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Marlene (The Last of Us)

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Apparently, there's no way to extricate the parasite without eliminating the host. Fancy way of saying we gotta kill the fucking kid. And now they're asking for my go ahead. The tests just keep getting harder and harder, don't they? I'm so tired. I'm exhausted and I just want this to end... so be it. Oh I miss you Anna. Your daughter will be with you soon
~ Marlene's insight on Ellie's surgery.
Welcome to the Fireflies
~ Marlene meeting Joel at the Salt Lake City Memorial Hospital.
Wait! Let me go! Please.
~ Marlene, begging Joel to spare her.
Don't waste this gift, Joel
~ Marlene encouraging Joel not to save Ellie.

Marlene is the main antagonist of the 2013 videogame The Last of Us.


Before the outbreak and fall of society, Marlene was best friends with a woman named Anna. After Anna's death Marlene took her daughter, Ellie in and looked after her after Anna died, raising Ellie as her own, before eventually becoming separated from the girl at some unknown point.

As the leader of the Fireflies, Marlene fights against the totalitarian rule of the military within the quarantine zones, with her ultimate goal being to bring back a democratic society. The Fireflies have been successful in overthrowing military rule in several quarantine zones, but their efforts have not always followed with desired results. Despite her and her organization's attempts to restore order, their numbers begin to dwindle as the military begins to push back and kill members found within the zones.

Sometime after a firefight in the mall between the Fireflies and the military, Marlene found and recognized Ellie, who had been bitten by an infected during the shootout. Marlene took the girl back under her wing and when Ellie failed to succumb to the highly infectious Cordyceps parasite, Marlene realized that Ellie was immune and possibly the key to curing the virus that has nearly wiped out mankind.

Smugglers Joel and Tess encounter Marlene after Robert, the man who promised them guns, sold the weapons to the Fireflies, Marlene's organization. Marlene promised Joel and Tess the weapons back if they smuggled Ellie to a rendezvous point. After a long and arduous journey across the country, Joel and Ellie finally reached the Firefly base in Salt Lake City. While making their way through a tunnel, Joel and Ellie nearly drowned, and Joel was trying to resuscitate Ellie when a Firefly patrol knocked him out and took the two to the Firefly hospital. When Joel woke up, he was in a hospital bed. Marlene told Joel that Ellie was being prepped for surgery to remove the Cordecyps virus in her brain, study it, and produce a vaccine to the infection, killing Ellie in the process. Joel was unable to accept Marlene's reasoning of "the greater good" and went on a rampage through the hospital, killing many Fireflies and taking Ellie from the operating room. Barely escaping into an elevator, Joel encountered Marlene in a parking garage, where she told Joel that he has one last chance to do the right thing. Marlene lowered her gun, but Joel shot her anyway, and then executed her as she begged for mercy, fearing that she would come after Ellie.