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15 Things You Didn't Know About Eren Jaeger From 'Attack on Titan'

Eren Jaeger - sometimes known as Eren Yeager - is the protagonist of one of the hottest anime of the 2000s. He began Attack on Titan as a fairly straightforward character, but has become increasingly complex as the series has progressed. Even if you're a huge AoT fan and Eren is your favorite character, there might be some Eren Jaeger fun facts and trivia that you weren't aware of.

What are some things you didn't know about Eren? Here's something that doesn't come up in the series itself: Much like his former captain Levi, he can drink a ton without actually getting drunk. Speaking of Levi, he's claimed that Eren is the best at cleaning out of all of his cadets. But he doesn't care much about keeping clean towards the end of the series - his long hair and unkempt appearance are signs of someone who's completely stopped caring.

There's more Attack on Titan trivia where that came from!

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    He's Supposed To Be The Opposite Of A Typical Protagonist

    He's Supposed To Be The Opposite Of A Typical Protagonist
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    One of the things that Isayama was concerned about when creating Eren was the concept of bloodlines defining a protagonist. In the Attack on Titan Character Encyclopedia, Isayama claimed that he didn't want Eren to be a predestined hero who was born with special powers. This was common practice in manga, and he wanted Eren to be different. 

    While his family certainly does impact his abilities and his destiny, Eren's whole deal is complicated enough that Isayama's original intentions still seem to apply. 

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    Eren Shows His Hatred For Titans In An Unexpected Way

    Eren Shows His Hatred For Titans In An Unexpected Way
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    Unless you understand Japanese, you probably missed this detail. When Eren talks about Titans, he uses the suffix -hiki, which refers to small animals.

    Titans are massive, so -tai, which is used for large animals, would make more sense. He uses -hiki to show how much he despises them. 

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    Why Did He Grow Out His Hair?

    Why Did He Grow Out His Hair?
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    Towards the end of Attack on Titan, Eren grows out his hair. When an interviewer asked Isayama why he did this, he said:

    Right now he is in a state where he is no longer paying attention to how people view him, so he just let it grow out. Since he was supposed to be a hospitalized patient [when infiltrating Marley], he actually should’ve kept a cleaner hairstyle.

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    Isayama And Eren Are 'Polar Opposites'

    Isayama And Eren Are 'Polar Opposites'
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    Just because someone creates a character doesn't mean that they have anything in common with them. In fact, Isayama said in Attack on Titan: The Anime Guide that he had difficulty writing Eren because they had so little in common.

    He credits Yuki Kaji's anime portrayal of Eren with helping him to fully understand the character. 

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    He's Taken Out A Ton Of Titans

    He's Taken Out A Ton Of Titans
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    Out of all the graduates of the 104th Training Corps, Eren has the highest Titan body count. That's because, as a Titan shifter, he had a much larger capacity to do damage than anyone else. In human form, he's only taken out one Titan.

    Mikasa holds the record for most Titans annihilated with only weapons and 3D maneuver gear. 

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    What Does His Name Mean?

    What Does His Name Mean?
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    Eren's given name is of Turkish origin. It means "he who progresses/has reached towards divine maturity and sacred wisdom" - or, more simply, a saint or holy person. It also resembles the German word Ehre, which is pluralize as Ehren. This word means "honor." Isayama says that he picked the name not so much because of its meaning but because it sounded feminine. He thought that a feminine name would be easier to remember. 

    What about his last name, Jaeger? This is another way to spell Jäger, a German word that means "hunter." 

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