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Family Man Doesn't Begin to Cover It

I Will Do Anything For Them

Lt. Col. Maes Hughes
29 May
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Character Name: Lieutenant Colonel/Brigadier General Maes Hughes
Fandom: Fullmetal Alchemist (manga)

Age: 29
Species: Human
Gender: Male
Sexual Orientation (if applicable): Straight [he’s married]

Physical Appearance:

Maes Hughes is a tall man with broad shoulders and an even broader smile. He has dark black hair that he keeps slicked back and out of his face except for one little antenna that sticks forward. He wears square glasses to correct his vision and has golden brown eyes. His unshaven facial hair, making him look rather rugged, accents his square jaw.

Personality and Traits:
Maes is a kind man with a big heart and is very loyal to those he calls friend. He’s a very friendly and outgoing person. Maes’ friendly nature often evolves into him being a bit of a jokester. He doesn’t care for frowns and likes to see people happy. That doesn’t mean he can’t be serious…he just won’t be that way for long. It can also be argued that this is also how he disguises his own worries because he doesn’t like to have others worrying about him. There are people with worse problems than him after all.

One of Maes’ most prominent features is the fact that he is very much a family man. His wife and daughter are his pride and joy and he has a habit of bragging about them. Maes might also be considered overly protective because he hates seeing others in pain…whether it is physical or emotional. That being the case he is quick to help and sometimes quick to get in trouble for someone else.

Canon Background:
Maes was born into a big family with all boys. Maes was a middle child and helped raise his younger brothers when he was not in school or helping around the house. He lived out in the country, a half a day’s journey from Central by cart, and his family owned a small farm to grow crops. Their mother had passed away when Maes was very young so it was up to him, his siblings, and their father to keep things running. He made friends with Roy Mustang when he was still in grade school. Theirs was a fast friendship and it was because of Roy that Maes decided to get into the Military in the first place. After all, he had no other big plans for his life and it wasn’t like he was going to inherit the farm.

It was not long after his enlistment that he and hundreds of other soldiers were taken to the war in Ishbal.

Promotions were quick on the field of slaughter, but Maes had one bright light, his newly acquired girlfriend, Gracia, whom he had met during training at a café. It was a summer romance at first but the letters they wrote to each other during the war kept them close (and Roy gagging). Maes even showed off her picture to all the other soldiers when he got the chance. He would argue later that the thought of Gracia back home was what kept him sane during that time.

After the war ended, he was placed in the Investigations Division at Central. He married his Gracia not long after and bought a house as soon as he was promoted. It wasn’t long after that that they began planning on children. Maes had grown up in a big family and had plans to have a large family of his own. Gracia would usually just shake her head in amusement and let him have his fantasies.

Of course, then Maes got involved with the Elrics, watching out for the brothers because they held promise for Roy, but it wasn’t long before Maes started to see them as sons (especially after they helped deliver his precious baby girl, Elysia). It did not take long for the Elrics to also use Maes as a resource of information since he seemed to have a talent for gathering it. They didn’t just use Maes though, Maes formed a close bond with the Elrics. He did not want them seeing the same horrors that Roy and himself had witnessed on the battlefield, even if he knew it was inevitable due to the boys’ quest.

He helped in any way that he could. So, he mostly browsed through military records for the boys and listened for hints around the government. It was his investigations that led to the beginning of the end; he started to notice strange reports in the military’s records and things that should have been there were missing. By the time, Maes realized how deep the conspiracy went it was too late to pull back. The homunculus moved in to take care of Maes and their aim was to kill. Maes barely escaped and fled the scene. He tried to contact Roy about it, but he didn’t realize that Second Lieutenant Ross was actually Envy, a homunculus in disguise. Maes killed ‘her,’ or so he thought, but Envy got up and transformed into the likeness of his wife. Maes hesitated because there was no way he could shoot his wife. Envy made his move, shooting Maes instead, after all, family was his one weakness. He was buried and promoted to the rank of Brigadier General…of course being dead he didn’t know that. Maes’ death would forever haunt the Elrics and Roy Mustang, the later of whom would swear revenge on his murderer and kill them himself.

Maes, as part of the Investigations Division, is very good at gathering intel and assessing it. He has a brilliant mind for puzzles (for example he was the first to figure out the homunculus’ plot). He is also quick on his feet in both the literal and figurative sense, able to quickly adapt to a situation and get out of it (most of the time).

As a member of the military, he is also good with a gun but his favorite weapon and one he is best with are push knives, which he can throw with very accurate precision.


His biggest and most obvious weakness is his family (and to an extent his really close friends). He loves them so much that he would do anything for them. This isn’t just his wife and daughter, but close friends like Roy, the Elrics, and even Winry. In the end it was because of his love for them that he died…he hesitated when Envy took the form of his wife and that is what cost him. Another weakness to consider is that Maes wears glasses. When he is not wearing them, his vision gets a little blurry. Objects that are close are especially bad.