QUOTE(Ishbal~Alchemist @ Jul 18 2006, 07:54 PM) [snapback]423179[/snapback]
I really think that what people get wrong is thinking HeixEd is like incest. Heiderich and Alphonse are not the same person!!!! They just look alike.... that would be like Hughes and Alter!Hughes being the same person, and the two are nothing alike!! Perhaps some think that Ed likes Heiderich because he reminds him of Al..... but that's not neccesarily true. For example, someone might NEVER fall in love with their own brother, but they might fall in love with someone who LOOKS like their brother.
You still can't ignore that someone with the appearance of someone you would be grossed out to think of sexually probably isn't going to be likely to become attractive very easily.
It reminds me of some little fancomic...
Al: What, so my brother will bang the guy who looks like me, but he doesn't want me
? What is the deal, fandom?
And aside from that, I disagree with the kneejerk assumption that Alter!Hughes and regular Hughes are 'nothing' alike, from the few glimpses we see of him expressing racist concerns and supporting the budding party. We don't really see anything from him on a personal level; just on a social level, in an era and society where it was acceptable, and practical for such sentiments to be held. The early nazi party was seen as a good idea, that would get a struggling country back up on its feet. Plus, it's apparent that alter!Hughes is not yet near the part of his life that we saw regular Hughes at. He hasn't yet begun to court Gracia, which I think might mark a turn of 'true' personality in his character, as hinted at the end of the movie. We didn't get to see more than a few meager hints of a character arc with him, but I think the overall sentiment is that the future is good for him; that falling in love with a tolerant and accepting person such as Gracia would be good for him and help his natural soft nature surface.
Blah, tangent. Where were we...?
But yeah, I sometimes have a hard time backtracking enough to remember that Alfons and Al are supposed to even be doubles or divided parts of the same person, because they just register as completely different human beings in my mind. But I think also that a lot of Alfons' appeal comes from the fact that his supposed connection or alternation of Al is a springboard to admiration of his character. That is certainly what brought Ed towards him. Possibly a reason why Al would seek out Wrath's comradery as well. A connection to that missing part of both their lives.