Recently I wrote a post ranking 10 best Netflix anime shows. In that list, Fullmetal Alchemist anime was in the 7th position.
After writing that post, I thought of listing 5 of the best & worst Fullmetal Alchemist characters. If you’re new to watching anime, here’s a little update for you.
Fullmetal Alchemist Japanese anime series with 3 seasons till date & 4th is on the way. Its shooting was delayed because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. With the revised schedule, it’s expected to release anytime next year on Netflix. Now, let’s figure out 5 of the best & worst Fullmetal Alchemist Characters.
#1 Best: Roy Mustang
Out of all the characters in the Fullmetal Alchemist characters, State Alchemist Roy Mustang is one such strongest idealist figures throughout the 3 seasons available on Netflix. It’s his sense of duty, stoic demeanor that separates him from the rest. Specifically, in this anime, these qualities of Roy always put others on edge. of all always putting others on edge that separates him from the rest.
Despite having so many enemies, Mustang has a small yet loyal team. To keep Mustang under control, his enemies have split his team into groups. Along with the Elric Brothers, Mustang is one of the key players in this story.
At the beginning of the Fullmetal Alchemist anime series, he’s portrayed as a cold military figure. However, as the story progresses, we got to know his side of the story and intentions.
So, how is he in reality?
He’s a manipulative man whose journey is not limited to making amends and redemption. He wants to see revolutionary changes in his country and its government.
During the Ishval civil war, Colonel Mustang used flame alchemist to become the hero that he’s today. In case you don’t know Flame, Alchemist is an extremely powerful and dangerous form of alchemy and Mustang is the only alchemist whose skills worry Homunculus. That’s all expected as he has defeated 2 powerful Homunculus by himself.
#1 Worst: Gabi Braun
Gabi Braun is a warrior candidate and the cousin of Reiner Braun. She’s one of the many Fullmetal Alchemist protagonists. However, fans were not happy with her and that was because of her bratty nature. The writers wanted to make her look cute but ended up making her one of the most unlikeable Fullmetal Alchemist characters.
By the way, that’s not the only reason. She’s disrespectful, bossy, and overbearing. She always threatens to punish her fellow Eldians the second they disagree with her. Lack of redemption qualities, & her terrible attitude has made her the most hated Fullmetal Alchemist character in the anime series.
#2 Best: Riza Hawkeye
I’ve watched countless anime but I’ve never seen such strong and incredibly dangerous female character. She is quiet, loyal, smart. You name it, she has every quality that a strong female character must possess.
In the mustang’s team, Lieutenant Hawkeye serves as his confident right-hand person, making her one of the most valuable members. In several instances, Fullmetal Alchemist teases romance between Hawkeye and Mustang. However, both of them remain professional to show how a strong bond between the main male-female characters is not always about romance.
As the anime progresses, she faces challenges after challenges from Lust, Envy, and Gluttony. Her pride is at stake and she does her absolute best to beat them all. At the end of the last arc, she saved Colonel Mustang him from getting consumed by rage during his fierce battle with Envy. Further, right before facing his father, she became Mustang’s eyes for a brief moment.
All this shows how close a bond both of them share. wish confronts when Pride threatens her (who else wouldn’t be terrified about whatever lurks in the shadows after such an encounter!).
However, her most important part happens towards the end of the last arc, when she confronts Colonel Mustang during his battle with Envy, thus saving the colonel from being consumed with rage; she later serves as the Mustang’s eyes when facing Father, again showcasing how close they are.
#2 Worst: Bertolt Hoover
Bertolt Hoover was an Eldian who had the ability to transform into Colossus Titan. In terms of appearance, he was a tall & slender young man. Throughout the anime series, he was considered to be one of the tallest characters. He’s a coward who’s 1st instinct whenever he’s in trouble is to run towards Reiner for help.
Further, the writers didn’t even bother to provide sufficient information on him. No one knew – sympathize with him or his actions. Fans couldn’t see any kind of motivation in anything he was doing. In the end, he dies as being one of the most forgettable villains from the series.
#3 Best: Edward Elric
Edward Eric in the Fullmetal Alchemist is a complex character. He has a stubborn unique & selfless personality. At some point, he tried to bring back his mother by performing human transmutation. Although he could save her, in the process, he had to restrict his innocence to some extent.
Once again when it came down to saving his brother, he didn’t hesitate to sacrifice his arm. This time, he was successful in bringing back his loved one from the clutches of death.
You see, Ed feels proud at everything he does. Initially, he can come off as a short-tempered individual who doesn’t like to be called Kid. That’s clearly visible when he interacts with Hughes and Major Armstrong. Further, he has promised himself to never kill anyone. This decision by Edward clearly shows how compassionate & intuitive he’s in reality.
Sometimes he wonders why others do what they do. That’s one of the primary reasons why Ed looks keen on understanding other complex characters like Scar and Envy. Edward is a pessimist. That’s why it took him longer than expected to forgive his father who had left him in the past.
I believe these 5 are the best & worst Fullmetal Alchemist Characters. Do you agree with this list? Let me know your thoughts on this via the comments section given below. Along with it, I request you to add your (best & worst) Fullmetal Alchemist Characters of all-time.