Best Fullmetal Alchemist Characters


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1Edward ElricEdward Elric, commonly nicknamed Ed, is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Fullmetal Alchemist manga series created by Hiromu Arakawa.

Edward is so high on this list because his personality is so complex. He can be emotional and heartbreaking, then downright hilarious. Others might have depth, but Edward has the most out of every character in this series. Of course, excluding Mustang, whose depth isn't seen as early as Ed's is. Edward deserves the popularity he has. All this from a tomboy who hasn't even touched Brotherhood yet!

Edward's personality is what makes him such a great character. Emotional and hilarious, he goes through such a depressing life, yet can still get back on his feet and fight back. He has major flaws, but that just makes him more realistic. That is my idea of a perfect character. - Elric-san

Ed is always the best! Roy, dude- ya can't beat a long-haired blonde shrimp. Just- nothing else to say. LONG LIVE KING (or not king) ED!

Despite Edward being the main character, he is not as likeable and honourable as some of the other ones.

Shut your mouth. I haven't watched Fullmetal Alchemist yet, but judging from what I've seen from clips and articles about him, Ed is funny, emotional, complex, realistic, and well-written. What makes you say he's not as likable and honorable as the other ones? - ModernSpongeBobSucks

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2Roy MustangRoy Mustang is a fictional character from the Fullmetal Alchemist manga series and its adaptations created by Hiromu Arakawa.

Well I LOVE ROY MUSTSNG because he's so HOTT and really awesome he's the best character ever and I love it when he says I love dogs and also the mini skirt thing to so thats y I LOVE ROY MUSTANG SO MUCH

Who else can kill you by snapping

His passion for wanting to lead this country is great. His strategic skills are phenomenal. Don't forget his battle with envy was so cool. It really showed how powerful he really is.

He's so OP, and overall an awesome character. When his motives are fleshed out in brotherhood, he becomes much more of an in-depth character. And who can forget how he torched Envy and Lust...

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3Alphonse ElricAlphonse Elric, commonly called Al, is a fictional character in the Fullmetal Alchemist manga series and its adaptations created by Hiromu Arakawa.

An incredibly strong character, to remain so kind and calm even after all he has gone through. A true prince. And he can also be pretty badass when he needs to.

A really sweet guy with a big heart reserved for his brother. He's had it hardest but always seems to be able to keep pushing though it. He is Ed's balance and if Ed didn't have Al by his side, then Ed would be well and truly dead by now and we wouldn't have this awesome series!
Sorry but got some negatives: I was shocked to find that in the 2003 version (pretty sure it's 2003, and maybe brotherhood as well), in Japenese, Al is voiced by a girl!?
Negatives aside, Al is the crazy cat guy that may only be in this world as a soul, but his armour is strong and his calm and collected manner is what makes him loved by so many. A tribute to Alphonse Elric!

Alphonse Elric is a very sweet, supportive character. He's just an easy going 14 year old and he wants a girlfriend, just like any teenage boy. He is kind and acts very mature compared to Ed. But he's only human, and he gets angry, or confused. Alphonse knows how to protect someone and how to take care of them. That's why Alphonse is my favorite character.

This made me sad the entire time...

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4Riza Hawkeye

Riza is an amazing, strong woman! She has a talent with guns: she keeps them on her all the time and never misses her target, which makes her quite a feared person in her universe haha. She is loyal, admirable, and beautiful!

Best female anime character ever. Enough said.

Riza is an amazing character! Shes so strong and kind and realistic at the same time, one of the best female characters ever

She is so kick butt! I think I like her better in brotherhood than in the original because she shows, um, more emotion. She's just so awesome!

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Dude, who can go wrong with Greed? I mean, he's AWESOME and COOL and so BADASS! I love everything about him! Especially his arrogant attitude and his GRIN! Oh, his grin! He can make you feel unsettled and in love just by smirking at you! And the fact that he joined bodies with Ling (who ties with Greed as my most favorite character) just made this duo the best there is! I thought for sure Greed would've at least ended up in the top 3 or 4 or something... And where's LING?!?! Why isn't he in this list? Guys, he deserves it!

Greed is an entertaining antihero, and he is twice the awesome when he shares bodies with ling for a fun ying-yang dynamic.

Greed is an AWESOME character, especially in brotherhood. He deserves more than 2 percent of the votes! Out of all the characters, I felt that he was the best and the one who changed the most.

He's just cool.

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6Maes Hughes

Even though his character was short-lived, he was one of the best established character in the series.

Maes is perhaps the funniest character in the series. I was so pissed off when they had to kill him off, especially by Envy. (who in my opinion is the Azula from Avatar: The Last Airbender) I really think that this character needs to at least be in the top 4.

He was my FAVOURITE character in the series, more than Ed or Al. And then Envy came along and ruined it. Mustang's revenge in brotherhood made it all a bit better, but Maes Hughes will live on as an awesome character

Saddest moment in anime.

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He's just so hot! I love his voice in English, Japanese, French, and German! (The German voice fits him so well! But the Spanish one is such a disappointment. No offense. ) His violet snake-like eyes are so entrancing. I totally fell in love with his androgynous style and personality. I also just have to admit that he's so darn adorable in his mini form!

Envy is a likeable character in both the anime and the manga, despite not really having any positive traits. It's easy to sympathize with what he/it has been through, and it's easy to relate to how Envy went completely nuts. I also like how manga Envy looks more like a guy but is actually genderless, and how anime Envy looks more like a woman but is actually a guy. Plus, he/it is funny.

Envy is easily the best of the Homunculi (in the 2003 show, at least) as he manages to be more than just a stereotype. His character actually has degrees of subtlety. While Lust had to have an excessively dragged out backstory, Envy's entire character arc is summed up masterfully in four lines. He's the ultimate incarnation of his sin, and the sheer lengths he is willing to go to kill the Elric brothers makes him the most compelling antagonist in the show.

He just needs a friend...*cries*

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8Winry Rockbell

She's a cool shonen heroine. I mean, she doesn't fight, but she doesn't come out as useless and weak.

She's the most important character to the show she's always there to provide moral support or to fix Ed's Auto-mail deep down she really loves him. - egnomac

Lol she's important but definitely not the most

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9Van Hohenmeim

He's in my opinion the most badass, overpowered, mysterious and deep character in a series full of badass, overpowered, (sometimes mysterious) and deep characters. The episode where you got to see his pas was one of my favourite episodes in the whole series.

I don't get why he is so down in the list. Probably the most sad character in the show. When he finally gets a purpose to live more, he cannot do that.

Giving up immortality to be with the ones he loves, but not before saving the world, then offering his soul for his sons? Hohenheim should be given more credit.

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10Pride/Wrath (Brotherhood)

He can control living razor sharp shadows that can tear through just about anything except the ultimate shield. That is cool! He ATE gluttony. Nobody wants to fight pride because he is so powerful. Who else can make the darkness seem so safe?

At first glance, Fuhrer King Bradley seems like a kind and trusting leader. But in reality, he's just as sadistic and psychotic as the rest of the homunculi.



Wrath and pride is evil but pretty badass and powerful

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The Contenders

11Ling Yao

Shouldn't ling yao be in one of top tens.. ? I mean he's so funny like me and also badass! And he looks cool - UNKNOWNotaku

Why is he below Father... This doesn't make any sense, Ling is so funny

He acts like a doof but boy when he wants to he can be a total badass. Not bad looking either hehe

He kick butt while being really funny so every time he shows up I just start laughing.

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12Izumi Curtis

She's incredibly funny and scary. Best character because she's powerful but does have a clear weakness. She's a tough but very loving and protective teacher who sees the elric brothers more as her sons then just students. Plus she throw sloth like he was a paper ball which neither of the armstrongs could do and 8 soilder tried to hold him back a they all failed. Plus she took on fort briggs soilders and won. The look on the armstrongs face when izumi tossed sloth was priceless

Izumi is a well thought out character. She acts tough and scary, but she is actually super loving. She also committed the same taboo the Elrics did (human transmutation), creating Wrath. Not the best character, but pretty damn awesome! - Elric-san

She's loving but at the same time can kick butt. It would be awesome if she was in the top ten.

What everyone should take away from her character: don't piss off housewives


... Why isn't this number 1? He practically squashed everyone combined...

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14Alex Louis Armstrong

Let me show you the popularity that has been passed down the Armstrong line for generations.

Is he the only guy in anime with a middle name?

Badass, but still poetic at the same time! Such a great character!

How is he so far down? He's an epic character... I guess that status must've been passed down the Armstrong line...if you get what I mean

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15Olivier Mira Armstrong

Such a badass character. Love her

Awesome, take-no-prisoners, badass, and tough-as-nails woman. She is so kick-ass and her harsh, devoted, and loyal demeanor coupled with her subtle compassion make her one of the best anime characters of all time! Riza is more chill and sweet, but I love Olivier's intensity.

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16Greed/Ling (Brotherhood)

This duo is the best of all partners in the anime world. I love how they couldn't get along, but they secretly cared for one another. Especially when it came to THAT superbly awesome scene in the last episode, (not gonna spoil it for you people). They are AMAZING!

Very interesting combination.
They kick ass and I love how Greed becomes good and how Ling starts to care about Greed.

These 2 combined made an epic amazing team!

I like greed more in the brotherhood.

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17Solf J. Kimblee

Sociopaths are way cool, bro. At least, if all sociopaths are like Kimblee. Which they totally should be. Stole the show every time he showed up.

Awesome as hell, his last action in the fight against pride was just pure awesomeness!

Lowkey he's actually really hot (aside from the fact that he's a killing psychopath (but really though that evilness kind of makes him hotter))

Kimblee's the classiest psychopath ever to grace the earth.

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He is solely the character that has grown the most in the anime. Started as serial killer with solely hatred in his mind, and ended helping to save the people around him and change the country he initially hated. He had his reasons (very consistent to say) to seek revenge, but ended up understanding the others around him, to listen to them, to change his mind and to selflessy fighting to bring down the common foe. He is the kind of tough, strongminded and true guy this world misses much. I'd say he had had a fullmetal heart since the very beginning.

He started as a badass, merciless serial killer, but not without compassion and gradually evolves into a sympathetic, caring, yet brutal ally and protagonist. He was a key component in stopping Father's master plan and in helping rebuild Ishval, as well as reform Amestris. Brutal, hardcore, mysterious, and powerful character. Loved that he changed his perspective and found a common enemy in the homunculi with the other heroes. Also very wise and enlightened. Glad he survived the end. Deserves top ten status, or at least placement above Kimblee.

The most improved character Hands down, from a killer to a savior

Evolved the most throughout the anime

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Both beautiful and deadly she definitely deserves to be higher

Lust should be WAY higher! She was so awesome! - PlatinumTheHitgirl

Miss Wolverine with an attitude!

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20Jean Havoc

The 2nd Lieutenant should be up this list! He is the big breasts loving and always heart broken person. Don't you agree, Jacqueline?

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1. Edward Elric
2. Riza Hawkeye
3. Roy Mustang
1. Winry Rockbell
2. Edward Elric
3. Maes Hughes
1. Alphonse Elric
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