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Voiced by: Kenta Miyake (JP), J. Michael Tatum (EN), Alfonso Nittoli (Latin America), Felipe Grinnan (BR), Massimilliano Lotti (IT)
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.

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  • 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 anyway, it may explain his point of view.
  • 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: The Badass (mysterious, powerful grown man) to May's Child (perky preteen princess), although May herself is no slouch in combat.
  • 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. Possibly justified with his training to be a warrior monk while his brother became a scholar.
  • 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.
  • Bookends: 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 the 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 dodge 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.
  • 11th-Hour Superpower: He eventually comes to terms with the fact that he's basically doing alchemy and it's the only way to complete his task, and gets the creation markings tattoed on his other arm for a complete power set. he then surprises Bradley with it in their climactic clash.
  • 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 Ishvalan warrior-priest was equal to 10 standard soldiers in a fight.
  • Establishing Character Moment: When he meets Shou and Nina Tucker he describes himself as God's retribution and brutally murders Shou but he takes a moment to pray for Nina's soul and makes it clear he considers killing her a Mercy Kill. This establishes his religious fervor and ruthlessness, but also shows he's not without a conscience or mercy.
  • 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 Nina was fused with 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.
  • Everyone Has Standards: As a man who is devoted to avenging his people, he acknowledges that it's only fair for Winry to try to kill him to take revenge for her parents' deaths at his hands. However, that doesn't mean he's going to lie down and accept that revenge and if she chooses to attack him he'll respond in kind.

  • 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 Massacre 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.
  • Foil: He has one in Kimblee. Both men took part in the Ishvalan War and use alchemy to murder others because they enjoy it. But while Kimblee is quite open about how he does it For The Evuls, Scar presents his actions as a moral crusade despite them being aimed as satisfying his anger. This applies in-universe as well; part of Scar's Heel Realization is him noticing the similarities between himself and Kimblee.
  • 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 targeting 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". Several other Ishvalans he meets also outright tell him that what happened to their people is wrong, but that going around and killing people doesn't make the system better. It's this and meeting Winry that Scar begins to reconsider his approach.
  • 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?
  • Genocide Survivor: Scar is the most prominent survivor of the Ishvalan Civil War, a massacre committed against his people.
  • "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 the Rockbells', who were in no way responsible for the Ishvalan massacre. He doesn't suffer any official punishment for any of them.
  • Ground Pound: When outmatched, Scar tends to shatter the ground around him with his alchemy, throwing off his foes and giving himself a chance to escape if necessary. He does this often enough that when Kimblee's chimera corner him, they refer to this tendency and stop him from doing it.
  • 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.
  • Hiding Your Heritage: Due to the persecution that the Ishvalans face, Scar, on a journey of vengeance to kill as many State Alchemists in the country of Amestris following their committing of the Ishval Massacre, hides his heritage by way of wearing sunglasses to avoid revealing the distinctive red irises that Ishvalans have.
  • 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 a ruler. However, he also made it clear that he won't stop him from taking vengeance because it would be hypocritical with Scar's history. Perhaps he wouldn't have judged Mustang so harshly, and instead 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.
  • Imperfect Ritual: His tattooed right arm allows him to perform 2 out of 3 steps of basic alchemy. Considering those steps are understanding and decomposition, you do not want him to touch you with that right hand of his.
  • 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 over 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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. The brothers silently acknowledge that they knew Nina and Alexander could never have been separated and returned to normal.
  • 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 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 it, getting a left-side tattoo that lets him fully perform alchemy.
  • Mangst: He is one of those very people targeted in the Ishvalan 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 Ishvalan 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 Brigs 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.
  • Odd Friendship: May and Scar develop 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 leapt 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.
  • OOC 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 has smiled in the entire series can be counted on one hand. But given all the pain, horror, and anguish he has gone through and seen, it’s very, very much justified.
  • 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 is the network of tatoos on his arm.
  • 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.
  • Revenge Is Not Justice: When the series starts out, he's is a Vigilante Man/Serial Killer who targets State Alchemists because many of them participated in the genocide of his people. While Roy Mustang, one of the participants in said genocide, views it as justice that one of the surviving Ishvalans would seek revenge, Ed rebukes it, stating outright that regardless of his reasons, Scar is still involving innocent people in his rampage and candy-coating it by acting self-righteous and calling himself "an instrument of God". Several of Scar's fellow Ishvalan survivors, including his master, also tell Scar point-blank that no matter what happened to their people, what he's doing is wrong.
  • Riddle for the Ages: His real name is never given and Scar refuses to provide it several times when asked.
  • 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.
  • 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 Massacre 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 Massacre 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 Unreveal: 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 Massacre. 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 Massacre. 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.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He's one of the few survivors of a brutal genocide which killed almost all his loved ones. As revenge against the government who massacred his people, he becomes a Serial Killer who exclusively targets state alchemists. Fortunately, he gets much better over time.
  • 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 both of them were too young to have participated in the Ishvalan massacre.
  • 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.

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