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This article is about the team leader. For a soldier of the Scout Regiment with the same name, see Dieter.

Dieter Ness (ディータ・ネス Dīta Nesu?) was a member of the Scout Regiment and a squad leader (班長 Hanchō?) in the 57th Exterior Scouting Mission.


Ness was a man of average height and build. He had a welcoming face with a thin mustache and a stubble around his jawline. He was notable for the white bandana that he wore around his head, which concealed his bald spot, but showed light brown hair along the sides and back. He was never seen without the standard Scout Regiment uniform, but he donned the green cloak during expeditions.


Ness was a serious leader who never took his job lightly. At the same time, he truly cared for the new recruits and wanted to make their first expedition as easy as possible for them. This was proved as he was the one who taught them about the Long-Distance Enemy Detection devised by Erwin Smith. Ness was not a fan of fighting Titans and always tried to stick to the idea of avoiding them outside the Walls, however, he never hesitated to fight them when it was necessary.

He also had a more lighthearted side, as was shown when he thanked his horse Charrette for coming back to him.


Eve of the Counterattack arc

Ness is among the Scout Regiment officers present when Erwin Smith attempts to recruit cadets to the regiment.[1]

Ness with the new recruits

The following day, Ness introduces himself to the new recruits that have joined the Scout Regiment. As he is introducing himself his horse, Charrete, begins trying to chew on his hair. Ness is placed in charge of teaching the recruits Erwin's long range enemy scouting formation, and ensuring that they memorize it.[1]

The 57th Exterior Scouting Mission arc

During the 57th Exterior Scouting Mission Ness encounters an abnormal Titan in a field, and uses his omni-directional mobility gear to sever the Titan's ankles, causing it to fall over and allowing his squad mate Luke Cis to destroy the nape of its neck. To his joy, Ness' horse returns for him, and he and Cis resume the expedition.

Ness comes across the Female Titan

Almost immediately after, they encounter the Female Titan. Caught off-guard by its speed, Ness is nearly crushed underfoot before noticing that it is heading for Armin Arlelt. He and Cis attack the Titan's nape, but it easily intercepts and crushes Cis, before catching Ness' line and whipping it to the ground, killing him instantly.[2]


Return to Shiganshina arc

During the Battle of Shiganshina, as Erwin Smith begins to lament the dwindling hopes of his dream, Ness stands among the many fallen Scout Regiment comrades in Erwin's mind, wanting to know if their deaths had meaning.[3]

War for Paradis arc

When Hange decides to oppose Eren's plan to destroy the world beyond the Walls, Ness is one of the soldiers remembered while Hange tries to convince Jean and Mikasa that their fallen comrades would not support destroying the world.[4]

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