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Lieutenant Riza Hawkeye
Voiced by: Fumiko Orikasa (JP), Colleen Clinkenbeard (EN), Rocío Mallo (Latin America)
Affiliation: Amestris MilitaryRoy's oldest friend, trusted aide, and devoted bodyguard, Lt. Hawkeye's calm, collected demeanor and remarkable sharpshooting skills earn her the respect of her fellow officers.
Rank: 1st Lieutenant
Rank: 1st Lieutenant
- Abusive Parents: Implied. If Berthold wasn't outright abusive, he was definitely neglectful.
- Action Girl: 1st Lieutenant sniper.
- Amazonian Beauty: Downplayed. Arakawa stated in an omake that Hawkeye's military training has given her a slightly more muscular build than normal, specifically with regards to her broad shoulders. Played for Laughs immediately beforehand in the same omake, when all of Arakawa's assistants try to ask her what Hawkeye's measurements are, leading to a ludicrously heated argument about fanservice that culminates in Hawkeye shooting all of them.Arakawa: ...sorry.
- Animal Motifs: Arakawa said she based her design around a hawk; her bangs emulate a wing and the rest of her hair is pulled up to look like a tail.
- The Atoner: For the same reason as Roy. She discusses this when recounting her experience at Ishval, saying that both alchemists and sharpshooters bear an especially heavy sin (and burden if they try to atone) since they know that every time they snap their fingers or pull the trigger, they are responsible for taking someone's life, as opposed to average soldiers who are unaware of how much blood they themselves spilled.
- "Awesome McCool" Name: With a name like Riza Hawkeye, how can you not be in the military?
- Badass Normal: No alchemy, but her guns still leave their mark on alchemists and homoculi alike.
- Battle Couple: Her and Roy, complete with code names and Back-to-Back Badasses. Though the couple part is only implied in-series.
- Berserker Tears: After she is led to believe that Lust killed Mustang.
- Bluff The Imposter: When Envy tries to trick her by disguising himself as Mustang, she calls his bluff by claiming that the two are on a First-Name Basis when alone; it's a lie, but Envy still falls for the trap.
- Bodyguard Crush: To Roy, of course. Reciprocated.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: It's a hard job but someone's got to do it.
- Break the Cutie:
- Chess Motif: She is the queen in Mustang's chess-themed unit. The queen is the most powerful piece, the one who stands closest to the king, and the one who can do the most damage. It's also noted that Mustang, when playing chess, will never sacrifice his queen if he can help it.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Heavily downplayed. She usually takes Roy's womanizing very much in stride, presumably because she's aware of its real purpose, but this is hinted at in one of the novels. When the men of the unit are observing the preparations Roy is making for his date, Fuery notices that Riza seems very peevish and goes off to the practice range to do a lot of shooting.
- Code Name: Elizabeth. Only shown being used once in a work setting (when she's watching over Falman and Barry the Chopper), but referenced in the manga after Bradley removes her from Roy's unit. Roy visits his foster mother/aunt, who asks about "Elizabeth," and he laments that "Another man took Elizabeth away from me." The ensuing commentary from the women in the bar indicate that they all believe "Elizabeth" is his girlfriend; his aunt's expression indicates that despite his playful demeanor, she knows just how very serious this is.
- Cold Sniper: Subverted. The Stoic, yes, but while not overly affectionate, she's far from cold. Mustang refers to her as being "sweeter than she seems" and having "a gentle heart."
- The Comically Serious: Especially in the manga omake/4-koma theater, such as when she measures Ed's height against his will, bests the "Undefeatable Elric Brothers" with a magnet, and draws whiskers on Roy's face after he muses that he may need to grow some facial hair before trying to attract women - all with a face straighter than an arrow.
- Cool Big Sis: She becomes one of sorts to Winry, best seen when a young Winry was talking to her when Roy went to recruit the Elrics. It inspired Winry to get her ears pierced. It also influenced Riza to grow her hair out.
- The Consigliere: To Roy. Part of her explicitly-stated job description is to make sure he achieves his goals only through upright means - and to shoot him in the back if he goes Jumping Off the Slippery Slope.
- Corner of Woe: Kimblee put her in one in the flashback to Ishval (and pissed off Roy at the same time) by suggesting that she actually really enjoys killing.
- Deadpan Snarker: Particularly evident in her interactions with Rebecca and Roy. She snarks with the same expression she wears when she shoots people, which is a blank and focused one.
- Embarrassing Tattoo: A definite non-comical example. Spiced up with some burn scarring.
- Establishing Character Moment: The side story in which Fuery finds a puppy out in the rain in East City. Riza tells him he has to find the dog an owner by the end of the day. When Fuery is unable to find anyone to take the pup, Riza adopts him herself. The story shows that she's strict, fair, and has a softer side. The side-story was released long before she had become more than a fleeting side-character in the main story. It's also worth nothing that she never directly said that she'd put the dog back out in the rain; it's just what everyone assumed because of her strict nature.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Her hair was kept boyishly short prior to the start of the series. She grows it out after seeing Winry, whose long hair gave her the idea. This is done to draw parallels between the two characters.
- Fragile Speedster: She's quite agile, but can't fight otherwise and can't take hits very easily - usually one knock is enough to bring her down, as seen with Envy.
- Friend to All Children: Some of her more tender moments are revealed around Winry and the Elric brothers, particularly Edward. This aspect of her personality is shown in an especially bleak light at the end of the war flashback, when she's shown making a grave for an abandoned Ishbalan child.
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: She, Scar, and Ed all talk Roy down from his Roaring Rampage of Revenge against Envy.
- Glasses and Ponytail Coverup: Riza Hawkeye puts on a pair of glasses and lets her hair down for her civilian disguise as "Elizabeth."
- Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: When shown in earlier chapters at her father's time of death and his funeral, her eyes are noticeably softer and rounder. Ishval did a number on her, though, and while they softened up a bit after, they still remained noticeably sharp.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Portions of her back have been burned by Mustang to cover parts of her Embarrassing Tattoo.
- Guns Are Useless: Lampshades this when fighting the mannequin soldiers at episode 53.Ed: It's useless, Lieutenant! Bullets aren't enough to bring them down!Riza: That again?! Why does this always happen?
- The Gunslinger: When she's not using a rifle she switches to this. Also goes Guns Akimbo in the first opening for Brotherhood, not to mention whenever emptying shot after shot after useless shot into a homunculus.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: After her brief Roaring Rampage of Revenge against Lust for seemingly killing Mustang, she completely breaks down and loses her will to live.
- Hostage Situation: Twice, both times used against Roy, once played straight and once subverted. First, Bradley makes her his own personal assistant, so Roy can't (visibly) work against him without putting her in danger. Later, in the subversion, her throat is slashed to provide Roy with sufficient motivation to perform human transmutation, but she uses eye signals to persuade him not to do it.
- Human Notepad: Her father's research is tattooed all over her back, though whether it's a proper tattoo or whether it's carved into her skin like a scar is unknown.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Played with: while she is an extremely capable adjutant and keeps the unit running like clockwork, she mostly has this reputation because Roy is Obfuscating Stupidity (or at least, obfuscating being a womanising slacker).
- I Gave My Word: "I am proud of my pigheadedness, sir."
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Hawkeye. While she is certainly the best in canon, she's not perfect, is shown practicing hard, and stays within the bounds of reality with her skill.
- Knight in Sour Armor: She's seen (and participated in) the horrors of war, but she still believes the world can be repaired.
- Letting Her Hair Down: She's normally seen with an efficient, no-nonsense clipped flip-up, but generally lets her hair down when she's seen off-duty.
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Light to Lust's and Olivier's dark.
- Living Emotional Crutch: For Roy. He admits as much: "I can't afford to lose you."
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Her father Berthold was a famous alchemist, rather neglectful (if not downright abusive) to her, and definitely crazy enough to have her as a Human Notepad.
- Maybe Ever After: See Roy's entry on the main characters page.
- Meaningful Name:
- See Improbable Aiming Skills. Also, Hawkeye gets additional meaning when Roy is blinded and she literally has to be his eyes.
- Also, the name "Riza" has some connections with the Latin word for "root" (rhizoma). Now, considering her significance and promise to Roy...
- In Hungarian, it means "guardian." Makes sense, since she's Roy's bodyguard and also the physical guardian of her father's research.
- Meganekko: When she engages in Clark Kenting, she puts on a pair of glasses.
- Missing Mom: She was raised by her widowed father; she tells Roy in a flashback that her mother died when she was very young.
- Morality Chain: To Roy. It's the realization that he's causing her pain again (and she plans to commit suicide over it) that really snaps him out of his Roaring Rampage of Revenge against Envy.
- Named After Somebody Famous: Riza's named after the E-2 Hawkeye, which is known for its surveillance tech and ability to watch over the rest of its fleet during operations. Her role in Ishval and during Roy's "fishing" escapades, which have her at the top of a tower keeping an eye on her comrades through a scope, reflect this.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: While she has a huge body count and is by all means a Badass Normal she relies on guns which barely faze the Homunculi meaning she isn't a threat to them unlike most of the other characters.
- Not So Stoic: "YOU BIIIIIIIITCH!!"
- Number Two: Mustang's second in command, both officially and otherwise.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Downplayed. All she did was don a cardigan, let her hair down and put on glasses, but this being anime, she was easily seen by the audience due to the large tuft of hair over her left eye. It took Ed and Al all of two seconds to see through it. King Bradley, only half a second. However, had she brushed her hair back, she'd be in a much better disguise. On top of that, had that been in real life, it'd take a closer look to see that it's really her.
- Parental Neglect: Berthold's treatment of her could also be seen as abusive; she does mention to Roy in a flashback that her father was "a terrifying man," and Roy mentions that Berthold was "living in squalor," implying their home was in poor condition.
- Pet the Dog: Her taking in of Black Hayate was this. She also shows a good deal of kindness towards Winry and the Elric brothers, as well as to the men of her unit. Oh, yeah, and she's kind of fond of her boss.
- Power of Trust:
- Zigzagged, with Mustang. She trusts him enough and believes in his vision of the future enough to reveal to him the secrets of her father's research, despite her discomfort of its location. However, when he betrays her trust by going against that vision in Ishval, she is absolutely distraught at his actions and lets him know very plainly how she feels.Riza: I believed in you... I trusted you with my father's research...
- On the other hand, she never betrays Roy's trust, even going so far as to point her gun to his back when he finally strays from the righteous path like he asked, with every intent to kill. She also does clarify that she still believes in him, in spite of everything. In the end, it's their mutual trust that makes them work so well together.
- Zigzagged, with Mustang. She trusts him enough and believes in his vision of the future enough to reveal to him the secrets of her father's research, despite her discomfort of its location. However, when he betrays her trust by going against that vision in Ishval, she is absolutely distraught at his actions and lets him know very plainly how she feels.
- Precious Puppies: Black Hayate, her beloved dog. The end of the final chapter reveal that Hayate himself had Precious Puppies as well.
- The Reliable One: She keeps Roy on track at the office and in the field.
- Servile Snarker:Roy: What do you make of this, Lieutenant?
Riza: It seems to be a case of incorrect information, sir.
- Shipper on Deck: For Edward and Winry, although she doesn't encourage it so much as she says it flat out.
- Ship Sinking: Of a more minor degree; Arakawa's said the only reason Riza and Mustang aren't together is due to an anti-fraternization law in the military... but that still means they can't be publicly together.
- Shrinking Violet: It appears she was like this in her teens, and during the war flashback, to an extent.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Riza, Risa, Liza, Lisa...you name it. It wasn't until the Perfect Guidebook 2 came out that it was confirmed as Riza, and people still seem to be confused.
- The Squadette: The only women in Mustang's group (though far from the only woman in the military).
- The Stoic: Normally, her voice is flat. Even in battle, it's flat.
- Subordinate Excuse: With Roy. There's a rule against fraternization, as revealed in the third art book.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Her relationship with Roy works like this, alternating between her usual stoic demeanor and occasional subtle indications of affection. Justified, as they have to appear professional and detached at all times in order to keep working together.
- Team Mom: To Mustang's subordinates, counterbalancing Roy's Team Dad status.
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: When Lust tells her that she killed Mustang, she lets loose with one.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Riza is a stoic soldier on the surface, but she prefers to wear long skirts while off-duty - though fitting with the trope, she still wears boots.
- Toplessness from the Back: Played for Drama in a panel at the end of manga volume 14, where the focus is less on Hawkeye just getting out of the shower and more about the tattoo all over her back that looks suspiciously like the symbol used in flame alchemy.
- Undying Loyalty: To Roy. Lampshaded constantly.Roy: I'm on my way to the top. Are you coming with me?
Riza: You know the answer to that.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Roy and it's used to her advantage. Arakawa has confirmed that the only reason they aren't married by the end of the series is the anti-fraternization law.
- Vicariously Ambitious: All of Mustang's hand-picked personnel are this for Mustang; but aside from Hughes, Riza is the one who is most enthusiastically and wholeheartedly behind pushing Roy to the top.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: She has no qualms about delivering a royal asskicking to defend Roy. She's not technically his girlfriend, but...
- Visual Development: See Good Eyes, Evil Eyes and Expository Hairstyle Change.
- You Are Worth Hell: She vows to follow Roy wherever he leads, even "into hell itself, if you so desire." She does.
Führer King Bradley
President Führer King Bradley
Voiced by: Hidekatsu Shibata (JP), Hidenobu Kiuchi (JP - young), Ed Blaylock (EN), Christopher Bevins (EN - young), José Granadillo (Latin America)
Affiliation: Amestris MilitaryPresident Führer King Bradleynote is Amestris's well-loved head of state. A formidable fighter, he came to rule Amestris after leading his nation out of a bloody civil war and setting up a military dictatorship.
Specialty: Swordsmanship/Military Tactics
Specialty: Swordsmanship/Military Tactics
- 100% Adoration Rating: Bradley is a very popular guy, so much that at the end of the series, the heroes realize that exposing his numerous crimes to the world would result in mass panic. Instead, they pawn them off onto the last two survivors of Central Command and say Bradley was an innocent victim of a coup attempt by them.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Justified by the fact that he's actually the homunculus Wrath, and was literally raised to be that way since birth.
- Awesome Mc Cool Name: King Bradley. Add his titles and he becomes His Excellency, President Führer King Bradley.
- Badass Grandpa: Sixty years old, and one of the strongest characters in the series. To cite, he destroyed a tank with a sword and a grenade. Seriously, he takes on Fu, 2nd Greed and Buccaneer at the same time with paper-cutters and wins until they must stab through Fu to even land a hit.
- Badass Mustache: He sports a Porn Stache and is very, very badass.
- Badass Normal: He's not an alchemist, but can still kick plenty of ass. Then subverted. He's actually a homunculus.
- Bait the Dog: Even when there are a lot of hints to his sinister motives, his seemingly quirky personality (i.e. giving people melons, dressing as a Hawaiian-Shirted Tourist, etc.) makes him seem like a nice guy at first.
- Beware the Silly Ones: A Downplayed version. Bradley has his odder moments, such as the Hawaiian-Shirted Tourist incident and keeping his Eyes Always Shut, but once it's revealed that he's Wrath, he gets to show off just how threatening he really is.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Ultra-proficiency at swordsmanship to the point where he can draw and strike in the space of someone blinking. He apparently worked at this for sixty long years, not only surviving the selection process but coming out on top.
- Cool Old Guy: Until it turns out he's on the evil team.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: ANY fight he participates in turns into this, with him doing the curb stomping. There is a reason why most characters fear him. He easily stomped the first Greed and the chimeras. In fact, for him to be defeated, he had to be half dead.
- Cutlass Between the Teeth: Does this when both his arms are cut off before being defeated by Scar.
- Death by Irony: After saying several times that there is no such thing as God, the solar eclipse, the symbol of God in alchemy, plays an instrumental role in his defeat. Who defeats him makes it even better. During the Ishval Genocide, an Ishvalan priest had proclaimed that God's wrath would befall him for what he'd done, but he'd laughed it off. In the end, he was killed by an Ishvalan who'd repeatedly proclaimed to be the messenger of God.
- Deep Cover Agent: Set up and molded by Father's conspiracy into the seeming savior of Amestris.
- Determinator: If stabbing the man who dealt you a killing blow with a blade held in your mouth even as you're dying doesn't count, nothing will.
- Defiant to the End: Just as he has his arms blown off, courtesy of Scar, and his sword split in two, the last thing Bradley does before finally succumbing to his wounds is to grab the blade with his teeth, and drive it into Scar's lower midsection, a wound that almost kills Scar.
- Dirty Old Man: An omake in one of the manga volumes has him proudly proclaiming to like women with "junk in the trunk!", and having a face off with Mustang over the importance of which female anatomy is better.
- Drama-Preserving Handicap: Bradley can still kick serious ass despite being out of his prime by a good degree. None of the other characters could beat him at his best. In order for Scar to even be on equal footing, Bradley had to be half dead. Also, it's not exactly a "handicap", but unlike the other homunculi, he doesn't have a Healing Factor.
- Dual Wielding: He often dual-wields and has been seen carrying up to four spare swords.
- Eyepatch of Power: Just one of the many signs of his formidability is the eyepatch. It's hiding his Ouroborous tattoo.
- Eyes Always Shut: Part of his kooky, more comical image, but it disappears quickly when he's being completely serious.
- Four-Star Badass: In the backstory and still as Commander-in-Chief of the Amestrian military.
- The Gadfly: Ed's "Fullmetal" Codename was his idea. He also likes to ditch his bodyguards and surprise his subordinates with unannounced visits (a particularly memorable scene in the manga is when he followed Ed by posing as a tourist in an obnoxious Hawaiian shirt). Though with The Reveal, this becomes less good humor and more akin to a predator playing with it's prey.
- General Ripper: There's a scene in the flashback to the Ishval war in which an Ishvalan leader offered his life in exchange for ending the Amestrian genocide. Bradley mocks him for thinking he can set his life equal to those of everyone in his country (not wrong, given the prevalence of equivalent exchange in Amestris) and orders that the genocide resume.
- Happily Married: To Mrs. Bradley. Their marriage was not mandated by Father; it was one of the few choices he was allowed to make on his own. His dying thoughts suggest that he genuinely cared about her.
- His Name Really Is "Barkeep": What title? "King" is his actual first name!
- Historical Hero Upgrade: In-Universe. After his death, the heroes can't risk exposing his crimes or true nature, as doing so could cause a war due to Bradley's good reputation. They're forced to do this to him.
- Hollywood Atheist: His rants about how the Ishvalan genocide should have shown Scar that "there is no God in this world!"
- Iaijutsu Practitioner: Bradley is REALLY fast with a sword; his opponents may not even realize he's drawn it before he does his thing.
- Implacable Man: Trying to stop him is a very good way to get killed. At one point, he's outnumbered 5 to 1, and the group of five warriors feel they have no chance to win.
- Implausible Fencing Powers: Although it does help to be a Homunculus with superhuman abilities. He takes out a tank (!) armed only with a saber and a grenade and later disarms Fu's suicide bombs by slicing off the lit fuses.
- Ironic Nickname: For all his talents, King Bradley is nothing more than a puppet to his Father and is fully aware of it. That's why his wife means something to him - marrying her was one of the few choices that he got to make on his own. Later, he chooses to fight the one last battle against Scar after he is no longer needed. This may also explain why he dislikes the notion of God.
- Is That the Best You Can Do?: To Scar in their battle.King Bradley: WHAT'S WRONG!? DON'T TELL ME THAT'S ALL YOU GOT! IS IT!? 'CAUSE THAT'S NOWHERE NEAR ENOUGH!
- I Was Quite a Looker: Not that he's bad-looking now, but in his younger years he was a rather muscular Bishōnen. Yes, really.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: During Maes Hughes' funeral, he's shown trembling when Elicia breaks down and pleads for her father to come back. While initially believed to sadness, Bradley confesses to Mustang that his trembling was actually Suppressed Rage at Elicia for making a scene.
- Kick the Dog:
- During the Ishval incident, he gets a couple of these moments. First is the order to execute all Ishvallans, and then he mocks the Ishval leader for thinking that he could exchange his life for his people's escape and says their god doesn't exist.
- Another notable moment is during Maes Hughes's Funeral. His hand shaking during Elicia's Please Wake Up moment? It wasn't sympathy is was Suppressed Rage for being "noisy" while crying.
- Lightning Bruiser: He moves so fast his deadly sword swings can't be seen.
- Love at First Punch: He met his wife when she slapped him. Rather than kill her, Bradley apparently started courting her instead. Maybe he appreciated her capacity for wrath?
- Master Swordsman: Compared to him, every other sword-user in the series can only claim to be "good" at it. Again: he took out a tank.
- Meaningful Name: More than justified by his Back Story. King is his actual first name, and he was essentially created to take over Armestris.
- Named After Somebody Famous: Arakawa's stated that the series' military characters were all named after real-world war vehicles, and while quite a few bear the name "Bradley", the führer was most likely named after the M2 Bradley, which boasted high mobility, the ability to fire in multiple directions at once, and tank-killing power. As for his own combat skill, well...
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: Unlike his superior, Father, or the other homunculi, when in battle, he won't yammer on about his own species' superiority, hint to their villainous plan, or needlessly torture his opponents. If he sees you as a threat, he will make sure to dispose of you as quickly as possible, or at least incapacitate you, so you're easier to use for Father's plan, like threatening to kill your childhood friend if you resign from the military.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: First appears as a rather outlandish old kook who acts very loosely and informal, especially toward the Elric brothers. But he's also one of the most sharp-minded characters and can be very cold-blooded. This is without even taking into account his true identity.
- Older Than He Looks: He's sixty years old, but looks twenty years younger.
- Our Presidents Are Different: A mix of President Action and President Evil, though he at first appears to be President Personable.
- Person of Mass Destruction: One-Man Army variant. He can't blow you up the way most State Alchemists can, but that won't stop him from slaughtering all of you individually.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: He's commander in chief, not a monarch, despite his first name, but it still applies. He's the head of a nation, but when things get serious he has no problem suiting up and stepping into the fray himself.
- Shadow Archetype: To no less than three characters: Ling (authority figures), Greed (humans who were turned into homunculi), and Scar (warriors without names). And to a lesser extent, Roy.
- Shame If Something Happened: He uses this on Ed, subtly threatening Winry's life unless Ed remains with the military.
- Single-Stroke Battle: He can effortlessly kill people with one swipe of his sword.
- The Stoic: Even when he's ready to blow his top... he really has to tell you for you to be entirely sure. And, even then, it's hard to tell because his secret is that he's always ready, so has had a lot of practice disguising it.
- Strong Family Resemblance: As a child, he looked a lot like his adoptive son, Selim◊. This gets kind of confusing when you consider the fact that Selim is not only not his son, but he was born hundreds of years before him. Somewhat justified by the fact that Pride was chosen to pose as his son to make him look more realistic, so they may have chosen men who looked similar to Selim's human form.
- Super Soldier: Essentially what he was raised to become.
- Super Speed: He can blitz through entire platoons of soldiers and cut through them as if a Razor Wind just passed, despite being well past his prime. He can even dodge gunfire from near point blank and slice opponents in the time it takes for them to blink.
- Training from Hell: The road to becoming Führer isn't a bed of roses.
- Tranquil Fury: Looks extremely calm when killing.
- Tyke Bomb: He was raised from birth as a candidate for the Führership. King Bradley may or may not be the same person as the boy who was raised for that candidacy. He doesn't know whether his soul was the original or if it came from the philosopher's stone.
- Villainous Breakdown: In the middle of the fight between himself and Scar, he begins to lose his composure through the fight until he is ultimately screaming in fury, although he manages to regain his self control as he lays dying.
- Walking Spoiler: It's hard to avoid being spoiled about his true identity as Wrath.
- Weapon of Choice: A heavy sabre, of which he carries four of them around.
Olivier Mira Armstrong
Major General Olivier Mira Armstrong
Voiced by: Yoko Soumi (JP), Stephanie Young (EN), Claudia Nieto (Latin America)
Affiliation: Amestris MilitaryMajor General Armstrong is Alex Armstrong's older sister and the eldest of the Armstrong siblings. She governs Briggs, the country's northernmost base, and commands Amestris's first line of defense against Drachma, its northern neighbor.
Rank: Major General
Specialty: Swordsmanship/Military Tactics
Rank: Major General
Specialty: Swordsmanship/Military Tactics
- Action Girl: One of the most action-packed ladies in the whole series.
- Aloof Big Sister: She acts like she can't stand him, and apparently beat him up a lot when they were kids, but her little brother Alex nevertheless seems to adore her. And when the chips are down, the siblings stand together.
- Anti-Hero: She's ready and willing to go to more drastic measures than the other heroes, and her intention isn't as noble as that of her rival, Mustang.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: She offers to personally fight new recruits (such as Miles) one-on-one. They're all too scared of her asskicking to take her up on it. Her Establishing Character Moment consists of becoming the only person apart from Ed's teacher to be able to scare him instead of pissing him off when calling him short.
- Badass Normal: When pitted against her younger brother, she wipes the floor with him despite not having any alchemic or superhuman powers herself. Also, she is the only person able to get away with calling Ed short because he is too busy being afraid of her.
- Big Eater: When Mustang cordially offers to take her to dinner sometime, Armstrong informs him that she could eat him into bankruptcy.
- Bishie Sparkle: Apparently the Bishie Sparkle has been passed down the Armstrong line for generations.
- Boobs of Steel: A gag panel claims that one of the only things she and Alex have in common is that their chests are both too big to button their uniforms properly. That and the sparkle.
- The Brigadier: Quickly adapts to the appearance of weirder opponents in the Homunculi (though her rank is Major General, not Brigadier General).
- Charles Atlas Superpower: The Super Strength has been passed down the Armstrong family line for generations!!
- The Chessmaster: Like Roy, she's a lot sneakier than she looks.
- Christmas Cake: Implied by her brother to be getting on in her years, as he asks her if she'll ever get herself a husband. However, she shows no interest in settling down in the slightest and takes offense at the insinuation.
- Combat Pragmatist: Despite her skill with a sword, her first response against Sloth is to sack him with an anti-tank recoilless rifle. And when that failed, with Ed's information, she opts to freeze him.
- Contralto of Danger: She has a deep, strong voice that can even command respect and obedience from the Central soldiers sent to kill her.
- Cool Sword: Her Cool Sword has been passed down the Armstrong family line for generations!
- Decapitated Army: The Central Army allowed her into their inner circle so she can be their hostage against the Northern army. Unfortunately for them, she defied this trope.Olivier: Don't take my notion as superficial. They can act with or without me, and that's what makes a Briggs soldier.
- The Dreaded: The Briggs soldiers follow her by a mix of awe, respect and fear. Miles recounted that when she's about to duel him, she's really ready to cut him down. And she's one of the only two people (the other being Izumi) able to push Ed's Berserk Button yet send him cowering in fear.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: In the manga, the men of Briggs sometimes refer to her as "the Princess." It's a sign of their respect and adoration, not sarcasm, although it may also be a nod to the fact that the Armstrongs used to be part of the nobility of the country.
- Fake Defector: She pretends to join the corrupt higher ups in order to learn more about their Evil Plan.
- Femme Fatale: Although her internal dialogue shows she hates doing so, she pulls this playing on her feminine wiles and faked maternal instinct to get General Raven to reveal his plans.
- Four-Star Badass: She is a Major General, and has the combat prowess, leadership skill, and reputation to match. She is the highest ranked female soldier featured in the series.
- General Ripper: Having Drachma as your neighbor causes this.
- Gun And Sword: She can use both simultaniously and uses it to great effect in the Promised Day part of the story.
- Ham-to-Ham Combat: With her brother Alex. It must run through the Armstrong family for generations.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: She'll always be callous and rude, but very deep down, cares about her brother. And despite following a Social Darwinist philosophy, she still has standards about soldier morale and responsibility and doesn't mind sacrificing herself if she thinks it would be worth it. This general trait is shown when she makes a visit to her family's estate and essentially bullies her father into retiring and handing over the family fortune. He accepts this fairly calmly, taking his wife and at least one of his younger daughters on an extended trip to Xing and letting Olivier do as she pleases in his absence. Alex, initially distressed by her actions, shortly realizes that Olivier just wanted them safely out of the country before Father's plan went down.
- Hot-Blooded: Instead of the wild boiling of her brother, hers is more of a slow simmer.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Fitting for her Grim Up North posting.
- Iron Lady: Strong, aggressive, harsh; when she says 'jump' her subordinates ask 'how high'?
- It Amused Me: Decides to let Scar go free just to scare Roy.
- It Runs in the Family: The fringe, the sparkles, the immense strength, and the hamminess has been passed down the Armstrong line for generations!
- Klingon Promotion: Kills Lt. General Raven and takes his place.
- Lady of War: Her fighting style is speed and grace.
- Large Ham: Despite the apparent differences with her brother Alex, deep down, she still has the hereditary hammish qualities passed down the Armstrong line for generations.
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The dark to Riza's and her little sister Katherine's light, being more aggressive than them and acting seductive towards Raven to make him believe her.
- Lightning Bruiser: For a person she's very fast and very strong, and can even take blows from her bodybuilder sized brother without slowing down much.
- Machiavelli Was Wrong: Played with. Her troops are scared of her, but it's a more "reverent fear" than a "You Have Failed Me fear". In other words, exactly the kind of fear that Machiavelli recommended, but it might not work as well with common civilians.
- Made of Iron: There is no reason why Olivier should even be standing, let alone fighting after taking that first hit from Sloth.
- Mama Bear: In her own very twisted way. It's one of the reasons she killed General Raven. You could say she's the matriarch of Briggs' Bears.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: She's the eldest of the five Armstrong children.
- Master Swordsman: She prefers a sword for close combat because she is that good with one, though it fails against Sloth.
- Military Brat: Born into a military family.
- A Mother to Her Men:
- Stabs General Raven painfully and sends him plunging into wet cement for letting her men die in Sloth's tunnel.
- Her Mama Bear status to her men even gets a lampshade.◊
- When she sends a squad into the mysterious tunnel where several of their comrades died, she gives one of the men in charge of the door orders to leave it locked if the squad doesn't come back within a certain time-frame. Thing is, it turns out that the watch was broken.
- My Friends... and Zoidberg: Two shits couldn't be spared regarding anything about Mustang.
- No Guy Wants an Amazon: Winry's departure from Briggs has its men saddened at the loss of the fort's fount of femininity. When someone suggests Major General Armstrong's a woman, they get answered that someone so scary doesn't count as a woman.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Part of her long hair shadows one eye; one more contrast with her brother.
- Pin-Pulling Teeth: Does this when fighting Sloth. We'd imagine the grenade's pin was scared of offending her should it break her teeth and failed to come out.
- Power Hair: Inverted; instead of having short hair, the manga's most exemplary Iron Lady has long, flowing blonde locks, and keeps it down while she fights, too.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Quickly decides to let Ed and Al help her troops after they save some of her soldiers from being killed by falling debris.
- Red Baron: The Northern Wall of Briggs.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Alex's red. She is stoic and focused, while he is constantly posing and spouting hammy declarations.
- Refuge in Audacity: When Bradley asks what happened to General Raven, Olivier decides that the best course is to admit that she killed him without apology. Then she admonishes Bradley for appointing such an obvious incompetent to the inner circle in the first place! It works, and Bradley even seems to find it amusing!
- Sibling Team: Against Sloth, she and Alex make a damn effective combo.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: The slim, collected, wily Social Darwinist Lady of War contrasts quite a bit with her Boisterous Bruiser Large Ham brother. Of course, a quick read of their pages will quickly underscore certain similarities.
- The Smurfette Principle: The only female soldier in the entire Briggs fortress. Hilarously, the Men of Briggs don't consider her female because of how frigid and scary she is.
- Spell My Name with an "S": To a hilarious extent. It could be either Olivia, Olivie or Olivier, Mira, Mila or Milla, and the nine possible combinations of the two. (The third guidebook and Brotherhood have confirmed Olivier Mira◊ as the official spelling.)
- Social Darwinist: A minor example, but still the official Briggs policy. She even considers herself expendable if she can't fulfill her own expectation.
- The Squadette: Major General who commands Briggs with an iron fist.
- Sword Plant: She's usually seen holding her saber like this.
- Tomboyish Name:
- Her first name, Olivier, is the French version of Oliver. If there wasn't an "r," it'd be the completely obsolete French for Olivia.
- Ironically, the French translation of the manga uses Olivia, probably because a woman named Olivier sounds really weird to French readers.
- The English dub also averts it, pronouncing it "Oh-LIV-ee-ay". This is also how it's pronounced in French and Japanese, based on the katakana used for it.
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Luckily for her, since two of her sisters are real eyesores (they look like Alex with long hair and without the mustache), averting the trope.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Roy Mustang. They drive each other nuts, but also (mostly) respect each other.
- Weapon of Choice: Her sword that has been passed down the Armstrong line for generations!
- Winter Royal Lady: Of a sort. It's always winter in Briggs, and in addition to the 'Princess' nickname, Buccaneer in the manga occasionally refers to her as "our Queen."
- The Worf Effect: After subjecting her brother to one, she herself is on the receiving end while trying to battle Sloth.
Lieutenant Colonel Maes Hughes
Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara (JP), Sonny Strait (EN), Sergio Pinto (Latin America)
Affiliation: Amestris MilitaryA rather quirky officer working in Military Intelligence who is best friends with Roy Mustang. He assists both Mustang and the Elric brothers in their respective missions. Contrary to his appearance, he is not a man to trifle with.
Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
- Action Dad: Being a loving father and husband is as integral to his character (if not his actual sanity) as his badassary is.
- Badass Bureaucrat: As an intelligence officer, most of his job is combing through old files for names and dates. It may not seem as glorious as, say, snapping your fingers to engulf an enemy in flames, but Hughes is actually one of the most significant supporting characters early in the story. He uses his investigative abilities to find leads, solve mysteries and even save lives, and often does so off the record or on his own time. He doesn't hesitate to dig through classified intel or snoop through nationwide conspiracies to help Roy and the Elric brothers, risking his career and even his own life more than once.
- Badass Normal: Justified. While he isn't an alchemist like many of his peers, he is still a trained and capable soldier with years of experience under his belt. In fact, he is able to use his knives to defeat both Envy and Lust — too bad they're nigh-immortal. This trope is actually why Mustang is skeptical when Envy claims to have bested him.
- Bad Boss: Played for laughs with Sheska, piling mountains of papers on her each day once she works for him. It's clear that he cares for Sheska, as he fires her after discovering the conspiracy to ensure she won't be targeted.
- Beware the Silly Ones: He's a goofy Overprotective Dad who almost constantly gushes over his wife and daughter, teases Roy about finding a wife, and even takes up work time and military lines to do so. However, he's also shown to be more than capable in combat situations.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: A quirky man who dotes on his wife and daughter; still a formidable soldier. Though it has been suggested that his goofy behavior is just his way of coping with the grim and sometimes depressing elements of his job.
- Character Death: Shot dead by Envy. He later has a funeral to prove that yes, he is truly dead.
- The Confidant: Hughes was the first character in the series that Edward openly relied on for help, and he also plays this role for Winry. Ed would end up suffering some major Survivor Guilt over Hughes dying, and Winry gets pretty shaken up over it, too.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: So, who expected the comically Overprotective Dad and Plucky Comic Relief character to take on Lust and Envy with paper cutters? And had those two not been nigh-unkillable, he would have won.
- Disconnected by Death: He was repeatedly trying to get through to Mustang on the phone when Envy killed him.
- Doting Parent: His coworkers are sick of him using office phone calls to brag about his wife and daughter.
- Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: For whatever reason, his eyes rarely ever reflect light in them. This just makes his Perpetual Smiler status all the more concerning.
- Establishing Character Moment: In Brotherhood, his first appearance is bursting into Mustang's office to make sure the Elric brothers have a place to stay and takes them home to have a homecooked meal. And to show off photos of his daughter Elysia and squee over her.
- Fatal Family Photo: Discussed. Roy advises him not to show pictures of his then-girlfriend around the battlefield in Ishval, as this usually leads to tragedy. Years later, a family photo plays an important part in his murder.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: He's actually quite well-liked, and deservedly so, but it seems everyone in Central is absolutely sick of the man going on and on about his family. From his subordinates to his best friend to his own wife, everyone's patience with his exuberance has worn thin by the time the series gets into full swing. It's so bad that during an alchemical duel between Ed and Roy note , Hughes unveils an enormous portrait of his daughter to show the spectators, who erupt into outraged heckling and pelt him with debris.
- Genius Bruiser: What you get when you combine Obfuscating Stupidity, Badass Normal, and He Knows Too Much. Based on his resources in the military's intelligence department and the Elric's knowledge of alchemy, he puts two and two together about Big Bad's plan much faster than everyone else in the series.
- Good Is Not Soft: Mainly shown with Lust/Envy. He might be a kind, fatherly man, but he is willing to stab an enemy in the head.
- Hair Antennae: Just a little, to show his quirkiness.
- Happily Married: He gushes about his wife but it's not obvious because he always gushing about his daughter.
- He Knows Too Much: To put it mildly/simply, this is the guy that practically had the whole damned plot nearly figured out...at not even a quarter of the way into the series.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: He and Mustang are best friends. To the point where he's Mustang is partially driven by revenge as he tries to find Hughes's killer.
- Hidden Depths: He may be a Happily Married Doting Parent and borderline Cloud Cuckoolander, but he's sharp as a tack and damn good at his job. He's the resident Nice Guy, but doesn't hesitate to kill when he's cornered, and though he seems like a happy, easygoing guy, he saw combat in the horrific Ishvalan war. Flashbacks show him looking as disturbed and exhausted with the slaughter as Roy, Armstrong and Riza.
- Innocent Innuendo:
- Keet: Becomes one most times he talks about his wife, and every time he talks about his daughter.
- Knife Nut: A heroic example. Every kill he made is made by using knives, never by any other means. Even in the Ishval rebellion. Somehow, it makes his stunt at his daughter birthday more funny and less Black Comedy.
- Named After Somebody Famous: He's named after the USS Hughes, a World War II destroyer which provided backup and rescue for carriers in the Pacific Theater, which is alluded to in Hughes' supportive nature. The USS Hughes was sunk after being used in an atomic test after the war ended, which foreshadows how Hughes dies at the hands of the homunculi controlling his own military.
- Nice Guy: He is very kind and very helpful, and is even a quasi-fatherly figure for the younger cast.
- Non-Action Guy: Zigzagged. He's an easygoing intelligence officer who doesn't know alchemy or carry any firearms, so he isn't usually rushing into the fray. His skills are best suited to analysis and investigation. But just because he's a family man with a desk job doesn't mean he can't hold his own, as some trainjackers and even homunculi learned the hard way. Don't forget he's a veteran of the Ishvalan War, and a high-ranking officer in an extremely militaristic state.
- Over-Enthusiastic Parents: Saying he loves his daughter is an understatement for the ages.
- Overprotective Dad: The page image. His daughter (who is three years old, mind you) is being fought over by boys just as young, and he pulls out a gun.
- Perma-Stubble: Yup: guy has an informal relationship with a razor for a soldier...
- Sacrificial Lion: An important and likeable character who seems to have a major role to play in events, and then is killed by the bad guys to show the audience that they mean business.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: When confronting the three-year-old boys who are fighting over who will get to play with his daughter.
- Shipper on Deck:
- For Edward and Winry, to great effect.
- Non-specifically for Mustang, whom he tells to "Get yourself a wife!" The exact manga panel where Hughes says that to Mustang features Hawkeye prominently in the foreground telling him to be quieter on the phone in a rather wife-like way.
- Stepford Smiler:
- His eyes rarely reflect light, but he's always smiling, to the point that it's highly disconcerting when he drops it (the most important times are when Envy disguises themselves as Gracia before killing him, and in the OVA right before shooting Heathcliffe dead).
- His eyes are almost always lit up when he's around his family, so it's likely that those are the few times when his smiles are genuine.
- His Stepford Smiler status is likely due to what happened in Ishval; in a tent, he tells Mustang that he'll "swallow up every horrible thing [he's] done here," and smile when he's around Gracia even though he's broken and miserable because of the deaths he caused in Ishval.
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: With his wife, whom he showers with affection.
- Vicariously Ambitious: He is this for Mustang, the most out of Mustang's various followers. In fact, as soon as Mustang announced his intention to rise to the top of the military and reform it, Hughes said that he would be the guy working under Mustang who would make it all possible.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: He and Roy Mustang served in the Ishvalan rebellion together and continue to support each other in the vicious world of military politics, but that doesn't mean they get along. Hughes loves to push Mustang's buttons, especially by criticizing his bachelor lifestyle, and Mustang frequently storms out or hangs up on Hughes after telling him to shut up about his wife and daughter.
Alex Louis Armstrong
Major Alex Louis Armstrong
Voiced by: Kenji Utsumi (JP), Christopher Sabat (EN), Juan Guzmán (Latin America)
Affiliation: Amestris MilitaryThe Strongarm Alchemist, and a close ally of both Roy Mustang and the Elric brothers. He's a big lovable guy of many artistic talents, and is prone to overacting on a regular basis.
Specialty: Boxing/Combat Alchemy
Specialty: Boxing/Combat Alchemy
- The Ace: A comedic example. Besides being a veteran soldier and master alchemist, he's also an expert pugilist, sculpted bodybuilder, gifted artist, masterful woodsplitter and tireless cross-country runner, just to list a few of his many, many skills. He boasts that each of these proficiencies have been "passed down through the Armstrong line for generations!" One begins to wonder if there's any field the Armstrongs haven't mastered.
- Adorkable: He's a genuine alchemy nerd and a big, old softy.
- Ambiguously Gay:
- Though his sexuality hasn't been mentioned in any way he certainly looks like some Manly Gay characters. (There's also his somewhat homoerotic full-body Something Else Also Rises moment when Sig turns up to fight Sloth with him, and their earlier flex-off scene.)
- He looks like a character from a Bara Genre story, but with the sparkles that would normally go with a more Bishōnen character appearing in a Yaoi comic, combining two different sorts of Ho Yay into one character.
- Macho Camp is the most prominent stereotype for gay men in Japan, so take that as you will.
- The Atoner: In a different way than the other Ishvalan War veterans. Whereas they are atoning for the atrocities they were ordered to commit, he is atoning for his failure to protest such atrocities—when asked to kill a child, he essentially had a nervous breakdown and had to be sent home. This causes him to vow to never back down again when faced with evil causing him to instantly side with Roy when he learns Führer Bradley is a homunculus.
- Author Appeal: Arakawa refers to him in a Gaiden as "the easiest one to draw." Since she has a liking for muscular men, it's likely that he's more the one she enjoys drawing the most. It would also explain why his shirt tends to vanish without any particular reason.
- Badass Adorable: The childish sincerity of this big teddy-bear really makes you wanna give him a big hug. Unless you're Ed, in which case you're getting glomped and begging him to "Stop rubbing your chest on me!"
- Badass Moustache: It's a thick mustache that pales in comparison to his father's, but it often moves and covers his lip flaps.
- Bald of Awesome: If you discount that one fringe, then, yes, he is a prematurely bald boxing military man.
- Battle Strip: The first thing he loses in a battle is all of his clothing on his upper half, so that he can show the opponent his impressive physique.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Do not mess with the man's friends or family.
- Bicep-Polishing Gesture: At any excuse to rip off his shirt and flex.
- The Big Guy: For Mustang's group. He's head and shoulders above everyone else in the military.
- Big Little Brother: While he is her younger brother, Armstrong is still a good head taller than Olivier. Of course, that doesn't make her any less intimidating.
- Big Sister Worship: Just about anytime he's with Olivier, he shows all of his devotion towards his older sister. While at times she acts like dry ice, she does have a soft spot for her only brother.
- Bishie Sparkle: Inverted (and possibly Played for Laughs) in that he's not a Bishōnen. He certainly is pretty, but not a pretty boy.
- Boisterous Bruiser: They don't make em' much larger or much hammier.
- Boxing Battler: His style has been passed down the Armstrong line for generations, after all.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: This guy gushes (both in joy and sadness) at the drop of a hat, and isn't embarrassed to show it. As hammily as possible.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: This is not a man who showcases his awesome physique at every opportunity to get people to underestimate him. This is a man who showcases his awesome physique at every opportunity because he really is that kind of guy. That doesn't mean he's not one of the most dangerous people you will ever face if you deserve it.
- Catchphrase: This (insert noun or adjective) has been passed down the Armstrong line for generations!
- Charlie Brown Baldness: Basically looks like a grown-up Charlie Brown after years of steroid abuse.
- Chekhov's Gunman: In the manga, his face can be seen on a file Roy goes through while trying to find a biological alchemist the Elrics can talk to.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: His subordinates are afraid of him taking off his shirt and yelling at them.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: It's very clear when Armstrong goes from being "wacky, shirtless Ham Alex" to "badass, shirtless Ham Alex." The key difference between the two is the presence of someone or something that needs a righteous beatdown.
- Cuddle Bug: The Major loves to hug people a lot, contrary to his huge size.
- Destructive Saviour:Armstrong: Destruction and creation are TWO SIDES OF THE SAME COIN!
- Dishing Out Dirt: Seems to specialise in manipulating the earth's crust.
- Emotional Bruiser: He spends his time kicking ass and giving hugs.
- Eyes Always Shut: A variation in Brotherhood in that his mouth rarely opens; when he is talking it's indicated only by the movement of his mustache unless things are extremely serious.
- Face of a Thug: He looks intimidating, but is a big teddy bear.
- Full-Contact Magic: Since he prefers using rocks and the ground in general in alchemy, whenever he wants to attack from a distance, he tosses his medium in the air and punches them, throwing the rocks into spikes or cannonballs.
- Genius Bruiser:
- The application process for the position of state alchemist is akin to presenting and defending a scientific research dissertation, and his alchemy happens to be more physical than most. You can even tell through his alchemy how much of a genius he is: all alchemical creations have slight cracks/lines on them that reveal their crafted nature. Major Armstrong's creations are ALWAYS blemish-free and expertly crafted, seemingly sculpted by hand rather than synthesized on the fly. The man could sculpt Michelangelo's David with his fists if he wanted to.
- Then there are his spikes, which before transmuting into spikes very briefly resemble his face. The man be an artist.
- Gentle Giant: Get past his hammy tendencies, and you'll find one of the nicest guys in the whole damn series.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Parodied in a dream sequence from one anime episode, where he is clad in a blue dress and a long blonde wig.
- Ham-to-Ham Combat:
- Whenever he and his sister are in a room together it becomes an escalating war of Feed Me lines. His battle with Isaac McDougal is another example.
- His first meeting with Sig Curtis immediately devolves into a shirt exploding flex-off. Moments later, the two men shake hands without exchanging a single word, in what observers can only describe as "a friendship forged entirely by muscle." In fact, it's enough hammienss that you only need some bread to make a burger.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: During the Ishval war. Oliver considers him a spineless coward because of it.
- Heroic Build: And FLAUNTING IT!!
- Hidden Depths: His intense sentimentality is a source of plenty of humor, but beneath the hammy, poetic speeches and Bishie Sparkles, that big heart is no joke. His empathy, gentleness and compassion are treated as weaknesses by his stern, conservative family and the military he serves, and a source of shame and regret for himself as a soldier, but many characters recognize these traits as his greatest strengths.
- Hot-Blooded: Goes hand-in-hand with his hammy nature. Armstrong is overly-enthusiastic about everything.
- Idiot Hair: His only hair, as it turns out.
- Incoming Ham:
- "Stand BACK and prepare for a display of ARMSTRONG ALCHEMY!!"
- "Greetings Edward Elric, when I heard you were in the hospital... I DASHED RIGHT OVER!
- "Impressive! You managed to dodge my alchemy so easily!"
- It Runs in the Family: The fringe, the sparkles, the immense strength, and the hamminess has been passed down the Armstrong line for generations!
- Large Ham: Over the top acting and larger than life presence that has been passed down for generations.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: Alex hardly ever gets fully serious in a fight, but when he does, he truly is a beast! He was more or less responsible for defeating Sloth, and is the first state alchemist to not get utterly curb-stomped by Scar
- Lightning Bruiser:
- Scar is surprised that someone so large can move so fast and be so coordinated. It's what made him the first State Alchemist to walk away from a fight with Scar only a little worse for wear.
- He outsped Sloth, the fastest homunculus at one point.
- Love You and Everybody: He's extremely affectionate and friendly, and loves to hug people regardless of whether they want him to or not.
- Macho Camp: Comes across as this. He's a big, strong muscular man, but his personality and behavior are as Campy as it gets.
- Made of Iron: He should be dead many times over considering the amount of punishment his body takes, especially against Sloth.
- Majorly Awesome: He's a rank major who gets plenty of badass moments, despite his silliness.
- Manchild: When in Large Ham/Manly Tears mode.
- Manly Tears: Mostly Played for Laughs to ease up serious moments like learning about Ed and Al's backstory or finding out what the Philosopher's Stone is really made of.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: He's the fourth-born of the five Armstrong siblings, and the only son.
- Military Brat: The Armstrongs are a military family.
- My Greatest Failure: He got discharged after breaking down during the Ishvalan War. After that, he's sworn to himself to never back down from another fight.
- Nice Guy: Which gets him into trouble with his superiors.
- No Historical Figures Were Harmed: For famous heavyweight prizefighter John L. Sullivan
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Armstrong will at times hide behind a persona of being a quiet meat head. Bishie, pec-flexing, ham, but nonetheless awesome Armstrong? No, that's just his normal personality.
- Officer and a Gentleman: His hamminess aside, he's one of the nicest guys in the series and is a gentleman to everyone.
- Pec Flex: Will pose without any provocation.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Par for the course with State Alchemists. Armstrong can essentially rearrange the ground under your feet.
- Pietà Plagiarism: Cradled a killed child in a flashback to Ishval in this manner.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Most of his scenes are comic relief to ease the tension of a dark moment and he often takes off his shirt. But he's still a huge badass.
- Power Fist: His hands in battle are encased in metal gauntlets, which have his transmutation circles etched into them. To transmute things, he punches them.
- Rated M for Manly: On one hand, he's military officer, a badass fist fighter, and every inch of his body is rippling with muscles. On the other hand, he's silly, cuddly, and has bishie sparkles.
- Real Men Wear Pink: When you're as muscled, boisterous, powerful and aggressive as this guy is, then generating pinkie sparkles only makes you more manly.
- Renaissance Man: He is an artist, a soldier, a body builder, and an alchemist. Any one of these could essentially be a full time career, but Alex finds time to excel in all of them.
- It helps that his techniques have been passed down the Armstrong line for generations!
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Olivier's blue because he is so much more boisterous and expressive.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: While not as obvious as some of the others, Armstrong carries considerable emotional trauma after his role in the Ishval Massacre. He had a mental breakdown during the campaign and was shipped home.
- Shirtless Scene: So much so that it seems strange to see him fully dressed.
- Sibling Team: He and Olivier make a pretty effective team against Sloth.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With his General Ripper Chessmaster of a sister Olivier. It's humorously subverted as the series goes on, and the many similarities between the two become more and more apparent.
- Tender Tears: Alex sheds sensitive tears over things like the deaths of Isvallan children and the Elric brothers' backstory.
- Tired of Running: When he took part in the Ishval Massacre years before the start of the story, the meaningless genocide didn't sit right with his conscience. He was gradually overwhelmed to the point that he got himself dropped out before it was complete by showing mercy to two innocent women who survived his death trap. This became his greatest failure over the years, feeling he should've stood and fought and turned against the injustice (like the many disgusted soldiers who up and killed their CO's), and earned much constant scolding as a "coward" from his more stalwart sister. When Mustang lays out the truth for him about The Illuminati within Amestris and suggests he get out while he can, he vows not to back out of combating Father's conspiracy, then later refuses a chance to escape when he and his sister are given a clearing during their battle with Sloth, which leads to the Crowning Moment of Awesome that is Alex and Sig Curtis killing the large homunculus. This is the main source of fairly impressive character development in a character mainly there for the laughs.
- White Sheep: The Armstrong family is by no means evil, but they have a proud, venerable history as longtime enlisters and supporters of the Amestrian military and frown upon gentleness and pacifism. If his sister's distaste for him is anything to go by, Alex deeply shamed his family name by having an emotional breakdown in Ishval, and continues to disgust them with his excessively kind and passive nature.
Brigadier General Basque Grand
Voiced by: Shin Aomori (JP), R Bruce Elliott (EN), Armando Volcanes (Latin America)
Affiliation: Amestris MilitaryA Colonel Badass who served as Mustang's commander towards the end of the Ishval War.
Rank: Brigadier General
Specialty: Combat Alchemy/Weapon Alchemy
Rank: Brigadier General
Specialty: Combat Alchemy/Weapon Alchemy
- Adaptation Expansion: He's a Posthumous Character in the manga, and a questionably canonical omake reveals he was just drunk when he met Scar, who killed him quickly. Brotherhood gives him a (albeit still short) fight with Scar, to firmly establish the latter's threat.
- Adaptational Villainy: Downplayed. It's not to the extent of the 2003 anime, but the 2009 anime removes his more humanizing scenes like when he attempts to aid in the peace talks during the Ishval war. While he's not as bad as Comanche or Fessler he also doesn't come across as anything more than a standard soldier.
- Badass Moustache: And how!!
- Colonel Badass: Clearly the man Roy and Hughes learned it from. Grand leads his troops from the front, and believes in setting an example for the men to follow.
- Four-Star Badass: He's a Brigadier-General at the time of his death, and judging from his attempt at taking on Scar in Brotherhood (a fight he lost due to a lack of information more than anything else) he's still got it.
- Bald Black Leader Guy: He's bald, dark-skinned, and a Brigadier General.
- Bald of Awesome: He's bald, and a pretty strong Brigadier General.
- Chewing the Scenery: His introduction in the manga is almost Armstrong worthy.
- Extra-ore-dinary: His preferred attack is to transmute a ton of metal weapons out of the ground or walls, including chains, flails, and metal spikes. It's even in his title: he's the Iron Blood Alchemist.
- A Father to His Men: If the clips of him that we see in the Ishval flashbacks are indicative, than absolutely. How much his men like him isn't really demonstrated, by he has their respect and they his. Years later Hughes and Mustang still refer to him as "Old Man Grand".
- Genius Bruiser: In typical State Alchemist fashion. Emphasis on bruiser — the man's around seven-feet tall, and is a master of hand-to-hand combat as well as his trademark alchemy.
- Incoming Ham: "I am the Ironblood Alchemist, Basque Grand! Iron & blood, might & manpower! If I do not lead the charge, who will?!"
- Klingon Promotion: Kills Brigadier Fessler and takes his position. Unlike with most examples of the trope, your sympathies are entirely with Grand.
- Large and in Charge: Holy crap this guy is like twice as tall as a normal person!
- Lightning Bruiser: From what little we see of his combat style in Ishval, he's both incredibly fast and incredibly strong.
- Meaningful Name: His last name means "tall" in French.
- More Dakka: His signature attack generates chains, spikes, flails, and primitive cannons which he fires en masse at his targets.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Overlaps with Awesome Mc Cool Name.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Turns entire buildings into weapons.
- Posthumous Character: In the manga only, where he is said to have been a victim of Scar's by the time we first hear of him. In Brotherhood, his final battle and death against Scar is shown.
- Power Fist: His massive, steel-wrapped gauntlets, which extend all the way up his forarms and help him produce his weapons.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: In a major contrast to the first anime adaptation, in which he's a quite villainous character. Grand in the manga protects his men at a significant risk to himself, and accepts the surrender of Ishval's high cleric despite the protestations of Brigadier Fiessler.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The "d" in "Grand" is often overlooked.
- Unfriendly Fire: Non-evil, sympathetic variant. When Brigadier Fiessler orders them to continue fighting long after it's necessary, Grand gutshoots him and takes command of the unit, staving off further bloodshed.
- Walking Armoury: See More Dakka for how.
- The Worf Effect:
- Scar kills him off-screen with seeming ease, showing us how dangerous Scar is. The Brotherhood anime does this on-screen, but still pretty quickly. It can be justified by the fact that Basque Grand wouldn't expect an Ishvalan to use alchemy, so Scar merely baited him in for the kill.
- According to word of God in the manga, Grand was drunk when Scar ambushed him. It's probably not meant to be taken seriously, but...
- Worf Had the Flu: If he really was inebriated during his fight with Scar.
Second Lieutenant Jean Havoc
Voiced by: Yuji Ueda (JP), Mike McFarland (EN), Ángel Balam (Latin America)
Affiliation: Amestris MilitaryOne of Mustang's closest subordinates; he's third-in-command of the unit after Mustang and Hawkeye. Before joining the army he was just your typical country boy. His family owns a general store.
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Specialty: Marksmanship/Weapons Expert
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Specialty: Marksmanship/Weapons Expert
- Back for the Finale: He all but disappears when he's recovering from his injuries, but he comes back towards the end triumphantly. See Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass.
- Badass Beard: Grows one after his hospitalization.
- Badass Normal: He has no alchemy, he's nowhere near Hawkeye's level of firearms skill but he's still able to kick some ass against normal opponents and helps deal some damage to Lust. Olivier even specifically singles out Hawkeye and Havoc as being good soliders.
- Butt-Monkey: When it comes to relationships, anyway. Poor guy just cannot keep a girlfriend; fairly early on, he has to break up a relationship he just started due to Mustang's plans moving him around, and then the next girlfriend the audience hears of turns out to be Lust.
- Chess Motif: He is the knight in Mustang's chess-themed unit. Knights can jump into play faster than any other piece, are strongest when the opponent has more pieces, and perform well in the endgame if they can threaten pieces from a safe place. Knights are also unable to deal with attackers at point-blank range, and sacrificing a knight to take the opponent's rook is called "winning the exchange" — both of which we see during his fight with Lust, the hard-hitting support member of the homunculi.
- Chivalrous Pervert: An otherwise upstanding military man, Havoc admits that he's a sucker for large breasts. He's once disappointed that Breda brings him weights instead of a girlie magazine while he's in the hospital.
- Code Name: During the only mission shown where he uses one, he's called Jacqueline. It Makes Sense in Context.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He self-describes himself as being none too bright, but he's as loyal as they come and a very good marksman; even Olivier Armstrong notes his value and says it would be a shame for the military to lose him. Later in the story, he uses his family's business to smuggle in foreign arms for his pals in the revolution—even Mustang, who knows his true worth, was shocked by that one!
- Dating Catwoman: Subverted in that he isn't doing it knowingly. Lust poses as an ordinary woman and goes on dates with him so she can get information out of him, but luckily for Havoc, he keeps his work life separate.
- Friendly Sniper: He's social and wholly amicable, though not overly so.
- Handicapped Badass: When Lust paralyzes him, he gets discharged and sent home, where he uses his family's business to import supplies for the coup in Central. He runs the whole smuggling operation from his wheelchair. At the end, however, he is shown to be in physical therapy, slowly regaining use of his legs after being healed with a philosopher's stone.
- Heroic Build: Very muscular, and the most buff on team Mustang. However, his lower body is somewhat less shapely than his upper body. Justified in that his specialty is marksmanship and sniping, and he doesn't seem to be running around much. It's also potentially foreshadowing .
- In the Back: Literally, thanks to Lust.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: Fits well with his otherwise heroic traits, as well as his naivety and loyalty.
- Perpetual Smiler: Always seen smirking.
- Repeating so the Audience Can Hear: The conversation Breda has with him in the last episode is quite indicative of this.Havoc: Hey, Breda. What's up? Do what? Come to Central? You'll explain when I get there? This had better be worth it.
- Smoking Is Cool: He's almost always seen with a cigarette in his mouth if he's not indoors and always carries a lighter.
- Unlucky Every Dude: He gets crippled by Lust's attack on him and ends up pretty shaken-up by it.
Voiced by: Kinryu Arimoto (JP), R Bruce Elliott (EN), Manuel Bastos (Latin America)
Affiliation: Amestris Military (former)A coroner who served as a medic in Ishval. After the war he went through a major BSOD, drove off his family, and ended up working the morgue in Central Hospital.
- The Atoner: He wants to make up for the atrocities he was part of in the Ishval war.
- The Cynic: He is a broken man, especial toward his profession. Doesn't stop him from doing the right thing.
- Deadly Doctor: Invoked this trope to stop May Chang and Lan Fan from killing each other.Knox: Ho, there could be an unknown pathogen in the doctor's house that could get out, and kill everyone in it.
- Deadpan Snarker: He's got his moments of this, particularly towards Lan Fan and Mei Chang.
- Dr. Jerk: "WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING?!?! PATIENTS SHOULD STAY IN BED!!!!" Justified as the patients in question were trying to kill each other...
- Grumpy Old Man: Due to the traumas of war, he is not a happy man.
- Hidden Depths: Despite acting aloof and indifferent about how the trauma of war ultimately caused him to leave his family, he quietly asks Lan Fan to not attempt to kill May Chang once they both recover.Dr. Knox: No father wants to see children kill one another.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Despite all him grumpiness, complaining about being dragged into the problems of the heroes he still cares for his patients and takes care of them without hesitation.
- Knight in Sour Armour: Emphasizing the "sour", but after all the horrors he saw in Ishval, it's to be somewhat expected.
- Meaningful Name:
- His name might be a reference to the French play Knock and the Triumph of Medicine, where Doctor Knock prescribes treatments to his (perfectly healthy) patients to squeeze money out of them. As Knox puts it, in Ishval "Roy burned people, and [he] examined their corpses".
- His name is likely a reference to Robert Knox, a surgeon involved with the Burke and Hare murders.
- Perma-Stubble: All of that scruffy half-shave stuff doubles as a Beard of Sorrow.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: "We're not war buddies. We're accomplices." It's what led to him seperating from his family; during a bad episode, he thought his wife was an enemy. They parted soon after, but she apparently never stopped loving him.
- Spell My Name with an "S": His name is alternately spelled "Knocs," "Knochs," or "Nocks".
- Tender Tears: When his estranged wife and son show up and show that they still care about him, he sheds a few tears in private.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: When Fu thanks him for saving Lan Fan's life, Knox is clearly bewildered that someone thinks he deserves gratitude.
Second Lieutenant Maria Ross
Voiced by: Kaori Nazuka (JP), Meridith McCoy (EN), Maricel González (Latin America)
Affiliation: Amestris MilitaryArmstrong's subordinate. She serves as one of Edward and Alphonse's bodyguards during their investigations in Central.
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
- Armor-Piercing Slap: On Ed. She apologizes in advance.
- Back for the Finale: Comes back to help out Mustang on the Promised Day.
- The Bus Came Back: Returns from Xing just in time to help during the Promised Day.
- Beauty Mark: Which causes problems for Envy when they impersonate her.
- Bifauxnen: In the manga, at least.
- Big Damn Heroes: When ammo is running low during the assault on Central, Maria Ross arrives driving a truck full of it.
- Death Faked for You: After she's accused of murdering Hughes, Mustang fakes her death and makes it look like he killed her.
- Frame-Up: She gets blamed for the death of Maes Hughes.
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: To Ed for his recklessness in Warehouse #5 incident.
- Mauve Shirt: Subverted. She's a lower-ranked officer given spotlight in the early part of the story, and Mustang deliberately makes it look like he murdered her, but the audience knows she survived.
- Not So Above It All: She's normally pretty serious and dedicated, but Maria gets a few more comedic/light-hearted moments, such as running away from Armstrong's hugs, or defending her "justice" speech on the Promised Day by saying it sounded cool.
- Put on a Bus: After Mustang helped her fake her death, she escapes the country, though she comes back later.
- Those Two Guys: With Denny, in earlier chapters. They tag-team as Ed's bodyguards, comment on his affairs, and clearly care a lot about each other.
Sergeant Denny Brosh
Voiced by: Yuuki Hayashi (JP), Jim Foronda (EN), Emerson Gutiérrez (Latin America)
Affiliation: Amestris MilitaryAnother of Armstrong's subordinates, and Maria's more carefree partner. He is assigned as Ed and Al's other bodyguard during their investigations in Central.
- Bad Liar: At least, according to Maria, who says that Denny can't hide things to save his life.
- Big Brother Instinct: Literally, as he lives with his younger brothers and sisters (and may be raising them, since no parents are shown). When things start going down on the Promised Day, he makes them swear they won't leave the house so he knows they're safe.
- Idiot Hair: Not as prominent as some other examples, but he's got one.
- Locked Out of the Loop: He's not let in on the fact that Maria is alive and has been smuggled out of the country to avoid execution until almost the very end.
- Mauve Shirt: Downplayed. Denny doesn't get killed off, but he still gets less important in the later chapters.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: Appears to be the oldest out of six.
- Promotion to Parent: Implied; his younger siblings are all shown, but their parents aren't, and they seem to come to him for permission on things.
- Ocular Gushers: When he finds out his partner's alive.
- Spell My Name with an "S": His last name can be alternatively be spelled Brosch. In the first anime it was "Bloch," but that also requires a different pronunciation.
- Those Two Guys: With Maria, when assigned to watch over Ed. They tag-team as Ed's bodyguards, comment on his affairs, and clearly care a lot about each other.
Solf J. Kimblee
(Former) Major Solf J. Kimblee
Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino (JP), Eric Vale (EN), Víctor Díaz (Latin America)
Affiliation: Amestris Military (formerly)/HomunculiThe Crimson Alchemist, a former State Alchemist who participated in the Ishval war. Kimblee is a sociopath and a sadist. His alchemical specialty is transmuting things into explosives.
Rank: Major (formerly)
Specialty: Explosive Alchemy/Photographic Memory
Rank: Major (formerly)
Specialty: Explosive Alchemy/Photographic Memory
- Ambiguous Disorder: His high intelligence and his odd morals, along with his generally abnormal behaviour, makes it's quite obvious that there is something different going on in his head compared to everyone else.
- Affably Evil: A very, very sinister example. He is a thoroughly demented and vicious man, but sincerely polite and pleasant in conversation, honest and straightforward in his intent and bears no ill will to his victims and enemies. Despite or perhaps because of his radical philosophies, he deeply respects people who demonstrate integrity and conviction, and holds deep contempt for hypocrites and cowards.
- Arch-Enemy: To Scar. Ironically, he is severely wounded by the chimera Heinkel and absorbed by Pride, instead of Scar getting to contribute to his demise.
- Ax-Crazy: A subdued version. He's classy, intelligent and philosophical, but without a doubt psychotic. That said, he really loves blowing stuff up.
- Badass Bookworm: He's a State Alchemist. It comes with the territory. According to Word of God, he's the third smartest character in the series, after Father and Hohenheim.
- He gets to show it off while chasing Scar, easily deducing Scar's location and then managing to barely survive a fight with him.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: A dangerous man who looks pretty dapper in a white suit. It adds to his creepiness.
- Badass Longcoat: He wears a long white coat once released from prison.
- Bad Powers, Bad People: He blows people up and turns harmless objects into time bombs. It's hard to be heroic with that.
- Berserk Button: He's got two: Being looked down upon, and people betraying their own beliefs/being hypocrites. For the former, he maintains a facade of good-natured politeness, even when killing people by the hundreds, but during his hunt for Scar, this facade melts for the first time when Scar, standing atop a building, comments on how he and Kimblee (looking up at him from the ground) were now in the exact opposite positions of when they first met. An enraged Kimblee warns him to watch his mouth, and prepares to use his alchemy, ignoring the fact that Scar had Winry as a "hostage." The second shows through when Kimblee looks kind of pissed when Pride tries to consume Edward, essentially ditching his ego and pride as a homunculus by taking a "lesser being". Amused, Kimblee was not.
- Birds of a Feather: He's the only human who Pride and (to a greater extent) Envy have taken to, which says a lot about his (lack of) morality.
- Blood Knight: Based on what we see of Ishval through flashbacks, and the way others react to him, the only person who could probably rival his kill count is Roy. Kimblee might have even made it just as far as Mustang in the military with his, how shall we put it, impressive career in that 'conflict' had he not started blowing up people on his own side. Too bad he decided he wanted to keep that philosopher's stone they gave him to test out...
- Blue and Orange Morality: Generally speaking, Kimblee is the 'you do you' phrase taken to an extreme and mixed with nihilism. He values holding true to one's personal moral code or role regardless of its conventional morality and of any contradictions between value sets, and greatly respects those who do.
- Break the Haughty:
- Breaking Speech: He gives three of them during the Ishval campaign, the biggest being the one to Hawkeye and Mustang, explaining how they knew the odds of killing someone when they put on the uniform, and that the only way they could honor those they killed was to remember them, since their victims would never forget what they did. He also gives one to Ed during their battle, Alphonse during their battle, and attempts to deliver them to Scar and Major Miles.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: An inversion. Kimblee's policy in life is to never forget the faces of those he kills, and he proves that he means this literally. When Scar asks if Kimblee remembers him, not only does Kimblee say he does, he also perfectly recites the district in the city where he encountered him, notes that one of the Ishvalans bore a family resemblance to Scar, and remembers the exact placement and severity of the wound that took the life of Scar's brother.
- Card-Carrying Villain: He makes no excuses and feels no remorse for the copious amount slaughter and destruction he's gleefully wrought over the years, and he completely embraces his actions and urges with honesty and pride. In fact, taking full responsibility for every life he's deliberately extinguished is an integral tenet of his bizarre personal philosophy.
- Chekhov's Gunman: In the manga, he is alluded to, mentioned offhand, and shown in blurry panels for a couple years worth of chapters before he finally begins to play an important role in the story.
- In Brotherhood he makes a handful of appearances in early episodes, including the first episode, and appears in some flashbacks.
- Colonel Kilgore: Kimblee got a real kick out of his time at the front, and was dissapointed when the war came to a close. Given his Social Darwinist beliefs, this isn't surprising.
- The Dead Have Names: A slight variant. While learning the names of his victims would be implausible, Kimblee makes a point of remembering all of their faces in his professional capacity as a soldier.
- Deal with the Devil: Heavily implied during the scene in which he asks Ed to help him find Scar and Dr. Marcoh and create another Philosopher's Stone where they are. He tells Ed that he "staked the very essence of [his] being" to see how the homunculi's games would play out.
- Death by Irony: Kimblee, a firm believer in "survival of the fittest" who wants to see whether humans or homunculi are superior, is killed in two bites: one to the throat from Heinkel, whose chimera features come from a famous apex predator, and one from Pride, the first and arguably most powerful homunculus, who had been his most frequent ally up to that point.
- Determinator: Say what you want about Kimblee, but he refuses to give up. Even after being killed, then consumed by Pride, and his soul sent into a sea of souls where one loses their sense of self and individuality. His sheer force of will allowing him to maintain his individuality and help Ed take Pride down.
- Devour the Dragon: After being mortally wounded by Heinkel, Pride decides to eat him to recharge some of the power in his Philosopher Stone which he would have lost fighting Alphonse.
- Dressed to Kill: Kimblee is a Badass in a Nice Suit who gets to show off how much he enjoys blowing things (and people) up.
- The Dog Bites Back: A victim of this trope via Heinkel.
- Dragon with an Agenda: Downplayed. He never tries to betray the Homunculi, but he says the only reason he chose their side is because they will let him do what he want, namely killing people.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He's a complete lunatic, yes, but he does have two lines even he won't cross.
Kimblee: You try to take a lesser being you despised as your container, just to escape your own predicament. You....are hideous.
- When Pride declares his intent to possess Ed's body to save his own life mere minutes after declaring his hatred of humanity, Kimblee helps Ed take him down, unable to tolerate Pride's cowardice and hypocrisy:
- He's offended when Ed mistook him for a pedophile after he complimented Winry.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Subverted. Kimblee lives to cause mayhem and bloodshed, but when Pride cries out that he's going to be killed, Kimblee's soul scolds "You do not understand Edward Elric!" Though he doesn't exactly understand the desire to be good—expressing confusion towards soldiers who lament killing—as much as he does people who adhere to a conviction of goodness in spite of all obstacles.
- Evil Counterpart:
- Towards Scar, in the sense that both of them specialize in alchemy based around destruction, both were involved in the Ishval Civil War (Kimblee as one of the soldiers who took part in the genocide, Scar as one of it's victims), and both invoke Light Is Not Good. This was perhaps shown at its best when Scar pointed out how their situations were reversed from what happened with Ishval, with Scar having abandoned his path of vengeance while Kimblee's obsession with Scar never waned.
- You can throw Roy in that mix too and make it a three way thing: same kind of alchemy, same war, etc, with Scar as a victim, Roy as a victimiser with regrets and Kimblee as a victimiser who thoroughly enjoyed himself.
- Evil Genius: Father has him sprung from jail because, unlike the remaining Homunculi he's both capable of interacting with normal people, and very smart.
- Expy: The author has stated he was based off of Alex from Anthony Burgess's A Clockwork Orange. To a reader who's familiar with both works, once can definitely see the resemblance...
- Fake Defector: He's ordered to cause bloodshed at Briggs to carve the final crest of blood. But even with Central forces assigned there, the men of Briggs are impossible to subvert. So Kimblee pretends to go over to Drachma, enticing them to launch an enormous assault on the fort. The Briggs forces wipe them out, fulfilling the requirement of violent death.
- False Reassurance: Towards Winry on the subject of her parents' deaths. He might be a crazed and sadistic mad bomber, but he isn't a flat-out dishonest person.
- Fedora of Asskicking: Wears a sleek white fedora, and is one of the most powerful alchemists in the series.
- Go Out with a Smile: A strange variation of it. Technically, he was already dead to begin with, but the moment Pride displays his hypocrisy in his beliefs, Kimblee becomes convinced that it's humans who are ultimately more deserving than the homunculi, and at that point weakens Pride enough for Ed to finish him off. Last we see of Kimblee is a nice big grin as he covers his eyes with his hat, and walks away in the torrent of souls to oblivion.
- Hair Antennae: A rare evil example.
- Having a Blast: Causes anything — from buildings to the air around him — to become unstable, resulting in giant explosions.
- He Cleans Up Nicely: The first appearance of Kimblee in the series presents him as an unkempt prisoner. Fast forward, and he dresses up in a stylish suit.
- Hero Killer: Came reeeeeally close to making this literal with Ed, and is feared by everyone who knows his reputation from Ishval. He lives up to it.
- Hidden Depths: He is, without question, a crazed Blood Knight Mad Bomber. He is also intelligent, respects the Rockbells for their tenacity even when assigned to kill some of them, and generally demonstrates a certain Pet the Dog quality... often before, or even combined with, an even bigger Kick the Dog moment.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: The Philosopher's Stone he drops during his battle with Edward is picked up by one of the chimeras he abandoned for dead and delivered to Alphonse Elric, who uses it in their final battle with Kimblee, and with it eventually defeats him.
- Humiliation Conga: Of a pride-crushing type. Upon arriving in Briggs, Kimblee recieves near-fatal injuries from battling Scar and ends up needing to escape the fight. While helpless in the hospital, he gets menaced by the Ishvallan Major Miles. Later, he encounters Scar yet again and fails to kill or even capture him, even though Kimblee is ordered by the Homunculi to kill Scar. While he is destroying the surroundings in an ineffective attempt to attack Scar, Scar remarks how this meeting is opposite from their first meeting, when it was Kimblee looking down upon Scar. Later, Heinkel fatally wounds Kimblee and Pride looks on, remarking how weak humanity is while Kimblee is immobile and unable to even speak, let alone resist Pride's consuming of his body.
- I Die Free: An unusual example in that he was absorbed by Pride but retained his sense of self inside the sea of souls.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: He's impaled during his first fight with Scar, He Gets Better.
- Jerkass Has a Point: See his breaking speeches.
- Just Following Orders: He follows the orders to commit the Ishvalan genocide without a second thought and he is disappointed when he sees others fail to do the same. Kimblee sees it as a soldier's job to follow orders, no matter what they may be.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Just as Scar was about to kill him, Kimblee breaks the rail between them so the train would continue without Scar riding, allowing him to get treatment. Although, he voiced his obvious displeasure before doing so.
- Lack of Empathy: A rather chilling example of sociopathy.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Scar assaults Kimblee with a pipe, wounding him near-fatally in the same place where Scar's brother was wounded because of Kimblee's attack.
- Last-Name Basis: Everyone calls him 'Kimblee.' It's wholly forgivable if you didn't even know 'Solf' was his first name, since the only time you'd have been likely to hear it was when another character referred to him as 'Solf J. Kimblee.'
- Light Is Not Good: Kimblee mostly wears a white suit, and the alchemical circles tattooed into his hands involve the sun and moon, both symbols of light. To say nothing of how he gives the impression of being a friendly and charismatic man. This probably makes the moment he is eaten by Pride, a shadow based homunculus quite significant. And in turn, Kimblee interfering with Pride long enough for Ed to defeat the latter could be considered as the light pushing back the darkness long enough to ensure its defeat.
- Loves the Sound of Screaming: Expresses this sentiment in an Ishval flashback. He seems to take it as the sign of a job well-done. It's also why he didn't get subsumed by the screaming souls in Pride's Philosopher's Stone.
- Mad Artist: Likes to make things explode in a manner he considers "beautiful".
- Mad Bomber: A minor character even refers to him as a mad bomber at one point.
- Man in White: He takes to wearing a classy white suit after his release from prison. One of the signature men in white in anime and manga.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: He may not be a great guy, but damn is he stylish.
- Mask of Sanity: Heavily implied to have feigned sanity to enter the military, and he manages to fool some characters like Winry into believing he's kind and sane.
- Moral Sociopathy: A very blue and orange version. For all his sadism and disregard for human lives, he does have some honor - largely based on honesty and duty — and abides seriously by it and respects whoever fills these values; indeed, by the end, his own existence is expendable, and he prefers to distract Pride and subsequently have his own soul vanish than having to "live" inside of a hypocritical homunculus.
- Mysterious Middle Initial: Word of God says it doesn't stand for anything.
- Nice Hat: The fedora can't go wrong.
- Noble Demon: An unusual example. He's far from "good", but Kimblee operates completely within his own set of morals, twisted though they may be. He takes his personal ideals so seriously that he won't hesitate to help his enemies or betray his superiors if doing otherwise would compromise his personal code of honor.
- Not in This for Your Revolution: Pretty much what he tells Isaac in the first episode of Brotherhood when Isaac tries to recruit Kimblee's help in his own subversion of the government. Kimblee makes it very clear that he did not murder his superiors to rebel against the military for Ishval. Kimblee actually enjoyed his time in Ishval, and killed his superiors merely because "he could."
- Person of Mass Destruction: He ends the whole Ishvalan War by himself with a Philosopher's Stone. Much later, he does this to the whole Drachman Army WITHOUT alchemy but through political deception alone!
- Pet the Dog:
- His aforementioned admiration of the Rockbell family for their devotion to duty seems real and he appears to have a soft spot in his heart for Winry. This particular dog petting doesn't earn him many points, though, since he ignores that Winry is in danger once Scar triggers his rage.
- He commends Armstrong for sticking to his beliefs and because of it chooses to save him from court martial... by blowing up Ishavalan survivors that Alex had saved in front of his eyes (the policy is to kill all Ishvalans). He can Kick the Dog and Pet the Dog all at once.
- The Philosopher: Mixed with Sadist. Kimblee tends to wax poetic about life and alchemy, but in a way that's reminiscent of a serial killer.
- Photographic Memory: As Scar points out after meeting him for the second time, Kimblee's memory is frighteningly accurate.
- Power Tattoo: Has the circles needed for his trademark explosions tattooed on his palms.
- Psycho for Hire: Does the things he does for his own reasons, (whatever those are) but getting to murder folks along the way is a nice bonus.
- Redemption Equals Death: Downplayed Kimblee's last act is coming in to save Edward when Pride is just about to beat him. Even though it wasn't done out of care for Edward there is a clear heroic tint to it with him respecting Ed's adherence to his ideals. Notably one of the final group shots◊, featuring all the heroic characters fist bumping has Kimblee in it, something that surprises Lieutenant Ross.
- Sadist: Basically an Ax-Crazy spree killer somebody handed a uniform.
- Shadow Archetype: Towards Ed. Ed sees himself as the champion of the people while Kimblee is an unapologetic Social Darwinist.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: His suit and hat combo is pretty nice.
- Slasher Smile: Very frequently... particularly when trolling others, or about to blow something sky-high.
- Social Darwinist: Definitely believes this and why he doesn't take that much part in the conflict. However, he does hold his standards in regards.
- The Sociopath: A high-functioning and very self-aware psychopath with a decidedly unusual worldview.
- Sociopathic Soldier: Type II, with flashes of Type I.
- Spanner in the Works: Managed to screw over Pride, even in the afterlife.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Solf/Zolf, J./Jay, Kimblee/Kimbley/Kimbly/Kimberly/Kimberley. Also, while it doesn't have to do with actual spelling, the translation of his State Alchemist title is a subject of debate. The word guren in Japanese means "crimson", but the kanji used to make up the word in his title means "red lotus". It can be inferred that "red lotus" is his truest title, however, due to the flower being a symbol of firey explosions much like the ones he specializes in creating. Noting that crimson simply refers to a particular shade of dark red, some Take a Third Option and go with "crimson lotus".
- Stepford Smiler: Despite being totally Ax-Crazy Kimblee is remarkably calm and pleasant most of them time always with a bemused smile on his face. It takes imminent death to get him to change that expression.
- Stomach of Holding: Has kept a philosopher's stone or two in his stomach at times, which he can regurgitate.
- Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: He's able to retain his mind inside of Pride's Philosopher Stone because he finds the screams of his fellow victims soothing. Taking advantage of this, he immobilizes Pride which allows Ed to finish him off.
- Trickster: No one modifies plans on the fly quite the way that Kimblee does. It's why Father, a former Trickster himself, keeps him around.
- Troll: Once pranked a Mook by transforming his watch into a time bomb...that turned out to be a cuckoo clock. At least in the manga, there's a "BAM" sound effect offscreen as soon as Kimblee leaves.
- Villainous Breakdown: Though a suppressed one, Kimblee does not take kindly to Scar's observation of the tables having turned.
- Villainous Demotivator: Knowing that the Briggs soldiers all wish him dead, he brings four chimeras with him as Elite Mooks. All four change sides on him almost as soon as it becomes a viable option; one eventually causes his death.
- Villainous Fashion Sense: Flashy and maybe even gaudy, at times, but that all-white suit is at the very least a fashion statement.
- Villains Never Lie: Kimblee has an odd sense of honor and follows it to a T. Unlike every other villain in the series, he's honest about his motivations and doesn't sugarcoat anything. It may explain why his breaking speeches work so well.
- Villainous Rescue: Kimblee, of all people, is the one who saves Edward's ass from Pride. Its not so much he cared what happened to Edward, but more that Pride was willing to betray his own belief that Homoculi were superior to humans. This pissed off Kimblee's soul enough for him to assert himself within Pride, forcing Pride into a Battle in the Center of the Mind long enough for Edward to turn Pride's own attack back on him.
- White Shirt of Death: When Heinkel chomps down on Kimblee's throat and his suit is promptly stained with his own blood, Pride proceeds to point out how the suit's new color fits Kimblee.
- Wicked Cultured: Look at him. Then look at his suit. Then listen to his voice.
- Worthy Opponent: Edward Elric, who can also be interpreted as his Good Counterpart. The two have completely opposite moral codes, but despite this, Kimblee develops a respect for Ed's conviction of standing by his. In his final fight with Pride, Kimblee ends up siding with Ed over Pride, because the latter abandons his ideals out of his desperation.
- Yin-Yang Bomb: His favoured attack method as his symbols stand for the opposite forces of the Sun-fire-gold and Moon-water-silver.
Lt. General Grumman
Lieutenant General Grumman
Voiced by: Rokuro Naya (JP), Bill Flynn (EN), Armando Volcanes (Latin America)
Affiliation: Amestris MilitaryHead of the East Army and military mentor to Colonel Mustang, he is a major ally to Mustang. Sort of.
Rank: Lieutenant General
Specialty: Military Tactics/Intelligence
Rank: Lieutenant General
Specialty: Military Tactics/Intelligence
- Big Good: Played with. After Bradley's death, he becomes the new Führer. Though it's implied that he had helped Roy only to seize power for himself, he's never shown doing anything villainous, and does seem to have the country's best interest at heart.
- The Chessmaster: Figuratively, but also literally. In well over one hundred games, Roy has beaten him once.
- Cool Old Guy: He's well past retirement age, but his mind hasn't dulled one bit. In one scene before the climax, he realizes that he can put Wrath on the receiving end of a Xanatos Gambit, and when Wrath chooses his "best" option and returns to Central, Grumman bombs the hell out of his train on the way there. While Wrath ultimately survives the blast, this still put him out of commission for quite some time, which is a pretty impressive accomplishment.
- Dirty Old Man: Whereas Mustang does an elaborate Urban Legend Love Life (with good intentions), Grumman prefers simply sexually harassing female subordinates.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Roy, who's of an age with his granddaughter.
- Manipulative Bastard: Not only does he attract being called "that old fox" by colleagues who have had (the misfortune) to work with him, but his machinations within the series itself cement his reputation as one.
- Master of Disguise: Including as a woman, much to Roy's chagrin.
- Named After Somebody Famous: He's named after the Grumman corporation, a long-lived American manufacturer known for manufacturing a high-quality series of aircraft named after cats. This is seen in Grumman's age and his wily, calculating nature. The Grumman corporation also manufactured the E-2 Hawkeye, foreshadowing who his granddaughter is.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Taught some of his tricks to Mustang.
- Opaque Lenses: When he's being goofy, you'll see these.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: At the end of the series, he seems to be an effective Führer who fully supports the efforts of his subordinates to make Amestris a better place.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: His glasses turn transparent and shiny when things get serious.
- Shipper on Deck: He tells Roy (in the manga only) that "what would really make this old man happy would be if you took my granddaughter as your First Lady." Said granddaughter is revealed in the second guidebook to be Hawkeye.
- Smart People Play Chess: He plays with Roy often and usually kicks his ass.
- Spell My Name with an "S": His name is alternately transliterated as "Graman".
- Wholesome Crossdresser: So much so that Mustang was pretty shocked when he realized he wasn't talking to some random sweet old lady.
- Uriah Gambit: Non-villainous version. Despite being supportive of Mustang's rebellion, Grumman intentionally positions himself as working behind the shadows, as he'd rather let Mustang and Olivier Armstrong take the brunt of any potential backlash of being "traitors."
- You Are in Command Now: With Bradley dead, the senior military staff arrested, and Mustang and General Armstrong busy with other affairs, Grumman finally gets to become the Führer.
Voiced by: Chika Fujimura (JP), Gwendolyn Lau (EN), Rebeca Aponte (Latin America)
Affiliation: Amestris MilitaryA mousy haired bookworm with a photographic memory who is mostly used for comic relief. She's something of a coward and cries a lot. Most of the other characters refer to her as "bookworm." She gets a job at the military working under Hughes copying down the books that burned in the military library in a fire and proves instrumental in the Elrics' search for the Philosopher's Stone.
Specialty: Photographic Memory
Specialty: Photographic Memory
- Adorkable: So very nerdy. So very cute.
- Brainy Brunette: For all her mousiness, she is genuinely smart. Her Photographic Memory comes off as very useful regarding the brothers' research.
- Butt-Monkey: She's first shown in a library, from which she's promptly fired. Then next she's shown buried under a ton of books which she apparently collects. After copying down the book she's rehired (read: dragged off by Hughes) into the military copying all the files that got burned up in the fire at central library. And that's just for starters...
- Not everything goes against her, though; Ed's payment for her work allowed her to give her mother the best medical care money can buy and then some, and as much as Hughes overworks her, he also sees to it that she receives a ridiculous salary for her skills.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: She seems to have disappeared from the story after chapter 34.
- Cute Bookworm: It's in her nickname!
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: She's extremely hard on herself, often calling herself a "useless human being" in her first couple of chapters, despite how useful her memory was to the Elric brothers. Sheska does seem to get slightly better later on, though.
- Meaningful Name: Polish for path.
- Meganekko: She provides one of the trope images.
- Photographic Memory: She can reproduce exactly anything she's ever read.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Despite being somewhat important due to helping with the research of The Philosopher's Stone, she's mostly used for comic relief due to her Butt-Monkey status.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: She wears glasses and has a photographic memory.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Alternately Schieska, Scheska, Ścieżka.
- Trash of the Titans: She is not a slob, but her room is absolutely full of unsorted books. So much that's she introduced needing rescue from being buried under a pile of them that fell over.
Voiced by: Tadashi Miyazawa (JP), Charlie Campbell (EN)
Affiliation: Amestris Military (formerly)A retired State Alchemist known as the Silver Alchemist of Battle. He retired after having his leg chopped off in the Ishvalan Civil War. He is killed by Scar in his only appearance.
Specialty: Weapons Alchemy
Specialty: Weapons Alchemy
- Artificial Limbs: Has a peg-leg.
- Badass Grandpa: He's old, and manages to wound Scar in this fight.
- Badass Moustache: His mustache is impressive.
- Blood Knight: When order 3066 was given before the War Of Ishval, Comanche is the only one among them shown smiling in anticipation. Even after he retired he has some level of this, rather than shrink from the Scarred Man's presence, Comanche prepares to combat him with a rather large grin on his face.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: His spin attack, which has nothing to do with his alchemy.
- Colonel Kilgore: Like Kimblee, Comanche thoroughly enjoyed the Ishvalan Civil War, grinning in anticipation before battles, and reminiscing throughout his fight with Scar.
- Dead Hat Shot: His hat floats in the water after Scar kills him.
- Handicapped Badass: Lost his leg in the Ishvalan Civil War.
- Nice Hat: He wears a top hat.
- Power Tattoo: His hands and palms are covered in the tatts that allow him to create weapons just by touching a solid object, bypassing the need to clap his hands beforehand.
- Retired Monster: Comanche hasn't been a state alchemist in years, but he's never said sorry either—because at the end of the day, he isn't.
- Slasher Smile: Cracks one after being sent into Ishval and again at the thought of facing Scar.
- Sociopathic Soldier: Type II, going off the little we know.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He's killed in his only appearance.
(Former) Major Isaac MccDougal
Voiced by: Koichi Yamadera (JP), Bryan Massey (EN), Jorge Marín (Latin America)
Affiliation: Amestris Military (formerly)The Freezing Alchemist. A former State Alchemist who participated in the Ishval Massacre, McDougal went AWOL after the war and, years later, resurfaced as a madman trying to destroy Central City. His plan was foiled by the Elric Brothers and he was murdered by Führer Bradley.
Rank: Major (formerly)
Specialty: Water Alchemy
Rank: Major (formerly)
Specialty: Water Alchemy
- The Atoner: Not the most sympathetic of the type but he regrets what he did in Ishval, which partly motivates his actions.
- Anti-Villain: He believes he's doing the right thing by trying to freeze Central City, which would kill a lot of people. He was trying to stop the big conspiracy in Central though. It's even possible that it could've worked; McDougal's ability to activate transmutation circles remotely implies that he had some knowledge of alkahestry, which Father can't shut down like normal alchemy. So if Father got caught up in the ice, it might have trapped him indefinitely.
- Ax-Crazy: Uncomfortably close to it at times.
- Bloody Murder: When Ed and Al corner him and Ed points out Isaac doesn't have a water source, he says "do you know what a human body is made of?!" and uses his own blood to attack them. He attempts to kill King Bradley with a large spear made of blood, to no avail.
- Canon Foreigner: Exclusive to the 2009 Brotherhood anime, for which his assault on Central serves as an Action Prologue and a boatload of foreshadowing.
- Cassandra Truth: You probably thought he was just some rambling nutcase when he was asking Ed if he knows the ones he serves or what shape the country's in, and telling him "I'm just trying to save this country", right? 30 episodes later, he doesn't seem so nuts anymore, does he?
- Dangerous Deserter: After the Ishval Extermination, he quit the military and went into hiding and resurfaced later as a member of anti-government resistance movements. Despite trying to stop Bradley and the other Homunculi in their plans to use the nation as a transmutation circle, he had no qualms about killing whoever got in his way and murdered a number of security guards in his crusade to freeze Central.
- Doomed Moral Victor: He even tries to make a last stand against Fuhrer Bradley despite knowing he's pretty much finished.
- Faux Affably Evil: Well-intentioned though he may be, he seems to be having a pretty good time wreaking havoc and has little qualms on killing anyone who tries to stop him with a degree of enjoyment. Particularly noticeable in the English dub where he's voiced by the same actor who does Ladd Russo and displays a similar glee in this role. Of course, there is the matter of him being justifiably nuts.
- Foil: To both Mustang, Kimblee, and Hughes.
- To Mustang: Fire vs. Ice, both are mentally scarred by the Ishval War into defying the Government/High Command, both want to overthrow the HC — Isaac from the outside, Roy from the inside.
- To Kimblee: Both use alchemy to transmute the opponent's body, experience the same war, etc., with Ishval as victim, Isaac as a victimizer with regrets, and Kimblee as a victimizer who thoroughly enjoyed himself. In fact, he tries to spring Kimblee and have the man join him, not quite realizing at the time that Kimblee enjoyed the killing far more than he did, and he blows a few people up (by flash-steaming the water in their bodies).
- To Hughes: Both men figured out the evil conspiracy long before anyone else and ended up getting killed for it. However, while Hughes actually provided the first shot in the low key subversion of the conspiracy even though he died before being able to say anything, McDougal's approach was to quit the military, bide his time, and then go straight for the bombastic route of bringing the house down, and while he did pass along his thoughts to the Elric brothers, they were summarily dismissed right until Ed figured out exactly what he meant.
- Foreshadowing: He creates one big transmutation circle in Central. Later, we find out that the entire country is an even bigger transmutation circle. And one of his statements to Ed has an entirely different meaning than he (and the audience) initially believe. It seems that he's simply referring to corruption in the government, but he actually means it quite literally.McDougal: Do you know what shape this country is in?
- Genius Bruiser: As a certified ex-State Alchemist he covers the genius portion considering he could instantly recognize that Edward attempted human transmutation by observing that he could use alchemy without an alchemic circle and Alphonse's status as a disembodied suit of armor. He covers the bruiser portion by beat able to stand his own against the Elric Brothers and Major Armstrong in succession.
- Ham-to-Ham Combat: With Armstrong.
- Harmless Freezing: Nope. He frequently uses his alchemy to freeze Mooks solid, leaving them to fall over and shatter.
- He Knows Too Much: Part of why Bradley kills him rather than captures him.
- Horrible Judge of Character: He tries to convince Kimblee to join him against Bradley by citing the atrocities the brass had made them commit and Kimblee killing several of them in response. Kimblee informs him that had nothing to do with it; he had killed them because he wanted to.
- Majorly Awesome: Pre-breakdown, he held the rank of Major.
- Making a Splash: The Freezing Alchemist specializes in transmuting water—mainly to turn it into ice, which he uses as a weapon, but he can also create scalding steam.
- No-Sell: His attempts to flash-boil the water in Ed's metal arm fail.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Nearly buried Central in ice.
- Power Tattoo: One of his palms has his freezing alchemy tattooed on it.
- The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: He wants to topple the government but is doing it as violently as possible.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Created to foreshadow the corruption in the military and to show just how dangerous Bradley is.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Like Mustang, the Ishvalan Civil war left him a broken man. Unlike Mustang, though, he crossed the Despair Event Horizon and became a Well-Intentioned Extremist.
- Slasher Smile: When he's about to attack Bradley, he sports a massive, deranged grin.
- Sociopathic Soldier: Type IV, after the war. He's totally cracked.
- Starter Villain: His attempt to destroy the capital city drives the plot of the first episode, and he's killed by Bradley at the end.
- Still Wearing the Old Colors: He's wearing his uniform from the military, probably because he wants to save the country.
- Taking You with Me: Knowing he's heavily wounded and surrounded, he decides to use his remaining blood to make a suicidal attack on Bradley. It doesn't succeed.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: If he had went about his methods more subtly and actually went to Mustang right off the bat with the information he found, and y'know, not tried to kill everyone, he could've been a valuable asset in fighting Father. Alas, he just had to Go Mad from the Revelation and trust absolutely no one.
- The Worf Effect: Bradley killing him is a pretty good indicator as to just what the Führer is capable of.
Lieutenant General Raven
Voiced by: Katsuhisa Houki (JP), Chris Ayres (EN), Alí Rondón (Latin America)
Affiliation: Amestris MilitaryA high-ranking member of Central Command, Lt. General Raven was once an honourable and capable soldier. In his old age however, he has become obsessed with the fear of death, and obtaining immortality for himself. He is a willing and enthusiastic participant in The Illuminati's plotting, and acts as Central Command's face.
Rank: Lieutenant General
Specialty: Military tactics/deception
Rank: Lieutenant General
Specialty: Military tactics/deception
- Ambiguously Brown: He's not of Ishvalan descent but has similarly dark skin.
- Beard of Evil: Has a small beard and is one of several evil members of High Command.
- Blatant Lies: When ordering the Briggs soldiers to place Sloth back in the hole and close it up, he tries to pass him off as a chimera, though even someone not familiar with the Homunculi would know there's far more to the giant than that.
- Broken Pedestal: To Mustang, who once viewed him as a superior worth looking up to.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Stabbed through the arm, slashed, and then buried alive in concrete.
- Deal with the Devil: Makes one with Father and offers one to Olivier.
- Death by Irony: He's fatally wounded by Olivier Armstrong in an act of vengeance for the soldiers she lost in Sloth's tunnel – the same soldiers who Raven viewed as acceptable losses – and dies while buried in some wet concrete at Briggs' bottom level, placing him quite literally beneath even the lowliest of Briggs soldiers.
- Dirty Old Man: What with his hitting on Olivier.
- Evil Old Folks: His evilness is caused by his fear of death due to his old age.
- Fallen Hero: Apparently he used to be a kind and very good leader who placed the needs of his men first. Now he's a Insane Admiral who wants immortality.
- Faux Affably Evil: Appears to be a jovial older man, but is really a petty, selfish lech.
- General Failure: Has become one by the time of his appearance.
- Immortality Immorality: Willing to do anything to escape death.
- Insane Admiral: Raven is selfish, egotistical, lecherous, megalomaniacal, and more than a little stupid—and that's without getting into his involvement in an Ancient Conspiracy aimed at the destruction of Amestris. This is typical for members of Central Command who are given their positions based on their willingness to betray their country.
- It's All About Me: Motivated entirely by his own self-interest.
- Karmic Death: After admitting to Olivier that "the weak will become the foundation of the strong" and that the men of Brigg's will be among them, Olivier pushes him into cement after stabbing him in the arm meaning he literally is the foundation for the strong.
- Killed Off for Real: By Olivier.
- Lust: Seems to be his big sin, both in sexual terms, and in terms of lusting after more life. Fittingly enough, this sin of his is ultimately what causes his demise; Olivier takes advantage of his sexual lust by sweet-talking him into revealing his true colors. Once he does this, she kills him.
- Meaningful Name: Ravens in folklore are often portrayed as sly, crafty, and duplicitous.
- Slasher Smile: Usually pulls one of these off right before he offers someone immortality. Most pronounced in one of the Eye Catches.
- Smug Snake: Acts like he's some grand master in the plot, but really is just a pawn.
- Unwitting Pawn: He, along with the rest of Central Command, are these to Father.
- Villainous Crush: A creepy one on Olivier. She uses this to her advantage by sweet-talking him into revealing his plan and then killing him.
- We Can Rule Together: Tries it on Major-General Armstrong. It doesn't work out very well for him.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Granted we did learn a little about him.
Second Lieutenant Rebecca Catalina
Voiced by: Naomi Shindo (JP), Jamie Marchi (EN)
Affiliation: Amestris MilitaryOne of Grumman's subordinates and a friend to Hawkeye.
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Specialty: Weapons expertise
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Specialty: Weapons expertise
- Big Damn Heroes: Along with Maria Ross, she arrives at the battle at Central with a truckful of ammo just as it's running low.
- Christmas Cake: Constantly expresses a desire to settle down and find a man.
- Friendly Sniper: Implied to be this (in contrast to Hawkeye, who seems more like a Cold Sniper at first glance). She's seen at the sharpshooting range a couple of times and has an upbeat and friendly personality.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Her dynamic with Riza is a downplayed version of this. While both of them are in the military (not generally a 'girly' job), Rebecca is more cheerful, fashionable, and romantic than the more unflappable Hawkeye.
Voiced by: Yuko Sanpei (JP), Brittney Karbowski (EN), Karina Parra (Latin America)
Affiliation: NoneAll right, this guy isn't actually in the military, but his status means he's pretty well-connected with them.The adopted son of King Bradley, he studies hard in order to help his father rule the country. He's also a big fan of the Elric Brothers, especially Edward.
- Cheerful Child: Double subverted. While he acts like a sweet and cheery boy, it's an act. Later, he's reborn as a genuine example.
- Happily Adopted: It's mentioned early on that he was adopted. He's also happy to be by King Bradley's side.
- Hero-Worshipper: He's an Ed fanboy, much to the latter's discomfort.
- Keet: He's a cheerful, upbeat child who adores his father and hero-worships strong alchemists like Ed. Subverted when it turns out he's the Homunculus Pride, then double subverted when Pride is reborn as an innocent, kind child.
- Morality Pet: To King Bradley. It's subverted much later however.
- More Than Meets the Eye: For more on Selim, just take a gander at Pride's entry.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Looks a lot like how his father looked when he was young. Both his biological father and his fake father.
- Tareme Eyes: Has large, downward sloping eyes that make him look cute and innocent.
- Theme Naming: He shares his name with an Ottoman sultan famed for his conquests. Makes sense for the Führer's son.
Voiced by: Ai Satou (JP), Dana Schultes (EN), Valentina Toro (Latin America)
Affiliation: NoneAs with Selim, not exactly in the military, but in that category nonetheless. The wife of Führer President King Bradley and adopted mother to Selim. Serves as a Morality Pet to Bradley. Her abduction by Mustang's crew serves to kick off the final arc of the story.
- Age Lift: Downplayed. She's still the same in the anime as she was in the manga, but she less wrinkles in the former than she had in the latter.
- Determinator: Not the usual kind, no. She made the first moves on her husband and won her man by impressing him with her underlying steel. And, at the close, knowing full well what and who the much-reduced Pride has always been; she's going to raise him to be the Selim he pretended to be both to give him a second chance and as an ironic punishment/ shot at redemption. Despite the misgivings of others. It seems to be working. That's some hard-core mothering.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: When she tells the story of how she slapped Bradley for being rude when they first met, the other characters—who all know his true identity—are left speechless rather than amused.
- Did You Just Romance Cthulhu?: Not that she's aware of it - still, their relationship likely still counts.
- Good Parents: She is a loving, caring, and doting mother to Selim.
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple: The country's dignified First Lady, and seen in a purple suit.
- Happily Married: To King Bradley. As far as she knows, he's a great man, not one of the Homunculi. And as he dies, he admits that his marriage was his choice, not some kind of plan by Father.
- Hostage Situation: Subverted; Mustang's group technically kidnaps her, but it's to show her that the military high command couldn't care less about her well-being. Mustang vows to protect her at any cost, thus gaining her trust and, through her, the public's.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Is completely unaware of King Bradley's and Selim's true identities, until the post-climactic wrap-up at least.
- Love at First Punch: Her courtship with Bradley began with her slapping him.
- Mama Bear: She once jumped in front of a car to keep Selim from being run over. This convinced Selim that maybe having a mother would be a good experience.
- Morality Pet: To Bradley and and Selim. While both villainous, they independently admit to loving her.
- Nice Girl: She's a kind and loving person. Nice enough to move Pride, even.
- No Name Given: Her first name is unknown; she's just referred to as Mrs. Bradley or Ma'am.
- Parental Obliviousness: Until the end, she remains full unaware that her son (and husband) are Homunculi.
- Satellite Character: Isn't seen away much to get characterization, only being around to accompany either her husband or son.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Inverted. Continues to love Selim, despite knowing now he's a Homunculus. It's not entirely clear, but the same seems to hold true for her attitude towards her husband.
Mustang's Other Subordinates
As a group
A trio of officers that fill out various functions. Their loyalty to Mustang is unquestionable.
- Badass Crew: When shit gets real, they get shit done.
- Chess Motif: They are the bishop, the pawn, and the rook in Mustang's chess-themed unit.
- Fuery is the pawn. Pawns are better suited for defense than offense, but are capable of causing considerable damage if they're given the chance. During Ed and Mustang's "fishing expedition," Fuery's communication equipment proves to be vital in keeping the military police out of the picture. His background in radio is implied to be responsible for Radio Capital's participation in the final battle.
- Falman is the bishop. Bishops gain in strength towards the end of a chess game, usually because they're able to move unhindered. His transfer to Briggs allows him to facilitate the cooperation between Mustang and Major General Armstrong, and before that, his knowledge of Amestris's wars allowed the heroes to figure out the national transmutation circle away from Central Command.
- Breda is the rook. The rook is the "heavy hitter" of the board, the most powerful piece after the queen, and able to perform a particularly effective move with the king. Rooks excel at supporting friendly pawns as they advance, and during the Promised Day, the shipment of Xingese arms and ammunitions is implied to be his handiwork.
- Code Name: Like Havoc, Falman and Fuery are given women's names during the only mission shown in the canon, and described in Mustang and Hawkeye's encrypted conversation as though they're shop girls in a store. Falman is Vanessa and Fuery is Kate (their codenames all share the same first letter as their respective first names). An omake indicates that Breda is codenamed "Braidykins" for the operation, although if this is canon, it's clearly an in-group joke; Breda is out of the country for most of the sting.
- Greek Chorus: On occasion.
- Took a Level in Badass: All three — Falman when he's transferred to Briggs, Fuery when he's thrown into combat in the South, and Breda when he starts organizing illegal border crossings. All three are ready to go when the revolution kicks off, of course.
- Mauve Shirt: Not quite. They serve a greater role to the story than most shirts, but they're hardly players in the game.
- Undying Loyalty: All of them have this, to Roy and Riza.
Warrant Officer Vato Falman
Voiced by: Kenji Hamada (JP), Kyle Hebert (EN), Jesús Hernández (Latin America)
Affiliation: Amestris MilitaryThe oldest member of the group, and resident Butt-Monkey at times.
Rank: Warrant Officer
Rank: Warrant Officer
- Babies Ever After: In the Brotherhood anime; he's shown at the end of the series with two kids, whom the animators confirm are supposed to be his. (Their mother is not identified.)
- The Bus Came Back: After Bradley has all of Mustang's subordinates split up and sent all over the country, Falman comes back into the story when the Elric brothers visit his outpost.
- Butt-Monkey: He's this for a while (Havoc in particular considers him an amateur), but improves as he gets more field experience. Being forced to babysit Barry the Chopper and nearly getting into trouble with Olivier due to knowing the Elrics are also two good examples of Falman's Butt Monkey status.
- Eyes Always Shut: He never opens his eyes.
- Kicked Upstairs: After the Führer splits up the group, Falman is promoted to Second Lieutenant, but transferred to Fort Briggs in the middle of nowhere and put to work scraping icicles off the plumbing pipes. Lampshaded.
- Non-Action Guy: At the beginning, he's not much of a combatant. Being reassigned to Briggs toughens him up.
- Rank Up: By the end of the series, he's made Captain, according to the insignia on his uniform.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: It doesn't work.
- Spock Speak: He reads the dictionary for fun.
- Tears of Fear: He's clearly terrified and weeps when facing down Wrath, but refuses to surrender or step aside.
Master Sergeant Kain Fuery
Voiced by: Tetsuya Kakihara (JP), Kevin M. Connoly (EN), Paolo Campos (Latin America)
Affiliation: Amestris MilitaryThe youngest, and their communications expert. Has a friendly relationship with the Elrics.
Rank: Master Sergeant
Rank: Master Sergeant
- Adorkable: Short, meek, soft-spoken, loves animals and is painfully shy. Even after taking several levels in badass, he's still this.
- "Awesome McCool" Name: Kain Fuery. Played with in that Fuery is a shy communications specialist.
- Badass Adorable: Small, shy, nerdy...and by the end of the series, significantly toughened up.
- Communications Officer: His specialty is communications.
- Expy: Fuery is strikingly similar to Corporal "Radar" O'Reilly of Mash in almost every way: meek, quiet, loves animals, low on the totem pole rank-wise, and he's even the communications officer. He also takes a huge level in badass by the end of the series!
- Friend to All Living Things: Implied by the fact that Hayate seems to like him a lot.
- Megane: A very cute guy who wears glasses.
- Name of Cain: Inverted. His name is Kain, but he's unassuming and non-threatening.
- Pet the Dog: Rather literally. As shown in a side story, he was the one to find Riza's beloved Canine Companion, Black Hayate, as a puppy and bring him in out of the rain; he couldn't keep the dog himself because he lived in the barracks at the time, but he remains very attached to Hayate even after Riza adopts him.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: Along with the rest of Mustang's squad. Fuery is sent to a trench battle with a rival border nation (ala World War 1, with all the hell that comes with it).
- The Short Guy with Glasses: A downplayed example. He's the shortest of Mustang's subordinates, wears glasses, and is at least moderately intelligent.
- The Smart Guy: Fuery would be this, if it weren't for the fact that both Breda and Falman are easily his equal in intelligence, if not smarter. Still, he is the resident communications expert.
Second Lieutenant Heymans Breda
Voiced by: Biichi Satou (JP), Jeremy Inman (EN), Luis Miguel Pérez (Latin America)
Affiliation: Amestris MilitaryThe big guy in Mustang's crew. Mustang drafts him for his tactical abilities.
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Specialty: Military Tactics/Intelligence
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Specialty: Military Tactics/Intelligence
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Hinted at, considering his skill at strategy games, and the fact that he graduated top of his class at the academy. He's the strategist of Mustang's unit.
- Code Name: Played for laughs in an omake of volume 10, where Riza gives the codenames. She is "Elizabeth", Fuery is "Kate", Havoc is "Jacqueline", Falman is "Vanessa", and Breda is… "Braidykins".
- Face of a Thug: Because of his looks, mannerisms, and big eating, people tends to think that Breda is a brawny idiot. Breda proves them wrong with shogi.
- Genius Bruiser: Physically strong and a decent fighter and is a tactical genius.
- Insistent Terminology: He only ever refers to Edward Elric as "big guy." Considering Ed's Berserk Button... that's pretty logical of Breda.
Group as a Whole
The hardened border guard forces under Olivier M. Armstrong. They are stationed at Briggs, a fortress in the snowy northern mountain range that divides Drachma and Amestris. They include Captain Buccaneer, a hulk of a man with a variety of deadly automail prostheses; Major Miles, a mixed race quarter-Ishvalan who wants to change the perception of his people; and Lieutenant Henschel, General Armstrong's steadfast assistant.
- Anti-Hero Team: Due to their constant skirmishes with Drachma the soldiers of Briggs are a lot more willing to murder first and foremost rather then negotiate. This is reflected during the battle at Central; in comparison to Mustang's troops who all aim for incapacitating shots the men of Briggs unflinchingly go for kill shots against Central's forces.
- Badass Army: The whole damn army is Badass. Even the cleaning officers.
- Badass Longcoat: Their standard outfit. Justified since they work on snowy mountain range.
- Band of Brothers: It's explained that being Reassigned to Antarctica has given all the soldiers plenty of time to get to know one another. Olivier's leadership is also a big help.
- Bears Are Bad News: Aptly named "Briggs Bears". Bears are also parts of indigenous fauna. Olivier brags that every one of her men can defeat a grizzly bear in combat.
- Blood Knight: When given a chance to battle, some of them show that they really enjoy it. To give them credit though, none of them attack civilians or ignore innocents in danger.
- Grim Up North: Border patrol with Drachma. This is implied to be the reason why General Armstrong is such a General Ripper; she can't afford less.
- Hydra Problem: A heroic example. Olivier comments that even if someone killed her, the men of Briggs are such a Badass Army that they will act and fight without her.
- No Guy Wants an Amazon: "The Major General is not a woman!!] (Though part of this is how she herself explicitly refuses to hear her name mentioned in any context of femininity/beauty.)
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The main reason why they work so well together is that General Armstrong made them.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: General Armstrong implies that most of the soldiers here had skeletons in their closets.
- Redshirt Army: They get downgraded to this from Badass Army when facing Wrath, but that's justified given who he is.
- Tank Goodness: Never, NEVER wonder if this army can only fight on foot.
- Undying Loyalty: Towards Armstrong, these guys are the hurricane of loyalty.
- The Worf Effect: An army that seamlessly seizes command of Central quickly becomes cannon fodder once Wrath arrives on the scene, just to remind the audience of his utterly terrifying fighting prowess.
Voiced by: Kazuya Nakai (JP), Jason Douglas (EN), José Durán (Latin America)
Affiliation: Amestris MilitaryGeneral Armstrong's second-in-command. He is a quarter-Ishvalan from his grandfather's side, and is striving to change Amestris from the inside, so they will acknowledge the massacre they committed.
Specialty: Military Tactics/Intelligence
Specialty: Military Tactics/Intelligence
- All of the Other Reindeer: Miles often feels like this, thanks to his Ishvalan blood, but Armstrong gets rid of it quickly. In fact, she praises his mixed heritage, claiming that it gives him a more varied view on life.
- Cool Shades: Miles wears these to hide his Ishvalan ethnicity.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Due to being part-Ishvalan.
- Death Glare: Commenced with The Glasses Come Off, he gives a pretty epic one to an injured Kimblee - made to him even scarier given his Ishvalan eyes.
- Foil: To Scar, the series' primary Ishvalan character. While both of them resent the military's treatment of Ishval, Scar deals with it by attempting to cause chaos from the outside, while Miles wants to change how people see Ishvalans from the inside.
- Implied Death Threat: Apparently something he picked up from Olivier.Miles: Here in the north, the law is the survival of the fittest. You get careless, and you get dead, understand? You tell me what to do again, and you'll never leave this hospital.
- Majorly Awesome: Holds the rank of Major, is Armstrong's right-hand-man, and keeps his cool the entire time Kimblee is at Briggs.
- Meaningful Name: Miles means "soldier."
- Mixed Ancestry: Along with his Ishvalan maternal grandfather he notes he has several other ethnicities in his ancestry. The Ishvalan part, however, is the most physically obvious one.
- Not So Stoic: Even Miles has his limits when having to hear Kimblee's boasting from the war.
- One Drop Rule: Despite only being one quarter Ishvalan he was a potential target of Executive Order Number 3066, which stripped any soldiers of Ishvalan ancestry of their ranks and imprisoned them. Olivier however refused to hand him over.
- Pass Fail: He typically wears his glasses to hide his red eyes and his ancestry.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Buccaneer's red. Unlike the more emotional and boisterous Buccaneer, Miles is stoic and unflappable.
- Scary Black Man: Yes, but not that scary. He's actually a pretty swell guy. More like intimidating black man.
- The Stoic: Very coolheaded and rarely shows his emotions outwardly.
Voiced by: Ryuzaburo Otomo (JP), Phil Parsons (EN), Héctor Indriago (Latin America)
Affiliation: Amestris MilitaryGeneral Armstrong's third-in-command and field commander. A big guy with a pretty hot temper, he is regardless extremely devoted and will fight for his comrades.
Specialty: Weapons Expert
Specialty: Weapons Expert
- Artificial Limbs: The artificial limbs! Even Winry falls in love with them at first sight.
- Badass Moustache: He's got a mustache, and is pretty badass as one of Olivier's underlings.
- Berserk Button: He's got a few of them, but a big one definitely appears to be jealousy that Edward has such a cute automail mechanic.
- Big Damn Heroes: Several times, though the fact that he was the one who seriously wounded Bradley counts.
- Chainsaw Good: Buccaneer's "Crocodile" automail arm.
- Character Death: Dies from the wounds inflicted by Wrath.
- Go Out with a Smile: Olivier comments that means mourning isn't needed.
- Made of Iron: Manages to survive, and even continue fighting, after being slashed and then impaled by Bradley.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Miles' blue.
- Shipper on Deck: More of the beat-up-Ed-when-he-says-Winry's-his-mechanic-instead-of-his-girlfriend variation than the standard type.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Buccaneer/Baccania.
- Twinkle Smile: He's probably got the biggest smile in the series, shown after Olivier extends their time limit in the tunnel to save who they can.
- Undying Loyalty: To Olivier, even more so than the rest of the Briggs troops. After the fight with Bradley, Buccaneer—who has a sword sticking out of his gut—is solely concerned with making sure that her orders to hold the capitol are carried out.