Characters: Attack on Titan: The Survey Corps
Branch of the military in charge of exploring and reclaiming territory lost to the Titans. They are noted to have an exceptionally high mortality rate, with only a 50% chance of surviving their first mission. However, those that become veterans are considered the most skilled soldiers humanity has at its disposal.Main Character Index
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The Survey Corps
Tropes that apply to the Survey Corps as a whole:
- Action Survivor: Invoked. The recruits who are not at the very least this don't tend to make it past their first expedition. It's probably part of the reason why the veterans all have such high survivability and why so many recruits die on their first journey outside the walls. Those without this trait are swiftly and mercilessly weeded out.
- Anti-Hero: They're definitely the good guys, but considering just how bad humanity's circumstances really are at this point, (and they're getting worse all the time) they have to be this out of necessity just to get anything done at all.
- Asskicking Equals Authority / Authority Equals Asskicking: The Survey Corps fields some of the most elite troops humanity has in its arsenal. The officers which lead those troops have Titan killing skills that border on inhuman. Likewise, surviving long enough to become an officer is usually a good indicator of being a cut above regular troops.
- Badass Army: If a recruit manages to survive several missions, it's not luck. They're officially Badass.
- A good example is how Survey Corps members keep going for the Female Titan without hesitation and are willing to give their lives just to slow it down, long after it's known that it is both highly dangerous and impossible to kill. Some call it bravery, some call it suicide, but no one can deny that it takes balls to even consider it.
- Nearly all of the Survey Corps are Badass, not just the named characters. In Episode 9, a no-name soldier gets chewed on by a Titan but instead of pathetically begging for his life he spits defiance and boasts that humanity will wipe them all out and proceeds to stab the Titan in the face as he gets munched on.
- Badass Longcoat: The short cloak variant, colored dark green and embroidered with the Survey Corps emblem for easy identification. These are worn whenever they go beyond the Walls; soldiers are shown to still wear their standard brown uniform underneath.
- The Big Guy: Due to the nature of the Survey Corps, they are this in terms of fighting and killing Titans. They may suffer heavy losses, but their branch's Titan Kill count completely dwarfs that of the other two branches combined. Unfortunately, they're out on a mission when the Battle of Trost starts, but do appear in Big Damn Heroes fashion once Eren and co. have saved the day and ensure that all of the remaining Titans are swiftly cleared out of Trost. This was almost certainly because Reiner, Annie, and Bertolt waited until the people who were the best at fighting Titans were gone in order to launch their attack.
- Bold Explorer: They know their craft and try their darndest to be this but ultimately a lot of expeditions don't find out enough to justify the sacrifices made. Even when they do, the heavy losses are difficult to swallow and people wonder whether it was worth it.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: The elite squad members all have at least one quirk but each has more than ten Titans kills and are the best humanity has to offer. They also collectively agree (wordlessly) to bite their hands hard to apologize for getting extremely close to killing Eren out of panic after he accidentally Titan-shifts. It's fitting, but a bit odd.
- The Cavalry: When the Garrison and Military Police have to Hold the Line, they're usually counting on the Survey Corps to bail them out.note
- The Survey Corps is also the branch most associated with horses, using them for their extensive travel, though they switch to 3D Gear for combat.
- Characters Dropping Like Flies: The Survey Corps is known for this. And boy do they live up to it. Plus, since high morality rates (which already reduce their numbers greatly) frighten off most potential recruits, it's implied the Survey Corps isn't a very large organization to begin with. Recent events such as their efforts to capture the Female Titan (which ended in disaster) and their rebellion against the king (which landed them on the wrong end of the 'Anti-Human Suppression Squad') have left very few survey corpsman operational.
- Combat Medic: According to the guidebooks, a special division of the Survey Corps serves this purpose. Considering they survived long enough to become specialized in emergency treatment on the battlefield, it is safe to assume these squads consist of capable soldiers.
- Cool Horse: Bonus material reveals that a unique stock of horses are purpose-bred to be used by them, and are each worth more than the average citizen will make in a lifetime. Their top speed is 75 - 80 km/h (47 - 50 mph), and they are the only means to escape Titans when outside the Walls and in open areas. They are specifically bred to have exceptional stamina and strength, as well as Nerves of Steel so that they do not spook when encountering Titans or when riders activate their gear while in the saddle.
- Determinator: They've gone on 57 expeditions and still haven't given up on trying to find out more about the Titans even though it's implied that most (if not all) of these went badly. Their detractors view this as them being stubborn and refusing to admit that they're wasting their time. One young boy gave this as the reason why the Survey Corps is awesome ("They get the crap kicked out of them, and they still fight!"), though he's too naive to realize how horrible of a prospect it is to fight on in spite of more and more losses.
- Doing Research: Their job is to learn more about the Titans and to scout out territory beyond the Walls.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: It's mostly unstated, but one of the reasons they aren't too fond of the other branches (Police Brigade especially) is that they get less respect despite doing most of the fighting.
- Exact Words: The oath that the military gives (with the fist-over-heart salute) is that they offer their beating hearts for the sake of humanity. This comes up later on, specifically the part about swearing to humanity, not the King or royal family.
- Gondor Calls for Aid: They're on the receiving end when they're called back to help out at Trost by a Garrison messenger.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: They sure do. Being the branch which most often tangles with Titans, firearms aren't really their style. Instead, they dual-wield sabers made from a special kind of steel that can cut through Titan flesh like a knife through a cake. This trait helps them contrast nicely with their foes from the Frist Brigade of the central MP.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: They're the branch most active in the war against the Titans, but they're not very highly regarded by the rest of the military and even worse with civilians. From their perspective, already hungry people are being taxed to fund a constantly-failing army and good men/women are dying for no gain at all.
- Interservice Rivalry: The Survey Corps and the Military Police seem to grate on each other's nerves.
- La Résistance: Long an organization that has run opposed to the general current of society, they've been accused of trying to challenge the government more than once. It comes to a head when Erwin declares his intentions to overthrow the government.
- Mauve Shirt: Titans seem to find the Survey Corps members that were recently introduced/characterized especially tasty.
- Redshirt Army: They say their job is not to win, but to die bravely.
- To put this in perspective, the commander bluntly states that about half the recruits will die, and eighty percent of those will be on their very first Survey Corps mission. And this is after the Commander developed a new strategy that decreased casualties by 30% within the whole branch. When Eren initially shows interest in joining the Survey Corps, his mother claims it's little more than suicide, and not without good reason.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Justified, since most recruits enlist in the other two Branches. Only the most brave, determined, or insane sign up to become Red Shirts. Even more apparent now with the loss of much of their manpower. With Commander Erwin otherwise 'indisposed,' leadership of what remains of the Survey Corps has fallen to Hange with World's Strongest Man Levi as his/her lancer. The Special Operations Squad now consists of the battered remnants of the 104th's top ten (and Armin) plus two reject members of the Military Police, none of whom are even out of adolescence yet.
- Rule of Symbolism: The wings on their crest represent the wings of freedom; fitting, since they spend the most time outside the Walls scouting the world for humanity. It also serves to foreshadow their insurrection against the government and the Reiss dynasty.
- Sacrificial Lion: Plenty of top-notch members are shown to be killed just as the audience thinks that things are going well.
- Science Hero: Goes along with being the branch responsible for researching Titans and new ways to combat them, though much of the science part comes from Hange Zoë. Notable inventions are Commander Erwin's improved travel formation for minimizing casualties and explosion-propelled barbed hooks-on-wires to be used hundreds at a time when Titans need to be taken alive.
- Senseless Sacrifice: Several of their missions end this way. Although, considering the state of humanity, investing human resources in suicide missions in hopes of learning something is better than being holed up and eventually delaying the inevitable.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Veteran officers are all noted to be a bit...strange, and quickly become numb to the horror of the Titans.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The branch's name: the official translations for the manga, at least, translate it as "The Survey Corps," but it has been alternately translated as "The Recon Corps" as well as "The Scouting Legion."
- The Unfavorite: The Branch held in the lowest regard, with people alternately calling them a waste of resources and a bunch of lunatics and weirdos.
- The Worf Effect: Squads of experienced veterans are regularly killed off by the new biggest threat. Justified since each new discovery throws everyone for a loop that renders their experience and skill moot and they end up dying like anyone else caught off guard.
- Zerg Rush: Prior to Erwin's tenure as Commander, the Survey Corp's tactics for dealing with Titans were basically "distract it with a decoy group then throw men at it from all directions". The Action Prologue shows them getting ready for this and later on, it's revealed that it went very, very badly. Erwin's Survey Corps follows his system of avoiding combat with Titans if at all possible while travelling and engaging them with squad-based tactics, which proves to be more effective.
"What do you think the enemy is?"
The Commander of the Survey Corps. He is noted for his brilliant and resourceful mind, having created new tactics that greatly reduced losses during operations. However, he has the capacity to be exceptionally ruthless in pursuit of the goal to protect humanity. He uses the recruitment ceremony and subsequent expedition outside the Walls to lure the Titan Shifters infiltrating the military into making a move, and aggressively hunts for them within the Survey Corps.
"The only thing we're allowed to do is to believe that we won't regret the choice we made."
A Captain in the Survey Corps, rumored to be the strongest soldier alive. He has a harsh and unsocial personality, but is well-regarded by his subordinates. He is injured in the aftermath of the first encounter with the Female Titan, and forced onto the sidelines during the subsequent battles. Once his injuries have sufficiently healed, he is placed in charge of protecting Eren once more and forms a new Special Operations Squad to assist him.
- The Ace: Widely considered the most skilled warrior among the human forces, and for good reason. Watch him in action here.
- Anti-Hero: He calls himself an "aberrant human" because how un-normal life in the criminal underground has made him, including his standards of what's acceptable and what's not. He still intends to do everything in humanity's name, saying he'll soil his hands if it means that everyone else doesn't have to.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: One does not become Captain of the Special Operations Squad by being an ordinary muppet.
- Badass: Capable of downing multiple Titans alone and utterly dominating the Central Military Police, themselves considered as a Badass Army,, he definitely lives up to his reputation as humanity's strongest soldier. The character databook has his combat skills at 11 out of 10. And he can hold his own against Titan Shifters.
- Badass Baritone: Matthew Mercer gives him a lower voice pitch than Hiroshi Kamiya, which makes it all the more appropriate for the World's Strongest Man.
- Badass Boast: Claims he and he alone can put Titan!Eren down like a dog easily if the situation deems it necessary. Going by the fact that he wrecks the Female Titan, who's even tougher than Titan!Eren, this is definitely no bluff, although it should be noted that she was worn down by the time of their fight.
- Badass Family: He's speculated to be related to Mikasa, as well as Kenny the Ripper.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Usually dresses in a snazzy suit when not in his Corp uniform (with the Classy Cravat no less!).
- Berserk Button: Don't harm/kill his men. It's not enough to make Levi break his stoic persona, but make no mistake, he will not be pleased.
- Bishōnen/Adaptational Attractiveness: Not so much in the main manga, where it's clear he's just short for his age, but the anime and Birth of Levi spinoff give him a androgynously slim and youthful physique and prettier, more effeminate features.
- Blatant Lies:
Levi: Don't be stupid. I'm always this talkative.
- Blond Brunette Redhead: The brunette to Isabel's redhead and Farlan's blond in the prequel, as ¡Three Amigos!. In the story proper, he's the brunet to Erwin's blond and Hange's reddish-brown, as the most prominent Survey Corps members.
- Brains and Brawn: The brawn to Hange's brains, although Levi's no fool himself.
- Breakout Character: His character is so popular that he got his own spinoff manga with him as the main character.
- Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Fractures his ankle shielding Mikasa from the Female Titan's fist. He's still able to use his gear and walk on it, but limps badly and ends up sidelined during the next crisis.
- Brutal Honesty: Says whatever's on his mind when he sees fit, politeness or dangerous circumstances be damned.
- Bulletproof Human Shield: Used an enemy's body as a shield, blocking shotgun fire, then swiftly killed his attackers in Chapter 58.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Just like nearly every high-ranked member of the Survey Corps. He regularly shows disrespect to his superiors and has Super OCD as his personal quirk, to the point that any squad assigned to him is liable to do a lot of cleaning outside of expeditions. No one says a thing, since he's the World's Strongest Man.
- Captain Obvious: He picks the worst time to be this. During an experiment Levi points out Eren’s faulty transformation, commenting that “even his ass is hanging out”. At this Hange retorts, “I can see that!”.
- Casual Danger Dialogue: You wouldn't think he realizes he's in a dangerous situation by his flippant comments. When he's engaging two Titans without any backup, he simply mocks their appearances before proceeding to dispatch them with ease. Based on what we later see he's capable of, it's easy to infer he wasn't even really trying all that hard.
- Character Development: In Gaiden, Levi initially only cared about himself, Farlan, and Isabel. After Farlan and Isabel both die due to his pride, Levi began caring about others, becoming A Father to His Men and not wanting to lose any more people that he cares about.
- Character Tic: His unusual way of drinking tea. He prefers to grasp the top of the cup, rather than the handle. In an interview, Isayama explained that he does this because of an incident from his youth. He saved up enough money to purchase a tea set and a small amount of black tea, but the cup's handle broke when he tried to use it.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: All the other Badass characters display abilities which show that they are highly skilled combatants. Levi's abilities are the only ones shown to be outright superhuman. Apparently this is an Ackerman family trait which spontaneously develops in a moment of great stress or trauma, which means Kenny and Mikasa are fully capable of matching his skills in battle.
- Classy Cravat: Played with. He wears one always, whether he's in dress uniform and attending a military tribunal or in the field cutting down Titan after Titan. He himself, on the other hand, is far from classy, as his coarse speech patterns and blunt snarkiness are quick to remind.
- Cold Equation: In the anime. While being pursued by Titans, Levi orders to abandon the bodies of those who died during the mission so that those who are still alive can escape.
- Combat Pragmatist: When facing Titans, he's capable of killing in simpler ways than his highly-advanced Spin Attack. But no matter what, he always uses the highest amount of force to make sure they go down. But this comes to a head during his battle with the Military Police 1st Division. He uses his hookshots from his 3DMG as weapons, hides in a bar knowing bartenders can use firearms for self-defense legally, and uses chairs for diversions knowing that the MP 1st Division Anti-Human 3DMG pistols can only hold one shot before having to reload.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Delivered this against the Female Titan who was considerably weakened after going through multiple transformations and having to fight against his squad as well as Eren's titan form. (Levi himself points out that it seemed slower and may have been tired)Suffice to say, it was no match for him in the slightest.
- Dark and Troubled Past: He was a thug living in the underground slums before joining the Survey Corps. Levi's past is painted red with death and hardship. He also has some sort of connection to Kenny Ackerman, a former serial killer, who claims to have trained Levi in the past.
- Deadpan Snarker: To an absolutely amazing, and occasionally crude, degree.
"Maybe he's taking a shit and the shit just won't come out."
- Death Glare: The dull look of hatred he shoots Annie after she is captured and incased in crystal is absolutely withering.
- Delinquent: He's rumored to have been one before. Eren even expresses surprise that someone so seemingly-cavalier would follow orders from the chain of command.
- Didn't See That Coming: Invoked. Levi mentally takes note of the fact that his old mentor Kenny not only being still alive, but also a captain of the Central MP's First Brigade, was just about the absolute last thing he expected.
- Doom Magnet: His companions — especially those under his command — have a tendency to die. First were his friends in A Choice With No Regrets, then his squad during the operation to capture the Female Titan, then his new squad in Chapter 57. Nifa, who was next to him, gets shot in the face in Chapter 57. Levi looks absolutely distraught.
- Drama-Preserving Handicap: Gets his ankle sprained by the Female Titan and gets subsequently sidelined. As a result, the military and the main characters can't just rely on him to deal with each great threat for a while at least. It's likely that the second encounter with the Female Titan would have been *much* shorter if he had been sent after it.
- The Dreaded: To the degree where even the Female Titan is terrified of him when he tells her he wants revenge, after its initial capture.
- Dysfunction Junction: Levi grew up on the streets in near total destitution. He was also raised by a legendary Serial Killer, who, for the moment, seems to want him dead.
- Establishing Character Moment: The first time we see him fighting, he's annoyed at having to wipe Titan blood off his hands — being a neat freak and all — and then immediately afterwards, he doesn't hesitate to grasp the bloody hand of a dying subordinate in order to comfort him. A Father to His Men, indeed.
- Everything Is Better With Spinning: Most notable in Episode 9 and Episode 22, the latter of which makes it look like a human buzzsaw.
- Expecting Someone Taller: Many people are surprised to see how... vertically challenged the World's Strongest Man is. Considering that he swings in midair with surgical precision, being bigger probably wouldn't help with that.
- Face of a Thug: There's something slightly "off" about his eyes, leading to his comrades speculating that he used to be a criminal. Justified, as these rumors turn out to be true.
- A Father to His Men: The only thing he really cares about are his teammates. He knows that many of them will die, but he still despises unnecessary casualties. He's also prone to putting his men before himself, though never before the mission, as he shows in the anime when he gives Dieter a Survey Corps emblem (that may have been Petra's) and tells him it was Ivan's. To another nameless soldier that asks if he was of any use to humanity as he dies, he clasps his bloodied hand and says:
You have done a great deal. And you will continue to do so. The resolve you leave behind will give me strength. I promise you... I will obliterate the Titans!"
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Hange. In the spinoff A Choice With no Regrets, Levi wanted nothing to do with Hange when they first met. By the events of the main series, the two share a close bond, often exchanging banter, and Levi being comfortable enough to reach out and reprimand Hange when necessary. (And vice versa, as Hange is shown to reprimand him as well.)
- Foil: Levi functions as a foil for Eren. Both serve as symbols of hope for humanity, and the two share a deep hatred for Titans. However, while Eren starts out as a naive, unremarkable newbie, Levi is established as an experienced, capable and powerful veteran. Levi is also revealed in his Prequel storyline to have had a close bond with his best friend and adopted sister, who chose to follow him into the Survey Corps much like Mikasa and Armin did with Eren. It's a dark mirror image of the bond the three children share, as Levi makes a prideful and foolhardy decision and is forced to watch helplessly as they are killed right before his eyes because of it.
- Fragile Speedster: Levi can maneuver in his gear at speeds far beyond normal human capability, but the one time a Titan lays a hand on him while he is saving Mikasa, he takes an injury that puts him out of commission for a few weeks. He's only as durable as any other human when faced with a monstrosity that size.
- Game-Breaking Injury: His injured ankle, which leaves him sidelined and unable to do more than guard Pastor Nick during the crisis with the Wall Rose Titans and later, Eren being kidnapped by Reiner and Bertolt. He expresses his frustration at being useless.
- Gender-Neutral Writing: In Japanese, he is prone to using Japanese gender neutral pronouns for everyone. As an impersonal and rude Japanese speaking style, he uses the pronouns as a form of insulting people and to highlight his own rude personality. Among those he uses this on are his superiors such as Erwin Smith, and other Survey Corps members such as Hange Zoë.
- Genre Savvy: He has had some correct hunches about unsavory types of people, probably from his own experience in the criminal underworld. Case in point, he suggests that there are two types of people: the "talkative" kind that give into interrogation quickly and the "non-talkative" kind who refuse to spill even after losing everything. It's implied he was correct about Pastor Nick being the kind who would rather die than give up his secrets based on seeing all his nails torn off on his corpse.
- Good Is Not Nice: He fights because he's humanity's most experienced and proficient warrior and because he cares about his men. He also happens to not give a damn about anything else and will tell you this and other truths with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer to the face.
- In general, he cares about his soldiers' well-being and hates unnecessary losses. It's hard to tell this at first glance, seeing how dismissive he is of everyone and how he callously insults them constantly.
- Greed: Reeves describes Levi to be greedier than most businessmen. In his negotiations with Reeves, Levi tells the latter provide luxury goods for the Survey Corps and, according to Hange, Levi also lists black tea as a military expense.
- Heel-Face Turn: The first glimpses of his backstory reveals he joined the Survey Corps with the intention of murdering Erwin. He's now Erwin's most loyal subordinate.
- Hidden Depths: Petra mentions to Eren that people are often surprised when they actually meet Levi, who is not what people expected. His crude way of speaking, harsh attitude, and obsession with cleanliness throw people off, almost as much as the glimpses of his kind heart underneath a layer of sour attitude.
- Hope Bringer: Long before the concept of Titan-shifting was discovered, Levi acted as this for humanity, and still does primarily, what with him being humanity's most gifted Titan slayer. Which is probably a large part of why people are so surprised by his utterly asocial and quirky personality. Still, his Leitmotif, 'Wings of Freedom', says it all, really.
- Hurting Hero: Subtle, but it's there. All the death and hardship he's had to deal with his entire life seems to finally be getting to him. That won't stop him from doing what needs to be done.
- I Choose to Stay: Levi originally despises Erwin, but after coming to respect the man he once sought to kill, and losing everything else, he decides to remain with the Survey Corps.
- I Did What I Had to Do: His initial cruelty towards Eren was a large part of what kept him from winding up with people who were dead set on dissecting him. The same goes for initially choosing to not fight back when the Female Titan was chasing down his unit. They were baiting her into a trap that would have allowed them to catch her alive were it not for the fact that she had an ace up her sleeve.
- He later justifies his more callous actions (such as brutally beating Sanes for information and cruelly telling Historia to either go through with their plan or leave) as being necessary to save humanity; if he's the only one who has to dirty his hands, then all the better.
- I'm Not Here to Make Friends: Basically says this in 'A Choice With No Regrets'.
- Implausible Fencing Powers: Even by Survey Corps standards, Levi's dexterity with the 3D Maneuver Gear's blades is unparalleled, practically cutting through the Female Titan's flesh like a hot knife through butter. Later on, when confronted by the Military Police's Central 1st Brigade, he shows that he's perfectly able to deflect highly explosive bullets shot at him.
- Ineffectual Loner: Averted. Levi clearly prefers to do things on his own (his Teamwork is rated 2/10 in the guidebook), but he still manages to make a difference even as a lone wolf. His style is to kill Titan after Titan by himself without relying on others, and can even take on the Female Titan solo without a squad backing him up. This shows the amount of confidence he has in his own skills, knowing he can get the job done alone and not wanting others to be put at risk.
- Inexplicably Awesome: We don't really know why Levi is such a hardcore, bullet-dodging, Titan-eviscerating death machine, we just sort of know he is. His recently revealed last name, confirmed past as a notorious street thug, implied connection to Mikasa, ambiguous age, and apparent training under legendary serial killer 'Kenny the Ripper' all just adds to the sentiment.
- Irony: Levi was trained by a man who hunts human beings, but Levi uses the skills Kenny taught him to slay Titans... which is then totally turned on it's head when one realizes, in a way, he was killing humans the whole time, anyway. This might be in part why Levi is so horrified when he finally learns the truth. Also, he's preternaturally good at killing giants... in part because he himself is such a small person.
- Irritation Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery: Averted Trope. Oluo emulates Levi out of admiration. While this seems to bug Petra, Levi himself doesn't seem to mind it all that much.
- It's Personal: Taking heavy losses is nothing new for the Survey Corps and Levi takes it in stride, but when his own elite squad sent after the Female Titan is annihilated and he's noticeably distraught about it.
- And let's just say his prequel manga's storyline goes a long way to explaining his burning hatred of Titans...
- Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Needing answers as soon as possible, he helps Hange torture the captured officers from the Military Police's Central branch. He takes an active role in Sanes' interrogation, beating him to a bloody pulp.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Goes with Brutal Honesty: even when he's being an asshat about it he usually is right. During Eren's trial he belittles the merchants for being greedy pigs. Rude, yes, but it's true that they care more about their own safety than land to feed the starving refugees.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He is rude, mean and in general unpleasant to be around. But he cares for his men.
- Kick the Dog While It's Down: Beats on Eren pretty hard during his tribunal as part of Erwin's plan to get him into the Survey Corps. He still takes it farther than necessary and belittles him as a dog who needs to be trained. He had no problem with beating on a chained-up boy, even pausing to note how easy it is to kick someone on their knees before resuming.
- Knight Templar Big Brother: He was violently protective of Isabel, who he treated as a little sister. When she came home beaten up and sporting a Traumatic Haircut, he went out and found those responsible. He returns later that night with a bloody knife and doesn't respond when Farlan asks if he killed them.
- Knockout Ambush: According to side material, he deals with Hange's tendency to put off bathing by knocking Hange out for a bath (though Hange says it’s more like being ‘cleaned’ than being bathed).
"I tried fighting the Titans with hatred for decades. Now I want to try looking at them from a different point of view than everyone else."
Leader of the 4th Squad. Deeply involved in Titan research and regarded as something of an eccentric
as a result. Hange is given the responsibility of studying Eren's Titan powers, as well as creating a suitable trap for the mission outside the Walls. Hange is later entrusted with supervising Pastor Nick, and is enraged when he is murdered at the hands of the corrupt 1st Central Branch of the Military Police Brigade. After being named 14th Commander of the Survey Corps by Erwin Smith, Hange, with help from the common people, ignites a revolution within the walls against the ruling powers.
- Commanding Coolness: As of Chapter 57, Hange is named the 14th Commander of the Survey Corps by Erwin.
- Contralto of Danger: Hange's gender is up to fan interpretation but is presented as female in the anime. Although Hange is one of the friendliest characters in the series, the Japanese dub gives Hange a deep voice (being voiced by Romi Park) which tends to lower as Hange becomes more serious.
- Creepy Good: Highly important to the war effort and well-intentioned, but creeps everyone out, which is played for laughs. Except when Hange gets genuinely creepy, particularly with the first and especially the second encounter with the Female Titan.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Being badass while being a Cloud Cuckoolander and is often seen as Too Dumb to Live. Sometimes Hange will do this on purpose.
- The Cuckoolander Was Right: Remember how anguished Hange was about having to torture Sawney and Bean For Science! and how weirdly everyone regarded anyone showing sympathy to the Titans and trying to communicate with them? Fast forward about thirty chapters, it is revealed that Titans are actually innocent humans unwittingly transformed into man-eating giants. Hange's reaction to this development is suitably unhappy.
- A Day in the Limelight: The anime OVA, Ilse's Notebook, focuses heavily on Hange's character.
- Deadpan Snarker: "Yes, you prevented the technological advancement of humanity. Thank you very much."
- Death Glare: To Pastor Nick, and Sanes.
- Death Notification: Does this on behalf of Ilse, whose parents hoped that she was still alive even though "MIA" means "most likely eaten" in this setting.
- Determinator: Even to the point of being a Determined Defeatist. Hange's ideas may be considered impossible, but that doesn't stop Hange from researching.
- Dirty Business: Hange will stab Titan subjects for the sake of research, and will torture people if it gets answers. However, that doesn't mean Hange has to like it.
- Doing Research: Unlike most Survey Corps members who are busy fighting for their lives, Hange's main priority during missions is to gather information on the Titans (maybe capture one for experimentation), as well as implement experimental Survey Corps weapons and make notes on their efficacy so as to make improvements, such as the explosive-propelled hooked wires used en masse to capture Titans alive.
- Does Not Know His Own Strength: Played for laughs in the Ilse OVA, where Oluo suffers as a result of this. Hange apologizes afterwards.
- The Dreaded: Believe it or not, Hange can get every bit as terrifying (if not more so) as Levi.
- Dynamic Entry: In Chapter 60 Hange and Moblit violently surprise members of the central military police with a swift diving kick
- Eccentric Mentor: Hange appears to be a Cloudcuckoolander, but Hange also acts as a source of wisdom and knowledge for Eren, and helps Flegel take on his role as the new CEO of the Reeves Company. In the guidebooks Hange is shown to have a wisdom stat of 11/10.
- Establishing Character Moment: In the anime, fawning over a Titan then swiftly killing it once it gets too close.
- In 'A Choice With No Regrets,' it's trying to make friends with Isabel, Farlan, and Levi, complimenting them on their fighting prowess while simultaneously probing Levi with a barrage of questions, both for advice and out of curiosity. Hange is among the first survey corpsmen not shown to be either suspicious or outright distainful towards the trio, their origins, or their Mildly Military manners.
- Everyone Has Standards: Horrified when it's revealed that the Titans, considered experimental test subjects, were once human.
- Exact Words: See Establishing Character Moment. Hange promises the Titan, "I won't hurt you." Once it tries to attack, Hange kills it in one blow, telling it "See? That didn't hurt at all, now did it?".
- A Father to His Men: Like the other commanding officers Hange places the mission of the Corps first, but Hange does this while valuing the life of each soldier. When Oluo apologizes for impeding on Hange’s plan to capture the Talking Titan, Hange says No, Im the one who needs to apologize. I almost got you killed, I’m sorry. But, never again say that your life is a cheap thing, Alright?”
- Field Promotion: Knowing he is about to be arrested, Erwin names Hange as the next commander of the Survey Corps.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Although Hange was friendly to him since the beginning, Levi was not (not that it differs from his default aloofness.
- Fluffy Tamer: Hange's got the mind for it, but Titans have proven to be quite the problem children. In the words of Eren, Hange treats them like "badly behaved pets".
- Forgiveness: With the understanding that Nick may have good reasons for keeping his lips sealed, Hange eventually forgives him and is even able to call him "friend". His death lead to Hange's Heroic BSOD and Torture Technician role.
- For Science!: Hange's entire life philosophy.
"We will have lost only the moment humans give up fighting."
A highly regarded officer, considered second only to Levi in terms of strength. He has an unusually sensitive nose, allowing him to detect the stench of Titans over a distance. He's placed in charge of guarding and observing the new recruits suspected of being The Mole
. However, during the attack within Wall Rose, he goes off alone to buy the others time and ends up being killed after encountering the Beast Titan.
- An Arm and a Leg: His leg is partially severed when a Titan bites him, and it dangles at an unnatural angle afterwards.
- Badass: Mike is one of humanity's best fighters. He utterly destroys the Titans inside of Wall Rose until the Beast Titan takes his gear from him, leaving him to die.
- Badass Normal: His official stats list his combat skills as a perfect 10/10.
- Break the Badass: Mike, one of the Survey Corps' best leaders and a hardened veteran, is scared speechless when he is cornered by the Beast Titan.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He greets people by sniffing them, something people tolerate because he's an exceptional soldier.
- Chekhov's Skill: His finely attuned nose is mentioned when he's introduced by sniffing Eren out of the blue. It comes up later when it is revealed his sense of smell is strong enough to detect incoming Titans from great distances.
- Cleopatra Nose: And what a useful nose it is.
- The Confidant: He tries to be this to Erwin, seeing through his many schemes and hidden agendas. While it isn't clear how long they've been working together, it's clear the two go back quite a bit.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Fed to a horde of Titans, who quite graphically begin tearing him to pieces in an on-panel feeding frenzy.
- A Death in the Limelight: He's been in the background as one of the major officers, but suddenly gets serious focus and significant Character Development just in time for him to encounter the Beast Titan and die horribly.
- Deer in the Headlights: When the Beast Titan speaks to him, he's so shocked and terrified he cannot move or speak.
- Do Not Go Gentle: States that humanity has not truly lost until they stop fighting.
- Eaten Alive: Perhaps one of the most horrifying cases in the entire series, and that's saying something. To several Titans of differing sizes, in fact.
- Face Death with Dignity: After the Beast Titan takes his gear from him, Mike recalls his earlier statement that humanity's defeat is not certain as long as they keep on fighting, and then raises his blade with a determined glare. Then he is overwhelmed with terror as the Titans charge at him from every direction and he dies weeping hysterically and pleading for his life.
- A Father to His Men: A capable and inspiring leader, perfectly willing to make himself a decoy to ensure the escape of those under his command.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: Unmentioned since his untimely death. It may be a justified example, between the Survey Corps' high mortality rates and how much has happened in that short period of time. Erwin and the others are not only used to friends dying suddenly, but have had so much on their plate that there isn't time to mourn one of many fallen comrades.
- Gentle Giant: Mike stands at 196 cm (6'4"), making him the tallest human in the series. Mike's also a fairly mellow guy.
- Hidden Depths: A strange but quiet soldier, with a habit of sniffing people. He also happens to be a skilled leader capable of giving Rousing Speeches as necessary, and quite good at reading Erwin's true intentions.
- The Nose Knows: Is said to have a nose so sensitive that it can track Titans further than human sight.
- Number Two: He was this to Erwin, prior to Levi's recruitment. They shared the responsibility afterwards, with Mike taking command when necessary and being entrusted with vital missions such as guarding the new recruits under suspicion of being The Mole.
- The Quiet One: Mike fits the classic "strong, silent type" mold.
- The Reliable One: Unlike Levi and Hange, he often operates quietly in the background and gets things done.
- Rousing Speech: Gives a brief one to shake Nanaba out of despair, stating that humanity will only lose once they give up and stop fighting.
- Sacrificial Lion: Introduced as one of the strongest members within the Survey Corps, but dies without having accomplished much on screen.
- Super Senses: His sense of smell is so keen he can tell which direction Titans are coming from even when the sound of them drowns out trying to tell the same information by hearing.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: He manages to kill almost all the Titans he'd lured off, and prepares to rejoin the others... when the Beast Titan shows up to ruin his day. Even so, learning that there's a sentient Titan capable of human speech that can command other Titans is a huge thing. Too bad he's killed once the Beast Titan has no more use for him.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The moment the Beast Titan has no more use for Mike, it lets the other Titans have at him. It... isn't a pleasant end.
Special Operations Squad
Levi's handpicked elite squad, composed of Petra Ral, Eld Jinn, Oluo Bozado and Gunther Schultz. When the Survey Corps is given custody of Eren, Levi charges them with keeping him in check. They encourage Eren to place his trust in them, and flee from battle rather than fight the Female Titan head on. While initially able to gain the upper-hand against the Female Titan using their superior teamwork, all are quickly slain when she reveals previously unseen powers.
- Attack Pattern Alpha: Petra, Eld, and Oluo perform one to gradually cripple the Female Titan.
- Badass Crew: They have a total kill count of over two hundred Titans. Petra, Eld, and Oluo do extremely well against the Female Titan, who had, until then, destroyed anyone who tried to attack her with little effort. Unfortunately, she heals from one of her injuries sooner than anticipated, which ends up being more than enough for her to turn the tables on them.
- Body-Count Competition: They're not shown competing with each other for Titan kills, but Eren establishes each member's reputation to the audience by mentioning their Titan kill and assist counts, suggesting that they do keep track of their kills like real life flying aces or snipers.
- Break the Haughty: Eld, Petra, and Oluo insist that they can fight the Female Titan without Eren's help, but it all goes downhill once Eld is killed, and Petra and Oluo are left in shock from the titan's powers.
- Changing of the Guard: The remaining members of the 104th Trainee Corps' Top 10 (And Armin) eventually form the new Squad Levi.
- Didn't See That Coming: Type 3 because they were unaware of the Female Titan’s abilities and Type 5 because they falsely assumed that the best decision was to keep Eren from participating in the fight against her.
- Dies Wide Open: All of them, and the anime never lets you forget it.
- Elites Are More Glamorous: Nope. Despite being some of humanity's most elite soldiers and being the handpicked squad of the World's Strongest Man himself, much of their screen time is devoted to them carrying out their squad leader's excessive and tedious cleaning wherever they seem to go, and otherwise being glorified guards with the expressed purpose of keeping Eren and his Titan-shifting abilities in line. When we finally do see them go on an expedition outside the walls to showcase their badassery, we are quickly reminded that nobody in the Survey Corps has a 'glamorous' job when they are all brutally offed by the Female Titan.
- Entertainingly Wrong: It was through the Power of Trust that made Squad Levi strong and it was through that which allowed them to capture the Female Titan. Naturally, they believed The Squad alone would be enough to kill her, except they were wrong.
- Et Tu, Brute?: When Eren unexpectedly transforms his titan arm the squad treats him as a monstrous threat, leaving him bewildered and hurt by their lack of trust in him. Even Petra, who often preaches about The Power Of Trust and teamwork, doesn't trust Eren initially and actually admits to having been “scared” of him.
- Four Is Death: The squad consists of four, skilled and tested soldiers, hand-picked by Levi.
- Five-Man Band:
- The Leader: Levi, Squad Captain and World's Strongest Man.
- The Lancer: Oluo is most prone to arguing and complaining as well as the second best at Titan slaying.
- The Big Guy: Gunther personifies the strong, silent archetype, being the tallest of the bunch, but also the most serious and reserved.
- The Smart Guy: Eld's most notable asset is his keen memory, and he led the others in tactics when Levi was absent.
- The Chick: Petra is the only female in the group who constantly encourages loyalty and teamwork. She tries hardest to make Eren feel welcome.
- The Gwen Stacy: Eren blames himself for their deaths. In the anime, remembering what the Female Titan did to them is enough motivation for him to get up and fight her again.
- Hero Secret Service: Initially it seems their only job is to kill Eren in the event that he goes berserk, but it's later revealed that they're meant to protect him as well.
- In Universe Nickname: Squad Levi.
- The Power Of Trust: This allows them to fight effectively as a team (see True Companions)and they (Petra especially) urge Eren to place his trust entirely in his comrades. The first time this happens it results in the capture of the Female Titan. The second it happens, it results in the Female Titan murdering the entire squad while pursuing Eren. He later blames himself for their deaths, and his own failure to act sooner.
- Promise Me You Won't X: It’s implied that Petra and the rest of the Special Operations squad made Eren promise not to transform into his titan form unless his life was in danger. Captain Levi relinquishes Eren from this promise.
- Sacrificial Lion: The entire squad is killed in battle by the Female Titan as icing on the cake as to how deadly she is.
- Self-Harm: After initially having difficulty trusting Eren, they show their willingness to have faith in him by biting down on their own hands, mimicking the technique Eren always puts himself through.
- The Squad: With Petra serving as The Squadette.
- Taking Up The Mantle: The members of the 104th Trainee Corps who survived the mission to rescue Eren and did not turn traitor all wind up as the new Levi Squad in Chapter 51.
- True Companions: They are very devoted to each other. This makes them very effective in battle, able to perform deadly, synchronized attacks without even speaking because of the strong bond between them. The squad is still composed of True Companions as the top 10 104th Trainees (And Armin) take over, and Eren despairs to see the stark resemblances between the first and second groups as both goof off in the middle of doing Levi's cleaning.
Voiced by: Natsuki Aikawa (JP), Caitlin Glass (EN)
A member of Levi's squad, she is kind-hearted and devoted to her comrades. When Eren joins them, she takes him under her wing and encourages him to place his trust in his new comrades. She is the second to last to die in battle with the Female Titan.
A member of the Special Operations Squad, handpicked by Levi. He seems like a comical and incompetent man, but is actually an exceptional soldier with an incredibly high kill count. He is the final member to die at the hands of the Female Titan.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Though he doesn't go around challenging people, he's kind of obnoxious and annoying regardless. Then we see that he really can back his bragging up.
- Badass: By the time he met Eren, Oluo has killed 9 Titans as a team, and a whopping 39 Titans on his own.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Silly he might be, but he is actually the best out of Levi's Special Operations Squad when it comes to taking out Titans solo.
- Big Ego, Hidden Depths: Despite his arrogance, Oluo greatly respects Levi and is quite attached to his teammates. This is best seen in the Ilse Ova, which shows a more humble side of Oluo, though his smugness would clearly only heighten with time.
- Bring My Brown Pants: According to Eld, Oluo cried and wet his pants during his first mission.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Like Levi, he can be a jerkface to everyone around him and has his own quirk of inexplicably biting his tongue every time he talks on horseback. He's still respected for his high Titan-killing prowess, especially since most of his kills were solo ones.
- Butt Monkey: All throughout the Ilse OVA where a lot of unfortunate and painful things just keep happening to Oluo one after another. All of it is Played for Laughs, of course.
- Classy Cravat: He started wearing one sometime after Levi saved his life, clearly trying to imitate him.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's loud and obnoxious, but he's got the highest count of solo kills. With 39 solo Titan kills in his record, he stands out among his teammates whose kills are mainly done as part of a team. He's also the only member of the squad to successfully reach the Female titan's nape and could have taken her down if it wasn't for her hardening ability.
- Despair Event Horizon: Watching Petra die at the hands of the Female Titan was too much for him and he charged blindly to his death.
- High-Pressure Blood: Downplayed, though there's still quite a lot of blood spraying whenever he bites his tongue.
- Ineffectual Loner: Played with. He has no problem working as a team, though his reputation comes from having many solo kills, somewhat like Levi.
- Irritation Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery: He tries to copy Levi's look and speaking style, much to Petra's constant annoyance. It's because Levi saved his life and as a result he looks up to him and respects him.
- I Take Offense to That Last One: Petra’s insults don’t seem to bother him, except the part where she tells him he should have bitten his tongue off and died. He responds by saying she should never wish for a comrade’s death.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be quite rude and insolent, but he also truly believes in the Survey Corps' fight for mankind's freedom and is as much of a True Companion as the rest of his squad.
- The Knights Who Say Squee: He looks up to Levi, greatly attributed to Levi having saved his life in the past.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: A montage in the anime reveals he has five younger siblings at home, all under recruitment age.
- Miles Gloriosus: He's an obnoxious and loud-mouthed jerk that gives Eren a hard time, so it's easy to think he's all talk. He's not.
- Revenge: He momentarily despairs when Eld and Petra are slain by the Female Titan, but, fueled by rage, he resolves to avenge them. It doesn't work.
- Running Gag: He tends to bite his tongue whenever he attempts to talk and ride at the same time.
- Senseless Sacrifice: His death borders on this. He had a chance to escape after the Female Titan wiped out his squad, but despite seeing the multiple failures this has brought about he goes right for the Female Titan's neck as soon as he sees an opening. Unfortunately, Oluo did not know about the titan's ability to harden.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Naturally as a part of trying to imitate Levi in every way. The guidebook gives his foul mouth 10 out of 10 as a joke rating.
- Smug Super: The most boastful soldier in the series about his abilities, though with dozens and dozens of solo Titan kills he can get away with it.
- Spell My Name with an "S": "Auruo Bossard"
- Wrecked Weapon: His swords are broken when he slashes in vain against the Female Titan's hardened neck. Left in shock of his adversary's defenses, Oluo is quickly killed a moment later.
Voiced By: Susumu Chiba (JP), Vic Mignogna (EN)
A member of the Special Operations Squad, handpicked by Levi to guard Eren. He is the second member to be killed by the Female Titan, leaving Petra and Oluo deeply shaken.
- Badass: Eld managed to kill 14 Titans single-handedly, and 32 with a team over the course of his career.
- Badass Beard: A neatly trimmed goatee.
- Fear Is the Appropriate Response: He believes this. In the Visual Novel Eld explains that “if a soldier is not cowardly, he won’t be able to survive. The finest soldier is a coward at heart. He treasures his life, so he does all he can to live.”
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Bitten in half by the Female Titan, and then spit out.
- I Will Wait for You: A montage in the anime reveals a beautiful young woman waiting for him to return from his mission. She's listed in the credits as his lover.
- Number Two: Is second in command after Levi. He is told to lead the Special Operations Squad when Levi has to check on the captured Female Titan.
- Only Sane Man: Eld seems to be the most level-headed of his squad. When Eren accidentally forms a Titan arm, his response is to ask why Eren his reasoning behind performing such an act, while Gunther is demanding proof that Eren is not an enemy, Petra panics the most and thinks principally of Levi's safety, and Oluo just outright threatens to kill Eren if he moves.
- Spell My Name with an "S": "Erd Gin"
Voiced By: Kouzou Mito (JP), Brett Weaver (EN)
A member of the Special Operations Squad, handpicked by Levi to guard Eren. He is the first to be killed by the Female Titan, when she ambushes the Squad in human form.
- Badass: He holds 7 solo Titan kills and 40 kills as a team under his belt.
- Friend Or Foe: Gunther is the only one in the squad who demands proof that Eren is not an enemy during the accidental-transformation incident. The others question his reason for performing such an act or immediately assume that he's a threat.
- Not So Above It All: While escorting Eren through dangerous territory, he criticizes the group for lightheartedly talking about whether they urinated themselves or not during their first scouting missions... but then clarifies, "By the way, Eren, I didn't piss myself, either!"
- Off with His Head!: He's almost completely decapitated by Annie, in a sick parody of how the humans kill Titans.
- The Quiet One: In what little was shown of Gunther, he was the least willing of the squad to share personal details about himself. If he spoke, it would only be to discuss a serious matter. His defining trait in the official guide book is "silence."
- Sacrificial Lion: First of Squad Levi to get killed by the Female Titan. Just in case the audience didn't get the message that being Badass and a named character doesn't ensure survival.
Mike's squad, charged with guarding the new recruits in the Breach arc. They have great concern for their younger comrades, risking much to keep them safe. During the siege of Castle Utgard, they are overwhelmed and eventually, picked off as their supplies of gas and blades run out.
- Badass Crew: A given, being Survey Corps.
- Heroic Sacrifice: They buy as much time for the trainees as they can when they're attacked by Titans at Castle Utgard.
- True Companions: Each member expressed great loyalty and trust in one another. This camaraderie made them an extremely efficient fighting force, even against overwhelming odds.
Voiced By: Asami Shimoda (JP), Lydia Mackay (EN)
An experienced and capable soldier, charged with guarding members of the new recruits from the 104th. She's killed during the attack on Castle Utgard.
- Ambiguous Gender: At first, leaving the audience unsure about Nanaba's biological sex. The editors have since clarified that Nanaba is a woman.
- Badass: She kills a lot of Titans together with the rest of The Team while defending the trainees at Castle Utgard, and she might have actually led them to victory if the Beast Titan hadn't started throwing chunks of the Wall and summoned more Titans.
- Bifauxnen: Nanaba looks fairly ambiguous, and would make one handsome dude.
- Boyish Short Hair: Fueling the confusion over her gender.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Torn to pieces by a group of Titans, while still alive and screaming.
- Determinator: She's initially shaken when first seeing that Titans have entered Wall Rose, but broken out of it by Mike's Rousing Speech. Afterwards, Nanaba is unflinchingly resolute in the face of the crisis, holding together even when things look their worst. Even when down to a single, dulled blade and out of gas, Nanaba doesn't stop fighting.
- Eaten Alive: Her ultimate fate.
- Gender-Neutral Writing: Like Hange, her ambiguous gender isn't helped by the author's tendency toward this. Nanaba uses "Watashi", which can be used by either men or women formally.
- Heroic Resolve: Given a 11/10 in "Resolve" by the official Guidebook.
- Japanese Pronouns: "Watashi".
- Mauve Shirt: Has enough time to establish a personality before she gets killed.
- Senseless Sacrifice: Charges down the tower to rescue Gelgar after his head injury causes him to fall into a Titan's grasp, while running on fumes. Nanaba successfully frees him and kills the Titan, but runs out of gas and both are devoured.
- Spin Attack: Kills a Titan by performing a somersaulting slash.
- Unfortunate Names: As many fans have noted, Nanaba is quite similar to banana.
An experienced and capable soldier, charged with guarding members of the new recruits from the 104th. She is eventually killed when the Beast Titan hurls pieces of the Wall at Castle Utgard.
- Badass: She and her comrades kill many Titans while defending the trainees in their care. They might have even killed all Titans by themselves if the Beast Titan hadn't started hurling pieces of the Wall at them, killing her and Henning in the process.
- Cleopatra Nose: She's got a pretty sizable one.
- Redshirt: She's essentially an extra with a name. This goes about as well as you'd expect.
- Team Mom: She expresses great concern for the welfare of the trainees in her care.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: She wears her long hair pulled back in a messy ponytail, keeping it out of her way.
An experienced and capable soldier, charged with guarding members of the new recruits from the 104th. He is killed during the night attack on Castle Utgard, after running out of gas.
- The Alcoholic: He sure loves to drink, and is thrilled when he discovers an unopened bottle of wine.
- Badass: Kills a lot of Titans together with his comrades while defending the trainees at Castle Utgard, and they might have even killed them all if the Beast Titan hadn't started hurling pieces of the Wall at them, killing Lynne and Henning in the process. Even then he and Nanaba keep on fighting until their gas runs out.
- Delinquent Hair: His pompadour is one of the few examples of a soldier that bothers with styled hair.
- Eaten Alive: Gelgar's struggle ends with his head in the jaws of a Titan.
- Mauve Shirt: Has more personality than most Survey Corps soldiers, although he still gets killed off without much fanfare.
- Motivational Lie: Though he isn't sure what happened, Gelgar convinces Connie that the people of his village escaped the Titans so that he won't worry about it for the time being.
- One Last Smoke: He's delighted when he discovers an unopened bottle of wine, and plans to drink it later. When he's wounded and about to die, he finds the bottle again. He's glad to get to have a drink before he dies... only to discover that it's empty. He completely breaks down, demanding to know who drank it. (It was used to treat Reiner's wound earlier.)
- Skewed Priorities: Sometimes he over-prioritizes alcohol. As he is grasped by a Titan, about to be eaten, Gelgar spends his final moments flipping out when he discovers he can't even have a last drink before dying.
- Sorry That I'm Dying: With no swords or strength left to fight with, Gelgar apologizes to Nanaba just before he falls to the Titans waiting for him below.
- Team Dad: Expresses concern for the trainees in his care, as shown when he wants to spare Connie the thought of his family having died, after he realizes that something is seriously off about Connie's hometown's fate and that they couldn't have gotten far without horses, anyway.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Dies shortly after being introduced.
An experienced and capable soldier, charged with guarding members of the new recruits from the 104th. He is eventually killed when the Beast Titan hurls pieces of the Wall at Castle Utgard.
- Badass: He and his comrades kill many Titans while defending the trainees in their care. They might have even killed all Titans by themselves if the Beast Titan hadn't started hurling pieces of the Wall at them, killing him and Lynne in the process.
- Flat "What.": His reaction to pieces of the Wall being hurled at them from the Beast Titan. Also his last words.
- The Generic Guy: He doesn't stand out nearly as much as the others, being rather average.
- RedShirt: Let's be honest, nobody expected this guy to live for very long.
Hange’s primary squad is composed of Moblit Berner, Nifa, Keiji, and an unnamed member. They work closely with the commanding officers of the Survey Corps and were among the few who knew about the truth regarding the 57th Expedition and thus played an active role in Erwin’s plan to capture the Female Titan. Hange’s squad was also in charge of rescuing the survivors at Castle Utgard, and took part in the uprising against the monarchy, where they, save for Moblit, met their end at the hands of the Central Military Police.
- Boom, Headshot: The fate of Nifa, Keiji, and their unnamed comrade.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: The squad is mentioned to be stuck doing things like reminding their leader to eat and sleep, as well as helping Levi knock out and bathe Hange when personal hygiene is neglected for too long.
- Combat Medic: Nifa and the others were seen organizing the care of the wounded during the battle with the Colossal Titan.
- Doing Research: Their squad specializes in research.
- Early-Bird Cameo: In the manga, all three of them had several appearances as background characters before names were revealed.
- Red Shirt: Keiji and the unnamed "Goggles" were given little characterization prior to their deaths.
- Sacrificial Lion: All but Moblit were killed by the Anti-Human Suppression Squad.
Voiced by: Rintarou Nishi (JP), Jerry Jewell (EN)
Deputy Squad Leader of the 4th Squad. He often acts as Hange's research assistant and struggles to keep Hange out of harm's way. He was badly injured during the battle with the traitors, but recovers in time to help in the investigation of the Central Brigade and uprising against the government.
- The Alcoholic: Wordof God says Moblit drinks the most, which really isn't all that surprising considering what he deals with...
- Beleaguered Assistant: You can't help but pity the poor guy for having to put up with his boss's crazy antics. He's exasperated from having to bail Hange out on a regular basis to avoid getting eaten by Titans or when a Military Police Brigade officer is roughing Hange up.
- Berserk Button: Downplayed. The few times Moblit has shown anger or aggression have involved Hange being threatened.
- Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: His official stats give him a 10/10 in "Tsukkomi", referring to his relationship with Hange.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: To Hange, of course.
- Only Sane Man: He seems to have a fairly good head on his shoulders, considering he works for Hange.
- The Reliable One: As Hange's deputy, Moblit is always running around trying to keep Hange out of trouble. He also backs Hange up in official matters.
- Satellite Character: He is Hange's loyal assistant, and his duty, essentially, is to extend his Squad Leader's life expectancy as much as possible. Any other duties he may have are not focused on.
- Science Hero: Glimpsed working in the lab with Hange.
- Sole Survivor: He is the only surviving member of Hange's personal squad, thanks to having stayed with her. The others were all killed while accompanying Levi on the failed mission to rescue Eren and Historia.
- Subordinate Excuse: Hinted at. In side material, it's revealed that he harbors feelings of jealousy towards Levi concerning how close he is to Hange.
- Team Mom: According to Hange, "Moblit says things a mother would say. Like, did you eat properly? Or, did you sleep well?"
- Too Dumb to Live: This seems to be his opinion of his boss, although it's justified considering he has to stop Hange from sticking any body parts in a Titan's mouth.
A member of the 4th Squad, under the command of Hange Zoë. An observant and devoted soldier, she is entrusted to handle several matters of a sensitive nature. She is killed when the 1st Brigade's Suppression Squad ambushes the Survey Corps.
- Boom Head Shot: Was killed in this way.
- The Confidant: Was this to Levi, who tells Nifa about his past relationship with the infamous serial killer Kenny the Ripper. This is notable since it's coming directly from Levi himself rather than from rumors circulating within the barracks (which was the case with Petra and most likely with the other non-veteran soldiers as well).
- Facial Horror: As a result of being shot in the face.
- The Fashionista: According to Isayama, Nifa is the most "stylish" character.
- Gallows Humor: "At least it's not a group of necrophiliacs!"
- Red Shirt: As to be expected, being a member of the Survey Corps and being targeted by the Central Military Police who specialize in killing humans.
- The Reliable One: Her superiors trust her with multiple sensitive assignments. Hange assigns Nifa with overseeing the transfer of a wounded Ymir to Trost. Erwin includes her in his meeting with Pixis and has her relay highly confidential information to Levi and Hange during the early stages of their plan.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: She has very few lines before being killed off.
- Your Head Asplode: Everything from her jaw up is left splattered all over the roofs.
Voiced By: Koichi Sakaguchi (JP), Jonathan Brooks (EN)
The initial Squad Leader for the new recruits, and later Armin's squad leader during the 57th expedition. He is a kind-hearted man, and has a strong bond with his personal horse, Shallot. He is among the Female Titan's first victims.
- Badass: Fighting Titans on flat, open ground is exceptionally dangerous. He shows how it's done, taking down an Aberrant with incredible skill and style.
- Cool Teacher: Ness handles educating new Suvey Corps recruits in horse handling and Survey Corps tactics.
- A Father to His Men: He's genuinely kind to the rookies, and takes every possible action to ensure that they remain safe during their first mission.
- Horsing Around: He mentions that his horse Shallot tends to chew on people's hair. This is quickly revealed to be why he always wears a handkerchief, as he is balding.
- Perma Stubble: In all of his appearances, he has a fair bit of stubble outlining his mouth and chin, a reference to his age and maturity.
- Prematurely Bald: Due to his horse chewing on his hair, supposedly.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Ness, introduced as a likable and kindhearted character, is quickly one of the first to be killed by the Female Titan.
Voiced By: Sachi Kokuryu (JP)
A member of the 34th expedition, and the last survivor of her unit. Her notebook
of her experiences with the Survey Corps were found after her death.
- Adaptation Expansion: The anime OVA makes a lot of additions to her special chapter, notably on what happened to her after she was eaten.
- Apocalyptic Log: She leaves one behind.
- Chekhov's Gun: Her notebook, later discovered by Levi and Zoë. It includes mention of Ymir.
- Dead Guy on Display: The Survey Corps discover her headless corpse, seated inside a hollowed out section of tree. It appears to be some kind of twisted shrine, and greatly disturbs them.
- Determinator: With everyone else dead and without a horse or working maneuver gear, she resolves to run all the way back to the Walls and keeps writing, determined to make her notes and everyone's sacrifices of some use. Taken Up to Eleven in the anime, where she keeps on writing with her head between the Titan's jaws.
- Face Death with Dignity: She tries to do this, continuing to write in her notebook even while there's a Titan looming over her. Even when she has a Freak Out and attempts to run for her life, she still keeps writing in the thing when it catches her and she's moments from being eaten.
- First Contact: She attempts it. It does not end well for her.
- Freak Out: When the aberrant Titan she encounters won't answer her questions.
- Identical Stranger: She strongly resembles Ymir, which confuses the aberrant Titan she encounters. When she freaks out, it realizes she's not Ymir, who is almost always The Stoic.
- Off with His Head!: Her head ends up being bitten off.
- Posthumous Character: Died long before the story begins, but her recovered notes are important to the plot.
- Survival Mantra: "I will not give up".
- Youthful Freckles: Her face sprinkles are one of the key traits she shares in common with Ymir.
Voiced By: Yoshihito Sasaki (JP), John Burgmeier (EN)
A soldier taking part in the 57th Expedition. His desperation to reclaim the body of his fallen friend places the formation in danger.
- Canon Foreigner: An anime-only character.
- Messy Hair: Possibly attributed to his more youthful appearance, Dieter's hairstyle is simple and brushed to the side.
- The McCoy: Dieter represents the Survey Corps' humanity and the harm that having a conscience can bring.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: As it turns out, defying orders has some dire consequences, no matter what your intentions are.
- Shaggy Dog Story: After risking everything to reclaim his friend's body, he not only loses it... but gets his other friend killed and forces the dumping of all the other recovered bodies in the process.
- Strawman Emotional: His subplot in Episode 22 proves how dangerous soldiers who prioritize emotion can be.
- Tears of Remorse: Dieter can be seen curled up in a Troubled Fetal Position and sobbing after the whole fiasco, and it's easy to understand why.
- Thousand-Yard Stare: Has a major one after the incident that he caused. Levi sees it and doesn't chew him out for disobeying orders, seeing how he's clearly learnt his lesson and doesn't need to be broken any further.
- Too Dumb to Live: He gets his friend killed, and very narrowly escapes the same fate thanks to Mikasa.
- Tragic Keepsake: Dieter is given a Survey Corps patch, which Levi claims came from his deceased friend Ivan. However, it's implied that Levi gives him Petra's badge he himself took from her uniform earlier.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Expresses horror at Erwin and Levi's willingness to simply abandon the bodies of their comrades.
A Choice With No Regrets Characters
Voiced by: Mana Hirata (visual novel), Mariya Ise (anime) (JP)
A member of the criminal gang led by Levi, recruited by force into the Survey Corps by Erwin Smith. Levi rescued her from starving as a child, and she worshiped him as a surrogate older brother. Energetic and tomboyish, she was often teased for not being very intelligent. She was killed in action during an expedition.
- Badass: An incredibly skilled fighter, especially when fighting alongside Levi and Farlan.
- Big Brother Worship: She adores Levi, her surrogate brother, and takes issue to anyone bad-mouthing her "big brother".
- Blond Brunette Redhead: The Redhead to Farlan's blond and Levi's brunet.
- Book Dumb: Her comrades tease her about her lack of education, as she struggles with even basic math.
- Conveniently an Orphan: She was an orphan rescued by Levi.
- Cute but Cacophonic: One side chapter has her try to sing whenever she is starving, a trick taught by an old man back in her hometown. It's so terrible that a brick in the wall started cracking, and everyone had to cover their ears, with Levi shouting that they should just feed her since she won't stop until they do so.
- Dead Partner: To Levi.
- Death by Origin Story: Isabel's ultimate fate played a role in making Levi the man he is today.
- Dies Wide Open: When Levi finds her remains, her eyes are open wide in shock and horror. He closes them before dealing with Erwin.
- Doomed by Canon: Nowhere to be seen six years later, making it clear that she died somewhere in between. She was killed during her first expedition, ambushed by Titans.
- Fiery Redhead: She's the most expressive and headstrong of her friends.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: Downplayed. While never mentioned in the main series directly, fans long speculated Levi's soft spot for the main trio came from his own past. They were right.
- Friend to All Living Things: When a comrade notes how good she is with the horses, Isabel explains that she's always been good with animals. Her people skills are the problem.
- Girlish Pigtails: One of her defining traits. At some point in the past, her left tail was forcibly cut off by some slum thugs, though it has since grown back.
- Hot-Blooded: Isabel is very self-confident and spirited, and takes action with a huge grin on her face.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: She's surprisingly starry-eyed for a criminal raised on the streets.
- The Lad-ette: Proud and aggressive, Isabel makes sure that her male peers see her as an equal.
- Like Brother and Sister: She thinks of Levi as her brother, and greatly admires him.
- One of the Boys: Having lived under the same roof as Levi and Farlan, Isabel does not understand why she needs to sleep in a separate room from the men while in the Survey Corps.
- Plucky Girl: She's quite upbeat for a street urchin, reacting with awe rather than fear when she and the others are pursued by the Survey Corps.
- Protectorate: When she comes back bloody and missing a pigtail, Levi goes out. He returns later cleaning a knife, and doesn't answer when Farlan asks if he killed those responsible.
- Reformed Criminal: Sort of, as she gave up a life of crime to follow Levi into the Survey Corps.
- Sacrificial Lion: After being built up as one of Levi's True Companions with sympathizing views on the Survey Corps, she's his first friend to get killed, followed shortly by Flagon,then Farlan's deaths. This practically shook Levi's ego and made him realize his blind pride in trying to find Erwin alone in the rain.
- Street Urchin: Her former life prior to meeting Farlan and Levi.
- Traumatic Haircut: At some point in the past, she returned to the group's hideout bruised and bloody, and missing one pigtail. When asked, she refused to explain it, though Farlan implies such scenes are simply common place for underground dwellers.
- True Companions: With Levi and Farlan.
Voiced By: Yuki Ono (visual novel), Koji Yusa (anime) (JP)
A member of the criminal gang led by Levi, recruited by force into the Survey Corps by Erwin Smith. He is serious and highly intelligent, often serving as the schemer and strategist of the group. He was eventually killed in action during an expedition.
- Badass: He was quite the skilled fighter, especially when working in tandem with Levi and Isabel.
- Bishōnen: He's very handsome, with hair so pale it looks silver.
- Blond Brunette Redhead: The blond to Levi's brunet and Isabel's redhead.
- Character Tic: After joining the Survey Corps, Farlan tries to adopt the military's Strange Salute, but consistently does it incorrectly.
- Cowardly Lion: He is initially hesitant to fight Titans, but manages to pull himself together under Levi's leadership.
- Dead Partner: To Levi.
- Death by Origin Story: Farlan's ultimate fate has a hand in what made Levi the man he is today.
- Defeat Means Friendship: He was the original leader of the gang, until Levi defeated him in a fight. Afterwards, they became close friends.
- Doomed by Canon: Nowhere to be seen six years later, making it pretty clear something happened to him. He died during his first expedition, ambushed by Titans.
- Face Death with Dignity: A double-subversion. He starts out emotional, grieving for the loss of his comrades and horrified when he realizes his gear is damaged beyond repair.....but once the Titan grabs him he calmly accepts his fate.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: Downplayed. While never mentioned in the main series directly, fans long speculated Levi's soft spot for the main trio came from his own past. They were right.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Levi manages to catch his arm and pull him away from the Titan, but only his upper torso remains.
- Obi-Wan Moment: His final moments are spent offering Levi a final smile and a wave, in what may be the only time a character in the series has ever managed to actually face death at the hands of the Titans in a dignified manner.
- Only Sane Man: The most level-headed and calm of the trio.
- Reformed Criminal: Abandoned his life of crime to follow Levi into the Survey Corps.
- Remember That You Trust Me: Levi and Farlan have forged a great deal of trust in one another, and it was at Farlan's proposal that Levi would choose to temporarily set aside his revenge against Erwin, if only for the good of the trio.
- The Sneaky Guy: Farlan has twice managed to sneak into Erwin's quarters and break into his belongings without being found out.
- True Companions: With Levi and Isabel.
- The World Is Just Awesome: Dreamed of exploring the outside world, and obtained sets of stolen Maneuver gear from the military for this purpose.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Stealing the aforementioned Maneuver gear leads to the trio catching Erwin's attention, which sets off a chain of events that ends very poorly for the three of them.
A Squad Leader in the Survey Corps. Levi, Isabel and Farlan are assigned to his squad, though he has great difficulty accepting former criminals into his team. He was killed in action during Levi's first expedition.
- Commander Contrarian: Flagon has no patience for the Mildly Military Levi and criticizes him on his attitude and Reverse Grip style.
- A Father to His Men: He doesn't think twice about putting his life on the line for his subordinates. When Farlan is incapacitated, he steps in to protect him, but is ambushed and killed by a Titan. Farlan himself is soon eaten by the same Titan afterwards.
- Headbutting Heroes: He and Levi do not get along. Levi's sassy attitude also doesn't help.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Flagon holds prejudice towards Levi, rudely assuming the latter to be an unkept thug. However, he cares for his other squad mates and is willing to risk his life for humanity's sake.
- Senseless Sacrifice: He dies protecting Farlan, who is also killed shortly after.