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. 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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    Edward "Ed" Elric 
Voiced by: Romi Park (JP), Vic Mignogna (EN)

Affiliation: Amestris Military / Greed's Gang
Rank: Major
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.
  • Accidental Pervert: He almost sees Winry naked when she starts undressing, without realizing Ed is in the room with her.
  • Adorably Precocious Child: Young Ed. He more or less kept it when he grew up, only now it makes him seem high-strung and unpleasant.
  • Adorkable: Especially when dealing with anything related to Winry and romance and his adorable overreactions over his height and anger at being called "little" brother.
  • Alliterative Name: Edward Elric.
  • Always Second Best: Ed's brother Al always wins their sparring matches. Makes sense 'cause Al is, ya know, a living suit of armour. It’s indicated, during their reminiscing of past spats at the hospital, that Al was winning quarrels between the two even before he was a suit of armor or was under Izumi’s tutelage.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Lost his left leg attempting human transmutation, sacrificed his right arm to retrieve Al's soul. He eventually gets the arm back but the leg stays gone.
  • Artificial Limbs: His automail, of course.
  • Author Appeal: Hiromu Arakawa likes muscular men, which should come as no surprise seeing how extremely ripped Ed is for a too-short-for-his-age teen. And his remarkable tendency to rip off his clothing to show off his bare torso. Lugging around all of that auto-mail which probably helps with his physique, along with all of the fighting he does.
  • Awesome by Analysis: Edward picks up several Alchemy Techniques simply by observing others and adopting their styles.
  • Babies Ever After: With Winry.
  • Badass: Hot-headed he may be, but you cannot deny he's this trope.
  • Badass Boast: Extremely satisfying example in the last battle against the Father.
    Edward: Get up, you novice! I'm about to show you how outclassed you really are. This fight you lose!
  • Badass Bookworm: You can't exactly practice alchemy without hitting the books. And, State Alchemists are supposed to hit lots of other things, too.
  • Badass Longcoat: If (well, more like when) it gets shredded, fixing it is high on Ed 's priority list.
  • Badass Transplant: An arm and a leg.
  • Bash Brothers: With his actual brother Al, as well as Ling, later on.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Winry.
  • Big Brother Bully: He used to pick on Al when they were little, but after a little talk with Hohenheim he started to be a nicer brother.
  • Big Brother Instinct: His mission in life is to get his little brother's body back.
  • Big Eater: Not really given much focus, but Ed eats a lot. Later on, he theorizes that this is because he's actually connected to Al's missing body and keeping it alive by providing extra intranets.
  • Bishōnen: Especially more so in May Chang's fantasies of him.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: His iconic armblade.
  • Blade on a Stick: Frequently makes an elaborate spear out of his alchemy for combat. Said creations usually get very little use.
  • Braids of Action:
  • Bratty Half-Pint:
  • Brought Down to Normal: Willingly sacrifices his ability to use alchemy to get back Alphonse.
  • Butt Monkey: Hero. Protagonist. Amusing (and not-so-amusing) injury magnet.
  • Byronic Hero: Edward has the less destructive traits of this. As cheery as he may seem, he is rigidly stubborn and spends a good amount of time brooding over the terrible things that have happened to him. His Byronic aspects are more emphasized in the 2003 anime.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: The first time he sees his father in the main narrative, he punches the guy in the face, and with his metal arm too. This is because he stayed away from home while Trisha wasted away and died waiting for him.
  • Cannot Spit It Out:
    • He'd rather recite the periodic table of elements at top speed or spit other things (like his drink all over poor Black Hayate) out than admit his feelings for Winry.
    • Before that there was his fear that Alphonse secretly blamed and hated him for getting Al de-bodied. He never could bring himself to ask Al about it and it almost came back to bite him (for more on that see Poor Communication Kills under Al's section).
  • Cast from Lifespan: To keep from bleeding to death, Ed uses his own soul as a Philosopher's stone and shortens his lifespan by a few years to close a wound.
  • Celibate Hero: A mild case of "Love is a distraction". He has to get Al's body back before even thinking about Winry and... HydrogenHeliumLithiumBeryllium...
  • Character Development:
    • Edward begins the series dependent on alchemy and doing everything himself. By the end of the series he has learned to depend more on his friends and share his burdens.
    • The other version of Edward also undergoes major changes over the course of his series, learning that there is a world outside of his own goals, and that he does not in fact have the answers to everything.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: One of the necessary "sacrifices" required for Father to absorb God.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Winry.
  • Child Mage: Started alchemy at a very young age.
  • Child Prodigy / Teen Genius: Gets admitted into the military as a State Alchemist at the age of 12. At the age of 10 he managed to perform a perfect human transmutation, bonding Al's soul into a suit of armor after reading it in a book. He also, over the course of the series, increases his skillset through Power Copying by simply watching others perform alchemy and duplicating their technique.
  • Child Soldier: Received a State Alchemist's certification at the age of 12.
    • Which technically gives him the rank of Major.
  • The Coats Are Off: He doesn't take off his jacket, he rips it off.
  • Code Name/Red Baron: Fullmetal Alchemist.
  • Combat Breakdown: One-sided on Edward's end. He goes from using all his alchemy on Father to simply beating him down with his fists.
  • Combat Pragmatist: In his own words, "There's no such thing as dirty in a fight."
  • Cosmic Plaything: Is he ever. Though this does lead to a rather satisfying Call Back by Ed at the end of the series, "A lesson without pain is meaningless."
  • Cursed with Awesome: His artificial limbs have saved his life a lot. And we can't forget anchoring his brother's soul let him transmute with just clapping his hands.
  • Curtains Match the Window: His golden hair and eyes are inherited from his father.
  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: Played for Laughs, as this happens whenever somebody calls him short.
  • The Cynic: Ed's idealism got well and truly sliced to ribbons upon his mother's death and what came after it. Even though he tries his level best not to let it hold him back. Later experiences just jumped on the remains and called it a day.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: The whole human transmutation experience and Nina made him far more cynical and bitter, though he still strives to be heroic.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Especially with Mustang.
  • Destructive Savior:
  • Determinator: He was a Determinator when he was ten, and he hasn't changed since. His sheer stubbornness and determination are what gave him the epithet of the Fullmetal Alchemist, along with the automail.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Twice. First against Pride, then against Father. The second one counts as punching out two deities at once.
  • Disabled Love Interest: For Winry. They eventually marry.
  • Disappeared Dad: His father left, with his mother awaiting his return until she died of an illness. The reasons for this are very grand, but Ed remains bitter.
  • Does Not Like Guns: Strangly enough: they make killing without consequence too easy for his liking.
  • Does Not Like Spam: He absolutely loathes drinking mlik.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: He gets his arm back, Al gets his body back, and he starts a family with his Victorious Childhood Friend, but WOW did he go through hell and back to get it.
  • Exact Eavesdropping: He learns that what he created was not his mother by eavesdropping a conversation between Hohenheim and Pinako.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: Not a good thing with his... vertical deficiency complex. Seriously.
  • Experienced Protagonist: Ed, along with Al, is already an experienced alchemist who has been working for the Amestris military for three years when the story begins. The anime provides several episodes worth of flashback.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change:
    • He's seen with his trademark braid after he recovers from his automail.
    • Later in the story, he switches it to a high ponytail while he's in hiding to recuperate from an injury. He does this because the military's hunting him, and their description of him mentions that he wears his hair in a braid.
    • The ponytail also further parallels his likeness to his father, who looked just like him when he was younger. When Hohenheim mentions this, Ed changes his hair back.
    • The last chapter shows an image of him with the ponytail again. It's possible Hohenheim's death had something to do with it.
  • Expressive Hair: Oh, man: and, how! Not just when in Super-Deformed mode, either.
  • Extra Ore Dinary: His and Al's alchemy specialty.
  • Fragile Speedster: He's very fast and quite strong for his size, but can't take that much punishment. He keeps fighting anyway. Later becomes a Lightning Bruiser.
  • Freaky Is Cool: He appears to have a taste for gothic and macabre fixtures and will usually transmute decorations filled with monstrous or demonic imagery and unnecessarily gaudy details.
  • Generation Xerox: As flashback episodes ultimately show, he looks exactly like his father as a teenager, who was also an alchemical prodigy traumatized by human transmutation.
  • Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: No surprise that he does this a lot, as you can see above!
  • Grasp the Sun: Does this in two opening credits.
  • Guilt Complex: Type 3.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: You could say he has a very... short temper. Considering his height insecurity, he might be trying to make up for.
  • Handicapped Badass: Technically, but his automail usually more than compensates.
    • Still handicapped, but has both arms now.
  • Height Angst: He is so insecure about his short height that it is by far his most well-known Berserk Button, often to the point that he'll assume any "insults" regarding it aimed in his direction are far worse than they really are.
  • He Is All Grown Up: Winry notes to herself that Ed's back/shoulders are broader now, and Ed is becoming a man and is no longer a child.
  • Heroic Bastard: Despite living with his mom for years, his dad never actually married her.
  • Heroic BSOD: Ed is the patron saint of this trope. If the slightest thing goes wrong, Ed goes spinning off into a BSOD. His major BSOD happens in his backstory after his and Al's attempt at Human Transmutation goes horribly wrong, luckily Mustang showed up and offered him a chance to become a State Alchemist.
  • Honor Before Reason: This trait nearly gets him killed against Kimblee.
  • Hurting Hero: Boy is he ever. Ed is constantly burdened with guilt over pressuring Alphonse to help him with his efforts to bring their mother back through human transmutation, and causing the subsequent loss of Al's entire body (and the loss of his own arm and leg). He also feels anger at his father's abandonment and holds him responsible for his mother's death.
  • Idiot Hair: He might not be an idiot, but Ed has a small "antenna" of hair which he intentionally sticks up, probably to make himself appear taller.
  • I Got Bigger: Somewhat. Goes from roughly 4' 10" when shown in the very beginning to about 5' 4" in the final battle a year later. Then once again to around 5' 9" in the epilogue, which is several years after that. A rare case in fiction of a teenager growing slowly in real time, slow enough in fact that you don't notice until you compare the differences over the course of thirty or so chapters. Amusingly enough, he only starts to grow once he stops complaining about how short he is.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: This occurs two times over the course of the series to poor Edward; Nina's death, and then Hughes' death.
  • In-Series Nickname: Almost always referred to as "Ed" instead of "Edward".
  • Insufferable Genius: Of Poirot-ean proportions.
  • In the Blood: He can't stand his dad for abandoning his family and yet he abandons what constitutes his family in the way he shuts Winry and Pinako out of his life.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: With everything he goes through, does he really need Winry along with half his friends comically abusing him?
  • It's All My Fault: Ed completely blames himself for the loss of Alphonse's body to the point of fearing that Alphonse resents him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's rude, stubborn and short-tempered, but a really good guy deep down.
    Alphonse: Don't take it personally, he's like that with everybody and he's actually nice deep inside.
  • Knight in Sour Armour: He is ill-tempered and cynical about the world, but still fighting to do the right thing.
  • Large Ham: When annoyed. Minus the "large" part.
  • Last of His Kind: By descent, he and Al are the last two ethnic Xerxians.
  • Laughing Mad: Does this briefly when he realizes trying to bring his mother back was a Senseless Sacrifice after digging up the remains of what he and Al created during the failed human transmutation.
  • Life or Limb Decision: How he saved Al's soul from crossing over, trading his arm to be able to keep his brother's soul in a suit of armour.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Once he was outfitted with cold-weather automail, he truly became a force to be reckoned with.
  • Little Big Brother: Al had been taller than Ed since childhood, but when he loses his body and is bound into a seven-foot-suit of armor, he towers over Ed, who is a hair under five feet (and very defensive when this is pointed out).
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Normally tied in a braid.
  • Magic Knight: A very skilled alchemist whose mentor put him in Training from Hell to make him good at fighting as well.
  • Majorly Awesome: State Alchemists have a rank equivalent to Major, so it somewhat counts.
  • Meaningful Echo: Of a sorts. The positions in the family photo of Hohenheim, Trisha, Ed, and Al are roughly repeated in the finale photo with Ed, Winry, and their two children. Well, except for Daddy Ed looking far more ecstatic than Hohenheim did.
  • Men Don't Cry: Excluding his backstory, Edward only ever cries once in the entire series, and those were Berserker Tears over Hohenheim trying to convince Ed to sacrifice him to bring Al back to life.
  • Mildly Military: Though having the rank equivalent of a Major as a State Alchemist and apparently being paid handsomely for that position, Ed doesn't do much that would indicate he's part of Amestris' military complex and chain of command aside from grudgingly listening to Mustang. It can be assumed his superiors are fine with him doing this since he keeps proving his potential value as a combatant in yearly examinations to keep his State Alchemist licence yet they lack sufficiently pressing engagements for him utilized for them. It might also be on account of how it's later shown the antagonists want him kept alive as a sacrifice.
  • Momma's Boy: He adored his mother when she was alive. Her death drove him to try to revive her, which triggered the most of the plot.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Spends large amounts of time without a shirt on. And don't forget his shower scene. Not bad for a vertically-challenged double-amputee.
  • Mouthy Kid: "Cranky" seems to be his default mood.
  • My Greatest Failure: Two equally gut wrenching things hang on his shoulders during the course of the anime; Costing Al his humanity by failing the human transmutation and not being able to save little Nina from her father.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: He's named after a real-life medieval alchemist.
  • The Napoleon: See Berserk Button... However, after he gets Al's body back, he eventually gets a growth spurt down the line! Even a little before the Promised Day, there was already an instance of him being noticeably taller than Winry.
    • But Al is still taller than him in the Babies Ever After photo, despite his body spending several years in an emaciated state. Ed just can't win...
  • Nay-Theist: Not only does he know for fact that God/Truth/Whatever He Calls Himself exists, his leg was stolen by it. That's the reason why his opinion of the guy is shit. (Alternatively, he is not this, and is not convinced that the Truth is God.)
  • Noble Male, Roguish Male: The Roguish Male to Mustang's Noble Male.
  • Nom de Mom: He and Al are registered under their mother's last name.
  • Non-Idle Rich: He makes quite a lot of money being a state alchemist. He's also quite generous with it too.
  • No One Else Is That Dumb: A variation - when he and Ling end up in Gluttony's stomach, the latter asks him if he is the little pipsqueak to make sure he's not Envy in disguise. Ed reacts promptly.
  • Oblivious to Love: At first.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: The main catalyst for Al's and his whole arch.
  • Parental Abandonment: His mother died of an illness, and his father disappeared with her waiting for him up until she died.
  • Power Copying: The true genius of Ed's combat alchemy lies in his aptitude for incorporating the alchemy styles of others into his own after merely having once seen them in action, which makes him very adaptable to various situations. So far, he has adapted Scar's destruction alchemy, Alex Louis Armstrong's gauntlets and stone spikes as well as Greed's carbon armor hardening into his combat repertoire. He reversed Pride's attempt to possess him.He has also shown that he's capable of copying the Humonculi's technique to turn his soul into a Philosopher's Stone. As Pride painfully found out.
  • The Protagonist: He's the "Fullmetal Alchemist" from the title.
  • Rank Up: Upon passing the State Alchemist exam. He is still called Mister Elric instead of Major Elric, however, because according to Denny Brosh, State Alchemists possess a rank equivalent to a major. Most characters in the military call him by his first name or "Fullmetal".
  • Rated M for Manly: The reason his duster is red? He thinks the colour is Bad Ass.
  • Redemption Quest: "I'm sorry, Al. This is all my fault. So I promise that no matter what, I'll get you your body back."
  • Red Is Heroic: His red duster, although he denies being a hero. More or less an Invoked Trope aside from that as he wears the red duster because he thinks the colour is Bad Ass.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Alphonse and Mustang's blue.
  • Retired Badass: In the Distant Finale. And even then Al mentions that Ed and him are working on new forms of alchemy
  • Scars Are Forever: Decides against regaining his leg as a reminder of his journey and the consequences of his actions.
    • Even after he gets his right arm back, he retains the brutal-looking scars from his automail surgery, as well as a couple of metal bits sticking out of his skin and presumably more inside him.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The blunt, insensitive Manly Man to Alphonse's thoughtful, quiet Sensitive Guy.
  • Shared Family Quirks: When Hohenheim was young, he seemed have being called stupid as his Berserk Button just as Ed's is being called short.
  • Shared Unusual Trait: The gold eyes and gold hair he got from his father are an important plot point, as they mark him as ethnically member of the lost Xerxes civilization.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: With Winry. "She's my mechanic! Nothing more!"
  • Shipper on Deck: Has been playing matchmaker to Ling and Lan Fan as well as Roy and Riza. You know it's sad when Ed can see it.
    • He also did this to Al and May (although it might have been unintentional) in chapter 104.
  • Shirtless Scene: He loses his shirt so much that it's a wonder he bothers to wear one at all.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Al.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Apparently decides he wants to marry Winry at a young age, goes through a long period of Cannot Spit It Out during which he never shows the slightest interest in another girl, and eventually marries Winry.
  • Sleepyhead: Ed tends to fall asleep a lot during the day. Like Big Eater above, he theorizes that this is because he's actually connected to Al's missing body and keeping it alive by providing rest.
  • Spit Take: When Hawkeye asks him if he loves Winry.
  • Stress Vomit: Occurs when digging up the monstrous being that wasn't really his mother.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Flashbacks to about 400 years ago reveal that when Hohenheim was younger, he looked almost exactly like Ed does now. According to a series of sketches of Ed aging done by Arakawa, he will look even more like his father by the time he gets to 40 or so.
  • Suddenly Always Knew That: Averted. The ability to turn himself into a philosopher's stone was foreshadowed after his battle against Kimblee.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: After Envy's defeat, Ed realizes that Envy that is actually envious of humanity's ability to form friendships and support each other. Just the knowledge that Ed pities it is part of the reason why Envy commits suicide shortly after.
  • Technical Pacifist: In contrast to his portrayal in the 2003 anime, Edward refuses to take a life, human and homunculus alike. He makes a sole exception for Father.
  • Terrible Artist: His attempt at drawing Shao May sucks (though it's probably his visualization based on his negative experience with Shao). Al even says it looks like an alien.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: Most of what he makes through alchemy could look good in a Death Metal concert. Justified because he's a kid.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Absolutely refuses to kill people.
  • Token Human: The only known full-on human character in the history of Greed's gang.
  • Took a Level in Badass: As if he already wasn't badass enough, Ed getting his right arm back leads to Father getting a complete No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Traumatized by his father's disappearance, his mother's death, his failed attempt at resurrection of said mother taking his leg and brother's body, and trading his arm to anchor his brother's soul in a suit of armor. And you've read his Mr. Fanservice entry already, right?
  • Tsundere: So cannot spit his feelings out in standard ways.
  • Tsurime Eyes: To emphasise both cynicism and determination in this case.
  • Un-Sorcerer: He sacrifices his own personal Gate to bring Al's body back, meaning he can no longer perform alchemy.
  • Unstoppable Rage: He goes completely berserk against Father after Al's Heroic Sacrifice. And it's AWESOME!
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Mustang, Ling, and Scar, after the latter's Heel-Face Turn. Let's just say anyone Ed befriends are likely to develop this type of relationship with him. Even Julia Crichton from The Movie forms this with Ed.
  • Visual Development: Becomes taller and more muscular as the series progresses. However, it's not until he stops complaining about his height that it's noticeable.
  • Wacky Marriage Proposal: To Winry. "Equivalent Exchange! I'll give you half of my life if you give me half of yours!"
  • Walking the Earth: At the end, he goes west for more research and create a replacement rule for alchemy.
  • Wise Beyond His Years: While not as often as Alphonse, Ed does have tendency to display a high level of wisdom for someone his age.
  • The Worf Barrage: He has on several occasions conjured an elaborate-looking spear from the ground. Until the fight with the Cyclops Army it would always be cut apart in moments. He's a much better fighter barehanded or with a blade transmuted from his automail's casing.
  • Would Hit a Girl: "I'm not sexist!"
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: To Scar regarding a relatively minor matter "Hearing you agree with me makes me mad for some reason..."
  • You're Not My Father: Typically refers to his father as "Hohenheim," until the last chapter, when he tells Hohenheim "You're useless, Dad!" in response to his offering to sacrifice himself to bring Al back.

    Alphonse "Al" Elric 
Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya (JP), Maxey Whitehead (EN)

Affiliation: None
Rank: None
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.
  • Achilles' Heel: His blood seal is his one real weakness.
  • All-Loving Hero: He always looks on the bright side of life. He has also converted two chimera soldiers to his cause just by showing them that they are still human.
  • Animated Armor
  • Badass: Almost as much as his brother.
  • Badass Adorable: A sweet boy with a soft spot for kittens who is a living armor alchemist.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted; due to the constant fighting, his armor gets thinned out to extend it (to fix his arm) and his "hair" gets torn.
  • Berserk Button: Not even close to as bad as Ed, but it still upsets him when people talk about how awesome it would be to have armor as a body, since he clearly isn't very happy about it. His reaction is still just telling them "Be Careful What You Wish For".
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Yes, he's a sweet-natured young boy. He's also a living suit of armor with greater than average strength, and is perfectly willing to use it if necessary. He never lost his temper, but has come close...
  • Big Little Brother: He may be the youngest of the two protagonists, but his armor body makes him taller and more impressive than his older brother.
    • Despite getting a growth spurt, Ed is still shorter than him, even after Al gets his body back.
  • Bishōnen: He becomes a big-time Bishonen after he gets his body back and heals up.
  • Blessed with Suck: Several characters, namely Ling and Greed, think it's a case of Cursed with Awesome. Alphonse though, doesn't agree because it means he can't eat, can't sleep or even feel the air around him.
  • Bullet Proof Vest: It's impressive how a 20th century suit of armor can bounce bullets off it without so much as a scratch.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Like Ed, he was one of the necessary "sacrifices" required for Father to absorb God.
  • Child Mage
  • Child Prodigy: Might be even better than his brother at alchemy.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: After blaming himself for the deaths of Nina, Hughes and Martel, he seems unable to let anyone die, even if they're possible enemies. For this reason, he adamantly refuses to leave a heartbroken Lt. Hawkeye behind to die at Lust's hands and shields her with his own body.
  • Corner of Woe: In contrast to his brother, making fun of Al's size or armor results in this.
  • Curtains Match the Window: In his human body, he has golden hair and eyes.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Like Ed, he really hates how his "body" is a suit of armor, but it's saved his life and the lives of others many times over.
  • Cuteness Proximity: He's a Kindhearted Cat Lover, and wanted to keep Shao May when he found her alone.
  • Deuteragonist: The second main character after Edward (the main protagonist).
  • Disappeared Dad: Like his brother Ed. He's much happier to have him back when they see him again than Ed.
  • Experienced Protagonist: Al, along with Ed, is already an experienced alchemist who has been working for the Amestris military for three years when the story begins. The anime provides several episodes worth of flashback.
  • Extra Ore Dinary: His and Ed's alchemy specialty.
  • Eye Lights Out: Whenever Alphonse's soul is unconscious, or being pulled over to the Gate, his eye-lights go out.
    • This seems to be for the audience only, since none of the characters including Ed seem to be able to tell the difference.
  • Genius Bruiser: His metal body grants him greater than average strength which he uses in combo with his impressive alchemy. Even when they were kids, Al would win most sparring bouts with Ed, who himself is quite a badass.
  • Gentle Giant: He looks intimidating but he's much nicer than his brother.
  • Glowing Mechanical Eyes
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: One of the kindest.
  • Heroic Bastard: Like his brother.
  • Heroic BSOD: He falls on it when King Bradley kills Martel and regains his memories of the gate.
  • Heroic Resolve:
    Al: I won't leave you! I'm sick of watching people die, and I can't just sit back and take it anymore! I won't let anyone else get killed! Not when I can protect them!!
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Anyone who refused to get his body back, since he can't properly use it for combat, despite the fact that he desperately wanted that proper flesh and blood body for years, without getting too upset about it, deserves to be poster boy for this trope.
    • Seeing as his blood seal was cracked, Ed had lost his right arm and Ed was pinned against a rock and about to have his life force drained by the Big Bad, he gives back his soul so that Ed could have his original right arm back. Thankfully he gets better when Ed comes back to claim him.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With May.
  • Hurting Hero: Alphonse is wracked with guilt about his brother losing his arm to save Al's life.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Feels responsible for the deaths of Nina, Martel and Hughes.
  • In-Series Nickname: Everyone refers to him as "Al".
  • Japanese Sibling Terminology: Al always calling Ed "nii-san". It is carried over into English translations as "brother" (sometimes more literally as "big brother").
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: He hides them in his armor so Ed won't insist he abandon them.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Literally. May also thinks of him as this.
  • Last of His Kind: By descent, he and Ed are the last two ethnic Xerxians.
  • Loss of Identity: He begins to fear his life is a lie after facing the possibility of being an artificial soul created by Ed.
  • Made of Iron: Averted. Even armor that can stop bullets cold still readily gets sliced up by super-powered beings later in the series, to demonstrate how lethal they are.
  • Magic Knight: Suit of armor? Check. Magic (well, alchemy)? Check. Although at first, he's more of a Kung-Fu Wizard due to lacking the ability to use Clapping Alchemy.
  • Maybe Ever After: It's implied that he hooked up with May since she appears in the new Elric Family Photo in the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue.
  • Mighty Glacier: Though he's pretty quick for Animated Armor. He's naturally slower than his brother, but is often able to keep up with him.
  • Momma's Boy: Like Ed; their attempt to revive her was what started most of the plot.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Like Ed, he's named after a real-life medieval alchemist.
  • The Needless: He cannot eat or sleep and it brings him much sadness and frustration on his quest to get his body back, especially because he essentially spends his nights awake alone while his brother and everyone else close to him sleeps.
  • Nice Guy: In contrast to his brother, Al is unflinching nice and sweet and does not enjoy seeing others in pain.
  • Nom de Mom: He and Ed are registered under their mother's last name.
  • Nothing but Skin and Bones: Inside the gate, his real body is in pretty bad shape; poor hygiene, gaunt with emaciation, and too weak to even walk. Theorizing that his body may have been feeding off of his brother's nutrients, he probably would have died had Ed not been a natural Sleepy Head and Big Eater. Even still, he's happy to get it back at the end, though it probably took months (or even a year or two) to get healthy and back in shape.
  • Not So Above It All: He acts more mature than his brother, but he does tend to make mistakes too and often times can't help but be distracted by cute things like cats.
    • A hilarious example was when he talked to May for the first time and she learned he was Ed's brother. Her tone indicated her new distaste for him (as a result of her delusion of him). Rather than take it calmly or even defend him, he becomes really annoyed before ranting in an Ed-like manner (albeit more subdued) about his qualities, saying he's taller, has neat hair, being the better fighter and being a gentleman. Quite out of character and hilarious (furthermore is that this speech was helped kickstart May's infatuation of him.)
  • Orphan's Ordeal
  • Parental Abandonment: He takes it much better than Ed does and retained a sunny disposition. However, he was younger than Ed and Ed's role of becoming the man of the house may have gotten something to do with it.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: His hairstyle while trapped behind the gate.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Barry the Chopper screwing with him about whether he is really alive or just a puppet made by his brother actually rents space in his head because of something that Ed tried to talk to him about once but couldn't. He flips out on Ed as a result and accuses him of creating him so he could control him. True to the trope, this gets solved within a minute of Winry confronting him about this, as she knows what's really going on—turns out Ed wants to know if Al hates him for dragging him into his plans to transmute Trisha back to life and thus causing Al to lose his human body, but he can't bring himself to actually ask about this. Sure enough, Al doesn't hate Ed, in fact he feels responsible as well for Ed's missing limbs as he could've refused or talked Ed out of the plan but instead helped him carry it out. Thus, once it's clear Al's memories truly are his own, the brothers make peace.
  • Punny Name: The Japanese transliteration and pronunciation of "Al" is "Aru". This is also the Japanese verb "to be" that is used when referring to inanimate objects (with humans and animals, the verb "iru" is used). Suddenly, Barry the Chopper screwing with him about whether he is really alive or just a puppet made by his brother makes a bit more sense.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Edward's red. (One of two)
  • Sense Loss Sadness: He misses being able to do basic human things, but tries to remain optimistic by keeping a notepad of things he will do when he gets his body back(like trying Winry's pie.)
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The thoughtful, quiet Sensitive Guy to Edward's blunt, insensitive Manly Man.
  • Shared Unusual Trait: The gold eyes and gold hair he and Ed got from his father.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: He denies that he has any feelings for May when Ed asks him about it in the final chapter/episode, but unlike most examples, says it as if he was correcting Ed about a math problem and doesn't get flustered at all. They still get together in the Distant Finale.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Edward and Winry. "Brother is so youthful!"
  • Shrinking Violet: To a certain extent. Made even more apparent in contrast to his easily angered brother.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Ed.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Whereas Ed looks like Hohenheim, Al looks like a blonde, male version of Trisha.
  • Tareme Eyes: His human body has them.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: May teaches him about alkahestry, making it a variant where the teacher is younger by a few years.
  • Took a Level in Badass: To a point that he's just as badass as Ed!
  • Traumatic Haircut: Played for Laughs; He has the long hair from his helmet torn off after being tangled up to Buccaneer's Automail during their first fight. Alphonse becomes distressed of that and comments how horrible his "hair" looks now.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Okay, he doesn't exactly go unnoticed, but you would think people would be more baffled to talk casually with a 7-foot-tall suit of armor which has the voice of a child to boot. No one ever seems to question why someone would need to wear the armor around all the time, even while (pretending) to eat.
  • Vocal Dissonance: The voice of a child isn't what one would expect from a huge armor, even if it's just the soul.
  • Walking the Earth: At the end he goes east to Xing to learn under May. Which Ed teases him for. He ends up returning (her following no less) back to his hometown though.
  • Wise Beyond His Years: Is far more level-headed than Edward despite being one year younger than him.

    Roy Mustang 
Voiced by: Shinichiro Miki (JP), Travis Willingham (EN)

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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: On the same vein with Ed.
  • 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 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.
    • 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.
  • Broken Ace: Ishval did a number on him, and he never forgave himself for it.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, 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.
  • Four-Star Badass: At the very end of the manga.
  • 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
  • Handicapped Badass: Temporarily. He gets his sight back.
  • 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, thus making him a Hero Killer Killer.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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.
    Roy: I almost passed out a few times.
  • You Killed My Father: 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).

    Ling Yao 
Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano (JP), Todd Haberkorn (EN)

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 has the powers that come with it. His appearance marks the start of the large differences between the first anime and manga/Brotherhood anime.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: 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. 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.
  • King Incognito: Only a few people know he's actually a foreign prince.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

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. And 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.
  • 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.
  • Badass: Runs in the family.
  • 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: During his first appearances.
  • Badass Pacifist: Not a fighter himself but some of his actions can screw Father over.
  • 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: 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'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.

    Winry Rockbell 
Voiced by: Megumi Takamoto (JP), Caitlin Glass (EN)

Affiliation: None
Rank: None
Speciality: Mechanic

The Elrics' childhood friend and Ed's personal automail mechanic, who happens to have a crush on him.
  • Adorkable: Winry's unusual love for machines and tools is quite endearing.
  • 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: 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.
  • 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: In the aforementioned Break the Cutie moment. And again near the end of the series When Ed and Al return with their bodies restored.
  • 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.
  • 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: One of the most morally upstanding individuals in the series.
  • 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.
  • Mr. 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...
  • 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 Mei.
  • 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.
  • 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)

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: He 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.
  • 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: 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. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: While he does go through a genuine Heel-Face Turn, Scar is still responsible for dozens of murders. Many of them were innocent people who were not involved in the Ishval massacre, and Scar is never punished for any of them.
  • 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: 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.
  • 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 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.
    • Averted with his murder of Basque Grand, who, through what little we gleam of his character, was a relatively decent person.
  • 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.
    • Before that him killing Nina could be considered as such in a darker way. He later makes a good point that since she could never get back to normal and would certainly spent the rest of her life being treated as a lab rat, a quick death was mercy.
    • 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.
  • Scary Black Man: Well, Scary Ishvalan Man, but close enough. This guy becomes the State Alchemists' bogeyman!
  • Serial-Killer Killer: Replace "serial killer" with "usually unrepentant war criminal" and yeah, that's Scar. Like many other examples of this trope, he punishes his victims by killing them with the same method they used to kill their victims (alchemy, in this case). The Keyword is "usually" since he doesn't seem to bother finding out if the State Alchemist was even part of the Ishvalen Massacre, since he showed no problems trying to Kill Ed.
  • 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, he gets much better overtime.
  • 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.

    Izumi Curtis 
Voiced by: Shoko Tsuda (JP), Christine Auten (EN)

Affiliation: None
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: A very competant fighter and one of the few people whom Ed and Al fear.
  • Action Mom: She has become Ed's and Al's surrogate mother of sorts and she can kick a lot of ass.
  • 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: She's the one who taught Ed and Al alchemy.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: Used several times.
  • 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. She tosses Sloth, the fastest homunculus and who's built like a tank to boot, like he weighed nothing. This move completely floored the Armstrong siblings, who had been on the ropes after fighting Sloth.