|The difference between us is that I'm prepared. To shoulder the fate of us Eldians...and to slaughter that island of devils who've done nothing but make us suffer! I'm gonna win this battle and prove that the Eldians left are good Eldians! I refuse to lose till I free everyone from the internment zone!|
|— Gabi proclaims her resolve|
Gabi Braun (ガビ・ブラウン Gabi Buraun?) is an Eldian serving in the Marleyan Military and the cousin of Reiner Braun. She is a candidate (戦士候補生 Senshi Kōho-sei?) that is likely to inherit the Armored Titan's power.
Gabi is a short, young girl with a petite yet athletic build. She has a small face with wide bright brown eyes, defined eyebrows, a small upturned nose and a notably radiant smile. She also has medium length dark brown hair which she keeps half tied above her head with large strands on each side of her face. Like her fellow Warrior candidates, she wears the standard Marleyan soldier uniform consisting of a white jacket and pants, supply packs on the hip, suspender straps, a hard hat with a stripe around it, and knee-high black combat boots.
As an Eldian, her uniform is different from the Marleyans, as her shirt collar has a small badge with the Eldian star instead of a small clip and her hat has a white stripe with the Eldian star on it instead of a pure black stripe. However, underneath her uniform, she wears a short tattered white dress with poorly made thigh-length white shorts. Gabi's casual wear consists of a white shirt, black dress, light brown thigh-length mantle, and brown loafers. As is law in Marley, Gabi also wears the Eldian armband as all her family members and ancestors residing there do so as well.
Gabi is very passionate and head-strong, expressing her emotions and opinions without inhibition and confident in her superiority over the other Warrior candidates. She is also brave, possessing boundless determination, and willing to put her life on the line to complete a goal for a perceived greater good. She also shows concern for her fellow Eldians, risking her life to take out a train instead of letting 800 of her brethren charge the gunmen guarding their objective.
However, these attributes can also make her somewhat overbearing and domineering. This causes her to be tactless at times, forcing her opinions on others and taking charge regardless of whether it was asked for or not. She mostly shows this side around her fellow Warrior candidates, considering herself their de facto leader to an extent, and even threatening to 'punish' them when they disagree with her. Nonetheless, she is friendly enough that they have no issue with spending their leisure time with her.
Gabi and her fellow Warrior candidates are placed on the front lines during Marley's attack on Fort Slava. When Falco's brother Colt returns to their hiding trench with his wounded brother, Gabi and her fellow candidates tend to his wounds as she re-explains their objective to him. Falco asks why they are on the front lines as candidates and Gabi explains that it is so they can be evaluated by Commander Magath for their capabilities as successors to the Armored Titan power. When Zofia begins to boast about her grades, Gabi interrupts her by explaining her superior resolve to kill all the people of Paradis Island and free the people trapped in Liberio.
When the enemy emerges with an armored train, Commander Magath makes a plan to have 800 Eldian Warriors charge the mid-eastern gunmen guarding the base to create an opening. However, Gabi volunteers to use a bomb she made to take out the anti-Titan artillery alone, without losing any soldiers. She is initially denied, but Gabi is able to convince Magath to let her go. Removing her uniform and tying the bomb to her leg, Gabi leaves the ditch and approaches the gunmen with her hands up. She pretends to trip and then throws the bomb on the train tracks, derailing the train and killing the gunmen as she runs away laughing. One of the survivors opens fire, but Gabi is saved by the arrival of Galliard's Titan, which shields her.
While she puts her clothes back on, she sees Falco bringing an injured enemy soldier to the trench. She mocks him, telling him that there is no way he can surpass her as a possible heir of the Armored Titan by following international law. After the cadets finish tending to their wounded, they watch the second phase of the assault as Zeke Jaeger and her cousin Reiner attack the fort.
After the battle has ended, Gabi is seen waiting with her comrades in a port. The children state how the power of the Titans is starting to lose its dominance. They also see several enemy soldiers who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and come to the conclusion that those survivors will only give the Eldians a worse reputation. When Reiner appears, she seems very happy upon seeing him and hugs him. She convinces Reiner to explore the city with her and the other candidates before they return to Liberio.
As the Eldian unit is returning to Liberio via train, Colt gets drunk and starts praising Gabi for her accomplishments at Slava. Motivated by his speech, all present soldiers start drinking and cheering her name while Gabi cheers for herself. The train reaches Liberio and Gabi jumps out eagerly, yelling with excitement to be home, before being quieted a hungover Colt. Galliard and Pieck congratulate Gabi for her accomplishments at Slava. The Eldians proceed to Liberio's internment zone on foot, where Gabi is reunited with her family.
That night, the Braus family eats dinner together. Gabi recounts her experience of blowing up the Armored Train, warranting congratulations from her family. When asked by his mother, Reiner admits that Gabi is currently first in line to inherit the Armored Titan. Karina says that all that is left to do is to exterminate the people of Paradis Island, which Gabi swears to do. When the topic of Reiner's time in Paradis Island appears, Gabi expresses sympathy towards Reiner, telling her family not to make Reiner talk about it. Despite this, Reiner begins to tell the family about his experiences with the people of Paradis Island, but his words confuse Gabi as the Wall people are not painted in a negative light compared to typical Marley propaganda. This confusion is quickly stamped out when Karina begins to shower Marley propaganda back onto Gabi.
As Reiner and Gabi walk to the Warriors' headquarters the next morning, Reiner notes that Gabi is behaving differently. Gabi accuses Reiner of lying to her, but her cousin insists that he has nothing to lie about. Once she arrives at the Warriors' headquarters, she begins training with Falco.
During training, she is beaten by Falco in a footrace for the first time. On the way back to the internment zone, she is annoyed by a soldier's comment and reminds her friends that her achievements make her a better candidate than Falco. Seeing how determined he looks, she asks him about his motivations, reminding him of his brother's status. Falco tells her it is for her sake, which surprises and angers her, having the feeling that he gets in her way. The same day, she watches the preparations for the festival with Udo and Zofia. As they discuss about the Eldian's situation, she reminds them of their job for the night and tells them to correct their quirks, then chokes them as a punishment for having cheered for Falco earlier.
In the evening, she works as a waitress with her fellow candidates for the ambassadors welcome party. Seeing Udo having trouble, she approaches him, and the four candidates then listen to Willy Tybur's declaration to the guests.
The following day, she wakes up late and gets out to see many attractions in the internment zone. She is joined by her friends who tell her about the festival and take her with them. During the day, she enjoys the event with Reiner and the others. Later on, Reiner has to drag her as she has eaten too much. At night, her group joins the other Warriors to hear Willy Tybur's speech.
Gabi watches Tybur's production along with her fellow Warriors and Warrior candidates. When Tybur reveals that it was actually Karl Fritz, not the Tybur family, who ended the Great Titan War, Gabi and her fellow candidates are left stunned. She and the others hear the rest of Willy's speech and his declaration of war against Paradis Island. Suddenly, Eren's Attack Titan comes forth to crush the stage, sending Willy's eviscerated corpse into the air and rubble hurling towards the crowd.
Gabi is dazed by the sudden attack, needing to be helped to her feet by Colt. She is traumatized to see Zofia's corpse beneath a rock beside her, and is grabbed by Colt to help her escape from the area. Udo, who had been with them, breaks off to check on Zofia. However, the crowd separates Udo before trampling him in the pandemonium. Colt and Gabi are forced to take cover behind rubble, and wait for the panicked crowd to pass them. Later on, they flee the area that had become a battlefield between the Attack Titan and the War Hammer Titan. After recovering Udo's mangled form, she asks Colt how Udo is, but he is unable to give her a straight answer, saying they should go to a hospital instead.
They get to a hospital and Colt begs a doctor to take a look at Udo, but the doctor refuses, stating that their beds are full and Udo is already dead. Disheartened, Colt puts Udo's corpse on the ground and asks Gabi to stay with her family and get as far away from the plaza as possible while he goes to look for Falco, ensuring her that the Warrior Unit will defeat the invading Titans. However, she refuses, and announces that she will go to fight too, because she cannot understand why Udo and Zofia were killed. She then runs towards the battle zone, as Colt vainly tries to stop her.
Finding a convoy of reinforcements, Gabi requests to be allowed in one of the cars, but the gate guards order her to go home. At that moment, the area is attacked by the Scout Regiment, who strike the soldiers with bombs and bullets. As one of the guards tells Gabi to run, he is also killed by a sniper atop a nearby roof. Gabi watches as the woman and her comrade flee from the scene, and then grabs the rifle left by one of the fallen guards. She runs towards the plaza, declaring that she will kill Eren. She later joins Magath and Falco near the battlefield, where she witnesses the transformation of the Colossal Titan at the nearby port. The shock-wave knocks the three off their feet, though they are unharmed. They then watch as the Beast Titan and the Cart Titan are overpowered by the Scouts. Falco then runs to the Cart Titan's side and begs for the fighting to stop.
Under Magath's orders, Gabi assists Falco in rescuing Pieck, while Magath and other Marleyan soldiers hold off the Scouts. They later take refuge inside a building, and Falco and Gabi watch astonished at the state which Pieck has been left in. Falco observes that her injuries are so serious that her body is not repairing itself fast enough, and Gabi adds that the Cart Titan is not as tough as some of the others, such as the Armored Titan. Gabi asks Falco about Reiner, and Falco responds that he does not know, as he was below the building behind the stage during Eren's attack, and he thinks that they should not disturb him. Gabi is shocked at Falco's words, reminding him that Udo, Zofia and many others have been killed by Eren.
The children soon witness the Attack Titan defeating the Jaw Titan and trying to bite through its nape, which prompts them to yell desperately for Reiner to save him. Their screams are successful as Reiner surfaces in an un-armored Titan form and manages to take Galliard away from Eren, although he is knocked down by him. When Eren retreats with Mikasa Ackermann, Gabi decides that she will not let them escape and takes a rifle as she runs out of the building in their pursuit.
Eventually, Falco catches up with Gabi and says there is no point in going after the airship, but she tells him that despite how she is treated in the internment zone, it is still her home and she cannot forgive anyone who attacks it. She refuses to listen to Falco's suggestion that the "island devils" have been similarly invaded, insisting that killing them is normal, and they are not like the Eldians in the internment zone.
Gabi sees an enemy soldier grappling to the airship above her and shoots him in the head. His body falls with his weapon and equipment still tethered to the airship. Gabi tests the weapon and, after asking Falco to tell her family and superiors that she fought to the end, activates the trigger to reel up to the airship. At the last moment, Falco grabs onto the corpse and is taken with her. Upon reaching the airship, Gabi rolls inside and fires her rifle at the group of Scouts. The bullet hits a woman in the chest and both Gabi and Falco are taken prisoner. She yells that they are carrying out Zeke's will and that the soldier holding her can tell their ringleader that the true Eldians will curse them into their graves. The soldier invites Gabi to tell their ringleader in person and takes her and Falco into another back room. Gabi is stunned to see the ringleader is actually their Warchief, Zeke Jaeger, who is still alive.
After arriving at Paradis Island, Gabi and Falco are put into a prison cell.
Sometime later Gabi begins feigning a seizure, attracting the attention of her guard. When the guard attempts to check on her, she uses a brick concealed in her clothes to beat him. Gabi and a regretful Falco then hide the guard under her bed, before the two flee the prison. Gabi, still shaken by Zeke's betrayal, laments that she can no longer trust anyone.
Early the next morning, they stop at a river. Falco notices that Gabi still has her Eldian armband on and tells her to remove it. Gabi does not and claims that a civilian would not know what it means and there would not be any soldiers out this far. She tells Falco she will most likely not return back to Marley and resolves to track down Zeke in order to ask why he betrayed Marley before she either gets recaptured or killed. Gabi tells Falco that he does not have to follow her and can do as he pleases. Falco responds by tearing off Gabi's armband, driving her into a frenzy. She throws Falco to the ground, demanding that he return it. A girl named Kaya notices them and asks what they are doing on their own. Gabi claims they ran away from home and discreetly tries to pick up a large rock to attack the girl. As the girl invites them both to her home, Falco takes the rock away from Gabi.
They reach the house and Gabi ponders whether to take a horse to escape, believing that the military will now be looking for them after she killed the guard. When Falco insists they stay for a few days, Gabi refuses and does not wish to eat with devils. As the farmer asks why they are here, Gabi is somewhat surprised to hear a southern Marley dialect coming from him. As Gabi is given some breakfast, Lisa Braus pats her on the head; this causes Gabi to shriek and quickly swat Lisa's hand away. Falco persuades her to eat and, eventually, Gabi does comply.
As Gabi is workin in the Braus's stables, one of their horses starts biting her head. She blames the devils for her woes and insists that they cannot get any information while staying here, but Falco believes that either Colt or Reiner will be coming for them both. As they take a lunch break outside, Gabi begins to tear into Kaya with her indoctrinated belief that Eldians should not pretend to be good humans. Falco interjects, but both are stunned to hear Kaya mention that she knows they are from Marley. Gabi tries to use a pitchfork to kill Kaya and is only stopped by Falco's intervention.
Kaya takes them both to her old village and shows them where her mother was eaten by a Titan. She asks Gabi why they deserve to be hated so much, who responds by recounting the atrocities of the Eldian Empire, and says that they should not act as if they are victims. Kaya states that her entire family was born in this area and never did anything wrong. Caught off guard, Gabi responds, beginning a heated argument back and forth between them. This is halted by Falco, who explains that Kaya's village was caught in a test of the Walled country's strength. Gabi bitterly chastises Falco for revealing this. Kaya offers to take them to a restaurant where other Marleyans work, giving them a possible route way back to Marley. Gabi is surprised and asks why she would do that.
After arriving at Nicolo's restaurant, Gabi is nervous but Kaya claims that he is from Marley and can be trusted. She participates in the meal and is surprised by how good it is. Seeing Falco excuse himself, Gabi goes along with his story and they both seek out Nicolo. Finding him in the basement, Gabi reveals herself and Falco as part of the Warrior cadets from Marley. Seeing his confused face, Gabi describes how they smuggled themselves aboard the airship used by the Scout Regiment during the Raid on Liberio. When Nicolo warily asks if they killed anyone, Gabi excitedly confirms that she killed a female soldier. As Falco tries getting her attention, Gabi fails to see Nicolo grab a wine bottle and become enraged at seeing her announce she was Sasha's killer. He goes to strike her with the bottle but Falco takes the blow. Nicolo punches Gabi in the face and brings them both to the dining room area. Gabi hears Nicolo reveal her and Falco's true identities in front of the stunned Braus family and that if Artur Braus does not kill her, Nicolo will. When he threatens to slice Falco's neck, she pleads with him to not harm Falco as she is the one responsible. Gabi then berates Nicolo for being seduced by the island devils, but becomes riddled with fear when Artur asks for the knife. Seeing him handle the knife but not express anger and fear at her causes Gabi to realize the people of Paradis Island are perhaps not the devils she was raised to believe. One of the soldiers, Mikasa, deflects an attack by a grief-stricken Kaya and helps tend to Gabi's injuries.
After being led to a back room, Gabi asks Mikasa why she did not allow Kaya to kill her after everything she has done but does not get any response. She then requests that they kill her, but spare Falco since he had no part in her actions. Soon, Eren arrives unexpectedly and Gabi sits with all three while they talk. She stays silent after hearing them discuss Eren's recent actions, nervously looking at Eren's sliced open hand. Gabi is shocked when Armin attacks Eren after he verbally abused Mikasa and watches the two briefly fight. As both Mikasa and Armin are ordered to be taken to Shiganshina District, Eren orders his followers to have Gabi taken as well.
In a prison cell in Shiganshina, Gabi recalls the Braus family weeping at the restaurant, but convinces herself that they are still the enemy. Suddenly, Eren enters her cell accompanied by two guards in military uniforms. In exchange for saving Falco's life, he asks her to cooperate with him by making a radio call for help, which would make the Paradis infiltrators react. Gabi is overcome with fear and is unable to move. Just then, one of the guards stabs the other in the neck and points her gun at Eren. Gabi recognizes the guard as Pieck, but is quickly silenced by her.
Pieck orders Gabi to use the dead guard's rifle to hold Eren at gunpoint, but orders her to stand down once Eren correctly deduces that neither of them have the permission to harm him. To Gabi's horror, Pieck claims that she desires to join Eren in overthrowing Marley, and attempts to turn her gun on Pieck before being disarmed. Pieck agrees to show Eren where her comrades are hiding as a sign of her loyalty, and she and Gabi are then handcuffed together before traveling to the roof of the Jaegerist headquarters. As they make their way to the roof, Gabi asks to know where Falco has been taken and is shocked to learn that he has ingested some of Zeke's spinal fluid.
Upon reaching the roof, Pieck shields Gabi as Galliard's Titan bursts from within the building to eat Eren. Gabi is overjoyed to learn that Pieck has not betrayed Marley, and is thrilled to see the Marleyan air force arriving over Paradis.
As a member of the Marleyan army and a candidate to inherit the Armored Titan power, Gabi has gone through a thorough military training. She is a very resourceful individual, creating a make-shift bomb in the midst of the battle of Fort Slava. She also had the idea of simulating her surrender in order to launch the bomb from a more favorable position.
She is noted by many to be the most favorable candidate to inherit the Armored Titan. It can be assumed that her hand to hand combat prowess is considerably superior to Falco's, since he lamented his poor performance as a candidate while having several bruises on his face after one of their sparring sessions.
- Isayama has revealed that Gabi's design was partially based on a sketch he made of a female version of Eren Jaeger.
- Sketches of Gabi included in the Attack on Titan: Final Manga Exhibition revealed that a working name for her was Gabi Lübke (ガビ・リュプケ Gabi Ryupuke?).