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This article centers around Red Coat, the disguise. For another version check out Red Trench Coat, the trench coat used by Vivian Darkbloom.


She's everywhere and she's nowhere.
Mona about Red Coat
Red Coat (A)
Real Identity: Unknown
A's red coat
General Information

Gender:

Female

Occupation(s):

A

Nickname:

"A"
The Black Widow (possibly)
Relationships

Friends:

Charles DiLaurentis

Rivals:

Alison DiLaurentis

Enemies:

The Liars
Alison DiLaurentis
Toby Cavanaugh
Caleb Rivers
Lucas Gottesman
Jenna Marshall
Series Information

Interests:

- Stalking
- Blackmailing

Talent:

- Sneaking
- Hiding identity
Series Information

Secret(s):

- Identity
- Motive(s)
- Is The A-Team's leader (exposed to Mona, Toby and The Liars)
- Her connection to The Black Widow
- The connection with Charles DiLaurentis

Status:

Alive

First appearance:

UnmAsked

Latest appearance:

FrAmed

Portrayed By:

CC Mason

Did you miss me?
Red Coat (disguise)
Real Identity: Alison DiLaurentis
Red-Coat-Ali
General Information

Gender:

Female

Hair Color:

Blonde

Nickname:

Vivian Darkbloom (former alter ego)
Relationships

Friends:

The Liars
Noel Kahn
CeCe Drake

Enemies:

"A"
Shana Fring
Series Information

Interests:

- Hiding from "A"
- Helping The Liars

Talent:

- Sneaking
- Hiding Identity
Series Information

Secret(s):

- Identity (exposed)

Status:

Alive

First appearance:

It Happened 'That Night'

Latest appearance:

Grave New World

Portrayed By:

Sasha Pieterse

I'm sure as hell I'm not going back to Rosewood.
CeCe Drake on the phone
Red Coat (disguise)
Real Identity: CeCe Drake
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General Information

Gender:

Female

Hair Color:

Blonde

Nickname:

Vivian Darkbloom (current alter ego)
Relationships

Friends:

Alison DiLaurentis

Enemies:

Darren Wilden
Jenna Marshall
Series Information

Interests:

- Distracting "A"
- Helping Alison DiLaurentis

Talent:

- Helping
- Hiding Identity
Series Information

Secret(s):

- Identity (exposed)
- Was paid by Ezra Fitz
- Helped Alison distract "A"

Status:

Alive

First appearance:

Bring Down the Hoe

Latest appearance:

Now You See Me, Now You Don't

Portrayed By:

Vanessa Ray

Red Coat was an anonymous character that was first introduced on the finale of Season 2, "UnmAsked", and is believed to have been the one to have taken over as "A" from Mona Vanderwaal.

Alison DiLaurentis is revealed to wear the red coat as a disguise, as well as CeCe Drake who used the red coat as a decoy to distract the real "A" so Ali could save Emily.

Red Coat is revealed to be working with Charles as "A", and her true identity will be revealed in "Game Over, Charles".

Physical Appearance

The "A" Red Coat is shown to be a female in a red trench coat (wearing the hood on), black leggings, black gloves, and black pistol boots. She also sometimes is shown sporting red nail polish when not wearing gloves. Red Coat is always seen with long, wavy, golden blonde hair, which may be her real hair or it may be a wig. Red Coat is shown wearing the "Alison" Mask in "The Mirror Has Three Faces". This is probably in order to trick the girls into thinking Ali was Red Coat.

Big A's red trench coat is throught to have been destroyed in "A DAngerous GAme", but it was used again in "Under The Gun" and later in "FrAmed", therefore we can assume the person owns more than one red coat.

Series

UnmAsked

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Mona talking to Red Coat

At the end of this episode, when Mona is sitting in her bed at the Radley Sanitarium, she receives a visit from someone wearing a red trench coat similar to the one Vivian Darkbloom wore. Mona looks up at her and says "I did everything you asked me to".

It Happened 'That Night'

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Hanna visits Mona in Radley Sanitarium thinking that her visits are helping. Mona turns and smiles, and Hanna thinks she's smiling at her, but she realizes Mona is actually smiling at the chair behind her. Mona hallucinates Alison sitting there in a red coat, with her natural blonde haircolor, reading "Lolita." Mona and the audience can see her, but Hanna can't.

Blood Is The New Black

Big A buying hoodies and gloves

We see Red Coat once more wearing a red hoodie. She is seen buying black hoodies and gloves for her employees. The store owner says to Red Coat "So, are you buying this for a team?".

The Lady Killer

It is revealed that Toby is the second "A," and is also part of The A-Team. The dramatic irony is that the Liars don't seem to understand that both Mona and Toby are simply workers for Red Coat. In the same episode, we also see Mona talking to Red Coat on the phone, learning that there is a "change of plans". Since Red Coat is usually the one planning out all of the "A" schemes, it seems as if the caller was her.

Misery Loves Company

Hanna sees Big A

When Hanna goes to the boutique, she sees in the window's reflection a blond girl wearing a red coat (the same color as Vivian's jacket and without a hood) across the street, watching her. When Hanna turns around, the girl has disappeared.

In the same episode, we see Mona and Toby talking in the A's Lair. Mona refers to someone by saying "They need to understand she's in charge," which means Red Coat is a female.

Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Inferno

Red Coat is seen in A's Lair using a blowtorch to burn a doll representing Hanna. The girl was seen wearing a red jacket and red nail polish.

Dead to Me

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-A (The Real One)

Emily remembers more of what happened "That Night". She remembers seeing Red Coat while being attacked by a member of the The A-Team (which is later revealed to be Mona). She also remembers that Red Coat had blonde hair. Emily says that she (Red Coat) is the one in charge.

Hot Water

Big A Hot Water

Spencer sees Red Coat after her date with Wren. She manages to get away before Spencer can catch up to her.

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Red Coat appears to Emily for a second time while she is in her car waiting to meet up with Toby. However, she quickly vanishes after Emily catches a glimpse of her entering in Toby's workplace. It is presumed that Red Coat lured Emily by using Toby's phone.

I'm Your Puppet

Aria sees Red Coat while she, Hanna and Emily are in the morgue posing as candy strippers. Aria follows her, almost catching Red Coat before she slips into an elevator and escapes.

A DAngerous GAme

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Ali in the Red Coat

In the beginning of the episode, we see Red Coat walking through the Rosewood High School. She caught Spencer's attention and she followed Red Coat until Red Coat stopped at the girl's toilet. As Spencer touched her, Red Coat turned around and was revealed to be Hanna Marin who wore the Red Coat in order to trick Spencer and find out if she was part really of The A-Team and knew who Red Coat was. Spencer, however, only joined the team to find out if Toby was alive and to find Red Coat's identity.

At The Thornhill Lodge, Mona is heard talking on the phone to Red Coat who is flying over them in a plane, while Spencer, Aria, Hanna, Emily and Toby are working on a plan to reveal her identity. Spencer sees Red Coat get off the plane, and thinks it is Alison. After Toby and Spencer leave, the girls sneak in and corner Mona, but the cabin is suddenly on fire and Mona tells the girls that's Red Coat's doing. Locked inside, they urgently try to find a way out and Mona reveals she does not know who Red Coat is either. Someone saved Emily, Aria and Mona from the fire. Hanna wakes up groggily and sees Alison staring at her in the red coat. A moment later, she is gone. Mona and Spencer also claim they saw Ali, and they all draw the conclusion that Red Coat is Alison. Mona reveals Red Coat wears an "Alison" Mask, meaning it could have just looked like Alison.

TrAde Off

Red Coat is briefly seen wandering around the Halloween Spooktacular Store while Lucas Gottesman receives a phone call. This person's red trench coat looks different than the one Red Coat usually wears. Also, this person is wearing sneakers while Red Coat usually wears black heels.

'A' is for A-l-i-v-e

Red Coat did not have a physical appearance in this episode, but her coat is seen (with no hood) in the rubble at the Lodge. Since the coat is burned, we can assume this is the moment when A started to dress as The Black Widow.

Under The Gun

Red Coat as Emily

Emily is taken to the police station and is questioned by Lt. Tanner concerning a video that she received. The video featured someone wearing the red coat while wearing an "Emily" Mask, holding up a 'Guilty' sign. Therefore, "A" possibly bought another red coat.

Crash and Burn, Girl!

It is revealed by Nigel Wright that CeCe Drake set up a fake private flight plan in "A DAngerous GAme." CeCe paid Nigel to cover her tracks. It is unknown at the time whether he was lying or not.

Into the Deep

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Red Coat is seen walking towards the DiLaurentis House at night. She waits until the lights go off in the house and goes under the porch and unscrews a panel, leading to a secret place. She then enters.

The Mirror Has Three Faces

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Red Coat is seen entering Alison's old room. Hanna goes in there and sees Alison's old jewelry box. In the reflection of the box's mirror, you see Red Coat wearing the "Alison" Mask staring at Hanna, but she doesn't notice. Also, Mrs. DiLaurentis and Emily find Red Coat's secret room in Mrs. DiLaurentis' basement. It's a mess, filled with trash everywhere. Emily then notices holes in the ceiling of the room, and she realizes someone has been spying on her.

Bring Down the Hoe

CeCe Drake is seen in A's lair (which is later revealed to be only Ezra's lair) with a bunch of photos of the Liars and Alison. A red coat is seen sitting on her chair. At the hoedown, Red Coat is there but runs away. Spencer and Emily see someone moving in the pile of hay, and dig through. All that's left is the red coat.

Now You See Me, Now You Don't

In Ravenswood, someone traps Emily in a coffin and puts her on a sawmill, waiting to kill Emily. The girls see Red Coat run into the sawmill, and they try to get Emily out. Red Coat turns off the sawmill, saving Emily's life. The girls are about to chase Red Coat, when they see another Red Coat run up the stairs of the sawmill. Aria chases the Red Coat running up the stairs, while Spencer chases the one that saved Emily's life. After a tense fight between the two of them, Aria kicks Red Coat's mask off and it is revealed to be CeCe Drake. Spencer tries to chase the other Red Coat and notices she keeps stopping, as if she wanted to be followed. She leads Spencer into finding Ezra's lair (which was thought to be the [[A's Lair|A's lair). Spencer believes this Red Coat is Alison. Carla Grunwald also reveals Alison is alive, further proving Alison is the second and the good Red Coat.

Grave New World

The Liars crash the party in Ravenswood's cemetery in order to find the other Red Coat (whom they believe is Alison), before "A" does. In the beginning, they see Red Coat, but they lose her trail. The girls find a secret mansion and attempt to look for Red Coat in there, but fail. Ezra drives the girls back to Rosewood where they hear a branch snap and see Red Coat running away. The Liars run towards her and see Red Coat standing. She takes off her hood and turns around. It is Alison. She says she wants to come home, but needs their help. She takes off when Ezra shows up.

A is for Answers

Red Coat does not make a physical appearance here but Alison in a red coat is seen in a photo shown to Veronica Hastings by Gabriel Holbrook. This is what informs Veronica and presumably the police that Alison is still alive.

EscApe From New York

It is revealed that Alison asked CeCe for help in Ravenswood in "Now You See Me, Now You Don't." CeCe was trying to distract "A" by wearing the Red Coat disguise while Ali shut off the saw.

FrAmed

When "A" (Charles DiLaurentis) was spying on the Art Gala, he let a visitor into his lair which was revealed to be Red Coat. She is assumingly the friend and ally who sent him the picture of him, Jason and Alison when they were younger. Later in the same episode, she is seen spying on Ashley and Ella through the window of Hanna's house. After that, Red Coat meets up with Charles in her limo and gave "A" two tickets to The Enchanted Forest Prom which will be held in Last Dance.


Appearances (16/128)

Season 2 (1/25)

Season 3 (7/24)

Season 4 (7/24)       

Season 6 (2/20)

  

Identities  

A:

Red Coat was the leader of the A-Team's former disguise. She was thought to be the person who stole the game from Mona (Original "A" who worked alone in Seasons 1-2) in Season 3. However, it was confirmed in Season 6 that she and Charles are working together. The A-Team members don't even know the real identity of Red Coat. She was originally thought to be CeCe Drake, but this was disproved (see below).  

It's also possible she has brown hair instead of blonde, because in "Under The Gun", Red Coat is shown in the Emily mask with brown hair, and in "The Mirror Has Three Faces", Red Coat's hair looks fake. Red Coat appears less and less, and it's prsumed she is also the person behind The Black Widow costume, who attended Darren Wilden's funeral, wearing her signature Black Veil. It's shown at the end of the episode she was wearing a burned up Alison mask, meaning she was at the fire. Also, it was shown many times Red Coat has an obsession with Alison. Her true identity remains unknown.  

Alison DiLaurentis:

In "Now You See Me, Now You Don't", the girls go to Ravenswood and see that there were two Red Coats. Spencer follows one of the Red Coats, who she thinks is Ali (the "good" Red Coat) because she appears to be helping The Liars, and she leads Spencer to what seems like A's main lair (but is actually Ezra's lair). Spencer shows The Liars the lair and a female eye is seen watching the girls through the wall, presumably Alison. After the girls leave the lair, they run into Carla Grunwald, who tells the girls she saved Alison's life the night she went missing, proving Alison is alive.

Therefore, Red Coat #2 is confirmed to be Alison in "Grave New World". She claims that someone is after her, and she cannot come home. In Season 5, Mona claims she has proof that Ali is A, assuming she was the "bad" Red Coat all this time. Later, the girls find out it was all a set-up against Alison.

CeCe Drake:

In "Now You See Me, Now You Don't", it's revealed CeCe is one of the Red Coats (known as the "bad" Red Coat until Season 5). Aria fights CeCe, and CeCe falls over the railing, but Aria hangs on to her. However, CeCe's sleeve rips and she falls. The girls run to her, and assume she is dead. When they turn around, CeCe's body is gone, meaning she escaped and is alive. Spencer then tells the girls she was chasing another Red Coat, who she believes is Alison.

In "EscApe From New York", Alison confirmed that CeCe wasn't on the A-Team and she dressed as Red Coat, at Alison's request, to distract A in Ravenswood.

Notes

  • Red Coat has three identities:
    • Red Coat #1: A's former disguise; reincarnated as The Black Widow (presumed). As of FrAmed she is still holding her identity as Red Coat.
    • Red Coat #2: Alison DiLaurentis' disguise when she was hiding from "A". The identity is revealed in "Grave New World".
    • Red Coat #3: CeCe Drake dressed like that, at Alison's request, to distract "A" in Ravenswood; revealed in "Now You See Me, Now You Don't".
  • Jenna Marshall was seen wearing black gloves and what appeared to look like a red jacket, while driving Emily during That Night.
  • Marlene King confirmed Red Coat will return and will make her final appearance in Game Over, Charles. Her identity will be revealed.
  • The Liars wear red coats on the Season 4's promotional poster.
  • It is unknown who is who at which time but here are a few speculations:
    • Mona was hallucinating Alison due to her medication in "UnmAsked".
    • The "A" Red Coat was who Spencer saw in "Hot Water".
    • Alison pulled Hanna out of the fire in "A DAngerous GAme" and the "A" Red Coat got off the plane and went through the woods. It is unknown if she pulled the other three out, though it isn't likely because she was presumably somewhere in the woods and she hates the liars. Her only motive of saving the girls is that if they are dead she can't torture them. 
    • The fact that, if Red Coat pulled the girls from the fire, she left Hanna to die. This suggests Red Coat is a person who has a grudge against Hanna more than the other girls.
    • Alison stopped the saw mill in "Now You See Me, Now You Don't" and CeCe was there to distract "A".
    • The "A" Red Coat presumably was the Red Coat living under the DiLaurentis house.
    • According to Marlene King, Red Coat will make her final appearance in "Game Over, Charles". (Source)

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