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All About Ymir in Attack on Titan: Fair is Foul, and Foul is Fair

Ymir is one of the most dubious people in “Attack on Titan,” who raises a lot of questions such as: “is she a friend or enemy of the humans?”, “is she a witch or god(ess)?”, “what is her family name?”, “how old is she?”, “what is her sexual orientation?”, “ is Ymir “she” or “he?”

by ribosoMAL
Jul 28, 2015 10:52 PM | 48,281 views

WARNING: Contains spoilers!



Who is Ymir?

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Officially not much is known about her except the fact she loves Krista...and she speaks like a man. Note her family name is not mentioned, only the given name “Ymir”. Now she belongs to the Survey Corps.


Following the conversation between Ymir and Bertolt, it is revealed that she was outside of the Wall eating humans over 60 years...

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…which means she is now over 70 years old!


Ymir in Titan Form

Unlike Annie’s Titan form, Ymir’s doesn’t appear to have a female shape, and is relatively small compared to the other Titan Shifters.

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attack on titan ymir


Etymology

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From Ymir's flesh the earth was formed,
and from his bones the hills,
the heaven from the skull of that ice-cold giant,
and from his blood the sea.


Ymir’s name is mentioned in The Poetic Edda. A giant is born in the place where fire and ice meet, and it gave birth to a male and female. The giant is a “hermaphroditic” being, and is “androgynous” so that it’s hard to tell if it is a he or a she, a god or goddess. Ymir was killed by the brothers Odin, Vili, and Vé. They made out of Ymir’s flesh the Earth (or the goddess Jörð), from its blood ocean, from its bones hills, the skull became the sky, the brain clouds and the hair trees. It is said that the maggots out of Ymir’s corpse became dwarfs.


Ymir's Resurrection?

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“By a coincidence, I could get my second life. So I was reborn!”


Is her statement just a metaphor? Or is it related to the following conversation between Bertolt and Reiner?

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Bertolt: She … ate Beric, didn’t she?
Reiner: Right, but that also explains Ymir’s position clearly. Somehow she finally came back as a human. Now she wants to survive by all means, no matter what happens to others.



Ymir Worshippers

In the so-called “Ilse’s Notebook,” in which Ilse Langnar wrote a journal on her encounters with a Titan until her death, there is a statement that the Titan bowed down as if it worshipped a particular human.

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The Titan talked to Ilse and called her; “Ymir-sama” (with “sama” being used to express deep respect or reverence).

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It is said the Titan mistook Ymir for Ilse, possibly because they look like each other.


Is Ymir a Goddess?

Is Ymir the one worshipped by Titans as in Ilse’s journal? Whether Ymir is related to the story or not, she calls herself ‘goddess’ and seems to be happy with the naming.

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“I don’t feel too bad about being a goddess”


Ymir can read a forgotten language?

Ymir picks up an old tin box and finds out it’s edible ...

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Ymir: This canned food seems edible, although I don’t like herrings.
Reiner: Can you find some more? Let me see that.
Ymir: (After hesitation) here you are.

However, Reiner can’t read the exotic letters on the box.

Reiner: Is this canned food? … What are these letters? I can’t read it.

attack on titan canned herring nishin

A reader has flipped the last frame, where it spells out ンシニ. Now read it from the right, it says; ニシン (nishin = herring). Does this mean that Ymir can read the writing on the can which Orientals, who died out (except Mikasa as the last descendant), left behind?

Just out of curiosity, what does this tinned herring taste like?

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Or is it like this scary-looking Russian product? (That looks like a claw but it's a herring we swear)

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Or maybe these Japanese herrings cooked in sweet-salty sauce?

japanese herring


Does Ymir know about the conspiracy?

We have seen many people inside the Wall who are actually Titan Shifters. The question is what are people fighting against? There seems to be a hint in the conversation between Eren and Ymir here below, but they are partially hidden.

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Eren: What’s the enemy?
Ymir: What’s the enemy? If I told you that, s… (her last word was interrupted by someone calling “Ymir”)

What could be her last word? Could it be the ‘secular power’ (せーふ→せいふ=’government’)?

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Or ‘spirituals (せーしょくしゃ→せいしょくしゃ)’ or possibly ‘saints’ (せーじん→せいじん)?

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Or anything else?


Ymir- Beautiful is Ugly, and Ugly is Beautiful

Despite the fact that one of Ymir’s comrades, Connie mentions she is ブス(busu or ‘witch’ in the sense of ‘ugly woman’), fans don’t always see her like that. Take a look below at some stunning fan art.


 

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Source: deviantart.com


ymir fanart attack on titan

Source: deviantart.com


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Source: deviantart.com


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Source: deviantart.com


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Source: deviantart.com


Ymir and Christa

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Their friendship inspires a lot of fan-artists!


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Source: tumblr.com


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Source: deviantart.com


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Source: fanpop.com


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Source: deviantart.com


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Source: pixiv.com


Homosexuality in Attack on Titan?

Ymir and Reiner once joked about each other’s sexual orientation although we don’t know how much of it is true.

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Reiner: What are you doing, Ymir?
Ymir: Hey, Reiner... do you crawl into women’s room in the night? What a surprise … I didn’t think you liked women...
Reiner: Right… it doesn’t seem to me you like men, either.
Ymir: Whatever ...

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