A symbol of the franchise, the Attack Titan is the secret weapon of its protagonist Eren Yeager and an image of Paradis Island’s resistance.
The foremost player in the story and the possible source of the series’ name itself, the Attack Titan is perhaps the most mysterious of the Nine Titans highlighted in Hajime Isayama’s famous manga Attack on Titan, as well as its profoundly successful anime adaptation.
First presented as the Titan held by the series’ protagonist Eren Yeager, this franchise image was uncovered at the end to be a getting-through symbol of Eldian freedom and resistance. As a matter of fact, over multitudinous generations of holders, the Attack Titan is said to have not even once fallen into enemy hands, constantly pushing ahead despite any test while paying particular attention to the interests of the Subjects of Ymir in the world of Attack on Titan.
Despite not having any specific abilities as on account of the Armored Titan, Colossal Titan, Female Titan, Beast Titan, or even the Warhammer, Jaw, and Cart Titans. Whose fundamental traits remain moderately similar between users over generations — the Attack Titan is principally eminent for its crude strength.
Seasoned users such as Eren Yeager, his father Grisha, and even Eren Kruger had the option to match other Titans in hand-to-hand battles, despite without the defensive layer or strategic advantages possessed by others among the nine. Over the long haul, with the grand uncovering of its actual purpose in the story, that of transcending time itself, the Attack Titan becomes a considerably more indispensable aspect of Paradis Island’s struggle against persecution by the rest of the world.
Design And Influences
Boasting prominent musculature and a good stature of 15 meters, the Attack Titan is supposedly based on Japanese blended military artist Yushin Okami. Even though there are variations between users, as seen on account of Eren’s and Grisha’s Attack Titans, the base character designs are similar in most respects. Be that as it may, Grisha’s Titan had a much burlier physique and considerably more beard growth — to all the more likely line up with its holder.
On the other hand, Eren Kruger and Eren Yeager’s Attack Titans had substantially more slim and toned builds, attributable to their years in the military going through intensive preparation. Furthermore, the battling style of the Attack Titan is based on another Japanese blended military artist, Akiyo Nishiura. At first, the Attack Titan’s facial features were very humanoid, except for the absence of any skin covering the Titan’s mouth, exposing every one of its teeth. However, after the time skip, Eren’s Titan structure starts to take on an undeniably more satanic appearance, signifying Eren’s more twisted worldview and his association with Satan of all Earth.
Regarding characterizing features, the Attack Titan is somewhat of an exception in that it does not possess any means of distinguishing itself from standard Unadulterated Titans. It has neither covering, upgraded stature, extended arms, nor other qualities that set it apart from its peers among the nine. Where it lacks in strategic benefit, however, the Attack Titan’s beast strength and unarmed battling capabilities are more than cosmetics for any lack in the hands of an able user.
For instance, Eren’s triumphs in hand-to-hand battles against the likes of the Armored Titan and the Warhammer Titan during the Clash of the Titans and the Marley curve bear testament to this. Even though it is significant that he was supported by his Survey Corps comrades in the first case and had the additionally guaranteed winner of shield serum during the second conflict.
Origins And History
Like the rest of the nine, the Attack Titan’s existence stemmed from expanding the paths following the demise of the first Founding Titan, Ymir Fritz. As one of the titan powers held by the respectable houses of the Eldian Domain all through its almost 2,000-year history. It was also a probable piece of the Great Titan War, which saw the realm disintegrate due to expanded infighting between the aristocracy for supreme command over Eldia’s territories and its titan powers.
What is interesting to note during this contention is that seven of the other nine titans, just notwithstanding the Organizer, fell into Marleyan hands throughout the civil war. Nevertheless, the Attack Titan remained steadfastly partnered with Eldian forces, not even once compromising on its planned purpose — constantly battling for Eldian freedom.
Indeed, even with the 145th Fritz Ruler’s retreat behind the walls of Paradis Island, the Attack Titan stayed on the mainland, waiting for its chance to mount a counter-offensive against Marley and restore Eldia to its previous brilliance. This is impressive considering how each successive holder of the Attack Titan needed to keep away from catch or any disclosure of their character while living among the full could of the Marleyan military—secretively directing the course of the Eldian Restorationist development shortly before the start of the story.
The last holder of this titan power is uncovered to be, as a matter of fact, Eren Kruger, a spy in the Marleyan Public Security Authorities, who was present during the demise of Grisha Yeager’s sister Faye in the year 817. After acquiring the Titan two years later, Kruger supplied the Restorationists with significant intel as “the Owl.” Alas, when this extreme gathering of Eldians, with Grisha and Dina Yeager among their number, was discovered and sentenced to death as mindless titans on Paradis, Kruger was called to complete the sentence.
While escorting Grisha to his demise, Kruger viciously silenced him as the previous saw his better half transformed into a titan and lose the wall. As the time came for Grisha’s turn, Kruger subtly mediated and pushed his confidant, Sergeant Major Gross, off the wall in Grisha’s stead, uncovering himself to be, in all honesty, the holder of the Attack Titan.
On destroying the Marleyan battleships held onto the shores of Paradis and dealing with the soldiers supporting them. Kruger disclosed his actions as the Owl to Grisha, persuaded him regarding his mission to retake the Founding Titan inside the walls, and permitted himself to be eaten to pass on to the Attack Titan.
The Symbol Of Freedom
From the time of its first appearance at the Battle of Trost, when Eren’s titan-killing frenzy successfully reversed the situation of the battle for humanity inside the walls. The Attack Titan has always been depicted as a seal of trust—at first, seen as the savior of humanity that would one day lead them to freedom from the danger of the Titans.
However, the disclosure of the world outside the walls transformed this picture to one where the Eldians of Paradis saw Eren and the Attack Titan as their principal countermeasure against the scorn coordinated towards them for almost an extended period. Another charming equal lie in the similarities between this vision of the Attack Titan contrasted with Eren’s dreams of freedom, starting with his desire to se the world outside the walls for himself.
The strike on Liberio cements this discernment considerably further, with Paradis Island’s first victory against the partnered forces of the world, who were gathering to plot an offensive against the apparent danger of the arising Eldian civilization inside the walls.
From the sheer coarseness, unrestrained fury, and intense perseverance seen in the character of its holder, Eren, the Attack Titan developed into something beyond a tactical power. Throughout the story, it, step by step, turns into a symbol of the islanders’ resistance despite a boundlessly more powerful enemy, symbolizing their long for freedom, similar to the minuscule sliver of trust felt by entirely confined birds.
Memories Of The Future
While Attack Titan lacks in distinguished battling advantage, its principal ability, that of permitting holders to access memories from the future, is crucial to the course of the account of Attack on Titan and its focal theme of Paradis Island’s struggle for survival.
Even though there have been some speculations about the source of this capacity — most quite stemming from Grisha Yeager’s seizure of the Founding Titan as the holder of the Attack Titan, consolidating the two powers into one — the genuine cause remains unexplained entirely. This foresight supersedes the memory inheritance seen in the other Nine Titans, excepting the Organizer, who perceives, past, present, and future at the same time.
Described by Zeke Yeager as “the power to transcend time,” this technique for future memory inheritance is not without flaws of its own. Most memories transferred from future holders to their predecessors were fragmented. For instance, Eren Kruger knew the names of Mikasa Ackerman and Armin Arlert, the closest friends of Eren Yeager, a future holder of the Attack Titan.
However, they were unaware of what their identity was. On the other hand, his successor, Grisha, had foreseen the Rumbling and encouraged his son Zeke to forestall it. Furthermore, Grisha knew about the imperial bloodline restriction on using the Founding Titan when he took power from himself and was even urged by Eren to take out most of the Reiss family.
Also, Eren Yeager himself needed to be made aware of how his actions during the Rumbling would work out to the last detail and just foresaw his excursion to the Paths. He also had practically zero data concerning Ymir Fritz’s presence in the Direction and her strategy to submit to illustrious family members.
Consequently, despite the capacity to possess considerable power and impact on the story, its imperfections do muddle specific characters’ actions, who need to depend on deficient bits of data to complete their roles.