Edward Elric (エドワード・エルリック, Edowādo Erurikku), the Fullmetal Alchemist (鋼の錬金術師, Hagane no Renkinjutsushi), is the primary protagonist and titular character of the series. After losing his right arm and left leg due to a failed Human Transmutation attempt, Ed became the youngest State Alchemist in history by achieving his certification at age twelve. Three years later, Ed has become fully engrossed in his search for the legendary Philosopher's Stone, an item with which he hopes to restore his younger brother Alphonse - whose whole body had been lost in the aftermath of that tragic experiment.
Edward is small for his age, standing at only 149 cm (4'11") at the beginning of the series despite his attempts to appear taller. He wears his golden-blond hair long - usually tied in a braid that hangs down to his shoulders, but sometimes forgoing the braid for a simpler ponytail. He parts his bangs in the middle so that they frame his face on either side as they fall and, in the center of the parting, he leaves a single strand of hair sticking up like an antenna. In Chapter 56, it is revealed that he does this intentionally, presumably to add to his height. Ed's eyes, too, are gold colored signifying his Xerxesian ancestry.
Early on in the manga, Ed receives a thin, horizontal battle scar just above his right eye which remains because his subsequent battles cause the sensitive skin to tear open repeatedly. As of Chapter 76, however, the scar appears to have healed over completely. As the series progresses, some of Edward's facial features (his nose and chin) begin to take on characteristics similar to his father's. At the end of the series, Edward is shown to have grown noticeably taller, being several inches taller than Winry and finally being at least equal in height to Alphonse.
Near the end of the 2003 anime series, it is revealed that the Earth has its own version of Edward Elric, who is identical to that of the storyline save for having his hair and bangs cut short.
Aliases "The Fullmetal Alchemist"
"Pipsqueak", "Shorty" etc.
Birthplace Resembool, Amestris
Date of Birth 1899
Age 15-16 (series), 18 (movie, End of the series)
Family Alphonse Elric (brother)
Trisha Elric (mother, deceased)
Van Hohenheim (father, deceased)
Homunculi (blood kin)
Winry Rockbell (wife, post-manga)
Sara Rockbell (mother-in-law, deceased)
Urey Rockbell (father-in-law, deceased)
Pinako Rockbell (grandmother-in-law)
Unnamed Son and Daughter
Envy (half brother, 2003 anime only)
Affiliations State Military
Izumi Curtis (teacher)
Roy Mustang, (Commander)
Occupation State Alchemist
Unique Trait Automail arm and leg
Extremely sensitive of height,
A braid or ponytail,
Golden eyes, Highly intelligent
Goal Restoring his brother's body
First Appearance Chapter 1
Episode 1 (2003 series)
Episode 1 (2009 series)
Voice Actor Vic Mignogna
Seiyū Romi Park