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Floch Forster is a supporting character during the Return to Shiganshina arc and an antagonist in the later chapters of Attack on Titan, serving as one of the secondary antagonists of the final arc.
Initially a member of the Garrison who transferred into the Survey Corps, and one of the nine survivors of the Battle of Shiganshina, Floch eventually dived into extremist views after the existence of Marley is revealed to the population of Paradis Island. Believing that only Eren Yeager can lead Eldia to victory against Marley, Floch joins Eren in his plan of killing every living being outside of Paradis Island so that the inhabitants of Paradis can finally know peace.
He is voiced by Kenshō Ono in the Japanese version of the anime, and Matt Shipman in the English version.
Floch joined the military inside the walls during the year 847 and was part of the 104th training corps. After graduating, he joined the Garrison where he served for several years. However, after the uprising within the walls, several members of the Garrison, including Floch, joined the Survey Corps. When the Survey Corps prepared their journey to Shiganshina in order to retake Wall Maria, Floch introduced himself to the "veterans" of the Survey Corps, who joined the military during the 104th training corps as well. Given that they had fought several battles with Titans in the meanwhile and had suffered many losses, Floch was shocked to see how much these people had changed.
Battle of Shiganshina
When the Survey Corps reaches Shiganshina, Floch and other new recruits are put in charge of taking care of the horses, causing them to remain in the destroyed village outside of Shiganshina on the inside of Wall Maria. However, suddenly the Beast Titan appears with several smaller Titans, cutting off the way back to Wall Rose. While most of the Survey Corps is dealing with the Armored Titan and the Colossus Titan inside Shiganshina, the Beast Titan starts hurling stones and boulders at Levis Team, wiping them out and causing Levi to retreat back to Floch and the others, who are panicking. In his fear, Floch lets go of the horses, having realizes that they are trapped and that there is no way of escaping and that they will all die a pointless death.
Eventually, Commander Erwin and Levi come up with a plan to kill the Beast Titan - while Erwin and the rest of the new recruits will ride a suicide attack by riding at the Beast Titan frontally, Levi will sneak up to him from the side and use the Titan's focus on Erwin's group to deal the killing blow. Floch is horrified to hear this and asks if Erwin expects them to fight if they are all going to die anyways. Erwin confirms this and tells them, that it is their duty to fight for humanity and to give meaning to the deaths of all other soldiers, who came before them. Accordingly, the suicide charge is formed and Erwin leads his recruits into battle by frontally storming at the Beast Titan, who kills most of them with the first barrage of projectile he is throwing at them. While Erwin is the first to fall, all other recruits are killed by the Beast Titan's projectiles as well.
After Levi has attacked the Beast Titan and has defeated him successfully, Floch rises from the field, being the only survivor of the suicide charge. Horrified, he walks through the bodies of his fallen comrades and desperately searches for other survivors, eventually finding the mortally wounded but still breathing Erwin. He grabs the commander and carries him back to the Wall, where he finds Levi, Eren and Mikasa standing over the mortally wounded Armin, who has been hurt during the fight against the Colossus Titan. Levi is about to inject Armin with the titam serum so that he can eat Bertolt and become a Titan Shifter, but Floch informs Levi that Erwin has survived and should be the one to receive the saving injection. As Eren and Mikasa are unwilling to let their friend Armin die, an argument erupts during which Floch claims that only a man like Erwin can lead humanity to victory against the titans. As Levi is about to make his choice, Floch forcibly restrains Eren and moves him to another rooftop while Hanji takes Mikasa.
From the rooftop, the group watches as Levi injects Armin with the infusion, choosing his life over Erwin's. After the group has gone to the Yeager basement and has found the truth about the world, the sole nine survivors of the Survey Corps return to Shiganshina, where there is to be a ceremony in their honor. Moments before the ceremony starts, Floch bitterly reveals to Hitch Dreyse that in his final moments, Marlowe remained brave and calm but that he must have regretted his final actions anyway. When the angry Jean demands to know why Floch would say that, Floch responds that someone must speak the truth about what happened. He also angrily states that every sane person would have chosen Erwin over Armin; stating that Eren, Mikasa and Levi let their personal feelings overwhelm them and that saving Erwin would have been the rational choice. He commends Mikasa for surendering to the logical choice in the end while calling Eren childish and irrational.
In the following years, Paradis - now the nation of Eldia - takes several prisoners by capturing a ship from Marley's expedition fleet. Floch is tasked with guarding Yelena, who somehow convinces him to arrange a meeting with Eren Yeager and herself. During the meeting, Yelena reveals some groundbreaking information to Eren, causing a radical personality change in him. Eren allies himself with his half-brother Zeke and Floch and other members of the military join his side - forming the splinter group known as Yeagerists. Their plan is to make Eren the leader of Eldia because they think that his titan power is the only way of destroying Marley. Ten months later, Eren initiates an attack on the Liberio Internment Zone in Marley and when the Survey Corps comes to save them, Floch uses explosives initially intended for abandoned buildings to destroy buildings full of civillians as payback for the countless deaths Marley's titans caused to Paradis. When he is confronted by Jean for this action, he is unrepentant and instead claims that Eren is the only one who understands that they have to fight their enemies.
After the attack is over and the Survey Corps flees in their blimp, Floch and other Yeagerists celebrate the first victory of the "New Eldian Empire". In their celebration, they do not realize that two child soldiers of the Marley Warrior Program, Gabi and Falco, have entered the blimp. Gabi is able to shoot Sasha Blouse and kills her, before Floch and his comrades swarm the children and grab them. Floch plans to throw them out of the blimp mid-air, but Jean forbids it, claiming that it would have no purpose to kill the children. After the blimp returns to Paradis, Eren is imprisoned for his attack on Liberio. This causes Floch and other Yeagerists in the military, Wim and Louise, to leak the news about Eren's imprisonment to the public, causing massive protests. After Hanji realizes what Floch and the others have done, she demands an explanation but Floch calmly claims that Eren has nothing wrong and that his actions saved the people of Paradis. He claims that Paradis is safe as long as the Founding Titan remains with Eren. Hanji then orders Floch, Wim and Louise to be arrested.
Nonetheless, loyalists in the military free Floch and other Yeagerists from prison and Eren can escape as well. The group meets up outside the city and Floch reveals to Eren, that they took precautions to prevent the military from feeding Eren to a more loyal titan - they assassinated Premier Darius Zackly, who seemed to have harbored this intention for some time. After the bomb attack on Zackly, the group heads to a restaurant where they forcefully apprehend Hanji, Armin, Mikasa, Jean, Connie, the Blouse Family as well as Gabi and Falco. Floch takes them all prisoner and when Hanji wants him that they discovered that Zeke Yeager might have spiked the wine of Paradis with his own spinal fluid - giving him the power to turn everyone who drank it; mostly high-ranking military personel; into Titans - Floch implies that he knew about this all along and that it is actually part of the Yeagerists plans. He smugly tells Hanji to be quiet and then has all of them arrested and taken to Shiganshina.
In Shiganshina, Floch has most of his prisoners put in a cell. However, he takes Hanji along when he and his followers storm the training grounds where Keith Shadis is currently training the 109th Training Corps. Floch shouts that the unit is now under his command and holds a passionate speech in which he tells the trainees that they have to take their future into their own hands and that they need to fight for the survival of Eldia rather than clinging to the past and old traditions, like Shadis does. When the trainees agree to join him, Floch demands that they brutally beat up Shadis until he can no longer stand. After the violent initiation is done, Floch admits all of them to the Yeagerist faction before ordering Hanji to take him to the place where Zeke Yeager is currently being held prisoner.
When they reach the outskirts of the forest, they find the remains of an explosion next to a lifeless Titan. Searching the surrounding area, Hanji finds the severely wounded Levi, who has been hit by the explosion. Floch is content, as Levi was a severe threat to them and wants to make sure Levi is indeed dead. Before he can do so, however, Zeke Yeager suddenly emerges from the lifeless Titan, having been reborn. Hanji uses the distraction to her advantage, grabs Levi and jumps into the river with him in order to escape the Yeagerists. While some of the Yeagerists ride after them, Floch approaches Zeke and asks him what happened. Zeke replies that he is not sure himself, but makes clear that everybody who stood in their way is gone and that the time to advance has come.
Eren's true plan
Floch and the other Yeagerists return to Shiganshina with Zeke just in time to find the district in pure chaos - Marley has invaded Paradis once more and its titans are mid-battle with Eren in his Titan form. While Zeke heads toward the wall to defend his brother, Floch and his group gear up to attack and kill the Cart Titan. While their attack succeeds in driving off the Titan, the Yeagerists are tricked by Pieck after they split up in order to attack the Cart Titan from both sides. As Pieck fakes her death and the Yeagerists remain wondering who of them dealt the killing blow, soldiers emerge from the steam of the Titan's carcas and open fire on Floch's group. As the only survivor of his group, Floch is later joined by Armin and Mikasa in fighting the Cart Titan and all of them are completely shocked when the wall underneath them breaks apart, revealing the Colossal Titans buried inside.
Later, Floch reappears and restrains Yelena and the other Volunteers, offering them a place among the people of Paradis while also casually revealing that all of their homelands will be destroyed during the Rumbling. When one of the Volunteers spitefully screams that they will not surrender to him, Floch mercilessly executes him while commending the man for staying true to his beliefs to the very end. To the confused Jean and the rest of the soldiers, Floch then reveals that this - including the capture of the Volunteers - has been the true goal of Eren all along and that while he is bringing peace to the earth, Floch is the one to bring peace to Paradis, even if it includes eliminating all think differently. Smiling, Floch kneels down next to Jean and happily tells him that Jean can relax, since he is a war hero and due to Floch, Paradis is finally at peace.
Jean apparently submits and Floch now intends to execute both Yelena and Onyankopon. However, while he attempts to do so, the Cart Titan suddenly barges in and hurls itself towards Floch. Jean pushes him out of the way, causing Jean, Yelena and Onyankopon to be eaten. In truth, the Cart Titan did not swallow them and merely intends to take them away to the rest of their comrades so they can make preparations to stop Eren and the Rumbling. Sensing that something is wrong, Floch mobilizes the Yeagerists and uses the railway system to take over the harbor of Paradis Island where the airship – the only way of reaching Eren in time – is stored. After his arrival, Floch apprehends Kiyomi Azumabito and her engineers to prevent them from preparing the airship. About a day later, Floch is surprised when Armin and Connie ride into the area, loudly screaming that they immediately need to ready the airship to hunt down the Armored and Cart Titans, who are apparenty swimming back to Marley. Floch is sceptical and while he cannot see any immediate lies, he decides to execute Kiyomi and her engineers as a precaution.
Before he can do so, though, Kiyomi suddenly jumps up and disarms Floch. At the same moment, Mikasa barges into the room and kills the remaining Yeagerists present, causing Floch to use his 3D Manoever Gear to hurl himself out of the window and furiously announce to his Yeagerists that they have been betrayed and that all intruders – including Armin, Connie and Mikasa – are to be killed immediately. A brutal battle breaks out in which Reiner and Annie transform into their Titan forms and attack the Yeagerists. Desperately, the Yeagerists attempt to find a way to kill Kiyomi and the engineers since killing them would prevent the enemies from catching up to Eren. However, they fail and suddenly, Floch realizes that the group does not intend to use the airship immediately; instead they want to flee to the continent via boat and prepare the airship there in peace. In a final attempt, Floch blasts into the air to fire his last thunderspear at the airship, but is shot in the shoulder by Gabi Braun, which causes him to miss his shot and fall into the water.
Thought to have been killed by Gabi Braun's bullet, Floch appears again chapter 132. He not only survived Gabi's sniping shot, but with superhumanly determination managed to cling onto the ship that Survey Corps' rebels and their Hizuru allies sailed with for several days in spite of his wound. Just when rebels arrived at the one of Hizuru Nation's hangar and were about to fly their airship, Floch shoots several shots into the airship's fuel tank, damaging it and rendering the airship inoperable. Mikasa, upon seeing Floch, immediately shoots wire harpoon from her 3-D maneuver gear into Floch's throat, piercing and mortally wounding him. Even as dying, Floch expresses his firm belief that Eren is Paradis' only hope and futilely begs rebels to stop their attempt to undermine Eren.
Soon after Floch breathed his last, Rumbling was heard and Titans led by Eren were approaching the hangar, giving rebels and their Hizuru allies practically no time to repair the airship. But Hange Zoe volunteered on a suicide mission in a bid to slow down advancing Titans and buy the allies the time they needed to repair the airship. And thanks to Hange's gallant sacrifice, the allies were able to repair their airship and escape the oncoming Titans, getting ever closer to stop Eren Yeager - making Floch's final costly assault in vain.
As extreme and amoral as Floch was, he in the end cherished his home country so much so that he gave his all to protect it.