S-4711 is a Guardian, or member of the One State’s police force charged with monitoring ciphers’ daily activities. Secretly, he is a double agent, involved with MEPHI. He monitors D-503 carefully, which makes D-503 paranoid about being watched, but also grateful, as he views S-4711’s presence as fortunate, as it makes it easier for him to stay loyal to the One State and not act on his increasingly rebellious influences. S-4711 most often appears in critical moments in We, intervening in D-503’s multiple near-arrests. D-503 describes S-4711 as cunning and snake-like, emphasizing his twisted, S-like characteristics. The double-bends in the shape of the letter “S” also seem to evoke S’s status as a double agent.
S-4711 Character Timeline in We
The timeline below shows where the character S-4711 appears in We. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...involved in the Integral’s design. D-503’s daydreams of logic and rationality are interrupted by the S-shaped man, whose tag reads S-4711. S-4711’s penetrating gaze threatens D-503: it is clear to D-503... (full context)
...is interrupted when the doctor appears at the door to warn them that the Guardians—including S—are headed their way. Hurriedly, D-503 begins to write words praising the Benefactor. The Guardians arrive... (full context)