Connie Springer is a member of the Survey Corps, ranking 8th among the 104th Training Corps.
|So...all I have left is this picture...and my mom.|
|— Connie to Hange Zoë after the destruction of Ragako.|
Connie Springer (コニー・スプリンガー Konī Supuringā?) is a member of the 104th Training Corps. He ranked 8th in class, and hails from the rural Ragako village within Wall Rose, his greatest ambition being to make his family and village proud of him. Upon graduation, he joined the Survey Corps.
Connie is one of the shorter characters in the series, standing two centimeters shorter than Levi Ackerman. He has a slim build, with gray eyes, and his brown hair is distinctively kept shaved. Connie is typically dressed in standard military garb, and will don the Survey Corps cape when on missions.
His casual attire consists of a simple long-sleeve white shirt and shin-length brown slacks.
By the year 854, Connie has grown significantly taller, now standing slightly above average height. His hair has grown slightly longer, but stays in the same general style, and his facial features have sharpened. During the Battle of Liberio, he wears a black uniform, with belts and support rods for his anti-personnel vertical maneuvering equipment.
Connie can be best described as outgoing and impetuous. He has an easy time expressing his opinions, and enjoys flaunting his skills, especially during his days as a trainee. Despite being in the military, Connie starts off as rather unfocused, and enjoys goofing around and messing with his friends, but can also be a bit dense at times.
Later, Connie's naive enthusiasm falls away after multiple close encounters with the Titans. He never becomes more serious, though to his frustration, he still has some difficulty comprehending new developments as they appear. Connie also comes to terms with his own limits, disliking his lack of power, but eager to prove his worth. Through it all, Connie remains an optimistic character, consistently caring for the well-being of others, and willing to help in any way he can.
Connie signs up as a new recruit in the 104th Training Corps with hopes of eventually joining the Military Police Brigade. On his first day of training, he is severely punished for saluting his instructor with the wrong hand.Later that day, Connie joins his fellow trainees in watching Sasha Blouse complete her punishment for eating during initiation. After learning that Eren Yeager is from Shiganshina District, he joins the other trainees in questioning Eren about his first-hand experiences with Titans.
During his vertical maneuvering equipment training, Connie proves to be adept, and is one of the first people Eren asks for advice on how to operate it. Connie proves to be of no help, claiming that he is just naturally talented.
Like many of his fellow trainees, Connie gradually begins to slack off during training exercises that will not go towards helping him graduate in the top 10. However, after witnessing Eren thoroughly best Jean Kirstein during a physical confrontation thanks to his training, Connie begins taking his training seriously as well.
For the remainder of his training, Connie can be seen practicing using the vertical maneuvering equipment, which he is particularly proficient in, as well as messing with his fellow recruits, or goofing around with Sasha, whom he becomes fast friends with.
During a training session in which the trainees practice their maneuvering skills against Titan mannequins, Connie tries to take advantage of his great speed with his equipment to tail Jean and steal his kills. However, Sasha steals the kill from both of them. Following the training, Connie defends his underhanded tactics, claiming that Jean is at fault for allowing him to steal his kills.
During the graduation ceremony of the 104th Training Corps, Connie graduates within the top 10 of his cohort at 8th place, earning him the right to join the Military Police Brigade. Afterwards, Eren and Jean get into a fight over Eren's decision to join the Survey Corps and Jean's decision to join the Military Police. Eren's passionate words in favor of the Survey Corps during the altercation inspire Connie to consider joining the corps himself.
The following day, he is assigned to the same team as Eren and is sent to clean the cannons mounted along to the top of Wall Rose in Trost District. As they are cleaning, Connie reveals his intent to join the Survey Corps, although he insists that Eren's words had nothing to do with the decision. Sasha arrives with meat that she has stolen from the officers' lounge, and although Connie insists that she return it, the squad is eventually convinced to partake.
Hopeful of the future, the group return to cleaning and repairing the cannons only to be stopped by the sudden appearance of the Colossus Titan. Taken by surprise, the entire group are blown from the Wall by a powerful wave of steam.
During the ensuing battle, he and his squad discover a catatonic Armin Arlert, and tries try to question him about what happened to his squad. When Armin is unresponsive, Ymir suggests simply leaving him, leading to a heated argument between her and Connie, which Krista has to break up. Connie tries again to snap Armin out of his stupor, but Armin ignores him and departs to join the rear guard, and Connie's squad begins to advance toward the front.
Joining the front lines, Connie is among the trainees that are left stranded in the middle of Trost, low on gas, but unable to reach the Titan-infested headquarters to resupply. Connie suggests making a last ditch effort to break into the headquarters, as they are going to die anyway if they do nothing, but Jean points out that they have no one to take charge and lead them.When Mikasa takes charge, Connie joins the trainees in making an attack on the headquarters. During the attack, Mikasa's equipment runs out of gas, and she is left stranded. Connie goes with Armin to retrieve her, warning them that they need to move before Titans arrive. They are shocked at the sight of an abnormal Titan fighting off approaching Titans, but Connie insists that it is just an abnormal and that they should avoid it. Mikasa trades equipment with Armin, and at Armin's suggestion, she and Connie kill the Titans surrounding the abnormal and lead it to the headquarters.
Successfully reaching the headquarters, Connie takes part in Armin's plan to clear out the smaller Titans inside of the building. He is among the seven trainees assigned to take down a Titan in the supply room with one strike. While he fails to kill his target with his first blow, he is rescued by Annie Leonhart. Upon resupplying, he and the other trainees leave the headquarters immediately.
He and his fellow trainees are placed on standby, and Connie takes the opportunity to tell his fellow soldiers about how he and the others managed to resupply. He is surprised to hear that Mikasa has not returned yet, but when he asks Jean what happened to her, Jean claims he was ordered not to tell.
Later, he and the rest of the 104th Training Corps burn the corpses of their fallen comrades in a bonfire.
As ordered, in the aftermath of the battle of Trost District, he reports his Vertical maneuvering equipment to the Military Police Brigade for inspection as a part of the investigation over the deaths of the two captured Titans, presumed to be have been killed by a soldier using vertical maneuvering equipment.
Despite his fears in facing the Titans in combat again, he volunteers to become a member of the Survey Corps.
During the 57th Expedition Outside the Walls, Connie is one of the soldiers who are ordered to guard the perimeter of the Titan forest, with the rest of his comrades from the 104th.
He is seen returning from the failed 57th Expedition along with the others, and is later seen in the field riding a horse along with Sasha Blouse, Reiner Braun, Bertolt Hoover, Krista Lenz and Ymir.
Later on, Connie is part of a group of Survey Corps members under investigation by Mike Zacharias under suspicion of being an accomplice to Annie. However, when Titans mysteriously appear within Wall Rose, Mike sends them to warn the surrounding villages.
Because Connie's home village of Ragako is in the Titans' wake, he receives permission to join to the group headed in that direction. They find the village seemingly deserted, with no bodies but also no sign that the people fled. In the ruins of his house, Connie finds an immobile Titan that reminds him of his mother. Connie attempts to tell the group that the Titan had communicated with him but is quickly dismissed by Reiner. As night falls, Connie and his group take refuge in Utgard Castle, which subsequently comes under siege by Titans.
During the siege, he is attacked by a smaller Titan and rescued by Reiner, who is injured in the process. He expresses frustration that Reiner has always protected him, and promises that someday he will repay him in turn. Like the others, he is shocked when Ymir reveals herself to be a Titan, noting that while Eren was initially unaware of his Titan shifting power, Ymir appeared to have been fully conscious of this power all along. After the squad led by Hange rescues them, Connie joins the efforts to continue investigating Wall Rose for damage.
When a battle breaks out between the soldiers and the Armored Titan and Colossus Titan, he is assigned to tend to the wounded. He worries about Reiner and Bertolt, who he fears are injured and missing, unaware that they are the Titans being fought.
In the aftermath of the battle, Connie joins the rescue party. However, he is in disbelief at the fact that Reiner and Bertolt are their enemies, and is determined to hear it from them himself. When the team finally arrives in the forest, he is one of those that encounters Ymir's Titan form and identifies her for the others. They question her, but get no response. He is shocked when Ymir suddenly attacks, kidnapping Krista and fleeing to rejoin Reiner and Bertolt.Eventually, he is finally able to catch up to the traitors and uses his equipment to climb onto Reiner's shoulder. Together with Jean, he confronts Bertolt and Reiner concerning the friendship they shared in the past and their lies. He mentions that the members of the 104th Training Corps had once promised to survive, and grow old together while reminiscing over drinks. This, along with Jean's words, finally reach Bertolt and cause him to break down. But before the group can react to Bertolt's confession of their betrayal, as well as their genuine affection for them, Hannes shouts to warn them that Erwin Smith is leading a massive horde of Titans directly towards them.
Connie is forced to retreat, and watches in horror as his former friends charge straight into the horde of Titans. When Erwin orders a second charge, he follows the others back into battle. He later appears elsewhere on the battlefield, using the chaos to retrieve Krista. When she protests that he should leave her behind and declares that Ymir will be killed if she does not go with the traitors, Connie demands she rethink things. He wonders whether Ymir's claims are the truth, and points out to her that Ymir is never serious unless it is for Krista's sake. Stating that even an idiot like him can tell how bad things are, he advises her (and Ymir, following them in Titan form) to retreat for now since otherwise they will all be killed. However, before they can rejoin the main forces, the Armored Titan begins hurling other Titans to block the soldiers' escape.
With their route cut off and the Armored Titan on his way, things look hopeless for Connie and his allies. However, to everyone's surprise, the Titans suddenly stop attacking the humans and turn their attention to one of their own, and then, as Eren rages, the Titans all begin to swarm the Armored Titan. Confused, but not letting this chance to escape pass him by, Connie urges Krista and Ymir to retreat with the rest of the army, though Ymir opts to stay behind to defend Bertolt and Reiner. Connie manages to make it back to Wall Rose, still in shock, but relieved to be alive. Upon reflecting with Eren, Armin and Jean, Connie comes to believe that it was Eren's shouting that caused the Titans to stop attacking them.
A week later, Connie revisits the remains of his village with Hange. Upon further inspecting the mysterious, immobilized Titan lying on his house, Connie realizes it bears a striking resemblance to his mother. With this revelation, Hange comes to the conclusion that the Titans that appeared within Wall Rose were originally the people of Connie's village. Confused and distraught, Connie muses that all he has left now is a portrait of his family, and his Titan mother, and that he can never forgive whoever is responsible.Connie, along with Eren, Mikasa, Armin, Jean, Sasha and Krista, are enlisted to form a new squad under Levi's leadership. As with the previous Squad Levi, Connie's task will be to safeguard Eren and Krista, whose real name is revealed to be Historia Reiss. During Hange's Titan experiments with Eren, Connie helps stand guard around the place. Later, the group receives some mysterious instructions from Erwin that leave them in shock, and they abandon the hut to follow the plan, narrowly missing a raid by the Military Police Brigade First Interior Squad.
Arriving in the city, they are surrounded by angry citizens who accuse them of wasting their taxes without giving results, and in the commotion, Eren and Historia are seemingly kidnapped by a rushing wagon. With Jean and Armin impersonating Eren and Historia, respectively, Squad Levi is able to follow the kidnappers back to their hideout. Once there, Connie acts as a lookout, while Levi and Mikasa subdue the kidnappers.
After the Survey Corps is accused of murdering Dimo Reeves, Connie and the rest of Squad Levi go into hiding. While waiting for orders inside a stable, Connie joins Sasha and Jean, voicing his misgivings about Levi's intimidating Historia, and complaining that he might treat the rest of the Squad the same way. After Levi is attacked by the Military Police Brigade, Levi's squad starts moving in order to follow Eren and Historia. Levi orders Connie and Sasha to lead the Squad's horses while he, Mikasa, and Jean fight off their pursuers.
After escaping, Squad Levi takes refuge in an abandoned barn outside of town. Connie takes part in the kidnapping of Hitch Dreyse and Marlowe Freudenberg, and participates in Squad Levi's attack on the Military Police's Interior compound. After attacking the compound, Squad Levi successfully captures a member of the Military Police and retreat to question him. Their interrogation is interrupted by Sasha, who sees someone approaching. To the entire squads' delight, it is Hange, who informs them that the Survey Corps has been exonerated, and that they have a lead on Eren and Historia's whereabouts.Connie participates in the attack on the cavern beneath Reiss Chapel, firing signal flares to provide cover for Levi and Mikasa, before joining the fight with his vertical maneuvering equipment. However, they are unable to reach Eren and Historia in time, and are unable to stop Rod Reiss from using the Titan serum to turn himself into a Titan. Connie helps Jean and Levi unchain Eren, but is left trapped with his Squad, with no way of escaping the collapsing cavern. With no other alternative, Connie and the rest of the Squad watches as Eren attempts to save them, crushing bottle labeled "Armored-Braun" in his mouth as he transforms into his Titan form.
Having survived thanks to Eren's new hardening ability, Connie starts looking for an exit, which he finds in the form of a hole in the roof of the cavern. After helping his teammates out of the cavern, Connie and the rest of Squad Levi follow Rod's Titan form to the Orvud District, where they plan to fight the now transformed Rod Reiss. Once Rod's Titan arrives at the Wall, members of Squad Levi douse themselves in water to endure the extreme heat from the steam, and after Eren, in his Titan form, manages to blow Rod's head apart with gunpowder-filled barrels, Connie uses his vertical maneuvering equipment to cut the flying pieces of Rod's head in order to destroy his nape and kill him.
After Historia is crowned queen, she starts an orphanage with the Reiss Family's funds, which Connie and the rest of Squad Levi begin working on in their spare time. Connie is seen eating with his fellow soldiers, and new recruits to the Survey Corps, but decides to go to sleep early, explaining that he plans to visit his home village the following day.
When the squad leaders decide to serve meat to the Corps soldiers to celebrate their return to Shiganshina, a tearful Connie is forced to hold Sasha back as she attempts to devour as much of it as possible. After tying her up, Connie reminds Eren of the time Sasha actually offered to share meat with her comrades, right before the Colossus Titan appeared outside of Trost District. He and Eren are both left in awe at how much they have accomplished in the months since then.
The next day, as the Survey Corps prepares to depart, they are surprised by the arrival of a large crowd of civilians who eagerly cheer them on. Connie and the rest of the recruits begin cheering along with them, but are left dumbfounded when the normally stoic Erwin begins cheering also, before beginning the expedition. After arriving in Shiganshina, Connie takes his position atop Wall Maria and watches with his fellow soldiers as Eren uses his hardening ability to fill the hole in the Wall.After Eren seals the hole, Connie and his Squad go to meet up with the rest of the Survey Corps, but stop and take up positions atop the Wall after Erwin shoots a signal flare into the air. From there they witness Reiner's emergence from within Wall Maria, and the appearance of the Beast Titan and his army. As Eren and Reiner fight in their Titan forms, Connie and his squad surround the two and prepare to help Eren. After Hange and Mikasa manage to blind Reiner, Connie and the rest of the squad use their Thunder Spears to his Titan form's nape and expose his human body. Although he and Sasha find themselves unwilling to kill Reiner, Jean manages to convince them to carry on with their mission. Connie quickly evacuates the immediate area around Reiner with the rest of the soldiers as Hange announces that Bertolt will be attacking them from above. After Armin unsuccessfully tries to negotiate with Bertolt, Connie and his teammates use Eren's Titan form to shield themselves as Bertolt transforms.
Under Jean's order, Connie and the group get on Titan Eren's shoulders to move to the river while conserving gas. Connie gives Mikasa a Thunder Spear for her to penetrate the Colossus Titan's nape. When Titan Eren initiates his attack, Connie and the group scatter.
After Reiner's return to the battle, Connie participates in Squad Levi's plan to keep him away from Eren and Armin. While Jean attempts to distract Reiner, Connie and Sasha attempt to use their Thunder Spears to blow his Titan's jaw apart, but are caught off guard when Reiner attacks them with debris from nearby houses. Although Connie manages to hit Reiner with his Thunder Spear, Sasha is severely injured and Connie is forced to carry her body to safety.
After Mikasa and Hange defeat Reiner, Connie continues to watch over Sasha's unconscious body while the rest of his teammates discuss with Hange what to do with Reiner. When Reiner is rescued by Zeke and the Cart Titan, Connie begins to pursue them but is stopped by Hange, who points out that his vertical maneuvering equipment is almost out of gas. Connie comes to the rooftop with Sasha, Jean and Hange, who prevents Mikasa from hurting Levi. As his squad leaves the roof, Connie tearfully says goodbye to Armin. After Levi chooses to give the serum to Armin, Connie and his squad help Armin out of his new Titan body. Atop the Wall, Connie rushes to Sasha's side and brings her water.
After returning home victorious, Connie attends a meeting with the rest of the survivors of the expedition where they are debriefed on the information they recovered from Eren's basement. An awards ceremony is later held for him and his fellow survivors.
After the Battle for Shiganshina, a year passes and the use of the Titan guillotine clears Wall Maria from all Titans. Connie is among the Survey Corps soldiers to lead an Expedition beyond Wall Maria, and finds a Titan whose limbs were so small that it could only crawl. He is among the Corps members to arrive at the ocean.
In the year 854, Connie is one of the Survey Corps members who participate in the infiltration, and later the attack in Liberio. He is grouped with Sasha to pick off Marleyan soldiers and to block the street leading towards the internment zone. After succeeding, he plants beacons on a nearby rooftop, and leaves together with Sasha. Connie and Sasha regroup with Jean to figure out their next move. After the arrival of Marley's Titans, Connie, along with the other Corps members prepare to face the enemies as Levi orders them to survive.
Amid the conflict, Connie watches Eren unsuccessfully attempt to devour the War Hammer Titan, and later takes cover from the Beast Titan's projectile. He tries to assist Jean in killing the Cart Titan's operator, but is forced to retreat by Theo Magath and other Marleyan soldiers. He later notices the arrival of an airship commanded by Hange Zoë and informs Jean, who is relieved to see that it has arrived on time.
Connie then retreats to the airship with the rest of the Survey Corps. When he sees Jean and Sasha are not cheering along with Floch Forster and the other soldiers, he pulls both of them close and tells them that they are very special to him and he is glad they survived. Shortly thereafter he notices that Lobov has yet to join them and a girl rolls into the airship cabin. She fires her rifle, striking Sasha, to Connie's horror. He crouches by Sasha and calls for her to hold on until they get back to the island. However, Sasha does not make it and Connie tearfully goes to report to the others that she has passed away. He tells Eren that her last words were "meat."
After returning to Paradis, the soldiers who were killed in Liberio are buried. While visiting their graves, Connie and Jean are forced to defend Nicolo, a Marleyan prisoner-of-war, who is being harassed by another soldier. Learning that Nicolo had wanted to visit Sasha's grave, they lead him to where she was buried. Connie thanks Nicolo for cooking good food for Sasha when she was still alive, professing that he feels like a part of him is missing without her.
Connie, Jean, Armin and Mikasa meet to discuss the recent occurrences in Paradis. As the other three discuss Pixis's arrest of the Volunteers, Connie interrupts them, asking if Eren had seemed right in the head to them. Connie claims that Eren was not acting like himself, and declares that he will kill Eren himself if he has started cooperating with the enemy. Mikasa responds to Connie's threat in kind, and Connie asks her if she intends to join Eren in betraying them. Mikasa protests that Eren still values them, but Connie reminds her that Sasha's death was a result of Eren's acting on his own and dragging the Survey Corps into his attack. He drives his point home by revealing to Mikasa that Eren did not cry when he received the news of Sasha's death, but laughed. Growing angry, Connie demands that Mikasa explain to him what could have possibly been funny about Sasha's death to cause Eren to laugh.
Connie is present when Hange questions a group of four Survey Corps members led by Floch who publically revealed Eren had been put in jail for what he did in Liberio.
Connie's abilities put him in the top 10 of the graduated trainees. He is said to be "slow on the uptake but makes very sharp turns." Connie's combat skills are shown to be more or less average, and he has yet to be shown successfully slaying a Titan.
Connie is noted as being one of the quickest soldiers using vertical maneuvering equipment. He is so fast that he rarely ever has to engage Titans in combat.
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- Sasha Blouse - Connie and Sasha were very close friends. Even though they often got into trouble together and often joked around, they cared for and protected each other when the situation called for it. Connie admitted that she and Jean were special to him. When he announced Sasha's death to the bridges crew after Gabi's attack, he entered the cabin with tears in his eyes. After her burial, Connie said it felt like "half of himself" had died with her.
- Reiner Braun - Connie greatly admired Reiner, and looked up to him as a big brother. The two were often seen together during their trainee days, and Connie noted that Reiner has protected him on multiple occasions. As such, he is shocked when Reiner's true identity is revealed and stated he would not believe it until he could confront the traitors face to face. Having done so, it is unclear how he feels or if he even had time to process everything. When he believed he had helped kill Reiner in Shiganshina, Connie broke down into tears, showing he still looks back on Reiner as a good friend.
- Ymir - Their relationship was often tense, and they were prone to taking verbal shots at one another. Most of their interactions devolved into arguments, Ymir generally looking down on Connie, and Connie having no patience for Ymir's tactlessness. However, though he often called her names and seemed to hate her, when the others wrote Ymir off as an enemy, Connie recognized that her actions were motivated by her love for Historia and tried to understand her. While in her Titan form, Connie gave her the nickname "ugly" and ordered her around, even kicking her head, indicating that he trusted her enough to feel safe around her and was not intimidated by her Titan form.
- Eren Yeager - Connie and Eren were initially on good terms. Connie initially found amusement in Eren's difficulty as a trainee, but their relationship eventually turns friendly, and Connie is later inspired to join the Survey Corps because of Eren (although he claims it is due to not wanting to be in the same branch as Jean). After Sasha's death, Connie begins viewing Eren with contempt, thinking he is a different person to the man he used to be close with. Now, he says he is readily prepared to cut Eren down should the need arise.
- Beast Titan - This mysterious Titan is responsible for the destruction of Ragako and the transformation of Connie's family and friends into Titans. Connie swears vengeance against the creature, stating firmly that he will never forgive those responsible and that next time, they have to kill it.
- Connie's name may have multiple meanings, either from the Celtic name "Connor," meaning "son of the wolf," or "Constantia," meaning "conviction." "Springer" is German for "knight," "leaper," and "dolphin."
- In a side art for Volume 11, several characters were given examples of what they would look like as Titans. Connie's form was a rather small Titan with little to no distinguishable features.
- Connie cuts his own hair.