So apparently Erin, like the Ape Titan (and maybe Annie to a much lesser extent), has the power to mentally dominate and command other titans. This is an interesting development.
So it raises a few questions:
Can Erin command a shifter? It was clear that his use of this power visibly and significantly affected Reiner, Burtholdt, and Yimir. If he put his mind to it, could he mentally dominate them?
Was the fear of falling prey to such an ability part of the reason Yimir decided to stick with R&B, even if it meant being separated from Krista?
What will Irvine, being the genius that he is, do with this new power at his disposal? This could really give the Scouting Legion a major advantage when outside the wall if Erin learns to control this power.
Can Erin use this power to force Annie to come out of the crystal and disclose information?
The idea Eren could control the other shifters is a pretty horrifying concept. If it were possible, it really tips the scale for Eren in giving him power not only over mindless eating-machines, but other human beings, to take away their free will, which is a monstrous power to have. It would be very hard for the most morally pure sort of hero to wield this kind of power, let alone someone as already-damaged as Eren.
The thing about the ape titan and Reiner and Bertholdt, was that Ymir called attention to their reaction, looking at it with 'twinkling eyes' or whatever. I really wonder what that means. If they were afraid of the ape titan because they knew it had the power to control titans, so it could potentially control them if they shifted? It's really unclear if they feared the ape, or if where they come from the ape is a god-like mythical figure or something?
I dont think, that Eren could controll all kind of titans.
Maybe there is a classification within the titans and he can only control the low levels.
From what I've read in the chapter, it seems that Eren can only command the normal Titans, while the shifters only seem to "feel" when this power is used.
Anyway this is indeed an interesting fact...
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I agree with what eton said about Eren's character, and with Zasz about it probably only being felt by shifters.
Beyond that, what about the possibility that the wall titans could hear Eren and *wake up* if he happens to be standing close enough when he screams out of anger about some minor thing or another. Could he idly go "I'll kill you!" to someone and then suddenly the colossal titans have a "target" to go after? Yikes...
Summing up Eren's temper:
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Does that mean non-shifter = mindless titan (controllable), and shifter = conscious titan? I'm not sure which type the wall titans would be.
I used to think they were shifters, but now I think they're mindless ones that were ordered (possibly by ape titan) to form a wall.
At this point he can't command shifters, that's been proven. But the thing is, he really hasn't mastered this power yet, it simply manifested from an emotional reaction. As he becomes more able to control this power, who knows what he can accomplish.Originally Posted by epictoads
That being said, I wonder if Reiner and Burtholdt are already under this power used by the Ape Titan (or others like him). Maybe they literally had no choice but to attack humanity and were powerless to resist his orders. Burtholdt said he had no will of his own, and Reiner ended up adopting a near split personality to cope with the trauma and guilt of what he did after all.
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I like the 'ape made them do it' theory! It does sort of absolve them to a bit too much of a degree however? Something about BAR's story seems to suggest they did what they did believing it was unpleasant but absolutely necessary. The way they talk about destroying mankind doesn't sound like they totally did it against their own free will. There are a few instances that give me that impression, like Bertholdt's reaction when Eren asks him what he was feeling when Eren told the story of his mother being killed. 'At the time, I felt sorry for you'. Just doesn't sound like the words of a guy who was forced to murder thousands of innocent people.
I think it's too early to say Eren can "command" the Titans. If you think about this on a fundamental level, all Eren does is (1) somehow getting the titan mob to attack the smiling titan when the smiling titan is about to eat Eren, and (2) somehow getting the titan mob to attack RB when they decide to chase down Eren.
What I get from these is, the titan mob attacks those who are hostile towards Eren himself. That's all these two examples have shown. Not saying there can't be more to it, but any further explanation would only be deduction and speculations rather than what is straightforwardly presented to us.
I don't think Reiner and Bertolt are specifically hostile toward Eren except maybe in his mind. He's designating the target by shouting at the ones he wants dead.
I don't really see why everyone tries to over analyze everything on this forum lol, maybe for the purpose of sparking a discussion. Anyway, his power is very clearly the ability to command the normal titans. It seems like they will totally focus on whatever target he decides to kill (similar to Annie letting out the death scream but clearly more dangerous). He cannot control shifters, or else the ones in the area would have also attacked the titan as well. I believe they R&B, and whoever else they work with, think that Eren possessing this ability is dangerous not because of the possibility of him controlling shifters, but simply because he can control all the other titans. That is more than enough power at his disposal to deal with the shifters, and that coupled with the fact that he is on humanity's side and wants to kill all the titans makes him an extreme threat to R&B's faction. In this situation the relatively small number of titans there were enough to somewhat overwhelm Reiner, although he was trying to protect Bertholt at the same time. So imagine Eren in control of an entire army of titans like the numbers they faced in the forest. That kind of power along with the humans using 3D gears is pretty scary. Eren is clearly extremely unstable and his first reaction to anything seems to be anger and destruction. Being in possession of a power like that, with that type of attitude is very dangerous, even to his allies. I also feel like R&B have other intentions than destroying humanity, as they could have easily done that at any time. However, I dont know if these intentions will ever be realized when you have humanity unrelenting hatred for titans going against them. Especially with Eren on an all out warpath (hes said more than once and very sadistically that he wants to kill all titans, R&B being viewed as traitors, and now this ability) Im interested to see how things unfold. Hopefully, its less mindless action and more development. Because I would have much preferred to see R&B return to their village with Eren and perhaps shed some insight on who they're working with and what their goals are.
Might be part of it, but it looks like Ymir is still running the long gambit. "With a power like that, life in the walls might be possible" doesn't really sound like she's afraid of anything, just weighing out what is the best option. If I were to guess, it's that she's going with RB to distract their faction from attacking the Walls that Christa lives at. I'm 99% positive there are numerous 'Wall cities' dotted around the world that don't know about each other. I wouldn't doubt it if we saw her with RB attacking an unrelated Wall city with a totally different population of people. Maybe the mystical orient? Would be cool if that Asian titan wasn't just a cameo but real foreshadowing.Quote:
Well we know that Irvine said he 'has a replacement', so there's a chance he might be killed unexpectedly or taken out of the political equation due to higher ups not wanting the Scouting Legion to succeed in finding shit out. As for what the government/police will do with/to Eren, who knows. I doubt the legion will be able to keep this information under wraps.Quote:
My bet? There will be a military coup to overthrow the corrupt government/police and force the Wall cult to spill the beans. Irvin will lead from the shadows and Levi will be his 'replacement' he mentioned earlier, to deal with everything on the front lines.
I hope he can somehow at least mentally force her to undo the calcification or something.Quote:
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It would take too much away from the story if everything was just 'and the Ape made them do it because mind control'. The 'command' ability seems more like a perception altering ability than anything. The titans suddenly responded as if Smiley was a great, big, delicious human.