List of Attack on Titan characters
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The Attack on Titan manga and anime series feature an extensive cast of fictional characters created by Hajime Isayama. The story is set in a world where humanity lives in cities surrounded by enormous walls; a defense against the Titans, gigantic humanoids that eat humans seemingly without reason. The story initially centers on Eren Yeager with his childhood friends Mikasa Ackerman and Armin Arlert, who join the military to fight the Titans after their home town is invaded and Eren's mother is eaten. They are part of the 104th Training Corps, whose graduates assume different positions in the Military, including the Garrison Regiment, the Survey Corps and the Military Police Brigade. It is later revealed that the area where the Walls are located is called Paradis (パラディ, Paradi) and that it is the last territory of Eldia (エルディア, Erudia). There are other empires outside the walls, namely Marley (マーレ, Māre), which has infiltrated Paradis with its Titan Shifters.
- Eren Yeager (エレン・イェーガー, Eren Yēgā, alt. "Eren Jaeger")
- The main protagonist of the series who, after witnessing his mother being devoured by a Titan, dedicates his life to their eradication. After graduating fifth in his cadet class, he is swallowed by a bearded Titan during his first mission in Trost.[vol. 1] However, he soon reappears as a 15-meter (49 ft) Titan who fights other Titans on equal ground.[vol. 1][vol. 2] His ability as a Titan makes him the target of multiple parties that include those who see him as a tool to eradicate the Titans, other humans who can become Titans, and those who perceive Eren as a rebellion-inducing threat to the status quo.[vol. 2,3] Placed into the Survey Corps' Special Operations Squad, he attempts to control his Titan-changing ability and discovers he has other abilities as well. In the final arc, Eren believes that obliterating the nations outside the island is the only solution for the survival of Paradis and its people. Author Hajime Isayama stated that Eren's Titan form's physique was modeled after middleweight mixed martial artist Yushin Okami.
- Eren is voiced by Yuki Kaji in Japanese,[GB p.19] he is voiced by Bryce Papenbrook in the English dub. In the live-action film, Eren is portrayed by Haruma Miura.
- Mikasa Ackerman (ミカサ・アッカーマン, Mikasa Akkāman, alt. "Mikasa Ackermann")
- Mikasa is Eren's childhood friend who was taken in by his family after her mother and father were murdered by slave traders. A normally quiet and withdrawn girl, she maintains a stoic expression except when it comes to Eren and her friends.[GB p. 36] As later revealed, Mikasa's father was a descendant of an Eldian bloodline that was modified to create super soldiers equal to a Titan in strength. When under duress, these genetically inherited abilities may allow a descendant access to their ancestors' battle experience. After Eren and his father discover The Ackermans' deaths during a routine doctor's visit, Eren tracks Mikasa to the trader's cabin. Mikasa's instincts are awakened when Eren urges her to 'fight back and live'.[ch. 6][ep 6] Because of this, and because of Eren's kindness in giving her a dark red scarf which Mikasa treasures and wears her entire life, she feels compelled to protect and follow him at all costs, including joining him in the Survey Corps. She graduates from the Training Corps top of her class,[ch. 2] and is regarded by officers as an unprecedented genius and prodigy, easily worth a hundred men in battle.[vol. 3,4] Though technically half-blooded, she is the last known person of Oriental descent residing in the Walls. A wrist tattoo inherited from her mother (which she keeps hidden from everyone except Eren) indicates that she is descended from the prominent Azumabito family (アズマビト家, Azumabito-ke), a cadet Shogun branch from the Oriental nation of Hizuru (ヒィズル, Hizuru), whose ancestors migrated from their native land to Paradis as honored ambassadors.[ch. 6][ep 6][GB p.39] While investigating the Volunteers alongside the Survey Corps, Eren tells Mikasa that he has always hated her for being a slave to her Ackerman blood. In turn, she becomes despondent and removes the dark red scarf off her neck. While still invested in Eren, Mikasa decides to join the alliance to stop Eren's planned genocide. In the author's blog, Isayama notes that her name comes from the Mikasa, a famous pre-dreadnought battleship of the Imperial Japanese Navy.
- Mikasa is voiced by Yui Ishikawa in Japanese,[GB p.20] and Trina Nishimura in English dub. In the live-action film, she is portrayed by Kiko Mizuhara. Ishikawa says that Mikasa cares mainly about Eren, and keeps a distance from the rest of the world. She says that "While she might seem like a character with so few emotional levels, there are actually many feelings that swirl around her heart."[GB p.20]
- Armin Arlert (アルミン・アルレルト, Arumin Arureruto, alt. "Armin Arlelt")
- Armin is Eren's childhood friend who joins him in the Scouts to order to make a meaningful difference in the world, and to fulfill his dream of seeing the outside world.[ch. 84] When Armin was young, his parents tried to venture beyond the Wall by creating a hot air balloon but were found out and killed by the First Interior Squad, leaving Armin to be raised by his grandfather. Armin's grandfather secretly possessed an illegal book containing information about the world beyond the Walls, which Armin later found and read. Fascinated by descriptions of gigantic body of saltwater, fire water, land made of ice, and fields of sand, Armin showed it to his best friend Eren, kindling his desire to see the outside world. After the fall of Wall Maria, Armin's grandfather was sent along with 1/5 of the population (mostly Wall Maria refugees) on a high-risk operation to "reclaim Wall Maria" and died as a result, leaving Armin an orphan and the only survivor of his family. The expedition was, in reality, a scheme contrived by the Royal Government to cull the number of refugees and alleviate food shortages.
- After joining the Training Corps with Eren and Mikasa, Armin initially has an inferiority complex, seeing how he falls short of his companions in combat and endurance. He often laments over his perceived cowardliness and dependence on his friends[ch. 11]. However, he excels in academics[ch. 3], and his confidence slowly grows when he realizes he can use his brain and strategic abilities to help his friends.[ep 10] Despite his self-perceived shortcomings, he vigorously defends Eren when the military threatened them with cannon fire after it was revealed Eren was a Titan, and he brings Eren out of his feral Titan state following the latter's second full transformation where he attacks Mikasa[vol. 3]. Armin also impresses his superiors by correctly deducing the human identity of the Female Titan[ep 24][GB p. 40-43] and convinces Eren to overcome his hesitation to fight her during their confrontation in Stohess District inside Wall Sina. Later chapters describe him as being intelligent, a talented tactician, a deep thinker with good judgement, level-headedness, and ability to think outside the box.[ch. 82] During a battle in Shinganshina, Armin comes up with a plan to capture Bertolt but is mortally wounded from the severe burns he sustained.[ch. 82] Levi saves Armin by injecting him with Titan serum, and Armin then acquires the Colossus Titan's power by eating Bertolt.[ch. 84] After investigating the Volunteers to learn Zeke and Eren's intentions, he is imprisoned in Shiganshina district by the Yeagerists. During the Marleyan ambush, he battles Pieck, before becoming horrified upon learning Eren's intentions to utilize the full rumbling. He later joins the alliance to stop Eren Yeager from destroying all life outside Paradis.
- Armin is voiced by Marina Inoue in Japanese,[GB p.20] [ep 1] and Josh Grelle in the English dub. In the live-action feature film, Kanata Hongō plays Armin. Inoue describes Armin as "withdrawn but slowly grows to the point where he's able to say what he believes".[GB p.20]
- Reiner Braun (ライナー・ブラウン, Rainā Buraun)
- Reiner is a member of the Marleyan military's Warrior Unit and is the holder of the Armored Titan (鎧の巨人, Yoroi no Kyojin).[vol. 10-11] As the leader of the infiltration unit responsible for Marley's opening offensive against the Walls,[ch. 96] he serves as a main antagonist for the manga's first thirteen volumes (i.e. the anime'sfirst and second seasons. Reiner is introduced as a cadet of the 104th Training Corps who graduates 2nd in his class. [ch. 2] Described by instructor Keith Shadis as being strong as an ox and a natural leader, he quickly earns the trust of the Survey Corps and infiltrates their ranks.[GB p.56-57]
- As a child, Reiner joined Marley's Warrior Unit so he and his Eldian mother could become honorary Marleyans and be reunited with his Marleyan father. [ch. 96] Despite being rejected by his birth father, the fanatical patriotism instilled in him by his mother ds him to move forward with his mission to capture the Founding Titan (aka: the "Coordinate") from Paradis Island.[ch. 95] When the group leader, Marcel, is unexpectedly eaten during their journey, Reiner assumes command over the remaining two Warriors, Annie and Bertholt. They flood Shiganshina with rampaging, 'Pure Titans' by destroying the outer gate of the District before breaking through the gate at Wall Maria.[ch. 96] They then disguise themselves as refugees and join the masses of people into Wall Rose before joining the military.[vol. 4] Unable to pinpoint the Coordinate's location, Reiner orchestrates an attack on Wall Rose to root out its holder.[ch. 97] Upon witnessing Eren transform into a titan during the ensuing battle of Trost, Reiner suspects him of possessing the Coordinate and tasks Annie with his capture.[ep 16.5A] However, the plan ultimately ends in failure[ch. 30] and Annie is taken captive.[ch. 33] As Marley launches another offensive against Paradis, Reiner begs Eren to leave with him and Bertholt to prevent further bloodshed, after revealing themselves as the Armored and Colossal Titans. When Eren refuses, Reiner and Berthold transform and attempt to extract him by force, managing to take him halfway through Wall Maria in the process. However, they are thwarted by the rest of the Survey Corps and are forced to retreat, taking with them fellow corps member Ymir instead. Reiner and Berthold regroup with Zeke Yeager, holder of the Beast Titan, and his forces consisting of Pure Titans. In the Battle of Shiganshina, Reiner is defeated and mutilated by the Survey Corps' newly developed 'Thunder Spear' before Zeke and his allies are able to rush him to safety.[ch. 82] In the Year 854, Reiner becomes disillusioned with Marley, and after learning he has to go back to Paradis, attempts suicide, but changes his mind after realizing he still has to care for the Warrior Candidates. Reiner battles Eren when the latter attacks Marley and stops him from killing Galliard.[ch. 104] He later plans a surprise ambush on Paradis with the goal of eating Eren, but fails, and is driven to complete despair when Eren begins the rumbling. He is then invited by Connie and Gabi to join the alliance aiming to stop Eren from destroying all life outside Paradis.
- In a post on his blog, author Hajime Isayama stated that the Armored Titan's physique was based on that of professional wrestler and mixed martial artist Brock Lesnar. In 2017, Isayama announced in an interview with Illustration Magazine that Reiner was now a "main protagonist" character. Reiner is voiced by Yoshimasa Hosoya in the Japanese anime. Robert McCollum provides his voice in the English version.
Paradis (パラディ, Paradi) is a massive island on which the three Walls are located. It became the last territory of the Empire of Eldia (エルディア, Erudia) after the Great Titan War and hosts refugees mainly consisting of ethnic Eldians. The island is modeled after Madagascar.
The military within the Walls is divided into three divisions: the Garrison Regiment, the Survey Corps, and the Military Police Brigade. It is commanded by Darius Zachary, the premier of the government. Applicants into the Military are first required to enter the Training Corps, after which they are allowed to join one of the three divisions.
- Darius Zackly (ダリス・ザックレー, Darisu Zakkurē, alt. "Dhalis Zachary")
- Darius is the commander-in-chief of the military and a premier. He first appears at Eren's tribunal where he assigns Eren to the custody of the Survey Corps after his identity as a Titan is revealed.[ch. 18] After it was shown that the ruling nobles would abandon the people of Wall Rose should it be breached by Titans following a bold ploy by the Survey Corps, he pledges to support Erwin's plan to overthrow the monarchy and the true leading family, the Reiss family. Subsequently, the First Interior Squad in the castle was restrained.[vol. 15] In the Japanese anime, he is voiced by Hideaki Tezuka. In the Funimation version, his name is spelled Dhalis Zachary and he is voiced by John Swasey.[ep 14]
104th Training Corps
The Training Corps (訓練兵団, Kunren Heidan) is the branch of the military dedicated to training and educating new recruits to become members of the three military branches. Only the top ten graduates are permitted the privilege of applying to the Military Police Brigade and living within the Inner District. The other graduates can only choose between joining the Survey Corps or the Garrison Regiment. The Training Crops' insignia is a crossing pair of swords.
The 104th Training Corps (第104期訓練兵団, Dai-hyakuyon-ki Kunren Heidan, alt. "104th Cadet Corps") is the only graduating class introduced in the series and the southern division contains nearly all of the central characters. It was active during the years 847 through 850 when the remaining recruits graduated. In the manga, the top ten cadets were listed by their individual ranks[ch. 2] but in the anime, the top ten are recognized as a group, along with Armin and Ymir.[ep 4]
- Keith Shadis (キース・シャーディス, Kīsu Shādisu, alt. "Keith Sadies")
- The instructor who is in charge of training the 104th Corps recruits. His face and head are cleanly shaven except for a patch of beard beneath his chin.[vol. 4] Before the fall of Wall Maria in the year 845, he became the 12th Commander of the Survey Corps and struggled to establish a base beyond the Walls, with no success. Following a particularly taxing expedition he suffered a mental breakdown and resigned his post to his successor, Erwin Smith, becoming the first commander to pass on his position without dying. He was close friends with Eren's parents; especially his mother, Carla, who he secretly loved.[ch. 71] He was also the one to discover Eren deep in the forest after the Fall of Shiganshina, immediately following the moment when Eren's father passed on his Titan abilities to his son, and brought him back to safety.
- In the Japanese anime, he is voiced by Tsuguo Mogami. In the Funimation English dub, his surname is spelled Sadies, but pronounced "Shardis". Patrick Seitz provides the voice.[ep 2]
- Jean Kirstein (ジャン・キルシュタイン, Jan Kirushutain, alt. "Jean Kirschtein")
- A hot-headed young man who speaks his mind, he initially planned to join the Military Police in order to live safely within Wall Sina and manages to graduate within the top ten of his class, ranking sixth.[ch. 2][ch. 3] He and Eren have opposing ideals; Jean thinks Eren is suicidal for wanting to be on the front line while Eren views Jean as cowardly for wanting a cushy life in the Inner District.[vol. 4] In the battle of Trost, he leads a group of recruits to the safety of the supply house but is shaken that his decision led to the deaths of some of his comrades.[vol. 2] After his close friend Marco dies he joins the Survey Corps.[ch. 18] Jean later rises to become a commanding officer in the Survey Corps, and leads ground operations during the Raid on Liberio.[vol. 26] Jean later intensely struggles with whether or not to stop the Rumbling, but chooses to abandon his dream for the sake of saving the world, as he doesn't want his fallen comrades, particularly Marco, to be disappointed in him.[vol. 31] Isayama said that Jean is his favorite character because he says what he thinks.[GB p.44-45] Jean also harbors jealousy toward Eren because of Mikasa's apparent infatuation with him; it is heavily implied that Jean has a crush on Mikasa.
- Jean is voiced by Kishō Taniyama in the Japanese anime. In the Funimation English version, his last name is spelled Kirschtein and he is voiced by Mike McFarland. In the live-action film, he is portrayed by Takahiro Miura.
- Marco Bott (マルコ・ボット, Maruko Botto, alt. "Marco Bodt")
- Ranked seventh of the trainee class, Marco is from the Jinae District and becomes close friends with Armin and Jean.[ch. 2] He aspires to join the Military Police so he can serve King Fritz, only to end up being killed under mysterious circumstances near the end of the battle of Trost.[ch. 3,15][vol. 4] It is later revealed that he inadvertently overheard Berthold and Reiner talking about their Marleyan mission. Reiner tackles him and gives his vertical gear to Annie before leaving him to be consumed partly by a titan. Annie later uses his gear to cover up her killing of the captive Pure Titans, Sawney and Bean.[vol. 8][GB p.60-61][ch. 77]
- Marco is voiced by Ryōta Ōsaka in Japanese. In the English dub, his name is spelled Marco Bodt and he is voiced by Austin Tindle.
- Connie Springer (コニー・スプリンガー, Konī Supuringā, alt. "Conny Springer")
- Connie hails from the Ragako District of Wall Rose.[ch. 15] He sports a buzz cut[ch. 2] and has an outgoing and upbeat personality, always trying his best to keep his teammates pumped up and not shying away from encounters with Titans.[ch. 3] His training instructor describes him as having a good sense of balance and performs well with the vertical maneuvering equipment, but that he also has a slow mind and makes strategic mistakes.[ch. 18] Having ranked eighth in his class,[ch. 2] he initially plans to join the Military Police but changes his mind after hearing Eren's speech,[ch. 3] and eventually joins the Survey Corps.[ch. 21][GB p.46-47] Later, his village is decimated by the Beast Titan and all of its inhabitants are turned into Pure Titans.
- Connie is voiced by Hiro Shimono in the Japanese dub of the anime. In the Funimation dub, his name is spelled Conny Springer and he is voiced by Clifford Chapin.
- Sasha Blouse (サシャ・ブラウス, Sasha Burausu, alt. "Sasha Braus")
- Sasha is a hunter from the mountainous Dauper District.[ch. 15] She is tall and lean, and her auburn hair is styled in a ponytail.[ch. 2] She is noted as a proficient hunter skilled with a bow and has remarkable hearing and instincts, but she also has issues with structure and authority.[vol. 4] She seems obsessed with food and was nicknamed "Potato Girl" (芋女, Imo Onna) for eating one during a military training drill.[GB p.60] She joins the military after getting into an argument with her father when he tells her they must give up their traditional hunting lifestyle in the forest in favor of farming to support the large number of refugees moving to the area after the fall of Wall Maria.[ch. 36][GB p.48-49] She manages to become a member of Captain Levi's Elite Squad with a number of her fellow 104th compatriots. While withdrawing from Liberio during her group's attack on Marley to acquire both the Warhammer Titan's power and Zeke, Sasha is fatally wounded when shot in the chest by a stowaway Gabi and utters "Meat" with her dying breath.[ch. 105] She is later revealed to have formed a close friendship, implied to be a romantic, with a Marleyan prisoner of war turned chef named Nicolo.
- In the Japanese anime, Sasha is voiced by Yū Kobayashi. In the Funimation English version, her last name is spelled Braus and she is voiced by Ashly Burch. In the live-action film, she is portrayed by Nanami Sakuraba.
- Krista Lenz (クリスタ・レンズ, Kurisuta Renzu, alt. "Christa Lenz")
- A petite girl who is described as friendly, warm-hearted,[ch. 16][vol. 5:profiles] and popular to the point where her peers regard her as a goddess or an angel. Even Reiner falls for her and decides that he wants to marry her.[GB p.50-51] [ch. 24,39]. Her true identity is Historia Reiss (ヒストリア・レイス, Hisutoria Reisu), the illegitimate child of Rod Reiss[ch. 41-42], the true King of Eldia. She lived on a farm owned by the Reiss family during which time she only had minimal interaction with her mother who spent much of her days reading quietly. Once, in an attempt to connect with her mother, Krista rushed to hug her but was violently pushed back and heard her mother say that she wished she had the courage to kill Krista. Those were the first words Krista heard her mother say. After that, Krista was sent to live with her grandparents but when Wall Maria fell Krista was collected by and introduced to her father, Rod Reiss. Before she could leave, however, Reiss' elite squad led by Kenny Ackermann persuaded him to tie up loose ends and kill Krista and her mother. Before her throat was slashed, Krista's mother said she wished she'd never been born. Before Krista is killed, Rod Reiss orders that she be spared and tells her to assume the name Krista Lentz and to live with the Wall Maria refugees.[vol. 12,13] Krista later joins the 104th Training Corps, presumably as self punishment and as a way to kill herself (secretly loathing her true identity), where she ranked tenth in her class,[ch. 2]. She later participated in the defense of Trost in the year 850.[ch. 5,11][GN p.50] When Ymir reveals herself as a Titan to save her at Castle Utgard, Krista honors the promise they made prior by revealing and accepting her true identity as heir to the Royal Family.[vol. 12][vol. 13] Later, she and Eren are abducted by Rod Reiss and brought to his cavern where Titan inheritance ceremonies took place. As his only living heir, Reiss attempts to convince Historia to become a Titan and consume Eren to regain the Coordinate power of the Founding Titan. However, having learned of the Founding Titan's curse of complacence in the face of adversity, Hisotria refuses. She rescues Eren and helps the Survey Corps take down her father after he transforms into a massive Titan, making the killing blow and securing her identity as the true ruler of Eldia.[vol. 16][vol. 17] Historia agrees to the Survey Corps wishes to assume the throne and uses her status as Queen to relinquish most of her ruling duties to the Military while using the money confiscated from disowned nobles to improve the lives of orphans and the homeless.[ch. 70] Historia later accept Hizuru's conditions to secure Paradis's safe 50-year long progression into the world stage by agreeing to succeed Zeke Yeager as the Beast Titan and to birth several heirs who would continue protecting Paradis in her stead.[ch. 107]
- Krista is voiced by Shiori Mikami in the Japanese anime. In the Funimation English version, her name is spelled Christa Lenz and she is voiced by Bryn Apprill.
- Ymir (ユミル, Yumiru)
- A member of the 104th graduating class and a close friend of Krista.[ch. 36] She remains distant from her other classmates and is both harsh and critical, maintaining an air of indifference. It is strongly hinted at that she held back her abilities during training so that Krista could place tenth in the training corps standings.[GB p. 52-53] When titans attack Castle Utgard, Ymir transforms into a 7-meter (23 ft) chimpanzee-like Titan that, despite its smaller size, is nimble enough to take down several large titans with its speed, claws, and teeth.[ch. 41-42]
- Prior to the events in the series, Ymir was a nameless Eldian orphan living in Marley who was picked by a cult leader to pose as a royal descendant and religious figurehead. She was given the name after Ymir, after Ymir Fritz, and lived a peaceful life in comfort, worshiped by members of the cult. When Marleyan security forces later cracked down on the cult, she was scapegoated and sentenced to exile on Paradis as a Pure Titan. Ymir remained a mindless Titan for sixty years (an experience she later described as an "endless nightmare") until one day she chanced upon four teenage Marleyan Warrior infiltrators and devoured one named Marcel Galliard, who happened to possess the Jaw Titan. Consuming a Titan Shifter allowed her to return to her human form, and she decided to live this second life honest only to herself. She later joined the Training Corps and became close with Krista Lenz (Historia Reiss) of whom she is extremely protective. Having overheard church officials talking about Krista's true identity prior to joining the military, Ymir feels connected to her based on their shared past of bearing false names. She openly scolds Krista for living a 'false identiy' and tells her the only way to enact revenge on those who hurt her is to live her true life with pride.
- When she and Eren are later captured by Reiner and Bertolt, Marcel's friends who bore witness to his death, Ymir expected that she would be killed for stealing the Titan power of their friend and expresses guilt over it. She willingly submits to being taken back to Marley on the condition that she can 'rescue' and take Krista with them. However, during the rescue operation to recover Eren, Ymir has a change of heart when Krista tells her that she will live only for herself and feels no fear when Ymir is at her side. No longer wanting to hand Krista over to Marley, Ymir instead leaves her behind and rescues Berthold and Reiner from a horde of titans before they escape; she feels indebted to them since coming upon their group was the reason she became human again, even though returning to Marley with them will no doubt end her life.[vol. 12] Some time after Krista becomes queen, Ymir sends a letter to her where she states her impending death, likely by another Warrior who will transform into a Titan and eat her to obtain the power she stole. This is later confirmed by Porco Galliard, who reclaimed his brother Marcel's power of the Jaw Titan.[ch. 93]
- Ymir is voiced by Saki Fujita in the Japanese version and by Elizabeth Maxwell in the English version.
- Floch Forster (フロック・フォルスター, Furokku Forusutā)
- A former 104th Training Corps cadet of the Southern Division and a fellow recruit of Eren's group who joined the Garrison Regiment after graduation (like most of the 104th cadets did). After the Survey Corps' uprising and Historia's coronation, he transferred to the Survey Corps as a new recruit where he questions Jean Kirstein during the feast on the eve of the expedition to Shiganshina District; he rhetorically asks whether Jean thinks the Garrison recruits are reliable since increased propaganda for the Scouts has painted them in a much different, and more positive, light. During the operation to recapture Wall Maria, he was assigned to Squad Klaus along with his two friends Gordon and Sandra. He was the only known survivor in Erwin's suicide charge against the Beast Titan, and was the person who carried the mortally wounded commander back to Shiganshina to regroup with other survivors of the battle. After Erwin eventually succumbed to his injuries, he became one of the only nine survivors of the whole operation (the other eight being Squad Levi and Hange Zoe), and was personally decorated by Queen Historia. However, after learning the truth about the basement in Eren's home, he adopted a more vindictive and hateful attitude towards the people outside the wall (as shown by his total disregard for collateral damage during the Battle of Liberio four years later). He becomes a zealous supporter of Eren who he believes is the Eldian nation's only savior, and leads a faction called the Yeagerists which overthrows the previous government. After Eren's message to all of subjects of Ymir Floch declares that the Yeagerists seized the power over Paradis. When Floch learns about plans of an alliance of 104th Training Corps and Warriors to stop the Rumbling he takes Kiyomi Azumabito hostage in the harbour of Paradis, but stumbles on the alliance' resistance. When the alliance successfully drives away the Marleyan warship with the Azumabito's plane from the harbour, Floch silently sneaks to the plane (or to the ship) and shortly after it shoots the plane's covering before getting killed by Mikasa.
- Floch is voiced by Kenshō Ono in the Japanese version and by Matt Shipman in the English version.
The Survey Corps (調査兵団, Chōsa Heidan, alt. "Scout Regiment") is composed of expeditionary soldiers that venture outside the Walls. Their goal is to discover more about the origins and source of the Titans, their motives, and weaknesses; ultimately how to fight and defeat them. They are an integral component in the military's campaign to recapture Wall Maria. Due to this, the division suffers from a much larger casualty rate than the Military police or the Garrison Regiment; those that survive are some of the most elite veterans in the entire military. The Survey Corps' insignia is an overlapping pair of wings known as the "Wings of Freedom".
- Erwin Smith (エルヴィン・スミス, Eruvin Sumisu)
- Commander of the Survey Corps, who led the last mission before the fall of Wall Maria, having served the government even after they murdered his father as a child believing it was for the good for the people to conceal the truth of Paradis' establishment. He also made the difficult choices for the benefit of others, which required him to sacrifice the lives of his men to see it through; he has a reputation for gambling everything on unorthodox battle strategies. A shrewd, charismatic leader who encourages creative thinking among his subordinates, Erwin developed with the Long-Range Scouting Formation, which substantially reduced the Survey Corps' death toll during its expeditions (Despite this, the Scouts continued to suffer significant casualties). After learning of a mole among the military ranks, Erwin concealed this intel from his most trusted subordination while orchestrating the 57th expedition to expose and capture Annie.[ep 20] When Eren is kidnapped by Bertolt and Reiner, he leads a team to rescue him, having his right arm eaten by a Titan in the occasion.[ch. 49] Once learning the government's actions were only for the benefit of the upper class, Erwin stages a bloodless coup d'état to place Historia into power. Erwin then leads an expedition to Shinganshina to seal the breach on Wall Maria, where he and his forces face the Warrior Titans. Erwin ends up being mortally wounded after resolving to sacrifice himself and the remaining recruits so Levi can attempt to kill Beast Titan. Levi initially saw injecting Erwin with the Titan serum as the logical choice until realizing that Erwin continually demonized himself on their behalf, deciding to let Erwin die in peace from his injuries when giving Armin the injection. Ever since then, Levi has been on a hunt for the Beast titan Zeke to fulfill his promise to Erwin that he will hunt down and kill Zeke. [ch. 85] He is voiced by Daisuke Ono in the Japanese anime, and by J. Michael Tatum in the English version.
- Hange Zoë (ハンジ・ゾエ, Hanji Zoe, alt. "Zoë Hange")[a]
- Hange is a Survey Corps veteran and the leader of 4th Squad. A scientist who studies the Titans,[ep 14] Hange shows little fear when interacting with them, and is thus ecstatic when initially meeting Eren.[ch. 20] Hange had a strong hatred against Titans until the discovery of Ilse Langnar's notebook provided some new insight into how the Titans may be able to this. Hange developed an obsessive interest in Titans, and gets uncomfortably intimate with them but that's because they love doing their job. Hange also invents new special weapons for the Scouts to use, such as a barrel that fires multiple grappling hooks to capture Titans alive,[GB p.80-81] as well as the Thunder Spears which is instrumental to the later successful recapture of Wall Maria. In the aftermath of the battle of Shiganshina, Hange's left eye is lost because of shrapnel caused by Colossal Titan's transformation. Hange succeeds Erwin as commander of the Survey Corps.[ch. 57,85] Following Eren's message to all Subjects of Ymir, Hange forms an alliance with the remaining members of the Survey Corps and the Warriors to stop Eren. Hange makes an ultimate self-sacrifice defending the members of the alliance from the Rumbling as they boarded the Azumabitos' flying boat, but before dying from burns and subsequent trampling Hange successfully eliminates four Colossal Titans.
- In the original English translation of the manga, and in the anime, Hange is referred to as a female.[vol. 5] However, in a blog post in 2011, Isayama responded to a question regarding Hange's gender, saying, "Perhaps [Hange's gender] is better left unstated". In 2014, Kodansha USA stated they went back through volume 5 and removed gender-specific pronouns they had used for reprint, and references from volume 6 onwards. Hange is voiced by Romi Park in the Japanese anime, by Jessica Calvello in the English dub, and is portrayed by Satomi Ishihara in the live-action film.
- Mike Zacharius (ミケ・ザカリアス, Mike Zakariasu, alt. "Miche Zacharius")
- A Survey Corps squad leader who has a peculiar habit of snorting and sniffing people when he meets them for the first time.[ep 14][ch. 19] His strength is second to Levi among the Survey Corps squad leaders. When Wall Rose is breached by the Titans, Zacharius uses himself as a decoy to distract nine titans while his fellow soldiers escape. Zacharius manages to kill five of his opponents before he is incepted by the Beastly Titan. Zacharius is shocked to hear the titan speaking his language while being relieved of his gear, left to be devoured by the other three remaining Titans.[ch. 35] He is voiced by Kenta Miyake in Japanese. In the Funimation English dub, his first name was spelled Miche and he is voiced by Jason Douglas.[ep 14]
- Moblit Berner (モブリット・バーナー, Moburitto Bānā)
- Moblit Berner was a veteran member of the Survey Corps and the vice captain (分隊副長, Buntai Fukuchō) of the Survey Corps' 4th Squad, and served as assistant and messenger for Hange, whom he knows since she joining the Corps. An intelligent and responsible person, he is tasked to keep his overzealous and eccentric superior out of trouble, a job that leaves him in a state of near-panic much of the time having to constantly pull Hange to safety. He is killed at Shiganshina when Hange's entire squad are caught by the Colossal Titan's steam blast, but pushes Hange inside a well at the last moment to save her life. He is voiced by Rintarō Nishi in Japanese, and Jerry Jewell in English.
- Ilse Langnar (イルゼ・ラングナー, Iruze Rangunā)
- Resembling Ymir, Ilse was on the Survey Corps' 34th expedition with the task of taking detailed notes of her experiences outside the Walls. But she ended up encountering a trapped Abnormal Titan who mistook her for "Lady Ymir" and reached out to her in reverence. Ilse assumed the talking Titan can be beneficial for her work but she ends up having her head bitten off as a result of her unintentionally provoking the Titan enough for it to break free. Her story is recounted in the special chapter and an OVA titled "Ilse's Notebook" (イルゼの手帳, Iruze no Techō).[vol. 5] She is voiced by Sachi Kokuryu in Japanese. In the Funimation English dub of Attack on Titan: Junior High, she is voiced by Marissa Lenti.
- Thomas (トーマ, Tōma)
- Thomas is a member of the Survey Corps; he has dark hair and a goatee. He carries the news of the Titans breaching Wall Rose to Erwin and some of the citizens.[ch. 36]
- Nanaba (ナナバ)
- A member of the Survey Corps, Nanaba has short blond hair. She first appears during the 57th Expedition where she leads Krista's team in the forest used to ambush the Female Titan.[ep 18] She has some supporting roles in the Stohess storyline, and leads part of the squad when the Titans have breached Wall Rose.[ch. 35] She is eaten by the Titans when the latter invade Castle Utgard.[ch. 40] She is voiced by Asami Shimoda in the Japanese dub and by Lydia Mackay in the English dub.
- Louise (ルイーゼ, Ruīze)
- Louise is a young girl from Trost and the daughter of a Garrison officer. She, along with her mother, are among the many citizens who are trapped inside the city when the Titans threatened to invaded Wall Rose, because the merchant Dimo Reeves was barring the gate with his cargo. Louise's mother assures her that her father will kill the Titans with cannons, but Louise spots an Abnormal Titan charging towards them. The Titan is swiftly slain by Mikasa Ackerman, who then proceeds to threatens Reeves to remove his wagon and clear the gate, allowing the citizens leave Trost. As Louise and her mother express their gratitude towards Mikasa, Mikasa salutes them and Louise, ecstatic, salutes back.
- Louise later joins the Survey Corps at some point after the recapture of Wall Maria, inspired by Mikasa, whom she has come to idolize, and takes part in the Raid of Liberio in year 854. When Eren is arrested for acting against orders, Louise is among a handful of sympathizers who leak the information of Eren's arrest to the public in order to try to force the military to release him. After they are found out, Hange Zoë arrests Louise and her compatriots, and Louise is disappointed to learn she will not be staying in the same cell that Mikasa was imprisoned in. She is later freed by fellow sympathizers (called the "Yeagerists"), and meets with a jailbreaking Eren. She later passes away due to a shard of thunder spear lodged in her stomach.
- Holger (ホルガー, Horugā)
- Holger is a Survey Corps soldier before defecting to side with Eren Yeager and his group of rebels known as the Yeagerists.
- Wim (ヴィム, Vimu)
- Wim is a Survey Corps soldier before defecting to side with Eren Yeager and his group of rebels known as the Yeagerists.
Special Operations Squad
The Survey Corps Special Operations Squad (調査兵団特別作戦班, Chōsa Heidan Tokubetsu Sakusen-han), also known as Squad Levi (リヴァイ班, Rivai-han), is a squad of four elite soldiers with impressive combat records hand-picked by Captain Levi. The squad takes Eren under their wing as both his bodyguards and potential executors if he goes berserk. All the original members of the squad, except for Levi and Eren, are killed by the Female Titan during the 57th expedition to Wall Maria. Later on, the squad is reformed with the six remaining recruits from the 104th Training Corps.
- Levi Ackerman (リヴァイ・アッカーマン, Rivai, alt. "Levi Ackermann")
- He is known as humanity's most powerful soldier and head of an elite squad in the Survey Corps. Hange remarks that he is a bit of a "clean freak". While it is said that he is blunt and unapproachable, it is noted that he has a strong respect for authority, structure and discipline.[volume & issue needed] The side story Attack on Titan: No Regrets focuses on Levi's origins, revealing that he was part of a band of thieves using the Vertical Maneuvering Equipment to commit crimes before he is scouted by Erwin to join the army. Captain Kenny Ackerman later notes that the capture of Eren and Krista has to do with Levi, whom he refers to as "Levi Ackerman".[ch. 56] Kenny is later revealed to be Levi's maternal uncle, who raised him after his mother Kuchel's death. Lately, in the Attack On Titan manga, Levi is said to be a victim of an explosion engineered by Zeke Yeager (brother of Eren Jaeger). He was in a near-death state until Hanji Zoe found him and escaped with his body later to make an alliance with Commander Theo Magath and Pieck Finger in order to take down Eren Jaeger. He was made to be the most powerful man on earth. He took Eren under his watch when he the people found out he could turn into a titan. Since then, he's been a fan favorite getting millions of fangirls that would do anything to protect him. [ch. 69] Levi was modeled after the Watchmen character Rorschach and is named after a child Isayama noticed in the documentary Jesus Camp. Levi is voiced by Hiroshi Kamiya and by Matthew Mercer in the English dub.
- Eld Jinn (エルド・ジン, Erudo Jin, alt. "Eld Gin")
- Deputy leader of the Special Operations Squad, who possesses a calm demeanor, having a record of 14 Titan kills and 32 assists.[ep 15][ch. 26] After the Female Titan is initially captured and assumed to be devoured, Eld leads the Squad to protect Eren in their retreat, but when the Female titan reappears, she kills Eld.[ep 21][ch. 28] He is voiced by Susumu Chiba in Japanese. In the Funimation English dub, his name is spelled Eld Gin and he is voiced by Vic Mignogna.[ep 15]
- Oluo Bozado (オルオ・ボザド, Oruo Bozado, alt. "Oruo Bozad")
- Bozado is a soldier who is introduced with 39 Titan kills and 9 assists.[ep 15][ch. 26] He is depicted as arrogant and boastful, although there is a running gag that whenever he is bragging while on his horse, he literally bites his tongue.[ep 15][ep 17][ch. 20,22] Despite helping disable the Female Titan, he is eventually killed by one of her roundhouse kicks.[ep 21][ch. 28] He is voiced by Shinji Kawada in Japanese. In the Funimation version, his name is spelled Oruo Bozad and he is voiced by Chris Smith.[ep 15]
- Petra Ral (ペトラ・ラル, Petora Raru, alt. "Petra Rall")
- Petra is a skilled and experienced fighter, introduced with having killed 58 Titans (10 solo, 48 assists).[ep 15][ch. 26] She too is killed by the regenerated Female Titan, after trying to flee and getting kicked into a tree.[ep 21][ch. 28] Levi later learns from her father that she had feelings for him.[ch. 30] She is voiced by Natsuki Aikawa in the Japanese version. In the Funimation English dub, her name is spelled Petra Rall and she is voiced by Caitlin Glass.[ep 15]
- Günther Schultz (グンタ・シュルツ, Gunta Shurutsu)
- Günther is a soldier who has logged 47 Titan kills, 7 solo.[ep 15][ch. 26] On the 57th expedition to the lands outside the wall, he is ambushed and killed during the retreat in the forest by Annie in her human form (using the vertical maneuvering equipment stolen from Marco).[ep 21][ch. 28] Gunther is voiced by Kozo Mito in the Japanese version and by Brett Weaver in the English version.[ep 15]
The Garrison Regiment (駐屯兵団, Chūton Heidan) are the soldiers that protect the towns and reinforce the Walls. They are the first line of defense against the Titans, maintaining a defensive stance. They are the largest force in the military due to the small exclusive number of members in the Military Police Brigade and the high death rate of the Survey Corps. The Garrison Regiment's insignia is a pair of red roses.
- Hannes (ハンネス, Hannesu)
- A Garrison soldier who saves Eren and Mikasa during the attack on Shiganshina,[ch. 1] While Eren finishes cadet training, Hannes becomes a Garrison squad leader. He seeks to repay a debt to the Yeager Family for saving his own wife and family from a deadly disease.[ch. 3][GB p.66-67] Hannes assisted Mikasa and the other Survey Corps in rescuing Eren from Reiner and Bertolt. He would later die fighting the Titan that ate Eren's mother.[ch. 50] Isayama said that Hannes and the Garrison Soldiers in volume 1 resemble him the most as they sit around and drink booze. He is voiced by Keiji Fujiwara (Season 1)[episode needed] and Kenjiro Tsuda (Season 2)[episode needed] in the Japanese version and by David Wald in the English version.
- Dot Pixis (ドット・ピクシス, Dotto Pikushisu, alt. "Dot Pyxis")
- Dot Pixis is the highest-ranking commander of the Southern Territory.[ch. 12] He is sometimes viewed as eccentric.[ch. 12] Upon learning about the breach at Trost, he and his men stop Captain Woerman from shooting Eren after the latter is revealed to be able to transform into a Titan,[ch. 11] He then mobilizes his soldiers in a mission to protect Eren during the latter's attempt to seal the wall. [ch. 12] He appears later in the series to support Erwin's plan to overthrow the monarchy.[ch. 55] In a 2010 post on his blog, Isayama stated he modeled Dot Pixis after Imperial Japanese Army General Akiyama Yoshifuru. However, this raised a heated discussion and death threats on his blog in 2013, with angry participants questioning Akiyama's participation or lack thereof in the Sino-Japanese War and the Imperial Japanese rule over Korea. Pixis is voiced by Masahiko Tanaka in Japanese. In the Funimation English version, his last name is spelled Pyxis and he is voiced by R Bruce Elliott.
- Rico Brzenska (リコ・ブレツェンスカ, Riko Buretsensuka)
- Rico Brzenska is the team leader of Squad Rico and a member of the Garrison's 1st Division Elite Forces.[ch. 10] She is the sole surviving leader of the Alpha Squad assigned to defend Eren during the liberation of Trost District from the Titans. At first, it may appear as though she does not feel sympathy as she was very open to the idea of killing Eren, Mikasa, and Armin after it was discovered that Eren has the power of the Titans. Later, began to lose her calm demeanor as the Titans gradually wiped out her comrades.[ch. 14] However, for the most part, she maintains a composed, leadership role, and bravely cuts a Titan's eye out when it interferes with Eren's carrying the boulder. Once Trost is reclaimed, Rico sits among the wasteland of corpses and begins to shed tears for her fallen comrades, and for the first victory for humanity over the Titans.[ch. 19] She, Ian Dietrich and Mitabi Jarnach were in the same training corps class. Brzenska's last name is traditionally a Polish surname in origin. She is voiced by Michiko Kaiden in Japanese and Morgan Garrett in the English Funimation dub. [ep 9]
Military Police Brigade
The Military Police Brigade (憲兵団, Kenpeidan, alt. "Military Police Regiment") is a gendarmerie composed of soldiers assigned to watch over the Training Corps, supervise the Garrison Regiment, control the fire departments, and arrest and detain political criminals and offenders. The top ten of each training class are eligible to join, although some experienced members can transfer from the Garrison. As their tasks mainly involve administrative behind-the-scenes work, they do not experience front-line combat with Titans and often reside in the comfort and safety of the innermost wall.[vol. 8] The Military Police Brigade's insignia is a white-haired green unicorn.
- Nile Dok (ナイル・ドーク, Nairu Dōku, alt. "Nile Dawk"[ep 14])
- Commander of the Military Police Brigade. During Eren's tribunal, Nile pleaded the side that Eren should be handed to the Military Police Brigade for examination and then executed, believing Eren's presence in the populace would cause a civil war.[ch. 18] When Eren called him a coward, he wanted Eren to be shot, but Levi stopped him. When the Female Titan suddenly appeared within Wall Sheena, Nile angrily demands an explanation from Erwin, suspecting he is planning a coup. But after learning about Erwin's plans, he decides to help by ordering the Military Police to assist the Survey Corps in capturing the Female Titan.[ep 25] In the English version, his name is spelled Nile Dawk.
- In the anime, Nile is voiced by Anri Katsu in Japanese and by Ian Sinclair in English.
- Marlowe Freudenberg (マルロ・フロイデンベルク, Maruro Furoidenberuku, alt. "Marlo Sand")
- Marlowe is introduced during the Raid of Stohess District storyline as a Military Police member who is given a bit of leadership responsibility.[ch. 31] He is aware of the corruption in the organization and desires to reform it, although that draws some criticism from Annie.[ch. 31] In the anime series, his name is Marlo Sand (マルロ・サンド, Maruro Sando)[ep 23] and tries to demonstrate his leadership in a different way; he tries to stand up against two corrupt superiors who are selling guns on the black market, where Annie then encourages Marlowe to keep gathering his strength.[ep 23] After the battle between the Female and Attack Titan, he and Hitch are seen cleaning up dead bodies.
- In a later manga storyline, on patrol, he defends the Survey Corps, stating they had just caught a Titan which is something no one else in the other military factions has done.[ch. 59] When they are caught by Levi's squad, Marlowe wants to help them out, but Levi refuses, stating they can't be trusted. He and Hitch are left in Jean's custody. Deciding to test him, Jean gets into a brief fist fight with Marlowe. The latter tells Hitch to run and that he'll hold him off. After a while, Jean decides he can be trusted and Marlowe's want for justice is similar to Eren's[ch. 59], echoing Annie's earlier observation. However, Hitch returns and attacks him, still thinking he plans on killing Marlowe. Marlowe tells her it was just a test. He is among a number of soldiers who transfer into the Survey Corps to help strengthen the dwindling numbers despite Hitch trying to convince him otherwise.[ch. 70] He is among the soldiers killed during the attempt to retake Wall Maria, being struck in the head by a rock while distracting the Beast Titan in an attempt to allow Levi to ambush it.[ch. 81]
- He is oblivious to the fact that Hitch has feelings for him, despite it being very obvious (and the reason she tried to get him to stay with the MPs). When he first transfers into the Corps and is having dinner with Eren's group, he is teased by them for this obliviousness and seems surprised that Hitch would be romantically interested in him. He later appears to come to the realization that he returns Hitch's feelings; however, he is killed shortly thereafter.
- In the Japanese dub of the anime, Marlowe is voiced by Tomokazu Sugita. In the English dub, his name is spelled Marlo Sand and he is voiced by Todd Haberkorn.[ep 23]
- Hitch Dreyse (ヒッチ・ドリス, Hitchi Dorisu)
- Annie, Marlowe, and Boris' female comrade in the Military Police, she likes to poke fun of both Annie and Marlowe. She is also Annie's roommate.[ep 23]: She is voiced by Akeno Watanabe in the Japanese dub and by Brittney Karbowski in the English dub.[ep 23] Unlike Annie, who was able to join the Military Police due to being the top ten of her class, Hitch only got in the Military Police by having an improper relationship with a superior in order to gain a favorable position.[volume & issue needed] Both she and Marlowe are involved in the cleanup in the capital after the fight between the Female and Attack Titan. When the two of them are captured by Levi's group, she frantically asks where Annie is, implying that Hitch actually cares about Annie and the teasing is probably a cover-up. She learns the truth and is left in Jean's custody. When Jean pretends to kill them, Marlowe fights back and tells Hitch to run to safety, but she returns with a stick to attack Jean, hoping to save Marlowe. However, Marlowe stops her, stating that Jean was just testing them. Hitch remains in the Military Police after the incident, trying to persuade Marlowe in vain not to transfer to the Survey Corps.[volume & issue needed] She later discovers Annie escaping from the underground, and assists her in heading to Shiganshina District. She's heavily implied to have had a crush on Marlowe, giving a reason for why she picked on him.
- Boris Feulner (ボリス・フォイルナー, Borisu Foirunā)
- One of the nicer members of the Military Police who is kind to Annie. He's in the same squad as her, Hitch, and Marlo(we).[ep 23] He is voiced by Yūichi Karasuma in the Japanese dub and by Micah Solusod in the English version.[ep 23] Boris respects Annie since she fought during the Battle of Trost, therefore she is the only member in the squad who has combat experience and an actual encounter with Titans. However, he doesn't like Hitch's misconduct towards Annie and quickly points out her flaws, including the fact that Hitch didn't earn her position like Annie did, instead sleeping her way to the top. While Boris is aware of the corruption within the Military Police, he chooses to accept that it's part of the system. When Marlowe declares his ambition to reform the system by rising through the top, he unenthusiastically wishes him good luck.[ep 23]
First Interior Squad
The First Interior Squad (中央第一憲兵団, Chūō daiichi Kenpeidan), also known as the Interior Police, is a secret police division that, despite being under the Military Police organization in name, operates completely independently from the main body of the Military Police Brigade. They have been shown to be far more skilled and disciplined than the rest of the Military Police, though their main specialties are in fighting other humans rather than Titans. No one is officially overseeing their activities and they operate as if above the law, even Nile Dok is often unaware of their actions until informed by someone else. Shrouded in mystery, the Interior Squad is involved in numerous conspiracies involving torture and assassinations to maintain order within the Walls and is rarely seen outside the capitol. While most of the operatives are dead during the conflict with Rod Reiss, the rest of them are restrained by the soldiers on the side of Dot Pyxis and Dhalis Zachary.
- Captain Kenny Ackerman (ケニー・アッカーマン隊長, Kenī Akkāman-taichō, alt. "Kenny Ackermann")
- Serving directly under the Reiss family after being brought into their services by Rod's younger brother Uri, whom he deeply respected, Kenny leads the Anti-Personnel Control Squad (対人制圧部隊, Taijin Seiatsu Butai), an elite counterinsurgency unit equipped with Vertical Maneuvering Equipment specifically designed for killing humans.[volume & issue needed] Kenny was the also the man who murdered Historia's mother sometime after the Wall Maria incident.[ch. 56] In the past, because his family were forced to live in the Underground City as the Reiss Family considered them a threat since they are immune to the Founding Titan's power. Kenny becomes an infamous criminal hitman nicknamed as "Kenny the Ripper" (切り裂きケニー, Kirisaki Kenī) and murdered Military Police officials before meeting Uri who resented the Ackerman persecution.[volume & issue needed] He is the maternal uncle of Levi, raising the latter for a short time after his younger sister Kuchel died of a venereal illness.[volume & issue needed] In the storyline, seeing through the Survey Corps's plan to stage a revolution, Kenny kidnaps Eren and Historia under orders from Rod. But after learning of Rod's intentions for Historia, Kenny decides to betray Rod by partially freeing Eren so he can fight back.[ch. 64] After Rod transforms into a Titan, Kenny is fatally wounded when the chapel collapses. In his final moments, revealing their familial ties, Kenny gives Levi the Titan serum, which Levi would later use on Armin.[ch. 84]
- Kenny is voiced by Kazuhiro Yamaji in the Japanese version of anime and by Phil Parsons in the English version.[ep 38][ch. 84]
- Traute Carven (トラウテ・カーフェン, Toraute Kāfen)
- The second-in-command of the Anti-Personnel Control Squad and the loyal lieutenant of Kenny Ackerman. She is killed by the collapsing cave under the Reiss family church. She is voiced by Saori Terai in Japanese and by Stephanie Young in English.
- Djel Sanes (ジェル・サネス, Jeru Sanesu)
- A member of the brigade's first interior squad, he is introduced when he informs the Survey Corps that Minister Nick was killed by a robber. Hange determines that Sanes and his partner had tortured and murdered Nick given that his fist had its skin ripped off.[ch. 52]
- Fritz (フリッツ, Furittsu)
- King Fritz is the ruler of Wall Sheena who is spoken about by different characters, but is actually a puppet ruler serving as a decoy for Rod Reiss, the real King of the Walls. He first appears in the Uprising Arc during a conference with four other people where one of them is a member of the Military Police Brigade. Fritz does not wear his crown during this conference, but instead leaves it on the table beside him along with a bottle of alcohol. Fritz presided over the trial of Erwin Smith where he was dozing through it as the other nobles actually conduct the trial. He is later exposed by the Survey Corps with the help of Nile Dok and Commander Pyxis. When Dhalis Zachary interrupts the trial and begins the arrest of the nobles involved with Rod Reiss, Aurille angrily kicks the throne as Fritz (who is sleeping with his eyes open the whole time) gets a rude awakening and confusedly asks if it is time to eat. Aurille tells him to shut up as Aurille is restrained. Fritz is taken away while the rest of the nobles are arrested.[ch. 64]
- Fritz is voiced by Osamo Sunoe in the Japanese anime and by Charles Campbell in the English dub.[ep 39]
- Rod Reiss (ロッド・レイス, Roddo Reisu)
- The father of Frieda and his illegitimate daughter Historia along with four other legitimate children Dirk, Abel, Urklyn and Florian. As descendants of Karl Fritz, Rod's family have been power behind the throne in Wall Sheena for generations with each family head bestowed the power of the Founding Titan. When Historia was born, Rod send her and her mother to live on a land he leased to the latter's parents.[ch. 52] But when his entire family was slaughtered by Grisha Yeager when he stole the Founding Titan during the Wall Maria incident, Rod attempts to bring Historia to live with him as he intended to use her to quickly restore the order Grisha disrupted. But the Wall Cult were unaware of his true intentions and sent Kenny Ackerman to kill Historia, with Rod convincing the soldier to let her join the Survey Corps under the alias of Krista Lenz. Reunited with his daughter, Rod reveals to Eren the truth of how his father made him a Titan before convincing Historia to eat Eren.[ch. 63] But Historia's refusal forces Rod to transform himself into a massive and crawling Abnormal Titan that is 120-meter (390 ft) tall and 40-meter (130 ft) wide while continuously burning, threatening the Orvud District.[ch. 67] After being heavily crippled by the Levi Squad and Eren using a cache of barrels filled with gunpowder, Rod is killed when Historia personally makes the death blow on the nape. In his final moments, Rod transmits some of his memories into his daughter to better understand the situation that would soon come to Paradis with his death[ch. 68]. Rod is voiced by Yusaku Yara in the Japanese version and by Kenny Green in the English version.[ep 38]
- Frieda Reiss (フリーダ・レイス, Furīda Reisu)
- A woman who has appeared in Eren's dream, Freida is later revealed to be Historia's older half-sister by Rod's wife. She was a kind-hearted person, welcomed by the people in the Reiss family's domain, and cared for Historia. She originally obtained the Founding Titan at age fifteen from her uncle Uri Reiss, gaining the power to assume Titan form, manipulate memories, and endowed with the collective knowledge of human history. Frieda also taught Historia to read and be a kind person, later erasing herself for her half sister's memory when she wanted to be like her. As Frieda was inexperienced in controlling Titans, she was killed and eaten by Grisha Yeager during the fall of Wall Maria when she and her family took refuge in a church. Rod covered up her death to make it appear to be the work of bandits. As a previous Founding Titan, Freida's memories were passed on Grisha and then Eren who eventually learned her identity.[ch. 62] Frieda is voiced by Yōko Hikasa in the Japanese version and by Dawn M. Bennett in the English version.
The Royal Government (王政府, Ōseifu) is the ruling system of the Walls that work for the Royal Family and enforce their rules. Most of the Royal Government are loyal to Rod Reiss and his puppet ruler King Fritz. After a coup d'état that resulted in the arrest of King Fritz and those loyal to Rod Reiss as well as the death of Rod Reiss, the Royal Government was reorganized with them now working for Historia Reiss.
- Aurille (アウリール, Aurīru)
- Aurille is a noble who is loyal to King Fritz and Rod Reiss. When it came to Erwin Smith's trial where he is accused of not giving Eren Yeager to the Royal Government, he and the other nobles heard about the Colossal Titan and the Armored Titan having breached Wall Rose. When Dot Pyxis gives orders to establish an evacuation route, Aurille counters by ordering that Wall Sina be closed off to prevent a civil war. When Dhalis Zachary arrives and reveals that the Titan attack is fake, Aurille claims that they stand by their king while Zachary states that a newspaper was published revealing the framing of the Scout Regiment. This led to Aurille and those involved with Rod Reiss being arrested. Aurille was tortured by Zachary where he was made to eat his own feces through a machine that he is hooked up to while also planning to parade him around in just the shoes and socks that he is currently wearing. When Historia is sworn in as the Queen of the Walls following Rod Reiss' death, Aurille was seen in a prison cell.
- Deltoff (デレトフ, Deretofu)
- Deltoff is a noble who is loyal to King Fritz and Rodd Reiss. At one of the noblemen's meetings, Deltoff gets word from Rod Reiss stating that he had Eren Yeager and Historia Reiss captured. He was present at Erwin Smith's trial. When Dot Pyxis and Dhalis Zachary begin their coup d'état, Deltoff and those involved are arrested. When Historia is sworn in as the Queen of the Walls following Rod Reiss' death, Deltoff was seen in a prison cell.
- Gerald (ゲラルド, Gerarudo)
- Gerald is a noble who is loyal to King Fritz and Rod Reiss. At one of the noblemen's meetings, Gerald gets word from Rod Reiss stating that he had Eren Yeager and Historia Reiss captured. He was present at Erwin Smith's trial where he stated that Erwin failed to hand Eren Yeager to them. When Dot Pyxis and Dhalis Zachary begin their coup d'état, Gerald and those involved with Rod Reiss are arrested. When Historia is sworn in as the Queen of the Walls following Rod Reiss' death, Gerald was seen in a prison cell.
- Roderich (ローデリヒ, Rōderihi)
- Roderich is a noble who is loyal to King Fritz and Rod Reiss. He was first seen with Pastor Nick at a meeting with politicians following the Assault on Stohess. At one of the noblemen's meetings, Roderich gets word from Rod Reiss stating that he had Eren Yeager and Historia Reiss captured. He was present at Erwin Smith's trial where he stated that Erwin failed to hand Eren Yeager to them. When Dot Pyxis and Dhalis Zachary begin their coup d'état, Roderich and those involved with Rod Reiss are arrested. When Historia is sworn in as the Queen of the Walls following Rod Reiss' death, Roderich was seen in a prison cell.
- Grisha Yeager (グリシャ・イェーガー, Gurisha Yēgā, alt. "Grisha Jaeger")
- Eren's father and Mikasa's guardian. He is a renowned medical doctor who was well respected in the District of Shiganshina after he saved the village from a devastating plague.[ch. 3] He also provides a house call medical service to the people of Shiganshina and to various towns in addition to having a network of contacts within the Corps of the Shiganshina district.[vol. 1]
- Though Eren and the others believed he went into hiding after the fall of Wall Maria, they would later learn that Grisha was more than he appeared. Grisha's life story is later revealed from his memoir books and Eren's inherited memories — he is an ethnic Eldian from Marley's Liberio Internment Zone, having been disillusioned with his father since the cover-up of his younger sister's death by a Public Security officer named Gross and joining the Eldian Restorationists seven years later. Grisha married Dina Fritz and they had a son named Zeke, whom he attempted to use in a scheme to acquire the Founding Titan by having him participate in Marley's Warrior program. But he was instead sold out by Zeke with him, Dina and all the Restorationists sentenced to exile in Paradis as Pure Titans. But Grisha is saved by Eren Kruger, who slaughters the Marleyan overseers and gives him the Attack Titan to carry out the mission to capture the Founding Titan.[ch. 86]
- After making his way to Wall Maria where he met Keith Shadis, Grisha settled in Shiganshina and became a local hero after curing the townspeople of the plague while starting a new family with Carla and their son Eren. While Grisha tracked down the Reiss family, he made no attempt on them until the day of Wall Maria fell when he begged Freida to stop the Titan invasion and save Shiganshina. When Frieda refused, Grisha is metaphysically manipulated via a future version of Eren into devouring her for the Founding Titan and slaughter most of her family.[ch. 63,121] While horrified from seeing future events after being devoured by his son as a Pure Titan, Grisha finds Eren at a Trost refugee camp and gives his son the key to their house's basement where hid the "truth" before injecting him with Titan serum.[ch. 3, 62]
- Eren suffered amnesia after inheriting Grisha's Titan power until he touched Historia Reiss, ashamed his father's actions while Historia later came to her own conclusion that Grisha may had a logical reason for killing her half-sister.[ch. 63,67] After the Survey Corps' pyrrhic victory at Shiganshina and the recapture of Wall Maria, Eren, Mikasa, Levi and Hange reach Grisha's basement and find three books written by Grisha inside a hidden drawer containing a photograph of Grisha with his first family, and the truth that humanity is not only not extinct, but thriving outside the Walls.[ch. 85,86] The information from Grisha's memoir is later released to the public by Historia's order. While Zeke attempted to use the Founding Titan to convince Eren that their father manipulated them, he unknowingly allowed his half-brother to manipulate Grisha who begs Zeke's forgiveness while beseeching him to stop Eren.[ch. 121]
- Grisha is voiced by Hiroshi Tsuchida in the anime. In the English dub, his name is spelled Grisha Jaeger and he is voiced by Chris Hury.
- Carla Yeager (カルラ・イェーガー, Karura Yēgā, alt. "Carla Jaeger", "Carla Yeager")
- Eren's mother and Mikasa's guardian. Kalura was originally a waitress in Shiganshina who fell in love with Grisha after he saved her and others from a plague.[ch. 86]. She was in opposition to Eren's decision to join the Survey Corps and tried to get Mikasa to change his mind. [ch. 1] When her town is attacked, she becomes trapped under the Yeager family home from debris of Wall Maria. Eren and Mikasa try to save her, although her lower body was already crushed and she entrusted them to Hannes to save. As they flee, Eren looked on as Carla is picked up and devoured by the Titan that was originally Dina Yeager.[ch. 2][ep 1]
- Kalura's given name is sometimes spelled Carla in various Attack on Titan media. She is voiced by Yoshino Takamori in the Japanese dub of the anime. In the Funimation English version, her name is Carla Jaeger and she is voiced by Jessica Cavanagh.
- Kaya (カヤ, Kaya)
- Kaya is a civilian girl living in a village near Dauper, Sasha Blouse's home village. When Titans appear within Wall Rose, the village does not receive warning and is attacked. Kaya and her mother are abandoned by fellow villagers due to her mother's bad legs. As a small Titan begins eating her mother alive, Kaya is immobilized by a state of shock. She is rescued when Sasha (who is tasked to warn the villages) arrives, but Sasha's frightened horse runs off without them and they are forced to flee on foot. Sasha tells Kaya to escape alone and stays behind to fend off the Titan with nothing but a bow and small quiverful of arrows. Kaya eventually runs into a group of men from Sasha's village, and directs them back to help Sasha. She is later taken in by Sasha's parents along with other orphans.
- In 854, while walking the Blouse family's dogs, Kaya overhears two children (Gabi Braun and Falco Grice) arguing in the forest and goes to investigate. Though realizing that they were the recently escaped Marleyan prisoners, Kaya sees they are hungry and kindly invites them home to eat. She later takes them to the ruins of her village, and recounts the story of her mother's death, and confronts them to explain what wrong her mother did to deserve the fate she got. However, inspired to be a selfless person like Sasha, she decides not to turn them in, and offers to take them to a restaurant where a few of the Marleyan captive works to see if there is a way for them to return home, when the Blouse family has been invited to dine. However, the Marleyan chef Niccolo violently attacks the two Marleyan children when he finds out that Gabi was responsible for killing Sasha, whom he is in love with. When Mr. Blouse refuses Niccolo's demand to kill Gabi, an enraged Kaya grabs the knife and attempts to stab Gabi before being restrained by Mikasa and the Blouses.
The Titans (巨人, Kyojin) are the primary antagonists of the series. They are giant creatures that usually resemble nude male humans in form, although lacking reproductive organs.[ch. 4] They can range in height from 3 to 15 meters (9.8–49.2 ft). Despite their enormous strength and toughness, their bodies are unnaturally light for their size. Their primary instinct is to eat humans, as they show no interest in attacking other animals. However, they seem to operate on sunlight and do not require food or drink to survive, and would typically later vomit up the remains of those they devoured. They have hard skin and regenerative abilities, and can only be killed by inflicting a deep incision at the nape of the neck. They have high body temperatures, causing them to emit steam.[ch. 4] Most Titans, known as Pure Titans (無垢の巨人, Muku no Kyojin), are slow and clumsy, show no signs of intelligence and act like mindless beasts with a compulsion to eat any human they come across. But some Pure Titans, referred to as "Abnormals" (奇行種, Kikō-shū), are fast moving and intelligent enough to ignore nearby humans for larger populations.
The Fritz royal family, who inherited the Founding Titan power from Ymir Fritz, have the ability to create and control Pure Titans using a special serum created from the spinal fluid of Titans.[ch. 86] It would later be revealed that the Titans originate from a special race of people known as Subjects of Ymir (ユミルの民, Yumiru no Tami, lit. "Ymir's people"), who are the only humans known to be reactive to Titan serum. These people once used the Titan power to establish a glorious empire named Eldia (エルディア, Erudia), and are hence called the Eldians (エルディア人, Erudia-jin). The Eldians conquered the continent and subjugated the nation of Marley for 1,700 years, and have been addressed as the "spawn of the Devil" (悪魔の末裔, Akuma no Matsuei) by the Marleyans.
- Ymir Fritz (ユミル・フリッツ, Yumiru Furittsu)
- A mythical figure tied to the origins of the Titans who lived around 1,800 years ago, mentioned only in fairy tales to become the Founding Titan (始祖の巨人, Shiso no Kyojin) when she made a pact with a being called the "Earth Devil" (大地の悪魔, Daichi no Akuma, alt. "Devil of All Earth" or "Devil of All Land") to establish a nation for her descendants. In reality, Ymir was a slave girl who acquired her Titan ability by accident and was exploited by her master Fritz to establish a kingdom and bear their daughters Maria, Rose, and Sheena (namesakes of Paradis' three Walls). Ymir died 13 years later with her body force-fed to her daughters as Fritz uses them and their children to maintain their lineage's power, Ymir's spirit resides within the Coordinate, forced to obey the command of those among her direct descendants who inherited the Founding Titan's power. When Eren and Zeke manage to enter the Coordinate, the latter revealed to have nullified Karl Fritz's renouncement vow to personally engage his scheme of sterilizing all Subjects of Ymir, Eren manages to convince Ymir to aid him of her own freewill in exterminating all life outside Paradis.
- Karl Fritz (カール・フリッツ, Kāru Furittsu)
- A descendant of Ymir Fritz and the 145th king of Eldia, as well as the 1st King of the Walls on Paradis. A pacifist by nature who inherited the Founding Titan, Karl detested his ancestors for the atrocities they caused and the civil war among the other Eldian houses. This influenced him into orchestrating Eldia's downfall with the Tybur family, secretly moving the capital to the eastern island of Paradis while the Tyburs used the oppressed people of Marley to stage the Great Titan War and become the ruling government.[ch. 97] Once Shingansina was established, intending to separate his people from the rest of the world to live in peace, Karl used his power to wipe the memories of everyone that is a Subject of Ymir. But Karl learned some Eldians were immune, having the Ackermans who served his family persecuted while awarding others who compelled with nobility. Living on through the Founding Titan power to influence his blood-related successors, Karl then established the Reiss Family to continue his bloodline with his heirs maintaining the ceasefire between Paradis and Marley with only Historia his last living heir.[ch. 86] Some relatives of Karl remained in Marley and eventually dwindled with Zeke Yeager as the last of that line, concealing it from the Marleyans to maintain his freedom and later using a means to nullify Karl's influence.
Some Eldian humans, known as Titan Shifters (巨人化能力者), can transform to-and-back between a consciously intelligent Titan and human form at will.[vol. 2] Their transformation is triggered by an inflicted injury, but also requires a clear, dedicated goal in mind.[ep 19] While in the Titan form, the human's normal body rests in the nape of the neck, connected via masses of muscular tissue.[vol. 2] Ymir Friz is generally considered the very first Titan Shifter.
The Nine Titans (九つの巨人, Kokonotsu no Kyojin) are nine Titan Shifter lineages that have been passed down through the Eldian people for nearly 2,000 years after Ymir Fritz's death, each of them having inherited a ninth of Ymir's soul and possessing a unique set of Titan power (巨人の力, Kyojin no Chikara). These inheritors of her Shifter power are also subjected to what is known as the "curse of Ymir" (ユミルの呪い, Yumiru no Noroi) and doomed to die after 13 years with accelerated ageing and physical decline (since Ymir died 13 years after acquiring her power and nobody can exceed hers), and their Shifter power must be passed onto someone else. The succession of the Nine Titans' power is tied to a form of cannibalism, with a successor being administered a Titan serum and transformed into a Pure Titan that acts on instinct to devour the current holder and consume the predecessor's spinal fluid, inheriting the power and cumulative memories of all previous holders. If a Titan Shifter dies without being consumed, the Titan power can be passed to a random Eldian child born at the time of the current holder's death by other interdimensional means, regardless of distance.[vol. 88]
During the reign of the ancient Eldian Empire, the Nine Titans normally resided within noble families, as family relations play a significant role in passing inheriting memories from the previous inheritors of the Titan power. These houses were in a constant conflict with the Fritz family using the Founding Titan to maintain the peace. But the 145th Eldian King Karl Fritz felt great shame for his people's actions and carried sympathy for Marley, a former nation which the Eldians conquered and oppressed and collaborated the story of a Marleyan named Helos with the Tybur family to destroy their nation from the inside while rallying the Marleyans into inciting the Great Titan War. In the aftermath, Fritz took some of his subjects to Paradis and turn some into titans who formed the walls' foundation while most of the rest had their memories altered. With only the Attack Titan unaccounted for, Marley seized control of the other Nine Titans while the Tybur family were allowed to keep the War Hammer Titan for supporting Marley. By the beginning of the series, the Reiss family and the Tybur family were the only remaining bloodlines of Eldian nobility as the other Titans were distributed to Marleyian loyalists that would be utilized as the Warriors.
The powers of Nine Titans can be merged if one Titan Shifter devours another, as with the case of Grisha Yeager, an inheritor of the Attack Titan, devouring Frieda Reiss to steal Founding Titan from the Reiss family, reducing the number of Titan Shifters to eight. Eren would repeat this when he acquires the War Hammer Titan from the younger sister of Willy Tybur, bringing the number of Titan Shifters down to seven.
- Founding Titan (始祖の巨人, Shiso no Kyojin)
- The 13-meter (43 ft) Founding Titan (also translated as the Progenitor Titan) is the first of all Titans and fabled to be the strongest of all, though its full power was gradually divided among the other Titans following Ymir's death. By screaming (叫び, Sakebi), the holder can manipulate Subjects of Ymir in ways that include memory alteration or biological changes like transforming them into army Titans under the user's command. But the Founding Titan's can only be used by someone either with the Fritz royal family bloodline, or in direct physical contact with someone of royal blood. According to Marley's Titan Biology Research Society, the Founding Titan is the point where interdimensional "paths" that connect all Subjects of Ymir and Titans intersect, and its power is coined by the Marleyans as the "Coordinate" (座標, Zahyō). The Founding Titan was previously inherited through the Fritz/Reiss family, but is currently possessed by Eren Yeager, who is not of royal blood and therefore a dormant holder of its power. But as Eren learned, the Founding Titan's power only belongs to the royal bloodline because of Ymir Fritz's persistent loyalty to her heartless Fritz King husband, so he eventually gains the full ability to use the Founding Titan's power after convincing Ymir, who has been posthumously trapped inside the alternate dimension of the Coordinate for 2,000 years, to entrust her power to him and be finally freed.
- Attack Titan (進撃の巨人, Shingeki no Kyojin)
- The 15-meter (49 ft) Attack Titan (also translated as the Attacking Titan) is said to always move ahead seeking and fighting for freedom throughout the generations. In addition to accessing memories of previous hosts, the Attack Titan can also allow its current user to see into the future through future user's eyes, even retroactively manipulating the actions of past users by subliminal persuasion. In the aftermath of the Great Titan War, the Attack Titan was kept from falling into Marley's hands and remained hidden on the mainland. The Attack Titan was previously possessed by the Eldian sleeper agent Eren Kruger, who passed the power to Grisha Yeager, and is currently in the possession of Grisha's younger son Eren, who actually manipulated the conditions of his acquiring it. Besides also possess the powers of the Founding Titan which were later awakened, Eren later enhances the Attack Titan after ingesting a hardening serum and gaining the powers of the War Hammer Titan.
- Colossus Titan (超大型巨人, Chō ōgata Kyojin)
- The Colossus Titan (also translated as the Colossal Titan) is infamous for its incredible size, standing at a previously unseen 60 metres (200 ft), tall enough to peer over the top of the Walls. It also possesses incredible physical strength, able to destroy the outer gate of Wall Maria with a single kick, launch entire houses in the air, and send Eren's Attack Titan flying from the ground crashing into the top of Wall Maria. Although all Titans generate enormous amounts of heat and energy when transforming, the Colossus Titan takes this to the next level — it is capable of emitting great amounts of steam at will while exercising significant control over the amount and intensity of steam emitted by its Titan body. However, prolonged use of this ability takes a toll on the Titan, gradually decreasing its muscle mass until only the skeletal structure remains. The Colossus Titan was previously possessed by the Marleyan Warrior Bertolt Hoover, and is currently in the possession of Armin Arlert.
- Armored Titan (鎧の巨人, Yoroi no Kyojin)
- The 15-meter (49 ft) Armored Titan is covered by hardened, armor plating-like skin across its body, except in key joint areas necessary for movement. Its armor is capable of protecting the Titan form from significant amounts of damage, even a direct hit from a cannon or the ultrahard steel blades of the Paradis Scout Regiment, although it can be defeated by high-power weaponries such as the Scout's Thunder Spear shaped charges and the Mid-East Allied Forces' anti-Titan artillery. The hardened skin however is heavy and can restrain movements, and the Armored Titan is only capable of maintaining moderate running speeds when completely armored unless it voluntarily sheds segments of the armor (e.g. behind the knees). The Armored Titan is currently in the possession of Reiner Braun, whose 13-year tenure is expiring with his cousin Gabi Braun an eligible candidate to inherit his power.
- Female Titan (女型の巨人, Megata no Kyojin)
- The 14-meter (46 ft) Female Titan is the only one of the Nine Titans to display a distinctly female figure, and is known for its high mobility and versatile combat abilities. Like the Armored Titan, it possesses the ability to harden its skin, though only over limited areas. This hardening ability does make its melee attacks significantly stronger, as a single well-placed blow with a hardened limb can dismember or even decapitate other Titans. Similar to the Founding Titan and Zeke Yeager's Beast Titan, the Female Titan is able to exercise some influence over Pure Titans through a scream. Its scream will attract Pure Titans to its location, but it has no control over the Pure Titans' behavior and they will attack and try to eat it. The Female Titan is currently possessed by Annie Leonhart, who had used the hardening ability to encase herself in a crystal cocoon to prevent interrogation.
- Beast Titan (獣の巨人, Kemono no Kyojin)
- The 17-meter (56 ft) Beast Titan has a unique Bigfoot-like appearance with a hairless midriff and is slightly larger than most Titans. It has a devastating ability to throw objects (such as boulders) with great accuracy and immense destructive capability. The Beast Titan was previously held by Titan scientist Tom Xaver, and is currently in the possession of Grisha's elder son Zeke Yeager, whose status as a descendant of Karl Fritz gives him abilities the previous Beast Titans lacked. Similar to the Founding Titan, Zeke's Beast Titan can create Pure Titans with a roar if a Subject of Ymir is exposed to Zeke's spinal fluid, and can command the movements of the created Titans using vocal commands. Titans under Zeke's control are even able to function at night using only moonlight. But this ability is evidently imperfect, as some Titans can somewhat still ignore Zeke's Beast Titan's orders.
- Jaw Titan (顎の巨人, Agito no Kyojin)
- The 5-meter (16 ft) Jaw Titan is considered the swiftest of the Nine Titans thanks to its small size, and has ferocious biting strength in its jaws and incredibly powerful fingernails which can be used with devastating efficiency against both Titans and man-made structures, and can even chew through hardened Titan armor as well as the crystalized shell of the War Hammer Titan. The Jaw Titan was previously possessed by Marcel Galliard until was devoured by Ymir when she was a Pure Titan, inheriting the power before it was passed to Marcel's brother Porco Galliard. The Jaw Titan is currently possessed by Falco Grice after devouring Porco when he sacrifices himself to save Reiner from the Pure Titan the boy was turned into.
- Cart Titan (車力の巨人, Shariki no Kyojin)
- The 4-meter (13 ft) Cart Titan (also translated as the Cartman Titan or Quadrupedal Titan) has an unusual quadrupedal posture, with a great speed rivalling the Jaw Titan, and a level of endurance greater than that of the other Nine Titans, allowing for it to partake in long missions without needing to rest. As a side-effect, prolonged duration of the Titan form would make the user liable to forget how to walk normally and will have to crawl instead. The Cart Titan is currently in the possession of Pieck.
- War Hammer Titan (戦槌の巨人, Sentsui no Kyojin)
- The 15-meter (49 ft) War Hammer Titan can produce and manipulate structures using hardened Titan flesh, and well as forming weaponized large spikes to impale a Titan, and manifest such spikes into a signature war hammer. The Titan can also be operated by the shifter using a small "flesh cable", which allows the user to externally control the Titan form. Much like the Female Titan, it also has hardening ability, which can also be used to encase the human operator in a crystal for protection. The War Hammer Titan was previously inherited through the Tybur family, and was in the possession of Willy Tybur's sister. When Lady Tybur was crushed and killed during the Battle of Liberio, her blood and bodily fluid was consumed by the Attack Titan, making Eren Yeager the current holder.
- Sonny and Bean (ソニーとビーン, Sonī to Bīn, alt. "Sawney and Beane"[ep 15])
- A 4-meter (13 ft) Titan and a 7-meter (23 ft) tall Titan captured by Eren for Hange's studies.[ch. 20] With them, Hange discovers that Titans require sunlight to operate, as Sonny becomes lethargic without sunlight, but Bean is still active.[ch. 20] In the anime, Hange says they were named after Sawney Bean, the leader of a clan of cannibals who hunted and ate their victims before the authorities led by King James found their secret cave, apprehended them, and executed them.[ep 15] Both are killed by Annie Leonhart.[ep 24][GB p.130-131]
- In the English dub, they are referred to as Sawney and Beane and are voiced by Jonathan C. Osborne and Cris George respectively.[ep 15]
Thousands of Pure Titans that resemble the Colossus Titan in appearance and abilities. They have been entombed within the three Walls of Paradis by King Fritz using their hardening abilities to deter an immediate attack from Marley. Except for the Founding Titan's orders, these Titans are absolutely unstoppable. They are faster than horses and according to Hange, they can destroy the Marleyan mainland in about four days. Exasperated with Marley's racial violence against the Subjects of Ymir, Eren unleashes the Wall Titans and commands them to destroy Marley. Two days later, the Wall Titans invade Marley and demolish its north eastern territories.
Marley (マーレ, Māre) is a large empire located beyond the Walls and across the ocean from Paradis. It consists of an enormous continental mainland as well as many overseas territories. Marley was originally conquered by the Subjects of Ymir who established the Empire of Eldia using the Nine Titans, but King Karl Fritz collaborated with the Tybur family to allow the Marleyans overthrow his own empire during the Great Titan War. With Karl's involvement in their uprising concealed, the Marleyans seized control of seven of the Titans and subjugated most of Eldia with the exception of Paradis. The Eldian population remained on the home continent that did not migrate with King Karl to Paradis Island have since been forced to be subjugated by the Marleyans, who despised Eldians as subhumans and treated them cruelly as second-class citizens confined to segregated lives within the gated Liberio Internment Zone (レベリオ収容区, Reberio Shūyō-ku), where the Eldians are forced to wear armbands with a 9-pointed star as a badge of shame and forbided to leave Liberio without permits. Any Eldian deemed disobedient to the Marleyan rule (not wearing armbands, leaving Liberio without permits, planning uprisings, or even just joining religious groups) will be punished by the Public Security Authority (治安当局, Chian Tōkyoku) via torture and murder, and even worse, exile as Pure Titans onto Paradis so they can mindlessly devour their compatriots on the island. Despite the hatred towards the Eldians, Marleyans still rely on Eldians as cheap cannon fodders to conquer other nations and expand Marley's territory. In the modern era, it has become increasingly harder for Marley to still uses Eldian-transformed Titans as convenient weapons of mass destruction to maintain its status as a dominant world power, as other nations are all making technological progresses that can offset Marley's Titan advantage.[volume & issue needed]
The Marleyan Military (マーレの軍事, Māre no Gunji) is the combined armed forces of Marley, consisting primarily of the Marley Army (マーレ陸軍, Māre Rikugun) (which includes the infamous Warrior Unit) and the Marley Navy (マーレ海軍, Māre Kaigun). Marley maintains its military dominance in the world stage by the use of five (formerly seven before the failure of the Paradis Island Operation) of the Nine Titans and a technologically moderate military force, which is not as developed as that of other powers around the world. The overall size of the Marleyan military stationed around Liberio exceeds 30,000 soldiers.
- Calvi (カルヴィ, Karuvi)
- The Marshal (元帥, Gensui) of the Marleyan military forces. Being Marleyan by heritage, he was proud of his country's glorious history against the Eldian Empire, but he had also shown distress towards Marley's weakening status in the modern age. He shared his subordinates' racist contempt of Eldians, although it was expressed with more subtlety.
- Theo Magath (テオ・マガト, Teo Magato)
- A commander (隊長, Taichō) of the Eldian Unit of the Marley army and formerly one of the chief overseers of the first Warrior candidates during their training. He later led the Eldian Warriors in the war against the Mid-East Allied Forces, playing a key role in Marley's crucial capture of Fort Slava and destruction of the Alliance fleet. Through the support of Willy Tybur and the governmental party of Marley along with the death of General Calvi and most of the Marleyan high command, Magath is next in line to become the general of the Marleyan military forces.
The Warrior Unit (戦士隊, Senshi-tai) is a subdivision of the Marleyan military's Eldian Unit, which consists of ethnic Eldian conscripts. Most Warrior cadets are recruited and trained from childhood, expected to carry out the needs of their superiors without question or objection, and serve as expendable shock troops on the battlefield, performing the riskiest and most dangerous tasks and strategies while the other Marleyan soldiers remain out of harm's way. When the need arises, the Warrior who demonstrates the most exceptional performance on the battlefield is given the privilege of inheriting one of the six Shifter Titans (Beast, Cartman, Armored, Colossus, Female and Jaws) which Marley obtained during the Great Titan War. Due to the rarity of these individuals, efforts are taken to ensure that, if possible, these Warriors are not put into situations which could lead to the loss of one of Marley's Titans. The Titan Shifter inheritors along with their families are granted privileges of "honorary Marleyans" (名誉マーレ人) and can have basic human rights almost equal to ordinary Marleyans, though these rights can be revoked any time by the Marleyan authority.
- Zeke Yeager (ジーク・イェーガー, Jīku Yēgā)
- The "warchief" of the Marley's Warrior Unit and the holder of the "Beast Titan". In his Titan form, Zeke is a 17-meter (56 ft) tall Bigfoot-like creature with long, thin arms which can be used to launch projectiles at long distances. Due to belonging to the royal Fritz bloodline, his spinal fluid can also be used to turn other Eldians into Titans completely under his control. Additionally, Zeke is a charismatic leader and proficient strategist who can utilize his subordinates' capabilities to deadly effect on the battlefield. He emerges as one of the series' main antagonists following his introduction in the manga's ninth volume (i.e. the beginning of the anime's second season).
- Zeke is Grisha Yeager's firstborn son with Dina Fritz, and Eren's older half-brother.[ch. 35] Indoctrinated since birth to become the Eldian Resistance's vanguard by infiltrating Marley's ranks, Zeke grew to resent his parents for consistently prioritizing their plans of Eldian restoration over his well-being. When he learns that the Marleyan authorities are rapidly closing in on the Eldian Restoration Movement, Zeke betrays his parents to save himself and conceal his identity as a descendant of Karl Fritz.[ch. 86] After inheriting the power of the Beast Titan (獣の巨人, Kemono no Kyojin), he resolves to seize the Founding Titan and use it to "save" the Eldian people from further persecution by sterilizing them.
- After becoming the Warrior Unit's leader, Zeke oversees the training of Bertholt, Reiner, and Annie before they are sent to seize the Founding Titan from Paradis. Following the trio's failure, he leads another Marleyan attack on Paradis. Upon infiltrating Wall Rose's interior, he transforms Ragako's residents into Titans before proceeding to terrorize the surrounding population [ch. 35] [GB p.135] Ultimately, Zeke makes contact with Reiner and Bertholt before conscripting them to take part in an ambush on the Survey Corps as they attempt to seal the breach to Wall Maria and reclaim the city of Shinganshina, .[ch. 70] Once Eren seals Wall Maria's outer gate, Zeke cuts off part of the Survey Corps south of the inner gate while entrusting Reiner and Bertholt with eliminating the rest of the contingent within Shanginshina.[ch. 74] Despite all but destroying the Corps' existing roster, assuming Eren to be manipulated by their father, Zeke is forced to retreat after Reiner and Bertholt are defeated and he is nearly killed by Levi. During Paradis's five year period of peace, Zeke secretly defected to their side under false pretenses while convincing Marley's military leadership to resume their attack on the walls. After enlisting Eren to stage a surprise attack on international summit hosted by Marley to acquire the War Hammer Titan and decimate Marley's high command, Zeke is briefly detained by Paradis before he and Eren incite a rebellion that plunges the country into chaos. Though Zeke deceives Eren so he can enter the Coordinate and command Ymir to sterilize all Subjects of Ymir, he is horrified to realize that Eren manipulated their father through the Attack Titan.
- Zeke is voiced by Takehito Koyasu in the Japanese version of the anime and by Jason Liebrecht in the English dub.
- Bertolt Hoover (ベルトルト・フーバー, Berutoruto Fūbā, alt. "Bertholdt Hoover")
- A reserved member of 104th Training Corps who graduated 3rd in his class and open up around Reiner, Bertolt is described as having potential to master every skill he has been taught if he had the motivation for it.[ch. 2][ch. 18][vol. 5:profiles] Berholt is a member of the Warriors and part of Reiner's infiltration team to capture the Founding Titan.[volume & issue needed] He is also the holder of the Colossus Titan (超大型巨人, Chō-ōgata Kyojin, alt. "Colossal Titan"[ep 4]), becoming a skinless 60-meter (200 ft) Titan who can release hot steam to protect himself and repel his opponents.[ch. 44] Berholt used his Titan power to instigate the Wall Maria incident for his group's infiltration and later breach Wall Trost a few years later to force the Founding Titan's user into the open.[ch. 4][ch. 9][vol. 10-11]. The reason Berholt joined the Warriors was so his bedridden father can be provided medical care by the Marleyans, caring a cover story that he came from same village as Reiner.[vol. 4][GB p.58-59]. In Volume 12, Reiner hints that Bertolt is in love with Annie.[vol. 12] Bertolt is later forced to reveal his true allegiance after Reiner finally broke and exposed them. In a later battle at Shinganshina,[ch. 82] he is captured by Eren, and left to be eaten by Armin, who was injected with the Titan serum to have the former regain his human form.[ch. 83,84] After Reiner returned to Marley, he learned from his mother that Bertolt's father, content of his son's patriotic devotion to Marley, peacefully passed away during their mission.
- Bertolt is voiced by Tomohisa Hashizume in the Japanese anime. In the English dub, his name is spelled Bertholdt Hoover and he is voiced by David Matranga.
- Annie Leonhart (アニ・レオンハート, Ani Reonhāto)
- An Eldian cadet of the Marleyan Warriors, Annie is introduced as a cadet in the 104th Training Corps, where she graduated ranking 4th in her class.[ch. 2] She has short blonde hair and is a small-statured loner who is skilled in melee combat,[ep 4][ch. 17] having been raised by her father to consider the world her enemy.[ch. 18][vol. 5:profile] Annie is later revealed to be a member of the Warriors and part of Reiner's infiltration team to capture the Founding Titan.[volume & issue needed] She is also the holder of the Female Titan (女型の巨人, Megata no Kyojin), a 14-meter (46 ft) Titan with an unprecedented feminine body structure who can harden parts of her skin and quickly heal herself.[ep 18][ep 20][ep 21][vol. 5,6]
- As a cadet, she teaches Eren some of her melee skills,[ch. 4] and later joins the Military Police,[ch. 3] where she is seen as the quiet girl.[vol. 8][GB p.54-55] Following the Battle of Trost after her group deduces Eren, Annie played a role in Marco Bott's death to conceal her group's cover while later using Marco's Gear to personally kill the captive Titans Sawney and Bean.[ep 19][ep 23][vol. 8] Annie later assumes her Titan form to ambush the 57th expedition to Wall Maria while searching for Eren, using the intel Reiner secretly gave her to briefly capture him while killing off Levi's special operations squad.[vol. 7] Annie is outed during the Stohess District storyline once Armin deduces that she killed Sonny and Bean. Following her defeat, Annie encases herself in crystal to prevent further probing as to her motives.[ep 24][vol. 8][GB p.54-55] But Annie would later be revived a few years later when Eren used the Founding Titan's power to undo all hardened Titans on Paradis.[ch. 124]
- Annie is voiced by Yū Shimamura in the Japanese anime. In the English dub, she is voiced by Lauren Landa. At Magic City Comic-Con 2015, Landa said that she used a low-pitched and emotionless voice in portraying Annie.
- Marcel Galliard (マルセル・ガリアード, Maruseru Gariādo)
- An Eldian cadet of the Marleyan Warrior Unit, Marcel was the comrade and childhood friend of Reiner Braun, Bertolt Hoover, Annie Leonhart and Pieck. At some point in his youth, his parents sent him and his younger brother Porco into training to become Warriors, where he excelled during his training and was nominated to inherit the power of the Jaw Titan. When the time came for the Warrior candidates to receive their Titans, Marcel began to worry for his brother Porco's life, and in order to keep Porco alive, secretly lobbied to his Marleyan superiors to have Reiner Braun (who was an underperformer) given the power of the Armored Titan instead. When Marley officially began the Paradis Island Operation in the year 845, Marcel was chosen along with Reiner, Bertolt and Annie to infiltrate the Walls of Paradis and capture the Founding Titan. After landing on Paradis and traveling through the night, the four Warriors camp until sunrise. At this time, Marcel reveals to Reiner his doings and apologizes for putting his brother's life over Reiner. But the group are attacked by the Pure Titan that Ymir became, Marcel pushing Reiner out of harm's way and ends up being devoured by Ymir who acquires the Jaw Titan from him.
- Marcel is voiced by Masamichi Kitada in the Japanese anime. In the English dub, he is voiced by Nathan Sharp.
- Porco Galliard (ポルコ・ガリアード, Poruko Gariādo)
- An Eldian cadet of the Marleyan Warrior Unit, Porco is the current holder of the Jaws Titan and the younger brother of Marcel Galliard, who previous held the Jaws Titan before being devoured by Ymir's Pure Titan.[ch. 93] Galliard later acquired his power by devouring Ymir after she volunteerily surrendered herself to Marley via Reiner and Berholt. Having bullied Reiner during their Warrior cadet days, Porco bore a bitter grudge against him for getting his elder brother killed. After sustaining numerous injuries to the point of Porco being unable to heal himself, Porco learns the truth of his brother's sacrifice and sacrifices himself to save Reiner from Falco Grice, who acquires the Jaw Titan from him.
- Porco is voiced by Toshiki Masuda in the Japanese anime.
- Pieck Finger (ピーク・フィンガー, Pīku Fingā)
- An Eldian cadet of the Marleyan Warrior Unit, Pieck is known for her intelligence and perceptiveness, and is able to transform into the Cart Titan to transport massive amounts of cargo on her back, as she did during the battle against the Survey Corps in Shiganshina, supplying Zeke with barrels and boulders for throwing. During the battle at Fort Slava, she acted as a heavily armoured tank by protecting her face with a large, plated mask while carrying two soldiers armed with machine guns. She discovers Zekes betrayal through recognizing Yelena, and reveals it to Marley, before infiltrating Paradis and setting up an ambush for Eren Yeager. After the rumbling begins, she joins the alliance to stop Eren.
- Pieck is voiced by Manami Numakura in the Japanese anime. In the English dub, she is voiced by Amber Lee Connors.
- Gabi Braun (ガビ・ブラウン, Gabi Buraun)
- An overachieving, strong-hearted, bold, and unhesitant Warrior candidate (戦士候補生, Senshi Kōho-sei, also translated as "Warrior Cadet"), Gabi is Reiner Braun's younger maternal cousin and the most excellent warrior and potential candidate among the cadets to inherit the Armored Titan from him. In her childhood, she was discriminated and heavily spiited on by Marleyans, which made her become painful and be zealous to become the greatest hero just like her beloved paternal cousin brother Reiner. She has a heart of bravery and invincible fearlessness to the extent of throwing bombs directly at the on the rail of thet Mideast Union. During the Battle of Liberio, After breaking out of prison, Gabi is taken in by Kaya and the Blouse family, beginning to doubt her previous hatred towards the Eldians within the Walls. She later fully renounces her hatred, and attempts to stop the rumbling alongside the Survey Corps and other warriors.
- Gabi is voiced by Ayane Sakura in the Japanese anime.
- Falco Grice (ファルコ・グライス, Faruko Guraisu)
- A timid, kind-hearted Warrior candidate and nephew of the condemned Eldian Restorationist member Grice, competing with Gabi (whom he also has a crush on) to inherit the power of the Armored Titan. Despite his lack of confidence, he earned the respect of Reiner Braun who wanted him to succeed him and spare Gabi from the curse of inheriting the Titan power. After the Marley Mid-East War ended, Falco befriends a one-legged veteran who is actually a disguised Eren who used him to set up a meeting with Reiner in Liberio. After the Battle of Liberio, Falco ends up in Paradis with Gabi after stowing away onto the Survey Corps evacuation airship with her. He ends up being exposed to the tainted wine Zeke has distributed around Paradis, transformed into a Pure Titan as a result and acquiring the Jaw Titan while Porco saves Reiner. He later joins the alliance to stop Eren Yeager from destroying all life outside Paradis.
- Falco is voiced by Natsuki Hanae in the Japanese anime.
- Colt Grice (コルト・グライス, Koruto Guraisu)
- A Warrior candidate favored to be the next wielder of the Beast Titan power, and the older brother of Falco and the nephew of the condemned Eldian Restorationist member Grice.
- Falco is voiced by Masaya Matsukaze in the Japanese anime.
The Tybur family (タイバー家, Taibā-ke) is a house of elite and influential Eldian nobles living in Marley as honorary Marleyans, although they are actually Marley's true ruler. Even though they are Eldian, they are highly respected throughout the world for being the first Eldian family to fight against their own king during the Great Titan War. They gave Marley freedom and power as an act of atonement for their ancestors' crimes against the Marleyans. They held the power of the 15-meter (49 ft) War Hammer Titan (戦槌の巨人, Sentsui no Kyojin) for generations, but only a select few knew of the inheritor's identity.
- Willy Tybur (ヴィリー・タイバー, Virī Taibā)
- The patriarch of the Tybur family and the true ruler of Marley, Willy's ancestors orchestrated the downfall of the Eldian Empire with King Karl Fritz ages ago.[ch. 97] While a pacifist, Willy shares his family's disdain towards Fritz's methods in the segregation of the Eldians from Paradis island. While publicly revealing his family's true history and indifference to Marley's decline, Willy express full intentions of seizing the resources of Paradis Island.[ch. 95] Claiming to have inherited the power of the War Hammer Titan that was kept in his bloodline for years, Willy shared his family's preference of using its power for the sake of maintaining peace. After publicly declaring war on Paradis, Willy was killed and eaten by a transformed Eren, who then proceeded to attack Marley's leadership in the audience, but Willy's younger sister is later revealed to be the true holder of the War Hammer Titan.[ch. 101]
- Lady Tybur
- The unnamed sister of Willy Tybur. She is the true head of the Tybur House and the holder of the War Hammer Titan. She fought with Eren's Attack Titan formwhere they are equal in power.[ch. 101] When the Attack Titan found out where the crystallized form of Ms. Tybur is, he heads there and is intercepted by the Jaw Titan and the Cartman Titan. This gave Ms. Tybur time to form a new War Hammer Titan body who uses its spikes to stab the Attack Titan.[ch. 102] Though she is unable to pierce the nape of the Attack Titan. When Eren states that the War Hammer Titan is out of moves, he abandons the Attack Titan body and forms a new one where he picks up Ms. Tybur's crystal.[ch. 103] While noting the damages to the crystal surrounding her, Ms. Tybur watches the battle between the Attack Titan and the Jaw Titan. After the Attack Titan subdues the Jaw Titan and uses its jaws to break open the crystal, its destruction rips Ms. Tybur to shreds as the Attack Titan eats her remains.[ch. 104]
- Mr. Yeager (イェーガーさん, Yēgā-san)
- The father of Grisha and Faye Yeager and the paternal grandfather of Zeke and Eren Yeager, he was also the guardian of Zeke after Grisha was arrested. He works as a respected doctor in the Liberio Internment Zone.
- Mrs. Yeager (グリシャの母, Gurisha no haha)
- The mother of Grisha and Faye Yeager and the paternal grandmother of Zeke and Eren Yeager, she was also the guardian of Zeke after Grisha was arrested.
- Faye Yeager (フェイ・イェーガー, Fei Yēgā)
- Faye is the younger sister of Grisha Yeager, and the paternal aunt of Zeke and Eren. She was brutally murdered at the age of 8 when the Marleyan Public Security Authority officer Gross casually had his sons' dogs maul her and dumped the mutilated remains of her body near the river. The truth of her death was what later motivated Grisha to join the Eldia Restoration movement.
- Tom Xaver (トム・クサヴァー, Tomu Kusavā)
- Tom Xaver is an Eldian researcher from the Titan Biology Research Society and later a Warrior who held the power of the Beast Titan, and the childhood mentor and friend of Zeke Yeager. In his early adulthood, Tom Xaver lived as a resident of the Liberio Internment Zone, and at some point fell in love with a Marleyan woman. Knowing that it is forbidden for Eldians and Marleyans to marry, he purposefully hid his Eldian armband and the two soon got married. Several years after Xaver's wife gave birth to their son, she discovered his Eldian heritage and promptly killed both herself and their son in shame. Xaver was overcome with grief and later become a Warrior as a form of suicide. He somehow eventually inherited one of the Nine Titans, the Beast Titan, and also became a researcher in order to study the Titan powers.
- Roughly halfway through his Titan tenure, Xaver began observing the new batch of Warrior candidates and took particular interest a boy who was lagging behind — Zeke Yeager. Despite the boy's poor performance, Xaver encourages the him and formed a bond through playing catch. When one day Zeke revealed that his parents were leaders of the Eldian Restorationists movement, knowing that the Marleyan authorities was close to cracking the identities of the cell's leaders, Xaver suggested that Zeke turn in his parents in order to prove his loyalty to Marley and save his grandparents, and was consoling Zeke when Grisha and Dina were detained by the Public Security Authorities. He later revealed to Zeke his discovery that the Founding Titan was capable of changing the very body composition of Eldians. When Zeke suggested using Founding Titan power to sterilize all Eldians and free the race of the Titan curse via eradication, Xaver tearfully wondered how much better it would have been if he was never born into this world. Zeke then promised Xaver that he would inherit his Beast Titan and use it to seize the Founding Titan and free the world from the fear of the Titans. In 842, Xaver is consumed and passed on the Beast Titan to Zeke.
- Gross (グロス, Gurosu)
- Gross is a Marleyan Sergeant Major (曹長, Sōchō) in the Public Security Authorities who expresses delight in killing Eldians, partnered with Eren Kruger. While Kruger physically disciplines Grisha when he and his sister were found wandering outside the Liberio Internment Zone, Gross took Faye away and covered up that he sadistically fed the girl to his son's dogs after her remains were found in the river the following day.
- Fifteen years later, Grisha would encounter Gross when he was among the officers overseeing the Eldian Restorationists' sentence to exile on Paradis. During the process, turning Dina and most into Pure Titans while simply kicking others like Grice off the wall to be devoured by their transformed comrades, Gross confesses that he did murdered Faye for both fun and to help his sons build character. Gross was about feed Grisha to the last of the Restorationists he turned into Titan, only to be killed instead when Kruger pushes him off the wall.
- Niccolo (ニコロ, Nikoro)
- Niccolo is a Marleyan conscript who served on Marleyan Navy and was part of the first survey fleet to Paradis following the Warriors' failed mission. As a member of advanced party, Niccolo landed on Paradis ahead of the main Marleyan vessel and is immediately captured by the Survey Corps. However, Yelena reveals him be a master chef of Marleyan cuisine and he is made to cook seafood for those working on the port. He is surprised by Sasha Blouse's impassioned reaction to his food, and eventually grow closer to Sasha to the point that Kaya believes they are dating.
The Eldian Restorationists (エルディア復権派, Erudia Fukken-ha) were a radical group of rebellious Eldians in Liberio who were deeply resentful of Marley's cruel treatments and pledged to overthrow Marley and restore Eldia as a world power. The initial Restorationist movement were organized by remnants of the Fritz royal family that stayed in Marley. A revolutionary army was formed, but the uprising was unsuccessful and crushed. All members of this original organization were hunted down by the Marleyan Public Security Authority and brutally executed for treason. The latest organization was formed by an anonymous sleeper agent hidden inside the Marleyan Public Security Authority nicknamed "the Owl" (フクロウ, Fukurou), who supplied weapons, funds and historical documents to the Restorationists. The members identified their allegiance with a self-inflicted cross-shaped scar on the body. By looking at illustrations written in an ancient language nobody can read, they rejected Marley's vilified version of Eldian history and believed it to be lying propagandas, and concluded that Ymir Fritz was a goddess who used the power of the Titans to cultivate lands, build roads, bridging mountains and bring prosperity to mankind.
Grisha Yeager joined the Restorationists in year 824 at the age of 18, after being informed of the truth of his sister's murder. He quickly raised in rank within the organization, and later married Dina Fritz, the last surviving royal descendant in Marley. When the Marley government proclaimed the Warrior program, Grisha planned to make his son Zeke enlist as a Warrior cadet and serve as a sleeper agent so the Restorationists can acquire the Founding Titan from Paradis. However, Zeke snitched his parents to the Marleyan authorities and all the Restorationists members were arrested, tortured and exile to Paradis as Pure Titans.
- Eren Kruger (エレン・クルーガー, Eren Kurūgā)
- An Eldian spy posing as a Marleyan Public Security officer. Eren Kruger's father had joined an Eldian revolutionary army led by the remnants of the royal Fritz family who remained on the mainland. Unfortunately the army was very ineffective and was defeated, and its members were captured. Kruger's parents was burned alive by the Marleyan Public Security Authorities as the young Kruger hid in a closet and watched in horror until he was rescued by his father's friends. Some years later, Kruger was able to join the Public Security Authorities thanks to faked blood tests by an Eldian doctor who had faked his own tests sometime earlier. As a spy in the military, Kruger would refer to himself in correspondence with the newly reorganized Eldian Restorationists as "the Owl", all while spending his military career torturing and turning thousands of Eldians into Titans over the years in order to hide his identity.
- Kruger first met Grisha Yeager when the latter was a teenager venturing outside Liberio without exit permits to watch an airship landing with his sister. Despite knowing that Grisha's sister was killed by the police, Kruger pretended to not know anything to protect his cover. Since then he developed sympathy for him, having arranged his meeting with Dina while concealing her lineage from the Marleyan government.[ch. 87] When Grisha was sentenced to roam the lands of Paradis as an exile mindless Titan, Kruger rescues him at the last second by kicking Sergeant Major Gross off the wall, revealing not only his disguise, but the fact that he also possesses the one of the Nine Titans, the Attack Titan (進撃の巨人, Shingeki no Kyojin). Kruger explains his life is nearing its end and names Grisha his successor, then injects Grisha with Titan serum and allows himself to be eaten. Grisha would pass that same power years later to his son Eren, whom is apparently named after Kruger and later uses it as an alias to infiltrate Marley under disguise.
- Dina Yeager (ダイナ・イェーガー, Daina Yēgā, née Dina Fritz)
- Grisha Yeager's first wife and Zeke's mother, and the last surviving member of the continental royal family after the failed uprising. Hiding her royal background, Dina joined the Eldian Restorationists at the behest of Eren Kruger, resulting in her meeting and later marrying Grisha.[ch. 87] When the Marleyan government began establishing the Warrior program, Dina and Grisha sent their 7-year-old son Zeke as a recruit as he can be sent to Paradis and obtain the Founding Titan for their cause. But Zeke, after learning the Public Security Authority are already onto their parents, chooses to turn in his parents and their co-conspirators to save his grandparents. Kruger, working as a sleeper agent within the Public Security, made sure Dina's lineage did not get revealed while being tortured and exiled to Paradis, to keep her from being exploited by Marley as a broodmare. On the seawall of Paradis, a battered Dina farewelled her husband with the promise that she will always find him, before being injected with Titan serum and kicked off the wall, transforming into a large Pure Titan with a menacing grin.[ch. 86]
- Thirteen years later during the fall of Wall Maria, Dina invaded Shiganshina with the other Titans, headed straight to Grisha's house and instinctively devoured his second wife Carla, becoming the cause of young Eren's intense hatred towards all Titans. She appeared again five years later during the chaotic battle between the Survey Corps and the Armored Titan, devouring Garrison veteran Hannes, who was protecting Eren and an injured Mikasa while attempting to avenge Carla. When Eren couldn't transform and all hope seemed lost, he desperately threw a punch and hit Dina's hand as she reached to grab him. This unintentional physical contact triggered the dormant Coordinate power within Eren, and caused the surrounding Pure Titans to attack Dina and tear her into pieces.[ch. 50] It was only later that Eren learns from Grisha's memoir books of Dina's existence as a human, realizing that being in direct contact with a Fritz descendant was what enabled him to use the Founding Titan.[ch. 87]
- Grice (グライス, Guraisu)
- A member of the Eldian Restorationists who played a role in Grisha's induction into the group after informing him of the nature of Faye's fate. He is also the uncle of the Warrior candidates Colt and Falco. When the Restorationists were apprehended by Zeke, Grice expresses regret meeting Grisha as he was kicked into Paradis and presumed to have been killed by his transformed comrades.
The Anti-Marleyan Volunteers (反マーレ義勇兵, Han Māre Giyū-hei) are a group of underground rebel soldiers serving within the Marleyan Army, membership is largely composed of people from countries that Marley conquered in its aggressive territorial expansion. Holding a severe grudge after being conscripted to fight for the country that oppressed them, the Volunteers aspire to throw overthrow the Marleyan government for their freein. They initially had very little success before they morale was renewed when they allied themselves with Zeke Yeager. During the early stages of the Marley Mid-East War, the Volunteers betray Marley's first survey fleet sent to Paradis Island to set up Zeke's covert alliance with the Eldians in providing the country with technology and intel in return to receive amnesty for Zeke and his followers. The Volunteers would continue aiding the Survey Corps, playing a crucial role in the Battle of Liberio, including infiltrating the Marleyan ranks to incapacitate Marleyan Warriors and piloting an airship to ensure the Survey Corps' safe retreat. After returning to Paradis, the Volunteers turn over to the Garrison Corps a stock of Titan serums they managed to steal from Marley, but Dot Pixis has them arrested as he explained that Paradis is not yet to fully trust Zeke and his followers.
- Yelena (イェレナ, Yerena)
- A very tall blonde woman who is a fanatic follower of Zeke Yeager, serving as his lieutenant and de facto deputy leader of the Volunteers. Yelena has been shown to be somewhat deranged in her zealotry, and would summarily execute any of her comrades suspected to be against their goals. In the year 851, learning that Zeke's half-brother Eren Yeager possesses two Titan abilities, Yelena volunteers to go to Paradis Island as part of a Marleyan survey crew. Killing her commander when he refuses to surrender after their vessel is beached and captured by Eren, Yelena explains her faction to Hange and Levi while revealing that Marley's war in the Middle East is preventing it from launching another assault on Paradis Island. Forming an alliance with Paradis, Yelena and her comrades begin sharing their technology with the islanders while later arranging a meeting between Paradis and Hizuru to discuss a strategic alliance. Three years later, posing as a male Marleyan soldier from the Lakura military base, Yelena is among the Paradis forces sent to Liberio to retrieve Eren while luring Pieck and Galliard into a trap to remove them from intervening in Survey Corps attack. As the Battle of Liberio ends, Yelena and her fellow Volunteers turn over a stock of Titan serums they managed to steal from Marley to the Garrison, but is arrested by Dot Pixis, who is not yet willing to trust Zeke and his followers. After being in confinement, Yelena is interrogated by Pixis, who acknowledges that Eldia is in the Volunteers' debt and reveals his suspicions that Yelena has been secretly conspiring with Eren through Floch Forster.
- Onyankopon (オニャンコポン)
- A dark-skinned man who is seemingly friendly but has a rather serious mindset. Onyankopon is among the first Marleyan survey fleet sent in 851 to Paradis, and helps his fellow Volunteers member Yelena in disarming their commanding officers when his ship is captured and beached by Eren Yeager. Forming an alliance with Paradis Island, Onyankopon and his comrades begin sharing technology with the islanders, with Onyankopon focusing on ways to strategically prepare Paradis Island for reintegration with the outside world, such as building ports for ships to dock. During the Survey Corps' attack of Liberio in 854, Onyankopon serves as an airship pilot to pick up retreating soldiers. After being arrested by Dot Pixis on the account of distrust, Onyankopon makes no effort to conceal his dismay at the Paradis military for imprisoning the Volunteers, reminding the visiting Hange of all that the two accomplished while working together over the past three years. He later accompanies Hange to a hearing regarding the rebellion by Eren's supporters.
- Kiyomi Azumabito (キヨミ・アズマビト, Kiyomi Azumabito)
- An ambassador from the Oriental (東洋, Tōyō, lit. "East Sea") nation of Hizuru (ヒィズル, Hizuru) and the matriarch of the Azumabito family (アズマビト家, Azumabito-ke), a descendant of the former ruling Shogun clan (将軍家, Shōgun-ke). She first appeared as a diplomat attending the party the night before Willy Tybur's stage presentation in Liberio, and appears to be friendly to ethnic Eldians when she covers for Udo, one of the Warrior cadets, when he accidentally spills wine on her kimono. The following day, she visits Willy in the backstage area and passes off her visit as simply wanting to see his face and tells him that she hopes he fulfills his duty without incident. However, she leaves with her escort soon after, instead of staying to watch the stage production (which is later attacked by Eren and the Survey Corps).
- It is later revealed that years ago Kiyomi secretly met with Zeke Yeager, who offered to conspire with her to restore Eldia which would benefit Hizuru as it struggled diplomatically after the Great Titan War due to the nation's historical alliance with Eldia. Kiyomi later visited Paradis with a diplomatic delegation from Hizuru to rekindle the alliance, revealing Mikasa Ackerman's mother to be a descendant of an Azumabito cadet branch that migrated to Paradis. Kiyomi explains her arrangement with Zeke to the Paradis military, offering to help modernize Paradis in return for Historia to inherit Zeke's Titan powers.
- Hange's name is arranged as "Hange Zoë" in the official translation of the manga published by Kodansha USA, as well as in the official Attack on Titan Guidebook: Inside & Outside[GB p.80] and the Attack on Titan Character Encyclopedia,[CE p.28] also published by Kodansha USA. It was reversed to "Zoë Hange" in the Funimation English dub. In Japan, the character's name has been romanized as "Hans Zoe" on the official anime website.
Attack on Titan manga
- Vol. 1 (ch. 1–4): 進撃の巨人 1 (in Japanese). March 2010. ISBN 978-4-06-384276-0. and Attack on Titan Vol. 1. June 2012. ISBN 978-1-61262-024-4.
- Vol. 2 (ch. 5–9): 進撃の巨人 2 (in Japanese). July 2010. ISBN 978-4-06-384338-5. and Attack on Titan Vol. 2. September 2012. ISBN 978-1-61262-025-1.
- Vol. 3 (ch. 10–13): 進撃の巨人 3 (in Japanese). December 2010. ISBN 978-4-06-384410-8. and Attack on Titan Vol. 3. December 2012. ISBN 978-1-61262-026-8.
- Vol. 4 (ch. 14–18): 進撃の巨人 4 (in Japanese). April 2011. ISBN 978-4-06-384469-6. and Attack on Titan Vol. 4. March 2013. ISBN 978-1-61262-253-8.
- Vol. 5 (ch. 19–22): 進撃の巨人 5 (in Japanese). August 2011. ISBN 978-4-06-384513-6. and Attack on Titan Vol. 5. March 2013. ISBN 978-1-61262-254-5.
- Vol. 6 (ch. 23–26): 進撃の巨人 6 (in Japanese). December 2011. ISBN 978-4-06-384591-4. and Attack on Titan Vol. 6. August 2013. ISBN 978-1-61262-255-2.
- Vol. 7 (ch. 27–30): 進撃の巨人 7 (in Japanese). April 2012. ISBN 978-4-06-384652-2. and Attack on Titan Vol. 7. August 2013. ISBN 978-1-61262-256-9.
- Vol. 8 (ch. 31–34): 進撃の巨人 8 (in Japanese). August 2012. ISBN 978-4-06-384712-3. and Attack on Titan Vol. 8. October 2013. ISBN 978-1-61262-547-8.
- Vol. 9 (ch. 35–38): 進撃の巨人 9 (in Japanese). December 2012. ISBN 978-4-06-384776-5. and Attack on Titan Vol. 9. November 2013. ISBN 978-1-61262-548-5.
- Vol. 10 (ch. 39–42): 進撃の巨人 10 (in Japanese). April 2013. ISBN 978-4-06-384839-7. and Attack on Titan Vol. 10. December 2013. ISBN 978-1-61262-676-5.
- Vol. 11 (ch. 43–46): 進撃の巨人 11 (in Japanese). August 2013. ISBN 978-4-06-394901-8. and Attack on Titan Vol. 11. January 2014. ISBN 978-1-61262-677-2.
- Vol. 12 (ch. 47–50): 進撃の巨人 12 (in Japanese). December 2013. ISBN 978-4-06-394976-6. and Attack on Titan Vol. 12. April 2014. ISBN 978-1-61262-678-9.
- Vol. 13 (ch. 51–54): 進撃の巨人 13 (in Japanese). April 2014. ISBN 978-4-06-395044-1. and Attack on Titan Vol. 13. August 2014. ISBN 978-1-61262-679-6.
- Vol. 14 (ch. 55–58): 進撃の巨人 14 (in Japanese). August 2014. ISBN 978-4-06-395141-7. and Attack on Titan Vol. 14. November 2014. ISBN 978-1-61262-680-2.
- Vol. 15 (ch. 59–62): 進撃の巨人 15 (in Japanese). December 2014. ISBN 978-4-06-395253-7. and Attack on Titan Vol. 15. March 2015. ISBN 978-1-61262-979-7.
- Vol. 16 (ch. 63–66): 進撃の巨人 16 (in Japanese). April 2015. ISBN 978-4-06-395358-9. and Attack on Titan Vol. 16. August 2015. ISBN 978-1-61262-980-3.
- Vol. 17 (ch. 67–70): 進撃の巨人 17 (in Japanese). August 2015. ISBN 978-4-06-395446-3. and Attack on Titan Vol. 17. December 2015. ISBN 978-1-63236-112-7.
- Vol. 18 (ch. 71–74): 進撃の巨人 18 (in Japanese). December 2015. ISBN 978-4-06-395549-1. and Attack on Titan Vol. 18. April 2016. ISBN 978-1-63236-211-7.
- Vol. 19 (ch. 75–78): 進撃の巨人 19 (in Japanese). April 2016. ISBN 978-4-06-395636-8. and Attack on Titan Vol. 19. August 2016. ISBN 978-1-63236-259-9.
- Vol. 24 (ch. 95–98): 進撃の巨人 24 (in Japanese). December 2017. ISBN 978-4-06510-548-1. and Attack on Titan Vol. 24. April 2018. ISBN 978-1-63236-535-4.
- Ch. 79–85: Uncollected chapters
Attack on Titan anime
- Episode 1: 1 "To You, in 2000 Years -The Fall of Shiganshina, Part 1-". Attack on Titan. May 3, 2014. Adult Swim.
- Episode 2: "That Day -The Fall of Shiganshina, Part 2-". Attack on Titan. May 10, 2014. Adult Swim.
- Episode 3: "A Dim Light Amid Despair -Humanity's Comeback, Part 1-". Attack on Titan. May 17, 2014. Adult Swim.
- Episode 4: 1 "The Night of the Closing Ceremony -Humanity's Comeback, Part 2-". Attack on Titan. May 24, 2014. Adult Swim.
- Episode 5: "First Battle -The Struggle for Trost, Part 1-". Attack on Titan. May 31, 2014. Adult Swim.
- Episode 6: 1 "The World Seen By A Young Girl – Attack on Trost: Part 2". Attack on Titan. 2013. Adult Swim.
- Episode 7: "The Tiniest of Blades – Attack on Trost: Part 3". Attack on Titan. June 7, 2014. Adult Swim.
- Episode 8: "I Hear His Heartbeat – Attack on Trost: Part 4". Attack on Titan. June 14, 2014. Adult Swim.
- Episode 9: "Whereabouts of His Left Arm: The Struggle for Trost, Part 5". Attack on Titan. June 28, 2014. Adult Swim.
- Episode 14: "Can't Look Into His Eyes Yet: Eve of the Counterattack, Part 1". Attack on Titan. August 9, 2014. Adult Swim.
- Episode 15: "Special Operations Squad: Eve of the Counterattack, Part 2". Attack on Titan. August 16, 2014. Adult Swim.
- Episode 19: "Bite: 57th Expedition Beyond the Walls, Part 3". Attack on Titan. September 20, 2014. Adult Swim.
- Episode 20: "Erwin Smith: 57th Expedition Beyond the Walls, Part 4". Attack on Titan. September 27, 2014. Adult Swim.
- Episode 21: "Crushing Blow: 57th Expedition Beyond the Walls, Part 5". Attack on Titan. October 4, 2014. Adult Swim.
- Episode 23: "Smile: Raid on Stohess District, Part 1". Attack on Titan. October 11, 2014. Adult Swim.
- Episode 24: "Mercy: Raid on Stohess District, Part 2". Attack on Titan. October 18, 2014. Adult Swim.
- Episode 25: "Wall: Raid on Stohess District, Part 3". Attack on Titan. October 25, 2014. Adult Swim.
Other Attack on Titan media
- Hajime Isayama (2014). Attack on Titan Guidebook. Kodansha Comics. ISBN 978-1-61262-945-2. – English translation. Originally published in 2013 as two volumes: Shingeki no Kyojin Inside Kou and Shingeki no Kyojin Outside Kou.
- Episode 16.5A: "Wall Sina, Goodbye: Part One". Attack on Titan: Lost Girls. December 9, 2017.
- "MTV Geek – Interview with Attack on Titan Creator Hajime Isayama". Geek-news.mtv.com. June 14, 2012. Archived from the original on July 30, 2013. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
- Attack on Titan Vol. 1 2012, ISBN 978-1-61262-024-4, interview:
- "ISA: For the Titan version of Eren, I use martial artist Yuushin Okami's body as a model. My ideal is the physique of a middleweight mixed martial artist. I only use the shape of the body as a model."
- "Q: Who is your favorite character in Attack on Titan? ISA: That would be Jean. Jean comes right out and says what he's thinking, even if it's something you normally wouldn't be able to say. That's what I like about him."
- "Q: Mr. Isayama, which character in Attack on Titan most resembles you? ISA: Hmm...Mr. Hannes and the Garrison soldiers in Volume I who sit around drinking booze."
- Lee, Michelle (March 22, 2014). "Introducing the Voice of Eren Jaeger in Attack on Titan". Funimation Blog. Funimation.
- Isayama, Hajime (August 29, 2011). "現在進行中の黒歴史 : ネットの環境が整いましたので再開します". Blog.livedoor.jp. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
- Lee, Michelle (March 13, 2014). "Attack on Titan Cast Announcement – Day 4". Funimation Blog. Funimation.
- "Funimation Announces 5th Round of Attack on Titan Dub Cast". Anime News Network. March 14, 2014.
- Lee, Michelle (March 14, 2014). "Attack on Titan Cast Announcement – Day 5". Funimation Blog. Funimation.
- Isayama, Hajime (April 17, 2013). "アクセス数がすごい！". Blog.livedoor.jp. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
- 「進撃の巨人」製作委員会. "スタッフ・キャスト". shingeki.tv. Retrieved October 4, 2015.
- Lee, Michelle (March 11, 2014). "A Colossal Cast Announcement". Funimation Blog. Funimation.
- "サシャ・ブラウスとは (イモオンナとは) [単語記事] – ニコニコ大百科". Dic.nicovideo.jp. Retrieved May 11, 2013.
- "声優をめざす専門学校 - 東京アナウンス学院 - 放送声優科" [College aims to voice actor - Tokyo announcement Academy - broadcasting voice actor Department]. Toho Gakuen (in Japanese). Retrieved February 26, 2015.
- Ferreira, Mike (January 14, 2014). "Attack on Titan's Netflix Debut Hit by Translation Woes". Anime Herald. Retrieved June 16, 2014.
- "コミックナタリー – アニメ「進撃の巨人」に神谷浩史、小野大輔、朴ロ美出演". Natalie.mu. April 3, 2013. Retrieved May 11, 2013.
- "TVアニメ「進撃の巨人」キャラクター". shingeki.tv. Retrieved September 12, 2019.
- Isayama, Hajime (March 30, 2011). "現在進行中の黒歴史 : このご時世に自分ごとで恐縮ですが". Blog.livedoor.jp. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
- Romano, Aja (January 16, 2014). "'Attack on Titan' creator gets the last word in debate over character's gender". The Daily Dot. Retrieved July 15, 2015.
- kodanshacomics (January 15, 2014). "Anonymous asked: I have the attack on titan books, and you said that there wasn't a confirmed gender for hange. But in volume 5 Levi refers to hange as her/she ... ????". Kodansha Comics Tumblr. Retrieved July 15, 2015.
Vol. 5 came out before Isayama sent us this instruction, so yes, there are one or two moments in the first run of that volume where Hange is referred to as she. But we’ve removed those for reprint, and there shouldn’t be any gendered references in Vol. 6+.
- Lee, Michelle (March 12, 2014). "Attack on Titan Cast Announcement – Day 3". Funimation Blog. Funimation.
- Attack on Titan manga, volume 3, "Side Story: Captain Levi": "Those kids and their envious looks...If only they know what a clean freak you are. It'd burst their bubble."
- Isayama, Hajime (February 5, 2010). "現在進行中の黒歴史 : 週マガ読みきりの話". Blog.livedoor.jp. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
- Isayama, Hajime (October 20, 2010). "現在進行中の黒歴史 : おすすめ作業用BGM". Blog.livedoor.jp. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
- "Attack on Titan Cast Announcement – Day 3". Funimation Twitter. Funimation. May 17, 2014.
- Isayama, Hajime (October 4, 2010). "現在進行中の黒歴史 : 更新が滞ってすいません！返事します！". Blog.livedoor.jp. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
- "A Thousand Death Threats Against a Popular Anime Creator". Kotaku. July 1, 2013. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
- Bessatu Magazine, February 2017 issue.
- Funimation [@Funimation] (May 17, 2014). "#AttackonTitan Part1 Extras give a 1st glimpse at Vic Mignogna (Eld) & Ian Sinclair (Nile) in their roles. Order here" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- Florida Supercon (February 6, 2015). Lauren Landa Q&A (YouTube). Magic City Comic-Con.
- "Attack on Titan The Final Season Anime Reveals Cast for Warrior Candidates". Anime News Network. November 2, 2020. Retrieved November 2, 2020.
- "IMDB". March 2, 2020. Retrieved March 2, 2020.