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Xavi Inocencio (シャビィ・イノセンシオ Shabī Inosenshio?) is the son of the late merchant, Dario Inocencio, and the older brother of Sharle.

Appearance

Xavi Inocencio

A young Xavi

In his early teens, Xavi had short curly hair, and often had a smug grin on his face. He often wore a short white shirt with the collar popped, long trousers with a scarf as a belt, and tall boots. In his later teens, he became taller with a lean but strong physique, and his hair became straighter than it was as a child. He frequently maintained that same facial grin, irrespective of the circumstances. His hair also became much darker in color around the lower half of the back of his head.

Personality

Although highly talented and intelligent, he is a haughty and cruel bully who took pleasure from physically abusing Kuklo, and boasted about taking his right eye.[1] Xavi is manipulative of his peers, and is analytical of their weak traits which he can exploit to his advantage. He usually keeps a calm demeanor, believing that most things occurring around him are trivial. Xavi, however, thinks highly of his sister Sharle and shows care, implying that Xavi is still kind to his loved ones.

Story

The Titan's Son arc

Since birth, nobleman Dario Inocencio has been training and preparing Xavi to lead the Military in the world behind the Walls; when Xavi was in his early teens, in order to make him stronger, Dario buys Xavi a slave called Kuklo, whose mysterious birth from a corpse regurgitated by a Titan led people to assume was the "son" of a Titan.[2]

Under his father's urging, a sadistic Xavi begins beating Kuklo daily, often searching for new ways to inflict as much pain on the boy as possible, in order to be seen as "growing stronger" against the Titans. To further humiliate Kuklo, Xavi frequently brings school friends with him to watch as he took on the "son of a Titan."[3] Xavi persists in this cruel behavior almost every day for the next 2 years, growing in confidence each time he did so. Unbeknownst to Xavi, his sister Sharle teaches Kuklo to speak, and tries to help Kuklo escape, but on the day of their planned escape, the Titan Cult attacks the Inocencio residence with their own plan to free Kuklo, intending to make him their leader.[4]
Xavi blinds Kuklo

Xavi strikes Kuklo with his sword, blinding him

The cult murders Xavi's father and tries to kill Sharle, but their path is blocked by Xavi, who is revealed to have killed dozens of the cultists, seeing their lives as worthless.[5] Sharle and Kuklo are further horrified with Xavi's psychopathic behavior. When he sees Kuklo out of his cage, he makes the incorrect assumption that Kuklo has called the cultists to their house and is leading the assault, and he tries obsessively to kill Kuklo with his sword in spite of his sister's protests. Eventually, a still smiling Xavi strikes Kuklo in the face with his sword, cutting out Kuklo's eye.[6] Kuklo fights back against Xavi with exceptional aggression by kneeing him in the head, knocking him unconscious. Kuklo and Sharle escape together.

Shiganshina arc

Xavi, out of vengeance, later gives false testimony to the military police that Kuklo led the assault and murdered his father.[7] This leads to Kuklo being thrown out of the city and left for the Titans. Xavi then joins the Training Corps to further his military ambitions while simultaneously running his father's company from the sidelines.

Visit to the Industrial City arc

Xavi joins MP

Xavi is selected to join the Military Police

One year later, after passing every single course in the Training Corps with full marks, Xavi is brought in to the office of the Training Corps superintendent. He is introduced to Captain Gloria Bernhart of the Shiganshina division of the Military Police Brigade. Despite still having two years left of training, she remarks that Xavi is driven by his desire to join the Military Police; when he confirms his desire, Gloria immediately recruits him.[8] Soon after, he has a meeting with his father's company director, Mr. Brenke, to whom he gives a complete control of his father's company. Before Brenke leaves, he mentions a rumor that Xavi's sister Sharle was sighted in the Industrial City, momentarily catching Xavi by surprise.[9]

Not wanting to have Brenke believe that his sister is hiding among filthy peasants, he tells Brenke that it must have simply been a lookalike, and that Sharle is actually living at a boarding house in Shiganshina District. Xavi then discusses with his butler Rixner how he will get Sharle back, given that as a member of the Shiganshina Military Police, he has no jurisdiction in the Industrial City. He considers sending a company employee to find Sharle, after which Rixner whispers a suggestion to Xavi, causing Xavi to smile. He declares that Sharle's "eloping game" is over, and soon he would return her to him so that she could be of use to his plans.[10]

Xavi later joins a Military Police operation to track down the escaped members of the Titan Cult, and out of retaliation for what they did to his father. When he finds three of the cultists he taunts them before choosing to kill them with his sword rather than arrest them, defeating all three easily in combat. Xavi then turns his attention to their leader, whom he disarms and delivers to Gloria Bernhart. Much to the chagrin of Xavi's superiors, Bernhart gives Xavi free range to torture the leader as he saw fit.

Xavi washes up

Xavi cleans up after interrogating the leader of the Titan Cult

After Xavi spends the night torturing the lead cultist, he is picked on by three senior colleagues who are insulted at how much they keep being shown up by a new trainee who seems disinterested by his work, but who is favored with the higher-ups. They then insist on "finishing his education" by beating Xavi to a pulp. However, Xavi easily defeats all three men and further humiliates them by saying "Thank you for your instruction" as he walks away. Immediately afterward, Captain Bernhart invites Xavi into her office, where she informs him that he would not be punished, and that she recognizes and appreciates his attitude and skills. Gloria then informs Xavi of the fact that her uncle, Bauduin Bernhart, vice commander of the Military Police, is rivaled for the position of future MP Commander by Jentsch Dafner, and that she is to send Xavi to the Industrial City to act as her proxy, and also to conduct a "mission" for her.

Xavi accepts the mission, knowing full-well that he is being used as a pawn and that Bernhart has set an agent to assassinate him should he fail. He then has Rixner specially modify his carriage so that he can sneak in an agent of his own to find Sharle while he continues working on his "secret mission" for Bernhart. As he travels, he unknowingly passes by Kuklo on his way back to Shiganshina.[11] Upon arriving in the Industrial City, Xavi once again begins to smile, knowing full-well that he will soon be reunited with his sister; plus, he now knows Gloria Bernhart's weaknesses which can be used to his advantage.

Dissidence Movement arc

After arriving in the Industrial City, Xavi rendezvous with Matteus and is taken to an underground area. He is brought to a meeting involving his mission from Gloria; to infiltrate, and ultimately take out, the Dissidence Movement within the Industrial City. He is introduced to the leader of the resistance, August, and is welcomed into the group. After gathering intelligence on different weapons the group has (including two bombs), Xavi reveals that he is due to meet Captain Dafner and excuses himself; he meets his agent who tells Xavi that his sister Sharle is indeed within the Industrial City, working under Xenophon Harkimo as a craftsman and laborer and that he has five other men with him to secure her. Xavi notes that his sister will need to be re-disciplined and tells his agent that an uprising will occur in two days. As he travels to his meeting with Captain Dafner, Xavi mentions to his agent that Sharle is to be taken during the event and that she is not to be harmed.[12]
Xavi kills Matteus

Xavi slices Matteus' throat, killing him

During the uprising, both Xavi and Matteus go with Juli to take over the main MP office. When he overhears that Xenophon's workshop will also be targeted, Xavi fears that the agents will not be able to safely get Sharle out.[13] He breaks off and rushes to intercept the dissidents, cursing how Gloria's overall plan has put Sharle at risk. However, Matteus followed him and inquires where he is going. Xavi tries to bluff his way out but Matteus does not fall for it. He mentions that after the rebellion, a scapegoat will be needed and lunges at Xavi.[14] The two duel each other in the street, with Xavi caught by surprise by Matteus' speed. Eventually, Matteus is able to overpower Xavi; Matteus sadistically mentions how he is looking forward "to slicing up that smug pretty boy face of yours" and goes to kill Xavi. However, Xavi's agent interferes and wounds Matteus, giving Xavi the opportunity to slice Matteus' neck and kill him.[15] The agent, Fuchs, informs him that the five men sent to Xenophon's workshop have been killed, and they make their way over. After Xavi kills two dissident members, the workers inside the workshop inform him that Xenophon was taken by August.

Kuklo and Xavi surprised

Xavi and Kuklo are shocked to see the other alive

Xavi is able to see Sharle get kicked off the roof of the workshop and carried away. Along with Fuchs, he is able to track down Sharle's location and is stunned to see that Kuklo, despite the report to the Military Police, is still alive and was the one who had rescued her.[16] He immediately charges Kuklo and angrily tries to kill him, placing the blame on him once more for his father's death. He claims that Sharle is blind to the fact that he is the spawn of a Titan, calling her a disgrace to their family name.[17] Despite his surprise and anger, he offers to both of them that he will spare Kuklo's life if Sharle returns back home with him.[18] Both refuse and Xavi blind-sides Kuklo; he taunts Kuklo that he is a lot stronger and more experienced than him since they last saw each other. He extends his offer one more time and Kuklo still refuses. Xavi orders Fuchs to not interfere this time, citing that he would be unfit to lead the family if he cannot defeat Kuklo.[19] Xavi is surprised to see his sword break under Kuklo's, as well as how the latter was able to evade his strike; however, he headbutts Kuklo and slices the back of his upper right leg, causing Kuklo to fall unconscious into a nearby river. Xavi claims victory once again and, after picking up Kuklo's sword, returns with Sharle and Fuchs back to his hideout.[20]

Underground City Arc

After Sharle is taken back home, Xavi organizes her to accompany him to a society event and orders Rixner to find possible suitors for her.[21] The night of the event, Xavi is surprised to see Gloria in attendance with her uncle; he tries to keep Sharle behind him in fear of her being recognized by Gloria as having took part in the Movement. He is informed by Gloria that August was killed after being interrogated and she promotes Xavi to take Matteus' old position of team leader.[22] As Gloria is about to excuse herself, Xavi, who is still nervous about Sharle's possible identification, inquires if they were able to identify all of the members of the rebellion and is relieved that Sharle was not mentioned as a member. Unfortunately, Gloria is able to notice Sharle and Xavi nervously introduces Gloria to Sharle.[23] When Gloria mentions that the initial report of the attack on Xavi's family house included Sharle being abducted, Xavi tries to cover it by stating that it was a servant instead and that Sharle was staying with a family friend at the time. He is momentarily taken back when Sharle agrees with his story of their father keeping her home most of the time and rarely allowed to leave the house. After Gloria leaves, Xavi wonders to himself what caused this sudden change in behavior from Sharle and reassures himself that he did kill Kuklo from the blows in their duel.[24]

Several days later, Xavi is furious with Rixner over selecting Michael Pottering as a possible suitor after hearing that him and two others tried to rape Sharle. He acknowledges that he is partly to blame for rushing the investigation and is more importantly glad Sharle is safe. After vowing to financially destroy the Pottering family, he inquires about Sharle's current whereabouts. Realizing that she is either going towards the Industrial City or Shiganshina, he orders Rixner to place guards on all carriages going in those directions while waiting for Fuchs' report. Eventually, Xavi is informed from Rixner that Fuchs discovered Sharle located within Trost District.[25] Surprised that Sharle was able to evade the guards he had stationed, Xavi uneasily notes that Sharle is becoming more clever at evading his men. However, Xavi is pleased with Fuchs' ingenuity and orders Rixner to provide Fuchs with anything he may require. He notifies Rixner to tell Fuchs to continue pursuing Sharle at the moment and to not capture her immediately. Xavi is surprised to hear that Sharle was also seen traveling with a middle aged man after leaving Stohess;[26] Xavi demands Rixner to identify the man and what Sharle was doing there, noting to himself that his special leave time is ending soon and will be forced to return back to Shiganshina.[27]

People Killed

Failed attempts

Relationships

  • Sharle Inocencio - Despite being siblings, the two of them have a rather distant relationship. When the Inocencios bought Kuklo, Xavi could not understand Sharle's point of view when she had empathy towards Kuklo. Even so, Xavi plays his part as Sharle's older brother well; when the Inocencio household was under attack by the Titan Cult and its members, Xavi did nothing but try to protect her.
  • Kuklo Munsell - Kuklo was under control of Xavi for the majority of his youth, and Xavi sadistically enjoyed beating him for the sake of his own entertainment. Xavi was responsible for disabling Kuklo's right eye, the former often bragging about it to his peers.
  • Gloria Bernhart - Gloria is Xavi's colleague and his higher-up in the Military Police Brigade. Although both of them act like they respect each other, by no means does that imply that the two trust each other. Xavi is wary of Gloria and her plans, all the while aware of her weaknesses that he is willing to exploit to his advantage if need be.
  • Cardina Baumeister - Xavi is an acquaintance of Cardina. The two had military training together and indirectly were familiar with each other due to their former family affiliation.
  • Fuchs - After getting his life saved by Fuchs, Xavi holds him in great respect and sees him as his most valuable asset. Noting Fuchs' ingenuity and unwavering loyalty to his family, Xavi makes him his top field man and grants him access to any and all resources he might need to carry out orders

Trivia

  • His surname is of Spanish origin and means "innocent," which is ironic considering his cruel personality.
  • His name is the Catalan form of "Xavier" or "Javier," a common Spanish name.

References

  1. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga: Chapter 13 (p. 38)
  2. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga: Chapter 2 (p. 8 - 9)
  3. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga: Chapter 2
  4. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga: Chapter 4
  5. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga: Chapter 4 (p. 27, 32 - 33)
  6. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga: Chapter 4 (p. 37)
  7. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga: Chapter 10 (p. 52)
  8. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga: Chapter 20 (p. 6)
  9. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga: Chapter 20 (p. 40)
  10. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga: Chapter 20 (p. 49)
  11. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga: Chapter 21
  12. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga: Chapter 25
  13. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga: Chapter 26 (p. 23)
  14. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga: Chapter 26 (p. 29)
  15. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga: Chapter 27 (p. 35)
  16. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga: Chapter 31 (p. 39)
  17. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga: Chapter 31 (p. 41)
  18. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga: Chapter 31 (p. 43)
  19. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga: Chapter 31 (p. 50)
  20. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga: Chapter 32 (p. 19 - 20)
  21. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga: Chapter 32 (p. 30)
  22. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga: Chapter 32 (p. 44)
  23. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga: Chapter 32 (p. 49)
  24. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga: Chapter 33 (p. 12)
  25. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga: Chapter 42 (p. 46)
  26. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga: Chapter 42 (p. 49)
  27. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga: Chapter 42
  28. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga: Chapter 4 (p. 26 & 27)
  29. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga: Chapter 27 (p. 35 & 36)
  30. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga: Chapter 27
  31. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga: Chapter 4 (p. 31)

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