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Why fuhrer Bradley didn't just imprison Elrics and members of military plotting against him? He kinda blackmails them to obedience by threatening their close ones but lets them wander and communicate with each other. They had no problem killing Hughes or imprisoning Dr. Marcoh so I find it kinda weird they didn't do the same with Elrics and Mustang. I get they were important candidates for sacrifice but subduing and imprisoning them would be much easier them keeping tabs on them all the time.

The answer that Homunculi just didn't respect humans and didn't feel threatened by them doesn't cut it imho. They've been killing and imprisoning people trying to meddle with their plot just not those I specified in the question. So I guess it's just a plot hole....

marked as duplicate by Maroon, W. Are, Turamarth, kuwaly, Michael McQuade Apr 23 at 1:06

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  • it's kinda similar but not exact. I get why Father didn't care about humans plotting against him but homunculi showed much more attention. As in the above question, it doesn't really make sense to imprison i.e Dr. Marcoh but let Mustang and others roam free. – Pyjter Hazok Apr 19 at 15:11
  • I just posted another answer to the linked question with this question in mind. I hope that's what you were looking for. In short: You might call it plot convenience but there are in-character reasons too and he did do most anything else he could do to stop them. Plus since there are border conflicts with the neighbors that haven't been resolved in quite some time, we can assume that without Father, the country is not too much stronger than them and after Scar killed quite some State Alchemists, Bradley wants/needs them to do their military duty. This is even hinted at in the series. – hajef May 26 at 14:14
  • that a little more plausible, but the show fails to mention it. I was literally waiting for an explanation for almost half of the show asking myself in my mind "why can't you just throw them in prison" all the time;D kinda ruined it a little for me, great show except that detail – Pyjter Hazok May 27 at 17:57
  • If I remember correctly, the climax of this happens in episodes 28-29. At that point, Bradley literally forced them to stop their investigation (after Ed makes a deal with father). The military holds their loved ones (Winry and Hawkeye) as hostages and allows them to continue their lives as long as they "behave". Since then they actually did stop their investigations inside the military. Mustang stayed under the radar by using his mother and other mostly unknown private persons. The Elric brothers journey north "To research how to get their bodies back" and barely get out with Winry alife. – hajef May 27 at 20:32