Now, while I should state that I have an incredible bias towards Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood in every way possible, what follows is my comparisons between the Seven Sins Homonculi in each series, with absolutely no unbiased commentary whatsoever. I just wanted to make that clear.
Fullmetal Alchemist - Envy
|I can't be the only one that had trouble with Envy's gender?|
"In the first anime adaptation, Envy was the first homunculus and the only one with no desire to become human..."
Now, someone explain to me, how the literal embodiment of "I want that because you have it!" is the only homonculus to not desire to be human in a series? How does that make any sense?!
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - Envy
|Well that's not horrifying|
|Evokes the perfect mixture of pity and disgust.|
Unlike the other series, in this series, Envy desperately wants to be human, but is ashamed of his...envy, which in fact, is very reflective of someone consumed by envy. (I have said the word envy so many times!)
|Greed, also known as the deadly sin of fabulousness!|
|Can't touch this.|
|Poor, fat, baby.|
|Get in mah belly!|
|What a lost, vapid expression.|
|If I can't use you, what good are you?|
Fullmetal Alchemist - Sloth
|I can't be the only one that thought this was lazy writing.|
Compared to Brotherhood's version of Sloth, this really felt thrown in at the last minute and she didn't seem to exemplify any characteristics of anything, let alone sloth.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - Sloth
|This is really getting in the way of all the digging he's supposed to be doing.|
|This isn't Wrath. It's insanity.|
|I have nothing comedic for this level of sadness.|
Having Wrath come back as her child completely robs the series of this profound realization (as does this series' entire take on homonculi). It also reaffirms that you can, in fact, bring back loved ones, but incompletely, and as homonculi, whereas, in Brotherhood, it's affirmed that you cannot, in any way, bring someone back after they're gone. This sharp difference between the series is exemplified in the way Izumi is made to bear the burden of her mistake in caring for Wrath in this series, instead of giving her the relief of letting go. It diminishes her strength of character for the rest of the series in a way we don't see in Brotherhood.
Furthermore, this kid isn't wrath. I'm sorry, but he isn't. He's a child with a temper tantrum exploding back and forth between delightful glee and rage, only resorting to the latter when he doesn't get his way. Do you think true Wrath would care about getting his way in any way that that was the only consequence to inducing his fury? No! Wrath would be full of rage and violence and bloodlust regardless of circumstances. That's the point! We all feel rage, and every other sin, depending on circumstances. A character that only feels an emotion some of the time isn't a character that deserves to embody that trait exclusively.
|Your joyful exuberance sickens me.|
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - Wrath
|Now, this is the face of wrath.|
|I have a sword. Now just give me someone to stab.|
|I'm just brimming with self-assurance. Can't you tell?|
I tell you that, to tell you that, Pride is enveloped in himself, consumed in his own identity and how valuable he believes he is. Pride is in control because Pride can't fathom a reality in which he is not the best. It should only be when this reality is threatened that Pride looses his cool. Even then, he would not turn to anger so much as manipulation. Turning to anger when your identity is threatened is Wrath. Turning to further manipulation, further sinking into one's rabbit hole of lies and ego, that's what Pride does.
While King Bradley is largely calm and composed, and even at times, prideful, he is far more humble than anything else. He places much of his value not in himself, but in Father or in "the plan" or in progress, however he sees it, and this is true of Bradley in both series. Now, while pride can masquerade as humility, it is my personal opinion that, more often than not, Bradley's humility is genuine.
He doesn't care much about himself. Even when he describes how he used to be human and the process he underwent to become a homunculus, it's as if he's detached himself from either category and is more concerned with goals as something to put weight into. That is the attitude of someone who sees the big picture as bigger than themselves. That's not the attitude of Pride. In these ways, Bradley is far too reserved to be Pride.
In other ways, he's too unreserved. His gloating is forced, and his ego is obvious. Painfully so. People truly consumed with pride have learned how to hide these traits most of the time, because being prideful doesn't get you the attention and accolades you're after. You have to learn false humility, and prideful people know this. Bradley doesn't. There's no way he got to that level of power and didn't learn it either. It's just awkward and forced and disappointing.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - Pride
|The villain we deserve|
He totally knows how to play the sweet, innocent, little, school boy, the perfect child, and then, on a dime, switch over to a power hungry, impatient, warlord-esque, manipulator dangling his power over your head, just in case you forgot how easily he could squash you. And boy, does he love reminding people of that! His ability to go from wide-eyed wonder to consumed with disdain and compete assurance is proof of his understanding of how pride really works. It's manipulative. It's patient. It's judgmental of others. And it's sure it's going to win.
|You could eat the smugness off a plate its so real.|
So these are entirely my own reasons for why I think the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood rendition of the seven deadly sins evoked more of the true characteristics of the vices. Feel free to agree or disagree below!