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A short summary page for characters from the 2003-2004 Fullmetal Alchemist anime. For the character sheet dealing with the manga and Brotherhood, see Characters.Fullmetal Alchemist. Some spoilers will be unmarked.


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     Edward Elric 
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The protagonist of the series. Seeks the secret of the Philosopher's Stone so he can undo the mistakes of his past of trying to bring back his mother to life. The truth behind the Philosopher's Stone, and the connection to the secrets behind the country he lives in drives the story.

Voiced by: Romi Park (JP), Vic Mignogna (EN), Ricardo Escobar (Spain), Blanca Rada (Spain, child), José Manuel Vieira (Latin America), Arthur Pestel (French)
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Ed is a more brooding character than in the manga. This is because the writing focuses more on current events, rather than dwelling on the mistakes in his back story — this version of Edward is faced with problems that require imperfect, morally questionable solutions, and he is frequently confronted with the consequences of his decisions.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Both versions of Ed are quite attractive but in subtly different ways. Manga and Brotherhood Ed is more muscular and toned while this Ed is more slender in physique with his features overall less broad, giving him a look more fitting of a bishounen.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the manga he's noted for having golden, not blond, hair as a racial trait related to his heritage. This is absent in the anime and thus Edward is just a normal blond.
  • Afraid of Needles: Hates them.
  • Alliterative Name: Ed's full name is Edward Elric.
  • Artificial Limbs: After losing an arm and a leg during the failed attempt at human transmutation in the backstory of the series, Ed had them replaced with highly sophisticated prostheses called "automail" which are almost perfect replacements of normal limbs, having only slightly worse fine motor control — albeit being made of metal, they come with certain drawbacks and benefits of their own, such as being very sturdy, but also requiring constant maintenance.
  • The Atoner: Wants to make up for Al losing his body. Later, he wants to make up for his part in the Lior debacle.
  • Author Appeal: A carry-over from the manga. Hiromu Arakawa likes muscular men, which should come as no surprise seeing how extremely ripped Ed is for a too-short-for-his-age teen.
  • Badass Bookworm: It comes with being an alchemist. While he's mostly a fighter, it's been shown time and time again he's foremost a scientist- and a damn good one.
  • Badass Longcoat: His signature red longcoat with the flamel.
  • Badass Transplant: His automail limbs. He can even turn his arm into a sword!
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: He and Winry give off this vibe. Sadly for them Ed's choices, enemies, and outlook slowly push them apart.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't bring up his below-average height.
    WHO ARE YOU CALLING 'A TINY LITTLE BEAN SPROUT THE SIZE OF A GRAIN OF RICE'!?!
    • Averted with Nina as she calls him "little big brother" and it doesn't annoy him once, and also Izumi.
  • Big Brother Instinct: His mission in life is to get his little brother's body back.
  • Bishōnen: More so than in Brotherhood and the manga. In the manga, Ed has a more pronounced jawline, making him look more physically mature. This trait is lost in the 2003 anime.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: When he transmutes a blade to his automail arm.
  • Braids of Action: Only one braid, throughout this anime and the manga.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Sometimes comes off as this.
  • Bring My Red Jacket: He's got a red jacket, and he gets injured a lot.
  • Brought Down to Badass: During Conqueror of Shamballa Ed is stuck in a universe where he can't use alchemy and his automail limbs have been replaced with inferior versions which are made of cheaper materials and require the pulling of a starter cord to function. Doesn't slow him down a bit.
  • Butt-Monkey: First it was Played for Laughs, and then it wasn't.....
  • Byronic Hero: Something of a younger version of this trope. He frequently considers morally dubious solutions to his problems, though he rarely carries them out.
  • Calling Parents by Their Name: Initially, Ed only calls Hohenheim by his name, but after he explains why he left his family he seems to forgive him and starts calling him 'Dad'.
  • Celibate Hero: This or Chaste Hero, but considering how pushy Rose is at certain points, it's more likely he's ignoring his admirers than completely unaware.
  • Character Development: He undergoes major changes over the course of his series, learning that there is a world outside of his own goals, and that he does not in fact have the answers to everything.
  • Characterization Marches On: It becomes a character trait that Ed doesn't like killing people. For much of the series he avoids it whenever he can. Yet in the 4th episode of the series, he accidentally kills the Filler Villain and doesn't show any sadness over what he's done. Yet contrast this to when he accidentally kills Greed, which horrifies him so much that he breaks down sobbing.
  • Childhood Friends: With Winry.
  • Child Mage: Alchemy is not an easy thing to learn. Especially alchemy needed to perform Human Transmutation.
  • Child Soldier: Edward received a State Alchemist's certification at the age of 12. As such, he is a part of the military, and although he is given a lot of leeway in what he does, every so often he will be called in for a mission. Though he is noted to be a very special case. Roy says the military doesn't accept children as soldiers. It is only due to Ed's extreme talent and Roy's behind the scenes manipulations that Ed managed to get certified so young.
  • Code Name: Upon being inducted into the State Alchemists, Edward was given the title of "Fullmetal", ostensibly referring both to his obstinate personality and his metallic limbs, although it is likely also a joke on his expense by the Fuhrer, as his brother (who is encased in a full suit of armor) fits the title much better at first glance.
  • Combat Pragmatist: "All's fair in war, pal. Everyone knows that."
  • Cosmic Play Thing: He only manages to get a Bittersweet Ending after everything that happened to him and Al.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Even Ed admits his automail has come in handy and saving his life on many occasions.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Blonde hair and gold eyes.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: The whole human transmutation experience, followed by the Nina incident left him gloomy and cynical, though still heroic.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: The series starts with a flashback showing the most significant part of it.
  • Determinator: He was a Determinator when he was ten, and he hasn't changed since. Sometimes it's what leads to his problems, rather than what solves them.
  • Disabled in the Adaptation: He has more PTSD symptoms than his manga counterpart and also he doesn't regain his arm in the end.
  • Doesn't Like Guns: At first. In later episodes however, he uses firearms a couple of times (at one point he even transmuted a machine gun onto his automail arm), and by the time of the movie he keeps a pistol stashed in his belongings; perhaps representative of the loss of his innocence. He's a lousy shot however, and still prefers to use his fists over guns.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Edward absolutely loathes milk; the loathing is compounded by the fact that people insist he drink it to help him grow, and his height is a sore issue for him.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: Edward is especially skilled at manipulating metals, a skill that comes in handy as two of his limbs are metallic.
  • Grasp the Sun: Reaches for the sun a few times in various opening credits and in the very last scene of this series.
  • Handicapped Badass: Has automail in place of his missing right arm and left leg and isn't afraid to use them.
  • Heroic BSoD: Might as well be the patron Saint of this. One of the best examples is after seeing Nina's exploded remains over a wall.
  • Hero Insurance: After a particularly destructive duel with Mustang, Edward is forced to repair everything without alchemy.
  • I Choose to Stay: At the end of the movie, Edward chooses to stay on the other side of the Gate, knowing he can never return to Amestris.
  • Idiot Hair: His antenna, which is part of his character design.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Several instances. Not being able to help his mother, Al losing his body, not being able to protect Nina and Hughes dying while trying to help him.
  • In the Blood: His father was a great alchemist as well.
  • It Gets Easier: Ed at first refused to kill anybody. Then he fights and regrets killing Greed, but later kills Sloth with cold precision. By the time he gets to fighting Envy, he has no qualms whatsoever about killing him.
  • It's All My Fault: Believes he's responsible for Al losing his body along with the deaths of Nina and Hughes.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: This trope more or less defines Ed. Although it seems like a lot of the "jerk" is a facade.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: Very much so. As the series progresses Ed sees more and more terrible things and performs amoral deeds in return which turns him into a good hearted but cynical hero.
  • Life-or-Limb Decision: In the brothers' backstory, when the attempted resurrection of their mother turned out to require another life to balance the act and Al was chosen as the sacrifice, Ed sacrificed his right arm to pull back Al's soul before it was pulled into the Gate (a mysterious metaphysical object that is encountered by alchemists who perform human transmutations) and then affixed it to a suit of armour.
  • Majorly Awesome: He's a state alchemist, which means he holds the rank of Major in the military.
  • Men Don't Cry: His attitude, though he does cry in moments of extreme emotional vulnerability a handful of times throughout the series. Nina's death in particular hits him really, really hard.
  • Mr. Fanservice: His shower scene and the one shirtless scene with all his limbs.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: The result of trying, and failing, to resurrect their mother. Also, Edward's response to seeing the graves of people in Lior.
  • The Napoleon: He dislikes being reminded of his short height.
  • Nay-Theist: Despite initially seeming atheistic, it's heavily implied that Ed does believe in a God. He simply has no interest in worshipping it.
  • Noble Male, Roguish Male: The Roguish Male to Mustang's Noble Male.
  • Non-Idle Rich: He makes quite a lot of money being a state alchemist. He's also quite generous with it too.
  • Oblivious to Love: Gets told to his face that Rosé loves him and he still doesn't get it. Though she was out of it at the time so...
  • Older and Wiser: By the time of The Movie he's 18 years old, much more mellow, and one of the few characters who recognizes that messing around with The Gate between our world and Amestris is going to have consequences.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Just don't say it to his face.
  • Rank Up: As a State Alchemist, he became the equivalent of a Major at age 12.
  • Redemption Quest: Ed's mission in life is to get Al's body back, which was lost when they tried to bring their mother back to life. Although the blame for this falls on both boys, Ed blames only himself, and is consumed with guilt.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Al's Blue and Roy's Blue.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Played with. He kills Sloth, the homunculus with his mother's appearance and memories, by turning her water-based powers against her and evaporating her. Ed is finally able to make himself go through with it by deciding that she isn't really a version of his beloved mother, just a dangerous creature that got her face and memories from the failed transmutation. Still, there are some hints from her and the other homunculi that the truth isn't so clear cut.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man to Al's Sensitive Guy.
  • Shadow Archetype: Tucker is a very dark one for Ed, having similarly broken a taboo and sacrificed a family member out of hubris, similarly mangled his own body as an unintentional mark of his transgression, and being similarly obsessed with finding a way to undo his mistakes.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: In regards to Winry, complete with Luminescent Blush
  • Ship Tease:
    • Gets some with Winry, such as when he goes shopping with her.
    • Has some with Rose, including him blushing when she confesses her love.
  • Shirtless Scene: Has had quite a few.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Al.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: In a short OVA to the first anime Ed is shown elderly and he looks identical to Hohenheim. The same OVA shows that one of Ed's grand kids looks just like Ed when he was younger.
  • Teen Genius: He's the youngest state alchemist known, and he was skilled enough to at least attempt to preform Human Transmutation at a young age. And in the epilogue in pre-WW2 Germany, he has taken to studying rocket science, and has studied Einstein's theories, though Ed thinks nobody buys them.
  • Thou Shall Not Kill: Refuses to take a life, even when absolutely necessary. As he is quite a skilled fighter, this is not actually a very big problem for him. He'd even try to stop a convicted serial killer soul transferred to a suit of armor like Al from killing himself. This attitude ends when he is forced to kill Greed.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Edward is generally considered the most attractive person in the series, but he has one of the harshest backstories of the cast.
  • Tsurime Eyes: In contrast to Al's Tareme Eyes. This reflects their personalities, as Ed is harsher and rougher than Al.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Edward is a friend to Colonel Roy Mustang, but the two are fighting as often as not.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: First burning down his and Al's home in Risembool. Then choosing to stay on the other side of the gate in order to prevent others from invading Amestris.

     Alphonse Elric 
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Edward's little brother, he lost his body during an experiment that went horribly wrong. He survives in the form of a suit of armour, his soul joined to it through the use of a blood seal.

Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya (JP), Aaron Dismuke (EN), Elena Palacio (Spain), Jhonny Torres (Latin America), Audrey Pic (French)

  • Achilles' Heel: His blood seal is his one real weakness until he becomes a Philosopher’s Stone, at which point even falling into a river doesn’t erase it. Overusing his own alchemy will cause him to fade away, though.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: In particular, his dilemma over whether his memories are real lasts longer and is explored a lot more here.
  • Adaptational Dumbass: Alphonse starts off as an intelligent, insightful young boy who was the sensible one compared to Ed. Later on, he makes many very poor, and arguably stupid, choices, like taking Barry the Chopper's mind games to heart, and distrusting people who he's known all his life. This happens in both the manga and anime, but in the manga, Al learns from this and doesn't do anything like it again. In the first anime, it mainly takes effect in the later half, where he runs off every time he gets upset, even though the homunculi and Dante are looking for and trying to kill them, going along with Shou Tucker's plans and not telling Ed (even though Tucker made his daughter into a chimaera, resulting in her death, and letting Sloth convince him that she's his mother, even though she is a homunculus when Ed is trying to remind him that they're fighting for their lives, immediately running towards Envy disguised as Winry, right after Ed says it isn't her, and barely putting up a fight. He arguably became more impulsive than his brother, whereas earlier in the show it was the other way around. This could be interpreted as the writers having Al act more like how a real little boy would if he was put in such a situation, but he becomes more competent again in the finale. Other than that he basically becomes quite the load.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: His hair changes from blond like his brother's to dark blond. His eyes are also brown here as opposed to gold in the manga.
  • Animated Armor: Alphonse's soul was bound to a suit of armor by Edward in order to save his life. The binding seal keeping Alphonse tied to the armor is painted in blood on the inside of the breastplate.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Subverted. There are hints throughout the series that Alphonse has underlying rage issues, and would go on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge if anything ever happened to Edward. In fact, this is the main reason why he empathizes so much with Scar. After Character Development, however, he resolves to make sure that nobody else will be able to carry out their revenge. This turns out to be his main motivation for going to Ishbal, since he's no longer certain about whether or not he should try to get his body back.
  • Big Little Brother: Even before the transmutation he was still about the same size as Edward, this is emphasized in the movie where, despite having a body six years younger than Ed's at this point, he is still about the same height. In a post-series OVA, Alphonse is a head taller than Ed an adult.
  • Blessed with Suck: Since Al's soul is bound to a suit of armor he is effectively immortal unless his blood seal is destroyed and his body is incredibly strong. However he can't do normal things that regular humans can, such as eat or sleep, and he can't interact with the regular world outside of his friends and family without the risk of someone finding out his secret, which leaves him depressed.
  • Childhood Friends: With Winry.
  • Child Mage: Alchemy is not an easy thing to learn. Especially alchemy needed to perform Human Transmutation.
  • Child Prodigy: Although not as knowledgeable as Ed, he is still extremely skilled at alchemy as a whole.
  • Corner of Woe: His version of Ed's Berserk Button. Calling him a "tin can" pretty much results in this.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Can we blame him for wanting to keep that kitty?
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Same as Edward.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: In The Movie, twice. At first he grows his hair out like Ed to be like him, but toward the end we see him with his hair cut to the same length it used to be.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: Like Ed, his alchemy is specialized on this.
  • Genius Bruiser: Not as intelligent as his brother, but Al is quite studious nonetheless and will wipe the floor with baddies.
  • Gentle Giant: The armor he's bound to is definitely not small. Although he really tries his best to be friendly, the size can be intimidating.
  • Glowing Mechanical Eyes: When his helmet is on, he has two glowing dots in the helmet's eyes.
  • Idiot Ball: Mainly during Martel's unneeded death.
  • Innocent Prodigy: Alphonse was this before his soul was placed in a suit of armor and then again at the end of the series.
  • I Will Find You: Determined to find Ed at end of the series. In the movie, his travels were due to his search for Ed, whose whereabouts are unknown.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Once finds a kitten out in the rain and lets it hide inside his armour.
  • Made of Iron: Literally. His soul is encased in a suit of full body armour.
  • Parental Abandonment: He takes it much better than Ed does.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Alphonse is the calm blue to Edward's fiery red.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Alphonse's sensitive demeanor is usually used as a contrast to Edward's more reserved, if surly, ditto.
  • Ship Tease: Has some with Winry.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Ed.
  • Soul Fragment: In the movie, Al's soul has become a bit "loose" due all the body hopping he was subject to, granting him the ability to split his soul into pieces and insert them into inanimate objects to act as golems. It allows him to reunite with Ed midway through the film, and he later uses it to turn the Big Bad's minions against her.
  • Tareme Eyes: In contrast to Ed's Tsurime Eyes. This reflects their personalities, as Ed is harsher and rougher than Al.
  • Took a Level in Badass Becomes a state alchemist when he's human again and the movie shows how much his alchemy powers have grown.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Al appears to be a guy in a giant suit of armor walking around when everyone else wears actual clothes, yet rarely does anyone actually comment on it.
  • Why Am I Ticking?: Kimblee does this to him near the end.
  • Wise Beyond His Years: A good example is how he figures out that he can trade his soul for Edward's arm, since the opposite happened.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: First burning down his home in Risembool with Edward. Then chooses to join Edward on the other side of the gate knowing they can never return to Amestris.

     Winry Rockbell 
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The Elrics' childhood friend, and Ed's automail mechanic.

Voiced by: Megumi Toyoguchi (JP), Caitlin Glass (EN), Inés Blázquez (Spain), Yensi Rivero (Latin America), Lucile Boulanger (French)

  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: In both the manga and 2003 anime, Winry comes face to face with her parents' killer. In the manga she tries to kill him but is stopped and comes to terms with it all. In the anime, Winry holds a lot of anger towards Roy after learning he killed her parents. It's never shown her reconciling with him, calling him out, or even discussing the issue.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job:
    • Her bandanna is red, whereas it's green in the manga and Brotherhood. Winry does, however, get a green bandanna in the tail-end of the anime.
    • Her outfit in The Movie is never depicted in the manga.
  • Berserk Button: Don't insult or ruin her automail.
  • Bound and Gagged: As a prisoner of Barry the Chopper.
  • Childhood Friends: With Ed and Al.
  • Child Prodigy: Built sophisticated automail at a young age.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: When she was a young child her parents, both doctors, were executed for treating Ishbalans in the war. Not long after that, her two best friends were crippled in a failed human transmutation.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: She tends to throw wrenches at Ed.
  • Girl Next Door: The Elric brothers as children argued over who would marry her.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She has blonde hair, and is generally a nice girl (unless you hit her Berserk Button).
  • He Will Not Cry, So I Cry for Him: Winry pulls this for the Elric brothers a couple of times.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: A generally nice girl with blue eyes.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Her relationship with the Elrics is a lot more platonic here.
  • Lovely Angels: With Scheska as the two naturally click with their intelligent interests and klutzy tendencies. They even bug the Fuhrer's secretary's phone together.
  • Mr. Fixit: She especially fixes Ed's automail whenever she's available.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Much like her Brotherhood counterpart, Winry spends most of the series dressed in tank tops and short skirts that show off her shapely legs. There are also frequent shots where camera pans up her body and shows how curvaceous she gets as the series progress. The third ending best emphasizes how much fanservice she gets.
  • Nice Girl: Mostly, so long as you don't destroy her automail.
  • Raised by Grandparents: Her parents were killed in a war, leaving her grandmother to raise her alone.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Sheska's Blue. While Winry is much more adventurous and loud-spoken, Scheska is spooked easily and keeps to herself.
  • Ship Tease: Gets a little with both brothers.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": "Winly" appears in some unofficial translations, and many fansubs misheard the name as "Wendy."
  • Squee!: Her reaction to any other automail. Especially Rush Valley's.
  • Tsundere: Similar to Brotherhood. She's sweet and friendly, but once Ed sets her off...
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Ed.
  • Wrench Wench: As a woman who makes lots of automail as well as other mechanical works, she naturally fits this trope.

     Scar 
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A mysterious Ishbalan in a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against the State Alchemists that annihilated his people.

Voiced by: Ryotaro Okiayu (JP), Dameon Clarke (EN), Jesús Rodríguez (Spain), Adolfo Nittoli (Latin America), Antoine Tomé (French)

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: He's younger than his Brotherhood and manga incarnation, and has notably much smoother features.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Scar in the manga was part of a sect of warrior monks, and he was a skilled fighter on top of his ability to destroy material with his arm. In the '03 anime, he was just a normal Ishbalan citizen (who didn't have a warrior monk caste, they were all generally pacifists) who had his abilities grafted onto him by his brother to save his life. Thus, all he really has going for him is his empowered arm, though that alone makes him still very deadly.
  • Anti-Villain: Like in Brotherhood/the manga. The things he did were bad, but he still had very sympathetic motives and tries only to attack those that were responsible of the Ishbal massacre. However unlike the manga and Brotherhood, he never quite achieves Anti-Hero status. Indeed, his last act causes the death of 7000 soldiers to create a Philosopher's Stone and it is not really seen as a good thing.
  • Badass Transplant: Scar's arm was blown off by a State Alchemist. His brother saved Scar's life by sacrificing his own right arm, which contained alchemical inscriptions.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: He creates the much sought after Philospher's Stone by taking the lives of countless soldiers.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: He clearly feels uncomfortable around Lust. It doesn't help that she's the homunculus of his brother's fiance, who he had a crush on when she was still alive.
  • Bookends: Scar gains his arm and its powers when his brother grafts his own arm onto Scar along with its powers after Kimblee blows Scar's arm off. He then loses that arm and its powers when he transfers the powers to Alphonse's body to save him after Kimblee primes him to explode.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: His brother's death appears to have been the final straw, but the injustice done to his people did the bulk of it.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Holy shit. Like everyone (except Kimblee) involved in the Ishbalan War, he has heaps of it. Bonus points for realizing his brother was going to sacrifice a lot of his fellow countrymen to create a Philosopher's Stone.
  • Dark Messiah: To the people of Lior, along with Rose. Subverted since his main motive is creating a Philosopher's Stone.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: This isn't just due to his ancestry in this version; his hair actually turned white due to shock.
  • Death by Adaptation: After turning Lior into one giant transmutation circle.
  • Facepalm Of Doom: His preferred method to kill.
  • Hero Killer: Subverted. While he is a State Alchemist killer, he never actually kills any noteworthy protagonists. Likewise, his first on-screen victim, Basque Grand, was a serious asshole and a recurring antagonist early on.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: His vengeance towards state alchemists has caused Scar to become almost as bad as them.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Despite killing several people and going on to sacrifice many soldiers to create the Philosopher's Stone, he gradually came to care for the Elric brothers and the homunculus Lust.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Especially notable due to his radically changed design, and the fact that he's at least 8 years younger than he is in the manga and Brotherhood.
  • One-Hit Kill: He can touch your arm and make your brain explode. He still has to touch flesh, however, a fact that Ed capitalizes on. When touching materials such as metal, it has to be the kind of matter he thinks it is, or else his ability will not work (Ed changes the metal of his automail arm in his last encounter).
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Like in the manga, his name is never revealed.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: His powers can cause objects and people to disassemble molecule by molecule.
  • Power Tattoo: His main method of fighting is the alchemical tattoo on his right arm, which allows him to deconstruct matter without reconstructing it after. Boom. In an interesting twist the arm, a transplant from his brother, is also a Philosopher's Stone.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Subverted, in this case his eye color indicates his belonging to an ethnic group that was nearly wiped out.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Targets state alchemists for the Ishbalan War.
  • Shadow Archetype: Establishes a strange sort of affinity with Alphonse.
  • Strong, but Unskilled: Scar's arm naturally gives him the ability to destroy materials he comes in contact with, but he lacks any actual understanding of how alchemy works. Thus Ed is able to defeat him in combat by constantly changing the chemical composition of his metal arm and leg, preventing Scar from destroying them.
  • Sunglasses at Night: He always wears them to hide the fact he is an Ishbalan.
  • Survivor Guilt: After Kimblee blows off his arm, Scar's brother uses his own arm as a transplant and dies as a result. Scar had to live with that ever since.
  • That Man Is Dead: When Lust asks for his real name he states that he once had one, but "that person died years ago from a life of sin, malice and retribution."
  • The Unfettered: He will kill off Central's army for bringing war to Ishbal, no matter what. He manages to kill off quite a lot of them up to his death.
  • The Un-Reveal: His name is never revealed, much like the manga; he believes that by using alchemy, he has renounced his name.
  • Tragic Villain: Especially with a much more painful past and his brother going crazy.
  • Villain Protagonist: Later on, of the Anti-Villain variety.
  • Withholding Their Name: Scar's name is never given, even when he's about to die. When Lust asks him his name, he answers that his body once had one, but "that person died a long time ago." Lust, who'd only called him "scarred man" up to this point, finally uses the "name" Scar as he dies: "Goodbye... Scar."
  • Would Hurt a Child: Not intentionally, but he still kills Nina, a little girl, out of mercy after she's turned into a chimera.
  • Your Head Asplode: He generally fights by trying to grab someone's head and activating the alchemical circle inside to violently deconstruct everything in the area of effect, resulting in most of the skull being blown away.
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     Roy Mustang 
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A colonel in the military, he is the third most important protagonist in the series behind the Elric brothers. He seeks to become the Fuhrer so he can fix the country, and spread his ideals to the people. And by that, we mean make all the women in the military wear miniskirts.

Voiced by: Toru Okawa (JP), Travis Willingham (EN), Juan Antonio Arroyo (Spain), Rolman Bastidas (Latin America), Martial Le Minoux (French)

  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: While his manga counterpart certainly left the war with many regrets, he doesn't suffer from the classic symptoms of PTSD and depression that this version does. He also shows signs of being an alcoholic, to the point that he appears in the final opening looking depressed with a glass of liquor in his hand.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Roy has some of this because his Urban Legend Love Life from the manga wasn't confirmed to be an urban legend at the time of the anime's release.
  • Anti-Hero: Of the third type ("Good Is Not Nice").
  • The Atoner: His main motive for becoming Fuhrer is to ensure that nothing like Ishbal ever happens again.
  • Badass Bookworm: It comes with being an alchemist. There is also the moment when he quotes The Art of War in episode 13.
  • Badass Longcoat: He is almost always wearing his long, blue military coat.
  • Beard of Sorrow: During his suicidal moments.
  • Big Damn Hero: His He’s Back moment in Conqueror of Shamballa when he saves his men and the city at Central command after having been away up north.
  • Bishie Sparkle: It's Played for Laughs in Episode 13.
  • Chick Magnet: As his crew's Lower-Deck Episode revealed, Havoc and co. could never keep girlfriends for long after they met Roy.
  • Code Name: His alchemist name is the Flame Alchemist, and he's often referred to as that by people who don't know him personally.
  • Colonel Badass: Becomes General Badass by the end of the series.
  • Cuteness Proximity: His reaction to Black Hayate, as mentioned above.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Has a really dark one. See Driven To Suicide below.
  • Death Seeker: Used to be for killing Winry's parents, but has managed to get over that by promising himself that he would never follow any more unreasonable orders.
  • Disabled in the Adaptation: He displays more symptoms of PTSD, depression, and alcoholism than his manga counterpart. He also permanently loses one eye.
  • Driven to Suicide: He's stated he would kill himself, if he had the guts. In fact, as a young soldier in Ishbal he was this close to eating his own gun after killing Winry's parents and had to be stopped by Marcoh.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Possibly to the point of alcoholism.
  • Eyepatch of Power: He gains one after losing an eye fighting Pride.
  • Fiery Stoic: Roy may be the Flame Alchemist, but he's normally stoic and level-headed. This works for the best because his fire powers are most dangerous when he gets heated up.
  • Finger Snap Lighter: Roy's gloves are made of a special material that can cause sparks when rubbed together. He uses the gloves as the final step when starting fires, after preparing the area to be incinerated with alchemy.
  • Hero Insurance: Subverted. Is forced to repair what he damages during a duel with Edward without alchemy.
  • He’s Back: His triumphant return in The Movie, after holing himself up in the north and refusing to use alchemy, due to his demotion and out of grief for everything he did in Ishbal, and what happened to Hughes and Ed.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: One instance is that while he teases and prods Ed, he actually cares a great deal about the Elric brothers - as Hawkeye points out at Hughes's funeral.
  • Hurting Hero: Never got over what he did during the Ishbalan war.
  • Kill It with Fire: Part of being the Flame Alchemist.
  • Knight In Sour Armor To the point he considered suicide.
  • Large Ham: Although usually calm and reserved, Roy occasionally lets his presence be known by striking a heroic pose and/or shouting at someone. Ed lampshaded this when he gives his own impersonation of Roy. In the dub Travis Willingham drew inspiration from his failed audition for... Armstrong.
  • Men Don't Cry: Tries to pass this off at Hughes' grave after the funeral.
  • Noble Male, Roguish Male: Noble Male to Ed's Roguish Male.
  • Officer and a Gentleman: For the most part, though he has his moments when he loses it.
  • Papa Wolf: Is angered when Pride kills Selim.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: In Ishbal.
  • Playing with Fire: Mustang specializes in fire alchemy, subtly manipulating the environment using alchemy and then lighting it up by snapping his fingers to create a spark with his special glove.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Ed's Red. Color-Coded for Your Convenience with their coats.
  • Sand In My Eyes: During Hughes' funeral.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: It's heavily implied living through Ishbal left him with shell-shock.
  • Stepford Snarker: An increasingly common interpretation of his character in this version is that he's a Type A one of these, suffering from PTSD as a result of his part in the Ishbal Civil War including killing the Rockbells, and that his characterization in Conqueror of Shamballa is the mask coming off. It's supported by him having traumatic flashbacks to his conduct in Ishval when he's in similar situations in the series, such as the one he gets to killing an Ishvalan child during his battle with Ed in "Fullmetal vs. Flame."
  • Stuff Blowing Up: He is the Flame Alchemist.
  • Supporting Leader: He is Ed's commanding officer, but he's in a less prominent role in the show, which is primarily the Elric brothers' story.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Both In-Universe, with his reputation as a womanizer who can get any woman in Central to fall in love with him, and in the fandom.
  • Tricked-Out Gloves: How he uses his alchemy.
  • Useless Superpowers: "Colonel, you're worthless when it's raining."
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Wet gloves usually mean he can't use his alchemy.
  • "World of Cardboard" Speech: After tracking down Ed and Al late in the series, he tells them about how he contemplated ending his own life once after executing the Rockbells, but then resolved never to follow unreasonable commands again. He tells them he came after them by his own choice, then demands to know why they ran away rather than trust him.
  • You Can Barely Stand: His final confrontation with Pride.

     Riza Hawkeye 
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Roy's trusted second-in-command and bodyguard, Lt. Hawkeye's calm, collected demeanor and remarkable sharpshooting skills earn her the respect and fear of her fellow officers.

Voiced by: Michiko Neya (JP), Colleen Clinkenbeard (EN), Silvia Sarmentera (Spain), Giannina Jurado (Latin America), Agnès Manoury (French)

  • Action Girl: She's just as dangerous with a gun as Mustang is with his alchemy.
  • Badass Normal: She doesn't utilize alchemy like her fellow soldiers, but she still gets the job done with her guns.
  • Cold Sniper: Subverted; while not overly affectionate, she's far from cold.
  • Cry Cute: In the final episode, when she thinks Mustang is dead.
  • Demoted to Extra: While most of the other girls had their roles ascended, Riza gets little Character Development and screentime compared to her manga/Brotherhood counterpart.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Averted. Like the manga, Hawkeye starts the anime with very short cut hair and later grows it out. Unlike the manga, no reason is given for the style change. Its never commented on either. It might have been a way to clue viewers into the time skip, as part of the series takes place three years earlier than the rest, during the period the brothers are training to become State Alchemists.
  • The Gunslinger: Her last name isn't Hawkeye for nothing; she has a great reputation for her sharpshooter skills in the military.
  • Pet the Dog: Black Hayate's owner... though her idea of training him is a bit shocking. To be fair, it’s highly effective and he’s very well behaved.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Her name is not exactly common so for quite a time fans were stumped. Liza, Riza, or Lisa? The official version is "Riza" and the manga even has a reference that "Elizabeth" is a code name, not her real name.
  • The Stoic: The war has made her rather cold on the outside.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Riza has her fair share of more tender moments that hint that there's more to her than the Cold Sniper exterior. Especially involving Roy or the Elric brothers.

     Fuhrer President King Bradley 
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The ruler of Amestris. He simultaneously serves as the country's chief executive (President) and commander-in-chief (Fuhrer)—and to clear any confusion, King is simply his first name. He came to rule Amestris after leading his nation out of a bloody civil war and setting up a military dictatorship. In The Movie, it turns out he's the alternate universe's version of Fritz Lang.

Voiced by: Hidekatsu Shibata (JP), Ed Blaylock (EN), Fernando Hernández (Spain), José Granadillo (Latin America), Yann Pichon (French)

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: He looks a bit younger than his manga counterpart and his mustache is less prominent. He also has softer looking features. This is probably due to him representing Pride instead of Wrath, and indeed it manages to cover up his true nature much better.
  • Adaptational Badass: Zig-Zagged. Bradley lacks the main weakness of his manga counterpart; anime Bradley has a Healing Factor like the other homunculi, while manga Bradley does not due to being a converted human. As such, Mustang burning him alive would have killed his manga counterpart, while this Bradley can recover from it. That said, anime Bradley also has a new weakness in form of his human remains, which leads to his defeat. Manga Bradley also has many more badass moments on-camera than anime Bradley.
  • Badass Moustache: Even though it's not quite as badass as the manga...
  • Blood Knight: For one thing, he lets Roy blow him up just to see if he'd survive.
  • Composite Character: He is Pride in this series.
  • Decomposite Character: While he mostly serves the same purpose his character did in the manga, personality change to Pride aside, his role of accompanying Armstrong to Dublith was given to Frank Archer.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Whether he's sending thousands of soldiers to their deaths, listening to an account of treason in the military, or being set on fire, he never loses that amiable smile.
  • Dual Wielding: He always wields two swords in combat. Most prevalent when fighting against Roy.
  • Eyepatch of Power: He wears it to hide the Homunculus symbol on his eye.
  • His Name Really Is "Barkeep": "King" isn't a title; it's his actual first name.
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: Uses his sword to disrupt the air so Roy can't hit him with his flames. It does help to be a homunculus with superhuman abilities.
  • Irony: It's revealed in The Movie his alternate/real world counterpart is Fritz Lang, a Jew, despite being the Fuhrer of the Fullmetal Alchemist world's equivalent of Germany.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He acts like a well meaning, if sometimes harsh man. In reality, he's a very evil man and The Dragon to Dante.
  • Old Soldier: He's impressively badass, even without taking into account he's 60 and a powerful homunculus.
  • Putting on the Reich: He's called "Fuhrer" for one thing.

     Maes Hughes 
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A rather quirky officer working in the records department. He develops something of a parental relationship with the Elric brothers, and assists both Mustang and the Elric brothers in their respective missions. Contrary to his appearance, he is not a man to trifle with.

Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara (JP), Sonny Strait (EN), Miguel Ángel Montero (Spain), Sergio Pinto (Latin America), Cyrille Monge (French)

  • Ascended Extra: Zig-zagged. Hughes has much more screen time and development before his death, as opposed to his Brotherhood/manga counterpart who is killed fairly early on, but after his death he only gets mentioned a handful of times, and Ed and Al don't even discover that he was killed until very late into the 2003 anime's run. In the manga and Brotherhood, on the other hand, his death served as a major motivator for the characters and he was continuously referred to until the end.
  • Badass Normal: He doesn't uses alchemy, but his knives alone show he is not to be taken lightly. He was able to beat Lust to the draw and land a "kill" on her, despite her having him on point-blank range. This was one of the first times a homunculus had been killed in the series, and the only time by a non-alchemist or non-homunculus.
  • Colonel Badass: Hides it well with his quirky persona, but he can be a serious, talented soldier when he needs to be.
  • Disconnected by Death: Hughes is killed by Envy after the homunculi discover he knows too much about their plans.
  • Doting Parent: So much so that he's the current poster-boy for the trope.
  • Fatal Family Photo: But for most of the series, they're just annoying family photos he keeps shoving in everyone's face!
  • Happily Married: With Gracia, in fact she was the one he obsessed over and annoyed everyone about before Elicia was born.
  • Heel–Face Turn: His alternative universe counterpart does this in Conqueror of Shamballa.
  • He Knows Too Much: Once he begins to uncover the truth behind Amestris' politics, he gets assassinated for it.
  • Knife Nut: Hughes is lethal with the small, arrowhead-sized knives he carries hidden on his person.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Seems harmless, but do not let him get near a knife.
  • Mean Boss: He's still cheerful and friendly, but it does have to be said that he's a bit of a terror to Sheska, doing things like piling work on her by the ton, offering her pictures of his daughter in lieu of overtime pay, and so on.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity or Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's either an incredibly skilled investigator and knife expert who hides his skill behind a facade of being an overbearing gushy father and husband, or he really is an overbearing and gushy father and husband who is also an incredibly skilled investigator and knife expert.
  • Overprotective Dad
  • Perma-Stubble: Throughout the series, he always has a stubble that never grows any longer.
  • Sacrificial Lion: His death happens at about the half-way point in the series, and is a significant turning point, with the tone taking a serious turn for the darker after it.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: Towards his wife and his daughter. Heck, one of his Image Songs is a duet with Elysia that Tastes Like Diabetes.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Of all the possible people this could have happened to in this show, his alternate world counterpart gets this treatment in The Movie. Notably, despite this trait and the fact at one point he tries to hinder Ed's progress, he's not a real villain (he is Hughes, after all) and even ends up being the one to kill the Big Bad. While he initially shows a little hostility to Noah for being Roma (a prejudice that was not exclusive to the Nazis), he just seems to share their political and economic beliefs and genuinely believes the Nazis and Hitler is the best future for Germany (notably, the Nazis don't actually control Germany yet and Hitler isn't dictator) until the end of Conqueror of Shambala, where he no longer seems to be affiliated with them after what he's witnessed.
  • Vicariously Ambitious: As in all his incarnations, despite his lack of interest in social climbing for himself, when Mustang announces the intention to rise to the top of the military Hughes immediately volunteers to be the guy to work under Mustang that will help that dream come true.
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     Alex Louis Armstrong 
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Major Alex Louis Armstrong, the Strongarm Alchemist! Heir to the Armstrong fortune! The following tropes have been passed down the Armstrong line for GENERATIONS!

Voiced by: Kenji Utsumi (JP), Christopher Sabat (EN), Pedro Tena (Spain), Benoît Allemane (French)

  • Ambiguously Gay: His obsession with hyper-masculine beauty and his extreme emotionality both fit Japanese gay stereotypes, and in combination with the fact that he is never seen, mentioned or even hinted to be or ever have been involved with a woman, one begins to wonder...
  • Author Appeal: The author of the manga likes to draw big, muscular men. This carried over into the anime adaptation.
  • Badass Mustache: The only hairy part of his body, in fact, the mustache goes past his cheeks.
  • Bald of Awesome: He has a hair antenna but is otherwise completely bald while being a certifiable badass.
  • The Big Guy: He's a hot-blooded, giant bruiser of a man who's fittingly earned his title of "the Strong-arm Alchemist."
  • Bishie Sparkle: Armstrong is particularly famous for this in anime fandom - especially since he's not a bishie at all, and yet he outshines nearly all the traditional examples, as the sparkles show up pretty much every time he's on screen. It's Lampshaded in a scene where Breda is disguised as him and has paper sparkle-diamonds hanging from his costume.
  • Boxing Battler: A style he has been passed down the Armstrong line for generations, apparently. Served with a side of Full-Contact Magic.
  • Catchphrase: "This technique has been passed down the Armstrong line for generations!" is said every time Armstrong is showing off one of his many talents.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: His particular alchemic specialty is pounding the ground with his fists (where his arrays are located) and using that to create earthquakes.
  • Emotional Bruiser: He may be made of muscle and capable of kicking copious amounts of ass, but he also wears his heart on his sleeve and is prone to giving bone-crushing bearhugs to people he likes and let loose with the waterworks whenever he hears something heartbreaking.
  • Hot-Blooded: If there's one thing he doesn't he doesn't lack, it's passion. He's a very bombastic and enthusiastic man.
  • Genius Bruiser: As a State Alchemist, Armstrong is by definition one of the country's best and brightest, as well as a member of the army. When in a scrap, he fights with his fists to great effect, using them to both attack and to utilize the alchemical circles inscribed on his gauntlets to shape the stone and rocks around him.
  • Gentle Giant: Of course, when he cools down from chewing the scenery, he can be a very kind-hearted man despite his ripping features.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Although as mentioned below, he is one of the most kind-hearted alchemists we meet in the show, he is also a dedicated soldier and will carry out morally grey acts if ordered to. He also works with Archer, one of the least moral soldiers in the show, though it was more just an uncover act to keep an eye on Archer for Mustang who he is really allied with.
  • Idiot Hair: The only strand of hair he has is a curly lock sticking up from his brow.
  • Large Ham: Everything he does and says, he does with a loud voice and lots of flourish.
  • Majorly Awesome: He holds the rank of major and is an insanely strong State Alchemist.
  • Manly Tears: Just because he cries easily, doesn't mean he loses a modicum of manliness.
  • Military Brat: Comes from a long time of soldiers.
  • Nice Guy: He is easily one of the nicest alchemists in the series. And when Ed yells at him over his role in the Ishval Massacre, he doesn't seem to hold it against him.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: As another State Alchemist. In Armstrong's case, he seems to have Earth-based powers, which he achieves by pounding the ground with his fists.
  • Punny Name: As one might expect from the name, Armstrong is one of the most muscular people in the show.
  • Shirtless Scene: It would be easier just to list all the times he kept his shirt on!

     Frank Archer 
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An official from the military court who replaces Maes Hughes after his untimely death. Unlike his predecessor, he is an incredibly cold and vicious man and is known for his love of war.

Voiced by: Show Hayami (JP), Troy Baker (EN), Miguel Ángel del Hoyo (Spain), Ledner Belisario (Latin America), Constantin Pappas (French)

  • Ambiguously Gay: Archer seems very content on having Kimblee work under him as a personal assistant, and they are both heard humming the exact same tune, implying they must have to spend a lot of time together. The lines are also changed in the dub to have Archer launch his attack in Lior because Scar thought he could do what he wanted, wherein the sub Archer launches his attack because Scar killed Kimblee. Ed even lampshades it in the sub.
  • Arm Cannon: After his restructuring, his mechanical arm features a built-in machinegun.
  • Artificial Limbs: One arm and leg. The former has a machine gun attached.
  • Bad Boss: He doesn't mind gunning down his own soldiers, following his reconstruction as an automail cyborg.
  • Canon Foreigner: Archer is completely original to the 2003 anime, and has not appeared in unrelated works.
  • Colonel Badass: He is very capable, sharp, and cool under fire, but definitely not quite the badass he thinks he is.
  • Colonel Kilgore: He's a Lt. Colonel and he loves bloody conflict, primarily seeing it as a means to advance his military career, and eventually attacks Reole.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Okay, he was already pretty evil, but his automail restructuring did not help the situation, making him more unstable than ever.
  • Cyborg: After he loses half his body in the Liore campaign, he is rebuilt as one of these. Includes most of his body on that side, as he was effectively bisected down the middle.
  • The Dragon: To Pride. Even after he realizes he is a homunculus, he still wants to serve him.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: He's rebuilt as a super destructive cyborg who seems like he's going to be a major threat during the finale. Instead, he's unceremoniously shot in the back and killed by Hawkeye while attempting to murder Roy.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: He's unnaturally pale with black hair, and is a very creepy and evil member of the military court.
  • Glory Hound: Archer wants to gain glory on the battlefield to rise through the military ranks, and he's willing to stoop to any crime to make sure that happens.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Attempts to be one, with some success, but largely relies on his position and government connections rather than genuine ability. His personality fits, though.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: Is fully aware that Bradley is a homunculus and honestly doesn't care. He remains loyal to the end.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Often uses his position to frustrate Roy and the brothers' investigations.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: He's the blue to Kimbley's red.
  • Sanity Slippage: Loses quite a bit of his cool after being rebuilt as a cyborg.
  • Smug Snake: Right down to the smugly superior tone of voice. Of the relatively high-functioning variety, though, as he's not that incompetent.
  • The Sociopath: Like Kimblee's anime counterpart, he could care less about Ishbal's people, soldier or innocent. And when he's a cyborg, he didn't even care about shooting his fellow soldiers.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: Following the death of the lovable Maes Hughes, Archer takes his place, but instead of being a kind, helpful person, he's a transparently evil psychopath who hinders the Elrics and Roy at every turn.
  • War Is Glorious: His driving belief. He also wants to become a war hero.
  • We Can Rule Together: He offers Izumi a chance to join the military in global conquest. Predictably, she tells him to shove it.

     Basque Grand 
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A Colonel during the Ishbal Civil War, who was in charge of it. He was pretty much just your generic General Ripper (even if he didn't become a real General until after the war). He shows up mainly to give Ed top secret information, sometimes in front of a bunch of Red Shirts. He gets killed when Scar simply walks up to him and kills him.

Voiced by: Shin Aomori (JP), R. Bruce Elliott (EN), Luis Mas (Spain), Armando Volcanes (Latin America), Thierry Murzeau (French)

  • Adaptational Villainy: Boy howdy, as mentioned below, his Manga/Brotherhood counterpart was more noble. In the 2003 version, he's a Jerkass that takes pleasure in slaughtering people. Granted, all the 2003 anime had to go on was that he was a Posthumous Character killed by Scar, and the flashback showing off his manga characterization wasn't shown until 2006.
  • Ascended Extra: In the manga, he is only mentioned posthumously and seen during the Ishbal flashback arc. He gets more exposure (and a personality change) here, and is in fact one of the main recurring antagonists early in the series.
  • Asshole Victim: Was a major Jerkass and dies at Scar's hand.
  • Bad Boss: In a way to Tucker, he puts the Sewing Life Alchemist under so much pressure that Tucker resorts to transmuting his daughter and her dog.
  • Badass Mustache: It looks like it could probably cut you in half.
  • Colonel Kilgore: Turned into one by the anime. Unlike his Manga/Brotherhood equivalent who was an honorable man who killed his jerkass general to let the Ishbalan high priest meet with Bradley to at least try to put an end to the bloodshed, and when fighting in Ishbal didn't seem to have any pleasure in fighting (he was just fulfilling his duty as a human weapon), the 2003 anime paints him as a major Jerkass who loved fighting in Ishbal.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: He seems to be built up as a major villain in the military only to be unceremoniously killed by Scar after only appearing in a few episodes.
  • General Ripper: As seen above, his military rank is also a Colonel.
  • Kick the Dog: Or in this case, Nina Tucker after her father transmuted her with her dog, as he intended to take her away and use her as a test subject.
  • Made of Iron: He's called 'The Iron Blood Alchemist' for the way he sculpts metal into weapons or armor in combat.
  • Mr. Exposition: His main role is to tell Ed the secrets of the Amestrian Goverment.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: While he doesn't give his "I am a weapon" speech from the manga/Brotherhood, he still maintains his normal alchemy style of creating BFGs and even encasing them around his body to literally turn himself into a weapon.
  • Reality Ensues: He tries to activate his Red Stone and begins to indulge on Evil Gloating. Scar simply kills him before he had a chance to defend himself.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Even though he only appears in a few episodes, Grand pressuring Tucker to succeed in his research partially contributed to Tucker's experimentation on his daughter and eventual role as a recurring antagonist in the show. His presence also led the capture of Doctor Marcoh, and it's revealed in a flashback that he was the one who ordered Roy Mustang to kill Winry's parents during the Ishval War.
  • Starter Villain: Thanks to being given an expanded role from his posthumous character in the manga, and being given a villainous personality, Grand becomes a major recurring antagonist in the beginning of the anime.
  • The Worf Effect: A victim of one to show how dangerous Scar is.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • Psychologically and physically as he indirectly deprived Winry of her parents and later deprives Nina of her only human friends by forcing the Elrics to leave the Tucker estate and his actions indirectly lead to her demise.
    • Not to mention generally bullying the Elrics every time they encounter him.

     Jean Havoc 
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One of Mustang's closest subordinates. Before joining the army, he was just a typical country boy.

Voiced by: Yasunori Matsumoto (JP), Mike McFarland (EN), Eduardo del Hoyo (Spain), Ángel Balam (Latin America), Philippe Bozo (French)

  • Adaptational Wimp: Pretty much spends the bulk of the show being a Butt-Monkey and comic relief, whereas in the original manga, he's quick to respond when the call for aid is sent and engages in field missions, including getting injured by Lust.
  • Butt-Monkey: Gets mocked a lot for his lack of luck in the romance department.
  • Demoted to Extra: Havoc doesn't get much screentime to himself here other than Team Mustang's A Day in the Limelight episode, where one subplot revolves around his dating troubles. He's a more important character in the manga and Brotherhood anime, though, playing an essential role in the fight against Lust and Roy's eventual coup.
  • Multicolored Hair: A downplayed example, but in this version, Havoc's bangs are dirty blond while the back of his hair is more of a light brown color. His hair is more uniform in Brotherhood.
  • Smoking Is Cool: At least, his fangirls think so.
  • Took a Level in Badass: His last onscreen appearance has him manning a stationary gun and shooting tanks as the govermental forces attempt to stop Mustang's coup.
  • Unlucky Everydude: Havoc is cute and nice, but with Roy in such close proximity, he can't seem to keep a girlfriend.

     Vato Falman, Kain Fuery, and Heymans Breda 

Mustang's other subordinates, a trio of officers that fill out various functions. Their loyalty to Mustang is unquestionable.

Falman voiced by: Takehiro Norozono (JP), Kyle Hebert (EN), José María Carrero (Spain), Antonio Delli (Latin America), Thierry Kazazian (French)
Fuery voiced by: Tetsu Shiratori (JP), Kevin M. Connoly (EN), Fernando Cabrera (Spain), Ezequiel Serrano (Latin America), Benjamin Pacal (French)
Breda voiced by: Tomoyuki Shimura (JP), Josh Berry (EN), Alfredo Cernuda (Spain), Luis Manuel Martín (Spain, Conqueror, of Shamballa), Luis Miguel Pérez (Latin America), Taric Mehani (French)

  • Adaptational Wimp: Even worse than Havoc, who at least was shown fighting in the coup. They are practically shown as desk jockeys. In the original, while this was their primary job, they often rushed to the scene to provide backup, and they were directly used in field missions to engage the enemy or provide essential support roles (in particular during the attempt to capture homunculi).
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Hinted at with Breda, considering his skill at strategy games.
  • Demoted to Extra: All three of them have much smaller roles compared to the manga, mostly serving as comic relief.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Vato Falman. In the manga, a Briggs soldier even calls him "Squinty Eyes.”
  • Greek Chorus: When present, they tend to be this to Mustang-centric plots and, on one occasion, a plot centered around Havoc's dating troubles.
  • Mauve Shirt: Not quite. They serve a greater role to the story than most shirts, but they're hardly players in the game.
  • The Short Guy with Glasses: Kain Fuery is the shortest of the three. He could've been the shortest in the whole military if Ed didn't join.
  • The Smart Guy: Fuery would be this if it weren't for the fact that both Breda and Falman are easily his equal in intelligence, if not smarter. Still, he is the resident communications expert.
  • Those Two Guys: Well, three.
  • Spock Speak: Falman talks this way sometimes, such as in Episode 13 about Black Hayate.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Breda is afraid of dogs.

     Maria Ross 
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Armstrong's subordinate. Serves as one of Edward and Alphonse's bodyguards during their investigations in Central.

Voiced by: Mitsuki Saiga (JP), Meridith McCoy (EN), Conchi López (Spain), Maricel González (Latin America), Laurence Bréheret (French)

     Denny Brosh 

Ed and Al's other bodyguard, his carefree nature combines unexpectedly well with his serious partner Maria.

Voiced by: Misao Harada (JP), Jim Foronda (EN), Miguel Ángel Garzón (Spain), Luis Manuel Martín (Spain, Conqueror of Shamballa), Kaihiamal Martínez (Latin America), Benjamin Pascal (French)

  • Cannot Spit It Out: Clearly has a thing for Maria, but can't get up the guts to admit it to her.
  • Idiot Hair: He's got a small but noticeable one.
  • Mauve Shirt: He has an important role in the Lab 5 arc, but doesn't get to do much more than that.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His last name can be alternatively be spelled "Bloch", but it also requires a different pronunciation.
  • Those Two Guys: With Ross.

     Sheska 
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A young and cute librarian with a prodigious visual memory. Her investigations will come handy more than once...

Voiced by: Naomi Wakabayashi (JP), Gwendolyn Lau (EN), Chelo Molina (Spain), María Teresa Hernández (Latin America), Isabelle Volpe (French)

  • Ascended Extra: She's only prominent in one or two chapters early on in the manga and disappears about a third of the way through; here, however, she continues investigating Hughes' death against Mustang's wishes until she became something of a second heroine next to Winry.
  • Brainy Brunette: She didn't become a librarian for Central's largest archive for nothing. She is very intelligent.
  • Butt-Monkey: She suffers a lot of comedic abuse (mostly from Hughes) early on.
  • Expy: She is Yomiko Readman from Read or Die, but without any paper manipulating powers and with a lighter, shorter hair.
  • Cute Bookworm: A cute, if slightly mousy, girl who loves to read.
  • Genius Ditz: Although sharp as a tack, she can be a very clumsy, nervous woman.
  • Lovely Angels: With Winry, as the two naturally click with their intellectual interests and klutzy tendencies. They even bug the Fuhrer's secretary's phone together.
  • Meganekko: Is rarely seen without her large, brown-rimmed glasses.
  • Photographic Memory: Combined with her love for books, she has an astounding memory.
  • Prone to Tears: In addition to the comedic abuse from Hughes, she bursts into tears when his daughter Elicia calls her a bookworm.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Winry's red. While Sheska is spooked easily and keeps to herself, Winry is much more adventurous and loud-spoken.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Sheska? Schezka? Schieska? Schiezka...?

Homunculi

     Lust 
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As beautiful as she is deadly, Lust acts as The Corrupter amongst the homunculi, tempting others into trying forbidden alchemy. Like all homunculi she's a result of human transmutation, namely the failed transmutation of the woman loved by both Scar and his brother.

Voiced by: Yuko Sato (JP), Laura Bailey (EN), Mari Luz Olier (Spain), Elena Díaz Toledo (Latin America), Suzanne Sindberg (French)

  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Her desire to become human causes her much angst that didn't exist in the manga/Brotherhood version.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Though she's still largely villainous initially, an expanded role and Character Development make her considerably more sympathetic (and less sadistic) in comparison to her manga/Brotherhood counterpart.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Stoic, with black hair and pale skin. She also seems very melancholic.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Edward doesn't believe Lust's goal of becoming human since, as a homunculus, she's got power and near immortality, so why would she want to give that up to be human? Lust simply asks why Ed is trying to get Al to be human again since, as a living suit of armor, he's got power and near immortality too. Ed is stumped on this, and Lust says her and Al's situations are Not So Different.
  • Artificial Human: She is the failed transmutation of Scar's brother's lover.
  • Ascended Extra: She gets much more Character Development and plot-relevance here than in the manga, where she dies early.
  • The Baroness: At first, though she did kick Wrath's ass without breaking a sweat.
  • Beast and Beauty: With Gluttony.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Scar.
  • Beta Test Baddie: The strongest example amongst the homunculi. Lust states she feels incomplete without a soul and is driven by a desire to become human. She repeatedly goes out of her way to connect with the past of whoever she was intended to be a resurrection of.
  • Blood Knight: She loves the thrill of a fight and has an almost sexual delight from it, being most noticeable by her first encounter with Scar.
  • Broken Bird: She becomes one after Scar dies, losing all hope since it meant she turned on her fellow homunculi with nothing to show for it.
  • Cloning Blues: Wonders about her past existence as Scar's brother's lover.
  • The Corrupter: She initially influenced people to create the Philosopher's Stone.
  • Dark Action Girl: Despite her immaculate looks, she is not above fighting or getting her hands dirty when she needs to, and she's one of the most active antagonists.
  • Death Seeker: Lust's death shows that the true reason she wanted to become human was so that she could be able to die.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: From being burned by Roy Mustang in the manga to instead being stabbed to death by Wrath for her betrayal in this version.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: She desires to be a human greatly.
  • Dude Magnet: Scar, Scar's brother (when she was still a human) and Lujon all had feelings for her.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: As for most homunculi.
  • Femme Fatale: A lesser version, but she does exploit her beauty to get men such as Lujon to do her plans.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Up until her death.
  • Hidden Depths: Lust has a surprising skill in teaching alchemy since she was able to teach Lujon to become a more powerful alchemist despite not being able to use alchemy herself. Considering her master is the second most powerful and knowledgeable alchemist in the world, Lust naturally learned from the best.
  • Hoist by Their Own Petard: Ends up being sealed and subsequently killed by Wrath with the same transmutation circle she created for Sloth.
  • I Die Free: Realizing her dying moments are more human than anything, she accepts it.
  • Intimate Marks: As befitting her character, her ouroboros mark is right on her cleavage.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: She is one of deadliest of the homunculi and always does it in a black cocktail dress.
  • Lust: Not only does she inspire lust in others, acting as a muse to alchemists, but her character is defined by a lust for humanity and knowledge.
  • Manipulative Bitch: She does encourage people to go after the Philosopher's Stone. Lujon's death, however...
  • Ms. Fanservice: Par for the course, being a busty woman with the Raven Hair, Ivory Skin look.
  • Of Corsets Sexy: The top of her dress resembles a corset, and she's the resident Ms. Fanservice.
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: Her primary motivation is that she wants to become human, even more so than the other homunculi do.
  • Pretty in Mink: She's shown wearing a mink coat fairly often.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Later on, she becomes less sociopathic.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She is nicer compared to her manga counterpart.
  • Redemption Equals Death: She gets killed shortly after making a deal with the Elric brothers.
  • Vapor Wear: Lust is pretty obviously not wearing anything under her dress, showing off her ample bust.
  • Wolverine Claws: Lust's primary weapon is her fingers, which extend into blades.

     Gluttony 
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A simpleton who loves to eat, and will eat anything. Has an odd, symbiotic relationship with Lust and acts as her companion and bodyguard, and is never seen acting independently. Of all the homunculi, his 'life' is never examined. Dante implies she made him specifically to create Philosopher's stones.

Voiced by: Yasuhiro Takato (JP), Chris Cason (EN), Jesús Rodríguez (Spain), Gonzalo Fumero (Latin America), Thierry Kazazian (French)

  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: His reaction towards Lust's death hits much harder and lasts longer than the manga/2009 version.
  • Acrofatic: Can make great leaps and run on all fours quickly despite his weight.
  • Ambiguous Innocence: He seems to be utterly incapable of moral thought and acts like a child.
  • Ax-Crazy: Becomes this in the finale when Dante turns him into a mindless eater by removing his reason (which is bonded to his ouroboros symbol) in order to extract the Philosopher's stone inside Alphonse.
  • Bald of Evil: As seen above, not a hair on his head and not a white spot on his soul (if he had one).
  • Beast and Beauty: With Lust.
  • Berserk Button: Does not respond well to "his" Lust being harmed.
  • The Brute: He serves as the muscle the other homunculi order around, and lacks any higher agenda or motive.
  • Despair Event Horizon: After learning about Lust's death, he loses the motivation to do anything but just sit there and mumble her name. Dante fixes that for him.
  • Dumb Muscle: Clearly not one of the homunculi's best and brightest, but despite being overweight, he's a very powerful character.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Lust is the only person he actually cares about, and her death hits him hard. He even refers to her as "his" Lust.
  • Flat Character: Compared to the other homunculi, Gluttony's backstory isn't explored much, which gives him far less personal conflict than some of them.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Dante essentially takes away his mind because he is mourning Lust so badly that he is too depressed to sit down and eat the new Philosopher's Stone as they tell him to. The result unsettles even Envy, and turns the child-like Gluttony into a terrifying, mindless monster that ultimately attacks Dante, his own master. It is unknown as to whether he succeeed in eating her or not.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: He enjoys eating people, as first made clear with Father Cornello.
  • Obliviously Evil: Doesn't seem to see anything wrong with eating people alive.
  • One-Winged Angel: A creepy white Eldritch Abomination in the movie.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: After Lust dies, Gluttony refuses to eat.
  • Psychopathic Man Child: Not very bright and doesn't see anything immoral about eating people alive.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: It's implied that this is why he ambushes Wrath in the movie, as revenge for him killing Lust.
  • Tragic Monster: It's heartbreaking how sad he gets after Lust's death. It gets worse when Dante transmutes away all of his thought processes so he can't think of anything besides eating, making him "pure" and leaving him a mindless monster whose only purpose is to devour.
  • Undying Loyalty: While he always has this toward Lust, it's especially prominent here—the poor guy is utterly lost without her after her betrayal and eventual death. He refuses to do anything until he finds out where she is, and all but shuts down after learning that she's dead. Even upon having his mind erased by Dante, it's implied that he still retained his childlike love for Lust (as shown by how ruthlessly he attacks Wrath in the film).
  • Villainous Glutton: He practically embodies hunger-related tropes; if it exists, he can eat it, period.
  • Vocal Evolution: In the dub; his voice sounds less raspy over time.

     Envy 
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A misanthropic, psychopathic shape-shifter with a hate-on for the entire human race and a sneering contempt for the other homunculi, Envy is the field-commander of the other homunculi and their main heavy-hitter, along with the right hand of the main antagonist. If Envy can Kick the Dog, Envy will do it with pleasure.

Voiced by: Mayumi Yamaguchi (JP), Wendy Powell (normal) and Mike McFarland (true form) (EN), Ana Jiménez (Spain), Ivette García (normal) and Héctor Indriago (true form) (Latin America), Hervé Grull (French)

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: YMMV on whether or not this version of Envy looks better in his preferred form than the more muscular yet youthful Brotherhood appearance. This Envy's features are more delicate and his eyes are thinner, giving him a more mature look. This fits Envy's more impressive personality (see next trope) as this version can actually back up all his talk, making him genuinely confident and even somewhat suave. Between his "true" forms, 2003's Long-Haired Pretty Boy look and Brotherhood's worm-like appearance the former is the clear victor. This even applies to this Envy’s One-Winged Angel form; while manga/Brotherhood Envy turns into an Eldritch Abomination of a repto-mammalian predator made of the screaming and pulsating corpses and deranged remains of the Xerxians, this Envy turns into a cool dragon.
  • Adaptational Badass: Manga Envy is a poor fighter who frequently goes Clipped-Wing Angel and never rises above Envy’s status as The Brute, and mainly relies on brute strength. This Envy is The Dragon, an excellent fighter, and a Hero Killer, although it doesn't stick.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: This version of Envy is much more intelligent and manipulative than his manga counterpart.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: While his manga counterpart was hardly a nice person, the sadism and cruelty displayed by this Envy makes the manga counterpart look like a saint in comparison. He doesn't even seem to care for Lust, Gluttony, or the other homunculi (or anyone except himself, for that matter) compared to the manga/Brotherhood version of Envy.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: To Hohenheim, due to being the failed human transmutation of his firstborn.
  • Adaptation Origin Connection: Ironically, despite having less screen time and lines than his manga/Brotherhood counterpart, this Envy has a more prominent role being The Dragon and having a personal connection to the Elric family; particularly toward Hohenheim.
  • Age Lift: Envy in the manga/Brotherhood is the middle child of the Homunculi and looks and acts like a teenager to boot, even insulting Greed and Lust for being older than them. This Envy however is the eldest, and accordingly looks and acts much more mature, in most cases.
  • Agent Peacock: He's even prettier than his genderless manga counterpart along with being much more badass.
  • Arch-Enemy: Unlike in the manga and Brotherhood, where he's no more antagonistic toward them than any of the other homunculi, Edward and Envy's conflict is much more personal and deeper here as it is revealed that he is the homunculus of Dante's and Hohenheim's son, and he does not like being replaced. As such, he personally goes out of his way to ensure Ed and Al goes through hell (but mostly Ed).
  • Ax-Crazy: This is a guy who gets his kicks out of mass-murder, Mind Screw, and Kick the Dog.
  • Bare Your Midriff: His default form's outfit, giving him an androgynous appearance.
  • Beta Test Baddie: And takes it very, very poorly.
  • Big Brother Bully: Of the "family" Dante insists the homunculi act like, Envy is the oldest and while he's actually pretty friendly with the others as long as they're following orders, he has very little patience and lashes out into verbal and physical abuse towards Pride, Wrath, and Gluttony for saying or doing things he doesn't like. With the reveal of Hohenheim as his father, his cruelty towards the Elric brothers also qualifies him as a Big Brother Bully towards his human siblings.
  • Bishōnen: He's the Long-Haired Pretty Boy - at least in his preferred form (and true form) - among the homunculi, to the point of androgyny. He's also the most powerful and the one closest to Dante, as well as the most unambiguously evil.
  • Cain and Abel: He holds a personal grudge against the Elric brothers, mostly Ed. Even goes as far into this trope's namesake as to kill Ed, though he gets resurrected by Al.
  • Came Back Wrong: Like all homunculi, he came back as an unhinged shell of its former self. But being Hoenheim's first son makes him even more pissed off about his resurrection, as Hohenheim abandoned him for Ed and Al.
  • Co-Dragons: Shares this role with Pride; while Pride controls Amestris as King Bradley, Envy is the Big Bad's right-hand and final line of physical defense.
  • Consummate Liar: As a shapeshifter, he naturally lies to toy with others and to keep up his disguise.
  • The Corrupter: Plays a major role in screwing up Wrath and making him eat the red stones, mostly for his own entertainment.
  • Crossdressing Voices: He's voiced by a woman in his preferred form. Occasionally, his normal voice even slips out when disguised as other people, such as Bradley.
  • Dance Battler: Quick, agile, and spins pirouettes around Ed during their final confrontation.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Wears toeless, heel-less fabric on his feet.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: At the end of the series, he admits that he serves Dante solely in order to kill as many people as possible.
  • Driven by Envy: Of the Elric brothers. Unlike his manga counterpart he doesn't seem to give a hoot about humans in general; that is more Lust's domain.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Averted. At best, Envy seems largely apathetic towards Dante, viewing her less as his mother and more as a means to which he can get his revenge on Hohenheim and his sons. When she seemingly does the job for him, he throws a temper tantrum about it.
  • Foreshadowing: His motivation of hating Hohenheim (as well as his identity as Hohenheim's son) is foreshadowed heavily throughout the series, with him repeatedly referring to the Elrics as "the sons of that bastard."
    Envy: (to Ed) But I can never forgive you, and there will never be a time when I am able to forgive you for carrying that bastard's blood in your veins!
  • Freudian Excuse: His father, Hohenheim, "abandoned" him. It's a Downplayed Trope in the end, as it doesn't excuse his blatant disregard for his fellow Homunculi or his utter sadism and hatred toward humanity.
  • Gender Flip: While the Envy of the manga/Brotherhood is of unknown sex, this Envy is presented as male because he's the result of a failed human transmutation of Dante and Hohenheim's son.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He is jealous of the Elric brothers, especially Ed, for being able to receive Hohenheim's love, which he never got.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Mentioning Hohenheim.
  • The Heavy: Dante may be the Big Bad, but Envy and Pride move the plot along by personally coordinating the activities of the other homunculi with the Amestrian military.
  • Hate Sink: Even moreso than his manga counterpart, who at least had the decency to be slightly pitiful. Here, Envy's nothing but a cold, spiteful sadist whose greatest desire is to murder his own father.
  • Hero Killer: Like all the homunculi, but even moreso, being a feared combatant who can take on or outmatch any of the heroes. He kills Hughes and, ultimately, Ed.
  • Horrifying the Horror: Even he seems more than a little disturbed when Dante transmutes Gluttony's reasoning away and turns him into a mindless eating machine. It's not clear, however, if his shock is at what Dante did or what Gluttony became.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: His belief that the homunculi are better than humans stems largely from his status as a Beta Test Baddie, and his envy of others' good fortune.
  • It's All About Me: Everything is for him only . Even his loyalty to the Big Bad is more or less self-serving.
  • Jerkass: This homunculus takes the word "asshole" to a whole new level. Cruel, sadistic and merciless to the end.
  • Karma Houdini: Despite starting the Ishbalan civil war, beating Ed to a pulp multiple times (and eventually brutally killing him and Major Hughes, one of the series' most sympathetic characters), causing a lethal epidemic in a small village, and being an all-round sordid Jerkass, Envy gets a relatively happy ending. After 400 years of doing whatever he wants, he more or less gets off scot free. Sure, he dies, but it happens while his life's greatest wish (Hohenheim's death) is being fulfilled, so it couldn't be considered comeuppance by any standard.
  • Kick the Dog: He's a big fan of kicking people when they're already down.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Out of all the antagonists in the series, Envy is the one who most often sets the more serious plot in motion and whenever he appears, things really get dark. This includes him killing Hughes which drives the point even further how dangerous the Homunculi really are and subjects his siblings to a horrendous domestic abuse. Envy is also taken far more seriously than any other antagonist in the series (who were mostly curb-stomped in battle), further cementing his status when he is revealed to be the half-brother of Ed and Al and thus their most personally connected antagonist from all other villains.
  • Lack of Empathy: He's a huge sadist who loves to rub salt in the wounds. Needless to say, he doesn't feel bad for it. He loves gloating about it
  • Lean and Mean: In this version, where he's more muscular in the manga.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He can easily punch craters into solid pavement, push around Alphonse like a rag doll and tear down stone walls in his dragon form, while being fast and agile enough to dodge all of Greed's attacks and even knock down King Bradley/Pride, the show's resident speedster, before the latter could even react.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: During the final confrontation with Ed, he reveals that he is the incarnation of Hohenheim's first son with Dante, and is thus, at least on an emotional and spiritual level, Ed and Al's half brother... And then mortally wounds Ed while the former is distracted.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Easily much more intelligent than his manga counterpart, and is good at moving people to do what he wants, especially on how he gets Wrath to do a Face–Heel Turn: by telling him
  • Meaningful Name: Much more so than the other homunculi. His entire character is based around jealousy.
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: During Conqueror of Shamballa, Envy has been been trapped as a dragon for two years in the other world. While fighting Ed, Envy no longer taunts him- only yelling that he wants Ed dead. Besides that, he mainly growls and roars with little sign of his former personality, suggesting that he's gone a little bonkers.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: Utterly contemptuous of people, and convinced that their lives have no real value.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Post-Villainous Breakdown in Conqueror Of Shamballa when he gets stuck in the shape of a dragon.
  • Patricide: One of his goals in life.
  • Practically Different Generations: He's the incarnation of Ed and Al's half-brother, despite being centuries older than them.
  • Psycho for Hire: Works for the Big Bad because it gives him the chance to hurt as many people as possible. He admits that if those opportunities ever vanished he'd seek new employment.
  • Related in the Adaptation: He is Ed and Al's half-brother through their father.
  • The Resenter: See Beta Test Baddie above.
  • Scaled Up: Turns into a dragon while crossing through the Gate. He proceeds to get stuck like this because alchemy and homunculus powers do not work in the other world.
  • Self-Made Orphan: In The Movie, he finally succeeds in killing Hohenheim.
  • Shadow Archetype: Gains one in Wrath who shares his fashion sense and personality, but not his level of evil; one could argue that he serves as one to Ed, if the former's anger ever turned to resentment.
  • Shapeshifter: His defining trait and power. He can take on the appearance of anybody he wants.
  • Shapeshifter Baggage: Averted. With the exception of the climax, anime Envy only ever takes humanoid forms that are generally within human standard, and seems to weigh about as much as a human.
  • Shape Shifter Guilt Trip: He tries using this on Ed at the end of the series. It doesn't work. It does, however, work on Hughes, who can't bring himself to shoot once Envy takes on Gracia's form.
  • Shapeshifter Mode Lock: After having crossed over the Gate into our world where alchemy doesn't work, he is stuck in the last form he took while still traversing the Gate, a giant serpentine dragon.
  • Slasher Smile: Always has one of these.
  • Smug Super: Extremely arrogant and gloats a lot, but unlike his manga counterpart who is more bark than bite, he has the skills to back up for his words.
  • The Sociopath: Sadist? Check. Consummate Liar? Check. It's All About Me? Check. Lack of Empathy? Double check!
  • Straw Nihilist: He hates humanity and even admits he's only working with Dante to kill as many people as he can, as well as torment the Elrics, unlike the other Homunculi who just want to be normal humans.
  • Superior Species: The only homunculus who doesn't really care about becoming human.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Will be forever an eighteen-year-old due to being a homunculus.
  • The Unfavorite: Envy is the result of the failed human transmutation of Hohenheim and Dante's son, and hates that Ed is the "favored one" while he was abandoned.
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • Killing Ed doesn't exactly appease him, and he really loses it when he realizes Al will stop Dante's plans and, in effect, his own. After he's sent to the Gate while trying to stop Al from using the stone, Ed (who's a spirit at that point) informs him that Hohenheim is still alive. He forces the Gate open, screaming all the way and losing control of his powers till he's permanently turned into a dragon.
    • He also suffers a more minor one beforehand when Dante incorrectly tells him that Hohenheim is dead.
  • Vocal Evolution: In his earlier appearances, his voice sounds deep and smooth; by the end, it becomes more gravelly. And since his Japanese voice actor is a woman, this gets a bit uncanny and creepy when his voice changes from being somewhat deep but still feminine to a very raspy masculine voice.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: His special ability allows him to turn into anyone he wishes, like Cornello.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is dark green.

     Greed 
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A homunculus so greedy he won't play second fiddle to anyone, even his creator, Greed is the 'black sheep' of the homunculi and escapes from a state of Sealed Evil in a Can due to the Elrics. He later surfaces to trouble them. From his backstory we learn he's a failed transmutation by Dante of a lover who rebelled from her rule, being uninterested in her egomaniac quest for the Philosopher's Stone.

Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe (JP), Chris Patton (EN), Manuel Bellido (Spain, first apparitions), José Padilla (Spain, rest of the series), Salvador Pérez (Latin America), Thierry Kazazian (French)

  • Affably Evil: Always polite and before his death, even tells Ed how to kill a homunculus.
  • Bad-Guy Bar: The Devil's Nest, his hideout.
  • Benevolent Boss: To his minions.
  • Code Name: He is occasionally referred to as "The Ultimate Shield", which also refers to a technique where he uses alchemy to cover his body in a nearly impervious shell.
  • Death Seeker: By the time he finds himself alone at Dante's mansion, it's implied that he just wants to end it all.
  • Demoted to Extra: Downplayed, as he gets a handful of important scenes, but Greed has less overall screentime in this version than he does in the manga and Brotherhood.
  • Greed: Unlike Lust, who wants abstracts like meaning and humanity, Greed wants to own everything and seeks immortality to give himself the possibility of doing so. Most of all, he wants to be his own man and outlive Dante.
  • Immortality: His goal in life.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Finished off by being run through.
  • Irony: Greed's stated goal is to be immortal, which is technically lusting for something instead of being greedy. While it initially seems to fit in that immortality is just the means for him to have enough time to hoard everything else he wants, his final moments show his driving motivation was fear and/or hatred of Dante and he willingly forgoes his own life to spite her — again, not very greedy at all.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: His Ultimate Shield mode restructures the carbon in his skin into armour, rendering him near immune to stabbing or punching. Ed kills him by transmuting his skin into graphite and stabbing him before he can reform, a trick Greed's manga incarnation would later use against Father.
  • Pragmatic Villain: Not as nice as manga Greed, but ambivalent towards the heroes and wants to be left alone with his designs. He crosses the brothers' path mainly because he believes Alphonse can teach him how to become immortal.
  • Slasher Smile: In his normal form, he has shark-like teeth; his Ultimate Shield form is a more traditional example.
  • Strike Me Down with All of Your Hatred: Pulls it on Ed as part of his suicide.
  • Suicide by Cop: With the prospect of being imprisoned forever by Dante, he goads Ed into killing him, and with his last words, tells Ed how to kill homunculi.
  • Take Over the World: His other goal in life.
  • Taking You with Me: When the other homunculi flush him out of his hideout, he tries to murder Dante. When that fails, he passes that torch on to Ed.
  • Villains Never Lie: "It's my policy to always tell the truth."
  • Wild Card: He hates the Big Bad, but isn't joining the heroes either.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: He refuses to fight back against Izumi, flat-out stating he has no intention of fighting a woman. He also backs down when confronted by Sloth.

     Sloth (SPOILERS) 
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One of the younger homunculi (and implied to be at least the second of her name by Greed), Sloth is the homunculi's inside spy in the Amestris Military through her civilian identity as the Fuhrer's secretary Juliet Douglas. She is revealed to be the failed human transmutation of Trisha Elric.

Voiced by: Yoshino Takamori (JP), Lydia Mackay (EN), Chelo Vivares (Spain), Úrsula Cobucci (Latin America), Brigitte Aubry (French)

  • Ascended Extra: This version of Sloth has a more prominent role in the 2003 series due to having a personal connection to the Elric Brothers.
  • Beta Test Baddie: Like Lust, she feels incomplete. Unlike Lust, she decides the best way to deal with it is by killing everyone connected with her former identity so she can become her own person.
  • Blob Monster: Her body is comprised entirely of liquid, and bullets and swords simply go through her. Sloth was virtually unstoppable, even after the red stones were removed from her body. Had Wrath not fused with her, thus exposing her to Trisha's remains, Sloth would have succeeded in killing the Elrics. Ironically, she ends up being killed by Ed simply changing the the water and carbon in her body into ethanol, causing her to evaporate. Her biggest strength likewise turned out to be her downfall.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: She is much more powerful than she looks, but true to her sin, she rarely uses her full power.
  • Broken Bird: Because she feels that having been the Elrics' mother in her past life as Trisha, she feels that she isn't a complete person any longer. She also takes a younger person under her wing like many other BB's do, this person being Wrath.
  • Combat Tentacles: Her water abilities often manifest as this, when she turns her arms into liquid.
  • Dark Action Girl: She's a mistress of her water abilities and while not entirely up close like Lust, she's still a formidable opponent toward the Elrics.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Sloth never bothers to emote particularly strongly, and as a result tends to remain calm and cheerful even as she's, say, suffocating someone to death.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: Her official identity is Juliet Douglas, a soldier who fired the shot that started the war with Ishbal.
  • Dying as Yourself: Maybe, if her Famous Last Words (in which she tells the Elrics to take care of themselves) are anything to go by.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Has very light skin, is extremely stoic to others, and can attack others without breaking character.
  • Elemental Shapeshifter: Unlike Envy, her shapeshifting powers are limited as a manifestation of her water powers.
  • Emotionless Girl: Subverted. She tries to be this, but fails during her battle with the Elric brothers.
  • Evil Is Petty: Wants to kill the brothers in order to prove that she's capable of having a life independent of Trisha.
  • Foil: To Lust. Lust wants to embrace her memories of her former self; Sloth wants to escape from them.
  • Gender Flip: Sloth in the manga turned out to be a male character.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Turns out coddling Wrath like her own child ended up backfiring as, in trying to help her defeat the Elrics, he had put her remains into his body then foolishly fused with her thinking they could combine their power. This winds up freezing Sloth in place as a result and allows Edward to easily kill her.
  • Intimate Marks: Not quite on Lust's level, but her tattoo is on her collar bone near her bust.
  • Kill It with Water: Has a liquid body.
  • Lazy Bum: Both mentally and physically. Unlike the other homunculi with higher thought she never bothers to come to term with her existence, and her combat style involves staying still as much as possible.
    • Notably she's made of water, a substance known for usually taking the path of least resistance.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Works on Al. Subverted in that she is convinced that she is not their mother, and wants to prove otherwise by killing the Elrics; she uses the trope to mess with them, but doesn't believe it herself.
  • Magic Pants: Her water-shifting does not seem to affect the dress she wears, although it does affect her secretary suit at one point.
  • Making a Splash: Her power.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Plays with Ed and Al's heads throughout their battle, actually convincing the latter to try and protect her.
  • Monster Sob Story: Depending on the viewer.
  • Not So Stoic: When it involves Wrath.
  • Offing the Offspring: Her life's goal is to murder Ed and Al, her former self's sons, so that she can have her own life.
  • Parental Substitute: Acts as Wrath's mother.
  • Red Herring: Early on she is heavily implied to be running the country for the Big Bad behind King Bradley's back and that she is the cause for a lot of the military's corruption. Turns out however that Bradley is just as in on the whole thing as she is.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: She's the blue to Wrath's red.
  • Sexy Secretary: As Juliet Douglas.
  • Shapeshifter Guilt Trip: Uses her resemblance to Trisha as a weapon against Ed and Al.
  • Tragic Villain: Seeing as how she was formerly the Elric brothers' sweet mother, it's upsetting to see her now trying to kill them just so she can become her own person. Moreover, during the battle with Ed, Sloth becomes increasingly unsure if she is their mother or not.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: She's not on Envy's level, but her water abilities make her capable of altering her appearance in various ways.

     Wrath 
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A hot-tempered, needy child, first discovered by Ed in a 'feral' state, who underwent a Face–Heel Turn thanks to Envy. He is the failed transmutation of Izumi Curtis' dead son.

Voiced by: Nana Mizuki (JP), Luci Christian (EN), Amparo Bravo (Spain), Inma Gallego (Spain, Conqueror of Shamballa), Héctor Indriago (Latin America), Françoise Escobar (French)

     Pride (SPOILERS) 

Pride is the most powerful of the homunculi. He is alluded to only vaguely and isn't revealed until late in the series, where it turns out he's really the Fuhrer King Bradley, the ruler of Amestris.


  • Adaptational Personality Change:
    • Aside from the Adaptational Villainy below, this change mainly mirrors the change in sin that his stats as a homunculus represents - from Wrath to Pride.
    • This version of Bradley takes great offense at affronts to his status or suggestions that he failed, such as Envy accusing him of being a Puppet King, or Hughes indirectly suggesting that his government administration failed or made oversights. He doesn't particularly care about the casualties, as opposed to enjoying them. In the manga, Bradley was acutely aware of the fact that he was a puppet king and didn't really seem to mind affronts to his status and rank, so long as he helped his creator with his goals - warfare, discord, and death.
  • Adaptational Villainy: He was no hero in the manga, but in that, he was at least a relatively amiable man with a genuinely friendly demeanor. Here, however, he's a cold-hearted sociopath whose "kindness" is only skin deep. This makes sense, though, when you consider the fact that this King Bradley represents the Sin of Pride instead of the Sin of Wrath, so him being selfish and cold-hearted comes naturally.
  • A God Am I: Not God, but considers himself equivalent to an Angel enacting God's will. Ironic, considering his manga counterpart is a textbook Hollywood Atheist and Straw Nihilist.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Bradley appears to be a cool Reasonable Authority Figure and overall alright person until he turns out to be Pride.
  • Character Exaggeration: Not as severe as the Kimblee example below, but this version of Bradley has none of manga Bradley's sympathetic qualities, and has his ruthlessness turned Up to Eleven. He's a mean, vicious bastard and that's about all there is to him.
  • Co-Dragons: Serves this role for Dante along with Envy.
  • Combat Clairvoyance: Like his manga counterpart, his left eye grants him precognitive powers and superhuman senses.
  • Dissonant Serenity: He's so certain of himself that he maintains his calm and jovial attitude even under the most unfitting circumstances, like while impaling Martha while she's hiding inside Al or fighting Mustang to the death.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Subverted. He has a wife, who he at one point tells a soldier to send flowers to because she gets lonely when he's gone, and seems to care a great deal about his son... until the latter unknowingly brings him his human remains.
  • Evil Genius: Serves as the homunculi's deep-cover agent, and provides weapons, coordination and troops for the master plan.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Not quite like his manga Bradley counterpart who was more nihilistic, his quirky Reasonable Authority Figure act only undermines what an arrogant and sadistic monster he is.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: Lets Roy incinerate him once, just to test his healing abilities.
  • The Heavy: Plays this role with Envy within his capacity as ruler of Amestris.
  • Irony:
    • Has Instantaneous regeneration in this version, considerable since In both the manga and Brotherhood, Bradley lacks this feature because he struggled enough to reduce the stone to one soul, basically making him the same as a human, just as fragile, but tough as hell like the rest of the cast.
    • Murders his innocent son Selim in a fit of wrath. Come Brotherhood, it is revealed that Bradley is Wrath here while "Selim" is his far more powerful older brother Pride.
  • Jerkass: Once his true personality is revealed, his words are dripping with venomous contempt.
  • Kick the Dog: His murder of poor Marta.
  • Kill It with Fire: How Roy deals with him. After he's nothing but a puddle, he sets it aflame and throws Bradley's own skull in the fire as well.
  • Lack of Empathy: His killing of Marta and nonchalantly congratulating Al on helping "trap" her illustrates this quite nicely in him.
  • Magical Eye: His Ouroboros is on his left eye, which is the 'Ultimate Eye'. As Bradley, he hides it from humans with an Eyepatch of Power.
  • Master Race: As befitting the incarnation of Pride, he views homunculi as superior to humans (with himself as the greatest example of them, of course), and isn't interested in becoming more human. He also hates alchemists, because homunculi are The Soulless and can't perform alchemy.
  • Morality Pet: His son Selim, who he seems to regard as an exception to his his general contempt for mankind. Right up until Selim makes an innocent mistake and Pride strangles him to death, calling him foolish.
  • Narcissist: Not surprisingly, given his sin.
  • Not So Stoic: When Selim ends up exposing him to his Achilles' Heel.
  • Number Two: Dante's right-hand man, and the leader of the homunculi. Has many characteristics of The Dragon as well, given his status as the most powerful Homunculus; that position however is fulfilled by Envy.
  • Offing the Offspring: Kills Selim for bringing his skull to him unknowingly while Roy and Pride are fighting. Bonus points for poor Selim not even knowing why he was being killed by his father.
  • President Evil: Is Amestris' military dictator who manipulates his citizens with the end goal of sacrificing them to be turned into a new Philosopher's Stone for his master. To add to that, while his Wrath counterpart is mean-spirited and nihilistic, the Pride in the 2003 anime is a rather sadistic man who takes great pleasure in what he's doing.
  • Pride: He doesn't even seem to consider the possibility that he could lose, and sees nothing wrong with keeping his greatest weakness right in his own home. His pre-fight speech indicates that he holds all of humanity in contempt and sees himself as an agent of God. Unlike his manga counterpart, whose 'pride' stems from being The Dragon and the one closest to the Big Bad, Pride in this incarnation is more focused on his own accomplishments as the leader of Amestris. Additionally, Dante considers the fact that he can age like a human to be one of her proudest achievements, going so far as to call him "her masterpiece".
  • Pride Before a Fall: Fittingly enough, Pride meets his end after he left his one weakness in his own home to be discovered by his son.
  • Puppet King: Envy calls him one in the dub. Both he and Dante take offense to that.
  • Sadist: Unlike his Bradley counterpart in the manga, he thoroughly enjoys the cruel actions he commits in the series, taking pleasure in being the superior species.
  • Villain Ball: Murders Selim for bringing his one weakness into the room where he is fighting Roy, thus ensuring that the item in question remains present.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Bigger on the "villain" in this version.
  • Walking Spoiler: Knowing about his public identity as King Bradley gives away a huge twist in the series.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Kills his own son for unknowingly providing his Achilles' Heel to Roy by choking him to death.

     Their Master (SPOILERS) 
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Near the end of the series, Dante is revealed to be the leader of the Homunculi and creator of several, using them as pawns to retain her immortality. She is the former lover (possibly wife) of Hohenheim and the mother of his first son, who currently serves her as the homunculus Envy. She then takes over the body of Lyra, her apprentice and maid, to take a more active role in furthering her agenda.

Old Dante voiced by: Kazuko Sugiyama (JP), Cindee Mayfield (EN), Ana María Simón (Spain), Danièle Hazan (French)
Lyra-Dante voiced by: Yumi Kakazu (JP), Monica Rial (EN), Elena Ruiz de Velasco (Spain), Nathalie Homs (French)
Both Dantes voiced by: Rebeca Aponte (Latin America)

  • Abusive Mom: To the homunculi in general and Envy in particular, whom she sees as a tool rather than a son. She only even directly acknowledges him as her son to use that fact to unbalance and taunt the Elrics. At best, she is apathetic; at worst, she is emotionally manipulative.
  • Ambiguous Situation: Ultimately subverted. Her fate is somewhat left up in the air past the climax of the anime. Some assume she was eaten by Gluttony, although it's possible she was forced back into the lost city while trying to fend him off (although this is really unlikely, as Gluttony had her cornered). We're never really given a concrete answer, just that her body was crumbling and rotting with her knowing that she doesn't have much time to make another stone. Though she never shows up in the epilogue movie, so make of that what you will. Howewer, it's heavily implied that Gluttony ate her alive (before Gluttony covers the screen and the camera cuts to the elevator, she says that she'll find him something to eat. This all but states that he ate her alive and then he escaped).
  • Big Bad: She is the mastermind behind the homunculi, who in turn drive the conflict of the series by causing the massacres at Ishbal and Lior.
  • Black Widow: Implied. She mentions having been married many times, but having to "leave them" each time so the man in question wouldn't notice her decaying body. Given the type of person Dante is, "leave them" is probably code for "kill them."
  • Body Horror: Like Hohenheim, due to centuries of Body Surfing, her soul has become weaker due to leaving small fragments behind every time she jumps. This causes her body to begin to rot, regardless of how young it is. To hide this, she, like Hohenheim, wears very covering clothes and strong perfume to hide the smell of rot. According to Hohenheim, even if she were to create a Philosopher's Stone, she would still be unable to escape this fate, and every time she jumps, it will take less and less time for her body to break down. She never really comes up with a solution for this and seems to be in denial.
  • Body Surf: Dante plans to do this when she learns that her bodies are decaying at an alarming rate. Poor Lyra and Rose.
  • Breaking Speech: She gives one to Edward about Equivalent Exchange and how it's not true in her mind.
  • Canon Foreigner: Dante is unique to the 2003 anime because it Overtook the Manga and, as a result, without Father, the anime needed a new Big Bad and mastermind behind the homunculi.
  • The Chessmaster: Through Pride, she manipulates Amestris' politics and the entire population to suit her interests. Through the rest of the homunculi, she manipulates events on a much smaller, more personal level. However, as far as her plans at continued immortality goes, she is basically backed into a corner as each new body she possesses begins to rot much faster than the previous, with her current body rotting in a matter of months. In this regard, she seems to be mostly in denial as her plan seems to just be to keep body hopping without any plan to counteract the inevitable rot.
  • Consummate Liar: She's a very, very good liar, perhaps one of her key traits that goes in-check with her rampant hypocrisy. In her first appearance, had it not been for her eerie signature theme, despite all the tropes lifted here there would be NO reason to suspect her of being anything else but a wise, friendly old woman. She acted very sincere to Ed and Al, genuinely coming across as said kind, sweet old woman, even going as far as telling the brothers that she legitimately enjoys helping people and that she believes that the human race "needs alchemy more than they will ever know". As she says this to the brothers, she had already instigated the war the Ishbal in an attempt to create the Philosopher's Stone, had manipulated countless people through the Homunculi, instigated the war in Liore, and almost had Ed create a Stone in Laboratory 5. Near the end a flashback with Izumi shows just how much of a liar she was: in a rare moment of honesty, she tells Izumi how she despises humanity and how she doesn't believe they are worthy of her love, and that humanity learning the full power of alchemy would be a "travesty", a complete 180 of her initial meeting with the Elric brothers. This even extends toward her own allies, as Envy heavily implies to Al that the rest of the homunculi (who, bar Greed, have shown her nothing but loyalty because of her promises) only think that Dante will turn them human and that she has no intention of doing so. Dante even says to Lust in the sub whether or not she'll turn them human all depends on "how I'm feeling" (in other words, no).
  • Distaff Counterpart: Dante shares many similarities with Father, the Big Bad of the manga and Brotherhood who doesn't exist in the 2003 anime. In their respective series, both, at one point, had close relationships with Hohenheim dating back several centuries. Both "shared" the secret of eternal life with Hohenheim by means of the Philosopher's Stone. Finally, both plan to turn mass numbers of people into Stones in order to become "perfect" beings.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Averted; she pretty much tells Ed that she's going to rape him once she switches bodies with Rosé. Ed's reaction, Dante's advanced age, and the circumstances of the whole situation make it clear that the viewers are not supposed to be congratulating Ed or calling him lucky.
  • The Dreaded: Many of the homunculi are afraid of her, especially Gluttony. Even Lust flinches when Pride tells her that she'll have to "take her complaints up with the boss."
  • Driven to Villainy: If the flashback dealing with her past is anything to go by, she was originally a far more sympathetic and kinder individual, and she deeply and genuinely loved Hohenheim. Once he left her side, she was forced to fend for herself and became so embittered that she ultimately resorted to horrific means to maintain her immortality, by the start of the series, her being way off into the deep end.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Once she transfers herself to Lyra.
  • Evil Is Petty: She's instigated the slaughters of thousands of people in order to try and live a few more years. Jeez. She also rips Wrath's right arm and left leg off because she found his cries for help annoying.
  • Evil Matriarch: Though technically she's only Envy's mother, she acts like an abusive matriarchal figure for the other homunculi.
  • Evil Mentor: To Izumi, though it's played with, as it's implied that Izumi didn't know she was evil until after her training was done.
  • Evil Old Folks: Being 400 years old tends to do that with you. Double Subverted due to her initially appearing as an old woman before possessing a young woman's body. Still old in the end, though.
  • The Family That Slays Together: Due to her habit of making the homunculi act like a big, demented family. Subverted as the 'family' completely disintegrates at the end of the story and she doesn't care as her master plan is near completion.
  • Faux Affably Evil: She organizes her homunculi minions like a family and defends Sloth from Envy's teasing when they first find her. Before being revealed as the Big Bad, she provides Izumi with medicine and provides the Elrics with some helpful guidance. However, it soon becomes clear that she only cares about herself.
  • Foil: To Izumi, in a sense. Izumi is very quick to anger and physically violent but in the end remains a good person, while Dante is someone who is always calm no matter how angry she is, but relieves her anger through much more disturbing means and is a horrible person.
  • Foreshadowing: The body we first see her in has pale green hair. The only other character in the show with green hair is Envy, subtly visually connecting the two and it later turns out that Envy works for Dante and is her son, though green isn't either of their natural hair colors.
  • Grand Theft Me: It's how she's stayed alive for hundreds of years.
  • Hate Sink: Being petty, selfish and abusive, Dante represents the worst of humanity and is clearly not meant to be liked. With the tentative exception of Pride, all of her Homunculus minions either hate or fear her, with even Envy seeing her less as a mother and more as a means to obtaining his vengeance against his father, and both of the Elrics are repulsed by her cruelty.
  • Hypocrite: Dante callously tells Ed that people who work hard hardly get anything, but she whines like a sore loser once her own efforts are ruined. Then there's her spiel about the evils of mankind and the horrible things people would do to each other if they got their hands on something as powerful as the Philosopher's Stone, which falls a little flat when you consider that she herself has instigated what are the worst atrocities in Amestrian history.
  • I Control My Minions Through...: Promises, mostly; she promised power for Greed and Pride, humanity for Lust, Wrath and Sloth, revenge for Envy, food for Gluttony and the chance to become a State Alchemist for Lyra. In all cases, she was lying. In Gluttony's case, fear might also be a factor.
  • Immortality Immorality: Making Philosopher's Stones requires sacrificing multiple lives and she's using them only to extend her own life. She couldn't care less about the people she set up to be killed.
  • It's All About Me: In the end, she doesn't care about anything but her own immortality. While the family structure of the homunculi makes it look like she cares about them at first, it becomes very obvious by her treatment of them she really doesn't care for them.
  • Knight of Cerebus: With her murdering Lyra after stealing her body and weakening Greed to where he can be killed, Dante signals a darker turn for the 2003 anime and things start becoming much more personal between her and the Elric brothers.
  • Lack of Empathy: She doesn't care who she's hurting. She doesn't care she's stealing a young woman's ambitious dreams just to live a little longer. She doesn't care she's manipulating her son emotionally. She doesn't care about all the suffering she creates through Pride, like the Ishbalan genocide. In the end, she doesn't seem to care about anything but living longer.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: She transmuted Gluttony's reasoning away when he was too grief-stricken from Lust's death to eat Al's stone and complete her plan. This came back to haunt her when the brothers thwarted her plan and she made to escape, only for him to eat his way through the bottom of the elevator and attack her since he now couldn't understand her. While it isn't shown onscreen, it is heavily implied to have lead to her Karmic Death (AKA being eaten alive by a crazed Gluttony).
  • Manipulative Bitch: Oh boy. Just looking at her own allies, she manipulates Envy's (her own son) desire to kill Hohenheim, Wrath's desire to have a mother, and Pride's leadership. Although being Co-Dragons with Envy, it's not so much Pride that she's manipulating, but Amestris' entire government as Pride is the nation's dictator.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • In a series with antagonists named after the Seven Deadly Sins, a character with the name Dante would pretty much have to be their leader. Of course, it's made clear before her introduction (through Izumi's dialogue with the Elrics and Envy's with the other homunculi) that Dante is most definitely not the nice old lady that she seems to be. Considering some revelations made late in the series, it's entirely possible that she knew about this and took on the name herself.
    • The name Dante also means "eternal" or "everlasting." A very appropriate name for an Immortality Seeker.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: She hates humanity and through the shadows lords over Amestris. She believes humans are very foolish and weak, therefore giving her, an immortal 'perfect' being the right to play with human lives as she wishes.
    Ed: Don't kid yourself, you're human just like us!
    Dante: Not anymore.
  • Morality Pet: Surprisingly, Dante seems to like and respect Izumi to an extent, and is implied to regularly provide her with medicine despite their falling out. Doesn't hesitate to leave her behind forever when she transfers to Lyra's body, though. In the flashback, Izumi seemed ready to cry when she asked Dante if she loved anyone other than herself, so it's likely there was originally more attachment on her side.
  • Narcissist: To quite ridiculous extremes.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Double Subverted after The Reveal. While she physically looks like she's in her late teens to young adult, she's still over 400 years old and a very skilled alchemist.
  • Never My Fault: Never once considers that it could have been her fault that Hohenheim left, referring to it by such ways as saying "Hohenheim of Light left my side" and treating it like an act of pure betrayal. The real reason he left, was mainly because of a mix of moral crisis and the fact that Dante herself was stark raving bonkers.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: She lets the homunculi do all the work. Justified due to her rotting body, at the time.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: She hardly seems like a force to be reckoned with when first introduced, but it becomes clear that she's one of the most powerful and deadly alchemists in the series.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: Claims that humans would destroy the world if they had a Philosopher's Stone, so she's justified in killing anyone who knows how to make it then uses the Stone to prolong her own life. All so she can keep acting as the "guardian of mankind." Ed promptly calls her out on lying through her teeth. She just wants to live forever and isn't talented enough to make a Stone for herself. It doesn't help that her case essentially boils down to: I will stop humans from getting their hands on a Philosopher's Stone by killing thousands of them so a human will be desperate enough to make a Philosopher's Stone for me to steal, so I can live forever and keep stopping humans from attaining one.
  • Old Master: Even moreso than originally shown, as Dante and Hohenheim are the two oldest and most skilled alchemists alive, with 400 years of experience.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Played straight at first, then averted. As an old woman, she remains confined to her mansion, presumably grooming Lyra to be her next vessel. After she takes over Lyra's body, however, she begins manipulating Lior through Rose herself, and even "assists" Edward and Scar as something of a third-act party member.
  • Polite Villains, Rude Heroes: Dante's the polite villain to Edward's rude hero with a distinctly more polite and gentler speech pattern. What she says is not as gentle as her voice, though.
  • Purple Eyes: The body we see the most of her in has purple eyes that match those of the homunculi. They originally belonged to Lyra.
  • Rape as Drama: She had... plans for Ed once she took Rose's body.
    Dante: I just want to be loved by the son of Hohenheim...
  • Really 700 Years Old: Due to being a body surfer.
  • Seven Deadly Sins: Aside from her using this as a theme with her homunculi, she herself is a horrifying mixture of all seven—she's obsessed with preserving her youth and views herself as above humanity on the whole (Pride), sexually desires Hohenheim and plots to rape his son just to spite him (Lust), is a misanthrope who hates humans and does not hesitate to violently punish her Homunculi for minor slights (Wrath), has Pride, Envy, the people of Amestris and others do most of her work for her despite how powerful she is (Sloth), desires power (Greed), envies Trisha for having "taken" Hohenheim away from her and wants to see Hohenheim suffer for leaving her (Envy) and wishes to expand her life longer than she needs to (Gluttony).
  • Shadow Archetype: To Ed, most effectively shown in their confrontation towards the end of the series.
  • Showing Off the New Body: After taking the body of her young and beautiful student, Lyra. Subverted because her new body starts decaying very quickly so she has to start wearing less revealing clothing to hide it.
  • Smug Snake: It's All About Me meets The Sociopath meets Evil Is Petty. Why yes, she does qualify. Why do you ask?
  • The Sociopath: Dante has the superficial charm, grandiose sense of her own worth, Lack of Empathy, consummate lying and manipulation abilities, and irresponsibility.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Both as an old woman and in Lyra's body. She's got a polite speech pattern, a gentle voice and never shouts, only very rarely raises her voice. However, she's also got the ability to say horrific and monstrous things with that same gentle tone.
  • Squishy Wizard: Remains this even once she has switched from an elderly to younger woman's body, relying on her mastery of alchemy and more combat-competent homunculi like Envy to protect her.
  • Straw Nihilist: Unsurprisingly so, given her superiority complex and lack of belief in Equivalent Exchange. Twice (first to Izumi, then to Ed) she rants about how humans are foolish and worthless, even describing humans to Izumi as "egotistical things beyond any redemption". To Dante, a human is only good as three things: Philosopher Stone fuel, somebody to make that Stone, or a "lover" (until she gets bored of you).
  • Tranquil Fury: Even after Alphonse uses the Philosopher's Stone to revive Edward from the dead, essentially screwing Dante's chance of gaining immortality, she still doesn't lose her cool nor raises her voice, just angrily stomps up to Alphonse while ranting at him in a surprisingly calm voice, and later on still remaining enough of her rationality to plan another plan. Too bad Gluttony is there to screw her for real.
  • The Unfought: Ed and Al never engage in a true battle with her. She has a very brief struggle with Ed before starting her Breaking Speech, but it lasts for less than thirty seconds before Envy takes over. Instead of fighting them after her Evil Plan is derailed, she escapes and plans to order Pride to take her place. This is justified considering the state of her vessel. Course, she never makes it to the surface to execute any of it, and even if she had, Pride had been killed by Roy at that point. So she was screwed either way.
  • Vain Sorceress: No matter what you think of her personality and master plan, she's still an extremely powerful alchemist. She's also extremely petty.
  • Villain Has a Point: The lecture she gives Ed and Al about how Equivalent Exchange (in terms of being a principle for life, outside of its use in alchemy) is nothing but a wishful fantasy. The fact is that, yeah, she's right that there are a lot of times in life where the effort you put into something is disproportionate to what you get out of it (for example, she talks about how Ed, as a Child Prodigy, passed the State Alchemist exam with flying colors on his first try, while others had been slaving away and repeatedly failing it for years). Hohenheim later gives Ed a more optimistic take on it.
  • Villainous Breakdown: A somewhat calm one as she tries to escape the underground city though trying hard to surpress her anger upon knowing both her effort to get a Philosopher Stone has failed and that her body is corroding too fast to make another.
  • Walking Spoiler: The reveal that Dante is still alive, masquerading in Lyra's body, and the master of the homunculi only comes late in the series.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After Gluttony attacks her in the elevator, the doors later open to show that no one is there, not even a trace of blood. Dante’s fate is left open to interpretation, but it's heavily implied that Gluttony ate her whole and fled.
  • Wise Old Folk Facade: She first appears as a kindly old woman and the Elric's teacher, Izumi's, former mentor. In truth, she's a Body Snatcher who takes over her students since she's changed bodies so many times to stay alive that they decay after only a few years. She takes over her latest protege, Lyra, during the story.
  • Would Hurt a Child: At one point she threatens to murder a baby just to prove a point to Ed. She also does not hesitate to use said baby to open the Gate, though this doesn't actually harm it.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: To any body she jumps from.

Others

     Dr. Tim Marcoh 
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A state alchemist who served in Ishbal, and creator of the red crystals. Due to his experience in the war he deserts the military, living a quiet life as a country doctor, until trouble comes knocking on his door.

Voiced by: Koji Totani (JP), Brice Armstrong (EN), Miguel Ayones (Spain), Rafael Monsalve (Latin America), Jérôme Keen (French)

  • The Atoner: He feels guilty for his part in the Ishbalan massacre, but unlike the manga, he never lives long enough to redeem himself.
  • Back-Alley Doctor: In a small country town, and very competent.
  • Bus Crash: He is last seen not even halfway into the series when Lust and Gluttony break into the hotel he's at to hold him hostage. He is mentioned frequently throughout the series after that, but it isn't until the penultimate episode that he is revealed to have been eaten by Gluttony.
  • Death by Adaptation: He lives in the manga and even redeems himself eventually, but here he doesn't get the chance.
  • Death Seeker: He wants to die for what he did to the Ishbalans, which he does in this adaptation.
  • Defector from Decadence: He left the war for the guilt in participating in the Ishbalan massacre he never lives long enough to redeem himself of his guilt.

     Izumi Curtis 
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Mentor to the Elric brothers, she taught them both alchemy and martial arts, both of which she is a master. Despises State Alchemists. Easily the most badass character in the series.

Voiced by: Shoko Tsuda (JP), Christine Auten (EN), Yolanda Pérez (Spain), Minerva Hernández (Latin America), Hélène Bizot (French)

  • Action Mom: Or more accurately, Action Teacher.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Her lack of organs and coughing up blood is played for drama to the point she actually dies.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Downplayed, but she's a bit harsher than she was in the manga/Brotherhood.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Izumi's still a badass, but unlike her manga counterpart who was practically an indestructible powerhouse, here she ends up getting overpowered a handful of times and is almost killed by Greed and later Archer.
  • Badass Teacher: Taught the Elrics everything they know about martial arts and alchemy, and can wipe the floor with just about anyone.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Usually comes with her Incurable Cough of Death.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: Her treatment of the Elrics is in many ways part this and part Tough Love.
  • Death by Adaptation: In between the end of the series and the movie.
  • Determinator: Like in the manga, she seems to hang on by sheer willpower despite of several of her organs being damaged or outright missing.
  • Disabled in the Adaptation: In the manga her organs are rearranged to make things easier on her. This doesn't occur in the anime which causes her to die during the timeskip between the anime's ending and The Movie.
  • Dreadlock Rasta: Her hair style resembles this, though it's supposed to be braids.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Indicates sickliness rather than creepiness.
  • Happily Married: To Sig.
  • Housewife: Insists that's all she is.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Her husband Sig is easily twice her size and can match muscles with Armstrong.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: Due to her failed attempt at human transmutation to revive her stillborn child. Most of her organs were taken as payment and, as later revealed by a doctor, her remaining ones have taken up the slack.
  • Jerkass: A slight version, but more than in Brotherhood/the manga such as when she's being particularly harsh.
  • Juggle Fu: Shown to do this with a book while training Ed and Al in a flashback.
  • Mama Bear: To her students and Wrath, who is the incarnation of her dead son.
  • Parental Substitute: To the Elrics, who seem to treat her almost like a mother. She appears to reciprocate.
  • Played for Drama: Her Incurable Cough of Death, unlike in the manga and Brotherhood where it is also Played for Laughs on occasion. And unlike in the manga, it is incurable and eventually kills her.
  • Stepford Smiler: She acts strong and all, but hid from almost everyone the terrible and heartbreaking reason why she coughs up blood.
  • Stern Teacher: Moreso than in Brotherhood.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: In the movie, anyway.
  • Together in Death: Her spirit meets up with Wrath after he sacrifices himself to open the Gate.
  • Tough Love: Her treatment of the Elrics. Upon learning the two had committed human transmutation, she beat the crap out of them and then hugged them.
  • Tragic Stillbirth: The loss of her son caused her to try and resurrect him. It failed and she lost a large portion of her organs, which ultimately leads to her premature death.
  • Training from Hell: She subjects the Elric brothers to this, to the extent that the very mention of her name makes them tremble with fear. Considering who her alchemy teacher was, she probably had some hellish training herself.

     Pinako Rockbell 
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Winry's grandmother.

Voiced by: Miyoko Aso (JP), Juli Erickson (EN), Pilar Gentil (Spain), Aracelys Prieto (Latin America), Maria Tamar (French)

     Trisha Elric 
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The mother of Edward and Alphonse Elric. She ultimately died of an illness. Ed and Al attempt to revive her with human transmutation set the events of the series in motion.

Voiced by: Yoshino Takamori (JP), Lydia Mackay (EN), Pilar Santigosa (Spain), Maritza Rojas (Latin America), Brigitte Aubry (French)

     Solf J. Kimblee 
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A former State Alchemist who participated in the Ishbal war. Kimblee is a psychopath and a sadist, believing that "people are empty, worthless beings." He does, however, have some respect for the chemical properties of human beings: he specializes in transmuting things and people into explosives.

Voiced by: Yuji Ueda (JP), Eric Vale (EN), Iñaki Crespo (Spain), Víctor Díaz (Latin America), Benoît Rivillon (French)

  • Adaptational Jerkass: Compared to his manga counterpart, anime Kimblee is a massive prick to everybody he meets.
  • Adaptational Villainy: As mentioned below, the Manga/Brotherhood Kimblee is still a definite villain, but one with sophistication and principles. In this version? He enjoys slaughtering people left and right, not even caring for his own life.
  • Arch-Enemy: Scar's. Although Kimblee himself seems much more fixated on Al at times.
  • At Least I Admit It: He thinks everyone else is just pretending that their lives have meaning.
  • Ax-Crazy: If you're within about a mile of this bastard, start running now.
  • Bad Powers, Bad People: He turns you into a bomb by making physical contact. Yeah, no way he's going to be one of the heroes.
  • Blood Knight: And how. Kimblee enjoys being in battle a little too much.
  • Character Exaggeration: Less than others, but manga Kimblee is a cultured, philosophical Darwinist with a streak for sadism and a love of explosions. The anime version of Kimblee (which was the first to be featured as a shown character) really only had those last two traits—that last one tweaked into a love of making people into explosives—and those were all there were to him. Justified, since when the 2003 anime was being made, Kimblee had yet to appear in person for more than one or two panels... and all there was to base his character on was the implications that the Ishbal campaign had for him.
  • Colonel Kilgore: To a ridiculous degree.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: Definitely shows some shades of this, particularly during his death.
    Ah, you feel so good!
  • The Dragon: Comes very close to being Archer's.
  • Famous Last Words: "I want him to have time to focus on how meaningless his efforts have been."
  • For the Evulz: Given that a lot of his worse traits were exaggerated in this version, he comes across as doing everything just because he can.
  • Go Out with a Smile: He smiles about having transformed Al into a bomb before he finally dies.
  • Hero Killer: Both those who've served with him in Ishbal and those who've heard about his reputation are terrified of him. He lives up to it, reducing Liore to a smoldering ruin on his own, injuring Scar, and nearly killing Al.
  • Just Following Orders: Happily during the Ishbal massacre.
  • Lack of Empathy: Had no qualms blowing anyone up, even innocent Ishbalan civilians. This extends to women and children.
  • Loves the Sound of Screaming: The final moments of when people realize they're going to blow up... as he describes.
  • Mad Bomber: His special power is to make things explode.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: An interpretation. His belief that people are fundamentally hollow could be what he uses to justify his sadism... or not. He also holds himself in the same contempt and doesn't seem to care if anyone kills him.
  • Mysterious Middle Initial: What the J stands for is never revealed.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Pretty much destroys Liore on his own.
  • Psycho for Hire: He's only in the army for the chance to kill people, and takes it well beyond even the most Sociopathic Soldier. He doesn't even have any real loyalty in him; he just likes to hurt people.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Archer's Blue.
  • Slasher Smile: Very frequently.
  • Straw Nihilist: "We're all empty. We're all worthless."
  • Taking You with Me: Attempts this after transmuting Al into a bomb whilst mortally wounded. It doesn't work, due to Scar's intervention.
  • The Sociopath: A very nasty, low-functioning sociopath.
  • Token Evil Teammate: When working for Greed, that is. Unlike most of them who are outcasts and former lab rats, Kimblee is just a mad dog with no morals whatsoever. Needless to say, he betrays Greed as soon as the perfect opportunity arises.
  • Sociopathic Soldier: When he was a state alchemist. Up to Eleven, too.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Kimblee/Kimbley.
  • The Unfettered: Psychotic variant.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Is more than eager to turn Alphonse into a bomb even after the latter saves his life from Martel. But considering his philosophy on life, this comes as no surprise.
  • Why Am I Ticking?: His alchemy, although the victim doesn't really have time to notice that they're ticking.

     Barry the Chopper 
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A serial killer that goes after young women, he gets taken down by Edward (after a rather terrifying encounter) and arrested. He ends up as one of the guards of the hidden laboratory used to create the red stones.

Voiced by: Kentaro Ito (JP), Jerry Jewell (EN), Roberto Cuenca, Jr. (Spain), Carlos Vitali (Latin America)

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Granted, his body wasn't exactly in the best shape when it was finally revealed in the manga, but from what readers could see, manga Barry was a rather short and squat guy in life. Here, Barry's crossdressing is apparently convincing enough that another character thinks he makes a pretty woman.
  • Adaptational Badass: He was already bound in armor by the time he debuts in the manga. In this adaptation, Barry was a normal human when he first met the Elric brothers. As a regular human, he not only captures Edward in an ambush, but he was also very close to killing him in the following battle in which he proves to be so vicious and fast he overwhelm Ed despite the alchemist's martial arts training and gives him multiple scratches. The encounter was so brutal that Edward was traumatized by it, leaving him emotionally rattled for the next few days (and episodes).
  • Adaptational Villainy: While he was still a Serial Killer in the manga/Brotherhood, Barry was portrayed to near Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain territory and was Played for Laughs. In this version? Not so much... However subverted in his backstory. In the original manga, he already enjoyed chopping animal apart before going on a killing spree and eventually got curious enough to try real humans. In this version, he was a normal guy who got pushed over the edge by his wife and her constant nagging (implied to be abusive), and he just snapped one day and killed her and develops a bloodlust from there to hacking real people. When he explains his backstory to Ed, he doesn't give any signs of sociopathy prior to his breakdown in his relationship with his wife.
  • Ax-Crazy: Is he ever. Barry gets a little too much of a kick out of cutting people up, and he expresses a psychotic glee when chasing down Ed in their first encounter.
  • Break Them by Talking: Gives one mighty lecture to Al, leaving the poor boy questioning his own existence.
  • Character Exaggeration: Somewhat, in the manga he still plenty crazy but is fairly reasonable and even helps the heroes for a bit. Here, he's just irredeemably evil as after the prison complex goes down. He just finds new work as a mercenary all so he can hurt people.
  • Crossdressing Voices: An interesting example. Barry is normally voiced by a male in both the Japanese and English versions, but while disguised as a woman in the Japanese version, however, he is given a female seiyuu.
  • Dirty Coward: When overpowered by Al and Scar in Laboratory 5, he'd rather escape than face them with dignity.
  • Effeminate Misogynistic Guy: He only murdered women but was a crossdresser.
  • Glowing Mechanical Eyes: When his helmet is on, he has two glowing dots in the helmet's eyes.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Mostly averted, unlike the manga/Brotherhood. He is completely out of his league while fighting Alphonse to the point that even the music turns comical as Al wipes the floor with him, but the mental blow he strikes Alphonse (telling him his soul and memories are fake) lasts for multiple episodes. And he nearly kills a 12-year-old Ed at the beginning of the series along with all the women he butchered, and unlike the manga version of himself, he continues to kill innocents even after the arc he is introduced as living armor in.
  • Larynx Dissonance: Dub only, when he's crossdressing.
  • Psycho for Hire: After Lab 5 is destroyed, he works as a mercenary to continue killing people as much as he pleases.
  • Serial Killer: Killed tons of people back when he was a human being. Not much has changed since he became a suit of armor.
  • Slasher Smile: Especially in his first appearance as a human. He wears a deranged smile while slicing you up like a Thanksgiving turkey.
  • Sociopathic Soldier: Seemingly worked as a soldier during the Ishbal Civil War and was partially inspired by Solf J. Kimblee's killings to become a serial killer.
  • Villainous Breakdown: As he gets destroyed by Scar, he screams in agony.
  • Villainous Crossdresser: Before his soul was sealed into an armor, he donned a female wig while killing people in his van.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Marks his first appearance by kidnapping and threatening a preteen Winry and Ed. Ed also suspects him for the murder of Nina at first.

     Rose Thomas 
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A young girl that the Elrics meet in Lior. She is an orphan whose lover, Cain, has recently died. The High Priest Colonello has promised to revive him, and she becomes very disillusioned when Edward exposes him as the fraud that he is. However, things got even worse as time passed...

Voiced by: Houko Kuwashima (JP), Colleen Clinkenbeard (EN), Inma Gallego (Spain), Maythe Guedes (Latin America), Léa Gabrielle (French)

  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: In the manga, half of the stuff that happened in this series didn't happen. She wasn't raped, impregnated, mute from trauma, or kidnapped.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Black hair with pink bangs in the manga, brown hair with pink bangs here.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Like all Liorians. It's implied they might be distantly related to Ishbalans.
  • Ascended Extra: Only has a few scenes after the first chapter in the manga and is inconsequential to the overall plot; here she is a significant supporting player.
  • Break the Cutie: After realizing Father Cornello and his religion were fraudulent, it takes her a while to get back up again. And then she was raped and impregnated by an unknown assailant.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Who would think that the girl from Lior would become such a big part of Dante's plans?
  • Child by Rape: More accurately, her child is implied to have been by rape.
  • Crystal Dragon Jesus: She becomes the Holy Mother of Lior.
  • Cute Mute: The assault and rape she went through traumatized her enough to lose her voice. However, she gets it back eventually.
  • Disabled in the Adaptation: Unlike in the manga, she goes mute after being raped.
  • Evil-Detecting Baby: Her baby smiles and giggles in Ed's presence but sobs, cries and screams in Dante's. That should probably have been a signal for Rose that Dante should not have been trusted.
  • Grand Theft Me: What Dante wants to do to her, but she doesn't succeed and she gets to live normally.
  • Mama Bear: To the orphans she looks after in Liore and later her own baby too.
  • Multicolored Hair: Pink in the front, dark in the back. It's implied to be dyed, as no one else has unnatural hair and neither her son nor Noah have pink hair.
  • No Name Given: Not Rose herself, obviously, but her baby is never referred to by name; she usually just calls him "my baby" or "my darling."
  • The Ophelia: Dante either places Rose in a state of hypnosis or drugs her. In addition to the other terrible events that traumatized her, this makes poor Rose nearly catatonic, vacant, and either completely still or dancing. She recovers.
  • Race Lift: In the manga and Brotherhood, she's white; in the anime, where the Liorians are part of a separate ethnic group and not just a region of Amestris, she's Ambiguously Brown.
  • Rape as Drama: Gets impregnated and loses her voice as a result, but she still keeps her baby.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Rose vs Rozé.
  • Teen Pregnancy: Prior to reuniting with Ed, she has been raped and given birth to a baby.
  • The Tragic Rose: Dead boyfriend, heavily implied rape and being made mute due to the trauma, dead parents, implied unrequited love (Ed's), alone except for her baby, and taken hostage. Thankfully, by Conqueror of Shamballa, she has recovered completely.

     Hohenheim of Light 
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The Elrics' father, a renowned alchemist who left them and their mother when they were little.

Voiced by: Masashi Ebara (JP), Scott McNeil (EN), Héctor Cantolla (Spain), Carmelo Fernández (Latin America), Gérard Rouzier (French)

  • Adaptational Villainy: To a point, mostly in his backstory. In the manga/Brotherhood, he had no idea about Homunculus' plan to sacrifice all of Xerxes to transform himself and Homunculus into living Philosopher's Stones and is just living with the consequences of Homunculus' actions. In the 2003 anime, however, he for many years has been willing to sacrifice large populations to create Philosopher's Stones so he can keep on living, just like Father and Dante, and is even implied to have wiped out an entire civilization to make one. Likewise, when it comes to his abandoning of the family, his motivations in particular are unfortunately less noble. In the manga/Brotherhood, he left out of necessity to counteract against Father's plans for The Promised Day- something which would have killed his family anyway had he not done anything, while in the 2003 anime he just didn't want Trisha and the children to know his true nature, and for that reason abandoned them. He wasn't even aware for quite some time of Dante's plans for his children, and potentially wouldn't have intervened if they hadn't involved them. However, by the time the series starts he's settled down with Trisha, and he's no longer walking this rather dark path. He is by no means an antagonist (or even a bad guy at this point); however, he certainly is not the Big Good he was in his manga and Brotherhood.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Dark blond in this version, straw blond in the manga/Brotherhood. May be justified, as he had yet to appear in the manga when he was introduced in the anime.
  • The Atoner: He wants to make up for what he's done to the family, Dante and even Envy.
  • Body Horror: We find out that due to his regular body jumping over the centuries, his soul has become weaker and weaker due to leaving a small part behind every time he jumps. Now, any body he inhabits begins to rot, causing him to wear very covering clothing and strong perfume to hide the smell.
  • The Charmer: Makes Ross blush and he isn't even trying.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: A little out there.
  • Death Seeker: In The Movie, it's revealed he's seeking to finally end his own life, using Envy as the means. He succeeds.
  • Disappeared Dad: It's his disappearance that really starts the events of the story.
  • The Faceless: At first, until the second season of the anime began.
  • Happily Married: To Trisha, until her death. He proudly states to Dante that she was his first wife and his last.
  • Hard Light: He can transmute light as an alchemical material, thus earning himself the nickname "Hohenheim of Light.”
  • Historical Domain Character: The Reveal of Amestris being a parallel world to one similar to ours, combined with some supplementary materials, strongly imply that he may be the alternate version of Paracelsus. Also known as Philip von Hohenheim.
  • Immortality Immorality: What with his having killed people in order to gain the means to keep on living.
  • Light 'em Up: His version of alchemy is to literally transmute the photons of light itself.
  • Light Is Not Good: Played with. He was known as "Hohenheim of Light" for centuries, and he likely pulled a number of Grand Theft Mes over the years, but he's always portrayed as kind and sympathetic (except by Ed), and very repentant of his past.
  • Mysterious Parent: Trisha claims that Hohenheim left to study alchemy, but he hasn't even left the family a letter since, making Ed believe he just plain left. The series keeps leaving hints it's much more than that until he reveals it all to Dante in episode 45.
  • Stoic Spectacles: Bespectacled, intelligent and cool.

     Lyra 
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A young State Alchemist who serves as the enforcer of Lieutenant Yoki during her first appearance. Later on in the series, she reappears as the newest student of Dante.

Voiced by: Yumi Kakazu (JP), Monica Rial (EN), Blanca Rada (Spain), Rebeca Aponte (Latin America), Nathalie Homs (French)

  • Blow You Away: She has wind-based alchemy powers.
  • The Cameo: Shows up briefly in the movie as her parallel world counterpart.
  • Canon Foreigner: Exclusive to the 2003 series.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: She appears to be an extra at first, but by the latter half of the series her face becomes that of the Big Bad.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She first appears as a serious young woman with ambitions to become a State Alchemist. She also has a My Country, Right or Wrong attitude toward Yoki and the military. After being defeated by Ed she loosens up on her view, becoming Dante's new apprentice. She is still hoping to become a state alchemist, but also want to be like Ed and make a difference in the world for the better.
  • The Dragon: She served as this to Yoki during the small time she worked for him.
  • Foil: To Ed (and all other heroic State Alchemists to a lesser extent). Though called "a dog of the military," Ed loathes being controlled and will never let his duty come before doing what's right. Lyra, however, is well and truly a stray dog, blindly loyal to anyone who takes her in.
  • Good Costume Switch: In her first appearance as Yoki's corrupt henchwoman, she wears a black maid dress. Later, as Dante's apprentice, she wears a pink one. Double subverted because it turns out that Dante's evil too, but Lyra doesn't know this.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After leaving the military and becoming Dante's student, she acts much more friendly and apologizes to the Elrics for her actions.
  • Killed Offscreen: Effectively; we still see her body walking and talking for the rest of the series, but Lyra herself is gone. We find out later that Dante switched bodies with Lyra and then killed Lyra in Dante's former elderly body, meaning that the body Greed finds in pieces at Dante's house is actually how Lyra died.
  • Unwitting Pawn: For Dante, who ends up stealing her body. There is no indication that Lyra ever realized Dante was a bad person, and she seemed genuinely earnest about turning over a new leaf and helping people.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The minute Dante switches bodies with her, she gruesomely murders her.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Miniskirts and boots version.

     Dante 
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Formerly Izumi's alchemy teacher, now an elderly woman who lives in a mansion in the woods with her current student, Lyra.

Voiced by: Kazuko Sugiyama (JP), Cindee Mayfield (EN), Ana María Simón (Spain), Rebeca Aponte (Latin America), Danièle Hazan (French)

  • Badass Teacher: She is the one who taught Izumi alchemy, after all.
  • The Cameo: Dante pops up in episode 58 of Brotherhood, as well as in the "Let's Nab Oprah!" episode of The Boondocks.
  • Canon Foreigner: Like her student Lyra, Dante doesn't exist in any form in the manga, where Izumi may well be self-taught. The closest equivalent could be considered Silver Steiner, a famous (male) alchemist Izumi tried to apprentice under only to learn that he was already dead and that she'd actually been dealing with his brother, Gold Steiner.
  • Cool Old Lady: Appears to be this first. She's actually very sinister and self-absorbed.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Flashbacks show that she was a pretty snarky old lady.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Zig-zagged. Greed finds her old body in a rather bad state, and the audience does get to see the body, but it's not shown exactly how it happened.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: We are led to think this from the mutilated remains of Dante's body Greed discovers at her mansion. However, it's later revealed that Dante actually stole Lyra's body and then disposed of her old body, at the time inhabited by poor Lyra.
  • Leitmotif: Unlike most characters, she has a unique, distinctive theme. It's an eerie, mournful piece simply titled "Dante's Theme".
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Apparently dies soon after she is introduced as Izumi's former teacher and a potential help to the Elrics, and believing that Greed so gruesomely murdered her is partially what motivates Ed to kill him. As it turns out, the truth is far more complicated.
  • Never Mess with Granny: She was Izumi's alchemy teacher and still a very powerful alchemist even in her old age.
  • Old Master: Even at Dante's advanced age Izumi seems to be respectful of her.
  • Squishy Wizard: Unlike other alchemists, she can't fight in hand-to-hand, which is justified by her age. She makes up for this by being showcased as one of the most powerful alchemists in the series.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has pale green hair worn in a netted Prim and Proper Bun.

     The Chimeras 

Law, Dorochete, Bido and Marta. Half-human, half-animal beings created through illegal alchemical proceedures, they worked for the military in specialist roles before finding much more fulfilling work with Greed.

Law voiced by: Yuji Ueda (JP), John Gremillion (EN), Roberto Cuenca, Sr. (Spain),
Dorochete voiced by: Yasunori Matsumoto (JP), John Burgmeier (EN), Francisco Grijalvo (Spain)
Bido voiced by: Toru Okawa (JP), Greg Ayres (EN)
Marta voiced by: Rumi Kasahara (JP), Tiffany Grant (EN), Valeria Castillo (Latin America), Fily Keita (French)

     Shou Tucker 
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The "Sewing Life Alchemist", whom Ed and Al meet with while Ed is studying for his State Alchemist exams. Ed stays at his house during that time and plays with Nina, but shortly after he passes, Tucker transmutes Nina and Alexander into a chimera. He is said to have been executed for this crime, but ends up in the military’s employ, working on a way to bring Nina back.

Voiced by: Makoto Nagai (JP), Chuck Huber (EN), Esteban Massana (Spain), Manuel Bastos (Latin America), Bruno Magne (French)

  • Guinea Pig Family: Just like in the manga and Brotherhood, he sacrifices both his wife and daughter to keep his state alchemist title.
  • Karmic Transformation: Unlike the manga and Brotherhood where he was killed by Scar, he himself is transformed into a half-human, half-animal chimera.
  • Lack of Empathy: Subverted this time around. He still sacrifices his wife and daughter just to keep his State Alchemist license, but actually shows remorse for his actions and goes through pretty impressive lengths (for what you'd expect from such a man, anyways) to undo what's he's done and try to bring back Nina via human transmutation.
  • Mad Scientist: He turns his wife and daughter into chimeras for the sake of science. It's every bit as disgusting and infuriating as it was in the manga.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Creates a legion of these for the military. And during his time in Laboratory 5, he actually becomes one himself.
  • Not So Different: Tries to pull this on Ed, but it doesn't work.
  • Sanity Slippage: Of course, he could hardly be called sane to begin with.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: While his glasses occasionally reflect light very harshly, after he transmutes Nina and Alexander into a chimera, it becomes much more noticeable.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Ends up very dead very fast in the manga. He actually survives 'til the end here ( albeit after completely losing his mind when he's only able to bring back Nina's body, not her soul).
  • Would Hurt a Child: By transmuting his own daughter.

     Nina Tucker 
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Shou Tucker's 4-year-old daughter, usually seen with her large pet dog Alexander with whom her father later transmutes into a chimera. She forms a sibling-like bond with the Elrics while they are staying at her home to study for their State Alchemy exam. After her transmutation, the State Military try to take her away but the Elrics prevent this only for her to encounter Scar who kills her out of mercy with his deconstruction alchemy. Her father spends the remainder of the series trying to revive her.

Voiced by: Satomi Koorogi (JP), Brina Palencia (EN), Serena Clerici (Italy), Tatiane Keplermaier (Brazil), Katja Liebing (Germany)
  • Adaptational Badass: She and the Elrics help to deliver Elicia Hughes and while they're at it, she helps Ed discover he can use Alchemy without a transmutation circle.
  • Ascended Extra: Sort of, appears in two episodes (implied to be several months at least) in the flesh and later as several creepy lifeless dolls created by her father in many attempts to revive her, as well as in Ed's flashbacks and occasionally the end credits.
  • Big, Friendly Dog: Her dog Alexander, who's also her only friend prior to meeting the Elrics.
  • Break the Cutie: Almost cries when the Elrics are forced to leave her home as a result of Ed investigating her father's research. She turns to the only company she has left, her father. Next time we see her, he's transmuted her into a chimera.
  • Cheerful Child: Most of the time, but especially when she's with Alexander and while spending time with the Elrics.
  • Flower in Her Hair: Ed creates flowers using alchemy to amuse Nina and makes them into a crown for her, and she is later showered with petals when Ed uses alchemy to save the day and pass his exam.
  • Foreshadowing: What REALLY happened to her mother whom she believes to have left two years earlier and attempts to write to.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Except her hair is a lighter shade of brown compared to Brotherhood.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: In addition to Pink Means Feminine below, she also wears a purple winter coat.
  • I Never Got Any Letters: Inverted as she tries to write to her mother, who's fate she is unaware of. Her father attempts to burn said letter, as later discovered by Ed.
  • Kill the Cutie: Scar didn't kill her out of malice, but rather mercy.
  • No Body Left Behind: Reduced to a bloody splatter on a wall after Scar kills her. Ed tries in vain to transmute her remains.
  • Not Blood Siblings: She sees the Elrics as her big brothers, and notably refers to Ed as "little big brother" without triggering his Berserk Button.
  • Pet the Dog: Seldom seen without Alexander.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Always wears a pink sweater under blue overalls.
  • Skyward Scream: Several times when she and the Elrics are forced to help deliver Elicia Hughes. Could be seen as Foreshadowing and/or Harsher in Hindsight, given her fate.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: By dipping her hand in cold water (and calming down for a brief period), she helps Ed discover a hidden talent that later ensures the healthy birth of Elicia and enables Ed to pass his alchemy exam and save several lives all in one go. After her demise, Ed is determined to never forget her and to track down her killer for most of the remainder of the series, with his first attempt leading to Barry The Chopper's arrest and Ed earning his titular status. Her father keeps trying to revive her at the expense of what little sanity he has and ends up as a chimera himself.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Herself and Alexander.

     Cornello 
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The leader of the Church of Leto, a cult that controlled the town of Liore. In reality, he was a power-hungry alchemist whose "miracles" were actually performed with a Philosopher's Stone.

Voiced by: Kinryu Arimoto (JP), Andy Mullins (EN), Juan Luis Rovira (Spain), Rubén Leon (Latin America), Sylvain Lemarie (French)

  • Bald of Evil: Got no hair. Evil as they come.
  • Eaten Alive: Eaten by Gluttony, unlike in the manga where Lust states he isn't worth eating.
  • Engineered Public Confession: How the Elrics take him down.
  • Fat Bastard: On the bigger side, and, yep, he's an asshole.
  • Good Shepherd: Certainly a shepherd, but definitely not good, though he appears to be this to his followers.
  • Light Is Not Good: His cult worships a sun god called Leto, and as such the sun is a symbol he uses often.
  • Path of Inspiration: The Leto cult.
  • Starter Villain: Just like in the manga, he is the first villain to be confronted by the Elrics. Naturally, he's also the easiest defeated.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Quickly suffers one after Ed and Al reveal him to be a fraud.

     The Tringham Brothers 
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Two brothers who Ed and Al meet in the town of Xenotime while investigating rumors of the Philosopher's Stone. The two boys pose as the Elrics in order to get support from the town, so that they may continue their father's research in making stone. However, it turns out their father, Nash Tringham, abandoned the research as it involved using pregnant women to help with the process which was killing the town's newborns. He wound up killed by the scientist who was working alongside him (who was later revealed to be manipulated by Lust) and tricked the two boys into continuing the research. The two brothers have a change of heart after realizing the truth and help the Elrics stop the scientist. Later, the Tringham brothers point the Elric brothers to where they can find a better lead. They have a short cameo later in the series. Russell Tringham is the elder sibling, while Fletcher Tringham is the younger.

Voiced by: Russell: Kosuke Okano (JP), Justin Cook (EN), Álvaro de Juan (Spain), Emerson Gutiérrez (Latin America), Adrien Solis (French)
Fletcher: Minako Arakawa (JP), Avery Williams (EN), Chelo Molina (Spain), Jhaidy Barboza (Latin America), Suzanne Sindberg (French)

  • Canon Foreigner: The brothers do not appear in the manga or the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood anime. They do, however, appear in the first light novel, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Land of Sand, which is not written by Hiromu Arakawa but is set in the manga universe (written by Makoto Inoue).
  • Crossdressing Voices: Fletcher is always played by a woman.
  • Green Thumb: The two brothers are proficient at using plant alchemy; at one point, they transmute an entire forest to save a nearby town.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In their first appearance, the Tringham brothers (mainly Russell) antagonize the Elric brothers by assuming their identities and working against them. At the end of their story arc, the pair are shown the error of their ways, and become allies to the Elrics.
  • Nice Hat: Fletcher's green hat with large straps and no top to let his blonde hair flow out freely.
  • Not So Different: The Tringham brothers have a lot in common with the Elric brothers. The older brothers are stubborn and temperamental, while the younger are more rational and mature. Both pairs are also self-taught alchemists, orphans, and good-hearted. Also, their fathers play a significant part of their backstories in both cases.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Is the brothers' surname spelled as "Tringham", "Tringam", or "Tringum"? The "Tringham" spelling receives use in the anime and is visible in Funimation's English subtitles for Japanese episodes. However, printings of the Light Novel Fullmetal Alchemist: The Land of Sand (where the brothers originated from), repeatedly use "Tringum" throughout the text. Within the same light novel, the "final character sketches" of Russell and Fletcher (with the pages being situated near the end of the book) prominently feature the spelling of "Tringam".
  • Spot the Imposter: They disguise themselves as the Elric brothers due to their similar looks to them; while Ed and Russell look fairly different, Fletcher does look a bit like Al.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Russell is one, at least; Fletcher just follows along with it but knows what they are doing is wrong.
  • Younger Than They Look: Ed is surprised to learn that Russell is actually a year younger than he is, mostly due to Russell's height.

     Lujon 
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An alchemist who bears an uncanny resemblance to Scar's older brother. Lust met him when Envy unleashed an epidemic in his village, and took on the role of teaching him so as to push him into creating the stone. During this time he fell in love with her. Two years later he sought out Lust again... and it doesn't end well for him.

Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (JP), Johnny Yong Bosch (EN), Eduardo Jover (Spain), Luis Carreño (Latin America)

     The Gate 
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Its insides
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The Gate Children

The beginning and the end, the one and the all. The gateway that forms the core of the world's alchemy and the foundry of souls. It is the closest the FMA world has to a true god and a being anyone who breaks the taboo of human transmutation will have to face. Near the end of the series, it is revealed to also be a portal to a parallel world without alchemy uncannyly similar to ours in real life, that uses the souls of those that die in said parallel world to fuel the alchemy of the other world.


  • Afterlife Antechamber: The Blank White Void that the Gate resides in functions as a sort of stopover for the dead while they wait for the Gate to let them into the afterlife. As such, resurrecting a dead one is only possible while they are still in this room.
  • Blank White Void: The Gate resides in an endless empty, slightly yellow tinted, white void where those who have been put before it or the souls of the dead wait for the gate to open.
  • Eldritch Abomination: In contrast to the manga's and Brotherhood's Truth, the Gate in this series is portrayed in a much more esoteric manner. It is presented in a much more grand fashion making no one near it seem even remotely like an equal. It exists beyond mortal understanding. And while it can be summoned, it requires a very specific method and once summoned it can't be controlled.
  • Humanoid Abomination: The "Gate Children" that reside inside, a mass of black babies that drag inside the Gate whoever unfortunate to rip the toll out of the alchemist (when they have committed the sin of human transmutation). They are suggested to be either the souls of those that die in the parallel world or a cluster of human souls from both worlds (Wrath was temporarily one of them- and took Ed's limbs for himself).
  • Gate of Truth: A really similar version to the Trope Namer(that is, the FMA manga), but not the same. The Gate contains all there is to know and all that will be known. However, expect to pay a price for that knowledge.
  • Jerkass Gods: Not so much Jerkass as uncaring and indifferent but to those who end up having to face it, it makes little difference... If you commit the taboo of human transmutation, get ready to suffer.
  • The Unintelligible: The Gate is only heard speaking once, and that one time the only thing that is heard is a brief loud static though Ed still understands it.

Conqueror of Shamballa

     Dietlinde Eckhart 
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The chairman of the Thule Society, the secretive occult research arm of the Nazi government. She acts as the primary antagonist of Conqueror of Shamballa. Eckhart aims to open a portal to Amestris—to her, the fabled "Shamballa"—so she can use its "magic" to help Hitler take over Germany. However, upon realizing the true power of the alternative world's alchemists, Eckhart's excitement turns to paranoia, driving her to instead try to destroy the other world out of fear they may conquer her own.

Voiced by: Kazuko Katou (JP), Kelly Manison (EN), Ana Ángeles García (Spain), Hélène Bizot (French)

  • Absolute Xenophobe: Unsurprisingly, as a pro-Aryan supporter of the Nazi party. Despite her goal to wield the power of the titular Shamballa, she begins to fear the strength of alchemy and decides the denizens of the other world are untrustworthy beasts and tries to kill them all.
  • Ax-Crazy: Devolves into one after crossing throught the Gate and arriving at Amestris, rambling about how she is going to destroy their entire world out of fear and paranoia. She also acts incredibly unhinged during the final confrontation against Edward.
  • Big Bad: It is her desire to conquer the FMA 2003 world that drives the conflict of the story.
  • Body Horror: After she fails to defeat Edward in her One-Winged Angel mode, she mutates into something that can be best described as a obese humanoid with a tube that emerges from her mouth that coils around her body, with a large head with a cobra-like headdress, with swollen blobs of meat all over her torso and her limbs become really inflated, that desperately tries to get Noah to open the gate before being killed by Hughes. After dying, she goes back to her human form in a suit of armor.
  • Evil Laugh: Once she loses her stoic personality, she gains this.
  • Fantastic Racism: In addition to her affiliation with the Nazis, Eckhart fears the 2003 FMA world because of their ability to use alchemy and loses all excitement for using their abilities for her own plans to conquer her world and instead tries to destroy them out of fear.
  • Hypocrite: Once willing to use the mystical powers of Shamballa to help the Nazis conquer the world, when Eckhart realizes the other world holds people capable of using alchemy, she becomes terrified of their power and tries to kill them all to stop a potential invasion of her world.
  • Karmic Death: Once she reaches Ed's world, she starts ranting how the people of that world are monsters just due to the fact that they can use alchemy so easily. Ed and Al manage to send her back through the Gate, leaving her in a monstrous state in front of her own troops. She is quickly gunned down because she looks like a monster.
  • Knight Templar: A fanatical believer in the glory of the Aryan race, Eckhart wants to conquer the world for Nazi Germany to bring back their glory and the idea of Ed's world having power her people do not drives her to try and kill them all out of terror.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Her name is based off of Dietrich Eckhart, a member (though not chairman- possibly he was only an associate) of the Thule Society and a leader and co-founder of the German Workers Party, which later became the National Socialist German Workers Party. He was a major influence on Adolf Hitler and saw him as the Dark Messiah Germany had been waiting for. She is probably also based on Helena Blavatsky, who co-founded the Theosophical Society which preceded the Thule, and founded the Theosophy occult system. All three were antisemitic Jerkasses who melded the idea of Aryan supremacy with mystical elements, though the real Eckhart less than the ladies.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: At the end of the film, Eckhart reveals her desire to destroy Ed's world out of fear of their alchemic abilities and an invasion of her world but given her intent to use mystical powers for herself to conquer her own world, makes her a complete and utter hypocrite.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Her desire of conquest devolves into wanting to destroy the entire Fullmetal Alchemist world (AKA Shamballa) because of her fear of alchemy.
  • One-Winged Angel: In the finale she manages to gain some powers from the Gate when crossing it (due to getting covered in gate children), gaining very advanced alchemic powers in order to combat Ed, far beyond that of any normal alchemist. However, after her defeat and Villainous Breakdown it just devolves into Body Horror.
  • Shoulders of Doom: Seriously, those shoulder pads can give football players a run for their money.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Her voice is quite soft and gentle. However, she is also the Big Bad of the movie.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: She's a villain from 1920's Germany (even though the Nazis themselves are not in power yet). What are you expecting? That being said, she eventually gives up her support of the Nazis' takeover to try and wipe out the 2003 FMA world.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Once she loses her fight against Ed in her One-Winged Angel form and it mutates into flat-out Body Horror, she snaps and is reduced to ordering her underlings to send her back to the other side of the Gate.

     Noah 
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A young Romani woman whom Ed encounters in our world.

Voiced by: Miyuu Sawai (JP), Leah Clark (EN), Cecilia Santiago (Spain), Isabelle Volpe (French)

  • All of the Other Reindeer: So much that she aids the Thule Society thinking that, if she reaches Amestris, she won't be discriminated against there.
  • Dark Magical Girl: Has the power to read the minds of those she touches.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: At first she's a good person, if rather... odd. Then, she helps the Thule Society because she believes they'll help her reach Amestris. Then she turns against them when she realizes how evil they really are.
  • Heroic BSoD: "Take me with you!!"
  • Hot Gypsy Woman: A given since she is Romani.
  • Identical Stranger: Heavily implied, but never stated directly, to be our world's counterpart to Rosé Thomas.
  • Magical Romani: Noah is a young Romani woman with the ability to read people's minds using touch.
  • The Mole: For the Thule Society.
  • The Not-Love Interest: She resembles one for Edward and has some shippy-looking scenes with him, but their relationship is ultimately platonic. This was a developmental decision, as Noah was originally the center of a love triangle between Alfons and Ed before it was written out.
  • Only One Name: Her surname is never given.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Her name is often spelled "Noa" as well as "Noah", which would put her in the Meaningful Name category similar to her Amestris counterpart.
  • Token Minority: Being a Romani in Germany, she pretty much stands out in the movie.
  • Woman in White: Frequently wears white clothing.

     Alfons Heiderich 
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A boy whom Edward also becomes friends with in our world. He has a huge and beautiful dream and needs to fulfill it soon... because he's dying of an illness.

Voiced by: Shun Oguri (JP), Jason Liebrecht (EN), Sergio García (Spain), Taric Mehani (French)

  • Ambiguously Gay: There are many moments implying that his interest in Edward is more than platonic, such as when he makes a bothered face when Edward tells him how he can't wait to get back to his world (which means permanently leaving him).
  • Beware the Nice Ones: In the middle of the film, he comes back from work looking slightly disturbed, and when Edward right after that tries to convince him to get away from the Thule Society, Alfons shoves him to the stairs, yells that he has no right to tell him what to do.
  • Bishōnen: Considering he looks a lot like a slightly-older version of the rather cute Al, he's on the pretty side.
  • Dies Wide Open: After being shot by Rudolf Hess.
  • Dream Walker: Got this trope applied to him by Alphonse, who states that he often sees a 17-year-old version of himself staying with Edward in a strange world.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: He helps Ed go back into his world with a two-seater rocket, but sacrifices himself to do it as he is shot by Rudolf Hess for betraying the regime.
  • First-Name Basis: Initially, only Edward refers to him as Alfons while everyone else calls him Heiderich. Noah later picks up on this but Edward remains the first one to do so. In return, Alfons calls him "Edward-san".
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He has blond hair and is very nice.
  • Hot Scientist: A Bishōnen who's into rocket science.
  • Identical Stranger: Looks and acts very similar to Al. Justified, since he's Al's parallel-world counterpart.
  • Ill Boy: Alfons is constantly seen coughing, and it is implied that he is dying. According to an earlier script, it's lung cancer.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: A somewhat realistic case: he's literally a rocket scientist, and the fumes from the rocket fuels he was creating have destroyed the poor guy's lungs. As it turns out, though, that isn't what eventually kills him. It's Rudolf Hess.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: They mark his idealistic nature and is the biggest difference between him and Alphonse, who has grey/brown eyes.
  • Keigo: In the Japanese version, he has this distinctly polite speech pattern when talking to Edward.
  • Nice Guy: Like Alphonse, he's a very soft-spoken and kind-hearted individual, so nice that he doesn't utter a complain when Edward accidentally crashes the car implied to be his in the beginning of the movie.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted and justified because he's Alphonse's real world counterpart. (Their names, while written differently in Latin (Alphonse and Alfons), sounds the same and is similarly romanized in Japanese as アルフォンス.) Edward distinguishes them by calling his little brother "Al" but him "Alfons".
  • Teen Genius: Despite being a teenager, he's an extremely skilled rocket scientist.
  • Tragic Dream: Already dying of a disease, Alfons is aware that his dream of advancing rocket technology will not last long.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Some official art and sources spells his name as "Alphonse". The spelling "Alfons" is generally more preferred however, as it helps distinguish him from Alphonse Elric.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: He's very aware of this due to his illness.

     Fritz Lang 
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Fritz Lang.Yes, that Fritz Lang, and apparently our world's counterpart to King Bradley. He and Ed cross paths after a case of Mistaken Identity, and goes on to act as a source of advice and aid through the movie.

Voiced by: Hidekatsu Shibata (JP), Ed Blaylock (EN), Fernando Hernández (Spain), Yann Pichon (French)

     Huskisson 
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A villain that appears in the prologue of the film, framed as an adventure Ed and Al went in between the events of the series that Ed is telling Alfons Heiderich about in the present.

Voiced by: Unshou Ishizuka (JP), John Gremillion (EN), Antonio Villar (Spain)

  • Mad Scientist: Creates destructive weapons all in the name of furthering scientific research regardless of the obvious dangers, and will try to kill anyone who disagrees with him.
  • Mask Power: He wears a mask to cover the scars over his face that were a result of overexposure to uranium.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He's only dealt with in the film's prologue and isn't mentioned again, but the uranium bomb he creates ends up in the real world and in the hands of Eckhart. That in turn is what motivates her to want to invade Ed and Al's world.
  • Starter Villain: He only appears in the film's prologue before the main story kicks off.

Fullmetal Alchemist and the Broken Angel

     Armony Eiselstein 
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The daughter of Professor Wilhelm Eiselstein. She desperately wants to learn alchemy, but her father forbids her to. She believes it is because he thinks she is not as talented as her deceased older sister. She asks Ed (incessantly) to teach her alchemy until he caves.

  • Artificial Human: She is described as an unique kind of human chimera due to being fused with Selene.
  • Fiery Redhead: Nearly picks a fight with three street thugs, who are alchemists by herself. Odds are she would have lost spectacularly had Ed and Al not shown up.
  • Plucky Girl: She keeps on going and refuses to give up, but also tells the determinators Ed and Al that they're too grim and to lighten up.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Armony is revealed to be actually Selene Eiselstein transformed by the Philospher's Catalyst.
  • Say My Name: "EDWAAAAAARD!!"

     Wilhem Eiselstein 
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One of the most famous Alchemists in the world and an authority in catalysts, the art of improving alchemy, and Armony's father. He is an old friend to Izumi Curtis and an acquaintance to the Elric brothers.

  • Fantasy-Forbidding Father: He refuses to teach alchemy to Armony and has forbidden every other alchemist in the town from doing it either. Turns out he has good reasons for doing so, because her body serves as host to the Philosopher's Catalyst, which makes her body extremely fragile and unstable.

Alternative Title(s): Fullmetal Alchemist The Conqueror Of Shamballa

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