Characters / Attack on Titan: The 104th Trainee Corps

The primary focus of the story, a batch of military cadets experiencing their first battle immediately following their graduation.

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     The 104th Trainee Corps 

Tropes that apply to the entire 104th Trainee Corps

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  • Badass Adorable: It's a given, they're Child Soldiers after all. Krista and Sasha are stand-outs, and Armin is a male version.
  • Break the Cutie: While not all of them are cuties, the Battle of Trost was this for everyone.
  • Child Soldiers: The military's minimum recruitment age is twelve. Upon graduation, they are between 15 and 17 years old. Though they might not be considered children where they live. The Titan Shifters were presumably younger than 10 when they were trained for acting as spies and aid in the annihilation of mankind.
  • Cowardly Lion: All of them break mentally during the Battle of Trost, though a select few of them are willing to brave the Titans again in spite of it. As they volunteer, most of them are visibly freaking out or on the verge of tears, but they hold their ground regardless.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: Every single one of the major members has been faced with choosing between comrades and duty at some point in the story, though for some the choice is more obvious than for others.
  • Death Seekers: Eight of the Top 10 graduates are viewed as this in-universe, given that all of them (except Annie, as Marco already died before he gets to join any branch), despite being given the opportunity to join the Military Police and live in comfortable safety within Wall Sina, chose to join the high-mortality Survey Corps. All had their reasons, however:
  • Doom Magnet/Weirdness Magnet: The 104th have ridiculous luck according to Jean, considering all the stuff they've survived. There's also the fact that their number includes five Titan Shifters and a Heroic Bastard from the royal family. Little wonder so many weird things happen to them.
  • Dual Wielding: It's right there on their crest even.
  • Everything Trying to Kill You: And has been since day one. These poor kids can't catch a break. Famine, boot camp, Titans, other people...
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Most of them were on friendly terms when they finished training but the Battle of Trost is what really cements their bond. Most of them even follow Eren into the Survey Corps against their own wishes.
  • Mauve Shirt: A handful outside the main cast.
  • Naïve Newcomer: Most of them that didn't suffer through a Titan attack are naive about how terrifying they are. Even after training, most of them panic during their first battle with the Titans and start dropping like flies.
  • New Meat: Fresh out of training, and thrown into their first battle. Erwin later notes that survival rates for a soldier's first battle are around 50%, with those that make it out earning the right to be considered real soldiers.
  • Rank Up: The remaining members of the 104th Trainee Corps after the Clash of the Titans arc are made into the Levi's new squad.
  • Red Shirt/Monster Munch: The majority of them, outside the Top 10. Erwin notes they are unusual for having suffered their first casualties prior to enlisting in their chosen Branches.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Those that survive the battle of Trost become this to one degree or another, having the very dubious honor of fighting Titans the day after graduating from boot camp.
    • Explicitly displayed in Chapter 70, where Marlo and the newest recruits to fill the Survey Corps' ranks are excited and hopeful to retake Wall Maria with the development of new weaponry to fight the Titans having been made, while our 104th protagonists are stony-faced. One such recruit rhetorically asks what happened to them, but declines to actually hear of it.
  • The Spartan Way: The most recent graduates of the military's three-year boot camp. It is noted that training accidents, including FATAL ones, are considered business as usual.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Very few of them have only a single way to spell their names, with things further complicated by the differences in Germanic spellings and the Japanese language.
    • Eren/Elen and Yeager/Jaeger
    • Ackermann/Ackerman
    • Jean/John and Kirstein/Kirschtein
    • Krista/Christa and Lenz/Renz
    • Reiner/Ryner
    • Bertolt/Bertholdt/Berthold and Hoover/Fubar/Huber
    • Sasha Braus/Blause/Blouse
    • Connie/Conny
    • Marco Bott/Bodt
  • Survived the Beginning: Many of their roles and importance in the story were in flux before the battle of Trost, several of the characters having been detailed a reasonable amount despite dying in that battle, while others had virtually no characterization until that time and yet became important players later on. There have been no further casualties among them since Trost, despite the body count remaining extremely high among the rest of the cast.
  • Team Mom and Team Dad: Krista, Reiner, and Marco are always looking out for their teammates and continuously try to raise morale among them. See their entries for elaboration.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Explored, thanks to the series focus on Child Soldiers and how sometimes Humans Are Bastards. While most adults in the series do horrible things fully aware of what they are doing, many of the 104th express callous attitudes or commit cruel acts because of being inexperienced and emotionally immature.
    • Eren can be downright terrifying on occasion, thanks to his Unstoppable Rage and past as an Enfant Terrible. He's often driven by raw emotion, which can cause unintended consequences.
    • Mikasa is obsessively attached to Eren. If you even think of harming Eren or stopping her from getting to him, she will hurt or, depending on the situation, kill you and has clearly stated that she only cares about Eren and, to a lesser extent, Armin.
    • Armin embraces the belief that to defeat the Titans, people must be willing to abandon their humanity and make ruthless sacrifices. He does find it traumatic when he's forced to kill a person to save a friend, albeit in large part because he was able to kill much more readily than the woman threatening Jean's life did.
    • Jean is callous about his hometown being attacked, complaining that he was one day away from going to the Interior. This attitude doesn't survive his ordeals in battle.
    • Before enlisting, Sasha blamed the refugees from Wall Maria for everyone's suffering, and thought outsiders shouldn't be helped. Her father challenges her to enlist and reconsider her selfish attitude.
    • Krista was willing to get herself and Dazz killed, all for the sake of dying in a suitably heroic fashion. Ymir readily calls her out on this nonsense.
    • Reiner, Bertolt, and Annie might be incredibly tragic, but they're still responsible for the events that killed off 20% of the human population. While their motivations remain unknown, all three are incredibly ruthless when it comes to accomplishing their mission. Reiner claims they didn't know anything when they began their mission, and all three definitely feel remorse over their actions... but their youth, relative inexperience as spies, and unstable emotions combined with their power makes them an absolute nightmare.
    • Ymir is incredibly callous and calculating, thinking only of herself and the girl she loves, Krista. She's unapologetic in weighing the lives of the people around her against her personal goals, and leaves everyone around her uncertain of her true motives or goals. She admits to being a horrible person, willing to risk Krista's future just to see her one last time and emotionally manipulates her. Unlike her peers, she's painfully aware of just how much of a screwed up person she is, and keenly aware of how messed up everyone else is as well.
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: Their instructor ignores Eren, Mikasa, Ymir, Annie, Reiner, and Bertolt during their rite of passage because their expressions reveal they've already survived a major trauma. In the aftermath of Trost, all of them have one.


    Eren Yeager 
See Attack On Titan Shinganshina Trio for tropes about Eren.

    Mikasa Ackerman 
See Attack On Titan Shinganshina Trio for tropes about Mikasa.

    Armin Arlert 
See Attack On Titan Shinganshina Trio for tropes about Armin.

    Jean Kirstein 

Jean Kirstein

Voiced by: Kissho Taniyama (JP), Mike McFarland (EN)

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"I've had enough of people dying on my account!"

Ranked 6th. A cynical and hot-headed young man, he comes into constant conflict with Eren over their differing ideals. He declares his intention to join the Military Police Brigade, wanting only to live a comfortable and safe life. After the battle of Trost, he abandons his selfish ways, enlisting in the Survey Corps and growing into a capable young leader. Word of God has cited Jean as his personal favorite character.

Branch: Survey Corps
  • Adaptation Expansion: He has more scenes and lines in the anime compared to the manga. It makes his character development easier to understand.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: When he confronts Eren about the mission to reclaim Trost, Jean delivers several of these in a row.
  • Ascended Meme: In the first anime opening, a soldier shown performing a slow-motion somersault is popularly believed by fans to be Jean, although originally it was merely a generic soldier. Later, in official parodies, Jean is shown performing the somersault for real.
  • Badass
    • Badass Normal: Considering who the people that ranked above him are all The Ace except Eren, and four of them are Titan Shifters, Jean's pretty badass for being normal.
  • Being Good Sucks: Gives up his ambitions to live a comfortable, Titan-free lifestyle with the Military Police Brigade and enlists with the Survey Corps even though he knows he's basically joining the Redshirt Army.
  • Body Double: Serves as a double for Eren twice, mostly due to the two being noted to have a similar general appearance, although Eren is quick to point out that he doesn't have a horse face like Jean.
  • Break the Haughty: The entirety of the Battle of Trost. His home district takes a major beating, he gets shell-shocked by his first encounter with the Titans, he tries to take charge of the directionless recruits and several die following his lead, he very nearly dies himself when he runs out of gas, then it all culminates with his finding Marco's corpse. By the end of it, most of his earlier Jerkassery got ripped straight out of him.
  • Brown Eyes: They hint that beneath his abrasive exterior, he has a down-to-earth nature that gives him great potential as a leader.
  • Brutal Honesty: Admits that he has a habit of always speaking whatever's on his mind, appropriate or not. In his first appearance he gets asked by the Drill Sergeant Nasty why he's here and he truthfully tells him his selfish intentions (instead of lying about more noble ones) and gets headbutted for his trouble.
  • Butt Monkey: Basically, nothing ever goes Jean's way. Misfortune and tragedy have beset him at nearly every turn since joining the military, and his "faith in humanity" having long been wiped off onto Connie's back.
  • The Call Knows Where You Live: His hometown, Trost, becomes the site of the first major attack in five years and he suffers considerably for various reasons. The call also reaches him just one day before he would've gone to the Interior, a fact he himself lampshades as incredibly inconvenient.
  • Caught with Your Pants Down: In one of the fake volume previews, Jean's mother bursts in on him while he's dealing with the curse of puberty.
  • The Chains of Commanding: He gets a taste of it when he briefly needs to take charge during the Battle of Trost. See My God, What Have I Done?.
  • Character Development: Starts as a self-centered and arrogant young man, but develops into an honorable leader who learns to trust his comrades (even Eren to some extent).
  • Character Tics: Jean tends to clench his fist tightly and stare intently at it when he is feeling conflicted.
  • Cowardly Lion: He completely detests the idea of putting himself in harm's way, but he'll do what's needed when it counts the most.
  • The Cynic: As opposed to Eren, Jean believes that humanity stands no chance against the Titans, and readily sees everything with a critical and doubtful eye. He slowly outgrows this over the course of the series.
  • A Day in the Limelight: He is the main character of the second OVA, to the extent that he replaces Eren in the episode's opening.
    • While not the main, he is also a major character in the third OVA, along with Eren, Krista, and Marco.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has a rather drool sense of humor bordering on Gallows Humor at times.
  • Distressed Dude: For those of you keeping track at home, he's now been saved from certain death by Marco, Connie, Annie (anime only) and three times by Armin (both the anime and the manga).
  • Doomed Hometown: The Trost District, which narrowly escapes this fate thanks to Eren successfully plugging the breach with a boulder. It's heavily damaged by the battles, but not completely destroyed.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Arguing with Eren over how joining the Survey Corps is suicide.
  • Everyone Can See It: Everyone seems to realize that Jean likes Mikasa and is picking fights with Eren because of this. Besides Eren, himself.
  • Face of a Thug: Armin says he and Eren have the same "dangerous-looking eyes". This comes up later on when Jean needs to pretend to be Eren so as to mislead the Military Police Brigade as to what Eren is really doing at the time.
  • A Father to His Men: Despite his initial self-centeredness, Jean genuinely cares for the lives of his comrades. He is ashamed of himself when he is forced to use his dead comrades as a decoy to secure safety for those who are still alive. Essentially what Marco notes makes him a good leader, he can empathize with people's weakness and thus lead them.
  • Foil: To Eren. Jean is cynical, cautious, and brutally honest, and often serves to provoke and highlight Eren's idealistic and reckless nature.
  • Freak Out: When he discovers the body of his Dead Sidekick, Marco. This kicks off his Character Development, and results in him abandoning his dream of an easy life with the Military Police Brigade in favor of following Eren into the Survey Corps.
  • The Gadfly: Jean often says things just to get a reaction out of people, with Eren in particular receiving the brunt of this verbal baiting.
  • Gibberish of Love: The normally-blunt Jean is left tongue-tied and nearly speechless the first time he sees Mikasa, barely managing to get out more than a vague comment about liking her hair. Almost immediately afterwards, Eren suggests she cut it.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: His entire relationship with Eren is this, although he and Eren had different viewpoints they were civil with it at first. Then Jean got a crush on Mikasa and he noticed how close she was with Eren, causing his hatred of Eren.
  • The Hedonist: Downplayed. He's not indicated to enjoy any particular vices, but he does care only about his own comfort, wanting to enter the Military Police Brigade for this exact reason. When he loses this attitude later on, he realizes that he's giving his cushy lifestyle up (and isn't very happy about it), but does it anyways.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Defied. He's one of the relatively few people in the series not looking to make his death useful; he doesn't want to die in combat at all. At first, his dismissive attitude toward this idea marks him as a Dirty Coward, but after his Character Development, it's given a more sympathetic light: as a young man with his life ahead of him, he's just not as willing as the others to throw it all away.
    • When he and 21 other Trainees stay behind to join the Survey Corps, Erwin asks them if they're willing to give their lives to humanity. Jean bluntly yells "I don't want to die!", which Erwin accepts as an understandable outlook.
  • Hidden Depths: In contrast to his reputation as an abrasive and self-centered jerk, he actually possesses great empathy and potential as a leader. Interestingly, he's developed into a voice of morality and reason, challenging the more ruthless methods embraced by Erwin and Armin.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Towards Mikasa, who devotes herself solely to Eren.
  • It's All About Me: When Eren complains about the corrupt system that sends the best soldiers to live as far away from the Titans as possible, Jean states the system should continue solely so he can benefit from it. After he gets over this, he still has reservations about the notion of self-sacrifice during his character development.
  • It's All My Fault: Blames himself thoroughly for the recruits that died following him even though there was very little he could have done about it. When he realizes that he does in fact care about the lives of his comrades, his selfish attitude begins to turn around.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: Statistics-wise, he's basically this. Jean is quite smart, agile, and skilled with the 3DMG but similarly to Eren, he lacks any outstanding talents.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Accurately predicts what would (and later, did) happen to anyone under Eren's command.
    • His selfish tendencies and brusque, haughty persona has the narrative portray him as a Jerkass Dirty Coward... and then everyone sees how terrifying the Titans really are, and how utterly unglamorous and wholly unrewarding their lives as soldiers will be. Suddenly, Jean's original sentiments don't ring so hollow. Marco says this is why he's fit to be a leader - he's clearheaded about people.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's quite rough and a bit mean at times when he´s first introduced, but Character Development turns him into a nicer person who trusts others. This really hits home after the Battle of Trost - remembering Marco's declaration for him to be a good leader, he abandons his goal to join the Military Police for a life of hardship to help Eren's group.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Develops into one.
  • The Leader: When no one else is up for the task, Jean is level-headed enough to take charge. Marco states he's a natural.
  • Love at First Sight: When he encountered Mikasa.
  • Meaningful Name: The English term "Honest John" is a descriptor of an "Honest, sincere young man." Guess who's incapable of acting against his values or saying what he doesn't mean?
  • Momma's Boy: He was one as a child, but grew into a typically moody teenager.
    • Isayama has described him as being a mazakon, which means "mother complex".
  • My God, What Have I Done?: During the Battle of Trost, Jean is forced to use the deaths of some of his fellow trainees as cover to lead those who are still alive to safety. To his horror, several more die under his command at this time.
  • Not Quite Flight: He's proven to be extremely agile with his 3DMG, at one point being able to easily maneuver his way around even when he had no structures to latch on to.
  • Odd Friendship: Eventually develops one with Armin. Additional emphasis is provided in the anime.
  • Only Sane Man: He's just about the only surviving member of the 104th who had a normal, healthy home life, lacks any glaring quirks, and has managed to work past the tragedies that have come his way.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In Chapter 23, his actually looking out for others is pointed out as unusual.
  • Refusal of the Call: He's vocal about his intention to never fight, and instead live a comfortable and safe life in the Interior. It goes about as well as expected when the Call catches up to him.
  • Reluctant Hero: Comes across as this during the Battle of Trost, vocally blaming Eren for putting him into the position to lead the vanguard before breaking out a Rousing Speech.
  • The Rival: Eren's. The two have conflicting viewpoints, and their relationship is further aggravated by Jean's huge crush on Mikasa. Marco and Sasha, however, joke that his antagonism towards Eren is fueled by something else.
  • Running Gag: People calling him "horse-faced" on numerous occasions, even if they've never met each other before.
  • Signature Move: In the anime, he seems to favor an evasive back-flip as his main demonstration of his above-average skill at 3DMG.
  • Signed Up for the Dental: Initially joined the military so he could live a comfortable live in the interior as a member of the Military Police.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: Cynical and convinced that humanity is doomed, which drives his ambition to join the Military Police Brigade. He wants to live a comfortable life before the end.
  • Sour Supporter: He began as Eren's bitter rival, but becomes one of his most trusted allies after the battle of Trost. Even so, Jean remains the first person to call Eren out on things and challenge his ideas.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Funimation initially used "John", before correcting themselves in later episodes.
  • Supporting Leader: None of the Power Trio show any real leadership ability, Jean does.
  • Tragic Bromance / Dead Sidekick: Marco's death shook him to the core, forever changing him from a selfish and cynical youth into a promising young leader that strives to live up to his friend's expectations.
  • The Watson: Has this role occasionally, especially when he interacts with Armin and asks him logical questions (that the audience is probably wondering) about the situation at hand and what his analysis of it is. Additionally, as a rather straightfoward person, point out the most obvious solution so that someone else can explain why that wouldn't work.
  • Unfriendly Fire: He briefly discusses (hypothetically) how unpopular officers might be killed off by their disgruntled subordinates while he's bemoaning the lack of information that Erwin gave everyone. He drops the subject soon afterwards and doesn't appear to have been serious.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: His and Eren's relationship falls into this territory after the events of Trost. Calling them "Buddies" would be a stretch, since they still quarrel at the drop of a hat, but there's much less animosity between them, and neither would think twice about risking their neck to save the other.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He's unwilling to remain silent over Eren's reckless behavior, or Erwin's willingness to risk lives by withholding information about the true nature of the mission. Or the Resupply Squad Trainees that left everyone hanging in Trost. This guy does not hesitate to say what needs to be said.
    • A more minor one, but even with his normally tongue-tying crush on Mikasa, he's not afraid to call her out on her near-obsession with Eren if the situation actually calls for it. For example, in Episode 16 when discussing what happened at the beginning of the mission to plug the hole in Wall Rose, specifically when Eren went nuts in Titan mode and tried to squish Mikasa. She tries to deflect his brutally direct questions (very lamely), to which he replies that not everyone is willing to just up and blindly sacrifice their lives for Eren like her and rightly points out that they need to make sure that he's got a handle on his Titan form, or he'll be a danger to everyone around him.
    • Another minor example is him angrily chewing out the Resupply Squad (the point where he decks one and has to be restrained) during the Battle of Trost for cowering under tables instead of keeping everyone refueled, leading to more deaths than necessary. When another explains that Titans made it into the supply room and they couldn't do anything, he retorts that "'Doing something' is your job as a soldier!" Interestingly enough, he doesn't seem to know or care about how the higher-ups left them behind while withdrawing.
    • In Episode 24, he confronts Eren over his inability to face Annie after she's revealed as the Female Titan. He references their previous What the Hell, Hero? conversation, reminding Eren that he has a responsibility to his comrades for the faith they've placed in him and their willingness to sacrifice their own lives for his sake. He demands to know if this is how Eren intends to repay them.


Tropes that apply to the second half of the series

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"The me from back then... I sacrificed because I wanted to save humanity."

While his comrades remain under suspicion, Jean finds himself included within Erwin's inner circle and acts as a decoy by dressing as Eren. He is deeply shaken upon learning that several of his comrades are traitors, and joins the expedition to rescue Eren. He proves a capable leader during the mission, keeping the others going and even managing to almost reach his former comrades. Afterwards, he is promoted into the second incarnation of the Special Operations Squad. His morale begins to waver when he learns that the Survey Corps will be taking part in a rebellion against the Wall's monarchy.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In Chapter 49, where he stabs a Titan's eye out to save Mikasa, of all people.
  • Dare to Be Badass: To everyone's surprise, following the second appearance of the Armored Titan, Jean motivates Eren to keep fighting and ensure that the people who sacrificed themselves did not die in vain.
  • Dead Hat Shot: Used as a Cliffhanger in Chapter 59. He survives, but only because the the soldier hesitated long enough for Armin to kill her.
  • Defusing the Tyke Bomb / "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Attempts to talk down Reiner and Bertolt, to very limited success. He manages to defuse Mikasa's Roaring Rampage of Revenge and get Bertolt to start talking, but they cannot stop and further attempts to defuse the situation are interrupted.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: By Chapter 72, Jean fights with Eren once again, but this time it is much more light-hearted and friendly, with the two coming across as squabbling.
  • The Heart: He's begun to take up Marco's place among the group as a moral center.
  • Interrupted Cool Down Hug: Erwin's luring in a horde of Titans to perform a Zerg Rush makes it impossible for Jean to continue trying to talk them down.
  • Messy Hair: At one point, he's woken up by Eren and his hair is sticking up in the air on one side and stuck flat to his head on the other.
  • Mythology Gag: In Chapter 59, he's bashed upside the head by Hitch. A similar event occurs in the gag Spin-Off Attack! Titan Junior High.
  • Nice Hat: While in hiding from the Military Police, he wears a fedora.
  • Not What I Signed On For: Jean begins to lose faith in Levi when he cows Historia into accepting her role in the rebellion. He is also highly opposed to killing humans.
  • The Power of Trust: To test his resolve, Jean offers Marlo an opportunity to kill him (Jean using a Brandishment Bluff to be more convincing), but trusts that Marlo won't. Jean's faith is rewarded, and Marlo is accepted into Levi's squad.
  • Rank Up: Assigned to the new Special Operations Squad.
  • Secret Test of Character: Gives one to Marlo and Hitch, pretending he intends to kill them in order to test their honesty and willingness to aid the Survey Corps.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Jean struggles with the idea that his loyalty to the Survey Corps means he may very well need to kill humans. This leads to him hesitating at a critical moment, allowing an enemy gunman to seize control of the situation. After being saved by Armin, he confesses to Levi that he hoped the other man's ruthless way of thinking was wrong, but now realizes his mistake.
  • You Remind Me of X: Same as Annie, Jean spots similarities between Marlo and Eren.

    Krista Lenz 

Krista Lenz

Voiced by: Shiori Mikami (JP), Bryn Apprill (EN)

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"No matter what... I'm on your side!"

Ranked 10th. Though she's known as a kind girl who puts herself out for others, it is suggested that her selflessness may actually stem from a lack of self-worth and the desire to become a martyr.

Branch: Survey Corps
  • Action Girl: Ranked 10th in her class. Although she didn't really get to show us her stuff until later chapters.
  • All-Loving Hero: Krista does not seem capable of displaying ill will towards anything.
  • Art Evolution/Only Six Faces: Early in the manga, she looked almost exactly like Armin. In later chapters and the anime, she looks sufficiently different — and while the resemblance is still there, it's not quite as pronounced, and it becomes a plot point later on.
  • Badass Adorable: Implied. She's adorable beyond all comprehension, but also one of the top-ranked soldiers in her class. Well illustrated when she finally sees action later on.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: Played with, in various ways throughout her character arc. She seems to play this straight at first, being the most beautiful and kindest of the 104th....but she's intentionally trying to live up to the ideal. In reality, there's much more to her and her beauty hides a deeply troubled young woman.
  • Bishoujo: She even sparkles on occasion, when being admired by her peers.
  • Broken Hero: Despite the Crapsack World she lives in and everything she's been through, she's still incredibly sweet and nice to everyone. Still, she's a lot more affected by it than she lets on.
  • Cuteness Overload: Armin, Jean, and Reiner suffer from it after she rescues them.
  • Damsel in Distress: In the 3rd ova, the plot centers around the others setting aside their differences to rescue her when she is kidnapped by bandits.
  • Death Seeker: Ymir accurately points out that Krista only joined the military with the intention of looking for a heroic and noble way to die. Since being called on her martyr complex many times, and nearly losing the one she loves, Krista seems to be getting past it.
  • Defiant Stone Throw: When she is left without her 3DMG, Krista uselessly throws a rock at the Titans.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life/Martyr Without a Cause: Ymir diagnoses Krista with this, pointing out, that despite saying she needs to drag a teammate to safety through a snow storm, and chastising Ymir for cynically saying they should leave him behind, she never actually asks her partner for help. Ymir says she might have good intentions, but her subconscious need to prove her morality to people is going to get her killed uselessly.
    • Once she sheds the Krista Lenz identity, she tells Eren that she sees herself as having no more purpose in life.
  • Dude Magnet: Admired by all her male classmates, who think of her as a "Goddess".
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Sasha thinks she is "God", while the aloof Ymir falls in love with her.
  • Extreme Doormat: Averted. She gives this impression, but she can be pretty stubborn and didn't hesitate to return the headbutt Ymir gave her.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Grew up on a farm, caring for the various animals. It's noted that she has a special way with the military's horses, and no one is surprised when she shows up with Jean's missing horse. When spooked, it ran off looking for her.
  • Hair Contrast Duo: The cute, sweet blonde to moody brunette Ymir.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Kind, gentle, and so beautiful that her peers call her their "goddess". Invoked, as she's attempting to live up to this image to an unhealthy degree.
  • The Ingenue: She actively tries to cultivate this reputation.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Wide, big, and baby-blue, representing her beauty and goodwill.
  • Like a God to Me: Played for Laughs. The official site notes that her peers think of her as the 104th's "Goddess".
  • Lipstick Lesbian: She's one of the more feminine soldiers, wearing skirts out of uniform and contrasted to the more masculine Ymir.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: To Ymir. A darker example than Eren and Mikasa, though, as she is completely willing to take away Krista's chances of a future in order to see her one more time.
  • Love Bubbles: Non-romantic example: When she gives a starving Sasha food, Sasha's vision sees her in this light.
  • Morality Pet: To the moody Ymir.
  • Motherly Side Plait: Wears her hair this way, on occasion, and acts as the group's Team Mom.
  • Nice Girl: Invoked as she wants to be thought of as a noble and kind person. However, she is willing to risk not only her own life, but that of her comrades. Ymir calls her out of this nonsense, and forces her to confront her true motivations for being such a helpful, kind person. Her kindness is genuine, but tainted by her serious issues.
  • No One Gets Left Behind: Krista refuses to turn a blind eye to an ally in need, though some of her "efforts" are actually revealed to be more deliberately suicidal than helpful.
  • Official Couple: With Ymir, though their relationship is somewhat ambiguous within the series itself and only confirmed by creator statements.
  • One Head Taller: Ymir isn't particularly tall (172 cm or 5 feet 8 inches) but she seems this way compared to Krista who's only 149 cm (4 feet 9 inches).
  • Only Friend: To Ymir. She's the only person who sees past her crude exterior and accepts her.
  • Phrase Catcher: "A goddess!" or "Marry me", depending on the characters.
  • Protectorate: To Ymir, for reasons not fully known yet. Word of Gay confirms that their relationship is romantic in nature.
  • Running Gag: Her ability to charm any of her male comrades simply by being kind to them. Comes up again in a more serious manner when Ymir wants her romantically because she was kind to her in spite of everything.
  • School Idol: According to the official site, she is considered the idol of the 104th.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Good lord, is she an example of this. Crista, Christa, Krista, Khrista, Historia...
  • Stepford Smiler: Type A, her cheerful nature hides incredible insecurity and desperation to be considered a good person.
  • Team Mom: Most often seen bearing food and supplies (like horses) when they're needed most and in general does the scolding for comedic purposes (most often to Connie or Sasha).
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to Ymir's tomboy.
  • Undying Loyalty: Her loyalty to Ymir cannot be shaken, no matter what the other girl does to push her away.
  • Unkempt Beauty: Frequently shown with messy hair, or sweaty and dirty from fighting....but still very beautiful.


Historia Reiss

Tropes that apply to the second half of the series

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"Do you think... everyone is disappointed? That I'm such an empty person... and the kind Krista Lenz doesn't exist?"

Honoring her promise to Ymir, Krista reclaims her true identity as Historia Reiss, the illegitimate daughter of a powerful nobleman. When Ymir is taken by the traitors, she insists on joining the expedition to rescue her friend, but is instead kidnapped by Ymir and convinced to abandon humanity. Though prepared to leave the Walls with Ymir, she is instead left in the care of the Survey Corps and completely abandons her false "Krista" persona. Placed under the protection of her comrades, she becomes a vital key to humanity's fate when it is revealed that Historia has royal origins.
  • Abusive Parents: Her father was never there and her mother hated her and avoided her at all costs.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Chapter 52, aptly titled "Krista Lenz," partially focuses on her backstory and motivations.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: While she was growing up, other children actively ostracized her to the point that she was afraid to leave her home.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: Ultimately, Historia betrays her father and, after he becomes a Titan, says that killing him is something she has to do herself.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: Behold the new Queen of the Walls: Historia Reiss.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Exploited Trope, Historia told Erwin to tell everyone that she was the one to kill Rod Reiss' massive Titan to stabilize the doubt and unrest in wake of the military coup and joined in on the battle against it. She actually ended up being the one to land the killing blow and was seen by numerous citizens having did it, so the trope is wholeheartedly believed by the people.
  • Badass Princess: Even before the reveal that she's a possible heir to the throne, Historia did rank among the top 10 trainees, just below five Badass Normals and four Titan Shifters. During the endeavour to rescue Eren from Reiner and Bertholt's clutches, she even slays a Titan on her own!
  • Bastard Angst: She's the illegitimate child of a powerful nobleman. Because of this, Historia was sent away and grew up isolated and lonely, with the few neighbors acting cruel — to say nothing of her mother showing nothing but hatred for her, all the way until her traumatic death.
  • Battle Couple: During the battle between the Armored Titan and the Survey Corps, Ymir and Historia fight side by side while declaring their devotion to each other.
  • Beneath the Mask: Her self-sacrificing kindness is a front to mask her feelings of inadequacy and guilt.
  • Bilingual Bonus: See Meaningful Name.
  • Blatant Lies: While in the middle of saving Eren, she claims that she's the worst, most vile villain and that once they escape, she would destroy everything. She then proceeds to save Eren, stop her father, become queen, and then open up an Orphanage of Love. Eren even calls her out on it later and she admits that she was just being emotional at the time.
  • Blue Blood: The bastard child of the royal family privy to conspiracy secrets.
  • Brick Joke: After being crowned the true Queen of the Walls, Historia punches Levi and dares him to hit her back. This is based on a suggestion Reeves made to her after Levi threatened her when she at first refused to be queen.
  • Broken Bird: Following her separation from Ymir and revealing her true identity, Historia reveals her true self to be empty inside, aimless and cynical.
  • Broken Hero: Despite her traumatic and lonely past, she chooses to be a kind and loving soldier.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: She stands up against her father and calls him out on trying to manipulate her into becoming a Titan and eat Eren.
  • Character Development: Introduced as a pure and selfless girl, Historia is later revealed to be a jaded individual desperate for approval and purpose. Historia eventually rejects what others want her to be and instead chooses to carve her own destiny for no one's sake but her own. She ultimately finds her purpose in taking the throne without the shackles of the ancient Titan King's will binding her like it had her predecessors.
  • Conflicting Loyalty:
    • Between Ymir and Humanity. She readily chooses Ymir, and was prepared to abandon Humanity without a second thought until Ymir made the choice for her.
    • Between Eren and her father. When Rod tells her Eren's father killed her beloved sister and that she can regain her and save humanity if she becomes a Titan Shifter and eats Eren, Historia nearly goes through with it, but then smashes the syringe and sets Eren free, declaring herself both the enemy of humanity and his friend. She told the others that she recognized Rodd was trying to manipulate her all along and played him for information, but later admitted to Eren that she'd seriously considered siding with her father and becoming a Titan Shifter. Seeing Eren crying and begging to be killed changed her mind.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: The daughter of a prominent nobleman and a servant, she was sent to live with her mother's parents at a young age. While physically provided for, she was isolated completely with no one showing her any affection.
  • Daughter of a Whore: It's implied that her mother was one in her backstory, though it's later revealed she was just a servant to the Reiss family.
  • David Versus Goliath: Invoked, more than standard examples in this series. She is easily the shortest character in the series, but is the sole one responsible for taking down easily the largest Titan.
  • Death Glare: She gives a particularly vicious one to Eren in Chapter 63, blaming him for his father's slaughter of her siblings.
    • Then she turns it on her father.
  • Emotionless Girl: After the events of Chapter 50, she rarely shows emotion anymore.
  • Empty Shell: Refers to herself as this in Chapter 54, saying that at least Krista Lenz had a personality and a purpose in life, while Historia Reiss doesn't and only seems to serve as kidnapping bait and a source of information.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: The Reiss family is actually the true royal family, making her a possible heir to the throne. Erwin plans on using this fact to ensure a bloodless revolution.
  • The Fake Cutie: Everything about the gentle "Goddess" Krista was nothing more than an act on Historia's part. Once she drops the facade, Historia reveals herself as stoic and even admits to not really caring about others.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: Subverted. Prior to the battle in the Orvud District, Historia asked that she be given credit for the Titan kill so that her heroism would make her acceptance by the people easier. The fact that she actually does take down that Titan surprises even her.
  • From Dress to Dressing: Turns her ankle-length skirt into a miniskirt, using the pieces to create a makeshift bandage and sling for Reiner after he's injured.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: She snaps Eren out of his Heroic B.S.O.D. after they both find out what Eren's father did to Historia's family and Historia decides to not go along with her father's plans.
  • Harmful to Minors: Watches her mother get her throat slit at the tender age of 10, immediately after her mother furiously denied being her mother and wished she'd never given birth to her.
  • Heal It with Booze: She uses a bottle of wine as improvised disinfectant while treating Reiner's injuries.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: She initially was loyal to the Survey Corps, but then sided with Ymir when she chose to ally with the enemy Shifters. After Ymir left, however, she remained loyal to the Survey Corps again until being reunited with her father. Once he reconciles with her and begins revealing the truth about her family to her, she sides with him and seems to be aligning herself with whoever she feels will give her the love and acceptance she desperately craves. Soon after, she reveals that she thinks her father is an idiot and frees Eren.
  • Heroic Bastard: She's an illegitimate child, meaning that her parents were not married when she was conceived.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: She calls herself the enemy of mankind and the worst and most despicable girl in the world when she decides to stand up against her father and release Eren.
  • The High Queen: She is coronated in Chapter 69. With encouragement from Jean and Sasha, she celebrates by following through on Director Reeve's joke that she punch Levi after taking the throne, but his response abruptly ends her levity.
  • Jerk With A Heartof Gold: While her true personality is shown to be much more abrasive and cynical than her fake "Krista" persona, she's still caring of others (regardless of what she claims). Best seen when she rescues Eren and opens up an Orphanage of Love when she becomes queen.
  • Lack of Empathy: Discussed in a conversation with Eren in Chapter 54. Later subverted when she renews her sense of purpose.
    Eren: Right now, Armin's taking on a dangerous mission as your body double. Shouldn't you be more worried about him?
    Historia: ...sorry. To be honest, I don't understand that way of thinking. Krista probably would've been worried for everyone. Krista Lenz is a good girl.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: The mysterious woman from her past, later revealed to be Historia's sister, would erase herself from Historia's memories every time they parted ways. She has a dream of one of their meetings, but cannot recall it after waking up.
  • Little Miss Badass: Thanks to Character Development, she's gone from being a broken cutie to a warrior damn near as fierce Mikasa. In Chapter 67, when the rest of Levi's squad are prepping for the battle against her Titan-ized(?) father, Historia shows up in full battle gear. This was not what Levi ordered her to do, but when he tries berate her for it, she doesn't flinch. Her retort can basically be summed up as "I've chosen to fight. You got a problem with that?" Levi backs down.
  • Living Macguffin: More proactive than the usual example, but following The Reveal of her Secret Identity, the Survey Corps invest as much time and resources in her safety as they do Eren's, due to her possessing knowledge about the Walls. Chapter 53 even has an attempted kidnapping staged on her.
  • Loss of Identity: The crux of her character after Chapter 50 (well, a version of it anyway). She's been wearing the "Krista" mask for so long, she doesn't know how she's supposed to behave, act, feel, etc, etc. It's the reason for her sudden loss of personality, as she's trying to sort out a bunch of feelings she's kept buried years, and define for herself just who Historia Reiss is. The turning point for her character is when she refuses to become a Titan and eat Eren; marking the first time that she decided what was important to her and finally expressing her genuine feelings.
  • Love Martyr: Historia says she'll support Ymir even after Ymir claims she was just using Krista to save herself. She was also one to her mother, who despised her. She later refuses to kill Eren at her father's urging. To hell with the whole "greater good for humanity"! Eren is her friend, and she's not going to let him die just to satisfy the wishes of a self-centered, emotionally abusive old bastard.
  • Meaningful Name: "Krista Lenz" sounds a lot like "crystal lens," which can magnify objects or help see them more clearly, while "Krista" sounds like the Nordic name "Kristian" (in other words "Christian") which may link to her connection to the Wall worshippers (given them being the story's version of Christianity). Her real name, Historia, is Latin and Spanish for "history", which itself means "inquiry" or "knowledge acquired from investigation". Both make sense, since she has the authority to freely speak whatever she knows about the truth of the Walls, and our heroes are told to go ask her about them. "Riese," the German word for Titan, is very similar to her surname as well.
  • Meaningful Rename: Fulfilling her promise with Ymir, once the latter shows her her "secret" (that she can turn into a Titan), she decides to go by her real name once more.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: Claims to be this. Eren wants her to eat him so she can save humanity, as there is no other way to access the Coordinate's power and destroy the Titans. Too bad she doesn't care if humanity is destroyed.
  • Morality Pet: Historia is this to her father Lord Reiss, as he seems to genuinely care for her, at least on some level.
  • Not So Different:
    • Despite Ymir and Krista initially appearing to be polar opposites of each other, Krista eventually drops the act and reveals her true personality. Historia turns out to be quite similar to Ymir (broken, cynical, misanthropic, and somewhat self-centered). Key word on "somewhat" though.
    • Also has this with Eren. While Eren is obsessed with saving humanity from the Titans, Historia herself claims that she doesn't really care about humanity. But once Eren learns about the truth of his father and the Coordinate ability, he has a Heroic B.S.O.D. and feels like he didn't need to happen. Not unlike how Historia felt for the longest time. It's what ultimately leads to her defying her father.
  • Not So Stoic: While she is mostly aloof and callous, when her father tells her how her beloved sister died, she shoots Eren a Death Glare.
  • Odd Friendship: With Eren.
  • Orphanage of Love: After becoming queen, she pours a generous amount of resources into maintaining one for orphans and others in need.
  • Perpetual Frowner: After the events of Chapter 50, she does not smile anymore.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: After being coronated as queen in Chapter 69.
  • The Quiet One: In stark contrast to her early sociable, charming nature, Eren notes that she hasn't talked much since the events of Chapter 50.
  • Rank Up: When she's assigned to the new Special Operations Squad, though like Eren she is primarily protected by the others.
  • Refusal of the Call:
    • After learning that she has the potential to be queen, Historia refuses to accept such a position of power. However, Levi reminds her of her duty to do what is best for humanity, and forces Historia to comply regardless.
    • Happens again when Rod offers her the power of the Coordinate and the ability to rule humanity.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: It's revealed that the Reiss family is the real royal family, making Krista a princess basically and a potential successor to the throne.
    • Played with when she's crowned queen. The Survey Corps basically rules the kingdom for her while she's the monarch in name only. Justified in how she never wanted to be a ruler in the first place. But she was the one who stopped her father. And she used her political influence to open up a shelter for orphans and the poor.
    • What needs to be made clear here is that she's not their puppet; she's lets them call the shots because they've got more experience in strategy than she does. But it does not mean that they control her. She made it pretty clear during Rod's attack that she will buck orders if she doesn't agree with them, and now that she's officially the Queen (and well loved by her people) there's not a damn thing that Levi or Erwin can do about it if she chooses to do so again.
  • Secret Identity: "Krista" is actually Historia, the bastard child of the Noble/Royal Reiss family. Pastor Nick states that she is capable of revealing the secrets about the Wall Titans, though Historia is ultimately ignorant of such secrets. However, with the later revelation that the Reiss family is tied with the royal bloodline, Historia Reiss would technically be a potential heir to the throne, again making her very important to several factions.
  • The Stoic: Grows into this more and more after the events of Chapter 50, no longer understanding how she is suppose to act anymore.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Historia looks a lot like her parents, and also her sister Frieda.
  • Swallowed Whole: Ymir does this in order to kidnap her.
  • That Thing Is Not My Child!: On the receiving end of this, as her mother only spoke to her twice in her entire life and both times referred to her as a "thing" and wished her dead.
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: Sports one after the events of Chapter 50. Character development replaces it with a Determined Expression.
  • Took a Level in Badass: She was already implicitly a badass, but it wasn't until this part of the series she actually killed a Titan, and she did it by herself. She also demonstrates surprising strength when she turns on her father, reminding everyone that, even if she seems sweet and Ymir gave her the tenth spot, she's still a heavily trained soldier, eleventh best of a class of hundreds. Even more impressive considering many of the people stronger than her are Titan Shifters, and Mikasa.
  • Uncanny Valley Girl: Eren essentially calls her Krista Lenz persona one, stating that he found her perfection to be incredibly creepy. While she's not a murderous psychopath, Historia admits that she has difficulty understanding or even caring about others' feelings. She's slowly improving, now that she's not obsessively pretending to be The Ingenue.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To her own father, who is playing her emotions like puppet strings in order to make her absolutely loyal to him and acquire the Coordinate power by becoming a Titan and eating Eren. Even after this is pointed out to her, she considers it her duty to become a Titan and eat Eren. In the end, Historia decides to not go along with it.
  • Used to Be More Social: After Chapter 50, her withdrawn, quiet nature is in stark contrast to her earlier charming, cheery attitude.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: She eagerly goes along with her father's plans if it means earning his love. Subverted when she decides to not obey him in the end.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: She says that even though she doesn't care if humanity is destroyed, if she sees someone crying about how they're not needed in this world, she wants to let them know that's not true.
  • You Are Worth Hell: Feels this way towards Ymir. Although Ymir ultimately denies her the chance to prove it.
  • You Killed My Father: She turns her anger on Eren upon learning that Grisha killed her beloved sister to steal her memories and powers for him. With prodding from Eren, she nearly goes through with killing him to retrieve the Coordinate powers, but decides against it..

     Ymir 

Ymir

Voiced by: Saki Fujita (JP), Elizabeth Maxwell (EN)

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"She smiled, and she was kind to me, despite knowing what kind of person I am..."

A mysterious and aloof member of the 104th Trainee Corps. Though skilled enough to place in the Top 10 of the class, Ymir deliberately slacked off so that the tenth spot could be taken by Krista Lenz. She clearly hoped that Krista would choose a safe posting in the Military Police Brigade. Her name, though known by her classmates, is not revealed to the audience.

Branch: Survey Corps
  • Action Girl: Sort of required when you're in the military.
  • Aloof Ally: Eren notes most people don't really know her well, and Krista is the only person she seems to care about.
  • Ambiguously Brown: In the anime, her black hair and dark-colored eyes are coupled with an olive complexion.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Fond of giving these to others.
  • Badass Gay: She's gay and she's badass.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Her devotion to Krista is stated to have been born from this.
  • Be Yourself: A firm believer that people are not alive unless they can be true to themselves. She encourages Sasha to not hide her accent, and constantly challenges Krista to stop worrying what others think about her.
  • Butch Lesbian: Not the most blatant example, but Reiner still notes that "she doesn't look like a girl who is interested in guys." Her manner of speech is also pretty masculine.
  • The Cynic: Has no illusions about what kind of world she lives in.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Based on the few hints she'd dropped, her early years were pretty horrible.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Shows up when Krista is feeding Sasha and questions the altruistic nature of Krista's actions with a condescending attitude. She then lifts a passed out Sasha up and takes her back to the barracks, explaining that's she's doing the favor so Sasha will owe her.
  • False Reassurance: She repeatedly insists she's only doing things for herself, and only cares about her own interests. It's just that her interests happen to revolve around protecting Krista, the girl she loves.
  • Gut Feeling: She has exceptional instincts about other people, getting accurate readings on their motivations and hidden issues.
  • Hair Contrast Duo: The angry, moody brunette to Krista's nicer, gentler blonde.
  • If We Get Through This: "That's my Krista! Once this operation ends, marry me!"
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: She's deeply cynical and makes certain everyone knows it, which allows her to recognize the unhealthy motivations behind Krista's selfless actions. She implies this is because she, herself, was once much like Krista.
  • Lack of Empathy: She makes no effort to mince her words, and outright refuses to show compassion, which causes friction between her and Connie.
    • Jerkass Façade: She's not nearly as harsh and unfeeling as she pretends to be. Not that she would admit it, even to herself.
  • Lecherous Licking: She does this to Krista, while making a joke marriage proposal.
    Ymir: That's my girl, Krista! If we get through this, marry me!
  • Mysterious Past: She intentionally keeps her past a mystery.
  • No Name Given: She is simply referred to as "Freckles" in the anime credits, as her name is not revealed until the 36th chapter.
  • Official Couple: With Historia, though only confirmed by creator statements.
  • One Head Taller: She isn't particularly tall (172 cm or 5 feet 8 inches) but she seems this way compared to Krista who's only 149 cm (4 feet 9 inches).
  • Psycho Lesbian: Zigzagged. She's clearly devoted to Krista, and is willing to cross lines for her sake. This leads people to view her as insane or untrustworthy, but she's probably not the psycho people think she is.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Krista's girly girl.
  • Walking Spoiler: The revelations concerning her are very significant. Read the below section at your own risk!
  • Wild Card: And she makes certain others know it, declaring that her only consideration are her own interests.


Tropes that apply to the second half of the series

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"It was like... I was in an endless nightmare."

In order to protect the girl she loves, Ymir reveals herself to possess the Titan's Power and is gravely injured in battle. Along with Eren, she is kidnapped by the traitors and convinced to ally with them to protect Krista. Though their plans fall through, she makes the decision to leave Krista in the Survey Corps' care and leaves human territory with the other Titan Shifters. Though her past remains a mystery, it is revealed that she existed as an ordinary Titan for 60 years and is independent from any other group, guarding many important secrets.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: She pats Connie on the head after he gives her his knife, signaling her intentions to risk her life. Afterwards, she leaps from the tower and reveals herself as a Titan Shifter.
  • Almighty Janitor: She intentionally slacked off during training, resulting in her ranking outside the Top 10. This makes her easy to overlook and underestimate, when in reality she is not only a skilled Titan Shifter but exceptionally cunning and one of the few characters that actually knows what is going on.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Loses her right arm and leg in the battle at Castle Utgard. She gets better.
  • And I Must Scream: Previously spent over sixty years trapped in her Titan form, but managed to regain her humanity and control over her shifting after eating Reiner and Bertolt's best friend.
  • Battle Couple: Ymir is very obviously in love with Krista, and they prove to be an excellent match when facing a horde of Titans together. Word of Gay confirms that their relationship is romantic in nature.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In stark contrast to her previous selfishness, during the battle against the Armored Titan, Ymir manages to save Erwin and Bertolt's lives Just in Time despite getting no benefit from it.
  • Bolivian Army Cliffhanger: She is last seen fending off a swarm of Titans alongside Reiner and Bertolt. Volume 12 averts this, however, by including an epilogue that reveals they survived the battle.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: A less malicious example. She doesn't remember eating Marcel in Titan form.
  • But Now I Must Go: In Chapter 50, after having repeatedly risked their lives for each other and confirmed their devotion to each other...Titan!Ymir gently caresses Historia's hair and runs off to help the other Shifters. It's unclear when, or if, they will see each other again.
  • Cannibalism Superpower: She regained her human form and became a Shifter after devouring Marcel and stealing his powers.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: She's introduced early on in Chapter 5, but it is not until much later in Chapter 36 that she actually starts playing an important role. The anime provides a bit more attention to Ymir during this gap, but she still remains much less important compared to the other trainees.
  • Cold Equation: To emphasize her self-serving attitude, Ymir, in the past, has advised abandoning an unconscious Daz in the mountains before she and Krista freeze trying to save him.
  • Come with Me If You Want to Live: When she destroys what's left of Castle Utgard, with the others still on the tower. As it collapses, she climbs to the top and manages to speak enough to tell them, "Wanna live... climb on."
  • Cruel to Be Kind: She viciously mocks Connie until he drops the subject of the Titan found lying on his house. Later, Reiner states she did it so Connie would stop worrying and asks her to keep it up. It's debatable whether Ymir did it out of genuine kindness or because she didn't want Connie to think too much about the Titans' origins, as she is one herself.
  • Cryptic Conversation: Engages in hefty doses of it with Reiner and Bertolt, right over the head of Eren (and the audience).
  • Eye Scream: Her primary mode of attack in Titan form is to claw out the eyes of an attacking Titan, then use the opening to tear out their nape.
  • Face Heel Revolving Door: She sides with the enemy in exchange for Krista's safety, but abandons them once things turned sour, only to return to their defense after safely returning Krista to the retreating Survey Corps.
  • Good Feels Good: "Being a goddess doesn't feel so bad..."
  • Healing Factor: Comes with being a Titan Shifter.
  • Hunter of Her Own Kind: First, simply as a soldier doing what she has to survive. Once she reveals her true nature, she fights to protect Krista and the others.
  • In Love with the Mark: She says she originally got close to Krista with the intention of taking advantage of her Living Macguffin status. However, we know over time she genuinely started to care for and is now in love with Krista. Still, she claims to only be thinking about herself.
  • I Owe You My Life: When Bertolt asks why she saved his life, she states that it's because she feels indebted to them since she never would have regained human form without encountering them. She refuses their offer to let her escape, offering herself up as a trophy so they won't return to their home empty-handed, though it may very well mean her life.
  • It's All About Me: In Chapter 47, she boldly declares that she'll take Eren and go back to the Survey Corps, ruining Reiner and Bertolt's plans, and even taking away a chance at making sure Krista isn't killed in the conflict, just so she can see her again. She says that she's fine with taking away Krista's future so long as she can see her again, because Ymir is simply that terrible a person.
    • Its indicated this isn't entirely true. While Ymir disparages herself for being, essentially, Selfish Evil in the past, Connie points out that she could have easily escaped Castle Utgard and instead faced death for Krista. Ymir's thoughts suggest that her trying to kidnap Krista is really an attempt to give her a future, alluding to an impending catastrophe that would kill her if she remained within the Walls. Her later letting Krista go is because she now thinks said catastrophe can be averted by Eren having the Coordinate. Finally, she goes back to save Bertolt and Reiner from Titans and goes with them back home to keep them from returning empty handed, which Reiner says is going to end with her death.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: As Krista's closest friend (and the only person who knew about her identity struggles), her leaving with Reiner and Bertolt hit Krista (now Historia) hard. Shown best in the Volume 13 extra pages, where Historia sobs and calls Ymir a traitor for leaving her.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: Inverted. Ymir reveals she spent 60 years as a regular Titan, and describes it as having been trapped in an "endless nightmare". She notes she has no memory of her physical actions during that time, and only regained her consciousness and human form 5 years ago.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: Titan-shifting is fairly horrific, involving generating a giant meat suit fused to the human pilot. Ymir's is a simian-like creature with fangs and claws.
  • Love Makes You Evil: She's willing to side with the enemy, if it means protecting Krista. Even then she freely admits she's a horrible person so selfish she would risk Krista's future just to be able to see her one more time. Ultimately, her thoughts indicate she is trying to save Krista from an unspecified danger that threatens everyone within the Walls.
  • Meaningful Name: Ymir's name is a reference to Norse Mythology. note  Ymir also means "The Scream", foreshadowing her being stuck in a Titan body for over sixty years.
  • Older Than She Looks: She reveals that she spent 60 years in her Titan form, suggesting that she's at least in her late 70s.
  • Only One Name: Whether Ymir has a family name or not is unknown.
  • Put on a Bus: Last seen preparing to head back to the Titan Shifter homeland with Reiner and Bertolt.
  • Reliable Traitor: Reiner states he can trust her to work with them, since her only consideration is who can best help her protect Krista.
  • Revealing Skill: She can read the strange characters on a can, and does so without thinking about it. Immediately, Reiner becomes suspicious of her... but they're interrupted before he can do more than express surprise, and the subject is dropped until The Reveal of her true nature as a Titan Shifter.
  • Robbing the Mob Bank: Long ago, she stole the Titan's power from the group the other Shifters serve. Hiding within Wall Sina, and then enlisting in the military to find Krista was her desperate attempt to save herself from them.
  • Save the Villain: In Chapter 50, she ultimately chooses to leave Historia behind in order to rescue Bertolt from a Titan. When he asks her later why she saved him, she admits she did it without thinking. But she feels she owes them for their role in restoring her humanity, and feels sorry for them.
  • Secret Identity: A Titan Shifter independent of the other four, who joined humanity's ranks for reasons yet unknown (although her motives right now seem to be protecting Krista). The Aberrant Titan that Ilse Langner encounters seems to worship her, calling Ilse "Ymir-sama" upon their meeting.
  • Self-Harm: She borrows a knife from Connie, and slashes open her hand in order to transform into a Titan.
  • Super Soldier: The third known Titan Shifter.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: She describes herself as the only person capable of understanding Reiner and Bertolt's circumstances, and feels sorry for them. This sympathy leads her to offer herself as a prisoner in hopes that their superiors will show them mercy for failing their mission.

    Annie Leonhart 

Annie Leonhart

Voiced by: Yu Shimamura (JP), Lauren Landa (EN)

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"Anyway, I'm not stupid enough to enjoy playing soldier in this shitty world."

Ranked 4th. She is cold and aloof, but has a deep admiration for people with strong ideals. Noted for her exceptional and unique fighting style, which she taught to Eren. While her classmates choose to join the Survey Corps, she follows through with her stated plan of joining the Military Police Brigade. During the 57th Expedition, she appears as the Female Titan and slaughters many soldiers while pursuing Eren. Failing to capture him, she is identified by Armin and led into a trap by him. Defeated by Eren and Mikasa, she uses a mysterious power to encase herself in crystal and remains in the Survey Corps' custody.

She is the main character of the spinoff manga, Attack on Titan: Lost Girls, which details her adventures while in the Military Police Brigade.

Branch: Military Police Brigade
  • Action Girl: Noted to be one of the best trainees at fighting and that's saying something.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Like Mikasa, she has a more profound beauty in the anime.
  • Adaptation Distillation: Her mentorship of, and relationship of mutual respect and admiration with Eren was altogether removed from the anime. This causes Eren's Heroic B.S.O.D. to be unexplained.
    • Her shaken expression at accidentally killing civilians was likewise removed from the anime, while she also goes on to kill more people during Eren's BSOD, all of which arguably borders her on Adaptational Villainy.
  • Adaptation Expansion: In the anime, when she's called out as the Female Titan by Mikasa, instead of grinning creepily like in the manga, her response is to burst out laughing. According to Isayama, this was a change pushed by himself, because he wanted her to convey her "fear, sadness, shyness, loneliness and guilt" while having a "relieved" outlet.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Her defeat at the hands of Eren and Mikasa is combined with memories of her father, finally causing her to burst into tears and seal herself away in crystal.
  • All for Nothing: Her first attempt at kidnapping Eren sees her going to great physical lengths, barely avoiding capture and exposure while leaving dozens of dead soldiers in her wake, only to have Levi and Mikasa retrieve Eren from her at the last minute. This causes her to cry heavily while in her Titan form, though it's left vague as to whether the tears are from remorse or frustration, or both.
  • Aloof Ally: Prefers working by herself. This is implied to have hurt her class ranking, as her combat skills are higher than Reiner and Bertolt's, but strategy and ability to work as part of a team are also factors when deciding graduating rank.
  • Anti-Villain: While she's much better at hiding her guilt than her partners, she's deeply disturbed by the loss of life at Trost and described by Word of God as a "normal girl" forced to do horrible things. It's clear her father is a major part of her reasons for what she's doing and she loves him regardless of what he's put her through.
  • Badass: Her combat skills are ranked 10/10, equal to Mikasa.
  • Bad Liar: According to Eren.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Implied to be the reason for her (relative) closeness to Armin.
  • Becoming the Mask: While she tries to remain aloof, she comes to respect or care for several of her peers in the 104th. This results in her mentoring Eren, as well as sparing Armin's life during the 57th Expedition. She's shown to be deeply shaken in the aftermath of Trost, and horrified by the deaths of her classmates.
  • Beneath the Mask: She actively cultivated a cold and distant persona, but when her mask slips hints of a kinder person emerge. Word of God describes her as an "ordinary girl", and when she finally stops hiding her true self, it's both unnerving and heartbreaking.
  • Betty and Veronica: She's portrayed as the Veronica in official parodies, with Mikasa as the Betty and Eren as a clueless Archie. It's ambiguous whether or not such a dynamic existed in the main canon or not.
  • Big Bad Friend: Though she acted as Eren's mentor, and is on good terms with others such as Armin... ultimately she's revealed as the Female Titan responsible for the slaughter during the 57th Expedition. Eren is so shocked by this revelation that he's initially unable to muster the focus and willpower to fight her. Armin also has a shocked expression when she reveals herself, despite the fact that he was the first to suspect it.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In Episode 13, she saves Jean by pushing a Titan about to eat him out of the way while ''surfboarding'' on said Titan, though she ironically almost kills him later in her Titan form.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: The "Short" to Reiner's "Big" and Bertolt's "Thin".
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: While in the midst of transforming into her Titan form, her face is briefly glimpsed and reveals Tainted Veins as well as black sclera. By that point, her Sanity Slippage has begun and leads to her final desperate attempt to capture Eren.
  • Blatant Lies: Sometimes states that she's weak and helpless, which Eren (or anyone else who has seen her fight) can tell from first-hand experience is a load of crap. Though there may be more to that phrase than it seems (she may be referring to her mental strength, i.e. that she lacks the resolve to "go against the flow").
    • Towards the end of Wall Sina, Goodbye, she thinks how she "doesn't care" how many people she'll have to kill the next day in order to return to her father, but has to restrain herself from crying while going to sleep.
  • Blood Knight: She does not show it on the surface, but, as Eren suggests, Annie only comes alive when she's showing off her fighting skills.
  • Breakout Character: Like Levi's own spinoff in A Choice With No Regrets, she gets main character focus in Lost Girls.
  • Break the Badass: She becomes progressively more unhinged her second time fighting Titan!Eren, and is ultimately defeated by him and Mikasa (as well as Armin in the manga), causing her to shed Broken Tears and seal herself away in crystal.
  • Broken Bird: Hinted to be one.
  • Broken Tears: When she's defeated and about to be captured.
  • Chekhov's Gun: She slips on a plain metal ring as she agrees to help Armin smuggle Eren out of the capital. When this turns out to be a ruse and the Survey Corps tries to apprehend her and prevent her from biting herself, she whips out a barb in the ring and inflicts Self-Harm to transform.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: Between her comrades in the 104th and the mission her father raised her to complete. This causes her to make mistakes like teaching Eren to fight, and sparing Armin's life during the 57th Expedition.
  • Contralto of Danger: Annie has a noticeably deeper voice than the other female characters to go with her Badass credentials.
  • Crystal Prison: After being dragged out of her Titan body with nowhere to run, she encases herself in one. It seems to be some sort of defense mechanism, but it also means that she's not going to give up any information anytime soon.
  • Daddy's Girl: Her father had a very strong impact on her, and she seems to have fond memories of him. Whether this makes her Daddy's Little Villain or not is still unclear. He seems to have regretted raising her as a Tyke Bomb.
  • Dark Action Girl: She's a cold and cynical soldier who enlists in the infamously corrupt Military Police Brigade and one of the Titan Shifter spies, with her rampage as the Female Titan leaves scores of veteran soldiers dead.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Raised by her father as a Tyke Bomb, taught to hate the world, and sent into the Walls to spy on humanity while committing acts of mass murder.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Chapter 31/Episode 23 gives her one before her revelation as the Female Titan.
  • Death Glare: Oh boy, she is a master of it.
  • Dissonant Laughter: At one point she actually laughs out loud while blushing and it's rather cute. Or rather it would be if not for the fact that she's admitting her Secret Identity, making it really creepy.
  • The Dog Bites Back: In her visual novel, it's revealed Annie once lashed out at her father in frustration over her Training from Hell. She ended up beating him so severely that he was left with a permanent limp, and from then on she never disobeyed him. Incidentally, it had the opposite result intended — he was so impressed by her strength, that he increased the intensity of her training.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Thanks to their shape and the shading underneath, her eyes look like this. Given her backstory, it's not hard to see why.
  • Dramatic Wind: When she refuses to follow Eren, Mikasa and Armin underground, she's briefly accompanied by this while giving a menacing look, clearly symbolizing that something is about to go down.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: She makes a blink-and-you-miss-it cameo in Episode 2, as one of the refugees in line for bread.
  • Emotionless Girl: It's not that she can't have emotions, she just doesn't care about the world around her. When she gets angry, she looks creepier. It's revealed that the likely source of this is that her father put her through Training from Hell and asked her to hate the world.
  • Evil All Along: Zigzagged all over the place. While an enemy to mankind, her teaching Eren to fight — and to question some aspects of the society he lives in — was a genuine act and she's a deeply conflicted, morally complex character.
  • Evil Counterpart: On the surface to Mikasa, being a cold, exceptionally skilled, and ruthlessly efficient girl in the Corps and in her trio.
  • Evil Laugh: Once, but it's quite notorious, to the point where it became an Internet meme and being compared to Light Yagami's. Annie did when it was revealed that she was a Titan.
  • False Friend: As much as she tried to avoid it, and ends up being undone by it when she genuinely starts to care.
  • Fighting Fingerprint: Her fighting style is unique. Because of it, Armin is able to pin her as the Female Titan, and after she teaches it to Eren, he manages to one-up Reiner during their fight.
    • Eren also lost the first Titan vs. Titan fight against her because he was distracted when he recognized her fighting style and realized that the Female Titan was Annie.
  • Foe Romance Subtext: Her relationship with Eren is fairly ambiguous, though it's clear she harbors some type of admiration for him. In a flashback, she's seen teasing Eren about needing to learn how to talk to girls, and only speaks fondly of him if he is brought up. In official parodies, she's a Tsundere with explicit romantic feelings for him.
  • Foil: To Mikasa — even physically. Mikasa is tall, Annie is short; Mikasa has dark hair, Annie is blond; Mikasa's fighting skills are almost instinctive, while Annie relies on complex techniques; Mikasa has small, dark eyes, while Annie's are large and blue; Mikasa has a small nose, while Annie's has a big nosse; Mikasa lives for others, while Annie is self-centered. However, both are emotionally repressed, skilled fighters, and both have found themselves unable to kill someone, which would prove to be a critical mistake. Furthermore, both have a very high opinion of Eren, but express it in different ways: Mikasa is extremely protective and utterly loyal towards Eren, while Annie takes a different approach, putting Eren through harsh training so that he can become a stronger and psychologically more rounded person.
    • She is also one to Armin. Both are insightful individuals with a pragmatic outlook on life, and a firm understanding of human nature. However, while both are willing to be ruthless to ensure success, Annie repeatedly falters in her ruthlessness, and suffers defeat.
      • Her visual novel pulls it further by revealing her deduction skills to rival Armin's.
  • Four Is Death: Ranked fourth in her graduating class and she's also the fourth Titan Shifter shown (Colossal —> Armored —> Rogue —> Female) as well as the first enemy Titan Shifter to be discovered. Furthermore, she also has the highest kill count out of any Titan for a good chunk of the series.
  • Freudian Excuse: Hinted at, with the revelation that her father raised her to think of the rest of the world as her enemies.
  • Glass Cannon: She lacks brute strength but she's skilled enough that her strikes are precise and fast enough to make her an formidable fighter regardless. Eren and Reiner underestimate her during hand-to-hand combat training and are stunned at how quickly she hands them their asses.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: In her visual novel, she receives a fatal gunshot wound to the abdomen. In the time it takes for a similar wound to kill another victim, she heals back to full strength.
  • Healing Factor: She's noteworthy for her ability to selectively focus her regeneration, allowing her to perform feats such as regrowing one eye instead of both at the same time. In human form, she's able to regenerate from a fatal gunshot wound in a matter of minutes.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: If Annie ever talks about herself, she will describe herself as a weakling who is easily pushed around and only cares about her own skin.
  • Hero Killer: Implacable and ruthless, aggressively hunting Eren in the Survey Corps at the cost of many experienced soldiers' lives.
  • Hidden Depths: Annie embodies many contradictions, some very intentional on her part. She hides her kinder nature beneath an aloof mask, and references her small build as a weakness while being one of the most skilled and dangerous fighters in the series.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: She cultivates an image of disinterest and apathy, but she's actually more caring than she seems.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: Conditioned by her father to feel this way since childhood, most likely to keep her from sympathizing with the group she was infiltrating.
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: A villainous example; she kills Titans so her cover won't be blown.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Mirroring her cold and aloof personality.
  • Ignored Epiphany: Utterly horrified in the aftermath of Trost, when she discovers what may have been her friend's corpse. She apologizes to it over and over, having been forced to experience the full horror of what her mission involves. This doesn't stop her from brutally slaughtering soldiers left and right during the 57th Expedition, or (in the anime) rampage through Stohess District later on.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: Any faith she may have once had in the world was lost long ago, and now she views the world with distrust. She expresses that the things her father believed in and raised her to achieve are "meaningless" and all she wants is to survive. These views have a strong influence on Armin in becoming more jaded as well.
  • Kick Chick: Focuses quite a bit on kicks, which is Fridge Brilliance since the 3D maneuver gear requires incredible leg strength. Her visual novel explains how her father made her kick either the padding on his legs, poles on the ground, or a sandbag hanging from a tree every day from before the sun rised in the morning till it set in the evening. Her Signature Move became a Muay Thai-style high kick using her shin and the top of her foot.
  • Lady of War: Her efficient fighting style focuses on precise kicks that remove larger, stronger opponents' size advantage, and, in personality, she's very graceful and aloof.
  • Last-Second Chance: After Annie's true identity is revealed, Eren and Armin beg her to prove she is not their enemy and turn herself in, though they're quickly interrupted by Mikasa drawing her blade on Annie as she believes it's useless.
  • Laughing Mad: In the anime, when she's revealed as the Female Titan.
  • Limited Wardrobe: She doesn't own much more than her uniform, and a few identical hoodies. Probably justified, since the life of a spy passing herself off as a refugee doesn't really allow for personal possessions.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: Her Titan-shifting, which creates a 14-meter Titan.
  • Luminescent Blush: In the anime. However, unlike most examples, it's not a good sign.
  • Meaningful Name: "Annie" means "grace." Her surname means "Lionheart". Considering that the lioness is More Deadly Than the Male, her being one of the best fighters in the series this shouldn't come as a surprise; however it's also ironic given how the lioness often works in tandem with others and Annie has the second-lowest teamwork score among the 104th.
  • The Mentor: She teaches Eren a lot of hand-to-hand combat techniques and is the first to open his eyes to how corrupt the inner workings of the Walls are.
  • Messy Hair: The only time she's shown without her bun is right after she wakes up, to which her hair would nearly resemble a mane.
  • Missing Mom: Her father is often referred to and it's hinted that all she wants is to return to him. The whereabouts of a mother however is left unknown.
  • Mixed Martial Arts: Uses moves from Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-jutsu, among others.
  • The Mole: One of the Titan Shifters sent to infiltrate the human ranks, and most likely her true reason for joining the Military Police Brigade.
  • More Deadly Than the Male: Annie's fighting style focuses on removing the advantage a larger, stronger opponent has over her, often using her opponent's strength against them. While most Shifters rely upon brute force, as the Female Titan she relies on her exceptional fighting skills, enhanced speed, and greater control of her Titan form to devastate anything in her path. Her direct body count is the highest in the series, and she kills in a variety of sadistic and creative ways.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • In the aftermath of Trost, she was horrified by the death and destruction she'd had a hand in.
    • While fighting Eren in Stohess, she landed on a church full of civilians. Even as a Titan, the horror of seeing the dead and wounded is obvious on her face.
    • As a child, she crippled her father when she lashed out at him. She never disobeyed him again, and wants nothing more than to return home to him.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain:
    • She teaches Eren some hand-to-hand combat techniques. He later uses them effectively in his fight with her fellow Titan mole, Reiner.
    • Sparing Armin's life while in her Titan form led him to expose her as the Female Titan.
    • Her last-ditch effort to escape from the military by scaling the Wall as the Female Titan resulted in the discovery of the Titans entombed within them and how deep the Government Conspiracy actually was.
  • Noble Demon: She genuinely respects people with the courage to pursue high ideals, and cannot bring herself to hurt her former classmates even though doing so required great personal risk.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: A rare villainous example. Had she not spared Armin's life during her attack on the expedition, she probably wouldn't have been exposed as the Female Titan.
  • Not So Stoic:
    • At one point in the anime she breaks out in genuine, rich laughter and starts blushing immensely. It would be an adorable moment in another series that would signify a significant shift in personality but considering the circumstances, it's just her fake stoic persona breaking down, making it highly disturbing. This is reinforced by her changing her tone and expression to an alarming degree afterwards now that the cat's out of the bag.
    • A flashback in Chapter 77 would remove any doubt that Annie can show emotion. As Reiner pinned Marco down, she panicly called Reiner a "piece of shit!" for wanting to kill him, but ultimately got talked into removing Marco's 3D gear while wearing a horrified expression. Afterwards, as she, Reiner and Bertolt watched Marco getting eaten, Annie sobbed heavily.
    • She gets a comedic example in Lost Girls when she tries to pet a cat that keeps evading her hand and then walks away, resulting in Annie staring at it in complete puzzlement. It returns shortly after however and lets Annie pet it, making her look confused at how to react.
    • Lost Girls in general had many moments, both serious and funny, where Annie would make very shocked faces.
  • Odd Couple: Annie is the serious, tidy one to Hitch's snark and tendency to slack off and leave messes everywhere. They were assigned to the same Squad, and also shared a room. Also has shades of Tomboy and Girly Girl, with Annie barely owning anything besides her uniform and Hitch getting dressed up to go party in the Capital.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: At one point in the anime she blushes and laughs, showing the breakdown of her false stoic persona and, according to Word of God, relief that her secret is now known.
  • Partial Transformation: In her visual novel, she breaks free from being handcuffed by bandits by choosing to transform only her hand into a Titan's hand.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Of the "concealing something" variety.
  • Perpetual Frowner: She never smiles, except for the occasional Slasher Smile here and there.
    • She does smile once in the manga, when Eren compliments her fighting skills and expresses a desire to learn them.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: She's tiny, which makes it all the more jarring when she easily hands Eren and Reiner their asses.
  • Prim and Proper Bun: Wears her hair in this style, emphasizing her stern, no-nonsense demeanor.
  • Punch Clock Villain: She has shades of this, being a relatively normal girl when not actively carrying out her orders. She even expresses disdain for her mission, feeling that it is pointless or stupid, but being committed to it never the less. Annie doesn't even hold any particular ill will towards humanity, and can be anything from an aloof comrade to a warm friend and mentor during her "off" hours. But once she's carrying out her mission, she's willing to endanger or actively attack the same people she helped previously.
  • Refuge in Audacity: A somewhat humorous example in Wall Sina, Goodbye. When she asks Hitch if she can report her as sick for the following day where she'll be going after the 57th expedition, Hitch accuses her of having a date and asks her "what kind of guy" he is. Annie replies "A 15 meter Titan". Hitch laughs and doesn't question her further.
  • The Rival: Hinted to have been this to Mikasa, at least during their trainee days. A flashback shows Mikasa passive aggressively asking Annie to show her a few moves when she thinks Annie is putting the moves on Eren. In response, Annie wondered if her moves would even work on "a beast". As they prepared to fight, everyone else started making bets on who would win, clearly waiting for the day when the two strongest fighters would face off.
  • Robbing the Dead: She's extremely vague on how exactly she ended up with Marco's equipment, leaving it unclear whether he died before or after she stole it.
    • It was finally revealed that she took Marco's gear off and chucked it into a nearby building after being pressed by Reiner to prove herself still loyal to their cause and left Marco to be eaten by a Titan shortly afterwards.
  • Sadist: She may be this, based on some of the utterly and unnecessarily vicious ways in which she killed members of the Survey Corps. One poor soul gets spun to death by his wires, all while she smiles playfully.
  • Secret Identity: The Female Titan.
  • Self-Harm: She makes use of a specially-designed ring to transform. While it looks like a normal, silver ring it actually hides a small blade that can be flipped out to cut herself.
  • Shared Unusual Trait: Her nose— similar yet different to fellow top-ranked Trainees, Reiner and Bertolt.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Gets regarded as one by her comrades in the Military Police Brigade because of her involvement in the Battle for Trost. It turns out she is indeed suffering but for completely different reasons as a mole.
  • Sherlock Scan/Hyper Awareness: In Goodbye, Wall Sina, she's able to deduce the series of events leading up to a murder and accurately identify the killer by one minor detail: the smell of the cigarettes butts left in the victim's apartment, which Mr. Stratmann identified as so rare only he could smoke them.
    • Her deductions skills are possibly referenced in the third OVA, where she is the first out of her team to notice the remains of a fire, as well as wagon tracks in the woods.
  • Shower of Angst: While not shown, she takes one in Goodbye, Wall Sina while thinking about what she'll have to do the following day.
  • Signature Move: A Muay Thai high kick.
  • Slasher Smile: After being called out as the Female Titan, she sports one right before she attempts to transform.
  • The Stoic: She barely ever changes facial expression or tone, to an even greater degree than Mikasa.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Leonhart sometimes becomes Leonhardt depending on who's doing the translating. A few people still insist on calling her "Ani" as well.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: Discussed. Eren and Armin both express the belief that she hides a much kinder personality beneath her cold exterior.
  • Super Power Lottery: Her ability to crystallize parts of her skin allows her to cover her Titan form's only weak spot, to shatter any sword the military attempts to use against her, to make her strikes much more damaging and finally to act as a Crystal Prison to prevent her interrogation at the hands of the military.
  • Super Soldier: She's physically stronger and tougher than an ordinary human, with a Healing Factor and the ability to transform into a 14-meter monster. She single-handedly slaughters some of the best veterans in the Survey Corps.
  • Sympathetic Murder Backstory: A traumatized mass murderer, clinging to the promise she made to return home to her father. Eren wonders what would drive her to kill people, and the revelation of her betrayal shakes everyone to the core.
  • Talking in Your Sleep: On a (slightly) humorous note, Isayama revealed in an interview that Annie talks in her sleep, and sometimes makes a "whoosh" sound when she dreams of her days practicing kicks on trees.
  • Tragic Villain: She expresses admiration for heroic, good people... but also views herself as a terrible person. A flashback to her childhood reveals her father weeping as he apologizes to her, and then asks her to consider the entire world her enemy. Word of God describes her as "lonely" and "in pain" because of what she's had to do.
  • Training from Hell: Her father trained her from sunrise to sunset every single day, from as early as she could remember. She takes a similarly harsh approach to training Eren, beating him senseless and not allowing him to tap out.
  • Tyke Bomb: Her father raised her to carry out the mission against humanity, beginning her Training from Hell when she was still very young. She officially began it before the age of 10, and does not believe she has any options other than to complete it or die trying.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Implied. Official artwork from Wall Sina, Goodbye depicts her as acting scared and reluctant when her father first started training her, having a much more innocent expression to her face than the cold and indifferent one she grew into.
  • Villains Blend in Better: While Sasha struggles to fit in due to her backwoods upbringing, Annie not only blends in but even lectures Eren on political and social structures within the Wall society.
  • Villainous Breakdown: After her identity is revealed, Annie becomes noticeably more unhinged. She starts expressing a variety of emotions such as fear, fury and desperation, a far cry from her previous calm collectedness.
  • Waif-Fu: Her fighting style, which focuses on removing larger, stronger opponents' size advantage. She likes to claim she's a "weak maiden", but no one buys this for a moment.
  • You Remind Me of X: She compares Eren to her father, another man she thought of as an idealist. While a member of the Military Police Brigade, she similarly finds that Marlo's idealism and sense of justice reminds her of Eren.


Tropes that apply to the second half of the series

Annie remains in military custody after being exposed as a Titan Shifter and enemy of humanity, having encased herself within a crystal. Her current whereabouts and fate remain unknown.

  • Damsel in Distress: A false one. Armin reports she is being tortured, in order to distract Bertolt so Eren could be rescued. In reality, the whereabouts and status of the crystal she imprisoned herself in remains unknown.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: She breaks down while watching Marco die.
  • Put on a Bus: She encased herself in crystal, and hasn't been seen since. With all the chaos going on, it's unknown which Branch currently has the crystal in custody, and it doesn't seem like anyone knows how to get her out of the damn thing either, at least without killing her.
  • Tears of Remorse: Annie is shown weeping hysterically while watching Marco die.

    Reiner Braun 

Reiner Braun

Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya (JP), Robert McCollum (EN)

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"We're soldiers, aren't we? There are times when we can't back out."

Ranked 2nd. He has a strong sense of duty and is deeply admired by the others, who consider him to be their surrogate big brother. His village was destroyed by Titans, and he longs to return there someday. He strongly influences Eren to take his responsibilities as a soldier more serious, and is prone to crude humor during stressful moments. His reassuring attitude and humor boost morale, leading others to deeply trust him.

Branch: Survey Corps
  • The Ace: Ranked 2nd in the class, and looked up to by the others.
    • Broken Ace: Turns out he's not nearly as solid and stable as he seems.
  • Ambiguously Gay: While he's prone to thinking about marrying Krista when she's especially nice to him, he also readily agrees with Ymir when she states that they're both uninterested in the opposite sex. His tendency to make inappropriate jokes and multiple conflicting statements make it difficult to figure out what his actual sexual orientation might be, but he appears to heavily support Ymir's and Christa's relationship, with the last thing on his mind before his defeat being that he has to get Christa her letter from Ymir, no matter the cost. Added to the confusion is his Significant Birth Date, August 1st — celebrated by certain fans as Yaoi Day.
  • Badass: He's ranked 2nd in his class, and has survived multiple close calls involving Titans.
  • Badass Baritone: Reiner's voice is very deep, significantly more so than his fellow trainees.
  • Badass Gay: One of the most skilled trainees, and tough as nails. Questions about his sexual orientation have been raised, with Ymir even joking with him about it.
  • Berserk Button: Threatening Bertolt is a good way to learn just how scary Reiner can be when he leaves out the "gentle" in the giant.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He helps save Armin from the Female Titan. However, it turns out to have been a trick to pass information to Annie.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Everyone considers him their big brother, due to his tendency to take the weaker members under his wing. This is best demonstrated during training, when he risks punishment to help Armin with his gear.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To Eren in particular.
  • The Big Guy: Described as having the strength (and willpower) of an ox.
  • Big Man on Campus: He's ranked 2nd in class, has a Heroic Build and is very much a Gentle Giant (or so it seems). The databook even gives him a 10 out of 10 in Social Skills.
  • Brown Eyes: A light hazel. He's the reliable Big Brother Mentor to the others, considered to have great mental and physical fortitude, and contrasting Bertholdt and Annie, is very outgoing and social.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: He constantly looks after others, putting their well-being before his own. This has earned him the respect and admiration of the others, who view him as a surrogate brother.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Connie observes his tendency to always take the most dangerous assignments, and always act for the sake of others. Bertolt notes it's always been one of his worst habits.
  • Doomed Hometown: A remote mountain village, that was overrun by Titans during the destruction of Wall Maria. He states his desire to return there someday.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He makes a brief cameo as one of the refugees in Episode 2, listening to the announcement of the mission to reclaim Wall Maria.
  • Establishing Character Moment: When he takes Armin's pack during a training run, and risks them both getting in trouble to help Armin out. This is, of course, the beginning of a montage establishing the main cast through a narration by their instructor.
  • The Fettered: His strong sense of duty inspires Eren to take his role as a soldier more seriously.
  • Flashback Echo: He recalls Marcel's death at the hands of a Titan, while desperately attempting to hold off a Titan breaking through a door.
  • Genius Bruiser: Hinted at, with Bonus Material mentioning he was one of the few people able to play Chess against Armin. Even so, Eren states he doesn't think Reiner is "clever enough" to be The Mole.
  • Gentle Giant: Built like a linebacker, but is the resident Team Dad whom the others rely on for support.
  • Hair Contrast Duo: With Bertolt.
  • Heroic Build: He stands out upon the soldiers for his heavy build. This actually becomes an issue, when they're in a Titan-infested area with only one horse and three people. Reiner is too heavy for the horse to carry him and a second person, and still run at full speed.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Attempts one to protect Connie, but is saved at the last moment by the others.
  • Heroic Wannabe: Bertolt describes him as having always been one, which goes about as well as can be expected in this sort of series.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Bertolt is clearly the most important person in his life, and the two are rarely seen apart.
  • Hidden Depths: He looks like a typical bruiser, but he provides emotional support to the others and cracks randy jokes to lighten the mood during tense moments. His graduating 2nd in his class suggests he's also far more intelligent than expected.
  • History Repeats: Within moments of recalling his friend Taking the Bullet for him in the past, Reiner nearly sacrifices himself to protect Connie in the exact same manner.
  • Hot-Blooded: Extremely passionate, and masculine to the extreme. It's hard to believe he's only seventeen.
  • Hunk: Ruggedly handsome, and stands out among the younger characters for being manly as hell.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: Just look at it.
  • Made of Iron: He survives a Titan's attempt to crush him and manages to walk it off.
  • Meaningful Name: "Reiner" means "Deciding Warrior", alluding to his status as the leader and decision-maker of the Titan Trio.
  • Mighty Glacier: He's not particularly fast compared to the others (especially Jean, Connie, and Mikasa) but he's one of the most physically strong recruits, being able to shrug off a Titan's attempt to crush him then cut his way out. His bulkiness and relative slowness do sometimes work against him, as Glass Cannon Annie makes quick work of him using his size against him in hand-to-hand combat training and later on something similar happens to his Titan form.
  • Muscles Are Meaningful: He's described as having the strength and constitution of an Ox. At one point, he hoists a roughly 3-meter Titan over his shoulders in a Fireman's Carry and schleps it up a flight of stairs. With it gnawing on his broken forearm the entire time. Even though Titans are lighter than their size suggests, it's still an insane display of physical strength.
  • No Brows: According to the design notes, though most of the time it looks like they're merely blond and very thin.
  • Opt Out: Played for laughs when he considers fleeing from a sparring match with Annie, and in the second OVA where he tries to abandon the hunt for the monstrous boar.
  • Rated M for Manly: A hot-blooded, ruggedly handsome Big Brother type. His design stands out from the others, overflowing with masculinity in contrast to everyone else being a gangly teenager.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Bertolt's blue.
  • Running Gag: His desire to marry Krista whenever she's kind to him.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Manly Man to Bertolt's Sensitive Guy.
  • Shared Unusual Trait: His large nose and unusual height, shared with Bertolt.
  • Shipper on Deck: Encourages Bertolt to pursue Annie, although whether or not there's actually genuine interest on either side is unclear.
  • Significant Birth Date: Played with Laughs. August 1st is celebrated as Yaoi Day, due to the Otaku shorthand of 801 being used for the genre.
  • Spit Take: In Chapter 3, during Eren and Jean's argument. Out his nose. Armin has the misfortune of being sprayed in the process.
  • Stepford Smiler: He actively tries to keep morale high, making awkward jokes or offering reassurances he knows aren't true. In this way, he's exceptional at keeping his issues as a Broken Ace well hidden.
  • Survivor Guilt: Hinted to be at least part of the reason he's prone to throwing himself into harm's way for the sake of others.
  • Team Dad: He's viewed as a big brother by the other Trainees, encouraging them and doing whatever he can to protect or help them. He's especially protective towards Armin.
  • Those Two Guys: With Bertolt Hoover.
  • Two First Names: Inverted, he has two last names; "Reiner" is more commonly a German surname rather than a given name.
  • Vulgar Gallows Humor: His way of lightening the mood and boosting morale when they prepare to face life-or-death situations.
    • Ass Shove: He jokes that this is a Titan's other weakness. Connie appears to take this claim seriously.
    • Male Gaze: He refers to the Female Titan, a partially-skinless horror currently rampaging her way through the Right Flank, as having a "nice ass".
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Recognizes this, but says he at least wants to physically go back one more time.
  • Younger Than They Look: He's only seventeen, but his rugged looks and heavy build make him seem much older.


Tropes that apply to the second half of the series

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"We were just kids... we didn't know anything."

Injured during the battle at Castle Utgard, he crumbles under the stress and confesses to Eren — revealing himself as the Armored Titan, and a spy sent to attack humanity. Unable to convince Eren to cooperate, Reiner kidnaps him along with Ymir and flees into Titan territory. Pursued by the military, his thin grasp on reality continues to weaken and he is revealed to be guilt-ridden over his actions to the point of madness. He convinces Ymir to ally with him, but is eventually routed by the military and forced to abandon his mission, fleeing back to his homeland in defeat.
  • The Ace: A villainous example. Reiner is incredibly strong and agile, lethally intelligent and has several unique powers both in human and Titan form that only he possesses. While the Beast Titan (who Reiner refers to as their general) stays on one side of the Wall with an army of Titans, intent on trapping the Scouts inside, Reiner is the only one within Shiganshina, trusted with fulfilling a large part of the mission.
  • Affably Evil: He's done incredibly horrible things, but even so he's a genuinely nice guy. Unfortunately, this results in him becoming friends with the very people he's supposed to help slaughter.
  • An Arm and a Leg: After he reveals himself, Mikasa slices off his arm below the elbow and breaks the blade off bisecting his remaining arm nearly to the elbow. In Chapter 83, all his limbs have been cut off and he's been blindfolded.
  • Anti-Villain: Reiner has been completely broken by his guilt, but knows it is too late to turn back now.
  • The Atoner: Discussed. He's gone mad from guilt but remains committed to his mission, and demands to know if Eren expects them to atone for their crimes.
  • Becoming the Mask: As it turns out, he's suffering dissociative episodes where he believes his mask is real. His fake memories were created to escape himself, as he couldn't bear the guilt of what he'd done.
  • Beneath the Mask: He's spent years building a public persona as the reliable big brother, hiding the full extent of his cynicism and emotional instability from view.
  • Being Evil Sucks: He suffers massive, mind-breaking guilt over his crimes and recognizes that it means they are not only isolated from everyone else... but doomed to short, violent lives. He seems resigned to this idea.
  • Big Bad Friend: He's ultimately revealed to be the Armored Titan and a member of a band of Titan Shifters trying to bring about the end of humanity. However, he seems to genuinely care about his fellow soldiers as evidenced when he tries to bring Eren, Ymir, and Krista over to his side.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: The "Big" to Bertolt's "Thin" and Annie's "Short."
  • Blood from the Mouth: As a result of getting a blade driven into his throat by Hange.
  • Bolivian Army Cliffhanger: He is last seen in his Armored Titan form, fending off a swarm of Titans alongside Bertolt and Ymir, though the epilogue of Volume 12 reveals that they indeed survived the battle.
  • Broken Pedestal: The admiration and respect Eren and the others feel for him as The Ace and the Team Dad crumble once his true nature is revealed.
  • Broken Tears: When he confesses to his crimes.
  • The Bus Came Back: Reappears at the end of Chapter 70, along with Bertholdt and the Beast Titan, in the Shiganshina district to capture the Coordinates and rescue Annie.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: He clearly cares for his comrades, and this conflict between friends and mission solely erodes his sanity. He ultimately chooses the mission, while stating that there's nothing else left to him.
  • Conveniently Unverifiable Cover Story: Bertolt claimed they were refugees from a remote mountain village, destroyed by Titans when Wall Maria fell. Hange notes that the family records were still in shambles five years later, and if they hadn't made the mistake of identifying themselves as from the same village as Annie... they might have never been found out.
  • Cover-Blowing Superpower: Averted. He's able to turn his regeneration on and off, preventing anyone from getting suspicious when he's injured.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Almost every notable ability Reiner possesses is designed to prevent his destruction. In case he's injured, he can avoid blowing his cover by withdrawing his regenerative power. His Titan possesses intensely strong armor, and in case someone goes for the gaps in it, he can seal those off with armor too. Even his ears and eyes are armored, preventing people from slashing at them and in the case of the latter, debilitating him by attacking them. And in case of a mortal injury, he can activate a new ability that will allow him to survive and function despite it.
  • Cryptic Conversation: Engages in several of these with Ymir and/or Bertolt, dropping hints left and right.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: Essentially, when our mangaka needs to demonstrate how powerful a new character or ability is, Reiner is the punching bag. There is no doubt he's a fearsome warrior, but he has been involved in easily the most battles of any of the Titan Shifters, and has suffered brutal beatings and scenarios in every one of them, never claiming a solid win. To reiterate, Reiner's a scary fighter, but his outstanding ability is his power to survive.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Survivor of a Titan attack, and sent to commit genocide against humanity at a young age. He's more deeply affected than he's initially willing to admit.
  • Death Glare: This tends to be his response to attacks:
    • When Mikasa cuts off his left arm, brutally mangles the other one, and slashes his head and face open, this is the look he gives her. More specifically, this is the look he gave after throwing something at her to stop her from putting a sword through Bertholdt's brain — after the relevant injury, mind.
    • When Levi mortally stabs him through the heart and spine/neck and spinal cord, this is his response, with glowing eyes for good measure. Notably, even Levi looks unnerved at this.
  • Despair Event Horizon: After revealing his true identity, he may very well have crossed it. He immediately declares that the only thing left to him is taking responsibility by completing his mission, and he later tells Bertolt that they're murderers with little time left.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The Ambiguously Bi half of Those Two Guys suddenly clasps his partner's shoulder and makes a casual confession that leaves the shyer one sputtering. No, though fans refer to this as Reiner "coming out", he's not making a romantic confession... he's blowing their cover as mass murdering spies.
  • Double Consciousness: Due to Becoming the Mask, he is torn between him being a human Soldier and a Titan Warrior.
  • Evil All Along: Zigzagged all over the place. He's an enemy of mankind, and provides information to aid Annie's attack on the 57th Expedition... but he also genuinely cares about his comrades in the 104th, and is a complex character deeply disturbed by the actions he's been forced to take.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Eren, being the physical powerhouse and most emotional of the villainous Power Trio.
  • Eye Scream: In Chapter 76, his former comrades show up during his fight with Eren equipped with the new "Thunder Rod" weapon, a large spike loaded with explosives that can be launched like a harpoon then detonated. First thing they did upon entering the fray? They went straight for the eyes, blinding him.
  • False Friend: He's the friendliest of the infiltrators, and earns everyone's trust with little effort. However, he ends up starting to genuinely care about them and this contributes to his mental breakdown.
  • Foreshadowing: Oh, so many subtle hints exist prior to the revelation of his true identity.
    • When Eren describes the appearance of the Armored Titan, Reiner is seen listening intently.
    • Reiner tells Eren that there is something he has to do, before he can return home.
    • During the attack on Trost, Reiner advises Annie and Bertolt to let "them" gather before making their move.
    • Reiner is the most outspoken concerning the Rogue Titan, repeatedly inquiring about its origins and advising the others to rescue it.
    • During the cleanup operation, he advises a traumatized Annie that apologies are useless. The only thing they can do is mourn and continue moving forward. He later reveals that he is overwhelmed by guilt, but feels there is nothing left to him but completing his mission.
    • He expresses interest in Eren's whereabouts in the formation, and immediately afterwards engages the Female Titan. After he escapes her grasp, she suddenly moves off in the direction Armin estimated Eren might actually be. This proves to be key evidence in exposing him as a spy.
    • He offers to help Connie sneak away when the rookies are placed under house arrest, stating that he suspects their superiors are looking for something in their group.
    • When Ragako village is found in ruins, he actively discourages Connie from thinking too much about how the House Titan resembles his mother.
    • Some that are non-related to his identity happen in Chapter 77: At the start of the chapter we see how he's responsible, along with Annie and Bertolt, for Marco's famously gorey death in which half his head and upper body are bitten off. At the end of the manga, there's a similarly in-your-face scene of Reiner with the top half of his head removed. In the same chapter, he jokes to Bertolt about how anyone would mistake a stupid bastard rushing in to save them from a life-or-death situation for a handsome prince, even Annie. Ship tease for both ships aside, Bertolt certainly does come flying in to do just that — but it's for Reiner, who just roared to summon him again.
  • From Bad to Worse: For Reiner and Bertolt when Eren reveals he does indeed have the "Coordinate" power.
    Reiner: This is the worst... Of all people, the Coordinate... has fallen into the hands of the worst possible person...
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Reiner alone pulls this off in human form when staring down Levi, who just stabbed him through the neck. This is notable, as Levi has in the past been seen with a red glint in his own eye, indicative of his Ackerman gene triggering. His Titan is also the only one never seen without glowing eyes.
  • Good Feels Good: He's a firm believer in this principle. Much to his dismay, he's a villain and so all his good deeds and reputation are a lie.
  • Hair Color Spoiler: Once the audience figures out the pattern of Morphic Resonance that Human Titans and their human forms have, Reiner's distinct build is a giveaway that he's the Armored Titan. To a lesser extent his actual hair resembles the Armored Titan's a bit.
  • Half Truth: It seems that what he says about his and Bertolt's backstory is at least partially true.
    • Double Meaning: Excels in doing this. An enormous percent of the things he does or says have a different significance, with the knowledge that he's The Mole.
    • Unreliable Expositor: Even Bertolt isn't entirely sure when to believe things Reiner says, due to his delusional episodes. As such, the audience doesn't know when he's been telling the truth, acting intentionally, or being influenced by his delusions concerning who he really is.
  • Healing Factor: He's shown to be able to consciously control it, enabling him to avoid blowing his cover when a Titan munches on his arm. He later heals it in an instant, once he decides to fight Eren. Taken to new heights when he gets his head blown off, he manages to survive by transferring his consciousness to the rest of his nervous system and even begins to grow a new one, brain and all.
  • Heel Realization: He even calls himself a "villain" during his breakdown. Later, when Eren calls him a "murderous demon", he admits that he knows it.
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: A villainous example; he kills Titans so his cover won't be blown.
  • If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: He forced Annie to take Marco's gear, to prove that she hadn't become compromised. Ironically, this act ends up breaking them both, emotionally and mentally.
  • Ignored Epiphany: After Eren rejects him, he briefly admits that he's losing it and has completely lost his moral compass. This moment of despair and remorse is immediately followed by him deciding that he's already done too much, and that his only choice left is to continue his mission. He then throws the proverbial crap in the fan, kidnapping Eren and Ymir.
  • Instant Armor: Part of being a Titan Shifter, and literal in his case since he is the Armored Titan.
  • Irony: He's identified by his instructor for having incredible willpower and mental fortitude. The others rely upon him and consider him a stable, reliable person. His Titan form is also almost completely invulnerable due to its armor plating. In fact, he's mentally and emotionally unstable, and the least sane of the Titan infiltrators.
  • I've Come Too Far: He resolves that after everything he's done, the only option left to him is to complete his mission or die trying.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: In stark contrast to his usual behavior, once his cover is blown he begins expressing some pretty jaded views about himself and the world.
  • Karmic Nod: He's resigned to living on borrowed time, as a result of his crimes.
  • Kick the Morality Pet: Nearly kills everyone with his frantic Titan-hurling routine. Armin even expresses shock at Reiner's reckless behavior, wondering if he even cares about the possibility of Eren being eaten in the process.
  • Kill All Humans: He tells Eren their original mission was to exterminate mankind, though this doesn't seem to have been the complete truth. He also retracts this, stating that if Eren comes with them, killing off humanity will no longer be necessary. However, that offer seems to have expired as of Chapter 78. Bertholdt lays out two goals: get Eren and destroy the humans within the walls. It seems the two goals aren't interchangeable anymore.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: After the top portion of his head finished regenerating, all of the memories he had between giving Bertholdt a pre-battle pep talk and Bertholdt telling him to flip his Titan form on its back to avoid being caught in the blast he was about to create disappeared as a side effect. This ended up being critical to finally taking him down as he had no memory of the Thunder Spears being able to destroy his armor, allowing the surviving soldiers a second chance at using them effectively.
  • The Leader: He seems to be this to the Titan Shifters, making most of their decisions. Annie, the loner among them, follows instructions he gives her at least twice and Bertholdt tends to look to him for any course of action.
  • Living with the Villain: Ymir was the Titan that killed his friend years ago, much to his shock.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: His Titan Shifting powers, which allow him to survive horrific injuries and generate a 15-meter Titan.
  • Lucky Bastard: As lampshaded by Zeke in Chapter 83 the truly ridiculous number of times that Reiner has almost been killed but has survived is just insane. Including all of the things mentioned in the Worf Effect below Reiner got hit directly by one of the Thunder Spears through his open mouth and send flying out of the back of his Titan form's head. While captured by the remains of the Survey Corps Jean convinces Hange not to kill Reiner as they might be able to take his powers. This allows Zeke and the Mule Titan to save Reiner and escape since nobody else in the Survey Corps has enough gas to chase after the Titans without being slaughtered.
    • Granted, it might have been kinder had he been killed since, as shown by other tropes in this entry, things have been getting worse and worse for him the longer the fight drags on and now, with Bertolt dead, he's completely on his own. Seem's like Eren's promise is coming true.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Barely slowed down when he's injured by a Titan. Later, he's not even slowed down when Mikasa cuts one of his arms off and horrifically mangles the other. He still manages to get back up and fight. Levi stabs him through the neck, one of the only ways to kill a Titan Shifter, actually severing his spinal cord and nearly his whole head, as well as putting another sword straight through his heart and spine. Once he is shown inside his Titan, he's seen to casually force it out of his throat while reflecting on how good it is that he has his latest-revealed power.
  • Mask of Sanity: His fractured mind gave this impression, making him seem like a stable and reliable individual.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: Not Reiner himself, but he is the one to reveal that evidently those from the Homeland are brought up to think this way, clearly to prepare them for war. The war chief, the Beast Titan, that he works for seems to live by this belief, that humans are evil and corrupt. On one half, obviously growing up alongside humans has tainted this view for Reiner, Annie, and Bertholdt. On the other, the saddening thing is that, from a viewpoint of having been brought up under that belief, you could almost say it's right. The Titan Trio seem privy to many secrets, possibly including those of the Reiss house—which include letting a serial killer head a secret police to hinder technology and having a ritualistic practice of feeding their family members to a new one to pass on a hypnotic will. They also would have grown up to see that, in the midst of the death and destruction they themselves caused, humanity can be cruel, unsympathetic, and brutally self-serving, a point the manga repeatedly makes.
  • The Mole: One of the Titan Shifters sent to infiltrate the human ranks.
  • Morality Pet: The others became this to him, in particular Connie, Armin, and Krista.
  • Morphic Resonance: Played straight and averted. In present day, Reiner's Armored Titan looks incredibly similar to him, as far as build, hairstyle, and eye color. However, it looks exactly the same 5 years prior, when he was twelve and no doubt looked drastically different.
  • Murder Makes You Crazy: Ymir accurately guesses that his guilt over his role in the destruction of Wall Maria caused him to flee into his false identity as a human to escape.
    • Out, Damned Spot!: He represses and alters his own memories in an effort to cope with his guilt.
  • Mutilation Conga: As far as Chapters 70 and beyond are concerned, a panel where Reiner isn't a bloody mess is a panel wasted. Let's see... Stabbed through the neck by Levi, stabbed through the heart and spine in the same instance, has the entire top half of his head blown off, doesn't even finish regenerating that before he's blown out of his Titan again, sustains a gaping gash in his abdomen from that instance of being blown out of his Titan, subsequently has his limbs chopped off, and to round it off has his throat slashed open by Hange in an attempt to torture information out of him. Goddamn. Is there anything else this man can suffer?
  • My God, What Have I Done?: The guilt over his actions leaves his mind shattered, which seems to have started with killing Marco.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: He helped teach Eren to take his responsibility as a soldier more seriously, and introduced him to Annie — an event that would lead to Eren learning the skills later used to defeat Reiner in battle. His attempts to coax Eren into cooperating also make the other Shifter more determined to not let himself be taken.
    • When Eren wakes up in the forest after their first battle with both of his arms cut off, Reiner makes a point to tell him that he's unable to transform while his body is healing from injuries that severe to dissuade him from trying to escape. This ends up being one of the worst mistakes Reiner makes in the entire series. When Levi and Eren take out the Beast Titan and Colossal Titan respectively, they intentionally lob off Zeke and Bertholdt's limbs to prevent them from transforming again.
  • Noble Demon: He's respected for his strong sense of duty and honor, but this proves to be a fatal flaw for him. Being forced to act against his conscience for the sake of his mission has eroded his sanity, and left him deeply uncertain.
  • Normally, I Would Be Dead Now: Levi tries to kill him while in human form by cutting his head off, but fails and Reiner transforms anyway As it turns out, it should very well have killed Reiner, but it doesn't. Similarly...
  • No One Should Survive That: This is the general reaction when the top half of his head is blown off, and he still gets back up.
  • Off with His Head!: The attack with the Thunder Spears blows his head off above the jaw. This apparently still isn't enough to kill him, and is even capable of recovering from it.
  • Oh Crap!: When Eren first uses the power of The Coordinate to control the Titan horde. He immediately thinks that Eren is the worst person to possess that ability.
    • When he sees the new weapon the Survey Corps have brought to the Shiganshina battle, and realizes within half a minute it's going to kill him.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: He's directly responsible for the death of a large percentage of humanity. To reiterate, it's the Armored Titan that kills of 20% of humanity, not the Colossal. While Bertholdt killed off roughly 10,000 people by attacking Shiganshina, Reiner's destruction of the Inner Gate allows the 250,000 people sent to take back Wall Maria to be eaten by Titans.
  • Pet the Dog: He instructs Ymir to take her chance to escape, knowing that her life is forfeit if she goes with them... but also that they can't go back empty-handed, having failed their mission. Ymir returns the gesture by refusing to leave.
  • Punch Clock Villain: His compartmentalization is taken to an extreme degree, but overall when he isn't actively carrying out his mission he's a friendly and supportive comrade. He holds no ill will towards humanity, and is bothered by what his mission requires him to do... but even so, he has a strong sense of duty. He can be brutal and merciless when carrying out his duty, but offer advice or help when just passing the time.
  • Sanity Slippage: His sanity has been slipping for an unspecified period of time, with his grasp on his true self growing weaker. By the time he spills everything to Eren, he's gone over the deep end and progressively gets worse as the day goes on. Ymir finally comments on his condition, and he seems to finally realize how far gone he actually is by that point.
  • Secret Identity: The Armored Titan. As a result of his guilt, he's begun to lose sight of his true self.
  • Self-Harm: Transforms by slicing open his palm with a knife.
  • Shipper on Deck: In Chapter 77, he makes a point of telling Bertolt that Annie would fall for the person who saved her from imprisonment.
  • Shirtless Scene: For some reason only God knows, Hange and the others saw fit to remove his shirt after blowing him out of his Titan. Like the other examples so far, this isn't so much Fanservice as horrifying, given that Reiner's face has yet to fully regenerate and his limbs have all been lopped off.
  • The Strategist: Recent chapters have him bordering on The Chessmaster. He's able to counter-maneuver Erwin's own plan, even if he hasn't figured it out in its entirety, including countermeasures to his own side's attack that even Armin and Erwin themselves hadn't thought of. All of this in a few seconds.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes/Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: His amber eyes are an early hint of his true nature, both as a Titan Shifter and a spy.
  • Superpower Lottery: His Titan form is covered with armored skin, making him nearly invincible. It takes a combination of Hange's brilliant mind, Mikasa's skill, and Eren's raw determination to get close to defeating him. He can also transfer his brain functions to the rest of his body in an instant, allowing him to survive getting stabbed through the spinal cord with a three-foot blade and getting his entire top half of his head blown off. Given that the only reliable way of killing a Titan Shifter is to get them in the head or neck, this makes him borderline impossible to kill than earlier in the manga. There doesn't actually seem to be a way to end his life at the moment.
  • Super Soldier: He definitely evokes the idea, being incredibly tough. His powers make him stronger and tougher than an ordinary human, and his Titan form is strong enough to destroy the Walls and shrug off attacks.
  • Sympathetic Murder Backstory: A traumatized mass murderer, clinging to the hope of going home someday. Everyone is deeply shaken by the revelation of his true identity, and react in varying ways to it.
  • That Man Is Dead: To Eren, after suffering a relapse into his "Soldier" persona.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: He and Bertolt have the foil down in the Red Oni, Blue Oni dynamic, and serve to give a bit of exposition as their conversations hint at a bigger picture.
  • Tragic Villain: He's perhaps the most tragic of the three Titan Shifters, trying so hard to be a hero while going slowly insane from guilt.
  • Trapped in Villainy: He states that he's got no choice but to continue his mission, even while coming apart at the seams from remorse. Whether this is solely because of his sense of duty and understanding that he's already done too much to be forgiven is unclear.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: A variation involving altered memories, used to cope with the guilt of his role as the Armored Titan. It's unclear how long or how often he lapses into this state and forgets his true past, leaving many of his actions throughout the series in question.
  • Troubled Backstory Flashback: During the siege of Castle Utgard, he recalls being attacked by a Titan several years earlier. His comrade, Marcel, pushed him to safety and was Eaten Alive in his place. Shortly after this flashback, Reiner pushes Connie to safety and is injured protecting him.
  • Tyke Bomb: He began his mission to infiltrate and exterminate humanity at the age of 12, though it's unknown how early he began preparing for his mission.
  • Villains Blend in Better: While Sasha struggles to fit in due to her backwoods upbringing, Reiner seamlessly blends in with his classmates.
  • Villainous B.S.O.D.: Turns out, he's been having them all along. His guilt drove him insane, but the cracks finally show after the events of Castle Utgard. Then it goes From Bad to Worse.
    • Villainous Breakdown: After Erwin wounds Bertolt and successfully rescues Eren, Reiner goes from ignoring the human soldiers to chucking Titans at them. His actions are so reckless that Armin wonders whether or not he's even still concerned about Eren's safety. Hange later theorizes he was intentionally trying to kill Eren, having given up and decided to simply feed Eren to another Titan to make a new Shifter with the Coordinate.
  • Villainous Crush: Possibly, as it isn't really clear whether his crush on Krista is genuine, part of his identity issues, or part of the Running Gag of her being a Dude Magnet.
  • Villainous Friendship: With Bertolt, his closest friend and partner. He's extremely protective of his friend, and their strong bond makes them a dangerous pair that fights effectively together.
  • Villainous Valour: He's pretty much made of this trope, earning great respect from others due to his strong sense of duty, considerable courage, and selfless concern for others. When swarmed repeatedly by hordes of Titans, his only thought is for Bertolt's safety, leading him to attempt to fight the horde off one-handed.
  • We Can Rule Together: Successfully persuades Ymir to do a Face–Heel Turn, and repeatedly attempts to get Eren to cooperate with them. This has mostly resulted in screaming and violence.
  • Willfully Weak: While fighting in their Titan fight, Eren is shocked at his opponent's raw strength and thinks that Reiner always held back during combat training. If this is true, it's a testament to Reiner's intense skill, given he still managed to outdo most of the class with a 9/10 combat ranking while holding back.
  • Worf Effect:
    • Chapter 70Read here 
    • Chapter 74-75Read here 
    • Chapter 76 [[labelnote:Read here]] However, the most prominent of these is Hange's team using the Thunder Spears to destroy the armor around his neck in one go, and then stabbing him in his exposed nape area with several spears before setting them off, basically with enough power to obliterate his entire neck area. Mind, the Thunder Spears are small enough for a single human to carry two. He does survive this though, apparently with the same trick as was used to survive Levi.

    Bertolt Hoover 

Bertolt Hoover

Voiced by: Tomohisa Hashizume (JP), David Matranga (EN)

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"I have... no will of my own."

Ranked 3rd. He is noted to have exceptional skill, but has horrible self-esteem and defers to others on almost all things. His comrades consider him quiet and awkward, in complete contrast with his childhood friend, Reiner. A refugee from a remote mountain village, he lost his home to a Titan attack and longs to return there someday. He expresses admiration for Eren's conviction, stating that he intends to join the Military Police Brigade in order to be safe from the Titans. However, he is one of those that follows Eren into the Survey Corps.

Branch: Survey Corps
  • Affectionate Nickname: The Official Site notes that his nickname is "Bertl". Oddly, Ymir is the only one who calls him this.
  • Amazon Chaser: At least according to Reiner.
  • Ambiguously Brown: In the anime, with a darker complexion than his classmates and unique facial features.
  • Badass: While he doesn't get much of a chance to show off in the main series, his combat skills are rated 9/10 putting him on equal footing with Reiner, Jean, and Eren. He fends off Mikasa in a straight-up fight, and Reiner describes him as the strongest of the trio.
  • Badass Longcoat: Parodied in the Chibi special. In order to make him stand out more, Armin gives Bertolt a makeover featuring a bright red coat with a flaming skull version of the Trainee Corps' insignia. He's immediately dragged off by the instructor to face punishment for altering his uniform. Armin labels it a complete success.
  • Beautiful Dreamer: Averted.
    Jean: Bertolt, you made sprawling out when you slept into an art. At some point, we started looking forward to your new creation every morning. We'd even use your posture to forecast the day's weather...
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: He's ranked 3rd in his class, and quite dangerous when absolutely necessary.
  • Cowardly Lion: He is among the top students of his class, but is constantly comparing himself negatively to others in terms of skill and mental fortitude.
  • Doomed Hometown: A remote mountain village, that was overrun by Titans during the destruction of Wall Maria. Along with Reiner, he dreams of returning there someday.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He makes a brief cameo as one of the refugees in Episode 2, listening to the announcement of the mission to reclaim Wall Maria.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Questions Eren and Armin about their past, and expresses surprise that they would still willingly face the Titans after everything they went through. He admits to being a follower that just goes along with whatever is expected of him.
  • Everyone Can See It: Discussed (or possibly parodied?). Reiner claims that "anyone could see it", while teasing Bertolt over Annie. It's unclear if he actually does like Annie, or if Reiner is just being an overly-pushy Shipper on Deck.
  • Extreme Doormat: Claims he has "no will of his own", and just goes along with whatever others tell him to do.
  • Gentle Giant: Towers over his peers at 192 cm and has a fairly meek and deferential personality. Subverted, when we discover he's the Colossal Titan although even then he's by far the least aggressive of the Titan Trio.
  • Green Eyes: A dark, muted shade of green. Their color hints at his later Character Development, listed below.
  • Hair Contrast Duo: With Reiner.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: He has an extremely negative view of himself, describing himself as weak-willed and cowardly.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: He is essentially Reiner's shadow, and more than a little co-dependent.
  • Hidden Depths: While quiet and submissive, he's also a soldier of exceptional skill and potential. His stoic exterior also conceals the full depth of his emotions, taking others by surprise when he finally speaks his mind.
  • Japanese Pronouns: He uses "Boku", in line with his meek personality.
  • Nervous Wreck: A very low-key example. He admits to lacking any confidence in himself, and wears a near-constant look of nervousness and discomfort. Once his composure is broken, he becomes a full-blown example constantly either on the verge of Tears of Fear or shrieking in panic.
  • Noodle Incident: His famous, weather predicting sleeping positions.
  • Perpetual Frowner: He wears a nervous frown as his default expression, and the times he's smiled can be counted on a single hand.
  • Protectorate: Messing with him is the fastest way to push Reiner's Berserk Button. When things are at their worst, he repeatedly thinks only of Bertolt's safety.
  • The Quiet One: He's fairly quiet, leaving Reiner to do most of the talking. When he does speak up, however, it's often due to intense emotions or having something very important to say.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Reiner's red.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Sensitive Guy to Reiner's Manly Man.
  • Shared Unusual Trait: His big nose and unusual height for his age, shared with Reiner.
  • Shrinking Violet: Downplayed. He's got horrible self-esteem, and tends to linger awkwardly on the outskirts of the group. Even close friends like Eren can't offer more insight on him than that he's very quiet. He does open up and become more outspoken later on, after certain major events. Official parodies tend to play up this quality for humor.
  • Socially-Awkward Hero: Awkward in social situations, but he's ranked 3rd in his class and an exceptional soldier. Actually a villainous example.
  • Submissive Badass: He's ranked 3rd in their class and considered to have great potential, but also noted to lack initiative or self-esteem. He defers to Reiner on all things, following his lead and going along with whatever he does.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: He's described as being taciturn by the others, but there's the occasional glimpse of warmth under his quiet, shy exterior.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Bertolt Hoover is the official version, but Bertolt Huber or Bertholdt Fubar is how his name is often translated due to confusion over the katakana used to spell his name.
  • The Stoic: Has a fairly low-key personality although he displays a bit more emotion than most typical examples.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: He towers above his peers, and is relatively handsome with dark hair and Green Eyes. His personality is anything but suave and charming, though.
  • Those Two Guys: With Reiner Braun.
  • Troubled Fetal Position: He's shown to do this when sitting, in line with his meek personality.
  • Unfortunate Name: His last name is sometimes translated as "Fubar", which is military slang for fucked up beyond all recognition/any repair/all reason. Though given certain revelations, the name really does suit him...
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Like Reiner, he dreams of returning to their Doomed Hometown someday.


Tropes that apply to the second half of the series

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"Please... someone... I'm begging you... someone find us."

Unable to stop Reiner's stress-induced breakdown, Bertolt is exposed as a spy sent to attack humanity as the Colossal Titan. In the ensuing chaos, he is nearly slain by Mikasa but is successful in kidnapping both Eren and Ymir. Though initially cold and unresponsive to his former friends, when pushed by Jean and Connie, he admits to his remorse over his actions and claims that he has no other choice. When Reiner is defeated by the military, he is forced to abandon his mission and retreat back to Titan territory along with his partner and Ymir.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Spent his last moments screaming and begging for help that will never come.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Bertolt's last moments are pretty painful to watch. Deserved maybe, but still an incredibly cruel and tragic way to go. the saddest part comes right before Titan Armin chops down on him; he catches sight of his former friends from the 104th and starts begging for them to save him... then realizes they're not moving.
  • Anti-Villain: Bertolt knows that his mission is despicable, but states that it has to be done.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Remember how when he and Reiner captured Eren they chopped his arms off to keep him from transforming or fighting back? Well, Eren remembered. When Eren rips him out of the Collossal titan, he makes a point to sever Bertolt's arms and legs.
  • Becoming the Mask: Seemingly averted, but then played straight. When pressured enough by the others, he breaks down and admits that he cares about the others but "someone had to do it".
  • Beneath the Mask: His mask of awkwardness and stoicism has served to keep others from realizing the depth of his emotions, as well as his guilt over his actions.
  • Berserk Button: Putting Reiner or Annie in danger is about the only way to get him to act aggressively.
  • Big Bad Friend: He's the Colossal Titan, the very being considered to be mankind's great enemy. But he's also the soft-spoken, passive guy that slept in such odd positions the others made a game of predicting the weather based on him. He admits to having thought of the others as his friends, but carries out his orders regardless of his attachment.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: The "Thin" to Reiner's "Big" and Annie's "Short."
  • Bolivian Army Cliffhanger: He is last seen fending off a swarm of Titans alongside Reiner and Ymir, though an epilogue included in Volume 12 reveals that they survived the battle.
  • The Bus Came Back: Reappears at the end of Chapter 70, along with Reiner and the Beast Titan, in the Shiganshina district to capture the Coordinates and rescue Annie.
  • Call Back: In Chapter 78, when he delivers his rant about the way things have to be and people dying,, he's posed in the exact same way as Reiner when he made his outburst about his crimes, showing similar frustration with his mission.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He's been around the whole time, and easily mistaken as a minor character right up until the revelation that he's the Colossal Titan.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: In a rather dark example, Bertolt is this to Reiner, having to constantly keep tabs on his friend's mental state and help him deal with his dissociative episodes.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: More subtle than the other Titan Shifters, but he turns out to be just as conflicted as the others about being forced to choose between his friends and his mission. Like Reiner, he seems to have chosen the mission out of a feeling that there's no other options available to him.
  • Conveniently Unverifiable Cover Story: He claimed to be a refugee from a remote mountain village, destroyed by Titans when Wall Maria fell. Hange notes that the family records were still in shambles five years later, and if they hadn't made the mistake of identifying themselves as from the same village as Annie... they might have never been found out.
  • Cry Cute: He sheds Tears of Remorse when cornered, showing that, despite everything he's done, Bertolt is still human after all. He later weeps again, when Ymir states her intentions to risk her life so that Reiner and Bertolt can go home.
  • Cryptic Conversation: Engages in one with Reiner concerning their mission, and left another with Ymir.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: A survivor of a Titan attack, and responsible for carrying out the destruction of the Walls while still a child.
  • Death by Irony: One of the biggest, baddest, and most intimidating Titans ever seen is eaten alive in his human form by a Titan that would be normally be cannon fodder to him- and he goes out screaming and begging for his life like any other human would do to boot.
  • Dissonant Serenity: When confronted by Armin, he talks about the complete and total annihilation of humanity inside the walls in a perfectly calm and rational tone, and doesn't even try to justify it. Unlike the Beast Titan, he doesn't condemn the humans as "evil," but that it's simply too late to try to spare them, again without even bothering to say why.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: When Eren confronts him and swears to make his death as horrible as possible. Instead of reacting, he merely looks resigned.
  • Eaten Alive: The unconscious and severely burned Armin winds up being given the Titan Serum and then tears apart the roof Bertold is on, waking up Bertold just in time to see his death coming. True to Eren's promise, he goes out in the cruelest, most painful manner possible; chewed up like a piece of gum with his head the last to go, crushed between Armin's teeth. Eegh.
  • Evil All Along: Zigzagged all over the place. He's mankind's greatest enemy and carried out two horrific attacks on humanity... but also revealed to care about his friends in the 104th, and aware that the things he's done are unforgivable. Like everyone else, he's a morally complex character that can't be strictly defined as evil.
  • Evil Counterpart: On the surface is this to Armin, being the meek childhood friend and weakest overall fighter of the Titans.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Averted with extreme prejudice. He dies screaming, and begging, panicking as Armin eats him.
  • False Friend: He readily took actions he knew would kill the others, and held it together the best of the three spies. Heartbreakingly, like the others, it turns out he did care about them but seems to have no choice but to betray them.
  • Fastball Special: The Beast Titan throws him at Shiganshina, with the intention of wiping out the Survey Corps by having Bertolt transform over the city.
  • Foreshadowing: Many hints exist prior to the revelation of his true identity.
    • When Eren describes the Colossal Titan to the other recruits, Bertolt is shown to be listening intently.
    • During the siege of Castle Utgard, Bertolt begins to behave strangely and makes several statements that leave the others confused. He refers to Reiner as no longer being a "warrior".
    • When the Dancing Titan climbs the tower, he brings his hand up to his mouth. It looks like he's merely recoiling in fear, but after The Reveal, it becomes clear he's preparing to transform using the same method as Eren.
    • The shifters' Titan forms are generally known to resemble their human selves, and though Bertolt seems like an exception to the rule, it should be noted that he is easily much taller than any other soldier- mirroring the Collosal Titan's height compared to the other Titans.
    • An example unrelated to his true identity occurs in Chapter 77: Prior to joining the battle, Bertolt has a flashback to the battle of Trost where it was revealed that Marco accidentally overheard Bertolt and Reiner talking about their mission, which ultimately results in Bertolt, Reiner, and Annie stripping Marco of his gear and abandoning him on a building to be eaten by a Titan while his former comrades watch in horror. Fast-forward to chapter 84, Bertolt ends up dying the exact same way.
  • Good Feels Good: He states they were prepared for being hated. But it's clear he wasn't prepared to make friends, or be genuinely happy while infiltrating the military.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: He survives a blade being driven into the side of his neck, severing the major artery and nearly deep enough to strike bone. Not only does he survive, he still has the strength necessary to perform a partial transformation and fight.
  • Healing Factor: Like the other Shifters, he possesses a healing factor even in human form. This allows him to survive getting his throat slashed by Mikasa, an injury that would almost certainly kill a human.
  • Hero Killer: As of chapter 82, Bertholdt without a doubt qualifies, which is odd considering how nonmalicious he is. This might be subverted. He starts with goring most of the remaining Survey Corps in a massive explosion to generate his Titan, originally thought to include Hanji, but that didn't stick. He gave Armin horrifying burns, searing his skin right off, and was thought to have killed him too. The fact that Hanji is alive is one miracle, but Armin still being alive is entirely another, and if he doesn't get aid within minutes, he will die.
  • High-Pressure Blood: A justified example. When Mikasa slashes his throat, blood sprays out from the severed artery and he's barely able to stem the flow by covering it with his hand.
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: A villainous example; he kills Titans so his cover won't be blown.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: He explains himself this way, when confronted about his actions by Jean and Connie. It's very clear he isn't proud or even comfortable with the horrors he's committed, but at the same time he firmly believes that his crimes were absolutely necessary.
  • Ignored Epiphany: He admits to caring about the others, and recognizes how horrible his actions are, but immediately claims that it's impossible to even attempt to apologize. Like Reiner, he seems to believe that it's too late and continuing their mission is the only choice left to them.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: He eats one unfortunate soldier in order to steal his gear.
  • Insistent Terminology: Not "soldiers" — "Warriors." He uses this as a way to keep track of Reiner's mental state.
  • I've Come Too Far: He states they've already done too much to ever hope for forgiveness, and refuses to surrender when given the opportunity.
  • Karmic Death: The person majorly responsible for the first Titan invasion, which resulted in the majority of humanity being eaten alive by Titans, as well as directly feeding one of his own comrades to a Titan, is himself Eaten Alive by a Titan-fied Armin whom Bertolt almost killed moments before. Not only does Bertolt die in the exact same place where he caused the first Titan invasion, a survivor of that invasion ends up being the one killing him.
  • Kill All Humans: Reiner claims this was their original mission, though Bertolt states it isn't something they wanted to do. Regardless of his feelings on the matter, the fact remains that he's indirectly responsible for killing off 20% of the human race. With a single kick.
  • Last-Second Chance: Offered one by Mikasa, after he breaks down. He responds that he can't give Eren back, a refusal that results in many more lives being lost.
  • Left for Dead: As of Chapter 83, he's been left behind by Zeke who is taking Reiner away from the battle, left with limbs chopped off, throat slashed, and in the hands of people that are going to either kill him or have him eaten.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: Any semblance of nervousness or holding back goes out the window when Reiner calls for his help and he enters the Shiganshina battle.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: The most Lovecraftian of the bunch, as his Titan form is a 60-meter skinless horror.
  • Meaningful Name: It means "Bright strength" or "Bright ruler".
  • The Mole: One of the Titan Shifters sent to infiltrate the human ranks.
  • Moral Myopia: He's aware that the things he's done are wrong and cruel, but threaten Reiner or Annie and all bets are off. Armin bluffing about Annie being tortured sends him into a murderous rage, even though he's indirectly responsible for killing many of their classmates at Trost.
  • Morphic Resonance: Played straight and averted, as with Reiner. Bertholdt's Colossal Titan can hardly be said to resemble him, but overall shares the same facial structure and skeletal structure, as well as eye color. However, it looks exactly the same 5 years prior, when Bertholdt was eleven and no doubt looked drastically different than he does now.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: He was deeply shaken over Marco's death, fighting back tears while watching his friend die.
  • Necessarily Evil: He readily admits to knowing how horrible his crimes are, but insists that someone has to do it.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: His mission requires him to bring Eren back, but unfortunately his actions in destroying Wall Maria resulted in the death of Eren's mother and attacking Trost five years later triggered Eren's Shifting powers. Both cement in Eren the desire to have revenge on the Titans, and provide him with the power necessary to turn the tide in humanity's favor.
    • During the "Clash of the Titans" arc, he confronts Ymir regarding her eating his friend Marcel as a mindless Titan, which allowed her to become human again. Eren was within earshot of their conversation, and he wrote down everything he remembered about it after he was rescued. This ended up revealing some of the biggest secrets about the Titans; They were once normal humans, and they instinctively seek out and devour other humans until they eat another Titan Shifter so that their humanity can be restored.
  • Nothing Personal: He rather nonchalantly tells Armin that neither he nor anyone else living within the Walls have done anything wrong, and that they're not evil, they all just have to die. Needless to say, things go downhill very quickly from there...
  • Not So Stoic: More recent events have involved greater displays of emotion from him — while coming to Reiner's rescue, attempting to cheer him up, or sobbing hysterically after Mikasa slits his throat and moves in for the kill. Later on, when confronted about his lies, he breaks down in tears. This emotional state is exploited by Armin, who claims that Annie is being tortured in order to send Bertolt into a rage — allowing Erwin to ambush him and rescue Eren.
  • Oh Crap!: from Chapter 82
    Eren: "GOT YOU."
  • Only Sane Man: Well...at least in comparison to Reiner and Annie. Bertolt is probably the most psychologically functional of the shifter trio and the one least prone to accidentally blowing his cover by letting personal feelings get in the way of the mission. That being said, he's every bit as guilt-stricken as Reiner over the things they've had to do. When confronted by his former comrades over his actions, he has a mental breakdown.
  • Punch Clock Villain: He passed five years peacefully between attacks on the Walls, and doesn't seem to hold any ill will towards humanity. He even expresses admiration or sympathy for some, and befriends the very people his mission will require him to eventually doom. He isn't particularly happy about it, but will carry out his mission when the time comes without hesitation.
  • Required Secondary Powers: Evident. Hanji discovers during tests with Eren that Titans have some sort of internal temperature control, or at least Titan Shifters do. This is especially relevant to Bertholdt, as Science of Attack on Titan notes that his Titan's internal temperature would run at about 602 degrees Celsius, or 1,115.6 degrees Fahrenheit, easily enough to set trees on fire by walking near them. Bertholdt alone would need this simply to avoid being cooked alive inside his own flesh.
  • Robbing the Dead: Steals the equipment from one unfortunate soldier after eating him.
  • Sanity Slippage: To a lesser degree than Reiner. During the second stage of their escape, his composure begins to unravel and he becomes more and more emotionally unstable. Armin takes full advantage of this, and uses a bluff to further agitate him.
  • Say My Name: After noticing Reiner's condition in Chapter 78, Bertholdt jumps out of his flying crate and yells Reiner's name all the way down.
  • Secret Identity: The Colossal Titan.
  • Self-Harm: A very subtle hint towards it. When Ymir climbs the tower in Titan form, close observation of his reaction reveals him preparing to bite his hand in the same fashion Eren uses to transform.
  • Slashed Throat: Mikasa tries and fails to kill him this way, which goes to prove just how tough Titan Shifters are. A normal human with such an injury would probably lose consciousness within moments, while Bertolt still has enough strength for a partial transformation.
  • Superpower Lottery: His Titan form is 60m tall, and has steam powers as a defensive mechanism to counter his Mighty Glacier status.
  • Super Soldier: His powers make him tougher and stronger than an ordinary human, with a powerful Healing Factor. He's capable of destroying the Walls almost effortlessly, making him the greatest threat humanity has ever known.
  • Sympathetic Murder Backstory: A traumatized mass murderer, clinging to the hope of going home someday. Everyone is deeply shaken by the revelation of his true identity, and react in varying ways to it.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Inverted. When confronted by his friends about his actions as the Colossal Titan, he starts to cry and finally admits that he really did care about them and consider them his friends.
  • Tears of Fear: When Mikasa goes after him. Happens later when he's fed to the newly made Titan Armin
  • Tears of Remorse: When he breaks down, stating he never wanted to kill people. Even so, he realizes that he cannot be forgiven.
  • Tempting Fate: Right before he transforms into the Colossal Titan during the battle in Shiganshina, he monologues about how any outcome would be acceptable to him. He clearly didn't accept the outcome of being Eaten Alive by Armin as a mindless Titan.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: He says this about himself, acknowledging that being killed for his crimes is expected and that there's no way he could ever apologize for what he's done or be forgiven. When Eren vows to make him suffer for everything he's done, Berholt says nothing and simply seems resigned to the fact.
  • Took a Level in Badass: During the fight in Shiganshina, he finally pulls his wits together after words of encouragement from Reiner, and he noticeably becomes more confident and clear-minded, taking on the entirety of the Survey Corps singlehandedly, even holding his own against Mikasa.
  • Tragic Villain: He's very clearly a damaged teenager driven by fear and desperation, with no choice but to carry out his mission or die trying. When confronted by the others, he admits to caring about them but knows he can't be forgiven for what he's done.
  • Trapped in Villainy: He implies that this might be the case, turning down his Last-Second Chance to return Eren.
    Berholdt: I can't. Someone has to to do it...
  • Tyke Bomb: He was eleven when he kicked a hole in Wall Maria, and began his infiltration. How long he was prepared before it, though, is still unknown.
  • The Unfettered: In Chapter 78, he calls Armin's bluff about Annie, saying he doesn't care if Annie is left to the animals if she got herself captured. It's implied this isn't true, but he says it anyway and subtly threatens Armin with a blade while he does it. It's because he wanted to see if he could really put his priorities before his emotions, and to his own measure, he doesn't break down and cry, as he feared he would.
  • Villains Blend in Better: While Sasha struggles to fit in due to her backwoods upbringing, Bertolt has absolutely no issue blending into the society within the Walls.
  • Villainous B.S.O.D.: He finally breaks down when confronted by the rest of the 104th, first screaming at them before admitting that he liked being their friend and cares for them. Even so, he states that they have to complete their mission.
  • Villainous Friendship: With Reiner, his closest friend and partner. Not only do they genuinely care about each other, but their friendship makes them extremely effective in combat.
  • Villains Want Mercy: His last words to the survivors of the very Survey Corps that he was butchering are "everyone please, help me!" Then he cries out for Annie and Reiner...
  • You Killed My Friend: He confronts Ymir after discovering that she was the Titan that ate his friend, Marcel. She immediately apologizes for it, admitting that she has no memory of her time as a regular Titan and wonders if he hates her for it. While he admits he isn't sure, he accepts her apology and forgives her.
  • You Monster!: To Armin, when he bluffs and claims with a creepy smile that Annie is currently being tortured by the military.

    Connie Springer 

Connie Springer

Voiced by: Hiro Shimono (JP), Clifford Chapin (EN)

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"I'm a genius."

Ranked 8th. He is short and agile, but considered somewhat clueless by the others. He wishes to join the Military Police Brigade to make his village proud, and likes to claim that he is far more intelligent than he actually is. He is close friends with Sasha, with the two providing much of the series' comedic moments. He is part of the group that abandons their ambitions, following Eren into the Survey Corps.

Branch: Survey Corps
  • Book Dumb: Not that school is a huge priority in this universe but he still doesn't know things that presumably everyone knows. In his introduction he gets screamed at for screwing up the salute since it implies that he thinks that the heart is on the right side of the body.
  • Break the Cutie: Probably the primary victim of this trope in the series. He starts out as a comical and dim-witted youth, and is the most visibly distraught in the aftermath of the battle of Trost. While the others merely look grim, he weeps openly while curled up in a Troubled Fetal Position. For later examples of the trope, see the below Post-Utgard section.
  • Bridal Carry: In Episode 8, he can be seen carrying Armin this way, due to him not having any gas in his 3D-Maneuver Gear, as he and Mikasa regroup with the others of the 104th.
    • In Chapter 82, he catches and holds an injured Sasha in this hold.
  • Butt Monkey: Shares this role with Sasha as what little humor the series has is often at their expense. His getting the short end of the stick stops being funny after a while when it looks like the universe really doesn't like him being happy.
  • Catch Phrase: "I'm a genius."
  • Character Development: Connie initially joined the military just so that his village would think better of him, and didn't really understand what it meant to be a soldier. He starts off as a happy-go-lucky smart aleck, but as reality gives him a rude awakening, he becomes more serious, realizing he now has a duty as a soldier that he cannot ignore, and joins the Survey Corps despite having the opportunity to join the more peaceful Military Police.
  • Cowardly Lion: Visibly scared of facing the Titans again after the Battle of Trost, but he decides to do it anyway.
  • The Cutie: He's perhaps one of the kindest, most honest characters in the series.
  • The Ditz: Described as being the most physically agile, with the downside of not being particularly agile mentally. Case in point: he almost believed Reiner when he brings up the Titans' "second weak point". In the manga, he and Sasha apparently spent most of hand-to-hand training goofing around and pretending to be kung-fu heroes.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: When he gives an accurate assessment of the first part of Trost (everyone's stuck until they can resupply) in lieu of Armin, who was shell-shocked at time, Jean mentions that it's good that he's using his head for once.
    • In Chapter 49, he manages to talk Krista out of a dangerous situation. Lampshaded by himself.
  • Dumb Is Good: He's a loyal and caring friend, but he can be pretty slow sometimes.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Wants to be in the Military Police Brigade since they are known as humanity's most Badass and elite soldiers, and joining would make his village proud of him. An inspiring speech by Eren, and later, Jean, makes him reconsider.
  • I'm Alive: He says this after every operation, completely surprised that he's still kicking.
  • Meaningful Name: Connie Springer has the highest speed stat among the recruits.
  • Nice Guy: Connie seems to be one of the nicest characters in the series, repeatedly exposing himself to dangerous situations to protect others, and always keeping the well-being of his friends in mind.
  • Perma-Shave: His permanently buzzed hair.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Starts out as this, often in conjunction with Sasha. And then he gets broken, over and over again.
  • Ramming Always Works: Distracts a Titan from eating Jean by colliding with the tip of a Titan's head while maneuvering.
  • Ship Tease: He's had his moments with Sasha. They even have a ship name: Springles.
  • Tiny Schoolboy: He's the nice guy type, who's technically a schoolboy.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Wants to join the Military Police Brigade so his mother will be proud of him and his village will respect him. He realizes he's giving this up when he chooses the Survey Corps but does it anyway.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Tended to treat his training as a game and wanted to join the Military Police Brigade solely to make his village proud and not for personal safety. This seriously hurts him after he has to come to terms with the realities of the military after the Battle of Trost.


Tropes that apply to the second half of the series

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"All I have left is this picture... and my mom."

His village becomes the epicenter of a new disaster, as Titans flood into Wall Rose and leave humanity again on the brink. He is deeply shaken upon learning the identities of the traitors, taking part in the expedition to rescue Eren so that he can confront them. In the aftermath, the ruins of his village provide terrifying evidence of the true nature of the Titans and he is forced to come to grips with losing everything. He is promoted into the second incarnation of the Special Operations Squad, and charged with protecting Eren and Historia.
  • Break the Cutie: Repeatedly in rapid succession. First, Titans appear within Wall Rose and are coming from the direction of his village. When he leads his team into Ragako, it is found destroyed and utterly deserted....with a strange Titan lying down on the ruins of his home. The others quickly realize that while there are no signs of people being killed, all the horses are still in the stables and the villagers have simply vanished. In an attempt to keep Connie calm, they reassure him that everyone escaped. However, the strange Titan speaks to him when he attempts to leave, making him realize it looks like his mother. His surrogate big brother, Reiner, is nearly killed protecting him from a Titan attack and their superiors die attempting to protect the unarmed rookies. Then, Reiner is revealed to be The Mole and kidnaps Eren after a violent battle. In the aftermath of these traumatic two days, Connie helps Hange investigate his Doomed Hometown and it is concluded that the Titans within Wall Rose were the missing villagers. As a final trauma, the government begins hunting the members of the Survey Corps and Connie begins to have doubts about his superiors as they torture prisoners and order the rookies to be prepared to kill other humans.
  • Defusing the Tyke Bomb / "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: He joins Jean in attempting to talk down Reiner and Bertolt, appealing to their years of friendship. It manages to get Bertolt talking, but unfortunately they cannot stop and further efforts are prevented by Erwin throwing fuel on the proverbial fire.
  • Doomed Hometown: Returns to his home village to find it destroyed. Mysteriously, however, there's no sign of blood.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: When he discovers his village has been destroyed, and there's a Titan laying in the ruins of his house. It gets worse when it speaks to him, and he realizes that it looks like his mother. He has another brief one, upon learning of Reiner and Bertolt's true identities.
  • I Owe You My Life: After being saved from a Titan, Connie mentions that it isn't the first time Reiner has protected him. In response, he swears that he'll find a way to pay him back.
  • Morality Pet: Hinted to be one for Reiner.
  • Nice Hat: Wears one in Chapter 59.
  • Nobody's That Dumb: When rescuing Eren while numerous Titans are in the area, Krista insist to him that he leaves her behind with Ymir, who claims that her captors will kill her if she doesn't come along with them. He doubts the claim and even points out that an idiot like him can see how dangerous their current situation is.
    Connie: Well, I don't know how exactly Ymir is going to get killed, but you guys calm down a bit. No matter how you think about it, the chances of the both of you dying are higher if you stay here now, right? Even an idiot like me can understand that much.
  • Not What I Signed On For: Connie begins to questions Levi's leadership and the Survey Corps' mission after Levi forces Historia to cooperate with the rebellion.
  • Rank Up: Assigned to the new Special Operations Squad.
  • Tears of Remorse: When forced to kill Reiner.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: After learning the true fate of his family and village, Connie swears vengeance on whoever is responsible.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Oh, Connie.
  • Was It All a Lie?: Declares that he won't believe that Reiner and Bertolt are their enemies until he can ask them himself. He uses their friendship as a deterrent, reminding them of their promise to survive against the Titans and grow old together. Even after confronting them, it's not clear how he feels about their betrayal.
  • What Happened To Mommy: Barely avoided, as Mrs. Springer's Titan form is unable to move. She remains alive, but in custody and he notes that she's the only thing he has left besides a photograph of his parents.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Notes that he doesn't think that he can ever go back home after the events of Episode 22. He ends up being right, when his village is destroyed and he indeed no longer has a home to return to.

    Sasha Blouse 

Sasha Blouse

Voiced by: Yuu Kobayashi (JP), Ashly Burch (EN)

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"You'll end up dead if you underestimate the forest!"

Ranked 9th. Originally the inhabitant of a small hunting village, she left to join the military when an influx of refugees from Wall Maria forced the villagers to give up their traditional way of life. She tries to hide her accent by speaking very formally, and has a tendency to steal food whenever she sees it. She is considered a coward and a fool by some, but is respected for her keen instincts and warm nature.

Branch: Survey Corps
  • Action Girl: Not at first, but definitely grows into her own as she learns to confront the Titans more confidently.
  • Apologizes a Lot: She even tries to apologize to a Titan after failing to kill it, though this is more like a panicked reaction than anything else.
  • Big Eater: Implied to be due to the famines back home. In Episode 3 of the anime, some characters comment that she was more shocked at the fact that they wouldn't be giving her anymore food that day, rather than the fact that she was told to run all day and night as punishment for stealing the potato she was seen eating in formation. She is also often seen eating or stealing food.
  • "Blackmail" is Such an Ugly Word: Sasha would like the other trainees to know that she "borrowed" meat from the officers' rations, and most definitely not stole it.
  • Brown Eyes: Though considered strange, her brown eyes reference her humble nature, and great insight due to her upbringing as a hunter.
  • Butt Monkey: When they need an excuse to cover up the noise caused by another fight between Eren and Jean, Mikasa blames it on Sasha's farting, horrifying her.
    • On a more serious note, Sasha gets one of most pathetic Freak Outs/HeroicBSODs among the main characters, being the only one to actually outwardly break down in fear and make feeble excuses to leave after confronted by the Titans rather than inwardly loosing her cool.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: She can be a little odd, most famously demonstrated by the "potato incident" during her basic training. Shadis would later identify her as weird. Her oddness is mostly chalked up to operating on a different wavelength than everyone else due to her different origins, and having keen instincts, but lacking a sense of what is considered "normal".
  • Country Mouse: From a rural hunting village and noted to be somewhat out of place among the others, largely manifesting in her not knowing when and why it is considered inappropriate to procure food. People generally consider her a weirdo, but in reality she's one of the kindest characters in the series and is noted to have exceptional intuition.
  • Cowardly Lion: Despite being terrified of Titans, she chooses to join the Survey Corps, although she is crying when she decides to do so.
    • While she was initially terrified of the Titans, Sasha also ran down a 50 meter wall in order to save a comrade plummeting to his death and later defends a small child from a Titan armed with nothing more than a hatchet, a bow, and a few arrows.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Most of the time, she's spacey and obsessed with food. Then we see her take on a Titan with a bow and live.
  • Determinator: She shows sign of this, when faced with a smaller Titan without her gear, she uses a bow and arrow. One lands in its eye. Down to her last arrow, she jumps and pierces the Titan's other eye.
  • The Ditz: She can be a bit slow with things. In her famous "potato incident" when she's asked (furiously) by the Drill Sergeant Nasty why she's eating a potato in formation, she interprets it as a question of why is she eating a potato instead of another food and then as a philosophical question of why people in general eat potatoes. After several intense moments she gets it wrong (again) by thinking that he's angry because she isn't sharing any with him and offers him half. Said drill sergeant is exasperated by the end of this exchange.
  • Freak Out/Heroic B.S.O.D.: Has pretty bad one among the main characters, trying to talk down a Titan she failed to kill uselessly and then losing any sense of dignity she had because of it, resulting in her pathetically trying to declare herself wounded due to stomach pains. She manages to recover from it, however, and gradually improves her constitution.
  • Good Old Ways: In the past, she felt this, saying her people, who survived by hunting and foraging in the forests, should just cut themselves off from the rest of humanity. Her father disagreed, saying that was selfish thinking, and they could only count on help in the future if they were willing themselves to help others, even if it meant changing their way of life.
  • Gut Feeling: Her keen intuition is noted by her instructor to be one of her greatest assets.
  • Hidden Depths: She possesses keen intuition, and her upbringing as a hunter has made her a skilled archer and tracker. Even her most comical aspects come from deeper origins — her obsession with food is the result of surviving a famine, while her strange behaviors are a result of her adjustment to society outside her isolated village.
  • If We Survive This: Manages to get her hands on a huge slab of meat before the battle of Trost, and she and her fellow comrades jokingly suggest eating it in celebration of their survival. Later, though, it wasn't the meat that ended up eaten.
  • Inappropriate Hunger: While everyone else is left horrified by the tragedies they've witnessed, Sasha is more bothered by how hungry she is.
  • In-Series Nickname/Never Live It Down: "Potato Girl", due to being seen eating one when standing in formation during their recruitment while being yelled at by a Drill Sergeant Nasty. Jean still calls her this years after it happened, much to her embarrassment.
  • Lord Error-Prone: Sasha suffers quite a few slip ups while fighting Titans, and miraculously survives them all.
  • Physical Fitness Punishment: The infamous Potato Incident during initiation results in her having to run laps for several hours. When she finally finishes, she collapses from exhaustion.
  • Playing Sick: She at one point resorts to feigning a stomach ache to avoid fighting the Titans in Trost.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: One of the few sources of comedy in the series.
  • Ship Tease: She's had her moments with Connie. They even have a ship name: Springles.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: After she gets shell-shocked at Trost, she's seen and heard less and less. She's a more serious person when she becomes prominent later.
  • Plucky Girl: As emphasized in her introduction: Shadis sentenced her to run until she collapses, and she does it without complaint. What got her upset was being denied any dinner. Sasha later has several brushes with death, but never loses her optimistic nature.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning/Glowing Eyes of Doom: Played for Laughs — her eyes instantly glow bright red in the presence of food.
  • The Snack Is More Interesting: Her Establishing Character Moment is casually eating a stolen potato while Shadis is grilling her fellow recruits.
  • Simpleton Voice: Defied. She worries her natural way of speaking would make her sound like some dumb hick, so she hides it by speaking overly politely.
  • Sticky Fingers: Has a habit of stealing food.
    Armin: Sasha... did you just put something in your bag?
    Sasha: Certainly nothing like bread or anything!
  • Superdickery: One of the fake volume previews has her beating up Reiner for no apparent reason.
    • The fake preview at the end of volume 15 has her trying to do the same to Mikasa. Mikasa responds by punching her in the face.
  • Super Senses: Her family comes from a long line of hunters, so her senses are sharper than most people. For instance, she can hear Titans coming from farther away compared to the others who can't hear them.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: Always has her hair done up in a ponytail. She's an active member of the military, after all.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Meat. According to her fellow trainees (and some fans), though, it's potatoes.


Tropes that apply to the second half of the series

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"It's alright even if you're weak... there'll be people who will come to your rescue."

During the crisis within Wall Rose, she returns to her village and is forced into single combat with a 3-meter class Titan. Surviving the battle, she is reunited with her enstranged father and finally gains his approval after rescuing a child. She misses out on the expedition to rescue Eren and defeat the traitors, but reunites with her comrades in the weeks that follow. Promoted into the Special Operations Squad, she is charged with protecting Eren and Historia. She is shown to have begun to make use of a bow in place of the less accurate military-issue rifles.
  • Brutal Honesty: Played for laughs after Eren saves the team from a collapsing cave. She admits she didn't actually have any faith in him.
  • Character Development: Goes from rude and disinterested in the outside world in her backstory, to more polite and goofy during her time training, to breaking down during her first battle, to finally taking on a Titan on foot with a bow and arrows.
  • Chekhov's Hobby: Sasha is mentioned to have come from a family of hunters, so naturally she later incorporates a bow as part of her arsenal.
  • Doomed Hometown: Her village seems to have narrowly averted this, due to quick action. When she arrives, there's only a single Titan present and only two people left behind. She manages to save the child, though it's unknown if the mother being snacked on survived or not.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Male on Male: In the panel where Jean is consoling Armin after he was molested by a Dirty Old Man who later accused Armin of turning him gay after finding out that he was a guy, the entire time Sasha can be seen in the background, grinning like a lunatic.
  • Friendly Sniper: With a bow. When she gets assigned to the new Special Operations Squad, her skills grow, eventually becoming able to shoot a gun out of a man's hand.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: In chapter 82, her face gets badly cut up by wood debris, knocking her out; Connie catches her, but that's about all the reaction she got. Justified in that the situation at hand and what follows after in the following chapters took precedence and will probably get treatment soon, she very likely could've lost an eye.
  • Meaningful Echo: She repeats Mikasa's famous line from the battle of Trost as she and the team take on the Armored Titan. This shows how much braver they have all become, and how they are not relying on Mikasa alone anymore; they are a team.
    "If we don't fight, we can't win!"
  • Not What I Signed On For: Sasha starts to question the morality of Levi forcing Historia into accepting her role in the rebellion.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: While preparing for the defense of the Orvud district against Rod Reiss' Titan, Eren and Mikasa find it odd that Sasha isn't hungry, but Jean hints that it's because of her heavy conscience over killing humans that she's lost her appetite.
  • Put on a Bus: Absent from an entire story arc before returning, due to having been separated from her comrades prior to The Reveal and the subsequent chaos that resulted. While the arc stretched for several chapters, she was actually only gone for about two days.
  • Rank Up: Assigned to the new Special Operations Squad.
  • Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: Hails from a rural hunting village where she developed a strong hunter's intuition and some impressive skill with hatchets and bows, which is put on full display when she fends off a Titan without Maneuver Gear or swords. However, she doesn't fit in that well in city or military settings and does things like steal food without understanding why people consider that a bad thing. She also started off lacking social skills and had to try exceptionally hard to not make her background obvious to the others.
  • The Straight and Arrow Path: Played with. The first time Sasha is shown to be competent in combat is not with her 3DMG, but with a bow and arrow she finds lying around. However, Sasha is not a perfect marksmen, and can only use her arrows as a means of escaping a Titan. The result is both badass, yet humanizing. She is later able to wield her bow with exceptional skill, shooting a gun out of a man's han.
  • Took a Level in Badass: She screws up under pressure during the Battle of Trost and ends up being too shell-shocked to be of much help by the end of it. Later on, we see her get much better about her fear and her combat skills really begin to shine.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Played with, though not a tragic example like the others. When Sasha finally returns to her village after three years away, she finds it utterly unrecognizable. The forest has been clear-cut and what was once an isolated hunting village is now a thriving farming village that raises horses for the government. Still, she accepts this as her home after being reunited with her father.

    Marco Bott 

Marco Bott

Voiced By: Ryota Ohsaka (JP), Austin Tindle (EN)

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"I hope you won't get angry when I say this... but you're not a strong person. So you can relate to how the weak feel."

Ranked 7th. He is an open and earnest young man, with a strong sense of duty towards King and people. Unlike most that express interest in joining the Military Police Brigade, he truly believes in doing his best to serve the King. His death at the Battle of Trost deeply shakes his comrades, and acts as a major catalyst for Jean's Character Development. Later, his missing gear is found to have been stolen by Annie, leaving sinister implications about his fate.

Branch: None, killed prior to joining one.
  • Born Lucky: According to Jean. But not lucky enough, it would seem.
  • Bromantic Foil: Rounds Jean off by being kinder and gentler than his Hot-Blooded closest friend.
  • Brown Eyes: The most down-to-earth of the Trainees.
  • Character Tics: Rubbing the tip of his nose when nervous.
  • Chekhov's Gun: His missing equipment. Annie steals it, and later presents it as her own during the investigation into the killing of the Titan test subjects. Armin recognizes it, and later confronts her about it as evidence of her being a spy.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Fed to a Titan, which bites him in half from skull to waist, all while he cries and begs for his life.
  • Dead Sidekick / Tragic Bromance: His relationship with Jean in a nutshell.
  • Dies Wide Open: In contrast to his normal upbeat smile, his corpse has a grisly smile and sunken eyes, and is extremely pale.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Justified, as he's merely one of many young soldiers that died at Trost. It drives home just how easily any of them could die a lonely, undignified death fighting the Titans. Word of God admits to having decided to kill him off prematurely due to feeling he didn't stand out as much as the other Trainees.
    • Dying Alone: Jean is horrified when he's unable to find anyone that saw how he died.
    • Killed Offscreen: The jarring nature of his death is compounded by the fact that he doesn't even merit an on-screen death. Chapter 77 reveals that Reiner, Bertolt, and Annie left him to die after he overheard Reiner and Bertolt talking about their 'secret mission.'
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: Averted. While he's not mentioned much in conversation, his death is a cornerstone of Jean's Character Development and he states his desire to not disappoint Marco. His stolen gear also proves to be significant towards proving Annie's guilt as The Mole. Can be seen in the background of training flashbacks during the Clash of the Titans arc. In Chapter 77, his death at the hands of the Titan Trio is what succeeds in breaking both Annie and Reiner, and Berthold notes that he intends to end the battle against humanity once and for all so nobody will have to go through an experience like that again.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Titans ate the right side of his body, leaving just enough left to be identified.
  • He Knows Too Much: He overheard Reiner and Bertolt discussing their plans, and made the mistake of asking about it. The Titan Trio steal his gear and leave him to be eaten by a Titan, desperate to protect their secret.
  • The Heart: Very empathetic towards his allies and acts as the voice of reason amongst the group.
  • Kill the Cutie: One of the most sympathetic and upbeat characters, and also the first of the Top Ten trainees to die.
  • The Leader: Charismatic, group-minded, and well-respected by his peers. Everyone agrees that he is a natural leader, though he himself states that it is Jean who is the one best suited to leadership. In the 3rd OVA, he turns out to be better as an adviser and mediator than as a commander.
  • Lucky Seven: He's ranked 7th in his class but this is averted since he's the only member of the Top 10 to be killed in battle.
  • Meaningful Funeral: The survivors from the 104th gather at the bonfire where his remains at being cremated, and discuss what Branch they intend to join. It's a major turning point for Jean, who resolves to join the Survey Corps.
  • Meaningful Name: Marco means "From the God of war", while Bott means "messenger". Hence, "Messenger from the God of war", perhaps in nod to his role as the Sacrificial Lion.
  • Nerves of Steel: One of the only trainees able to remain calm and in control, during all the chaos and horror of their first battle. Once they get room to breathe, though, he has a brief Post-Victory Collapse.
  • Nice Guy: A textbook example of this trope. Marco is friendly, kind, understanding, psychologically well-balanced, has no glaringly negative traits, and knows how to bring out the best in people.
  • Not Afraid to Die: He admits to knowing he might die as a soldier, and that what he really fears is a meaningless death that serves no purpose. Is it any surprise that that's exactly what happened to him?
  • The Only Believer: Both major and minor character who want to join the Military Police wish to do so for the prestige of being in the elite unit and/or the safety that comes with it, as it's the farthest place away from the titans. Marco is the only one who wants to join the unit because he sincerely believes in the honor of serving the King.
  • Sacrificial Lion: The only member of the Top 10 to be killed in action, leaving his comrades deeply shaken. In particular, it triggers Jean's Character Development and decision to enlist in the Survey Corps.
  • Talking Your Way Out: Poor Marco uselessly attempts this with Reiner, Bertholdt, and Annie when they assault him, yelling as they swing away that they "haven't even had a chance to talk this over!". It's pretty cool that he doesn't immediately condemn them, but by then it's too late, and they have to silence him.
  • Team Dad: Always attempts to keep the peace and raise morale among the other trainees.
  • Tears of Fear: Marco breaks into hysterics when he realizes that Annie isn't going to save him, she's taking his gear, and that three of his friends are going to have him fed to a Titan. It can be hard to watch.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Kind, idealistic, level-headed, selfless, and a capable leader that provided emotional support to the other Trainees. Clearly, Marco had to die.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: He dreams of joining the Military Police Brigade for completely earnest reasons, eager to serve the King. He seems unaware of the corrupt nature of the organization, and in Armin's bonus interview it is mentioned that he disagreed with more cynical views of the government.
  • Youthful Freckles: Emphasizing his youthful energy and sympathetic nature.

     Minor Members 


Daz

Voiced By: Shūhei Takubo (JP), Brad Venable (EN)

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A member of the 104th Trainee Corps, prone to emotional outbursts and something of a coward. He was once saved during training by Krista and Ymir, after he collapsed in the snow.

Branch: Unknown (Presumably Garrison as he was not Top 10 and would rather commit suicide than face Titans in combat again)
  • Action Survivor: A complete weakling who nonetheless manages to be lucky enough to survive the Battle of Trost.
  • Better To Die Than Be Eaten: Says this during one of his Freak Outs, but Marco stops him from doing so.
  • Cowardly Lion: Although he could only watch in horror as his comrades were eaten in front of him and is later about to abandon his position to spend the last minutes of his life with his loved ones, after hearing Commander Pixis' speech he decides to stay (and is in tears while doing so).
  • Freak Out: Twice during the Battle of Trost.
  • Gonk: Noticeably funky looking, and there to be pathetic.
  • The Load: Daz, who was teamed up with Krista and Ymir for a training hike in the snowy mountains, wastes no time passing out from overexertion and requires Krista and Ymir to lug his unconscious body back to camp before they all freeze.
  • Suicide by Cop: Attempted, and used to illustrate just how terrifying the Titans really are. When faced with the order to fight them a second time, he nearly draws on a commanding officer that threatens to execute him for desertion and screams that it'd be better than having to go back into Trost. Pixis manages to resolve the situation, before the officer can carry out his threat.
  • Tears of Fear: Cries in terror at the thought of having to face the Titans again... when he decides to stay and fight so his family won't be killed by the Titans.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Twice when preparing to go into battle.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It's unknown what happened to him, in the aftermath of the battle to retake Trost.


Thomas Wagner

Voicey by: Shigeyuki Susaki (JP), Duncan Brannan (EN)

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A blonde boy who was assigned to Eren's team during the Battle of Trost. Although at first he thought humanity could not win against the Titans, Eren's passionate speech about humanity after their graduation convinced him to join the Survey Corps, though he was the first of Eren's squad to die during the Battle of Trost.

Branch: None
  • Body-Count Competition: He suggests this to Eren before they rush into battle. He is the first unlucky person to die due to a jumping Titan and yet he still manages to tie with Eren, who also scores no kills....at least until he becomes a Titan.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: Averted. Eren still remembers him and refers to him by name when he's imprisoned by Rod Reiss as people who've died "needlessly" because of him.
  • The Generic Guy: Receives fairly spare characterization before being killed off, but he doesn't particularly stand out in any meaningful way.
  • Nice Guy: In contrast to Jean, who only argues with Eren for not joining the Military Police Brigade because he sees it as stupid, Thomas argues with Eren because he is genuinely concerned about his friend's safety.
  • Red Shirt: In the manga.
    • Mauve Shirt: In the anime; due to the Pragmatic Adaptation we get to see the training episodes before the Battle of Trost, causing Thomas' character to be more developed.
  • Swallowed Whole: His ultimate fate.
  • Tempting Fate: Suggesting a Body-Count Competition when going into battle against Titans when it usually takes several soldiers to bring down even one.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Though we did get to know him more than most other trainees outside of the Top 10.


Mina Carolina

Voiced By: Chika Anzai (JP), Alexis Tipton (EN)

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A girl with pigtails, who was assigned to Eren's team during the Battle of Trost. She expressed interest in joining the Survey Corps with him, but was killed while following Eren's example.

Branch: None
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: She was still struggling while one of the smaller Titans had the top half of her head in its mouth.
  • Facial Horror: Via Gory Discretion Shot. Our last glimpse of her makes it clear she's about to lose part of her head in a very messy fashion.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: Like Thomas, Eren still remembers her even late into the series.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Her most prominent physical trait.
  • Monster Munch: Exists solely to show how dangerous and terrible the Titans are.
  • Only Friend: Implied to have been this to Annie, with most of her extra appearances in side material portraying the two together.
  • Plucky Girl: She's quick to join in Eren's optimistic view of the future, declaring her intention to join the Survey Corps with him.
  • Recurring Extra: Though she is only a Red Shirt, Mina appears every so often as an extra in miscellaneous side material.
  • Red Shirt: Introduced only to die the very next chapter. What a world.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: She gets only a tiny bit of screentime before dying.


Samuel Linke-Jackson

Voiced By: Kenji Takahashi (JP), David Trosko (EN)

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A member of the 104th, assigned to cannon maintenance the day after graduation. He was wounded during the Colossal Titan's attack, and rescued from falling to his death by Sasha.

Branch: Unknown
  • Agony of the Feet: His life is seemingly saved by grappling hook through the calf.
  • Catch a Falling Star: Sasha charges down Wall Rose to rescue him, using one of her grappling hooks to catch him by firing it into his leg.
  • Not the Fall That Kills You: He takes a nearly 50 meter plunge head first, and seems to have survived the sudden stop just fine. In real life, he probably would have either died from the impact of coming to a sudden stop, or smashed into the Wall.
  • Punny Name: After giving his name in boot camp, Shadis tells him it's a stupid name and he should change it immediately. Some anime fans may not agree.
  • Standard Bleeding Spots: From his forehead, most likely from being struck by debris.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He hasn't been seen since being rescued by Sasha, so his ultimate fate is unknown.


Hannah Diamant and Franz Kefka

Hannah is voiced by: Megumi Satou (JP), Tia Ballard (EN)

Franz is voiced by: Kenta Okuma (JP), James Chandler (EN)

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A young couple, often teased by the others for their romance. Franz was killed during the early stages of the defense of Trost, and Armin discovered a hysterical Hannah attempting to resuscitate her boyfriend's mangled corpse. She apparently died at some later point during the battle of Trost.

Branch: None


Tom

Voiced By: Susaki Shigeyuki (JP), Tyler Walker (EN)

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A member of the 104th that joined the desperate rush towards Headquarters. He ran out of gas, and became stranded on the street. Several of his comrades die attempting to save him, and his death serves to distract the Titans long enough for Jean to lead the survivors to safety.

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