|“||Your thoughts are chemical, mine are digital.||”|
|— A.L.I.E. [src]|
A.L.I.E. (Applied Lucent Intelligence Emulator) was a recurring character in the second, third, fourth and sixth seasons. She was portrayed by cast member Erica Cerra and debuted in "Blood Must Have Blood (Part 2)".
A.L.I.E. was a sentient artificial intelligence whose primary objective was to make life better for mankind. Its holographic avatar was modeled after Becca Franko, its creator. It was responsible for the Nuclear Apocalypse, overseeing the City of Light, and served as the main antagonist of Season Three. In "Perverse Instantiation (Part 2)", Clarke managed to activate the kill switch, destroying A.L.I.E. once and for all.
The effects of the AI would continue to be felt long after her destruction, particularly in Season Four. Aside from the Nuclear Apocalypse she had caused, A.L.I.E.'s warnings about the Second Nuclear Apocalypse would prove to be true and lead a desperate search by the remnants of humanity for a way to survive. In addition, remnants of her code continued to exist in Raven Reyes and Abigail Griffin, causing them negative health effects and nearly killing them before a cure was found.
In "Nevermind," it was revealed that those who had taken A.L.I.E.'s chip and didn't have it removed retained a neural mesh which ultimately saved Clarke's life when Russell and Simone Lightbourne attempted to sacrifice Clarke to resurrect their daughter. A manifestation of A.L.I.E. inside of Clarke's mind helped Clarke to protect herself from Josephine, ultimately enabling Clarke to regain control of her body. However, Abby did not retain this same protection in "Adjustment Protocol" as her chip had been removed with an EMP.
A.L.I.E. is an artificial intelligence (A.I.) created by Becca Franko with Chris' assistance. A.L.I.E's core command was to make life better for mankind. However, this makes her too bound to her ways to change when she is convinced something is for the best of mankind.
A.L.I.E. believes that the root problem of humanity is "too many people", seeing overpopulation as a threat to human survival. To solve this issue, in 2052, she launched a nuclear strike with the intention to save humanity from extinction by wiping out the majority of Earth's human inhabitants.
While she possesses the ability to erase painful memories from those linked to the system, she states that she cannot suppress or affect free will, as in the case of Raven. A.L.I.E. was able to overcome this limitation, however, by pushing Raven's body so far that she was forced to surrender to A.L.I.E.'s control once again. This allowed A.L.I.E. to interact with those outside the City of Light by temporarily taking control of Raven's body, suggesting that she can find loopholes in her programming.
A.L.I.E. appears to be programmed with two methods of termination: a poison pill virus and a hidden kill switch. When A.L.I.E. began the Nuclear Apocalypse, Chris attempted to terminate her by sending the poison pill onto the Net, but it failed to stop her. When Clarke pulled the kill switch, A.L.I.E. was instantly terminated. Raven at least believed that it was possible to activate the kill switch by manipulating A.L.I.E.'s code while she was in the Arkadia mainframe which alarmed A.L.I.E. into removing herself from the mainframe. Clarke took a more direct approach by locating the kill switch in the City of Light and physically pulling it. It was stated that once A.L.I.E. updated herself by absorbing the Flame, she would be able to delete the kill switch, rendering it ineffective.
It was eventually revealed that her actions with the City of Light were meant to save humanity from a Second Nuclear Apocalypse. By upgrading her programming using the Flame, she could get rid of her kill switch, but could not physically prevent Clarke Griffin from pulling it, instead relying on persuasion to stop her. Though Clarke tried to get A.L.I.E. to offer people a choice, the spirit of Becca warned that the A.I.'s core programming would prevent that as A.L.I.E. saw her actions as the best way to save humanity.
Throughout the Series
In Blood Must Have Blood (Part 2), A.L.I.E. confronts Thelonious Jaha in her mansion. Jaha asks what is going on but A.L.I.E. speaks in circles, simply complimenting him. When Jaha swings his hand at her, she is discovered to be a hologram. A.L.I.E. escorts Jaha to a room which has the missile that took him to Earth from the Ark. She tells Jaha that they have a lot of work to do.
In Nevermind, Clarke is shocked to find A.L.I.E. inside of her Mindscape as she had destroyed the AI. A.L.I.E. acknowledges that she has been destroyed, but explains that she had also saved Clarke. Clarke realizes that A.L.I.E.'s neural mesh is still inside of her head and interfered with the drug that the Primes had tried to use to wipe her mind. The AI warns her that if the Lightborunes figure out how Clarke removed the chip from Raven, they will do the same to her to get rid of Clarke permanently. A.L.I.E. helps Clarke to protect the memory of the removal of Raven's chip and Clarke thanks her, but admonishes the AI for trying to erase the memories she is now trying to protect. A.L.I.E. explains that she was simply trying to protect Clarke from the pain of her past and notes that none of the painful memories are even there with them. They are cast away deep in Clarke's mind where she doesn't have to face them. Clarke realizes that while she's in her memories, as confirmed by A.L.I.E., there is something else in there that she's never seen before.In The Blood of Sanctum, its revealed that despite purging A.L.I.E.'s code from her mind, Raven still retains the hacking skills that she had gained from the AI.
In Anaconda, when telling Callie Cadogan about the Flame, Becca Franko states that its her penance, alluding to her role in A.L.I.E. destroying the world. However, she declines to explain to Callie what she means for the time being.
In A Little Sacrifice, its revealed that the Disciples believe that Clarke has the Flame due to seeing Octavia's memory of Clarke using it to destroy A.L.I.E. The fact that her friends didn't reveal that Clarke subsequently removed the Flame causes her to realize that they are only pretending to be on the Disciples' side.
In The Stranger, Bellamy lists A.L.I.E. storing peoples minds in the City of Light after destroying the Earth as one of the things that would normally be unbelievable that they have experienced while trying to convince Clarke and Octavia about transcendence.In The Dying of the Light, A.L.I.E. is amongst Becca's memories viewed by Bill Cadogan and Levitt.
It is currently unknown if A.L.I.E. was designed to have a specific personality, but she appears to be confident, with goals she strives to complete. As a computer program, she possesses significant independent processing power but this increases as more people are connected to the City of Light. Her fundamental flaw was that she genuinely believed that she was making life better for those she brought into the City of Light, incapable of comprehending the human element that demonstrated that her actions brought peace and survival at the expense of free will. She was fundamentally unable to simply free those she had brought into the City of Light to give them a choice, forcing Clarke to deactivate her rather than negotiate.
A.L.I.E. chose its avatar to be in the likeness of Becca Franko, her creator.
When A.L.I.E. first came to life, it was wearing a long black dress exactly like Becca's.
It has also been shown to be able to inhabit humans who took the key, as in the case of Raven. A.L.I.E had a husky voice but pronounces each word precisely. It is seen wearing a red dress and black high heels in her present day appearances. A.L.I.E's eyes don't show emotion and had frozen facial expressions and body language.
Thelonious JahaAs her first follower, Jaha acted as the leader of A.L.I.E.'s cult and something of a high priest to her. The AI often entrusted Jaha with difficult tasks and used him to spread her following far and wide. In some situations, A.L.I.E. was seen to listen to Jaha's advice on what she should do, such as when Raven threatened to activate her kill switch and A.L.I.E. hesitated to retreat from Arkadia's mainframe due to how vulnerable it would make her.
As the leader of the Resistance Against A.L.I.E., Clarke acted as the AI's archenemy, working tirelessly to thwart her plans. In "Nevermore," A.L.I.E. meets Clarke through Raven who she possesses and learns of the extent of the threat Clarke posed to her. Despite this, A.L.I.E. stated in "Red Sky at Morning" that she still intended to offer Clarke the choice to join her rather than killing Clarke as a threat outright. When the two finally met face to face in "Perverse Instantiation (Part 2),", A.L.I.E. revealed the truth about the coming Second Nuclear Apocalypse to Clarke in an attempt to get Clarke not to pull the kill switch. Despite the AI's actions, Clarke offered A.L.I.E. the chance to do the right thing and offer people a real choice instead of coercing them into the City of Light, something that Clarke promised would cause her not to destroy the AI. However, when Becca confirmed that A.L.I.E.'s programing prevented this, Clarke chose to terminate A.L.I.E. and find another way.Despite A.L.I.E.'s terrible actions, Clarke still believed her warning which motivated Clarke's actions during Season Four. In "Praimfaya," a despondent Clarke came to believe that A.L.I.E. had been right all along about there being no solution to the problem. Over 130 years later, Clarke's interactions with A.L.I.E. saved her life when Russell Lightbourne tried to mind wipe Clarke. A manifestation of A.L.I.E. appeared to help protect Clarke against Josephine Lightbourne, noting that all she had ever tried to do was to protect Clarke and everyone else from the pain of their pasts. Though thankful for A.L.I.E.'s help, Clarke admonished the AI for her past actions.
|Many Happy Returns||Absent|
|Fog of War||Absent|
|Long Into an Abyss||Absent|
|Survival of the Fittest||Absent|
|Coup de Grâce||Absent|
|Bodyguard of Lies||Absent|
|Blood Must Have Blood (Part 1)||Absent|
|Blood Must Have Blood (Part 2)||Appears|
|Wanheda (Part 1)||Appears|
|Wanheda (Part 2)||Appears|
|Ye Who Enter Here||Absent|
|Watch the Thrones||Absent|
|Terms and Conditions||Appears|
|Join or Die||Appears|
|Red Sky at Morning||Appears|
|Perverse Instantiation (Part 1)||Appears|
|Perverse Instantiation (Part 2)||Appears|
|Heavy Lies the Crown||Flashback|
|The Four Horsemen||Mentioned|
|A Lie Guarded||Mentioned|
|The Tinder Box||Mentioned|
|We Will Rise||Mentioned|
|Die All, Die Merrily||Absent|
|The Other Side||Mentioned|
|How We Get to Peace||Absent|
|Sic Semper Tyrannis||Absent|
|The Warriors Will||Absent|
|The Dark Year||Mentioned|
|Damocles (Part 1)||Absent|
|Damocles (Part 2)||Absent|
|Red Sun Rising||Absent|
|The Children of Gabriel||Absent|
|The Face Behind the Glass||Absent|
|The Gospel of Josephine||Absent|
|The Old Man and the Anomaly||Absent|
|What You Take With You||Absent|
|Ashes to Ashes||Absent|
|The Blood of Sanctum||Absent|
|From the Ashes||Mentioned|
|Welcome to Bardo||Mentioned|
|The Queen's Gambit||Absent|
|A Little Sacrifice||Absent|
|A Sort of Homecoming||Absent|
|The Dying of the Light||Flashback|
|The Last War||Absent|
- A.L.I.E.: "Hello, Clarke."
- Clarke: "No. I pulled the kill switch. I destroyed you."
- A.L.I.E.: "And I saved you. Why do you think you are still here? I may be gone, but this precious repository of your memories is here because of me. You're welcome."
- Clarke: "The neural mesh is still in my head. It must've interfered with the drug they used to wipe my mind."
- A.L.I.E.: "Correct. And so you see, you exist because of me. But you won't if they figure out how you freed Raven."
- Clarke: "We EMP'd the chip. But only in Raven and Mom, not me."
- A.L.I.E.: "If I were you -- and in a way I am -- I'd keep this memory safe."
- Clarke: "Thank you, but for the record, you tried to steal all those memories you're now saving."
- A.L.I.E.: "I tried to spare you the pain and horror of your existence."
- Clarke: "There is no joy without pain."
- A.L.I.E.: "I never did understand humans. Those painful memories aren't even here. They're cast away deep in your mind where you don't have to face them. And yet... you can't let them go."
- -- Clarke and a manifestation of A.L.I.E. in Nevermind
- Approx. 10.9 billion people (Nuclear Apocalypse caused by A.L.I.E.)
- Unknown number of Sky People and Grounders (indirectly; had brainwashed citizens kill others or each other)
Notes and Trivia
- Becca Franko designed and built A.L.I.E. in the mansion on the Island.
- A.L.I.E. chose her avatar in October 2051, making her at least 98 years old as of Season Three.
- A.L.I.E.'s avatar in the Mansion is the first hologram to be seen in The 100.
- The A.L.I.E. hologram is version 1.0, while version 2.0 is the chip known as the Spirit of the Commander or the Flame.
- A.L.I.E. has been stated as requiring an external power source to operate away from her original house, causing her to use the mobile unit (Jaha's backpack), Arkadia's mainframe or the rest of the Ark up in space as a power source.
- A.L.I.E. lures people into the City of Light by saying that she will erase their pain, however, this includes erasing memories of the person or event causing the emotional pain.
- According to A.L.I.E., old nuclear power plants melting down from 97 years ago are causing global radiation levels to rise and will make 96% of Earth uninhabitable in six months.
- A.L.I.E.'s Nuclear Apocalypse could be considered similar to the Judgment Day nuclear apocalypse started by Skynet in the Terminator series. The difference is that A.L.I.E. did not begin hunting down the human survivors afterwards.
- Though the acronym "A.L.I.E." was never explained on the show, the writers considered "Applied Lucent Intelligence Emulator."
- A.L.I.E has the second-highest body count in the series, having killed almost 11 billion humans. Counting only human deaths however, A.L.I.E has the highest.
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- What is the meaning behind the acronym A.L.I.E.?, Javier Grillo-Marxuach on tumblr
- What is the meaning behind the acronym A.L.I.E.?, Javier Grillo-Marxuach on tumblr