Homunculus (Latin for "little man") is a term generally used within various fields of study to refer to any representation of a human being. The term has historically referred to the creation of a miniature human. Homunculus was popular within alchemy of the 16th century. The first mention of the term Homunculus known are from alchemical writings
Several artificial living beings created through alchemy called by the term homunculus can be found throughout the Atelier Series.
Within the Atelier Series, homunculus may refer to the following: