Tobias "Four" Eaton

Tobias "Four" Eaton

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Character Analysis

(Avoiding Spoilers)

Grew up… rough. Four doesn’t like to talk about his childhood, but whatever happened, it left him with nightmares.

Living… in the Dauntless compound, in what used to be Chicago. Four’s different from many of the other Dauntless people— a little quieter, and not as eager to display reckless bravery.

Profession… mentor and computer expert. Four is partly in charge of testing new Dauntless initiates. Four enjoys his job, but his supervisor, Eric, is extremely controlling and hates him– so much so that he often tries to undermine Four. Still, Four tries to balance Eric’s violence with his own advice, telling his initiates, "It's when you’re acting selflessly that you are at your bravest.”

Interests… trying to conquer his own fears. He’s called Four because he’s only afraid of four things, and hasn't been able to reduce this number.

Relationship Status… single. He’s very attracted to one of the new initiates, Tris. But Four is worried that if he shows his interest, psychotic Eric will just make Tris’s life harder.

Challenge… trying to conquer his fears, staying out of Eric’s way, and figuring out what it is about Divergent people that makes them such a threat. Four’s smart, and he knows that there’s something fishy going on in the upper levels of Dauntless hierarchy— and maybe beyond. He wants to investigate that, while still not drawing attention to himself.

Personality… quiet, but brave and intelligent. Though capable of being a fierce fighter, Four prefers to use his skills to help people. But Dauntless has become a place where people show off in pointless displays of violence and recklessness. Four wants to return it to a time when bravery has a purpose. As he tells Tris, “I don't want to be just one thing. I can't be. I want to be brave, and I want to be selfless, intelligent, and honest and kind.” And multi-faceted he is: with his dry sense of humor and intolerance for stupidity, Four is certainly more than he initially appears.


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