so you’re telling me erwin smith from aot isn’t steve rogers captain america
In response to your tags, as fan of both, while Erwin does look like Steve Rogers, Steve Rogers would NEVER do what Erwin does. He doesn’t trade lives. But the indominable will to keep moving forward at all costs at the expense of his health and wellbeing and magnetic, commanding personality that has people wanting to drop to their knees and say yes sir? Yeah they’re both like that.
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“And Rivaille grinned as he turned and fled, sprinting down the hill with abandon. Erwin wasn’t far behind him. As the world blurred, he hooted with laughter, adrenaline surging through his veins, feeling suddenly, madly liberated.”
The origin of Hange’s name (a little analysis)
Here I’m - back with my wild
imaginationanalysis about my beloved AOT characters. This time is about our badass scientist Hange Zoë!
I don’t know how many of you’ve noticed, but a lot of AOT official merchandising has their name spelled Hans. So while I was looking into the possible meanings of their name, I found a few things really nice about it.
I first looked up their name’s meaning in German because in the AOT Character Encyclopedia (2018) Yams was quite vague about Hange’s creation. Sadly. But he mentioned most of his characters had German names (what is not new as we all know how much he loves German names).
So while I searched for a “Hange” German name origin, I actually found “Hans”, and I got this:
So “Hans” is a German name originally short for “Johannes” or “John”. And interestingly, this name has its origin in Hebrew, meaning “YHWH has been gracious" or "Yahweh is gracious”, or also “Graced by Yahweh”.
Curiously, John is the name of the apostle who wrote the Book of Revelation while he lived imprisoned on an island until he died there. And the Book of Revelation is full of prophecies about the humanity’s future - the end of our world, righteous and manipulative religious and political powers, humanity’s struggles, death, God’s judgment, heavenly and earthly battles, the Devil arrested for 1000 years, immortal beings- and mostly about people choosing their path in whether they do the right thing even though they know it will cost their lives (and they will suffer A LOT) or they side with the Devil in his quest to ruin humanity…
(Pic just for illustration, but we all know which side Hange chose!)
Now, I take a moment to reflect a bit about the meaning of “Hange/Hanji” name.
I searched up a lot on the internet, and it didn’t help much to settle in a clear origin for this name like others. Also, while lot of people see Greek as the name’s root, still the origin is kind of unknown or has no technical reference whatsoever. Which is pretty odd for a name rooted in such ancient language.
So I believe that, like Yams hinted in the Character Encyclopedia, Hange’s name really came from German language. Especially because one of the German variations of the name is Hänschen, which sounds A LOT like Hanji (listen to it on Google!).
YET, as we just saw in the beginning of this post, Hange’s name (or at least their nickname Hans) seems to have a more ancient origin - Hebrew. Which reminds me that this is pretty common for AOT characters!
Like, Zeke’s name comes from the Hebrew, Ezekiel, (God’s strength) who was also an important prophet of Yahweh in the Old Testament. He saw the valley of dry human bones turn back to life with the bones suddenly being covered with tendons, flesh and then skin. This reminds me a lot about the Paths, the WH titan transformation.
Other important Hebrew names in AOT include Levi ( to “join/unite/escort”), and Dinah (“vindicated/judged/"God will judge”). In the Bible, Levi and Dinah were siblings, and he took vengeance for Dinah after she was raped and given in marriage to the rapist. Years later, Levi’s bloodline was then cursed to be scattered around the world for his violent and gruesome behavior (Genesis 49: 5-7), but later God gave the Tribe of Levi the mission to be completely dedicated to His work as His priests in the Sanctuary. Did anyone think of the Ackerman’s cla and the Fritz?!
There is a whole lot to add here, and one day I might write about them all together… But for now, let’s go back to Hange’s character!
Taking into consideration their name did come from Hebrew, another curious thing is that the apostle John had a brother, James, and they were both called “sons of thunder”. It’s said that Yams planned Mike Zacharias to supposedly be Hange’s brother. And his name has TWO Hebrew roots: Mike (Who is like God?), and Zacharias ( “God remembers”, and also spelled as Zechariah). Mike remembers Michael, the almighty Archangel; Zacharias the prophet of the Old Testament and a priest in the New Testament.
Interestingly, Hange and Mike were the most eccentric characters of AOT - Hans created to give “mad scientist” vibes and Mike with his Sniff-Sniff odd behavior (lmao).
for now), there is also this:“The name "Hansel” (German: Hänsel) is a variant, meaning “little Hans”. Another variant with the same meaning is Hänschen, found in the German proverb “Was Hänschen nicht lernt, lernt Hans nimmermehr”, which translates roughly as: “What [little] Hansel doesn’t learn, [adult] Hans will never learn”.
In terms of knowledge, curiosity, unyielding interest in learning things, who else could fit this (nick)name Hans better than our Hange?!