From the Yeagers to the Ackermans to the Reiss bloodline, several notable families have shaped the world of Attack on Titan.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for the Attack on Titan manga and anime. The manga is available in English on Kodansha. Season 4 is currently streaming on Crunchyroll, FUNimation, Amazon Prime, and Hulu.
Attack on Titan The series was launched as a survival horror fantasy, pitting a desperate humanity against carnivorous titans. However, it later became clear that this series is about international politics, schemes and destiny. In season 4 of the anime, the Marley Empire is about to collide with the Eldians of Paradis Island again, and more than a few notable families have contributed to this situation.
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Eren Yeager, for example, is part of something much bigger than him. At first, “Yeager” was just a fancy German-inspired name, but in the wake of Zeke Yeager’s scheme and the truth about Grisha Yeager, that name means a lot. The same goes for Ackerman, Reiss, and Fritz. This is how these four families helped shape the entire world.
The Yeager Family: Eldians to the Last
Eren’s father, Grisha Yeager, is very important to Attack on Titanhistory, as does his wife Dina Fritz and their children, Eren and Zeke. This Eldian family grew up in the internment zone of the Marley Empire, and Grisha and her younger sister Faye were irritated under the Marley rule. Later, Grisha married Dina Fritz, a woman carrying royal blood, and their son Zeke was born with an apparent destiny for the Eldians. Zeke was asked to become a double agent to help take down Marley, but instead Zeke turned on her parents and Dina became a pure Titan. Grisha only escaped that fate with the help of Eren Kruger, and years later, Grisha arrived on Paradis Island and started a new family with his second wife, Carla.
Her son Eren was a normal boy until, in the year 845, Grisha took Eren into the jungle and turned him into a pure Titan. Once Eren ate his father, he inherited the attack from Grisha and the Founding Titans, which means he’s now in a position to help Zeke with his plan to use a non-Royal Founding Titan and a Royal Titan holder to activate. the Rumbling and scare the whole world. – or worse. The Yeager half brothers started out as enemies, but are now allies with Eldia’s future in mind. Where will this path take you?
The Fritz family
The Fritz family is old, but by the year 854 it is more or less extinct. This is the family of the Eldian kings, who ruled the world for about 2,000 years, starting with Ymir Fritz and King Fritz long ago (around the time the Titans emerged). Most recently in Attack on Titan, Dina Fritz was important because she carried royal blood and passed it on to her son Zeke. Once Zeke betrayed Dina and her husband Grisha, Dina was injected with the Titan serum and turned into a pure Titan.
It was Dina who found the Yeager house in Shiganshina and ate Carla, destroying her ex-husband’s new wife (who knows, maybe the Titans may be jealous). Dina met her end a few years later when Eren accidentally used the power of the Founding Titan latent within him to order several Pure Titans to attack and destroy Dina, Carla’s assassin. Fritz’s “pure” lineage disappeared from the world.
The Reiss family
The Reiss family is a branch of the Fritz family, operating under a new name. Around 100 years ago, when Marley defeated Eldia, some of the royal Fritz stayed on the mainland while the rest fled to Paradis Island and renamed themselves Reisses to hide their true nature. Additionally, the Reiss established puppet kings on Paradis Island, such as “King Fritz” who ruled during the anime’s early seasons. The Reiss posing as a noble family on the outskirts, while in reality, they actually controlled the island world. This family also possessed the Founding Titan, but due to their royal blood, the Reiss were bound by King Karl Fritz’s directive never to use the Titan for warfare after the Great Titan War.
Eventually, Historia Reiss, once known as Krista Lenz, turned on her scheming father Rod and put an end to the Reiss family’s murky ambitions. Historia later became a beloved queen, but now, her true role is to have heirs who can inherit the Titan Beast after her, all according to Zeke’s plan. History genes now matter more than your deeds or words, like it or not (although so far you accept the plan).
The Ackerman family
The Ackermans are not just any family. They are not nobility; instead, they were experimented on during the days of the Eldian Empire, leaving them with traces of Titan’s power in them (though they are believed to be incapable of becoming conventional Titans). This family long served as the bodyguard unit of the Fritz royal family, until the Eldians arrived on Paradis Island and became pacifists. The Ackermans were immune to King Fritz’s memory wipe effect and opposed the current situation. Thus, the Ackermans were hunted to near extinction, and the few survivors vowed never to tell their children or grandchildren the truth of this world. This is why modern Ackermans, like Levi and Mikasa, grew up ignoring all of this.
The Ackerman family is also loosely related to Hizaru’s Azumabito family. The Azumabitos sympathized with the Eldians, to the point that their descendants ended up living among them on the island of Paradis. They, too, were immune to the Founder Titan’s memory-erasing effect and were hunted near extinction for allying with the Ackermans. In the 840s, few Azumabitos were left, although one of them survived and had a child with a man from the Ackerman family, that boy was Mikasa Ackerman. Mikasa is believed to be the only inhabitant of Paradis Island with Azumabito (effectively Asian) blood. That means he not only has latent Titan powers through his Ackerman bloodline, but also royalty in his Azumabito blood. In other words, it is very special indeed.
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