|“||"Amy...Dan...all of you...so brave."||”|
— Alistair in Trust No One, just before he died.
The information included in this article appears thoughout the entire 39 Clues universe.
|Age:||64 (Series 1)
66 (Series 2, deceased)
|Relationships:||The Oh Family|
|First Appears In:||The Maze of Bones|
|Last Appears In:||Day of Doom in Amy's dream|
Alistair Oh is an Ekaterina who was included in Grace Cahill's Will as one of the contestants for The 39 Clues. He is possibly the Ekaterina leader. He makes the most alliances with Amy and Dan. Dan chose him to be killed if they failed their mission in The Dead Of Night. In Trust No One, he dies after having a seizure due to his knee injury from a failure of saving Phoenix from a long drop.
HistoryWhen Alistair was young, his father, Gordon Oh, was killed by a hired assassin. He was raised by his uncle, Bae Oh, whom he did not like and wrote about to his cousin Grace Cahill. Later, he discovered that it was his uncle who ordered his father's death to which he was angry about and wanted revenge. He eventually got that revenge by putting Bae in jail for the crime of ordered murder by contacting Madrigals in the U.N. He also was shortly a business tycoon as he invented the microwavable burrito.
- Gordon Oh - Father (deceased)
- Bae Oh - Uncle (in custody, possibly deceased)
- Lin Kim Oh - Mother (deceased)
- Hae-In Oh - Grandmother (deceased)
- Henry Cahill - Grandfather (deceased)
- Grace Cahill -Cousin (deceased)
- Jane Cahill - x21 Great-aunt (deceased)
- Thomas Cahill - x21 Great-uncle (deceased)
- Luke Cahill - x21 Great-uncle (deceased)
- Katherine Cahill - x21 Grandmother (deceased)
- Madeleine Cahill - x21 Great-aunt (deceased)
- Gideon Cahill - Great x 22 Grandfather (deceased)
- Olivia Cahill - Great x22 Grandmother (deceased)
Appearance and Personality
Alistair has only been described as an old Korean man who dresses in fine suits, a yellow scarf or tie, and carries a diamond-tipped walking cane, which was stolen by the Vespers. The walking cane, in reality, is used to store Alistair's secrets, as discovered by Amy and Dan Cahill in One False Note. According to The Black Book of Buried Secrets, it is a high-tech safe and practically a mobile Clue-hunting base.
Alistair is a Korean man usually trying to make some kind of alliance. He prefers to team up with Amy and Dan, because he knows how good they are at finding Clues, but secretly he truly feels sorry for the children because of their past; Alistair wanted to make up for his appearance on the night Hope and Arthur died, so he chose to help the kids. It is also shown that Alistair cared deeply for Hope which could be a factor in his alliances with Dan and Amy. Before Hope Cahill and Arthur Trent died, he made some sort of promise to them, presumably about Amy and Dan Cahill's safety. He was possibly one of the best Cahills to keep this promise because he is closely related to Grace (cousin). Alistair tends to double-cross the Cahill children when the right time comes, and they usually manage to get back at him until he convinces them that they can form an honest alliance, only for him to double-cross them again.
Alistair Oh is a former microwavable burrito tycoon. Alistair has a butler, driver/pilot and a beautiful house in South Korea. In The Maze of Bones, Alistair makes a short alliances with Dan and Amy Cahill. Also in The Maze of Bones, he makes an alliance with Irina Spasky. He is not seen much in One False Note, he is only seen when Amy and Dan put their tracker on him and steal his Clue. In The Sword Thief, Alistair makes an alliance with the Cahill siblings, who then make an alliance with Ian and Natalie Kabra. The Kabra siblings leave Alistair and the Cahills for dead in a cave, which Alistair and the Cahills proceed to blow up. Alistair fakes his death in the explosion so he can go after his uncle. Alistair meets with Dan and Amy in the 6th book in Indonesia.
It was once mentioned that Alistair and Irina Spasky shared a bowl of bibimbap together. Alistair was teasing her of flirting, each time her spoon clinked against his, the entire time, and finally succeeded in making her laugh.
Alistair, described by Dan as an "old Korean dude who insisted they call him 'Uncle'", is first seen when Grace's will is being read. He forms a brief alliance with Dan and Amy, after the two siblings discover a secret library, and the next step towards the Clue: a copy of Poor Richard's Almanack. When the mansion starts burning, Alistair races out with the almanac. Alistair is then confronted by Ian and Natalie, when he got off of his plane in France. He escapes them by getting them into a fight, claiming to the attendant that he had fresh fruit in his luggage. Upon leaving, he is ambushed by the Holts. Later, he saves Dan and Amy from Ian and Natalie in the catacombs. He saved them in order to make up for leaving them in the burning building and stealing the important book.Mr. McIntyre he was angry and storming him saying that he was the one that put a spying pin on his cane and also took an important paper from his cane. Toyotomi Hideyoshi (The Bald Rat) and printing out a map that Alistair found, the trio are captured by the Holts. Dan accidentally tells the Holts where the next lead is: the subway. The Holts lead them to a underground subway station. When Amy's foot gets stuck in the rail, the Holts try to help her but flees due to an incoming train. Alistair quickly saves Dan and Amy from the train and shows them a secret room that he found. They see a poem and a lot of geometric shapes on the ground. Amy realizes that the shapes are the next lead. However, the Yakuza find them and try to slice Alistair's leg. The 3 run away from the Yazuka ninjas, meanwhile hiding the shapes behind an alley until being saved by the Kabras and Nellie. After a lot of explanations, an alliance of Ian, Natalie, Dan, Amy, Alistair, Nellie, and Saladin is made. Ian gives Amy a coin that the Lucians suspect having something to do with a Tomas Clue. They recover the shapes and find out they need to go to Korea. They all went to Alistair's estate. He also found that his uncle, Bae Oh, hired a man to kill his father. Ian wanders into a hedge maze and gets bitten by Alistair's dog, Buffy. Alistair then reveals a secret library in the maze. Amy and Alistair finds out they need to go to Pukhansan. After finding a statue of the Bald Rat, and putting the Kabras' coin into its mouth, a cave is reaveled. They find out the Clue is Gold. Dan then tricks the Kabras into thinking their next location is Lake Tash. The Kabras leave, backstabbing them, and close the exit. The 3 then make a cave explosion to escape. Alistair then pretends to be dead to find his uncle and ditches them. Dan then reveals that their real next location is Egypt, by solving the anagram.
Alistair offers an alliance to Amy and Dan. They then use his submarine to get to the Temple of Isis, which is underwater. They see a letter M, which means that the Madrigals took the Clue. After that, he returns to Cairo.
In Indonasia, Alistair stumbles upon Dan and Amy while searching for information about Robert Cahill Henderson, an Ekat that collected 37 of the Clues on an Indonesian island. They decide to temporarily team up to solve the Clue in Robert's poem, which was Water. They spend the night in Alistair's house due to a storm. During the night, Isabel sets the house on fire. During the incident, they get trapped on the roof. Irina Spasky comes to save them and succeeds, but she does not survive and dies a heroine.
Isabel Kabra blames Alistair for Irina's death and now Dan, Amy, Alistair, and Nellie are wanted by the police. They escape in Irina's old boat. Alistair is then captured by police, aided by Bae Oh. He escapes by pretending to be dead and then knocks out Bae with Bae's own cane. He is then captured by the Holts, as they think that the children trust him and wants Alistair to bring the children to him. Amy and Dan, due to a warning from Hamilton, realizes Alistair's trap and escape. Eisenhower captures him again and threatens to blow him up. But Dan, Amy, Nellie, and (secretly) Hamilton Holt free him.
Alistair wants another alliance with Dan and Amy but Dan and Amy do not want to. Later on when Dan is missing Alistair tries to help Amy and Nellie find Dan and translates a Chinese poem for them. He also wrote the Chinese word for "grace" while waiting for them to arrive when they were meeting.
Alistair is at the Stratford church and accidentally gives away to Ian that he has 14 Clues. In the Gauntlet, he tells Dan to stand up when the rockslide begins and tells Isabel the Clues he knows after she threatens to kill one of the children he loves (Sinead, Amy, Dan and even Natalie and Ian). After that, he told Amy and Dan that he would testify Isabel for killing Hope and Arthur.
Alistair has become a Madrigal and tests you on computer hacking. He is in Grace's underground base center in her burnt down mansion. The mini-game you have to play is about bouncing a ball of a platform.
His picture was under one of the paintings in Casper's apartment once decoded it says: "Must be monitored at all times."
In the prologue, Alistair is kidnapped in an elevator in Israel, along with Ted Starling. Ned escapes. Alistair and the other five hostages in the Vesper Holding Cell tried to remove the bullet from Nellie's shoulder, and eventually, Natalie Kabra was able to take it out.
Dan chose Alistair to be killed if he and Amy failed their mission.
Amy sees him in her vision when she thinks she's dead, and he's apperantly selling something.
He meets his uncle Bae Oh in the Cairo Stronghold of the Ekats and sends him to jail with the help of his contacts at the UN
Alistair is very good at betrayal and is deceptive. He is very good in disguises. He is also good at gaining others' trust. Alistair can be very resourceful because he is a rich man due to his burrito company. He also is a very good actor being able to convince other people. He once convinced Bae Oh that he was dead in The Viper's Nest. This has caused him to be a favorite character of author Peter Lerangis.
OnlineAlistair appears in Missions 5, 7 and 10. He wore a disguise in Mission 7.
See main article: Alistair Oh's Alliances
Clues Alistair is Known to Have Found
He has 15 Clues, but only 9 are named.
- Phosphorus - confirmed when interrogated by Isabel.
- Gold - confirmed due to his alliance with Dan and Amy in Book 3.
- Uranium - confirmed because he visits The Bermuda Triangle regularly.
- Myrrh - confirmed due to his alliance with Dan and Amy in Book 4.
- Iron Solute - confirmed when he said he knew the true meaning of "RESOLUTION" in Book 1.
Things That Alistair Oh Has Invented