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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 in the Amestris military.

Roy Mustang

Affiliation: Amestris Military
Rank: Colonel
Specialty: Flame Alchemy/Military Tactics

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

Voiced by: Tohru Ookawa (JP - 2003 Anime), Shinichiro Miki (JP - 2009 Anime), Travis Willingham (EN)

  • The Atoner: His main motive for becoming Fuhrer is to ensure that nothing like Ishval ever happens again. According to Riza, his ultimate goal would most likely lead to him getting tried and probably put in jail for what he did in Ishval, and he's just fine with that.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: By far the most Badass member of his unit, as well as the resistance he organized.
  • Badass: Probably the most powerful of all the State Alchemists. Incinerated Lust and curbstomped Envy with no effort, and he actually had to be injured twice and Blinded in the Final Battle against Father to preserve the drama.
  • Battle Couple/Back-to-Back Badasses: With Riza.
  • Beard of Sorrow: While grieving Hughes' death.
  • Berserk Button/Corner of Woe: Being reminded that he's useless when wet sets one of these states off. Which one it is depends on who's doing the reminding.
    • And unless you want to literally die in a fire, don't threaten or hurt his subordinates. Especially not Riza. It's also not a good idea to hit on her (Barry the Chopper) or accuse her of enjoying killing (Kimblee)...on the whole, it's just not wise to mess with his Living Emotional Crutch in any way.
    • Also, absolutely, never ever, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, do not admit that you are the one who killed his best friend. Because you will get your ass handed to you charcoaled.
  • Blessed with Suck: Mustang uses ignition gloves with a transmutation circle embroidered into them to produce the flames he is known for. After he gets forced through the gate he can use alchemy by clapping his hands. Which... actually takes longer because with the circle it was *snap* BOOM; without it, it's *clap* *snap* BOOM.
    • It's not like he'll ever have to use that. The circle's already on his glove. He can just proceed as is normal, provided that nobody has destroyed the seals on his gloves. Clap-alchemy proves quite useful for him, since it allows him to swiftly perform other transmutations, like making a wall to defend himself.
  • Byronic Hero
  • The Chains of Commanding: They weigh him down. A lot.
  • The Chessmaster: Sometimes successfully (the Maria Ross incident), sometimes not so much ("Scar feeding cats, King Bradley is a homunculus...")
  • Chess Motif: Refers to his five closest subordinates using the names of chess pieces; he himself is the king.
  • Code Name: Flame Alchemist
  • Curb Stomp Battle: Completely crushes Envy in what is unquestionably the single most one-sided battle against a homunculus in the entire series. It's so bad that Mustang's own allies have to jump in to stop him from crossing the Moral Event Horizon.
  • Determinator/I Can Still Fight: He needs Hawkeye to help him aim after he loses his eyesight, but his flames are as hot as ever.
  • Discard and Draw: Loses his eyesight as a result of being forced through the Gate, but gains the ability to perform "clapping" alchemy on more than just flame.
  • Everyone Can See It: When Edward "Oblivious to Love" Elric picks up on how much two people care about each other, it's pretty obvious.

Ed: And don't go worrying the Lieutenant.

  • Eye Scream: Inflicts this on Envy during his Roaring Rampage of Revenge, by flash-boiling the water in Envy's eyeballs.
  • A Father to His Men: Part of the reason Team Mustang is recognized in the fandom as True Companions.
  • The Fettered: He refuses to back down even after his plan is temporarily foiled by Wrath, and his goal involves getting himself tried for the war crimes he committed in Ishval. He won't sacrifice a life if he can help it, including enemies' lives, and refuses to do Human Transmutation even when Hawkeye gets her throat slit.
  • Genre Savvy: Tells Hughes not to talk about his loved ones in Ishval because "those characters always get shot in the next battle." He's referring to novels.
  • "Get Out of Jail Free" Card: Subverted hard when it is revealed that he feels immensely guilty for his actions in Ishval; being considered a war hero for committing mass murder sickens him and he actually wishes he was in jail for it.
  • Good-Looking Privates
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has a scar on the back of his hand from when he had to cut a transmutation circle into it to kill Lust.
    • Presumably he also gained one on his right side from the same battle, although it's never confirmed because we never see him with his shirt open again.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Implied once in the manga. When he first sees Barry the Chopper put his hands on Riza (who clearly doesn't like it), Roy responds by pulling on his ignition gloves and telling her to stand aside because "there's going to be a fire tonight." It's noteworthy that the font of his speech bubbles changes for this scene, and he's shown to be literally growling.
  • Guile Hero
  • Handsome Lech: Subverted, as the women he is seen with are part of his hidden information system. Still, one of the novels implies that he thoroughly enjoys the company of the fairer sex even outside his information system. It's not as if he can be blamed, either, with working long hours in an environment that's 10% female at best.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Happens during his battle with Envy. He was so consumed with his revenge, he started to lose sight on all of his goals and ambitions.
  • Heroic BSOD: He has a brief one in the Brotherhood anime when Bradley plays the Love Is a Weakness card and announces that he's making Riza his own personal assistant, essentially holding her hostage for Roy's good behavior. The poor guy's face turns gray.
  • Hero-Killer: Inverted. He's the only character whose mere presence is enough to constitute a deadly threat to the Homunculi, making him a Hero Killer Killer.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Especially after the Maria Ross incident.
  • How Dare You Die on Me!: He says something like this to Hughes's grave after his funeral, and then later says it almost word-for-word to Riza when her throat is cut. It's even closer to an exact quote in the Brotherhood anime.

Roy: Don't you dare die! Stay with me, Lieutenant!

  • Hurting Hero
  • I Am a Monster: Invokes this trope to explain why he's somehow eager to fight Homunculi: he only feels completely human when fighting true monsters.
  • If I Do Not Return: Played with in one scene, when he says this to Riza and she refuses to leave if he doesn't come back. To his amusement, he can only get her to agree as long as he promises to return.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: With a snap of his fingers, he makes Envy's eyeballs explode, leaving the rest of the face relatively intact.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Grumman. They play chess on their time off.
  • Internal Reformist: Of the "working the system" variety.
  • Jerkass Facade: Master of it. So much that he deserves to be the page's picture.
  • Large Ham: When distracting some officers over the radio in episode 18.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: For Riza.
  • Manly Tears: Once. Almost twice, although the second time he covered it with a lot of shouting.
  • Meaningful Name: Roy is old French for "King", creating an interesting parallel to Bradley, whose first name actually is "King".
    • The P-51 Mustang was considered the best fighter plane in WWII.
      • Carried further back, as the Colonel, like the fighter plane, was most likely named for the "wild, untameable horse" who bucks the master's (in this case, Bradley's) commands.
      • Perhaps just a coincidence, but "Mustang" is also a slang term in the US military for commissioned officers who began their careers as enlisted soldiers.
  • The Men First: Insists on Havoc being treated before him despite his own intense injuries.
  • Milky White Eyes: As a visual effect when he goes blind.
  • Mr. Fanservice: So very, very much. About the only way his Fan Service factor could be increased would be if he got as many shirtless scenes as Ed.
  • No Badass to His Valet: Yes, he's the powerful Flame Alchemist and even some of his allies are afraid of him. But his "precious subordinate" Riza has no qualms about sassing or even bullying him if the need arises, and he wouldn't dream of retaliating; the only time he's ever seen acting even remotely annoyed with her, it's because she almost died.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Delivers this to Envy after admitting that he killed Maes Hughes.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Though more like obfuscating perversion.
  • One-Man Army: With his flame alchemy he can wipe out entire cities with a snap. Think what he can do to soldiers in formation.
  • Overranked Soldier: In the eyes of several of his contemporaries. Until Edward Elric, Roy was the youngest State Alchemist in the country's history, which made him a Major in the military at the ripe old age of twenty. The result is that by the time he turned thirty, he had already become a Colonel Badass. Many of the other, older commanding officers resent and/or dislike Roy for a number of reasons, this being one of them.
    • He's then a full general before the age of 40.
  • Parental Abandonment: One of the guidebooks reveals that both of his parents died when he was young, leaving his father's sister to care for him.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Destroys city blocks by snapping his fingers.
  • Pietà Plagiarism: With the dying Riza.
  • Playing with Fire: His alchemy.
  • Post Dramatic Stress Disorder: After defeating Lust.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Edward's red. (One of two)
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After finding out Envy was the one who killed Hughes, he goes on one of these.
  • Rank Up: In the epilogue. The stars on his epaulets indicate he's made General.
  • Sand in My Eyes: "It's raining."
  • Smart People Play Chess
  • Something They Would Never Say: His completely out of place remark about the chicks in the East to Armstrong when he's pretending he charred Maria Ross.
  • Son of a Whore: His foster mother and biological aunt is the 'madam' of a whore house, and he gets the bulk of his information from the girls that work for her.
  • Supporting Leader: He's not the hero but he is the heros' superior and directing the resistance against the Big Bad. This is why he can be seen as a Big Good.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Again, part and parcel of being the Flame Alchemist.
  • Superpower Lottery: See Badass above.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: Wow.
    • Amusingly enough, Arakawa mentions in the third guidebook that she never intended him to be this way, despite the widespread fandom reaction. She states that he really isn't all that tall and although he's not bad looking, he isn't ravishingly handsome either. Most fandom estimates using Ed (the only canonical height ever given) as a baseline put him around or just under six feet.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Not that he actually needed to take one, but, while he temporarily loses his eyesight, he also gains the ability to transmute without a circle. It can be assumed that, although he's recovered his sight, he retained this skill.
  • Tricked-Out Gloves: They help him with his alchemy.
  • Troubled but Cute
  • Urban Legend Love Life: As a part of his facade.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Riza.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Ed. They drive each other nuts, but it becomes pretty apparent that they also always have each other's backs.
    • It's alluded to this being because they're so alike at heart, but very different outwardly.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Repeatedly said to be totally ineffective if under rain or if wet. Not entirely accurate; he just can't use his alchemy if his gloves get wet, as they're made of a special ignition cloth to create the necessary spark. However, if he has another source of fire available, pray for deliverance. We're looking at you, Lust.
  • You Can Barely Stand: His final confrontation with Lust.

"I almost passed out a few times."

  • You Killed My Best Friend: What he asks of several people suspected of killing Hughes, though when he finally finds the real person (Envy) he skips straight to the incinerating.

Riza Hawkeye

Affiliation: Amestris Military
Rank: 1st Lieutenant
Specialty: Marksmanship

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Roy's oldest friend, trusted second-in-command, and devoted bodyguard, Lt. Hawkeye's calm, collected demeanor and remarkable sharpshooting skills earn her the respect and fear of her fellow officers.

Voiced by: Michiko Neya (JP - 2003 Anime) Fumiko Orikasa (JP - 2009 Anime), Colleen Clinkenbeard (EN)

  • Action Girl
  • Awesome McCoolname: With a name like Riza Hawkeye, how can you not be in the military?
  • The Atoner: For the same reason as Roy.
  • Badass Normal: No alchemy but her guns still leave their mark.
  • Battle Couple/Back-to-Back Badasses: With Roy.
  • Berserk Button: Only pressed if she thinks Roy is in danger or dead.
  • Berserker Tears: After she is led to believe that Lust killed Mustang.
  • Bodyguard Crush: To Roy, of course.
  • Break the Cutie: Short version of her backstory.
  • Chess Motif: She is the queen in Mustang's chess-themed unit. The queen is the most powerful piece, the one who stands closest to the king, and the one who can do the most damage. (It's also noted that Mustang, when playing chess, will never sacrifice his queen if he can help it.)
  • The Chick: She's Mustang's only female subordinate, and there are several indications that she is loved and highly regarded by her five male counterparts. Played with in that she is probably the most Badass and competent member of the group outside of Mustang himself.

Breda: Anything for you, Riza, even if it means desertion.

  • Clark Kenting: When she helps the Elrics in their fight against Scar, she wears glasses and lets her hair down to avoid being recognized. It doesn't work.
    • Granted, it does take Ed and Al a moment to recognize her, and she didn't plan on letting anyone else see her face long enough to be able to put two and two together. Wrath, on the other hand, instantly sees through it.
  • Code Name: Elizabeth. Only shown being used once in a work setting (when she's watching over Falman and Barry the Chopper), but referenced in the manga after Bradley removes her from Roy's unit. Roy visits his mother, who asks about "Elizabeth," and he laments that "Another man took Elizabeth away from me." The ensuing commentary from the women in the bar indicate that they all believe "Elizabeth" is his girlfriend.
  • Cold Sniper: Subverted. The Stoic, yes, but while not overly affectionate, she's far from cold. Mustang refers to her as being "sweeter than she seems" and having "a gentle heart."
  • The Conscience: To Roy. Part of her explicitly-stated job description is to make sure he achieves his goals only through upright means - and to shoot him in the back if he goes down the Moral Event Horizon.
  • Corner of Woe: Kimblee put her in one in the flashback to Ishval (and pressed Roy's Berserk Button at the same time) by suggesting that she actually really enjoys killing.
  • Death by Despair/Despair Event Horizon: She almost succumbs to this after her Roaring Rampage of Revenge against Lust, when she thinks Roy is dead. The only reason it doesn't happen is because Alphonse pulls a Go Through Me moment and defends her against Lust's attacks.
  • Death by Origin Story: Her father.
  • Embarrassing Tattoo: Spiced up with some burn scarring.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The side story in which Fuery finds a puppy out in the rain in East City. Riza tells him he has to find the dog an owner by the end of the day or else put him back. When Fuery is unable to find anyone to take the pup, Riza adopts him herself. The story shows that she's strict, fair, and has a bit of a Hidden Heart of Gold.
    • Doubly so because the side-story was released long before she had become more than a fleeting side-character in the main story. It's also worth nothing that she never directly said that she'd put the dog back out in the rain, it's just what everyone assumed because of her strict nature.
  • Friend to All Children
  • The General's Daughter: Granddaughter, though this is only revealed in one of the guidebooks.
  • Good-Looking Privates
  • The Gunslinger: When she's not using a rifle she switches to this. Also goes Guns Akimbo in the first opening for Brotherhood, not to mention whenever emptying shot after shot after useless shot into a homunculus.
  • Heroic BSOD/Despair Event Horizon: After her brief Roaring Rampage of Revenge against Lust for seemingly killing Mustang, she completely breaks down and loses her will to live.
  • Hostage Situation/I Have Your Lieutenant: Twice, both times used against Roy, once played straight and once subverted. First Bradley makes her his own personal assistant, so Roy can't (visibly) work against him without putting her in danger. Later, in the subversion, her throat is slashed to provide Roy with sufficient motivation to perform human transmutation.
  • Human Notepad: Her father's research is tattooed all over her back.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: While she is an extremely capable adjutant and keeps the Five-Man Band running like clockwork, she mostly has this reputation because many people think Roy is very lazy. (He's actually perfectly competent, but it's part of his Obfuscating Stupidity.)
  • I Gave My Word: "I am proud of my pigheadedness, sir."
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Hawkeye. While she is definitely a very good shot and almost certainly the best in canon, she's not perfect, is shown practicing hard, and stays within the bounds of reality with her skill. Still, this trope applies due to her name.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: For Roy.
  • Maybe Ever After They both know the other loves them and are acknowledged as a couple by everyone.
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Though much more Badass than the usual sort.
  • Meaningful Name: See Improbable Aiming Skills. Also, Hawkeye gets additional meaning when Roy is blinded and she literally has to be his eyes.
  • Meganekko: When she does the above-mentioned Clark Kenting.
  • Missing Mom: She was raised by her widowed father; she tells Roy in a flashback that her mother died when she was very young.
  • Morality Pet: To Roy at times. She, Scar, and Ed all talk him down from his Roaring Rampage of Revenge against Envy, but it's the realization that he's causing her pain (and she plans to commit suicide over it) that really snaps him out of it. Almost borders on being a Morality Chain.

Riza: Don't go where I can't follow!

  • Number Two: Mustang's second in command, both officially and otherwise.
  • Parental Neglect: Berthold's treatment of her could also be seen as abusive; she does mention to Roy in a flashback that her father was "a terrifying man."
  • Pet the Dog: Being Black Hayate's owner. She also shows a good deal of kindness toward Winry and the Elric brothers, as well as to the men of her unit. Oh, yeah, and she's kind of fond of her boss.
  • Precious Puppies: Black Hayate
  • Puss in Boots: With her marksmanship, respect from the rest, and general competenance would be a threat to anyone who didn't have her undying loyalty.
  • The Reliable One
  • Servile Snarker:

"I thought you hated water. It makes your abilities useless."
"What do you make of this, Lieutenant?" "It seems to be a case of incorrect information, sir."

Fuhrer King Bradley

Affiliation: Amestris Military
Rank: Fuhrer
Specialty: Swordsmanship/Military Tactics

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The ruler of Amestris. Fuhrer is his military title, and he is also the President of the Nation. King is just his name, though, it isn't a title. He came to rule Amestris after leading his nation out of a bloody civil war and setting up a military dictatorship. He is also the Homunculus Wrath.

Voiced by: Hidekatsu Shibata (JP), Hidenobu Kiuchi (JP - young), Ed Blaylock (EN), Christopher Bevins (EN - young)

  • Affably Evil
  • Awesome McCoolname: King Bradley. Add his titles and he becomes President Fuhrer King Bradley.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Justified by the fact that he's actually the homunculus Wrath.
  • Badass: One of the biggest in the series, if not the biggest.
    • Badass Grandpa: Good fucking lord. It takes close to sixty episodes for someone to even scratch him. The guy curb-stomps the first Greed, takes out an entire Briggs platoon and tank, with no more than a stiff shoulder. And manages to nearly down Scar while he was half-dead. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the man all badasses should look up to.
    • The guy took down a TANK. What a badass.
    • Probably best shown late in the manga/Brotherhood. The Briggs men have won, while Bradley had his train blown up in the middle of a bridge several episodes earlier, presumably killing him, and in any case leaving him missing in action. And then his voice, perfectly calm and even pleasant, is heard over the radio, telling them that now he's back, and he's rather displeased with what's been happening in his absence. The collective Oh Crap on the faces of everybody who heard the radio says it all.
    • Four-Star Badass: In the backstory, and still as Commander-in-Chief of the Amestrian military.
  • Bait the Dog: Even when there are a lot of hints to his sinister reputation, his seemingly quirky personality (i.e. giving people melons, dressing as a Hawaiian-Shirted Tourist, etc.) makes him seem like a nice guy at first.
  • The Berserker: During his fight with Scar. Bradley knows he doesn't have to long to live, so he decides to go out with a bang.
  • Blood Knight: After Father summons his five sacrifices, Wrath (by now grievously injured by Ling Yao) is no longer needed, so he throws himself into one final battle against Scar.
  • Death by Irony: After saying several times that there is no such thing as God, the solar eclipse, the symbol of God in alchemy, plays an instrumental role in his defeat.
  • Deep-Cover Agent: Set up and molded by Father's conspiracy into the seeming savior of Amestris.
  • Dirty Old Man: An omake in one of the manga volumes has him proudly proclaiming to like women with "junk in the trunk!", and having a face off with Mustang over the importance of which female anatomy is better.
  • Dual-Wielding: He often dual-wields and has been seen carrying up to four spare swords.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: Bradley can still kick serious ass despite being out of his prime by a good degree.
    • None of the other characters could actually beat him. In order for Scar to even be on equal footing, Bradley had to be half dead.
    • If you think disabling his Ultimate Eye will mean he's no longer a threat, think again.
  • Enhanced Reflexes: His Ouroburos eye gives him this power, along with limited Spider Sense.
  • Evil Eye
  • Eyepatch of Power
  • Eyes Always Shut: Part of his kooky, more comical image, but it disappears quickly when he's being completely serious.
  • Fragile Speedster: ONLY in relation to the other Homunculi, as despite being insanely fast and strong, he's the only one who has no regenerative abilities. He can still take a lot of abuse, it's just that you only need to kill him once. As he himself explains to Mustang, he only has one soul inside of him, unlike the others.
  • General Ripper: There's a scene in the flashback to the Ishval war in which an Ishvalan leader offered his life in exchange for ending the Amestrian genocide. Bradley mocks him for thinking he can set his life equal to those of everyone in his country, and orders that the genocide resume. It's not for nothing that he's Wrath.
  • Glass Cannon: Comparatively, since he can't regenerate like his Homunculi brethren - he's a (somewhat) normal human defensively, so he only needs to be killed once. But...good luck even coming close to hitting him, let alone killing him.
  • Go Out with a Smile
  • Grandpa, What Massive Hotness You Have
  • Hero-Killer
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: After his death, the heroes can't risk exposing his crimes or true nature, as doing so could cause a war due to Bradley's good reputation. So they're forced to do this to him.
  • Hollywood Atheist: He's not real sensitive about religion, ranting about how the Ishvalan genocide should have shown Scar that "there is no God in this world!"
  • Implacable Man: Trying to stop him is a very good way to get killed. When Scar blasts his arms off, he attacks him with a sword held in his teeth. At one point, he's outnumbered 5 to 1, and the group of five warriors feel they have no chance to win.
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: Although it does help to be a Homunculus with superhuman abilities.
    • He takes out a tank (!) armed only with his saber.
      • And a grenade.
  • Karmic Death: He is killed by Scar, one of Ishvalans who survived Bradley's genocide.
  • Kick the Dog: Telling Roy the actual reason he was shaking in Hughes' funeral: not because he was saddened by Maes' death, but because he thought Elicia's crying was annoying. Ouch.
  • The Last Dance: Prior to his fight with Scar, he had already been fatally wounded by Buccaneer and Ling Yao. Add to that that he already realized that he had already served his purpose for Father, Wrath knew full and well that his battle with Scar would probably be his last.
  • Meaningful Name: More than justified by his Backstory.
  • Morality Pet: His wife, though not quite Selim. He even specifically tells Mustang that he can't use Selim as a point of emotional blackmail.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: First appears as a rather outlandish old kook who acts very loosely and informal, especially toward the Elric brothers. But he's also arguably most sharp-minded character and can come off as very cold-blooded. This is without even taking into account his true identity.
  • Obviously Evil: A spoiler in the Manga and 2003 anime, but not even hidden in Brotherhood.
  • Older Than They Look: He's sixty years old, but looks twenty years younger due to the Philosopher's Stone in his body delaying his physical age rate, which only catches up to him once he dies. Being a Homunculus, however, he is the youngest among his purebred homunculi brethren, who are no younger than one hundred years old.
    • Unless you count the second Greed
  • One-Man Army: Takes out a tank and a few soldiers armed with just a saber and a pipe bomb.
  • Our Presidents Are Different: A mix of Action President and President Evil, though he at first appears to be President Personable.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: One-Man Army variant. He can't blow you up the way most State Alchemists can, but that won't stop him from slaughtering all of you individually.
  • Pet the Dog: He really, sincerely loves his wife.
  • Putting on the Reich
  • Shadow Archetype: To no less than three characters: Ling (authority figures), Greed (humans who were turned into homunculi), and Scar (warriors without names).
  • Tempting Fate: In the final moments of his battle with Scar, he rants how there is no god. Just as he's about to get the final blow in, the eclipse breaks and a bit of the sun shines into his eyes. Providing the distraction needed for Scar to finish him off.
  • The Stoic
  • Super Soldier: Essentially what he was raised to become.
  • This Was His True Form: A fairly minor version as while dying, he suddenly ages to the point that he looks like a sixty-year-old would be expected to.
  • Training from Hell
  • Tranquil Fury: He looks so damn calm when annihilating his opponent. There's a reason he's called Wrath, not Rage.
  • Tyke Bomb: He was raised from birth as a candidate for the Fuhrership.
    • King Bradley may or may not be the same person as the boy who was raised for that candidacy. He doesn't know whether his soul was the original or if it came from the philosopher's stone.
  • Villainous Breakdown: His rant against Scar sounds almost like desperation in that Wraith can't understand why someone won't act out their roles they planned out for them. In this case, an Isvalan whose willing to use alchemy just to beat him.
  • Villainous Valour
  • Villain with Good Publicity
  • Weak but Skilled: Compared to the other homunculi.

Olivier Mira Armstrong

Affiliation: Amestris Military
Rank: Major General
Specialty: Swordsmanship/Military Tactics

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Major General Armstrong is Alex Armstrong's sister. She guards the northern frontier with Drachma in the Briggs base.

Voiced by: Yoko Soumi (JP), Stephanie Young (EN)

Maes Hughes

Affiliation: Amestris Military
Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Specialty: Knives/Intelligence

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A rather quirky officer working in the records department and best friends with Roy Mustang. Assists both Mustang and the Elric brothers in their respective missions. Contrary to his appearance, he is not a man to trifle with.

Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara (JP), Sonny Strait (EN)

Hughes: Oh! Is it over?
Armstrong: Lt. Col. Hughes where have you been this whole time?
Hughes: I thought it best to lay low.
Mustang: (annoyed) You didn't think of maybe backing us up a little!?
Hughes: Of course not! A person like me shouldn't get dragged into a freak-show with you pack of pseudo-humans! It's bad for my health!

Hughes: I heard there's a hot blonde girl in your room servicing you.
Ed: It's just my mechanic!

Hughes: Oh! Seduced your mechanic, did you?

Alex Louis Armstrong

Affiliation: Amestris Military
Rank: Major
Specialty: Boxing/Combat Alchemy

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The Strongarm Alchemist, and a close ally of both Roy Mustang and the Elric brothers. He's a big lovable guy of many artistic talents, and is prone to, well, overacting on a regular basis.

Voiced by: Kenji Utsumi (JP), Christopher Sabat (EN)

"...Did he have to strip?"

" Destruction and creation are TWO SIDES OF THE SAME COIN!"

Basque Grand

Affiliation: Amestris Military
Rank: Brigadier General
Specialty: Combat Alchemy/Weapon Alchemy

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A Colonel Badass who served as Mustang's commander towards the end of the Ishval War.

Voiced by: Shin Aomori (JP), R. Bruce Elliott (EN)

  • Badass
    • Badass Moustache: And how!!
    • Colonel Badass: Clearly the man Roy and Hughes learned it from. Grand leads his troops from the front, and believes in setting an example for the men to follow.
    • Badass Boast: Listen here, i am the Iron-Blood Alchemist Basque Grand. Iron and blood, i am both soldier and weapon, now stand down i am the only man able to take lead in this battle!
  • Bald Black Leader Guy
  • Bald of Awesome
  • The Brigadier: Was a Brigadier-General at the time of his death.
  • Chewing the Scenery: His introduction in the manga is almost Armstrong worthy.
  • Genius Bruiser: In typical State Alchemist fashion. Emphasis on bruiser—the man's around seven-feet tall, and is a master of hand-to-hand combat as well as his trademark alchemy.
  • Incoming Ham: "I am the Ironblood Alchemist, Basque Grand! Iron & blood, might & manpower! If I do not lead the charge, who will?!"
  • Large and In Charge: Holy crap this guy is like twice as tall as a normal person!
  • Lightning Bruiser: From what little we see of his combat style in Ishbal, yes.
  • More Dakka: His signature attack generates chains, spikes, flails, and primitive cannons which he fires en masse at his targets.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Overlaps with Awesome McCoolname.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Turns entire buildings into weapons.
  • Posthumous Character: In the manga only, where he is said to have been a victim of Scar's by the time we first hear of him. In Brotherhood, his final battle and death against Scar is shown.
  • Power Fist: His massive, steel-wrapped gauntlets, which extend all the way up his forarms and help him produce his weapons.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: In a major contrast to the first anime adaptation, in which he's a quite villainous character. Grand in the manga protects his men at a significant risk to himself, and accepts the surrender of Ishbal's high cleric despite the protestations of Brigadier Fiessler.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The "d" in "Grand" is often overlooked.
  • Unfriendly Fire: Non-evil, sympathetic variant. When Brigadier Fiessler orders them to continue fighting long after it's necessary, Grand gutshoots him and takes command of the unit, staving off further bloodshed.
  • Walking Armoury: See More Dakka above for how.
  • The Worf Effect: Scar kills him off-screen with seeming ease, showing us how dangerous Scar is.
    • The Brotherhood anime does this on-screen, but still pretty quickly. It can be justified by the fact that Basque Grand wouldn't expect an Ishvalan to use alchemy, so Scar merely baited him in for the kill.
    • According to Word of God in the manga, Grand was drunk when Scar ambushed him. It's probably not meant to be taken seriously, but...

Jean Havoc

Affiliation: Amestris Military
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Specialty: Marksmanship/Weapons Expert

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One of Mustang's closest subordinates; he's third-in-command of the unit after Mustang and Hawkeye. Before joining the army he was just your typical country boy.

Voiced by: Yasunori Matsumoto (JP - 2003 Anime), Yuji Ueda (JP - 2009 Anime), Mike McFarland (EN)

  • Badass Beard: Grows one after his hospitalization.
  • Badass Normal
  • Chess Motif: He is the knight in Mustang's chess-themed unit. The knight has the most unique moves and can do things that other pieces can't.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Certainly not Master Roshi, but Havoc admits that he's a sucker for large breasts.
  • Code Name: During the only mission shown where he uses one, he's called Jacqueline. It Makes Sense in Context.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He self-describes himself as being none too bright, but he's as loyal as they come and a very good marksman; even Olivier Armstrong notes his value and says it would be a shame for the military to lose him. Later in the story, he uses his family's business to smuggle in foreign arms for his pals in the revolution - even Mustang, who knows his true worth, was shocked by that one!
  • Handicapped Badass: When Lust paralyzes him, he gets discharged and sent home, where he uses his family's business to import supplies for the coup in Central. He runs the whole smuggling operation from his wheelchair.
    • At the end, however, he is shown to be in physical therapy, slowly regaining use of his legs after being healed with a philosopher stone.
  • Scars Are Forever
    • Averted at the end of the anime when a Philosopher's Stone is used to restore his legs.
  • Smoking Is Cool
  • Unlucky Everydude

Mustang's Other Subordinates

A trio of officers that fill out various functions. Their loyalty to Mustang is unquestionable.

  • Badass Crew: When shit gets real, they get shit done.
  • Chess Motif: They are the bishop, the pawn, and the rook in Mustang's chess-themed unit.
    • Fuery is the pawn. Pawns are relatively weak pieces but are capable of doing considerable damage if given the chance.
    • Falman is the bishop. Bishops move diagonally on squares of a single color, and are frequently key to early checkmates.
    • Breda is the rook. The rook is the "heavy hitter" of the board, the most powerful piece after the queen, and able to perform a particularly effective move with the king.
  • Code Name: Like Havoc, Falman and Fuery are given women's names during the only mission shown in the canon, and described in Mustang and Hawkeye's encrypted conversation as though they're shop girls in a store. Falman is Vanessa and Fuery is Kate. (An omake indicates that Breda is codenamed "Braidykins" for the operation, although if this is canon, it's clearly an in-group joke; Breda is out of the country for most of the sting.)
  • Communications Officer: Fuery
  • Greek Chorus: On occasion.
  • Took a Level in Badass: All three -- Falman when he's transferred to Briggs, Fuery when he's thrown into combat in the South, and Breda when he starts organizing illegal border crossings. All three are ready to go when the revolution kicks off, of course.
  • Mauve Shirt: Not quite. They serve a greater role to the story than most shirts, but they're hardly players in the game.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits

Affiliation: Amestris Military
Rank: Warrant Officer
Specialty: Intelligence

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Vato Falman

The oldest member of the group, and resident Butt Monkey at times.

Voiced by: Takehiro Murozono (JP - 2003 Anime) Kenji Hamada (JP - 2009 Anime), Kyle Hebert (EN)

  • Babies Ever After: In the Brotherhood anime, as pictured above; he's shown at the end of the series with two kids, whom the animators confirm are supposed to be his. (Their mother is not identified.)
  • Butt Monkey: He's this for a while (Havoc in particular considers him an amateur), but improves as he gets more field experience.
  • Eyes Always Shut
  • Kicked Upstairs: After the Fuhrer splits up the group, Falman is promoted to Second Lieutenant, but transferred to Fort Briggs in the middle of nowhere and put to work scraping off icicles.
  • Manly Tears/Tears of Fear: A vanishingly rare example of both at once: he weeps when facing down Wrath, but refuses to surrender.
  • Non-Action Guy: At the beginning.
  • Rank Up: By the end of the series, he's made Captain, according to the insignia on his uniform.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: It doesn't work.
  • Spock Speak: He reads the dictionary for fun.

Affiliation: Amestris Military
Rank: Master Sergeant
Specialty: Communications

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Kain Fuery

The youngest, and their communications expert. Has a friendly relationship with the Elrics.

Voiced by: Tetsu Shiratori (JP - 2003 Anime), Tetsuya Kakihara (JP - 2009 Anime), Kevin M. Connoly (EN)

Affiliation: Amestris Military
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Specialty: Military Tactics/Intelligence

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Heymans Breda

The big guy in Mustang's crew. Mustang drafts him for his tactical abilities.

Voiced by: Tomoyuki Shimura (JP - 2003 Anime), Biichi Satou (JP - 2009 Anime), Josh Berry (EN - 2003 Anime) Jeremy Inman (EN - 2009 Anime)

Dr. Knox

Affiliation: Amestris Military (former)
Rank: None
Specialty: Surgery

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A coroner who served as a medic in Ishval. After the war he went through a major BSOD, drove off his family, and ended up working the morgue in Central Hospital.

Voiced by: Kinryuu Arimoto (JP), R. Bruce Elliott (EN)

"Ho, there could be an unknown pathogen in the doctor's house that could get out, and kill everyone in it."

Maria Ross

Affiliation: Amestris Military
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Specialty: None

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Armstrong's subordinate. Serves as one of Edward and Alphonse's bodyguards during their investigations in Central.

Voiced by: Mitsuki Saiga (JP - 2003 Anime), Kaori Nazuka (JP - 2009 Anime), Meridith McCoy (EN)

Denny Brosh

Affiliation: Amestris Military
Rank: Sergeant
Specialty: None

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Ed and Al's other bodyguard, his carefree nature combines unexpectedly well with his serious partner Maria.

Voiced by: Masao Harada (JP - 2003 Anime), Yuuki Hayashi (JP - 2009 Anime), Jim Foronda (EN)

  • Big Brother Instinct: Literally, as he lives with his younger brother and sister (and may be raising them, since no parents are shown). When things start going down on the Promised Day, he makes them swear they won't leave the house so he knows they're safe.
  • Different As Night and Day: With Maria.
  • Idiot Hair
  • Locked Out of the Loop: He's not let in on the fact that Maria is alive and has been smuggled out of the country to avoid execution until almost the very end.
  • Mauve Shirt
  • Ocular Gushers: When he finds out his partner's alive.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His last name can be alternatively be spelled Brosch. In the first anime it was "Bloch," but that also requires a different pronunciation.
  • Those Two Guys

Solf J. Kimblee

Affiliation: Amestris Military (formerly)/Homunculi
Rank: Major (formerly)
Specialty: Explosive Alchemy/Photographic Memory

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The Crimson Alchemist, a former State Alchemist who participated in the Ishval war. Kimblee is a sociopath and a sadist. His alchemical specialty is transmuting things into explosives.

Voiced by: Yuji Ueda (JP - 2003 Anime), Hiroyuki Yoshino (JP - 2009 Anime), Eric Vale (EN)

  • Arch Enemy: To Scar. Ironically, he is eventually severely wounded by the chimera Heinkel and absorbed by Pride, instead of Scar getting to contribute to his demise at all.
  • Badass: Most definitely. Given the nature of the setting, Kimblee, much like Bradley, exists to remind us that villains too, can be awesomely Badass.
  • Bad Powers, Bad People
  • Berserk Button: He's got two big ones: Being looked down upon, and people betraying their own beliefs. For the former, he maintains a facade of good-natured politeness, even when killing people by the hundreds, but during his hunt for Scar, this facade melts for the first time when Scar, standing atop a building, comments on how he and Kimblee (looking up at him from the ground) were now in the exact opposite positions of when they first met. An enraged Kimblee warns him to watch his mouth, and prepares to use his alchemy, ignoring the fact that Scar had Winry as a "hostage." The second shows through when Kimblee looks visibly pissed off when Pride tries to consume Edward, essentially ditching his ego and pride as a homunculus by taking a "lesser being". Amused, Kimblee was not.
  • Birds of a Feather: He's pretty much the only human who Pride and (to a greater extent) Envy have taken to, which says a lot about his (lack of) morality.
  • Blood Knight
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Try wrapping your head around Kimblee's obscure moral code. Just try it. He's definitely got one, but beyond a few specific details, such as his respect for commitment, and more importantly, a massive distaste for hypocrisy, we have no idea how it works. He manages to be more alien than Father or The Truth.
  • Break the Haughty: Not as large-scale as what happens to Father or Pride, but still a rather disturbing fate.
  • But for Me It Was Tuesday: An inversion, actually. Kimblee's policy in life is to never forget the faces of those he kills, and he proves that he means this quite literally. When Scar asks if Kimblee remembers him, not only does Kimblee say he does, he also perfectly recites the district in the city where he encountered him, notes that one of the Ishvalans bore a family resemblance to Scar, and remembers the exact placement and severity of the wound that took Scar's brother's life.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: In the manga, he is alluded to, mentioned offhand, and shown in blurry panels for a couple years worth of chapters before he finally begins to play an important role in the story.
    • In Brotherhood he makes a handful of appearances in early episodes, including the first episode, and appears in some flashbacks.
  • Colonel Kilgore: Kimblee got a real kick out of his time at the front, and was rather dissapointed when the war came to a close. Given his Social Darwinist beliefs, this isn't really surprising.
  • Deal with the Devil: Heavily implied during the scene in which he asks Ed to help him find Scar and Dr. Marcoh and create another Philosopher's Stone where they are. He tells Ed that he "staked the very essence of [his] being" to see how the homunculi's games would play out.
  • Dissonant Laughter
  • The Dog Bites Back: Not only is he a victim of this trope via Heinkel, but he also pulls this on Pride in his Dying Moment of Awesome
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Helps Ed defeat Pride, despite the fact that he's been absorbed by the latter. The reason he could keep his sense of self inside Pride? Because the screams of the other tormented souls are like lullabies to him. Yep. Victory by being fucked up.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: "You try to take a lesser being you despised as your container, just to escape your own predicament. You....are hideous."
    • He also seemed a bit offended when Ed mistook him for an ephebophile after he complimented Winry.
  • Evil Counterpart/Foil/Shadow Archetype: Possibly towards Scar. In the sense that both of them specialize in alchemy based around destruction, both were involved in the Ishval Civil War (Kimblee as one of the soldiers who took part in the genocide, Scar as one of it's victims), and both invoke Light Is Not Good. This was perhaps shown at its best when Scar pointed out how their situations were reversed from what happened with Ishval, with Scar having abandoned his path of vengeance while Kimblee's obsession with Scar never waned.
    • You can throw Roy in that mix too and make it a three way thing: same kind of alchemy, same war, etc, with Scar as a victim, Roy as a victimiser with regrets and Kimblee as a victimiser who thoroughly enjoyed himself.
      • Same goes for McDougal, as they both use alchemy to transmute the opponent's body.
  • Evil Is Stylish/Villainous Fashion Sense: Admit it, the all white suit he wears for most of his first major appearances is awesome.
  • Expy: Arakawa says his character was based on Alex, the protagonist of A Clockwork Orange.
  • False Reassurance: Towards Winry on the subject of her parents' deaths. He might be a crazed and sadistic mad bomber, but he isn't much of a flat-out dishonest person.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's a borderline Axe Crazy sociopath who nevertheless manages to keep up a facade of being a polite gentleman for the sake of getting by in life. As long as you aren't in his way you're probably safe. Probably.
    • In fact after his release from prison, he transmutes a guard's watch into a toy bomb.
  • Fedora of Asskicking
  • For the Evulz: Significantly toned down from the first anime, but still there.
  • Genius Bruiser: Word of God has that he's the third most intelligent character in the series. The two smarter than him? They're hundreds of years old.
  • Good-Looking Privates:
  • Go Out with a Smile: A strange variation of it. Technically, he was already dead to begin with, but the moment Pride displays his hypocrisy in his beliefs, Kimblee becomes convinced that it's humans who are ultimately more deserving than the homunculi, and at that point weakens Pride enough for Ed to finish him off. Last we see of Kimblee is a nice big grin as he covers his eyes with his hat, and walks away in the torrent of souls to oblivion. It was Badass.
  • Hair Antennae: A very rare villainous example.
  • Hannibal Lecture: He's full of them, more so than even Father or the homunculi. He gives three of them during the Ishval campaign, the biggest being the one to Hawkeye and Mustang, explaining how they knew the risk when they put on the uniform, and that the only way they could honor those they killed was to remember them, since their victims would never forget what they did. He also gives one to Ed during their battle, Alphonse during their battle, and attempts to deliver them to Scar and Major Miles.
  • Having a Blast: Causes anything—from buildings to the air around him—to become unstable, resulting in truly impressive explosions.
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: The first appearance of Kimblee in the series presents him as an unkempt prisoner. Fast forward, and he dresses up in a stylish suit.
  • Hero-Killer: Came reeeeeally close to making this literal with Ed.
  • Hidden Depths: He is, without question, a crazed Blood Knight Mad Bomber. He is also intelligent, truly admires and respects the Rockbells for their tenacity even when assigned to kill some of them, protects Armstrong from military court martial, and generally demonstrates a certain Pet the Dog quality... often before, or even combined with, an even bigger Kick the Dog moment. Noble Demon he ain't.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The Philosopher's Stone he drops during his battle with Edward is picked up by one of the chimeras he abandoned for dead and delivered to Alphonse Elric, who uses it in their final battle with Kimblee, and with it eventually defeats him.
  • Humiliation Conga: Upon arriving in Briggs, Kimblee recieves near-fatal injuries from battling Scar and ends up needing to escape the fight. While helpless in the hospital, he gets menaced by the Ishvallan Major Miles. Later, he encounters Scar yet again and fails to kill or even capture him, even though Kimblee is ordered by the Homunculi to kill Scar. While he is destroying the surroundings in an ineffective attempt to attack Scar, Scar remarks how this meeting is opposite from their first meeting, when it was Kimblee looking down upon Scar. Later, Heinkel fatally wounds Kimblee and Pride looks on, remarking how weak humanity is while Kimblee is immobile and unable to even speak, let alone resist Pride's consuming of his body. For a rather haughty person, this series of events is more than harsh.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Jerkass has a lot of points. Oh, and how.
  • Just Following Orders: He follows the orders to commit the Ishvalan genocide without a second thought and he is disappointed when he sees others fail to do the same. Kimblee sees it as a soldier's job to follow orders, no matter what they may be.
  • Know When to Fold'Em: Just as Scar was about to kill him, Kimblee breaks the rail between them so the train would continue without Scar riding. He voiced his obvious displeasure before doing so.
  • Lack of Empathy: A rather chilling example of sociopathy.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Scar assaults Kimblee with a pipe, wounding him near-fatally in the same place where Scar's brother was wounded because of Kimblee's attack.
  • Light Is Not Good: Kimblee mostly wears a white suit, and the alchemical circles tattooed into his hands involve the sun and moon, both symbols of light. To say nothing of how he gives the impression of being a friendly and charismatic man. This probably makes the moment he is eaten by Pride, a shadow based homunculus, quite significant.
    • And in turn, Kimblee interfering with Pride long enough for Ed to defeat the latter could be considered as the light pushing back the darkness long enough to ensure its defeat.
  • Loves the Sound of Screaming: Expresses this sentiment in an Ishval flashback. He seems to take it as the sign of a job well-done. Also why he didn't get subsumed by the screaming souls in Pride's Philosopher's Stone.
  • Mad Artist: Likes to make things explode in a manner he considers "beautiful".
  • Mad Bomber: A minor character even refers to him as a mad bomber at one point.
  • Majorly Awesome
  • Man in White: He takes to wearing a classy white suit after his release from prison. One of the signature men in white in anime and manga.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste
  • Moral Sociopathy: For all his sadism and disregard for human lives, he does have a code of honour - largely based on honesty and duty - and abides seriously by it and respects whoever fills these values; indeed, by the end, his own existence is expendable, and he preffers to distract Pride and subsequently have his own soul vanish than having to "live" inside of an hypocritical homunculus.
  • Mysterious Middle Initial
  • Nice Hat: OK, he's an evil, genocidal maniac. But that is still a damn fine hat.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: And how. He practically ends the whole Ishvalan War by himself by using a Philosopher's Stone. Much later, he even does this to the whole Drachman Army WITHOUT alchemy but through political deception alone!
  • Pet the Dog: His aforementioned admiration of the Rockbell family for their devotion to duty is actually genuine and he appears to have a legitimate soft spot in his heart for Winry. This particular dog petting doesn't earn him many points, though, since he ignores Winry's danger once Scar triggers him into rage.
    • Taken to sadistic extremes with his interaction with Alex Louis Armstrong. He commends Armstrong for sticking to his beliefs and because of it chooses to save him from court martial... by blowing up Ishavalan survivors that Alex had saved in front of his eyes (the policy is to kill all Ishvalans). Basically, he manages to Kick the Dog and Pet the Dog all at once.
  • The Philosopher: A particularly homicidal example.
  • Photographic Memory: As Scar points out after meeting him for the second time, Kimblee's memory is frighteningly accurate.
  • Power Tattoo: Has the circles needed for his trademark explosions tattooed on his palms.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man
  • Slasher Smile: Very frequently.
  • Social Darwinist
  • The Sociopath: A high-functioning and very self-aware psychopath.
  • Sociopathic Soldier: Type II, with flashes of Type I.
  • Spanner in the Works: Managed to screw over Pride, even in the afterlife.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Solf/Zolf, J./Jay, Kimblee/Kimbley/Kimbly/Kimberly/Kimberley
    • Also, while it doesn't have to do with actual spelling, the translation of his State Alchemist title is a subject of debate. The word guren in Japanese means "crimson", but the kanji used to make up the word in his title means "red lotus". It can be inferred that "red lotus" is his truest title, however, due to the flower being a symbol of firey explosions much like the ones he specializes in creating.
  • Stepford Smiler: Type C.
  • Transhuman Treachery: Arguably- though he is and remains human, keeping a Philosopher's stone inside his body is about as close to being a homunculus as a human can get without being Bradley or Ling, and he is acting on their behalf right up until Pride shows himself to be a Hypocrite.
  • Trickster: No one modifies plans on the fly quite the way that Kimblee does. It's why Father, a former Trickster himself, keeps him around.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Kimblee does not take kindly to Scar's observation of the tables having turned.
  • Villainous Demotivator: Knowing that the Briggs soldiers pretty much all wish him dead, he brings four chimeras with him as Elite Mooks. All four change sides on him almost as soon as it becomes a viable option, one eventually causing his death. He did say he works best alone...
  • Villainous Rescue: Kimblee, of all people, is the one who saves Edward's ass from Pride.
  • Warrior Poet: A rather bloodthirsty, psychotic poet.
  • White Shirt of Death: When Heinkel chomps down on Kimblee's throat and his suit is promptly stained with his own blood, Pride proceeds to point out how the suit's new color fits Kimblee.
  • Wicked Cultured: Look at him. Then look at his suit. Then listen to his voice. *insert Old Spice reference here*
  • Wisdom from the Gutter: Offers it up a few times.
  • Yin-Yang Bomb: His favoured attack method is more or less this, as the symbols mentioned above stand for the opposite forces of the Sun-fire-gold and Moon-water-silver.

Lt. General Grumman

Affiliation: Amestris Military
Rank: Lieutenant General
Specialty: Military Tactics/Intelligence

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Head of the East Army and military mentor to Colonel Mustang, he is a major ally to Mustang. Sort of.

Voiced by: Masaki Tsukada (JP - 2003 Anime), Rokuro Naya (JP - 2009 Anime), Gordon Fox (EN - 2003 Anime), Bill Flynn (EN - 2009 Anime)

Selim Bradley

Affiliation: None
Rank: None
Specialty: None

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All right, this guy isn't actually in the military, but his status means he's pretty well-connected with them.

The adopted son of King Bradley, he studies hard in order to help his father rule the country. He's also a big fan of the Elric Brothers, especially Edward.

In reality, this is all an act. He's Pride, the first and deadliest of the Homunculi. Alive since the creation of Amestris, he looks down on all humans and most of his allies.

Voiced by: Makoto Tsumura (JP - 2003 Anime), Yuko Sanpei (JP - 2009 Anime), Zarah Little (EN - 2003 Anime), Brittney Karbowski (EN - 2009 Anime)

Briggs Brigade

Border guard forces under Olivier M. Armstrong, stationed in Briggs fortress, in Briggs mountain range that divides Drachma and Amestris. They include Captain Buccaneer, a hulk of a man with a variety of deadly automail prostheses; Major Miles, a biracial half-Ishvalan who wants to change the perception of his people; and Lieutenant Henschel, General Armstrong's steadfast assistant. Lieutenant Vato Falman is later assigned to Briggs as well.

Affiliation: Amestris Military
Rank: Major
Specialty: Military Tactics/Intelligence

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Major Miles

General Armstrong's second-in-command. He is a quarter-Ishvalan from his grandfather's side, and is striving to change Amestris from the inside, so they will acknowledge the massacre they committed.

Voiced by: Kazuya Nakai (JP), Jason Douglas (EN)

"Up here in the north, the law is the survival of the fittest. You get careless, and you get dead, understand? You tell me what to do again, and you'll never leave this hospital."

  • Majorly Awesome
  • Scary Black Man: Yes, but not that scary. He's actually a pretty swell guy. More like intimidating black man.
  • The Stoic
    • Not So Stoic: Even Miles has his limits when having to hear Kimblee's boasting from the war.
  • Wise Beyond His Years: About the only person to see through Grumman's cunning. Or at least, he thinks he sees through it; we never find out whether he's right or not. They're still pretty Genre Savvy suspicions, though.

Affiliation: Amestris Military
Rank: Captain
Specialty: Weapons Expert

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General Armstrong's third-in-command and field commander. A big guy with a pretty hot temper, he is regardless extremely devoted and will fight for his comrades.

Voiced by: Ryuzaburo Ohtomo (JP), Phil Parsons (EN)

Mrs. Bradley

Affiliation: None
Rank: None
Specialty: None

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As with Selim, not exactly in the military, but in that category nonetheless. The wife of Fuhrer President King Bradley and adopted mother to Selim. Serves as a Morality Pet to Bradley and Selim, who is actually Pride. Her abduction by Mustang's crew serves to kick off the final arc of the story.

Voiced by: Ai Satou (JP), Dana Schultes (EN)

  • Hostage Situation: Subverted; Mustang's group technically kidnaps her, but it's to show her that the military high command couldn't care less about her well-being. Mustang vows to protect her at any cost, thus gaining her trust and, through her, the public's.
  • Hot Shounen Mom/Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have!: She looks quite good for her age.
  • I Have Your Wife: She's the wife, but the military doesn't care.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Is completely unaware of King Bradley's and Selim's true identities, until the post-climactic wrap-up at least.
  • Love At First Punch: She met her husband by slapping him! Rather than kill her, Bradley apparently started courting her instead. Maybe he appreciated her capacity for wrath?
  • Morality Pet: To both Bradley and Selim.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Inverted. Continues to love Selim, despite knowing now he's a Homunculus. It's not entirely clear, but the same seems to hold true for her attitude towards her husband.


Affiliation: Amestris Military
Rank: Sergeant
Specialty: Photographic Memory

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A mousy haired bookworm who is mostly used for comic relief. She's something of a coward and cries a lot. Most of the other characters refer to her as "bookworm." She gets a job at the military working under Hughes copying down the books that burned in the military library in a fire and proves instrumental in the Elrics' search for the Philosopher's Stone.

Voiced by: Naomi Wakabayashi (JP - 2003 Anime), Chika Fujimura (JP - 2009 Anime), Gwendolyn Lau (EN)

Giolio Comanche

Affiliation: Amestris Military (formerly)
Rank: Major
Specialty: Weapons Alchemy

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A retired State Alchemist known as the Silver Alchemist of Battle. He retired after having his leg chopped off in the Ishvalan Civil War. He is killed by Scar in his only appearance.

Voiced by: Tadashi Miyazawa (JP), Charlie Campbell (EN)

  • Artificial Limbs: Has a peg-leg.
  • Badass Grandpa
  • Badass Moustache
  • Blood Knight: When order 3066 was given before the War Of Ishbal, Comanche is the only one among them shown smiling in anticipation. Even after he retired he has some level of this, rather than shrink from the Scarred Man's presence, Comanche prepares to combat him with a rather large grin on his face.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: His spin attack, which has nothing to do with his alchemy.
  • Colonel Kilgore: Like Kimblee, Comanche thoroughly enjoyed the Ishbalan Civil War, grinning in anticipation before battles, and reminiscing throughout his battle with Scar.
  • Handicapped Badass: Lost his leg in the Ishvalan Civil War.
  • Nice Hat
  • Power Tattoo: His hands and palms are covered in the tatts that allow him to essentially create weapons out of thin air.
  • Retired Badass
  • Slasher Smile: Cracks one after being sent into Ishval and again at the thought of facing Scar.
  • Sociopathic Soldier: Type II, going off the little we know.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye

Isaac McDougal

Affiliation: Amestris Military (formerly)
Rank: Major (formerly)
Specialty: Water Alchemy

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Better known as the Freezing Alchemist. A former State Alchemist who participated in the Ishval Massacre, McDougal went AWOL after the war and, years later, resurfaced as a madman trying to destroy Central City. It turned out he learned about the military's vast conspiracy. His plan was foiled by the Elric Brothers and he was murdered by Fuhrer Bradley.

Voiced by: Koichi Yamadera (JP), Bryan Massey (EN)

  • An Ice Person/Kill It with Ice/Making a Splash: The Freezing Alchemist specializes in transmuting water—mainly to turn it into ice, which he uses as a weapon, but he can also create scalding steam.
  • Anti-Villain
  • The Atoner: And The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized.
  • Axe Crazy: Really pushes it at times.
  • Canon Foreigner: McDougal was created specifically for the first episode of the new anime, but was neatly tied into the overarching plot.
  • Cassandra Truth: You probably thought he was just some rambling nutcase when he was asking Ed if he knows the ones he serves or what shape the country's in, and telling him "I'm just trying to save this country", right? 30 episodes later he doesn't seem so nuts anymore does he?
  • Faux Affably Evil: Well-intentioned he may be, but he seems to be having a pretty good time wreaking havoc. Particularly noticeable in the English dub where he's voiced by the same actor who does Ladd Russo and displays a similar glee in this role.
  • Foil: To both Mustang, Kimblee, and Hughes.
    • To Mustang: Fire vs. Ice, both are mentally scarred by the Ishval War into defying the Government/High Command, both want to overthrow the HC—Isaac from the outside, Roy from the inside.
    • To Kimblee: Both use alchemy to transmute the opponent's body, same war, etc., with Ishval as victim, Isaac as a victimiser with regrets, and Kimblee as a victimiser who thoroughly enjoyed himself. In fact, he tries to spring Kimblee and have the man join him, not quite realizing that Kimblee enjoyed it far more than he did.
    • To Hughes: Both men figured out the evil conspiracy long before anyone else and ended up getting killed for it. However, while Hughes actually provided the first shot in the low key subversion of the conspiracy even though he died before being able to say anything, McDougal's approach was to quit the military, bide his time, and then go straight for the bombastic route of bringing the house down, and while he did pass along his thoughts to the Elric brothers, they were summarily dismissed right until Ed figured out exactly what he meant.
  • Foreshadowing: He creates one big transmutation circle in Central. Later, we find out that the entire country is an even bigger transmutation circle.

McDougal: Do you know what shape this country is in?