In Shingeki no Kyojin, Armin's grandfather dies when he is sent to recover Wall Maria. And in the episode when Eren gets eaten, the face and the look of the giant who eats him is exactly the same as Armin's grandfather.
Armin's grandfather Titan that eats Eren

Is this related in any way?

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    Do you have any images of this scenario?
    – Cattua
    Jul 5, 2013 at 23:25
  • Well, then this seems to be a plot device... But this question is going to stay unanswered until it is confirmed in the manga.
    – nhahtdh
    Jul 6, 2013 at 13:57
  • @Washu No problem :)
    – JNat
    Jul 6, 2013 at 20:54
  • That is strange. While their victims are not digested by the titans they are chewed, so I wouldn't think that this is Armin's grandfather somehow transformed. Maybe that's how the humans are "sampled".
    – uncle brad
    Jul 25, 2013 at 22:01
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    I'm not sure that the bearded titan resembling Armin's grandfather is intentional. The beard and hair style is different, for one thing.
    – Kai
    Jul 30, 2014 at 15:43

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Titans are actually humans.

Read the manga for full explanation.

  • I've read that but isn't that when they are still alive and are able to you know transform.... not when they are dead... or am i wrong?
    – Washu
    Jul 9, 2013 at 17:52
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    @Washu: I believe that humans can be turned into (mindless) titans by some means. The obvious example being Connie's mother, even though it wasn't explicitly stated. Jul 18, 2013 at 16:27
  • Please consider to direct where that info should be in the manga (chapter, page etc.) Jul 30, 2014 at 11:45

I personally think that humans can be transformed into titans. I came up with this theory because a titan doesn't need nourishment and it seems all they need to live is sunlight. The idea hit me when I watched an episode where someone stated that because a titan didn't have a digestive system, they simply regurgitates them (it's really scary) and the victims are all covered in this weird looking goo. So maybe the titans do this for reproduction. I still don't know what caused this, but it's just a theory.

Also when I read about the incident in Ragako, Connie's hometown, the buildings were destroyed, but there's no blood or bodies, the horses are still in the stable, and they found a titan that looks like Connie's mom.

Well, that's my theory and my personal opinion. I just discovered this anime and started watching it 3 days ago.

  • providing some kind of external links to ascertain your points can fortify your answer
    – debal
    Mar 30, 2014 at 11:39
  • It's not just conjecture at this point. Besides the titan looking like Connie's mother, it was lying on Connie's house, but clearly unable to have gotten there on its own due to its limbs being too small to carry it. The titan also seemed to say, "Okaeri" (welcome home) when it saw Connie. As to how exactly people get turned (permanently?) into titans against their will, this is not explained yet.
    – Kai
    Jul 30, 2014 at 15:38

Humans can turn into Titans after injury. Due to the fact that the Humans are chewed. This leads for the potential of a transformation to occur before he dies.

In this scenario the above is an explanation for why it could be him, but since it's not directly commented on in the show there is also the potential for a reuse an image they already had.

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    I don't understand this answer. can you elaborate? Sep 8, 2013 at 4:59
  • spoiler: When the main character bleeds he turns into a titan. If this was due to some dormant gene that others have but can't control, then in their near fatal chewed status they might turn into a mindless titan permanently.
    – lamorach
    Nov 15, 2013 at 4:15

Titans are humans. In the next season there is a former Titan (Ymir) with the same powers (albeit even weaker) as Eren that was created after she ate another person that had been experimented on by Dr. Jaeger and as a result regained her most of her sanity.

There's a one-off OVA episode (Ilse's Journal) where Hanji tries to capture a Titan that corners Ilse and bows to her believing she is Ymir, the Cured One.

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    OP is asking why titans looks like the eaten one Nov 12, 2014 at 8:33

To update this with the release of recent manga chapters, in Chapters 87-89,

it was shown where the mindless titans in Paradis Island came from. They were Eldian rebels caught by the Marleyan government. Through an injection, they are turned to mindless titans. Why do the giants in Shingeki no Kyojin start to look like the characters that got eaten? That's purely coincidence and that is not how it was in the manga.

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