Get up. I said get up!
— Ethan threatening Joel with his pistol.[1]

Ethan was a minor character and antagonist who appeared in The Last of Us. He was a Firefly who was ordered by Marlene to escort and restrain Joel in the hospital while Ellie was being prepared for surgery to remove her brain. He was voiced and mo-capped by Robin Atkin Downes.


Events of The Last of UsEdit

Ethan was seen on patrol with another Firefly when he found Joel trying to resuscitate Ellie, who had nearly drowned. Ignoring Joel's pleas, Ethan ordered him to put his hands up, but Joel was too preoccupied with trying to save Ellie to comply. Ethan then knocked Joel out with the stock of his rifle.

He was present with Marlene when Joel woke up, and stood by as Marlene explained Ellie's infection and that she must die in order for them to get the vaccine. When Joel resisted at the notion of Ellie having to die, Ethan knocked him to the floor, but was stopped by Marlene from attacking again. After Marlene was done explaining to Joel, she told Ethan to escort Joel out of the hospital, but ordered him to shoot Joel should he attempt to prevent the surgery.

Ethan then led Joel into the ward while continuing to threaten him, almost begging for an excuse to kill him. Joel, spying his backpack, slowed down. Ethan pressed him to move on, forcing his pistol in to Joel's back. Joel elbowed his gun upwards, just as the Firefly fired off a shot. Having gained the upper hand, Joel pinned him against the wall and took the pistol, proceeding to beat Ethan twice with the butt of the gun. Joel then jammed the gun into Ethan's stomach, demanding Ellie's location. Realizing that Ellie's time was short, Joel shot Ethan in the stomach twice to force the answer from him. Once Ethan revealed Ellie's whereabouts, Joel killed him with a bullet to the head.[1]

His body was later found by other Fireflies, alerting the others that "the smuggler killed Ethan".[2]



Although he only knew Joel for a short period of time, he greatly disliked him, assaulting him whenever given the slightest reason. He seems to have a bloodlust for Joel, wanting to be "given an excuse" to "shoot him". Ethan's desire to harm Joel ended up backfiring on him though, as Joel shot him to get him to reveal where Ellie was being prepped for surgery, then killed him.


While the extent of the relationship between Ethan and Marlene is not shown, it can be gathered that Ethan greatly respected his leader, following her orders to march Joel out of the hospital and even displayed a gesture of protection when he knocked Joel to the ground to prevent him from going near her.



What the fuck you doin'? Keep walking. I said keep walking!
— Ethan to Joel.[1]
Top floor...the far end...
— Ethan's last words, revealing Ellie's whereabouts to Joel.[1]




Start a Discussion Discussions about Ethan (Fireflies)

  • Why did Ethan hate Joel?

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    • Snivystorm wrote:Meh, Joel went for Marlene and she ordered Ethan to kill Joel should he try anything. Just a generic grunt following ord...
    • M67PattonZippo wrote: Snivystorm wrote:Meh, Joel went for Marlene and she ordered Ethan to kill Joel should he try anything. Just a generic gr...
  • Voice actor

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    • He sounds alot like Robin Atkin Downes. He also voiced Robert in the Boston QZ.
    • In the commentary of The Last of Us Remastered, They confirmed it was Robert Atkin Downes