|Age||Approximately four years old|
|Family||Shou Tucker (father, deceased (manga, 2009 anime)) |
|Affiliations||Edward Elric, |
|Species||Human (formerly) |
|First Appearance||Manga Chapter 5 |
Episode 6 (2003 series)
Episode 4 (2009 series)
|Voice Actor||Brina Palencia|
|Seiyū||Satomi Kōrogi (2003 series)|
Sumire Morohoshi (2009 series)
Nina Tucker (ニーナ・タッカー) was the four-year-old daughter of Shou Tucker, the "Sewing-Life Alchemist".
Part in the StoryEdit
Manga/2009 animeEditYoung Nina first appears in Chapter 5, when Edward and Alphonse Elric arrive at her father's estate in East City in order to study bio-alchemy with the help of his specialized notes and resources. However, the lonely little girl quickly forms a rapport with the Elric brothers, convincing them to spend a great deal of their time each day playing with Nina and her lovable dog, Alexander. The three kids (and canine) grow very close over the few days of their acquaintance and Nina confides in the boys that her loneliness is largely due to the fact that her mother had left her father two years ago, just before Shou Tucker received his State Alchemist certification, after which point his increasing immersion into his research greatly limited the amount of time he was able to spend with his young daughter.
Unfortunately, what the little girl did not understand was that her mom had not abandoned her family as Shou had claimed, but rather had become an unwilling human test subject in the secretly deranged State Alchemist's chimerical experiments and died. As Shou's yearly assessment approaches and his license comes into jeopardy, Nina attempts to console her depressed father, but her reassurances merely inspire the man to begin his depraved practice once again. While the Elrics are away, Shou transmutes Nina and Alexander into a Human Chimera using the same method with which he transmuted his wife. As he attempts to pass Nina off as his second speech-capable chimera, however, Edward realizes the horror of what the Sewing-Life Alchemist has done when Nina speaks innocently to him from inside her new monstrous form. But while Edward loses his temper and begins to thrash Tucker, Nina intervenes sadly, understanding the situation just enough to plead piteously for her father's life. Incapable of reversing the transmutation and not knowing what else to do, Edward and Al apologize to Nina and leave, but report Shou's actions to Colonel Mustang at Eastern HQ.
The Tucker house is labeled a crime scene as Shou and Nina are held under house arrest in anticipation of Sewing-Life's incarceration and court-martial, but before his transport to Central City arrives, the Tuckers are visited by the State Alchemist-killer Scar, who assassinates Shou and delivers a mercy-killing to Nina upon realizing that her future in this form can only be one of torment and suffering. Using his Destruction Alchemy, Scar breaks down the chimera's insides, instantly ending her life before praying for her soul as he flees the scene.
After the Elrics learn of Nina's murder, they remain heavily conflicted over their inability to rescue her. Edward is depressed and humbled by the fact that even with all his power, saving such a sweet little girl was beyond him and he remains plagued by nightmares involving her as well as becoming emotionally compromised when reminded of her. At the end of the series, Alphonse cites Nina as a constant point of motivation for his brother and himself on their path to discover new ways in which alchemy can be used to help people rather than harm them.
In the 2003 anime, Nina's role is expanded a bit as the story is changed. Rather than visiting the Tuckers to study bio-alchemy, the Elrics stay with the father and daughter for several months during the series' flashback while they prepare for the State Alchemy Exam. During the several episodes in which she is featured, Nina shares multiple adventures with the boys, including the delivery of Maes Hughes' daughter Elicia.
After she is transmuted into a chimera, Brigadier General Basque Grand, who had been privy to Shou's secret experiments and known the truth about Mrs. Tucker, collects the Nina chimera in order to study her and create chimera soldiers from Sewing-Life's research. Edward manages to help Nina escape from custody, but as she flees, she encounters Scar, who uses his alchemical tattoo to ultimately deconstruct her in an alley before Edward can catch up. Rather than dying more-or-less peacefully in her home, as in the manga, the 2003 anime has Nina completely blown apart, with almost nothing remaining of her but large bloodstains on the walls and street. Horrified by this development, Edward is greatly traumatized by his inability to save the girl he had grown to love as a sister and becomes conflicted over whether or not to become part of a system steeped in such horrors. After Nina's death, Edward tells his commander Roy Mustang that he will investigate and track down Nina's killer. At first Ed thought it was Barry the Chopper since his murder spree was coincidentally occurring around the time of Nina's death, but Ed would not learn that Scar was Nina's killer until three years later when Hughes informed him.
Later in the series, it becomes apparent that Tucker, who had survived in custody, has made attempts to revive Nina by using her remains to clone her a body and filtering out the contamination from Alexander's DNA by siphoning it into his own body and becoming a grotesque Human Chimera himself. However, since he cannot call back her soul or even create a new soul for her, his experiment ends in failure.
AppearanceEditNina Tucker is a very cute young girl with blue eyes and long brown hair pulled back into braids which hang past her waist. She is also seen wearing a pink collared long-sleeved Polo under a blue jumper with bright yellow/gold buttons. Her outfit includes some clogs for shoes.
In Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2009 anime series), she can be seen wearing a variety of outfits which were inspired by the manga. Her jumper outfit is golden yellow with silver buttons and a pink short sleeved shirt underneath. Her shoes and socks of choice remain the same though the color is a bit different.
She also sports a school uniform like shirt. Which is red with a collar on the back and a black line of decoration. She wears blueish-white shorts with this outfit. One can assume she attends school in this series contrary to the original where she appears to stay at home with her father.
Nina's eyes are also a bit deeper of a blue in brotherhood and her hair is more of a light brown than reddish brown as in the earlier FMA anime.
As a ChimeraEdit
After being alchemically fused with the family dog, Alexander, by her father, Shou Tucker, Nina inhabits the body of a dog-like beast. This creature has a brown mane the same color as Nina's original hair. This chimera has the ability to speak, as did the chimera Tucker created from his wife.
From what is known, most likely Alexander was a breed of dog known as a Great Pyrenees. After the Chimera is fused Alexander loses his white fluffy appearance for a peach skinned hybrid creature with a carpet of hair growing out of its back. It is also noted that Nina seems to be a bit unsure of her memories after the transfusion.
Revived Nina's Appearance (2003 Anime Only)Edit
As a clone, Nina is seen naked with her long hair being the only thing to cover her doll-like form. The first half of the body experiment, we see her body covered in hair which very much resembled how the chimera was draped in it. We also see, when Ed first discovers Tucker's work, a series of glass tanks containing the original chimera's body and then a Nina covered in brown fur. Her eyes appear to be empty and she also looks a bit older (4 years later so she'd be 8). Her hair is also very long at this point. We also see a tank full of Nina bodies, forming animal sacrifices, according to Shou, Nina's father.