Characters: Attack On Titan: The Military Police Brigade
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.Main Character Index
| 104th Trainee Corps
| Survey Corps
| Before The FallWARNING: Unmarked spoilers abound.
Beware if you have not finished the anime or read past Volume 8, chapter 34.
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 Police: 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.
- 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.
- 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 shows (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.
- Government Conspiracy: While everyone saw this coming, the fact that the royal family's personal guard seem to be the ones most deeply engrossed in the worst forms of corruption was rather shocking.
- The Hedonist: Basically everyone's reason for joining is to enjoy a comfortable life in the Interior, except for a few keen individuals.
- Praetorian Guard: Their purpose is to protect the king and his central domain.
- There is a special unit called the "First Central Guard" staffed entirely by long term veterans who police the capital city and whose members answer only to the king. Nile Dok claims that even he isn't privy to their movements and that the Government Conspiracy they are enacting is known and orchestrated only by them and the most elite of the noble society.
- 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.
- State Sec: There is a faction called the First Central Guard that serves the king specifically and is implied to be part of a sinister Government Conspiracy. Even the Military Police Brigade Commnader has little knowledge about their motives and states that "there is not a single law that can touch that group", which has scary implications about what limits of power they lack.
- 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: In chapter 52, Hange and Levi theorize that the military police is the primary tool for a very dangerous and corrupt group within the walls. A group that is not above torturing and murdering a high-ranking member of the Wall Cult, and resorting to illegal means to track down and capture Christa/Historia and Eren.
- 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
"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 Woman: He chose the woman, but this led to his current position as a dog for the corrupt Military Police.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He's completely willing to advocate for experimentation and execution, but is visibly horrified when Levi viciously beats Eren to make a point. Levi even calls him on being in favor of one while bothered by the other.
- 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: Who would have thought?
- Just Following Orders: See his entry quote. He doesn't question the shady doings of the Military Police Brigrade's clandestine groups because they're outside his jurisdiction.
- Love Redeems: Inverted. 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.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: Nile is a strange case of being both somewhat of an Obstructive Bureaucrat and a Reasonable Authority Figure, though he leans more towards the latter. He tends to get in the Survey Corps' way whenever they're in the capital though usually he does have reasonable intentions. The first case is him wanting to dispose of a Titan Shifter to avert a potential civil war and the second is him demanding to know why so many people are dying inside Wall Sina when two Titan Shifters are running amok. Once he and Erwin come to an understanding, he orders the Military Police Brigade to assist by evacuating as many civilians as they can, although it should be noted that the latter is an anime-only scene.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Nile is a strange case of being both somewhat of an Obstructive Bureaucrat and a Reasonable Authority Figure, though he leans more towards the latter. While he does want to have Eren executed for being a Titan Shifter, he does not decide on it immediately like most others and actually tries to analyze the situation first, mostly coming to the decision to have him executed because he doesn't want a civil war to break out. He also doesn't want to do so without inspecting Eren first and later even goes along with Erwin's plan to capture Annie, ordering his troops to assist the Survey Corps, or evacuate citizens in the anime version. It also seems that he may not be a part of the dangerous conspiracy within the walls.
- Spell My Name with an S: Strangely, Funimation spells his first name as Nial.
- 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
"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.
- Alpha Bitch: She attempts to be this, but lacks the authority to be more than an annoyance.
- Casting Couch: It's heavily implied she did something inappropriate to earn a top rank in her class.
- The Cynic: In contrast to Marlo, she has a fairly negative outlook in life.
- Green Eyes: Jealous, but also playful and clever enough to defuse a dangerous situation.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Jealous of Annie, who actually earned a place in the Military Police Brigade based on her abilities.
- 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.
- The Hyena: Breaks into hysterical, condescending laughter whenever her squad mates try to talk seriously.
- It's All About Me: Her attitude and motivations are rather similar to Jean's initial ones.
- Pet the Dog: She's disgusted to see Marlowe 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 Dennis and the others.
- Punny Name: In Japanese, Hitch ( ヒッチ ) is almost identical to "bitch" ( ビッチ ). Considering her personality....
"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.
- Butt Monkey: His superiors dump their assignments on him, and his peers mock him as naive.
- Cleopatra Nose: Yep, another one.
- 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.
- For Great Justice: His motivation for joining the Military Police Brigade.
- Genre Savvy: One of the only competent and selfless members of his branch, and it shows. After all, he correctly guessed about how the only group of people who would benefit from openly opposing the king would have to be based outside of the walls.
- Good Is Not Dumb: In-universe he're 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Knight in Sour Armor: He holds to his beliefs while still being painfully aware that he is part of a screwed up system.
- 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.
- 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.
Voiced By: Yuichi Karasuma
"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 Marlowe 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.
"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.
- Fingore: Hange rips out and presents his fingernails to him on a plate.
- The Tooth Hurts: Hange rather graphically uses a pair of pliers to rip out of tooth while torturing him.
- Dirty Cop: Hange believes him to be one, of a particularly sinister nature.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Hange and Levi brutally torture him, though it's not like he didn't deserve it.
- 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....
- 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 Coverup: 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.
- 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 father, Armin's parents, and Historia's mother. None are currently aware of his involvement.