Speciality: Martial-Arts/Weapons Expert/Stealth
- Action Girl: In her introductory scene, she fights Ed to a standstill until he figures out her Berserk Button.
- Artificial Limbs: She gets an automail arm after she amputates her wounded one.
- Badass: She's supposed to protect Ling from all potential harm, so it's part of the job.
- Badass Adorable: Without her mask, she's rather cute.
- Badass Normal: Apart from her chi sense, she doesn't have any kind of super powers.
- Berserk Button: Ling getting insulted or put in harms way.
- Big Eater: A quirk she shares with Ling.
- Big Damn Heroes: During the second fight with Gluttony.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Has a blade on her automail.
- Bodyguard Crush: On Ling. Ed appears to ship them. Greed and Hohenheim do too, in fact.
- The Bus Came Back: After she and her grandfather Fu set off to find an automail mechanic for her lost arm, they aren't seen again until they both make a grand re-entrance near the end where she goes Cuisinart with her new automail on a surprised Gluttony, complete with music fanfare.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: During the second fight with Gluttony, she subdues him and nearly kills him all by herself, with some assistance from Ling; she would've been able to kill him herself if her automail didn't act up.
- Curtains Match the Window: Black hair, black eyes.
- Detect Evil: She can sense homunculi and the Philosopher's Stone under Amestris.
- Determinator - Plucky Girl: She cut off her own arm just so Wrath would lose track of her and Ling, and then later managed to recover from the painful and grueling automail surgery and rehabilitation that normally takes 2-3 years to recover from in 6 months.
- Xing's Alkahestry, being for medicinal purposes likely sped up the recovery.
- Oh it gets even better than that. She actually didn't fully recover from it in that time period. Didn't stop her at all from showing up and kicking ass in the end!
- Disabled Love Interest: For Ling.
- Heroic BSOD: Becomes completely depressed and angst-ridden during her healing and treatment with living without an arm, but eventually adjusts to it before her automail is finally installed.
- Heroic RROD: Comes dangerously close to this several times since she hasn't properly recuperated from the installation of her automail arm.
- It's All My Fault: Blames herself after Ling becomes the second Greed.
- I Will Only Slow You Down: Tries to pull this when injured and slung over Ling's shoulder while actively being pursued by Bradley. When her attempts to convince Ling that she is not worth saving if it means the loss of his life fail, she cuts her arm off instead to throw Bradley off their trail.
- Knife Nut: Kunai are her Weapon of Choice before getting automail anyway.
- Legacy of Service: She comes from a long line of people serving the Royal Family.
- Life or Limb Decision: Cut off her severed left arm in order to distract Wrath, so that she and Ling could escape.
- Mask Power: And she actually feels kinda insecure when she loses it.
- Ninja: She comes from Xing, a Fantasy Counterpart Culture of Asia, wears all black, and is very stealthy.
- Prim and Proper Bun: Sensible hairstyle for a ninja bodyguard.
- Put on a Bus: Leaves the story to recuperate after her arm amputation and automail surgery.
- Samus is a Girl: Is introduced masked and remains silent throughout her first fight with Ed, until he shatters the mask revealing her face and consequently, gender.
- Ship Tease: With Ling.
- Shrinking Violet: Without her mask, she's rather insecure.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Another rampant case. Ranfan/Ran Fan, Lanfan/Lan Fan, Lang Fan, Lan fun, Ranfun, Ran Fen...
- The official sketch book names her "Ranfun", but shouldn't be considered the definitive spelling, since this same volume lists Al's last name as "Elrick".
- The eyecatches of Brotherhood say it's Lan Fan.
- Take My Hand: Refuses to let go of Greed/Ling's hand when he and Wrath were dangling over the side of a bridge, despite his warning that her automail couldn't take the strain. It actually started to tear away from her shoulder but she still wouldn't let go.
- Trick Bomb: Seems to prefer the regular Xing grenade and the occasional flashbang.
- Tsundere: Ling is the recipient of her dere; those who dare so much as look at him the wrong way suffer her tsun, thus making her Type A. However, this trait becomes downplayed to nonexistence by the end of her Character Development.
- Undying Loyalty: To Ling.
- Unstoppable Rage: Inverted, as getting into a rage over protecting Ling actually makes her weaker and prone to mistakes. Ed takes advantage of this and insults Ling during their first fight to make her easier to fight.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: She would do anything to save Ling. Justified in that protecting him is her job.
- Wild Goose Chase: Lan Fan cuts off her own injured arm and tying it to a stray dog so that the Fuhrer, who is following the blood trail, is thrown off.
Shao May is voiced by: Rie Kugimiya (JP), Tia Ballard (EN)
Rank: 17th Princess of Xing
Speciality: Medical Alkahestry/Martial-Arts
- Action Girl: Despite being around twelve years old, she's very competent in a fight.
- Anime Chinese Girl: Xing is a Fantasy Counterpart Culture to China, so yeah.
- Badass Adorable: She's quite the martial artist, and she's undoubtedly cute.
- Badass Princess: Admittedly, she's not a princess in very high standing.
- Bottomless Magazines: You may be wondering where she gets all those throwing knives. This trope is averted by Fridge Brilliance in that she simply transmutes more from available material.
- Child Prodigy: Expert at alkahestry and martial arts, and she is still not a teenager yet.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: A somewhat milder case although in the end, instead of returning to her country with Envy, she decides to stay in Amestris to help everyone. Ling does note that she lost her chance to make her clan win by involving herself in another country's business.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Has quite the overactive imagination.
- Curtains Match the Window: Like most other people of Xing.
- Detect Evil: She can sense homunculi and the subterranean Philosopher's Stone.
- Empathy Pet: One of the more literal examples. Her panda not only shares her feelings, but also mimics most of her movements.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: She's a princess of Xing, although she's rarely called by her title.
- Flechette Storm: A variant in that she doesn't use it to attack people directly, but she does tend to throw them very close to people's heads when performing remote transmutations.
- The Glomp: Her standard greeting towards Alphonse.
- Head Pet: Shao May.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Thinks Scar and Yoki are great guys before either has really reformed and distrusts Ed and Al initially.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Once she gets over Ed, she's on Al like Elvis on a pound of bacon.
- I Got Bigger: In the epilogue she appears to have grown at least two feet taller.
- Immortality Seeker: She's searching for the secret to raise her clan's standing in court.
- Implied Love Interest: For Alphonse.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: She can effortlessly throw five knives at once to land in a circle.
- The Ingenue: Sweet, naive, and well-intentioned.
- Knife Nut: Not as a weapon, but a tool to perform her alkahestry.
- Kung-Fu Kid: Enters the story by kicking Al in the head.
- Kung-Fu Wizard: Adept at both martial arts and alkahestry.
- Little Miss Badass: See Plucky Girl below.
- Love Before First Sight: Develops a crush on Ed after misinterpreting a description of the Fullmetal Alchemist and his legendary exploits, coming to believe he's a Knight in Shining Armor. Then she finds out what Ed's really like, she drops him for Al for similar, but less exaggerated reasons.
- Maybe Ever After: It's implied that she got together with Al since she appears in the new Elric Family Photo.
- The Medic: Knows some healing alchemy. Oddly enough, she fills this role for her group more than her teammate Marcoh, who is an actual doctor.
- Morality Pet: For Scar.
- Mouthy Kid: Although she can border on Bratty Half-Pint whenever Ed's around.
- Naïve Everygirl: She's well-intentioned, but she's a very good judge of character.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Envy tricks her into restoring him/her to his full strength on the Promised Day.
- Ocular Gushers: Enough to put out a fire.
- Odango Hair: With Braids of Action to boot.
- Odd Friendship: With Scar.
- Panda-ing to the Audience: Shao May
- Perky Female Minion: She fits this to the extent that while she is rather cheerful, the character she follows Scar is very much The Stoic. Granted, Scar is well on his way to being an Anti-Hero by the time she meets him.
- Pet Baby, Wild Animal: She found Shao May after she had been abandoned by the other pandas due to her stunted growth and has taken care of her ever since.
- Plucky Girl: Crosses a Sahara Desert expy and into an unfriendly militaristic nation ALONE, picks a fight while still recovering from a concussion, and attacks the Big Bad even while knowing that she is totally outclassed by him. Even after being badly wounded, she continues to help out in the final battle. May Chang does not give up.
- Rapunzel Hair: It's both braided and wrapped up in buns—it'd probably go to her feet if she let it down.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Shao May.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Not that she really has much of a choice if she wants her clan to survive.
- Settle for Sibling: After Ed doesn't turn to be what she expected, she falls for his brother Al.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Develops a crush on Ed after misinterpreting a description of the Fullmetal Alchemist and his legendary exploits, coming to believe he's a Knight in Shining Armor. After meeting him in person, she quickly drops her infatuation. Instead, she falls for his brother, Al who fits the "knight in shining armor" description better.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Where do I begin? May Chan, May Chen, Meichan, May Chang, Mei Chang... it just never ends.
- And Shao May's name can also be spelled Xiao May/Mei...
- Succession Crisis: As means to save her lesser clan.
- Tagalong Kid: Kind of, she ends up joining Scar's group, and while she is the youngest member of the team, she's far from useless or a burden.
- Teacher/Student Romance: She teaches Al about alkahestry.
- Thinks Like a Romance Novel: She has indulgent romantic fantasies towards both Elrics.
Speciality: Martial-Arts/Weapons Expert/Stealth
- Badass Grandpa: Literally. Must be a Badass Family.
- Cool Old Guy: He's a freaking ninja.
- Detect Evil: Sensing homunculi and the subterranean Philosopher's Stone.
- Go Out with a Smile: He's satisfied with his death in battle, and that even though he was wounded and failed to detonate, his body still allowed Buccaneer a chance to stab Wrath.
- Heroic BSOD: He slaps Lan Fan when he sees that she has lost her arm, but it's less about him being angry and more about in denial and shock. Then he falls to his knees and cries.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He tries to kill both Wrath and himself with explosives, but Wrath just destroys the wicks on the thing. Then he succeeds by letting Buccaneer run his sword through his body to finally injure Bradley.
- Legacy of Service: His family's served Ling's for a while.
- Mask Power: Wears one when first introduced, although he eventually stops bothering.
- Miniature Senior Citizens: Not played for laughs, but Fu is still only about as tall as Ed.
- Ninja: Like Lan Fan, he's a master in martial arts and stealth.
- Older Sidekick: Ling could be his grandson.
- Old Retainer: He's been serving the Young Lord for years.
- Only One Name: Only ever known as Fu.
- Papa Wolf: Goes into this mode on King Bradley when he learns what he did to Lan Fan.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Alternately "Fuu", "Huu", "Who". If Brotherhood's eyecatches are anything to go by, it's officially "Fu".
- Taking You with Me: Tries this against King Bradley. Ignores Greed's warnings and fails but it enables Buccaneer to finally inflict a wound on Bradley. Which in turn allowed Scar to kill him later on.
- Trick Bomb: Prefers tear gas grenades and flashbangs.
- Weak, but Skilled: Once he intruded on the fight between Wrath and Greed, Bradley started to take the fight much more seriously. Despite Fu being unable to lay a single blow on Bradley, Bradley actually complimented the older warrior for his skills, even expressing disappointment at having to kill him
Rank: Major (formerly)
Speciality: Medical Alchemy/Biological Alchemy
- The Atoner: He's wracked with guilt for his role in the research and creation of Philosopher's Stones.
- Back-Alley Doctor: In a small country town, and very competent.
- Badass Bookworm: Not actually in the beat-em-up sense, but his grit and determination are pretty badass.
- Batman Gambit: He basically knew that Envy would track him down, knowing from experience how much the homunculi like to wreck his life.
- Beware the Nice Ones: A milder example, but by being a Badass Bookworm Envy finds this out the hard way. Turns out Marcoh also knows all the weaknesses of a Philosopher's Stone too, and is perfectly willing to exploit them.
- Death Seeker: On first meeting Scar, he begs the assassin to kill him.
- Defector from Decadence: He deserted the military after an attack of conscience.
- The Dog Bites Back: One of the most spectacular examples of this trope. See Crowning Moment of Awesome.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: His horrifically mangled face serves as a symbol of his guilt and attempts to atone for his actions in Ishval.
- The Grotesque: Instead of killing him as requested, Scar disfigures him horribly, so they can travel without Marcoh being recognized.
- Let's Get Dangerous: You thought taking out poor helpless old Marcoh would be a piece of cake, didn't you Envy? Maybe you shouldn't have taught the guy everything you knew about Philosopher's Stones, particularly the bits about homunculi being made out of them, and how to destroy them.
- Like a God to Me: Tim Marcoh, being largely responsible for the near extermination of the Ishvalan race, ends up saying this to Scar, one of the surviving Ishvalans, as a sign of his own humility, but it only serves to piss Scar off.
- Starting A New Life: He has begun a new life as a small-town doctor.
- Suicide by Cop: He wants to die without his beloved village being destroyed by the Homunculi. So when Scar shows up in their compound, he tries to punch Scar's Berserk Button and make his death look like an accident. Scar doesn't kill him, instead he kidnaps him and uses him to get information. Sorry, Marcoh. You were a few days worth of Character Development too late for that.
Rank: 1st Lieutenant (formerly)
Speciality: Not a Damn Thing
- Belated Backstory: In the anime, the story of how he got kicked out of the military and his history with the Brothers Elric isn't fully related until episode 38, twenty-five episodes after his first appearance.
- Break the Haughty: In his first chapter, he goes from a petty despot looking to climb the ranks to a bum.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Ed and Al don't even remember their first meeting with him.
- Butt Monkey: He gets absolutely zero respect from anyone around him. Ed and Al don't even remember causing his downfall. He ends up becoming a professional butt monkey in the end — a circus clown.
- Car Fu: Ramming a car against Pride.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Even more in Brotherhood, where he's reduced to a brief mention in episode 4 before showing up again in episode 13.
- Chekhov's Skill: Say what you want about him being a crappy mine proprietor, but the man knows his stuff about coal mines.
- Cowardly Sidekick: To Scar.
- Dirty Coward: Before his Character Development he was this. He has no combat skills, unlike Scar and Mai, so in dangerous situations, he just panicked.
- Hostage Situation: Happens, but everyone convinces the hostage-taker they don't care (at least some of them actually did).
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: or a heart of fool's gold, if you will.
- Kick Them While They Are Down: Does this to Envy after its defeat to Marcoh, verbally at least. Not to mention running Pride down with a car and gloating about it.
- In Pride's case, it's more like "I can't believe I'm doing this shit!" than "Look who's laughing now, sucker!".
- Non-Action Guy: In a World of Badass, he has no combat skills. Though running Pride down with a car was pretty badass.
- Small Name, Big Ego: In his first appearance.
- Smug Snake: Definitely, before his Heel-Face Turn. And even now he's a bit of a slimeball.
- Starting A New Life: From corrupt government official to Scar's sidekick, and eventually becomes, of all things, a circus clown. Although given his expression in the picture revealing this, that last one was not necessarily his own choice.
- Badass Normal: Alchemy? No. Really big muscles? Yes.
- Battle Couple: With Izumi, his wife. They were part of the Final Battle together.
- Berserk Button: Other men hitting on his wife is just about the only thing that can drive him to violence.
- Big Beautiful Man: Some female fans think his size and chub make him utterly huggable. His wife evidentially does as well.
- The Big Guy: In every sense of the term. During the battle with Sloth, Izumi tosses Sloth in the air, Sig punches him. Rinse, repeat.
- Face of a Thug: Ironic, given his wife's violent tendencies. He even looked like a crime boss when he was younger◊.
- Genius Bruiser: The man runs a butcher shop; his knowledge of an animal's biology is probably better than some alchemists. And he can carry the entire corpse on his shoulders.
- Gentle Giant: Slightly downplayed. He's mostly a nice guy, but can be somewhat cold at times.
- Ham-to-Ham Combat: Engages in an epic muscle-flexing pose-off duel with fellow manly-man Alex Louis Armstrong. The two immediately become friends after destroying their shirts without exchanging a single word, in what observers can only describe as "a friendship forged entirely by muscle."
- In Brotherhood, they become Ham-to-Ham Bash Brothers. They kill Sloth immediately afterwards.
- Happily Married: To Izumi. They run their business together, he takes care of her when her illness starts up, and there are frequent lovey-dovey backgrounds when they're both on screen.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: It's not that Izumi's particuarly small, but almost any woman (and man) is tiny next to him.
- Satellite Character: Basically, he's just in the story to watch Izumi's back.
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: Flowers and butterflies literally pelt anyone nearby whenever he and Izumi have a moment. Which is every time they're on screen together.
- Stout Strength: Sig is noticeably portly, especially compared to fellow big-beefy-guy Col. Armstrong, but he's still freakishly strong. He's kind of got that "retired football player" look going for him.
- Cool Old Lady: A pipe-smoking automail mechanic.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl / Lady Drunk: In her youth. She and Hohenheim were drinking buddies.
- I Was Quite a Looker: And about three feet taller.
- Miniature Senior Citizens: Seriously, she must have lost about half her height during menopause.
- Parental Substitute: To her granddaughter, then later to her buddie's two sons as well.
- Screw Politeness Im A Senior: She ridicules Ed's lack of height with impunity (though usually when he has it coming).
- Secret Keeper: Having known Hohenheim for decades, she realizes that he must age slowly, if at all, yet she does not tell Ed and Al (or Winry) of this fact, instead leaving that up to their father.
- Smoking Is Cool: Her wooden pipe is a permanent fixture on her person.
- Women Are Wiser: Her straightforward attitude helps keep other characters stay grounded.
- Wrench Wench: Taught Winry everything she knows.
- Death by Origin Story: Died of an illness about five years ago and gave birth to the full metal alchemist.
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: Ed and Al remember her as the best thing that ever happened to them.
- Good Parents: She encouraged her sons' alchemy talent, did her best to let them know their father loves them, and generally made it obvious why Ed and Al wanted her back so badly.
- Happily Married: She and Hohenheim weren't officially married, but they lived happily together for several years.
- Housewife: She stayed home and raised the kids while their father was out.
- I Will Wait for You: Only death put an end to this.
- May-December Romance: With Hohenheim, on the outside. When they got hitched, he looked like a man in his late 30's/early 40's while she was in her early 20's.
- Mayfly-December Romance: What she and Hohenheim actually were, since he was immortal.
- Missing Mom: Died before the start of the series.
- Motherly Side Plait: Page image because she's a stellar example of the modest and maternal nature of it.
- Plot-Triggering Death: It's her death that kickstarts a good part of the plot.
- Posthumous Character: She died when Ed and Al were children, causing them to perform the human transmutation that kicked off most of the plot.
- Together in Death: With Hohenheim. He goes to her grave and waits for the last bit of his Philosopher's Stone to run out.
Rank: Prisoner #66
- Abhorrent Admirer: For Riza.
- Amazon Chaser: The women he wants most to chop up are Lust and Riza.
- And I Must Scream: After being destroyed by Lust, he is stuck in a tiny piece of armor, alone in a secret room and unable to move. It gets fixed quickly though.
- Animated Armor: His soul is sealed into an otherwise empty suit of armor, which serves as his new body.
- Armor-Piercing Question: Gives one to another suit of armor.
- Ax-Crazy: This is why he was executed in the first place.
- Break Them by Talking: Gives one mighty lecture to Al, leaving the poor boy questioning his own existence. Note that he was just making crap up to stall and not basing it on any flaws he saw in Al.
- The Butcher: One of his nicknames, and he actually worked as a butcher in the past.
- Death by Irony: Killed by his own body.
- Dual Wielding: With meat cleavers.
- Dying Alone: Essentially what happens to him in the end.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: Well, "friend" may be a bit of a stretch, but nobody seems to give a damn about what happened to him after Lust destroyed his armor.
- Heel-Face Turn: Though not much of one. Even when working for Roy, he's still a psychotic killer. Probably the only reason he doesn't cut up his allies is because Riza tells him not to.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: At his most heroic he is still a sociopath but his love of cutting things up is played for laughs.
- Ignored Enemy: He constantly threatens the heroes, but they have more dangerous enemies to deal with.
- I Have Many Names: Not that anyone cares to listen to the list.
- Interplay of Sex and Violence: He measures the attractiveness of women on how much he wants to "chop" them — voluptuous characters like Lust and Riza are to his taste, but Envy was far too stringy.
- Laughably Evil: He doesn't have any redeeming qualities, but damned if he isn't funny. Becomes more Laughably Anti-Heroic, post-Heel-Face Turn.
- Love at First Punch: He falls for Riza after she curbstomps him.
- Love Redeems: His Heel-Face Turn was prompted by him falling for Riza.
- Nightmare Fetishist: His original body, now a mindless zombie, constantly chases him on orders from the Homunculi. Being close to him affects his blood seal and threatens to destroy both of them. But rather then stay the heck away from it, Barry gleefully chases it because he finds to the idea of murdering his own flesh to be really cool. Too bad he got killed in the process. This is later made extra-ironic in that given the eventual relationship Al is shown to have with his body (which is in the gate), killing his own body would have likely caused his soul to be destroyed anyway!
- Pet the Dog: Doesn't want to stand by and let Maria Ross get convicted of a crime she didn't commit.
- Psycho for Hire: He really doesn't care who he's working for as long as they let him chop. This is downplayed after his Heel-Face Turn, however.
- Serial Killer: Started after he decided there wasn't much difference between cutting up beef and cutting up humans.
- Token Evil Teammate: Roy keeps him on a proverbial leash and points him at his own enemies. Since all Barry cares about is chopping things up he charges in that direction. Although he's much more restrained than before, since he only goes after the Homunculi and his possessed body.
- What Measure Is a Mook?: His main reason for leaving the Homunculi is because they regarded him as such.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The Homunculi tried to do this to him. It took a while, and he definitely played a small thorn in their sides, but they ultimately succeeded.
- The Blank: It's a mere silhouette, unless it's grinning creepily or wearing someone else's stolen face.
- Brown Note: Kind of; looking at him won't kill you or drive you insane, but it does come with a hefty viewing fee. And there are NO exceptions...
- Empathic Shapeshifter: Of a sort. He doesn't change shape according to your mood, but he does change to match your appearance. Ed saw him as a Creepy Child, Izumi saw him as a taller, more feminine looking adult, Roy saw him as a tall muscular man and Father saw him as a shadowy ball of nothingness.
- Good Is Not Nice: A stretch, but despite the heavy prices it collects from those, who perform Human Transmutations, he seems to be more of Cruel to Be Kind as his main goal is to teach alchemists that alchemy isn't everything. When Edward figures that out, Truth is overjoyed and lets the deal to reclaim Al's body be made.
- Graceful Loser: When Ed finally learns his lesson, The Truth is overjoyed and is happy to let Al return to the real world.
- Humanoid Abomination: The form he takes is humanoid, but featureless—barring whatever toll he just exacted from you.
- I Have Many Names: "One name you might have for me is 'the world', or perhaps 'the universe', or perhaps 'God' or perhaps 'The Truth'. I am all and I am one. So this also means that I am you."
- Ironic Hell: Ironic punishment anyway, inflicted on those who attempt to raise the dead.(To Homunculus) "Despair to the conceited."
- Jerkass Gods: The Truth reflects the individuals who stand before him, and we usually encounter him from Ed's perspective. This ensues. Turned up to eleven when Father is finally dragged before him for judgment.
- Karma Houdini: As payment for human transmutation, the arbiter of the gate relieved Izumi of her organs, Ed of two of his limbs, Al of his entire body, and Roy of his eyesight temporarily. Some in the audience choose to interpret this as unpunished malice on his part. Then again, being the God equivalent, he essentially is karma.
- Kick the Dog and Pet the Dog: Taking Roy's sight. On one hand, Roy did not perform human transmutation by his own will; he was forced bodily into it. On the other hand, compared to people who lost limbs or organs, blindness is an extremely light toll and he still gave Roy the ability to transmute without a circle. On top of that, Roy is constantly attended to by Riza Hawkeye, who completely mitigates this punishment's practical applications. Furthermore, it was only a temporary handicap because Dr. Marcoh's Philosopher's Stone was used to cure him. Something that a keeper of a gate with all knowledge inside referring to itself as things like "reality", "the world", "all", "one", "you", and "God", would know.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: What he does to Father in the end.
- Light Is Not Good: Regardless of his moral alignment, he is still a sadistic white... thing who viciously punishes anything that ends up at the gate.
- The Omniscient: It's all knowing. It can give you knowledge too, for the right price...
- Pet the Dog:
- May genuinely respect Al, after Al gives up getting back his body to help save Amestris.
- Gets an even bigger one with Ed, after he surrenders his alchemy:
- In the English Brotherhood dub, his line calls back to the Japanese version's "Voice of the Legion of the subject" thing which the English dub only does with this one line in episode 63.Truth: "YOU'VE DONE IT! THAT'S THE RIGHT ANSWER! GOOD JOB! YOU BEAT ME! GO AHEAD! TAKE HIM HOME! THE BACK DOOR IS RIGHT OVER THERE! GOODBYE, EDWARD ELRIC!"
- Phrase Catcher: When an unfortunate alchemist asks who/what he is, Truth always gives the same answer.Truth: I am "the world". Or perhaps "the universe". I am "God". I am "Truth". I am "all". I am "one". And... I am you.
- Shadow Archetype: Though in an odd way. It is the approximate size and shape of anyone attempting to converse with it. In chapter 108 when Homunculus talks to it, Truth takes the shape of a small sphere, just like Homunculus.
- Slasher Smile: Its only genuine facial feature.
- It gives a genuine, non-slasher one as part of his hearty congratulation when Ed achieves the "truth behind the truth" and gives his own gate as toll for his Al.
- It also drops the smile for a disappointed frown when it banishes Father/Homunculus..
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Father/Homunculus right before having its own gate swallow it.
- Trickster Mentor: It was this to Ed all along. It wanted Ed to learn that there was more to life than alchemy.
- Voice of the Legion: This even takes on the quality of being a legion variant of the voice of whoever he's talking to.
- When congratulating Ed for the "truth behind the truth", his voice changes into a legion crossover between Ed and Al's.
- Anti-Villain: They're part of the criminal world, but it's only because they don't have anywhere else to go.
- Petting Zoo People: Each one has characteristics of a different animal and limited shapeshifting based on that.
- True Companions: They're very loyal to each other and Greed.
- Undying Loyalty: They all ended up sacrificing their lives for Greed.
Rank: Black-Ops (formerly)
Speciality: Super Strength/Hammer
- Drop the Hammer: Uses a fairly large one in battle.
- A Load of Bull: He's part bull, and he grows bull's horns when he transforms.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: He can transform into a bull.
Rank: Black-Ops (formerly)
- Cute Monster Girl: Martel/Marta is a good-looking young woman with great flexibility, a contrast to the more overt mutations of other chimera characters. In particular, the other reptilian chimera, Bido, is fairly ugly.
- Fragile Speedster: She's fast and flexible, but also smaller than the other chimeras.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Stabbed by Bradley.
- Tattooed Crook: Has a large tribal tattoo on her right hand side from her cheek down to her shoulder.
Rank: Black-Ops (formerly)
- Cool Sword: Uses a katana.
- Fragile Speedster: Very quick, but not bulky like Roa.
- Furry Reminder: Greed mentions that he lifts his leg when he pees. Judging from his reaction, he'd rather not have people know that.
- Back for the Dead: Disappears from the story after becoming the Sole Survivor of Wrath's massacre of his buddies. Then reappears just to stumble into Father's base and get killed by Greed II, causing Greed II to recover the original Greed's Genetic Memory.
- Lizard Folk: He uses it to climb walls.
- Badass Crew: Chimeras are much stronger than the usual soldier, but these four are clear standouts. They can easily go toe-to-toe with Homunculi, or even Scar!
- Hell, Zampano and Darius even help out taking down Father.
- Heel-Face Turn: All of them betray Kimblee and join Ed.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Jerso, Zampano, Darius, and Heinkel can shift between human and half-animal forms at will.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: This must be the reason why Kimblee doesn't bother to help Darius and Heinkel from the mineshaft collapse, which leads to their Heel-Face Turn.
Speciality: Super Strength/Quills
- Badass: He's a black eyed boar with white skin and intimidating, that's badass.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Jerso.
- Pig Man: In his chimera form.
- Reverse Mole: After joining the heroes, he seems to be revealed as The Mole and calls Envy to alert him of their location. Actually he never turned on the heroes, and the call was a trick to lead Envy into a trap.
- Scary Shiny Glasses
- Walking the Earth: Jerso and Zampano become Al's bodyguards and accompany him in his travels while searching for a way to return to being normal human beings.
Speciality: Agility/Adhesive Saliva
- Acrofatic: Befitting a man who's half-toad, Jerso can leap great distances despite his girth.
- Badass: A badass frog... guy.
- Breath Weapon: Jerso can spit or drool large globs of sticky, adhesive saliva that hamper his opponents' movement.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Zampano.
- Walking the Earth: Jerso and Zampano become Al's bodyguards and accompany him in his travels while searching for a way to return to being normal human beings.
Speciality: Super Strength
- Ambiguously Gay: In the 4-Koma Theater animated shorts, he seems attracted to men. On the main series, he shows disappointment when Heinkel's lion form does not have paw pads, implying he fetished about his furry form.
- Badass: Not as much as his lion partner, but still decently strong.
Speciality: Marksmanship / Super Strength / Agility
- Badass: You have to be a badass to take on Pride solo! Heinkel's responsible for burning up a lot of Pride's energy and damaging his container.
- Badass Mustache: When he's not in lion mode, it's blonde. BUT NOT AS MANLY AS ARMSTRONG'S!
- Big Damn Heroes: An injured and battered Heinkel ends up being the one who saves Alphonse and Marcoh from Pride and Kimblee.
- The Big Guy: fulfills this trope with Darius.
- The Dog Bites Back: He literally bites Kimblee's neck, gashing his windpipe and fatally injuring him.
- Guns Akimbo: When he's into in lion mode.
- Lightning Bruiser: Helps being a lion.
- The Nose Knows: Uses his lion's sense of smell to track down Pride in the dark. Never has an audience been so overwhelmingly happy to see a lion track down and maul a seven-year-old boy.
- Oh, Crap: When he realizes that the banging noise he's been hearing is Pride transmitting their location via Morse Code.
- Panthera Awesome: He can turn into a lion hybrid.
- Break the Cutie: Her faith in God and that her loved ones will come back to her is stripped away and she feels like she's lost everything. However, Ed tells her to use her two strong legs to keep walking, allowing her to get back on her feet.
- Idiot Hair: Like most characters, she has one piece of hair that sticks up.
- Multicolored Hair: Her hair is pink in the front and dark in the back.
- Nice Girl: Sweet and well-meaning.
- The Tragic Rose: She was an orphan and her boyfriend died, leaving her with no one. Father Cornello promised her a way to bring her boyfriend back, so she became a devout Letoist follower. Turns out Cornello was a fake. After Ed and Al reveal to her the truth, she breaks down.
- Woman in White: She wore a white dress in her first appearance.
Speciality: Weapon Alchemy
- Bald of Evil: Compared to the Bishōnen villains, he's pretty normal.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Wants power, but is shown to be rather pathetic as a fighter, and is just shown to be a pawn of the homunculus.
- Body Horror: The fake philosopher stone recoils as he's trying to make a machine gun and turns his right arm into a mess of metal and flesh.
- Card-Carrying Villain: An aging bald man who wants to take over the world? Generic? Lampshaded brilliantly by Ed.
- Engineered Public Confession: How the Elrics take him down.
- Good Shepherd: He bulit his cult based on this image: a wise and benevolent religious figure. He's actually a Sinister Minister because he plans to use his cult to build an army.
- Hulking Out: Does so in this version as a last resort against Elric. It doesn't work as Elric tranmutes a giant fist to take him down.
- Light Is Not Good: A catholicish looking priest spreading a religion based on a sun god that looks like Father?
- Path of Inspiration: The Leto cult.
Speciality: Biological Alchemy
- Affably Evil: In spite of his lack of scruples, he's still very mild-mannered and polite.
- Asshole Victim: The first State Alchemist Scar kills. The Elric brothers don't seem to care about his death, as opposed to that of Nina and Alexander. The author even acknowledges this, as he's the only one to end up in Hell during Arakawa's "In Memorium" comics. Even Envy, Barry, Lust and Kimbley ended up in Heaven, so it really puts into perspective how horrible Tucker was.
- Evil Is Petty:
- Sacrificed his family for a research grant, first his wife, then his daughter and her dog.
- In the Brotherhood anime, they add a scene after Ed's done beating the stuffing out of him and while Al's trying to comfort Ninaxander. Shou just crawls up to a watch on the floor and happily declares that he'll get to keep his job. Yeah, there's a reason why the characters, the fandom and the author universally despise this guy.
- Evilutionary Biologist: See For Science! below.
- For Science!: The primary reason why he turned his daughter and dog into a monster? To see if he could.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: And zero remorse about turning his wife, and later his daughter and dog, into twisted abominations, for that matter.
- Guinea Pig Family: Uses his own wife and daughter as experiments in order to keep his job.
- Knight of Cerebus: Although it started with a horrifically failed attempt at resurrecting their mother, Fullmetal Alchemist begins kind of hopeful with Edward and Alphonse Elric traveling to find the Philosopher's Stone to set things right. Then they encounter Tucker, whose experiments that transformed his wife, dog, and daughter into pained chimeras, give a sign of the darker events that will follow.
- Lack of Empathy: A somewhat lesser case than others in the series, but he does have no regrets about turning his wife and daughter into chimeras.
- Mad Doctor: Using your own family as guinea pigs isn't the best medical practice...
- Mad Scientist: He doesn't fit the traditional profile of this trope, since he's rather calm and polite at first.
- Not So Different: Tries to pull this on Ed.
- Obliviously Evil: Perhaps the most terrifying example in existence, and a perfect illustration of how this trope is not a "get out of jail free card" for villains; if anything, his obliviousness makes him ten times more horrible, as he not only thought that turning his own family into his own personal guinea pigs and transforming them into inhuman abominations that can only feel pain was acceptable, he expected to be rewarded for it.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: The sheen of his glasses is the first thing seen when he's standing in his dimly lit laboratory.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: He never raises his voice once, and it manages to make him seem even more messed up.
- Walking Spoiler: Although not quite as bad as most examples.
- And I Must Scream: :What Tucker does to them.
- Big Friendly Dog: Alexander.
- Body Horror: Her own father fuses them both into a sick parody of a humanoid dog, that's literally in constant pain due to the man's incompetence.
- Cheerful Child Incredibly adorable. Her innocence makes it downright heartbreaking to see what happened to her.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: A very, very noteworthy aversion; the Elrics never forgot about her, or her fate, and it haunts their memories for a good chunk of the series and implicitly the rest of their lives. At one point, one of True Form!Envy's faces gives Ed a flashback to it that is so painful he's rendered unable to move.
- Guinea Pig Family: Her father turned her and her dog Alexander into a chimera, just like he did with her mother.
- Kill the Cutie
- Mercy Kill: Scar kills her so that she won't have to remain as a chimera.
- Missing Mom: Nina's mother left the family two years ago. It later turns out that the chimera that starved to death was her mother.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Most definitely, though unlike some examples Nina is never forgotten - Edward mentions her in the very last chapter, even!
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Oh poor Nina.
- Affably Evil: For a pair of serial killers, they're remarkably well-mannered.
- Animated Armor: One brother's soul inhabits a suit of armor from the torso down while the other is sealed in the helmet.
- Badass Baritone: The older brother has a deep booming voice, while his younger brother's voice is higher.
- Blood Knight: Seems to enjoy fighting Ed quite a bit.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The brothers obviously care about each other a great deal.
- Evil Sounds Deep: The older brother.
- Fair Play Villain: Despite bragging about their status as mass murderers, they show Ed their weak spots to keep things sporting and plan on willingly answering Ed’s questions about the conspiracy honestly once Ed defeats them and treats them like real people.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: How Ed defeats the younger brother, but since he’s a suit of armor, he’s fine.
- No Name Given: Neither brother's real name is ever given.
- Serial Killer: While in living bodies.
- Sibling Team: The brothers worked together to carry about their serial murders and afterwards share a single suit of armor.
- Villainous Breakdown: The younger brother completely loses it when his older brother is killed.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: The older brother remarks on the irony of being treated like people only after they've been put into a suit of armor. In fact, Ed treating them with human dignity is what motivates the older brother to spill the lab’s secrets.
- Worthy Opponent: The older brother likes that Ed is actually a challenging opponent.
- You Are Number Six: The brothers are referred to only by number after being assigned to guard the laboratory.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Partially the reason they’re offed by Lust and Envy, partially to prevent them from spilling secrets to Ed.
Speciality: Super Strength
- Big Brother Worship: She appears to adore Alex.
- Cute Bruiser: She may look sweet, but she's able to lift entire pianos over her head and throw them.
- The Cutie: Adorable and innocent, especially when compared to her Iron Lady older sister Olivier.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: A contrast with her sister, who has a heart closer to cold iron.
- Idiot Hair: Of course, considering it was PASSED DOWN IN THE ARMSTRONG FAMILY FOR GENERATIONS!
- Innocent Blue Eyes: A second visual contrast with her sister is her innocence and gentleness.
- Killer Rabbit: Looks sweet and harmless, but thinks it's cute to see her brother and sister beating the crap out of each other and destroying the family home; oh, and she throws pianos.
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: With Olivier. Katherine is a sweet Proper Lady while Olivier is a no-nosense Lady of War.
- Like Parent, Like Spouse: She tells Havoc that she wants a man more like her brother Alex.
- Proper Lady: Looks the part and acts it as well: beautiful, sweet, obedient, plays piano, etc.
- Shrinking Violet: Fairly shy around Havoc in the bonus chapter, and according to Alex, doesn't have many men interested in her because of that.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Relatively minor compared to the other characters. It's either "Katherine" or "Catherine."
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: It's a trait she shares with Olivier. She's incredibly adorable, while her father (and mother) looks exactly like Alex.
- Waif-Fu: Even though she's small and petite, she can throw giant pianos at people.
Elicia is voiced by: Misato Fukuen (JP), Cherami Leigh (EN)
- Break the Cutie: Poor Elicia! She has to watch people bury her dad, not understanding what happened to him.
- Cheerful Child: Maes has every right to be showing off his daughter.
- Daddy's Girl: Elicia adores her father as much as he adores her.
- Girlish Pigtails: Elicia wears them for the cuteness.
- Happily Married: Gracia to Maes. He bragged about his wife long before his daughter. Then Envy kills Maes.
- Heroic BSOD: Poor, poor Elicia at her dad's funeral. And later poor Gracia, after speaking to Ed and Al.
- House Wife: Gracia is a stay-at-home-mom.
- Proper Lady: Gracia, a kind and gentle House Wife.
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: Gracia gushes about her husband just like he does, but not quite as loud or as often.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Elicia/Elysia, Gracia/Glacier
- Widow Woman: Gracia after Envy kills Maes.
Speciality: Destructive Alchemy/Medical Alchemy/Alkahestry
- Badass Bookworm: He's a self-taught alchemist that merges alchemy and alkestry.
- Chekhov's Gun: His research notes are vital in overriding Father's anti-alchemy buffer, and in teaching Scar how to use reconstruction alchemy. The latter is also foreshadowed by the left arm of reconstruction he sports in the flashbacks.
- Cowardly Lion: Downplayed. He can't keep his legs from shaking when the Amestrian army draws near, and considers himself a poor excuse for an older brother, but is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice when Scar's life is threatened.
- Good Is Not Dumb: His idealism does not make him stupid. Not only is he a self-taught alchemist from a society that looks down upon it, but he's the first non-Xerxian character to notice the nation-wide Human Transmutation Circle, and figures out how to counter Father's anti-alchemy powers before the series even began.
- Heroic Sacrifice: His own arm and life for his brother.
- Life or Limb Decision: More like sacrificing his life in order to give his right arm to Scar so that he doesn't bleed out after being injured by Kimblee.
- Non-Action Guy: He was too busy studying alchemy and alkahestry to fight during the war.
- No Name Given: For some reason, his name was never stated.
- Posthumous Character: He may be dead, but he plays an incredibly important role in both Scar's Character Development, and the endgame.
- The Short Guy with Glasses: Older than Scar, and not so much shorter as much as merely less brawny, but this trope fits well enough.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: Studied alchemy and alkahestry.
- Spanner in the Works: The first to notice the transmutation circle around the country and begins piecing together what's going on (with the raid on his country confirming his suspicions) and quickly devising countermeasures for it. He may have died before he could execute the plan but he played a major role in defeating Father.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Believes people are capable of working together to bring out the good in each other, and this is a large part of his motivation for studying alchemy.
Rank: Civilian medics
Speciality: None aside from their medical skills.
- Death by Origin Story: They were killed by Scar during the event that turned him into "Scar".
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: Winry remembers them fondly.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Reflecting their kind nature-volunteering to help another ethnic during a war zone.
- Honorary Uncle: Ed and Al refer to them as "Aunt and Uncle Rockbell."
- Innocent Blue Eyes: Just like their daughter. It's especially noticeable in Scar's flashback, where everything is in black and white except their eyes.
- Kick the Dog: On the receiving end on two counts. Scar for killing them in a Freak Out and Amestris military for signing their death warrant as collaborators with the enemy (when they were just aiding everyone on all sides).
- Make It Look Like an Accident: What Kimblee was supposed to do to them, so that the military would not be forced to waste resources ensuring their protection.
- The Medic: Both of them were doctors.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: They saved Scar's life. He kills them in a Freak Out.
- Plucky Girl: Sara could've left and gone home easily but refused to do so, saying that Winry and Pinako wouldn't forgive her if she did.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Winry and her mom look a lot alike.
- Together in Death: We see their lifeless bodies in an embrace.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: They attended people of any origins while in the war, regardless of politics or consequences. This made them enemies within their own country.
Speciality: Automail mechanic
Speciality: Automail mechanic
Sacred Star of Milos Characters
Rank: Black Bat, schoolteacher
Speciality: Healing alchemy
- An Arm and a Leg: Loses a leg in the final battle after using the Sanguine Star and crossing the Gate to save her brother.
- Canon Foreigner: Both in the trope sense and in the meta sense with her country itself being this trope.
- Combat Medic: Her alchemy revolves around healing, and she is no slouch in a fight.
- Enemy Mine: Ends up forming one with the Elric brothers. She may not feel like they're enemies for very long, but technically they are Amestrian soldiers, and Ed in particular hates the Black Bats' plan to acquire the Sanguine Star because it sounds exactly like the Philosopher's Stone. Ed turns out to be right, and still doesn't approve of her taking the Star by the end of the movie, but otherwise he does respect her.
- Extraordinarily Empowered Girl: After consuming the Sanguine Star.
- Fiery Red-Headed Heroine: Is very passionate and will do what it takes to protect her people.
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: The duel of Sanguine Star-infused Crichton siblings seen at the falling action point of the movie is this for her towards Ashleigh.
- Le Parkour: Shows shades of this when breaking out of prison in Table City.
- Ship Tease: With Alphonse.
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Rather essential to the plot of the movie.
- Unstoppable Rage: After meeting her parents' killer. Eating the Sanguine Star makes for a dangerous combination.
- You Killed My Father: Atlas killed her parents and tried to Kill and Replace her brother. When she discovered the truth, she was not amused.
- Canon Foreigner: Only appears in the film.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Literally betrays every single character he's ever associated with as part of his plan.
- Composite Character: Much like Dante from the 2003 series, he's a horrifically selfish alchemist who steals another character's face and identity, while manipulating the heroes into creating a Philosopher's Stone for him. Meanwhile, his history in the Military and Central Prison, Faux Affably Evil personality, preference to dress in white, and skill at killing people with Alchemy seems to have been lifted from Kimblee. Also, his ice powers and first encounter with the Elric brothers bears some resemblance to Isaac Mc Dougal.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Herschel impales him through the hands with giant metal spikes and then rips his head apart with a burst of alchemic energy. A gruesome end to a truly gruesome character.
- Disc One Final Boss: He's eventually killed by the real Ashleigh to which the final boss role revert to him.
- Early-Bird Cameo/Chekhov's Gunman: The intro of the movie in particular is the only time we see his true face◊.
- Evil All Along: Makes The Reveal towards the end of his plan.
- Face Stealer: Did this to Julia's brother to Kill and Replace him, Gender-Blender Name et al. Also stole a plot of skin off Ashleigh's side containing half of the Table City transmutation circle (the other half was on Julia). May have also done something similar (particularly the Kill and Replace part) to the real Melvin Voyager, who was a short-haired man in his twenties.
- Long Lost Sibling: Invoked because he'd played himself off as this to Julia after stealing the genuine article's face.
- Manipulative Bastard: So much so that while pretending to be Ashleigh, he even took into account that Ashleigh wouldn't want anything to do with the people of Milos and acted accordingly, pretending to only slowly come around to supporting their goals because of Julia.
- The Sociopath: There really isn't a better term for a guy whose evil plan involves skinning a teenager alive.
- Slasher Smile: He constantly pulls these when his true nature is revealed.
- Walking Spoiler: Continuing somewhat of a tradition among Fullmetal Alchemist's main antagonists, like Father, Dante, and to a more minor extent Eickheart before him.
Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
- And I Must Scream: Getting his face ripped off while being Left for Dead must have absolutely sucked.
- Canon Foreigner: Like all from his country of origin, he only appears in the film.
- Colonel Badass: His and Mustang's English VAs even sound similar, too!
- Final Boss: Once his true plan is revealed, the Elrics and Julia are forced to fight against him to save the country.
- Gender-Blender Name: Especially when the more common spelling of "Ashley" is used.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Became as bad as Atlas in trying to gain revenge and even when he achieves it, he nearly destroys the country anyway.
- Knight Templar: Wants to annihilate and then rebuild Milos from ground-up because he loss faith in their people (thus seeing them as deserving of this punishment).
- Knight Templar Big Brother: The wolf chimeras were to protect Julia and to watch for when Atlas would make his move.
- Long Lost Sibling: He's the real brother Julia hasn't seen in years.
- Malevolent Masked Man: Played with as he's just out to protect Julia and avenge the hell he suffered as a teen but then he reveals destroying Milos is part of his revenge.
- No Face Under the Mask: Thanks to Atlas.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Ashleigh/Ashley.
- Walking the Earth: Though his face is restored and he's forgiven by his sister. He feels too ashamed by his actions to stay with her and leaves without a word of goodbye.
- Walking Spoiler: Two in one film! Unlike most people in the FMA universes that count as Walking Spoilers, he is not the Big Bad.
- Wham Line: Towards Atlas.Don't you remember me, Atlas? Before you peeled off my face, people knew me as Ashleigh Crichton.
- White Mask of Doom: Justified, as it's to hide his burnt face and true identity.
- You Monster!: Ed calls him out for his hatefulness in trying to destroy Milos, to the point of disbelieving that a guy like him could honestly be Julia's brother because of it. And this is during a time when Ed isn't particularly fond of one of Julia's decisions.
- Your Head Asplode: How he kills Atlas.