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Breaking news:
A pocket envy was caught breaking into the “devil’s nest 2” at 2 pm today. Thankfully, the envy was swiftly removed and placed into a time out sock for twenty minutes. No one was injured, but Pocket Greeds hair was completely ruined and he grumbled about that for ten minutes.

Thank you @ievakasku for the pocket request! It was a lot of fun to do! :)

“So then. Who gets the pleasure of being first to die?”

It’s you. It’s going to be you, you horse’s ass.

It better be.

Envy is baffled as to why in the world Mustang and Scarface are working together. By all means, Scarface should loathe Mustang, right? Well, the old Scarface would have.

Now, he is a changed man. He has come to understand the futility of revenge… and more importantly, he knows full well that the Homunculi were the masterminds of the Ishval Genocide.

The best part about this scene is that absolutely no one is playing Envy’s game. Just scathing, curt responses.

FMA Villains Week - Day 4: Reunion.
Couldn’t work on anything “big” so here we go with this doodle I would like to one day finish. |D Unfortunately I had other stuff to do during the day, so I ended up doodling this very last minute, I hope I’m still on time for the fourth day… OTL
A big thanks goes to my cousin, who gave me this idea. This is what would happen if the Homunculi lived like an average and happy family. We need to see mooooreeee Homunculi interaction *dies*

a common theme in arakawa’s writing of fmab is about choosing life over death, how sacrifice is meaningless, and how each human life is valuable and worth a lot. when we’re introduced to the ingredients of a philosopher’s stone, human lives, it puts that theme into action. we learn from envy during the gluttony’s stomach arc that the souls that are placed into philosopher’s stones are reduced to mere energy. they don’t remember what they look like nor their memories. but .. that doesn’t seem right.

when ed faces envy in his monster form, he hears the voices of those souls crying out things such as “kill me,” “help me,” “give me back my son,” and of course the one that makes ed freeze in place, “big brother, wanna play?”

if these souls were reduced to energy, then how are they still crying out, showing emotions, feeling pain, and calling out to their loved ones?

ed questions this himself when he fights envy. he hesitates because the possibility that these souls can still think, exist, and talk is horrifying to him. they’re trapped inside envy with nowhere to go forever, possibly going insane for being in there so long and begging ed to kill them because it’s better than knowing you won’t ever have a body or be truly human ever again.

envy tells ed that you need to use logic instead of emotions if you are to determine what a human is, but arakawa teaches us in that moment that it’s okay to think with your emotions, that sometimes thinking with your emotions solves problems better than using logic.

hohenheim is a great example of this. he was forced to live with over 500,000 souls trapped inside his body, but unlike father, he actually talked to the people that resided within him. he learned their names, their likes, dislikes. this goes to show that no, the people trapped in those philosopher’s stones were NOT just reduced to energy. they still had their minds even if they didn’t have their bodies, because THINKING and FEELING is what TRULY makes you human, not what you look like.

understanding the seven deadly sins is understanding humanity. father’s downfall was that he severed all those emotions from himself; he didn’t feel emotions towards humans or the people trapped in his stone and couldn’t care less about them, never trying to talk to them or create bonds or connections with them. he saw himself as a higher being when in reality he was just a simple human who thought removing his emotions would make him stronger. 

the citizens of xerxes still remember who they were when they were alive and the people whom they loved. when father gives them bodies for the first time, they still remember hohenheim and how their lives once were, and they are thrilled to walk again.

we learn from winry that being trapped in a philosopher’s stone is painful and feels like being in a prison. the citizens of xerxes in envy’s body would rather be dead than trapped, and when ed uses envy’s philosopher stone to get out of gluttony’s stomach, the souls THANK him.

they are not just reduced energy. ed was right when he had a gut feeling that those people trapped in the stone were still human like his brother and could still think and feel, even if they didn’t have physical bodies. he and his brother still recognized them as people. he hesitates when he has to shoot them.

he has to face this reality again when he fights the immortal legion, soldiers who’ve had souls placed in their bodies, minds possibly manipulated to attack other people, and ed hesitates once again.

envy told ed that you can’t use your emotions to decide, but it was envy in the end who was wrong. he didn’t understand human emotions nor bonds just like the rest of the homunculi. they looked down on people and just saw all the souls trapped in stone as mere energy instead of humans with emotions. they lost the fight because they underestimated the power of what people can do when they work together. it’s okay to think and decide based on your emotions, because it’s just another trait that makes all of us human, another trait that helps us form bonds with one another.

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FMA:B’S HOMUNCULI, THE OUROBOROS TATTOO AND THE SIGNIFICANCE OF ITS PLACEMENT

  • Gluttony; tongue: represents the desire to satisfy his tastebuds.
  • Lust; chest: obviously it puts some focus on her breasts which fuels sexual lust (I’m looking at you, Havoc!) but it also pertains to the temptations of the heart and body in a more broader sense.
  • Envy; thigh: the desire to walk in other people’s shoes. (Yep, that does relate to Envy’s ability to transform into other people.)
  • Greed; hand: the desire to claim all the possessions one wants.
  • Wrath; eye: represents not only the duality within Bradley’s character as a human-based homunculus, but also the window to the soul and its emotional expression which is often concealed under Bradley’s eyepatch and calm demeanour until something in him finally snaps (pretty much always during battle). While he tries to fool those around him with a calm attitude his anger is always simmering just beneath the surface until he eventually frees his eye from its concealment and out comes his full ferocity.  In other words, don’t bottle up your emotions, kids! Anger itself is not inherently evil. It’s a necessary basic emotion that needs a healthy outlet. Hiding it away however like Bradley eventually leads to evil thoughts and actions. That’s what I took from it at least.
    Also on a visual note, his tattoo gives him a red looking eye which is a common motif for anger and/or evil.

  • Sloth; back: …. Sorry, too much work to explain…. lol jk it’s pretty obvious, though. It’s what you lay on to laze about.
  • Pride; self;  Pride is probably the most interesting homunculus in terms of this list because he doesn’t seem to have the tattoo on him.
    Instead, due to his egocentrism, he personifies it. He doesn’t want a symbol, he wants to BE the symbol.
    So he expresses the ouroboros in a number of ways:
    His shadows tend to act like a serpent; such as when they slither across a surface and coil themselves around their victim (like when Hawkeye was first confronted by him), to even the distorted hissing and rattling sounds they will usually make. His shadowy form also lunge attacks and often resides itself inside a dark, underground tunnel like a snake.
    But the biggest clue is when he eats his own brother (and threatens to eat Greed too). Pride even tries to justify it as non-cannibalism because ‘’the homunculi are a collective” since they’re all just an aspect of Father. While this might be true it also means that eating his own sibling is basically the same as eating himself. Can you say ouroboros?
  • Father; self: Just like with Pride—- who is practically a replica of Father so anything I wrote about Pride could apply to him too— Father lacks the tattoo and did the exact same thing to a ‘greedy’ family member as Pride did later on.  The manga actually hints at Father (and by extension Pride) representing the Ouroboros for committing this action with Chapter 31 titled “The Snake That Eats its Own Tail.”

“ Look what we’ve done to you. You’ve got one foot in the grave and your Father has never so much as looked back. Why do you follow him?

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