Best Fullmetal Alchemist Characters


The Top Ten

1 Edward Elric Edward Elric Edward Elric, commonly nicknamed Ed, is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Fullmetal Alchemist manga series and its adaptations 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!

Shut up haters! Ed isn't loved for just being the main protagonist! He's loved for his character! - TheDarkOne_221b

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

Who else can kill you by snapping

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

Roy Mustang is such an awesome character. Definitely my favorite. I don't know what it is about him, but his personality was really well thought out. He is funny and calm, but he can also snap and unleash his wrath. He's the only person that defeated TWO homunculi! He destroyed Lust and Envy in the most badass of ways. My favorite character in the masterpiece that is Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood!

He is the only one who can kill the homunculi And he’s hot GET IT HAHAAHA but really he’s the best character even when he’s blind

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3 Alphonse Elric Alphonse Elric Alphonse 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.

I love both brothers, but Alphonse is such a sweetheart. His kind and loving nature, his innocence and willingness to help others is so charming and likeable. I will say, that in the original series, Al was a very melodramatic character, and his existential crisis was more dragged on, and ultimately very annoying. I will also say, his voice in the English dub of Brotherhood is far more dynamic and less irritating. Also fits his innocent and soft demeanor. Overall, Elric Brothers are best boys.

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!

He's super cute, and I love how it juxtaposes his tough-looking exterior. He's lost a lot of things but still looks out for his brother and is just a soft boy (for someone who's made of metal)

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4 Riza Hawkeye Riza Hawkeye Riza Hawkeye is a fictional character from the Fullmetal Alchemist manga series and its adaptations created by Hiromu Arakawa.

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!

Riza is my favorite character. She is strong, calm, really professional, but at the same time she is really warm, kind, loyal, selfless and protective woman. She have amazing skills with a guns and I can say that she really have Hawk's eyes. I ship her and Roy so much. They are perfect together. I love how she have to save him in rainy days, and how she manage to make him look stupid sometimes. And the ideas, that her father was Roy's alchemy teacher, and her tattoo on her back with the secrets of flame alchemy make this ship even more stronger for me. RoyxRiza

Best female anime character ever. Enough said.

One of my favourite characters in FMA as well as my favourite female anime character of all time. What I love most about Hawkeye is that she is very loyalty to her peers especially to Mustang as she is his right-hand woman for eternity. Apart from that, she is very skilled and professional in her position within the military and always shows a level of kindness and heart towards others.

This woman right here is the definition of badass.

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5 Greed

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 the kind of bad guy you feel bad for losing

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6 Maes Hughes Maes Hughes Maes Hughes is a fictional character from the Fullmetal Alchemist manga series and its adaptations created by Hiromu Arakawa.

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.

I hate how anime does this thing where they create the best character EVER, like super nice, funny, comical but smart to boot, and then they kill him off to create the saddest part of the whole series. It worked though!


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7 Winry Rockbell Winry Rockbell Winry Rockbell is a main supporting character of the Fullmetal Alchemist series. A close childhood friend of Edward and Alphonse Elric since their young life in Resembool, she is almost like a sister to the two and essentially their only family. An amateur surgeon and mechanical repair specialist/enthusiast, more.

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

She was amazing in Brotherhood but I kinda disliked her in 2003 anime.

One of my favourite female anime characters ever! Funny, emotional and lovely!

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8 Ling Yao Ling 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

Ling is definitely one of the best characters in this anime. He's hilarious, but at the same time he can be badass. - Absolite

Best dub ever. I love his voice

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9 Envy

His characterisation of the sin he was embodying was, simply put, perfect. Even though he did kill Hughes, I found it very hard to hate him, as his character was done so well. Despite being a villain, he has great character depth and you create a sort of sympathy with him. His death, though it made me sad to see him leave, was on spot. His lines, the meanings, how he tries to get them against each other and then his frantic screaming at the end, just hit the spot. The voice actor in Japanese was really talented, and I must say it made me like the ending a lot more. I also love how all the people trying to kill him also had some emotional baggage towards him and they all wanted their own revenge for their own different reasons. His death was one of the most satisfying I have ever seen in any anime.

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 probably my favorite anime character of all time.
I love that he’s adorable in his own weird, twisted way and I can somehow relate to his never ending jealousy.
As far as my affection for him goes, I’m never gonna support his actions though.
I get, that he wants to see humans suffer because it’s hard to look at two people, sharing a strong bond with each other, knowing that you’ll never be like them but why starting a whole war because of this?
He could try to build a friendship with Lust...

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10 Van 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.

The guy who showed the world that immortality is a curse of its own. His life was so deep and sad. He loved his wife and sons yet he couldn't daw them out of fear of harming them and at the very end of his life was when he found out its true purpose

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.

He became my favorite character after his death scene. It was so beautiful

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The Contenders

11 Pride/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.

Coolest character ever

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12 Izumi Curtis Izumi Curtis Izumi Curtis is a fictional character from the Fullmetal Alchemist manga series and its adaptations created by Hiromu Arakawa.

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

13 Olivier Mira Armstrong Olivier Mira Armstrong Olivier Mira Armstrong is a fictional character from the Fullmetal Alchemist manga series and its adaptations created by Hiromu Arakawa.

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.

Ever since she was introduced in the manga, I loved her character. She's a tough, badass, cold (ha, get it? ), and intelligent person. Definitely a personal favorite of mine. - Absolite

Must be at 1,my all time favourite character

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14 Alex Louis Armstrong Alex 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!

Generations of badassery

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15 Scar Scar

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.

Started off as a killer who is somewhat justified in their actions yet is incredibly brutal and merciless. He has an Incredibly tortured backstory, arguably more than Edward and Alphonse. He then has an incredible character development when he realises the duality of his justice. A rather astonishing character, one of the best in anime in my opinion.

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.

Not better than Edward, but should be much higher.

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16 Father

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

So god daum powerful. it's like what

>absorbs god
Gets beaten by ed with his bare hands

17 Greed/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!

Good duo

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18 Solf J. Kimblee Solf J. Kimblee Solf J. Kimblee is a fictional character from the Fullmetal Alchemist manga series and its adaptations created by Hiromu Arakawa.

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))

Cool, stylish, and he had sweet metal hair in jail.

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19 Lust

Both beautiful and deadly she definitely deserves to be higher

Miss Wolverine with an attitude!

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

I hate Mustang for killing my favorite! Hey, what's Envy going to do without her?! (Sorry, got some lustvy feels)

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20 King Bradley King Bradley

22nd? Really? The only antagonist EVER that became my favorite character.

"The best"

21 Jean 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?

Who doesn't love a smoker for comic relief?

He was epic.
But seriously
'Oh Solaris! '
How did he not see it?

SEEENPAAIII! -Yuki Havoc-chan

22 Lan Fan Lan Fan Lan Fan is a fictional character from the Fullmetal Alchemist manga series and its adaptations created by Hiromu Arakawa.

Number 21?!? Are you flipping kidding me. I guess she was just a background character, I still believed that she had amazing potential but the writer kinda decided to chuck her away. But I'm not mad at the writer for not making her a main character, because if they had to make all the interesting characters main ones, than that means that the background ones would simply be boring. So he made background characters have good character as well wich was great.

So underrated, she had more than enough potential to be more than a background-type character. She's a kickass ninja with a strong will, who's also loyal and trustworthy, but with a soft spot for the people she cares about. She's also fairly funny, like when she's eating or when she glares, haha! Overall a strong character with a ton of untapped potential, and that's why I love her!

21? I know she's a supporting background character but she still was interesting, had growth and some complexity that could've been more fleshed out. Can't believe she didn't make the top 20.

How is Lan Fan not higher up?!?! She is amazing!

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23 Basque Grand
24 Pride (Selim Bradley)

I've always thought Pride was a pretty well thought out villain. While he is pretty evil, it's clear by the end of the anime that he did it all to make his 'Father' proud. Also I've always thought it was cute that he truly did care for his adopted mother.

Probably one of the only anime villains to ever give me chills.

25 Barry the Chopper

In the manga/2009 series - When he was first introduced, I hated his guts (not that he had any... Haha) for what he did to Al. But somehow, this ax-crazy serial killer eventually became really funny and actually endearing, almost, when he wasn't out killing people. I was actually really sad when he died...

I like him because he's pretty funny; when Havoc said he had an interesting girlfriend, Barry The Chopper asked if she was interesting to cut lol

His character was really funny and good and had a crazy yet silly type of feel, and his death was really saddening to me

This sounds awkward but I love this character who loves murder (it's so weird because I usually don't like characters who kill that much)!

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26 Sloth (Brotherhood)
27 Paninya

She really deserved a lot more screen time, she only stole in order to pay back Mr. Dominic who helped her get auto mail for her legs but thanks to Winry she's managed to turn her life around.

28 Martel

Badass snake girl that was actually a good person. So sad that she died whilst inside Alphonse. That must've been real awkward and tough on him.

Martel is amazing. I almost cried when she died.

WHY IS MARTEL NEVER APPRECIATED!?!? Her death was just as sad as nina and hughes! Alphonse obviously cared about her too, and then SHE DIED! INSIDE OF JIS HOLLOW BODY! THIS IS WHY you SNEAK OFF INSTEAD OF FIGHTING YOU DUMB CHIMERA! *Sobs in bed*

29 Nina Tucker Nina Tucker

Oh come on guys! I know she isn't in either series very long but surely such an adorable and tragic character deserves one lousy vote? She even helps with the birth of Elicia in the '03 series for goodness sake! If there is nothing heroic about helping Ed discover his ability to use Alchemy without a Transmutation Circle which ultimately results in the birth of a healthy infant then the world is even more twisted than her father! - Nononsensecapeesh

Nina and Alexander's (don't forget the cute puppy) death was so sad I nearly cried. RIP Nina and Alexander!

Even though she makes a short appearance it was sad how she dies she deserved better.

Nina :(

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30 Captain Buccaneer
31 Fu

Why is fu so low on the list? I would like to have a grandpa whose a badass ninja

32 God

God/Truth is the most powerful character. Even father couldn't handle the Truth.

When he smiled and said, 'Correct answer' at the end to Ed... It gave me the chills

I mean he is the most powerful character... he deserves some recognition.

33 Kain Fuery

No He's ugly and looks like belly buttons that look like watermelons that are in an animation in the television and they have jelly talons.

He was a actually a really interesting guy, also your skill in poorly insulting a character's design saddens me - Kuro

He is a really adorable character, wish he had more screen time.

How could one even say that? The guy is adorable inside and out. I really felt for him when they send HIM of all people to that border war with WW2 environment.


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34 Gluttony

Why is Gluttony not at the top? He is a amazing, adorable character.

Gluttony is the best he will just eat you

Gluttony is by far the best!

The cutest character.

35 Miles

Miles is the basis on which the country will heal and be reconstructed. He has several origins and assume each one oth them. He is the perfect officer : obeing the orders of his general when commander, taking initiative when separated from her. Also, his charisma in Opening 4 is incredible!

The dude is ishvalan and one of the coolest characters I have seen ever in my life, COME ON, look at how he orders the tanks to fire in opening 4, don't tell me you don't love that

I like him because he...

36 General Raven

This man died doing what he loved. Serving as a brave general for the people. Olivier Armstrong killed him in cold blood! :'( It brings sorrow to my heart. All he wanted was a wife, someone to love him, and she stabbed him in the back. He was lonely, and his only lover betrayed him.

37 Black Hayate

I would like to have that puppy

Such a cute puppy @-@

38 Den

Den deserves credit. Awesome dog. Best character in the series if you ask me

39 Elicia Rockbell

Isn't it Elicia Hughes? Well, she's a young baby. Her Father was going to teach her many things, but couldn't as he died in 10 episodes. So sad when she only wanted an answer to why they are burying Hughes. She's just 3 years old and she lost her father to that age. What tears me up is that Wrath actually wanted to shut her up, and her living a life without Hughes. Rest in Peace The-elicia-that-was-supposed-to-be-funny. -2010 or 2018.

40 Tim Marcoh

Amazing, how he nearly killed envy, just amazing!

so bad ass

41 Pinako
42 Maria Ross

Maria Ross is amazing, just as cool as riza if you ask me

43 Dr. Knox

He's grumpy but he cares.

44 Dante

She is one of the most under rated charters in anime history she over throne by father. Imean people remember him because of his power not in his charter. Dante was much more interesting and a bit more realistic than most villains we'll just her personality some one so cold and heartless. She was the lover to the Elric father he left her and that why it think she more realistic then father I can see some becoming evil because of some thing like that.

She's not the best character ever, but she does not deserve to be this low on the list. I think she makes an amazing villain. Although cold and heartless in many ways, her backstory allows her character to be realistic and relatable in some ways. She didn't have a ridiculously big goal like Father's (becoming God), but instead aimed for immortality.

45 Sloth Sloth Sloths are mammals classified in the families Megalonychidae and Bradypodidae, including six extant species.

Lol why is there a sloth? - MehMcBoored

Sloth is just cool.

Best character obviously

Guys, get over it. Sloth is the best character.

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46 Shou Tucker Shou Tucker Shou Tucker is a fictional character from the Fullmetal Alchemist manga series and its adaptations created by Hiromu Arakawa.

Shou Tucker is my favorite character from this franchise as a whole; I am strictly a fan of villains and especially truly sinister ones of this caliber, so when other fans root for the Elric brothers, I highly prefer this character over all others due to the depth and dimension of the emotional struggle and actual display of scientific progression at any cost; Tucker takes the idea of a mad scientist and brings it to life and all the whirl creates emotion in the viewer audience - the best kind of emotion as it is unforgettable and iconic in its horrific nature. I love him the most and always will- best character in this franchise by far for me, both in Brotherhood and original anime variations. - PrinceZarbon

What the hell is he doing here? He's a twisted, selfish psycho who saw his family and dog as guinea pigs! But on the whole, one can't blame him for realising the error of his ways in the '03 version and since he ends up as a chimera himself in that version, he can be considered a tragic character somehow or somewhat. - Nononsensecapeesh

He's better than all the rest of the characters due to his actions and mad scientist decision making- it is this special kind of evil that makes me adore him most of all. - PrinceZarbon

Tucker turned Nina into a chimera! Why is he not in the very back?

He deserves to be number one for being so memorable and in a good way as I can easily forget others but never just how much I love him for being a very special kind of evil. - PrinceZarbon

I think someone put him here just to make people mad (and I think it's working...) Though I find it odd that someone would consider him then someone like... I don't know,... Cheska, or even Nina herself.

Why just to make people mad? Why people are automatically supposed to dislike him or something? He's my absolute favorite character in the entire franchise hands down. - PrinceZarbon

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47 May Chang May Chang

Expected her to be higher up wow. she's adorable and badass which makes for an ace character in my opinion

She crossed the dessert and she is only twelve, she is so independent, strong and brave alchemist. Also she takes care of everyone who needs help, even when she did not know the person.

May is awesome. End of discussion.

We Stan this icon

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48 Rose

? Rose? Really? Who likes Rose? I admit, she isn't BAD, but really. She doesn't deserve to be above anyone on this list.

Dude, I totally agree with U. Someone else deserves this place more than her. Someone who did something awesome and incredible to ACTUALLY deserve the spot. I'm not a hater of Rose. Not at all. This is just my opinion on things.

Rose was much better in the original series because in the original she was actually a strong charter she lead her people I mean yeah ed help throw it but is there anyone you ed didn't help in the show and I think this version was much darker because we'll she was rape aim they never say it but the fact she was a mute and with the baby and with her city attack in war yeah so there not a lot to rose but I think she deserves a little more credit not a hole lot

In 2003,she was just a damsel in distress who caused trouble for everyone and finally got Ed stabbed. - Tia-Harribel

49 Grumman

Truly underrated character. Incredible strategy and intelligence at such a old age. Not only capable at leading, but witty and entertaining.

50 Yoki

Yoki is great funny guy with great driving skill

Lol Yoki is really funny character.

Yoki should be at the bottom, in fact, he shouldn't be on this list. Black Hayate needs to replace this guy on the list.

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