The WORST Episodes of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 14, 2021

Edward and Alphonse Elric's reckless disregard for alchemy's fun­damental laws ripped half of Ed's limbs from his body and left Al's soul clinging to a cold suit of armor. To restore what was lost, the brothers scour a war-torn land for the Philosopher's Sto­ne, a fabled relic which grants the ability to perform alchemy in impossible ways. The Elrics are not alone in their search; the corrupt State Military is also eager to harness the artifact's power. So too are the strange Homunculi and their shadowy creator. The mythical gem lures exotic alchemists from distant kingdoms, scarring some deeply enough to inspire murder. As the Elrics find their course altered by these enemies and allies, their purpose remains unchanged – and their bond unbreakable.

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Interlude Party

#1 - Interlude Party

Season 1 - Episode 27 - Aired Oct 11, 2009

During a festival from Resembool Hohenheim converses with a young Pinako, who asks him why he remains closed from all the villagers. In the same time, he faces a demon identical to him talks to him about the humans' weakness, as the story so far is recapped. In the end, Hohenheim finds encouragement from a young Trisha, and he wakes up to discover it was all a dream as a result of drinking too much alcohol.

star 7.17
729 votes
Directors: Yasuhiro Irie
Writers: Hiroshi Ōnogi
The Führer's Son

#2 - The Führer's Son

Season 1 - Episode 32 - Aired Nov 15, 2009

As May heads off towards the North with one hooded person, Scar escapes with another to the West. General Grummon, disguised as a woman, meets up with Roy to discuss current matters. Upon hearing that Grumman saw May at the train station, Roy asks Armstrong to pass the message onto Ed, who had decided to look in the library for information on alkahestry. Upon passing on the message, Armstrong also gives Ed a letter of introduction to pass onto General Major Armstrong, his sister. Later on, Ed and Al meet Bradley's adopted son, Selim, and are invited to his house where they also meet Bradley's wife and are later joined by Bradley himself. After the meeting, Ed and Al head off towards the North. Meanwhile, Scar and his accomplice escape from the train heading West, and Kimblee tries to predict his next move.

star 7.60
673 votes
Directors: Yasuhiro Irie
Writers: Hiromu Arakawa
City of Heresy

#3 - City of Heresy

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 19, 2009

Ed and Al arrive at the city of Lior, hoping to find the legendary Philosopher's Stone so they can return their bodies back to normal. There, they meet a priest named Cornello, who is able to perform "miracles." As Ed and Al investigate, they find out the truth about Cornello.

star 7.64
839 votes
Directors: Masao Ookubo
Writers: Hiroshi Ohnogi
Road of Hope

#4 - Road of Hope

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired May 10, 2009

After their encounter with Scar, Ed's automail and Al's armor need to be repaired, so Major Armstrong escorts them to their hometown of Risembool. On their way there, they spot Dr. Marcoh, a scientist who helped create the Philosopher's Stone, and try to convince him to give them the location of the Stone's research data.

star 7.68
799 votes
Directors: Tsutomu Yabuki
Writers: Shôtarô Suga
The 520 Cenz Promise

#5 - The 520 Cenz Promise

Season 1 - Episode 31 - Aired Nov 8, 2009

Ed passes on what Riza told him to Al, and the two contemplate about what to do after they complete their objectives, and as to why Scar and May's alchemy worked when their's was blocked. However, May had run off, so they go and look for her. Meanwhile, Riza, Breda, Fuery and Halman say their goodbyes as they are sent to different HQs, with Roy finding a hidden message inside a chess set Halman gave him. Roy later reminds Ed that he owes him 520 cenz, but Ed decides to keep ahold of it until he becomes Fuhrer. Roy uses the note he got from Falman to make contact with Grumman. Meanwhile, Fu is shocked to find Lan Fan had lost her arm, and declines Ed's help to find an automail mechanic, since it would involve his acquaintances in their troubles. Afterwards, Knox gets a visit from his children, who are pleased to hear he's been able to successfully treat patients. Realising that Marcoh had escaped along with Scar, Envy releases Kimbley from prison, giving him to the task to retrieve Marcoh and kill Scar. Wanting to find out more about Kimbley and the secrets behind his brother's alchemy, Scar destroys Marcoh's face so it won't be recognised, before heading off to the North to recover his brother's notes.

star 7.71
688 votes
Ice Queen

#6 - Ice Queen

Season 1 - Episode 34 - Aired Nov 29, 2009

Upon entering the fortress, Ed and Al are taken to the medical room where Ed is treated for frostbite. One of the workers reveal that the northern automail used by Buccaneer is made of aluminum and carbon, and Ed's normal steal automail does not work well in the cold. The brothers then are visited by Olivier who demands the brothers tell her about their intentions. The Elrics tell Olivier about their quest to get their bodies back and their search for May, but they don't talk about their dealings with the homunculi. Olivier knows that Elrics are hiding something from her, but she agrees to help search for May and also orders the brothers to go to work, since there's no food for the lazy.

star 7.76
677 votes
Directors: Yoshiro Irie
Writers: Hiromu Arakawa
Hidden Truths

#7 - Hidden Truths

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired May 17, 2009

When Ed and Al arrive at the Central Library they discover that it has been burnt to the ground and instead are taken to see Sheska, a former employee who may have the information they seek. Meanwhile, in East City an unexplained explosion causes Colonel Mustang to restart his search for Scar.

star 7.86
756 votes
Directors: Masahiro Sonoda
Writers: Hiroshi Ohnogi
The Northern Wall of Briggs

#8 - The Northern Wall of Briggs

Season 1 - Episode 33 - Aired Nov 22, 2009

Still on Scar’s trail, Kimblee figures out that he headed north and follows him there. When Kimblee gets word that Scar and Marcoh are on a train, he boards it by having another train run alongside it, but instead of finding Marcoh, he finds Yoki there. Kimblee is then attacked by Scar, and the two recognize each other from their previous encounter years ago. Before Kimblee can really do anything, Scar impales him with a metal pipe, and this leaves Kimblee no choice but to use his alchemy to separate the two parts of the train, with Scar on the other part. Realizing that something happened, the train’s operators stop it and find the injured Kimblee, but he orders them to keep going. Unbeknownst to Kimblee, the real Marcoh is heading north on foot with May Chang. The two eventually reach the shack where Scar’s brother’s research is located, and they find it intact.

star 7.91
637 votes
Directors: Yasuhiro Irie
Writers: Hiromu Arakawa
Miracle at Rush Valley

#9 - Miracle at Rush Valley

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 14, 2009

The Elric brothers along with Winry finally arrive in Rush Valley, where Ed is pick-pocketed and Winry must deliver a baby.

star 7.93
804 votes
Directors: Yasuhiro Irie
Writers: Hiroshi Ohnogi
The Shape of This Country

#10 - The Shape of This Country

Season 1 - Episode 35 - Aired Dec 6, 2009

After Olivier comes up with a plan to stop Sloth, Buccaneer forcefully recruits the Elrics and Falman for the plan. With everything in place, Olivier and her trio of tanks ram Sloth into the elevator which is sent down to the level with the exposed walkway. The confused Sloth walks out of the elevator and immediately gets fuel spilled onto him by Buccaneer's group and is pushed over the railings with a combined effort from Olivier's tank, Falman, and the Elrics. The fuel spilled onto Sloth is cold weather fuel that evaporates even in the middle of winter, and with blizzard conditions outside Sloth is quickly frozen. After freezing Sloth, Olivier orders Buccaneer to put the Elrics into the fort's holding cells so she can question them later. The next morning, the Elrics are thanked by several soldiers for helping during Sloth's invasion, but the soldiers still wouldn't let the Elrics out of their cell.

star 7.93
696 votes
Directors: Yosuhiro Irie
Writers: Hiromu Arakawa
Rain of Sorrows

#11 - Rain of Sorrows

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired May 3, 2009

After learning about what happened to Shou Tucker and his daughter Nina, the Elric brothers begin to question what alchemy really is. Meanwhile, Colonel Mustang and the other State Alchemists track down the serial killer Scar.

star 7.94
805 votes
Directors: Hiroshi Iketomi
Writers: Michihiro Tsuchiya
The Ishvalan War of Extermination

#12 - The Ishvalan War of Extermination

Season 1 - Episode 30 - Aired Nov 1, 2009

Years ago, Roy's desire to become a state alchemist is disapproved of by his teacher, Berthold Hawkeye, Riza's father. Before he died of an illness, he asks Roy to look after Riza, who has an alchemic symbol on her back. In the present, Ed visits Riza to return the gun she gave him and asks about Ishbal. After the war broke out, Bradley passed a document announcing the extermination of the Ishbalans. This takes it toll on many alchemists, including Roy which isn't helped by the taunts of Kimblee, who enjoys killing. As Marcoh tells Scar his side of the story, he reveals that he was involved in using Isbalans to make the Philosopher's Stone, which was given to the state alchemists to enhance their alchemy. The Ishbalan leader tried pleading with Bradley to end the killing in exchange for his life, but was rejected. When the war finally ended, Roy resolved that he would work to become the new Fuhrer to protect the people and appointed Riza as her second-in-command. Riza mentions to Ed that when they finally achieve peace, they may have to be punished for the people they have killed. When Envy checks Marcoh's cell, he finds nothing left but a beheaded corpse and the word "vengeance" written in blood on the wall.

star 7.96
702 votes
Footsteps of a Comrade-in-Arms

#13 - Footsteps of a Comrade-in-Arms

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Jul 19, 2009

Ed, Al and Winry arrive in Central to continue their research, and discover the truth about what happened to Lt. Colonel Hughes. Meanwhile, as Colonel Mustang continues to search for clues regarding Hughes' murderer, Second Lieutenant Maria Ross is accused of committing the crime.

star 7.97
788 votes
Directors: Yasuhiro Irie
Writers: Hiroshi Ōnogi
Fullmetal Alchemist

#14 - Fullmetal Alchemist

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 5, 2009

After escaping from Central Prison, the Freezing Alchemist, Isaac McDougal, sets his plan in motion to kill Führer King Bradley. However, under the command of Lt. Col. Roy Mustang, the military and State Alchemists attempt to stop him.

star 7.98
1,229 votes
Directors: Takahiro Ikezoe
Writers: Hiroshi Ohnogi
Created Feelings

#15 - Created Feelings

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired May 31, 2009

Ed is now in a hospital recovering from his wounds and Al is unable to let go of what Number 66 told him back at the Fifth Laboratory. Meanwhile, Winry agrees to make a trip to Central in order to repair Ed's automail... again!

star 8.00
804 votes
Directors: Masao Ookubo
Writers: Hiroshi Ohnogi
Envoy from the East

#16 - Envoy from the East

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Jul 12, 2009

Scar and Yoki gain a new companion in the form of a young girl from Xing named Mei Chan, who displays her country's unique form of alchemy. Lieutenant Riza Hawkeye recruits an unlikely new ally for Colonel Roy Mustang, whilst Edward and Alphonse return to Rush Valley to get Edward's automail arm, but the brothers encounter Ling Yao from Xing, and his two dangerous bodyguards.

star 8.00
853 votes
Directors: Yasuhiro Irie
Writers: Hiroshi Ōnogi

#17 - Daydream

Season 1 - Episode 39 - Aired Jan 10, 2010

When faced with the option of judging her parents' killer, Winry decides to heal Scar's wounds, knowing it would be something her parents would do. Miles explains to Scar that he joined the military to gradually change the way people think of Ishbalans. Since Marcoh and May need Scar to decipher his brother's research, Miles offers to hide everyone at Fort Briggs, with Al insisting on sparing the two chimera. While Marcoh and company head for Briggs via tunnels in the mines, Winry comes up with rouse to make it look like Scar has kidnapped her to elude Kimblee just before a blizzard sets in. However, as Marcoh's group heads for the fort, Miles gets word that Olivier is no longer at Briggs and the fort is being manned by Central people. Al goes into the blizzard to find Marcoh's group and warn them. While in the blizzard, Al briefly sees his body, and wonders if it is trying to get its soul back. Meanwhile, Father makes plans involving Ed, Al, Hohenheim, Izumi, and one more candidate.

star 8.06
665 votes
Directors: Yasuhiro Irie
Writers: Hiromu Arakawa
Struggle of the Fool

#18 - Struggle of the Fool

Season 1 - Episode 29 - Aired Oct 25, 2009

Envy leads Ed and Al, who has sneaked May in his armor, out of Father's hideout, which is actually under military HQ, to meet with Bradley. Ed threatens to quit the military, but Bradley says he will kill Winry if he does. However, he allows Ed and Al to continue their research. Roy enquires if Bradley was the one who killed Hughes, which he wasn't. After checking Winry is alright, Ed and Al encounter Greed, who gives them a message to Lan Fan from Lin. Meeting up with Bradley, Greed points out that Lin is still fighting for control. Roy reveals Bradley's identity to Armstrong, and ponders that there may be another homunculus hidden in the shadows. Al passes on Lin's message to Lan Fan, as well as telling her about him and Greed, encouraging her to get an automail arm. Ed, hearing that other alchemists alchemy had failed the same time as his and Al's, wonders how Scar and May's alchemy works. Meanwhile, as Father creates a new copy of Gluttony, Scar encounters Marcoh in their prison, who begs him to kill him so the homunculus cannot use him for their plans. However, Scar demands to hear more about the Ishbalan war from him.

star 8.06
750 votes
The First Homunculus

#19 - The First Homunculus

Season 1 - Episode 37 - Aired Dec 20, 2009

Winry fixes up Ed's automail before Kimblee talks with him, ordering his men to keep Al separated from him. Olivier sends a search party down the tunnels, who find a couple of survivors warning them not to put any lights on. Riza learns that Bradley's son, Selim, is a homunculus named Pride who attacks from the shadows. Kimblee orders Ed to search for Scar and Marcoh and create a bloody crest similar to Ishbal in Briggs, tempting him with a Philosopher's Stone if he accepts. After telling Al and Winry all about it, he grudgingly accepts the job, though doesn't intend to use the stone himself. As Ed and Al go to search for Scar, their real intent to find May as well, Winry decides to accompany them.

star 8.09
686 votes
Directors: Yasuhiro Irie
Writers: Hiromu Arakawa
Conflict at Baschool

#20 - Conflict at Baschool

Season 1 - Episode 38 - Aired Dec 27, 2009

Riza gets a call from Roy, but is unable to say anything in fear of being watched by Pride. In the town of Baschool, Ed and Al, along with Winry, lose the guards that were assigned to them and end up running into May and Marcoh. Meanwhile, Scar encounters a couple of Kimblee's men, a pair of chimeras, and runs into trouble with them. Scar gets pinned, but Ed and Al arrive and beat the chimeras, before restraining Scar themselves. Winry and Miles arrive, and Winry confronts Scar face-to-face about her parents' deaths. Explosions then take place and it appears that Scar has taken Winry hostage. Meanwhile, as Olivier's squad retrieve the survivors from the tunnels, Briggs is approached by some people.

star 8.10
636 votes
Directors: Yasuhiro Irie
Writers: Hiromu Arakawa
Revving at Full Throttle

#21 - Revving at Full Throttle

Season 1 - Episode 44 - Aired Feb 14, 2010

Al and Winry are welcomed by Rosé and the people of Liore. Meanwhile, Darius, one of the chimeras who helped Ed after he had been injured, goes to a bank and makes a withdrawal from Ed's State Alchemist research account. However, the military is informed and they storm the clinic where Ed and the chimeras are, though the trio manages to escape from them. Hohenheim tells Al the truth about himself and his involvement with Father. While Olivier is shown the army of artificial humans created by the military, Bido is spotted by Greed. Bido realizes who he is and tries to make him remember his chimera friends, but Greed ends up killing him. Angered at seeing Greed kill one of his friends, Lin's conscience has a vicious clash with Greed's. Later that night, Greed storms King Bradley's mansion and confronts him in front of his wife and Selim.

star 8.11
743 votes
Directors: Yasuhiro Irie
Cold Flame

#22 - Cold Flame

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Jul 26, 2009

After being interrogated, Second Lieutenant Maria Ross is convicted for the murder of Brigadier General Hughes. Upon hearing about the news, Barry the Chopper sets out to break her out of jail. Meanwhile, Major Armstrong takes Ed with him on a trip under the pretext of going to Risembool to get his automail repaired.

star 8.11
811 votes
Directors: Yasuhiro Irie
Writers: Hiroshi Ōnogi
One Is All, All Is One

#23 - One Is All, All Is One

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 21, 2009

The Elric brothers arrive in Dublith, where they are reunited with their teacher, Izumi Curtis. This leads the brothers to reminisce about the first time they met Izumi, and all of the difficult training she put them through.

star 8.15
861 votes
Directors: Yasuhiro Irie
Writers: Hiroshi Ohnogi
The Fifth Laboratory

#24 - The Fifth Laboratory

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired May 24, 2009

Ed and Al sneak inside the Fifth Laboratory to search for more answers about the origins of the Philosopher's Stone. However, it is not long before they are each attacked by former death row murderers who now guard the complex.

star 8.15
804 votes
Directors: Tohru Ishida
Writers: Hiroshi Ohnogi
Signs of a Counteroffensive

#25 - Signs of a Counteroffensive

Season 1 - Episode 42 - Aired Jan 31, 2010

As Marcoh and May try to decipher Scar's brother's notes, Al, who had been taken apart to make him easier to carry, regains consciousness. As they put him back together, May figures how to arrange the notes, which reveal the nationwide Amestris transmutation circle. After further investigation, they find another transmutation circle used for alkahestry. Meanwhile, Kimblee encounters Pride, who tells Kimblee to carve out the Briggs blood crest. Elsewhere, Falman gets into contact with Breda, and Sloth finishes digging the tunnels. Hohenheim arrives in Liore, where Rose and the other citizens are rebuilding, and finds an underground passage under the church of Leto. As he stumbles upon Sloth's tunnel, he is attacked by Pride but manages to escape outside its boundary, and then tells Pride to let Father know he would be coming. Meanwhile, in order to carve out the blood crest, Kimblee conspires with Drachman forces to attack Briggs, and Zampano informs Envy of Marcoh's location.

star 8.16
636 votes
Directors: Yasuhiro Irie