The primary focus of the story, a batch of military cadets experiencing their first battle immediately following their graduation. Though they are a class of two hundred-plus cadets, the story focuses on the members of the Southern Branch, one of the four branches of the Trainee Corps, and the first batch to graduate after the fall of Wall Maria. Before the fall, there used to be eight branches of the Trainee corps; unless otherwise stated, the majority of individuals hereby listed come from the interior of Wall Rose or from the Trost District.The Trainee Corps as a whole provide auxiliary services to the rest of the main branches, particularly the Garrison, up until they get to choose the branch of the military of their particular preference. In Trost District, they provide the bulk of the Quartermaster Corps at the city's Military Headquarters under the Garrison, providing logistic support and supplies to the combating units, and small units of cadets man the Wall anti-Titan canons. During combat (though this arose due to the emergency situation at Trost), the cadets aid the Garrison in the defense of the city, being assigned to the vanguard, the middle guard or the rear guard, all three tasked with combating Titans until population evacuation protocols have been enacted and every living civilian has been safely removed from harm.In time, the top ten cadets of the Southern 104th Trainee Corps turn out to be among the most important personnel ever to serve in the military by virtue of their excellence as soldiers and the momentous impact that arose from the revelation of Eren Yeager as a Titan Shifter with all the consequences that this carried.Main Character Index | The Shinganshina Trio | The Warrior Trio |Survey Corps | Military Police Brigade | Garrison | Titans | Marley | Eldia | Others | Before The FallWARNING: Unmarked spoilers abound.
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The 104th Trainee Corps
Tropes that apply to the entire 104th Trainee Corps
- 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 Seeker: 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:
- Eren viewed the members of the Survey Corps as heroes who chose to fight the Titans to reclaim humanity's dignity. After witnessing his mother devoured by a Titan, he now considers avenging her death by hunting and killing every last Titan his sole remaining purpose in life.
- Mikasa would follow Eren anywhere he goes, not wanting to lose the only remaining important person in her life.
- Krista/Historia wants to die honorably in a manner she would be fondly remembered of; namely, fighting Titans for Humanity's sake.
- Both Connie and Jean entered the Military to serve their own interests; Jean wanted to live a comfortable and peaceful life inside the Inner Wall, while Connie wanted to make a name for himself and make his hometown acknowledge him. Following the distressful events in Trost, both decided that being a soldier meant more than safety and prestige and decided to fight alongside Eren in his quest to reclaim Humanity's lost freedom and dignity.
- Bertolt and Reiner initially were afraid of Titans and only wanted to escape to the relative safety of Wall Sina, but had a change of heart after seeing Eren's purpose and determination. It turns out, however, that joining the Survey Corps was critical to the success of their espionage mission, in order to keep an eye on Eren after discovering his Titan Shifting ability and possession of the Coordinate.
- 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 Levi's new squad.
- Red Shirt: 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
- Jean/John and Kirstein/Kirschtein
- Krista/Christa and Lenz/Renz
- Bertolt/Bertholdt/Berthold and Hoover/Fubar/Huber
- Sasha Braus/Blause/Blouse
- 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. Among the principal characters, it took 75 chapters for another one of them to die after the battle of 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.
- Weirdness Magnet: Lampshaded by Jean, who complains that just about everything that he could think of happened to the cadets of the 104th. The Top Ten cadets are considered excellent recruits overall, but the batch ended up being noteworthy not only for their capabilities as soldiers, but rather because five of them turned out to be Titans (three of them enemies -Reiner, Bertolt and Annie-, one ally -Eren- and one Wild Card -Ymir-), another is part of clan of super-human warriors (Mikasa), yet another turns out to be the heiress to the throne of the Eldians (Krista/Historia) and another's unfortunate circumstances end up unfolding the discovery that the Mindless Titans contain human beings (Connie). They are by far the most important batch of cadets ever to be part of the Military.
Members of the 104th Trainee Corps
- See the Shinganshina Trio character page for tropes about Eren.
- See the Shinganshina Trio character page for tropes about Mikasa.
- See the Shinganshina Trio character page for tropes about Armin.
Voiced by: Kissho Taniyama (JP), Mike McFarland (EN)
"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.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Has a bad case of this with Mikasa, Who he has feelings for. However unfortunately the center of her world is Eren.
- 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 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.
- 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 droll 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.
- He is one of the few people that voices sincere worries about Mikasa's well being, her being The Ace notwithstanding. This, especially due to her penchant for not asking for help and the many, many risks Eren puts her through.
- 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 vs. 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" in a French pronunciation, before correcting themselves in later episodes.
- Supporting Leader: None of the Power Trio show any real leadership ability, Jean does.
- Tragic Bromance: 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
"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.
- Dull Surprise: His reaction to Bertolt's last moments is best described as this trope. Unlike the everyone else he's not crying, just looks confused; and also very, very tired.
- 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 Reiner and Bertolt 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.
- Sympathy for the Devil: He tries to maintain a strong front for the others, but ends up crying when thinking that they've killed Reiner. He later prevents Hange from finishing Reiner off, and blames himself for giving in to his emotions after the Cart Titan manages to rescue Reiner from them.
- 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. By the time the Survey Corps face down the Anti-human suppression squad again he makes up for his mistake and kills several members.
- You Remind Me of X: Same as Annie, Jean spots similarities between Marlo and Eren.
Voiced by: Shiori Mikami (JP), Bryn Apprill (EN)
"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: 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.
- The Beautiful People: Even among pretty girls like Mikasa, Annie, Sasha and even Ymir, Krista is profoundly beautiful and on a league of her own. In a Sliding Scale of Beauty, she would be between a Level II (World Class) and coming within the fringes of Level I (Divine), as she has been described as the "goddess" of the 104th.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Cutie: Armin describes her as this to Hange and Levi when Pastor Nick reveals her identity to the Survey Corps.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Older Than They Look: Standing at 4'9 and weighing only 90 pounds with a petite frame to match, she could probably pass as a 10 year old despite being in her mid-teens.
- 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. Likewise it turns out that Ymir, for the longest time, was the only one to see her for the secretly cynical person she is and accept her for it. Unfortunately when Ymir left with Reiner and Bertolt it broke Historia and she admitted that she didn't know who she was without her.
- Phrase Catcher: "A goddess!" or "Marry me", depending on the characters.
- Protectorate: To Ymir who sees in her someone who feeds herself on lies just as she once did. The fact that the two are in a relationship (as Word of Gay confirms) also helps.
- 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).
- Those Two Girls: Often seen together with Ymir.
- 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.
Tropes that apply to the second half of the series
"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.
- 100% Adoration Rating: Historia reveals her identity of the true Queen mere moments after everybody in the Orvud District watched her take down Rod Reiss's Titan in a Big Damn Heroes moment. Then she opens up an orphanage for abandoned children and spends her days watching over them. As a result, she's pretty much beloved by the masses and, ironically enough, viewed as a Goddess like figure- not unlike her "Krista Lenz" persona was in the past.
- 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 for Nothing: Invoked and subverted. Historia Reiss turns out to be everything that Krista Lenz was trying to convey and much more: a kind, strong, gentle and loving girl. A lot of people had to die for her to realize this and it took the Royal Government to collapse for it to happen (though not by her fault).
- All-Loving Heroine: Ultimately, she happens to be this in spite of her dejected change of attitude when Ymir abandoned her. This is thanks to Eren, who made her realize how she is her own person, this "person" having a heart even bigger than "Krista" had.
- 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 Gay: She is gay (or at the very least bisexual) and she is more than capable of holding her own in a fight.
- 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.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: She saves Eren's life because he made her realize that "Historia" is a person that thinks and feels, and not just a placeholder for other people's agendas. First and foremost, Historia refuses to kill Eren and betrays her father because Eren is her friend, and she will not abide for anyone to deem him worthless (not even Eren himself).
- 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.
- Blessed with Suck: She is one of the highest-born individuals in the Three Walls... but she's a bastard child. Up until she joined the military, her existence was deemed a mistake even to herself, so she sought to at least die a hero's death there; that is, until she found people that showed love to her.
- 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.
- Contrived Coincidence: She convinces Erwin to tell everyone that she slew Rod's Titan if the operation is successful, in order to give credibility to the narrative they're trying to push on her role as the royal successor, regardless of whether she kills it or not. Even Erwin is blown away at the fact that out of all the troops that engaged in the operation, she's the one that ended up killing Rod Reiss indeed, as she attacks the blown-off chunk of meat that contains him when encountering it by mere serendipity.
- 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 vs. 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.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: She craves love and attention after being ostracized for most of her childhood. She thus created the Krista Lenz persona to convey with it a personality that is impossible not to love, but still hiding an enormous burden of self-deprecation inside. She tries to reach to Ymir, but is left behind; then, she becomes receptive to her father, but realizes that he means no good intent. In the end, she chooses her friends, realizing that they're the only people that would not leave her behind for once in her lifetime.
- Emotionless Girl: After the events of Chapter 50, she rarely shows emotion anymore. She gets better thanks to Eren though, coming to accept herself more and softening up a bit after having somewhat of an existential crisis.
- 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. However, this is eventually subverted by her actual actions though, as she's clearly more passionate about things than she initially lets on. As she puts it herself to Eren; she may not be the savior of humanity, but she's always an ally to anybody who thinks they're not needed (thanks to her own experiences as a child).
- 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.
- Foreshadowing: A minor example. She's easily the tiniest member of the 104th. Turns out, her small body frame is characteristic of certain members of the Eldian Royal Family and it's a trait that she shares with her father Rod, her uncle Uri and her distant relative Dina Fritz.
- 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.
- Her Heart Will Go On: Historia sees Ymir run off with Reiner and Bertolt and Ymir ends up dying once she retunes to Marley and has her Shifter Powers given to another Warrior. However Ymir's encouragement for Historia to life a live she can be proud of is ultimately the final push she needs to reject her father and become her own person just as Ymir always wanted.
- 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.
- Hidden Depths: She is not as stoic and uncaring as she showed herself initially, though she is still miles away from what Krista was. In spite of this, she is not as meek and malleable as Krista; Eren even praises her as a "great person" and she argues in response that her misanthropic tirade when she freed him from Rod Reiss was just hyperbole.
- 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.
- I Just Want to Be Loved: The reason she kept grasping for straws after Ymir abandoned her, and Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places by trying to reach the very father that abandoned her and wanted her dead. It's Eren's own distress which makes her realize how twisted her father is and how she has to value her own life and worth a whole lot more.
- Implied Trope: Passing the Torch. It's heavily suggested that Frieda was entertaining the idea of passing on the Crown to Historia and her frequent visits to the girl at the farm were her way of probing the waters by testing how Historia would respond to the ideologies of the Will of the First King and the history of Ymir Fritz, the Progenitor Titan. Still, there's no evidence that he wasn't searching elsewhere in the family, as Frieda had siblings aplenty, and as such, approached Historia because she was a viable candidate too.
- Jerk with a Heart of 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.
- Last of Her Kind: After the Survey Corps' Revolt, she is the very last member of the Eldian Royal Family in Paradis (though not the last one as a whole, as Zeke Yeager remains in Marley).
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others:
- She is the very first Queen of the Walls, and possibly the first Queen of the Eldians, that does not carry the Coordinate of the Progenitor Titan note . As such, she is the first Queen of the Walls that is not a subject of the Will of the First King, she hasn't been titanized, and she is the first Reiss that is formally the monarch of The Walls, whereas her predecessors governed behind the scenes; this last aspect is rather ironic, as it's actually a military junta that holds the actual power, making her little more than a figurehead.
- She is the first member of the 104th that retired from the force, of course, after being crowned Queen of the Walls. It's unknown whether she'll engage in combat in the future, as she happens to be an excellent soldier, but it is unlikely.
- Last of Her Kind: She is the only confirmed extant Reiss in Paradis, as it's not actually known if the deposed King Fritz was part of the royal family indeed. She is not the last member of the Eldian Royal Family, though, as Zeke Yeager is part of the lineage of the Fritz family that stayed in Marley.
- 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.
- Missed Him by That Much: Turns out, Ymir's plan to take her along Reiner and Bertolt wasn't such a good idea, as it's shown that the Marleyans would have probably turned her into a baby factory at the very least. As a matter of fact, this is the very reason Eren Kruger allowed Dina Fritz to be turned into a Mindless Titan some twenty years before, as he surmised that the Marleyans would have done much worse things to her had they learned that she was part of the Eldian Royal Family. However, as she herself predicted, Ymir did not escape with her life and was fed to another Warrior to surrender the Jaws Titan Power.
- Morality Pet: Historia is this to her father Lord Reiss, as he seems to genuinely care for her, at least on some level.
- Never Got to Say Goodbye: With Ymir who left with Reiner and Bertolt in chapter 50 to return to Marley and was then Killed Offscreen so that her Titan power could be transferred to Galliard.
- The Not-Love Interest: In any other work of fiction, Historia would be Eren's love interest, or at least a serious contender. Do not be mistaken, though; Historia does love Eren, but it's not a romantic sort of love and it's more of a heartfelt appreciation for how dear a friend he is to her, this, for making her realize her own worth and identity. Plus, it's implied that she doesn't swing that way, and Eren happens to be quite non-romantic and has the extremely territorial Mikasa to boot.
- 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). And as it turns out, despite their cynical outlooks on life, they aren't as selfish as they initially appear.
- 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.
- Ironically, she's a lot more like "Krista" than she thinks. Her heart is just as big, and she is ultimately as kind and compassionate as the facade she put, only that Historia doesn't sugarcoat anything like "Krista" did, and she is at the very least sincere with herself.
- In another fashion, she is once again similar to Eren, but also Zeke, all three being people who had their fathers use them as tools for their own goals rather than caring what the child themselves think.
- From Mikasa, as they are both girls whom Eren gave a reason to live after a great emotional trauma. Mikasa even realizes this, demonstrating that she's not OK with Historia and Eren getting too chummy with each other after she's crowned Queen of the Walls.
- 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, the person that made her realize who she is, as opposed to who she ought to be, which is the maxim that guided her life until that moment. As such, Eren becomes very dear to her.
- 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.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Her father Rod isn't much taller than her, but still, it was a bit surprising to see how easy it was for the 4'9, 90 pound Historia to flip him over her shoulder in the air and slam him onto his back. Turns out she wasn't in the top ten of her class just for show.
- 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 the military 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.
- Spanner in the Works: For her family on both sides. Her birth brought a new burden for her father Rod to bear, who had to contend with a new variable to his family dynamics; after having had a close relationship with Alma, it's implied that Rod cut off his contact with her to a bare minimum when Historia was born, and that Alma's servant family and her were sent to become plain farmers after serving in luxury to the Reiss family, meaning that they had to live in sole function to Historia's well being. As such, Historia was one child too many for both her parents.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Ymir. Aside from the whole "Ymir is a Titan and Titans are the enemies of humanity" thing Ymir went with Reiner and Bertholdt in order for Historia to be spared, and was executed by the Marley government in order to transfer her Titan Shifter power to a new host.
- The Stoic: Grows into this more and more after the events of Chapter 50, no longer understanding how she is suppose to act anymore. Comes to an end in Chapter 66. And it's her shining moment, (not to mention Heartwarming)
- Strong Family Resemblance: Historia looks a lot like her parents, and also her sister Frieda. Speaking of which, almost every member of her family (with the exceptions of Frieda and Urklyn) is also absolutely tiny. Her father Rod is only 5'2!
- 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.
- Touch Telepathy: Not in the typical manner this trope is employed, but for a while Eren could only recall the memories stored within him by making physical contact with her. So for a while the group apparently just had the two holding hands constantly off-screen to try to get as many memories as they could out of him.
- 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.
- What You Are in the Dark: Having been given the opportunity to gain the Coordinate and the Will of the First King, Historia is practically unimpeded in this endeavor, and that under the circumstances placed by her father, it's better that she eats Eren; even Eren agrees to this. However, seeing that Eren is giving up on his life by doing so makes her realize that this is her friend, and that she cannot bear the thought of him deeming himself with such low worth. She then rejects and foils her father, leaving the Coordinate inside Eren.
- Woman Scorned: Her identity crisis comes in a significant degree due to the fact that Ymir abandoned her after swearing to be together. Further chapters reveal that this shook her to her very core, leaving her in desperate need of love and affection.
- 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.
- She outright tells her father and Eren that she'd rather let the world be destroyed than letting Eren be harmed; this is, because Eren both saw her for what she is and praised her for it, making him a truer friend to her than anyone she had ever met.
- 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..
Voiced by: Saki Fujita (JP), Elizabeth Maxwell (EN)
"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 would have presumably ranked 11th if further ranks were counted, so as such, Ymir is the only non-ranked cadet of the 104th that joins the Survey Corps. 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 romantically involved with Krista and has the skills to kick your ass.
- 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 about 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.
- Jerkass Façade: She's not nearly as harsh and unfeeling as she pretends to be. Not that she would admit it, even to herself.
- Lack of Empathy: She makes no effort to mince her words, and outright refuses to show compassion, which causes friction between her and Connie.
- 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.
- Not So Above It All: Ultimately she doesn't want Krista to abandon humanity, even if it means not seeing her again, letting her know in not so many words when she abandons her while fleeing from the Survey Corps.
- 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.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Tends to play this role with Reiner in official parodies, such as Attack on Titan: Junior High, due to both of them having feelings for Krista.
- Those Two Girls: With Krista, making them almost constant companions.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Krista's girly girl.
- Undying Loyalty: To Krista. She will follow her just anywhere just to keep her safe and even ends up abandoning her for the same reason when Krista's balance starts tipping towards what Ymir thinks is the wrong side for her. In her goodbye letter to Historia Ymir even states that even though she decided to turn herself over to Reiner and Bertolt in gratitude for giving her back her mind she would never betray Historia and she's still on her side.
- 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
"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.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: Her plotline with the cult that gave her the name "Ymir" came from a chapter in the manga that came out in January 2017, making it the latest published plot animated from the manga (just 5 months before), while the rest of the Clash of the Titans Arc, which comprises Season 2 of the anime, was published in 2012-13.
- 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.
- While in her Titan form she lovingly strokes Historia's face with one of her fingers right before apologising and returning to Reiner and Bertolt's side to protect them from the Titan horde.
- 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.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: She wanted to take Historia with her alongside Reiner and Bertolt when they capture Eren; this is because she is somewhat aware of Historia's importance and thinks that Reiner's people can protect her better then the Walls can. Later, when it's revealed that Historia has royal blood, it's later exposed (earlier, if we go by the timeline) what the Marleyans would have done to her when Eren Kruger talks with Grisha Yeager about his wife Dina's own royal blood, as they would turn her into a lab-rat-baby-factory for the Warrior Program; this, being the reason why Kruger withheld the information and allowed her to be turned into a Mindless Titan. Yikes!
- 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.
- Bus Crash: It was revealed in Chapter 93 that she was eaten off-panel by Galliard to reclaim her Titan Shifter powers.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: A less malicious example. She doesn't remember eating Marcel in Titan form.
- But Now I Must Go: She ultimately decides to leave with Reiner and Bertolt, returning to Marley where she is ultimately killed.
- Cannibalism Superpower: Her powers were obtained by devouring Marcel, allowing her to regain her humanity and giving her the Jaws Titans.
- Chekhov's Gun: Subverted. Her letter to Historia reveals her past, but contains no clues as to her whereabouts or pertinent information regarding the fight with the Titans; this is because she wrote it under duress, as Reiner was looking over her shoulder when she wrote it. The military high command speculate as to a possible hidden code for Historia, but she quickly dismisses the notion.
- 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.
- Chekhov M.I.A.: She's been missing since the Clash of the Titans arc onward and in chapter 89, it's strongly implied in her letter to Historia that she might have been killed by the Warriors in order to recover the Dancing Titan power; at least, she is under the impression that this would happen. Still, it's not yet known whether Reiner and Bertolt vouched for her, or whether this was indeed her ultimate fate, especially considering that the Warriors conspicuously didn't use the Dancing Titan power during the Second Battle of Shinganshina. She was confirmed to have been killed by Galliard in Chapter 93.
- 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."
- Conditional Powers: Just like the other Shifters, Ymir is afflicted with "Ymir's Curse", though it's unclear how much time she has left to live from the 13-year period. It was presumably more than the others; the timing is unclear, but they were with Marcel who already had his power, but it turned out to be a moot point in the end.
- 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 but Historia seems to believe that it is the former rather then the latter.
- Cryptic Conversation: Engages in hefty doses of it with Reiner and Bertolt, right over the head of Eren (and the audience).
- Cuteness Proximity: She initially approached Krista in order to make her a bargain chip to save her own life from the ire of the Warriors, but she wasn't counting on finding the girl to be the most beautiful thing she'd ever laid eyes upon. She likes Krista enough to risk life and limb for her, though judging her behavior during the Clash of the Titans arc, Ymir tends not to act rationally when it comes to her.
- Dark and Troubled Past: She was born an orphan in Marley with no identity for herself and was found by a conman who set her up as the reincarnation of Ymir Fritz, the Progenitor Titan, in order to make some cash from the desperate Eldians living there. Years later, when the Marleyan soldiers caught wind of this and captured everyone involved, the conman singled Ymir out saying SHE tricked him. Ymir did what she thought was good by playing the role of Ymir Fritz, but eventually she was taken to Paradis Island to be Titanized while crowds of angry Marleyans stoned her.
- 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.
- Foreshadowing: During the "Clash of the Titans" arc, Ymir states that she's not confident in the abilities of the people from the Three Walls and that staying means certain doom. Later in the story, it's revealed that the Marleyans in the mainland are intending to wipe out the Eldians of the Three Walls in Paradis with a technologically superior armada and seven of the Nine Titan Powers of Eldia under their control... that is, if everyone doesn't end up wiped out by the Titans embedded in the Walls.
- Good Feels Good: "Being a goddess doesn't feel so bad..."
- Healing Factor: Comes with being a Titan Shifter.
- Heroic Sacrifice: She sacrifices herself to protect Reiner and Bertolt, returning to Marley and ultimately dying so that their superiors would spare them.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Ymir frequently mentions that she is a selfish person to the point that she tells Reiner and Bertolt that she may be "the shittiest person in the world" and would willingly betray anyone to survive. However, over the course of the Clash of the Titans arc, its shown that she is a much nicer person then she lets on and a lot more willing to sacrifice herself for others especially Historia.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Despite her insistence that she ultimately only cares about herself numerous times during the Clash of the Titans arc it is shown that she is willing to put her life on the line to protect others. When the Titan horde is tearing down Utgard Castle she transforms into a Titan and risks her own life to save Historia and the others. Her kidnapping attempt on Historia was because she didn't believe the Walls could protect her and felt that Reiner's side had the best possibility of survival. Once it becomes apparent that humanity has a future inside the Walls thanks to Eren possessing the Coordinate she allows Historia to stay behind and protects Reiner and Bertolt from the Titan horde in order to save their lives. Even her abrasive actions, such as telling Sasha to stop using a phony accent, are implied to be because she wants others to embrace who they really are as oppose to living a lie like she did when pretending to be Ymir Fritz.
- 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 does.
- Irony: A rather sad one is that, despite Ymir's desire to live only for herself and not to become a martyr like she was in her first life her constant statements that she is a selfish person, ultimately neither of these concepts are true. Firstly she eventually decides to live for Historia's sake and, despite her selfishness, she ultimately proves to be very self sacrificing as she gives up both her freedom and her life so that Reiner and Bertolt won't go home empty handed.
- 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.
- It's 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. It does.
- Killed Offscreen: She is eaten by Galliard for her powers at some point during the Time Skip.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: She is one of the only, if not the only, neutral individual in the story, as she is loyal to neither Eldia nor Marley. As she is close to 80 years old, she is the oldest individual to hold a Titan Power, though her time "frozen" as a mindless Titan made her not appear that age.
- 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.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Since Ymir was only a figurehead leader of a cult during her time in Marley, and one who was likely not given very much information about the outside world, she only has a passing knowledge about certain events relating to the other side of the ocean. The most glaring evidence of this is the fact that, as a member of the Royal bloodline, if Historia had gone to Marley she would have been used as a baby factory so that they could use her offspring for their own purposes. If she had known this it's likely that Ymir would never have even considered turning Historia over to Reiner and Bertolt.
- 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 The original Titan was named Ymir Fritz' which may be relevant at some later on point. Ymir also means "The Scream", foreshadowing her being stuck in a Titan body for over sixty years.
- My Greatest Failure: In her letter to Historia, she states that ever since she regained her senses she decided to live her life without regrets and for the most part she did so. However she feels that her one regret is that she was unable to marry Historia like she said she would. The letter, she believes that it will be her final goodbye to Historia, which it turns out to be true once is revealed that Ymir was fed to Gaillard to regain the Titan Power for Marley.
- 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. As it turns out, she was a nameless orphan who was given the name Ymir in honor of Ymir Fritz by the religious group who took her in.
- Present Absence: Ymir disappears from the story almost entirely after leaving with Reiner and Bertolt to their homeland and eventually is eaten by Galliard in order for Marley to reclaim the Jaws Titan. However her presence is still felt in the series as Ymir's abandonment of her leaves Historia an Empty Shell who desperately searches for someone to love her in the form of her father. However Ymir's words to Historia, telling her to live a life she can be proud off, eventually give her the inner strength needed to rebel against her father and choose her own path by become queen of the Walls. Plus the conversation Ymir shares with Bertolt allows the people in the Walls to piece together important aspects about the true nature of the Titans.
- Put on a Bus: Last seen preparing to head back to the Titan Shifter homeland with Reiner and Bertolt.
- 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 Kingdom of Marley. 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.
- Shut Up, Kirk!: After Eren gives Reiner and Bertolt a speech declaring that he will make the both of them die in the most painful way possible Ymir, more or less, rolls her eyes at his naiveté, calls his words "childish bullshit" and tells Eren flat out that, if he keeps talking like that, she has no hope for him.
- Spanner in the Works: For the Shifter Titans should Rod Reiss be proven right. Krista, as Historia Reiss, might the last person alive who has the capacity of correctly wielding the Coordinate that the Shifters covet... and Ymir let her go.
- 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.
- Tragic Hero: Ymir was a girl who, at a young age, sacrificed herself in order to protect the cult that worshiped her. After regaining her human form she vowed that from then on she would live for her own sake and no longer be someone's matyr. However despite her words Ymir was never fully able to let go of her past choosing instead to sacrifice herself for Historia and, eventually, Bertolt and Reiner. In the end Ymir's life was so tragic that even Galliard, the man who would eat her to gain her Titan form, felt sorry for her lot in life.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: As shown during her flashback detailing her past Ymir, once she became the cult figurehead, was a happy girl thankful to live a life outside poverty and grateful to the cultists for giving her a purpose. Even after one of the cultists blamed her as the mastermind of the cult to some Marley soldiers she was shown willing to sacrifice herself in order to spare her followers. Getting stoned by some angry Marleyans, forcibly transformed into a Titan, and spending the next 60 years wondering around Paradis Island mindless pretty much beat the naivety out of her.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Ymir was the first person who saw past Historia's "Krista Lenz" personality and saw the cynical Death Seeker she was inside. Ymir therefore has constantly tried to encourage Historia to embrace her true self and live a life she can be proud off instead of just going along with what others tell her to do. It takes awhile but eventually Ymir's words reach Historia and she finally decides to choice her own path, knocking out her father, and becoming the Queen of the Walls on her own terms.
- See the Warrior Trio character page for tropes about Annie.
- See the Warrior Trio character page for tropes about Reiner.
- See the Warrior Trio character page for tropes about Bertolt.
Voiced by: Hiro Shimono (JP), Clifford Chapin (EN)
"I'm a genius."Ranked 8th. Hailing from the village of Ragako in the interior of Wall Rose, Connie is the older of three sons from his parents' home, having a little brother and sister. 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. Earnest to a fault, he is close friends with Sasha, with the two providing much of the series' comedic moments, while also butting heads with Ymir, who likes to pick on him. 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.
- Fragile Speedster: His one exceptional attribute is his speed and agility, while he's not very strong and repeatedly gets into danger when he misses his shot.
- 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.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Crunchyroll has his given name transliterated as "Conny".
- 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
"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.
- Double Standard: Rape, Male on Male: Like Sasha, he appears to be holding back laughter while Jean comforts Armin after he was molested by a man while posing as Historia.
- 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.
- Sole Survivor: See Doomed Hometown above. He is the only known survivor from his village.
- Sympathy for the Devil: Even though they're fighting to kill each other, Connie breaks down crying when Reiner is seemingly killed, and later weeps while having to watch Bertolt's final moments.
- Tears of Remorse: He breaks down crying when he thinks they've killed 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.
Voiced by: Yuu Kobayashi (JP), Ashly Burch (EN)
"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.
- 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.
- Cloudcuckoolander: 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.
- Japanese Politeness: Which Ymir calls out on her for, insisting that she talk the way she used to before she began speaking formally.
- 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
"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.
- Cryptic Background Reference: Shadis mentions that there was an incident that landed her in his office the last time they saw each other, to which Sasha responds in a terrified manner and absolutely refusing to sit on the table. This implies that she got in even more trouble after the potato incident and before she left basic training.
- 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!"
- Nice Girl: She becomes the Survey Corps' source of levity in an overall rather grim environment, and it's revealed that she cares deeply for the safety of her friends. She even expresses annoyance at the fact that she thought that Eren was giving up on his own life, apologizing for her lack of trust on him.
- Not What I Signed On For: Sasha starts to question the morality of Levi forcing Historia into accepting her role in the rebellion. Like the rest of her friends, she later accepts that this is just something that had to happen and that the offense stemmed from Levi's use of violence against Historia.
- 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.
- Averted in the anime in which she returns early and is involved in events that were not in the manga, including being the one to hand in Annie's background documents to Hange.
- 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 hand.
- 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.
- So Proud of You: Upon encountering her dad after defending a little girl from a Titan with bow and arrow, he tells her that she became all he'd hoped she would become and more.
- Sympathy for the Devil: Even though they're now enemies facing each other on the battlefield, she breaks down crying when she thinks they've killed Reiner.
- 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.
Voiced By: Ryota Ohsaka (JP), Austin Tindle (EN)
"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.Marco was the first cadet of the 104th's top ten that met his demise, and the only one of them who didn't get a chance to join a branch of the military as a a result.Branch: None, killed prior to joining one.
- Armor-Piercing Question: When Annie finally submits to Reiner's order to remove his gear, Marco desperately asks her why she's doing this. The look of utter mortification on Annie's face says it all.
- 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.
- 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 so that they don't see the wear and tear on her equipment. 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. News of his death cause great grief to Eren, when the group rendezvous with him at the Survey Corps. Even Annie, the person that caused his death, is shown to be full of remorse and anguish after the fact.
- 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 first 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.
- Present Absence: Marco's early death in Attack on Titan becomes the cornerstone to Jean's Character Development and is what inspires him to join the Survey Corps instead of Dying Alone. Plus the guilt the Warrior Trio experience after killing him leads to Reiner, and to a lesser extent Annie's, emotional breakdowns in later arcs.
- Sacrificial Lion: The first 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 Dumb to Live: When you overhear The Mole discussing their plans, the worst possible thing you can do is walk up to them and ask what they meant by that.
- 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.
Voiced By: Shūhei Takubo (JP), Brad Venable (EN)
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 Killed : 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.
Voicey by: Shigeyuki Susaki (JP), Duncan Brannan (EN)
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, killed prior to joining one. Did not rank in the Top 10.
- 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.
- Mauve Shirt: He's a Red Shirt in the manga but 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.
- Sacrificial Lamb: His death is meant to quickly establish exactly how little the trainees know about fighting titans. They go into it under the assumption it won't be a big deal and that they are totally prepared, and then half a minute later, Thomas is bit and swallowed whole. The tone change is whiplash quick, and it all starts with his demise.
- 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.
Voiced By: Chika Anzai (JP), Alexis Tipton (EN)
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, killed prior to joining one. Did not rank in the Top 10.
- 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.
Voiced By: Kenji Takahashi (JP), David Trosko (EN)
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. Did not rank in the Top 10.
- 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)
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, killed prior to joining one. Neither rank in the Top 10.
- CPR: Clean, Pretty, Reliable: Hannah tries this on Franz. It obviously does not work.
- Freak-Out: Armin finds Hannah, trying to do CPR on Franz even though he's obviously dead.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Franz, though it's more explicit in the manga due to a frontal view. In the anime, the scene where he's revealed to be chomped in half is a back view for censorship and can be interpreted as him simply being dead if one doesn't notice that he's simply a torso on initial inspection.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Hannah's a redhead, and the only one in the squad with a confirmed romantic relationship.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Franz is one of the taller soldiers, in comparison to tiny Hannah.
- Please Wake Up: Hannah to Franz, as she attempts to perform CPR on him, despite him being quite obviously dead.
- Red Shirt: Both serve as this.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: When Eren teases them, calling them the "married couple".
- Shout-Out: Presumably to influential German writer Franz Kafka.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Neither of them get much development before they're killed off.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: The main series leaves Hannah's fate unknown. She is, however, listed among the deceased in the visual novel, Goodbye, Wall Sina.
- Youthful Freckles: Hannah has them.
Voiced By: Susaki Shigeyuki (JP), Tyler Walker (EN)
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.Branch: None, killed prior to joining one. Did not rank in the Top 10.
- Eaten Alive: He was eaten by a titan.
- Gory Discretion Shot: The angle changes just before he's killed, focusing instead of his dangling legs and the enormous amount of blood flowing down them.
- Monster Munch: A perfectly straight example of this trope. He exists to get eaten by a Titan and make a point about Jean's style of leadership.
- Mouth Cam: His last moments are viewed this way.
- Off with His Head!: Implied.
- Red Shirt: He was a fairly minor character to begin with, and was one of the first to die.
- Tears of Fear: He was crying before his death.
FlochA member of the 104th that originally enlisted in the Garrison. After the government is overthrown in a military coup, he is one of the emergency recruits that volunteers to transfer into the Survey Corps for the mission to reclaim Wall Maria.Branch: Garrison, later Survey Corps.
- Brutal Honesty: When asked about Marlo's final moments, he bluntly tells a grieving Hitch that they probably regretted their decision. He also calls out Erwin for being willing to sacrifice his subordinates in battle, and tells Armin that he should have died.
- Dramatic Irony: His pleas to save Erwin paint the dying man as a ruthless individual who'd stop at nothing to achieve his goals, and that his own personal purpose in life is to save this "devil"; this happens to dissuade Levi from saving Erwin, arguing that they could not possibly make Erwin go through more of the terrible things he had to do for those aforementioned goals. It was just too much.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Armin admits that Floch is probably right in his criticisms, as they don't know whether it was the right choice to make or not.
- Red Shirt: Subverted. He's set up to become one, then ends up as the miraculous lone survivor of the charge.
- Senseless Sacrifice: He states that the plan to rush the Beast Titan is exactly this, and that his death will mean absolutely nothing.
- Sole Survivor: He is the only soldier to survive the suicide charge against the Beast Titan.
- Tears of Fear: He repeatedly breaks down in fear during the battle of Shighanshina, crying hysterically.
- What the Hell, Hero?: He openly criticizes the decision to save Armin over Erwin, making it clear he thinks that personal feelings were given more importance than practical considerations.