Manga Hiromu Arakawa Fullmetal Alchemist Female Representation | The Mary Sue
He doesn't marry anyone. However, it's been clear that if he ever got around to it, it'd be Riza Hawkeye, his master's daughter. And this is a relationship that Riza. Fullmetal Alchemist has Roy Mustang/Riza Hawkeye teasing out the wazoo. Arakawa manages to get to epic lengths without the tiniest Relationship Upgrade: . including your religious or political views, health, racial background, country of origin, sexual identity and/or personal relationships. To learn.
He is also eventually shown to be a rather paternal commander who greatly cares for the emotional and physical well-being of his men, which earns him the fierce loyalty of his subordinates.
Angered with how he was used in the war, Mustang resolved to become the country's next leader.
By adjusting the oxygen densities in the surrounding atmosphere through alchemy, he can create flames anywhere in the surrounding area at will and manipulate them as he desires with "pinpoint accuracy". Trusting in Ross's innocence, Mustang fakes Ross's death and engineer her escape from Amestris.
He then meets up with his subordinates, and the four attack Central's military while Bradley is gone. As Mustang prepares to finish Envy off, he is convinced by Hawkeye, Edward, and Scar not to kill him and allow his own thirst for vengeance to consume him. Mustang accepts and is put in charge of the East region as brigadier general.
Hawkeye arrives in time to save Mustang and kills Archer. Conqueror of ShamballaMustang resigns from both alchemy and his rank to become an ordinary enlisted man in a remote outpost. However, when Central is under attack by armies and airships from a parallel universe, Mustang steps up and takes command, using his alchemy to defend Central. Mustang and his comrade Alex Louis Armstrong are able to find a hot-air balloon to reach the airships, where he is reunited with the Elric brothers, and helps them gain entry into the airship.
At the end of the movie, Al says that Mustang and his team are now responsible for destroying the Amestris side of the Gate.
Under the Faraway Sky, Mustang, Hughes, and Armstrong find a village populated by children while they are on holidays. She wanted that fight to be one of Mustang's most impressive scenes in the series, so she decided to give him calmer situations before writing such a scene. Having had only one important scene before his fight against Lust made readers of the series criticize Mustang's appearances; in order to change the readers' opinions about him before the outcome, Arakawa set up the sub-plot of how Maria Ross was accused of killing Maes Hughes and Mustang would intervene there.
She also encourages her readers not to see women as an endless source of emotional healing and support, but as complex people with their own lives and goals who also require support at times. However, Winry proves that her way of handling things—by actually communicating her feelings—works a lot better than that macho nonsense.
She ends up resolving a conflict with communication. This is a really good lesson for young people to learn, especially boys, who are often taught to be ashamed of their emotions. Boys can be naturally emotional, while girls can find it hard to express their feelings.Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - Envy Vs Roy Mustang & Riza Hawkeye *SPOILER WARNING*
A female character close to the hero will be put in peril in order to motivate him. The narrative will often back the villain up in this—the female character may protest or fight, but ultimately she will fulfill her function as a motivation for the hero. Arakawa even frames the narrative in a way that forces the reader to feel foolish for assuming Winry was helpless.
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The most important thing about these situations is the female characters are ultimately put in peril to further their stories more than those of the male characters. Riza as a character is shown to value her own agency.
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And of course, Riza is in control of the situation and even signals Roy that help is on the way. Lan Fan outwits her opponent. In another example, Lan Fan is injured and a male character has to carry her. Another message is the importance of not thinking of women as props or extensions of men.
More writers would do good to follow her example.
Arakawa also tells a story where women defeat those who try to entrap them and reclaim their own agency. In the real world, women often have people trying to take their autonomy from them, so seeing women struggle against this and triumph can be both relatable and powerful for readers. The protagonists of Fullmetal Alchemist essentially owe their formation as heroes to the women in their lives. As noted above, Winry is also a big influence and inspiration for the brothers.
Roy respects Riza so much that he gives her authority over his very life. Hachiken talks about Aki.
Arakawa subtly encourages boys to be open in their admiration of women and see women as influential figures. Men also outnumber the women in Fullmetal. Riza and Winry being friends Also, while there are female friendships and relationships in Fullmetal, and women are shown to positively influence each other, these relationships are not given nearly as much screen time and development as male-male or male-female relationships. The Bechdel Test is passed a few times throughout the manga, but it barely makes it into the double-digits.