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You got it all wrong, Bellamy. I don't want you to say anything. I want you to feel what I felt, and then I want you to die.
~ John Murphy to Bellamy Blake.

John Murphy is a character the TV series The 100. He is one of the many people sent to Earth a century after a nuclear apocalypse. He is a recurring antagonist in Season 1, however, after escaping his fate, becomes a recurring protagonist in Season 2 and a main protagonist in Season 3.

He is portrayed by Richard Harmon, who also portrays Alex Wright in Grave Encounters 2.

Personality

In the beginning of the series, Murphy acts hostile towards many of the other 100, specifically towards Wells for being the Chancellor's son. He befriends Bellamy Blake, sharing the opinion that The Ark that sent them down doesn't matter to them anymore and they should start new lives. When framed for Wells' murder, some of the 100 are very eager to see him hanged, and Bellamy nearly goes through with it under pressure of the crowd. The real murderer, a young girl named Charlotte, steps up, Murphy is spared. He takes his hostility to a next level, and gathers a search party for the real killer to be punished, which eventually leads to Clarke and Bellamy deciding to exile him.

Upon returning from being a prisoner of The Grounders, he acts as a beneficial asset during the groups sickness. However, he uses this to his advantage in order to exact his revenge on those who attempted to hang him. He smothers two of the people that tied the noose around his neck, and attempts to have Bellamy hang himself at gunpoint. Raven Reyes is able to have him saved in time, only to be shot by Murphy during his escape. While running away, he looks back at Bellamy angrily.

Story

Background

Murphy's father, Alex Murphy, was floated for stealing rationed medicine for Murphy after Murphy got sick on the Ark. It turned out the medicine would not have helped anyway. Alex begged Chancellor Jaha for mercy, however, Chancellor Jaha floated his father despite his pleas. Murphy's mother began drinking heavily after his father was floated. The last thing she tells Murphy before he finds her dead in her own vomit is that he killed his father.

Sometime later, Murphy was arrested but because he was under 18, he could not be executed and was sent to prison instead. He was sent down with the rest of the Delinquents to Earth to see if it was sustainable for life.

Season 1

In Pilot, Murphy is with his friend John Mbege and a group of Delinquents. When he sees Wells, Jaha forcibly grab Jasper Jordan Murphy intervenes. Murphy declares that Jasper is one of them while Wells andClarke Griffin are not. Murphy continues to try and fight Wells. When Wells tries to fight back after being injured, Finn Collins steps in and tells Murphy to wait until it is a fair fight.

Later Murphy approaches Wells and reveals to Wells that his father begged for mercy before Wells' father floated him. Shortly after, Wells sees Murphy's message: "FIRST SON FIRST TO DYE" carved into the Dropship. Instead of having its desired effect, Wells tells Murphy he spelled "die" wrong. Soon after Bellamy Blake approaches Murphy and tells him if he plans to kill someone not to announce it. Bellamy convinces both Murphy and Mbege to remove their wristbands by hinting that they will help him run the place. Later that night, Murphy and Mbege help Bellamy ambush Wells and forcibly remove his wristband.

In Earth Skills, Murphy's sadistic streak begins to show when he forcibly holds Delinquents' heads over a fire as he removes their wristbands in order to trick those on the Ark that they are dying from radiation. When Wells finds out, he tries to stop Murphy. Murphy and Wells begin fighting again. When Murphy pulls out a knife, Bellamy stops Murphy to give Wells a blade wanting a "fair fight." Eventually Murphy is defeated by Wells and downed after trading blows. The fight is interrupted by Clarke and the others returning who tell them that Jasper was wounded and taken by Grounders.

Murphy accompanies Bellamy, Wells, Finn, and Clarke as they search for Jasper. While walking through the woods, Murphy asks Bellamy how they got into the rescuing business. Bellamy explains that he's here only for Clarke's wristband. Bellamy states he'll do anything to get it, even if he has to cut her hand off himself. This makes Murphy smile. The group eventually finds Jasper being used as live bait. When the group tries to help him, Clarke triggers a pit fall. Although delayed, Murphy helps pull her to safety. Murphy helps Finn cut Jasper down and bring him back to camp.

Later, Murphy assists Bellamy with the panther Wells shot and has the Delinquents trade their wristbands for food. When Finn tries to take the food without giving up his wristband, Murphy tries to stop him, however, Finn rebuffs Murphy by saying, "I thought there were no rules." Murphy lets Finn take the food. Soon after, Murphy watches on as Bellamy strings Atom up to a tree for the night as punishment for disobeying his orders.

In Earth Kills, Murphy practices knife throwing with Bellamy until Atom andJones return from searching for the missing Delinquents, Trina and Pascal. Murphy insists the two are probably in "pound town." Murphy starts teasing Atom with the reminder of what happened to him the night before for kissingOctavia. Bellamy tells the group to keep an eye out for Trina and Pascal while hunting, leaving Murphy to take care of the camp. Acid Fog forces all the Delinquents at camp to take shelter in the drop ship. Jasper's dying moans keep everyone up most of the night so Murphy decides to finish him off but Octavia and Monty barricade the upper level, preventing him from killing Jasper. Once Bellamy and the others return to the camp the next day, Murphy gets Bellamy angry at him for calling Octavia psychotic

In Murphy's Law, Murphy orders the other Delinquents around camp as they build a wall. When one of them,Connor stops and asks for water, he urinates on him. Later after Jasper andOctavia find a knife with initials "J.M." on it near the recently murderedWell's disembodied fingers, Clarke confronts Murphy and accuses him of killing Wells. The other Delinquents decide to "float" Murphy and beat him up and hang him with Bellamy giving the final kick of the bucket from under him. As Murphy is dying, Charlotte steps forward as the real murderer and Clarke grabs Bellamy's ax and cuts Murphy down. Murphy demands that Charlotte be punished but Bellamy disagrees. Murphy knocks him down with a log and leads a group including John Mbege after Charlotte who escapes with the help of Finn and Clarke. The chase eventually leads to the side of a cliff where Murphy takes Clarke hostage in exchange for Charlotte. Charlotte kills herself by jumping off the cliff and Bellamy goes after Murphy, trying to beat him to death. Clarke stops him and convinces Bellamy to banish Murphy from The Camp instead. When the group is leaving, Finn leaves behind a weapon for Murphy to defend himself with.

In Twilight's Last Gleaming Finn mentions Murphy as a reason to keep quiet when Clarke suggests telling the other Delinquents about the buried bunker they found.

In I Am Become Death Murphy gets tangled in the tripwire outside of the camp while supposedly running away from the Grounders and is found by Octavia, Connor, and Derek. He tells them he was captured and tortured by Grounders. Clarke confirms he was tortured by his nails being torn off and the cuts and wounds he received. When Bellamy finds out he's back he decides to kill him, but Clarke tells him he could have useful information on the Grounders. Murphy soon begins violently throwing up blood and it is revealed he is carrying a virus. Everyone in the camp starts falling ill and Clarke sends Octavia to Lincoln for a cure. Octavia informs everyone that the Grounders are coming to attack and the sickness is used to weaken theDelinquents.

Clarke falls ill and Murphy gives up his bed for her as he is already beginning to feel better. He assists Clarke and Octavia with helping the others who suffer from the sickness. When mostly everyone has recovered from the virus, Clarke manages to convince Bellamy to allow Murphy to stay. In the drop ship, Murphy checks on a sleeping Raven and smothers Connor with a wet rag while he sleeps, killing him in revenge for hanging him.

In The Calm Murphy is working in the Smokehouse with Octavia, when Del brings in more wood for the fire. Octavia warns Del that they have too much wood but he decides to ignore her warning. Murphy supports Octavia's claim but Del once again ignores them. After the Smokehouse burns down Murphy gets into a fight with Del that is quickly broken up by Bellamy.

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Murphy facing Bellamy.

In We Are Grounders (Part 1) While Myles is lying injured in the drop ship, Murphy sneaks in and quickly smothers him, killing him. Jasper enters and they both look toward the gun with Murphy grabbing it first. He shuts the drop ship doors and uses Jasper as a hostage.

Bellamy exchanges himself for Jasper's release and Murphy has Bellamy tie his own noose. Murphy taunts Bellamy and eventually forces him to hang himself. Meanwhile, Raven is under the drop ship floor trying to open the door. When she makes a noise, Murphy fires through the floor, thinking it is Octavia. He wounds Raven but she manages to get the door open anyway and he flees to the upper level. As Bellamy tries to get through the hatch, Murphy uses the Delinquents' gunpowder to blast a hole through the wall and he escapes through the hole with one of Raven's walkie-talkies.

In We Are Grounders (Part 2) Murphy is tied to a tree, having been captured by the Grounders, who are using his radio to listen in on the other Delinquents. He is stabbed in the leg by Tristan for not telling them about the landmines. The Grounders leave Murphy with a guard to watch him while they attack the camp.

Season 2

He gets the flu. His father steals medicine that turns out wouldn't help anyway. Gets floated for it and his mother, she starts drinking pretty heavily after that and last words she says to him before he finds her in a pool of her own vomit is that is that he killed his father
~ John Murphy about his family

In The 48, Murphy enters the drop ship after the Grounder who had been guarding him is shot dead by an injured Raven Reyes. Since Murphy is the one that caused her gunshot wound, Raven tries shooting him with her assault rifle, but either the gun jams or there were no bullets left in the gun. When she starts to cough up blood, Murphy tries to help her by rolling her on her side, but Raven is very resistant about receiving help from Murphy. When she asks him why he is helping her, he says he does not want to die alone. As Kane, the Ark Guards, Bellamy, and Finn arrive at the drop ship, Murphy tries to talk down Bellamy, but he Bellamy attacks him anyway. Kane arrests Bellamy for assault and Murphy for murder. Kane tells them both that he is in charge now. They are taken away to Camp Jaha.

In Inclement Weather, the Ark Guards bring Murphy into the stockade at Camp Jaha and tie him up across from Bellamy. They are both interrogated by Kane, but this is quickly interrupted by gunshots outside and they are left alone. They soon hear Raven screaming as Abby performs surgery on her without anesthesia. Murphy comments that is how he sounded when the Grounders tortured him for three days. Eventually, Bellamy is freed by Finn, Monroe, and Sterling. Bellamy decides to take Murphy with them because he knows where the Grounder camp is at. As the group leaves Camp Jaha they are greeted by Abby and Sgt. Miller who give them guns to find the rest of the Delinquents.

In Reapercussions, Murphy, Finn, Bellamy, Monroe, and Sterling arrive at the Grounder camp where Murphy was kept prisoner and scope it out. When Finn sees a Grounder with one eye wearing [Clarke's father's watch, they create a plan to ambush them. Murphy is given two rocks to knock together to attract the Grounder's attention. Bellamy sneaks up behind him and knocks the Grounder out. They take the Grounder back to Finn's bunker to interrogate him. After the Grounder draws them a map to the alleged location of the Delinquents, Murphy says there is now no point in keeping him alive but Bellamy disagrees. As they are arguing, Finn executes the Grounder and says they need to continue their mission.

In Many Happy Returns, Murphy and the others come across the wreckage of Factory Station. There is only one survivor, Mel, who is clinging to the side of a cliff. Finn suggests they leave her but Sterling climbs down anyway. The rope Sterling was on comes untied and Sterling plunges to his death with Murphy and Monroe looking on in shock. Bellamy tells everyone to make a new rope. Finn, Murphy, and Monroe hold onto a rope made of belt straps as Bellamy climbs down to save Mel. As they lift Bellamy and Mel up, however, the rope breaks and Murphy is the only one holding Bellamy and Mel up. They are ambushed by Grounders as Finn and Murphy struggle to hold onto the rope. Monroe starts shooting at the Grounders but is soon hit in the thigh with an arrow. A fog horn is heard and the Grounders scatter. They pull Bellamy and Mel to the top and Bellamy looks up to see that it was Octavia who had blown the fog horn and had saved them. Because of Monroe's and Mel's injuries, Bellamy and Octavia decide to take them back to Camp Jaha while Finn continues on to the village where the Delinquents are allegedly being kept. Bellamy allows Murphy to go with Finn and tosses him a gun. Murphy and Finn head off to save their friends.

In Human Trials, Murphy and Finn have arrived at the Grounder village where the Delinquents were supposed to be. They look through the scopes of their rifles and count 26-28 Grounders but no Delinquents. They decide to go in stealth-wise under the cover of darkness but Finn changes the plans and sets their food storage on fire to create a distraction. When they are discovered by the villagers, Finn takes one of them hostage until Nyko steps forward and tells them their leader is not there. They round all of the villagers up into a pen in the center of the village and hold them hostage. While Murphy keeps guard over the villagers, Finn searches for the missing Delinquents. Finn finds a pile of the Delinquents' belongings and confronts the villagers, pinning a woman to the ground with the gun to her head. Murphy tells Finn they are scavengers and their friends are not there and they should go. Finn refuses to believe it because the Grounder with one eye drew them the map. Nyko speaks up and tells them that Delano was cast out of their village and is a liar and thief. Murphy again pleads with Finn to leave. As it seems like they are about to leave, however, an old man panics and leaps out of the pen, fleeing in fear. Finn reacts quickly, shooting him dead and causing more panic among the villagers. Murphy desperately tries to calm him down, trying to grab hold of him and shouting at him to stop, but Finn wont let up. Finn eventually stops when Clarke and the others arrive. Murphy and the others stand and stare in disbelief at what Finn has done.

In Fog of War, two days after the massacre in Tondc, Murphy joins Clarke in the bar area of Camp Jaha. He tells Clarke they were pardoned by The Council. Clarke tells him that she still does not trust him.

In Spacewalker, at Camp Jaha, security has been increased and Major Byrne even gave Murphy a gun.Bellamy and Clarke approach and Finn offers to help with the perimeter security but Bellamy takes him inside. Clarke blames Murphy for what happened at Tondc even though Murphy had tried to stop Finn. He tells Clarke to blame herself since Finn was looking for her.

Later, Bellamy, Raven, and Murphy (by Raven's invitation) arrive at the drop ship and wait for Finn and Clarke. Finn arrives at the drop ship, carrying an unconscious Clarke. Bellamy and Murphy take care of Clarke while Raven tries to comfort Finn. Clarke wakes up and Finn tells her he thought she was dead because of him. Bellamy shouts a warning to them that the Grounders have arrived and they're surrounded. Raven wants to give up Murphy to the Grounders instead of Finn because Murphy was also at the village. Finn steps between Raven and Murphy and tells them they need to stay and defend the drop ship. He instructs Murphy to go upstairs and watch the back while he takes the lower level of the drop shop and Bellamy, Raven, and Clarke will take the front gate. Finn steps out in front of them and surrenders himself to the Grounders.

In Survival of the Fittest, Indra arrives at Camp Jaha with her warriors to train with the Sky People. WhileMarcus Kane is giving a speech about how this is a chance for Grounders and Sky People to work together against the Mountain Men, Penn starts accusing Murphy in Trigedasleng for being at the massacre inTondc and not doing anything. Murphy tells him he doesn't speak "Grounder" and the two get in each others' faces. Kane gives Murphy two days of work detail and tells him to apologize to Penn. Murphy refuses and Penn tells him he's going to burn like Finn. Murphy swings a punch and everyone starts fighting with Octavia and Kane trying to break it up while Jaha watches smuggly. Later, Murphy is busy mopping floors when Jaha tells him he got him off work detail because he wants Murphy to take Jaha to Wells' grave at The Camp and hands Murphy a gun.

Jaha and Murphy are walking through the forest on their way back to the drop ship and Jaha tells Murphy he remembers his father; he remembers everyone he floated. Murphy leads him to the graveyard. Jaha has a moment over his son's grave and asks Murphy how well he knew him. Murphy tells him the truth about how Charlotte killed Wells because she could not kill Jaha. Jaha tells Murphy they'll rest at the drop ship for a while. In the drop ship, Jaha tells Murphy that he deserves a second chance and that "good can come out of even the darkest acts." Jaha tells him how they are similar and are both outcasts by their own people. He tells Murphy about The City of Light and how he wants to find it and lead his people home. Later, Murphy awakens to find a group of people outside the drop ship. Jaha had invited them to come with him to find the City of Light and now Jaha wants Murphy to join them.
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Murphy with Jaha and his group.

In Rubicon, Murphy is in The Dead Zone with Jaha and his followers as Jaha tries to find where he crashed down. They spot what looks to be an abandoned cart and go over to investigate it. A Grounderpops out and threatens them. Jaha offers to help her with her cart. The Grounder, Emori, tells a tale about how she and her brother were on the way to the City of Light when they were attacked and he was killed.Murphy offers Emori some water and she tells them she can get them to the City of Light if they pull her cart. She thanks Murphy for the water. Emori tells him she was kicked out of her clan and Murphy tells her he is there because he killed two people and tried to kill two more. Emori removes the glove covering her left hand and shows her deformity. Murphy calls it "bad ass."

Later, Murphy is helping Emori with her cart when a rider appears, aiming a rocket launcher at them. Emori takes Murphy hostage and tells them to put all their supplies on the cart or they will all die. Jaha tries to convince them to work together but Emori tells them to back away from the cart and get on their knees. She whispers something into Murphy's ear before she knocks him out. When Murphy awakens, he tells them that Emori had told him the City of Light was due north before she knocked him out. Jaha tells the rest of the group they have a choice to make. They can either continue on with him and Murphy to the north or they can return back to Camp Jaha. Half of them turn back.

In Bodyguard of Lies, Jaha is leading Murphy and four others through The Dead Zone as they search forThe City of Light. Harris is telling cheesy bar jokes about Grounders, Reapers, Mountain Men, and Arkerswhen he suddenly explodes, knocking everyone off their feet. Another person in their group scrambles away in terror and she quickly blows up, too. Jaha realizes they've walked into the middle of an unmarked mine field. They have to wait for a sandstorm to clear while they sit in the middle of the mine field. Once the sand stops blowing, they see all of the footprints are gone. Jaha spots a glow from the sunlight reflecting off something in the distance and they believe they are getting closer to the City of Light. Jaha slowly makes his way through the mine field using his cane to detect the mines. Murphy, Craig, and Richards follow behind in Jaha's footsteps as they slowly inch their way closer to the presumed City of Light. Richards gets impatient and takes off running toward it before Jaha tackles him inches away from stepping on another land mine, saving his life.

When they finally make it to the end of the mine field, they spot the sign warning of said mine field on the other end. They begin climbing the sand dunes, trying to get to the City of Light only to discover it is a giant solar panel farm. Murphy is disgusted that there is nothing there but Jaha refuses to believe that is it. Jaha contemplates why all of the solar panels are still fine when the rest of the world is broken. Murphy says he can fix that as he throws a rock at one of the solar panels, breaking some glass. A drone suddenly flies out and pauses in front of them before taking off across the shore of a sea where a boat is conveniently waiting for them. Jaha tells them they are going to follow the drone and all four of them get in the boat and start rowing after the drone.

In Blood Must Have Blood (Part 2), Jaha, Murphy, Craig, and Richards are rowing across a sea in search of The City of Light. Craig stops rowing in frustration that they're not even sure where they're going. Richards suddenly spots land in the distance and they cheer. Their boat is suddenly knocked by something beneath the water, tossing Richards into the water. As Murphy tries to help him, a creature grabs Richards and drags him underneath the water, injuring Murphy in the process. Craig starts to freak out as Jaha yells at him to row. Murphy tells Jaha he can row just as Jaha tosses Craig into the water to the sea creature and the sea creature swallows him whole. Jaha tells Murphy he did it because Murphy can row.

Jaha and Murphy have finally reached the shore. Jaha offers Murphy help and Murphy tells him he doesn't want anything from him because of what Jaha did to Craig. Murphy tells him he's a survivor and is done following Jaha. A drone appears and Murphy tells Jaha to go chase the drone. Jaha promises to come back for Murphy before taking off after the drone. Murphy awakens the next morning to see a lighthouse. He walks up to it and uncovers a solar panel causing music starts playing within the lighthouse and Murphy goes to investigate, finding his way inside what appears to be a fully stocked bunker. He helps himself to some MREs and liquor, enjoying his "promised land." He finds a TV and pushes play. A home movie shot on 5/10/2052 in the same bunker appears onscreen. Murphy watches as the man explains how he lost control and how "she" got the launch codes. He apologizes before shooting himself dead.

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