Several hundred years ago,humans were nearly exterminated by giants. A small percentage of humanity survived in a city protected by high walls.Eren and Mikasa witness something horrific as the city walls are destroyed by a super giant. As the giants flood the city, they watch in horror as their mother is eaten alive. Eren vows that he will murder every giant and take revenge for all of mankind.
Voiced by: Saki Fujita (Japanese), Elizabeth Maxwell (English)
Ymir is a member of the 104th graduating class and a close friend to Krista, to whom she holds romantic feelings. Like Eren, she has the ability to transform at will into a Titan. Her Titan form is only 7-meters tall, but she is easily the most nimble of the Titans, taking down several that are larger than her using only her speed, claws, and teeth. She is ultimately defeated at Castle Utgard and seriously injured, and is captured alongside Eren by the Colossus Titan and the Armored Titan after their identities are all revealed.
Ymir admits that she has become human and enjoys doing so because of Krista, as well as revealing that she existed as a Titan outside Wall Maria for over 60 years. During this time, she ate Berik, a friend of Reiner and Bertolt when they were infiltrating humanity. It is implied in chapter 47 that Reiner and Bertolt's companion was a Titan Shifter like them and eating him gave her the ability to return to human form. Initially resisting against Reiner and Bertolt's efforts to capture her and Eren, Ymir later decides to assist them after they assure her that they can protect Krista as well. However, she soon abandons both Reiner and Bertolt to the other titans and instead choosing to follow Connie when he saves Krista, making him realize that Ymir is only serious when she needs to protect the one she loves.
She then realizes the reason Reiner and the others were interested in kidnapping Eren. Before returning to assist them, Ymir tells Krista to leave with the other Survey Corps. In the epilogue of Chapter 50.5, Ymir survives the attack on the other titans with Reiner and Bertolt, leading them to the Shiganshina District of Wall Maria. Knowing they can't return home empty handed, she offers herself as their prisoner, despite Bertolt's attempt in getting her to walk away. When Reiner asks why Ymir is willing to sacrifice herself, she reveals her thanks to them because it was the only way she could revert back to her human form. Thinking about Krista and her selfless acts, Ymir smiles knowing that playing god is not so bad.
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