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Several characters from Fullmetal Alchemist as depicted in the first anime.

The Fullmetal Alchemist anime and manga series feature a large number of fictional characters created by Hiromu Arakawa. The story is set in a fictional universe within the 20th Century in which alchemy is one of the most advanced scientific techniques known to man. Although the story in the first anime and the manga basically start the same, the first anime, midway through its run, begins to differ greatly from the manga; characters that are killed early on in the manga survive to the end of the first anime and vice versa. The second anime's (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood) events, however, follow the ones from the manga.[1]

The story follows the adventures of two alchemist brothers named Edward and Alphonse Elric. While trying to revive their mother, the brothers lost parts of their bodies, with Alphonse's soul being contained in a suit of armor, and Edward replacing his right arm and left leg with two sets of automail, a type of advanced prosthetic limb. Advised by Roy Mustang, an alchemist from the State Military, Edward becomes a State Alchemist, and starts traveling with Alphonse through the country of Amestris in order to find a way to recover their bodies. In their search, they hear of the Philosopher's Stone, a powerful alchemy artifact that the brothers can use to recover their bodies. However, after becoming a State Alchemist, Edward discovers that several members of the military are also attempting to get the stone, most notably human creatures known as homunculi, who start chasing the Elric brothers.

When creating the series, Arakawa took her inspiration from several experiences in her childhood, including her parents' jobs and the manga she used to read. Several types of merchandising have also been released based on the characters from the series. Reviewers from manga, anime, and other media have also commented on the characters. Most of them have praised their development in the story as well as Arakawa's artwork.

Creation and conception

The author Hiromu Arakawa integrated several social problems into the story after talking to people who had suffered and lived through them, such as refugees, war veterans and former yakuza, or simply by watching news concerning those issues. Several plot elements expand on these themes, such as Pinako Rockbell caring for the Elric brothers after the death of their mother, and the brothers helping people all over the country to gain an understanding of the meaning of family. Many characters of the series differ from the manga to the first anime, the homunculi being the most notable, which was because Arakawa wanted the first anime to have a different ending from the manga's, to avoid repeating the same events in both series.[2]

Arakawa said that she became attracted by the idea of using alchemy in the manga after reading about the philosopher's stone. She liked it so much that she started reading books of alchemy, which she found very complicated due to the fact that some books contradicted others.[2] Director from the first anime series, Seiji Mizushima, mentions that he has a definite aversion to the kind of character growth. He explains that while characters can evolve during the story, they also devolve with for example Edward, as Mizushima comments he has a continuous struggle overarching inner struggle to determinate how to grow up. To symbolize the intangibles in the story, the first anime staff use physical phenomena, such as making their body rot.[3]

In the making of the characters' designs, Arakawa has commented that the manga authors Suihō Tagawa and Hiroyuki Eto are her main inspirations, and she also mentions her artwork is a mix of both of them. When drawing the series characters, Alex Louis Armstrong and the little animals are the easiest for her to draw. Due to the fact she likes dogs, Arakawa added several of them in the story.[4] She also adds various muscles to most of the characters fearing that otherwise they may look too much thin to the point they could look unhealthy. Despite being requested several times by fans to show the characters' birthdates, Arakawa has claimed that she never thought of them.vol. 12, omake

In the two animated adaptations of the Fullmetal Alchemist manga, the characters have been voiced by famous voice actors such as Romi Park and Rie Kugimiya who portray Edward and Alphonse, respectively, in Japanese. In the second adaptation most of the voice actors were replaced with the exception of Park and Kugimiya.[5] On the other hand, most of the English voice actors of the first anime reprised their roles for Brotherhood with the exception of Aaron Dismuke (Alphonse) and Dameon Clarke (Scar) who are replaced by Maxey Whitehead and J. Michael Tatum, respectively.[6]

Protagonists

Edward Elric

Edward Elric (エドワード・エルリック Edowādo Erurikku?), the "Fullmetal Alchemist," the youngest State Alchemist in history, serves as the major protagonist of the series. He and his younger brother, Alphonse Elric, scour the world in search of the Philosopher's Stone, in the hopes of restoring their bodies. Edward lost his left leg in a failed attempt to revive his mother using Alchemy, and lost his right arm in exchange for attaching Alphonse's soul to a suit of armor. Edward now employs the use of metal prosthetics, known as automail, as replacement limbs. Edward harbors a sharp sensitivity to his short height; a recurring gag in both anime series and the manga is for Edward to overly react to people that call him short.ch.2 Romi Paku and Vic Mignogna voice him in the Japanese and English versions, respectively.ep.1ep.1

Alphonse Elric

Alphonse Elric (アルフォンス・エルリック Arufonsu Erurikku?), the younger brother of Edward Elric, did not become a State Alchemist at the request of his brother. Together, he and Ed scour the country in search of the Philosopher's Stone in the hopes of restoring their bodies. Unlike Edward, who lost one arm and one leg in the failed attempt to revive the brothers' mother, Al lost his entire body. At the last moment, Ed sealed Al's soul in giant suit of armor, making Al almost invulnerable. Because of his size and him being a suit of armor, a running gag is that he is always mistaken as being the older brother and the Fullmetal Alchemist.ch.2 Rie Kugimiya voices him in the Japanese series, Aaron Dismuke in the first English series ep.1ep.1, and Maxey Whitehead in the second English series.[7]

Roy Mustang

State Alchemist Roy Mustang (ロイ・マスタング Roi Masutangu?), the "Flame Alchemist," holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the State Military at the start of the series, was initially a Colonel when first introduced to Edward and Alphonse, and was promoted to Brigadier General by the end of the first anime series. He aims towards becoming the next Führer of Amestris, heavily relying on the support of his loyal subordinates to propel him along that path.ch.2 Mustang would find this path interrupted by the murder of his best friend and confidant, Maes Hughes, afterwards, beginning an almost behind-the-scenes investigation into finding the true culprit. Toru Okawa and Travis Willingham voice Mustang in the Japanese and English versions, respectively.ep.3ep.3 In the second anime series, he is voiced by Miki Shinichiro.ep.1

Winry Rockbell

Winry Rockbell (ウィンリィ・ロックベル Uinrī Rokkuberu?), a childhood friend of Edward and Alphonse Elric, lives in Resembool with her grandmother, Pinako Rockbell, who raised her after the death of her parents during the Ishbal War. In the manga series, her parents were killed by Scar in a blind rage, while in the first anime, they were executed by a younger Roy Mustang under Military order. Winry is a practicing and gifted automail mechanic, following in her grandmother's footsteps, continually designing and maintaining Edward Elric's automail prosthetics. In the manga, Winry is often used as an unwitting hostage by the homunculi to ensure the Elrics' subservience to the State.ch.56 She is voiced by Megumi Toyoguchi and Caitlin Glass in the Japanese and English versions, respectively.ep.3ep.3 In the second series, she is voiced by Megumi Takamoto in Japaneseep.2, and Caitlin Glass reprises her role from the first series in the English version.

Antagonists

Father

Father (お父様 Otō-sama?) is a character exclusive to the manga and the second anime. He is the first homunculus and is the creator of all subsequent homunculi.ch.31 He was originally a shadow-like creature living in a flask, possessing much knowledge regarding alchemy, which he then passed on to Hohenheim. Being created by Hohenheim's blood, Father gained immortality by using a copy of Hohenheim as his new body, centuries before the series' timeline.ch.74 He plans to use Amestris as a gigantic transmutation circle to become a "perfect being".

Solf J. Kimblee

Solf (or Zolf) J. Kimblee (ゾルフ・J・キンブリー Zorufu J Kinburī?) — the "Red Lotus Alchemist" or "Crimson Alchemist" — is a deranged psychopath who loves the sight of blood and death. He earned fame during the Ishbalan Civil War for his ruthless commitment to the Ishbalan Extermination, killing thousands without remorse through his unique brand of alchemy. Using transmutation circles tattooed to the palms of his hands, Kimblee can make a bomb from anything he comes into contact with. Because of his effectiveness in wiping out the Ishbalans, Kimblee was given an imperfect Philosopher's Stone to increase his alchemical abilities. With it, he killed Scar's family and gave Scar his characteristic 'X'-shaped scar. After the war was over, Kimblee, wishing to keep the stone for himself, killed the superior officers that knew he had it so as to keep it a secret, and was then sent to jail for his crimes.ch.61

In the manga, Kimblee is released from jail so that he can help the homunculi. He is sent to retrieve the escaped Tim Marcoh and to kill Scar, though he fails at both, in part thanks to the Elrics' interference. He is also instructed to start a bloody conflict, reminiscent of Ishbal. As such, he briefly sides with the country of Drachma, and leads them to slaughter against Briggs' forces.ch.79 He later breaks the homunculus Pride out of the dirt dome that Hohenheim trapped him in, and also confronts Alphonse Elric. However, after being severely injured in the ensuing fight, Kimblee is consumed by Pride's shadow.ch.93

In the first anime, Kimblee escapes from jail and joins Greed, though only so that he can betray him and re-enlist in the military.ep.33 He later infiltrates the city of Lior to instigate an uprising against the military. Kimblee encounters Scar while there, and, after a failed effort to blow him up, he is killed by the Ishbalan, though not before he turns Alphonse into a bomb, which prompts Scar to turn the boy into the Philosopher's Stone.ep.42 Kimblee is voiced by Yuji Ueda in the first Japanese series, and by Eric Vale in the English adaptation.ep.22ep.22 His voice in the new series is provided by Hiroyuki Yoshino.ep.22

Dante

Dante (ダンテ Dante?) is the main antagonist of the first anime adaptation. She is the former lover of Hohenheim, and has used Philosopher's Stones to transfer her soul to new bodies for around four hundred years. She leads the homunculi, either creating them herself, or finding them after they are created, and uses them to create conflicts in the hope of having a desperate alchemist create a new stone for her. She first appears as an elderly woman, who is the former alchemy teacher of Izumi Curtis. She fakes her death at the hands of Greed, and later reveals herself to have transferred her soul to the body of her student Lyra (ライラ Raira?), a young girl who had wished to become a State Alchemist.ep.45ep.32 She is eventually killed by Gluttony, whom she reduced to a feral state to further her own purposes.ep.51 She is voiced by Kazuko Sugiyama in the Japanese series, and by Cindee Mayfield in the English series. As Lyra, she is voiced by Yumi Kakazu in the Japanese series, and by Monica Rial in the English series.ep.22ep.22

Homunculi

From left to right: Lust, Envy, Sloth, Gluttony, Pride, Wrath, and Greed in the manga

Homunculi (ホムンクルス Homunkurusu?) serve as the main antagonists in Fullmetal Alchemist. They are a group of artificially created humans who seek to fulfill their leader's goals of creating a Philosopher's Stone. They can be identified by their bearing of the mark of the Ouroboros somewhere on their body, usually in places symbolic with their identities. In both anime series and the manga, each homunculus is named after one of the seven deadly sins. Aside from this, the concept of the homunculi varies drastically between mediums. In the manga, homunculi have a Philosopher's Stone somewhere in their bodies. Most of the homunculi that have been introduced were created at the same time as their respective Philosopher's Stone. Others, such as Wrath, were humans that accepted a Philosopher's Stone into their body, gaining the abilities of a homunculus while aging like a human. All homunculi are created by or at the discretion of Father, being a manifestation of one of his traits; his greed, his lust, and so on.ch.53 In the manga, the only way to kill a homunculus is by expending all of the power in their Philosopher's Stone, leaving them unable to revive themselves once they have been killed.ch.39

In the first anime, homunculi are created when someone performs a human transmutation to revive a dead person. They will fail to revive the intended person, and will instead create a homunculus that looks almost exactly like the deceased target. These homunculi are led by Dante. The only way to kill a homunculus in the first anime is by finding a remnant of their original body (a bone, hair, etc.) and having it near them, weakening them and making them susceptible to death.ep.34

Lust

Lust (ラスト Rasuto?), the "Ultimate Spear," appears as the first homunculus in the series as a shapely woman who primarily works in the shadows, acts as envoy for her leader in both iterations, and encourages alchemists down her desired path. She can extend her fingers to great lengths, which are capable of cutting through virtually any substance. In the manga, after leading an effort to capture Barry the Chopper, her plans backfire when Roy Mustang infiltrates the homunculi's secret lair.ch.38 Mustang repeatedly blasts Lust with flames, ultimately killing her after depleting the power of her Philosopher's Stone.ch.39

In the first anime, Lust was created when Scar's brother tried to revive his deceased lover.ep.40 Though originally largely the same as her manga counterpart, Lust, as the series progresses, begins to develop a strong desire to regain her humanity. This ultimately leads to her defection from the homunculi, and to her aiding Edward Elric if he promises to help make her human. Wrath eventually catches up to them, he then paralyzes her, using a locket filled with the hair from her original form, and kills her.ep.47 Yūko Satō voices her in Japanese, and Laura Bailey in English.ep.1ep.1 Kikuko Inoue voices her in Japanese in the new series.ep.3

Gluttony

Gluttony (グラト二ー Guratonī?), the second homunculus introduced in the series, typically appears in the company of Lust. He is a large, simple-minded homunculus whose thoughts rarely stray far from eating. He has powerful jaws and acidic saliva, and can and will eat almost anything. He particularly likes eating people, and the only way he can find enjoyment in a battle is if he can eat his opponent afterwards.ch.2

In the manga, Gluttony is the failed product of Father's attempts to create a Portal of Truth. When activating this portal, Gluttony's stomach opens up, revealing a large eye at its center. His ribs spread out to act as a border for the gate, and then double as large extensible teeth that can consume everything in his eye's field of vision in an instant. Anything Gluttony consumes is transported to a realm within himself, which is littered with artifacts from centuries before the start of the series. In the ensuing battles, the energy in Gluttony's Philosopher's Stone is exhausted, leaving him unable to revive himself.ch.56 Father later restores him and sends him and Pride to capture Ed. When his Philosopher's Stone nears depletion in the attempt, Pride consumes Gluttony to gain his abilities.ch.87

The first anime explains Gluttony's origins as a way to produce imperfect Philosopher's Stones, the souls of the people he eats being condensed into red stones. After learning of Lust's death, Gluttony becomes deeply depressed. To stop his incessant crying, Dante transforms him into a mindless eating machine, an act that ultimately backfires when he eats her.ep.51 He appears again in Conqueror of Shamballa, having transformed into a large, multi-limbed monster since his appearance in the first anime. He exclusively attacks Wrath during the movie, the battle leading to Alphonse Elric sacrificing the two upon Wrath's demand, in order to open the Gate to Earth so that Edward can return home.[8] Yasuhiro Takato voices him in the first Japanese series, and Chris Cason his English voice actor.ep.22ep.22 His voice in the second Japanese series is provided by Tetsu Shiratori.ep.3

Envy

Envy (エンヴィー Envī?) is the third homunculus to appear in the series. He can assume any appearance he wishes. When not in disguise, he prefers the form of an androgynous figure. Because of his ability, Envy usually acts as infiltrator for the other homunculi, often assuming another's identity in order to gain sensitive intelligence. Envy enjoys violence between humans, having shot an Ishbalan child, sparking the resulting civil war.ch.51

In the manga, Envy's natural form resembles that of an enormous demonic creature, composed of citizens of Xerxes.ch.53 After Lust's death, Envy replaces her as the homunculi's messenger. On a mission to personally capture Dr. Marcoh, all of the Xerxes' souls composing Envy's true form are destroyed in the ensuing battle, reducing Envy to a tiny parasitic creature.ch.79 Envy is then handed over to May Chang in a mason jar for her to take back to Xing, but Envy instead convinces her to return to Central,ch.80 where he absorbs several super-soldiers to recreate his body. Soon after, Mustang confronts Envy, where he learns that Envy was Maes Hughes' murderer. Envy stands no chance against Mustang's flames, and is subdued and rendered to his parasitic form once more.ch.94 After Edward sympathizes with Envy over the jealousy he feels towards the strength of humans, Envy commits suicide by tearing out the Philosopher's Stone at his core.ch.95

In the first anime, Envy was the first homunculus and the only one with no desire to become human, and served as Dante's right hand. Throughout the series, Envy expresses a vendetta against the Elric Brothers that is later clarified in his origins: Envy was created by Hohenheim's attempt to revive the dead child he had with Dante long ago. When his father left him and Dante to start another family, Envy began to hate Hohenheim and transferred that loathing towards his two half brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, even successfully killing Edward after revealing to him the truth of their relationship.ep.50 After learning Hohenheim was still alive and on the opposite side of the Gate, Envy, leaping at the chance to personally kill his father, forces himself through while assuming the form of a giant serpent, and then loses his power of transformation.ep.51 In Conqueror of Shamballa, the Thule Society captures Envy, who is given Hohenheim as a human chew toy before being used as a sacrifice to open the Gate linking the two worlds.[8] In the first Japanese series, Envy is voiced by Mayumi Yamaguchi, and by Wendy Powell in the English adaptation.ep.22ep.22 His voice in the new series is provided by Minami Takayama.ep.8

Greed

Greed (グリード Gurīdo?), the "Ultimate Shield," craves money, women, and other worldly possessions above all else. Because of this, he betrays the homunculi in both anime series and the manga, as working for them would deprive him of his greedy desires. He has the ability to rearrange the carbon molecules in his body to create a shield, hard as a diamond, that coats his body. Greed is introduced when he sends some of his chimera subordinates to capture Alphonse Elric.ch.27 The State Military soon raids their location to rescue Al, and Greed's fate, from that point further, differs between adaptations.ch.29

In the manga and second anime, Wrath repeatedly kills Greed multiple times, finally managing to subdue him, and then takes him back to Father. Unwilling to rejoin them, Greed is melted down and returned to the form of the Philosopher's Stone, then consumed by Father.ch.31 Later, Lin Yao, in his search for immortality, offers to become the new Greed. Greed is given complete control of Lin's body after Lin willingly relinquishes control, believing this to be the only way to gain immortality.ch.56 Though this Greed initially has no recollections of his actions as the former Greed, Bido's death brings back the memories of all his loyal subordinates.ch.82 Angry with Wrath for killing his "possessions," and further provoked by Lin, the new Greed defects from the homunculi once more, eventually letting Edward Elric join him for a short time.ch.83

In the first anime, Greed escapes the raid, fleeing to Dante's mansion. Dante, having created Greed when attempting to revive her dead lover, still retained the bones from his original body, which left him severely weakened. Edward Elric kills Greed soon after he was made to believe that Greed killed Dante, though not before leaving with the valuable knowledge of how to kill the homunculi.ep.34 He is voiced by Junichi Suwabe in Japanese, and Chris Patton in English.ep.33ep.33 His voice in the new series is provided by Yuichi Nakamura.ep.13

Sloth

Sloth (スロウス Surōsu?) differs greatly in the first anime and in the manga. In the manga, Sloth is a large, muscular, dim-witted man who believes everything to be pointless and tiresome. Despite his lazy nature, he is very strong physically, and is the fastest of the homunculi.ch.92 He is tasked with digging a gigantic transmutation circle beneath Amestris to be used in turning the country into a Philosopher's Stone. Though he is briefly impeded in this job when he runs into the Elric brothers at Briggs' Fortress, he is allowed to continue his work, finishing the circle in chapter seventy-eight.ch.78 Afterwards, he begins serving as Father's bodyguard, and when Central is invaded by Mustang's and Olivia Armstrong's troops, he fights them off inside the Central Headquarters building.ch.92 He is eventually killed through the combined efforts of the Armstrong siblings and Izumi and Sig Curtis.ch.96 He is voiced by Fumihiko Tachiki.ep.34

In the first anime, Sloth was the product of Elric brothers' attempt to revive their mother, Trisha Elric, found by Dante and Envy while the horrified Elrics went to the Rockbell residence for help. Once able to assume her original form's likeness, Sloth was able to assume a watery composition, which she uses to drown others by grabbing hold of them.ep.42 But, in spite of it, Sloth constantly suffers from memories of Trisha raising the Elric brothers. Determined to prove to herself that those are Trisha's memories and not her own, she longs to be able to kill the brothers, as a real mother could never kill her own sons. She develops a mother-son relationship with Wrath, and the two stick together during the second half of the first anime. During a battle with the Elric brothers, Wrath, having merged with Trisha's remains earlier, merges with Sloth's body so that he will never have to be separated from her. This leaves Sloth paralyzed, allowing Edward Elric an easy opportunity to convert the water in her body into ethanol, which then evaporated into the atmosphere.ep.47 Yoshino Takamori is her seiyu, and Lydia Mackay her English voice actress.ep.3ep.3

Wrath

Wrath (ラース Rāsu?) differs greatly in the first anime and in the manga. In the manga and second anime, Wrath is the true identity of King Bradley, and his Ouroboros tattoo is on his left eye, usually disguised by his eye patch.ch.29

The first anime shows the origins of Wrath in Izumi Curtis's attempt to revive her infant child. Her effort failed, and the infant's body was taken beyond the Gate of Truth. There, the child, Wrath, grew up. When Edward Elric later lost his arm and leg while trying to revive his mother, Wrath took both for himself, which allowed him to use alchemy and escape to Amestris.ep.31 Because of his ability to perform alchemy, Wrath can assimilate any sort of material or object into his body. Since the remains of his former body were used in his creation, Wrath lacks the weaknesses of the other homunculi, though both the Gate of Truth and the cries of a child have similar psychological effects on him.ep.42 After joining the homunculi, Wrath develops a mother-son relationship with Sloth. When he unknowingly helps to kill her (having absorbed the remains of her original body) he becomes distraught, realizing the truth behind Dante and Envy, as the former takes Ed's limbs from him to keep him quiet when he attempted to revive Sloth himself. He is later given automail replacements by Winry Rockbell.ep.51 He appears again in Conqueror of Shamballa, in which he battles against Gluttony so that Alphonse Elric can use them both as sacrifices to open the Gate of Truth. Al does so, and is able to reunite with Ed, while Wrath is able to reunite with the spirit of Izumi.[8] The first anime Wrath is voiced by Nana Mizuki in the Japanese series, and by Luci Christian in the English dub.ep.28ep.28

Pride

Pride (プライド Puraido?) differs greatly in the first anime and in the manga. In the manga, Pride is the true identity of Selim Bradley (セリム・ブラッドレイ Serimu Buraddorei?), the adoptive son of King Bradley, something discovered in the later half of the series by Riza Hawkeye.ch.70 He is very dedicated to the homunculi's cause, and does not allow anyone, friend or foe, to get in his way. He does, however, have some attachment to his adoptive human mother. Pride was created in Father's original image, and thus his shadow appears as a dark blob with many eyes.ch.78 He can destroy or manipulate anything that this shadow comes into contact with, and can gain the traits of whomever he eats (such as Gluttony's appetite and sense of smell).ch.87 Pride's shadow can only exist within a given area: the area surrounding his body and the underground transmutation circle running throughout Amestris. He needs a light source in order to be able to use his shadow, and his shadow can similarly be "killed" if the light becomes too bright or he is surrounded by darkness.ch.88 His voice in the second series is provided by Yuko Sanpei.ch.32

In the first anime, Pride represents the true identity of King Bradley, while Selim is a normal human child who briefly appeared in the end of the series, playing an unintentional role in King Bradley's death at Mustang's flames, but not before the Führer strangles him to death in his rage. In the first anime, Makoto Tsumura voices Selim in the Japanese version, and Zarah Little in the English dub.ep.51

Other characters

Alchemists

Fullmetal Alchemist presents alchemists as people who have learned how to manipulate matter. Through the use of transmutation circles, they can reform one object into another that shares a similar molecular make-up to its original form. In Amestris, alchemists can become certified by the State Military, earning a unique title, rank of major, and funding for personal research.ch.1 In the manga and second anime series, the people of Xing have a technique similar to alchemy, called alkahestry, that focuses on healing wounds.ep.32

Alex Louis Armstrong

Alex Louis Armstrong (アレックス・ルイ・アームストロング Arekkusu Rui Āmusutorongu?), the "Strong Arm Alchemist," is a large and comically emotional State Alchemist who will burst into tears or joyous praise, given the right situation, and embraces others in an effort to console them. Because he is an extremely strong character, this usually causes great personal injury to others. Armstrong is very proud of his strength and of his muscular physique, frequently taking off his shirt so that he can flex for the benefit of others. As a final element of his comedic properties, he has the tendency to "sparkle"; when first appearing in a scene or taking off his shirt, pink stars radiate from his body.ch.14 Despite his humorous tendencies, Armstrong can be very serious when the situation calls for it. He is not fond of violence and will try to end conflicts peacefully, and will break down and cry if an innocent person is killed.ch.29

Armstrong comes from a wealthy family of aristocrats who have earned renown in most professions. He has mastered many of his family's talents for himself, and when displaying such a talent, he remarks it to have been "passed down the Armstrong line for generations." His alchemical skills also represent a remnant of his family's history; by using a unique kind of brass knuckles, Armstrong can reshape any solid object that he punches.ch.7 Armstrong is a valuable ally of Roy Mustang and the Elric brothers, even if they are not always happy to be in his emotional company. He takes his honor as a soldier and as a leader seriously, and always looks out for his peers' and subordinates' best interests.ch.20 Kenji Utsumi voices him in the Japanese series, and Christopher R. Sabat in the English adaptation.ep.14ep.14

Izumi Curtis

Izumi Curtis (イズミ・カーティス Izumi Kātisu?), the teacher of Ed and Alphonse Elric, agreed to train the brothers to hone their alchemical abilities after their mother died. She expands their training with a regimen of philosophy, martial arts, and living off the land.ch.20 Her methods are derived from her own alchemy training: in the manga and second anime, she was forced to survive in the northern region surrounding Briggs Fortress for a month (although it turns out she succeeded by stealing supplies from the northern fortress), whereas in the first anime she was taught by Dante. She thinks of the Elrics as her own sons, and although she severs her student-teacher ties with them after learning of their attempts with human transmutation (and similarly Ed's joining the State Military), she continues to do all she can to help them.ch.28 She can be quite violent when punishing or sparring with the Elric brothers, so they tend to be deathly afraid of her.ch.25 Her claim "I'm a housewife!" while confronting Greed became one of Arakawa's favorite scenes having wanted to draw that a long time ago before the chapter was published.[4]

Izumi and her husband Sig Curtis (シグ・カーティス Shigu Kātisu?) were expecting a child years before the start of the series; however, their son was stillborn. Izumi tried and failed to revive the child through human transmutation (an act that created Wrath in the first anime). The failed attempt took some of her internal organs, resulting in her inability to ever again be pregnant, and to periodically cough up blood. Izumi could thereafter perform alchemy without a transmutation circle after seeing the "truth."ch.44

In the manga, Izumi attracts the attention of the State Military for having survived the failed human transmutation. As she and her husband travel around Amestris in order to avoid the military, they eventually meet Ed and Al's father Hohenheim. He rearranges her insides to ease the blood flow, and persuades her to help collaborate in bringing down the State Military.ch.76

Throughout the first anime, she tries to get close to Wrath in order to repent for the creation of him. She dies between the end of the first anime and Conqueror of Shamballa, but, during the movie, her spirit reunites with Wrath in the afterlife.[8] She is voiced by Shoko Tsuda in the Japanese version of the first anime, and Christine Auten in the English dub.ep.26ep.26

Hohenheim

Van Hohenheim (ヴァン・ホーエンハイム Van Hōenhaimu?) is the father of Ed and Alphonse Elric with a keen knowledge of alchemy processes. He left them and his wife Trisha various years before the start of the series.ch.68 It is later revealed that Hohenheim's body became the Philosopher's Stone during a transmutation made by Father, and thus cannot die.ch.75 In the first anime (where he is referred to as Hohenheim of Light (光のホーエンハイム Hikari no Hōenhaimu?)), Hohenheim has used the power of a Philosopher's Stone for hundreds of years to switch from body to body, prolonging his life. He is voiced by Masashi Ebara in Japanese, and by Scott McNeil in the English dub.ep.43ep.43 In the second series he is voiced by Unshou Ishizuka.ep.19

Tim Marcoh

Tim Marcoh (ティム・マルコー Timu Marukō?), formerly the "Crystal Alchemist," was the leading researcher in the military's Philosopher's Stone creation project. After sacrificing a number of innocent Ishbalans during the Ishbal Civil War in order to create new stones, he fled the military with some imperfect stone samples. He settles down in a small country town where he uses his stones to heal the sick under the identity of "Doctor Mauro." He is later found by the Elric brothers, and he directs them to some of the research he left behind in Central to help them in their search for the Philosopher's Stone.ch.8 Marcoh is then captured by the homunculi, and is kept locked up deep below Central. While there, he is found by Scar. Seeing Scar as a means to an end, he tells Scar of his involvement in the Ishbalan War, in the hopes of being killed in vengeance. Scar instead disfigures Marcoh's face beyond recognition as a disguise, kidnaps him, and forces him to help in bringing down the homunculi.ch.62

In the first anime, he is soon afterwards taken into military custody, only to be killed by the homunculus Gluttony.ep.50 Kouji Totani voices him in the Japanese series, while Brice Armstrong voices him in the English dub.ep.14ep.14 Masayuki Omoro voices him in the second anime.ep.6

Russell and Fletcher Tringham

Russell Tringham (ラッセル・トリンガム Rasseru Toringamu?) and his younger brother Fletcher (フレッチャー・トリンガム Furecchā Toringamu?) are the sons of the famed alchemist Nash Tringham. Their characters are adapted by the first anime from the light novel The Land of Sand, not the manga. They seek to complete their father's research with a substance known as "red water," a toxic liquid with alchemical properties. To help them in this endeavor, they impersonate the Elric brothers to gain access to resources and locations reserved for State Alchemists. While Fletcher is reluctant to do this, Russell insists that nobody will mind.ep.12 They are almost executed towards the end of the first anime when they are mistaken for the real Elric brothers, who are wanted for treason, and, after being saved, they try to help Ed find out about the homunculi. Although Edward and Russell fight near constantly, Fletcher and Alphonse are able to get along. The two Tringham brothers tend to utilize alchemy involving plants.ep.49 Russel is voiced by Kosuke Okano in the Japanese series, and Justin Cook in the English adaptation. Fletcher is voiced by Minako Arakawa in Japanese, and by Avery Williams in the English adaptation.ep.12ep.12

Shou Tucker

Shou Tucker (ショウ・タッカー Shō Takkā?), the "Sewing-Life Alchemist," is famed for creating a chimera that could talk, but refused to eat and died shortly after its creation. After meeting Tucker, the Elric brothers discover that the talking chimera was actually his wife fused with another animal as they discover it after Tucker fused his daughter, Nina, with his pet dog, Alexander, in order to maintain his position as State Alchemist. Tucker, while held under house arrest for his actions, is killed by Scar soon afterwards.ch.5

In the first anime series, Shou is recruited to perform classified research in creating Chimeras in the clandestine 5th Laboratory, after being initially reported to have been executed by the State. Tucker eventually becomes a Chimera while experimenting to revive his daughter, gaining the appearance of a man crucified upon the back of a large dog. Though Tucker succeeds in recreating Nina's body, he loses what little sanity he possessed when he discovered that the Nina doll was without a soul.ep.48 Tucker is voiced by Makoto Nagai and Chuck Huber in the Japanese and English versions, respectively.ep.6ep.6

State Military

Roy Mustang and his subordinates. Also in the photograph is Maes Hughes and Alex Louis Armstrong.

The State Military is Amestris' primary mode of offense and defense. Throughout the history of the country, it has existed to put down uprisings and annex surrounding hostile countries into its borders. It is led by King Bradley, and uses a ranking system common of most real-world militaries.ch.1 In the manga, the State Military is basically just the puppet force called upon to further the homunculi's plans.ch.67 Many of the soldiers' names are taken from the makers of fighter aircraft and airplanes.p.176

Frank Archer

Frank Archer (フランク・アーチャー Furanku Āchā?) is a character exclusive to the first anime, introduced as Maes Hughes' replacement. He is cool, calm, and collected, with a love for violence and war. He dreams of becoming a hero on the battlefield, viewing it as a way to rise up the ranks of the military. To this end, he does whatever is necessary to please his superiors, and always ensures that his actions earn him some publicity.ep.28 As the series progresses, Archer develops an interest in the military's various projects, such as the homunculi, chimeras, and the Philosopher's Stone. Archer loses the left half of his body when the Philosopher's Stone is created in Liore, and receives automail modification in order to regain his mobility. After the operations left him mentally unstable, Archer rages through Central, carrying out King Bradley's ordered executions. Riza Hawkeye shoots Archer down while he tries to kill Roy Mustang.ep.51 He is voiced by Show Hayami in the Japanese series, and by Troy Baker in the English dub.ep.28ep.28

Olivier Mira Armstrong

Olivier Mira Armstrong (オリヴィエ・ミラ・アームストロング Orivie Mira Āmusutorongu?) is the older sister of Alex Louis Armstrong. She is charged with leading Briggs' Fortress, and protecting the country from the neighboring country of Drachma. Unlike her brother, who is cheerful and kindly to all around him, Olivier distrusts everyone when she first meets them, and has no patience for formalities or idle conversation. She is also, similarly, a firm believer in survival of the fittest. This has earned Olivier a reputation within the military, and in Drachma, as one who should not be crossed, though her subordinates hold her in high regard. Because she readily joins them in hostile situations and disregards the orders of superiors if she disagrees, her subordinates will answer only to her. She always carries a sword at her side, and is proficient enough to be able to defeat her brother with it.ch.65 Her Japanese seiyū is Yōko Sōmi.ep.33

Olivier crosses paths with the Elric brothers when they arrive at Briggs' Fortress. After Sloth infiltrates Briggs, she is able to convince them to tell her about the homunculi that control the military. To help the Elric brothers combat the corrupt higher ups, Olivier goes to Central to work her way into King Bradley's inner circle. Once she learns of plans to create an army of immortal super soldiers, Olivier fights against the homunculi. Although she has no direct control of Briggs, her subordinates still operate it under her wishes, eventually sneaking into Central to help Olivier take control of the government. Her most loyal soldiers include Miles (マイルズ Mairuzu?), who is a quarter Ishbalan, remaining in the military with the hope to someday change the country's perception of Ishbal; and Buccaneer (バッカニア Bakkania?), a large, heavyset man who has been shown with two different pieces of automail in the series.ch.65 Buccaneer fights Bradley together along with the resistance, but he dies in battle.

King Bradley

Führer King Bradley (キング・ブラッドレイ Kingu Buraddorei?) is the head of the State Military and King of Amestris. Though initially portrayed as a kindly ruler, he is later revealed to be a homunculus. Though his identity as a homunculus differs between the manga and first anime series, his weapon of choice is the sword, which he wields with great proficiency. His deadly swordsmanship is further augmented by the "Ultimate Eye," a clairvoyant eye that bears the Ouroboros seal, which is usually covered by an eyepatch. The eye gives him the foresight to see all possible outcomes of a given situation, allowing him to predict the moves of any opponent before they happen, along with being able to see things the normal human eye can not, such as air currents.ep.51ch.29 In both story lines, because homunculi cannot reproduce, Bradley is given a family to keep up appearances: his son, Selim Bradley, and a wife he personally chose.ch.80 Bradley is voiced by Hidekatsu Shibata in the Japanese versions, and by Ed Blaylock in English dubs.ep.6ep.6

Prior to the events depicted in the manga, Bradley was raised and trained, along with other children, to become Amestris' ideal leader. Once they had reached a specific age, the State began injecting a Philosopher's Stone directly into their blood system. Bradley, the only survivor of the experiments, became Wrath and the King of Amestris. Wrath ages with time, because of his human lineage, a trait that irritates him because his ailing body cannot keep up with the speed of his eye's predictions.ch.53 After attempting to kill off Greed and succeeding in making Mustang the final sacrifice for Father, Bradley fights Scar but is mortally wounded, and has his hands blown off by the Ishbalan. Upon his death, Bradley concludes that he had a good life despite being a homunculus.

In the first anime, Bradley is Pride, what Dante considers her greatest creation due to his ability to age like humans. When Roy Mustang discovers his identity as a homunculus, Bradley entrusts Selim with the skull of his original body. During his battle with Mustang, Bradley is severely weakened by its presence, when Selim unknowingly brings the skull back to him, and Bradley strangles Selim out of anger. In his weakened state, Mustang is able to defeat Bradley by repeatedly setting him on fire, reducing him to ashes.ep.51

Heymans Breda

Second Lieutenant Heymans Breda (ハイマンス・ブレダ Haimansu Bureda?) is one of Roy Mustang's most trusted subordinates. He was recruited by Mustang for his high level of intelligence, indicated by his talent with chess and other strategy games. Despite his intelligence, he still has an irrational fear of dogs. Breda is usually tasked by Mustang with jobs that require he travel abroad. He is transferred to Western Headquarters when Mustang's group is broken up by the homunculi.ch.61 In the manga, he eventually defects from the military so that he can help Mustang overthrow King Bradley. Tomoyuki Shimura voices him in Japanese, and Josh Berry in English.ep.13ep.13 In Brotherhood, he is voiced by Biichi Satou in Japanese, and Jeremy Inman in English.

Denny Brosh and Maria Ross

Denny Brosh (デニー・ブロッシュ Denī Burosshu?) and Maria Ross (マリア・ロス Maria Rosu?) are introduced when they are assigned to protect Edward Elric.ch.10 While Brosh is rather nosy and lazy, and has an enormous infatuation with Ross, Ross is serious with her job, to the point that she develops a maternal affection for Edward when she is protecting him. In the manga, Ross is framed by the homunculi for the death of Maes Hughes. Roy Mustang stages a prison break and then fakes her death, giving her a chance to flee to Xing. Before leaving, she asks that her family and Brosh not be told that she is alive so as to keep the secret from getting out.ch.41 To repay Mustang for saving her life, Ross later returns to Amestris and helps him wage an assault on Central. In the first anime, Brosh and Ross later appear in the rebellion against King Bradley, saving various characters from execution. Masao Harada voices Brosh in Japanese, and Jim Foronda in English.ep.18ep.18 Mitsuki Saiga voices Ross in Japanese, and Meredith McCoy in English with Kaori Nazuka voicing her in the second series.ep.18ep.18

Sheska

Sheska (シェスカ Shesuka?) was a librarian at the First Branch of the Central City library. Because she spent all day reading the many documents stored there, instead of doing her job, she was fired. She has a photographic memory and can remember and reproduce anything she has ever read, with word-for-word accuracy. Because of this, after the library burns down, the Elric brothers seek her out to see if she can remember any research papers by Tim Marcoh. She transcribes the entirety of his research for them, earning enough pay to last her a year for her troubles. When Maes Hughes learns of how she helped the Elrics, he hires her to help recreate the criminal records that were destroyed in the fire.ch.10 In the first anime, after Hughes' death, Sheska helps Winry Rockbell discover the identity of Sloth. Naomi Wakabayashi voices her in the first anime, and Gwendolyn Lau in the English dub.ep.18 Her voice in the second series is provided by Chika Fujimura.ep.7

Vato Falman

Warrent Officer Vato Falman (ヴァトー・ファルマン Vatō Faruman?) is one of Roy Mustang's most trusted subordinates. He was recruited by Mustang for his innate ability to remember almost every detail, allowing him to act as a sort of recording device that does not leave any physical evidence. Because his intellect is his area of expertise, he does not have much experience in the field, causing him to make rookie mistakes when in a combat situation. He is overly formal, causing some of his comrades to wish he would lighten up. Falman does not play a large role in the first anime, only being another of Mustang's subordinates.ch.61 In the manga, Falman is transferred to Northern Headquarters when Mustang's group is broken up by the homunculi. He is subsequently transferred again, this time to Briggs' Fortress where he is given what amounts to janitorial duties. There, he reunites with the Elric brothers, and helps them and Briggs' forces plan against the Homunculi.ch.65 He is voiced by Takehiro Murozono in Japanese, and by Kyle Hebert in English.ep.5ep.5 In the new series, he is voiced by Kenji Hamada.ep.13

Kain Fury

Master Sergeant Kain Fury (ケイン・フュリー Kein Fyurī?) is one of Roy Mustang's most trusted subordinates. He is overly kind in nature, both to people and to animals. He was recruited by Mustang for his technological expertise. As such, he primarily helps Mustang with communications, both in creating secure lines and tapping into others. He is transferred to Southern Headquarters when Mustang's group is broken up by the homunculi. In the manga, he eventually defects from the military so that he can help Mustang overthrow King Bradley.ch.61His seiyu is Tetsu Shiratori, and his English voice actor is Kevin M. Connolly.ep.13 In the new series, he is voiced by Tetsuya Kakihara.ep.13

Jean Havoc

Second Lieutenant Jean Havoc (ジャン・ハボック Jan Habokku?) is one of Roy Mustang's most trusted subordinates. He is usually seen smoking a cigarette, something that Arakawa developed prior to the series' start to help Mustang to create fire to fight homunculus Lust.[9] He was recruited by Mustang for his loyalty and general sincerity, as well as his above average shooting skills. Because working for Mustang requires moving frequently and a complete dedication of time, Havoc has very little free time, and cannot maintain a relationship with a woman for very long.ch.61 Havoc does not play a large role in the first anime, only being another of Mustang's subordinates. In the manga, he unknowingly dates the homunculus Lust, who tries to extract information about Mustang from him. She is unsuccessful, and eventually reveals her true identity to him. In the course of the attempt to kill her, Havoc is severely injured when Lust stabs him through the spinal cord, leaving the lower half of his body completely paralyzed. Havoc is then encouraged to find another way to help their cause and later provides his support by supplying Mustang with whatever supplies they may need from his family's store.ch.89 Yasunori Matsumoto is his Japanese voice actor, and Mike McFarland his English voice actor.ep.13ep.13 In the new series, his voice is provided by Yuji Ueda.ep.13

Riza Hawkeye

First Lieutenant Riza Hawkeye (リザ・ホークアイ Riza Hōkai?) is Roy Mustang's most trusted and dearest subordinate. She carries out many of the tasks he is too lazy to do, acts as his personal assistant, and protects him from danger. She also doubles as his voice of reason, keeping cool in heated situations, and scolding him when he allows his emotions to get in the way. Riza and Roy seem to share a close relationship as she identifies him as her most precious person.ch.39 Riza specializes in firearms, particularly sniper rifles, and can hit nearly any target with lethal accuracy. In the series, she adopts a dog named Black Hayate (ブラックハヤテ Burakkuhayate?) that she raises with stern discipline; when Hayate urinates indoors, she fires a number of warning rounds at the wall around the dog to reinforce that doing so is against established protocol.ch. Gaiden

While Riza does not extend far past the role of Mustang's subordinate in the first anime, she takes on a more central role in the manga. In the form of a tattoo on her back, Riza bears the final notes to her father's work on Flame Alchemy, and his legacy as an alchemist and Mustang's teacher. After seeing what Mustang was capable of during the Ishbal War, Riza begs Roy to burn the tattoo, fearing the damage another flame alchemist could cause.ch.61 Riza is reassigned as King Bradley's personal assistant to be used as a hostage when Mustang learns the homunculi control the State.ch.52 When she discovers that King Bradley's adopted son, Selim, is a homunculus as well, she sends her discovery to Mustang in code as soon as she can. She eventually defects from the military to help Mustang overthrow King Bradley.ch.74 She is voiced by Michiko Neya in Japanese and by Colleen Clinkenbeard in English.ep.5ep.5 In the second anime series, she is voiced by Fumiko Orikasa.ep.1

Maes Hughes

Maes Hughes (マース・ヒューズ Māsu Hyūzu?) is an old friend of Roy Mustang's. He works in the military's intelligence division, but spends much of his time using the military phone lines to brag to Mustang about his family. After his daughter, Elicia, is born, he fawns about how cute and talented she is and bombards others with pictures of her when he sees them. Despite his over-the-top comical tendencies, Hughes is a valuable ally to Mustang's goal of becoming Führer, supplying whatever classified intelligence that may be beneficial. He has also been shown to be a capable fighter, skilled with throwing knives. His general understanding of others' emotions and desire to help them similarly gains the affection of the Elric brothers and their friend Winry Rockbell, as he always offers advice or hospitality to them when they need it.ch.14 During one of his attempts to help the Elrics, Hughes learns of the homunculi's control over the country. However, he is killed by Envy, disguised as Hughes' wife. This leads Mustang to further investigate the truth for himself, in hopes of finding the one responsible for Hughes' death.ch.16 His death as described by Arakawa was the moment where "everyone who read it cried" and so she had to apologize to readers and her assistant for such an event.[4] In the Japanese series he is voiced by Keiji Fujiwara, and in the English dub by Sonny Strait.ep.5ep.5

Yoki

Yoki (ヨキ?) is, when first introduced, a corrupt member of the military who imposes heavy taxes on the town of Youswell, bankrupting its citizens. When the Elric brothers arrive in town, they trick Yoki into giving up ownership of the town, and promptly report his actions to the military.ch.2 He is stripped of his rank and lives as a homeless person on the outskirts of Central, where he meets the fugitive Scar. In the first anime, Yoki alerts the military to Scar's location, and, in the subsequent raid to apprehend Scar, he is killed by Lust. In the manga, Yoki is forced to work for Scar under the threat of death. Though he tries to convince those they encounter that Scar is his servant, Yoki does as Scar commands and calls him "master." Since he has started following Scar around the country, Yoki has assumed a role as comic relief, often having pain inflicted upon him when he tries to seem superior to others.ch.33 Kazuki Yao voices him in Japanese, and Barry Yandell in English.ep.9ep.9

Chimera

A chimera is an alchemical fusion between two or more beings. While the vast majority of chimera seen in Fullmetal Alchemist are a cross between two animals, some are humans that have been crossed with an animal. These experiments, performed in secret by the State Military to dispose of injured soldiers or those that have taken part in secret missions, endow the human with abilities reminiscent of the animal.ch.27

Greed's chimeras

A group of chimeras work for the homunculus Greed during the series. Bido (ビドー Bidō?) was crossed with a lizard, allowing him to sneak around and climb surfaces with ease. Because of this, he is tasked primarily with intelligence gathering and relies on others to defend him.ch.25 In the first anime, he is killed during the military's attempt to capture Greed. In the manga, he encounters Lin Yao, the new Greed, who, having no recollections of Bido, kills him.ch.82 Dolcetto (ドルチェット Doruchetto?, "Dorochet" in the English anime) was crossed with a dog, giving him an enhanced sense of smell and an unwavering loyalty to Greed. Roa (ロア?, "Loa" in the English anime) was crossed with a bull, giving him greater strength and allowing him to transform into a humanoid bull. He and Dolcetto are killed by the homunculi while trying to defend Greed. Martel (マーテル Māteru?, "Marta" in the English anime) was crossed with a snake, and thus can stretch and contort her body to great effect. She uses this ability during her introduction to infiltrate Alphonse Elric's hollow armor body and control it from the inside. She remains in Al's body for much of her role in the series, the most prominent reason being that she is safe while in there. In the manga and second anime, Martel is killed during King Bradley's attempt to capture Greed, while being inside Alphonse.ch.30 In the first anime, Martel survives this raid and accompanies Al in his various endeavors. She is ultimately killed by Bradley in much the same way as in the manga, though not before informing Al that Bradley is a homunculus.ep.40

Kimblee's chimeras

A total of four chimeras are introduced in the manga and the second anime series as Solf J. Kimblee's bodyguards. However, they decide to defect Kimblee and join the Elrics to stop Father. Jelso (ジェルソ Jeruso?) and Zanpano (ザンパノ?), who are tasked with capturing Scarch.72, can transform into a humanoid boar who has the ability to fire spines from his back and a humanoid frog-like creature who has the ability to fire sticky globs of mucus, respectively.ch.73 Darius (ダリウス Dariusu?) and Heinkel (ハインケル Hainkeru?), who are first instructed by Kimblee to help him fight and apprehend Edward Elric,ch.77 can transform into a humanoid gorilla, and into a humanoid lion, respectively.ch.76

Ishbal

The Ishbalans are a religious people, characterized by their brown skin and red eyes. The majority of their population were slaughtered by the State Military during the Ishbalan Civil War. The few survivors live as criminals and refugees in various slums across the country, usually leaping at the opportunity to fight against Amestrians.ch.7

Scar

Scar (傷の男(スカー) Kizu no otoko (sukā)?) is a major supporting character in the series. A devout Ishbalan, Scar is one of the survivors of the Ishbalan Extermination Campaign. Depicted in the manga as an Ishbalan warrior priest, Scar was a capable fighter who desperately tried to save whomever he could from the State Military onslaught. However, Kimblee's enhanced alchemical attacks were too much. Scar's brother, who had been researching Amestrian Alchemy and Xingese Alkahestry in an attempt to gain power against the State, gives Scar his right arm in order to save his life.ch.61

Xing

Xing, a country far away from Amestris, is introduced in the manga and the second anime series. Its people are Asian in appearance, and are split into fifty clans under the rule of a single emperor. The emperor has fathered a prince or princess for each of the fifty families. In the current storyline, the emperor is in failing health, and his children, whose families are not in good standing, seek to earn his trust in his final days. Two of his children, Prince Lin Yao and Princess May Chang go to Amestris in separate attempts to find the fabled Philosopher's Stone and gain immortality, hoping that doing so will convince the emperor to make them his successor.ch.32

Fu

Fu (フー ?) is one of Lin Yao's bodyguards. He is an older man and the grandfather of Lin's other bodyguard, Lan Fan. Though committed to his duties and stern in nature, he cries for his granddaughter after learning that she sacrificed her arm for their prince. He leaves his prince's side for an extended period of time when helping Maria Ross escape to Xing, and again when taking Lan Fan to get automail surgery.ch.41 Despite this, Fu remains deeply loyal to his prince and is determined to bring back to Xing, Lin and the immortality he has gained.ch.63 He is ultimately killed by Bradley while trying to protect Lin from the homunculus.ch.99

Lan Fan

Lan Fan (ランファン Ranfan?) is one of Lin Yao's bodyguards. She is the granddaughter of Lin's other bodyguard, Fu, and is implied, by Lin, to be younger than Lin is. She is a skilled fighter, despite her age, and can keep up with or defend against seasoned warriors. She is fiercely protective of her prince, and instantly attacks anyone who speaks poorly of him.ch.34 This makes for a weakness in battle; by insulting Lin in some way, her opponent can break her usually perfect battle form and leave her open to attack. In protecting Lin, Lan Fan is severely injured by King Bradley, having to amputate her arm in order to escape. After regaining consciousness, she and her grandfather leave Lin so that she can get automail surgery to restore her arm.ch.63 The moment her surgery is complete and she has recovered to the point of being able to move (though not to the point of having complete control of her new arm), she rushes to Lin's side to start protecting him once again.ch.87 Her Japanese voice actor is Nana Mizuki.ep.15

Lin Yao

Lin Yao (リン・ヤオ Rin Yao?, "Ling Yao" in the first Viz's volumes and the second anime) is the twelfth prince of Xing, and represents the Yao people. He meets Edward Elric soon after arriving in Amestris, whom he aggravates by being both younger and taller than him. He also tends to leave Edward with pricey dinner bills before quietly slipping away. Despite his laid-back, goofy, and undignified personality, Lin is a skilled fighter (often seen using a sword) who keeps a cool head in hostile situations.ch.33 His major ambition is to replace his father as Xing's new emperor, and as such operates under the belief that power can not be had without the people's support. He is very close to his bodyguards, Lan Fan and Fu, often showing greater concern for their safety than finding immortality and becoming emperor.ch.46 Throughout the series, Lin's ongoing search for immortality in Amestris results in numerous encounters with the homunculi, whom he can sense like other Xingese characters. He eventually becomes a homunculus himself so as to become immortal, relinquishing his body to Greed without any resistance.ch.54 However, he constantly fights with Greed for control, and they eventually come to an agreement over control, to the point where Lin can take control when he feels it's necessary, such as when his ability to detect homunculi is needed. His Japanese seiyu is Mamoru Miyano.ep.15

May Chang

May Chang (メイ・チャン Mei Chan?) is the seventeenth princess of Xing, and she represents the Chang people. Unlike Lin Yao, she comes to Amestris without any bodyguards, only having her small pet panda, Xiao Mei (シャオメイ Shao Mei?), to keep her company. May is particularly skilled in rentanjutsu (鍊丹術) or alkahestry, a technique developed in Xing chiefly for medical purposes, but very similar to alchemy; by using throwing knives to create two transmutation circles, one at her intended target and one near herself, she can manipulate matter at a distance. She is somewhat imaginative in nature; when first hearing of Edward Elric's alchemical skills, she pictures him as a tall, handsome young man.ch.32 When this is proven to be false upon actually meeting him, she proclaims that he intentionally misled her, and later falls in love with Alphonse Elric, also picturing his real form as a handsome man.ch.62 Soon after arriving in Amestris on her search for immortality, May teams up with Scar, assisting him on his travels. For a time, she also unknowingly fights the Elric brothers before eventually teaming up with them as well to fight the homunculi in hope of finding the way obtain immortality.ch.80 Her Japanese seiyu is Mai Goto.ep.15

Other

Barry the Chopper

Barry the Chopper (バリー・ザ・チョッパー Barī za choppā?), a serial killer, earned infamy in Central for his butchering of many innocent people. In the first anime series, his spree is brought to an end by the Elric brothers. In the manga and the second anime, he is captured sometime before the start of the series. Though reported to have been executed, Barry's soul is actually removed from his body and bound to a suit of armor in one of the military's experiments. He is then called Number 66. He is subsequently assigned to guarding the 5th Laboratory, where he encounters the Elric brothers once again.ch.12 When the 5th Laboratory is destroyed Barry flees and is then convinced to work with Roy Mustang. While helping with drawing out the homunculi, Barry comes across his old human body, with the soul of an animal having been bound to it. Arakawa remarks she enjoys drawing Barry and although she originally thought he would die in 5th Laboratory's explosion, she wanted to expand more his character.[9] Barry tracks it to the 3rd Laboratory and, to fulfill his dreams of butchering himself, he tries to kill his body, though his armor is destroyed by Lust before he can do so. While Barry is able to survive this, his original body destroys what is left of him by scratching through the seal that is connecting his soul to his armor.ch.39 In the first anime, he becomes a mercenary and is ultimately killed by Scar.ep.24 Kentaro Ito voices him in the Japanese series, and Jerry Jewell in the English adaptation.ep.24ep.24 Hideyuki Umezu voices him in the new series.ep.7

Trisha Elric

Trisha Elric (トリシャ・エルリック Torisha Erurikku?) is the mother of Edward and Alphonse Elric. She was a kindly woman who was loved by all in her family. Even her husband, Hohenheim, wished to always be with her. He left her and their two sons behind to find a way to escape his immortality and achieve this goal.ch.68 Trisha tried to last until his return, though she ultimately died of an illness.ch.85 Ed and Al tried to revive her with human transmutation, and, in the failed attempt, lost their bodies as the malformed entity died within moments of being created.ch.23 Hohenheim would later plant the suggestion that the creature was not a failed attempt to revive Trisha, but something else.ch.43 In the first anime series, the failed creation becomes the homunculus Sloth.ep.42 Her seiyu is Yoshino Takamori, and her English voice actress is Lydia Mackay.ep.2ep.2

Rosé

Rosé (ロゼ Roze?) is a young woman introduced at the very start of the series. She is a devout believer in her town's local faith, believing that serving the church will bring back her dead boyfriend. The Elric brothers' arrival in town opens Rosé's eyes to the church's corruption and forces her to realize her boyfriend is not coming back.ch.2 In the manga, she helps to rebuild the town, eventually reuniting with Alphonse Elric.ch.80 In the first anime, she instead becomes the mute "Holy Mother" of the townspeople, giving them a symbol of guidance as they rise up against the State Military. Rosé loses her voice after being captured by a soldier of the military. She is implied to have been raped, as, after her reintroduction, she is often seen carrying a baby with her.ep.41 She is later captured by Dante, whose purpose is Rosé's body, but is later freed by Edward. Her voice actress in Japanese is Houko Kuwashima in the first series, and Satsuki Yukino in the second.ep.3 Colleen Clinkenbeard voices her in the English series.ep.1

Merchandise

Action figures, busts, and statues from the Fullmetal Alchemist anime and manga have been created by leading toy companies, primarily Medicom and Southern Island. Medicom has created high end deluxe vinyl figures of the characters from the anime.[10] Other merchandise includes plushes, key-chains, straps and pins.[11][12][13] Apparels from the characters include the State Alchemists watches, necklaces and earrings.[14][15][16] Characters are also featured in a trading card game that was first published in 2005 by Joyride Entertainment.[17] Video games from the series also feature the characters, although in most of them the Elric brothers are the only playable characters.[18]

Reception

Several publications for anime, manga, and other media have provided praise and criticism to the characters from the series. Though the initial volumes were felt to be formulaic, Melissa Harper from Anime News Network noted that the series and characters grows in complexity as it progresses. She praised Arakawa for making all the characters designs unique and distinguishable, despite many of them wearing the same basic uniforms. Additionally, she liked the comedy of the characters, remarking that "Ed's facial expressions are probably the humorous highlight of the series."[19] Lori Lancaster from Mania Entertainment praised the designs from the anime as well as the facial expressions from the characters. He also added that their interactions are very entertaining, praising the way how Edward deals with his opponents and his friends, giving the anime a good balance between action and comedy.[20] Hilary Goldstein from IGN noted that the characterization of the protagonist Edward balances between being a "typical clever kid" and "a stubborn kid", successfully allowing him to float between the series more comical moments and its underlying drama without seeming false.[21]

Samuel Arbogast from T.H.E.M. Anime Reviews comments that the interaction between the Elric brothers as they travel is interesting, since humor is quite frequent rather than the constant grimness of many series. He also praises the fact that all the characters have distinct designs, even though some of them had the same uniforms.[22] Anime Boredom praised the characters for having a good balance between action, comedy and deep moments and remarked the emotional core of the development of the two main characters.[23] Maria Lin from Animefringe.com criticized the large number of sentimental scenes in the series, considering them "an abuse to make the viewers cry". She also mentioned that the characters had lack of development, such as Edward having the same beliefs during all the anime as he once again tried to revive people using alchemy. However, she noted the anime "has some of the freshest and most vibrant character designs since Naruto".[24]

References

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  2. ^ a b "Equivalent Change". Newtype USA (A.D. Vision). January 2006. 
  3. ^ Newtype USA (A.D. Vision). March 2006. 
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  12. ^ "Fullmetal Alchemist: Key Chain - Ed (Standing)". Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000A8O8AK/. Retrieved December 11, 2008. 
  13. ^ "FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: Human Al cellphone strap + Pin". Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000YC9PP0/. Retrieved December 11, 2008. 
  14. ^ "FullMetal Alchemist Cosplay Pocket Watch". Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001EKBZ7W/. Retrieved December 11, 2008. 
  15. ^ "FullMetal Alchemist: Necklace - Snake Symbol". Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001EKBZ7W/. Retrieved December 11, 2008. 
  16. ^ "Fullmetal Alchemist Earrings cosplay". Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000IUHZH8/. Retrieved December 11, 2008. 
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  20. ^ "Fullmetal Alchemist Set 1 (of 4)". Mania. http://www.mania.com/fullmetal-alchemist-set-1_article_79579.html. Retrieved March 23, 2008. 
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  22. ^ Arbogast, Samuel. "T.H.E.M. Anime Reviews: FullMetal Alchemist Review". T.H.E.M. Anime Reviews. http://www.themanime.org/viewreview.php?id=719. Retrieved March 23, 2008. 
  23. ^ "FullMetal Alchemist Volume 2: Scarred Man Of The East". Anime Boredom. June 30, 2005. http://www.animeboredom.co.uk/anime-reviews/full-metal-alchemist/623/. Retrieved April 9, 2008. 
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Fullmetal Alchemist manga volumes by Arakawa, Hiromu
Original Japanese version published by Square Enix
  1. ^ . Volume 23. August 12, 2009. ISBN 978-4-7575-2602-0. 
  2. ^ . Volume 24. December 22, 2009. ISBN 978-4-7575-2742-3. 
Translated into English and published by Viz Media
  1. ^ . Volume 1. May 3, 2005. ISBN 978-1-59116-920-8. 
  2. ^ . Volume 2. July 5, 2005. ISBN 978-1-59116-923-9. 
  3. ^ . Volume 3. September 6, 2005. ISBN 978-1-59116-925-3. 
  4. ^ . Volume 4. November 8, 2005. ISBN 978-1-59116-929-1. 
  5. ^ . Volume 5. January 10, 2006. ISBN 978-1-4215-0175-8. 
  6. ^ . Volume 6. March 21, 2006. ISBN 978-1-4215-0319-6. 
  7. ^ . Volume 7. May 16, 2006. ISBN 978-1-4215-0458-2. 
  8. ^ . Volume 8. July 18, 2006. ISBN 978-1-4215-0459-9. 
  9. ^ . Volume 9. September 19, 2006. ISBN 978-1-4215-0460-5. 
  10. ^ . Volume 10. November 21, 2006. ISBN 978-1-4215-0461-2. 
  11. ^ . Volume 11. January 16, 2007. ISBN 978-1-4215-0838-2. 
  12. ^ . Volume 12. March 20, 2007. ISBN 978-1-4215-0839-9. 
  13. ^ . Volume 13. May 15, 2007. ISBN 978-1-4215-1158-0. 
  14. ^ . Volume 14. August 14, 2007. ISBN 978-1-4215-1379-9. 
  15. ^ . Volume 15. December 18, 2007. ISBN 978-1-4215-1380-5. 
  16. ^ . Volume 16. March 18, 2008. ISBN 978-1-4215-1381-2. 
  17. ^ . Volume 17. October 21, 2008. ISBN 978-1-4215-2161-9. 
  18. ^ . Volume 18. May 19, 2009. ISBN 978-1-4215-2536-5. 
  19. ^ . Volume 19. July 21, 2009. ISBN 978-1-4215-2568-6. 
  20. ^ . Volume 20. September 15, 2009. ISBN 978-1-4215-3034-5. 
  21. ^ . Volume 21. November 17, 2009. ISBN 978-1-4215-3232-5. 
  22. ^ . Volume 22. January 19, 2010. ISBN 1-4215-3413-4. 
Fullmetal Alchemist TV anime episodes directed by Mizushima, Seiji
Original Japanese version produced by Bones
  • ^ 太陽に挑む者. Tokyo Broadcasting System. October 4, 2003.
  • ^ おかあさん....... Tokyo Broadcasting System. October 18, 2003.
  • ^ 疾走!機械鎧. Tokyo Broadcasting System. November 1, 2003.
  • ^ 国家錬金術師資格試験. Tokyo Broadcasting System. November 8, 2003.
  • ^ 軍の狗の銀時計. Tokyo Broadcasting System. November 29, 2003.
  • ^ 砂礫の大地•後編. Tokyo Broadcasting System. December 20, 2003.
  • ^ 焔VS鋼. Tokyo Broadcasting System. December 27, 2003.
  • ^ 破壊の右手. Tokyo Broadcasting System. January 10, 2004.
  • ^ マルコー·ノート. Tokyo Broadcasting System. February 7, 2004.
  • ^ 造られた人間. Tokyo Broadcasting System. March 6, 2004.
  • ^ 思い出の定着. Tokyo Broadcasting System. March 20, 2004.
  • ^ 彼女の理由. Tokyo Broadcasting System. April 3, 2004.
  • ^ 一は全、全は一. Tokyo Broadcasting System. April 17, 2004.
  • ^ 深い森のダンテ. Tokyo Broadcasting System. May 15, 2004.
  • ^ 囚われたアル. Tokyo Broadcasting System. May 29, 2004.
  • ^ 野良犬は逃げ出した. Tokyo Broadcasting System. July 31, 2004.
English adaptation by Funimation
  • ^ Those Who Challenge the Sun. Cartoon Network. November 6, 2004.
  • ^ Mother. Cartoon Network. November 20, 2004.
  • ^ The Man with the Mechanical Arm. Cartoon Network. December 4, 2004.
  • ^ The Alchemy Exam. Cartoon Network. December 11, 2004.
  • ^ Be Thou for the People. Cartoon Network. January 8, 2005.
  • ^ Fullmetal vs. Flame. Cartoon Network. February 5, 2005.
  • ^ Destruction's Right Hand. Cartoon Network. February 12, 2005.
  • ^ Marcoh's Notes. Cartoon Network. March 12, 2005.
  • ^ Created Human. Cartoon Network. April 9, 2005.
  • ^ Bonding Memories. Cartoon Network. April 23, 2005.
  • ^ Her Reason. Cartoon Network. May 7, 2005.
  • ^ All is One, One is All. Cartoon Network. September 24, 2005.
  • ^ Dante of the Deep Forest. Cartoon Network. October 22, 2005.
  • ^ Al, Captured. Cartoon Network. October 29, 2005.
  • ^ Theory of Avarice. Cartoon Network. November 5, 2005.
  • ^ Holy Mother. Cartoon Network. January 7, 2006.
  • ^ His Name Is Unknown. Cartoon Network. January 14, 2006.
  • ^ The Stray Dog. Cartoon Network. January 21, 2006.
  • ^ A Rotted Heart. Cartoon Network. February 4, 2006. No. 45.
  • ^ Sealing the Homunculus. Cartoon Network. February 25, 2006.
  • ^ Goodbye. Cartoon Network. February 25, 2006. No. 48.
  • ^ The Other Side of the Gate. Cartoon Network. March 4, 2006.
  • ^ Death. Cartoon Network. March 11, 2006.
  • ^ Laws and Promises. Cartoon Network. March 18, 2006.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood TV anime episodes directed by Irie, Yasuhiro
Original Japanese version produced by Bones
  • ^ 鋼の錬金術師. Tokyo Broadcasting System. April 5, 2009.
  • ^ はじまりの日. Tokyo Broadcasting System. April 12, 2009.
  • ^ 邪教の街. Tokyo Broadcasting System. April 19, 2009.
  • ^ 錬金術師の苦悩. Tokyo Broadcasting System. April 26, 2009.
  • ^ 希望の道. Tokyo Broadcasting System. May 10, 2009.
  • ^ 隠された真実. Tokyo Broadcasting System. May 17, 2009.
  • ^ 第五研究所. Tokyo Broadcasting System. May 24, 2009.
  • ^ ダブリスの獣たち. Tokyo Broadcasting System. June 28, 2009.
  • ^ 東方の使者. Tokyo Broadcasting System. July 12, 2009.
  • ^ 死なざる者の死. Tokyo Broadcasting System. August 9, 2009.
  • ^ 遠くの背中. Tokyo Broadcasting System. September 6, 2009.
  • ^ 大総統の息子. Tokyo Broadcasting System. November 15, 2009.
  • ^ ブリッグズの北壁. Tokyo Broadcasting System. November 22, 2009.
  • ^ 氷の女王. Tokyo Broadcasting System. November 29, 2009.







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