My favorite thing about Bradley’s origin story is the fact that they never explain why, if at all, Father needed to make a human-based homunculus. The dude thinks humans are roughly on par with ants so it seems kinda pointless to make one of his homunculi human. Especially when it’s clear from the others that Father is perfectly capable of making homunculi who could pass as human if need be.
And my personal explanation for this is that Father, after 300 years sitting underneath Central doing nothing, had pushed himself to such a state of boredom that he made Bradley just as something to do. Like he’d just finished his 800,000th game of chess against Pride (that’s the only thing in his lair–a chess board–go look) and just overturned the board muttering “Fuuuuck this I need a hobby. Pride go get me some human babies I have an idea for an experiment it’ll be cool.”
so a friend and i are having a bit of a debate about Fuhrer King Bradley. She thinks that King is part of his title, but when I heard it spoken, I assumed that King was his first name and Bradley was his last name. Can you shed some light on this?
The first time I watched FMA I also assumed “King” was part of the title, but nope, King is his first name!
You gotta remember FMA was originally in Japanese, and Arakawa toyed around with a lot of name meanings. For example
“Roy” means king (in French, if memory holds).
And that was meant as a subtle, clever connection between Mustang and Bradley, where both men’s first names meant “king” in another language. That gets lost on us as English speakers, because that’s already, ya know, the word for us. If Arakawa had gone with German rather than English (both foreign as a Japanese writer) I think we’d all understand that “Koenig Bradley” is a first and last name combination. She chose the English word for King though, so to us it sounds like a title.
Plus, “Fuhrer” already means ruler. So someone being the “Fuhrer King” is a little silly. That’s not even mentioning the fact that Bradley is not literally a king. He’s the leader of a military state–its Fuhrer–and not part of some royal monarchy
Not to mention, the first time someone calls him King Bradley is when he survives the stone-infusion and the doctors start talking about how he’s now been chosen to lead the country. I highly doubt Bradley was literally bumped instantly to ruler, at age 18, after living on a secret compound his entire life. So he wasn’t “a king” at that time–they were literally naming him King.
A few years ago I went to the Spy Museum in DC, and just recently I had an idea about it. Twenty-first century Amestris having a Spy Museum in Central city, and having an entire room dedicated to Fuhrer Roy Mustang’s informant network that brought down the greatest threat in Amestrian history.