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QUOTE (Superninja @ Nov 12 2009, 01:37 PM)
QUOTE (Cece @ Nov 27 2008, 04:49 PM)
The list of reasons why I love Winry is wayyyy to long to count.
I have to say the list of reasons why she shld be hated wld probably be longer.
1. shes a gold digger
2. she has an annoying obsession with automail/ed
3. asks people stupid questions eg. have you ever shot anyone? asking this to riza who is cleaning 1 gun and has 3 more visible guns on her person
4. she is a man beater
5. she sleeps with spanners(look at opening 1 if u dont believe me)
6. forgets to do the simplist things(like putting in a screw) which lead to ed getting hurt
7. she has a terrible dress sense (she wears a black bra on most days)
8. she abandoned pinako to go to rushvalley
9. she gets in the way (when she nearly got herself killed by trying to kill scar)
10. she is so full of herself thinking that she is the best.
11. she is too VIOLENT for such small matters
12. she believes she is the best automailist in the world
and there are many more exept i have to go
I think that Superninja is in a wrong thread (this one is for fans
), and mixing up Winry's characterization from the manga and the first anime, which are quite different from each other. And exaggerating.
(I'll only talk about the manga/Brotherhood version, mostly manga, since it's been a long time since I saw the first anime and am not very familiar with it anymore.)
Winry is interested in automail because it's what she wants to do for living, and what she is good at. And she cares about Edward (and
Alphonse), because she is their close friend.
If we're talking about the scene in the manga flashback, Winry was still a kid when she asked Hawkeye about that. Besides, I think it was more of wanting some kind of confirmation than "asking stupid questions". People ask things like that a lot, really, and it just does not seem like a reason to hate a character, or even dislike them.
The "gold digging" and "man beating" I think are more like comedic aspects that are not meant to be taken as literally as the more serious parts of the story. Other "do not take completely literally" elements in the manga include Al stabbing people's foreheads with the horn on his helmet, etc... I think those things are not meant to have as much emotional emphasis as the more serious moments.
I don't think forgetting the screw was a simple thing: Automail seems quite complicated to me. Besides, she had been pulling all-nighters because Ed wanted to have a new arm as quickly as possible, and Winry was nice enough to sacrifice her free time and sleep for that. Besides, the arm malfunction actually led to Ed not
getting as hurt as he could have otherwise. Envy even says that thanks to the automail malfunction, the homunculi don't have to beat him up worse than that.
Never thought her fashion sense was terrible. I personally wouldn't wear miniskirts like she does, but that's mostly because I happen to have ugly legs.
Pinako herself went to study in Rush Valley when she was young, and actually encouraged Winry and was proud of her when she didn't come back once work got hard. Lots of people move away from their families to study or work. I'm currently living away from my family because of my studies. Never thought I was a horrible person because of that.
Winry's interactions with Scar
were, in the end, a big part of what made Scar able to let go of his revenge and learn to endure what the Amestrian military did to his people
. Additionally, about "getting in the way", I think Winry was really smart in the way she got out
of the way as soon as she found out she was being used as a hostage against the brothers. It was really mostly Winry's own good thinking that got her out of that one.
Again, I'm only really familiar with the mangaverse, but I never got the idea that Winry thinks she is the best automail mechanic, or is particularly full of herself. She wouldn't want to be an apprentice of a better automail mechanic if she thought that. I think Winry found Dominic to be the best (or one of the best) automail mechanics; Winry herself is gifted, and very good for someone her age, but she is perfectly aware that older, wiser mechanics, who have been making automail for a long time, know more about it than she does.