[Honey's Crush Wednesday] Top 5 Maes Hughes Highlights: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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As one of the most lovable characters of the Fullmetal Alchemist series, Maes Hughes has successfully captured many fans’ hearts! Sharp, jovial, and sometimes a nuisance, Maes Hughes will be the star of this time’s HCW, so here’s the top 5 Highlights of Maes Hughes of the Fullmetal Alchemist series!

  • Episodes :64
  • Genre :Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Magic, Military, Shounen
  • Airing Date : Apr 5, 2009 to Jul 4, 2010
  • Producers :Aniplex, Square Enix, Mainichi Broadcasting, Studio Moriken

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In a world where Alchemy exists, the Elric brothers, Edward and Alphonse, decided to commit the ultimate taboo in Alchemy, and that is to perform the act of human transmutation. When their efforts backfired, both brothers lost parts of their body. In order to restore their bodies, the Elric brothers decides to join Military to become State Alchemist and further research ways to get back their bodies.

Maes Hughes Bio

Lt. Colonel Maes Hughes is an Amestrian State Military Officer residing in Central City. During the Ishvalan Extermination Program, Maes Hughes met again with Roy Mustang, his best friends since their time at the military academy, it was at that point that Maes Hughes decides to work under Roy and support him to be the next Fuhrer.

Maes Hughes Highlights

1. His Tendency to Ditch His Work

In every workplace there in the world, there is always that one guy that is known to be the shirker. In the FMA:B series, Maes Hughes is THAT guy. Perhaps this bad work ethic that Hughes has, is one of the most intriguing things about him, contributing to how this character is so loveable.

In episode 9, Hughes was shown ditching work, leaving Sheska with overtime work so that he would be able to visit Edward Elric at the hospital. During his ‘free time’ at work, Hughes tends to brag about his wife and his daughter to his best friend Colonel Mustang, by calling him during work hours, using the army telephone line nonetheless.

2. The Serious side of his personality

Even though most of the time in the series,Maes Hughes is depicted as jovial, funny, random and somewhat a comic relief, Hughes can be serious at times and wise too. This part of his personality is a rare gem and a cherry-on-top for this character, as most people can relate to his theory and point of view in things.

It’s exactly what this character needs as it enables him to touch people on a personal level, and that is a big contributing factor to how Hughes can become one of the most lovable characters in the FMA:B series. One such case occur in episode 9, when Maes Hughes was able to ease Winry’s worry of the Elric Brothers by sharing his perspective as a male individual.

“I guess that’s just the way things are. Guys always convey things with actions, not words, so if it’s something tough, they don’t want to others to have to put up with it. They don’t want to worry people, either. So they don’t say it. But even then, if those brothers happen to whine… you comfort them and set them straight. I think that’s perfect.”

3. His Persistency

Maes Hughes is a genuine and kind type of guy, despite the fact that he can be known to be a forceful person, never taking “no” for an answer, but for the right reasons though. This was shown in episode 9, where he offered his hospitality to Winry who was travelling to Central to visit Edward. Before Winry can say anything, he plain out dragged her from the hospital room.

Because of this peculiar trait, Edward remarks him as a kidnapper. This quirky and funny side of Hughes is one of the things that would definitely make you laugh and love him at the same time.

4. Extremely Smart and Attention to Detail

Behind this comic relief of a character, Maes Hughes is regarded as an extremely smart and detailed individual. In the series, Maes Hughes was the first individual to find out about the link between the riots that happened throughout Amestris and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Even when he was confronted by Envy, who was disguising as 2nd Lt. Ross, he was able to see through the disguise immediately, as Envy’s disguise was missing a mole under his left eye. This trait of Hughes becomes a testament to his abilities, earning him praise and respect from the FMA:B community.

5. He Genuinely Loves His Wife and Kid

As you’d probably realize it by now, Maes Hughes really loves his family, always carrying photos of his wife and daughter with the purpose of bragging about them to other people. His relationship with his family is somewhat an ideal type of relationship that many fans considered cute.

Unfortunately, when Envy discovered this, he transformed into Gracia to confuse Hughes, making him hesitate to kill Envy. This allows Envy to shoot Hughes, ultimately killing him. Moments before his death, Hughes mumbles to himself, apologizing to both his wife and daughter that he couldn’t come home.

“Elicia… Gracia… I’m sorry… I don’t think I can… keep my promise…” – Maes Hughes


Final Thoughts

Overall, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is an epic anime with well-thought-out characters, each with its own development. Loveable characters such as Maes Hughes and others, have significantly impacted the series overall.

Funny, quirky, and emotional. These are the words that can be used to describe Maes Hughes. Although it was heartbreaking to see him die in the series, his death has become one of the most crucial aspects for the plot to unfold. Did it break your heart when Hughes died? Do you agree that Hughes is one of the most loveable characters in the FMA:B series? How would you picture the perfect ending for Maes Hughes? Leave them in the comments below!

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Author: Winfrey Widjijanto

Hi! My name is Winfrey and I come from Indonesia. I’m currently residing in Jakarta to pursue my bachelor degree but I hope in the near future I get to travel to new places including Japan! Still in search of my passion though, but so far, music and writing seems to interest me the most. (Just starting out) Desperately trying to learn new things and striving to become a better person each passing day. Cheers from Jakarta!

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