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Attack on Titan’s Connie Springer Is More Important Than He Appears

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Every team of heroes needs their average joe who has fought alongside them until the very end. In Attack on Titan, Connie Springer is that man.


In the final season of Attack on Titan, a collection of heroic, powerful and famous figures have come together in a bid to put a stop to Eren Yeager’s Rumbling. The squad of those making the last stand include the genius minds of Hange Zoë and Armin Arlert, the unrivaled battle skill of two Ackermans, the Titan Shifting powers of Reiner Braun and Annie Leonhart, and others with established powers, skills or symbols of the next generation. When considering the collection of survivors intent of putting an end to Eren’s genocidal plan, one character in particular stands out — Connie Springer.


Connie does not stand out for any particular power or skill like the rest of the squad. In fact, his importance comes from the lack of such powers. Supporting Scouts or allies have come and gone throughout Attack on Titan, fighting in a brutal world and dying before they can see a time of peace. The final squad of heroes consists of those individuals who have changed the world, have the potential to do so, or have had continued major impacts on the narrative’s direction. They are all either main protagonists or formerly main antagonists. Connie is neither; like many others in the story, he was a supporting face in a group of almost super humans. This is why his role is so vital.

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How Attack on Titan’s Connie Went From Comedy to the ‘Every Man’

Connie and Sasha in Attack on Titan

While Attack on Titan would lead audiences to believe it is in fact Jean Kirstein who fills this role, that is not entirely true. Jean was an emotional rival to Eren throughout the beginning of the series and a standout potential leader during his training. He may not have the intelligence of Armin, but his strategic mind and ability to lead was an important aspect of his characterization. The focus given to him over the rest of the 104th trainees cemented his importance in the story and leveled him from supporting trainee to the primary trainee just shy of Eren, Armin and Mikasa’s status.

Connie, meanwhile, sat in the support characters’ section. Alongside Marco Bodt and Sasha Blouse, they were extras intended to be the pillars for the starring roles of the anime’s main protagonists. As the story progressed, Connie and Sasha became a double act for comedic purposes and background protagonists to fill out the ranks of the heroes and support them — primarily Jean.

The change to Connie’s role as a comedic background character into the team’s vitally important ‘Every Man’ role came with Sasha’s death. With one member of the duo killed, it initially left Connie as a shadow of his formerly established position in the group.

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The Importance of an ‘Every Man’ Like Connie Springer

Connie Springer in Attack on Titan

When a story contains a group consisting of supernaturally inclined characters, the lack of the underdog or ‘Every Man’ can become painfully observable. Similar to the Hawkeye in The Avengers, Attack on Titan‘s Connie is part of the group that never holds or steals the spotlight for long — comparatively to the overwhelming powers of his comrades — but a symbol of the ‘average joe’ audiences can relate to should they be a part of the outlandishly powerful team. Connie has been by beside Jean, Armin, Mikasa, Levi and many more throughout the series, proving a reliable soldier without ever having the beacon of a main hero placed in his hands. Such a role is vital in grounding the supernatural aspect of a team.

What makes Connie so intriguing is his survival. He is the last surviving 104th Trainee who was considered a supporting but still background character. As the story reached its later seasons, he was given more time and his relationship with Jean explored further; this was partly due to the lack of Sasha’s presence, but Connie still filled the role of the extra who was able to walk alongside giants toward the finish line. Connie is the Wedge Antilles of Attack on Titan, and the show would not be the same without him.

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