Affably Evil: Barry the Chopper. He's fine with joking around with his name, and answering Ed's question; tying Ed up is as hostile to him as he gets. He even asks if they still can't be friends, despite wanting to chop him up. Predictably, they find common ground, as a butcher and nightmare fetishist, respectively, which they have a heart-to-heart talk about.
Frankly, he's nicer to Ed than the military.
Lampshaded by Ed, after he and Winry are freed.
"Nice bloke, though, if you look past all the mutilation, I mean."
Cloud Cuckoolander: Many, and in tiers, no less. Bradley sits at the top, followed closely by Maes Hughes and Barry. Roy Mustang is a few rungs beneath, and Ed only a little ways below that. Only Riza and Al qualify as sane.
As of Episode 7, Ed as admitted that the grotesque fascinates him. Al outright calls him a nightmare fetishist.
Only Sane Man: Both Al and Riza have found they relate to each other.
Occasionally Edward, when he's not threatening to eat Father Cornello or going in psychotic rants.
Roy Mustang - at least, in comparison to Fuhrer Bradley and Maes Hughes.
Police Are Useless: Oh yes. Not only do they confuse a 12-year-old with an adult woman twice his height, but they're utterly baffled by the use of magic. In a setting where said magic is basically public knowledge. What.
Shout Out: Al's Johnny Yong Bosch voice and his response - "I don't like Johnny Yong Bosch" - are both references to one of the anniversary videos done by LittleKuriboh. In the video, LK had a puppet that spoke in that same voice - claiming to be JYB - and he would always say "I don't like [thing]".
The final paragraph in King Bradley's long explanation of Edward's title (episode seven) is the lyrics to the theme song of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. note
"...this is the story all about h..." and "...to take a m..." can be seen.
In Episode 2, Ed insists that Cornello's ring is the Sorcerer's Stone, not the Philosopher's Stone. He then says "Now give me my stone," which is a reference to a particularly narmy line from Alone In The Dark
Tempting Fate: In episode 3, after Winry tells the Elric brothers that her parents are dead. Ed responds that something like that will never happen to their mother (while saying ever a few times). 3 seconds later, she's hit by lazy malaria and dies.
Title Drop: "Nullmetal Alchemist" becomes Ed's official title.
Roy: A Nullmetal Alchemist, yes! What do you think?
Ed: That... doesn't make any sense.
Roy: Ha ha! Of course it doesn't! These things aren't meant to. "Ment", get it?