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The largest branch, responsible for guarding the Walls and handling its routine maintenance. Prior to the loss of Wall Maria, they were considered little more than glorified repairmen and suffered heavy losses in the Battle of Trost.

[[Characters/AttackOnTitan Main Character Index]] | [[Characters/AttackOnTitanThe104thTraineeCorps 104th Trainee Corps]] | [[Characters/AttackOnTitanSurveyCorps Survey Corps]] | [[Characters/AttackOnTitanMilitaryPoliceBrigade Military Police Brigade]] | [[Characters/AttackOnTitanTitans Titans]] | [[Characters/AttackOnTitanOthers Others]] | [[Characters/AttackOnTitanBeforeTheFall Before The Fall]]

'''WARNING: Unmarked spoilers abound.'''
-->''Beware if you are not up to date with the manga''

!!Tropes that apply to the Garrison as a whole:
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: Happens temporarily during Trost when Titans manage to get into their district headquarters and cut everyone off from the supply rooms.
* CannonFodder: They make up the bulk of the military, and most never intended to actually have to fight. Their job during the Battle of Trost essentially involves being slaughtered to give civilians time to evacuate and hope the Survey Corps arrive in time to help.
* CityGuards: Responsible for maintaining the Walls, manning its defenses, and evacuating the citizens.
* CowardlyLion: After the first part of Trost goes horribly, most of the Garrison is ready to desert since they see no reason to keep fighting. Once Pixis gives them a reason (their loved ones), they stand their ground when it counts most.
* DualWielding: It's standard issue for the military.
* GondorCallsForAid: They're on the doing end of this as they send a messenger to bring back the Survey Corps to help in the Battle of Trost.
* HoldTheLine: Their job in a nutshell whenever a Wall gets breached. During the Battle of Trost they are under great pressure to prevent the Titans from breaching the main part of Wall Rose once the Titans get through the Wall surrounding Trost.
* HufflepuffHouse: The Survey Corps takes the most passionate recruits, and the Military Police Brigade only accepts the 10 best from every graduating class. The Garrison takes everyone else, making them by far the largest and least defined branch.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: In a similar vein to the Survey Corps, the name of this branch has been translated several ways: official translations go with "The Garrison," but other translations have gone with "The Stationary Guard."
* TowerDefense: After the Colossal Titan and Armored Titan give them a wake-up call in the form of breaching Wall Maria, they're actually pretty good shots with their cannons when Wall Rose is attacked 5 years later, but unfortunately Titans can regenerate unless the nape of their neck is hit.
* WeHaveBecomeComplacent: Humanity in general suffered from this, though the Garrison deserves mention for this since the Survey Corps never got lazy during the 100 year lull and the Police Brigade always were. The very day that the Colossal Titan showed up for the first time, we see some Garrison members drinking and playing cards on duty.
** After the loss of Wall Maria, the Garrison took massive steps to subvert this, including heavily fortifying the gate from the Trost District to Wall Maria (said fortifications were mostly destroyed when the Colossal Titan breached the gates, but their efforts were very noticeable), forming an evacuation plan should Trost ever be breached, and eventually being the backbone of the force that retook Trost.
* WeHaveReserves: Due to the high mortality rate of the Survey Corps scaring off most potential volunteers and the high standards of entry for the Military Police Brigade, the Garrison has the largest army among the three divisions.

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!!Dot Pixis
!!!Voiced by: Masahiko Tanaka (JP), Creator/RBruceElliott (EN)

-->''"If it means mankind will live on, I don't mind being called a murderer."''

The commanding officer responsible for the entire Southern territory within Wall Rose, noted for his eccentric personality. He is the first to recognize the great potential in Eren, and organizes the mission to reclaim Trost in response.

* AdultFear: Invoked, he persuades all of the Garrison and Trainees to not desert at Trost by forcing them to imagine their loved ones (children included) being eaten and [[ShamingTheMob shaming them]] for being willing to let that happen by running away.
* BadassMustache: Well-groomed. A perfect drape over his silver tongue.
* BaldOfAwesome: A bit on the seasoned side, but an awesome commander and guy regardless.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: At one point, he claims he wouldn't mind being eaten by a Titan if it was an attractive female. He also gets away with things like falling asleep in odd places, drinking on duty, and flirting with subordinates (occasionally), though he may just be joking.
* BystanderSyndrome: [[spoiler: He seems to decide against aiding the Survey Corps in their rebellion against the monarchy. However, it turns out to be part of a much larger scheme]].
* TheChessmaster: Armin mentions him, along with Erwin, as brilliant commanders that are not afraid to sacrifice their troops to reach an important goal.
* CoolOldGuy: Competent, reasonable, and just slightly quirky enough to stay interesting regardless.
* CrazyEnoughToWork: Everyone thinks he's completely lost it when he advocates a plan to use Eren's Titan form to seal off the Trost gate. Like Armin, he knows that humanity is in a bad enough spot to make said plan their best option.
* DrinkingOnDuty: Pulls out a characteristic flask every now and then. No one respects him any less for it, though. As of Chapter 51, Anka is trying to keep him off the booze.
* ElephantInTheLivingRoom: During his RousingSpeech, he states the awful truth that everyone knows but doesn't want to talk about: they are fed and alive today because of the thousands that were sent to their deaths 5 years ago. He goes even further to say that everyone bears the weight of that sin and that things will get even ''worse'' for humanity if Wall Rose falls, promising that society itself would not survive if they lose it. This harsh realization is part of what motivates everyone to stand their ground.
* EngineeredPublicConfession: [[spoiler: Tricks the Monarchy into exposing their true colors, by having it reported that Wall Rose has fallen. When they make clear their intentions to abandon more than half of humanity to die, he makes it clear the military will no longer serve them]].
* AFatherToHisMen: He doesn't like sending soldiers to their deaths, but at the same time also doesn't want to let the Titans advance any further than they already have. During a RousingSpeech, he manages to keep soldiers from rebelling or leaving so that humanity may finally have a chance to stand up to the Titans and possibly win against them.
* GoingColdTurkey: Anka later confiscates his alcohol. Without his buzz, Pixis is shown to be a bit more grim than usual.
* HeelRealization[=/=]ImGoingToHellForThis: When Erwin recognizes that he's caused the deaths of so many people, he admits he believes there's a spot in Hell waiting for him. Pixis remarks that he's the same and asks if he can join him there.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Perfectly willing to sacrifice his men, if that's what it takes for humanity to survive.
* TheNeedsOfTheMany: Like Erwin, he's fully aware of what has to be done to ensure that humanity lives on.
* NightmareFetishist: Mentions he wouldn't mind being [[EatenAlive eaten]] by a Titan if it was a [[YouSexyBeast sexy]] lady. He expresses disappointment when there's none to be seen during the Battle of Trost.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Plays dumb to keep the favor of the upper class. As he leaves a marquis' estate to go lead the Battle of Trost, his assistant sharply reminds the nobleman that Pixis is a competent commander that [[ILetYouWin ''doesn't'' need to throw chess games]] out in the field.
* PutOnABus[=/=]TheBusCameBack: Disappears from story relevance after the Trost arc as the story focuses on the Survey Corps and Wall Maria. He later returns when Wall Rose is threatened again.
* QuickNip: Regularly takes a sip of alcohol before doing anything serious.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: He is willing to listen to Eren instead of executing him on the spot after finding out about Eren's ability to transform into a Titan. He also sides with Erwin for having Eren join the Survey Corps instead of the Military Police since he'll be more useful there instead of being experimented on and dissected, though all he can do is not cast his lot for the latter party.
* RousingSpeech[=/=]ShamingTheMob: When the soldiers panic and threaten to desert after the Titans' assault on Trost, intending to spend the last minutes of their lives with their families, he gives them a short but effective speech to convince them to fight.
-->''Titans are terrible creatures, and once someone gives in to that fear, they can never fight one of them again! Those of you who have already experienced that dread are free to go away! FINALLY! Those of you would let their parents, siblings, and loved ones to experience such terror for themselves... are all free to walk away!''
* ShooOutTheClowns: When he returns ''much'' later in the story after Trost, he's noticeably less quirky and more serious, reflecting how much worse things have gotten since then (for one, his assistant is now withholding his liquor from him).
* YouHaveFailedMe: {{Defied}}. He's smart enough to understand that trying to punish his troops during a crisis would only do more harm than good. See RousingSpeech for what he does instead.
* YouShallNotPass: The core of his RousingSpeech is convincing everyone to stand their ground and absolutely not let the Titans take Wall Rose, lest humanity suffer further disaster and tragedy.

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!!Captain Hannes
!!!Voiced by: Creator/KeijiFujiwara (JP), David Wald (EN)

A long-time friend of the Yeager family, and Captain in the Garrison. He spent his days drinking and slacking off, while occasionally doing his best to keep Eren out of trouble. He feels a strong sense of debt to them, after Grisha saved his wife from an epidemic. His inability to save Carla from the Titans greatly haunts him, and he feels a strong paternal fondness towards Eren, Mikasa, and Armin.

* TheAtoner: After leaving Carla to her death, he spent the rest of his life attempting to atone by [[GrewASpine growing a spine]] and acting as a father-figure to Eren and Misaka. [[spoiler: He jumps onto the opportunity to kill the Smiling Titan without hesitation. Sadly, he dies in the process.]]
* BadassBoast: He gives a great one before engaging [[spoiler:the Smiling Titan.]]
--> '''Hannes''': [[spoiler:''Behold! This is the place where the monster that took your mom's life will be defeated! I've been meaning to meet you for so long.'']]
* DrinkingOnDuty: Eren chews him out for this, but he seems to have gotten better since being promoted to captain.
* GrewASpine: Played straight when he decides to save Carla ''and'' the children from a Titan, then subverted when he's overwhelmed with fear and opts to flee with the children instead. Much later it's played straight in Chapter 45, when he volunteers to go with Mikasa, Armin, and the others [[spoiler: to look for Eren, who has been captured by Bertolt and Reiner]].
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: [[spoiler: A particularly graphic example, when the Smiling Titan bites him in half. He's visibly still aware, and no detail is spared in showing his spine or innards falling out]].
* HonoraryUncle: Eren refers to him as "Uncle", though it's never elaborated how close he was to the Yeagers beyond feeling indebted to them.
* IOweYouMyLife: He is in debt to Grisha Yeager who saved their town from a plague, and after Grisha goes missing, he looks after Eren and Mikasa.
* MentorOccupationalHazard: [[spoiler: Being a paternal figure to Eren, Mikasa, and Armin holds a death flag on him.]]
* MyGreatestFailure: To this day, he regrets being a coward despite Eren and Mikasa having forgiven him a long time ago. [[spoiler: He expresses great joy when he reunites with the Smiling Titan, expressing his long-seated desire in killing it and redeeming himself. It doesn't quite work out that way.]]
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: Tries to save Carla instead of going with the safer option of just saving Eren and Mikasa... then subverted when he is overwhelmed with terror and flees with the children. Later on, he argues against his fellow soldiers' decision to close the inner gate of Wall Maria, leaving the other soldiers holding off the Titans behind. He even has to be restrained.
* NotAfraidToDie: He originally subverts this by choosing to flee and save Eren and Mikasa. Reconstructed years later when he risks his life to help save Eren, but is clearly still a bit scared underneath it all.
* ParentalSubstitute: Towards Eren and Mikasa.
* ProperlyParanoid: [[spoiler: It turns out that fleeing with the children rather than fight the Smiling Titan was the ''correct'' choice, though it meant leaving Carla to die. Five years later, though a much more experienced soldier, he dies at the hands of the same Titan. If he'd stayed to fight, it almost certainly would have resulted in four deaths instead of one and Eren wouldn't have survived to save Trost and possibly all of humanity]].
* PutOnABus[=/=]TheBusCameBack: Completely leaves the story once the main characters start training then comes back much, much later when he's needed.
* RankUp: Years after the fall of Wall Maria, Hannes, to the surprise of Eren, has been promoted to a Garrison Captain.
* RealityEnsues: When Carla Yeager begs him to take the kids and run, he makes a BadassBoast that he'll save all ''3'' of them by defeating the Titan like would be expected of a Shonen manga. Then he actually sees the thing and freezes, realizing that facing a 15 meter man-eating giant is a ''terrifying'' prospect and instead flees with just Eren and Mikasa. This sets the tone for the rest of the story.
* RousingSpeech: He manages to revive Mikasa and Armin's determination in preparation for their mission to rescue a kidnapped Eren.
* SadisticChoice: Save Eren and Mikasa and flee, but sacrifice their mother, or fight the Titan, but failure ensures ''everyone'' dies. Hannes chooses the former.
* SenselessSacrifice: He ''avoids'' doing this, though it means abandoning Carla to die. [[spoiler: Five years later, it's proven he made the correct choice when he dies fighting the exact same Titan. However, he's a rare aversion in the series -- his sacrifice provides the push necessary for Eren to awaken the power of the Coordinate and save everyone.]]
* TemptingFate: When Eren calls him out on drinking while he's supposed to guard Wall Maria, he and his buddies brush it off and say nothing has happened for over 100 years. Naturally, the Colossal Titan kicks down the gate on the same day.
* TookALevelInBadass: In the first episode, he runs away from a Titan he knows he can't kill, and chooses to save Eren and Mikasa rather than fight so that he can ''maybe'' save everyone, including their mother. In Chapter 46, however, he risks his life and takes the helm in the operation to [[spoiler: rescue Eren from the Titan Shifters]] and displays a huge amount of competence and bravery when fighting.

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!!Ian Dietrich
!!!Voiced by: Yūya Murakami (JP), Scott Freeman (EN)

The leader of the operation to plug the breach in Wall Rose. He [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifices himself]] along with most other Garrison Elite troops to ensure the operation's success.

* ArmorPiercingQuestion: After Eren loses control in his Titan form and tries to punch Mikasa, Rico and Mitabi tell him to abort the mission and retreat. He responds by telling everyone to protect Eren at all costs. When this is met with disapproval, he asks them how else they are supposed to defeat the Titans and wants to know if they have a better plan. While Rico and Mitabi are still not wholly convinced, it at least motivates them enough to follow his orders and fight.
* {{Badass}}: That's a given, as a member of the Garrison Elite Force. Even Mikasa respects him.
* {{Determinator}}: [[AllThereInTheManual The databook]] has his resolve at [[UpToEleven 11/10]]. Not only is he willing to believe in Titan Eren even after Rico and Mitabi [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere try to abort the operation]], he even fights to bitter end to ensure that Titan Eren makes it to the breach, pulling off a [[HeroicSacrifice Heroic Sacrifice]] in the process.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: The anime expands on his death scene, showing him leap into the mouth of a Titan to rescue one of his men. As he's about to be decapitated, he screams encouragement to Mikasa.
* GenreSavvy: He is aware that when humanity is suddenly given something significantly more potent at Titan-slaying than conventional means and has a reasonable chance of sealing the Trost Gate, they need to ''make good use of it'', no matter what it is. It's why he orders the Elite Squad to defend it with their lives, even when it hits a major snag initially and everyone is ready to give up on it.
* HeroicSacrifice: Sacrifices himself along with Mitabi and most other members of the Elite Squads to ensure Eren's safety. It's expanded a bit in the anime, where he save a fellow soldier from a Titan's jaws, only to be caught in instead and decapitated shortly after.
* IGotYouCovered: He and the Elite Squad give it their full to keep the Titans off Eren during his important mission.
* OffWithHisHead: A Titan bites his head off.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: He is the only Garrison member under Wörman's command who considers listening to Armin after they see Eren transforming into a Titan right in front of them. Furthermore he sees the value Eren brings as a Titan Shifter and refuses to abandon him even after the operation gets botched initially, ordering his troops to protect him at all costs.
* YouShallNotPass: He is adamant about not letting the Titans just eat Eren when he's pinned down and orders everyone to cover him until he can get out of the situation.

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!!Rico Brzenska
!!!Voiced by: Michiko Kaiden (JP), Morgan Garrett (EN)

A Squad Leader in the 1st Division Elite Force, assigned to work alongside Eren during the mission to plug the breach in Wall Rose. She's quick to signal the mission as a failure, and has strong doubts over him being an asset to humanity. She is one of the Garrison members guarding the Eastern Line of Defense after Titans are sighted within Wall Rose.

* {{Badass}}: One of the best soldiers the Garrison has to offer. She promptly delivers an EyeScream to the last Titan standing in Eren's way, long enough to allow Mikasa to cut its nape.
* BigOlEyebrows: While it's not quite noticeable due to her hair color, her eyebrows are larger than most of the cast.
* ChangedMyMindKid [=/=] IGotYouCovered: She ends up fighting fiercely to help Eren accomplish his mission, after having been his most vocal critic.
* TheDeadHaveNames: In a classic example of the trope, Rico lists the names of the soldiers about to die for Eren's mission to succeed.
* EyeScream: Delivers one to the very last Titan standing in Eren's way during the mission to plug the breach in Wall Rose.
* IcyBlueEyes: Fitting her cool, serious demeanor.
* {{Meganekko}}: An attractive, petite woman in glasses.
* NotSoStoic: Started out seeming very cold, critical and aloof. However, being in witness of mankind's very first victory over the Titans has her fall to her knees in tears, telling her fallen comrades they didn't die in vain.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: She attempts to abort the mission, reporting it as a failure. Ian manages to convince her to stay, though.
* SoleSurvivor: Of the Garrison elites who are tasked with protecting Eren long enough for him to seal up the breach in Trost District. By the time Levi and the rest of the Survey Corps show up to save them, only Eren, Mikasa, Armin, and Rico are left standing.

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!!Mitabi Jarnach
!!!Voiced By: Takanori Hoshino (JP), KyleHebert (EN)

A Squad leader assigned to work with Eren during the mission to plug the breach in Wall Rose. He [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifices himself]] along with most other Garrison Elite troops to ensure the operation's success.

* AssShove: He threatens to do this, in order to attract the Titans' attention.
* BadassBeard: A small goatee.
* HeroicSacrifice: He and his squad act as bait to lure the Titans away, exactly knowing that moving on the ground would be suicide.
* IGotYouCovered: He and the Elite Squad put their lives on the line to keep the Titans off Eren during his important mission.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Attempts to abort the mission after Eren loses control in his Titan form. Ian convinces him to stay though.
* SuicideMission: He leads one with the remainders of his squad, to lure the Titans away from Eren.

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!!Anka Rheinberger
!!!Voiced By: Hayama Ikumi (JP), JamieMarchi (EN)

A female soldier assigned to Dot Pixis, often seen escorting him. She expresses frustration with her commander's worst habits.

* BeleagueredAssistant: She complains about having to deal with him, and his numerous quirks.
* CloudcuckoolandersMinder: It's apparently not the ''first'' time she's had to wake him up in strange places.
* DopeSlap: To wake her dozing commander up.
* ServileSnarker: She seems to have a fairly laid-back relationship with her commander, at least in private. She smacks him upside the head and he flirts with her.
* ThoseTwoGuys: A female/male variant with Gustav.
* UnkemptBeauty: Pixis describes her as being beautiful, though she seems fairly unconcerned with her appearance.

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!!Kitz Wörman
!!!Voiced By: Tomoyuki Shimura (JP), ChristopherSabat (EN)

One of the senior officers in charge of the defense of Trost. He abandons the trainees under his command, and later attempts to execute Eren, Armin, and Mikasa. He is one of the Garrison members guarding the Eastern Line of Defense after Titans are sighted within Wall Rose.

* AdaptationDistillation: In the manga the HQ briefing to the trainees was given by a minor character, but he gets it for added hypocrisy in the anime.
* AsYouKnow: In the anime "As you know, desertion in face of the enemy is punishable by death!"
* BadBoss: Threatens or abandons the people under his command.
* DirtyCoward: Pixis notes he's as "brittle as a twig". He's being polite, there are twigs far harder to snap than this man.
* {{Hypocrite}}: A man ruled by fear who leaps to execute people deserting in fear. [[AdaptationExpansion In the anime]] even more poignant as he abandons the Supply Squad trainees in HQ to flee the Titans. [[SarcasmMode Such a paragon of leading by example.]]
* FreakOut: Exists in a near-permanent state of this. Eren being a Titan pushes him very, very far over the edge.
* JerkassHasAPoint: He was wrong about Eren, but his paranoid rantings about [[spoiler: Titan children sent to infiltrate the human ranks]] ended up being true.
* JustFollowingOrders: Used to justify abandoning the trainees under his command.
* TheNeidermeyer: He mainly exists to show that in all branches of the military there's incompetent and unfit officers, Garrison included.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: He was ready to use a cannon armed with a High Explosive shell on Eren, Mikasa, and Armin. Read that again, a HE shell on ''3 kids''. It ends up ''not'' being overkill since a partially-formed Human Titan skeleton proved tough enough to withstand the blast.
* ThousandYardStare: Basically his defining physical feature.

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