|“|| In the beginning we were a group of nine. Three are gone, dead. There are six of us left.They are hunting us, and they won't stop until they've killed us all. I am Number Four. I know that I am next.
–Number Four, I Am Number Four
Number Four, better known as John Smith, is one of the ten Loric children who escaped from Lorien. Born to Liren and Lara, John was quickly recognised as strong of heart and chosen to grow into the powers and title of one of the Loric Elders. He was assigned a Cêpan, Henri, at an unusally young age - a safeguard encase The Elder's Prophecy ever came to be.
In the novel, John's appearance is not widely explored. Add description from The Power of Six.
At a young age John escaped to Earth when he was five with the eight other Garde children and their Cêpan's. The Cêpan's were instructed to avoid the Mogadorians at all costs to give the Garde the time they needed to develop their Legacies to fight back against the Mogadorians. Being Number Four, John was the fourth target under the watchful eyes of the Mogodorians. The death's of Number One and Number Two did not affect as much as Three's death did because with the death of Hannu he knew that he was next. John was nine when the Mogadorians found Earth. John Smith was asleep in a small town in Arizona, close to Mexico, when the Mogadorians found and killed Number One. The pain was so intense that it woke him from his sleep. Henri moved himself and John to Minnesota the next day. John was twelve when Maggie Hoyle was killed. Two's death happened in the middle of a spelling bee at a school in Colorado. The heat that was emitted by the scar was so intense that it caught John's sock on fire. They were then caught in the same bureaucratic mess that Henri was striving to avoid. John was taken to the emergency room and after the doctor saw the first scar, he had called the police. The police threatened to arrest Henri for child abuse but had to let him go because he was no where near John when the second scar formed. Henri moved John immediately to Maine, leaving everything except the Loric Chest.
John was fifteen when Three was killed, and was then living in Florida. The scar that was forming emitted so much heat that it boiled the water around John's leg. At the time he was talking to Tara, a pretty girl from school, who started to freak out when she saw the heat emitting from John's leg. John quickly tried to calm her down, before swimming back to shore. He then ran back to his and Henri's home. As soon as Henri saw him, he knew that Three was dead. Henri and John packed everything for their next destination, and left their false identities behind to burn, and thus headed for Paradise, Ohio.
Three's Death and Paradise
After 11 years of running and hiding Number Four and his Cêpan have settled in Florida. He has even made few friends. But when Number Three is killed and a new scar is seared into his ankle he and his Cêpan immediately leave Florida for Ohio. This time stakes are higher since he is Number Four, next in line. Number Four chooses John Smith as his new name and Henri finishes making their new identities and sign documents with their real estate agent, Annie Hart upon arriving on Paradise, Ohio. John unloads the truck and John goes to sleep to prepare for his first day of school.
As John arrives at school, he quickly notices the cliques that everybody belongs to. He also notices Sarah Hart, who is milling among the groups taking pictures. They are soon joined by a beagle who takes an immediate liking to John Smith, but as Sarah tries to take its picture, it slowly backs away. Sarah soon gives up on trying to take the dog's picture. John and Sarah engage in some small talk and soon the warning bell rings. As Sarah leaves, another student, Sam, comes up to John Smith and tells him that he should stay away from Sarah or face the wrath of Mark, her ex-boyfriend.
After being directed to his period two class, Astrology, John experiences trouble when Mark tries to trip him as he passes by. Though unexpectedly, John Smith stands up to Mark, silencing him soon after. John Smith spends most of his class admiring Sarah, but before long John Smith's newest Legacy kicks in as his hands begin to glow bright and hot. John Smith attempts to send Henri a text for help, but words it wrong and so he waits until the end of class.
John storms out of Astrology without his pack of supplies and is confronted by Mark, though John Smith begins to lose control of his body and falls back as Sarah stops Mark from moving in on John Smith. John then locks himself in the photography room until Henri could come and help him. Soon after, Henri does come, using an asthma attack as their excuse as he helps John out of the school, Henri then leaves to retrieve John's backpack, only for John to discover that Mark stole his phone.
High School Life and Training
The next day John confronts Mark and demands for his phone to be returned, calling Mark out if he didn't do so by the end of the day. John then glides through first and second period in silence, but it's at lunch when things heat up. Mark throws some of his spagetti and meatballs at John, but they miss and hit Sam instead, not hitting John until the second attempt. John then goes to confront Mark but is stopped by one of his friends, Kevin. Kevin then defends Mark, saying that John had to get through him before he could get Mark, and that's exactly what John did as he knees Kevin in the groin. Though John is stopped by the lunchroom attendant, Mr. Anderson, who sends John Smith, Sam, Kevin and Mark to Mr. Harris. Mr. Harris overlooks Mark and Kevin's offences for the publicity Mark brings the school, and so John and Sam get off saying that for what Mark did and what John did, it all evens out.
John then attends a Home Economics class where he, again, meets Sarah Hart. Sarah apologises for Mark's behaviour, quoting "We're not together, you know?" They are then both partnered up and make pancakes. They both talk, first about the first day of school then Sarah begs John not to meet up with Mark about the phone. John says he hasn't a choice. After ninth period, Sarah returns to John giving him the phone. John shows it off to Mark, who is left speechless, and returns to the truck.
They drive home and John and Henri both open the loric chest, his only possesion from Lorien for the first time. In there is a Loric Crystal that is activated by John's Legacy.
John then lies on top of the wooden coffee table and begins his training. While Henri is running the Loric Crystal up John's arms, John flashes back to the war, slaughter and pain of the war with Lorien and Mogadorian. Henri explains that they were careless and easily defeated. An hour passes and a scratching by the door is heard. Believed to be a Mogadorian, John hides and Henri approaches the door with some sort of weapon. It is only, yet again, the beagle which John has found out to be the name of Bernie Kosar. John bathes him and pets him and Henri claims that they have a new pet. John then goes to bed and observes his phone to see a sign of any corruptions. To his delight, he finds Sarah Hart has added herself to John's contact list.
A new day begins and John, unfortunately, gets covered in manure. He immediately knows that it is the courtesy of Mark. John reports it to the principal, Mr. Harris, but he doesn't continue the 'investigation'. After a class of astronomy, John does a gym class. He is required to run a mile and whilst doing so, he sees a blur and quickly runs. To his relief, it is only Bernie Kosar. In his next class, he is yet again partnered with Sarah Hart and while baking blueberry muffins, he actually took them out without the mittens and manages to get away with an explanation to Sarah.
Later, John does training with Henri again and experiences more flashbacks. After discovering a second ship, John can hardly bear what he has witnessed. He asks Henri about the ship he replies that he doesn't know.
Shepard Falls Incident
John and Henri attend the Halloween festival. They watch the parades and floats and John meets with Sarah. Henri and Sam have a discussion with each other about conspiracy theories, and Sam mentions the Mogadorians and their whole plan involving Earth. Later at the festival Mark and his football teammates attack John and Sarah, however John fights them off. He also starts dating Sarah. He lies to Henri about what happened in the woods and denies that he had any part of the fight.
They Walk Among Us and Close Call in AthensDuring Thanksgiving Henri travels to visit publishers of They Walk Among Us. Henri doesn't return for hours making John worry. He then goes to Sarah's house who is expecting him and Henri for dinner. He makes an excuse since Henri doesn't make it to dinner. Before desert Sarah ushers everyone outside to snap photos. John is nervous about Henri and mentally lists his options to find Henri while contemplating a life without him. His panic causes him to develop Telekinesis and break the lens of Sarah's camera. After quickly excusing himself he runs to his house and finds out Henri hasn't returned yet. He tries to open the loric chest to figure out whether Henri is still alive since he remembered Henri mentioning that when he dies John would be able to open the chest on his own. He is relieved to find that the chest remains shut. He quickly dials Sam and tells him he need help. He practices his telekinesis while waiting for Sam. He says that he thinks Henri is kidnapped and he need help. Sam agrees to help and they go to Athens on Sam's dad's truck. John makes Sam follow a man who exits the house Henri went to visit while he enters the house and capture a man using telekinesis. He finds Henri tied up in the basement and frees him. The man Sam was following enters with a gun. John manages to knock him out with Telekinesis and Henri is happy to see he have finally developed another legacy. A third man enters with Sam and pushes him down the stairs. John manages to catch him with Telekinesis just before he fall to the ground. They leave just in time to avoid a fight with the Mogadorians. They also learn about a man who captured and tortured a Mogadorian, who gave out information. (This man is coincidentally also mentioned in the fourth Lost files novella.) They explain to Sam who they really are. He accepts the truth calmly and even join in John's training sessions.
Mark James' House Fire
Later on, he goes to a party at Mark's house, where a fire begins which was most likely caused by Sam and Emily making out. John convinces Mark to give up on saving the house and to get the people out, which they do, except for Sarah and Mark's two dogs who John has no idea where in the house they are. He goes in to the burning house and saves Sarah and the dogs by jumping out from the 1st floor window. Later on, he told Sarah about everything from where his from to all the places he has been to. She says she doesn't care that he is an alien and admits that she love him. John says he loves her too.
Exposure and DetectionHe thought there were no witnesses to him rescuing Sarah. He denies being involved with the fire in any way, lying to Henri again.The next day, a Journalist posted a video on the internet of John jumping out of the window. This was seen by the Mogadorians as was it seen by Henri. Mr. Harris congratulate John on saving Sarah and gives him a note that someone has faxed to him. The note contains four words 'Are you Number 4?' Henri comes to school to take John away and run. But John jumps through a window and run away. He then went back to his house where Mark was waiting for him. Henri comes to the house and demands they leave right away. John says Sarah is still at school and he isn't leaving until making sure she is safe and runs away again.
Battle of Paradise High School
However it was too late since the Mogadorians already surrounded the school. John finds Sarah hiding in the photography room. They hide in the history room from the mogs where they meet Number Six. Henri along with Mark and Bernie Kosar comes to the school and shoot the scouts. They hide in the Home ec room and formulate an escape plan. Sarah says that there is a hatch in the stadium that leads outside.They encounter another scout and John kills it with Mark's all-conference trophy. When they are outside they discover hidden mogs waiting for them. While John, Six and even BK battle the mogs John tells Mark who has tackled a mog to save Henri to take Sarah back to school and hide. Henri, Six and John retreat back to school when soldiers and their beasts arrive. When they are encountered with a beast John runs out of the building hoping to lead away the beast. However the beast doesn't follow John but is eventually killed by Six. John encounters a soldier and manage to kill him but is seriously injured by a dagger. Sam comes out of nowhere and kills another saving John. Sam disappers after being knocked out by the storm Six created. John then encounters another beast and is too weak to fight it. BK comes out of nowhere and communicates with John telling him to run. BK then starts to grow and fight the beast. John then figures out BK is a Chimæra from his home planet and he has developed another legacy, Animal telepathy and can communicate with animals. (Technically he developed this legacy first just before leaving Florida but didn't discover it until then.) BK is losing the battle and tells John to leave. Mark comes out of nowhere and drag him away. But John manages to kill the beast with a mog dagger he had.Henri appears and they try to make it back to the school where Sam will be waiting with his truck. They encounter another beast and outnumbered by the mogs. John uses his new found legacy to turn the animal on the mogadorians. But Henri is shot and eventually dies. A lone mogadorian sneak up on John but before he can kill him he is killed by Sarah. John then passes out and wakes up in a motel room with Sarah next to him. Both his and BK's, who had survived the attack wounds are cleaned and sewn by Sarah. He cremeates Henri and promisethat he
will bring his ashes back to Lorien one day. He then leaves Sarah and Mark behind and goes on his journey to find other Garde with Six and Sam.
On the Run
John is confused about his feelings for both Sarah and Six. On the way both him and Sam train with Six while eluding the police. They arrive to the conclusion that the Mogadorians have found a way to open Six 's Chest when, after opening John's they are ambushed. John reads Henri's letter and finds out that the nine have been chosen by the planet as the next generation of Elders and that Malcolm Goode, Sam's father, had been one of the humans to welcome them to Earth when they had first arrived.
Return to Paradise
After reading the letter Sam gets the idea that his father has left him a clue back in Paradise in the well near his house. They go back and retrieve a white tablet. They are attacked by the Mogadorians who take possession of John's Chest. Six remains to fight the Mogadorians and John goes to take the chest back, but falters when he finds himself near to Sarah's house. Despite's Sam's protests, John meets with Sarah where he accidentally reveals certain incidents between him and Six. She apparently alerts the police of John's whereabouts and both he and Sam get arrested. Four is interogated by Detective Will Murphy who thinks John is being sarcastic when he tells him he is an alien from the Planet Lorien. John is taken to a cell and almost manages to taunt the guard to make him open the door so he can escape however Six arrives to help them escape but so does the Mogadorians. She announces that she had found out that a Garde is in Spain and plans to go there to help because she feels the Garde is in trouble. While Six goes off to Spain, John is to take Sam to retrieve his and Six's Chests and to look for Sam's father at a Mogadorian hiding place where Six had previously been held. Before Six leaves, John and Six kiss and Six confesses to having feelings for both him and Sam. She gives Sam an address where they will meet in two weeks' time. They split in West Virginia.
John uses the Xitharis to share Six's power and manages to find the chest after it expires. They find a Garde member, Nine, but John loses sight of Sam in the commotion and narrowly escapes before a force field is erected and Sam is trapped inside. At that moment, Nine and Four witness the arrival of Setrákus Ra. John and Nine head North after they find out that the address of the place where they had been supposed to meet Six had remained with Sam. With Sarah's betrayal, as well as Sam's loss, John has lost all connections with humanity and returns to being known simply as Four.
Capture and Chicago
Recovering from running into the blue forcefield at the Mogadorian Base, Four wakes up in an abandoned house and vows to return to the base to save Sam.
Four and Nine look through their chests and with thanks to the Glass Orbs discover that they can track the Loric Chests when they are open (most likely relating to a specific item in the chest that emits a signal when the chest is open), they see that a Garde is in India and another is travelling fast over South America. Shortly after this, Four and Nine are ambushed by the US government and agents Walker and Purdy. They are locked up and transported in the back of vans. They eventually manage to escape but Purdy and Walker (injured) disappear before they can get any real information from them.
Four, Nine and Bernie Kosar get on a train to Chicago to Nine's safehouse in the John Hancock Center. Here Nine finds a special computer lead that plugs into the White Tablet that was found in Malcolm's Office. They discover the locations of the 7 remaining Garde. Four in India, 2 in Chicago and the other in Jamaica. They also find the location of the two Loric Ships in New Mexico and Egypt.
Whilst in Chicago, Four claims that he is the heir of Pittacus Lore and Nine, annoyed by this, challenges him to a fight on the roof of the Hancock center. Nine ultimately wins when he dangles Four over the edge of the building.Later, Four and Nine have the same dream telling them to go to New Mexico and set off in one of Sandor's cars. Four finds that he can communicate with Ella and they use this to find eachother in the desert. Four, Nine and Bernie meet with Marina, Eight and Ella and fight off a convoy of FBI armoured vehicles and helicoptors before forcing their way into the Dulce government base.
Battle of Dulce, New Mexico
Inside Four is reuinted with Sarah and vows to protect her, before entering a room to search for Six, Four leaves Sarah in charge of watching Agent Walker who has been tied to a light fitting ready to be dealt with later. They present Garde enter the room and find Setrákus Ra disguised as Six who stabs Eight through the chest and takes away their Legacies. Marina is unable to Heal Eight and so Four helps her take Eight away from the room, hoping to regain their legacies. this proves difficult as they are attacked by an army of Mogadorians. Once in the doorway, Four is shot severly three times by a Mogadorian Cannon and falls.
Shortly after Sarah and Ella enter the room, Sarah clutching a cannon, they get close enough to Setrákus to throw, what looks like, a Red Dart at him, restoring the Garde's Legacies. However they are both hit by his Whip and then subject to mogadorian fire. Four, in a bad condition losing a lot of blood with broken bones and ripped muscles, drags himself to Sarah's aid. Marina manages to heal him and he gets to Sarah and Ella, miraculously healing both of them.
Return to Chicago, Number Five and Reunion with Sam
Inside the Hancock Center, John tries to help Ella with her nightmares about Setrakus Ra. The Garde discover the jagged symbol in Arkansas, John volunteers to go with Sarah and Six to find Five. During their journey, John has a brief conversation with Six and she tells him that she wants him to be with Sarah. John is distressed but agrees. Once they reach Arkansas, they meet with Five. John has a brief conversation with him, and describes him as nervous and excited to finally meet one of the Garde. Suddenly, Mogadorians arrive in one of their ships and when John wants to escape, Five declares that he never seen one before, and is shell-shocked. The Loric try to fight off the Mog force and succeeds. However, a gigantic centipede-like creature appears, trying to devour Five and John. John leaps on Five's back while he lobs fireballs at the monster, but is knocked down. The monster is killed by a sniper shot from Malcolm, who has found John and the rest, with Sam. John and Sam embrace, and they all head off towards the penthouse.
Later, the others have arrived at the penthouse. Malcolm reveals to them that he met Pittacus Lore in person, and that Lore is dead. John trains with the others, and during the capture-the-flag battle, he is captain of the losing team, as Marina infiltrates his team's defenses and steals their flag.
Setkrákus Ra's Vision
John finds a message written in Mogadorian from a scout, while walking around the penthouse. Malcolm sets out to interpret it using his computer. Meanwhile, Ella is in a coma from a particularly bad nightmare, and when John touches her, he gets sucked in the dream, and passes out too. John sees a vision of the future inside Ella's dream. He is dead, and he sees that Five is working for the Mogadorians, and a newspaper article that says invasion. Ella and Setrakus Ra are both sitting on thrones, and Six and Sam are the only Loric supporters alive. He witnesses Setrakus Ra addressing Ella as his heir. Ella gives command to execute them, and Setrakus chops Six's head off and kills Sam.
Ambush in Chicago
John wakes up from that vision, alone without Ella, when Eight's scar burns on him. The Mogadorians have arrived, Sam and Sarah are still fighting them. He tries to fight back, but Malcolm is badly wounded. He faces the choice to either heal Malcolm or rescue Ella, who the Mogadorians are trying to capture. Since he knows that Ella is Setrakus Ra's heir and will not die, he chooses to heal Malcolm who is fatally wounded, and the Mogadorians retreat with Ella, who is still in a coma. After the battle, he meets up with Adam who has finally found him. John fights back the desire to kill him, but he is genuinely shocked when Adam shows concern for Malcolm and Sam. He decides to team up with Adam and "win the war with him".
- I Am Number Four Narrator
- The Power of Six Narrator
- The Rise of Nine Narrator
- The Fall of Five Narrator
- The Revenge of Seven Narrator
John has five known Legacies. One in common with the other gardes, three different legacies possessed by three seperate gardes and one as his personal legacy.
John has enhanced physical abilities like all Garde do. He is far stronger, faster and more durable than regular human-beings. He is able to throw a full grown man across a room, run at incredible speeds close to 60 mph, and has incredible dexterity. With this, he also has enhanced senses. His hearing range exceeds that of a normal human being's and is thus able to focus on people who are far away from him.
Animal Telepathy (Zoopathy)
John developed this legacy while in Florida. This was his first legacy but he thought it was his third, because he didn't realize that he had this legacy (he thought that Lumen was his first). During his battle with the Mogadorians at Paradise High School, he realized this legacy for the first time when he became aware that Bernie Kosar was communicating with him, telling him to run away from the piken. This ability works by him talking through his and their minds and not necessarily communicating with them with his voice. This legacy is also possessed by Number Nine. This was proved by the fact that they both are able to talk to Bernie Kosar, Number Four's Chimæra.
Lumen (Pyrokinesis)Lumen is the legacy that makes the user immune to heat and fire externally. John got this legacy a few days after Hannu's (Number 3's) death. This originally started only in his hands but, with the help of Henri, he spread the legacy to the rest of his body and he became fully immune to fire on the outside. Because he only is immune to fire on the outside, if he were to breathe while on fire, he would risk causing internal damage. Eventually, John's legacy to be immune to heat and fire turned into Pyrokinesis, or the control of fire itself. This legacy allows John to directly tap into the power of Lorien and posses unlimited potential thus hinting that Lumen is a form of energy manipulation.
Every Garde develops the legacy to move objects with their mind. Telekinesis is supposed to come with the first legacy but John's legacy came a while after his second legacy. Henri knew this and began to worry and tried to activate it by doing training exercises with him to activate the legacy. Eventually he did get telekinesis and it advanced very quickly. Soon after he got it, he could manipulate large objects.
Precognition is the legacy to see into the future in his dreams.(Four also had dreams of past events ie: The dream about the second ship and baby Ella) It is unknown if this is an actual legacy but while traveling with Six and Sam, John began having dreams about the Mogs. It was never said if he thought that this was a new legacy but it can be presumed that it is. Eight and Nine possess this Legacy as well.
John discovered this Legacy by accident after Sarah and Ella were shot by a Mogadorians during the Garde's battle with Setrákus Ra in The Rise of Nine. It is confirmed he has this legacy in The Fall of Five.
- Main Article: Loric Chest
Henri and John have one of several special Loric chests that were given to the Nine Garde that can only be opened by the garde and their Cêpan together (However, if the Cêpan dies, the Garde will be able to open it by themselves.) Using artifacts from the chest Henri shows John a model of the galaxies where he can see how Lorien looked before the Mogadorians invaded it and how it looks now, desolate and barren.
- Diamond Blade Dagger: four inch blade sharper than any on earth and can break a Mogadorian sword.
- Xitharis (lost): made from one of Lorien's six moons, is a pale, waxy rock that can transfer legacies from Garde to Garde for an hour or so.
- Red Bracelet: a bracelet made with red crystal strung onto it that when senses danger will expand into a six foot shield that is bulletproof among other things.
- Blue Cube: a small blue cube that when put into mouth will provide icy cold water to the user.
- Macrocosm: also a solar system of Lorien, if another Garde has their Chest open it will show their location, and if one has their red crystal operating, the user can hear the words being said via the Macrocosm, and if another member of the Garde pairs up with them and has a red crystal, they can communicate back if they have a Macrocosm in operation.
- Healing Stone: a small, very dark black stone that heals almost any injury created with the intention to hurt or kill, though must be used promptly after infliction and causes double that of the original pain while healing. Works on both Loric and humans.
- Loric Salt: small pebbles that when placed under the tongue provide the user with a short burst of energy, strength, and relief from pain, though the pebbles disolve quickly and the use of legacies rapidly diminish the Loric Salt's effects.
- Twined Leaves: produces the sound of wind in Lorien when brushed. Believed to be Four's phoenix stone.
- Gems: Natural resources from Lorien that could be sold for money.
- Pulsing Crystal: The power of this artifact is yet to be discovered. When Four and Six touched this crystal, it sent pinpricks into their hands and caused acid to rise up in their throats.
Like many Garde children John was raised by his grandparents. Henri tells John that he loved to make people laugh an was always making jokes and pranks with his invisibility Legacy and once even pranked him. Four's grandparents complimented each other greatly, his grandfather was carefree while his grandmother was more quiet, reserved, very intelligent and made sure everything went to plan behind the scenes. John remembers that his Grandfather saw him off in the airship that was earth bound, both his grandparents hugged him and made their goodbyes before returning to the battle. His Grandfather had Lumen like John and Invisibilty legacies.
His parents names were Lara and Liren. Henri mentions that although they weren't allowed his father often came to see John. John has a vision of his father battling the mogadorians during the invasion and dying. His father has the elemental manipulation legacy same as Six. Henri mentions that he met John's mother once and she was reserved and maybe even a little shy like his father.
Sarah is a presumed-older human female with whom John has an intimate relationship during his
time in Paradise Ohio. Sarah's friendly and caring nature and John's attraction combined to create their relationship which began friendly and eventually became romantic. Physically speaking John and Sarah progressed as far as kissing however emotionally they are described as in true love. Sarah tells John at the end of the novel that she will wait for him and does not come with him and Sam as they leave Paradise Ohio. She is suspected of turning him in to the FBI after he implies having feelings for Six . but in the Rise of Nine, Sarah Hart was found in the same holding cell with Six in the Goverment base in New Mexico. Later when found by Number Four, she was rescued and she fought side by side with the other garde. She then started travelling along with Number Four and the other garde when they escape the goverment base together after fighting Setrákus Ra.
|“||We always joked about it but you were my father, the best father I could have ever asked for. I'll never forget you, not for a minute for as long as I live. I love you, Henri. I always did||”|
–John, to Henri
Henri was John's Cêpan, a trainer and guardian assigned to him. John never knew his father and as such Henri served to fulfill that role for much of his life. John is often described as desiring to refer to Henri as 'dad' but it does not come naturally as he refers to him as Henri to many people, possibly risking his cover. Henri and John are very close and John has unyielding faith in Henri. Henri has been responsible for looking after John and saving him many times. However there has also been a natural tension between the two when Henri wishes to uproot them both from Paradise Ohio to ensure their survival. After Henri's death in the novel, John swears to take his ashes to Lorien. John did that because he knew he would go Lorien one day.
|“||Sam is my bestfriend||”|
–John Smith, The Rise of Nine
Sam is initially polite to John and the two become friends after Sam warns him to stay away from Sarah due to her possessive ex-boyfriend. After witnessing John's legacies during a fight on Halloween Sam pulls a gun on John revealing that Sam's father is believed to be abducted by aliens and that he believes John has come for him. Initially Sam is lied to by John and their friendship continues until he needs Sam to help him save Henri. After this Sam is told about John's true nature, he accepts John as a friend and alien and shows extreme loyalty in the battle against the beasts in the climax of the novel. Sam leaves Paradise, Ohio with John. Apparently Sam vowed to find his father no matter what even if it means fighting mogs who abducted his father. After travelling with John and Six, they soon belived that Sam's father, Malcolm Goode was a helper of the garde, on Earth. John becomes jealous of Sam because both of them are interested in Number Six. After Six left to find a Garde in Spain, Sam and John went to the Mogadorian base and found nine. Sam Goode was then captured because John didn't have time to save him when he went running to look for his father. He was later reunited with his father and John and he and his father traveled with John to NIne's safehouse. John advises Sam about his crush on Six and encourages him to express his feelings. When mogs attack Nine's safehouse Sam's father is injured badly and is on the verge of death. John decides to save Malcolm instead of rescuing Ella who has been kidnapped since he doesn't wawnt his best friend to go through what he went through with Henri. Sam thanks John for saving his father's life.
|“||She's the strongest person I've ever met||”|
–John to Nine, about Six
Back on Lorien, Six's and John's parents were best friends who joked that they'd end up together. When John first meets Six it is because she had been looking for him and the other remaining Garde. Her interventions save his life during his first battle with the Mogs. During the course of The Power of Six, John becomes drawn to Six despite his feelings for Sarah and his friendship with Sam. They constantly flirt with one another and John comes to admit his feelings for her when she tells him she likes him despite the fact that he can be an idiot. When John is reunited with Sarah he admits that he loves Sarah more than Six. Things become awkward between them until Sarah forces John to patch things up with Six. They talk things out and Six says she understands that John loves Sarah more than her and she accept that. They remain as good friends.
|“||His loyalty, his bravery very nearly make me weep. He's a hundred times smaller than the beast yet he stands tall, vowing to fight.||”|
–John Smith about Bernie Kosar
Bernie Kosar, BK for short is John's Chimæra/pet. He comes from Lorien the same planet as John. He has been with John since he was little kid and came to earth with John in the same spaceship. After landing on earth he has been following John and Henri keeping an eye on them. In I Am Number Four he appeared as a beagle form on John's doorstep. He took him in and cared for him. In the battle in Paradise high school BK revealed his true form and fought with mogadorian beasts to keep John safe, and he has been fighting alongside John in many other battles that followed. He travelled with John after he left Paradise.
|“||He's reckless, arrogant, selfish and just flat-out rude.||”|
–John about Nine, The Rise of Nine
When John meets Nine in West Virginia, he is impressed by his Legacies and combat abilities as to compare them to Six's but becomes concerned about the fact that Nine seemed to enjoy fighting too much. Still, they work well together and escape after which they make plans to recover at Nine's home in Chicago. Nine takes care of Four like he is a younger brother, and he would like to be friends with Four. Even if Nine is stronger than Four, he does not underestimate Four's intelligence. Out of the both of them Nine is the sensible one, while John leads with his heart Nine leads with his head. When John wanted save Sam and Sarah Nine refused saying they needed numbers and defeat mogadorian leader for the sake of Lorien and Earth. John reluctantly agreed with Nine. When John was unsure about the leader role that was thrust upon him Nine gave him a his version of pep talk that lifted his spirits. John mentions that Nine's sense of humour is infectious. During a battle between them it is shown that Nine is stronger than John.
|“||Every school has one, a tough guy, a bully, whatever you want to call him.||”|
–John Smith, I Am Number Four
John and Mark hated each other at the beginning. Mark constantly bullied John because of his interest in his ex-girlfriend Sarah Hart. During the Halo-ween hayride his friends attack John and kidnap Sarah. John manages to overpower all of them and throw them in the river not before making Mark apologize to Sarah who in return slaps him. When John saves Mark's two dogs and Sarah from a house fire Mark's attitude towards John changes. When he goes to John's house to thank him he get mixed up in the fight between Henri and John and goes to Paradise High School and gets caught in the middle of the battle with the Mogadorians. John makes Mark promise to keep Sarah safe during the battle and he keeps that promise even after John left Paradise. He helps John during the battle and even carries him to safety when he falls unconscious. He along with Sarah helps John to leave Paradise.
|“||Your dad's a good guy, we might have to make him an honorary Cêpan||”|
–John to Sam, about Malcolm
Malcolm Goode is John's best friend Sam Goode's father. When John and the other loric arrived on earth Malcolm was there to greet them and to help them. John learns about it on a letter Henri leaves for him. John meets him again when he goes to find Number Five in Arkansas. He becomes sort of an adopted Cêpan for John and the remaining Garde. He help them learn more about the contents on their loric chest and helps them train too. When mogs invade Nine's safehouse he defends John and Ella who are comatose. He gets badly injured in the process and nearly dies. John heals and saves him since he didn't want Sam to go through what he went through with Henri.
John and Marina have only known each other for so long but some kind of relationship has developed. When Marina first meets John, she's amazed that she's finally met the famous "John Smith." John is equally amazed by Marina's healing legacy. "That's one hell of a legacy." John also states that he really wants to take the time to get know her but they are in the middle of the Battle of Dulce. Later on, when John runs to Ella and Sarah's aid, Marina is able identify John's new healing legacy. It can be assumed that after the battle, Marina helped John learn more about his new legacy.
While in Chicago, John and Marina seem to develop a brother/sister relationship. While in the kitchen, Marina asks John if they should establish a cleaning and cooking schedule for the apartment. John agrees and the two of them work together to help Ella and they face off in Capture the Flag, in which Marina beats John by using Nine's legacy stone to run up the wall. It can also be assumed that Marina looks up to John for battle tips and she sees him as a leader.
Once John is put in a coma by Ella and Marina leaves for Florida, their friendship is on hold until they can re-connect.
|“||I made a choice, they won't hurt her.||”|
–John about Ella
in I Am Number Four John sees a vision of Ella as a baby escaping Lorien during the invasion in a second ship with three Cêpans and some Chimæras. John meets Ella physically in The Rise of Nine. She is nearly killed along with Sarah by the mogadorian leader but John saves them both with his newly developed Helaing legacy. When Ella experience nightmares after escaping from Dulce he talks to her and shares about his own experiences about the visions of Setrakus Ra. When Ella falls into a coma she pulls John into her dream and puts John in a coma too. In the dream John finds out that Ella is Setrakus Ra's heir. When Mogs kidnaps Ella instead of rescuing her John decides to save Malcolm who is seriuosly injured and is at the verge of death.
|“||All right Adam, you're gonna help me win this war.||”|
–John to Adam, The Fall of Five
When Malcolm tells the Garde about Adam and his legacy instead of acting suspicious John vows to find him if he is still alive. In the end of The Fall of Five Adam arrives in Nine's safehouse right after the battle was over. John attacks him to avenge Eight's death and Ella's kidnapping. Adam fights back and John is nearly thrown out of the window but Adam saves him. John is shocked by his compassion. And when Adam offers his hand and he can help hurt the mogadorians John shakes his hand and takes his offer.
- John Smith has moved a total of 22 times by the end of I Am Number Four, some locations being in North Carolina, Arizona, Minnesota, Colarado, Maine, Florida, Montana and Ohio.
- His parents names were Lara and Liren.
- In the book, he himself thought of the name John Smith while he and Henri were travelling to Ohio, whereas in the movie, Henri made the name for him and thought the name John Smith was too plain.
- John/Number Four and Marina/Number Seven are the only two Garde to keep a human name other than their Loric number.Cite error: Invalid
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- He is one of the only four characters to physically appear in all five Novels up to date. Other two characters are Bernie Kosar, Sarah Hart and Six.
- He is the only character to narrate all Five Novels to date.
|“||I am an alien, I have extraordinary powers, with more to come, and I can do things that no human would dream of, but I still look like a fool||”|
–I Am Number Four
|“||I'll come back to you, I promise you, if it's the last thing I do, I'll come back to you.||”|
–To Sarah, I Am Number Four
In the beginning we were a group of nine.
Three are gone, dead.
There are six of us left.
They are hunting us, and they won't stop until they've killed us all.
I am Number Four. I know that I am next.
-I am Number Four
|“||Being in love is a very strange thing. Your thoughts constantly drift towards this other person, no matter what you're doing. You could be reaching for a glass in the cupboard or brushing your teeth or listening to someone tell a story, and your mind will just start drifting towards their face, their hair, the way they smell, wondering what they'll wear, and what they'll say the next time they see you. And on top of the constant dream state you're in, your stomach feels like it's connected to a bungee cord, and it bounces and bounces around for hours until it finally lodges itself next to your heart. That's how I've felt since the first day I met Sarah Hart.||”|
–John Smith, The Power of Six