Riza Hawkeye is a member of the Amestris State Military and one of Roy Mustang's most trusted allies. A military trained sniper, she's the one Mustang has chosen to watch his back.
In her early life, Riza lives with her father who is a state alchemist. Her father, Berthold Hawkeye, is bent on perfecting the flame alchemy and before he died of an illness, he tattooed onto Riza's back, a transmutation array formula for the alchemy in code. This prevents people to learn the code to use it for evil. Roy Mustang is present when Berthold Hawkeye died, and at Berthold's funeral, Roy shares his dreams with Riza about being the cornerstone of Amestris and protecting the people. Riza finds Roy's dreams admirable and reveals her father's code on her back. Roy deciphers the code and passes the State Alchemist exam with the knowledge of flame alchemy.
Later on, Riza has become a top soldier with remarkable sniping abilities which the military has sent her to the front lines in the Ishval war. There, she encounters the atrocities of the war and meets Roy. She tells Roy about how her ideals of justice and skills are being used for murder. She has also witnessed the change in Roy and how destructive his flame alchemy can be. After the war, Riza asks Roy to burn the tattoo on her back to prevent another creation of a flame alchemist. Also, Roy asks Riza to kill him if he ever strays off the path of justice and his dreams of becoming the cornerstone of Amestris.
Her first appears in Fullmetal Alchemist Volume 1, Ch. 4 "Battle on the Train". Her first anime appearance is in Fullmetal Alchemist - Episode 5 "The Man With the Mechanical Arm". Then, she makes her second anime debut in Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - Episode 1 "The Fullmetal Alchemist." Her Japanese voice actress for the first anime series is performed by Michiko Neya, and in the FMA: Brotherhood anime she's voice by Fumiko Orikasa. The English dub produced by FUNimation is voiced by Colleen Clinkenbeard in both series.
Riza's last name is also based on an airplane are called Grumman E-2 Hawkeye. This is a common theme where Arakawa has named many characters based off machines. Also, her last name, Hawkeye, refers to her excellent sniping abilities with the sharp eyes of a hawk. There are speculation behind the meaning of Riza because in Hungarian, it means "guardian." It fits her role in guarding the secrets of the flame alchemy knowledge and her role of protecting Roy Mustang.
Young Riza had short blonde hair with her bang slightly covering her left eye. In contrast to her present self, she has grown her hair long when she meets Winry Rockbell in Resembool. Though, Riza ties her hair in a bun, so it would not restrict her movement on the battlefield. She has dark, brown eyes and a slender yet muscular build. In the Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood OVA: Simple Person, it is noted that she has silver studded earrings. On her back, she has her father's transmuation array tattoo. In the present, her tattoo is burned by Roy at Riza's permission. Arakawa also commented that Riza's broad shoulders and flared hips come from military training.
She is a very reserved, strict, and stoic person who shows little emotions. Despite her rigid exterior, she has soft side when she interacts with Winry and Black Hayate, her dog. The only times Riza breaks down are when she attempts to fight Lust to the death and when she demands Roy to let her kill Envy. In her fight with Lust, Riza breaks down to tears when Lust lied about killing Roy. For her younger self, she revealed signs of being disillusioned by the atrocities of the Ishval war when she talks to Roy.
After the Ishval genocide campaign, Riza still serves the military under Roy's command in order to keep Roy's ambitions to become Führer alive which will bring stability and peace to Amestris. When Roy and Riza are assigned to find potential alchemists for the State Alchemist program, their hunt leads them to Edward Elric in Resembool. To their shock, they find the boy who miraculously survived a human transmutation and binds his brother's soul to a suit armor at the age of eleven. While Roy talks to Edward about the State Alchemy program and a chance to find a way to restore the boys back to their former bodies, Riza talks with Winry and reassures her that the boys are joining the military to protect the ones they love. During the time that Edward train under Shou Tucker to get his State Alchemist exam, Riza, Roy, and the others investigate the mystery behind the massacre of several state alchemists. Their search has lead to Scar who has attacked Edward Elric and Alphonse. Roy prepares to attack Scar, but Riza sweeps Roy off his legs and fire at Scar. She tells Roy that his alchemy is useless during the rain. Alex Louis Armstrong engages Scar in a close combat to lure him away from the Elric Brothers who are vulnerable. Riza manages to shoot at Scar's sun glasses. The identity of Scar is revealed as an Ishvalan due to his red eyes. After Scar escapes, Roy and the others provide the Elric Brothers with background information on the Ishvalans and the civil war.
While Armstrong accompanies the Elric Brothers to Resembool to get Edward's Automail and Alphonse's armor repaired, Riza and her comrades are busy searching for Scar. One clue leads to a sewer where Riza and the soldiers find Scar's bloodstained jacket. They conclude that Scar is still alive due to collapsed tunnel and other telltale signs. After the Elric brothers run into mishaps at laboratory five in order to find out more about the Philosopher's stones and left Central City to see their teacher, Maes Hughes is killed by Envy. When Riza and the others hear about Hughes's tragic and mysterious murder, they attended his funeral in Central City. Roy tells Riza that he now feels how the Elric brothers felt when attempting to bring back their own mother to life through human transmutation. As Hughes is laid to rest, Roy asks Armstrong about the murder, yet Armstrong does not reveal much. Riza scolds Armstrong for not telling the truth, but Roy states that he has learned that someone from the higher ranks is pulling the strings from Armstrong's cryptic message.
Riza is an expert sharpshooter who never misses her mark which earns the title, Hawk's Eyes. During battle, she can use different firearms and can disassemble and resemble a gun quick and easy.
Riza first appears in the first anime adaptation that first aired in 2003. However, the anime goes off in a different path once it got too close to the manga storyline. Riza makes another appearance in the Brotherhood anime series in 2009. In the French cast of Brotherhood anime, Riza's name is credited as "Liza." In the Spanish cast of the 1st anime, Riza's name is credited as "Rika."
Riza Hawkeye appears in the first movie, Conqueror of Shamballa, and in the second movie, The Sacred Star of Milos.
Riza has appeared in both OVAs for the Fullmetal Alchemist and Brotherhood anime series. She appeared in three OVAs.
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.
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