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In Chapter 112 of Shingeki no Kyojin, according to Eren, the Ackerman are able to unleash their power when their host are in danger and they will often have headaches as their inner self fights against the instinct of the Ackerman blood.

He then told Mikasa that her tagging along wherever Eren goes is just from her Ackerman blood as Eren is her host.

Levi is also an Ackerman and as seen multiple times, he is capable of nearly inhumane feats such as slaughtering a horde of Titans all by himself. My questions is, who was Levi's host? Was it Erwin? If so, do we have proofs that it was him?


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For Levi, that person is Erwin. He has acknowledged Erwin as an existence who he looks up to. It’s part of the Ackerman bloodline, or an instinctive part of them, you could say.
source: Hajime Isayama, book of answers


I think the answer is pretty obviously Erwin Smith. Erwin was one of the only people Levi respected unconditionally, and from whom obeyed every command showing Levi's immense trust in Erwin. Additionally, right before the Return to Shiganshina Levi threatened to break Erwin's legs to make sure he couldn't go into battle to make sure Erwin wouldn't die. So yeah, it seems that Erwin was Levi's "host."

That being said, Levi's connection to Erwin disproves Eren's belief that the Ackerman's (Mikasa) are slaves/cattle with no free will. Because despite the fact that Erwin was seemingly "Levi's" host, when having to choose between Armin and Erwin to save Levi still chose Armin meaning that Ackerman's despite imprinting onto someone like Uri for Kenny, Erwin for Levi, and Eren for Mikasa are still able to make choices of their own free-will that could endanger or even kill their "host" like Levi did of Erwin

  • Nicely written answer. I think this answer needs some kind of reference from any of the wiki to be accepted by the user. Please link if you have any.
    – Bej
    Commented Jan 7, 2019 at 5:30
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    Or that letting him die was Erwin's wish thus Levi wasn't able to disobey that. Commented Jan 8, 2019 at 16:05

There is no proof that this connection Ackerman-host does actually exist. Furthermore in the latest (118) chapter:

Armin speculates that Eren made that entire thing up in order to convince everyone that he is siding with Zeke.


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