Sasha Braus is a member of the Scout Regiment, ranking 9th among the 104th Cadet Corps.
|Now, go! Run! Get runnin'!|
|— Sasha saves a village child|
Sasha Braus (サシャ・ブラウス Sasha Burausu?) is a member of the Scout Regiment and one of the few former members of the 104th Cadet Corps, of which she was ranked 9th out of the top 10. A compulsive food hoarder with an overly polite way of speech, Sasha originates from Dauper, a village in the southern territory of Wall Rose.
Sasha is a young woman with light brown eyes and reddish brown hair kept in a ponytail that reaches the base of her neck. Her bangs are parted slightly on the right cascading down each side of her face and stopping around the middle of her neck. On missions, she wears the standard Scout Regiment uniform with a light gray shirt underneath. When not on missions, she wears a simple long sleeved blouse with a skirt that slightly covers her boots. On some occasions, she even wears a sleeveless vest over her blouse. She has a slender figure and is of average height.
Initially, Sasha is shown to be somewhat timid and prone to make mistakes when under stressful situations. She is rather simple-minded and eccentric, but, surprisingly, her intuition is very sharp, surprisingly courageous, and she has been considered a wise judge of circumstances and danger.
Sasha has an incredible appetite; eating provides her with considerable gratification and relief, especially during times of great stress, and food is often the only thing on her mind when at ease. So compulsive in her desire to eat, she has proven willing to steal food from the infantry stores and/or kitchen and has earned herself the nickname "Potato Girl" (芋女 Imon'na?) after stealing a potato and absent-mindedly explaining herself when her superior caught her.
Sasha argues with her father, as he tells her not to eat the meat from the winter from the ground. He fails to stop her, and as she devours the meat he wearily explains to her why it is important to keep the food: after the fall of Wall Maria, many refugees have come to Wall Rose's lands, which has resulted in a food shortage due to the extra mouths to feed. In particular, refugees have begun hunting for food in Dauper's territory, leaving less game for the village's citizens than usual.
Her father admits to having considered giving the forest to them so that they can make fields, while the hunter's tribe starts taking care of horses, but Sasha objects, arguing that they should not stop living like they do just because of the newcomers. Her father acknowledges her point, but disagrees, saying that it is more important to take care of the people, rather than live all alone. He finally states that he wants to live with his clan, even if it means to change their way of life. Sasha, angered, enlists in the Military in retaliation.
On the first day of training, she steals a steamed potato from the kitchen and eats it during initiation. She is questioned by Keith, their head commandant, while he performs the "Rite of Passage" ritual on them. In shock, he wonders why she was eating a potato during training, and she says it is natural for humans to eat potatoes. She rips off the smaller half of the potato and hands it to him, grinning. As punishment, she is made to choose between skipping dinner, or run around the premises until she is on the brink of death. She chooses the latter.
Like many of her fellow cadets, Sasha gradually begins to slack off during training exercises that will not go towards helping her graduate in the top 10. This lack of motivation among the cadets leads to a confrontation between Eren Jaeger and Jean Kirschtein over the way the Cadet Corps operates, which garners Keith's attention. In order to spare Eren from getting in trouble for starting a fight, Mikasa Ackermann claims that the commotion was caused by Sasha passing gas, a lie which she atones for by giving Sasha her loaf of bread after Keith has left.
Once, she hopefully asks Mikasa for her bread following an argument with Eren, but Mikasa eats it for herself. During training sessions, it is observed that she had uncanny intuition and followed unconventional practices, which makes her inappropriate for group activities.
At one point during their training, Sasha is approached by Christa and Ymir. Ymir confronts Sasha about the abnormally polite way Sasha speaks to her fellow cadets, guessing that Sasha is ashamed of the dialect used by the people of her village and criticizing her aimless way of living. Christa attempts to stop Ymir's diatribe, but Ymir continues to berate Sasha, telling her to speak as her true self without shame of what others think of her. Christa scolds Ymir, insisting that there is nothing wrong with Sasha's way of living regardless of whether or not she lives as her true self. Ymir still thinks of Sasha as annoying, and Christa reminds Ymir that not all people as are insensitive as her.
In 848, Sasha is assigned to Marco Bodt's group for a wilderness exercise. When out in the open, Sasha spots a lizard and Jean tries hunting it but is stopped by Eren. Late in the night, Sasha and her group are ambushed by thieves who take Christa Lenz away as hostage, along with their ODM gear. Sasha notes that they should find a vantage point to locate the thieves. They spot campfire smoke and devise a plan to reacquire their mobility gear before the thieves leave. Sasha and Conny block off one of the traveling roads, forcing the thieves to opt for a narrower path. The group successfully rescues Christa and obtain their mobility gear.
In the year 849, Sasha and the rest of the cadets head to Trost District to practice mock drills using their omni-directional mobility gear. Sasha is in a team for the drill, namely with Conny Springer and Reiner Braun. While training, Jean leads his group out of their designated territory, trying to take down Sasha's group's targets. After practicing, Jean calls out Sasha and Conny while in their fighting stances but their fight is stopped by Reiner. Commander Pyxis overhears their conversation and instead declares a cooking contest between Sasha and Jean.
Sasha heads to the forest to find the alleged boar that dwells in the outskirts of Trost in hopes to obtain its meat. Sasha's group find the boar first, but have a hard time subduing it due to Jean's team behind them. Sasha ensures her victory by killing the boar first. Sasha and Conny show off their victory by parading through Trost with the boar.
With their gathered supplies, Sasha and her group prepare for the contest. She confidently presents Pyxis with her meal - as expected, Pyxis enjoys the meat and finishes the whole dish. it is Jean's turn next, and he presents an omelet to Pyxis. To Sasha's surprise, Pyxis declares Jean the winner and Sasha melodramatically laments her loss. Jean offers her a hand and the two make amends.
Sasha later graduates in the ninth position among the top ten cadets.
Sasha, along with Eren and the others, is assigned to maintain the cannons on top of Wall Rose in Trost. She steals some meat from the officers' provisions and offers to share it with them. She enthusiastically predicts that after they retake Wall Maria, they will be able to keep cows and sheep. This puts everyone into high moods as they accept the meat and get back to work. Suddenly, the Colossal Titan appears out of nowhere and breaks the gate of Trost with its foot. Everyone is knocked off the Wall and Sasha manages to save Samuel Linke-Jackson from falling to the ground.
She is later assigned to guard the middle of Trost from incoming Titans, and is among the cadets that are left stranded and unable to retreat to from battle due to running out of gas for their omni-directional mobility gear. Sasha tries to convince the remaining cadets to try retaking the headquarters together, but is unable to convince them. After Mikasa decides to try to reach the headquarters, Sasha elects to join her, mocking the other cadets to try to motivate them to join in the attack.
She successfully reaches the headquarters, where Armin devises a plan to clear the supply room of Titans. Sasha is one of seven soldiers that are selected to kill the Titans in the supply room, once they have been drawn in and blinded with gunfire. During the execution of the plan, she messes up, not cutting deeply enough through her assigned Titan's neck. As it turns to eat her, Mikasa kills it and Sasha is immediately grateful to her.
After escaping the headquarters, they reunite with their fellow cadets and are placed on standby. While waiting, Sasha attempts to fake having a stomachache in an attempt to get out of returning to battle.
During the operation to reseal Wall Rose, Sasha and her fellow cadet Daz are assigned to a team which is tasked with drawing Titans in the district toward the wall and away from Eren and the elite squad.
Sasha decides to join the Scout Regiment, seeing that Jean, Conny, Ymir, Reiner, Bertholdt and Christa were doing the same. She becomes a bit afraid and starts crying when Erwin Smith gives his daunting speech about the Scouts' missions. However, she does not back off and remains there, facing the fear of the Titans.
A month later, she is sent out with the Scout Regiment on their 57th expedition. She is positioned on Line 2 and File 3 in the enemy detection formation and is on relay duty. On the way, she is attacked by a Titan, which was unassumingly hiding behind a building. Her squad members successfully lure it away and she returns to her assigned position. Being on the left flank, she does not encounter the Female Titan. Later, she is assigned to guard the border of the Titan Forest, after the middle flank successfully lures the Female Titan in. After the Female Titan's capture, she recognizes her scream to be similar to that of a cornered animal screaming for help. She realizes that they should be much more careful than before and warns Mikasa, who is about to run into the fray, about it.
Sasha and the others are stationed close to her and Conny's villages as they await orders. They do not seem to understand why they were stationed there. Sasha hears multiple heavy footsteps coming from a distance and they soon learn that Wall Rose had been breached and that they must act quickly. She joins the North Squad to help evacuate the villagers in the northern part.
She worriedly returns to her own village noticing that a certain Titan had headed straight for it. She enters a house, wherein a 3 meter Titan is biting away at a lady's leg while her child was sitting nearby, paralyzed out of fear. Sasha takes the child away and grabs a bow and four arrows. Sasha takes the girl to her horse and attempts to talk with her, but the horse becomes restless and runs off before either could mount it. Sasha calls desperately for her horse and frantically attempts to comfort the child until the Titan emerges from the house. Taking a bow and handful of arrows, Sasha grabs the girl and runs for the main road. As they run, the girl explains that her village was aware of her mother's bad legs but did not come to save her when the Titan arrived. Escaping over the drawbridge, Sasha thinks back to her days in the 104th Cadet Corps.
Fleeing from the Titan, Sasha wonders why she is remembering trivial memories at such a time. She turns to the girl as they run, telling her to keep running until she finds help. Letting go of the child and drawing her bow, Sasha orders the child to get running. The girl runs, and Sasha fires an arrow at the Titan. She considers buying them time by blinding the Titan and climbs a short incline for a better shot. Her second shot misses, leaving her with only two arrows. Her third shot is a direct hit in the Titan's eye, and Sasha prepares to fire her last shot, reminding herself that failure would mean putting the girl's life at risk. She throws her bow away, taking the arrow and charging at the Titan to stab it directly in its other eye. The Titan attempts to grab her, but Sasha manages to shove herself out of its grip thanks to the blood soaking its chest. She runs down the road in search of the girl, eventually coming across a group of civilians on horseback, spotting the girl and her own father.
Sasha then returns from Wall Rose with a message for Hange. Eren, Mikasa, and Armin recognize the name Nick speaks, and Hange realizes that any recruits in the Scout Regiment would be on the front lines at that time. Before they depart, Sasha delivers her message to Hange and receives a steamed potato as a reward.
After the rescue of Reiner, Bertholdt, Conny and Ymir, Sasha laments over the fact that Ymir is a Titan and presents worry over it. When Reiner and Bertholdt revealed themselves as Titans to Eren, it is shown that Sasha was part of a discussion among the Scouts about the possible betrayal of the two. She even offered a suggestion that Annie is truly disguising due to her liking of sweets even though she is grouchy.
Sasha is thrown away when Reiner and Bertholdt transformed to their Titans, but she managed to hold onto the top of the Wall. On Eren's flashback of Annie and Mikasa's fight during their training days, Sasha is shown to be thrilled about it. When the Colossal Titan plummeted down to Eren and Reiner's Titan forms and released fountains of steam, Sasha hurried down and embraced Armin, protecting him.
After Eren has been taken away, Sasha is one of the two to ride down towards Dot Pyxis and the other units to inform everyone about the news. She is also part of the team to retrieve Eren from the hands of Reiner and Bertholdt. Upon arriving at the Titan Forest and encountering Ymir's Titan form, Sasha demands her to tell them about where Eren is and she is completely surprised when Ymir ate Christa for safekeeping.
When the team caught up with the Armored Titan, Bertholdt and Ymir, Sasha, along with Jean, Conny, Armin and Mikasa attempts to persuade Bertholdt of giving Eren back but to no avail. She gets off the Armored Titan when Erwin brought in Titans to attack. Along with Conny, they took Christa away from Ymir, telling her that they will go home now that Eren has been rescued. She then screams loud when a Titan flew over her head, result of the Armored Titan's flinging of Titans.
Sasha watches in awe as the other Titans all seemingly start devouring the Smiling Titan, and when they turn their attention and start charging towards the Armored Titan, Commander Erwin orders for a full retreat and Sasha rides back to Wall Rose with the others.
Some time later, Sasha is selected to be a member of the new Squad Levi assigned to safeguard Eren and Historia in an isolated forest cabin. Hearing her friends bantering, Sasha remarks that things feel like they did in their early cadet days. Armin later catches her attempting to steal a loaf of bread, and her friends confront her.
However, Erwin Smith sends a message warning the cabin's inhabitants that the government is freezing all Scout activity outside the Walls and is demanding that Eren and Historia be handed over. Levi and Hange abandon the cabin with their squads, and Sasha goes with Levi and his squad to Trost District where they hope to avoid the Military Police. There, a carriage comes crashing through and seemingly kidnaps Eren and Historia, though the kidnapped victims are actually Jean and Armin in disguise.
The squad pursues the kidnappers to their hideout, where Sasha helps rescue the two of them. While Mikasa is securing one of the captors, he draws a gun on her and Sasha uses her arrows to disarm him.
Shortly after, Sasha and the others hear the sound of gunshots and go to investigate. They spot the wagon carrying an unconscious Eren and Historia with Levi in pursuit. To Sasha's shock, there is another soldier tailing Levi, who aims a gun at his captain. Levi kills the soldier and orders his squad to chase the wagon and kill their opponents, given the chance. Jean and Armin attempt to retake the wagon, but are unsuccessful, and Sasha and Levi are forced to pull them to safety before they can be killed.
Following the battle, Dimo Reeves agrees to help Levi's squad and tricks two Military Police of the First Interior Squad to come with him to a remote cabin, where Sasha and other members of Levi Squad take them hostage at gunpoint. Sasha and the rest of the squad listen uncomfortably to the screams as Levi and Hange conduct their interrogation. When the two are through, Jean and the others are informed that Eren and Historia are likely being held near Rod Reiss.
After the Scout Regiment is accused of trying to monopolize Eren's Titan powers, the government begins arresting all members of the organization. Sasha and the rest of Squad Levi avoid being captured, and camp out in the woods outside of Stohess. As they are discussing a plan to rescue Eren and Historia, Sasha tells her comrades that she hears people approaching. After Marlo and Hitch have led them to a nearby MP checkpoint, Sasha, along with Conny and Jean, charges at the MP checkpoint in a carriage, breaking down the roadblocks they have erected.
After crippling most of the personnel in the outpost, Levi and his squad escape with a hostage. They interrogate him about Eren and Historia's location while Sasha watches nearby, but he claims not to know anything. Before they can question their hostage further, Sasha hears people approaching on foot and alerts her companions. Sasha, along with her squad immediately prepares for battle, with Sasha taking cover behind a tree and readying her bow. To the entire squad's delight, it is Hange, who informs them that the Scout Regiment has been exonerated, and that they have a lead on Eren and Historia's whereabouts.
When they find Eren and Historia under the Reiss chapel, Sasha takes part in the operation to rescue them. She shoots barrels full of gunpowder and oil with gas canisters attached with fire arrows, making them explode and creating a smokescreen that hides the squad. During the fight she saves Conny's life by firing an arrow at the soldier who was about to shoot him. However, the squad is not fast enough to stop Rod Reiss from transforming himself into a Titan, destabilizing the structure of the cavern.
Sasha and the squad arrive and Eren is freed, but the squad is pushed back against the Wall due to the heat and force of the steam emitted by Rod Reiss' Titan. Eren notices a bottle labeled "Armor," and in a last-ditch effort to save the squad, crushes it in his mouth while transforming.
While transformed, Eren manages to control his hardening powers and stops the cave from falling. As the squad retrieves Eren, Sasha and Conny find an exit out of the cavern, and as they are reporting it, Sasha apologizes to Eren for not having faith in him to save them. She follows the squad to Orvud District, where they plan to fight the now transformed Rod Reiss.
As Rod approaches the Wall, the members of the Levi squad douse themselves in water to endure the extreme heat from the steam. Sasha takes part in the operation to kill the Titan by blowing apart one of its hands with a gunpowder barrel with built-in shooters made by Hange. When it is crippled and loses balance, Eren takes the opportunity to transform into a Titan and shoves gunpowder into its mouth, causing the steam to ignite it and explode Rod. The squad tries to cut the flying pieces in order to kill the main body.
After Historia is crowned as the new queen, Sasha and the rest of Squad Levi accompany her as she goes to find Levi so she can punch him. The squad tries to talk her down, but she punches the captain as soon as she sees him. Expecting Levi to retaliate, the squad is surprised when he reacts by smiling and thanking them.
Two months later, Sasha is on the orphanage with the rest of the squad carrying some boxes while getting her hair pulled by one of the children.
Later on, Sasha is seen eating with the rest of her squad and Marlo. Marlo and the other new transfers are excited about a Titan guillotine and the prospect of taking back Wall Maria, and Sasha asks him if Hitch tried to stop him from joining the Scouts. He admits she tried to convince him of the benefits of staying in the Military Police, claiming that he had been forced to tell her off for her selfish behavior. Sasha, Jean, and Armin are all appalled at Marlo's inability to recognize her feelings for him, and begin angrily insulting him.
In the morning, Sasha accompanies the rest of her squad to visit their old commandant Keith Sadies and question him about his relationship with Eren's father. During the entire meeting, Sasha keeps her distance from Keith, traumatized by the numerous times he disciplined her during her time as a cadet.
Time passes, and the preparations for retaking Wall Maria are finished. The day before the operation, the soldiers have a special dinner full of meat and delicious food, but do not let the civilians know about the dinner. After seeing a big cooked portion of meat, Sasha goes crazy and tries to eat it all by herself. Conny and Jean try to stop her, with Jean being successful in removing the meat from her. However, Sasha then begins to bite Jean's hand. Marlo receives a punch after stating that it is pitiful that the Scout Regiment hardly gets to eat meat. Sasha then futilely punches Mikasa in the abdomen, who then tells Conny to choke Sasha out. Finally, Conny stops her and restrains her with Eren's help. Sasha regains her senses and tries muffling in vain for them to untie her. After the dinner is done, everyone walks out of the building, ignoring Sasha as she tries to get their attention to untie her.
The following day, Sasha is ready to go to Shiganshina District, along with the rest of the Scout Regiment. They are surprised when the civilians start cheering for them. In response, Sasha, Jean, and Conny begin cheering with them. When the operations starts, Sasha goes with Squad Levi, riding towards Shiganshina at dawn.
After arriving in Shiganshina, Sasha watches Eren seal the hole in Wall Maria alongside her fellow scouts. After Eren successfully seals the hole, Sasha and the rest of her squad begin to go to meet up with the rest of the Scout Regiment, but stop and take up positions atop the Wall after Erwin shoots a signal flare into the air. From there they witness Reiner's emergence from within Wall Maria, and the appearance of the Beast Titan and his army.
As Eren and Reiner fight in their Titan forms, Sasha and her squad surround the two and prepare to help Eren. After Hange and Mikasa manage to blind Reiner, Sasha and the rest of the squad use their Thunder Spears on his Titan form's nape and expose his human body. Although both Sasha and Conny find themselves unwilling to kill Reiner, Jean manages to convince them to carry on with their mission. As Sasha and Conny cry over Reiner's apparent death, Jean tries to convince them not to mourn for him. Sasha and Conny do not stop crying but the three are left stunned when Reiner's Titan form suddenly begins to roar.
Sasha quickly evacuates the immediate area around Reiner with the rest of the soldiers as Hange announces that Bertholdt will be attacking them from above. After Armin unsuccessfully tries to negotiate with Bertholdt, Sasha and her teammates use Eren's Titan form to shield themselves as Bertholdt transforms.
The Colossal Titan begins throwing burning houses in the air, searching for them. Conny begins to panic and laugh, prompting Sasha to hit him on the head at Jean's request. Jean orders the team to get on Eren to save gas as they move to the river, where Eren unsuccessfully tries to draw Bertholdt's attention from the rest of the Scouts. The squad then scatters as Eren begins a direct attack to Bertholdt's ankle. However, Bertholdt lifts his leg with Eren still grasping and kicks him into the top of the Wall as his team looks on in horror. Jean formulates a plan in which he, Sasha, and Conny will act as a diversion while Mikasa fires a Thunder Spear at the Colossal Titan's nape. The plan is unsuccessful, as Bertholdt uses steam from his Titan form to repel the entire squad.
Raised as an animal hunter, Sasha specializes in archery, horseback riding, and tracking. Sasha is ranked one of the top 10 cadets of her squad, implying good physical abilities. She was also commented to have a better sense of balance than some of the other cadets. Sasha's hearing is also very acute, to the point that she could detect an approaching group of Titans before many of her fellow cadets. As well as physical abilities, Sasha has good knowledge of wild animals and utilizing her hunter experience (shown when the Female Titan screamed), she knew exactly what the scream meant (a distress cry; danger) and that they should be wary of it. She also seems to be athletic and useful with bow and arrow, injuring a 3m class Titan alone with just a bow. She is later shown to be able to disarm a person without any injury to the said person with archery alone. She is proven to be a skilled thief, as she often manages to steal food from the infantry storage without getting caught.
- Conny Springer - Sasha and Conny get along well as teammates and as friends. The pair often make jokes, as they enjoy each other's company. As cadets, they frequently got in trouble together. In spite of that, they defend each other if need be.
- Ymir - Ymir and Sasha share a strained relationship. Towards Sasha, Ymir oftentimes acts crass and nit-picky. As such, Ymir disapproves of her behavior and is easily unimpressed by Sasha's actions. For example, Ymir questioned Sasha's way of speech, deeming it too sickeningly polite. Ymir was held back by Historia. Ymir's words have impacted Sasha's way of speech after that point, as Sasha uses her words more freely.
- Historia Reiss - In Sasha's cadet days, Historia has shown her a great deal of kindness, though Ymir often questioned the latter's actions. Historia is quick to come to Sasha's defense and trusts Sasha as a comrade. As well, Historia encourages Sasha to be herself and speak her mind when she wants to.
- Eren Jaeger and Mikasa Ackermann - Sasha admires their bravery and strength to a certain degree. Though they do not really share a close acquaintanceship with Sasha, they are on good terms as teammates.
- An interview with Isayama's editor in Otomedia's October 2013 issue revealed Isayama originally intended to kill Sasha in the events which would be adapted into Episode 27. However, he was persuaded to change his mind by the editor, who apparently went to the bathroom and cried when presented with the ending. This accounts for Sasha's absence during the majority of the Clash of the Titans arc in the manga, though the anime adaptation gave her a much stronger presence in the events of the arc following Episode 27.