The 15 Most Shocking Plot Twists In 'Attack on Titan'

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Vote up the plot twists that made your jaw drop.

When many anime fans think about anime plot twists, the first show that springs to mind is Attack on Titan. This shonen hit is notorious for being filled with mind-bending plot twists that turn your understanding of the story on its head. Let's look at the biggest plot twists in Attack on Titan, from early revelations like Eren's Titan shifting to everything that's happened in the final season.

There are more plot twists to come in the manga, but this list will only be discussing plot twists that have made it into the anime. That means that if you're an anime-only fan who is up-to-date with the anime, you won't encounter spoilers, but if you're a few episodes or seasons behind, you might want to come back to this list once you've caught up. 

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    Eren Manipulated Grisha

    Eren Manipulated Grisha
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    At first, Eren seems like an innocent victim of his father's designs. While his father does have some agency, Eren actually manipulated his father into doing things like annihilating the Reiss family to get his hands on the Founding Titan. 

    As we mentioned elsewhere, the Attack Titan allows its users to view the future memories of those who will inherit it later. Eren was able to exploit this ability in order to manipulate Grisha into doing what was needed to execute Eren's Rumbling plan. While viewers might have anticipated some of the plot twists on this list, it's unlikely that anyone saw this coming. 

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    Reiner And Bertholdt Are Titans

    Reiner And Bertholdt Are Titans
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    The way Reiner revealed he was the Armored Titan and Bertholdt was the Colossal Titan was so sudden and shocking that it was almost funny. They weren't discovered, nor were they prompted to say anything - Reiner just got sick of hiding it and told Eren out of the blue.

    Considering the fact that these Titans essentially destroyed life as the protagonists know it, this was a major revelation that changed the course of the series. 

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    The Walls Are Made Of Titans

    The Walls Are Made Of Titans
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    The walls are supposed to protect humanity from being devoured by Titans. But the walls aren't made of traditional materials like concrete or steel - they're made of Titans.

    It turns out that long ago, the first king used his coordinate power to have Titans harden their bodies to create the walls. He also created the Church of the Walls in order to both protect the walls and misdirect the public as to their true origin. 

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    The Attack Titan Can See The Future

    The Attack Titan Can See The Future
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    One of the Attack Titan's most unexpected abilities is its power to see into the future. It doesn't do this through traditional psychic means, but through looking into the memories of the people who will inherit it in the future.

    This ability explains how Grisha learned about the Founding Titan's bloodline restriction - he was able to look into Eren's future memories. 

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    The Smiling Titan Is Dina Fritz

    The Smiling Titan Is Dina Fritz
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    One of the most brutal moments in the series involves Eren's mother Carla being devoured by a Titan with a creepy smile on its face.

    It turns out that that Titan used to be a specific person - Dina Fritz. It's weird enough knowing that the Titan was anybody, but Dina Fritz was Grisha Jaeger's first wife. This means that Dina went to her former husband's current home and ate his current wife. Talk about family drama. 

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    Humanity Exists Outside The Walls

    Humanity Exists Outside The Walls
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    Throughout most of the series, it seemed like the only thing outside the walls were endless plains filled with man-eating Titans. This turned out to be far from the truth. Not only is there life beyond the walls, but there's also an entire world filled with thousands of different cultures - there's even a country called Marley that's been training soldiers to destroy them.

    The Survey Corps discovered this reality - as well as Grisha Jaeger's personal history - when they finally managed to get in to the Jaeger household's basement.