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

This Page is for characters from Xing and other general characters.

Ling Yao

Affiliation: Kingdom of Xing/Clan Yao
Rank: 12th Prince of Xing
Speciality: Swordsmanship/Martial-Arts

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Ling Yao is a member of the Xing Royal Family, and has the powers that come with it. His appearance marks the start of the large differences between the first anime and manga/Brotherhood anime.

Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano (JP), Todd Haberkorn (EN)

"So Sori! I no understand much language of this countwi!"

  • Good Counterpart: to King Bradley. Their philosophies on what it means to be a leader are the complete reverse of each others. The parallel's become even stronger when Ling becomes the only other human-based homunculus, but unlike Bradley who in the process of becoming Wrath burned out most of the souls in his philosopher's stone, possibly including his original soul, Ling maintains his individuality in Greed. Also interesting to note is Bradley's former status as 12th Fuhrer candidate and Ling being the 12th son of the Emperor.
  • Good Eyes, Evil Eyes
  • Greed: He's a pretty greedy fellow, given that he a seeks immortality and the power to rule over his country. It perhaps makes a bit too much sense that he becomes the second Greed. To his credit though the reason he even wants those things is so that he may provide for his people in return.
  • Heroic Willpower: Cunningly inverted, he willingly gives up his body to Greed without a fight (which incidentally helps in the long run, as his lack of struggle prevented the philosopher's stone he received from burning out most of its power), but he has enough willpower to maintain his consciousness. From thereon Ling uses a combination of patience and willpower to occasionally wrestle back control of his body from Greed, at least until they start acting more in tandem.
  • Heel Face Revolving Door: Kinda.... given his tendency of latching onto anyone he thinks might be able to help him achieve his goals, he winds up allied with a plethora of different people at different points of the story whether it's intentional or not. He's definitely at heart a "good guy", however.
  • The Illegal
  • Immortality Seeker: Ling's reason for coming to Amestris is to find the secret to eternal life (or at least, seems like it, so that his clan can win the Emperor's favor before he dies). He gets his wish, but it comes with a price...
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Not as much of an outright "jerk" as most other examples, but he does come off as being smug and callous at times, especially when dealing with his personal desires. Nonetheless he genuinely cares about his country and the people close to him.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Extremely convincing when pretending to be a complete moron - even while displaying window-crossing stealth bordering on Offscreen Teleportation.
  • Prince Incognito
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Wants to be one. His belief that a King exists to serve his people certainly reflects this, and he already does take into account the feelings and suggestions of his bodyguards.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something
  • Say My Name: LAN FAAAAAAAN!!!
  • Shadow Archetype: His character parallels Greed in a number of ways. And then he becomes Greed.
  • Ship Tease: With Lan Fan. More subtle than most of the other Ship Tease's in the series but it's definitely there.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Ling/Lin/Rin, and some offbeat examples like Lynn. Ling seems to be the correct spelling, as his name tag bracelet when he gets put in jail has it written this way.
  • Succession Crisis: The Emperor's twelfth son, but he could inherit the throne if he successfully wins his favor. Which he apparently does.
  • Symbiotic Possession: Despite being basically forced to receive Greed into himself, they eventually become friends. Greed even pulls a Heroic Sacrifice for him, and Ling appears to grieve his loss.
  • Tame His Anger: From The time Lan Fan lost her arm to the time he seperated from Greed.
  • This Is Your Brain on Evil
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Has a tendency of leaving his shirts always open...
  • Warrior Prince
  • What Were You Thinking?: After his Deal with the Devil, of course.
  • Younger Than They Look: Is apparently 15 years old when introduced to the story (a bit younger than Ed), and thus technically a Kid Hero, although he looks like a fully grown adult and is mature beyond his age.
    • Lampshaded a bit when he gets arrested for being an illegal immigrant. The guard questions Ling's age and subsequently refuses to believe he's actually a minor.

Lan Fan

Affiliation: Kingdom of Xing/Clan Yao
Rank: Bodyguard
Speciality: Martial-Arts/Weapons Expert/Stealth

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Ling's female bodyguard.

Voiced by: Nana Mizuki (JP), Trina Nishimura (EN)

  • Action Girl
  • Anime Chinese Girl
  • Artificial Limbs
  • Badass Normal
  • Badass Adorable: Without her mask, she's rather cute.
  • Berserk Button: Ling getting insulted or put in harms way.
  • Big Damn Heroes: During The second fight with Gluttony.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Has a blade on her automail.
  • Bodyguard Crush: On Ling. Ed appears to ship them.
  • Curtains Match the Window
  • Detect Evil
  • Determinator - Plucky Girl: She cut off her own arm just so Wrath would lose track of her and Ling, and then later managed to recover from the painful and grueling automail surgery and rehabilitation that normally takes 2-3 years to recover from in 6 months.
  • Disabled Love Interest: For Ling.
  • Heroic BSOD: Becomes completely depressed and angst-ridden during her healing and treatment with living without an arm, but eventually adjusts to it before her automail is finally installed.
  • Heroic RROD: Comes dangerously close to this several times since she hasn't properly recuperated from the installation of her automail arm.
  • I Will Only Slow You Down: Tries to pull this when injured and slung over Ling's shoulder while actively being pursued by Bradley. When her attempts to convince Ling that she is not worth saving if it means the loss of his life fail, she cuts her arm off instead to throw Bradley off their trail.
  • Knife Nut: Kunai are her Weapon of Choice before getting automail anyway.
  • Legacy of Service: She comes from a long line of people serving the Royal Family.
  • Life or Limb Decision: Cut off her severed left arm in order to distract Wrath, so that she and Ling could escape.
  • Mask Power: And she actually feels kinda insecure when she loses it.
  • Ninja
  • Put on a Bus/The Bus Came Back: After she and her grandfather Fu set off to find an automail mechanic for her lost arm, they aren't seen again until they both make a grand re-entrance near the end where she goes Cuisinart with her new automail on a surprised Gluttony, complete with music fanfare.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Is introduced masked and remains silent throughout her first fight with Ed, until he shatters the mask revealing her face and consequently, gender.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Another rampant case. Ranfan/Ran Fan, Lanfan/Lan Fan, Lang Fan, Lan fun, Ranfun, Ran Fen...
    • The official sketch book names her "Ranfun", but shouldn't be considered the definitive spelling, since this same volume lists Al's last name as "Elrick".
  • Take My Hand: Refuses to let go of Greed/Ling's hand when he and Wrath were dangling over the side of a bridge, despite his warning that her automail couldn't take the strain. It actually started to tear away from her shoulder but she still wouldn't let go.
  • Tsundere: Ling is the recipient of her dere; those who dare so much as look at him the wrong way suffer her tsun, thus making her Type A.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Subverted, as getting into a rage over protecting Ling actually makes her weaker and prone to mistakes. Ed takes advantage of this and insults Ling during their first fight to make her easier to fight.
  • Wild Goose Chase: Lan Fan cuts off her own injured arm and tying it to a stray dog so that the Fuhrer, who is following the blood trail, is thrown off.

May Chang

Affiliation: Kingdom of Xing/Clan Chang
Rank: 17th Princess of Xing
Speciality: Medical Alkahestry/Martial-Arts

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

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


Affiliation: Kingdom of Xing/Clan Yao
Rank: Bodyguard
Speciality: Martial-Arts/Weapons Expert/Stealth

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Ling's other bodyguard and grandfather to Lan Fan.

Voiced by: Katsunosuke Hori (JP), Kenny Green (EN)

Tim Marcoh

Affiliation: Amestris Military (formerly)
Rank: Major (formerly)
Speciality: Medical Alchemy/Biological Alchemy

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A state alchemist who served in Ishval, and creator of some Philosopher's stones. Due to his experience in the war he deserts the military, living a quiet life as a country doctor, until trouble comes knocking on his door.

Voiced by: Kouji Totani (JP - 2003 Anime), Masayuki Omoro (JP - 2009 Anime), Brice Armstrong (EN - 2003 Anime) Jerry Russell (EN - 2009 Anime)


Affiliation: Amestris Military (formerly)
Rank: 1st Lieutenant (formerly)
Speciality: Not a Damn Thing

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Once an insufferable and deeply corrupt bureaucrat that ran the mines in the town of Youswell, Yoki was discharged from the military when the Fullmetal Alchemist showed up for an inspection and lost all his money thanks to his own carelessness. In time, he was found by Scar, who not-entirely-willingly took Yoki on as his sidekick.

Voiced by: Kazuki Yao (JP), Barry Yandell (EN)

Curtis Butcher Shop

Affiliation: None
Rank: A housewife!
Speciality: Martial-Arts/Alchemy without an Array

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Izumi Curtis

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

Voiced by: Shoko Tsuda (JP), Christine Auten (EN)

Affiliation: None
Rank: None
Speciality: Super-Strength

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Sig Curtis

Izumi's husband. A meat butcher who is very protective of his wife, often accompanying her on her travels around Amestris.

Voiced by: Seiji Sasaki (JP), Bob Carter (EN)

Pinako Rockbell

Affiliation: None
Rank: None
Speciality: Mechanic

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Winry's aged -- but still very spry -- grandmother. Pinako is a master automail engineer who taught Winry everything she knows; it was she who first applied Ed's prosthetic limbs. Also Hohenheim's old drinking buddy.

Voiced by: Miyoko Aso (JP), Juli Erickson (EN), Mami Koyama (JP - Young), Shelley Calene-Black (EN - Young)

Trisha Elric

Affiliation: None
Rank: None
Speciality: None


The common-law wife of Van Hohenheim and the mother of Edward and Alphonse Elric. She was a sweet, gentle woman who was loved dearly by her entire family, even by Hohenheim, who despite having left them, was reluctant to do so. Trisha tries to last until his return, though she ultimately dies of an illness. Ed and Al attempt to revive her with human transmutation set the events of the series in motion.

Voiced by: Yoshino Takamori (JP), Yuuki Mitsugi (JP - Young), Lydia Mackay (EN)

Barry the Chopper

Affiliation: Amestris Military/Homunculi
Rank: Prisoner #66
Speciality: Knives/Swordsmanship

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A serial killer that guards the hidden laboratory used to create the red stones. After being used as a subject in transmutation experiments, his soul was placed into a suit of armor not unlike Al's. While he works for both Roy and the Homunculi over the course of the story, he doesn't really care as long as he gets to chop stuff up.

Voiced by: Kentaro Ito (JP - 2003 Anime), Hideyuki Umezu (JP - 2009 Anime), Jerry Jewell (EN), Jason Grundy (EN - Human body)

The Truth

Affiliation: Truth
Speciality: Everything

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Mysterious guardian of the Gates, claims to be "Reality", "the World", and "God". Not having a form of his own, he takes on the outline of whoever approaches him. Whenever someone attempts human transmutation, (except those who have the Philosopher's Stone) he forces them to pay a toll for trepassing in God's domain. However, he always gives them alchemical skill and knowledge proportional to their sacrifice. Despite his apparent neutrality, he seems to take sadistic pleasure in his tolls, often giving out ironic punishments. Because of him, Ed and Al have lost their limbs and body, Izumi has lost several internal organs, and Roy has lost his eyesight.

Voiced by: Various (JP), Luci Christian (EN)

  • To Father Homunculus* "Despair to the conceited."

That was the correct answer, Alchemist. You have defeated Truth. Take your prize. All of it.

    • The moment is arguably even better in the English Brotherhood dub because of the call back to the Japanese version's "Voice of the Legion of the subject" thing which only exists with this one line in episode 63.


  • Phrase Catcher: When unfortunate alchemist asks who/what he is, Truth always gives the same answer. Yet it's more like Speech than simple catcher. Either way, it's his standard response.

I am "the world". Or perhaps "the universe". I am "God". I am "Truth". I am "all". I am "one". And...I am you.

  • Shadow Archetype: Though in an odd way. It is the approximate size of anyone attempting to converse with it. And in chapter 108 when Homunculus talks to it, Truth takes the shape of a small sphere, just like Homunculus.
    • Word of God is that every alchemist has their own Truth-kun - (s)he is the part of the One that connects to the All that is the world. The last chapter confirms this.
  • Slasher Smile: Its only genuine facial feature.
    • It gives a genuine, non-slasher one as part of his hearty congratulation when Ed achieves the "truth behind the truth" and gives his own gate as toll for his Al.
  • Trickster Mentor: It was this to Ed all along.
  • The Blank: It's a mere silhouette, unless it's grinning creepily or wearing someone else's stolen face.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Father/Homunculus right before having its own gate swallow it.
  • Voice of the Legion: Especially in the Japanese version, this even takes on the quality of being a legion variant of the voice of whoever he's talking to.
    • When congratulating Ed for the "truth behind the truth", his voice changes into a legion crossover between Ed and Al's.

Greed's Chimeras

A group of chimeras who were experimented on by the military. They were presumably busted out by Greed, and now follow him.

Affiliation: Amestris Military (formerly)/Devil's Nest
Rank: Black-Ops (formerly)
Speciality: Super-Strength/Hammer

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The big guy, and part cow. He faces off against Armstrong during Bradley's raid.

Voiced by: Yuji Ueda (JP - 2003 Anime), Tetsu Inada (JP - 2009 Anime), John Gremellion (EN)

Affiliation: Amestris Military (formerly)/Devil's Nest
Rank: Black-Ops (formerly)
Speciality: Knives/Flexibility

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Part Snake. She goes forces herself inside Al's armor to slow him down, during Greed's bid for immortality.

Voiced by: Rumi Kasahara (JP - 2003 Anime), Takako Honda (JP - 2009 Anime), Tiffany Grant (EN)

Affiliation: Amestris Military (formerly)/Devil's Nest
Rank: Black-Ops (formerly)
Speciality: Swordsmanship

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Part dog. Greed's most loyal subordinate.

Voiced by: Yasunori Matsumoto (JP - 2003 Anime), Anri Katsu (JP - 2009 Anime), John Burgmeier (EN)

Affiliation: Devil's Nest(formerly)
Rank: None
Speciality: Agility

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Part lizard. Greed's messenger, and the only survivor of Bradley's raid. Is unfortunate to run into the second Greed, mistaking him for his old boss and gets killed by him.

Voiced by: Tohru Ookawa (JP - 2003 Anime), Yuji Ueda (JP - 2009 Anime), Greg Ayres (EN)

Kimblee's Chimeras

A group of chimes that Kimblee brought with him to Briggs - knowing that he can't trust Armstrong's men. Eventually, all four are left for dead by Kimblee, and all end up betraying him in the end. Zampano and Jerso join up with Marcoh and Scar, while Darius and Heinkel save Edward after he was nearly killed by Kimblee, and later join Edward and the second Greed.

  • Badass Crew: Chimeras are much stronger than the usual soldier, but these four are clear standouts. They can easily go toe-to-toe with Homunculi, or even Scar!
    • Hell, Zampano and Darius even help out taking down Father.
  • Heel Face Turn
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Jerso, Zampano, Darius, and Heinkel can shift between human and half-animal forms at will.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: This must be the reason why Kimblee doesn't bother to help Darius and Heinkel from the mineshaft collapse, which leads to their Heel Face Turn.

Affiliation: Amestris Military
Rank: Operative
Speciality: Super-Strength/Quills

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One of Kimblee's original chimeras, a warthog. After defecting, he and Jerso join Marcoh and Scar to unravel the secrets of the country-wide transmutation circle.

Voiced by: Takashi Hikida (JP), Chris Rager (EN)

  • Badass: He's a black eyed boar with white skin and intimidating, that's badass.
  • Pig Man: In his chimera form.
  • Heterosexual Life Partners: With Jerso.
  • Reverse Mole: After joining the heroes, he seems to be revealed as The Mole and calls Envy to alert him of their location. Actually he never turned on the heroes, and the call was a trick to lead Envy into a trap.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses
  • Walking the Earth: Jerso and Zampano become Al's bodyguards and accompany him in his travels while searching for a way to return to being normal human beings.

Affiliation: Amestris Military
Rank: Operative
Speciality: Agility/Adhesive Saliva

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A chimera who takes the form of a toad. After defects with Zampano, he joins Scar and Marcoh in an effort to stop Father.

Voiced by: Tomoyuki Shimura (JP), Andrew Love (EN)

  • Acrofatic: Befitting a man who's half-toad, Jerso can leap great distances despite his girth.
  • Badass: A badass frog...guy.
  • Breath Weapon: Jerso can spit or drool large globs of sticky, adhesive saliva that hamper his opponents' movement.
  • Heterosexual Life Partners: With Zampano.
  • Scary Black Man: Averted. Jerso is actually a pretty cool guy.
  • Walking the Earth: Jerso and Zampano become Al's bodyguards and accompany him in his travels while searching for a way to return to being normal human beings.

Affiliation: Amestris Military/Greed-2
Rank: Operative
Speciality: Super-Strength

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Kimblee's former henchman who takes the form of a Gorilla. After he and Heinkel are left for dead by Kimblee, they're both saved by a dying Edward. They in turn, save him and become his Nakama. Afterwards, all three then proceed to join Greed to stop Father.

Voiced by: Madsuo Amada (JP), George Manley (EN)

Affiliation: Amestris Military/Greed-2
Rank: Operative
Speciality: Marksmanship/Agility/Super-Strength

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Kimblee's chimera who betrayed him along with Darius after they were both left for dead. After saving Edward, they all proceeded to join Greed's gang. He's half lion.

Voiced by: Shinpachi Tsuji (JP), Bradley Campbell (EN)

Minor Characters

Affiliation: Homunculi
Speciality: Weapon Alchemy

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Father Cornello

The first villain the Elrics go up against, Cornello was the leader of the Church of Leto, a cult that controlled the town of Liore. In reality, he was a power-hungry alchemist whose "miracles" were actually performed with a Philosopher's Stone. What Cornello didn't know was that he was an Unwitting Pawn for Father, and as soon as he outlived his usefulness, Lust and Gluttony killed him.

Voiced by: Kinryu Arimoto (JP - 2003 Anime), Seizou Katou (JP - 2009 Anime), Andy Mullins (EN)

Affiliation: Amestris Military
Rank: Major
Speciality: Biological Alchemy

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Shou Tucker

The "Sewing-Life" alchemist, who specializes in creating Chimeras. He allows Edward and Alphonse to look into his research as he tries to prepare for the annual reviews. Two years ago, he turned his wife into a chimera which later starved to death. He later transforms his daughter Nina and dog Alexander into a chimera, to the Elric brothers' horror. He is killed by Scar.

Voiced by: Makoto Nagai (JP) Chuck Huber (EN)

Affiliation: None
Rank: None
Speciality: None

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Nina Tucker and Alexander

Shou Tucker's daughter and dog. The two get along greatly with Edward and Alphonse during their visit, since Shou Tucker hardly ever plays with them. That is, until they're both transformed into a horrific chimera, and later killed by Scar.

Nina is voiced by: Satomi Koorogi (JP - 2003 Anime), Sumire Morohoshi (JP - 2009 Anime), Brina Palencia (EN)

Affiliation: None
Rank: None
Speciality: Super-Strength

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Catherine Ella Armstrong

Alex and Olivier's youngest sister.

Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya (JP), Kate Oxley (EN)

Affiliation: None
Rank: None
Speciality: None

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Gracia Hughes and Elicia Hughes

Beloved wife and daughter of Maes Hughes. Hughes knows to especially shoves Elicia pictures to everyone he worked with.

Gracia is voiced by: Kotono Mitsuishi (JP - 2003 Anime), Tomoe Hanba (JP - 2009 Anime), Lauren Goode (EN - 2003 Anime), Anastasia Munoz (EN - 2009 Anime)
Elicia is voiced by: Mayumi Yoshida (JP - 2003 Anime), Misato Fukuen (JP - 2009 Anime), Tierney Titus (EN - 2003 Anime), Cherami Leigh (EN - 2009 Anime)

Affiliation: Ishval
Rank: Scholar
Speciality: Destructive Alchemy/Medical Alchemy/Alkahestry

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Scar's Brother

Scar's older brother who was killed during the Ishval Civil War.

Voiced by: Yuu Mizushima (JP - 2003 Anime), Takehito Koyasu (JP - 2009 Anime), Bill Townsley (EN - 2003 Anime), Robert McCollum (EN - 2009 Anime)

  • Chekhov's Gun: His research notes are vital in overriding Father's anti-alchemy buffer, and in teaching Scar how to use reconstruction alchemy.
    • The latter is also foreshadowed by the left arm of reconstruction he sports in the flashbacks.
  • Cowardly Lion: Can't keep his legs from shaking when the Amestrian army draws near, and considers himself a poor excuse for an older brother, but is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice when Scar's life is threatened.
  • Dead Older Brother: To Scar.
  • Fan Nickname: Scarbro.
  • Good Is Dumb: Despite his idealism, this is completely subverted. Not only is he a self-taught alchemist from a society that looks down upon it, but he's the first non-Xerxian character to notice the nation-wide Human Transmutation Circle, and figures out how to counter Father's anti-alchemy powers before the series even began.
    • Not telling his brother that his research notes contained information on potential mass genocide was kind of stupid, though.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: See Life or Limb Decision.
  • Life or Limb Decision: More like sacrificing his life in order to give his right arm to Scar so that he doesn't bleed out after being injured by Kimblee.
  • Megane
  • Non-Action Guy: Was too busy studying alchemy and alkahestry to fight during the war.
  • No Name Given
  • Posthumous Character: He may be dead, but he plays an incredibly important role in both Scar's Character Development, and the endgame.
  • The Short Guy with Glasses: Older than Scar, and not so much shorter as much as merely less brawny, but this trope fits well enough.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Believes people are capable of working together to bring out the good in each other, and this is a large part of his motivation for studying alchemy.

Affiliation: Amestris
Rank: Civilian medics
Speciality: None aside from their medical skills.

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Urey and Sara Rockbell

Winry's parents, two doctors who perished in the Ishbalan war. A traumatised, recently-awakened-to-his-powers Scar is the one who killed them, though if he didn't do so they would've died anyway since Kimblee was tasked with their deaths.

Voiced by:
Urey: Masaki Terasoma (JP - 2009 anime), Joel McDonald (EN - 2009 anime)
Sara: Yuri Amano (JP - 2009 anime), Caitlin Glass (EN - 2009 anime)