!! ''Fullmetal Alchemist'' serves as the TropeNamer for the following tropes:

* EquivalentExchange
* GateOfTruth
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!![[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Manga/Brotherhood trivia]]

* ActorAllusion: The first thing [[Creator/MinamiTakayama Envy]] says upon meeting Ed is "Arara", an expression of surprise and interest. It is often uttered by [[Manga/DetectiveConan Conan Edogawa]] when he's playing dumb.
* AdoredByTheNetwork: ''Brotherhood'' has essentially replaced the original anime, which has not aired ever since Creastor/AdultSwim started airing ''Brotherhood'' (and which AS no longer has the rights to). It stayed when [adult swim] Action was replaced by the revival of Creator/{{Toonami}}, and so far, as of January 2014, ''Brotherhood'' (along with the long-running ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'') has the distinction of being the only show on Toonami that has managed to stay on the lineup ever since the block was revived.
* TheCameo: Creator/AaronDismuke, English voice of young/teen Al in the 2003 series and ''The Conqueror of Shamballa'', appears in a brief role as [[spoiler:Young Hohenheim]] as he couldn't reprise the voice of Al (due to his voice obviously breaking).
* FandomNod:
** 503 as shorthand for Ed/Winry shipping, [[spoiler:Ed calling the new Greed "Gree(d)ling"]].
** [[spoiler:Pride attempting GrandTheftMe on Ed]] may be a nod to ''VisualNovel/FullmetalAlchemistBluebirdsIllusion'', where [[spoiler:Ed is made into the homunculus Pride]].
* FanNickname: Due to his [[NoNameGiven lack of name]], fans had to be rather creative with giving the gold-toothed doctor a name. Some variations include "Bastard Doctor with the Gold Tooth," "That Bastard in White," "Gold-Tooth Bastard", or "[[spoiler:Bastard Doctor Who Slit Riza's Throat]]."
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Funimation lost the license to ''Brotherhood'' on March 31, 2016. Hope you didn't put off buying it before then.
* NamesTheSame: No, Father is not the BigBad from ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'', although their roles in their respective series are surprisingly similar.
* TheOtherDarrin:
** Creator/AaronDismuke couldn't reprise Al's role thanks to hitting puberty and was replaced by Creator/MaxeyWhitehead.
** ''Brotherhood'' replaced a good deal of the Japanese voice actors from the first anime. Two who returned ended up playing different characters. In contrast, the English dub retained nearly all of the original voice actors; the changes basically amount to Al, Scar, Hohenheim, Marcoh, and Breda.
* PlayingAgainstType: Both Creator/KikukoInoue and Creator/LauraBailey when voicing Lust.
* RelationshipVoiceActor:
** In Japanese most of the seiyuu had recently worked on ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00''. In the dub...well, this is Creator/{{Funimation}} we're talking about (a lot of the original main cast is kept); but ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' and ''Manga/SoulEater'' come to mind.
** ''Brotherhood'' is not the only instance of ''Gundam'' and ''Fullmetal Alchemist'' sharing several voice actors, the original anime also featured several seiyuu from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED''. So it's probably a safe bet that if there is a FMA anime, then they will most likely follow after a Gundam series, and have several voice actors in both.
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: Important bits of the plot have been cut for time from the Creator/AdultSwim broadcast, particularly regarding Mustang and his group after he makes his move just before the Promised Day.
* TalkingToHimself: In the original Japanese version of ''Brotherhood'', Alphonse and the miniature panda Shao May are both voiced by Creator/RieKugimiya.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Lan Fan's actress wasn't available for the final episode of ''Brotherhood'', meaning we miss the end of her character development from the manga.
* TheWikiRule: [[http://fma.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page Full Metal Alchemist Wiki.]]
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!![[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 Anime trivia]]

* CrossDressingVoices: Ed and Al are voiced by women in Japanese, but not in English. Envy, however, is voiced by a woman in both versions. It contributes to [[ViewerGenderConfusion his/her/its]] creepiness quite effectively.
* CutSong: "Melissa" (the first opening song) and "Undo" (the third) were unused in the North American airings of the series; "Ready Steady Go" (the second opening) replaced them instead, with the opening finally changing once "Rewrite" (the fourth) comes along in the final stretch of the series.
* DevelopmentGag: Travis Willingham originally auditioned to play Armstrong, and uses the voice he took on for that role in the line "I love dogs!"
* EnforcedMethodActing: Done a ''lot'' in the dub:
** Creator/VicMignogna on ''many'' occasions was not actually shown the entire script, and his lines were all recorded in chronological order. As a result, his surprise at what was on the other side of the GateOfTruth and what originally happened after the Shou Tucker incident, ''and'' Vic's sadness in the last few episodes, were legitimate reactions.
** When Al was hit with a teacup, supposedly, a teacup was tossed at Creator/AaronDismuke's face.
* GodNeverSaidThat: Bordering on HateDumb, quite a few members of the manga/Brotherhood fandom seem to think that the changes in the anime were made with no input from Hiromu Arakawa and that she disapproved--if not ''disowned''--the whole thing. In reality, Arakawa not only greatly approved of the changes, she ''actively encouraged them'' (mostly because [[GenreSavvy she knew]] the anime would [[OvertookTheManga overtake the manga]] and the anime wouldn't have enough time to keep up). [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment And that's all we'll say on the subject]].
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Creator/{{Funimation}} [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-05-31/funimation-fullmetal-alchemist-rights-expire-on-july-31/.102676 is losing the rights]] to this series as well, so better get it while you can.
* MarthDebutedInSmashBros:
** Quasi-example: the LicensedGame, ''Fullmetal Alchemist and the Broken Angel'', was released in the US just two and a half months after the anime's Creator/AdultSwim premiere, but was localized ''before'' the dubbing of the anime began; thus, all of the US voice actors were cast for and recorded the game before starting on the first episode.
** ''Broken Angel'' also played this straight with Alex Louis Armstrong, as the game featured him a full month before the episode with his first appearance in the anime aired on U.S. television.
* OvertookTheManga: A somewhat unusual case, in which the creator of the manga ''specifically asked'' the people making the anime to do this, since the manga was nowhere near being completed at the time the anime came out.
* RealitySubtext: VicMignogna is religious in real life, which makes the fact that he plays Edward (who is agnostic) amusingly ironic.
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: Not really screwed, per se, but despite still owning the rights to it at the time, Creator/AdultSwim never aired the series after ''[[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood]]'' premiered.
** Creator/AdultSwim has also rarely, if ever, aired TheMovie.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: While the manga version makes some parallels between the Ishval conflict and the then-nascent WarOnTerror, this version makes far more references to it and is generally far more in tune with the cynical, highly-politicized zeitgeist of the '00s. [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 This wouldn't be the last time Seiji Mizushima worked on an anime after watching far too much CNN]].
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!!Provides the [[ImageSource Page Image]] for the following tropes:
* BerserkButton
* EquivalentExchange
* GateOfTruth
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!!Unsorted

* FanNickname:
** Hoho and Hohopapa for Hohenheim, Scarbro for Scar's brother, Sexyhobo/Gar for Scar (no, really!), Shinri-kun or Truth-kun for [[spoiler:the guardian of the Doors of Truth]], [[spoiler:Greedling or [=GreedLin=] for Greed once he takes over Lin/Ling's body]] (which is used by Ed as a ShoutOut to the fanbase at one point), etc.
** Also Bob the Blob/[=Proto-Father=] for [[spoiler:Father's original form]], Mr. Monopoly, Colonel Clean (a.k.a. Sparkleman), Palm Tree, Shota [=McShadowrape=], Ninaxander, the Pimp Suit, [[spoiler:Fetus!Envy]], [[spoiler:Godfather]]...
* PortmanteauSeriesNickname: Hagaren for "Hagane no Renkijutsushi," meaning "The Alchemist of Steel".
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