You can't save someone who doesn't want to be saved.
— Kane to Bellamy Blake [src]

Marcus Kane is a major character in the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth seasons. He is portrayed by starring cast member Henry Ian Cusick and debuts in the series premiere.

Kane was a Council member on the Ark and Chancellor of Camp Jaha before his departure. Kane was on the Council when they decided to send the 100 to Earth and when they decided to cull 320 Ark citizens to save oxygen.

Once the Ark came to Earth, Kane helped establish Camp Jaha as its first Chancellor before passing along the Chancellorship to Abigail Griffin when he left on a mission to seek peace with the Grounders. After his return to Camp Jaha, he often sided with Clarke Griffin and worked as an emissary between the Sky People and the Grounders.

After Abby decided to step down as Chancellor, Kane was supposed to be elected the new Chancellor of Arkadia, but he lost the impromptu election to Charles Pike. Seeing Pike's tyrannical way of running things, Kane lead a small rebellion against Pike to attempt to restore order to Arkadia. Kane was captured and sentenced to death by Pike but managed to escape to safety, leaving Lincoln behind to be executed by Pike. He and his group later secured Pike's capture. Kane went with Pike to Polis but discovered that A.L.I.E. had taken over most of the city. Kane was forced into taking the chip after A.L.I.E. threatens Abby's life. He is later freed after Clarke activated A.L.I.E's kill switch.

Early Life Edit

Marcus Kane was born on the Ark to Vera Kane and later become a member of The Council, where he became acting Chancellor when Thelonious Jaha was shot and again when Jaha remained behind on the Ark when the rest of the Sky People went to Earth.

When Jake Griffin decided to defy the Council about the air shortage and go public, Kane pressed charges against him and included his daughter, Clarke Griffin, in those charges.

Throughout the Series Edit

Physical Appearance Edit

Kane is a tall man in his forties with wavy dark brown hair and eyes, and tan skin. He appears to have an authoritative presence.

Personality Edit

Kane is a pragmatic individual, cold and willing to do whatever he deems necessary to "save the human race" for the beginning of the series. Rather than seeing himself as overly dedicated or mean, he saw others as lacking what it takes to do what needs to be done. He cared little for the lives of individuals, only for the idea of the human race as a whole.

Following the events of the Culling, however, Kane is filled with regret and remorse over his actions, depicted over the course of the next season and a half. After his failed attempts at leadership, he learns to place trust in his leaders. Marcus eventually ends up being very loyal to those above him. On Earth, he supports and trusts Clarke as his leader.

After Section 17, Marcus becomes very selfless and willing to sacrifice himself. He stands up and begins to offer to leave himself behind on the Ark to allow the remaining humans to make it to Earth in We Are Grounders (Part 2), though Thelonious Jaha is already launching the ship before Marcus can do as such. In Fog of War, when Jaha and Marcus are informed they must kill the other to stop the bloodshed, Marcus never considers hurting Jaha an option. When Thelonious refuses to kill Marcus, Kane slits his wrists with the knife.

Kane often thinks logically rather than emotionally, though he is no longer "cold". What he believes is right is more often than not helpful for more people, such as his suggestion to turn in Finn to the Grounders and establish safety for the remaining Sky People, though he is written off as unfeeling for his objective approach.

Relationships Edit

Appearances Edit

Season One
Episode Appearance Status
Pilot Appears
Earth Skills Appears
Earth Kills Mentioned
Murphy's Law Appears
Twilight's Last Gleaming Appears
His Sister's Keeper Credit Only
Contents Under Pressure Appears
Day Trip Appears
Unity Day Appears
I Am Become Death Credit Only
The Calm Appears
We Are Grounders (Part 1) Appears
We Are Grounders (Part 2) Appears
Season Two
Episode Appearance Status
The 48 Appears
Inclement Weather Appears
Reapercussions Appears
Many Happy Returns Mentioned
Human Trials Appears
Fog of War Appears
Long Into an Abyss Mentioned
Spacewalker Appears
Remember Me Appears
Survival of the Fittest Appears
Coup de Grâce Appears
Rubicon Appears
Resurrection Appears
Bodyguard of Lies Credit Only
Blood Must Have Blood (Part 1) Credit Only
Blood Must Have Blood (Part 2) Appears
Season Three
Episode Appearance Status
Wanheda (Part 1)Appears
Wanheda (Part 2)Appears
Ye Who Enter HereAppears
Watch the ThronesAppears
Bitter HarvestAppears
Terms and ConditionsAppears
Stealing FireAppears
NevermoreCredit Only
DemonsCredit Only
Join or DieAppears
Red Sky at MorningCredit Only
Perverse Instantiation (Part 1)Appears
Perverse Instantiation (Part 2)Appears
Season Four
Episode Appearance Status
Heavy Lies the CrownAppears
The Four HorsemenCredit Only
A Lie GuardedAppears
The Tinder BoxAppears
We Will RiseAppears
Gimme ShelterAppears
God ComplexAppears
Die All, Die MerrilyAppears
The Other SideAppears
The ChosenAppears
PraimfayaCredit Only

Quotes Edit

Killed VictimsEdit

Notes and Trivia Edit

  • Though initially portrayed in Pilot as power-hungry, throughout Seasons 1 and 2, he has become self-aware and regretful of his actions, showing remorse for his decisions on the Ark and taking full responsibility for the choices he has made.
  • Kane's plot line focuses on redemption.
  • Earth Kills is the first episode he doesn't appear in.
  • Praimfaya is the first season finale he doesn't appear in.
  • On multiple occasions, Marcus has decided that killing himself in order to help others is the best option to solve life or death issues, often putting himself up for sacrifice. This is shown when Lexa forces him and Jaha to fight to the death.
  • It was suspected he ordered the attack on Chancellor Jaha, though it was revealed in His Sister's Keeper that it was Commander Shumway who really did.
  • Some fans have theorized that Kane could be Octavia's or Bellamy's father, but Jason Rothenburg tweeted that these theories are false.[1]
    • Kane was originally Octavia's father but the writers opted not to go that route [2]
  • He was the first Chancellor of Camp Jaha. Following the death of Charles Pike, he became the current Chancellor of Arkadia.

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See Also Edit

The 100 Characters
Main Characters

Abigail GriffinBellamy BlakeClarke GriffinFinn CollinsJasper JordanJohn MurphyLincolnMarcus KaneMonty GreenOctavia BlakeRaven ReyesRoanThelonious JahaWells Jaha

Recurring Characters

AtomAnyaBeccaBreeBryanCage WallaceCarl EmersonCharles PikeCommander ShumwayCostaDante WallaceDavid MillerDiana SydneyEchoEmoriFoxGeoff HardyHarper McIntyreHayesIlian‎IndraJacapo SinclairJacksonJake GriffinJohn MbegeJonesKyle WickLexaLorelei TsingLunaMajor ByrneMaya VieNathan MillerNiylahNykoOntariRileySeikuSterlingVera KaneZoe Monroe

Minor Characters

AdriaAnkaraArtigasAurora BlakeCallie CartwigCharlotteConnorCuyler RidleyDaxDelanoDerekDiggsDrewEthan HardyGlen DicksonGuaraGustusKeenan MykulakMadiMelMylesNygelOsiasOtanPascalRedReese LemkinRoma BraggSiennaTor LemkinTrinaTristanTybeZoran

Deceased Characters

AdenAdriaA.L.I.E.AnkaraAnyaAurora BlakeArtigasAtomBeccaBreeCage WallaceCallie CartwigCarl EmersonCharles PikeCharlotteChrisCommander ShumwayConnorCostiaCraigCuyler RidleyDante WallaceDavid MillerDaxDerekDiana SydneyDiggsDrewFinn CollinsFoxGeoff HardyGideonGina MartinGlen DicksonGuaraGustusHannah GreenHayesIlianJacapo SinclairJake GriffinJasper JordanJonesJohn MbegeKeenan MykulakLeeLexaLincolnLorelei TsingLunaMajor ByrneMaya VieMylesNiaOntariOtanPascalPeri GordonQuintRedRichardsRileyRoanRoma BraggSeikuSemetSgt. ScottShawn GillmerSterlingTitusTrinaTrisTristanTor LemkinTybeVera KaneVincentWells JahaWhitmanZoe Monroe

References Edit

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