Fullmetal Alchemist is a show about people with the amazing abilities of Alchemy. In ancient history, Alchemy was considered a real thing that was used to heal and harm people equally. In FMA and FMAB, Alchemy is said to be a science that works on the principle of equivalent exchange where the user has to give something in order to achieve something. The protagonists of the story are the Elric brothers: Edward and Alphonse, who attempted Human Transmutation to bring back their dead mother through Alchemy, but it went horribly wrong, costing Edward an arm and a leg, and Alphonse his entire body. Now Alphonse is left to live bound to armor and Edward has to use automated prosthetic limbs. They look ahead and become state alchemists and try to find a way to gain back their original bodies.
The show doubtlessly has a lot of strong characters and also brilliant storytelling. The shows Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood are rated 8.5 and 9.1 on IMDb, the latter being one of the highest-ranked anime of all time. And with this great ensemble of powerful characters, it becomes difficult to pick the best. In any case, here are the top 10 strongest Alchemists from Fullmetal Alchemist.
10. May Chang
Hailing from the kingdom of Xing, May Chang is a teeny tine Alchemist with a pet panda always on her shoulder. But don’t let her small size fool you, May uses Eastern Alchemy which uses the constant flow of the Earth’s energy to conjure up powerful Attacks. She is one of the very few who can conjure blasts from anywhere to anywhere, confusing the enemy and taking them off guard.
9. Edward Elric
Named the Fullmetal Alchemist, Edward is one-half of the Elric brothers. He is one of the youngest people to ever become a state alchemist. His power lies in the creative use of his Alchemy and his battle intellect which allows him to quickly makeup strategies and think on his feet. Edward is also one of the very few who can use Alchemy without a transmutation circle which gives him an edge over most alchemists.
8. Alphonse Elric
Alphonse, the second half of the Elric brothers, is a soul bound to an armor. His alchemy prowess is more or less similar to his brother’s, however, it’s Alphone’s physical prowess that keeps him one step above Elric. Being a body of metal, Alphonse is unaffected by weather conditions and can deal greater damage with his fists than many others. It becomes difficult for the enemy to deal with both a power-packed punch and strong Alchemy, making Alphonse a difficult opponent.
7. Alex Louis Armstrong
Alex is a severely strong character with a very delicate and moralistic heart. Alex wasn’t much use in the Ishval war because some part of him did not agree with the mindless slaughter of the Ishvalans, which led to people looking down on him. However, they couldn’t be more wrong. With his physical abilities skyrocketing, added to his great Alchemy, Alex is an alchemist no layman would want to cross paths with.
Kimblee made a name for himself when he destroyed so many lives in Ishval. He tends to rely on philosopher’s stones to gain greater power but still, his destructive abilities and an annoying knack for surviving to make him a disturbing presence.
5. Izumi Curtis
Izumi is the teacher of the Elric brothers. She doesn’t look like it but has a greater physical prowess than most characters in the show. Also, one of the few to have opened the gates of truth which allows her to use alchemy without transmutation circles.
A shadow of the Ishval war, Scar holds a grudge against all Alchemists. With the research papers from his brother, Scar gains alchemy powers himself and destroys one alchemist at a time, and becomes a name feared by everyone.
3. Roy Mustang
Roy needs transmutation circles to use Alchemy until the very end, however, being the only flame alchemist and having pinpoint accuracy makes him the most problematic alchemist to deal with. He could burn out his opponent’s eyes or ears or their whole body from a distance with only a snap of his fingers.
2. Van Hohenheim
Father of the Elric Brothers Van Hohenheim is one of the oldest characters alive in the show. He lives with the burden of what happened in Xerxes because of him and tries to find a way to stop the Homunculi with his amazing Alchemy abilities.
1. The Dwarf in the Flask—Father
And at number 1, we have Father, the main antagonist of the show. With the antagonist being this powerful, it was quite the struggle for the heroes to save the day. Father almost pulled down God or Truth to the Earth. His intellectual tendency to plan hundreds of years in advance and unbeatable alchemy powers make him worthy of the number 1 spot.
So these were the strongest alchemists in FMA and FMAB. Did we miss someone? Do you agree with this selection? Let us know in the comments.