Pride is one of the impressive homunculi from Seven Homunculi in Fullmetal Alchemist. His appearance in the 2009 anime gave was a shocking twist. When one thinks of Pride, one often thinks of someone tall and strong. Perhaps, it is because of The Seven Deadly Sins anime that has given us this perception of Pride. The Fullmetal Alchemist manga first began its adaptation journey with the 2003 anime. Although the anime isn’t aligned with the plot from the manga, it has its own unique characteristics. One of them was the way they changed certain roles of the original characters to fit the narrative.
The homunculus Pride is one of these characters with an interesting story. The only thing common they have in these two adaptations is the fact that when they revealed themselves, it took everyone by surprise. Although they might differ in appearances, they are pretty strong antagonists in their own way. Will these “Pride” die in their respective anime? Let’s find out!
Pride, Fullmetal Alchemist (2003):
In Fullmetal Alchemist (2003), The homunculus Pride is none other than King Bradley, the Fuhrer of Amestris. Because of his position in the military, he had the upper hand when it came to bending the rules of the state at his will to achieve their ultimate goal.
Bradley is known to have a family in the 2003 anime, just like in the 2009 adaptation. He is usually calm and is seen as a family man. He expresses his love and care to his son Selim. However, behind this act, he is very arrogant. He also tends to look down on humanity as he considers himself to be the strongest. Well, he prides his abilities, and we can see why. As a homunculus, Bradley has his Ouroboros symbol in his left eye. This eye is known as the “Ultimate Eye” as it allows him to see each movement the opponent makes in a fight. This is a trait similar to the Bradley in the 2009 anime. He also is shown to have great speed as he counters Roy Mustangs’ attacks with ease.
What caused Pride’s death was rather a “silly mistake” made by his son Selim. When Roy Mustang confronted Bradley in a room in his house after learning the truth, the latter finally takes off his eyepatch revealing his Ouroboros symbol. The next thing we know is that Bradley and Roy get into an intense battle as Bradley or Pride has the upper hand. When he finally got hold of Roy and was about the end things, his son Selim shows up with a bag. The innocent kid then reveals to his father that he managed to protect something that was important to him. This something was indeed important to Pride, but also it was something that wasn’t supposed to be at the place in the given moment. It was the skull of the person used to create Pride.
Finally showing his true colors, Pride strangles his son and throws him across the room, calling him “foolish”. Mustang then takes the opportunity to draw out the sword that had pierced him and take hold of the skull. Since he did not have his gloves with the transmutation circle on him at the moment, he resorted to drawing the same circle with blood. Holding the skull in the hand with the transmutation circle, Roy takes the upper hand now and sets Pride on fire. This reduces Pride into a pool of blood. Roy goes on to set the blood on fire again as he tosses the skull in it which ends up melting. This was the end of the Homunculus Pride under the guise of King Bradley.
Pride, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2009):
Although the Pride from 2003 was an interesting one, it doesn’t really beat the 2009 Pride. Here, King Bradley is the homunculus Wrath, while Pride is revealed to be his son, Selim Bradley.
Initially, Selim appears as a typical “good-boy” who respects his elders, is good with studies, and has a childish charm and interest in anything “cool”. However, when he shows his true form, he is seen as someone who despises humans and considers them to be inferior to him. Pride, however, shows immense admiration for his stepmother, even remembering her in his final moments.
Pride is considered to be the most powerful homunculi as he is able to use bits of the remaining homunculi’s powers. He usually is seen as a shadow that extends from his container Selim Bradley. Pride is very ruthless in nature. As mentioned, he considers humans to be below the homunculi but also considers himself to be superior to his homunculi siblings.
Events leading up to Pride’s “Death”:
After possessing Alphonse Elric, he lures Edward Elric in a fight with him. Edward then causes a blackout, rendering Pride’s shadow useless. However, Pride sets a forest on fire to create light for his shadow. Eventually, Edward is able to free Alphonse and land a heavy blow on Pride using flashbangs. But the battle doesn’t end here.
Pride being Pride devours Gluttony in order to absorb his powers and gets on with the fighting again. At this point, Pride has grown stronger but is eventually trapped by Hohenheim. After escaping with the help of Dr. Kimblee. Again, he gets into a fight with Alphonse, but this time with Kimblee to back him up. Sadly, Kimblee is fatally wounded, but he is devoured by Pride. He then goes on to join Wrath in his fight with Roy Mustang, and they both succeed in casting a transmutation circle that takes Roy and Pride to the Gate of Truth. Finally, after Father captures those who went through the Gate of Truth and casts the nationwide transmutation circle but was interrupted by Hohenheim. In the end, everyone manages to free themselves except for Edward. This is when Pride’s final battle begins.
Does Pride really die in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2009)?
Pride’s human container, Selim Bradley, is now weakened and disintegrating since he came across Truth. He then tells the captured Edward that he will be using his body as a new vessel. But suddenly, he is stopped by the soul of Kimblee, who has managed to be self-aware amongst the thousand tortured souls in Pride. Pride is then taken aback as Kimblee laughs at him for asking for a human body since he considers them to be lower than him. This drives Pride into hysteria as he is afraid of dying. Edward seizes the opportunity to enter his body as a Philosopher’s Stone and reduce him into his true form – a tiny fetus baby.
Interestingly, the answer to the above question is a yes and a no. Since Pride’s true form is basically the vessel that held him. After everything was over, Edward hands this fetus-like child to Mrs. Bradley, who raises it like a normal child. He is seen as a 2-year-old in the epilogue.
Although Mrs. Bradley claims that there is nothing to worry about the military keeps an eye on this kid. This child almost has the façade personality that Pride had pulled out as Selim Bradley initially.
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