Fullmetal Alchemist

Season 3 Episode 9

Theory of Avarice

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Aired Saturday 12:00 AM Nov 05, 2005 on Cartoon Network
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The battle to rescue Al is in full force, as Major Armstrong takes to the sewers to fight off Greed's men while Ed remains on the surface in a showdown with Greed and the Military. As Ed and Greed face off, Ed must make the ultimate decision: is he willing to take someone's life to save his brother?moreless

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  • my favorite episode!

    10
    ed is in the states custody and manages to get away armstrong meets law and they duke it out. marta is hiding inside of al's armor. greed decides to give dante a visit in her manor but is surprised to see dante's body split in half. lyra(really dante) uses a binding homunculus seal to take away greed's red stones. ed sees strange lights coming from the manor. he notices dante's body rotting in the corner and accuses greed of killing her. ed refuses to listen to him so they fight. ed manages to decompose his "ultimate shield" and pierce his chest, thus killing him. greed tells ed to make sure the other homunculus meet their demise.moreless
  • Action-packed episode. Armstrong faces Law, Ed vs. Greed & a few characters meet their demises. Ed is confronted with a choice- to kill or be killed. Maybe the series' best episode.moreless

    10
    The episode starts off with Ed being in the Militaries custody, but he easily manages to give them the slip. Meanwhile, in the sewers, Armstrong goes one on one with Law. Greed & his minions still manage to escape though. But then Lust finds their hideout & Gluttony and she kill Dorochet & Law. They gave their lives so that Greed could escape with Al. Then Greed goes to pat Dante a visit. But, Dante seems to be split open while her maid, (supposedly)Leera lures Greed into a trap. After losing most of his power, Greed meets Ed again. But this time, its serious. The 2 have an awesome battle and Ed manages to break through Greeed's shield & kill him. Greed then explains the homunculi's weaknesses to Ed and tells him how to finish them off before he dies. Ed was tormented by the fact that he had to take a life, but as always, he kept pushing forward, not telling others about his sufering.moreless
  • Brilliant. Simply brilliant.

    10
    This episode was amazing in Japanese, and is one of the few that actually retained its grandeur in English. The "Given answers to new questions" ratio is perfect, as it tells how to kill the homunculi and what happens in the process, but also makes one wonder exactly how Ed and Al will overcome the remaining six, and what each of their specific weaknesses is.

    In my opinion, the fight is the most important part of the episode. It's beautifully animated, and it appears almost like a wicked dance until the very last moment. I didn't want to move, blink, even breathe, for fear of missing a single beat.



    Beyond just the obvious repercussions, this episode advanced Ed's character immensely. I felt that his conquest of Greed was almost like a rite of passage, something that allowed him to be viewed as an adult. Not only did he finally decide to take a life, but he did so in a calm, cool, calculating manner. I don't want to infer too much without actually having some sort of proof behind it, but I daresay that if one were to make the statement, "Ed has bested Greed," it could be taken in more than just the literal sense.



    All in all, "Theory of Avarice" is an exquisite episode, and one worth watching more than just once.moreless
  • Possibly my favorite so far *spoilers*

    10
    I always liked how Greed treated his followers as equals, not as a mindless minions. It was awesome to see his henchmen still being loyal to Greed, through the millatary and Lust and Gluttony, even if it lead them to there own death. Then we get hit with the plot twist of Dante being dead, and Lyra being not herself. And then Greed vs Ed. An awesome fight. (Greed looks totally badass transformed by the way) And Greeds death scene was incredible. Sacrificing himself to show Ed how to beat the homunculy, just as the Devil's Nest sacrificed themselves for him. Ed's freakout about killing Greed was a bit over dramatic, but it's suits his character. And through all of this, Armstrong still manages to make a few funny jokes. A truly great episode.moreless
  • all i can say is oh my god!

    10
    Well this is a really good episode. there are many things that are revealed in this ep. The way to defeat the humunculi is revealed, by greed, how makes his final appearance in this ep, unfortunaly. This ep is very very important ti the series i think. it is defently one of my favorites thought even though it has a sad ending for some people. and why not just call it theory of greed.moreless
John Gremillion

John Gremillion

Law

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Justin Pate

Justin Pate

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Jason Lloyd

Jason Lloyd

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Laura Bailey

Laura Bailey

Lust

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Christine Auten

Christine Auten

Izumi Curtis

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Chris Cason

Chris Cason

Gluttony

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