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Quote1 Squad Leader, please stay back!! You were really gonna die! Quote2
— Moblit panics as Hange Zoë's recklessness almost gets herself killed again[2]

Moblit Berner (モブリット・バーナー Moburitto Bānā?) was a veteran member of the Survey Corps and the squad executive officer (分隊副長 Buntai Fukuchō?) of the Survey Corps Fourth Squad, under the command of Hange Zoë. He also served as Hange's assistant and messenger.[3]

Appearance

Moblit had short smooth light hair parted down the middle. He was of average height and build, but often carried a worried expression due to his superior officer's wild and impulsive personality. Moblit wore the typical uniform of a member of the Survey Corps with a button up shirt underneath, but he was sometimes seen wearing black pants with a white button down. On missions, he would wear the Survey Corps green cloak.

Personality

Moblit came across as an intelligent and responsible person, which may have been the reason he was tasked to keep his overzealous and eccentric superior out of trouble. Much of the time, this left him in a state of near-panic, having to constantly remind Hange to be more careful or yanking her to safety. That he remained at her side constantly suggested he was a loyal person, regardless of the stress involved with being under her command. However he was able to show signs of a serious nature when it came to missions, such as the time he twisted Peaure's hand when he was taking notes[4] or when he held Djel Sannes' chair down when he was being tortured.[5]

Story

The Female Titan arc

Bean almost bites Hange

Moblit stressing over Hange's studies

Moblit first appears as Hange Zoë's assistant, standing nearby as she attempts to establish communication with the captured Titans whom she named Sonny and Bean. He is immensely panicked by Hange's seemingly reckless attempts to get the two Titans to respond to her, repeatedly telling her to step back. Later on, another attempt at establishing communication with Sonny nearly causes him to bite her head off, and Moblit drags her away with fear while exclaiming that she will most certainly die if she does not exercise caution.[6]

Hange and Moblit discontent with their defeat

Hange and Moblit show discontent with their defeat

After the two Titans are killed, Moblit attempts to calm a distraught Hange.[7]

Moblit takes part in the 57th expedition outside the Walls. He is assigned to the soldiers lying in wait for the Female Titan and is among them after she has been captured. After the Female Titan lets out a roar, Moblit wonders aloud if it was a death rattle,[8] and is surprised to see numerous Titans begin to swarm the area and attack it. When they begin to devour her, Commander Erwin Smith orders all squad to engage the Titans and defend the Female to the death, but they are soon forced to pull back[9] and return to Karanes District.[10]

After the Corps successfully manages to incapacitate Annie Leonhart during the raid on Stohess, Annie crystallizes herself in order to keep them from being able to interrogate her.[11] Moblit is among those instructed to move Annie to a safer place where she could be held.[12]

Hange explains her terrifying feeling

Hange explains her terrifying feeling

When the soldiers notice that there is a Titan within the Wall, he frantically runs toward Hange, asking for her orders.[13] After the Titan is successfully covered, Moblit is present as Hange questions Nick about the Titan. When Hange holds Nick over the edge of Wall, he attempts to stop her, only to be told to stay back. When Hange throws Nick back onto the Wall, Moblit approaches Hange and attempts to speak with her.[14]

Clash of the Titans arc

Hange's squad fights the Colossus Titan

Squad Hange intends to kill the Colossus Titan

He is present in a flashback in which Hange is comparing the composition of Annie's crystal to that of the Wall, asking her to hurry up. He later appears as the Survey Corps are preparing to locate the apparent breach in Wall Rose, asking Eren if he is healthy enough to ride on horseback, before urging Hange to hurry. He is later shown listening to Hange as she instructs their squad to head towards Utgard Castle.[15][16]

After the Survey Corps manage to recover the survivors of the attack on Utgard Castle, they regroup on top of the Wall. There, Hange asks for a status report on Ymir's condition, and Moblit replies that while her bleeding has ceased, a strange, vapor like substance is steaming from her wounds. After the Survey Corps receives word that Wall Rose has not been breached, Hange calls off the operation,[17] as she and Moblit discuss the potential circumstances that may have led to the supposed "breach."[18]

Just moments after, Reiner Braun and Bertolt Hoover reveal their true identities, and proceed to transform into the Armored and Colossus Titans soon after. Moblit is among the soldiers forced back by the steam the Colossus Titan generates to protect itself. Hange quickly orders the soldiers to move away from the Wall, and her squad storms the Titan in an attempt to kill it. However, it releases a massive blast of steam, forcing them to push back once again.[19][20]

Hange leaves most of the squads with her watching the Colossus Titan in case Bertolt emerges and takes the rest, including Moblit, after the Armored Titan. They find Reiner busy fighting Eren, who has taken on his Titan form. Moblit watches the battle as Eren gradually gains an advantage over Reiner thanks to Mikasa and Hange's assistance. Before Eren can win however, Reiner roars, signaling Bertolt to fall down from his position on the Wall. The resulting impact leaves Moblit heavily injured and rendered incapable for some time.[21]

The Uprising arc

Moblit introduces Hange and himself to Sannes

Moblit introduces Hange and himself to Sannes

Moblit next appears with the rest of Hange's squad as the potential for Eren to use his hardening ability in order to plug up the breach in Wall Maria is being discussed. Hange reveals to them Nick was found murdered that morning.

In the ensuing flashback, Moblit and Hange are shown entering the complex where Nick's body is located. Hange is barred from entering the room where Nick's body lies by two Military Police members, Sannes and Ralph, who claim that a burglary led to his death. When Hange protests, Sannes grabs her by the jacket and questions her identity. Moblit separates the two, explaining that they are members of the Survey Corps.[22] After leaving the scene, Moblit asks Hange if she thinks the MPs were responsible for Nick's death, to which Hange replies that they most definitely were.[23]

After Hange's story, Moblit explains that the First Interior Squad is generally given tasks that limit their ability to inflict damage, though they may be able to infiltrate the Survey Corps in disguise. This puts the Corps in a potentially dangerous situation, with no clear certainty as to the enemy's identity.[24]

Sometime later, Eren undergoes a number of tests in order to determine if his hardening ability will be effective, causing him to fuse with his weakened Titan body. Hange asks Moblit to take a sketch of Eren's deformed face.[25]

Levi and Hange question Sannes

Sannes is tortured

Moblit takes part in Sannes' torture, taking notes of Sannes' comments.[26]

Later on, Hange and Moblit sneak up on Roy and Peaure as they discuss the censorship imposed on them by the royal government. Peaure begins to take notes as Hange speaks to them, prompting Moblit to restrain him-something which causes Hange to remark that he is being too rough.[27]

Hange and Moblit meet up with Marlowe and Hitch

Hange and Moblit meet up with Marlowe and Hitch

The Survey Corps devise a plan to expose the corruption of the Military Police with the help of Flegel Reeves. The plan works, with the Military Police members revealing the circumstances surrounding the death of Dimo Reeves as they prepare to shoot Flegel. Moblit and Hange ambush them with vertical maneuvering equipment and incapacitate them.[28]

Moblit and Hange later travel to the rendezvous point with Levi's Squad, meeting up with Marlowe Freudenberg and Hitch Dreyse. After discovering that their plan was working, Hange orders Moblit to take a message to Erwin.[29] He later informs Erwin of Hange's plan to infiltrate the Reiss Chapel.[30]

Return to Shiganshina arc

Moblit saves Hange

Moblit sacrifices himself to save Hange's life

Moblit is present with the Survey Corps during the expedition to the Shiganshina District. When the corps are caught in a battle between the Beast Titan and the Armored Titan, Moblit is seen with Hange's squad as they advance to finish off a weakened Reiner. However, the squad is caught in the explosive blast of Bertolt's transformation into the Colossus Titan.[31]

Later in the Battle of Shiganshina, as Erwin Smith begins to lament the dwindling hopes of his dream, Moblit stands among the many fallen Survey Corps comrades in Erwin's mind, wanting to know if their deaths had meaning.[32]

As Hange explains to a distraught Mikasa that there are hundreds of people she wishes to bring back to life, she remembers how just before being engulfed in the explosion caused by the Colossus Titan's transformation, Moblit pushed her into a well that shielded her, while he was killed.[33]

Abilities

Moblit was the executive officer of the fourth squad of the Survey Corps and, being a senior member within this division, he had survived many expeditions alongside his superior. He also possessed decent scientific abilities, serving as Hange's assistant during her experiments.

He also appeared to be very skilled at drawing, shown when Hange ordered him to make a portrait of Eren while he was being pulled out from his Titan body.

Moblit Berner's Statistics [3]:

Combat
7/10
Initiative
7/10
Wits
8/10
Teamwork
9/10
Retorts
10/10

Relationships

  • Hange Zoë - Moblit acted as Hange's personal assistant and often supervised her throughout projects or helped her with certain tasks. He got easily tired of Hange's bold gestures, sometimes reprimanding her for her hazardous actions. Even so, he cared about her and in his final moments, put her safety over his.

Trivia

  • In an interview, Hajime Isayama mentioned that out of all the veterans of the Survey Corps, Moblit drinks the most due to his "unfortunate" position.[34]

References

  1. Attack on Titan Character Encyclopedia
  2. Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 20 (p. 22)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Attack on Titan Guidebook (p. 93)
  4. Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 60 (p. 21)
  5. Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 55 (p. 27)
  6. Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 20 (p. 15-22)
  7. Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 20 (p. 28-30)
  8. Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 27 (p. 24-31)
  9. Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 27 (p. 40-45)
  10. Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 28 (p. 1-3)
  11. Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 33 (p. 37-42)
  12. Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 34 (p. 3-5)
  13. Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 34 (p. 10-12)
  14. Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 34 (p. 14-25)
  15. Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 37 (p. 8, 25)
  16. Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 38 (p. 43)
  17. Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 42 (p. 5-11)
  18. Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 42 (p. 13)
  19. Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 42 (p. 16)
  20. Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 43 (p. 7-10, 20)
  21. Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 45 (p. 27)
  22. Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 52 (p. 5-15)
  23. Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 52 (p. 16-22)
  24. Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 52 (p. 24)
  25. Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 53 (p. 4-9)
  26. Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 55 (p. 29-35)
  27. Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 60 (p. 19-22)
  28. Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 60 (p. 30-43)
  29. Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 62 (p. 15-16)
  30. Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 63
  31. Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 78 (p. 30-41)
  32. Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 80 (p. 25-26)
  33. Attack on Titan manga: Chapter 84 (p. 22-23)
  34. "FRaU August 2014 issue". hibana.tumblr.com.

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