The largest branch of the military, 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. From then, they are considered the first line of defense of the Walls, providing artillery and manpower. They are mostly trained in urban combat to defend districts against Titan barrages, though they are considerably less experienced than the Survey Corps, also engaging in sporadic police work. They suffer heavy losses in the Battle of Trost, forcing them to provide backup for the other branches of the military henceforth. The Garrison also features Elite Forces, mainly specialized in tactical deployment and special ops.The Garrison and its troops are partly responsible for successfully defending the district of Trost, thus effectively preventing the fall of Wall Rose to the Titans and earning with the help of Eren Yeager, mankind's first victory ever against the Titans. The Garrison's engineers were responsible for killing the greater bulk of the Titans that stormed Trost once the gap on Wall Rose was plugged by Eren Yeager, while the few stray ones were dealt with by the Survey Corps.Albeit it's not by any means uncommon, none of the top ten cadets from the Southern Branch of the 104th Trainee Corps join the Garrison, making it overall the least featured branch of the military in the story.Main Character Index | The Shinganshina Trio | 104th Trainee Corps | Survey Corps | Military Police Brigade | Titans | Marley | Others | Before The FallWARNING: Unmarked spoilers abound.
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The reserve force for the Walls, they sit between the suicidal Scouts and the corrupt Military Police.
Tropes that apply to the Garrison as a whole:
- All Your Base Are Belong to Us: Happens temporarily during Trost when Titans manage to get into their district headquarters and cut everyone off from the supply rooms.
- Cannon Fodder: 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 escape to safety and hope the Survey Corps arrive in time to help.
- City Guards: Responsible for maintaining the Walls, manning its defenses, and conducting evacuation efforts.
- Cowardly Lion: 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.
- Dual Wielding: It's standard issue for the military.
- Gondor Calls for Aid: 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.
- Hold the Line: 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.
- Hufflepuff House: 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.
- Irony: One of their main duties is to repair the Walls, structures that require little to no maintenance whatsoever. Even when they get damaged by the Shifter Titans, the repairs required are beyond normal human capacity. In that respect, their role at the Walls is to man them, keep the cannons functioning and provide sentries for upcoming titans.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Though they provide a support role in the military and they die by the thousands, had they not been there, the Battle of Trost would not have been won and Wall Rose would have fallen to the Titans.
- Spell My Name with an "S": 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."
- Tower Defense: 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.
- We Have Become Complacent: 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.
- We Have Reserves: 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.
Voiced by: Masahiko Tanaka (JP), R Bruce Elliott (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. He holds the rank of General and holds the full authority in terms of defense operations in the military overall.
- Adult Fear: 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 shaming them for being willing to let that happen by running away.
- Badass Mustache: Well-groomed. A perfect drape over his silver tongue.
- Bald of Awesome: A bit on the seasoned side, but an awesome commander and guy regardless.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: 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.
- Bystander Syndrome: 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.
- The Chessmaster: Armin mentions him, along with Erwin, as brilliant commanders that are not afraid to sacrifice their troops to reach an important goal.
- Cool Old Guy: Competent, reasonable, and just slightly quirky enough to stay interesting regardless.
- Crazy Enough to Work: 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.
- Drinking on Duty: 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.
- Elephant in the Living Room: During his Rousing Speech, 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.
- Engineered Public Confession: 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.
- A Father to His Men: 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 Rousing Speech, 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. The guidebook gives him a 10/10 in "Trust from Subordinates".
- Going Cold Turkey: Anka later confiscates his alcohol. Without his buzz, Pixis is shown to be a bit more grim than usual.
- Heel Realization/I'm Going to Hell for This: 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.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Perfectly willing to sacrifice his men, if that's what it takes for humanity to survive.
- The Needs of the Many: Like Erwin, he's fully aware of what has to be done to ensure that humanity lives on.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Mentions he wouldn't mind being eaten by a Titan if it was a sexy lady. He expresses disappointment when there's none to be seen during the Battle of Trost.
- "No. Just... No" Reaction: When Zackly brings up his desire to introduce the populace to his torture methods for the captive nobles following the coup, Pixis' immediate answer is exasperation.Pixis: ... Haven't you given up yet? If you show citizens something that horrifying, they'll lose all trust in the corps in no time.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: 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 doesn't need to throw chess games out in the field.
- Out of Focus: 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.
- Pyrrhic Victory: His successful defense of Trost gave him significant political footing and influence, making him a trump card during the Survey Corps' revolution against the Royal Government; still, it came through a significant loss of life with thousands of troops perishing to defend Wall Rose.
- Quick Nip: Regularly takes a sip of alcohol before doing anything serious.
- Reasonable Authority Figure:
- 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.
- He tells Erwin that he will not back him up in his revolt against the Royal Government because if it's not successful, the military would fall to no one reliable, and someone must remain to keep everything together.
- Rousing Speech/Shaming the Mob: 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. The guidebook even gives him a 11/10 in "Speeches".Pixis: 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!
- Shoo Out the Clowns: 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).
- You Have Failed Me: Defied. He's smart enough to understand that trying to punish his troops during a crisis would only do more harm than good. See Rousing Speech for what he does instead.
- You Shall Not Pass: The core of his Rousing Speech is convincing everyone to stand their ground and absolutely not let the Titans take Wall Rose, lest humanity suffer further disaster and tragedy.
Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara (JP), Kenjiro Tsuda (JP) [Season 2], 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.
- Adaptation Expansion: Hannes' fight against the Smiling Titan is given several extra scenes in the anime showing how competent he's become as a soldier since Wall Maria fell.
- The Alcoholic: Before Wall Maria was broken, he spent his days drinking and goofing around. The guidebook even gives him a 8/10 in "Booze". He did quit cold-turkey after the Fall of Shinganshina, though.
- The Atoner: After leaving Carla to her death, he spent the rest of his life attempting to atone by growing a spine and acting as a father-figure to Eren and Misaka. He jumps onto the opportunity to kill the Smiling Titan without hesitation. Sadly, he dies in the process.
- Badass Boast: He gives a great one before engaging the Smiling Titan.Hannes: 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.
- The Bus Came Back: Completely leaves the story once the main characters start training then comes back much, much later when he's needed.
- Drinking on Duty: Eren chews him out for this, but he seems to have gotten better since being promoted to captain.
- Going Cold Turkey: He is not shown drinking even once after the Fall of Shinganshina in either manga or anime.
- Grew a Spine: 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 to look for Eren, who has been captured by Bertolt and Reiner.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: 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.
- Honorary Uncle: Eren refers to him as "Uncle", though it's never elaborated how close he was to the Yeagers beyond feeling indebted to them.
- I Owe You My Life: 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. Both Mikasa and Eren feel the same way about him, seeing that he was the one who rescued them from Shinganshina.
- Like a Son to Me: Eren, Mikasa and Armin are very dear to him and he sought to mentor them after they were left to their own devices.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: Being a paternal figure to Eren, Mikasa, and Armin holds a death flag on him.
- My Greatest Failure: To this day, he regrets being a coward despite Eren and Mikasa having forgiven him a long time ago. 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.
- No One Gets Left Behind: 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.
- Not Afraid to Die: 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.
- Parental Substitute: Towards Eren and Mikasa.
- Plot-Triggering Death: His death prompts Eren to discover one of the most important aspects of the story: the fact that Eren carries the Coordinate.
- Properly Paranoid: 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.
- Rank Up: Years after the fall of Wall Maria, Hannes, to the surprise of Eren, has been promoted to a Garrison Captain.
- Reality Ensues: When Carla Yeager begs him to take the kids and run, he makes a Badass Boast 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.
- Rousing Speech: He manages to revive Mikasa and Armin's determination in preparation for their mission to rescue a kidnapped Eren.
- Sadistic Choice: Save Eren and Mikasa and flee, but sacrifice their mother, or fight the Titan, but failure ensures everyone dies. Hannes chooses the former.
- Senseless Sacrifice: He avoids doing this, though it means abandoning Carla to die. 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.
- Tempting Fate: 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.
- Took a Level in Badass: 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 rescue Eren from the Titan Shifters and displays a huge amount of competence and bravery when fighting.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: In spite of his shame at the death of Carla and the fall of Wall Maria, Eren, Mikasa and Armin respect him and hold him in high regard because he has his heart in the right place, and because the former two wouldn't be alive if it weren't for him.
Voiced by: Yūya Murakami (JP), Scott Freeman (EN)
The leader of the operation to plug the breach in Wall Rose. He sacrifices himself along with most other Garrison Elite troops to ensure the operation's success.
- Armor-Piercing Question: 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.
- Colonel Badass: As the man in given command in taking back Trost, he qualifies even if his actual rank is a matter of conjecture.
- Determinator: The databook has his resolve at 11/10. Not only is he willing to believe in Titan Eren even after Rico and Mitabi try to abort the operation, he even fights to bitter end to ensure that Titan Eren makes it to the breach, pulling off a Heroic Sacrifice in the process.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: 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.
- Heroic Sacrifice: 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.
- I Got You Covered: He and the Elite Squad give it their full to keep the Titans off Eren during his important mission.
- The Kirk: Neither too emotional (like Mitabi panicking over Eren's initial failure to control his Titan form) or unemotional (like Rico cooly dismissing the plan as a failure), he is a well-rounded and capable leader who knows what must be done. It's largely due to his quick, effective decisions that Eren managed to plug the breach.
- Off with His Head!: A Titan bites his head off after he rescues a fellow soldier from its mouth.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: 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.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Trost probably would have fallen were it not for his actions.
- The Stoic: Tends to be very direct and to the point and is the only one to keep a cool head after the mission to retake Trost runs into problems.
- You Shall Not Pass: 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.
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.
- The Ace: She is shown in the anime to be one of the best soldiers in the Garrison, and she is competent enough to contend with even the members of the Survey Corps. After the battle of Trost, she's the only survivor of the Elite Force.
- Adaptation Expansion: Gets some more lines and character development in the anime.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: While it's not quite noticeable due to her hair color, her eyebrows are larger than most of the cast.
- Changed My Mind, Kid / I Got You Covered: She ends up fighting fiercely to help Eren accomplish his mission, after having been his most vocal critic.
- The Dead Have Names: In a classic example of the trope, Rico lists the names of the soldiers about to die for Eren's mission to succeed.
- The Dragon: She is Wörman's second-in-command during the Battle of Trost, or at the very least, second-in-command at the moment Eren, Mikasa and Armin are about to be executed. The chain of command, however, is superseded by Commander Pixis' intervention.
- Everyone Went to School Together: She mentions that she and her fellow soldiers that would provide support for Eren graduated from the same batch of cadets.
- Eye Scream: Delivers one to the very last Titan standing in Eren's way during the mission to plug the breach in Wall Rose.
- I Did What I Had to Do: In the anime, she testified against Eren in her report when he's brought into trial in a seemingly cold and uncharacteristic action, especially after the retaking of Trost was due to his efforts. Upon seeing Mikasa's anger after the testimony, she explains to her that lying about Eren is not going to help his case and that Mikasa shouldn't lie either when she is put on the spot (especially considering that Eren's Titan went completely amok at the beginning of the mission).
- In a different sense, lying would not only affect Eren, but also would do no honor to her teammates who sacrificed their lives for the same purpose.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Fitting her cool, serious demeanor.
- Meganekko: An attractive, petite woman in glasses.
- Not So Different: She is as keen to execute Eren on the spot as Wörman is, though she is markedly more collected. Had Pixis not twisted their arm, the recovery of Trost would have been impossible.
- Not So Stoic: 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.
- Odd Name Out: In a sea of Germanic surnames, Rico's Silesian Polish/Czech "Brzenska" is of note.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Stands at 156 cm meaning the only people she's taller than are Annie and Krista. Her combat skills are rated 9/10 however.
- Put on a Bus: Aside from a brief cameo appearance in the Clash of the Titans arc, she's largely absent from the narrative after Trost.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: She attempts to abort the mission, reporting it as a failure. Ian manages to convince her to stay, though.
- Sole Survivor: 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. This is one of the reasons she chooses not to lie in her report of the mission.
- The Spock: Is shown to be rather aloof and critical of Eren, but still cares deeply for her comrades. The guidebook even gives her a 11/10 in "Logic".
- Undying Loyalty: Invoked. She does not question Wörman's orders to execute Eren, Mikasa and Armin on the spot and intends to follow the orders to the letter. Wörman's 8/10 in "Loyalty from underlings" from the guidebook implies that Rico is included in this.
Voiced By: Takanori Hoshino (JP), Kyle Hebert (EN)
A Squad leader assigned to work with Eren during the mission to plug the breach in Wall Rose. He sacrifices himself along with most other Garrison Elite troops to ensure the operation's success.
- Ass Shove: He threatens to do this to some Titans, in order to attract their attention.
- Badass Beard: As a member of the Garrison Elite Force he certainly qualifies, with his small goatee.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He and his squad act as bait to lure the Titans away, exactly knowing that moving on the ground would be suicide. The guidebook even gives him a 12/10 in "Life-risking".
- I Got You Covered: He and the Elite Squad put their lives on the line to keep the Titans off Eren during his important mission.
- The McCoy: He is the first one to suicidally charge at the Titans to help Eren plug the breach, which inspires Ian to follow his example.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Attempts to abort the mission after Eren loses control in his Titan form. Ian convinces him to stay though.
- Suicide Mission: He leads one with the remainders of his squad, to lure the Titans away from Eren.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Gets much less development than his fellow squad leaders so the impact when he bites it is fairly small.
Voiced By: Hayama Ikumi (JP), Jamie Marchi (EN)
A female soldier assigned to Dot Pixis, often seen escorting him. She expresses frustration with her commander's worst habits.
- Bearer of Bad News: She barges into Erwin's audience with the Nobility to announce the fall of Wall Rose. The news are actually an embellishment concocted by Zackly, Erwin and Pixis in order to gauge the reaction of the Nobility.
- Beleaguered Assistant: She complains about having to deal with him, and his numerous quirks.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: It's apparently not the first time she's had to wake him up in strange places.
- Dope Slap: To wake her dozing commander up.
- Hidden Depths: In spite of performing a rather unceremonious job, she is bound to have a considerable degree of competence to be assigned to protect one of the highest commanders of the military. She is show to have tactical oversight under Pixis' authority alongside Gustav.
- Satellite Character: Wherever Pixis shows up, she's sure to be around somewhere.
- Servile Snarker: 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.
- Those Two Guys: A female/male variant with Gustav.
- Unkempt Beauty: Pixis describes her as being beautiful, though she seems fairly unconcerned with her appearance.
Kitz Wörman / Kitz Weilman
Voiced By: Tomoyuki Shimura (JP), Christopher Sabat (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.
- Adaptation Distillation: 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.
- As You Know: In the anime "As you know, desertion in face of the enemy is punishable by death!"
- Bad Boss: Threatens or abandons the people under his command.
- Dirty Coward: Pixis notes he's as "brittle as a twig". He's being polite, there are twigs far harder to snap than this man.
- This is best exemplified when he and his guard abandon the garrison in Trost district, leaving behind the cadets to fend for themselves. He rationalizes it as "sending for reinforcements".
- Hypocrite: A man ruled by fear who leaps to execute people deserting in fear. In the anime even more poignant as he abandons the Supply Squad trainees in HQ to flee the Titans. Such a paragon of leading by example.
- Freak Out: Exists in a near-permanent state of this. Eren being a Titan pushes him very, very far over the edge.
- Hidden Depths: The guidebook gives him a 8/10 in "Loyalty from underlings", hinting he might not be quite as bad as he seems.
- Jerkass Has a Point:
- He was wrong about Eren, but his paranoid rantings about Titan children sent to infiltrate the human ranks ended up being true.
- Oh baby! Considering what was happening at Trost at the time, it's hardly surprising for someone to go off the rails as he does. The problem lies in the fact that he's in a position of authority.
- Just Following Orders: Used to justify abandoning the trainees under his command.
- Karma Houdini: It's not known whether he was punished for deserting his post, but it's very likely that he wasn't (given that he's shown later in the story with Rico back at Trost). It would be remarkably glaring, considering his desertion indirectly caused the deaths of a sizeable chunk of the Garrison troops and the new cadets.
- Large Ham: Adding to his nervousness, he is shown shouting to the top of his lungs most of the times he's featured.
- The Neidermeyer: He mainly exists to show that in all branches of the military there's incompetent and unfit officers, Garrison included.
- Put on a Bus: Briefly reappears during the Clash of the Titans arc commanding a group of cannons against the Titans that have appeared inside Wall Rose.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: 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.
- Thousand-Yard Stare: Basically his defining physical feature.