Hajime Isayama’s “Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin)” manga spawned an anime television series in 2013, directed by Tetsuro Araki and written by Yasuko Kobayashi. The Production I.G and Wit Studio’s show is a brilliant one, with an intriguing story and well-written characters. However, the humongous titans are the source of fascination for many viewers, as they present more questions than answers. Where did they come from and what purpose do they hold? Why don’t they have digestive systems nor reproductive organs? While we can obviously theorize and wonder, we don’t get answers before the following seasons. However, I propose another question entirely: which titans do you think stole the show during the first season? While the Armored Titan had an epic entrance, one could say that the Colossus Titan made a bigger impact. Similarly, the Female Titan turned the show upside down with its presence, while Eren’s Titan had better overall moments. So, I guess it’s time to list the top 5 Titans of Attack on Titan: Season 1!
*The list is entirely based on the first season of the anime, not the manga.
5. Smiling Titan
There are numerous creepy titans that can send shivers down your spine, with the Similing Titan being the most disturbing of them all. With a grin that produces nightmare fuel, the Smiling Titan set the wheels in motion when it killed Eren’s mother. This traumatic event sparked a chain reaction of destruction, making Eren Yeager long for his opportunity to kill titans, not sparing a single one. Above and beyond that, the Smiling Titan is very memorable, which is quite surprising considering the limited screen time. However, the moment she was involved in, transformed this titan into an unforgettable figure in the franchise. Together with the creepy characteristics of the Smiling Titan, it should undoubtedly have a spot on everyone’s list.
4. Armored Titan
It’s impossible not to include the intimidating and badass Armored Titan. While he makes a brief appearance, he makes a mighty big statement with barely a few minutes of screen time. However, the time was utilized perfectly, making him one of the most memorable titans from the show. During the breach of Wall Maria, the Armored Titan appeared out of nowhere, running through the Shiganshina district’s inner gate. It’s one of the best moments of the anime, giving us a look at what the titans are truly capable of, and that they’re not all the same. While we don’t know why he broke the wall and left, I do know that I want to see this big bastard once again. To be fair, the Armored Titan is as intriguing as the Colossus Titan, while having a smalle stature.
3. Female Titan
Honestly, the first time the Female Titan appeared on-screen, it immediately impressed. It looked and acted differently from other titans, while also being more intelligent and knowledgeable than the rest. Capable of defending herself and fighting strategically, the Female Titan quickly became the most challenging titan that humanity had ever come across. Paired with the possibility that a human might be controlling it, the Female Titan was soon the main villain of the show. Some wanted to kill it, while others wanted to capture it, yet everyone wanted to know who’s behind the wheel. This hunt lead to numerous great moments, like when the Female Titan dismantled the Survey Corps members. When it’s revealed that Annie Leonhart’s the human who shifted into the Female Titan, the story gets new life. Considering that the screen time, the Female Titan left a proper mark of the first season of the anime. In addition, the Female Titan has become one of the most recognisable figures from the show.
2. Eren Titan
Eren Yeager promised to destroy all titans in his youth, yet he lacked the power to follow through. When he gained the ability to transform, slaughtering other titans was no longer a dream but reality. Eren Yeager became the first known human with the Titan Shifter ability, becoming humanity’s heaviest hammer. However, things took time, as he first saved Mikasa and went on a titan killing spree. That day marked the first time humans had seen one titan attack another, which was an unheard phenomenon. While he lacked the ability to control himself, killing other titans purely on instinct, soon he proved himself useful to humans. Slowly but surely he started being able to control his titan form, finding himself as the brightest light for humanity’s survival.
1. Colossus Titan
On that day, humanity remembered the terror of being dominated by titans, being trapped like animals. The one responsible was the 60-meter Colossus Titan, appearing out of thin air, breaching the Shiganshina district’s wall. With a jaw-dropping frame, the Colossus Titan left a gigantic mark on the show, coming across as a horror movie villains. The way it would appear during the most unexpected hour, cause destruction and disappear, impossible to be caught or killed. Not only that, the Colossus Titan’s kick opened the flood gates, igniting the story of Eren Yeager. Keep in mind, this humongous titan forced humans to remember what lurks beyond those walls. One could even say that the Colossus Titan is a symbol, considering that he represents the suppression of humanity. Not only that, with only a couple of moments, the Colossus Titan made a major impact on the show, being responsible for some of the greatest moments of Season 1.