|“||Don't waste it little one. Be better than me.||”|
|— Diyoza's last words to Hope [src]|
She was a major criminal before the Nuclear Apocalypse. She was the most wanted terrorist in the world until she was captured in 2043 and became a prisoner aboard the Eligius IV. She and her fellow inmates successfully led a uprising and took over the vessel in 2047. She was aboard the Gagarin that landed on Earth in the Season 4 finale. Initially, she is the leader of the Eligius prisoners and thus the primary antagonist of the first half of Season Five. However, many of the prisoners were more loyal to Paxton McCreary and the two subgroups clashed with McCreary coming out as the victor almost near the end of Season 5. After that, she helps Spacekru for a bit before going with Kane to McCreary with Wonkru's plan of attack. However, after McCreary's death and the prisoners' surrender, she is forced to stay with Wonkru, due to the Damocles Event.
The former members of Mission Team Alpha, who would later be known as the Primes, knew about her and she was put in their history books for her own reputation of being a war criminal. She was banished from Sanctum, so she continued surviving outside the barrier. During Season Six, among with Octavia, she mostly spent her time in the forest investigating Children of Gabriel and The Anomaly.
In "The Old Man and the Anomaly", she enters the temporal anomaly on Sanctum, leaving her status unknown. It is later revealed that Diyoza was transported to the planet Skyring. After giving birth to her daughter Hope, she was joined by Octavia and they lived together on Skyring for 10 years. At some point, Diyoza and Octavia encountered the Disciples who took them to the planet Bardo. Diyoza was being held captive by Anders, although she was able to escape and reunite with Hope and Octavia. Diyoza later gave her life to save her friends and family and to stop Hope from committing genocide, and is crystallized by Gen-9, killing her in process.
Diyoza was born before the Nuclear Apocalypse. She served in the US military, rising to the rank of colonel, and, at one point, a member of the Navy SEALs. During her service, she earned a bronze star and was decorated for valor three times. Shaw remembers watching her on TV in the aftermath of the Battle of San Francisco; she was giving orders to evacuate thousands of refugees into aircraft carriers and to push helicopters overboard to make more room for more evacuees.
Diyoza went AWOL after an IED explosion. She eventually resurfaced and became a terrorist, committing and ordering numerous bombing campaigns and assassinations for a terrorist group, known as the United Liberation Army. She claims that the government had become fascist and fought against them. At the time of her arrest, she was the most wanted criminal in the world.
In December 2043, a SEAL team that she herself trained was sent to arrest her. Her father was helping her hide from them and was shot twice in the head. Diyoza attempted to commit suicide by slashing her own throat but survived. She was sentenced to life without parole for terrorism and homicide.
Throughout the Series
She is cold and sarcastic. She is the alpha wolf among the criminals and is fearless, confident and very calculating. She seems friendly towards her allies but most likely keeps them close for the sake of numbers not friendship. She's also very maternal and has displayed a softer side to her unborn daughter. As seen in "The Children of Gabriel" she is seen to have been more calm and nice, for example Madi, and she tells her to "stay frosty," as Diyoza is banished.
After her arrival on Skyring, Diyoza found a sense of peace that she never had before and enjoyed a chance at a much simpler life without war or conflict. Diyoza proved herself to be a great mother who greatly cared for the safety of her daughter and Octavia Blake with whom she had formed a familial bond.
Diyoza later expresses remorse for her terroristic actions to her daughter. Diyoza tells Hope that innocent people died for her "right thing," including children and it was all for nothing.
It was also implied that she now wants redemption for her actions.
Diyoza has pale skin, blue-grey eyes, light brown hair with blonde highlights and hair done up with bangs. She also has a large scar on her neck. She along with most of the prisoners wears the armor of the former security guards including a stamped service badge on the right chest plate. She bears a tattoo on her shoulder of the flag of the former United States which is hardly recognisable as it has been burnt off and shows mostly scar tissue.
Eligius Prisoners, even when Diyoza refused to trade McCreary for Raven Reyes after he was captured by John Murphy and Emori. This made McCreary very upset with her. When Murphy reveals to McCreary that Abby's medical treatment helped cure Diyoza's people, McCreary got angry at Diyoza for keeping this a secret from him. He then tries to kill her, but stops when he finds out that Diyoza is pregnant. However, when she surrenders herself to him, he tells her that after the baby is born he will kill her. In the season 5 finale he is killed by Clarke after making Earth uninhabitable. Due to his actions and his abusive nature, Diyoza doesn't appear to be upset by his loss.
Gagarin. When Diyoza is banished and Russell asks if anyone else would like to join her, Madi tries to go with her. Diyoza then tells Madi to "stay frosty".
- Main article: Octavia and Diyoza
|How We Get to Peace||Appears|
|Sic Semper Tyrannis||Appears|
|The Warriors Will||Mentioned|
|The Dark Year||Appears|
|Damocles (Part 1)||Appears|
|Damocles (Part 2)||Appears|
|Red Sun Rising||Appears|
|The Children of Gabriel||Appears|
|The Face Behind the Glass||Appears|
|The Gospel of Josephine||Appears|
|The Old Man and the Anomaly||Appears|
|What You Take With You||Mentioned|
|Ashes to Ashes||Mentioned|
|The Blood of Sanctum||Mentioned|
|From the Ashes||Mentioned|
|Welcome to Bardo||Flashback|
|The Queen's Gambit||Appears|
|A Little Sacrifice||Appears|
|A Sort of Homecoming||Absent|
|The Dying of the Light||Mentioned|
|The Last War||Absent|
- This is Colonel Charmaine Diyoza currently in orbit transmitting from the Eligius IV spaceshuttle in low Earth orbit. As we continue our descent to the surface i issue a critical warning: You lined your pockets with the profits from Eligius Corporation while they built their industry on the backs of prisoner slaves. Men and Women ripped from Earth... Stripped of their rights. Forced to mine poisonous gas to make your miserable lives on Earth more comfortable... then abandoned to die alone in space. But we refused to suffer that fate.
- And today we bring you to reckoning.
- Allow us safe landing and reintegration back into our former lives, or we will release the full payload of our mining operation onto every capital of every country that defies us. 1700 tons of fuel that will level and burn the cities where you hide behind policies and lies.
- THE SWORD OF DAMOCLES hangs over your head, so choose your response wisely. Should you refuse, you and all of your profits will be reduced to dust when blue hell-fire rains from the sky. All we ask for is a second chance, peace is up to you.
- — Diyoza's speech to the so-called Free World from her book
- Hope Diyoza: "I know you were trying to do the right thing!"
- Charmaine Diyoza: "Doing the right thing the wrong way isn't doing the right thing! I know that now."
- — in The Queen's Gambit
- Charmaine Diyoza: "I do love me an unwinnable war."
- — in The Flock
- Charmaine Diyoza: "Wait! She's not one of them."
- Hope Diyoza: "Clarke. Raven. Miller. You described them well."
- Charmaine Diyoza: "This is Hope, my daughter. Time dilation's a bitch. How'd you get out?"
- Hope Diyoza: "Doesn't matter. Right now, we need to get ourselves to the Stone room and get ourselves out of Bardo. We can get acquainted later. Let's go!"
- — in The Queen's Gambit
- Unknown number of civilians
- 80 civilians (killed in a plane bombing)
- 19 civilians (killed in a metro suicide bombing she ordered)
- 1 Eligius Prisoner (mercy kill)
- Several Eligius Prisoners (shot)
- 1 Eligius Prisoner (indirectly; used him as a shield)
- 2 Primes (shot)
- Geo (shot)
- Several Children of Gabriel (shot)
- 1 Disciple (jugular ripped out with her teeth)
- 3 Disciples (stabbed)
Notes and Trivia
- The character was announced on August 22, 2017.
- Her first name, "Charmaine", was only mentioned three times in the series. Once by Raven Reyes in Season Five and twice in Season Six.
- Russell Lightbourne mentioned that her name is listed next to Hitler and Bin Laden in their history books.
- She is likely named after one of the series' writers, Charmaine DeGraté.
- Several of the baby names she considered are the first names of the female writers and writers' assistants for the TV series, including:
- She is the second pregnant woman shown on the show. The first was Aurora Blake, seen in flashbacks pregnant with Octavia.
- Due to cryosleep, she had been pregnant for 109 years and 5 months when she revealed it to Kane and Abby.
- Though still 5 - 6 months along in her pregnancy, after her second cryosleep she had been pregnant for roughly 234 years.
- The actress portraying her, Ivana Milicevic, was actually pregnant during the filming of Season Five.
- Being born before the first Nuclear Apocalypse, Diyoza is chronologically one of the oldest characters in the series.
- In the sixth season, she is seen wearing Miles Shaw's jacket.
- In "The Face Behind the Glass," she mentions the US Marine motto, "improvise, adapt, overcome". She also says, "Good thing there's no Marines left. I'd never hear the end of it for stealing that. Cocky bastards." This may mean she was once part of the Marines, before or after her time with the Navy SEALs. This would explain why she got the rank of "Colonel", which is not a rank in the US Navy.
- Diyoza appears in beginning of “Welcome to Bardo”, but Ivana Miličević did not appear in the credits.
- In an interview with TVLine about "A Little Sacrifice," Ivana Miličević revealed that Diyoza was originally supposed to be "a McCreary type -- a really bad prisoner, a full-blown terrorist -- and she was absolutely going to die at the end of Season 5." However, the actress' real life pregnancy changed Diyoza's storyline with Jason Rothenberg working a maternal element into Diyoza's arc to give Diyoza's motivations more nuance.
- In the same interview, Miličević confirmed that she was informed about Diyoza's coming death ahead of time and her reaction was "of course! This is beautiful. This is perfect. Thank you. I’m ready to go" and she thought that it was an "amazingly beautiful" death for Diyoza.
- In "A Little Sacrifice," Clarke calls Echo, Octavia and Diyoza "the three most dangerous women on this or any other planet."
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