Fullmetal Alchemist: Envy / Characters – TV Tropes

  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: On the receiving end of this during their fight with Mustang; regardless of Mustang’s rapidly approaching jump into He Who Fights Monsters territory during the battle, and Envy ‘s Alas, Poor Villain sendoff killing Maes Hughes and being directly creditworthy for the Ishvalan Civil War, there’s no denying that Envy had all of that pain and misery coming.
  • Kill It with Fire: Mustang uses a bombard of Flame Alchemy attacks to incinerate Envy ’ s android form.
  • Lamprey Mouth: envy ‘s actual true form has one of these. It allows them to take over other bodies
  • Laser-Guided Karma: First, Envy boasts to Mustang about killing Hughes, remembering too late that Mustang killed crave, and is subsequently burned nearly to death. Then, they are confronted with their own envy of humans, the informant of their extreme misanthropy, and, in dead humiliation at being beaten by humans and pitied by the human they hated the most, is Driven to Suicide envy, the character we ‘ve all been waiting the majority of the show to go down vitamin a intemperate as possible for killing Hughes and kickstarting the Ishvalan Civil War by killing a child ( not to mention taking bang-up pride in this flagitious act ), is thus pathetic in their final moments that most of the audience even feels for them .
  • Laughably Evil: Envy’s a disgusting, malignant sadist to be certain, but they’re so comically inept and mindlessly hateful that they’re able to make you laugh at their absurd physical abuse and comically self-superior behavior before horrifying you by gloating about another unspeakable atrocity.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: After getting exasperated with Ed, Envy tells him they aren’t in a manga. Envy: Quit acting like you ‘re in a manga .
  • Logical Weakness: Envy is particularly weak against any kind of ranged attack, as they aren’t skilled enough to reliably dodge what comes at them and have no means of retaliating from a distance. By the time they figure out how to make Combat Tentacles, they’re already in a bad enough position that it doesn’t really matter.
  • Lovecraftian Super Power: In so many, many horrible ways. Their true phase is an green, eight-legged, semi-reptilitan giant, many times the size of a firm, covered with pulsating masses of human bodies ( that even have the might to speak ). even the way they turn into it is grotesque, as it involves arms literally bursting out of their sides as they transform
    • Also, while absorbing the mannequin soldiers to restore their power, they pretty much turn the stallion hoard of monsters into massive, amorphous, human body balls by having them pungency each early to fuse them together. They even form disproportionately big mouths to swallow more mannequin soldiers. Even watching them regain their normal imprint is frightful, since we ‘re watching a featureless android abruptly have a elephantine lounge lizard sucked into them through their back.
    • On a lesser note, near their death, they become fond of turning their arms into long, fleshy, green tentacles.
  • Made of Plasticine: While fighting Ling, the prince slices off their limbs with ease, which is especially egregious since Envy is significantly denser than a human.
  • Malicious Misnaming: They enjoy calling Ed “the Fullmetal runt” or “pipsqueak” to piss off the latter a lot.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Can be this when forced to be subtle. They manage to trick May Chang into indirectly letting them regain their normal human body.
  • Middle Child Syndrome: Envy is fittingly the middle child of the Homunculi.
  • Moral Myopia: Envy often complains about others not fighting fair whenever they start losing in a fight, but it rings a bit hollow, considering the fact that Envy seizes every possible opportunity to Kick the Dog and milks the Shapeshifter Guilt Trip for all it’s worth.
  • Morphic Resonance: In the manga, they become a horse with dark mane that’s fairly spike and wispy, resembling their preferred form’s hairstyle. Also, for military-related tasks they usually take on the appearance of a second lieutenant and retain their sharp, Tsurime Eyes.
  • Narcissist: Envy looks down on humans as inferior beings they believe they should be allowed to insult and harm as much as they want, and clearly enjoys any time they get to brag about all the horrible deeds they’ve done. Furthermore, they intentionally use an attractive appearance as their preferred form and their Berserk Button is being called ugly.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: They convince May to return to Amestris rather leave for Xing so they can rebuild their office after having been weakened to Sleep-Mode Size. however, this about immediately leads to Father ‘s defeat, as going back allows for May to be with everyone during the Promised day and help Al return Ed ‘s arm Father likely would have won.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Roy Mustang subjects them to a very, very nasty example — nasty enough that Scar, Ed, and Riza have to step in and tell him to stop.
  • No-Sell: Takes a punch to the face from Ed and doesn’t budge an inch.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: They love to get into people’s faces, especially to sneer or gloat.
  • One-Winged Angel: A giant green monster. not that it helped in their “ competitiveness ” with Mustang, it actually provided him with a bigger aim, allowing him to more easily scorch Envy ‘s eyes until they retreated .
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When confronting Ed and Ling in Gluttony’s stomach to explain that said stomach is a broken alchemical portal with no escape, leaving waiting for death as the only option, Envy speaks in a Tranquil Fury tone, in stark contrast with their usual Evil Gloating. Eventually, Ed tells Envy that, since he knows Führer Bradley is a Homunculus besides, he suspects the Homunculi were involved in how the Ishval Civil War started… and Envy immediately reverts back to their usual sadistic self, gloating about how they impersonated an Amestrian soldier to shoot and kill an Ishvalan child to measuredly kickstart the war.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: While it’s not as noticeable as other characters, Envy in their preferred form is actually quite small, being barely taller than Ed at the start of the series. They’re also strong enough to shatter concrete with a single hit and toss Hawkeye around like a rag doll, though their combat skills are overall quite poor.
  • Poisonous Captive: When Envy is trapped in a jolt, they ‘re able to play on May Chang ‘s reverence for her kin and talk her into going back alternatively of taking them to Xing, which allows Envy to get loose and obtain a second Philosopher ‘s Stone .
  • Powerful, but Incompetent: Envy is an immortal homunculus with the unique power of shapeshifting, though the usefulness of this ability is hampered by their numerous flaws. Envy is easily provoked and extremely impulsive, which others will take advantage of to defeat them, but sometimes Envy will just screw themself over. Their drive to kick any and every dog they find causes them to make very bad decisions as they’ll go out of their way to upset someone even if it’s an obviously terrible idea. This officially places them in the Too Dumb to Live category when they competitiveness Mustang after having forget he burned Lust to death. They use their giant form to fight, not realizing that makes them an easier target and intentionally provoke him into a Roaring rampage of Revenge advance. Their only flim-flam left at that point is a Shapeshifter Guilt Trip, and they have absolutely no disengagement when it fails
  • Pride: They’re always going on about how much better they are than humans, and about how stupid and pathetic humans are, to the point where they end up coming off as being more prideful than Pride himself. And when it comes out that they’re actually jealous of humans, they commit suicide rather than live with the shame .
  • Psycho for Hire: They serve as this for the Homunculi, going above and beyond to Kick the Dog wherever and whenever they can.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: They haven’t seem to have mentally progressed past adolescence (appropriate, since that’s when people are typically most insecure and prone to jealousy) especially with their tendency toward some rather erratic fits of anger when things don’t go their way, not unlike a teenager throwing a temper tantrum.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: When reduced to their de-powered on-key form, this is the only ability they’ll have left, though only the body. Unfortunately for them, the guy they tried to take over was another loathed Butt-Monkey.
  • Rage Quit: Commits suicide by ripping the Philosopher ‘s Stone out of their own body when they realize that they ‘re not fair defeated ( again ) but an object of feel for .
  • Really 700 Years Old: Their official age is one hundred and seventy-five, though they prefer to look somewhere around their teens.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Lust’s blue.
  • Repression Never Ends Well: In contrast to Greed, who revels in his sin, Envy never makes any references to wanting what someone else has, and instead constantly mocks and torments humans for being lesser than homunculi. however, underneath it all, Envy is fabulously covetous of the friendships and inner lastingness humans have but can ’ deoxythymidine monophosphate header with the idea of it. When they ‘re reduced to their true form, unable to keep up their supposed superiority with the humans around them refusing to turn on each other and being pitied for their jealousy, Envy completely loses it and breaks down in a sob fit before committing suicide.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Both of their true forms resemble lizards and they’re a spiteful, evil little sadist. Additionally, Envy’s basic form has a slightly reptilian look.
  • Sadist: A bit of an understatement.
    • Envy delights in causing pain to others, to the point where they started an entire genocide under false pretenses and seem to view it as the proudest moment of their life, and constantly goes out of its way to Kick the Dog and gloat about the atrocities they’ve committed to anyone who’ll pay attention.
  • Same Clothes, Different Year: Greed implies Envy has been wearing the exact same outfit for at least a hundred years.
  • Screw This, I’m Outta Here: Envy attempts to pull this when it’s clear they have no chance against Mustang. It fails.
  • Self-Disposing Villain: After their final examination frustration at hands of Mustang and Ed exposing their clandestine jealousy towards humans, Envy takes their own life by crushing their philosopher ‘s Stone .
  • Sexier Alter Ego: Exagerrated. Their true form is a massive, eight-legged, lizard monster with writhing bodies fused to its pulp, but Envy prefers to look like an androgynous teenager in a Stripperific outfit that shows off their muscular build. Envy: But if I ‘m going to change human body anyway… Why should I be a crusty old geezer… when I can be young and cute ?
  • Shapeshifter: Ties with Unlimited Wardrobe.
  • Shapeshifter Baggage: Averted. Despite their short and skinny preferred form, Envy is actually incredibly dense. They can destroy a steel fence by jumping on it and when they don’t react to being punched by Ed, Ling realizes they’re probably bigger than they look…
  • Shape Shifter Guilt Trip: They absolutely love using this. Works on Hughes and Ling, fails horribly against Roy.
  • Shapeshifter Showoff Session:
    • Envy announces to everyone that they murdered Hughes

      , though Mustang is unconvinced that someone like them could really do it. Envy then decides to prove it by showing off their powers, transforming into Gracia while explaining with sadistic glee how Hughes was ineffective to even fight them when Envy took on the shape of his beloved wife. Unfortunately, this backfires as Mustang is considerably more pissed-off than afraid.

    • While trapped together in Gluttony ‘s stomach, Envy recounts how they started the war in Ishval by turning into a soldier and shooting a child, prompting Ed to punch them. This only serves to irritate the homunculus, who decides to, since none of them have any hope of escaping, reveal their true form to kill Ed and Ling. They then proceed to transform into a elephantine, eight-legged lizard freak with pulsating human bodies fused to their human body and attack.
  • Shape Shifter Weapon: Envy can transform parts of the body into weapons, including a sword, a snake, and shapeless tentacles.
  • Shapeshifter Longevity: An immortal homunculus around one hundred and seventy-five years old, capable of regenerating from even fatal injuries… and they also have the unique power to shapeshift, allowing them to transform into people, animals, monsters or create weapons from their limbs.
  • Shapeshifting Sound: Is accompanied by a hissing, crackling sound that can be heard whenever they transforms. In the 2003 anime however, a high-pitched whirring is heard instead.
  • Shapeshifting Trickster: Their power as a homunculus lets them transform into people, animals, monsters or even make their limbs into weapons. They use this power to instigate conflicts for Father by shapeshifting into people to manipulate others and For the Evulz.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: When Envy attempts to cause discord among Edward’s group, Roy, who is absolutely fed up with Envy, pulls a particularly spectacular one by blowing up their mouth. Repeatedly.
  • Sissy Villain: Envy is more effeminate and flamboyant than other Homunculi, and is also a ruthless, murderous nutcase who goes out of their way to cause as much suffering as they can. This is made a lot more apparent in the manga wherein Envy will sometimes pepper their speech bubbles with little hearts and musical notes and, when they are first introduced, comments that they like their preferred form because it’s young and cute. Though considering their Ambiguous Gender, it may not be a case of effeminacy so much as just plain femininity.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Envy has the foulest mouth of the Homunculi, especially when angered.
  • Slasher Smile: Always has one of these — Envy ‘s true imprint is composed of a bunch of atrocious faces, most bear this expression vitamin a well .
  • Smug Snake: As you may have already guessed by now, Envy’s far too smug and arrogant for their own good.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: True to their sin, their cruelty and caustic attitude is fueled by pathetic self-loathing and jealousy of humans .
  • Stripperiffic: Tied with Sloth, they wear the most revealing outfit of the Homunculi, though with their shapeshifting and regenerating powers it’s not much of a problem.
  • Stupid Evil: Envy simply cannot resist an opportunity to Kick the Dog or brag about the atrocities they’ve committed, even when it’s really not a good idea. Admitting to Roy Mustang, a Person of Mass Destruction who’s already killed the Homunculus Lust who made the error of pissing him off, that they killed his best acquaintance and gloating about it to his face is a case in point, as they actually forgot that Roy killed lecherousness when they did that.
  • Straw Nihilist: Though all the Homunculi and their allies have this philosophy towards humans, Envy is by far the most vocal about how useless human lives and morality are.
  • Tactical Withdrawal: Apparently, they don’t know how to do this. While getting their ass kicked by Ling and Lan Fan, they have to be ordered by Pride to leave the fight, which they only do begrudgingly. Later, while getting burned up by Mustang, they never attempt to retreat wholly even though it would save their biography, alternatively they stick around to keep crusade, which leads to a irritating frustration.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: completely, absolutely, and painfully averted. During Envy ‘s contend with Mustang and Hawkeye, every time Envy opened their mouth to threaten or gloat, Mustang used that opportunity to torch Envy in the side ( particularly the eyes or tongue. )
  • Technically Naked Shapeshifter: Envy’s clothes appear to be part of their body. It’s especially noticeable in the manga when they fight while wearing an actual coat, as the jacket comes off and has to be collected later, but their regular outfit regenerates with them. Both their true form don’t wear clothes either, not that you could really get any on them.
  • Teens Are Monsters: While they’re a few decades too old to be an actual teenager, Envy prefers to appear as an adolescent and acts as such, all while taking sadistic pleasure in committing atrocities and causing strife.
  • Tempting Fate: He tells Zampano that no one’s falling for his bad acting, and calls Marcoh out on believing that he could put one over on Envy just before it turns out that Zampano lied so that Marcoh and the others could lure Envy into a trap.
  • Tentacle Rope: Pulls it off against Hawkeye after she sees through their Mustang disguise. Doesn’t get much farther than wrapping her up and slamming her to the ground before the real Mustang catches up to them again.
  • Transformation Is a Free Action:
    • Played straight. While fighting Lan Fan in the manga, they’re able to change shape several times during the battle without getting attacked, but are usually stabbed afterwards.
    • Subverted. When they’re tricked into outing themselves while disguised as Mustang, Envy immediately starts reverting to their preferred form, only to be shot by Hawkeye before they can even finish.
  • Troll: Envy is essentially an internet troll with superpowers. They take pride and pleasure in harassing, annoying and horrifying people, they desperately beg for attention by doing so, they shapeshift into other people in order to hide behind anonymity, they like to hurt people weaker then they are, and they ‘re ultimately short more then a hurt child who does so because they themselves are covetous of the closeness and bonds that humanness can form.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: When trapped in Gluttony’s Pocket Dimension along with Ed and Ling, they promise that if Ed can help them escape, they will tell him all about the Homunculi’s plans. When Ed actually accomplishes this and lets Envy escape even after Envy told him about they shot an Ishvalan child to start the genocide while cackling maniacally, and tried to swallow Ed alive, Envy says…”I don’t remember promising anything to you humans.”
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Envy is a terrible fighter in the manga/Brotherhood, but thanks to their shapeshifting abilities and the bluff weight Envy can put behind every blow in their true mannequin, coupled with their massive size, they’re usually on even footing with the heroes. The only exceptions are their manga-only fight with Ling and Lan Fan (who run circles around them due to their combat training), and their encounter with Roy, who had cast aside his moral chasteness in favor of using his flame chemistry american samoa relentlessly as possible, leaving Envy no room for counterattack
  • Villain Decay: Envy starts out being manipulative, clever, and competent enough to be an infiltrator. Then they get soundly beaten by Marcoh and May, gets their power back, and gets curb-stomped by Roy. By this point, Envy is portrayed as barely smarter than Gluttony and can’t even land one blow. Justified — Envy’s primary skills are disguise and manipulation. Against someone who’s not falling for their tricks, they only have their combat abilities, which are definitely outclassed by the main characters, as well as by Lust, Wrath and Pride of the Homunculi. It also doesn’t help that they regularly overestimate their ability to control a situation and are inordinately good at running their mouth to the absolute last people who they would want to piss off.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Completely loses it after realizing they’re outmatched during their ” loses it after realizing they ‘re outmatched during their “ fight “ against Roy, and it goes even further when they ‘re pitied by the identical people that they hate so much .
  • Villainous Friendship: While not quite as close with them as they are with each other, Envy seems to have this with Lust and Gluttony, as they bicker rather playfully with them, as well as being furious at Wrath for not avenging Lust. It’s probably the only redeeming quality they have.
  • Villain Has a Point: Though it’s all a self-serving plot to get their power back, while being taken to Xing by May, Envy notes that returning there would mean abandoning everyone in Amestris to die and presenting the manikin in their stream, pathetic state is more probable to make the emperor huffy than help her kin. It ‘s unmanageable to argue that their points are away, and May is ultimately convert to go back to Central.
  • Villainous Rescue: After knocking down Ed, they pull him out of the collapsing 5th laboratory and hands him over to Ross and Denny — saying that he’s an important resource.
  • Villains Want Mercy: As soon as Mustang has them at his mercy, Envy pathetically begs for their life.
  • Visual Pun: envy, the big green monster .
  • Vocal Evolution: An English dub example. When Wendy Powell voiced Envy in the 2003 series, she gave him a lower, smoother, and more effeminate voice. Here in Brotherhood, she voices Envy with a scratchier, higher-pitched, and more excitable voice. This reflects the differences in characterization; 2003 Envy was more of a Manipulative Bastard compared to the brutish bully they are in the manga and Brotherhood.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Their main power and entire M.O for everything.
  • Walking Spoiler: envy murders Maes Hughes, and they late gloat to Ed ( and Ling ) about being responsible for the Ishvalan Civil War. The Amestrian soldier who “ incidentally ” shot and killed an Ishvalan child ? That was Envy in disguise, and the killing was consider. These two contributions make envy difficult to discuss without spoiling major plotpoints .
  • Would Hurt a Child: Started the war in Ishval by measuredly shooting an Ishvalan child in the lead, while disguised as a soldier.

    Years later, Envy still seems to think of this as one of the most enjoyable things they’ve ever done.

  • Would You Like to Hear How They Died?: Near the end of the series, they brag to Mustang about how easy it was to kill Maes Hughes by taking on the mannequin of Hughes ‘ wife quickly realizes that it was a dazed motion.
    • They do this earlier to Ed and Ling by revealing that they were the soldier who shot the Ishvalan child and kicked off the civil war. Likewise, this comes back to bite them when Ed relays this information to Scar.
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