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Seventeen Shingeki No Kyojin (Attack on Titan) Facts About Eren Yeager

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Eren Yeager in his Titan form.

Eren Yeager in his Titan form.


Eren Yeager (sometimes also written as Eren Jaeger) is the main protagonist of Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan). He is the member of the Survey Corps and the current Coordinate user. After the the fall of Shiganshina, the city he lived in, Eren was forced to abandon his peaceful everyday-life and engage in battles against Titans, who are a mysterious race of humanoid giants that rapidly attacked humanity to the point of near-extinction.

After the confrontation with the Colossal Titan, Eren is injured, having his leg bitten off. While struggling to survive, everyone in Eren's squad dies, except Eren and Armin. When Eren saw that Armin was about to get eaten, he immediately switched places with him, thus getting eaten himself. After this fateful event, we find out that Eren is not as ordinary as everyone thought. He is actually a Titan Shifter, a specific human in possession of the "Titan's power", which allows him to transform into a Titan.

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Eren is the son of Carla and Grisha Yeager. In the story, Eren is currently 15 years old and his birthday is on the 30th of March. His mother, Carla, was a caring mother and wife. She was the one who forbade Eren to join the Survey Corps out of fear for her son's safety.

Grisha, Eren's father, was a doctor, who was acknowledged for saving hundreds of lives from a plague that hit the city. Later in the story, we find out that his father was a Titan Shifter as well. Another member of their family is Mikasa Ackerman. After Eren saved Mikasa's life from kidnappers, she became his adoptive sister, with Carla and Grisha as her adoptive parents. [1]

Carla's reaction when she found out that Eren wants to join the Survey Corps.

Carla's reaction when she found out that Eren wants to join the Survey Corps.


The name Eren has a Turkish origin. Eren means "saint" or "holy person" in Turkish. It can also mean "whom reaches or matures; become wise".

On the other hand, "Eren" could also stand for the German word "Ehre" (plural "Ehren"), which means "honor". His surname Jaeger (Jäger) is a German word for "hunter". Thus, his full name is also similar to the German word "ehrenjäger" which means "titular hunter".


Eren is on the 2th place (with 2244 votes) on the Shingeki no Kyojin characters popularity poll published in the Shingeki no Kyojin Guide Book INSIDE. The first place belongs to Levi (with 3953 votes) and the character ranked third is Mikasa Ackerman (with 2232 votes).


When they were little, Armin showed Eren a book about the world behind the walls. Eren’s curiosity and his will of being free led him to dream about the outside world. This dream made him hope to join the Survey Corps (the Scouting Legion) someday. After joining the military he belonged to the 104th Trainees Squad.

According to Armin, Eren’s nickname in the 104th Trainee Squad was "Suicidal Bastard" (Shi ni isogi yarō, which literally means "the bastard who's in a hurry to die"). During graduation he ranked in the top 10 soldiers, on the 5th place. He then joined the Scouting Legion together with his childhood friends Armin Arlert and Mikasa Ackerman.


The Shingeki no Kyojin Guidebook: INSIDE featured Eren's stats, which rate his skills. His combat was rated 9/10, his initiative 10/10, his teamwork 5/10, his wits 3/10 and his temper was rated 10/10. Also, this Guidebook featured Dot Pixis' grade for Eren, which is A.

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Because of the number of Titans he killed while using his Titan shifting abilities, Eren has the highest Titan kill record of all the former graduates of the 104th Trainees Squad.


In the anime of Attack on Titan we can see that Eren, in his Titan form, has a third eyelid called “nictitating membrane”, that is possessed by predatory species like some reptiles, birds, and sharks.

The nictitating membrane is a transparent or translucent third eyelid present in some animals that can be drawn across the eye for protection and to moisten it while maintaining visibility. Some reptiles, birds, and sharks have full nictitating membranes. It is often called a third eyelid or haw.

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The nictitating membrane in Eren's Titan form.

The nictitating membrane in Eren's Titan form.


Eren is voiced by a popular voice actor, Kaji Yūki, who is also known for example as the seiyuu of Shion from NO.6, Yukine from Noragami, Sonic from One Punch Man, Ouma Shu from Guilty Crown, Alibaba Saluja from Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Kozume Kenma from Haikyuu!! and Ayato Kirishima from Tokyo Ghoul. He will be also voicing Kuro in Servamp anime.

Kaji YÅ«ki's voice acting roles.

Kaji YÅ«ki's voice acting roles.


There are two official Shingeki no Kyojin dakimakura (hugging pillows), one with Eren and one with Levi. It actually caused a commotion, because two male characters were released instead of female ones, as it usually happens when it comes to shounen manga, but the series is highly popular with both male and female fans.


In the Shingeki no Kyojin live-action movie, Eren is played by Haruma Miura, who also played Kazehaya Shota in the Kimi ni Todoke live-action movie (2010), Kentaro Saeki in Eien no Zero movie (2013) and Fujimaru Takagi in Bloody Monday TV drama (2008-2009).

Attack on Titan live-action movie.

Attack on Titan live-action movie.


In the Shingeki no kyojin guidebook Shingeki no Kyojin INSIDE Kou, Eren got an “A” grade in the “Instructor’s Analysis”. He is praised especially by his skills in man-to-man combat, which are one of the two best in the 104th Trainees Squad (second only to Mikasa’s). His only flaw is losing control of his emotions when he is mad.


It was stated in the interview by the author of the manga, Isayama Hajime, that Eren’s Titan form is based off of Yūshin Okami, a Japanese martial artist. Isayama stated that his ideal is "the physique of a middleweight mixed martial artist".

YÅ«shin Okami and Eren's Titan form.

YÅ«shin Okami and Eren's Titan form.


Eren is one of the Shingeki no Kyojin characters, together with Armin Arlert, Mikasa Ackerman, Levi, Jean Kirstein, Erwin Smith and Hange Zoë, who got their own line of perfume. Eren’s perfume has top notes: bergamot, lemon, lime, and mint; middle notes: cardamom, nutmeg, and anise, and base: cedar, sandalwood, and musk.


The first opening of the anime “Guren no Yumiya” (literally "Crimson Bow and Arrow"; in German: "Feuerroter Pfeil und Bogen") by Linken Horizon is Eren’s theme song in the anime. The song refers to his name multiple times.


Eren despises Titans so much he has a habit of using the counter suffix –hiki when talking about Titans, which is used for small animals, instead of the –tai, which is used for big animals.


In the anime of Shingeki no Kyojin, we can see hints of foreshadowing that Eren is a Titan Shifter, like his dream about his father injecting him with a mysterious serum, or the moment in the episode 3 when we see a steam that rises from Eren’s injured head, which could have been his ability to regenerate, not just a gag showing his embarrassment after hitting his head.

Eren's father.

Eren's father.


In the anime episode 13 and manga chapter 14 of Shingeki no Kyojin, when Eren lifts the giant boulder on his shoulders in his Titan form, he resembles Atlas, the Titan god of endurance and astronomy in Greek mythology, who is holding a celestial spheres on his shoulders.

Atlas was a legendary Titan. He was in a lot of stories, starting with a story including a hero named Hercules. Atlas led a battle of Titans against Zeus which lasted for ten years. Eventually Atlas was singled out by Zeus and forced to hold up the heavens as a special punishment.

Atlas holding the Earth.

Atlas holding the Earth.

About Shingeki no Kyojin series.

Shingeki no Kyojin is a shounen manga series created by Isayama Hajime, which began on September 9, 2009 published in Kodansha's Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine. In 2011 the manga series won the Kodansha Manga Award in the shounen category. With 15,933,801 copies sold, the series was the second highest selling manga series of 2013. First season of the anime adaption of Shingeki no Kyojin aired from April 7, 2013 to September 29, 2013. The second season of the anime was also confirmed, but for now there’s no exact date of the premiere of the first episode, beside the year 2016. The Shingeki no Kyojin manga also received spin-off series like manga: Shingeki no Kyojin: Kuinaki Sentaku (a story about Levi’s past), Shingeki! Kyojin Chuugakkou (middle school au), Sungeki no Kyojin (4-panel comic); novels: Shingeki no Kyojin: Before the Fall, Shingeki no Kyojin: Kakuzetsu Toshi no Joou; and also two-part live-action film directed by Shinji Higuchi (released in Japanese theaters on August 1 and September 15, 2015 respectively).

In the Shingeki no Kyojin world, humans were nearly exterminated by Titans who devour human beings. The rest of the humanity which was able to survive hidden behind the huge walls. The manga tells the story of Eren Yeager, his foster sister Mikasa Ackerman and his childhood friend Armin Arlert, who decide to join the military to fight the Titans, after their home town is invaded and destroyed by a Titan, larger than any wall protecting their cities, which they never knew even existed.

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N B Yomi from Dallas, TX on July 25, 2017:

Thanks for re-educating me about the "nictitating membrane." I had been aware that aquatic animals like Beavers and Crocodiles have those eye-lids since I was eight years old(I'm 28 and and am an amateur zoologist) but I forgot what they were called. Didn't know Eren had those eye-lids in titan form though. Can't think of why he'd need's from a biological standpoint. Also I didn't know that the moment Eren carries that boulder was a reference to Atlas. I commend Isayama for that one if it was intentional. And then there's Eren having the same Japanese voice actor as Alibaba Saluja and Speed Of Sound Sonic... I forgot about that, but after my memory refreshed... Yeah I still don't know how to take it.

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