Titans are the primary antagonists of Attack on Titan. They are a mysterious race of humanoid giants that appeared roughly a century ago and quickly hunted down humanity to the point of near-extinction.Aside from their size and speed, the real danger of a Titan is their Healing Factor which allows them to regenerate from almost any wound. The only way to kill a Titan is to carve out a precise spot of flesh on the back of their neck. Lacking any kind of reproductive or digestive organs, it appears as though they hunt and eat humans purely because they want to.WARNING: Unmarked spoilers from this point on.
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Titans in General
Titans are divided into two main classes, based upon their behavior. The regular Titans behave like Dumb Muscle, with little or no signs of intelligence and make up the bulk of encountered Titans. More dangerous are the rarer Aberrant Titans, erratic and unpredictable Titans that display unusual behaviors.
Tropes that apply to Titans:
- Achilles' Heel: They're not precisely Nigh Invulnerable: their bodies are actually very fragile and easily damaged. What makes them dangerous is their ability to regenerate from almost any wound. The only way to kill them is to target a precise spot on the back of their neck.
- Ambiguous Gender: While ostensibly most might seem male, the House and Dancing Titans have known female human forms. This indicates their appearance should not be trusted.
- Always Chaotic Evil: The Titans seem to enjoy destroying human civilization for no other reason than they enjoy doing it. At least, that's the case for the "normal" Mook Titans. The Titan Shifters, on the other hand, have more complex motivations.
- Later subverted in that they're all Titan Shifters, but "normal" Titans are simply trapped in Titan form and unable to control their actions.
- And I Must Scream: As mentioned above, every Titan in existence is a shifter trapped in Titan form, unable to control their actions or escape.
- Ape Shall Never Kill Ape: Normal Titans never attack other normal Titans. The only exceptions are when a Titan Shifter is involved, or Eren focuses his anger enough on a specific target, causing them to follow his will and target the object of his rage.
- Attack Its Weak Point: Cutting a lump of flesh off the back of the neck is the only (known) way to defeat a Titan.
- Later revelations indicate that this is where the original human body is fused into the Titan body.
- Technically speaking, cutting isn't necessary; any sufficient damage to this area will do the job, be it a strike from a Titan Shifter or a shot from a cannon. The problem is that the cannons and fire arms available to humanity lack the accuracy to reliably strike the weak point, thus necessitating the blades for precision strikes.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The largest (15 meters tall) of the Titans are about this size. And, of course, the Colossal Titan.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: They lack not only sex organs but also secondary sexual characteristics such as nipples and body hair. Though a few seem to possess facial hair.
- Blessed with Suck: This turns out to be the truth of their existence after the reveal in chapter 88. "Normal" titans are nigh-invulnerable due to their healing factor, and don't age, thus can go on living for centuries, and don't need external sources of sustenance, seemingly getting everything they need from sunight, and the ambient environment. On the flip-side, they are forever trapped in a walking nightmare, without any conscious control of their actions, and are instinctively compelled to eat, or attempt to eat, any human they stumble across, not for nutrition, because they lack a proper digestive system, but for the hope of chancing upon a Titan Shifter, and regaining their humanity. For Titan Shifters, it's worse. In exchange for the power to transform into a Titan and back again at will, and their snazzy healing factor, that allows them to regenerate even lost limbs, the transformation requires deliberate injury, and once their ability is revealed, they are routinely hunted by humans, and even fellow shifters on occasion, and by "normal" titans regardless, can easily slip back into "mindless" titan form if they overexert themselves, are plagued by nightmares in the form of memories from the previous host of their titan powers, even the memory of the previous host getting eaten alive, which can manifest without warning, even while fully awake, and to top it all off, once that power awakens, even unaware, their lifespan is reduced to the next 13 years. Oh, and if you haven't found some poor sod to eat you before then, some random baby from your own race will "inherit" this from you. Time and distance do not serve to avert this in any way.
- Body Horror: Some of the more deformed Titans have this, to varying degrees. It is also revealed that regular Titans have assimilated their human body into the Titan form, with only the spinal cord and brain remaining separate.
- Cannibalism Superpower: Hange speculates that they can absorb the powers of those they devour — namely, becoming a Titan Shifter after devouring one. This leads to further speculation that this is the true reason Titans instinctively devour humans: finding and eating a Titan Shifter would restore their humanity. It is later confirmed by Ymir's backstory and Eren ingesting the "hardening" factor.
- Cannon Fodder: Just as much as the Survey Corps, mindlessly attacking until killed.
- Conditional Powers:
- Titans are shown to be fueled by sunlight, either dozing off immediately or after a couple of hours after being deprived of it. The mere reflection light provided by moonlight itself can rouse them too, though this is not universal. As such, in the situation where the Survey Corps are patrolling in the middle of the night, they are at risk of being attacked by these "Moonlight Titans" should there be enough moonlight on that given night.
- As revealed in Grisha Yeager's account of the Eldian Restoration Movement, it seems that the Kingdom of Marley keeps Eldians alive in the ghettos because either, only Eldians can be transformed into Titans (as Ymir's People), or the Marleyans are afraid and/or unwilling to try titanization on their own people because they are aware of the living nightmare the Mindless Titans have to endure by simply existing.
- Confusion Fu: Most Titans move relatively slowly for their size, grab the closest humans, and attempt to kill them, usually by eating them. Aberrants crawl, jump, run, and have no reasonable pattern to predict who they attack or where they go.
- Death by Irony: Many Titans will be responsible for their own deaths. Special mention goes to the Titans who respectively severely injured and ate Eren in Chapter 8, who wind up being the main reasons for his awakening as a Titan Shifter, and wind up being amongst his first and most brutal kills.
- The Smiling Titan is eaten alive after eating another one of Eren's loved ones and angering him enough to awaken his ability to Command Titans.
- Dissonant Serenity: Most of them have a creepy Cheshire Cat Grin plastered on their faces as they devour every human they can find.
- Distress Call: The Female Titan and Beast Titan are shown to be able to attract other Titans with their scream. Reiner also uses one to signal Bertolt for help, though it hasn't been shown whether or not he possesses the same ability to draw in other Titans.
- Dumb Muscle: Most Titans are as unintelligent as they are destructive.
- Elite Mook: Aberrant Titans show intelligence and sometimes strange mutations that cause them to be unpredictable. Depending on their origins, Titan Shifters could be an elite subset of Aberrant Titans.
- Eye Scream: The only time Titans reliably show visible pain is severe eye damage. This makes eye-stabbing a viable tactic since this blinds them and creates a vulnerable period for the humans to take advantage of.
- Fat Bastard: Most of them are drawn like overweight humanoid males.
- Feel No Pain: Some of the time they react to major injuries, but not nearly as much as a human would.
- Flesh-Eating Zombie: A gross summary of Titans, in regards to their intelligence and their appetite.
- Giant Equals Invincible: Subverted. Their bodies are actually relatively fragile, and conventional weapons work just fine to damage them. The problem comes from their ability to regenerate and the fact that they don't seem to feel pain.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: The Titan Shifters suffer horrific injuries that would kill them if it weren't for their Healing Factor.
- Grotesque Gallery: Many are deformed and are weirdly disproportionate.
- Healing Factor: The first part of what makes them so dangerous is that they can regenerate lost body parts in a very short amount of time.
- Humanoid Abomination: To summarize: They are large, fast, mindless, physics-defying and came out of nowhere. They are numberless yet they do not seem to have any methods of reproduction. They don't even possess any sex organs. They have a healing factor, which means that destroying their heads does not really slow them down. The grossest part, is they probably do not need to eat humans. They have no digestive organs and after filling their stomach with humans, they just vomit it all out and eat more. They were able to eat most of humanity to extinction.
- I'm a Humanitarian: They don't eat animals and they actually don't need to eat to survive.
- Kill All Humans: Seemingly their goal; they don't need to eat humans because they don't suffer hunger and even ignore other animals.
- Lightning Bruiser: The second part of what makes Titans so dangerous is that they are incredibly fast while being very powerful, especially in the case of Aberrant Titans.
- Lotus-Eater Machine: When Eren loses control of his Titan form, he's stuck in a Mental World of his family during happier times and begins to be assimilated into it, implying this to be the case for other Titans.
- Made of Plasticine: As noted by Hange.
- Mook: The "normal" Dumb Muscle Titans, though they are still pretty dangerous.
- Monstrous Humanoid: Possibly subverted: ALL Titans are human.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: A common trait among Titans. Strangely enough, most have flat teeth like a herbivore as opposed to the sharpened teeth you'd associate with a strict carnivore.
- No Biological Sex: Titans lack external sexual organs, and do not appear to have any means of reproduction. Most have a masculine physique, with the Female Titan named as such since she's the first one seen to have a distinctly feminine build. Other than that, there are Titans who have distinctive female facial features.
- No Body Left Behind: Titans rapidly dissolve after death, which is a good thing for cleanup but makes researching them difficult.
- Nonhumans Lack Attributes: Besides their lack of nipples or genitalia, they're also noted to lack a lower digestive tract or navels.
- Nothing Is Scarier: One of the scariest thing of Titans, is that humanity knows next to nothing about them. They have no idea of the Titans' biology, where they came from, why they are eating humans, or their abilities. Each time there's an idea of their limits, they prove humanity wrong.
- Off with His Head!: Averted, since Titans will survive decapitation. However, it turns out to be the true method of killing a Titan. Slicing out the nape of the Titan's neck incidentally decapitates what remains of the fused human form inside.
- Our Giants Are Bigger: Despite the name they aren't Titans in the mythological sense. Aside from the resemblance they bear to conventional giants, Titans have very little humanoid traits, lacking reproductive organs, a functional digestive tract, a notable intellect (those with intelligence are labelled "Aberrants") and a sense of pain. In addition, they often bear peculiar deformities and are capable of high-speed regeneration.
- Outside-Context Problem: Apparently, Titans just showed up one day and started devouring humanity to the brink of extinction; even a hundred years later humans hardly know anything about them.
- Perpetual-Motion Monster: Cannonball blows off half their head? No problem. They'll just keep going and going and going.
- Phlebotinum Battery: The Titans seem to be solar-powered, and only attack during the day. When kept out of direct sunlight for several hours, they become lethargic or even completely dormant. That makes the nighttime attack on Castle Utgard that much more horrifying.
- Power Incontinence: Invoked. One of the reasons the Eldians sequestered themselves under the First King was because the Mindless Titans are too uncontrollable for any type of human being, Eldian or Marleyan regardless. This made the island of Paradis a double-edged sword because the Eldians behind the walls can't get out and the Marleyans can't safely get in while both the Eldians and the Titans remain.
- Shapeshifter Baggage: Invoked in-universe. It's still a mystery how they can achieve their size (see Square/Cube Law), and how can they they both attain and spend sheer amount of energy that they do in such a short time.
- Square/Cube Law: Fast, despite their size because they weigh, relatively, very little.
- To Serve Man: Titans think humans are very tasty.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Will try to immediately devour humans on sight, but ignore animals completely. The sole exception is horses, which they sometimes harm as a means of reaching their human riders. What makes this all the more horrifying is that they seem to do it solely for the pleasure of eating humans, as they lack digestive organs and simply vomit when their stomach cavity is full so they can eat more. However, it is later implied that they eat humans out of a subconscious instinct to regain their human form, which explains the complete lack of interest in animals: there's simply no point in eating them.
- Tragic Monster: Regular Titans are this, simply normal people (most of them Eldian exiles) transformed against their will into a mindless horror that devours other humans. The few that maintain any semblance of their human mind seem to be trapped in a Lotus-Eater Machine, and go insane. Ymir, Grisha and Armin are the only known cases of ones regaining human form, so it is highly unlikely anything can be done to save them once transformed.
- The Voiceless: Some Titans appear to have the anatomy required to generate human speech, but don't seem capable of much more than basic groans or roars. A few rare examples are capable of Hulk Speak, though others such as the Rogue Titan are noted to be unable to speak due to facial structure. The Beast Titan is a very notable exception. It can speak in both Titan and human form, fluently in the language of the people of Shinganshina.
- The Unreveal: It's not known whether the Mindless Titans can be turned into normal humans once more without consuming one of the Nine Titan Powers... considering that there's only nine of those, that's not an option to solve the problem of the thousands, if not millions, of wandering mindless Titans.
- Was Once a Man: The existence of the Shifters and certain discoveries hint at a connection between humans and Titans. After the destruction of Ragako, it is discovered that all Titans are transformed humans, most completely absorbed by their Titan form.
- We Have Reserves: Their origins are unknown, and they lack any visible means of reproduction, but there doesn't seem to be any shortage of them.
- Zerg Rush: The final and most terrifying thing that makes them so difficult to fight is that they almost always attack in great numbers.
Titan Shifters in General
Mysterious humans that possess the "Titan's Power", granting them a Healing Factor and the ability to generate a Titan form while maintaining their human intelligence. Little is known about their origins, and with the exceptions of Eren Yeager and the former inheritors of the First King, all hail from some unknown civilization beyond the Wall. Their Titan forms are completely unique, and the majority possess at least one special ability.
Tropes Titan Shifters share in common:
- Always Chaotic Evil: Subverted. Though they seem Obviously Evil at first, once their identities are revealed, they turn out to be complex and morally-conflicted individuals.
- Big Bad Ensemble: With the Beast Titan. They're both larger threats than the common Titans, but aren't directly working together. The Shifters are aware of the Beast Titan, but its attack on Castle Utgard nearly kills two of its fellow warriors, who were searching for it. In the 70+ chapters, Bertolt and Reiner are in fact working under the Beast Titan, making their relationship to each other even more nebulous.
- Big Bad Friend: Most of the Titan Shifters seen are member of the 104th.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: Reiner was able to voluntarily redirect his brain functions to his Titan's brain to survive a devastating blow to his human spinal cord. It's unknown if the other Shifters can do this, but that certainly wasn't very human of him.
- Body Horror: Merged with the flesh of their Titan form when transformed, and while healing their bodies can be fairly horrible to look at.
- Cannibalism Superpower: Regular Titans become Titan Shifters by devouring and absorbing the powers of another Shifter. Ymir regained human form and became one after devouring Marcel, while Bertolt hints he and Reiner may have undergone the same process in the past.
- Cast From Hitpoints: Hange theorized, and Armin realized in chapter 81, that using Titan abilities puts tremendous strain on Titan bodies, and for proof The Colossal Titan is becoming thinner as it fights Eren and Armin's squad.
- Conditional Powers: They are able to spend enormous amounts of energy every time they transform and fight (which partly explains why the Mindless Titans are so morose comparatively), but this puts limits to the time they can spend in Titan form.
- Equivalent Exchange: This is the ugly truth behind Titan shifting; any Titan who consumes a Titan Shifter will gain their normal body back as well as the power to transform into one of the nine Titans themselves... but, their human body will progressively weaken from there on out and they will die in 13 years.
- Healing Factor: Like regular Titans, but they also heal quickly while in human form. They can regrow lost limbs in a matter of hours.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: It's known they are trying to destroy the Walls, but no one is sure why. It doesn't help that none have even tried to offer an explanation, beyond stating their actions are Necessarily Evil.
- Humongous Mecha: Their Titan form is essentially a flesh-and-blood version, "piloted" through a physical connection between their real body and the Titan body.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Subverted. Their lack of interest in eating humans is actually significant, and used by Armin as one qualification for a potential Shifter (as opposed to an Aberrant). The Female Titan actively spits out victims she's killed with her teeth, while Bertolt only eats a victim in order to steal his equipment.
- Insistent Terminology: They refer to themselves as "warriors" as opposed to human "soldiers", but the meaning behind the distinction hasn't been elaborated on. For instance, when Reiner thinks he's a hero fighting for humanity he's the "Soldier", but when he knows he's the villain out to kill all humans, he's the "Warrior", and after The Reveal actively identifies his two personas as such.
- Instant Armor: A Titan form functions as this to the Shifter, as their real body remains embedded deep within layers of Titan flesh and protected from harm. The Armored Titan and the Female Titan take it a step further, generating literal instant armor.
- Lovecraftian Superpower: Shifters all possess varying powers, including a Healing Factor and organic Instant Armor.
- Morphic Resonance: As a general rule, Titans will look like the humans that generated them. The Dancing Titan subverts this, looking nothing like Ymir but in fact having some traits that clearly belonged to Marcel, who she ate to gain such a Titan form. The one aversion is the Beast Titan, which looks absolutely nothing like its generator. The Rogue Titan both downplays it, because its appearance is a mix of Eren's own and his father's Titan. Finally, as the series goes on, it's becoming clear that this works the opposite way too. Bertholdt and Reiner, seen inside their Titans, have started taking on traits of those Titans, such as a plated jaw and brow for Reiner and the flesh tendons on the face for Bertholdt. Why this happens isn't clear.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: The Titan Shifters are noted to be tougher than humans, allowing them to survive injuries that would kill a normal person. Ymir survives internal injuries that are described as making her insides "like a scrambled egg", while Bertolt suffers a severed jugular and still manages to transform and fight.
- One-Winged Angel: Their Titan forms serve as this for the shifters.
- Outside-Context Problem: Like the normal Titans before them, their appearance was completely unexpected by the humans within the Walls and no one knows where they come from.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Especially the Colossal Titan and the Armored Titan, though the Female Titan holds the highest direct body count, at least until the Beast comes along.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: Implied. Literally the only thing known about their culture and society is their Insistent Terminology and their exceptional fighting abilities. Even the meekest of them is terrifying when provoked.
- Self-Harm: Their power is activated by injury, usually self-inflicted. So far, we've seen them bite themselves or cut their hands with knives, though injuries inflicted by others also seem to work.
- Shared Unusual Trait: All Shifters from the Homeland have a Titan with no skin. Even the Armored Titan, which appears to have skin, has it hardened into armor and where there isn't any the muscular flesh underneath is visible.
- Soldier vs. Warrior: They're the warriors to the human soldiers, being much more powerful and independent in their actions than the opposing Redshirt Army, and have no apparent organization. They're shown to be competitive and enjoy combat, but the guilt of killing so many people is taking a toll on their sanity. Why they're doing this regardless is still unrevealed.
- Superpower Lottery: Their special abilities, which put them on a level far beyond any regular Titan.
- Super Soldier: Noticeably stronger and tougher than ordinary humans, even before factoring in their Healing Factor and ability to transform. Only Mikasa ranked higher than them, and Ymir ranked so low only because she intentionally held back to give Krista the 10th rank.
- Sympathetic Murderer: Once their identities are revealed, all turn out to be sympathetic regardless of the blood on their hands.
- Tainted Veins: After emerging from their Titan, they have strange marks around their eyes likely from pulling free from their fleshy anchoring.
- They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: Part of what makes the Titan Shifters so dangerous, according to the military: their population and goals are totally unknown. They can blend in perfectly with the humans, and they end up learning this the hard way.
- Tragic Villain: None of them are particularly happy about the things they're doing, and have suffered extreme trauma as a result.
- Training from Hell: Even compared to human soldiers, their training is implied to be intense. The humans may be Child Soldiers, but the Shifters are high-yield Tyke Bombs. Annie learned all her martial arts skills before the age of ten.
- Trapped in Villainy: Bertolt explicitly states they can't accept a Last-Second Chance, and are unable to abandon their mission.
- Tyke Bomb: The vast majority of Titan Shifters are this, making them exceptionally dangerous compared to a regular Titan.
- Ultimate Evil: The Shifters we've seen are powerful enough to wipe out humanity, but they're nothing more than mooks working for an unseen faction.
- The Unreveal: While it's shown that some Titan Shifters retain memories of the previous Shifters they've eaten, it's not known what triggers or hinders them, to what extent these are retained or blocked, or whether they can willingly access them.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: They've caused the deaths of more than a quarter of a million people, and have brought humanity to the brink of extinction, but they're really just psychologically scarred teenagers. When pushed too far, they become equal parts sympathetic and utterly terrifying.
- You Have Failed Me: Based on the reactions of the Shifters we've seen, they are terrified of failing whoever commands them. Ymir explicitly states they can't return empty-handed, offering to be a "souvenir" in hopes of gaining mercy for them.
- Your Days Are Numbered: Titan Shifters have a limited lifespan after gaining their powers, an estimate of thirteen years. Blood from the Mouth is enough proof of their bodies breaking down from the strain. Make matters worse, if the powers aren't passed on directly through the creation of another titan shifter, the power will just go off to someone else randomly.
Marley-controlled Eldian Titan Shifters / "Warriors"Individuals of Eldian descent handpicked from their ghettos in Marley who are coerced by the Marley government to infiltrate the Three Walls and take control of Paradis Island in order to exterminate the extant Eldians, exploit the island for natural resources and obtain the "Coordinate" from the Eldian Royal Family; this, without eliciting the awakening of the millions of Titans embedded within the three walls.In the original myth, the Eldian Ymir Fritz gained the Titan powers from the Devil and imparted them unto nine Titans to subdue the Marleyans, an ancient empire in the continent. Seven of these Titan powers are supposedly under Marleyan control now, and are used by the government for the infiltration by giving them to a select few candidates. Out of these seven, only six are known (including the Dancing Titan, who was unwittingly granted to an individual who is not controlled by the Marleyans), while another one was revealed later in the story.
"That day, humanity remembered... the terror of being ruled by them. The humiliation of being kept in a cage."The first Titan seen in the series, as well as the second largest seen thus far, with an estimated height of 60 meters (200 feet). It puts into motion the events of the story by breaking through Wall Maria, allowing an invasion of Titans into human territory for the first time in a century.
- Arch-Enemy: Eren saw it as this for breaking Wall Maria and thus causing the destruction of his home and the death of his mother.
- Belly Flop Crushing: Used to great effect during the battle between Eren and the Armored Titan.
- Big Bad: It's the iconic Titan that quite literally kicks off the plot by breaching Wall Maria. But this ends up being Subverted. He's actually just a lackey for an unknown group, and Ymir even refers to him as a "small fry" while claiming killing him won't accomplish a thing.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: He's somehow able to access the contents of his stomach while transformed, allowing him to steal and equip the gear of a soldier by swallowing him whole. Likewise, he's able to swallow Ymir whole and later emerge from his Titan form carrying her in his arms.
- Body Horror: A 60-meter tall skinless horror, with a disproportionate body.
- Co-Dragons: With the Armored Titan, as the two work together to carry out the destruction of the Walls.
- David vs. Goliath: His demise is a result of Eren and Armin taking him out, the former in his human form. All through sacrifice and trickery.
- Death by Irony: One of the biggest, baddest, and most intimidating Titans ever seen is eaten alive in its human form by a Titan that would be normally be cannon fodder to it- and it goes out screaming and begging for its life like any other human would do to boot.
- Disc One Final Boss: Presents the greatest threat in the series, until its true identity is revealed. Then, it's pretty clear it's merely a lackey and whatever is coming next probably won't be good for humanity.
- The Dreaded: The largest Titan ever seen, and the only one capable of breaking the Outer Walls. The possibility that it can reappear at any time and break down the rest of the Walls is a constant source of dread for humanity.
- Elemental Powers: It has the ability to super-heat its body, which allows it to produce scalding blasts of steam as a defensive mechanism.
- Evil Duo: With the Armored Titan.
- Evil Is Bigger: It's sixty metres tall, and it's certainly towers over Eren's Rogue Titan form.
- Fantastic Nuke: Its transformation in chapter 78 actually creates a mushroom cloud like what occurred in Hiroshima at the end of World War 2.
- Four is Death: The Colossal Titan appears four times over the course of the series, with its fourth appearance resulting in not only its defeat, but also the death of its human pilot, Bertolt.
- Giant Mook: While all Titans tower over humans, the Colossal Titan towers over those Titans.
- Glass Cannon: While it is perhaps the strongest and most destructive titan, it still goes down in one hit once the Survey Corp catches it in a trap and Eren cuts Bertolt out of it.
- Green Eyes: The same dark, muted shade he has in his human form.
- The Heavy: Literally kicks off the plot by kicking Wall Maria, shattering the illusion of peace that lasted a century.
- Heel–Face Door-Slam: An unusual case. When it seems that it might get such an opportunity, it preemptively slams the door shut itself, right in Eren's face, and is then shocked and confused that Eren's enraged by this action.
- Hit-and-Run Tactics: Its modus operandi in a nutshell, which is terrifying considering its massive size. It appears seemingly out of nowhere, does massive damage to the Wall, and vanishes just as quickly. This becomes a key piece of evidence that he's a Titan Shifter infiltrating the military, using their equipment and training to aid in his escape.
- Irony: Actually an exceptionally meek and soft spoken youth that doesn't enjoy his mission at all.
- It Can Think: During the battle in Trost, Eren notices that it deliberately targets the wall-mounted cannons and is able to identify the gate as the weakest point in the Wall, and concludes that it must be intelligent.
- Kaiju: It's a 60 meters (roughly 200 feet) tall skinless steaming monstrosity, with enough strength to destroy the Walls.
- Karmic Death: Has actually eaten people, and aided other Titans in doing so (most infamously by kicking a whole through the wall). He's ultimately Eaten Alive himself by Armin (who he himself was responsible for nearly killing) in the process of turning Armin into a Titan Shifter.
- Leitmotif: XL-TT, with plenty of Ominous Chanting.
- Logical Weakness: As noted by Armin, the Colossal Titan expends significantly more energy over a shorter period of time due to its size, causing noticeable deterioration of it's body. It expends even more energy and deteriorates even faster when using it's steam attack, which is later exploited by Armin to weaken it's flesh to the point where Eren could slice into it and rip Bertolt right out.
- Mighty Glacier: Immensely powerful, but slow. Despite being very dangerous to humanity as a whole, it soon becomes evident he's not nearly as deadly in direct combat as other Titans. It's simply too slow, when human soldiers are used to dealing with smaller, faster Titans. This means that it's mostly unable to catch anyone that climbs on it, making it mostly useless against the 3D Maneuver. Makes sense, as the Colossal Titan is essentially a siege unit, not a warrior. That's why it needs the Armored Titan to breach the inner gates, which are not as easy to reach. It also mirrors Bertolt's personality quite well, as well as his relationship with Reiner.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Only noticeable if you're looking for it, but that's way more teeth than anything close to human should have.
- Morphic Resonance: Careful observation reveals it shares Bertolt's bone structure, including his big nose and deep-set Green Eyes. In human form, Bertolt is unusually tall with long limbs, a trait taken to the extreme in his Titan form.
- Now that its power has been transferred over to Armin, the Colossal Titan's appearance has changed (to what extent is unknown at the moment, as Armin has yet to Shift).
- No Body Left Behind: An extreme example, even by Titan standards. It vanishes quite literally in seconds, leaving nothing behind.
- No Sell: While the Rogue Titan is able to fight evenly with the Armored Titan, the Colossal Titan is four times as big, making the Rogue Titan's attacks pitifully ineffective.
- Perpetual Frowner: Judging from the shape of the lips and tendons around its mouth, it's actually frowning.
- Person of Mass Destruction: At least, as much as a Titan can be considered a person.
- Red Is Violent: It's red muscles are exposed by its lack of skin. It kicked down Wall Maria and thus doomed countless humans.
- Square/Cube Law: Notably obeys this more closely than the other Titans: it's immensely slow compared to most Titans, and has much smaller arms and head compared to his massive legs and body, as if his massive bulk needs more support.
- Secret Identity: Suspected of having one, which leaves Erwin uncertain of who can be trusted within the military. It turns out to be the meek and soft-spoken Bertolt Hoover.
- Series Mascot: Featured prominently in official materials and merchandise, as well as launching quite a few memes.
- Single-Stroke Battle: Guess what happens when the Rogue Titan tries to tackle it in a desperate attempt to take it down? Yep, he's promptly kicked across the city and embedded in Wall Maria. Down for the count.
- Slasher Smile: Only at first glance: check Perpetual Frowner above.
- Smoke Out: It constantly emits clouds of steam, and vanishes into one after attacking Trost.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Despite being 60 meters tall, it is able to appear and disappear without warning. This leads Hange to theorize about its true nature. The immediate generation of the Titan body is a power all Shifters possess, but only Bertholdt can disintegrate his entire Titan in seconds. This is an important aid to secrecy, as if it took as long as other Titans to burn its massive body away, it would give humans time to gain information on it.
- Swallowed Whole: It does this to two victims, and for good reason. One he needs intact gear from, the other he wanted alive.
- Took a Level in Badass: Come Chapter 79, roles have been reversed as now he's pulling more weight than his cohort, the Armored Titan. Yes.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: More than the other Shifters. Not only is it capable of creating or destroying its Titan body in the blink of an eye, it's also capable of slowing the disintegration to create a protective cloud of superheated steam. It even appears to have control over the contents of its stomach; after swallowing someone wearing ODM gear, it comes out wearing it.
"What... is that thing?!"A Titan with advanced strength and agility, this Titan is muscularly well-built and has a hunched profile. While the Colossal Titan created the initial breach in Wall Maria, this Titan purposefully broke down the gate leading from the town into the Wall's interior.
— Garrison Soldiers
- Achilles' Heel: Hange figures out that there are gaps in the armor around its knees, much like a real suit of armor would need to allow free movement.
- The Achilles Heel that all Titans possess, the napes of their necks, is guarded by armor at all times. However, this ends up doubly averted, when it's broken through and Reiner's head is destroyed along with his nape. He is still alive, and has at this point now twice performed a No Sell to otherwise lethal attacks.
- An Arm and a Leg: Eren tears one of his arms off during their battle, and Mikasa severs the tendons in his knees in order to cripple him temporarily.
- Art Evolution: Its appearance has changed significantly since the beginning of the manga, going from a lean build much like the Rogue Titan to its better known, Linebacker-like Heroic Build. This is likely a matter of Isayama's increasing skill as an artist, as design sketches and the anime both use the heavier build.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: The reason the Armored Titan's eyes are constantly glowing? Even its eyes are armored. They even aren't destroyed when the Survey Corps' gas-propelled spears are shot right into them—they're shown fractured like glass, one to such an extent that the pupil and iris are visible directly underneath.
- Boxing Lessons for Superman: His military training only makes Reiner more dangerous in his Titan form, allowing him to take full advantage of his strength and durability to devastate his opponents.
- Co-Dragons: With the Colossal Titan, as they work together to destroy the Walls. The failure of the Armored Titan to appear at Trost was pivotal in saving not only the town, but Wall Rose itself.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Surprisingly ends up on the receiving end against the Beast Titan.
- Disc One Final Boss: He ends up being this more directly than his partner, bringing most of the cast to the very brink of death before being routed by Eren's Eleventh Hour Superpower. Ymir refers to him as a "small fry", and predicts that what is coming next will be much worse for humanity.
- The Dreaded: Carries an utterly fearsome reputation, as the other Titan capable of breaching the Walls. It's considered to be completely unstoppable, and humanity fears it nearly as much as the Colossal Titan.
- Eye Scream: The Survey Corps newly designed "Thunder Spears" successfully manage to penetrate his armor-coated eyes and explode, completely blinding him.
- Faster Than They Look: It's fairly lumbering... until it starts discarding pieces of armor. Then it turns into a flat out Lightning Bruiser, although at the risk of being more vulnerable to attacks.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Glowing, golden eyes.
- Hair Color Spoiler: Shares Reiner's short-cropped blond hair, though some art makes it look lighter.
- Heavily Armored Mook: When asked, Eren notes it didn't look that different from a normal Titan. He'd be wrong, since it's actually Reiner and therefore considerably more dangerous than a normal Titan.
- Heel–Face Door-Slam: Along with the Colossal Titan, when it appears that the opportunity might arise, it preemptively slams the door shut itself, and is just as confused by Eren's rage regarding this action.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: It becomes significantly more dangerous once it seems to realize that the Rogue Titan is not fooling around, implying that it was holding back initially.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: After Eren is rescued, he panics and begins throwing the Titans attacking him to block the soldiers' escape route.
- Irony: Actually a Bruiser with a Soft Center, and as a result emotionally and psychologically the weakest of the Titan agents.
- It Can Think: More subtle than other examples, but still noticeable in the anime-only introduction scene. It assumes a running stance prior to charging the gate, and lowers its head when fired on by cannons.
- The Juggernaut: A terrifying, nigh-unstoppable force introduced shrugging off cannon fire and charging straight through the internal gate of Wall Maria.
- Lightning Bruiser: When it sheds its joint armor, it becomes this with a major boost to speed and mobility. The soldiers observing its battle with Eren are shocked when it suddenly begins moving quickly.
- Mighty Glacier: Its armor provides incredible strength and durability, but at a cost of speed and mobility. It is much slower than other Titans, and requires a good running start to build up any momentum.
- Monster Knight: Turns out to be one due to its Secret Identity.
- Morphic Resonance: Shares Reiner's hair and build.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: The thing would be terrifying enough without being almost impossible to damage in any way. Swords shatter uselessly and even cannon fire bounces off its skin without causing damage. He is so tough that he is able to stand the Colossal Titan falling on him and still walk. Later, its armor isn't even hurt when the Colossal Titan erupts into being directly on top of it, despite the explosion being so monstrous it's easily visible for miles.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His design is partially based on Brock Lesnar.
- No Sell: Excels in using this trope. In the closest use to trope origin, because of its armor, even the absurdly strong Rogue Titan just gets its limbs broken when punching it, while the Armored Titan itself is completely unaffected. He can choose to do this with his joints, sealing off the gaps in his armor that could be exploited. And later, in the more typical usage, when Reiner's exposed nape is hit with an explosive attack that should almost certainly be a guaranteed kill, he and his Titan start to move, and the latter roars.
- Overheating: Implied, as it exhales steam during strenuous activity.
- Perpetual Expression: Because of the armor covering its face, it's incapable of moving most of it. It does have lips it can move underneath, noticeable in the anime's second episode. Double points, because its eyes are always glowing a bright gold, meaning it's impossible to tell what the Armored Titan feels or even who it's looking at.
- Person of Mass Destruction: At least, as much as a Titan can be considered a person.
- Ramming Always Works: How it destroys the inner gate of Zhiganshina.
- Rated M for Manly: In the official guidebook, each Titan has a gag rating. The Armored Titan has a perfect 10 for "Machismo".
- Sculpted Physique: Its armor plates give it an almost robotic appearance.
- Secret Identity: Suspected of having one, which leaves Erwin uncertain who can be trusted within the military. It turns out to be Reiner Braun.
- Shed Armor, Gain Speed: It's capable of shedding the armor at its joints, granting increased mobility and speed. This is a risky gamble, however, as it creates an Achilles' Heel that can be exploited by a skilled soldier. Mikasa does exactly that, slicing the backs of his knees and leaving him temporarily crippled.
- Shout-Out: Its physical appearance is based on MMA fighter Brock Lesnar, according to the creator.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: That glow, for extra good measure.
- Super Strength: The only Titan other than the Colossal Titan capable of destroying the Walls, due to its armored body and massive strength. To put it into perspective, it's stronger than the Rogue Titan, whose monstrous strength is one of the traits that make it fearsome.
- Super Toughness: Ultimately, its defining trait is its monstrous ability to shrug off attacks.
- Wall Crawl: In the Battle of Shiganshina, it climbs Wall Maria alarmingly fast.
"That's no Aberrant. It's intelligent!"A Titan which attacks the expedition sent to Wall Maria. The only Titan thus far to have a female body shape (though, like all Titans, it lacks any actual reproductive organs).
- Attack Its Weak Point: In a shocking reversal of human tactics versus Titans, it knows about Maneuver Gear weaknesses and how grabbing the wires renders the user completely helpless. This is part of what makes Armin deduce how intelligent it is.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Presumably the reason it didn't kill Armin when she slaughtered her way through the Survey Corps.
- Body Horror: Its body is only partially covered in skin, with large swaths of exposed muscle or even bone in the case of its hands. The effect is pretty horrifying. During the battle with Survey Corps, it's also subjected to various types of mutilation.
- Furthermore, she has to tear the skin around her jaw to open her mouth up all the way.
- Boobs of Steel: Somewhat ludicrous, as Titans have no need for breasts. Also somewhat literal, as they appear to be enormous muscle rather than fatty tissue (in which this Titan is noticeably lacking).
- Broken Tears: As the Survey Corps leaves the forest, Levi looks back to see her crying.
- Creepy Blue Eyes: Pale, and way too intense.
- Cry Cute: In the aftermath of her battle with Levi and Mikasa, Levi takes one final look in her direction and sees her sitting against a tree, weeping. However, her actual feelings in that moment remain a mystery and it isn't clear whether her tears are because of remorse, frustration, or something else. Nevertheless, it provides a hint that she's more than a ruthless monster and serves to humanize her.
- On that note, it's interesting that she's one of very few Titans that are capable of showing the full range of human facial expressions. This serves to further humanize her.
- In the anime, she's seen crying as she crystallizes herself to avoid capture/consumption.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Slaughters its way through the entire right flank of the Survey Corps formation. Levi, Mikasa, and Eren are the only ones who survive direct combat. It's not so lucky the second time, however.
- Curb Stomp Cushion: The Survey Corps does not let her go unscathed in her rampage. The elite squad, Eren, then Levi show that even if they can't slay it then at least she's not invincible to their attacks.
- Dark Action Girl: Distinctly female, and the most deadly Titan ever encountered. While the Colossal Titan and the Armored Titan present a threat to the Walls, the Female Titan is not only an intensely physical fighter but seems to enjoy killing for the sake of killing.
- Deadly Dodging: Played a role in its defeat of the Rogue Titan, turning his reckless attacks against him.
- Decoy Getaway: After being captured, she used a horde of Titans to destroy her Titan body while Annie herself was able to make a getaway in all the confusion.
- Defensive Feint Trap: Implied to have used this purposefully when it drops its arm covering its weak point as bait for Mikasa then attacking when said person takes the bait. She survives, though only because of Levi's lightning fast perception and movement.
- Disc One Final Boss: The final boss of the first season, though clearly not the true Big Bad.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Named for its thus far unique appearance.
- Eye Scream: In an effort to slow it down, its eyes are stabbed out on multiple occasions.
- Petra and Eld slashed her eyes out at one point.
- Levi stabbed both of his blades into her eyes, but disconnected the blades and left them in her eye sockets so that they wouldn't heal properly.
- During the Human Pincushion incident, in the manga, we get a painfully close close-up on her eye, which has a hook stuck in it. Keep in mind that these hooks are the size of guitar necks.
- In the anime, Eren gives her a bad one during their second fight. He pins her down and squeezes her face so hard that her eyes pop out just before he crushes her face like a stress ball. This is especially notable because of how during the other times, she just took it without a sound, and when this happened, she was seen clutching her face and screeching in very obvious pain.
- Fanservice: It doesn't look that different from a human, so for those who can get past how she has no skin...
- Fan Disservice: A naked woman with a nice physique... and no skin.
- Femme Fatalons: It's shown to be able to grow them.
- Fighting Fingerprint: Eren recognizes that it uses Annie's unique fighting style.
- Fights Like a Normal: And that's what makes it so dangerous.
- Fingore: Reiner slices several of its fingers off. Later, when it attempts its Wall Crawl, Mikasa slices them off.
- Foreshadowing: At one point during its attack on the Survey Corps, Reiner barely escapes getting crushed by it and cuts his way through its hand. Afterwards, it oddly pauses for a moment to stare at said hand instead of immediately pursuing. It was because Reiner carved into her hand (what he thought was) Eren's location in the formation, as he is working with her as another Human Titan.
- Giant Foot of Stomping: Used in the least comical way possible, and to great effect.
- Gemstone Assault: She can crystallize her skin in order to protect her weak spot or enhance the power of her punches. With a crystallized fist, she can break the Rogue Titan's jaw off with one punch.
- Glasgow Grin: When opening its mouth so wide to capture Eren, it tears its face apart. Strangely, despite its cheek muscles then ripped apart, it can still open and close its jaws. However, when Levi slices open those same mouth muscles, she is unable to prevent her jaw from opening, nor close it to prevent him taking Eren.
- Hair Color Spoiler: The anime's emphasis on her blonde hair and Creepy Blue Eyes makes it a hell of a lot easier to make an estimated guess on her true identity.
- Hero Killer: Murders Levi's entire elite squad as well as several squad captains and many more regular soldiers.
- Human Pincushion: Hange's trap fires wooden poles into all her joints, completely paralyzing her in the process.
- Implacable Woman: She relentlessly pursues Eren during the 57th Expedition, leaving a path of carnage and destruction in her wake. Even the best countermeasures thought up by Hange and Erwin barely slow her down, as she tears her way through people, giant trees, and traps alike to pursue her target. Her enhanced speed, regeneration, and ability to harden her skin would be frightening enough without the sheer determination she shows in going after Eren. It's only when she's hunted down, cornered, and suffering a Villainous B.S.O.D. that she abandons her pursuit of Eren and attempts to flee.
- Impostor Forgot One Detail: The Female Titan makes a point of not harming any of the members of the Southern 104th Trainee Corps, narrowing down its identity after more glaring aspects came to light.
- Instant Armor: Partially. It can selectively harden parts of its skin, forming crystal strong enough to shatter the military's blades.
- It Can Think: Its high body count testifies how deadly an intelligent Titan can be. It was smart enough to cover the back of its neck when fighting and knows how 3DMG works so it just grabs the grappling-hook wires.
- Lightning Bruiser: Incredibly fast and agile, able to outrun the Survey Corps' horses and is perhaps the fastest Titan ever encountered. She's also tough, thanks to an unique ability to crystalize her skin.
- Male Gaze: Reiner refers to it as having a "nice ass". Considering said ass is only partially covered in skin, he was probably being sarcastic.
- More Deadly Than the Male: She has the highest kill count among all Titans — she kills around 30 soldiers on-screen in the anime and is implied to have killed many more.
- Morphic Resonance: The anime amps up how much she really resembles Annie, right down to the large nose.
- My God, What Have I Done?: She is visibly shocked when she accidentally kills a bunch of civilians in a church in Episode 25 of the anime. Her horrified expression is more visible in the manga however.
- There's another (anime-only) example in the same episode. Blink and you'll miss it, but she makes a noticeably pained/guilty expression after she bashes the Rogue Titan's head in. Annie clearly cares for Eren.
- Off with His Head!: Happens to her during her second fight with the Rogue Titan.
- Oh, Crap!: During her rematch with the Rogue Titan, she ends up fleeing in terror. The mortified expression of desperation on her face makes clear before she even starts trying.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Its hair almost always hangs in its face, partially concealing it from view. This, combined with its glowing blue eyes peering out makes it quite eerie.
- Replacement Goldfish: Invoked. It's not known whether she was part of the Marley plans for the Titan Powers in the first place, given her human form's (Annie's) shown reluctance, disgust and shame towards the mission. As such, there is a considerable possibility that she was sent to replace the individual that lost the Dancing Titan Power (Marcel) when he was eaten by a random mindless Titan.
- Sadist: It may be one, given how many Cruel and Unusual Deaths it dishes out. In the manga, she was seen grinning right before she spun one particularly unfortunate soldier around incredibly fast by his 3D Gear wires.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: During her second battle with Titan!Eren, she eventually gives up on kidnapping him and desperately tries to escape instead.
- Secret Identity: The Female Titan's true identity is Annie Leonhart.
- Signature Move: A Muay Thai high-kick to the head from the side, shown from start-to-finish in detail, and compounded with a hardened shin and foot for good measure. This is one of the major clues that she's Annie. When she does this to the Rogue Titan, she takes his head clean off the first time and comes close to doing it again the second time.
- Shout-Out: Her fighting style is very much reminiscent to Ronda Rousey and Gina Carano (Bonus points in that Carano starts as a Muay Thai fighter and has only obtained a single draw and loss).
- Slasher Smile: The anime highlights this when it's finally found Eren.
- The Slow Walk: Presented in Episode 24 of the anime. She's utterly unconcerned about the elite fighting force headed her way.
- Sympathetic Murderer: Once revealed to be Annie.
- Trampled Underfoot: Does this to several unfortunate soldiers and civilians. It's actually an important plot point — she's one of the first Titans shown not to eat her prey, hinting that she's different from the others.
- Villainous Breakdown: During her second fight with Eren, she goes from expressionless, to fearful, to desperate, to downright terrified as she tries to escape Wall Sina. The last one comes when she realizes that she's falling with no way to climb back up, and with a very pissed off Eren in Titan form waiting for her below.
- Walking Spoiler: First Titan Shifter known after Eren and proving not only are there Shifters hostile to humans within the Walls, but also that they are intelligently infiltrating the population. Proving the Titan problem is far from the simple one it might appear to be.
- Wall Crawl: Tries to climb Wall Sina in her attempt to escape human capture. Mikasa chops through her fingers before she can reach the top.
- Worf Had the Flu: Late in the forest battle it's noted to be tired as indicated by a major drop in speed. Possibly affecting its battle with the resident aces of the Survey Corps.
"My word, they really do think up interesting things."A strange, ape-like Titan first seen within Wall Rose. It quickly leads multiple attacks upon the Survey Corps, showing incredible intelligence and the ability to speak the human tongue fluently. It transformed the people of Ragako into Titans, and locating it was part of the Titan Shifters' mission within human territory. Stated to be "testing" mankind's strength, it vanished beyond Wall Maria after stealing military equipment to study. He's been revealed as Grisha's first son from long before he met Eren's mother.
- Animalistic Abomination: Unlike the other Titans who simply resemble large, disproportionate humans, the Beast Titan is more like a sasquatch or other ape. And that's not even beginning to describe what makes it such an abomination compared to the other Titans. With its uncanny aiming, intelligence, ability to command other Titans at will, and most horrifically of all the ability to turn people into Titans. The other Titans are more akin to just overgrown monsters that can't even think: the Beast Titan is an odd, confusing, horrific creature that's just wrong, even when compared to other Titans. Turns out he's a fellow Titan Shifter.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: This seems to be the way it sees Titan Shifter culture. Lower ranked Titans must be completely obedient to their superiors, without reservation. In the event that an order is not acceptable, the lower ranked Titan can challenge its superior to single combat. If it wins, it's the new boss. If it loses, it can find itself being fed to another "warrior" who will be more "appreciative" of its unique gifts. It's strong enough to defeat the Armored Titan without any apparent injury.
- Bad Boss: When a Titan fails to obey it, the Beast Titan casually crushes its skull as punishment. This seems to only apply to mindless Titans. He's encouraging to Bertolt and Reiner when they reveal their fears that Annie is being tortured. He did, however, warn Reiner that if Reiner challenges him again and fails to beat him, he'll be fed to another Titan Shifter.
- Most notably, it has no problem throwing boulders with the force of cannon fire through its own army.
- Big Bad: Speculated to be this, as its appearance proves to be an entirely new threat to humanity's survival.
- Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: More so than any ape he looks like a classic if enormous Bigfoot. The calm way it walks about rather recalls the infamous Patterson Film.
- Creepily Long Arms: Almost long enough to touch its ankles.
- Dissonant Serenity: This thing is calm, unhurried, and (sorta) polite while surrounded by Titans. Somehow makes it even more disturbing.
- Does Not Know His Own Strength: It was surprised when it accidentally crushed a boulder to dust in its hand.
- Faux Affably Evil: Politely asks Mike about his equipment and removes it without harming him. It then proceeds to tell the other Titans that they may have their way with him, since it's finished with its business. When Mike begins screaming in horror and agony, it even jokes that apparently he can speak after all.
- General Ripper: Is dead set on capturing "the coordinate" and killing or converting every last man, woman, and child within the walls, regardless of the cost. It will even send subordinates into certain death situations if it thinks that will advance this goal, even slightly.
- Genius Bruiser: Its intelligence is 11/10 in the databook. Making it the smartest character of the manga. Emphasis on the "bruiser" part as well, considering it managed to beat Reiner in Titan form without looking too beat up.
- Go Ye Heroes, Go and Die: Invoked. He expresses annoyance at the fact that the Reiss family has set up a system where they use young men and women as little more than cannon fodder against the titans in a misguided cry for heroism. This is, while he's mowing down Erwin's last horseback charge with the Survey Corps against him.
- Hero Killer: It knocks Mike, the Survey Corps' 2nd strongest soldier, off a roof and proceeds to politely ask him questions. When it's done with him, it feeds him to its minion Titans. It later begins the second wave of the siege on Castle Utgard by killing Rene and Henning by throwing chunks of the Wall at them... and then summons more Titans to finish off the survivors. Now, as of Chapter 81, Erwin is on death's door, and this Titan is personally responsible.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Throws things with impeccable aim. Includes almost nailing Mike with a thrown horse, and destroying a tower of Castle Utgard with a chunk of Wall Rose from a mile away.
- Irony: One of the only Titans who can fluently speak a human language thus far happens to be one of the most inhuman looking ones, as he appears as more of a giant ape than a person.
- It Can Think: Not only is it the most intelligent character in the series, it can speak the human language fluently. Less surprising after it's revealed that he is human. He is still one of the first Shifters seen who can speak fluently in Titan form.
- Jerkass: He approached a completely helpless Mike, ripped off his 3-D gear, and because Mike was too awe-struck by the fact that the Beast could talk in his own language to respond, ordered the army of Titans to kill him, as an afterthought.
- Karma Houdini: In chapter 81. After Levi manages to slice him out of his titan form and planned to feed him to any survivor of the scouting legion, the Mule Titan comes along and snatches him up in its mouth.
- Knight Templar: Is truly convinced that Shifter society is the epitome of righteousness, and the people within the walls are irredeemably evil. Nothing, not even pointing out its own actions is going to change its mind about this.
- Large and in Charge: It's at least 17 meters tall, larger than even the biggest Titans (bar the Colossal one) and it is able to command other Titans, as well as lead them in organized attacks against the human forces.
- Living MacGuffin: Implied to be one. Ymir suggests that Reiner and Bertholdt may know what it is or have something to do with it.
- Maniac Monkeys: Its body proportions make it resemble a Killer Gorilla.
- Monster Progenitor: It possesses the power to transform humans into Titans, through some unknown means.
- Moral Myopia: To truly incomprehensible levels. After everything it's done, and the orders it has given, and the consequences it promises for failing to obey said orders, it has the gall to call the humans within the walls an "evil race." What's worse, it bemoans the fact that the Reiss bloodline has wiped the memories of the people within the walls, and knows they've done nothing wrong.
- Outside-Context Problem: One enormous, furry enigma wrapped in a question mark. It would almost seem comical if it weren't so damn scary.
- Right for the Wrong Reasons: As he blurts out, he and his fellow titans operate against humanity under the assumption that the Reiss family is still in power; as of the latter part of the manga, he's not exactly wrong, as Historia Reiss has been crowned Queen, yet she lacks the subjugating powers of her family and she is little more than a figurehead.
- Simple, yet Awesome: One of its favorite means of dispatching enemies is to throw rocks, which, in the hands of a Titan, is a deadly prospect. It can throw large rocks with such high speed and accuracy that they're very difficult to avoid and all but lethal to humans.
- Slasher Smile: Breaks into a pretty creepy one at the end of chapter 74.
- Tom the Dark Lord: This horrifying entity's real name? Zeke. And not just Zeke, but Zeke Yeager!
- Zeke could be short for Ezekiel, which means God strengthens (people also interpret Zeke to this phrase as well). Considering his Knight Templar personality, this could lead to a meaningful name for him.
- Walking Spoiler: It heralds many horrifying possibilities about the nature of Titans, triggers a chain of terrible reveals, and leaves a village missing and many high-ranked officers dead in its wake.
- Wall Crawl: Scales Wall Rose before his attack on Castle Utgard.
- We Have Reserves: Not only does he throw boulders through his own attacking Titan army, he orders the few that he has left to attack Levi so he can run away.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness:
- As soon as Mike is no longer interesting, it feeds him to other Titans. As an afterthought.
- It threatens Reiner with this if he challenges him again and loses.
An odd Titan who works with the Beast, Armored, and Colossal Titans in their battle with the Survey Corps. Unlike the more humanoid Titans, its limbs are proportioned to make it a quadruped. Being highly intelligent, it acted as a scout to alert Zeke of the arrival of the Survey Corps prior to the battle.
- Berserk Button: Hurting Zeke is a great way to end up as a snack, as Levi nearly found out.
- It Can Think: One of the first things Erwin does upon seeing it is figure out it's a Shifter, not a mindless Titan. It was also introduced speaking with Zeke.
- Lethal Joke Character: Its first few appearances emphasize its bizarre proportions and show shots of its buttocks, but it's incredibly fast, agile, and with a massive, elongated mouth, it can eat people just as easily as regular Titans can. The Mule Titan is also the only reason that Zeke and Reiner were able to escape with their lives from the Battle to reclaim Wall Maria. Levi and Hange nearly meet brutal ends at its jaws.
- Non-Action Guy: Despite being a Titan, it's far more content to act as a beast of burden than as an actual combatant. That being said, it's still highly dangerous, and since its mount is on the nape of its neck, it's very difficult to take down.
- Running on All Fours: Its main distinguishing trait is that its limbs are proportioned to allow this.
- Villainous Rescue: The Mule Titan manages to save the lives of both Zeke and Reiner during the course of the Battle to reclaim Wall Maria. Of course, it also attempted to bite Levi and Hange in half in the process.
Eldian Titan Shifters and Mindless TitansTitans that emerged from the Eldians, Ymir's People, that settled in Paradis Island and were confined within the Three Walls by the First King, or from the penitent Eldians sent by the Marleyans from the ghettos to endlessly hound their fellow Eldians as man-eating, mindless Titans.
Attack Titan / Rogue Titan
"I felt the rage of humanity itself was embodied in what I saw."The Titan form of Eren Yeager, initially labeled as a bizarre Aberrant that ignores humans in favor of Titans. When he is nearly killed during the battle of Trost, he transforms for the first time and goes on a Titan-killing rampage. It is a 15-meter Titan, with a distinctly masculine build, long black hair, and a skull-like face. It possesses Super Strength, but does not appear to possess any other special abilities until he acquires the "Harden" ability from Rod Reiss.In later chapters, it's revealed that the Attack Titan one of the Nine Titan Powers of Ymir Fritz, though it's not yet known if it's counted as one of the seven Titan Powers under the control of Marley when the Warrior Program was first instituted.
- Ambiguous Syntax: As stated in the description, the Attack Titan might or might not be one of the seven Titan Powers that the Marleyans pried off the Eldians' control.
- An Arm and a Leg: Happens multiple times, frequently due to it punching hard enough to destroy its hands. Good Thing You Can Heal, Rogue Titan. Other times it happens when he goes up against the more experienced Titan Shifters. The Female Titan removes one of his arms and legs in their second fight, and in the second fight with the Armored Titan, it came close to ripping Eren's entire leg off from the waist down before the fight was interrupted.
- Animal Eyes: His eyes possess fully-functional nictitating membranes, the third eyelid common in birds, reptiles, and sharks. It's something of a Freeze-Frame Bonus, as he can be observed blinking them during several battles.
- The Berserker: It doesn't lumber around, it charges in roaring and ready to smash. Of special note is its rematch with the Female Titan in the anime, which ends with it almost eating Annie in the anime. In the manga, though, it's a lot calmer and more controlled during said rematch. According to Eren Kruger, the Attack Titan's relentless drive to fight and persevere is there by design, and it's its entire purpose.
- Big Damn Heroes: Saves Mikasa from being eaten by a Titan in its first appearance before proceeding to murder every Titan in its direct vicinity. He ends up being the deciding factor in turning the battle of Trost around.
- Black Eyes of Crazy: When Eren loses control during the Trost Reclamation mission in the anime, his eyes are shown as having pupil-less glowing green irises and black sclera.
- Boxing Lessons for Superman: The better a fighter Eren becomes, the more dangerous the Rogue Titan becomes.
- Character Title: Rather appropriate that the heroic Titan in Attack On Titan is the Attack Titan.
- Determinator: When it was being eaten by other Titans, it just looked for more prey and killed all the Titans around it without having its arms. Later on, even after losing An Arm and a Leg and having its brains smashed in, it just regenerates extremely rapidly and still keeps going. As it turns out, being a Determinator is actually it's inherent nature according to Kruger.
- Death Glare: Constantly. as a reflection of Eren's (and in some ways, humanity as a whole) rage from being pushed around too long. Of particular note is when it faces off against the Female Titan for the last time; It was a look that said "I am your judgment, and you will not escape!"
- Does Not Know His Own Strength: Perhaps as a consequence of his rage, Healing Factor and inexperience, his punches tend to do as much damage to his own arms as they do to the poor schmuck on the receiving end.
- Establishing Character Moment: Punching another Titan to death.
- Fan Nickname: Interesting case; it actually was called "a Rogue Titan" in canon in its first appearance, but after The Reveal of its identity as Eren, it's now referred to in-universe as "Eren's Titan" or more commonly just as "Eren". However, the fandom liked the Rogue Titan moniker and stuck with it. Chapter 88 reveals that its official name is the Attack Titan.
- Feel No Pain: Subverted; Titan shifters do feel pain regardless of their ability to regenerate, but Eren fights so viciously and with such complete disregard for his own body that it's easy to get the impression he must not feel anything.
- Fights Like a Normal: Uses boxing stances, chokeholds, and throws. He starts out relying solely on his Super Strength, but making use of his hand-to-hand combat training allows him to overcome the other Shifters' greater experience and abilities.
- Glasgow Grin: With no lips or cheeks, its jaws are virtually fleshless. Its unusual mouth shape is why it's totally incapable of speech, unlike a few other Titans that exhibit the ability to Hulk Speak.
- Glass Cannon: Though it possesses massive physical strength, a lack of defensive abilities and tendency towards self-injury are a liability in battle.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: They glow green on occasion. When the Rogue Titan Turns Red, its eyes glow blue, which spells doom for its target.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: Though capable of other attacks, he seems to like punching other Titans while his arms are still attached.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: The Rogue Titan frequently loses its arms, legs, and even parts of its head in battle, though it can quickly heal itself.
- Green Eyes: Exceptionally striking, and prone to glowing.
- Hair Color Spoiler: Anime only: Its eye and hair color are an immediate clue to its true identity as Eren.
- Hellish Pupils: When fighting the Female Titan in the anime, it is so enraged its pupils become vertical slits.
- Heroic Build: Distinctly ripped, unlike most of the other Titans.
- "Hey, You!" Haymaker: When the Female Titan hears running and roaring, it turns around and takes a right-hook square to the face.
- Horrifying Hero: Fights other Titans, but understandably evokes fear from the other soldiers.
- Hunter of His Own Kind: Due to Eren's desire to destroy all Titans.
- I Just Want to Be Free: In chapter 88, Eren Kruger explains to Grisha that this Titan embodies the desire to move forward and to seek freedom.
- Instant Armor: Part of being a Titan Shifter and demonstrated in Episode 9 where Eren partially transforms to block a cannonball. The resulting "armor" is half a Titan skeleton and a muscled arm. However, it is incapable of producing the crystalline exoskeleton utilized by the Female Titan. After Eren drinks a bottle of "Armor" Titan Serum, he is able to do so.
- It Can Think: Armin first notices that it seems to be aware of other Titans' weak points, and then it adopts a boxing stance...
- Mega Manning: Averted. By all indications, it can't seem to replicate the skin-hardening technique that it saw the Female Titan use. Survey Corps experiments to see if Eren could do it failed, and not for lack of trying. The intense effort even started to degrade the Titan's body and start melding it with Eren's.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Eren's Titan form lacks cheeks and lips, giving its jaws a skull-like appearance.
- Morphic Resonance: Shares Eren's hair and eye color. It also turns out to have traits distinctly shared by Grisha Yaeger and his Titan that Eren doesn't have.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Despite using boxing stances, chokeholds, and throws, ultimately its fighting style is smashing every Titan it comes across into a bloody pulp.
- No Kill Like Overkill: Fond of destroying Titans it's already killed.
- Off with His Head!: Thanks to the Female Titan. It returns the favor later.
- Oh, Crap!: Causes this in other Titans. Most noticeable in the battles against Female. Both fights are a series of Oh, Crap! moments for her.
- One-Man Army: Capable of dispatching large numbers of Titans with relative ease.
- One-Winged Angel: Specifically, it's Eren's One-Winged Angel form.
- Perpetual Frowner: It's default facial expression while fighting is a rage-fueled scowl, but even in the few times Eren is doing something mundane in his Titan form (like training with Hange), his general face and jaw shape makes it look like he constantly has an angry frown.
- Pointy Ears: They help keep him from looking too human and too deep in Uncanny Valley.
- Power Fist: After extensive training with it's newly-acquired Hardening ability, the Rogue Titan can now concentrate the ability on specific body parts like the Female Titan. This is shown to great effect during it's rematch with the Armored Titan when a single, well-placed, hardened punch on the Armored Titan's face completely shatters it.
- Punched Across the Room: During its rematch against the Colossal Titan, Eren tries a direct approach and gets booted the length of Shiganshina District as a result.
- Roar Before Beating: Consistently before every single fight it partakes in.
- Secret Identity: Eren Yeager, though his identity is quickly revealed.
- Self-Harm: It hits so hard it tends to damage its own limbs, not that it keeps him down for long.
- The creator cites MMA fighter Yushin Okami as the basis for its lean and muscular appearance.
- Its design and behavior in the initial appearance are rather reminiscent of Unit 01.
- The Speechless: During experiments, it is confirmed that Eren is unable to speak in Titan form due to the shape of his mouth.
- Super Strength: He is able to carry a gigantic boulder which was several times larger than he was, and use it to seal the broken gate in Trost.
- Summon Bigger Fish: For humanity.
- Thermal Dissonance: All known Titans are known to have really high body temperatures, and the Rogue Titan is no different. However, when Eren partially transforms in order to pick up a spoon from the ground it was remarked upon by Hange how the shoulder was burning hot, but the spoon was not deformed by the heat in any way.
- Traumatic Superpower Awakening: How it first shows up. After Eren saves Armin from being eaten by a Titan early in the Battle of Trost, he ends up getting swallowed instead, and losing his arm in the process. While inside the Titan's stomach, Eren's refusal to die such a pointless death awakens the latent powers bestowed on him. He transforms into his Titan form while inside the other Titan, killing it in the process.
- Turns Red: In the anime only, during its fight with the Female Titan. While in this state, it becomes even more ruthless, its skin glows red and combusts in some places due to overheating, and it can continue fighting even while critically wounded. It's teeth also become noticeably sharper and its eyes glow blue rather than the usual green.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Compared to the other shifters, the Rogue doesn't have much in the way of tactics, combat skill, or defensive abilities. What it does have is strength far beyond even the other Titans and enough rage to fight through even otherwise crippling injuries.
- Unstoppable Rage: This seems to be its default state of being. Mikasa compares him to a physical manifestation of humanity's rage. Accurate, considering that Eren was on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge at the time.
- Villainous Rescue: Subverted. It slays another Titan that was about to eat Mikasa, and everyone believes it to be this trope. However, once they realize the Titan is Eren it all makes sense.
- Volcanic Veins: When Eren gets really, really angry versus the Female Titan in the anime and it has been beaten to a pulp, it regenerates extremely rapidly so that the flesh almost looks molten, its veins glow, and it becomes even more dangerous than before. This is a really good time to run for anyone its facing.
- Walking Spoiler: The very first hint that there is something much bigger going on with the Titans, and reveals the existence of the Titan Shifters.
- Wrestler in All of Us: Uses several holds in his fight with the Armored Titan, such as the triangle choke, armbar and kneebar.
A Titan which took part in the attack on Reiner and Bertolt's hometown after the fall of Wall Maria. It reappears during the battle at Castle Utgard, and is noted for climbing and swinging around like a primate.
- Black Eyes of Evil: Has very large pupils, often making it look like its eyes are completely black. In truth, this is played with: it's not "evil" so much as ruthless and willing to do anything for Krista, even when that involves going against the protagonists.
- Creepily Long Arms: In comparison to its hunched over body with short legs.
- Dance Battler: Its fighting style involves a lot of swinging and jumping, thus giving the impression that it's dancing.
- Eye Scream: Mikasa slashes out its left eye. Unlike other Titans, it reacts by screaming violently.
- Fangs Are Evil: And scary.
- Feel No Pain: Subverted. Unlike other Titans or Titan Shifters, the Dancing Titan reacts to injury in a manner that suggests it experiences pain in a normal fashion.
- Femme Fatalons: Unusual for a Titan, and absurdly sharp.
- Glass Cannon: Relatively small for a Titan and not particularly stronger than the rest of them, but makes good use of its speed and agility, making it an effective killer.
- Hulk Speak: One of the few Titans capable of limited speech.
- Identical Stranger: In a sense. She looks very similar to the Titan who kills Farlan and Isabel in the Choice With No Regrets OVA, though it's hard to be sure, as she hasn't appeared in the anime yet and may look different.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Unique among the Titans due to possessing a wide mouth full of shark-like teeth.
- Running on All Fours: Notable for being one of the few Titans able to keep pace with the Survey Corps' horses.
- Scary Teeth: Unlike most Titans, it has a mouthful of sharp, pointed teeth.
- Secret Identity: Ymir, who spent several decades trapped in her Titan form until gaining the powers of a Shifter by killing Marcel.
- Less so compared to some of the others on this page, as it's the only one of the Titan Shifters who is revealed to be a Shifter before the audience sees her titan form.
- Shoulder Teammate: Comically, when choosing to assist the Armored Titan, its means of defending it is to ride on its back and shoulders and slash at anything that gets too close.
- Sinister Schnoz: A large, hooked nose... which is odd since Ymir doesn't have a big nose in human form. Although Marcel did.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Has the least refined fighting technique out of all the Titan Shifters, relying primarily on brute strength and its teeth.
- Wall Crawl: An important aspect of its fighting style.
- Wicked Witch: Its design strongly echos the classic Hag or Witch, in particular the type that devoured children. Long, stringy black hair? Check. Hooked nose? Check. Long, clawed fingers? Check. Sharp teeth for eating kids? Check.
- Wild Card: As one of the Marley-controlled Titan Powers, the Dancing Titan as possessed by Marcel was supposed to either infiltrate the Three Walls alongside the Colossal and Armored Titans, or to attack Shinganshina with them... but then Marcel was eaten by a mindless Titan, who upon gaining her consciousness back as an individual, had nothing to do to either attack or infiltration plans and was not under Marley control.
- Wild Hair: Long, and gives it a rather creepy appearance.
"Sonny" and "Bean"
Sonny and Bean
Voiced By: Jonathan C. Osborne (Sonny), Cris George (Bean)A pair of Titans, respectively 4 meters and 7 meters tall, which are captured during the battle in Trost and used as test subjects for research by Hange.
- Dissonant Serenity: Even while being tortured.
- Feel No Pain: One of Hange's experiments involves torturing them to see if they react to pain. Bean can feel pain, but Sonny just tries to turn Hange into dinner.
- Killed to Uphold the Masquerade: Implied to be the case, with someone taking great risk to kill them both before Hange could begin any new experiments.
- Lima Syndrome: Hange is deeply fond of them, treating them like people rather than mindless creatures, to the point of weeping hysterically while having to experiment on them, and feeling completely devastated when they're killed by Annie.
- Shout-Out Theme Naming: Their names are a reference to the myth of Sawney Bean. The anime expands on this, with Hange relating the myth to a horrified group of Garrison soldiers before giving Sonny and Bean their names.
- Spell My Name with an "S": While the shout out is to a man named Sawney, the official name spelling is the anglicized version: "Sonny".
Smiling Titan / Dina Yeager's Titan Form
"Eren, the reason you couldn't save your mother is that you lacked the strength. The reason I didn't fight the Titan was that I lacked the courage!"A large Titan with a hideous smile that appeared during the fall of Zhiganshina and ate Carla Yeager.
- Back for the Dead: After killing Hannes, it is torn apart by several Titans under an enraged Eren's mysterious control.
- The Bus Came Back: Shows back up at the finale of the first half of the manga.
- Call Back: The Smiling Titan has a striking resemblance to Dina Yeager, first wife of Grisha, who was titanized by the Marleyans due to her involvement with the Eldian Restoration Movement and condemned to roam as a mindless Titan, mostly because it is Dina inside that Titan.
- Creepily Long Arms: Its arms are unnaturaly long and skinny, compared to the rest of its body. Not as much as the Beast Titan's though.
- Cheshire Cat Grin: It never stops smiling, and by God, is it creepy.
- Devoured by the Horde: The first thing Eren does after awakening the Command ability is sick a group of Titans on it.
- Dissonant Serenity: Calm and smiling, even when brutally killing its victims.
- Dramatic Irony: In chapter 87, Dina Fritz promises Grisha that she will find him after they're Titanized; she does end up finding his family in Shinganshina... and unconsciously she devours his new wife. Dina even ends up being killed by Eren, Grisha's son.
- Glasgow Grin: A permanent one. Especially noticeable when it devours Carla Yeager.
- Ironic Death: Devoured by the Horde of its fellow Titans after Eren's ability to command Titans awakens — thanks to its own actions, no less.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Ends up being eaten alive by several other Titans. Under the command of the son of the mother he ate. And right after he killed Hannes too, which provoked Eren to unlock his Coordinate ability.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Subverted. In spite of its hideous appearance and relatively taller size, it's a morose Mindless Titan of the average lot. It's not even an aberrant.
- Lean and Mean: It's 14-15 meters tall and noticeable skinnier than most Titans.
- Long Neck: It has an unusually long and thin neck.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Many, many more than an ordinary human.
- Nightmare Face: Many Titans have it, but this one particularly stands out.
- Scary Teeth: Shown off to great effect by its enormous grin.
- Slasher Smile: Its default expression.
- Tragic Villain: After learning that it's Dina inside that Titan, and the circumstances behind her transformation, Eren can't help but feel grief.
- You Killed My Father: Eren and Mikasa are shocked to see it again, and though desperate to kill it, both are too injured to do so themselves..
"Welcome... Ymir-sama."A 6 meter abnormal Titan encountered by Ilse Langnar that displays numerous unusual behaviors and the ability to briefly speak.
- Ambiguous Syntax: It's not known whether he was referring to Ymir from the 104th, or Ymir Fritz, the Original Titan; as he refers to said individual as Ymir-Sama, it's more likely that he's referring to the latter in that case. On the other hand, Ilse does look like Ymir from the 104th.
- Later on, it's revealed he was talking about 104th Ymir. Apparently, as an Eldian child, she "played Ymir" (the goddess one) as a symbol of hope of sorts to the people- and this particular guy happened to be the one who originally gave her that designation.
- Asshole Victim: In life, it was a con artist who "adopted" a starving little girl off the streets and passed her off as an avatar of Ymir Fritz, the First Titan. He used this facade to gain money and stature among the subjugated Eldians. When the Marley forces discovered this, the first thing he did was try to blame the terrified Ymir for the whole thing. They simply turned him into a Titan anyway.
- Broken Tears: It begins to moan, weep, and then try to claw its own eyes out.
- Cradling Your Kill: After biting Ilse's head off, it cradles her corpse and then tenderly places it into a Stalker Shrine.
- Eye Scream: Claws viciously at its face, ripping apart its lower eyelids and nearly tearing its own eyes out.
- First Contact: Ilse attempts to communicate with it. It ends about as well as expected.
- Hulk Speak: Ilse is shocked when it displays the ability to utter a few words.
- Identical Stranger: It mistakes Ilse for Ymir, causing it to hesitate before killing her.
- Infallible Babble: Its rambling turns out to be very significant.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: In the anime; it may be a sign that he has some degree of consciousness left.
- Sanity Slippage: It displays many bizarre behaviors, including distress and confusion, as well as clawing at its own eyes and beating its head against a tree trunk when it encounters humans.
- Stalker Shrine: It tenderly places Ilse's headless corpse in a hollowed out section of a tree, posing it in a seated position much like the bodies of religious figures are presented in some cultures. When distressed, it flees to the tree and begins to bash its head against the trunk.
"Welcome... home."A mysterious Titan discovered in the ruins of a house in the village of Rakago, Connie Springer's hometown, leading the Survey Corps to wonder how it got there. Its limbs are noted to have been too deformed to allow it to move, and there are terrifying implications in its existence and behavior.
- And I Must Scream: Completely incapable of movement and at least somewhat aware of its surroundings.
- Body Horror: It has a massive body and tiny, shriveled limbs incapable of movement.
- Hulk Speak: It briefly speaks to Connie, much to his horror. "Welcome home", indeed.
- Implied Trope: Turning Back Human. Given the possibility that she eats a Titan Shifter, she might turn back into a human. Regardless, she might not be able to be of use like other Shifters, as there's also the chance that her Titan remains "crippled" just like the original before.
- Foreshadowing: It's the first example of a morphologically non-functional titanization. The same happens with Rod Reiss' transformation, which can barely move. It turns out, it's due to an incomplete inoculation of the Titan serum.
- Morphic Resonance: Solidified when Connie holds up a picture of his parents next to it, emphasizing how much it looks like Mrs. Springer.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: The Titan is noted for its uncharacteristic calmness and overall lack of aggressive behavior; it's also capable of rudimentary speech. This earns it special attention from the Survey Corps.
- Tragic Monster: It was once Connie's mother, and still recognizes him enough to speak to him.
- Walking Spoiler: Her existence leads to the main characters figuring out one of the most horrifying and terrible discoveries about the Titans.
- Was Once a Man: Confirmed to have once been Mrs. Springer, and there's enough left of her to recognize her son and greet him. This leaves utterly horrifying implications about the other Titans the Survey Corps had been fighting up until then...
- What Happened To Mommy: Subverted. Her Titan form is crippled and relatively passive, making containment a simple matter. She's taken into custody by the Survey Corps, with Connie even expressing that besides the portrait of his parents, she's the only thing he has left.
Titans inside the Walls
Titans inside the Walls
A mysterious group of Titans found to be the support structure of the Walls. Their existence becomes known when the Female Titan, in its attempt to escape from Eren and the Survey Corps, breaks a portion of Wall Sina and exposes them.
- A Million Is a Statistic: The number of Titans embedded inside the Three Walls range between the hundreds of thousands (taking into consideration the territory area shown in the anime) to the millions. As the information is not discussed in the manga, the exact number is uncertain, but it's large enough to pose a serious threat to the existence of humanity regardless.
- Ambiguous Syntax: The future envisioned by the First King states that he wanted a world where Titans ruled over humanity; indeed, these Titans inside the Walls are "ruling" over humanity by keeping it confined, though the Will of the First King might apply farther beyond this.
- And I Must Scream: They've been entombed within the Walls for at least a century, and they are still alive. It's unclear whether they are completely sentient, or even aware of their surroundings.
- Awaken The Sleeping Giant: The Marley government is well aware that things will be bad for them if they (literally) do this, so their goals have to be completed without open warfare.
- Blessed with Suck: As Hange speculates, the walls might have been erected from their "Harden" ability; if so, they might have been manipulated to do so with the "Coordinate" by the First King.
- Chekhov's Gun: Invoked. Their very existence implies that at some point the Three Walls will crumble and they will be free to destroy everything in their path. Both House Reiss and the Marley Government are trying to conduct their business in a way that ensures this very thing doesn't happen.
- Doomsday Clock: An in-universe example. The efforts of both the Monarchs and Nobility inside the Three Walls, and the Marley government is to proceed with their operations without eliciting the awakening of these Titans; thus, the status-quo has been maintained under this threat. The closest this came into fruitionnote was when Grisha Yeager ate the Reiss family, who were focally gathered in a ceremony presumably to awaken these Titans shortly after the fall of Wall Maria.
- Eye Awaken: Mikasa realizes one is still alive when it looks at her.
- Facial Horror: The one we see appears to be completely skinless, much like the Colossal Titan.
- Foreshadowing: There are a number of characters that have pointed out the fact that the Three Walls are too seamless to have been built by humans, and require way too little maintenance.
- Forgotten Superweapon: Chapter 86 revealed that their purpose is to deter any attack by Marleyan forces, as the First King warned them that should they disturb the Eldian exiles, the Titans inside the walls will lay waste upon the entire Earth.
- Giant Eye of Doom: Though unfocused, it's looking right at Mikasa.
- Implied Trope: Just in Time. One of the possible reasons why the members of House Reiss were all together after Wall Maria was breached is that they were attempting to awaken the millions-strong army of Titans inside the Walls. Cue Grisha eating the lot of them.
- Irony: The Walls are filled with the same creatures they are supposed to protect humanity from.
- Meaningful Name: Invoked. The names of the Walls, Maria, Rose and Sina, might refer to noteworthy individual Titans embedded in them. The significance of these individuals, if they are indeed there, has yet to be established.
- More Dakka: If the Marley government makes a bad move, the millions of Wall Titans will stomp the Earth flat.
- Really 700 Years Old: Invoked. They've been embedded in the walls for more than a century; assuming they were at the very least children at the time the Walls were erected, they are bordering the absolute maximum age for a human being's lifespan. In practical terms, they're the oldest Titan individuals currently known.
- Scary Teeth: Like the Colossal Titan, it has no lips to cover its enormous teeth.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Sealed within the Walls, they prevent forces from beyond them from openly invading, lest they be set loose and crush their opposition.
- The Stinger: In the anime, the Wall cracks down to reveal the Titan's face at the very last second of the first season finale.
- Sword of Damocles: The reason they're in the walls is to keep the Marley government from making any wrong moves against the people in the Walls for fear of them being released and overrunning the Earth.
- The Unreveal: It's not known whether they are Mindless Titans or Shifters; it's more likely that they're the latter, as it's speculated that the walls were made from their "Harden" ability. Whether they were embedded in the walls willingly is another matter altogether.
- Walking Spoiler: Their very existence hints at a much bigger conspiracy than a war with the Titans from outside the walls.
The First King
The First King / The 145th King of Eldia
A mysterious Titan Shifter who used the "Coordinate" ability to aid humanity a century before the story began, saving them from extinction and building the three Walls. He was actually the 145th King of the Eldians, who fled to Paradis Island instead of fighting the Marleyans who gained control of seven of the nine Titan Powers, building the walls around his remaining people, "Ymir's People", secluding them from the rest the humanity that is hostile towards them with extreme prejudice.
- Ambiguous Syntax:
- His view of humanity as sinful refers to the humanity within the Walls, meaning, the Eldians AKA Ymir's People. As it turned out, the Eldians supposedly carried out a seventeen-century-long ethnic cleansing upon the Marleyans, an aspect that would certainly explain why Uri and Frieda Reiss see this humanity as deserving of their fate. Revealing this to the general population within the Walls would mean revealing that there is a fraction of humanity out there that completely despise Ymir's People.
- According to history records from the Marleyans, he was supposedly a Fritz. In reality, he was most likely a Reiss, as House Fritz are puppet kings; it's unknown whether the Marleyans know this fact, but Zeke, the Beast Titan, is aware that it's House Reiss the ones who rule the remaining Eldians. On the other hand, if he was indeed a Fritz, it's not known why he gave House Reiss the Coordinate.
- Kruger speculated that there could be a false monarchy inside the Walls, since according to him and Dina the Fritz family wanted to fight the Marleyans, so something might have happened between the Walls' formation by a Fritz and the passing of the coordinate to house Reiss.
- Berserk Button: People venturing outside of the boundaries placed around them. This is passed on to his hosts: Frieda flipped out and ranted about humans being sinners who deserved to be locked away when Historia snuck out on her own once.
- Big Good: He created the three Walls a century ago, making him the only reason any humans survived the appearance of the Titans.
- Blue and Orange Morality: Despite having the power the wipe out the Titans, he envisioned a world where humanity was ruled by them. As a result, he constructed the three walls, wiped humanity's memories of the outside world, and became a Shadow Dictator within the walls where the Reiss family carried on his legacy in secrecy. Only the Reiss family members who gain his knowledge and power truly know why he did all of this in the first place, and because they also inherit his will, it prevents them from ever telling anyone.
- Body Surf: His will is transmitted through members of the Royal Family who inherit the Coordinate ability, and influences them into forbidding the exploration of the outside or making headway against the Titans. This doesn't seem to work on hosts who aren't part of the royal bloodline such as Eren, though these hosts are also unable to wield his power at its full potential.
- Conditional Powers:
- He imparted the Coordinate into his Reiss descendants, but intentionally impeded its use by forcing his Will onto them, which convinces the carrier that humans are sinful and wholly deserve the battery of Titans, leading them to complete inaction.
- According to Rod Reiss, only the Reiss family can use the Coordinate to manipulate the minds of humans, though going by Griesha Yaeger's successful attempt to steal it, this opens the possibility that Rod Reiss might not be telling the truth.
- Create Your Own Villain: The First King is responsible for both the plight of humanity and the Titans, with enormous shortcomings for both sides. Humanity lives in constant fear of the Titan threat while the great majority of Titans are shown to be mindless beasts trying to regain conscious thought by consuming humans that might, just might, turn them into rational beings again. Thing is, they have no idea how to find those "special" humans, leading Titans to eat them in bulk.
- Greater Scope Villain: According to Rod, his will influences members of the Reiss family who inherit his power, and is the reason mankind hasn't exterminated the Titans.
- Humans Are Bastards: If Frieda's ranting is anything to go by, this is the reason why the First King didn't stop the Titans and free humanity when he could. Rod later states that the only reason he could think of as to why the First King chose not to act was that he sincerely believed a world where humans were ruled by Titans would bring true peace.
- Let Us Never Speak of This Again: It has only been 100 years since he wiped the memories of mankind, though the status quo has been so thoroughly enforced that it seems like a distant memory even to the people that lived only 30 years after the event. This has not quelled humanity's curiosity about the whole deal, but people that get too nosy about it are forcibly disappeared by the establishment.
- Non-Indicative Name:
- He is referred to as the "First King", but he was actually the 145th King of Eldia.
- In the history books, he is descended from Ymir Fritz; according to Rod Reiss, he entrusted the Coordinate to House Reiss and for some reason House Fritz remained as their puppet kings. Whether Rod is telling the truth, or whether the system of puppet kings was set up in that manner from the very beginning is simply not known, as Rod is shown not to be a particularly trustworthy source of information.
- Mind Manipulation: The Coordinate ability, when used to its full potential, is capable of this and is the reason why humanity's memory of the outside world has faded.
- Orcus on His Throne: He abandoned all his people, except for those he trapped within the three great walls of "paradise" and completely ignored the world except for one brief message 80 years ago where he warned the Marlene government that "if they ever bothered 'Paradise' again," he'd retaliate with an army of Titans millions strong. Of course, since the Marlene government wants to steal the natural resources on "paradise," they can't let that stand.
- Physical God: In the eyes of Rod Reiss, this is exactly what he was due to being in possession of the "Coordinate" ability and being able to use it to such extremes. Subsequently, anyone in the Reiss family who inherits his knowledge and power is viewed as such as well.
- Shared Unusual Trait: The shown Reiss descendants that carry his Will and the Coordinate share the trait that their Titan forms are blond regardless of their human hair color. The exception is Rod Reiss, who was a descendant, but carried neither the Will nor the Coordinate, and his Titan happened to be bald. Eren Yeager is the current holder of the Coordinate, but he is neither a Reiss, nor a carrier of the Will.
- Unperson: At a given time, only a few people know he existed and only one knows what he is via memories transmitted eating the previous holder of those memories.
- The Unreveal:
- It's not known why he threw the towel during the Titan War and fled to Paradi Island to seclude himself and his people behind the Three Walls, especially since he had the Coordinate ability.
- It's also not known why he left so many Eldians for the Marleyans to enslave, though it might have to do with the fact that not everyone agreed with him fleeing the conflict and stayed to fight, as Dina Fritz argues.
- If he was indeed a Fritz, it's not known why he entrusted and surrendered the Coordinate to House Reiss.
- Walking Spoiler: His existence sheds light on the origins of the Walls, the altered memories of humanity, as well as the privileges of the Reiss royal bloodline (his descendants).
Rod Reiss' Titan Form
Rod Reiss' Titan Form / The Combat Titan
After Historia refused to turn into a Titan, Rodd Reiss licked the spilled Titan formula and transformed into a gargantuan Titan who almost immediately departs for Orvud District of Wall Sina.
- Ambiguous Syntax: It's unclear whether the "Combat Titan" was one of the Nine Titan Powers created by Ymir Fritz, though it's implied that it isn't, as seven of the nine are in possession of the Marleyans, with one of those seven not having been revealed yet.
- Awesome, but Impractical: By the far the largest Titan thus far (twice as large as the Colossal Titan). But due to the incomplete process of consuming the Titan serum, he ends up having disproportionally small legs. Combine that with his massive size, it means that he moves very slowly, dragging himself across the ground. By the time he reaches Wall Sina, his entire front has been ground away.
- Black Eyes of Crazy: The cover of the Special Edition of Volume 16 shows his face, revealing he has orange irises, glowing yellow pupils, and red-tinted black sclera.
- Body Horror: He's been dragging his massive body, with its head scraping against the ground, across such a large distance without stopping that his entire face and torso have been ground away to the point that when he gets out of his crawling position and leaning up on Wall Sina, it's revealed that his entire upper body is split open, baring disproportionately sized internal organs for all to see. He's blown up before he can fully regenerate.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: To other Titans anyway. Despite Titans having vestigial digestive systems that end at a nonfunctional stomach, Rod's Titan form has a complete intestinal tract, gallbladder and liver. This is presumably because Rod wasn't injected with the Titan forumla, but rather licked a bit of it off the ground.
- Collapsing Ceiling Boss: The growth of Rod's Titan causes the chamber everyone was in to collapse, and Eren's new hardened Titan form is utilized to protect them.
- Contrived Coincidence: As the military intends for Historia to be crowned Queen, she argues that she should get credit for killing the Titan regardless of who actually does it in order to attain credibility for the cause, getting the OK from Erwin... thing is, she does end up killing him herself anyway when the small chunk of meat containing Rod Reiss comes her way. Even Erwin is surprised at how incredibly unlikely that was.
- Feed It a Bomb: This is the key to his defeat. The slow progress towards Orvud District gives the human forces plenty of time to assemble a truly massive amount of explosives, big enough that Eren's Titan form is needed to carry it. When Rod's Titan pulls itself up against the wall, the Rogue Titan runs up to it, shoves the whole thing in its mouth, and blows up what was left of its head. This creates an opening for Historia to slash his human body apart. Really, it's not that dissimilar from a certain titanic fiery monster that fames the trope.
- Godzilla Threshold: Rod Reiss is forced to become a Titan because Historia refuses to do so, and the Coordinate ability has to return to the Reiss family regardless; aside from Historia, there's just no one else but him. However, his lack of understanding of titanization leads him to overshoot the transformation so much that he effectively becomes the largest Titan known, and even worse, the Titan becomes so irrational that it doesn't even seek Eren to regain the Coordinate.
- Instant Death Radius: His insane body heat sets everything around him ablaze.
- The Juggernaut: Nothing so much as hinders his progress to Orvud District. The humans only manage to defeat him because he moves extremely slowly, leaving them plenty of time to elaborate a plan.
- Kaiju: When sitting up, he is over twice as tall as the Colossal Titan, making him the largest Titan ever encountered. Had he stood up completely, he'd be over three times as tall.
- Karmic Death: Rod is finally killed by none other than his daughter Historia, the very person he tried to titanize for his own gain, after his head and torso are blown to chunks by the Survey Corps. Historia just happened to slice the slab of meat containing Rod's human form coming her way. Historia is even surprised with the incredible serendipity of the whole situation because she had just asked Erwin to receive credit for the kill regardless of who did it as a way to gain political points on the general population.
- Running on All Fours: His legs are so disproportionately tiny compared to his body that all he can do to get around is crawl.
- Top-Heavy Guy: His legs — and his head and arms, for that matter — are puny compared to his massive body.
- Throat Light: On the cover of the Volume 16 Special Edition, he has a yellow-white glow shining out of his mouth.
- Walking Spoiler: Rod Reiss is a central character in the Wall conspiracy, and this Titan form is the result of a plot twist where his plan gets rejected by his daughter.
- Wreathed in Flames: His body is so hot he's practically on fire.
The Original/Progenitor/Foundation Titan
Ymir Fritz' Titan Form
The mythological first Titan and the creator of the Nine Titan Powers. An Eldian woman who eighteen centuries ago brought along the existence of the Titans and the ancestor of the Eldian Royal Family.
- Accidental Discovery: Kruger states that Ymir might have been just a girl who stumbled upon the very source of all organic material; this is one of the research conclusions that the Marley authorities have reached that is not politically charged.
- Conditional Powers: According to Eren Kruger, any individual that acquires one of the Titan Powers is bound to die 13 years after gaining them, and by proxy, Ymir Fritz was no exception.
- Deal with the Devil: Invoked. According to the Marleyans, this is how she obtained her powers. In Frieda Reiss' storybook that she's reading to Historia in previous chapters, the figure that otherwise represents the "Devil" in the Marleyan texts is a cloaked figure instead, suggesting that accounts differ on how Ymir Fritz was granted such powers.
- Evil Power Vacuum: Invoked. According to the Kingdom of Marley, she supposedly created the Titans to subdue the Marleyans, and afterwards, the Eldians started an ethnic cleansing upon them that lasted seventeen centuries until the Marleyans obtained seven of the Titan Powers and caused the Titan War, which was contested until the 145th Eldian King fled from the fight and sequestered himself and his people within the Three Walls at Paradi Island. As the Restoration Movement argues, the Titan War actually caused the Nine Powers to fight between themselves, until the First King refused to keep fighting.
- Greater Scope Villain: She's the creator of the Titan race, an, thus, one of the root causes of everything bad happening in the story. That said, unless she's also the modern day Ymir, it's unlikely that the protagonists will contend with a being that was around 18 centuries ago.
- Inadequate Inheritor: Her descendants gradually started losing the Titan Powers to the Marleyans until the First King actually retreated to Paradi Island.
- Lost in Translation: The historic account of how she gained her powers is at the moment impeded by a language barrier; as such, there is no concrete consensus of what transpired in the first place.
- Monster Progenitor: She is the creator of the Titans. All of her direct descendants can control the minds of both men and Titans.
- Mysterious Past: She is a semi-mythological individual that lived almost two millennia before the Fall of Shinganshina. Because of different biases and Language Drift, the accounts of her life leave a lot to the imagination, to say the least.
- Nominal Importance: By virtue of being a semi-mythological figure. As Eren Kruger surmises, yes, Ymir was very important, but nowhere close to the levels of importance that either the Restorationists or the Marleyans adjudicate to her. This, he gathers from the fact that she probably didn't live that long after she became a Titan (which is about 13 years after the fact).
- Non-Indicative Name: She is a "Fritz" on the history books, and the Eldian Royal Family are descendants of the First King, her descendant; this elicits an inherent contradiction because the Royal Family are House Reiss, and House Fritz are their puppet kings. In practical terms, it's more likely that she was a Reiss or that the Fritz monarchs somehow surrendered the Coordinate to House Reiss.
- One Steve Limit: Invoked. The other individual known as Ymir, from the 104th Trainee Corps, adopted the name because she argues that she doesn't remember her life before her titanization. It is likely that she chose the name in homage to her heritage as part of "Ymir's People". The other possibility deals with the chance that the Ymir from the 104th and Ymir Fritz share a connection, or are altogether the same person.
- Patron Saint: Of the Eldian Restoration Movement, who see her as the creator and mother of "Ymir's People"
- The Rashomon: Ymir Fritz is hated by the Marleyans due to her bringing the Titans to existence, but the Eldian Restoration group argues that the Titans were the ones that aided both the Marleyans and the Eldians into riches and prosperity. Of course, both sides seek to fit the history books into their own narrative. According to Eren Kruger, neither version is quite true, because (as stated in Conditional Powers), Ymir Fritz didn't live quite that long after acquiring the powers to have the impact that is attributed to her.