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Quote1 The Power of the Titans is an absolute. That is how it must be... Quote2
— Magath worries for his country[3]

Magath (マガト Magato?) is a Marleyan commander (団長 Danchō?) who fought in the war against the Mid-East Allied Forces before Marley's victory. He was also formerly one of the chief overseers of the first warrior cadets during their training.

Appearance

Magath is an older man with light eyes and a thin beard, mustache, and short thinning hair. He has visible wrinkles from age but has an overall healthy build and appearance. Like his fellow soldiers, he wears the standard Marleyan soldier uniform consisting of a light jacket and pants with a black clip at the collar, supply packs on the hip, suspender straps, a hard hat with a black stripe around it, and tall combat boots.

Personality

A typical Marleyan, Magath is a prejudiced military officer who values the life of the Marleyans above the Eldians. For him, the Eldian soldiers under his command are expendable pawns to complete an objective rather than humans. As a result, he is angered when Colt Grice, an Eldian, questions his orders[4] and he is willing to sacrifice 800 Eldian soldiers to destroy the anti-Titan artillery while keeping two holders of the Power of the Titans and the warrior cadets, as potential shifters themselves, safe.[5] However, compared to other Marleyans, he is quite tolerant of Eldians as he is willing to hear them speak and does not appear to get physical with them.[6]

History

While the details of his rise to power are unknown, Magath has been a member of the Marley military for over twenty years. Throughout this time, he acted as one of the chief overseers of the warrior program, evaluating the performances of each individual cadet and selecting the top performers to be inheritors of the power of the Titans.[7]

Magath watches on, as an entire nation is conquered for Marley, by the new warriors. He admits that the warriors raised from childhood were more effective then their predecessors, but doubts the Marley government's decision to entrust the Plan to Retake the Founder to children. Some time later, he debriefs the warriors on the logistics of the plan and departs with those chosen for the mission to the border of Paradis.[8] He gives his final debriefing to the four warriors before leaving them, hoping they would all return.[9]

By the early 840s, Magath had achieved the rank of commander.[10]

Story

Marley arc

Marleyan infantry

Magath with the warrior cadets during the Marley Mid-East War

At the climax of the Marley Mid-East War, Commander Magath leads an 800-warrior unit against the Mid-East Allied Forces at the battle of Fort Slava. When the warriors' trench line could advance no further towards the bunkers around the fort, cadet Colt Grice suggests to Magath that their Jaw Titan and Cart Titan should be used against the Allies. Magath refuses this suggestion, pointing out the Allies' anti-Titan artillery and the great risk of losing their Titans against the artillery. Cadet Gabi offers to use a bundle of grenades to destroy the armored train carrying the artillery, but Magath refuses to waste an Eldian soldier needlessly. Gabi becomes sarcastically coy with the commander, wondering why her life is more important than the 800 others in the unit, and Magath eventually gives in and sends her out. Once Gabi succeeds in destroying the armored train, Magath sends out Porco Galliard, the Jaw Titan, to attack the fort.[11]

As Galliard's Jaw Titan and Pieck's Cart Titan lead a charge against Fort Slava's defenses, Magath remains behind with Colt and reviews their strategy. Colt correctly guesses that the warriors should retreat and block escape routes while Zeke's airborne attack continues the assault. When the time comes for Zeke to make use of his Beast Titan to rain mindless Titans down upon the fort, Commander Magath and the warriors watch from a distance as Marley's Titans complete the assault on the fort.[12]

Some time afterwards, the leaders of the Marley military convene to review the world's reaction to the end of the war between Marley and the Mid-East Allied Forces. Commander Magath explains to the outraged general of the military that the technological progress of the world is overcoming the power of the Titans. Magath states that Marley has been too reliant on the power of the Titans, leading to an inferior navy which barely survived the war. In the meantime, other nations have been hard at work developing weaponry to overpower the Titans. Magath proposes that with the progress being made with aerial weaponry, Titans may become useless in future wars. Zeke proposes that Marley must acquire the Founding Titan to gain full mastery over the Titans as soon as possible while focus on developing conventional weaponry, an idea which impresses the general.[13]

After the meeting, Magath meets with Zeke and Colt, congratulating Zeke on his conduct during the mission. He takes the opportunity to inform Zeke that over the past three years, a total of 32 scouting ships sent to the island of Paradis have disappeared without a trace, and he asks for Zeke's opinion on the matter. Zeke recalls that four Titans, the Attack Titan, the Founding Titan, the Colossus Titan, and the Female Titan, are still located on the island. He proposes that at least two Titans, one of them being Eren Yeager's Attack Titan, have sunk their ships. Magath suggests that battleship support will be necessary for an assault on the island, but Zeke informs him of the existence of anti-Titan weapons on the island, as well as the Ackerman family which poses a serious threat to their future efforts.[14]

Magath later departs on a train towards Liberio. Despite the Eldians at the back of the train making a loud ruckus, Magath allows them to continue with the celebrations, noting it is only for a single night.[15] When the train reaches the warriors' hometown, Magath gets off the train with the others and escorts the Eldians into the internment zone.[16]

Whilst the Eldian warriors hold a private, unofficial meeting, Magath is a part of a team tapping the meeting to test the loyalty of the warriors. He is slightly disappointed by Zeke's comment that insinuated the meeting was being listened in to.[17]

Relationships

  • Colt Grice - Magath looks down on Colt for being an Eldian, as he does with all others of that nationality.[4] However, he shows some value for him as a soldier, being concerned for his well-being when he rescued his brother Falco from enemy fire[18] and listening to his ideas when he pitched them, even if he was going to deny them.[19]
  • Zeke Yeager - Magath has evidently watched over Zeke to some extent throughout the 22 years Zeke has spent in service to Marley. While he expects Zeke to display the respect towards Marleyan authority that would be expected of any Eldian, he nonetheless openly expresses how impressed Zeke leaves him with his words and actions. He is willing to disclose valuable military information with Zeke, and even accepts his advice on the issues faced by such matters.[20]

Trivia

  • There is an inconsistency in Chapter 91 in which Magath appears in several panels wearing the Eldian collar badge instead of the standard black clip.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Attack on Titan Character Directory (p. 129)
  2. Attack on Titan Character Directory
  3. Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 91 (p. 26)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 91 (p. 8)
  5. Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 91 (p. 26-27)
  6. Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 91 (p. 20-26)
  7. Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 94 (p. 30 - 33)
  8. Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 95 (p. 29-30)
  9. Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 95 (p. 39)
  10. Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 94 (p. 40)
  11. Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 91 (p. 27-45)
  12. Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 92 (p. 12-36)
  13. Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 93 (p. 1 - 9)
  14. Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 93 (p. 12 - 19)
  15. Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 93 (p. 39)
  16. Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 94 (p. 2 - 9)
  17. Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 95 (p. 19)
  18. Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 91 (p. 7)
  19. Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 91 (p. 21-22)
  20. Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 93 (p. 13 - 19)

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