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Tobias “Four” Eaton is a member of Dauntless and serves as the instructor to the initiates transferring into Dauntless. He was born in the Abnegation faction to Marcus Eaton and Evelyn Johnson. His mother supposedly died and left him with his abusive father, who would strike him with his belt. During his Choosing Ceremony, he chooses Dauntless as his faction to escape Marcus. He has dark blue eyes and dark brown hair with a scar on his chin and a few freckles on his nose. He has tattooed the symbol of each faction on his spine, starting from Dauntless at the top, then Abnegation, Candor, Erudite and Amity. He gets the nickname “Four” from his instructor Amar due to having only four fears: heights, shooting innocents, claustrophobia and his father, Marcus Eaton, due to a traumatic childhood.
Four: A Divergent Story Collection, a short story collection in which he is the narrator tells the 16-year-old Tobias Eaton as he decides to escape from the abusive home with Marcus in Abnegation and joins the Dauntless faction.
In Divergent, he is eighteen years old. He is the instructor for the transfer initiates and develops strong feelings for Tris. He leaves the room when during the training Tris gets beaten by Peter and later says it is “not something I wanted to see,” suggesting his feelings for Tris and not wanting to see her hurt. During the knife throwing training, when Tris took Al’s place to stand in front of a target, he nicks her ear to show Eric that he does not care about her as if Eric finds out about his feelings toward Tris, it will lead Eric to hurt her. This is because he is jealous of Four since their previous leader Max wanted Four to take his place as a Dauntless leader instead of Eric, and Four placed first in initiation. He has always been better than Eric, fueling Eric’s hatred. In Free Four: Tobias Tells the Divergent Knife-Throwing Scene, the retelling of chapter thirteen of Divergent from Four’s perspective, it is revealed that he was going to leave Dauntless and become factionless but after meeting Tris, who like him came from Abnegation, decided to stay for her. During simulation initiation, he finds out that Tris is Divergent he tells her to be careful about it and deletes the footage of the incident before walking her back to her dorm. He also finds out that Erudite are planning to use Dauntless to attack on Abnegation. The serum through which Erudite control Dauntless does not work on Tris and Four as they both are Divergent. They try to escape but get caught out and brought in front of Jeanine Matthews, the leader of Erudite. She injects Four with the serum which works on Divergent and sends him to oversee the attack in control room. When Tris comes back and tries to stop him, he attacks her under the influence of serum. Tris does not want to hurt him at all and helps him to break his simulation and he, along with Tris stop the Erudite simulation and free other Dauntless. Later he, Tris, Caleb, Peter and Four’s father Marcus board the train to Amity to find the Abnegation survivors.
In Insurgent, Dauntless and Erudite traitors recognize him at Amity headquarters. During the fight he, Tris, Caleb and Susan manage to escape through boarding a train, which is full of factionless including former Dauntless Edward, who leads them to the factionless leader who is also Four’s mother Evelyn. She wants Four to convince other Dauntless to join the factionless. He and Tris head towards Candor. When they reach Candor, they are subjected to truth serum, during which Four reveals that he joined Dauntless to escape his abusive father. He also finds out that Tris shot Will while he was under the influence of the serum, which makes him angry because she did not reveal that information to him. Eric, along with other Dauntless traitors, attacks Candor but gets caught. Four, along with others, secretly observes a meeting between Candor representative Jack and Erudite representative Max, who wants Eric back but the meeting becomes unsuccessful as Max gets killed. During the secret meeting of Dauntless, Four, Tori and Harrison are selected as new leaders. They sentence Eric to death and Four executes him. He also makes an agreement with the factionless to destroy Erudite and establish a new government. Later they find out about a simulation that will kill Dauntless members until a Divergent is given to Erudite. As a result, Tris decides to sacrifice herself but he begs her not to. She agrees, but leaves for Erudite as he sleeps. He also surrenders himself to Erudite and later he and Tris escape the Erudite headquarters with the help of Peter. They arrive at Abnegation sector to meet the Dauntless and the factionless. He and Tris also admit their love to each other. He was deeply shocked and hurt when he finds out that Tris aligned with his father Marcus, but they later reconcile.
In Allegiant, in which he serves as a co-viewpoint character, he alongside Tris, Caleb, Christina, Peter, Tori, Uriah, and Cara, takes part to escape from Chicago to find out about their surroundings and arrives at the Bureau of Genetic Welfare, where he is reunited with his long-thought-to-be-dead mentor, Amar. He is informed that he is not actually a Divergent like he thought, which greatly hurts him as he is proud of that status. He becomes close to Nita, which briefly causes Tris’ jealousy, and is convinced to take part in her rebellion against the genetically pure leaders of the Bureau. Four is indirectly responsible for the explosion that causes Uriah’s brain damage and eventual death, which he feels a deep guilt with that he never lets go for the rest of his life. After the rebellion, Four joins the team that consists of Christina, Peter, and Amar, to return to Chicago and prevent the war between the factionless and the Allegiant. During the war, he offers Evelyn a memory serum so she can be born anew and become his mother again. Evelyn embraces him yet does not drink the serum before announcing her intention to end the war. Four also gives Peter a memory serum, as per his wish to be reborn anew. When Four returns to the Bureau in triumph, he is informed by Cara that Tris has died during her attempt to expose the leaders with the memory serum. Angered, he blames Caleb, who delivers Tris’ final words to him, and almost strangles the now-blank David. He undergoes a deep depression and almost injects himself with a memory serum, but is convinced otherwise by Christina, who states that he should not forget his memories with Tris. The two become best friends over their losses.
In the epilogue set two and a half years afterward, Four becomes an assistant council member of the new Chicago and moves to a new apartment as further away from his former home. He reunites with his mother, who has returned from her two years of self-exile. To celebrate Choosing Day, Four scatters Tris’ ashes while riding a zipline with his friends, having come to accept her sacrifice and death.
English actor Theo James plays Tobias “Four” Eaton in the 2014 Divergent , 2015 The Divergent Series: Insurgent, and 2016 The Divergent Series: Allegiant.