List of tribes from The Tribe
In order to survive in a world of chaos, the children band together in Tribes. They give themselves new names, reinvent dress codes and beliefs and create their own rules. Some Tribes are power hungry and malevolent, while others just try not to make the same mistakes the adults did and strive for peace. Some Tribes had central roles in the story, while others were just mentioned in passing by the characters. The number of Tribes increased as the series progressed. The main Tribe the show focused on was the Mall Rats.
The Mall Rats are the main focal point of The Tribe.
Jack was the first owner of the "Phoenix Shopping Mall". His father had told him to come here after he died. He was soon joined by others who sought refuge from the dangers of the streets. During Series 1, they all agreed on their tribal name in a formal ceremony performed by Tai-San.
The Mall is in the City but is hard to access and, therefore, the Mall Rats are mostly safe from the outside world. They believe in creating a better world and vow not to make the same mistakes that the adults did. They welcome anyone willing to join them in their mission to make a peaceful world but do not hesitate to fight back if someone threatens their freedom or their lives.
They succeed in freeing the City from the Locos, the Chosen and the Technos, and they quickly become famous and earn the respect of many other Tribes. When the second wave of the Virus appears, they risk their lives to discover an antidote, and give it for free to the other children. The Mall Rats are the first Tribe in the City that creates new laws and sets up a Bill of Rights. They firmly believe anyone who breaks the rules is entitled to a fair trial, even their most feared enemies. They start a market place and a trade system.
The members of the Mall Rats do not wear specific clothing but their symbol is a pentagram encompassed by a circle (pentangle). This symbol was on an amulet Dal found at the farm, and when he showed it to Tai-San she realized that the symbol was destined to represent the identity of the Mall Rats. The pentagram has been their symbol ever since. Most members of the Mall Rats wear it as a tattoo on their hands, so that people know who they are.
Original founding members:
The Chosen are a religious cult Tribe who were formed by the Guardian (aka Jaffa).
Most of the original members of the Chosen were first members of the Locos. When Zoot is accidentally killed by Lex, a few members leave the Locusts and follow Jaffa to form a new Tribe, in order to continue spreading "Zoot's Will". The Chosen believe that Zoot was a god and, therefore, they try to convert the whole world and force everyone to worship him.
When the Chosen invade the City, they take over the Mall. The Mall Rats are left to choose between joining the Chosen and becoming their slaves. This creates some tension between the members of the Mall Rats who resist and those who decide to give in. After Trudy is sentenced to death and escapes, Tai-San becomes the new Supreme Mother in the hope that she will be able to help The Guardian see reason.
The Chosen's authoritarian rule ends towards the middle of Series 3, when they are defeated by the Mall Rats with the help of other Tribes. However, the Guardian and his former lieutenant, Luke, both escape right before the Technos invade.
The Chosen's symbol is a red/white hand. They can also be recognized by the blue robes they wear.
The Ecos (aka the Gaians) are a Tribe that lives in union with nature in the nearby forests close to the City.
They are a peaceful Tribe that doesn't interfere much with the other Tribes. They don't like to take part in conflicts but help the Mall Rats on a few occasions. They live in the Eco camp in wooden huts.
The Ecos do not wear any Tribal symbols but usually have parts of their face colored and are easily recognizable by the way they dress. They wear natural fabrics and often put feathers in their hair.
The member of the Locos have only one order: to create "Power and Chaos", Zoot's motto. They abduct anyone who wanders the streets of the City and believe everything belongs to them. They were enemies with the Demon Dogs during Series 1 as both Tribes wanted total control of the City.
After Zoot is accidentally killed by Lex, Ebony becomes their leader for a while. But after the second wave of the Virus weakens everyone, the Locos gradually lose power over the City. Some members remain loyal to Ebony while other members end up joining other Tribes.
They are easily recognizable by the police car Zoot and Ebony drive around the City with its lights and siren on. The Members of the Locos also wear helmets.
The Technos are a highly intelligent and advanced Tribe led by a computer genius, Ram.
In Series 4, they invade the City and begin their totalitarian rule over its people, believing they are bringing order to them. Though the Technos are few in numbers, their technology is so advanced that they easily take control over the City. They truly believe that they are helping all the citizens by restoring electricity and food and water supply. In exchange, they take citizens to do hard work for them in labour camps.
Ram, with the help of computer expert Ved, experiments his new game in Virtual Reality on people, and later makes it public in order to take further control over the City. The citizens become addicted to the game and end up fighting in real life when they cannot use Virtual Reality anymore.
The distinctive symbol of the Technos is a small black "T" with two red circles they draw on their forehead. They also wear black and silver uniforms and, at times, silver metallic masks that they use to conceal their faces.
Ebony believes Zoot has come back to life and she and her sisters Java and Siva create chaos within the City, forcing the other Tribes to seek refuge in the safe zone and in the country. But in reality, the Tribe of the Zootists is part of Mega and Java's plan to take control over the City. Java manipulates Ebony with Virtual Reality and makes her believe Zoot has come back to life, with the help of a Zoot look-alike, Darryl.
The Zootists have their headquarters in the old school where Ebony first met Zoot, then still known as Martin, and where she first heard his message of "Power and Chaos". They control the whole City outside the safe zone and use the Zoo as a prison for all "non-believers".
The Zootists dress with outfits similar to what Zoot was usually wearing. They also act like him and use a replica of the police car Zoot used to ride in.
- Ebony (founder and leader of the Zootists)
- Java (founder of the Zootists)
- Siva (founder of the Zootists)
- C & P Tribe
Members: Cloe and Patsy
The Colours is the name given to the Reds and the Blues who were put into the Paradise program to fight against each other. When they become addicted to the game, the Reds and the Blues start a real-life war against each other. The members of the Colours wear red or blue bands on their heads depending on which team they belonged to in the Virtual Reality game.
- Demon Dogs
The Demon Dogs have always been enemies with the Locos. When the Locos were defeated, the Demon Dogs faded into obscurity and they were not heard of afterwards. Not much is known about them. They controlled a rather large territory of the City, were feral and there for feared by most children who lived in the streets. They also helped in the attack on Mega said by Lex when he was going through the plan on episode 48 in Series 5.
- Farm Girls
The Farm Girls are a bunch of girls who run a farm on the outskirts of the city. The tribes leader Alice and her sister Ellie lived on the farm with their parents before the virus. In the first series, Bray, Lex, Dal and jack go to the farm to trade batteries for food for Lex's and Zandra's wedding the only other known member of this tribe is Dawn
Members: Alice, Ellie, Rose and Dawn
- The Gulls
The Gulls are one of the tribes seen in Series 2 and 3, as part of trying to reunite the Tribes of the City. Their leader is Jet. They attack Dal in the streets and later charge the Mall, along with Ebony's militia, for the lies the Mall Rats have said about the antidote.
- Horse Traders
Members: Pony Joe and Moon
The Jackals are famous for trading stereo systems. During Series 2, Bray visits the Jackals and tries to convince their leader, Billy-Boy, to attend a gathering. Later, the Orphans start trading hi-fi equipment at a better price than the Jackals and Billy-Boy makes a complaint to the Mall Rats about it but gets thrown out of the mall by Lex. They live in a place with lots of neon lights and the sound of Jackals howling in the background.
Members: Billy Boy
Gel was a member of the Modes before joining the Mall Rats. According to Gel, the Modes used to raid for cosmetics. Another member, a girl named Belle, is mentioned by Gel, who describes her as having really long nails.
The Mozquitoes (aka Mozzies) is an all-female tribe led by Moz. Their headquarters are in an old factory decorated with black nets and cages, which they call their Mozquito Nest. Moz was controlling the City with Ebony for a while, but when she disappears in Series 4, the Mozquitoes are left without a leader and lose their power over the City. The Mozquitoes are easily recognizable by their black clothes. They also wear metal chains and masks that look like bugs eyes.
Members: Moz and Dee
The Nomads are a slaver Tribe led by Troy and Susannah. They hold Dal captive in Series 1 and try to sell him as slave to Ebony along with Sasha. They capture anyone who wanders to their camp and sell them to other Tribes in exchange for supplies. They lure their victim into their trap by pretending to be friendly travellers.
Members: Troy and Susannah
The Orphans trade in hi-fi equipment. One of their members, Main Man, got into the finals in the dance off at the Tribal Gathering on Series 1. A member of the Orphans, Slime, is a candidate in the election for City Leader against Salene in Series 4.
Members: Main Man and Slime
The Outcasts is a Tribe made up of various outcasts of different Tribes. Lex first met them when he was thrown out of the Mall Rats in Series 2. May was a member of the Outcasts before joining the Mall Rats.
The Roosters are one of the Tribes known to have joined forces with the Rebels to defeat the likes of the Chosen and the Technos. A member of the Roosters, Marco, is a candidate for the election of City Leader against Salene in Series 4.
- The Amazons
A warrior tribe led by Leyla who appeared at the meetings of the tribe leaders in series 2.
- Tribe Circus
The Tribe Circus is a Tribe of entertainers, acrobats and clowns who use their skills and power to terrorize more vulnerable Tribes. They are led by Top Hat. They invaded the Mall during Series 1. They are easily recognizable as they all dress as circus performers with bright colours.
Members: Top Hat
- The Smile
The Smile first appear in Series 2 alongside Billy-Boy and the Jackals when they invade the Trading Market at the Mall. Their members are Dimples, Lips and Teeth and they are always singing. When they spot Salene all alone in the streets and recognize her as a Mall Rat, they pursue her and threaten her. When they can't find Salene and Billy-Boy disappears, they come to the mall and threaten Lex, who they think has taken Billy-Boy. After Salene tells the other they tried to kill her, Ryan, with the help of Lex attack The Smile and throw them out. Later, they are recruited to sing at Tai-San and Lex, and Salene and Ryan's wedding.
Members: Lips, Teeth and Dimples
- The Wrecking Crew
- The Hobos
They lived by a river on the east side and gave trouble to the Locos in the early days. Sammy talked about how they just "disappeared" in Series 5 episode 11.
- Guide: Pre-tribe, The Tribe Official Website, retrieved on 2008-06-01
- Episode 115, aired June 12, 1999.
- Interview with the Creators of The Tribe - Raymond Thompson and Harry Duffin, The Tribe Official Website, retrieved on 2008-06-01
- Episodes 205-206, aired November 28, 1999.
- Episodes 219-220, aired January 16, 2000.
- Episodes 223-224, aired January 29, 2000.
- Episodes 201-202, aired November 14, 1999.
- Episodes 301-302, aired November 18, 2000.
- Episodes 309-310, aired December 16, 2000.
- Episodes 315-316, aired January 6, 2001.
- Episodes 319-320, aired January 20, 2001.
- Episodes 333-334, aired March 10, 2001.
- Episodes 351-352, aired May 11, 2001.
- Episodes 307-308, aired December 9, 2000.
- Episodes 305-306, aired December 2, 2000.
- Episodes 511-512, aired April 19, 2003.
- Episode 101, aired April 24, 1999.
- Episode 108, aired May 16, 1999.
- Episode 401, aired January 5, 2002.
- Episode 402, aired January 6, 2002.
- Episode 418, aired March 3, 2002.
- Episode 415, aired February 23, 2002.
- Episode 431, aired April 20, 2002.
- Episode 427, aired April 4, 2002.
- Episode 434, aired April 27, 2002.
- Episode 438, aired May 11, 2002.
- Episode 452, aired July 6, 2002.
- Episodes 547-548, aired August 23, 2003.
- Episode 410, aired February 3, 2002.
- Episodes 515-516, aired May 3, 2003.
- Episodes 531-532, aired June 28, 2003.
- Episodes 507-508, aired April 4, 2003.
- Episodes 509-510, aired April 12, 2003.
- Episode 105, aired May 8, 1999.
- Episodes 227-228, aired February 12, 2000.
- Episodes 343-344, aired April 14, 2001.
- Episode 237, aired March 18, 2000.
- Episode 504, aired March 22, 2003.
- Episodes 337-338, aired March 24, 2001.
- Episode 128, aired July 25, 1999.
- Episode 123, aired July 10, 1999.
- Episode 432, aired April 20, 2002.
- Episodes 145-146, aired September 25–26, 1999.
- Episode 428, April 4, 2002.