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3rd May '18 8:49:16 PM spoonofevil
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** By all accounts, Eren and the Survey Corps preemptive attack on Marley was an unmitigated decisive victory, with [[spoiler:Marley's senior military command, main port, and navy completely destroyed, Eren devouring the Warhammer Titan and inheriting its power, and Zeke defecting to the Survey Corps so his royal blood can be used in conjunction with Eren's Founding Titan powers.]] However, despite all of these gains, it almost doesn't seem worth it since [[spoiler:Sasha is killed in the fighting.]]

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** By all accounts, Eren and the Survey Corps preemptive attack on Marley was an unmitigated decisive victory, with [[spoiler:Marley's senior military command, main port, and navy completely destroyed, Eren devouring the Warhammer Titan and inheriting its power, and Zeke defecting to the Survey Corps so his royal blood can be used in conjunction with Eren's Founding Titan powers.]] However, despite all of these gains, it almost doesn't seem worth it since [[spoiler:Sasha [[spoiler:Eren lost the trust and respect of the Survey Corps and Sasha is killed in the fighting.]]
3rd May '18 3:57:03 PM spoonofevil
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* BittersweetEnding: The Battle of Trost arc ends with a PyrrhicVictory that won back the Trost district and sealed up Wall Rose from the Titans, but at appalling cost and in the process leaving everyone devastated.

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* BittersweetEnding: BittersweetEnding:
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The Battle of Trost arc ends with a PyrrhicVictory that won back the Trost district and sealed up Wall Rose from the Titans, but at appalling cost and in the process leaving everyone devastated.devastated.
** By all accounts, Eren and the Survey Corps preemptive attack on Marley was an unmitigated decisive victory, with [[spoiler:Marley's senior military command, main port, and navy completely destroyed, Eren devouring the Warhammer Titan and inheriting its power, and Zeke defecting to the Survey Corps so his royal blood can be used in conjunction with Eren's Founding Titan powers.]] However, despite all of these gains, it almost doesn't seem worth it since [[spoiler:Sasha is killed in the fighting.]]
3rd May '18 2:41:56 PM Ingridkishi
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** By the Return to Shiganshina arc onward, the series makes it clear that the 104th members are no longer safe. [[spoiler: At the conclusion of the Return to Shiganshina arc, Bertholdt is EatenAlive by a titanized Armin, Ymir is KilledOffScreen during the TimeSkip by also being EatenAlive by Porco so that he can gain the powers of the Jaw Titan, and Sasha is shot dead by Gabi near the conclusion of the Marley arc]].
17th Apr '18 3:46:24 PM Smeagol17
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* ContrivedConvenience: At the start, Erin and Armin are talking about how the walls can't hold forever, moments later, the Giant Titan breaks down the wall, kicking off the plot.

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* ContrivedConvenience: ContrivedCoincidence: At the start, Erin and Armin are talking about how the walls can't hold forever, moments later, the Giant Titan breaks down the wall, kicking off the plot.
17th Apr '18 3:43:35 PM Smeagol17
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* AdaptationDistillation: In the manga, Annie became Eren's mentor, to which the two grew a mutual respect and admiration for each other. This is removed from the anime and causes Eren's hesitation to [[spoiler:accept Annie as an enemy]] to come a little out of nowhere. An upcoming ''Attack on Titan'' compilation film titled "Wings of Freedom" will include more of Eren and Annie's interactions from the manga however.

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* AdaptationDistillation: In the manga, Annie became Eren's mentor, to which the two grew a mutual respect and admiration for each other. This is removed from the anime and causes Eren's hesitation to [[spoiler:accept Annie as an enemy]] to come a little out of nowhere. An upcoming ''Attack on Titan'' compilation Compilation film titled "Wings of Freedom" will and the second season include more of Eren and Annie's interactions from the manga however.
4th Apr '18 6:18:12 AM Mf9769
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* FantasyCounterpartCulture:
** [[spoiler:The Eldians are this to the Jews during the Holocaust, living in a ghetto built by Marley, and having Germanic last names commonly associated with Azhkenazi jews from Western Europe, such as Ackerman and Braun.]]
** [[spoiler:Marley, on the other hand, is a counterpart to the Germans of the same era, with technology about 30 years behind. They even have their own version of Hitler in Willy Tybur, a man with Eldian heritage, who hates it and who proposes a final solution to the Eldian problem.]]
3rd Apr '18 1:22:24 PM matruz
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** If unbound, the [[spoiler:Wall Titans]], would cause a ApocalypseHow/Class4 or maybe even a ApocalypseHow/Class5 Apocalypse.
28th Mar '18 9:32:20 PM karategal
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* AffectionateGestureToTheHead: Levi grabbing Hange's ponytail in episode 9.

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* AffectionateGestureToTheHead: Levi grabbing Hange's ponytail in episode Episode 9.



* AmbiguousSyntax: Combined with TitleDrop in chapter 88: [[spoiler:"Shingeki no Kyojin" doesn't refer to the advances of Titans in general, but to "The Vanguard Titan" -- the specific Titan that Eren has inherited (usually translated into English as "Attack(er) Titan" to preserve the TitleDrop).]]

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* AmbiguousSyntax: Combined with TitleDrop in chapter Chapter 88: [[spoiler:"Shingeki no Kyojin" doesn't refer to the advances of Titans in general, but to "The Vanguard Titan" -- the specific Titan that Eren has inherited (usually translated into English as "Attack(er) Titan" to preserve the TitleDrop).]]



** [[spoiler:Erwin and Armin do this in chapter 80. Erwin leads the remnants of the Survey Corps' expedition against the Beast Titan ([[NewMeat which are all new recruits]]) on a SuicideAttack to distract him so Levi can swing over to him on his nearby Titan entourage, and is killed by the Beast Titan flinging torn boulders at the charge like shrapnel shot. Armin embeds his 3DMG's anchors in the Colossal Titan's teeth as the Colossal Titan superheats himself while Eren hardens and evacuates his Titan's body to make it appear as if Eren's barely conscious and out of the fight, giving Eren time to get over to the Colossal Titan's back. Armin is crisped from the event such that his upper body's clothing and hair are totally burnt away.]]

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** [[spoiler:Erwin and Armin do this in chapter Chapter 80. Erwin leads the remnants of the Survey Corps' expedition against the Beast Titan ([[NewMeat which are all new recruits]]) on a SuicideAttack to distract him so Levi can swing over to him on his nearby Titan entourage, and is killed by the Beast Titan flinging torn boulders at the charge like shrapnel shot. Armin embeds his 3DMG's anchors in the Colossal Titan's teeth as the Colossal Titan superheats himself while Eren hardens and evacuates his Titan's body to make it appear as if Eren's barely conscious and out of the fight, giving Eren time to get over to the Colossal Titan's back. Armin is crisped from the event such that his upper body's clothing and hair are totally burnt away.]]



** Becomes even worse after chapter 88, where [[spoiler: ''Shingeki no Kyojin'' is revealed to be the name of Eren's Titan form, making a more appropriate translation "The Advance Titan". Though translating it as such could potentially have ruined the twist.]]

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** Becomes even worse after chapter Chapter 88, where [[spoiler: ''Shingeki no Kyojin'' is revealed to be the name of Eren's Titan form, making a more appropriate translation "The Advance Titan". Though translating it as such could potentially have ruined the twist.]]



* BrokenMasquerade: As of chapter 90, [[spoiler:all the people inside the Walls know the truth: They are ''not'' the last remnants of humanity, and in fact the rest of humanity hates and fears the ethnic group living inside the Walls as "descendants of the Devil", the very Titans they live in fear of are their own people being transformed against their will, and if that wasn't bad enough war is coming very soon.]]

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* BrokenMasquerade: As of chapter Chapter 90, [[spoiler:all the people inside the Walls know the truth: They are ''not'' the last remnants of humanity, and in fact the rest of humanity hates and fears the ethnic group living inside the Walls as "descendants of the Devil", the very Titans they live in fear of are their own people being transformed against their will, and if that wasn't bad enough war is coming very soon.]]



* BurnTheWitch: Various factions present at [[spoiler:Eren's tribunal are rather paranoid about him (understandably) and want him dissected, but then start accusing Mikasa of being a Human Titan too (much less understandably).]]
* ButtMonkey: Cadet Daz. He's first seen puking all over his shoes during the Battle of Trost, and later blubbering like a baby over the mere prospect of being sent back into battle. In chapter 40, he is shown being literally dragged through the snow by Krista and Ymir, having passed out from exhaustion. All in all, the guy seems remarkably unfit for the life of a soldier.

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* BurnTheWitch: Various factions present at [[spoiler:Eren's tribunal are rather paranoid about him (understandably) and want him dissected, but then start accusing Mikasa of being a Human Titan Titan, too (much less understandably).]]
* ButtMonkey: Cadet Daz. He's first seen puking all over his shoes during the Battle of Trost, and later blubbering like a baby over the mere prospect of being sent back into battle. In chapter Chapter 40, he is shown being literally dragged through the snow by Krista and Ymir, having passed out from exhaustion. All in all, the guy seems remarkably unfit for the life of a soldier.



* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: In Chapter 64, Rod Reiss claims that [[spoiler:Wall Maria could have been saved five years before if Eren's father didn't murder/devour the crown princess, who had the power to control the Titans]]. In chapter 65, [[spoiler:Eren freaks out from the revelation that he and his father were indirectly responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands, and begs Historia to eat him, obtain the power to control Titans, and kill them off while there's still hope]].

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* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: In Chapter 64, Rod Reiss claims that [[spoiler:Wall Maria could have been saved five years before if Eren's father didn't murder/devour the crown princess, who had the power to control the Titans]]. In chapter Chapter 65, [[spoiler:Eren freaks out from the revelation that he and his father were indirectly responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands, and begs Historia to eat him, obtain the power to control Titans, and kill them off while there's still hope]].



** [[spoiler: The Shifters apparently believe the royals within the walls are a threat to their (the Shifters') country and possibly the rest of humanity thanks to all the Colossal Titans in the walls plus Eren's ability to control them. In reality up until chapter 86 only a handful of people who knew there was anything beyond the walls except ravenous Titans and had the Shifters not attacked things would have probably continued along that line for years.]]

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** [[spoiler: The Shifters apparently believe the royals within the walls Walls are a threat to their (the Shifters') country and possibly the rest of humanity thanks to all the Colossal Titans in the walls plus Eren's ability to control them. In reality up until chapter Chapter 86 only a handful of people who knew there was anything beyond the walls Walls except ravenous Titans and had the Shifters not attacked things would have probably continued along that line for years.]]



** Levi, perhaps recognising the impracticality of always retrieving the body, collects the Survey Corps patches of fallen comrades. [[spoiler:And as the soldiers drop the bodies, he recognizes one of them as Petra's. Unfortunately there's nothing he can do about it, as retrieving her body would make him look hypocritical considering what he told other soldiers about picking up their dead friend's corpse. And at this point there's no time to recover them, since there are more Titans chasing after them.]]

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** Levi, perhaps recognising the impracticality of always retrieving the body, collects the Survey Corps patches of fallen comrades. [[spoiler:And as the soldiers drop the bodies, he recognizes one of them as Petra's. Unfortunately Unfortunately, there's nothing he can do about it, as retrieving her body would make him look hypocritical considering what he told other soldiers about picking up their dead friend's corpse. And at this point there's no time to recover them, since there are more Titans chasing after them.]]



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: On the last page of chapter 1, you can see a mindless Titan from behind that's very clearly female in it's build- breasts, hips, and feminine buttocks and all. Later on, it's established that all mindless Titans will have masculine bodies regardless of if they were women as humans or not (and the only indication of their former gender might lie in their facial features). The only Titans that can have female secondary sex characteristics are Titan Shifters.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: On the last page of chapter Chapter 1, you can see a mindless Mindless Titan from behind that's very clearly female in it's build- breasts, hips, and feminine buttocks and all. Later on, it's established that all mindless Titans will have masculine bodies regardless of if they were women as humans or not (and the only indication of their former gender might lie in their facial features). The only Titans that can have female secondary sex characteristics are Titan Shifters.



* EveryoneIsRelated: An extreme version where apparently [[spoiler: the vast majority of the population within the walls, except for the Ackerman and Asian clans, all originate from a single bloodline. The Coordinate's ability to affect the members of this huge bloodline confirms their distant relation to each other.]]

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* EveryoneIsRelated: An extreme version where apparently [[spoiler: the vast majority of the population within the walls, Walls, except for the Ackerman and Asian clans, all originate from a single bloodline. The Coordinate's ability to affect the members of this huge bloodline confirms their distant relation to each other.]]



* ForgottenFallenFriend: After not thinking about them for a long time, this is finally [[AvertedTrope averted]] by [[spoiler:Eren in chapter 65, tearfully recalling his dead squadmates Thomas, Mina, Nac, Mylius, and Marco (along with everyone else who died so far)]] during his HeroicBSOD.

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* ForgottenFallenFriend: After not thinking about them for a long time, this is finally [[AvertedTrope averted]] by [[spoiler:Eren in chapter Chapter 65, tearfully recalling his dead squadmates Thomas, Mina, Nac, Mylius, and Marco (along with everyone else who died so far)]] during his HeroicBSOD.
28th Mar '18 8:36:29 PM Arawn999
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* BurnTheWitch: Various factions present at [[spoiler:Eren's tribunal are rather paranoid about him (understandably) and want him dissected but then start accusing Mikasa of being a Human Titan, too (much less understandably).]]

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* BurnTheWitch: Various factions present at [[spoiler:Eren's tribunal are rather paranoid about him (understandably) and want him dissected dissected, but then start accusing Mikasa of being a Human Titan, Titan too (much less understandably).]]



* ButForMeItWasTuesday: Averted. [[spoiler:Bertolt actually brings up the subject of Eren's DoomedHometown, and is well-aware of what he went through. When Eren confronts him about it after TheReveal, he admits that he felt sorry for him]].

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* ButForMeItWasTuesday: ButForMeItWasTuesday:
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Averted. [[spoiler:Bertolt actually brings up the subject of Eren's DoomedHometown, and is well-aware of what he went through. When Eren confronts him about it after TheReveal, he admits that he felt sorry for him]].
28th Mar '18 8:18:49 PM karategal
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* AdaptationInducedPlotHole: In the anime, the Titan eating Eren's mother is shown intentionally breaking her spine beforehand, which makes little sense for a mindless Titan to do. Though Eren's mother ''was'' struggling against the Titan's hold, it's possible the Titan was at least smart enough to know that crushing her would make her stop squirming.

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* AdaptationInducedPlotHole: In the anime, the Titan eating Eren's mother is shown intentionally breaking her spine beforehand, which makes little sense for a mindless Mindless Titan to do. Though Eren's mother ''was'' struggling against the Titan's hold, it's possible the Titan was at least smart enough to know that crushing her would make her stop squirming.



* AmbiguousSyntax: Combined with TitleDrop in chapter 88: [[spoiler:"Shingeki no Kyojin" doesn't refer to the advances of Titans in general, but to "The Vanguard Titan" - the specific Titan that Eren has inherited (usually translated into English as "Attack(er) Titan" to preserve the TitleDrop).]]

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* AmbiguousSyntax: Combined with TitleDrop in chapter 88: [[spoiler:"Shingeki no Kyojin" doesn't refer to the advances of Titans in general, but to "The Vanguard Titan" - -- the specific Titan that Eren has inherited (usually translated into English as "Attack(er) Titan" to preserve the TitleDrop).]]



** Levi with regard to his 3DMG. Levi's CharlesAtlasSuperpower allows him to completely shred normal titans with little effort, and when Titan Shifters don't take him seriously, they're quickly given a hard lesson in Levi's power and skill. All of this ignores how it has to be done in maneuver gear, which makes how fast one goes (something Levi was particularly noted for) dependent on how much gas is used, not the user's body, and that no matter how strong he is, the swords he uses are brittle and break easily.

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** Levi with regard to his 3DMG. Levi's CharlesAtlasSuperpower allows him to completely shred normal titans Titans with little effort, and when Titan Shifters don't take him seriously, they're quickly given a hard lesson in Levi's power and skill. All of this ignores how it has to be done in maneuver gear, which makes how fast one goes (something Levi was particularly noted for) dependent on how much gas is used, not the user's body, and that no matter how strong he is, the swords he uses are brittle and break easily.



* BurnTheWitch: Various factions present at [[spoiler:Eren's tribunal are rather paranoid about him (understandably) and want him dissected but then start accusing Mikasa of being a Human Titan too (much less understandably).]]

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* BurnTheWitch: Various factions present at [[spoiler:Eren's tribunal are rather paranoid about him (understandably) and want him dissected but then start accusing Mikasa of being a Human Titan Titan, too (much less understandably).]]



*** Later information shows that [[spoiler:she was and Eldian, orphaned at an early age, taken in by a conman who gave him the name "Ymir" in order to scam fellow Eldians into a cult around her. When the Marley police found out, he blamed the entire thing on her, and she accepted the blame for the sake of him and the congregation. [[SenselessSacrifice All of them were sent to Paradis anyway and turned into titans.]] 60 years later she encouters Reiner, Bertholt and Marcel, eating the latter and iheriting his shifter ability.]]
** Reiner and Bertolt are survivors of a Titan attack. [[spoiler: Only not. They're actually ChildSoldiers from Marley and both are deeply traumatized by having to commit mass murderer and espionage for their superiors]].

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*** Later information shows that [[spoiler:she was and an Eldian, orphaned at an early age, taken in by a conman who gave him her the name "Ymir" in order to scam fellow Eldians into a cult around her. When the Marley police found out, he blamed the entire thing on her, and she accepted the blame for the sake of him and the congregation. [[SenselessSacrifice All of them were sent to Paradis anyway and turned into titans.Titans.]] 60 Sixty years later later, she encouters encounters Reiner, Bertholt Bertholt, and Marcel, eating the latter and iheriting inheriting his shifter Shifter ability.]]
** Reiner and Bertolt are survivors of a Titan attack. [[spoiler: Only not. They're actually ChildSoldiers from Marley and both are deeply traumatized by having to commit mass murderer murder and espionage for their superiors]].



** All of the enemy titan shifters share the backstory of [[spoiler:being oppressed second-class citizens in Marley, living at the mercy of Marley police and military. They joined the titan warrior program in order to achieve some respect and autonomy to their people.]]

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** All of the enemy titan shifters Titan Shifters share the backstory of [[spoiler:being oppressed second-class citizens in Marley, living at the mercy of Marley police and military. They joined the titan warrior program Titan Warrior Program in order to achieve some respect and autonomy to their people.]]



** Grisha. '''Oh boy, Grisha.'''[[spoiler:He originated from a nation outside the walls, where FantasticRacism is practiced in SUCH an extent that even [[ThoseWackyNazis a certain dictatorship]] will look sane in front of it. [[KillTheCutie His sister]] [[CruelAndUnusualDeath fell victim to such a regime]] that he was fuelled by the desire of vengeance to overthrow the regime at any cost, even trying to force his only son Zeke to turn TheMole, instead [[NiceJobBreakingItHero making the child turn against his parents]], resulting in their incarceration, and Grisha was so brutally tortured that even [[CruelAndUnusualDeath Pastor Nick's own torture and death]] will seem nothing. Then, he and his fellow Revolutionary comrades were taken to the edge of the country[[note]]island, where the 3 walls are actually located[[/note]], where they were forced to become Titans[[note]]Most of them will play a major role in the invasion of Trost and Shiganshina[[/note]], and was absolutely horrified to see his wife Dina captured and turned into a Titan[[note]]which is THAT Smiling Titan[[/note]], while he was unable to do anything to save her and his comrades. It was only due to the Owl's RousingSpeech, otherwise he had fallen deep into the DespairEventHorizon.]]It is also the reason why Grisha is such an OpenMindedParent to Eren when he displayed curiosity about the outside world, [[spoiler:as Grisha himself is a sad relic from the outside.[[TearJerker You may weep now.]]]]

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** Grisha. '''Oh boy, Grisha.'''[[spoiler:He ''' [[spoiler:He originated from a nation outside the walls, Walls, where FantasticRacism is practiced in SUCH an extent that even [[ThoseWackyNazis a certain dictatorship]] will look sane in front of it. [[KillTheCutie His sister]] [[CruelAndUnusualDeath fell victim to such a regime]] that he was fuelled by the desire of vengeance to overthrow the regime at any cost, even trying to force his only son Zeke to turn TheMole, instead [[NiceJobBreakingItHero making the child turn against his parents]], resulting in their incarceration, and Grisha was so brutally tortured that even [[CruelAndUnusualDeath Pastor Nick's own torture and death]] will seem nothing. Then, he and his fellow Revolutionary comrades were taken to the edge of the country[[note]]island, where the 3 walls Three Walls are actually located[[/note]], where they were forced to become Titans[[note]]Most of them will play a major role in the invasion of Trost and Shiganshina[[/note]], and was absolutely horrified to see his wife Dina captured and turned into a Titan[[note]]which is THAT Smiling Titan[[/note]], while he was unable to do anything to save her and his comrades. It was only due to the Owl's RousingSpeech, otherwise he had fallen deep into the DespairEventHorizon.]]It is also the reason why Grisha is such an OpenMindedParent to Eren when he displayed curiosity about the outside world, [[spoiler:as Grisha himself is a sad relic from the outside.[[TearJerker You may weep now.]]]]



* DeathByIrony: The Wall cultists attending a church service by Pastor Nick in episode 25, who promises them that they will be protected from the Titans by their faith in God. The Female Titan then collapses into their church after getting punched by the Rogue Titan, killing many of them except Nick in the process.
* DeathGlare: Mikasa gives a super creepy one to Reiner and Bertholdt when Reiner [[spoiler: just comes out and tells Eren that the two of them are Titan Shifters too. In fact, Eren and the others had already suspected this and were trying to lure the two of them to a secure underground location where they could be imprisoned and questioned, but weren't expecting Reiner to just flat-out ''tell'' them without prompting. When Reiner decides to just grab Eren and run, Mikasa attacks the two of them with a look of pure, unrelenting ''fury''.]]
** Eren gives an '''extremely''' psychotic-looking one to Levi in Chapter 83 [[spoiler: when the latter states he'll give the life-saving titan serum to Erwin rather than Armin.]]

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* DeathByIrony: The Wall cultists attending a church service by Pastor Nick in episode Episode 25, who promises them that they will be protected from the Titans by their faith in God. The Female Titan then collapses into their church after getting punched by the Rogue Titan, killing many of them except Nick in the process.
* DeathGlare: Mikasa gives a super creepy one to Reiner and Bertholdt when Reiner [[spoiler: just comes out and tells Eren that the two of them are Titan Shifters Shifters, too. In fact, Eren and the others had already suspected this and were trying to lure the two of them to a secure underground location where they could be imprisoned and questioned, but weren't expecting Reiner to just flat-out ''tell'' them without prompting. When Reiner decides to just grab Eren and run, Mikasa attacks the two of them with a look of pure, unrelenting ''fury''.]]
** Eren gives an '''extremely''' psychotic-looking one to Levi in Chapter 83 [[spoiler: when the latter states he'll give the life-saving titan Titan serum to Erwin rather than Armin.]]



* DetachableBlades: The Vertical Maneuver Gear features a pair of dual blades, with their grips serving as the control of the hooks. Soldiers usually carry multiple blades in boxes built at the sides of their thighs, and the blades are swappable in case one of them gets stuck on a titan or broken.

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* DetachableBlades: The Vertical Maneuver Gear features a pair of dual blades, with their grips serving as the control of the hooks. Soldiers usually carry multiple blades in boxes built at the sides of their thighs, and the blades are swappable in case one of them gets stuck on a titan Titan or broken.



** Grisha Yeager disappeared to parts unknown shortly after the Titan attack on Zhiganshina, leaving his young son and daughter to fend for themselves. [[spoiler: Horrifyingly subverted: Grisha turned Eren into a Titan and was eaten by him.]]

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** Grisha Yeager disappeared to parts unknown shortly after the Titan attack on Zhiganshina, Shiganshina, leaving his young son and daughter to fend for themselves. [[spoiler: Horrifyingly subverted: Grisha turned Eren into a Titan and was eaten by him.]]



* DoubleMeaningTitle: The name of the series itself in Japanese. ''Shingeki no Kyojin'' does not actually translate into "Attack on Titan". It means "Titan of the Advance" or "Titan of the Attack", which initially doesn't make a whole lot sense grammatically in English ''or'' Japanese. [[spoiler: Chapter 88 reveals that this is the name of the Titan form Eren inherited from his father- one of the nine types of Titan-shifter forms available, in fact. So this whole time, the title of the series was hinting at the true nature of the Titans as well as directly referring to it's Protagonist, the Attack/Advancing Titan (AKA Eren Yeager).]]

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* DoubleMeaningTitle: The name of the series itself in Japanese. ''Shingeki no Kyojin'' does not actually translate into "Attack on Titan". It means "Titan of the Advance" or "Titan of the Attack", which initially doesn't make a whole lot sense grammatically in English ''or'' Japanese. [[spoiler: Chapter 88 reveals that this is the name of the Titan form Eren inherited from his father- one of the nine types of Titan-shifter Titan Shifter forms available, in fact. So this whole time, the title of the series was hinting at the true nature of the Titans as well as directly referring to it's Protagonist, the Attack/Advancing Titan (AKA Eren Yeager).]]



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: On the last page of chapter 1, you can see a mindless Titan from behind that's very clearly female in it's build- breasts, hips, and feminine buttocks and all. Later on, it's established that all mindless Titans will have masculine bodies regardless of if they were women as humans or not (and the only indication of their former gender might lie in their facial features). The only Titans that can have female secondary sex characteristics are Titan shifters.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: On the last page of chapter 1, you can see a mindless Titan from behind that's very clearly female in it's build- breasts, hips, and feminine buttocks and all. Later on, it's established that all mindless Titans will have masculine bodies regardless of if they were women as humans or not (and the only indication of their former gender might lie in their facial features). The only Titans that can have female secondary sex characteristics are Titan shifters.Shifters.



* EmergencyTraineeBattleDeployment: The series' initial focus is on a team of newly minted graduates repelling a sudden invasion of titans. Eren, the main character, gets eaten right off the bat...but thanks to the series' AppliedPhlebotinum he survives, and the plot marches on.

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* EmergencyTraineeBattleDeployment: The series' initial focus is on a team of newly minted graduates repelling a sudden invasion of titans.Titans. Eren, the main character, gets eaten right off the bat...but thanks to the series' AppliedPhlebotinum he survives, and the plot marches on.



* EquivalentExchange: [[spoiler: This is the ugly truth behind Titan shifting; any Titan who consumes a Titan Shifter will gain the power to transform into one of the nine Titans themselves... ''but'', their human body will progressively weaken from there on out [[YourDaysAreNumbered and they will die in 13 years]].]]

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* EquivalentExchange: [[spoiler: This is the ugly truth behind Titan shifting; Titan-shifting; any Titan who consumes a Titan Shifter will gain the power to transform into one of the nine Titans themselves... ''but'', their human body will progressively weaken from there on out [[YourDaysAreNumbered and they will die in 13 years]].]]



** It is revealed that [[spoiler:the Marleyans have spent a century sending titanized Eldians against the people inside the Walls because they claim that the Eldians engaged in centuries of ethnic cleansing and eugenics against them (the people inside the Walls being the last remnants of the Eldian Empire). As a matter of fact, they segregate the remaining Eldians that were left behind the continent in apartheid-like conditions and they handpick boys and girls from Eldian ghettos to receive the Titan Powers they appropriated from the Eldians]].
** Furthermore, [[spoiler:the reason why the Warriors fought so hard for Marley is that the level of hatred against Eldians by the rest of the world has grown (due to Marley using Titan powers to enforce its superiority) to such proportion that if Marley falls, the rest of the world probably would not think twice before exterminating all Eldians. As bad as Marley's treatment of Eldians are, ''at least the Eldians get to live''.]]

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** It is revealed that [[spoiler:the Marleyans have spent a century sending titanized Titanized Eldians against the people inside the Walls because they claim that the Eldians engaged in centuries of ethnic cleansing and eugenics against them (the people inside the Walls being the last remnants of the Eldian Empire). As a matter of fact, they segregate the remaining Eldians that were left behind the continent in apartheid-like conditions and they handpick boys and girls from Eldian ghettos to receive the Titan Powers they appropriated from the Eldians]].
** Furthermore, [[spoiler:the reason why the Warriors fought so hard for Marley is that the level of hatred against Eldians by the rest of the world has grown (due to Marley using Titan powers Powers to enforce its superiority) to such proportion that if Marley falls, the rest of the world probably would not think twice before exterminating all Eldians. As bad as Marley's treatment of Eldians are, ''at least the Eldians get to live''.]]



** During the Battle of Trost, there are three instances of subtle foreshadowing regarding [[spoiler: the Titan Shifter nature of Annie, Bertolt, and Reiner]]: the first being the aforementioned persons [[spoiler: being with the rest of the recruits trapped with low gas. While the others are discussing how the situation is hopeless, when Annie asks Reiner what to do he says "Not yet." with his hand near his mouth.]] The second is them [[spoiler:being unusually interested in finding out more about the Rogue Titan and making use of it, instead of wanting to get away from it like everyone else]] and the last moment being the same individuals [[spoiler: immediately rushing toward the site of Eren's partial transformation instead of being stunned by the sudden sound, hinting that they are familiar with the tell-tale signs of Titan Shifting]].

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** During the Battle of Trost, there are three instances of subtle foreshadowing regarding [[spoiler: the Titan Shifter nature of Annie, Bertolt, and Reiner]]: the first being the aforementioned persons [[spoiler: being with the rest of the recruits trapped with low gas. While the others are discussing how the situation is hopeless, when Annie asks Reiner what to do he says "Not yet." with his hand near his mouth.]] The second is them [[spoiler:being unusually interested in finding out more about the Rogue Titan and making use of it, instead of wanting to get away from it like everyone else]] and the last moment being the same individuals [[spoiler: immediately rushing toward the site of Eren's partial transformation instead of being stunned by the sudden sound, hinting that they are familiar with the tell-tale signs of Titan Shifting]].Titan-shifting]].



** In chapter 54, Frieda Reiss reads a picture book to Historia on which she exemplifies the subject (a little girl receiving something from a cloaked figure) as a kind and gentle individual whose actions should be followed; later in chapter 86, [[spoiler:Grisha Yeager attests that he had read a similar book during his research into the subject of the Eldian Empire. The book is about Ymir Fritz (the Original/Progenitor Titan) receiving the Titan power from the Devil in a similar fashion as Frieda's book, though the book is material from the Kingdom of Marley, who hate Ymir Fritz and her people, the Eldians, explaining the biased connotations they give to this event (as the Marleyans argue that the Eldians conducted ethnic cleansing against them, and consider them descendants of the Devil)]]

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** In chapter Chapter 54, Frieda Reiss reads a picture book to Historia on which she exemplifies the subject (a little girl receiving something from a cloaked figure) as a kind and gentle individual whose actions should be followed; later in chapter Chapter 86, [[spoiler:Grisha Yeager attests that he had read a similar book during his research into the subject of the Eldian Empire. The book is about Ymir Fritz (the Original/Progenitor Titan) receiving the Titan power from the Devil in a similar fashion as Frieda's book, though the book is material from the Kingdom of Marley, who hate Ymir Fritz and her people, the Eldians, explaining the biased connotations they give to this event (as the Marleyans argue that the Eldians conducted ethnic cleansing against them, and consider them descendants of the Devil)]]



** An anime only example, we learn [[spoiler:Ymir's backstory]] much earlier in the anime than we do in the manga which foreshadows [[spoiler:the existence of Marley and the conflict far beyond the walls of the setting. In the manga, we see Ymir's backstory after the existence of Marley has been revealed to the lead characters and the reader. In the anime, we see it long before that, during the arc where Reiner and Bertholt reveal their treachery and attempt to kidnap Erin and Ymir.]] In the process, it also ''heavily'' foreshadows [[spoiler:where all the titans came from.]]

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** An anime only example, we learn [[spoiler:Ymir's backstory]] much earlier in the anime than we do in the manga which foreshadows [[spoiler:the existence of Marley and the conflict far beyond the walls of the setting. In the manga, we see Ymir's backstory after the existence of Marley has been revealed to the lead characters and the reader. In the anime, we see it long before that, during the arc where Reiner and Bertholt reveal their treachery and attempt to kidnap Erin and Ymir.]] In the process, it also ''heavily'' foreshadows [[spoiler:where all the titans Titans came from.]]
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