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Marley

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The National Emblem of Marley, a seashell with seven divisions, symbolizing the seven Titan Powers appropriated from the Eldians
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Marley is a massive imperialist nation from beyond the Walls which dominates most of the continent west from the island of Paradis, where the Walls are located. Formerly a kingdom, in their history they claim to have been the subjects of persecution and ethnic cleansing by the Eldian Empire, until the latter became fractured and the Eldian clans started fighting each other, which they used as an opportunity to steal seven of the Nine Titan powers from the Eldians. With those they were able to turn the tables on their oppressors and made them flee to Paradis, thus leading Marley to become the new dominant superpower through military might. After eighty years of their victory (and roughly twenty years before the start of the story) they set their sights on the island of Paradis to secure its strategic natural resources and to eradicate the Eldians of the Three Walls.

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Marley was formally introduced through Grisha Yeager's written testimony found in his basement in Chapters 86 through 90, though there have been scattered hints of Marley's existence earlier in the manga, and even earlier in the anime note . They are the main engineers of the Titan attacks on the Three Walls of Paradis, intended to besiege the Eldians, and later, appropriate the Coordinate Titan for their own purposes and take control of the island through the use of the Warriors, indoctrinated Eldians holding the Titan Powers the Marleyans appropriated during the Great Titan War.


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    Marley 

Tropes that apply to Marley as a whole.

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Map of the northern territories of the Kingdom of Marley (large landmass) with the island of Paradis to the north-east

*Note: Due to Marley's story being shown almost exclusively from the Military's perspective, exposing little of its society, this section covers tropes for both the Marleyan military, and its population as a whole.

  • Adaptational Early Appearance: Thanks to Season 2 of the anime Marley's existence is hinted at far earlier than it was in the manga:
    • Season 2 included Ymir's flashback which occurred 2 arcs later in the manga, after Marley had been properly introduced, and in it we see glimpses of the Liberio Ghetto and actual Marleyan soldiers. To illustrate the point, the anime showed these scenes not even six months after they appeared in the manga.
    • The battle of "The Tragedy of Lago" was actually depicted in the ED of Season 2 before it was properly described in manga Chapter 114, almost 2 years later.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: They have blood tests to determine who is of Eldian descent. Thing is, all it takes to skew the results is a willing doctor and crappy bureaucracy. The fact that this is put into question and taking into consideration that the Eldians forcefully mated with the Marleyans during centuries of ethnic cleansing makes the existence of these "tests" somewhat arbitrary and sheds some light into the political bias of the whole ordeal. You can skew whatever result you want and discriminate against anyone if you're the person who controls the methods that justify the discrimination.
  • Arch-Enemy: Of the Eldians.
  • The Band Minus the Face: Triple-fold. After the Paradians attack Liberio, Marley is left without military leadersnote , the Tybur family, and Zeke, the head of the "Warrior" Program. That's not including the hundreds of deaths and the destruction of their navy.
  • Blatant Lies: Invoked. As Eren Kruger argues, if actual ethnic cleansing against the Marleyans had taken place, there wouldn't be any left after 17 centuries of it happening. It's just too much time for the claim to be true; not only that, but also the fact that there are thousands, if not millions of Marleyans alive only one century after the supposed cleansing ended. If there was indeed an ethnic cleansing, it was remarkably ineffective. And there's also the problem that none of the current Marleyans can transform into Titans, but the history says that Eldians forced them to reproduce with them to make more citizens of Ymir, which doesn't appear to be possible.
    • The attacks on Paradis are under the guise of exterminating the "demons" living on the island. In reality, the Marley Government are after the island's natural resources for their own economic purpose and the Coordinate so they can improve the efficiency of their Titan conquests.
  • The Cake Is a Lie: As of the timeskip, the Marleyans have taken to promising Eldian "recruits" that if they rack up enough war accomplishments and merits, they can earn freedom for their ghetto-bound kinsmen. Considering what we've seen of Marley to date, this is highly unlikely to be true, but the conscripts, many of whom are children, don't have any choice but to believe it, regardless of the evidence to the contrary.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Somewhat. Marley is only superior in its power because of its Titans, which it relies on extensively. However, the rest of the world is adapting to the Titans and is coming up with multiple different ways to fight them, meaning that the country's military dominance is threatened unless they can take the other Titan powers that are under the control of Paradis. Much of its technology is outdated compared to the rest of the world, to the point that even with the Titans, they stand a good chance of eventually losing.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: For all their technological superiority, the Marleyan military is quickly and utterly wrecked by the Survey Corps' new 3D maneuvering gear and Thunder Spears; even the Warriors were sitting ducks. Granted though, for the Survey Corps also had the element of surprise.
  • Deadly Gas: It's revealed that that was part of the method used by the Marleyan military to transform the inhabitants of Ragako village in to Titans: By spraying the village with gas laced with Zeke's spinal fluid, followed by him shouting to trigger their transformation. As it was not administered through syringe (like in Rod Reiss' case), it further explains why the Titans of Rakago came out so deformed.
  • Deadly Euphemism: To be "sent to Paradise" is not even remotely as pleasant as it sounds. It means to be sent to Paradis Island, to roam endlessly as a mindless Titan. The euphemism is mainly used to threaten and punish dissenting Eldians in the ghettos.
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • They've spent a hundred years throwing Mindless Titans at the Walls for no other reason than to harass the Eldians and keep them stuck in the Walls that they're already trapped in. However, now that technology is marching on and they're in need of the natural resources on the island, they find themselves cut off from those resources by the very Titans they've been flooding the island with. Hence, their need for the Coordinate.
    • Their aforementioned effort to gain the Coordinate unwittingly provided the Paradian Eldians with the means to fend off their attack and successfully repelled the Warriors sent to recover it. The Warrior Program sparked movement from the Eldian Restorationists, which (in the long run) resulted in the sending of Grisha Yeager towards the Three Walls with the Attack Titan on board.
    • Just as the Mid-East Alliance War showed, there are several factions of their minted empire that are not content with the Marleyans ruling over everyone. It's further implied that some country (or countries) might have colluded with the Paradian Eldians to carry out the infiltration and attack of Liberio, or where are the very least aware or warned that Liberio would be attacked. So, it's not only the Eldians that Marley should be worrying about.
    • Considering that all they have to prove that Eldians are Eldians is blood tests that can be easily forged, there's a significant possibility that a portion of the Marleyan population have Eldian genetic traits without their knowledge; this is particularly egregious, considering that Eldia and Marley share a collective history together for two millennia, and even worse, the next best thing they have to identify Eldians is the armbands... which are just a piece of cloth.
  • The Empire: They've been colonizing the rest of the world by using Titans as weapons. Unfortunately for them, the failure to retrieve the Coordinate and loss of several Titan Shifters was seen as a sign of weakness by other nations, who are starting to openly fight back in the four year timeskip.
  • Enemy Civil War: They seized the opportunity of in-fighting among the Eldian clans to steal the Titan Powers from them.
  • Fantastic Racism: Marley brutally persecutes the Eldian people (the ancestors of those within the Walls), rounding them all up into ghettos, repeatedly calls them devils, violently and harshly beats anyone found outside the ghettos, and turns a blind eye to the murder of Eldians. One group of soldiers even feeds a young Eldian girl to their dogs alive for fun. Their reasoning is that the Eldian people had, in the past, enslaved and brutalized the people of Marley in turn.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: They went from being oppressed and (supposedly) ethnically cleansed by the Eldians to enact that same oppression and enslavement upon obtaining power.
  • Full-Circle Revolution: The Marleyans overthrew the oppressive rule of the Eldians, who had controlled them with the might of the Titans. They proceeded to brutally oppress the Eldians while using the might of the Titans to conquer their neighbors.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: They are behind all the major events that kickstarted the plot:
    • They are the ones who a hundred years ago stole seven of the Nine Titan Powers from Eldians.
    • They're the reason the Eldians fled to Paradis Island and secluded themselves behind the Three Walls.
    • They constantly send hordes of mindless Titans to hound those Eldian exiles who are living behind the Walls.
    • They are the ones who sent the Titan Shifters to breach Wall Maria and infiltrate the society behind the Walls.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain:
    • They claim that they keep the Eldians alive in the ghettos because they are being graceful, but there's the possibility that they're keeping them alive because only Eldians can be turned into Titans and use Ymir's Titan Powers. This is confirmed by Eren Kruger.
    • Subverted with their current motivations: they claim that the reason that after eighty years they're going to the offensive against the Eldians living in Paradis Island is because King Fritz has announced his intention of reclaiming the Eldian Empire's lost territories, in reality no such announcement has been made and King Fritz has never made contact with the outside world in all this time. It is said by an informant in the Marleyan government that the real reason for it is to claim the Island of Paradis for the fossil fuels they'll need to maintain their military supremacy in a world where technology is beginning to render the power of the seven Titans obsolete.
      • After the Time Skip, it's revealed that their defeat at the battle of Shinganshina and the loss of the Female and Colossal Titan powers dealt a tremendous blow to their military strength, which their other enemies took advantage of, and they've been at war with them for the last four years, putting their plans for Paradis Island on hold. During this time they came to realize how much they depended on the Titan powers for their military might, which now made their goal to capture the Coordinate an even greater priority and essential to keep their military supremacy.
  • Hypocrite: They constantly whine about how Eldia oppressed and brutalized Marley and the rest of the world with their Titans... all while forcing innocent Eldians to become Titans that will help them expand their empire. To make it even worse, they're not even grateful to the Eldians for giving them the power to forge an enormous empire. Instead, they spit on and oppress the Eldians, calling them inhuman demons who don't deserve equal rights. And if "The Owl" is anything to go by, the Eldians used their Titan power to help EVERYONE and the Marleyans betrayed THEM and stole their powers for their own selfish goals, making them filthy liars as well.
  • Idiot Ball: The Marleyan military's high command completely ignores the input of the "Warriors" regarding the island of Paradis, even though they are their front-line troops and the backbone of their military might. This is, of course, because they cannot go beyond their ingrained racism towards Eldians. This happens to be one of the reasons Willy Tybur and Magath conspire together to get rid of them.
  • If You Thought That Was Bad...:
    • The Marleyans are in an arms race, though it's not outright stated that it's being driven by their efforts against Eldia; as such, there's a possibility that the kingdom is simultaneously at war with a different country. As a matter of fact, there are two known conflicts:
      • They engaged in a conflict with southern countries and a war of conquest in the West that earned them transcontinental territories that amounted to a great swath of land and resources; this occurred during the period after the Titan War on which they gained the power of seven of the Nine Titan Powers of the Eldians;
      • As a result of the failure of the Warriors at Paradis, various nations threatened to raise war against Marley, with the Mid-East Allied Forces fighting against them in a conflict that lasted four years; this, and the venture in Paradis, made them realize that anti-Titan weaponry was developed under their noses and the foundation of their power is effectively in peril.
    • The whole purpose of the Warrior Program's venture in Paradis was to recover the Coordinate and exterminate the Eldians on the island; the Coordinate would grant them the ability to control the Eldians in Marley to use them in warfare, and control of the mindless Titans, which cannot be effectively managed otherwise, gaining the resource of gigantic, unstoppable cannon fodder.
  • Ignorant of Their Own Ignorance: Had anyone in Marley dedicated some thought with at least two brain cells allotted away from Pride, racism and self-congratulation, they would have realized that there was no freakin' way that they defeated the King of the Eldians out of their own power. Oh, but propaganda is a sweet mistress, feeding them with honey-dipped lies...
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • Invoked. The Marleyans justify their apartheid and persecution of the Eldians by claiming that Eldia conducted eugenics on them. Even if this were true, the propagandistic nature of everything they do puts this fact in question. As Eren Kruger states, it's too big and too farfetched of a claim for it to be true.
    • Their prejudice and hatred for the Eldians stems from the fact that the Eldians can turn into inhuman rampaging monsters. Even without the hatred, there's plenty to fear from the Eldians based on that alone.
    • You'd be snooty too if you were told that your ancestors made a god incarnate retreat to his hidey-hole with his tail between his legs. Good thing that you wouldn't know that said god incarnate orchestrated the whole thing.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: They force a narrative on the Eldian ghettos in Marley which states that they must abide to their every rule without question by guilt-tripping them for their ancestors' sins.
  • Meaningful Name: "Marley" seem derived from the Latin word mare, which means "sea"; this fits with their image to the people from Paradis Island of being from across the sea. Also their coat-of-arms depicts a seashell.
  • Meet the New Boss: Even with the Eldians out of the way, the Marleyans are just as warmongering as their supposed oppressors. The difference is that they dictate the new world order; other than that, they're pretty much the same.
  • The Minion Master / Mook Maker: Both invoked. They are shown to have access to large quantities of the spino-cerebral serum that is used to transform Eldians into mindless Titans; they are even knowledgeable of the doses required to transform into the different types of Titans. Although the actual source of that serum has not been revealed yet.
  • Moral Myopia: The biggest case of such in the entire story. Their extensive propaganda about Eldians being "Descendants of the Devil" because of their ancestors using the Power of the Titans to conquer the world is incredibly hard to swallow when Marley actively uses those exact same powers to greatly expand their own empire across the world.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: They forced the remaining Eldians who didn't flee to the island of Paradis into ghetto conditions reminiscent of the treatment of Jews during The Holocaust.
  • Non-Indicative Name: The Kingdom of Marley was the country that was subdued by the Eldians centuries ago. Whether it remains a "kingdom" is not quite clear, as it became more a military dictatorship by the time the Eldian exile to Paradis happened. However, it's implied that they retained their nobility as well.
  • Propaganda Machine: They make use of extensive propaganda to paint the Eldians as "descendants of the Devil" who are deserving of their fate in serfdom, while accusing the ones who fled to Paradis as cowards who escaped their "just punishment" and are just waiting for an opportunity to strike back and enslave the world again. This could be why Grisha was so surprised to see how different was the state of things and the way of life behind the Walls.
  • Pyrrhic Victory:
    • How the battle of between Marley and the Mid-East Allied Forces is seen In-Universe. While Marley was ultimately able to destroy the allied forces fleet as well as Fort Slava and win the war it came at the cost of revealing to the world that it is possible to acutually defeat the Titans with weapons powerful enough to even take down the Armoured Titan. The Marshal in Chapter 93 even asks Zeke if they can consider it a victory.
    • Their victory against the Eldians left them with seven of the Nine Titan Powers, which meant a lot less when one of the two remaining powers is a god incarnate, while the other is an overpowering and rampaging Wild Card... and now they're both inside the same dude.
  • So Last Season: They're about to be hit pretty hard with this. While they've used Titans in the past to expand their territory, the rest of the world in response has developed military technology that can rip through even the Armored Titan like wet toilet paper from far away. While Marley managed to defeat the Middle East Union, they struggled to bypass the anti-Titan weapons and realize it's only going to get worse since the world now knows that Titans can be defeated and technology is going to improve even more.
  • Sufficiently Analyzed Magic: It is mentioned that they have an entire research institute for studying the Titans and their powers; the "Warrior" program is one of the fruits of their research applied into practice.
  • Technologically Advanced Foe: Unlike the original Eldians (who relied on the Titan powers to make their lives easier) and the ones behind the Walls (who live in a technological stasis), the Marleyans and their rivals are shown having industrial age technology including photography, coal-burning factories, revolvers, cartridge-firing rifles, steam trains, automobiles, paddle steamers, zeppelins, and tri-planes. Come Chapter 93, the Marleyans realize that they have fallen into the same trap as the Eldians. Relying so heavily on Titan powers to maintain their geopolitical influence caused the rest of their technological advancement to stagnate, and their military rivals are now more advanced.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Played with. According to the historical documents provided by "The Owl", the Eldians used their Titan power to selflessly bring all humanity to prosperity, and as thanks, the Marleyans betrayed them, stole their powers, accused them of ethic cleansing, and threw them into ghettos to be used as cannon fodder. They then upgrade to Entitled Bastard with the reveal that they want to seize the city within the Walls, and exterminate everyone within, purely to take the natural resources there that they believe are theirs by birthright.
  • Walking Spoiler: Their existence turns many of the series' core plot elements up on their head:
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Following the Great Titan War, the Marley Government rewrote history to slander the Eldians and to make themselves the heroes. By the present day, all Eldians on the mainland (including those under the Warrior Program) come to believe their lies and despise their Eldian heritage while worshiping the Marleyans. Furthermore, the government makes up the excuse that the Eldians on Paradis are preparing for an attack to the citizens when in reality it is just an excuse for them to harvest the island's natural resources.
  • We Have Become Complacent: In Chapter 93, Magath and the War Council conclude that Marley has become too dependent on the Titans (not unlike their archenemies the Eldians) and that because they decided to sit on their laurels, they allowed their military technology to stagnate behind other countries. Because of this, they were unprepared for a naval offensive and, if their intelligence is right, soon other countries will start developing planes that can drop bombs to decimate their ground forces, making the Titans virtually useless.
  • We Have Reserves: Almost literally, they can keep sending Titanized Eldians to Paradis Island as long as they find subjects in the ghettos for it; it is also hinted that they have more reserves of "warriors" that can be used for Titan power vessels.
    • In Chapter 92, it is shown how the Marleyan army uses mindless Titans as cannon fodder, by literally dropping Eldians from the sky (some of them shown to be either comatose or lobotomized, implying that not all of them are willing subjects) and Titanizing them mid-fall.
  • Won the War, Lost the Peace: The outcome of the war against the Mid-East Alliance; Marley may have won the war but the rest of the world now praises the Mid-East Alliance technological advances in anti-Titan weaponry, and it will be a matter of time until more advances are made and Marley's dominance is challenged again.
  • Written by the Winners:
    • Marley underwent a considerable historical revisionism after the Great Titan War, which saw them as the "winners" of the war and over-blowing their own importance in the conflict. This came courtesy of the Tybur Family and the King of the Eldians, as Willy Tybur reveals, as the King willingly gave them most of his power in a silver platter. As such, absolutely none of Marley's supposed triumphs were due to their own merit.
    • Eldian Restorationists claim that the conflicts between Eldia and Marley were rewritten to cast Eldians in a bad light and justify their own brutality. While Owl thinks Eldia probably wasn't as saintly as they depicted themselves, he also thinks they weren't as monstrous as Marley claims.

Marleyan Military

Leadership

    General Calvi 

General Calvi

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A high-ranking member of the Marleyan military, and the commander-in-chief of the Marleyan Army and Navy; he gives Zeke the green-light to invade Paradis before his time is up.


  • Comically Missing the Point: When Magath and the War Council make the case to him of Marley's military becoming too dependent on the Titan Powers by briefing him on the future developments in bombing aircraft which could strike at Titan ground forces with impunity, he nonchalantly suggests developing a Titan with wings to counter them, drawing an awkward silence from the rest of the council. But then when they try again to explain him the point he cuts them off and makes it clear that he understood what they were trying to convey.
  • Death by Irony: Right before he dies, he finally gets to see that flying Titan he always wanted... as in Eren's Titan "flying" right at him and crushing him with a massive belly-flop.
  • Face Death with Dignity: While his men were panicking and screaming when Eren was about to crush them in Titan form, Calvi quietly accepted his fate.
  • Foil: To Darius Zackly and Dot Pixis, his Eldian counterparts. Much like Zackly, his success and high position hinges on the actions of the Titan Shifters, but like Pixis, he is a Reasonable Authority Figure. In hindsight, they are subject of the very same failures as well, as they lose control of their Titan assets, who turn against them; in the case of Calvi and Zackly, it costs them their lives.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Is the highest-ranking Marleyan official seen so far and represents the higher powers in control of the Warriors.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Looks like a carbon copy of Mads Mikkelsen, complete with the icy demeanor and Villainous Cheekbones.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Is surprisingly this, holding no question to Zeke's loyalties and approving of his proposal to invade Paradis Island despite his initial failure.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: He is one of the few high-rankers who realizes that the high echelons of the Marleyan military are incredibly short-sighted. Nevertheless, and as a matter of fact, his apparent unwillingness to do something about this in spite of knowing about it is what brings his eventual demise, as he is strategically seated in Willy Tybur's Rally alongside his cabinet so that he too becomes a victim of the Attack Titan's rampage.

Marleyan Army

    Captain Theo Magath 

Captain Theo Magath

Debut: Chapter 91 (Manga)

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"Everyone, remember this: I'm the one who dealt the first blow."

A captain from the Marleyan army and the commanding officer of the Warrior program. He led the Eldian unit assigned to take Fort Slava.


  • A Father to His Men: Played with. Despite being a Marleyan, he holds his Eldian subordinates in comparatively high regard, treating them with respect and refusing to accept needless sacrifices from them. However, he still looks down on them as subservient beings to Marley.
  • Anger Born of Worry: When Gabi is reunited with the Marleyan forces, he hugs and scolds her for recklessly going into enemy territory and getting herself captured.
  • As You Know / Mr. Exposition: He explains to Falco (again) and the readers the predicament Marley has been stuck in the last four years. In-universe, this is explained away as Falco being dizzy from taking a blow to the head and needing to be reminded of what was going on.
  • Batman Gambit: While he didn't specifically plan it, both he and Willy Tybur knew there was a high chance Eren would attack the Marley high command, and positioned himself to avoid it.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: A flashback shows that he berated and yelled at the Warrior trainees, to motivate them to work harder.
  • Everyone Has Standards: He heavily criticized Marley's decision to send four children alone to retrieve the "Coordinate" ability under the assumption that everything will go exactly as planned.
  • Field Promotion: After Eren kills Willy and pancakes the high command of the Marleyan military during Willy Tybur's rally at Liberio, Magath assumes command of the military and formally declares hostilities with the Eldians of Paradis by shooting the Attack Titan with his rifle. Following the Eldians' blimp retreat, he's both the head honcho of the whole country and the military, or at least of what's little left of those.
  • Foil: To Keith Shadis, the veteran Instructor of the 104th. Both men conceal a fondness for their troops beneath their Drill Sergeant Nasty routine, and personally oversaw the training of one of Grisha's sons. But while Shadis was once a forward-thinking man that retired to the Trainee Corps after a lifetime of failure and resentment, Magath is a man of the system that goes along with the grooming of children into living weapons in spite of expressing some misgivings about it. Ironically, their best students end up befriending and later fighting one another.
  • Four-Star Badass: He grumbles during the Battle for Paradis that the best hunter ends up being the military's supreme commander, noting that Marley has fallen quite low since it came to that. This is after he fired an artillery shell right through Eren's Titan's brain, greatly crippling the latter.
  • Hidden Depths: He's actually quite frustrated with Marley's current course, recognizing how destructive it has become and how nothing will change because the people are apathetic and unaware of the true cost of war. He seeks to change Marley before it destroys itself, by advocating for the revival of the old conscription programs.
  • Ignored Expert: Prior to the Paradis Operation, he expressed misgivings about tasking children with carrying out such a vital mission. His superiors brushed his concerns aside, pointing to how powerful the latest batch of Warriors were compared to their predecessors. Magath's concerns proved correct, with his child subordinates unable to withstand the emotional and mental toll their mission took on them.
  • Last of His Kind: He is the last member of the Marleyan military high command who survived the Eldian attack on Liberio. However, this was engineered by both himself and Willy Tybur in order to flush out the extremely conservative members of the high command.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Magath seems to be the only Marleyan introduced thus far that doesn't buy into the usual propaganda of the rest of the populous. When discussing Willy Tybur's False Flag Operation he tells him that Eldians truly are the children of the devil but then again the Marleyan's are devils as well.
  • Noble Bigot: He treats his Eldian subordinates well, even bantering with Zeke in a casual manner. That doesn't change the fact he still believes that Eldians are inferior beings with demonic blood. Though it's also implied that he does this because it's the only way he can live with himself; wouldn't be the first example in this manga.
  • Oh, Crap!: When he realizes that the Titan Shifters and Survey Corps of Paradis are far more coordinated and technologically advanced than anyone in Marley had suspected.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • When it's suggested they should shut down the Eldian troops' celebration because it's too noisy, he allows it to continue.
    • When the Eldian troops under his command re-enter the Internment camp to greet their families, Magath stays at the gate to watch the happy reunions.
    • He personally saw the four Warriors off on the Paradis mission, and asked them to all come back safely. While saying this, he averted his gaze from them and stared off into the distance.
    • During the battle in the Plaza, he repeatedly prioritizes the safety of his young subordinates. He tries to order Gabi and Falco away from the battle, physically shielding them from danger even though both are "expendable" Eldians that have already experienced combat.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure:
    • He accepts the good reasoning behind Gabi's plan, and allows her to carry it out on her own.
    • During the battle of Fort Slava he listens and values Colt's tactical advice.
    • He is Zeke's superior officer and has known him for a good two decades, making him the closest thing to a Marleyan "friend" of the Eldians.
  • The Starscream: Magath joins forces with Willy Tybur, knowing the strong likelihood of an attack by the Eldians of Paradis, and deliberately ensures that he is not with the senior members of the Marleyan military so that when they are killed in Eren's rampage he can swiftly take command.
  • Toilet Humor: He exchanges jokes with Zeke about Eldians asses, and the secret techniques of how he wipes.
  • War Is Hell: He recognizes how detached the average Marleyan is from the reality of war, since they just read about it in the papers and don't have to fight. He hopes to change this, to turn Marley away from its path of constant warfare.
  • You Are in Command Now: After General Calvi and the rest of the senior military staff are killed by Eren's rampage Magath takes over as the acting head of the Marleyan Military.

    Koslow 

Koslow

Debut: Chapter 91 (Manga)

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A Marleyan soldier who fought with Magath's unit against the Mid-East Allied Forces.


  • Fantastic Racism: He has considerable disdain for Eldians, even those fighting alongside him in the trenches.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Completely averted. He fights alongside Eldian soliders in the war, facing danger with them in the trenches. But this doesn't change his attitude towards them, still viewing them as monsters even after Udo tended his wounds and Gabi risked her life to save everyone.
  • It's All About Me: After being wounded by enemy gunfire at Fort Slava, he complains that only Eldians are supposed to be on the front lines and that as a Marleyan, he shouldn't even have to actually fight.
  • Jerkass: He seems to exist solely to demonstrate the typical attitude of a Marleyan citizen, mocking and bullying the Eldian soldiers he's forced to work with.
  • Kick the Dog: All of his scenes involve this behavior. He laughs mockingly when a wounded enemy calls the Eldians tending his wounds "devils", and later shouts to frighten a group of traumatized Eldian soldiers for his own amusement.
  • Mugging the Monster: One of the soldiers he was picking on turns out to be Eren Yeager. Lucky for Koslow, The "Suicidal Bastard" had mellowed out since we last saw him and wasn't going blow his cover just to stomp the little cocksucker, so nothing happened.
  • No Sympathy: As he's leading a group of Eldian soldiers suffering from PTSD to a hospital for treatment, among them one who lost a leg, Koslow berates them for not being able to walk straight. Although, he might have changed his tune a bit had he known who that one-legged "Soldier" really was.

    Panzer Squad 
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Marleyan soldiers belonging to a specialized unit, serving as the crew for the Cart Titan.


  • Boom, Headshot!: Sasha takes one of them out with a precise shot to the head.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Thunder Spears are deployed against their turrets, blowing the men inside to pieces in a very messy fashion.
  • Fantastic Racism: Averted. They treat the Warriors as respected comrades, and even seem to be a little smitten with Pieck.
  • Gatling Good: They operate the machine guns mounted on to the Cart Titan's harness.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Their act of freeing Porco and Pieck far earlier than intended allowed Eren to successfully steal the War-Hammer Titan after finding out that Porco's Titan was capable of damaging Lady Tybur's crystal cocoon.
  • No Name Given: Other than Carlo, (see below) none of their names are given.
  • Pretty Little Headshots: Carlo gets one from Sasha, which is downright merciful compared to the others getting blown to bits.
  • Red Shirt: They don't last long, once things take a violent turn.
  • Sniping the Cockpit: Sasha is able to shoot one of them through the window of his gun turret.
  • True Companions: The entire unit is very close-knit, demonstrating a strong bond and commitment to each other.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: They are killed off a few chapters after being introduced, just long enough to demonstrate their devotion to Pieck.

Public Security Bureau

    Sergeant Major Gross 

Sergeant Major Gross

Debut: Chapter 86 (Manga)

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"If you leave rats in your household alone, you might be infected with a disease sooner or later, so the desire to eliminate them is natural."

A member of the Public Security Bureau overseeing the Liberio Ghetto in Marley. He later is shown to have risen in rank as one of the commanding officers in the Marleyan army tasked with sending off the captive Eldian revolutionaries to Paradis Island. A stocky, mustached man.


  • Asshole Victim: After everything this guy pulled, no one shed any tears when the Kawaii Titan bit his face off.
  • The Bad Guys Are Cops: He pretty much has carte blanche to do whatever he wants with Eldians as a member of the military, since opposing him means to oppose the Marleyan establishment.
  • Break Them by Talking: He spends a great deal of time sadistically tormenting Grisha by making it explicitly clear that he believes vicious brutal sadists like himself are "normal" while those who value peaceful coexistence "have something wrong with them."
  • Condescending Compassion: Of a sort. When pressed by Grisha, he admits that his gruesome murder of the 8-year-old Faye was "a shame" but adds in "if only she wasn't an Eldian".
  • Dastardly Whiplash: He easily fits the bill of a mustache-twirling villain.
  • Dirty Cop: Citizen, civilian, superior and subordinate. Nobody from his own nation can trust him because he's too corrupt, hedonistic, and sadistic.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: He let a little girl be mauled by dogs because she and her brother left their designated ghetto without permission.
  • Fat Bastard: He's a stocky, fat-bellied bastard.
  • Fantastic Racism: Invoked. He argues that Faye being Eldian was the main reason he killed her. Gross has a deep rooted hatred for Eldians, though he also states that he does not align with peaceful practices even when Marley is not in a state of war anymore.
  • For the Evulz: He has a history of throwing Eldians off the dyke into the sand bar, right in front of their recently Titanized friends and loved ones because he needs "entertainment".
  • Harmful to Minors: He claims that he made his sons watch as he fed Faye Yeager to their dogs alive "to teach them a valuable lesson about the world."
  • Hate Sink: For the most part, Marleyans are portrayed as complex characters who are antagonistic because of the poisonous anti-Eldian propaganda they've been raised with... and then there's this guy, who's basically all the worst traits of Marley wearing a hat; he's a sadist who tortures and murders Eldians and feels justified because they're 'subhuman'. Don't feel too bad that he only lasts a few chapters before his gruesome demise.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: His insatiable desire for entertainment led directly to his Karmic Death in the jaws of the very Titan he created to kill Grisha.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Invoked and subverted. His extreme xenophobia against the Eldians is more understandable once you realize that he doesn't consider them human in the first place, but rather monsters; this is what Marleyans in general think, but Gross actually uses it as an excuse to amuse himself while exterminating Eldians.
  • Karmic Death: He dies by being devoured by a Titan when previously he had fed a little girl to the dogs.
  • Kick the Dog: He personally killed Faye Yeager, a little girl, by throwing her to be mauled by dogs.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: He attempted to have Grisha eaten and wanted to see him scream in agony. The son-of-a-bitch ends up being eaten instead.
  • Meaningful Name: Gross is a "gross" human being.
  • Mr. Exposition: He dropped several important pieces of information regarding the Titan serum while tormenting Grisha; it's spinal fluid extracted from Titans themselves, the dosage dictates the size of the Titan produced after injection, and that it only works on people of Eldian descent.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: With his actions, he singlehandedly made Grisha Yeager rebel against the Marley establishment. By doing so, in the long run he gave the Eldians inside the Walls a fighting chance that they would not have had otherwise. Also applies to Nice Job Breaking It, Rivals!.
  • Not So Different: He delivers one to Grisha by saying that he is fine with wiping out the Eldians from the face of the Earth and then pointing out that Grisha would also be okay if upon achieving victory, the Eldian Restoration Movement exterminates all the Marleyans.
  • Police are Useless: Not only is he impeding a further investigation into the death of Faye, he's actively blaming her parents for the death. So he's not only useless; he's downright evil.
  • Sadist: He gleefully joins in on the racism against Eldians mostly because it gives him an acceptable target to do horrible things to, like leaving them to be Eaten Alive by former friends and family.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: The entire plot line would have been drastically different had he simply taken Faye back home.
  • Spanner in the Works: His penchant for sadistically killing Eldian people for his own amusement ended up being the catalyst for Grisha to rebel against Marley by joining the Eldian Restoration Movement. This ended up triggering a massive series of events causing the Marley Kingdom's mission to exterminate the Eldians residing in the Walls on Paradis Island to be fraught with numerous complications.
  • Tempting Fate: During his Hannibal Lecture, he matter-of-factly states that he knows everyone will die someday, including him. He tells Grisha he has made peace with that fact and will face fate head on as he creates the Kawaii Titan. When he is pushed off the wall, he is screaming and struggling as his face is bitten off. "Face fate" head on indeed.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: He uses this to justify his bigotry against Eldians, by pointing out that no other race on earth can turn into mindless human-devouring monsters; as such, in his view, Eldians are Not Even Human to begin with.
  • Would Harm A Child: Threw a child to the dogs, so yeah.

    Eren Kruger 

Eren Kruger

Debut: Chapter 86 (Manga)

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"How about it? Is this entertaining for you?."

Gross' right-hand man and second-in-command. A lanky, morose man. He's interested in personally interrogating Grisha instead of just transforming him into a mindless Titan like the rest of the revolutionaries. Kruger is actually "The Owl", the hidden informant of the Eldian Restorationists, and a Titan Shifter.


  • Becoming the Mask: He plays the part of an uncaring officer as far as he can take it, but ultimately saves Grisha's life from Gross by throwing him into the island to be eaten by a Titan.
  • Call-Forward:
    • His Titan form resembles the Rogue Titan, albeit more muscle-toned and considerably bigger (20 m or so). His, Grisha's and Eren's Titan form are all the same Titan power, classified as the Attack/Attacker Titan.
    • He mentions to Grisha that due to their profession, doctors can move easily between societal strata, which make them perfect to serve as spies. Grisha would later use his medical skills to gain access to the Capital and root out the Royal Family.
    • Just before he injects Grisha with the Titan Serum to transfer the "Attack Titan" power to him, he tells Grisha that if he wants to save Mikasa and Armin, he must complete his mission, which was exactly what Grisha recited before passing the "Attack" and "Founding" Titan powers to Eren. The only issue is that at this point in time, they weren't even born yet.
  • The Chessmaster: It's implied that he's been playing Grisha like a fiddle since the death of Faye.
  • Cryptic Conversation: He engages in a one-sided example with Grisha right before injecting him with Titan serum. He tells Grisha to make a family and to love someone when he enters the Walls or the same mistakes are doomed to be repeated, much to Grisha's understandable confusion. This is topped off with Kruger telling Grisha to carry out his mission to the end if he wants to save Mikasa and Armin, who weren't even born yet. Kruger didn't have a clue who those people were when he uttered their names, or why he even did it in the first place.
  • Double Agent: He is The Owl, and it's shown that he is a Titan Shifter; as such, it's revealed that he's an Eldian mole within the Marleyan military.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: He's not exactly loyal to the Marley party line or his superiors.
  • Hidden Purpose Test: Invoked. He takes personal interest in Grisha and prevents him from being killed or Titanized until the very end under the pretense of interrogating him; he also makes sure that the young man is the very last standing out of the Restorationists and the Marleyan soldiers.
  • Identical Stranger: Looks like an older Eren Yeager, and was very likely his namesake. In fact, Eren looks almost identical to when Kruger was a boy despite not being close relatives. However, the fact that Grisha ate Kruger and the "invisible bonds" between each Eldian may have to do something to do with this.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: He originally infiltrated the Marleyan military to enact revenge upon them following the death of his family in a failed coup similar to what Grisha experienced. But as he maintained his act as an interrogator, he was forced to torture countless fellow Eldians, all while believing he still did it for Eldia's greater cause. Needless to say, it broke him into the apathetic double agent he appears as to Grisha.
  • Ironic Echo: He asks "do you find this entertaining?" as the Kawaii Titan is biting Gross's face off. After Gross had mentioned how much "humanity" needs "entertainment" by doing cruel and sadistic things.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Pushes Gross off a wall, into the hands of a Titan. Judging by his expression, Kruger's been wanting to do that for long time.
  • Lean and Mean: He's rather lean and tall, shown to be a few inches taller than the 6'0" Grisha, in fact. Ultimately Subverted because he's not actually evil, though he certainly uses his intimidating presence to help with his mission.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In order to motivate Grisha to take his final mission to reach the Walls and retrieve the "Coordinate" ability, Kruger tells Grisha that he must carry on where his comrades have fallen because he began this entire story the day he went past the gate when he was a child.
  • Mr. Exposition: He reveals details in person to Grisha that he withheld from the intel he slipt to the Eldians. Information such as Titan Shifters dying within 13 years of receiving their powers and that the Marleyans have a full science division for studying Titans. He also reveals that should a Shifter pass away without being eaten, the power will be reborn in a random Eldian, due to the link they share as "Ymir's People".
  • Not So Different: He had reached the very same conclusion as Grisha did when it came to the Warrior Program, and fully intended to back him on those plans from the inside... only that this didn't work out for either of them. Out of options, he gives Grisha the Attack Titan and the mission to restore Eldia.
  • Not So Stoic: He throws Gross to be devoured by the Kawaii Titan because of his taunting of Grisha.
  • Perpetual Frowner: His face is in a constant state of anguish.
  • Police are Useless: He remains quiet as Gross lies his ass off about Faye's death.
  • Posthumous Character: His story is only told in a flashback, and he was the Titan Shifter Grisha ate to acquire the power of one of the Nine original Titans.
  • The Power of Love: Invoked. He tells Grisha that in order to finally break the cycle of hostility that has brought the Titan Powers to constant war with humanity and among themselves, he has to stop proselytizing and love, start a family and live a virtuous life. According to Kruger, this has always been the factor that is missing from the formula, though it's not yet known what difference does it make in terms of how it affects the Titan Powers. It has worked in a certain way, as the Warriors were unsuccessful on their first mission to Paradis precisely out of the love, sympathy and respect they developed for the people they were supposed to kill.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He only appears in four chapters, on which he made Grisha Yeager what he became. He seized Grisha's resentment towards Marley and dictated every impacting moment of his life (lured him to the Restorationists, sent Dina to him, fed him all the leaked information he had from the inside), that is, until it completely backfired on both of them. Out of time and options, he finally entrusted his own mission and the Attack Titan to Grisha.
  • Smoking Is Cool: First introduced having a smoke on a hillside.
  • Take Up My Sword: He allows Grisha to eat him, not only because he's dying, but because of their shared circumstances. He wants Grisha to claim the first Titan's power.
  • The Un-Reveal:
    • It is not yet known how he inherited the Titan power in the first place.
    • It's also not known how he learned of the Will of the First King, though it's implied that he knows about it through tapping the ancestral memories from the previous Attack Titan power holders, or if his Wham Line below is anything to go by, future holders.
  • Wham Line: He says this to Grisha in a flashback, and while its implications to the plot as a whole are not yet known, the fact that he uttered it is quite significant:
    If you want to save them all...Mikasa, Armin, and the others...carry out your mission to the end.
  • Would Harm A Child: The first thing he does when Grisha tells him he has no permit to be outside the ghetto is to knee him in the gut, although it's revealed that this is the absolute minimum punishment he could have gotten away with inflicting on young Grisha for "trespassing" outside the official Eldian zone without the proper permits. Years later, he admits to torturing children and titanizing them. He regrets, lamenting over his lack of strength.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Invoked. He tells Grisha that he pretty much did exactly what Kruger wanted from him in terms of Dina, Zeke and the Restorationists, and that Kruger too thought that Grisha's plans were sound and intended to back him up on those until everything crumbled down like a house of cards, meaning that Kruger was at his wits' end as well at that point. As such, he tells Grisha that he has to fight on and persevere because he's altogether spent, both in ideas and physically (as Kruger was approaching the 13-year mark from the Curse of Ymir), encouraging him to reach the Three Walls and carry out the mission.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Does this to the entire Eldian Restorationist Movement, letting them get transformed into mindless titans, with the only exception being Grisha who he had picked out as his successor for the Attack Titan. He then does this to himself, letting Grisha devour him to gain the Attack Titan, due to nearing the end of his lifespan.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: He states that once someone inherits the power of the Nine Titans, they only have thirteen years to live. When he tells that to Grisha, thirteen years have already passed since he originally got his powers, and he can be seen starting to bleed and collapse from exhaustion. He refers to this as "Ymir's Curse".

    Liberio Gatekeepers 

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A pair of Marleyan soldiers responsible for overseeing the checkpoint into Liberio Internment Zone.


  • Boom, Headshot!: The taller guard ends up getting his brains blown out by Sasha.
  • Fantastic Racism: Downplayed. They're still part of the system, but treat the Candidates like ordinary kids and worry for their safety.
  • Fat and Skinny: One is tall and lanky, and the other is short and stout.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Both are killed while trying to protect Gabi, doing everything in their power to prevent her from joining the battle.
  • Noble Bigot: Implied. They are active participants in Marley's oppression of the Eldians, but also genuinely care about the kids under their charge.
  • No Name Given: They are never referred to by name.
  • Pet the Dog: Their interactions with the Candidates humanize them considerably, even though both are still soldiers keeping an ethnic minority imprisoned in a camp.
  • Red Shirt: Minor characters in the Marleyan army, there just to further traumatize Gabi when they are killed.
  • Shipper on Deck: They take an active interest in Falco's crush on Gabi, teasing the kids over it.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: They have a lot in common with Hannes, especially his earliest appearance in the series. They're easy-going town guards that enjoy teasing their young charges, but ultimately do their best to keep the kids safe when push comes to shove. It ends up costing them their lives, during a desperate battle.
  • Those Two Guys: Always together, and basically there to provide running commentary on the Warrior Candidates' personal lives.

Others

    Karina's Ex-Lover 

Debut: Chapter 95 (Manga)

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A Marleyan civilian, employed by the military as a laborer that works in the barracks kitchens. He had an illicit affair with Karina Braun when they worked together, resulting in the birth of their son.


  • Broken Pedestal: Karina painted a picture of a man desperate to reunite with his lover and child. The man Reiner actually met proved to be a disappointment.
  • Disappeared Dad: Literally only met his son once, and made it clear he wants nothing to do with Eldian "devils".
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He's hardly a good person, but he expresses disgust at Karina grooming their son to become a Warrior. He suggests she's doing it for her own benefit, and hopes to get Revenge by Proxy for him leaving her.
  • Foil: To Historia's mother, Alma. Both were involved in an illicit relationship that resulted in a child desperate to reconnect with them. But his position as a Marleyan citizen allowed him to abandon his child, and deny any relation to avoid punishment while Alma was a servant to the royal family and killed to remove any loose ends.
  • Heroic Build: Isayama explained that he's a powerfully-built man, passing those traits down to his illegitimate son.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: It's implied that Karina had Reiner against his wishes, and he argues that she enlisted the boy into the Warrior program in order to spite him for leaving her, thus putting his real family in danger. Though what he did is not morally justifiable by any means, Karina is indeed enacting Disproportionate Retribution on him, this being the reason he attempts to sever all connections with Reiner by lashing at him.
  • No Name Given: His name is never provided, with Karina avoiding referring to him by name.
  • My Greatest Failure: Invoked and played with. He argues that his relationship with Karina was by far the greatest mistake he'd ever done, as Karina is not a particularly stable woman to begin with. His relationship with her, and the son she bore him, have put his actual family in danger of being found out and brutally punished by the Marleyan authorities. However, his reasons for attending the parade where Reiner was shown as a Warrior are murky at best, though it's implied that by attending and seeing Reiner, he definitely verified how far Karina was willing to go to make his life completely miserable.
  • Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: In his version of events, Karina is the psycho ex that wants to see his entire family executed for leaving her.
  • Secret Other Family: Karina and Reiner are the other family, while it seems he has a legitimate Marleyan one that he thinks Karina is out to get.
  • Secret Relationship: He had an affair with an Eldian, in violation of the law. The mere thought of his secret being exposed makes him hysterical.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Subverted. While Karina painted them as tragic lovers unable to be together, he expresses disgust for his former lover and their child.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Reiner looks quite a bit like him, with his heavy build and strong features. This allowed him to recognize a complete stranger as the man his mother always told him about. It's implied that this is one of the reasons he never tried to contact Reiner before, as the apple does not fall that far from the tree. They resemble each other so much that if they're seen together, it can put the guy's actual family in danger of being exposed to legal repercussions.
  • That Thing Is Not My Child!: Rejects Reiner completely, calling him a demon and slamming the door in his face.

Marleyan "Warrior" Program

    The "Warrior" Program 
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The Public Security Bureau announcing the creation of the "Warrior" Program to the Eldians of the Liberio Ghetto

The Marleyan "Warrior" Program is a military project by the Marleyan government which consists on recruiting Eldians among the ghetto populations in order to train them and indoctrinate them into becoming hardened "warriors" for Marley; the cream of the crop are then given one of the seven Titan powers under control by the Marleyan goverment. The program's main mission is to infiltrate the Eldian society behind the Walls and obtain the Coordinate Titan power from the Eldian royal family without awakening the millions of colossal Titans entombed inside the Walls. In return, the Marleyan Government promised to award full Marleyan citizenship to the participants who'd successfully carry out their mission, while granting special privileges to them and their families in the mean time. The initiative, which began fifteen to twenty years before the Fall of Shinganshina, was intended to give the seven Titan Powers of Ymir Fritz under the control of Marley to select individuals in order to carry out the infiltration, though only six individuals were shown to have been Titanized (with one going unused for undisclosed reasons).

The first "Warrior" mission to Paradis, lasting a period of over five years, involved the deployment of six of the Titan Shifters, of which four were supposed to infiltrate the Eldian society and enlist in their military forces and the other two oversaw operations and logistics from outside of the Walls; the mission was considered a disastrous failure because of the demise of two of the infiltrators, the capture of one by the Eldian Military, and the miraculous rescue of the remaining one by the skin of their teeth. All in all, it resulted in the loss of two of the Titan Powers, Female and Colossal, with only the salvaging of the Jaws Titan Power and having caused massive casualties within the Three Walls as the redeeming points of the operation. This failure caused the Kingdom of Marley to be politically and militarily undermined by their neighboring countries, elevating hostilities and causing a four year war against the Mid-East Alliance forces. The rise in hostilities and the newfound vulnerability of the Titan Shifters due to technological warfare advancement have reopened the discussion of undergoing a second "Warrior" mission to Paradis, this time with the full backing of the Marleyan Navy, with candidates for the Titan Powers being evaluated.

Most, if not all, of the Titan Shifters in the "Warrior" Program come from the Liberio Internment Zone, which is further explored in the next section in this page.


  • A Hero to His Hometown: On Paradis Island the Warriors are hated and feared due to being responsible for breaking down the Walls and the deaths of thousands of the few remaining humans there. The Warriors for the Marleyan controlled Eldians are highly revered as heroes and being recruited as one is considered an honour since it allows the Eldians to "atone" for their cursed blood. Their leader Zeke is held in high regard by other Eldians, as he has enough social standing to even have a say in the military decisions of the Marleyan military.
  • All for Nothing: The Warriors hope to prove that the Eldians of Marley have atoned for the actions of the Eldian Empire. But each and every generation, they're just fed to a new batch of indoctrinated Child Soldiers and the sorry state of Marley's Eldian population continues. Pieck spells this out to Gabi when they meet.
  • A Million Is a Statistic: Though the main purpose of the "Warrior" Program is to recover the "Coordinate" for Marley, the "Warriors" were also instructed to use the Mindless Titans to wreak as much havoc and kill as many Eldians as they could without awakening the Wall Titans. With the Fall of Wall Maria alone, they were able to cause the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Eldians, added to the population that had to be sacrificed one year later by the Royal Government because of unsustainability and lack of resources to keep them alive, racking up to an insane amount of Eldians killed. Keep in mind that the "Warriors" did this just to be able to infiltrate the Eldian society undetected in the ensuing chaos.
  • Abusive Parents: Inherent in the very nature of the program, though some are shown to be worse than others. While there seems to be plenty of love between the parents and their children, all ultimately made the decision to sacrifice their children's lives for their own benefit.
  • Child Soldiers: They recruit children between the ages of five and seven among the Eldians living in the ghettos to mold them to serve as fanatically loyal "Warriors" for Marley; a select few are then given one of the Titan Powers. In exchange they grant the title of "Honorary Marleyans" to their families. In fact, the only real adult among their ranks seems to be Zeke, who appears to have gained his power at around 17. They employ children to indoctrinate them more easily, and to ensure that by enlisting, their families are kept in check.
    • This has bitten them in the ass, however, as no matter how indoctrinated, children simply don't have the emotional maturity to carry a complex plan to completion, and the foresight to make contingencies if something went pear-shaped. They lost a member before they even met the Paradians to personal issues ( Marcel confessing that he rigged Titan selections in favor of Reiner, which sent him into shock and allowed Ymir's Titan to surprise them, forcing Marcel into a Heroic Sacrifice to save him). Their cover was basically blown as soon as Annie was caught because they didn't work out good cover stories beforehand, and Reiner blows the remains to bits because he broke under the pressure of what he had to do. While definitely more loyal than most of the adults who infiltrated Paradis, they were also less effective due to their age.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Warriors wear a red armband, in comparison to the yellow ones worn by other Eldians.
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • The plan to reclaim the Founding Titan had several crippling problems from the beginning, yet it was still implemented. The biggest of which was sending the four Warriors to Paradis Island all alone without any sort of supervision or backup. Despite the fact they were all trained from a very early age and possessed the Power of the Titans, they were still kids, and were liable to make catastrophic mistakes due to their age regardless of their training. Not to mention their intel on Paradis Island itself was a century out of date. Magath actually took notice of this and his concerns were more or less brushed off by his superiors.
    • The Warriors are only familiar with two types of Titan warfare: to use the Titan Powers against infantry, and to use Mindless Titans against infantry. However, they've seriously, and egregiously, neglected the possibility of melee combat against a potential enemy Shifter and the use of anti-Titan infantry and weaponry that the Paradian Eldians employ. This latter should have been addressed by the Marleyan military at the very least during the Mid-East Alliance War, where anti-Titan weaponry was developed and used.
  • Didn't See That Coming:
    • The Warriors were certainly not expecting for the Attack Titan to appear at the Three Walls. This proverbially threw the wrench on their plans, and this was even before it was revealed that its holder (Eren), also held the Coordinate Titan.
    • They certainly weren't expecting that the Eldians had not only one, but two Ackermans at their disposal, them being among the main reasons the Warriors lost not only at Paradis, but also at Liberio.
  • Epic Fail:
    • The first campaign to Paradis was a gigantic failure for the Warrior Program. Yes, they killed an insane amount of people at the Three Walls... but they still lost. Scampered out by the skin of their teeth, avoiding near-death multiple times and losing two of the Titan Powers that they brought to besiege the Paradian Eldians, they had to return to Marley with their tails between their legs and were immediately shipped to the front lines of a different war that arose from their failure in order to prove their worth. To add insult to injury, their opponents hadn't realized they existed before, and after the invasion were in a better position to combat the Marleyans. Ouch...
    • The defense of Liberio was one of the worst showings for the Warriors, as they were handed their asses by the Paradian Eldians once again, with heavy military and civilian losses, and with the decimation of their military chain of command. Even when the "Devils" had a mole in the Warrior ranks, their loss was catastrophic for both the Warriors and Marley.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Invoked. The first mission to Paradis itself went off the rails shortly after beginning with the death of the team leader, Marcel, and it went only downhill from there. Even though, there was no guarantee that other candidates like Pieck, Zeke and Porco would have fared any better, as it would have required a completely dispassionate and merciless team, incapable of pity, sympathy and camaraderie. Even the recruits after the time skip show signs of the same team fracturing and conflicts, adding to the fact that due to the first mission failure, the Eldians at Marley are in an even more precarious position, eliciting an urgency for the new mission to succeed... it just doesn't fare well for them at all.
  • Five-Man Band: The core warriors form one.
    • Big Bad: The Beast Titan, which leads the operation against the humans hiding behind the Three Walls.
    • The Dragon: The Armored Titan, a powerful user of Instant Armor who reports to the Beast Titan.
    • The Brute: The Colossal Titan, who kicks down Wall Maria.
    • The Evil Genius: The Cart Titan, supporting the Beast Titan with supplies and information.
    • The Dark Chick: The Female Titan, More Deadly Than the Male and noted for acting aloof.
  • Four Is Death:
    • Four Warriors were initially sent to Paradis, they caused massive amount of deaths in their wake; in the end two were killed (one of them shortly after the mission starting) and one was captured.
    • Four Warriors faced the Survey Corps during the battle of Shinganshina, and almost wiped out the entire force.
  • I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure:
    • If a Warrior does anything to cause their loyalty to come into question, their families can be stripped of their status as "Honorary Marleyans" and turned into mindless Titans. Falco is nearly driven to tears, when Reiner points out that his misgivings about the program could be taken as treason... and his entire family would be executed as punishment.
    • After the failure of the first campaign to Paradis, the whole program was put into question by the Marleyan authorities; so much that, in fact, even the new candidates for the program were sent to the front lines of the war against the Mid-East Alliance. Keep in mind that the previous Warriors were never sent to the front lines while they were training, and only when they were already awarded the Titan Powers.
  • In It for Life: Warriors have a 13 year tenure, which is exactly how long they have to live after gaining their powers. They are expected to serve Marley until their death, submitting to being devoured by their successor when the time comes.
  • Klingon Promotion: Implied Trope among the Warriors, as Reiner challenged Zeke in order to determine their next move. He lost, and Zeke makes it clear he's willing to fight another duel for leadership... but a second loss will result in Reiner's death.
  • More Than Mind Control: The Warriors are all raised on the propaganda of the "evil" Eldians within the Walls, and recruited through promising their families better treatment. Many believe their service will eventually prove the loyalty of their people to Marley, leading to their freedom from the internment camps. And each Warrior knows that disloyalty or failure could result in them being stripped of their position, and their family condemned to become fodder Titans. This combination of indoctrination, hope of a better life, and fear for their loved ones keeps them committed to their duties and willing to commit genocide or betray their friends.
  • Mysterious Past: As the Warrior program was created with the specific purpose of invading Paradis, the policies of Marley regarding their Titan Powers before the program have not been disclosed. However, it's implied that the Titan Powers that were used to expand their dominion were held by adults otherwise, though it's not known the level of indoctrination or the propagandistic nature of the Warriors applied to those Titan Power holders too.
  • Not Quite the Right Thing: One of the main reasons the "Warriors" undergo Titanization and swear loyalty to Marley is to bid for a better treatment for the people in the ghettos and to finally demonstrate that the Eldians there are not traitors to Marley. In spite of this, nearly a decade into the tenures of the current Warriors, their families still live in the ghettos and the next generation is being prepped to replace them.
  • Our Demons Are Different: It's not known whether any of the Warriors carries ancestral memories of the people that held their Titan powers before them, or whether inheriting them caused any significant psychological changes in them like what happened to Eren. Eren still had to tap into memory cues to access his father's memories, which turned to be the change catalysts in him. The only possible exception would be Zeke, who is part of the Eldian Royal Family and has special powers additional to his Beast Titan as a result.
  • Perspective Flip: To the Eldians in Paradis Island, the Warriors are abominations that are responsible for wiping out most of humanity. However, it is shown through Reiner and the new Warrior recruits that the Warriors are just humans who want to better the lives of their own people. Even Zeke, the Beast Titan built up as the ultimate evil of the series, is shown to be a young man who loves his grandparents and cares for his fellow Warriors as an older brother.
  • Poor Communication Kills: The incident at Stohess District resulted in the discovery of Annie being the Female Titan. The covers of her co-conspirators depended on the fact that record keeping after the Fall of Shinganshina became a logistical nightmare, so Reiner and Bertolt made the mistake of stating one too many things to establish their fake identities as refugees by saying that both of them and Annie came from the same village, which arose suspicions from their superiors at the Survey Corps once they connected the dots. This meant that, including the surreptitious way on which they had to flee once they were found out, they hadn't discussed a contingency plan at all and they were winging it as time went on.
  • Soldier vs. Warrior: Members take the title of "Warriors", being much more powerful and independent in their actions than the opposing Redshirt Army. They are seemingly allowed to wear beards and longer hair, which are usually against military regulations, and are shown to be competitive and enjoy combat, but the guilt of killing so many people is taking a toll on their sanity.
  • Superpower Russian Roulette: Invoked. As a result of the intricacies of inheriting Titan Powers, this is more than likely the reason why Marley were able to wrest the Titan Powers from the Eldians. Should a Titan Shifter die without being devoured by another Titan, the ethereal links that connect all the Eldians ensure that the Titan Power has a random host; in this case, the hosts might have been Eldians that were under the power of the Marleyan authorities and/or were loyal to Marley.
  • Sympathetic Sentient Weapon: The Warriors are more or less equipment to Marley, a weapon to be used and disposed of once no longer useful. Their families are used as a carrot-and-stick to control them, and each has been subjected to extensive indoctrination during their childhood training. Reiner, Bertolt, and Annie in particular are shown to be traumatized by their actions, but unable to break free from their superiors.
  • True Companions: Contrary to the first Warriors, the younger individuals of new batch of cadets (Gabi, Falco, Udo and Sofia), are closer friends to each other than their predecessors.
  • Two Girls to a Team:
    • Annie and Pieck are the only female members of the first batch of Warriors.
    • Gabi and Sofia the only girls of the new candidates.
  • The Un-Reveal: It's not quite known why it was considered prudent of the Marleyan military to hand the portentous responsibilities of the Warrior program to children out of all people, though it's shown later in the story that a fraction the Marleyan POWs in Eldia, all adults, were somewhat easily swayed by the local Eldians. Still, even with their indoctrination and dedication to their mission, the first wave of Warriors were still soundly defeated on Paradis.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: The Marleyan military has several measures for controlling and confining Warriors should they step out of line or as punishment, these consist of underground prisons so narrow in space that the Warrior cannot transform without being crushed to death by his/her own Titan body. One of these is used by agents of Paradis Island for taking Pieck and Galliard out of commission during the festival.
  • We Have Reserves: The Warriors are all ultimately disposable, as numerous other candidates are waiting in the wings to inherit their powers. Should they screw up or act out, their superiors have the option of simply replacing them. This threat is used to keep them in line, and motivate them to fight their hardest. This is one of the reasons Bertolt states that he'd rather kill his fellow 104th comrades himself and be done with it rather than prolonging their suffering and struggle with further Titan Shifters who won't give them the benefit of a quick death.
  • With Friends Like These...: The Warriors have a fairly... interesting dynamic, growing up together as comrades but fairly dysfunctional. Reiner and Galliard were bitter rivals, Annie barely tolerated interactions with the others, Pieck seemed amused by the chaos, Zeke alternated between friendly and threatening, and Marcel and Bertolt were left as the ones trying to keep things together. Little surprise the Paradis mission went so badly, with poor communication and conflicting personality issues.
  • You Have Failed Me: Annie implies that this trope is being enforced by the Warrior Program on their way to Wall Maria; if they return to Marley without anything to show for it, they get eaten by another candidate.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: When a Warrior is close to dying from the Curse of Ymir, or fails their superiors, they must allow themselves to be Eaten Alive to pass their powers on to another Warrior.

Characters who are known members of the "Warrior" Program:

Note: These entries pertain exclusively to the Eldian individuals loyal to Marley that either hold Titan Powers or are candidates to inherit them as per the "Warrior" Program; for entries pertaining the Titan Powers, see the section of the "Warriors" in the Titans character page.

Warriors of the First Mission to Paradis Island

    Warchief Zeke Yeager 

Warchief Zeke Yeager

Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (JP), Jason Liebrecht (EN)

Debut: Chapter 70 (Manga), Episode 47 (Anime)

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The Warchief of the Warriors and the true identity behind the Beast Titan. Zeke is the first-born son of Grisha Yeager with his original wife Dina Fritz, and therefore, the older half brother of Eren Yeager. He initially appeared within Wall Rose after the capture of Annie at Stohess, and transformed the people of Ragako Village into Titans in order to test the military's response to the threat. He takes command over Reiner and Bertolt soon afterwards, promising to end their long battle. Zeke is a mysterious and manipulative person whose actions are showed in mystery even to his fellow Warriors and superior officers in Marley.

Considered a paragon of the Eldian minority's loyalty towards Marley from an early age, Zeke is a prodigious wielder of the Titan's power due to his ability to control other Titans, and is by far the greatest and mightiest of the "Warriors", earning himself a voice in the inner circle of the Marleyan military's high command as the de-facto internal leader of the "Warrior" Program and the flag-carrier for its cause.


  • The Ace: On top of being a brilliant strategist, Zeke is also considered to be the best recruit to ever inherit the Beast Titan since due to his royal blood, his spinal fluid not only allows him to Titanize Eldians at will, he can also command the Titans produced in this manner not unlike the "Coordinate" ability. He's considered enough of a legend that Colt firmly believes that he wouldn't be able to live up to his predecessors lineage.
  • Achievements in Ignorance: He only has a marginal knowledge of the 3DM gear employed by the Survey Corps, and he sets up a scenario where he thinks the gear cannot be employed against him. It is enough for him to almost annihilate the Survey Corps in the ground, meaning, the recruits. He certainly wasn't counting on the fact that by doing so, he set up a perfect scenario where Levi, both the most experienced and powerful enemy soldier, can reach him unimpeded. Levi then carves him like a cake and almost captures him altogether.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: His human form and it's subsequent resemblance to Grisha Yeager — his and Eren's father — is shown (or rather teased, since there's shadow-shading over his details) at the end of the Anime's second season and it's adaptation of the Clash of the Titans arc, a full two arcs sooner than when it was introduced in the original manga.
  • Affably Evil: While he is utterly merciless in battle and isn't above using harsh measures to keep his subordinates in line, Zeke treats his fellow Warriors with kindness (rousing Bertolt and Reiner with a fatherly speech) and even states that he dislikes war.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Both of his arms along with one of his legs are sliced off after being forced out of his Titan form by Levi. This was intentional on Levi's part in order to keep Zeke from generating a new Titan body. After nearly dying from the thunderspear exlposion, Zeke sees a mysterious girl who uses the power of the Titans to restore him.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: It appears that any Warrior can challenge their leader to assert their dominance should viewpoints clash, if needs be. Zeke is noticeably the oldest of all the Warriors shown and clearly the most dominant, and the other Warriors look up to as the standard to live up to.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: Grisha's manipulation of him as a child has left Zeke with an overwhelming hatred for the man, referring to himself as Grisha's "former son". He turned his parents in to the authorities as a child, and considers Eren another victim of Grisha that needs to be rescued.
  • Back from the Dead: In chapter 115, Zeke is dying due to facing the ground zero explosion of the thunderspear. Suddenly a pure Titan emerges from nowhere, rips open its guts and stuffs Zeke's carcass inside. Zeke suddenly witnesses a little girl (heavily implied to Ymir Fritz) who rebuilds and restores his body. Zeke miraculously returns to life and emerges from the Titan carcass.
  • Badass Beard: Has a magnificent beard and is a dangerously skilled fighter and strategist.
  • Barbarian Longhair: During his time on Paradis, he let his hair grow out long and unkempt. Once back in Marley, he resumes normal grooming practices.
  • The Band Minus the Face: Zeke is the Warrior Program. He is their leader, their main strategist, their role model, and nothing short of their big brother. Goes to show how much damage he did by turning against them.
  • Bash Brothers: At Fort Slava, he takes on this dynamic with Reiner. Their assault on the fortress involves Reiner's brute force combined with Zeke's long-range attacks.
  • Bearer of Bad News: Implied Trope. Zeke states to Lady Azumabito that he continued his parents' mission to restore Eldia to its former glory, but it's implied that he dug more into the research that Kruger had leaked to his dad and beyond, and what he found is not pretty; it's further hinted that what he found about not only the Eldians, but also about himself, is what's been driving him since he was little, and his mission is going to leave mountains of dead people in its wake. There will be blood.
  • Big Bad: Subverted. He initially seems to fit the part, ordering Reiner and Bertolt around and setting up a massive ambush in Shiganshina, but recent revelations have shown that he gets his marching orders from officers in the Marleyan military. It's also heavily implied he has his own motivations for instigating the war between Marley and Paradis Island. By the final arc, it's clear that he may truly be the main antagonist after all due to his actions as The Chessmaster.
  • Big Brother Mentor: According to Isayama, he's that for the Titan Trio, and demonstrated to be this to the other prospective Warriors. A flashback in Chapter 94 showed him as a teen acting like this to a younger Reiner, Bertolt, Annie, Marcel, Porco, and Pieck.
  • Big Damn Heroes: After surviving near-fatal injuries, Zeke wastes no time rushing to Eren's aid, when the latter is dealing with a surprise Marley attack.
  • Blessed with Suck: Implied Trope: Even if he were to gain the Coordinate, and as a member of the Eldian Royal Family, there is no guarantee that he wouldn't be subject to the Will of the First King just like the Kings of the Walls before him. As a matter of fact, this is one of the reasons Historia rejects the Coordinate (aside from not wanting Eren to die), as the Will would make her lose her willpower.
  • Blue Blood:
    • He is the son of a member of the Eldian Royal family.
    • As stated in Chapter 105, he being of royal blood came into collation during his planning of the Survey Corps' attack on Liberio, on which he was successfully extracted in order to be transported to Paradis.
  • Boomerang Bigot: He refers to the Eldians living inside the Walls as a "cursed race", despite the fact that he himself is an Eldian. To be fair to Zeke, this seems to be an attitude that all of Marley forcibly drills into the Eldian's heads. However, his use of the word "cursed" is rather interesting, as Marley typically uses words like "Demons" or "Evil" in their propaganda. Likely one of the first hints that he's not entirely as loyal to Marley as he seems.
  • Boring, but Practical: After several tense chapters and much planning by the Yeagerists to find and free him, his grand escape plan to get away from Levi in chapter 112 essentially amounts to... "run away screaming really, really fast as soon as his back is turned". Unfortunately, this would probably have been hilarious if it weren't for the fact that his men secretly drugged soldiers all across Paradis and his scream transforms them into Titans right above Levi's head. Somewhat subverted in the next chapter however, as it turns out it wasn't so "practical" due to the ease with which Levi disposes of the Titans.
  • Break the Haughty: Big time. Twice over — once before the timeskip, another two afterwords:
    • Zeke initially looked down on the Paradis/Wall inhabitants as either misguided or insignificant and believed himself (and possibly Titans in general) their superior in both intelligence and strength. But then Levi — a single soldier note  — manages to single-handedly take out his entire Titan army, completely decimate his Titan-form, take off three of his limbs and nearly capture or kill him outright. This results in Zeke not only losing any and all trace of smugness towards the Wall soldiers, but becoming completely terrified of Levi to the point of calling him a monster and even four years after the fact states he never wants to face him or any other member of the Ackerman clan ever again.
    • Originally confident in the power of the Titans being indomitable, any trace of haughtiness that Levi didn't cut out of Zeke at Shinganshina was officially blown away in the final battle of the Eastern-Union war that took place during the time-skip. Specifically, at the moment Zeke not only realized there were weapons that could match his throwing range and accuracy level (which had always been his greatest advantage), but that said weapons would have outright killed him in one shot if not for Reiner taking the hit (and nearly dying himself) instead.
    • Gets this again post timeskip in chapter 113. He thinks he's outmaneuvered Levi and placed the man in a no-win situation. Zeke gets about ten seconds before Levi gets ahold of him again and makes the previous asskickings look like a disciplinary spanking.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Seriously Zeke, stop baiting Levi. Don't insult him in a passive-aggressive manner either. And especially don't force him to kill his own subordinates.
  • Cain and Abel: He is Eren's older half-brother, though he states he wants to rescue Eren.
  • Call-Forward: When we're shown the moment in his childhood when Grisha decided to give him to be trained by the Marleyans, he's playing with an ape-like stuffed animal that resembles his later Titan form, which we've already seen in the present.
  • The Cameo: In the 2nd season finale, he very briefly appears in human form.
  • The Chessmaster: His intelligence is ranked an 11/10, and he proves to be a brilliant tactician able to compete against the likes of Erwin and Armin.
    • He clearly runs his own game and has masterfully set up his own plan to supposedly save Eldia, starting out by having Yelena visit Paradis and convincing the Survey Corps to ally with Zeke. During the attack on Liberio, he fakes his own death by having Levi "kill" him, boarding the airship to accompany the Survey Corps back to Paradis. Even when in Paradis he remains secretive about his true goals and his methods of achieving them. He not only manages to sow discord between Eren, a faction zealously following Eren and the Survey Corps, but has an unknown amount of people in the military working towards his cause. Chapter 111 reveals wine had been laced with his spinal fluid and served to numerous higher ups within the military, essentially making all of the infected Zeke's hostages.
  • Child Prodigy: According to the Marleyan Marshal, he used to be one in his early years on the "Warrior" program, and so much that the whole thing is basically built around him.
  • The Chosen One:
    • The Eldia Restorationists considered him the person who would return Eldia to its former glory.
    • Invoked. Yelena and his followers consider him a messiah and God himself.
    • After he blows himself up with the Thunder Spear that Levi attached to him, in his death throes, a Titan emanates from the ground and places his battered body inside its abdomen, where he sees a vision of a young girl rebuilding his body from the soil. Alerted by the sound of the explosion, the Yeagerists and Hange find Levi's remains as well as the Titan, from which a reconstituted Zeke emerges. By this sequence of events, it's implied that it's primordial for the powers-to-be that Zeke lives to carry out his purpose, regardless of whether it coincides with his mission, and that he's not that much in control of his own fate.
  • Conditional Powers:
    • Just like every other Shifter, he is a subject of the Curse of Ymir, giving him an estimated 13 years of lifespan after acquiring the Titan Power. It's mentioned that he was Titanized and given the Beast Titan Power around one year before Reiner.
    • Even when it's shown that he can manipulate other Titans by shouting, his encounter with Mike suggests that this is not quite universal, as one of the Mindless Titans actively disobeys his command by trying to devour Mike, so Zeke has to resort to violence to quell it.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Downplayed. Despite coming across as a very bumbling and cheerful man in private (even scalding his lips on a cup of coffee) and his propensity to occasionally crack jokes both on and off the battlefield, it is made brutally clear from his first appearance just what he is capable of doing.
    • Additionally, he sometimes takes a baseball pitcher's stance before chucking rocks, which while physically practical, gives a sense of morbid playfulness like he's imagining lethally beaning the enemy.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Both the dealer and the recipient in the same battle. He first surrounds the entrance to Shinganshina with Titans and sends waves of them to lure the Survey Corps to a focal point, thereafter bombarding them by pelting them with giant rocks, almost decimating the forces inside Wall Maria with little effort. He then is distracted by the frontal charge of the Erwin-led survivors of the Corps, making him unaware of his surroundings and allowing Levi to reach him by perching on the line of Titans to his right, finally reaching Zeke and slicing his body like swiss cheese.
    • Chapter 103 does this once again: he's smugly raining rocks onto the Paradisians, possibly killing Redshirts while believing it's all a matter of attrition and home field advantage, but Levi drops him again and this time it's so fast that neither he nor Pieck with her crew behind him see it coming and gets bombed in a matter of seconds. However, this defeat was entirely staged so that Zeke can be smuggled into Paradis.
    • Levi once again butchers Zeke like a pig in Chapter 113 and goes freakin' medieval on him after Zeke attempts to flee custody at the Forest of Giant Trees by transforming Levi's comrades into Titans. Levi butchers the Titans in about five minutes and riddles Zeke's Titan with half a dozen Thunder Spears to the nape, prying Zeke's charred living remains out. Levi then affixes a Thunder Spear to Zeke's exposed abdomen and lets Zeke's body heal around it to fix it there, and lastly ties the spear's firing pin to Zeke's neck so that even the slightest movement triggers the spear and blows Zeke in two pieces. Last, but not least, Levi waits for Zeke to regain consciousness in order to ensure that he can feel Levi cutting his legs so that he can't escape. Brutal is too little a word...
  • Dated History: Played with in-universe. He is aware that the Reiss family are in power within the Three Walls as far as he's concerned, but what he doesn't know is that they have been effectively deposed by a Military Coup with Historia Reiss as a figurehead queen. It remains to be seen how he will proceed once he finds out.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Prone to occasionally cracking joke at the expense of both his adversaries and allies. Occasionally bordering of Gallows Humour.
  • Death Seeker: He wants desperately to die, while taking the entire Eldian race with him. Every Eldian that dies at his hand is someone he's "saved" as far as he's concerned.
  • Didn't See That Coming:
    • With all of his meticulous planning for ambushing the Survey Corps and despite being warned by Reiner beforehand, he never factored in just how much of a threat Levi truly was. That gross miscalculation led to Zeke being dismembered and almost killed outright, his entire Titan army slaughtered, and being forced to retreat with a horribly injured Reiner not just from Shiganshina but from Paradis Island entirely — leaving Bertolt behind and outright abandoning any rescue attempts for Annie.
    • His most favored tactic — picking off his targets from afar, where they have no chance to counter-attack him in turn — is turned against him again four years later. He chucks a fistful of artillery shells at the Eastern Union's navy, taking them out, but what he didn't anticipate was that their ship's cannons were advanced enough to reach the hill he was standing on and return fire. He lives only because the Armored Titan jumps in their line of fire, getting downed in his place.
    • And literally again in Chapter 103: He knows he can't find Levi yet smugly agrees with Pieck that they have home field advantage against Eren's group, but the combination of Armin going Colossal Titan and Galliard rushing off in a rage to Eren provides Levi the opportunity to not only drop him like a chump once again, but also bomb his ass with an explosive that's unlike the Thunder Spears, suggesting it was specially-designed to kill him. This time however, was entirely staged for the sole purpose of faking his death and joining the Eldians.
  • Double Reverse Quadruple Agent: Zeke has been playing sides for years, at the very least. He betrayed his parents, gaining the admiration of Marley in the process. He commanded the final operation on Paradis, and even advocated a second operation once the war with the Middle East Union was finished. But it seems he has also been forging an alliance with the Survey Corps over the last few years, including sending at least one loyal subordinate to the island. He states that he sold out his parents to Marley because they were about to get caught, but neglected to tell the Marleyan authorities that he and his mom were of Royal descent. While helping to organize the Festival and war declaration, he also schemed with the Survey Corps to cripple Marley through destroying the harbor and the military's top brass. He arranged for the other Warriors to be confined out of the way, but his plans went south thanks to Eren's rampage and Pieck figuring out the trap. His attack on the Survey Corps was mostly staged, with him forced to kill soldiers to maintain his cover until Levi could help him fake his death. And then it's revealed that he ultimately doesn't support either side, instead pursuing his own twisted view of "saving" both the human and Eldian races by using the Founding Titan to forcibly sterilize the entire the Eldian race. His double crossing is so blatant that it's not quite easy to tell who's getting the actual truth from him regarding his intentions.
  • The Dreaded:
    • Reiner and Bertolt turn bone-white at the sight of his Titan morosely walking by Castle Utgard. His presence means one thing: they fucked up BIG.
    • After his decimation of the Survey Corps, he is considered public enemy No. 1 by the Eldian military junta at Paradis, a fact that is brought up when there's discussions regarding his possible defection to Paradis.
  • Enigmatic Minion: Zeke maintains a subservient front before his superiors in the Marleyan military, but Magath claims that he has been unreadable since his childhood; there's also the fact that he has deliberately kept his royal lineage hidden from Marley. He also manages to manipulate the Marleyan military to green-light the invasion of Paradis Island before his tenure ends despite his status has an Eldian, a feat that impresses Colt. Likewise subtly warning his fellow Warriors during a meeting that their superiors had bugged the room.
  • Entertainingly Wrong:
    • While on Chapter 113 Zeke is safe to assume that the enemies of Paradis would invade the island en-masse, it's earlier shown that they are actually using a more discreet approach by infiltrating the Three Walls with the Warriors once again, as Pieck is undercover in the interior.
    • In the same chapter, Zeke thinks that Levi wouldn't have the heart to kill his own Titanized comrades and that he could escape custody scot-free. Levi proves him wrong in a matter of minutes, pointing out that the Survey Corps have been able to have the upper hand by precisely throwing the lives of their comrades for the cause, and as such, Levi is not new in bloodying his hands. As such, Levi once again butchers him out like a pig; just because he has to kill them doesn't mean that Levi doesn't care about them, though.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Zeke seems to have a very good relationship with his grandparents and affectionately greets the two of them after he returns from the Battle for Fort Slava. Zeke also cares about Eren as he promised him that he would save him from Grisha's ambitions. After learning of Zeke's plans to euthanize the Eldians, Eren agrees to help him as brothers.
  • Everyone Is Related: He is related to several other characters, being a member of both the Yeager and Fritz/Reiss families. This makes him a relative of not only Eren, but Historia as well.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He is completely put off and baffled when the Survey Corps soldiers just keep charging at him even after he nearly decimated them with his previous attack, to the point where he subconsciously crushes the rocks he's holding. Shifts into Hidden Depths in that it implies that, rather than not understanding their reasons, he just flat-out pities them and instead doesn't understand the intensity of their devotion to those ideals.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • Is one to Levi. Zeke's status as the strongest of the Warriors clashes with Levi's title as "humanity's strongest soldier", and as such are the leading forces and most capable combatants among their groups. Levi and Zeke are both willing to use force to coerce their unwilling subordinates to act, and both are willing to put their enemies through some quite horrific bloodshed to get to their ends. Chapter 83 highlights this, with the final line "An adult's heartless decision will take away the life of a childhood friend", essentially applying equally to Levi and Zeke. One could almost say they are the same character seen from different points of view.
    • He's also this to Eren, as they're both Shifters and half-brothers with the same father to boot.
    • Zeke also serves as one to Erwin Smith. The two of them are considered geniuses whose ruthlessness have allowed their countries to advance further in a few years than in a lifetime. The two of them are charismatic chessmasters whose actions and thoughts are a mystery even to their other allies and subordinates. And, despite their ruthlessness, the two of them do care for their fellow subordinates even if they don't show it all of the time.
  • Exact Words: When describing how the inhabitants of Ragako village were turned into Titans, his wording implied that the paralyzing agent in the gas used was his spinal fluid: "The gas contained my spinal fluid, any subject of Ymir who inhaled the gas, even the smallest bit, were immediately frozen in place". Because of this, the Paradis' military were completely unaware that wine they drank was laced with Zeke's spinal fluid.
  • Eye Scream: Levi shoves a blade into his mouth while he's pinned to the ground and keeps pushing until it goes through Zeke's skull, and out of his eye socket.
  • Faking the Dead: Levi killing him with an explosive to the nape was staged, faking Zeke's death in front of his superiors. This allowed him to escape with the Survey Corps, as part of a larger plan.
  • The Farmer and the Viper: The people of Paradis took a risky gamble of trusting Zeke and his followers and bringing him to the island following the battle of Liberio. From the start however, they know that Zeke cannot be trusted and take several precautions such as arresting Yelena and her squad and have Levi watching over him. Unfortunately, Zeke has already foreseen this and simply plays along until the time to strike.
  • Foil: To Eren. Both Eren and Zeke lost their parents at a young age to tragedy, both went through harsh military training, and both were expected by Grisha to use their titan powers to save Eldia. Both Eren and Zeke are motivated by the loss of their families. However, Eren was shown love and support as a child while Zeke was generally neglected by his parents, instead being raised by his grandparents and spending most of his day at Warrior training. While Eren had a mostly peaceful childhood that ended when he lost his parents, Zeke endured harsh training and neglect before being chosen by the Warrior program after turning in his parents. While Eren is hot-blooded and prone to violence, Zeke is usually calm and collected, even in the midst of battle. In contrast to Eren's vengeance-fueled desire to wipe out the Titans and eventually the Marleyans, Zeke's goal is to sterilize all Eldians so that they can never have children, effectively ending the Eldian race without a struggle. Ironically, Zeke's end goal is the same as Eren's was at the beginning of the series: the end of the Titan race.
  • Foreshadowing: The fact that the Marleyan military's high command didn't know of the 3DM gear of the Eldians of Paradis past the testimony of Pieck, Reiner and Zeke suggests that the latter didn't disclose the gear he appropriated from Mike during his incursion with the Titans of Rakago in the interior of Wall Rose. Zeke had used the gear to sway Lady Kiyomi Azumabito from Hizuru in order to sway her to form an alliance with the Eldians of Paradis.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: His survival was hinted on Chapter 103 page 33 which shows an object flying out from the Beast Titan's nape, just before being stricken down by Levi.
  • Freudian Excuse: We knew for a long time that he betrayed his parents to Marley, but it was assumed he was just indoctrinated by Marley's propaganda. Then it turns out that, at least from his perspective, his parents only cared about him as a tool to destroy Marley and free the Eldians. They showed little to no real affection to him unless it related to their plans. And even though he was scared that they would get caught and sent to Paradis as punishment, they'd angrily rebuke him for not thinking of the plan. He confided all of this to his one friend, a Marleyian scientist and holder of the Beast Titan, who fearing for Zeke's safety convinced him to turn in his parents to save himself and his grandparents. This experience plus all the suffering he has experienced as an Eldian plus the fear and suffering all non-Eldians have because of them has led him to believe that the Eldian Race should simply disappear, making the issue of the Titans disappear too.
  • Gallows Humour: Prone to occasionally cracking morbid jokes to himself in the midst of battle.
  • Gave Up Too Soon: After Zeke encounters Eren in Shiganshina holding Bertolt hostage, just as he manages to get Eren to lower his guard by mentioning that he knew Eren's father, he notices Levi atop the Wall. As Levi begins to maneuver towards them, Zeke decides at that point to call it a draw and has Pieck quickly carry them both out of the area, abandoning any rescue attempt for Bertolt. Right after Levi lands next to Eren, he runs out of gas. Had Zeke waited mere seconds before making his decision, he would have had a great opportunity to finish Levi off while he was a sitting duck. This is assuming Eren couldn't do anything. It is possible that he didn't want Bertoldt to be killed and thought there might have been a chance at saving him.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: He seems to be second to only Reiner when it comes to the number of times he's been severely maimed in combat while still in human form (though, to be fair, it's usually only when facing Levi. He finally overtaxes his Healing Factor in chapter 114 however, as taking an explosion from a Thunder Spear point blank while already being heavily injured proved to be too much to recover from by himself.
  • Gorn: Every time he attempts to fight Levi, Zeke invariably ends up missing a few limbs, loses an eye or two, or has large chunks of his flesh and skin blown off. Reaches its logical conclusion in chapter 115, where Zeke's attempted suicide attack on Levi is revealed to have left him him missing both arms and his entire body from below his chest.
  • Grey and Gray Morality: Both his side and the Eldians' side have done some morally dubious things.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: After being re-captured by Levy, he purposely triggers the detonator of the thunder spear stuck in his stomach. The resulting explosion tears his body into two.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: Zig-zagged. He is the actual motivator for the Titan infiltrators to conform to the Marleyans' plans 1:1 as they're supposed to. However, he has noticeably kept his royal lineage to himself and urges Marley to attack Paradis before his time runs out, indicating that he has his own personal agenda.
    • It becomes even more complicated when he allies himself with Paradis. He claims to be acting for the sake of restoring Eldia, but makes sure no one can guess his true intentions nor his methods. Regardless of what Zeke is after, he makes sure he gets to go about it in his own way.
    • It is finally revealed that Zeke intends to sterilize the whole Eldian race using the Founding Titan's power, effectively euthanizing the race and eliminating the curse of the Titans. This is similar to that of King Fritz's goal. Zeke himself experienced the discrimination of Eldians and how it affected those around him and came up with that plan.
  • Hidden Depths: When first introduced Zeke seems like an utterly cruel, remorseless, sadistic bastard who massacres humans and other Titans for his own shear enjoyment. Later chapters in the manga that focus more on Marley show that he's not quite as evil as initially assumed by showing him as a Big Brother Mentor to other members of the Warriors, including his successor to the Beast Titan power Colt, and shows that when not in battle he's actually a rather affable kind of guy. It also brings the moment in Shiganshina where he crushes the rocks he's holding in anger into a new light, since it's implied that he actually feels sorry for the Eldian's he's killing and that they're unwittingly killing themselves needlessly to help a corrupt monarchy cling to power.
  • History Repeats: Invoked. Much like Eren Kruger before him, he states that he was forced into his role to disguise his animosity towards Marley, even resorting to killing his fellow Eldians of Paradis. Still, he is considered to be almost completely untrustworthy by all the authorities and military personnel at Paradis.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: His army of Titans forming a semi-circle around the battlefield provided the perfect anchor points for Levi's Maneuvering Gear on open terrain to get within attacking range and take him down while all of his attention was focused on the rest of the Survey Corps. While Zeke does survive by the skin of his teeth courtesy of the Cart Titan, he's forced to retreat, much to his chagrin. Later, when having a face-off with Eren, Zeke concedes a tie when he sees that Levi followed him into the city by using the very Titans Zeke sent to devour him as anchors for his 3D maneuvering gear.
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: He's not only an Eldian, he's a son of an Eldian Queen; yet, he's dead set on committing full blown genocide against the walled Eldians, calling them "a cursed race". However, his use of the word "cursed" is rather interesting, as Marley typically uses words like "Demons" or "Evil" in their propaganda.
  • Hypocrite: Calls Levi a monster after he cuts his way through the Titans Zeke sent to kill him, despite the fact he himself betrayed his family, their friends, murdered countless people and had others killed by his Titans and shows little to no feeling towards Titans himself and ordered the Titans to rip Levi apart without mercy.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Zeke argues that he sold his parents to the Marleyans due to the fact that they were about to be caught anyway, and it was the only way to remove all doubt as to his loyalty to Marley. According to himself, he has conspired against Marley from the very beginning, assuming the role of a leader against the Paradians to fool his commanders. Whether this is true or not remains to be seen, as his behavior during the first Warrior campaign in Paradis did not give any indication of his supposed "loyalty" towards the Paradians.
  • Identical Stranger: As Eren notes when confronting him Zeke has a close resemblance to his father. It turns out that there's a reason behind this; Zeke is Grisha's first-born son from a different family, many years before he'd settle down with Carla and have Eren.
  • If You Thought That Was Bad...: Zeke was able to attain his position at the Warriors by showing his loyalty to Marley when he ratted out his parents; the Marleyan military in turn never went past investigating more about him and his preternatural powers when he attained the Beast Titan based on said loyalty. Had they dug further down, they might have found out that Zeke is of Royal descent. He never discussed this with them, and it's unknown what his intentions are regarding this aspect of himself.
  • Informed Ability: Much ado is made about him being part of the Eldian Royal Family and what he might achieve should he finally gain the Coordinate; while we know what the First King was capable of, it remains to be seen what Zeke, a Fritz, can actually do with it. Chapter 93 reveals that thanks to his Royal blood, his spinal fluid is what allows him to manipulate and control other Titans, which gives a lot more credence to the theory. Later in the story, he implies that this is one of the reasons he defected to Eldia.
  • Invincible Villain: Luck seems to always to be on Zeke's side as whenever Levi has him at death door, someone will save him at the last minute. Notably, after blowing himself and Levi with a Thunder Spear, a Titan suddenly came out from nowhere and nurses the dying Zeke back to health.
  • Ironic Echo: Levi — the Walls' strongest soldier — tells him to "speak when he's spoken to" right after he dominates the Beast Titan and puts Zeke at his mercy, reflecting the sentiments Zeke gave Mike (the Walls' second strongest soldier) when he had him at his mercy much earlier.
  • It's Personal: Implied. He calls Grisha a liar and argues to Eren that he's just being manipulated by Grisha's agenda. He's right to be angry at his father, considering that Grisha and Dina basically sold him to the Marley Warrior Program for their own cause. This implies that he's badmouthing Grisha for what was done to him, and not because Grisha might actually be right; given what Zeke had to go through, it's understandable why he doesn't give Grisha the benefit of the doubt. He even declares to his superiors that only he can stop his father's machinations.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: He has a more than valid reason for turning against his father, and based on the information he's given, he's right at being frustrated at the Eldian military needlessly sacrificing soldiers to support a corrupt government; what he doesn't know is that his father was right, and the government of the Eldians at Paradis is no longer corrupt when he expresses his frustration.
  • King Incognito: He is practically a Prince of the Eldians, a fact that he has told no one about in Marley. In turn, they consider his inherent ability to control Titans a happy accident. His reasons to hide this fact have not yet been covered.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: At the end of Chapter 83, when he's facing Levi and Eren, all of whom are rightfully pissed, and his army is gone through his own actions, save the Cart Titan he's riding, and unable to go into Titan Form himself, he decides to "call it a draw" and run away, with Reiner in the Cart Titan's mouth.
  • Last of His Kind:
    • He is the last surviving member of the Eldian royal family, save for his distant cousin, Historia.
    • He is the last member of the original nine noble clans of the Eldians that retains a Titan Power, though it's not his clan's original Power, as he has the Beast Titan instead of the Coordinate; this is, considering that the Tybur Family lost the War-Hammer Titan Power to Eren Yeager.
  • The Leader:
    • He spearheaded the campaign to attack Paradis Island and is seen as a figure to follow to both the Warriors and the program candidates alike.
    • He planned the original attack of the Survey Corps on Liberio.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Played with. Zeke's low opinion of Grisha doesn't differ that much from Grisha's opinion of his own father, Zeke's grandpa. The main difference comes from the fact that at least Grisha eventually understood why his own father behaved the way he did, while Zeke has done everything in his power to foil Grisha.
  • Living MacGuffin: Invoked. According to his own testimony, he knows a way to subvert the Will of the First King, and it involves both building rapport with his brother Eren, and somehow, relying on Historia producing an heir. Even when his testimony is unreliable as all hell, the military junta at Paradis resort to follow his plan because they couldn't come up with a better alternative. Zeke made hell break lose at Liberio, made the Paradis Eldians answer the calls to war from Marley... and he barely lifted a finger to begin with. It's fair to point out that as the head of the Warrior Program, and an active participant in the Marleyan high command, he had access to highly classified information that the Marleyans supressed, so much that he considered his parents' efforts child's play.
  • Looks Like Jesus: Pre-timeskip, he had a blond beard and un-kept shoulder-long hair, after the timeskip he sports a more trimmed hairstyle.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: He can control other Titans with his shouts, and in Chapter 92 it's shown that he also has the ability to turn Eldians into mindless Titans by just shouting. Up until said chapter, it was assumed that Mindless Titans just heeded to all of the Shifters' commands, though the Clash of the Titans arc had previously hinted that this might have not been the case by showing how these can be used against the Shifters too. Chapter 93 states that this is a technique unique to Zeke thanks to his Royal blood, by extracting his spinal fluid and injecting it into various Eldians he can then control and command him not unlike the Foundation Titan.
  • Messianic Archetype: He is a man in his thirties with long hair and a beard, the classical depiction of Christ, and both his parents and Xavier believed him to be the savior of the Eldian people. After being captured, he is speared in the side just like Jesus was stabbed by a lance and is subsequently "killed". He is even "resurrected" by becoming restored within a Titan and is symbolically "reborn" into the world by emerging from within it. By this time he loses his glasses, further strengthening his resemblance to Jesus.
  • Mildly Military: During his time in Paradis Island, he goes around shirtless most of the time, wears his hair long and unkempt, and sports a full beard, making him seem more like a savage than a soldier. This is justified, as he has essentially been camping out in the raw wilderness for weeks, and once he returns to Marley, trims his hair and beard.
  • Missed Him by That Much: Invoked and played with. Zeke tells Lady Kiyomi that he sold his parents to Marley because they were about to get caught by the Marleyans, but if he hadn't played his cards right, he would have been killed too, spoiling the infiltration plans of the Restorationists. As such, his parents and the Restorationist Movement were beyond saving by the time he ratted them out.
  • The Mole: Grisha intended for him to infiltrate the Warrior program and turn against the Marley government when the time came. Zeke betrayed him instead, and brought Marley soldiers right to the resistance's door. This, Zeke states, he did because his parents were about to get caught. Had he not, he would have been caught too. Whether he's telling the truth, it's a matter of time.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • "Zeke" is short for the Hebrew name Ezekiel, which roughly means "God will strengthen", which makes sense as Grisha and Dina conceived him for the sole purpose of being the Eldians' (who themselves have many Jewish connotations) messiah.
    • "Sieg", another of the possible translations of his name, means "victory" in German; this also has significant connotations as to what his parents intended for him regarding the Eldian cause, though it has no religious meaning behind it like the name "Zeke".
  • Mercy Kill: This is how Zeke views killing Eldians; to him, it frees them from their "cursed" existence. This foreshadows his plan to "euthanize" the race by sterilizing them, ensuring no other children are born to suffer like him.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Probably the one single canon example of fanservice in this series to date. He gets shirtless (for seemingly no reason, as he was wearing one prior to shifting) and unlike every other example, he isn't chained up, bleeding, or missing any limbs. Or his face, for that matter.
  • My Greatest Failure: His failure to defeat the Survey Corps and take the Coordinate seems to be his, as the Marleyan General notes that Zeke's reputation took a bit of a dive after he not only came back empty handed but lost three of their warriors (Annie, Marcel and Bertolt) and two of their Titan Powersnote . Zeke, for his part, acknowledges this and pledges to his bosses to finish the job in the few months/one year he has left to live.
  • Names to Run Away From: Warchief Zeke cannot mean a good thing.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: When he was a child, Zeke turned Grisha and the rest of the revolutionaries over to the Marley authorities shortly after being enlisted into the "Warrior" program. This inadvertently gave the Eldians living in the Walls the power necessary to stand their ground and fight back with devastating results.
  • Not So Different: From Reiner, Eren and Falco. Like them, he was a laggard as a trainee and resorted to selling out his parents to get a foothold on the Warrior Program (thus proving his loyalty to Marley and lowering the prejudices of the Marley military against the Eldian recruits), and to save his grandparents from retribution as a result.
  • Not So Stoic: He actually gets angry at the Survey Corps charging at him, thinking about how futile it is to throw away your life for some misguided sense of honor, which shows some Hidden Depths.
  • Oh, Crap!: Gets a major one as Levi is carving him up like a turkey. Zeke gets it again when Levi goes Super-Persistent Predator on him and decimates his Titan army just to get to him later.
    • He does it again in chapter 113 when he misgauges a situation that he thought gave him an advantage over Levi. To say it doesn't end well for him is an understatement.
  • The Paragon Always Rebels: His parents forced into him the fate of the Eldian people when they gave him away to be a recruit of the Marley war front. He then ratted his parents to the Marleyans and later became the undisputed leader of the Marley-controlled Titan Shifters in complete and astounding opposition to what his parents expected of him. His memories paint a vastly different picture, of a child who didn't want to be a Warrior placed under immense pressure. He was nearly kicked out of the program which caused his parents to argue and double down on their expectations. The betrayal was a matter of survival when his parents were already on the verge of being captured.
  • Pride: His greatest fault. Zeke has a habit of underestimating and belittling his opponents due to the fact that he's a remarkably intelligent person. This comes to bite him in the ass every time he meets Levi, who is in the opinion that Zeke just has a few too many appendages and organs for someone who runs his mouth as much as he does. As such, Levi is the purveyor of poetic justice who butchers the pride out of Zeke, both literally and figuratively.
  • Put Them All Out of My Misery: Motivated by his miserable childhood in Marley, Zeke's goal in obtaining the Founding Titan is to sterilize the entire Eldian race, ensuring they die out within the century. He sees this as the best way to end the cycle of hatred caused by the Titans.
  • Raised by Grandparents: His grandparents took him in after their son and daughter-in-law, Grisha and Dina, were arrested for treason.
  • Royalty Super Power: The numerous special abilities he demonstrates are the result of his Royal blood, something he's kept hidden from his superiors.
  • Scars Are Forever: Oddly enough, despite his Healing Factor, he has what appears to be a large burn scar on his left arm. While it can be surmised that he must've gotten it before his inherited his powers, it's still strange; he's the only known titan shifter to retain any visible scarring.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: He (unknowingly) takes after his father, donning a pair of double-bridged glasses, and is the smartest character shown in the series. He completely outmaneuvers Erwin in tactics through a simple but deadly formation and he appears to have been one of the masterminds behind the Eldian attack on Marley.
  • Smoking Is Cool: After taking charge of a meeting with several high-ranking Marleyan officials, he sits on the roof enjoying a smoke.
  • Smug Super: It's quite clear from his actions that he considers himself to be untouchable in terms of strength and intelligence. In his mind, the idea of being bested by mere humans was pure, undiluted fantasy. However, Zeke gets a massive wake-up call after Levi utterly wrecks his Titan form and brings him inches away from death. After the Time Skip, any trace of smugness left in him vanished after he was almost killed by a single anti-Titan artillery round from an enemy warship.
  • Sociopathic Hero: What he markets himself as towards the Survey Corps. Levi notes that regardless of whether Zeke plans to save/restore Eldia, he clearly has no regard for any lives sacrificed in the process.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The French edition spells his name as "Sieg" (the katakana reads "Ji-ku"), the German word for "victory". It makes a lot of sense when Grisha refers to that exact word when he's born.
  • The Strategist: He devises a very clever battle plan to fight the Survey Corps at Shiganshina, effectively utilizing the abilities of the four Titan Shifters under his command. He would have been victorious had he not underestimated how dangerous Levi is despite Reiner's warning prior to the battle.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Zeke looks almost identical to his father Grisha except with lighter coloured hair, especially as a teenager, and before the Time Skip. In fact, when Eren gets a good look at Zeke for the first time, he actually mistakes him for Grisha briefly.
  • Sunk Cost Fallacy: In Chapter 95, he proposes and believes that the only way to redeem the situation where the world wants the Eldians completely exterminated, due to their horrific reputation, in Marley's service, is to do even more of the things that make the world hate them in the first place, especially conquering Paradis Island.
  • Taking You with Me: He purposely detonates the thunder spear stuck in his stomach when Levi is close, apparently in an attempt to take the latter down with him.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: For his part, Zeke seems to be enjoying giving Levi a hard time over their "alliance", and how badly he wants to kill him.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: There are two things that made him justifiably hate his dad:
    • Grisha and Dina enlisted him in the Warrior Program to serve as a mole for their own agendas;
    • He is shown to be in considerable distress and anguish when he finds out from Reiner that Grisha outdid himself and brought his second son Eren into the fold too, and on top of that, gave him the Founding Titan too.
  • Tyke Bomb: From the day he was born, Grisha wanted him to lead the revolution to victory, and he was seven years old when he became part of the Warrior program.
  • Underestimating Badassery:
    • He really should have taken Reiner's warning about Levi seriously. He even admits so to his superiors and notes he never wants to face another Ackerman again.
    • He makes the same mistake again, when assuming that a few dozen of Titans would be enough to take down Levi alone. He also greatly overestimated how Levi would hesitate to kill his recently Titanized comrades. This mistake would cause his escape attempt to end in utter failure.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Notwithstanding his betrayal of his parents (which was entirely justified), Levi comments on the irony of how nonplussed Zeke appears at the possibility that his grandparents were squished flat by Eren during the attack on Liberio; keep in mind these were the people who raised him.
  • Villain Has a Point: He nonetheless has a point about Grisha messing around with Eren's head, perhaps more than once. Of course, he's completely wrong when he assumes that Eren has been brainwashed by their father and doesn't know what he's doing.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He lost his cool when he was blindsided and curb-stomped by Levi. He does it again in Chapter 113 when an extremely pissed-off Levi is coming after him. In no short order he freaks the fuck out, transforms into titan form, frantically flinging debris and other titans at Levi, all the while screaming madly.
  • Villains Out Shopping: He plays catch in his spare time. Considering he does this with his successor, Colt, this is clearly a (relaxed) kind of training. Chapter 114 reveals it's a hobby he picked up from his own mentor and the previous Beast Titan.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: He spends the majority of his time on Paradis either shirtless, or with one haphazardly thrown on but left completely unbuttoned.
  • Walking Spoiler: Since he's the Beast Titan's true identity, this is a given.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Chapter 114 reveals that Zeke wants to use the Founding Titan's power to commit "euthanasia" on all the Eldians to end their suffering and return peace to the world. As such, he justifies all of his murders as sparing his victims from the world's cruelty.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Even at an early age, he realized how his parents threw their political baggage onto him; they basically sold him to Marley for their cause.
  • Why Won't You Die?: Screams this nearly word-for-word at Levi as he futilely tries to fend him off. Also applies for this as he resembles raw hamburger after he gets wrecked. Seems to be a requirement for Marley-based titan shifters.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Unlike the other Shifters, Zeke had only encountered 3DM gear once prior to Shinganshinanote , so he only had a vague idea what soldiers equipped with it were capable of, especially Levi.
  • Worthy Opponent: In true awe, he calls Levi "a monster" after he almost captures him, annihilates the Titans he sent to eat him and chases Zeke relentlessly, basically doing by himself what almost the entirety of the Survey Corps weren't able to do against him. Later on, he admits that he does not want to face the Ackermans again, labeling them as "byproducts of Titan science".
  • Younger Than They Look: Zeke looks as if he is in his late 30's to early 40's and given his fatherly relationship with the other Warriors being significantly older than them would support that. Particularly after the time skip, his blond hair appears to have turned nearly white. However Zeke was a teenager in the Warrior Program with the other recruits so at the very least he would currently be in his late 20's to early 30's. It's likely that, much like Uri Reiss, the Curse of Ymir has caused him to physically age much quicker than normal. It's eventually confirmed that he was 25 during his introduction and is currently 29 (though, again, he doesn't look a day under 39).
  • Your Days Are Numbered: As is the case with all Shifters, Zeke can only stay a Shifter for thirteen years before dying. It's revealed that, after the four year Time Skip post Chapter 90, that Zeke is in his last year and his time might be even shorter than that.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He seems quick to dispose of anyone no longer useful to him, informing Reiner that if he's not completely committed to their cause, he'll have to... give up his armor to another Warrior.
    • He himself is subjected to this after the four year Timeskip, as he has less than one year left to live and the Marley need him to give up his power to another warrior. (IE let himself be eaten by them) Colt Grice is named as his most-likely successor.
  • You Monster!: To Levi because the latter not only survived their last encounter where Zeke ordered an entire army of Titans to rip him apart, but that he's still fit enough to keep on fighting and challenge him directly.

    Vice-Commander Reiner Braun 

See the Reiner Braun character page for tropes about Reiner.

    Bertolt Hoover 

See the Warrior Trio character page for tropes about Bertolt.

    Annie Leonhart 

See the Warrior Trio character page for tropes about Annie.

    Pieck 

Pieck

Titan Debut: Chapter 75 (Manga), Episode 50 (Anime)

Human Debut: Chapter 93 (manga)

Voiced by: Manami Numakura (JP), Amber Lee Connors (EN)

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A Titan Shifter who's the current holder of the Cart Titan, she participated in her Titan form in the battles at Shighanshina and Fort Slava. Pieck is an easy-going but remarkably intelligent young woman who is eccentric and playful in an equal degree.


  • Better the Devil You Know: When a confused Gabi asks her whether she had betrayed the Warriors or not, she states that she does believe in her own dreams of a free Eldia and has no faith in the Marleyan government, but she'd much rather fight at the side of the Warriors than to follow Eren, as she had led him and Gabi to believe otherwise.
  • Beautiful All Along: It's rather surprising how pretty she is when she's not transformed, especially considering how gonky her Titan form is.
  • Big Damn Heroes: She saves Zeke and Reiner all by herself from almost being captured and killed during the Return to Shinganshina.
    • She does it again in Chapter 102 when she and the Cart Titan's Panzer Unit saves Porco from the Survey Corps with 3D maneuvering gear, and gives Lady Tybur a chance to reform the Warhammer Titan.
  • Blood from the Mouth: She coughs a large amount of blood when both her human and Titan body are torn to pieces by a barrage of Thunder Spears.
  • Brutal Honesty: She is fully aware that the Marley will never grant the Liberio Eldians the freedom they seek in their service to their imperialist cause, and that with the Titans becoming an obsolete weapon amid the world's rapid modernization that they would soon have no further use for the Eldians living under their rule. She is the one to spell this out to Gabi when the latter assumes her a traitor to their cause, and Gabi is forced to see that everything she has done in the Marley's service has been meaningless.
  • Conditional Powers:
    • While it's shown that the Cart Titan can remain transformed for a long time, the handicap comes from the fact that Pieck has to get accustomed to walking on two feet once again when she's human because she reflectively loses the ability to do so.
    • She is subject to the Curse of Ymir too, and she seems to have gained her powers around the same time as Reiner, which would make her remaining amount of time to live at about two years, give or take.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: She's so damaged after the Survey Corps' infiltration of Liberio that she can barely regenerate, being brought to the brink of death in spite of her powers and much to the horror of Gabi and Falco, who can just sit and watch her; a half-dozen Thunder Spears to the face would do that to you, granted.
  • Dude Magnet: Her Panzer crew all clearly have a thing for her, in spite of being Marleyans. They blush while greeting her, and are jealous when she only hugs one of them. When pretending to side with the Yeagerists, her greeting to the crowd results in several soldiers blushing.
  • First-Name Basis: It's shown that, in the current series time frame, Pieck is the only person who still calls Galliard by his birth name Porco. Althogh Galliard hates his first name and has told her to stop calling him that multiple times.
  • Foil:
    • In terms of resourcefulness and analytic capacities, Pieck is a Distaff Counterpart to Armin. Even Zeke can't spare praises for her intellect, much like Armin's friends can't either when it comes to him.
    • In terms of weirdness and sense of humor, she is a lot like the Paradisians' Sasha and Hange.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Pieck certainly doesn't sound like a woman's name, which is why it came as such a shock when she is first shown in Chapter 93.
  • Genius Bruiser: Originally selected as a Warrior because of her incredibly intellect, which makes her Titan even more dangerous. She's not the faster or strongest Warrior, but she's skilled at combining a Titan's brute force with clever tactics to bring down her enemies.
  • The Ghost: Until her human form appeared for the first time in Chapter 93, readers had only seen her Titan form in the Battle of Shiganshina, and her name was mentioned for the first time by Colt during the Battle of Fort Slava in Chapter 91.
  • Healthcare Motivation: Like many other Eldian children, she enlisted to provide for her ailing father. At least, she uses this sob story when talking to Eren. While her father is definitely her motivation, it's unclear whether he actually needed medical care or not.
  • I Know You Know I Know: She tells Eren that she's aware that it's not that she was successful infiltrating his inner circle, but rather, that he allowed her to get close.
  • Ill Girl: Pieck was never the physically-strongest of the group, and using her Titan for extended periods of time requires her to use a crutch to walk.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: She doesn't seem to be bothered by having both her legs shattered in a fall, carrying on like usual as though one of her feet wasn't backwards. Even with a healing factor, she's incredibly chill about the entire mangled limbs thing.
  • Manipulative Bastard: She tells Eren a sob story about her father and how she wants to show him a free Eldia before her time as a Titan Shifter passes, and does so in order to engrace herself to his cause by also promising him that she'd rat out her undercover comrades. She positions Eren at the middle of the Shinganshina military HQ's rooftop where Galliard breaks through from underneath using the Jaws Titan in an attempt to eat Eren, signaling the Marley/Warrior troops at nearby zeppelins to begin the attack.
  • The Mole: Seemingly following Eren's example, she's infiltrated Paradis Island, in the midst of their civil uprising. She later dons a military uniform, infiltrates the Yeagerists and personally captures Eren while he's visiting Gabi in custody.
  • Morphic Resonance: Downplayed, but still present. Pieck's Titan form is one of the most grotesque ones and distinctively male in appearance; this is a result of Isayama changing his mind about the character after designing the Titan form. Instead of a middle-aged man, Pieck ended up as a young woman. But still her prominent nose and deceptively gentle eyes and facial features are shared by both her human and Titan forms.
  • Nonuniform Uniform: She's the only member of the military seen wearing a skirt with her uniform.
  • Not So Stoic: While being calm and cool-headed during most of the Battle of Liberio, she actually loses it when Sasha snipes one of her Panzer crew, making her charge directly at her and allowing Jean to give her (Pieck) a Thunder Spear to the face.
  • Oh, Crap!: Pieck gets a pretty big one in Chapter 101 when she sees the Survey Corps members flying around on their OMD gear and realizes that a Titan isn't the only threat.
    • Gets even bigger one when Jean fires a thunder-spear directly into her eye, leaving her vulnerable to Death from Above.
  • Phrase Catcher: "As expected of Pieck!" and "That's exactly right!", courtesy of Zeke.
  • Properly Paranoid: Pieck suspected something was up when the Warriors were ordered to leave Tybur's ceremony. When she glomped one of the guys from her unit, she was actually passing a message letting them know that there was something fishy about the soldier that was escorting Porco and her. The Panzer Unit later shows up with a rope to rescue them from the pit trap they'd been lured into.
  • Protected by a Child: Just before Jean can finish her off with a Thunder Spear, Falco climbs on to her damaged Titan and shields her with his own body.
  • The Reliable One: Pieck is cheery, dependable, and a particularly dexterous and nimble Titan Shifter. Both Reiner and Zeke wouldn't be alive if it weren't for her.
  • Required Secondary Powers: Her ability to remain in Titan form for months at a time must also significantly affect her basic human necessities such as eating, sleeping, and going to the bathroom during that time.
  • Running on All Fours: She sometimes does this in human form, claiming it's easier.
  • Spotting the Thread: She slowly puts together the identity of the soldier that trapped her underground, realizing it was a woman that worked for Zeke and disappeared off the coast of Paradis.
  • The Squadette: The lone woman of Marley's Panzer Unit, with the men all clearly smitten with her.
  • Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: Parodied. Galliard comes across Pieck crawling around on all fours with her hair hanging over her face... and nearly falls down the stairs in shock.
  • Those Two Guys:
    • Pre-Time Skip Pieck and Zeke were left in charge of protecting Marley from invaders whilst the remaining four Warriors were sent out to Paradis Island. Because of this experience, the two seem to have a lot of care for one another and Zeke seems to like praising her.
    • After the Time Skip, she and Galliard are apparently often deployed together while Zeke spends most of his time with Reiner. This is to the point that, while Galliard feels that he hasn't seen her face in ages, she comments that they hang out practically all the time in Titan form.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Played for Laughs. When Falco wonders just how his brother ended up getting all that alcohol, Pieck admits she did it, because Colt "looked like he wanted some".
  • Troll: While her delivery is very bland and innocent, Pieck seems to genuinely enjoy messing with her comrades. She caused the party on the train by giving Colt booze, and terrifies Galliard first thing in the morning by greeting him at the top of the stairs posed like a Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl.
  • True Companions: With her fellow Warriors and the Panzer unit, Marleyan soldiers that have complete faith in her in spite of their nation's enforced Fantastic Racism. Pieck further Invokes this when explaining that while she doesn't believe in Marley, she has chosen to believe in the comrades that have always fought at her side.
  • Unkempt Beauty: She's always got messy hair and loose-fitting clothing, but she's pretty enough that her Marleyan crew all have a thing for her.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Originally assumed to be a man, until her human form was introduced. This is justified, since Word of God admits Pieck was originally a man until he started working on the Marley-centric arc and decided it should be a woman.

    Marcel Galliard 

Marcel Galliard

Voiced by: Masamichi Kitada (JP), Nathan Sharp (EN)

Debut: Chapter 39 (Manga)

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A childhood friend of Reiner and Bertolt, who sacrificed his life to save Reiner from a Titan, later revealed to have been a Titan Shifter and with the same mission as them. It's further implied that he used to be the holder of the Dancing/Jaws Titan power before he was devoured.


  • The Band Minus the Face: He was supposed to lead the group in the mission to Paradis. Before Reiner persuades them otherwise, Annie and Bertolt considered that without Marcel, the mission just couldn't be carried out. They are eventually proven right, as none of the three would be able to complete the mission.
  • Bearer of Bad News: After starting their mission on Paradis Island, Marcel tearfully confessed to Reiner that he rigged the selection process for him to carry the Armored Titan in order to spare his brother Porco. It shocked Reiner to the point where he was oblivious to Ymir's Titan coming right at him, resulting in Marcel pushing him out the way and being eaten in his place.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Marcel rigged the selection of the Armored Titan, protecting his brother by ensuring that Reiner would be chosen instead.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: His death set a major event in motion, and serves as the trigger to more than one major revelation years later. Devouring him allowed Ymir to regain human form, and the conversation Bertolt and Ymir have about it leads Hange to realize Titans possess a Cannibalism Superpower.
  • Eaten Alive: Probably the youngest character to be eaten on panel.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Implied, as the Titan devouring him is seen sinking shark-like teeth into his midsection.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Pushed Reiner out of the way, dying in his place.
  • Infant Immortality: A notable aversion. While children are implied to die regularly, so far he's the only child shown dying on panel and in a fairly graphic fashion.
  • The Leader: Galliard describes him as having been the reliable and steady type, and he acts as a tempering influence between his hot-headed brother and the other Warriors. It's revealed that he was intended to be the leader of the 4 infiltrators, a role Reiner attempted to fill after his death.
  • Meaningful Name: French for "Little Warrior".
  • Mysterious Past: In the same degree as Reiner and Bertolt. He's later shown to have been another of Marley's Warriors, sent to infiltrate the Walls.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: One of several in the series. His death is what allowed Ymir to regain human form, setting a major player back on the proverbial board.
  • Posthumous Character: We don't even learn of his existence until five years after his death.
  • The Reliable One: According to Galliard, Marcel was a person who could always be depended on. He accuses Reiner of emulating Marcel during his time in the 104th, something that Reiner admits is true.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Marcel tried to protect his brother from becoming a Warrior, going so far as to rig the selection process. But he ended up being killed, their mission ended in failure, and Ymir eventually gave the Jaws back to Marley. Galliard would inherit that power, and fight on the front lines of a deadly war. As such, everything Marcel did to keep his brother safe ended up being pointless.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He doesn't survive for very long but not only is he the reason that Ymir became a Shifter instead of remaining a mindless Titan, but he was the entire reason that Reiner became the Armored Titan because he rigged the selection to save his brother.
  • Spanner in the Works: Marcel's actions in rigging the selection of the Armored Titan was the trigger for numerous events that would lead to Historia becoming queen and the Paradis Operation failing. Ironically, the one thing he did want to accomplish was doomed from the start.
  • Sudden Name Change: His name is given as "Berwick" in the original version of Chapter 47, but changed when it was published in Volume 12.
  • Taking the Bullet: For Reiner.
  • Team Dad: He kept his brother in check, and looked after the other Warriors when Zeke wasn't present. This resulted in his death, when he was the only one able to act when a Titan attacked them.
  • Tears of Remorse: He broke down crying out of guilt while confessing that he rigged the selection, so Reiner would be chosen over his brother.
  • You Killed My Father:
    • Subverted; Bertolt confronts Ymir about having killed Marcel, but seems to forgive her since she doesn't remember doing it and had no control at the time.
    • Zigzagged with his brother Porco; he doesn't seem to hold any ill will towards Ymir herself for directly eating Marcel, in fact he admits to feeling sorry for her plight and being grateful to get his brother's Titan back, but he does blame Reiner for his death and believes he abandoned him to die.

Warriors and Program Candidates during the Mid-East Alliance War

    Porco Galliard 

Porco Galliard

Debut: Chapter 91 (Manga)

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Porco Galliard, or Galliard for short, is Titan Shifter serving under the Marleyan Army, having inherited the Jaws Titan after devouring Ymir. He is Marcel's brother and was Reiner's childhood rival, a relationship that has only gotten worse with time. He was originally the lead candidate to inherit the Armored Titan during the preparations for the first Warrior mission to Paradis, though Reiner was given priority over him.

Porco was first on the list to receive a Titan after the return of the Warriors from Paradis, and he's the latest Warrior of the original program to receive a Titan Power. Though he is known in the military due to his contrarianism, Porco is considered an exemplary soldier and Warrior.


  • Aerith and Bob: With his brother; Marcel and... Porco. Understandably, he's not too fond of his first name and prefers to be called Galliard.
  • Best Friend: He and Pieck are joined at the hip. She is his greatest ally and closest companion.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He saves Falco and Gabi from machine gun fire with his Titan form. He later protects Reiner from artillery fire when Reiner tries to destroy Ford Slava's stronghold.
  • Break the Haughty: Galliard is incredibly arrogant when it comes to the power of his Titan, in spite of knowing how well things went for his comrades in the past. He repeatedly throws away caution, believing that he can't possibly lose to a bunch of humans. This arrogance leads to Zeke and Pieck being defeated when he breaks formation, and Eren figuring out that he could use the Jaw Titan to crush Lady Tybur. Galliard can do nothing but scream in horror while the enemy uses him to kill the War Hammer, and he only avoids being eaten as well when Reiner comes to his rescue.
  • Brutal Honesty: He has a tendency to speak his mind without consideration for others, openly criticizing or calling out even when keeping his mouth shut would be better.
  • Conditional Powers:
    • Gabi states that if there is familial co-linearity between a Titan Shifter and the Titanized individual who eats him, there are greater chances of the individual to inherit the memories of the Shifter they ate. Had he eaten Marcel himself, being full brothers, he would have inherited his memories, but the problem comes from the fact that it was Ymir who ate Marcel, adding a degree of separation between the siblings, thus making him unable to inherit Marcel's memories. Reiner brings this up after the Battle of Fort Slava because, if Galliard obtains his brother's memories, he would stop accusing Reiner of stuff Marcel is guilty of, but Reiner has no way of proving.
    • He is subject of the Curse of Ymir too, having spent at least 4 of his allotted 13 years of remaining lifetime in the war against the Mid-East Alliance. It's not known how long ago he consumed Ymir, so it's not known how much time he has left before he succumbs to the curse.
  • Disappointed in You: He engages in a Tranquil Fury conversation with Reiner after returning to Fort Slava, though it's shown that Galliard would not resort to violence and bullying against Reiner as he would have done when he was younger, implying that he had somewhat accepted that Reiner was chosen instead of him in the time they hadn't seen each other. It's thus implied that Porco is more irritated at just how much Reiner fucked up at Paradis and how this cost the lives of Annie, Bertolt and Marcel.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Galliard is actually his surname, and only Pieck calls him by his first name. He's visibly annoyed by this, and tells her to stop doing it.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: While sitting at the hospital with Reiner and Pieck, he's shown to be working on his third bottle of alcohol. Suffice to say, his experiences fighting the Survey Corps have left him deeply shaken.
  • Embarrassing First Name: It turns out that Porco is not actually a Affectionate Nickname that Pieck calls him it's his actual first name. Which makes it all the more understandable why he dislikes her using it.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: He has formed a valid but rough opinion of Reiner based on the memories of Ymir, which is why Reiner asks him if he remembers something from Marcel's memories. If Porco did, he'd know that Reiner's election as a Warrior was Marcel's fault in the first place, which he tampered with in an effort to prevent Porco from coming into harm's way.
  • Everyone Is Related: He is Marcel's brother and one of the former candidates for the Armored Titan power, having lost it to Reiner.
  • Foil: Galliard's relationship with Reiner is not to dissimilar to Eren's relationship with Jean as they were both Rivals to the respective characters who even had similar violent confrontations about their ideals. The difference though is that Eren and Jean's relationship eventually improved whilst Reiner and Galliard's... didn't.
  • Hotblooded: He's always been temperamental, quick to speak his mind and easily angered by others.
  • Hidden Depths: According to the Marleyan commanders, in spite of his personal misgivings regarding Reiner, Galliard is both a dutiful and professional soldier. It's apparent that his bad attitude is reserved for Reiner only.
  • History Repeats: He made light of the devils of Paradis just like Zeke had done during the Battle of Shinganshina, and just like Zeke, he was handed his own ass in a plate by the Survey Corps using the 3DM gear, both times by an Ackerman. They are both eventually saved by an ally (Pieck saves Zeke, Reiner saves Porco).
  • It's Personal: His disdain for Reiner stems from the fact that Reiner earned the Armored Titan over him in the past despite ostensibly being the worst of their group, leaving Galliard the only one who couldn't take part in the Paradis mission. Furthermore, he blames him for Marcel's death, believing that Reiner abandoned him like a coward. He also accuses Reiner's overblown wholesome and reassuring personality of being just an imitation of how Marcel himself used to be. What he doesn't know is that Reiner "became" Marcel for the sake of Annie and Bertolt and that Marcel caused the whole situation by rigging the election to leave his brother out of the selected four Warriors in an effort to save him, a revelation that shook Reiner and distracted him from the Titan that ended up eating Marcel.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: When he sees Reiner again, after the Battle for Fort Slava, he tells him that, if he had inherited the Armoured Titan, that the catastrophes on Paradis Island would never have occurred. He asks Reiner if he actually accomplished anything while he was on the island or if he just had to be rescued all the time. While it's an especially harsh thing to say, especially considering how PTSD ridden Reiner obviously is, it's hard to deny that Reiner did have to constantly be saved during the mission.note  Still, it's fair to point out that there's no guarantee that Galliard would have fared any better than Reiner had he gone to the island as he was intended to. Reiner doesn't argue back, and says that Galliard is completely right.
  • Jerk Jock: As a child, he was hot-tempered and athletic, bullying Reiner for being the weakest member of their group. He's since grown out of this behavior for the most point.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he's always been a jerk towards Reiner, Galliard is actually pretty nice towards everyone else in their unit. He rescues the Candidates from enemy fire, has a good friendship with Pieck, and helps carry Colt from the train when he's too hung-over to walk on his own.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: He's none too happy nor idealistic with his lot in life, especially in matters concerning Marcel and Reiner, but he's clearly protective of his comrades during the battle of Fort Slava.
  • Last-Name Basis: Almost everyone knows him by his last name; the only two people who ever called him with his first name are his late brother Marcel and Pieck, but he dislikes being called that by her.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: After Pieck advises patience and lays out a strategy that Zeke vocally supports, Galliard completely disregards it at the very first opportunity. Instead, he breaks their defensive formation and charges off alone....even after his previous charges had nearly gotten him killed. This leaves his comrades in serious danger, without anyone to help them, and Galliard facing overwhelming opponents on his own.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: He's unaware that Marcel intentionally sabotaged his chances, ensuring that Reiner would get the Armored Titan instead of him. His brother's memories remain out of reach, and Reiner has kept quiet about what Marcel did to protect his family.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • A subtle one during Chapter 98, Porco is taken aback when Zeke tells Colt that he's thinking too much like a brother and not so much as a Warrior when referring to Falco and his drive to become a Warrior. It's implied that he might be beginning to realize that his brother Marcel had something to do with Reiner being chosen as the Armored Titan instead of him.
    • He has a much more pronounced one in Chapter 102. He tries to sneak up and Eren and bite him out of his nape, only to almost instantly have his jaw cut open by Levi and then nearly get blown to bits by the rest of Survey Corps shortly thereafter. Apparently, Porco was painfully unaware just how dangerous the soldiers of Paradis really are for Titans.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Twice over during the attack on Liberio:
    • Believing that the quickest way to end the war would be to take out Eren and reclaim the Foundation Titan he breaks formation and attacks Eren head on. This ends up leaving Zeke and Pieck vulnerable which results in them being overwhelmed by the Survey Corps well choreographed attacks.
    • His frenzied attack against Eren reveals that his Titan is capable of damaging Lady Tybur's crystal. Eren quickly exploits this ability by catching and crippling Galliard, then uses the Jaw Titan like an enormous nutcracker to crush Lady Tybur and swallow her remains.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Galliard brothers had this dynamic, with hot-headed Porco the Red to reliable, steady Marcel's Blue. In time, Porco himself began to turn into a Blue Oni.
  • Refused by the Call: Galliard was chosen as a Warrior along with the others, but only 6 Titans were inherited. Galliard ended up losing out to Reiner, and spent the next 5 years waiting on the sidelines. He wouldn't receive his Titan until Ymir was brought back and surrendered the Jaws to him. In reality, he was going to be chosen... but Marcel tampered with the results to protect him.
  • Revenge Before Reason: He's blinded by his desire for revenge, repeatedly leaping into battle and making costly mistakes. His repeated attacks on Eren backfire spectacularly, causing their defensive formation to collapse and eventually causing the loss of the War Hammer.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: He states things would have gone differently, if he'd been chosen as the Armored Titan. He's not wrong about that, just how things ended up going wrong. It was Marcel and not Reiner that caused things to slowly go off the rails. If he hadn't tampered with the selection process to keep Galliard safe, Reiner wouldn't have been sent on the mission. And then, he wouldn't have confessed out of guilt and died saving a stunned Reiner from Ymir.
  • The Rival: He was one to Reiner in the past. Both were candidates to inherit the Armored Titan, and even though Galliard was ostensibly better than him, he ultimately lost out to Reiner due to Marcel's interference with the selection process. Their relationship still shows shades of rivalry in present day, as Galliard continues to insult and belittle Reiner even though they're supposed to be comrades. For his part though, Reiner seems to have become more or less too broken by his experiences to be bothered with protesting Galliard any longer; rather than lashing out like he used to, he simply accepts Galliard's insults and accusations and remains polite towards him.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Hot-headed, light-haired Porco contrasts heavily with his more reasonable, even-tempered, and dark-haired brother, Marcel.
  • Smug Super: Has a very bad case of thinking he's invincible because he's a Titan Shifter. This has gotten him into a lot of trouble, since this belief causes him to underestimate non-Titan Shifters and act incredibly recklessly in combat.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Despite not being twins, he looks identical to his late brother Marcel, the only notable difference between them being the color of their hair.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: He admits that he felt very sorry for Ymir after inheriting her memories noting that she inherited a name too big for her and appreciated that she would give back his brothers Titan.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: He admits to Reiner that he only saved him during the battle of Fort Slava because they both serve Marley likely because he blames him for his brother Marcel's death.
  • This Cannot Be!: In spite of inheriting Ymir's memories, he completely underestimates the Survey Corps. When they successfully corner him, he's shocked at how mere humans could fight him in Titan form.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Porco's completely dismisses the idea of human crazy enough to attack him while he's in Titan form, or defeat him for that matter. He has every reason to fear the Survey Corps, especially since he has no inherent defenses. At one point Levi and Mikasa close in on him, and he's only saved from certain death by Pieck's intervention.
  • Villainous BSoD: Albeit Porco is not a "villain" per se, witnessing the "death" of Zeke and Pieck being turned into minced meat, alongside his own close call, breaks him inside.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: An interesting case- a century or so ago, he might have been right about being an invincible living superweapon who no human could hope to challenge. However, the genre has started shifting as technology has improved, and modern weaponry and 3d Maneuver Gear means that the story is entirely about normal humans standing up to Titans.
  • You Kill It, You Bought It: He inherited Ymir's memories and power, after consuming her.
  • You Killed My Brother: Towards Reiner, who does nothing to dissuade the notion; partially out of guilt, and partially for Galliard's own safety.
  • You Monster!: Upon seeing the transformation of the Colossal Titan in the distance and realizing that it confirms that Bertolt was killed and his Titan taken away from him, he calls the Survey Corps "devils" and breaks formation in anger charging head-on towards Eren.

    Falco Grice 

Falco Grice

Debut: Chapter 91 (Manga)

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A young Eldian recruit serving on the Marleyan army under Captain Magath, also a candidate to inherit the Armored Titan power. Somewhat of a laggard, Falco is not particularly looking forward to inheriting the Titan Power, but Reiner's pleas convince him to push onward for the sake of Gabi. Falco is the nephew of the Eldian Restorationist Grice, who was Grisha Yeager's right-hand man, and whose capture led Falco and Colt to enlist in order to atone for his crimes.

From Chapter 91 onward, Falco becomes a Deuteragonist in the manga alongside Gabi and Reiner.


  • All-Loving Hero: Though he can demonstrate a cynical attitude, Falco is also perhaps one of the kindest people in the entire series. He repeatedly demonstrates compassion towards others, seeing the humanity in enemies and looking to resolve conflicts with minimal loss of life. Falco knows the world is a cruel place, but instead of letting it harden him, he continues to seek ways to help others and recognizes the truth that people are the same everywhere.
  • Always Save the Girl: Falco's entire motivation is centered around protecting Gabi, often from herself. He repeatedly throws himself into danger to save her life, often shielding her with his own body in the process. And his reason for striving to become a Warrior is to prevent her from inheriting the Armored Titan, and the Curse of Ymir with it. When she prepares to go on a suicide mission alone, he hesitates for a second before taking off with her.
  • Animal Motifs: Fit to his name: Falcons.
  • Broken Pedestal: Naturally, after realizing the true identity and intentions of "Mr. Kruger", he calls out Eren for deceiving and using him, telling him how he believed his encouragement and used to look up to him; His words resonate to Reiner who is also present as he did the same thing to Eren.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Even though it's painfully obvious to EVERYONE, he's unable to just tell Gabi how he feels. The closest he gets to it is blurting out that he's doing everything for her, but Falco loses his nerve and runs away before he can explain himself.
    • He finally confesses his feelings to Gabi during the Marleyan raid in Shinganshina.
  • Child Soldiers: Falco seems to be in his early teens, but has already seen combat in the trenches.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: In spite of his cynicism, Falco simply cannot stand by and watch others suffer. He rescued a wounded enemy on the battlefield, and is the only one to stop and help a One-legged War Vet (actually Eren in disguise) who'd fallen to the ground.
  • The Cynic: Falco recognizes the problems faced by the Warriors, noting their shortened lifespan and the fact they are just as likely to be killed in battle. While others think of it as an "honor", Falco sees the ugliness and tragedy of becoming a living weapon for Marley.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: In spite of not being as extremist and reactionary as Gabi against the Eldians of Paradis, Falco states that he's more than expectant of meeting another Marleyan at Paradis, implying that he finds security in the notion.
  • Deuteragonist: Gabi, Falco and Reiner are the Main Characters of the arc that began from Chapter 91 of the manga, but Eren is still a big deal here.
  • Distressed Dude: He follows Gabi on to the airship, and ends up taken prisoner by the Survey Corps.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Invoked. He has a crush on Gabi, and his drive to compete with her, unlike hers, is to keep her safe from what amounts to a cursed destiny. To Gabi, though, Falco is just another step on the ladder.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: The following exchange shows him failing to realize that Eren's preparing to transform into a Titan.
    Falco: "Hey... did you hurt your hand?"
    Eren, aka "Mr Kruger": "Yes..."
  • Everyone Can See It: Everyone seems aware of his crush on Gabi, including Eren Yeager, who correctly guesses the rival he wants to protect is a girl. That is, everyone except Gabi.
  • Everyone Is Related: He is the nephew of Grice, one of the Eldia Restorationists that were sent to Paradis to become a Mindless Titan alongside his co-conspirators Grisha and Dina, and the Marley authorities are using this treacherous background as leverage to make him subscribe to the Warriors' tenets.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: In an internal monologue, he realizes that if Reiner's "old friend" was someone he hadn't met in the past four years, the person in question must have been from the Isle of Paradis, and thus, an enemy.
  • Expy: Word of God revealed that he is based on Jesse Pinkman from Breaking Bad.
  • Foil:
    • To Reiner. Not only does Falco physically look a lot like Reiner did when he was around his age, but they're experiencing similar challenges as well, with both of them trying to overcome their rival to inherit the Armored Titan power. But, Falco's nearly the opposite of how Reiner was; while Reiner was blindly devoted to the Marleyan cause and idealistic about inheriting the Titan powers, Falco is much more cynical and reserved when it comes to both topics.
    • To Eren. Eren and Falco are considered below average among their cadet peers and tried to achieve their goals going by more sheer tenacity than skill. They also tasked themselves with protecting girls that are considerably more capable than them (Mikasa and Gabi). Eren and Falco are fundamentally good people who care for their peers with great dedication, making it no surprise that the pair become quick friends when they meet at Liberio.
  • Go Through Me: He climbs on to Pieck's disabled Titan, and shields her nape while begging the Survey Corps to stop.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! / Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Whether he's a "hero" or a "villain" is is irrelevant and entirely up to which side you're on, but either way, he qualifies for the trope; by fixing Eren's armband, he unknowingly helped him blend in better in Marley and possibly avoid suspicion. Furthermore, he also unwittingly helps progress Eren's plan along by agreeing to deliver letters for him to his "family" and even brings Reiner to him in an isolated location.
  • I Just Want to Be Free: Falco longs to free the Eldian people from the endless cycles of war, but remains uncertain how to go about accomplishing this task.
  • Last-Name Basis: He is the only one who calls Reiner "Mr. Braun", it's implied because of his jealousy towards him.
  • Morality Pet: Invoked and so far subverted. As of Chapter 108, he's trying to be one for Gabi at Paradis, as the girl is diving onto the deep end of a mental breakdown, having hints of becoming a Cloudcuckoo Landers Minder for her as well.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After he puts the pieces together that "Mr. Kruger" came from Paradis Island, he realizes that he unknowingly aided an extremely dangerous enemy of Marley and potentially the entire world for an entire month and reacts accordingly.
  • Nice Guy: One of Falco's defining features is his kindness towards others, an aspect that earns him little favors with his peers (as Gabi states, he's supposedly showing off), but warrants admiration from Eren of all people.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: After Koslow frightens a group of shell-shocked Eldians, Falco goes to help them and notices one of them has their armband on the wrong arm and fixes it without a second thought. As it turns out, that man was Eren, who later uses that act of kindness as an excuse to befriend Falco and later exploit his trust to unknowingly aid in his counterattack against Marley. This ends up getting Falco's friends Udo and Sofia killed during Eren's attack at the festival along with his home being ground-zero of a massive battle.
  • Oh, Crap!: Poor Falco. During the meeting between "Mr. Kruger" and Reiner, he can't figure out why the latter looks like he's about to be eaten by a Titan. Until he does some math in his head and realizes the two met during Reiner's time on Paradis Island.
    • Continued in the next chapter when "Kruger" regrows his leg right in front of Falco, confirming his identity as Eren Yeager.
  • Puppy Love: He's in love with Gabi, and both are around 11-12 years old. It would be more straightforward if they weren't battle-hardened soldiers who fight under propagandistic lies for the cause of an evil empire.
  • Reluctant Warrior: Falco despises fighting, and longs to achieve peace for the Eldians. But he's also one of the top Warrior candidates, and a veteran of trench warfare.
  • The Rival: He is seen as such by Gabi towards her; Ironically from his part he seems to have a crush on her.
  • Sins Of The Father: Falco was conscripted into the Warrior program to answer for his uncle's crimes.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He looks identical to his treacherous uncle who was sent to Paradis Island.
  • Taking the Bullet: Narrowly avoided this when he saved Gabi from being shot by Jean, in turn saving Jean's life as well. Played straight later when the duo run into Nikolo and Gabi accidentally admits to killing Sasha, prompting Falco to shield her when Nikolo attacks her with a wine bottle and accidentally ingesting some of the tainted wine.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Eren convinces him to sneak letters in and out of the ghetto, allowing him to pass messages without Marley discovering him. Dr. Yeager takes note of this, and warns "Mr. Kruger" to stop putting Falco in danger. Despite this, in Chapter 98 he still convinced Falco to arrange a private meeting between him and Reiner.
  • Why Am I Ticking?: When Zeke activates his Scream to transform the soldiers guarding him in the forest, Falco senses it happening through the Paths. The distance prevents him from being transformed, but marks him as someone infected with Zeke's spinal fluid. Should Zeke get anywhere near him, Falco becomes a walking time-bomb prepped to become one of his mind-controlled Titans.
  • You Are Worth Hell: Falco is willing to fight as far as he can as long as he can protect Gabi, thus trying to ensure that she doesn't inherit the Armored Titan so that she doesn't endure a short lifetime spent on pointless fighting for a dubious cause.

    Gabi Braun 

Gabi Braun

Debut: Chapter 91 (Manga)

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An Eldian girl serving under Captain Magath. She is Reiner Braun's cousin, and one of the candidates being considered to inherit the Armored Titan from him. Enthusiastic, zealous and fierce, Gabi is the top Warrior candidate of the new batch of cadets.

Gabi is one of the main characters of the Marley arc (Ch. 91+) alongside Falco and Reiner.


  • The Ace: She is mentioned to be on the top of her marks of the "Warrior" program.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: She his hit by one repeatedly when she's with an Eldian "devil" on Paradis.
    "What did my mother do to deserve being eaten alive?!"
  • As You Know: When her father asked Reiner about his mission on Paradis Island during their celebratory dinner, Gabi reminds him that any information pertaining to that mission was strictly classified.
  • The Atoner: She may be showing signs of this, as she insists she is ready to face the consequences for having killed Sasha so long as no harm comes to Falco who had protected her from Nikolo, and is genuinely confused as to why Armin and Mikasa haven't killed her. Whether this is due to the mercy shown to her by both them and Sasha's parents or the simple fact that she is in no position to resist is unclear.
    • During the Marley's attack on Shiganshina, Gabi finally understands the reality of the war unfolding around her, and that the people she villified and killed with such glee were just ordinary people, not the "devils" she believed them to be. It is after overhearing Kaya's refusal to ever forgive Gabi for killing Sasha that forces her to come to terms with her crimes, and she openly regrets having dragged Falco into this situation. Determined to save his life, she decides the real fight is with Zeke and Eren, even without knowing the full extent of their true intentions.
  • Awful Truth:
    • If she becomes the next Armored Titan and receives Reiner's memories of what actually transpired on Paradis Island.
    • She found out that the person she idolized, Zeke, is actually a turncoat, which hits her pretty hard and refuses to accept it.
    • Upon being taken into the Braus household, she starts realizing that the Marleyan rhetoric against the Eldians is full of logical fallacies, and that they may have waged a war against innocent people that had nothing to do with the "sins" of their ancestors.
    • When Pieck confronts Eren before her while disguised as a Survey Corps soldier, she lays it out to Gabi in blunt terms that the Marley were never going to give the Eldians in Liberio their freedom, and that no matter how much she tries to deny it to herself Gabi will never be anything more than a "Devil" in the eyes of the Marleyans to whom she had sworn loyalty, and that all her efforts to win her rights as an "Honorary Marleyan" have been a lie.
    • Gabi overhears Kaya say she will never forgive her for killing Sasha, and would still kill her if they ever met again. Gabi is devastated by this and finally abandons her prejudice towards the people who had spared her life.
  • Badass in Distress: She sneaks on to the Survey Corps' airship to take revenge, intending to die a heroic death against the invading "Devils". Instead, Jean takes her prisoner with the airship headed back to Paradis Island.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Gabi gleefully states to a wary Reiner that she feels winds of change during the festival; that very evening Eren rampages through Willy Tybur's rally, killing her friends Udo and Sofia, alongside hundreds of attendees and thus signaling the beginning of the war between Marley and the Paradian Eldians.
    • Gabi sought to kill Eren Yeager in the aforementioned attack and went to great lengths to see it happen, ultimately getting herself captured after having killed Sasha among others in her pursuit of him. Come their first meeting since the battle in Liberio, and not only is she shown to be terrified of what he may be planning, but is quickly taken hostage along with the other members of the Corps who had spared her life.
  • Big Eater: She goes bananas at the Festival, running her cousin Reiner's wallet dry with her friends. In the end, she's so full that Reiner has to drag her.
  • Blood Knight: She's very competitive, and seems to enjoy fighting compared to everyone else. Even having just lived through trench warfare doesn't hamper her eagerness to engage in more battles.
  • Boomerang Bigot: She's an Eldian raised to hate other Eldians, and has bought completely into the legend of the "demons" on the island. She's genuinely confused when Reiner describes the people living within the Walls as "varied". She also hates the people of Paradis with a burning passion especially after many of her friends are killed when Eren attacked the city. Even after finding out the truth from Zeke, she still believes the islanders are devils who cannot be trusted.
    • This comes to a head after her and Falco's escape from prison and Flaco takes her armband off. She slams him to the ground and screams for him to give it back. When asked as to why she says "I'm a good Eldian! If I don't have that, I'll become the same as the devils on this island!!"
    • Brought to another level when she accuses Nikolo, who was in love with Sasha, of being "blinded" and "seduced" by the "devils".
    • Finally starts to subvert after Pieck herself tells Gabi that all her efforts to become an "Honorary Marleyan" has been based on a lie, and that she is of a race that the Marleyans will continue to subjugate no matter what she does to win their good graces. Gabi is visibly distraught over this awful truth.
  • Break the Cutie: The sight of her friends being killed in the chaos leaves her utterly broken, while Colt desperately tries to carry her to safety.
  • Break the Haughty: Constantly swears of vengeance and vows that the "devils" of Paradis will be wiped out to the last man whether she lives or dies, even as said "devils" are forced to take her captive; the wind is sucked out of her completely when she realizes that it was Zeke who aided the Survey Corps in their assault on Liberio. And if that weren't enough, he calls her and Falco "miscalculations" right to their faces.
    • Is hit with this yet again after she unwisely reveals to Nikolo that she had killed Sasha, who attacks her and Falco in a vicious rage and reveals Gabi's identity to Sasha's own family while holding Falco at knifepoint. When she attempts to defend her actions, she is left at an utter loss when Sasha's father refuses his chance to kill her, and is visibly horrified when Kaya turns on her and tries to stab her, an act prevented only by Mikasa, another soldier she sees as an enemy. Kaya renounces her friendship with Gabi and calls her a murderer in front of the entire crowd. The sight of the Braus family grieving with Kaya is what finally forces her to see what her actions have caused.
    • After having boasted of her slaying of Sasha to Nikolo for which she was condemned by Kaya, Gabi is led away by Mikasa and Armin and personally takes responsibility for their friend's death, and offers her life to save Falco's.
    • For all her big talk of killing Eren, she ends up very clearly terrified of him when he finally shows up in front of her, staring in horror at his bleeding hand and doing nothing but watching in silent terror as he brutally tears down Armin and Mikasa emotionally along with beating the former senseless. A few chapters later even, she once again freezes up when confronted by him and points out that she can't seem to move.
    • Until now, Gabi has been convinced that if she continued to prove herself to the Marley that she'd be considered one of them and one day gain the privileges of living outside the Liberio internment camp. When Pieck confronts Eren, she is the one to tell Gabi that she will always be an Eldian, and that she will forever be subjected to their prejudices along with the rest of their people and can only be free if she fights her own oppressors.
    • The final straw however seems to be the simple fact that Kaya will never forgive Gabi for killing Sasha, and openly wishes death to both her and Falco even as her adoptive parents fear for their well-being. Having overheard this, Gabi has finally become disillusioned with the war to which she was once wholly devoted to.
  • Child Soldiers: She's already a veteran of trench warfare, but Falco's comment about how long she would live if she became the next Armored Titan indicates she's roughly 12 years old.
  • Cute and Psycho: She takes pride of her lust for combat and her looks.
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: Upon returning home, she begins shouting and cheering at the top of her lungs. While Colt is nursing a monster of a hangover.
  • The Cutie: Gabi is a pretty little girl, wide-eyed and brimming with enthusiasm. She is also a brave and selfless soldier... who just happens to side with an evil superpower, though.
  • Cycle of Revenge: She's stuck dead-center in this cycle, when Eren attacks Liberio in revenge for Marley's attack on his home. The death of her comrades spurs Gabi to take revenge, killing Sasha in the process and simply furthering the cycle. Sasha's comrades and family, on the other hand, reject the opportunities to take revenge on Gabi.
  • Death Seeker: She fully expects to be killed on Paradis Island, and only wants to ask Zeke why he betrayed them before that happens. However, she states that she does not want Falco to die with her.
  • Defiant to the End: She intends to go down fighting, screaming defiance at her captors. Seeing Zeke cooperating with the enemy immediately shuts her up.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Gabi is the main example in the manga used to illustrate the hateful vitriol that has been taught to the Eldians of Liberio against the Eldians of Paradis. As such, Gabi's extreme words and actions greatly affect the people that meet her, more often than not, for the worse.
  • Despair Event Horizon: She may have reached this, after realizing that Zeke is in league with the enemy she has fanatically devoted herself to destroying.
    • It gets even worse for her when she is exposed as Sasha's killer by Nikolo, a fellow Marleyan, and for her actions Falco is grievously injured and nearly executed right in front of her. Even after Sasha's friends and family, the people she sees as her sworn enemy refuse the opportunity to take revenge on her, Kaya attempts to kill her anyway and Gabi realizes that by killing Sasha, she had betrayed her only friend on the island.
    • Immediately after this, Gabi has accepted that she will probably die for her actions and so insists to Mikasa and Armin that she will face the consequences if they spare Falco's life. They refuse to kill her, only for Eren to come in and take the entire group prisoner, during which Gabi can only watch helplessly as he asserts his control over his former allies. Already visibly shaken, she is again brought to tears when Eren reminds her of what she did to his comrade.
    • During her time in Eren's custody, she is clearly haunted by the incident in the restaurant as she recalls the Braus family openly crying over Sasha, and seems to be questioning her perception of the so-called "Devils" while agonizing over this.
    • While being rescued by Pieck, it is Pieck who tells Gabi right to her face that the Marley will never see her as a true equal due to her Eldian heritage, and that the Marley would no longer have use for her or the rest of her people with the Titans becoming an obsolete weapon of war. Gabi completely loses the will to fight upon hearing this, apparently beginning to see the truth in these words. And then she learns the grave danger she put Falco in at the restaurant...
    • Gabi realizes she can never earn Kaya's forgiveness for what she did to Sasha, and that the girl who was once willing to protect her in spite of her Marleyan origins now wants her dead. Gabi finally understands the senselessness of her actions and nearly cries upon hearing Kaya's words.
  • Deuteragonist: Gabi, Falco and Reiner are the Main Characters of the arc that began from Chapter 91 of the manga, but Eren is still a big deal.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point:
    • Triple-fold. When they return to Liberio, she assumes that Falco is staring at her because he's jealous of her achievements and the attention she's getting; their comrades assume that it's because of Falco's crush on her and tell her so; Falco covers his ass by agreeing with them because he wasn't staring at Gabi, but rather at Reiner at her side because he's suspicious of Reiner's treasonous pleas to him while they were partying on the train. This is, of course, completely lost on Gabi, who in turn thinks that Falco is mad at her for being too loud.
    • Gabi berates Falco on what she perceives are futile efforts from him in the pursuit of obtaining the Armored Titan, especially considering that Falco's family is in the safe now that it's known that Colt will inherit the Beast Titan, making it unnecessary for Falco to become a Warrior too. Falco angrily retorts that he's doing it for her. Udo, Sofia and the Marleyan guards immediately catch his drift; Gabi? Not quite.
  • Dramatic Irony:
    • Having been praised for her actions in service of Marley eager to further prove herself as a Warrior candidate, Gabi sees her killing of Marley's enemies, including the Eldians of Paradis as a glorious cause and at first thought nothing of having slain Sasha prior to her capture at Liberio. When she and Falco finally encounter one of the captured Marleyans living among the islanders, Gabi brags of her actions to him and expects to be praised for it. Instead the solider Nikolo, who was in love with Sasha attacks her and Falco and exposes her true identity to Sasha's friends and family, triggering a violent confrontation in which Nikolo gives them the chance to kill her themselves. For this, they instead show Gabi mercy even as they openly mourn for Sasha right before her, and for the first time Gabi is forced to see that there is no glory in what she has been part of. She's out of the echo chamber, and what she's hearing now is not cookie-cutter perfect as before.
    • Further amplified by the fact that Kaya, Sasha's own adopted sister had taken her and Falco in knowing full well they were Marleyan, but not yet aware of what Gabi had done to Sasha, whom she discusses in great detail with the two. Gabi does not connect the dots until the aforementioned confrontation with Nikolo, and for this she is nearly killed by Kaya when the truth comes out. Until now Gabi had stayed true to her conviction that the islanders were inherently evil, and it's only because of Kaya's unconditional kindness towards the two that Gabi had reluctantly accepted the care given to her by anyone in the Braus home. When Kaya finally does attack her, it is borne solely out of the fact that Gabi had killed someone she loved, and instead of anger Gabi feels shame for the grief she has personally caused her.
  • Easily Forgiven: By Kaya, even after Gabi has tried to kill her twice. Brutally subverted however when Kaya finds out what she did to Sasha.
  • Enfant Terrible: At barely twelve years old, she is a raging fanatic who is eagerly dedicated to the cause of inheriting one of the Nine Titans to continue the genocidal war against Paradis, a nation who's people don't even remember the sins of their ancestors; all along the way she has an insatiable blood lust and takes great pride in killing in the name of Marley, a blind pursuit that she remains wholly committed to until her actions not only endanger her one friend on the island, but also very nearly leads to her own death at the hands of those she wronged after taking her under their care.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: Gabi might as well be the poster child for the trope:
    • Gabi thinks that Reiner's trauma is because of something horrific the "Devils" did to him. Actually, they treated him very kindly (until understandably turning against him when they realized he was a spy), so much that he had a Heel Realization. He's traumatized from the sheer guilt of trying to kill people he'd made genuine friends with, for a cause that turned out to be a bunch of baloney. Gabi doesn't consider this option because of how deeply she's been indoctrinated into Marleyan hatred of Eldians.
    • After escaping custody and infiltrating Paradis, she still buys into the Marleyan propaganda, but it's shown that both Falco and Kaya have started to make chinks on her armor. Upon the revelation of her slaying of Sasha, Gabi learns a hard truth from Sasha's dad: the hatred she so vitriolically proclaims is not and has never been mutual, there is no reason to provoke it, and there is no reason to prolong it.
    • One assumption that almost costs Gabi her life: that all Marleyans in Paradis are still loyal to Marley and that they can be used as sleeper agents. This was an easy assumption for her to make due to the extreme racialization of Marleyan society, but it's very wrong.
    • Gabi's entire worldview is brought crashing down when it is her longtime comrade Pieck who comes to her rescue and tells Gabi that her belief that her loyalty to Marley would help her to gain recognition as an "Honorary Marleyan" has been complete bullshit from the very start. She and the rest of their people would forever be stigmatized for their Eldian blood, and the Marley would surely exterminate them once they had outlived their usefulness as Titan fodder. Sooner or later, they would have to fight the Marley if they expected to survive. By the end of it, Gabi has been spiritually broken as she realizes she has only been aiding her so-called allies towards her own eventual demise.
  • Everyone Is Related: She is Reiner's younger cousin from his mother's side.
  • Everyone's Baby Sister: She fills this role for the Warrior troops, and she's celebrated as such.
  • Evil Counterpart: She's essentially what Eren would have been if he'd grown up in Marley and had his passionate nature twisted by the racial hatred entrenched in that society.
  • False Friend: Begrudgingly accepts Kaya's friendship on the island at Falco's urging, being reluctant to secondguess her long-held prejudice against the Eldians. When Nikolo exposes her as the one who killed Sasha, Kaya accuses Gabi of being this when Sasha's parents prevent her from killing Gabi. Gabi is nearly brought to tears, suggesting she regretted betraying the one person who until now had protected her. Pretty much confirmed later when Kaya says she wants Gabi dead, a statement Gabi overhears from afar and upon this regrets the grief she has caused to so many people.
  • Fearless Fool: Enemy gunner's nest? Train with massive guns that fire 50 mm anti-Titan rounds? She volunteers to face them alone, and ends up fleeing from enemy machinegun fire while laughing triumphantly.
  • Feeling Oppressed by Their Existence: She's incredibly vocal about her disdain for the Eldians on Paradis Island compared to her fellow cadets, blaming them for everything bad about her life growing up in Liberio. She made it her personal mission to exterminate them all and show the rest of the world that "good" Eldians are the only ones left. She more than likely picked up this extreme mindset from Reiner's Mother, who also ingrained those extreme views into him when he was growing up.
  • Fish out of Water: She might excel in all matters related to military life, but as shown in Chapter 109, she sucks when dealing with horses. Too bad for her that she infiltrated Paradis, a land whose people take horse husbandry very seriously.
  • Forgiveness Requires Death: At least, Gabi mistakenly believes this is how it works. She doesn't understand why Armin and Mikasa haven't killed her, and is ready to die as punishment for her actions as long as they won't hurt Falco.
  • Genki Girl: She is incredibly cheerful and energetic, especially in comparison to her more somber comrades.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Reiner is visibly disgusted and ashamed of how his cute little cousin Gabi spews the propagandistic drivel of the Marleyans as if it were second nature to her.
  • Heel Realization: After Kaya brings Falco and Gabi to her old village and tells them the fate of her mother, she asks them what her mother did to warrant so much hated from the rest of the world towards the inhabitants of the Walls. Gabi immediately recites Marleyan propaganda of the alleged atrocities their ancestors committed for thousands of years. Kaya points out that her mother was born long after those events and obviously had no involvement, yet Gabi still insists that merely being a descendant is enough justification. It isn't until Kaya gets right up to Gabi's face with tears in her eyes declaring that her mother never killed anyone and demanded an actual reason for her mother's death that Gabi is left completely shaken and speechless. Then Nicolo presents her to the Braus family as Sasha's killer, offering them the chance for revenge. Gabi is brought to tears when the family shows her mercy and openly mourns in front of her. When she is finally reunited with the Grice brothers, Gabi prevents Colt from shooting a Paradis soldier (Nile) and breaks down in tears because she finally understands the true source of Reiner's pain. Her experiences on Paradis have forced her to realize that there are no "Devils", just ordinary people.
  • Hero Worship: She seems to worship the ground that Reiner walks on and looks up to him. Considering his track record Reiner is appropriately uncomfortable.
  • Heroic BSoD: She completely shuts down upon Sofia's death, and has to be dragged to safety by Colt. She manages to pull herself together by the time the crowd has cleared out, but remains unwilling to accept that Udo is also gone.
  • Hidden Depths: She turns out to have a lot more going on that first appearances suggested.
    • When Reiner slips up at dinner, she's quick to pick up that his descriptions suggest the Eldians on Paradis are more complicated than propaganda would suggest.
    • She doesn't want the Armored Titan to achieve honor or glory. She wants it because she believes inheriting Reiner's memories will let her keep part of him alive, and finally let her understand everything he's gone through.
  • Hotblooded: She doesn't do anything half-way, with a rash and loud-mouthed personality.
  • I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: Implied Trope. One of the possible reasons she was allowed in the Warrior Program in the first place was to punish Reiner for his failures on Paradis, and to make him behave, as he certainly proved unreliable on his own. The fact that Gabi rose on her own by sheer perseverance and merit is a different matter, however.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Gabi proves just why she's the Top candidate, repeatedly demonstrating astounding marksmanship under extreme situations. First, she manages to shoot a member out of the Survey Corps out of the sky while sliding across the ground. She follows this up by swinging into the airship's hangar, rolling into a crouching position, taking aim, and firing a precise (fatal) shot within a matter of seconds. She does all of this with a rifle nearly as large as she is.
  • In Harm's Way: Just like Reiner, she basically wants to save the world and throws herself into danger without concern for her own welfare.
  • Innocently Insensitive:
    • Gabi berates Falco for trying to upstage her, arguing that he doesn't need to demonstrate anything given that his brother will receive the Beast Titan; what Gabi doesn't quite grasp is that Reiner is her cousin and he's the Armored Titan, and that the favors earned by her and their family are considerably more fragile than she surmises. As such, Gabi doesn't realize that her position and Falco's are just as precarious as one another's, and that nothing is written in paper regarding who'll inherit the Armored Titan. In spite of this, Gabi both is callous and insensitive towards Falco, a boy that loves her and wants to keep her safe because he knows how much danger she's facing.
    • She unwisely brags to Nikolo about how she was the Warrior Candidate who killed Sasha, unaware of the later's growing discomfort and rage despite Falco immediately noticing it. Resulting in Nikolo trying to kill her and Falco being seriously injured in his attempt to protect her.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: She feigns to be surrendering to the enemy in Fort Slava, only to use it as an opportunity to blow the armored train that was protecting the fort.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Played Straight, but then subverted. She seems absolutely giddy at the thought of inheriting her cousin's powers, even though it requires her to kill and eat him. But then we learn that her motives are a bit more complicated.
  • It's Personal:
    • One of the reasons that she has for wanting to inherit the Armored Titan is to find out what is it that is eating Reiner inside by gaining his memories from the Paradis campaign. She is shown to be markedly concerned about his anguish and how different he became when he returned to Liberio. As such, she views Falco's desire to inherit the Titan Power as a personal affront against her, responding accordingly. What she doesn't know is that Falco is acting out of love for her and with the desire to keep her out of harm's way.
    • After the Paradis Eldians attack Liberio, she swears revenge on Eren Yeager for the destruction, and personally, for the deaths of Udo, Sofia and the Liberio gatekeepers.
    • Played with. When she's found out at Paradis, Gabi states that it's not like she killed an innocent person when she slew Sasha, as she had personally sniped the Liberio gatekeepers that were Gabi's friends in front of Gabi. It's earlier implied that it's not like she was aiming at Sasha in particular, but Sasha was unfortunate to find herself in Gabi's crosshairs. Just anyone could have been shot at the blimp, and it happened to be Sasha.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • Played with. When you take into consideration the gravity of what happened at Liberio, and that everything that she learned and held dear throughout the years is crumbling like a house of cards, you'd be hard pressed to find reasons against her Roaring Rampage of Revenge, but this is due to the fact that she has yet to grasp that what was done against the Eldians of Paradis was what elicited the battery in the first place. To her ears, the stuff that comes out of Falco's mouth only fuels the flames in her heart, and it's actually surprising that she's putting up with it. However, her meeting with Kaya at Paradis has forced her to open her eyes to the fact that the logic forced on her, and her wanton wrath, will never be justified.
    • Invoked. As said on It's Personal, Gabi justifies her killing Sasha because of the deaths of the Liberio gatekeepers by her hand. Sasha's father gets her point, as it boils down to a soldier killing another soldier, and argues that it's him who pushed Sasha into that situation in the first place.
  • Just Friends: It's known that she does care about Falco as a comrade and friend, and shows sincere concern about his drive to one-up her so late into the selection process. However, she remains blissfully unaware that Falco loves her.
  • Large Ham: Little girl, big mouth. It's as simple as that, only that she has shown her chops in war, warranting her loud mouth.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: She has expressed no regret in her part in killing soldiers from Paradis, and even proudly remarks upon her part in Sasha's demise when she runs into Nikolo, who has been residing on Paradis. For this, he attacks her, seriously wounding Falco who had protected her, and is left at the mercy of Sasha's friends and family when Nikolo reveals her identity to them. Even though she is not killed due to the intervention of both Mr. Braus and Mikasa, Falco is left grievously injured and Kaya, who had protected Gabi before learning this condemns her as a murderer for killing her adoptive sister and tries to kill her herself. For this, Gabi is forced to face the reality of the crimes she has committed.
    • Not long after this, a visibly unhinged Eren arrives and takes her prisoner along with the rest of the Survey Corps, reminding her of her murder of his comrades.
    • One of her fellow Warriors, Pieck is the one to tell Gabi that all of her efforts to come into the Marley's good graces have been in vain, and that she is going to forever be seen as an Eldian and thus an enemy to one day be slaughtered no matter what she does in their service.
    • Gabi is once again brought to tears when she overhears Kaya voice her hatred for Gabi, wishing death on her for having killed Sasha. Gabi knows she will probably never earn Kaya's forgiveness and this prompts her to abandon her hatred for the Eldians of Paradis.
  • Laughing Mad: After destroying the armored train, she runs off back to the trench laughing maniacally.
  • Locked Out of the Loop:
    • Everyone that knows them is aware that Falco likes her. This, however, hasn't reached Gabi's ears.
    • She vows revenge against the Eldian devils, shooting, biting and kicking her way to their evacuating blimp. However, she ceases fighting once she learns that their attack on Liberio was Zeke's idea.
  • Martyr Without a Cause:
    • She's taken the underlying Martyrdom Culture to heart, demonstrating a reckless disregard for her own safety or well-being. Rather than value her own life as Falco and Reiner do, she views her worth as directly connected to her ability to sacrifice herself to improve the status of her people. Like many other characters in the series, she mistakes suicidal recklessness for heroism and thinks the best way to help the Eldian people is to die fighting for Marley.
    • She retains some of this while at Paradis, though she is somewhat held back by Falco.
    • This comes back to hit her at full force when she is being held captive by Eren, from whom she is rescued by Pieck who spells out the awful truth of their efforts right to her when Gabi thinks Pieck has sold their people out to Eren. Pieck makes very clear to Gabi that the Marley will never see her as anything beyond an Eldian, and that when the Marley have no further use for them as weapons they will almost certainly be slaughtered along with those living on Paradis. Pieck destroys any notion Gabi has of ever becoming an honorary Marleyan, and for the first time Gabi has no idea what she has been fighting for the entire time.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name is short for the female form of Gabriel, which in Hebrew means "God is my strength"; this fits with her strong determination and enthusiasm.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: She unwittingly reveals her role in Sasha's death to Nikolo, and for that he outs her right in front of Sasha's family and friends, after which Kaya, who until then had treated her with nothing but kindness in spite of her Marleyan loyalty calls her a murderer and nearly kills her in a fit of rage. The sight of Kaya and Sasha's parents grieving before her leaves her visibly regretful. Tellingly, she is fully prepared to accept her fate and owns up to her murder of Sasha, merely asking that Falco be spared regardless of what happens to her.
    • Gabi is visibly distressed when she realizes it was her actions that caused Falco to be poisoned with the wine laced with Zeke's spinal fluid, and quickly takes full blame for it.
  • My Greatest Shame: Aside from realizing the truth about the so-called "Devils of Paradis", Gabi's slaying of Sasha seems to be becoming this as Kaya, the first person on the island to befriend her and Falco now wishes for them both to die for their actions.
  • Never Live It Down: In-Universe example, as Eren has consistently referred to her as "the brat who killed Sasha".
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Her "final sacrifice" during the close of the Battle of Liberio not only leads to the capture of herself and Falco, but also tremendously affects Eren who's progressive Sanity Slippage only worsens after she personally killed several of his closest comrades. By the time they cross paths again, they are utterly at Eren's mercy and he has even taken the remainder of the Survey Corps hostage, aggravating the already worsening situation among the Paradis leadership. Eren makes it very clear that he isn't finished with her, and that she cannot rely on the Corps to protect her or Falco from his wrath.
  • No Indoor Voice: She has a tendency to begin shouting whenever she's excited, frequently requiring others (usually Reiner) to tell her to stop.
  • Not So Different: Ironically, for all her hatred for Eren Armin says she reminds him so much of his former friend when she questions him and Mikasa on why she had not yet been killed for her crimes; Armin observes that like Eren she seems to exhibit the same "kill or be killed" philosophy that drives his actions.
  • Oblivious to Love: She isn't aware that Falco likes her and behaves rather antagonistically towards him due to being another candidate for the Armored Titan power. Unaware of it all, she question's Falco's very motives for competing with her, as it's already public knowledge that Colt will inherit the Beast Titan, making Falco's family safe from what their revolutionary uncle brought upon them. Even when he tells her that he's doing it for her, she still doesn't catch his drift.
  • Oh, Crap!: When she sees Eren face to face for the first time since the events of Liberio, she's absolutely terrified of him and does not speak during his entire confrontation with Armin and Mikasa. The fact that he sat there with his hand deliberately slashed open for her to see probably had a lot to do with it.
  • Plucky Girl: She fits the trope, even though her motives are markedly twisted. She is brave as hell, confident and charismatic, and she would be nothing short of a heroine save the fact that she's operating under propagandistic lies in favor of an evil empire.
  • Right in Front of Me: When she first meets Nikolo, she starts enthusiastically bragging to him about how she killed Sasha, unaware that she was very precious to him.
  • The Rival: She sees herself as this to Falco, since both are the prime candidates to inherit the Armored Titan power.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After her friends are killed by Eren, she swears revenge against him and intends to die fighting. She kills a fleeing soldier and uses his equipment to board the Survey Corps' airship, then opens fire on the group inside the hangar. She fatally wounds Sasha and nearly kills Jean, before being captured. She only stops screaming and fighting after being brought to see Zeke.
  • Rule 63: She is based on one Isayama previously designed for Eren.
  • Sanity Slippage: Zeke's betrayal certainly did a number to her mental state, when Falco removes her Eldian armband arguing that soldiers will recognize it, she clings to it claiming that without it she'll become "like one of the devils of the Island".
  • Selective Obliviousness: When Falco tries to stop her from going on a suicide mission against the Paradis Soldiers, she tearfully tells Falco that Liberio is her home and she'll never forgive them for trampling on it. She goes on to say that he doesn't even know why they attacked in the first place. At which point, Falco bluntly points out that Marley attacked Paradis first, and this was retaliation for their home being trampled on and their loved ones being killed. Gabi disregards Falco's reasoning and goes right back to reciting Marleyan propaganda that it's always been normal to kill "Island Devils" and runs off.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Her "final" sacrifice proves to be this when she is taken captive by the Survey Corps and is taken to face Zeke, who is very much alive and revealed to be cooperating with the people she saw as the enemy. Her vows to fulfill "his" will fall flat as Zeke himself clearly isn't pleased by her and Falco's presence.
  • So Proud of You: Gabi is quite popular in the Liberio Ghetto because of her accomplishments and even elicits pride in Marleyan soldiers who meet her.
  • Spanner in the Works: Deemed as much by Zeke alongside Falco, calling the two children "miscaculations" to his plans. It's implied that he did not expect them to survive and make it to the blimp going back to Paradis in the first place. Turns out Zeke was right when both of them inadvertently led to the Survey Corps discovering that the wine served to the Military Higher-ups was tainted with Zeke's spinal fluid along with Falco being accidently exposed to it.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Is it with a "y" or an "i"?
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: A hot-tempered, idealistic kid with a reckless streak a mile wide... who wants to wipe out a faceless "evil" and free their people? She's very much like Eren, and Word of God confirms her design is a recycling of a Rule 63 Eren sketch. Just like him, she also witnesses a Titan's attack on her home and the deaths of her loved ones. The Cycle of Revenge continues with her swearing to kill her enemy.
  • Taking You with Me: Her entire plan for entering the airship was to go down fighting, and she very nearly gets her wish. Only Falco's quick action saves Gabi and Jean from a Mutual Kill.
  • Take Me Instead: Having been captured by the Survey Corps at the restaurant, Gabi's only request is that no harm be done upon Falco, that she'll take whatever punishment they'll see fit, and to even kill her if that's their choice. Armin and Mikasa tell her to just shut up about executions, and that they have no intention of killing her... that is, until a rather pissed off Eren storms the restaurant with his army of fanatics.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Justified Trope. While Sasha spares her life, Gabi only sees her as a frightening Cold Sniper that murdered her caretakers in front of her. note  Later on, she boards the airship while on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge and shoots into the crowd, killing Sasha.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Gabi's actions at the restaurant when she confronts Nikolo indirectly leads to Falco unknowingly ingesting wine laced with Zeke's spinal fluid when Nikolo attacks them both, putting him in serious danger of being Titanized along with the rest of Zeke's intended victims. She nearly costs her friend his life right on the spot as Nikolo very nearly slits his throat as revenge for Sasha and forces Gabi to watch.
    • It is implied her killing of Sasha had a more damaging effect on Eren than first believed, as he was quick to remind her of her crime before taking her hostage along with the rest of his former comrades, with whom he had all but completely severed all ties with right in front of her.
  • Use Your Head: She headbutts Falco after he announces his intention to be the selected Warrior to inherit the Armored Titan power.
  • Villainous BSoD: Though she's not a villain per-se, she is a pawn running on Marleyan propagandistic lies, and wreaks havoc as such:
  • What Were You Thinking?: She is on the receiving end of this from General Magath after she is rescued by Pieck in Shiganshina, calling her an "imbecile" for having charged blindly at the enemy and getting herself captured for it.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: She genuinely believes all the problems in the world can be solved by beating the "Evil" Eldians on the island, making her a hero in the process. Witnessing Eren's rampage at the Festival along with the deaths of Sofia and Udo was a massive reality check on her end.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: She uses the classic "Sick Prisoner" trick, attacking the guard when he comes to investigate Falco's shouting. Afterwards, the kids shove the body under the bed and flee into the woods.

    Colt Grice 

Colt Grice

Debut: Chapter 91 (Manga)

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An Eldian serving in Marley's Warrior unit, and the elder brother of Falco. He has been selected to inherit the Beast Titan from Zeke, and shadows his superior. He alongside Falco are the nephews of the Eldia Restorationist Grice, and enlisted together in the Warrior program to atone for his crimes.


  • As You Know: He fills in the audience on how Zeke's unique Titan abilities work as he explains his reasoning for not being worthy to be Zeke's successor.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He's not too keen on Falco becoming a Warrior too, and says one brother should be good enough. Zeke warns him about saying something like that, but then brushes it off as something any big brother would do.
    • During the Marley's assault on Shiganshina, Colt rescues Falco and Gabi and commits himself to stopping Zeke from screaming in order to prevent his younger brother from being forcibly Titanized, along with hundreds of other soldiers held captive in the city.
  • Big Brother Mentor: He tries to be this to the younger recruits, being the oldest of that bunch. But he's also still a kid himself, and the others don't take him as seriously as he'd like.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: He gets really, really into celebrating Gabi's victory in their last battle after a few drinks.
  • Heel Realization: Colt overhears Gabi's admission that her views towards the so-called "Devils of Paradis" had been wrong the entire time, and that they were responsible for having demonized their own people. Whether he takes her words to heart in the battle unfolding remains to be seen.
  • Inadequate Inheritor: Colt seems to believe that he is not worthy to inherit the Beast Titan's power yet and that Zeke is still leaps and bounds ahead of him. As he is left behind by Zeke during the Attack on Liberio (considering that he defected to Paradis), it's implied that Zeke never had the intention of surrendering the Beast Titan to him in the first place.
  • Karma Houdini: It seems that he faced no consequences of Zeke's betrayal, especially due to the fact that he was supposed to be Zeke's closest ally and confidant. As Marley is left in a state of crisis, corporal witch hunts and punishments are not a priority at the time, even considering that he is completely innocent..
  • Kid Sidekick: The teenage sidekick to the eldest Warrior, Zeke.
  • Nerves of Steel: A more realistic example. While he's justifiably terrified, he remains focused on the task of getting his comrades to safety and figuring out their next move. Unlike the others, he doesn't give in to shock or blind panic even when Sofia and then Udo are killed.
  • Oh, Crap!: He is horrified to learn that his younger brother has been infected with Zeke's spinal fluid along with hundreds of other soldiers imprisoned in Shiganshina by the Yeagerists.
  • Sins Of The Father: Colt was conscripted into the Warrior program because of his uncle's crimes. Once he was chosen as the next Beast Titan, the Grice family was finally able to stop worrying about further punishment for having a relative that betrayed Marley.
  • The Strategist: He is shown to have a keen understanding of battlefield tactics, dispensing a lot of tactical advice to Captain Magath.
  • Tagalong Kid: Colt shadows Zeke at all times, allowing him to attend meetings with commanding officers or private talks among the Warriors. But he's not only the youngest person in the group, but the only one that doesn't possess any powers.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: Zeke complains about him puking all over the train after getting drunk. Thankfully, we're never shown the results of his night of hard partying.

    Udo and Sofia 

Debut: Chapter 91 (Manga)

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A pair of young Eldian recruits and Warrior Candidates, serving alongside Falco and Gabi in their unit.


  • But Not Too Foreign: Udo is an Eldian from an unspecified country, and came to Marley later on. Going by the fact that he speaks the language of the Mid-East Alliance, it's implied that he comes from there.
  • Combat Medic: Udo serves this purpose in his unit, tending to the wounded.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Sofia is crushed by debris during the battle, while Udo is trampled by the panicked crowd of diplomats and soldiers.
  • Cunning Linguist: Udo speaks at least two languages, and is tasked with translating when Falco brings a prisoner into the trench with them.
  • Deer in the Headlights: Udo freezes in horror when Sofia is crushed by rubble, and Colt isn't able to pull him to safety before the panicked audience tramples over him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Sofia likes to throw subtle barbs at Gabi and Falco.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Both Udo and Sofia are unceremoniously killed during Eren's opening attack on Marley. Sofia suffers a literal version of this trope when she is crushed by a falling piece of debris and Udo is trampled by the panicking crowd.
  • Dull Surprise: Sofia is by far the least expressive of the bunch, usually wearing a dull expression, though compared to Annie, she's a Genki Girl.
  • From Bad to Worse: It turns out that as horrible as life is for Eldians in Marley, it's much worse elsewhere. Udo considers Marley's treatment good in comparison to how it was back home.
  • Interservice Rivalry: Udo is very passionate in ranting about how the Infantry are the real workers of the military, while the Navy is lazy and incompetent.
  • Mauve Shirt: Their friendship with Gabi is what makes their deaths all the more impactful.
  • Nerd Glasses: Udo sports a pair of them, and demonstrates great intelligence as a medic and translator.
  • Nice Girl: Unlike Annie before her, Sofia is a closer friend to her comrades than Annie was with hers, and she's more doting and enthusiastic.
  • Not So Stoic: Sofia is girlier and has a bubblier personality than she seems to have at first glance. Still, Gabi considers her gloomy by her own standards.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: Gabi starts a rampage against the Paradian Eldians after witnessing the brutal deaths of Udo and Sofia. It results in the death of Sasha by her hands and the infiltration of both Gabi and Falco into Paradis.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: They are killed during the Festival, victims of Eren's attack on the audience. Like Eren's mother at the beginning of the series, their deaths traumatize a passionate child (Gabi) and serve to represent the innocents killed by a Titan's rampage.
  • Shipper on Deck: Sofia is this for Falco and Gabi.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Is it "Sofia" or "Zofia"?
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Sofia basically is Annie as far as looks and personality are concerned (though she's more prone to smiling and goofing around than Annie was). Udo also bears similarities to Bertolt, being the "sweaty nervous guy" of the group and visibly taller than his friends (Udo happens to be smarter and less riddled with complexes, though). Reiner even hallucinates them as their respective counterparts at one point, too.
  • Those Two Guys: They're often together, and lack the focus given to their comrades.
  • Toilet Humor: Sofia mentions that one of her neighbors claimed the sea was salty because he pissed in it every day.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: Sofia wears her hair this way, and doesn't come across as particularly feminine; ironically, she's girlier than Gabi, though.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: The least fleshed-out of the mainland Eldians, they are both killed during Eren's attack.

Others

    Tom Xavier 

Tom Xavier

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The previous holder of the Beast Titan. He was close to Zeke as a child, frequently playing catch with him as training.


  • Bearer of Bad News: He is the person who made Zeke realize that his parents didn't love him and were using him for their own agenda.
  • Big Brother Mentor: He's shown to have been a caring mentor to Zeke, and his memory remains something that Zeke seems to cherish.
  • Death Seeker: He explained his choice to become a Warrior as looking for a way to die.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He first appeared on Chapter 87 weeping next to Zeke as Grisha and Dina are being arrested and taken away.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: He passed on his pitching skills to Zeke, teaching him how to utilize the Beast Titan's abilities to serve as a deadly ranged opponent.
  • Like a Son to Me: Played with. He was more family to Zeke than the boy's own parents, and it's shown that Zeke holds a special place in his heart for him.
  • Manly Tears: He is seen crying while holding Zeke trying to comfort him as his parents are being taken away.
  • My Greatest Failure: In his youth, he concealed his heritage and married a Marleyan woman. When she discovered his deception, she killed their son and then herself.
  • Non-Action Guy: Marley left him at the capital, viewing his Titan as worthless in combat. Instead, he was permitted to continue his research throughout his Tenure. This implies that his Titan was either stunted, anatomically non-functional, or its Beast animal-like anatomy was not optimal for combative deployment.
  • Old Soldier: He was notably older than any of the Titan Shifters (barring Grisha) seen in the current series. His generation was the last to utilize adults instead of the purpose-raised Child Soldiers of the Warrior Program. Xavier and his comrades spent their final years fighting on the front lines of a border conflict with another nation, before being fed to the children that would replace them.
  • Posthumous Character: He's been dead for roughly 12 years, having finished his "tenure".
  • Replacement Goldfish: Tom admits to Zeke that on some level their playing ball was an attempt to recapture what he lost when his son was killed.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: For better or for worse, Xavier is the person who shaped Zeke into what he eventually became, even when that wasn't his original intention.
  • Superior Successor: Zeke became this to him in every way, becoming an exceptionally dangerous Beast Titan and carrying his research to a new extreme.
  • This Is Wrong on So Many Levels: He is visibly upset at Grisha and Dina's treatment of Zeke, instigating Zeke to sell them to the authorities to have a safe foothold on the Warrior program.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Zeke's glasses originally belonged to him, and seem to have sentimental value to the otherwise ruthless Warrior.

Liberio Internment Zone

    Liberio Internment Zone / Liberio Ghetto 
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TOP: Liberio's checkpoint; LEFT: The Eldian Nine-Pointed Star; RIGHT: A young Grisha Yeager wearing an armband identifying him as an Eldian at Liberio

The nation of Marley keeps its Eldian citizens in designated Internment Zones, or Ghettos, one of which is located in the Marleyan city of Liberio (AKA Rebellio depending on the translator). The residents live in impoverished conditions and are subject to inhumane treatment. Many of the residents are believers in the tale of Eldian atrocities, and vocally express support for Marley... at least to avoid being reported to authorities. The families of the Warriors and Warrior candidates all dwell here. The Eldians of the ghettos are identified by their armbands depicting the Nine-Pointed Star, the symbol of Eldia outside Paradis.

As mentioned earlier in this page, most, if not all, of the members of the Warrior Program come from Liberio.


  • A Million Is a Statistic: Liberio is selected as the location for the festival, because no one will care about Eldian civilians dying or losing their homes. The carnage and destruction will remain in the internment zone, with Magath and the Tyburs counting on the world only caring about their own officials being harmed and not the dozens of civilians dead or homeless.
  • Big Brother Is Watching: All it takes is an offhand comment that doesn't fall in line with the Marleyan propaganda, to have an Eldian individual reported and him/her along with their families transformed into mindless Titans to either roam Paradis Island or serve as cannon fodder for the army.
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror: Nearly a century of constant mistreatment has resulted in a population that will readily accept whatever Marley throws at them. The Warrior program seems to be hailed by the residents, in spite of the horrors involved in it.
  • Fantastic Ghetto: It's a ghetto created to contain a race of people that can turn into Titans. The treatment heavily resembles the exclusion policies enacted by the Nazis against the Jews during The Holocaust. As stated in Applied Phlebotinum previously in this page (at the Kingdom of Marley section), there are blood tests to find out who's Eldian, though their effectiveness is dubious at best.
  • If You Thought That Was Bad...: As Udo states, the treatment of Eldians at Marley is nowhere as abusive as the atrocities committed against them in other countries. At the very least, the Eldians at Marley have some semblance of a social status and a place in society as a whole.
  • Ironic Name:
    • "Liberio", coming from liberty. The most oppressive of settlements sports the most freedom-related name that can be fathomed.
    • In other translations, the ghetto is named "Rebellio", from rebel, which is not quite better.
  • Overwhelming Exception: Though there are other Eldian internment zones at Marley, the Liberio Ghetto is by far and wide the most important Eldian settlement in Marley (Liberio is in fact implied to be Marley's capital), as it produced most, if not all, of the Titan Shifters of the Warrior Program.
  • People Farms: Eren Kruger states the Internment Zones exist to maintain a captive population of Eldians, serving as fodder for the nation's military. Every single Eldian born is a potential weapon. However, this policy was put on hold in regards to Paradis when the Warriors lost at Shinganshina, and altogether stopped when the exploratory missions to Paradis became MIA, as it was deemed that the Eldians took control of the island. Titanization as a penalty was still used during the war against the Mid-East Alliance.
  • The Un-Reveal:
    • It's not known why the "Warrior" program is focused entirely on Liberio, which has offered the bulk of the Warriors so far. This implies that there are policies enacted exclusively on the Eldians at Liberio, like the enforced education on fervent nationalism imparted upon the children candidates of the program; also, the appearance of Zeke Yeager at Liberio, who is considered a prodigious Warrior, might have skewed the program to Liberio in an effort to find more candidates like him.
    • It's not known what the Eldians that remained in Marley after King Karl Fritz's exodus hoped to accomplish by staying behind, especially considering that they did not count with the Titan Powers to defend themselves. This might be the responsibility of the faction of the Eldian Royal Family that chose not to leave, the stragglers being their followers. However, it's implied by Willy Tybur that their choice to stay might have not been voluntary and was planned by both King Fritz and the Tybur Family. However, this does not explain why the members of the Royal Family that stayed were not immediately eliminated, as their potential for harm to the plan was astronomical (they were hunted down, but it took Marley almost a century to flush them out).
  • Urban Segregation: The internment camps are barricaded with sentries and checkpoints to prevent Eldians from escaping.
  • Wrong Side of the Tracks: If an Eldian is found to have crossed the checkpoints without permission, there can be grave consequences for both the individual and their family.

Residents of the Liberio Internment Zone:

    Mr. and Mrs. Yeager 
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Grisha and Faye's parents and, by extension, Eren and Zeke's grandparents. A physician with a practice in Liberio and his wife, they lived with and raised their children in the Marley's Liberio ghetto, and several years later they were left with the care of a young Zeke after Grisha and Dina were convicted of conspiring against the Marleyan government.
  • Adult Fear: The main ethos of their plight. They are very well aware of how precarious their situation is at the Liberio ghetto, so they try to proceed in a way that would not endanger their children. A misstep by Grisha ends up killing their daughter Faye and later in his life he is accused of high treason towards the Marley authorities and is sentenced to be Titanized and roam endlessly in Paradis. It's hard to feel sorry for them, but they did lose both of their children and daughter-in-law. As of Chapter 94, it's shown that they're both alive and well to receive Zeke at the Liberio Ghetto.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Mr. Yeager unloads on Grisha for putting himself, his sister, and their parents in danger.
  • Coattail-Riding Relative: Played with. It's not actually known whether they have a preferential treatment by the Marleyan authorities due to Zeke's position as the leader of the Warrior Program, as it's shown that the members of the Program are not treated particularly better than the people in the ghettos.
  • Freak Out: Mr. Yeager has a complete meltdown when talking to Eren, wailing over the loss of his children. The other hospital staff quickly rush out to escort him away, offering reassurances to him. It seems this is hardly the first time they've had to deal with him breaking down.
  • Hidden Depths: They are not actually "loyal" to Marley, but they are given little choice on the matter. They indeed have to live with what they're given and nothing more.
  • It's All My Fault: Losing both his children has left Mr. Yeager a broken man. When he talks to a disguised Eren at the hospital, he breaks down and hysterically wails that he is to blame for everything.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Eren Kruger tells Grisha that his father was not wrong in adopting his sycophantic attitude toward the Marleyans, as it is the mechanism that kept his family alive. This is in stark contrast to what Grisha did with his own family for the "right" reasons, meaning that Grisha was in no position to judge his father for his actions.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Due to the confidential nature of the "Warrior" missions to Paradis, neither of them are aware that Grisha survived his Titanization and became the man that prevented the Eldians of Paradis from being totally exterminated by the Warriors. They are also completely unaware that Zeke knows this for a fact as well, and the fact that they have a second surviving grandchild in Eren.
  • Missed Him by That Much: He sits right next to "Mr. Kruger" at the hospital, not knowing that the young man is none other than his grandson Eren Yeager.
  • Mr. Exposition: Mr. Yeager functions as this after being told by Gross that they haven't "educated" their children enough about the sins of their Eldian ancestors which Gross cites as the reason why their daughter Faye was killed.
  • My Greatest Failure: Mr. Yeager considers the death of Faye and the resulting Titanization of Grisha and Dina as his own fault, to the point that he went mad from the sheer guilt. This is, added to the fact that Grisha became Public Enemy No. 1 in Marley.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: They've lived through this nightmare not once, but twice. Their daughter was killed in a violent fashion for disobeying the law, and later they had to helplessly watch as their son and daughter-in-law were arrested for Treason. By virtue of their Titanization, their grand-kids Zeke and Eren are bound to die before them too.
  • Parents as People: They care about their children and are desperate to avoid having them run afoul of the authorities, but the way Grisha's father enthusiastically parrots the anti-Eldian propaganda causes him to not understand what his father's trying to do until it's too late.
  • Promotion to Parent: They had to take care of Zeke after Grisha and Dina were arrested for treason.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Of course they were upset with the death of Faye, but their struggle focuses in "survival" rather than "revenge". Not everyone has wrath to spare like Grisha had. Their situation is not even remotely OK and they are basically slaves, but between that and death, or worse, Titanization, the choice is not quite that easy, is it?
  • So Proud of You: They commend their grandson, Zeke, for performing his duties admirably when welcoming him back from the war.
  • The Stoic: While Mrs. Yeager was so torn by grief to say anything about Faye's death, Grisha noted that Mr. Yeager on the other hand seemed remarkably talkative for someone who had just lost his daughter.
  • Sycophantic Servant: Contrary to Grisha, they willfully submit to the Marleyans, and don't question the anti-Eldian propaganda — parroting it further on to Grisha.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: While Grisha did eventually understand why his father was so sycophantic (as their lives depended on it), he never forgave him for how he groveled to the Security Bureau people who killed Faye. In his account, Grisha makes a point of not referring to his father fondly.
  • Tranquil Fury: While he is sycophantly lecturing Grisha, it's shown that Mr. Yeager is actually furious at Grisha for the death of Faye and endangering all of them even when he was warned.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It's implied that they might have perished during Eren's attack on Liberio. This is brought up by Levi, who admonishes Zeke due to his willingness to sacrifice the people that raised him.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Mr. Yeager confronts Eren Yeager over involving Falco in his business, warning him that the Grice family is already in a precarious situation as it is. Eren doesn't listen.

    Faye Yeager 

Faye Yeager

Debut: Chapter 86 (Manga)

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Grisha's eight year-old younger sister, who was taken beyond their ghetto by him, separated from her brother, and later found dead.


  • The Cutie: She's an adorable little button.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: The Marleyan officer Gross fed her to his son's dogs for leaving her ghetto without permission.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Bonus points for being the old trope name, Dead Little Sister.
  • Death by Origin Story: Grisha's reason for being part of a revolution is because he trusted an officer to take her home. The officer brutally killed her instead.
  • Make an Example of Them: Her death was used as a deterrent for Grisha's parents to behave; later, Sergeant Gross admits to Grisha that he purposely fed her alive to his dogs in order to teach his own sons a lesson about how to treat Eldians.
  • My Greatest Failure: Grisha considers her death as the point where he started hating the Marleyans, though it's not until he learns of the nature of her demise that he begins plotting against them.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Killed to show Grisha how the land he lives in views his bloodline.
  • Undignified Death: She was a little girl who was at the wrong place at the wrong time. She was butchered for it, and was left to rot at a riverbank.

    Dina Yeager (née Fritz) 

Dina Yeager

Debut: Chapter 86 (Manga)

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A member of the Fritz family and one of those who didn't flee to the Walls, Grisha's first wife, and the mother of Zeke.

For tropes related to the Eldian Royal Family in Paradis, see the Eldia character page.

  • Abusive Parents: She, like Grisha, treated Zeke poorly, forcing him to become a Warrior and the hope of the Eldian restorationist movement and never once considering his feelings.
  • Blessed with Suck: By virtue of her royal lineage, Dina's family were wiped out and she remained in hiding until she reached adulthood. She joined the Eldia restorationists with the hopes of making her life have some use, but it ended up biting her in the rear end. As a matter of fact, Dina is one of the most important people ever to be turned into a mindless Titan sent to besiege the Three Walls.
  • Blue Blood: She's the last direct descendant of the line of Ymir Fritz that remained in the mainland.
  • Call-Forward: Like most of the revolutionaries shown in the chapters taking place in Grisha's past, she resembles one of the Titans that attacked Shinganshina and later Trost, namely the Smiling Titan that ate Carla Yeager. It turns out that they're one and the same.
  • Contrived Coincidence:
    • The fact that her Titan happens to end up killing and eating her husband's second wife out of the literal thousands of other victims she could've come across certainly seems to count. However, this is turned on its head when Chapter 96 shows that her Titan specifically ignored other humans and headed straight for Carla. Seeing as how some business about invisible "paths" and "connections" between all Eldians have been alluded to before, it's quite possible that her going for Carla wasn't exactly a coincidence at all.
    • A combined effort by both Eren Kruger and Zeke Yeager prevented Dina from becoming a Baby Factory for Marley. Zeke neglected to tell the Marleyan authorities of her Royal lineage, while Kruger withheld the information once Dina was captured. Neither Kruger nor Zeke were aware of each other's roles in the deed, though Kruger was at least somewhat aware that this information was not conveyed in any way by Zeke, but was unaware of his intentions.
    • She ends up getting killed by the son of her husband's second marriage, unwittingly using her Royal Blood against her by summoning a barrage of Titans that devoured her.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Her photograph with Grisha and Zeke, as a family together, back in Marley appears in The Stinger of Episode 12, Season 3; whereas this isn't revealed in the manga until near the end of the Return to Shiganshina Arc.
  • Fate Worse than Death: When they were caught and arrested, the members of the revolution were sentenced to be turned into mindless Titans and wander aimlessly around the Three Walls. Dina was no exception.
    • It gets worse. She was turned into the Smiling Titan: the same one that ate Carla, and was later ripped apart by a horde of Titans under Eren's control (mirroring the death of Faye). Even for this series, it's an incredibly cruel twist.
    • Kruger implies that had the Marleyans realized who she really is, based on what he knows from Zeke's intel, Dina would have been turned into a tool for the Marleyans due to her being of royal blood. He believes that at least letting Dina roam around the island as a mindless Titan would have saved her from an even worse fate.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Dina promises Grisha that she will find him even after she is Titanized. Years later, as a mindless Titan during the Fall of Shinganshina, she finds Grisha's house and eats Carla, his second wife.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Her last act as a human before transforming into a Titan forever is to smile at Grisha as she's being shoved off the wall- which, in hindsight, is probably the origin of her Titan's permanent, distinctive smile.
  • Happily Married: It's very telling how happy she was with Grisha, given how sullen she looks otherwise.
  • Hoist by Their Own Petard: As a mindless Titan, her reaching for Eren ended up triggering the Coordinate upon making contact - due to her royal blood - which is what ultimately gets her killed.
  • I Will Find You: Before being forcefully turned into a mindless Titan; Dina calmly tells Grisha, that there's no need to worry, as no matter what she becomes, she'll eventually find him again. As the Smiling Titan, this final wish manifests itself in her subconsciously pursuing him all the way to Shiganshina, where Grisha lived a peaceful life with his new family.
  • Impoverished Patrician: Due to her keeping her royal status hidden from Marley's authorities, she was subject to the same conditions as every other Eldian in the ghetto.
  • King Incognito: She lived among her Eldian subjects with no one suspecting her royal blood.
  • Last of Her Kind: Of the members of the Fritz family who didn't escape the continent, she was the last one still alive.
  • Missed Him by That Much: Had Eren not used the Coordinate against her during the Clash of the Titans when she was reaching for him to devour him, making several Titans devour her instead and causing her demise.
  • Morphic Resonance: Her hair style was transferred over to the Smiling Titan, and her petite frame manifested into an emaciated Titan body. Her Titan's signature smile is also likely the result of her smiling at Grisha immediately prior to transforming..
  • Springtime for Hitler: The Marleyans unknowingly Titanized Dina, the most important Eldian in Marley, and appropriated her son for their own ends. The kid ends up being a prodigious Titan shifter and the model to follow by virtue of his Royal heritage, yet the Marleyans are none the wiser, as Zeke neglected to tell them of his mother's Royal origins. Thus, they are reaping benefits from stuff that they don't know.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Downplayed; like most of the Fritz/Reiss family, she happened to be a short, petite person.

    Karina Braun 

Karina Braun

Debut: Chapter 94 (Manga)

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The mother of Reiner Braun, who once had an affair with a Marleyan. She is a fierce supporter of Marley, indoctrinating her son from an early age.


  • Abusive Parents: She's emotionally abusive by indoctrinating both Reiner and Gabi into the mindset that they are inherently inferior to Marleyans and must give up their lives to atone for the Sins of Our Fathers.
  • Blatant Lies: Before seeing her son off, Karina tells him how his father will be praying for his success and promising the family will be together. Reiner had already met his father by then, and knew she was lying... but doesn't say anything.
  • Boomerang Bigot: She's incredibly vocal in her hatred of the Eldians living behind the Walls, raising her son to want to exterminate them. She also deeply resents having been born an Eldian.
  • Coattail-Riding Relative: She's quite eager to benefit from her son being a Warrior, as she's always resented not being a Marleyan. She pushes Gabi to follow in Reiner's footsteps, and doesn't seem the least bit concerned about her son's impending death (or his damaged mental state).
  • Didn't Think This Through: That her son is a Warrior doesn't mean that the Marleyans would overlook the fact that she had an affair with a Marleyan and had a son of his. She's still a filthy minority to them, and bearing Reiner invited an enormous amount of exposure, so big that Reiner's father is terrified of the consequences it can carry. If anything, this shows how unstable and delusional Karina is, and how fragile is the bubble that she lives in.
  • Feeling Oppressed by Their Existence: She despises the Eldians that live on Paradis, calling them demons, because that is what Marley made her believe during the entirety of her life.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Downplayed. She's really minor in the grand scheme of things, but she's the one who indoctrinated Reiner and Gabi into her fanatical anti-Eldian rhetoric, thus causing their villainy (and breakdowns when confronted by the truth).
  • Hate Sink: She's an incredibly petty and delusional woman, manipulating her son down a path that destroyed his life and eager to do the same to her niece. Even her moments of affection towards Reiner are tainted by her constant lies, and inability to comprehend her son's pain. She's one of the few characters in the story not involved in any position in the military or the authorities, that has absolutely no redeeming qualities. What makes it worse is that she cannot even be called "crazy"; she's just a terrible person altogether.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: She personally indoctrinated Reiner into the "Paradian Eldians are demons" ideology, getting him into the Warrior program so that she could become an honorary Marleyan.
  • Insane Troll Logic: She's willing to sacrifice her son and niece to the Marleyan cause and advocate for the extermination of a whole nation of people to regain what seems to have been little more than an iffy, illegal relationship. In fact, Reiner's father has a family and wants nothing to do with them.
  • Les Collaborateurs: Most Eldians are obedient to Marley out of fear. Karina, on the other hand, teaches her son to worship the Marleyans and threaten to report others over offhand comments.
  • Morality Pet: Inverted. The affection her son has for her is what drives him to continue the mission, and lash out at his comrades. Her influence brings out the worst in him.
  • My Beloved Smother: Dominated her son's life, and gives him a horrified look of disapproval when he slips from the party line while talking about his former comrades.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Unless something happens to her in the next 2 years, she will outlive her son. Unlike a normal parent, she doesn't seem bothered by her son's impending death and in fact celebrates the thought that her niece will be the one to kill him and inherit the Armored Titan. It's later implied that she might have perished during Eren's attack at Willy Tybur's rally in Liberio.
  • Secret Relationship: She secretly had an affair with a Marleyan, in violation of the law. She makes Reiner promise to never tell anyone.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Reiner's father is a Marleyan, and she gives him the impression that they loved one another. In reality, Reiner's father wanted nothing to do with them and has his own family. He even tells Reiner that she got Reiner into the Warriors just to spite him.
  • Sycophantic Servant: She greatly admires (and is jealous of) the Marleyans, sucking up to them and happy that her son is being "recognized" by them.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: A series of flashbacks into Reiner's childhood revealed that it was almost entirely her who drove Reiner to enlist into the Warrior program. Despite Reiner's low ranking, he was selected to be the next holder of the Armored Titan courtesy of Marcel pulling strings behind the scenes in order to spare his brother Porco. This ends up leading to disaster after disaster for their mission on Paradis Island resulting in complete failure along with losing the Colossal Titan and Female Titan, the former now under enemy control. This eventually leads to Eren infiltrating Marley to exact his revenge.
  • Vicariously Ambitious: She encourages first Reiner, and later her niece Gabi, to become Warriors and earn military achievements.
  • Woman Scorned: Reiner's father claims she is one, and actually pushed their son to become a Warrior in order to expose his indiscretion. He's horrified at the thought of how far she'd go for revenge, and swears to keep running away from her as long as he lives.

    Mr. Leonhart 

Mr. Leonhart

Voiced by: Unshou Ishizuka (JP), Bill Jenkins (EN)

Debut: Chapter 17 (Manga), Episode 23 (Anime)

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The father of Annie Leonhart, who subjected her to harsh combat training as a child.


  • Abusive Parents: He clearly loved Annie, but he was merciless as an instructor. He later came to regret it.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: The anime portrays him as a blond in his cameo, but the manga reveals him to have dark hair.
  • Broken Pedestal: According to Annie, he was an idealist that truly believed in their cause. It's clear he no longer feels that way, bitterly speaking of his "honors" and no longer blindly faithful towards Marley as the other Warriors' families seem to be.
  • Handicapped Badass: During training, Annie broke his leg. He never fully recovered, but continued to give her harsh combat training.
  • I Will Wait for You: He is still waiting for his daughter to return home, in spite of the government considering her dead. When Ms. Braun attempts to offer condolences over his loss, Mr. Leonhart cuts her off and states firmly that Annie is alive.
  • Morality Pet: Zigzagged. While her affection for her father starts out as a humanizing aspect of her character, it's later revealed that every terrible thing Annie has done was for him.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Annie recalls him breaking down into tears, and begging her forgiveness for everything.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Downplayed. While he doesn't particularly look like Annie, he does have that same exact "disinterested and depressed" look on his face that his daughter always had.
  • Tears of Remorse: Annie recalls her father weeping as he apologized to her for his actions.
  • Training from Hell: He subjected his daughter to harsh training, in order for her to be selected as a Warrior.

    Grice 
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Grice was a militant member of the Eldia Restorationists and the person responsible for bringing Grisha Yeager into the faction. Grice was the uncle of the Warrior candidates Falco and Colt Grice.


  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: In almost every meeting of the movement, Grice proposes the martial way. Had he not brought Grisha into the fold, the movement would have been caught by the authorities an awful lot sooner than it did.
  • Bearer of Bad News: He relayed the events of the slaying of Faye Yeager to Grisha, which caused the young doctor to join the Restorationists.
  • The Dragon: After enlisting Grisha, and recognizing the young doctor's intellect, he becomes his second-in-command.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Instead of being Titanized, Grice is thrown from the bordering wall of Paradis in order to lure his Titanized comrades into the island.
  • Hot-Blooded: Though calm in demeanor, it's shown that he leans on the side of wrath when there's pressure; this is one of the reasons he relinquishes leadership to Grisha.
  • La Résistance: He is one of the leaders of the Eldia Restorationists, a separatist movement in the Liberio Ghetto.
  • Only One Name: Only his last name was revealed in the manga.
  • Posthumous Character: He is mentioned in Grisha's account and Zeke's childhood memories.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: His nephews Falco and Colt had to enlist into the Warrior Program to atone for his crimes and avoid retribution against the Grice family, and fortunately, they were successful.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He brought Grisha into the Eldian Restorationists, introduced him to Dina, and his criminal actions posthumostly led Falco and Colt to enlist in the Warrior Program.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: His nephews look exactly like him.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Albeit it's implied that he did it under The Owl's instructions, Grice bringing Grisha into the Restorationist movement spelled their eventual gruesome fate. Grisha was too blinded by hate to have realized his own shortcomings, leading to his mistreatment of Zeke.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He berates Grisha for raising a son in such a bad way that led him to sell them out to the Marleyans.

Volunteer Soldiers

    Volunteer Soldiers 

Anti-Marley Rebel Faction / Volunteer Soldiers

A faction of (mainly) forcefully conscripted individuals within Marley's military forces, secretly opposed to the government and organized under the leadership of Zeke Yeager. They are responsible for providing Paradis with modern technology and kick-starting the island's industrialization.


  • Agent Provocateur: Members of the group are involved in the growing division between the military and the citizens of Paradis.
  • Conscription: Marley conscripts conquered populations into military service, creating considerable resentment in the process.
  • Create Your Own Villain: The group exists because of Marley's imperialism, and habit of forcing the people they conquer to fight in their military. Little surprise these people would want to see Marley destroyed.
  • Enemy Mine: They form an alliance with Paradis Island, and advocate forming diplomatic relations with the many nations opposed to Marley.
  • Faking The Death: Intentionally done to most, if not all, of them so that they could establish a rapport with the Eldians of Paradis.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: As followers of Zeke, it's pretty much implied that their intentions might not be quite so egalitarian, and it's later revealed that they could have instigated the pro-war faction inside the Eldian military.
  • Hope Bringer: Zeke serves as one to the group, inspiring them to believe freedom from Marley is possible.
  • La Résistance: A secretive resistance movement within Marley's armed forces, seeking to overthrow their masters. The group is a successor to the Eldian Restorationists, and led by Zeke Yeager.
  • Mook–Face Turn: Zeke seems to be the only high-ranked individual, while the others are low-ranked conscripted soldiers that have turned against their masters.
  • Walking Spoiler: The group's existence is a major twist, coming at the very conclusion of the Marley arc.

    Yelena 

Yelena

Debut: Chapter 99 (Manga)

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Zeke's right-hand woman, a foreign soldier in the Marleyan army that establishes an alliance with Paradis Island.


  • Agent Provocateur: She's accused of this by the military junta, being suspected of instigating the pro-war faction inside the Eldian military.
  • Bad Boss: She is implied to be this, not letting many of her fellow volunteers know the full scope of her plans and is evidently feared by many of them. This is especially evident by Onyankopon's behavior in her presence, where he acts considerably colder to the members of the 104th but once she is gone he admits he was only this way because she would've likely shot him in the head if he showed any signs of disobedience.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Evidently her preferred method of execution.
  • Conscription: After her nation was conquered by Marley, she was forced into military service. She resents being forced to serve the country that destroyed her homeland.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Yelena has an unnerving smile and an almost unreadable disposition. True to the trope, her first action when she met the Eldians at Paradis was to shot her commanding officer on the back of his head while wearing a sunny smile. Onyankopon later reveals her tendency to execute Marleyan soldiers to "prove" herself to everyone, always with a eerily calm expression.
  • The Dragon: She is Zeke's second-in-command and his most trusted ally, entrusted to speak in his behest to the Eldians of Paradis. It's due to her that an alliance is formed with Paradis. She is also the one responsible for carrying out Zeke's years-long plan, acting as an Agent Provocateur to stir up revolution under the Yeager name, bringing Eren over to Zeke's side, and distributing tainted wine to officials so that Zeke can effectively destroy the leadership of Paradis with a single scream.
  • Empty Eyes: Her eyes are dark and perpetually dull. The only time her eyes start shining are when she's praising Zeke and Eren.
  • Everyone Has Standards: As shown in Chapter 116, she dislikes the prejudices Marleyans have against Eldians, as she shoots a Marleyan comrade in the head after he badmouthed the late Sasha for being Eldian.
  • Faking the Dead: She faked her death several years earlier, when her ship vanished off the coast of Paradis Island. It's implied that the multiple mission convoys that were wrecked by the Paradian Titans were Zeke's method to hide her infiltration to the Marleyan authorities.
  • Fantastic Racism: Subverted. Initially rude towards the Warriors, this turns out to be a ruse to fool them. In reality, she is utterly loyal to Zeke in spite of his Eldian heritage, and she genuinely wants to get along well with the people of Paradis, despite her mission requiring a lot of deception that makes it difficult for either side to trust each other. When a fellow Volunteer starts mocking Nikolo for his feelings towards the late Sasha (in his words, "the devil whore who smelled like potatoes"), Yelena promptly shoots said Volunteer in the head since she won't tolerate any further racist talk.
  • Foil: To Mikasa, both are Amazonian Beauty soldiers who are completely devoted to a member of the Yeager family (Eren for Mikasa, and Zeke for Yelena), they both even adopt boyish features like a short hair and, in Yelena's case, a fake beard; however one has Asian ancestry and is a petite girl while the other is a Statuesque Stunner caucasian and personality-wise, Mikasa is more quiet and reserved, while Yelena is more talkative and sociable.
  • Like a God to Me: Has said this of Zeke.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Fully committed to Zeke's plans and seems convinced that Eren is too; as of yet, it is unknown if Eren truly trusts Yelena and it remains to be seen if he is merely manipulating her to further his own ends.
  • Manipulative Bastard: She's suspected of numerous schemes, manipulating key members of the military over the course of several months. Pixis suggests she is personally responsible for the actions of Eren, Floch, and possibly even Queen Historia. She insists she's still an ally to "Eldia", but her actions have caused considerable problems.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Appears to be partially modeled after Gwendoline Christie, especially on her portrayal of Brienne of Tarth. Much like Brienne herself with Renly Baratheon, Yelena idealizes Zeke to the point of total devotion, to the point of almost being an Expy of Brienne in that respect.
  • Number Two: Zeke's most trusted subordinate, responsible for carrying out sensitive missions.
  • Oh, Crap!: She clearly never anticipated an ambush by Reiner, Porco, Pieck, and their Marleyan allies in Shiganshina and is left at an utter loss when Eren is forced to do battle with them. It doesn't take her long to realize that they failed to kill all of the Marley's military leaders in Liberio.
  • Red Herring: The clever angles used to hide the soldier's face led many to suspect it was a member of the Survey Corps in disguise, only for it to be revealed to be a totally new character.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Played with. Behind that gentle smile lies a person more disturbing, sinister and bloodthirsty than it appears at first glance, or at least, that's what Onyakopon says.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: It's implied that she was crucial in Zeke and the Survey Corps' liaison as an infiltrator. Later, it's revealed that she fueled the fires of revolt that started Eren's treason against the military government.
  • Spanner in the Works: Her presence alerted Pieck to the foul play that would be incurred onto her and Porco. Eventually, when Pieck recovers from the carnage after the attack on Liberio, she remembers Yelena as being a devotee of Zeke, potentially shedding some suspicion onto his role in the attack and his survival after his "death" on Liberio.
  • Spotting the Thread: Pieck finds the soldier odd at first, having a faint memory of his identity; eventually she puts two and two together and remembers that this bearded dude is a "she", and that "she" had disappeared during the Marleyan exploratory missions to Paradis years before.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She towers over most people, and is quite good looking once she removes her fake beard.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: She disguises herself as a man, including wearing a fake beard.
  • Undying Loyalty: She is described by Pieck as being a "devotee" of Zeke, carrying out his orders without fail.
  • Walking Spoiler: Her existence is part of the larger reveal concerning Zeke's plan.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: She is fully aware that Zeke's plan will eventually lead to the Eldian race dying out on Paradis as a result of age upon being sterilized, but she insists that the plan is necessary in saving both the remnants of their kind and of those still forced to live under Marley rule by ensuring the success of the Rumbling.

    Onyankopon 

Onyankopon

Debut: Chapter 104 (Manga)

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A foreign soldier in the Marleyan army that went to become allied with the Survey Corps, serving as their airship pilot.


  • Black and Nerdy: Though a soldier, his skill set is aimed at less combat-oriented specialties. Besides his skills as an airship pilot, he spear-headed the introduction of Marleyan technology to Paradis Island and spends much of his time working with Hange.
  • Conscription: Like Yelena, he was forced into military service after Marley conquered his homeland.
  • Cool Airship: He pilots one for the Survey Corps, demonstrating their enormous leap in technology and foreign alliances.
  • Fantastic Racism: Completely averted, which has some interesting indications. He's the first foreigner confirmed to be working with Paradis, and clearly doesn't buy into the centuries' old propaganda about the Eldian "devils".
  • First Contact Faux Pas: Invoked and subverted. Sasha immediately asks him how is that his skin is black, which would have been seen as insensitive in other context; he proudly explains that he and his people were made as such by the being who imbued Ymir Fritz with her powers, God himself.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: He seems to be innocent of whatever Yelena and her supporters have been up to, expressing shock when he learns the reason for his house arrest.
  • Meaningful Name: His name comes from a Ghanaian sky god.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Appears to be partially modeled off John Boyega.
  • Nominal Importance: His presence is a demonstration of Marley's far-spread imperialism, with a military composed of conscripts from all over the world. He is the first Black person to step foot on Paradis, proving to them the continued existence of other races. It has been mentioned that Marley has conquered a vast amount of territories in their expansionist campaigns.
  • Replacement Goldfish: There's shades of it in his relationship with Hange, having taken Moblit's place as the commander's near-constant companion and science buddy.
  • Token Good Teammate: While Yelena and other Volunteers were secretly undermining Paradis on Zeke's orders, Onyankopon seems to be a genuine ally to the Survey Corps. He's shocked to learn about the conspiracy, and ends up arrested by the Yeagerist faction.
  • Token Minority: His existence is used to demonstrate that humanity outside the Walls is diverse, with many races and ethnic groups.

    Nikolo 

Nikolo

Debut: Chapter 106 (Manga)

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A Marleyan soldier sent to survey Paradis Island. He is initially xenophobic against the Eldians upon being captured at the Paradis shoreline. A cook by trade, Nikolo abandons his military mission in order to become a chef after meeting Sasha Braus, thus coming directly under the employ of the Eldian military high command as their personal chef.


  • Because You Were Nice to Me: He fell in love with Sasha because she was the first person to treat him with kindness and respect after he got captured. Specifically, she wins him over by praising his cooking. While telling Gabi how horrible she is for murdering Sasha, he tells her that Sasha saved him from despair by encouraging him to make people happy with his cooking instead of fighting wars for Marley.
  • Becoming the Mask: While he was involved in Yelena's conspiracy, he came to genuinely care about the Survey Corps. Another member of the conspiracy states he wasn't told vital information, because he was compromised.
  • Befriending the Enemy: The 104th did this, slowly winning him over with their kindness.
  • Berserk Button: Speaking ill of Sasha is a big one for him, especially after her death, as a fellow Marleyan soldier finds out while mocking his affections for her before said soldier is executed by Yelena.
  • Butt-Monkey: Since his introduction, he's first held hostage by Hange who toys with him while flaunting his capture to the Marleyan expeditionary forces; later he is made by Yelena to cook for the Eldians, a race he (initially) despises.
  • Due to the Dead: He risks his safety to visit Sasha's grave, mourning the first person to make him feel welcomed on the island. Afterwards, he asks the Braus family if he can cook for them in Sasha's honor.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • He initially believes Marleyan propaganda, referring to the Eldians as devils and calling for their deaths. But during his captivity, he slowly begins to warm up to them thanks to Sasha. This ends up coming full circle when he receives treatment similar to that of Eldians on the mainland, being subjected to physical violence and verbal abuse for being a Marleyan.
    • Subverted also when he acts rude and bigoted towards Jean and the Survey Corps, when the latter attempts to take a sip from the special wine reserved for the Military Junta higher-ups. Turns out he did it to protect them from drinking the tainted wine.
  • Grievous Bottley Harm: Upon realizing that Gabi was the one who killed Sasha, he immediately attacks her in rage with a wine bottle.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: He was unaware of the tainted wine when asked by Grior to serve it to the high-ranking members of the Paradis military.
  • The Lost Lenore: He was in love with Sasha, and is left devastated by her loss. Kaya states the two were most likely dating.
  • Luminescent Blush: He starts blushing, and quickly warms up when Sasha compliments him.
  • Shoot the Hostage: Subverted, he encourages his unit's captain to shoot him too to in order to take out his Eldian captors, the latter almost does it but he's killed by Yelena before that can happen.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Is it "Nikolo" or "Niccolo"?
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After their initial confrontation, Nikolo expresses horror at having nearly killed Falco, and is remorseful about his part in Zeke's larger conspiracy as he is tended to by Jean.
  • Supreme Chef: An extremely skilled cook, specializing in Marley's seafood cuisine.
  • Through His Stomach: He becomes a cook on Paradis Island, with some indication of his culinary skills being used to woo Sasha.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He attempts to kill Gabi in flying rage, when he misses and hits Falco, rendering the boy unconscious; he then punches her in the face and threatens to kill the limp Falco with a knife to make Gabi answer his questions. As Gabi confesses, he gives the knife to Mr. Braus to kill Gabi. This is all because Gabi was the one who killed Sasha, the girl he was in love with.

    Grior 

Grior

Debut: Chapter 108 (Manga)

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Another Marleyan soldier who was sent to survey Paradis Island. Upon capture, his was placed in a restaurant as a waiter for the military officials on Paradis Island.


  • Asshole Victim: His unwavering prejudice towards Eldians combined with saying digusting things about Sasha right in front of her parents and comrades ensured no one would miss him after Yelena shoots him in the head.
  • Bit Character: His tirade againt Eldians and subsequent death at Yelena's hand prompts her to tell the remaining 104th members about Zeke's true plan.
  • Boom, Headshot!: After going on a racist tirade against Eldians, Yelena casually blows his brains out without batting an eye.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Before he can finish one final insult to Sasha's memory, he's shot in the head by Yelena.
  • Speak Ill of the Dead: He refers to Sasha as "the whore who smelled like potatoes" just to taunt Nikolo's feelings toward her.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: He's been involved in serving tainted wine to military officials, as part of Zeke's larger plan.

Others

    Helos 

Helos

Debut: Chapter 97 (Manga)

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Statue at Liberio depicting Helos slaying the Devil of the Earth

A Marleyan soldier who is said to have killed the Devil of the Earth and successfully driven the King of the Eldians and his people into exile during the Great Titan War. He is considered the national hero of Marley.


  • Adaptational Early Appearance: A rather peculiar example in this case. A decapitated statue of Helos can be seen briefly during Eren's cryptic dream in Episode 1 of the anime which aired in 2013, 4 years before his debut chapter was released, as the anime's sequence is different from the manga, which didn't show Eren's dream.
  • Composite Character: Implied Trope. He is used to symbolize the victory of Marley over Eldia, unifying the sentiment. Considering that he didn't actually exist, he was put together as a triumphant symbol for Marley's power.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: He was a fabrication by the Tybur family, who actually conspired with King Karl Fritz to subjugate the Eldians.
  • Mysterious Past: He is said to have slain Titans in single combat, so his identity is subject of great speculation. The fandom initially speculated him to have been an Ackerman in service of Marley due to his fantastic feats, but this was promptly shut down when it was revealed that Helos is a fabrication of the Tybur family.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: It's said that he fought and slew the Devil of the Earth, and that he conspired with the Tybur Family to revolt against, and overthrow the King of the Eldians.
  • Shrouded in Myth: His many feats are shrouded in legend, even considering that they happened about a century before the events of Attack On Titan.


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