I've just scrolled through your blog for the first time and love how accurate your portrayals of each of the characters, your writing is lovely! Could I request Erwin headcanons for how he would handle a little sister in the 104 cadets batch, how he would feel about her enlisting in the survey corps and how he would treat her going forward as she works under his command? I'd imagine their relationship to be complex, idk their family situation is pretty intense. Thank you!
Aw, thank-you so much for the kind words, anon! Mod Spookzz and I really appreciate it. <3 And this is a super interesting request. I hope you don’t mind, but I decided to go with Erwin’s sibling to keep it gender neutral. I hope you enjoy! I actually had a lot of fun writing these and coming up with the sibling-trope character.
- There is quite the age difference between Erwin and his sibling, considering Erwin is estimated to be in his early to mid thirties. If his sibling was a graduate of the 104th, then they’d be about 15-18, thus making the age gap about sixteen years, give or take. With that in mind, it’s more likely that they are half-siblings, considering the fate of Erwin’s father.
- There would be tons of pressure on his sibling to live up to Erwin’s legacy as a trainee. In addition to that, however, would be ridicule that they’d have to live with each and every time they passed through the walls. Whispers about Erwin Smith and his endless body-count would linger everywhere they walked, but his sibling would know him well enough to understand his motives.
- Or they think they do, at least. It’s always just been a known thing that they’d follow in Erwin’s steps and become a scout, but I can see Erwin leaving that decision in his siblings hands. He wouldn’t push the topic in either direction since he feels as though it’s their choice to make. He can’t force them to dedicate their mind, body, and soul to saving humanity.
- When they do decide of their own accord, Erwin is proud of them in his own way. Although he would be a kind and affectionate older brother outside of the military, I don’t see him treating his sibling any differently than he would any other soldier. He can’t afford to play favorites and his sibling understands this, hopefully.
- As much as they want to believe in their brother and the cause he’s fighting for, it’s a little difficult to stomach watching him sacrifice innocent lives just to become a mean to an end. The world is brutal and they know Erwin wouldn’t be doing this if there was another way to go about it, but he just seems so calloused and cut-off from his own humanity that it makes his sibling wonder if he’d wind up doing that to them, too.
- Still, they decide to put their trust in Erwin not just because he’s their commander, but because he’s their brother. They know him well enough to see what’s truly inside of his heart and they trust him.
- Considering they are a graduate of the 104th and plan on wholeheartedly joining the Survey Corps before anyone else, I can see them getting along with Eren. Since Erwin knows that he can trust them, he might ask his sibling to keep a watchful eye out for Eren and not to trust everyone since they aren’t always what they seem.
- If his sibling managed to stay alive after Erwin loses an arm, they would be an absolute wreck. They’d practically beg him to resign from the Survey Corps, especially when he is going to be executed simply because they don’t want to lose him. Erwin would remind them that they are a soldier now and his relationship as a commander came before being their brother. It would sting, but his sibling would learn to accept the change in relationship and slowly detach from Erwin.
- It isn’t intentional, but it would be difficult to view Erwin as the same person they once knew in their childhood after watching how dedicated and practically obsessed he becomes with trying to get to the basement. It almost scares them how little they recognize their own sibling, but they relent and try to keep focused on the task at hand.
- During the reclaiming of Shiganshina, Erwin’s sibling would passionately fight back and beg Levi to use the serum on Erwin instead of Armin. Their reasoning is less about how Erwin would continue to benefit humanity and more about how they simply don’t want to lose their older brother. The decision to give it to Armin breaks their heart, but they realize that the choice was Erwin’s to make in the end and, as difficult as it is, they would try not to resent Armin, Eren, and Mikasa for stealing away their sibling’s life.
- Levi and Hanji would subtly look after them after that, even if it isn’t super obvious. Despite having no reason to continue life in the military, Erwin’s sibling would remain in the Survey Corps, fighting for the dream that Erwin held so dear to him.