|“||Life hands ya lemons, ya blow its friggin' head off.||”|
— John Pope
John Pope is a major character in the first, second, third and fourth season. John is a former felon and chef who became the leader of Pope's Gang after the invasion. John became a prisoner of the 2nd Massachusetts Militia Regiment after holding Tom Mason's squad hostage and attempting to ransom them for a .50 cal machine gun. While imprisoned, John was installed as the official chef of the 2nd Massachusetts. He invented small arms ammunition capable of destroying Mechs after Commander Porter reluctantly agreed to take him on as a munitions consultant. In Homecoming, Anthony and Pope were found lying in a ditch after a mech attack. After Dr. Glass patched up his wounds, Pope warned Tom of a mech attack, and has stayed with the 2nd Mass since then. A bitter and cynical individual to all who know him, despite being untrustworthy Pope has given vital assistance to the 2nd Mass on many occasions at his own risk, and despite being extremely disliked by most he has firm loyalty from his gang of Berserkers.
John Pope, along with his brother Billy Pope, was a felon prior to the attacks. At some point before the war he went to Disneyland with his family and somehow ended up in a fist fight with Goofy, causing him to be banned from the park for life.(Badlands) 5 years before the invasion Pope and his son Brandon were working on a mini-bike, when Brandon went for a test run in the street he was almost run over by another man. As this man had done this before, John took Brandon and went to talk with the man. John and the man turned violent and Pope hit the man. Pope accidentally killed him and was sent to prison for manslaughter.(Search and Recover) While in jail he became a certified chef, once cooking Thanksgiving dinner for three cell blocks. He had an ex-wife and two children, a boy and girl. They were last in Florida, where he would visit them on occasion. (Prisoner of War)
John was eager to take advantage of the power vacuum afforded by the Invasion of Earth. With the help of his brother, he recruited a faction of opportunistic criminals including Margaret and Cueball. Under John's leadership, the gang set about obtaining weapons from resistance fighters through murder and kidnapping, culminating in their ambush and capture of Tom Mason's squad in the Acton Armory.
While holding Tom and his team hostage, he revealed that he has two children - a boy and a girl - both in Florida with their mother. As Pope's Gang made it's last stand against the 2nd Mass, Tom Mason, recognizing Pope's potential, offered him an ultimatum - "Join or die" - an allusion to Benjamin Franklin. Pope refused, but was captured alive by Weaver when an attack by airships ended the firefight.
While a prisoner, John became the official chef of the 2nd Mass. He was kept under guard at all times. He took offense at distaste for his meals, which were generally well-regarded.
John informed Captain Weaver about a motorcycle shop near Somerville. Weaver instructed Tom Mason and his squad to take Pope and secure the motorcycles. As the squad raided the shop, Pope said that he once stole a motorcycle to impress a girl, which worked.
Pope became a prisoner of Terry Clayton after he attempted to steal from the 7th Massachusetts Militia Regiment, a splinter faction collaborating with the Skitters. In exchange for his life, John provided Clayton with intelligence about the 2nd Mass. Clayton, however, ordered Mr. Greene to kill him anyway.
Pope disabled Greene and, after a visible internal struggle, chose to spare his life. As a violent conflict erupted between the 2nd and 7th regiments, Pope fired on members of the 7th Mass with Greene's rifle, saving the life of Hal Mason and earning Tom Mason's respect. Pope was shot in the leg during the battle and subsequently treated by Anne Glass.
Tom Mason re-paid Pope by vouching for his character to Commander Porter, who recruited Pope as a munitions consultant for the resistance. Pope quickly impressed a crowd of 2nd Mass fighters when he designed ammunition capable of easily destroying Mechs. He also seems to form a peculiar bond with Matt Mason showing care for him and telling him to listen to his father so that there would be no chance to end up like him. He also takes Matt's idea to use Mech ammunition against them which plays a big part in the final assault against the Skitters.
No longer under guard, Pope was granted authority over the 2nd Mass' munitions factory. While managing the factory, John came to respect Weaver's determination. He sided with Weaver against Tom's mutiny, citing the former's willingness to fight the Skitters at any cost.
Pope participated in the attack on the mothership, during which he saved Anthony's life. As Tom joined the battle, Pope gave him an RPG with a modified mech-metal rocket, which Tom used to destroy an airship, causing significant damage to the Mothership.
Battle of FitchburgEdit
When Weaver ordered everyone to start helping get the wounded and important supplies to cover, Pope grabbed two cases of beer. Anthony called him on this. Pope said he was only doing what Weaver said, to move the most important supplies, and that’s what he was doing.(Battle of Fitchburg Chapter 1) While looking for supplies in Weaver’s map room he thinks out loud saying they’re screwed. Weaver says he doesn't need Pope's tactical advice. Pope tells Weaver that if they don't get to that weapon cache from the army depot, they won't stand a chance against the Mechs. Weaver says they can’t risk the loss of another squad. Pope volunteers himself, saying Weaver always wanted him dead anyway. Pope says he can round up a few like-minded people. Weaver interrupts him saying he didn’t want to hear it and that he was done listening. Pope leaves but says to himself people don't always have to hear about something in order for it to happen. He runs into Anthony, saying just because he saved Anthony doesn’t mean Anthony needs to watch out for him. Anthony told Pope not to flatter himself that he knew Pope was arguing with Weaver for a reason. Pope then begins to tell him about a weapons depot.(Battle of Fitchburg Chapter 2)
Pope called Weaver on not sending him to get the guns at the army depot, feeling they would have a chance if Weaver had let him go. Hal’s group tried to run to Weaver’s position but they were spotted and the person behind Hal was killed. Weaver told Hal and Pope to run out the back that they would meet at the secondary base camp, Pope swearing as he ran. As they arrived at the secondary base camp Hal lamented the loss of 8 more fighters. Pope felt it was worse that they almost got him, saying he didn’t like playing human target. Pope said with one RPG he could’ve destroyed that Mech. Weaver called him out asking if he really wanted to save people, Pope responded saying they should’ve gone to the weapons depot day one. Pope said if it involves killing skitters and getting military grade weapons he would. Weaver told Pope to make himself useful, as they needed to kill some aliens to give the 2nd Mass room to breathe. Pope decided to draw the attention of a 3 Skitters and two Mechs to where he had set up some Molotov cocktails. He used them to kill the 3 skitters. As the Mechs approached him he started phase 2 of his plan. Tector and Crazy Lee got 2 dirt bikes and rescued Pope, who got on Tector’s bike. A skitter still on fire leapt at Tector’s bike when it was shot in the head by Lyle. After the skitter was shot, Pope asked if that was Crazy Lee’s shot, she said it wasn’t and gestured to Lyle and Boon in the window above them. As the remaining Mechs and Skitters chased them into a building Pope told them they needed to get to the 2nd floor. Tector told Pope to hold on as they drove the dirt bikes up the stairs. Lyle and Boon had set up charges on the second floor; the five of them drove out the 2nd floor windows, just escaping the blast. Pope then said that now that Weaver had his breathing room, they should go get the weapons.(Battle of Fitchburg Chapter 4)
When Tom Mason returned to the 2nd Mass during three months after his disappearance, Pope was openly suspicious of Tom. He wondered how Tom could just return to the 2nd Mass after his time on board a Mothership completely unharmed. To Pope's surprise, Tom shared the same suspicions as he thought the Espheni might have done something to him, evidently because a chunk of his memory was missing from his ordeal with them.
With that Tom agreed to be restrained for his as well as the rest of the 2nd Mass' safety. It turned out the Overlords did do something to Tom. More specifically, a probe was planted into his head. Weaver guessed it might've been planted to track his movements right back to the 2nd Mass' location and a painful procedure to remove the probe soon followed.
Pope, always leaning towards radical action, urged the 2nd Mass to just kill Tom because he posed a threat to everyone in the 2nd Mass. Weaver quickly refused.
The nomadic 2nd Mass was for a time prevented from moving due to a broken bridge. They intended to fix it to move forwards, but the Skitters were revealed to be on the other side, thanks to the probe implanted in Tom, which escaped. The new plan was to blow the bridge up to destroy the repairs they had made which would allow the Skitters to pass through it to reach them. Tom manages to escape his restraints and aided the 2nd Mass in fighting the attacking Skitters on the other side of the bridge. Weaver decided to hold off on the bridge bombing, as Tom was still on the other side. Pope took the detonator and blew the bridge with Tom still on it, presumably killing him.
Pope stood by his decision. He was already very suspicious of Tom even with the probe removed and thus had no problem blowing the bridge with him still on it. Pope halfheartedly tried to comfort Hal, stating that he did what needed to be done. Hal, visibly devastated by his fathers apparent death attacked Pope but the fight was broken up quickly soon as the presumed dead Tom emerged from the water, virtually unscathed. (Shall We Gather at the River)
Pope and his Beserkers kidnap Tom Mason. Pope states that Tom is a danger to everyone around him and tells him to walk away from the 2nd Mass. As Pope tells Tom to start walking, a warning shot is fired by Jimmy Boland. In the confusion, Ben sneaks up on Pope and puts a knife to his neck. Ben states that Jimmy won't miss again, and the Beserkers back off. While Weaver contemplates a punishment for the Beserkers, Tom states that the best thing to do is to keep them around. Tom then requests to join the Beserkers, so that he could keep an eye on Pope.
Shortly after Jimmy's death, his compass that Ben was holding on to went missing. Tom discovered that Pope had the compass and wasn't planning on giving it back because Jimmy doesn't need it anymore. Tom demands he give him the compass, but Pope refuses again and insults Ben. Tom and Pope get into a fight shortly after and Tom was the victor. Tom had to be pulled off of Pope by Lyle because Tom wouldn't stop hitting him. After the altercation, Pope angrily stated to Weaver that Tom disobeyed a direct order and should be reprimanded but Weaver, mourning the loss of Jimmy, takes Tom's side. In response to this Pope decides to leave the 2nd Mass. Anthony decides to go with him to keep an eye on him. (Compass)
At some point he and Anthony were in Durham, North Carolina looking for some vehicles, they had split up, Pope was attacked by Skitters and eventually surrounded by them. When he was approached by an Overlord, accompanied by Karen Nadler, they questioned Pope about Ben Mason and the location of the 2nd Mass. Eventually he and Anthony came under attack by Mechs, when Pope was knocked unconscious by a Mech blast and Anthony carried him as far as he could. Sometime later, he and Anthony were discovered by Lyle about 10 miles from the hospital. He later regained consciousness and informed Tom and the others of Karen's continued involvement with the "Fishheads". (Homecoming)
En route to Charleston, South Carolina Pope volunteered to scout ahead with Hal and Maggie, he spent most of the trip in the bed of the truck getting drunk. He recalled his trips down to Florida to visit his children to help guide Hal and Maggie on the road. When the truck broke down, Hal went to get water, during his absence Pope discussed with Maggie how she would eventually have to share her past with Hal. When he and the others were nearing Charleston, they were eventually taken in by the 1st Continental Army, reuniting with the 2nd Mass later.(Death March)
Soon after arriving he resumed his role commanding the Berserkers and quickly shared his dislike of Charleston telling Lyle he wouldn't stay longer then necessary. He eventually made an attempt to steal from the armory with Lyle and Crazy Lee, but Maggie stopped them and attempted to get them to stop. However Sergeant Clemons and Tector arrived and assuming Maggie was part of it arrested them, not before Tector shot Lyle in the arm for attempting to escape.(The Price of Greatness)
Arthur Manchester in an attempt to blackmail Tom Mason, attempted to convince Pope to help him, Pope enthusiastically refused saying if anyone was going to take down Tom it would be him. During the military's coup he told Bressler he would "wish you (Bressler) into a cornfield." He later took part in the attack on the Unidentified Overlord Cannon, forgiving Tector for joining the 1st. The group was ambushed shortly after arrival but were rescued by the Skitter Rebellion, which allowed them to destroy the cannon. Later, Pope witnessed the arrival of the Volm. (A More Perfect Union)
A week later while he and Lyle were in his bus, Lyle noticed, the boat Tom was on and told Pope he needed to see it. Thinking he was referring to the Grid, he said he’d seen it already. Pope sarcastically said the Espheni have an extraordinary visual palette, Lyle told him they had a visitor. They went to go check it out to find Tom getting out of the boat. Pope was surprised to see him, thinking he was dead. Pope reminded him he still owed him a plane, Tom said he could have the boat. Tom went to see him later, he told Pope he wanted to talk to him, Pope asked Lyle to stay, but Tom wanted to talk alone. Pope agreed and asked Lyle to leave. Tom asked Pope why he didn’t shot him why he first arrived, saying no one would have known. Pope said Lyle would have but that he got his point. Tom asked Pope if he was worried about Karen putting a bug in him. Pope was actually counting on it, and that if Tom did start behaving like he was implanted he would have to be put down, Pope hoped it would be him, and Tom thanked him. They were just about ending their conversation when they were thrown backwards by an explosion. They went to the river near the Volm complex; both suspected it was the mole. Tom noticed two Volm, one of them was Cochise, Pope believed he must’ve pulled the other from the water. He and Tom then carried Cochise to the hospital. Later after the bomb went off, Weaver saw Pope’s team working on clearing debris, and called him out on it. Pope said they needed to get the cannon dug out to take out the Grid. Pope assured Weaver Jeanne was among the survivors and that they were 20-30 feet above the north stairs and that it was a straight shot down.(Journey to Xilbalba)
22 days after travelling back to Charleston and safety, the 2nd Mass is finally near home. However, things are not so simple as the Espheni attack. As the Espheni is dropping large obelisks that create a grid that keeps everyone grouped together on the 2nd Mass forces. Pope scatters with the rest of the 2nd Mass, and fights off the Mechs, and survives as Tom kills the Mechs with the Volm weapon.
At some point during the four months that the 2nd Mass were separated, Pope was captured and placed in a ghetto camp, and blames it on Tom saying that he got us in this mess. When the food drop happens, a few men hold of the residents of the ghetto camp who are trying to gather food, while Pope hordes it all. Hal and Tector call him out on it and says to Tector "Some friend you turned out to be". When Tom rides his motorcycle through the camp to where the food is, he points a barrel of his flamethrower at Pope, forcing him to give the food to the others. Tector and Hal walk into Pope's apartment, where he is watching on his TV Giligan's Islands, powered up by the generator that Hal and Tector need. Hal walks in and asks if he is trading in information for luxury, but Pope denies it saying he knows how prison works, then tells them to get the hell out. When Tector asks him to borrow the gene, Pope refuses and goes to sit back down, but Hal unplugs the generator turning off the TV, and Pope runs after him. Outside, when Pope tries to take it back, Hal punches him and they engage in a fight, which Pope comes up on the receiving end and takes back the generator and walks back inside his place. (Ghost in the Machine)
Pope is often seen with a Colt Single Action Army for a sidearm in Season 1. In Season 2 he uses a Colt Python as a sidearm.
|Season 1 appearances|
|Live and Learn||The Armory||Prisoner of War||Grace||Silent Kill|
|Sanctuary (Part 1)||Sanctuary (Part 2)||What Hides Beneath||Mutiny||Eight Hours|
|Season 2 appearances|
|Worlds Apart||Shall We Gather at the River||Compass||Young Bloods||Love and Other Acts of Courage|
|Homecoming||Molon Labe||Death March||The Price of Greatness||A More Perfect Union|
|Season 3 appearances|
|On Thin Ice||Collateral Damage||Badlands||At All Costs||Search and Recover|
|Be Silent and Come Out||The Pickett Line||Strange Brew||Journey to Xilbalba||Brazil|
|Season 4 appearances|
|Ghost in the Machine||The Eye||Exodus||Evolve or Die||Mind Wars||Door Number Three|
|Saturday Night Massacre||A Thing With Feathers||Til Death Do Us Part||Drawing Straws||Space Oddity||Shoot the Moon|
Pope after an Airship blows up his motorcycle - "Not the Harley!"
Grace to Pope - "It's your call, but I scored my last ride from this place, I know the layout, I know the streets..... and I can't draw for crap"
- John Pope was the name of a Union general in the American Civil War, best known for his defeat at the hands of Robert E. Lee at the Second Battle of Bull Run.
- As of Be Silent and Come Out, Matt Mason is the only Mason not to have hit John Pope.
- Pope favors the use of a 12 gauge pump action shotguns as his weapon of choice, plus he uses a revolver as his sidearm.
- In Strange Brew, during Tom's flashback/hallucination, Pope is a philosophy professor who is Tom's friend and who has an apparent relationship with Lourdes Delgado.