In 1936, with the Nazis not making progress on finding the Ark of the Covenant's location, Gobler suggested they interrogate their prisoner Marion Ravenwood, against Belloq's wishes. He felt that since she had owned the Headpiece to the Staff of Ra for years, she would know additional information on locating the Ark.
Following the destruction of the Flying Wing caused by Indiana Jones, Gobler had the Ark moved onto a truck and drove up behind it in a Mercedes-Benz troop car along with another officer and a gunner. During the drive, Gobler saw Jones boarding the truck from a horse and commandeering it. Gobler drove up alongside the truck as his gunner tried to shoot the archaeologist.
Gobler brought the vehicle next to Jones but the archaeologist swerved the truck into the car, sending it briefly off the road. When Gobler regained control, he continued his pursuit. Jones bumped into Gobler again and this time the car found itself going towards a cliff. With a scream of terror, Gobler and his fellow occupants went over the edge to their doom.
Behind the scenesEdit
In the third draft of the film's original script, Gobler was originally going to die along Belzig (Toht in the final film) after falling down from the cliff and crashing against rocks, causing the jeep to explode and killing them in the process. This fate for Toht and Gobler was later used in the film's novelisation, comic book adaptation and storybook.
The LEGO set Race for the Stolen Treasure includes both the truck carrying the Ark, as well as the troop car, but, oddly, not Gobler. In his place is a nameless German soldier. Similarly although Hasbro released a toy version of the troop car for its toyline, they did not make a figure of Gobler available to drive it. Gobler has also been absent from both LEGO video games.
- Raiders of the Lost Ark novel (First appearance)
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Raiders of the Lost Ark comic