Edward Elric

Edward Elric

    Fullmetal Alchemist
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Character Analysis

(Avoiding Spoilers)

Grew up…pretty happily, with his mother and his brother Al. That is, until his mother died, and the two brothers tried an illegal alchemical process to bring her back. It failed, and the two suffered horrible costs. Al’s body was completely destroyed, and only by sacrificing his arm and leg could Ed keep Al’s soul in the world, albeit attached to a suit of armor.

Living… burdened by guilt. Ed wants nothing more than to get Al’s body back. In pursuit of that goal, Ed has become a state alchemist. Though technically he must serve the government and the military, Ed’s real goal is to use his resources to pursue the Philosopher’s Stone.

Profession… state alchemist. But really Ed’s on a mission to find the Philosopher’s Stone, a legendary substance said to allow alchemists to work free of the law of equivalent exchange. That is, usually one must give something to get something—but with the Stone, it’s all get and no give. It’s their only chance to restore their bodies.

Interests… alchemy. Even before the disaster, Ed read everything he could about alchemy. He’s a prodigy, the youngest person ever to become a state alchemist. He possesses the unique ability to create alchemical reactions without any preparation.

Relationship Status… single. There’s a spark between him and Winry, a girl from his hometown who repairs his automail. But neither one seems willing to say anything about it.

Challenge… getting Al’s body back. Ed would love to have his own arm and leg back, but his primary concern is his little brother. It breaks Ed’s heart that Al can no longer feel, eat, or even cry. That’s why Ed’s pursuing the Philosopher’s Stone with singleminded ferocity. Unfortunately, mysterious and powerful forces are gathering to stop them, and they might be more than even the prodigy Ed can handle.

Personality… precocious, stubborn, and hot-tempered. Ed’s super-smart, and he’s one of the best alchemists around. But he doesn’t compromise and he doesn’t get along with authority well; not the best attributes for a military employee. He frequently loses his temper, and can be rash. But all of his passion is directed towards helping the people he loves.


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