|Name:||Riza Hawkeye (リザ・ホークアイ, Riza Hōkuai)|
|Occupation:||Roy Mustang's adjutant|
|Relationships:||Berthold Hawkeye (father, deceased); unnamed mother (deceased); Lt. General Grumman (maternal grandfather); Roy Mustang (commanding officer); Black Hayate (pet dog)|
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Lieutenant Riza Hawkeye (リザ・ホークアイ, Riza Hōkuai) is a major character in the manga series Fullmetal Alchemist and related media.
A soldier. Her rank is first lieutenant. Transferred to Central after working in Eastern Command. A "cool beauty," who has always been by Roy's side as his aide. Currently, she serves the President. With an extraordinary marksmanship, calm personality, and frank mannerisms, she is feared and trusted by those around her. She has a pet dog that she named "The Black Hayate."
Reception and Popularity
Hawkeye is one of the most popular characters of Fullmetal Alchemist, often ranking just below protagonist Edward Elric and fan favorite Roy Mustang in popularity polls. In the 2004 Animage Anime Grand Prix poll, Hawkeye was voted the most popular female character.
Hawkeye is commonly cited as one of the exemplary strong female characters present in the series.
Fanon and Tropes
Hawkeye's most popular ship — and one of the most popular ships in the Fullmetal Alchemist fandom overall—is Royai, Roy Mustang/Riza Hawkeye. A large share—possibly the majority—of fan art featuring Hawkeye is Royai-themed. Even in fan works featuring other ships with Roy, such as Roy Mustang/Edward Elric, Hawkeye is usually not subject to character bashing as a "love rival", since fans can use her canonical relationship with Mustang as the basis of a strong platonic bond instead of a romantic one.
Most other ships with her are rarepairs, though a few that get more prominent attention in the fandom:
- food for thought, Archived version by gracelesso -- pre-canon fic about Riza and Roy's relationship while Roy was apprenticed to her father.
- Homefront, Archived version by hlwim -- AU in which a pregnant Riza never joins the army and instead goes to stay with the Elrics in Resembool.
- Evolution of Riza Hawkeye, Archived version by likeadeuce -- Riza-centric fic series about her experience in the military academy and Ishvalan War
- delicate, Archived version by lantur -- canon compliant Riza-centric fic that follows her life from childhood through the end of the series and post-series events.
- Visiting Hours, Archived version by Jelly -- Five people who visit Riza in the hospital as she recovers from her injuries post-Promised Day.
Archives and Communities
- FanFiction.Net (FFN): Fullmetal Alchemist stories and crossovers featuring Riza H.
- DeviantArt (DA): Riza-Hawkeye-Fans
- Archive of Our Own (AO3): Riza Hawkeye tagged works
- Pixiv: #リザ・ホークアイ
- CHARACTER | Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Official USA Website. (Accessed 4 Mar 2021.)
- 第26回アニメグランプリ 2004年6月号 (in Japanese). Animage. Retrieved April 11, 2011.
- Riza Hawkeye Day. Tumblr. (Accessed 4 Mar 2021.)
- Arlinghaus, Kayla. Riza Hawkeye Day 2020. (Accessed 4 Mar 2021.)