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!

He is the best

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

He is my short alchemist

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

He's,a clutch god. - Meruem

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

Awesome character

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.

So hard to take Al serious with the armor he's in despite the voice that comes out of him. He's much more mature than Ed, you'd think he was the older brother!

Al likes cats! And he is pretty funny and nice he reminds me of myself a little I like Winry 2nd

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)

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.

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

She is an absolutely beautiful, strong woman who has a warm heart and a great manner. I ADORE HER WITH ALL MY HEART

She's badass!

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!

Shes a badass.

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

He is so cool plus he is a loving father. Why did he have to die. But still you have to agree with me the way he died was legendary.

I cried so much when he died, he was one of my favorite characters...

I really like him that when he die I become emotionally detach from the story.
Good to see him in more episodes of the first FMA

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

6 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.

Best character. He was able to break free from what he was created to do. Unlike the other homunculi

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.

Her friendship with the Elric brothers and her budding relationship with Edward was one of my favorite things about Brotherhood. I loved how she was feminine, yet intelligent and badass (delivering a baby, anyone? ) at the same time. She also helped to humanize things in a show filled with alchemists and homunculi. I love her!

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

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

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

8 Van Hohenmeim

Such a pathetic fool inside a mean badass shell. Through endless years of suffering he finally finds his angel, only to learn her death after and left with two sons who blame him. Only thing he ever wanted was to love and be loved. Besides his death, the scene where he made Ed cry was impactful.

His death was so sad but it was earned. He had a great ark

He's a badass.

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.

9 Ling Yao Ling Yao

Sorry I no understand English

Love you 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

Best dub ever. I love his voice

10 Envy Envy

He is very cool, funny and interesting! He is the best homunculus! And one of the best anime villains!

He's singlhandedly started the ishval war and killed one of the shows best characters and in the end realized he did it all because he was humiliated by the very thing he was made from. He's not only one of the most complex villains I've seen but also somehow has literally made enemies with everyone.

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!


The Contenders

11 Alex Louis Armstrong Alex Louis Armstrong

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

Generations of badassery

I won't quit voting for him until he makes number 1. These votes have been passed down the Armstrong line for generations. - Smash64

The example of a perfect male human

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.

13 Greed/Ling (Brotherhood) 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!

Good duo

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!

14 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.

I want her to step on me

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

15 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

16 Father 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 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

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

Why tf is he no.45

No. 1 FMAB Character. So underrated.

Why tf is he so low? Such an underrated character!

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.

19 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.

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

Kimblee wasn't just the typical psychopathic character that you see in fiction. He truly believed in seeing what side the world would choose and made character observations about the Elric brothers and Pride along with morality. Seriously underrated.

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.

HE never regret what he did and just kept doing what makes him happy! awesome character

20 Lust

Best girl

She was great, especially in 2003. I felt that out of all homunculus she was the most complex, three dimensional character.

So hot and savage

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

21 King Bradley King Bradley

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

"The best"

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.

One of the strongest girls out there. A total badass superninja, not to mention very cute!

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

He was the best

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

26 Grumman

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

27 Sloth (Brotherhood)
28 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.

29 Martel

I liked that 03 gave her more screen time. I liked her relationship with Alphonse. - Smash64

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*

30 Captain Buccaneer
31 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.

32 Fu

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

33 Kain Fuery

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


I like him.

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.

34 Miles

Such an underrated character. He should be higher on this list. - Smash64

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...

35 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.

36 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!

She isn't that important of a character. - Smash64

37 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.

38 Black Hayate

I would like to have that puppy

Such a cute puppy @-@

39 Den

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

40 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.

41 Tim Marcoh Tim Marcoh

How is he this low?! - Smash64

Amazing, how he nearly killed envy, just amazing!

so bad ass

42 Pinako
43 Maria Ross

She’s awesome - Smash64

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

44 Dr. Knox

He's grumpy but he cares.

45 Gracia Hughes
46 Dante

She is the best villain ever.

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.

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

2003 Sloth was especially interesting given she was created by Ed and Al when they tried to revive their mother. She looks and sounds just like Trisha, and uses those qualities to manipulate them (especially poor Al). Worst part was how she died, and how Wrath (not Bradley, but Izumi's son) had to watch his adoptive mother just evaporate in front of him. - llamakalamari

Which Sloth is this? - Smash64

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

Lol why is there a sloth? - MehMcBoored

48 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

It's a good thing that he is in last place. - ToukaKirishima

He should be first place for being such an amazing and unforgettable character as I adore him the most in the entire franchise. - PrinceZarbon

49 May Chang May Chang

Definitely doesn't deserve to be this low. So cute and funny! Well-done interesting character.

We Stan this icon

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

I love her so much!

50 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

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