haha weeell I may end up giving up & going to bed before I manage to get this all out, lol. (that or end up staying up for way too many more hrs b/c I decided to reblog that post too/make my own about this b/c wow I apparently have a lot of thoughts)
lol well tag me in it if you end up making your own post
omg i’m attempting to type out my response to you rn and it is taking FOREVER b/c I keep thinking I’ve gotten all my points out and then just adding more and more and I’m sorry I may end up sending you a small essay on Jean and Slytherin myb.
okay good! i know tumblr was eating some of my asks last week for sure. and if i don’t respond i probably fell asleep because i meant to go to bed like three hours ago lol.
time for another exciting round of ‘did tumblr eat my message or are you just not replying’
ooh i think it’s perfect though. he knows he’s not brave or smart so he doesn’t try to be, but he goes into the trainees anyway because he wants to live easy with the military police. that’s such a slytherin thing to do.
It seems like people don’t understand Slytherin’s either then, because they’re not lazy or after an easy way out. Jean only wanted to join the Military Police because Marco was, and that goal entirely changes after Marco dies and Jean decided to better himself as a person. So in fact his decision to join the Survey Corps to in a way, avenge Marco, is actually pretty brave because he’s sacrificing his own life to save people. Slytherin’s are VERY self-preserving, as we can see from the Battle of Hogwarts very few of them were throwing themselves into the line of fire because they would rather save their own hides than other people. Of course there are always exceptions to this, but for the most part that’s what kind of people they are. They’re pretty power hungry and do things to get on top, not because they gain something for someone else. Slytherins also value cleverness, similar to Ravenclaw who values intelligence. So if we’re going off the basis that Jean doesn’t believe he’s smart that’s probably not the house I’d place him in. Marco told him he’s not strong so he can understand the weak, and as far as I know Slytherin isn’t about fighting for weak people or weakness in general. However, he does possess certain Slytherin traits such as determination, he can be somewhat shrewd in his way of acting, and certain leadership qualities. So sure I can definitely see how he has qualities of that house but I personally don’t feel he belongs there entirely.
lol there again i don’t place as much importance in jean’s relationship with marco (i know, i’m awful), with regard to certain aspects of his character development at any rate. at least i don’t think he joins the survey corps to avenge marco but more because marco helped him realize he could do more good with his talents there.
the way it plays out in the manga is marco doesn’t give his big “you’re not a strong person” speech until the end of the trainee arc, right where it time jumps back to the present jean discovering marco’s body, which then leads to the funeral pyre scene where jean decides to join the survey corps. i think he realizes he’s not as good as marco and he can’t do the things the marco could have done in the military police, but he has what it takes to do well in the survey corps.
anyway. at the beginning i would say jean is very into self preservation. he definitely develops away from that, but then slytherin still fits him better than any other house i think. he views eren’s bravado as foolishness and he thinks he’s just going to get himself killed. he even thinks mikasa’s dumb sometimes for risking herself as much as she does for eren’s sake. and he’s not particularly inclined towards teamwork or cleverness. the jean we see later on is becoming less slytherin-y though i agree.
what’s funny about jean as a character is we kind of see him look down on others for things that he ends up developing into.