Hajime Isayama Based 2 Most Iconic Characters on Real Fighters for Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan creator Hajime Isayama explained the process of basing Eren's Titan form and Armored Titan on real fighters like Brock Lesnar.

hajime isayama based 2 most iconic characters on real fighters for attack on titan


  • Hajime Isayama is a huge fan of the mixed martial arts and took reference from the sport to create his characters
  • Isayama based the fighting styles of Eren Jaeger's Titan and Armored Titan on real fighters, like Yushin Okami and Brock Lesnar
  • Attack on Titan final season part three recently finished airing, with a different ending than the manga
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Attack on Titan is regarded as a masterpiece, the anime finally concluded earlier in November 2023. It was a befitting end to the journey of Eren Jaeger and the rest of the Eldians on the Paradis Island.

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Eren Jaeger's Titan Form in Attack on Titan
Eren Jaeger’s Titan Form in Attack on Titan

Hajime Isayama released the first chapter of the Attack on Titan manga back in 2009, and it was finished in 2021. As we mentioned earlier, the anime recently finished airing and is evidently trending across social media right now.


A lot of fans are digging deep to uncover the reality behind some of the iconic characters in the series. Well, Isayama himself revealed key details about Eren in Titan former and Armored Titan a few years earlier.

Also Read: Not Eren or Levi, Hajime Isayama Finds Another Attack on Titan Character to be the Hardest to Draw


Hajime Isayama Revealed the Real Inspiration Behind Titan Eren and Armored Titan

Over the years, fans have enjoyed Eren and Reiner (Armored Titan) engaging in several fights. One thing that fans have noticed throughout the anime is the use of mixed martial arts by several iconic characters.

Eren, Reiner, and Annie, in particular, displayed a wide range of MMA skills during their fights. However, it isn’t by coincidence, if anything, Hajime Isayama revealed in a 2016 interview that he based Eren’s Titan form and Armored Titan’s fighting style on Yushin Okami and Brock Lesnar, respectively.

Reiner in Attack on Titan
Reiner in Attack on Titan

The interview was originally in Japanese but was loosely translated to English by fuku-shuu on Tumblr. The Tumblr user couldn’t entirely translate the interview. Even seven years down the line, not many details from the Japanese interview have been correctly translated into English.

Isayama has never been shy about taking inspiration from MMA fighters. In fact, some of the best scenes in the anime feature the gigantic titans using modern-era MMA tactics.


Also Read: “I had it in mind from the get-go”: Despite Wanting to Redo the Ending, Attack on Titan’s Conclusion Had Been Set in Stone from the Very Beginning

Attack on Titan Reached Its Conclusion

Attack on Titan anime began its journey in 2013. The anime was initially adapted by Studio Wit. However, after three successful seasons, Studio MAPPA stepped up to finish adapting the remainder of the manga.


While it took three parts for the final season to be completely animated, MAPPA didn’t disappoint fans. If anything, the ending of the anime was an improved version of the manga. The slight tweaks in the anime were expected following the rushed ending of the manga.

Eren Jaeger in Attack on Titan
Eren Jaeger in Attack on Titan

To make things better, Hajime Isayama released an alternate ending to his brainchild. So, how did MAPPA actually improve the ending? Well, the studio simply combined the two endings with slight tweaks to dialogues and added more context for the events.


However, one thing which was uniform in both, the manga and anime’s endings was the tragic death of Eren Jaeger.

Also Read: Attack on Titan Finale Changed a Major Storyline from Manga Ending That Even Hardcore Fans Might Have Missed

Aikansh Chaudhary

Written by Aikansh Chaudhary

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