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Use this tag for all entries in the Fullmetal Alchemist ("Hagane no Renkinjutsushi") franchise, including the manga by Hiromu Arakawa and both related anime series (Fullmetal Alchemist (2003) and Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood (2010)).

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How is Alphonse Elric able to see?

How is Alphonse Elric ( And all the other souls affixed to objects ) able to see ? Contains Spoilers Alphonse soul got affixed to a armor but his real body still remains in the void. So how is he ...
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In FMA: Brotherhood, why do Father's sacrifices remain alive after the sacrifice?

When Father sacrifices his five subjects—the five who have all seen the portal—why is it that they are all fine right after? I would have expected them to be gone, or dead, or something.
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At what point does the 2003 series and Manga/Brotherhood series start to diverge?

I just finished watching Fullmetal Alchemist 2003 series. I would like to read/watch the manga/Brotherhood anime now. Does anyone know at what chapter the story of FMA2003 and the story of the manga/...
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Why not simply “Metal Alchemist”?

Why is Edward Elric known as the 'Fullmetal Alchemist' not simply as 'Metal Alchemist'? Is there any reason besides the names sounding better? I've only watched the 2nd episode of FMA brotherhood.
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How old were Ed and Al when they performed the human transmutation?

How old were Edward and Alphonse when they performed human transmutation? I am referring to the Brotherhood series, not the 2003 version.
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Why aren't characters' names in Fullmetal Alchemist Japanese?

In most anime, the character's names are usually common Japanese names (for example, Yuuki, Yoko, Chiharu, etc.). So, why in Fullmetal Alchemist are the characters' names more on the English side of ...
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What is the color of the State alchemist pocket watch?

So in my re-reading of the Fullmetal Alchemist series I remember them describing the State Alchemist issue pocket watch as being golden in color. But then in the both of the animes they show the ...
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What is the correct watching order of Fullmetal Alchemist? [duplicate]

I have been recommended to watch Full Metal Alchemist. However, the person who recommended this series to me can't remember the correct order. After googling it, I'm confused as many people have ...
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At the end of the story, could Edward learn Alkahestry?

Since Alkahestry is used via the dragon's pulse while alchemy used in Amestris was powered by the philosopher's stone, could Edward learn and use Alkahestry after he had given up his gate of truth and ...
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What happens if too much is given during a transmutation?

In Brotherhood, during a transmutation, what happens if too much is given as a part of the equivalent exchange? In the series, the brothers lose something each for trying to give too little during the ...
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If the “Truth” didn't exist, would that mean that feats such as Human Transmutation would work?

In FMA Brotherhood, It is said that Truth watches over all alchemic exchanges in the world. The entity at the Gate calling itself Truth: My question is if Truth didn't exist would impossible feats ...
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How much can something that is attached to a blood seal be damaged?

In some episodes of Fullmetal Alchemist, Alphonse gets really hurt. But as long as the blood seal isn't broken, he will be fine. So, in theory, If I tear up each piece of the armor that houses ...
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Do the moths during Grumman's thoughts have any symbolic significance?

In episode 47 (12:08) of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, general Grumman's thoughts about a leadership position in Central are made audible to the viewer: Miles: And what about the plan, sir? Aren'...
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What was that thing Edward and Alphonse created when they attempted human transmutation?

I just completed the FMA:B anime (been meaning to do this) and I'm still confused as to what they actually created. Originally, they thought it was their mother but then Edward realized that it ...
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How old is Winry in Fullmetal Alchemist?

I had remembered that Ed was 15 in the series, then I realized that I had no clue how old Winry was! Does it say anywhere how old she is, or do they just give an estimate?
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Why isn't Lust covering up her tattoo?

In one of the early chapters of Fullmetal Alchemist (chapter 8 I believe), when Edward and Alphonse go with Armstrong back to Resembool for repairs, we see Lust on the same train. Here, her tattoo ...
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Why does Greed in FMA (2003) want to know how to bind a soul to an armor?

Greed mentions in Episode 33 (Al, Captured) that he wants to know how to bind a soul to an armor so that he could also be "immortal" like Al. But since Greed is a Homunculus, he doesn't even have a ...
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How did Sloth lay rail underground?

When the Elric brothers and General Armstrong go into the tunnel Sloth dug, and later when the search party is shown in the same tunnel, there are rails on the bottom. How can Sloth lay rails? There ...
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Why does Ed not pursue the origin of the fake Philosopher's stone used by Cornello?

In the first chapter of Fullmetal Alchemist, Ed and Al come across Father Cornello at the city of Reole. One of the biggest rules of Alchemy is Equivalent Exchange, and Ed sees Cornello obviously ...
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How come Alphonse can do alchemy in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood?

In Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, how come Alphonse can sometimes perform alchemy, and at other times it seems he can't? Also, early on the show, wasn't it said that he lost his ability when he ...
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The Tree of Life in Fullmetal Alchemist

I've noticed references to the Kabbalah in a couple of anime I've watched. One of them is Fullmetal Alchemist. Fullmetal Alchemist has the Tree of Life on the Gate: So, my question is, Is there any ...
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Why can't Edward get back his power to do alchemy?

Roy Mustang's vision was restored, so why can't Edward Elric try to use something to exchange back his gate, like using another philosopher's stone? Is it that he didn't need alchemy anymore because ...
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Why did the Elric brothers burn down their house?

Why did the Elric brothers set their house on fire? I mean they could have preserved their house for future use but they didn't. So why did they do this? Is there any main reason behind this which is ...
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Can someone learn more than one alchemy?

In Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, the characters gain skill in alchemy through learning. So I'm wondering, is it possible to learn more than one alchemy? Because it seems like everyone is a ...
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Who exactly is Selim Bradley?

I am currently watching Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. I have a question regarding the identity of the homunculus inside Selim Bradley. Is he Pride? Or is he another homunculus? In episode 42, ...
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Which characters are featured in the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood eyecatches?

In every episode in the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood series, about halfway through the episode there is an interruption in which two images (eyecatches) with characters are displayed. Which ...
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How does the state know when people transmute something into gold?

In FMA, transmuting gold is against the law. However, I don't get this - How does the state know when people transmute something (e.g. bread into gold)?. There's nothing to stop someone from ...
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Why does Ed and Al's mom cost so much to transmute?

I get it's all equivalent exchange ,but logic dictates that to bring a soul you must lose a soul (Al's) and to make the materials into a body you would need to destroy a body (Al's again) but why was ...
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Where are we shown Rose's surname?

According to the Fullmetal Alchemist Wiki, Rose, the character who appears in the Lior arcs of FMA, has "Thomas" for a surname. While the Wikipedia entry on her simply refers to her as Rose, a quick ...
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Why does Edward prefer to use his automail over Alchemy?

So I've been watching Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and I didn't understand why Edward didn't use Alchemy every time he encountered enemies? Like the fight with Number 48 in Research Lab 5, and ...
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Is there any relation between the images in Ouran High School Host Club and Fullmetal Alchemist?

There is a very similar image in both Ouran High School Host Club and Fullmetal Alchemist. Both the hair part and the eyes look essentially the same. Are there any known connections/has anybody ...
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Why did Alphonse lose everything?

In the show, whenever an alchemist commits the taboo, they only lose one part of their body. Izumi lost organs, Ed lost his leg, and Mustang lost his eyesight. But, when Alphonse tried to transmute ...
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Was Roy Mustang ever punished for participating in a genocide?

In Episode 30: The Ishvalan War of Extermination (2009 series) lieutenant Riza Hawkeye says that she and the colonel will receive later punishment for the war crimes they committed, that justice ...
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Where does the flow of power come from for a Transmutation Circle to work?

On the Full Metal Alchemist Wiki under the Category Alchemy. It says this... The circle itself is a conduit which focuses and dictates the flow of power, tapping into the energies that already ...
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What is the name of Scar's brother?

I was watching FMA Brotherhood, and I was wondering if any of the episodes in the original FMA Anime revealed Scar's brother's name. Now that I think about it, it really didn't really address it. Did ...
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Why are the 'things' that are created from human transmutation so randomly generated?

This has been bugging me for a while but why are the 'things' that are created from human transmutation (Which has been stated is impossible) so randomly generated. Ed and Al set out to transmute ...
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What are the governmental structures of the countries in FMA?

The countries in FMA all seem to have different governmental structures. Amestris seems to be militarily run but I thought I saw references to some sort of Parliament. Xing seemed to have tribes but ...
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Can a transmutation circle be reused?

Could the Transmutation Circle in Xerxes be reused even if it wasn't partially destroyed? I understand that Transmutation Arrays, the circle on Mustang's gloves, etc. are capable of being reused. But ...
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Are Elric brothers good at electronics?

There is at least one situation per Elric brother, when they have fixed radio device - e.g. Edward fixed transmitter sg. Fuery was working on, and Alphonse fixed broken radio in Reole (Liore?). One ...
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Why didn't Edward affix his mother's soul to the suit of armor?

If Edward could affix his brother's soul, why not his mother? Did it require seeing the 'truth' to do so? Does that mean the other empty armor suits (Barry) had another person who had seen the truth ...
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Why does connecting an automail hurt?

We could see plenty of times in both Fullmetal Alchemist anime series (at least twice in the 2003 series and at least once in the 2009 series, according to my memories) that connecting the automails ...
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How do the Homunculi differ between the FMA manga and anime?

I know that the actual characters who are the homunculi differ between the FMA manga and original anime. For instance, Sloth is a different person between the manga and the anime. However, do they ...
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Can Alphonse sleep in FMA/FMA:B?

In both Fullmetal Alchemist (2003) and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2009), there are instances of Alphonse Elric saying what he can't wait to do once he gets his body back. He usually states ...
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How did Edward manage to defeat Father?

I remembered watching a battle scene from the 2009 anime titled Fullmetal Alchemist and was puzzled by how Edward Elric managed to throw volley of punches at Father, a homunculus or the dwarf in the ...
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What does it mean that Gluttony is a fake Gate of Truth?

Gluttony is said to be a fake Gate of Truth, as shown by when he swallows Ed and Ling. They are transported to a place that is full of blood, which seems to be entirely different from the place where ...
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In the 2003 anime FMA, what are the ingredients for making Homunculi?

Referring to the 2003 anime FMA, what is the exact process to creating an Homunculus? I haven't watched the anime in a little while but if this makes sense I am looking for the ingredients that are ...
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Why is Pride's name different from the word “pride”?

When watching FMA Brotherhood, when van Hohenheim is talking to Pride, he refers to him as "プライド (Puraido) when he is talking to him by name, but when he is listing the seven deadly sins, he uses the ...
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Why does Selim Bradley have a nipple on his forehead?

When Ed "kills" Pride, a tiny baby pops out. When we see him 2 years later, it appears he has a nipple in the middle of his forehead. Why?
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Why do the Homunculi look the way they do?

What is the reason for which the (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood's) homunculi look the way they do? I know they mean to represent the sins from which they were created, but is there a common image ...
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What is inside the Gate of Truth?

In FMA and FMA: Brotherhood, the Gate of Truth is shown to have an eye and a bunch of arms inside of it. The arms drag people into the gate during human transformation. I know that the creature ...