There is a saying in Tibet that "tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength." It just so happens that in Attack of Titan, there's no shortage of tragedy. As such, there's also no shortage of strong characters in that anime. Those who have experienced immense loss have become some of the toughest characters in the series.RELATED: Attack On Titan: Most Powerful Non-Titan CharactersAnd while emotional fortitude is commendable, it's far from celebratory considering its source. At times, these characters are even bordering on superhuman when it comes to dealing with their disheartening backstories. Now that Attack on Titan is nearing its end, it's time to look back at how some characters became who they are and what kind of misfortunes they had to handle. Reiner being one of the more fortunate characters here speaks a lot about the typical troubles of Eldians, Marleyans, and the people of Paradis.
He's a war hero but in truth, he did nothing but lose in Paradis. Prior to that, Reiner's past adventures were also revealed and he did a noble sacrifice, volunteering to be the Armored Titan to save someone else from the cruel fate. Deep down, Reiner is a genuinely caring person but his violent tasks as a Marleyan Warrior severely taxed his psyche to the point where he developed a split personality. Keith Shadis is the esteemed Cadet Corps trainer and was responsible for recruiting and educating Grisha Yeager in the past as well as turning Eren into a Survey Corps member. Sometime before Eren was born, Carla Yeager was compelling Keith to stop with the Survey Corps expeditions since they were just sacrificing people. Keith simply couldn't since he's already been through hell and lost many comrades and friends doing what he believes is beneficial to Paradis. To add insult to injury, Carla marries off the very man Keith rescued (Grisha) and also has a son with him. Keith lashed out at Carla after this, which is understandable as he not only lost the girl he loves but also failed to achieve something in the Survey Corps.
As a child, Kaya saw her mother gradually being eaten by a small titan.
Life could have been great for Dina Fritz since she's a direct descendant of Ymir and King Fritz and she possesses special spinal fluids and Founding Titan candidacy, but she was born on the wrong side of the Paradis' wall. Hence, she had to keep her heritage secret so that Marley wouldn't weaponize her. Despite all the caution, however, Marley's cruel military still managed to catch her as a rebel after being betrayed by her own son; she was promptly turned into a regular titan. Dina would go on to wander the wilderness of Paradis until she's eventually killed by Eren Yeager. Kaya is but a side character in Attack on Titan but she's actually suffered some of the worst traumas ever in Paradis. It's on the same level as Eren's childhood predicament but a bit worse since it's not just her mother that was eaten but also other family members. She's the girl whom Sasha Braus saved. As a child, Kaya saw her mother gradually being eaten by a small titan. She was so in shock that she barely knew how to talk or move. Thanks to Sasha's intervention, Kaya's mother's sacrifice wasn't in vain. Hence, Sasha became Kaya's own personal hero but sadly, Gabi Braun had plenty of bullets and words to say about that.
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For some, Zeke probably doesn't deserve to be here since he's had a life of relative comfort in the Marleyan military. There's also the fact that it was he who chose to betray his parents, Grisha and Dina, and turned them over to Marley (effectively causing Dina to die). However, Zeke's most recent conversation with Grisha Yeager during the former's time-traveling escapades with Eren revealed that Zeke was wrong to betray his parents. Initially, Zeke thought his father didn't love him but this wasn't the case as both of them were under extreme stress due to being Eldian rebels within Marley. In the end, Zeke probably had the biggest regret out of all the characters in the anime. Other Eldians from Marley aren't as lucky as Grisha who got to inherit the Attack Titan right away. The fake Ymir had to go through a prolonged state of hibernation before coincidentally waking up with the Jaw Titan vessel standing on top of her. In a sense, Ymir still got lucky. Prior to that, however, she's had one of the worst struggles as an Eldian in Marley. Some cowardly Eldians made her the scapegoat by worshiping her under the pretense that she's "Ymir" only for her to be singled out for execution since she's the supposed religious head. That explains Ymir's cold and loner behavior. It's hard to trust people after that. The protagonist and main driving force of the show, Eren Yeager has been through a lot both physically and psychologically.
His final memory of his mother, Carla is Dina Fritz's titan munching on her. Eren also killed and ate his father Grisha, but he was made to forget that memory. All of that was enough to drive Eren to become a vengeful young man who's hell-bent on seeking justice for all the atrocities and cruelty against the Eldians of Marley and Paradis. It's understandable how Eren became what he is today though by no means does it excuse his genocidal actions. When it comes to the struggle to live and survive, one might even consider Grisha's story as more incredible than Eren's. As a child, Grisha's sister was slaughtered by a Marleyan officer and his parents did nothing about it. Thus, Grisha swore to bring the Eldians back to power, only to be betrayed by his own son, Zeke. This In his getting tortured and his wife also got turned into a titan.
He was given a second chance but had to forsake his first family and create a new one in Paradis. Too bad this family also got destroyed and Grisha's son also forced him to kill the royalty of Paradis before finally getting killed by and eaten by Eren. Zeke was terribly wrong, Grisha unironically deserves a father-of-the-year award for redeeming himself. Despite having "Ackerman" in his name, Levi's life wasn't privileged. While other characters' parents were eaten and killed by Titans, Levi's mother died because of society's flaws. She was an Ackerman reduced to the life of a prostitute in the Underground city who died of an unknown disease while taking care of a very young Levi. Witnessing his mother slowly die and his emotional support fading away, this scarred Levi for life. The resulting prolonged period of starvation afterward was what probably stunted Levi's growth which explains his short stature. Kenny Ackerman, Levi's uncle, did rescue and look after Levi for a while, but it was hardly familiar care or treatment and he soon left the malnourished boy to his own devices. After becoming an adult, Levi was never out of the woods as he kept losing his best friends and closest comrades, including Erwin Smith.
If a person has the power to turn into a giant, one would think that they'd crown themselves as a god or monarch, but the real Ymir was a little too timid for that. Her backstory was recently unveiled in the anime where she experienced all kinds of injustices at the hands of the first King Fritz. She's a slave and her own king tried to have her killed. When she came back wielding the titan's powers, she was turned into a weapon. Even as she sacrificed her life to protect King Fritz, she was treated like a mere experiment and her corpse was fed to her daughters raw. Even in death, she didn't escape servitude as she was still being ordered by Fritz and his descendants to keep building titans. To Ymir, giving Eren access to the Founding Titan and the Rumbling was a taste of freedom sweeter than revenge against the world that wronged her.
Scott Shelly ( Hangul:셸리 ) is one of the female protagonists in the webtoon. She begins a one-sided relationship with Jay at the start of the series but as the story progress they have a mutual crush on each other and as of chapter 378 they are in a relationship. Shelly is the only female member of the Humming Bird Crew. Because she stayed at England before coming to Korea her personality is perceived as very headstrong. She does not like it when people talk badly about her friends, especially Jay. Shelly also has a lot of stamina and strength, she can keep up with the group's pace when racing and can actually send people flying with her punch (Although that may be for comedic reasons) but never got into the street fights with the guys of the crew. When she was hit on in her first appearance on the series she refused with a lot of sass. Mia described her as someone who can confidently express her thoughts and feelings. Although her words are harsh, it is because she never sugar coated her words with her friends. And with Jay, Shelly is very clingy and flirtatious. She has very foreign features: pale skin, her eyes actually look more mint green in color than blue, blond wavy hair. It is known later in the series that she has a tattoo in the side of her arm near the wrist that reads out "temet nosce" or "Know Thyself". At school she wears her uniform usually without the red vest and both wears the skirt and pants.
She is often seen wearing high-end brand clothing, but also occasionally wearing street wear and tomboyish clothes. When riding her bike, she usually wears a jacket and helmet with the same color as her eyes or the Hummingbird crew's hood. She is tall, with long thin legs, a small waist and a bigger bust. Not much is known about Shelly, but it is established that she is from England and she requested to transfer to Sunny High School because of Jay. It was told in an early episode (Ep. 27) that she will be in Korea for one semester. Shelly is the granddaughter of Sunny High School's principal, Nick. When Shelly was a kid, she didn't want to get married and promised Nick that she will just live with him forever, which caused Nick to think that Shelly is not interested to guys until she got interested in Jay. That also caused the over protectiveness of her grandfather. Jay saw what happened and chased the thieves to get her purse back. She refused on taking him to the hospital but Jay refused. She picked up his student ID that had fallen to the ground and, motivated by her encounter with Jay, called her grandfather, asking him to let her attend Sunny High School. Her second meeting with Jay was in their classroom. She kissed him out of the blue and the gossip that Shelly and Jay were in a relationship quickly spread around the school.
When Jay, Dom and Minu got suspended, Shelly visited them and scolded Dom and Minu badly about how Jay got caught with their actions. Jay got pissed and told her to screw off, she ended up crying and running away. When Jay was about to say sorry, he got a pink rose from Minu, saying that he should give it to her. He couldn't and Shelly went on saying that she'll forgive him if he became her boyfriend for a week and Jay agreed. She joined Hummingbird as the only female on the team, she continued to flirt with Jay and when Jay was teaching Mia how to ride a bike, she kept on intervening and wanting him to teach her even though she knows how. On a special episode, Shelly was seen riding a bike in Jay's neighborhood. Minu and Kay noticed her, Kay was thinking of who might Shelly go out with and ended up being shocked that it was his brother. In the last scene, Jay and Shelly are resting after riding their bike together, and she comments that Jay suits biking more than studying. The Preliminaries for the League of Street has started, only Dom and Jay were able to race at the first two rounds. After that, they found out that Jay's birthday was near and planned to celebrate it. She didn't showed up at school on his birthday because she was the one who prepared the gift that they got for him.