Reiner Braun and Eren Yeager have accompanied their rivalry since the first season. The two are powerful opposing characters, each a hero of standing on their respective sides.
Eren fought Reiner four times. The first fight was where they both fought in their human form and the other three in their Titan form throughout the series.
Both have shown immense strength and power so far, making it hard to tell who is stronger. Still, with the final season underway, it finally shows that Eren is more capable than Reiner.
Eren definitely won two fights (first and fourth season) and dominated the other fights (second and third season) proving he is stronger than Reiner.
Eren has better mobility, speed and techniques than Reiner. Reiner misses it and can only make up for it with his armor.
Although Reiner can achieve better speed, by breaking his leg armor and using Hardening, he fails against Eren.
Let’s rewind our memories to see who won every fight they had:
First Fight: Season 1, Episode 4
The first fight was a fight between two humans (Reiner and Eren) during their training in the first season. Reiner and Eren try to grab a wooden knife. The one with the wooden knife is a “criminal”.
This was part of the training where he focuses on improving their melee skills. It was a casual fight between friends but Eren won.
Second Fight: Season 2, Episode 7 (Episode 32)
The second confrontation between Eren and Reiner took place after the Battle of Castle Utgard.
Reiner dominates the early parts of the second battle against Eren. Although that changes as Eren overcomes his shortcomings using the ‘hold’ technique. He nearly beats Reiner, who got away.
Reiner grabs Eren and slides down the wall. Eren feels cheated and transforms to fight. Although Eren lands the first punch, Reiner dominates the first part of the fight.
Then Eren gets up and remembers the “grip” and other techniques Annie taught him. He uses these methods on Reiner.
Reiner has no response to the “catch” as Eren has already adjourned an arm and rips Reiner’s armor off. Seeing his impending defeat, Reiner calls Bertholdt.
The Half-Colossal Titan’s bones detach from the wall and fall onto it, allowing Reiner to rip Eren from his titan’s neck and flee.
Third Fight: Season 3 Episode 14 (Episode 51)
A duel between the Attacking Titan and the Armored Titan is where the third fight takes place.
Eren is confident of winning against Reiner in his third battle. He damages Reiner with his hardened punches even to the point of winning the fight. However, their match is interrupted by Team Hange.
Eren already knows he has the upper hand over Reiner by proclaiming he can win. Also adding that Annie was a tougher opponent. The two had a fight where Eren exterminates Reiner with his speed and hardened punches.
A turning point occurs when Reiner evades an attack and slams Eren’s body through the legs. He then takes a punch that seems to have ended Eren (through the cracks in the ground). Unfortunately, he missed it.
The two scuffle for a while but later are separated by other Corps (Team Hange and Mikasa) who defeat Reiner with a barrage of Thunder Spears.
Fourth Fight: Season 4, Episode 8 (Episode 67)
Eren and the Corps came to Marley to take the War Hammer Titan. Eren managed to rip the Jaw Titan’s limbs off and use his jaws to shatter the crystallized Lara Tybur.
Here, Gabi and Falco shout Reiner’s name in a last minute effort to stop the attack.
The fight itself is very short but Reiner emerges in his new form (with very little resolve, looks almost suicidal).
Eren dodges his attack and punches Reiner in the face with a hardened fist. Eren achieves victory by completely destroying Reiner, but Reiner’s goal was to save Porco (Jaw Titan).
Yet Eren doesn’t complete both as he perceives his job is done (exhausted as well) and is sympathetic towards Reiner. See how in previous episodes they talked about how they were the same.
About Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama. Kodansha publishes it in Bessatsu Shonen magazine.
The manga began serialization on September 9, 2009, and continues to this day with 30 tankōbom formats.
Attack on Titan follows humanity ensconced within three concentric walls to protect themselves from the terrifying titans who attack them. Eren Yeager is a young boy who believes a caged life is similar to that of cattle and aspires to one day go beyond the walls, just like his heroes, the Survey Corps. The emergence of a deadly Titan unleashes chaos.
Originally written by Epic Dope