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

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


Events of The Last of UsEdit

Ethan is seen on patrol with another Firefly when he finds Joel trying to resuscitate Ellie, who had nearly drowned. Ignoring Joel's pleas, Ethan orders him to put his hands up, but Joel is too preoccupied with trying to save Ellie to comply. Ethan then knocks Joel out with the butt of his rifle.

He is present with Marlene when Joel wakes up, and stands by as Marlene explains Ellie's infection and that she must die in order for them to get the vaccine. When Joel resists at the notion of Ellie having to die, Ethan knocks him to the floor, but is stopped by Marlene from attacking again. After Marlene is done explaining to Joel, she tells Ethan to escort Joel out of the hospital, but orders him to shoot Joel should he attempt to prevent the surgery.

He leads Joel into the ward while continuing to threaten him, almost begging for an excuse to kill him. Joel, spying his backpack, slows down. Ethan presses him to move on, forcing his pistol in to Joel's back. Joel elbows his gun upwards, just as the Firefly fires off a shot. Having gained the upper hand, Joel pins him against the wall and takes the pistol, proceeding to beat Ethan twice with the butt of the gun. Joel then jams the gun into Ethan's stomach, demanding Ellie's location. Realizing that Ellie's time is short, Joel shoots him in the stomach twice to force the answer from him. Once Ethan reveals Ellie's whereabouts, Joel kills him with a bullet to the head.[1]

His body is 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 dislikes 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 ends up backfiring on him though, making Joel just as aggressive towards him, the man eventually torturing and killing him.


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


  • Despite Joel taking his pistol in the cutscene, the player can still retrieve ammunition for the gun from Ethan's body after the level starts. On some occasions, the ammo drop is Revolver ammo, on other occasions it's 9mm Pistol ammo.
  • In the cutscene where Ethan knocks Joel out while he is trying to resuscitate Ellie, Ethan wields a Semi-Auto Rifle, which is otherwise only seen in the multiplayer.
  • Ethan is briefly depicted in The Last of Us: One Night Live, though is portrayed by Annie Wersching, who originally portrayed Tess, due to the fact that Robin Atkin Downes was unable to appear.




Start a Discussion Discussions about Ethan

  • Why did Ethan hate Joel?

    5 messages
    • 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

    9 messages
    • 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

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