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Nine Founding Titans: Explained

Where it all started

Two countries. Eldia and Marley. At present, sworn enemies. Approximately, 2500 years ago, a nameless Eldian girl fell into a sinkhole that contained a liquid (Titan serum)- wherein a spinal cord-like object fused into her back and gave her the powers of a Titan: basically a gigantic humanoid-like creature that kills mankind. This was the first record of a Titan ever being born and she used her newfound powers to do great good for society like cultivating wastelands and building bridges between the mountains. She went by the name of Ymir and lived under the rule of King Fritz. She went on to marry the King and had 3 children: Sina, Maria, and Rose (the Three Walls, remember?) Ymir gave up her life protecting the King and her body was then cannibalized forcefully among the three daughters to keep preserving the Titans’ powers. This generational transfer of powers through cannibalism continued and Eldians kept becoming  Subjects of Ymir/Shifting Titans.

Geography and Politics

Descendants of Ymir live on the streets of Marley, and Marley grew to become a society that developed an advanced military with the help of Titan powers and also in general had a far superior knowledge of the Titans than everywhere else in the world of Shingeki No Kyojin. In fact, the Marleyan government turned law-breaking humans into Titans, as punishment.

So when you look at it, Marley was using Titan-shifting Eldians to become powerful. They even brainwashed the Eldians into thinking that people on Paradis Island (the last territory of Eldia, where basically the 3 walls are built) are actually devils (because Marley was using this area to dump off Eldian criminals- basically creating a bunch of Titans) so that they can keep preserving the Founding Titan’s powers.

Eldians went to conquer most of the world including the Kingdom of Marley- and it is said that they killed almost thrice the world’s population during the process. Soon infighting began and the 145th King of Eldia, Karl Fritz decided that his people had heard the word too much and they needed to be punished. So he made plans with the Tyber noble family and retreated from power. The noble families that remained, tear each other apart to be the next ruler. Karl himself arranged for a Marleyan type uprising and took advantage of this and overthrew the Empire- ‘the Great Titan War’. He then retreated with as many Eldians as possible to Paradis Island, which is basically the setting for our SNK and home to our protagonists’ years later. Using Colossal Titans, Karl built the walls and erased the memories of all the subjects of Ymir, and made the minorities as the new nobility- Ackermans and Asians- who later were driven to extinction.

Now the Eldians who could not escape and were left on the mainland were made second-class citizens and escaped beheading only because of their ability to turn into Titans. The story begins in present-day where Eldia is non-existent, the remaining Eldians roam behind the walls, and Marley is once again the world superpower as they had seven of the original nine Titans, that ended up spreading hate for the Eldians worldwide.

The Nine Titans

All Nine Titans together make up the original powers of Ymir Fritz. These are the only Titans that retain their intelligence even after transformation.

Founding Titan

Founding Titan

By screaming, he has the capability to convert the Subjects of Ymir into Titans, manage the minds of Titans, and modify the recollections and the bodies of Subjects of Ymir, but this happens only if the inheritor has royal blood or comes in contact with a Titan of royal blood. For example, Grisha Yeager could not activate his Founding Titan powers as he did not have royal blood. He, in turn, gets connected to all Subjects of Ymir and Titans through paths. Ymir Fritz is the original Founding Titan, and it was passed down through the Reiss noble family. Currently, it is Eren Yeager who became one by devouring his father, albeit, not knowing what he was doing.

Armored Titan

Armored Titan

With extremely hard, armor-like skin, except in areas necessary for movement, this Titan can easily harden its arms and feet into claws that can also help them climb walls.

Attack Titan

Attack Titan

Currently held by Eren Yeager, this Titan can receive memories from both past and future inheritors of the Titan. It is said to have fought for freedom for many generations.

Beast Titan

Beast Titan

This Titan can take on the shape and form of any animal and thus physique varies according to descendants. First seen during the invasion of Wall Rose, it is currently Zeke Yeager who owns it, aka, Eren’s older brother. He killed many members of the Survey Corps and destroyed entire fleets of ships by throwing missiles into the sea. He also possesses the ability to create pure Titans because he has his own spinal fluid administered into the body of subjects of Ymir, as he possesses royal blood from his mother, Dina Fritz.

Cart Titan

Cart Titan

This Titan walks on four legs, which allows him to transform countless times in a day, without needing any rest and it is said that his speed rivals that of the Jaw Titan. This is currently held by Pieck, who is a young female soldier from Marley. She can even stay transformed in this form for almost two months.

Colossal Titan

Colossal Titan

This Titan has enormous size and emits huge amounts of steam from its body almost like a furnace, at the cost of its own muscle tissue. Previously under the possession of Bertolt, it is the tallest Titan of the 9 Titans so far coming second only to Rod Reiss’ Titan. This has the capability to turn down an entire wall with a single kick and the heat that it emits is enough to keep dozens of soldiers at Bay in fear of being cooked alive. Armin currently holds this Titan.

Jaw Titan

Jaw Titan

Fastest of the Nine Titans, this one has incredibly hard teeth and claws that are capable of causing immense destruction. Now, Falco Grice who is a warrior cadet previously imprisoned in Eldia, became the Jaw Titan after eating Porco Galliard.

War Hammer Titan

Warhammer Titan

For generations, this Titan was kept within the Tyber family. It can make various weapons from its own Titan hardness. The user can also control it from far away by hiding in a case of a hardened crystal, via Titan flesh. During the Raid on Liberio, Eren murdered and ate Lara Tybur, thus gaining the Warhammer Titan.

Female Titan

Female Titan

Currently, under Annie Leonhart, she has enormous power and intelligence. Over time, she developed the ability to use Titan hardness by generating crystalline substances that protect the Titan’s nape and continue to fight. Annie uses her knowledge of martial arts to perform incredibly powerful combat moves. The female Titan also has the ability to call nearby pure Titans with a scream.

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