5 – Mike Zacharias

Coming in at the bottom of the list, we have plus sized Levi. During his 25.5 chapter stay (I count the Levi side story as half a chapter), Mike Zacharias made a name for himself as that creepy guy who never says anything and is probably awkward to talk with during a party. Still, despite his quirks, Mike Zacharias proved himself to be an invaluable asset to the Survey Corps (I hear he’s second only to Levi!). Mike Zacharias met his end at the hands of the Zeke, unarmed and alone, crying in terror as he tried to defend himself with no Vertical Equipment, before being horribly devoured. This death has always stood out to me as one of the few deaths (alongside Marco’s) that I wasn’t able to predict in the series. Almost every other death (the original Squad Levi and Kenny, for example) has been telegraphed to the point that it’s always a bit obvious when a character has come to the end of the road, but Mike Zacharias’s was a death that legitimately blind sided me. Of course, after rereading the chapter, it becomes a bit more obvious that Mike Zacharias is about to meet his maker (why else would Gelgar mention his abilities, unless Isayama wanted to drive home how dangerous Zeke is?), and this fact is enough to bump Mike Zacharias down in the rankings.

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