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This article is about Alison DiLaurentis, a TV character. You may be looking for Alison DiLaurentis (Book Character).


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Alison


Alison “Ali” Lauren DiLaurentis is a main character in the television series Pretty Little Liars and Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists on Freeform. She is portrayed by Sasha Pieterse.

The beloved and notorious mean girl of Rosewood who once faked her death to escape the tumultuous A, Alison traveled to Beacon Heights to leave her past behind and start anew. She was soon pulled back into old habits after the town experienced their first murder and a fresh set of new liars stood accused.

Biography

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Alison was born in Rosewood, PA, to the wealthy and prestigious DiLaurentis family. She is the only daughter of Jessica and Kenneth DiLaurentis, the younger half-sister of Jason, and the adoptive younger sister of Charlotte. Because Charlotte was sent to Radley Sanitarium, Alison didn't remember that she had an adoptive sibling. Alison was manipulated by her mother from a young age, and forced to keep secrets and lies from a primitive age.

As a pre-teen and teenager, Alison was the resident "it girl" and "Queen Bee" of Rosewood's teenage circle. Her close-knit group consisted of her best friends Hanna, Aria, Spencer, and Emily. Alison was described as beautiful, manipulative, secretive, and vindictive. She could make people feel special which made them dependent on her as they wanted to continue that feeling. Alison was known only by her close friends to have a sweet and caring side.

Jessica and Kenneth knew their daughter to be fiercely independent and recklessly obstinate when challenged. She never had a close relationship with her brother, Jason, as they fought frequently. She was also manipulated as a child by her secretive mother who often argued with her father. Alison was a bully who tormented many students at Rosewood High before her disappearance on September 1, 2009. Although Alison seemed to have a perfect life, she was being harassed by a mysterious text-messenger named "A", shortly before her disappearance.

One year after her disappearance, “Alison's body” was found buried in the backyard of the DiLaurentis house, now inhabited by the St. Germain's. The autopsy stated that she suffered a blow to the head and subsequently suffocated to death, with dirt being found in her lungs. The item that was used to incapacitate her was discovered to be a large rock. On the night of her attack, her hand appeared from the ground and confirmed she was buried alive[2]. A mysterious woman discovered Alison and pulled her from the soil.

In the present day, it is seen that Alison may be alive and could secretly be Red Coat, the mysterious blonde watching her former friends. In "Now You See Me, Now You Don't", it is confirmed that Alison is alive. Carla Grunwald revealed that she had pulled Alison from the shallow grave. She said Alison was afraid of "A" and would subconsciously call out for help that only Carla could hear, due to Carla being a psychic.

In Grave New World, the Liars finally catch Alison in her red coat, used as a disguise from "A". Alison said that she couldn't come home until the person was stopped, as it was too dangerous. She fled when the Liars turned their backs to her.

In "A is for Answers", the Liars met Alison in New York and she explained what happened the night she went missing. Ali confirmed all the people she met throughout the night while on her journey to expose "A". She then revealed that she was hit over the head from behind, by what she know knew was rock - not a shovel. Alison's mother witnessed the attack and thought that Alison was dead due to her lifeless state. To protect attepted killer from getting caught, Jessica buried Alison in the backyard - unaware that her daughter was alive. Alison confirmed that Mrs. Grunwald saved her, however, Alison ran before she got to the hospital. Late that night, Mona Vanderwaal found her and took her to the Lost Woods Resort and convinced Alison to fake her death to please the villainous "A". The next morning, Alison had gotten dressed as Vivian Darkbloom, and left town. In the present day, the Liars convinced Alison to come back to Rosewood with them.

Alison returned to Rosewood in "Whirly Girlie", which shocked the entire town as they still thought she was dead. Throughout the next episodes, Alison and the Liars try to find out who the ruthless "A" is until they and Mona begin to suspect Alison of being "A", as part of her "biggest game yet". This was a master ploy by the real A to isolate Alison. A's plan was to separate her from her friends and the social hierarchy. Their goal was to break the Liar's trust in Alison. On Thanksgiving, Mona is seemingly murdered before she proved that Alison murdered Bethany. Alison was arrested later for the murders of both Mona Vanderwaal and Bethany Young.

After she is cleared of the murders, Alison is reunited with her traumatized friends back in Rosewood. As they search for A and attempt to recuperate, Alison begins searching for her long-lost brother, who is A. As she seeks to understand his reasons for tormenting her she is kidnapped and taken to Radley Sanitarium. Alison is surprised to learn that "A"/Charles is her transgender sister, Charlotte. After learning her sisters' story, Alison and Jason have Charlotte institutionalized where she undergoes intense therapy for five-years. Alison remained in Rosewood for the length of Charlotte's recovery and later fought for her to be released into her custody. The night Charlotte is released she seemingly commits suicide, but the case later branches into a homicide investigation.

After a few months, a love-deprived Alison impulsively marries Archer Dunhill, her longtime boyfriend and Charlotte's former doctor. The Liars grow to suspect Alison as Charlotte's murderer, and after Caleb releases their evidence to A, who wants to make Charlotte's killer suffer. Later that night, Elliott reveals himself to be Archer Dunhill, Charlotte's longtime boyfriend, and one of A's who wanted revenge on Charlotte's killer. Archer continues to torture her in Welby, the institution that Alison voluntarily committed herself, while under the guise of her "concerned husband Dr. Elliot Rollins". Alison later escapes and helps the Liars cover-up Archer's murder after Hanna runs him over with her car.

Alison is released from Welby and into the care of her long-lost Aunt, Mary Drake. Alison attempts to grow closer to Mary but this is thwarted when Mary's true intentions and history are revealed. In the events leading up to the reveal of the new A, Alison discovers she is pregnant via artificial insemination. During her stay at Welby, Archer had inseminated her with Emily's eggs and a then unknown man's sperm. Alison finds solace in Emily, and the pair later fall in love. After a year or so, Alison and Emily have settled into Alison's childhood home and are raising their beautiful twin daughters, Lily and Grace, together in Rosewood. Alison later proposed to Emily and alongside their friends, they unmasked A.D. once and for all.

With A gone for good and nothing holding her back, Alison began to experience hardships in her marriage to Emily - they were sometimes happy and sometimes not. Their issues were due to trust and who they were as individuals, and a couple, without A. They continued to raise their twin daughters together, although, Alison longed to better support her family and leave her past behind her. After getting a job in the picturesque town of Beacon Heights, Alison moved across the country to be a teaching assistant at Beacon Heights University. While she taught at the university she simultaneously worked to get her degree so she can return to Rosewood and teach at Hollis College. Alison's plans were quickly derailed by Beacon Heights' first-ever murder, and the surprising appearance of her high school nemesis, Mona Vanderwaal.

Personality

Although Alison seemed to have it all, she was easily threatened by people who intimidated her. Her jealousy and lust for power often got the best of her, It caused her to act cruel and selfish. Likewise, her fearless nature also helped her to get revenge on her enemies or protect her friends. Alison was vindictive and cunning, she often used other people as tools in her manipulations - she was the snake behind an angel's face.

Nobody told a lie better than Alison DiLaurentis. She had a way of using people's secrets against them. She kept information about her life from her friends but managed to learn their secrets. Alison often held secrets over her friends so she could stay in control of them and her environment. She spun a web of lies so tangled, that when she was on the run, her friends were stranded to face "A".

Since Season 5B, Alison's personality has changed significantly. She has become a better person. She is now more reserved and wants nothing more than to be happy. Though, if someone or something threatens her or her friends, she has no problem letting her original "bitchy" side shine through.

After a handful of years, Alison has become less threatening and has placed the manipulative mean girl she was in high school behind her. She is focused on her future and has become a loving, devoted wife. She is a dedicated mother and friend who wants nothing more than to support her family. Despite having toned down in the many years since high school, Alison remains fierce and independent never allowing herself to be pushed around by those who wish to undermine her.

Physical Appearance

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Alison is a very attractive young woman with golden blonde hair, bright blue eyes, and a heart-shaped face with a dimple in the center of her chin. In high school, she wore her hair in curls or pulled back. She was slender and graceful are wore fashionable, yet feminine, attire. Alison's bold personality is reflected in her confident stance and walk. She often wore ankle boots, heels, or sandals. On the night of her disappearance, she wore a yellow tank top, black leggings, and ankle boots. She also used to wear her "Alison" bracelet and an anklet.

Season 5

In Seasons 5 and 6, Alison is in her late teens and early twenties. She has a curvy and mature build. She wore bright-colored dresses paired with a leather jacket. She liked traditional clothing such as blazers which she paired with jeans. She maintained her golden blonde hair, though it varies in length throughout the seasons. She wore dark, almost gothic clothing in Season 5, including long black sweaters and edgy tops. She would occasionally break the black theme by wearing a colored jacket or scarf.

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After five-years, Alison began to wear floral dresses, or jumpers, that accented her curvy, beautiful figure. Her blonde hair was worn almost exclusively in curls or waves. She paired her clothes with several accessories. She kept her nude makeup look, often sporting a pink or red lip paired with neutral eyeshadow and dark eyeliner. In Season 7, she dropped the dark eyeliner to go with a more natural look. Two years later, Alison's blonde hair remained long, however, she began sporting straightened bangs with a pink lip.

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In "The Perfectionists", Alison's style is notably different than her previous styles. Her hair is long and her bangs have grown out. Her wavy locks reach just below her collarbone with a wind-blown hairstyle. While teaching, she wears dress jackets or blazers, paired with dark pants and simplistic heels. Her style has matured since her time in Rosewood, and she wears minimal accessories or only ones that compliment her outfit. Her recurring fashion item is a blue jacket with large black buttons. Alison's classic pink lip from high school was replaced with either deep reds or nude matte lipsticks. She wears darker eyeliner on her upper lid, thick brown eyebrows, and light pink blush.

Series

Pretty Little Liars

Ravenswood

Death and the Maiden

Alison is mention by Ms. Grunwald to Caleb saying that The Liars were in Ravenswood looking for her, but she was long gone by now.

My Haunted Heart

Alison is mentioned by Hanna to Ms. Grunwald thanking her for pulling Ali out the ground.

The Perfectionists

Pilot

In the Oregon mountainside late at night, Alison is being chauffeured and is asked why she’s in Oregon by the driver. She responds she is now a faculty member of BHU and doesn’t know a soul in town. After arriving at her new house, she begins to hear ominous noises inside the house. Shaken, she opens the basement door and turns on the lights. Seeing nothing, she closes it and hears her doorbell ring. She opens it and is surprised to see her old frenemy Mona, who calmly states that she brought pie.

Mona sets the pie on the table and sits and Alison asks why she's here. Mona responds that she also works at BHU for recruitment and admissions, having come back to the States to devote her time to her passions - game design. She explained the reasons why she was in France escaped her. Alison is still not following, so Mona elaborates that ten months ago she was hired at BHU to refine their faculty selection process. Mona selected Alison for her new position at BHU. Alison is angered she wasn't told but admits she wouldn't have come if Mona had asked her. Mona admits she wanted to come here for a fresh start, and it was easier to gain people's trust when you haven't given them enough reasons not to. Alison relates and admitted that her wife, Emily, loves her but is struggling with the past. Sometimes they're happy and sometimes they're not, which is why Alison is ready to shed her past as a mean girl. She wants to help the students, and Mona says she will as she begins to pack up the pie. That's when Alison notices Beacon Guard, which Mona explains it's the school's security system. She says she'll give Alison a tour tomorrow as she packs the pie, and asks Alison to store it for later. As she leaves, Mona, looking at the mirror, comments that Alison is as determined as ever.

Mona and Alison begin a tour of BHU. Alison comments on the philanthropy of the Hotchkiss family to build BHU from the ground up. They pass the Taylor Hotchkiss Memorial Garden, dedicated the Hotchkiss daughter who killed herself a year ago. Alison asks how Mona knew her, to which she says she simply looked her up online. Mona adds that Alison is now living in her house, but the furniture is all brand new, much to Alison's distress.

In a lecture hall, Alison introduces herself through the students' interactive e-board as Professor Granger's new TA. Their summer assignment was to read a book by one of her favorite authors. She asks the class for their thoughts on the book. Dylan Wright raises his hand, eloquently responding he was struck with the idea of isolation and refers to a scene in the book. Alison agrees and notices a distracted Ava Jalali on her laptop. Alison calls on Ava, and Ava says that Dylan is always right much to the laughter of their peers. Alison presses for more, and Ava gives an intellectual but vague and incomprehensible answer. She further explains she didn't have time to read the book as she was growing her YouTube channel over the Summer. Alison understands but reminds Ava to come prepared next time. Caitlin Park-Lewis raises her hand next, saying it comes down to if it's okay to murder a murderer. Alison asks if she thinks so, and Caitlin says it is if they hurt a loved one. Nolan Hotchkiss cheekily says that no one will hurt him. Bothered, Alison calls on him, to which he arrogantly says payback's a bitch and they deserved what they got because the did terrible things. He slyly says he thought she would appreciate the world view, much to Alison's subtle shock. As class ends and Alison gives their homework assignment, she stops Nolan and asks why he thinks she knows about payback. Nolan states that his mother will tell her she's here because she reminds him of his sister, but it's more than that. He leaves, leaving Alison more confused than ever.

Mona is walking through campus when Alison startles her. Alison asks Mona what she knows about Nolan Hotchkiss. Alison is furious that he of all people knows about her past, but Mona wants to know what he said. Alison changes her mind and is about to leave but Mona swears she didn't tell anyone. Mona explains that Nolan is super smart but doesn't belong at BHU - he could be dangerous. Mona warns her to stay away from her, leaving Alison alone until she spots Nolan looking at her from a distance.

By her riverside house, Alison is grading papers when she notices the slight rewording and identical formulating of Ava Jalali's paper to Dylan Wright's. She finds the same issues in Nolan's paper. Looking up the plagiarism policy, she takes off her glasses in disappointment. She stands up to go to one of her moving boxes, taking out a picture of her and her family. Smiling, she notices a rip in the wallpaper and covers it up with the frame.

In a lounge, Ava remarks to Alison that she's never had a problem with her work before. Alison responds that she doesn't think the beautifully written paper is Ava's, as she admitted earlier that she didn't even read the book. She asks the young student if Nolan or Dylan wrote it. Continuing, Alison says she read Ava's file and asks about her father. Ava sarcastically states a man who embezzled millions won't be found, and her mother simply bailed. Ava notes that she has a part to go to. Alison objects, but Ava makes it clear to leave her and her 'friends' alone and let it go. Disappointed, Alison opens her laptop. She senses she's being watched and notices that Mona is outside, looking at her.

Appearances

Pretty Little Liars (113/160)

Season 1 (16/22)

Season 2 (14/25)

Season 3 (13/24)

Season 4 (15/24)

Season 5 (20/25)

Season 6 (17/20)

Season 7 (17/20)

The Perfectionists (10/10)

Season 1 (10/10)

Posthumous Video Footage

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Before disappearing, Alison met with Ian at The Kissing Rock, where they made a video of them making out. In the footage shown to the girls by Agent Cooper in "Know Your Frenemies," Alison teases Ian by saying, "I know you want to kiss me." Ian replies, "Come closer." A struggle appears to occur, and the camera falls to the ground, losing focus on the other two. Then, Alison's hand falls into view of the camera; her hand grabs onto some dirt and leaves, before going limp. She falls and you can only see her unmoving hand. In "The Devil You Know", she grabs at the dirt then lets go of it and laughs. She stands and thanked Ian for coming. She then puts his jacket on and walks away.

The girls originally thought the video proved that Ian murdered Alison, but upon seeing additional footage, courtesy of "A," they are left to wonder. In some video footage from the same night in "The Blond Leading the Blind" Ian claimed to Garrett and Jenna that he met Alison at "The Kissing Rock" in order to obtain the N.A.T. Club videos that she had taken. Unbeknownst to him, Alison had already stored the videos away and gave Emily the key.

The footage was last seen playing on the board game Liar's Lament in "Farewell, My Lovely".

Romantic Relationships

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Ian Thomas: Briefly Dated. Ian and Alison had a brief relationship the summer Alison disappeared. They dated while he was on a break from his longtime girlfriend Melissa Hastings. Alison outed his secret club and used it, plus the tape she secretly recorded of them, to black Ian into leaving her alone. Their relationship ended the night of her disappearance, though Alison returned to Rosewood briefly to save Spencer's life by pushing Ian off the bell tower.

Ezra Fitz: Briefly Dated. (see "Ezrison") They first met in a college bar near Hollis. Alison lied about her age and led Ezra to believe she was CeCe's roommate at UPenn. Ezra began writing a book about her, but on the night Alison disappeared, he found out she was lying to him, and he ended the relationship. His infatuation with her drove him to continue his book and befriend Aria Montgomery and her other friends. Alison and Ezra would later become friends through his relationship with Aria, though they never truly trusted one another due to their past.

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Beach Hottie/Darren Wilden: Briefly Dated. Their relationship first started during Alison and Cece's trip to Cape May, as Alison lied to Darren about her age as he was over 21 while she was under 16 at the time. She was attracted to him to the point where she had a pregnancy scare that Summer, with Darren believed to have been the father by those around her. She ended the relationship that Summer.

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Cyrus Petrillo: Briefly Dated. Alison met Cyrus during her time in hiding from "A", as his shady past helped her establish connections. Their relationship turned sour when Cyrus tried to steal Alison's belongings which resulted in him stabbing her thigh. When she returned to Rosewood and forced to lie about a kidnapping, the police presented Cyrus as the alleged suspect. They brought her to the location of her stabbing, and though she didn't give verbal confirmation, she was triggered by the room which the police chose as confirmation. Cyrus was initially set to be prosecuted in the kidnapping but was released. She paid him to disappear so he did.

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Emily Fields: Divorced, co-parents (see "Emison"). Alison was Emily's childhood crush and the first girl Emily truly loved, though she didn't have the chance to tell Alison before her disappearance. Alison favored Emily in their friend group, and often spoke of running away to Paris together. They shared a few of what Alison called "practice kisses", and Alison often flirted with Emily. She saved Emily from a barn fire and confided that she missed Emily the most before kissing her. When Alison returned from her abduction with Emily's help, the girls grew closer and eventually slept together. While their relationship endured many ups and downs in the years that followed, they always found their way back to one another either as friends or hookups. Alison's refusal to accept her bisexuality and inability to process her feelings for Emily often drove them apart. Through the help of Emily's ex-girlfriend, Alison realized that she loved Emily and wanted to be with her. With this realization, Alison admitted her true feelings and they began a relationship. However, when A.D. impregnated Alison with Emily's eggs, they faced a new obstacle on whether or not to become mothers after this extreme violation of consent. Emily was supportive of Alison's choices both when she thought about an abortion and when she decided to keep the child. Two years later, the women were mothers to twin daughters Lily and Grace. Alison later proposed to Emily and they wed shortly after. Their relationship remained rocky as Emily struggled to cope with their pasts and accept that Alison had truly changed from the viscous mean girl she once was. This drove them apart and Alison accepted a job in Beacon Heights, where Emily ultimately sent Alison divorce papers. They agreed to remain co-mothers to their twins but to see other people after their divorce was finalized.

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Lorenzo Calderon: Briefly Dated. (see "Lorison") Alison first met Lorenzo shortly after her release from prison, when the entire town seemingly turned away from her despite her exoneration. Lorenzo was the only person who believed her and saw her as someone other than the former high school mean girl. He came to see her one day, though her father kicked him out which angered her. They bonded over their mutual understanding of one another and kissed. They dated for a while and he supported her throughout the difficulties of Rosewood. When Alison stole Lorenzo's key card to gain access to the Rosewood PD to learn more about her potential sibling, he believed that she used him to get information and told her that he couldn't trust her anymore.

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Archer Dunhill/Elliott Rollins: Illegally Married (see: Arcison). After Charlotte was committed to Welby State Psychiatric Hospital, Alison began to bond with her sisters flirtatious doctor, Elliot Rollins. They began a secret relationship as Alison didn't want to risk setting Charlotte's progress back. She believed Elliot had "saved Charlotte's soul" and that he "took care" of Charlotte. When Alison and Elliot told Charlotte about their relationship following her release from Welby, she ran out of the house and too the church which later led to her murder. Alison was devastated which prompted Elliot to console her. They decided to elope. After their union, Alison suffered a series of "accidents" and began to worry she was going insane. She admitted herself to Welby State Psychiatric Hospital for treatment. Elliot revealed that he wore the Darren Wilden mask to drive Alison insane. He subjected her to torture in Welby via medication, barbaric devices, and isolation. He believed that Alison had murdered Charlotte, his real lover, and pretended to fall for Alison to convince her of Charlotte's stability. He planned to kill her in the woods when she fought back against him, freed herself, and ran into the path where Hanna Marin and The Liars accidentally hit Elliot which killed him. Alison helped her friends bury her husband, then learned that his real name was Archer Dunhill and he had been impersonating the real Dr. Rollins. Their marriage was ruled fraudulent, though repercussion of their relationship made a heavy impact on Alison.

Relationships

The Liars

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Alison was the ring-leader of her group of friends. The group consisted of Hanna, Aria, Spencer, and Emily. Alison had hated Mona, who was dorky at the time and constantly made fun of her. When Aria thought about being nice to her and waiting for her, Alison convinces her not to. Alison treated Hanna like her lackey, Emily is hinted to be more than a friend, and Spencer and Alison often clashed with one another. She also made fun of Lucas a lot and called him a hermaphrodite, or "Hermie," which led to Lucas smashing up her memorial. She did not like Jenna and referred to her as "Jenna the Jerk", stating that she found her creepy. Alison had ultimate power over her friends, getting them to do what she wanted despite their objections. No one ever stood up to her, except Spencer although the latter backed down almost immediately when Ali spoke. Though she was cruel at times, she truly and deeply cared for the girls. She thought by telling them what to wear, how to act, who to date - was helping them.

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Aria Montgomery (see "Alia") - Alison has a more neutral relationship with Aria than the other three girls. She seems to have the loosest connection to Aria, compared to the other three girls. They seem to get along and have a casual friendship. They don't get into many arguments, nor does Alison treat Aria like a lackey. However, Aria does follow Alison's suggestions most of the time. For the most part, Alison lets Aria do her own thing and doesn't get involved in her personal life. The only exception to this was when she threatened her father about his affair, and would sometimes use it to manipulate Aria. They are both naturally independent and obsessed with their sophistication.

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Emily Fields (see "Emison") - It is seen multiple times throughout the series that Emily was closest to Alison than the rest of the group. In "The Perfect Storm," we learn Ali and Emily had a relationship that was more than a friendship. She wrote Ali a love note and loved her more than a friend. Alison was leading Emily on though and had no real feelings for her than friendship. However, in "Monsters in the End," she chose to give Emily the snow globe with the hidden key. Alison tells her to keep it safe because it's "a lot more valuable than it looks." This might mean that Alison trusts Emily more than the other girls. Alison also tells her that Emily is the only one that really "understands her". She can be honest with her. When Emily was on the brink of death In "Over My Dead Body," she wakes up and she sees Alison. Alison tells her that she misses her the most and was her favorite and that no one loved her as much as Emily did. She also asked if she wanted to be free of "A". She could stay in the position she is now, or join her. Emily then asks if she knows who "A" is. Alison responds that of course, she knows. After Emily asks her to tell her, she states she can't because "Two can only keep a secret if one of them is dead." Alison then gently kisses her, which makes Emily believe that she is alive. Out of the rest of the girls, Alison said that Emily is the only one who truly understands her and with whom she could completely be honest. In "Miss Me x 100," Alison confesses to Emily that she has feelings for her and that Emily's kisses weren't just for practice as she leads her to believe. Emily stayed with Alison when she was home alone; Emily kissed Alison, who returned the kiss. In "The DArkest Knight" Alison reveals to Emily she is pregnant. Emily then spends the night with Alison, and Alison attempts to kiss Emily while they sit on the couch watching a movie. Emily initially pulls back, saying that Alison is "really vulnerable right now." Alison responds by saying "That's not why I promise." Alison leans in to kiss Emily again and Emily accepts the kiss. They later became partners and mothers to their twin-daughters, and are currently engaged.

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Hanna Marin (see "Halison") - Alison gave Hanna the name "Hefty Hanna", mocking her weight. Despite being the sweetest of the bunch, Hanna was often cruelly mocked and teased by Alison. This is seen in "Know Your Frenemies" as well as in "Never Letting Go" and other episodes. In "Know Your Frenemies" we also find that Alison even convinces Hanna to throw up to lose weight, therefore starting an eating disorder for Hanna. She also convinces Hanna not to eat in "Pilot" with the excuse she is being a friend. She is very mean to her during "To Kill a Mocking Girl" and calls her a wannabe and other rude words leaving Hanna in tears, and she doesn't stop until Aria tells her to. Alison tells Hanna that she didn't mean it and that she was freaked out about "The Jenna Thing." Alison also mentioned in her diary that she almost convinced 'Hefty Hanna' to shave her head. Out of the four girls, Alison seems to be the meanest to Hanna. She was often jealous of Hanna as she knew that Hanna had the potential to take her place as the most popular girl at Rosewood High. All Hanna had to do was lose weight and gain confidence, which was why she made her feel insecure. Hanna also has the most hallucinations about Ali, such as in the hospital and with her therapist. This could be because she never stood up to Alison subconsciously feels upset about never doing so (although she once tried to get Ali to stop bullying Lucas, but ultimately backed down). After Alison returned, the pair formed an unlikely friendship.

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Spencer Hastings (see "Spalison") - Her relationship with Spencer is different then with the other girls. They were always fighting and trying to out-do each other. Spencer was the only one of the four girls who ever stood up to Ali. This becomes apparent in "Pilot", when they argue inside Spencer's house, the night of Ali's disappearance. During their fight, Ali threatened to tell Melissa about Spencer kissing Ian or she would. Spencer threatened that if Ali told Melissa, she would everyone the truth about "The Jenna Thing." Also in "If At First You Don't Succeed, Lie, Lie Again" she is again seen pressuring Spencer to tell her sister about Ian. Spencer told Alison that she was sick of her games and that Alison was dead to her already. Alison appeared distraught and then angrily leaves. Spencer is the most like Alison: smart, determined, sophisticated, and will do just about anything to be the best. After the five-year time-skip, they find out that they are biological cousins, and this seemingly brings them closer as they start confiding and helping one another more.

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Mona Vanderwaal (see "Monison") - The relationship between Mona and Alison started antagonistic, as Alison bullied and treated Mona poorly in their first few years of High School. Mona, desperate to fit in, often hung around Alison and her friends, only to be rejected by the group and humiliated by them several times. Alison even nicknamed her Loser Mona and turned the school against her. Mona started sending Alison threatening messages and texts using the alias A in an attempt to scare her, which she succeeded in doing. However, she never really wanted to hurt her. One night, Mona was out for a walk when she saw who she believed was Alison. She was overcome with rage and anger toward the girl who had made her life a living hell. She hit the girl over the head with a shovel, although this wasn't Alison but Bethany Young. Mona later helped Alison disappear, and became A to torture The Liars and eventually Alison for what they did to her. After Alison returned, their relationship worsened with Mona even framing Alison for her death, and Alison was sentenced to prison for it before eventually being released. After Alison's release, several events (A's Dollhouse, the A reveal, etc) eventually changed their relationship from antagonistic to friendly, with Mona eventually being accepted into the circle of friends (despite hesitation and push-back). While they no longer have an antagonistic relationship, they still don't trust one another as they both know what the other is capable of.

The Perfectionists

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Nolan Hotchkiss - Nolan was the first member of the Perfectionists to contact Alison. She was his new English TA. During her first lesson, he made sly remarks toward her. After class, he warned her that while his mother, Claire Hotchkiss, may claim that Alison was in Beacon Heights as a reminder of his sister, it was more than that. His remarks and mysterious air made Alison look into the Hotchkiss family more. Nolan felt that he could trust Alison, and wanted to tell her about Taylor being alive. He texted her asking her to him on the roof of Thorne Hall. However, due to the power being down in that area of campus, Alison never received the text. Nolan was murdered that night before he could tell Alison the whole story. Later, Taylor confided to Alison that Nolan thought they could trust her.

Family

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Jessica DiLaurentis - Alison often threw tantrums to get what she wanted from her mother Jessica, as seen in "Turn of the Shoe." She would hold her breath until Jessica gave in, a trick Alison perfected at the age of five to get what she wanted. Jessica also took notice of CeCe Drake's growing bad influence over Alison and tried to put a stop to it. Alison seemed to challenge her mother's authority somewhat to do the things she wanted. In "A is for Answers," Alison reveals that Jessica is the person who buried her alive and knows who her attempted murderer is. Jessica covered for this person until her death. Shana Fring also mentions in "EscApe From New York" that Jessica was afraid of Alison. When Jessica's body was found by Pepe, Ali stood in the background wearing a hoodie to prevent her from being seen and cried.

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Jason DiLaurentis (see "Jalison") - Jason is Alison's half-brother, due to their Mothers cheating on their Father with Peter Hastings, Jason grew up a DiLaurentis, but is biologically still a Hastings. She did not have such a great relationship with her brother Jason, due to his drug addiction and their mutual disrespect for each other's boundaries. Both had no qualms going into each other's room, stealing and breaking each other's belongings. Some glimpses of that were seen in "The Goodbye Look," "My Name Is Trouble," and "Surface Tension." In one instance, Alison had fled one of her brother's house parties in tears. She blamed her distress on Jason and his friends' invasiveness in her room but left the particulars vague. In their later years, the pair seemed to have bonded and formed a sibling relationship, especially after the revelation of Charles and Charlotte DiLaurentis. After Alison was released from Welby, Jason used a court over to take caregiver rights away from Mary Drake and reenter Alison's life.

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Kenneth DiLaurentis - Alison's relationship with her father Kenneth is indeterminate. Kenneth is stern and intimidating and seems to impose his authority on Jason more than Alison. He seems oblivious to the things that Alison has done. In "Whirly Girlie," Kenneth comes back to Rosewood when he finds out that Alison is alive. When Alison comes home, he is very protective of her and wouldn't let her leave the house. Kenneth promises Alison that he will never let her out of his sight again. Alison appears to care deeply for her father, more so than she does about her mother or brother. When she attempted to run away in "Run, Ali, Run", she was upset when her father wasn't home. She wanted to say goodbye to him before she left. After the revelation of Charlotte DiLaurentis, Kenneth turned his back on Charlotte and anyone who wanted to help her, which included Alison. The two have not talked since.

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Charlotte DiLaurentis (see "Chalison") - While the alias of CeCe Drake, Charlotte dated Alison's brother, Jason. She began to hang out around Alison, and their similar traits were clear to everyone around them. They eventually became very close friends. Charlotte taught Alison how to be wicked and helped her stay in control of her fellow students. Alison told CeCe secrets about her circle of friends. Charlotte and Alison had a sisterly relationship while Alison was in high school. The games they would play caused Jessica to dislike Charlotte's influence on Alison. Jessica even called their friendship is "toxic" and even feared them together. According to Jessica, they would pretend to be one another, even going as far as Charlotte dressing up as Alison and going to Radley to scare Jessica. Despite there bond, Charlotte held a grudge against Alison for getting her kicked out of college. Charlotte even killed Darren Wilden to protect Alison. "CeCe Drake" eventually revealed her true identity as Charlotte DiLaurentis (born Charles DiLaurentis), the long-lost sister of Jessica and Alison. She was the leader of the A-Team and the one who was after the Liars and Alison the whole time. Charlotte only made herself known to The Liars as "CeCe Drake" so that she could watch over them and be 'A'. She wanted to punish them for wanting her sister gone. Alison's relationship with her sister was one that took time, since Charlotte was the one who tortured her friends. Charlotte explained everything to Alison and The Liars. She was admitted to Welby State Psychiatric Hospital in an attempt to undo the trauma and darkness from her past. Alison and Jason stayed behind to take care of her and to make sure that Charlotte received the care she needed. When Charlotte was discharged from Welby, she was murdered at the bell tower. Alison later found out that Charlotte was her biological cousin and adopted sister, which Charlotte knew, and had lied to her their whole relationship.

Other Friends

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Duncan Albert - Alison had some sort of secret friendship or relationship with Duncan before her death. Duncan saw a side of her she didn't show other people. It seemed that even though using a fake name, Alison was much more honest and real with him. It seemed like an indication of what a better person the adult Ali would have been like but never got a chance to happen. Duncan met Alison/Vivian in a bookstore in Brookhaven. Vivian often spoke about her four friends to Duncan, which mean she trusted him to a certain extent. He reveals that he and Vivian met up at a place near Brookhaven quite often during the summer Alison disappeared. He also reveals that he knew Vivian's real name was Alison but was unaware of her death until Aria told him. During the friendship, Duncan often took Alison up to his helicopter. He explains that he and Alison used to fly often and that she used to feel free, safe, and in control. He also mentions that he might have been in love with Alison.

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Paige McCullers - When CeCe sees Paige and Emily together, she reveals to Spencer about Paige's violent past with Alison. In a flashback at one of the Liar's sleepovers, they are trading clothes when Aria points out the bruises on Alison's back. Ali simply replies "Oh Pigskin gave them to me" they asked who Pigskin is but Alison brushes it off, as Alison does with everyone. Alison was going to tell everyone that Paige is a lesbian. Alison had an enmity of sorts against Paige. Alison once received a kick to the back during soccer from Paige after Alison annoyed her. Alison swore vengeance upon "Pigskin" and began plotting her revenge. After she learned of Paige's secret pining for Emily, Alison forged love letters in Emily's name and sent them to Paige. This eventually leads to Alison intercepting one of Paige's letters. Alison then used the letter to blackmail Paige into becoming her "property". CeCe speculates that Alison might have been afraid of Paige. In "Miss Me x 100," Alison tries to make amends with Paige and apologizes for the way she treated her, but Paige doesn't accept her apology, saying that Alison is still a horrible person. In "The DArkest Knight" Emily invites Paige to Spencer's house while they are waiting for the police to find Hanna. Alison is visibly uncomfortable to be in the same room as Paige. She even asks Emily why she invited her as "she has nothing to do with this". She claimed it was pathetic that Paige was using the situation to get close to Emily. When Paige comforts Emily, Alison says, "Ugh, I'm gonna be sick" and leaves the room. Later, Paige comes to drop off job application forms for Emily and gets upset seeing that Emily slept at Alison's house. Paige says that Alison is trying to drive them apart and that Emily should call her when she "decides to cut the strings" with Alison. After Paige and Emily break up for the final time, Paige visits Alison and made Alison realize that she does love Emily. Because of this, Alison admits her feelings eventually.

Taylor Hotchkiss (see: "Talison") - Alison first learned of Taylor when she arrived in Beacon Heights. Taylor was the dead daughter of BHU founder Claire Hotchkiss, and the seemingly perfect sister of Nolan. Several people in town commented on Alison's resemblance to Taylor, which Alison initially brushed off. After investigating the circumstances around Taylor's death, she found inconsistencies. She recognized the inconsistencies due to her history with faking her death. Alison eventually found Taylor's RV, which lead her to finally meeting Taylor. After convincing her to return home, Taylor and Alison have formed a friendship.

"Autopsy" and "Death"

Alison seemingly died of suffocation, which is revealed in "The Jenna Thing" and mentioned once again in "For Whom the Bell Tolls." More information on her death is revealed in "Save the Date". Alison had been hit from behind or was running away when she had been hit on the head. The wound had come from a curved, blunt object, which Spencer believed to be her old field hockey stick. However, the impact didn't kill her immediately. The autopsy found her lungs to be filled with dirt, implying that she had been inhaling dirt in the last moments before her death. Her assailant either knocked her unconscious or temporarily paralyzed her. The attacker proceeded to bury her alive. We later come to find in "Over My Dead Body" that the "curved, blunt object" actually wasn't a field hockey stick, but a shovel.

Alison was buried by the same object that damaged her head. In "It Happened 'That Night'," Alison's body is stolen from her grave. In "This Is A Dark Ride " Alison's body is found in the ice cooler at the Halloween Ghost Train Party, after Toby and Noel fight, knocking the Cooler down, showing a black leather bag. Also shown the same episode was a flashback of her hand coming out of the ground, revealing she may have escaped. It was revealed in a flashback in "A DAngerous GAme" that someone helped pull Ali out of the ground. We can see a hand reaching down and grabbing Ali's. In Now You See Me, Now You Don't, it is revealed that Carla Grunwald was the hand who pulled her out, meaning Alison did not die, and is still alive, hiding from A. Whose body it remained unknown for a length of time. Alison was hit with a shovel and buried alive but survived. Someone else was also hit with a shovel and buried alive, but died. In "A is for Answers", it's revealed that Alison was hit over the head with a large stone, not a shovel as previously believed. Her mother saw whoever hit her and buried her alive (thinking she was dead) to protect the person who did it.

In Miss Me x 100 it's revealed a girl named Bethany Young, who was a 17-year-old patient at the Radley, escaped from the mental hospital the night Ali went missing, and is the one in Alison's grave, as well as the body who was found in the Pilot. In Taking This One to the Grave, it is revealed Ali's mom was having an affair with Bethany's father, and Alison knew about this and lured Bethany to Rosewood the night she "died", possibly to kill her. Alison acted as if she did not know who Bethany was, and is now possibly not hiding from "A", but is "A".

Notes

  • She, along with the other Liars, blinded Jenna Marshall with a stink-bomb in a prank intended for Toby Cavanaugh.
  • Ali strongly disliked Jenna seemingly because Jenna refused to be intimidated by Ali and refused to join her group of friends, saying that she'd prefer to pick her own friends.
  • Ali used to display sociopathic qualities, such as being controlling, paranoid, charming, seductive, dominant, incapable of remorse, and extremely intelligent. Though at times, Ali does seem to display real emotion. In the later seasons, she displayed less of these qualities.
  • In "For Whom the Bell Tolls", Ian attempts to murder Spencer by pushing her off the bell tower. Someone in a black hoodie comes to rescue Spencer and pushes Ian off the bell tower, leaving him to fall onto ropes, hanging. It is revealed in "A is for Answers" that this was Alison trying to keep Spencer alive. She also reveals that Ian wasn't dead when she left.
  • She was kissed by Emily Fields, but later informed her that she likes boys and would only kiss her for practice for the real thing. However, years later, Alison comes out as bisexual and begins a romantic relationship with Emily.
  • When Alison came back after revealing herself alive she tells Emily that those kisses weren't just for practice, and they kiss.
  • Spencer knew Alison was seeing an "older boy" the summer she disappeared. The girls did not know for sure that the mystery guy was Ian until seeing The Kissing Rock video in "Careful What U Wish 4".
  • Spencer Hastings was the only one of her friends who did stand up to Ali when she was being a bully.
  • Her signature lipstick color in High School was Jungle Red.
  • Alison foreshadowed her own death in "Please, Do Talk About Me When I'm Gone" when she said that she would die in a tragic way.
  • In "This Is A Dark Ride", Alison's body is discovered after going missing in the episode, "It Happened 'That Night'".
  • Ali once thought she was pregnant during her trip to Cape May with CeCe, but Mona revealed that it was a false alarm and she wasn't.
  • Alison is the character that has the most secrets. This is probably why she was almost killed.
  • In "A dAngerous gAme", it was revealed that Alison could be possibly alive.
    • In "Now You See Me, Now You Don't", it was confirmed that Alison is, in fact, alive and hiding from A.
    • In "Grave New World", the girls finally come face to face with Alison and she tells them that she can't come back because it's not safe.
    • In "A is for Answers", Alison tells the girls everything about the night she went missing.
    • In "Taking This One to the Grave", it is revealed Alison might have been lying this whole time, and could actually be "A".
    • In "Pretty Isn't the Point", Mike revealed to Aria that Mona was going to frame Alison for her death in order for Mona to figure out who "A" is. She also stated to Mike that she would go away and come back when she found out who "A" was. This further proves that Alison had nothing to do with Mona's death, and is not "A".
  • In "The Mirror Has Three Faces", her mom reveals that CeCe and Ali "wore" each other's personalities. 
  • It is revealed in "A is for Answers" that she was the one who pushed Ian off the bell tower. She also revealed she was the one who pulled Hanna from the Thornhill Lodge on the night of the fire because Hanna had been left to burn while all the other girls were already safe.
  • In "Taking This One to the Grave" it was revealed that Alison's full name is "Alison Lauren DiLaurentis".
  • The only season finale in which Alison doesn't physically appear is "UnmAsked", as it was revealed that her appearance in the episode was only a story from Mona.
  • In "I'm a Good Girl, I Am", she is found guilty of murdering Mona Vanderwaal.
  • She is the third main character to become engaged, after Aria and Hanna.

Trivia

  • Ironically, the name Alison means "truth" in Irish. It also means "noble" - everything Alison is not since she is a manipulative liar.
  • Sasha Pieterse, the actress who plays Alison, first auditioned to play Hanna Marin, but the producers had her try out for Alison and she eventually got the role.
  • In her bedroom, a picture frame of her, Jason, and a girl identical to her can be seen. Under the picture frame, there is a wall decoration in French that says “C’est le double du rire et de doubler le sourire et double la peine si vous êtes bénis avec des jumeaux.” which means “That's double the laughter and double the smiles and double the trouble when you are blessed with twins!”.
  • Her former surname DiLaurentis is an anagram for 'Liars United', very similar to the tagline for Season 4 "Liars Unite".
  • Alison and Charlotte represent Alison and Courtney from the books.
  • In "Welcome to the Dollhouse" it is revealed that she has a brother named Charles and that her brother is A.
  • In The DArkest Knight, Alison discovers that she is pregnant with somebody's child. She is distraught about this because she assumes that the child is Archer Dunhill's. However, the child she is carrying is actually Emily's.
  • On September 25th, 2017, it was announced that Alison would return alongside Mona Vanderwaal for the Pretty Little Liars spinoff, Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists.

Book Comparisons

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  • Alison disappeared three years prior to the first book. In the show, it was one year. And in the books, Courtney disappeared in the beginning of summer before going into 8th grade. In the show, it was labor day weekend and all the girls were soon to be sophomores.
  • In the show, Alison dressed as Vivian Darkbloom to stay out of "A's" radar. In the books, she didn't receive texts or notes from "A."
  • In the books, Alison is actually alive and it is her twin sister Courtney who is dead. In the show, Alison is alive but she does not have a twin.
  • In the books, Alison had fewer secrets.
  • In the books, Emily kissed Courtney in the treehouse in Courtney's backyard. In the TV show, Emily kisses her in the school library.
  • In the books, Alison & Courtney were both creeped out by Ian, with Courtney only pretending to be into Ian to get him to kiss Spencer. In the TV show, Alison seems to have genuine feelings for Ian, and gets angry when she sees Spencer kissing him.
  • Alison never had a pregnancy scare in the books, but she had one in the summer before she disappeared on the TV show. Later on, Mona revealed based on Ali's diaries that such pregnancy was merely a false alarm.
  • Alison was also with a boy named Nick in Ali's Pretty Little Lies which so far has not been mentioned in the show.
  • In the books, the Liars were actually friends with Courtney and not Alison.
  • In the books, real Courtney had been in Radley due to Alison's lies. In the TV show, Courtney doesn't exist and instead it's Ali's mom, Jessica that has the twin.
  • In the books Alison had no connection with Ezra, in the show Alison had a brief relationship with him.
  • CeCe and Alison were "wearing each other's personalities" which may be the show's version of the Alison and her twin.
  • In the books, the REAL Alison is revealed to be "A". Alison, in the show, is hunted by "A"; from Season 1 to Season 6.
  • In the books, Alison is 'A', but in the show, it's CeCe Drake/Charlotte DiLaurentis.
  • In the show, Alison gets (unknowingly) illegally married, while in the books, both Alison and Courtney will never get to be married, as Alison is in jail, and Courtney is dead.
  • In the books, Alison plays field hockey and even beats out Spencer on joining the field hockey team. In the show, Alison doesn't play the sport but does show interest in it presumably because Ian was the team coach.

Quotes

Alison: Friends share secrets. That's what keeps us close.

Alison: It's immortality, my darlings.

Hanna [in hallucination]: Please, just tell me the truth.
Alison: It won't make any difference, darling.

Alison: You think the truth is some big shiny disco ball of purity? Then go ahead and try it. Be honest. See what it gets you. Telling the truth to the wrong person at the wrong time is how I ended up where I am. Take it from me, you're always better off with a really good lie.

Alison [about Emily]: Shy in the streets, sexy in the sheets.

Lucas: It was just an accident.
Alison: Is that what the doctors told your mom dad at the hospital?

Alison: Oh honey, you didn't even know me when you knew me.

Alison [to Emily]: Who sharpened your tongue, little girl?

Alison: Sometimes lies are more interesting than the truth.

Alison: I've been dreaming about this moment for a long time, sleeping in my own bed.

Alison: Where are you in this, Spencer? You haven't even said a word. Should I be afraid of our big brother?

Alison: Am I going to hell?

Alison [about Mona]: Maybe I could have made a friend... instead of an enemy.

Alison: I don't know where they are, but I know who took them. It was A.

Alison: I am going to spend the rest of my life in here. I don't have anything else to lose!

Alison: My friends are my rock. Without them, I am lost in the woods. Totally alone Andrew, if you're listening... Please don't hurt them. Please.

Alison: I turned around and it was just Charlotte and me. We were alone. In one way, Charlotte and I are alike - we put a lot of energy into being people no one could love. Like we were trying to prove something. And then someone looks at you and sees you, and it's alright. I don't want to keep it a secret anymore. I'm tired of secrets.

Alison: You may think you're winning the battle, but I'll win the war.

Alison: I'm joining the faculty at BHU.
Driver: Got friends here?
Alison: Don't know a soul.

Alison: I wanna leave the mean girl I was in high school behind me.

Alison (to Mona): I feel like I'm back on the hamster wheel like I'm back in Rosewood.

Claire (to Alison): Don't waste your time here pretending to be something that you're not. If you really did come here to help our students, you need to be yourself. You're a survivor, Alison. At all costs. And that's what you need to teach them.

Alison: Bring it on, bitch.

Alison (to the Perfectionists): I've been where you are.
Ava: What are you going to do?
Alison: Nothing I haven't done before.

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References

  1. (Used to Communicate with "A" through Newspapers as Read by Spencer in S2)
  2. A DAngerous Game
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