- Before the Fall manga
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|Survey Corps Captains|
|◄ Preceded by|| Carlo Pikale|
|Followed by ►|
| Vacant, last held by Jorge Pikale|
When he was younger, Carlo sported cheek-length, messy hair, and wore the typical uniform of a member of the Survey Corps.
After the series' fifteen year timeskip, Carlo is shown to have begun growing his hair out slightly longer, so that it must be kept brushed out of his eyes. Additionally, he is shown to have grown a small beard. He continues to wear the standard Survey Corps uniform.
Carlo demonstrates selflessness and a desire to protect humanity like the other members of the Survey Corps. He is also willing to give people the benefit of the doubt, as seen when he listens to and helps Kuklo incapacitate a Titan despite not knowing his name and having met him only a few minutes before. He also strives to do the right thing, as seen when he tries to make amends for unintentionally condemning Kuklo to a life of misery and slavery.
The Titan's Son arc
Carlo and his friend Sorum Humé are seen trying to help seal the Wall Maria gate after the Titan cult opens it. Surveying the aftermath, they come upon victims who were regurgitated from the Titan's stomach. Carlo notices the body of Elena Munsell among the bodies and laments that she had gotten married and was expecting a child. He then notices her body start to move. Incredulous, Carlo and Sorum look closer and sees her belly moving. Thinking that she has become pregnant by the Titan, Carlo decides to cut out the infant. He wonders if it was alive when its mother was swallowed; he and Sorum give the child the moniker of "The Titan Child."
Soon after, Carlo takes part in a sixty man expedition to capture a Titan outside the wall along with Sorum, inventor Angel Aaltonen and his father Jorge. After helping to secure one, Carlo helps run tests to figure out if it has any weak points that could be used by humanity against the Titans. Carlo sees, along with Sorum, that even the complete removal of a limb does little to hinder a Titan; they merely regenerate, even when all limbs are severed. Soon, however, more Titans arrive at their location, causing the expedition to retreat back to the wall. Carlo helps his father direct the soldiers back to the Wall as they are swarmed by Titans, including the one that invaded Shiganshina only months before.
Fifteen years later, the now thirty-three year old Carlo is a captain of the Survey Corps, and while looking over the Wall one day, recalls back to when him and Sorum found Elena's infant son, wondering what happened to him. During an expedition outside the Wall, there is a commotion and is brought a fifteen year old boy who stowed away in one of the wagons; it is revealed to be Elena's son, Kuklo, though neither is aware of who the other person is. Carlo asks him why he is here, and is baffled by the boy's response of wanting to see a Titan. He is then alerted to an incoming Titan and gets separated from the rest of his forces.
He orders his troops to fire at the Titan, specifically at the eyes in order to blind it. After getting no progress, Carlo switches targets and has his men focus on the Achilles tendons on the Titan's heels to try to bring it down. He sees Kuklo get picked up and then escape from its grasp. Carlo arrives and gets Kuklo on his horse, commending the boy for his ingenuity and survival. As the Survey Corps soldiers get killed (or eaten) one by one, Kuklo has an idea to incapacitate the Titan and, after hearing the plan, Carlo agrees. The two are able to lure the Titan towards a wagon full of explosives and set off an explosion that completely engulfs the Titan.
Despite causing it significant damage, the Titan is only incapacitated for a few moments before it gets back up and continues to chase the two. Carlo then directs his men back towards the Wall while leading the Titan away from the survivors. Noticing that the Titan has been led far enough away, he gallops as fast as he can to get back to the Wall, despite the Titan remaining on his heels. Eventually, they reach the gates and are narrowly able to get through before it is shut.
After getting back inside the Wall, Carlo asks Kuklo if he managed to see what he was looking for by going outside the Wall to look at a Titan. He notes that Kuklo was light on his feet and asks if the latter has had some experience with hand-to-hand fighting. After getting no response, Kuklo asks Carlo why they went outside the Wall; Carlo states it was for observation and training purposes until Kuklo accidentally revealed himself.
Noting that he has not yet learned Kuklo's name, Carlo is about to ask the boy who he is again when they are approached by members of the Military Police. Confused as to what they want, Carlo is told by Gloria Bernhart they wish to question Kuklo in regard to the attack on the Inocencio estate. When Kuklo professes his innocence, Carlo is shocked to hear that the boy is the "Titan Child" he and Sorum found fifteen years ago. Faced with her threat to terminate the Survey Corps, Carlo hands custody over to her. Before he goes, Kuklo passes him the knife he used to save himself from the Titan. As Kuklo is led away, Carlo notices Sharle Inocencio among the crowd; he then turns around and leaves.
Later that night, Carlo is faced with numerous requests by Survey Corps members to transfer to the Garrison due to the failed expedition. He muses that the quality of soldiers has drastically fallen since the time when his father was in command of the Corps; Carlo is then notified that he has a visitor. Turning, he sees Sharle and cordially greets her. Preparing some tea, Carlo informs her that Kuklo is under suspicion for the murder of her father and states there was a witness to the events: her brother Xavi. Sharle says she was there as well, and the ones responsible were the Titan cultists and her brother lied about Kuklo.
He asks her to elaborate and is notified that she decided to run away with him and is told Kuklo had been imprisoned and only recently learned how to speak; this reveals to Carlo that Kuklo had no way of being the one responsible for the attack. He tells Sharle that he will do what he can to get Kuklo released. He notes it is cruel that Sharle will give up the freedom she sought in order to get Kuklo freed, and ponders to himself if Kuklo would be a good soldier for the Survey Corps. Sharle asks Carlo why he is helping two strangers, and he tells her that he was the one who found Kuklo as well as the one responsible for him being called "The Titan Child."
Dissidence Movement arc
Carlo soon contacts his father Jorge and helps orchestrate Kuklo's rescue from getting devoured by Titans. He then sends Sharle to Jorge, who helps relocate her to the Industrial City. After several months pass, Jorge brings both Kuklo and his former student Cardina to Carlo at the headquarters of the Survey Corps. After formally sharing introductions, both Carlo and Kuklo start to laugh over how they both managed to survive an attack from Titans outside the walls only a few months ago, but are just now learning each other's names. As he takes them inside, Carlo addresses the statement made in regard to how empty it is; with more members requesting transfers to the Garrison (or losing faith in the Corps), they are of no use to the Corps and the numbers have dwindled over time. Yet Carlo stays firm in his resolve, reasoning that if they stop now, all those who have died before them will have died in vain.
That night, Carlo gets in touch with Maria Carlstead of the Garrison and takes both Kuklo and Cardina to Wall Maria to test out the device. Carlo is surprised when he sees that the version both have is bigger than the original design and is curious if it will provide the two with enough mobility ; nevertheless, Carlo lowers Cardina down after Kuklo jumps off the wall.
After some time passes, Carlo notices Kuklo sent up a signal saying they need assistance; he repels down and saves him. Carlo then brings Kuklo back after he gets attacked by the ten-meter Titan Ogre. As the boy is attended to by Maria and Cardina, Carlo notifies Kuklo that his father Heath was a captain in the Corps and one of the victims of Ogre fifteen years ago; this drove Kuklo's mother to join the Titan Cult and resulted in her own death shortly before his birth. When Kuklo expresses shock, Carlo says that Sharle told him everything when he was first taken by the Military Police.
Restoration of the Survey Corps arc
While his father takes both Kuklo and Cardina back to the Industrial City, Carlo stays behind and continues to lead the remaining members of the Survey Corps. Soon after, he learns Jorge's desire to train future generations of Survey Corps members on how to use the device to fight Titans. Carlo shares the same idea and works with Cardina for the next few weeks to develop a training regimen. Eventually, Kuklo returns with Jorge and Carlo tasks both Kuklo and Cardina to help train the new incoming recruits with his father; not only that, Carlo accepts both of them into the Survey Corps.
Several days later, Carlo addresses the newest batch of trainees. He mentions that those who wish to join the Survey Corps can take part in a voluntary training period that will help them in combating Titans. As Kuklo and Cardina lead the new recruits in a logistics exercise, Carlo notes to his father that many do not fit the build of previous Survey Corp soldiers. When asked if he would be able to use the device, Carlo states that he is looking forward to it; he pokes fun at his father over the fact that he started young, unlike Jorge, and was capable of adapting to the newer regimen.
- Jorge Pikale - Carlo has a typical relationship with his father Jorge. He respects his father and his legacy, eventually following his father's footsteps as a member and later captain of the Survey Corps.
- Sorum Humé - Carlo's best friend in the Survey Corps, Sorum was never seen too far from Carlo. They would take part in numerous expeditions together and Carlo was understandably saddened to hear that Sorum sacrificed himself to save the others from the Titan Mammon's rampage.
- Angel Aaltonen - While it's not known how close Carlo was with Angel, he was familiar with Angel's technical expertise and he helped participate in an expedition with the Corp. Fifteen years later, Carlo warmly greets Angel after seeing him return from his exile.
- Kuklo Munsell - Carlo was the one who discovered Kuklo and unintentionally condemned him to a life of slavery. He first met Kuklo properly fifteen years later when the latter stowed away on an expedition. Despite not knowing his identity, Carlo noted Kuklo's agility and endurance early on when fighting the Titan Ogre. Carlo would later welcome Kuklo as an honorary member of the Survey Corps, redeeming himself for his past actions.