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[-[[caption-width-right:350:[[GratuitousGerman Seid ihr das Essen?]] [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic Nein, wir sind die Jäger!]][[labelnote:Translation]][softreturn][[TheHunterBecomesTheHunted "Are you the food? No, we are the hunters!"]][[/labelnote]]]]-]

->''"That day, the human race remembered: the terror of being dominated by '''them''', and the shame of being held captive in a birdcage."''

For more than a hundred years, the last remnants of humanity have lived in a kingdom surrounded by walls designed to protect them from a powerful race of man-eating giants known as Titans. The two races have locked one another into a stalemate: the Titans cannot breach the walls, and humanity cannot venture outside the walls without risking heavy losses.

Those facts held true until the day a colossal Titan smashed a hole in the perimeter wall of the southern village of Shiganshina, which allowed its smaller kin to wander inside and wreak havoc. Among those who escaped from the ensuing massacre were three children: Eren Yeager, an aggressive adolescent boy; Mikasa Ackerman, his quiet adoptive sister; and Armin Arlert, Eren's bookish best friend. Years later, the trio decide to join the Survey Corps, a military branch dedicated to making excursions into the outside world to fight the Titans, and research ways to defeat them once and for all -- and Eren, with vengeful and murderous intent in his heart, vows to kill every last Titan on Earth.

In addition to the action of ''Attack on Titan''[[note]]進撃の巨人, ''Shingeki no Kyojin'', lit. "Advancing Giants"[[/note]], author Hajime Isayama also weaves a tight story around its [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters large cast of characters]] and the strange, apocalyptic world in which they live. ''Titan'' also revolves around the concept of failure: the human forces repeatedly struggle to accomplish anything, sacrifice numerous lives, and make major mistakes [[ShaggyDogStory to have it all come to naught in the end]]. But every so often, humanity's persistence, wits, and luck manages to pay off--and through their victories, a complex portrait of the world begins to form, one that reveals [[OntologicalMystery something more sinister to the weirder aspects of their world]]. ''Titan'' primarily explores the ways in which people deal with trauma, survival, loss, and death...as they fight man-eating giants. One can describe it as ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' without giant robots and with a lot less angst (plus a protagonist who's the exact opposite of a ShrinkingViolet - with all the good '''and''' ill that entails).

From its relatively modest beginning, the manga managed to become the 11th-highest seller of all time in 2011. After the premiere of the anime adaptation (which became exceptionally popular in its own right), sales of the manga boosted exponentially, which has made ''Titan'' the most popular new anime/manga and surpassing many established franchises. The manga consistently sold in the top two every month and new volumes are being surpassed only by a certain [[Manga/OnePiece best selling manga of all time]] and still growing. The success of both anime and manga launched a franchise ranging from video games to light novels to fragrances and coffee mugs.

Plans arose for [[Film/AttackOnTitan a live-action film adaptation planned for a 2014 release]], and after a bout of CreativeDifferences [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2012-12-13/director-nakashima-leaves-live-action-attack-on-titan between the director and the screenwriter]] (amongst other issues), the film had a 2015 release in two parts. ''Manga/BloodyMonday'' star Haruma Miura plays the lead role of Eren, while model-turned-actress Kiko Mizuhara (Mikasa), Kanata Hongo (Armin), Satomi Ishihara (Hanji), Nanami Sakuraba (Sasha), and Takahiro Miura (Jean) round out the main cast. [[http://deadline.com/2017/01/attack-on-titan-u-s-movie-warner-bros-producer-david-heyman-1201888133 In early 2017]], it would be revealed that Creator/WarnerBrothers were in negotiations to create another adaptation, with one of the key producers behind ''Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'' set to handle the project.

The anime adaptation of the series premiered on [[Main/Spring2013Anime the 5th of April 2013]]. Creator/YasukoKobayashi served as head screenwriter, [[Manga/DeathNote Tet]][[Manga/HighschoolOfTheDead surō]] [[Anime/GuiltyCrown Araki]] as director and later chief director for the second season, and Music/HiroyukiSawano composed the series' music. Viewers living in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Ireland may watch the anime legally at [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/attack-on-titan Crunchyroll]] and [[http://www.hulu.com/attack-on-titan Hulu;]] as of 30 October 2013, [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2013/10/26/crunchyroll-to-digitally-distribute-kodansha-manga they can also read the manga on Crunchyroll.]] [[http://www.funimation.com/attack-on-titan Funimation]] (which licensed the show for the United States) also streams the show, along the usual lines of subscribers getting it first and free viewers gaining the opportunity to watch it later. In Australia and New Zealand, Creator/MadmanEntertainment has the series available for viewing on [[http://www.animelab.com/shows/attack-on-titan Anime Lab.]]

For television broadcasts, Creator/{{Toonami}} aired the dubbed version in the United States, as part of its rotating schedule (and has done so since May 2014). In Australia, Creator/{{SBS 2}} began airing ''Titan'' in Japanese with English subs as of September 2014. And just in case you really don't like any of those options, there's always [[http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Attack_on_Titan/70299043?trkid=13641907 Netflix.]]

This series has several [[Characters/AttackOnTitan Character Sheets]] and a [[DrinkingGame/AttackOnTitan drinking game]]. A [[http://fenglee.com/game/aog/ fan-made tribute game]] also exists, as does [[VideoGame/AttackOnTitanTributeGame an individual trope page]] for the game.

Now with a Recap page [[Recap/AttackOnTitan Here.]]

For a full list of other works in this universe, please see ''Franchise.AttackOnTitan''.

Don't confuse ''Attack on Titan'' with ''Manga/GiantKilling'' or ''ComicBook/IKillGiants''. Fans frequently shorten the Japanese title (''Shingeki no Kyojin'') to SNK, [[NamesTheSame though the series has nothing to do with]] ''that'' Creator/{{SNK}}. Speaking of confusing acronyms, don't confuse this AOT with ''VideoGame/AgeOfTime''.

'''Please move any character tropes to the ''Attack on Titan'' [[Characters/AttackOnTitan character page]] and move any specific chapter/episode tropes to the [[Recap/AttackOnTitan recap pages]]'''.

!! On that day, TV Tropes received a grim reminder: we lived in fear of the Tropes and were disgraced to live in these cages we called folders.
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[[TrueCompanions O mein Freund!]] [[VictoryByEndurance Jetzt hier ist ein Sieg. Dies ist die erste Gloria.]] [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome O mein Freund!]] [[GratuitousGerman Feiern wir diesen Sieg]] [[WeWillMeetAgain für den nächsten]] [[LastStand Kampf!]][[labelnote:Translation]][softreturn] "O, my friend! This here is a victory. This is our first honor. O, my friend! Let us celebrate this victory until the next fight!"[[/labelnote]]