So while the snake in the Lady Justice statue represents evil and lies, I feel like Marius is better representing the serpent in the Garden of Eden. Eve is naive and innocent and the serpent directs her where to find the truth.
Justice cannot prevail without the truth, after all, but it comes at the cost of Eve's innocence.
More so, and this is definitely a niche thought, the way Marius is positioned and looking at MC's feet in the MC-as-Themis image reminds me of the American Revolution Gadsden flag, which has a coiled snake on it and the slogan "Don't tread on me."
Marius is watching where MC treads. He is looking out for where she puts her feet so that she doesn't step into danger. When she steps up to help him, he provides her flat shoes for easy walking during her investigation to replace her fancy heels. At one point she throws her shoes away and trusts Marius to catch her when she jumps out of a window.
Marius not only passes this trust fall, he also has another pair of shoes waiting for her in his car! Because her investigation is not over yet and she still has things she needs to do.
So if anything, he is not the snake that bites, but the snake that warns her to step back. And considering the stunt he pulled at the end of episode 4 with "My code name is King, and I'm the leader of the investigation team. My orders are absolute" in order to force MC to stay back and out of danger, even though he was lying through his teeth, I don't think he's someone we need to side-eye except during Old Maid when he says he's going to use rock next.
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