Can we just talk about how Marco’s last words were to tell Jean to calm down when he was desperately trying to wrestle a spare 3DMG off the dead body to try and escape???
Not only that, but Marco’s last actions were to immediately notice Jean in trouble, jump down to him while Annie and Connie stood watching, and lure the titan away. Can we talk about how that’s the last thing we know Marco ever did and that that’s one of the last time Jean sees him alive; when he’s risking his own life to save his???
Can we also talk about what an impact they have had on each other’s lives???
Without Marco, Jean would have been killed, but after finding Marco dead, Jean changes his entire path in life from relaxing in the military police (where him and Marco were originally planning to enlist), but instead joins in the survey corps because he doesn’t want to disappoint him, and if their relationship wasn’t one of the most special in the show then I don’t know what the heck is.
(Also sorry if I got any details wrong it’s 3AM and I’m half-asleep.)
This is a REALLY good post. And it actually answered something I had been pondering for a little while.
Okay so know that most of the main 104th members had a specific skill, mentioned by Shadis, that helps them succeed in battle and get into the top top (with the exception of Armin). Jean is great with the 3D gear, Eren is the most determined, Mikasa is good at EVERYTHING, etc.
Shadis never went over Marco’s though (Correct if I’m wrong though, like maybe he did in the manga. I’ve only read the second half of it and bits of the beginning. 8I). He didn’t go over Krista’s either, but that’s for another day. So I was kinda left wondering what his special deal was.
From the little we see of him in action he seems to be pretty good all around. We can probably assume that physically speaking he’s about as strong as Jean. This scene shows that he’s fast and is good with his 3D gear. Not to mention being good friends with Jean probably allowed him to pick up some of his tricks. There’s even a scene where Jean is talking about using his gear, with Marco right next to him! Plus we know he took good care of, as explained by Armin. So he’s a good overall solider, but to be placed in the military police there must have been something exceptional about him. Especially if we was placed above Sasha and Connie.
But with this post, it finally clicked to me. It had to be his mentality.
Marco is probably the most honest soul in the series. His goal is to serve his king, pure and simple. He’s always the first to speak up for someone else’s welfare, like when Eren seemed uncomfortable talking about his traumatic first experience with the Titans. He is easily one of the most trustworthy solider, which if you remember Shadis said the same thing about Reiner.
(AND LOOK HOW WELL THAT TURNED OUT)
But this scene, along with several others, really shows that even in desperate situation Marco is able to think rationally and put his comrades first. Of course we have this scene, which is probably the best example as mqrcobodt already described.
But we also have the moments with Daz, first when he tried to kill himself and later on when he exclaimed his plan on running away to find his family. The suicide scene is probably the better of the two examples, as Marco physically runs in to stop Daz and tries to talk him out of it. Most of us can agree that was the right thing to do, so of course he did it right? But the sad truth is, as some social experiments have shown, not as many people as you would think jump in when something clearly wrong is happening beside them.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EisZTB4ZQxY&list=FLq7wqhAlMyUk3_jPLGwWQ9w < One such example.
Then for my last example, we have the scene with the Titans in the base. Marco was part of the group, along with Armin, to go into the elevator with the rifles for blinding the Titans.
Didn’t you ever stop to think why? Marco ranked higher than both Sasha and Connie, so shouldn’t he have switched places with one of them? Wouldn’t they want someone stronger for task of killing one of the Titans?
To answer why, think of what Marco is doing in the elevator.
He’s directing everyone, and telling them to remain calm. Look at everyone’s faces! They’re clearly, and justifiably, terrified! A nervous trigger finger would ruin Armin’s plan, and Marco knows that! So keeping everyone calm long enough for the titan’s to get close is almost as important as actually shooting them!
Look at what they’re all facing!
Remember that guy who decided to blow his brains out rather than face them?
NOT MARCO. In fact, I’m pretty sure that’s him in the former picture. He is looking at that fucker RIGHT IN THE FACE. And here’s a reminder of how close that thing gets to him.
And in the next moment, Marco is the one who orders everyone to open fire.
Marco had the mentality to STARE A TITAN IN THE FACE while he’s almost completely at their mercy, stay calm, and direct orders while at it! His mentality and decisions have saved more than just Jean’s life. Though I DEFINITELY agree that his relationship with Jean was very special. Because who else would throw themselves as bait to save him, without even a moment of hesitation? Even if it was the right thing to do, Jean would have to be very important to him for him to even notice the danger he was in let alone risk his life.
In conclusion, Marco had an unfaltering steel trap of a mind.
Shame he lost half of it.
Wow. This turned into something pretty lengthy. And maybe a little off topic from the original post. ;;; But since this was the post that put that final piece of this puzzle for me it felt appropriate. c: Plus, I really wanted to show just how fucking IMPORTANT Marco’s contribution is. I’ve heard too many people saying that his main purpose was to die, make Jean join the Survey Corps, and make people sad.
IF IT HADN’T BEEN FOR MARCO, EVERYONE WOULD BE DEAD.