Pretty Little Liars -- The Case For Aria Being A

Granted, when I first started thinking about it, I thought it was a ludicrous idea. But there's a lot of weird stuff going on with A in regards to Aria.

First off, why did A wait an entire year to start tormenting the Pills. Why did she wait until Aria returned to town to start it up. Could it be because Aria is A and A couldn't start her campaign of terror until Aria got back to town to do it? Aria was the first one A texted but Aria hasn't gotten half the trouble or even a quarter of the trouble from A that Spencer, Hanna and Emily have gotten.

Allison [whether ghost or real] has visited Hanna, Emily and Spencer, but she's never paid a visit to Aria. Of course, most of those visitations have happened after the three girls have gotten hurt because of A. Aria has never gotten hurt because of A. Which makes you ask the question why? If A waited to go after all the Pills until they were reunited and Aria was back in town, why hasn't Aria gotten it as bad as the other girls?

In the Winter Finale, A demanded the Pills do something or the psychiatrist would suffer the price, since she vanished and it appeared A had kidnapped her. Spencer had to break-up with Toby. Hanna had to stop her father's wedding, thus making her father hate her for doing it. What was Aria's task? To blackmail the woman that was causing trouble for her and Ezra to leave town. She wasn't being forced to make someone that she loved hate her. Quite the contrary, she was getting rid of a thorn in her side and clearing the way for her and Ezra. Of course, it backfired on her when the person she blackmailed turned around and blackmailed her. But that had nothing to do with A. What A did was helping her, while hurting Spencer and Hanna and making them hurt the people they loved. So why is Aria so special in regards to A and not forced to hurt someone she loves?

The Pills learned that Allison was going around calling herself Vivian Darkbloom. It's an acronym for Vladimir Nabokov the author of the novel, Lolita, and Vivian Darkbloom is a character in Lolita. Hanna said Allison seemed fascinated by the book before she died. When Allison dressed up as Vivian she seemed to be disguising herself to look like Aria. Now, I'm assuming Aria started up her relationship with Ezra after Allison died, so is it possible Aria was involved with Ezra before Allison died or is it possible Ezra isn't the first older man Aria was involved with.

Of course, is Allison was dressing up as Vivian to try to figure out who A was, then she wouldn't know Aria was A, so why would she dress up like her? That is the big question. If the fake name and identity is about Aria, why did Allison dress up like her?

When A sent a letter to Byron so he could catch Aria meeting with Ezra, Aria didn't make the meeting. Supposedly because she was so concerned about Holden. But the result was the same. Aria ended up not being harmed by A.

When the school was in lock-down A appeared to write a message on a scroll put up for students to write things anonymously. A appeared to write, "I'm AFAAID OF MY FATHER." That could fit Aria to a tee, as she was afraid of her father finding out she was still sneaking around with Ezra.

When Ashley began to get on to the whole A thing, Mona came up with a plan to get her off the scent. Aria was declared to be the best liar of the group. Then she went to Ashley claiming she was A. A for Aria. Wouldn't it be ironic if the writers actually let us know who A was before the official unmasking.

In the last episode Aria played a move that was truly very A of her. She threatened to turn her father in for having sex with a student which would ruin his career if he didn't stop trying to get between her and Ezra.

And it may not mean anything but in a photo of the Pills at the masked ball unmasking A, Aria is the only Pill wearing black gloves, which are a trademark of A.

Granted there seems to be no reason why Aria would terrorize and try to kill her supposedly three best friends. But you have to admit there is something off in how little harassment and trouble she's gotten from A in comparison to Hanna, Spencer and Emily.



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thebiologyofleah 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Interesting theory, I think it would be a great twist if it was one of the four girls and I agree Aria makes the most sense. I have wondered, as you pointed out, why the texts started exactly when Aria got back in town and more specifically why did it take a full year to find Allison's body and that happened exactly when Aria came back.

Great points all the way through, A has gone easier on Aria- can't wait to see if who it is!


Shirley 4 years ago

Good theory. I believe this as well.

Another fact:

The last episode was called unmAsked. Take it literally. Aria end Ezra were the only ones unmasked... So A (Aria?) was unmasked


Jenny 4 years ago

Emily and her girlfriend (forgot the name) were unmasked too ;)



TJ 4 years ago

Might be nothing but in the beginning of the finale Spencer's sister came into the kitchen and asked what was the flavor of that ice cream thing that Aria was eating("Is this peanut butter?") and Aria answered, "Toffee." Then, during the end, Mona is in the crazy house like.." I like this lipstick...what color is it? Toffee Tango."


isabella 4 years ago

Aria also had reasons to hate Ali, when she forced her to go to the party, after they discovered her dad cheating. But the two Alis on the picture in halloween special, is very interesting. And then you have the black swan, lucas, jenna and so on. I`t kinda looks like there`s a whole bunch of people taking there hate on some girls who doesn't seem to deserve it.


Nicole 4 years ago

Very interesting!!!!

And I just thought, u remember when they were in that town where Allison always was? At the doll shop? And that guy said VIVAN IS THAT YOU!? And arias eyes got real big and turned around and was like no!


Jasmine 4 years ago

Wow that's very hard to believe aria is A. But the episode unmAsked is because Spencer found out who was A and Mona was the one who was unmasked


Anonymous 4 years ago

Aria and Ezra were not the only ones to literally take their masks off. Jenna and Lucas did too, remember.


Mike 4 years ago

Alison was stalking/following 'A' to find out who it was. Alison might have figured out who it was and not told the person that she knew. A common practice of stalking is taking photographs.

Remember all those pictures of Aria that Alison had hidden?

For me, that's the most obvious evidence I've been able to find myself. (no one else brings this up on any other sites!!)

Another thing that no one brings up is that when Aria goes flying with Allie's friend Duncan, he was listing types of people Alison might have been afraid of (could have been 'A'). When he mentioned she could have been hiding from FRIENDS, he looked straight at Aria and made an angry face. I think Alison knew Aria was 'A' and told Duncan!! so he knew the whole time!!!!


Alison 4 years ago

The more I think about it, the more having one of the little liars as the A-Team just makes sense. The show is all about deception, lies, and the unexpected.

At one point Mona calls Aria "Big A." And seeing as Mona was A, but taking orders (making Mona, in a way, "Little A.") it gives huge insight if true.

Also, like most of you have said, everything A has blackmailed Aria with were things Aria wanted to reveal to her parents anyway. (Her dad's affair and her relationship with Ezra.) However, A has conveniently done the hard parts for her instead.

A little thing that may or not not be reading too far into it, is that Ezra's nickname in college was Z (so together Aria and Ezra go from A to Z.)

Aria does not seem fazed at all when she has to lie, unlike the other girls.

There's other things too, from the way she dresses to the things she does.

However, I feel like the most obvious choices are the least likely to be picked. Though it would still be a twist!


Gabe 4 years ago

I think Everyone is a bit reading too much into stuff. Yeah I know that Aria had the better end in A's wrath And the evidence placed on her is very solid. But the reason the text started is because All four girls were needed for this to work. Its hard to torture Aria when she's not even in the Continent. Secondly its not a coincidence that Alison's body was found after a year. Maya's family was doing construction. Other stuff I really can't complain about. But most of the stuff can be explained. I think Aria is too stupid to be A.


Gabe 4 years ago

Also you all forget Spencer. Everything that happened to Spencer was not A inflicted. It was the police or Melissa/Garrett/Ian. The reason why all the girls got visited by A was because they were all drowsy and couldn't tell if it was real life or a dream. Aria is the only one who didn't take any medicine. But the worst thing that happened to Spencer was Toby breaking his arm. She could have also kept Toby safe from other people like her family.


janey 4 years ago

Also in the Halloween episode the twins in Alison's story seemed to be playing with dolls that resembled the girls by the way they dressed. You could see that the one brunette doll wearing the darker clothing (aria is always wearing darker clothing) was neglected to be played with being set off to the side while the ones resembling Spencer Emily and Hanna were played with until they began to fight over the one who resembled Alison


Anina 4 years ago

When Hanna had the birthday party for Caleb, Mona mentions that Hanna ordered nothing but green peppers for her pizza toppings and when Aria is with Holden he mentions that green peppers is Aria's favorite pizza topping...


Anonymous 4 years ago

In every episode during the introduction Aria is the last one to be zoomed into and she puts her finger over her mouth (shhh) as if she has the biggest secret out of the 4.


Lace 4 years ago

Emily said in S1:E11 that she's afraid of her parents.


4 years ago

In a way kind of make sense... But i don't think so... Remember from allcthe girls the only one that didn't messed up with Allison was Aria... Spencer was always challenging her and fighting with her, Emily was in love with her, Hannah was always jealous about her and wanted to br like her and actually became like her... Aria didn't have any direct troubles with Allison!!! Think about it!!!


Annoyed 4 years ago

Well, my money wouldn't go on anyone below the age of 18, more likely 21. Obviously "A" has underlings, but "A" him/herself is not a teenager. It is someone with money. "A" is always renting rooms and doing things broke teenagers can't. A more specific example is the Montecito airport scene in the end of episode 4 (season 3). "A" is in the airport, with what looks to me like an alcoholic beverage, and has either hacked into the Radley Sanitarium database or actually works there and has access to Mona's file and visitor allowance status. After all, did no one else notice that "A" hid that recording device in the doll's head in the old, "locked" section of the sanitaruim? That also tells me that it's someone who has access to that place.

I'm just saying... no teenager could pull off most of the things "A" does. And if "A" does end up being a teenager, then the writers of this show are in serious fantasy land to think anyone with half a brain would find that believable. Teenage accomplices, sure. But not THE "A". Not a chance.

Interesting, though, about that episode 4... Ezra wasn't in it, but most of the other adult "suspects" were (such as Jason, the creepy detective, and Wren). We know that since "A" was in Montecito in that episode, there was no way they could be anywhere in Roseville at the same time ;) Minus A-helpers, of course.


4 years ago

i have also known that in an episode in season three Emily had said "three against one, A wins." even though it was supost to mean that the three girls were against Emily when in reality they are not against emily but of paige. could emily have just said that meaning a was aria? also jenna had said in that same episode to emily to watch out for who your friends are, she didn't mean paige she ment aria. also in the introduction of every episode theres only one person that does allisons makeup and hair because in every clip the girls nails are peach and then when aria shushes her nails are black.


Andreea 4 years ago

Good theory..i agree with Aria being A! and maybe in the episode unmasked all A's that were present were unmasked... people supposed is gonna be about only 1 of the a-team...but lucas, jenna, aria, ezra n mona were literally unmasked...though i am not sure about jenna...she is more like a pretty little liars herself.

Another remarkable thing u noticed is Ezra not being Aria's first man...we know spencer was nervous n toby was first..hannah was nervous too with caleb...emily is still a virgin (with men lol) but we saw her being nervous too with maya...maybe i missed it but aria i can not really track it she would sleep there but not until late we saw a scene that didn t seem to be their first...hmm...also her brother may actually have sth to do too...or at least is violent and mysterious..thanks for the hints!


curious 4 years ago

OK when Jenna tells Emily to watch out who her friends are she is talking about Maya's cousin! Remember he tries to kill her!! These are good theories about Aria though and I never considered them, but I personally always had a suspicion that Spencer is part of the A team; she did seem to have the most issues with Allison, and was the one who was out of the barn the night Allison went missing, like why would she go out there looking for her by herself? Really? Plus she is more of the leader type, and the only one that seems smart enough to pull the shit off..just a guess though!


Princess 4 years ago

OMG! Look what I've found:

"Miss Aria, You're A Killer, Not Ezra's Wife"

Mona Vanderwall's creepy level reached new heights when she began uttering seemingly senseless words while Aria and Hanna (Ashley Benson) visited her at the institution. Hanna was quick to realize that Mona was actually using a secret code she invented once. To crack the code, all Hanna had to do was take the first letter of each word in the sentence to form a new word or words. Mona uttered many sentences in front of Hanna and Aria, and "Miss Aria, You're A Killer, Not Ezra'a Wife," was one of them. Breaking it down, that code spells out, "Maya knew." It's odd that, not only did they not attempt to crack this, Aria in particular didn't bring it up to defend herself. Fans think this is a much bigger clue than it seemed. Is Aria Ali's (Sasha Pieterse) killer?


4 years ago

Look Aira ia A! She wore the black swan dress, got called the "Big A", plus Alison was into Lolita (the book) and Alison was sleeping with Bryon.


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allelsematters 4 years ago from Philippines

Oh my Gosh, this is really inrteresting. I kept on thinking who A was until i read this blog, you're such a genius!But who killed em's girlfriend (forgot the name), is allison really dead?I mean f she's dead why did she showed up to em, spencer and hannah?


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Trish89 4 years ago

Crazy that you say that, I watch this show religiously and my boyfriend kind of watches it when he's in the room. He actually said the same thing and it didn't hit me til he said it.


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accordingtomomma 4 years ago from Wisconsin

I have to admit, you make a compelling point!


plllover 3 years ago

Also, I think the fact that Allison took photos of her when she was asleep is a clue. Maybe Ali suspected it?

And why did Jenna ask Aria randomly if she wanted to be her partner on that performance? It's like they knew each other in a more different way than we think.

Also, don't you guys notice that sometimes during the show Aria happens to get out of a group talk with the girls, because of some lame excuses, which happen to be true, actually, but I think it's not a coincidence that only Aria is the one who does it, when any of the other girls could also too...

Anyway, it would be so freaking cool if she really happens to be A. It would be an amazing twist to the show.


SophieA 3 years ago

in the episode 'into the deep' 4x9 A plays the piano at the and, gues who plays the piano too? Aria.


lisa 3 years ago

check out the website abcfamily.com.....4 girls, red coats, aria's body posture is formed to an "A"


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Stephanie Arnott 2 years ago from California

Ever since the beginning of the show I have felt a little weird about Aria. The way the first episode was set up I thought that she would be the MAIN MAIN character, I had never read the books so I didn't know it was about all four of the girls...just the way that episode was set up it made it appear that Aria is the main protagonist.

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