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    Eren Yeager

    I am free. Whatever I do. Whatever I choose. I do it out of my own free will.
    Gender: Male
    Type: Hot-headed hero to vengeful war criminal
    Monster shifter
    Time traveler
    Age: 15 (Year 850)
    19 (854)
    Species: Human (Formerly)
    Titan shifter
    Portrayed by: Yūki Kaiji (Japanese)
    Bryce Papenbrook (English)
    Haruma Miura (Live-action)
    Status: Deceased
    Media of origin: Attack on Titan


    "Eren: That's 80%.
    Armin: Huh?... (looks at the distance in confusion, then later sees massive footprints drenched in blood)
    Eren: I killed 80% of Humanity.
    Armin:...What... ...HAVE YOU DONE!? EREN! WHY?!
    Eren: As I said, I tried to kill all of humanity outside the walls... ...and you guys stopped me. So that's 80%. The humanity outside the walls will fall on the same level of civilization as Paradis. Which means... There will be no one-sided retaliation. This war will never end.
    "
    Eren showing Armin the destruction of The Rumbling.
    "The transition of Eren from like a protagonist you root for, to a character where you're like: "Damn. Damn, I don't know about that shit." It was one of my favorite things about Code Geass, where the protagonist becomes someone you can't really root for anymore, because they're making some decisions like: "Damn, that shit's fucking evil"."
    penguinz0 in Moist Meter: Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2


    Eren Yeager (Eren Jaeger in the anime, Eren Jäger in German) is the main protagonist (until the Paths arc and became the main antagonist in its final arc) of the Attack on Titan series.

    He is a former member of the Survey Corps, the leader of the Yeagerists, the current inheritor of the Attack Titan and later revealed to be the Founding Titan as well. He serves as Reiner Braun's foil and is the half-brother of Zeke Yeager.

    Why He's the Slave that Runs for Freedom

    "If you want to stop the Rumbling, then you have to kill me. Because you are all free."
    Eren's chronological last words, before being killed by Mikasa for good.
    1. Not only is Eren the main protagonist, but also the main villain, and the author of his own story. Saying that he's free to do whatever he wants, and had valid points that people made the choice to follow (also known as slaves), and not having the freedom to do as they please.
      • Eren started out as a simple-minded, and a brash kid at first, seeking revenge at the Titans for eating his mom, until he saw the past that the Titans were nothing but slaves to Marley. The moment when Eren saw his future after kissing Historian's hand, Eren has now become much darker and more evil as time went on. He also later thought on what he will do next, changed his viewpoints and motivation that he will decide what's best for Eldia by killing all of humanity except for the Titans.
        • Even back then, his hatred towards Titans are justified since they've destroyed his hometown, killed plenty of people, and has eaten his mother.
      • Attack on Titan gave one of the biggest plot twists to ever happen: Eren is the one responsible for encouraging his father Grisha Yeager to kill the Reiss family, which made not only brought the mystery of Historia's relatives into a close, but even made the main antagonist Zeke (who saw his half younger brother was brainwashed by their father was actually the same man that gaslighted Grisha into killing) shocked on what happened, then also came to a realization that he was hating the wrong man for years and warned by Grisha that Eren was evil all along.
      • It also turned out that Eren has been using the body and consciousness of a man named Eren Kruger using the Attack Titan's memories to push Grisha to move forward, and lose his sanity until death.
    2. He had memorable relationships with other characters:
      • Has a complex relationship with his adoptive sister Mikasa Ackerman. Eren often displays a brusque, casual attitude with her, which belies their deep bond and care for each other.
      • Armin Arlert is his closest friend, and has inspired him to dream of the world beyond the Walls (and in doing so, became partially responsible for motivating him to join the Survey Corps), and exploring the ocean.
      • Eren has major respect for his seniors, Levi Ackerman, Hanji Zoe, and Erwin Smith. Even after being beaten by him during trial, Eren bears no grudge against Levi, and wants to learn as much as he can from Levi, heeding his advice with little hesitation and trusting his judgment.
    3. Eren saved Mikasa from her kidnappers. What's even more impressive that he's able to kill adults at a really young age!
    4. He's had many of his best moments:
      • His quote; "You damn traitors!/Damn you! You traitors!" towards both Reiner and Bertholdt after finding out that they are Titan shifters, and the death of Hannes is also one of the signs that he loses his innocence throughout the series.
        • One of his saddest quotes: "HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! You are just as useless as you always were! You haven't changed one goddamned bit! NOTHING'S CHANGED!!!" that he hated himself for not having enough strength to save his mom and Hannes from being eaten.
      • Transforming at the right time Willy Tyber has declared war on Paradis.
      • Asking Ymir for the Founding Titan's power.
    5. His Titan form looks awesome, including his final form, which is makes his army of Colossal Titans look like mere ants.
    6. Both Yūki Kaiji and Bryce Papenbrook did an outstanding job voicing him in both in Japanese and in English.
      • Eren's Titan roars fit in both languages.
      • This could be said the same to his late actor Haruma Miura, who's managed to look like Eren in the critically panned live action Attack on Titan film, and its sequel.
    7. What makes Eren different from other anime protagonists are the following, especially the time-skip:
      • He doesn't rely on the power of friendship in order to win.
      • He could even go back in time to tempt someone into doing what they truly desire, even if that desire involves murder.
      • Isolated himself from his friends by infiltrating Marley as a disguised soldier, manipulated Falco, and mentally broke Reiner for making him feel guilty ever since the day Shiganshina fell.
      • Not afraid to be very honest with others, even if it meant hurting them with words.
      • As mentioned before, he has managed to manipulate his half-brother Zeke, his father, and the first Titan shifter Ymir for his own personal gain and pleasure.
        • He even pretended to agree with Zeke and Yelena's euthanasia plan to prevent the Subjects of Ymir from producing children only for the two to fall for Eren's plan to commit genocide.
      • Chose Paradis' safety and freedom by having an army of Wall Titans to destroy Marley. Even if it risks by dooming the world.
        • Got his revenge by killing the civilians, the soldiers and the children of Marley.
      • Stopped his opponents from reaching their true power, which isn't something that protagonists in the Shonen genre can do.
      • Gotten more skilled in combat.
      • Increases his power by eating other Titan shifters.
      • Insane enough to tempt Pieck if she wants shoot Eren in the head or not.
      • Had brought the previous Nine Titans back to life, and make them follow by his own volition.
      • Even with being beheaded by Jean and Armin destroying his main body, Eren regenerated by having the same size as the Collosal Titan, and goes toe-to-toe with Armin. Which really shows that Eren refuses to give up.
      • Made his former friends to convince both Marley and Paradis to be in good terms and team up in order to defeat Eren and achieve peace.
    8. He's also the modern day equivalent of Guts from the Berserk series, as both excel at combat, and will stop at nothing to accomplish their goals.
      • Eren had also become the anime interpretations of both Thanos, and Darth Vader, since the three are tragic protagonists that became cold-hearted and power hungry genocidal warlords.
        • He and Ken Kaneki have their own views of moving forward to protect the ones they loved by becoming gigantic, and mutated monsters that killed and/or infected innocents.
      • Eren went through the same experiences as Kaneki, it gets much sadder that both characters were once nice individuals that was forced to do terrible, horrible things in order to succeed and have both opposing sides to co-exist together. The only difference is Kaneki had his character arc ended happily, alive and well, while Eren ended his the opposite.
    9. If you paid attention to the two openings of Attack on Titan: The Final Season as well as its final ending, you can understand Eren's current mental state and point of view.
      • My War depicts Eren's true desire for freedom. The lyric: "Angels planning disguised, with devil's faces, children cling on to their, very last coins" symbolizes Eren feeling remorse by apologizing to Ramzi (a complete stranger) that he will stomp Marley.
      • Rumbling's lyrics: "If I lose it all, slip and fall, I will will never look away!" depicts Eren sacrificing his honor from the Survey Corps, his humanity, and his love for Mikasa, by becoming the ultimate evil.
      • and finally, Child of Evil symbolizes Eren's love for Mikasa, no matter what happens, he will always love her.
    10. Eren is a man of his word:
      • Promised that he will wrap the scarf around Mikasa's neck as many times as possible.
      • Destroy the world (80% of the global population).
      • Eliminated every Titan in existence (After being beheaded and killed by Mikasa).
      • Made sure that 20% of the human population made peace with each other after his death, for thousands of years.
    11. The anime's series finale added more depth to Eren's motivations (which the manga's final chapter was heavily criticized for), which made him a much more complex character than he already is; all he wanted was to save his hometown and friends from their demises. Even with his wrongdoings, Eren had to carry that pain and burden by turning himself into the villain so that his friends can become heroes who stopped the Rumbling, and end the cycle of violence. But even with all the efforts that Mikasa, Armin, Levi, Reiner, and the others after went through all to stop the genocide and succeeded, it is highly inevitable that (especially without the future generations' knowledge of the Titans and the history between Paradis and Marley) someone in the future will declare war and restart the entire cycle all over again and again until no one is left.
      • Eren knows this. As much as he admitted his childish views, the amount of people he's trampled, hunger for power, how much he always wanted to flatten the outside world, and that power messed his brain after seeing the past and future, he had to do something. Since he cannot end achieve true freedom due to other side of the human race having opposing viewpoints of whether to have peace or not, the best Eren could do is to delay the conflict, long enough for his friends to live on peacefully before they passed. Any war or destruction that happens in the far future won't apply to them.
      • and unlike in the manga, Mikasa, Armin, Levi, and their generation passed away peacefully, and peace lasted much longer until the next war happened a few thousand years later. Paradis and Marley are in an era where the history of the Titans are a myth, or non-existent to its people, yet war never stopped. So Eren's plan of the Rumbling succeeded.
        "On your feet, dad. You're not done yet. In case you've forgotten, you had your own reasons for coming here. You had a little sister until that man fed her to those dogs... Think of your slaughtered comrades... of Kruger... of Dina... Avenge them, to keep moving forward. Even if you die, even after you die... After all, this whole ugly story, has been started with you..."
    12. Hear me, all Subjects of Ymir. My name is Eren Yeager. I now speak to all Subjects of Ymir by way of the Founding Titan's power. Every wall on the island of Paradis has been unhardened. All of the Titans buried within them have begun to walk. My goal... is to protect the people of Paradis, who bore me and raised me. But the world desires the extinction of the people of Paradis. Over countless years, their hatred has grown beyond this island. They surely will not stop until they have killed every one of the Subjects of Ymir. I reject their desire. The Titans of the Walls will trample and rumble all the lands beyond this island. Until the lives there... are eliminated from this world.
      • "You're an animal, you hear me!? QNo, you're a disease! This is what you get you son of a bitch! This is what you get for what you are! Die! DIE!!!"
      • "I will keep moving forward, until I kill enemies."
      • "If someone dares to steal my freedom, I won't hesitate to take theirs."
      • "Even if you die... Even after you die..."
      • "Before long, they will all die. No, I will kill them all... right, therefore it's decided. In the future, too. Paradis Island didn't find a way to survive, right? Anything and everything will be lost. Houses. People. Animals. Lives. Dreams. Aren't we Eldians supposed to die? What would mom think? It's also true that if Eldians completely die out, all of the Titan problems would go away. I... just can't accept things ending that way."
      • I'm sorry... The reality of the world outside the walls was different from the world I dreamed of. It was different from the world I saw in Armin's book. When I learned when humanity lived beyond the walls, I was so... disappointed. I wanted to wipe it all away. I'm sorry... I'm sorry...
      • Fight... (Tatakae...)
      • "I'm just like you Reiner. A no-good shithead. No, I'm much worse."
      • Tell me Hanji! If you got something up your sleeve, let's hear it!
      • "Freedom."
      • I'll kill them all... every last one... The world will rumble!
      • Armin: So after this, we'll be together forever, won't we?
        • Eren: After this? Where?
        • Armin: In Hell, assuming it exists.
        • Eren: I'll be waiting for you in Hell.
        • Armin: Right, we'll be together, forever.
    13. Him transforming into the Doomsday Titan and initiating the Rumbling not only symbolizes Eren becoming the one species he despised and wished for extinction, but also became the cycle of hatred. The skeletal form of hallucegenia that got connected to Ymir, conflict and war between Paradis and Marley, the successor of the late and corrupt King Fritz, the weapon that Marley used against Paradis that destroyed the walls of Shiganshina, and the epitome of evil, that's what Eren had truly become.

    Bad Qualities

    1. In the first 3 seasons (4 if you include the second half of season 3), he mostly gets captured every time during his fight.
    2. Some would say Eren is very unlikable for his attitude and decisions, especially in later events of the final arc. Eren's villainous actions caused his people, including his closest friends to lose trust and turn against him, although this was all part of his plan, but still:
      • Rejecting the food Mikasa gave him in the shelter after their first attack of the Titans.
      • Emotions getting the best of him.
      • is very unhinged, and has psychotic tendencies, especially as a 9 year-old.
      • After finding out that Sasha Braus was shot and killed, Eren laughed it off, while Mikasa and Armin are mourning her death. But even then, this is somewhat justified because Eren's mental health and sanity worsens with each time passes.
      • Eren had outright told Armin that he was a useless traitor, and admitting to Mikasa that he hated her all his life. But this made sense that he doesn't hate them deep down, since he had to make a lie by mixing up the truth. Eren only did it to make both Armin and Mikasa to hate, kill, and forget about him.
      • Gave his family members severe mental trauma.
        • Has tormented Grisha through Paths for years.
        • Mentally broke his own grandfather after reminding him of what happened to his daughter Faye.
        • Giving Zeke the horrible realization that the global population's blood will be on his hands. Also Eren, adding salt to the wound, sadistically reminding Zeke of how he himself devoured Grisha.
        • He also murdered his grandparents in the Rumbling.
      • Indirectly killed Hanji Zoë with his army of Collosal Titans.
      • Had the hallucigenia gas infected and transformed everyone at Marley (except for Mikasa, Armin, Levi, Falco, Annie, Pieck, Reiner, and Onyankopon) into mindless Titans.
      • Had to keep Bertholdt alive by luring Dina to avoid him, but indirectly lead to eating his mom.
      • He still committed mass genocide and killed off 80% of the global population by stomping them all to death.
    3. The design of his Founding Titan form is sometimes hard to follow, even though it's supposed to be creepy and uncanny.

    Trivia

    • His voice actor Yuki Kāji had also voiced Ayato Kirishima from Tokyo Ghoul, Koichi Hirose from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable, Issei Hyoudou from High School DxD, and Meliodas from The Seven Deadly Sins.
    • His English voice actor Bryce Papenbrook had also voiced the latter: Kirito from Sword Art Online, Makoto Naegi Danganronpa, human version of Morgana from Persona 5, and Caesar Zeppeli from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.
    • Eren and his father, Grisha Yeager, are the only known Titan shifters to have taken more than one of the Nine Titans.
    • Eren was likely named after the first known inheritor of the Attack Titan, Eren Kruger, who had a profound influence on Eren's father Grisha. Ironically enough, Eren would later use Kruger's last name when infiltrating Marley, presenting himself as Eren Kruger.
    • Hajime Isayama designed Eren's Attack Titan form after Japanese martial artist Yūshin Okami.
    • His surname, Yeager, is derived from the German word Jäger, meaning "hunter".
    • The head of his Founding Titan strongly resembles horror movie icon, Sadako Yamamura.
    • Eren has the highest kill count in the entirety of Attack on Titan.

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