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Beatrice "Tris" Prior
The trilogy's heroine
, Beatrice was born in Abnegation, one of the five factions and the one dedicated to the virtue of selflessness, and always felt overshadowed by her selfless brother
and parents. Luckily for her, at the age of sixteen, everyone is given the option to switch faction. A day before the big ceremony, though, everyone must take a test to find out which faction they belong in. There Beatrice learns that she is Divergent, meaning that she is not suited to one particular faction but rather three very different ones — her own, Erudite, and Dauntless. In a rush of impulsiveness, Beatrice chooses Dauntless
In the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice (or now Tris) must undergo numerous tests of bravery. Along the way she meets a lot of new friends, a lot of new enemies, and sparks a romance with the mysterious and elusive Four.
- A-Cup Angst: Though she's modestly endowed in the film.
- Action Girl: Becomes full-fledged after joining Dauntless.
- Animal Motifs: Associated with crows and ravens.
- A Lesson Learned Too Well: Tris goes from calling herself selfish in Divergent, to a well-intending Death Seeker in Insurgent, to someone who understands the true meaning of bravery and selflessness in Allegiant by sacrificing her life.
- Beware the Nice Ones: The Dauntless initially dismiss her as a simple Stiff. But she's a force to be reckoned with when you push her too far, as Molly finds out the hard way.
- Birds of a Feather: With Four.
- Celibate Heroine: Intimacy is one of her fears.
- Cleopatra Nose: Described as having a long, thin nose which makes her face and other features "interesting."
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass
- Deadpan Snarker
- Death Seeker: In Insurgent she's looking for ways to die due to grief over the death of her parents and her guilt over being forced to kill Will.
- Genre Savvy
- Heroic Sacrifice: In Allegiant, chooses to sacrifice herself to release the memory serum.
- The Hero Dies: In Allegiant.
- The Immune: Tris is able to resist serums, like most Divergents. She is notably able to fight off Candor's truth serum in Insurgent, and cannot be killed by the Bureau's death serum in Allegiant. At multiple points, it is mentioned that her ability to resist is beyond that of most Divergents.
- Important Haircut
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Has certainly become more jaded over the course of the novels. But she still has a kind heart and good intentions.
- The Napoleon
- Pintsized Powerhouse
- Rasputinian Death: A non-villain example of this trope. The bureau fails to catch her and kill her before she starts her plan, the death serum doesn't work despite her not being inoculated against it - it takes an undignified cheap shot to kill her for good.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Tobias's Blue. Ditto to brother Caleb.
- She's Got Legs: Which is lampshaded a lot in The Movie.
- Spanner in the Works: Being Divergent makes her immune to the mind-control serum, which allows her to ultimately stop the attack on Abnegation by becoming one of these.
- Statuesque Stunner: Portrayed by the 5'8 Shailene Woodley in the film. May also double as Adaptational Attractiveness.
- Tattoo as Character Type: Basic symbol; gets birds on her collarbone.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives an epic one to David in Allegiant.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Christina's Girly Girl
- Took a Level in Jerkass
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: Especially against Marcus.
- What Beautiful Eyes: Her blue eyes are said to be her best feature, contrast sharply with the rest of her plain self.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Gets called out several times.
- Woman in Black: Once she became part of Dauntless.
Tris' elder brother whom she resents slightly but still loves. He transfers to Erudite but later leaves them prior to their attack on the Abnegation. His defection was fake as he was really working as a spy for Jeanine.
Natalie and Andrew Prior
Tris' parents who are killed in Erudite's attack on Abnegation
Edith Prior (Amanda Marie Ritter)
- Identity Amnesia: Willingly underwent this and became part of the Chicago experiment.
- Mandatory Motherhood: A condition of entering the Chicago experiment is that participants must sign a legally binding agreement that they will have children in order to pass on their "corrected genes."
- Walking Spoiler
Tris' best friend in Dauntless, she transferred from Candor.
A friend of Tris' in Dauntless who is kind-hearted, though weak and quite emotionally volatile. He quickly feels intimidated by Tris' success and thus agrees to participate in a plan to murder Tris. When she doesn't forgive him for trying to kill her, he throws himself into the chasm.
An enemy of Tris' in Dauntless. Described as being "pure evil". And how.
One of Tris' friends in Dauntless and eventually Christina's boyfriend. Towards the end of the novel, he runs into Tris while under Mind Control and she is required to shoot him
A Dauntless-born initiate who eventually befriends Tris. May or may not harbor romantic feelings for her.
A friend of Uriah's and Lynn's, and eventually Tris'. She has purple hair
Dauntless-born girl. Started out cold and mean, then ended up somewhat... less cold and mean.
The youngest of the Dauntless leaders who was in the same initiate class as Four. He was originally from Erudite and is plotting to destroy Beatrice's home faction
- Authority Equals Asskicking
- Blond Guys Are Evil: In the film.
- Blood Knight
- Defiant to the End: His last words, even, are a sneer directed at Four.
- Evil Genius
- Foil: To Tobias, He preaches all-out combat with no mercy rules, while Tobias preaches fair fights with protective rules.
- Kick the Dog: Several instances - putting Christina in the chasm for 5 minutes, preparing to throw knives at Al's head and trying to shoot a mindless, defenseless Four to sate his jealousy come to mind.
- Nerves of Steel: He describes his method of overcoming fear as using rationality and reason to remain levelheaded. Indeed, he is completely rational and calm when facing his death.
- Obviously Evil
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Tobias's Blue.
- The Rival: He and Four have this vibe.
- Sadist Teacher
- Vigilante Execution: The Candor Court decided to spare his life, but Dauntless decides, on its own, to kill Eric for his crimes, and the execution is performed by them. So technically, may count as a subversion, since Eric was a Dauntless.
- Would Hurt a Child
- You Wouldn't Shoot Me: He taunts Four with this. Four actually does shoot him.
Four/ Tobias Eaton
Tris' main love interest, an eighteen-year-old Dauntless boy and instructor. We learn later that he originally transferred from Abnegation and was subject to being beat with a belt by his father as a child, the reason why he transferred.
- A Man Is Not a Virgin: Averted.
- Abusive Parents
- Badass: Becomes a Heartbroken Badass at the end of the series.
- Birds of a Feather: He and Tris are both Divergent, both transfers to Dauntless from Abnegation, and both had council members as parents.
- Dawson Casting: Egregiously so, as he's being played by 28-year-old Theo James in the film.
- Embarrassing First Name: Not so much "embarrassing" as it is bringing back bad memories.
- Face Your Fears: Has exactly 4 fears, doesn't overcome any of them and instead just makes sure they don't dominate him.
- Four Is Death: He's a very Badass fighter who has four fears. Subverted that he lived.
- Good Is Not Soft: From not letting up in his training of Tris to begin with to shooting Eric, he's a good guy, but not particularly coddling.
- Heroic BSOD: After finding out that Tris is dead, all he can do is stand still and say nothing.
- Hidden Depths
- Hollywood Nerd
- Horrible Judge of Character: Played with. He has no problem identifying Marcus as a bad person or Tris as strong or brave, but becomes the Unwitting Pawn to multiple characters in the series. In the cases of Evelyn and Nita, they try to make it up to him, however.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Egregiously played with. He sees his Divergent status as something special that makes him different, but the reveal in Allegiant that he ISN'T actually Divergent greatly hurts his pride. Given The Reveal about Divergence in Allegiant, this more falls in line with I Just Want to Be Normal.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Tris's Red. Eric too.
- The Rival: He and Eric have this vibe.
- The Lancer: To Tris, but by the third book he sort of ascends to a secondary hero role.
- Tattoo as Character Type: Gets tattoos of all the faction insignias to symbolize that he wants the traits of someone from all factions.
- Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Justified Trope. Upon becoming initiates, people have the opportunity to pick a new name for themselves.
- Wife-Basher Basher
Dauntless tattoo artist and later Dauntless leader
. Was the one who originally tested and discovered that Tris is divergent.
Zeke (Ezekiel Pedrad)
Older brother to Uriah and Shauna's boyfriend.
- Face-Heel Turn: Subverted - was really working as a spy for the loyalists
Older sister to Lynn and Zeke's girlfriend.
The series' Big Bad
and the leader of Erudite, the rival of Tris' old faction. She believes that the Abnegation, despite enforcing The Evils of Free Will
, hoard food and plan to take over the other factions.
Older sister to Will and member of the Erudite who switches sides.
- Bearer of Bad News: She's the one who tells Tobias that Tris died.
- Blondes Are Evil: Subverted. Tris mistakes Cara for Janine for a split-second in Allegiant, but it turns out, Cara is one of the people responsible for trying to take down Evelyn's coup.
- Cool Big Sis: More or less becomes this to Tobias in Book 3.
- Enemy Mine: Of sorts: she extremely dislikes Tris (due to that Will thing) but is fully willing to assist in Tris's plans. She even admits to Christina that logically, Tris did what had to be done.
- Hidden Depths
- The Smart Guy: In Book 3, after making peace with Tris.
- Spock Speak: Goes into this sometimes.
Leader of Abnegation and father of Tobias. Also Divergent.
Defacto leader of the factionless and mother of Tobias. Was presumed dead due to childbirth.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Comes off as the loving mother of Tobias who regrets leaving him as a child. But Tris has her suspicions of her, which are confirmed at the end of the second book when she betrays the Dauntless and chooses to establish an oppressive government of her own.
- Heel-Face Turn/Love Redeems: Given the choice between reclaiming Tobias's affection or holding on to power in the city, she chooses Tobias. And she's much happier for it.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Military Coup: ensures that the Factionless are armed and leads an insurrection, becoming the de facto new leader of the Chicago walled community.
- Not Quite Dead
- You Are Worth Hell: Ultimately, she would rather have Tobias around as her son than to exact revenge on her husband and controlling the city. Even if that means swallowing her pride and having to face her abusive husband and possibly be put at risk herself.
A former Dauntless trainee. Dropped out after losing his eye to an attack by Peter. Later becomes a major player in the factionless.
Representative of Amity and longtime friend of Marcus Eaton. Becomes a major player in Insurgent, and particularly in the final novel, where she leads the Allegiant and brokers peace between them and the Factionless
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Subverted. While her scar is obvious, ugly by most standards, and even impedes her speech, both Tobias and Tris say it somehow makes her more beautiful and strong.
- Domestic Abuse: Says she knew Tobias was telling the truth about his father because she experienced it herself.
- But Now I Must Go: Due to her conscience conflicting with the group decision, she leaves Amity in Insurgent.
- Odd Friendship: She is the representative of the faction that values peace. Marcus is, well, Marcus.
Fully known as The Bureau For Genetic Welfare
, supported by the Fallen States of America
. It is the organization responsible for the walling off of Chicago
and has been in existence for at least eight generations after the Purity War that killed half the population
- Big Bad/Big Good: Clearly the Big Bad in Allegiant's narrative, but the organization sees itself as the Big Good.
- Man Behind the Man: Allegiant reveals that the Bureau gave Erudite the attack simulation used to kill members of Abnegation.
- Super Breeding Program: People who entered the Bureau's walled off community in Chicago had to agree to have as many children as possible, with the purpose of eventually making "genetically pure" or "genetically healed" humans, known as Divergents.
- Walking Spoiler
The head of the Bureau outside Chicago.
A member of the Bureau and one of the GDs. She wanted to rebel against the Bureau because of their discrimination against "Genetically Damaged" people like her, but ultimately fails
A scientist in the Bureau and a GP friend to Tris and Nita.
- The Lost Lenore: He is sympathetic to the Genetically Damaged because he was in love with someone he couldn't be with, because he is Genetically Pure, and she died.
- Nice Guy
- Non-Action Guy
- The Smart Guy: Acts as one for Tris' group alongside Cara. He's an expert on serums and genetics.
Former Dauntless instructor
who now works for the Bureau. Is Divergent. Was Four and Eric's instructor
- Back from the Dead
- Bad Ass
- Badass Gay: He admits having had a crush on Tobias, and is in a relationship with George.
- Blind Obedience: Is a staunch believer in what the Bureau teaches about genetic damage and genetic purity, despite living with "genetically damaged" people for most of his life.
- Bury Your Gays: Played with. Obviously, he's not dead, but most people believed him to be.
- Survival Mantra: "Adapt!", which is what he would say to initiates.