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Voiced by: Hiroshi Tsuchida (JP), Chris Hury (EN)
The father of Eren and Zeke, and adoptive father of Mikasa, Grisha is a doctor who is highly regarded for his work in the past when he helped cure a plague. He was out of town on business when the Colossal Titan broke down the gates of Wall Maria. While he vanished afterwards, Eren later remembers that beforehand, he forcefully injected Eren with a strange substance heavily implied to be what gave Eren the power to transform into a Titan.
- The Ace: He is considered one of the absolutely best physicians within the Three Walls, giving him carte blanche to travel to Wall Sina unimpeded; of course, this is because he comes from a society where science and technology have not been hindered by the government. He uses these traveling privileges to investigate and root out the Reiss Family in the interior, finding and massacring them in their hidey-hole.
- Ambiguous Situation: The guy is a cornucopia of ambiguity:
- It's not known whether he was indeed titanized by the Marleyans, and if he was, it's also not known how he turned back into the man who lived in Shinganshina.
- It's also unclear why, should he had been titanized, was able to retain his memories of the outside world unlike, for instance, Ymir of the 104th; it might have had something to do with the fact that Ymir was a mindless Titan for 60-plus years.
- There's also the fact that he, of all people, was able to fish out House Reiss and steal the Coordinate from them.
- To boot, it's also not known why he inflicted Eren with the titanization and the Coordinate.
- Badass Beard/Beard of Evil: His Titan form has a thick, Viking-like beard that shrouds the whole lower half of its face. Due to the ambiguous and violent nature of his actions, it's unclear what his alignment or goals were. Nonetheless, Historia seems to imply that his motives were for humanity's benefit.
- Broken Tears: After hearing of the fall of Wall Maria and while injecting Eren with something heavily implied to be what made him a Titan. It was.
- Cannibalism Superpower: He devoured the mother and children of the Reiss family, and then was eaten by Eren to grant his son Shifting powers and the memories of the murdered Reiss family.
- Can't Live Without You: Invoked. One of the possible reasons he might have left his legacy to Eren was due to the distress of losing Carla. If the Smiling Titan indeed turns out to be his first wife Dina, the fact that she ate Carla would certainly make things worse for Grisha's state of mind.
- Culture Clash: He finds that the people living inside the walls, meaning the descendants of the Eldians that the 145th King fled with, live in constant fear of the Titan threat and are nowhere as "unpunished" as the Marleyans say they are. He is also surprised at their level of technological stagnation and complete lack of knowledge of the outside world.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Turns out that even in his prosperous "home country," he was little more than a glorified slave, as were all the people "descended from Ymir."
- Disappeared Dad: He went on a business trip just a few hours before the fall of Wall Maria, and after briefly reuniting with his son, it was unknown where he had disappeared to afterwards. He was eaten by Eren's mindless Titan form shortly after injecting him. It's implied Eren only gained his Shifter and Coordinate abilities through that action.
- Fish out of Water: He is visibly spooked when Keith Shadis first finds him outside Wall Maria and brings him into Shinganshina.
- Foil: Him and Keith Shadis are foils and mishmashes to Erwin Smith and Nile Dok. Erwin and Griesha have revolutionary and restless minds, while Shadis and Dok are rather conservative. On the contrary, Grisha and Dok are family men who won the girls from Shadis and Erwin, who chose their military careers as a result; as family men, Grisha and Dok are contraries to one another, as Griesha put his family in harm's way (both families, by the way) for his ideals , while Dok has made every effort necessary to keep them safe. Both Erwin and Griesha died for their ideals, while Shadis and Dok have put their past behind them. Shadis and Dok are also quite different from one another as military men, as Shadis is a hard-nosed drill instructor who deeply cares for his students, while Dok is known for his conformity and hands-off approach to command.
- Good Parents: He's shown to be very protective of Eren, particularly the time where he nearly got killed saving Mikasa, and we get a brief shot of him with Broken Tears after hearing of the Titan conquest of Shinganshina, pleading for the safety of his family. He treated Mikasa like she was his own daughter as well.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: His lower half remained after his death, suggesting Eren bit him in half.
- Hero of Another Story: He singlehandedly gave the Eldians inside the Three Walls the means to fight the Titan Shifters that the Kingdom of Marley sent against them. That was an enormous feat, especially considering that no one realized what the hell he was doing or how he kept it under wraps.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He lets himself be eaten by Eren so he could pass the Coordinate to him.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He enrolled his young son, Zeke, in the Marleyian army in order to use him as The Mole for the Eldian restoration movement, only for him to betray him to the Marleyians.
- Implied Trope: Just in Time:
- One of the possible reasons why the members of House Reiss were all together after Wall Maria was breached is that they were attempting to awaken the millions-strong army of Titans inside the Walls, eliciting Grisha to react with the extreme anger and violence that it's shown. Also, had they been "praying" as Rod Reiss argued, they would have remained in the chapel and not in the giant cavern underneath, where they perform their ceremonies.
- It's also speculated by Rod Reiss that Frieda didn't have experience with her Titan form; either that, or Griesha didn't let her react in time for her to use either the Titan form or the Coordinate effectively.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia:
- A side-effect of the serum he injects Eren with.
- Subverted with Griesha himself. This is an assumption that Keith Shadis makes of Griesha when he finds the doctor outside Wall Maria, especially considering that he was disoriented and knew nothing about the situation inside the Three Walls. Eventually, Shadis does begin to suspect that Griesha is an outsider, though Shadis withholds this information for the sake of Carla and Eren.
- Though it's yet to be revealed, it's not known why Griesha didn't lose his memories of Marley after he was titanized and later became a Shifter
- Lovecraftian Superpower: He possessed the power of Titans, and gave up his own life so that Eren could control it.
- The Medic: A famous and well-respected doctor, responsible for curing a plague that threatened the citizens — among those he saved was Hannes' wife. Though living on the very edge of human territory, his reputation was sufficient for patients living within the Interior to summon him.
- My Greatest Failure: Taking his sister Faye beyond their ghetto, and then letting her be escorted back home with a corrupt cop. She's found dead later, and the cop gets off scot-free. It's his reason for joining the revolution in the first place.
- Open-Minded Parent: He is not necessarily against Eren joining the Survey Corps, only that he does it with all of his heart and acts on his own belief.
- Plot Coupon: The key to the Yeager residence's basement, which later finds its way into Eren's possession. The basement is believed by Eren to hold a important secret that may contribute to humanity's victory against the Titans. It turns out, it revealed that the rest of humanity is living elsewhere completely unhindered by the Titans in a more technologically advanced society, shown through the use of a photograph portrait of his former family.
- Put on a Bus: Disappeared to parts unknown after the fall of Wall Maria, effectively leaving his young son and daughter to fend for themselves. It's later revealed that he died shortly after the last time everyone (but Eren) saw him.
- Secret Other Family: He has a wife and a son left behind on the outside world, but also married Carla and had Eren. Of course, his first son was now his enemy, and his first wife was turned into a mindless Titan, so he could hardly be blamed for keeping them secret.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He appeared in only two scenes thus far, and has long been missing. However, whatever he was doing in the locked basement of his house has great significance to humanity's survival. He entrusts Eren with the basement's key and gives him the mission to reach the basement no matter what. Presumably, the injection given to his son granted him the power of Titans. Turning Eren into a mindless Titan who ate Grisha is what gives Eren both the power to Titan Shift as well as the powers of the Coordinate. It's gone even further than that because Zeke, The Beast Titan, is his first son with his first wife. Big impact indeed.
- Vicariously Ambitious: Invoked and inverted. He wants to give his people, the Eldians, a fighting chance to fend off the Marleyans and their machinations regarding the extermination of the people inside the Walls. Yet, for some reason, he gave the responsibility of this task to both his natural-born children Zeke and later Eren, rather than doing it himself. While we're shown the reason why he did it to Zeke (for the sake of the Eldian Restoration Movement's agenda), we don't know yet why he did it to Eren.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Possibly. Historia muses that Grisha murdered the Reiss family and stole the Coordinate ability just so humanity could be free from the First King's will that ties them down behind the Walls. It's not yet known why it had to be Eren, and not him.
- Would Hurt a Child: During his assault on the Reiss family chapel, the majority of his victims were children, including one who was being uselessly shielded by her terrified mother.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Told Keith that he's wiser and braver than anyone else among the walls and the Survey Corps are special, chosen individuals that are proof that human imagination and soul are free. This ends terribly, as when Shadis ascends to be commander of the Survey Corps, he turns out to be not anywhere near competent enough at the job to truly make a difference.
Voiced by: Yoshino Takamori (JP), Jessica Cavanagh (EN)
The mother of Eren and adoptive mother of Mikasa, whose death at the hands of a Titan leads Eren to vow to exterminate every single Titan.
- Anger Born of Worry: She gets into a heated argument with Eren over his desire to join the Survey Corps, lecturing that joining the military is suicide.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Her being devoured after getting her legs crushed in the manga looks downright tame compared to having her spine broken and top half crushed before being eaten.
- Cynicism Catalyst: To Eren; her death ignites his undying hatred of all Titans.
- Death by Origin Story: Since her death is the reason why Eren hates Titans.
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: She was extremely loving to her children. She treated Mikasa the same as Eren despite the fact that she was Mikasa's adoptive mother for a year.
- Face Death with Dignity: Subverted. She makes a Heroic Sacrifice and tries to put on a brave face for the sake of her children, but quietly pleads for them not to leave her. She dies desperately pounding against the Titan's grasp in the anime.
- Good Parents: Despite Carla's brief appearance, it's obvious that she loved her son and daughter, both of whom only have good memories of her.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Pleads with Hannes to abandon her to the Titans, so that he could save her children at least.
- Hesitant Sacrifice: Like many other Heroic Sacrifices in this series, she changes her mind right in the face of getting eaten. She muffles herself so that her children don't hear her.
- I Will Only Slow You Down: When her legs are crushed, she tells Eren and Mikasa to leave her behind so they can escape the Titans.
- Losing a Shoe in the Struggle: In the manga, she loses one when the Smiling Titan eats her. After Eren and Mikasa finally make it back to their old home, the shoe she lost was still there covered in foliage.
- The Lost Lenore: Hinted to be one to Grisha, as Eren noted his father's strange behavior after her death.
- Missing Mom: Being eaten by a Titan will do that to you.
- Motherly Side Plait: Fitting her role as a good mother to Eren and Mikasa.
- Please Don't Leave Me: While watching Hannes flee with the children, she suddenly recalls happy moments with her family and has to cover her mouth to keep them from hearing her beg them not to leave her.
- Plot-Triggering Death: Her death leads to Eren's quest to destroy all Titans, as well as her husband's mysterious actions.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Eren and Mikasa watch their loving mother die a horrible, messy death two chapters into the story. That should give a hint at what kind of story this is.
- Second Love: Grisha had a wife before her.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Carla and her son have almost identical faces, though the anime gives him Grisha's hair and eye color.
- The One That Got Away: For Keith Shadis. He was in love with her from the first time he met her, but Grisha swept her out of his grasp faster than he could remember.
Eren YeagerGrisha and Carla's son. See the Shinganshina Trio character page.
Grisha's younger sister, who was taken beyond their ghetto by him, separated from her brother, and later found dead.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Around four to six years old, she was fed to dogs for leaving her ghetto without permission.
- Cynicism Catalyst: Bonus points for being the old trope name, Dead Little Sister.
- Death by Origin Story: Grisha's reason for being part of a revolution is because he trusted an officer to take her home. The officer brutally killed her instead.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Killed to show Grisha how the land he lives in views his bloodline.
Diana Yeager, née Fritz
A member of the Fritz family and one of those who didn't flee to the Walls, Grisha's first wife, and the mother of Zeke.
- Ambiguous Situation: She argues that she is a member of the royal family, from a faction that chose not to flee the continent. The quandary lies with the fact that if she's a Fritz, she is a member of the false monarchy within the walls, seeing that the actual royal family are the members of House Reiss.
- Call Back: Like most of the revolutionaries, she resembles one of the Titans that attacked Shinganshina and later Trost, namely the Smiling Titan that ate Carla Yeager.
- Fate Worse Than Death: When they were caught and arrested, the members of the revolution were sentenced to be turned into mindless Titans and wander aimlessly around the Three Walls. Dina doesn't seem to have been an exception.
- Happily Married: It's very telling how happy she was with Grisha, given how sullen she looks otherwise.
- Last of Her Kind: Of the members of the Fritz family who didn't escape the continent, she was the last one still alive.
- Mr. Exposition:
- She explains to the revolutionaries what happened to their kingdom and the fact that their monarchy fled the continent; she also reveals that for all intents and purposes, House Fritz are officially the royal family to the Marleyans too, instead of the actual monarchs, House Reiss.
- Her existence lends credence to Rod Reiss' argument that the First King entrusted the Coordinate to House Reiss after he built the Three Walls, provided that said king was indeed a Fritz.
War Chieftain Zeke Yeager
A commander of the Titan Shifters' forces, and the true identity behind the Beast Titan. He initially appeared within the Walls and transformed the people of Ragako Village into Titans. He takes command over Reiner and Bertolt by force, promising to end their long battle.
- Achievements in Ignorance: He only has a marginal knowledge of the 3DM gear employed by the Survey Corps, and he sets up a scenario where he thinks the gear cannot be employed against him. It is enough for him to almost annihilate the Survey Corps in the ground, meaning, the recruits. He certainly wasn't counting on the fact that by doing so, he set up a perfect scenario where Levi, both the most experienced and powerful enemy soldier, can reach him unimpeded. Levi then carves him like a cake and almost captures him altogether.
- An Arm and a Leg: Both of his arms along with one of his legs are sliced off after being forced out of his Titan form by Levi. This was intentional on Levi's part in order to keep Zeke from generating a new Titan body.
- Antagonistic Offspring: He considers himself (and Eren) victims of Grisha's manipulations, and turned his parents in to the authorities as a child.
- Big Bad: Firmly takes over this role with his reappearance, setting up a massive ambush in Shiganshina.
- Big Brother Mentor: According to Isayama, he's that for the Titan Trio.
- Cain and Abel: He is Eren's older half-brother, though he states he wants to rescue Eren.
- Call Back: His Titan form closely resembles a toy ape he had when he was a kid.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Both the dealer and the recipient in the same battle:
- He surrounds the entrance to Shinganshina with Titans and sends waves of them to lure the Survey Corps to a focal point, thereafter bombarding them by pelting them with giant rocks, almost decimating the forces inside Wall Maria with little effort.
- He then is distracted by the frontal charge of the Erwin-led survivors of the Corps, making him unaware of his surroundings and allowing Levi to reach him by perching on the line of Titans to his right, finally reaching Zeke and carving his Titan form like a turkey.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He is completely put off and baffled when the Survey Corps soldiers just keep charging at him even after he nearly decimated them with his previous attack, to the point where he subconsciously crushes the rocks he's holding.
- Evil Counterpart: Shaping up to be one to Levi. Zeke and Levi are both the leading force and most capable combatants among their groups, and both have stressed relations at best with the people they're leading. Levi and Zeke are both willing to use force to coerce their unwilling soldiers to act, and both are willing to put their enemies through some quite horrific bloodshed to get to their ends. Chapter 83 highlights this, with the final line "An adult's heartless decision will take away the life of a childhood friend", essentially applying equally to Levi and Zeke. One could almost say they are the same character seen from different points of view.
- He's also this to Eren, as they're both Shifters and half-brothers with the same father to boot.
- Eye Scream: Levi shoves a blade into his mouth while he's pinned to the ground and keeps pushing until it goes through Zeke's skull, and out of his eye socket.
- Fanservice: Probably the one single canon example of fanservice in this series to date. He gets shirtless (for seemingly no reason, as he was wearing one prior to shifting) and unlike every other example, he isn't chained up, bleeding, or missing any limbs. Or his face, for that matter.
- Faux Affably Evil: He comes across as very bumbling and cheerful, rousing Bertolt and Reiner with a fatherly speech and even comically scalding his lips on coffee, but he's proven a cold and ruthless individual who just as casually suggests Reiner to be fed to another Titan.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: He wears glasses, and is a man that casually kills those that are no longer useful to him.
- Grey and Gray Morality: Both his side and the Humanity's side have done some morally dubious things.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: Subverted. He is the actual motivator for the Titan infiltrators to conform to the Marleyans' plans 1:1 as they're supposed to. Still, it's worth mentioning that he seems to be miles beyond Reiner and Bertolt's level in terms of resourcefulness and intelligence, so he is shown to be way too smart to have been goaded into attacking the Eldians like his two younger companions were, though he has been indoctrinated since a very early age.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: His army of Titans forming a semi-circle around the battlefield provided the perfect anchor points for Levi's Maneuvering Gear on open terrain to get within attacking range and take him down while all of his attention was focused on the rest of the Survey Corps. While Zeke does survive by the skin of his teeth courtesy of the "Mule" Titan, he's forced to retreat much to his chagrin. Later, when having a face-off with Eren, Zeke concedes a tie when he sees that Levi followed him into the city by using the very Titans Zeke sent to devour him as anchors for his 3D maneuvering gear.
- Hunter of His Own Kind: He's not only an Eldian, he's a son of an Eldian Queen, yet is dead set on committing full blown Genocide against the Eldian people, calling them "an evil race," conveniently overlooking his own actions and those of his Maldayan "masters."
- Identical Stranger: As Eren notes when confronting him Zeke has a close resemblance to his father. It turns out that there's a reason behind this; Zeke is Grisha's first-born son from a different family, many years before he'd settle down with Carla and have Eren.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: At the end of chapter 83, when he's facing Levi and Eren, all of whom are rightfully pissed, and his army is gone, through his own actions, save the "mule" Titan he's riding, and unable to go into Titan Form himself, he decides to "call it a draw" and run away, with Reiner in the "mule" Titan's mouth.
- The Mole: Grisha intended for him to infiltrate the warrior program and turn against the Marley government when the time came. Zeke betrayed him instead, and brought Marley soldiers right to the resistance's door.
- Names to Run Away From: Warchief Zeke cannot mean a good thing.
- Oh Crap!: Gets a major one as Levi is carving him up like a turkey. Zeke gets it again when Levi goes Super-Persistent Predator on him and decimates his Titan army just to get to him later.
- The Paragon Always Rebels: His parents entrusted him with the fate of the Eldian people when they offered him as a recruit of the Marley front. He then ratted his parents to the Marleyans and later became the undisputed leader of the Marley-controlled Titan Shifters in complete and astounding opposition to what his parents expected of him.
- Rugged Scar: He has a rather prominent one on his left forearm. What makes it worth pointing out is that by being a Titan Shifter, he shouldn't have any physical scars due to his Healing Factor. Its significance, if any, is currently unknown.
- Shirtless Scene: He's shirtless when he emerges from his Titan body in Chapter 70, revealing that he's pretty ripped.
- Smug Super: It's quite clear from his actions that he considers himself to be untouchable in terms of strength and intelligence. In his mind, the idea of being bested by mere humans was pure, undiluted fantasy. However, Zeke gets a massive wake-up call after Levi utterly wrecks his Titan form and brings him inches away from death.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The correct romanization of his name is Sieg, the german word for victory, since his parents wanted him to lead the Eldians to victory. But kodansha decided to go with Zeke.
- The Chessmaster: His intelligence is ranked an 11/10, and he proves to be a brilliant tactician able to compete against the likes of Erwin and Armin.
- Tyke Bomb: From the day he was born, Grisha wanted him to lead the revolution to victory, and he was seven years old when he became part of the Warrior program.
- Underestimating Badassery: He really should have taken Bertolt and Reiner's warning about Levi seriously.
- Villain Has a Point: He nonetheless has a point about Grisha messing around with Eren's head, perhaps more than once.
- Walking Spoiler: Since he's the Beast Titan's true identity, this is a given.
- Worf Had the Flu: Unlike the other shifers, Zeke had only encountered 3DM gear once prior to Shinganshinanote , so he only had a vague idea what soldiers equipped with it were capable of, especially Levi.
- Worthy Opponent: In true awe, he calls Levi "a monster" after he almost captures him, annihilates the Titans he sent to eat him and chases Zeke relentlessly, basically doing by himself what almost the entirety of the Survey Corps weren't able to do against him.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He seems quick to dispose of anyone no longer useful to him, informing Reiner that if he's not completely committed to their cause, he'll have to... give up his armor to another Warrior.
- You Monster!: To Levi because the latter not only survived their last encounter where Zeke ordered an entire army of Titans to rip him apart, but that he's still fit enough to keep on fighting and challenge him directly.
Other members of the military
Voiced by: Tsuguo Mogami (JP), Patrick Seitz (EN)
The instructor for the 104th Trainee Corps. He is a harsh, but effective commander that seems to have known Eren's father in the past. He was a former commander of the Survey Corps before resigning to become a drill instructor.
- Ambiguously Brown: Likely a result of grilling trainees in the sun over several years.
- Bald of Awesome: Years after retiring as the Survey Corps' commander, not a single hair is left on his head.
- Beard of Evil: A neatly-groomed goatee. He's not evil, but he is a man to be feared.
- Break the Haughty: After finally getting his wish of becoming Survey Corps commander, Shadis was very proud and confident he could win over the Titans, but repeated failures put a stop to that.
- Chekhov's Gunman: The Survey Corps commander seen at the very beginning comes back later on as the crew's drill sergeant. Later, it is revealed that Shadis is an old friend of the Yeagers. He was the one who found Grisha wandering outside the Walls, inadvertently introduced him to Carla, and was also the person who rescued Eren from the woods the night Grisha disappeared..
- Chewing the Scenery: Patrick Seitz pulls out the stops and goes over the top when verbally abusing the cadets during training.Keith: [to Sasha] YOU ARE OFFICIALLY ON MY SHITLIST! JUST WHO THE HELL ARE YOU!?!
- Corporal Punishment: Keith has no patience for screwing around, and punishes recruits with headbutts or even lifting them up by their heads if they cross him. He forces Sasha to run until she collapses as punishment for stealing food
- Death Glare: The setting his eyes seem to be perpetually stuck in.
- Despair Event Horizon: Crossed it when he was commander of the Survey Corps, after a failed and fruitless expedition resulted only in the deaths of countless soldiers.
- Did Not Get the Girl: It is implied a younger Keith held affections for Carla, but gave up when she fell for Grisha.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: This is his preferred method of preparing recruits for the harsh reality of life in the military, subjecting them to endless amounts of verbal (and physical) abuse. He is so effective, in fact, that even after several months of active service in the Survey Corps, Sascha is apparently still more afraid of him than of the Titans.
- Give Him a Normal Life: Tried to do this to Eren by deliberately sabotaging his training gear. Eren being Eren, of course it failed.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: After everything he's done for humanity, Shadis considers himself worthless. You probably would too though if you tried to lead the Survey Corps for years but it's blatant your ability to do so is practically nothing compared to Erwin's. He even shown noting in a flashback, after Eren manages to stay balanced on his broken training gear for an second, that he's powerless to change even just Eren's mind.
- Hidden Depths: It's revealed that he very much cares about Eren's well being because of his love for his mother Carla.
- I Just Want to Be Special: In his younger years he desperately aspired to change the world and become a perfect commander, but reality was much crueler than Shadis imagined.
- Married to the Job: It is implied that Shadis began distancing himself from friends after becoming commander, devoting himself to his work in hopes he may finally achieve something in his life. With his stepping down as commander...he certainly wouldn't have felt like it helped.
- Misery Builds Character: He's a firm believer in this, and uses verbal abuse as well as harsh disciplinary methods to prepare his recruits for life as a soldier.
- The Mourning After: He's still shaken regarding the death of Carla, and his efforts to sabotage Eren were for the sake of keeping him, Carla's boy, safe and sound.
- Parting Words Regret: Before she was killed, the last time Shadis spoke with Carla he took his anger out on her and insulted her.
- Pet the Dog: He spares victims of Titan attacks from his Drill Sergeant Nasty routine. It's explained by another officer that the reason for this is because the point of said routine is to break recruits down so that they can be rebuilt into soldiers. As the Titan attacks that they survived would've already broken them down, tearing into them would be pointlessly cruel.
- After Shadis tells the protagonists what he knew of Grisha, Eren shares in Shadis' Heroic Self-Deprecation sentiments, saying that he isn't special either, just the son of a special man. Shadis tells him Carla's response to him talking her down about the ordinary people's inability to comprehend doing great deeds - that Eren doesn't need to become great, he's already great...because he was born into this world.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: At least, enough to consider that Eren's problem was faulty equipment, and not him simply being incompetent. His job requires him to be harsh and brutal, but he's also able to recognize the potential in each of the trainees. Much later on, it was revealed that it was Shadis himself who sabotaged Eren's equipment in an attempt to save him from dying a pointless death outside the Walls. However, seeing Eren momentarily manage to keep his balance on the broken gear made Shadis change his mind.
- A Choice with no Regrets shows that he was this as Commander of the Survey Corps as well, arguing with Zackly to get Erwin's Long-Range Scouting Formation approved and trusting the latter when it's clear that he would resort to illegal means to get it approved, realizing Erwin's actions are for the sake of humanity foremost.
- However, in Volume 18, he's seen bluntly refusing to try Erwin's formation after he has it proposed to him earlier in his life, so significant was his Pride.
- A Choice with no Regrets shows that he was this as Commander of the Survey Corps as well, arguing with Zackly to get Erwin's Long-Range Scouting Formation approved and trusting the latter when it's clear that he would resort to illegal means to get it approved, realizing Erwin's actions are for the sake of humanity foremost.
- Retired Badass: Implied, as he survived in the Survey Corps long enough to become Commander in the era prior to Erwin's tactics improving survival rates significantly.
- Shout-Out: Several of his quotes in the dub were taken from Fullmetal Jacket, specifically the character Gunnery Sergeant Hartman.
- Survivor's Guilt: When asked about Keith's personal life, Isayama noted he doesn't have a family because he doesn't believe he deserves happiness after so many died under his command. Before he lashes out at Carla, bystanders are talking about how the unfortunate pattern that his expeditions keep ending bloodily and he's the only constant survivor of them... while Erwin's squad keeps staying intact.
- The One That Got Away: First thing he knew, Grisha had swept Carla from his grasp without him being able to do anything about it; some of this anguish derives from what he thinks Grisha inflicted on his family, and he's upset that Grisha turned Eren into a vehicle of his own drive for vengeance. He even tried to sabotage Eren's possibilities in the military in memory of Carla before he repented and rectified his tampering.
- Veteran Instructor: He was the commander of the Survey Corps in 845, when the Colossal Titan destroyed Wall Maria. At some point in the following two years, he stepped down from his command and became an instructor.
- Use Your Head: Headbutting seems to have been his standard method to punish recruits. In a side chapter of A Choice with no Regrets, he actually headbutts Levi when called in to initiate the three problem recruits. The latter doesn't flinch.
Commander-in-Chief Darius Zackly
Voiced by: Hideaki Tezuka (JP), Brian Mathis (EN)
The supreme commander of the military, with authority over all three branches. He is the judge at Eren's trial, and holds absolute authority over his fate. After the trial, he decides to give custody of Eren to the Survey Corps.
- Broken Pedestal: Erwin and Pixis are momentarily distraught when they find out that the great commander Zackly spent most of his lifetime harbouring a petty grudge against the monarchy, then indulging in gratuitous torture once the nobles are arrested.
- Chekhov's Gunman: After passing judgement on Eren, he is not seen until his timely appearance during the overthrowing of the fake monarchy, where his authority comes into play.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: He gleefully tortures the arrested nobles, revealing a sadistic personality beneath his reasonable mask.
- Cool Old Guy: He establishes himself by granting custody of Eren to the Survey Corps, but later confirms this when he arrives during Erwin's trial and has the King's Court taken into custody at gunpoint. Turns out to be a very dark subversion however; his cool demeanor masks a very psychotic and vindictive personality.
- The Cavalry: He arrives at the King's Court to settle matters, bringing news that the monarchy's misdeeds have been exposed and that he has seized control of the Central Brigade. Under his authority, Erwin is set free and all military branches officially no longer answer to the Monarchy.
- The Judge: He oversees and passes judgement on matters concerning conflicts between the military branches.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: A dark deconstruction. Brutally torturing the captured nobles for no meaningful reason is one thing, since it's pretty hard to pity the guys who tried to abandon half of humanity to die horrendous deaths just to save their own asses. Rigging them up to a makeshift machine that forces them to consume their own excrement is when Zackly passes right into creepy old guy territory, making him just as bad as those uppity nobles.
- Minor Major Character: He is the ultimate power amongst all three military branches, but rarely seen onscreen.
- Nominal Hero: He is seeming more and more like this all the time.
- Not in This for Your Revolution: He admits to Erwin that he participated in the rebellion not for grand causes like saving the rest of humanity, but rather to root out the monarchy, whom he saw as undeserving of the military.
- Not So Stoic: For most of his onscreen appearance, he makes no overt expressions, but when he and Erwin are alone in a carriage following the overthrowing of the fake monarchy, Darius reveals his true colours by telling Erwin he had always wanted to snuff them out, though not for selfless reasons such as saving humanity. Suddenly, he starts gloating all the way through his speech, indicating just how much satisfaction he got from seeing the puppet king and his subjects getting humiliated during the coup.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He calmly and reasonably weighs the evidence presented to him, and accepts Erwin's proposal. He turns out to be the highest authority not involved with the Government Conspiracy, and stands against the monarchy along with Erwin. Even after the reveal of his less than savory hobbies, he's still running a competent administration, and continues to defer to Erwin and Pixis's judgement on matters.
- Sadist: Once he gets to torturing the nobles, he can be seen shedding tears of joy and giggling like a maniac, claiming his way of humiliating them is art.
- He later states wanting to publicly reveal his torturing of them, in spite of Pixis repeatedly telling him that no, it's horrible and would make the public distrust the military in the wake of their coup even more.
- The Stoic: He is utterly unfazed by people yelling at each other or Levi beating the crap out of Eren in his courtroom.
- Stoic Spectacles: Intelligent glasses for a calm, controlled man.
- Token Evil Teammate: He is this for the revolutionaries since he is not actually out to save humanity or anything, but rather joins up with the good guys for his own reasons. He also has a penchant for Cold-Blooded Torture, so turns out he's not quite as benevolent as he first appeared, either.
The father of Historia, a Heroic Bastard living under the alias Krista Renz — Lord Rod Reiss. Rod abandoned his daughter to be raised on a farm owned by the Reiss family, but came to claim her shortly after the fall of Wall Maria. Confronted by members of the 1st Brigade, Reiss allowed his mistress to be murdered and ordered Historia to live under a new identity if she wished to live. In truth, the Reiss family are the true rulers of mankind and part of the Government Conspiracy within the Walls. Lord Reiss is the true ruler of mankind, with the King merely a figurehead that allows him to rule from the shadows.
- Achievements in Ignorance: Most of the stuff that he reveals comes from his own experiences, which are entirely second-hand. This is made evident with his own titanization, which destroys the chamber where he is because he becomes larger than the chamber's space, leading Kenny to believe that Rod might have not known much about titanization in the first place; considering he only had witnessed the ceremony, he might have had to fill in the details from memory.
- Ambiguously Evil: He claims he's doing what's in humanity's best interests, and we really don't know enough about what's going on to contradict this. Historia ends up vouching for her father, and there do seem to be some much more serious external threats, but his actions are still seemingly quite damning. Tying Eren up in a creepy, bizarre dungeon and hanging around Kenny hasn't really helped his case all that much, either.
- Blatant Lies:
- Invoked. His claim that the Coordinate can be used to its whole potential only by the Reiss lineage directly contradicts Grisha Yeager's actions to steal it from them, which implies that this might not be the case at all and that the Will of the First King is hindering its use in the first place.
- There's also the fact that even when Frieda received the Coordinate and the Will, he remained the patriarch of House Reiss and the King, leaving to wonder how much he actually imposed on his daughter.
- Calling the Old Man Out: After Reiss spends quite a bit of time sweet-talking and manipulating Historia, Kenny points out to her that he's not the good man he says he is. Historia's terrible life was all because he was horny for a servant (despite being the ruler of all humanity). That the only reason he let her live was because of her blood and all he really cared about was himself.
- Didn't Think This Through:
- He never considered that Historia might have not been very keen to him titanizing her, considering that he discarded her on the very moment he met her.
- He grossly overshoots the titanization he intended to use on Historia, leading to the destruction of the chamber and the deaths of the entirety of the 1st brigade, who succumb to the collapsing roof.
- Dirty Coward: He reached to Historia in the first place because he was unwilling to go through the titanization and receiving the Will of the First King himself.
- Disappeared Dad: Historia only met her father when she was 10-years-old, when he tried to take his mistress Alma and daughter to safety. However, he ended up abandoning one to die and forced the other to take an alias and go into hiding.
- Exact Words: While manipulating Historia, he claims that if the Coordinate ability stayed in the Reiss family, that "Even ridding this world of the Titans would have been possible." But Historia soon realizes that even though they had this power all along, they never actually used it against the Titans. Rod then admits that while they had the power to do so, they never did because they inherited the will of the First King.
- Horrible Judge of Character: He outright states to Kenny (who is about as Obviously Evil as we have gotten in this series) that he trusts him, and is it really all that surprising to find out which of the two of them turns out to be the bigger threat?
- Idiot Ball: Rod decides that it is a good idea to have Historia transform into a "combat" Titan larger than the cave they are in. Had he had succeeded in having her transform, he probably would have been killed when her Titan breaks the ceiling.
- Lampshaded by Kenny, who wonders if Rod knew that much about Titans at all.
- Worse. Even if Historia had agreed, and her titan form didn't smash the ceiling, there's no guarantee that it wouldn't eat Rod and Kenny first.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Invoked and provided that he's telling the truth, of course. He wants the Coordinate and the Will of the First King to return to the Reiss family because they're the only ones that can use them correctly. There are problems with this, of course, as the Reiss that carries the Will has never, ever used the Coordinate to stop the Titans once and for all because that's part of the Will. Still, Rod's reasons are not altruistic at all, as he plans to manipulate the potential carrier, Historia, for his own benefit.
- Kick the Dog: Lord Reiss gives up his mistress and watches her be murdered without a second thought. However, he's unable to let them kill his daughter and spares her at the last moment.
- Manipulative Bastard: He is manipulating Historia into becoming a Titan Shifter and eating Eren so that she'll acquire the Coordinate ability, and brainwashing her into being absolutely loyal to him so that he will be able to control everyone through her.
- At the same time, Rod is also manipulating Eren into thinking that due to his father's actions, humanity will be ultimately doomed to extinction because the Coordinate ability is no longer in the possession of the Reiss family, which according to Rod, is the only family who can use the Coordinate power to its maximum potential. Even though they never actually used it to save humanity in the 100 years of possessing it.
- Mr. Exposition: Rod's lips reveal many secrets that mankind (and the audience) have long been kept in the dark about.
- Mysterious Parent: Lord Reiss, the father Historia only met once when she was 10. He is hinted to be an important figure connected to the Wall Cult, and later revealed to be the true ruler.
- One-Winged Angel: After Historia shatters the vial of "combat Titan" and he sees Squad Levi about to rescue Eren, he licks it up, becoming the Titan he was preparing to turn Historia into and goes on a rampage.
- Pet the Dog: Spared Historia if she agreed to changing her name and keeping her identity secret. Later subverted as it turned out he mainly kept her alive because he needed her blood since all his other children had died.
- Shadow Dictator: Reiss is the real ruler of mankind, though only a select few know him as anything more than a minor nobleman.
- Sole Survivor: Of Grisha's attack on the chapel. His wife and all of his children present in the church died.
- Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum: When Historia rejects the vial of Titan serum and smashes it on the ground, the first thing he does is try to lick it up, and then go after the largest concentration of humans he can find.
- Tom the Dark Lord: Assuming it isn't short for anything, Rod isn't the most impressive-sounding name for being the actual ruler of humanity. His brother has a much more impressive-sounding one, which fits given that he was the original king until he, and his daughter, bit the dust.
- Unfortunate Names: He has six children, and his name is Rod. It doesn't help that his last name is derived from the German word for Titan, especially given the extraordinary number of Titan-related dick jokes that already permeated the fandom prior to his introduction as a character.
- Unreliable Expositor: The information Rod provided while playing Mr. Exposition might be true. However, given his end-goal regarding Historia, there's a very good chance he had to distort the truth, or outright lie at certain points in order to achieve it.
- Unwitting Pawn: Kenny is just using Rod to further his own ambitions.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: In Chapter 68, Historia gets a glimpse of his memories as she finishes him off. She sees that he used to be an idealistic youth who wanted to use the Coordinate to free humanity from the Titans. Seeing his own brother and daughter, who both swore not to succumb to the First King's will succumb anyway, broke him.
- Villainous Breakdown: He slowly but surely loses his composure as the Survey Corps draw closer and even more so once Kenny's betrayal is revealed. But after Historia rejects his order to eat Eren and shatters the vial of Titan serum, he snaps completely and grabs her while screaming in a rage. Not to mention what he does after that...
- Walking Spoiler: His existence provides hints of the greater conspiracy within the Walls.
- Your Cheating Heart: Had an affair with a house servant, who gave birth to his bastard daughter. Even though he was already married with children of his own.
Voiced by: Yoko Hikasa (Japanese), Dawn M. Bennett (English)
Rod Reiss' eldest daughter, and Historia's half-sister. In secret, she befriended Historia and taught her how to read while encouraging her to become someone the people could adore. She possessed the power of the Coordinate, and was killed during Grisha's raid on the chapel. Her own lingering memories exist within Eren, and Historia unconsciously based her "Krista Lenz" persona on her.
- Beauty Equals Goodness: Beautiful and kind-hearted, even being the only member of the Reiss family to show her sister any affection.
- Berserk Button: After Historia innocently tells her that she tried to climb over the fence around the farm to follow her, Freida became absolutely livid and violently lashed out at Historia for disobeying her.
- Big Sister Instinct: Quite clearly adores Historia, which is good, considering how everyone else related to Historia felt about her.
- Bishojo: She was a great beauty, just like her younger sister.
- Compelling Voice: Her powers appear to be tied to spoken commands, and is later revealed to have previously held the Coordinate power inherited by Eren.
- Cool Big Sis: To Historia, her younger half-sister.
- Cool, but Inefficient: As a Reiss who inherited the Coordinate ability, she has full access to its power, has the potential to manipulate all the Titans and could even eliminate them all. Too bad that like all the previous Reiss's she also inherits the will of the First King, which makes her feel humanity deserves their fate. So outside of wiping the occasional memory, she never actually uses this ability for anything. Which is why Eren's father chooses to break the cycle and steal the ability from the Reiss family.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Grisha tore off her Titan's head with his teeth, taking the entire spinal cord with it. Suffice to say, she did not survive being eaten.
- Dead All Along: According to official records, she was murdered along with the rest of her family by bandits while in a chapel which the bandits proceeded to burn down. However, it's later revealed that she was eaten by Grisha Yaeger and is the source of Eren's Coordinate power.
- Dissonant Serenity: As the carrier of the Coordinate, she can effectively solve the century-long carnage that the Titans have carried out on humanity... or at least that was the plan until she gained the Will as well, which convinced her (and her uncle Uri) that humanity wholly deserves the penance. All plans for justice and a bright future goes away as soon as the Will passes on to the next carrier. This quandary turns her father into a misanthropic mess, having witnessed how tranquil they became with such monstrosity.
- Girl of My Dreams: A non-romantic example. Our first glimpse of her is when Eren has a vision, seeing her brushing her hair at her dresser.
- Headbutt of Love: Shares one with Historia prior to erasing her memory.
- Hidden Purpose Test: Invoked. The picture book that she reads to a child Historia contains details of the titanization of Ymir Fritz, the Original Titan; she even asks Historia whether she identifies with Ymir, implying that she was probing Historia as a possible candidate to succeed her as the carrier of the Coordinate and the Will of the First King, and also providing a possible reason why Historia was kept alive and under wraps regardless of her sordid origins.
- How Do I Shot Web?: She was inexperienced with using her Titan form, and did not know how to tap into its "unlimited strength", allowing Grisha to overpower and kill her.
- The Ingenue: Historia's "Krista" persona is based upon lingering memories of Frieda, beloved by the locals for her gentle and loving personality.
- Jedi Mind Trick: She commands Historia to forget about her, instantly erasing the girl's memory. It's clear she's done this repeatedly, though some echo of Frieda remains in Historia's subconscious.
- Living MacGuffin: Like Eren, she possessed the power of the Coordinate. She regularly erased Historia's memories of their time together.
- Lovecraftian Superpower: A Titan Shifter, and stated to have unlimited strength.
- Meaningful Name: Hers is Scandinavian for "beautiful/beloved". It also incorporates the German word for "peace". She was such a dignified and well-meaning person that Historia later based her Christa persona off of her.
- Mysterious Waif: Next to nothing is known about this beautiful, delicate woman before the big reveal that Eren knew her through a memory. Her own memories passed on from his father consuming her as a Titan Shifter, to be exact.
- Mystical Waif: She possesses the same Coordinate ability as Eren, but she can use it on normal humans.
- Nice Gal: Was well loved by the people and it's easy to understand why. It also makes it easy to understand why she is dead.
- Not So Above It All: Much to her father's chagrin, even when she decried the Will of the First King and wanted to use the Coordinate to stop the Titan threat once and for all, she too succumbed to the Will like her uncle Uri did and all her wishful thinking was for naught. So, for another generation, the Coordinate went to waste until Grisha Yeager devoured her in an attempt to break the cycle.
- Only Friend: To a young Historia Reiss, being the only person who genuinely cared for her besides Rod, who was forced to keep up appearances.
- Posthumous Character: Frieda is revealed to have died the very night Wall Maria fell, along with the other legitimate children of the Reiss family in a fire that destroyed the chapel they were praying in. However, through a memory scan, Eren realizes that his father Grisha actually murdered them as a Titan Shifter, ate Frieda for her Coordinate ability, and ended up getting eaten by Eren himself. Hange finds similar factual errors since the chapel was built to withstand a fire, yet was demolished, hinting that it was the work of a Titan Shifter.
- Princess Classic: Everything "Krista" was, Frieda genuinely was in life. The eldest daughter of the Reiss family, she was secretly a princess and acted very much like one — gentle, kind-hearted, and always encouraging Historia to grow up to be a lady that people would love.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Dark-haired, and obviously a lovely young woman. Eren initially thinks that she resembles Historia.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Implied, since when we witness a flashback to Grisha's attack on the chapel, Frieda is seen possessively protecting her family from the possible threat. Turns out she was also a Titan Shifter.
- Split-Personality Takeover: The First King's ideology she inherited along with the Coordinate ability slipped through shortly after her Berserk Button was triggered by Historia. Frieda starts screaming at her that humans are all sinners, and that we deserved this fate.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Loved and admired by all, Frieda had everything it took to fill in as Posthumous Character.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: Pretty much an older, black-haired version of Krista. Eren also noted that she looked like Krista after having a short vision about her. Her Titan form looks very similar to Krista, including changing her black hair to blonde.
Rod Reiss's younger brother, the previous ruler of humanity and the former wielder of the Coordinate power. A humble and compassionate man, he befriends Kenny Ackerman after thwarting his assassination attempt and defeating him. Expressing regret that he was unable to "build a paradise for humanity" before it is inevitably destroyed, Uri passes his powers to Frieda before he can die naturally.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Kenny cites the main reason for his loyalty to be that he considers Uri to be strongest man within the Walls.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Towards Kenny, and a worse offender than Rod. Uri trusting Kenny leads to Kenny waiting for an opportunity to steal the Coordinate power from him, and later his niece.
- Lovecraftian Superpower: He was a Titan Shifter, and skilled enough to perform Partial Transformation.
- Major Injury Underreaction: Knowing he has a Healing Factor, Uri does not flinch in the slightest when a knife is stabbed through his arm.
- Meaningful Name: Uri is Hebrew for "light of God" and may be derived from Uriel, an angel whose name means "flame of God". Given that he had the Coordinate, an ability Rod classifies as "being God", and his last name is derived from the German word for "Titan", this is a clear nod towards him being the bearer of the First King's power. He may have even been given such a name on purpose.
- Modest Royalty: Does not look down on others despite his status. He even bows to Kenny, apologizing for everything he has suffered.
- Only Friend: To Kenny. Despite their initial meeting and vastly different backgrounds, the two come to respect and genuinely like each other.
- Partial Transformation: Uri was able to conjure a Titan upper torso and arm to grab and restrain a target.
- Post Humous Character: Uri died before Wall Maria fell, so everything we know about him are from the memories of others.
- Recruiting the Criminal: To Rod's shock, it was Uri who advocated having Kenny work for them.
- Vagueness Is Coming: He somehow knew Wall Maria would eventually fall years in advance, hinting it only to Kenny.
Historia ReissThe bastard daughter of Rod Reiss and his servant Alma. See the 104th Trainee Corps character page's entry on Krista Lenz.
Voiced By: Daichi Endō (Mr. Ackerman), Yuuka Hirose (Mrs. Ackerman) (Japanese), Jarrod Greene (Mr. Ackerman), Colleen Clinkenbeard (Mrs. Ackerman) (English)
Mikasa Ackerman's birth parents, a loving couple living in a small cottage on the outskirts of Shiganshina. They were murdered by human traffickers seeking to capture Mrs. Ackerman and her daughter.
- Badass Family: It is revealed that the Ackerman family possess a special trait, which seems to grant incredible strength and skill once awakened. For this reason, Mr. Ackerman went into hiding near the edge of human territory.
- The Clan: Mrs. Ackerman hails from one, and passed her clan's emblem on to Mikasa, which is apparently carved on her right forearm. What the emblem looks like is unknown, but it is traditional for the parent to personally pass it down to their children.
- Cynicism Catalyst: Mikasa ended up so damaged because of their murder.
- Death by Origin Story: Revealed to have died years prior to the story via flashback.
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: The fact that Mikasa is an adopted orphan is an important part of her character.
- Good Parents: From what little could be seen of them, Mr. and Mrs. Ackerman were kind parents, raising their daughter lovingly.
- Happily Married: They seemed to be a genuinely happy, loving family. What a shame.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Mrs. Ackerman tries to stall the criminals so that her daughter can escape. It's a wasted effort, since Mikasa ends up too frightened to run.
- Last of His Kind: Mrs. Ackerman was the last known pure-blooded Asian.
- Mama Bear: Mrs. Ackerman fought so fiercely to protect her daughter that one of the thugs panicked and killed her.
- Mighty Whitey and Mellow Yellow: Averted. Neither of them seemed to care in the least bit about her rare heritage, and were Happily Married. The kidnappers that killed them, however, intended to take advantage of it by selling mother and daughter off to wealthy nobles with a Race Fetish.
- Posthumous Character: Murdered long before the events of the story.
- Superpowerful Genetics: Both parents are more than what they seem. Members of the Ackerman family awaken superhuman strength and reflexes through trauma. In addition, both the Ackerman bloodline and people of non-European descent, like Mikasa's Japanese mother, possess the ability to resist the Coordinate ability, which led to them being ruthlessly persecuted by the royal family.
- The Talk: Mr. Ackerman narrowly avoids having to explain the birds and the bees to Mikasa... only to wind up on the wrong end of a dagger.
- Unnamed Parents: Not even given enough screen-time to have established names. The world certainly is cruel.
A childhood friend of Reiner and Bertolt, who sacrificed his life to save Reiner from a Titan.
- Chekhov's Gunman: His death set a major event in motion, and serves as the trigger to more than one major revelation years later. Devouring him allowed Ymir to regain human form, and the conversation Bertolt and Ymir have about it leads Hange to realize Titans possess a Cannibalism Superpower.
- Eaten Alive: Probably the youngest character to be eaten on panel.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Implied, as the Titan devouring him is seen sinking shark-like teeth into his midsection.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Pushed Reiner out of the way, dying in his place.
- Infant Immortality: A notable aversion. While children are implied to die regularly, so far he's the only child shown dying on panel and in a fairly graphic fashion.
- Meaningful Name: French for "Little Warrior".
- Mysterious Past: In the same degree as Reiner and Bertolt. It's implied that he was on the same mission as them, but it's not clear what he was commanded to do during the attack on Shinganshina to take Wall Maria.
- Plot-Triggering Death: One of several in the series. His death is what allowed Ymir to regain human form, setting a major player back on the proverbial board.
- Posthumous Character: We don't even learn of his existence until five years after his death.
- Sudden Name Change: His name is given as "Berwick" in the original version of Chapter 47, but changed when it is published in Volume 12.
- Taking the Bullet: For Reiner.
- You Killed My Father: Subverted; Bertolt confronts Ymir about having killed Marcel, but seems to forgive her since she doesn't remember doing it and had no control at the time.
The current monarch of the Fritz dynasty, an ancient royal family left over from the previous era. He is the ruler of humanity, and noted for his continued support of the Survey Corps even when popular opinion turned against them. However, he is merely a symbolic figure with little actual authority and a servant of House Reiss, the true rulers within the Walls.
- The Alcoholic: Implied, as our first glimpse of him has a strong focus on the whiskey bottle beside him.
- Beard of Sorrow: Our only glimpses of him is of a haggard, melancholy looking man with a beard.
- Fake King: The Reiss family is the true royal family. This guy is just a figurehead.
- No Name Given: He is identified only as a member of the Fritz family.
- Perpetual Frowner: From what we see of him, it looks like he's gotten used to frowning.
- Puppet King: He is merely a figurehead, while House Reiss rules from the shadows.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Viewed as such by the Survey Corps, due to his continued support of them against strong opposition from the nobility and even the general public. The Wall Cult is noted to have acted to obstruct access to the King, working against the military in their efforts to bolster defense and make headway in learning about the Titans. After the disastrous 57th Expedition, it is noted that even the King could not protect them from the wrath of the nobility and common citizens. Even so, when the Titan Shifters reveal themselves and kidnap Eren, he responds by ordering the Garrison and Military Police Brigade to assist in his rescue — forcing his personal guard out of the Interior and onto the front lines. However, the trope is Subverted when it is revealed he is merely a Puppet King for the true powers ruling over humanity, with his apparently reasonable acts part of a much larger conspiracy.
- Upper-Class Twit: While a very serious and heated discussion is going on concerning the fate of the Survey Corps and humanity itself, he's... napping. His handlers have to yell at him to wake up, and his immediate response is to wonder if its lunchtime yet.
The cabinet of King Fritz composed of the highest echelons of the remaining humanity, including noblemen and a representative of the Church of the Wall. In truth, just like King Fritz, they are subservient to the actual monarch, Rod Reiss.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: They risk the very existence of humanity for their lands, property and positions.
- Corrupt Politician: They only care about the confines of Wall Sina, where they live and have property.
- Create Your Own Villain: They had no one in the military high command on their pocket and they started picking on arguably the strongest personnel in the whole military, namely the Survey Corps, not only sending the 1st Brigade to hunt them, but also by trying to smear their reputation to the public. They overplayed their hand and lost in the worst manner possible.
- Didn't See That Coming: They order the closure of Wall Sina to refugees when they learn that Wall Rose has fallen to the Titans. Even when they're told that the fall was just a hypothetical scenario, they expect the military to follow through with their order. They find themselves floored when every single official in attendance flat out refuses to carry out the outrageous order and arrests them for intentionally endangering humanity.
- Dramatic Irony: The announcement of their fall is made in the very same gallows they ordered constructed to execute Erwin.
- Government Conspiracy: They serve exclusively to maintain the status quo and protecting the special interests and property of the nobility.
- Jerkass: Their immediate order after being informed of the fall of Wall Rose is for the military to prevent refugees from entering Wall Sina.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Ostensibly subverted. The last time there was a Titan attack within the confines of Wall Sina, it was an infiltration job that had little to do with the integrity of the Wall itself. A great influx of refugees not only increases the risk of other attacks against humanity, but also, an unchecked volume of people might bring more unidentifiable Titan Shifters in their lands within the innermost Wall. Had they raised the previous point, which they didn't, they would have had more credibility even if it's a skewed argument; still, it doesn't change the fact that they issued the order to close off Wall Sina to let a great portion of humanity to die off just because they want to maintain the status quo... not minimize the collateral damage, which is what they're supposed to be doing. The callousness and liberal uncaring attitude towards their fellow humans in favor of material possessions finally tips the balance against them, making all of the military branches to rebel against them.
- Kangaroo Court: They ordered the gallows constructed before Erwin had an audience. It's made abundantly clear that they did not intend for him to come out alive from the court.
- Military Coup: Led by Darius Zackly, Commander-In-Chief of the military, and Erwin Smith, Commander of the Survey Corps with the grounds of the nobility's intentional endangerment of humankind. It is presented as a formal coup when they place Historia Reiss as Queen, though they still lead the cabinet.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: To the military branches. They are directly responsible for keeping the Garrison lazy, the Military Police stagnant, and are basically the bane of the Survey Corps.
- One World Order: They function as humanity's government as a whole.
- Sheltered Aristocrat: One of the main reasons for their disconnect with the plight of the military and the common people.
- Skewed Priorities: They divert the top-ranking trainees towards the Capitol in order to "protect" themselves and the king. This serves two purposes: (ineffectively) preventing the other military branches from having ace soldiers, and using select soldiers from the lot to man the Central 1st Brigade, the secret police of Rod Reiss. It's not fair to blame them for the whole situation, but they did take advantage of it and endangered humanity by doing so by misinterpreting that the military serves humanity and not them.
- This Is Unforgivable!: Their willingness to outspokenly sacrifice a great fraction of humanity leads even the reluctant commanders of the military to denounce them and support the coup, namely Nile Dok of the Military Police and Dot Pixis of the Garrison.
Voiced By: Kousuke Takaguchi (JP), Barry Yandell (EN)
A cowardly and selfish nobleman, on good terms with Commander Pixis. He thinks only of himself and his fortune, and serves to illustrate the corrupt nature of the nobility.
- Adipose Rex: The nobles are clearly not as affected by the food shortage as the lower classes.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Downplayed example, since he's just a selfish, cowardly prick. There are a few, more minor characters who are high-ranking businessmen whose priorities are on themselves.
- Canon Foreigner: An anime only character, Dot Pixis' whereabouts when Trost is attacked are not shown in detail in the manga.
- Dirty Coward: He begs Pixis to abandon the people of Trost, and instead defend his estate.
- Fat Bastard: This plump noble certainly wasn't designed to inspire respect for the upper class.
- The Hedonist: Shown to be eating pastries by the handful, and drinking fine wine while most people are going hungry. He doesn't particularly care about anyone but himself.
- Idle Rich: He doesn't seem to do more than play chess with Pixis, eat food most would never see in their whole lives, and drink plenty of wine.
- I Let You Win: Pixis throws his chess games against him and he's quite perturbed to be informed that this is the case.
- It's All About Me: He tries to get Pixis to have his men guard his own estate instead of, you know, Wall Rose, which is protecting the rest of humanity from getting eaten.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Called "Lord Balto" in the Funimation subs, and "Lord Wald" in the dub itself.
- Straw Character: Really only exists to show how selfish and useless the ruling class are.
Voiced by: Tomohisa Aso (JP), Francis Henry (EN)
An influential member of the Church of the Wall, which views the Walls as holy and opposes any form of alteration to them. He is killed by corrupt members of the Military Police who were torturing him for information Hange and Levi suspects to be Eren and Historia's whereabouts. They deduce that he did not talk.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Found tortured and murdered. Hange and Levi both suspect he took not only the Wall Cult's secrets, but the secrets of what the Survey Corps know to his grave. Hange is visibly shaken by his death.
- The Alcoholic: Was one before joining the Church of the Wall.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Appears at the very beginning just as a zealous preacher in the streets. He becomes more prominent later.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Hange notices evidence of him being tortured prior to his death, and suspects the Military Police Brigade were attempting to learn something from him. The severity of his torture leads them to suspect they were trying to get information from him concerning the Survey Corps.
- Corrupt Church: Eren notes that the Church of the Wall makes it difficult to get important reinforcements to the Walls. He's also aware of how the Wall is filled with Colossal Titans.
- Crisis of Faith: Is deeply shaken by the reality of people suffering due to the Titan attacks. Probably didn't help his prayers were viscerally proven to be in vain as he was saying them. Not enough to make him reveal what he knows but enough to reveal that there is someone else with the authority to reveal the truth.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Appears briefly in the background during Episode 1 preaching in Shinganshina well before his canonical debut.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He's a callous Jerkass as a bureaucrat who refuses to divulge vital information to the Survey Corps, and vies for Eren's execution despite the fact that his Titan powers resulted in the first major victory for humankind in its entire history. Yet he's clearly shaken when he sees the suffering that the people who have to escape the Titans go through, and he even attempts to help a child who's been separated from his family.
- Exact Words: His oaths absolutely forbid him to give up any of the Wall Cult's secrets but saying that someone else knows them and doesn't have any such vows technically isn't included in that.
- Hidden Depths: He's introduced as a callous, ignorant bureaucrat, but we later see that he does deeply care for people besides himself. He even dies protecting the secrets of both his religion and the Scouting Legion.
- High-Altitude Interrogation: Hange does this to him on top of a Wall to get him to explain why there's a Titan inside the Walls. He'd rather die than break his oaths of secrecy... but she lets him go when he tells her about another source of information that is more free to talk.
- Interrogated for Nothing: When Hange and Levi speculate how much he told his captors before he died, they note that all his fingernails were torn off. Levi suggests that he didn't give up anything or only did at end, since "talkative" people give in after one nail but "non-talkative" people won't say a word after all 10.
- Jerkass Has a Point: The Wallist position about zero interference with the Walls makes a lot more sense given they know what's inside them.
- Killed to Uphold the Masquerade/He Knows Too Much: Before he can reveal what he knows, he's found brutally murdered. Hange suspects the Military Police Brigade to have been involved.
- Loophole Abuse: Refuses to tell the army any of the information he knows via his cult, but directs them to a source that can without breaking any vows of secrecy. Alas, that was already too much for the higher-ups to let it pass.
- Not Afraid to Die: He'd rather die than reveal his cult's secrets. He seems to have proven it, as he endured lengthy torture before being murdered.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: As well as being a corrupt church preacher, Nick advocated for Eren's execution, stating that his ability to transform into a Titan is evil by nature. His church is also the reason that the Walls have barely been changed in over one hundred years since they claim that any modifications are a defilement. The obstructionism against any change to the Walls turns out to have a much more valid reason, though, given that any modifications would risk revealing or even releasing the Titans contained in them.
- Pet the Dog: Goes out of his way to help a refugee child, showing he's not completely indifferent to the people's plight.
- Preacher Man: He acts as pastor at a Wallist church in Stohess.
- Sinister Minister: In his first appearance, he advocates for Eren to be executed. It's later revealed that he knew about the Titans in the Wall, and has likely been withholding other secrets.
- Spell My Name with an "S": His title has three different translations — Pastor, Priest, and Reverend.
- Tempting Fate: Is in the middle of preaching how the Walls will always protect them exactly when the Female Titan crashes through his church.
The servant and mistress of Rod Reiss, and biological mother of Historia.
- Abusive Parents: Alma hated her daughter, avoiding her at all costs and reacting violently when Historia attempted to hug her. She only spoke to her daughter twice, and both times expressed how much she wanted her child dead. On the flipside, Historia's father flippantly seems to want both of them dead, but can't stand watching his daughter die.
- Asshole Victim: Considering how Alma treated Historia her entire life, no tears were shed when Captain Ackerman plunged that dagger into her throat.
- Dying Declaration of Hate: She makes perfectly clear her contempt for her daughter as she dies.
- Easily Forgiven: Played with. Even after all these years, Historia doesn't seem to have as much ill will towards her mother than she actually should, describing her as being very beautiful when explaining her past.
- Farmer's Daughter: Her parents run a farm, which is where Historia ended growing up. Alma herself is very beautiful and would often get dolled up when she went to the interior to see Rod.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: She fervently denies that Historia is her daughter when they are captured by members of the First Brigade, presumably in an attempt to save her own skin. After Lord Reiss confirms that she and Historia are indeed in no way related to him, Captain Ackerman almost immediately opens up her throat.
- The Mistress: Rod Reiss is mentioned to have legitimate children, which means he was married while carrying out their liaison.
- Offing the Offspring: She wished she had killed her daughter, while Lord Reiss ultimately spares Historia and forces her to adopt a new identity and go into hiding.
- Plot-Triggering Death: Her death forced Historia into hiding under a fake identity, resulting in her eventual enlistment in the Survey Corps and role as the second Living MacGuffin of the series.
- Slashed Throat: She is killed this way.
- That Thing Is Not My Child!: Alma hysterically denies her daughter, while trying to save her own life. Considering how much she hated Historia to begin with, it's likely she always felt that way.
- The Unreveal: It's not known why she hated her daughter that much, but there are two possibilities: first, Alma could have been aware of the Reiss family's inaction towards the Titans and developed disgust towards her daughter, a Reiss; and second, because she wanted to bite more that she could chew in relation to her "relationship" with Rod Reiss, who wanted nothing to do with her. He even had her killed, and would have killed Historia too had she not agreed to drop her name and whatever claim she felt entitled to just because she's his daughter.
- Unequal Pairing: Alma, a lowly servant, and Rod Reiss, the true ruler of humanity.
Edward "Dimo" Reeves
President of the Reeves Company, a merchant organization with many customers in Trost. First appeared blocking the exit of Trost with a massive supply of expensive items during the Titan attack, before Mikasa forced him to get out of the way. He became an ally of the Survey Corps and Garrison in their planned revolution.
- Bald of Evil: He's a selfish man, willing to risk the lives of others for his merchandise.
- The Bus Came Back: He reappears in Chapter 54, after being absent since the invasion of Trost.
- Back for the Dead: Murdered by Captain Ackerman, not long after allying with the Survey Corps.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Seemingly just a minor one-shot Straw Civilian, until he shows back up some time later. He becomes a vital ally to the Survey Corps and helps them capture Djel Sanes.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Played straight, but later subverted by his change of heart. After Trost, he grew from a selfish and greedy businessman to the primary force keeping the Trost District alive.
- Due to the Dead: Erwin praises his determination to help rebuild the devastated Trost District, and swears to avenge his murder.
- A Father to His Men: He appears to truly care about the well-being of his employees and the people of Trost who rely on his company.
- Graceful Loser: After Levi's Squad soundly foils his kidnapping attempt, he does not put up further resistance, even laughing at himself for being beat up by teenage Mikasa.
- Greed: He first appears as a corrupt merchant who cares more about his shipments than the lives of people. He grows out of this.
- Jerkass: He was obstructing the evacuation of hundreds of civilians and angrily shouts down any attempt at rationality before Mikasa threatened to kill him. Despite wailing children nearby.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Levi notes this - if he were truly callous, he would have cut all ties with the Trost district, which is a ghost town save for people unable to move out due to being ground zero for the breach, and operate somewhere that would actually profit him. But he continues providing jobs and worries what will happen to the city dwellers if the Military Police takes over his company.
- La Résistance: His company has allied with the Survey Corps and Garrison against the Military Police and aristocracy.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: His actual name is Edward, but everyone knows him as "Dimo". It isn't clear if it's a nickname, alias, or a title.
- Slashed Throat: Dispatched while his back is turned, in a fairly gruesome manner.
- Smarter Than You Look: Seems to have this opinion of Levi.
- Straw Civilian: Causes the evacuation of Trost to come to a stand-still, by trying to force his cart piled high with wares through a narrow passage. He criticizes the military openly, when Mikasa points out soldiers are dying to hold back the Titans until the evacuation is complete.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Erwin notes that Reeves was so shaken by the devastation of the Trost District, that he had a change of heart and began to use his influence and resources to keep the ruined District alive. His efforts allowed the people of Trost to survive, after being abandoned by the government and military.
- Underestimating Badassery: He underestimates Mikasa's fighting prowess and caves when she threatens to "remove" him. In his second appearance, he jokes that his men have no chance against the Survey Corps, and Mikasa alone could defeat all of them.
- Villain Respect: In his first appearance in the manga he actually smirks after Mikasa threatens to kill him if he doesn't move his cart, indicating that he is impressed by her.
The son of Dimo Reeves and heir to the Reeves Company. He's a spunky young man, and Dimo is doing his best to mold him into a proper successor.
- Bring News Back: Flegel manages to make it back to Trost to inform Hange of the truth behind Dimo's murder.
- Bullying a Dragon: Snarks at Levi regarding the latter's height and assumes he's a servant when they first meet.
- Bystander Syndrome: After seeing what became of Dimo for siding with the Survey Corps, Flegel believes the best course of action is to go into hiding and give up on the rebellion and justice.
- Declaration of Protection: To the people of Trost.
- The Drag-Along: Hange repeatedly tries to convince Flegel to cooperate with the Survey Corps, but eventually decides to just drag him along.
- Engineered Public Confession: He lures the Military Police tasked with his assassination into a seemingly deserted neighborhood, before tricking them into revealing their role in the deaths of his father and his men, in full view of a large number of hidden citizens.
- Establishing Character Moment: Presumptuously talking down to the World's Strongest Man... and then later voicing his disgust at Levi's cruel treatment of Historia.
- Hidden Depths: He seems like little more than a bratty, goofy youth. But when push comes to shove, he turns out to truly be his father's son — revealing a strong conviction and courage to help others beneath his initial cowardice.
- Hope Is Scary: Hange tries to convince him to help the Survey Corps, but Flegel is terrified that he will end up like his father. He eventually changes his mind and supports the rebellion.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's quite presumptuous and needs to be kept in line by his father, but he has a good heart.
- Just Between You and Me: Goads the Military Police into doing this for him in order to exact a confession from them.
- Rousing Speech: To the people of Trost, declaring his intention to double-down on his father's protection of Trost.
- Sole Survivor: His timely bladder saved him from otherwise certain death along with his father.
- Took a Level in Badass: Though initially unwilling to stand up to the Military Police Brigade, he comes into his own as the new head of the Reeves company and declares his intention to follow in his father's footsteps by protecting the people of Trost from the government.
- Youthful Freckles: Fitting his naïve personality.
Roy and Beaure
Roy and Beaure
A pair of reporters that work for the Berg newspaper company, located in Stohess District. While responding to the street-battle between the Special Operations Squad and the Anti-Human Suppression Squad, they find themselves becoming entangled in the growing revolution.
- Bystander Syndrome: Roy has long since embraced this attitude, understanding all too well the risk of doing more.
- Can't Stop the Signal: The monarchy is furious to hear about non-censored press being distributed to the public, since the central government's vast corruption/conspiracy has irreversibly become public knowledge.
- Going for the Big Scoop: Beaure wants to do this, but the older and more experienced Roy knows how the world works well enough to hold him back.
- Government Conspiracy: Roy discusses it with his younger associate, pointing out how the government uses the newspapers for propaganda and has spies planted in every single company to control what information gets released.
- Hope Is Scary: Roy firmly believes that even if they did report the truth, the government would simply prevent it from reaching the people and silence them.
- I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: Roy admits this is the reason he gave up on reporting the truth, since he knows the government will hurt his family and friends should he report anything but the official story.
- If You Thought That Was Bad...: Hange tells them that the government threatening their families is the least of their worries, as the actions of the government threaten to open the gates to the Titan invasion, and those guys are not keen on dialogue or political inclinations.
- Intrepid Reporter: Beaure is young and inexperienced, and shows eagerness to expose the Central Brigade's actions. In contrast, Roy has been around long enough that he realizes the futility of doing so and advises against it.
- Propaganda Machine: Beaure is disheartened to learn that the newspapers are merely this, while Roy has long since accepted that this is the way things have to be.
- Voice of the Resistance: Hange challenges them to be this, bringing them along to witness an Engineered Public Confession and encouraging them to print the truth for once. Their decision to do so clears the Survey Corps of all wrong-doing and exposes the misdeeds of the government to the people.
Eldians / Elodians / The People of Ymir
The Eldians (or Elodians) are a nation that originated from Ymir Fritz, the Original Titan. Upon obtaining her Titan powers, Ymir, her Nine Titan Powers and the Eldians sought to aid the human race, ultimately subduing the Kingdom of Marley to form the Empire of Eldia but according to the Marleyans, they started to frown upon other races and initiated a campaign of eugenics-based ethnic cleansing against them that lasted seventeen centuries. Upon losing most of the Titan Powers to Marley, the Eldians and Marleyans fought in the Titan War, which unofficially concluded when the 145th Eldian King (now referred to as the First King) refused to fight and abandoned the continent and some of the Eldians, retreating and settling in the island of Paradi where he built the Three Walls, secluding his people from the outside world.Within the Three Walls, the First King used the Coordinate to erase the memories of the population, thus initiating a policy of stagnation in what's called "The Will of the First King". The Eldians that remained in the continent were thus rounded up by the Marleyans into ghettos and forced into serfdom to "pay for their ancestors' crimes".
- Arch-Enemy: Of the Marleyans
- Artistic License – Geography: They retreated to the Island of Paradi, which is an upside-down Madagascar, whereas the continent now dominated by the Marleyans is an upside-down Africa; thing is, Madagascar is not large enough to accommodate the territory surrounded by the Three Walls.
- Asshole Victim: Invoked. The Marleyans have sent waves upon waves of their Eldian minorities turned into mindless man-eating Titans to hound the peoples of the Three Walls because they argue that the Eldians engaged in a centuries-long ethnic cleansing against them.
- Big Red Button: The whole reason the Marleyans have sent undercover Eldians to infiltrate the Three Walls is due to the fact that a more direct provocation would led the Eldians to release the millions of Titans embedded in the Walls and raze the Earth barren.
- City in a Bottle: The inhabitants of the lands inside the Three Walls are led to believe that humanity was wiped from the face of the Earth by the Titans and that they are the sole remnants.
- Conditional Powers: Invoked. The Marleyans have painted the Eldians as the villains in every way that they could do so, even convincing the Eldians from the Ghettos that those who escaped to Paradi just did so in order to avoid their just punishment. The Ghetto Eldians, however, do suspect as to why the Marleyans didn't kill them if they hate them so much. Given the case that only the Eldians can wield the Titan Powers certainly provides a justification for their survival and why the Marleyans need them, though this is only been implied so far.
- The Empire: The Eldians defeated and subdued the Marleyans in order to form their empire.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: The Eldians attained an incredible power, which they used to subdue the Kingdom of Marley.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Seven of the Nine Titan Powers of the Eldians are now being used against them by the Marleyans. They're also using the people they left behind against them by turning them into mindless Titans sent to hound them in Paradi Island.
- Made a Slave: The Eldians that were left to their devices in the Kingdom of Marley were forced into ghettos and deprived of most of their rights.
- Meaningful Name: Eldia / Elodia, has overtones that are similar to the Elohim, a God-like race of giants from the Jewish mythology.
- Meaningful Rename: Because of the Will of the First King, the in-wall Eldians' knowledge of being Eldians was completely wiped, and were led to believe that they were the remnants of humanity as a whole; this is one of the main plot points of the story.
- Let Us Never Speak of This Again:
- The in-wall Eldians were forced to forget that they were Eldians; the ones that get curious about the outer world are suspiciously forced quiet or altogether disappeared.
- The Eldians living in the ghettos in Marley are forced by the establishment to believe that they are guilty of the ethnic cleansing of the Marleyans, and that they are fully deserving of serfdom and total submission.
- Pop-Cultural Osmosis: Mainly due to political and ethnic bias:
- The Marleyans argue that the Eldians gained their powers from Ymir's deal with the Devil; the book being read to Historia Reiss by her sister Frieda suggests that there was a deal, but that it was not with the Devil, but with a cloaked figure.
- The Eldians have been the subjects of the punishment by the Marleyans, but both sides' tampering of official records of what happened has made all claims dubious at best; still, the polarization of both ideological spectra is so extreme that it has led to an attitude of My Way or the Highway for both sides.
- The Marleyans argue that the Titan War started with the 145th Eldian King's coronation that led to him abandoning the fight and fleeing the continent; according to Dina Fritz and the Elodian Restoration Movement, the tribes of Eldians and the Titan Powers were already fractioned and fighting against each other, making the Powers available to the Marleyans for easy pickings; the King's abandonment only made things easier for the Marleyans.
- Sins of Our Fathers: The Eldians have been the subjects of the ire of the Marleyans due to the aforementioned ancestral ethnic cleansing they conducted against them. As such, the Marleyans forced the remaining Eldians into serfdom and hounded the ones that left with the First King with mindless Titans produced from the stock of their own people they left behind.
- Took a Level in Badass: Having been given the ability to turn into gigantic, nigh-invulnerable behemoths certainly would give anyone an advantage.
- The Unreveal:
- It's not known why the 145th Eldian King (the First King) abandoned the continent, leaving a significant amount of his subjects behind for the Marleyans to punish.
- Another aspect of this abandonment lies with the fact that he abandoned the Titan War in spite of him having the power of the Coordinate, which dominates and towers over all of the other Titan Powers. The main reason the Marleyans have hounded the Eldians within the Walls with waves upon waves of Titans is precisely to gain the Coordinate for themselves.
- Although it's apparent that the aforementioned king deemed the humanity he confined within the Three Walls as sinful and deserving of their fate, it's not known why he adopted that narrative or why he forced this notion upon his descendants for decades on end.
- It's not known why the 145th Eldian King (the First King) abandoned the continent, leaving a significant amount of his subjects behind for the Marleyans to punish.