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Berserk Button / Fullmetal Alchemist

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Tropes for the Fullmetal Alchemist Manga and Brotherhood
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The cast of Fullmetal Alchemist have so many recorded Berserk Buttons that it practically requires separate folders for each one.

Edward Elric

  • Perhaps Ed's most famous Berserk Button (enough to warrant the main page image) is any mention of his... well...vertical deficiencies. He usually ends up exaggerating the insult to ridiculous extremes as well as whooping the ass of the offender. The only one he won't go nuts on is Al (after all, they're brothers...and someone has to keep him in line), and even he got away with a knock on the head and a retort of "Don't call me small." Of course, the short rants are constantly a Funny Moment.
    • Take note, at one point, he thought to himself that he was lucky being so small made it easy for him to crawl through air ducts. He had to fight the urge to punch himself in the face.
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    • Even funnier, in one particular scene in the Brotherhood Anime, Selim hits this one of Ed's Berserk Buttons, and then LAMPSHADES Ed's reaction IN THE VERY SAME SCENE!
  • Also, don't suggest that Winry is his girlfriend. Again, see the main trope page.
  • Ed also hates when Al is confused for the Fullmetal Alchemist. More than halfway through the series, he had had enough...
    Kimblee: (Facing Al) I see. Now I understand your nickname.
    Everyone gestures to Ed
    Kimblee: Oh, it's this one?
    Ed: (Angrily in his head) IF ONE MORE PERSON MAKES THAT MISTAKE!!...
  • Milk is also an huge Berserk Button for him, mostly because it emphasizes his Height Angst.

Winry Rockbell

  • Edward finds himself the victim of Winry's Berserk Button whenever he needs to go back to her for maintenance and (predominantly) repairs. If there's even so much as one scratch...
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  • Also, never criticize her handiwork. After hearing someone insult her automatic craftsmanship in the first anime, Winry goes from telling Ed to calm down to telling Al to let Ed go so he could (more or less) kick the guy's ass.

Roy Mustang

  • He doesn't take kindly to being reminded that he's useless when wet (due to his Playing with Fire powers fizzling out under those circumstances).

Izumi Curtis

  • Izumi seems to have a few of these, and they seem to be set on a hair trigger. Her main one is being called old.
    • She provides one for Sig as well; don't hit on her when her husband is around. Just because he's a Gentle Giant doesn't mean he can't beat you to a pulp when provoked.

Other characters

  • A scene with Greed in the manga shows that calling Envy "ugly" is a great way to tick them off, and get them to turn into their true form to kill you.
  • Ling doesn't explode like most of the other characters here, but he will become furious at any suggestion that an authority figure's subjects can be treated as expendable.
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  • Nothing will piss Greed off more than someone hurting his 'possessions' (read: friends).
  • In the first anime, mentioning Hohenheim is a great way to have your face pounded in by Envy.
  • Ed and Al share a minor (in Al's case, not so minor for quite a while) one that is labeled "Pointing out how GREAT it actually is being a soul trapped in a suit of armor". It led to one pretty not-so-nice brotherly fight.
  • In a case of Like Father, Like Son, it's shown that, in his younger years, Hoenheim's reaction to being called dumb are very similar to Ed's reaction to being called short (read: yelling at whoever made the accusation).
  • Lan Fan becomes furious whenever people insult her liege lord Ling Yao. During Ed's fight with her, he notices that Lan Fan gets sloppy when she's angry, and so takes advantage of this berserk button to even the odds against her.