In Divergent, the love interest of protagonist Tris (Shailene Woodley) was born Tobias Eaton (Theo James), but he’s better known as Four. This got us here at Brow Beat thinking about the long history of movie and TV characters with numbers for names.
For some characters the number hints at their background or personality traits. Four earned that nickname because he only has four fears: heights, small spaces, killing, and his abusive father. Similarly, in The Matrix, Neo is often referred to as The One because he is prophesied to be the one to end the war between machines and humans. For other characters, their numerical names derive from more practical concerns. The villain of Thunderball, for example, is known as Number Two only because he is SPECTRE’s second in command. (This in turn inspired the Austin Powers villain of the same name, and in the new Muppets movie, Ricky Gervais’ character has earned this same nickname for being the No. 2 most dangerous criminal.)
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