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|“||The blood of Ymir must not die out. If you die, my daughters, have your grandchildren eat your spines. If my grandchildren die, their spines will be passed from child to child. To all of my progeny. My Eldians will rule the lands of this land with their massive frames. And my Titans will continue their reign. Into eternity, so long as this world of mine remains.||„|
|~ Fritz's desire to rule the world even after death.|
Fritz was the King of Eldia roughly two thousand years ago and the posthumous overarching antagonist of the anime/manga series Attack on Titan.
He was a power-hungry king who used Ymir's Titan powers as a weapon to conquer the world. He is also the one who started the Fritz royal family's rule over Eldia by the use of Titans, making him an ancestor to Karl Fritz, Rod Reiss, Dina Fritz, Zeke Yeager, Historia Reiss and all Subjects of Ymir. Because of this, he is responsible for all of the events of the series.
Fritz ruled the Eldians ages ago when they were still a small tribe. Even then, he was as cruel as he was greedy, enslaving the villages of the land he and his tribe lived in, a mainland mainly conytrolled by the empire of Marley. One day, when a pig was let loose by one of the slaves, the villagers blamed a young girl named Ymir for the crime. As punishment, Fritz had his men hunt Ymir for sport. However, Ymir found her way to an old tree containing a pool and a strange, otherwordly spine-like entity that gave her the power of the Titans.
Upon witnessing her destructive power, Fritz pardoned her of her "crime" in exchange for lending him her power. He used Ymir's power to expand their influence into an empire, crushing the nation of Marley in the process. As a "reward", Fritz "allowed" Ymir to bear his children (essentially making her a sex slave), three daughters named Maria, Rose, and Sheena.
King Fritz moved to wage war on other cultures, starting with his most bitter enemy, Marley, the greater empire ruling the mainland he lived in at the time. With the aid of the Power of the Titans, Fritz achieved his dream of ruling the mainland, turning the Marleyan captives into slaves, and founded the Eldian Empire. He then moved to a power pursuit of world domination and had Ymir terrorize the rest of the world with the Titans. For 13 years, the Marleyans kept fighting the Titans and Fritz's army back.
With the aid of his wife Ymir, Fritz killed countless human lives numbering more than triple the world's current population as of year 854. Inexplicably, his wife Ymir chose willingly to aid him in his conquest and atrocities. Fritz held no love for his wife, having even humiliated her by keeping other mistresses around him in her presence, and he destroyed Ymir's native village and killed her family. Despite having the godlike power of controlling all Eldians, killing her oppressor tribe with the Power of the Titans, and even the power of change Fritz's body anatomy and alter his memories, Ymir willingly chose to raid and slaughter other nations and cultures.
Thirteen years since Ymir made contact with the Power of the Titans, a group of Marleyan soldiers approached King Fritz to surrender to him. Apparently, Marley had completely fallen under Eldia's domination at the time. One of the Marleyan soldiers, however, attempted to assassinate the King with a concealed spear. Ymir dashed in front of her master and took the hit in his place. The Marleyans present were executed, but King Fritz believed that, because of the Titan powers, the spear did not kill Ymir, nonchalantly ordering her to rise and continue to work.
Ymir did, in fact, die (out of suicide upon the harsh realization that he deems her as nothing more than a tool), and King Fritz later ordered his daughters to eat their mother's remains in order to inherit her Titan power. He continued his wicked reign until his final days, upon which he ordered his daughters to reproduce and pass down their powers to their descendants, and them to theirs, so that his empire would dominate the world forever.
Following Ymir's death, the Power of the Titans split into nine parts. Normally, the moment the holder of the power dies their power is passed to an Eldian newborn yet to be born through the Paths, so it can be assumed that none of Fritz's daughters gained any Titan power from eating their mother's corpse. At some point, the Fritz family managed to retake the Founding Titan, the main and most powerful part of the Power of the Titans. The families of the other eight Titan holders became the most powerful nobility of the Eldian Empire and continued the cruel custom of King Fritz after his death, marking the end of antiquity and the beginning of the Dark Ages. According to the world's history, Eldia's tyranny continued for generations and centuries, as the Power of the Titans remained the mightiest force on Earth for another millenia, and the Eldian Empire kept expanding and ruling or trampling humanity and enemy nations. Presumably at some point in history, humanity gave up on fighting Eldia and accepted it as the world's ruler and greatest empire. Presumably then, the later Eldian improved their relationships with some powerful families of other cultures, such as the Azumabito family of Hizuru. Nonetheless, Marleyans remained second-class citizens and servants in the mainland ruled by Eldia. Eldia fell into a long inner conflict called the Great Titan War, fought among the families holding the Nine Titans. The war was finally ended by Karl Fritz, the 145th King of Eldia, who grew to despise his own culture and position, and sickened by the endless oppression of Marleyans. Presumably, Karl might have seen a lot of past memories of past Eldian kings and their cruel customs, including the ancient King Fritz and Founder Ymir. Disgusted by his own race, Karl conspired with the Tybur family to defeat the other noble Eldian families ruling the mainland and allow Marley to take back its freedom and enslave the Eldians in return, while Karl brought as many Eldians as he could to an island.
The whole history of the Titans and the Eldian Empire ended up defining most of civilization and humankind's history in the world. As result it is also referred as "cursed history". Eldian language remained the most spoken international language in the world, spoken by all ambassadors of other countries. Radical Eldian Restorationist, Grisha Yeager, used to deny the violent history of Eldia, especially denying the atrocities committed by Ymir for her husband, believing a more innocent false history in which Ymir "used to bring peace and build bridges to connect the world".
At the final chapter of AoT, it is revealed that for all wrongs and injustices inflicted upon her by the tyrant, Ymir Fritz did, in fact, loved Fritz and she wanted to him to love her back, but tragically her love for him was not reciprocated.
The best way to describe the very first king Fritz is with one word, megalomaniac. His only goal in life was power, destruction, wealth and dominance over everyone and the rest of the world. Whatever he sees and wants, he must possess it and claim it as his, one way or the other. And he will not be satisfied until he knows for sure that everyone and everything is placed below him beneath his feet. He was eager to rule the world with a tyranny and shed blood to anyone whether they are on his side or not. A psychopathic tyrant who exerts his influence on the world to dominate and get his way. Even before building his empire, Fritz was a bloodthirsty warlord who was bent on conquering weaker tribes to expand the Eldian tribe. He was extremely cruel, as he had his tribe slaughter and raid villages, taking the survivors for slaves and raping the females to force them to bear his tribe's children and expand its number. His ultimate life goal had been world domination, and he was willing to accomplish that goal post-death. He did not show any genuine affection for his fellow Eldians, having enslaved its weaker tribesmen. He viewed both his family and his people as an extension of himself, declaring that so long as Eldia ruled the world, the world was "his."
He has also displayed an extremely unforgiving nature, having disfigured, muted, and partially blinded his slaves for any kind of misbehavior. He had absolutely no qualms in engaging in brutal torture for the slightest of offenses, such as when he ordered his men to cut off the tongues of his defeated enemies who posed no threat to him or when he threatened to cut off an eye of all the slaves for setting a pig free. He also displayed a twisted sense of humor when he told Ymir that she was "free" after letting her to be hunted for sport and presumably cutting off her eye too. When Fritz witnessed Ymir's Power of the Titans, he shamelessly took advantage of the little girl by convincing her that she was still his slave, "rewarding" her by "allowing" her to have kids with him (clear indication that he treated Ymir not as an equal spouse, but as a useful tool). Needless to say Ymir was a queen in name only. This shows a complete lack of remorse over his previous actions, a sense of entitlement over her and a skill in manipulation. Because Ymir as a Titan was so powerful, Fritz's lust for power grew to the point of attempting to destroy the Marleyans, a nation that was presumably stronger than Eldia originally and that presumably Fritz envied for its power.
As King of Eldia, Fritz was still so uncaring of Ymir that when she sacrifices herself to save his life he is just infuriated by the fact that he lost his weapon (Ymir) and forces his own daughters to cannibalize their own mother, not caring if the event is traumatizing for them (even his retainers, who are grown adults, turned away with disgust and struggled not to vomit), only caring about getting the Power of the Titans back as soon as possible, which shows his extreme selfishness and complete lack of empathy.
By the time of his death, King Fritz became megalomaniacal to the point of wishing for his daughters and all of his descendants to repeat the process so that "his" Titans would rule the world forever. Truly, the worst kind of a ruler, a spouse and a parent.
- His first actual appearance was in the ending credits in the second season of the anime adaptation.
- Because of his actions that caused the ascension of the Eldian Empire, the Dark Ages, and future conflicts such as the Great Titan War, as well as using the original Founding Titan as a weapon against other nations, King Fritz is the Greater-Scope Villain of the entire Attack on Titan franchise.
- He is also the one who is responsible for making the Eldian race seen as "devils" in the perspective of the rest of humanity.
- Ymir is referred in Marleyan history as a "pawn of the Devil". This is not entirely false, the "devil" using her being King Fritz, although Marleyan propaganda suggests that Ymir made a pact with the actual Devil out of power lust.