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I feel the need to discuss this character, or more his part in SnK.
I get the impression most people believe Jean is a good guy without question. But I wonder.. is Jean a "good" guy or does he have a hidden agenda? They made him seem like a hero in the anime and I wonder if that is the reason why I can't find any discussions..
I havn't analyzed the manga but I did find some things that seemed strange..
He's from Trost but did we ever see him mourn what happened to his hometown? Or worry about family and childhood friends? I didn't notice anything. We did see Connie's reaction to what happened to his village and Sasha's regarding her home..
Jean can be quite the drama queen, but sometimes he get pretty serious..
It makes me wonder if his overreactions are just bad acting..
And I wonder why he wanted to join the military police. He did give an explanation in the manga/anime, but was it his true reason?
Does anyone have any thoughts or maybe theories? Maybe noticed something in the manga that may be a hint/clue?
If you want Jean's background, there is this text I posted in another thread, and it comes from a blog focusing on Jean, it may interest you, maybe?
“Three years ago, when I decided to enlist into military training, everyone in Trost laughs at me – friends, acquaintances, everyone. They saw me as a joke. Saying how I must have been crazy to decide joining the military. No, that must be how most in the world think, simply going with the flow. ‘It’s true being a farmer’s backbreaking labour. Even though (we’ll) still be poor with all the hard work, but at least (we) won’t be titans food’, those people would say.
Don’t * with me. I’ll join the MP to “fight back”. I’ll become MP, and live peacefully, lavishly in the inner lands. I’ll become MP and say to those people, “Just you see.” Then I earned the qualification to become MP; without help from anyone, all accomplished by my own strength.
But I’ve chosen (to join) the Scouting Legion. Why… “
That was new information for me thank you!
I still wonder what his part is in the story.. He can't just be Eren's body double XD Does he have knowledge they will need or something..?
I don't think he holds secrets to anything, but he has capabilities and skills the team would need. Nothing wrong with him being normal; everyone else in the current Levi's squad are already "too special".
The upcoming OVA (even though it's anime original material), might expand on his character.
But he's in this special squad, seen in all chapters (or almost all), so there must be something more to him.
I just noticed something in chapter 56 that may be a hint..
oh, an it's April 7th, so a happy birthday to Mr. horse face.
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oh..and that page in chapter 56 - I think it's more like he's glaring at all the 104th; and Connie and Sasha are also in the same panel;
To be honest I think that Levi is looking at all three of them (Connie, Sasha and Jean). Jean just happens to be in the center of the trio and looks like there's more focus on him. And there might be. Just a few months ago we were speculating who would be Levi's second in command now that his team is eliminated. Most thought that it would be Jean since he is thought to be a good leader. Considering how Levi will be leaving or pretending to leave the SL, it might be that Jean will be taking over the command of the Special Operations Squad.
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I'm not sure what his secret is, but maybe it has ties to MP/the king? That's the only connection I can think of.. Jean was gonna join MP with Marco and he speaks of conspiracy..
I hope someone can bring up a good theory here XD
Just look at FMA, all of Roy's squad are pretty much normals without any weird background story and they still were relevant at some point.
He may be leading Connie and Sasha during the next operation, while Levi takes care of Cptn Ackerman.
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So, Jean can use aftereffects/photoshop/whatever you need, and he is starting his own serie.
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He's also proven himself to be the 104th's best battle commander (lead resupply, convinces top 10 to join the Scouts, leads attack on the Megata, so on). Don't die Jean! We want to see you make out with Mikasa at least once before you get eaten!