I generally tend to gravitate to the good guys more than the bad guys, idk i guess i’m a straightedge idealist at heart. I was really fond of Greed even when he was a bad guy though, the part where he was worried about hurting Alphonse’s feelings AFTER KIDNAPPING HIM won me over.
I think Arakawa did a great job making her villains all really different and compelling in their own ways. I adore Lust for the sheer badass factor and the fact that at first because of her appearance you think she’s supposed to represent the typical “sexual lust is so bad women who are sexy and want sex are evil”, but in reality she 100 percent represents bloodlust and doesn’t give a fuck about sex.
I don’t LIKE Bradley or Kimblee but I think they’re both really interesting- Kimblee because he’s genuinely committed to his principles and admires people who also stick to their guns, genuinely makes an effort to remember everyone he’s killed and makes some interesting and true points on occasion.
Bradley because so much of his life was about loss of identity and lack of agency, and he just descends into this really subtly played angry vindictiveness because of it. He and his sin are probably the ones that stand as a dark reflection of most characters- he’s deliberately a dark reflection of Ling, the bad king Ling doesn’t want to become, but he’s also Scar’s opposite, he’s who Winry and Riza could become if they gave up on reclaiming their agency and let their anger take hold of them, he also represents the sin Lan Fan struggles with and eventually overcomes- yeah, Bradley has the most parallels and influence over all these different characters, and it’s fascinating.
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