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Fullmetal Alchemist has loads of material to make good stories with... we're still waiting for Fullpetal Botanist, though.

These are recommendations made by Tropers for Fullmetal Alchemist fanfics, all of which have to be signed to stay on the page. Feel free to add a fanfic of your own to the list, but remember to use the template found here.


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  • Complete: The fic has been completed.
  • Ongoing: The fic is being updated on a regular basis, or has received an update after a significant absence.
  • Dormant: The fic has not been updated in a fairly long time (a year or more) but the author has not pronounced it dead.
  • Dead: The fic has not been updated in several years, or the author has specifically said that it will not be updated.

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Anything by S.N. Rainsworth
  • Recommended by RoamingShadow
  • Excellent writing and characterization. The author also writes for the Harry Potter and Cardcaptor Sakura fandoms but is currently writing for Fullmetal Alchemist. The author also has two or three FMA/HP crossovers. In between fic updates, the author whips out some of the best-written one-shots.

Anything by xIcyChanx

  • Recommended by ceriseapple
  • If you're searching for well-written Fem!Ed x Roy fanfiction, but don't know where to look, then search no more. This author practically specializes in writing about the two of them, and a majority of her fics have ranged from heartbreaking to hilariously adorable. She's also written a bit about Edwin and normalRoyEd, so if you like any of these pairings, her fanfics won't fail to disappoint! [Note: Several of her fics are rated M.]

Anything by Laetans

  • Recommended by MEWtiful
  • The writer has written eight stories for Fullmetal Alchemist: some Warm and Fuzzy, some bitterly sad. (To this day, February Thirteenth is the only fanfiction I have ever read that has managed to make me cry.) Whatever the case, you know that the characters' relationships are going to be explored beautifully. Heck, if it's a long story there may even be development, an accomplishment that is the holy grail of a media swimming with OOC stories. There is sex, but none of the stories are Lemon Fic; this does give them an "M" rating.
    • NOTE: For reasons unknown, all of Laetans' FMA stories are gone. Wither the author pulled them down his/herself, or... Which is a pity; this troper enjoyed those stories.

Anything by Sevlow

  • Recommended by OracleSeven
  • Excellent writing and characterization. There's great detail on the relationship between Roy and Ed in almost every fic. A lot of it is both dark and/or rated M, however.

Anything by BeautifulFiction

  • Recommended by Wolfgirl44
  • As a general warning, this author writes mostly Roy/Ed, so if you can't stand that kind of stuff you may want to give this one a pass. If you CAN stand it, give it a look. The writing style is wonderful, especially with descriptions. Special mention goes to the author's current project, The Saffron Soul. I could go on for hours about how wonderful this story is, how interesting the plot is, how vivid the pictures it paints are, how each chapter has me on the edge of my seat... it's just awesome. Really.

Anything by MoonlitWaterSunnyRiver

  • Recommended by Hawking
  • Warning: Not for the faint of heart. This author writes some of the most heart-wrenchingly depressing stuff out there, and most of it is Ed/Envy - but realistic. Which mostly ends up just about as badly as you'd expect. Of special note is their pairing-less AU Hero of the People, in which Envy and Wrath are the Elric brothers.

Anything by metisket

  • Recommended by Yabumi, Dame-Amaryllis
  • Her Demon Alchemist series (aka the crazy!Ed verse) is already recced below. Other works tend to be more humorous, and even that much Darker and Edgier take on the series is pretty funny. Tends to write post-canon and canon pairings, with one series solely populated by absurd ships (and RoyEd). Themes common to all stories: Roy and his subordinates' ultimate goal is to take over the world; causing explosions is the Elric way; Ed and Winry (whether as a pairing or friends) can communicate through pointed staring, a superpower they abuse to bicker in public.

Anything by Gamma Cavy

  • Recommended by Tiamat
  • Her Even the Wizards universe, (A Harry Potter/ Brotherhood&manga crossover) is to die for. Everyone is in character, very much themselves, and taking no nonsense, and this troper often finds herself hearing the voices of Greed, Ling, Ed, Mustang, and Armstrong when she reads the sections with them. Cavy has a positive knack for the attitudes, and refreshingly unique ideas, adding such gems as the talking Gate (it makes sense in context) or Ling's side-splitting idea of a distraction.

    General Fics 
Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.


  • Recommended by sneakysneakysnakes
  • Status: Dormant; last updated February 2018
  • Synopsis: Six years after the Promised Day, Selim is Homunculus and child. As he studies alchemy, Selim realizes it is possible to resurrect his family. The Homunculi deserve the same second chance that he was given, but while they struggle to embrace their newfound humanity, an unknown player comes with a deal that divides them. Post-FMAB with bits from 2003 series. For Homunculi-lovers.
  • Now with its own Tropes page.

The Elemental Chess Trilogy (Flowers of Antimony, Brilliancy, The Game of Three Generals, and Triumvirate) by Lady Norbert.

  • Recommended by Glass Spires
  • Status
    • Flowers of Antimony, Brilliancy, and The Game of Three Generals: Complete
    • Triumvirate: Complete
    • Chronology: Dead (last updated July 2016)f
  • Synopsis: "Fullmetal, you're the only guy I know who can turn getting married into an international incident." Ed's wedding plans get disrupted when unknown forces attack Central City.

The Best Kept Secret in Central City.

  • Recommended by Gamma Cavy.
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopses: When the power goes out in winter Mustang's office is the only warm place in the building. Much to his dismay, all his subordinates take it over. Just how is the office warm? That is the secret.

The Glitch Alchemist

  • Recommended by Fullmetal_Masochist.
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Starting near the end of Brotherhood, Ed finds himself on the other side of the portal of Truth, in a parallel world much like Amestris. He meets a girl named Aura who offers to help him find his way back home. When tragedy strikes, Edward is left with an important decision to make. A decision that will change not only Aura's life but his own as well...

Anything But Normal by Anne Camp aka Obi-quiet

  • Recommended by TroperGundam.
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Fifteen years after the Promised Day, Selim Baker leads a life like any normal human. But a strange attempt on his life will lead him to discover how much of a monster he really is.

Incomplete Life by: Alan Schezar

  • Recommend by:That Pink Fluffy Table, Neveratall
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: (2003) Wrath decides to take a different path during the events of Conqueror of Shambala resulting in amongst many other things he and Winry Rockbell becoming business partners.

Asylum by Strix 4

  • Recommended by Glass Spires, LongLiveHumour, Clipboard Fox 22
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: In a world where alchemy exists but is thought to be a fairy tale, the Elric brothers land themselves in an asylum after their abilities are discovered. But this hospital has a darker purpose, and its patients must band together in order to survive.

Briarius By J Raylin 441

  • Recommended by Gamma Cavy
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis50 one-shots from various points of view regarding the complicated mess that is Ed. the one with the ancient writing is especially good, but they're all great.

Aftermath Rewritten by musician-ceowannabe

  • Recommended by person5455426
  • Vanished from the internet. Please post a link if found.
  • Synopsis: Set after the ending of Brotherhood, Edward Elric disappears, leaving his family. 10 years later, his kids venture out to search for him.

Restitution by Random Cheeses

  • Recommended by Aryashi, A Million Skies
  • Synopsis: After destroying the gate between worlds at the end of Conqueror Of Shamballa, Mustang ends up somewhere. . . unexpected.

The Prices We Pay by Pandora Culpa

  • Recommended by klepto
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Only life is equivalent to another life.

Torture by Mikkeneko

  • Recommended by Taco Sundae
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: One of the funniest one-shots I've ever read. In order to get Ed to make the Philosopher's Stone for them, Envy and Sloth decide that mental scars work better than physical ones.

To Catch a Killer by Epicocity

  • Recommended by NightOwlCity
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When Head Detective Roy Mustang met Forensics Specialist Edward Elric his first thought was that the boy was too young for the profession. But when a police department conspiracy appears he realizes: trust few or trust no one (Synopsis taken from
  • Book 1 of the Vengeance Series. For the second click here: To Find a Killer (Complete) and the third click here: To Stop a Killer (Complete).

Sons of the Desert by capn_hoozits

  • recommended by tolrais
  • Status: Complete
  • "Synopsis": Post Promised Day fic focussing on Major Miles and Scars' attempts to rebuild Ishval. Great prose and the OCs are so well written you can almost imagine them popping up in the series. There are also a lot of cameos by the main cast of the manga. The author has several more stories set in this post-canon verse, which can be all found here.

Supplemental Rules and Regulations by Sekhem

  • Recommended by Veloren
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: It all began after Hawkeye got her dog, and spiraled downward from there. A chronicle of the day-to-day chaos of Eastern HQ, and the supplemental rules that grew out of it. Surprisingly, Ed and Alphonse are not the main culprits. Crackfic.

Sketch:Gnosis by nebroadwe

  • Recommended by Musicrox4ever
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Oneshot. Scar's brother receives his first shipment of alchemy books. (at the time, mangaverse)

Return to the Underworld by Clouds on Monday.

  • Recommended by Crank 132
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Trapped and lost in this world, Edward Elric is stripped of alchemy; or so he thought. From Crop Circles to the Pyramids of Giza, Ed travels to the ruins of the world for clues to get home. But he isn't alone, and a painful decision has to be made.

Illness by Shiruba Neko.

  • Recommended by Battypichugirl 2
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Scar gets ill and, unbeknownst to him, Al stuffs him in his armor and takes him to Risembool with him and Ed. Ed, Al, Pinako, and Winry end up taking care of him for a week and a half.
  • Tags: Fluff

Photograph by ZaKai

  • Recommended by Keltena
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Ed wishes he was the one in Hughes's photographs.

Indebted by Velf.

  • Recommended by Citizen Grimm
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Set a few years after the film, based mainly on that and the first anime. A sweeping epic, with drama, action, adventure, angst, humor and romance. Original Characters. M for a small amount of mature content.

Catheter by Netta Sloan

  • Recommended by Dazai, Lotuschan
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: This is the first part of a series of fics detailing the events of Ed's Automail surgery, set a few days or two after the life-shattering incident. These fics cover everything from the construction of Ed's automail to the rehabilitation process in incredible detail.

The Luzhin Defense by Zau

  • Recommended by Skadi
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Life as chess. The pieces set. Breda recalls how he became Roy's.

We That Are Young and Shall Never See So Much by Stoplight Delight

  • Recommended by Dazai, caerca, Sofia Merriweather, Selryam, AFuzzyWarmBlanket, Hawking
  • Status
    • We That Are Young: Complete
    • Shall Never See So Much: Dead
  • Synopsis: It's a well-known fact that innocents make poor soldiers. Fortunately, Riza Hawkeye's childhood was not entirely innocent. She had to grow up fast... though she wasn't the only one.

Magnum Opus by A Guy Named Goo

  • Recommended by Also Sprach Odin
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: While receiving training following a less than stunning evaluation, Edward is sent to follow a lead involving four friends and illegal experiments conducted during the war that could be what he has been looking for.

The Reason Why by Moonrise 31

  • Recommended by Marlee Cross
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Riza Hawkeye is the only one who understands why Nina Tucker allowed her father to turn her into a chimera. Contains spoilers for chapters 5 and 57.

And In The End by Hey Its MJ

  • Recommended by starstuff99, Drakyndra, B 2 WM
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A picture is worth a thousand words. Thirteen moments on film. Spoilers for Chapter 108.

The Sincerest Form of Flattery by Mikkeneko

  • Recommended by sauronlulz
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Oneshot. Ed and Al revisit a town they once saved from bandits and discover something surprising.

Rewrite by Tramontana Keeper

  • Recommended by Sarah 1281, Hawking
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: 'Free Characters of Fullmetal Alchemist,' announced Edward dramatically, 'I have seen the future, and it is bleak.' The Ultimate Horror...a lousy Ending...demands the Ultimate Sacrifice to change it. Crack, Silliness, and much breakage of the Fourth Wall

Informed Consent by Favilla

  • Recommended by B 2 WM
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Everyone's favorite doctor - and why he hates Roy so much. "There was also that time I worked with that bastard, Mustang. He burned the Ishbalans and I did the autopsies." Rated M for violent themes. Spoilers for Ch. 62. One-shot

Homecoming by kalirush

  • Recommended by Taranwondering, Kina Kalamari
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Ten years after the series, Al brings his family home to Resembool. Ed/Winry, Al/Mei, Royai, brotherly love, fluff, politics, and a few terrible implications.

Fullmetal Lol by Nimrochan

  • Recommended by eyeheartturtles
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Crackfic parody. Ed is constantly drunk, and Al is generally depressed. Yet both persevere in their quest to restore their bodies through the legendary Internet, a mythical power said to hold unimaginable forces. However, a hidden, stupid evil awaits...

The Alter!Series by multiple authors in the community

  • Recommended by Pepper Jak
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Spoilers for the first anime series! After the events that ended with Edward in Germany, he travels across Europe to England to try and find a way home. Hohenheim sends one of his research assistants, Ichiro Masuta, who as it turns out is Roy Mustang's counterpart in this world.

A Dish of Herbs by Tiamat's Child

  • Recommended by: Acacia
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Marcoh is deeply messed up, Scar is stern, and they're getting to be better friends than their pasts would seem to allow.

444 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do in Amestris by Do a Barrel Roll

  • Recommended by Silver Thorn
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: "There are lots of things you shouldn't do if you want to survive in Amestris... too bad our favorite characters are going to do it all anyway. The country can use all the chaos it can get! How many headaches can one group of people cause? Let's find out!"

Crazy!Ed Verse (a.k.a. The Demon Alchemist) by metisket

  • Recommended by: MS Pachina, LongLiveHumour
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Following the manga-verse, we explore how the plot might've changed if Al had died while they tried to resurrect their mother.
  • Notes: Given the premise, you'd think this would be a dark, depressing series. You would be wrong. A blackly funny account of the doings of Edward Elric, Demon Alchemist, and professional Serial-Killer Killer, as narrated by Maes Hughes (mostly). Featuring an overprotective Mustang, a terrifyingly competent Hawkeye, and almost everyone else.

Threads Of Time by Overnight-FMA

  • Recommended by R.G.
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: FMA Divergent AU: Upon attempting to resurrect their mother, things went horribly wrong and Alphonse Elric ended up binding his brother Edward's soul to a suit of armor. Their lives have been forever changed since that fateful night.
  • Tags: Depressingly enough, a deadfic. The few chapters existing are still beautifully written though.

Expatriate by Sage SK

  • Recommended by nettlemace
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Mangaverse, slight AU: Roy travels to Aerugo to bring home an old friend.

Sin's Child by A 2 D the Colourblind Zebra

  • Recommended by District 12 Trib
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Pride pretends not to remember his past, but he does, and one day after visiting Father he sleeps, dreaming of his creation, and through all the life he'd rather forget because beneath his arrogant veneer is the deepest loathing for how he used to be.

Lackluster by Unadulterated

  • Recommended by Turquoise Flower
  • Status: Complete
  • "Synopsis": Pre-Manga. Ed is removed from his abusive stepfather's care after years of hurt – and placed in the home of his direct superior Roy Mustang. With Al missing and Ed attempting to cope with unbelievable scarring, can Roy hope to be able to help Ed?
  • Tags: Child abuse.

ISHBAL! The Musical! (Act I) and (Act II) by colonel bastard

  • Recommended by: Interrobang
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A musical about Ishbal.
  • Pairings: not the main focus, but there’s offscreen Hughes/Gracia, Mustang/Hughes, multiple OC/OC, Hawkeye/OC

Truth Revealed by Fallen Crest

  • Recommended by River_of_Death
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: AU. The FMA characters are brought to a room to view FMA Brotherhood. How will they react to seeing their future? Can they change what is to come? Or will they make the same mistakes?
  • This fanfic should have its own trope page!
  • Notes: This is worth a try even if you're majorly opposed to 'fictional characters exposed to their series' like this troper is. The author has constructed several mechanisms to keep the suspense up and keep the flow of the story from settling into the tired 'show a scene/characters snark about it' groove. In particular, she makes the characters feel the pain of any injury happening to them onscreen. Also, worth it for complex character interactions in between viewing sessions. And Izumi/General Armstrong bonding.
  • Destroyed due to copyright downloads can be found
    • Here is a link to the entire story. Be warned, it's a looooong google doc.

He Who Searches For Himself by Yuuki Hikari

  • Recommended by Jhall 934
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: Standing up and moving forwards feels a lot more like picking yourself up and trudging onwards. This is a story of Edward Elric trying to get home from to Amestris from Germany, and Alphonse's quest to help bring him back.
  • This fanfic should also have its own trope page!
  • Notes: She began writing this right after the original series ended. So it takes into account the events of the anime but not COS. It is good because it has an interesting plot that adds on to the events that occurred throughout the original anime. It also does justice to all of the characters. She does have some OCs but they are relevant to the plot as well as to Germany at that time. She also gives some much-needed development to many of the characters, Winry, for example, becomes more like her Brotherhood counterpart and isn't restricted to the sidelines and Edward's relationship with Hohenheim is touched upon very well. Also, the situation concerning Alphonse is handled well. To sum it up, this fanfiction is a good read for those who didn't like COS. It has not been updated for awhile but I do think she will finish it. The 40+ chapters that are currently out are definitely worth reading.

They All Lived Series ([1]) 70 stories by Lady Wordsmith

  • Recommended by Bellofthesea
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: An epic tale beginning seven years after COS and still continuing now sixty years later. This series follows the Elric Brother’s on their return to Amestris and their long lives thereafter. They, their wives and children… and grandchildren… and great-grandchildren, and all of their friends face the many ups and downs of life through five wars, many weddings, and births, moments of marital bliss and strife, terrible mistakes and beautiful forgiveness, injury, illness, recovery, romance, heartache, death, life and so much more. It’s impossible to really sum up this story other than to say it will take a solid month (at least) to read it all the way through but it’s totally worth it. Incredibly well written.
  • Pairings: While the series as a whole is General, some stories are more focused on romance. The main pairings are Ed/Winry, Al/Elicia, Roy/Riza. There are many other pairings as well. The series centers heavily around family.

The Fullmetal Alchemist Mary Sue Alphabet by Jackie Coffey

An Immodest Proposal by Juxtapoise

  • Recommended by Iowaforever
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Maes goes drinking to make a bad day better, and ends up making it the best day ever.
  • Comments: Maes goes drinking with Roy after a bad fight with Gracia. Hilarity Ensues.

Equivalance is Relative by sirensoundwave

  • Recommended by undinegleason
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: This is a strange story. Sirensoundwave sets up this weird concept where Truth/The Gate is Elric's father...and mother. Kinda a fix-it fic that dives down the rabbit hole. A good example of the dark humor, angst, and drama that seems pretty standard with the author's fics. Ihard to explain but for something COMPLETELY different, check it out.

Stock Market Crash by VIKAN

  • Recommended by LongLiveHumour
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Stranded in the middle of the Eastern Desert, Roy Mustang must try to get himself and a concussed Edward across it safely before he completely loses his mind.
  • Comments: A very well-crafted story with excellent character voices, an unflinching perspective on Colonel Mustang, and despite its grim subject matter, a sense of humor.

Team Players by maryh10000

  • Recommended by Elisabel
  • Status: Dead (the author hasn't declared it so, but it hasn't been updated since 2012; there are 33 chapters)
  • Synopsis: How team Mustang came together. They weren't always a team, but they were always team players. Jean Havoc, Kain Fuery, Vato Falman, Heymans Breda, Riza Hawkeye. Usual Disclaimer. Rating for language and reference to violence.
  • Comments: The author used to be in the military herself, so the protocols and terminology are spot on, so far as this troper can tell. The writing style may seem dry at first, but there are a lot of unexpectedly wry or touching moments. Best of all, she has a better handle on every member of Team Mustang than almost anybody on FFN, and gives as much respect and affection to Falman or Breda as to Roy and Riza; she incorporates several non-canon (but canon-compliant) notions about their various pasts, goals, religious views, and so on, but she keeps it so in-character and fascinating that I've started taking some of them as canon.

Build Your Wings on the Way Down by ShanaStoryteller

  • Recommended by Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Where the loss of ignorance is more valuable than the knowledge gained, and Edward figures out the source of alchemy a lot sooner than before.

Son of the Desert by ShanaStoryteller

  • Recommended by Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: In which Trisha Elric was Ishvalan, making the Elric brothers half-Ishvalan. The story deals with three plotlines: Trisha's youth growing up in the sleepy town of Eshkolit, her raising Edward and Alphonse while trying to hide from the military, and Edward balancing the military and his heritage and dealing with having to work with his people's executioners.

I got better. (He got better). by yoku_yoku

  • Recommended by Andariel
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: I like goofy stuff. I hope you do too! A certain greedy boy got done dirty. I'm righting wrongs. Set after the events of the manga and anime, I'm gonna fix this shit how it should be fixed.
  • Comments: A must-read for anyone who likes Greed and Ling. Try not to die from laughter!

Notorious by bob_fish

  • Recomended by Ninja Marshwiggle
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Twenty-five years ago ... Chris Mustang is having a very bad month. The censors killed her show, she's in debt to a couple of very dubious businessmen, and she's working as a hostess in the worst bar in town. As if that wasn't enough, her estranged big brother seems to have gotten himself in an auto accident, and some nut decided to make her guardian of his four year old brat.
  • Comments: Whilst sex and violence take a backseat in this story it is notheless one of the few genuinly mature fics out there, dealing with adult problems from a very realistic and heartfelt perspective. A joy from start to finnish, with snappy, genuinly funny, dialogue and strong charaterisation. If your at all interested in Mustangs childhood with Mdm Christmas then this is a must read.

Distorting Equivalency by Ranowa Hikura

  • Alternate Link here
  • Recommended by Piano_Pikachu
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: All Ed knows is that he's been kidnapped by a madman. Starring hurt!Ed and protective!Roy; Parental Roy Ed
  • Comments: A Dark Fic where Ed is tortured by a genuinely creepy OC villain. The squeamish readers may want to avoid this story, but those who seek a chillingly suspenseful mystery and quality horror writing, this story is absolutely brilliant to read.

Blue Skies and Pure Gold by Mother of The Universe.

  • Recommended by Lord-Jaric
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: What if Winry also committed human transmutation? Three children lost their parents and tried to bring them back using alchemy. The unsuccessful transmutation cost one his arm and leg, the another his entire body, and the third all movement and feeling in her hands. Now the three of them set out on a journey to get back what they lost, but is it possible?
  • Parings: Edward and Winry are marked as a paring however they haven't even reached the stage of having such feelings for one anther at the moment.
  • Comments: A promising story still in its beginning stages. It is currently playing out as canon with Winry's presence but the author has stated it will eventually break from canon. Their are noticeable grammar and spelling mistakes here and there but it isn't detrimental to the rest of the fic.

World Without Roy By Manalfedz

  • Recommended by fierluna
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Roy gives up seven days of his life in exchange for a chance to save his best friend from death. Basically, a story that is inspired by the Shrek Forever After plot but with a darker take and some neat worldbuilding.

    Crossover Fics 
A Mile in My Shoes by Blood Pokemon 101
  • Recommended by Tishia 546
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Crossover with Bleach
  • Now has it's own page: A Mile In My Shoes
  • Synopsis: Another day at the library. Another day without a lead in figuring out to return Ed and Al back to normal. Although, the day wasn't a total loss as an unfinished alchemic research notes catches Al's attention, and the gang decide to check it out to study it. But what they don't to know is that notes remained incomplete for a reason.

The Flower Princess and the Alchemist by Blood Pokemon 101

  • Recommended by Tishia 546
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Crossover with Bleach
  • Now has it's own page: The Flower Princess and the Alchemist
  • Synopsis: "How can you bypass the laws of Equivalent Exchange without a Philosopher's Stone?" "I don't think my powers have anything to do with alchemy." After fighting a Hollow, Orihime mysteriously finds herself in the world of FMA. With the meeting of the Elric brothers, she is tossed into another adventure with joy, heartbreak, and romance along the way.

βe Thou For the People by starlightisms

  • Recommended by The_river_Dee
  • Vanished from the internet. Please post a link if found.
  • Crossover with My Hero Academia
  • Synopsis:The meeting that changed Izuku’s life did not happen in a tunnel or on a roof. It did not involve a professional hero or the emaciated skeleton of a man with half a respiratory system and no stomach. It happened in a library when he was just barely six years old. Or: Ed inadvertently raises a hero alchemist, because he's gotta cause a little chaos somehow, right?

Even The Wizards Must Pay Their Due by Gamma Cavy

  • Recommended by Tiamat Dragon Queen
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with Harry Potter
  • Now has it's own page: Even The Wizards Must Pay Their Due
  • Synopsis:For some reason, Ed and Al were visiting Hogwarts, probably to ask Dumbledore where they could find Nicholas Flamel to ask him about the Philosophers Stone. While Ed is in Dumbledore's office, and Al is waiting outside due to being unable to fit the staircase Dumbledore, being a Magnificent Bastard tries to use Legilimens on Ed. Unfortunately for him, Ed's been to the Gate of Truth, and Truth doesn't take kindly to people trying to snoop at the True knowledge. As a result, Dumbledore gets pulled through Ed's personal Gate and doesn't get anything out of it, while Truth makes a copy of Dumbledore's memories up to that point, and gives that copy to Ed. While Dumbles was encountering Truth, Ed didn't take kindly to having his mind poked at. By the time Dumbledore is freed from what used to be his desk, cabinets, pensive, and wall, as well as had his broken nose fixed, Ed and Al are long gone and have taken five-year-old Harry back to Amestris with them. And from there things unfold, just go read it.
  • Comments: Ed's narrative adds dry humor to everything, beginning with his wondering if Petunia ware a failed Horse Chimera, and continuing into the Give Mustang a Headache Game. The plot is well thought out, Truth is awesome, and clearly up to something. Dumbledore is not only a Magnificent Bastard, but a Manipulative Bastard Harry gets a loving family with two older brothers, a loving (if somewhat crazy) mother who will teach him how to defend himself, a silent but loving father, and a plethora of honorary family in the form of Team Mustang. Gamma actually figured out how Fullmetal Alchemist could take place in the same world as Harry Potter without anyone knowing about Amestris and all the neighboring countries, and it has a spark of originality in a crossover that this troper hasn't seen since Laora's fic Penance. Bonus points for the fact that the wizarding world knew a little about Xerxes, although not as anything more than a myth - at least until Ed turns up fitting the description of the golden people, AKA the Xerxesians.

A Recurring Nightmare with Popcorn by Ninth Feather

  • Recommended by oathkeeper85, Landscape
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with Mash
  • Synopsis: When Mustang's unit is transferred to the 4077th as diplomats, it seems like a good thing. But something darker is going on, and Amestris's problems are about to spill over into Korea. Canon pairings, longer summary inside.

Equivalance by notnecessarilyinbetween

  • Recommended by Gamma Cavy
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with D.Gray-Man
  • Synopsis: Allen had the same stupid height complex he did, and the same stupid naivete of Al. That was it, Ed was adopting him as an unofficial Elric. It was only fair. This is a story blending the Fullmetal Alchemist manga and anime versions, with the Anime origin of homunculi and other side of the gate, but manga Truth and Briggs. It is not the usual FMA crossover, as getting back to Amestris is rather simple once they figure out how, but then things take a turn for the strange when an investigation on the Ark calls Truth into play, with a task for the three Elric brothers.
  • Comments:The grammar is not the best, although it does improve as the story goes on, and the entertainment value is worth it, especially when Armstrong is on the scene.

Gateway to magic by llothcat

  • Recommended by Spire Eater
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with Harry Potter
  • Synopsis: Edward Elric knew one thing for sure, and that was that he was bored in a dull world. And finds a chance to go a price...
  • Tags: Note, however, that the FMA parts of the story are taken from the anime-verse, NOT the manga-verse.

Penance by Laora (formerly Fuocoso)

  • Recommended by Purplequeen15
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with Harry Potter
  • Synopsis: One of the few crossovers I've read that actually makes sense rather than being pure crack. It takes place in mangaverse chapter 105/Order of the Phoenix, so here there be spoilers. Ed and Al get pulled through the gate (like all FMA crossovers) and arrive in a strange place that seems to defy every law of nature: Number 12 Grimmauld Place. However, someone (something?) else arrived with them... A great story, though a few chapters are a bit slow because of exposition. No fluff.

Cerulean Silver vs. Amber Gold by hikaranko

  • Recommended by orpheus-izanagi
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Crossover with Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Synopsis: Ed has been put on his stupidest assignment yet: babysitting. Well, that's not what everyone else would call it, but to Edward Elric, it's exactly like babysitting. But there's a lot more to this assignment than what's on file...

The Truth Decays by Marz1

  • Recommended by Akatsuki Daybreak
  • Status: Dead (last updated January 2016)
  • Crossover with Naruto
  • Synopsis: Ed ends up in the shinobi countries following the events of the 'Promised Day'. Everything is working out fine for him until he comes across a certain hyperactive blond ninja.
  • Now with its own Trope page

Seeking the Incomplete by Marz 1

  • Recommended by Akatsuki Daybreak
  • Status: Dead
  • Crossover with Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Synopsis: Willow attempts to use alchemy to bring Buffy back from the dead and the Slayer ends up in Amestris.
  • Comments: A great story with near-perfect characterization, but it's updated irregularly.
    • It hasn't been updated since 2009

Invert by Marz 1

  • Recommended by Comartemis
  • Status: Dead
  • Crossover with Harry Potter
  • Synopsis: While investigating a bizarre alchemical structure, the Elric brothers get pulled into the Potterverse early on in an AU version of Deathly Hallows. In the interest of finding a way home, Ed lends his talents to the Horcrux hunt while Al finds ways to keep himself busy at Hogwarts. Better than it sounds.
  • Tags: Seems to be a deadfic but the first half of the story is complete enough to enjoy as a stand-alone fic.

The Clier Path by Ophelia Davis

  • Recommended by Ruin Takada
  • Status: Dormant
  • Crossover with The Matrix
  • Synopsis: In a dream, Edward finds himself in a white void, and within that, the Truth to all that is. Ever since there has been a splinter in his mind, but that's just the beginning; unbeknownst to him, there is a path he must walk, and a destiny he must face. With the help of the Nebuchadnezzar's crew, all he has to do is free his mind. A mainly Ed X Roy pairing, but that's not all. There are still many doors to open if of course, their faith will allow it.

Fullmetal Firefly: Serenity by Bookwrm389

  • Recommended by Kina Kalamari
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with Firefly
  • Synopsis: Basically, it's the FMA characters in the Firefly universe. All Captain Roy Mustang wants is to do the job so he can get paid and keep flying. But he gets more than he bargained for when he takes on a passenger with two automail limbs and one deadly secret.

Equivalent Exchange by thedeadparrot

  • Recommended by Equivalent Exchange
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with Sherlock
  • Synopsis: Crossover with Sherlock. John comes back from the war broken in more ways than one.

Destination, Darkness by AzarDarkstar

Synergy by white_aster

  • Recommended by Interrobang
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with Final Fantasy XII
  • Synopsis: In a world where advanced mechanics and firepower rub elbows with high magic and ancient relics, Zolf Kimberly has built the Crimson Flames to be the best mercenary company east of Archadia. Combining infantry with elemental black magic, the Flames are versatile, professional, highly effective, and willing to ground your enemy to dust, for the right price.

The Child Behind Golden Eyes by vixxster2492

  • Recommended by iTroll
  • Status: Dormant
  • Crossover with Harry Potter
  • Synopsis: After appearing in the headquarters of The Order of The Phoenix, Edward Elric has no idea where he is or how he got there. Mistrust of the people there leads to problems as he tries to find a way home.

The Colours of the World by Mai Kusakabe

  • Recommended by Red Shepherd
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Crossover with Harry Potter
  • Synopsis: When Roy Mustang went to retrieve his eyesight from Truth, he wasn’t expecting to end up doing a job in exchange. It couldn’t even be an easy job, of course, because Edward’s assessment of Truth was a pretty accurate one.

The Waterstone of the Wise by trismegistus

  • Recommended by Tristan
  • Status: Complete
  • Crossover with Indiana Jones
  • Synopsis: It is the year 1937. Edward Elric and Indiana Jones team up to take down Wilhem von Eiselstein; a Nazi occultist who is hell-bent on finding the Philosopher's Stone — and he knows that the Elric brothers are the key to its creation.

    Shipping Fics 
Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.

After the Rain by Zau

  • Recommended by Skadi, Hawking
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Roy/Hawkeye
  • Synopsis: After the end of the world there are still signs of life.

Chasing the Trail by Ishte

  • Recommended by Kumorigoe
  • Status: Dormant
  • Pairing(s): Ed/Winry
  • Synopsis: Edward needs his mechanic in more ways than one.

m001: FULLMETAL by liliwick the WORD

  • Recommended by NG 14916
  • Status: Dormant
  • Pairing(s): Roy/Ed
  • Synopsis: An imaginative crossover between Fullmetal Alchemist and Chobits, with a focus on the relationship between Roy and the new persocom that he accidentally bought due to a misunderstanding involving the black market.

The Father-Son Talk by HaganeNeko

  • Recommended by Dark Insanity 13
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Ed/Winry
  • Synopsis: After the Promised Day, Hohenheim decides to talk to Ed about the fairer sex.

The Incompetent Matchmakers by Shtuff

  • Recommended by chibiaries, Lady Norbert
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Royai, Roy/Riza
  • Synopsis: Involves Havoc's Brilliant Plan, aka what Fuery labels as A Very Bad Idea.

Every Missing Irony by words without

  • Recommended by chibiaries
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Royai, Roy/Riza
  • Synopsis: Bunch of drabbles and themes on Royai

First Few Desperate Hours by bravenewcentury

  • Recommended by katyhalo
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Roy/Hawkeye, plus the rest of the team
  • Synopsis: Brooding, loneliness and some rash decisions post-chapter 62.

Falling by Gennerator

  • Recommended by Pheonee
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Ling/Lan Fan
  • Synopsis: "Ling, Ran Fan, and a pit. Surely nothing too drastic can happen."

Black and Blond by My-name-is-foxglove

  • Recommended by chibiaries, Lady Norbert
  • Vanished from the internet. Please post a link if found.
  • Pairing(s): Roy/Hawkeye
  • Synopsis: Another stab at the 100 Royai themes. This author hits the target.

100 Moments to Live For by causmicfire

  • Recommended by Dont Kill Bugs
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Ed/Winry; Al/Mei in one chapter
  • Synopsis: 100 EdWin Themes. Rated for Ed's foul mouth.

Romance by Inuchron

  • Recommended by Lotuschan
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Ed/Winry
  • Synopsis: All Ed wants is a hot-water bottle, loving proximity to a duvet, and Winry.

Just Get Them Together Already! by Cafe au Liet

  • Recommended by Lady Norbert, A Fuzzy Warm Blanket
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Roy/Riza, with the rest of Team Mustang along for the ride
  • Synopsis: Mustang's subordinates decide to take matters into their own hands, coming up with a plan to get the Colonel and his Lieutenant together. But they weren't prepared for this.

The House of Smex Universe

  • Recommended by Pepper Jak
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The stories in the archive generally take place after Ed and Masuta get back to Amestris and details the evolution of the relationship between Roy, Riza, Ed, Al, and Masuta. This story is a spin-off of The Alter!Series (see entry in general fics above), so I urge you to read that first. There are no really solid, over-arching plots in the Main Archive, which mostly contains "a day in the life" drabbles (to short stories) about the five and is categorized by subject and not chronology. If a story falls into a certain part of the general timeline, it is noted in the story's lj entry. There is a Plot Archive, where specific story arcs, often following their own canon, are listed.
  • Tags: M/M pairings, M/F pairings, along with the main OT5 / fivesome / M/M/F/M/M pairing. Stories range from G to NC-17. HAS ELRICEST!

Catalysis by Teh Twinnesses Presents

  • Recommended by Turn Table
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: We have all seen stories of Ed's journey, but let's try a change. What if, ultimately, Trisha Elric never died? Watch as Ed walks a path markedly different from the old, along the way meeting the people who will shape his life. Roy/Ed. Recently came out of Dormancy after a substantial hiatus. Also on, though Chapter 12+ will only be hosted upon Archive of our Own.
  • Pairing(s): Despite the label Roy/Ed, all that had been seen so far is a very parental relationship between the two, never crossing the line of bromance, although the author has noted that there will be Roy/Ed romance in the future.

Two Years by Kainaku

  • Recommended by Sapphire Blue
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: It's a 100 Themes fic, set during the time skip at the end of the (manga/Brotherhood) series. The chapters go in a chronological order, and some of them tie into others.
  • Pairing(s): Ed/Winry, although not entirely a shipping fic. It's more like a Slice of Life story with some romance on the side. I was kind of debating whether to put it in this section or the Gen Fic one but decided to put it here because of the "romance" tag.

Casualties by Miskcat

  • Recommended by Sofia Merriweather
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Roy/Riza
  • Synopsis: "As Roy and Riza work together in East City, sublimating their deeper feelings for a higher good, they must beware of how this sublimation affects others around them." Focused on how Roy and Riza's relationship is not only self-destructive but how it affects the people they interact with.

Returning Echoes by silkendreammaid

  • Recommended by Smoke And Bone and oathkeeper85
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Four years and Edward returns home... with changes. Thirty-Seventh Chapter: Arrivals and Reports. Fem!Ed Roy
  • Pairing(s): RoyxFem!Ed, HavocxHawkeye, AlxWinry
  • Note(s): A deadfic depressingly enough, considering it updated last in 2009. However, the thirty-plus chapters it already has is sure to keep you busy for a while.

"Beauty and the Beast: Edvy 100 Themes'' by Moonlit Water Sunny River

  • Recommended by Hawking
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): EdxEnvy (male slash alert) for the most part, but since each chapter is separate and not every one-shot is strictly romance, there's also some EdxWinry, and Pride!EdxEnvy
  • Synopsis: Enemies, nothing more, nothing less, but neither Ed nor Envy are known for being particularly honest with themselves. 100 Themes of Edvy - the author made up 100 themes beforehand for EdxEnvy then proceeded to begin writing one-shots for every single one.

"Good For the Soul'' by ClosetFMAFan

  • Recommended by Exile Wrath
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): These oneshots focus on AlMei, though there's most definitely a healthy does of LingFan, EdWin, and Royai.
  • Synopsis: It started as a small crush, but lasted across deserts, countries, snow covered mountains, and even Truth itself. Interconnected AlMei oneshot collection.

The CareALot Chronicles by Petite Grenouille

  • Recommended by ME Wtiful
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Edward is sent to Care-A-Lot to research their advanced combat techniques.
  • Tags: Crackfic

Mystery by TheSilverQuil

  • Recommended by iTroll
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Soul Eater Evans finds Edward Elric a mystery. Edward finds him a mystery too. The feeling is mutual. Drabble Series, Fem!Ed, Crack pairing. Soulx Fem!Ed
  • Crossover with Soul Eater
  • Tags: Drabble fic, Crack Pairing

Here Dead We Lie by mebh

  • Recommended by Queen Riza
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Royai
  • Synopsis: Following a disastrous operation in Aerugo, Colonel Mustang wakes from a coma to discover his world has fallen apart. Under the shadow of the state, he tries to find impossible answers before it is too late.

Swallows on the Beam by shuofthewind

  • Recommended by whimsyful
  • Status: Dormant
  • Pairing(s): Ling Yao/Lan Fan
  • Synopsis: Three years after the coronation, a plot to overthrow the Emperor has been put into motion. Disguised as a noblewoman, Lan Fan plunges into the Xingese court—and into a courtship with the emperor himself.

Nothing is Impossible by Panic_CelestialInk

  • Recommended by Lavender Towns Ghost
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Greed Ling Fan (Greed/Ling, Greed/Lan Fan, Lan Fan/Ling)
  • Synopsis: "Nothing is Impossible" Ling is about to find out how true that really is.
  • Tags: Slow Burn, OT3

all the king's horses & all the king's men (couldn't put me back together again) by Coshledak

  • Recommended by piddlesworth
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Greed/Ling (implied), mentions of Royai/Almei/Edwin
  • Synopsis: It's been three years since Amestris and Ling is now respectfully regarded as Emperor Ling Yao of Xing. Sort of. Being such a young emperor isn't easy. And then there's the matter of the gaping hole in his aura, and his frequent dreams of Greed... He knows that he misses him, but no amount of missing him is going to bring him back. Greed doesn't have to be such a bastard about it, though.


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