Mk. III Mobile Robotic Versatile Entity (MRVN) Automated Assistants, also known simply as "Marvins", are non-playable mechanical automatons manufactured by Hammond Robotics within the Titanfall universe.
They are mechanical personnel intended for manufacturing and other such routine tasks. They can be seen on many maps repairing machinery or simply walking around. They vary in appearance depending on the map - e.g. red Marvins intended for firefighting duties can be found on the map Demeter, and having different heads in War Games.
Players do not get any Attrition points or direct XP for killing them, however players can earn XP by completing challenges which require them to kill a certain amount of Marvins, such as Innocent Bystander. Marvins have the same health as Grunts, cannot be executed, and when the player kills one only a hitmarker shows on the screen. When a Marvin is attacked, the smiley face on its chest will change but will take no action against its aggressor. Marvin kills are recorded by individual weapon in the stats menu. When playing as the Militia, a Marvin takes the place of the Spectre that signals the Pilots to jump in the beginning of the match. This Marvin will have a smiley face painted on its chest.
Given enough stimulation and exposure to ideas, it's possible for a MRVN to be "uplifted" in a way, becoming smarter and more capable than their bretheren, or at least given more responsibility. Such potential for uplifting may simply be built into a particular MRVN's capabilities. The most exemplary case of this is Pathfinder, a self-aware MRVN competing in the Apex Games as one of its Legends in order to find his creator; not only is he capable as a high-level combatant and tactician, but he even demonstrates vestiges of a personality in the way he speaks and carries himself.
- Marvins are also seen in the Campaign during some missions. They are seen not only performing the usual tasks but are also seen guiding the IMC dropships to land with handheld signal lights, cleaning windows, carrying cargo barrels and performing other menial labour.
- During a conversation about MRVNs, one grunt commented he'd like to have a "pet MRVN like the pilot's auto-Titans" to "carry munitions and retrieve injured grunts"
- MRVN's are also capable of some degree of (simulated) emotion; in Titanfall 2, taking the Arc Tool from one can make it show a sad face on its screen, as can not high fiving one in the dropship.
- At some point, a MRVN was accidentally given command of a group of Pilots.
- Another MRVN has been trained by the Militia with tactical knowledge to become an ideal training opponent.
- The name "Marvin" may be a reference to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which features a depressed android named Marvin.
- Their Simulated Emotion display may be a reference to the 2009 Film Moon in which GERTY, the Moon base's AI has a small display like MRVN's that displays his current emotion.
Characters and Factions of Titanfall
|Factions||Interstellar Manufacturing Corporation • Frontier Militia • Marauder Corps • Hammond Robotics|
|Characters||Frontier Militia||James MacAllan • Sarah Briggs • Cheng "Bish" Lorck • Robert "Barker" Taube • Captain Droz • Captain Dunnam • Captain Hainey • Lieutenant Riggins • Sergeant Blanton • Sergeant Emslie • Wilson|
|IMC||Marcus Graves • Blisk • Spyglass • Captain Bracken • Captain Gates • Captain Hackathorn • Captain Riggs • Captain Vaughan • Sergeant Messerly|
|Other||Albert Woodman • Charles Griffith • Doctor Hammond • Doctor Yisv • Eric Yas • Rick • Simulation Artificial Intelligence • Titan OS (Betty • Lisa • Jeeves • Vanessa • Sid • Hannah • Elizabeth • Isabel • Audrey • Sofia • Ryoko• Natalia) • Vlad • Yen|
|Combatants||Pilots • Titans (Atlas • Ogre • Stryder) • Drone (Cloak • Search) • Grunts • Spectres • Marvins|
|Creatures||Leviathans • Flyers|