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Characters: Divergent
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    The Priors 

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.

Caleb Prior

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

    Dauntless Initiates 

Christina

Tris' best friend in Dauntless, she transferred from Candor.

Albert "Al"

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.

Peter Hayes

An enemy of Tris' in Dauntless. Described as being "pure evil". And how.

Will

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.

Uriah Pedrad

A Dauntless-born initiate who eventually befriends Tris. May or may not harbor romantic feelings for her.

Marlene

A friend of Uriah's and Lynn's, and eventually Tris'. She has purple hair.

Lynn

Dauntless-born girl. Started out cold and mean, then ended up somewhat... less cold and mean.

    Dauntless Members 

Eric

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.

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.

Tori

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

Shauna

Older sister to Lynn and Zeke's girlfriend.

    Erudite 

Jeanine

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.

Cara

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.

    Others 

Marcus Eaton

Leader of Abnegation and father of Tobias. Also Divergent.

Evelyn Johnson-Eaton

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.

Edward

A former Dauntless trainee. Dropped out after losing his eye to an attack by Peter. Later becomes a major player in the factionless.

Johanna Reyes

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.

    The Bureau 
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

David

The head of the Bureau outside Chicago.

Nita

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.

Matthew

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.

Amar

Former Dauntless instructor who now works for the Bureau. Is Divergent. Was Four and Eric's instructor during initiation.

  • 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.

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