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No. . . It wasn't so bad, you know. . . being a goddess for a while.
~ Ymir to Reiner and Bertolt.
Krista... I have no right to tell you how to live. So this is just... a wish of mine. Live your life... with pride.
~ Ymir to Historia before revealing her Titan powers.

Ymir is a mysterious character of the anime/manga series Attack on Titan and a main character in the Clash of the Titans arc/Season 2 of the series.

She is usually seen with Historia Reiss (formerly known by her fake name Christa Lenz) who is her love interest. She inherited the power of the Jaw Titan from Marcel Galliard. Ymir was named after Ymir Fritz by a scammer to present her as a member of the Fritz family to an Eldian cult. Ymir was actually a fraud, as she had no royal blood and she was only a homeless Eldian little girl taken from the streets by a scammer. After escaping, her sixty years of imprisonment as a Titan, she made her way to the Walls where she joined the 104th Cadet Corps.

She is voiced by Saki Fujita in the Japanese version of the anime, and by Elizabeth Maxwell in the English version of the anime. Maxwell also voices Winter Schnee in RWBY and Phoebe in Battleborn.

Background

At the streets of a Marleyan city, a man of the cult finds a homeless little girl and names her "Ymir"

Many years ago, a orphan little girl was found by a unknown man in the streets of a Marleyan city. He gave her the name "Ymir", a bed, food and a fancy dress. Because of her name, many adults start to kneel and worship her. She felt so happy to give them happiness and kept her role as "Ymir". Several years later, the people of Marley started calling her demon and even the man who had given her name claimed that he had been deceived by her. However, she still tried to keep her role and tried to save the people who did worship her, but she was not successful. She was hated by the people in the city that throwed rocks on her. The girl and her worshippers were taken as prisoners by the Marleyan military. Ymir and her people were injected with the titan serum by the Marleyan soldiers, and transformed into mindless titans to be banished to Paradis.

60 years later, still as a mindless titan, she encountered the young Warriors Reiner, Bertolt, Annie, and Marcel. When she ate Marcel, she transformed back into human, obtaining his Titan shifter powers. After she opened her eyes, she finally felt free of being a mindless titan for several years. She then began a new life within the Sheena wall. She survived begging and stealing food or money. It was during this time that she overheard conversation between members of the Church of the Walls, and learned that a girl with a false name was forced to join the Cadet Corps. This girl would later reveal herself to be Historia Reiss. Ymir's interest in Historia led her to enlist in the Cadets to search for her.

Story

Ymir and Christa/Historia

Ymir was initially a selfish, cynical, exploitative, confrontational, argumentative, and uncooperative girl. She very often criticized people for being untrue to themselves, as when she berated Sasha Braus, who developed an extremely polite and formal way of speaking to hide her native accent. However, sometime later she reveals a kinder side, especially towards Christa.

By her own admission, Ymir's greatest fear was actually dying. This turned out to be a lie, and she eventually chooses to return with Reiner and Bertolt to their homeland, so they wouldn't leave empty-handed. Having failed to deliver both Eren and Historia, Reiner and Bertolt received an ultimatum by the Marley government but Ymir payed with her life.

As the story progress, it is revealed that she is actually brave, selfless, and quite emotional. This is shown when Ymir accepts Reiner and Bertolt's offer to return to their hometown in exchange for a pardon. She also has shown regret over eating Marcel (even though she had no control over herself during her time as a mindless Titan and has no memory of the event). But she states that she is very thankful to them, because their presence allowed her to be released from her Titan form, which she deemed as an endless nightmare.

Ymir is in love with Christa/Historia and is very protective of her. She openly expresses her feelings when she promises Christa that they will marry after the war. During the Female Titan arc',' she worries about Christa and asks Bertolt where she is. Later, before she leaves to save Bertolt from the Pure Titans, she apologizes to her and gently caresses her head while in her Titan form. As a prisoner of the Marleyans, Ymir writes a love letter to her, revealing all her tragic backstory, telling that she will probably die soon and once again apologizing that she didn't marry her.

Although she hated the government of Marley, Ymir was actually neutral in the war between Marley and Paradis. She called Eren childish and was the only potential ally of the Survey Corps who opposed to kill Reiner and Bertolt, calling the two of them "small fry". She decided to help them against Mikasa and the others, even tried to convince Historia to go to their hometown together. This because Ymir knows the unfortunate position of the Warriors as Eldian pawns. She already guessed that the destruction of the Walls had been planned by the Marley's power. And also knowing about the short lifespan of a Titan shifter and how horribly Eldians are treated in Marley, she felt sorry for her 2 kidnappers. She had to chose between staying with her beloved Historia or following Bertolt and Reiner to avoid them to suffer punishment for returning home empty-handed. However, she decided to let Historia stay in Paradis, much to Bertolt's anger at first, only to find out that Eren had the Coordinate power after all, thus making the kidnapping of Historia pointless and Eren the only target.

She sacrificed herself by following Reiner and Bertolt back to Marley where she was eaten by Galliard, Marcel's younger brother, in order to give him the power of Jaws Titan. She felt that she owed Marcel's life and power to his Warrior friends and brother. Bertolt and Galliard were both sorry for her unfortunate position as an Eldian and Galliard had no hatred towards her, knowing that it was beyond the control of a normal Titan to avoid eating people. Galliard thanked her for giving back his brother's Titan.

Along with Grisha, Bertolt, Eren Kruger, the Galliard brothers and Tom Ksaver, Ymir is one of the deceased Titan shifters that Zeke manages to free from Eren's control, allowing them to fend off the army of Titan shifters of the past while the Warriors and Survey Corps destroy Eren's main Founding Titan body.

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Eren Yeager | Mikasa Ackerman | Armin Arlert | Levi Ackerman | Hanji Zoe | Jean Kirschtein | Connie Springer | Sasha Braus | Historia Reiss | Reiner Braun | Annie Leonhart | Bertholdt Hoover | Erwin Smith | Mike Zacharias | Eld Jinn | Petra Ral | Oluo Bozado | Ymir | Artur Braus | Gabi Braun | Falco Grice | Survey Corps | Garrison | Special Operations Squad |

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