Charmaine Diyoza was a recurring character in the fifth and sixth seasons. She was portrayed by cast member Ivana Milicevic and debuts in "Eden".
Diyoza was a major criminal before the Nuclear apocalypse. She was the most wanted person in the world until she was captured and became a prisoner aboard the Eligius IV. She and her fellow inmates successfully led a coup 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 to McCreary with Wonkru's plan of attack. However, after McCreary's death, she stays with Wonkru, due to the Damocles Event.
Eligius III, and their descendants 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 spends her time in the forest investigating Children of Gabriel and The Anomaly.
Before the Nuclear Apocalypse, Diyoza reveals that she fought a fascist government when they tried to take her home, in which she finally wiped them out and killed them. A former US Navy SEAL who earned a bronze star and was decorated for valor three times before going 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. Her crimes eventually made her the most wanted criminal in the world at the time of her arrest. She was eventually imprisoned for life without parole for terrorist homicide, later sent on a prison ship to a remote mining station before the nuclear holocaust. Before her imprisonment, Diyoza's father was helping her hide from the SEAL team sent to arrest her for terrorism. As a result, her father was shot in the head two times, and Diyoza attempted to commit suicide by slashing her own throat, but survived. She was arrested on December 5, 2043.
In Eden, she lands on Earth onboard the Gagarin and exits the ship with Miles Shaw. While she heads prisoners towards the village, they hear a gunshot, which means that they are not alone.
In Sleeping Giants, she along with Shaw interrogates Clarke after she was captured by Paxton McCreary. At first, Clarke refuses to talk but decides to co-operate after realizing that Diyoza's prisoners are closing in on Madi. Clarke agrees to tell them everything and in return Diyoza orders her people to spare Madi's life. Clarke makes it clear that there's no one else in the valley besides her and Madi. Diyoza then asks Clarke to bring her up to date on how the world ended, which Clarke replies how first Nuclear Apocalypse ended the world. When Spacekru landed on the ground, they meet Madi who appeared from the bushes, she tells them that they need to hurry because Clarke is in trouble. However, they were spotted by prisoners patrol who reported to Diyoza that there are other people. Diyoza intensifies her torture for Clarke, claiming that she lied to her. Madi and Bellamy arrive just when Diyoza is dragging Clarke outside to torture her. Bellamy asks Diyoza to spare Clarke's life or else all the 283 prisoners in the ship would die. To prove that he's not bluffing, he shows Diyoza a mug that he carried from the ship. Diyoza agrees with the deal.
In Pandora's Box, she and Shaw notice that someone has hacked into the Eligius IV computer system. Shaw tries to hack back but Raven proves to be a challenge. Then she asks Shaw if he able to open the docking bay door to depressurize the ship. But its inhabitants manage to open all cryopod with the rest of the prisoners. She cancels her order meaning that Raven and Murphy are trapped on the ship. Later, Diyoza orders Shaw to launch missiles and attack the bunker to kill Octavia and her people. But Shaw refuses to launch the missiles, telling Diyoza that the hacker, Raven has blocked the missile launch codes.
In Shifting Sands, she, Shaw, and Paxton McCreary on the Gagarin spot Wonkru marching to the desert towards the Valley. After unlocking the missiles they fire it at the Wonkru camp. However, some of the Wonkru members survived the sandstorm.
In Acceptable Losses, she interrogates Echo. Echo tells her that it was Shaw who disabled the missiles. Raven then confirms it by showing system logs. Charmaine order to beat up Shaw for his betrayal and put a shocking collar on him because they still need a pilot.
Later she gets a call from Clarke, she asks her what would it take to Diyoza to share the valley. Diyoza tells that the only way is unconditional surrender.
In How We Get to Peace, she receives another radio call, but this time from Murphy. He proposes her a deal to exchange McCreary for Raven. However she doesn't need him at all and rejects the deal saying that they can kill him.
After solving both problems with Wonkru and McCreary, she takes a walk with Kane. She tells him about the future trading posts and settlements and then reveals that she is pregnant and that she would like to build a school.
In Sic Semper Tyrannis, Paxton comes back with imprisoned Murphy and Emori. Diyoza knows that he knows about the rejected deal. This leads to a showdown between McCreary and Diyoza's people. Diyoza tries to avoid a fight by coming clean about the cure and telling them her plans for the valley. This calms both sides down. Out of options, Murphy decides to incite a fight by throwing a stone at the crowd. This instantly causes both sides to break into a fight.
Charmaine goes to the medical center to get Abby and escape together, however she gets interrupted by McCreary and his people. She successfully defeats all of them except one, but here Kane comes to save her from a shot. Together they escape in the woods.
In The Dark Year, she along with Kane, Raven, Echo, Shaw, Murphy and Emori hides in a cave. They begin working on plan to stop McCreary. Spacekru decides to go to scan the area. They comes back telling that they found an outpost with a lot of deadly weapons. Diyoza figures out that McCreary is using the battle plan she wrote. She tells them that it was very thorough and no loopholes. However, she says that she has a plan. So, Echo calls Bellamy and Indra to tell them about the plan.
Just before Wonkru's arrival, Diyoza and Kane surrender themselves to McCreary. Diyoza tells him that she knows he's using her battle plan and they've used a loophole in it to tell Wonkru how to get inside the valley. Kane offers to help him stop Octavia if he lets him and Diyoza back in. Kane then justifies his position by saying that he would never let the devil (Octavia) inside that valley.
In Damocles (Part 2), Diyoza is imprisoned aboard Gagarin when Clarke enters her cell. Clarke takes her to the captain's bridge and threatens McCreary to kill his unborn daughter if he won't surrender. Realizing Wonkru are about to win, McCreary deploys the Damocles bomb with the words that if he can't have they valley - no one can. Diyoza shouts at Clarke to stop him, but it's too late, he already entered the launch code.
Clarke, Raven, and Shaw kill McCreary and his men, but there is no way to stop the bomb. In the Shallow Valley village, McCreary's group surrenders. Just then, the sirens sound and Raven broadcasts a message that the valley is about to be destroyed. She orders everyone to get to the Gagarin, and the survivors, Wonkru, Spacekru, and the prisoners, run to the ship. As the bomb is about to destroy Shallow Valley, the Gagarin lifts up and escapes to space. Below them, the bomb explodes and destroys the valley.
She later talks to Octavia about them being two serpents fighting over the Eden. She says she understands her hunger for power. Later they all go into the cryosleep.
In Red Sun Rising, Raven wakes her up in need of help taking control of the ship from PrimeKaylee and her family. She quickly takes two of the invaders out and leverages their dead bodies. She then has Raven put on the smaller invader's suit and pose as him. With the help of Madi, they successfully take the ship back. She is then with the crew that went down to help the initial exploration crew, but stayed back at the transport ship, by the command of Abby. She then listed her reason as staying in order to keep it from being stolen again.
In The Children of Gabriel, she is guarding the Gagarin while Gaia is trying to get Madi to learn more about the flame. She laughs at what Gaia is saying and Gaia asks her why it's funny and Diyoza responds "it's not funny, it's sad". The Children of Gabriel silently approach the ship in an attempt to steal the bodies of Kaylee's family. Diyoza heard them, while the others didn't, she stands up quickly and takes one of the men out with a throw of her knife, but they are disabled by the poison darts before they can mount any further resistance. Diyoza later reveals to Madi and Gaia and that she hasn't actually been hit by the darts, as her bulletproof vest protected her. Soon after, Bellamy, Echo, Raven and Octavia come to their aid, and Diyoza quickly executes one of her captors. When they arrive back to Sanctum, Diyoza reveals that she is six months pregnant, and is offered pre-natal care by Simone Lightbourne. Gratefully, Diyoza accepts. Madi then says "Diyoza took out the terrorists" which causes Russell Lightbourne to ask if she is the same Charmaine Diyoza in their history books, next to Bin Laden and Hitler. He is shocked. When she confirms, she is swiftly denied sanctuary and banished to beyond the radiation shield. Madi tries to go with her, but Clarke Griffin stops Madi and Diyoza tells the girl to "stay frosty" as she is escorted away by two guards.
In The Face Behind the Glass, Diyoza is in the woods making a fire to keep warm, while trying to comfort her unborn baby that everything will be okay. Suddenly Jade and two other guards from Sanctum approach her on motorcycles. Jade offers Diyoza a deal - save Rose and bring Kaylee's family's decapitated heads home and Russell will let her baby be born and raised in Sanctum. Diyoza accepts the deal and takes one of the motorcycle to lead the search for Rose. Meanwhile, Octavia has escaped with Rose and the two are running in the woods from the Children of Gabriel. Diyoza arrives just when Octavia and Rose have been surrounded and have nowhere to run. Diyoza shoots all the Children of Gabriel in sight. When Jade tries to go get Rose, Diyoza warns that one of them could be still alive. This turns out to be true when Tosh gets up and quickly kills Rose. With Rose dead, Diyoza's deal with Jade is off. To avenge Rose, Octavia vows to hunt the remaining Children of Gabriel and kill them all including their leader, "the old man". Diyoza takes up the opportunity to join with Octavia and kill the Children of Gabriel's leader. And in return, Jade agrees to reinstate the deal to raise Diyoza's child in Sanctum. Diyoza asks Octavia to hop on her motorcycle and jokes about how the two enemies from Earth are now going to be working together.
In The Gospel of Josephine, she and Octavia are chasing after Xavier, who leads them to a swamp-like ground called "the crucible", where they get stuck and begin to sink. He offers to save them after they tell him who else of their people have Blood Alternation. Octavia asks Diyoza to tell him nothing.
While Diyoza remains calm, Octavia actively struggles to go free, which only causes her to sink faster. Diyoza asks Octavia to give up and tell Xavier but Octavia would rather die. Diyoza asks Octavia if she really wants to die and offers to kill Octavia. She points a gun at Octavia's face but Octavia is not scared at all. She figures out that Octavia wants to die because people in her life hate her. Diyoza advises Octavia to stop caring about whether her friends hate her. Being hated by her friends pales in comparison to Diyoza's situation where her face is placed next to the worst people of all time.
Just as Octavia is about to completely sink, they notice a bright flare in the sky. Xavier says it's a temporal flare and it's very dangerous. He throws them a rope to escape and run to safety. However, Octavia is too sunk to move. So, to avoid slowing Diyoza down, she asks Diyoza to run and save her baby. Diyoza promises to come back for her. As the flare hits, Octavia closes her eyes and goes underground. Afterwards, Diyoza comes back to check on Octavia. She starts looking around and notices Octavia's body frozen underneath the ground. She breaks the ice layer and pulls Octavia out. Luckily, Octavia regains consciousness, but her hand looks damaged. Diyoza concludes that Octavia went underground for cover from the flare because she didn't really want to die despite acting like it. Octavia and Diyoza resume their hunt for the Children of Gabriel and their leader.
In Memento Mori, Charmaine continues her journey with octavia to find the old man. However, Octavia's hand is still hurting after being exposed to the temporal flare. Xavier finds them and says he can help with it. He and Diyoza retrieve tree sap which is supposed to be the cure but it doesn't work on Octavia. Instead Octavia's arm starts spiraling. After noticing the pattern, Xavier gives her a rock to let the hand draw freely on the ground. She draws a logarithmic spiral, which Xavier recognizes as the shape of The Anomaly where the temporal flare came from. He says that the temporal flare was a message for Octavia that The Anomaly is calling her. After revealing that he has a similar spiral too and Charmaine confirming it by showing her book full of spirals, they agree to go together to The Anomaly.
In The Old Man and the Anomaly, Diyoza grows more and more suspicious of Xavier as they approach the anomaly, making fun of a picture of Josephine Lightbourne and only reluctantly giving up her weapons. As Xavier goes to help Octavia, Diyoza sees a Mind Drive scar on the back of Xavier's neck and realizes that Xavier is in fact Gabriel Santiago himself in a new host. When confronted by Diyoza, Gabriel admits it and reveals his knowledge of her own scar from her suicide attempt. Gabriel leads the two women to the anomaly, explaining that his adopted son Eduardo resurrected him in Xavier's body against Gabriel's wishes after his last host died. Diyoza helps the weakened Octavia walk and experiences hallucinations of her unborn daughter Hope. Upon reaching the anomaly, Hope urges Diyoza to enter. Despite warnings that it could kill her, Diyoza enters, followed closely by Octavia. Octavia is spat back out moments later, fully healed, but Diyoza doesn't return, leaving her fate unknown.
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.
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.
Not much is know about the relationship between the two, but Diyoza told him that he is her favorite mass murderer. It was later revealed that at one point, they were sexually involved and she is pregnant with their child. However, Diyoza and McCreary have a lot of disagreements about leading the 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.
Diyoza and Madi seemed to have become friendly with each other despite their disagreement while guarding the 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".
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
Furthermore, Diyoza may be one of the chronologically oldest characters in the series. Logically, she would have been born somewhere in the early-to-mid 2000s. As of Season Six, This means that, despite being biologically in her mid-forties, Diyoza is close to three centuries old, around 277 - 281.