Edward Elric

Edward Elric is a anime/manga character in the Fullmetal Alchemist franchise
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The youngest State Alchemist with an aggressive demeanor who is attempting to restore him and his younger brother's body back to normal after a deadly sin they committed...

Origin

When Edward and his brother Alphonse were just boys, their mother succumbed to a sudden illness. Seeing no other alternative, the two of them attempted to revive their dead mother using what they knew: the science of alchemy. However, alchemy still obeys the principles of nature. The most basic principle of alchemy is that of Equivalent Exchange: for everything, there is a price. You cannot create something from nothing.

Edward and Alphonse knew of Equivalent Exchange and thought they had everything figured out. What they learned--disastrously--is that some things just can't be measured. Edward gave of his own body in the attempt, losing his left leg up to the thigh. His right arm was lost in a desperate move to prevent the soul of his brother (who lost his whole body in the attempt) from being lost forever.

After the incident, Edward was fitted with an automail arm and leg (automail is a special bio-mechanical prosthesis that can move at the wearer's will, enabling virtually full function). Recovering from his failure, Edward pushes forward with his pursuit of alchemy with a new goal: undoing the damage wrought upon himself and his brother. Just about a year after the accident, at the age of 12, Edward became the youngest certified State Alchemist in history. Though Edward is reluctant to join the State Alchemists (which is essentially part of the Army), he becomes one so he can research the Central archives for a possible solution: the Philosopher's Stone. The stone is the holy grail of alchemy. With it, it is said, one's power over alchemy rises to divine levels, allowing one to bypass the limitations of alchemy, including Equivalent Exchange. It's Edward's wish to find the stone and use it to restore his limbs and Alphonse's body.

Obviously, Edward is a top-notch alchemist now at the age of 15. Because he wears automail, he was given the title "Fullmetal Alchemist" by Fuhrer King Bradley when he became a State Alchemist (all State Alchemists are given such titles). Besides his incredible skill for his age and proficiency with weapons, Edward has one other secret that shows his genius. He is able to perform alchemy without the help of a Transmutation Circle or Array: normally a requirement (it was in fact that feat that made him worthy of the State Alchemists). As a result, he has amassed a reputation throughout the land, and this notoriety becomes a potential liability because people start gunning for him: not necessarily because of his identity but also because he's a State Alchemist (or "Military Dog" as some state-haters would call him). Edward answers to Lt. Col. Roy Mustang, and in exchange for answering to him and following his orders, he searches for the Philosopher's Stone in between his assignments and reports on his findings.

Because he's always in the company of his brother Alphonse (who is now just a suit of armor), people sometimes mistake Alphonse for the Fullmetal Alchemist. The problem is compounded by the fact that Edward is short for his age, so some people think he's younger than Alphonse when he's actually a year older, which REALLY pisses him off and causes him to flip out whenever someone points that out.

Creation

Fullmetal Alchemist Vol 1 JPN (Jan 2002)
Fullmetal Alchemist Vol 1 JPN (Jan 2002)

Edward Elric is the protagonist of the series Fullmetal Alchemist that was created by Hiromu Arakawa. The series first began serialization in Monthly Shonen Gangan on August 2001.

His first appearance was in Fullmetal Alchemist Volume 1 CH. 1 "The Two Alchemists", and his first anime appearance is in Fullmetal Alchemist - Episode 1 "To Challenge the Sun". His character in the Japanese series is voiced by Romi Paku, and the U.S. dub produced by FUNimation is done by Vic Mignogna.

Character Evolution

Physical Appearance

Ed has yellow-eyes due to his father being a Xerxesstrian and a ponytail. He is also short for his age (4'11").

Major Story Arcs

Adventures in the East

Edward faces Cronello
Edward faces Cronello

Edward and Al were following a lead that a priest in the far east city of Liore named Cornello was performing miracles. A local girl, Rose Tomas, believe Cornello could raise her dead boyfriend, but Cornello's men tried to lead Ed and Al into an ambush to kill them. Rose hid inside Al's armor as they confronted Cornello about his philosophers stone and his true notices to create a religiously fanatical army. Cornello sent a chimera to kill the brothers, but Al defeated it with his automail and alchemy. They escaped the trap with Rose, and Ed had Al manipulate the cities PA system to trick Cornello again into accidentally admitting his plan across all of Liore. In the following fight, Cornello's philosopher stone backfired on him. It had been a fake. As they were leaving, Rose asked what she was suppose to do now, but Ed only told her to figure that out on her own.

The trip back to East City led the brother in exposing the corruption of Yoki in the coal mining town of Youswell, then saving Major-General Hakuro and other hostages on the train from a terrorist attack by a man called Bald. They turned them over to the authorities in East City and Roy Mustang.

Ed with Nina, Al, and Alexander
Ed with Nina, Al, and Alexander

Mustang introduced Ed to the Sewing Life Alchemist, Shou Tucker, the man who created a talking chimera. They were able to share the secret of the brothers' bodies and their goal. He allowed them to study at his home, and they became especially close the Shou's young daughter, Nina Tucker. The returned one day to find the house dark, and Shou wanted to show him his new talking chimera. Listening to the creature talk, Ed quickly realized that Shou had created it using alchemy to bond his own daughter and his dog, Alexander. Ed flew into a rage and Al had to stop him from beating Shou to death. The military arrested Shou, took in the Nina chimera, and Ed was ashamed he couldn't do anything to save a little girl.

Scar destroys Ed's automail arm
Scar destroys Ed's automail arm

The next day, Ed heard from Riza Hawkeye that Shou and Nina had been murdered by someone, and later that day they were suddenly attacked by a Ishvalan man called Scar and could use alchemy to destroy anything. When they tried to run, he destroyed much of Al's body and shattered Ed's automail arm to shreds. Ed tried to sacrifice himself to save his brother, but was saved by Mustang, Hawkeye, and Alex Louis Armstrong.

Ed couldn't fix Al without both his arms and had to go back to Resembool to see Winry. They were escorted for protection by Armstrong. During the trip, they ran into Tim Marcoh, an alchemic doctor who ran away from the military during the Ishvalan Extermination. He had a fake philosopher stone, and tried to talk Ed out of researching it. After he couldn't convince him, Marcoh gave Ed a tip to look for at the library in Central City.

They returned home and Winry went ballistic on Ed for getting his automail destroyed, but he refused to tell her the details on how. He had to wait three days for his remodel for both arm and leg, due to his growth. They arrived in Central but were given two soldiers as guards in place of Armstrong, Maria Ross and Denny Brosh. They checked the library Marcoh led them to, but it had burned down. Ed hunted down an former employee, Sheska. She had a photographic memory and had read Marcoh's book. He paid her to recreate the book and directed her to Maes Hughes for a job. It appeared to be a cook book, but was actually code. After breaking the code, they learned what Marcoh was trying to warn them about. The philosopher was made from human lines, many lives.

They weren't going to kill to get their bodies back, and thought this would be the end of their quest. After Armstrong returned, Ed remembered something else Marcoh hint at. They discovered that a prison was next to a once thought closed lab, and he reasoned that they had used prisoners to create a philosophers stone. The brothers sneaked off to investigate, despite Armstrong warning to stay up. Al waited outside since he couldn't fit in the air ducts. Inside, he found a transmutation circle and a living suit of armor that was made from the Slicer Brothers. Ed was sliced in the fight and destroyed much of the brothers' armor with Scars techniques. In the aftermath, two people named Lust and Envy killed the Slicer Brothers. When he tried to fight them, his arm suddenly collapsed. They destroyed the lab and toss the injured Ed over to Al and Ross.

At the hospital, Maria Ross slapped Ed for being reckless and not trusting them to help. Ed called Winry for repairs, and she was oddly cooperative and was riding out immediately to Central. Al, for some unknown reason, and been acting quit and distant to Ed. Winry repaired Ed's arm, but she was shuffled off by Maes Hughes to stay with his family. Then the two brothers had a confrontation when Al accused Edward of making a fake brother in armor that never existed. The two eventually made up after Al learned the true secret Ed had been keeping, and they agreed to head south to meet their teacher Izumi Curtis.

Ed filled in Hughes, Armstrong, Ross and Brosh on the people who attacked them, and Furher King Bradley came to see him. he warned them about not being too risky with what they have learned, and Winry demanded that Ed take her with them south when she saw Rush Valley was on the way.

Power & Abilities

  • Alchemy: Ed has the power of alchemy which is the ability to manipulate the molecular structure of any material from simply changing the size/shape of an object to changing it into a different substance (stone to metal) to even extracting a substance from a compound (pulling Iron out of blood to make a weapon). Ed is even able to change the color of his hair by transmuting dye into his hair. Ed also has the unique ability to use alchemy without drawing a transmutation circle due the knowledge he gained at The Gate. He needs only to clap his hands together and he is able to use alchemy.
  • Hand-to-hand combat: Ed has shown great prowess with martial arts. He is not a master but is able to hold his own in a fight. Having a metal arm and leg is also an advantage.
  • Swordsmanship: By transmuting his prosthetic arm into a blade, Ed is able to fight enemies who use swords. He is quite skilled due to his martial arts training.
  • Knowledge: Being an alchemist, Ed has extensive knowledge of chemistry and biology. He has numerous books on these subjects over the years.

In addition to his alchemy skills, Edward can also kick serious butt. His tough automail arm and leg can deal some serious damage and can provide nice protection from physical attack. In addition, Edward can transmute his prosthetic arm into any of an assortment of weapons to suit the occasion.If there's a weakness in Edward, it's in his naivete. Being so young, he still hasn't seen the depths of human depravity, and each new dive into the dark side of humanity frightens him. In time, he develops a sense of sarcasm to try to fight the fear.His martial art skills and some of his alchemic skills come from his teacher Izumi Curtis.

Other Media

Anime

2003 Fullmetal Alchemist Anime

Though the original Fullmetal Alchemist anime began by following the original manga content with some continuity alterations. This series quickly overcame the manga's story and branched out on it's own story with a non-canon finale.

2003 Fullmetal Alchemist OVAs

Films

Fullmetal Alchemist: Conqueror of Shamballa (2005)

Fullmetal Alchemist: Conqueror of Shamballa (2005)
Fullmetal Alchemist: Conqueror of Shamballa (2005)

Fullmetal Alchemist: Conqueror of Shamballa is the first film from the Fullemtal Alchemist series. This was a direct sequel to close the events of the 2003 anime. Edward Elric is still trapped on Earth pre-WWII with no alchemy and living with Alfons Heiderich, the Earth version of Alphonse. He also meets a gypsy girl name Noa, who can read the minds of other and knows he isn't a part of this world. Meanwhile, the real Al has grown up and become a state alchemist on his own and still searching for a way to find his brother. On earth, Edward discovers that Alfons has been working with the Thule Society to create a way for them to reach his own world that they have mistaken for the mythical land of Shamballa.

Ed is able to finally return home through the gate created by the Thule Society and gets a new pair of automail arm and leg form Winry. He can finally use alchemy, and he teams up with Al and Roy's troops to defeat the Thule Society's leader, Dietlinde Eckhart. By the end, Edward returns back to Earth with Alphonse, but are stuck on the other side of the gate and are looking for a way to destroy it together.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - The Sacred Stars of Milos (2011)

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Romi Paku
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Name: Edward Elric
Name: エドワード・エルリック
Romanji: Edowādo Erurikku
Gender: Male
Birthday: 02/03/1899
1st manga book: Fullmetal Alchemist #1
1st anime episode: Fullmetal Alchemist #1
1st anime movie: Fullmetal Alchemist: Conqueror of Shamballa
Aliases Ed Elric
Fullmetal Alchemist
Edo
Hagane no Renkinjutsushi
Hagane no
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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - The Sacred Stars of Milos

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - The Sacred Stars of Milos is the movie based upon the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood series which ended in 2010.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Conqueror of Shamballa

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