FMA:B - Hawkeye’s Ishval"It was a living hell. The air was choked with the stench of rotting corpses and gunpowder, and the sand was soaked with blood."
Every expression on Riza’s face is a testimony to the horrors of war and the burdens she carries. It’s not just the guilt of squeezing the trigger and killing someone; she’s also in a way responsible for flame alchemy. She pushes on regardless because she feels she is responsible for both her choices and the actions these led her to. With shouldering her rifle, she also accepted the responsibility of a sniper in the service of the military. She doesn’t run or hide from it, but faces the consequences dead on and never hesitates on the path she’s chosen. Riza Hawkeye is one of the strongest characters in a show full of strong characters, but it’s easy to overlook that fact because she considers herself a means to an end and supports the others rather than moving into the spotlight herself.