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 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!

You must love Edward, right? I mean... he is... he is... ugh!

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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.

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

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 the best m8 8/8 r8 ign m8

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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.

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.

Al, you cutie ^_^

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4 Riza Hawkeye Riza 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

I love Riza! She's amazing, strong and beautiful!

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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.

Greed is probably the greatest character on this show. He's twice the fun when Ling is around, but I really feel like Greed's the more interesting part. He's a homunculus, a monster in the eyes of most. And yet he comes around and finds his way, rebels against father, finds some sort of respect for humans, despite still holding pride in being a homunculus. And he goes on making the ultimate sacrfice. Few if any characters ever made me feel so emotional as he does on a regular basis. Be it when he kills Bido, when he joins forces with Ed or when he dies in the end. Those scenes with Greed are so strong, because they show great character development. Ed and Al for the most part just grow. They make mistakes and learn from it. They mature... But Greed is the one who's actually changing. And it's not just due to Ling being in his body. Even back when he still had his own body, he decided against following Father. He's a douchebag, but a good one. This guy is so awesome, and the fact that ...more

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6 Maes Hughes Maes 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.

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!

He's a caring husband and father, and you can't not love him!

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7 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.

I hate this character but during envy's death it made me sad - Sadkid

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8 Winry Rockbell Winry 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

She was the worst character, I despised her, extremely useless and naive, has no clue and is basically used for fanservice,

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9 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.

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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10 Izumi Curtis Izumi 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

The Newcomers

? 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.

The Contenders

11 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

His comedic scenes are the hilarious and his fighting scenes are badass. His untimely hunger is funny and his combat skills are awesome. Not to mention the part where Fu dies and he has a mental breakdown because he has a philosophers stone but no one knows how to use it, that was magic. I was reduced to tears!

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

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12 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.

A somewhat empty character, there is actually a fair bit of depth to wrath, as discovered through some of his more quiet moments. He is driven in his goals, yet possesses an odd human side very unlike the other homunculi, namely his feelings towards his wife.

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13 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!

I already loved ling to death and how he was able to change greed and give him so much more depth then in the original series makes me love this duo sooo much!

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14 Father

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

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15 Olivier Mira Armstrong Olivier 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.

She proves that a woman can rule and be badass without a man.

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16 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!

I love him!

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17 Solf J. Kimblee Solf 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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18 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.

He is probably the more complex and with best arc in the series, you really see how his characther changes in a very organic way...and he is so cool

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19 Lust

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!

Finally, a female villain that isn't wimpy!

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20 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?

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1. Edward Elric
2. Riza Hawkeye
3. Roy Mustang
1. Alphonse Elric
2. Roy Mustang
3. May Chang
1. Father
2. Pride/Wrath (Brotherhood)
3. Envy

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