Factions in The Divergent Series is a bit like academic streaming in Singapore – you’re sorted into different categories from young, and unless you’re a plucky heroine leading her own band of teen heroes, you’ll probably be known by your academic stream for the rest of your life. But while their faction names are made up of esoteric words like “Abnegation” or “Amity,” reflecting its American roots, Singaporeans would have given them much more colourful (and shorter) names.

Can you imagine having “Faction: Abnegation” printed on your IC? It’ll take up so much space and we probably won’t have space for that nifty new hologram any more. So here’s what we Singaporeans would call those factions if, by chance, we became a post-apocalyptic nation of extremely good-looking teenagers.

1. Bao Ka Liao (Abnegation)

Four (Theo James) was originally from Abnegation in The Divergent Series. Credit: Divergent Wiki

Four (Theo James) was originally from Abnegation in The Divergent Series. Credit: Divergent Wiki

Abnegation members believe in selflessness (the opposite of selfishness), which translates into taking orders and serving others. Which means that, well, they’ll do anything you ask them to do – even if you ask them to do everything! They’ll be the perfect guys to Bao Ka Liao (which means take care of everything) any situation, since they’ll always be taking orders. They’re also known to have almost perfect moral standards.

Unfortunately, if it sounds like they’re easy to bully, you’re right. Their faction is plagued with misfortune in the series, and it remains to be seen if they’ll ever recover from it.

2. Relak One Corner (Amity)

Johanna Reyes (Octavia Spencer) is the Amity leader in The Divergent Series. Credit: Daily Venus Diva

Johanna Reyes (Octavia Spencer) is the Amity leader in The Divergent Series. Credit: Daily Venus Diva

Amity are known for their peacefulness, although this doesn’t stop Johanna Reyes from being rather strict when Tris and her friends arrive at the Amity stronghold. But their base is pretty idyllic, since their duties are mainly crop-related. This farming community really knows how to Relak One Corner!

In fact, they’re so peaceful that they even put a peace serum in their food to prevent fights. Kind of creepy…

3. Cannot Bluff (Candor)

Peter Hayes (Miles Teller) was originally from Candor in The Divergent Series. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Peter Hayes (Miles Teller) was originally from Candor in The Divergent Series. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Candor means honesty, and that’s why they literally Cannot Bluff. It doesn’t mean that they can’t be treacherous though, as Peter Hayes demonstrates in Insurgent. But if you want to be known for a human virtue, what better Singaporean way to describe Candor than as “Cannot Bluff!”

4. Buay Giah Si (Dauntless)

Tris (Shailene Woodley) chooses to be in Dauntless in The Divergent Series. Credit: Jo Writes Stuff

Tris (Shailene Woodley) chooses to be in Dauntless in The Divergent Series. Credit: Jo Writes Stuff

Buay Giah Si means “not scared to die,” which is exactly what the Dauntless are in the film. It seems like all the heroes are in or choose to be in Dauntless, which makes sense given that a huge amount of bravery is required to overcome all the trials (both physical and metaphysical) in their world.

Tris herself is Dauntless, although she was born in Abnegation, and eventually finds out she’s Divergent. She’s not Factionless though.

5. Mugger Toad (Erudite)

Caleb Prior (Ansel Gort) chooses to be in Erudite in The Divergent Series. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Caleb Prior (Ansel Gort) chooses to be in Erudite in The Divergent Series. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Remember what we used to call all the studious nerds in school? Mugger toads! And that fits the Erudite seeing as which they’re known as the intelligent faction. But all that knowledge has to come from somewhere – nobody is born smart. Hence they’ve got to be Mugger Toads, which is the perfect Singaporean name for their faction.

And honestly, most of us would be sorted into Mugger Toad anyway.

6. Bo Tua Bo Suay (Divergent)

Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) are Divergent in The Divergent Series. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) are Divergent in The Divergent Series. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

And finally we have the Divergent, which is virtually every protagonist in the story. They defy categorisation, which is a really good metaphor for overcoming the labels that society puts on us. Unfortunately, in Asian culture this would be seen as not having respect (since you refuse to conform), and all those old uncles and aunties would scold you and call you “Bo Tua Bo Suay!”

Although admittedly, we’re secretly proud to be called Bo Tua Bo Suay most of the time.

The Divergent Series: Allegiant poster. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

The Divergent Series: Allegiant poster. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

So which faction would you belong to – Mugger Toad, Cannot Bluff, Buay Giah Si, Bao Ka Liao, Relak One Corner, or Bo Tua Bo Suay? A refresher on the original factions in The Divergent Series: Allegiant would definitely help. Catch the third instalment of the series when it’s out tomorrow, and remember that a fourth one is on its way!

Credits: Daily Venus Diva, Divergent Wiki, Jo Writes Stuff, Golden Village Cinemas