The elite force that answers to the King, responsible for maintaining the peace. Their organization is infamously corrupt, and many recruits hope to join in order to take advantage of the safety and comforts it affords. Only the Top 10 graduates from every year are allowed to apply, meaning that the most talented are the soldiers least likely to ever have to face Titans. They are actually divided into two separate organizations — the regular branch, and the secretive Central branch that operates directly out of the Capitol.Main Character Index | The Shinganshina Trio | 104th Trainee Corps | Survey Corps | Garrison | Titans | Others | Before The FallWARNING: Unmarked spoilers abound.
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Tropes that apply to the Military Police Brigade as a whole.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Deconstructed. The military system in place makes sense on paper: the best and brightest defend humanity's center and the rest either maintain the Walls or go on scouting missions. This means ultimately the best soldiers are likely never to be where they're needed most, making them useless to the overall war effort. Additionally, any exercises that they do would involve drilling with their guns (as they are responsible for maintaining law and order) so the 3DMG skills that got them to the top are stagnated and see little further use because they're at the top.
- Badass Army: They only accept the Top 10 recruits from the Trainee Corps, so their members are inherently the best and brightest the military has to offer... in theory. In practice...
- Badass on Paper: ... it turns out that taking the people who got the highest scores in training and then never having them practice or experience real combat against Titans, ever, doesn't make for a particularly talented force. When actually forced to fight, they're closer to a Redshirt Army.
- City Guards: Though most of them slacked off during the hand-to-hand combat parts of training, so they're actually the worst at combating other people.
- Dirty Cop: Its members don't hesitate to take bribes or sell government property for personal gain.
- Drinking on Duty: Several officers are seen drinking (or on their way to a bar) in the middle of the day. Unlike the Garrison members that goofed off at the beginning, they actually do have better things to do, they just don't care.
- Elites Are More Glamorous: Made up of the most capable graduates and the most highly-regarded branch, though they almost never have to go on elite missions to show off their badassery. They finally get assigned to re-capture Eren, and it turns out they're not so elite after all.
- Evil Debt Collector: They're responsible for collecting taxes. The evil part comes from their habit of its members selling shipments of equipment (that the taxes paid for) on the black market for their own gain. They also regulate the food supplies, and if anarchy broke out due to hunger, they'd have all the swords and guns. A few blink-and-you'll-miss-it moments in the anime show (prospective) scenes of the Military Police Brigade killing peasants and forcing people to part with their valuables for a few potatoes if things came to their worst. Fast-forward many chapters: once many refugees from Wall Rose were forced underground in Wall Sina, these terrible things are dangerously close to coming and humanity is just one more disaster from anarchy.
- Foreshadowing: During Trost the Trainees find several brand new boxes of flintlock rifles belonging to the Military Police Brigade. They were gathering dust. The Military Police Brigade turns out to be the most lazy and useless branch, so much so that they leave their weapons lying around.
- The Hedonist: Basically everyone's reason for joining is to enjoy a comfortable life in the Interior, except for a few keen individuals.
- Paper Tiger: Their tendency to neglect any serious duties or training have left them the least capable branch, and Jean notes their members keep being devoured when they finally mobilize on the mission to rescue Eren. In comparison, the Survey Corps and Garrison are far more experienced and capable.
- Praetorian Guard: Their purpose is to protect the king and his central domain.
- Redshirt Army: Played with. Many members join to avoid becoming a Red Shirt. When some veterans of the Military Police Brigade finally wind up on the front lines in the mission to rescue Eren in Chapter 47, they start dropping like flies.
- Rule of Symbolism: The unicorn on their crest represents how legendary its members are (being made up of the top 10 members of each graduating class). When we finally see them in combat with Titans, it turns out that their skills are legendary in the "nonexistent" or "mythical" sense of the word.
- Secret Police: Their job is to protect the King and his domain by any means necessary. This job description gives them... quite a bit of liberty to determine what's "necessary".
- Slave to PR: They're forced to uphold their public reputation and have to at least do their corrupt dealings when no one's watching. Hitch uses this to stop a corrupt officer from arresting Marlowe by implying that going further would have looked bad to the bystanders watching.
- Token Evil Teammate: Of the military services. Say what you want about the Garrison and Survey Corps, they're never shown to be outright malevolent. Although the Military Police are on a whole more akin to corrupt thugs than they are to overt evildoers. Played straight with the Central 1st Brigade though, since they actually are just flat out evil.
- Unicorn: The symbol on their crest, as shown to the right. It turns out to be more than appropriate, since the Military Police's skills in combat are just as much of a myth as unicorns are.
- Unwitting Pawn: To the Central Branch, and the Government Conspiracy they serve. Most officers are concerned only with maintaining their own comfortable lives, and doing what they're told.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Not villains per se, but they're the most amoral military branch and still manage to maintain the best reputation of the three.
Voiced By: Anri Katsu (JP), Ian Sinclair (EN)
"It's not my place to think about that. All I do is carry out the job given to me."The Commander of the Military Police Brigade. He and Erwin were friends during their time as Trainees, and intended to join the Survey Corps together. He abandoned his friend in favor of marrying Marie, a woman they both loved, and started a family in the safety of the Interior. Though they come into conflict due to their positions, he is someone Erwin trusts enough to disclose sensitive information.
- Beard of Evil: Subverted. Despite being the leader of an infamously corrupt organization... he actually seems to be a reasonable guy on decent terms with Erwin.
- Career Versus Man: Gender flipped. He chose the woman, but this led to his current position as a dog for the corrupt Military Police.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He loves his wife and children dearly.
- Face–Heel Turn: Downplayed. He was once Erwin's good friend and planned to join the Survey Corps with him, prior to abandoning his comrades by joining the Military Police Brigade.
- Happily Married: Being in the Military Police Brigade gave him the chance to become this, marrying his sweetheart and starting a family. He admits he doesn't regret his decision, and Erwin praises him for being able to achieve the happiness none of their comrades ever could.
- Heel–Face Turn: He takes part in the ruse to see what the Monarchy would do, if Wall Rose was lost. When given the order to seal off Wall Sina and abandon the people of Wall Rose, he refuses to do so and sides with Erwin against the nobility.
- Hidden Depths: The leader of the corrupt organization is actually a happily-married family man, and was once an idealistic young man that intended to follow Erwin into the Survey Corps.
- Informed Flaw: The guidebook gives him a 10/10 in Cruelty. From what is actually shown in the manga, he is a mild Jerkass at worst.
- Just Following Orders: See his entry quote. He doesn't question the shady doings of the Military Police Brigade's clandestine groups because they're outside his jurisdiction. He does have standards, though. When ordered by the nobility to seal off the gates between Wall Rose and Sina, leaving thousands to die, he and the Military Police Brigade refuse.
- Love Triangle: He and Erwin both loved the same woman, he won.
- Love Redeems: Downplayed. His love for Marie led him to abandon his comrades and join the Military Police Brigade. Still, he doesn't regret it because of the happiness his family brings him and Erwin even praises the decision.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: Oddly combines Obstructive Bureaucrat and a Reasonable Authority Figure. Despite first appearing arguing for Eren to be dissected and killed by the Military Police, his rationale (domestic stability) was evidently honest and appropriate for his job. He also seems to actually care about people he is responsible for and charged to protect. By holding Erwin's respect we can surmise he is, probably, not a willing party to the corruption or villainous Government Conspiracy) plaguing his branch of the service.
- Punch Clock Villain: His job aside, he actually seems like a reasonable enough person and appears to be a pawn of the real villains rather than being their leader. He demonstrates that even obstructive bureaucrats still want or have families and live normal lives when off the clock.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: See above.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Funimation spells his first name as Nial. Perhaps they didn't want him confused with a pier in Egypt?
- Villainous Cheekbones: Not exactly a villain, but he's the head of an infamously corrupt organization and favored Eren being experimented on and executed.
- We Used to Be Friends: Defied. He and Erwin were once close friends, during their time as Trainees. The tension between their Branches and the duties of Commander has resulted in their friendship being strained to the point of antagonism. However, they still respect and trust each other enough for Erwin to discuss sensitive information with him.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Towards Erwin, in Episode 25, calling him out on all the death and destruction his plan has caused.
Voiced By: Akeno Watanabe (JP), Brittney Karbowski (EN)
"Yeah, this place is even more rotten than I thought it'd be. Of course, that's why I chose it."A rookie assigned to the same squad as Annie, stationed in Stohess District of Wall Sina. She is an obnoxious and outspoken girl, who joined the Military Police Brigade in order to benefit from their corruption. She shares a room with Annie, and frequently pesters her antisocial roommate. She graduated from the 104th like the rest of the main cast, but she was in a different regiment.
- Alpha Bitch: She attempts to be this towards Annie, but lacks the authority to be more than an annoyance. She doesn't actually seem to put any effort into it, though.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: She expected the Military Police to be a cakewalk and basically enlisted to reap every benefit she could possibly muster from the corrupt system; she certainly didn't expect to be working for a government that is so corrupt that it treats human beings as cannon fodder, and that her boring, aloof, and sleepy roommate is a mass-murdering undercover Titan.
- The Bus Came Back: Returns in Chapter 59 along with Marlo, after having been absent since Annie's capture.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Marlo might have not been able to read between the lines as to why Hitch insisted he go back to the Military Police after the coup ended (coupled with a flashback image of her looking very worried), but according to his words, she probably kept up an Alpha Bitch air to her actions by berating him as a weakling trying to look cool instead of just saying she's concerned about him.
- Character Development: After the Stohess incident, Hitch has grown more sympathetic of others, vocally criticizing the Survey Corps for the many civilian deaths they have caused.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Joins Levi's squad, though she's not as quick to offer her help as Marlo.
- The Cynic: In contrast to Marlo, she has a fairly negative outlook in life.
- Didn't See That Coming:
- She expected the MP and the Nobility to be corrupt, but nowhere as corrupt as they actually are.
- She is flabbergasted at hearing that her roommate Annie, who she is trying to advocate for, is the Female Titan that attacked Stohess.
- Evil Is Petty: Subverted. Hitch is a venial and selfish character who plays to the expectations of this trope. However she does have a moral core that can be outraged by senseless deaths and sticks by her friends even at great personal risk. For example she struck down Jean to "save" Marlo while Levi was still in earshot.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She cares about both Marlo and Annie, though her attitude doesn't lend to show it easily. She is one of the few characters that shows sincere concern about Annie's disappearance.
- Green Eyes: Accused of being jealous, but also playful and clever enough to defuse a dangerous situation.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Boris seems to think she resents Annie for having earned her place in the Military Police Brigade, more or less accusing Hitch of sleeping her way in. It's never made clear whether it's true or not, but Hitch is at least shown to have worried about Annie after the Stohess incident.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Bottles of alcohol can be seen in her and Annie's room, and she spends her time off-duty going into the Capitol to party. Even when she's on-duty, she tends to slack off and ignore her responsibilities in favor of having a good time.
- The Hedonist: She's only interested in benefiting from the corrupt system and resents actually having to do her job. She's basically what Jean would have ended up as if not for his Character Development. This changes.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: She briefly has one upon learning that Annie was the Female Titan, sitting quietly in shock.
- Hidden Depths: She starts out as a selfish and lazy girl, and even mocks Marlo for his idealism. But when she's captured, she turns out to be absolutely outraged over the civilian deaths the Survey Corps caused with their covert operation in Stohess, and calls out the members of the 104th over Annie's disappearance.
- The Hyena: Breaks into hysterical, condescending laughter whenever her squadmates try to talk seriously.
- It's All About Me: Her attitude and motivations are rather similar to Jean's initial ones. However, she later shows this isn't entirely true when push comes to shove.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: For all her negative traits, she's deeply upset over Annie's disappearance and the damage the Survey Corps caused trying to capture the Female Titan, and fights to save Marlo instead of running away like he told her to.
- Mythology Gag: Just like in the gag Spin-Off Attack! Titan Junior High, she bashes Jean upside the head during their first meeting.
- Pet the Dog: She's disgusted to see Marlo get beaten up by his superiors for doing the right thing. After Annie intervenes, Hitch manages to convince them to not arrest him for insubordination even though she had nothing to gain from doing so, and could have easily done nothing like Boris and the others.
- Punny Name:
- Both in English and in Japanese, Hitch ( ヒッチ ) is almost identical to "bitch" ( ビッチ ). Considering her personality...
- "Bitch" is equivalent to "slut" in Japanese slang, giving the pun another meaning.
- Ship Tease: Jean, Connie and Sasha assume she has feelings for Marlo based on how much concern she has for him.
- Sleeping Their Way To The Top: Boris seems to think she did something inappropriate to earn a top rank in her class. However, the guidebook reveals her scores are pretty solid (along the lines of Connie's, who ranked 8th), making it rather doubtful.
- Those Two Guys: With Marlo.
- Took a Level in Badass: Violently fights off Jean in a surprise attack when she thinks he's about to kill Marlo.
- What the Hell, Hero?: She tears Levi a new one over the Survey Corps' operation in Stohess, pointing out the civilian losses and how Annie is still missing. Levi, in his usual style responds to her anger by laying it all out, revealing the truth about Annie to her.
Marlo Sand / Marlowe Sand
Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (JP), Todd Haberkorn (EN)
"They'll learn that a man without reason is no different from an animal who defecates wherever it pleases."A member of Annie's unit. He is an idealistic and hard-working young man, which causes others to dump their work on him.
- Arrested for Heroism: Very nearly arrested for insubordination (which he technically was doing) when he catches a superior doing illegal dealings.
- The Bus Came Back: Returns in Chapter 59 along with Hitch, after having been absent since Annie's capture.
- Boom, Headshot: Gets his head graphically blown off by the Beast Titan's barrage.
- Butt Monkey: His superiors dump their assignments on him, and his peers mock him as naive.
- Brutal Honesty: Told Hitch he misjudged his improving opinion of her after she insisted he stay in the military police because it'd be easy from being recognized for their service during the coup. Which probably would be taken harshly even without pretty much everyone being able to she was insisting that because she's worried about him and has feelings for him (Well, except Eren), so him telling her that probably especially rather hurt.
- Chekhov's Gunman: He sides with Levi's squad and leads them to the 1st Brigade's base, intending to help rescue Eren and Historia. After the Coup, he's part of the wave of recruits that join the Survey Coprs for their push to retake Shiganshina, and is later seen during the battle proper protecting the Corps horses.
- A Day In The Lime Light: He gets one (along with Annie and Hitch) in the middle of the Female Titan arc. This doubles as A Day in the Limelight for the Military Police Brigade in general, since the audience gets a glimpse of how bad most of them are but not all of them.
- Establishing Character Moment: When his group is given a guard detail assignment, he questions exactly what they're guarding the Survey Corps from, showing that he's both earnest and insightful. This gets the responsibility dumped onto him for his troubles by his superior. A more subtle moment earlier is when they're all told to stop saluting towards their superior, but he's the only one not dropping his hand.
- For Great Justice: His motivation for joining the Military Police Brigade is to protect the innocent, help the helpless, etc. He proves the strength of his conviction when he encounters Levi's squad, throwing his lot in with them the moment he realizes just how corrupt the government actually is.
- Good Is Not Dumb: In-universe, he's regarded as foolish for wanting to change things, but he's definitely not an idiot, making astute observations that others either haven't figured out or just don't care about.
- Good Is Not Nice: He's one of the few hard-working and well-intentioned members of the Military Police Brigade but it doesn't necessarily mean he's a kind person, saying what really needs to be said and calling the lazy members "scum" and so forth.
- Heroic Sacrifice: See Killed Off for Real below. His death and the deaths of everyone else in the charge enabled Levi to get the drop on the Beast Titan and utterly wreck his shit.
- Hot-Blooded: Gets reaaallly passionate about making the Military Police pay for its corruption and laziness. Annie even explicitly compares him to Eren after his speech. Jean trusts him for the same reason, stating that he's an "idiot" just like Eren.
- The Idealist: He recognizes the corruption of the organization, but truly believes in working within to change it for the better. Annie expresses admiration for his strong sense of justice.
- Inherent in the System: Recognizes that things can only improve if the system itself is changed, and states he's fully prepared to get his hands dirty in order to gain the authority necessary to do so.
- Innocently Insensitive: Told Hitch he misjudged his warming up to her after he joined the Survey Corps but she insisted they should stay in the Military Police for an easy time. But she insisted that because she's worried about him and has probably has feelings for him, so ouch.
- Internal Reformist: Wants to change the Military Police Brigade by working his way up and instituting major changes to fight the current levels of corruption.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: At least according to the official guidebook, where he is above average in all stats, but doesn't truly excel in any of them.
- Killed Off for Real: Eventually gets the narrative short straw amongst the named characters when he dies during Erwin's charge the charge to distract the Beast Titan. Specifically, by a chunk of rock smashing half his head off, his last moments spent thinking of Hitch. He ain't coming back from that, poor guy. Thankfully, his death is not in vain, as the charge allows Levi to almost kill Zeke and break the siege by forcing the war chief to retreat.
- Knight in Sour Armor: He holds to his beliefs while still being painfully aware that he is part of a screwed up system.
- My Life Flashed Before My Eyes: In a zen-like moment, he fondly thinks of Hitch before the battery of rocks from the Beast Titan decimates him and the survey corps.
- Oblivious to Love: While many characters tease him about it, the idea of Hitch liking him doesn't cross his mind at all.
- The Only Believer: The Military Police Brigade is quite corrupt, and even those who aren't openly corrupt mostly just want to use it as a way to live in safety away from the titans. Only Marlo believes in reforming the Military Police into what it's supposed to be.
- The Power of Trust: His willingness to trust Jean earns him a place on Levi's squad.
- Rousseau Was Right: He believes humans are inherently good, and the corrupt system is to blame for the selfishness and cruelty he observes.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Constantly tries to point out and do something about illicit activities his superiors do even when it makes him pay severely for it. As soon as he realizes the upper echelons of the government are the true enemy, he throws his lot in with the Survey Corps and offers to help rescue Eren.
- Secret Test of Character: Jean puts him through one, making it seem like he intends to execute both MPs and then dropping the knife so Marlowe can be armed. Instead of fighting, he tries to let Hitch escape and finally drops the knife in a show of his willingness to trust Jean.
- Sudden Name Change: His last name is given as "Freudenberg" in the Guidebook, but in Chapter 59 his identification states his last name is "Sand".
- Those Two Guys: With Hitch.
- Token Good Teammate: He's considered the odd-man out by his peers, due to his strong sense of justice and desire to accomplish more than living an easy life.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Subverted. He was very close to shooting the two corrupt officers that just beat the crap out of him (for doing the right thing) but ultimately he can't do it. Annie even asks him if he's willing to punish the corrupt (even at the cost of dirtying his hands) like he declared he would just that morning.
- You Need to Get Laid: The corrupt officers he confronts slip him a coin, and suggest he should use it towards this end.
- You Remind Me of X: Annie and Jean have both compared him to Eren, considering him another idealistic fool. Jean uses this as his sole criterion for offering him a spot on the Levi's Special Operations Squad.
Voiced By: Yuichi Karasuma (JP), Micah Solusod (EN)
"She's just back from seeing hell. No one gets over that right away."A member of Annie's unit. He expresses sympathy for Annie's situation as a survivor of Trost and accuses Hitch of gaining entry into the branch through illicit means.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: He's a bit dumpy and plain-looking in the manga, but is fairly handsome in the anime.
- Bystander Syndrome: Suggests everyone just "watch the show", when Marlo confronts his superiors. Unlike Annie and Hitch, he does nothing to intervene and tries to stop Annie from helping.
- Inherent in the System: He accepts the corruption of the Military Police Brigade as a matter of course, as people join for selfish reasons.
- Lampshaded Double Entendre: When talking to Hitch. "There's only one way a woman like you makes it into the Military Police Brigade."
- Pet the Dog: He tells Hitch to leave Annie alone, since she's the only member at their Headquarters to have seen actual combat.
Be warned of spoilers for Volume 13 (Chapter 52) and onwards.
- The following entries contain major spoilers for the second half of the series.
Central 1st Brigade
The mysterious branch that operates out of the Capitol, with little connection to the main branch. Their members and duties are shrouded in mystery, with even Commander Nile Dawk admitting he knows little about them. Responsible for guarding the many secrets of the government, their duties involve silencing anyone seen as a threat to their masters.
Tropes that apply to the Central Branch
- Achilles' Heel: Their Anti-Personnel 3-D Maneuver Gear is more advanced than the stuff the Survey Corps use, but it also has a few flaws. Which Levi and co. exploit the hell out of in their final clash.
- Unlike traditional 3-D Maneuver Gear, their Grappling hooks are fired from the hand instead of the hip. Presumably it gives them better control and maneuverability, but it also means they can't attack and reel away at same time.
- Their pistols are single-shot and have to be reloaded after each use; they're also the only weapons they carry.
- There's also the fact that Kenny's squad are functionally assassins, not soldiers. They are most effective when eliminating their targets quickly and efficiently, but have trouble standing against trained combat veterans who are actually capable of fighting them on more than even terms in a more protracted battle.
- Badass: They manage to dispatch a veteran squad of Survey Corpsmen in seconds.
- Boom Head Shot: Their standard tactic seems to be shooting victims in the head, to messy effect.
- Building Swing: Their gear is a more traditional grappling hook setup, linked to wrist launchers and their pistols.
- Cool Guns: Single-shot pistols, with disposable barrels for rapid reloading.
- Evil Counterpart: To the Survey Corps. and Garrison. While most soldiers use their 3DMG and double-swords to fight Titans out in the open, the Anti-Human Suppression Squad uses 3DMG and Guns Akimbo to take out certain undesirables then disappear without a trace.
- Government Conspiracy: They are directly responsible for enforcing the will of the true rulers, and dealing with any elements that threaten or question their authority.
- Grappling-Hook Pistol: The upper portion of the weapon is a specialized pistol, while the bottom is a grappling hook launcher.
- Gun Fu: They combine customized maneuver gear with Guns Akimbo to lethal effect.
- Guns Akimbo: Since their targets are humans, they dual-wield pistols instead of swords.
- The Gunslinger: Their unique style of fighting, which is horrifyingly effective against humans used to only dealing with inaccurate and slow flintlock rifles.
- Implied Trope: Elite Mooks. One of the reasons why the top 10 trainees are almost always sent to the interior is presumably so that the Central 1st Brigade can comfortably handpick its members from the lot.
- Knight Templar: It is clear a few of them joined because they honestly believe they're making the world a safer place, while others joined simply because they like hurting people.
- The Men in Black: The squad commanded by Captain Ackerman strongly resemble them, dressed in black suits and quietly operating in the shadows. They seem to handle quite a bit of "disappearing" certain individuals.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The Anti-Human Suppression Squad leaves little mystery as to what their day job is. It's no wonder their existence is kept a strict secret.
- Never Bring a Knife to a Gun Fight: Their Anti-Personnel 3-D Maneuver Gear was designed with the intent of being used against the Survey Corps in case they ever went rogue.
- Praetorian Guard: To the Reiss family, the true royal family.
- Punch-Packing Pistol: The rounds can blow a pretty sizable hole in a target's head, since their intended purpose is to quickly put down human targets with no question the victim is dead.
- Secret Police: They operate in the shadows, quietly eliminating any "undesirable" elements within the Walls.
- State Sec: Even Nile Dawk, commander of the main branch, knows little about them. He warns Erwin that there are "few laws" that can touch them, and it seems they have nearly unlimited authority in carrying out their service to House Reiss.
- Throw-Away Guns: Averted. As mentioned above, one of the biggest weak spots of Anti-Personnel 3-D Maneuver Gear is that their guns are not interchangeable like the blades of Traditional 3-DM gear.
- Walking Spoiler: Their existence leads to numerous revelations about the conspiracy within the government.
"Your little organization's exaggerated titles ring very hollow, Survey Corpsmen."A senior member of the Military Police Brigade, from the mysterious 1st Brigade stationed in the Capitol. He oversees the investigation of Pastor Nick's murder. However, Hange suspects he is in fact responsible for the priest's torture and murder, and is part of a conspiracy within the government.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Suspected of overseeing and carrying out Nick's torture, including tearing out his nails and beating him to death.
- Dirty Cop: Hange believes him to be one, of a particularly sinister nature.
- Fingore: Hange rips out and presents his fingernails to him on a plate.
- Government Conspiracy: He is part of one, and carrying out the dirty work for his superiors.
- I Did What I Had to Do: He attempts to justify his actions to Hange and Levi, stating that the conspiracy he serves allows humanity to live in peace. According to him, murdering the overly-curious, dissenters, and anyone else that otherwise threatens the status quo is the only thing that has allowed humanity to remain free from war for the last century. Except that the people he is shown killing were developing new weapons technology that would have allowed humanity to better defend themselves in the first place, making this justification groundless.
- Irony: After some clever maneuvering by Levi, he is betrayed by the civilians he at least helped intimidate into acting as a kidnap squad for Eren and Historia, and ends up being tortured at the hands of Hange of all people. The look on his face says it all.
- And to top things off, the King he did all the atrocities he did was a false figurehead without any actual authority, never knowing that the Reiss family were the true rulers of the Walls.
- It Gets Easier: He knows his actions are horrible, but confesses he has come to enjoy hurting the weak.
- Jerkass: He outright mocks the Survey Corps as Cannon Fodder whose job is to "solve the population problem within the Walls" (e.g. get eaten). He also nearly roughs Hange up when the latter doesn't leave quietly.
- Jurisdiction Friction: He tries shooing Hange and Moblit away by saying that the crime scene is the Military Police Brigade's jurisdiction. When he gets contradicted that someone of his importance shouldn't be assigned to a seemingly low-level murder in the middle of nowhere since his squad is based in the Capitol, he retorts that a Squad Leader of the Survey Corps shouldn't be so interested either then resorts to more brusque methods of making them go away.
- Karma Houdini: Subverted, as he wasn't able to squirrel himself out of the mess he caused when he showed up. He ended up being tortured for his troubles and ended up in prison; still, the last that we see of Djel shows that he is quite content and at peace with being in prison.
- Knight Templar: He's fanatically devoted to the monarchy; Kenny notes that it kept him moving. He both revels in and justifies all of his acts (killing, torture, silencing people, halting technological advance) he states are not only fun, but he draws strength from them, fully believing what he's doing is right.
- Laser-Guided Karma: What comes around, goes around. The Survey Corps wind up capturing him and torturing him the same way he did Pastor Nick for information.
- Move Along, Nothing to See Here: Just routine police business...
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Hange and Levi brutally torture him, though it's not like he didn't deserve it.
- Police Brutality: Resorts to physical threats when Hange doesn't comply with his orders to leave, requiring Moblit to step in and defuse the situation. He also tortured and beat a man to death.
- Revealing Cover-Up: Took part in one.
- Secret Police: His involvement in the case that he's introduced in hints that the Military Police Brigade is being used as this.
- The Tooth Hurts: Hange rather graphically uses a pair of pliers to rip out of tooth while torturing him.
- Torture Always Works: Averted. Physical torture fails to make him talk. It's the psychological torture that causes him to finally break, by having his comrade read a script outside his cell door to convince him that he's been betrayed by comrades that considered him an idiot and a zealot.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: Blocking the advance of technology is necessary to protect the peace. Arresting, torturing, and murdering intellectuals, explorers, inventors, and those that otherwise present any annoyance to the status quo are all justified, as doing so maintains peace and order within the Walls. He states everyone should thank the 1st Brigade for allowing humanity to live free from war all this time.
- Villainous Breakdown: He becomes hysterical during his torture, calling Hange and Levi monsters, and attempting to justify the tortures and murders he's committed over the years. He finally asks them to kill him, admitting that he's led a bloody and cruel life for the sake of the King.
- Walking Spoiler: He serves to introduce the internal threat to the cast, a conspiracy within the Capitol that murdered Historia's mother, forced her into hiding, and murdered Pastor Nick to cover things up.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He genuinely believes what he's doing is for the greater good of humanity.
- You Killed My Father: Averted. It's implied by his ranting and the accompanying images that he took part in the killing of Erwin's parents and Historia's mother. Neither are currently aware of his involvement.
Captain Kenny Ackerman
"Everyone I've seen... has been like that. Be it alcohol, women, or even God... family, the king, dreams, children, power... without being drunk on something, no one could have done what they did. Everyone... was a slave to something."A commander of the 1st Brigade's Anti-Human Suppression Squad. A former serial killer that stalked the Capitol in decades past, he now kills for the sake of the government. He is the man responsible for murdering Historia's mother, and was once Levi's caretaker and trainer (and is later revealed to be his maternal uncle). Although he serves as the The Dragon to Rod Reiss, something beyond mere loyalty to the crown appears to motivate him.
- The Ace: The man is a ridiculously talented killer with a tremendous body count. He's also highly skilled with his squad's 3DM gear, and is implied to be a crackshot with those hand-cannons of his. He even manages to put Levi on the defensive and corner him in fairly short order after Kenny and his men waste his entire squad.
- A Father to His Men: To his own men, anyways. Everyone else can go to hell. A mentality strongly shared by his nephew Levi, actually.
- Alas, Poor Villain: He led a brutal life of persecution, was (perhaps unfairly) labeled a Serial Killer, was hunted his entire life by the government, only to come into the service of the monarchy and attempt to realize a dream of his which he would later find could never come true. He watches all his True Companions get wiped out and dies after telling his nephew that he abandoned him because he could never be a parent.
- Ambiguously Evil: His stint as a serial killer was evidently in self-defense or in defense of his loved ones, and what he would have done had he obtained the Coordinate power is left unspecified.
- Anti-Villain: He planned to take the Coordinate power to overthrow the Reiss family because he considers Rod Reiss a scumbag, and to protect his extended family. He's still a serial killer, though, and killed many in service of the Reiss family.
- Arc Villain: Kenny's existence and opposition to the Survey Corps was only made relevant for a single arc. He ultimately dies by the arc's end.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: With a black fedora and trench coat over it, while he goes around murdering people in very messy fashion.
- Badass Family: Levi and Mikasa may in some way be related to him, and he raised and trained Levi from a very young age.
- Badass Longcoat: A black trench coat, worn while carrying out murders.
- Badass Normal: What Levi is to Titans, Kenny apparently is to people. Think about that for a moment. Levi himself flat out tells Hange and his squad that Kenny is every bit as deadly as he is, if not more so. Coming from the man who routinely slaughters multiple Titans within seconds of each other, this guy is no joke.
- Bad Boss: Word of advice — don't fail him.
- Benevolent Boss: While he controls his lower underlings through fear, he is surprisingly kinder to his personal squad, as they grew to share the same viewpoint of the world and thus worked towards a common dream.
- Beard of Evil: A scruffy one, accentuating his sharp features.
- Boom Head Shot: Deals them out like candy to his victims.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Refers to serial murder as his 'hobby.' Historia's mother was just a number to him.
- Calling Your Bathroom Breaks: Loudly announces that he was taking a crap to the king. It's no wonder where Levi gets it from...
- Cop Killer: Murdered a lot of Military Policemen during the time he spent as a Serial Killer. It turns out this was probably because they were trying to kill him and his family members.
- Curiosity Causes Conversion: After Uri's death, Kenny's curiosity of the King's Will inspired him to pursue his own agenda.
- Dies Wide Open: Averted Trope. He dies with one eye closed from burn wounds, and the other half-open.
- The Dragon: He appears to be this for the Reiss family, commanding the Anti-Human Suppression Squad and relentlessly pursuing the Survey Corps.
- Dragon-in-Chief: The Anti-Human Suppression Squad are personally loyal to Kenny and his 'dream,' not Rod. Which technically makes Kenny the most powerful man within the Walls.
- Dragon with an Agenda: Kenny and his squad are secretly planning on usurping Rod Reiss and obtaining the Coordinate's power for their own.
- Deadpan Snarker: Kenny has his moments. Considering what he does for a living, his quips can get pretty dark.
- A Death in the Limelight: Chapter 69 expands on Kenny's backstory as he lies dying from the wounds he sustained when escaping from Rod's underground hideout. Levi arrives just in time for Kenny to confirm that he was the older brother of Levi's mother, but dies before telling anything else related to the Ackermans.
- The Dreaded: Terrifies just about everyone who is aware he is not simply a fable, from the people of the capital, right down to his own men. Even Levi seems extremely wary of him, likely having witnessed what he's capable of firsthand.
- Dying as Yourself: He briefly considers using the Titan serum to save himself in Chapter 69, but ultimately decides he'd rather die as a human than risk becoming a mindless Titan.
- Dysfunction Junction: This pretty much sums up his relationship with his nephew Levi. Although he genuinely cared about him, Kenny came to realize his presence was not a positive influence on the boy's life and promptly abandoned him, but not before he made sure Levi was adequately trained to survive on his own.
- Enigmatic Minion: He's The Dragon to the Reiss household, but there are plenty of hints that he may or may not be in it for his own ends...
- Establishing Character Moment: Brutally murdering Historia's mother right in front of her without a second thought, then preparing to do the same to her. Keep in mind, Historia is still very much a child at this point. The very next time we see him, he almost immediately rubs it in a seemingly helpless Historia's face. Once again, this is a grown man harassing a teenage girl about how he slaughtered her mother right in front of her.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Appears to be quite proud of Levi, and he spent his younger days trying to find and protect other members of the Ackerman family - he found Levi after trying to visit his prostitute sister, only to realize she had wasted away and died from an illness. He also seems to have been fond of Uri, Rod's younger brother who advocated hiring Kenny into the MP. He also values his personal squad, warning them to stay away from a rampaging Titan Rod.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He takes a dim view of Rod's treatment of his family, especially Historia, and considers him a selfish prick.
- Everyone Is Related: He's Levi's uncle from his mother's side and he and Mikasa are distant relatives.
- Evil Counterpart: To Levi, who has become the World's Strongest Man and the Hope Bringer of the Survey Corps, while Kenny himself has become The Dragon for humanity's corrupt government and a gunslinging assassin hellbent on killing his former student. When Levi warns his squad that facing Kenny would be as dangerous as fighting himself (perhaps moreso due to the guns), everyone is appropriately worried.
- Evil Is Hammy: While pursuing Levi, he behaves as though he were an adult playing hide-and-seek with a child — dramatically posing and shouting out a corny line about Levi being a bad guy.
- Evil Is Petty: Five years after murdering Historia's mother in front of the girl's very eyes, Kenny taunts her about it when they finally meet up again for seemingly no reason. He also makes plenty of jabs at Levi's height, and takes a few moments out of his day to belittle Reeves as he rapidly bleeds out in front of him.
- Evil Mentor: To Levi, who would go on to become Humanity's Strongest, while he himself got hired by the Military Police's secret branch.
- Evil Uncle: In his final moments, he reveals to Levi that he's in fact, his uncle. Levi is clearly hurt to learn so, as he likely suspected Kenny may have been his father.
- Face Death with Dignity: He manages to have a meaningful conversation with his nephew Levi before he goes out, reflecting fondly on his friendship with Uri, his memories of his squad, and his dream that could never be.
- For the Evulz: Why does he murder people? Kicks.
- Government Conspiracy: He's directly responsible for cleaning up things for them, murdering Lord Reiss's mistress and Dimo Reeves.
- Gun Fu: He engages in some impressive acrobatic stunts, all while dual-wielding pistols.
- Guns Akimbo: Dual-wielding special pistols.
- The Gunslinger: When using the 1st Squad's maneuver gear.
- Hand Cannon: He wields pistols that actually look like miniature cannons that fire a single, highly destructive shot.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Hero's stretching it to its breaking point, but he seems to have been a more or less normal guy until the government kept trying to exterminate him and his loved ones. Given those circumstances, him being a Serial Killer could be a smear.
- Hidden Depths: As revealed in his flashbacks, he is caring towards his family. Overall, Kenny is a... complicated person.
- Hypocrite: He criticizes Rod for being manipulative and a shitty example of a father to Historia, but his own record isn't much better, if not worse. Though he did take Levi in and raise him, he was abusive to the point of Levi having "quirks" that remain into his 30s, and flat-out says he didn't really teach Levi anything beyond fighting and killing—usually with knives.
- I Control My Minions Through...: Fear, it would seem. More than one person working for him has stated outright that he would kill them if they failed.
- Impossibly Cool Weapon: His pistols have retractable grappling hooks built beneath their grips which function similarly to the 3D Maneuver Gear hooks. Unlike the standard gear, which tries to concentrate the pull on the center of the body, Kenny and his men must reinforce their arms so that they do not get dislocated while in use.
- Irony: He used to be the scourge of the Military Police, slaughtering them wholesale then disappearing without a trace. He works for them now. In fact, they work for him.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Very dashing in his younger days.
- I've Come Too Far: Despite his dream of becoming the Coordinate being impossible, he decides to help Historia do it instead after Eren decides that having Historia devour him is the only way to defeat the Titans.
- Jack the Ripper: A knife-wielding Serial Killer involved in a Government Conspiracy who used to prowl the streets of the capital slitting the throats of his victims.
- Just Between You and Me: He converses with Reeves for a bit before killing him.
- Kick the Dog: See Evil Is Petty. Note: This is just about the first thing he does.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: We all felt real bad for Alma, didn't we?
- He also does a bit of this to Rod when he finally gets sick of what a worm he is.
- Knife Nut: He seems to prefer a single-edged knife for carrying out his dirty work.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He turns on Rod Reiss, declaring his now failed intention to take the Coordinate ability for himself to control mankind, and badly abusing Historia and Eren while he's at it, as well as Rod himself (though no one feels bad for him). Minutes later, Rod's transformation into a gargantuan Titan results in him sustaining mortal injuries.
- Lean and Mean: Is one of, if not the, tallest humans seen in the series so far and is quite lanky looking to boot. And while he may not be "evil" he definitely isn't nice.
- Living Legend: His killing spree is the stuff of legend, such that people doubt whether or not he really existed.
- Long-Lost Relative: Kenny mentions in his flashback coming across a distant branch of the Ackerman family in Zhiganshina, which implies a connection to Mikasa.
- The Men in Black: Travels around with a group of soldiers dressed in identical black suits, trench coats, and fedoras... murdering or kidnapping people for the government.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: See The Red Baron. Also, the squad he leads is the "Anti-Human Suppression Squad", not exactly the most subtle of names.
- Nice Hat: Sports a fedora at all times, although he loses it during Titan Rod's rampage.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He most definitely does not resemble Clint Eastwood... Also, he's a gunslinger, the role that Clint Eastwood built his career on.
- Not Afraid to Die: Flat out states he refuses to let natural causes be what ends his life.
- Not So Different: From Historia of all people. Both have essentially had their entire lives defined by who they were born, both admit to having genuine difficulty truly caring for others (something both of them struggle to overcome), and both of them strongly admire people who do.
- Obviously Evil: Look at the picture and just try to deny it.
- Odd Friendship: With Uri Reiss, Rod's brother and the previous owner of the Coordinate before Frieda.
- One-Man Army: Hinted to have murdered over 100 members of the Military Police, prior to becoming a commander in the 1st Brigade. He states Levi learned quite a bit from him, suggesting he's just as deadly as Humanity's Strongest.
- Parental Substitute: Was this towards Levi after his mother died, teaching him basic survival skills until he decided Levi could make do on his own. He later tells Levi that he left because he could never be a parent.
- Perpetual Frowner: He always seems to be wearing a pretty fierce scowl.
- Professional Killer: He's clearly an experienced killer, not even hesitating when his orders require him to kill a little girl.
- Psycho for Hire: Even if he wasn't killing for the government, he'd still be killing for pleasure.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers an impressive one to Rod Reiss, listing all his crimes and emphasizing how he's been using Historia for his own gain after ignoring her existence.
- The Red Baron: "Kenny the Ripper", the title given to him when he was a serial killer.
- Reformed Criminal: Subverted. He used to be an independent serial killer, but then he joined the Military Police... as a state-sponsored assassin for the sinister, totalitarian government.
- Sadist: Flat out admits he enjoys his work.
- Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: He has a habit of saying out loud noises for his pistols, like "bang."
- Secret Police: So secret, he doesn't even wear a military uniform.
- Serial Killer: He used to be one.
- Servile Snarker: He is one. To the king.
- Shared Family Quirks: Like Mikasa and Levi, Kenny wears a distinctive neck garment. (tie)
- Shrouded in Myth: Considered to be a legend rather than a real person.
- Slashed Throat: His preferred method of executing his victims.
- Slasher Smile: He sports quite a hefty one when announcing his goal of becoming both a Titan and the new Coordinate.
- Sole Survivor: The only member of the Anti-Human Suppression Squad to escape the cave in alive. He dies from sustained injuries shortly there afterwards.
- Speak of the Devil: Coincidentally, as soon as Levi mentions his first name, Kenny drops in and starts going to work.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The first fan translations called him "Throat-Slasher Kaney", while the official translation is "Kenny the Ripper".
- The Starscream: To the Reiss family; his "dream" is to steal the Coordinate's power and use it for his own mysterious ends. With the heights the Coordinate's power can reach and Kenny's personality, him obtaining it is probably the worst case scenario. And considering that the Anti-Human Suppression Squad outright stated that they follow his dream, it is possible that Rod only thinks he's running the show.
- Super Reflexes: He blocks the blast from a twin-barrel shotgun Levi sends his way with a chair.
- This Cannot Be!: Reacts this way when he finds out that only a member of the Reiss family can unlock the Coordinate's true power, meaning that his dream is impossible.
- Tom the Dark Lord: This old, scruffy looking man, the man who slaughtered over 100 military police brigade officers, who trained Levi, the biggest badass we've seen so far, and captain of the 1st division of the Military Police, is named Kenny. We can assume it's short for "Kenneth" or something.
- Tragic Dream: His goal was to become a Titan Shifter so he could absorb the Reiss family's power, or more specifically the genuine caring nature he saw in each of the previous inheritors. He believed that if he could do that then he could become a better person, one able to truly care about others. The revelation that this was impossible for him was painful.
- Tragic Villain: It's implied he only became a Serial Killer because the government has actively been trying to wipe out him and the Ackerman bloodline off the face of the earth, forcing him to defend himself and his loved ones. Since then, he's come to enjoy killing.
- True Companions: Was this with the rest of the Anti-Human Suppression Squad.
- The Unfought: Things seem to be cascading towards a final confrontation between Kenny and Levi, but circumstances conspired against it. Probably has something to do with us learning the reasons why Kenny did the things he did. He dies from hemorrhaging and major burns after Rod Reiss transforms into a massive, burning-hot Titan far too big for the cave he's in.
- Unperson: Stated before killing Historia's mother that she never existed.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: According to his grandfather.
- Verbal Tic: "Yo."
- Wham Line: "By the way, Reeves. Do you know a man by the name of Levi Ackerman?" Aside from the obvious, this is when you knew things were about to go downhill quick...
- Would Hurt a Child: Yes. Yes he would. And probably has.
- World's Strongest Man: He is considered by Levi, the in-universe official World's Strongest Man, to be more dangerous than himself, from having learned how to fight from the man himself. Indeed, Levi seemed more keen on fleeing than facing Kenny head-on during their first encounter, and Kenny never gets the opportunity to face off against the Survey Corps again.
- You Have Failed Me: He seems to apply this to anyone under his authority, as both Dimo Reeves and an unnamed subordinate in the Military Police Brigade state that they'd be killed if they failed.
Kenny Ackerman's second-in-command in the Anti-Human Suppression Squad of the Military Police 1st Brigade.
- The Dragon: Kenny's. When he is not present, she leads her fellow Suppression Squadmates.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: She and the rest of Kenny's squad were wiped out at the end of The Uprising arc; either killed in the battle with Levi's unit, or crushed by the cave-in triggered by Rod Reisses' Titan Transformation.
- Improbable Weapon User: Uses one of her maneuver gear's anchors to wound Hange.
- Nerves of Steel: She nonchalantly asks her captain if he's dead after he is seemingly shot. She also does not panic despite the surprise tactics the Survey Corps throw her way and carefully adjusts her strategy accordingly.
- No Name Given: Was never referred to by name until the reveal of her name by the Word of God in the Q and A in the March 2016 issue of Bessatsu Shonen.
- No Questions Asked: In so many words, this is what she tells Kenny when he becomes commander to let him know that they are under his complete control.
- Rousing Speech: Before confronting Squad Levi, she gives a speech to her squad, encouraging them to fight and believe in Kenny's dream.
- Stopped Caring: Outright stated she stopped caring about humanity's struggle for survival after Wall Maria's breach. She only finds purpose again after rallying around Kenny's ambition.