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Nadia Santos (1982 - 3 May 2006 ) was the daughter of Arvin Sloane and Irina Derevko, therefore the half-sister of Sydney Bristow. Prior to discovering more about Nadia's identity, she was referred to exclusively as the 'Passenger.' She grew up in an orphanage in Argentina after being taken away from Irina directly after birth. She worked for the Argentinian authorities and was thought to be a direct link to Milo Rambaldi. Sloane sought her out for her connection to Rambaldi, which led to Sydney learning of her existence. She subsequently joined APO and began a romantic relationship with Eric Weiss.

Nadia was infected with a compound that turned her into a mindless killing machine during a mission to deactivate a giant Mueller device that floated over Russia. Sloane shot her to protect Sydney, but Nadia did not die and Sloane searched for a cure to save her. He eventually found it and she recovered. When she demanded Sloane choose between her and Rambaldi, he accidentally killed her in the ensuing fight. After her death, Nadia's spirit continued to haunt Sloane.

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  • Place Of Birth: Argentina, South America

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Introduced near the end of the third season, Nadia is the daughter resulting from an affair between Irina Derevko and Arvin Sloane. She is the half-sister of Sydney Bristow and Jacqueline Sloane (Arvin's daughter with his wife, Emily). According to Irina's sister, Katya, Nadia was born in a Soviet prison and taken away from Irina the day after her birth. Identified by the Soviets as "The Passenger", a being with a "direct conduit" to Milo Rambaldi, Nadia spent the first few years of her life as the subject of experimentation, including injection with a "Rambaldi fluid" which triggered her connection to Rambaldi.

According to Elena Derevko (speaking in her guise as Sophia Vargas), Michael Vaughn's father, Bill, kidnapped Nadia from Soviet custody and left her with Vargas. Regardless of the circumstances of her arrival, Nadia grew up in an orphanage in Argentina under the direction of Elena/Sophia. After being attacked by a man in the orphanage one night, Nadia ran away and spent her teen years on the streets, committing some 130 criminal acts, including assault and petty theft. At the age of 17 or 18, she was captured by police. Roberto Fox, an Argentine intelligence operative, was impressed by her skill and recruited her into a branch of Argentina's intelligence service (SIDE). She spent the next few years being trained as a spy. Eventually, she became romantically involved with Fox.

Fox was a rogue agent operating for his own interests and not those of Argentina, a fact Nadia learned during a mission to obtain secret documents during which a close friend and colleague was killed. Nadia learned the documents were in fact from the Argentine government. For this betrayal, she shot and killed Roberto Fox upon her return from the mission, however (for reasons not explained) the blame for his murder fell upon César Martinez, a fellow operative who, like Nadia, had been recruited from the streets. She continued working in Argentine intelligence after this event, while Martinez became a freelancer, using the equity of his supposed kill to establish a reputation with criminal organizations.

Santos first met her half-sister Sydney while undercover posing as a supposedly catatonic woman in a Chechen labor camp. She was being sought by her father, Sloane, who wanted to use her connection to Rambaldi to locate an artifact called the Sphere of Life. This artifact was said to house Rambaldi's consciousness. The Covenant captured her and injected her with the same Rambaldi fluid she was subjected to as a child. This triggered a "muscle memory", causing Nadia to write out a complex algebraic equation which, when solved, revealed the coordinates of the Sphere of Life. Sydney, Vaughn and a CIA team then recovered Nadia. Later, Sloane approached her and convinced her to join him on a quest for the Sphere of Life. Nadia said she had moments of lucidity as the fluid wore off and in those times, she altered the equation so only she knew the true location of the Sphere.

Between seasons three and four, as shown in season four flashbacks, Nadia and Sloane located the Sphere of Life in Siena. Nadia, seeing the madness Rambaldi inspired in Sloane grow as they get closer to the artifact, and after having apocalyptic visions upon touching the Sphere, refused to retrieve it. Sloane berated her and tried to retrieve the Sphere himself, failing and gravely injuring himself. Nadia saved his life and apparently turned the Sphere over to the CIA or the Department of Special Research.

At the start of the fourth season, Nadia had broken ties with her father and returned to Argentina to live a peaceful life. After assisting the newly formed APO unit in rescuing her sister, she accepted a position with the organization, which was a black ops offshoot of the CIA. As of joining APO, her code name was Evergreen. Upon learning of her mother's supposed death from Sydney, she swore an oath to kill the person responsible for killing Irina, not knowing "Irina" was killed by Jack in order to protect Sydney (it is later revealed Jack actually killed a woman who was genetically doubled to appear as Irina).

Jack led Nadia to believe Irina had been killed by Martin Bishop, a master thief with terrorist connections who had taken Sydney prisoner during an APO mission gone astray. Nadia shot Bishop to death during the mission to rescue Sydney and continued to fire bullets into him until her gun ran out of ammunition.

Nadia continued to try to learn more about her mother, which led her to bond somewhat with Jack. During the fourth season, she was romantically involved with her CIA colleague, Eric Weiss.

Nadia was troubled by a recurring dream in which she and Sydney fought to the death. In the fourth season, she was shot by terrorist Anna Espinosa and left in a medically-induced coma for several days, avoiding a second assassination attempt in the hospital thanks to quick thinking on the part of her father. Against medical advice, Jack Bristow awoke Nadia from the coma in order to obtain vital information regarding the whereabouts of a chemical bomb stolen by Anna; although Nadia survived this, Jack's actions threatened to unravel a larger plan between him and Sloane.

On a mission to stop Elena Derevko from implementing her endgame by activating a giant Mueller device over Russia, Nadia was infected with a compound which turned her into a mindless killing machine and (true to Rambaldi's prophecy) she tried to kill her sister. Nadia nearly killed Sydney, but was shot by her father. She survived the gunshot and as season 4, ended up in a coma as CIA doctors worked to find a cure for her condition.

The character was not a regular during the early episodes of season 5, although the hunt for a cure was shown as a prime motivator for Sloane's actions. Nadia made a non-speaking cameo at the conclusion of the episode "Solo"; in a later episode, Nadia was briefly revived from her coma by Prophet Five as a way of continuing Sloane's support.

In the episode "30 Seconds", Nadia was finally awoken permanently when Sloane gave her a drug designed by Rambaldi, though in order for it to work, he first had to kill her (which he did by suffocating her). After her revival, Nadia returned to live with Sydney and wrestle with her feelings towards her father. At the end of the episode, she finally confronted him about his obsession with Rambaldi when she discovered a Rambaldi artifact ("Page 47") hidden in Sloane's home. When she tried to destroy the page, Sloane, in a brief fit of madness, pushed her into a glass coffee table. A shard of glass punctured her neck and Nadia was killed.

Nadia appeared in subsequent episodes as an apparition who haunted (and distracted) Sloane as he worked to complete his endgame. When Sloane asked her why she was haunting him, she replied it was because he wanted her to. In the end, as Sloane lay seemingly trapped forever in Rambaldi's tomb, Nadia's apparition appeared saying "You're all alone," and Sloane replied with "At least I have you", to which Nadia replied "No!" and faded away, leaving an immortal Sloane now alone.

Nadia spoke English, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, and German on her missions.

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