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Farlan Church

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NR Farlan

Name Farlan Church
Kanji ファーラン・チャーチ
Romaji Fāran Chāchi
Biological Information
Gender Male
Former Affiliation Survey Corps Logo Survey Corps
Species Human
Status Deceased
Other Information
Titan kills Solo: 0
In team: 1[1]
Total: 1
First Appearance
Manga Attack on Titan: No Regrets (prologue)
Anime A Choice with No Regrets (Part 1)
Voice actor
Anime Kōji Yusa
Visual Novel Yuki Ono

Farlan Church (ファーラン・チャーチ Fāran Chāchi?) was a character from Attack on Titan: No Regrets and was one of Levi Ackerman's companions prior to joining the Survey Corps, the other being Isabel Magnolia.

AppearanceEdit

Farlan was a young man with light grey eyes and dark blonde hair. His bangs hung over his forehead, between his eyes. Before he joined the Survey Corps, Farlan's civilian clothes featured a simple long-sleeve white shirt with a light blue vest and knee-high boots.

PersonalityEdit

Farlan, in contrast to Isabel, was very focused and able to make the distinction between when to have fun and when to be serious. Like Levi, Farlan was usually depicted as level-headed and calm, but he disliked when things got out of control. He had a clear understanding of when he was defeated, and stopped resisting if he knew that he had lost; this was shown during his capture by the Survey Corps. Farlan placed a great deal of trust in Levi and followed his decisions and leadership without question.[2][3]

StoryEdit

Farlan watches Levi

Farlan watches Levi

Prior to the fall of Wall Maria, Farlan was a delinquent roaming the capital's Underground District. At one point, Farlan decided to test Levi's strength by having him fight a group of thugs. Farlan's plan was to see if Levi was worth recruiting into his group of thugs or not, and he was surprised to see Levi beat them all single-handedly. He decided to join Levi, though how he convinced Levi to let him join him is unknown, as he neglects to tell Isabel the rest of his story.[4]
Farlan, Levi, and Isabel were notorious for having a strong reputation due to Levi's strength.[5] After the three obtained and became skilled using Three Dimensional Maneuver Gear, they would use it around the Underground City, as it made their illegal business easier to accomplish and gave them hopes of rising above their lives in the city. Farlan eventually found himself and his companions captured by Erwin Smith of the Survey Corps.[6] When Levi was blackmailed into joining the Corps, Farlan and Isabel chose to follow him, and all three resolved to one day claw their way into a better life on the surface.[7]
Farlan attacks Titan

Farlan attacks a Titan's knee

On his first expedition outside the walls, Farlan assisted Levi in taking down an Abnormal Titan. While obviously nervous and unsettled at the thought of fighting a Titan, he gained his courage and morale upon seeing Levi charge into battle. On cue, he and Isabel sliced the Titan's knees in unison, allowing Levi to finish the Titan off.

The next day of the expedition, during heavy rain, Levi decided to take the chance to hunt down Erwin and complete their original mission, using the rain to his advantage. Farlan advised caution, but Levi brushed him off. Despite Farlan's protests, Levi forced the conversation to a close and set off to kill Erwin. In the anime, Levi looks back to see Farlan staring after him faithfully and Isabel waving wildly.

Farlan waves

Farlan waves goodbye to Levi

Soon after making it back to the squad, Farlan and Isabel's squad was attacked by five Titans. Levi returned to find the Titans attacking the squad with Isabel and Farlan trying to avoid the battle. As they tried to flee, Farlan's horse, startled by a Titan, fell atop Farlan's leg, pinning him to the ground. As he tried to free himself, Isabel used her 3DMG to distract the Titans, barely managing to avoid their grips. When she moved in to kill one, she ended up slipping and hanging by her gear across the Titan's back.[8] As another Titan got a clear view of her, it launched itself straight at her, crushing her between them. Farlan had managed to free himself, but Isabel's death caused him to turn and confront the Titans, realizing too late that his fall had badly damaged his equipment. Thinking that it would be the end for him, squad leader Flagon Darlett distracted the Titan while giving Farlan orders to retreat. Farlan frantically watched as Flagon was eaten by the Titan. Still trying to fight, he was the next one to be grabbed. As he is lifted in the Titan's hand, he caught sight of Levi. He waved to him in a farewell gesture like he used to in the streets of the underground. Farlan was eaten just as Levi came within grappling range. Filled with rage, Levi sliced the Titan's stomach open and pulled what is left of Farlan out.[9] By that time, however, Farlan was already dead. In the anime, when Levi arrived on the bloody scene, all of the members of Isabel and Farlan's squad were already dead. As the lone Titan that had decimated the squad caught sight of him and moved toward him, half of Farlan's body fell out of its mouth to the ground.

Having witnessed the deaths of the first two true friends he ever had, Levi went into blind rage and killed all the Titans. When Erwin, who had seen the steam from the fallen Titans, arrived on the scene, Levi attacked and attempted to kill him, blaming him for their deaths. Erwin questioned what would have happened if Levi had stayed with his friends instead of leaving them to fend for themselves while he had gone forward. This caused Levi to believe that it was his own arrogance that got his friends killed. Erwin refuted this, stating that the real reason for their deaths were the Titans and the lack of knowledge that the humans had on them. He went on about how the rich humans inside the Walls choose to turn a blind eye to the swath of destruction that is happening right outside their doors. To conclude, Erwin stated that the Scouts are Humanity's only hope of being free and asked Levi again to join them. This time Levi accepted willingly.

The surviving Corps members made a full withdrawal for the Walls while Levi took one last look at the steaming corpses of Titans that would serve as a grave for Farlan and Isabel.

Abilities Edit

Farlan stole Three Dimensional Maneuver Gear and, along with Levi and Isabel, trained himself to the point of proficiency and used it on their underground missions. He almost escaped from a Survey Corps squad, mankind's greatest soldiers, and he stated that he, Levi, and Isabel had escaped from the Military Police several times before.[10]

He seems to be smart and skillful, as seen when he confessed that he trained himself with the 3D Maneuver Gear and in his ability to keep a cool head.[11]

RelationshipsEdit

  • Levi Ackerman - Having heard rumors of Levi's strength, Farlan originally set up a test to see how strong he was. He was amazed at Levi's skill and hoped he could convince him to join his gang.[12] After Levi refused, he joined up with Levi instead. The two became close friends, with Levi greatly valuing Farlan's opinions and strategies.
  • Isabel Magnolia - Though they were usually at constant odds with each other, they were close friends and showed a great level of cooperation and synchronization. With few words between them, they operate with extreme precision.[2][13]
  • Yan - Farlan cared for Yan's health and worried so much about Yan's leg injuries that he paid Yan more than his share. In the anime, Yan being taken to a hospital on the surface was the reason for Farlan, Levi, and Isabel to take on the mission that led them to joining the Survey Corps.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Attack on Titan "No Regrets" Manga: Chapter 4 (p. 39)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Attack on Titan "No Regrets" Manga: Chapter 1 (p. 23)
  3. Attack on Titan "No Regrets" Manga: Chapter 4 (p. 13 & 30)
  4. Attack on Titan "No Regrets" Manga: Special Chapter 3
  5. Attack on Titan "No Regrets" Manga: Chapter 0
  6. Attack on Titan "No Regrets" Manga: Chapter 1 (p. 35)
  7. Attack on Titan "No Regrets" Manga: Chapter 2 (p. 26 & 27)
  8. Attack on Titan "No Regrets" Manga: Chapter 7 (p. 33)
  9. Attack on Titan "No Regrets" Manga: Chapter 8 (p. 5 & 6)
  10. ps 6-7Attack on Titan "No Regrets" Manga: Chapter 1
  11. Attack on Titan "No Regrets" Manga: Chapter 1 (p. 33)
  12. Attack on Titan "No Regrets" Manga: Special Chapter 3 (p. 8)
  13. Attack on Titan "No Regrets" Manga: Chapter 4 (p. 32, 35-37)


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