Edward is a lean, fairly muscular teenage boy with an average stature for his own age, standing at 165 cm (5'5") (where he used to be standing at 149 cm (4'11") at the beginning of the Fullmetal Alchemist series), which makes him taller than Winry and only a cm shorter than Naruto, though still shorter than his younger brother. He wears his golden-blonde long hair - usually tied in a braid that hangs down to his shoulders, but sometimes forgoing the braid for a simpler ponytail, similar to his father's. He parts his bangs in the middle so that they frame his face on either side as they fall and, in the center of the parting, he leaves a single strand of hair sticking up like an antenna. Ed's eyes, too, are gold, signifying his Xerxesian ancestry. Following his final, yet dangerous battle with Pride, Edward gains a medium-sized, cross-shaped scar on his left abdomen and a small scar on his right cheek, resulting in these wounds Edward got from Pride's shadows.
As a result of his alchemical dismemberment, Edward was fitted with full steel automail prosthetics custom crafted by Winry and Pinako Rockbell. His left leg from just above the knee downward is automail and his automail right arm reaches all the way up to his shoulder; both are designed so that their outer shells resemble modernized plate mail.
After Edward travels to the northern area, he is refitted with new, cold-climate type automail limbs. Designed to be rich in carbon to prevent frost damage and lighter to help Edward's movement, they are both significantly thinner than his previous models and even appear more lustrous, with a more prominent silver tint than the old steel versions. He continues wearing this automail even when he isn't in cold weather locations, mostly for his speed.
After arriving in the world of Naruto, he is now fitted with titanium automail limbs by the Hidden Leaf's Science and Robotics Team. This not only increases his strength and the automail's resilience, but it maintains Ed's movements and makes his automail resistant to corrosion.
In terms of clothing, Edward wears his trademark bright red, long-sleeved hooded cloak, whose tail comes down to his upper-calves. Emblazoned in black on the back is a Flamel, signifying his tutelage under the master alchemist Izumi Curtis. Underneath his cloak, he wears a black long-sleeved jacket that has silver/white lining along the edges and a high collar. The jacket hangs over the belt and has a zipper on top, leaving the jacket open but with the top portion closed by the zipper. Underneath the jacket is a sleeveless dark blue shirt along with black trousers, held by a wide brown leather belt, which he keeps his silver State Alchemist pocket watch affixed. For footwear, he wears a pair of black leather boots with thick, red soles as part of his attempts to be taller. Additionally, he frequently wears a pair of white gloves when in public to conceal the fact that his right arm is artificial.
It is likely that his general outfit is meant to convey a red, black, and white motif, as these three colors (as well as the gold color of his hair and eyes) are considered significant in traditional alchemy.
On the surface, Edward displays an immature sort of personality; he is decidedly stubborn, headstrong and strong-willed, frequently letting his pettiness and vindictiveness get the better of him (it is this stubbornness that contributes to Führer Bradley's decision to codename him "Fullmetal," as "Hagane" (literally meaning "steel") is a term in Japanese that denotes someone of obstinate disposition). He is somewhat selfish, egocentric and remarkably self-absorbed, generally acting more out of self-interest than any sort of philanthropy as well as taking several opportunities to stroke his own ego or flaunt the governmental power and monetary license of his military position. He is largely hostile towards figures of authority and feels little incentive to follow orders with which he disagrees, earning him the distinction of being a loose cannon of sorts. Edward is also rather quick-tempered and irritable, resorting more often to steel-fisted violence than calm negotiation to settle disputes or problems (even going so far as to suggest that refraining from hitting Paninya because of her gender is a sexist notion and, therefore, against his principles). He has a reputation for being foul-mouthed and is an incurably sarcastic cynic, only too happy to bluntly and harshly relieve others of their comfortable delusions regarding god, reality, or their own self-importance. Edward has also displayed a propensity towards impatience and an inability to sit still for long, which perhaps contributes to his love of travel and adventure, a trait which he inherited from his former alchemist teacher.
However, for those few people who have made an impact on him, Ed shows his deeper nature to be one of marked selflessness, unflinching loyalty, genuine empathy and great compassion. As someone who has had to suffer greatly at such a young age, Edward cannot ignore the true suffering of others and becomes sympathetic upon sensing pain and resolve in people's hearts. Though his solemn advice to such people is often tempered with brusque criticism, it is only because he genuinely wishes to place them on the most direct path forward. As one who has to struggle with a maimed body, he urges those with healthy bodies to use their strong legs to move forward, and as one burdened by the mistakes of his past, he stresses the necessity of people taking responsibility for their own errs and make their own choices. Though he will intervene on behalf of the oppressed if he concludes that a situation has called for it, Ed tends to help only those with the will - but not the means - to help themselves, in which case his recklessness and disdain for authority often has him bending the rules to dole out a Robin Hood-esque justice in accordance with his strong belief in the concept of Equivalent Exchange, earning him notoriety and popularity as a "hero of the people."
Of course, the most noticeable of Edward's dispositional characteristics is his Napoleonic denial of his shortness. Even in moments of relative composure, any and all references to his stature cause him to violently lose control of his emotions and lash out both verbally and physically. Distinctive to these outbursts is Ed's tendency to take even the most casual mention of his height as a gross insult and interpret it exaggeratedly, mistaking words as simple as "small" for phrases as contrived as "so-tiny-that-he-need-not-fear-being-crushed-by-a-boot-because-he-fits-so-easily-between-the-grooves-of-the-sole" and the like. Those unfortunate to utter the word "small" in his presence are fated to suffer one of his vindictive tantrums. Even women and children who even say one insult will suffer his vicious tantrums.
Though Edward proudly professes that he does not believe in gods, his spiritual sensibilities tend more toward the agnostic than the atheistic; in private, though he does not pray, he frequently acknowledges the existence of a god in his speech, if only to justify why it is that his life has been so difficult.
Ed's aesthetic sensibilities are also quite twisted in that he is a great fan of gothic or macabre fixtures and will usually transmute decorations filled with monstrous or demonic imagery and unnecessarily gaudy details, much to the dismay of anyone who receives a gift or service from him. He has also made it known that his trademark red coat is part of this general lack of taste, as it is "a badass color [that] gets the blood going."
Despite being in the military, Ed still has his own humanity in him that refuses to kill a life or take one out of anger, even under direct orders. This makes him very naïve when refusing to kill his enemies, especially when Kimblee told him that letting his enemies live will give them a second chance to kill Edward and get him into a lot of trouble. This however, changed when he entered into the world of Naruto; he is only willing to kill those who have no respect for human life despite them being human, and kill demons since they despise humans and have no remorse for human emotions.
Main Article: Edward Elric/Synopsis
Edward is easily one of the strongest characters in the Fullmetal Alchemist/Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, possessing prodigious alchemical prowess and knowledge at a young age, as well as the fighting capability to content with, and even surpass, some of the strongest adversaries that Amestris has ever faced; namely the seven Homunculi and their Father, as well as several rouge State Alchemists like Isaac McDougal and Solf J. Kimblee.
Master Martial Artist: Despite Edward's small stature and young age, he is a remarkable combatant. Due to Izumi's Spartan training, Edward has become a particularly competent hand-to-hand fighter, able to hold his own against armed opponents and even skilled martial arts practitioners, as well as powerful opponents like the Homunculi (mostly Envy, Greed, and Pride) and the State Alchemist Serial Killer Scar. Besides that, his steel right arm and left leg augment his fighting strength by adding to his defensive and offensive capabilities as well as his speed - after he is refitted with a lighter, cold-climate automail.
Peek Physical Conditioning: Having apprenticed under Izumi Curtis, Ed was taught to condition his body through regular workouts and sparring as part of her philosophy, "to train the spirit, first train the body." As such, his slight frame belies a compactly muscular build that, in addition to his naturally high energy level and endurance, fuels his considerable strength and agility.
- Enhanced Strength: Edward possesses a high degree of physical strength, despite his height size and lean physique. Enhanced by his automail on his right arm and left leg, his blows from those two limbs are twice as strong in intense combat. He was able to grab a hold of Greed and threw him a few feet back, which is a considerable feat by those who are larger than him to throw someone twice his size.
- Enhanced Speed & Reflexes: Edward shows a high degree of speed and agility, able to outmaneuver his opponents and find openings to attack them in the blink of an eye because of his small stature and training from Izumi. His reflexes are notably sharp, able react and respond in the face of danger, as well as dodge sniper shots.
- Enhanced Agility: Aside from his impressive speed, Edward shows great agility and is capable of changing his body's position efficiently, mostly since his small stature allows him to escape point-blank attacks and shows great balance when leaping to different buildings.
- Enhanced Endurance: Edward shows impressive endurance and resilience, able to continue fighting after taking great injuries and can perform numerous transmutation circle arrays in rapid succession to perform certain alchemical abilities, all without showing any sign of fatigue. He can also maintain his physical activities for an entire day without rest, mostly due to the training he received from Izumi Curtis.
- Immense Durability: Despite his small physique, Edward is very durable, able to take continual, brutal punishment and still fight onward, even ignoring the damage on his automail limbs. Even when his automail right arm is destroyed, Edward still remains strong against all odds with only his left arm and two of his legs, even if it prevents him from performing alchemy.
Alchemical Prodigy: As suggested by his unprecedented acceptance into the State Alchemist program at such a remarkably young age, Edward Elric is an alchemical prodigy of genius level intellect. From early childhood, he displayed proficiency for alchemy, acquiring self-taught alchemy skills and comprehension from the advanced literature in his father's abandoned study at an age that shocked even his mother. Having incorporated alchemy into his life during his developmental stages, Edward sees the world alchemically and is therefore able to solve complicated codes, puzzles and mysteries much more easily than normal. He has also shown himself to be exceptionally adept at chemistry and reasonably competent with biology; indeed even his preparations for the failed attempt to resurrect his mother were indicative of these. Edward's near-encyclopedic knowledge of alchemical theory is astounding and contributed to his incredible success with emergency Soul Binding experimentation. He shows an uncanny level of focus that allows him to effectively shut out everything from his surroundings and devote all of his considerable mental power to whatever problem demands his attention, especially in the case of books.
Vast Chi Power: Edward is noted to have tremendously vast amounts of chi energy, even matching that of high-ranking nobles in the country of Xing. This amount of power is given by his father, who had a Philosopher's Stone within [his] body that let him live for 400 years, which means that Edward shares the same energy as his father because of their related blood. His chi color is red.
Combat AlchemyEditObject Transmutation: As a result of having passed through The Gate and witnessing the Truth, Edward became one of the few alchemists who do not require a drawn Transmutation Circle to perform alchemical transmutations. By merely touching his palms together, he creates an energy circulation with his arms and transmutes by using his own will as a substitute for the necessary runes. This remarkable talent makes his transmutations both instantaneous and incredibly versatile, allowing him to use alchemy to its fullest potential in direct combat. With this quick style, Edward becomes a master of his surroundings and uses the substances therein to supplement his physical prowess in battle - creating giant earthen hands to lift objects, columns of stone to gain himself the higher ground and ogre-faced battering rams, stone-based cannons, or giant golem-based fists with which to strike opponents. Ed also specializes in transmuting weapons with which to do battle and often crafts menacing-looking swords, grotesque-shaped maces and ostentatious lances when necessary, but his primary weapon is his automail right arm, whose forearm plating he transmutes into various blades.
Various Alchemy Fighting Styles: Of course, the true genius of Edward Elric's combat alchemy lies in his aptitude for incorporating the alchemy styles of others into his own after merely having once seen them in action, which makes him very adaptable to various situations. So far, he has adapted Scar's destruction alchemy, Alex Louis Armstrong's gauntlets and stone spikes (which is based on Maj. Armstrong's own alchemical fighting style), as well as Greed's carbon armor hardening into his combat repertoire.
Super Alchemist Mode: Upon unlocking his Second Origin from Ultear Milkovich, Edward now possesses the ability to enter Super Alchemist Mode at will, which is a new power for alchemists who have survived Human Transmutation. In this form, most of Edward's appearance remains the same, but with a few changes: Ed has a Transmutation Circle tattoo on the back of his cloak, his automail limbs gain several alchemical marks and making them more durable, and he has an x-shaped scar on the right side of his forehead. He is also covered in a red chi shroud with light-red electricity surrounding around his body.
- Enhanced Strength:
- Enhanced Speed:
- Enhanced Durability:
- Enhanced Chi Power:
- Enhanced Alchemy: In this form, Edward's alchemy is greatly enhanced and has gained several new abilities. Not only can Ed's new alchemical prowess allow him to perform transmutation circles to create objects without touching the ground after clapping his hands to perform certain object transmutations just by air like melee or steel-based weaponry, but can now shoot electricity bolts at mid to long-range at his targets, or use those bolts for other purposes.
State Alchemist Pocketwatch: A silver pocketwatch that defines his status as a State Alchemist.
- Van Hohenheim (Father, deceased)
- Trisha Elric (Mother, deceased)
- Alphonse Elric (Younger Brother)
- Homunculi (Blood Kin)
- Team Heroes
- Winry Rockbell (Childhood best friend and girlfriend)
- May Chang (Close friend)
- Team Kakashi
- Hinata Hyūga
- Team Karakura
- Tōshirō Hitsugaya
- Team Natsu
- Mirajane Strauss (Best friend and older sister figure)
- Pinako Rockbell (Foster grandmother)
- Curtis Family
- Izumi Curtis (Alchemist teacher and motherly figure)
- Sig Curtis
- State Military
- Mustang Unit
- Maj. Alex Louis Armstrong (Close friend)
- 2nd Lt. Maria Ross
- Sgt. Denny Brosh
- Brigader Gen. Maes Hughes (Close friend, deceased)
- Fort Briggs
- Major Gen. Olivier Mira Armstrong (Close ally)
- Maj. Miles
- Cap. Buccaneer
- Hughes Family
- Elicia Hughes
- Gracia Hughes
- Ling Yao (Best friend and friendly rival)
- Scar's Traveling Party
- Scar (former enemy)
- Dr. Tim Marcoh
- Greed (Former enemy and Arch-rival)
- The Insurgency
- Ryuha Armament Alliance
- Hell Legion
- The Homunculi
- Maj. Solf J. Kimblee
- Central Command
- Gold-Toothed Doctor
- Maj. Shou Tucker
- Father Cornello
- Maj. Isaac McDougal
- One-Earth Regime
Background in Other MediaEdit
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Battles & EventsEdit
Main Article: Edward Elric/Battles & Events