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

This page is for characters in the Amestris military.

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    Roy Mustang 

    Riza Hawkeye 
Affiliation: Amestris Military
Rank: 1st Lieutenant
Specialty: Marksmanship

Roy'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.

Voiced by: Fumiko Orikasa (JP), Colleen Clinkenbeard (EN)

  • Abusive Parents: Implied. If Berthold wasn't outright abusive, he was definitely neglectful.
  • Action Girl: 1st Lieutenant sniper.
  • 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 McCoolname: 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.
  • Battle Couple: With Roy.
  • Berserk Button: Only pressed if she thinks Roy is in danger or dead.
  • Berserker Tears: After she is led to believe that Lust killed Mustang.
  • Bodyguard Crush: To Roy, of course. Reciprocated.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: It's a hard job but someone's got to do it.
  • 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.
  • Break the Cutie: Short version of her backstory.
  • Brown Eyes: Notable for being the only female character (if not the only character in the entire series) with eyes this color. This oddly averts the usual brown eyes=boring character idea, as it makes her stand out all the more. However, the trope still stands at the color matches her down to earth personality, trustworthiness, and loyalty.
  • 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.)
  • The Chick: Played with. She's the only female in Roy's unit, and the men all care for her a great deal, but she outranks all of them except Roy and is exceptionally competent and badass.
  • Clark Kenting: When she helps the Elrics in their fight against Scar, she wears glasses and lets her hair down to avoid being recognized. It doesn't work. Granted, it does take Ed and Al a moment to recognize her, and she didn't plan on letting anyone else see her face long enough to be able to put two and two together. Wrath, on the other hand, instantly sees through it thanks to his Ultimate Eye.
  • Closer to Earth: Than Roy and the others on his team, as well as most of the characters in the show. However, her devotion to Roy borders on disconcerting, and she's prone to yelling at him and completely losing it if she thinks something's happened to him.
  • 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.
  • The Conscience / 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 pressed Roy's Berserk Button 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.
  • Death by Despair/Driven to Suicide: After Lust seemingly kills Mustang, she breaks down and is perfectly willing to let Lust kill her too, even urging Alphonse to leave her to die to no avail. She snaps out of it when Mustang turns out to be Not Quite Dead.
  • Death by Origin Story: Her father.
  • 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 bit of a Hidden Heart of Gold.
    • Doubly so because 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: Downplayed. She's quite agile and very efficient with guns, 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 the Elric brothers, particularly Edward.
  • The General's Daughter: Granddaughter, though this is only revealed in one of the guidebooks.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: She, Scar, and Ed all talk Roy down from his Roaring Rampage of Revenge against Envy.
  • 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.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: 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.
  • 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 BSOD: 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. Mostly subverted. 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.
  • 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 Alchemist's Beautiful Daughter
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: Played With, 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.
  • Precious Puppies: Black Hayate.
    • 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:
    "I thought you hated water. It makes your abilities useless."
    "What do you make of this, Lieutenant?" "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. In general though, both around Roy and without him, she's a Kuudere of the type one variety.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch! / Precision F-Strike: When Lust told her that she killed Mustang, she lets loose with one.
  • 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.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: The whole reason she's in the military, as she explains to young Winry in a flashback, is because "there is someone [Roy] I need to protect," and she has no qualms about delivering a royal asskicking to do it. 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.

    Fuhrer King Bradley 
Affiliation: Amestris Military
Rank: Fuhrer
Specialty: Swordsmanship/Military Tactics

The ruler of Amestris. Fuhrer is his military title, and he is also the President of the Nation. King is just his name, though, it isn't a title. He came to rule Amestris after leading his nation out of a bloody civil war and setting up a military dictatorship. He is also the Homunculus Wrath.

Voiced by: Hidekatsu Shibata (JP), Hidenobu Kiuchi (JP - young), Ed Blaylock (EN), Christopher Bevins (EN - young)

  • 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 McCoolname: King Bradley. Add his titles and he becomes His Excellency, President Fuhrer King Bradley.
  • Bad Ass: One of the biggest in the series, so much that most characters dread even the idea of facing him in combat.
    • Badass Grandpa: One of the strongest characters in the series. To cite, he destroyed a tank with a sword. 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
    • Badass Normal: He's not an alchemist, but can still kick plenty of ass.
    • Four-Star Badass: In the backstory and still as Commander-in-Chief of the Amestrian military.
  • Bait the Dog: Even when there are a lot of hints to his sinister reputation, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 slashing 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Part of his kooky, more comical image, but it disappears quickly when he's being completely serious.
  • The Gadfly: Ed's "Fullmetal" Codename was his idea.
  • 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, 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.
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: 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
  • 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 his saber and later defuses a grenade.
  • 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.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Not that he's that bad now...
  • Kick the Dog: The Ishval incident.
  • 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: And how! Compared to him, every other sword-user in the series can only claim to be "good" at it.
  • Meaningful Name: More than justified by his Back Story.
  • 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 Action President 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.
  • Putting on the Reich
  • 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.
  • Single-Stroke Battle: He can effortlessly kill people with one swipe of his sword.
  • The Stoic
  • 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 Fuhrer 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 Fuhrership. 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.
  • Walking Spoiler
  • Weapon of Choice: A heavy sabre, of which he carries two of them around.

    Olivier Mira Armstrong 
Affiliation: Amestris Military
Rank: Major General
Specialty: Swordsmanship/Military Tactics

Major General Armstrong is Alex Armstrong's sister. She guards the northern frontier with Drachma in the Briggs base.

Voiced by: Yoko Soumi (JP), Stephanie Young (EN)

    Maes Hughes 
Affiliation: Amestris Military
Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Specialty: Knives/Intelligence

A rather quirky officer working in the records department and best friends with Roy Mustang. Assists both Mustang and the Elric brothers in their respective missions. Contrary to his appearance, he is not a man to trifle with.

Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara (JP), Sonny Strait (EN)

  • Action Dad
  • Badass Normal: Able to defeat both Envy and Lust with his knives; too bad they're immortal.
    • 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.
  • The Confidant: Hughes was the first character in the series that Edward openly relied on for help. Ed would end up suffering some major Survivor Guilt over Hughes dying.
  • 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?
  • Disconnected By Death
  • Doting Parent: Trope Codifier.
  • 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.
  • Fatal Family Photo: 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.
  • 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.
  • Genre Savvy: To some extent. When Mustang and company first confront Scar in Central, Hughes disappears. After the conflict ends, he reappears, and when Armstrong asks where he went, he replies that he was hiding so that someone would be alive afterward to report what happened.
    • From the English dub of Brotherhood:
    Hughes: Oh! Is it over?
    Armstrong: Lt. Col. Hughes where have you been this whole time?
    Hughes: I thought it best to lay low.
    Mustang: (annoyed) You didn't think of maybe backing us up a little!?
    Hughes: Of course not! A person like me shouldn't get dragged into a freak-show with you pack of pseudo-humans! It's bad for my health!
  • Good Is Not Soft: Mainly shown with Lust/Envy.
  • Hair Antennae: Just a little.
  • 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's Berserk Button as he tries to track down Hughes' killer.
  • Innocent Innuendo:
    Hughes: I heard there's a hot blonde girl in your room servicing you.
    Ed: She's my mechanic!
    Hughes: Oh! Seduced your mechanic, did you?
  • Killed Off for Real
  • Knife Nut: A heroic example!
  • Lieutenant Colonel Badass
  • Megane
  • Obfuscating Stupidity or Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Whichever he is, it's up to you!
    • 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.
  • Older Sidekick: Subverted. He and Roy are the same age, although many people in the fandom think he's a few years older due to his more laid back demeanor and the fact that he has a wife and child.
  • Over-Enthusiastic Parents: Saying he loves his daughter is an understatement for the ages.
  • Overprotective Dad: The page image. His daughter (who is all of three years old, mind you) is being fought over by boys just as young, and he pulls out a gun.
  • Perma Stubble
  • Perpetual Smiler / 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 notable times are when Envy disguises themselves as Gracia before killing him, and in the OVA right before shooting Heathcliffe dead).
    • However, 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.
  • Posthumous Character: In comparison to his character in the first anime, a lot of the elaboration on Hughes's importance, particularly with regard to his relationship with Roy, only comes after his death.
  • Replacement Goldfish: To Winry.
  • Sacrificial Lion
  • 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.
    • Also 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.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: With his wife.

    Alex Louis Armstrong 
Affiliation: Amestris Military
Rank: Major
Specialty: Boxing/Combat Alchemy

The 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.

Voiced by: Kenji Utsumi (JP), Christopher Sabat (EN)

  • Adorkable
  • 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.)
    • Notably, 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.
  • 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 Fuhrer 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.
    "...Did he have to strip?"
  • 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
  • Bald of Awesome: If you discount that one fringe, then yeah.
  • Battle Strip: The first this he loses when he fights is his shirt 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
  • 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
  • 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/Running Gag /Mad Libs Catch Phrase: This (insert noun or adjective) has been passed down the Armstrong line for generations!
  • 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 so much that he would give Chewbacca a run for his money.
  • Destructive Saviour:
    "Destruction and creation are TWO SIDES OF THE SAME COIN!"
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Seems to specialise in manipulating the earth's crust.
  • Emotional Bruiser
  • Expy: Of famous heavyweight prizefighter John L. Sullivan
  • Face of a Thug: He looks intimidating, but is a big teddy bear.
  • Full Contact Alchemy: 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 of 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.
  • Heroic BSOD: During the Ishval war. Oliver considers him a spineless coward because of it.
  • Heroic Build: And FLAUNTING IT!!
  • Hotblooded
  • Idiot Hair
  • Incoming Ham:
    • "Stand BACK and prepare for a display of ARMSTRONG ALCHEMY!!"
    • "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:
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Love You and Everybody: He's extremely affectionate and friendly, and loves to hug people regardless of whether they want him to or not.
  • Made of Iron: He should be dead many times over considering the amount of punishment his body takes, especially against Sloth.
  • Majorly Awesome
  • Man Child: When in Large Ham/Manly Tears mode.
  • Manly Tears: All the time.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: He's the fourth-born of the five Armstrong siblings, and the only son.
  • Military Brat
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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: In Ishval.
  • Plucky Comic Relief
  • 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.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Olivier's blue.
  • 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.
  • Tender Tears: Body of iron, heart of a kitten.
  • Tired of Running/Right Makes Might/Characterization Marches On: 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.
  • The Worf Effect: Despite being a Lightning Bruiser Badass, Olivier easily hands his ass to him when they fight. Justified though, as Alex was not fighting to kill as he did when fighting Sloth.

    Basque Grand 
Affiliation: Amestris Military
Rank: Brigadier General
Specialty: Combat Alchemy/Weapon Alchemy

A Colonel Badass who served as Mustang's commander towards the end of the Ishval War.
Voiced by: Shin Aomori (JP), R Bruce Elliott (EN)

  • Awesome McCoolname
  • 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
  • Bald of Awesome
  • The Brigadier: Was a Brigadier-General at the time of his death.
  • 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/Badass Boast: "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, yes.
  • 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.

    Jean Havoc 
Affiliation: Amestris Military
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Specialty: Marksmanship/Weapons Expert

One 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.

Voiced by: Yuji Ueda (JP), Mike McFarland (EN)

  • 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: The most physically capable male on team Mustang aside from the leader himself.
  • Badass Beard: Grows one after his hospitalization.
  • Badass Normal
  • Chess Motif: He is the knight in Mustang's chess-themed unit. The knight has the most unique moves and can do things that other pieces can't.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Certainly not Master Roshi, but Havoc admits that he's a sucker for large breasts.
    • He's 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!
  • 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.
  • Scars Are Forever: Averted at the end of the anime when a Philosopher's Stone is used to restore his legs.
  • Smoking Is Cool
  • Unlucky Every Dude

    Mustang's Other Subordinates 

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 relatively weak pieces but are capable of doing considerable damage if given the chance.
    • Falman is the bishop. Bishops move diagonally on squares of a single color, and are frequently key to early checkmates.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits
  • Undying Loyalty

Affiliation: Amestris Military
Rank: Warrant Officer
Specialty: Intelligence
Vato Falman

The oldest member of the group, and resident Butt Monkey at times.
Voiced by: Kenji Hamada (JP), Kyle Hebert (EN)

  • 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.)
  • Butt Monkey: He's this for a while (Havoc in particular considers him an amateur), but improves as he gets more field experience.
  • Eyes Always Shut
  • Kicked Upstairs: After the Fuhrer 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.
  • Manly Tears/Tears of Fear: A vanishingly rare example of both at once: he weeps when facing down Wrath, but refuses to surrender or step aside.
  • Non-Action Guy: At the beginning.
  • 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.

Affiliation: Amestris Military
Rank: Master Sergeant
Specialty: Communications
Kain Fuery

The youngest, and their communications expert. Has a friendly relationship with the Elrics.

Voiced by: Tetsuya Kakihara (JP), Kevin M. Connoly (EN)


Affiliation: Amestris Military
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Specialty: Military Tactics/Intelligence
Heymans Breda

The big guy in Mustang's crew. Mustang drafts him for his tactical abilities.

Voiced by: Biichi Satou (JP), Jeremy Inman (EN)

    Dr. Knox 
Affiliation: Amestris Military (former)
Rank: None
Specialty: Surgery

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.

Voiced by: Kinryuu Arimoto (JP), R Bruce Elliott (EN)

    Maria Ross 
Affiliation: Amestris Military
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Specialty: None

Armstrong's subordinate. Serves as one of Edward and Alphonse's bodyguards during their investigations in Central.

Voiced by: Kaori Nazuka (JP), Meridith McCoy (EN)

    Denny Brosh 
Affiliation: Amestris Military
Rank: Sergeant
Specialty: None

Ed and Al's other bodyguard, his carefree nature combines unexpectedly well with his serious partner Maria.

Voiced by: Yuuki Hayashi (JP), Jim Foronda (EN)

  • 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
  • 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
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: Appears to be the oldest out of six.
  • 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.

    Solf J. Kimblee 
Affiliation: Amestris Military (formerly)/Homunculi
Rank: Major (formerly)
Specialty: Explosive Alchemy/Photographic Memory

The 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.

Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino (JP), Eric Vale (EN)

  • 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.
  • 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 too classy, intelligent and philosophical to be Jack Torrance. He more so belongs in a Hannibal Lecter school of psychopaths. 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.
  • 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. 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 they 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: Try wrapping your head around Kimblee's obscure moral code if he has one. He has some rules, but beyond a few specifics, such as his respect for commitment, and more importantly, a massive distaste for hypocrisy, we have no idea how it works. He manages to be more alien than Father or The Truth.
  • Break the Haughty: Not as large-scale as what happens to Father or Pride, but still a rather disturbing fate.
  • 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.
  • 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: 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. He refuses to reduce them to simple statistics.
  • 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.
  • Dissonant Laughter
  • Dressed to Kill
  • The Dog Bites Back: A victim of this trope via Heinkel.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Two standards.
    • "You try to take a lesser being you despised as your container, just to escape your own predicament. You....are hideous."
    • He's offended when Ed mistook him for a pedophile after he complimented Winry.
  • Evil Counterpart/Foil/Shadow Archetype: Possibly 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.
      • Same goes for McDougal, as they both use alchemy to transmute the opponent's body.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's an Axe Crazy sociopath who nevertheless manages to keep up a facade of being a polite and respectful gentleman for the sake of getting by in life. As long as you aren't in his way you're probably safe. Probably. After his release from prison, he transmutes a guard's watch into a toy bomb.
  • Fedora of Asskicking
  • For the Evulz: Toned down from the first anime, but still there.
  • First Name Basis: Averted. 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 was, in the third person, referring to him as 'Solf J. Kimblee.'
  • 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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 honour - 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
  • Nice Hat: The fedora can't go wrong.
  • 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 Winry's 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.
  • 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.
  • Shadow Archetype: Towards Ed. Ed sees himself as the champion of the people while Kimblee is an unapologetic Social Darwinist.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Be careful not to cut yourself.
  • Slasher Smile: Very frequently.
  • Social Darwinist
  • The Sociopath: A high-functioning and very self-aware psychopath.
  • 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: Type C.
  • 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 still there.
  • 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.
  • Warrior Poet: Evil version.
  • 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 
Affiliation: Amestris Military
Rank: Lieutenant General
Specialty: Military Tactics/Intelligence

Head of the East Army and military mentor to Colonel Mustang, he is a major ally to Mustang. Sort of.

Voiced by: Rokuro Naya (JP), Bill Flynn (EN)

    Selim Bradley 
Affiliation: None
Rank: None
Specialty: None

All 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.

In reality, this is all an act. He's Pride, the first and deadliest of the Homunculi. Alive since the creation of Amestris, he looks down on all humans and most of his allies.

Voiced by: Yuko Sanpei (JP), Brittney Karbowski (EN)

    Briggs Brigade 

Border guard forces under Olivier M. Armstrong, stationed in Briggs fortress, in Briggs 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 biracial half-Ishvalan who wants to change the perception of his people; and Lieutenant Henschel, General Armstrong's steadfast assistant. Lieutenant Vato Falman is later assigned to Briggs as well.

Affiliation: Amestris Military
Rank: Major
Specialty: Military Tactics/Intelligence
Miles

General 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.

Voiced by: Kazuya Nakai (JP), Jason Douglas (EN)

Affiliation: Amestris Military
Rank: Captain
Specialty: Weapons Expert
Buccaneer

General 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.

Voiced by: Ryūzaburō Ōtomo (JP), Phil Parsons (EN)

  • Artificial Limbs: The artificial limbs! Even Winry falls in love with them at first sight.
  • Bad Ass: Holy shit he can be! Consider this: He is the first person to actually injure Bradley. Let that sink in.
  • 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.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Olivier comments that means mourning isn't needed.
  • Killed Off for Real: Dies from the wounds inflicted by Wrath.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Mrs. Bradley 
Affiliation: None
Rank: None
Specialty: None

As with Selim, not exactly in the military, but in that category nonetheless. The wife of Fuhrer President King Bradley and adopted mother to Selim. Serves as a Morality Pet to Bradley and Selim, who is actually Pride. Her abduction by Mustang's crew serves to kick off the final arc of the story.

Voiced by: Ai Satou (JP), Dana Schultes (EN)

  • Happily Married: To King Bradley. As far as she knows, he's a great man, not one of the Homunculi.
  • 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.
  • Morality Pet: To both Bradley and Selim.
  • No Name Given
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Apparently, her courtship with Bradley began with her literally slapping him.
  • 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.

    Sheska 
Affiliation: Amestris Military
Rank: Sergeant
Specialty: Photographic Memory

A 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.

Voiced by: Chika Fujimura (JP), Gwendolyn Lau (EN)

  • Adorkable
  • Brainy Brunette
  • 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!
  • Expy: Of Yomiko Readman.
  • Green Eyes
  • Meaningful Name: Polish for path.
  • Meganekko
  • Photographic Memory: She can reproduce exactly anything she's ever read.
  • Plucky Comic Relief
  • 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.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After being drafted by Hughes to help restore the lost library books, she's never seen again.

    Giolio Comanche 
Affiliation: Amestris Military (formerly)
Rank: Major
Specialty: Weapons Alchemy

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.

Voiced by: Tadashi Miyazawa (JP), Charlie Campbell (EN)

  • Artificial Limbs: Has a peg-leg.
  • Badass Grandpa
  • Badass Moustache
  • 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.
  • Handicapped Badass: Lost his leg in the Ishvalan Civil War.
  • Nice Hat
  • Power Tattoo: His hands and palms are covered in the tatts that allow him to essentially create weapons out of thin air.
  • 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

    Isaac McDougal 
Affiliation: Amestris Military (formerly)
Rank: Major (formerly)
Specialty: Water Alchemy

Better known as 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. It turned out he learned about the military's vast conspiracy. His plan was foiled by the Elric Brothers and he was murdered by Fuhrer Bradley.

Voiced by: Koichi Yamadera (JP), Bryan Massey (EN)

  • An Ice Person/Kill It with Ice/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.
  • 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 is trying to stop the big conspiracy in Central though.
  • Axe Crazy: Really pushes it at times.
  • Canon Foreigner: McDougal was created specifically for the first episode of the new anime, but was neatly tied into the overarching plot.
  • 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
  • Doomed Moral Victor: He even tries to make a last stand against Furher Bradley.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Well-intentioned he may be, but he seems to be having a pretty good time wreaking havoc. 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, same war, etc., with Ishval as victim, Isaac as a victimiser with regrets, and Kimblee as a victimiser who thoroughly enjoyed himself. In fact, he tries to spring Kimblee and have the man join him, not quite realizing that Kimblee enjoyed it 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?
  • Ham-to-Ham Combat: With Armstrong.
  • He Knows Too Much: Part of why Bradley kills him rather then captures him.
  • Large Ham: especially in the dub.
  • Majorly Awesome: Pre-breakdown.
  • 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
  • Sacrificial Lion: Created to foreshadow the corruption in the military and to show just how dangerous Bradley is.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Like Mustang the Ishvalian Civil war left him a broken man. Unlike Mustang though, he crossed the Despair Event Horizon and became a Well-Intentioned Extremist.
  • Sociopathic Soldier: Type IV, after the war. He's totally cracked.
  • Still Wearing The Old Colors
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: If he had went about his methods more subtlely 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.
  • The Worf Effect: Bradley killing him is a pretty good indicator as to just what the Fuhrer is capable of.

    Raven 
Affiliation: Amestris Military
Rank: Lieutenant General
Specialty: Military tactics/deception

A 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.

Voiced by: Katsuhisa Houki (JP), Chris Ayres (EN)

  • Ambiguously Brown
  • Beard of Evil
  • 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.
  • Dirty Old Man: What with his hitting on Olivier.
  • Evil Old Folks
  • 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 letch.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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