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Might Edward have the Napoleon Complex? Interesting Question, N'est Pas?, Ed's character being affected/influenced by being short
post Oct 22 2006, 09:38 PM
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He can be hotheaded, and is angered quite easily.
Just because he doesn't match EVERYTHING perfectly too the tee,
that doesn't mean he does not have it.
I think he might be easily angered and such as mentioned in previous posts because he
has the Napoleon Complex.
I mean, that's not a bad thing!
I love him having it, and his freakouts and sarcasm!
It's just like if you had a major disease, and you shared most of the symptoms...
The doctor wouldn't overlook you because you were missing one.
I'm just saying, If Arakawa made him tall, there's a possibly he would be a lot more,
erm... Yeah, Kivrin, like Mei's vision of Ed.
Which would be bad. Very bad.

On a smaller note, It might just be advancement into maturity, but I noticed as Ed got older (and taller), his outburst became more subtle. Meh.
It probably is. But still.
And sometimes you can have a lot of the symptoms but still not have the disease, or have a different one altogether. <shrug> Generally, I associate describing someone as having a "Napoleon Complex" as a negative and those with it as impacting people around them in a negative way.

Trying to psychoanalyse a fictional character is quite the challenge, especially since consistency is difficult when you have different writers working on the same character (from episode to episode, from series to movie, from manga to anime)! Because I never got the impression that his height made him feel inferior or otherwise doubt his self-worth in any way or that his actions/achievements were excessive or connected to feeling inferior, I can't quite see that he's got N.C.

But who knows? Maybe Arakawa will use it to describe Ed in a future interview or publication and that will settle all doubts.

(Incidentally, I'm an ex-pat from the Land of Canadia, too! <sigh> I miss Canadia ... and May West snack cakes!)
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post Oct 22 2006, 09:46 PM
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I could totally see it either way - in fact, I think it's both... I mean, look at how Ed acted when they were little - he was always like that! I think he's a bit of an NCer, but it got "worse" as he got older... wink.gif


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post Oct 22 2006, 10:02 PM
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I realize this really has nothing to do with the topic, but Napolean was actually average height for a male of his race back then. tongue.gif I'll leave now.

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post Oct 23 2006, 04:39 AM
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Actually, Napoleon, although small by today's standards, WAS of average height.
You're right.
But still, the Napoleon complex is as it stands.
Ed take things out and can be overly aggressive towards people,
you know, kind of grumpy, but that doesn't mean he's always like that...
Anyway, I guess we'd never know unless we asked Arakawa ourselves.
I find his outbursts more common in the manga too...
Bones made he more reserved in my opinion.
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