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Asking For A Smaller Heart [SPOILERS] by Ansemaru Asking For A Smaller Heart [SPOILERS] by Ansemaru
Three kids who had no choice to become weapons, held back by their very human hearts.
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blackdragonhuntress Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Anyone else notice the subtle nearly invisible marks on their faces that look like their titan forms?
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SoraLove Dec 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Great style and idea!
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I can't wait to read their story. I know they did a lot of horrible things, but I can't hate them, especially Annie...This  symbolism is simply perfect
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TrueOkamiAmaterasu Nov 12, 2013  Student Writer
I uh...no...they had a choice they were BORN titan shifters, they also can CONTROL when they shift, it's not like: oh doo doo wait what? *randomally shift* no it's not like that they've ALWAYS been bad guys, they CAN control when they shift, they are CONSCIOUS of their decisions in titan form, they merely infiltrated the military...they know what they're doing, beautiful picture but the concept just makes no sense :P
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Ansemaru Nov 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Okay, look. I know they are in control of their shifting. Believe me. I'd have to be blind to miss that fact. And I know that they know exactly what they're doing. Which is WHY THEY EXPERIENCE GUILT ABOUT IT. And I'd dispute your argument that they were necessarily born titan shifters. They were born outside of the wall culture, but it is still ambiguous whether they were given the shifting factor like Eren or if it is an inborn trait of theirs. But that's beside the point.

The area where the titan trio had no choice was in terms of the orders they were given. Because they are not, in fact, the ones who sent themselves to destroy the wall and wipe out humanity. There are repeated insinuations that someone above them is the one who gave them the orders to infiltrate the military and bring down the walls. There are also implications that the leverage used to keep them sticking to this mission, regardless of their guilt and internal conflict, is the promise of being allowed to return home. As in /they literally cannot return home without completing this mission/. If that isn't an emotional factor that's compromising their ability to choose not to carry out the mission, I don't know what is.

It's missing the point of the picture and the quote to say that it's about how they ~aren't in control~ when they're titans. The fact that they had no choice but to be weapons is thanks to the orders they're operating under and the coercion related to their home village being withheld by whoever gave these orders.
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TrueOkamiAmaterasu Nov 12, 2013  Student Writer
Oh...that makes sense...I suppose? I don't know I might've not read the manga indepth enough or watched the anime deeply enough but it just seemed like they were being assholes for the purpose of being assholes
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Ansemaru Nov 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
That's a really shallow interpretation of their motives. I recommend reading the manga again and paying close attention to Annie, Reiner, and Bertolt.
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TrueOkamiAmaterasu Nov 12, 2013  Student Writer
my confusion is this, their village was destroyed when they were young, Ymir ate Bertholdt and Reiner's parents...what does ANYONE have to threaten them with?
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Ansemaru Nov 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
There's nothing indicating Ymir attacked their village, or that she ate their parents! All we know is that she attacked and ate Berik while Reiner and Bertolt were present- and keep in mind that the three of them were dressed in traveling clothes, with backpacks, and did not appear to be near any buildings at the time. It's much more probable that they were attacked by her en route to the wall, rather than in their village.
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TrueOkamiAmaterasu Nov 12, 2013  Student Writer
actually yes there is an indicator, Reiner and Bertholdt recognize her in her titan form, she ate their parents in front of them which may have triggered their transformations, the official site says it and so does the wiki, here's what it says straight from both sites. It appears that as a titan, she devoured Reiner and Bertholdt's family members right in front of them during their childhood. It was a fact they only realized when they saw her titan form again several years later at Castle Utgard.
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