Eli Russell
Actor Gage Munroe
Seasons Season 1
First Appearance Sanctuary (Part 1)
Last Appearance Sanctuary (Part 1)

Allegiance 2nd Massachusetts Militia Regiment (formerly)
Age Early teens
Occupation Student (Pre-Invasion)
Family Jeff Russell - Father †
Mary Russell - Mother †
Cause of Death Died from harness effects/Killed by the resistance/or wiped out after the death of the Espheni Queen.
Alien Killed
Eli possibly wiped out after the death of the Espheni Queen.
It's okay, I don't need to see them right now, we can go in the morning.
— Eli to a harnessed Meghan.

Eli Russell is the son of Jeff Russell and Mary Russell. He was a child of the 2nd Mass, and is currently harnessed by the Skitters when his family abandoned the 2nd Mass.


Season 1Edit

"Sanctuary (Part 1)"Edit

Eli and his parents came to Anne Glass for a check-up, and Dr. Glass said everything was okay. He was helpless to stop his father from forcing Anne to give away all the antibiotics and witnessed Anne's failed attempt to fight back. After they got the antibiotics, he and his family escaped into a neighborhood where they were forced to give back the antibiotics and he and his family presumably became members of the 7th Mass. After Clayton got back with the children of the 2nd Mass, Eli was captured and he told Clayton that he wanted to see his family. Terry Clayton told him he could, then escorted him to a forest where he met a harnessed child named Megan. Secretly Clayton gave him up in exchange for safety. Megan told him she was going to bring him to his family. She grabbed his hand, and saw the harness so he tried to escape, saying that he didn't want to see his parents right now, but was stunned and a Skitter took him to a harnessing factory, where he was harnessed.

"Sanctuary (Part 2)"Edit

At the Sanctuary, Lourdes finds Eli's backpack and grows suspicious. Investigating further, Mike Thompson locates Eli's jacket amongst items taken from other children and is confronted by Terry Clayton. Terry admits that Eli had been there and goes on to explain the deal he made with the Skitters for the safety of his people.


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


  • It is said by Greg Beeman that the audience had to recognize Eli, so they made a big close-up, and added a strong red coat to Eli to make him stand out.
  • As Eli was harnessed during the early stages of the invasion, it is now likely that he has fully mutated like Scott.