Follow TV Tropes

Following

Characters / Fullmetal Alchemist: Other Main Characters

Go To

This is a short summary page for characters from the Fullmetal Alchemist manga series and its anime adaptation Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Note: For the page about the characters from the first anime, see Characters.Fullmetal Alchemist Anime.

This page deals with the Main Characters of the series.

Advertisement:

Warning: Spoilers are below.


    open/close all folders 

    Roy Mustang 

Roy Mustang

Voiced by: Shin-ichiro Miki (JP), Travis Willingham (EN), Rolman Bastidas (Latin America/animated series), Luis Daniel Ramírez (Latin America/live-action film)

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/fmabroymustang.png
Affiliation: Amestris Military
Rank: Colonel
Specialty: Flame Alchemy/Military Tactics/Alchemy Without an Array
"If you believe the possibility exists, then you should do whatever it takes."

A colonel in the military, stationed in East City at the start of the story. Known as the Flame Alchemist, he seeks to become the Fuhrer so he can fix the country and spread his ideals to the people.


  • The Ace: Easily the best State Alchemist in terms of combat power, made Colonel before he was 30, has a loyal team, manages to assemble powerful allies to help him, and he has the highest homunculus body count.
  • Achilles' Heel: His spark-cloth gloves. Either remove, destroy or wet them, and he can't create the necessary spark for his Flame Alchemy. However, it's imperative to finish him off in this weakened state, before he can find other ignition sources.
  • The Atoner: His main motive for becoming Fuhrer is to ensure that nothing like Ishval ever happens again. According to Riza, his ultimate goal would most likely lead to him getting tried and quite possibly put in jail for what he did in Ishval - and he's just fine with that.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: By far the most badass member of his unit, as well as the resistance he organized. He effortlessly dominates Envy in a one-on-one duel so one-sided its effectively a torture session.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Ed and Ling when Envy and Gluttony destroy their safehouse; briefly with Riza under the Fifth Laboratory.
  • Badass Boast: To Lust: You said it takes more than that to kill you, right? Then I'll just keep killing you until you die!
    • The English Dub version of this is just as awesome.
    Mustang: You told me I couldn't kill you... but I'd like to try and prove you wrong. So let's see... how many times is it gonna take?!
  • Badass Bookworm: In the same vein with Ed. Probably the most powerful of all the State Alchemists. Incinerated Lust and curbstomped Envy with no effort, and he actually had to be injured twice and blinded in the final battle against Father to preserve the drama.
  • Badass Fingersnap: He is a justified case; the friction he creates between his fingers when he snaps provides the ignition for his flame alchemy.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Less obviously than with Kimblee, but he always wears either a uniform with a dress shirt underneath or a suit. The only exception is when he's in the hospital.
  • Badass Longcoat: White or (mainly) black, depending on the task.
  • Battle Couple: With fellow soldier Riza, unofficially, due to the military's anti-fraternization rules.
  • Beard of Sorrow: While grieving Hughes' death, he lets himself go.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Mustang only loses his sight after meeting Truth, rather than his actual eyes. However, he was truly forced to perform human transmutation (specifically, Pride used energy from his own Philosopher's Stone while using the Gold-Toothed Doctor's knowledge to more-or-less force Roy through the Gate). Him just losing his sight did teach him something valuable, but he didn't commit the hubris of transmutation to warrant losing his eyes; in a side story, there was an alchemist who lost his eyes trying to bring his friends' daughter back, reinforcing this notion.
  • Berserk Button: He doesn't take kindly to being reminded that he's useless when wet.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Pulls one on Ed and his team, while the latter are engaging a horde of immortal mooks and are slowly but surely losing. Mustang pops in, asks if they're in need of help, and proceeds to set every single one of the mooks ablaze, clearing the whole room in under two seconds.
  • Blood Knight: A unusual example in that Roy doesn't exactly like fighting, but freely admits after his battle with Lust that he actually enjoys fighting a homunculus because it makes him feel human again.
  • Broken Ace: Ishval did a number on him, and he never forgave himself for it. Being lauded as a war hero likely made him feel worse.
  • Byronic Hero: Actually a subversion. Mustang is certainly saddled with a lot of angst and guilt from Ishval, and although he is set up to be an Anti-Hero when he stages Maria Ross' murder, he remains one of the most idealistic characters in the entire series. To the point where he is able to refuse performing Human Transmutation when an opportunity presented itself twice.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: The Homunculus are not allowed to kill Mustang, or really engage him in battle because he was deemed a candidate to be a sacrifice for Father's plans. To get around this, they try to strip him of his closest allies to drive him to a corner. The fact that Lust was willing to do so ends up nearly screwing them over, if not for Mustang being that much of a badass.
  • The Chains of Commanding: Protecting your subordinates and being an effective military officer already carry a lot of responsibility. When your superiors are plotting against you, it's even worse.
  • The Chessmaster: Sometimes successfully (the Maria Ross incident), sometimes not so much ("Scar feeding cats, King Bradley is a homunculus...") Somewhat subverted on the whole, as most of his enemies and his allies figure out quickly that he's planning a coup, but consider his actions inconsequential to their plans, and they tend to ignore him because he's right where they want him to be. It should be noted that his coup would have failed spectacularly if not for major outside interference by others, and one of his allies swooped in at the last moment and took his prize from him anyway.
  • Chess Motif: Refers to his five closest subordinates using the names of chess pieces; he himself is the king.
  • Clark Kent Outfit: Mustang's uniform hides the amazing six-pack he has. Take a look.
  • Code Name: The Flame Alchemist.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Puts Envy through this near the end of the series. He even lets them regenerate themselves, stating outright that they'll die a thousand deaths before he's done with them.
  • Colonel Badass: He's even the page image for the trope. He BURNS HIS OWN WOUNDS SHUT and by the end of the series, he manages to personally take down two of the seven Homunculi, which is REALLY impressive in that universe. He also plays several of the defining bits of the trope incredibly straight - he's only thirty years old, rose through the ranks incredibly fast (partly due to being a State Alchemist, which automatically starts you off at the rank of Major), he's extremely high-minded and has tremendous ideals for the country, and he will throw himself into danger in a heartbeat rather than risk losing one of his comrades, particularly his five dearest and most loyal subordinates.
  • Combat Pragmatist:
    • Envy found out very painfully that talking ISN'T a free action, pretending to be allies doesn't work (although Envy should have picked someone who was alive), and Mustang goes for the EYES.
    • Subversion: the one thing he lets Envy get away with is Transformation Is a Free Action. Doubly subverted when he boils their eyes immediately afterwards, remarking how stupid it was to make his target bigger for him.
    • Another subversion: Mustang declares that he's going to let them regenerate each time before he resumes the torching, instead of getting it over with as fast as possible. He does this explicitly to make them suffer over and over again for Hughes' death.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Implied once in the manga. When he first sees Barry the Chopper put his hands on Riza (who clearly doesn't like it), Roy responds by pulling on his ignition gloves and telling her to stand aside because "there's going to be a fire tonight." It's noteworthy that the font of his speech bubbles changes for this scene, and he's shown to be literally growling.
  • Crippling Overspecialization:
    • His Flame Alchemy. While he's a talented alchemist (Talented enough to become a state alchemist long before he got his flame alchemy), he is so focused on said flame alchemy he's rarely seen using any other type of alchemy - you can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times he does on the show - and he's treated by most of the characters as severely weakened or nigh useless if he's wet and therefore denied his flame alchemy - despite the fact that by all rights all that should do is make him even to any other alchemist that doesn't possess flame alchemy.
    • Zig-zagged during his preparation for faking Maria Ross's death, where he sends Breda on a shopping trip for "the ingredients for one charred corpse". Unlike the formula used by the Elrics, Roy intends on making his cadaver mostly out of pork meat and bones, which are roughly analogous to that of humans. Roy justifies his corner-cutting by explaining to Breda that his dummy doesn't need to be functional and will be burnt through and through when he's done with it. Though this isn't quite the case as the doctor who examines it immediately knows it's fake, but he agrees to keep it a secret because he owes Roy a favor. The look on his face when this is brought up shows Roy knew he dodged a bullet.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Completely crushes Envy in what is unquestionably the single most one-sided battle against a homunculus in the entire series. It's so bad that Mustang's own allies have to jump in to stop him from crossing the Moral Event Horizon.
    • The Brotherhood anime version of the "fight" is... Mustang snapping his fingers repeatedly at Envy, releasing blast after blast until Envy evaporates into dust. Envy can't even get in an insult before the flames start flying, and there's a good minute at least where Envy isn't even visible from the force of the explosions.
  • Cursed with Awesome: By the end of the series, he lost his eyesight as toll for the Gate. On the other hand, he gained the ability to perform circleless Alchemy, which also expands his repertoire beyond just Flame Alchemy. And thanks to Doctor Marcoh, he might be getting his sight back anyway.
    Mustang: Hmm... This IS convenient.
  • The Dark Arts: His style of flame alchemy is unique to him. Its implied he learned it from reading Hawkeye’s back scars. They haven’t shared this knowledge, and for good reason. Just watch what he does to Envy when he loses all self control.
  • Determinator: Stabbing him through the abdomen won't stop him. Being forced to cauterize his own wounds won't stop him. Destroying his gloves won't stop him. Not even losing his eyesight will stop him for long. He will fight, and he will win.
  • Discard and Draw: Loses his eyesight as a result of being forced through the Gate, which means he's not as in control of his Flame Alchemy and needs Riza's help to aim. However, like the Elric Brothers, he can now perform alchemy without the need of a circle, which comes in handy when erecting defensive barriers.
  • The Dreaded: In combat. Otherwise, he’s a legitimately good guy.
  • Dude Where Is My Respect: Inverted. After Ishvalan war he is praised for his involvement it and commonly considered to be a war hero, but he would much rather get punished for it.
  • Everyone Can See It: When Edward "Oblivious to Love" Elric picks up on how much two people care about each other, it's pretty obvious.
    Ed: And don't go worrying the Lieutenant.
  • Eye Scream: Inflicts this on Envy during his Roaring Rampage of Revenge, by flash-boiling the water in Envy's eyeballs. Twice.
    • This is subverted when he lost his own sight after being forced into performing Human Transmutation. Sure he is blind but not due to direct damage on his own eyes.
  • A Father to His Men: Part of the reason Team Mustang is recognized in the fandom as True Companions is his leadership.
  • The Fettered: He refuses to back down even after his plan is temporarily foiled by Wrath, and his goal involves getting himself tried for the war crimes he committed in Ishval. He won't sacrifice a life if he can help it, including enemies' lives, and refuses to do Human Transmutation even when Hawkeye gets her throat slit.
  • Force and Finesse: One-man variant, and how he manages to deliver such a brutal beatdown on Envy. He performs pinpoint attacks with his right hand (which results in Envy's eyeballs getting broiled), followed by large-scale explosions with his left hand. Envy never stood a chance.
  • Four-Star Badass: At the very end of the manga, he reaches the rank of general.
  • Genre Savvy: Tells Hughes not to talk about his loved ones in Ishval because "those characters always get shot in the next battle." He's referring to novels.
  • "Get out of Jail Free" Card: Subverted when it is revealed that he feels immensely guilty for his actions in Ishval; being considered a war hero for committing mass murder sickens him and he actually wishes he was in jail for it.
  • Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: If it wasn't apparent that Envy had just angered Mustang big time, then his eyes narrowing to a slit makes it terrifyingly so. He's stopped right before he really goes off the deep end, though, then returns to normal.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has a scar on the back of his hand from when he had to cut a transmutation circle into it to kill Lust. Presumably he also gained one on his right side from the same battle, although it's never confirmed because we never see him with his shirt open again.
  • Guile Hero: As impressive as his flame alchemy is, his ability to outthink his opponents is even moreso. Successfully managing to stage a coup in the name of an enemy you just staged an assassination attempt on is awfully impressive, especially when you plan it right under his nose when he knows that is exactly what you are trying to do.
  • Handicapped Badass: Loses his eyesight as a toll for going through the Gate (or rather, being forced through it, hence why he only lost his sight rather than his eyes). He gets his sight back thanks to a Philosopher's Stone in Marcoh's possession.
  • Happily Adopted: Implied. He was raised by his father's sister, and they are obviously very fond of one another.
  • Having a Blast: His alchemy revolves around changing air densities to allow the air to combust and lead the flames to the target. He can even make the air so dense around the target that he essentially creates bombs out of pure oxygen that will explode spectacularly once the flames reach it. Overlaps with Playing with Fire.
  • Heal It with Fire: He's skilled enough to cauterize severe wounds with his alchemy, and puts it to good use saving himself and Havoc. Of course, he admits that he almost passed out from the pain of doing so.
  • Heroic BSoD: He has a brief one in the Brotherhood anime when Bradley plays the Love Is a Weakness card and announces that he's making Riza his own personal assistant, essentially holding her hostage for Roy's good behavior. The poor guy's face turns gray.
  • Hero Killer: Inverted. He's the only character whose mere presence is enough to constitute a deadly threat to the Homunculi, thus making him a Hero Killer Killer.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Hughes, ever since the Ishvalan War. Needless to say, he does not take his friend's death very well.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: He becomes one after the Maria Ross incident because he made everyone think he brutally burned her when he actually saved her.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: He's aware of this possibility happening on his quest to reform the military, namely that he may become as bad as the current regime, so he makes Hawkeye promise to shoot him if he ever goes off the deep end. Good thing that he's thought of this. When he encounters Envy, who killed his best friend Hughes, he becomes so ruthless that he nearly loses himself, making all of his friends and comrades present fear for him. See If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him for more information.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: He gives the impression that he's a selfish, womanizing, ladder climber when he's actually The Atoner. He uses the womanizing as a cover story for when Riza goes undercover.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He hightails it out of there when Lust severs a pipe and douses him and his ignition gloves. However, as he explains to Havoc, this wasn't because he was trying to flee...
    Mustang: This is actually a boon. Where there's water, there's ample supply of hydrogen. I can transmute as much flammable gas as I want. And in that sealed-off room...
    [cut to Havoc winding up for a Reusable Lighter Toss, and...]
    [BOOM!]
  • Horrifying the Horror: His brutal beatdown on Envy near the end of the series. He actively tortures them to the point that by the end, they're begging for mercy.
  • How Dare You Die on Me!: He says something like this to Hughes's grave after his funeral, and then later says it almost word-for-word to Riza when her throat is cut. It's even close to an exact quote in the Brotherhood anime.
    Roy: Don't you dare die! Stay with me, Lieutenant!
  • Hurting Hero: Justified, considering the Ishval massacre that he regrets.
  • I Am a Monster: Invokes this trope to explain why he's eager to fight Homunculi: he only feels completely human when fighting true monsters.
  • I Can Still Fight!: He needs Hawkeye to help him aim after he loses his eyesight, but his flames are as hot as ever. Not to mention, he can summon defensive barriers from the ground without drawing alchemic circles.
  • If I Do Not Return: Played With in one scene, when he says this to Riza and she refuses to leave if he doesn't come back. To his amusement, he can only get her to agree as long as he promises to return.
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: Subverted. While Ed, Hawkeye, and Scar all step in to stop him from killing Envy, they do so to prevent him from losing himself in his hatred, with all of them agreeing that they deserve to die either way.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: With a snap of his fingers, he makes Envy's eyeballs explode, leaving the rest of the face relatively intact.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Grumman. They play chess on their time off.
  • Internal Reformist: Of the "working the system" variety.
  • Irony: When the Big Bad gives a Breaking Speech about what all the alchemists who have committed human transmutation have lost, he notes that Mustang, who had such a grand vision for reforming the military, had lost his eyesight.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: Invoking this is a big part of his motivation. As a soldier in the Ishval Civil War, he committed numerous atrocities, but as he was on the winning side, he was commended and treated as a war hero. His goal throughout the series is to become the Führer of Amestris, so he can make sure this is rectified. When Hawkeye points out that this means Mustang himself will most likely be tried as a war criminal and sent to prison, Mustang informs her that that's exactly what he wants. Word of God confirms that Mustang does indeed see his day in court for his crimes in the war, and is found guilty, but pardoned for his role in saving everyone.
  • Large Ham: When distracting some officers over the radio in episode 18, he really gets into it.
  • The Leader: He's charismatic enough to get everyone underneath his command (and several people who outrank him) to conspire on what is essentially a military coup.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: For Riza, who emphatically asserts that she has no interest in living in a world without him. This is due to their deep and complicated backstory that resulted in their intense loyalty to one another.
  • Logical Weakness: The fact that he's useless when it's raining is a bit of a Running Gag. This is because, well, he uses fire, and rain is going to put a bit of a damper on his ability to get a flame going.
    • His greater weakness is his gloves; they can't produce a spark if they're wet, and he can't use alchemy if the circle on them is damaged. But if he creates another circle elsewhere he can use alchemy again, and if the gloves are still intact he can transmute water into hydrogen gas. Combine either with a alternate source of flame, and...
  • Mangst: He was a idealistic young soldier who learned flame alchemy to better protect his countrymen. Then he was brought into a genocidal war where he personally burned alive more of his own (ethnically and religiously different) countrymen than most people ever speak to. He's since become determined to change the country by becoming the Fuhrer and putting himself on war trials to save his subordinates. This has to be pointed out to the audience.
  • Manly Tears: Once. Almost twice, although the second time he covered it with a lot of shouting.
  • Maybe Ever After: Although he and Riza have an incredibly close relationship based on their shared history and future goals, and are strongly implied on many occasions to have more than platonic feelings for each other underneath their professional masks, we are given no indication of whether or not They Do after the series ends. The Chronicles book further confirms that they remain together for the rest of their lives, but are unable to marry because of military regulations.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Roy is old French for "King", creating an interesting parallel to Bradley, whose first name actually is "King".
    • The P-51 Mustang was considered the best fighter plane in WWII. It's carried further back, as the Colonel, like the fighter plane, was most likely named for the "wild, untamed horse" who bucks the master's (in this case, Bradley's) commands.
    • "Mustang" is also a slang term in the US military for commissioned officers who began their careers as enlisted soldiers.
  • The Men First: Insists on Havoc being treated before him despite his own intense injuries.
  • Mercy Kill Arrangement: He asks his trusted subordinate Riza Hawkeye to kill him if he ever "goes too far", as he fears that his ambitions might lead him to do too much unsavory things.
  • Milky White Eyes: As a visual effect when he goes blind.
  • Mook Horror Show: Played straight in Mustang's "fight" against Envy. It was less of a fight and more of a hunt. Just like a classic slasher film, Envy is shown frantically scrambling for his life, desperately trying ANYTHING to so much as phase Mustang. While Mustang calmly hunts him, his stride never breaking faster than a slow deliberate walk (yet he is always JUST behind Envy), all of Envy's attempts to attack him just managing to piss him off even more. Within minutes, Envy's expression when Mustang so much as gets him in the line of sight is utter horror and fear. When Mustang finally cornered Envy, it was only Hawkeye begging Mustang to stop that prevented him from brutally murdering Envy (if only just).
  • Mr. Fanservice: So very, very much. About the only way his Fanservice factor could be increased would be if he got as many shirtless scenes as Ed.
  • Mukokuseki: Inverted. Roy's appearance strongly matches that of cast members who are explicitly from an Asiatic country, despite he himself living in a European country and having a European family name. His only known relative is a paternal aunt. This leads to some fan speculation that he has Xingese ancestry on his maternal side, but it's not something that's ever commented on.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Keeping with Arakawa's tendency to name military characters after real-world war machinery, Roy was named after the P-51 Mustang, which gained fame in World War II for its ability to lead raids from the front, handle high altitudes, and stay flying for long periods thanks to its full capacity — all of which are referenced in Roy's character. It also was responsible for shooting down more Axis aircraft than any other Allied fighter, which is alluded to in how Roy ends up killing the homunculi more than any of the other heroes, both for good and in general terms of depleting their philosopher's stones.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast:
    • To the point that whenever his allies hear the Flame Alchemist is about to take the stage, they have a collective Oh, Crap! moment and promptly clear the field.
    • Mustang garners this reputation amongst the Homunculi as well after he kills Lust.
  • No Badass to His Valet: Yes, he's the powerful Flame Alchemist and even some of his allies are afraid of him, but his "precious subordinate" Riza has no qualms about sassing or even bullying him if the need arises. He wouldn't dream of retaliating; the only time he's ever seen acting even remotely annoyed with her, it's because she almost died.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Delivers this to Envy after admitting that he killed Maes Hughes. It involves burning him repeatedly, non-lethally, to inflict the maximum pain without allowing Envy to counteract.
  • Not So Above It All: Normally he's very strategic, professional, and pretty guarded, playing Straight Man to semi-comedic subordinates like Hughes. However, there are also a good few instances of him goofing around. He seems to enjoy acting like an obnoxious bro over the phone just a little too much. He even admits to this when he's screwing with the military radio to throw them off Scar's trail in Episode 21.
    Mustang: Attention! This is Sector 3 Patrol! We're under attack from Scar! Request immediate backup. What? No! No! NOOOOO! AUUUGH! *disconnects the radio* Alright. On to Sector 17. Ohohoho! This is pretty fun!
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Though more like obfuscating perversion; the truth is those "mistresses" are actually his spies.
  • Odd Friendship: With Hughes. His constant pestering for Roy to find a wife and outgoing personality is a constant annoyance to Roy, but in the end, the two are as close as close friends could be.
  • One-Man Army: With his flame alchemy he can wipe out entire cities with a snap. Think what he can do to soldiers in formation.
  • Out-of-Character Alert: His completely out-of-place remark about the chicks in the East to Armstrong when he's pretending he charred Maria Ross. It's how Armstrong knew that Maria Ross was there.
  • Overranked Soldier: While there is an in-universe justification, Roy is seen as this in the eyes of several of his contemporaries.
    • Until Edward Elric passed exam at 12, Roy was the youngest State Alchemist in the country's history, which made him a Major in the military at the ripe old age of 20. And because he actively pursued promotion, the result was that by the time he turned 30 he had already become a Colonel Badass. Many older commanding officers resent and/or dislike Roy for a number of different reasons, with this being one of them.
    • The epilogue shows he becomes a full general before the age of 40.
  • Papa Wolf: He doesn't take kindly to anyone hurting the Elric brothers. When Scar attacked them, Roy demanded that Scar fight him, despite it being a rainy day and knowing he's likely to get killed.
  • Parental Abandonment: One of the guidebooks reveals that both of his parents died when he was young, leaving his father's sister to care for him.
  • Parental Substitute: To the Elric brothers. Since their mom is dead and the father is long gone, (at first) he generally fills in the mentor role of being a parent, if not exactly the 'nurturing' part. Though this is more evident with Ed because of their shared status as state alchemists (Roy having been the youngest in state history before Ed came along.) One scene even has Hughes pestering Roy about the two brothers and how they are too young to endure the hard reality of military life, and Roy just sighs and says he's their commanding officer, not their father. Riza, of all people, is better at the 'nurture' part, although she mainly confined to showing the more caring part of her personality to animals (in a firm but fair way) and children.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: When he finds out that Envy killed Maes Hughes, he goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge, repeatedly flash-frying them until Envy is literally begging for mercy. Despite the fact that Mustang was rapidly approaching He Who Fights Monsters territory, after all of the atrocities Envy has committed, not the least of which include being directly responsible for kick-starting the Ishval Civil War, they deserved every second of Mustang's wrath.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Destroys city blocks by snapping his fingers.
  • Pietà Plagiarism: With the dying Riza.
  • Playing with Fire: His FLAME alchemy.
  • Post-Victory Collapse: After defeating Lust, he collapses due to the pain of his injuries and the Heal It with Fire method that caused more pain.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: In the Brotherhood anime, Riza puts up a decent fight against Envy but is clearly losing. Mustang enters by setting the whole corridor ablaze.
    Mustang: What do you think you're doing to my irreplaceable subordinate?
  • Protectorate: To Riza. The whole reason she's in the military, as she explains to young Winry in a flashback, is because "there is someone [Roy] she needs to protect".
  • Rank Up: In the epilogue. The stars on his epaulets indicate he's made General.
  • Red Baron:
    • The Flame Alchemist. Also doubles as Roy's Code Name.
    • The Strongest State Alchemist.
    • Pride also calls him "The Most Troublesome State Alchemist".
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After finding out Envy was the one who killed Hughes, he goes on one of these. Man, does he ever. It's pretty furious in the manga, but the anime takes it Up to Eleven: at one point, he loses it completely and just keeps on firing ceaselessly until Envy turns to dust. And even then, the only thing keeping him from crushing its true form under his foot is the thought of harming Riza.
  • Sand In My Eyes: "It's raining."
  • Smart People Play Chess: He plays often with General Grumman.
  • Son of a Whore: His foster mother and biological aunt is the 'madam' of a whore house, and he gets the bulk of his information from the girls that work for her.
  • Spam Attack: He kills Lust by repeatedly blowing her up until she dies.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Again, part and parcel of being the Flame Alchemist.
  • Supporting Leader: He's not The Hero, but he is the heroes' direct superior and he's the one to lead the resistance against the Big Bad. This is why he can be seen as a Big Good.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Amusingly enough, Arakawa mentions in the third guidebook that she never intended him to be this way, despite the widespread fandom reaction. She states that he really isn't all that tall and although he's not bad looking, he isn't ravishingly handsome either. Most fandom estimates using Ed (the only canonical height ever given) as a baseline put him around or just under six feet.
  • Team Dad: To his subordinates, with Riza acting as the Team Mom.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: After Envy confesses to be Hughes' killer, Mustang slips into this mindset, intent on sending Envy straight to hell with a death as painful as possible. He succeeds in completely obliterating the homunculus' vessel, preparing to go through with a merciless finish on his now helpless opponent. Riza and Scar stop him, noting that such a brutal finish would latch onto his leadership capacity as well.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Takes great pains to control his flames so that they only incapacitate soldiers during his section of the military coup.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Not that he needed to take one, but, while he temporarily loses his eyesight, he also gains the ability to transmute without a circle. It can be assumed that, although he's recovered his sight, he retained this skill.
  • To the Pain: He tauntingly describes every body part he's just incinerated once he starts turning Envy into a bonfire, though he soon abandons it for just burning him.
    Mustang: (coldly) It's kind of interesting how quickly the tongue can be rendered to a bubbling grease. It's surprising how easy it burns, isn't it?
  • Tricked-Out Gloves: The transmutation circles on his gloves help him with his alchemy.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Riza. Arakawa's comments verify that the only reason they aren't married by the end of the series is the anti-fraternization law. She has also confirmed that Roy eventually achieves his goal of becoming Fuhrer, which may allow for a change in their relationship.
  • Unstoppable Rage: After Envy proceeds to reveal that he was Hughes' murderer and gloats about it to Roy's face, Roy proceeds to burn his body all the way down to ash and is about to step on the little bastard when they talk him out of it.
  • Urban Legend Love Life: He uses this persona to fool almost everyone around him, so they won't take him for more than a womanizer and ruthless careerist. But his comrades know him better than that; his visits to a house of ill repute are actually to get information from the girls and say hi to his foster mother, who runs the place. He is known to call girls from his desk at work, but the "girls" are actually trusted members of his personal staff answering to aliases, all but one of whom is male; in one issue of the manga, he even uses this system to coordinate a covert op. He has a journal in which he records all the details of his love life, which is actually his encrypted alchemy research notes. Word of God says that the only reason he hadn't married his second-in-command, Riza, was because it was prohibited under the Amestrian military anti-fraternization regs.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Ed. They drive each other nuts, but it becomes pretty apparent that they also always have each other's backs. It's alluded to this being because they're so alike at heart, but very different outwardly.
    Ed: The Colonel may be a bastard, but he's trustworthy.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Repeatedly said to be totally ineffective if under rain or if wet. It's not entirely accurate; he just can't use his alchemy if his gloves get wet, as they're made of a special ignition cloth to create the necessary spark. However, if he has another source of fire available (not even fire, all he needs for his alchemy is the appropriate circle and a spark - such as from a lighter), pray for deliverance. We're looking at (what's left of) you, Lust.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...: In contrast to his other behavior, his fighting style is simple: Kill It with Fire. If that doesn't work, kill it with more!
  • World's Best Warrior: The absolute best combat alchemist among the heroes, excluding Hohenheim, who prefers to transmute non-lethal traps.
  • You Can Barely Stand: His final confrontation with Lust.
    Roy: I almost passed out a few times.
  • You Killed My Father: What he asks of several people suspected of killing Hughes, his best friend, though when he finally finds the real person (Envy) he skips straight to the incinerating.
  • Zero-Approval Gambit: He enacted a plan to make it appear that he burned Maria Ross to death (it was actually a fake cadaver, and Ross was being sneaked out of the country). Ross was under arrest for the murder of Maes Hughes and was to be executed, so Mustang saved her life while making it appear to the higher-ups that his desire for vengeance was quenched. All the while, Ross's friends and family continue to think she's dead, making Mustang a bloodthirsty murderer in their eyes (at least until they learn the truth).

    Izumi Curtis 

Izumi Curtis

Voiced by: Shoko Tsuda (JP), Christine Auten (EN), Cittlali Godoy (Latin America)

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/fmabizumicurtis.png
Affiliation: None
Rank: A housewife!
Speciality: Martial-Arts/Alchemy without an Array

Mentor to the Elric brothers, she taught them both alchemy and martial arts, both of which she is very much a master of. Despises State Alchemists. Believes in physical honing over focus in alchemy as a balance. Also, scary as hell, especially when coercing her apprentices.


  • Action Girl: One of the most action packed women in the series to the point Ed and Al fear her wrath. She also survived the cold winters near Fort Briggs for a month, taking out several soldiers and a giant bear in the process.
  • Action Mom: She taught Ed and Al advanced alchemy and how to kick ass while also serving as their surrogate mother.
  • Aerith and Bob: Her Japanese given name stands out a bit since Japan has no (known) direct counterpart in this universe, unlike Amestris which is based on a mix of Germany and England, and Xing which is based on China. note 
  • Almighty Janitor: Izumi loves to announce her status as a lowly housewife before laying into her enemies.
  • Apron Matron: Izumi will proudly proclaim herself a House Wife while simultaneously kicking the ass of every single person/chimera/immortal who dares to hurt her surrogate kids. Then she beats said surrogate kids up herself!
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Even if she roughs up Ed and Al more than necessary, it's very clear that she loves the two like they were her own children.
  • Badass Bookworm: When she started training the Elrics, she effortlessly dodged everything they threw at her while reciting the first lesson of alchemy from memory and reading from a cookbook simultaneously.
  • Badass Bystander: Her skills in alchemy and unarmed combat are both high enough to fight homunculi, but she's more interested in running her shop with her husband than saving the day for the state. When she does get dragged into conflict, it's usually personal, and the results aren't pretty.
  • Badass Teacher: She's the one who taught Ed and Al alchemy.
  • Battle Couple: With Sig, her husband. They are Happily Married and were part of the Final Battle together.
  • Berserk Button: Two.
    • The military, albeit to an extent. She does not approve of their actions (or at least the State Alchemists) though she does get along with and respect individuals such as Colonel Mustang and General Olivier Armstrong.
    • Never call her "old".
  • Blood from the Mouth: Tends to happen at random, completely freaking out everyone around her. Which, in a very rare form of this trope, is usually Played for Laughs, including one moment when, mid-interrogation, a perp cracks when she starts vomitting blood all over him. It stops after Hohenheim rearranges her organs to compensate for her damage.
  • Boobs of Steel: She has one of the most sizable busts in the cast, second to Lust and possibly General Armstrong. And she's one of the strongest characters in the series, physically, skillfully and morally.
  • Braids of Action: She wears her hair in multiple braids. She also taught Ed and Al both to fight and to use alchemy.
  • Catchphrase: "I'm a housewife!"
    • Near the end of the series she deliberately changes it to "I'm an ALCHEMIST!" indicating her intention of giving a good asskicking for the final battle.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Quite possibly one of the strongest characters in the FMA universe. She can aikido you in the air with little effort even if you're stronger than her. Just ask Sloth.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: While revealed a little late, she is a necessary "sacrifice" required for Father to absorb God.
  • Contralto of Danger: Like Major General Armstrong, Izumi's voice is the deepest among the entire female cast and she's certainly one of the most dangerous.
  • Disabled Love Interest: For Sig, her husband, as she is missing several organs.
  • The Dreaded: Given the Training from Hell they endured while under her tutelage, combined with her Hair-Trigger Temper, the Elric brothers are understandably terrified of her and make it a point to avoid making her mad. In fact, they often use this as a motivator, saying they can beat a villain because said villain isn't as scary as Izumi.
    • During her own Training from Hell in the past, she had to survive the frozen wilderness alone and frequently fought off Fort Briggs soldiers and preyed upon their rations. In one month, she knocked out so many armed patrols and stole so many supplies that the notoriously competent and fearless soldiers of Fort Briggs thought they were dealing with an entire elite infiltration unit and had to issue an official report to top brass in Central. The military never officially resolved the incident and still speak of that month like a terrifying urban legend.
  • Dreadlock Rasta: Word of God says they're actually microbraids.
  • Dreadlock Warrior: She is the Elric Brothers' teacher of both alchemy and the martial arts. In fact, she is one of, if not THE only person that they are afraid of. Albeit, as mentioned above, they aren't dreadlocks, but microbraids.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Her Training from Hell is only the start. She continually berates and abuses the Elrics throughout their training and well into their journey for the Philosopher's Stone. She really does mean well, and much of her anger in the present is due to concern and disappointment over some of the brothers' unwise decisions, like attempting human transmutation and enlisting in the state military.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Izumi and her husband get a blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearance in episode 9 of Brotherhood.
  • Excuse Me While I Multitask: She is shown fending off the Elric brothers during their training with her while reading from her notes (encoded in a cookbook) as she lectures.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: Winry was expecting someone huge and terrifying from the brothers' description of their teacher.
  • Genius Bruiser: She'll just pummel you without breaking a sweat normally, so pray she doesn't decide to break out the alchemy too.
  • Good Is Not Nice: She does not believe that painless lessons are worthwhile lessons, to put it mildly. But she is undoubtedly one of the good guys.
  • Handicapped Badass: She's missing several of her internal organs and randomly coughs up Blood from the Mouth. She is also one of the most frakkin' epic characters in the entire series. Later on, she is no longer as inhibited by her loss thanks to Hohenheim's alchemy rearranging her innards.
  • Happily Married: To Sig. They run their business together, he takes care of her when her illness starts up, and there are frequent lovey-dovey backgrounds when they're both on screen.
  • Heroic Neutral: She discourages her pupils from mixing alchemy and world affairs and largely keeps out of the events that drive the plot until they directly affect or interest her. Her only desire is to be a happy housewife.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite being introduced as The Dreaded badass who scares Ed and Al to death, when she learns they did Human Transmutation to bring their mother back to life, she hugs them and tells them it's okay, showing us that Izumi is more complex then first thought. It's later discovered that she made the same error when she tried to bring back her stillborn child.
  • Housewife: Emphatically declares herself, one though the closest we see to it is working in a butcher shop with her husband.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Her husband is easily twice her size and can match muscles with Major Armstrong. Nice Guy for the most part, runs a butcher shop, but don't make him angry.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: Due to her failed attempt at human transmutation, she lost some of her internal organs (enough to where she could never give birth to a child again.) Partially fixed later, thanks to an alchemical punch to the gut from Hohenheim, who cannot give her organs back but can nullify the effects of such a loss by restructuring her innards around.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Her training methods are harsh and she will utterly eviscerate the Elric brothers should they anger her, but she ultimately means well and cares for them like her own sons.
  • Killer Rabbit: At least when compared to her Gentle Giant Face of a Thug husband.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard: In a series full of Magic Knights, she trained two of the best. Her alchemic knowledge and abilities are easily on par with state alchemists, and her skill with martial arts is so high that she can trounce both Elrics at once, go toe to toe with Homunculi and dispatch the notoriously tough soldiers of Fort Briggs without alchemy. Her philosophy is that alchemy shouldn't be wasted on tasks humans can handle by natural means, so she puts plenty of emphasis on training and conditioning.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: She and Sig had difficulty conceiving a child, and when they lost that baby, she was desperate enough to try human transmutation to revive it. She's then left completely incapable of bearing kids after Truth took out some of her organs.
  • Love at First Sight: With her husband after a Crash-Into Hello.
  • Mama Bear: Her own child was stillborn and her alchemical attempts to bring it back robbed her of her organs to where she could never give birth again. Through a strange exchange of fate, ended up taking Ed and Al as students who just lost their mother. As such, she more or less became their second mother. They are very competent fighters, but hurting them will bring her wrath and she will show you why she is one of the few people whom the brothers fear.
  • Mukokuseki: Inverted. In a cast where genetics clearly plays a role in determining physical appearance, Izumi's ethnic background is a mystery. Her hair is in microbraids and her name and physical features are asiatic, but her maiden name, Harnet, is European.
  • Older Than She Looks: She's revealed to be around thirty-eight throughout the course of the series (she was eighteen when training in Mt. Briggs, which is stated by soldiers about 3/4 into the series to have been twenty years ago), and doesn't look much older than thirty, if that.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Her and Sig's biological son was stillborn.
  • Parental Substitute: Both played straight and inverted. While she primarily served as their teacher, it's pretty evident that she also serves as a strict but caring mother for them (especially given the recent passing of Trisha Elric). Appropriately enough, the Elric brothers also become the sons she never got to raise (as her own child she gave birth to was stillborn and her attempts to bringing them back resulting in her losing certain parts of her body and leaving her unable to give birth ever again.)
  • Pet the Dog: She's far from villainous or malicious, but most of our perspective of her comes from her interactions with the Elrics, where she seems harsh, violent and furious. But if you pay attention, she has a few moments of genuine tenderness with her beloved husband and the Elric brothers, for whom she has a sincerely maternal love and teacher's affection. And even then, her harsh interactions are out of concern for them.
  • Plucky Girl: A grown-up version, but she still qualifies.
  • Proverbial Wisdom: Well, she doesn't speak in proverbs all the time, but when she left the brothers on the island to survive on their own, she also gave them a cryptic koan-like saying ("All is one, one is all") so they could find out its meaning.
  • Sexy Mentor: Winry even remarks that's she's surprised at Izumi's looks, since she got the impression from the Elrics that their mentor was an evil old hag.
  • Shoe Slap: Hits people with her sandals several times throughout the series.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: With Sig.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: How she trains the Elric brothers: abandoning them on a mostly-deserted island with little equipment. Either they die of starvation, or learn to survive. Even that isn't enough though, as they have to understand Alchemy and its fundamental concepts or else she'll kick them out. Mind, she also made sure that they'd be okay by leaving someone else on the island to check up on them, which is more than she got while undergoing the same "training" in the frozen mountains of Briggs.
  • Super Strength: She effortlessly judo-throws Sloth. If any unaugmented human in this series qualifies, it's Izumi.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: When she learns the Elric Brothers did Human Transmutation, she expels them, stating that she cannot forgive them for such a thing. In reality, it's much more complicated namely in that it reminds of her own attempt to bring back her stillborn child the same way they would try to bring back their mother.
  • Tough Love: She's hard on Ed and Al because she loves and cares for them, and empathizes with their pain since she also tried to use alchemy to bring a loved one back.
  • 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. Which is nothing next to the training she endured. It involved Mt. Briggs and fighting bears, which we get to see more of in the 3rd OVA. Some of her exploits surviving out there include pilfering military bases for supplies—read that again, she stole from Briggs and got away with it.
  • Tsundere: Type A as she seems to be 'tsun' when not putting up a "sweet housewife" front, but is unbelievably 'dere' with her husband.
  • Two First Names: "Curtis" can also be used as a first name.
  • Utility Magic: She is critical of people too liberally treating alchemy as this. When a local boy brings her a broken toy, she fixes it with tools. He thought she would use alchemy, but she says that no alchemists should become too dependent on alchemy solving all their problems, especially ones they can fix themselves. This attitude may be born of her traumatic attempt to resurrect her baby instead of accepting his death, creating an abomination and costing her some pieces of her organs.
  • Waif-Fu: Looks like a typical housewife, but manage to to set off her Hair-Trigger Temper and you're in for a pretty solid ass beating. And you better pray you don't make her angry enough to use her alchemy. She tosses Sloth, the fastest homunculus and who's built like a tank to boot, like he weighed nothing. This move completely floored the Armstrong siblings, who had been on the ropes after fighting Sloth.
  • Women Prefer Strong Men: If her relationship with Sig implies anything about her taste in men, it's this. In a humorous flashback, it's revealed that she was attracted to Sig at first sight, and fell head over heels when he effortlessly picked up the bear corpse she had dropped.

    Ling Yao 

Ling Yao

Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano (JP), Todd Haberkorn (EN), Eder La Barrera (Latin America)

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/fmablingyao.png
Affiliation: Kingdom of Xing/Yao Clan
Rank: 12th Prince of Xing
Speciality: Swordsmanship/Martial-Arts

Ling Yao is a member of the Xing Royal Family and is well-trained in martial arts and swordsmanship as a result. He comes to Amestris seeking the Philosopher's Stone so his clan can triumph over the country's Succession Crisis.

His appearance marks the start of the large differences between the first anime and manga/Brotherhood anime.


  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Ling largely downplays his status as a prince from Xing, and pretty much admits he's willing to grovel if that's what it will take to get what he wants.
  • All Chinese People Know Kung-Fu: Well, Xingese anyway, and he and the other Xingese characters all fit this trope's stereotype of Chinese people as martial arts masters. It's justified in the fact that every Xingese character by that point had been either a noble or a noble's bodyguard, and thus would have been trained in martial arts from a young age.
  • Anti-Hero: Extremely greedy and selfish in his motivations—which of course made him the perfect candidate to host the 2nd Greed. While it's true his ultimate goals are positive and he's very loyal to people he's made connections with, he doesn't have qualms with getting food and information by means of extortion.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Make no mistake, this guy is no slouch in combat. He fought off Wrath while he's carrying an injured ally and the latter is wielding his favored weapon, and he's about the only one in the series who faced Wrath and escaped relatively unscathed.
  • Asian Speekee Engrish: Invoked for laughs. He's perfectly fluent in the language of Amestris, but comically fakes a language barrier with an exaggerated accent to get out of taking responsibility for the destruction of a town.
  • Badass Normal: Does not know alchemy or alkahestry at all, yet manages to be on the same league as Edward or Roy in combat.
  • Bash Brothers: With Ed starting when they fight Envy and Gluttony together. It even carries over to Greedling.
  • Benevolent Boss: Ling might run off on them a lot, but he really does care a great deal about his bodyguards and is very protective over them. See also A Father to His Men and Reasonable Authority Figure.
  • Berserk Button: He doesn't explode in the manner of, say, Ed, but just try to convince Ling that subjects to authority are expendable (including yourself!) and it will ensure that he will have a serious bone to pick with you.
  • Berserker Tears: In a terrifying manner when Wrath/King Bradley kills Fu.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Despite being raised to be in rivalry with all of his siblings, Ling seems to take to this role quickly in the aftermath of the final battle. He makes a peace offering to his younger half-sister May, and then carries her because she was injured.
  • Big Eater: In fact, he's been known to collapse if he doesn't get enough to eat, which could be Obfuscating Stupidity except that his bodyguards seemed legitimately worried about the possibility when they couldn't find him. If it's for real, it might make him a Handicapped Badass. Unsurprisingly, though, it's not a problem for Greed.
  • Broken Tears: Ling is absolutely devastated when comes to the realization that while he obtained an immortal body for himself, he can't save Fu.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Though, it seems it was Greed's decision to do so.
  • Catchphrase: Ling has two phrases that he says some variation of several times in the series: 'A King is no King without his people. Without his people, there is no King' and 'People of Xing always keep their word'.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Ling is a gifted martial artist who is able to hold his own when fighting against Homunculi, despite having no superpowers. Notable accomplishments: fending off Wrath one-handed while carrying a wounded Lan Fan with his other arm, and being able to lift up Gluttony, one of the heavier Homunculi.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: Ling is easily mistaken for a fully grown adult, but he is at most only 17 years old when he's coronated as Emperor of Xing, which is the largest country on the map of the FMA world. In the epilogue it's shown that he's been negotiating international relations with Roy, who is a man about twice Ling's age.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He's definitely not afraid to fight dirty, and it helps him stay alive in a world full of dangerous alchemists and Homunculi. An early example is constantly running into King Bradley's apparent "blind spot" caused by his eyepatch. He even keeps some powder in his sword scabbard so that when he whips his blade out, it'll get in his opponent's eyes. Justified by his background and how he learned after surviving several assassination attempts.
  • The Conscience: Despite Ling's shadier characteristics, he has a strong sense of morality and ends up serving this role to Greed, after they end up sharing a body. While it is partly to gain an advantage over him, Ling comments on his actions, chews him out when it's warranted, and eventually coaxes him into recognizing what he really wanted in life.
  • Cool Sword: He wields an especially broad Dao sword that serves as a great foil to Wrath's western cavalry sabers.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Starting in the fight with Gluttony and Wrath. Ling goes from "Hi! How's it going? That's a pretty unique body you've got there!" to stonewalling Wrath in a swordfight with one hand after they make the mistake of wounding one of his subjects.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Like other Xingese, he is born with black eyes and hair. Until he gets possessed by Greed, after which they become the characteristic purple-red of most of the other Homunculi.
  • Deal with the Devil: Or in this case, deal with Father, who is practically the devil. Ling agrees to let Greed possess him, effectively making him into a homunculus, if it means he'll be that much closer to obtaining a Philosopher's Stone and thus the secret to immortality.
  • Detect Evil: All the Xingese characters are trained to sense "the flow of chi"... which comes in pretty useful when dealing with homunculi.
  • Determinator: Willing to do ANYTHING to a) get the Philosopher's Stone and b) save the lives of his friends and retainers if he can help it. He shows off both in the course of the series.
  • Disappeared Dad: While Ling's main motivation is to succeed his father's place on the Xingese throne, Ling also flatly states in the manga that he has actually never had a single conversation with his father in his life.
  • The Emperor: The Yao clan succeeds the throne after Ling finally gets ahold of a Philosopher's Stone.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: After accepting Greed. Remember how the first Greed couldn't hope to take on Wrath in a one on one fight? The second Greed can nearly hold his own against him, combining Greed's ultra-durability with Ling's martial prowess.
  • Enemy Within: Greed... sort of. Averted after the time skip, they become genuine friends and swap control to one another as needed.
  • Eyes Always Shut: He does this deliberately because he's aware his eyes are "shifty".
  • Face of a Thug: Ties in with Good Eyes, Evil Eyes and his aforementioned Eyes Always Shut habit.
  • Fainting: Has a habit of doing this. Mostly it's from genuine hunger and exhaustion, but on other occasions, it seems to be part of his Obfuscating Stupidity.
  • A Father to His Men: Strongly believes "a King is no King without his people" and will do anything to save his comrades, even if it means risking his life. His bodyguards, Fu and Lan Fan, certainly hold him in extremely high regard in part because of this.
  • Fatal Flaw: His Undying Loyalty to his friends and those under his care is as much of a weakness as it is a strength. Yes, he's a Father to His Men who strongly believes "a King is no King without his people" and will do anything to save his comrades, even if it means risking his life. His bodyguards, Fu and Lan Fan, certainly hold him in extremely high regard in part because of this. However, his unwillingness to allow his allies to die even when it's a Heroic Sacrifice or their job to give their lives for his makes him unable to take any personal losses and puts him in danger of a breakdown if an opponent manages to kill one of his friends. The same bodyguards, Lan Fan and Fu respectively, had to resort to trickery to get Lin to back off so they can make a sacrifice for his benefit and the death of the latter put him into a Heroic BSoD.
  • Fire-Forged Friends:
    • With the Elric brothers, Ed in particular. Their relationship starts off antagonistic, but they eventually begin to work together. By the time Ling, Ed, and Envy end up trapped in Gluttony's stomach, they've become friends for real.
    • With Greed as well. Even if it did give him what he wanted (a Philosopher's Stone), Ling was still basically forced to accept Greed into his body, and initially the two fought each other for control of Ling's body. However, eventually (especially after the time skip), the two have learned to work together and willingly trade who's in control depending on whose skills are needed more at the time. Despite frequently snarking back and forth, it's clear that they've gained a great deal of respect for each other, and eventually, Greed pulls a Heroic Sacrifice to save Ling (who would otherwise have been killed trying to save him).
  • Foil: Ling is a contrasting character to both Ed and Greed, who incidentally also parallel each other in a few ways. Unlike either of them, Ling is fairly transparent about his feelings, lacks their egotism, and doesn't share their overt Oedipus Complex despite having sufficient reasons to despise his father (instead he appears indifferent).
  • Funny Foreigner: Faked when Edward first needs his help.
    Ling: So Sori! I no understand much language of this countwi!
  • Good Counterpart: To King Bradley. Their philosophies on what it means to be a leader are the complete reverse of each other. Also interesting to note is Bradley's former status as 12th Fuhrer candidate and Ling being the 12th son of the Emperor.
  • Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: Played With. He's fundamentally a good person, though aware of how his "shifty" eyes make him look evil so he goes with Eyes Always Shut to disguise it. He drops the act when he means business.
  • Greed:
    • He's a pretty greedy fellow, given that he a seeks immortality and the power to rule over his country. It perhaps makes a bit too much sense that he becomes the second Greed. To his credit though the reason he even wants those things is so that he may provide for his people in return.
    • Ling actually manages to embody the positive parts of greed, namely that desire and ambition are not always evil when pursuing a worthwhile goal. Perhaps most importantly, greed means treasuring what you have and being unwilling to just throw it away—and the very thought of throwing aside his people or his True Companions is a pointed Berserk Button for him.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Kinda.... given his tendency of latching onto anyone he thinks might be able to help him achieve his goals, he winds up allied with a plethora of different people at different points of the story whether it's intentional or not. He's definitely at heart a "good guy", however.
  • Heroic Willpower: Cunningly inverted; he willingly gives up his body to Greed without a fight (which incidentally helps in the long run, as his lack of struggle prevented the philosopher's stone he received from burning out most of its power), but he has enough willpower to maintain his consciousness. From there on Ling uses a combination of patience and willpower to occasionally wrestle back control of his body from Greed, at least until they start acting more in tandem.
  • Hero of Another Story: Ling's background as a prince from a country undergoing a Succession Crisis with the goal of becoming its emperor and eventually succeeding would be a compelling story in its own right. However, the series covers only a fraction of his tale.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Doubles as Fridge Brilliance. When he and Ed are trapped in Gluttony's stomach, they check to make sure neither of them are Envy. After proving his identity to Ed, Ling asks for proof that it really is Ed, and refers to the alchemist as small to see if he would react. However, Ling has the ability to sense homunculi, so there was absolutely no reason for him to do that. He pretty much just used it as an excuse to call Ed 'small'.
  • Idiot Ball: A tiny one, but for some reason neither he nor his bodyguards apparently thought it was necessary to bring travel papers with them despite their trip to Amestris being a deliberate planned decision.
  • Idiot Hero: Subverted. He often behaves like one, to the point Ed calls him an 'idiot prince', but Ling has a cunning mind up his sleeve.
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: Ling struggles with a variation of this through his entire character arc. Because of Ling's conviction that leaders should live to serve their people, people like King Bradley who view their nation as Cannon Fodder absolutely disgust him. Ling vehemently resists and takes personal offense at even entertaining the notion of leaving someone to die, even if his life is in jeopardy, believing that if he allows it to happen he'll be just like Bradley. This isn't helped by the fact Ling becomes a human-based Homunculus like Bradley which only furthers this complex he develops. When Ling's comrades make sacrifices for his sake anyway and he can't do anything about it, Ling takes it very badly.
  • I Gave My Word: Ling strongly holds by the phrase 'People of Xing always keep their word', and will do his best to fulfill his promises.
  • The Illegal: He's an illegal immigrant from the country of Xing. He's sent to jail but breaks out later. Since he's a prince, he could probably be considered a diplomat or such, but he didn't have his papers (and they wouldn't believe he was only 15) when he was arrested.
  • Immortality Seeker: Ling's reason for coming to Amestris is to find the secret to eternal life (or at least, seems like it, so that his clan can win the Emperor's favor before he dies). He gets his wish, but it comes with a price...
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Not as much of an outright "jerk" as most other examples, but he does come off as being smug and callous at times, especially when dealing with his personal desires. Nonetheless, he genuinely cares about his country and the people close to him.
  • Keet: He's pretty damn energetic and happy-go-lucky when he's not keeling over from starvation. Or dealing with sharing his body with an egotistical homunculus.
  • King Incognito: Only a few people know he's actually a foreign prince.
  • Made of Iron: While fighting Envy after he goes One-Winged Angel, he breaks at least two ribs and gets hit so hard that he coughs up blood, but keeps going.
  • Master Swordsman: Can hold his own when dueling against Wrath!
  • Meaningful Name: The words "Ling" and "Lin" have various different meanings in Chinese in addition to being names, depending on the hanzi used: "ling" can mean, among other things, "nimble", and is one of the hanzi used to spell the word "spirit" (appropriately enough, considering his fighting style and the fact that his spirit is apparently strong enough not to get lost among all the other ones swirling around Greed's Philosopher's Stone), while "lin" can mean "carry" (which he does to Lan Fan while they're escaping from Bradley). His surname Yao, on the other hand, could be a play on the fact that "yao" can also mean "want". And then, in languages other than Chinese...
  • Modest Royalty: So much so that everyone doubled over from laughing in disbelief when he revealed that he's a prince. Ling himself expresses the belief that the Emperor has so many children (43 at the time of the series) that his status as one of them doesn't really mean that much.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Handsome? Check. Goes almost shirtless for much of the first part of the series? Check. Badass? Check.
  • No Shirt, Long Jacket: Has a tendency of leaving his shirts always open...
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Extremely convincing when pretending to be a complete moroneven while displaying window-crossing stealth bordering on Offscreen Teleportation.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: His prominent bangs sometimes will obscure one of his eyes.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Wants to be one. His belief that a King exists to serve his people certainly reflects this, and he already does take into account the feelings and suggestions of his bodyguards. It's noted that he promises to watch out for May Chang's family after she helps in the final battle.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something
  • Say My Name:
    • LAN FAAAAAAAN!!!
    • GREEEEEEEEEEED!!!
  • Shadow Archetype: His character parallels Greed in a number of ways. And then he becomes Greed.
  • Ship Tease: With Lan Fan. More subtle than most of the other Ship Tease's in the series but it's definitely there. Ling doesn't deny that he has feelings for her when Greed brings up the possibility.
    Greed: You're quite the stud! How long have you been keeping such a fine young lady from me?
    Ling: Well, what can I say...I'm full of surprises...
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Ling/Lin/Rin, and some offbeat examples like Lynn. Ling seems to be the correct spelling, as his name tag bracelet when he gets put in jail has it written this way.note 
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Pretty good at pulling these off but it's more on the 'hi' side than the 'bye' side.
  • Stealth Pun: Maybe not deliberate, but in English - "PrinceLing".
  • Succession Crisis: The Emperor's twelfth son, but he could inherit the throne if he successfully wins his favor. Which he apparently does.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: Acquires Greed as his more powerful, more amoral alter ego.
  • Symbiotic Possession: Despite being basically forced to receive Greed into himself, they eventually become friends. Greed even pulls a Heroic Sacrifice for him, and Ling appears to grieve his loss.
  • There Was a Door: He seems to enter buildings through windows more often than he does doors.
  • Undying Loyalty: To his Clan, and especially the people close to him. He's willing to risk his own life for them, to the point he once has to be reminded that as much as a King is nothing without his people, the people too would be lost without their King.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: First with Ed, and later with Greed.
  • Walking Spoiler: The fact that he becomes a homunculus by becoming the second Greed.
  • Warrior Prince: As he put it, he had to be able to defend himself when his family is a Deadly Decadent Court about to go into a Succession Crisis. And he's no slouch either - he fought off Wrath while carrying an injured ally, and escaped relatively unscathed.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Ling does not possess Alchemy or Alkahestry and yet he holds his own in a fight thanks to his sword skills, his martial-art skills, and his speed.
  • What Were You Thinking?: Gets this reaction after his Deal with the Devil, of course.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Ling ultimately has this revelation. He came to Amestris seeking immortality and got his wish when fusing with Greed rendered him practically immortal. However, Ling realizes it's not worth it when he's still helpless to save people he cares about.
  • Wise Beyond His Years: In that while he wants to become an emperor, he also understands the responsibilities that come with it, namely a sense of duty towards his people.
  • World's Best Warrior: The best swordfighter among the heroes, but can't do a damn thing when it comes to alchemy. After he spends some time sharing a body with Greed, he picks up better hand-to-hand skills.
  • Younger Than He Looks: Is apparently 15 years old when introduced to the story (a bit younger than Ed), and thus technically a Kid Hero, although he looks like a fully grown adult and is mature beyond his age. Lampshaded when he gets arrested for being an illegal immigrant. The guard questions Ling's age and subsequently refuses to believe he's actually a minor.
    • Winry and Ed are also surprised when they find out he's about their age, having assumed he's an adult. (Naturally, Ed proceeds to get jealous over Ling's height — which probably helps contribute to him seeming older.)
Advertisement:

    Van Hohenheim 

Van Hohenheim

Voiced by: Unshou Ishizuka (JP), John Swasey (EN), Daisuke Namikawa (JP - Young), Aaron Dismuke (EN - Young), Héctor Indriago (Latin America)

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/fmabvanhohenheim.png
Affiliation: None
Rank: None
Speciality: Perfect Alchemy/Trap Alchemy/Immortality

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


  • Absent-Minded Professor: While a fairly serious and somber character, he can be a bit of a bumbling space-cadet at times. For example, he once tried building a tree swing for the boys, stopped paying attention to what he was doing to think about other matters, and promptly fell out of the tree. Then there was his reunion with Al in the manga:
    Al: Father?!
    Hohenheim: My vintage armor!!
    Al: What!!!!
    Hohenheim: Oh... Er, Sorry.
  • Action Dad: The father of the two main heroes and has proven to be able to kick a lot of ass.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: While the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood anime preserves the most important parts of Hohenheim's character arc, it omitted the vast majority of scenes involving Hohenheim being an airhead, resulting in his personality coming off as much more serious compared to the manga.
  • All-Loving Hero: Does everything he can to save thousands of people he'll never meet, all while putting himself through hell. And then there's getting to know all of those souls.
  • Animals Hate Him: Justified. It's a natural reaction when they can sense more than half a million people standing in front of them at once.
  • Badass Beard: Sports an impressive-looking beard.
  • Badass Bookworm: He looks like he should be teaching in some school, but he's one of two Perfect Alchemists in the series. Which, considering the nature of alchemy as a power science, would actually add credibility to him as a schoolteacher.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Always wears a nice suit.
  • Badass Longcoat: It's not as military as Mustang's or as... adolescent as Ed's, but his regular jacket is still long enough to accentuate his movements.
  • Badass Pacifist: Not a fighter himself but some of his actions can screw Father over.
  • Berserk Button: When he was young, he would get angry if someone called him an idiot. Later, it's mocking of his sons.
  • Big Good: He's the Good Counterpart to Father, serves as a Messianic Archetype, and has been setting up a response to the latter's plans for years.
  • Born into Slavery: Born a slave in Xerxes.
  • Break Them by Talking: After meeting his son for the first time in ten years and asking why they had burned his house down, he coldly rips Edward's answer apart. By the time he's done, Ed looks about two seconds away from having a breakdown.
    Hohenheim: That's not it. You just didn't want to see it again. You wanted to escape your horrifying memories. You wanted to conceal all traces of the sin you committed. You're no different from a child who hides his sheets after wetting himself in his sleep. You ran, didn't you, Edward?
  • Chekhov M.I.A.: He left his family and went missing years ago. Once he reappears, he becomes a major character for the entire plot.
  • The Chessmaster: Has been setting up a response to Father's transmutation circle for years. No one, including the Big Bad, saw that one coming.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Having all those souls inside him makes him kinda quirky.
  • Convenient Terminal Illness: Averted; he is dying after the final battle, having used up all the souls inside him, but Ed refuses to sacrifice him.
  • Cool Old Guy: Centuries old and has all of the experience and savviness that comes with it.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: During his first appearance, he coldly accuses Edward of running away and then knowingly lets him overhear a conversation with Pinako about the possibility that what he created wasn't even Trisha. The combination of these two events drives him to prove he isn't running away by checking the body only to find out that not only was it not Trisha, but it's little more than a crudely made jumble of random body parts that could never have been a functional human. By talking to it with Al, they realize it didn't even have a soul or consciousness of its own, so they didn't bring some poor freak into the world that could only suffer before it died either. This greatly eases the conscience of Ed, Al, and Izumi because it means they didn't kill their loved ones a second time.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Matching golden eyes and hair. A trait he passed onto his sons.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: He doesn't try to justify his actions, but left home after realizing that Father was preparing a larger version of the Xerxes transmutation circle.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Possibly the darkest here. He was a slave in Xerxes 400 years ago, and the Big Bad, Homunculus/Father was made from his blood. It taught him reading and alchemy, and then made him an Unwitting Pawn in the destruction of his own country, which led to transformation of all of its people into Stone in order for Father to gain a body and power. Though he got immortality by absorbing half of his country's souls as Homunculus' gift and managed to befriend all of them later, Hohenheim is plagued by guilt.
  • The Dead Have Names: Knows the names of every person who died in the last days of Xerxes.
  • Death Seeker: One of the main reasons he left his family is because he was trying to find a way to revoke his immortality so he and Trisha would be Together in Death.
  • Dirty Old Man: Subverted. He's called this for requesting Lan Fan to accompany him when the group splits up in the Third Laboratory. It's really so he can help her escape the lab and find Ling; he's intending on confronting Father alone.
  • Disappeared Dad: Hohenheim left the family when Ed and Al were very young. He did have huge reasons, namely preventing his evil blood-related creation from absorbing the entire country into intself, becoming god, and conquering the world, but Ed is (understandably) still bitter about it.
  • Everybody's Dead, Dave: The complete destruction of Xerxes. To top it off, at least in part it was his fault. No wonder he freaked out.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: He went from a nameless slave to the Sage of the West.
  • Good Counterpart: To Father, who shares his appearance and power; in a weird way they essentially created one another.
  • Go Out with a Smile: He dies smiling at Trisha's grave; the closest to a reunion he could make.
  • Hair Antennae: Evidently, Ed inherited it from him.
  • Happily Married: He and Trisha weren't officially married, but they lived happily together for several years.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Hohenheim doesn't think anything he does is good enough.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Animals Hate Him because he's the Philosopher's Stone given the form of a man.
  • I Am a Monster: His usual explanation to anyone who sees his Philosopher's Stone-derived powers.
  • I Am Legion: A rare heroic example. He has, over time, come to terms with each and every one of the innumerable souls within him, making him nearly impossible for Father to subsume like the other Philosopher's Stones.
  • Irony: After the final battle, when he's dying, he realizes that now that he's finally getting what he wanted, he actually doesn't want to die.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: He was a Bishōnen before he grew a beard and definitely fits the bill for Mr. Fanservice in his youth. Though he's not that bad looking now.
  • Last of His Kind: He is the last Xerxian, both as an inhabitant and ethnicity, at least in the sense of being a pure one. His sons are ethnically Xerxian as well as as their children.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Pretty restrained with his power, but when he lets loose....
  • Living Forever Is Awesome: Downplayed. "I'm not gonna lie and say it doesn't come in handy."
  • Manly Tears: To highly dramatic effect, after hearing Trisha's last words.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: With Trisha. When they got together, he had already lived for hundreds of years while Trisha was just a regular human. When he realized he would eventually outlive his lover and sons, Hohenheim wanted to find a way to get rid of his immortality and grow old with them.
  • Mind Hive: He has hundreds of thousands of Xerxian souls in him, but he is the dominant soul in the body. He has, however, managed to soothe all of the souls so they aren't consumed by despair and panic like souls in other Philosopher's Stones, and this allows them all to act with a singular purpose, as shown when Father's attempt to drain him is interrupted by some of the souls, and even more prominently with the Umbral Circle failsafe.
  • Mysterious Parent: We don't know much about him until later.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: The full name given to him by Father is Theophrastus Bombastus van Hohenheim — the real name of famous real-world alchemist Paracelsus.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Thanks to his Philosopher's Stone, it's really hard to hurt him.
  • Non-Action Guy: Despite his god-like powerful alchemy and Nigh-Invulnerability, he flat out admits being a pretty poor fighter. This results in him duelling Father by exhibiting impressive alchemic powers while stumbling around trying to stay on his feet.
  • No Social Skills: He's so terrible at interacting with his sons that at first he almost comes off as outright villainous. One of the first things he does is give Ed a Breaking Speech about his reaction to the failed Trisha resurrection, and instead of just telling Ed he didn't kill Trisha again he fakes an Exact Eavesdropping moment.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He doesn't want passers-by to know his true nature so he downplays it.
  • Opaque Lenses: They make him look pretty creepy on occasion, but it's ultimately a Red Herring.
  • Papa Wolf: "Don't you EVER mock my SON!"
  • Parental Neglect: When they were little, Ed and Al viewed as a cold father who spent all his time working on his office, but he really cares about them.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: His alchemy is fueled by the 500,000ish Xerxian souls within him, as he is a Philosopher's Stone given the form of a man. It's reconstructed, however, given how he managed to reach an understanding with each and every soul within him, and in the finale, the souls within him actually urged him to use more of them to stave off the Big Bad's assault. It's as awesome as it is heartwarming.
  • The Power of Friendship: Part of at least two counter plans he has prepared, thanks to his Legion.
  • Really Dead Montage: In Brotherhood, after his death at the very end of episode 63.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Always looks like he's in his 40's to 50's, but is over 400.
  • Red Herring: Let's see, he looks just like the Big Bad, who was last seen getting off his throne and walking somewhere unknown shortly before Hohenheim returned to Resembool, he gives Ed a "The Reason You Suck" Speech, he warns Pinako about a coming catastrophe and tells her to leave the country and when she refuses he says that will be the last time they speak, and finally when he scares off some bandits by proving he's immortal he refers to himself as a monster, in a page that contrasts him with several Homunculi. It's really obvious that he's supposed to be sketchy as hell.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: A warning light indicating he's about to get dangerous. Alternatively, they indicate that he's currently being incredibly dorky.
  • Shipper on Deck: He pretty blatantly acknowledges Lan Fan's feelings for Ling when he tells her to go find him.
  • Sole Survivor: Of Xerxes.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Expresses some for Father.
  • Together in Death: He gets a scene with Trisha in the afterlife.
  • The Dog Bites Back: He and souls of Xerxes managed to return all of Amestris people into their bodies, thus preventing Father's complete victory.
  • Trap Master: He may not be the best at combat alchemy, but he's great at transmuting traps and tombs for his foes. Pride learned this the hard way.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Fu describes him as the strongest person present at a gathering that included Greed, Gluttony, and Pride. Despite this, his lack of combat skills makes him less impressive than he could be.
  • Unwitting Pawn: The original Homunculus tricked him into helping to obliterate his own civilization. The next time, he inverts it.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Zigzagged all over the place. At first, with the freshly dead Xerxians inside him, he wanted to die to be free of the screaming. After he got them under control, he liked that he had all the time he wanted to experience the world. Then he met his lover and regretted that he would outlive her and his sons. Finally, as he's dying at the end of the series, he laments that he can't live a little longer with his sons.
  • You Are Number 6: He was originally just #23, beginning his life as a nameless slave. He later uses this as part of a Badass Boast threat to Father, the "son" who named him.
    Hohenheim: Tell him Slave #23 is coming to see him.

    Winry Rockbell 

Winry Rockbell

Voiced by: Megumi Takamoto (JP), Caitlin Glass (EN), Melanie Henríquez (Latin America)

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/fmabwinryrockbell.png
Affiliation: None
Rank: None
Speciality: Mechanic
"You two won't cry; someone should do it for you, don't you think?"

The Elrics' childhood friend and Ed's personal automail mechanic, who happens to have a crush on him.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Blonde-haired in the manga and two anime series, brown-haired in the movie.
  • Adorkable: Winry's unusual love for machines and tools is quite endearing.
  • Babies Ever After: She marries Edward and has two children with him at the end of the story.
  • Badass Pacifist: She's the only major character without combat skills, but she manages to stand out as one of the braver characters through her sheer kindness and willingness to help others.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Some of her outfits feature this.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Ed. With Ed being as hot-tempered as he is and Winry being a Type B Tsundere, they get into a lot of arguments, but they also get quite a bit of Ship Tease. In the end, they marry and have children.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Do not damage the automail she makes. Retribution will be swift.
    • Also, if you're Edward, do not refrain from drinking your milk.
  • Break the Cutie: Totally loses it when she found out who murdered her parents.
  • The Chick: The kind supportive Nice Girl of the series though she is more of a Tomboy than is standard for this trope.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Ed; she grew up with him and Al and she later gets a lot of Ship Tease with him. In the end, they marry and have two children.
  • Child Prodigy: She made Ed's first automail limbs when she was 11. Ed also says she was able to comprehend and read medical journals from a young age like he and Al did with alchemy books, which comes in handy when she has to deliver a child when no doctor is available.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: A very slight case, but she did seemed bothered by Rosé's desire to see Ed again and Al teases her for it.
  • Cry Cute: In the aforementioned Break the Cutie moment. And again near the end of the series When Ed and Al return with their bodies restored.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Her parents were murdered in the Ishvalan War and her two closest friends nearly died doing a human transmutation.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: She beats Ed (comically) with a spanner every time he breaks his automail (that's often). In the manga, her response to the damage from his battle with Lan Fan was to maul him with a chainsaw.
  • Fanservice Pack: Her figure becomes appreciably more curvaceous and feminine throughout the time in which Brotherhood takes place. Justified in that she goes from 11 to 15-16.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: She made Ed's automail.
  • Genki Girl: She goes full-on Bishie Sparkle, Squee!, and arm-wavy mode whenever she sees something cute or acting cute (Elysia Hughes weeded this mode out of her the first few minutes after she met her), something's caught her interest (mainly anything involving automail, i.e. Rush Valley, or a shopping spree in Central), or a rather vicious (and comic) argument with Ed (again, mainly over automail).
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: She repeatedly hit Al with a wrench, after he started wondering about his history and if he was really a human (or just a construct created by Ed).
  • Girl Next Door: Was this to Ed and Al growing up, as their nearest neighbor and closest friend.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Blonde, and one of the most morally upstanding individuals in the series.
  • The Heart: Winry's main purpose in the series is to keep the Elrics grounded in reality.
  • Heartwarming Orphan: Downplayed as she still had her grandmother and the Elrics have more sympathetic trauma.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: Thought not quite as, ah, vehement as Ed is about it, she is quick to tell Rosé that Ed is her childhood friend when Rosé looks as if she's about to assume something else.
  • He Will Not Cry, So I Cry for Him: Winry does this for Ed and Al at first, until Ed asks her to stop as it only makes things harder for him. They agree the next time she cries for them they'll be tears of joy. D'aww... By the way… promise kept!
  • Hostage Situation: The brothers specifically admit she is their weak point, as the villains of the story have, unfortunately for her, figured out.
  • Hypocrite: She believes that Scar should be punished for the murders that he committed against Amestrians, but as more hesitant to believe that Mustang, Hawkeye, and the rest of the Amestrian soldiers should be punished for doing the same thing to Ishvalans, a view she shares with Ed and Al. Most of Scar's victims were State Alchemists, some that participated on his race's genocide, but the Amestrian soldiers killed thousands of Ishvalans, women and children included. Granted, she believes that the Amestrian soldiers were Just Following Orders and being manipulated by the homunculi, but Hawkeye, who participated in the genocide, outright states that's no excuse for their actions. Given that Scar's first victims were her parents and that he tried to kill Ed and Al despite the three having nothing to do with the genocide, this might be personal.
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: Ed tells her something like this when she points a gun at Scar.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Like her mother, which plays a big role in Scar's character development and Winry's forgiveness.
  • The Lady's Favour: Winry gives Ed some earrings to look after. It's actually for a logical reason, but it's clearly intended to hint at this trope.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: She's very much aware that Ed and Al don't tell her everything about what they do, and it really bugs her too; especially when she finds out that Scar was the one who murdered her parents and that Ed and Al knew this without telling her. Gradually she's let in but even then Ed and Al still feel the need to hide or lie about what's going on including the fact that Bradley is using her as a hostage against the two trying to break away. Its also Deconstructed in that her being locked out of the loop causes just as much harm as good for all involved, such as that they learned Scar killed her parents and how she nearly shoots him.
  • Love Epiphany: When she gets on the train back to Rush Valley after the Scar incident, she gives the matter a lot of thought and comes to the realization that she's been falling for Ed for a long time.
  • Loving a Shadow: Being an orphan, she admitted to feeling this way toward Lt. Colonel Hughes for her dad, which made it all the sadder when he was killed.
  • The Medic: Winry was reading medical textbooks at the same age that Ed and Al started teaching themselves alchemy, and she shows skill in surgery, first aid, and automail (which requires the background in neurology and anatomy, among others). She also delivers a baby in Rush Valley despite never having done it before.
  • Miss Fixit: Usually automail but other machines too.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She's a beautiful blonde with a knack for repairing things. Most of the time she will be seen in nothing but a black tube top that shows off her midriff and nicely hugs her breasts and baggy pants. Sometimes she will be seen wearing leggings. There is also a scene where she is about to take off her shirt, but is comically interrupted by Ed, and another scene where she takes a bath after visiting a mechanic's house.
  • Naïve Everygirl: Most shown with Kimblee.
  • Neutral Female: Justified, as she isn't an alchemist or even related to any form of the military except her parents being doctors. The one time she nearly gets into a fight is definitely not meant to be played for laughs or awesome...
  • Nice Girl: Winry is a very emotional, strong-willed and emphatic person who puts all her heart and effort into the things she does.
  • Plucky Girl: She's a lot more cheerful than the brothers and just as brave.
  • Raised by Grandparents: She was raised by her grandmother after her parents died.
  • Shipper on Deck: Makes cracks at Al, regarding May.
  • Shorttank: She's a mechanic and is frequently referred to as a "gear head" or tomboy. She fits the dress code quite well as she wears a sports bra when working and in public wears a tank top, jacket, and short skirt.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: It took her a while to notice, but Winry realized she fell in love with Ed a long time ago. To reiterate, Winry fell for Ed, the man who is brave, selfless, loyal, fiercely protective of those he loves, and reverently values life. In fact, her Love Epiphany was right after Ed made a promise to her that the next time he and Al made her cry, it would be tears of happiness.
  • Squee!: When she gets to Rush Valley, oh boy does she go into fangirl mode!
  • Tank-Top Tomboy: When shown during mechanical work, she often wears a tank top.
  • Tareme Eyes: They showcase her kind nature.
  • Teen Genius: When it comes to automail. She made Ed's at the age of 11.
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: Winry only major skill is working on automail, so she's generally only useful when Edward needs his automail limbs repaired, upgraded, or replaced. Fortunately for her, this happens numerous times throughout the series, ensuring she at least occasionally has a productive role in the story.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: She keeps her hair in a high ponytail down to her lower back. She also happens to be a Wrench Wench.
  • Tsundere: A harsher Type B, focused around her family/friends, though the only person she gets really mad at is Ed.
  • Vapor Wear: At least in the chapter where Ed almost watches her undress.
  • Weapons of Their Trade: Winry (who is a mechanic) wields her wrench like a club.
  • Will They or Won't They?: With Ed. They Do.
  • Wrench Wench: She provides the trope picture. She made her first automail when she was 11, and her Weapon of Choice is a wrench. She is never shown to be covered in grease though since automail construction is very fine work and actually more a medical profession.
  • Wrench Whack: Her preferred method of punishing Ed (and on one occasion, Al) when he does something out of line, specifically breaking the arm that she made for him.

    Scar 

Scar

Voiced by: Kenta Miyake (JP), J. Michael Tatum (EN), Alfonso Nittoli (Latin America)

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/fmabscar.png
Affiliation: Ishval (formerly)
Rank: Warrior priest (formerly)
Speciality: Destructive Alchemy/Constructive Alchemy/Alkahestry

A mysterious Ishvalan warrior priest in a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against the State Alchemists that annihilated his people.


  • Accidental Murder: He killed the Rockbells after regaining consciousness after his family was killed, discovering that his brother's arm was now attached where his own once was and freaked out when he saw them and was reminded of the Amestrian soldiers.
  • Aloof Big Brother: Non-blood-related example, but Scar and May have a dynamic similar to this. Though the 'aloof' is a vast improvement over Scar's previous Serial-Killer Killer occupation.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: In-Universe, Roy and Ed argue about what kind of man Scar is. Roy says he's a genocide survivor with a good reason to avenge his people. A chagrined Ed believes that Scar just likes attacking people because he's a bully that is masking his pain. Given that Ed was too young to participate in the Ishvalan massacre and Scar attacked him and Al, he may have a point.
  • Anti-Hero: Eventually switches sides after the Homunculi start moving openly, but stays gruff and closed-off.
  • Anti-Villain: Type II. He just wanted revenge on those that have killed his people.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Al when escaping Father's lair.
  • Badass and Child Duo: With May.
  • Badass Boast: "Your only solace from my wrath will be damnation!"
  • Badass Preacher: A former warrior-priest. The guy killed about 20 State Alchemists before the start of the series and was able to effortlessly defeat Ed and Al. He even killed Bradley, a guy that went 1-0 with a tank.
  • Badass Transplant: He has his brother's arm, tattooed with alchemical markings that allow him to destroy anything with a touch.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Literally, as he was an Ishvalan warrior monk. Later upgraded this status with his added Face Palm Of Doom.
  • Batman Grabs a Gun: During his showdown with King Bradley near the end of the series, he breaks his code as an Ishvalan and uses Alchemy to reconstruct matter, thus regaining the upper hand. Up until that point, he only used his abilities to destroy things and so remained technically within the bounds of his code against it.
  • The Big Guy: Scar's an extremely effective martial artist. However, because of his history as one of Ishval's more conservative priests, he is (by choice) unfamiliar with the rest of the setting's combat tools. Ed almost got killed in his first fight with Scar by trying to fight him hand-to-hand; in his next fight, he stressed his alchemy more and had Scar locked down. It's also telling that Scar was only able to deconstruct Jerso's saliva after Ed mentioned that it was mostly water.
  • Big Little Brother: He is way bigger and stronger than his older brother was.
  • Black and White Insanity: His Fatal Flaw during the first half of the series. He believes every single State Alchemist is evil regardless of their motives or history, and sees it as a god given duty to hunt them down. The problem with this is that he doesn't care or make a distinction between those who actually were part of the Ishvalian Civil War and those who were not, so he tries to kill Edward because Edward is a State Alchemist, even though Ed was only a child during the conflict and had literally no part in the war. It takes a while for him to get over this and realize he was creating a cycle of vengeance.
  • Bloodbath Villain Origin: He began his serial-killing career by killing any and all available Amestrians after waking up in a hospital to find that his entire family has been killed by Kimblee and that his brother's arm has been grafted onto his body in the place of his own severed arm. He flipped out and started his rampage with the Rockbells, two Amestrian doctors who saved his life. While the slaughter is indeed his Start of Darkness and he becomes an unrepentant murderer afterwards, he does actually regret this particular action even before his Heel–Face Turn and acknowledges that the two doctors did not meet even his warped definition of guilty.
  • Book-Ends: His story of revenge begins when he wakes up after being saved by the Rockbells and discovers that his country has been destroyed, and ends when he wakes up in the Armstrong mansion and is offered the chance to rebuild his people. A key difference is that in the first one, he suffers a Freak Out! and kills the Rockbells, having connected them with the Amestrians who killed his people, while in the second he doesn't do any of that, despite being greeted by the similarly blonde haired and blue eyed Olivier.
  • Break Them by Talking: "Just don't forget, it was you Amestrians that started the Ishvalan War!"
  • Broken Bird: He is tough, self-reliant and cold. He has a very Dark and Troubled Past as a survivor of a brutal genocide, which has left him seeking revenge against the State Alchemists who annihilated his people. He also takes a younger person under his wing like many other BB's do, this person being May Chang.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Scar is an angry Byronic Hero who develops an Intergenerational Friendship with May Chang, a perky, kind-hearted young princess.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: He is a stoic Church Militant, but has a love of cute things, namely cats, May Chang, and her pet panda, Xiao May, the last of which everyone in the show thinks is a cat.
  • Byronic Hero: Morally neutral? He develops from an Anti-Villain to an Anti-Hero. Largely concerned with personal interests? He's driven only by his feelings and his quest for vengeance, at least for a time. Dark and Troubled Past? He lost his arm, his brother, most of his people, and his country in a brutal genocide. Defined by conflict, inner and outer? He has his moments. Introspective loner? Definitely so. Guilty of horrible crimes? He is responsible for dozens of murders, including Rockbells, who were in no way responsible for the Ishvalan massacre. An exile? He's a wandering Vigilante Man. Cynical and self-destructive? He doesn't even care about his own life.
  • Character Development: Scar starts out the series hell-bent on getting revenge on the State Alchemists for the genocide of his people, and is willing even to kill children for that purpose. Towards the end of the series, he's grown so much that he ends up helping to talk down one of the State Alchemists he was hell-bent on killing from losing himself to blind hatred and vengeance—exactly what Scar was at the start of the series.
  • Characterization Marches On: In his debut, he murders the two guards at Tucker's house without hesitation. However, in his later appearances, he just beats the guards in Briggs unconscious.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Mostly his ludicrous speed, but he is also extremely tough and strong as well. Scar is able to semi-successfully dogde bullets, literally throw his opponents around and keep on fighting despite having lost ridiculous amounts of blood. The only explanation for that is him being an Ishvalian monk - one of those is supposedly worth ten regular soldiers in combat.
  • Churchgoing Villain: Scar filled this role early on, even going so far as to pray for God to bless the souls of Nina and Alexander whom he Mercy Killed. As time passed and he moved into a protagonist role, the conflict between his religious beliefs and his chosen path were brought into focus.
  • Cool Big Bro: May looks up to him as one.
  • Cool Shades: He wears a pair to hide his red eyes.
  • The Comically Serious: First seen in chapter 26. When a young Ishvalan refugee yells at him to clean up before throwing a washcloth at his face, Scar's expression doesn't waver one bit. However, the most famous example is probably his reaction to Shao May.
  • Cuteness Proximity: He loves kittens and had an urge to pet Shao May.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: The extermination of his people, his brother dying to save him, the scar on his face etc.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: As an Ishvalan, he has white hair and dark skin.
  • Death Seeker: Implied, at least for a time. When Winry hates him for killing her parents after they helped him due to his confusion at the time and considers whether or not to kill him, he understands and seems at peace with the idea of her getting her revenge on him and dying as a result. More explicit in the manga when, after being saved by Olivier, he complains that she, like the Rockbells, didn't just let him die.
  • Despair Event Horizon: He crossed it in his backstory after his friends and family were blown up by Kimblee, his brother sacrificed himself to make sure Scar lived, having a Freak Out! and murdering the Rockbells in a blind rage, and then seeing his home having been reduced to rubble. The only thing keeping him going is his hatred for Amestrians, but he grows out of it eventually.
  • The Dreaded: For a good long while, he was the boogie man that had the entire military on edge.
  • Easily Forgiven: Played With. Winry is willing to help Scar by treating his life-threatening injuries because it's what her parents would have done, but that doesn't mean she's forgiven him. Also, Edward still wants to beat the crap out of him and make him pay his respects in front of the Rockbell graves one day. He also refuses to tell Winry why he killed her parents, not wanting to seek forgiveness for it (he killed them after regaining consciousness after his family was killed, discovering that his brother's arm was now attached where his own once was and freaked out when he saw them and was reminded of the Amestrian soldiers.) On the other hand, Olivier saves his life near the end and Miles offers him the chance to help rebuild Ishval. Olivier claims that she did it to scare Roy when it became obvious that saving him wouldn't benefit her.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Even before he got any alchemical abilities, he was capable of defeating multiple armed Amestrian soldiers with just his bare hands. The manga even states that the average Isvhalan warrior-priest was equal to 10 standard soldiers in a fight.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His plan is to get revenge on the State Alchemists that annihilated his people. Once he meets his master and other surviving Ishvalans, it's clear that he still cares about his people.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • After he incapacitates Al, who isn't a State Alchemist, he gives his word to not kill Al while preparing to execute a helpless Ed, who is one.
    • He is quite horrified when he realizes that the Nina was fused to her dog Alexander into a chimera, and puts them out of their (ambiguous) misery.
    • He admits that he feels horribly guilty for killing Winry's parents, because they were innocents and had saved him.
  • Everybody's Dead, Dave: His refugee party is wiped out by Kimblee.
  • Face Palm Of Doom: His signature attack.
  • Fallen Hero: He was once a warrior-priest who dedicated himself to his god Ishvala. However, the Ishvalan Rebellion took his family and the most of his people away from him, leading to him turning his back on his people, his culture and religion's principals and values in favor of his quest for vengeance.
  • The Farmer and the Viper: During the war, Winry's parents gave him medical treatment, saving his life. Scar thanked them by flipping out and killing them both. It's a bit of unusual variation, as this murder was a result of confusion and rage on his part, rather than being an Ungrateful Bastard like in most examples.
  • Freak Out!: He's usually quite cool and collected, but when he wakes up to find his brother has sacrificed himself to save him he loses it completely and undeservedly kills Winry's parents.
  • Freudian Excuse: Scar's turn to evil started after the Amestrian military launched a war of extermination against his people, the Ishvalans. The soldiers who caused the most casualties in the war were the State Alchemists. Scar himself was mortally wounded by the State Alchemist Kimblee, and his brother was only able to save Scar's life by sacrificing his own. Following this, Scar became a Serial Killer of State Alchemists, particularly targetting those who participated in the Ishvalan War of Extermination, in an attempt to avenge his brother and his people.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: He becomes a Vigilante Man who targets State Alchemists because many of them had to do with the genocide of his people. When Roy Mustang (a State Alchemist himself) tells Ed that his quest for vengeance is justified, the latter rebukes it, claiming that he's still involving innocent people for the sake of his revenge and that he's just candy-coating it by acting self-righteous and calling himself "an instrument of God".
  • Friend to All Children: Children who aren't certified State Alchemists at least, since he tries to kill Ed as soon as he finds him. May Chang is the first one to try to reach out to him, and he also sympathized with Nina Tucker, albeit in a twisted way. In a way, him promising not to kill Al could also be seen as an example of this.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Downplayed. He was always a badass, but he went from a young warrior-priest to The Dreaded Genocide Backfire.
  • The Fundamentalist: He tries to pass off his murderous revenge against State Alchemists as this, saying that their alchemy is an affront to his god Ishval. However, Ed later points out that Scar is deceiving everyone with this excuse, including himself; his real motive is nothing more than simple revenge for the genocide of his people. After this, Scar starts his transformation into The Atoner, fully admitting the crimes he's committed without using his religion as an excuse. It helps that his old master (presumably the guy who trained him as a priest) survived the genocide and when Scar runs into him, he takes the Ishvala Is Love approach—or more like, the Revenge Helps Nothing approach. This is one of the few instances of religion having a positive impact in the setting.
  • Genocide Backfire: Unfortunately for the Amestris military, one of the survivors of the massacre happened to be a vengeful Badass monk with a penchant for doing Your Head Asplode to State Alchemists. It really backfires in the end, doesn't it Bradley?
  • "Get out of Jail Free" Card: While he does go through a genuine Heel–Face Turn, Scar is still responsible for dozens of murders, including Rockbells, who were in no way responsible for the Ishvalan massacre. He doesn't suffer any official punishment for any of them.
  • Hair-Contrast Duo: Inverted. Scar is an angry Byronic Hero with white hair. May is a perky, kind-hearted young princess with black hair.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: His entire family was killed by alchemists and his brother gave up his life (and arm) to save him, since his people have a quasi-religious reason to hate alchemy, he goes out hunting, "In God's Name". Especially ironic since he uses a form of alchemy to destroy his targets: state alchemists. This is spelled out to Scar himself when Ed throws himself in front of Winry to protect her from Scar. Scar flashes back to Ishval, where Ed is in his brother's place, and Scar himself is in Kimblee's.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He wasn't super evil to begin with, but he grew less violent and radical over time. Even Envy pointed out to him that he was teaming with a State Alchemist; Scar basically told Envy he knew and just didn't care anymore.
  • Heel Realization: He knew he wasn't a good person for a while. But it wasn't until Winry agreed to heal his wounds despite her hatred for him (crystallizing a point his elders made about their decision to pursue nonviolence) that he comes to realize just where—and how grievously—he went wrong. The start of it was after Winry freaked out and tried to kill him after she discovered that he had killed her parents. Afterwards, Scar could only wonder if that was what he looked like.
  • Hero Killer: His first encounter with Ed and Al ends with Ed's automail being shattered, and Al unable to move. Ed was saved only by Riza Hawkeye and Alex Armstrong's Big Damn Heroes. Mustang also tried to pull this along with them, but failed because it was raining.
  • His Story Repeats Itself: He starts out as a member of an oppressed group fighting to take Amestris down, and winds up saving it.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: A platonic example with May when she decides to start hanging around. She's around his waist in height.
  • Hypocrite: He, an Ishvalan, hates alchemy, but uses the deconstruction part of it to kill his targets. When he comes to terms with himself and realizes what he's doing is wrong, he gets a tattoo on his other arm and starts using alchemy.
  • Hypocrisy Nod: When Mustang is about to kill off Envy out of hate Scar lectures him because he meant to become ruler. How ever he also made it clear that he won't stop him from taking vengeance because it would be hypocritical with Scars history. Perhaps he wouldn't have judged Mustang so harshly, he just wanted to help him.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Shows Bradley that he has managed to make a reconstruction tattoo on his left arm in their final fight.
  • Ignored Epiphany: He seems to have had a Heel Realization when he wonders if his face looks like Winry after the revelation that he killed her parents even though they saved his life. However, it doesn't stop him from killing people until she meets him the second time, making it a subversion.
  • Irony: Scar's quest for vengeance started because Amestrians slaughtered Scar's people. That quest ended with his working with Amestrians to save both peoples. Also, he's the man who ends up killing Fuhrer Bradley, the man who ordered the Ishvalan genocide, AKA Wrath, the sin he prescribed to the most in his original roaring rampage of revenge. By the end of the story, he's overall his anger and bitter hatred and is instead helping Major Miles promote a new age of peace and understanding between his people and the people of Amestris, as should have been done all along.
  • I've Come Too Far: He's a Warrior Monk turned Vigilante Man who hunts the State Alchemists in his quest to avenge the genocide of the Ishvalans. He rejects his master's plea for him to stop his Roaring Rampage of Revenge, saying that he's gone too far to turn back. Subverted when he has a Heel–Face Turn and later is there to stop Mustang from passing the Moral Event Horizon.
  • It's All About Me: He's driven only by his feelings and his quest for vengeance, not caring about what other people think of him (including his master) or the consequences of his actions. Subverted eventually because he learns to care about things other than himself or his quest for vengeance.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: When Ed and Al confront him for killing the chimera made out of Nina and Alexander, he retorts that if they had lived, the poor creature would have spent the rest of their life in agony as a laboratory experiment.
  • Karma Houdini: In the end he never faces any sort of repercussion from his actions early on in the series.
  • Karmic Nod: When Winry confronts him at gunpoint for the murder of her parents, he owns up to it, accepts her hatred and encourages her to pull the trigger. However, he warns her that if she fires, he will treat her as his enemy and try to kill her as well, reasoning that one of them must die one way or the other to sever the chain of vengeance that connects them.
  • Kick the Dog: He comes across the Elric brothers brooding in the rain, neither in a state to fight. Then he asks for their names, attacks them, and corners them when they try to run.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: His victims include Shou Tucker and Giolo Comanche (an unrepentant State Alchemist who served in Ishval). He also goes up against Kimblee, who would have killed the Rockbells if he had not. However, it's implied that he also murdered some relatively decent people, such as Basque Grand.
  • Life-or-Limb Decision: When Scar lost his arm in a bomb attack, his brother replaced it with his own arm, and apparently bled to death in his place.
  • Light Is Not Good: He often wears white or other lively colours and had a religious affiliation attached to him at one time.
  • Lightning Bruiser: His Weapon of Choice are his fists (well, his fist o' destruction) so in order to do much damage he has to get close enough to touch his opponent. Pair that with fighting mostly long-range opponents, and you either get really quick or really dead. He's probably the fastest human in the series, barring perhaps Major Armstrong, and Ed when he had his Briggs automail.
  • Like Brother and Sister: With May.
  • Logical Weakness: He might be able to destroy everything his right arm touches, but it operates under the same premise as normal alchemy - he requires a knowledge of what he's transmuting before he can do it. He's failed to destroy Ed's automail arm twice due to this; the first time was because he didn't realize right away that it was automail, the second because he didn't know that it was no longer composed of steel.
  • Loophole Abuse: Abhors alchemy as part of his religion and for the State Alchemists' role in his people's massacre, but he considers it not-alchemy to use steps 1 and 2 (identify and deconstruct) so long as he stops before step 3 (reconstruct). He gets called out for using alchemy in all but name and he eventually gets over his hatred of the it, getting a left-side tattoo that lets him fully perform alchemy.
  • Mangst: He is one of those very people targeted in the Ishbalan Civil War. He lived through a genocide campaign which left his country erased, his people nearly extinguished, his family dead and his brother's arm grafted to his shoulder. Just as an insult to injury, the arm also means he can use alchemy with ease; an act that as a former monk he views as sinful. He embarks on a ferocious Roaring Rampage of Revenge that he implies is supposed to end with suicide by State Alchemist. Some monologuing reveals that he's insane with grief for his people and family, and after encountering the daughter of a pair of doctors he murdered, he begins to change because she cuts close to home for him. Notably, his backstory is never divulged by him: May Chang has to learn of the Ishbalan genocide by a disenfranchised officer to realize why Scar pities her.
  • Mercy Kill: His reasoning behind killing the Nina-Alexander chimera is that there's no way to safely undo the transmutation and it will spend the rest of its life locked up in a military laboratory, though it's ambiguous how much it was really suffering.
  • Misplaced Retribution: He tries to kill the Elric brothers shortly after he's introduced. Scar is one of the few surviving members of a genocide perpetrated by the Amestrian government, and so has good reason to be angry, but he chooses to exact revenge for the deaths of his people by killing State Alchemists, and all State Alchemists, regardless of whether or not they were involved in the Ishvalan conflict. Ed and Al in particular were small children when the genocide took place, and had absolutely nothing to do with it. He also murdered Winry's parents, who saved his life as doctors, when it seemed like they were Amestrian scientists who were conducting experiments on Ishvalan survivors. As a bonus, it turns out that the people responsible for the whole war were Father and Envy, who treat their Amestrian minions like fish food. Whoops.
  • Moral Myopia: He is angry at the genocide of his people, but he rarely cares about the people he has killed and the consequences of his murderous actions. It's subverted in regards to his accidental murder of Winry's parents, who saved his life, in that he feels guilt and remorse over it.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He gets a few shirtless scenes and many, many shots that pan down his arms. His good physical shape's justified in that he's an Ishvalan warrior-priest, and he gets yelled at for maintaining his workout regiment even while recovering.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Among his murders, Winry's parents are the only ones he feels genuine guilt and remorse over, as he knows they were unjustified. And unlike the others, they also weren't planned and were carried out in the middle of a freak out. When Winry confronts him and demands to know why he killed them, he admits that any potential reason he could give would only be an excuse.
  • No Name Given: More like he forsook his own name.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: He is only known as Scar for his facial scar.
  • Never Hurt an Innocent: Played With. He usually targets State Alchemists, but he has his moments where he kills or targets innocents, such as the Rockbells, the guards at Tucker's house, and Ed. But then played straight when he just beats the guards in Brigss unconscious.
  • Noble Demon: He may be a terroristic serial killer who indiscriminately hunts down state alchemists, but he does have his principles. He avoids harming innocents and even minimizes damage to soldiers and police, saving his wrath for assassinating state alchemists and self defense against homunculi. He kills Nina to spare her from a living hell as an abomination and experiment, honors Ed's "last" request to spare Alphonse and takes full responsibility for killing Winry's parents in cold blood.
  • Normally, I Would Be Dead Now: Survives killing Wrath (no easy task) and even gives us some exposition in 106. While dripping blood out of... everything. He's not that impressed when he wakes up later to find that he did survive.
  • Not So Different:
    • While he and Ed have several differences, signs point to them being incredibly similar. Scar actually lampshades this about himself and Edward. The fact that he did so to encourage Mustang not to become as bitter as them did not amuse Ed.
    • Ed's not the only Elric brother that Scar has similarities to: A younger brother had his life saved by his older brother, who gave up his right arm to do so. Also, the younger brother is the better fighter and more physically imposing than the older in both cases. Are we talking about Scar, or Alphonse Elric?
  • Odd Friendship: May and Scar develops an Intergenerational Friendship. She's a cute little princess with an adorable pet panda and he's a Serial Killer out on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • Oh, Crap!: Usually on the giving end of this but also not above having a few of those moments himself. Most notable was when he tried to use his touch of death on Father to no effect(Father could reconstruct himself simultaneously as fast as Scars tattoo could deconstruct him). Scar immediately panicked and lept back before Father's lethal retaliation.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: He's only known by Scar. He refuses to tell anyone what his real name is because he doesn't feel he deserves it anymore.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: A subtle version post-reform. When helping to talk Roy down from his Roaring Rampage of Revenge against Envy, he concedes he has no moral high ground to condemn Roy's vengeance but admits he shudders to think what someone consumed with hate like he once was could do as the leader of a country. Up to that point there's never been a hint that anything following the Ishval Massacre could actually scare Scar.
  • Overdrawn at the Blood Bank: Bleeding out a lot, but survives.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Scar's mission upon gaining his alchemic right arm from his brother is to use alchemy itself (stopping at the second out of the three stages, Destroy, so as to not go against his religious beliefs) to kill all the State Alchemists in vengeance for the mass genocide they committed against the Ishvalan people.
  • Perpetual Frowner: The number of times he smiles in the entire series can be counted on one hand.
  • Personality Powers: A violent revenge seeker fittingly has destructive alchemy.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • His mercy-killing of chimeric Nina, grim as it may be. The pity with which he finishes her is one of his first on-screen instances of humanity.
      Scar: "At least your passing will be in peace."
    • His kindness to May makes him a bit more likeable.
    • According to the Omakes, he also likes kitty cats. Awww.
    • Being fond of Shao May is an almost literal example, as he tries to pet her at one point.
    • Unlike his hatred for alchemists and apparent indifference or distaste for Amestrians, he is gentle and respectful to the Ishvalan refugees he meets, especially children and his elders.
  • Please Kill Me If It Satisfies You: When Winry picks up a gun and is on the verge of shooting him, Scar freely admits she has every right to do so, though he also warns her that the second she pulls the trigger, she will be his enemy. Ed and Al intervene, not wanting Winry to become a murderer.
  • Power Nullifier:
    • He ignores Father's Power Nullifier and absolutely wastes Gluttony with his destructive touch after Ed and Al's alchemy had been rendered useless. This was because his right arm, which he'd received from his brother, was based in Xingese alkahestry and not Amestrian alchemy.
    • In the story's climax, Scar is responsible for carrying out the plan to nullify Father's Power Nullifier by activating a reverse transmutation circle in coordination with several Ishvalans. Not only does this make it impossible for Father to shut off alchemy any further, but it also gave Amestrian alchemists full access to the raw power of the earth, something Ed picks up on and uses to his advantage.
  • Power Tattoo: The source of his alchemy.
  • Redemption Earns Life: He becomes a priest in the reforming Ishval, teaching the new generation about their people's culture alongside Miles.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Zigzagged. His red eyes identify him as an Ishvalan--something which would get the average Amestrian up in arms immediately. However, the Ishvalans are a needlessly persecuted ethnic group that was nearly wiped out in a civil war. Compared to the average Ishvalan, though, Scar is an extremely dangerous individual, especially to State Alchemists, yet through his Character Development, he's less caustic and more antiheroic by the end of the series.
  • Revenge Before Reason: He hates State Alchemists enough to try to kill Ed, who had absolutely nothing to do with the genocide of his people, just for being one of them. Even after finding out that some of his people survived, it takes time for him to give up his quest for vengeance to join them.
  • Right Hand of Doom: Can only perform his deconstructions with one hand.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Scar goes on one of these when nearly his entire people, including all of his family, are killed during the Ishval Massacre. His plan is to kill every State Alchemist he meets, including those not involved in the Ishval massacre. He eventually sees that what he is doing is wrong, and becomes something of The Atoner.
  • Say My Name: "KIIIIIIIIMBLEEEEEE!!!"
  • Scary Black Man: Well, Scary Ishvalan Man, but close enough. This guy becomes the State Alchemists' bogeyman! Although it's averted with May, who doesn't find him scary at all, even after being informed that he kills people.
  • Serial Killer: Of the Mission-Based and Revenge variety; he targets State Alchemists to punish them for the massacre of his people and breaking an Ishvalan taboo against the use of alchemy. He has killed at least twenty-one people.
  • Serial-Killer Killer: Replace "serial killer" with "war criminal" and yeah, that's Scar. Indeed, he assassinates his targets with the same power that they use to commit their war crimes.
  • Shoot the Dog: Upon finding Nina transformed into a horrific dog-creature, Scar recognizes that she's suffering and mercy-kills her with his alchemy.
  • Sinister Minister: He is a former warrior-priest and a ruthless Serial Killer in a Roaring Rampage of Revenge, though was originally a good man before the Ishvalan Rebellion took his family and the most of his people away from him.
  • Spanner in the Works: Father's alchemy-cancelling abilities have absolutely no effect on him. Compounded with the moment he and May first gatecrashed into his lair, he's been derailing his plans bit after bit.
  • Straw Nihilist: Implied, at least for a time. While he's not vocal about it, he doesn't even care about his own life and at one point, he claims to have decided to abandon everything his God gave him.
  • The Stoic: He's a man of few moods. The most common is "solemn religious judgement".
  • Suicide by Cop: Seems to be his life's goal. He doesn't succeed, much to his irritation.
  • Survivor Guilt: He's extremely distressed that his brother, who he considers a better person than himself, died and saved Scar's life with his own arm. He deals with it by killing state alchemists.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: Even being a ruthless Serial Killer who attempted to kill The Protagonist isn't enough to keep him from sympathetic, given that as a genocide survivor he had lost everything he held dear. He also admits that he feels horribly guilty for killing Winry's parents, because they were innocents and had saved him.
  • Tame His Anger: Probably the most noticeable one in the series.
  • Team Dad: He becomes one after Yoki and May become his True Companions.
  • That Man Is Dead: He uses this as his reason why he abandoned his real name.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With everyone after his Heel–Face Turn, especially Ed.
  • Tragic Bigot: His hatred of all Amestrians, including and especially State Alchemists, stems from what the Amestrian military did during the Ishvalan Massacre.
  • Tragic Villain: Scar used to be a kind and caring man before the Ishvalan Rebellion took his family and the most of his people away from him. He does make a Heel–Face Turn, though.
  • Tranquil Fury: In his Roaring Rampage of Revenge, he is, save for a few moments, very calm throughout the entire deal. He even goes toe to toe with Wrath with only a Death Glare to show his utter hatred of the man who slaughtered his people.
  • Trauma Button: When Ed throws himself in front of Winry to protect her, Scar flashes back to the moment his brother threw himself in front of him to protect him from Kimblee and freezes up; Al takes advantage of it to attack Scar and drive him off.
  • Trauma Conga Line: It all started when Kimblee attacked him and Scar's brother gave up his arm to save his life. When he woke up and thought his brother was with him only to find out about his arm and the fate of his brother he freaked out, killed the Rockbells in a berserk rage, and went outside only to find Ishval destroyed.
  • True Companions: With Yoki and May.
  • The Unapologetic: Deconstructed. When Winry questions why he killed her parents, Scar tells her that there can be no excuse for it instead of apologizing for it.
  • The Unfettered: He will stop at nothing to destroy those who killed the most of his people.
  • The Un-Reveal: He doesn't reveal his real name.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: An older example; in the flashbacks, he is shown to be once a good if very strict person who genuinely cares about his family and people. Having lost everything he held dear, he became a ruthless Serial Killer in a Roaring Rampage of Revenge we know today.
  • Vigilante Execution: His standard MO, assassinating State Alchemists for their war crimes during the Ishvalan Rebellion. He stops doing this after his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Vigilante Man: He is trying to punish State Alchemists for their war crimes during the Ishvalan Rebellion. Deconstructed as he tries to kill Ed, who had absolutely nothing to do with the genocide of his people, just for being one of them.
  • Warrior Monk: He was a warrior-priest of Ishval during the war, and tried to do penance afterward through becoming a death-seeking avenger of God.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Zigzagged. His white hair identify him as an Ishvalan. However, the Ishvalans are a needlessly persecuted ethnic group that was nearly wiped out in a civil war. Compared to the average Ishvalan, though, Scar is an extremely dangerous individual, especially to State Alchemists, yet through his Character Development, he's less caustic and more antiheroic by the end of the series.
  • Withholding Their Name: The Ishvalan known as Scar underwent a Meaningful Rename, and tossed away his old name in his quest for revenge. During Brotherhood, Yoki asks Scar's name. Scar responds that to Ishvalans, a person's name is the most important thing; the name is regarded as a gift from God. So Yoki asks again, and Scar's response is "I threw it away. I threw away my own name." Yoki doesn't dare ask him again. At the end of the series, he still refuses to give his name and says you can just call him whatever you want to.
  • World's Best Warrior: Scar is the best hand-to-hand fighter in the cast thanks to his martial arts prowess and his destruction technique. He is, however, held back by his poor range and lack of alchemical skill, at least until he battles with Wrath and decides to give reconstruction a shot.
  • Would Hurt a Child: At first. He gives a Mercy Kill to Nina after he murders her father in front of her. Then he attacks Ed and Al, who only put up a fight when cornered, despite the fact that Ed was too young to have participated in the Ishvalan massacre. Mustang and Armstrong have to challenge him to get him to stop Scar from murdering Ed in cold blood.
  • Wrath: His big sin. He essentially views himself as the wrath of God personified, starting him down the deep end. It foreshadows him being the one to finally kill Wrath the homunculus.
  • "X" Marks the Hero: Double Subverted. He starts out as a He Who Fights Monsters-style Anti-Villain, but the ensuing Character Development slowly turns him into an Anti-Hero instead.
  • You Monster!: Called this by Winry after finding out that he killed her parents even though they saved his life.
    Winry: GIVE ME BACK MY MOM AND DAD, YOU MONSTER!

    May Chang 

May Chang

Voiced by: Mai Goto (JP), Monica Rial (EN), María José Estévez (Latin America)
Shao May is voiced by: Rie Kugimiya (JP), Tia Ballard (EN)

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/fmabmaychang.png
Affiliation: Kingdom of Xing/Chang Clan
Rank: 17th Princess of Xing
Speciality: Medical Alkahestry/Martial Arts

A Xingese princess from a very minor clan, her goals are similar to her half-brother Ling's. She's always accompanied by her tiny panda, Shao May.


  • Action Girl: She's a skilled martial artist and practitioner of alkahestry able to put up a good fight.
  • All Chinese People Know Kung-Fu: May is a fantasy-counterpart Asian princess, and she can really kick ass in a fight. Justified, in that learning self-defense tactics is a necessity for someone who is a potential target of assassination attempts.
  • Anime Chinese Girl: Xing is a Fantasy Counterpart Culture to China, so yeah. She fits this trope more than the sensible ninja Lan Fan, being a perky martial artist/princess, having Odango Hair, and being dressed in feminine East Asian clothing.
  • Badass Adorable: Despite being around twelve years old she's quite the martial artist, and she's undoubtedly cute.
  • Badass and Child Duo: With Scar.
  • Bottomless Magazines: You may be wondering where she gets all those throwing knives. Justified — while she's never shown doing it, she likely has the ability to transmute more from available material.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Scar is an angry Byronic Hero who develops an Intergenerational Friendship with May Chang, a perky, kind-hearted young princess.
  • Child Prodigy: Expert at alkahestry and martial arts, and she is still not a teenager yet.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome:
    • A somewhat milder case, although in the end, instead of returning to her country with Envy, she decides to stay in Amestris to help everyone. Ling notes that she lost her chance to make her clan win by involving herself in another country's business.
    • Exemplified again in the fight against the gold-toothed doctor and his mooks. May could make a grab for the Philosopher's Stone he dropped, or stop the dying Riza's bleeding. Unsurprisingly, she chooses the latter.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Has quite the overactive imagination.
  • Combat Medic: A great martial artist and practitioner of alkahestry. She knows enough about alkahestry's medical applications to be a competent first aid provider.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Like most other people of Xing.
  • Detect Evil: She can sense homunculi and the subterranean Philosopher's Stone.
  • Empathy Pet: One of the more literal examples. Her panda not only shares her feelings, but also mimics most of her movements.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Her status as a princess of Xing is only relevant insofar as it spurs her quest for the Philosopher's Stone. Otherwise, it's rarely brought up. Admittedly, she's not a princess in very high standing.
  • Flechette Storm: A variant in that she doesn't use it to attack people directly, but she does tend to throw them very close to people's heads when performing remote transmutations.
  • The Glomp: Her standard greeting towards Alphonse.
  • Hair-Contrast Duo: Inverted. Scar is an angry Byronic Hero with white hair. May is a perky, kind-hearted young princess with black hair.
  • Hair Decorations: She ties her Odango Hair with white bands and wears two white beads at the end of each of her Braids of Action.
  • Head Pet: Shao May, who's small enough to perch on her head at times.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: May thinks Scar and Yoki are great guys before either has really reformed, and she initially distrusts Ed and Al.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Once she gets over Ed, she's on Al like Elvis on a pound of bacon. Also a platonic example with Scar, who's probably two feet taller than she is.
  • I Got Bigger: In the epilogue, she appears to have grown at least two feet taller. Justified by the fact that it seems to be at least several years later, so May could've hit a growth spurt or two during that time.
  • Immortality Seeker: She's searching for the secret to raise her clan's standing in court.
  • Implied Love Interest: For Alphonse. While she clearly has a Precocious Crush on him, he's affectionate towards her, and she appears in the family photo at the end, we don't know for sure if they get together.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: She can effortlessly throw five knives at once to land in a circle.
  • The Ingenue: Sweet, naive, and well-intentioned.
  • Karmic Jackpot: Like Ling, she was going to take a Philosopher's Stone home to save her clan. After her experiences in Amestris, her new priority becomes to save everyone. When Ling becomes Emperor, he promises her that he will watch over her clan and keep them safe, along with all 49 of the other clans.
  • Knife Nut: Not as a weapon, but a tool to perform her alkahestry.
  • Kung-Fu Kid: Enters the story by kicking Al in the head.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard: Adept at both martial arts and alkahestry.
  • Like Brother and Sister: With Scar.
  • Little Miss Badass: See Plucky Girl below.
  • Love Before First Sight: Develops a crush on Ed after misinterpreting a description of the Fullmetal Alchemist and his legendary exploits, coming to believe he's a Knight in Shining Armor. Then she finds out what Ed's really like, she drops him for Al for similar, but less exaggerated reasons.
  • Maybe Ever After: While it's not explicitly confirmed, her presence in the Elric family photo heavily implies she marries Alphonse. While it is a bit ambigious in the Brotherhood adaptation due to the presence of family friends, the original manga has her alongside Al with the married Ed and Winry.
  • The Medic: Knows some healing alchemy. Oddly enough, she fills this role for her group more than her teammate Marcoh, who is an actual doctor.
  • Modest Royalty: Partly out of circumstance. May is a princess from Xing, but despite her official class status, she has lived most of her life in impoverished conditions because she's from a clan with very little power.
  • Morality Pet: For Scar; his treatment of her is one of his first kindnesses in the series.
  • Mouthy Kid: Although she can border on Bratty Half-Pint whenever Ed's around.
  • Naïve Everygirl: She's well-intentioned, but she's not a very good judge of character.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Envy tricks her into restoring him/her to his full strength on the Promised Day.
  • Ocular Gushers: Enough to put out a fire.
  • Odango Hair: She wears two small high buns with Braids of Action. She's an innocent and polite Anime Chinese Girl.
  • Odd Friendship: May and Scar develops an Intergenerational Friendship. She's a cute little princess with an adorable pet panda and he's a Serial Killer out on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • Panda-ing to the Audience: Shao May, her tiny panda sidekick.
  • Perky Female Minion: While she is rather cheerful, the character she follows is very much The Stoic. Granted, Scar is well on his way to being an Anti-Hero by the time she meets him.
  • Pet Baby Wild Animal: She found Shao May after she had been abandoned by the other pandas due to her stunted growth and has taken care of her ever since.
  • Plucky Girl: Crosses a Sahara Desert expy and into an unfriendly militaristic nation alone (something that her older half-brother Ling was unwilling to do), picks a fight while still recovering from a concussion, and attacks the Big Bad even while knowing that she is totally outclassed by him. Even after being badly wounded, she continues to help out in the final battle. May Chang does not give up.
  • Pretty Princess Powerhouse: While a polite and well-mannered princess who is devoted to her clan, she's also an accomplished martial artist and alkahestrist. Justified in that she grew up in a Deadly Decadent Court where assassination attempts are the norm, and downplayed in that she can't be more than twelve, so she still acts like a child in some respects.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: She's a Xingese princess whose outfits are usually varying shades of pink and red.
  • Rapunzel Hair: She has six knee-length Braids of Action.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Justified. She has to do something (in this case, search for the secret to immortality) if she wants her clan to survive.
  • Settle for Sibling: Downplayed — her crush on Ed only lasts a hot minute after she realizes that he isn't what she expected, and she falls for his brother Al.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Develops a crush on Ed after misinterpreting a description of the Fullmetal Alchemist and his legendary exploits, coming to believe he's a Knight in Shining Armor. After meeting him in person, she quickly drops her infatuation. Instead, she falls for his brother, Al, who fits the "knight in shining armor" description better.
  • The Smurfette Principle: She is the only female member of Scar's gang.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Where to begin? May Chan, May Chen, Meichan, May Chang, Mei Chang, Xiao May, Xiao Mei... it just never ends.
  • Succession Crisis: She's seeking to inherit the throne to save her lesser clan.
  • Tagalong Kid: Kind of; she ends up joining Scar's group, and while she is the youngest member of the team, she's far from useless or a burden.
  • Tareme Eyes: She has drooping eyes to indicate her innocence and kindness.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: She teaches Al about alkahestry and she very much likes him. Her presence in the Elric family photo in both the manga and Brotherhood implies that Al returned those feelings.
  • Thinks Like a Romance Novel: She has indulgent romantic fantasies towards both Elrics.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Attacking Father head on despite being warned by both Elric brothers that it's a horrible idea and he's really powerful. She gets a massive Curb-Stomp Battle for her poor decision making.
  • Tsundere: In general, May's personality frequently switches between being attitudinal and being sweet, mostly depending on her relationship with a person. For example she's extremely aggressive to her fellow Xingese brethren (who are her rivals in obtaining the throne) and rude to Ed, but is kind towards Scar and becomes absolutely smitten with Al. She also displays a classic tsundere response to her half-brother Ling when he tells her he'll protect her clan when they return to Xing, simultaneously insulting him for the offer and sobbing out of being touched by it.

Alternative Title(s): Fullmetal Alchemist Main Characters

Top

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:

/

Media sources:

/

Report