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|After her death, Ymir's soul was split into nine Titans, who built the empire of Eldia.|
|— Mr. Yeager recounts the origins of the Nine to Grisha|
The Nine Titans (九つの巨人 Kokonotsu no Kyojin?) are nine Titan powers that have been passed down through the Eldian people for nearly 2,000 years after Ymir Fritz's death, each of them having their own name. They are the Founding Titan, the Attack Titan, the War Hammer Titan, the Colossus Titan, the Female Titan, the Beast Titan, the Armored Titan, the Jaw Titan, and the Cart Titan. Currently, the first six are with Eldians on Paradis Island, while the remaining three are under the control of Marley and its Warriors.
Around 2,000 years ago, Ymir Fritz obtained the power of the Titans and became the first Titan, the Founding Titan. Thirteen years later, she died from unknown causes and her soul was split into the Nine Titans, who were passed down to nine of her Subjects. The Nine Titans soon destroyed the ancient empire of Marley and conquered the entire continent to build the Eldian Empire. As family relations play a significant role in passing inheriting memories from the previous inheritors of the Titans, the Nine Titans normally resided within noble families during Eldia's reign. Examples include the Fritz family with the Founding Titan and Tybur family with the War Hammer Titan.
The noble families who held the Nine Titans, other than the Fritz family, were in a constant state of conflict with each other, known as the Great Titan War, but the Founding Titan had maintained the peace. When the 145th King, Karl Fritz, inherited the Founding Titan, he held great shame for the actions of his people and carried sympathy for Marley, a nation under constant tyranny. He conspired with the Tybur family as atonement for the actions of the kings and queens of old and fabricated the story of Helos, a Marleyan who defeated King Fritz. They succeeded in inciting civil war with the help of the people of Marley and while Eldia collapsed from the inside, Marley seized control over seven of the Nine Titans, with only the Founding and Attack Titans escaping their grasp. They distributed the Titans they had (except for the War Hammer Titan) among Eldians loyal to them known as Warriors. Karl Fritz then moved many Eldians onto Paradis Island and built the Walls by transforming thousands of Subjects of Ymir into Colossus Titans, which hardened to form three concentric walls. The king then erased the memories of the Eldians on the island, except for a few immune minority races.
The Tybur family was allowed to keep their Titan because they were the first to fight for Marley, leaving them and the Reiss family (the Fritz family renamed) the only remaining Eldian houses left with their Titan after the war. The Reiss family later lost their Titan to Grisha Yeager in the year 845. After Grisha's Attack Titan ate Frieda Reiss' Founding Titan, the two Titans mixed into one; this resulted in the number of Titans being reduced to eight. The number was reduced again years later when Eren Yeager's Attack Titan consumed Willy's sister's War Hammer Titan, bringing the number of Titans down to seven.
Names and abilities
- The Founding Titan (始祖の巨人 Shiso no Kyojin?) is able to turn Subjects of Ymir into Titans, manipulate the actions of Titans, and erase the memories of the Subjects of Ymir with its screams, but only while in contact with the royal family. It is connected to all the Subjects of Ymir via "paths."
- The Attack Titan (進撃の巨人 Shingeki no Kyojin?) is said to always move ahead seeking and fighting for freedom.
- The Colossus Titan (超大型巨人 Chō ōgata Kyojin?) is enormous and can evaporate its body to release immense amounts of steam.
- The Female Titan (女型の巨人 Megata no Kyojin?) is able in every field and can attract nearby Pure Titans by screaming.
- The Armored Titan (鎧の巨人 Yoroi no Kyojin?) is particularly good at hardening and is covered by hardened armor-like skin, except in key areas necessary for movement.
- The Beast Titan (獣の巨人 Kemono no Kyojin?) has incredible throwing capabilities and stands a little taller than the others (aside from the Colossus Titan).
- The Jaw Titan (顎の巨人 Agito no Kyojin?) is small but is the swiftest of all the Nine Titans; it also has sharp teeth and claws capable of breaking almost anything.
- The Cart Titan (車力の巨人 Shariki no Kyojin?) is quadrupedal, has great endurance, and can stay transformed for long periods of time. Its speed rivals the Jaw Titan's.
- The War Hammer Titan (戦槌の巨人 Sentsui no Kyojin?) can harden its flesh and shape it into various weapons. It can also be controlled by its operator from afar via a cable of Titan flesh.
Age does not affect the appearance of the Nine Titans. After acquiring the Attack and Founding Titans, Eren's Titan form becomes much more mature in appearance and stays that way. The Warriors' Titan forms remain constant through their childhood and into early adulthood.
Some of the Titans have been shown to possess the ability to harden. The Armored Titan is particularly skilled at this, being able to naturally harden its entire body. It can also control the areas of hardening, removing armor for more mobility or creating claws on its fingertips. The Jaw Titan has naturally hard teeth and claws; this hardening is much stronger than normal hardening. The Female Titan is also capable of hardening: Annie is able to selectively harden regions of her Titan and even create a protective layer around her human body. The War Hammer Titan takes it a step further and can even make weapons out of hardening. The Attack Titan does not to have this as an innate ability, but it can still be gained through specialized serums, such as the case with Eren. Zeke's Beast Titan can also harden, although it has not been shown.
The Nine Titans can be transferred to a new host, should they be devoured by a Titan. This allows an ordinary Titan to become a new human with the power of the Titans, and inherit one or more of the Nine Titan abilities as well as the memories of the previous inheritors. This has been the case with the Founding Titan for over a thousand years.
However, according to Rod Reiss, the power of the Titans resides within a human's spinal fluid, meaning that to gain the Titan's power, it is not necessary to eat the entire human, but rather a Titan can simply bite through the spine and ingest said fluid. Titan serums are, in fact, the spinal fluid of Titans, though study of the serums is difficult due to the serum's rapid rate of evaporation upon contact with air.
Inheritors of the Nine Titans do not adopt the appearance of the previous owners' Titans, as both Ymir and Frieda's Titans' appearances are vastly different from Marcel Galliard and Uri Reiss' Titans, respectively. The current inheritor's Titan form do experience certain changes depending on which of the Nine is received, as Ymir's Titan form gained sharp claws and teeth after acquiring the Jaw Titan and Armin's Titan form became much larger after acquiring the Colossus Titan. Eren's Pure Titan form was much smaller than his current form, and both Ymir's Titan form and Frieda's Titan form were noticeably more emaciated than their Titan bodies after inheriting their Titans. Rod Reiss has claimed that different serums will give different Titan forms, even if that Titan later inherits one of the nine.
If an individual with the Nine Titans dies before their Titan can be inherited by being devoured, that Titan will be passed on to the first baby among the Subjects of Ymir who is born directly after the said inheritor's death, regardless of distance or relation to the previous inheritor.
Curse of Ymir
Each person who inherits the Nine Titans is fated with the "Curse of Ymir," which limits their lifespan to only 13 years after first acquiring the power of the Titans. During the last years of their life, their body will weaken until they perish.
Inheritors and their Titan forms
|Name||Titans Inherited||Description||Titan Form|
|Reiner Braun's Titan is a 15 m class with a slight resemblance to his human form. His Titan form has thick, hardened plates of skin all over his body which serves as his armor. This Titan is well-built and has a hunched profile. Its only visible weaknesses are the small areas on the backs of its joints where there is no armor. Though not particularly fast, this form is strong and agile, capable of destroying a fortified Wall after a sufficient running start.
Due to the "Curse of Ymir," Reiner only has two years left to live.
Later: War Hammer Titan
|Eren Yeager's Titan is a 15 m class, which he receives after devouring his father. Its most prominent characteristics are its elongated ears, fleshless jaws and highly muscular build. Eren's Titan form has so far been shown to have fairly substantial physical strength and endurance. After ingesting a bottle labeled "Armor" from Rod Reiss' bag, Eren's Titan gains the ability to harden, allowing him to seal the hole in Wall Maria. Prolonged and repeated use of this Titan form has allowed Eren to gradually increase control over its initially unstable mental state. Its eyes are a piercing gray.
Due to not having royal blood, Eren is unable use the powers of the Founding Titan. However, if he comes in contact with a Titan with royal blood, such as Dina Fritz, he can temporarily use its abilities like controlling Pure Titans with his screams.
Due to the "Curse of Ymir," Eren only has four years left to live.
|Annie Leonhart can transform into a 14 m class Titan with a distinctively feminine build and short, blonde hair. Her transformation endows her with immense strength and speed. A Titan of athletic appearance with lean muscle and minimal skin, Annie's is a Titan of unusual power and intellect. It has the stamina and focus to maintain a running pace capable of keeping up with horses over a long distance. This Titan form also has the unique ability to harden its body parts by generating a crystalline substance across chosen areas of its body, allowing it to simultaneously protect its nape and fight. Combined with Annie's refined martial arts, it can perform incredibly deadly and destructive attacks.
The Female Titan can call upon nearby Pure Titans by screaming, drawing them towards the vicinity of the Female Titan's current location.
Due to the "Curse of Ymir," Annie only has two years left to live.
|Zeke Yeager's Titan has a distinct, ape-like appearance. His Titan's body structure and facial features are like that of a human's, and he walks upright like one also. He stands at a previously unseen 17 m in height. Dark fur covers the large majority of his body, with the exception of his face, hands, feet, and torso. His arms are also elongated, with long fingers and fully-functional thumbs. The proportions of his upper body are similar to that of the Colossus Titan, possessing a massive chest and small head, as well as unusually slim arms.
Zeke's Titan possesses massive strength and precision: He accurately hits members of the Survey Corps by hurling chunks of the Wall from far away, and destroys an entire fleet of ships by throwing missiles into the sea. He is also able to defeat the Armored Titan without any sustained damage. It has been noted that the Beast Titan is the "strongest" Titan.
Furthermore, Zeke possesses the unique ability to create Pure Titans by screaming after administrating his spinal fluid into Subjects of Ymir; he has some control of these Titans and can even make them move at night. Previous Beast Titans did not have this ability.
Due to the "Curse of Ymir," Zeke has only one year or less left to live.
|Pieck's Titan form is 4 meters tall, the smallest Titan form known yet, and has always been seen moving on her four limbs. Her head, canine-like mouth, and nose are notably oversized in contrast with her eyes and ears. She can stay transformed in this form for at least two months.
Due to the "Curse of Ymir," Pieck only has two years left to live.
|Armin Arlert is the latest person to gain the power of the Titans, by eating Bertolt Hoover after Levi injected him with a Titan serum obtained from Kenny Ackerman. His Titan is similar in size to Bertolt's Colossus Titan, though with a more gaunt body.
Due to the "Curse of Ymir," Armin only has nine years left to live.
|Porco Galliard received his Titan from Ymir, after she decided to return the Titan to Marley. Galliard's Titan possesses long, light hair and a thick beard at the chin. However, the face above the jawline is hairless, and his Titan's mouth takes a cog-like appearance in place of lips or cheeks. The fingers of Galliard's Titan possess segments of hardened skin.
Due to the "Curse of Ymir," Galliard only has nine years left to live.
|Name||Titans Inherited||Description||Titan Form|
|Little is known about the Founding Titan's physical appearance beyond what is depicted in romanticized illustrations. In all pieces of artwork depicting Ymir Fritz's Founding Titan, she appeared to possess a female form with long blonde hair.
Ymir Fritz was the first individual to receive the power of the Titans, making her the true Founder of all Titans. According to Grisha Yeager and the Eldia Restorationists, she used her powers to make great advancements for her subjects, such as cultivating barren lands, building roads across the world, and building bridges between the mountains. After 13 years, she died, and her powers were split between the Nine Titans; her power as the Founding Titan would be passed down through the Fritz family (later the Reiss family) over the next two millennia.
|Karl Fritz's Titan had light colored hair, long arms, and a skinny physique. He used his Titan power to create the Walls and wipe out the memories of the most of inhabitants. His pacifistic will passed down to his descendents that inherit the Founding Titan.|
|Kruger's Titan face was very similar to his human form and had long dark hair, like Grisha and Eren. His body was muscular and he appeared to have great strength, as he was able to crush a boat.|
|Though his full Titan form is never shown, Uri possessed the same regular abilities as Titans and others with the power of the Titans.|
|Marcel's Titan possessed long, dark hair and a thick beard at the chin. However, the face above the jawline was hairless, and his Titan's mouth took a diamond-like appearance in place of lips or cheeks. The fingers and jaws of Marcel's Titan were hard, capable of crushing almost anything.|
|Frieda was able to transform herself into a 13 m female-looking Titan with light hair. She devoured her uncle below the Reiss chapel when she was 15 in order to receive his Titan abilities and secrets of the world. She had the powers of the Founding Titan, but she died before she could learn how to fully use it.|
Later: Founding Titan*
|Grisha's 15 m Titan form shared similarities with Eren's, such as their elongated ears and long hair, except Grisha's Titan jaws have flesh and a beard. He had a bulkier body built. Unlike most Titan forms shown so far in the series, his body was very heavy-built.
He used his Titan form to kill and devour Frieda Reiss along with most of her family, gaining the Founding Titan.
Due to not having royal blood, Grisha could not use the powers of the Founding Titan.
|Bertolt's Titan was the first to appear chronologically within the series. As it was of a 60 m class, it was the tallest Titan of the Nine Titans seen so far, and the second largest Titan overall (coming second only to Rod Reiss' Titan, although it cannot stand); it is four times the height of the regular Titans of the tallest class (15 m). His Titan had incredible strength like no other, and was capable of breaking down Wall Maria's gate with a single kick. His Titan's body temperature was extremely high, to the point that it was constantly emitting steam. The heat of this steam was intense enough to keep dozens of experienced soldiers at bay, lest they be cooked alive. However, because this Titan was so large, it could move slowly.
When transforming, Bertolt had the potential to release an explosive amount of energy during Titan transformation, leveling buildings in a short radius of his transformation, and generating a mushroom cloud of steam.
|Ymir's Titan was a 5 m class Titan with long, black hair, very large irises and an agile, chimpanzee-like body. This form granted Ymir rather long arms and sharp claws and provided her with great agility.
Ymir's Titan had a mouth with all pointed teeth, as well as sharp claws that can either be used to grasp on to things or for combat. Its long arms and small, muscular body enabled it to maneuver itself around with great speed and agility in the same environments as those with vertical maneuvering equipment, making it a formidable foe in battle.
Unlike the others who gained their powers under a controlled process, Ymir gained her powers unexpectedly by eating Marcel while roaming Paradis Island.
|Willy's sister's Titan form was around 15 m. Her Titan had no hair and her skin jailed the exposed areas near her eyes and mouth. She was capable of hardening her Titan form into various weapons. She was skilled with the hammer and was able to defeat Eren Yeager with a single blow from it. Unlike the other intelligent Titans, she controlled her Titan from far away instead of from inside the nape, with her human body, encased in hardened flesh, stayed connected to her Titan body by a kind of "flesh cord."|
- Many transformed Titan forms are modeled after mixed martial artists. For instance, the Armored Titan is modeled after Brock Lesnar and the Attack Titan is modeled after Yūshin Okami.
- Grisha Yeager consuming the Founding Titan and Eren Yeager consuming the War Hammer Titan are the only known cases where a person inherits one of the Nine Titans while already having one. In all other known cases, the receiver has always been a Pure Titan.