So I finally got around to seeing what the fuss was all about with Attack on Titan anime series, by marathoning it in two days, and I am glad I did. Do note that I just finish watching the anime series only, so if it's answered in the manga, please indicate spoilers.

The thing that stood out for me though was the complete absence of Eren's father after the first two episodes, and the fact that no one seemed in the least bit concerned. We know he was (probably) not dead, because in the second episode, he was seen riding back home concerned about whether his wife, Eren and Mikasa were safe. In Eren's memories, he also seemed to be aware of what was going to happen (or saw it as inevitable), so it seemed unlikely that he had been killed, particularly with no mention of it.

However, aside from some recurrences of Eren's dream/memory, there was no sign of his father at all, and nobody seemed to care. Eren and Mikasa didn't mention or even recognised the absence. And the various soldiers, generals, etc. didn't seem interested either, even though Eren made it clear that his father had something hidden in his basement, possibly related to his ability. I would have thought that someone would have interrogated him further on what his father was doing or what could be in the basement. All we seem to know is that he had been traveling somewhere for a week or so.

Is there an explanation as to where Dr. Jaeger was during the 5+ years? Is it just an oversight that Eren's father is so glossed over by the series? Seems kind of weird when he's potentially a crucial character in the same vein as Annie's father.

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    This is not answerable "Without referencing any spoilers outside of the anime series" because its revealed in the manga a few chapters ago – ton.yeung Feb 27 '15 at 18:25
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    We are a Q&A site, and asking us to answer without spoiler defeats the concept, since a clear and well cited answer for this question will and should contain spoilers. We do have syntax to hide spoiler, though, so you will have to make do with that. – nhahtdh Feb 27 '15 at 18:26
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    Your question was edited to ask regardless of the media (anime or manga). However, it was also edited to ask for content pertaining to manga only (as of now) to be included inside spoiler blocks. That way, the question is useful and has purpose for the rest of the community, and you can skip the spoilers by avoiding to hover over the spoiler block. – JNat Feb 27 '15 at 18:35
  • @JNat I answered the question and put the answer in a spoiler block as requested, but I couldn't make it useful to OP, without spoiling. So he has to decide for himself whether he'd want to know now or later. – Peter Raeves Feb 27 '15 at 18:57
  • @Haravikk The question has been answered as concisely as possible to prevent from spoiling anything else unrelated to your question. – Peter Raeves Feb 27 '15 at 19:08

The whereabouts of Dr. Jaeger are revealed in chapter 62. To give you an idea how far ahead that is, the latest episode (25) plays out during chapter 33, so you are basically halfway through.

Eren has eaten his own father. This event happened somewhere during the time-skip of the second chapter, so Dr. Jaeger has basically been dead for most of the series.

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  • I don't think there will be a second season of Attack on Titan anime, so if the viewer does not shift to the manga, it will be a dead end. – Mindwin Apr 24 '15 at 16:22
  • @Mindwin the second season has long been confirmed to come in 2016. Not sure why it takes so long but it will be released – Peter Raeves Apr 25 '15 at 7:25

Unmarked spoilers because otherwise this whole A would be a yellow rectangle.

Dr. Jaeger is dead, he was eaten by Eren during his first titan transformation.

As of his remains, it should be somewhere, a pile of half-digested bones because titans (do not have digestive organs) vomit the remains of humans they eat (gross, sorry).

But do not feel sorry for the doctor , because he probably wanted to be eaten, in order to pass the progenitor titan powers to Eren.

just to finish the yellow block, progenitor titan power is passed by drinking the spinal fluid of the former holder, killing him in the process. You can also eat the person with the spinal fluid to the same effect.

Actually Dr. Jaeger is not THAT crucial by himself in person as much as being a plot device on Eren's background.

His role was giving Eren titan powers and putting whatever is inside the basement near wall maria there. Now that it is done, another scholar character can pick up from where he left.

You could also argue that since he probably knows too much about Titans, he would be a dealbreaker character if he was still alive, so taking his secrets to the grave (aside what is in the basement) protects the mysteries of the series. The same thing happened when they threw the king under the bus.

But there are still the wallist priests, I doubt they do not have a compendium of all the truth hidden somewhere. It was shown they are very good at taking their secrets to the grave, so it is not unthinkable they have the complete faq/walkthrough to their universe.

He (Dr. Jaeger) can come back through the basement content's (not back to life, but back to the story, in some flashback fashion).

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  • I'm quite sure his bones would have evaporated by now. Also you could leave out the probably. He wanted to be eaten for sure, it was the only reason he injected his son. Dr Jaeger was pretty crucial to the story though. He was the first person to understand and oppose the first king's legacy. He wanted to save humanity, but he was found out. That's why he wanted to hide the coordinate in his son to prevent it from falling in the wrong hands. – Peter Raeves Apr 25 '15 at 10:44
  • @PeterRaeves Five plus years is a long time... I wanted to say that his role was more important than his person, so the story profits more from him being dead. – Mindwin Apr 27 '15 at 13:52

What happened to Eren's dad is revealed in volume 62 of the manga. In the anime, though, Eren's dad is glossed over, but that's because he isn't Eren's main priority. Learning how to kill Titans is.

I would think he doesn't really want to think about his dad because there is a possibility that he may be dead! Having to deal with the pain of his mother dying is a lot for a little boy to deal with.

There are instances though when he is thinking about the basement that he asks himself why his dad just disappeared. So, the watcher is lead to believe that he is either dead or gone somewhere.

Of course, if you read the manga, you know what really happens.

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