The Best Episodes of Attack on Titan

Last Updated: Nov 10, 2018

Several hundred years ago, humans were nearly exterminated by the Titans. Titans are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence, devour human beings and, worst of all, seem to do it for the pleasure rather than as a food source. A small percentage of humanity survived by building a city protected by extremely high walls, even taller than the largest of Titans. Flash forward to the present and the city has not seen a Titan in over a hundred years, until one day, a Colossal Titan appears out of thin air and destroys part of the city wall. As teenage boy Eren Jaeger and his foster sister Mikasa Ackerman witness the destruction of their town and death of their mother at the hands of the Titans, Eren vows to kill every single Titan and take revenge for all of mankind.

Crushing Blow: The 57th Exterior Scouting Mission, Part 5

#1 - Crushing Blow: The 57th Exterior Scouting Mission, Part 5

Season 1 - Episode 21

After a last act of desperation, the person inside the Female Titan has escaped from the Recon Corps and reverted to their human form. Now, disguised as a member of the Recon Corps and equipped with Maneuver Gear, they finally catch up to their prey — Levi's squad.

star 8.71
898 votes
Writers: Noboru Takagi
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I Can Hear His Heartbeat: The Struggle for Trost, Part 4

#2 - I Can Hear His Heartbeat: The Struggle for Trost, Part 4

Season 1 - Episode 8

Armin comes up with a risky plan that pits Titan against Titan as the abandoned cadets attempt to take back their headquarters. Getting into the building might be possible, but getting out alive and refueled will mean facing more of the giants.

star 8.68
1,009 votes
Writers: Noboru Takagi
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Scream

#3 - Scream

Season 2 - Episode 12

The battle continues as Eren and the Scouts face many hard decisions. Who is the real enemy? What is the war really about? And what will the future hold for mankind?

star 8.66
846 votes
Writers: Yasuko Kobayashi
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Wall: Assault on Stohess, Part 3

#4 - Wall: Assault on Stohess, Part 3

Season 1 - Episode 25

Eren, spurred on by his promise to kill every single Titan, unleashes the full power of his Titan form in the fight with the Female Titan. As their bloody battle draws to a close, it seems humanity may finally have a chance at survival. However, with many mysteries still left unsolved, what will await Eren, Mikasa, and Armin?

star 8.64
969 votes
Writers: Yasuko Kobayashi
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Warrior

#5 - Warrior

Season 2 - Episode 6

Following the battle, the Scouts regroup atop the wall only to find more questions than answers.

star 8.60
978 votes
Writers: Yasuko Kobayashi
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Close Combat

#6 - Close Combat

Season 2 - Episode 7

With a new enemy revealed, Eren and the Scouts fight back using all the techniques at their disposal.

star 8.59
937 votes
Writers: Yasuko Kobayashi
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First Battle: The Struggle for Trost, Part 1

#7 - First Battle: The Struggle for Trost, Part 1

Season 1 - Episode 5

Five years have passed since the fall of Wall Maria and Eren faces off against the Colossal Titan after it appears out of nowhere once again, and knocks a strategic hole in the gate of Wall Rose. As Titans swarm the city, the newly graduated Cadets are called in to fight a brutal battle that won't be without casualties.

star 8.51
1,098 votes
Directors: Shinpei Ezaki
Writers: Hiroshi Seko
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Whereabouts of His Left Arm: The Struggle for Trost, Part 5

#8 - Whereabouts of His Left Arm: The Struggle for Trost, Part 5

Season 1 - Episode 9

A miraculous return is met with anger and fear. Cannons are fixed on Eren as he struggles to remember what happened to him inside the belly of a Titan and how he ended up as humankind's enemy. One question is all that matters: is Eren human or Titan?

star 8.48
1,011 votes
Writers: Yasuko Kobayashi
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Mercy: Assault on Stohess, Part 2

#9 - Mercy: Assault on Stohess, Part 2

Season 1 - Episode 24

With the identity of the Female Titan now revealed, Eren has reservations about fighting her. Mikasa, Armin, and the rest of the Recon Corps try to fight the Female Titan, hoping to distract her long enough to buy Eren time to come to terms with his feelings.

star 8.46
903 votes
Writers: Yasuko Kobayashi
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Ruler of the Walls

#10 - Ruler of the Walls

Season 3 - Episode 9

The survey corps and the wall garrison must protect the Orvud District from the impending attack of Rod Reiss's titan.

star 8.42
260 votes
Female Titan: The 57th Exterior Scouting Mission, Part 1

#11 - Female Titan: The 57th Exterior Scouting Mission, Part 1

Season 1 - Episode 17

As the Recon Corps begins its push toward Shiganshina, they encounter an intelligent Female Titan unlike any they’ve seen before. When Armin hypothesizes that it’s really a human that’s been turned into a Titan, he, Jean, and Reiner attempt to stop it.

star 8.41
926 votes
Writers: Hiroshi Seko
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Small Blade: The Struggle for Trost, Part 3

#12 - Small Blade: The Struggle for Trost, Part 3

Season 1 - Episode 7

After the retreat bell sounds, many cadets find themselves without enough fuel to scale the wall back to safety. Mikasa begins to lose hope once she hears of the deaths in Armin's squad, but the appearance of a new type of Titan stokes her will to fight.

star 8.38
1,028 votes
Writers: Hiroshi Seko
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Bite: The 57th Exterior Scouting Mission, Part 3

#13 - Bite: The 57th Exterior Scouting Mission, Part 3

Season 1 - Episode 19

With the Female Titan still chasing after Levi's squad, Eren considers turning himself into his Titan form, but Levi tells him to choose to be either a monster or a member of the Recon Corps. As Eren remembers what he has learned from the squad, he realizes that the danger and sacrifice they all share is not what binds them — it is trust. Now it is up to Eren to make the decision of who he will trust.

star 8.38
915 votes
Writers: Noboru Takagi
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Erwin Smith: The 57th Exterior Scouting Mission, Part 4

#14 - Erwin Smith: The 57th Exterior Scouting Mission, Part 4

Season 1 - Episode 20

With the help of Levi's squad, the Recon Corps has successfully captured the Female Titan. As Commander Erwin and Captain Levi begin preparations to extract whoever is inside the Titan, will the Recon Corps discover its true identity, or does the Female Titan have one last trick up its sleeve?

star 8.37
909 votes
Directors: Shintaro Itoga
Writers: Yasuko Kobayashi
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Charge

#15 - Charge

Season 2 - Episode 11

The pursuit begins as the Recon Corps battles their way to Eren. But as the Scouts start to take numerous casualties, Erwin executes a risky strategy.

star 8.36
790 votes
Writers: Yasuko Kobayashi
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 Wish

#16 - Wish

Season 3 - Episode 7

As battle breaks out, Historia makes a shocking decision which leads to catastrophe.

star 8.32
287 votes
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Smile: Assault on Stohess, Part 1

#17 - Smile: Assault on Stohess, Part 1

Season 1 - Episode 23

Following the disastrous results of the 57th Expedition, Eren is to be brought to the King's palace for a court martial. Armin, desperate to save Eren from certain execution, enlists the help of an old friend to assist with an escape plan.

star 8.29
886 votes
Writers: Hiroshi Seko
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The World the Girl Saw: The Struggle for Trost, Part 2

#18 - The World the Girl Saw: The Struggle for Trost, Part 2

Season 1 - Episode 6

Armin tries to cope with the loss of his friends and allies after Titans massacre his squad. Elsewhere in the city, Mikasa manages to take out several of the monsters, which brings back tragic memories of her past and the first time she met Eren.

star 8.27
1,043 votes
Directors: Tomomi Ikeda
Writers: Hiroshi Seko
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Beast Titan

#19 - Beast Titan

Season 2 - Episode 1

Coupled with the military's cover-up of a previous incident, the shocking discovery inside the Walls causes a stir. Elsewhere, while the new Scout recruits are held for observation, a surprising threat appears.

star 8.25
1,335 votes
Writers: Yasuko Kobayashi
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The Night of the Closing Ceremony: Humanity's Comeback, Part 2

#20 - The Night of the Closing Ceremony: Humanity's Comeback, Part 2

Season 1 - Episode 4

Two years pass and the time for the recruits' graduation approaches. Annie proves her skill in a sparring session, Jean dreams of serving alongside the King, and graduation day brings shocking revelations — along with the sudden appearance of an old foe.

star 8.25
1,095 votes
Directors: Makoto Bessho
Writers: Yasuko Kobayashi
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Primal Desire: The Struggle for Trost, Part 9

#21 - Primal Desire: The Struggle for Trost, Part 9

Season 1 - Episode 13

Jean takes desperate measures to replace his broken Maneuver Gear. Meanwhile, Eren is able to seal the hole in the wall thanks to the help of his fellow cadets, but the cost of humanity’s first victory against the Titans will be enormous.

star 8.24
958 votes
Writers: Noboru Takagi
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Forest of Giant Trees: The 57th Exterior Scouting Mission, Part 2

#22 - Forest of Giant Trees: The 57th Exterior Scouting Mission, Part 2

Season 1 - Episode 18

As the Female Titan continues to tear its way through the Recon Corps, Levi makes a bold decision to split the ranks and send Eren and the supply wagons through a huge forest. Is his strategy genius, or does it spell certain death for the scouts?

star 8.24
917 votes
Writers: Hiroshi Seko
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To You, in 2000 Years: The Fall of Shiganshina, Part 1

#23 - To You, in 2000 Years: The Fall of Shiganshina, Part 1

Season 1 - Episode 1

After one hundred years of peace, humanity is suddenly reminded of the terror of being at the Titans' mercy.

star 8.19
1,629 votes
Writers: Yasuko Kobayashi
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The Defeated: The 57th Exterior Scouting Mission, Part 6

#24 - The Defeated: The 57th Exterior Scouting Mission, Part 6

Season 1 - Episode 22

The Female Titan has captured Eren after ripping him out of his Titan body, but Mikasa and Captain Levi give chase. Elsewhere, the Recon Corps begins preparations for the journey back home to the Wall with their numerous dead in tow.

star 8.15
883 votes
Writers: Noboru Takagi
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Soldier

#25 - Soldier

Season 2 - Episode 4

Unarmed and overwhelmed by the Titan assault on the castle, the only hope for the Scouts may lie in a promise and a secret.

star 8.13
941 votes
Writers: Yasuko Kobayashi
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