↳ (8/10) Winry Rockbell: "Give me back my mom and dad!"
Throughout the series, Winry has been depicted as being bold, headstrong, and tough. She leaves no room for argument and never backs down (re: when she delivers the baby, always repairing Ed’s automail, play-hostage) Which is why this scene is so powerful. Winry, who’s always standing with her chin raised, always taking the initiative, reached her breaking point when she discovered her parents’ killer. But even though she’s sobbing and distressed, she still won’t back down. She challenges Scar, a vicious serial killer, and whether it be just her emotions taking a tumble or her being fully aware of her actions, she won’t back down. She’s yelling - demanding - for Scar to return her parents, pointing a gun at him. Even when in the most stressful situation, she’s still strong, and she still won’t give up.
↳ (7/10) Alphonse Elric: "I don't want to be alone at night anymore..!!"
This makes me want to cry. In the manga, we don’t really see much of Al at night (except maybe these two panels) so we can’t truly understand how painful it is to be alone all night every night or the horrible despair he has to be with.But when Al says that line, it is blatantly obvious that it is horrifying. All the unnecessary thoughts that he comes up with, all the guilt he pushes to himself, and the isolation he is forced into every night would drive any person mad. But see, that’t the amazing thing about Al. For four years he was in that armor and he was always the adorable Alphonse he was when he was ten (a little more mature, though). He overcame that challenge and put his terrifying body to use to help others. He was a suit of armor but he managed to stay as human as anyone else.
↳ (6/10) Trisha Elric: "Don't call yourself a monster."
I love this line so much mostly for the fact that it had such an impact on Hohenheim. For all those years he had been alive, suffering, he had always thought that he was a monster for what happened with Father. But then Trisha comes along and tells him, no, you are not a monster. And he’s so surprised, because she was a human, just like all the souls in his body were, and she doesn’t degrade him or hate him, she accepts him. It’s almost like she forgives him, and that he was forgiven for all his indirect sins that he’s so guilty of.
↳ (5/10) Riza Hawkeye: "I've been ordered not to die."
In short, not only does this show how loyal Mustang’s crew is to him, but also how much of an effect he has on them. Hawkeye had her neck sliced, and was bleeding all over the floor, yet she still remembers the Colonel’s order and holds her ground. Specifically, this also shows her loyalty to him. She obviously refuses to be the cause of his damnation by making him open the gate (and maybe this is just my bias talking) so she says out loud that she won’t die so he wouldn’t do anything stupid - Which is a bold thing to say since she can’t really control her own death but she did. And then the eye signal. The eye signal. You can’t find a more loyal character than Hawkeye.
↳ (4/10) Alphonse Elric: "How am I supposed to fight in that body!?"
My love for Alphonse grew immensely after this part. Can you imagine - he’s been searching for years and years for his body and finally, it’s right in front of him. But then he’s left with a choice; take his body and be useless in the battlefield or fight. You can see how frustrated and conflicted he is with that choice but he still chooses to reject his body and go fight. He wants to help everyone and protect them. He doesn’t want what happened to Hughes, Martel and Nina to happen again - he wants to help people, even if it means sacrificing the one thing he wants the most. Al is, by far, the most noble character in this manga.
↳ (3/10) Roy Mustang: "He would never subject Alphonse to it."
I’m genuinely upset that they didn’t incorporate this part in the anime (Brotherhood). I feel like it’s very important for the character development and story. It sheds a light on a different perspective of Ed. In both the manga and anime, when he performed human transmutation, Ed was seen as really brave and selfless when giving up his arm for Al’s soul. But what about before that? This is what this scene shows. That Ed was alone. He was scared. He was terrified. Which is so realistic since he was so young at the time. And Mustang’s line of, “he would never subject Alphonse to it,” shows just how much Ed cares for Al, and also shows how the people around him (re: Mustang) can see that too and understand him so well.
↳ (2/10) Ling Yao: "It was supposed to make us all immortal."
The fact that Ling said “us” speaks lengths. It can be so easily assumed that the only reason Ling searched for the Philosopher’s Stone was for selfish reasons since he was so keen on becoming the new emperor of Xing. However, in this part, when he cries over the death of Fuu - one of his servants - you can see that he wasn’t just looking out for himself. It reinforces what he said to Bradley (“You will never be a true king.”). Nobles like him wouldn’t even bat a lash if one of their servants died. But Ling is different. You can see how selfless he is. He wanted to use the Stone, not just for him, but for everyone. He wanted go back to Xing with both Lan Fan and Fuu by his side. He thought they would all be immortal with the stone. You can see clearly that in this part, when he says us, that he was never doing anything for himself and he cares deeply for all his people.
↳ (1/10) Edward Elric: "After all, you have perfect legs to stand on."
This line was one of my favorites when I was first reading the manga. You can obviously tell that Ed sees himself in Rose - how when she lost everything after the false religion was exposed and how she had no idea what to do next. When she’s asking Ed “what am I supposed to do now” I honestly thought, the first time I read it, that he would tell her to come with him so she would become that female supporting character/love interest/companion like in most mangas. But his answer was just perfect. ”Move on. After all you have perfect legs to stand on.” He’s telling her that, no. You haven’t lost everything. Look at those legs you have. Now look at mine. I was in your position - even worse, but I still managed to get back on my feet. You should be able to, too. It’s a beautiful parallel of when Mustang first met Edward. Perfect.