This article is about the 13th Commander of the Survey Corps. For the 26th chapter of the Attack on Titan manga, see Erwin Smith (Chapter).
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To You, 2,000 Years From now
|Survey Corps Commanders|
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Keith Shadis (Unknown-845)
Hange Zoë (850-854)
|Everything I have done, I did thinking that this day would come. That someday… I would be able to check my answers. There were so many times that I thought it would be easier to just die. But then… the dream I shared with my father would flash through my head. And now… those answers are close enough to reach out and grab.|
|— Erwin reflects on his reasons for living|
Erwin Smith ( エルヴィン・スミス Eruvin Sumisu ? ) was the thirteenth commanding officer ( 団長 Danchō ? ) of the Survey Corps. Discerning, intelligent, and widely respected, Erwin was an able commanding officer. While he cared profoundly for his men, he did not hesitate to sacrifice them for the good and prosperity of world, and his men proved more than uncoerced to impale their lives at his club. During Erwin ‘s career he developed the Long-Distance Enemy Scouting Formation, and due to uncertainty about his future, he former named Hange Zoë as his successor. [ 5 ]
Erwin had a command presence, standing grandiloquent above most members of the Survey Corps, and had a quite muscular build with his blond hair kept neatly parted on the left side. Erwin always wore a sedate and collected saying on his face, with his icy blue eyes being one of his most hit features. His eyebrows were besides quite noticeable, being very thick and bushy. Erwin typically dressed in the standard military consistent, donning the Survey Corps ‘ signature green cape when on missions. He besides wore a small, emerald bolo tie around his neck like to the other military commanders, Nile Dok and Dot Pixis. Following the second appearance of the Armored Titan, Erwin lost his right sleeve just below his shoulder as it was bitten off by a Titan. [ 6 ]
Erwin was a complex character, portrayed as good, calculating, and always planning far in the future. While he trusted his men, he was the first to realize that there was a spy interfering with the Survey Corps, and was able to come up with a reasonable standard to determine which of his soldiers to trust with critical information, and which to keep in the night. An eloquent loudspeaker, Erwin was able to sway many people, such as the military court held to judge Eren and the trainees into choosing which recruitment branches to join. Erwin was frequently seen as a very black individual. He accepted all news program, good or bad, parody or praise, with the same stoic attitude. His ultimate goal was for world to once again rise up and become the dominant allele species over the Titans, a finish he was uncoerced to sacrifice anything for, such as when ordering everyone to save Eren evening after being caught in the chew of a Titan, resulting in the loss of his right branch. [ 6 ] He shared this alone stoic quality with men such as Garrison Commander Dot Pixis, team leader Ian Dietrich, and Commander-in-Chief Darius Zackly. As Armin Arlert put it, Erwin, like the aforesaid three men, had the ability to send his men to die if it would promote the cause of humanness. He and they would sacrifice their own humanness in club to bring change to a global where those who can not sacrifice things crucial to them will not change anything. Since he was able to make such commitments, he was a master strategist, shown multiple times through actions like capturing the Female Titan and leading a group of Titans to distract the Armored Titan so the military could save Eren. however, behind his presence of assurance and single-minded determination, Erwin inactive held his own personal ideals and questioned his own motivations. Following the rebellion, he admitted he understood his audacious actions and questioned constantly if what he was doing was the right thing. [ 7 ] Darius Zackly and Dot Pixis were besides privy to this, with Zackly hypothesizing that Erwin did not rightfully care about humanity ‘s best interests, [ 8 ] and Pixis openly accusing Erwin of caring more about his own biography than the survival of humanity as a wholly. [ 9 ] These views of Erwin proved, in the long run, to be dependable. During his final expedition in Shiganshina, when faced with the prognosis of sacrificing his own liveliness in order to defeat the Beast Titan, Erwin proved reluctant to act, tied considering abandoning his comrades for a slender prospect of reaching the basement. only after being coerced by Levi did he reveal his strategy. He cared more about discovering the secrets hidden in Eren ‘s basement and finally proving his father ‘s theories correct – possibly as a mean to alleviate his guilt for the separate he played in his end – than he did about retaking the lose territory of Wall Maria. His dream of understanding the worldly concern was sol firm that he confessed to Levi that he considered it more crucial than the victory of world. [ 10 ] This selfishness should not, however, be mistaken for heartlessness. He felt great compunction for sacrificing countless others for the sake of his ambitions, admitting to Levi that he felt their fallen comrades watching him, waiting to see what he would do with the lives that they dedicated to him. [ 11 ] This had rendered him self-destructive ; only his compulsion with learning the truth about the populace pushed him forward. furthermore, despite his desire to understand the truth of the universe being stronger than world ‘s victory, Erwin made the altruistic decision to go charging in the front lines alongside his soldiers and sacrifice the chance of knowing what was in the basement, effectively abandoning his dream. [ 12 ]
As a child, Erwin was a curious and insightful individual who did not accept facts at side value. He asked why humanness had no memory of what happened before they lived within the Walls, because evening if they had lost all their records, the first generation should have been able to teach their children. His father shared a theory with him that the king had altered world ‘s memories when they first entered the Walls so he could control them better. Too impeccant to realize why his forefather would not discuss this in the classroom, Erwin shared it with the other kids in township, which resulted in his church father ‘s “ accidental ” end, arranged by the Military Police Brigade ‘s First Interior Squad. [ 13 ] [ 14 ] Erwin by and by enlisted in the prepare Corps where he became friends with Nile Dok, with whom he shared his theory about the royal Government hiding the truth about the earth. [ 15 ] The two of them planned to enter the Survey Corps in concert, but they fell in love with the same womanhood at their favored bar. Erwin gave up on a kinship with Marie so he could continue pursuing the truth and Nile changed his plans to marry her. [ 16 ] After graduating, Erwin joined the Survey Corps, where he stopped sharing his theory with others. He realized that everyone else was fighting for the sake of world, whereas he was merely fighting for himself. however, he thrived as a soldier and finally was given subordinates under his command. [ 17 ] While a Squad Leader, Erwin devised the Long-Distance Enemy Scouting Formation as a way to minimize casualties while on expeditions. His proposal was rejected by then Commander Keith Shadis, who told him to try it when he became commanding officer himself. Although his marriage proposal had been rejected, Erwin began implementing his strategies in his own police squad, and over clock other soldiers and the populace began to notice that his squad would take no casualties, whereas Shadis would often be the only survivor of his charges. [ 18 ]
In the class 845, Erwin takes part in an expedition beyond Wall Maria. When the soldiers encounter a Titan, Erwin reports their distance from the Titan to Keith Shadis while the Corps splits up to engage the Titan. [ 19 ] When the expedition returns, Shadis requests that Erwin take over as commander of the Survey Corps. [ 20 ] In the year 850, Erwin leads an expedition beyond Wall Rose. While the Survey Corps is clearing a town inside Wall Maria, it is discovered that Titans are moving north, towards the Trost District of Wall Rose, and Erwin orders a retreat. [ 21 ] Fearing a rupture, the Survey Corps fountainhead to Trost District and narrowly save a trap Eren, Armin, and Mikasa after their mission to block the hole is accomplished. [ 22 ] Erwin adjacent appears when Eren recovers from his three day coma and is kept in a jail cell beneath the military court. He explains to Eren that his Titan powers have caused an hubbub within the Walls. He has taken the key to Eren ‘s basement and asks if the secret to Titans is located in the basement, to which Eren replies that he believes so. Erwin then formulates a plan to use Eren ‘s Titan form to retake Wall Maria so they can investigate the basement. [ 23 ] Erwin attends the military ‘s court to determine what to do with Eren Yeager, proposing to the military ‘s commander-in-chief Darius Zackly that the boy be entrusted to the Survey Corps so that his powers can be used to reclaim Wall Maria. In the center of the trial Eren loses his temper, prompting Levi to beat him in front of everyone to prove that he can be controlled. Seizing the opportunity, Erwin promises that he will station Eren under Levi if he is allowed to join the Survey Corps, ensuring that he will be kept under control. additionally, to keep Walls ‘ civilians calm, he agrees to hand Eren over to the Military Police if the boy proves to be a failure on his first dispatch. Satisfied with Erwin ‘s proposal, Zackly hands Eren over to the corps. [ 24 ] After the trial Erwin and some of his officers meet with Eren privately. Erwin apologizes to Eren for Levi ‘s treatment of him before commending him for unwittingly giving them the perfect argument to convince the military to turn him over to the corps, formally welcoming him to the Survey Corps. [ 25 ] After the death of the Titan inquiry subjects, Bean and Sonny, he tests everyone in the Survey Corps by asking them a direct, but confusing motion to gauge their reactions. When this turns everyone barren, he begins planning the adjacent excursion to capture the spy, guessing they have abilities similar to Eren and are intent on sabotaging the expedition. [ 26 ] Erwin late appears at the recruitment drive where the 104th Training Corps choose their way. He makes an ardent plea that the Survey Corps and Eren represent the hope of world, although he is very naturalistic in telling them that a ample numeral of them will die. During his manner of speaking, Erwin makes public that they will get to the basement and possibly will find clues that may free them of domination by Titans, which makes Armin think that he must have an agenda. His language and early factors succeed in recruiting every remaining member of the crown 10 graduates except Annie, who joins the military Police Brigade. [ 27 ] Erwin leads the 57th excursion out of Karanes District on a mission to reach Shiganshina District and potentially uncover the hidden of Eren ‘s basement. shortly after the Survey Corps reaches open territory outside Wall Rose, he orders them into a long-distance Enemy Scouting Formation. [ 28 ] Despite the decimation of the geological formation ‘s right flank by an abnormal Titan, Erwin continues the operation to the storm of his soldiers. He directs them to a Titan Forest where the cardinal column containing the carts and the special Operations Squad are to follow him inside, while the stay of the geological formation surrounds the forest margin to prevent the introduction of any extra Titans. Understanding that the abnormal Titan destroying his ranks is intelligent, Erwin plans to deal with it inside. [ 29 ] The particular Operations Squad leads the Female Titan into Erwin ‘s trap, where he orders the fire of the Special target restraining weapon. This allows the Survey Corps to successfully capture it. [ 30 ] When Levi and Mike try to cut through the Female Titan ‘s hands to the nape, Erwin notes that it can selectively harden its torso, like to what he has heard about the Armored Titan. He decides the corps does not have enough clock time to see if the Titan will weaken under repeated assaults and calls Keiji over to prepare explosives to blow off the Female Titan ‘s hands at the wrists to avoid killing the person at heart. [ 31 ] Before that can happen, the Female Titan screams and Mike alerts Erwin to multiple Titans approaching from all directions. Erwin sends the cart team to intercept the first wave of Titans, but they ignore the soldiers and respite through. [ 32 ] He realizes that they are after the Female Titan and orders the Corps to defend it. however, they are submerge and unable to keep up. The Female Titan is torn to pieces and Erwin calls his soldiers to retreat and return to Karanes. [ 33 ] As Erwin watches the Titans devour what remains of the Female Titan, he admits to Levi that he did not expect their enemy would be bequeath to sacrifice themselves. The steam emitting from the remains of the Female Titan causes him to think of the Colossus Titan, which had besides vanished in a cloud of steam. Before Levi can call back his team, Erwin tells him to refill his boast and blades. [ 34 ] Hange questions the regulate while they ride out of the forest, because they can not spare the time, and Erwin explains that though the Female Titan has been feed, he can not say the lapp for the person inside. He expects that their enemy has regained homo shape and is now able to move round. If they besides equipped erect steer equipment then they are probable wearing the Survey Corps uniform and are camouflaged as a chap soldier. Erwin thinks it was a err to have based their assumption of the Female Titan ‘s abilities on Eren, who is a complete novitiate when it comes to his power. He leads the corps bet on into Karanes where they are greeted by grumbles of waste taxes and demands for justification for the number of absolutely. Because of the dispatch ‘s failure, Erwin is summoned to the das kapital to hand over Eren.
Before they depart for the capital, Armin shares his intuition with Erwin that Annie Leonhart is the Female Titan. Erwin orders her covert appropriate en route to the meet. [ 35 ] After arriving in Stohess District and fighting breaks out against the Female Titan, he is questioned by Nile Dok who orders his troops to support the mathematical process. [ 36 ]
She is finally apprehended, and Erwin goes into an emergency meet held to sort out the day ‘s events. Admitting that the corporation was unable to get any data out of Annie before she sealed herself away inside of a temper crystal, Erwin requests that he be allowed to track down any allies Annie might have hidden in the military. The meet is interrupted when a corps soldier, Thomas, bursts in to inform them that Titans have been spotted inside Wall Rose. [ 37 ]
By the following day, Erwin ‘s forces arrive in Trost District where he meets up with Dot Pixis. Pixis congratulates him for finding one of their “ shiner ” even though the design did not succeed arsenic well as hoped. now those in the interior will reconsider their motives and beliefs. Erwin says they have. The military Police have been forced to come out and help contend against the Titans. Erwin is salute when Phil reports to Pixis about having met up with Hange ‘s whole on circus tent of Wall Rose. He hears that an extra three trainees of the 104th can change into Titans and asks what happened when their forms were revealed. Phil tells him the corporation engaged the Colossus and Armored Titans, but the battle was over by the clock time Phil ‘s unit was able to join. [ 38 ]
The combine military force rides along the top of Wall Rose and when they meet up with Hange ‘s unit, Erwin has them deploy the lifts to carry the horses down to the land on the outside of the Wall. Though badly injured, Hange gets a map and shows Erwin where a Titan Forest is. Hange suspects Reiner and Bertolt have gone there. When Erwin asks her why, she explains that even though they can change into Titans, they credibly are exhausted and will need to rest somewhere average Titans are not able to reach them before making a run for the outdoor of Wall Maria. The Survey Corps will only have until nightfall when other Titans can not move. Erwin leads the blend military force into a long-range scout constitution as they head for the forest. When Titans begin to approach from the right flank, Erwin has the formation attract in on that side quite than change direction as they can not afford to lose any fourth dimension. [ 39 ] As Titans continue to approach, Erwin tries to maneuver the formation, but they end up being hemmed in on both sides angstrom well as ahead of them. Deciding that it would take excessively much time to make a detour, Erwin orders the soldiers to force their means through. They arrive as the sun is setting and when they see the faint from a Titan transformation inside the forest Erwin notes that they have arrived in time. He has the soldiers disperse to locate and recover the kidnap Eren. Their priority is to recover and retreat, not to fight the numerous Titans swarming around them. [ 40 ] Erwin spots the Armored Titan escaping at the edge of the afforest and calls for all squads to follow him and let the Titans pursuit after them. He leads the military uncoiled at Reiner, with all the Titans on their collective fag end. [ 41 ] Knowing that the Titans will be just as happy to attack the Armored Titan, he shouts for all soldiers to disperse and get aside, leaving Reiner to deal with the brunt of the Titan attention. [ 42 ]
once Reiner is immobilized beneath the slant of all the early Titans, Erwin calls for the soldiers to attack, because they must recover Eren if humanity is to have a future. As he leads the charge, a Titan by chance appears in their midst, catching his arm in its mouth. Erwin shouts for the soldiers to continue their promote as it carries him away. [ 43 ]
He returns to the struggle as Armin is baiting Bertolt and Reiner into losing control and takes the opportunity to cut Eren loose of Bertolt a well as severing one of Bertolt ‘s grapple lines. Erwin ‘s right branch is now cut off precisely below the shoulder and bandaged with a improvised compression bandage. With Eren retrieved, Erwin bellows for all soldiers to retreat. [ 44 ] Reiner begins throwing Titans at the fleeing soldiers and Erwin is knocked from his cavalry as Ymir takes out the Titan chase him. When a Survey Corps soldier tries to help him, Erwin insists that he is replaceable. Retreating with Eren is their top priority. The battle turns against the military as the soldiers are hemmed in and the Armored Titan recovers enough strength to begin moving again. [ 45 ] Eren strikes a Titan attacking him and Mikasa, triggering something that causes all the early unmindful Titans present to tear it apart. The Titans then go and attack Reiner and Bertolt a well. Seeing the opportunity for escape, Erwin shouts for the soldiers to withdraw. [ 46 ]
Despite the passing of his arm, Erwin is in good spirits when Hange and Connie Springer composition on the supposed breach of Wall Rose, and the destiny of Ragako Village, Connie ‘s base. Despite the testify that the village buildings had exploded from the inside, there was no blood found. In addition to finding no survivors, the numeral of Titans discovered inside Wall Rose was equal to the population of Ragako. Hange theorizes that Titans are humans, pointing out the fact that the fallible indicate of Titans correlates to the spinal anesthesia cord of a human. [ 47 ] Since Erwin has been out of commission, Levi informs him that he has taken the liberty of recruiting his new team, consisting of Armin, Connie, Eren, Historia, Jean, Mikasa and Sasha. [ 48 ]
After his convalescence, Erwin arrives in the das kapital to answer a summons by the chancellery. On the means he meets with Nile Dok, who is guarded about the cause Erwin called him. Erwin asks if Nile knew that Minister Nick was tortured to death by the Military Police ‘s Interior First Squad. Finding Nile unaware and disinclined to think for himself, Erwin brings up Nile ‘s wife, Marie, and warns Nile that protecting his job is not the same as protecting his kin. [ 49 ] Unsatisfied with the results of his summons, Erwin meets with Dot Pixis and proposes that the military degree a coup d’etat d’etat. [ 50 ] He recounts the events of his childhood and how his father was killed for getting conclude to a accuracy the government wanted to be hidden. Based on his don ‘s theories, and the evidence they have gained concerning the Titans, the Walls, and Eren ‘s powers, Erwin concludes that 107 years ago, the memories of humanity were altered to erase cognition of the outside world. [ 51 ] When Nifa arrives, confirming the Reiss family as the true royal pedigree, Erwin proposes that they meet with Rod Reiss, and if that does not work, replace the King with Historia. [ 52 ] however, Pixis is reluctant to participate because they do not understand the reasons behind the government ‘s privacy and they could have valuable skills or knowledge the military would be unable to replace. [ 53 ] After returning to the Survey Corps headquarters in Trost District, Erwin is informed that the Interior First Squad is looking for him in respect to an organized mangle. Erwin appoints Hange the adjacent air force officer of the Survey Corps should anything happen to him and heads outside to meet the Military Police. The Survey Corps is blamed for the death of Dimo Reeves and Erwin is taken away. [ 54 ]
Despite his persistent defense of the Survey Corps, tied in the face of the Interior Military Police ‘s questioning, Erwin ‘s words fall on deaf ears. His hearing with the king goes ill and the nobles reveal that Levi has killed respective members of the Military Police Brigade. They declare that there is need to tolerate such a group as the Survey Corps within the Walls. Disheartened, Erwin realizes that he has done all he could and there is only one ploy left. The order is given to take him to the gallows. [ 55 ]
As he is being escorted from the room, Anka bursts in and announces that the Colossus Titan and Armored Titan have breached Wall Rose. Refugees are already on their way to Wall Sheena. Pixis reacts immediately, calling for soldiers to secure an evacuation road, which causes the officials in the room to reveal their true colors. [ 56 ] When they give the order to shut the gates to Wall Sheena, sacrificing half of humanity, Nile Dok throws his bunch in with Wall Rose, as does Commander-in-Chief Zackly, who arrives with group of armed soldiers and announces that the panic was just a fabrication. The announcement was a examination by Pixis to see if the gentry is desirable of opinion of the human slipstream. nowadays all heads of the military are against them, and thanks to a report by the Berg Newspapers, the civilians are equally well. Erwin ‘s coup d’etat has succeeded. [ 57 ]
After the announcement that the military has seized control of the capital, Erwin departs in a carriage with Zackly. He expresses second thoughts about having deposed the monarchy. Regardless of their corruption and selfishness, world had survived this retentive under their guardianship. [ 58 ] Zackly tells him that he threw his batch in with the coup because of an intense desire to humiliate the king and his men, and he had planned to finally give it a attempt with or without Erwin. The rotation is irrelevant to Zackly, and he astutely points out that it is the like for Erwin. Erwin planned the coup d’etat, despite his misgivings, and contacted Pixis because he was selfish and will to put himself over the fortune of humanity. After a moment ‘s think, Erwin admits that his reason is for a childhood dream. [ 59 ]
In the evening, Erwin meets up with Pixis and Anka at a military barracks filled with waiting Survey Corps soldiers to head to Reiss Chapel. Pixis informs Erwin that the politics leaders say the lapp thing, that the Reiss class has the ability to alter homo memory, proving correct the hypothesis that Erwin and his church father had. however, Pixis disagrees both with Zackly ‘s affection for torture and Erwin ‘s own preference for risk. It bothers Pixis that if the crown had been desirable, he would have fought against Zackly rather. Erwin remarks that people will not stop fighting each early until the population is one or less, which amuses Pixis adequate lighten his mood. [ 60 ]
On the means to Reiss Chapel, Erwin and the Survey Corps encounter a giant Titan crawl confront down on the ground. It is hot enough to ignite trees and Erwin orders his soldiers to get back and evacuate any nearby civilians. One of the Survey Corps members reports that Squad Levi is here, having successfully rescued Eren and Historia. Erwin rides over to them and finds out that only Hange is hurt, and not besides ill. [ 61 ] Levi informs Erwin that the elephantine Titan is Rod Reiss and Eren ‘s yell is not working to stop him, so the Survey Corps falls back to Orvud District to prepare fighting it, using the civilian population as bait. When the Garrison pushes spinal column, Hange explains that this especial Titan is therefore abnormal that if the citizens are evacuated inside Wall Sheena it will probably ignore Orvud wholly and break through the Wall, finally arriving at the capital, Mitras, which would be a calamity. Despite the risk to civilians, Erwin pledges to do everything they can to prevent the loss of any non-combatants and suggests an hand brake elimination drill be held therefore people will be prepared to leave should the necessitate come. [ 62 ]
The Titan arrives at dawn and the open cannon volley by the Garrison does little to slow Rod despite being the best campaign Orvud could scrape in concert, but Erwin still has a strategy. Hange brings out barrels of gunpowder, ropes, and net to form a blunt weapon, like stuffing a windsock full of rocks, and Moblit wheels out a barrel of gunpowder strapped to a haul and modified with vertical manoeuver gear to reel itself into its target. [ 63 ] Finding Historia among the soldiers deliver, Erwin expresses his concern for her being on the front lines, since she will become queen if they survive. Undeterred, Historia asks if he thinks people are naive enough to follow person who is a ruler lone in name. She has her own deputation she intends to carry out. [ 64 ] Erwin disapproves, but admits that due to his missing arm he can not stop her. [ 65 ] Though the Garrison ‘s repeated blast finally exposes the giant Titan ‘s nape, the tip changes before they can finish it off. Rod clings to the Wall and begins to pull himself over it, exposing his Titan ‘s confront for the beginning time. It is sheared off from the atmospheric pressure of being dragged across the ground and the mouth is hanging open. The Survey Corps sends the Garrison away and douses themselves in urine to withstand the heat from Rod ‘s body as they enact Erwin ‘s design. At his bespeak, they fire the gunpowder loaded carts into Rod ‘s hands, throwing him off balance and allowing Eren to run up in his Titan form. Eren throws the net income full moon of gunpowder barrels into the massive Titan ‘s talk, and the stallion package explodes due to the swerve heat of the Titan. [ 66 ] big chunks of the Titan fly into the breeze and Erwin calls for his soldiers to finish it off, since the Titan will regenerate if the nape is not destroyed and the size is silent the same one meter long and ten centimeters broad even on a Titan of this size. Historia is the one to find the correct piece, frankincense killing her father. [ 67 ] Two months after Historia has been crowned as queen, technology has progressed thanks to inquiry that was preserved by the Interior Military Police, the shine stones found on the Reiss family grounds, and Eren ‘s newfangled hardening abilities. This allows new weapons to be created that leave soldiers to kill Titans without taking risks. [ 68 ] With the success of the Executioner from Hell, Erwin tells Zackly and the other heads of the military that the Survey Corps is preparing for the recapture of Shiganshina and that preparations will be ready in a calendar month. [ 69 ] failure is not an choice given the military ‘s fiscal and political site. [ 70 ] After the merging, Erwin, Pixis, Hange, Levi and Zackly have a private confluence. They talk about the serum that Kenny gave Levi. Hange explains that analyzing it is impossible because the fluid evaporates in contact with atmosphere. [ 71 ] Pixis then decides that it must be used for the function it was made for, to allow a human to become a Titan and then take the power of the Titans. Erwin decides to entrust the phial to Levi because he is their strongest soldier with the highest chance of survival. Levi will have the freedom to use it based on his judgment of the situation. [ 72 ]
In the Trost District, the Survey Corps ‘ head members are having a meet about Keith Shadis ‘ revelation. Erwin listens as Hange explains that Grisha Yeager had the power of the Titans from outside the Walls. They then discuss why Grisha did not speak of the information he had to the Survey Corps but besides committed the toss off of the Reiss family the day Wall Maria fell. [ 73 ] They theorize about what may be hidden in the basement of Grisha ‘s theater as Erwin suggests that it may be the memories of the populace that the Reiss family tried to erase. [ 74 ] Erwin then announces that the operation to retake Wall Maria is ready and will commence in two days, promising to see the basement. [ 75 ] When the meet ends, Levi closes the door behind the other members and begins to warn Erwin. He tries to convince him, with the terror of breaking his legs, to stay behind in the Trost District ascribable to the fact that his missing weapon would make him “ Titan food, ” particularly on the front lines. however, Erwin confesses that seeing what is in the basement is more significant to him than animation and that he must be there to see this moment for humanity. After hearing this, Levi gives up and realizes that he will unfortunately not be able to change the Commander ‘s mind. [ 76 ]
The day of the operation, all soldiers are ready at dawn. [ 77 ] Erwin and other high-level soldiers salute to members of the early branches and head to the Wall. however, the soldiers are surprised after seeing that the civilians know about the operation ‘s goals and start to cheer for them. [ 78 ] Erwin, seeing the best sends off the Survey Corps has ever received, cheers a brassy belly laugh back at them as he raises his one arm into the publicize, leaving his subordinates surprised for this unusual reaction. He then orders the get down of the mathematical process, and the members of the Survey Corps start their way towards Shiganshina District as Erwin leads them, yelling for them to once again, advance. [ 79 ] Upon arriving in Shiganshina, Erwin commands the soldiers to switch to vertical steer equipment and rush the gate, as he himself besides switches to vertical equipment. [ 80 ] Erwin is aware that their enemies know about the operation to seal the Wall and investigate the basement, so he has 100 soldiers covered by their hoods rush the gate so that the enemy will be unable to know which soldier is Eren until he has sealed the gate. [ 81 ] The Corps ‘ becomes wary of the complete miss of Titans in the area, but they choose to continue with the mission anyhow, aware they are playing into the enemies ‘ hands. The corporation ‘ stand by and prepare for the close of the Wall as Eren flies up above the gate and prepares to transform. [ 82 ]
After Eren seals the breach in the southern gate of Wall Maria, Armin informs the Commander of the remains of a campsite atop the Wall arsenic well as cold cups lying on the crunch. Erwin rightly speculates that the enemy had foreseen their arrival, and he gives Armin agency over an probe of the Wall. [ 83 ] Just after Reiner is found within the Wall and unsuccessfully attacked by Captain Levi, Erwin spots the Beast Titan and a drove of other Titans from beyond the northerly gate. The Beast Titan launches a rock candy at Shiganshina ‘s inner gate and traps the Survey Corps ‘ horses outside, making escape into the district impossible. This begins a war and Erwin states that only one of them, the humans or the Titans, will leave alive. [ 84 ] As Reiner begins climbing the wall, Erwin orders the soldiers to avoid engaging with him. As he surveys the Beast Titan ‘s forces, Erwin notices a quadrupedal Titan carry baggage on its back and theorizes that it was the lookout that warned the other Warriors of the Corps ‘ arrival. As the Beast Titan ‘s forces begin attacking, Erwin predicts that they will attack the Corps ‘ horses next in decree to wholly remove any option of retreat. Erwin orders Dirk, Marlene, and their squads to join with Klaus Squad in protecting the horses north of the district, Hange and Levi ‘s squads to engage the Armored Titan, and orders Levi to attack the Beast Titan immediately and kill it. Erwin besides has the idea to use Eren as bait to lure Reiner away from the Corps ‘ horses, and orders Armin to relay the design to Hange. [ 85 ]
As he observes the struggle from atop Wall Maria, Erwin notes the Corps ‘ miss of work force, prompting him to reflect on the lives lost under his command, being sent to their deaths for his own ambitions of proving his beget ‘s theories of the external world right. Although he feels some guilt, Erwin cursorily turns his attention towards Eren ‘s basement and beings trying to work out a manner to reach it even if the Corps ‘ are defeated in conflict. [ 86 ] From atop the Wall, he witnesses Bertolt being thrown into the district by Zeke [ 87 ] a well as his subsequent transformation into the Colossus Titan. [ 88 ] Seeing the Colossus Titan, Erwin questions if everything is going according to the Beast Titan ‘s plan. [ 89 ] When Zeke begins assaulting the Survey Corps to the north with a barrage of stones and boulders, Erwin orders their withdraw and joins with them at the al-qaeda of the Wall. Erwin informs Captain Levi of their desperate situation, having lost many of their soldiers equally well as their advantage in the battle. As the newly recruits descend into a panic, Levi asks the air force officer if he has any more ideas. [ 90 ] Seeing the inevitable frustration of the Survey Corps, Erwin begins to grieve over the bankruptcy of his attempts to learn the truth of the earth. He thinks back on the many soldiers that died for the sake of humanness. Levi decides to make the choice of action on Erwin ‘s behalf : Erwin must give up on his dreams and die with the recruits while Levi battles the Beast Titan. Despite his dreams coming to a bitterness conclusion, Erwin is relieved. [ 91 ]
Standing before the panicky recruits, Erwin announces their plan to charge head-on against the Beast Titan using smoke signals as blanket while Levi moves in from the side to confront him, using the tune of Titans as a means of clearing the distance. The recruits are distraught at the plan, asking if it is even worth the campaign if they will die anyhow. Erwin admits that the decisions of the recruits to fight or abandon their duties are meaningless, but the lives of the soldiers who will die are not without meaning. He declares that it is the duty of the populate to give mean to the dead, and that they must carry out their duty in a way that the survive will give their own deaths meaning. The recruits agree to ride forth to their deaths. Using smoke signals as cover, they charge the Beast Titan head-on with battle cries. Charging into the affray, Erwin urges the soldiers to let their blood boil, to let their voices be heard, and contend. Erwin is struck in the hip by a flying stone at the front of the charge. [ 92 ] After the inaugural bombard of rocks is thrown, Erwin is struck and a rock flies through the left side of his shank and through his horse ‘s head and neck. In pain and near end, Erwin throws his headway forward and smiles in decision shortly before his now dead cavalry collapses. [ 93 ] Erwin manages to survive the hit, but is left unconscious mind and mortally wounded. He is found by Floch, who carries him spinal column to Shiganshina District .
Upon arriving, the realization that Erwin is still active causes a conflict between the remaining soldiers, who are divided on whether to save him or Armin with the only Titan injection that they have. [ 94 ] After a scuffle with Eren and Mikasa, Levi is about to give Erwin the serum when he remembers Erwin ‘s desire to give up his dreams and fail with the recruits killed early. Levi gives Armin the serum alternatively, allows him to eat Bertolt, and tells Erwin that there will be a check in his promise to kill the Beast Titan, as Erwin dies peacefully. [ 95 ] After he wakes up in full healed, Armin learns that Erwin died sol that he could live. Levi explains that it was ultimately him that chose to save Armin. When all is said and done, Erwin ‘s torso is laid to rest in an abandoned house with his cloak draped over his soundbox and flowers set adjacent to the go to bed where he lays. [ 96 ]
When Hange decides to oppose Eren ‘s plan to destroy the world beyond the Walls, Erwin is one of the soldiers remembered while Hange tries to convince Jean and Mikasa that their fallen comrades would not support destroying the populace. [ 97 ] When Hange sacrifices their life to ensure their comrades ‘ escape from the Rumbling in Odiha, Erwin is among the souls of fallen Survey Corps soldiers to welcome them in death. [ 98 ]
Erwin Smith ‘s statistics as of year 850 [ 99 ] :
- Nile Dok – Erwin and Nile were in the same Training Corps and had intended to join the Survey Corps together, but parted ways when Nile fell in love with Marie and chose to join the Military Police instead. Their relationship was strained, though Erwin trusted Nile enough to give him a warning before the coup.
- Keith Shadis – Erwin respected his fellow soldier and former commander, Keith, despite the many losses that were sustained under his command. Keith shared this respect and after resigning his post, would personally select Erwin to be his successor as Commander in the Survey Corps.
- Levi Ackerman – The two had a mutual trust and respect for each other’s skills. He willingly followed Erwin’s command, though that did not keep him from speaking his mind.
- Hange Zoë – Erwin greatly valued Hange’s intellect, and when he felt he was nearing death, he made sure Hange knew they were next in line.
- Mike Zacharias – Erwin and Mike had a deep mutual trust due to their lengthy time in service together, as well as respect for one another’s skills as soldiers. Most of the time he was Erwin’s right-hand man, and loyally followed his every command; despite their closeness and long time together, Mike still found Erwin difficult to read.
- Armin Arlert – Erwin seemed to recognize Armin’s potential as a strategist and had started entrusting him with commanding roles and making decisions in the Survey Corps. When Armin learns Erwin had to die so he could live, Armin was shocked at the revelation. Years later Armin regrets being saved instead of Erwin as he claims he would be able to handle the situation the Survey Corps was in, highlighting how much respect and value Armin saw in Erwin.