Really love this tidbit in the FMA manga because these girls are all over Roy. Roy initially says, “I’m here to cheer myself up.” Because hell, the dude just lost all of his subordinates and direct power in Central.
He is only there because he needs Madame Christmas’ help. The girls who are asking him on dates and whatnot bring up an obstacle to gain Roy’s affection.
Then the name “Elizabeth” returns.
Roy caustically presses that “Elizabeth was taken by another man.”
“Elizabeth” being Riza Hawkeye (her military decoy name). “Elizabeth” being the woman that these ladies know all about and they think now that “Elizabeth” is out of the picture, they finally have a chance with him.
Royai was so damn lit. Arakawa never spoon fed her audience whatsoever and it’s such a strong relationship that is beautifully platonic and romantic all at once. I mean, look at the manga scene with Grumman. Grumman proposes that Roy should marry his granddaughter in a chess game.
Riza Hawkeye is Grumman’s granddaughter.
Ohhh Hiromu Arakawa your tiny easter eggs were so brilliant and I love you.
Royai: Possible ‘Secret Relationship’ Implications
I talked about this on a tag meme I did, and I liked my analysis enough that I figured I’d edit it up and add some pictures.
I’m going to talk about the reasons why Roy and Riza
having a relationship in the manga could possibly be a thing. I am 80%
sure that despite how clearly they loved each other, Roy and Riza did
not have anything going on between them in the series. However, there
are some points I want to make that lean toward them possibly being
together in a romantic sense throughout the manga.
My main point
is how comfortable they are around each other. Comfortable enough that she’s the only one he cries in front of. He holds back his emotions throughout Hughes’ entire funeral and only lets himself be vulnerable when they’re alone in front of Hughes’ grave.
A lot of people say
there’s a lot of unresolved sexual or romantic tension between them
throughout the series, but I honestly don’t see that. I see two people
who clearly care about one another a great deal, who, with one look,
make it obvious that they’re in love. But I don’t see them really pining
for one another or anything like that. They act like an old married
couple. They don’t seem to act like they want to kiss or touch each other
desperately. Which, to me, says that perhaps it’s because they already
do. (This could be because I’m Ace, though, and I do not go looking for
sexual implications in my OTPs, so maybe it just goes over my head all
the time, but…)
Case in point, I knew my husband for ten years before
we got married. In the first four years or so, we definitely were a
couple of teenagers in love. We pined for one another when we couldn’t
see each other. When in public, we stared at each other silently wishing
we could go somewhere to be alone, we made out as often as possible.
After about four or five years, the feeling of “I need to touch this
person because I have a lot of pent up sexual and romantic tension for
them” pretty much died down and we became very comfortable with just being around each
other. If we didn’t hug or kiss for a while, it was no big deal because
we had each other and we knew we could arrange to be together to do
those things whenever.
My point is, Roy and Riza act like that
around each other, which tells me that perhaps the reason they aren’t
desperate to touch one another all the time is because they already do. They already do all the things normal couples do.
They’re used to intimacy so why would they itch to touch each other
24/7? If they were as in love as they appeared to be, but couldn’t be
with each other, I think they’d show more signs of yearning for one
another. This, of course, could be because we just don’t see it since
they were not the focus of the series and their relationship had no huge
importance to the story (and Arakawa has said that she does not include
anything that doesn’t need to be in the story), but I feel like, even
with the amount of time they had been together, if they had never
touched each other or kissed or hugged or whatever, they’d have a hard
time masking the want they would have for each other. Their comfort in
each other’s presence could be more than just them having spent a long
My other point is the Barry the Chopper scene where
Roy gets super jealous of Barry touching Riza and prepares to burn him
to a crisp. Riza stops him and seems absolutely unfazed by his jealousy,
which could indicate that he’s acted like that multiple times in the
past and she’s used to telling him to calm the hell down.
Roy also gets annoyed again after they’re done interrogating Barry to see if he’s the real thing. Barry flirts with Riza again calling her ‘Missy,’ looking at her with hearts over his head. Roy is visibly annoyed in this scene as well.
My next point isn’t exactly evidence, but Roy and Riza did change clothes in a
car together and didn’t come out of that looking flustered or blushing or
anything like they might have if they were unused to seeing each other
in various states of undress. I mean, yeah, Roy learned his alchemy from
her bare back, but it’s not like he saw anything else. I feel like he’d
still get flustered if he saw her without a shirt on, even if it was
just her back, because if they weren’t together, if they weren’t
touching each other on a somewhat regular basis, he’s just a guy in love
and he’d want to touch her and he’d blush about it or get embarrassed easily
when seeing her. Think about Ed in that scene where he was in the room
when Winry was changing. He was flushed and embarrassed because he was a
kid in love who had never touched the person he loved intimately
before. So this one kind of goes back to my ‘comfortable with each
Oh, and also, that scene where Madame Christmas asks why
Roy doesn’t just go play with Elizabeth. What kind of ‘play’ is she
insinuating? And why does she know this is something he would do? And why do the other girls
think they have a ‘chance’ now that Elizabeth has been taken by another
man? What has Roy been telling them about her?
Anyway, these are all minor things. It doesn’t necessarily point to them being in an actual relationship. It’s probably more just evidence that they care for one another beyond that of superior and subordinate, but these are the things that do make me question whether or not they were actually in a secret relationship.
Side Note: I’m talking post Ishval relationship here, not young royai. I’m a firm believer that nothing happened between them pre-Ishval, not even when Roy studied flame alchemy from Riza’s bare back. What I’m talking about here are all the things that make me think they might have had a relationship during the series, in the time after Ishval and after Riza becomes Roy’s subordinate.
It was swift. It was brief. But Heymans Breda stood in disbelief.
It was brief.
It was quick.
It was just a peck right on the lips. They didn’t hear him come in the room. They didn’t see him standing there. But he was rooted where he stood as they leaned in towards each other. And for a second, he remembered thinking, “Don’t they know they’ll clash heads moving in like that?”
And he felt so stupid, which hadn’t happened in a while. Heymans Breda was lauded for his smarts. He graduated with honors from secondary and top of his class in the academy. Density didn’t exist within Breda’s head.
They moved away from each other just as swiftly as they closed in, smiling at each other. Not in the way he’d look at his mother. Then they noticed him. And it was probably the shock, or the belief that if you push something away enough, it’ll go away. It wasn’t the case of this Second Lieutenant. The Colonel and Lieutenant coughed dismissively and went about their business.
It was after the fact, when there was time to process, he couldn’t believe he hadn’t caught the Colonel tell her, “Kiss me, quick.”
He approached Hawkeye later in the day. He respected her as a woman, as his superior, and most importantly, as his friend. Which is why he had no qualms approaching her as she fidgeted with files in the empty records room with a deadpanned face. “What was that?”
“What was what?” She answered him.
Riza Hawkeye talents spanned across many things, lying and denying was not one of them. Breda’s eyebrows raised in astonishment. She didn’t even look him in the eye to respond. His head moved in front of hers, “Don’t play dumb. I know what I saw.”
A lesser man than Breda would have missed it, now he knew the Colonel wouldn’t have missed it. She gave him the most stoic look, her signature look, and told him. “We’re just friends.” The subtle red tinge of her cheeks and the quiet hitch in her breath gave her away, despite her best efforts to keep it steady. She turned, files in hand.
He taunted after her, “Friends don’t kiss.”
She twisted around posthaste, the slightest release of panic in her round, pretty eyes. But this was his Lieutenant Hawkeye, hardened from the ravages of war, and the stare made him feel like he was who kissed the Colonel.