This article is about the first of all Titans. For the 104th Training Corps graduate, see Ymir.For other subjects by the name of Ymir or the Founding Titan, see Ymir (Disambiguation) or Founding Titan (Disambiguation) respectively.
|◄ Preceded by||Ymir Fritz||Followed by ►|
|None||One of her daughters, eventually Karl Fritz|
|You're no slave. You're no god. You're just a person. You don't need to serve anyone. You can be the one to choose.|
|—Eren Yeager urges Ymir to be free|
Ymir Fritz(ユミル・フリッツYumiru Furittsu?) was the first person to obtain the power of the Titans. She was a slave of the Eldian king, who abused her power to bring prosperity to Eldia while devastating Marley and the rest of the world. Thirteen years after awakening her power, she died protecting the king; her corpse was then forcibly cannibalized by their daughters, Maria, Rose, and Sheena. Her powers then split into what eventually became known as the Nine Titans.
- 1 Appearance
- 1.1 Human
- 1.2 Titan
- 2 Personality
- 3 History
- 3.1 Mythology
- 4 Legacy
- 4.1 Return to Shiganshina arc
- 4.2 War for Paradis arc
- 5 Abilities
- 5.1 Power of the Titans
- 6 People killed
- 6.1 Indirectly
- 7 Trivia
- 8 References
- 9 Navigation
Ymir Fritz was small in stature with light hair. She had straight cut bangs with shoulder-length hair that later grew down to her shoulder blades with age. As a slave, she wore tattered clothing with a cloth headband, sash belt, and leather sandals laced above her ankles. After entering the favor of the Eldian King in adolescence and adulthood, Ymir wore a sleeveless dress with thin decorative bands around each arm. Like all slaves of the Eldian tribe, her tongue was cut out when she was captured, though it may have regenerated after acquiring the power of the Titans.
In posthumous illustrations depicting Ymir Fritz, she is shown as a young girl wearing white robes. In the book Frieda Reiss reads to Historia Reiss, Ymir is dark-haired, whereas in the book Yeager reads to Grisha Yeager, she is fair-haired.
Ymir Fritz's Titan form was enormous in size with light hair, a typically female figure, and long, protruding ribs. Her Titan's face possessed no apparent skin, musculature or eyes, leaving only a visible skull.
In posthumous illustrations, Ymir's Titan form is highly romanticized with more human features.
Being a subject of ancient history, there are various interpretations of who Ymir really was. Frieda Reiss described Ymir as a kind girl who was always thinking of others. Eldians speak of Ymir with great reverence, praising her accomplishments for their people. On the other hand, the Marleyan propaganda maintains that Ymir was a pawn of the Devil, with whom she had made a deal, causing her and all her subjects to be despised by much of the world.
In reality, she was a slave with no will of her own. She submitted to the Eldian king in life, building him his empire, brutally destroying his enemies, and bearing his children as he commanded. Ymir even went so far as to sacrifice her own life for his. Even in death, her soul remained blindly obedient to the Eldian royal family, creating Titans by hand for about 2,000 years in the unknown land surrounding the Coordinate.
Despite not being able to fully understand her, Eren states that Ymir loved Fritz despite his poor treatment of her and his responsibility for destroying her hometown which led to the death of her parents. She was also willing to carry out his will for generations while waiting for someone to release her from the agony of love and yearned for that freedom.
Around 2,000 years ago, Ymir's village was attacked and enslaved by the Eldians, who also murdered her parents and cut out the tongues of the survivors.
One night, Ymir opened the gate to a pen, allowing for some pigs to escape. Later, the tribe's ruler, Fritz, questioned the slaves on the culprit. The slaves pointed to Ymir, who was released only to be hunted down for sport.
Wounded and desperate, Ymir found an unusually large tree with a chasm at its base. Seeking shelter, she stepped inside and, not knowing of the sinkhole beneath, fell down into a pool of liquid. There, a mysterious spine-like creature fused with her and turned her into the first Titan.
With her newfound power, Ymir returned to serve Fritz and used her Titan to cultivate the land, build bridges, and amass wealth for the Eldians. Under his command, she also vanquished the armies of Eldia's rival, Marley. To "reward" Ymir for her service, Fritz took her as his concubine and together, they had three children: Maria, Rose, and Sheena. It was speculated that during this time, Ymir grew to genuinely love and care for Fritz despite his behavior and attitude towards her.
Thirteen years after acquiring the power of the Titans, Ymir died while thwarting an assassination attempt on Fritz, but then found herself in a mysterious, barren land. King Fritz then forced his daughters to eat their mother's corpse in an attempt to preserve the power of the Titans. He commanded his daughters to continuously reproduce, to have their children eat their spines upon their deaths and perpetuate this ritual from child to child so that Ymir's blood would not die out and Eldia could rule forever with its Titans.
Ymir's power was divided into the Nine Titans; and she continued to serve her descendants, building them Titans whenever they invoked the power of the Titans.
By the Eldians, Ymir's existence is hailed as a god-given miracle. The Restorationists claimed that she and all Subjects of Ymir are "the chosen children of God" and that any atrocities Marley claims Eldia had committed could not have been possible because Ymir would not have allowed it. There was even an Eldian cult that worshiped Ymir as a goddess.
On the other hand, the Marleyans believe she received her powers from a deal with the "Devil of All Earth" and used this to ostracize the Eldians.
There are also those who believe that Ymir contacted the "source of all living matter" to gain her power. This theory is relatively unheard of, as Grisha Yeager was unaware of it until Eren Kruger told him.
Many centuries later, Frieda Reiss would visit her half-sister Historia Reiss on the farm where she was raised. During some of her visits, Frieda told Historia the story of Ymir's deal with the Devil; however, in the book she showed her, Ymir is named "Krista". Frieda advised Historia that she must be lady-like, as "Krista" was. She spoke of "Krista" as being an altruistic girl and urged Historia to be loving and beloved like her when she is grown. However, Historia did not remember these visits since Frieda used the Founding Titan's power to erase her memories after every visit. Historia would only recall vague images of "Krista" in the years to come.
Some years later, when the Survey Corps discovers Grisha Yeager's basement, they find three journals. Within Grisha's writings, he recounts his childhood when he was told the story of Ymir and her people by his father. Grisha writes of joining the Eldian Restorationists in the nation of Marley several years afterward, learning of the supposed great accomplishments achieved in Ymir's time. Together with the resistance, Grisha declares that they must venture to Paradis Island, where Ymir's descendants had fled eighty years ago, in order to retrieve the Founding Titan and bring back the nation of Eldia.
During the assault on Shiganshina, Zeke and his younger half-brother Eren Yeager are able to make contact with each other and activate the Founder before awakening in the Paths. As Ymir approaches, Eren notices her presence. Zeke explains that she is in fact the Founder herself. He then asks Eren to go ahead with the Euthanasia Plan. Eren refuses and demands that Ymir lend him her strength, but his pleas are ignored. Zeke subsequently reveals he has nullified the vow to renounce war through Ymir, who obeys only the royal family, her descendants. She promptly restrains Eren with her chains.
After Zeke shows Eren the memories of their father Grisha, Zeke realizes that Eren was responsible for Grisha's actions against the Reiss family and that his ultimate goal is inevitable. In a panic, Zeke orders Ymir to sterilize the Subjects of Ymir; and Ymir approaches the Coordinate of converging paths to fulfill Zeke's will.
Eren manages to break free from his chains and reach Ymir before Zeke. Realizing that Ymir has a will of her own, Eren embraces her and asks her to help him rather than try to order her. As Zeke desperately tries to stop them, Eren asks Ymir if she was the one who called him to the Coordinate, musing that she has been waiting 2000 years for him to arrive. Ymir begins crying.
As Eren converses with his friends in the Paths, Ymir emerges next to Eren in the Coordinate, symbolizing their cooperation.
As the Warrior unit along with members of Survey Corps engage numerous Titans on top the Founding Titan in an attempt to reach Eren at Fort Salta, Ymir appears and is briefly seen by Armin Arlert who speculates she is the one summoning the previous incarnations of the Nine Titans.
After Mikasa Ackerman kills Eren, Ymir appears behind her, smiling as she watches Mikasa kiss Eren farewell.
Immediately afterwards, Ymir relinquishes the Power of the Titans from the world. Watching Mikasa kill the one she loves was enough to release Ymir from the love she had for Fritz who only wanted to exploit her power.
As Mikasa departs from the battlefield, Ymir appears to her. Mikasa understands that Ymir's love for Fritz was a nightmare that she cannot undo, she instead thanks Ymir for bringing the life into the world which allowed for her to be born. Ymir then envisions a different outcome where she lets King Fritz get impaled by the spear, consoling her three daughters.
Ymir was the very first Titan and the only one to ever possess the complete power of the Titans; all who come after her merely possess fragments of her power. Her Titan body was immense, even by Titan standards, and easily towered above the treeline. Using her immense strength, she effortlessly wiped out Marley's forces. She was also very skilled at controlling her Titan, as she performed complex tasks such as building bridges across mountains and cultivating the fields.
It is said that nobody can surpass Ymir and that because Ymir died 13 years after awakening her powers, no one is allowed to live beyond that; this phenomenon is known as the "Curse of Ymir."
After Ymir's death, her spirit lived on in a world where the Coordinate resides. She is responsible for all Titan transformations throughout history: Whenever the power of the Titans is invoked, she builds the Titan bodies out of the otherworldly sand. She is also responsible for regeneration and re-sculpted Zeke's body after he was blown up. It reportedly takes Ymir a very long time to create these bodies: Zeke says it took her "years" to build him a single human body, but because the world in which she lives transcends time, the process was almost an instant in the physical world. According to Zeke, Ymir can create anything, even chains that represent the "vow of renouncing war."
Ymir is also the source of the Founding Titan's power. From controlling other Titans to creating the Wall Titans to altering the bodies of the Subjects of Ymir, all of the Founding Titan's feats are done by Ymir after she is given the order, either by a scream or in person through the world where Ymir resides. However, because Ymir was Fritz's slave, she only listens to the commands of the royal family; thus, only the royal family can use the Founder's power.
Eren Yeager became the exception to this, as he invoked the Founder on two occasions. The first is when he punched Dina Fritz's Pure Titan and commanded Ymir to make the surrounding Titans attack Dina; and after she was killed, he turned them against Reiner Braun. The second is when Eren convinced Ymir that she has a will of her own, freeing her from the royal family's control, and she lent her power to Eren instead of Zeke.
- Numerous Marleyan soldiers
- Countless lives numbering more than triple the world's current population as of 854
- Ymir tied with Nifa and Oluo Bozado for thirty-first in the Fourth Character Popularity Poll.
- Ymir is a primeval being in Norse mythology who is the progenitor of all jötnar (giants). "Ymir" also means "the scream." Both are appropriate to Ymir Fritz, as she was the progenitor of all Titans ("giants" in the original Japanese) and possessed the power of the Founding Titan, which is used by screaming.
- One of the theories on how Ymir gained her powers is that she touched the "source of all living matter." In Norse mythology, Ymir was born from Eitr, the source of all life.
- In Frieda's storybook, Ymir is named "Krista."
- The summary at the beginning of Volume 22 states that Ymir Fritz is the "progenitor of the Eldians." However, this is not true because Eldia predates Ymir; and Ymir herself was not even an Eldian. Rather she and Fritz were the progenitors of the Subjects of Ymir.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 51(p. 20)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 54(p. 4)
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 139(p. 6)
- ↑ Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 122(p. 33)
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 86(p. 17)
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 88(p. 27)
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 88(p. 21)
- ↑ Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 122(p. 28)
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 120(p. 18)
- ↑ Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 122(p. 1-3)
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 120(p. 29)
- ↑ Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 122(p. 16-19)
- ↑ Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 122(p. 21-22)
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 14.2 Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 139
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 122
- ↑ Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 135(p. 1)
- ↑ Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 122(p. 7 - 8)
- ↑ Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 122(p. 12 - 14)
- ↑ 19.0 19.1 Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 122(p. 17 - 18)
- ↑ Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 122(p. 28 - 29)
- ↑ Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 88(p. 26)
- ↑ Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 86(p. 28)
- ↑ Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 86(p. 11)
- ↑ Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 89(p. 8-9)
- ↑ Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 54(p. 4-6)
- ↑ Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 51(p. Additional Scene)
- ↑ Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 85(p. 37)
- ↑ Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 86(p. 17-23)
- ↑ Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 86(p. 27-35)
- ↑ Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 115(p. 39-40)
- ↑ Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 120(p. 17-30)
- ↑ Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 121(p. 38 - 45)
- ↑ Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 131(p. 25)
- ↑ Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 133
- ↑ Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 135(p. 27)
- ↑ Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 138(p. 45)
- ↑ Attack on Titan manga: Volume 34(p. 224-226)
- ↑ Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 122(p. 16)
- ↑ Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 122(p. 25-28)
- ↑ 40.0 40.1 Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 115(p. 39)
- ↑ Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 120(p. 27)
- ↑ Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 120(p. 28)
- ↑ Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 50(p. 39 - 40)
- ↑ Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 122(p. 32 - 45)
- ↑ Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 99(p. 21)
|Reiss Monarchs||Historia Reiss|
Rod Reiss† · Frieda Reiss† · Uri Reiss† · Rod and Uri's father† · Karl Fritz†
|Nobles||High-ranking man from the Wall Religion|
High-ranking military official^ · Chubby Royal Government minister^ · High-ranking merchant^ · Urklyn Reiss† · Rod's wife† · Florian Reiss† · Abel Reiss† · Dirk Reiss†
|Nobles||Fine Tybur? · Alois Tybur? · Bruno Tybur? · Rico Tybur?|
Lara Tybur† · Willy Tybur†
|Fritz Monarchs||Karl Fritz† · Fritz†|
|Nobles||Sheena Fritz† · Rose Fritz† · Maria Fritz† · Ymir Fritz†|
No, they merely share the same name.
It was given to her by a man who wanted to start a cult by making people think that she was the reincarnation of Ymir Fritz, the founder. Ymir Fritz on the other hand, was born many years before the Jaw titan Ymir.
Ymir was in love with Karl Fritz, and she wanted to protect him as strongly as Mikasa did Eren. Seeing Mikasa kill the person she loved the most allowed Ymir to move past Karl and her desire to obey his orders. Even after Ymir died, she kept building titans in the Path Dimension to make Karl happy.What did King Fritz do to Ymir? ›
Fritz did not believe that a spear could kill Ymir, so he told her to get back up while insisting she was born to serve him, but she actually died. Fearful that the power of the Titans might be gone forever, Fritz ordered Ymir's corpse to be butchered and served to his daughters.Why did they eat Ymir Fritz? ›
After Ymir's passing, her body was consumed by her daughters in order to preserve her powers and pass it down from generation to generation. The tradition would continue to be done with every child in the royal line eating their mother's blood so that the power of the Titans would not die out.Why did Ymir let herself be killed? ›
After siding with Eldia because she think they'll win and be able to protect Krysta, she turns around and saves Reiner and Bertold's lives, and then surrenders herself to Marley, knowing full well that she will be sacrificed and her Titan power given to a different Marley warrior.Why did Ymir choose Eren? ›
In the path, Eren gave ymir something that no one can give her. That was “freedom”. Eren understood the ymir's heart and what's inside her. That's why ymir agreed to lend her power to eren.What gender is Ymir Fritz? ›
Ymir was a tall, slender young woman with short, shaggy black hair parted down the middle. She had deeply intimidating gray eyes and freckles on her cheeks.Why did Ymir choose Mikasa? ›
Why does Ymir wait for Mikasa? Ymir needed them because she was only a child who was the victim of terrible abuse. She needed Eren to help her free up all her pent up anger at the world because of what she experienced. She needed someone that understood her and could relate to what she went through.How old is Ymir Fritz when she gave birth? ›
She transforms into a Titan at 10, spends 8 years or so dominating Eldia's neighboring countries, bears King Fritz's children at 18, then dies at 23 when her own children are around the age of 5.What animal turned Ymir Fritz into a Titan? ›
The Shining Centipede, or Centipede-kun as it's affectionately known to fans, is the insectoid entity that grants Ymir Fritz the Power of the Titans.
After 1700 years, Karl Fritz abandoned Eldia and decided to move to Paradis, and that is when Marley decided to take the powers of the Female Titan during the Great Titan War.Why did Rod Reiss say he couldn't become a Titan? ›
In an interview included in the guidebook Attack on Titan ANSWERS, Hajime Isayama revealed the reason why Rod said he did not inherit the Founding Titan himself: "He thought of himself as just an observer, and in order to preserve the Reiss bloodline, he may have thought that he needed to stay human and make more ...Is Ymir a traitor? ›
Although she hated the government of Marley, Ymir was actually neutral in the war between Marley and Paradis. She called Eren childish and was the only potential ally of the Survey Corps who opposed to kill Reiner and Bertolt, calling the two of them "small fry".Was Ymir waiting for Eren? ›
It's after this memory that the scene returns to Eren and Ymir. Eren tells Ymir that she doesn't have to be enslaved, that she is waiting for someone to end it all. Eren asks for her help to choose him and finish everything.Who was the first pure Titan? ›
All Titans were originally humans of a race of people called the Subjects of Ymir. Ymir Fritz was the first Titan, who became one after merging with a strange spine-like creature in a tree.Who ate Ymir? ›
After being brought back to Marley, Ymir willingly allowed herself to be killed and was eaten by Marcel Galliard's brother, Porco Galliard, transferring the power of the Jaw Titan to him.What is wrong with YMIR Fritz? ›
Wounded and desperate, Ymir found an unusually large tree with a chasm at its base. Seeking shelter, she stepped inside and, not knowing of the sinkhole beneath, fell down into a pool of liquid. There, a mysterious spine-like creature fused with her and turned her into the first Titan.Why is Ymir obsessed with Christa? ›
Christa's real name is Historia Reiss, and she is a surviving member of the royal family. Ymir knew Christa's real identity much earlier than the main characters, and one of the reasons for her attachment to Christa seems to be Christa's royal blood.Why is Eren's founding Titan a skeleton? ›
Eren's founding titan is a skeleton because it was the elongated spine that formed the basis of his form. While the bodies of most titans are covered by flesh, Eren's founding titan is quite unique.Why is Eren founding Titan different than Ymir's? ›
Eren's Founding Titan looks drastically different from the founder Ymir's titan. While Ymir's titan looked similar to most titans seen throughout Attack on Titan, Eren's titan is large and long. The legs and pelvis are underdeveloped compared to the rest of the body, but they still stand taller than the Wall Titans.
Eren has the same bony structure, but because his head was severed at the neck, his freaky Titan spine grows uncontrollably before connecting his torso and noggin, coming to form almost Eren's entire Founding Titan.What was Ymir's real name? ›
Brimir and Blain are usually held to be proper names that refer to Ymir, as in Bellows's translation.Is Ymir LGBTQ? ›
Sexuality. Whilst Ymir's sexuality is never confirmed explicitly, it is accepted by the majority of fans that she is lesbian, as her only canon love interest was Historia and there is a scene with Reiner in which it can be implied she expresses a disinterest in men.Who did Ymir Fritz marry? ›
As it turns out, Titans continued to exist because of one woman's undying love: Ymir Fritz's complicated devotion to her husband, King Karl Fritz.Was Eren being controlled by Ymir? ›
Ymir's Titan was far stronger. Though Eren can control all these other Titans so he was stronger. If you ar talking about the control over the coordinate and Eren's powers, Ymir and Eren had shared control. Even all of Eren's powers were given to him by Ymir so she is more powerful.Why does Ymir look Historia? ›
Because she was in love with Historia, and it's basically implied that they had a relationship, in the letter that Ymir sends to Historia, she basically says she wants to be in bed with her.Is Mikasa Ymir descendant? ›
No she isn't, she is actually part of the asian clan (a different race) Which means she can't get injected and turn into a titan. She is. Chapter 123, Eren talks to all Subjects of Ymir through the power of the Founding Titan.Why is Ymir and Ymir Fritz the same name? ›
Ymir was named after Ymir Fritz, the ancient Founder and very first Titan in history, by a scammer to present her as a member of the Fritz family to an Eldian cult in Marley. Ymir was actually a fraud, as she had no royal blood and she was only a homeless Eldian little girl taken from the streets by the scammer.What is the connection between Ymir and Ymir Fritz? ›
To "reward" Ymir for her service, Fritz took her as his concubine and together, they had three children: Maria, Rose, and Sina. Thirteen years after acquiring the power of the Titans, Ymir died while thwarting an assassination attempt on Fritz, but then found herself in a mysterious, barren land.Is Ymir a descendant of Ymir Fritz? ›
History. The Subjects of Ymir are descended from Ymir Fritz herself, the first human to acquire the power of the Titans over 1,800 years ago. After Ymir's demise, her daughters Maria, Rose, and Sheena Fritz devoured her corpse and gained her ability to turn into a Titan.
Brimir and Blain are usually held to be proper names that refer to Ymir, as in Bellows's translation.Why did Fritz and Ymir have kids? ›
To "reward" Ymir for her service, Fritz took her as his concubine and together, they had three children: Maria, Rose, and Sheena.Who eats Ymir? ›
After being brought back to Marley, Ymir willingly allowed herself to be killed and was eaten by Marcel Galliard's brother, Porco Galliard, transferring the power of the Jaw Titan to him.Who gave Ymir Fritz her powers? ›
The Shining Centipede, or Centipede-kun as it's affectionately known to fans, is the insectoid entity that grants Ymir Fritz the Power of the Titans.Is Mikasa a descendant of Ymir? ›
No she isn't, she is actually part of the asian clan (a different race) Which means she can't get injected and turn into a titan. She is. Chapter 123, Eren talks to all Subjects of Ymir through the power of the Founding Titan.Is Historia related to Fritz? ›
Since Historia is a descendant of Karl Fritz, she is potentially valuable to the Marleyan government. Ymir realizes this and forces Reiner Braun and Bertolt Hoover to work with her so she can be pardoned for eating their friend and mission partner, Marcel Galliard, when she was trapped in her Titan form.Is Ymir Fritz a pure Titan? ›
Ymir spent about sixty years wandering outside Wall Maria as a Pure Titan. During this time, she retained little awareness or memory, which she described as having been an "endless nightmare."What kind of Titan is Ymir Fritz? ›
Ymir Fritz (ユミル・フリッツ Yumiru Furittsu?) was the progenitor of the Eldians. When she was a young girl, she awakened the power of the Titans and became the first Titan, the Founding Titan.Who was the first Titan? ›
All Titans were originally humans of a race of people called the Subjects of Ymir. Ymir Fritz was the first Titan, who became one after merging with a strange spine-like creature in a tree.