|Squad Leader, please stay back!! You were really gonna die!|
|— Moblit panics as Hange Zoë's recklessness almost gets herself killed again|
Moblit Berner (モブリット・バーナー Moburitto Bānā?) was a veteran member of the Survey Corps and the vice captain (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.
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.
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 them 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 or when he held Djel Sannes' chair down when he was being tortured.
Moblit first appears as Hange Zoë's assistant, standing nearby as Hange attempts to establish communication with the captured Titans whom they named Sonny and Bean. He is immensely panicked by Hange's seemingly reckless attempts to get the two Titans to respond to them, repeatedly telling Hange to step back. When Hange purposefully jabs Bean in the heart with a long pole in order to determine the Titan's reaction to pain, Moblit is worried by their hysterical reaction to the Titan's pain. During an attempt at establishing communication with Sonny which nearly causes it to bite Hange's head off, Moblit drags them away in fear while exclaiming that Hange will most certainly die if caution is not exercised.
After being once again summoned to the grounds where the Titans were being kept, Hange is in disarray at the sight of their murder. As Hange screams, Moblit attempts to calm them down from the side lines.
Moblit takes part in Hange and Squad Levi's experiments on Eren's Titan abilities. When Eren accidentally transforms into a Titan while eating, Moblit and Hange see the explosion and go to the source of the transformation to see what happened. Hange immediately burns themselves trying to inspect Eren's Titan, and Moblit frantically tells Hange that they are being reckless.
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, 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 and return to Karanes District.
After the Corps successfully manages to incapacitate Annie Leonhart during the raid on Stohess, Moblit and his fellow soldiers try to extract her from her Titan, but Annie crystallizes herself in order to keep them from being able to interrogate her. Moblit is among those instructed to move Annie to a safer place where she could be held.
When the soldiers notice that there is a Titan within the Wall, he frantically runs toward Hange, asking for their orders. 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 them, only to be told to stay back. When Hange throws Nick back onto the Wall, Moblit approaches Hange and attempts to speak with them.
That evening, the Survey Corps prepares to depart Stohess District to investigate the sighting of Titans in Wall Rose. Moblit catches Hange still working on their research when the soldiers are supposed to leave in five minutes and tries to get Hange to hurry.
The soldiers stop in Ehrmich District and Moblit checks on Eren's health, asking if he is healthy enough to ride on horseback before urging Hange to hurry. The soldiers depart Ehrmich on horseback, and head to Utgard Castle on Hange's orders.
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 reports that although 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 and begins discussing with Moblit about possible circumstances that may have led to the supposed "breach."
Their discussion is interrupted by the revelation that Reiner Braun and Bertolt Hoover are the Armored and Colossus Titans and their ensuing transformation into their Titan forms. Moblit joins the other soldiers in attacking the Colossus Titan, which does not initially appear to be a difficult opponent aside from its size, but is forced back by a powerful burst of scalding steam which the Titan begins emitting from its body.
Hange leaves most of the squads with them 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. Moblit is among the soldiers badly burned from the explosion caused by the landing of the Colossus Titan.
After recovering from his injuries, Moblit receives word that Minister Nick has been murdered and immediately notifies Hange. The two visit Nick's room, but are barred entrance by two members of the Military Police, who claim that they will interfere with the crime scene. When Hange's protests prompt one of the guards to get physical with them, Moblit quickly separates the two, formally introducing himself and Hange as members of the Survey Corps. After hearing the policeman's explanation of what happened to Nick, the two depart. As they leave, Hange tells Moblit that it was the policemen who killed Nick, not a burglar.
After informing Erwin and Pixis of Nick's murder, Moblit and the rest of Hange's squad travel to a remote cabin where Levi's squad is hiding Eren and Historia to the possibility of using the Titans' hardening ability to reseal Wall Maria. Although everyone is in favor of the idea, it is decided that the squads should lay low for a time because of Nick's murder. Moblit explains that although the rest of the Corps knows the MPs are looking for Eren and Historia, precautions must still be taken so that they cannot be located.
During an experiment to test Eren's endurance while in his Titan form, Moblit is tasked with recording the tests. During the final experiment, Hange is forced to physically remove Eren from his Titan after he collapses, while Moblit makes a sketch of the boy's heavily disfigured face.
Moblit takes part in Djel Sannes' torture, taking notes of Sannes' comments. After Sannes is tricked into revealing what he knows about the royal family, Moblit and Hange escort him to a cell holding his fellow MP Ralph.
Hange and Moblit later break into Berg Newspapers and discover that the royal government has been pressuring journalists into printing lies about the Survey Corps' doing to slander them. Peaure tries to take notes as Hange confronts Roy, prompting Moblit to restrain him.
Hange devises a plan to use Flegel Reeves to trick members of the Military Police into admitting that the MPs murdered Dimo Reeves, which Moblit takes part in. After the truth has been revealed, Hange and Moblit ambush and capture them. After ensuring that Berg Newspapers will report the news of the MPs' lies, Moblit and Hange travel to the rendezvous point with Levi's Squad, meeting up with Marlowe Freudenberg and Hitch Dreyse. After discovering that their plan is working, Hange orders Moblit to deliver a message to Erwin.
Following the battle in Orvud, Moblit attends Historia's coronation as queen of the Walls.
Two months after Historia's coronation, Moblit is one of the soldiers present to witness the newly-created Executioner from Hell kill its first Titan. He and his fellow soldiers celebrate the success of Hange's experiments with Eren's hardening abilities.
Moblit is present during the Corps' expedition to Shiganshina District. When the Corps is caught in a battle with the Beast Titan and its forces, Hange's squad is sent with Levi's squad to engage the Armored Titan. After the Titan is subdued by Eren's Titan, the soldiers launch a barrage of Thunder Spears into the Titan's nape, blowing it up. The squads are caught off guard by the Armored Titan suddenly roaring and Hange orders the squads to evacuate the immediate vicinity.
Bertolt arrives on the battlefield and Moblit and Hange observe from a distance as Armin attempts to negotiate with him. When negotiations break down and Bertolt flees, Hange and Moblit try to pursue him. However, they realize too late that Bertolt is planning on transforming and they are both caught in the explosion as Moblit desperately tries to reach Hange. He manages to reach Hange in time to push them into a nearby well to shield Hange from the explosion, but is caught in the blast himself and killed.
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.
Hange remembers Moblit's death as they explain to a distraught Mikasa that there are hundreds of people they wish to bring back to life.
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 their 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 :
- Hange Zoë - Moblit acted as Hange's personal assistant and often supervised Hange throughout projects or helped them with certain tasks. He got easily tired of Hange's bold gestures, sometimes reprimanding them for doing hazardous actions. Even so, he cared about Hange and in his final moments, put their safety over his.
- Moblit ranked eleventh in the Second Character Popularity Poll.
- 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.