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|Do you people know why we the scouts have shed so much blood?! To take back our freedom from the Titans! I was willing to sacrifice my own life for that cause!|
|— Hange lecturing Pastor Nick|
Hange Zoë (ハンジ・ゾエ Hanji Zoe?) is a high standing veteran member of the Scout Regiment and a section commander (分隊長 Bun-taichō, lit. "Leader of a squad") in charge of the fourth squad. Hange conducts research on Titans to the point of being obsessed with them and as such, is deeply interested in Eren Jaeger, who has the ability to transform into a Titan.
Hange has wide, light brown eyes and medium-length dark brown hair that she often keeps tied up in an unkempt high pony tail with bangs parted down the middle. As a constantly busy person, her hair is thrown up very quickly and is usually oily and unclean. Hange wears square, thick-rimmed glasses that have bands strapped around her head to keep them from dislodging during combat; but when she is out of combat she wears thin oval shaped glasses, still keeping the bands on her head most of the time. She is occasionally shown pulling her glasses up onto her forehead from time to time, often to indicate seriousness or anger. Hange is often seen wearing the normal Scout Regiment uniform with a yellow button-up shirt underneath. When on missions or business, she wears the traditional green Scout Regiment cloak.
PersonalityHange is not a character with a solid personality; all of her emotions are usually broadcast in the most extreme way possible. To most people she appeared as an energetic and quirky scientist with a very unique way of conducting herself and her work. However in time of stress or confusing situation, Hange is able to keep a level head and make solid and quick decisions; ordering those below her while simultaneously showing concern for their well-being and the success of the mission.
She explains that she first had a very hateful heart when she joined the Scout Regiment, but when she kicked the head of a 3 meter Titan she was shocked at how abnormally light it was. This drove her to take an extreme and outside-the-box approach to Titan research. Hange showed great compassion for her Titan test subjects, even crying when she was forced to put Beane in severe pain for an experiment. Hange developed relationships with the Titans, and when they were killed she had a complete meltdown.
Hange is a genius, using her brain for the benefit of humanity. As a leader Hange excels and she is able to easily figure out complex problems and create plans for her teammates to carry out. However, despite her cheeriness, in an interview, Hajime Isayama said that he believes Hange to be the scariest character when angry. This trait is heavily emphasized when she threatens to drop Pastor Nick off the edge of Wall Sina for not giving her the information she requested. This change of character is often marked by Hange putting her glasses on top of her head, and her cheery nature can be seen to return when she puts them back down.
Hange is among the many surprised recruits present when Levi, Isabel Magnolia, and Furlan Church are introduced to the Scout Regiment as new recruits. She enthusiastically watches Levi demonstrate his omni-directional mobility gear skills during training, commenting on how individual skill and style weighs in on performance and outcomes in battle.
Hange is impatiently waiting to leave Trost District for the 49th expedition outside the Walls, wanting to capture a Titan to study. She tries to convince Levi Ackerman and Miche Zacharius to help her capture one but they both dismiss her. After the expedition has begins, she attempts to convince the commander, Erwin Smith, to authorize a Titan capture operation, but he refuses. She then takes her frustration out on Oruo Bozad, telling him how important it is to study targets if they are going to win while choking him.
After this, Titans are sighted in the vicinity and as the scouts prepare themselves, Hange runs ahead and attempts to lead a Titan to the Walls. The Titan briefly chases her but suddenly changes course and runs to a spot in the woods. Hange follows it and tries to communicate with it, but the Titan does not pay attention. Taking advantage of the Titan's distraction, Oruo attempts a surprise attack, but stops when Hange asks him to, and is caught by the Titan. However, Levi kills it and saves Oruo, much to Hange's disappointment.
Hange and the Special Operations Squad then find a notebook and the corpse of a Scout Regiment soldier named Ilse Langnar. Upon reading the notebook, Hange returns Ilse's belongings to her parents and is able to convince Erwin to authorize capture operations. A short while after, with the help of the Special Operations Squad, Hange is able to successfully capture Titans with no casualties..Trost District on another expedition with the Scout Regiment. As Eren Jeager, Mikasa Ackermann, Armin Arlelt, Hanna Diament, and Franz Kefka watch them leave, they and many others in the crowd admire Captain Levi. Hange teases Levi, saying that his admirers would be disappointed if they knew what a clean freak he was. Hange gleefully awaits the mission departure by the gate, just behind Commander Erwin Smith. She states that she hopes to see an Abnormal Titan this time and how wonderful it would be if she did. Levi tells her that there is already an abnormal Titan present and when Hange excitedly looks for it, he grabs her head and states that the abnormal is her.
After the Scout Regiment departs, Hange is next seen excitedly flying through an abandoned town using her omni-directional mobility gear. Hange glides by a Titan, grabbing its attention, and lands on a roof. She promises the Titan that she is not going to hurt it, and when the Titan swings at her, she easily evades it and congratulates it on trying. She cheerfully states that it is her turn and kills the Titan. Hopping away, she turns to the Titan's body and assures it that her attack did not hurt before it falls to the ground.
Hange and Miche are assigned to take Eren to his court hearing in front of the leaders of the Military. She is present with the rest of the Scout Regiment as Levi beats up Eren and checks on his condition after the tribunal is over, noting that Eren's lost tooth grew back.
Later, when Eren and the Special Operation Squad are at the former Scout Regiment Headquarters, Hange explains that she is in charge of experimenting with captured Titans Sawney and Beane and begins to prep Eren on previous experiments, but noting his enthusiasm to learn, ends up talking all night until morning. They are then interrupted with news that Beane and Sawney are dead. Rushing to the site, Hange cries at the loss of her Titans.
She later moves forward with her experiments on Eren. When it turns out that Eren cannot turn into a Titan at will, Hange is a little disheartened. However, seeing Eren's Titan hand later on causes her to react over-excitedly and breaks the tension between him and the Special Operations Squad. When she excitedly runs to Eren and touches his Titan arm, she burns her hands on the exposed muscle. When Hange finds a teaspoon being clutched by Eren's Titan arm, she concludes that Eren's Titan powers are only awakened when he has a clear objective in mind, such as the moment when he defended Mikasa and Armin from cannon fire. She also hypothesized that this switch must have a good reason as well as being connected to the Titan's nature.
Hange is present during the capture of the Female Titan and mockingly tells her that the special target restraining weapon is designed so that the more her wounds heal the more her joints will be immobilized. She then laughs and wonders what is taking Levi and Miche so long to draw out whoever is inside.
When Eld Gin wonders why they were not told of the plan to capture the Female Titan in the Forest of Giant Trees, he speculates that Erwin only told those who were in the regiment before the fall of Wall Maria to be sure they were not spies and that Hange is among those who were notified.
During Annie Leonhart's rampage through Stohess District, Hange again uses the special target capture weapons to halt her. After capturing Annie, Hange goes to the ground and holds her sword to Annie's eye. She tells her she is too far in to get Titans to devour and free her this time. She then states that she will be the one to devour her and that she will get all the information she can from her. Annie then shakes free and Hange safely returns to a roof top stating that they did not have enough traps and she then orders the soldiers to follow her. When Annie heads for an open area in the district, Hange tells the soldiers to split up and work their way around over the buildings.
Later, Hange stops Jean Kirschtein from continuing to try and break open the crystal Annie put around herself presumably to avoid being tortured. She orders the crystal containing Annie be moved to safety and worries for the future of the Scout Regiment after the failure of this mission. Annie is later brought deep underground and kept under the Scout Regiments custody.
While scouts haul Annie’s crystal away, Hange stands by and assures she is secured with ropes and a tarp. She then notices many of the scouts appearing to be surprised by something and runs over to see that there is a live giant Titan is within the hole in the Walls made by the Female Titan. Moblit asks her for orders, but Hange appears to be in shock, wondering how the Titan could be there and if it was just coincidence or if all the Walls are filled with them. Her thought is then interrupted when Pastor Nick slaps his hand on her shoulder and worriedly tells her not to let the sunlight touch the Titan.
Later, Hange stands atop the Walls with Nick and her squad, having covered the Titan with a makeshift tarp. She then questions Nick about the Titan, asking why it is in the Wall and why he had kept quiet. However, Nick attempts to dodge her questions by blaming the Scout Regiment for the current situation and saying he has business to do, requesting to be let down from the Walls. Hange then becomes furious and grabs Nick’s shirt, holding him over the edge of the Wall and telling her squad to stay back. She then laments about the moral of the Scout Regiment and their desire to take back freedom, demanding Nick speak. When he refuses, Hange moves in to drop him off the edge, but he stops her by letting go of his hold on her and welcoming death. Nick claims that his life is not worth revealing his information, and begs God to deliver him. After brief hesitation, Hange throws him back onto the Walls and sits on the edge, claiming it was all a joke. She then asks Nick if all the Walls are filled with Titans, shaking. Moblit then approaches her and Hange expresses her fear of the unknown, claiming not to have felt this way since her first time outside the Walls.