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The People of Ymir
The Empire of Eldia
Eldians / Elodians / The People of Ymir
The Eldians (or Elodians) are a nation that originated from Ymir Fritz, the Original/Progenitor Titan. Upon obtaining her Titan powers, Ymir, her Nine Titan Powers and the Eldians sought to aid the human race, according to Grisha, 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 looks like 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 and if it was indeed an inverted map, then Madagascar would be to the west and not to the east as depicted in the map.
- Asshole Victim: Invoked. The Marleyans have sent waves of criminals of their Eldian minorities turned into mindless man-eating Titans to hound the peoples of the Three Walls because 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.
- Blatant Lies: Invoked. As Eren Kruger states, seventeen centuries of Eldian ethnic cleansing should have wiped out the Marleyans; also he states that Ymir Fritz was probably not as egalitarian or as influential as both the Eldians and the Marleyans speculate, and that in those terms, the titanization of Ymir followed a simpler, non-politically-charged explanation in that she just stumbled upon the origin of all organic matter.
- 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.
- 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.
- Irony: The Eldians who retained their "freedom" secluded themselves behind the Walls, where they ended up being hounded by the same powers they were once masters of.
- 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 abandoned 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.
- Lovecraftian Superpower: Their abilities to turn into Titans, which are all but stated to be exclusive of the Eldians, in addition there's the "Coordinate" power that can control the Titans and erase other Eldians' memories.
- 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.
- Psychic Link: It is theorized by the Marleyan Institute of Titan Research that all the "People of Ymir" share a metaphysical link, from which the bones, flesh and blood to form the Titans' bodies comes through, and not only that but also memories, the will of other people or a Titan power looking for new vessel.
- Quest for Identity: What the Survey Corps and by proxy the people inside the Walls ended up finding in Grisha Yeager's account, though they were actually looking for a way to stop the Titans. The mystery of the barrage of Titans inflicted upon them is directly related to who they are and what happened a century before. Turns out, they are the a small portion of the People of Ymir, the Eldians, and they're being self-punished for a centuries-long ethnic crime against their enemies, 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.
- Vestigial Empire: All that's left of their former glory is the territory surrounded by the Walls.
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.
- 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 millitary in order to send him off to a warzone and cruel training while he's still only seven years old. Though he raised Eren and later, Mikasa with fondness , even being supportive of Eren's behaviour.
- 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. The way the story is set up, 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. Only time will tell.
- 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. If he knows that the Smiling Titan, his first wife Dina, was the one that ate Carla, that 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- A Subverted Trope though, bizarrely enough. According to Keith's and Eren's account of the timeline, Grisha survived as a Shifter for fifteen years (arriving in the walls twenty years ago and dying fifteen years later).
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 Attractiveness: Inverted. Contrary to the rest of the female characters, Carla is considerably more beautiful in the manga◊ than in the anime adaptation.
- 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.
- 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.
Mr. and Mrs. Yeager
Grisha and Faye's parents and Eren and Zeke's grandparents, they were later left with the care of a young Zeke after Grisha and Dina were convicted of conspiring against the Marleyan government.
- Anger Born of Worry: Mr. Yeager unloads on Grisha for putting himself, his sister and their parents in danger.
- Mr. Exposition: Mr. Yeager functions as this after being told by Gross that they haven't "educated" their children enough about the sins of their Eldian ancestors which was the reason why their daughter Faye was killed.
- Promotion to Parent: They had to take care of Zeke after Grisha and Dina were arrested for treason.
- The Stoic: While Mrs. Yeager was so torn by grief to say anything about Faye's death, Grisha noted that Mr. Yeager on the other hand seemed remarkably talkative for someone who had just lost his daughter.
- Sycophantic Servant: Contrary to Grisha, they willfully submit to the Marleyans and swallow all the anti-Eldian propaganda.
- This Is Unforgivable!: While Grisha did understood why his father was so sycophantic (as their lives depended on it), he never forgave him for how he groveled to the Security Bureau people who killed Faye. In his recount, Grisha makes a point of not referring to his father fondly.
Grisha's eight year-old younger sister, who was taken beyond their ghetto by him, separated from her brother, and later found dead.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: The Marleyan officer Gross fed her to his son's 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 Forward: Like most of the revolutionaries shown in the chapters taking place in Grisha's past, she resembles one of the Titans that attacked Shinganshina and later Trost, namely the Smiling Titan that ate Carla Yeager. It turns out they're one and the same.
- Famous Last Words: Before being forcefully turned into a mindless Titan, Dina calmly tells Grisha that no matter what happens to her, she'll eventually find him again. Ironically, her Smiling Titan form did find its way to Shiganshina, where Grisha lived a peaceful life with his new family.
- 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 was no exception.
- It gets worse. She was turned into the Smiling Titan; the same one that ate Carla, and was later ripped apart by a hoard of titans under Eren's control (mirroring the death of Faye). Even for this series, that is an incredibly cruel twist.
- Kruger implies that had the Marleyan's realized who she really is, based on what he knows from Zeke's intel, Dina would have been turned into a tool for the Marleyans due to her being of royal blood. He believes that at least letting Dina roam around the island as a mindless Titan would have saved her from an even worse fate.
- Finagle's Law: Oh, baby! Absolutely everything that could have gone wrong for Dina, indeed went wrong. The Contrived Coincidence of the fact that she ended up eating Carla and was killed by Eren in the end just spells that the universe was out to get her, grabbed her, took her by the ankles and slammed her on the concrete face down. Calling her the poster child of the trope would only invite to even more misery.
- Gone Horribly Right: Dina promises Grisha that she will find him when she is titanized. Years later, as a mindless Titan during the Fall of Shinganshina, she finds Grisha's house and eats Carla, his second wife.
- 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.
- Missed Him by That Much: She was twice remarkably close to returning to her human form:
- Had she eaten Eren instead of Carla during the Fall of Shinganshina; Eren, having been rescued by Hannes mere moments before the fact;
- Had Eren not used the Coordinate against her during the Clash of the Titans when she was reaching for him to devour him, making several Titans devour her instead and causing her demise.
- 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.
Zeke YeagerGrisha's firstborn son with Dina, for more information see the entry "Warchief Zeke Yeager" under the Marleyan "Warrior" Program section.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 even though she was the Queen, 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.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: Notice that he wanted Historia to become a Titan and reclaim the Coordinate from Eren, but at no point he mentioned that she would become Queen, meaning, he was not going to relent his power.
- 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.
- Last of Her Kind: She was the last Queen of the Walls that held the Coordinate and the Will of the First King.
- 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.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Historia points out that the only times that she behaved completely unlike herself was when she (Historia) attempted to climb the fence in the farm; Frieda then began angry and fanatic-like tirades against the very nature of humanity and they deserving their cruel fate. It was as if something took over her.
- 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.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Kenny cites the main reason for his loyalty to be that he considers Uri to be strongest man within the Walls.
- Foreshadowing: He looks considerably more aged than Rod, despite being his younger brother, and he was outlived by the latter; this foreshadows Ymir's curse, and how the Titan powers shorten the lifespans of their vessels.
- 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.
Characters from Wall Maria and related districts and towns
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 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 Evil
- Lead 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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 it's 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.
- Blue Blood: Though they are not as high-tiered as the King, it's said that their families have had power over the people of the Walls from even before they were erected.
- 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: 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- The Stool Pigeon: Invoked and subverted. 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, 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:
- 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.
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.
The Kingdom of Marley
The Kingdom of Marley
Marley / Marleyans / Māre
The Kingdom of Marley is a nation from beyond the Walls which dominates most of the continent, in their history they claim to have been the subject of persecution and ethnic cleansing by the Eldian Empire, until the latter became fractured and the clans started fighting each other, which they used as an opportunity to steal seven of the Nine Titan powers from the Eldians; With those they were able to turn the tables on their oppressors and made them flee to the island of Paradis, thus leading Marley to become the new dominant superpower. After eighty years of their victory (and roughly twenty years before the start of the story) they set their sights on the island of Paradis to secure its strategic natural resources.
- Applied Phlebotinum: They have blood tests to determine who is of Eldian descent. Thing is, all it takes to skew the results is a willing doctor and crappy bureaucracy.
- Arch-Enemy: Of the Eldians.
- Blatant Lies: Invoked. As Eren Kruger argues, if an actual ethnic cleansing against them had taken place, there wouldn't be any Marleyans left after 17 centuries of it happening. It's just too much time for the claim to be true; not only that, but also the fact that there are thousands, if not millions of Marleyans alive only one century after the supposed cleansing policy ended. If there was indeed an ethnic cleansing, it was remarkably ineffective. And there's also the problem that none of the current Marleyans can transform into titans, but the history says that Eldians forced them to reproduce with them to produce more citizens of Ymir, which doesn't appear to be possible.
- Deadly Euphemism: To be "sent to Paradise" is not even remotely as pleasant as it sounds. It means, to be sent to Paradi Island to roam endlessly as a Mindless Titan. The euphemism is mainly used to threaten and punish dissenting Eldians in the ghettos.
- Didn't Think This Through: They've spent a hundred years throwing mindless titans at the Walls for no other reason than to harass the Eldians and keep them stuck in the walls that they're already trapped in. However, now that technology is marching on and they're in need of the natural resources on the island, they find themselves cut off from those resources by the very titans they've been flooding the island with. Hence their need for the coordinate.
- Enemy Civil War: They seized the opportunity of in-fighting among the Eldian clans to steal the Titan powers from them.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: They went from being oppressed and (supposedly) ethnically cleansed by the Eldians to enact that same oppression and enslavement upon obtaining power.
- Greater Scope Villain: They are behind all the major events that kickstarted the plot:
- They're the reason the Eldians fled to Paradis Island and secluded themselves behind the three Walls.
- They constantly send hordes of mindless Titans to hound those Eldian exiles who are living behind the Walls.
- They are the ones who sent the Titan shifters to breach Wall Maria and infiltrate the society behind the Walls.
- Hidden Agenda Villain:
- They claim that they keep the Eldians alive in the ghettos because they are being graceful, but there's the possibility that they're keeping them alive because only Eldians can be turned into Titans and use Ymir's Titan Powers. This is confirmed by Eren Kruger.
- Subverted with their current motivations: They claim that the reason that after eighty years they're going to the offensive against the Eldians living in Paradis Island is because King Fritz has announced his intention of reclaiming the Eldian Empire's lost territories, in reality no such announcement has been made and King Fritz has never made contact with the outside world in all this time; It is said by an informant in the Marleyan government that the real reason for it is to claim the Island of Paradis for the fossil fuels they'll need to maintain their military supremacy in a world where technology is beginning to render the power of the seven Titans obsolete.
- If You Thought That Was Bad...: The Marleyans are in an arms race, though it's not outright stated that it's being driven by their efforts against Eldia; as such, there's a possibility that the kingdom is simultaneously at war with a different country.
- Irony: By virtue of the enforced sequestration and self mind-wiping that the Eldians underwent, the Marleyans know an awful lot more about the Eldians than the Eldians themselves.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Invoked. The Marleyans justify their apartheid and persecution of the Eldians by claiming that Eldia conducted eugenics on them. Even if this were true, the propagandistic nature of everything they do puts this fact in question. As Eren Kruger states, it's too big and too farfetched of a claim for it to be true.
- Let Us Never Speak of This Again: They force a narrative on the Eldian ghettos in Marley which states that they must abide to their every rule without question by guilt-tripping them for their ancestors' sins.
- The Minion Master / Mook Maker: Both invoked. They are shown to have access to large quantities of the spino-cerebral serum that is used to transform Eldians into mindless Titans, they are even knowledgeable of the doses required to transform into the different types of Titans; Although the actual source of that serum has not been revealed yet.
- A Nazi by Any Other Name: They forced the remaining Eldians who didn't flee to the island of Paradis into ghetto conditions reminiscent of the treatment of Jews during The Holocaust.
- Propaganda Machine: They make use of extensive propaganda to paint the Eldians as "descendants of the Devil" who are deserving of their fate in serfdom, while accusing the ones who fled to Paradis as cowards who escaped their "just punishment" and are just waiting for an opportunity to strike back and enslave the world again. This could be why Grisha was so surprised to see how different was the state of things and the way of life behind the Walls.
- Technologically Advanced Foe: Unlike the original Eldians who relied on the Titan powers to make their lives easier and the ones behind the Walls that live in a technological stasis, the Marleyans and their rivals are shown having industrial age technology including photography, coal-burning factories, revolvers, cartridge-firing rifles, paddle steamers, zeppelins, and triplanes.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Played with. According to the historical documents provided by "The Owl," the Eldians used their Titan power to bring all humanity to prosperity selflessly, and as thanks, the Marleyans betrayed them, stole their powers, accused them of ethic cleansing, and threw them into ghettos to be used as cannon fodder. They then upgrade to Entitled Bastard with the reveal that they want to seize the city within the walls, and exterminate everyone within purely to take the natural resources there that they believe is theirs by birthright.
- Walking Spoiler: Their existence turns many of series' main plot elements up on their head:
- It reveals that humanity is actually thriving beyond the Walls, not extinct as it was stated from the start.
- It also sheds light on the outside world which upon that point was completely unknown.
- It reveals who's behind the looming threat that's been alluded previously on the series.
- We Have Reserves: Almost literally, they can keep sending Titanized Eldians to Paradis Island as long as they find subjects in the ghettos for it; it is also hinted that they have more reserves of "warriors" that can be used for Titan power vessels.
A member of the Public Security Bureau overseeing the Liberio Ghetto in Marley. He later is shown to have risen in rank as one of the commanding officers in the Marleyan army tasked with sending off the captive Eldian revolutionaries to Paradi Island. A stocky, mustached man.
- Asshole Victim: After everything this guy pulled, no one shed any tears when the Kawaii Titan bit his face off.
- The Bad Guys Are Cops: He pretty much has carte blanche to do whatever he wants with Eldians as a member of the military, since opposing him means to oppose the Marleyan establishment.
- Dirty Cop: Citizen, civilian, superior and subordinate. Nobody from his own nation can trust him because he's too corrupt, hedonistic, and sadistic.
- Disproportionate Retribution: He let a little girl be mauled by dogs because she and her brother caught him and his subordinate slacking off.
- Fantastic Racism: Invoked. He argues that Faye being Eldian was the main reason he killed her. Gross has a deep rooted hatred for Eldians, though he also states that he does not align with peaceful practices even when Marley is not in a state of war anymore.
- For the Evulz: He has a history of throwing Eldians off the dyke into the sand bar, right in front of their recently Titanized friends and loved ones because he needs "entertainment."
- Hannibal Lecture: He spends a great deal of time sadistically tormenting Grisha by making it explicitly clear that he believes vicious brutal sadists like himself are "normal" while those who value peaceful coexistence are "have something wrong with them."
- Harmful to Minors: He claims that he made his sons watch as he fed Faye Yeager to their dogs, alive "to teach them a valuable lesson about the world."
- Jerkass: He personally killed Faye Yeager, a little girl, by throwing her to be mauled by dogs.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Invoked and subverted. His extreme xenophobia against the Eldians is more understandable once you realize that he doesn't consider them human in the first place, but rather monsters; this is what Marleyans in general think, but Gross actually uses as an excuse to amuse himself while exterminating Eldians.
- Karmic Death: He dies by being devoured by a Titan when previously he had fed a little girl to the dogs.
- Mr. Exposition: He dropped several important pieces of information regarding the Titan serum while giving his Hannibal Lecture to Grisha; It's spinal fluid extracted from normal Titans, the dosage dictates the size of the Titan produced, and that the serum only works on people of Eldian descent.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: With his actions, he singlehandedly made Grisha Yeager rebel against the Marley establishment. By doing so, in the long run he gave the Eldians inside the Walls a fighting chance that they would not have had otherwise. Also applies to Nice Job Breaking It, Rivals.
- Not So Different: He delivers one to Grisha by saying that's he is fine with wiping out the Eldians from the face of the earth and then pointing out that Grisha would also be okay if upon achieving victory, the Eldian restoration movement exterminates all the Marleyans.
- Police Are Useless: Not only is he impeding a further investigation into the death of Faye, he's actively blaming her parents for the death. So he's not only useless; he's downright evil.
- Small Role, Big Impact: The entire plot line would have been drastically different had he simply taken Faye back home.
- Spanner in the Works: His penchant for sadistically killing Eldian people for his own amusement ended up being the catalyst for Grisha to rebel against Marley by joining the Eldian restoration movement. This ended up triggering a massive series of events causing the Marley Kingdom's mission of exterminating the Eldians residing in the Walls on Paradis Island to be fraught with numerous complications.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: He uses this to justify his bigotry against Eldians, by pointing out that no other race on earth can turn into mindless human-devouring monsters; As such, in his view, Eldians are Not Even Human to begin with.
- Tempting Fate: During his Hannibal Lecture, he matter-of-factly states that he knows everyone will die someday, including him. He tells Grisha he has made peace with that fact and will face fate head on as he creates the Kawaii Titan. When he is pushed off the wall, he is screaming and struggling as his face is bitten off. "Face fate" head on indeed.
- Would Harm A Child: Threw a child to the dogs, so yeah.
Gross' right-hand man and second-in-command. A lanky, morose man.He's interested in personally interrogating Grisha instead of just transforming him into a mindless Titan like the rest of the revolutionaries. Kruger is actually "The Owl", the hidden informant of the Eldian restorationists, and a Titan Shifter.
- Ambiguous Situation: After kneeing Grisha in the stomach and after Gross left, he invites Grisha to remain and see the Zeppelin he and Faye wanted to see, was he doing as a nice gesture? Or was he stalling Grisha for him not to see Faye getting killed? After revealing himself as the Owl to Grisha, Kruger admits that he was not certain of how Grisha felt about it, and is put at ease when the latter replies that he would probably have been killed along side his sister by Gross.
- Becoming the Mask: He plays the part of an uncaring officer as far as he can take it, but ultimately saves Griesha's life from Gross by throwing him into the island to be eaten by a Titan.
- Call Forward: His Titan form resembles the Rogue Titan, albeit more muscle-toned and considerably bigger (20 m or so). His, Griesha's and Eren's titan form is all the same titan power, classified as the Attack/Attacker Titan.
- The Chessmaster: It's implied that he's been playing Griesha like a fiddle since the death of Faye.
- Double Agent: He is The Owl, and it's shown that he is a Titan Shifter; as such, it's revealed that he's an Eldian mole within the Marleyan military.
- Dragon with an Agenda: He's not exactly loyal to the Marley party line or his superiors.
- Foreshadowing: On chapter 86, he tells Grisha that it was smart of him and Faye to wear the bracelets showing that they are Eldian; Kruger being The Owl gives an entirely different meaning to this statement, as it implies that Kruger didn't do any further harm to Griesha once Gross was out of sight because Grisha is Eldian.
- Identical Stranger: Looks like an older Eren Yeager, and was very likely his namesake. In fact, Eren looks almost identical to when Kruger was a boy despite not being being close relatives. However, the fact that Grisha ate Kruger and the "invisible bonds" between each Eldian may have to do something to do with this.
- I Did What I Had to Do: He originally infiltrated the Marleyan military to enact revenge upon them following the death of his family in a failed coup similar to what Grisha experienced. But as he maintained his act as an interrogator, he was forced to torture countless fellow Eldians, all while believing he still did it for Eldia's greater cause. Needless to say, it broke him into the apathetic double agent he appears to Grisha.
- Hidden Purpose Test: Invoked. He takes personal interest in Grisha and prevents him from being killed or titanized until the very end under the pretense of interrogating him; he also makes sure that the young man is the very last standing out of the Restorationists and the Marleyan soldiers.
- Ironic Echo: He asks "do you find this entertaining?" as the Kawaii Titan is biting Gross's face off. After Gross had mentioned how much "humanity" needs "entertainment" by doing cruel and sadistic things.
- Jerkass Façade: He glares at Grisha during Gross' testimony of Faye's demise to her parents, almost daring the boy to say something. Him being The Owl later, though, sheds an entirely different light to what he was thinking at that very moment.
- Mr. Exposition: He reveals details in person to Griesha that he withheld from the intel he slipt to the Eldians. Information such as Titan Shifters die within 13 years of receiving their powers and that the Marleyans have a full science division for studying Titans. He also reveals that should a Shifter pass away without being eaten, the power will be reborn in a random Eldian, due to the link they share as "Ymir's People".
- Not So Different: He had reached the very same conclusion as Grisha did when it came to the Warrior Program, and fully intended to back him on those plans from the inside... only that this didn't work out for either of them. Out of options, he gives Grisha the Attack Titan and the mission to restore Eldia.
- Not So Stoic: He throws Gross to be devoured by the Kawaii Titan because of his taunting of Grisha.
- Perpetual Frowner: His face is in a constant state of anguish.
- Police Are Useless: He remains quiet as Gross lies his ass off about Faye's death.
- Posthumous Character: His story is only told in a flashback, and he was the Titan Shifter Grisha ate to acquire the power of one of the Nine original Titans.
- Take Up My Sword: He allows Griesha to eat him, not only because he's dying, but because of their shared circumstances. He wants Griesha to claim the first Titan's power.
- The Unreveal: It is not yet known how he inherited the Titan power in the first place.
- Wham Line: He says this to Grisha in a flashback, and while it's implications to the plot as a whole is not yet known, the fact that he uttered it is quite significant:Mikasa and Armin...if you want to keep them safe, then you better fulfill your mission.
- Would Harm A Child: The first thing he does when Griesha tells him he has no permit to be outside the ghetto is to knee him in the gut, although it's revealed that this is the absolute minimum punishment he could have gotten away with inflicting on young Grisha for "trespassing" outside the official Eldian zone without the proper permits.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Invoked. He tells Grisha that he pretty much did exactly what Kruger wanted from him in terms of Dina, Zeke and the Restorationists, and that Kruger too thought that Grisha's plans were sound and intended to back him up on those until everything crumbled down like a house of cards, meaning that Kruger was at his wits' end as well at that point. As such, he tells Grisha that he has to fight on and persevere because he's altogether spent, both in ideas and physically (as Kruger was approaching the 13-year mark from the Curse of Ymir), encouraging him to reach the Three Walls and carry out the mission.
- Your Days Are Numbered: He states that once someone inherits the power of the Nine Titans, they only have thirteen years to live. When the tells that to Grisha, thirteen years have already passed since he originally got his powers, and can be seen starting to bleed and collapse from exhaustion. He refers to this as "Ymir's Curse".
Marleyan "Warrior" Program
The "Warrior" Program
The Marleyan "Warrior" Program is a military project by the Marleyan government which consists on recruiting Eldians among the ghetto populations in order to train them and indoctrinate them into becoming hardened "warriors" for Marley, the cream of the crop are then given one of the seven Titan powers under control by the Marleyan goverment. The program's main mission is to infiltrate the Eldian society behind the Walls and obtain the Coordinate Titan power from the Eldian royal family without awakening the millions of colossal Titans entombed inside the Walls.
- Child Soldiers: They recruit children between the ages of five and seven among the Eldians living in the ghettos to mold them to serve as fanatically loyal "warriors" for Marley, a select few are then given one of the Titan powers, in exchange they grant the title of "Honorary Marleyans" to their families.
- Five-Bad Band: The core warriors form one.
- The Big Bad: The Beast Titan, which leads the operation against the humans hiding behind the three walls.
- The Dragon: The Armored Titan, a powerful user of Instant Armor who reports to the Beast Titan.
- The Brute: The Colossal Titan, who kicks down Wall Maria.
- The Evil Genius: The Female Titan, a prime example of It Can Think.
- The Dark Chick: The Mule Titan, who moves on all fours and is used to carry loads.
- Klingon Promotion: Implied Trope among the ranks of the "warriors": One of them can challenge the leadership a superior at anytime, as Reiner attempted to do with Zeke.
- More Than Mind Control: It is not known how they brainwash and indoctrinate Eldian children into becoming "warriors" willing to betray their own families, commit genocide against their own race, undergo titanization and after they've outlived their usefulness willingly let themselves to be eaten to pass their powers to another "warrior".
- We Have Reserves: It is hinted that they have more reserves of "warriors" that can be used for Titan power vessels.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Implied Trope, once the "warriors" have reached the end of their usefulness, they must allow themselves to be eaten to pass on their powers.
Characters who are known members of the "Warrior" Program:
Warchief Zeke Yeager
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, 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.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: It appears that any Warrior can challenge their leader to assert their dominance should viewpoints clash, if needs be. Zeke is noticeably the oldest of all the Warriors shown and clearly the most dominant, meaning that not only is he the strongest of their ranks, but he was able to outlive the rest of his generation to be able to lead the next. Though Isayama has implied on a reent interview that there might be someone that outranks even Zeke.
- Antagonistic Offspring: He (and Eren) are 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.
- Boomerang Bigot: He refers to the Eldians living inside the walls as a "cursed race", despite the fact that he himself is an Eldian.
- Cain and Abel: He is Eren's older half-brother, though he states he wants to rescue Eren.
- Call Forward: When we're shown the moment in his childhood when Grisha decided to give him to be trained by the Marleyans, he's playing with an ape-like stuffed animal that resembles his later titan form, which we've already seen in the present.
- 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.
- 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.
- Dated History: Played with in-universe. He is aware that the Reiss family are in power within the Three Walls as far as he's concerned, but what he doesn't know is that they have been effectively deposed by a Military Coup with Historia Reiss as a figurehead queen. It remains to be seen how he will proceed once he finds out.
- Didn't See That Coming: With all of his meticulous planning for ambushing the Survey Corps and despite being warned by Reiner beforehand, he never factored in just how much of a threat Levi truly was. That gross miscalculation led to Zeke being dismembered and almost killed outright, his entire Titan army slaughtered, and being forced to retreat with a horribly injured Reiner and leaving Bertolt behind.
- 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.
- 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, he's dead set on committing full blown Genocide against the walled Eldian, calling them "an evil race".
- 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.
- Informed Ability: Much ado is made about him being part of the Eldian Royal Family and what he might achieve should he finally gain the Coordinate; while we know what the First King was capable of, it remains to be seen what Zeke, a Fritz, can actually do with it.
- It's Personal: Implied. He calls Grisha a liar and argues to Eren that he's just being manipulated by Grisha's agenda. He's right to be angry at his father, considering that Grisha and Dina basically sold him to the Marley Warrior Program for their own cause. This implies that he's badmouthing Grisha for what was done to him, and not because Grisha might actually be right; given what Zeke had to go through, it's understandable why he doesn't give Grisha the benefit of the doubt.
- 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.
- Meaningful Name: "Zeke" is short for the Hebrew name Ezekiel, which roughly means "God will strengthen", which makes sense as Grisha and Dina conceived him for the sole purpose of being the Eldians'(who themselves have many Jewish connotations) messiah.
- 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 forced into him the fate of the Eldian people when they give him away to be a recruit of the Marley war 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.
- Replacement Goldfish: Implied. Zeke's age (mid-20's to early 30's), and the fact that he has been in the ranks of Marley since he was a young boy, suggest that the rest of the Titan Warriors —who are considerably younger— are just replacements of previous holders of the Titan Powers or that the Marleyan training is so harsh and cruel, they only found suitable children to receive the titan powers recently.
- 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.
- 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.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Even at an early age, he realized how his parents threw their political baggage onto him; they basically sold him to Marley for their cause.
- 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.
A childhood friend of Reiner and Bertolt, who sacrificed his life to save Reiner from a Titan, later revealed to have been a Titan shifter and with the same mission as them. It's further implied that he used to be the holder of the Dancing Titan power before he was devoured.
- 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.
See the 104th Trainee Corps character page's entry on Annie Leonhart.
See the 104th Trainee Corps character page's entry on Reiner Braun.
See the 104th Trainee Corps character page's entry on Bertolt Hoover.