Edward Elric is the Fullmetal Alchemist, a title awarded to him for his alchemy prowess and signature move of transmuting his right arm into a blade to use in battle.
He is the younger brother of Alphonse Elric who lost his entire body as a result of their failed attempt at human transmutation–which Edward sacrificed his right arm to revive. The Elrics’ childhood friend and love interest are Winry Rockbell who has been pivotal in helping them recover from their ordeals.
Edward’s values are challenged as he fights those with military experience whilst being pushed by those around him into becoming the world’s most powerful State Alchemist before abandoning his goal after meeting Scar who questions how one can justify saving the lives of a few by sacrificing others. It is only after Edward is able to reconcile with his past which he is able to tell his brother that the two of them are not merely killing in order to become human, but also to protect their loved ones.