|“||What the hell. Let's be good guys.||”|
|— Murphy to Bellamy and Raven [src]|
Jonathan "John" Murphy is a major character in the third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh seasons, after appearing as a recurring character in the first and second seasons. He is portrayed by starring cast member Richard Harmon and debuts in the series premiere.
Murphy is part of the original 100 juvenile delinquents from the Ark. The 100 were viewed as "expendable" and were sent down to Earth to see if it was survivable. On Earth, Murphy was Bellamy Blake's second-in-command until Wells Jaha's murder. He is accused of murdering Wells and the delinquents attempt to hang him until Charlotte confesses to being his true killer. After trying to execute Charlotte in revenge, Murphy is banished from the Camp. He is captured and tortured by Grounders before they let him escape. He returns to the Camp unknowingly infected with hemorrhagic fever, spreading it to many of the delinquents. He kills Connor and Myles for their participation in the attempted hanging. He also tries to hang Bellamy and shoots Raven Reyes before escaping the Camp and getting recaptured by Grounders.
In Season Two, Murphy is eventually reunited with the remaining delinquents upon returning to the Camp. He ends up going with Finn Collins to Tondc in search of the missing delinquents. As Finn massacres 18 villagers, Murphy makes an unsuccessful attempt to stop him. He decides to join Thelonious Jaha on his journey to the City of Light after feeling unaccepted at Camp Jaha. On the way, Jaha's group meets Emori, and Murphy develops a liking towards her. He and Jaha eventually reach an island, and Jaha leaves an injured Murphy behind to chase after a drone. Murphy discovers a lighthouse bunker from before the nuclear apocalypse and makes himself at home before discovering the previous owner had committed suicide.
After being locked inside the bunker for 86 days, Murphy finds out the truth about A.L.I.E. and escapes from a brainwashed Jaha with Emori. Later, Murphy is taken prisoner and tortured in Polis because he was found with the key to the City of Light. Titus attempts to frame Murphy for fatally shooting Clarke Griffin, however Titus's shot hits Lexa instead. He helps Clarke steal the Flame, before being taken prisoner by Ontari. She abused him and forces him to pretend to be her Flamekeeper. When Jaha gives Ontari the key to the City of Light, Murphy is sent to the dungeons. There, he convinces Indra not to kill Charles Pike and the three escape the dungeons together, making a pact to defeat A.L.I.E. They then save Bellamy and the others. Murphy helps Clarke take the Flame and keeps her alive while she navigated and destroyed the City of Light.
In Season Four, Murphy wants himself and Emori to stay with his people believing that his people now owe him for assisting Clarke with defeating A.L.I.E. However, they leave when Murphy notices the rising conflict with Azgeda. He returns to Arkadia to steal food, but steals medicine for Adria after overhearing Abby and Raven arguing over rations. In an effort to save himself and Emori, he leads an expedition to Becca's Island. When Emori lies about the identity of a man and his distasteful actions, they are both locked up. Once they are released, he apologizes to Raven for shooting her and looks after her during her seizures. Once the Grounders are let into the Second Dawn Bunker and their uncertainty about their survival heightens, so, he and Emori leave with Bellamy and Clarke to get Raven in hopes that they can stay in the lighthouse bunker. They end up going back to the Ark with Bellamy, Raven, Monty, Harper, and Echo.
Murphy spends the next six years on the Ring with Spacekru. Eventually, Murphy gets frustrated with himself for feeling "useless" as he did in Camp Jaha and pushes everyone, including Emori, away. He was the first to notice Eligius IV, and volunteers to stay on the ship with Raven before being brought back down to Earth. Back on the ground and fighting for survival, Murphy finds himself again, and his relationship with Emori is mended. The two capture Paxton McCreary but then make a deal with him and return to the village. Murphy helps a group of Wonkru deserters escape during the fight between McCreary's and Diyoza's factions. He then assists Wonkru in their battles and gets severely shot. With Monty's help, he gets to the Gagarin and spends the next 125 years in cryosleep, until waking up to find a new habitable world.
In Season Six, Murphy is part of the team sent to Sanctum where he finds himself seduced by the promises of immortality for himself and Emori offered by Josephine Lightbourne. Murphy finds himself caught in the middle of the conflict between his friends and the Primes, but after the death of Abby Griffin and Clarke's apparent death, Murphy rejects the Primes to help his friends save the people of Sanctum.
In Season Seven, Murphy is enlisted to continue his ruse as Daniel Lee while suffering from guilt over his role in Abby's death. As Clarke leaves Sanctum in search of their missing friends and Sheidheda returns to power, Murphy assumes a leadership role over those who remain to contest the Dark Commander's rise. Following a return to the regenerated Earth, Murphy continues to advocate for the Sanctumites, Wonkru and the Eligius Prisoners, desiring to move them back to humanity's homeworld where they will be much safer to live out their lives. After Emori dies, Murphy has her consciousness transferred into his own head via her Mind Drive despite it being inevitably fatal to Murphy rather than live the rest of his life without her. Shortly thereafter, both Murphy and Emori achieve Transcendence alongside the rest of the human race apart from Clarke, but join the rest of Clarke's friends in choosing to return to human form to live out the rest of their lives on Earth.
As a boy, John grew up on the Ark with his mother and father, a time he recalls fondly. It is implied in "Join or Die" that he grew up on Farm Station. After he fell ill with the flu, his father Alex stole medicine in desperation to help his son. Captured following his crime, Alex was sentenced and floated, a fate his mother consequently blamed on him. Seeking solace from her pain, his mother began drinking heavily, a path that eventually led to her death. Her last words towards her son blamed him for the death of his father.
Following the death of both parents, the orphaned John was arrested after setting fire to his father's arresting officer's quarters. He was awaiting his review at eighteen along with the other delinquents. However, before the time came, he was sent among the hundred delinquents down to earth to discover whether or not the planet was survivable.
Throughout the Series
Murphy seems uptight but is a strong person who gets into fights quickly. He tends to try and use force rather than thinking something all the way through. On several occasions others have had to hold Murphy back, suggesting that he has a quick temper. Murphy´s passion for sarcastic remarks remains throughout the entire show, making him a person with a big sense of humour. He often displayed aggressive behavior throughout the early seasons of series, later on for more reasonable reasons despite remaining easily irritable.
Despite his violence, Murphy states that he had a good childhood, until the death of his father. He is shown to have a kinder side, caring for his girlfriend Emori, the Delinquents when they fall sick with hemorrhagic fever and helping Raven when she was on her near deathbed, saying it is because he does not want to be alone when he himself dies. While discussing what happened to his parents with Raven, Murphy allowed himself a moment of vulnerability in which he cries.
Throughout Season Two, Murphy goes through a significant personality change. He actively tries to contribute to the rescuing of Clarke and the others and saves Bellamy's life when he climbed down the cliff to rescue Mel. Eventually, he is able to re-earn Bellamy's trust and is given a gun and permission to go alone with Finn in search of Clarke and the other missing delinquents. During Finn's massacre; Murphy yells at Finn to stop over and over again, showing that he did not think what Finn was doing was right. Sickened of feeling as if he does not fit in with the rest of the Ark survivors, he agrees to travel to the City of Light with Jaha. When they encounter Emori in the Dead Zone, he offers her some of his water. He also tells her that her mutated hand looks "badass" instead of insulting her, displaying a more sympathetic and empathetic nature. Later, when Jaha sacrifices Craig, another Sky Person to save himself and Murphy. Murphy is shocked and sickened by Jaha's actions and tells Jaha to leave him behind.
In Season Four, Murphy's personality changes a lot. He is still a bit aggressive but shows a softer side. Murphy steals medicine for Adria when Raven refuses to give it, just like his father did for him on the Ark. He feels guilty for shooting Raven's leg and her resulting disability. He apologizes to her and tries to make amends. While Murphy remains a survivalist, he now loves Emori. He will do whatever is necessary for him and Emori to survive together.
In Season Five, Murphy has been kicked out by Emori for pushing her away and not helping the others return to the ground, appearing to have reverted to his old ways. After having an argument with Monty in which he is called "useless," Murphy volunteers to stay with Raven on Eligius IV, only to later learn there is no way off the ship and back to the ground, leaving him stranded, and clearly angry. Murphy didn't show aggression like he does before, acting smarter and kinder. In "Damocles (Part 2)," he tells Emori to leave, not wanting her to die - preparing to die alone which is something he told Raven he never wanted to do - showing he loves Emori more than anything and resulting in them getting back together.
In Season Six, Murphy is shown to struggle between his desire for immortality and his care for his friends. When he discovers that Clarke is dead and Josephine Lightbourne has taken her place, Murphy is horrified, but goes along with Josephine for the sake of immortality for himself and Emori. In turn, Raven suggest to Murphy that what the path he needs to follow is morality, not immortality, something that he appears to take to heart. Though Murphy continues helping the Primes, much of it is down to his love for Emori while doing his best to keep his friends safe at the same time. After losing Abby and apparently Clarke for good, Murphy abandons the Primes for good and is driven to tears and anger over their actions as he recognizes that Clarke and Abby only ever tried to help people. Clarke, who survived and was posing as Josephine, outright tells Murphy that she is proud of him for his choices, causing Murphy to recognize his friend beneath the guise of Josephine. Instead of retreating to space where he can be safe from the chaos of Sanctum, Murphy decides to save his people alongside Emori, a completely selfless action for him. However, he still hesitates when asked to help save the Sanctum citizens as it would mean putting his life on the line for people he doesn't really care about. After learning that he is really the only one that can help, Murphy reluctantly agrees and helps Gabriel subdue the people in the tavern so that they won't kill anyone while under in the influence of the Red Sun toxin.
At the beginning of Season Seven, Murphy refuses to continue the charade as Daniel Lee and shows a great deal of guilt for his actions, particularly his role Abby's death. Though even Clarke blames only Russell, Jackson blames Murphy who takes it to heart, feeling that his actions directly led to Abby's death. Murphy is visibly haunted by even hearing Abby's name let alone being reminded of the things he did. While tricked by Raven into helping Hatch repair the reactor, Murphy shows genuine interest in Hatch and sadness at his death despite their brief acquaintance. Though Raven had tricked Murphy as she was relying on his self-preservation instinct to force him to help with the repairs, Hatch recognized that Murphy was concerned with saving Emori more than himself.
Murphy is shown to have a soft spot for children. When the Faithful plan to sacrifice a child's life in "Welcome to Bardo," Murphy is immediately enraged at the audacity and without hesitation tries to rescue the threatened children even though it places his own life in danger. In "Nakara," he is shown to have earned the gratitude of the boy's father. Earlier, in "The Four Horsemen," he appeared to be visibly distressed by Adria suffering from Acute Radiation Syndrome, stealing medicine to help Abby treat her after overhearing an argument between Abby and Raven. Eric Jackson compares Murphy's actions to what Murphy's father did that got him floated, but Abby states she knew Murphy had it in him to do something so selfless.
As Season Seven continues, Murphy is shown to come to care for the Sanctumites even beyond his role as Daniel Lee. With Sheidheda rising to power, Murphy risks danger to protect everyone from the Dark Commander rather than just trying to save himself and Emori despite knowing that some of the people hate them for their deception. Emori is impressed with his attitude and growing leadership of the group, suggesting that Murphy is becoming someone worth believing in. During this time, Murphy reveals previously-unseen but impressive leadership qualities. Murphy's evolving leadership over the group causes both Emori and Indra to tell Murphy that they are proud of him and for Emori to comment on how completely selfless Murphy is being. At one point, Murphy quips that he misses being a live coward, but it is clearly meant in jest as he continues to risk his life to keep everyone safe. Later, Murphy is determined to relocate everyone on Sanctum to the much safer and regenerated Earth. Raven comments that she is getting freaked out by "Hero Murphy," but Murphy states that he is not a hero. Murphy insists that he only thinks that the people on Sanctum deserve a better fate than to live on a world where they are constantly in danger of getting eaten or occasionally going insane.
Murphy is of slim build and medium height, with brown hair that hangs just above his ears, dark blue eyes, and a prominent nose.
In Season Six, Murphy maintains much of the same appearance as he had in Season Five. However, in "Adjustment Protocol," in anticipation of becoming a Prime, Murphy's whole look is made over. Murphy wears the regal clothes of a Prime while his hair is now shaved on the sides.
In Season Seven, Murphy retains the hairstyle he received when he prepared to become a Prime, but ditches the more regal clothing for a regular outfit.
- Main article: Bellamy and Murphy
In spite of Murphy's abrasive personality, Bellamy befriends him soon after they arrive on Earth. Although Murphy seems keen on doing as he pleases, he holds a certain respect towards Bellamy and briefly takes a right-hand-man kind of stance around him. Their relationship sours, however, when Murphy is falsely accused of killing Wells; the fallout eventually results in Charlotte's death and Murphy's banishment from the group. When he returns, Bellamy is reluctant to let him stay, but ultimately gives him a second chance. Murphy, however, betrays him and tries to kill him, causing their relationship to be even more strained.
When Bellamy encounters Murphy again after Murphy tried to hang him, Bellamy begins beating Murphy up but is stopped by Marcus Kane. They are both arrested and locked in the stockade together at Camp Jaha. Bellamy gives Murphy another chance when he takes Murphy with him to hunt for the missing Delinquents and Murphy proves himself to Bellamy and saves his life at one point. Bellamy appears to trust him once again, so much that he even gave him a gun. Bellamy even goes so far as to protect Murphy when Raven wants to exchange his life with Finn's for the Tondc massacre.After Bellamy's death, despite his anger towards him in their last encounter, Murphy is shown to be upset and grieving, openly admitting to missing him.
- "You want to stop being treated like a criminal, you have to stop thinking that that's all you are. Take this leap of faith with me, John Murphy, and let me show you there's so much more for you than this."
- - Thelonious Jaha[src]
John initially had hated Thelonious since he lived on The Ark as he was the one who floated his father for stealing medicine for him. His hatred for him was projected onto Thelonious's son, Wells, whom he hated just for being his son. When they finally interact in Survival of the Fittest, Murphy is hesitant to speak with him.Eventually, when Jaha asks him to go to the City of Light with him. Murphy thinks little of it but feels out of place at Camp Jaha so he travels with him in search of it. While on the journey they become closer until Jaha throws out a member of the group in order to save himself. Murphy eventually tells Jaha to leave him behind and they are separated in the Second Season finale.
- "I don't want to die alone."
- - Murphy, after Raven asks him why he is helping her[src]
Murphy shot Raven at the end of Season One, resulting in her inability to ever walk properly again. In the first episode of Season Two, he tells Raven his tragic back-story after she asks him how a kid that claims to be loved by his parents became a psychopath. He helps her when she starts coughing up blood and when she asks why he tells her that he doesn't want to die alone.
Murphy shows Raven genuine kindness, remorse, and heartache. In Spacewalker, Raven asks Murphy to help her protect Finn from the Grounders and he happily complies. She betrays Murphy, however, by offering to give him up in Finn's place knowing full-well what kind of torture he will experience. Murphy calls her a "sick bitch" and tells her to go to hell.
In False Gods, Raven forces Murphy to help Hatch fix a melting down nuclear reactor by locking him in with Hatch, relying on Murphy's survival instinct to get the job done. In The Stranger, Murphy calls it one of Raven's more questionable moments while talking with Nikki, but states that he nonetheless respects what she did.
In Blood Giant, after reuniting, the two exchange friendly banter about how badly things have gone wrong and catch each other up on everything that has happened.In A Sort of Homecoming, Murphy manipulates Raven into trying to fix a Disciple helmet in order to bring everyone on Sanctum back to Earth. In turn, Raven comments to Emori that she's kinda freaked out by "Hero Murphy."
- "Finn, don't do this. Let's walk out of here while we still can, ok? Finn, please."
- - Murphy begging Finn not to shoot the Grounders[src]
- "Look at this, everybody: the Chancellor of Earth!"
- - Murphy, regarding Wells being on Earth, sarcastically.[src]
- Main article: Monty and Murphy
- "8 people alone in space for 5 years, and one of them's John Murphy. I should have drank the tea."
- - Monty on spending years in space with Murphy[src]
The relationship between Monty and Murphy is often a contentious one, starting with Murphy's desire to kill Jasper Jordan. The two work together, though often reluctantly. In "Praimfaya," Monty sarcastically commented that he should've "drank the tea" rather than spend five years in space with Murphy, a reference to Jasper's drugged tea he used to kill himself, suggesting that Monty thought death was better than 5 years with Murphy in an enclosed space. However, after Murphy abandoned Monty to get the oxygen generator to the others, Monty hugged Murphy and commented that he might not hate him anymore, something that Murphy was visibly pleased with.
In Season Five, the two are shown to have a better relationship after six years together in space. In "Damocles (Part 2)," Monty refuses to abandon the injured Murphy to die and Murphy goes so far as to allow his friend to carry him rather than leave Emori behind. In his video diary, Monty comments that Murphy was his son's favorite in the stories, something that Monty finds surprising.After learning of Monty's death in "Sanctum," Murphy is visibly devastated by his friend's loss. When Echo defended her agreement with taking a risk to explore Sanctum because she trusted Monty, Murphy immediately nodded in agreement with her.
- Main article: Murphy and Emori
- "Thank you for saving my life."
- - Emori to Murphy[src]
While traveling in the Dead Zone, Jaha's group is surprised by Emori who jumps out at them. After calming, Jaha says to give her water, Murphy is the first to get some out. Caspian tries to stop him but Murphy threatens him and hands over the water. After giving her name, Emori gives the water can back saying thanks to Murphy who says it's no problem and smiles a little as she walks away. As they walk, Murphy and Emori share their stories and neither is scared or repulsed at the other. Emori's hand is disfigured which Murphy says is "badass". They both smile as she walks away. Later she pulls a knife on him to force the group to surrender, as she puts him on his knees, she whispers something in his ear and says "Good luck, John" (using his first name, the first person to do it beside Jaha) then knocks him out. As he wakes up, Murphy tells Jaha that Emori said "Due North" and heads that way against Caspian's objections.
In Season Three, once Murphy is released from his 3-month containment, he goes to the beach where he is reunited with Emori who looks delighted to see him. They both follow Jaha through his journey. During their trip, they flirt a lot. Later, after Murphy helps to save her, Emori kisses his cheek and thanks him. When Jaha's man has Emori by the throat, Murphy threatens to "drown the bitch in the red dress" if he does not release her so the man releases her. Murphy and Emori escape on the boat. Later, they are seen doing a tag-team robbery where they flirt again and this time Emori kisses him on the lips. In Season Six, the two become engaged.In Season Seven, Murphy and Emori actively live together and try to keep things together on Sanctum. Emori admits an attraction to Murphy's more heroic side that emerges as he takes up a leadership role over the Sanctumites.
- Main article: Murphy and Ontari
- "Stop talking, worm."
- - Ontari to Murphy[src]
- Main article: Murphy and Abigail
At first, much of Indra's interactions with Murphy were negative with Indra being the one to hold him captive and then as an agent of biological warfare. However, their relationship greatly improves over time.In Season Seven, with Clarke gone, Indra works together closely with Murphy and Emori to hold things together on Sanctum. Murphy and Emori are two of the very few people Indra lets into her confidence about Sheidheda's resurrection and it is them who convinces Indra that she is the leader that Wonkru needs. Murphy later tells Sheidheda that he doesn't think Indra trusts him since no one does, but the Dark Commander states that Indra must trust him to let Murphy in on her Sheidheda secret. Indeed, Indra is shown to trust and rely on Murphy and to a degree Emori greatly as the threat of Sheidheda lessens the number of trustworthy allies she has. After taking Luca to Murphy for safety, the two even share a bit of banter before Indra tells Murphy that she is proud of him.
Sheidheda and Murphy first directly interacted in "The Queen's Gambit", when Murphy brought him his food. Sheidheda recognized instantly that Murphy knew he was him and not Russell, as he was scared of him, though Murphy tried to dissuade it, Sheidheda saw right through it. They engaged in a game of chess: both threw insults at the other, with Sheidheda mocking Murphy's commitment to Emori and his need to be loved while Murphy threw it right back saying how everyone hates Sheidheda and loves Lexa. The game continues, and ultimately, Sheidheda comes out on top as Murphy figures out too late what he's doing, keeping him away from Emori's ceremony. Sheidheda confesses he like Murphy as he amuses him, but to not underestimate him and his goals, going as far to pin him to the table so he can't escape.Murphy is shown to have a understanding of the way Sheidheda works from their interactions, being the first to deduce what is actually going on in "The Flock" and accurately predicting the Dark Commander's moves in "A Little Sacrifice," comparing it to their chess game. Despite knowing it puts himself and Emori in danger, Murphy protects the remaining Sanctumites from the Dark Commander's wrath, knowing that he will intend to target them. Murphy predicts Sheidheda's win over Indra and moves preemptively to get the people to safety just in case which proves to be a wise precaution.
|Twilight's Last Gleaming||Mentioned|
|His Sister's Keeper||Absent|
|Contents Under Pressure||Absent|
|I Am Become Death||Appears|
|We Are Grounders (Part 1)||Appears|
|We Are Grounders (Part 2)||Appears|
|Many Happy Returns||Appears|
|Fog of War||Appears|
|Long Into an Abyss||Absent|
|Survival of the Fittest||Appears|
|Coup de Grâce||Absent|
|Bodyguard of Lies||Appears|
|Blood Must Have Blood (Part 1)||Absent|
|Blood Must Have Blood (Part 2)||Appears|
|Wanheda (Part 1)||Appears|
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|Terms and Conditions||Credit Only|
|Join or Die||Appears|
|Red Sky at Morning||Appears|
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|A Lie Guarded||Appears|
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|We Will Rise||Appears|
|Die All, Die Merrily||Credit Only|
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|How We Get to Peace||Appears|
|Sic Semper Tyrannis||Appears|
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|The Dark Year||Appears|
|Damocles (Part 1)||Appears|
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|Red Sun Rising||Appears|
|The Children of Gabriel||Appears|
|The Face Behind the Glass||Mentioned|
|The Gospel of Josephine||Appears|
|The Old Man and the Anomaly||Appears|
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|Ashes to Ashes||Appears|
|The Blood of Sanctum||Appears|
|From the Ashes||Appears|
|Welcome to Bardo||Appears|
|The Queen's Gambit||Appears|
|A Little Sacrifice||Appears|
|A Sort of Homecoming||Appears|
|The Dying of the Light||Appears|
|The Last War||Appears|
- John Murphy: "Must I always do everything myself?"
- -- in Sic Semper Tyrannis
- John Murphy: "This is my masterpiece."
- -- in Sic Semper Tyrannis
- John Murphy: "Being a god should be more fun than this."
- -- in The Blood of Sanctum
- John Murphy (to Zev): "I'm sorry about this. You really do seem like a nice guy. Good kisser, too."
- -- in The Blood of Sanctum
- Charlotte (indirectly; drove to suicide)
- Connor (suffocated with a wet rag)
- One chipped Sky Person (indirectly; told Bellamy to shoot him)
- Roz Rankin and one Eligius Prisoner (explosion alongside Emori)
- Dozens of Eligius Prisoners in a civil war between the prisoners that he instigates (indirectly caused)
- Two Eligius Prisoners (gunned down with the rover)
Notes and Trivia
- John Murphy may be descended from The Grounder Karl Murphy.
- In "Pilot," he is the second Sky Person who set foot on the ground after Octavia Blake.
- John Murphy is the third Sky Person to have a sentimental relationship with a Grounder.
- His full name is Jonathan Murphy. The name "Jonathan" has never been used in the series, with most people calling him "Murphy". The only people that have called him "John" are Emori, Thelonious Jaha, Abby Griffin, Luna, David Miller, Josephine Lightbourne, Russell Lightbourne and Sheidheda.
- Murphy was originally called "John #1" to differentiate him from "John #2" (John Mbege). Murphy and Mbege share the same initials.
- He is one of many characters that starts out as an antagonist but slowly becomes a protagonist.
- Richard Harmon thinks that Murphy's father died when he was 10 years old, his mother died 1-2 years later, and he got arrested at 13.
- Murphy is the only living member of the 100 who has never been inside Mount Weather.
- Murphy wanted to kill himself in "Wanheda (Part 1)," but could not get himself to fire the gun.
- He is smarter than he lets on – he survived several attempts on his life and found out the details of A.L.I.E. before anyone else. He knows how to survive: he teamed up with Finn, complimented Ontari's actions as "smart", and kept Ontari's secret in order to keep his life.
- Murphy has similar traits to Roger from Lord of the Flies. They embrace the anarchism and lack of authority, most violent members of the group, sadistic, and were originally friendly with the leaders. Unlike Roger, Murphy has largely redeemed himself over the years and become close with the people he once antagonized.
- The actor who plays John Murphy, Richard Harmon, is brother to Jessica Harmon, who plays Niylah.
- Murphy has redeemed himself and no longer cares for just himself as he can go back to his violent and aggressive nature when those he loves are threatened, like when he threatened Clarke Griffin in "God Complex." In "The Blood of Sanctum," Murphy decided to risk himself to save the Sanctum Citizens, people he didn't even know, as he was the only who could help Gabriel Santiago, though he was reluctant at first. Together, the two subdued the people, who were all under a mind-altering toxin and prevented any more innocent people from dying. Initially he had only stayed behind to help his own friends, but was convinced by Emori to help everyone else.
- He struggles with purpose when he hasn't got to fight to survive.
- Many characters hold his previous actions against him, especially the two murders he committed in Season One, despite the fact that he now has one of the lowest kill counts, particularly for a main character.
- Seasons Four, Six and Seven are the only seasons that Murphy didn't kill or indirectly kill anyone.
- John Murphy, Octavia Blake, Clarke Griffin, and Eric Jackson are the only four named characters seen in the "Pilot" that are currently known to be alive.
- Murphy is the only main character who never spoke nor never been with Lincoln.
- Murphy has been hurt multiple times over the six seasons, in the most different ways: Season 1, beaten, hanged, tortured, poisoned and stabbed. He is beaten and tortured every season following at least twice - he is also knocked unconscious repeatedly. In Season 3, he is whipped and beaten by Titus. In Season Five, he is electrocuted and shot. In Season Six, he is stabbed in the shoulder, and later drowned by Bellamy though Clarke pulls his from the water.
- In "The Children of Gabriel," Murphy dies briefly before being brought back by Cillian. When he wakes up, he is completely terrified, and knows he died, and says he saw/felt something, that he's going to Hell. He spends the rest of the episode drinking alcohol, worrying some of the group, including Abby.
- He is one of two major characters in Season Six to die and be revived. The other was Clarke.
- In Season Six, Murphy takes on something of an antagonistic role again due to Josephine Lightbourne's promises of immortality and his own fears of what he will face after death. However, Murphy ultimately comes down on the side of his friends and does not act as a true antagonist.
- Due to his past actions, characters often times find it hard to rely on him when he is actually trying to help. In Season Six, Bellamy in particular is not particularly relieved by the idea that Murphy is trying to help them.
- Murphy becomes the fourth Sky Person to become a Nightblood.
- Murphy is one of the 7 main characters that are still alive till the end of the show.
- He and Jordan are the only male main characters that still alive at the end of the series.
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