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Firstly, it's worth noting that the difference in their strength is perhaps not as drastic as it appears. Though Al's body has essentially wasted away, you can see that Ed's right arm is significantly weaker than his left arm as he did not have it during during the series (or for several years before), in which he had a lot of physical improvement. ...


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There's a few things in play here. Greed is often forced to share control of his body as a result; his host is a far superior fighter against certain opponents later in the series. However, his host has no control over the hardening of the shield. So, Greed puts the shield on, then lets his host take over (since he is a superior warrior). Likely the reason ...


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The Truth is a cruel, cruel thing. It takes away the part of the body that "fits" the person best, to provide the cruelest irony. When Father is speaking to the sacrifices, he says why each one (less Hohenheim) lost what they did. Edward lost his ability to stand on his own; Alphonse lost his only way to feel warmth; Izumi could no longer bear ...


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There are a few different things to address here. First off, Edward and Alphonse are fully human. This is actually addressed when Alphonse first finds out about his dad's origins. Essentially, he contains a philosopher's stone within himself, but he is still biologically human. Click to enlarge. Second, remember that all humans are philosopher's stones. ...


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Warning: Unmarked spoilers follow. It seems there are four different components you're addressing here, so I'll make the differences for each one clear. Van Hohenheim Van Hohenheim, also known as slave #23, was a citizen of Xerxes and a regular human being who was employed by King Xerxes' alchemist. This alchemist was an experimenter, and managed to create ...


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Alphonse can always do alchemy, throughout the whole show. The only times he cannot perform alchemy are the same times that Edward cannot; Now, in the beginning of the show, he does not perform alchemy often because he needs to draw transmutation circles to be able to. Drawing transmutation circles takes time, and is not often practical in fights or other ...


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This is probably difference in translation. In the manga it is made pretty clear. The entire conversation is about Al only. Look at the following transmutations and the sacrifices. Ed sacrificed his leg and Al his body for their Mother. Ed sacrificed his hand for Al's soul. Al gave his soul for Ed's hand. Ed gives up his transmutation gate for Al's body and ...


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Alchemy is just like most skills; the process of learning it is arduous, and some people will naturally be better than others. From a young age, Edward and Alphonse Elric were exposed to alchemy, especially as their father had been a brilliant alchemist and left a gargantuan collection of books behind for the kids to read. This, however, was in addition to ...


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I'm going to answer based on the manga, because I still have not seen the Brotherhood anime. I think this is just fine, as it seems that the anime streamlined the ending a bit. This is going to be spoilerific, but scarcely more than the question itself, so I'm not putting all of it in spoiler tags. Let's start at the core of the issue. You say that Father "...


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Let's take a look at the events at the end of FMA - I'm using the manga. Hohenheim offers to use himself to get Alphonse back, out of paternal duty. Ed refuses because what happened to him and Alphonse was their own responsibility. Notice that in FMA, there's this sort of emphasis on personal responsibility for one's actions (e.g. Riza's comments about ...


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I do not know if this was covered in Brotherhood, but in the manga the name Van Hohenheim was given to slave 23 by This happened in episode 40, or chapter 74 in the manga. Fun fact, Hohenheim was first going to be called Theophrastus Bombastus Van Hohenheim, but the name was too long for him to remember, so a shorter version was chosen. As I understand it ...


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The two continuities As you may know, there are essentially two versions of the Fullmetal Alchemist anime - the 2003 version, called simply "Fullmetal Alchemist", and the 2009 version, called "Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood". The 2003 version deviates from the manga part-way through, while the 2009 version sticks to the manga all the ...


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When Wrath discloses his nature to Mustang, he describes what happened after the incident. First, keep this quote of his in mind: The Philosopher's Stone is created from the life force of countless human beings; it contains their souls. Now, consider that Father was attempting to put all of his wrath within one being; this would require that he removed ...


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They set fire to their house in chapter 24 of the manga: As you can see, after they set fire to their house Ed says, "There is no turning back." This is also stated in episode 11 of Brotherhood, which is when they set fire to their house in the anime, there is a similar statement: Edward: There is no turning back for us now, huh? Edward reiterates this ...


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Edward's actions when he recovers Alphonse indicate that he probably would not want to get his alchemy back, much less do so by using a philosopher's stone. Ling offers Edward a philosopher's stone to use to recover Alphonse. Edward refuses because he and Alphonse had promised not to use a philosopher's stone (and more generally, human lives) to restore ...


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No, this isn't generally the case. Greed (both pre- and post-"death") has the ability to modify the carbon in his body to be rock-hard. This is not reflected in the fourth circle of Dante's Inferno nor in the Bible as far as I can tell. Pride has the power of the shadows and of omnipresence. As far as I know, pride is generally represented Biblically as a ...


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There are quite a few differences, actually. The "original", or the "first one" is an entirely different storyline from the manga. The manga was the original thing, so most people hate the first FMA series. A few differences between the two anime series are: The Storyline The idea behind the Homunculi The Homunculi's appearance Lust has a black dress ...


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Gluttony was created for the sole purpose of being a portal of Truth. Father was attempting to create a way to access the so-called "non-reality" (beyond the Gate) without paying a toll; essentially, he wanted to entirely bypass Truth so that he could access all alchemical knowledge within the Gate. However, Father is not omnipotent; he was unable to create ...


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The backstory of van Hohenheim and Father is discussed in chapter 74 and 75. All we see is this: The Dwarf in the Flask talks to slave no. 23, whom he names. Van Hohenheim is taught to read and write, and ends up in a better position in the household. The king wants immortality, and the homunculus tricks him and destroys the whole country, excepting ...


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Short answer: There is no canonical reason for this. Long answer: In English, a sacrifice is defined as: an animal, person, or object offered in an act of slaughtering to God or to a divine or supernatural figure However, a sacrifice in the Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood (and manga) canon is simply a being which has attempted Human Transmutation, and ...


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Note that Brotherhood and the 2003 series are separate continuities that often differ in their treatment of any plot points and characters that they have in common. Hohenheim is affected by this issue: In the manga (which Brotherhood roughly adapts), Hohenheim is a living philosopher's stone who was given half of the souls that Father stole from Xerxes. Per ...


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The creation is never explained in excruciating detail. However, we do know that Homunculus was originally part of the entity within the gate (God, essentially, the being who regulates all alchemical exchanges). Through an unknown process, Van Hohenheim's master was able to isolate the knowledge within God. He was able to give it an existence through the ...


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It was never fully explained, when and how alchemy was "invented", but it's known that Xerxes was one of the first countries to know alchemy. It already existed when the dwarf in the flask was created, as he was created using alchemy. The creation of the dwarf in the flask just increased the knowledge because it knew much about alchemy and helped the ...


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I will refer to the first eyecatch of each episode by the number of that episode suffixed by the letter a, and to the second by appending the suffix b. I have considered the names displayed along the images for this count. Thus, some characters may appear more than once referred to by different names, like King Bradley and Wrath (since these may be regarded ...


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Brotherhood more or less follows the manga. I don't remember if we get a montage of events in the brothers' childhoods with their ages (a quick search through volume 6 doesn't give me anything), but we do see Mustang arrive at Resembool presumably shortly after their human transmutation attempt, so we can get some information from there. So Edward is at ...


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Potential spoilers for the manga and Brotherhood continuities. I'm being conservative with spoiler markdown, since I can't tell how much you've watched. We first get a crucial bit of information after Hawkeye interacts with Selim (ep. 37, vol. 18): Later, the information is confirmed after Edward and the others return to Central (ep. 46-49, vol. 21-23). ...


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Trisha certainly knew. In the beginning few minutes of episode 36 "Family Portrait", Hohenheim is speaking with Trisha. He calls himself a monster, reminisces about all the things he has seen, how he never grows old, etc. and Trisha seems to understand what he is talking about. Then Trisha arranges to have their family picture taken so they can remember ...


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This is a simple "English is cooler" As all the homunculi are named with the english seven deadly sins, their names are the hiragana/katagana representation to the english vocalization. but when referring to the sin itself the correct translation ("傲慢") is used, as it is not a name (that also has to sound cool), but the thing itself. I verified this is ...


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Yes! Absolutely, characters can learn more than one kind of alchemy. It's just that, as in real life, people tend to specialize in something very specific and get very good at it. But let's take a look at a few examples: Edward Elric: Like Alphonse, he takes after Izumi Curtis's style (including the big fists and such), but was able to attempt Human ...


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tl;dr: there is no exact point where the stories go "different ways". Depending on how strict you are with the plot divergence, there are several candidates. Minor differences There are differences even at the beginning. For instance: There are also slight differences in character details (e.g. being a minority, Rose is darker in 2003). 2003 also ...


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