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|What are you? A man? Or a Titan?|
|— Kitz Weilman to Eren Yeager|
The power of the Titans (巨人の力 Kyojin no Chikara?) is the ability which allows Subjects of Ymir to transform into one of the Nine Titans. Unlike regular mindless Titans, these Titans are intelligent, controlled by the human inside. The Nine Titans are far more powerful than regular Titans and have unique abilities.
In order to transform, a human with the power of the Titans must suffer an injury that draws blood (often self-harm) while having a solid goal or belief in mind at the moment of injury. Being injured by another person is also sufficient. Once the transformation is initiated, a burst of energy is released (in some cases as a bolt of lightning or an explosion), followed by the generation of the Titan body and a release of hot steam. After transforming, the human body rests within the nape of the Titan's neck as the center of control. The human body is also merged with the Titan's flesh inside to varying extents, most frequently on the area of the cheeks below the eyes.
If a Titan form is pushed to its limit, the human will emerge from the nape of its neck, sometimes in a semi-conscious or entirely unconscious state. If a Titan form is not exhausted, then its human form can emerge from the Titan form in full consciousness. In some cases, a human is able to partially emerge from their Titan body without fully leaving the nape. After the power of the Titans is used, oftentimes the area around the emerging human's eyes is marked by dark lines, which resembles the Titan in their possession, for a short period of time.
The ability to transform into a Titan can be hindered by injuries inflicted on the human body. A human can transform into a Titan with injuries as severe as a missing limb, but only if a previous transformation has not occurred recently. If a human emerges from their Titan form and receives severe injury, this person cannot transform into a Titan again until said injuries have healed.
Inheritors of the Nine Titans appear to be resistant to the normal absorption that creates mindless Titans. However, this does not mean that they are immune to it. In the case of Eren Yeager, it has been shown that repeated transformations in a short period of time lead to decreased control over the Titan form, as well as diminished Titan size and power. As such, it seems that there is a limitation on how long a human can remain in a transformed Titan state before risking absorption. The length of time spent in a controllable transformed Titan depends on how skilled the human is, although even the most experienced can become incredibly fatigued for as long as several days after repetitive use. The exception to this appears to be the Cart Titan, which is known for its great endurance. Pieck is able to stay in her Titan form for at least two months.
Physiology and abilities
The height among the Nine Titans varies greatly, ranging from the 4 meters of Pieck's Cart Titan to the 60 meters of the Bertolt's Colossus Titan. Many of them however range around 15 meters. Feminine Titan forms apparel to be slightly shorter than the masculine Titan forms, as Annie Leonhart's Female Titan is 14 meters and Frieda Reiss' Founding Titan was 13 meters.
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. The Warriors' Titan forms remains constant through their childhood and into early adulthood.
Humans with the power of the Nine Titans also gain the Titans' ability to regenerate. They are even able to grow back their limb or up to the entire head. However, regeneration from severe injuries such as lost limbs can strain their powers and prevent them from transforming for a period of time, and healing takes much longer as a human than as a Titan. The time it takes to regenerate depends on the extent of the injury and how focused the individual is on healing that area. The only surefire way to kill a human with the power of the Titans is through severing the brain's connection to the rest of the body, although it is possible to survive even this method by transferring the mind to the rest of their nervous system.
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. The Female Titan is also capable of hardening. Annie's Titan is able to selectively harden regions of her Titan and even create a protective layer around her human body. The other Titans do not appear to have this as an innate ability, but it can be gained through specialized serums, such as the case with Eren's Attack Titan. Eren's Titan can harden its fists and areas around his body, which is used to seal Wall Maria. Zeke Yeager's Beast Titan can also harden, although it has not been shown.
Those with the Nine Titans are not safe from regular Titans, even while transformed, as the only way for a mindless Titan to regain its human form is by eating a human with the power of the Titans.
The Nine Titans, and the holder's ability to transform, can be transferred to a new host, should they be devoured by a mindless 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. 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. Rod Reiss has claimed that humans can choose the serum that will give them a specific Titan form, meaning they are able to adopt the form given by the serum and not whatever form the Titan they eat possesses. However, the current holder'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 mindless 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.
Those who inherit the Nine Titans are also able to see the memories of previous holders to some extent. Blood relations between the inheritors of a Titan play a significant role in passing these memories. The inheritors of the Founding Titan from the Reiss family are able to access memories going back by dozens or perhaps hundreds of generations, while the current holder of the Founding Titan, Eren Yeager, is unable to see further back than his father's memories and on only one occasion saw back into the memories of Frieda Reiss who preceded Grisha. Other inheritors of the Nine Titans are shown to be able to see the memories of the previous Titan at the very least. However, this process appears to fail when blood relations are interrupted or not present, as Eren Yeager and Armin Arlert did not receive any memories immediately upon inheriting their Titan forms, and Porco Galliard was unable to see the memories of his brother Marcel, though he could see the memories of Ymir who succeeded Marcel and preceded Porco.
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 holder's death, regardless of distance or relation to the previous holder.
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.
- The Founding Titan (始祖の巨人 Shiso no Kyojin?) is able to manipulate the memories and minds of the Subjects of Ymir, humans and Titans respectively, but only while it in possession of (or in contact with) the the royal Fritz or Reiss families. It is connected to all the Subjects of Ymir via invisible "paths".
- The Attack Titan (進撃の巨人 Shingeki no Kyojin?), no matter the age, will seek and fight for freedom, according to Eren Kruger.
- The Colossus Titan (超大型巨人 Chō ōgata Kyojin?) is significantly larger than the others and can evaporate its body to release immense amounts of steam.
- 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 Female Titan (女型の巨人 Megata no Kyojin?) is capable in every field and can attract nearby Pure Titans by screaming.
- The Beast Titan (獣の巨人 Kemono no Kyojin?) has incredible throwing abilities and is always a little larger than the others (aside from the Colossus Titan).
- The Jaw Titan (顎の巨人 Agito no Kyojin?) is small, fast, and agile; it is also equipped with strong teeth and claws capable of breaking almost anything.
- The Cart Titan (車力の巨人 Shariki no Kyojin?) has great endurance and can stay transformed for long periods of time.
- The War Hammer Titan (戦槌の巨人 Sentsui no Kyojin?) has not yet been seen, leaving its abilities and traits ambiguous.
The Nine Titans have been passed down ever since they were split from Ymir Fritz's Founding Titan. As family relations play a significant role in passing inheriting memories from the previous holders of the Titans, the Nine Titans normally resided within noble families during the time of Eldia. Examples include the Fritz family with the Founding Titan and Tybur family with the War Hammer Titan. After the Great Titan War, Marley seized control over seven of the Nine Titans, and distributed them (except for the War Hammer Titan) among random Subjects of Ymir (now known as Warriors); the Attack Titan was lost and went into hiding. 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.
- Ymir Fritz
- 145th King / "First King"
- Mr. Reiss
- Uri Reiss
- Frieda Reiss
- Grisha Yeager - Mixed with the Attack Titan.
- Eren Yeager - Current holder. Mixed with the Attack Titan.
- Eren Kruger
- Grisha Yeager - Mixed with the Founding Titan.
- Eren Yeager - Current holder. Mixed with the Founding Titan.
- Reiner Braun - Current holder.
- Annie Leonhart - Current holder.
- Zeke Yeager - Current holder.
- Pieck - Current holder.
War Hammer Titan
- Willy Tybur - Current holder.
Inheritors of the Nine Titans
|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.
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 an "Armor" Titan serum, 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.
Eren's Titan also has the abilities of the Founding Titan, which allows him to take control of other Titans, and uses to relentlessly attack his chosen target with mindless Titans. However, this ability only activates when Eren is in contact with royal blood, such as Dina Yeager, née Fritz.
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.
When cornered, the Female Titan can call upon nearby mindless Titans by screaming.
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 mindless Titans by screaming after administrating of his spinal fluid into Subjects of Ymir, and has some control of these Titans, even making 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.
Armin Arlert is the latest person to inherit one of the Nine Titans, having become one after Levi injected him with a Titan serum obtained from Kenny Ackerman. While his Colossus Titan form has not yet been seen, Zeke Yeager imagines his Titan to be 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. Porco'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 Porco's Titan possess segments of hardened skin.
|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.
The 145th King'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 has long dark hair, like Grisha and Eren. He appeared to have great strength, as he was able to crush a boat. His Titan form was also quite muscular.
Marcel's Titan possesses long, dark hair and a thick beard at the chin. However, the face above the jawline is hairless, and his Titan's mouth takes a diamond-like appearance in place of lips or cheeks. The fingers and jaws of Marcel's Titan are 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.
Founding Titan (after eating Frieda Reiss)
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. He never used 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' mindless 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. It provided her with such great agility that her Titan appeared to be "dancing".
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.
- 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.
- In the August 2016 Issue of Bessatsu Shonen Magazine, Isayama was asked of what is it like to come out of a Titan's body. He stated, "Just think that it’s like coming out from a sauna."
- While the ability to turn into a Titan is commonly referred to as the "power of the Titans" (巨人の力 Kyojin no Chikara?), this term is also used by the Reiss family to refer to the Founding Titan as well.
- Zeke Yeager has shown the most control and ability out of all people who have the power of the Titans thus far. He is able to comminute perfectly while in his Titan form and carefully pick up Mike Zacharias's vertical maneuvering equipment with his large fingers. His royal blood also enables him to turn other Subjects of Ymir into mindless Titans, which he can control to an extent. Because of this, he is called the "Boy Wonder" by Marleyan officials.
- Grisha Yeager consuming Frieda Reiss and gaining the Founding Titan is the only known case where a person inherits one of the Nine Titans while already having one. In all other known cases, the receiver was always a mindless Titan.