I can understand why these characters did what they did. This list just consists of some things that happened that we can look back on and realise that they weren’t really the best course of action to take regarding ‘self-preservation’…
- When Connie completely missed the titan and hit the wall
After 3 years of training Connie? I understand that you were stressed, there was pressure, it was a moving target, but still? You could have just AIMED for the NAPE.
- When Reiner’s identity complex got the better of him
Yes Reiner. Telling Eren who’s hellbent on revenge against the Titans that you and Bertholdt are the ones who destroyed Wall Maria was really the best move in this situation. Definitely.
- Those dudes who went back to retrieve their dead friend’s body
Okay, I understand it’s hard and that it hurts. But what did they think was going to happen when they took a DEAD BODY AWAY FROM A TITAN INFESTED TERRITORY AND THEN KEPT CARRYING THE BODY WITH THEM TOWARDS WHERE THERE WAS THE OTHER BODIES OF FALLEN SOLDIERS AND ALSO THE ALIVE SOLDIERS? ESPECIALLY CONSIDERING THAT TITANS EAT HUMANS AND ARE DRAWN TO LARGER CROWDS OF HUMANS??? They were told that it was too dangerous to retrieve their friend’s body and they still defied orders. I understand, but this is a case where they really should have been thinking a bit more with their heads rather than being driven by emotion.
- When Amrin saved Jean
“If you can’t give up anything, then you can’t change anything!” Armin screams as he clings to an unconscious Jean that he cradles in his arms while waving one blade around at a titan. And Armin’s a smart guy, he would have known that doing this meant certain doom and death for both of them. Though I am so glad that they are both still alive.
- Connie and Sasha’s kung-fu
So yes, maybe as Shadis says these two are just “seriously stupid.” But wouldn’t they have realised that they clearly were going to get an ear-full from the scary sergeant who make them run and do extra duties and other things that could have so easily been avoided? And they could instead be resting or sleeping?