.
- Face Palm of Doom: His signature attack.
- 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: 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: Despite the fact that his anger was justified and that he did kill many of the more unlikable characters, and that he was never a bad guy to begin with, the fact still remains that Scar killed people who didn't have anything to do with the massacre and were simply trying to help everyone (the Rockbells, who admittedly were the one kill he truly regretted) or just because they were State Alchemists (although this did usually mean they were either involved in that catastrophe or were likely to be used for another one in the future). While he does get called out for his actions, at the end he's still a murderer who never had to pay for his crimes. Instead, see Redemption Earns Life for his fate.
- Justified by the fact that Winry's not a killer (which is exactly why Ed stopped her in the first place when she was in position to shoot him dead), the Elrics at least understood the pain that drove him to this road, and the other military good guys felt even more sympathetic because they were the ones who carried out the near-genocide of his people. And even with all that, apprehending him was still on the to-do list until everyone realized they were all manipulated by The Illuminati.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- His Story Repeats Itself
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: When May decides to start hanging around.
- I Am Not Right-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 Son of a Bitch: His victims include Shou Tucker and Giolo Comanche (an unrepentant State Alchemist who served in Ishbal). He also goes up against Kimblee, who would have killed the Rockbells if he had not.
- 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.
- Mr. Fanservice: One word. GAR.
- 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.
- The Nameless: More like he forsook his own name.
- 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.
- Not So Different: While he and Ed have several differences, signs point to them being incredibly similar.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- Overdrawn at the Blood Bank: After his Crowning Moment of Awesome.
- Pet the Dog: His kindness to May makes him a bit more likeable.
- According to the Omakes, he also likes kitty cats. Awww.
- 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: Played With. 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.
- Right Hand of Doom: Can only perform his deconstructions with one hand.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: How he's introduced.
- Say My Name: "KIIIIIIIIMBLEEEEEE!!!"
- Scary Black Man: Good, God. This guy becomes the State Alchemist's bogeyman!
- Serial Killer: Until his Heel-Face Turn.
- 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 layer, he's been derailing his plans bit after bit.
- The Stoic: Not big on talking.
- Suicide by Cop: Seems to be his life's goal.
- 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.
- 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: We never learned his real name!
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With everyone after his Heel-Face Turn, especially Ed.
- 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.
- 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, in both manga and both animes, he gets better.
- Wrath: His big sin. He essentially views himself as the wrath of God personified, starting him down the deep end.
- 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.
Affiliation: None Izumi Curtis
Rank: A housewife!
Speciality: Martial-Arts/Alchemy without an Array
Mentor to the Elric brothers, she taught them both alchemy and martial arts, both of which she is very much a master of. Despises State Alchemists. Believes in physical honing over focus in alchemy as a balance. Also, scary as hell
, especially when coercing her apprentices.
- Action Girl/Action Mom: A very competant fighter and one of the few people whom Ed and Al fear. She has also become their surrogate mother of sorts.
- Aerith and Bob: Her Japanese given name stands out a bit since Amestris is basically 20th century Europe and unlike the Xing characters, Japan has no (known) direct counterpart in this universe.note
- Apron Matron: Izumi will proudly proclaim herself a House Wife while simultaneously kicking the ass of every single person/chimera/immortal who dares to hurt her surrogate kids. Then she beats said surrogate kids up herself!
- Awesome but Impractical: In a nutshell her fighting is this, as when she does fight, she often ends up curbstomping her enemies. However, her missing organs makes it very impractical for her to fight.
- Badass: For sure one of the strongest characters, early on.
- Badass Bookworm: When she started training the Elrics, she effortlessly dodged everything they threw at her while reciting the first lesson of alchemy from memory and reading from a cookbook simultaneously.
- Badass Teacher
- Handicapped Badass: She's missing several of her internal organs and randomly coughs up Blood from the Mouth. She is also one of the most frakkin' epic characters in the entire series.
- Battle Couple: With Sig.
- Blood from the Mouth: Tends to happen at random, completely freaking out everyone around her. Which, in a very rare form of this trope, is usually Played for Laughs, including one moment when, mid-interrogation, a perp cracks when she starts vomitting blood all over him. It stops after Hohenheim rearranges her organs to compensate for her damage.
- Boobs of Steel: She has one of the most sizable busts in the cast, second to Lust and possibly General Armstrong. And she's one of the strongest characters in the series, physically, skillfully and morally.
- Catchphrase: "I'm a housewife!"
- Near the end of the series she deliberately changes it to "I'm an ALCHEMIST!" indicating her intention of giving a good asskicking for the final battle.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Quite possibly one of the strongest characters in the FMA universe. She can aikido you in the air with little effort even if you're stronger than her. Just ask Sloth.
- Chekhov's Gunman: While revealed a little late, she is a necessary "sacrifice" required for Father to absorb God.
- The Dreaded: Given the Training from Hell they endured while under her tutelage, combined with her Hair-Trigger Temper, the Elric brothers are understandably terrified of her and make it a point to avoid making her mad.
- Dreadlock Rasta: Word of God says they're actually microbraids.
- Genius Bruiser: She'll just pummel you without breaking a sweat normally, so pray she doesn't decide to break out the alchemy too.
- Good Is Not Nice: She does not believe that painless lessons are worthwhile lessons, to put it mildly.
- Happily Married: To Sig.
- Hidden Depths: Despite being introduced as The Dreaded badass who scars Ed and Al to death, when she learns they did Human Transmutation to bring their mother back to life, she hugs them and tells them its okay, showing us that Izumi is more complex then first thought.
- We discover that she made the same error when she tried to bring back her stillborn child.
- Housewife: And don't you DARE look down on her for it.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Her husband is easily twice her size and can match muscles with Major Armstrong. Nice Guy for the most part, runs a butcher shop, but don't make him angry.
- Incurable Cough of Death: Due to her failed attempt at human transmutation (partially fixed later, thanks to an alchemical punch to the gut from Hohenheim, who cannot give her organs back but nullify the effects).
- Killer Rabbit: At least when compared to her Gentle Giant Face of a Thug husband.
- Love at First Sight: With her husband after a Crash-Into Hello.
- Mama Bear: To her students.
- Older Than She Looks: She's revealed to be around thirty-eight throughout the course of the series (she was eighteen when training in Mt. Briggs, which is stated by soldiers about 3/4 into the series to have been twenty years ago), and doesn't look much older than thirty, if that.
- Parental Substitute: She acts very much as a mother figure to the Elric brothers and cares for them deeply when she feels its needed.
- Plucky Girl: A grown-up version, but she still qualifies.
- Sexy Mentor: Winry even remarks that's she's surprised at Izumi's looks, since she got the impression from the Elrics that their mentor was an evil old hag.
- Shoe Slap
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: With Sig.
- Sink-or-Swim Mentor: How she trains the Elric brothers: abandoning them on a mostly-deserted island with little equipment. Either they die of starvation, or learn to survive. Even that isn't enough though, as they have to understand Alchemy and its fundamental concepts or else she'll kick them out. Mind, she also made sure that they'd be okay by leaving someone else on the island to check up on them, which is more than she got while undergoing the same "training" in the frozen mountains of Briggs.
- Super Strength: She effortlessly judo-throws Sloth. If any unaugmented human in this series qualifies, it's Izumi.
- This Is Unforgivable!: When she learns the Elric Brothers did Human Transmutation, she expels them, stating that she cannot forgive them for such a thing. In reality, its much different.
- Tough Love: Very much her shtick.
- Training from Hell: She subjects the Elric brothers to this, to the extent that the very mention of her name makes them tremble with fear. Which is nothing next to the training she endured. It involved Mt. Briggs and fighting bears, which we get to see more of in the 3rd OVA. Some of her exploits surviving out there include pilfering military bases for supplies- read that again, she stole from Briggs and got away with it.
- Tsundere: Type A as she seems to be 'tsun' when not putting up a "sweet housewife" front, but is unbelievably 'dere' with her husband.
- Waif-Fu: Looks like a typical housewife, but manage to to set off her Hair-Trigger Temper and you're in for a pretty solid ass beating. And you better pray your don't make her angry enough to use her alchemy...