Why is Ed the Fullmetal Alchemist?

How is Ed the Fullmetal Alchemist if Al is the one that is fully metal?

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  • I feel like they actually explained it in the show at one point but I think it was mostly as an excuse to make short jokes. People always assume his brother is “full metal” because of the armor but when they find out Ed is the alchemist they doubt it because of his height.

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    • Is it that Al isn't technically old enough to work in the military, so he can't get that dope nickname?

    • Al never even took the state alchemist test did he? It’s been a while.

    • I can't remember, it's been a while since I've read it, but I don't think he was old enough.

  • I thought Al couldn't do alchemy anymore in the metal body?
    Plus Ed is the one who brought a full suit of armor to life

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    • Al definitely can perform alchemy, but he does require a transmutation circle unlike Ed

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    • He might have in the anime, but he just read the approval letter in the manga.

    • It was the Fuhrer that gave him the nickname due to his automail and nerves of steel.

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