annie makes stuff

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Jeff x annie gifset per episode: Studies in Modern Movement.
This doesn’t work for me. From the minute I joined the study group I’ve been worried about how uptight I am and how I’m no fun. And then I was worried that I wouldn’t fit in here or be able to hang with you guys. But you know what? Why don’t you ever ask yourselves whether you can hang with me? Why am I always the one that has to adapt? I’m sick of this crap!

“ I`m still one of those ´normal´ people...” - Ramblings about Annie Leonhardt

For a while after re-reading SNK vol 8 I wanted to do some sort of character analysis about Annie in a similar fashion what I wrote about Eren. I was fascinated by the fact that how like Eren, Annie too had blood on her hands, and deaths she had caused likely has some sort effect on her. What kept Eren from breaking under the pressure and shoulder the deaths in his shoulders, was his role of humanity`s savior. That`s what helped him keep going. How was Annie then able to keep going? What where her mechanism that abled her to survive under the guilt of killing? At one point I started to think about abandoning this idea, but today I came across an interesting passage from my exam book about Social Darwinism, that fired up my interest into this subject again. The line was this:

…war is not aberrant and may even be commended as a biological necessity. War is rationalized, and opposition to it is eroded by the spread of pessimistic and quietist sentiments. As Fredrick Wertham has argued, if violence “ is all in human nature, and if we are all guilty, then nobody is guilty. And if we are all responsible, no man is responsible…”

I think this fits with Annie`s thinking (maybe not 100% but I think it´s close), and maybe this is her way to keep herself together under the pressure of war and brutality. Annie demonstrates this sort of mentality in the beginning of vol 8. Marlo starts to talk about how he wants to fix the rotten system of the military police from the inside. He views these self-centered people as scum. Annie then makes lengthy comments:

What is important in this first bit of exchange is that Annie establishes a few things. First, that she believes that Marlo is a righteous person and that people like him do exist, but there are very few of them. They are so uncommon that they are not what one would call “normal”. What Annie is basically saying is that people like Marlo are statistically speaking odd folks, since only a fraction of the mass of people are like him.

In the second exchange with Marlo Annie establishes these following points: evil people like her who put their own personal gain over others, are the majority. They can be called scum, evil, and they are not righteous by any means, but they form the majority of the human population. So statically speaking, they are “normal”. Who do not fit into this mass are the righteous, a statistical oddity. 

The major of humanity is so horrible that this is reflected even in the organizations. If the scum build an organization, it corruptness reflects the evil human nature.

I think this exchange is an interesting insight Annie`s mind, and I hope now you see why I think that quote from my exam book fits with Annie thinking. Annie sees that the majority of humanity is horrible, evil scum. This part of the population is so big that it can be considered the statistical normality. People who deviate from this “normal mass” are abnormal. This corruptness of human nature is even reflected in the organization they create, where the Military Police is a good example:

I think that this view about humanity is Annie´s mechanism/way of coping with the blood and deaths on her shoulders. She sees herself as a horrible person and has showcased that she feel quilt about the things she has done, but maybe she think that in the end of the day, she is just part of the majority of humanity. If everybody is evil and selfish, then she too is just part of that majority. “I`m still one of those “normal” people you are talking about”.      

There are still a few moments when this mechanism seems to fail, and times when Annie seems to do some rather brutal actions. This cope mechanism breaks when after the mission where Eren blocks the wall with a boulder the squads are cleaning up the streets, and Annie is seen saying how sorry she is. I think maybe the reason why she breaks there is that these were people that she at least is partially familiar with. They were part of the 104, the same group where Annie was. I think this sort of thing happens again with Armin. Annie does not kill Armin because she is at least somewhat familiar with him, and it is Armin`s scream how she killed her comrades makes Annie stop. Armin used Annie`s feeling of guilt to his advantage, and that this comment came from someone she is familiar with, probably made the effect of it even bigger.

Armin then uses this similar tactic again when he beings all of that “you would be a bad person” talk in vol 8. Of course it`s possible that I am reading this scene all wrong, and the reason why Annie stopped moving was because she spotted Reiner.

After this comes and interesting moment. If my idea here is correct Annie stopped because of quilt, and the actions she does next are pretty much the opposite. She crusher her opponents with ease and actually even play with one of them, instead of giving a quick death. It looks like she is playing with a toy here: 

I wonder if the reason for this is that Annie was not familiar with them. In war and in military one of the things they do is that they de-humanize you`r opponent. If the enemy is seen as the same level of an object, then he/she is easier to kill. If the enemy is seen as an human, with a personality and etc.. it will effect you´r psyche and possibly the killing will make you break. Maybe Annie saw these unfamiliar Scout Legion members nothing more than objects here? And she views herself evil like the majority of humanity, so maybe it made it easier to commit these actions. 

Of course it´s also posslbe that this links to her martial art  and hand to hand combat skills. Eren says how Annie seemed to be happy only when she showcased her abilities, so maybe she is doing just that here.  

Conclusion

This might seem to sprout into different sections, so I would like represent again in this conclusion the point I was trying to make:

I think Annie views herself as possible bad person, or at least not a righteous one. She has potentially killed lots of people, and the amounts of death would effect any person. However, because Annie sees the vast majority of humanity as evil and scum, this potentially gives her an mechanism that enables her to survive under pressure. By being evil, by having blood on her hands, she is just part of the vast majority of humans. Statically speaking you could say that she is “normal”. Humans are so corrupted that this corrupt nature is reflected on the rotten to the core organization that exists inside the walls. This, and the possible factor of people being unknown to her, makes her able to commit horrible things. Sometimes this mechanism breaks thou, for example when Annie is faced with people she is familiar with.    

The memory of her father, how he will be on her side eve if the world turns against her very well could also be a big factor.

Since I am only at vol 16 at work with limited information, I do not know if this aspect will become important later on. It might be and possible what I have rambled about here is all wrong.

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“He never raised his voice. That was the worst thing.
The fury of the Time Lord.”

 I’ve been slowly loosening my grip on this reality
     Tongue-tied, the dominoes break
        So won’t you lend me your faith? ❜

                             Percival Graves|Theseus Scamander|Credence Barebone

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Annie Leonhardt (Shingeki no Kyojin/Attack on Titan)

Crochet plush is by me.

Annie & Shingeki no Kyojin/Attack on Titan belong to Hajime Isayama.

*Please contact me for commissions. No two plush are ever the same. All are made to order.

And then I realized I FORGOT TO GIVE HER ARMS.

Witness my failure.