The 5 Worst Characters in the Attack on Titan Anime

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Cruz, Brittany. "The 5 Worst Characters in the Attack on Titan Anime." ThoughtCo, Aug. 9, 2016, thoughtco.com/worst-characters-in-attack-on-titan-145791. Cruz, Brittany. (2016, August 9). The 5 Worst Characters in the Attack on Titan Anime. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/worst-characters-in-attack-on-titan-145791 Cruz, Brittany. "The 5 Worst Characters in the Attack on Titan Anime." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/worst-characters-in-attack-on-titan-145791 (accessed September 26, 2017).
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Who are the Worst Attack on Titan Characters?

Armin and the funny bearded Titan in Attack on Titan
The Worst Attack on Titan Characters. ©Hajime Isayama,Kodansha/''ATTACK ON TITAN''Production Committee. All Rights Reserved

Nearly everyone has heard about the madhouse that is Attack on Titan but between the superhuman soldiers and the memorable martyrs, there’s a few characters that fans wish just weren't in the anime at all.

Take out your magnify glasses; it’s time to examine some of Attack on Titan’s worst characters.

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Attack on Titan's Armin Arlert

Armin Arlert from Attack on Titan
Armin Arlert is One of the Worst Characters in Attack on Titan. ©Hajime Isayama,Kodansha/''ATTACK ON TITAN''Production Committee. All Rights Reserved

Established as a long-term character of the main trio, Armin Arlert’s timidity throughout a majority of the series is frustrating. His overwhelming fear of Titans, though understandable, takes away from his intelligence and strategic prowess.

There’s no doubt that Armin assumes the role of damsel in distress. Both Mikasa and Eren have to save him on several occasions — the most notable time being when Eren jumps into the mouth of a Titan and sacrifices himself while Armin simply freezes on the spot and does nothing.

After graduating at the top of his cadet class academically, Armin spends more time doubting his abilities than he does actually using them. That isn’t to say he doesn’t have his moments, like preventing a commander from blasting a canon at his friends or discovering the identity of the Female Titan. Unfortunately, the number of times he runs scared outweigh his few moments of glory in the Attack on Titan anime.

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Attack on Titan's Kitts Woerman

Kitts Woerman from Attack on Titan
Kitts Woerman is One of the Worst Characters in Attack on Titan. ©Hajime Isayama,Kodansha/''ATTACK ON TITAN''Production Committee. All Rights Reserved

Kitts Woerman might be captain of the Garrison Regiment, but that title doesn’t mean diddly-squat when it comes to his sour personality and shameful conduct. At the first sign of trouble, he attempts to ditch his underlings and escape to safety. When that doesn’t work he threatens treason.

This sort of behavior is nothing out of the ordinary for Captain Woerman in Attack on Titan. Usually, his quick-fire reactions arise out of his ever-growing fear of dying. This is where things get a bit murky with his character in terms of creative direction. Despite all of his nasty qualities, his fear doesn’t automatically push him into the sphere of villain status. In fact, he’s not necessarily a good or bad guy but is defined by his dwindling mental state. For this reason, too much relies on Captain Woerman being on the brink of insanity, which makes it feel like more could be done with his character a lot of the time.

It’s disappointing to not see his full potential being utilized. What could have been a solid antagonist, even on a per-episode basis, turned out to be yet another frightened face among the dozens that the Attack on Titan anime would be better without. He's nowhere near one of the best characters in the anime.

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Attack on Titan's Zoe Hange

Zoe Hange from Attack on Titan
Zoe Hange is One of the Worst Characters in Attack on Titan. ©Hajime Isayama,Kodansha/''ATTACK ON TITAN''Production Committee. All Rights Reserved

Hyperactive, enthusiastic, and eager are all words that could be used to describe Attack on Titan's budding scientist Zoe Hange but in the end her presence just needs to be scrapped and left behind in the distant waste lands.

Her over-the-top persona reeks of unnecessary fan service and is pushed in the audiences’ faces constantly. Her fanatical humor is a lazy trope the anime relies on way too often, not to mention that it’s a complete 180 from the overall tone of the Attack on Titan anime series. Zoe’s overzealous personality is a failed attempt at providing comedic relief, making her character feel inauthentic and out of place in Attack on Titan. Not only is the character annoying but she doesn't belong in Attack on Titan at all.

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Attack on Titan's Daz

Daz from Atatck on Titan
Daz is One of the Worst Characters in Attack on Titan. ©Hajime Isayama,Kodansha/''ATTACK ON TITAN''Production Committee. All Rights Reserved

Daz takes the expression, 'scaredy-cat' to a whole new level. He is in a constant state of paranoia and assumes the worst of every situation. Throw in the added variable of Titans and things don’t get much better for him.

Considering that there are already a handful of headstrong soldiers around to kick Titan booty, it’s expected that a polar-opposite soldier like Daz would also exist but that doesn’t make his character any less of an eye-roller.

Obviously not everyone can be a hero, so throwing in a feeble Attack on Titan character or two is an easy way to balance things out. Nevertheless, creating over exaggerated characters like Daz to instill a sense of doom in viewers is just plain overkill and feels more patronizing than entertaining.

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Attack on Titan's Eren Yeager

Eren Yeager from Attack on Titan
Eren Yeager is One of the Worst Characters in Attack on Titan. ©Hajime Isayama,Kodansha/''ATTACK ON TITAN''Production Committee. All Rights Reserved

Generally, the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about what makes a popular anime series so great is the main character. That’s not the case for Attack on Titan’s leading man, Eren Yeager, though. He’s outright annoying.

Although he gives the occasional heroic spiel, they always turn out being the same craze-driven “Kill all of the Titans!” rant, which gets old really fast. (Everyone heard you the first 10 times you said it!)

Eren’s ability to change into a Titan makes for a good plot twist, but even that fails to make him likable. He’s reckless and completely inconsiderate of how his brash decisions put others in danger. In his first battle, he nearly gets his entire squad killed after going into a fit of rage and targeting one particular Titan.

For a series that is held in such high regard in the anime community, it’s vexing to see an impulsive and immature hero at the helm of it all.

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