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20 Things You Didn’t Know About The Survey Corps From ‘Attack on Titan’

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Vote up the most interesting facts about the Survey Corps.

Some of the strongest characters in Attack on Titan are members of the Survey Corps Scout Regiment - a group that started off with a simple mission to find and destroy Titans, but are now dealing with something far more complex than they ever could have imagined. 

Let's dig into some Attack on Titan trivia about the Survey Corps members. Here's something you might not have known: Nearby hunting communities bred super-strong horses that serve the Survey Corps. Also, did you know that if Mikasa took on the other members in an arm wrestling contest, she'd destroy them?

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    Isayama Had Trouble Writing Erwin

    Isayama Had Trouble Writing Erwin
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    Erwin is a complex and fascinating character, but he wasn't always that way in Isayama's mind.

    In the Attack on Titan Character Encyclopedia, Isayama explained that Erwin's character wasn't really clear to him until he wrote Erwin's reaction to learning that Titans had once been human. After that, he had a much better sense of his character. 

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    Why Did Hange Succeed Erwin?

    Why Did Hange Succeed Erwin?
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    After Erwin's passing, Hange took over his role as the commander of the Survey Corps. Some fans might have wondered why the role didn't go to Levi instead.

    While there are plenty of fan theories about why Hange is best-suited for the rule, there's also some concrete information from Isayama himself. In the Attack on Titan Character Encyclopedia, Isayama explained that he needed the commander to be a person who could take responsibility for the members' actions while also allowing them to do their own thing. Levi might have been a little too controlling for Isayama's narrative purposes. 

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    Mikasa's Appearance Is Inspired By A Woman Isayama Met

    Mikasa's Appearance Is Inspired By A Woman Isayama Met
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    Mikasa's character design has received a lot of praise from the anime community - but where did Isayama come up with it? In the Attack on Titan Character Encyclopedia, he revealed that he was inspired by a woman he met while working at a part-time job before he became a manga artist. He modeled Mikasa's scarf, hairstyle, eyes, and eyebrows on her.

    Also, this woman is the reason Mikasa is partially Asian, unlike the rest of the cast.

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    Erwin Smith Had A Childhood Nickname

    Erwin Smith Had A Childhood Nickname
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    When Erwin Smith was a child, he went by a less-than-flattering nickname - Eyebrow. This is likely due to his large, bushy brows.

    Not exactly creative, but hey, not every nickname has to be. 

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    They Use Specially Bred Horses

    They Use Specially Bred Horses
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    You probably know that the Survey Corps get around on horses. What you might not know is that those horses are specially bred by hunting villages that were commissioned by the government. These horses can run up to 75-80 km/h at top speed, and are able to run for up to 12 hours straight at 35 km/h, or 20 km/h when pulling a cart. They also have docile temperaments and don't fear Titans. 

    Because of these special features, these horses cost more money than an average citizen can make in a year, which means few people outside of the Survey Corps own them. The Survey Corps value their horses so much that they consider them members of the team. If a horse passes away, Corps members make an effort to preserve as much of their mane as possible. 

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    Armin And Jean Were Originally Supposed To Be The Same Character

    Armin And Jean Were Originally Supposed To Be The Same Character
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    When Isayama was first designing the characters, he didn't differentiate between Jean and Armin - they were meant to be the same character.

    Not much is known about this character - did he actually have traits in common with both Armin and Jean? 

    105 votes