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-->''"One choice can transform you."''
-->''"One choice can destroy you."''
-->''"One choice will define you."''

'''''Divergent''''' is a YoungAdult [[{{Dystopia}} dystopian]] thriller trilogy (2011-2013) written by Veronica Roth, who was a mere 23 years old at the time of the first book's release.

In a dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation a different personality trait:

* '''[[BrutalHonesty Candor]]''' values honesty, plain-speaking, and impartiality. Members are extremely social, tactless and see everything in black and white terms. They wear black and white. Most of Candors work in law and civil administration.
* '''[[ButtMonkey Abnegation]]''' values selflessness and self-effacement. Members are sombre, reserved, trained to place themselves at the services of others at every possible opportunity, and bear any abuse from others with good grace. They wear gray. The leaders of the city are chosen exclusively from within Abnegation as they are widely considered to be incorruptible.
* '''[[PsychoForHire Dauntless]]''' values courage and fearlessness, Members are trained in combat and to suppress fear. They wear black. Most Dauntless work as soldiers protecting the city walls.
* '''[[HufflepuffHouse Amity]]''' values peace and cooperation. Members are much more laid-back than the other factions. They wear bright colors. Most Amitys work in farming.
* '''[[InsufferableGenius Erudite]]''' values intelligence and knowledge. Members are rigorously educated in science and elocution, and the faction's emphasis on reading is almost fetishistic. They wear blue. Most Erudites work in science and to maintain the city's technological infrastructure.

Every year, sixteen-year olds must select a faction to be a member of for the rest of their life, lest they become [[CrazyHomelessPeople factionless]].

Beatrice grew up in Abnegation, unable to think of herself. But when she takes an aptitude test to decide what faction she fits in the most, her result is that she is a Divergent, qualifying for more than one faction. Therefore, she rejects her heritage and joins Dauntless, renaming herself Tris. As she takes the highly competitive initiation test, the conflict that threatens to rip apart the society gradually unravels before her.

The second book in the trilogy, ''Insurgent'', was released on May 1, 2012. The third and final installment, ''Allegiant'' was released October 22, 2013.

There are also a series of four ebooks that show Four's story from his point of view: ''The Transfer'' (Sept 3, 2013), ''The Initiate'' (Dec 17, 2013), ''The Son'' (Jan 21, 2014), and ''The Traitor'' (Feb 11, 2014).

The movie adaptation of the first book was released on March 21, 2014, it stars Creator/ShaileneWoodley, Theo James, Creator/KateWinslet, Jai Courtney, [[Film/XMenFirstClass Zoe Kravitz]], Ashley Judd, Creator/RayStevenson, [[Film/EightMile Mekhi Phifer]] and Creator/MaggieQ.
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!!Examples:

* AFateWorseThanDeath: Becoming factionless, who live in poverty and are ostracized, is considered this by most of the characters. [[spoiler:Subverted in ''Insurgent'', when Tris gets to interact with them.]]
* [[AbsurdlyYouthfulMother Absurdly Youthful Parents]]: Seems to be pretty heavily implied as the norm, given that Natalie and Andrew [[spoiler:were together before they entered Abnegation together]], and that [[spoiler:the Bureau requires that all persons entering the experiment promise to have a minimum number of children to ensure the survival of their "corrected genes."]]
* [[{{AbusiveParents}} Abusive Parent]]: [[spoiler: Tobias's worst fear is his own father who used to beat him as a child.]] Which is why he transferred.
* ActionGirl: Tris and any other female Dauntless initiate.
* ActionMom: [[spoiler:Tris's mother.]]
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: In the book, Eric is described as having a frightening and repugnant appearance. In the film, he certainly still has an intimidating presence, but is actually pretty good looking.
** In the novel Tris is described as average looking, with a long nose. In the movie she is played by the gorgeous Shailene Woodley.
* AfterTheEnd
** [[spoiler: Sort of. Allegiant reveals The United States still exists, but is a shadow of its former self. Half of the population is dead. The mid west has been used for experiments and its implied that the west coast is either uninhabited or possibly isolated. (Its not clear as the fringe groups don't go there because the terrain is too rough to traverse.)]]
* AmbiguousDisorder: Fernando in ''Insurgent'', who seems to be ruled by logic more than the average Erudite.
* AmbitionIsEvil: The viewpoint held by Abnegation. This puts them at odds with Erudite.
* AncientConspiracy: [[spoiler: The Bureau, responsible for [[{{TheMasquerade}} the constructed, faction-based community in Chicago]] for at least eight generations.]]
* AnyoneCanDie
* AssholeVictim: Anytime something bad happens to Peter.
* AtrociousAlias: Molly nicknames herself "The Tank."
* AxCrazy: Most of the Dauntless characters at the end, though [[spoiler: they were under mind control]].
** [[spoiler: Except for [[JerkAss Peter]], who was awake during the simulation because the Erudite figured he was homicidal and wouldn't mind killing a few hundred people while awake.]]
* BattleCouple: [[spoiler: Tobias and Tris]].
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Tris's mother shows up to save her from being executed.]]
** In Insurgent: [[spoiler: Tobias leads a counter attack just as Tris is rebelling against her captors.]]
** Somewhat subverted in Insurgent when [[spoiler: Tris tries to save Jeanine from Tori.]]
* BigBrotherIsWatching
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Tris manages to stop the mind control device and rescues her boyfriend. Unfortunately, many members of Abnegation and Dauntless have been needlessly killed, both of Tris's parents (as well as Will) are dead, she has little chance of befriending Christina again, and Jeanine is still out there.]]
** And Insurgent [[spoiler: Tris and Tobias have reconciled and they got the information, but Evelyn has staged her coup and Tris, Cara and Christine are seen as traitors]]
** And then we have Allegiant: [[spoiler:Tobias negotiates a peaceful resolution between Evelyn and the Allegiant, Chicago rebuilds, and the Bureau are all mindwiped to no longer distinguish between GP and GDs but Tris dies]]
* BlatantLies: Peter, who is from ''Candor'', claims he is not murderous.
* BroughtDownToNormal: [[spoiler:'''Inverted.''' Allegiant reveals that the Chicago walled community was an experiment to restore humanity back to normal after years of selective breeding caused what they considered to be "damaged genes" in humans, making them prone to certain vices and violence.]]
* BrutalHonesty: The Candor faction is all about this.
* BuryYourGays: [[spoiler: Lynn comes out of the closet after being fatally wounded.]] In ''Allegiant,'' played with in the case of [[spoiler: Amar, who admits to having had a crush on Tobias. Needless to say, Amar isn't nearly as dead as those in Dauntless believed him to be]].
* ButtMonkey: Poor, poor Al.
* ChekhovsGun: The first movie has [[spoiler:Tris getting Jeanine to shut down the mind control program with a shot of her own serum.]]
* ChekhovsSkill: Tobias mentions early on that he is good with computers. Not surprisingly he uses this in the end.
* {{Cliffhanger}}: ''Insurgent'' ends with an epic one, with the revelation that [[spoiler:Chicago was walled off as part of an experiment to restore humanity to a war-torn world, and that once there are enough Divergent people among them then they should open the gates and reenter the wider world.]]
* ColdBloodedTorture: Tris quickly learns that people are more willing to share information after they've been shot.
** Also used by the Erudite on [[spoiler:Tobias]]. Doesn't work until they [[spoiler:force him to watch Tris undergo the torture instead]]
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Jeanine, the representative of the Erudite faction, uses her power and intelligence to [[spoiler: create the mind-control revolt against the Abnegation-controlled government.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Tris, at the end of the book.
---> '''Tobias''': "[[spoiler:I might love you. I'm waiting until I'm sure to tell you, though.]]"
---> '''Tris''': "That's sensible of you. We should find some paper so you can make a list or a chart or something."
* DeathByChildbirth: Tobias' mother died giving birth to his younger sibling years before the series began. [[spoiler: Not really.]]
* DisapprovingLook: Beatrice mentions her brother has one that she's memorized.
* DisproportionateRetribution: [[spoiler: Peter]] does whatever he can to get rid of potential rivals in the initiate ranking, from stabbing [[spoiler: Edward]] in the eye to trying to [[spoiler: throw Tris into the chasm.]]
** Also Molly, who [[spoiler: feeds lies about Tris's father to Erudite]] because Tris beat her in a fight and ranked higher than her.
* DoesntLikeGuns: As a result of [[spoiler:shooting Will]], Tris develops a gun-phobia.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Al. He teamed up with Peter of all people to ambush Tris and throw her into the chasm because he was afraid of flunking out of initiation. His guilt over the attempt and the fact that he's failing drive him to do this.]]
* {{Dystopia}}
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Peter may be a sociopathic attempted murderer but he will ''not'' leave a debt unpaid, which is why he ends up [[spoiler: saving Tris's life]].
* EvilGenius: Jeanine. She has the highest tested IQ in all of the Erudite faction, and she's not a nice person.
* EvilutionaryBiologist: [[spoiler: The Bureau, or at least how they ended up. Which is ironic, considering they exist to correct the genetic manipulation done by a previous group of [[EvilutionaryBiologist Evilutionary Biologists]].]]
* TheEvilsOfFreeWill: There are shades of this in Abnegation. Basically, any part of free will that serves the self is prohibited.
** Many see this as the problem with Divergent in general: people who are Divergent don't necessarily conform to the thought patterns of their respective factions and therefore can't be trusted.
* {{Expy}}: [[spoiler: Humans trying to perfect humanity through genetic engineering, the new humans being incredibly cruel and vicious, and a massive war starting over these genetically modified humans in which populations are decimated? It's practically what [[Franchise/StarTrek the Eugenics Wars]] would have been like if the Augments didn't get political power.]]
* EyeScream: [[spoiler:Edward]] is on the receiving end of one via a butter knife [[spoiler: [[{{DisproportionateRetribution}} because he ended up first on the initiate ranking]]. Peter does not like being in second place.]]
* FaceYourFears: A major component of Dauntless initiation.
* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler: George and Amar, done by The Bureau to protect them and bring them to the outside world.]]
* GenkiGirl: Marlene.
* GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul: After getting into a fight with Peter in Amity, Tris is given a drug intended to calm and relax her. Because of her slight build, it has a stronger effect, temporarily blissing her out.
** Also, [[spoiler: the entire Amity compound's food supply (specifically the bread) is infused with small amounts of it.]]
* GreyAndGrayMorality: Nobody's motives are purely evil or purely good. Candor tends to view everything in terms of BlackAndWhiteMorality, but Tris realizes that this is not the case.
* HeroicSacrifice[=/=][[spoiler:TheHeroDies]]: [[spoiler:At the end of ''Allegiant'' Tris gives her life to stop the "reset" of Chicago by LaserGuidedAmnesia so that Caleb doesn't have to do it.]]
* HiddenPurposeTest: The aptitude test. Tris mentions that students don't even know what the test entails, and Tori informs Tris that she cannot tell her what's going to happen during it.
* HopeSpot: In ''Allegiant'' [[spoiler:just when it looks like Tris is going to shrug off the death serum and survive, David fatally shoots her. She still manages to get her HeroicSacrifice off, though.]]
* HufflepuffHouse: From all of the factions, Amity gets the least mentioned in ''Divergent''. None of the transfer to Dauntless are from it (one tried, but chickened out of the initiation almost immediately), and only one named character is a member of it. They have a slightly more important role in ''Insurgent''.
** Candor also has a minor role in ''Divergent'', although they also get elevated in ''Insurgent''.
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Said word-for-word when Tris [[spoiler: confronts Tobias while he's under the effects of a mind-controlling serum.]]
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: The name of every book ends in 'gent'.
* InsufferableGenius: Erudite in general, and their leader, Jeanine.
* JerkAss: Peter, Molly, and Drew.
** Special mention goes to Peter. He goes out of his way to make Tris's life miserable, from throwing petty insults to outright [[spoiler: sexually assaulting her and [[{{DisproportionateRetribution}} trying to]] ''[[{{DisproportionateRetribution}} kill]]'' [[{{DisproportionateRetribution}} her]].]]
** Molly's no pushover either. To get back at Tris for wounding her pride, she [[spoiler: feeds lies to the Erudite about Tris's father and Abnegation]].
** With his extreme teaching methods [[spoiler: and betrayal]] Eric is this.
** Jeanine.
* KilledOffForReal: Lots of characters.
* KnifeNut: In Insurgent, Tris can't bring herself to use a gun, but has no problems using a knife.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler: The serum associated with the Abnegation can erase memories.]]
* LivingLieDetector: Some people from the Candor faction. Tris is worried that Christina, who transferred from Candor, will be able to tell that Tris [[spoiler: killed Will, Christina's boyfriend]].
* AManIsNotAVirgin: Averted with Tobias.
* MeaningfulEcho: In the first book, Tobias is [[spoiler: mindcontrolled into attacking]] Tris. She thinks that her [[spoiler: IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight]] is failing, and prepares herself to [[spoiler: die.]]
-->''Can I be forgiven for all I've done to get here?''
-->''I don't know. I don't know.''
-->''Please.''
** Then in Allegiant, Tris prepares for her [[spoiler: [[TheHeroDies real]] HeroicSacrifice]].
-->''Can I be forgiven for all I've done to get here?''
-->''I want to be.''
-->''I can.''
-->''I believe it.''
* MindControlDevice: [[spoiler: The "tracking" chips placed in every Dauntless member controls them and ultimately leads to the Dauntless members, aside from Divergents, being controlled into attacking Abnegation.]]
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Part of the Dauntless initiate training. Peter utterly serves Tris in one fight, but Tris delivers total ownage to Molly in another.
* NoSympathy: Many fans felt that Tris was rather cruelly dismissive at Al when he [[spoiler: tried to repent for participating in her attempted murder, out of peer pressure and desperation]].
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Beatrice "Tris" and Tobias "Four".
* ThePowerOfLove: [[spoiler: Tobias, under Jeanine's mind-control, becomes horribly close to shooting Tris, but the sound of Tris's voice makes him snap out of it.]]
* TheOutsideWorld: In the book and film, Tris finds the world beyond Abnegation to be completely different from her previous life of selflessness. Further and farther, the Outside world of Chicago offers a crumbling cityscape.
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler: Both of Tris's parents.]]
* PsychoForHire: The Dauntless are implied to be this. The Erudite use them to fight their physical battles in a war, even agreeing being put under mind control so they could do what they do best: [[BloodKnight killing]]!
* RecklessSidekick: Christina to Tris.
* RedShirt: In Insurgent: [[spoiler:Fernando.]]
* RevengeBeforeReason: [[spoiler: Tori becomes so obsessed with avenging her brother, she ignores Tris's pleads to spare Jeanine and kills her. Even after her revenge is complete, she brands Tris (a girl who she's interacted friendly with in the past) a war criminal, instead of hearing her out.]]
* SherlockScan: While nowhere near the almost superhuman level that this trope is often used, Tris is much more perceptive than average.
* ShootTheDog: [[spoiler: Tris has no choice but to shoot Will, who, under mind control, was trying to kill her.]]
* SmartPeopleWearGlasses: Intentionally invoked by the intellectual Erudite. PurelyAestheticGlasses are part of their "uniform."
* TheSociopath: [[JerkAss Peter]], [[EvilGenius Eric]], and [[BigBad Jeanine]] all have shades of this, but we see the most of Peter.
* TheSpartanWay: Dauntless initiate training. From [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown fights]] to knife-throwing to fear simulations, it's not pleasant.
* TheSpock: What the Erudite aim for, especially Jeanine.
* ThePsychoRangers: [[AxCrazy Peter]], [[ManipulativeBitch Molly]] and [[YesMan Drew]].
* TookALevelInJerkass: Edward. In Divergent, he seems like a skilled fighter but otherwise average kid. When she runs into him again in Insurgent, he's noticeably darker - to the point that Myra has left him.
* TruthSerums: Candor has them. In ''Insurgent'', [[spoiler:Candor uses truth serum for interrogations.]]
* TwoPartTrilogy: [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/kateaurthur/the-problem-with-divergent-is-allegiant-veronica-roth The extremely negative reaction]] to ''Allegiant'' has led to some speculation that its predecessors were written with the intent of being one book and Roth, who admits she didn't know where the story was going when she began writing, didn't have the time and/or talent to work out a better final installment.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: Tris is a small teenage girl. Far too often, she's assumed to be a non-threat - even when she's pointing a gun at them.
* VillainousValor: [[spoiler: ''Jeanine'': (with a knife to her throat as Tris tries to make her shut off the mind-control program) I admire that you're willing to die for what you believe. So am I.]]
* VirtualRealityInterrogation: Jeanine tries this in ''Insurgent''.
* WaifFu: Tris.
* WhatTheHellHero: Tris's dad calls her out for [[spoiler: shooting Peter in the arm.]] Though to be fair, the bastard deserved it. Even more importantly, [[spoiler: innocent people were dying, and every moment Tris delayed would result in more deaths. Also, the observant Tris is aware that Peter, despite being Dauntless, is cowardly and borderline psychopathic, and not truly brave. She knows he will give in quickly once he is in pain.]]
** In ''Insurgent'', Tobias calls out Tris multiple times of being suicidal.
** In return, Tris calls out Tobias for being a hypocrite. he tells her that she's strong enough to take her scolding, but still tries to "protect" her. He insists she be open and honest with him, while still insisting on the right to keep his own secrets. He says he trusts her perceptiveness, but refuses to listen to her warnings about people ''repeatedly''. Thankfully, the both of them get better. Eventually.
* [[WhoNamesTheirKidDude Who Names Their Kid "Four"?]]: Subverted. [[spoiler: His real name is actually Tobias. He's called Four because he only has four fears.]]
* WorthyOpponent: In ''Insurgent'', Tris might be the enemy, but the Dauntless will still honor her for [[spoiler: walking to her execution.]]
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: When Tris loses control and beats Molly bloody during their fight during testing, Eric congratulates her. She decides that she doesn't want to be congratulated for something like that by someone like him.
* YourMindMakesItReal: [[spoiler:The second round of testing]] consists of this.
* YouWouldntShootMe: [[spoiler: Tris shoots both Peter and Eric, but they doubt she'd do it since she's a Stiff. Both end in [[{{OnlyAFleshWound}} some non-fatal injury.]]]]
** During the events of ''Insurgent,'' [[spoiler: Tris injures Eric again, this time with a knife.]] If this goes on any longer it's going to enter into RunningGag territory.
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