Q:What is it exactly about 03!Roy that makes you love him more than his Mangahood counterpart? I think I kinda agree with you there, especially because of the way the first anime dealt with his PTSD and used the final fight with Pride as a means to make him deal with his own hubris. But I'm very curious to know your thoughts on the subject! Hope this question hasn't been asked a million times already, in any case thanks in advance. ^_^
Sorry, only now getting to this because I’ve been busy all day!
It’s mostly those two things you said - more realistic depiction of his war guilt and trauma, and that I found his whole central struggle more interesting (and that included how it came to a head in the fight with Pride) - but I think in general he was just a far more complex, compelling character in the 2003 anime. Arakawa introduced some potentially-interesting things in her characterization of him in the manga (like a lot of his backstory, for instance) but I don’t think she ever really explored them, or at least, not as much as she should have. Even his war guilt was really just a proxy to exploring his relationships with Riza and Hughes, and motivation for his goal to take over the government. It never got explored in and of itself - and I love that kind of psychological drama, which 03 gave us plenty of and Mangahood gave us very little.
Like, honestly, everything that was negative or fucked-up about him gets sort of…eliminated, “ironed-out” in a way? And he gets an easy way out with what he has to sacrifice. So I don’t understand at all why he’s so popular in the fandom and it’s telling to me that it’s mostly people who seem to find him attractive, or ship him with other characters (usually Riza, sometimes Ed) who are big into his Mangahood character. And they may have gushy meta about this or that but it’s all nitpicky and overanalysis. There’s just not that much to him there and it’s a damn shame because he’s such a fascinating character in the 2003 version.
Also, I liked the decision to have him kill the Rockbells better. Really getting into that would really be more about Scar’s character and how much I despise what was done with him in Mangahood, but on Roy’s end of things… it gave him a more fraught relationship and history with the main characters, as well as adding an extra level to Roy’s existing mountain of guilt. (I really wish 03 had explored Ed’s reaction to that revelation more, because as much as Ed would never admit it, he does really look up to Mustang. It probably fucked him up to learn that this man who’s basically been looking after him for most of his teenage years, caused the defining tragedy of his best friend’s life.) It was also way more realistic to have “young, idealistic, promising soldier is forced by bloodthirsty higher-ups to kill some doctors working for both sides” than “doctors’ patience loses his shit and kills them in a fit of rage.” I mean, shit like what they made Roy do there does happen in real-world militaries. The Scar thing isn’t outright unrealistic, either (and of course, “realism” isn’t necessary in fiction, but that’s another conversation entirely), but it’s…a bit more of a stretch and full of unfortunate implications.
Yeah I planned this to be a paragraph but of course it wasn’t, since 03 Roy Mustang is one of my favorite characters in anything ever. Anyway, thanks for asking!
↳ (3/10) Roy Mustang: "He would never subject Alphonse to it."I’m genuinely upset that they didn’t incorporate this part in the anime (Brotherhood). I feel like it’s very important for the character development and story. It sheds a light on a different perspective of Ed. In both the manga and anime, when he performed human transmutation, Ed was seen as really brave and selfless when giving up his arm for Al’s soul. But what about before that? This is what this scene shows. That Ed was alone. He was scared. He was terrified. Which is so realistic since he was so young at the time. And Mustang’s line of, “he would never subject Alphonse to it,” shows just how much Ed cares for Al, and also shows how the people around him (re: Mustang) can see that too and understand him so well.
UGH THIS WHOLE STORY IT STILL HURTS SO MUCH AFTER ALL THIS TIME
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I think the reason I love this character so much is because of my brother. I have no words to describe his character I feel like I shown enough in my gifs I love his relationship with the Elric bros, how he deals with his PTSD, and we see him grow. In the end, I love how he goes against his plans to become Fuhrer fights against Pride (symbolic to fighting his pride).