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It is a fan-given name as substitute for lack thereof, and should not be considered as part of the Attack on Titan universe.

The Smiling Titan is the unofficial name of the Titan that was responsible for killing Eren Yeager's mother, Carla Yeager, during the invasion of Wall Maria.[1]


Smiling Titan Close up

The Smiling Titan's distinct wide, grinning smile

The "Smiling Titan" was very tall and, like most regular Titans, resembled a male human. Its main distinguishing feature was its characteristic, grinning smile, in which its lips are fixed wide open, exposing its teeth and gums within at all times.

The Smiling Titan had a thin, emaciated frame with stocky proportions, in which its ribs were visibly apparent, and it possessed an unusually-long neck. It had medium-length, dark hair that only barely reached down to its head and featured small, deeply sunken dark brown eyes.


Fall of Shiganshina arc

Smiling Titan Kills Kalura

The Smiling Titan prepares to devour Carla Yeager

After the Colossus Titan breaches Shiganshina District in Wall Maria, many Titans proceed inside and among them is the Smiling Titan. It embarks inside the town and is seen by Eren and Mikasa as they try to free Carla Yeager, who is trapped under the debris of their house. Though Hannes initially comes to their aid and decides to face the Smiling Titan, he stands catatonic in fear of its frightening appearance. After he realizes that he is too afraid to face it, he opts to instead take Eren and Mikasa to safety, leaving Eren's mother behind. Afterwards, Eren witnesses the Smiling Titan pull Carla out of the debris, as it proceeds to violently incapacitate her and devour her shortly thereafter.[2]

During Eren's days training to enlist into the military, it has a traumatizing impact on Eren. This is evident when he is approached by his fellow classmates about his impressions regarding normal Titans, in which Eren experiences a flashback of the Smiling Titan devouring his mother; associating normal Titans to the trauma caused by the Smiling Titan. He remains silent and is visibly shaken by the thought, until maintaining his composure in front of his classmates and shrugging it off as if he were unaffected by their questions.[3]

Clash of the Titans arc

Smiling Titan death

The Smiling Titan is devoured

Five years later, after Eren had already joined the Survey Corps, the Smiling Titan appears again before Eren and Mikasa outside the Titan Forest during the military's pursuit of the Armored Titan. After killing Hannes, who was protecting Eren and Mikasa before he was devoured, the Titan reaches out for Eren, who punches its hand. This activates powers Eren was previously unaware of, and seemingly gains control over the surrounding Titans. The ones that are under his control proceed to kill the Smiling Titan by ripping it to shreds and devouring it, avenging the deaths of Carla and Hannes.[4]

The Uprising arc

As Squad Levi is preparing to battle Titan Rod Reiss, Eren sees three children looking at the top of the walls. He mentions those kids are just like he, Mikasa, and Armin when the Titans first attacked. Armin replies the only difference is that they, soldiers, are atop the wall to stop the Titan. This prompts Eren to think back to the day they first saw the Smiling Titan. He realizes how much Armin and Mikasa have grown, and begins punching himself for being a "useless brat."[5]

People Killed

Anime and Manga Differences

  • The scene of Carla Yeager's death is depicted slightly different in the anime than in the manga. In the manga, the Smiling Titan squeezes her until her back breaks, making her vomit her own blood, and twitch in its hand before it ate her.[6] In the anime, it simply breaks her back by bending her backwards before biting her with a loud crunch, with blood specks flying in the air.[7]


  • The Smiling Titan is the only known mindless Titan shown to kill a victim before devouring them.



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