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Characters from the prequel novel and manga adaptation, Before the Fall. Their story takes place 50 — 70 years prior to the main series.


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    Kuklo 

Kuklo

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The 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.
  • Almost Kiss: Just as Kuklo touches Sharle’s face and both are leaning in suggestively... Xavi ruins the scene and fights Kuklo.
  • Big Damn Hero: Saving Sharle, saving Cardina from the Titans during their death sentence, and saving Xavi from the Titans during their first expedition.
  • 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".
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Kuklo, Made a Slave because he is believed to be “The Titan’s Child”, with Sharle, born into a high society. Her Big Brother Bully, Xavi, naturally disapproves of their growing feelings so he fights and severely wounds Kuklo, then leaves him to die. He then kidnaps Sharle and tries to force her into an arranged marriage until she escapes and reunites with a healed up Kuklo. However, Sharle believes Kuklo sees her more like a family than romantic partner as he never experienced any sort of romance before.
  • Traumatic C-Section: How he was born.
  • Wild Child: 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.

    Xavi Inocencio 

Xavi Inocencio

The 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.


  • Big Bad
  • Big Brother Bully: When he discovers his little sister Sharle and Kuklo are about to kiss and admit their love to each other what does he do? Severely wounds Kuklo in a fight then leaves him almost for dead. What does he have in store for Sharle immediately afterwords? Kidnaps the poor grieveing girl so that he can force her into an arranged marriage. Fortunately she escapes and reunites with Kuklo.
  • 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. When he finds out Sharle is in love with Kuklo, Xavi almost kills him and tries to force his own sister into an unwanted arranged marriage.
  • 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.
  • Moment Killer: Kuklo and Sharle were just about to kiss and admit their feelings hadn’t Xavi burst in and fight Kuklo.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Xavi would rather have Sharle marry into their class than have her start a relationship with their family slave Kuklo. And he’ll do whatever it takes, even murder, to keep them apart.
  • 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 Inocencio 

Sharle Inocencio

The 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.


  • Almost Kiss: Just as she and Kuklo are both leaning in closely with Kuklo touching her face and Sharle grabbing his hand... big brother Xavi burst in and fights Kuklo almost to death.
  • Arranged Marriage: To Cardina, however it later gets broken off. But Xavi made it his mission in life to stop Sharle and Kuklo’s growing feelings for one another and force his sister into another arranged marriage. Fortunately it fails.
  • Despair Event Horizon: When it seems Xavi has killed Kuklo before her very eyes, she just lost it right then and there. Before Sharle can even rush to his side, Xavi kidnaps her and tries to force her into an arranged marriage. Good thing Sharle recovers and escapes to reunite with the now recovered Kuklo.
  • 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".
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Is this with Kuklo, a slave her family purchased so that her brother could torture. After rescuing Sharle from falling off of a building, Kuklo and Sharle were about to admit their feelings to each other until Xavi breaks them apart and almost forces Sharle into an arranged marriage until she escapes and reunites with Kuklo. However she belives that Kuklo may not understand the love she feels for him is the same as her, as he sees Sharle as his only family.

    Cardina Baumeister 

Cardina Baumeister

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The 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. The engagement gets broken off not long after.
  • 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.
  • Shipper on Deck: Cardina is very supportive of Kuklo and Sharle’s growing feelings for one another and tries to help them get closer.
  • Spoiled Brat: Subverted. He's a nice guy.

    Rosa Carlstead 

Rosa Carlstead

Daughter 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.


  • Action Girl: What else would you expect from a female soldier?
  • All Love Is Unrequited: It seems like Rosa is starting to developing feelings for Kuklo... but is seen anguishing at Kuklo and Sharle’s reuniting with a passionate, tearful embrace. Subverted later on as she admits admiring Kuklo, but in a way to be just like him but tease Sharle that they will be “love rivals” and compete for Kuklo’s affection.
  • Determinator: Really wants to master 3DMG.
  • Disappeared Dad: His death is one of her main motivations.
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    Heath Munsell 

Heath Munsell

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The squad leader of the squad composed of Sorum and Carlo, he is the husband of Elena Munsell and the father of Kuklo.


    Elena Munsell 

Elena Munsell

The widow of Heath Munsell, and Kuklo's mother.


    Carlo Pikale 

Carlo Pikale

Son 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 Humé 

Sorum Humé

Husband 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 Carlstead 

Maria Carlstead

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Wife 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.


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    Angel Aaltonen 

Angel Aaltonen

A weapon-smith and the person credited for the creation of the Vertical Maneuvering Equipment.


    Jorge Pikale 

Jorge Pikale

An 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".

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