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Historia Reiss

Krista close-up

Historia profile

Name Historia Reiss
Biological Information
Gender Female
Birthday January 15th[1]
Height 145 cm
Weight 42 kg
Relatives Rod Reiss (Father, deceased)
Frieda Reiss (Half-sister, deceased)
Dirk Reiss (Half-brother, deceased)
Ulklin Reiss (Half-brother, deceased)
Florian Reiss (Half-sister, deceased)
Abel Reiss (Half-sister, deceased)
Alma (Mother, deceased)
Uri Reiss (Uncle, deceased)
Affiliation Survey Corps Logo Survey Corps
Former Affiliation 104th Trainees Squad
Grad Rank 10th
Species Human
Status Alive
First Appearance
Manga That Day
Anime That Day
Voice actor
Anime Shiori Mikami (Japanese)
Bryn Apprill (English)
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Quote1 Krista probably would've been worried for everyone. Krista Lenz was a good girl. But Historia Reiss... Historia's parents never loved her. Nobody did. Quite the opposite. No one wanted her to be born. Her story isn't even especially unusual. There are lots of kids like her in the Underground... So? Everyone was disappointed, right? That the real me was this empty. That I'm nothing like the good girl Krista Lenz was. Quote2
— Historia to Eren[2]

Historia Reiss (ヒストリア・レイス Hisutoria Reisu?) is the illegitimate child of the nobleman Rod Reiss and the queen of the walls. She was raised in isolation on one of the Reiss family estates until the fall of Wall Maria. At that point, her mother was murdered in front of her, and Historia was coerced into renouncing her name and claim to Reiss heritage, taking on the new identity of Krista Lenz (クリスタ・レンズ Kurisuta Renzu?), and entering military service (which was expected to result in her death).

Over the course of her childhood and isolation, and under the influence of her legitimate half-sister Frieda Reiss, Historia intentionally created a persona for herself that was to be in all things selfless and kind to those around her. In her innermost self however, she is a melancholy, empty shell of a girl, uncertain of her true nature and personality and of her purpose and meaning in the world.

Ymir initially sought her out due to her curiosity about Historia's past, and in order to use her as a bargaining chip. In the process, she fell in love with the Historia she got to know under Krista's emotional armor and false projections.

Once she reveals her true name, Historia becomes an important asset to the Survey Corps. She is pursued by various agents of the government (under orders of the King and the Inner Brigade) and by the Titan Shifters.

Appearance

Krista-Chara Design

Historia/Krista's character design for the anime

Historia is very petite. She is the smallest soldier from the 104th Trainees Squad from which the central cast originates.

She has long blonde hair, large blue eyes, and a rounded face; she usually wears the standard military uniform.

Historia is noted for being very pretty; this, coupled with her kindness, sometimes causes her classmates to wonder if she is a goddess or an angel. It is hinted that many of the boys in her class crush on her.

On expeditions, she wears her hair in a low ponytail.

Personality

Historia's True Colors

Historia shows her true, hollow self.

In her Krista persona, Historia is usually very shy, very kind, quick to burst into tears, and uncertain how to interact with others (likely due to her isolation as a child). However, Ymir notes that Historia's urge to show kindness to others stems not only from a desire to gain their esteem, but also that of the people around her: to be seen as a good person. This likely stems from her having been denied the esteem of others as a child and raised to believe herself to be an unfortunate mistake.

The strongest manifestation of this tendency is Historia's repeated and severe suicidal inclinations; she expresses the desire to die in a manner so that others won't hate her for having existed at all and will speak of her and remember her favorably. A prime example is Historia's attempt to drag a wounded Daz to safety through a blizzard. Had Ymir not decided to help without prompting, Historia and Daz would have both frozen to death.

After her abandonment by Ymir, who leaves with Reiner and Bertolt after the Clash of the Titans arc, Historia loses the hope that the revelation of her name seemed to produce in her. She regresses into a vapid disinterest in anything going on around her. She states that while the persona Krista Lenz was a kind and deeply caring person, the real Historia is vacant inside. Although Eren Yeager tells her that she seems more genuine and "less creepy" now, she continues to regard herself as lacking any true nature or identity.

History

Historia was born as the illegimate and unrecognized daughter of Rod Reiss (who is later asserted to be of royalty). Her mother, Alma, was a beautiful servant in his household who later became his mistress.

Historia was raised on an estate owned and administered by the Reiss family. Her mother was deliberately distant from her, never engaging her in any form of social interaction or expressing any affection to her. As Historia notes, her mother spent much of her time reading or leaving the estate in carriages; she never participated in work around the estate. Her maternal grandparents interacted with her only to inform her of her obligations around the estate and to instruct her on her chores. Therefore, Historia was gravely neglected by nearly all of her family.

An important factor in her formative isolation was how other children on the estate and surrounding lands had treated her. If Historia attempted to engage with them and/or leave the estate, they actively terrorized her, throwing rocks and shouting abuse at her.

Growing up, she began to read widely, including books that depicted the typical relationship between a mother and her child, causing Historia to question her own relationship with her mother, and desiring to understand what it was like to have meaningful physical contact with her mother. This led to an attempt to hug her mother resulting in her being violently slapped away and causing her mother to openly lament that she did not have the bravery to kill Historia when she had been born. Though bruised and bloody, Historia felt happiness because it was the first time she had ever been spoken to by her mother. After this incident she would not see nor interact with her mother again for several years. During this interlude, she came to understand her position in the Reiss household, particularly that she was regarded by those around her as a curse and grave burden to her family; though she did not understand the reason for her treatment and rejection. The only consolation in her life on the estate were the animals being husbanded, providing her with a means of companionship.

However, she seemingly held one friend during her childhood; a mysterious woman named Frieda Reiss who would visit her in secret. The woman taught Historia how to read, and further encouraged her personal development in the hopes of becoming a kind girl that everyone would love. She would chide Historia for not being more lady-like, but would become distressed when the girl spoke of her as an ideal role model of a proper Lady. It is not yet stated why, but Historia would forget many of these interactions and her existence, save for when the memories were subconsciously accessed during dreams.

Days after the fall of Wall Maria, Rod Reiss came to the estate with her mother to see Historia and to take her into the Reiss household properly; it is assumed that Historia would thus be recognized as a child and heir to the Reiss family. As they attempted to evacuate they were surrounded by unmarked soldiers of the Inner Brigade of the Military Police, who then confronted Rod Reiss over the identity of Historia and her mother. Rod Reiss in turn, denied any relation to them. One of the soldiers, Kenny Ackerman, restrained Historia's mother and killed her as she desperately attempted to deny being Historia's mother and her existence thereof. Her last testament before having her throat cut were to look at her daughter and coldly state that she wished she had never given birth to her. The soldiers then attempted to kill Historia as well, but Rod Reiss intercepted their efforts by offering an alternative arrangement: that if, she were to disappear from the Reiss household, assume a new name and identity before enlisting as a soldier, that would mean they would not need to kill her. The soldiers agreed with this, and Rod Reiss then gave her the new name of "Krista Lenz". [3]

Story

104th Trainees Squad arc

Historia

Historia as a trainee

After the cataclysm of the Colossal Titan breaching Wall Maria, Historia lived in a refugee camp before reaching the minimum age requirement to enable her to enlist as a trainee. Upon her subsequent training and graduation she had been ranked as 10th of the 104th; a rank below Sasha Blouse (this was later asserted by Historia to have been given the tenth position by Ymir).[citation needed]

The following events are Non-Canon and therefore not considered part of the Canon story.


In the year 848, two years before graduation, Historia accompanies the other trainees on a wilderness hunt to sustain themselves in times of peace. Along with the other trainees, Historia is pulled into an equipment heist by thieves in the forest and is kidnapped, held as a hostage so the trainees don't retaliate. The ones left behind create a plan to try and rescue her, and after some trouble and the eventual capture of the thieves, Historia is safely returned and the thieves arrested.[4]


Concludes Non-Canon section.


Battle of Trost District arc

New Survey Corps members

The trainees join the Survey Corps.

Following her inauguration into the military, Historia wasn't seen to be partaking in the battle of Trost until attempting to help Armin overcome the distress of him believing himself to have lost his friends to the Titans.[5] She would then play a role in helping a Mikasa lead expedition with the other trainees retake control the supply room, enabling the trainees to affect a resupply which had until then, been preventing their withdrawal from Trost. This was while the Rogue Titan enaged other Titans in combat, distracting them from the expedition.

The Female Titan arc

As ordered, in the aftermath of the battle of Trost, she reported her Three Dimensional Maneuver Gear to the Military Police for inspection as a
Krista the savior

Krista saves the situation

part of the investigation over the deaths two captured Titans, presumed to be have been killed by a soldier using Three Dimensional Maneuver Gear. [6] Despite her fears in facing the Titans in combat again she volunteered to became a member of the Scouting Legion, something she would later say was a decision made by her innermost self that she herself didn't understand the reasons behind it. During her first expedition out of the walls she saved Reiner, Armin, and Jean after they have become partially stranded in combat against the Female Titan by supplying them wih a horse allowing all of them to proceed on horseback.

She was then seen to be holding her position on the tree line (as per orders) baiting the Titans and preventing them from entering the forest while the Survey Corps attempted to capture the Female Titan.

Clash of the Titans arc

Historia was later shown to be part of the group that is being suspected for being comrades of Annie, when the Beast Titan suddenly attacked with the other Titans.[7]

When Pastor Nick revealed to the members of the Survey Corps that Historia may know about the Walls having Titans inside them because of her family, and that she went under an assumed name after being caught in the middle of her relatives' dispute. It wasn't long until Eren and the others realized that she was often around Ymir.[8]

When she remembers being with Ymir when they were helping Daz in her hometown. She was confronted for living under an assumed name after being caught in the middle of a serious dispute between her families and relatives. Before transforming into a Titan to fight the other Titans attacking them, Ymir made Historia promise her to go back into living under her real name.[9]

After Historia and the rest of the trainees watch Ymir fighting against the group of Titans nearly falling off the tower when Ymir transformed, to which Reiner questioned her if she knew about it but tells she didn't know herself despite being so close to her and refuses to believe it at first. When the Trainees question whose side Ymir is on, Krista remembers some events of her and along with the other watching Ymir's attempt to fight the other Titans and came to the conclusion that she is fighting to protect everyone. She begins to cheer for Ymir telling her not to die and to break down the tower and celebrates when Ymir does so. She, along with the others, ride on her back and land on the ground safely, except for Ymir who is eaten by the Titans. As Historia tries to make her way to Ymir to fulfill her promise she is nearly grabbed by a Titan but is saved by Mikasa. As everyone watches in disbelief at Ymir's wounds and the truth, Historia reveals her true name. [10]

She reveals her true name as Historia Reiss to Hange Zoë and pleads with her to go easy on Ymir. While she knew what her friend did was wrong in hiding information that could have been useful to the Survey Corps, she understood she did it to protect her comrades. Hange tells Historia she understands Ymir being a Titan like Eren and being an ally of humanity, but the political and bureaucratic rules are not as simple as she thinks. She watches with horror as Reiner, in his Armored Titan form, grabs Eren while Bertolt snatches Ymir in his Colossal Titan form.[11]

During the battle, she is assigned to provide care for the wounded. She insists that Ymir is still alive, and begs the other soldiers to rescue her. Later, she joins the rescue mission against Armin's advice. The team eventually manages to catch up with Reiner and Bertolt, but are unaware that Ymir has been convinced to ally with them in exchange for Krista's safety. When Ymir appears in her Titan form, Krista rushes to greet her and is swiftly ensnared in Ymir's mouth, so the Titans can kidnap her.

Historia is on Ymir's side

Historia is on Ymir's side

As the Titans flee from the military, Ymir finally spits her out and partially emerges from her Titan form so they can speak. Krista initially believes that Ymir is being forced to cooperate with the traitors, and begs to be released so that they can escape. However, Bertolt points out that Ymir is not being forced to work with them and demands to know if Ymir is going to change her mind again, abandoning Krista to save herself. At this point, Ymir breaks down and confesses to her that she intends to use Krista's status as the heir of the Reiss family and hopes to save herself from the traitors she served. Using Krista's true nature, Ymir begs her to please save her. In response, Krista smiles and states she will always be on Ymir's side.

When Mikasa arrives and attacks Ymir, Krista quickly steps forward to stop the fight. She pleads with her to spare Ymir, and refuses to back down even when Mikasa threatens her. It's only when Mikasa makes it clear she won't spare anyone who gets in her way, that Krista relents and talks Ymir out of fighting any further.

Quote1 I'll fight together with you! So release your hand! Even if you have your reasons and there are things you can’t tell me! No matter what! I’m on your side! Quote2
— Historia to Ymir [citation needed]

The Uprising arc

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Historia on the wall

Despite her trauma and injuries, Historia pleads with Eren to help her save Ymir

Upon arriving back at the wall, Historia collapses into the arms of Rico Brzenska as the rest of the military is in a panic dealing with injuries. Connie grasp his head and struggles to stand as Historia drinks some water and is comforted by Rico who tells her that there are no Titans nearby. As Rico continues to comfort Historia, Eren notes to Armin, Jean, and Connie that because he got captured all these people died. Jean notes that they had about 100 people and with the Garrison forces having little experience there are just 40 left, half of which can't walk. Jean adds that even the Survey Corps lost half their members before wondering what will happen to them now. Remaining optimistic, Armin comments that there were no losses on the way back as the Titans completely ignored them. As Armin thinks about the Female Titan controlling Titans, he asks Eren if he was the one who controlled the Titans and saved them. As Eren claims to have no idea, Jean and Connie press him for more information and remark that they certainly would have died otherwise. As Eren considers what they said, Jean says he appreciates how hard this is for Eren considering Erwin lost his arm, Mikasa has a shattered ricage, and Hannes died just to save him. Jean tells Eren that is unsure if he is worth the price but concludes that it is up to Eren whether or not their deaths have meanings. Eren chuckles and says that Jean has become preachy, a statement that Connie agrees with. Jean responds that he deserves some slack since he saved Mikasa before he is thanked by Eren, who vows to never hesitate again and to seal up Wall Maria while controlling Titans. Eren decides that his penance for what happened will be capturing Reiner and the others, along with making sure all these deaths had meaning. Historia, having heard the whole conversation, rises up against Armin and Rico's protests. She corrects Armin by saying that her name is Historia before telling Eren that they should hurry towards the wall. As Eren also asks her to rest, she yells in panic that she is fine before grasping Eren's shoulder and saying that if they don't hurry they won't be able to save Ymir. As she asks him if he is strong and demands he do something with his Titan power, the others question what Historia is saying. Collapsing, Rico asks her to calm down and to relax her body and soul. Eren tells her that Ymir was concerned about her safety when they were captured and Historia responds that she doesn't understand. Eren comments that she chose to leave the walls on her own, prompting Connie to agree and Jean to admit that she is hard to understand. As Historia begins to break down and cry, she says that she won't forgive Ymir for choosing Reiner add Bertolt over her. As she calls her a traitor, Jean calls her Krista and says she is not acting like herself. Histoira beings to laugh with tears still in her eyes and says that Krista was nothing more than a role given to her so she could live. Some time later, Eren, Armin, Jean, Mikasa, Sasha, Connie, and Historia have all relocated to a remote log cabin. Historia returns from gathering firewood with Mikasa, who is scolded by Armin for working too hard with her injuries. Eren adds that he tried to stop her from doing situps before Jean angrily replies that he shouldn't be spying on Mikasa. Sasha comments that this reminds her of training as Armin agrees but wonders why they were chosen for Levi's squad when they are plenty of other veterans who could protect Eren and Historia. The fighting continues as Armin and the others accuse Sasha of stealing bread.[12]

Historia Connie

Historia coldly explains to Connie that Ymir kept quiet about his village and the Beast Titan in order to protect him

Levi arrives at the cabin and calls a meeting with his new squad and Hange's squad. After scolding them for their poor cleaning job he announces that they are going to review their current situation. Levi begins voices his belief that sealing Wall Maria would be such a victory that nearly any sacrifice would be worth it. He then turns to Armin and asks him to share his opinion regarding the sealing of the wall, which is to use several hardened bodies of Eren in his Titan form. Due to this, Armin believes that they could seal the hole in one night which draws excitement from the crowd before he depressingly says that is very unlikely. Levi responds that the likelihood of the plan rests with Eren, who ensures his Captain that he will do his best. Levi motions to Hange that she now must choose a suitable place to experiment, and she responds that she will due to the tenuous peace inside the walls. She is incredibly eager to begin the experiments, especially with regards to Eren's potential ability to control Titans. Despite her insistence, she asks Eren to continue keeping a low profile which draws shocked reactions from Armin and Eren. Hange replies that the situation is very complicated but upon being reluctant to explain, Levi replies that she has been waiting to speak like someone holding in shit and she just needs to get it over with. Hange bluntly says that Pastor Nick has died, leaving everyone in Levi's squad confused. She goes on to say that he was found dead at the Trost Military Barracks and that he was certainly murdered. Hange recounts the story of her and Moblit Berner going to see Nick and being stopped from entering the room by two Military Police members, Djel Sanes and Ralph. Hange and Moblit both froze when they realized that both MPs were from the First Interior Squad, which is only supposed to deal with matters in the capital. Djel explained that they are here due to the shortages and Hange quickly feigned an apology and knowing about Nick's role with the Wall Cult. After grasping his hand too hard, Hange releases her grip and apologizes with a salute and by saying that the people who did this will surely come to pay. As they left, Moblit asked if they really killed Nick and Hange responded that they almost certainly did as the skin was torn on Djel's knuckles from punching Nick. Hange admits that she feels responsible for his death. After much silence, Armin asks if they tortured Nick in order to get information about the Survey Corps. Levi answers that they likely asked him if he revealed information about the Reiss family, or if he knew the location of Eren and Historia. Moblit adds that Erwin and Pixis were told and the First Interior Squad is being watched, but still they likely have multiple ways of finding them. Levi asks Hange if she has been thinking about the experiments and she replies yes since she is very concerned with how desperate someone is looking to get their hands on Eren. Levi asks if she is proposing they do nothing and Hanges response that they should just wait and see is criticized by Levi, as he believes that they will be found eventually so they must act. Levi inquires about Nick's fingernails and after learning that all 10 were removed, he confidently announces that Nick would have ratted them out after one fingernail and the loss of all 10 proves his conviction. Levi believes that they can either seal Wall Maria before getting stabbed in the back, or eliminate the traitors in the walls. He asks Hange who says they should both, the very same answer Levi thinks Erwin would give.[13]

Historia almost killed by Kenny

After her mother was killed by Kenny Ackerman, Historia had the same knife turned on her before Rod intervened and gave her the name Krista Lenz, allowing her to live provided she be quiet

Mikasa, Historia, Eren, and Connie prepare dinner as Connie admits to Eren that he didn't understand half of that he just heard. Eren replies that they need to experiment discretely and eliminate anyone in their way. Connie announces his desire to kill the Beast Titan since, according to Ymir, it was responsible for transforming his village into Titans. Connie expresses anger at Ymir for taking him as a joke, prompting Historia to reply that he is wrong. She explains that Ymir kept quiet in order to avoid hurting Connie, which Connie finds hard to believe. At dinner, Historia begins to tell the story of her childhood by saying that she was born on a farm in Northern Wall Sina under the control of Rod Reiss. She remembers constantly doing chores and her beautiful mother always reading books, except when she dressed up and was taken to the city by different noblemen. Historia learned to read and write and realized that she was lonely since no one ever had a conversation with her that wasn't about work; she never spoke to her mother. After wanting to feel affection, she jumped on her mother's lap and was slapped off but was happy at receiving some attention from her mother, who wished that she had the courage to kill Historia. Her mother left the farm and she came to realize that for everyone there, her existence was not something to be celebrated and only animals were her friends. She then tells of the night five years ago, several days after Wall Maria fell, where she met her father, Rod Reiss. Her mother was also there but seemed incredibly scared as Historia was told by Rod that she would be living with him from now on. As they moved towards the carriage, they were suddenly surrounded by several adults who grabbed her mother and remarked that what Rod had done was very troubling. Historia screamed for her mother but was rejected as she denied being her mother or having anything to do with her. As Kenny Ackerman, the apparent leader, asked Rod if that was true, he lied and said that it was. The man forced her mother to the ground and slit her throat as she screamed at Rod for lying and finally wished that Historia had never been born. As Kenny approached Historia to kill her, Rod intervened and told her that her name was now Krista Lenz. She then lived on reclaimed land for two years and joined the Trainee Squad at the age of 12. She ends her story by saying that was when she met everyone here.[14]

Historia and Eren worried

Historia and Eren worry about Jean and Armin, who are disguised as them and have just been captured

Historia looks on with Levi's squad and Hange's squad as they conduct an experiment with Eren's Titan form in the mountains. Eren, in a deformed state, falls over as Hange yells at him to get up and Levi notes that he isn't even 10 metres tall. Hange jumps down in order to cut Eren out before Mikasa does the same thing. Levi asks Hange if Mikasa shoudl be punished for acting on her own, but she replies that the experiment is over anyway. Hange pulls Eren from the Titan's nape while noticing the intense heat as Mikasa pleads to take over the task of freeing Eren. Hange continues her work by asking Moblit to draw Eren's disfigured face and theorizing about his state, prompting Moblit to yell that she has no humanity. Mikasa slices the flesh still connecting Eren to the Titan while Hange pulls him free and announces the end of the experiment. Historia, ordered by Levi to sit with him, joins him in a wagon with Mikasa and Hange. Eren wakes up in his room with Levi, Historia, Mikasa, and Hange who jokes that thanks to Eren waking up she won't be slashed by Mikasa. Eren, unaware of anything that happened during the experiment, asks if the hardening process worked and Hange bluntly replies no. Hange begins to recount the experiment and starts by saying that they decided to intelligence tests after the hardening ones failed. As Eren struggles to remember Hange continues and notes that he became a 15m Titan, was able to perform intricate tasks, but was unable to speak. After being asked to write on the ground, Eren wrote that he couldn't harden and then something sloppily about his father before agonizing for 30 minutes followed by crawling out of the Titan. After resting for 30 minutes Eren transformed into a 13m Titan who ignored all commands before collapsing and forcing Hange to intervene to free him. After another 30 minutes he transformed again into a 10m Titan who couldn't stand, was underdeveloped, and was more stuck to Eren than any previous form. Eren remarks that due to him the mission to seal Wall Maria is now impossible. Levi agrees that Eren is completely to blame and notes that they are now exposed to many risk due to the experiment and achieved nothing. Mikasa attempts to defend Eren but Levi counters that he isn't blaming, rather he is complaining about inadequacy which is part of the process. Levi continues his rant by claiming that a rotten smell exists in the walls and if it continues for another 100 years, humanity will be destroyed. While he has been aware of this since his birth he became even more so when he became exposed to the freedom outside the walls. Hange cuts Levi off and summarizes his point by saying that they learned Eren is unable to harden, along with other information resulting from the intelligence tests. Hange and Levi end by agreeing that everyone needs to keep working hard. As Eren continues to strain, Mikasa holds his arm and urges him to take it easy. Hange announces that they now only have one option left which is to investigate the Wall Cult and their link to the Titan-created walls. Hange also wishes to know why the supposed highest authority, the King, doesn't know this and the Reiss Family does. She reveals that Erwin has gone to the capital in order to gather information. Later, Historia and the rest of the squad read Erwin's orders in shock as they are told by Levi that any idiot who believes them should follow him. As Levi and the others leave, they observe men breaking into their previous residence as Armin asks Levi if they are First Interior Squad members. He finds it unlikely and notes that they are underestimating him before the group heads out. Eren and Historia separate from the group and head to a safehouse, where Eren worries about Jean and Armin as he thinks they look nothing like himself and Historia. He believes that if they are caught pretending to be them, they will surely suffer.[15]

Eren Historia Talk

Historia and Eren talk about their situation and the emptiness that is Historia's true personality

While in the hideout with Eren, Historia falls asleep in her chair and begins to dream of her childhood. On the farm she is sitting with her half-sister, Frieda Reiss, who is amazed at Historia's reading ability. Historia credited Frieda with helping her and she responded by making Historia blow her nose while telling her to be more lady-like. After Historia asked what lady-like meant, Frieda used a mysterious picture in a book involving a girl and a Titan resembling Ymir's form involved in some manner of ceremony as an example and claimed that it means being kind, gentle, and thinking of others. She then encouraged Historia to be like that so she would have friends since the world is a harsh place. Historia replied that she wanted to be just like Frieda, who as the holder of the Coordinate was surprised and seemed disturbed by this, as this would mean putting Historia through the horror of devouring her and being controlled by the will of the first king like Frieda, but she hugged Historia, who is completely oblivious, wanting to keep her away from the horrors of the world. She then told Historia that it was time before giving her one more hug and telling her to forget everything that happened her until next time. As Frieda walked away, Historia in her dream had no idea who she was. As Historia wakes up Eren asks if anything is wrong she replies that nothing is and she was just dreaming. Historia feels like she had an important dream but can't remember any of it which Eren says happens to him all the time. Eren inquires about the time before worrying about his squadmates and asking Historia if their opponent really is the Reeves Corporation. Eren takes a seat and apologizes to Historia for not being able to harden, which confuses her as to why Eren is apologizing to her. After asking if she still wants to help Ymir, Historia responds that her feelings have changed and Ymir made her own choices which gives Historia no right to do anything she didn't need to. She admits to only having the unknown Reiss family left and is unsure if she is suited for such high responsibilities, which forces Eren to ask what she wants and Historia to answer that she is not sure. After some silence, Historia tells Eren that she envys him because he always does what he wants to do and has something to fight for, which Historia lacks. With Ymir gone, Historia admits to not knowing anything and asks Eren if he ever thought someone like herself could exist. Eren responds that if they look at the world around them and the danger they face due to the Titans there is nothing to wonder about. He tells Historia that she should be worrying about Armin and she responds that her feelings are unsure, and Krista certainly would have worried because she was a good girl. Historia, speaking about herself, says that she wasn't loved and didn't wish to be born, adding that her real self is empty and good girls like Krista don't exist. Eren tells her that he had plenty of reasons to dislike Krista, which draws a shocked reaction from Historia. Eren ends by saying that she he likes her now because she is a stupidly honest, regular person. Historia and Eren regroup with the rest of their squad and retreat to another remote settlement. Levi, having foiled the kidnapping of Armin and Jean, formed an alliance with the kidnapper and captured two First Interior Squad members.[16]

Levi's Squad listen torture

Historia and the rest of Levi's squad listen in horror to the tortured cries of Djel Sanes as they debate what it means

Historia and the rest of Levi's Squad listen in terror to the tortured screams of Djel Sanes, the First Interior Squad Member who killed Pastor Nick. Jean nervously says that although he was set against the Titans he is now unsure of who the enemy is and wondering why they are staining their hands with torture. Eren replies that they have no other choice since humanity will certainly be devoured if they fail here. Eren recites Erwin's order by noting that they are pulling a coup d'etat and this is likely the beginning. Sasha adds that they are all rebels now while wondering what will happen if they fail, prompting Jean to reply that they will be executed. Armin feels that trying to change a group that has held power for over 100 years is difficult and that the method they are using is wrong, instead they should be trying to gain the support of the populace. He begins forming a plan to use the chaos of the Titan's incursion as evidence of the government's wrongdoings, shifting the blame onto them. Very coldly, he goes on to say that sacrifices are necessary and the best course of action would be to create a tragedy that can be blamed on the government, and then the Survey Corps can come in and save the day. After receiving cold stares from everyone present, Armin gives a weak smile and says that he was just thinking. Jean asks if he was corrupted by his pervert kidnapper, Eren replies that Armin has always been a dark person, and Mikasa adds that she doesn't remember raising Armin like this as a kid. Armin depressingly reminds everyone that they are already criminals and are killing people because they have different ideas. Simply because they have different allegiances people need to be killed. Placing his head on the table, he ends by saying that they are no longer good guys. Later, Historia is seen sitting down on watch with a rifle.[17]

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Historia buckles under the pressure of Levi's threats and agrees to be the next queen despite her reservations

As Levi gets his meeting underway he asks where Hange is, only to be told she left to speak with Erwin. After disparagingly calling her 'four-eyes', he thanks Nifa for working through the night and tells her to begin. After she wonders who their guests are, Levi explains that they are from the Reeves Corporations, which prompts Dimo to start leaving. Levi tells him to stay since they are allies and Dimo asks about his son, Flegel Reeves, who coyly remarks that if Levi wanted to provide a good welcome he should have put tea out. As everyone tenses up in anticipation of what Levi will do, Dimo smacks his son on the head and explains that he has been training him in business but he is a brat. As he again begins to leave, Levi insists that he stay as what is about to be revealed concerns the fate of the humanity. Dimo agrees to stay as Nifa announces that the meeting is about Historia ascending to the throne. Amid the shocked faces, Levi casually admits that he forgot to keep them up to date. Nifa continues, saying that the Fritz Royal Family are puppets in control of the real rulers, the Reiss family. Armin breaks the appalled silence by asking if making Historia the queen is their main goal. Levi tells him it is before asking Historia her thoughts, which are that she can't do it. Levi is sympathetic that this is a big burden to throw on her and understand her reluctance, but concludes that none of that matters as he harshly tells her to do it. After Historia refuses a second time, Levi violently lifts the distressed girl into the air by her collar, much to the horror of everyone present, while telling her that running away would only lead to the Survey Corps using all their power to make her do it. Levi tells her that this is her fate and the only way out of it is to fight Levi. Levi lets her drop to the ground and continues his speech despite Jean saying he didn't have to do that. Levi asks if they think they will be able to do whatever they want tomorrow and if the person standing next to them will still be there. He doesn't think that and believes that normal people don't either, not that he considers himself normal due to what he has seen. Despite this, he can fight first if Wall Rose were breached tomorrow and for all they know that could happen tomorrow. As much as they want to prevent this from happening, there are people in their way and Levi doesn't mind being their cold-blooded killer. He considers torturing people to death far more preferable to dying to a Titan since not everyone has to take part in torture. Levi ends by saying that all this could be avoided if Historia took power before he kneels down and harshly yells at her to do it. Frightened, Historia responds that she will do it, if her next role is to be queen she'll do it. Levi helps her up and after telling her that he is counting on her, he tells Nifa to continue while many glances are exchanged.[18]

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Historia meets her mother's killer, Kenny Ackerman, for a second time before being kidnapped along with Eren by him

Nifa claims that she will now communicate Erwin's orders, which are to hand over Eren and Historia to the First Interior Squad, who will be monitored by the Reeves Corporations until they reach the final destination. The final destination is Rod Reiss, Historia's biological father and the highest authority within the walls. According to interrogated Military Police, everyone is under his command so the Survey Corps will capture him and ask him various questions. If he has sufficient answers then he will be allowed to remain in power, otherwise they will replace him with Historia. Finally, once this is all done they can begin the move towards Wall Maria. Outside, Historia and Eren are tied up under the supervision of Dimo who hopes this will work so he can do business up to Wall Maria. After Dimo rubs dirt on them for effect, Flegel asks why they are following a brute like Levi. Dimo coldly replies that the way a businessman looks at someone is key and this is why he trusts Levi, especially since this is the only way to save his company and Trost. He then jokingly tells Historia to give Levi a smack once she's queen as revenge, which Eren finds entertaining. Flegel leaves to use the bathroom just as Dimo hides several small knives on Eren and Historia so he can transform when needed. An employee tells Dimo that the First Interior Squad has arrived and he is shocked at how early they are. Kenny Ackerman congratulates Dimo and then frighteningly asks Historia if she remembers him. After insulting Historia for how little she has grown, Kenny calls Dimo outside who asks if he is getting a reward and has his subordinates capture Eren and Historia. Outside, Kenny has killed everyone from the Reeves Corporation except for Flegel who hid behind a tree. He blames the death of Dimo on the Survey Corps, has the knives removed from Eren, and tells his subordinate to prepare the anti-personnel control squad. He ends by saying that is has always been trouble letting a group like the Survey Corps run around with their power, as Levi silently watches from a tree.[19]

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Historia is confused as Rod apologizes and hugs her

Levi and the Survey Corps follow Eren and Historia to Trost, where they are in coffins being loaded into a carriage.[20] After an ambush by Kenny Ackerman and the First Interior Squad, Levi and the Survey Corps are forced to abandon their pursuit. In the ensuing battle Nifa, Keiji, and a goggled member of Hange's squad are killed by the First Interior Squad. Kenny is temporarily defeated by Levi and leaves the chase up to his subordinates as he escorts the coffins to Rod Reiss. Historia and Eren have their coffins opened in some manner of building as Kenny remarks to Eren how long his journey has been. Historia has her restrains removed and is angrily looking at Rod, her father, with tears in her eyes before he unexpectedly apologizes for everything that has happened. As Eren looks on in disbelief, Rod hugs Historia and explains that he did never stopped thinking of protecting her, which greatly confuses Historia.[21]

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After explaining to Eren that her father is a good guy, Historia and Rod trigger memories of Eren eating his father, Grisha

Eren is seen on top of a pillar in an underground location with his arms chained to the wall. As Kenny sharpens a knife, Rod remarks to an unrestrained Historia wearing a white robe that now they can put an end to this battle.[22] Eren awakes in the underground location as Historia tells him that everything will be alright if he hangs in there for a while longer. She explains that Rod has always been an ally of humanity and had no choice but to deal with Pastor Nick, the Reeves Corporation, and the Survey Corps. As she says he did it all for mankind, Rod stops talking to Kenny and walks toward Historia as Kenny leaves. Rod tells his daughter that he will take over and says to an observant Eren that despite this being his first time here, it isn't unusual that it feels familiar. Historia asks Rod to explain to Eren and he says that he intends to, but first wants to try triggering Eren's memories of this place by putting his hand on Eren's back. As he and Historia place their hands, Eren is treated to a patchwork of memories that begin with someone going underground a chapel. They reveal Rod, Frieda, and some children before showing a white haired Titan being injured and the children being killed while Rod runs away. Next, a young Eren is given the key to his basement and injected with a needle that causes him to transform into a Titan. He eats the person who injected him and after transforming back into a human, he observes the individuals glasses and cries out for Grisha Yeager, his father. With the revelation of what his father did, Rod asks Eren if he remembers his father's sins as Historia looks off to the side confused.[23]

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Historia, thinking of Frieda and everything Rod told her, looks angrily at Eren with tears in her eyes

After seeing several images of Frieda in her mind, Historia begins to tear up as Rod asks whats wrong. She realizes that back on the farm she wasn't alone since she had Frieda, but is confused about why she didn't remember her until now. Rod asks if she met Frieda and the name is unknown to her, so Rod describes her as a young woman with long black hair who was Historia's half-sister. He explains that she would visit Historia and likely erased her memories in order to protect her, which confuses Historia. Rod replies that by touching Eren, Historia's memories have been opened as well which leads her to ask to meet Frieda. Rod hugs Historia and tells her that Frieda, along with his wife and his other four children, were killed at this location five years ago by Grisha Yeager. Grisha was a titan shifter who came to steal the 'power' the Reiss family had, a power that was kept within Frieda's titan form. Her titan possessed an invincible power but she was too inexperienced to use it effectively and was eaten by Grisha, allowing him to steal the power. He then killed 14 year old Dirk, 12 year old Abel, 10 year old Florian, Rod's wife, and his oldest son Ulklin. Rod says that he was the only one to survive since he escaped while Grisha was destroying the chapel, which Rod eventually had rebuilt. As Historia wonders how Grisha could do something like that, Kenny interrupts and asks if they are yammering away. He reminds Rod that the military was successful in their revolution to overthrow the king and that they are almost certainly headed this way. Rod tells Kenny that he intends to but first everyone must leave, including Kenny. The military captain responds jokingly that he was only looking for a toilet, which prompts Rod to say that he trusts Kenny, a sentiment he returns. Kenny leaves by mockingly calling Rod 'Your Majesty'.[24] Historia, having heard everything from Rod and remembering Frieda, has tears in her eyes and looks angrily at Eren as Rod returns with a doctor's bag. After apologizing for making Historia wait, Rod reveals a needle and serum which looks identical to what Grisha injected Eren with. Rod tells Historia that although it sounds strange Frieda isn't really dead since her memories live on. He asks Historia if she would like to see Frieda and his daughter responds that she would. Hearing this, Eren struggles against his chains and attempts to speak.[25]

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Rod explains to Historia that the power Grisha stole and gave to Eren can only be used by a Reiss, which is why Historia is going to take it

Hearing the battle between the Survey Corps and the First Interior Squad nearby, Rod tells Historia that they should hurry. Eren again attempts to speak, but is met with a cold glare from Historia as Rod comments that Eren has realized his fate for his sinful choices. Rod tells Historia that the power stolen by Grisha and transferred to Eren will return to the Reiss family through Historia. He explains that the cave they are in was created by a titan who also created the Walls and altered humanities memories so that they could live in peace. Some bloodlines are exempted but nobody knows the history of humanity prior to 100 years or where the titans came from, except Frieda. In addition to the titan's power, she knew everything about the world once she gained the power at the age of 15. Rod goes on by saying that eight years ago, in this same cave, she ate his younger brother. This is the duty of the Reisses and has been going on for 100 years, passing down this power so one person becomes a 'living book' entrusted with the fate of humanity. They are free to spread the secrets or tell no one, and everyone has always chosen the latter. Historia begins to ask a question but Rod says that they must hurry due to the situation of the broken walls, the loss of life, and the ongoing civil war. Rod admits that Frieda could have prevented all this and even exterminated all titans if she still had the power that Grisha stole and passed onto Eren. Rod says that anyone not of the Reiss bloodline cannot fully use the power, so as long as Eren lives the world will remain horrid. Historia is again cut off but this time by Kenny, who lowers himself from the ceiling with his 3DMG and asks Rod to confirm that only a Reiss can use the power. After he confirms this, Kenny comments that even if he became a Titan and ate Eren it would be pointless.[26]

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Historia attempts to free her father from Kenny before she announces her intention to regain the Reiss power and exterminate all titans

Kenny begins to tell a story about himself as a young man and his dying grandfather. His grandfather, lying in bed, asked if Kenny had killed more MP's and he replied that the ones sniffing around are dead. Kenny said that he found his sister, Kuchel, working at a brothel and that she was pregnant. Another branch of his family moved to Shiganshina but they remain poor due to abuse by locals. Kenny asked why the Ackerman name is so hated when they used to be favourites of the king. After prodding his grandfather with a joke, his grandfather admits that he intended to carry the secrets with him to the grave, but now there is no point. He explained that the Ackermans are feared by the government because they can't be controlled, not hated. His grandfather was born inside the walls so admitted to not knowing everything, but did know that the Ackermans were assistants of the government entrusted with the survival of humanity. Humanity has several bloodlines which can have their memories manipulated, but there are some minorities that are immune to this, such as the Ackerman and Asians. These bloodlines threatened the king's ideas about how to rule since he wanted to erase all memories and bring about peace through this. Kenny was confused by this so his grandfather clarified that the monarchy has the titan's power, that they have been passing down generations. This power built the walls that resulted in humanity losing memory of anything outside them. Due to their inability to have their memories manipulated, the Ackermans couldn't be controlled by the King and refused to submit to him unlike most other immune bloodlines. His grandfather ended by saying his parents did not pass this history along so that the monarchy would have no reason to abuse their children, however given the recent abuses that seems to have been pointless. Kenny replied that he will believed his grandfather's story because things will be more fun that way. He explains that that story influenced his beliefs up to today. Kenny violently lifts Rod into the air by his collar and points his pistol at him. Rod asks if Kenny thinks he is lying and he responds no because he waited for this to see if, for once, Rod wouldn't lie. He accuses Rod of this being his family's succession ritual and for stringing himself along. Rod thanks Kenny and as he begins to say that he never understood why his brother took Kenny off the streets, he is interrupted and told to not speak ill of Uri or he will die. Historia pushes Kenny's gun out of the way and demands that he release her father, to which he responds by calling her pitiful.[27]

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Historia agrees to Eren's heartfelt request that he be eaten so she can save humanity

Kenny clearly explains to Historia that Rod wants to make her a titan so she can eat Eren. Historia believes that if it is her duty, then she will do it to save humanity. She announces her intention to eat Eren, bring Frieda back, inherit the history of the world, and then exterminate the titans. Kenny places Rod in a choke hold and reminds Historia that her birth was a tragedy and Rod never wanted her. Her mother only did it to gain favour but everyone hater her birth, Rod included. Kenny points out the irony in Rod randomly showing up and deciding to be a good father to Historia, which he thinks is only because Grisha slaughtered his 'real' family and he needed Historia's blood. Kenny goes on to say that the council had ordered him to kill both Historia and her mother but that Rod intervened, even having the Wall Cult monitor her. Kenny starts shoving a large knife down Rod's throat and shouts that he didn't want to be a Titan so made his brother and daughter do it. He even hid the fact Frieda lost her powers so that the Reiss family maintained power, and he kept silent about all this before the Battle of Trost which allowed thousands to die. Kenny becomes louder and yells that Rod doesn't care about his family, humanity, and certainly not Historia, he is nothing but a coward. Rod, surprising Kenny, removes the knife from his throat by badly cutting his hand and tells Historia that there is a reason he can't become a titan. He also says that he can't trust anyone else, prompting Kenny to release him and rhetorically question what he just said. As Historia rushes to his side, Rod thanks Kenny by saying that he has done well and that he finally understands his brother's decision, however his ambitions will go unrealized. Rod ends by telling Kenny that he is free and should go find another reason to have a long life. Kenny, with a blank stare begins to ascend the stairs toward Eren and remarks that Rod's choice wouldn't be fun. As Rod and Historia react in fear, Kenny ignores them and tells Eren that he will no longer block him from transforming. He removes Eren's mouth restraint and announces that both Historia and Eren will transform, with their being peace if the former wins and nothing changing if the latter wins. In order to help Eren transform Kenny slices along his forehead, pouring blood down Eren's face. Historia screeches in terror as Kenny gruffly says that what Rod suggested can't even be called living. Rod ignores the question and thrusts the needle into Historia's hands, telling her that she will definitely win because he chose a titan well suited for combat and Eren is still chained. He also clarifies that she only needs to inject his spinal fluid in order to regain the Reiss power. As Historia exposes her arm and prepares to inject herself Kenny uses his 3DMG to get far away. Just before injection, Historia pauses as she notices that Eren has not transformed and asks him why. As Rod encourages her from afar, Eren replies through blood and tears that what his father did wasn't necessary. He questions how many people died due to Grisha's actions and remembers several people from his trainee days. Eren confesses that he can't begin to make up for all the death caused before also admitting that he wasn't necessary. Historia think of the rejection she received from her mother and sympathizes with Eren. He then asks Historia to eat him so she can save humanity and she responds that when Eren called her a normal person it made her very happy. Historia finally attempts to inject herself with the titan needle.[28]

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Historia finally rejects Rod's plan for her to become a Titan, breaks the Titan needle, and flips him onto his back

As Historia pushes the needle into her arm, she has a memory of Ymir in her Titan form and of Frieda at the farm. She complains of a splinter to Frieda she got trying to cross the fence and Frieda responds by removing it. She then confirms what Historia did before screaming at her that she has been told before not to cross the fence. At the same time, she remembers Ymir in a snowy environment, during their training, and then when she asked Historia if she was trying to do a ‘good deed’. Rod asks why Historia has not injected and theorizes that she is scared. His daughter asks him in a petrified state why Frieda never fought. Clinging to a pillar, Kenny mutters that Historia has no guts and should hurry up and transform into this world’s ruler. Historia expands on her question by asking why no Reiss has ever exterminated the Titans despite having the ability to. She confesses that now she remembers that sometimes Frieda would act bi-polar and call everyone sinners. After that she would get very depressed and troubled. Historia asks Rod if that is because she inherited the first King’s ideology, and he replies that she is correct. The first King Reiss created the walls and wished for a humanity that was ruled by Titans. Rod explains that in the King’s opinion this was the only way to true peace, while also admitting that he has no idea why since only the inheritor of the power knows. Rod recalls that his father acted the same way and would not release humanity from the Titan’s, nor would he explain why. When it was time for his father to pass on the power, his younger brother Uri volunteered and gave Rod a mission: to pray. After seeing Uri’s eyes once he gained the power Rod knew what he meant. Uri had become the creator of the world who was all-knowing and all-powerful, which Rod announces is called God. As he tenderly grabs Historia’s arms he says that every catastrophe has a reason and every decision regarding humanity’s survival is completely up to God. He goes on to say that his mission is to bring God back into this world and apologizes for not explaining everything up until now but he had no choice. Historia thinks that Rod did have no choice and that humanity is hopeless without the King’s power. However, she knows that she will be controlled by the first King’s ideology and unable to exterminate the Titans. Rod says that he is praying for God to guide humanity just as Historia has a memory of Ymir saying that she can’t tell Historia how to live. Historia thinks that it is her mission to become God as Ymir goes on to say that she has a wish. Just before injecting the serum she accepts that this is the way Rod wants her to be but, at the same time remembers Ymir’s wish that she live with pride in her heart. Historia finally rejects Rod’s plan and smashes the needle, spilling the serum all over the ground. At first Rod reacts in shock before angrily yelling at Historia and grabbing her by the shoulders, which forces his daughter to grab him by the collar and flip him over her and onto his back. She then berates Rod for his God talk and says that he has just been saying anything in order to get her to transform. She announces that she has had enough and is not going to be killed by Rod. Historia grabs her dad’s bag and walks toward Eren as Kenny laughs while yelling that things are finally getting good.[29]

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Historia begins to free Eren from his restraints and criticizes him for giving up

Eren loudly asks what Historia is doing and she responds that they are going to escape. Eren becomes inconsolable and yells at Historia to eat him since he is of no help, not special, and it is too painful for him to keep living. Historia cracks him in the side of the head with her fist and tells him to shut up while calling him a crybaby, Historia shouts back that exterminating the Titans is too much work and anyone volunteering for that job would be crazy. She goes on to proclaim that perhaps humanity is the problem and they should be destroyed. She looks at Eren very determined and declares herself the enemy of humanity along with the worst girl in history. She successfully removes some of Eren’s restraint and tells him to escape while she destroys everything. Rod, lying on the ground, licks the Titan serum and asks his family to wait for him. At that moment he transforms into a massive Titan, the force of which sends Kenny flying. Eren is happy because now Rod can eat him and regain the power. Historia refuses to leave him and says that despite being mankind’s enemy she is Eren’s friend. She also tells him that even though she is not a good girl she can’t stand to see someone crying about how they’re not needed, thinking of Frieda and Ymir. She manages to free one of Eren’s legs just as she is blown back by the force of Rod transforming. Before she crashes into the wall she is caught by Mikasa, who asks her if she is ok. Levi grabs the keys to the restraints as Eren notices that his former squad is here. Jean, Connie, and Levi attempt to free Eren as the latter two bicker about the correct keys and the former tells Eren that they have to deal with both Titans and the remnants of the First Interior Squad. Levi plainly says that the biggest issue is the collapsing roof due to the size of Rod. The Survey Corps members free Eren and pull him back just before a giant boulder comes crashing down. Levi rhetorically asks how shitter the situation can be and remarks that Rod looks bigger than the Colossal Titan. As Rod’s Titan continues to stand up more of the ceiling crumbles around him, which causes Kenny to say Rod has messed up and was obviously just as ignorant about Titans as everyone else. In the process of escaping, his female subordinate and other First Interior Squad members come towards him, leading Kenny to call them idiots and ordering them to stay back. Jean depressingly states that there is no escape route as the 7 people present are forced against the wall. They all look at Eren to do something and he responds by falling down and crying while apologizing for being useless. He also announces that he was never humanity’s greatest hope, before noticing a bottle that fell out of Rod’s bag that says ‘Armor’. Jean angrily asks why Eren wants to be a tragic hero when he has been able to deal with everything before this. Connie adds that he is being too timid while Sasha says that she doesn’t want to get used to this. Levi blankly remarks that it would be difficult enough to escape carrying Eren and Historia, as Mikasa adds that they would certainly be burned to death if they get close to Rod. Sasha screams that they have no other option before Eren responds that there is no way to escape. Historia harshly asks if he just wants to sit here and die because they are enemies of humanity. Levi apologizes to Eren for always doing this before telling him to do whatever he wants, drawing a similarity to what Levi said back in the Forest of Giant Trees when they were being pursued by the Female Titan. Eren, having heard enough, grabs the “Armor” bottle and breaks it in his mouth while sprinting towards Rod and transforming.[30]

The bottle makes Eren to harden his Titan body and create pilar-like structures that support the imploding cave that do not dissapear even after Eren is extracted, saving everyone. As Eren regains conciousness, Historia sadly informs him that all the other bottles and stuff in Rod's bag were either crushed or evaporated. However, Levi points out that this ability might be what they were looking for to seal the hole in Wall Maria.[31]

The group leaves the cave and rides following Rod's steps. Historia observes in silence as they discuss Rod's actions, but when Eren suggests letting himself to be eaten by Rod in order for the latter to regain human form and undo the brainwashing made by the First King, Historia replies that this won't work, since the Reiss family has refused to do it for decades, and that's why Grisha stole the power from them.

Everyone agrees but Hange comments that if they don't make Rod a human again, they will need to kill him before he reaches the wall. Historia observes her father now transformed into Titan and apologizes to Eren, because back in the cave she did intend to kill him just because she didn't want her father to hate her, but now she's prepared to say Rod goodbye.[32]

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Historia ready to fight against her own father

As they get closer to Rod, Eren tries to activate the Coordinate to stop him, but to no avail. They then reunite with Erwin and discuss to fire cannons once he approaches the wall, and to use the Survey Corps in case this doesn't work. They are surprised when Historia appears wearing the 3DMG ready to battle, and Levi orders her to stay safe, but Historia replies she's there to settle her own fate.[33]

Rod approaches the Wall and Historia and the rest of the squad observe the futile attempts of the Garrison to stop him. After Hange arrives carrying gun-powder barrels, ropes and a net to attack the Titan, Historia helps to put them together. Erwin once again asks her to stay safe since she's going to be the next queen, but she questions if people is so naive to obey a ruler in name only, and states that she has found by herself her own mission.[34]

Historia kills her father

Historia kills her father

As Rod finally reaches the Wall, the Garrison flees and Squad Levi explodes his hands launching the gun-powder barrels. The Titan's head is blown up by Eren in his Titan form by feeding him with more gun-powder barrels,
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Historia declares herself as the true queen in front of the citizens

and the squad jumps cutting the flying pieces trying to destroy Rod's main body. Historia attacks too and finds the right piece. As she slices her father's nape, she sees memories of a young Rod jailed while he demands explanations from his father for not killing the Titans despite having the Coordinate, and of Uri and Frieda before inheriting it, expressing their desire to save humanity.

Rod's Titan body explodes and Historia falls on a cart. As she regains consciousness, she finds herself surrounded by the shocked citizens, who recognize her as the one who finished off the Titan but wonder who she is, since she is wearing casual clothes instead of a military uniform. She stands up and tells them that she is Historia Reiss, the true ruler of the walls.[35]

Historia is crowned as the new queen

Historia is crowned as the new queen

After she killed her father, Historia has been crowned as the new queen. She was also acknowledged by the citizens as their savior. After the ceremony, she and her friends began finding Levi, meeting Dimo Reeves' challenge of punching the humanity's strongest soldier.[36]

Abilities

Historia is a strong soldier who graduated tenth in her class, although Ymir slacked off to improve Historia's ranking. She has mastered the Three Dimensional Maneuver Gear and she can kill Titans effectively. [37]

She is also proficient in hand to hand combat, able to throw Rod Reiss, who is heavier and taller than her.[38]

Historia Reiss's Statistics [39]:

Combat
6/10
Initiative
6/10
Wits
4/10
Teamwork
8/10
Altruism
10/10

Relationships

  • Ymir - Their relationship is complex, but they are very close, and Ymir has been stated to be in love with her[40][41]. Historia states that Ymir has "the worst personality ever," but that she was willing to abandon humanity if doing so would help Ymir. She states her intention to be at Ymir's side and that she trusts her above all others. While Ymir challenges her unhealthy behaviors, Historia likewise challenges Ymir on her worst aspects.
  • Rod Reiss - Rod is Historia's biological father as well as the source for much of the anguish in her life. Historia met him when she was a child and was going to live with him. However when Rod denied any relation to her when confronted by the Interior Squad and her mother was killed, Historia was given the new name Krista Lenz. Historia had since held Rod in contempt for her mother's death as well as abandoning her. Years later, Rod attempted to reclaim Historia when her true identity was revealed. While Historia was not thrilled to see him again, when Rod opened up to her and told her about his plans Historia, upon being treated with kindness from him initially accepted her part. Historia listened and nearly believed everything Rod said even when interference from Captain Akerman revealed an ulterior motive. However upon hearing on what became of Frieda after she received the power and the state of humanity, Historia finally rejected Rod upon realizing that he was only using her to reclaim the Reiss family's power.
  • Frieda Reiss - Frieda is Historia's older half-sister but she did not know at the time. Frieda treated Historia with kindness and respect that no one else did but forgot about her whenever Frieda suppressed her memories. Upon reclaiming her memories Historia consumed with grief nearly turned her back on Eren since his father killed her and nearly went along with Rod's claim to 'bring her back'. However, recalling how Frieda was consumed by the first Reiss King's ideology when she wanted to see her Historia rejected Rod's plan as it had destroyed Frieda's humanity.
  • 104th Trainees Squad - Historia is admired by the rest of the trainees, and the most popular girl among them. Many of her male classmates have a crush on her due to her beauty and kindness, as demonstrated when she rescued Reiner Braun, Armin Arlert, and Jean Kirstein. Sasha Blouse also initially thought she was a goddess, and seems to have remained close to her during training.
  • Mikasa Ackerman - Mikasa's reactions to Historia have always been mixed. During the Clash of the Titans arc, she makes it clear to her that she would not spare anyone who got in her way. However, when she and the rest of Levi's squad arrived in the innermost cavern of the Reiss underground chapel, she went to Historia's aid first, not Eren's. Though neither girl is likely aware of it, they are alike in that each has a person who is important to her, and each is willing to go to any length to ensure the safety and well-being of that person.
  • Connie Springer - They have only been shown interacting a handful of times, mostly during the Castle Utgard sequence, but it is clear that Historia and Connie are good friends. He is the one to make her aware of the truth behind Ymir's actions, and she trusts him enough to take his word at face value.
  • Eren Yeager - Historia had always envied Eren for always knowing his goals and being able to work toward them. Eren had initially disliked her Krista persona, seeing it as phony. Since the revelation of her true identity, Eren has come to respect her as a "stupidly honest and regular person." His statement that he likes her better as Historia meant a lot to her, and it motivated her in great part to stand up to her father and try to save Eren's life, rather than consume him.[2][42]
  • Alma - Historia wanted the relationship that any other child has with their parent. But Alma resented her existence, wishing she had the courage to kill her.[43]

Trivia

  • The official site reveals that the majority of her male classmates had a crush on her, referring to her as the "Goddess" of the 104th.
    • A recurring gag in the series is that people actually refers to her as "goddess" or by terms related to God in several circumstances. First it was Sasha in Episode 3/Chapter 15 when Historia gave her a bread after Sasha fell tired for being forced to run for 5 hours; second time by Jean and Armin in Episode 18/Chapter 24 when she came to their rescue after they were attacked by the Female Titan; and finally in Chapter 64 when Rod was trying to convince her to regain the Coordinate and become "God".
  • In a Volume 11 sideart, Isayama portrayed Historia shifting into a Titan which depicted an angel.
  • Her name is based upon the song lyrics "The Unsung War" from the video game Ace Combat 5 which also serves as Inspiration for Isayama's one-shot "Heartbreak One" he had written before Shingeki no Kyojin in which the female lead character strongly resembles Historia.[citation needed]
    • Her name Historia is Greek in origin and means "History".[44] Also, her pseudonym Krista is of Greek origin (greek: Χριστή), meaning "she who is the anointed one". In Hebrew, "the anointed one" is "messiah".[45]
  • Her birthday, January 15th, was celebrated in Japan as [[wikipedia:Coming of Age Day] between 1948 and 2000. It is now held on the second Monday of the month, but continues to celebrate the entry into adulthood by those turning 20.
  • Her alias surname "Lenz" means "spring" in old German.
  • At the Animagic 2014 series panel, producer George Wada confirmed that Ymir and Historia are "indeed a couple".

References

  1. Attack on Titan Guidebook: OUTSIDE
  2. 2.0 2.1 Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 54
  3. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 52
  4. Attack on Titan OVA 3
  5. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 6
  6. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 21
  7. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 35
  8. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 37
  9. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 40
  10. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 41
  11. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 42
  12. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 51 (p. 1-50)
  13. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 52 (p. 1-29)
  14. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 52 (p. 29-45)
  15. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 53 (p. 1-41)
  16. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 54 (p. 1-38)
  17. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 55 (p. 22-45)
  18. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 56 (p. 10-25)
  19. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 56 (p. 25-44)
  20. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 57 (p. 34)
  21. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 58 (p. 6-46)
  22. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 61 (p. 45)
  23. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 62 (p. 27-40)
  24. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 63 (p. 1-21)
  25. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 63 (p. 34-41)
  26. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 64 (p. 34-45)
  27. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 65 (p. 1-16)
  28. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 65 (p. 16-44)
  29. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 66 (p. 1-22)
  30. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 66 (p. 23-45)
  31. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 67 (p. 3-10)
  32. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 67 (p. 12-26)
  33. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 67 (p. 29-43)
  34. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 68 (p. 6, 12-14)
  35. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 68 (p. 28-45)
  36. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 69
  37. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 49 (p. 36)
  38. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 66 (p. 16-17)
  39. Attack on Titan Guidebook: INSIDE & OUTSIDE
  40. "Characters". Attack on Titan official manga site.
  41. "Ymir". Attack on Titan official anime site.
  42. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 66
  43. Attack on Titan Manga: Chapter 52 (p. 37)
  44. "History". Wikipedia.
  45. "Christ, Etimology and origins". Wikipedia.


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