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Goggles in the Manga The subject of this article has no official name.
It is a fan-given name as substitute for lack thereof, and should not be considered as part of the Attack on Titan universe.

Goggles was a soldier in the Survey Corps fourth squad under the command of Hange Zoë, who was noted for his trademark glasses, or "goggles". He participated in the 57th Expedition Outside the Walls and often accompanied higher ups, such as Hange and Levi Ackerman, on serious missions.

Appearance

Goggles was a tall man with light skin, short, dark brown hair, and light stubble on his chin and cheek bones. He was noted for always wearing thick-rimmed glasses with bands around his head, to prevent them from falling off in combat. His clothing consisted of the typical uniform of the Survey Corps with the green cloak worn on expeditions.

Personality

Goggles was a serious man and a devoted Survey Corps member, always acting bravely in battle and following his duties as a soldier. He seemed to be a loyal and reliable subordinate, since he was trusted to accompany high ranking members in critical situations, like the meeting in the hideout where Eren and Historia were being hidden from the government[1] and the following operation to rescue them from the Military Police First Interior Squad.[2] He was also shown to be rather cynical, at least towards the Military Police, as he told Marlowe Freudenberg and Hitch Dreyse to bring him their commanding officer 'If he was not drunk, of course' when they inquired about the Titan fight in Stohess District, as he refused to provide such information to low-ranking soldiers.

Story

The Female Titan arc

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Goggles distracting the Titans who were after the Female Titan

The Female Titan attracts several Titans with a loud screech, and Erwin Smith orders the supplies guard unit to intercept the Titans, with Goggles and several other soldiers trying to distract them. However, they are ignored by the wave of Titans as they go to eat the Female Titan. Goggles is exhausted after the attempt to kill the Titans surrounding the Female and retreats after Erwin gives the order.[3]

After Annie Leonhart reveals herself to be the Female Titan and transforms inside of Stohess District, Goggles and his squad pursue her, trying to stop her from escaping over Wall Sheena. However, he and his squad are forced to break off their pursuit when she begins destroying buildings, sending debris flying in their direction.[4]

After Annie is defeated, Goggles helps remove Annie from her nape.[5] While his teammates secured Annie's crystallized form, Goggles blocked anyone from going near, saying that he would only speak with officers from the Military Police Brigade.[6]

Clash of the Titans arc

Goggles is later seen in the ruins of Utgard Castle forming part of the group responsible for rescuing Ymir, Reiner Braun, Bertolt Hoover, Connie Springer, and Krista Lenz.[7] He is later seen with other Survey Corps soldiers trying to attack the half transformed Colossus Titan, but is forced back when it releases large amounts of hot steam. The soldiers then withdraw and waited for it to stop releasing steam under Hange's orders.[8]

The Uprising arc

Keiji and Goggles are killed

Keiji and Goggles are killed

Goggles is reunited with Squad Levi, Hange, Keiji and Nifa, listening as they discuss Armin Arlert's plan to seal the hole in Wall Maria using Eren's Titan hardening abilities, and as Hange reveals Nick's murder at the hands of the Military Police First Interior Squad.[1]

Soon after, Goggles can be seen with Squad Levi while they speak with Dimo Reeves and Flegel Reeves, listening to the message from Erwin brought by Nifa.[9] He watches as Levi interrogates Historia and forces her to accept her role as the queen.[10] He also hears Nifa speak about Erwin's plan to have Eren and Historia handed from the Reeves Company to the Military Police and track them to the location of Historia's father, Rod Reiss, the true ruler of the Walls.[11]

Later on, while a group of members of the Military Police carry two caskets from a funeral home to a carriage, presumably hiding the kidnapped Eren and Historia, Goggles and Keiji monitor the scene from a concealed location, with Nifa and Levi monitoring from a roof. Shortly after, Kenny Ackerman and his subordinates make their appearance and several of them ambush the soldiers, killing Goggles and the rest of them, except for Levi. The bodies of Goggles and Keiji fall to the ground from the rooftop, much to Levi's horror.[2]

Return to Shiganshina arc

Later in the Battle of Shiganshina, as Erwin Smith begins to lament the dwindling hopes of his dream, Goggles stands among the many fallen Survey Corps comrades in Erwin's mind, wanting to know if their deaths had meaning.[12]

Abilities

Despite never being seen in actual combat, it is implied that Goggles was a fairly capable fighter, as he survived the 57th Expedition beyond the Walls, during which he directly engaged the Titan horde that was attempting to devour the Female Titan,[13] and a fight against the Female Titan during the capture operation in the Stohess District.[14] Furthermore, in the 57th expedition beyond the Walls, Goggles was part of the cart guard team, entrusted with the safekeeping of the special target restraining weapon meant to capture the Titan shifter. This implies that he was among the few Survey Corps members who knew about the true objective of the expedition, meaning that he had managed to stay alive for at least the past five years and that he was a trusted member of the Corps. Furthermore, he participated in the fight at Utgard Castle and against the Colossus Titan, both of which he survived. All of these facts prove his exceptional skill and reliability as a soldier.

Anime and Manga Differences

  • Goo

    Goggles watches the second attempt to capture Annie

    In the anime, Goggles watches as Hange Zoë, aided by Moblit Berner and other soldiers, make a second attempt to capture the Female Titan. They manage to succeed, but Hange brags about what she plans to do with her, causing Annie to kick the special target restraining weapon and escape once more.[15]

Trivia

  • He is so far the only nameless character to have special importance.
  • In the Height Comparison Chart released in the Wings of Freedom DVD/BD Bonus Pamphlet, he is labelled as "Goguru" which roughly translates to "Goggles".
  • Goggles is referred to by the name "Moblit" in the Attack on Titan Guidebook, although this was likely a mistake resulting from his character being confused with Moblit Berner.[16]
Goggles Wings of Freedom

Goggles's new anime design

  • Although Goggles is portrayed with brown hair in the anime, his hair color is changed to blond in the second anime recap movie for unknown reasons.


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