Unlike the typical Titan which attacks and devours humans on sight, Deviant Type Titans may choose to ignore humans and exhibit unpredictable behaviour; often resulting in them causing larger damage as they disrupt important strategic locations.
During the 49th Expedition outside the Walls, Hange Zoë among other members of Levi's squad encounter a Deviant Type Titan that, after chasing Hange, turned the other direction and headed farther into the forest. Hange follows it, which nearly kills Oluo, and it is killed by Levi. Petra Ral points out a decapitated corpse hidden in a hole in the tree, and they find a hidden diary that belonged to Ilse Langnar before her death.Hange reads the diary. It explains that after Ilse's entire flank was massacred, she fled to a nearby forest, heading north. After profuse running, she inadvertently runs into a Titan and writes in the diary, believing it to be her end. She remarks that instead of immediately eating her, it hesitates. It then addresses her, saying "Ymir's people" and "Ymir-sama", greeting her with deep respect, and bows. She is thoroughly confused that the Titan can form speech, and writes in her diary that she has attempted communication. She first questions it about what the Titans are, and building up blind sadness, fear and rage, she angrily yells why Titans eat humans and what their objective is. The Titan appears more and more frustrated as it moans and tears at its cheeks, ripping off flesh and spraying blood. Ilse attempts to flee but is caught by the Titan, who is rapidly crushing her skull, and Ilse writes down her last few notes about the experience before being decapitated. The Titan later stores her corpse in the tree. Nothing is known about the Titan's motive and actions, but Ilse's notes prove significantly useful to humanity.
After the breach caused by the Colossal Titan and subsequent invasion of Shiganshina District, a horde of Titans entered through the destroyed gate. They are notable for entering the district almost immediately after the breach, and it is theorized by Armin that they were somehow lured in.
As Eren Yeager's group was heading towards the middle guard in the Trost district, a Deviant Type Titan jumped out of nowhere and grabbed Thomas Wagner in its mouth. The rest of the group looked on, horrified, as the Titan swallowed him whole. The same Titan would later appear, where it would be killed by Eren in his Titan form.
Another Deviant Type appeared and charged straight towards the rear exit of Trost, where a group of citizens were gathered and trying to escape. It ran so fast that the elite guards stationed in that area couldn't keep up with it. Mikasa Ackerman appeared and sliced the nape of its neck to kill it, dulling her blades in the process.Survey Corps went on its expedition outside Wall Rose and on the way, a Deviant Type suddenly appeared towards the right flank. It completely ignored the soldiers at the outer guard and charged straight towards the center of the formation. Armin Arlert watched as Luke Siss and Dita Ness attempted to kill it, cutting the tendons of its foot and making it fall, and successfully killing it.
Connie Springer encounters his mother's Titan form in Ragako village. Its arms and legs were shrunken and paralyzed, and it said "welcome home." It is later revealed that the Beast Titan is directly responsible for the humans-turned-Titans in the village.
As Mike Zacharius first encountered the Beast Titan, he believed it to be a Deviant Type Titan due to the mass amount of fur of its body.
After Eren and Ymir were kidnapped by Reiner and Bertolt, they stopped by in a Forest of Giant Trees between Wall Rose and Wall Maria. As they were resting atop the branches, a Deviant Type Titan was casually lying beneath them and it seemed to watch their every movement.
- Titan Shifters are considered to be Deviant Types, but are classified differently.