Anime Challenge Day 25: Saddest Anime Death

The death of Maes Hugh from Full Metal Alchemist (2003 and Brotherhood)

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There is a lot of different reasons for this.  The first one is that he is like the Phil Coulson of FMA.  While he wasn’t an alchemist, he was completely awesome in his own way.  He apparently was great at knife fighting, which was something we only learned during this scene.  Maes also knew every single important character up to this point.  Colonel Mustang knew him forever which inevitably meant that Hawk Eye knew Maes as well, he took in the Elric brothers while Ed was still recovering, and Winry was invited to his daughter’s birthday party after he met her in the hospital.  This meant that his death affected everyone and motivated them to move forward in different ways.  Sound familiar?

The murder of Maes Hughes weighed on the conscious of everybody, but mostly Mustang.  Deeply devastated by his loss, Mustang spent a lot of time and resources into finding this person and when he eventually did find the killer, there was hell to pay.

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  1. Karandi says:

    Maes Hugh is one of those characters that everyone remembers for his death. It’s such a critical turning point in the story and he’s such a genuinely nice character. Really sad moment. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Scott says:

      It is an important part of the story, but people always abuse the hell out of the Shou Tucker story. There are so many memes and things from that instead of the Maes and that always frustrates me.

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  2. “Daddy said he has lots of work to do and if they bury him he can’t do it when he wakes up.” – even Armstrong wept manly tears.

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    1. Scott says:

      It’s just a powerful moment for everyone.

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  3. Matthew says:

    This part in the anime made me sad. This guy was awesome. He was tough when he was serious but also funny in funny moments. He was one of my favorite characters. 😦

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    1. Scott says:

      Yeah, that’s why his death was powerful. Because he was a great character.

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      1. Matthew says:

        Yeah and like you said, he was a friend to the Elric brothers and in the military. That added more pain.

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  4. Merlin says:

    Another jester who was actually quite genuine, and dangerous in a fight, more than you’d think for a normal guy in the middle of a contest of people with superpowers. His death was soooo close to my pick.

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