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|Survey Corps Captains|
|◄ Preceded by|| Jorge Pikale|
|Followed by ►|
|Unknown|| Vacant, eventually Carlo Pikale|
Jorge Pikale (ホルヘ・ピケール Horuhe Pikēru?) is an instructor (教官 Kyōkan?) of the Training Corps and a former captain (隊長 Taichō?) of the Survey Corps. He was also believed to be the first human being to kill a Titan by using the prototype vertical maneuvering equipment, earning him the title "Jorge the Hero."
Jorge is an older gentleman with long, thin, shoulder-length hair. He wears a confident expression with thick, striking eyebrows, and a dark-colored mustache. During his time in the Survey Corps he wore the standard uniform of that time. After stepping down, he became an instructor of the Training Corps and now wears the standard issue uniform.
Jorge is an experienced individual as the former captain of the Survey Corps. Although Jorge is a man of high status, he still retains a sense of humility while being confident in himself, and is willing to fight for the rights of humanity.
Shortly after the breach of Wall Maria, Jorge takes part in an operation to capture a Titan to seek out any potential weak points; this group of sixty Survey Corps members includes his son Carlo, Sorum Humé and inventor Angel Aaltonen. Thanks to Angel's invention of an iron bamboo net, they are able to successfully capture a Titan. They begin to inspect the Titan to see where a potential weak point would be located and Jorge orders the other soldiers to begin cutting at different parts of its body. After slicing numerous times and not getting any progress made, Jorge orders explosives simultaneously detonated on the limbs instead; this has no effect either as the limbs grow back instantaneously. After hearing Titans approaching their location, Jorge orders them to withdraw; suddenly and without warning, the captured Titan breaks loose and began to attack several of the soldiers. Then, Jorge notices the arrival of the same Titan that broke through the Walls, and he gives the order to disperse. He is able to get back to the Wall with some of the soldiers, but at the cost of many others, including Sorum.
At some time during the next fifteen years, Jorge left the Survey Corps and becomes an instructor of the Training Corps, with his son Carlo taking over as captain.
Jorge is notified by his son Carlo about an urgent matter; he then works with him to free two prisoners that will be sent beyond Wall Maria and fed to Titans. Before embarking to the Wall, he is told that the person who provided him with information, a young woman named Sharle, may be in danger and arranges for her to travel to a safe location within Wall Rose. He then arrives at the top of Wall Maria and notices a wagon containing prisoners being sent out. He then spots two people running back towards the Wall and theorizes that those must be the ones Carlo told him about. Jorge activates a light and shines it to get their attention.
Soon, one of them arrives to his position and Jorge tosses down a line. Both see the other is falling behind and caught by a Titan; Jorge tells the boy to leave the other behind, but the latter refuses. Eventually both return to the Wall and Jorge tells them to grab onto the cable he sent down; the two grab on and are then pulled up to safety. Jorge then introduces himself and recognizes one as the "Titan's Son" Kuklo Munsell, while Cardina is shocked to see the man who saved them was the first one to have ever successfully killed a Titan.
Visit to the Industrial City arc
As they ride through the forest, Kuklo recalls hearing the same story about Jorge and that he is the father of Carlo, the current head of the Survey Corps. Kuklo asks Jorge if Carlo asked him to do this and why he had waited until now to do anything. Jorge replies that he did not have enough time to prove their innocence or bribe the guards, so he waited for them to send the two beyond the wall. Cardina replies that it was the best course of action due to not being made official by the government and the Military Police; otherwise, the public would mistrust them. Jorge agrees and says that now, the Military Police will not chase either of the two due to them being thought of as deceased. He says that despite it being a last-minute rescue, he was able to save two lives instead of just one. Cardina thanks Jorge and it is revealed that Jorge was Cardina's former instructor in the Training Corps. Jorge tells Cardina that he had potential to join the Military Police had he not dropped out, but the latter says it would not have been a good match despite the power and clout being an MP would give. Hearing this, Kuklo remembers about Sharle and asks where Jorge is taking them; the latter says until the issues in Shiganshina cool down, they are going to an Industrial City within Wall Rose and that he helped Sharle escape to the city to safety as well. While Jorge did not plan to get involved with the Inocencio family, he says the recent actions by the Military Police are troubling and that he also could not "turn a deaf ear to the pleas of a helpless young woman". Jorge also mentions that he has to return the machine he borrowed to save them at the Wall. When asked what it is, Jorge merely says that it has no name but simply known as "The Device". Kuklo then asks if it was able to kill a Titan, why the Survey Corps have not been using it as an alternative to using swords while on horseback. Jorge reveals that it has a fatal flaw in the design: it can only go up or down. Cardina agrees that it would be useless as a means to fight against Titans due to Titans being able to move in all directions. Jorge further reveals that he was not actually the one who had fought the Titan; although he was leading the expedition party, a craftsman who was accompanying them was the one who truly defeated it. Finally, since the craftsman disappeared soon after the expedition, they were not able to produce more.
They soon arrive at the Industrial City. When asked by Kuklo why there are so many members of the Military here, Jorge responds that where they are is the main weapon manufacturing plant for the entire Military. He then sees Sharle coming towards them, and she leads the three to the workshop run by Jorge's friend, Xenophon. Jorge hands back over the Device he borrowed and introduces Xenophon to both Kuklo and Cardina. He shares Xenophon's suggestion that the two would be worthy candidates to join the Survey Corps, mentioning that prior to him rescuing the two, they were able to fend off multiple Titans outside the Wall. He is pleased when Kuklo affirms that he wants to join the Survey Corps, only if he can learn how to use "The Device". Later at dinner, Jorge mentions that he must return back to the Training Corps the following day. He and Xenophon discuss the device and how Xenophon wished that Jorge brought him along, so he could actually see the device in use. Later on, he overhears Kuklo talking with Sharle and is troubled when he hears that Titans will someday break through the Walls to attack the remnants of humanity.
The next morning, Jorge and Xenophon decide to travel to the iron bamboo forest along with Kuklo, Sharle and Cardina. After meeting and convincing Jentsch Dafner, the commander of the Military Police to let them by, they travel through the main gate and into the forest. After reaching a clearing within the forest, numerous rows of bamboo are seen sprouting from the ground. Jorge confirms that despite the feel and texture, the bamboo are actual plants. He then demonstrates how much more durable they are to regular steel by trying to cut one with his standard iron sword. Xenophon mentions that this is the only spot where iron bamboo naturally grows, and Jorge confirms that because of it, they must limit how much is harvested over time. Jorge then recounts the story of how he was part of the mission that involved the successful capture of a Titan.
Kuklo inquires if there is more to the story and Jorge replies that there indeed is. Although Sorum was killed by the explosion, the blast of steam and subsequent disappearance of the Titan was enough for Jorge and Angel to confirm that somewhere in the head or neck lies the weakpoint for all Titans. A later clandestine mission proved them correct, but Angel went into hiding soon after. Jorge then reluctantly decided to take credit for killing the Titan in order to prevent the Survey Corps being dismantled. He smiles when both Kuklo and Cardina pledge to join the Survey Corps and carry on Angel's determination. The next day Jorge leaves the Industrial City, promising to return in several months after the situation has calmed down.
Dissidence Movement arc
During the next three months, Jorge organizes with his son Carlo and Maria Carlstead of the Garrison to set up a night test with the improved device. Eventually, the Military Police's investigation cools off enough and Jorge returns to the Industrial City. He notifies both Kuklo and Cardina that they are able to return to Shiganshina and notes how much progress the two have made with training. They reach the Survey Corps headquarters and meet back up with Carlo. The two then explain how the number of Survey Corps members have drastically fallen over the years, but are optimistic that with the device, their numbers will grow once again. After settling in, they all head to Wall Maria for the test. Jorge and Carlo help Cardina down and then discuss how much things have changed. Suddenly, they see a signal from Kuklo and Jorge helps Carlo save the two before they are devoured by Titans. Jorge is unnerved to hear that the Titan Ogre was among those that tried attacking the two teens and goes on to explain that the Titan was responsible for the death of his subordinate Heath, who was Kuklo's father.
The next day, Jorge hears that a growing rebellion is taking place in the Industrial City and makes plans to return. Once arriving, Jorge is met with resistance from several members of the Military Police; he distracts them while Kuklo infiltrates the city. After he hears that Kuklo was injured, Jorge has faith that Kuklo will be fine and manages to keep Cardina from heading out into the city. He hears that Jentsch has lost his position due to allowing the rebellion to happen on his watch and that Bauduin Bernhart has taken command of the Military Police branch in the Industrial City, restricting Jorge's access to the city as a whole. While planning to restore connection to the Industrial City, Jorge begins coordinating with Carlo to tour the training academies and scout out new possible recruits to the Survey Corps. He also informs Carlo of his wish to have a training regimen for new recruits to properly use the device. Carlo and Cardina agree to work on it while Jorge is off scouting the academies.
Restoration of the Survey Corps arc
After arriving at a training academy in Wall Rose, Jorge comes across two trainees named Hugo and Felix, who tell him that Kuklo is at a cabin within the woods of Wall Rose. As they arrive, Hugo and Felix's fellow trainees are being threatened by two members of the Military Police. Jorge orders them to put down their rifles immediately and asks what they are doing. When he hears the two MP's claim the trainees are harboring fugitives from the Dissidence Movement, Jorge brushes the claims off as absurd; he notes they clearly are from the training academy and, due to their reactions, they were unaware and not notified of the two MP's intentions. Jorge goes to the house and, knowing Kuklo is inside, signals to him by loudly banging open the door. Claiming the door was lighter than he expected, Jorge invites the MP's to search the area. After finding nothing, the MP's apologize for the behavior and leave.
Jorge then tells Kuklo it's safe to come out and the two greet each other. When the trainees inquire if the device is truly to fight Titans, Jorge confirms it by saying he used it himself fifteen years ago. When Kuklo claims that Jorge was set to arrive several days later, the latter wishes to speak privately due to changed plans. Inside the cabin, Jorge hears about Kuklo's duel with Xavi and the events after they separated at the Industrial City gate. Jorge notes that one of them, Rosa, is Maria and Sorum's daughter and that she wished to join the Survey Corps. Jorge informs Kuklo that both Sharle and Xenophon are fine, but they have lost access to the Industrial City for the time being. He notifies Kuklo of his work with Carlo and Cardina and decides to allow the recruits inside, no doubt curious and full of questions about the device.
- Carlo Pikale - Jorge has a typical father/son relationship with Carlo. He is proud of his son's achievements and bravery in following him in joining the Survey Corps, but can get exasperated when Carlo occasionally refers to him as an old man.
- Heath Munsell - Heath was part of Jorge's first entrance class and as the first to make squad leader, Jorge greatly valued Heath's skill. Jorge was greatly saddened to hear of his death, reflecting years later that Heath was a brave and daring soldier.
- Cardina Baumeister - Jorge was once Cardina's instructor and saw much potential in the teen, even believing that he would be an excellent member of the Military Police. Despite not being as skilled with using the device as Kuko, Jorge is impressed with Cardina's memory and trusts him to help design a new training course for new recruits on how to use the device.
- Xenophon Harkimo - Xenophon is a good friend of Jorge and the two trust each other without question.
- Kuklo Munsell - Jorge first met Kuklo when he was saved from a death sentence by the Military Police. Over the next several months, the teen has continued to impress Jorge, giving him the hope for a new generation of Military recruits and greatly values Kuklo's opinion. He would later entrust Kuklo with training the new batch of recruits in how to properly use
- It is revealed that, after Angel disappeared, Jorge accepted the credit for killing the Titan that Angel killed (despite his disgust in doing so) in order to secure more funds for the Survey Corps.