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"The faction system is a living being, you. The future belongs to those who know where they belong."
— Jeanine

Jeanine Matthews is the leader of the faction Erudite solely because of her IQ score. She is the main antagonist in Divergent and Insurgent, and the ringleader behind the Erudite/Dauntless alliance against the Abnegation. She is overall the primary antagonist of the series. She was killed by Tori Wu in the book on and Evelyn Johnson-Eaton in the film.



Jeanine Matthews is the Erudite faction representative. She makes many articles based off lies about Abnegation in order to smear bad faith towards the faction. This tactic would lead to people doubting whether Abnegation is actually selfless but rather a faction hoarding greed for themselves. She, along with Eric, began the second war. She created a serum that would allow her to control people into killing off every Abnegation member. Knowing that the serum didn't work on the Divergent, she creates a second serum; which she uses it on Four, leaving him in a simulized state. She was motivated to do this because she knew the truth about the factions and did not want to go back to the rest of the world, but rather stay in the factions with Erudite in control so that they would never leave the city.


Jeanine continues her plans of hunting down the Divergent during the first half of the book, sending out the Dauntless traitors they have recruited to take them to the Erudite compound for testing. She is greatly frustrated during Tris Prior's testing because she is left unsuccessful up to the end, so she has Tris executed the next day.

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When the Dauntless and Factionless rebels attacked the Erudite compound, Tori Wu corners Jeanine Matthews in her laboratory, still bent on revenge for her brother's death. Tris tries to stop Tori, needing Jeanine to unlock and locate the file she and Marcus Eaton need on her computer. She is unable to though, as Tori eventually stabs Jeanine in the stomach with a knife, which leads to her death.


Being part of Erudite, she possesses qualities that her faction upholds, one of which is curiosity. In the book Insurgent, Tris knows her more when she was taken into captivity by Jeanine's faction members. Tris notes how people treat her like a great teacher. She is also noted to be snobbish. The actress that portrays her, Kate Winslet, describes Jeanine as being a "female Hitler". [1]

Physical Appearance


Jeanine Matthews is portrayed by Kate Winslet

Jeanine is described by Tris as having a layer of pudge around her middle section and watery gray eyes. Not much else it known about her appearance. She is portrayed by Kate Winslet in the film adaptation.


  • In The Divergent Series: Insurgent, the film adaptation of Insurgent, Jeanine's demise is different. Instead of being attacked and stabbed by Tori Wu, she is arrested and held in a cell. Jeanine's cell is visited by Evelyn Johnson-Eaton, and Jeanine is looking out the window. She wonders what lies outside the city after 200 years, and Evelyn remarks that Jeanine will never find out, before shooting Jeanine in the back of the head.


Current Leader/Representative: Jeanine Matthews
Known members:
Caleb Prior | Fernando
Known faction-borns:
Will | Cara | Myra | Edward

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