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Other members of the Military
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 arguably no different from 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.
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 the 12th Commander of the Survey Corps before naming Erwin Smith as his successor and resigning to become a drill instructor.
- Ambiguously Brown: Likely a result of grilling trainees in the sun over several years.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: His policy when he led the Survey Corps was to engage the Titans, leading to heavy losses. Erwin, his successor, opted to avoid them as feasibly as possible; though this did not diminish the losses, it proved to be considerably more productive and yielded better investigative results than when Shadis led the way.
- 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
- Cryptic Background Reference: Played for laughs. When the 104th cadets meet him once again, Sasha is so frightened to be in his presence that she refuses to take seat. Keith later implies that Sasha got into even more trouble after the potato incident and he had grilled her appropriately.
- 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.
- Harsher in Hindsight: Keith's questioning of Grisha forcing his hopes onto Eren were in reference to his own experience with Grisha at the time. However it turns out his words struck much closer to home than it initially seemed now that Grisha's backstory has been elaborated upon.
- 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, leading him to the conclusion that only a few select people, such as Erwin and Grisha, were special, and he, like most, was not. Ironically, he is one of the most respected men within the walls, good enough to retire from the Survey Corps after leading it for years, and it is later shown that Grisha, the man he envied most of all, looked up to Shadis as the shining hero that he himself could never become.
- 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.
- Mentor Archetype: Invoked:
- He used to be the commander of the Survey Corps. Though he's not particularly admired for his disastrous stint at the helm, most of the corps don't hold it against him once he stepped down, except Hange, who is shown to have been disappointed at his defeatist attitude.
- He shaped up the 104th Trainee Corps into what they are today. He still commands the awe and respect of them even after climbing up a few berths themselves.
- 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.
- My Greatest Failure:
- An awful lot of his subordinates had to die for him to realize that he was not fit to lead the Survey Corps.
- At first, he is regretful at losing Carla to Grisha, but his biggest regret came from the fact that he callously snapped at her the last time they ever met.
- 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.
- Overwhelming Exception: He is the only commander of the Survey Corps that has quit his job; this is not because it's a coveted position, but rather, because most commanders tend to die during their tenure.
- 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.
- He is one for Hange Zoe, who used to have a crush on him from when she was his subordinate.
- 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.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Hange berates him for what she considers "abandoning" the fight and withholding crucial information regarding Dr. Yeager, though she is more offended at the fact that he calls himself "worthless"; this is, of course, because she likes him and used to look up to him.
Characters from Wall Maria and related districts and towns
Dr. Grisha Yeager
Voiced by: Hiroshi Tsuchida (JP), Chris Hury (EN)
"The human spirit of inquiry isn't something that can be contained with words."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.
- Abusive Parents: Along with Dina, to Zeke. Treating him like some kind of weapon, forcing him into a role he didn't want and even getting physical, and even selling him off to Marley's military in order to send him off to a warzone and cruel training while he's still only seven years old. He seems to have learned his lesson by the time Eren and Mikasa came around, raising them with fondness and being supportive of Eren's behavior.
- 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.
- 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. Later it is implied that he confronted the Reiss family to negotiate a peaceful solution, likely warning them about the outside threat, but when Frieda refused to cooperate, Grisha was forced to use violence and steal the Coordinate power.
- Bearer of Bad News: Instead of a possible solution to the barrage of Titans, the very thing the Survey Corps were looking for with their campaign to reach his basement, they find out through him that an even bigger threat is coming for them and they're going to have to man up and brace for war.
- Was probably this directly to the Reiss family themselves, telling them of the outside threat coming for them, and their unwillingness to cooperate was probably the reason for the violence between them.
- Blatant Lies:
- Invoked and Subverted. The way the story is set up as a whole, initially, it's not quite known whether he is telling the truth as he himself argues, he is skewing the truth as Zeke argues, his truth was skewed by a third party of interest, or whether he is outright lying: Chapters 86 and 87 confirm more or less that he was truthful as Eren literally experiences his memories.
- His argument that the Titan Powers were used for the benefit of humanity, which is based on mere speculation, gets called into question when one realizes that the Titan Powers were obviously created for warfare (just look at the Colossal, Attack and Armored Titans... and the War-Hammer Titan). To be fair, most of the factual stuff he eventually found out about the Nine Titans, he learned from Eren Kruger.
- 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. Though it may also be because his 13 years of time was coming close to a end.
- Cartwright Curse: Both his wives suffered horrific fates. Dina was turned into a mindless Titan, and would eventually eat Carla, his second wife.
- Chekhov's Gun: Had his father not forced him into becoming a physician, he would not have had the cover to infiltrate the Walls of Utopia and been given the status and carte-blanche to go to the interior and find the Reiss family. Keep in mind, we're talking about a father that Grisha completely vilified.
- Curb-Stomp Battle:
- Implied Trope. When Grisha first reaches the Three Walls, Keith Shadis states that the volume of Titans outside had considerably decreased, meaning that Grisha killed an awful lot of them to reach the Walls.
- He roundly hands Frieda Reiss her ass back to her, even when her Titan is supposed to be technically almighty, as he's a more experienced Titan Shifter.
- 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.
- Due to the Dead: Kruger encourages him to reach the Three Walls to recover the Coordinate by invoking the fate of Grisha's comrades and wife and what they fought for.
- Fate Drives Us Together:
- Invoked. There's a significant possibility that Grisha came into contact with Mikasa's parents and was trying to introduce her to Eren in the first place because "The Owl" Eren Kruger absentmindedly mentioned her name (and Armin's) and the importance of protecting her. Keep in mind, this happened years before baby Eren, Mikasa and Armin were even born, as Kruger even states that the memory of these children is not his.
- Invoked also in the case of the Smiling Titan, as Dina had promised Grisha that she would find him after being Titanized. She headed into Shinganshina while avoiding Bertolt (who had just blown a hole into Wall Maria and turned into a human again) and found Grisha's house, eating Carla Yeager. One would be hard pressed to deny that even when she was a Mindless Titan, Dina indeed went into the town with purpose.
- Fate Worse than Death: Invoked. He was to endure titanization for his conspiracy against Marley, but he was saved at the last minute. He still had to endure his comrades and his dear wife's titanization.
- Fingore: The Marleyans cut off all of his fingers while torturing/punishing him for being in La Résistance, though luckily for him, they grew back after he became a Titan shifter.
- 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.It was repentance for his Abusive Parents behavior with Zeke, which made the Eldian resistance movement suffer a tragic end. Note that with Eren, he acts casually and even personally helped him know and understand the outer world as best as he can.
- Groin Attack: Horrifically, he may have been castrated during his torture at the hands of the Marleyan military; his groin region is shadowed so it might have just been censorship, but considering they had him naked and had already cut off his fingers in addition to a comment by Eren Kruger... either way, luckily for him, his fingers and any other possible missing digits grew back after becoming a Titan Shifter.
- 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. His actions directly prevented the Marleyans from gaining the Coordinate Titan power for their own ends, and halted their potential exploitation of the natural resources of the Island of Paradis. For better or for worse, Grisha Yeager is, by far and wide, one of the most important Eldians that has ever lived.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He lets himself be eaten by Eren after turning him into a Titan so he could pass the "Coordinate" and the "Attack" Titan power to him.
- Chapter 88 reveals Titan Shifters only live 13 years after getting their powers. If he randomly died, his Titan power would have been reborn in a random Eldian, according to Kruger. In sacrificing himself, his titan power is reset to 13 in his son.
- Heroic Spirit: Eren Kruger tells him that he didn't choose him for the cause of restoring Eldia out of his accomplishments (which were many), but rather because of his indomitable desire for freedom.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He sold his young son, Zeke, to the Marleyan army in order to use him as The Mole for the Eldian restoration movement, only for him to betray him to the Marleyans.
- The Infiltration: He is involved in two schemes:
- He sends his young son Zeke to enlist in the Marleyan "Warrior" Program in order to have a potential inside-man/saboteur for the Eldia Restorationists. Zeke ends up ratting him out.
- He is tasked by Eren Kruger to blend into the Eldian society within the King's Utopia at Paradis in order to remove the Coordinate from the Royal Family's hands. He builds himself a family and a reputation as a miraculous physician, earning him clearance to venture to the interior unimpeded to investigate the Royals' whereabouts, successfully locating them and stealing the Coordinate. He tasks his son Eren with continuing his mission, providing him with the means to fight off the Titan invaders sent by Marley. After the "Warriors" are successfully repelled, due to his monumental role in foiling the Kingdom of Marley's plans, he is considered public enemy number one there, even posthumously.
- Implied Trope: Just in Time:
- One of the possible reasons why the members of the Reiss family 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 is likely that Grisha confronted the royal family in order to alert them about the outside threat and prevent bloodshed, as opposed to Kruger's orders to retake the First Titan's power. However, it is when Frieda Reiss refused to cooperate influenced by king Fritz, that Grisha resorted to violence and took the power by force.
- It's also speculated by Rod Reiss that Frieda didn't have experience with her Titan form; either that, or Grisha didn't let her react in time for her to use either the Titan form or the Coordinate effectively.
- Irony: He tried to mold and indoctrinate his firstborn son, Zeke, into his political beliefs only for him to go completely against his wishes and betray him; by contrast he was a more Open-Minded Parent with his second son, Eren, never revealing anything about his past or his ideology, and as a result Eren ends up fully embracing his father's main goal by his own volition.
- It's All My Fault: He realizes he was wrong in forcing his beliefs onto Zeke, and knows he has the blame for his son's resulting betrayal.
- La Résistance: He spearheaded the Eldian Restoration movement and bore a son from the Eldian royal family. According to Eren Kruger, he went far and beyond what was expected of him.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia:
- A side-effect of the serum he injects Eren with.
- Subverted with Grisha himself. This is an assumption that Keith Shadis makes of Grisha 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.
- Legacy Character: One of the reasons "The Owl" chose him to inherit the Attack Titan was because of Grisha's indomitable pursuit of freedom. In time, and after realizing that his own son shared his ideals and came to them on his own, Grisha then gave young Eren the Attack Titan Power to carry on his mission.
- 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.
- Causing the capture and titanization of his comrades and his wife by giving his young son an overwhelming and outright ludicrous task.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He caused the titanization of his sons and first wife, and indirectly caused the death of his two wives.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: According to Shadis, there were almost no Titans in the area the day he found Grisha. It's heavily implied that Grisha slaughtered them while in Titan form before being found.
- 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.
- Posthumous Character: Invoked. He is considered MIA due to the Colossal Titan's attack on Shinganshina, though his whereabouts remain a mystery until it's revealed that he made Eren devour him in order to imbue the boy with the Attack Titan power. Most of the plot of the story happens due to his actions between the fall of Wall Maria and his eventual disappearance.
- 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.
- Satanic Archetype: Just like Eren, Grisha is considered public enemy no. 1 in Marley, as he stole the power of the gods (the Royal Family) to wage war on humanity. Zeke argues to the Marleyan high command that the plan was Grisha's in the first place.
- Secret Other Family: He had a wife and a son from 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.
- Sole Survivor: The only member of the Eldian Restoration Movement to survive, with everyone else either killed or turned into a mindless Titan.
- Vengeance Feels Empty: Upon seeing Gross being literally ripped apart piece by piece by the Kawaii Titan, and seeing the Marleyan army that condemned his fellows being crushed like over-ripe fruit, he felt absolutely no satisfaction. Only fear, and regret for his sins.
- 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.
- The most likely reason was that his time was running out; the titan powers kill after 13 years and that deadline was approaching fast. It's likely he didn't think he'd live long enough to continue his mission, and so passed it on to his son.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Possibly. Historia muses that Grisha murdered the Reiss family and stole the Coordinate ability just so wallists could be free from the First King's will that ties them down behind the Walls.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Zeke's reaction to him and Dina selling him to the Marley front for their cause amounts to this.
- 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.
- Your Days Are Numbered: Chapter 88 reveals that Titan Shifters don't live past 13 years once they get their powers.
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.
- Adaptational Ugliness: Contrary to the rest of the female characters, Carla is considerably more beautiful in the manga◊ than in the anime adaptation's first season. Due to the animation's raise in quality for the second season, Carla's design reflected her beauty more faithfully.
- 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. It's later revealed that she might not have had a very high opinion of the Survey Corps because Keith Shadis angrily snapped at her when Eren was a toddler, after yet another failed expedition returned to town.
- 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. It gets worse. The mindless Titan in question turned out to be Dina Yeager, Grisha's first wife.
- 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.
- Eaten Alive: Invoked and played with in the anime, but played straight in the manga. In the anime, the Smiling Titan snaps her torso so that she stops squirming before taking a bite out of her, leading to the possibility that she had already died when it devoured her; in the manga, the Titan just bites her in half.
- 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.
- Friendly Target: Invoked and played with. It's implied that the Smiling Titan ate her while trying to find Grisha at Shinganshina, as it was driven by Dina's promise to find him after being Titanized. As such, Dina eating Carla only raises more questions, as it's not possible to know whether Dina indeed intended to eat her, or defaulted to her Mindless Titan behavior and ate her.
- 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.
- Like a Daughter to Me: For all intents and purposes, she became Mikasa's mother after her own mother died, showering the girl with the care and love she needed. The love Carla gave to her is one of Mikasa's main motivators to live, love and persevere.
- 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.
- Morality Pet: Eren's memories of his mom are reminders of the duty he has towards Mikasa, to shape up, and both love the girl and keep her safe.
- Motherly Side Plait: Fitting her role as a good mother to Eren and Mikasa.
- Nice Girl: Just to illustrate the point, she was worth every effort Mikasa and Eren are making to avenge her. That's how awesome she was.
- 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.
Other Yeager Family Members
Eren YeagerGrisha and Carla's son. See the Shinganshina Trio character page.
Mikasa AckermanGrisha and Carla's adoptive daughter. See the Shinganshina Trio character page.
Mr. and Mrs. YeagerGrisha's parents from the Liberio Ghetto at Marley. For tropes related to them see the Kingdom of Marley character page.
Faye YeagerGrisha's late little sister. For tropes related to her, see the Kingdom of Marley character page.
Dina Yeager, née FritzGrisha's first wife and the mother of Zeke. For tropes related to her, see the Kingdom of Marley character page.
Zeke YeagerGrisha's firstborn son with Dina, for more information see the Kingdom of Marley character page.
Mr. and Mrs. Ackerman
Mr. Ackerman voiced by: Daichi Endō (Japanese), Jarrod Greene (English)
Mrs. Ackerman voiced by: Yuuka Hirose (Japanese), Colleen Clinkenbeard (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.
- 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.
- Submissive Badass: Seemingly a part of their genetic powers. The Ackerman Family were always said to be the loyal right hands to the Royal Family, and out of the three living members of the Ackerman family we see, Mikasa is fiercely devoted to Eren, Erwin is the only person that Levi trusts and obeys unconditionally, and Kenny spent a good chunk of his life as the bodyguard and right-hand man of Uri Reiss, and still respected him even years after his death.
- 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-Eldian descent, like Mikasa's Asian 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 trio of human traffickers that abducted Mikasa after killing her parents, only to be killed by Eren and her in return.
- An Axe to Grind: One of them killed Mikasa's mother with an axe.
- Asshole Victim: All three are human traffickers who were willing to sell children, and all three are stabbed to death by Eren and Mikasa.
- Faux Affably EvilLead Kidnapper: (Having just killed Mr. Ackerman and now standing at the door) Pardon the intrusion.
- Moral Myopia: Their MO is to kidnap and sell off certain people and kill those who resist. After Eren kills the first two Kidnappers, the third attacked him in a rage for killing his comrades.
- Terrible Trio: Three human traffickers in total.
- Token Motivational Nemesis: They are collectively this to Eren and Mikasa.
- Would Hurt a Child: They abducted Mikasa, intending to sell her into slavery. One of them had no problem choking Eren.
Armin Arlert's paternal grandfather and main caretaker. He was one of the survivors of the Fall of Shinganshina. Died in 846 in the government-mandated operation to reclaim Wall Maria.
- Adaptation Expansion: He is only mentioned in the manga, while he does have appearances in the anime.
- Blatant Lies: The government sent him and hundreds of thousands of other refugees to "reclaim" Wall Maria. In reality, they would run out of food and resources to maintain them, so they were purged by being sent to be devoured by Titans.
- Dramatic Irony: He and the refugees from the outer Wall stormed Wall Rose fleeing from the Titans. The government then sends the majority of them back out to be eaten by what they were fleeing from in the first place.
- Go Ye Heroes, Go and Die: Dies in a government-mandated "reclamation operation" of Wall Maria alongside thousands of others. This is due to them being unable to sustain the great volume of refugees.
- Keeper of Forbidden Knowledge: Armin finds one of his books detailing the outside world. Such books are completely forbidden inside the Wall.
- Naming Ceremony: According to Armin, he christened him (not Armin's parents).
- Nice Guy: He was a humble gentleman who nourished his grandson's curiosity and took care of him when he was orphaned. He also tried to provide for Armin, Eren and Mikasa when they reached Wall Rose.
- Outliving One's Offspring: His son and daughter-in-law are implied to have been killed by the government due to their efforts to explore outside Wall Maria. As such, he had to take care of Armin when the child was orphaned.
- Posthumous Character: Invoked. He died before his grandson joined the military, his death constituting the reason why he joined.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Sent to "reclaim" Wall Maria in 846 in an operation where the government actually intended to thin out the refugee population; he died with close to two hundred and fifty thousand people as a result.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He provides the reason why Armin, Eren and Mikasa become curious with the outside world. He gets seconds of airtime in the Anime, while getting only a mention in the manga.
- Tragic Keepsake: He leaves his hat to Armin when he leaves for Wall Maria.
- War Refugees: He was one of the thousands of refugees who fled Wall Maria upon the Titan invasion. In order to thin out the population, the government set them out to reclaim the wall, basically annihilating them via-Titan.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He was the main enabler for Armin's curiosity regarding the outside world, and through Armin, to Eren and Mikasa too.
Characters from Wall Rose and related districts and towns
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.
- He also serves to illustrate Dot Pixis' attitude towards the nobility in the anime; this is further explained in the manga, when Erwin proposes the military coup to Pixis, who refuses to be directly involved in the planning because he refuses to leave the military without both of their two top commanders (referring to Erwin and himself), and just like Marquis Bart, he humors the nobility in the very same manner. In the end, the nobility ends up fucking up anyway, eliciting his participation in the coup.
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.
- Back for the Dead: Murdered by Captain Ackerman, not long after allying with the Survey Corps.
- 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.
- 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.
- Plot-Triggering Death: His assassination and subsequent revelations as to why it happened and who did it, mark the turning point in the public's opinion of the Royal Government, a key element of said government's eventual downfall.
- 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.
Characters from Wall Sina and related districts and towns
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Invoked. Other than him being a fanatic, Hange recognizes that Nick is ultimately a decent guy who is being controlled by forces beyond his means, burdened by the weight of his knowledge and guilt, and that the information that he carries is overwhelmingly important and a matter of life and death for all the people inside the Walls. To make things worse, it looked like the guy was incredibly close to spill the beans. All in all, this is why she subjects the men that tortured and killed him to the same treatment.
- 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 fanatic 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.
- He does this to the MPs 1st Brigade's men, as he refused to divulge just how much information the Survey Corps had attained upon the MPs torture and eventual slaying imparted upon him.
- Pet the Dog: Goes out of his way to help a refugee child, showing he's not completely indifferent to the people's plight.
- Plot-Triggering Death: The torture and assassination of Pastor Nick is one of the events that sparked the Survey Corps' rebellion against the Royal Government. Up until then, they were just trying to avoid the assassins from the 1st Brigade.
- 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.
- Skewed Priorities: He seems more horrified of any damage that could be done to the Walls than the fact that several of his congregation had just been killed when Annie fell on top of them. Actually a Subverted Trope, since he knew about the Wall Titans, and the fact that if they awake by being disturbed, they would cause the end of the world.
- The Stool Pigeon: Invoked and defied. Hange speculates that Nick would have eventually established a rapport with the Survey Corps when they had reached his level of knowledge of the Walls on their own, and that he was beginning to sympathize as to why the Corps are proceeding in the way they are (for the sake of the people, that is). His extreme hermetism and total duty to his vows prevented him from divulging the secrets... and the Survey Corps were in the verge of finding out on their own by the time he is treacherously killed by the MP 1st Brigade. He gave the M Ps nothing even after being tortured.
- 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, still giving positive descriptions about her 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.
- Only Friend: She was the source of solace and consolation to Rod after his sweet daughter Frieda lost her humanity to the Will of the First King.
- 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.
- Posthumous Character: She is killed by the first brigade after Rod tries to scamper her and Historia to safety. All of the information we know about her comes after the fact.
- 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:
- Alma could have been aware of the Reiss family's inaction towards the Titans and developed disgust towards her daughter, a Reiss;
- Because she could have 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.
- It's implied that she is killed by the Central MP 1st Brigade so that she and Historia don't contest Rod's power as king. The plan was to kill Historia too, had Rod not intervened.
- Unequal Pairing: Alma, a lowly servant, and Rod Reiss, the true ruler of humanity.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Played with. Historia has a curiously high opinion of her mother, especially considering that Alma hated her and showed her nothing but contempt. The thing is, it's not that Alma had virtues of her own, but rather, Historia hates herself more than she hated her mom.
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.
A young woman living in Stohess District, she is the daughter of a prominent businessman. Her disappearance is investigated by Annie Leonhart.
- Daddy's Girl: She genuinely loves her father, using her Chemistry degree to create a drug empire to help rebuild his business.
- Daddy's Little Villain: Her father is ultimately the villain of the story, and she was an active participant in his criminal empire. But she ends up abandoning him, when he breaks his promise to her.
- Damsel in Distress: Her kidnapping is the central plot of Wall Sina, Goodbye.
- Decoy Damsel: She was never actually kidnapped, she simply wanted her father to think she was. She apologizes to Annie for all the trouble.
- Even Evil Has Standards: She forbid the distributing of Coderoin in Stohess, not wanting to hurt the people in her own community. But when she sees her friends using the drug, she resolves to destroy the drug business.
- Foil: To Annie. Both are girls that were driven to commit terrible crimes for the sake of their fathers, and struggle with the guilt over their actions. But unlike Annie, Carly finds the courage to recognize her father was wrong, and walk away.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: She's a Graduate Student of Chemistry, and uses her education to create a highly-addictive drug. She comes to regret her actions.
- My God, What Have I Done??: After seeing Coderoin spreading into her own neighborhood, Carly is horrified and comes to regret her actions.
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: The central Damsel of the story has curly red hair, and green eyes.
- Youthful Freckles: In the visual novel, she has freckles and is far more youthful in appearance compared to the manga adaptation.
Elliot G. Stratmann
A businessman living in Stohess District, and president of the Marleen Trading Company. Annie Leonhart is put in charge of investigating his daughter's disappearance.
- Chekhov's Gun: His cigarettes, with their very distinct smell. Annie is able to use them to completely unravel Stratmann's lies, and piece together the truth.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He oversees a massive drug operation, to maintain his fortune.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Zigagged. He seems genuinely concerned for his daughter's well-being, but also notes that their relationship is distant with their interactions being strictly about business. It isn't clear whether he's more upset about losing the source of his drug empire, or his daughter, when she abandons him. Annie is struck by the complexity of the Stratmann family's situation.
- Foil: To Annie's father, another man that used his own daughter. While Annie's father came to regret the way he treated Annie and waits for her return, Stratmann remains unrepentant and loses Carly completely.
- Gut Feeling: He explains that being able to judge someone accurately is a valuable skill in business, demonstrating his knack at reading others by showing that he isn't fooled by Annie's lies.
- Impoverished Patrician: Wall Maria was their primary source of business, and the company nearly collapsed after the territory was lost. Officially, the Marleen company only has a carriage service to keep it going and that shouldn't be enough to sustain it. After Carly takes the recipe for Coderoin and leaves, Annie points out that it is only a matter of time before Stratmann loses everything.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: His running of the Coderoin ring and murders are covered up, seemingly letting him get away with everything. But Annie warns him that it's only a matter of time before things catch up with him. Without the ability to make more Coderoin, he won't be able to maintain his wealthy lifestyle or his company.
- Smoking Is Cool: He flaunts his wealth by smoking cigarettes that are no longer produced, as a result of the tobacco being grown exclusively in Wall Maria.
Characters from other locations
Lady Kiyomi Azumabito
One of the foreign dignitaries invited to Marley, hailing from the eastern nation of Hizuru. She has strong ties to Lord Tybur, and behaves in a mysterious fashion.
- Ambiguous Situation: She is seen leaving the festivities with her bodyguards after wishing good luck to Willy on his performance. Was she not interested in hearing Willy's message? Or was she aware that things are about to get really bad?
- The Clan: The Azumabito Clan, which she represents during her visit to Marley. Little is known about them, other than Lord Tybur shows them respect and their mark is three blades forming an "A".
- Fantastic Racism: Averted. While the other dignitaries complain about the presence of "Eldian devils" at the dinner party, Kiyomi lies to protect Udo from punishment and likely saved his life in the process.
- Inscrutable Oriental: The first member of the "East Sea Clan" (from outside the Walls) to appear in the story, she is a mysterious and inscrutable person.
- Kimono Is Traditional: She wears a kimono to the formal event, making her stand out even more among the various dignitaries.
- Nice to the Waiter: When Udo accidentally spills wine over her kimono, she deliberately lies to the Marleyan waiter telling that it was her fault, protecting Udo from severe punishment.
- Silk Hiding Steel: She is elegant and diplomatic to the extreme, but shows quick wits and is clearly a powerful if mysterious player in the larger political world.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: She is the very definition of a Japanese noblewoman, composed and elegant but revealing brief glimpses of a shrewd mind beneath her demure mannerisms.