Alphonse Elric
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Alphonse Elric

Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Alphonse Elric with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Fullmetal Alchemist

Alphonse Elric is the younger brother of Edward Elric and son of Trisha Elric and Van Hohenheim.

Despite their young age Alphonse and Edward are both skilled and accomplished alchemists. When the brothers attempted human transmutation; the ultimate taboo they each paid a price. Ed lost a leg but Al lost his entire body. Ed then sacrificed an arm to merge Al's soul to a suit of armor. Their goal is to regain their original bodies.

In the English dub version of the Fullmetal Alchemist anime series by Funimation, Alphonse Elric was first voiced by Aaron Dismuke. One of the downsides of puberty and growing up was that Aaron Dismuke's voice had changed since the original recording sessions, so the role was recast for the English dub of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood; a retelling and more accurate story based on the original manga. In this version of the anime Alphonse Elric is voiced by Maxey Whitehead.
Created by Jackson_H on Feb 14 2010
Fullmetal Alchemist (2004)
Alphonse ElricAaron Dismuke
Aaron Dismuke
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2010)
Alphonse ElricMaxey Whitehead
Maxey Whitehead


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said at 7:09 PM on Fri May 4 2018
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Maxey is good, but Aaron is just great in this role. One of the best performances of the FMA 2003 dub.
said at 3:35 PM on Thu Feb 15 2018
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Giving this to Aaron. I honestly prefer him to Rie Kugimiya as well just for the sake of actually being the same age as the character (not to mention he could act quite well especially for a child). I am also relieved that he didn't disappear and still does voice acting.
said at 12:57 PM on Thu Oct 13 2016
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Aaron Dismuke fit Alphonse very well: his voice was not just age and gender appropriate, but he acted the part with a lot of genuine conviction & emotion, even as a boy. To tell you the truth, I preferred listening to him over Vic Mignogna as Edward Elric (he was good as well, though).

Maxey Whitehead was a good replacement, but her performance was not as fitting as Aaron Dismuke's was.
said at 2:04 AM on Tue Aug 2 2016
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On a side note, can we all just give thanks that Aaron Dismuke didn't disappear from voice acting after doing this show and subsequently hitting puberty, and is now one of FUNimation's primary male leads on stuff like Blood Blockade Battlefront, The Heroic Legend of Arslan, and the upcoming FUNimation redub of The Vision of Escaflowne?
said at 7:48 PM on Sun Jun 5 2016
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Aaron Dismuke hands down.
said at 8:36 PM on Sun Mar 13 2016
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Definitely Aaron, but man is Maxey a great replacement.
said at 1:09 PM on Fri Feb 5 2016
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Aaron Dismuke I believe gave one of the greatest child voice acting performances I think I've ever heard. It was such a risky choice casting a child voice actor to voice a young child in a major long running series like FMA and by god did it work out amazingly. Aaron just sounds really authentic and believable in the role, and the way he performed as him is excellent. It's hard to believe he's all grown up now, now becoming a leading voice actor like as Leonardo Watch or voicing villains like Diodora Astaroth and is now even a voice director, the youngest voice director ever I believe ever.

It's such a shame he grew up inbetween the original FMA series and Brotherhood because I really would have loved to hear him do Alphonse in Brotherhood, with that all said in mind I still liked Maxey Whitehead as Alphonse.

Maxey Whitehead's Alphonse is still legitimately good but just doesn't have that same exact genuineness that Aaron had on the account that she's a grown woman trying to sound like a boy instead of a boy voicing a boy. However as higher pitch and more feminine as she does sound, I think she sounds adorable and really gets down Alphonse's meek personality down nicely. In the blooper reel she said some of the funniest things I could have never imagined Alphonse legit saying like "F**K Yeah!" for instance.

Plus I did love that in Brotherhood they had Aaron Dismuke voice another character, a minor but important role, I don't want to give that away but that was such a nice thought of them to do.

In the end Aaron Dismuke is and will always be Alphonse Elric to me but Maxey Whitehead is an excellent replacement in the role too. My vote goes to Aaron.
said at 11:24 AM on Sun Nov 29 2015
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Aaron put out a really genuine performance as Al, he gets my vote, though Maxey was a good replacement.
said at 12:06 AM on Mon Sep 7 2015
Aaron may sound like a young boy, but IMO he does not really know how to act. I don't like the way he voices Alphonse. Maxey, on the other hand, voices Alphonse the way he is supposed to be. Maxey is a great actress and better as Alphonse. Also she sounds more similar to the Japanese voice actress.
said at 1:15 AM on Fri Aug 28 2015
On a technical level, it can be argued that Maxey Whitehead's ACTING as Alphonse is slightly better than Aaron's. But read that carefully, I said SLIGHTLY better. And when Aaron gave that arguably SLIGHTLY worse performance as Al, he was 12 YEARS OLD. So in my eyes, when you account for how young Aaron was when he did it and how hugely impressive it is, it equals out the acting aspect of the two performances.

That leaves only the actual SOUND of the voice itself as the deciding factor. And like everyone ever will say, Aaron wins in that respect, simply because he WAS an actual twelve-year-old when his lines were recorded, and an actual twelve-year-old with the right voice is ALWAYS going to sound better in terms of sounding like a twelve-year-old boy that an adult female actress's imitation.

So yes, Aaron wins this, like anyone ever will tell you he does. But let's not forget that once Maxey got into the role (which did take her a few episodes, whereas Aaron got it right away), she knocked it out of the park just as much.

Ironically, there's one line Maxey does that sounds EXACTLY like Aaron's voice, and yet it's not in the show itself, it's in the outtakes. When Al has lost his legs and he's trying to drag that chimera, in the outtakes, he yells "I'm trying to save your life, *******!" and it sounds like twelve-year-old Aaron jumped into a time machine to say it.
said at 7:42 AM on Wed Aug 5 2015
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Aaron really shows emotion, especially considering his age at the time.
Maxey was okay in the beginning though she got much better later on.
Both are awesome!
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said at 10:00 PM on Mon Apr 13 2015
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Aaron Dismuke is the true Alphonse, the fact that he was an actual kid made it so much cuter.
But I will hand it to Maxey that she did a pretty darn good job in Brotherhood, though sometimes it wasn't always consistent...
said at 4:56 AM on Wed Mar 25 2015
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Aaron Dismuke's Alphonse is quite possibly the best performance by a child VA I've ever seen. He put his heart and soul into it for such a young age, and it was truly amazing. Maxey Whitehead is good, but like others say, her voice is girlier than Aaron's.
said at 1:05 PM on Mon Mar 9 2015
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Aaron DIsmuke is awesome, Maxey Whitehead is good but not AS good
Aaron: 10/10
Maxey: 7.8/10
said at 7:24 AM on Sun Dec 21 2014
I kinda like Maxey's version ya know.
said at 11:20 PM on Wed Dec 17 2014
This one feels kinda unfair for some reason. Both did just fine in their roles. Aaron was a kid when he did the role, so yeah it was more authentic. Maxey stepped into the role and kicked ass filling the shoes Aaron left. I'm not going to vote. Both did great.
said at 10:19 PM on Sun Mar 30 2014
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While both are great, I pick Aaron Dismuke.
said at 9:00 PM on Sun Mar 30 2014
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Even though I prefer Aaron (because no one can beat an actual boy voice),both of their voice acting was superb and they both made me had chills up my spine whenever there was a serious scene.
said at 9:33 AM on Tue Oct 8 2013
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Maxey did great taking over, but you just can't top a natural young boy voice like Dismuke's.
said at 10:42 PM on Wed Sep 18 2013
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I LOVE Aaron, they had to change him because he went through puberty. I don't mind them changing the VA, I have nothing against Maxey but this is my biggest nitpick in voice acting, don't sound like a female. When i saw Simpsons I never thought Bart was done by a female, and he is. you hear al's voice and you can IMMEDIATELY tell it's a female. I'm not saying she is a bad voice actor, i just think they could have found someone better.
said at 5:36 AM on Thu Jun 6 2013
AARON DISMUKE! The girl sounds bad as al.
said at 6:51 PM on Fri May 4 2018
@Kirsten When you actually watch Brotherhood, you'll change your mind about that.
said at 3:57 AM on Tue Jun 4 2013
If ask me, Maxey Whitehead sounded better in Sacred Star of Milos.
said at 4:01 AM on Wed Apr 24 2013
Aaron wins this one no contest. Maxey Whitehead sounds like a woman voicing Al.
said at 11:33 AM on Sat Mar 2 2013
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I've seen twenty-six episodes of Brotherhood dubbed and I still couldn't get used to Maxey Whitehead. Call me crazy, but Alphonse IS fourteen, I think if they had gotten Aaron to do it again it still would have been awesome. He is a fourteen year-old boy after all, him sounding like he had hit puberty wouldn't have been a bad thing in my eyes. But then again, they wanted to stick to the spirit of the original...

Hold on a second though, Vic Mignogna makes Edward sound a good bit older than Romi, but he's still fantastic in the role and it's fitting because he still sounds somewhat like a fifteen year-old, just a fifteen year-old beyond his years, which is perfect.

My vote goes to Aaron, and if it were up to me he would have reprised the role, nothing wrong with a fourteen year-old sounding his age and Aaron still could have captured his personality just fine. Of course, that wouldn't be the purist approach, but I'm no purist anyway. Aaron rocks!
said at 11:37 AM on Sat Mar 2 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy On second thought though, Maxey Whitehead's acting was okay from what I heard of it, and she was progressively getting better. However, Aaron had sounded much more genuine. Not trying to dismiss Maxey as an actress, I loved her in Soul Eater. She didn't sound crazy enough in that series but I still wuved her to bits!
said at 7:55 PM on Thu Jun 6 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy By the time they started work on Brotherhood, Aaron was already too old to voice Alphonse. His voice was definitely too mature. He did get to voice young Hohenheim, though.
said at 2:54 AM on Mon Nov 5 2012
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I'm actually gonna be the odd man out and vote for Maxey. She's really grown into the role, and I feel she handles the comedic scenes much better then Dismuke ("arm falling off" scene). When I first heard Maxey in the role, I thought she was horrible, but now whenever I think of Al, Maxey's voice is what comes into my head.
said at 2:00 AM on Tue Aug 2 2016
@JaredTaylor94 I pretty much hold the same opinion, though part of that may be because it's been so long since I watched the original series and I'm currently in the process of working my way through Brotherhood again, this time with a family member. So I may have forgotten a lot of Aaron's performance.

But like you said, even though Aaron did a FANTASTIC job, (especially given his age), Maxey is, in the end, the better actor, at least when compared to how good Aaron was at the time. And because of all those factors, Maxey IS in fact the voice I hear when I think of Al as well. It actually makes some of her other roles difficult to watch (like young Dende in the DBZ Kai Namek Saga, or her character in Tokyo Ghoul whose name escapes me), because all I can hear is Al.
said at 9:56 PM on Sun Oct 14 2012
The funny thing is I usually hate it when women voice little boys. They almost always sound unconvincing because they will be too high pitched and feminine with their performances. However, when I started watching Fullmetal Alchemist I thought "Finally! An actress who's actually capable of doing a convincing boy performance! I need to look her up." I go on imdb. "Ah, that explains it. 'She' is a 12 year old boy." So yea, Aaron FTW.
said at 9:47 PM on Sun Oct 14 2012
I may be biased but
said at 1:26 AM on Tue Sep 4 2012
Yeah, I don't think I can do this one.
said at 11:06 PM on Sun Jul 15 2012
Maxey's clip needs to be updated. Maybe post the sound from the parallel moment in Brotherhood?

Anyways, I have no idea who I like more, though I'm more used to Maxey's since I started with Brotherhood. But Aaron talks more like how a 13/14 year old would talk, because he was one at the time.

But in defense of Maxey, her voice is at about the same pitch as Aaron's starting at least at the 5th episode of Brotherhood. Plus, she uses the less halting way of speaking, which isn't unrealistic give I've heard a few real life boys talk like that. She also does a nice job gradually making Al sound more confident as the series progressed, reflecting his growing independence.

Anyways, they're both great in their own way, so I'm gonna just leave this as a personal taste issue. =)
said at 9:49 PM on Tue Apr 17 2012
Based solely on the the samples given I chose Aaron. I remember watching both versions with no complaints from either of them, at least about Al. Alphonse is almost an iconic charachter, I think they both honored him. But what do I know.
said at 8:40 AM on Fri Mar 30 2012
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Aaron by a longshot! Maxey was pretty good, but I could instantly tell that Al was being voiced by a woman. Her voice is just a little high for the role if I do say so myself.
said at 2:00 PM on Sat Jan 7 2012
Aaron Dismuke is my vote. Maxey isn't bad, in fact she's pretty good for the character but the problem with her voice is a pretty big one. She sounds like a young girl and not a young boy. Everything else was great but that is a VERY BIG FLAW! But yes, other than that flaw she did very well.
said at 11:57 PM on Sun Oct 9 2011
Aaron was perfect, FMA was a masterpiece. Its a shame he cant voice Al anymore but I can understand why. Anyone who voted for Maxey because Aaron cant currently do the voice is just a silly reason. Maxey isn't bad, it must be hard to voice a character who was already done very well, but still she isn't as good as Aaron was.
said at 6:50 PM on Thu Aug 18 2011
Wow. When I was younger, I couldn't actually tell the difference between Dismuke and Maxey... And now I can.

I can honestly say that little Aaron Dismuke did a better job than Whitehead because, well... He was a boy who could actually act, and nowadays you see little to no boys at that age or lower(other than Logan Grove) who have a nice range. It's all the range with young and old women doing such a great job... {sigh}

As for Maxey, she is by NO means a bad actress and in fact, she is very, very talented, but personally, I think she had a bit more freedom with Crona from Soul Eater more than she did Al in FMA:B... Sorry.
said at 4:34 AM on Sun Aug 14 2011
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...this is the one character in the cast where...I can't really pick who's better than the other. They're both amazing
said at 12:31 PM on Tue Jun 28 2011
I personally loved Alphonse's screaming in FMA
said at 11:16 PM on Sat Jun 4 2011
Maxey is too high!
said at 9:15 AM on Sat Mar 12 2011
Obviously little Aaron has the better voice for Al. It really confuses me as to why they would recast a female for the role in the new series. Obviously, Dismuke is physically unable to do the role, but using Maxey Whitehead makes Al sound too much like a woman. It's a very odd choice, imo. I honestly think grabbing any twelve year old of the street would have been a better choice. I mean, the genius behind the original casting for Al was that he actually was a boy around that age. Way too often we see adult women voice children in animated series, but it's usually a mixed bag as to how they sound. I understand them wanting to get a professional voice actor to do the part, but not casting a male for the role was definitely a goof on their part, because I don't think getting someone who sounds like Aaron should have been a priority, but getting someone who sounds like a young MALE.

However, I do want to say that Maxey IS a good voice-actor. But she was a very feminine/VERY-young boyish voice, and so I don't think she was as spot-on for the role as Aaron was.
said at 3:05 AM on Wed Feb 9 2011
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Having heard her Alphonse in several episodes by now, I have to say that Maxey Whitehead is every bit as amazing as Aaron Dismuke was in the role. Often I forget it's somebody new. I love both VAs for the character.
said at 1:56 AM on Sat Apr 17 2010
@kaily Aaron Dismuke's voice deepened due to puberty. He can't phisically do the role anymore. I can certainly understand why he was recast. Maxey Whitehead sounds a whole lot better than a deep teenage Aaron Dismuke would've sounded!
said at 8:29 PM on Wed Feb 24 2010
@tomi It could. They put a metal bowl over the mic when they record (in fact, they used the exact same bowl for Aaron and Maxey).
said at 6:51 PM on Mon Feb 15 2010
Both were good in their own ways. So I couldn't pick!

Maxey Whitehead REALLY sounds like a little boy!
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