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This article is about the Titan Shifter. For the manga chapter, see The Beast Titan.

Zeke

Zeke character image

Beast Titan

Name Zeke
Other names Beast Titan
Kanji ジーク
Romaji Jīku
Biological Information
Gender Male
Height 17m (Titan form)
Species Human, Titan Shifter
Status Alive
Other Information
Titan kills Solo: 1[1]
In team: 0
Total: 1
First Appearance
Manga The Beast Titan
Quote1 I was pretty sure we speak the same language... Or you're so frightened that you can't speak... Quote2
— Zeke to Mike Zacharius[2]

Zeke (ジーク Jīku?), otherwise known as the Beast Titan (獣の巨人 Kemono no Kyojin?) is a mysterious Titan Shifter that was first seen within Wall Rose during its supposed breach, and was responsible for the transformation of the people of Ragako into Titans.[3] He has some connection with the people of the Homeland.[4] He serves as one of the primary antagonists of the series.

Reiner referred him as the Commander, revealing not only a high-ranking Titan Shifter but also a tactician commanding a group of Titans.

Appearance

Human Form

In his human form, Zeke has a well toned body, light white skin, shaggy blonde hair and a matching moustache that descends down into his beard. He was seen wearing no shirt, loose pants, combat boots, and circular glasses. He has a large scar running down his left arm.[5]

Titan Form

Beast Titan character image

Zeke's Titan form

In his Titan form, he is an extremely unusual specimen, having a distinct, ape-like appearance. His body structure and facial features are like that of a human's, he walks upright like one also. He stands at a previously unseen 17 meters in height. Dark fur covers the large majority of his body, with the exception of his face, hands, feet, and torso. His arms are also elongated, with long fingers and fully-functional thumbs. The proportions of his upper body are similar to those of the Colossal Titan, possessing a massive chest and small head, as well as disproportionately slim arms.[6] He is also one of the few titans known to have the ability of sentient communication with humans, including use of the human language while in Titan form.

Personality

Zeke is a very intelligent and curious person. He tried to communicate with Mike Zacharius in order to get information about the Three Dimensional Maneuver Gear and learn about Mike's language.[7] He has the traits of a leader, giving orders and telling other people, sometimes even Titans, what to do. While he was talking with Mike, he told the Titan that was eating him to hold him instead of devouring him.[8] If his orders are not followed, he does not hesitate on using brute force, like when he crushed the head of the Titan that was eating Mike when it disobeyed him[9] or when he beat Reiner to make him and Bertolt focus on his plans instead of saving Annie.[10]

Also Zeke seems to be a cruel, sadistic and sarcastic individual. He killed several human soldiers without hesitation and let a group of Titans eat Mike when he stopped being useful, not caring about the pain that he was about to endure. Instead he mocked him, saying that he discovered that they speak the same language.[11]

He also prioritized the recovering of the Coordinate over the rescue of Annie[10], who was presumed to being suffering torture since months ago.[12]

Story

Clash of the Titans arc

Beast Titan Mike's Horse

Zeke takes Mike's horse

Zeke makes his first appearance when Titans are mysteriously appearing within Wall Rose even though the Wall remains intact. He is encountered by Mike Zacharius, who instantly notes the strangeness of his characteristics, mistaking the Titan with a regular Deviant-type. The Titan displays an unexpected behavior when he grabs Mike's Horse and launches it at him, preventing his escape and throwing him from the roof he was on.[13]

After Mike falls to the mouth of another Titan, Zeke displays the ability to speak, ordering the other Titans to not eat him so that he can question Mike about the 3D Maneuver Gear. However, the Titan disobeys him and the Beast Titan crushes its head to release Mike.[14]

Zeke then proceeds to interrogate Mike, but as he neglects to respond out of shock, he theorizes that Mike does not speak due to them not speaking the same language, or Mike being too afraid. After inspecting the gear, he allows the surrounding Titans to devour Mike. As Mike screams in horror, the Beast Titan is amused to see that they did actually speak the same language after all. He finally leaves the scene contemplating the 3D Maneuver Gear.[15]

He next appears walking past Castle Utgard, seemingly ignoring those taking refuge within. Instead, he uses his incredible strength to scale Wall Rose and then disappears.[16]

As the soldiers manage to fend off an attack, he suddenly turns his attention towards them. He begins to break off chunks of the Wall, hurling them long distances at the members of the Survey Corps trapped in Castle Utgard. The first shot kills their horses, and the second kills Lynne and Henning.[17]

Beast Titan army

Zeke leading the army of Titans

He then howls, summoning more Titans to continue the assault on the castle. Nanaba angrily notes that he seems to be intentionally toying with them. Afterwards, he climbs over the Wall and disappears into the lost territory of Wall Maria.[18]

When Ymir and Eren are kidnapped by Reiner Braun and Bertolt Hoover, Ymir states that the Beast Titan is directly responsible for the appearance of Titans within Wall Rose; possibly in order to "test" humanity's strength. She also notes that the reaction of Reiner and Bertolt to his appearance resembled gawking, excited children.[3] She theorizes that locating him must be one of their primary goals and that it is key for them to return to their village.[3]

The Uprising arc

Reiner loses to the Beast Titan

The Beast Titan defeats The Armored Titan

In the aftermath of Eren's failed kidnapping, an investigation is performed at the village of Ragako. The investigation confirms the suspicion that the villagers had been transformed into Titans, though the methods employed by the Beast Titan remain undisclosed.[19]

Two months after Historia Reiss is crowned queen, Zeke is shown in Shiganshina District defeating the Armored Titan in battle. While Bertolt takes out Reiner's body from his Titan form, the human within the Beast Titan emerges from his Titan body, telling Bertolt and Reiner to worry about Annie's rescue later. He then reveals his plan to ambush the Survey Corps in Shiganshina with their help in order to capture Eren and steal the Coordinate, their top priority.[20]

Return to Shiganshina arc

The Beast Titan transforms

Zeke starts the attack against the Survey Corps

After some time, the Survey Corps initiate the operation to retake Wall Maria.[21] After Eren manages to seal the outer gate of Shiganshina, Zeke, Reiner and Bertolt launch their operation. After Reiner's failed attack and its momentary downfall, Zeke transforms along with a numerous horde of Titans outside the Wall.[22] After that, he picks up a giant boulder and launches it at the inner gate, so that the Horses could not get over it, as well as keeping the soldiers from running away, which would allow the Titans to wipe out the Survey Corps.[23] Zeke then starts walking slowly towards the city with a maniacal grin on his face.[24] He then roars, ordering smaller Titans to attack the Survey Corps' horses, while having the larger Titans form a circle around the entrance of Shiganshina district in order to prevent the soldiers from escaping.[25]

When Reiner gets incapacitated, Zeke is shown talking to Reiner and Bertolt the night before the Survey Corps' arrival. He tells them not to worry about Annie and questions their resolve when they doubt his words. He goes as far as to threaten Reiner with a rematch if they still doubt his decision. He then talks how they need to regain the Coordinate in order to put an end to something he calls the "cursed history." They are shortly after interrupted by Quadrupedal Titan who informs them of the Survey Corps' arrival.[26]

Back in present time, incapacitated Reiner roars in his titan form, signaling Zeke to throw a barrel containing Bertolt towards Reiner's location.[27]

Abilities

Titan Shifting

Zeke is able to transform into a 17 meters Titan referred to as the Beast Titan (獣の巨人 Kemono no Kyojin?) in the series. He used his when he transformed the inhabitants of Ragako, wandering between the walls in his Titan form, and when he fights Reiner in Shiganshina District, so that he follows his commands. It is unknown how he gained his power. He retains his human mind even during transformed, allowing him to do delicate tasks of even speaking.

Zeke's Statistics [28]:

Power
7/10
Speed
5/10
Ruthless
8/10
Smart
11/10
Wildness
10/10

Unlike other Titan Shifters, he is able to fluently speak without issue in his Titan form, casually talking to other Titans and even giving them orders. He possesses great physical strength, sufficient enough to pick up a horse or even break off large chunks from Wall Rose and hurl them at a great distance away. He also seems to possess dexterous hands, as he managed to retrieve Mike's Three Dimensional Maneuver Gear without damaging him or the gear.[29]

He is revealed to possess some unknown means to transform humans into Titans. These Titans, unlike the regular Titans encountered, were capable of functioning at night, though Hange has theorized that this may be because of the full moon at the time since moonlight is just reflected sunlight. As many houses showed signs of the transformations taking place indoors, it does not appear that immediate physical contact is required to cause a transformation. Also, these Titans seem to obey his orders. He also appears to have the ability to repel Titans as the Titans never attack him unlike the other Titan Shifters.

He seems to be a very formidable fighter, since he was able to defeat the Armored Titan and inflict him considerable damage without sustaining any visible injury.[30] He is also mentioned as "the most powerful Titan".[5] According to Reiner, while Levi is indeed powerful, the former claims that he is no match for the General aka the Beast Titan.

Relationships

  • Reiner Braun and Bertolt Hoover - Zeke has some connection with them, since one of the reasons why the two boys joined the Survey Corps was to find the Beast Titan.[3] He seems to know them too, because some time after they flew away with Ymir, Zeke fought Reiner in order to make him and Bertolt follow his command.[31]
  • Annie Leonhart - Little is known about their relationship, but after he defeated the Armored Titan on a fight, he told him that Annie could be saved after retrieving the Coordinate, prioritizing the power over Annie, who was supposedly being tortured since months ago.[31]

People Killed

Indirectly

Trivia

  • Isayama draws mystery man

    Hajime's unofficial picture of Zeke

    Zeke's Titan appearance resembles several cryptids, such as the Sasquatch/Bigfoot, Yeti, and Yowie.
  • He appears to have had limited to no contact with the humans inside the Walls for a long time, as he expresses interest in humanity's 3D Maneuver Gear. He also wonders whether or not he speaks the same language as Mike.[6]
  • He ranks 3rd on the Titan Popularity Poll.
  • He makes an appearance in Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind.
  • Hajime Isayama has unofficially showed a "mysterious character" in Japan, which resembles Zeke.[33]
  • He is the only human/Titan Shifter seen so far whom regular Titans do not attempt to attack.[34]
  • In the final notes of Chapter 70, Zeke is described as "the most powerful Titan".[5] However, this is contradictory with his stats revealed in the guidebook INSIDE & OUTSIDE where he got a 7 (of 10) in "power"[28], being surpassed by the Armored Titan with 8[35] and the Colossal Titan with 11.[36]
    • On the other hand, he has an 11 (of 10) in "smart", making him the most intelligent character of the series so far along with Hange Zoë[37], suggesting that his dangerousness not only relies on raw strength.
  • Hange thought that the reason why the Titans that Zeke created were able to move at night was because moonlight is just a reflection of sunlight, which can be used to power the Titans.[38]
  • Zeke's name is the shortened form of "Ezekiel", which is Hebrew in origin meaning "God will strengthen". In Biblical literature, Ezekiel was a prophet among the Hebrews exiled to Babylon who prophesied the destruction of Jerusalem and Israel's restoration.[39]

Quotes

Quote1 What an interesting thing they invented! Quote2
— Zeke talking about the Three Dimensional Maneuver Gear[40]
Quote1 Don't you know you should be trying to retake the Coordinate? Quote2
— Zeke to Reiner Braun[10]

References

  1. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 35 (p. 34)
  2. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 35 (p. 38)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 46 (p. 38-40)
  4. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 70 (p. 43-46)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 70 (p. 46)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 35 (p. 25-42)
  7. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 35 (p. 36)
  8. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 35 (p. 31)
  9. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 35 (p. 35)
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 70 (p. 43)
  11. 11.0 11.1 Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 35 (p. 42)
  12. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 49 (p. 29-32)
  13. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 35 (p. 25-30)
  14. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 35 (p. 30-35)
  15. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 35 (p. 36-42)
  16. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 38 (p. 36-44)
  17. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 39 (p. 40-42)
  18. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 39 (p. 43-45)
  19. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 51 (p. 28)
  20. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 70 (p. 44-47)
  21. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 72 (p. 41)
  22. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 74 (p. 35 & 36)
  23. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 74 (p. 38-43)
  24. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 74 (p. 44)
  25. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 75 (p. 11)
  26. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 77 (p. 21)
  27. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 77 (p. 42)
  28. 28.0 28.1 Attack on Titan Guidebook: INSIDE & OUTSIDE (p. 135)
  29. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 35 (p. 38 & 39)
  30. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 70 (p. 44)
  31. 31.0 31.1 Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 70 (p. 45)
  32. 32.0 32.1 Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 39 (p. 42)
  33. Ueno Park Royal Museum image, Tokyo
  34. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 35 (p. 32)
  35. Attack on Titan Guidebook: INSIDE & OUTSIDE (p. 128)
  36. Attack on Titan Guidebook: INSIDE & OUTSIDE (p. 126)
  37. Attack on Titan Guidebook: INSIDE & OUTSIDE (p. 80)
  38. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 73 (p. 11)
  39. Ezekiel on Wikipedia
  40. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 35 (p. 43)


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