Colossal Titan / Kubal
The Colossal Titan (超大型巨人 is a Chōōgata Kyojin, lit. Super-Giant Titan)kaijin featured in Hajime Isayama's manga series Attack on Titan. In the 2015 live-action film adaptations of the manga produced by Toho, Attack on Titan the Movie: Part 1 and Part 2, his human form is Kubal (クバル, the director of the Military Police regiment. Kubaru)
History[edit | edit source]
100 years after the remnants of humanity built three concentric walls to protect themselves from man-eating giants called Titans, the Colossal Titan suddenly appeared behind the Outer Wall, steam spewing out of him. With a series of kicks, he created a hole in the wall before vanishing, allowing smaller Titans to flood in and massacre the Garrison and nearby villages. Humanity withdrew to the Middle Wall.
Two years after the Colossal Titan's attack, Director General Kubal addressed recruits joining the new Scout Regiment. With the food supply rapidly depleting, he announced a mission to seal the hole in the Outer Wall with the last of humanity's explosives. He introduced Weapons Squad Leader Hans, who demonstrated the new omni-directional mobility gear allowing soldiers to launch attacks on Titans from the air.
Titans detected the Scout Regiment during their first stop on the way to the Monzen District where the Colossal Titan first appeared. Kubal ordered the trucks to immediately press onward, leaving most of the recruits to fend for themselves, but Captain Shikishima and Mikasa came to their rescue. In Otemachi, Kubal praised Shikishima for guarding a secret stash of explosives hidden in the city. Due to rumors of an insurgent group, however, they are not quite in the location he claimed they were, but a hidden underground chamber. Later, he overheard Armin and Sasha discussing the forbidden technology from humanity's past and reminded them of the destruction and misery these inventions caused.
At daybreak, Titans began attacking the city. Kubal and his troops focused their efforts on protecting the truck with the explosives. Nonetheless, a masked man drove away in the truck, only for a grief-stricken Lil to take the wheel herself and detonate the explosives amidst a group of Titans.
Years ago, Kubal was part of a team of Military Police who arrested Eren's parents, Grisha and Carla, for possessing forbidden books. Eren himself escaped with Souda.
After learning that Eren, now one of the Scout Regiment recruits, can transform into a Titan like himself, Kubal had him restrained and surrounded by Military Police in the same building where the explosives were stored. He monologued about the perfect society humanity created since the Great Titan War, free of conflict and dangerous technology. He asked if Eren is human or Titan; when Eren answers human, he questioned how a human could regrow a severed arm. Eren asked for Shikishima, but Kubal had already sent him to the Middle Wall to report the mission's failure. Before the Military Police could execute Eren, Armin objected, recounting how the Mysterious Titan swept through the Titans menacing them. With the Scouting Regiment nearly wiped out, Eren's new power represented their only hope of completing the mission, by carrying the dud bomb still resting outside Monzen to the Outer Wall and setting it off. Hans also protested, but only in the hopes of dissecting Eren. Kubal accused Armin of being part of the insurgency that tried to commandeer the truck with the explosives. Now in the Military Police's crosshairs as well, Armin appealed to Mikasa, who remained silent, but Eren's plea to help save humanity convinced her to draw her sword against Kubal. He was amused, noting how the Mysterious Titan nearly ate her. Souda came forward to explain that Eren can only retain control over his Titan form for so long, only to be shot by Kubal, who used his switch to pull the trigger on one of his underling's rifles. The standoff ended when a heavily-armored White Titan crashed through the ceiling, crushing Kubal under debris and carrying off Eren. Unbeknownst to all but Mikasa, this was Shikishima, who planned to recruit Eren into his insurgent movement to overthrow the government. Once Eren and his friends learned Shikishima planned to do so by releasing Titans into the rest of humanity's territory, they fought back, with Sannagi sacrificing himself to destroy the guerillas with their own explosives. Only Shikishima survived.
After recovering, Kubal traveled to Monzen on foot and picked up a machine gun left by one of Shikishima's troops. Meanwhile, Eren managed to wedge the bomb into position above the gap in the Outer Wall. Armin set a five-minute timer on the bomb using his old noisemaker and they prepared to leave, only to be confronted by Kubal, standing on top of the Wall. He offered to let them carry out their plan and become heroes, but only if they hand over Eren. Armin refused, and Kubal answered by shooting him in the leg. He defended his deeds, claiming that humanity would face nothing but misery beyond the walls, and can't be trusted to know the truth about the Titans. Sasha cut him off with a volley of arrows to the throat and he fell, transforming into the Colossal Titan before he could hit the ground.
Eren, Mikasa, and Jean challenged him while Sasha carried Armin down from the Wall. Jean rushed in and was promptly killed by a swing of the Colossal Titan’s arm. Before he could do the same to Eren, Hans launched a rocket at his face. While he regenerated, Eren struggled to reach his nape. Mikasa tried to convince him to retreat before the bomb exploded, but it turned out to have been too badly damaged in the battle to detonate. Hans took aim at it, but Mikasa reached it first. As she tried to figure out how to set it off, Shikishima approached her. He declared his old plan futile, believing the government would rebuild the walls faster than he could knock them down if its survival was at stake. Just before Eren could strike the Colossal Titan's nape, the monster grabbed him. The White Titan intervened by shoving the bomb into the Colossal Titan's mouth, killing them both in the blast and sealing the Outer Wall.
Abilities[edit | edit source]
Transformation[edit | edit source]
Kubal can transform into the Colossal Titan at will and back again.
Physical strength[edit | edit source]
Several kicks from the Colossal Titan were enough to breach the Outer Wall, something no other Titan was able to achieve in 100 years.
Regeneration[edit | edit source]
Like regular Titans, the Colossal Titan could rapidly heal from any injury that failed to kill Kubal. However, he was temporarily stunned when Hans fired a rocket at his face.
Durability[edit | edit source]
Though his sheer size rendered nearly any attack with the omni-directional maneuver gear pointless, the Colossal Titan's face suffered heavy damage from a single rocket. He was ultimately killed when the White Titan set off a bomb inside his mouth.
Body Heat[edit | edit source]
The Colossal Titan's body heat was intense enough to burn Eren as he attempted to attack his nape. As a result, he also generates an incredible amount of steam.
Switch[edit | edit source]
Kubal carried a switch which he wielded with incredible precision, using it to pull the trigger on an MP's rifle.
Weaknesses[edit | edit source]
Kubal controlled the Colossal Titan from inside his nape, where he remained vulnerable to attack.
Filmography[edit | edit source]
- Attack on Titan the Movie: Part 1 (2015)
- Attack on Titan: Signal to Strike Back (TV 2015) [episode 1; stock footage]
- Attack on Titan the Movie: Part 2 (2015)
Books[edit | edit source]
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- In both the Attack on Titan manga and anime series, the identity of the Colossal Titan was Bertholdt Hoover; the character of Kubal was invented for Toho's live action duology.
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References[edit | edit source]
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