Attack on Titan

10 Worst Things About Eren Yeager

10 Worst Things About Eren Yeager
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The protagonist of Attack on Titan has taken the world by storm by serving as both hero and villain. The boy who once spent his hours staring up at the sky behind wall Maria grew up into a man that has earned respect and fear, kindness and hate.

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Eren Yeager’s recent actions have set him up as an antagonist to both life and peace. While he hasn’t always been so bold, Eren’s worst traits seem to have taken charge of the emotional young man and turned him into a monster. Fortunately, Eren has friends who are capable of putting their emotions aside and stopping him from destroying himself and the people of the world.

10 Eren Never Deals With His Own Emotions

Eren cut his hand to become Titan in turn of an emergency

The very first episode of Attack on Titan introduced fans to Eren Yeager. While the cute little protagonist had plenty of admirable traits at this point in the story, he also showed hints of his worst attributes.

One of these hints came when Mikasa called Eren out for crying. Eren’s response is shame followed by denial. His inability to acknowledge and accept his emotions would push him down a dark path that changed a beloved protagonist into a frightening antagonist.

9 Eren Lies To His Friends & His Foes

Eren Falco Grice Attack On Titan

Eren Yeager is a liar. This may sound controversial to anyone who calls themselves a Yeagerist, but fans of AOT who have witnessed Eren’s interactions with Armin, Mikasa, and Falco know the truth.

Season 4 of Attack on Titan shows fans at different side of Eren. This Eren has no problem lying to his friends and tricking children into helping him commit genocide. He does so without hesitation in Marley by tricking Falco, then brings his lies back to Paradis in a weak attempt to recruit Mikasa onto his murder squad.

8 Eren Doesn’t Hesitate To Take The Lives Of Others

Eren transforms in front of Reiner and Falco

Eren has been scarred by violence and gore more times than anyone his age should have to be. As a child, he murdered two of the slavers who tried to kidnap Mikasa, all without hesitating. Later, after witnessing his mother’s death, Eren vowed to destroy every single Titan that threatened the walls of Paradis.

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All of this was done in the name of heroism and has been celebrated by fans. Eren’s foray into Marley is a different story though. Here, he murdered innocent lives who never had any notion of murderous intent.

7 Eren Narcissistically Placed Himself At The Center Of A Historical War

Eren reaching for Ymir Fritz

The only thing that can compare with Eren’s incredible power in season 4 is his incredible narcissism. This man has purposefully put himself at the center of the largest international conflict that has ever plagued the human race.

By initiating the Rumbling, Eren took on the weight of a historical conflict that has gone on for centuries. While many have praised Eren for taking responsibility for the evil deeds committed by others, some believe him to be motivated by narcissistic heroism that nobody asked him to embrace.

6 Eren Acts Like He Is Fighting For Others While Ignoring Their Opinions & Criticism

Armin punches Eren during argument - Attack on Titan

Eren should have immediately dropped his plans of world domination when Armin rose out of his chair to strike him. Armin is a symbol of peace in the world of Attack on Titan. Despite carrying the destructive might of the Colossal Titan, the blonde boy from Shiganshina has only ever wanted peace.

Thanks to Eren, Armin has had to give up his right to negotiate and choose violence instead. Still, Eren refused to hear Armin’s criticism, despite the fact that Armin was willing to bend his own moral code for Eren. What makes this even worse is the fact that Eren believes that he is fighting for Armin and Mikasa while committing genocide

5 Eren Leads His Allies, Peers, & Friends Into Life-Threatening Situations

Eren as the Attack Titan

Eren doesn’t just ignore the opinions of his friends and peers—he forces them into violent situations that they’re uncomfortable with. In episode 86, Eren’s actions force Mikasa, Conny, and Jean to murder their former allies.

When Eren chose to invade Marley, he forced Armin to set off a bomb in the Marleyan harbor, killing thousands of innocent people. Some friendships demand that both parties act outside of their comfort zone, but no friend would ever demand that their peers join them in the act of murder.

4 Eren Chooses Action Over Diplomacy Every Time

eren rushing forward attack on titan

Eren may be one of the most reliable combatants in the world of Attack on Titan, but he’s a terrible communicator. Throughout the entire series, Eren lets his anger and insecurity bubble up to the point of exploding.

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By the time fans are reintroduced to Eren after the time skip, it’s hardly surprising that his personality is balanced between a quiet stoicism and an explosive vengeance that shows itself in ends of extreme violence. Considering the master diplomat at his side, Eren’s inability to communicate may be his greatest weakness.

3 Eren’s Actions Are Unpredictable

Eren's Attack Titan gets ready to punch - Attack on Titan

The only thing predictable about Eren is that he is going to be unpredictable. The scouts have been forced to deal with this aspect of Eren’s personality since the day he joined their ranks. Eren is always running off ahead of his allies.

While this may make him seem predictable, he runs off at random and seemingly meaningless moments. Not a single character managed to predict his actions in Season 4 because of how random and disconnected they were. It wasn’t until the moment he started the Rumbling that Eren’s true intentions revealed themselves.

2 Trauma Haunts Every Inch Of Eren’s Brain

eren staring outwards attack on titan

If fans were to bring Eren Yeager into the modern century and put him through a brain scan, they might find themselves looking at a scan of one of the most traumatized brains in history. After spending the majority of his formative years feeling trapped, Eren murdered two men, watched his mother get eaten by a titan, then devoured his own father to inherit the power of the Attack and Founding Titan.

If this weren’t enough, Eren’s life as the Attack Titan meant attaching himself to a giant skin mecha, watching his childhood friend be burnt alive, and committing mass genocide. This trauma has shattered whatever moral code Eren held onto as a child, making him one of the most dangerous characters in the world of AOT.

1 Eren Has Been Manipulated By Others Far Too Often To Claim Independence

Eren and Zeke agree to the Euthanasia Plan in Attack on Titan

Despite the fact that Eren held the power of the Attack, Warhammer, and Founding Titan for the majority of season 4, fans still saw Zeke Yeager as a threat. While this could be seen as a compliment to Zeke’s brilliance, it also serves as an insult to Eren’s intelligence.

Of course, Eren has been known to fall victim to the whims of powerful men. When abducted by Rod Reiss, Eren nearly lost the will to live because of the King’s false accusations. It comes as no surprise when Zeke manages to weasel his way into Eren’s inner circle despite the fact that Eren had no real use for him.

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