, is a fictional character in the Fullmetal Alchemist universe created by Hiromu Arakawa and developed into a media franchise, consisting of a series of manga, anime, soundtrack, OVAs, movies, video game, and even collectible. He is a human child who lost his body during an alchemic experiment to bring his deceased mother back to life, and had his soul "attached" to a suit of armor by his brother, Edward Elric.
Al's blood seal lies just below the base of the neck at the back of the suit, on the inside. It is drawn with Ed's blood. According to Edward, he needs to be careful whenever he reconstructs Alphonse's body because he must keep the blood seal intact during the transmutation. If the blood seal is removed, Al's soul will be lost.
The name of Alphonse Elric in Japanese contains a play of language regarding the nature of the character. In Japanese, his nickname is written with the katakana "aru" (アル) to mimic the pronunciation of "Al." The hiragana "aru" (ある, pronounced exactly the same) would represent the verb "to exist." The Japanese have two verbs for "to exist" - one for animate objects such as people (iru), and one for inanimate objects (aru). A major theme of the series is whether or not Alphonse still exists as a person with his soul affixed to a suit of armor, and his name takes on an additional layer of meaning with respect to this struggle to define what he has become.
Alphonse is a sweet boy who loves (mostly feline) strays, a very strong pacifist (despite being one of the most accomplished hand to hand fighters in the series), and is kind and gentle to everyone. He almost stays the same age in his armor 'body' and because of this, speaks with a child's voice despite his size. Edward, feeling a tremendous guilt over affixing Al to something that won't grow or have senses, doesn't care what happens to himself and would without second thought give his life to give Al his body; he believes Al may lose his humanity. Alphonse is completely against Edward dying or being separated from him, so Al stops his brother from going too far for him.
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