lareinaana asked: Just my two-cents: I always liked Lust as a character because she was the only female homunculus. A voluptuous woman being Father's internal expression of both bloddlust and sexual desire seemed like a fridge brilliance aspect to me, especially if he interprets the world through a more cis male eye, being of Hohenheim's blood. His relationship to women is as it is presented in Lust, and as far as I can recall the only time we see him interact with a human female is with Olivier on his last day.
Dwarf in the Flask/Father has never (as far as we know) interacted with women supernatural or otherwise. If he had any interactions/relations with women post-Xerxes, pre-sin expulsion, it was, more likely than not, negative. He may have just had misogynistic tendencies without ever needing to get closer than sight.His internalization of how he viewed women may have been the reason he expelled first Pride, and then Lust and Greed.
Lust’s stoic, deadly and regal embodiment always struck me as particularly amazing on Arakawa’s part. I imagine she has a more developed history between the Dwarf’s escape from his flask and the adventures of the Elric brothers. I believe his “children” are directly reflective of what he gathered on the world from his flask, and the things he saw afterward.
It’s even more drastic if you compare the two: Hohenheim went on to marry for love and have children; Father reproduced asexually while laughing at Hohenheim for having kids with a human woman.
That’s a really interesting take! I think I agree that I read Father as misogynist in some sense, if only because with the name and that to me he was constructed as this imposing, patriarchal figure, and it’s really interesting to view him through that lens. I like all this discussion!
solaris-the-lustful-deactivated asked: I loved your post on Lust and I agree. I think she is my favorite homunclus because in a way she embodies most if not all the sins. Her bloodlust, pride of being a homunculus something she died to keep, her rage and fury is quite scary if you read the manga, the greedy nature to kill those who intrude with their plans, and she likes to use other people when she could do it herself out of a form of sloth. She even cared about the other homunculi like Gluttony. Her voice and nature make her my fav
I agree! Lust is a really fab villian. I think the reason she was killed off early is honestly, she was such a huge threat and so competent that the protagonists wouldn’t have gotten half the wins they did if she had remained around. Hiromu Arakawa seemed to like her too, since she often sighed that she killed her off too quickly and she wished she could go back and do more with her.