Note: This page is for theories about the manga and the anime Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. See Fullmetal Alchemist Anime for the first anime adaptation. New WMGs at the bottom, please.
Ling Yao and Lan Fan are expies of Lau and Ran Mao from Black ButlerSimilar names, the Token Asians of the show, Ling/Lau never opening their eyes, Lan Fan/Ran Mao being body guards for their retrospective lords/masters? Not to mention, they're both pretty much canon. Because really, who else could you pair them up with, without it being Crack-ish? Seems suspicious...
Rose is bisexual, and it's Winry, not Ed, who she really likes.Additionally, that dead boyfriend of hers? The original Japanese version of the manga apparently used a gender-neutral word for "lover" and never went into more detail about that lover's gender.
Edward Elric is Duo Maxwell's ancestorThink about it. They both have similar appearances such as the braid. They work for a shady organization. They've suffered Parental Abandonment. A lot of people close to them ends up dying. If this was true, that would mean the Elric brothers actually went into the Gundam Wing universe instead of ours. In the Fullmetal Alchemist universe, technology's slowed down while alchemy and prosthetic limbs become more advanced. While the other universe specialized in machines not unlike ours. However, there's a chance it could've went to the other extreme with giant robots, space colonies, and all that. Also, geniuses such as the Elric brothers may have influenced the design for Humongous Mecha. Really, what else would they do?
Alternatively, The Gate is the Borderworld XenIt's the space between dimensions that connect different worlds. Only reachable by extreme measures, and REAL bad things tend to happen when they do.
Armstrong is really Mr. Clean.After leaving the military, Armstrong decided to sell cleaning products. He harnessed his sparkles to make whites whiter and walls cleaner. How did he make it from to the 50's and 60's looking exactly like he did during WWI? Easy, he's a time lord.
Al uses magnetism to move the suit of armour.The soul is an "electromagnetic pattern", as described by Professor Milton Glass & thus is able to create magnetic forces capable of manipulating metal. This is why bloodseals are only ever used on iron & not other chemicals present in blood. If it were not used on a metallic object, the subject would be unable to move. This may also explain how Al sees without eyes. He is actually "seeing" the effect things around him have on Earth's magnetic field or something like that.
Olivia Armstrong is deathly afraid of her sister Katherine.You know, the one who could lift pianos and rejected Havoc. No reason, just Rule of Funny.
The Armstrong family are all vampires, of the same sort as those in the Twilight series.Major Armstrong's claim that he uses techniques "passed down the Armstrong line for generations" is a lie. He's merely an immortal who continuously uses the same techniques despite changing identities to keep people from being suspicious of his true nature, and merely claims that they've been passed down to him in case anyone notices the fact that his techniques are the same as his supposed "ancestors". This also explains why the Armstrongs all sparkle: Twilight vampires all sparkle in the sunlight.
The world where Amestris/Ishval/Xing is might be Europe's (and perhaps Northern China's) Soul Society, but with different rulesTo think about that, both have portals where the souls seems like to be exchanged, and crossing this portal is forbidden to untrained specialists (the trained ones were the ones that managed to use a pure Philosopher's Stone, it seems). Their Zanpakutou equivalent are the Transmutation Circles, and those who acquired the equivalent of Bankai had to pay a high price to do so. The Homunculi are like Arrancars, eating incomplete Philosopher's Stones just like Hollows eat souls, to ease their pain and become more human-like. Ishvalans might have lived in the region equivalent to the 80th from the Japanese/Korean/Southern Chinese (and just maybe Australian) Soul Society, Zaraki, due to the extremely harsh conditions the place presented. The equivalent Shinigamis are presented as Federal Alchemists, and the rules set there are really strict, to avoid unnecessary Hollows to invade the real world. There's even a conspiracy in the roots of the Federal Institute, just like the Japanese Shinigami Academy!
The Armstrong family uses alchemy to create perfect offspring.The Armstrongs are already known to be masters at twisting chemical components to their own ends. Since the base elements of a human being are amino acids, it is entirely possible that, while their children are in the womb, Armstrongs twist the acids, rearranging key DNA strands to create either a brilliant female commander, a muscle-bound romantic, or an improbably busty teenager. This new troper is surprised nobody has picked up on this.
Havoc will betray Mustang to the military for a permanent girlfriend.Otherwise he will die alone. This way he gets a girlfriend, and Mustang will be in jail or dead and will stop ruining his relationships. Happy ending for all!
Speaking of Sheska...She will eventually discover that her reading abilities are practically inhuman, and discover she can redirect such abilities to Alchemy, thus, becoming the Paper Alchemist!
Envy has been everyone at one point or another.Envy was Maes Hughes. Envy was Winry during the movie. Therefore, I have a theory. Envy has been everyone in the manga, anime, and every alternate reality at least once. The scary part comes when you realize he was Maes Hughes' daughter, which technically means...Attack of the Killer Cute!
Just like their counterparts in the first anime, the manga homunculi can't use alchemy either, and that was deliberate on Father's partI apologize if this was actually stated directly, but I don't remembering it being. Father basically created alchemy, and you would think that since his "children" are formed from him, they would naturally have skills in it. But noticeably, they don't. While you can be successful in Amestris without knowing alchemy, Wrath Bradley (does that even need to be spoilered?) doesn't use alchemy, and nor does Pride Selim Bradley, even though he is Father's favorite and mimics him in all other ways. I also noticed with Greed that he wants the Philosopher's Stone for immortality, but never thinks about doing alchemy with it, in which case would certainly be a Physical God like Father. My guess, is that if the homunculi did use alchemy, they would have nearly god-like powers (witness what Father Cornello could do with a much smaller stone than the ones making up their bodies), but it would drain them in the process. Father certainly doesn't want any of them equaling him in power, and practically, they would be in real Villain Sue territory if they had alchemic powers. Finally, from another angle, since alchemy was thought-up to manipulate humans, it's not likely that the homonculi would be that interested in it anyway, given their view of humanity. -Edit- this actually seems to be confirmed in the fight between Greed and Pride. Greed is currently possessing Ling] and can only benefit from Ling's Detect Evil powers by turning off his control
The philosopher's stone doesn't break the laws of equivalent exchangeIt merely allows for transmutations on a deeper level. Ordinary transmutation can't change one element into another. By rearranging the atom, a user of the stone can change one element into another, including all those lovely gases in our atmosphere. Another thing it might be doing is making use of the idea that energy is matter and vice-versa, and converting energy (from the souls it contains) into matter. There's no rule breaking going on, just a deeper level of physics and chemistry.
Parts of the Royal/Imperial Family of Xing, including Ling, is descended from Hohenheim.It's been mentioned that he looks like a cross between Edward and Ling in the past, and since he spent at least a few hundred years wandering around Xing and inventing Xingese alchemy, it makes sense that he would have had other kids there as long as Trisha came later enough that he'd moved on. Considering his descendants would likely be skilled in alchemy as the Elric brothers, it would make sense that they would be of a post ranking high enough to be eligible to marry into the imperial family.
Riza and Mustang are simply too fucked up to think anything about romance.Okay, this might be unsettling for all you Royai shippers, but think about it; Roy and Riza never show anything but platonic care for each other. The reason is simple; their job in Ishval. It's highly probable that in Ishval war, they had been pushed too far, to the point that they can no longer feel any feels about romance, love, and anything else about it without feeling sick. Same can be said about Knox.
The reason why Mustang got really batshit against Envy about killing Hughes: Hughes is the only reason why Mustang is not become fully cynical.
Another reason why Mustang got really batshit against Envy about killing Hughes: Mustang likes Hughes
Lust's Meaningful Name represents not only her sexy appearance, but her bloodlustThink about it. She slices apart Barry without even bothering to extensively question him. She can't wait to send Riza to her 'precious Colonel.' She impulsively decides to kill both Mustang (a potential sacrifice) and Alphonse (a CONFIRMED sacrifice) on the same night. Wrath's actions on the scene show that she's not exactly following orders from Father. Seems once she starts the violence, she can't stop. The smug look on her face when she attacks Mustang shows just how much she enjoys killing. She's every bit as sadistic as Envy, just in a more physical, less mindgame-ish way.
Father is this universe's equivalent of SatanI'm basing this in part on speculation I read on another board. Pretty much, it seems like Father's goal is to open the Gate and storm the dimension where Truth-sama lives. They noted on that site how Pride's outline is identical to that of Truth-sama except that it's black rather than white and covered in eyes and mouths; and similarly, Father created Gluttony in an attempt to make a new Gate. So, my theory is that rather than being created in a flask, what Hohenheim's master actually did was more like demon-summoning and that Father was either previously kicked out of that dimension or else was separated from it by that ceremony. The way I see it, Truth-sama is a borderline evil god, but Father is much worse and the idea of Pride and Glutton's appearance is that they are a dark reflection of the Truth just as demons are often presented as a warped version of angels.
The homunculi are generally opposites of their respective sins, not representations thereof / are the opposite of what you would expectThis is a philosophical speculation. First, there is the factor that while Pride and Wrath are respectively the oldest and youngest created homunculi (until the second Greed), in appearance, Pride looks the youngest and Wrath the oldest. Sloth isn't the slowest, but instead turns out to be a lightening bruiser. Lust is certainly "womanly", but not only is she not a horny devil, given that she loathes humans, and her signature weapon is a phallic symbol. Envy partially fits, as you'd think that he would want to be human, given his vice, but is instead the most cruel and sadistic towards humans (on the other hand, he actually does this because he envies humans, so maybe played straight). Finally, there's an interesting thing with Wrath and Greed having the "wrong" powers fitted to their personality. You would expect that Wrath would be The Brute and so Greed's indestructible body would be a perfect weapon. However, Wrath is instead cruel in a calculating way, so he has a very intellectual power, whereas the relatively pacifistic Greed uses his armor as a shield and rarely uses it offensively.
If Mustang had found out that Envy started the Ishvalan War
May's clan is evilYes, May is as innocent as they come, but she's also a bit delusional and not the best judge of character. She decided Scar and Yoki were wonderful people way before they did anything remotely redeemable. In Chapter 57, Ran Fan almost gets into a fight with May, claiming it's her duty to wipe out evil. Maybe this goes beyond clan rivalry and the Chang clan is genuinely villainous, perhaps composed of bandits and criminals. The real reason they're dying off is they've all got bounties on their heads for their heinous crimes. I mean, what kind of clan lets a small girl journey across a treacherous desert by herself as part of a probably fruitless quest for immortality?
Father is an idiot.This is part Just Bugs Me, but the above statement explains everything. His big, centuries-long plan, worked out to the last detail, relies for its final phase on complete dumb luck. He requires five alchemists who've been to the Gate and survived. How many are there in Amestris today, the day of the eclipse that's necessary for his circle to work? FOUR. If Hohenheim hadn't come west and fallen in love, if Trisha hadn't caught the plague, there would be two. EPIC FAIL. Father and his goons spent years on the Fuhrer Candidate program, decades more to maneuver Bradley up the ladder to where he could believably assume command. Why haven't they been farming slavishly loyal alchemists all this time who'd be willing to throw their lives (and, before that, body parts) away at their master's command? The only excuse is that the man is a moron. It doesn't help that his selection process for loyal minions inevitably surrounds him with people who are both incompetent and corrupt, as no officer who isn't both in spades would think that the plan was (a) a good idea and (b) everything Father claimed it was (raise your hand, anyone who believes that Father intends the high command to survive, let alone be given an invincible army).
The boys would have succeeded in bringing their mother back if they had stuck to the actual recipe for a human body WITHOUT trickling their blood in it or at least a very different result would have occurredThink about it. Their blood tainted the make-up of a human body.
Gluttony is a TARDIS.He is bigger on the inside than he is on the outside.
Mrs. Bradley is secretly the most powerful woman on the planet.She's the wife of the Fuhrer is in a family with two of the most powerful homunculi. She's essentially this universe's conterpart to Chi-Chi.
Elvis didn't die, he went to Amestris.Rule of Cool. Also explains Mei's overly sideburned fantasies of Al.
Everyone has their own personal Door and TruthSomething like what the first anime showed, I'll admit. When Ed transmutes himself to get out of Gluttony's stomach, he goes to the Door of Truth...only to find a second door with Al's body sitting in front of it. Ed then gets dragged away through the Door he came in. When Al ends up in front of the Door (only one door this time from what I could tell), there's no Truth around - just Al's oddly self-aware body. Al also ends up leaving through the Door in front of his body - his own Door, not the same one Ed used.
Greedling will take to wearing Cool ShadesOn a lighter note, I came across this recently◊, which was a shot from the original anime wherein one state alchemist looks exactly like Ling, but with Greed's sunglasses. Given that for instance Basque Gran looks the same in both the anime and the manga, I doubt it was a coincidence that Arakawa chose to draw that guy. There's also the cool factor that with the shades, Ling (and the above image) looks like a John Woo character.
May is older than she looks.Everyone's been assuming she's just a young child, but I can't find her age stated anywhere. The truth is, she's actually about the same age Al is, or at most a year or two younger. It would explain why she's as good an Alchemist as she is. And it would be funny.
Philosopher's Stones are based on Spiral PowerIt bypasses the Real Life physics of Equivalent Exchange. Need to say more?
Father's plan is to propose to the Truth!Once he makes the cyrcle, he will reach the Thruth's domain and demand its/her hand in marriage, to which Truth-sama, flattered, will agree. At the wedding, Pride will play the piano, having been taught so in his Selim disguise, and King Bradley will stipulate their legal union, as he's the governor. Ed, Al, Izumi and Roy will have served their positions as wedding witnesses, as they all have known the Truth. The honeymoon will be at Xing, as Father has a Xingese bodyguard (Greed/Ling). And, nine months later, Truth-sama and Father will have a child: Van Hoheneim (who they'll say he looks like Father in his adolescence) THE END.
Father's ultimate plan is InstrumentalityCh. 104 spoilers aside, I'm surprised this hadn't shown up yet...
The homunculus is the first member of the Godhand from BerserkThink about it: during an eclipse, it sacrifices a huge number of people with the help of a magic stone to have an encounter with God and attain a perfect human form. The events of the end of the manga are going to knock the world back to the stone age; Berserk takes place after civilization catches back up to the middle ages. Seriously, though, I swear Arakawa was channeling Miura in chapter 104. Only without the rape, thank God.
God isn't Truth, but instead is The King of the CosmosIn the next chapter he will be quite angry with Father wanting to join with him so he'll just roll him up and get what's coming to him.
Olivia Armstrong and Major Miles are married.He does say he has an Amestrian wife...
The god of Liore is based on Hohenheim or Father.As I've been watching Brotherhood, there seemed to be an emphasis on Liore that I missed when reading the manga the first time. Since Liore worships a sun god and the statues show him as bearded, it makes sense he's based on one of them- either Hohenheim, given his blond hair and gold eyes or Father on account of his Light Is Not Good appearance. And it makes sense that the people there would have a longstanding belief of alchemy = miracle if they'd seen it before.
Roy and Izumi have Xingian ancestry.Not too off-the-wall, especially as WMGs go. Courtesy of LiveJournal's moriapolonius, "I always thought that Roy and Izumi were drawn as if they had Xingian blood. Black hair, narrow uptilted eyes, smaller size." Also note their black irises. Consult This Wiki's FMA character sheet for reference images.
Father caused the Elric brothers' mother's death.
Hohenheim has worn Al's armor body into battle.I know him saying "my old antique armor!" in the manga hints at it having been found as a collectible or restored by him, but he's one of the only characters in the series tall enough to wear it (even if he would have to use the under-chin or neck visor as a viewport, unlike Armstrong and possibly Sig Curtis). If it was a war that involved much death by alchemy, others wearing the armor may have (in the first anime continuity) been flung through the Gate and influenced the design of the armor used by the German military on the Shamballah project (that doesn't really matter, though, what with the body-switching). It would be a bad idea for the man with golden eyes and hair to be walking around a battlefield, getting stabbed and not bleeding, and I feel that Technical Pacifist or not, Hohenheim would put himself up as a literal foot soldier for something that he truly thinks of as a just cause (and may have been much less paxible a few centuries ago).
Armstrong sparkles because flecks of glitter constantly float around him."These novelty Xingese Bishie Sparkles have been passed down the Armstrong family line of generations!" They're powered by the correspondence of the human's Hot Bloodedness to the dragon whose life flows through the earth. Olivier just doesn't hold with sparkles. The Armstrong Family passing the novelty Bishie Sparkles down their family line for generations may explain both how Catherine can power them without drama and how she can lift a piano with one hand despite her mostly slender body. She will show up at the last minute after a lesson from Mei Ling and singlehandedly solve every alchemy-related problem that exists within the series, at the cost of the Bishie Sparkles ever being passed down to future generations of her family line (this guess could be the fastest example of Cerebus Syndrome and Plot Tumor ever, neh?).
If Envy hadn't been killed, Father's "transaction" would have had a much different outcome. Father originally had a completely different plan that involved summoning "God", perhaps wanting to increase his knowledge for knowledge's sake (to ease the sorrow of immortal boredom or or some other lament) and not caring about who he killed in the process. When he re-absorbed Greed, he may have changed the plan to absorb and keep every human soul in Amestris, but that was likely part of the original plan since he kept it after making the new Greed. However, that he had an extra homunculus-attribute in him at the time, this means that the attributes have a sort of compartment soul, a glue that keeps them separate, and this may have returned to Father when Envy was destroyed. With Sloth and Envy driving him, as well as Wrath, and thus Gluttony in him, he decides to screw the time and effort it would take to follow the original plan and gain what he wants by eating God, which gives him both God's power and a release for the hatred of The Truth that he was able to feel now that he was once again in possession of of thousands of extra years of Wrath.
Father is The Man in Black.Or alt-universe equivalent. A freaky, black, amorphous, shadow-y true form, an ancient evil, can sometimes take on the appearances of other people, has a complicated plan that involves killing vast numbers of people, frequently manipulates and uses people to further his own goals? Oh yeah. Jacob once compared the Man in Black to the wine in a flask, which kept the evil in... just like what Father was in his earliest days. Whether The Island is actually (yet another) giant transmutation circle has yet to be determined.
Riza's father attempted Human TransmutationWe see him cough up blood when he dies, and the only other person in the series who also coughs blood does so because she tried it. He was obviously a talented alchemist, having taught Roy and developed the flame alchemy theory. Plus, wouldn't it make sense if up until a few years ago, there was another fully-ready sacrifice waiting in the wings for them to use? Hell, they might have discovered Roy from keeping an eye on Hawkeye-sensei.
It's possible to make a chimera capable of human language (not just speech, but conversation) without using a human as one of the components. By using a gorilla/chimpanzee, a (or some) corvids, and maybe a dolphin and/or parrot/mynah bird. You would have to teach it how to talk, but it would still be capable of passing an auditory Turing Test after a couple of years. The problem is that Shou
Fullmetal Alchemist is entirely real - and is taking place in modern day France as we speak.This◊ is a picture of the path of the Large Hadron Collider. Look familiar?
The one-eyed zombies weren't just soldiers.They were also subjects. Father wanted to lord it over a kingdom of mindless drones once he obtained his godhood, wiped out all Amestrians and, presumably, set his eyes on enslaving the rest of the world (or feeding it to his horrible invincible dolls). They were injected with philosopher's stone elixir that had been diluted over time to remove the original personalities attached to the soul-juice, and simply reprogrammed to obey only "father," which the top military brass and the mad scientists under Father's employ bone-headedly assumed meant that the zombies would respond to their own commands as well.
King Bradley is not a Time Lord.He literally grows old and die. End of story.
The Gold toothed alchemist doctor is Silver Steiner.He didn't die. He faked his death so he could go work with Father.
Selim will grow up and try to follow in Ed's footsteps by being an awesome hero and/or alchemist.Because that would just be awesome, given the later events in the series. He grows up to become what he pretended to idolize.
The picture at the end of Roy and Riza is their wedding.Because the Elrics all got romantic resolutions, why shouldn't they?
Al felt so guilty about lying to Mei about what he looked like that he is now trying to look as attractive as possible to make it up to her.Seriously, he keeps his hair 'short, crisp and golden', he's clearly been working out, he is indeed taller than Ed now and unlike Ed, who dresses a bit sloppily, he wears clothes so elegant and well-tailored they belong in a Shojo manga.
Homunculi are the Lie equivalent of Truths.A Truth is a white being with no face and the shape of the person they reflect. A homunculus is a black being with a face and no shape. They both have their containers, the homunculi the flasks (for varying definitions of flask) and the Truths the gates. The original homunculi (and the homunculi in the original anime) were imitations of humans (the former humans in general, the latter specific humans), and the Truths gain the bits and parts of the people they reflect as they take them for trying to do human transmutation. Plus, the English pun in the word homunculie.
The Gold-Toothed Alchemist was a former sacrifice candidate.He saw a very tiny part of the Truth and it took his tooth in exchange. The amount seen wasn't enough for Father to use as a straight sacrifice, so his slightly-enhanced alchemy was used in the Fuhrer Candidate project. It later allowed Selim to force open the Gate for Mustang by using his connection like a crowbar.
Truth-sama is a Droste Image of its visitor.The plane of the Gate is nothing else than a total perspective vortex created by certain transmutations. This means that the alchemist is seeing everything, including himself seeing everything, including himself seeing everything, ad infinitum. While most of the universe gets translated into a white void, the alchemist's own contour stands out, with another white void inside it.
Lust was a double agent secretly working against Father.She always seemed all too willing to kill sacrifice candidates. Was she trying to sabotage Father's plan? Well, sex isn't the only aspect of lust. There's also Blood Lust. Could even be she didn't want to sabotage but usurp, as a Lust for Power, but didn't realise fully how to do it. Mangalust does after all, seem a tad more primal.
Roy gets his sight back and still gets to do circle-free transmutation.You need to go through a Gate to get back to the real world, and your Gate is your ability to do clap transmutation. Ed only got out because of his access to Al's gate. If Roy tried that trade, he'd be trapped. But trading the philosopher's stone back to Truth should allow Roy to recover his sight and still use his own Gate. Some guys have all the luck...
Truth isn't evil, just really really frustrated and disillusioned.Spoilers for 108, so I am censoring the shit out of this. Most people assumed that Truth was such a spiteful bastard because God Is Evil. But imagine his contact with humanity throughout the ages - he's holding the vast knowledge of the entire universe, but he only meets desperate or arrogant people, so ambitious for power that they're blind to what they already have, just to gain knowledge because they're convinced that it'll solve all their problems. After seeing so many of these people, Truth becomes so embittered he starts to visciously teach them that it won't. But then he finally meets a boy who actually learned from his first attempt at transmutation; that while his life isn't perfect, he already has what he needs, and he'd rather gain things through his own hard work than just vying for an easy answer. And that's why Truth finally smiles at him and gives him his blessing - he's finally met a human who got it.
Armstrong is the alternate universe version of Theodore Roosevelt.
The old man talking at the end of each episode is FatherIf you listen to what the old man says at the end of each episode, it supports this. The old man's wisdom was one of my favorite parts of watching each episode, so this struck me hard. He starts off with good advice and powerful insights on the human condition. It hints at the next episode while reflecting on what you just saw at times. Later on however (near the climax), his advice gets shorter and shorter, plus his words start becoming bitter and negative. In Episode 61, after Father loses all the souls he absorbed he just restated Equivalent Exchange, which applies to his inability to contain God without the souls and the events of the next episode in relation to Father.
The last Ishbalan that Roy killed at the end of the Ishbal Civil War was Miles' grandfather or father.No particular reason, just Ruleof Drama mostly.
A large part of Father's motivations can be blamed on Hohenheim's master.It seems that a part of his goals was acquiring information, like when he talks about how the world "is a system with knowledge of a vast universe far beyond blah blah blah blah" and when he says "I wanted perfect understanding of God! I wanted to know everything in this world!". This is a result of what he was originally created/summoned for. His original function seemed to be something like a living computer database, where he would provide information on any subject he was asked about. He even knew about things that Hohenheim's master did not (specifically, how to become immortal), which shows that he was probably suppose to find or devise ways of getting information on his own, not simply remember things he was told. So, even after he kills everyone in Xerxes and gets a body of his own, he still (perhaps subconsciously) pursues his original purpose of acquiring information, which leads to all the events in the series.
Arakawa will write a new series that is about Amestris time skipped about ten-yearsWhile the manga definitely ends with most loose ends tide up quite nicely, there's just enough left open to make this troper wonder if there isn't a sequal series somewhere in the future. The time skip would allow for characters to be in completely new situation/the introduction of new characters. The focus wouldn't be on Ed and Al, but someone else. Selim, perhaps?
Truth taking Roy's sight was totally fair and justifiableThe rule is that Truth is cruel but fair, right? And Roy's primary thought while being forced to look into his Gate was probably something along the lines of 'I don't want to see this!' So the Truth took his sight so he wouldn't have to see it. Hey, it's the thought that counts right?
The "God" inside the Gate is related to the Shadow Queen.The Shadow Queen's shadowy hands reach up from the ground and drag her poor victims down into the ground, siphoning their life force to replenish her own HP. Self-explanatory.
Selim is now completely mortal.When Ed defeated him, he released most of the souls that went into the creation of his internal Philosopher's Stone. Ed only left enough energy in him for him to age normally since we see that he grew up much like a regular child would at the end of the manga. He still has his homunculus abilities just waiting to be tapped when he's old enough, but said abilities are not as strong as before since he doesn't have a Stone to draw power from any more. he'll just have to supplement it with alchemy (perhaps he also retains the ability from his assimilation of that gold-toothed doctor, perhaps from some of the residual energy Ed left in him) should he chose to become an alchemist when he grows up.
Addendum to the above theory — Kimblee's still floating around in the residual energy Ed left with Selim.When Selim's become a State Alchemist he will trigger his old homuculus shadow abilities. The manifestation of said abilities will coincide with him hearing Kimblee whisper to him, haunt his dreams, and show him what he once was. Selim will be horrified and will continuously try to fight Kimblee as his personal Enemy Within. This will be the difficulty he'll have to overcome to gain, in Arakawa's words, a "fullmetal heart." *
The reborn Selim Bradley at the end of the manga actually goes by the name Selim Bradley II.As a cover story, they just claimed that Bradley managed to impregnate (some Real Life pregnancy over 50 cases have happened to women who thought they were barren) his wife just before he died. This was helped by the true form of Selim actually growing at the rate of the fetus, and for the time of her "pregnancy" Mrs. Bradley was kept out of the public eye — officially for her privacy, but really to allow her to nuture the infant Selim before his officially announced "birth" without people wondering why her pregnancy isn't showing.
Sloth was the smartest homonculus.His mind was shaped in accordance with his superior strength, resistance and velocity. This explains how he was able to dig a perfect circle around an entire country, or the way he learnt from the harms caused to him in order to become immune to them. Sloth also easily dodged obstacles while running at full speed.
However, Sloth's initial and incredibly profound reflection on his own existence left him bored and depressed for the rest of his life. With every thought now being a pain, his only desires were to forget and sleep. That's why he seemed to be so slow of body and mind.
Jude from the Blind Alchemist gaiden died at some point during the series.Why else was he never mentioned as a possible sacrifice, especially after Ed and Al's visit? He probably discovered the truth about Rosalie shortly after the visit and died of heartbreak.
Alchemy is separate from Truth, which acts as a bureaucrat.Truth says that it exists to prevent alchemists from becoming too conceited. I think this means that it has a say in each and every transmutation. If someone wants to fix a radio, it does nothing. But if human transmutation is attempted, it steps in and forces the alchemist to gain part of the Truth and sacrifice something in exchange. There is no necessity for this. Resurrecting a human should only result in either a body (materials but no soul) or a perfect resurrection with energy equivalent to the soul being used up. So why does this happen? Truth steps in and does it to make alchemists humble, giving them the knowledge to know that it isn't a smart thing and the pain to remember the lesson by. This also works in reverse: Truth can give a transmutation his blessing and aid it if it chooses. That's why it tells Edward that he's made the right choice and that he can take everything he wants when he trades his alchemy for Al and shows his wisdom. It personally decided that what Edward was doing was fine by it and enhanced the transmutation with its power the same way a Philosopher's Stone would. If anyone else had tried that trick for selfish purposes, the exchange may have failed or been insufficient.
Selim Bradley grows up and falls in love with Elicia Hughes, a beautiful and talented investigative reporterElicia's cheery, in your face nature and investigative skills (inherited from her father) lead her to become a journalist. As for her romance with Selim? Rule of Drama, Crack Pairing, and the fact that the Selim Bradley fanfic that is being gradually written via these WMGs needed a love interest.
The rumored Brotherhood movie will be about Ed and Al's travels to the West and East (respectively).Brotherhood give us the names of other countries and a decently detailed map, two seperate journeys to follow, and a clean slate as to the events that happen. Both Elrics should have some pretty fantastic sotries from their travels, right? It's like a movie is begging to be made.
Bradley's Final Battle was an attempt at Together in Death with his wifeThink about it; Bradley's spent the entire series saying flat out that the only person he loves is his wife. He's also been the only homunculus to come close to showing doubts about the plan, even if it's only in a twitch of his eye at various points. The way I see it is, Bradley doesn't like the plan, but is far too programmed by Father to try and avert it or do anything but help it to it's conclusion, which of course entails the death of everyone in Amestris, including Mrs. Bradley. So what does he do? He helps the plan through to the end, and then decides it's time to die. Being a Blood Knight though (and the living incarnation of Wrath) he can't simply off himself, so instead he throws himself into one last battle against Scar, one of the most Bad Ass people in series, and one of the few with a legitimate chance of killing him. The more I think about it, the more it seems to me that this must play at least some part in Bradley's motivation, even if only at the subconcious level. Humanises him a bit too.
Lust has a truly horrible singing voice.Just for fun. But think about it; we never hear her sing, or even hum, in the manga or either anime. There must be a reason. And the reason is that she can't sing. Her voice cracks badly whenever she tries, possibly as a result of her overly large breasts putting undue strain on the muscles of her chest and throat. Greed, however, has a passable tenor.
Katherine Armstrong will somehow meet and fall in love with Shizuo Heiwajima.Just a crack pairing I thought of. Katherine's ideal man is a big, strong man like her brother, and Shizuo fits the picture (well, minus the huge, muscled body, but he's tall and strong anyway). Think about all the fun they'll have: lifting and throwing pianos, road signs and more!
The reason Olivier really hates Mustang is....Because she supports Havoc/Hawkeye and wants him out of the way of her OTP. Think about it. She said she 'didn't want to lose Havoc and Hawkeye' specifically and that 'it would be better if Mustang disappeared.' How is this not fangirl thinking?!
Because he didn't choose to perform human alchemy, the Truth went easier on Roy.The Truth has to take and give something in return for every meeting. Usually the taken object is some sort of ironic body part. It doesn't make sense just to take his sight, instead of his eyes. If Roy's greatest desire was to see a better future for his country, he would have killed Envy outright as a threat or have chosen to die in order to kill him. Instead, Roy's greatest desire is to protect those who are close to his heart. The Truth, seeing that Roy had the humility not to play God by bringing back the dead or craving immortality, chose to take something that was much easier to live without.
When Hiromu Arakawa was planning the series in its initial stage, Roy was the main character.His desire to change the world around him by becoming the ruler? I just realized how shonen-y that sounded, And that led to one of two possibilities: One, He was meant to subvert the stereotype of a shonen protagonist questing for a way to change his world by having that character be both an adult, and a supporting character. Two, He was the protagonist in the original concept. It would have started with a much younger Roy entering the military, and progressed with him going up the ranks in the same way that a typical shonen protagonist becomes stronger as the series goes on. Bradley would've been a villain, but not a Homonculus. Or maybe he would've been? Some of the older characters were meant to be younger, and operate in a Five-Man Band: The Hero: Roy The Lancer: Hughes The Big Guy: Armstrong, of course. The Smart Guy: ...Riza, Maybe? The Chick: ...I dunno. Maybe an early version of Ed?
Reviving the dead is possible if their body is still intact and there to begin with.All you'd have to trade for would be the soul. You wouldn't have to create a body or anything - you just need to retrieve the soul, and all the soul cost for Ed was his arm.
The Narrator isn't Father, it's Truth.The Truth mirrors the voice of anyone he sucks into the Gate. While he used Father's blob voice when punishing him, he now also has the ability to do the old man voice if he chooses. Truth is the most removed/omnipotent character, making him a perfect narrator. As for the instances where the narrator seems to have contempt for humans, while that seems like proof that it's Father, Truth himself isn't the nicest guy.
Marcoh never healed Roy's eyes.Instead he used some alchemy to give Roy Daredevil-level super-senses, and bought dark contact lenses to cover up the white in his eyes.
The at least half of the plot could have been averted ...If the omake with Father getting a lifetime subscription to a newspaper was true. Fridge Brilliance when you find out his intentions for the entire plot.
In the epilogue Roy did not grow a mustache
Hoenheim could not have physically gotten Trisha pregnantBecause Hoenheim has a large number of souls inside him, he is similar enough to the Homunculi that he is also infertile. Therefore, it would be impossible for him to have gotten Trisha pregnant in the normal manner. However, Hoenheim could have alchemically impregnated Trisha using the souls inside him as the cost of the transmutation.
The Brotherhood movie will revolve around another attempt at a countrywide Transmutation
Sheska had befriended Maria RossWhen Maria Ross was apparently killed by Roy Mustang, Sheska became so upset - and possibly afraid of Mustang - that she resigned from the army. That's why we never heard of her again.
Mobuo Mobuta is the actual first homunculusHe just left the group before they became popular. He frequently turns up in the background of scenes. Before making Pride, Father created him, and Mobuta is immortal, but has no other powers. Like Greed, he turned out to be Dark Is Not Evil and left the group. In his case, he's True Neutral, and so rather than fighting against Father and the others, just decided to do his own thing and see what happened.
Lust is bisexual or a lesbianExcept for her last words to Roy Mustang, we never see Lust show any attraction to a male. And since she's the embodiment of Father/Homunculus's lust, and we're assuming Father's straight, wouldn't she have an attraction to women? Also, since she embodies lust in general, perhaps she has lust for both sexes.
Ling Yao has Split-Personality DisorderHe would have become Greedling whether Father made him a homunculus or not.
Roy and Riza are a DuprassWhich is a word in Kurt Vonnegut's religion of Bokononism which essentially means, "two people working together to do God's will who have interconnected lives and always die within a week of each other." Think about it. Their lives have been constantly intertwined since they were young, every time something truly awful happens they are both present for it (or the cause of it), they are working together towards the goal of making Roy fuhrer, and they are rather adamant about not living if the other one dies. And at the end, they are shown in a picture together without any of the old team.
Pride's ourobouros tattoo is hidden under his hairIt would make a lot of sense to consider Selim an expy of Damien of The Omen, and for his distinguishing mark to be in the same location.
Ed was able to replenish the lifespan he lost when using his own body for transmutation.While Ed did a Cast From Lifespan when healing himself, it's possible that this was compensated for in one or two ways. First, he might have gotten a boost from Pride's Philosopher's Stone when destroying him. Second, notice how Ed kept his automail leg even though you would think that would have been healed during the "exchange" he made when sacrificing his Gate/losing his powers. I figure that maybe Truth wanted to do something nice, and so in exchange for keeping Ed's leg, he restored his lifespan.
The Gold-Toothed Doctor knew that you could sacrifice your ability to perform alchemy when making a human transmutationWhen he's trying to force Roy to transmute humans, he says something along the lines of "All that matters is that you come back after performing the transmutation." According to Roy, giving up your Gate under normal circumstances means that you'll be trapped in the Truth White void space. Considering that Goldtooth seemed to know more about human transmutation than most of the other characters, it's possible that he knew that little loophole, but didn't bother putting it to use, as it would completely defeat the purpose of Father's plan.
Edward and Alphonse are reincarnated souls from Hohenheim's body.Instead of making new souls, new bodies were created and given a new life. The souls were probably twins or close brothers that Hohenheim knew and liked. He regretted them becoming part of his Philosopher's Stone, and somehow this translated into them being reincarnated.
The main characters represent the Seven Heavenly Virtues
Kindness - May Chang
Patience - Roy Mustang
Humility - Alphonse
Diligence - Olivia Armstrong
Charity - Ling Yao
Chastity - Riza Hawkeye
Crafting the Philosopher's Stone out of a single soul.The stone was created by gathering souls. Father's progeny was created when he fragmented his soul, each part then developing into its own self. If those two processes were applied in reverse order, an alchemist could become a Philosopher's Stone all by himself. The question lies in the cost of dividing a soul, as well as the alchemist's ability to use multiple Gates against each other.
How Buccaneer lost his arm:One day many years ago, Buccaneer was exploring a ruins near Xerxes. At the time he was into wearing hats. He set off a trap and tried to escape. He did the Indy Hat Roll but he was too slow when reaching back for his hat. He later got his alligator chainsaw and the rest is history. Incidentally Kimblee eventually wondered into the ruins and found the hat for himself.
Ed is going to live for an unnaturally long time, like Hohenheim did.When Ed drains Pride's Philosopher's Stone, all that energy has to go somewhere. He couldn't have destroyed it, due to the Law of Conservation of Energy, so this troper is fairly certain that he must have absorbed it. Since he can't do alchemy anymore, that energy will probably end up adding itself to his lifespan. Apparently this troper's mind can't just let a happy ending stay that way.
The 2003 Anime and the Manga are connected.Much like the 2003 anime is connected to the real world, it also shares a connection to the manga's universe.
Scar has depression.He seems to fit many of the symptoms, especially reckless behavior, negative thinking, and thoughts of death (he even seems to seek death at the series's beginning.)
Truth is Really Yog-Sothoth. Or Nyarlathotep. Or BothSeriously, it makes perfect sense. Yog-Sothoth is both the Key and the Gate between worlds, An undoubtedly knows forbidden knowledge man cannot comprehend. If the Dunwhich Horror is any indication, him dealing with mortals can be more easily be accomplished by attempting human transmutation, which is easier to preform then say what the Whateley's did. Meaning, Yog-Sothoth can get more deals done, get more souls, and has the off chance of bringing him into that universe and...doing whatever outer gods do. And the hundreds of eyes and tentacles "inside" the gate just makes the connection worse. The Other Alternative is Nyarlathotep. Who is an affably evil, shape shifting, do it for the Evulz, eldritch abomination who also loves screwing with mankind. This would explain why the figure outside the gate is down right sadistic with it's deals, and why it does them so often, its for its own amusement. This would also mean every event in FMA was orchestrated by Him... which can lead to sheer amounts of horror when you try to fathom what him, an outer god, and one of the worst of Lovecraft's menagerie, could possibly achieve by this. Not only that, sans the Pimp suit, Truth bares some startling resemblance to Mr. Skin... Or even worse. The Gate is Yog-Sothoth and The Truth entity is Nyarlathotep co-opting for a purpose I dare not try to guess...
Izumi and Kimblee are somewhere along the line related.They have interesting facial similarities.
Hohenheim has more decedents he doesn't know about.The man was wandering the earth at least 400 years before he met Trisha, it's not a complete stretch to assume he had sex at least a couple of times before that.
Hawkeye is related to Hungary.
Given enough time and a little motivation Kimblee could of taken over Pride's bodyWrath was a Highlander sinareo: There Can Be Only One Greedling was more of: Embrace the Darkness But Kimblee in Pride would be: King of the Mountain
Everything was a story the Al and Ed made up as kidsRemember the second ending? Help: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEMD8CdqFZQ So at the end of the ending, we see kids Al and Ed have basically "drawn their future" (as top commentor Stratus Fluff said). But what if they DIDN'T. The story never happened and WON'T happen. They didn't draw their own future but actually drew a world to escape out. The true story is just about two boys losing their mother and coping with the sadness by inventing the whole "Full Metal Alchemist" story.
Jean Havoc and Rebecca Catalina are foreshadowed as a couple in the story.When Roy first assembles the five officers who will accompany him on his transfer to Central, Havoc says that he has a girl he's just started seeing, whom Roy tells him to dump. Later, as they're passing around the intel about the Promised Day, Rebecca comes to Central to see her old buddy Riza; as she's leaving, she adds, "Say hello to Second Lieutenant Havoc for me!" We also know that Havoc's the one who equips Rebecca's truck for the coup. I'm theorizing that the girl Havoc had just started seeing before moving to Central was Rebecca, and that they hook up again after the end of the story. Note that she's shown with him in the ending of Brotherhood and also appears to be in the final picture of him in the manga.
The missing ingredient required to bring a human back to life isMilk.
Human transmutation is possibleYou can not bring the dead back but you can make new life
The truth took Roy's sight as a ploy to defeat fatherWhy would truth take Roy's sight when Roy didn't do human transmutation on purpose? Even as the Jerk Ass God it is, it wouldn't make a lot of sense.... Unless, you consider that truth did it on purpose as a way to cause Father's destruction. If you notice, once the homunculli learned that Roy lost his sight, they stopped taking him seriously and didn't really try to stop him anymore. But the truth knew of Hawkeye and that Roy + Hawkeye + circle-less transmutation would actually be stronger than original Roy and have enough power to distract Father and improve the odds on the good guys' favor. And of course, why else would the paradigmatic Jerk Ass God ever perform a punishment that is so easy to revert?
Edward Elric is Dr. Light's inspiration for the exact concept behind Proto Man, then Mega Man and Roll, and this later continued into Light and Wily's respective creation of X and Zero (the latter with a twist).This is an alternate version of the Duo Maxwell theory above in that both imagine the world going to the other extreme, with robotics taking over in alchemy's stead. However this doesn't even have to be in the regular or alternate anime!verse, rather this shift could've easily taken place in the manga. Edward's adventures and shunning of his own alchemical powers, combined with the Amestrian state's turnover from military dictatorship to democracy and alchemists submitting themselves to war trials could've easily dissuaded things in the other direction, not necessarily out of an Ishvala-like zeal against alchemy as some sort of great evil, but a recognition that its power was dangerous to tap untrained causing a gradual dip in interest. Meanwhile, machine scientists on the other side oft he globe (bodies of water and places far beyond Amestris are implied to exist according to a map seen of the FMA-verse near the end of the series) began to get attention. Skip forward by about a century or so, Dr. Thomas Light, a leader of the new technological age of robotics, was working on making Robot Masters, humanoid robots with advanced AI that could make decisions based on vague commands and directions. At some point, either during or before the construction process, he learned of the legend of the golden-haired boy with the red and black clothes whose resilient heart and adaptive use of his skills once helped save the world, and this became the base he wanted to follow for his first robot. Thus Proto Man/Blues was made with a variable system that allowed him to study any tool and do what it does, as well as red and gray armor along with a yellow cape to match the hair. However, this one had an incomplete design and an imbalanced energy core that would eventually give out and die, but he was so independent and lonely that he didn't trust Dr. Light to work on him and ran away, presumably getting killed. Deciding to create another robot, Dr. Light not only learned from his mistakes with Proto Man's core, but also figured that Proto Man left in part because of not having a peer, so he separated his concept into two robots this time - one, Rock, to be a lab assistant, with the same variable tool ability, but completely blue in design; the other, Roll, a female android built for housekeeping, continuing the Elric-inspired trope with mostly red attire and blonde hair (as well as blue eyes, inadvertently channeling Winry as well). Proto Man would end up being encountered by Light's old friend-turned-jealous rival Dr. Wily, who extended his life by converting his core, and also reprogrammed him into a combat robot and turning his tool system into a weapon system. After Wily decided he could reprogram the other Robot Masters Light built after Rock in order to do his bidding and take over the city to demand his respect, Light knew something other than military force had to be applied to the situation so as not to hurt civilians. Out of his sense of right and wrong, Rock volunteered to be converted from a lab assistant into a fighting robot himself, becoming Mega Man. Mega Man X was created decades later with the obvious intent by Dr. Light to build an updated Mega Man in terms of both power potential and independent thought, complete with Power Copying ability still intact, but kept sealed back because either the world wasn't ready at the time or his morality was being tested in simulations first. Either way, he was released, studied, and replicated into a new type of android line by an archaeologist named Cain years after both Light and Wily died. Zero, Dr. Wily's greatest creation, also released long after the elder scientists' deaths, shared much of the same color scheme as Proto Man and Roll, including blue eyes (X's are green). He possessed a Blues-like cool demeanor as well, although seeing how Wily's goal for his creation was to destroy all robots who stood against him (especially Mega Man and previous creation Bass), this likely wasn't by design. In fact, my theory with Zero is that the dark energy source that gave him his power, as well as made him utterly Ax Crazy before transferring from his body to Sigma's and eventually becoming The Virus responsible for the vast majority of Mavericks (Reploid criminals), was made of either remnants of energy from a Philosopher's Stone or dead souls/atoms Wily managed to harvest somehow combined with a standard advance-replicate of Fortenium, making him not only inadvertently inspired by Edward Elric but also indirectly inspired by and/or linked to Van Hohenheim.
Ed's immortal.He gives up his Gate. Dead people are on the other side of the Gate. Thus, Ed cannot die. He will not be pleased.
Hoenheim and Pinako weren't just drinking buddies...Neither of them ever told Ed, Al, or Winry the truth— Ed and Al are Winry's half-uncles. And since Ed and Winry got married...
When Father made Lust, he was thinking of Asami Sato.COME ON! Hasn't this been written yet? Anyone?
Selene is Serenade.
To protect Milos, the Elrics and Eastern Command kept quiet about Julia Crichton opening the Gate of Truth to save her brother's life.Before anyone states the obvious (Julia and the other Sacred Star of Milos characters hadn't been created during the manga or Brotherhood series run); logic like that is an excuse not to think. Now… The storyline of the Sacred Star of Milos movie fits best in the middle of Brotherhood episode 21 (and manga chapters 45), with a bit of truth-stretching to say that Melvin Voyager's breakout put Ed's plan to draw Scar out on hold for a day or two and Winry did head back to Risembool before later returning to Central and then rejoining the Elrics. In any case, by this point the Elric brothers and Eastern Command had already seen plenty of suspicious stuff coming out of their own country's army, not the least of which being (in the short term) the struggle between selfishly-motivated Amestrian and Cretaan military occupations in Table City, or (in the long term) the murder of Maes Hughes. Even without being privy to the information about the Promised Day Human Sacrifice plot, they already had enough info to where they knew they couldn't trust the military not to go back after the now-independent city/nation of Milos if word got out that an alchemist living there was able to open the Gate. Thus, it's most likely that, intending to leave the people of Milos out of the general conflict, Roy and Riza left that detail out of their reports and the whole crew simply never mentioned it since.
Kimblee is actually a Lawful Neutral...From a Certain Point of View. He's got his own set of ethics by which he lives, but they're based more on rules and regulations than right and wrong. That is to say, if your job/station in life that you chose is X and it requires Y, you must do Y regardless of moral or other details. That's why he commended the Rockbells for treating wounded civilians, but had no problem killing said civilians. Likewise, homunculi are (at least supposed to believe) they are better than humans, and seeing Pride try to "absorb" Ed out of desperation - which was not only going against his beliefs as a homunculus, but against his own nature - didn't sit well with him. So in short, instead of Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right, his beliefs are Screw What's Right! I'm Following the Rules!
After defeating Father, Ed is still employed by the governmentHe may no longer be an alchemist but as shown in the end he is still researching alchemy, he has to pay for his journey somehow.
Roy Mustang is a chimera comprised of the re-incarnations of Kyouya Ootori and Takashi MorinozukaThink about it - he has Kyouya's facial structure and Mori's hair. He is capable of extreme acts of loyalty (like when he cauterizes the wound Lust makes to save Havoc and Riza), which just screams Mori. However, he also tends to care more about himself than others at times (like keeping his job instead of protesting harder against the Fuhrer). Same VA, and he has a similar (albeit nearly nonexistent) sense of humor as Kyouya.
General Grumman set up Riza's parents with each other.Just the way he casually asks Roy to marry Riza suggests he probably did the same with General Hawkeye and Riza's mother.
Lust is Father's anima, in the Jungian sense
Father only removed parts of his sins to make the Homonculi, not the entirety.As mentioned in the Fridge Brilliance section, despite supposedly removing his sins, Father still acted as if he had them. It's likely that he didn't completely remove his sins, but rather removed the aspects of his sins that he saw as flawed or detrimental to his plans. To what extent likely relate to his sins
Ed and Al are alternate universe versions of the WinchestersA dead mother, an absent father, sacrificing themselves for the other, etc. Izumi is Bobby.
Hughes is actually Isshin KurosakiHow could no one else see this? First look at their pictures next to each other, square-ish jaw, black hair that spikes a bit upwards and their stubble even looks like it's drawn the same way. Both have extremely doting manners on their daughters and wives. They act silly but are really Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass. Perhaps when Hughes *sniff* died, his soul departed to the Soul Society where he became Isshin...
Riza Hawkeye is a Puella MagiHer wish was to help Roy achieve his goals, or something along those lines. His swiftly rising through the ranks of the military at such a young age (it's made clear he's extremely young to be a full Colonel, and I'm pretty sure he was the youngest State Alchemist until Ed) is a part of the manifestation of Riza's wish. Her incredible sharpshooting skills are her magical girl power. The reason she'd kill herself if Roy died is because otherwise, she would immediately fall into despair and transform into a witch (which she knows about, having seen a previous Magical Girl turn into a witch, perhaps one fighting alongside her in Ishval). This is also why, even when she becomes the Führer's secretary and is spending lots of time in his mansion, she's still living in her own place - because she needs to be able to sneak out at night to kill witches. (You know this started out as a total joke but I think this is becoming my new Riza headcanon.) that suit was that this fellow was one Smooth Criminal. The only way his Dying Moment of Awesome could have been any better was if he'd Moonwalked off into oblivion.