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Supporting characters in the series. Civilians, those unaffiliated with a particular Branch, and the like.
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Other Members of the Military
Commander-in-Chief Darius Zackly / Zachary
Voiced by: Hideaki Tezuka (JP), Brian Mathis (EN), Ruben Moya (Latin American Spanish)
Darius Zackly, or Zachary* , is the supreme commander of the military, with authority over all three branches. He is the judge at Eren's trial, and holds absolute authority over his fate. After the trial, he decides to give custody of Eren to the Survey Corps. After the fall of the Royal Government, Zackly becomes the head of the Military Junta under Queen Historia.
Branch: None, as he is the Supreme Commander of all the three branches.
- Broken Pedestal: Erwin and Pixis are momentarily distraught when they find out that the great commander Zackly spent most of his lifetime harbouring a petty grudge against the monarchy, then indulging in gratuitous torture once the nobles are arrested.
- The Cavalry: He arrives at the King's Court to settle matters, bringing news that the monarchy's misdeeds have been exposed and that he has seized control of the Central Brigade. Under his authority, Erwin is set free and all military branches officially no longer answer to the Monarchy.
- Chekhov's Gunman: After passing judgement on Eren, he is not seen until his timely appearance during the overthrowing of the Royal Government, where his authority comes into play.
- Chest of Medals: Arrives at the courtroom with a uniform filled with medals and decorations◊.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: He gleefully tortures the arrested nobles, revealing a sadistic personality beneath his reasonable mask.
- Cool Old Guy: He establishes himself by granting custody of Eren to the Survey Corps, but later confirms this when he arrives during Erwin's trial and has the King's Court taken into custody at gunpoint. Turns out to be a very dark subversion however; his cool demeanor masks a very psychotic and vindictive personality.
- Custom Uniform: Since he commands all the three branches. His uniform has its own crest with a grey shield.
- Facial Horror: After being assassinated with a bomb, there's a gruesome closeup of his face with the flesh missing from the lower half.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: A dark deconstruction. Brutally torturing the captured nobles for no meaningful reason is one thing, since it's pretty hard to pity the guys who tried to abandon half of humanity to die horrendous deaths just to save their own asses. Rigging them up to a makeshift machine that forces them to consume their own excrement is when Zackly passes right into creepy old guy territory, making him arguably no different from those uppity nobles.
- Laser-Guided Karma: After the uprising Zackly is shown to be incredibly sadistic with the wish to parade around his gross spectacles to the people for his own amusement. Therefore it's rather appropriate that his death ends up being a gross spectacle that is witnessed by everyone when his blown apart body is scattered all over the courtyard—by his own "custom chair" even.
- Meaningful Look: When Mikasa asks him what is going to happen with Eren, who the military believes is being manipulated by Zeke, Zackly pointedly takes a look at his custom chair, hinting that he might be wishing to subject Eren himself to it.
- Minor Major Character: He is the ultimate power amongst all three military branches, but rarely seen onscreen.
- The Needs of the Many: Invoked. Commander Pixis states that Zakly would not have wanted to enact a witch-hunt to fish out the conspirators of his assassination, as it would bring even more bloodshed. As such, Pixis states that the death of four people should not be a determinant factor to bring doom upon the people of Eldia.
- Nominal Hero: He is seeming more and more like this all the time.
- Not in This for Your Revolution: He admits to Erwin that he participated in the rebellion not for grand causes like saving the rest of humanity, but rather to root out the monarchy, whom he saw as undeserving of the military. He claims he would have rebelled himself sooner or later, and Erwin just provided him with a convenient opportunity.
- Not So Different: Accuses Erwin of this soon after overthrowing the monarchy, since he also went through with it more for the sake of his personal goal than to protect humanity. Erwin agrees with him.
- Not So Stoic: For most of his onscreen appearance, he makes no overt expressions, but when he and Erwin are alone in a carriage following the overthrowing of the fake monarchy, Darius reveals his true colours by telling Erwin he had always wanted to snuff them out, though not for selfless reasons such as saving humanity. Suddenly, he starts gloating all the way through his speech, indicating just how much satisfaction he got from seeing the puppet king and his subjects getting humiliated during the coup.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He calmly and reasonably weighs the evidence presented to him, and accepts Erwin's proposal. He turns out to be the highest authority not involved with the Government Conspiracy, and stands against the monarchy along with Erwin. Even after the reveal of his less than savory hobbies, he's still running a competent administration, and continues to defer to Erwin and Pixis's judgement on matters.
- Sadist: Once he gets to torturing the nobles, he can be seen shedding tears of joy and giggling like a maniac, claiming his way of humiliating them is art. He later states wanting to publicly reveal his torturing of them, in spite of Pixis repeatedly telling him that no, it's horrible and would make the public distrust the military in the wake of their coup even more.
- Stern Old Judge: Played with; while he passes judgements with an impartial demeanor, he's also a private sadist who gleefully tortures captured nobles.
- The Stoic: He is utterly unfazed by people yelling at each other or Levi beating the crap out of Eren in his courtroom.
- Stoic Spectacles: Intelligent glasses for a calm, controlled man.
- Token Evil Teammate: He is this for the revolutionaries since he is not actually out to save humanity or anything, but rather joins up with the good guys for his own reasons. He also has a penchant for Cold-Blooded Torture, so turns out he's not quite as benevolent as he first appeared, either.
Voiced by: Tsuguo Mogami (JP), Patrick Seitz (EN), Carlos Segundo (Latin American Spanish, movies)
The commander and instructor of the Southern Branch of the Trainee Corps, who personally oversaw the instruction for the 104th Trainee Corps. He is a harsh, but effective commander that seems to have known Eren's father in the past. He was the 12th Commander of the Survey Corps before naming Erwin Smith as his successor and resigning to become a drill instructor.
Branch: Trainee Corps, former Survey Corps.
- A Day in the Limelight: The manga chapter/anime episode "Bystander" tells his backstory, particularly his relation to Eren's father, Grisha.
- Ambiguously Brown: Likely a result of grilling trainees in the sun over several years.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: His policy when he led the Survey Corps was to engage the Titans, leading to heavy losses. Erwin, his successor, opted to avoid them as feasibly as possible; though there were still heavy losses, it proved to be considerably more productive and yielded better investigative results than when Shadis led the way.
- Bald of Awesome: Years after retiring as the Survey Corps' commander, not a single hair is left on his head.
- Beard of Evil: A neatly-groomed goatee. He's not evil, but he is a man to be feared.
- Better the Devil You Know: Implied Trope. It's hinted that Shadis personally oversaw the training of the Southern 104th because it had rookies who were inhabitants of Wall Maria, and specifically, survivors of the Fall of Shinganshina, though it's also implied that he was not particularly eager to train Eren Yeager due to his past with Eren's mother, Carla.
- Break the Haughty: After finally getting his wish of becoming Survey Corps commander, Shadis was very proud and confident he could win over the Titans, but repeated failures put a stop to that.
- Chekhov's Gunman: The Survey Corps commander seen at the very beginning comes back later on as the crew's drill sergeant. Later, it is revealed that Shadis is an old friend of the Yeagers. He was the one who found Grisha wandering outside the Walls, inadvertently introduced him to Carla, and was also the person who rescued Eren from the woods the night Grisha disappeared..
- Chewing the Scenery: Patrick Seitz pulls out the stops and goes over the top when verbally abusing the cadets during training.Keith: [to Sasha] YOU ARE OFFICIALLY ON MY SHITLIST! JUST WHO THE HELL ARE YOU!?!
- Corporal Punishment: Keith has no patience for screwing around, and punishes recruits with headbutts or even lifting them up by their heads if they cross him. He forces Sasha to run until she collapses as punishment for stealing food.
- Cryptic Background Reference: Played for laughs. When the 104th cadets meet him once again, Sasha is so frightened to be in his presence that she refuses to take seat. Keith later implies that Sasha got into even more trouble after the potato incident and he had grilled her appropriately.
- Death Glare: The setting his eyes seem to be perpetually stuck in.
- Death Seeker: When given the opportunity to walk away from his Heroic Sacrifice with Magath, since only one of them was needed to ignite the gunpowder in the ship, Shadis refuses, as he had been looking for a good moment to die.
- Defiant to the End: He refuses to be intimidated or impressed by the Yeager Faction, berating Floch and standing his ground. He even makes certain to provoke the Cadets, after Floch orders them to attack their instructor to prove their loyalty to the "new order".
- Despair Event Horizon: Crossed it at the beginning of the series, after a failed and fruitless expedition resulted only in the deaths of countless soldiers. Upon their return, Keith breaks down in front of the mother of one of said soldiers, and admits they hadn't accomplished anything at all. It is later shown that he retired from the Survey Corps soon after this incident.
- Did Not Get the Girl: It is strongly implied a younger Keith held affections for Carla, but gave up when she fell for Grisha.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: This is his preferred method of preparing recruits for the harsh reality of life in the military, subjecting them to endless amounts of verbal (and physical) abuse. He is so effective, in fact, that even after several months of active service in the Survey Corps, Sasha is apparently still more afraid of him than of the Titans.
- Forehead of Doom: He gets quite a bit of mileage out of his hard noggin when berating his recruits. He even delivered a headbutt to Levi of all people, although it was a No-Sell against him.
- Give Him a Normal Life: Tried to do this to Eren by deliberately sabotaging his training gear. Eren being Eren, of course it failed.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Helps Magath set off the gunpowder hold of a ship that could have pursued the Survey Corps and the Warrior Unit, who were escaping on another ship while dragging a plane they were trying to get working elsewhere.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: After everything he's done for humanity, Shadis considers himself worthless. You probably would too though if you tried to lead the Survey Corps for years but it's blatant your ability to do so is practically nothing compared to Erwin's. He is even shown noting, in a flashback to Eren managing to stay balanced on his broken training gear for an instant, that he's powerless to change even just Eren's mind.
- Hidden Depths: It's revealed that he very much cares about Eren's well being because of his love for his mother Carla.
- I Just Want to Be Special: In his younger years he desperately aspired to change the world and become a perfect commander, but reality was much crueler than Shadis imagined, leading him to the conclusion that only a few select people, such as Erwin and Grisha, were special, and he, like most, was not. Ironically, he is one of the most respected men within the walls, good enough to retire from the Survey Corps after leading it for years, and it is later shown that Grisha, the man he envied most of all, looked up to Shadis as the shining hero that he himself could never become.
- It's Personal: He had a vested desire to keep Eren away from harm, as the boy is the son of the woman he loved, and all that's left of her in the world. He also does not want Eren to fall into Grisha's agenda, whatever it might be. However, he backs off when he sees the boy's determination to fight.
- Made of Iron: Was beaten to near-death by Floch and his subordinates, but later is revealed to be alive and conscious, unfazed at the treacherous scout's attempt on his life. Soon after, he even shows himself to be in good enough shape to use the 3DM gear.
- Married to the Job: It is implied that Shadis began distancing himself from friends after becoming commander, devoting himself to his work in hopes he may finally achieve something in his life. With his stepping down as commander...he certainly wouldn't have felt like it helped.
- Mentor Archetype: Invoked:
- He used to be the commander of the Survey Corps. Though he's not particularly admired for his disastrous stint at the helm, most of the corps don't hold it against him once he stepped down, except Hange, who is shown to have been disappointed at his defeatist attitude.
- He shaped up the 104th Trainee Corps into what they are today. He still commands the awe and respect of them even after climbing up a few berths themselves.
- Misery Builds Character: He's a firm believer in this, and uses verbal abuse as well as harsh disciplinary methods to prepare his recruits for life as a soldier.
- My Greatest Failure:
- An awful lot of his subordinates had to die for him to realize that he was not fit to lead the Survey Corps.
- At first, he is regretful at losing Carla to Grisha, but his biggest regret came from the fact that he callously snapped at her the last time they ever met.
- The Mourning After: He's still shaken regarding the death of Carla, and his efforts to sabotage Eren were for the sake of keeping him, Carla's boy, safe and sound.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: It was clear even to the public that Erwin would be a better leader to the Survey Corps than him, since his squad kept coming back intact, while the rest of Shadis's men kept dying by the hundreds.
- Parting Words Regret: Before she was killed, the last time Shadis spoke with Carla he took his anger out on her and insulted her.
- Pet the Dog: He spares victims of Titan attacks from his Drill Sergeant Nasty routine. It's explained by another officer that the reason for this is because the point of said routine is to break recruits down so that they can be rebuilt into soldiers. As the Titan attacks that they survived would've already broken them down, tearing into them would be pointlessly cruel.
- After Shadis tells the protagonists what he knew of Grisha, Eren shares in Shadis' Heroic Self-Deprecation sentiments, saying that he isn't special either, just the son of a special man. Shadis tells him Carla's response to him talking her down about the ordinary people's inability to comprehend doing great deeds - that Eren doesn't need to become great, he's already great... because he was born into this world.
- Even after the recruits he was training nearly beat him to death under Floch's demands, Shadis claims to the 104th freeing him from the holding cells that he got his injuries from "a fight with a bear". Later on, he saves the recruits from a Titan, and leads them in battle to kill the Titans in Shiganshina. Afterwards, he encourages them to accept Yaegerist rule to keep themselves safe, despite their wish to protect him from them.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: At least, enough to consider that Eren's problem was faulty equipment, and not him simply being incompetent. His job requires him to be harsh and brutal, but he's also able to recognize the potential in each of the trainees. Much later on, it was revealed that it was Shadis himself who sabotaged Eren's equipment in an attempt to save him from dying a pointless death outside the Walls. However, seeing Eren momentarily manage to keep his balance on the broken gear made Shadis change his mind.
- A Choice with no Regrets shows that he was this as Commander of the Survey Corps as well, arguing with Zackly to get Erwin's Long-Range Scouting Formation approved and trusting the latter when it's clear that he would resort to illegal means to get it approved, realizing Erwin's actions are for the sake of humanity foremost.
- However, in Volume 18, he's seen bluntly refusing to try Erwin's formation after he has it proposed to him earlier in his life, so significant was his Pride.
- A Choice with no Regrets shows that he was this as Commander of the Survey Corps as well, arguing with Zackly to get Erwin's Long-Range Scouting Formation approved and trusting the latter when it's clear that he would resort to illegal means to get it approved, realizing Erwin's actions are for the sake of humanity foremost.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: When confronted by the Yeager Faction, Shadis spares nothing in his tearing apart of Floch as a "little boy pissing in a fountain". Even when held at gunpoint, he isn't afraid to call Floch out for being a Small Name, Big Ego that thinks himself a heroic revolutionary.
- Retired Badass: Implied, as he survived in the Survey Corps long enough to become Commander in the era prior to Erwin's tactics improving survival rates significantly.
- Confirmed when he uses 3-D Maneuver Gear to save the newest batch of recruits, and succesfully leads them in battle against the Titans. All while still injured from the beating they gave him.
- Shout-Out: Several of his quotes in the dub were taken from Fullmetal Jacket, specifically the character Gunnery Sergeant Hartman.
- Survivor's Guilt: When asked about Keith's personal life, Isayama noted he doesn't have a family because he doesn't believe he deserves happiness after so many died under his command. Before he lashes out at Carla, bystanders are talking about how the unfortunate pattern that his expeditions keep ending bloodily and he's the only constant survivor of them... while Erwin's squad keeps staying intact.
- The One That Got Away:
- First thing he knew, Grisha had swept Carla from his grasp without him being able to do anything about it; some of this anguish derives from what he thinks Grisha inflicted on his family, and he's upset that Grisha turned Eren into a vehicle of his own drive for vengeance. He even tried to sabotage Eren's possibilities in the military in memory of Carla before he repented and rectified his tampering.
- He is one for Hange Zoe, who used to have a crush on him from when she was his subordinate.
- Veteran Instructor: He was the commander of the Survey Corps in 845, when the Colossal Titan destroyed Wall Maria. Around that time, he stepped down from his command and became an instructor.
- Use Your Head: Headbutting seems to have been his standard method to punish recruits. In a side chapter of A Choice with no Regrets, he actually headbutts Levi when called in to initiate the three problem recruits. The latter doesn't flinch.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Hange berates him for what she considers "abandoning" the fight and withholding crucial information regarding Dr. Yeager, though she is more offended at the fact that he calls himself "worthless"; this is, of course, because she likes him and used to look up to him.
Characters from Wall Maria and Related Districts and Towns
Dr. Grisha Yeager
Voiced by: Hiroshi Tsuchida (JP), Chris Hury (EN), Justin Briner (EN, Teenager)
The father of Eren and adoptive father of Mikasa, Grisha is a doctor who is highly regarded for his work in the past when he helped cure a plague. He was out of town on business when the Colossal Titan broke down the gates of Wall Maria. While he vanished afterwards, Eren later remembers that beforehand, he forcefully injected Eren with a strange substance heavily implied to be what gave Eren the power to transform into a Titan.
- Abusive Parents: Along with Dina, to Zeke. Treating him like some kind of weapon, forcing him into a role he didn't want and even getting physical, and even selling him off to Marley's military in order to send him off to a warzone and cruel training while he's still only seven years old. He seems to have learned his lesson by the time Eren and Mikasa came around, raising them with fondness and being supportive of Eren's behavior.
- The Ace: He is considered one of the absolutely best physicians within the Three Walls, giving him carte blanche to travel to Wall Sina unimpeded; of course, this is because he comes from a society where science and technology have not been hindered by the government. He uses these traveling privileges to investigate and root out the Reiss Family in the interior, finding them in the cavern. He meant to gain the cooperation of the Reiss family to stop the Marleyans from attacking, but surrendered once he knew what he has to do. Eren ensured he didn't perish in the cavern.
- Ambiguously Evil: Due to the ambiguous and violent nature of his actions, it's unclear what his alignment or goals were. Nonetheless, Historia seems to imply that his motives were for humanity's benefit. Later it is revealed that he confronted the Reiss family to negotiate a peaceful solution, warning them about the outside threat, but when Frieda refused to cooperate, Grisha was forced by future Eren to use violence and steal the Coordinate power.
- The Atoner: Grisha eventually came to regret his abusive behavior towards his first son Zeke, which is why he decided to become an Open-Minded Parent towards his second son Eren and never tried to indoctrinate his nationalism into him. Grisha even apologizes to Zeke in his sleep in Chapter 120, which notably shocks Zeke who is watching his memories at the time. In the next chapter, Grisha clearly perceives Zeke and embraces his son, begging him for forgiveness. Grisha reveals to Zeke that he saw the terrifying future of Eren and begs him to stop his younger brother, which Zeke tries to comply with.
- Badass Beard: His Titan form has a thick, Viking-like beard that shrouds the whole lower half of its face.
- Bearer of Bad News: Instead of a possible solution to the barrage of Titans, the very thing the Survey Corps were looking for with their campaign to reach his basement, they find out through him that an even bigger threat is coming for them and they're going to have to man up and brace for war.
- Was probably this directly to the Reiss family themselves, telling them of the outside threat coming for them, and their unwillingness to cooperate was probably the reason for the violence between them. And Eren's rousing speech to end the War.
- Blatant Lies:
- Invoked and played with. The way the story is set up as a whole, initially, it's not quite known whether he is telling the truth as he himself argues, he is skewing the truth as Zeke argues, his truth was skewed by a third party of interest, or whether he is outright lying: Chapters 86 and 87 confirm more or less that he was truthful as Eren literally experiences his memories. However, as the holder of the Attack Titan and what that entails both mentally and physically (as shown with Kruger and Eren himself, afflicting them with extreme zeal), and the way Zeke opposes what he's given to Eren, it's not quite known whether Grisha's actions were as egalitarian as his writings made them seem, especially towards the end of his life.
- His argument that the Titan Powers were used for the benefit of humanity, which is based on mere speculation, gets called into question when one realizes that the Titan Powers were obviously created for warfare (just look at the Colossal, Attack and Armored Titans... and the War-Hammer Titan). To be fair, most of the factual stuff he eventually found out about the Nine Titans, he learned from Eren Kruger.
- Broken Tears: After hearing of the fall of Wall Maria and while injecting Eren with something heavily implied to be what made him a Titan. It was.
- Cannibalism Superpower: He ate Frieda out from her Titan's nape, and then was eaten by Eren to grant his son Shifting powers and his memories, along with those of previous Shifters from the Reiss family.
- Can't Live Without You: Invoked. One of the possible reasons he might have left his legacy to Eren was due to the distress of losing Carla. Though it may also be because his 13 years of time was coming close to an end.
- Cartwright Curse: Both of his wives suffered horrific fates. Dina was turned into a mindless Titan, and would eventually eat Carla, his second wife.
- Chekhov's Gun: Had his father not forced him into becoming a physician, he would not have had the cover to infiltrate the Walls of Utopia and been given the status and carte-blanche to go to the interior and find the Reiss family. Keep in mind, we're talking about a father that Grisha completely vilified.
- Create Your Own Villain: It was his abusive treatment of Zeke what lead the latter to side with Marley and come to the conclusion that Eldians are better off extinct.
- Crippling Castration: Horrifically, he may have been castrated during his torture at the hands of the Marleyan military; his groin region is shadowed so it might have just been censorship, but considering they had him naked and had already cut off his fingers in addition to a comment by Eren Kruger... either way, luckily for him, his fingers and any other possible missing digits grew back after becoming a Titan Shifter.
- Curb-Stomp Battle:
- Implied Trope. When Grisha first reaches the Three Walls, Keith Shadis states that the volume of Titans outside had considerably decreased, meaning that Grisha killed an awful lot of them to reach the Walls.
- He roundly hands Frieda Reiss her ass back to her, even when her Titan is supposed to be technically almighty, as he's a more experienced Titan Shifter.
- Culture Clash: He finds that the people living inside the walls, meaning the descendants of the Eldians that the 145th King fled with, live in constant fear of the Titan threat and are nowhere as "unpunished" as the Marleyans say they are. He is also surprised at their level of technological stagnation and complete lack of knowledge of the outside world.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Turns out that even in his prosperous "home country," he was little more than a glorified slave, as were all the people "descended from Ymir." And then manipulated by his own son to kill innocent women and children and then feed himself to said son.
- Dead All Along: He went missing shortly before the Colossal Titan's attack on Shiganshina. It was unknown whether he was still alive until it's revealed that he made Eren devour him in order to imbue the boy with the Attack and Founding Titan powers.
- Despair Event Horizon: Reaches this after his wife and all his friends are turned into Pure Titans due to being betrayed by their son. He only walks out of it by a Rousing Speech by Eren Kruger.
- Has another one after Eren forces him to butcher the Reiss Family, and orders him to feed himself to the younger Eren. He spends his last hours making peace with his elder son Zeke and shows him how Eren plans to destroy the world.
- Disappeared Dad: He went on a business trip just a few hours before the fall of Wall Maria, and after briefly reuniting with his son, it was unknown where he had disappeared to afterwards. He was eaten by Eren's mindless Titan form shortly after injecting him. Eren only gained his Shifter and Coordinate abilities through that action.
- Dreaming of Things to Come: After becoming the Attack Titan, Grisha inherited his son Eren's future memories and was ordered by the future Eren to massacre the Reiss family. Eren also showed his father glimpses from the future, which terrified Grisha.
- Due to the Dead: Kruger encourages him to reach the Three Walls to recover the Coordinate by invoking the fate of Grisha's comrades and wife and what they fought for.
- Fate Drives Us Together:
- Invoked. There's a significant possibility that Grisha came into contact with Mikasa's parents and was trying to introduce her to Eren in the first place because "The Owl" Eren Kruger absentmindedly mentioned her name (and Armin's) and the importance of protecting her. Keep in mind, this happened years before baby Eren, Mikasa and Armin were even born, as Kruger even states that the memory of these children is not his.
- It is revealed that after Grisha became the Attack Titan, he was forced to obey Eren Yeager from the future. It is also implied that Eren had also influenced Kruger before. Unlike other Titan shifters, those who inherit the Attack Titan also obtain memories of future successors.
- Invoked also in the case of the Smiling Titan, as Dina had promised Grisha that she would find him after being Titanized. She headed into Shinganshina while avoiding Bertolt (who had just blown a hole into Wall Maria and turned into a human again) and found Grisha's house, eating Carla Yeager. One would be hard pressed to deny that even when she was a Mindless Titan, Dina indeed went into the town with purpose.
- Fate Worse than Death: Invoked. He was to endure titanization for his conspiracy against Marley, but he was saved at the last minute. He still had to endure his comrades and his dear wife's titanization.
- Fingore: The Marleyans cut off all of his fingers while torturing/punishing him for being in La Résistance, though luckily for him, they grew back after he became a Titan shifter.
- Fish out of Water: He is visibly spooked when Keith Shadis first finds him outside Wall Maria and brings him into Shinganshina.
- Foil: Him and Keith Shadis are foils and mishmashes to Erwin Smith and Nile Dok. Erwin and Grisha have revolutionary and restless minds, while Shadis and Dok are rather conservative. On the contrary, Grisha and Dok are family men who won the girls from Shadis and Erwin, who chose their military careers as a result; as family men, Grisha and Dok are contraries to one another, as Grisha put his family in harm's way (both families, by the way) for his ideals , while Dok has made every effort necessary to keep them safe. Both Erwin and Grisha died for their ideals, while Shadis and Dok have put their past behind them. Shadis and Dok are also quite different from one another as military men, as Shadis is a hard-nosed drill instructor who deeply cares for his students, while Dok is known for his conformity and hands-off approach to command.
- Good Parents: He's shown to be very protective of Eren, particularly the time where he nearly got killed saving Mikasa, and we get a brief shot of him with Broken Tears after hearing of the Titan conquest of Shiganshina, pleading for the safety of his family. He treated Mikasa like she was his own daughter as well. It was repentance for his Abusive Parents behavior with Zeke, which made the Eldian resistance movement suffer a tragic end. Note that with Eren, he acts casually and even personally helped him know and understand the outer world as best as he can.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: His lower half remained after his death, suggesting Eren bit him in half.
- Hero of Another Story: He singlehandedly gave the Eldians inside the Three Walls the means to fight the Titan Shifters that the Kingdom of Marley sent against them. That was an enormous feat, especially considering that no one realized what the hell he was doing or how he kept it under wraps. His actions directly prevented the Marleyans from gaining the Founding Titan power for their own ends, and halted their potential exploitation of the natural resources of the Island of Paradis. For better or for worse, Grisha Yeager is, by far and wide, one of the most important Eldians that has ever lived.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He lets himself be eaten by Eren after turning him into a Titan so he could pass the "Coordinate" and the "Attack" Titan power to him.
- Chapter 88 reveals Titan Shifters only live 13 years after getting their powers. If he randomly died, his Titan power would have been reborn in a random Eldian, according to Kruger. In sacrificing himself, his titan power is reset to 13 in his son.
- Heroic Spirit: Eren Kruger tells him that he didn't choose him for the cause of restoring Eldia for his hatred towards Marley, but rather because of his indomitable desire for freedom.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He sold his young son, Zeke, to the Marleyan army in order to use him as The Mole for the Eldian restoration movement, only for him to betray him to the Marleyans.
- The Infiltration: He is involved in two schemes:
- He sends his young son Zeke to enlist in the Marleyan "Warrior" Program in order to have a potential inside-man/saboteur for the Eldia Restorationists. Zeke ends up ratting him out.
- He is tasked by Eren Kruger to blend into the Eldian society within the King's Utopia at Paradis in order to remove the Coordinate from the Royal Family's hands. He builds himself a family and a reputation as a miraculous physician, earning him clearance to venture to the interior unimpeded to investigate the Royals' whereabouts, successfully locating them and stealing the Coordinate. He tasks his son Eren with continuing his mission, providing him with the means to fight off the Titan invaders sent by Marley. After the "Warriors" are successfully repelled, due to his monumental role in foiling the Kingdom of Marley's plans, he is considered public enemy number one there, even posthumously.
- Turns out Grisha found out about the Founding Titan years ago, and ceased his efforts to wrest the Titan in order to spend his remaining years with his new family. The attack by Marleyan Shifters and Eren's manipulations sped things up.
- I Did What I Had to Do: During the flashback to his slaughtering of the Reiss family and the stealing of the Founing Titan's powers, just before he transforms he is sporting a notable grimace. Considering killing Frieda and the Reiss kids is necessary for liberating the Coordinate from the Reiss family (since they can't use it properly due to the More Than Mind Control effect of the First King's Will), it's safe to say he was not happy with what he needed to do. And once it was revealed that Eren ordered him to do so, in order to end the War for good, well...
- Irony: He tried to mold and indoctrinate his firstborn son, Zeke, into his political beliefs only for him to go completely against his wishes and betray him; by contrast he was a more Open-Minded Parent with his second son, Eren, never revealing anything about his past or his ideology, and as a result Eren ends up fully embracing his father's main goal by his own volition. And then it is revealed Eren from the future was silently manipulating him all along to ensure the Coordinate doesn't remain with the Reiss family.
- It's All My Fault: He realizes he was wrong in forcing his beliefs onto Zeke, and knows he has the blame for his son's resulting betrayal.
- Just in Time:
- One of the possible reasons why the members of the Reiss family were all together after Wall Maria was breached is that they were attempting to awaken the millions-strong army of Titans inside the Walls, eliciting Grisha to react with the extreme anger and violence that it's shown. Also, had they been "praying" as Rod Reiss argued, they would have remained in the chapel and not in the giant cavern underneath, where they perform their ceremonies.
- It is likely that Grisha confronted the royal family in order to alert them about the outside threat and prevent bloodshed, as opposed to Kruger's orders to retake the First Titan's power. However, it is when Frieda Reiss refused to cooperate influenced by king Fritz, that Grisha resorted to violence and took the power by force. Later revealed Grisha had surrendered and accepted his death once Frieda refused because he couldn't kill innocent women and children. He was 'roused' by Future Eren to do the dirty deed.
- It's also speculated by Rod Reiss that Frieda didn't have experience with her Titan form; either that, or Grisha didn't let her react in time for her to use either the Titan form or the Coordinate effectively.
- La Résistance: He spearheaded the Eldian Restoration movement and bore a son from the Eldian royal family. According to Eren Kruger, he went far and beyond what was expected of him.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia:
- A side-effect of the serum he injects Eren with.
- Subverted with Grisha himself. This is an assumption that Keith Shadis makes of Grisha when he finds the doctor outside Wall Maria, especially considering that he was disoriented and knew nothing about the situation inside the Three Walls. Eventually, Shadis does begin to suspect that Grisha is an outsider, though Shadis withholds this information for the sake of Carla and Eren.
- Legacy Character: One of the reasons "The Owl" chose him to inherit the Attack Titan was because of Grisha's indomitable pursuit of freedom.
- Like a Son to Me: When he went to the Reiss family to ask for their help in protecting the people of Wall Maria, he mentions that he has a son and a daughter, revealing that he saw Mikasa as one of his kin.
- Lovecraftian Superpower: He possessed the power of Titans, and gave up his own life so that Eren could control it.
- The Medic: A famous and well-respected doctor, responsible for curing a plague that threatened the citizens — among those he saved was Hannes' wife. Though living on the very edge of human territory, his reputation was sufficient for patients living within the Interior to summon him.
- My Greatest Failure:
- Taking his sister Faye beyond their ghetto, and then letting her be escorted back home with a corrupt cop. She's found dead later, and the cop gets off scot-free. It's his reason for joining the revolution in the first place.
- Causing the capture and titanization of his comrades and his wife by giving his young son an overwhelming and outright ludicrous task.
- Mysterious Parent: There's a lot Eren didn't know about his father, to say the least. Most of the plot of the story happens due to Grisha's actions before his disappearance and the truths about him are major revelations in the series.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He caused the titanization of his sons and first wife, and indirectly caused the death of his two wives.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: According to Shadis, there were almost no Titans in the area the day he found Grisha. It's heavily implied that Grisha slaughtered them while in Titan form before being found.
- Open-Minded Parent: He is not necessarily against Eren joining the Survey Corps, only that he does it with all of his heart and acts on his own belief.
- Out-of-Character Alert: His butchering of the Reiss family seems far too cruel for a mild-mannered man like Doctor Yeager. Later down the line, it comes to light that Eren Yeager was the one who motivated him to transform in the chapel through Mental Time Travel to invoke a Stable Time Loop. He invokes the same guidance as Kruger, reminding Grisha of his failure to save Faye from her gruesome death, which serves to stoke Grisha's anger once more.
- Plot Coupon: The key to the Yeager residence's basement, which later finds its way into Eren's possession. The basement is believed by Eren to hold a important secret that may contribute to humanity's victory against the Titans. It turns out, it revealed that the rest of humanity is living elsewhere completely unhindered by the Titans in a more technologically advanced society, shown through the use of a photograph portrait of his former family.
- The Power of Hate: Played for drama. The only thing that can motivate Grisha to kill the Reiss family is a "pep talk" from his son, Eren reminding him of his duty as a restorationalist and his past failures, including the death of Faye. Two panels side-by-side show Grisha leading Faye out of the ghetto by his right hand, followed by present Grisha preparing to stab his right hand, implying a great deal of self-loathing.
- Posthumous Character: He disappears at the start of the series and it's eventually confirmed he already died by the time the main storyline takes place. All information about him and his past comes from flashbacks and the memories his son inherited from him.
- Satanic Archetype: Just like Eren, Grisha is considered public enemy no. 1 in Marley, as he stole the power of the gods (the Royal Family) to wage war on humanity. Zeke argues to the Marleyan high command that the plan was Grisha's in the first place.
- Secret Other Family: He had a wife and a son from the outside world, but also married Carla and had Eren. Of course, his first son was now his enemy, and his first wife was turned into a mindless Titan, so he could hardly be blamed for keeping them secret.
- Secretly Dying: Titan Shifters only live 13 years after getting their powers, but he kept his family in the dark about it.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He appeared in only two scenes thus far, and has long been missing. However, whatever he was doing in the locked basement of his house has great significance to humanity's survival. He entrusts Eren with the basement's key and gives him the mission to reach the basement no matter what. Presumably, the injection given to his son granted him the power of Titans. Turning Eren into a mindless Titan who ate Grisha is what gives Eren both the power to Titan Shift as well as the powers of the Coordinate. It's gone even further than that because Zeke, The Beast Titan, is his first son with his first wife. Big impact indeed.
- Sole Survivor: The only member of the Eldian Restoration Movement to survive, with everyone else either killed or turned into a mindless Titan.
- Spanner in the Works: To the First King's plan of trapping the Eldians in Paradis. He was an entirely outside factor who broke into the Walls and neutralized the Coordinate, allowing the Eldians within the walls to act freely. He also gave them in Eren a Titan Shifter of their own to even the odds, by orders of Eren himself.
- Took a Level in Kindness: During his second life behind the Walls, Grisha made sure to become a better husband and father then he was in his first life and made sure to surround his family in love rather than bitter nationalism. Grisha even chose to postpone capturing the Founding Titan so that he could spend more time with his family. This shocks Zeke since he was trying to show Eren that his father was a monster but didn't consider the possibility that Grisha legitimately changed and regretted what he did to his first family.
- Tragic Keepsake: Implied Trope. It's hinted that Grisha wears an ascot in Paradis in rememberance of his sister Faye, who used to wear one.
- Vengeance Feels Empty: Upon seeing Gross being literally ripped apart piece by piece by the Kawaii Titan, and seeing the Marleyan army that condemned his fellows being crushed like overripe fruits, he felt absolutely no satisfaction. Only fear, and regret for his sins.
- Vicariously Ambitious: Invoked and inverted. He wants to give his people, the Eldians, a fighting chance to fend off the Marleyans and their machinations regarding the extermination of the people inside the Walls. Yet, for some reason, he gave the responsibility of this task to both his natural-born children Zeke and later Eren, rather than doing it himself. While we're shown the reason why he did it to Zeke (for the sake of the Eldian Restoration Movement's agenda), we don't know yet why he did it to Eren.
- The most likely reason was that his time was running out; the titan powers kill after 13 years and that deadline was approaching fast. It's likely he didn't think he'd live long enough to continue his mission, and so passed it on to his son.
- Turns out Grisha never intended to pass on the Curse to his son due to him dying in 13 years as well, and possibly meant to pass along the Attack Titan to Shadis, but future Eren forced his hand to ensure things go the way it's planned.
- The most likely reason was that his time was running out; the titan powers kill after 13 years and that deadline was approaching fast. It's likely he didn't think he'd live long enough to continue his mission, and so passed it on to his son.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Possibly. Historia muses that Grisha murdered the Reiss family and stole the Coordinate ability just so Wall citizens could be free from the First King's will that ties them down behind the Walls. He couldn't go through with his plans and had to be nudged by Eren to do so.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Zeke's reaction to him and Dina selling him to the Marley front for their cause amounts to this.
- What You Are in the Dark: Grisha had actually found the secret hideout of the Reiss family years before he ate the Founding Titan. The only reason he didn't take the Founder then and there is because he wanted to spend his limited time with his second family as much as he could. This fact would only be apparent when both of his sons looked into his memories.
- Would Hurt a Child: During his assault on the Reiss family chapel, the majority of his victims were children, including one who was being uselessly shielded by her terrified mother.
- It is retroactively revealed that Grisha had initially hesitated to slaughter the Reiss family because he couldn't bring himself to kill the children. The Reiss family (including the children) demanded Frieda to murder Grisha. But then, Eren used the Paths to go back in the past and contact Grisha. He compels his father to murder the family but spare Rod Reiss, and Grisha reluctantly executes the order.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Told Keith that he's wiser and braver than anyone else among the walls and the Survey Corps are special, chosen individuals that are proof that human imagination and soul are free. This ends terribly, as when Shadis ascends to be commander of the Survey Corps, he turns out to be not anywhere near competent enough at the job to truly make a difference.
- You Can't Fight Fate: Grisha actually never intended to go through with the theft of the Founding Titan. When faced with Frieda's inability and unwillingness to act to save Paradis, he ultimately relented because as a doctor he couldn't bring himself to kill children. To ensure things went as intended, Adult Eren used the Paths to emotionally manipulate his father and forced him to slaughter the royal family.
- Your Days Are Numbered: Chapter 88 reveals that Titan Shifters don't live past 13 years once they get their powers. Of course, Eren accidentally got to him before the years were up.
Voiced by: Yoshino Takamori (JP), Jessica Cavanagh (EN)
The mother of Eren and adoptive mother of Mikasa, whose death at the hands of a Titan leads Eren to vow to exterminate every single Titan.
- Adaptational Ugliness: Contrary to the rest of the female characters, Carla is considerably more beautiful in the manga◊ than in the anime adaptation's first season. Due to the animation's raise in quality for the second season, Carla's design reflected her beauty more faithfully.
- Anger Born of Worry: She gets into a heated argument with Eren over his desire to join the Survey Corps, lecturing that joining them is suicide. It's later revealed that she might not have had a very high opinion of the Survey Corps because Keith Shadis angrily snapped at her when Eren was a toddler, after yet another failed expedition returned to town.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Her being devoured after getting her legs crushed in the manga looks downright tame compared to having her spine broken and top half crushed before being eaten. It gets worse. The mindless Titan in question turned out to be Dina Yeager, Grisha's first wife.
- Cynicism Catalyst: To Eren; her death ignites his undying hatred of all Titans.
- Death by Origin Story: Since her death is the reason why Eren hates Titans.
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: She was extremely loving to her children. She treated Mikasa the same as Eren despite the fact that she was Mikasa's adoptive mother for a year.
- Eaten Alive: Invoked and played with in the anime, but played straight in the manga. In the anime, the Smiling Titan snaps her torso so that she stops squirming before taking a bite out of her, leading to the possibility that she had already died when it devoured her; in the manga, she is squished in the Titan's grasp, and is shown twitching in its hand before it takes a bite off her.
- Face Death with Dignity: Subverted. She makes a Heroic Sacrifice and tries to put on a brave face for the sake of her children, but quietly pleads for them not to leave her. She dies desperately pounding against the Titan's grasp in the anime.
- Friendly Target: Invoked and played with. It's implied that the Smiling Titan ate her while trying to find Grisha at Shinganshina, as it was driven by Dina's promise to find him after being Titanized. As such, Dina eating Carla only raises more questions, as it's not possible to know whether Dina indeed intended to eat her, or defaulted to her Mindless Titan behavior and ate her.
- Good Parents: Despite Carla's brief appearance, it's obvious that she loved her son and daughter, both of whom only have good memories of her.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Pleads with Hannes to abandon her to the Titans, so that he could save her children at least.
- Hesitant Sacrifice: Like many other Heroic Sacrifices in this series, she changes her mind right in the face of getting eaten. She muffles herself so that her children don't hear her.
- I Will Only Slow You Down: When her legs are crushed, she tells Eren and Mikasa to leave her behind so they can escape the Titans.
- Like a Daughter to Me: For all intents and purposes, she became Mikasa's mother after her own mother died, showering the girl with the care and love she needed. The love Carla gave to her is one of Mikasa's main motivators to live, love and persevere.
- Losing a Shoe in the Struggle: In the manga, she loses one when the Smiling Titan eats her. After Eren and Mikasa finally make it back to their old home, the shoe she lost was still there covered in foliage.
- The Lost Lenore: Hinted to be one to Grisha, as Eren noted his father's strange behavior after her death. Definitely one for Shadis.
- Missing Mom: Being eaten by a Titan will do that to you.
- Morality Chain Beyond the Grave: Eren's memories of his mom are reminders of the duty he has towards Mikasa, to shape up, and both love the girl and keep her safe.
- Motherly Side Plait: Fitting her role as a good mother to Eren and Mikasa.
- Nice Girl: Just to illustrate the point, she was worth every effort Mikasa and Eren are making to avenge her. That's how awesome she was.
- Please Don't Leave Me: While watching Hannes flee with the children, she suddenly recalls happy moments with her family and has to cover her mouth to keep them from hearing her beg them not to leave her.
- Plot-Triggering Death: Her death leads to Eren's quest to destroy all Titans, as well as her husband's mysterious actions.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Eren and Mikasa watch their loving mother die a horrible, messy death two chapters into the story. That should give a hint at what kind of story this is.
- Second Love: Grisha had a wife before her.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Carla and her son have almost identical faces, though the anime gives him Grisha's hair and eye color.
- The One That Got Away: For Keith Shadis. He was in love with her from the first time he met her, but Grisha swept her out of his grasp faster than he could remember.
Eren YeagerGrisha and Carla's son. See his character page here.
Mikasa AckermanGrisha and Carla's adoptive daughter. See the Shinganshina Trio character page.
Mr. and Mrs. YeagerGrisha's parents from the Liberio Ghetto at Marley. For tropes related to them see the Kingdom of Marley character page.
Faye YeagerGrisha's late little sister. For tropes related to her, see the Kingdom of Marley character page.
Dina Yeager, née FritzGrisha's first wife and the mother of Zeke. For tropes related to her, see the Kingdom of Marley character page.
Zeke YeagerGrisha's firstborn son with Dina, for more information see the Warrior Unit character page.
Mr. Ackerman voiced by: Daichi Endo (Japanese), Jarrod Greene (English)
Mrs. Ackerman voiced by: Yuuka Hirose (Japanese), Colleen Clinkenbeard (English)
Mikasa Ackerman's birth parents, a loving couple living in a small cottage on the outskirts of Shiganshina. They were murdered by human traffickers seeking to capture Mrs. Ackerman and her daughter.
- The Clan: Mrs. Ackerman hails from one, and passed her clan's emblem on to Mikasa, which is apparently carved on her right forearm. It is traditional for the parent to personally pass it down to their children.
- Cynicism Catalyst: Mikasa ended up so damaged because of their murder.
- Death by Origin Story: Revealed to have died years prior to the story via flashback.
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: The fact that Mikasa is an adopted orphan is an important part of her character.
- Good Parents: From what little could be seen of them, Mr. and Mrs. Ackerman were kind parents, raising their daughter lovingly.
- Happily Married: They seemed to be a genuinely happy, loving family. What a shame.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Mrs. Ackerman tries to stall the criminals so that her daughter can escape. It's a wasted effort since Mikasa ends up too frightened to run.
- Last of His Kind: Mrs. Ackerman was the last known pure-blooded Asian. Inside the walls, that is.
- Mama Bear: Mrs. Ackerman fought so fiercely to protect her daughter that one of the thugs panicked and killed her.
- Mighty Whitey and Mellow Yellow: Averted. Neither of them seemed to care in the least bit about her rare heritage and were Happily Married. The kidnappers that killed them, however, intended to take advantage of it by selling mother and daughter off to wealthy nobles with a Race Fetish.
- Posthumous Character: Murdered long before the events of the story.
- Superpowerful Genetics: Both parents are more than what they seem. Members of the Ackerman family awaken superhuman strength and reflexes through trauma. In addition, both the Ackerman bloodline and people of non-Eldian descent, like Mikasa's Asian mother, possess the ability to resist the Coordinate ability, which led to them being ruthlessly persecuted by the royal family. Interestingly, Mikasa can still be drawn into Paths, so Ackermans must not be wholly immune to the coordinate.
- The Talk: Mr. Ackerman narrowly avoids having to explain the birds and the bees to Mikasa... only to wind up on the wrong end of a dagger.
- Unnamed Parents: Not even given enough screen-time to have established names. The world certainly is cruel.
- An Axe to Grind: One of them killed Mikasa's mother with an axe.
- Asshole Victim: All three are human traffickers who were willing to sell children, and all three are stabbed to death by Eren and Mikasa.
- Faux Affably EvilLead Kidnapper: (Having just killed Mr. Ackerman and now standing at the door) Pardon the intrusion.
- Moral Myopia: Their MO is to kidnap and sell off certain people and kill those who resist. After Eren kills the first two Kidnappers, the third attacked him in a rage for killing his comrades.
- Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil: The fact that they intended to sell a young Mikasa into slavery hammers home how vile they are more than their physically abusive actions may have already.
- Terrible Trio: Three human traffickers in total.
- Token Motivational Nemesis: They are collectively this to Eren and Mikasa.
- Would Hurt a Child: They abducted Mikasa, intending to sell her into slavery. One of them had no problem choking Eren.
Armin Arlert's paternal grandfather and main caretaker after Armin's parents were forcibly disappeared. A studious, bookish man, he was one of the survivors of the Fall of Shinganshina. Died in 846 in the government-mandated operation to reclaim Wall Maria.
- Adaptation Expansion: He is only mentioned in the manga, while he does have appearances and a few spoken lines in the anime.
- Blatant Lies: The government sent him and hundreds of thousands of other refugees to "reclaim" Wall Maria. In reality, they would run out of food and resources to maintain them, so they were purged by being sent to be devoured by Titans.
- Dramatic Irony: He and the refugees from the outer Wall stormed Wall Rose fleeing from the Titans. The government then sends the majority of them back out to be eaten by what they were fleeing from in the first place.
- Go Ye Heroes, Go and Die: Dies in a government-mandated "reclamation operation" of Wall Maria alongside thousands of others. This is due to them being unable to sustain the great volume of refugees.
- Keeper of Forbidden Knowledge: Armin finds one of his books detailing the outside world and shows it to Eren. Such books are completely forbidden inside the Wall. While it remains unknown how he acquired those books in the first place, it is implied that Grisha had something to do with it in order for Eren and Armin to become friends on behalf of Kruger mentioning Armin by name years before he actually was born.
- Naming Ceremony: According to Armin, he christened him (not Armin's parents).
- Nice Guy: He was a humble gentleman who nourished his grandson's curiosity and took care of him when he was orphaned. He also tried to provide for Armin, Eren and Mikasa when they reached Wall Rose.
- Outliving One's Offspring: His son and daughter-in-law are implied to have been killed by the government due to their efforts to explore outside Wall Maria. As such, he had to take care of Armin when the child was orphaned.
- Posthumous Character: Invoked. He died before his grandson joined the military, his death constituting the reason why he joined.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Sent to "reclaim" Wall Maria in 846 in an operation where the government actually intended to thin out the refugee population; he died with close to two hundred and fifty thousand people as a result.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He provides the reason why Armin, Eren and Mikasa become curious with the outside world. He gets seconds of airtime in the Anime, while getting only a mention in the manga.
- Tragic Keepsake: He leaves his hat to Armin when he leaves for Wall Maria.
- War Refugees: He was one of the thousands of refugees who fled Wall Maria upon the Titan invasion. In order to thin out the population, the government set them out to reclaim the wall, basically annihilating them via-Titan.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He was the main enabler for Armin's curiosity regarding the outside world, and through Armin, to Eren and Mikasa too.
Characters from Wall Rose and Related Districts and Towns
Voiced by: Kousuke Takaguchi (JP), Barry Yandell (EN)
Marquis Bart (or Wald, depending on the translation) is a cowardly and selfish nobleman, who is on good terms with Commander Pixis. He thinks only of himself and his fortune, and serves to illustrate the corrupt nature of the nobility. The Marquis is an anime-only character, serving as a vehicle to show Pixis' characterization.
- Adipose Rex: The nobles are clearly not as affected by the food shortage as the lower classes.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Downplayed example, since he's just a selfish, cowardly prick. There are a few, more minor characters who are high-ranking businessmen whose priorities are on themselves.
- Canon Foreigner: An anime only character, Dot Pixis' whereabouts when Trost is attacked are not shown in detail in the manga.
- Dirty Coward: He begs Pixis to abandon the people of Trost, and instead defend his estate.
- Fat Bastard: This plump noble certainly wasn't designed to inspire respect for the upper class.
- The Hedonist: Shown to be eating pastries by the handful, and drinking fine wine while most people are going hungry. He doesn't particularly care about anyone but himself.
- Idle Rich: He doesn't seem to do more than play chess with Pixis, eat food most would never see in their whole lives, and drink plenty of wine.
- I Let You Win: Pixis throws his chess games against him and he's quite perturbed to be informed that this is the case.
- It's All About Me: He tries to get Pixis to have his men guard his own estate instead of, you know, Wall Rose, which is protecting the rest of humanity from getting eaten.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Called "Lord Balto" in the Funimation subs, and "Lord Wald" in the dub itself. In a case of No Pronunciation Guide, his name is spelled バルト or Baruto in the original Japanese, so it can go either way.
- Straw Character:
- Really only exists to show how selfish and useless the ruling class are.
- He also serves to illustrate Dot Pixis' attitude towards the nobility in the anime; this is further explained in the manga, when Erwin proposes the military coup to Pixis, who refuses to be directly involved in the planning because he refuses to leave the military without both of their two top commanders (referring to Erwin and himself), and just like Marquis Bart, he humors the nobility in the very same manner. In the end, the nobility ends up screwing up anyway, eliciting his participation in the coup.
Edward "Dimo" Reeves
President of the Reeves Company, a merchant organization based in Trost. First appeared blocking the exit of Trost with a massive supply of expensive items during the Titan attack, before Mikasa forced him to get out of the way. He became an ally of the Survey Corps and Garrison in their planned revolution, and his organization becomes the backbone of the community in Trost.
- Adaptational Distillation: His negotiations with the Survey Corps are cut short in the anime, diminishing the importance of his role as the informal caretaker of the district of Trost and making his assassination significantly less poignant. In the manga, he is witness to the revelation of Historia's royal origins and how Levi forces her into her role as the Queen of the Walls; he is the one who tells Historia to smack Levi once she's crowned and to dare him to hit her back. In the anime, Historia is not forced by Levi, Dimo is killed earlier in the story, and the suggestion to smack Levi is made by Mikasa.
- Back for the Dead: Murdered by Kenny, not long after allying with the Survey Corps.
- Bald of Evil: He's a selfish man, willing to risk the lives of others for his merchandise.
- The Bus Came Back: He reappears in Chapter 54, after being absent since the invasion of Trost.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Seemingly just a minor one-shot Straw Civilian, until he shows back up some time later. He becomes a vital ally to the Survey Corps and helps them capture Djel Sanes.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Played straight, but later subverted by his change of heart. After Trost, he grew from a selfish and greedy businessman to the primary force keeping the Trost District alive.
- Due to the Dead: Erwin praises his determination to help rebuild the devastated Trost District, and swears to avenge his murder.
- Entitled Bastard: He deliberately blocks off an emergency exit with his merchandise, flat-out tells Mikasa to her face that she and the rest of the military exist solely to die so people like him can live, and tries to pull Screw the Rules, I Have Connections! when she threatens him.
- A Father to His Men: He appears to truly care about the well-being of his employees and the people of Trost who rely on his company.
- Graceful Loser: After Levi's Squad soundly foils his kidnapping attempt, he does not put up further resistance, even laughing at himself for being beat up by teenage Mikasa.
- Greed: He first appears as a corrupt merchant who cares more about his shipments than the lives of people. He grows out of this.
- Jerkass: He was obstructing the evacuation of hundreds of civilians and angrily shouts down any attempt at rationality before Mikasa threatened to kill him. Despite wailing children nearby.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Levi notes this - if he were truly callous, he would have cut all ties with the Trost district, which is a ghost town save for people unable to move out due to being ground zero for the breach, and operate somewhere that would actually profit him. But he continues providing jobs and worries what will happen to the city dwellers if the Military Police takes over his company.
- La Résistance: His company has allied with the Survey Corps and Garrison against the Military Police and aristocracy.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: His actual name is Edward, but everyone knows him as "Dimo". It isn't clear if it's a nickname, alias, or a title.
- Plot-Triggering Death: His assassination and subsequent revelations as to why it happened and who did it, mark the turning point in the public's opinion of the Royal Government, a key element of said government's eventual downfall.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: He tries to pull this on Mikasa, stating that he's known her boss for a long time and can "decide [her] fate with a single word." Mikasa is undeterred, casually knocking out his bodyguards and retorting "how is a corpse going to talk?"
- Slashed Throat: Dispatched while his back is turned, in a fairly gruesome manner.
- Smarter Than You Look: Seems to have this opinion of Levi.
- Straw Civilian: Causes the evacuation of Trost to come to a stand-still, by trying to force his cart piled high with wares through a narrow passage. When Mikasa points out soldiers are dying to hold back the Titans until the evacuation is complete, he retorts that that's the soldiers' job: to sacrifice themselves to "protect the people's lives and fortunes."
- Took a Level in Kindness: Erwin notes that Reeves was so shaken by the devastation of the Trost District, that he had a change of heart and began to use his influence and resources to keep the ruined District alive. His efforts allowed the people of Trost to survive, after being abandoned by the government.
- Underestimating Badassery: He underestimates Mikasa's fighting prowess and caves when she threatens to "remove" him. In his second appearance, he jokes that his men have no chance against the Survey Corps, as Mikasa alone could defeat all of them.
- Villain Respect: In his first appearance in the manga he actually smirks after Mikasa threatens to kill him if he doesn't move his cart, indicating that he is impressed by her.
Voiced by: Tasuku Hatanaka (JP), Cris George (EN)
The son of Dimo Reeves and heir to the Reeves Company. He's a spunky young man, and Dimo is doing his best to mold him into a proper successor.
- As You Know: While hounding Hange with other members of the press, he demands an explanation for a sudden evacuation of all residents from Shiganshina District shortly after the battle in Liberio.
- Bring News Back: Flegel manages to make it back to Trost to inform Hange of the truth behind Dimo's murder.
- Bullying a Dragon: Snarks at Levi regarding the latter's height and assumes he's a servant when they first meet.
- Bystander Syndrome: After seeing what became of Dimo for siding with the Survey Corps, Flegel believes the best course of action is to go into hiding and give up on the rebellion and justice.
- Declaration of Protection: To the people of Trost.
- The Drag-Along: Hange repeatedly tries to convince Flegel to cooperate with the Survey Corps, but eventually decides to just drag him along.
- Engineered Public Confession: He lures the Military Police tasked with his assassination into a seemingly deserted neighborhood, before tricking them into revealing their role in the deaths of his father and his men, in full view of a large number of hidden citizens.
- Establishing Character Moment: Presumptuously talking down to the World's Strongest Man... and then later voicing his disgust at Levi's cruel treatment of Historia.
- Hidden Depths: He seems like little more than a bratty, goofy youth. But when push comes to shove, he turns out to truly be his father's son — revealing a strong conviction and courage to help others beneath his initial cowardice.
- Hope Is Scary: Hange tries to convince him to help the Survey Corps, but Flegel is terrified that he will end up like his father. He eventually changes his mind and supports the rebellion.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's quite presumptuous and needs to be kept in line by his father, but he has a good heart.
- Just Between You and Me: Goads the Military Police into doing this for him in order to exact a confession from them.
- Rousing Speech: To the people of Trost, declaring his intention to double-down on his father's protection of Trost.
- Sole Survivor: His timely bladder saved him from otherwise certain death along with his father.
- Took a Level in Badass: Though initially unwilling to stand up to the Military Police Brigade, he comes into his own as the new head of the Reeves company and declares his intention to follow in his father's footsteps by protecting the people of Trost from the government.
- Youthful Freckles: Fitting his naïve personality.
Voiced by: Hiroshi Naka (JP), Jeremy Schwartz (EN)
Sasha's father and a hunter from the woodlands village of Dauper. After the fall of Wall Maria and the influx of refugees decreasing the number of animals, he decided to turn the village into a farm and raise horses for income. This causes an argument with his daughter which led Sasha to join the army.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Invoked by him. He argues to Gabi and Nikolo that Sasha knew the risks of engaging in war, and that he sees Gabi's slaying of his daughter as a casualty of a war she got herself into. If you shoot at people, they shoot back. He even argues that he holds fault in it as well, as it was due to him that she joined the Army in the first place. As such, he states that he does not hold it personally against Gabi in spite of the sadness she brought upon him.
- The Bus Came Back: He makes his return to the story 70 chapters after his debut, visiting his daughter's grave.
- Country Mouse: He is a hillbilly hunter who had to become a horse rearer. He still retains his bucolic values and accent.
- Cycle of Revenge: When Nikolo offers him the opportunity to take revenge, Mr. Braus refuses to harm Gabi. Instead, he explains that he sent Sasha out into the world to become a soldier, and she died because she was a fighting (and killing) in a war.
- Happily Adopted: He and his wife have adopted several orphans after the Beast Titan's initial infiltration.
- Fantastic Racism: Averted. Unlike most of his kinsman, he had no problem with Marleyans and even accepted Nikolo's offer to cook for his family.
- Good Parents: Mr. Blouse and his wife love Sasha very much, and have taken on numerous orphans that they likewise raise with considerable affection while teaching them to be capable and hard-working.
- Nice Guy: Not only he shows no hatred for Nikolo for being a Marleyan, he also refuses to kill his daughter's killer.
- Named by the Adaptation: He is only referred by his last name in the manga and his first name is unknown. In the anime he is named Artur.
- Outliving One's Offspring: His daughter was killed during the storming of Liberio.
- Shared Family Quirks: It's subtle, but he seems to share his daughter's love of eating. While he won't actually steal food, the man isn't above mooching as much food out of a kind gesture when given the chance, first by asking if the meal was on Niccolo, then by bringing every orphan under his roof over to eat.
- So Proud of You: When Sasha returns to her village and saved a child from a Titan without the use of her 3DM, her father praises her and is happy that she had grow into a splendid young woman.
- What the Hell, Hero?: The last time he talked with his daughter before she enlisted was when he scolded her for stealing a piece of meat that was meant for winter. He and Sasha also had an argument over turning their village into a farm.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: When Nikolo offers him to kill Gabi for killing Sasha, Mr. Braus refuses to hurt the girl, even talking Nikolo out of it.
Voiced by: Nana Hamasaki (JP), Lara Woodhull (EN)
A young girl from Dauper village who was rescued by Sasha during the Titan infiltration of Wall Rose, who was then adopted by the Blouse family.
- All-Loving Hero: She has resolved to live her life by Sasha's example, helping Falco and Gabi in spite of knowing they are escaped Marleyan prisoners.
- Armor-Piercing Question: When Gabi starts parroting the anti-Eldian propaganda of how the Eldians deserve to suffer as atonement for their sins, Kaya repeatedly questions her why did her mother have to die as she didn't do anything the Eldians are accused of, eventually Gabi is left without any answer to it.
- Berserk Button: Learning what Gabi did to the girl who saved her own life years before sends her flying into a pure rage.
- The Bus Came Back: She makes her return 70 chapters later, under the care of Sasha's parents.
- Dramatic Irony: She discusses how Sasha rescued her from the three metre Titan and gave her an ideal to live her life towards completely unaware that one of the people she is discussing this with, Gabi, is the same girl who murdered her savior. For added irony Gabi herself is, initially, completely unaware that the woman she killed and the person in Kaya's story are one and the same.
- Fantastic Racism: Discussed Trope. While she knows that there are people in the outside world that hate Eldians, she doesn't understand the reason for it. She rejects the idea that the crimes of their ancestors justifies the cruelties and hatred Eldians now face.
- Foil: She serves as one to Louise, the other character given focus in Chapter 109. Both girls were rescued from Titans by a member of the 104th, and became inspired by their saviors. But while Louise has become a soldier and part of Floch's extremist faction, Kaya was inspired to actively help others in need whether friend or foe.
- Happily Adopted: Following the death of her mother, she is adopted by the Blouse family.
- It's Personal: Played with. She intends to kill Gabi once she learns that she killed Sasha, but Sasha's father tells her that Sasha died during the war that she was actively participating in as a soldier, and albeit he knows that Gabi killed his daughter, he does not blame the girl personally for the kill, as he at least understands that it's not like Gabi slew Sasha under full knowledge of who she was, only that Sasha had killed one of Gabi's comrades, and that further violence will only breed even more violence.
- Paying It Forward: Much like Sasha helped her in the past in her time of need, Kaya is determined to do the same for other people, as it is what Sasha would have done.
- Secret Keeper: She helps maintain the lie that Falco and Gabi are runaways, even though she knew they were Marleyans the whole time.
- Sins of Our Fathers: Invoked. She puts huge dents on Gabi's logic, stating that there is no rational reason to hate or blame a person for what their ancestors did or didn't do. In particular, she asks Gabi and Falco what did her mother do to deserve such gruesome fate, especially considering that she had nothing to do with anything the Eldians are blamed for.
- They Died Because of You: Delivers a vicious one to Gabi after learning that she was Sasha's killer, which in spite of her ongoing fanaticism leaves Gabi visibly shaken.
- This Is Unforgivable!: She was willing to keep Gabi and Falco under wraps, but that stops at the moment she learns that Gabi personally killed her beloved Cool Big Sis Sasha. She aims to stab Gabi, but the latter is immediately protected by Mikasa.
- Thousand-Yard Stare: When Sasha finds her, she's sitting in a corner staring vacantly into space. Even years later, she still wears a haunted expression much of the time.
- We Used to Be Friends: She has completely renounced her friendship with Gabi and Falco, and wishes to kill them both for what they did to Sasha. Gabi overhears this and is devastated, knowing she may never earn her former friend's forgiveness and doesn't deserve it. Kaya eventually forgives them when Gabi risks her own life to save her from a Titan, much like Sasha had done in the past.
Characters from Wall Sina and Related Districts and Towns
Voiced by: Tomohisa Aso (JP), Francis Henry (EN)
An influential member of the Church of the Wall, which views the Walls as holy and opposes any form of alteration to them. He is killed by corrupt members of the Military Police who were torturing him for information Hange and Levi suspects to be Eren and Historia's whereabouts. They deduce that he did not talk.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Found tortured and murdered. Hange and Levi both suspect he took not only the Wall Cult's secrets, but the secrets of what the Survey Corps know to his grave. Hange is visibly shaken by his death.
- The Alcoholic: Was one before joining the Church of the Wall.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Appears at the very beginning just as a zealous preacher in the streets. He becomes more prominent later.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Hange notices evidence of him being tortured prior to his death, and suspects the Military Police Brigade were attempting to learn something from him. The severity of his torture leads them to suspect they were trying to get information from him concerning the Survey Corps.
- Corrupt Church: Eren notes that the Church of the Wall makes it difficult to get important reinforcements to the Walls. He's also aware of how the Wall is filled with Colossal Titans.
- Crisis of Faith: Is deeply shaken by the reality of people suffering due to the Titan attacks. Probably didn't help his prayers were viscerally proven to be in vain as he was saying them. Not enough to make him reveal what he knows but enough to reveal that there is someone else with the authority to reveal the truth.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Appears briefly in the background during Episode 1 preaching in Shinganshina well before his canonical debut.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He's a callous Jerkass as a bureaucrat who refuses to divulge vital information to the Survey Corps, and vies for Eren's execution despite the fact that his Titan powers resulted in the first major victory for humankind in its entire history. Yet he's clearly shaken when he sees the suffering that the people who have to escape the Titans go through, and he even attempts to help a child who's been separated from his family.
- Exact Words: His oaths absolutely forbid him to give up any of the Wall Cult's secrets but saying that someone else knows them and doesn't have any such vows technically isn't included in that.
- He Knows Too Much: Before he can reveal what he knows, he's found brutally murdered. Hange suspects the Military Police Brigade to have been involved.
- Hidden Depths: He's introduced as a callous, ignorant bureaucrat, but we later see that he does deeply care for people besides himself. He even dies protecting the secrets of both his religion and the Scouting Legion.
- High-Altitude Interrogation: Hange does this to him on top of a Wall to get him to explain why there's a Titan inside the Walls. He'd rather die than break his oaths of secrecy... but she lets him go when he tells her about another source of information that is more free to talk.
- Interrogated for Nothing: When Hange and Levi speculate how much he told his captors before he died, they note that all his fingernails were torn off. Levi suggests that he didn't give up anything or only did at end, since "talkative" people give in after one nail but "non-talkative" people won't say a word after all 10.
- Jerkass Has a Point: The Wallist position about zero interference with the Walls makes a lot more sense given they know what's inside them.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Invoked. Other than him being a fanatic, Hange recognizes that Nick is ultimately a decent guy who is being controlled by forces beyond his means, burdened by the weight of his knowledge and guilt, and that the information that he carries is overwhelmingly important and a matter of life and death for all the people inside the Walls. To make things worse, it looked like the guy was incredibly close to spill the beans. All in all, this is why she subjects the men that tortured and killed him to the same treatment.
- Loophole Abuse: Refuses to tell the army any of the information he knows via his cult, but directs them to a source that can without breaking any vows of secrecy. Alas, that was already too much for the higher-ups to let it pass.
- Not Afraid to Die: He'd rather die than reveal his cult's secrets. He seems to have proven it, as he endured lengthy torture before being murdered.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat:
- As well as being a fanatic church preacher, Nick advocated for Eren's execution, stating that his ability to transform into a Titan is evil by nature. His church is also the reason that the Walls have barely been changed in over one hundred years since they claim that any modifications are a defilement. The obstructionism against any change to the Walls turns out to have a much more valid reason, though, given that any modifications would risk revealing or even releasing the Titans contained in them.
- He does this to the MPs 1st Brigade's men, as he refused to divulge just how much information the Survey Corps had attained upon the MPs torture and eventual slaying imparted upon him.
- Pet the Dog: Goes out of his way to help a refugee child, showing he's not completely indifferent to the people's plight.
- Plot-Triggering Death: The torture and assassination of Pastor Nick is one of the events that sparked the Survey Corps' rebellion against the Royal Government. Up until then, they were just trying to avoid the assassins from the 1st Brigade.
- Preacher Man: He acts as pastor at a Wallist church in Stohess.
- Sinister Minister: In his first appearance, he advocates for Eren to be executed. It's later revealed that he knew about the Titans in the Wall, and has likely been withholding other secrets.
- Skewed Priorities: He seems more horrified of any damage that could be done to the Walls than the fact that several of his congregation had just been killed when Annie fell on top of them. Actually a Subverted Trope, since he knew about the Wall Titans, and the fact that if they awake by being disturbed, they would cause the end of the world.
- The Stool Pigeon: Invoked and defied. Hange speculates that Nick would have eventually established a rapport with the Survey Corps when they had reached his level of knowledge of the Walls on their own, and that he was beginning to sympathize as to why the Corps are proceeding in the way they are (for the sake of the people, that is). His extreme hermetism and total duty to his vows prevented him from divulging the secrets... and the Survey Corps were in the verge of finding out on their own by the time he is treacherously killed by the MP 1st Brigade. He gave the MPs nothing even after being tortured.
- Spell My Name with an "S": His title has three different translations — Pastor, Priest, and Reverend.
- Tempting Fate: Is in the middle of preaching how the Walls will always protect them exactly when the Female Titan crashes through his church.
Voiced by: Michiko Neya (JP), Heather Walker (EN)
The servant and mistress of Rod Reiss, and biological mother of Historia.
- Abusive Parents: Alma hated her daughter, avoiding her at all costs and reacting violently when Historia attempted to hug her. She only spoke to her daughter twice, and both times expressed how much she wanted her child dead. On the flipside, Historia's father flippantly seems to want both of them dead, but can't stand watching his daughter die.
- Asshole Victim: Considering how Alma treated Historia her entire life, no tears were shed when Captain Ackerman plunged that dagger into her throat.
- Dying Declaration of Hate: She makes perfectly clear her contempt for her daughter as she dies.
- Easily Forgiven: Played with. Even after all these years, Historia doesn't seem to have as much ill will towards her mother than she actually should, still giving positive descriptions about her being very beautiful when explaining her past.
- Farmer's Daughter: Her parents run a farm, which is where Historia ended growing up. Alma herself is very beautiful and would often get dolled up when she went to the interior, presumably to see Rod.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: She fervently denies that Historia is her daughter when they are captured by members of the First Brigade, presumably in an attempt to save her own skin. After Lord Reiss confirms that she and Historia are indeed in no way related to him, Captain Ackerman almost immediately opens up her throat.
- The Mistress: Rod Reiss is mentioned to have legitimate children, which means he was married while carrying out their liaison.
- Mysterious Past: Unsurprisingly, not much is known about her prior to being Historia's mother. Somehow a lowly servant girl managed to become the sole confidant and eventual lover of the True Head of the Royal Family.
- Offing the Offspring: She wished she had killed her daughter, while Lord Reiss ultimately spares Historia and forces her to adopt a new identity and go into hiding.
- Only Friend: She was the source of solace and consolation to Rod after his sweet daughter Frieda lost her humanity to the Will of the First King.
- Plot-Triggering Death: Her death forced Historia into hiding under a fake identity, resulting in her eventual enlistment in the Survey Corps and role as the second Living MacGuffin of the series.
- Posthumous Character: She is killed by the first brigade after Rod tries to scamper her and Historia to safety. All of the information we know about her comes after the fact.
- Single Mom Stripper: It's implied that Alma was working as a prostitute during her time raising Historia. She's referred too as a whore by the military police, went off alone via carriage to the nearby city in flashy clothes and generated an income unrelated to her family farm.
- Slashed Throat: She is killed this way.
- That Thing Is Not My Child!: Alma hysterically denies her daughter, while trying to save her own life. Considering how much she hated Historia to begin with, it's likely she always felt that way.
- The Unreveal: It's not known why she hated her daughter that much, but there are three possibilities:
- Alma could have been aware of the Reiss family's inaction towards the Titans and developed disgust towards her daughter, a Reiss;
- Because she could have wanted to bite more that she could chew in relation to her "relationship" with Rod Reiss, who wanted nothing to do with her. He even had her killed, and would have killed Historia too had she not agreed to drop her name and whatever claim she felt entitled to just because she's his daughter.
- It's implied that she is killed by the Central MP 1st Brigade so that she and Historia don't contest Rod's power as king. The plan was to kill Historia too, had Rod not intervened.
- A final possibility is that Alma knew that having and keeping Historia, a bastard royal child, would eventually paint a target on her head. Which raises further questions about why she chose to keep the baby. Maybe she really couldn't bring herself to kill or abandon her own daughter or maybe Rod left explicit instructions that Historia is supposed to be unharmed and/or used as a backup in case something ever happened.
- Unequal Pairing: Alma, a lowly servant, and Rod Reiss, the true ruler of humanity.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Played with. Historia has a curiously high opinion of her mother, especially considering that Alma hated her and showed her nothing but contempt. The thing is, it's not that Alma had virtues of her own, but rather, Historia hates herself more than she hated her mom.
A pair of reporters that work for the Berg newspaper company, located in Stohess District. While responding to the street-battle between the Special Operations Squad and the Anti-Human Suppression Squad, they find themselves becoming entangled in the growing revolution.
- Adaptational Distillation: For the anime adaptation a lot of Roy and Beaure's scenes were cut from the Uprising Arc specifically all of the scenes with them interacting with Hange. Instead the two are shown briefly interviewing Nile Dok after the Central 1st Brigades attack on the Survey Corps, a brief scene in flashback of them being convinced by Flegel Reeves to stand up to the Government and them being witnessed to the Central 1st's confession to Dimo Reeves' murder.
- Armor-Piercing Question: As the military starts keeping secrets regarding their operations, Roy throws Hange's words back at her, and asks her if she no longer believes that information should be disclosed to the taxpayer. Hange can only reply that the meaning of withholding information has changed since they made contact with the outside world.
- Bystander Syndrome: Roy has long since embraced this attitude, understanding all too well the risk of doing more. He gets over it thanks to Hange and Beaure.
- Can't Stop the Signal: The monarchy is furious to hear about non-censored press being distributed to the public, since the central government's vast corruption/conspiracy has irreversibly become public knowledge.
- Going for the Big Scoop: Beaure wants to do this, but the older and more experienced Roy knows how the world works well enough to hold him back.
- Government Conspiracy: Roy discusses it with his younger associate, pointing out how the government uses the newspapers for propaganda and has spies planted in every single company to control what information gets released.
- Hope Is Scary: Roy firmly believes that even if they did report the truth, the government would simply prevent it from reaching the people and silence them.
- I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: Roy admits this is the reason he gave up on reporting the truth, since he knows the government will hurt his family and friends should he report anything but the official story.
- If You Thought That Was Bad...: Hange tells them that the government threatening their families is the least of their worries, as the actions of the government threaten to open the gates to the Titan invasion, and those guys are not keen on dialogue or political inclinations.
- Intrepid Reporter: Beaure is young and inexperienced, and shows eagerness to expose the Central Brigade's actions. In contrast, Roy has been around long enough that he realizes the futility of doing so and advises against it.
- Propaganda Machine: Beaure is disheartened to learn that the newspapers are merely this, while Roy has long since accepted that this is the way things have to be.
- Voice of the Resistance: Hange challenges them to be this, bringing them along to witness an Engineered Public Confession and encouraging them to print the truth for once. Their decision to do so clears the Survey Corps of all wrong-doing and exposes the misdeeds of the government to the people.
Voiced by: Junko Kitanishi (JP)
A young woman living in Stohess District, she is the daughter of a prominent businessman. Her disappearance is investigated by Annie Leonhart.
- Daddy's Girl: She genuinely loves her father, using her Chemistry degree to create a drug empire to help rebuild his business.
- Daddy's Little Villain: Her father is ultimately the villain of the story, and she was an active participant in his criminal empire. But she ends up abandoning him, when he breaks his promise to her.
- Damsel in Distress: Her kidnapping is the central plot of Wall Sina, Goodbye.
- Decoy Damsel: She was never actually kidnapped, she simply wanted her father to think she was. She apologizes to Annie for all the trouble.
- Even Evil Has Standards: She forbid the distributing of Coderoin in Stohess, not wanting to hurt the people in her own community. But when she sees her friends using the drug, she resolves to destroy the drug business.
- Foil: To Annie. Both are girls that were driven to commit terrible crimes for the sake of their fathers, and struggle with the guilt over their actions. But unlike Annie, Carly finds the courage to recognize her father was wrong, and walk away.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: She's a Graduate Student of Chemistry, and uses her education to create a highly-addictive drug. She comes to regret her actions.
- My God, What Have I Done??: After seeing Coderoin spreading into her own neighborhood, Carly is horrified and comes to regret her actions.
- Nonstandard Character Design: She's drawn much more cute and anime like than any other female in the series. Her design is taken directly from a side story written and drawn by someone aside from Isayama so it makes sense.
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: The central Damsel of the story has curly red hair, and green eyes.
- Youthful Freckles: In the visual novel, she has freckles and is far more youthful in appearance compared to the manga adaptation.
Elliot G. Stratmann
Voiced by: Kiyomitsu Mizuuchi (JP)
A businessman living in Stohess District, and president of the Marleen Trading Company. Annie Leonhart is put in charge of investigating his daughter's disappearance.
- Chekhov's Gun: His cigarettes, with their very distinct smell. Annie is able to use them to completely unravel Stratmann's lies, and piece together the truth.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He oversees a massive drug operation, to maintain his fortune.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Zigagged. He seems genuinely concerned for his daughter's well-being, but also notes that their relationship is distant with their interactions being strictly about business. It isn't clear whether he's more upset about losing the source of his drug empire, or his daughter, when she abandons him. Annie is struck by the complexity of the Stratmann family's situation.
- Foil: To Annie's father, another man that used his own daughter. While Annie's father came to regret the way he treated Annie and waits for her return, Stratmann remains unrepentant and loses Carly completely.
- Gut Feeling: He explains that being able to judge someone accurately is a valuable skill in business, demonstrating his knack at reading others by showing that he isn't fooled by Annie's lies.
- Impoverished Patrician: Wall Maria was their primary source of business, and the company nearly collapsed after the territory was lost. Officially, the Marleen company only has a carriage service to keep it going and that shouldn't be enough to sustain it. After Carly takes the recipe for Coderoin and leaves, Annie points out that it is only a matter of time before Stratmann loses everything.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: His running of the Coderoin ring and murders are covered up, seemingly letting him get away with everything. But Annie warns him that it's only a matter of time before things catch up with him. Without the ability to make more Coderoin, he won't be able to maintain his wealthy lifestyle or his company.
- Smoking Is Cool: He flaunts his wealth by smoking cigarettes that are no longer produced, as a result of the tobacco being grown exclusively in Wall Maria.
Husband of Queen Historia Reiss and the father of her child.
- The Atoner: He used to bully Historia when they were children; after she became Queen he went to do hard manual work on Historia's orphanage out of guilt and shame of what he'd done.
- Childhood Friend Romance: Downplayed Trope, when they were kids he used to tease and throw rocks at Historia, it's speculated that he was actually trying to get her attention back then; after going to work in Historia's orphanage she remembered him and recognized his hard work and plight, and thus chose him to be the father of her offspring.
- Chosen Conception Partner: Historia approached him in order to have a child, not to pursue a relationship. However, she does end up marrying him after the birth of their child.
- Nominal Importance: Not much is known about him other than he's the father of Historia's baby; for both the readers and the Military Junta he's just a nobody whom the Queen chose as her consort.
- Reformed Bully: Used to throw rocks at Historia as a child, but wants to make up for it after he's grown and matured.
- Ruling Couple: Subverted. He has no political pull or any role in governmental issues. He's just Historia's consort.
Characters from Other Locations
Lady Kiyomi Azumabito
Voiced by: Kiri Yoshizawa (JP), Michelle Rojas (EN)
One of the foreign dignitaries invited to Marley, hailing from the eastern nation of Hizuru. She has strong ties to Lord Tybur, and behaves in a mysterious fashion.
- Ambiguous Situation: She is seen leaving the festivities with her bodyguards after wishing good luck to Willy on his performance. Was she not interested in hearing Willy's message? Or was she aware that things are about to get really bad?
- Chapter 107 reveals it was the latter. She was in cahoots with Paradis Island for over a year.
- The Clan: The Azumabito Clan, which she represents during her visit to Marley. Little is known about them, other than Lord Tybur shows them respect and their mark is three blades forming an "A".
- Facepalm: She has this reaction to the supposed "Eldian Sympathizers" after their speaker revealed that they were just as hateful of Paradis Island and its inhabitants like everyone else, ultimately destroying any prospects of peace between Paradis and the rest of the world.
- Fantastic Racism: Averted. While the other dignitaries complain about the presence of "Eldian devils" at the dinner party, Kiyomi lies to protect Udo from punishment and likely saved his life in the process.
- Hidden Depths: She tells Mikasa that even though it's obvious that the Azumabito Clan is greedy to the bone, she swears that regardless, they'll protect Mikasa whatever the cost, and that it's not just due the resources of Paradis that they allied themselves to the Eldians.
- Inscrutable Oriental: The first member of the "East Sea Clan" (from outside the Walls) to appear in the story, she is a mysterious and inscrutable person.
- Kimono Is Traditional: She wears a kimono to the formal event, making her stand out even more among the various dignitaries.
- Money Fetish: Downplayed - when recalling the time Zeke tells her about the Iceburst stones, which Hizuru could use to improve their industries and prosper, she literally starts salivating.
- Nice to the Waiter: When Udo accidentally spills wine over her kimono, she deliberately lies to the Marleyan waiter telling that it was her fault, protecting Udo from severe punishment.
- Silk Hiding Steel: She is elegant and diplomatic to the extreme, but shows quick wits and is clearly a powerful if mysterious player in the larger political world.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: She is the very definition of a Japanese noblewoman, composed and elegant but revealing brief glimpses of a shrewd mind beneath her demure mannerisms.
Voiced by: Yui Ishikawa (JP)
While Eren was sleeping underneath a tree at the very beginning of the series, he tells Mikasa that he feels like he had a very long dream after she woke him up. The last thing he saw before waking up was this girl, whom Eren believed to be Mikasa but with shorter hair and comments about the real Mikasa's hair length while still half-asleep. Shortly afterwards, Mikasa sees Eren crying and asks him why, to which he couldn't give an answer. The true identity of this girl, why Eren had a dream about her, and why he was crying are among the biggest mysteries in the whole story.
- Adaptation Expansion: A motion comic adaptation of the first chapter was created using the anime adaptation's voice cast, which can be viewed here. The girl's single line was delivered by Yui Ishikawa, Mikasa's voice actress, all but confirming her identity as Mikasa; however, just like in the original material, no context is provided.
- Adaptation Induced Plothole: At the time of this writing, the revelations about Eren's dream have not been adapted in the anime, but Eren's dream being so radically different from the manga in the anime adaptation makes the manga's revelations about his dream make no sense. It remains to be seen how this will be addressed.
- Adapted Out: Downplayed. While she didn't appear in the anime version of Eren's dream, it's cryptic nature was heavily reinforced by having a series of disturbing and eerily prophetic images instead. As a result of this change, instead of Eren asking Mikasa about her hair length, he asks her why she's here.
- Arc Number: Her first and only appearance was on the 13th page of Chapter 1 and it's also the only time in the manga thus far where the page number was actually on the page◊. Given that the number 13 also corresponds to the number of years a Titan Shifter has left to live after receiving the Power of the Titans, it's either a wild coincidence, or there's something far bigger at play.
- Callback: In Chapter 120, after Zeke catches Eren's severed head, multiple memory shards from Eren's perspective (along with a few from his predecessors) appear before transitioning to the "PATHS" realm. The largest memory shard happened to be of when Mikasa asked him why he was crying at the very beginning of the series.
- Cryptic Conversation: Her single line of dialogue had no context to go with it, making it practically impossible to figure out what she was trying to convey to Eren before he woke up until the full context is given in Chapter 138.
- Dissonant Serenity: She seems to be smiling and doesn't appear to be distressed in any discernible way, yet Eren was crying after waking up from the dream, heavily implying a far darker situation that he subconsciously remembered. That's because it was Eren witnessing his Alternate Timeline self's dying moments from the "Curse of Ymir" and the alternate Misaka being at his side to the end.
- Walking Spoiler: In the penultimate chapter, it was revealed that the girl was Mikasa from an Alternate Timeline where she actually confessed her true feelings to Eren when they were in Marley. This led to them eloping and abandoning the conflict between Paradis and Marley along with all of their friends and allies to live in peace until the "Curse of Ymir" claimed Eren's life, leading to Eren's "dream" in Chapter 1.
A refugee of the Marley Mid-East War living in a tent outside a Marleyean city after his home was destroyed. In order to provide for his family, he resorted to pick-pocketing. After trying to steal from the Survey Corps while they were on an undercover operation in Marley, they help him escape the city after several townspeople were going to brutally punish him for it to set an example.
- An Arm and a Leg: His pick-pocketing eventually led to his right hand being cut off.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: When running away from the Wall Titans, a piece of debris crushes his leg, and all he could do was hopelessly cry out until they stomped on him.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He first appeared in a memory shard in Chapter 120 and wasn't formally introduced until Chapter 123.
- Language Barrier: After Eren rescues him from being beaten, Eren tearfully confesses his intentions to wipe out the rest of the world, apologizing profusely. Ramzi didn't speak the Eldian language and couldn't understand him.
- Mind Screw: Right before being crushed by the Wall Titans, he sees an apparition of Ymir Fritz in the distance.
- Mugging the Monster: Levi is one of the people that he tries to pickpocket. He succeeds.
- "Shaggy Dog" Story: He put his life on the line multiple times to get enough money to buy a new home for his family, even losing a hand in the process. All of it was rendered pointless when the Wall Titans invaded and killed them all, him included.
- Trampled Underfoot: Courtesy of the Wall Titans.