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KukloThe main character of the prequel, Before the Fall. His mother was devoured by a Titan, and soldiers sent to investigate were shocked when they removed a living infant from her vomited-out corpse. During his childhood he was displayed in an oddity shop with a malnourished body and barely any knowledge of civilization. He was brought by Dario Inocencio in his teens for the purpose of getting beat up by Xavi Inocencio, in an attempt to show his guest how "strong" Xavi is.
- A God I Am Not: The Titan Cult wants to worship him, but he wants no part of it.
- All of the Other Reindeer: His strange birth led to him being treated as an oddity and a freak, abused and sold off by various owners.
- Big Damn Hero: Saving Sharle, saving Cardina from the Titans during their death sentence, and saving Xavi from the Titans during their first expedition.
- Blank Slate: He was basically treated like a dangerous animal for his entire childhood; locked in cages with occasional scraps of food tossed his way. He didn't even learn how to speak until his teen years because no one cared enough to teach him.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Sentenced to death via getting escorted outside Wall Maria. It failed.
- Determinator: The first word he learned was "Resist!", becoming the mantra that drove him.
- Lightning Bruiser: Outruns the Titan Cult and a Titan.
- Made a Slave: Raised in captivity, until he was purchased by the Inocencio family.
- Parental Abandonment: His father died prior to his birth, and his mother was devoured by a Titan. How he survived to be born is a great mystery.
- Prisons Are Gymnasiums: Slowly built up strength during his time imprisoned by the Inocencio family.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The fan-translation uses "Kyklo".
- Traumatic C-Section: How he was born.
Xavi InocencioThe male heir of Inocencio family, he is trained by his father Dario Inocencio to gain political power through the military. To gain his self confidence, he tortured Kuklo every single day.
- The Bully: Tortures Kuklo Every. Single. Day.
- Determinator: Gets very desperate after his numerous attempts to get Kuklo killed failed.
- Engineered Heroics: Kuklo plays the victim.
- Jerkass: Beating up an unarmed Kuklo for two years.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: After getting defeated by Kuklo, he improves his attitude.
- Make It Look Like an Accident: Cut Kuklo's 3DMG strap so he would fall and kill himself.
- Malicious Slander: He falsifies his testimony when Kuklo was recaptured in order to get Kuklo killed.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Attempts to pay his way to the top ten. He succeeds, but chooses to join the Survey Corps instead.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The fan-translation calls him "Shabi Inocentio".
- Spoiled Brat: As most nobles tend to be in this series.
Sharle InocencioThe sister of Xavi, engaged to marry Cardina. She initially fears Kuklo, but realizes he is simply a normal boy and teaches him about the world.
- Arranged Marriage: To Cardina.
- Establishing Character Moment: Braving her obvious terror, she goes to slay Kuklo because she assumes he is a Titan. When she finds out he's actually just a starving, chained up slave boy who lives in the castle dungeon and is beat up by her brother every day of his miserable life, she brings him food instead.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: A good blonde.
- The Ingenue: An innocent and sheltered girl, initially.
- Nice Girl: Very kind and caring despite her nobility, and the first person to ever treat Kuklo like a human being; she even taught him about the world since no one else ever bothered to.
- Silk Hiding Steel: When she heard that her father brought the "Titan's Child" to their home, fearing what that monster may do, she decided to kill it, even if she were to die in the process. Of course, after meeting Kuklo, she ends up realizing that he is just a normal human.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The fan-translation calls her "Charles Inocentio".
Cardina BaumeisterThe son of another powerful family, he is sentenced to death after his father's political position was eliminated. Engaged to Sharle Inocencio at the beginning of the story.
- Arranged Marriage: To Sharle. However, he doesn't show affection to Sharle and doesn't care about Kuklo's love affair.
- Impoverished Patrician: Because his family had fallen from grace due to political reasons, he winds up imprisoned to silence the whole mess. Kuklo is coincidentally thrown in the same prison as him.
- The Lancer: To Kuklo. Care-free, has no commitment, and a Deadpan Snarker.
- Regal Ringlets: Rare Male Example with many curled cowlicks, seeing he was part of a wealthy family.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Left Trainee Corps just before graduation, only to get caught, imprisoned, and sent right back as Kuklo's company.
- Spoiled Brat: Subverted. He's a nice guy.
Rosa CarlsteadDaughter of Sorum Humé, she trained with Xavi, Kuklo, and Cardina. The leader of the 3D Maneuver Gear trainee squad after Cardina's leave, she's determined to avenge her father's death.
Heath MunsellThe squad leader of the squad composed of Sorum and Carlo, he is the husband of Elena Munsell and the father of Kuklo.
- Death by Origin Story: The story opens with Heath's death.
- Off with His Head!: His head somehow ended up being tossed over the Wall, landing at his stunned widow's feet.
- Someone to Remember Him By: Left behind his pregnant wife, who... did not take his death well.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The fan-translation calls him "Heather Munsell".
Elena MunsellThe widow of Heath Munsell, and Kuklo's mother.
- Death by Origin Story: Devoured by a Titan. Kuklo's mysterious survival leads to him being labeled the "Child of Titans".
- Eaten Alive: By the Titan her group let in.
- Someone to Remember Him By: She was pregnant when her husband died.
- Swallowed Whole: And good thing for Kuklo she was.
- Traumatic C-Section: Sorum and Carlo cut her open after seeing her corpse move, and were shocked to discover a living baby.
- Widow Woman: Which drove her insane and straight into the open arms of the Titan Cult.
Carlo PikaleSon of Jorge Pikale and a squad member of Heath's squad, he discovered Kuklo along with Sorum. He was the leader of Survey Corps 50 years ago.
Sorum HuméHusband of Maria Carsedic and the father of Rosa Carsedic, he found Kuklo along with Carlo in the attack 70 years ago. He was killed in an expedition to capture a Titan.
- Childhood Friends: With Angel.
- Death by Origin Story: As stated above.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Jumped off Angel's horse so Angel could escape from the grasp of a Titan. He's captured soon after, but then ignited his explosives near the nape of the Titan instead of suffering the fate of being eaten.
- Retirony: Slated to transfer to Garrison after one final expedition to take care of the pregnant Maria. Well...
- Spell My Name with an "S": The fan-translation calls him "Solm Hume".
Maria CarlsteadWife of Sorum Humé and mother of Rosa Carsedic. A member of the Garrison, she was considered the Patron Saint of Wall Maria and regarded as good luck by the Survey Corps.
Angel AaltonenA weapon-smith and the person credited for the creation of the Vertical Maneuvering Equipment.
Jorge PikaleAn ex-Survey Corps member promoted to the Military Police, and the father of Carlo. He is hailed as the first human to ever slay a Titan. After his promotion, he became an instructor in Trainee Corps.
- Big Damn Heroes: Saves Kuklo and Cardina by giving the former Sharle's knife to escape from the carriage that doomed them as Titan food, then busts out the 3D Maneuver Gear to pull both Kuklo and Cardina up to safety.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: Of a sorts; he isn't the first human to ever slay a Titan. That would be Sorum. And Angel was the one who really slayed Jorge's supposed kill.
- Kicked Upstairs: As a reward for disobeying orders and leading the effort that killed the second Titan.
- Living Legend: It takes Cardina only one glance to realize that he and Kuklo are saved by "Jorge the Hero", the first person to ever defeat a Titan.
- Realpolitik: Seeing he is aware that everyone's trust on him as a Titan slayer is misplaced, but isn't willing to disappoint them by admitting the truth, he uses his newfound fame to get 3DMG funding from the higher ups.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The fan-translaton uses the last name "Pikel".