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Marlene is the friend of his older sister Lynn.
It is hinted in Divergent that Uriah, Marlene, and Lynn knew each other growing up, as they were all Dauntless-born. When they are undergoing the initiation to remain in Dauntless, the pair engage in light banter and encourage one another to do silly challenges, such as shooting a muffin off Marlene's head without her flinching. Uriah and Marlene starred dating in Insurgent, shortly before her death. Tris saw them kissing during dinner in the Dauntless headquarters, after Lynn snapped on them. Overall, it is shown that Uriah and her had a very close bond.
Marlene was close friends with Lynn even while they were kids in Dauntless. When they were initiates, they could often be seen together. Lynn was devastated after Marlene's death, but forgave Tris and understood her actions. When Lynn was dying, she confessed to Uriah she had loved Marlene, even though it was known that Marlene couldn't love her back because she was dating Uriah.
In Divergent, Marlene met Tris during the Dauntless initiation. The pair get to know each other through mutual friend Uriah, who invites the pair and Lynn to unwind with fun activities like shooting a muffin off Marlene's head, and playing card games.
During Insurgent, Tris reunites with Marlene and the other loyal Dauntless members at the Candor headquarters. Unlike some of the other Dauntless, Marlene continues to be friendly with Tris when the latter's Divergence is revealed; at times Marlene compares it to a special trait or super power, which Tris claims it isn't.
Marlene and Tris weren't as close as she was with Lynn, but they were still friends.
Marlene is described to have a 'childish joy' about her. She's easy going and has a good sense of humor. It is also described by Tris that Marlene has a "flirtatious smile". Tris noted a change in Marlene's demeanor as a result of the simulation in Divergent: she remarks that she used to walk with a 'skip in her step' and that her stride had grown more elegant and grown-up, which leads Tris to wonder what she'd done during the simulation that had caused her to lose her 'innocence'.
Marlene was portrayed by British model and actress Suki Waterhouse in Insurgent (2015).
- Marlene and Tris' friendship storyline was not featured in the Divergent movie or sequels