Edward Elric is adorably earnest and has a good heart, but is still a kid who’s often wrong about things
Everyone around him admits the fact he is still a naive kid
He knows he’s ignorant. Miles know’s he’s ignorant.
and also like, not experienced in the ways of the world at all.
Miles thinks of him as a earnest but naive little kid and is generally amused at and indulgent of him because of this. “He’s a good kid but he doesn’t know what the fuck he’s talking about” is Miles general attitude toward Ed, I’d say.
AND MILES IS PROVEN RIGHT, ED’S NAIVETY DOES ALMOST GET HIM KILLED
Ed is not supposed to be right in this particular situation. I don’t think Miles is necc. supposed to be completely right either, but you know, it’s just life. Actions have consequences. Ed took a stupid risk bc of his ideals and it backfired on him.
When Ed lectures Roy about revenge? Scar kinda notes that BOTH he and Ed have been driven purely by anger in the past (Probably remembering Ed’s “WELL IT’S A GOOD THING IT’S UP TO WINRY BECAUSE I WOULD TOTES WANT TO BEAT YOU TO DEATH” speech. Scar doesn’t hold the same respect for Ed he holds for Winry, u guys. He knows Ed is a fuckup too.)
And Scar and Riza are ultimately the ones who get through to Roy? Like Scar’s like “revenge is fine and all and like I give a shit about what happens to you, but no way are you adequate to make reparations to this country any better than the last guy if you go back on your ideals because you’re really pissed off.”
Ed brings Scar because he knows he would never be able to convince Roy by himself. Because he’s just a kid. Which Roy is like “holy shit this little kid is getting to me how far gone am I” like that’s what he thinks of Ed lecturing him. But it’s the fact he’s like, upset Riza that’s the most alarming. He values Riza’s opinion over anyone elses.
Anyway, yeah, Olivier pretty much thinks of Ed as a naive kid too btw as noted in both the manga and the Brotherhood adaption. In the anime, she even wonders if his naivete might get them all killed
So if you don’t think it’s not stated over and over in the manga that Ed is a CHILD naive, ignorant of the world and not always right I just…? Or that the other characters don’t call him out on being just a privileged naive kid? Idk I didn’t read that at all…none of the adults around him treat him like an equal. They don’t see him as all knowing. They rarely take him seriously. They rarely agree with him. And that’s something I found nice and realistic about FMA, and something that made Ed as a character NOT a mouthpiece or even someone who was right most of the time, I found.