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!Main Characters

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!Flight 815 Survivors

[[folder:Flight 815]]
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* ActionSurvivor
* AbusiveParents: Very few of the heroes had good parents.
* AntiHero
* AnyoneCanDie: The only survivors who are (technically) left at the end of the series are Kate, Sawyer, Claire, Hurley, Rose, Bernard, Walt, and Vincent.
* TheAtoner
* {{BADASS}}: Many (Kate, Sayid, Sawyer, Jin, Ana Lucia, Mr. Eko) were absoulte badasses even before they were stranded on The Island. The ones who weren't (Jack, Locke, Hurley, Claire, Charlie, Sun) learned very quickly.
** BadassNormal: All of them, but Jack and Locke especially.
* ByronicHero: Totally.
* TheChosenOne: [[TheGhost Jacob]] chose several of the main characters at different stages in their lives to be possible [[LegacyCharacter replacements for him in the future.]] Jack is the one who accepts the role, but has to pass it down to Hurley shortly after.
* CosmicPlaything: Life sucks a lot for these guys, and the individual cases are astoundingly tragic.
* DarkAndTroubledPast
* DeadpanSnarker
* TheDeterminator: That they rarely if ever completely give up on each other is one of their biggest strengths.
* EarnYourHappyEnding
* FanNickname: The Losties, among many others.
* FireForgedFriends
* FiveManBand: Called The A-Team on the Lost wiki. Typically consists of:
** TheLeader: Jack
** TheLancer: Locke or Kate
** TheBigGuy: Sawyer or Sayid
** TheSmartGuy: Sayid or Sawyer
** TheChick: Kate or Hurley
* FreudianExcuse
* GoodIsNotNice
* IneffectualLoner: Nearly all of them were living lives in which they are alienated from others and isolated, leaving them somewhat incapable of fitting in with the world. Time on The Island forces them to work as a group to survive.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: They all have their moments, but Sawyer especially.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Some of their problems could be resolved if not for their own personal hangups getting in the way of the broader picture.
* TheProtagonist: The majority of the series' main characters are survivors of Flight 815.
* RagTagBunchOfMisfits: A doctor, a fugitive, a con man, a millionaire, a torturer, a hunter... the list keeps going.
* TeamPet: Vincent.
* TraumaCongaLine: To the point where a plane crash is the least of their troubles.
* TrueCompanions
* WhiteAndGreyMorality: Ultimately, though, the survivors all begin with GreyAndGrayMorality.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Jack]]
!!Dr. Jack Shephard
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[[caption-width-right:250:''"If we can't live together, then we're gonna die alone."'']]
->'''Played By:''' MatthewFox & John O'Hara (child)
->'''Centric Episodes:''' "Pilot, Part 1", "White Rabbit", "All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues", "Do No Harm", "Exodus, Part 1", "Man of Science, Man of Faith", "The Hunting Party", "A Tale of Two Cities", "Stranger in a Strange Land", "Through the Looking Glass", "Something Nice Back Home", "There's No Place Like Home", "316", "The Incident, Part 2", "LA X", "Lighthouse", "The Last Recruit", "The Candidate", "What They Died For", "The End"

->''"Everybody wants me to be a leader, until I make a decision they don't like."''

An American spinal surgeon and the plane crash survivors' de facto leader. Before the crash, his obsessive personality wrecked his marriage and his relationship with his father. On the Island though, the survivors sought his guidance during many crises and missions, and he united them until they cooperated and formed a society.
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* AbusiveParents: Psychologically abusive. His father was a drunk who never showed him any approval or affection while his mother blames him for getting his dad fired, ignoring the fact that he performed surgery on a pregnant woman while drunk which led to her dying and which he tried to cover up.
* AgentScully: In seasons 1 through 4.
** SkepticNoLonger: Season 5 and beyond.
* TheAtoner: Becomes this in the final seasons after Locke dies and he finally becomes a believer in the Island.
* {{Badass}}: Jack might be an intelligent, moralistic doctor but he's also a complete badass who doesn't show much fear and rarely backs down.
** BadassBeard: Develops one as there are no razors on the Island.
** CulturedBadass: He plays a mean game of chess.
** TookALevelInBadass: Early on, when he defeats Ethan in hand-to-hand combat after being thoroughly beaten by him in round one.
* BeardOfSorrow: During his post-Island depression.
* BigGood: Briefly.
* BrokenAce: Jack has a variety of skills but as a person, he's messed up and borders on unstable.
* ButtMonkey: Nothing seems to go right for him.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: One of his biggest flaws is his savior complex. Several people call him out on it.
* DeadpanSnarker: Has his moments.
* {{Determinator}}: Especially in the earlier seasons, he will stop at nothing in order to save someone's life.
* [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Did You Just Knock Cthulhu Off A Cliff]]: Jack has a fight with [[BigBad The Man in Black]] in the series finale, and finally kicks him off a cliff.
* FanNickname: ''Jears'' for Jack's Tears.
* GoOutWithASmile: Dying from his wounds, Jack wanders back into the bamboo growth where he first awoke on the island and dies with a smile.
* TheHero: Of the entire series.
* HeroicSacrifice: In the series finale.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: His attempts to "fix things" usually fail and when they don't they usually makes things worse.
* {{Jerkass}}: Mildly, but when a situation heats up he gets very snippy.
** DrJerk: His bedside manner is awful.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He's the hero, after all. Jack does have a genuine desire to help others.
* LongLostRelative: Jack and Claire are half-siblings.
* LoveMakesYouDumb: His love for Kate and despair at having lost her leads him to detonate a hydrogen bomb.
* TheMedic: His medical expertise makes him invaluable among the survivors.
* NotSoDifferent: From Locke. Both are determined, strong personalities who are willing to go to the extreme for their beliefs.
* PlotArmor: A rare case where Plot Armor is an ''actual power'' the character possesses. Jack realizes he's wearing PlotArmor and allows a fuse to run down on a stick of TNT. The light on the fuse extinguishes itself just before it can trigger. He tries to repeat this later, this time with a bomb made by Locke, but Sawyer screws it up by tampering with the bomb and thus subverting the armor.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: It's not hard to see why the likes of Sarah, Gabriela, Achara, Ana-Lucia, Kate and Juliet gravitate toward him. Even Miles calls him 'handsome' albeit in an aggressive way.
* {{Troll}}: One would be surprised.
-->'''Jack''': ''Have you ever had sex with a prostitute?''
-->'''Sawyer''': ''What's that got to do with my headaches?''
-->'''Jack''': ''Maybe a lot.''
-->'''Sawyer''': ''...yes.''
-->'''Jack''': ''Have you ever contracted an STD?'' (silence) ''I'll take that as a yes. When was your last outbreak?''
-->'''Sawyer''': ''Go to hell, Doc.'' (storms out of tent)
-->'''Kate''': ''I know he deserved it, but...''
-->'''Jack''': ''He needs glasses.''
* WastelandElder
* WellDoneSonGuy: He has some severe issues with his father, both hating him and craving approval.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: In season 5, he's willing to blow up the island if there's even a chance it will save Flight 815 in the future.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Kate]]
!!Kate Austen
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[[caption-width-right:250:''"I'm coming with you!"'']]
->'''Played By:''' Creator/EvangelineLilly, Skye [=McCole=] Bartusiak (voice) & Emily Rae Argenti (child)
->'''Centric Episodes:''' "Pilot, Part 2", "Tabula Rasa", "Whatever the Case May Be", "Born to Run", "Exodus, Part 1", "What Kate Did", "I Do", "Left Behind", "Eggtown", "There's No Place Like Home, Parts 1 & 3", "The Little Prince", "Whatever Happened, Happened", "The Incident, Part 1", "LA X", "What Kate Does", "The End"

->''"So what, I'm your prisoner?"''

One of the survivors from the crash of Oceanic Flight 815. Before the crash, Kate had spent many years fleeing the law after killing her abusive father. To achieve her goals, she would commit several other crimes and would turn to bank robbery, assault and seduction.

On the Island, she became an integral member of the survivors' society, forming strong bonds and eventually romantic relationships with Jack and Sawyer and also becoming close with Claire and Sun. Resourceful, quick-witted and mysteriously reclusive, she participated in many missions while attempting to hide her troubled past from the rest of the survivors.
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* AbusiveParents: Her father was a leering drunk who beat her mother, who herself was no prize and valued her abusive husband over Kate.
* ActionGirl: She has plenty of combat experience, and she's a pretty good shot too.
* {{Badass}}: Shown frequently; she takes part in gunfights and has spent a long time dodging the law through car chases and beatdowns.
** TookALevelInBadass: After killing her father, she started down the badass path.
** BadassInDistress: Despite her badassness, Kate gets inexplicably caught on multiple occassions, the most blatant example being on season 2 when she gets caught by the Others and used to send the group searching for Walt back to camp.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: One of the early reasons Jack trusts Kate seems to be motivated on her good-girl attitude. It's how Kate gets out of ''many'' scrapes, by pretending to be sweet and innocent.
* BigDamnHeroes: Deals the finishing blow to the Man in Black in the series finale.
* TheChick
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: With her friend Tom, which included a childhood marriage promise and all... unfortunately, he dies in the same flashback episode he's introduced of an InstantDeathBullet.
* [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Did You Just Shoot Cthulhu]]: Shot [[BigBad The Man in Black]] just as he was about to kill Jack.
--> '''Kate''': [[BondOneLiner I saved you]] [[CallBack a bullet]]!
* DistressedDamsel
* KillItWithFire: How she murdered her step-father (who was actually her biological father).
* LoveTriangle: A very long lasting one with Jack and Sawyer.
* MamaBear: To Aaron. She's willing to go to prison rather than let her toxic mother near him, and even kicks Jack out when his behaviour becomes too erratic.
* MsFanservice: We get our fair share of shower and sponge-bath scenes.
* PluckyGirl
* PromotionToParent: After Claire disappears into the island and doesn't get off the island with them, Kate becomes this to Aaron.
* RebelliousSpirit: The best way to get Kate to do something is to tell her to do the opposite.
* ScarilyCompetentTracker: Of the original Losties, she only pales in comparison to Locke.
* SelfMadeOrphan: Her original crime before getting to the island was to kill his step-father (as noted above, later revealed to be her biological father).
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Hurley]]
!!Hugo "Hurley" Reyes
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[[caption-width-right:250:''"[[{{Catchphrase}} Dude...]]"'']]
->'''Played By:''' JorgeGarcia & Caden Waidyatilleka (child)
->'''Centric Episodes:''' "Numbers", "Exodus, Part 3", "Everybody Hates Hugo", "Dave", "Tricia Tanaka Is Dead", "The Beginning of the End", "There's No Place Like Home, Parts 1 & 2", "The Lie", "The Incident, Part 2", "LA X", "Everybody Loves Hugo", "The End"

->''"Let's look death in the face and say: "Whatever, man!""''

One of the middle section survivors of the crash of Oceanic Flight 815. Hurley's father disappeared when he was ten and did not return until Hurley was 27. During his father's absence, Hurley developed an eating disorder, and later a traumatic accident landed him in a mental asylum where he started seeing an imaginary person. He has been overly-conscious about his sanity since. While employed at Mr. Cluck's, Hurley won the lottery by playing the numbers given to him by a fellow patient. Because of a series of unfortunate incidents following his win, he believed himself to be plagued with bad luck because of the numbers and searched for an answer to the curse.

On the Island, Hurley was typically happy-go-lucky and kept the spirits of his fellow survivors up. He was also a voice of reason in the group and used his common sense to solve difficult situations.
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* {{Adorkable}}: His attempt at writing ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' is a shining example of this.
* {{Badass}}: By the end of the series, he's become the protector of the island.
** BadassAdorable
** PopCulturedBadass: Along with Sawyer, he's the one with the most pop-culture references.
** TookALevelInBadass: In the Season 3 finale, where he pulls a BigDamnHeroes with the [[FanNickname Dharmavan]]. Takes another one in the Season 6 premiere.
* BadLiar: Hurley is a terrible liar, being a naturally honest man.
* BigDamnHeroes: Takes out Pryce with the DHARMA bus in the Season 3 finale, saving Jin, Sayid, and Bernard.
* BigGood: At the end of the series, he is promoted to protector of the Island after the deaths of Jacob and Jack.
* BigFun
* BookDumb
* BuffySpeak
* CosmicPlaything: At least, that's what ''he'' thinks he is. And he sort of is, the same way all the Losties are.
* DeadpanSnarker
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Almost every time Hurley gets behind the wheel, screaming is somehow involved.
** CarFu
* FatAndSkinny: No matter who he's teamed with. Charlie, Sawyer, Locke, Miles.
** Even more so in the episode ''Everybody Hates Hugo'' where his fast food coworker buddy is played by D.J. Qualls.
* GenreSavvy: But since the rest of the cast are mostly GenreBlind, it doesn't always help him.
* GuileHero: He manages to get Sawyer to step up as a leader for the survivors by, essentially, conning the con man (he claims that the group is voting to kick Sawyer out of the camp unless he can treat them better). Despite Sawyer calling it "the lamest con in the history of cons", it works.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Charlie.
* HiddenDepths
* ILetGwenStacyDie
* ISeeDeadPeople
* NiceGuy: So much so that he actually convinces [[{{Jerkass}} Sawyer]] to be nicer to people.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Despite all the "Dudes" he often turns out to be the one with the solution to a problem. In fact he's often the one who realizes there's a problem in the first place.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: To most people, though Locke and Ben call him Hugo almost exclusively.
* OnlySaneMan: Regularly shown to be the only person on the Island who realises that keeping secrets from each other is what keeps causing them major problems and that if the Losties don't find some way to relax, they'll go insane. Hence, he built them a ''golf course''.
** As of the finale, he's likely the first Protector of the Island who can actually be said to be ''competent''.
* PluckyComicRelief
* SadClown
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Sawyer]]
!!James "Sawyer" Ford
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[[caption-width-right:250:''"I'm a complex guy, sweetheart."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Josh Holloway & Gordon Hardie/Keenan Boos (child)
->'''Centric Episodes:''' "Confidence Man", "Outlaws", "Exodus, Part 1", "The Long Con", "Every Man for Himself", "[=LaFleur=]", "The Incident, Part 1", "LA X", "Recon", "The Last Recruit", "What They Died For", "The End"

->''[[CatchPhrase "Son of a bitch!"]]''

One of the middle section survivors of Oceanic Flight 815. His rural Southern accent, selfishness, machismo, and folksy use of oft-abrasive nicknames belied his sophisticated and tender sides as an avid reader and a caring lover—elements of his personality that started to become more apparent as he spent more time on the Island.
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* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: In the early seasons.
* BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork: After a fashion, his killing of Anthony Cooper qualifies as this. Locke couldn't bring himself to kill his father, and after learning that Cooper had ruined Sawyer's life as well, gave Sawyer the opportunity to take his revenge.
* {{Badass}}
** BadassBeard: Badass PermaStubble, at any rate.
** BadassBookworm: Loves reading almost as much as Ben.
** HeartbrokenBadass: In Season 6.
** PopCulturedBadass
* BestServedCold
* BlondGuysAreEvil: Initially.
* ConMan: A large part of his back story, and the reason he was able to form a life in the Dharma Initiative for himself, Juliet, Miles, and Jin.
* ConsummateLiar
* CowboyCop: In the alternate reality.
* DarkAndTroubledPast
* DeadpanSnarker: The premier source of snarking on Lost.
* DeathSeeker: Michael notices it, and Sawyer vaguely confirms.
* DrowningMySorrows: After Juliet's death.
* FreudianExcuse: Seeing his dad murder his mother then turn the gun on himself.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: He became a conman while trying to find a conman.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Miles. Its more prominent in Purgatory but They are quite close in both universes.
* HiddenDepths
* ItsAllAboutMe: Big time at first. It takes two and a half years but he grows out of it.
* {{Jerkass}}
** JerkassFacade
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* KickTheDog: Many of his actions are this. His first centric episode is basically one long dog kicking session.
* LadykillerInLove: With Juliet.
* LastNameBasis: His fake name Jim [=LaFleur=] among the 1970s DHARMA Initiative is generally referred to as simply [=LaFleur=].
* ManipulativeBastard[=/=]GuileHero
* MeaningfulName
* MrFanservice
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: After killing Frank Duckett and realising that he'd been manipulated by Hibbs.
* MyParentsAreDead
* NerdGlasses: Part of his charm.
* NeverMyFault: He spends most of season one bitching and moaning about how people hate him and accuse him of lying and stealing. It seemingly never occured to him that that was because he usually was lying and stealing and people didn't like him because he treated everyone around him horribly at every opportunity.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: When the Man in Black slips a bomb onto the sub, Sawyer tampers with the bomb, and the resulting explosion leads to the death of Sayid, Jin, and Sun.
* TheNicknamer: Compulsively. For a period in Season 3, he's forbidden from using nicknames (he lost a bet) and clearly struggles with it.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Until the later seasons, when he's called James almost exclusively.
* PermaStubble
* PlayingBothSides: In season 6, with the Man in Black and Charles Widmore.
* {{Revenge}}: Seeks it against "Mr. Sawyer". Thanks to Locke, Sawyer discovers that Anthony Cooper is the man he seeks, and Sawyer soon takes his long-awaited revenge.
* SouthernFriedGenius
* TookALevelInKindness: Starting in Season 3. Hurley cons him into being nice to people, and the lesson sticks. [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Mostly]].
* TroubledButCute
* WildCard: As of season six.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Locke]]
!!John Locke
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[[caption-width-right:250:''"I've looked into the eye of this island, and what I saw...was beautiful."'']]
->'''Played By:''' TerryOQuinn, Charles Henry Wyson (child) & Caleb Steinmeyer (teenaged)
->'''Centric Episodes:''' "Walkabout", "Deus Ex Machina", "Exodus, Part 2", "Orientation", "Lockdown", "Further Instructions", "The Man from Tallahassee", "The Brig", "Cabin Fever", "The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham", "The Incident, Part 1", "LA X", "The Substitute", "The Last Recruit", "The Candidate", "The End"

->''"Don't tell me what I can't do!"''

A survivor of Oceanic Flight 815, a previously disabled man who found himself able to walk once he arrived on the Island. He, Rose, and Walt Lloyd were the only people among the survivors that wanted to stay on the Island, believing his special destiny was to protect the miraculous place.
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* AbusiveParents: Hoo boy.
* AerosolFlamethrower: Against a [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome polar bear]].
* AgentMulder
* AntiHero: To the point where he comes over as an outright villain to his fellow castaways at certain points. Destroying the submarine and killing Naomi were major times when his actions stunned them.
* BackFromTheDead: Subverted. We thought he'd been resurrected, but really it was just the Man in Black impersonating him.
** DeadAllAlong
* {{Badass}}
** BadassGrandpa
** HandicappedBadass
* BaldOfAwesome
* BecauseDestinySaysSo
* ButtMonkey: Played so straight he's almost a deconstruction of the trope.
* TheChewToy: John's life. The man has survived an airplane crash and the Hatch imploding, been beaten and shot, and let's not forget how he was shoved out an 8th story window. He also was hit by a car in the flash sideways.
* CoolOldGuy
* DespairEventHorizon: After he fails to convince a single one of the Oceanic Six to return to the Island.
* DestinationDefenestration: How he was crippled.
* DrivenToSuicide: Ben "helps".
* FreudianExcuse: A rare heroic example.
* HollywoodHealing: Subverted. For a while we don't know that John was paralyzed, or that Rose had cancer. When it's revealed it was fixed upon coming to the Island, it becomes more and more apparent that it's the magical properties of the Island that fixed him.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Zig-zagged. Early on, he seems to understand his fellow survivors on a deep and intuitive level and helps them overcome a lot of their personal issues before his own MessiahComplex hits a reef, triggering a string of absolutely ''horrible'' decisions.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: It's why he's desperate to believe Ben so often, or really anyone who will tell him he has a higher purpose.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: He uses an AerosolFlamethrower and his own crutches.
* {{Irony}}: John is murdered immediately after being talked out of committing suicide. For extra irony, his killer was the same man who talked him out of hanging himself.
* ItsAllMyFault
* KnifeNut
* KnightTemplar
* LastNameBasis
* MeaningfulName: He is named after a British philosopher who is one of the founding fathers of natural law theory, among other things. Locke also postulated that the mind was a blank slate and that knowledge is determined by experience determined from sense perception. Given what happens to the character during the course of the show, this is all very fitting. The alias Widmore gives Locke in season four, Jeremy Bentham (also the name of a British philosopher), is something of a HistoricalInJoke because Bentham's utilitarianism is quite at odds with Locke's natural law theory.
* TheMentor: Especially in the first season, and especially to Boone. He spends several episodes helping the other survivors deal with their personal issues.
* TheMessiah: [[ZigzaggedTrope Ultimately zigzagged.]] Although Jack is arguably the series' Messiah for stopping the Man in Black and restoring the Heart of the Island, Locke's death ultimately paves the way for Jack's CharacterDevelopment in Seasons 5 and 6.
* NotSoDifferent: From Jack and Ben.
* ParentalSubstitute: Serves as father figure to many of the younger passengers including Charlie, Claire, Walt and especially Boone.
* PermaShave
* PrettySpryForADeadGuy
* SenselessSacrifice
* UnwittingPawn: To Ben and the Man in Black.
* WarriorTherapist
* WellIntentionedExtremist
* WildCard
* ZenSurvivor
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Sayid]]
!!Sayid Jarrah
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[[caption-width-right:250:''"My name is Sayid Jarrah, and I am a torturer."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Creator/NaveenAndrews & Anthony Keyvan (child)
->'''Centric Episodes:''' "Solitary", "The Greater Good", "One of Them", "Enter 77", "The Economist", "There's No Place Like Home, Parts 1 & 3", "He's Our You", "The Incident, Part 1", "LA X", "Sundown", "The Last Recruit"

->''"I have no life. They took it from me."''

A middle section survivor of Oceanic Flight 815 and a former Iraqi Republican Guard torturer. A courageous man and a competent leader, Sayid maintained a conservative manner which reflected strength and spirituality.
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* AntiHero
* AntiVillain: At his worst.
* TheAtoner: On and off, with a [[HeroicSacrifice final stint]] [[RedemptionEqualsDeath toward the end]].
* AxCrazy: When he comes back to life after drowning in season 6.
* BackFromTheDead: In season 6.
* {{Badass}}
** BadassBeard
** BadassBookworm
** [[BadassIsraeli Badass Iraqi]]
** HeartbrokenBadass: After Shannon dies. Then after Nadia dies.
* CameBackWrong: He gets better.
* CartwrightCurse: Nadia, Shannon, and Elsa.
* DealWithTheDevil
* DisproportionateRetribution: In season 2, he beats up Ben when he asks what happens to Sayid's loved one and says that he doesn't know how deep he "buried his wife". While this story wasn't true in anyway, beating someone up just because that person can't answer a question that no one can really answer.
* TheDragon: To Ben, for a while after they leave the Island, and then to the Man in Black on the island.
* DyingAsYourself
* GeniusBruiser
* HeroicBSOD
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor
* HeroicSacrifice
* HurtingHero
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique
* {{Jerkass}} --> JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* LoveMakesYouEvil
* MajorlyAwesome: Flashbacks show him as a Major in the Iraqi Army.
* MrFanservice
* NotSoDifferent: From Ben.
* TheProfessor
* PsychoticSmirk: Post-infection Sayid flashes one that terrifies even BENJAMIN LINUS.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge
* RedemptionEqualsDeath
* TheSmartGuy
* TheStoic
** NotSoStoic
* ThenLetMeBeEvil
* TortureTechnician
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Jin]]

!!Jin-Soo Kwon
[[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/kwon_jin-soo_2774.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:250:''"No...English."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Daniel Dae Kim
->'''Centric Episodes:''' "...In Translation", "Exodus, Part 2", "...And Found", "The Glass Ballerina", "Ji Yeon", "This Place Is Death", "The Incident, Part 1", "LA X", "The Package", "The Last Recruit", "The End"

->''"Honey... I don't like being told what to do."''

One of the middle section survivors of Oceanic Flight 815. Knowing no English, Jin initially isolated himself and Sun from the other survivors, and when he found out that she had secretly learned English, he felt betrayed and briefly left her. He later learned English himself and involved himself more in group activities. His time on the island restored his marriage, which his violent, corrupt job had nearly ruined. He even managed to conceive a child with his wife, even though he'd been infertile. He also contributed through his combat skills, which he'd learned as his father-in-law's enforcer, and through fishing, a humble occupation that had brought him shame back in Korea.
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* {{Badass}}
* TheBrute: For his father in law.
* FanNickname: "Jinglish" for the butchered English he speaks until mid-S5.
* HeroicSacrifice: Stays on the submarine to die with his trapped wife rather than escape with the others.
* HonorBeforeReason: C'mon, he was going to kill Michael over a watch.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: To the point that he is willing to let Sun believe that he's dead rather than have her return to the Island.
* {{Jerkass}}[=/=]JerkWithAHeartOfGold: The "Heart of Gold" part is slow in coming. Early on, Jin was the oppressive, angry husband of Sun and fans were not supposed to like him. The writers were setting up for a love triangle between Jin, Sun, and Michael. However, they changed their minds and decided to have Jin become a better husband, and Jin and Sun became the most faithful and longlasting pair on the Island.
* LanguageBarrier: Naturally encountered this problem since he initially knew very little English. By Season 5, he has become fluent. (His actor Daniel Dae Kim who emigrated to the United States at the age of two actually knew very little Korean at the time.)
* MissingMom: And he himself becomes a DisappearedDad, but not by his own choice.
* MrFanservice
* NeverFoundTheBody: after the explosion of the ship, and his subsequent return.
* SonOfAWhore: His mother was a prostitute who dumped him on his father. His father isn't even sure if Jin is really his, but he raised him as his own, nonetheless.
* TogetherInDeath: With Sun.
* TookALevelInKindness
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Sun]]
!!Sun-Hwa Kwon
[[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/kwon_sun-hwa_6655.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:250:''"Where is my husband?"'']]
->'''Played By:''' Yunjin Kim & Sophie Kim (child)
->'''Centric Episodes:''' "House of the Rising Sun", "Exodus, Part 1", "...And Found", "The Whole Truth", "The Glass Ballerina", "D.O.C.", "Ji Yeon", "There's No Place Like Home, Parts 1 & 3", "This Place Is Death", "The Incident, Part 1", "LA X", "The Package", "The Last Recruit", "The End"

->''"Being told what to do was my life for four years... I didn't like it much either."''

One of the middle section survivors of Oceanic Flight 815. Though she initially pretended to speak only Korean while on the Island, she was helpful, caring, sociable and occasionally brave with survivors, eventually forming notable relationships with Kate and Hurley.

Before the crash, Sun and Jin's marriage suffered because Jin oppressed her and they couldn't conceive. She strayed from and almost left her husband at one point. On the Island, the couple isolated themselves until Sun revealed that she spoke English, shocking her husband. He shunned her, but they later reconciled. Despite Jin's infertility, Sun conceived Jin's baby on the Island, which strengthened their marriage but threatened Sun's health.
----
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Starting in season three.
* BorrowedCatchphrase: After saying she'd not harm Ben she knocks him out with an oar and is [[WhatTheHellHero challenged about it.]]
-->"I lied."
* BreakTheCutie: You [[TearJerker see it happen]] when she thinks Jin dies.
* ButICantBePregnant: The Island sort of kills pregnant women, but that's not what she's worried about: she fears that she's pregnant with the child of the man who taught her English and with whom she had an affair just prior to leaving the Island. It's not.
* DeadpanSnarker: She has her moments.
* MafiaPrincess
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Jin's mother threatened her that she would publicly dishonor Jin by leaking information that he is a SonOfAWhore unless she received money. Sun asked her father for the money, but in exchange Jin would work directly under him. The audience knows that it was as Paik's enforcer, which caused the near deterioration of her marriage.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: For years she pretended that she had no idea about her status as a MafiaPrincess and that her father was a CorruptCorporateExecutive. She only broke the facade so that her father would help Jin.
** There's also season one when she pretended that she didn't speak English.
* TogetherInDeath: With Jin.
* TookALevelInBadass: Once her flashforwards of being off the Island happened, it's clear losing Jin steeled her. So that she was no longer a downtrodden daughter she bought a controlling share in her father's company and told him now ''he'' will respect ''her''. She also conspires with Widmore to kill Ben. Basically, off-Island Sun is not someone to be messed with.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Claire]]
!!Claire Littleton
[[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/littleton_claire_6737.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:250:''"I'm pregnant, single, and on an island in the middle of nowhere."'']]
->'''Played By:''' EmilieDeRavin
->'''Centric Episodes:''' "Raised by Another", "Maternity Leave", "Par Avion", "The Last Recruit", "The End"

->''"Peanut butter... *Why* do I remember peanut butter?"''

One of the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815, a single mother who gave birth on the Island.

Claire flew to Los Angeles at the coaxing of a psychic to give up her unborn child for adoption. She crashed on to the Island, where she began an inconsistent relationship with fellow survivor Charlie Pace. One of the Others kidnapped her, and she suffered amnesia after escape. She later gave birth to her son, Aaron Littleton, and did her best to take care of him despite being a reluctant mother.
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* AxCrazy: Quite literally in the final season.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: In season six.
* BigBrotherInstinct: The other survivors are ''very'' protective of her. Sawyer was so protective [[DeadpanSnarker Miles]] even asked "What are you, her big brother?"
** Interesting because one of the survivors actually WAS her big brother, although they didn't realize it until Season 4 and 6, respectively.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: By the Man in Black.
* BreakTheCutie: She was an outspoken but sweet and good-natured girl. She lost that sweetness sometime before the final season.
** CorruptTheCutie: Inbetween seasons, she was corrupted by the Man in Black who turned her into a rifle-toting jungle-dwelling loon.
* DarkActionGirl: In season 6.
* FaceHeelTurn: In season 6.
* GoodGirlGoneBad: Season 6.
* HeelFaceTurn: After learning of [[BigBad the Man in Black's]] intentions of killing her friends and being abandoned by him when she refuses to help him.
* GoMadFromTheIsolation: Spending three years on the Island with only the Man in Black for consistent company did ''not'' do wonders for Claire's sanity.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: "That's not John, silly. [[BigBad This]] is my friend!" However, she was left alone and abandoned on an island for three years longing for her son who didn't know she existed and thought Kate was his mother. With several people who wanted to kill her.
** Also, it's suggested that those "infected" by him are vulnerable to his suggestions.
* KubrickStare: Develops one in Season 6 after going mad, mainly towards Kate.
* LongLostRelative: Claire and Jack are half-siblings.
* MamaBear: To Aaron.
* MoralityPet/TheHeart: [[AllThereInTheManual Enhanced episodes]] stated that she was considered the heart and soul of the 815 survivors.
* PintSizedPowerhouse: She's barely above five feet tall but proves herself a badass by the end.
* PregnantHostage: When Ethan nabs her.
* SanitySlippage: Although she seemed to be recovering somewhat by the GrandFinale.
* TookALevelInBadass: After three years alone on the Island, Claire has become a Rousseau clone.
* TraumaInducedAmnesia: When Ethan kidnaps her and administers her drugs to keep her passive, she blocks out the memory and only later recalls what happened with help from Libby.
* WildHair: In season six.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Charlie]]
!!Charlie Pace
[[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/pace_charles_h_3696.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:250:''"Guys... where are we?"'']]
->'''Played By:''' Dominic Monaghan & Jeremy Shada (child)
->'''Centric Episodes:''' "Pilot, Part 2", "The Moth", "Homecoming", "Exodus, Part 2", "Fire + Water", "Greatest Hits"

->''[singing] "You All Everybody!"''

A survivor from the middle section of Oceanic Flight 815. Before the crash, he was the bassist and principal songwriter for the rock band Drive Shaft. He was addicted to heroin, but he kicked the habit on the island. He also suffered from self-doubt before the crash, but he formed new relationships on the island, including a friendship with Hurley and a romantic relationship with Claire Littleton.
----
* TheAtoner: First for his drug addiction, and then for his unstable behavior in Season 2.
* BackForTheFinale: Like everyone else.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Shooting Ethan six times in the chest definitely counts.
* CelebritySurvivor: A very loose definition of 'celebrity', but he was the bass player for a semi-successful band.
* DeadPersonConversation: With Hurley.
* DeadpanSnarker: Along with Sawyer, he was the primary source of snark in the first season.
* DoggedNiceGuy: To Claire.
* DisneyDeath: In season one. Jack and Kate found Charlie hanging lifeless on bamboo. But Jack, despite Kate stating that he's not coming back to life (even briefing stopping him from trying to save his life), miraculously resuscitates him.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: He locks the Looking Glass door to save Desmond, gives him a final message and does the sign of the cross before drowning.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Whatever flaws he may have, Charlie is, at heart, a good person.
* HeroicSacrifice: To stop the Looking Glass blocking the satellite phone signal, he swims down despite knowing he wouldn't make it back up.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Hurley.
* NiceGuy: Before Season two, he was possibly the most likeable character on the show.
* OopNorth: Hails from Manchester.
* PluckyComicRelief
* TheRockStar
** BritishRockStar
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll: Before he came to the island.
* ShootTheDog[=/=]KickTheSonOfABitch: Depending on whether or not you believe that sparing a defeated but highly dangerous person is worth it, Charlie shooting Ethan may fall into either.
* TookALevelInBadass: See also ShootTheDog.
* YouCantFightFate: In Season 3, Desmond reveals that Death not only wants him, but is a persistent bastard.
** EverythingTryingToKillYou: For a while Desmond couldn't take his eyes off of Charlie for a second or something might kill him.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Michael]]
!!Michael Dawson
[[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/dawson_michael_6565.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:250:''"They took my son."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Harold Perrineau
->'''Centric Episodes:''' "Special", "Exodus, Part 2", "Adrift", "Three Minutes", "Meet Kevin Johnson"

->''"I just want you to know that no matter where you go, I...that your daddy...yeah, your daddy, he loves you very, very much. And I always will. Always.''"

A former construction worker and painter and one of the middle section survivors of Oceanic Flight 815. Before the crash, Michael lost custody of his son Walt to his girlfriend Susan Lloyd, and never got to know him. He had no access to his child until many years later, when Susan died and he was awarded custody. After the crash, Michael had problems earning Walt's trust and respect, but the two eventually bonded during their time on the Island together.
----
* TheAtoner: When he returns to the island.
* BackForTheDead: He return in season 4 for a few episodes before dying onboard the Kahana.
* ButtMonkey: Poor guy never can catch a break.
* CatchPhrase: WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALT!!!
* CosmicPlaything: His wife left him and took their son, despite Michael actually being a good and loving husband and dad; it doesn't really get any better for him after that.
* DeathSeeker: When he returns to the island.
* DespairEventHorizon: After killing Ana and Libby, he started to lose his mind.
* DisappearedDad: Was one himself before the start of the show, though involuntary. Walt's mother took Walt to Europe with her and ended up starting a new life, never giving Michael an opportunity to connect with his son.
* TheEveryman: His past doesn't involve fame, crime, murder, destiny or incest. He's the closest to 'ordinary' the cast gets.
* FateWorseThanDeath: Tragically, even after his death, Micahel's spirit is forced to remain on the island as part of the whispers and cannot move on. In the epilogue of the series, it is hinted that Walt returning to the island might save his father's spirit.
* ForcedIntoEvil: By the Others. Ben dodges responsibility later, saying that his orders didn't involve killing anyone, just freeing him.
** RedemptionEqualsDeath: He saves the lives of Jin, Desmond, Sun, Aaron, Kate, Jack, Sawyer, Faraday and Hurley by staying behind on the boat to keep the bomb frozen. It does explode anyway.
* HeroicSacrifice: Sent to blow up a freighter, gets blown up in the freighter, though he manages to save some lives before that happens.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Michael's love for his son is the driving force behind his murders of Ana Lucia and Libby and his betrayal of the other survivors.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Michael is riddled with guilt over killing Ana Lucia and Libby (especially for Libby, since he never intended to kill Libby and only did so because she called out his name, causing him to panic), even going so far as to confess his crimes to Walt, who is horrified by his father's actions and subsequently stays with Michael's mother.
* OutOfFocus: In season 3.
* PapaWolf: One word: [[SayMyName WAAAA]][[MemeticMutation AAALT!]]
* PutOnABus: At the end of season 2.
* TragicVillain: Michael was just a good-hearted man dealt a very bad hand, and made some dumb decisions along the way.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Walt]]
!!Walt Lloyd
[[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/lloyd_walter_7049.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:250:''"You're not looking!"'']]
->'''Played By:''' Malcolm David Kelley
->'''Centric Episodes:''' "Special", "Exodus, Part 1"

->''"Vincent took care of me when my mom died, and nobody would talk to me. They'd pretend like nothing happened. So I'd talk to Vincent."''

One of the middle section survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 and the son of Michael Dawson. People have noticed something "special" about Walt throughout his life, and he seems to have psychic powers of some sort. Walt was separated from his father as a baby and spent his early childhood living with his mother and stepfather. After the death of his mother when he was ten years old, Michael became Walt's guardian, shortly before the crash of Flight 815. On the Island, Walt had trouble getting along with Michael, even burning down his father's first attempt at building a raft to get off the island, but they eventually bonded during their time on the Island.
----
* AbortedArc: See below.
* BackForTheFinale: In the epilogue, Hurley and Ben bring him back to the Island, presumably to help his father move on.
* BreakTheCutie: Michael apparently confessed to Walt that he murdered Ana Lucia and Libby, ruining their relationship for the remainder of Michael's life.
* ButtMonkey: In Locke's estimation, and it's hard to argue. His mother dies, his stepfather abandons him, he crashes on an island with monsters, gets kidnapped by the natives and becomes estranged from his father.
->'''Walt''': [My mother and I] move a lot. She got sick. She died a couple of weeks ago.
->'''Locke''': You're having a bad month.
* CreepyChild: If only because of his PsychicPowers.
* OutOfFocus: Season 3 onwards.
* PsychicPowers
* PutOnABus
* RealityWarper: Walt shows signs of being one before being PutOnABus. The polar bears seem to have been retconned away, but the dead bird was never explained.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: The fact that a year was passing in real life but only a couple of months in screen each season meant that Walt had to be shipped off fairly quickly.
* SanitySlippage: He ends up in the same asylum as Hurley due to his experiences on the island.
* TagalongKid: The only kid who has ever been a main cast member.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Shannon]]
!!Shannon Rutherford
[[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/rutherford_shannon_7937.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:250:''"I've just been through a trauma here, okay?"'']]
->'''Played By:''' Maggie Grace
->'''Centric Episodes:''' "Exodus, Part 1", "Abandoned"

->''"I need you to believe in me. No one does; they think I'm some kind of joke."''

A middle section survivor of Oceanic Flight 815 and was the stepsister of Boone Carlyle. She and Boone always argued before and after the crash. Before the crash, her father had died in a car crash and she had been cut off by her stepmother, who also refused to give her any of her fathers money. She used men, especially Boone, to get what she wanted which eventually led to a one night-stand with Boone. After the crash, she was very selfish at times, refusing to help the other survivors, as she insisted they would be rescued. However, she assisted in trying to get a signal on the tranceiver, and used her French skills to translate Rousseau's signal. She also had an asthma attack, when her inhaler ran out, but Sun eased her symptoms. She eventually formed a romantic relationship with Sayid, which helped her realize her selfishness and led to a change in attitude.
----
* ADeathInTheLimelight: Her centric episode had a ''lot'' of people pitying her, when finally her goals and motivations where put into the spotlight instead of Boone's and rendering her a truly sympathetic character. Then Ana Lucia kills her.
* AlphaBitch: If the island was high school, there's no doubt Shannon would be the head of the popular clique.
* BackForTheFinale
* CharacterDevelopment
* DeadpanSnarker
* DeathBySex: Or "Death By Sex with Sayid", since he has a pretty high count of dead girlfriends.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Towards Sayid, mostly.
* HiddenDepths: She appears to be just a shallow, manipulative AlphaBitch. The reality is that people have been underestimating her for her entire life, her stepmother was a true bitch who clearly hated her, and she dealt with the unwanted romantic affections of her own stepbrother. She believed that everyone abandoned her.
* IllGirl: Asthmatic, the inhalers she has run out...Sun's ingenious use of eucalyptus leaves saves her in the end.
* {{Jerkass}}
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* MsFanservice: Hence all the bikini shots.
* NotBloodSiblings: With Boone.
** FlirtyStepsiblings
* PrettyFreeloader: She starts to get resentful of her status as this as time goes on, though.
* ScrewTheRulesImBeautiful
* SecondLove: For Sayid.
* WickedStepmother: Has one in the form of Sabrina Carlyle.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Boone]]
!!Boone Carlyle
[[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/carlyle_boone_282.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:250:''"You're not the only one who knows what to do around here, you know that? Who appointed you our saviour?"'']]
->'''Played By:''' Ian Somerhalder
->'''Centric Episodes:''' "Hearts and Minds"

->''"I went down to get my sister out of a bad relationship. Turns out she didn't want to get out of it so here I am."''

A middle section survivor of Oceanic Flight 815, and Shannon's stepbrother. Before the crash, he had been used by Shannon for money and as a result of this, his love for her was revealed and they had a one-night stand. Throughout his time on the Island, Boone would spend a lot of his time with Shannon before finally getting over his love for her and letting her go. He later became Locke's apprentice when the two discovered the Hatch and formed a close bond.
----
* BackForTheFinale
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: It's the tragedy of his character. He wants to be a hero, he tries to be a hero, but he always manages to screw up in some way... but he never stops trying.
* DeadpanSnarker: Has his moments, mostly when with Shannon.
* {{Determinator}}: No matter how often people (i.e Shannon) tell him not to bother, he still does his best to be a hero.
* TheDutifulSon: Ends up being the CEO of his mother's business, despite being in his early 20s.
* TheEveryman: In spite of the fact that he runs his own company while in his 20s.
* FallenPrincess: Averted. He takes to island survival and teamwork a lot easier than most.
* TheLancer: To Locke, but more like his acolyte than anything.
* GenreSavvy: Tying red shirts to the tree.
* HonorBeforeReason: Nearly drowns trying to save someone in the fifth episode despite not being a strong swimmer.
* JumpedAtTheCall: From minute one, he's trying to be the hero... except that he's ''really'' bad at it, and everyone is already looking to Jack.
* LikeASonToMe: Boone is like the son Locke never had, even informally calling him "Son" at one point.
* NiceGuy: Probably the most likeable character on the show as he seems to spend most of his time trying to help others and do his part.
* NonIdleRich
* NotBloodSiblings: With Shannon
** FlirtyStepsiblings
* SacrificialLion: His death greatly impacts the other survivors and leads to several events to come.
* SpoiledSweet
* WeHardlyKnewYe: The first main character to be killed off of the show (all the way back to season 1).
* WhatBeautifulEyes: He's played by Ian Somerhalder. This is pretty much a given.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Rose]]
!!Rose Nadler (nee Henderson)
[[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/nadler_rose_6158.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:250:''"If you say "live together, die alone" to me, Jack, I'm gonna punch you in your face."'']]
->'''Played By:''' L. Scott Caldwell
->'''Centric Episodes:''' "S.O.S."

->'''Jack''': ''Rose, you shouldn't be out here alone. You're suffering from post-traumatic shock.''
->'''Rose''': ''Aren't we all?''

One of the middle section survivors of Oceanic Flight 815. She was on the plane with her husband Bernard, and was separated from him for 48 days following the crash. Rose was a well-meaning, caring woman whose terminal cancer was healed after arriving on the Island, similar to Locke.
----
* ArmourPiercingQuestion: Delivers a frankly epic one during the Series 5 finale.
--> '''Rose''': We travelled back 30 years in time and you're ''still'' trying to find ways to shoot each other?
* CoolOldLady
* DeadpanSnarker
* GutFeeling
* HappilyMarried: To Bernard.
* IChooseToStay
* MagicalNegro: Blatantly in season 1; she [[CharacterDevelopment grew a lot]] in latter seasons, becoming... well, the above.
* NotAfraidToDie
* NotInThisForYourRevolution: Refuses to help at the end of Series 5 because she's ''retired''.
* PromotedToOpeningTitles: For the last episode.
* SassyBlackWoman
* TookALevelInBadass
* ZenSurvivor
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Nikki & Paulo]]
!!Nikki Fernandez and Paulo
[[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/NikkiPaulo_3038.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:250:''"Nikki and Paulo. I guess we didn't really know you very well. And it appears, you killed each other for diamonds."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Kiele Sanchez & Rodrigo Santoro
->'''Centric Episodes:''' "Exposé"

A pair of survivors who existed only in the background until the show's third season, when they were introduced as a way to deal with complaints that the show never focused on the other survivors.
----
* AssholeVictim: Nikki, moreso than Paulo.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Nikki.
* BuriedAlive
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Being paralysed and then buried alive by your aquaintances who think you're dead can't be pleasant.
* DeathByMaterialism
* {{Golddigger}}: Nikki.
* KarmicDeath
* KilledOffForReal: In Season 3.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Paulo.
* LoveMakesYouStupid: Paulo.
* ManipulativeBitch: Nikki, of Paulo.
* MsFanservice: Nikki in her last episode. The writers seem to have decided to make the most of Kiele Sanchez while they could, so she appears in lots of cleavagely tops, a bikini, and has an extended stripper sequence.
* RememberTheNewGuy: One of the reasons they became a collective case of TheScrappy.
* TheSociopath: Again, Nikki.
* {{Stripperific}}: Nikki in her acting role.
* WeHardlyKnewYe
[[/folder]]

!The Tailies

[[folder:The Tailies]]
* AntiHero
* {{Badass}}: Ana Lucia and Eko
* ButtMonkey: They suffer even more than the survivors we met initially.
* CrazySurvivalist: Spending the first two months on The Island living in constant fear of The Others will do that.
* DespairEventHorizon
* FiveManBand:
** TheLeader: Ana Lucia
** TheLancer: Eko, formerly Goodwin
** TheBigGuy: Eko
** TheSmartGuy: Libby
** TheChick: Bernard or Libby
** SixthRanger: Cindy
** TokenEvilTeammate: Goodwin
* GrayAndGreyMorality
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Ana Lucia.
* HufflepuffHouse: The Tailies have much less relevance to the plot than the other survivors.
* SacrificialLion: Ana Lucia, Libby, and Eko.
* SenselessSacrifice: Ana Lucia and Libby.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Cindy and the other Tailies who were abducted and converted by The Others. They are presumably still somewhere on The Island by the end of the series.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Bernard]]
!!Bernard Nadler
[[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/nadler_bernard_4055.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:250:''"I am a dentist. I am not {{Rambo}}."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Sam Anderson
->'''Centric Episodes:''' "S.O.S."

A tail section survivor of the crash of Oceanic Flight 815 and the husband of Rose. He was the only tail section survivor who was not captured by the Others or killed. He wasn't seated in the tail section, and was only there when the plane crashed because he was using the bathroom. Bernard cared very much for Rose and felt a need to fix things, like her cancer, not dissimilar to Jack.
----
* ActionSurvivor: He's the only Tailie to not die or get kidnapped by the others.
* CoolOldGuy
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass
* TheEveryman
* HappilyMarried: To Rose.
* TheHeart
* HiddenDepths
* IChooseToStay
* NiceGuy
* NotAfraidToDie: By the end of the show.
* NotInThisForYourRevolution: Refuses to help the "A Team" at the end of Series 5, since him and Rose are ''retired''.
* PromotedToOpeningTitles: For the last episode.
* SweetTooth: A whole mouth of them, according to Rose.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Ana-Lucia]]
!!Ana-Lucia Cortez
[[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/cortez_ana-lucia_2721.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:250:''"If I were a savage I would have cut off his finger already. That's tomorrow."'']]
->'''Played By:''' MichelleRodriguez
->'''Centric Episodes:''' "Collision", "Two for the Road"

->''"Are you going to try to convince me that everyone here doesn't hate me?"''

The leader of the tail section survivors, an ex-police officer with deep-seated emotional issues.

Before the Island, she'd suffered a shooting that killed her unborn child. She killed her attacker afterward in revenge and subsequently resigned from the police force.

On the Island, early clashes with the Others heightened her mistrust, and she responded with aggression.
----
* ActionGirl
* {{Badass}}
* CowboyCop
* DeadPersonConversation: With Hurley.
* DeathBySex
* FairCop
* GoodIsNotNice: Excessively. Its part of what led to her being disliked.
* HeroicBSOD: She completely loses her shit after shooting Shannon.
* HotBlooded
* {{Jerkass}}
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: She still remains a jerk, but it isn't intentional. She just seems to have a natural inability to endear herself to others.
* SpicyLatina
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Libby]]
!!Libby [[WordOfGod Smith]]
[[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/smith_elizabeth_5526.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:250:''"I buried a lot of people, Hurley. So don't tell me that that wasn't real. And don't tell me you made me up. It's insulting."'']]
->'''Played By:''' CynthiaWatros
->'''Centric Episodes:''' None

One of the tail-section survivors of Flight 815. She claimed to be a clinical psychologist before the crash, apparently dropping out of medical school sometime during her first year. A competent and caring woman who acted as a support figure, she was reserved about her own life, giving out little information when asked, or avoiding answering the questions altogether
----
* BackForTheFinale
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold
* TheHeart
* MysteriousPast
* [[NiceGuy Nice Girl]]
* TheLancer: To Ana-Lucia before they found the other survivors.
* TheMedic: For the tail section survivors.
* TheShrink: Usually Type 3, but pulls into Type 2 at least once.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: The only main character to never get a centric episode, though she had a brief flashback at the end of the Hurley centric "Dave". It took 4 years for the creators to reveal her surname!
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Mr Eko]]
!!Mr. Eko
[[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/eko_7396.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:250:''"Don't mistake coincidence for fate."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje & Kolawolfe Obileye, Jr. (child)
->'''Centric Episodes:''' "The 23rd Psalm", "?", "The Cost of Living"

->''"I did not ask for the life that I was given. But it was given, nonetheless. And with it...I did my best."''

A former Nigerian drug lord turned priest who crashes on the island with the tail section survivors. After killing two of the others who were trying to kidnap him he does not speak for 40 days. Upon joining the fuselage survivors' camp, Eko becomes part of the group involved in pressing a button in a hatch.
----
* AbortedArc: There was a huge plan for Mr Eko's character, but when the actor left, much of his arc was shifted to Locke and Ben.
* AntiVillain: In his past, Eko was a ruthless criminal, but he still cared for his brother, and was visibly horrified when one of his men is gunned down by the military.
* TheAtoner: Subverted. He seems to be a very clear-cut example of the trope, but he turns out to be utterly unrepentant, as his brother would have wound up in his position had he not made the choices he did.
* {{Badass}}: One of the biggest badasses in the show. He takes out two Others, was a highly feared warlord capable of butchering multiple assailants with little effort, and entered into a staring contest with the Monster.
** BadassBeard
** BadassPreacher: Except he isn't really a priest, he just pretends to be.
* BecomingTheMask: Initially, Eko was only pretending to be a priest, but after Yemi's death, he slowly becomes a genuine man of God.
* BerserkButton: During a flashback in "The 23rd Psalm", a criminal whom Eko is doing business brings up something that "they" say about Eko, that he has no soul. In response, Eko slashes the throats of both the man and his associate.
** After Yemi's death, mentioning him seems to be something of a sore point with Eko. He doesn't get violent, but he's visibly agitated when Charlotte Malkin, and later Locke, bring him up.
* BewareTheQuietOnes: Eko doesn't say much most of the time, usually reacting to what others say to him. Taken to the extreme with his 40-day vow of silence.
* DiesWideOpen: Locke shuts his eyes for him.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Despite being one of the most popular characters on the show, he dies rather suddenly at the start of season 3, killed by the Monster and rarely mentioned again.
* HeelFaceTurn: Subtly, at some point after Yemi's death.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: His justification for his past actions.
* IRegretNothing: When Yemi/The Monster tries to get him to 'confess' his sins, Eko refuses.
-->''"I ask for no forgiveness, Father. For I have not sinned. I have only done what I needed to do to survive. A small boy once asked me if I was a bad man. If I could answer him now, I would tell him that... when I was a young boy, I killed a man to save my brother's life. I am not sorry for this. I am proud of this. I did not ask for the life that I was given. But it was given, nonetheless. And with it... I did my best."''
* OnlyOneName: His last name may be 'Tunde' or it may be an alias.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: The actor wanted to leave the show, the reasons being somewhat varied depending on who's talking. Some say that he was difficult to work with, particularly not getting along with Terry O'Quinn. Others say he was frustrated about being in the dark about his own character (as is standard on Lost). The most likely explanation is the one that was given: he disliked living in Hawaii and having the tragic loss of both his parents, wanted to move back home.
* ReligiousBruiser
* ScaryBlackMan
* StaringDownCthulhu: Does so both times he faces the monster. The first time, it leaves him alone, but Eko's [[KilledOffForReal not so lucky]] the second time.
* TheStoic: Eko seldom shows much emotion, usually maintaining a calm, quiet demeanor.
* TheQuietOne: Even after his forty day vow of silence, Eko is hardly the loquacious type.
[[/folder]]

!The Others

[[folder:The Others]]
* AntiVillain
* {{Badass}}
* CrypticConversation
* {{Cult}}: They are very similar to one.
* FiveBadBand:
** [[BigBad The Big Bad]]: Ben
** TheDragon: Tom
** TheBrute: Pickett
** TheEvilGenius: Mikhail
** TheDarkChick: Juliet
* InUniverseNickname: The Others, as dubbed by Rousseau.
* {{Jerkass}}: There are few things The Others do that put them in a positive light.
* KnightTemplar: "We're the good guys."
* ShroudedInMyth
* UndyingLoyalty: Most of them are highly dedicated and firm in their beliefs, to the point where some have willingly died to protect their cause, and the Island. They hold Jacob in extremely high esteem, despite never meeting him.
* WellIntentionedExtremist
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Ben]]
!!Benjamin Linus
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[[caption-width-right:250:''"How many times do I have to tell you, John? [[XanatosSpeedChess I always]] [[MagnificentBastard have a plan.]]"'']]
->'''Played By:''' MichaelEmerson & Sterling Beaumon (child)
->'''Centric Episodes:''' "The Man Behind the Curtain", "The Shape of Things to Come", "Dead Is Dead", "Dr. Linus", "What They Died For", "The End"

->''"Those things had to happen to me. That was my destiny. But you'll understand soon enough that there are consequences to being chosen. Because destiny, John, is a fickle bitch."''

A long-time resident of the Island and a leader of the Others. Though often a calm, eloquent antagonist, Ben's insecurity and jealousies sometimes brought out a petulant, reckless side. He remained, however, an expert manipulator, a liar and a murderer, and he served as an antagonist to the survivors for a long time.
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* [[AbusiveParents Abusive Father]]: Had one.
* ActionSurvivor
* AffablyEvil: He's very charming, polite and softspoken even when manipulating you and planning your demise.
* AntiVillain: [[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains Type I/Type II/Type III]], [[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains Type IV]] in season 6.
* TheAtoner: From the end of season 4 onwards, but made more explicit in season 6.
* {{Badass}}: Ben might be slight of build, but he's fast and highly skilled. Put a baton in his hand and watch him wreck everybody.
** BadassBookworm: Plays up the bookworm part of it so much that it's still jarring whenever he decides to remind you that he's a merciless and capable killer.
** CulturedBadass: He speaks a few languages, is an excellent cook, plays the piano and is very well-read.
* BigBad: Of seasons 2 and 3. He spends season 4 and 5 as a TokenEvilTeammate whose real goal is to reclaim his position as this. He doesn't, and discovers that he was an UnwittingPawn to the REAL BigBad, The Man in Black. This, and his guilt and remorse from his past actions, ultimately lead to him pulling a HeelFaceTurn.
* BlatantLies: He's so good at it, he convinces people he's regularly betrayed to eat from his hand.
* BreakoutCharacter: Michael Emerson's debut performance was so good the writers changed the script, they wanted him so badly.
* BreakoutVillain: Originally scheduled for a three-episode run, the writers evolved him into the main antagonist for most of the series.
* ButtMonkey: It seems Michael Emerson's contract required him to get beat up and/or tied up at least twice a season.
* TheChessmaster: He's well-known for his skills in manipulation. Even people who know not to trust him end up doing his bidding. Even when trapped in the Hatch, he plays Jack and Locke against each other.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Ben has a tendency to change his loyalties. He betrayed the Dharma Initiative to join the Others under Widmore's leadership, then betrayed Widmore and took his place. He later betrayed Locke, Jacob and the Man in Black (although he wasn't really on the Man in Black's side to begin with).
* ConsummateLiar: "ILied." is his CatchPhrase, if that means anything. Even in the final season, his ''first instinct'' when confronted with a problem is to lie his way out of it, and he's vaguely annoyed whenever people who've dealt with him for any length of time are surprised to find that he lied to them.
* CrazyPrepared: To the point of keeping a shotgun in his piano bench, just in case.
* CreepyMonotone: He has a calm, long drawl that can be very creepy.
* DeadpanSnarker: Ben is a major provider of snark, rivalling even Sawyer.
-->''"We have two giant hamsters running in a massive wheel in our secret underground lair."''
-->''"No, John, unfortunately we don't have a code for "There is a man in my closet with a gun to my daughter's head" although we obviously should."''
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: In the season 5 finale.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: In the early seasons he was portrayed as the BigBad, but it became much more questionable with his enemy, Charles Widmore, entering the picture. Finally Ben was[[HijackedByGanon revealed to be a pawn]] of the REAL BigBad, Man in Black/Smoke Monster the whole time. It's played pretty straight too, since Ben was defeated and captured in the season 3 finale, which was the halfway point of the series, in which it seemed everything was finally going to be okay for the Oceanic survivors, until the YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle twist ending, which lead to the second half of the series, which depicts Ben as slowly gearing toward a HeelFaceTurn which he finally does in the final season.
* TheDogBitesBack: While he's pretending to be TheDragon to the Man in Black(who had manipulated Ben for most of his life), he learns of the location of the boat Smokey intends on using to escape the Island. After rejoining the survivors and getting stuck under a tree saving Hurley, he tells Kate where MiB's boat is. This not only helps some of the main characters get off the Island, but results in Kate arriving in the nick of time to stop Man in Black from killing Jack, and finally Man in Black's DisneyVillainDeath.
* TheDragon: He briefly pretends to be this to [[BigBad The Man in Black]] at the end of the series so he can avoid being killed by him as well as to get revenge on Charles Widmore. As soon as Man in Black went to the Heart of the Island without him, he immediately went back to siding with the survivors.
** He also played this role more straight to Man in Black towards the end of season five (though MIB forced in into the role by threat of death and Ben originally thought MiB was John Locke). Since this was BEFORE his HeelFaceTurn, he was a far more effective in this role as he kills Jacob under MiB's orders. Man in Black also offered this role to him again in "Dr. Linus", but Ben declined in favor of pulling the aforementioned HeelFaceTurn.
* EnemyMine: Pretty much this to the rest of the cast.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: He couldn't bring himself to murder Penny in cold blood in front of her son.
* FirstNameBasis: Calls everyone he works against by their first name, showing his affable side.
* ForgotToGagHim: The amount of times the other characters don't do this is amazing. They may as well have not even tied him up if they're going to let him talk.
* FreudianExcuse: His father was horribly abusive to him, blaming him for the death of his mother. He was also corrupted by the Others and Jacob from a young age.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: From a quiet young boy to a ruthless mass murderer pulling all the strings.
* TheHeavy: He's the main antagonist for the majority of the series. Even when he was the TokenEvilTeammate, it seemed that he was ultimately going to wind up as the show's BigBad until towards the end of season five, when the TRUE BigBad is revealed to be the Man in Black, aka the Smoke Monster, who manipulated even Ben's actions the entire time, and finally plays the role directly in the final season, while Ben winds up pulling a HeelFaceTurn.
* HeelFaceTurn: Done beautifully in a gradual build-up before finally being solidified in "Dr. Linus".
* KarmaHoudini: Some may see him as one of these. He survives the series and is forgiven by the characters despite the fact he committed several murders and put the survivors through hell. However he isn't a true example, as he constantly gets his ass kicked, loses everything he cared about, and he finally realizes what a monster he has been in his quest for power and decides to [[HeelFaceTurn redeem himself of his actions]], and in the afterlife he is shown to be a much better person and despite all of the forgiveness and redemption he still decides not to move on since he feels he hasn't earned it yet]] Lampshaded musically by the track "Karma Has No Price" that plays during his redemption scene.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: More and more during the progress of his HeelFaceTurn.
** Knocking out Anthony Cooper with his walking stick.
** Killing Martin Keamy.
** Killing Widmore.
* KnightTemplarParent[=/=]PapaWolf: Toward his adopted daughter, Alex, to the point of attempting to brainwash her boyfriend to prevent Alex from getting pregnant. His direct responsibility for her death is a major driver of his [[TheAtoner Atoner]] status in Season 4 and beyond.
* TheLancer: Becomes Hurley's lieutenant on the Island at the end of the series.
* LaserGuidedKarma: When he was the manipulative leader of the Others who killed and tormented people, he lost everything (his adopted daughter, his leadership, etc.). It worked both ways as well, since when Ben redeemed himself, things went a lot better for him and even saved his life.
* ManipulativeBastard: Ben is one of the most skilled manipulators perhaps ever seen in fiction. He plays everyone (but in particular Locke) like a fiddle through lies, nuggets of truth and emotional exploitation.
* MissingMom: His mother died in childbirth.
* MoralityPet: He sucks as a father, and isn't exactly a saint in other aspects of his life, but his love for his adopted daughter is genuine.
* MoreThanMindControl - He's able to convince people who want him dead to do his bidding. Now THAT's skill.
* TheNapoleon: Even compared to Napoleon in the show on one occasion.
* NonActionGuy: He almost never uses a gun or engages in a fight which made his NoHoldsBarredBeatdown of Keamy all the more terrifying.
* NumberTwo: To Hurley, post-finale.
* PetTheDog: The Season 6 episode "Dr. Linus" is one big, concentrated bottle of sympathetic moments.
** Also seen in "The Man Behind The Curtain". Despite being responsible for The Purge, the only member of the Dharma Initiative Ben shows actual remorse for killing is Horace and respectfully [[DueToTheDead closes his eyes.]]
* RedemptionEqualsLife
* RevengeByProxy: He kills Jacob partially for manipulating him his entire life, leading him into misery and bloodshed and then dismissing him thoughtlessly, but also for allowing Alex to die when Ben believed she was under Jacob's mystical 'protection'.
* TheSocialExpert
* TheSociopath: Ultimately subverted. Ben displays almost every sign of being a sociopath, but his love for Alex and regret for his actions prove that he isn't one.
* TheStarscream: His goal was to become ruler of the Island, so he played this role quite frequently. His actions came back to haunt him big time, leading to him to not only pull a HeelFaceTurn, but even willingly accept the role of NumberTwo to Hurley, who had become the new BigGood, and remained loyal to him for the many years the protected the Island.
** Several years before the series, he was this to Widmore, exiling him for being involved with a woman in the outside world (a relationship that produced Penny), and usurping his position.
* [[TakeOverTheWorld Take Over The Island]]: His primary goal throughout the series. He succeeds in becoming leader of the Others, though is eventually loses his leadership role and tries to reclaim it however at the end of the series he gives up on this goal as a result of him losing his adopted daughter Alex as well as guilt and remorse towards his past actions in trying to achieve this goal, leading to him pulling a HeelFaceTurn and even rejecting promises by [[BigBad the Man in Black]] that he would be ruler of the Island if he helped him escape. He later seems to accept this offer, but is shown to actually be plotting against the Monster and immediately rejoins the survivors once Man in Black goes with Jack and Desmond to the Heart of the Island. In the end he even willingly accepts being the loyal NumberTwo to Hurley.
* TokenEvilTeammate: For the survivors, after he falls from leadership.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: Ben was a shy, quiet, bookish little boy who was twisted by circumstances into a monster.
* VillainousBSOD: After Alex dies. He stares outward in blank incomprehension.
* VillainProtagonist: In his centric episodes.
* WarriorTherapist: A villainous example; a master of MoreThanMindControl and the BreakingSpeech, but he has killed a CrazyPrepared ex-Marine with a telescoping baton and nearly choked a former cop to death in hand-to-hand combat while his hands were tied.
* WouldntHurtAChild: How Alex became his adoptive daughter. He also decided not to kill Penny because he saw her with little Charlie.
* WickedCultured:
** "Alright, I know I sound like a broken record, but ''how many times do we have to go over this?'' [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking If you have the last cup of coffee, you]] ''[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking remove the filter]]'' [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and]] ''[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking throw it away.]]'' Fear not, I will make a fresh pot.."
** "Tea? Thats a gentleman's drink."
* {{Yandere}}: For Juliet, in Seasons 3 and 4. He even orchestrates Goodwin's death because he's his romantic rival. Then he [[KickTheDog shows Juliet the body]] and tells her "You're mine".
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Juliet]]
!!Dr. Juliet Burke
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[[caption-width-right:250:''"It's very stressful being an Other, Jack."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Creator/ElizabethMitchell & Rylee Fansler (child)
->'''Centric Episodes:''' "A Tale of Two Cities", "Not in Portland", "One of Us", "The Other Woman", "The Incident, Part 2", "The End"

->''"I've been trying to get off of this island for more than three years, and now I've got my chance."''

A medical fertility specialist who was recruited to the Island by Richard Alpert. On the Island, she tried to solve the fertility problems, but was unsuccessful. She had an affair with Goodwin, until a jealous Ben sent him to the Tailies, where one of them killed him.

After the crash of Oceanic Flight 815, Juliet was sent as a mole to the survivors' camp. However, she betrayed the Others and chose to stay with the survivors.
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* ActionGirl
** Begins as a DarkActionGirl, before abandoning the Others in favor of the Survivors.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: With Edmund Burke, Goodwin and especially with Sawyer.
* BackForTheFinale: And how!
* {{Badass}}: Juliet is a massive badass. She flips Kate over as if it was nothing, frequently gets the better of other people and is a crack shot with a pistol.
** BadassBookworm
** TookALevelInBadass: She used to be an ExtremeDoormat. Check out the other tropes that describe her character and try to tell me that this doesn't apply.
* BecomingTheMask
* BewareTheNiceOnes
* BreakTheCutie
* BrokenBird
* DeadpanSnarker
* DefectingForLove: At first she shows romantic interest in Jack, but falls in love with Sawyer. Then dies.
** A bit of an expansion: the Others and the Losties were [[EnemyMine usually]] opposing forces, similar to the [[RomeoAndJuliet Montagues and Capulets]]. Juliet was TheLancer to [[MagnificentBastard Ben]] until her HeelFaceTurn.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Played straight, but also inverted in her backstory. In the three years since she'd been an Other she pretty much completely froze over.
* DespairEventHorizon: Comes close on several occasions, resulting in her personality change during her time with the Others. She crosses it when she realises that the life she and Sawyer built for themselves on the island is ending forever. This brings on her HeroicBSOD at the end of Season 5.
* TheDogBitesBack: [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Via cue cards]] -- "Ignore everything I'm saying." "Ben is a liar" "...And he's very dangerous." "But it has to look like an accident." "It's a very complicated surgery. No one would ever know."
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: One of her earliest episodes demonstrated that she doesn't play games. When Sawyer and Kate acted out of line, she aimed a gun at Kate's head. And Sawyer commented that she would have done it too without even batting a lash.
* ExtremeDoormat: Before joining the Others she worked for her ex-husband who walked all over her and flaunted his affair with his sexy new assistant. It took a BusCrash to free her.
* HeelFaceTurn
* HeroicSacrifice
** CutTheSafetyRope: Of the "letting go of hands" variety.
* HospitalHottie
* InformedAttribute: Apparently she looks [[IdenticalStranger uncannily similar]] to Sarah, Jack's ex-wife. This actually came into play in the final season when she was Jack's AmicablyDivorced ex in the flash-sideways, instead of Sarah.
* MeaningfulName: Much like [[RomeoAndJuliet her namesake]], she ends up half of a pair of StarCrossedLovers.
* TheMedic
* RomanticRunnerUp: Plays this three times over, with her ex-husband flaunting his sleeping around with younger women in her face, knowing that her lover Goodwin probably had feelings for another woman (Ana-Lucia) before he was killed, and losing Jack to Kate. It's the possibility of having this happen a fourth time, losing Sawyer to Kate, that causes her insecurities to rise to the top and eventually leads to her death.
* TheStoic
** NotSoStoic
* ShaggyDogStory: She never gets off the island to see her sister again, even in the afterlife.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: Watch her normal cool, soft-spoken nature, and then watch her big smile when Sawyer brings her a flower.
* TakeMyHand: Sawyer desperately tries this to save her. It ultimately isn't enough.
* WrenchWench: As a member of the DHARMA Initiative.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Richard]]
!!Richard Alpert
[[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/alpert_richard_7756.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:250:''"...you'll see things there that you never imagined."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Nestor Carbonell
->'''Centric Episodes:''' "Ab Aeterno"

->''"This was a gift from Jacob. Only...it's not a gift at all. It's a curse."''

The enigmatic and seemingly ageless advisor to the leader of The Others.
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* TheAgeless: Until the end of the series.
* {{Badass}}
** HeartbrokenBadass
* BlessedWithSuck: In Season 6, he describes his "gift" of agelessness as "a curse".
* ButtMonkey: The guy has an absolutely horrible life prior to the island.
* CompleteImmortality: He gets his first gray hair in the series finale where it is implied that the death of Jacob has caused him to begin to age once more.
* CrisisOfFaith: Has one after Jacob's death.
* DeadpanSnarker
* DeathSeeker: In Season 6.
* EnigmaticMinion
* HeroicBSOD: After Jacob is killed.
* ICannotSelfTerminate
* ImmortalitySeeker -> WhoWantsToLiveForever: Richard wanted to live forever because he was afraid of going to hell, but later becomes disillusioned following Jacob's death.
* TheLancer[=/=]TheDragon: To whoever is leading The Hostiles/Others at the time and Jacob all the time.
* MeaningfulName: He is named after contemporary spiritual teacher [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ram_Dass Ram Dass]], whose original name was Richard Alpert.
* MouthOfSauron: To Jacob.
** TheConsigliere: To the Leader of the Others.
* OlderThanTheyLook: And ''how''.
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: For season 6.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Looks about 40. He's closer to 170.
* TheStarscream: A professional starscream. He keeps whoever the current leader of the Others is in check, and sometimes it comes down to undermining their authority, like with Ben.
* TheStoic: Even with a gun aimed at him, Richard stays unflappable.
** NotSoStoic: When the Man in Black reveals himself.
* WhamLine: Not said by him, but ''about'' him: "Hello, Richard. It's good to see you out of those chains."
[[/folder]]

!The Freighter Science Team

[[folder:The Freighter Science Team]]
* AntiHero/AntiVillain
* {{Badass}}
* TheDeterminator
* GrayAndGreyMorality
* RagTagBunchOfMisfits: An odd physicist, a ruthless anthropologist, a snarky pirit medium, and a friendly pilot.
* ScienceHero
* WellIntentionedExtremist
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Miles]]
!!Miles Straume
[[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/straume_miles_8284.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:250:''"I don't believe in a lot of things, but I do believe in duct tape."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Ken Leung & Lance Ho (child)
->'''Centric Episodes:''' "Confirmed Dead", "Some Like It Hoth", "The End"

->''"This plan sounded a hell of a lot better when we were going by motorboat."''

A spiritualist hired by Charles Widmore to go to the Island. He has the ability to read the final thoughts of the deceased.
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* ActionSurvivor: Only science team member to survive (not counting Frank Lapidus, who was a helicopter pilot for the freighter).
* {{Badass}}
** TookALevelInBadass
* DeadpanSnarker
* DisappearedDad: His father wasn't around when he was a child, since he was on the island.
* {{Expy}}: He's basically an Asian Sawyer, pre-CharacterDevelopment.
* GenreSavvy: Out of everyone trying to set off the hydrogen bomb to prevent the 'incident', Miles is the only one to think that setting it off might ''be'' the incident.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Sawyer. Its more prominent in the flash sideways when They are partners on the police force. They also seem very close in the main timeline (Enough for Miles to call him "Jim" in a friendly manner).
* ISeeDeadPeople: He doesn't quite 'see' them, but hears little echos of them left behind.
* {{Jerkass}}
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* TheLancer: To Sawyer, in Season 5.
* PhonyPsychic: Variation. He's a real psychic, but he regularly lies about what he sees for money.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: At first.
* TellMeAboutMyFather: His request from his mother, who doesn't want to talk about him.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Frank]]
!!Frank Lapidus
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[[caption-width-right:250:''"We're not going to Guam, are we?"'']]
->'''Played By:''' Jeff Fahey
->'''Centric Episodes:''' "Confirmed Dead"

->''"You know I keep thinking about how different my life would have been if I was on the plane."''

A pilot who was originally supposed to fly Oceanic 815. He is selected by Abaddon to be part of the team that travels to the Island via the freighter Kahana; he brings Daniel, Miles and Charlotte to the Island by helicopter.
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* AcePilot: Frank is a hell of a pilot, having made two successful crash-landings (the fact that they were crashing wasn't his fault) with minimal casualties. He also manages to get a crashed plane held together by duct tape in the air again.
-->'''Miles''': Hey, hey, Lapidus, where's the chopper? Where did it crash?
-->'''Frank''': Crash? The hell kind of pilot d'you think I am? I put her down safe and sound right over there.
* ActionSurvivor: He's an average guy, but circumstances force him to take action.
* AdvertisedExtra: Somewhat in season 6.
* AgentMulder: He believes (correctly) that the wreck at the bottom of the ocean is not Flight 815.
* {{Badass}}: He stands up to Keamy repeatedly, only relenting when others are put in danger. He's also handy with a gun, fearlessly makes successful crash-landings and survives getting hit by a steel door in a sinking submarine.
** BadassBeard: In season 4.
* BigOlEyebrows
* ConspiracyTheorist
* CoolOldGuy
* DeadpanSnarker
* FanNickname: Lapenis; but it's said with affection.
* GenreSavvy: As seen from his header quote when he sees Jack et al on Flight 316.
* OnlySaneMan: [[MemeticMutation Weirdest damn funeral he's ever been to.]]
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: For season 6.
* UnfazedEveryman
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Faraday]]
!!Daniel Faraday
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[[caption-width-right:250:''"It doesn't matter what we do. [[YouCantFightFate Whatever happened, happened.]]"'']]
->'''Played By:''' Jeremy Davies & Spencer Allyn (child)
->'''Centric Episodes:''' "Confirmed Dead", "The Variable"

->''"The light... it's strange out here, isn't it? It's kind of like, it doesn't, it doesn't scatter quite right."''

A physicist and professor who parachuted onto the Island from a helicopter sent by the freighter Kahana. He was distinguished by his polite demeanor and his scientific insight into the Island's mysterious properties. He was the son of Eloise Hawking and Charles Widmore, who were both former leaders of the Others. Daniel spent his entire adult life studying space-time. His experiments with time travel debilitated his girlfriend and damaged his memory, forcing him to flee his Oxford professorship, but his illness was healed when he arrived on the Island.
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* AbsentMindedProfessor
* {{Adorkable}}
* BadLiar
* BackForTheDead
* BackForTheFinale
* CloudCuckoolander: Somewhat.
* GibberingGenius
* HeroesWantRedheads
* HeroicBSOD: Once Charlotte dies he barely seems to function. Until he starts thinking he can change this ever happening.
* HollywoodNerd
* LovableNerd
* MadScientist
* MeaningfulName: He is named after British scientist [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Faraday Michael Faraday]].
* MyBelovedSmother
* MrExposition: Although you'll practically have to beat it out of him.
* NiceHat: In the flash-sideways. Fun fact: the hat Daniel wore actually belongs to Jeremy Davies.
* SanitySlippage
* ShownTheirWork: For his role, Jeremy Davies thoroughly researched Physics and Mathematics. Many of the equations seen are his own.
* TheSmartGuy
* TheTimeTravellersDilemma
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Charlotte]]
!!Charlotte Lewis
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[[caption-width-right:250:''"Would it make any sense if I told you I was still looking for where I was born?"'']]
->'''Played By:''' Rebecca Mader & Maya Henssens (child)
->'''Centric Episodes:''' "Confirmed Dead"

A gifted cultural anthropologist who grew up on the Island, where her parents were members of the DHARMA Initiative. She eventually escaped with just her mother, leaving her father (and possibly two younger sisters) behind. She spent the rest of her life trying to find the Island again, partly because of her mother's insistence that she had made it all up, and partly for a chance to find her father again. She finally parachuted back onto the Island on day 91, as part of the freighter science team.
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* ActionGirl
* AdventurerArchaeologist
* BackForTheFinale
* {{Badass}}
** BadassBookworm
* CloudCuckoolandersMinder: For Daniel.
* FieryRedhead
* HotBlooded
* HotScientist
* MeaningfulName: She shares her middle and last names with famed English writer [[Creator/CSLewis Clive Staples Lewis]].
* {{Omniglot}}: She speaks several languages including Korean.
->'''Translator''': ''How many different languages do you have to read that in before you believe it's true?''
->'''Charlotte''': ''How many different languages are there?''
* SanitySlippage: In her final moments, as the temporal displacement really took hold.
[[/folder]]

!Other Characters

[[folder:Desmond]]
!!Desmond Hume
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[[caption-width-right:250:''"See you in another life, [[VerbalTic brotha]]."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Henry Ian Cusick
->'''Centric Episodes:''' "Live Together, Die Alone", "Flashes Before Your Eyes", "Catch-22", "The Constant", "Jughead", "Happily Ever After", "What They Died For", "The End"

->''"[[BlatantLies Oh, there's nothing special about me, brotha.]]"''

A Scotsman who spent years on the Island. He had a number of unusual experiences there with electromagnetism, sending his mind repeatedly through time.

Before coming to the Island, Desmond's life seemed to be defined by failure. He was fired as a monk, sadly broke up with his girlfriend Penny Widmore, dishonorably discharged from the Royal Scots Regiment, and regarded with contempt by Penny's father Charles Widmore. In an attempt to regain his honor, Desmond entered Charles Widmore's sailing race around the world and consequently became shipwrecked on the Island.
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* AbsenteeActor: While all characters have missed several episodes, Desmond is notable for missing enough in season 4, 5 and 6 that several recurring guest stars were in more episodes than him. ''Especially'' season 5, when he wasn't even in the finale (which usually every living character is in).
* ActionSurvivor
* AsYouWish
* {{Badass}}
** BadassBeard
** BadassBookworm: Loves the works of Charles Dickens and has read every work but "Our Mutual Friend" which he is saving for just before he dies.
* BeardOfSorrow
* ButtMonkey: At first.
* CatchPhrase or VerbalTic: Brotha!
* CosmicPlaything
* {{Determinator}}
* DisappearedDad: Implied, but nothing is ever made of it.
* DrowningMySorrows
* EarnYourHappyEnding
* GuileHero: In the flash-sideways timeline.
* HappilyMarried: Once he and Penny reunite, they waste no time in getting married.
* LooksLikeJesus: Before he shaved off his beard.
* MeaningfulName: He is named after Scottish philosopher [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Hume David Hume]], who is known for his philosophical empiricism and scepticism and is considered one of the most important figures of the Scottish Enlightenment.
* MessianicArchetype: He even looked the part while he had a beard.
* MrFanservice
* NiceGuy: He's very pleasant and friendly, considering he was isolated from the woman he loved and almost all human contact for about three years.
** He is extremely hostile when first introduced, but because he thinks the people who've just broke into the Swan are dangerous.
* SanitySlippage: He's more than a little unbalanced when the survivors first find him in the Swan. Mind, at that point, he'd been completely alone for over six weeks, likely unable to get a good night's sleep (having to wake up to push the button every 100 minutes or so), and thinking that he may have caused the world to end. Under those circumstances, ''anyone'' would be a little frazzled. By the time he arrives back at the Island, however, he's far more stable, if drunk and depressed, and manages to stay a relatively well-balanced individual for the remainder of the series.
* UnstuckInTime
* WellIntentionedExtremist: In the flash-sideways, if ''running over Locke'' is any indication.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Man in Black]]
!!The Man In Black/The Smoke Monster
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[[caption-width-right:250:''"They come. They fight. They destroy. They corrupt. It always ends the same."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Creator/TitusWelliver, Ryan Bradford (child), Carlton Cuse, Simon Elbling, Rob Kyker, Adetokumboh [=McCormack=], Tania Raymonde, TerryOQuinn, Mirelly Taylor & John Terry
->'''Centric Episodes:''' "Across the Sea"

->''"What I am is trapped. And I've been trapped for so long that I don't even remember what it feels like to be free."''

A long-time inhabitant of the Island. He was once a normal man with dark hair and steely eyes, but an encounter with the Heart of the Island, brought on by his brother and enemy, changed him into the Smoke Monster, a living cloud of black smoke. As the smoke, he could manifest himself as deceased individuals, most frequently as his former self.
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* BadBoss: Towards the end of the series. He sends Sayid to his death (though justified as Sayid was also a candidate), abandons Claire when she refuses to help him kill her friends in a deleted scene, breaks his promise to give Ben the Island, and later tries to leave everyone on the Island to die as it sinks into the ocean.
* {{Badass}}
* BaldOfEvil: While posing as Locke and Yemi.
* BigBad: He spends several seasons manipulating everyone from behind-the-scenes, only showing up occasionally to terrorize people in his monster form or manipulate them in the form of dead characters, until he's finally revealed to be the series BigBad towards the end of season 5, and finally plays the role directly for the entirety of the final season.
* CainAndAbel: With Jacob.
* TheChessmaster
* ConstantlyCurious
** CuriosityIsACrapshoot: Wondering what lies beyond the Island spurs his StartOfDarkness.
* DarkIsEvil
* DeadpanSnarker
* DeadPersonImpersonation: A favourite of his.
* DePower: When Desmond turns off the Heart of the Island.
* DisneyVillainDeath: We ''do'' actually see the body, though.
* {{Doppelganger}}: For various dead people, including John Locke in seasons 5 and 6.
* TheDreaded: Everybody who knows about his existence and nature is terrified of him.
* EldritchAbomination
** HumanoidAbomination: He usually appears in human form, and was [[WasOnceAMan once human]] himself.
* {{Expy}}: An ancient, incredibly powerful and manipulative demon described as the source of all evil with brilliant skills at Chessmastering, Xanatos gambits and who is capable of impersonating any dead person? ''[[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Sounds like the First Evil]]''.
* FanNickname: Esau, Un-Locke, Flocke, Samuel and Smokey are the most common, but [[IHaveManyNames he has a lot]].
* FauxAffablyEvil: He's remarkably charming to people whose deaths he's orchestrating, but it's all superficial, and disappears the moment that he no longer needs them alive.
* FinalBoss: He has one final fist fight with Jack in the series finale which leads to his demise.
* FreudianExcuse: Like pretty much all of the other main characters.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: He starts off as an ordinary man who has MommyIssues. Then he's thrown into the heart of the Island by his brother Jacob and becomes the immortal BigBad [[EldritchAbomination Smoke Monster]] who would cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt should he ever escape the Island. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice going Jacob]].
* HijackedByGanon: The Man in Black/Smoke Monster is the first antagonist to be introduced in the series, making his presence known in the very first episode. He ultimately is revealed to be the BigBad of the entire series
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Believes this wholeheartedly, in direct opposition to [[BigGood Jacob's]] [[HumansAreSpecial worldview]].
* IcyBlueEyes: In his original form.
* ImmuneToBullets: And knives. He doesn't even bleed, with most objects passing right through him. The only thing that seems capable of harming him even slightly are sonic noises.
* TheJuggernaut: In his Smoke Monster form.
* LaserGuidedKarma: His manipulations, lies, and attempt to kill the survivors eventually resulted in them killing him
* ManipulativeBastard: His main weapon to deal with people who he can't kill.
* ModeLock: Ilana claims that he's stuck in the form of Locke during season 6, though we get no explanation why.
* MoreThanMindControl: The single person in the series who can effectively manipulate [[CrazyPrepared Ben]]; being able to read peoples' memories and manifest as a deceased person from their past certainly helps.
* MommyIssues: He himself admits to having issues with his mother.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: His murder of Sayid, Jin, and Sun gave the survivors the HeroicResolve to kill him, rather than just simply leave him on the Island. This wouldn't be an issue for him had his plan to destroy the Island not made him mortal as well.
* NighInvulnerable: Even in human form, he's ImmuneToBullets, and being stabbed in the chest didn't do anything but surprise him. This ability disappears after the Heart of the Island is turned off.
* NoNameGiven: His birth mother never gave him a name, and neither did his adoptive mother.
* OmnicidalManiac: He tried to kill everyone on the Island by destroying it, and possibly threatened mankind as a whole in the process
* OneWingedAngel: His true form is the Black Smoke, an invincible column of darkness that can 'scan' the memories of others.
* PersonWithTheClothing
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Over 2000, actually.
* SealedEvilInACan: With the island being the [[strike: can]] cork of the bottle.
* SmugSnake
* TheSociopath: After a few thousand years of isolation and anger, he fits almost every marker to be identified as one on the Hare Psychopathy Checklist.
** Glibness/superficial charm
** Grandiose sense of self-worth
** Cunning/manipulative
** Lack of remorse or guilt
** Callousnes; lack of empathy
** Poor behavioral control
** Impulsivity
* StartOfDarkness: "Across The Sea"
* {{Telepathy}}: Is able to "scan" people in his Smoke Monster form and read their memories, which makes his ManipulativeBastard tendencies that much more effective.
* TragicMonster: He was just a poor bastard with an abusive mother, and his dweeby brother killed him and trapped him on a place he hates for thousands of years.
* TheUnfettered
* VillainExitStageLeft: Attempts to flee the Island as it's crumbling down in order to finally accomplish his goal in escaping the Island. It's subverted as just as he's about to get on his boat though, he stops to have a FinalBattle with Jack anyway when Jack tries to stop him which leads to his DisneyVillainDeath.
* VillainProtagonist: The BigBad was also a main cast member in the final season. He was also a [[HiddenVillain Hidden]]VillainProtagonist in season 5, as the audience believes he's John Locke until the season finale.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Though after killing Jacob he suffers from:
** ShapeshifterModeLock: He doesn't appear to be able to shapeshift like he could before, stuck between either smoke cloud mode or fake!Locke.
* WasOnceAMan: Before being tossed into the Source by Jacob.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Christian]]
!!Dr. Christian Shephard
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[[caption-width-right:250:''"Do you know why they call Australia "Down Under"? Because it's as close as you can get to Hell without being burned."'']]
->'''Played By:''' John Terry
->'''Centric Episodes:''' None

->''"[[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech Don't choose, Jack, don't decide. You don't want to be a hero. You don't want to try and save everyone because when you fail... you just don't have what it takes.]]"''

The son of Ray Shephard, the father of Jack Shephard and Claire Littleton, the husband of Margo Shephard, former lover of Carole Littleton, and the grandfather of Aaron Littleton.

Prior to having his license stripped for performing surgery under the influence of alcohol, he was the Chief of Surgery at St. Sebastian Hospital.
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* AbusiveParent: Psychologically.
* TheAlcoholic: He struggled with alcoholism for much of his life, and it ultimately cost him his job and his life.
** AlcoholicParent: To Jack.
* DeadpanSnarker
* DisappearedDad: To Claire, who only finds out who he is when her mother ends up in a coma.
* DrowningMySorrows: He spends his time in Australia drinking himself to death out of bitterness over how his relationship with Jack turned out.
* GoodIsNotNice: Arrogant yet self-loathing, callous, selfish, an alcoholic, verbally abusive to his son, an adulterer, absent parent...and still a good man who feels he's failed his son in almost every way.
* {{Jerkass}}
** DrJerk: Averted while he's on the job; he's aware of what bedside manner can do to help someone.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Paying for Claire's mother's medical care and trying to convince Claire to let her go, out of genuine compassion.
* MeaningfulName: 'Christian Shephard'?
* PosthumousCharacter: He's only ever seen in the flashsideways and flashbacks, having died prior to the crash.
* PunnyName: Lampshaded in the Finale.
* PromotedToOpeningTitles: For the last episode.
* WellDoneSonGuy: He has shown very little approval of Jack, despite being secretly proud of him.
* YouAllShareMyStory: Christian turns up over and over in the flashbacks of other characters like Sawyer and Ana-Lucia.
* YourCheatingHeart: He has a second family, and it's strongly implied he frequently has affairs.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Pierre Chang]]
!!Pierre Chang
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[[caption-width-right:250:''"Namaste. And... good luck."'']]
->'''Played By:''' François Chau
->'''Centric Episodes:''' None

->''"There are rules, rules that can't be broken."''

A DHARMA Initiative theoretical astrophysicist from Ann Arbor, Michigan who appeared in orientation films for the different stations on the Island.
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* AnArmAndALeg: His arm was crushed during the Incident, and shortly afterward (judging from the orientation tapes) amputated.
* [[BreakHisHeartToSaveHim Break Her Heart To Save Her]]: For his wife, Lara.
* DisappearedDad: To Miles.
* HappilyMarried: Or he was, to Lara Chang.
* IHaveManyNames: He uses the aliases Marvin Candle, Mark Wickmund, and Edgar Halliwax for the DHARMA orientation films.
* {{Jerkass}}: He's short-tempered and snippy.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: His son takes after him, doesn't he?
* NiceCharacterMeanActor: The orientation videos are much more welcoming than Pierre is in real life.
* PapaWolf: To Miles.
* PosthumousCharacter: He's long-dead by the time the series begins.
* PromotedToOpeningTitles: For the last episode.
* OnlySaneMan: Within the Dharma Initiative.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: More passive/lower in rank than either Horace or Radzinsky, but a considerably better leader than either.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: He decides to help stop his boss, Radzinsky.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Ilana]]
!!Ilana Verdansky
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[[caption-width-right:250:''"What lies in the shadow of the statue?"'']]
->'''Played By:''' Creator/ZuleikhaRobinson
->'''Centric Episodes:''' "The Incident, Part 1"

A survivor of Ajira Flight 316. She claimed to Sayid Jarrah to be a bounty hunter hired by the family of Peter Avellino to capture Sayid and escort him to Guam. In reality she was summoned to the Island to protect the remaining candidates by Jacob, with whom she had a previous relationship.
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* AbortedArc: Her entire storyline - Zuleikha Robinson says that Jacob was meant to be her character's actual father, but the only hint at this that wasn't cut is in "Dr Linus" (also the only episode of the season in which she plays a major role).
* ActionGirl: Ilana is certainly handy with a gun.
* {{Badass}}: Trained by Jacob to protect the candidates.
* BountyHunter: Her cover story to nab Sayid; in reality she's an agent of Jacob.
* DefrostingIceQueen: But it never gets to ''truly'' happen.
* {{Determinator}}: She's relentless.
* [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Dropped A Bridge On Her]]: Probably the most abrupt and unexpected one in the whole series- she literally '''blew up mid-sentence''', without any foreshadowing. According to Carlton Cuse, this was a quick way to remove her from the story once they decided to cut her arc.
* HelloAttorney: She's Desmond's attorney in the flash-sideways.
* HoneyTrap: Worked as this for Sayid.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: She can certainly be bossy, but she's brave and has good intentions.
* KilledMidSentence: When she explodes.
* MysteriousPast: Carlton Cuse refers to her past as, 'hard and tragic' but we never find out her backstory or why she was so badly burned when Jacob visited her in hospital.
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: Though after promoting her, the writers decided they didn't have enough time to develop her - hence her minor role, lack of a centric episode, and abrupt death.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Ben muses that the Island may have decided this of Ilana, leading to her death.
* YouKilledMyFather: To Ben, after she learns he killed Jacob. Even though Jacob wasn't her actual father, he was the closest thing she had.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Penelope]]
!!Penelope "Penny" Hume (nee Widmore)
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[[caption-width-right:250:''"All we really need to survive is one person who truly loves us. And you have her. I will wait for you always. I love you."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Creator/SonyaWalger
->'''Centric Episodes:''' None

->''"There's no calling my father off."''

The wife of Desmond Hume, the daughter of Charles Widmore, and half-sister of Daniel Faraday. Before he became stranded on the island, Penny was the long time girlfriend of Desmond. However, due to Desmond's fear of commitment, they stopped seeing each other. After Desmond went missing in 2001, Penny began searching for him hoping he was still alive.
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* {{Determinator}}: Hunted for Desmond and never gave up.
* InterClassRomance: With Desmond.
* INeverGotAnyLetters: Because her father, Charles Widmore, intercepted every single letter Desmond tried to send her.
* IWillWaitForYou: For Desmond.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: She's one of the most morally upright characters, and has strawberry blonde hair.
* HappilyMarried: Eventually, to Desmond.
* MamaBear: For her son, who she tells to go inside when Ben confronts her.
* MeaningfulName: In ''Literature/TheOdyssey'', Penelope was the faithful wife of Odysseus who never took another husband despite having numerous suitors after her husband left to fight in the Trojan War 20 years prior to the story.
* MoralityPet: For her father, Charles.
* PromotedToOpeningTitles: For the last episode.
* SpoiledSweet: Despite being the daughter of an incredibly rich, well-connected and downright evil man, she's kind, smart and perfectly happy to live with Desmond in his downscale flat.
* StarCrossedLovers: With Desmond.
* TimeTravelRomance: With Desmond, again.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Eloise Hawking]]
!!Eloise Hawking
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[[caption-width-right:250:''"All right. I apologize if this is confusing, but let's pay attention, yes?"'']]
->'''Played By:''' Creator/FionnulaFlanagan, Alexandra Krosney (teenaged) & Creator/AliceEvans (middle aged)
->'''Centric Episodes:''' None

->''"Oh, stop thinking how ridiculous it is, and start asking yourself, whether or not you believe it's going to work."''

The caretaker of the L.A.-based Dharma station known as the Lamp Post, which can track the location of the island. Eloise is the mother of Daniel Faraday, the father being Charles Widmore, and like Widmore was formerly a member of the Others.
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* AbusiveParent: She crushes Daniel's dreams and pushes him into a scientific career, manipulating him his entire life so he can go to the island and die. However, she takes no happiness from this. She's merely ensuring things happen as they should, but she's devastated inside.
* ActionGirl / DarkActionGirl: During the time in which the younger versions of her appear. Either way, it's UpToEleven with "Ellie" in the 1954 timeline.
* AmbiguouslyEvil: Her motives and actions are shrouded in mystery for much of the show, and as such her ultimate goal is ambiguous. She's certainly ruthless, but ultimately her actions did settle on the side of good.
* ArmorPiercingSlap: Delivers one to Widmore after he reminds her that Daniel is his son as well.
* {{Badass}}: She was a rifle-toting badass back on the island.
** BadassGrandma: She's left behind the guns but it's clear she hasn't lost her edge.
** PregnantBadass: In 1977.
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: Her entire mantra. She even actively aids 'destiny' by sending Daniel on the path to the island.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: She seems like a kindly old lady when she's first introduced, but within a few seconds she shows how cruel she can be. She demonstrates with every appearance how ruthless she can be.
* BrutalHonesty: She has no time for lies, telling people exactly what she thinks of them, such as stating that Ben is 'probably' lying when Jack asks.
* TheChessmaster: She's one of the best and most experienced players in the show.
* DeadpanSnarker: She doesn't suffer fools gladly and lets them know it.
* DramaticIrony: She loved her son very much, but remained critical, cold, and distant to him his entire life because she knew that when he reached adulthood he would be shot and killed by her younger self.
* EducationMama: To Daniel, who she forces along a scientific career.
* GrandfatherParadox: Inverted. Her son gets sent back in time and killed by her...''while she's pregnant with him''.
* {{Jerkass}}: When she was a teenager.
* ManipulativeBitch: Eloise successfully manipulates Daniel for his entire life.
* MeaningfulName: She's named after quantum physicist StephenHawking, author of 'A Brief History of Time'. Time is very relevant to Eloise.
* OffingTheOffspring: Unknowingly shot the time-travelling adult version of her unborn son while pregnant with him, and spent the entirety of her time raising him burdened with the awful knowledge of what awaited him.
* PromotedToOpeningTitles: For the last episode.
* TimePolice: Per WordOfGod and backed up by her actions.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: To ensure everything that happened still happens, she sets her son on the path to certain death.
* YouCantFightFate: Her entire philosophy as she explains it to Desmond.
[[/folder]]
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* PsychoticSmirk: Flashes an utterly terrifying one at Ben after being infected with The Sickness.

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* PsychoticSmirk: Flashes an utterly terrifying Post-infection Sayid flashes one at Ben after being infected with The Sickness.that terrifies even BENJAMIN LINUS.


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** Also, it's suggested that those "infected" by him are vulnerable to his suggestions.
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->'''Played By:''' Creator/FionnulaFlannagan, Alexandra Krosney (teenaged) & Creator/AliceEvans (middle aged)

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->'''Played By:''' Creator/FionnulaFlannagan, Creator/FionnulaFlanagan, Alexandra Krosney (teenaged) & Creator/AliceEvans (middle aged)
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* DisappearedDad: Was one himself before the start of the show, though involuntary. Walt's mother took Walt to Europe with her and ended up starting a new life, never giving Michael an opportunity to connect with his son.
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* ManipulativeBastard
* MissingMom

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* ManipulativeBastard
ManipulativeBastard: Ben is one of the most skilled manipulators perhaps ever seen in fiction. He plays everyone (but in particular Locke) like a fiddle through lies, nuggets of truth and emotional exploitation.
* MissingMomMissingMom: His mother died in childbirth.



* RevengeByProxy

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* RevengeByProxyRevengeByProxy: He kills Jacob partially for manipulating him his entire life, leading him into misery and bloodshed and then dismissing him thoughtlessly, but also for allowing Alex to die when Ben believed she was under Jacob's mystical 'protection'.



* TokenEvilTeammate
* UsedToBeASweetKid
* VillainousBSOD: After [[spoiler: Alex dies.]]

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* TokenEvilTeammate
TokenEvilTeammate: For the survivors, after he falls from leadership.
* UsedToBeASweetKid
UsedToBeASweetKid: Ben was a shy, quiet, bookish little boy who was twisted by circumstances into a monster.
* VillainousBSOD: After [[spoiler: Alex dies.]]dies. He stares outward in blank incomprehension.



* WickedCultured

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* WickedCulturedWickedCultured:
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* {{Badass}}

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* {{Badass}}{{Badass}}: Ben might be slight of build, but he's fast and highly skilled. Put a baton in his hand and watch him wreck everybody.



** CulturedBadass

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** CulturedBadassCulturedBadass: He speaks a few languages, is an excellent cook, plays the piano and is very well-read.



* TheChessmaster
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder

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* TheChessmaster
TheChessmaster: He's well-known for his skills in manipulation. Even people who know not to trust him end up doing his bidding. Even when trapped in the Hatch, he plays Jack and Locke against each other.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorderChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Ben has a tendency to change his loyalties. He betrayed the Dharma Initiative to join the Others under Widmore's leadership, then betrayed Widmore and took his place. He later betrayed Locke, Jacob and the Man in Black (although he wasn't really on the Man in Black's side to begin with).



* CreepyMonotone
* DeadpanSnarker

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* CreepyMonotone
CreepyMonotone: He has a calm, long drawl that can be very creepy.
* DeadpanSnarkerDeadpanSnarker: Ben is a major provider of snark, rivalling even Sawyer.
-->''"We have two giant hamsters running in a massive wheel in our secret underground lair."''
-->''"No, John, unfortunately we don't have a code for "There is a man in my closet with a gun to my daughter's head" although we obviously should."''



* FirstNameBasis: Calls everyone he works against by Their first name, showing his affable side.

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* FirstNameBasis: Calls everyone he works against by Their their first name, showing his affable side.



* FreudianExcuse
* FromNobodyToNightmare

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* FreudianExcuse
FreudianExcuse: His father was horribly abusive to him, blaming him for the death of his mother. He was also corrupted by the Others and Jacob from a young age.
* FromNobodyToNightmareFromNobodyToNightmare: From a quiet young boy to a ruthless mass murderer pulling all the strings.



->'''Miles''': Hey, hey, Lapidus, where's the chopper? Where did it crash?
->'''Frank''': Crash? The hell kind of pilot d'you think I am? I put her down safe and sound right over there.

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->'''Miles''': -->'''Miles''': Hey, hey, Lapidus, where's the chopper? Where did it crash?
->'''Frank''': -->'''Frank''': Crash? The hell kind of pilot d'you think I am? I put her down safe and sound right over there.
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* DisappearedDad: His father wasn't around when he was a child, since he was on the island.



* GenreSavvy

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* GenreSavvyGenreSavvy: Out of everyone trying to set off the hydrogen bomb to prevent the 'incident', Miles is the only one to think that setting it off might ''be'' the incident.



* ISeeDeadPeople

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* ISeeDeadPeopleISeeDeadPeople: He doesn't quite 'see' them, but hears little echos of them left behind.



* ParentalAbandonment
** DisappearedDad



* TellMeAboutMyFather

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* TellMeAboutMyFatherTellMeAboutMyFather: His request from his mother, who doesn't want to talk about him.



* AcePilot
* ActionSurvivor

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* AcePilot
AcePilot: Frank is a hell of a pilot, having made two successful crash-landings (the fact that they were crashing wasn't his fault) with minimal casualties. He also manages to get a crashed plane held together by duct tape in the air again.
->'''Miles''': Hey, hey, Lapidus, where's the chopper? Where did it crash?
->'''Frank''': Crash? The hell kind of pilot d'you think I am? I put her down safe and sound right over there.
* ActionSurvivorActionSurvivor: He's an average guy, but circumstances force him to take action.



* AgentMulder
* {{Badass}}
** BadassBeard

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* AgentMulder
AgentMulder: He believes (correctly) that the wreck at the bottom of the ocean is not Flight 815.
* {{Badass}}
{{Badass}}: He stands up to Keamy repeatedly, only relenting when others are put in danger. He's also handy with a gun, fearlessly makes successful crash-landings and survives getting hit by a steel door in a sinking submarine.
** BadassBeardBadassBeard: In season 4.



* MauveShirt: Though he makes it out alive.
* OnlySaneMan
** [[MemeticMutation Weirdest damn funeral he's ever been to.]]
* PromotionToOpeningTitles

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* MauveShirt: Though he makes it out alive.
* OnlySaneMan
**
OnlySaneMan: [[MemeticMutation Weirdest damn funeral he's ever been to.]]
* PromotionToOpeningTitlesPromotionToOpeningTitles: For season 6.
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* BrainwashedAndCrazy

to:

* BrainwashedAndCrazyBrainwashedAndCrazy: By the Man in Black.



** CorruptTheCutie
* DarkActionGirl

to:

** CorruptTheCutie
CorruptTheCutie: Inbetween seasons, she was corrupted by the Man in Black who turned her into a rifle-toting jungle-dwelling loon.
* DarkActionGirlDarkActionGirl: In season 6.



* MamaBear
* MoralityPet: [[AllThereInTheManual Enhanced episodes]] stated that she was considered the heart and soul of the 815 survivors.
** TheHeart

to:

* MamaBear
MamaBear: To Aaron.
* MoralityPet: MoralityPet/TheHeart: [[AllThereInTheManual Enhanced episodes]] stated that she was considered the heart and soul of the 815 survivors.
** TheHeart
survivors.



* PregnantHostage

to:

* PregnantHostagePregnantHostage: When Ethan nabs her.



* TraumaInducedAmnesia

to:

* TraumaInducedAmnesiaTraumaInducedAmnesia: When Ethan kidnaps her and administers her drugs to keep her passive, she blocks out the memory and only later recalls what happened with help from Libby.



* BackForTheFinale

to:

* BackForTheFinaleBackForTheFinale: Like everyone else.



* CelebritySurvivor

to:

* CelebritySurvivorCelebritySurvivor: A very loose definition of 'celebrity', but he was the bass player for a semi-successful band.



* DeadpanSnarker

to:

* DeadpanSnarkerDeadpanSnarker: Along with Sawyer, he was the primary source of snark in the first season.



* FaceDeathWithDignity

to:

* FaceDeathWithDignityFaceDeathWithDignity: He locks the Looking Glass door to save Desmond, gives him a final message and does the sign of the cross before drowning.



* HeroicSacrifice

to:

* HeroicSacrificeHeroicSacrifice: To stop the Looking Glass blocking the satellite phone signal, he swims down despite knowing he wouldn't make it back up.



* BackForTheDead

to:

* BackForTheDeadBackForTheDead: He return in season 4 for a few episodes before dying onboard the Kahana.



* DespairEventHorizon
* TheEveryman
* FaceHeelTurn
** RedemptionEqualsDeath

to:

* DespairEventHorizon
DespairEventHorizon: After killing Ana and Libby, he started to lose his mind.
* TheEveryman
* FaceHeelTurn
** RedemptionEqualsDeath
TheEveryman: His past doesn't involve fame, crime, murder, destiny or incest. He's the closest to 'ordinary' the cast gets.



* ForcedIntoEvil: By the Others. Ben dodges responsibility later, saying that his orders didn't involve killing anyone, just freeing him.
** RedemptionEqualsDeath: He saves the lives of Jin, Desmond, Sun, Aaron, Kate, Jack, Sawyer, Faraday and Hurley by staying behind on the boat to keep the bomb frozen. It does explode anyway.



* TragicVillain
* The Scrappy: He has a strong father instinct, but his tendency to whine, stubbornly ignore plain reason and blame others without thinking keeps him pretty unsympathetic.

to:

* TragicVillain
* The Scrappy: He has
TragicVillain: Michael was just a strong father instinct, but his tendency to whine, stubbornly ignore plain reason good-hearted man dealt a very bad hand, and blame others without thinking keeps him pretty unsympathetic.made some dumb decisions along the way.



* ButtMonkey

to:

* ButtMonkeyButtMonkey: In Locke's estimation, and it's hard to argue. His mother dies, his stepfather abandons him, he crashes on an island with monsters, gets kidnapped by the natives and becomes estranged from his father.
->'''Walt''': [My mother and I] move a lot. She got sick. She died a couple of weeks ago.
->'''Locke''': You're having a bad month.
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* {{Badass}}

to:

* {{Badass}}{{Badass}}: Juliet is a massive badass. She flips Kate over as if it was nothing, frequently gets the better of other people and is a crack shot with a pistol.



* ImmortalitySeeker -> WhoWantsToLiveForever

to:

* ImmortalitySeeker -> WhoWantsToLiveForeverWhoWantsToLiveForever: Richard wanted to live forever because he was afraid of going to hell, but later becomes disillusioned following Jacob's death.



* PromotionToOpeningTitles

to:

* PromotionToOpeningTitlesPromotionToOpeningTitles: For season 6.



* TheStoic
** NotSoStoic

to:

* TheStoic
TheStoic: Even with a gun aimed at him, Richard stays unflappable.
** NotSoStoicNotSoStoic: When the Man in Black reveals himself.



%%%He can survive massive amounts of electromagnetism... somehow.



* HotDad



* TheDreaded

to:

* TheDreadedTheDreaded: Everybody who knows about his existence and nature is terrified of him.



* KarmicDeath
* KnightOfCerebus



* ManipulativeBastard

to:

* ManipulativeBastardManipulativeBastard: His main weapon to deal with people who he can't kill.



* MommyIssues

to:

* MommyIssuesMommyIssues: He himself admits to having issues with his mother.



* NoNameGiven

to:

* NoNameGivenNoNameGiven: His birth mother never gave him a name, and neither did his adoptive mother.



* TragicMonster

to:

* TragicMonsterTragicMonster: He was just a poor bastard with an abusive mother, and his dweeby brother killed him and trapped him on a place he hates for thousands of years.



* WasOnceAMan

to:

* WasOnceAManWasOnceAMan: Before being tossed into the Source by Jacob.



* DeadpanSnarker



** BadassIsraeli
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* AbortedArc

to:

* AbortedArcAbortedArc: There was a huge plan for Mr Eko's character, but when the actor left, much of his arc was shifted to Locke and Ben.



* {{Badass}}

to:

* {{Badass}}{{Badass}}: One of the biggest badasses in the show. He takes out two Others, was a highly feared warlord capable of butchering multiple assailants with little effort, and entered into a staring contest with the Monster.



* BewareTheQuietOnes
* DiesWideOpen
* DroppedABridgeOnHim
** RealLifeWritesThePlot: This was because his actor wanted to leave the show.

to:

* BewareTheQuietOnes
* DiesWideOpen
* DroppedABridgeOnHim
** RealLifeWritesThePlot: This was because
BewareTheQuietOnes: Eko doesn't say much most of the time, usually reacting to what others say to him. Taken to the extreme with his actor wanted to leave 40-day vow of silence.
* DiesWideOpen: Locke shuts his eyes for him.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Despite being one of
the show.most popular characters on the show, he dies rather suddenly at the start of season 3, killed by the Monster and rarely mentioned again.



* IRegretNothing
* OnlyOneName

to:

* IRegretNothing
IRegretNothing: When Yemi/The Monster tries to get him to 'confess' his sins, Eko refuses.
-->''"I ask for no forgiveness, Father. For I have not sinned. I have only done what I needed to do to survive. A small boy once asked me if I was a bad man. If I could answer him now, I would tell him that... when I was a young boy, I killed a man to save my brother's life. I am not sorry for this. I am proud of this. I did not ask for the life that I was given. But it was given, nonetheless. And with it... I did my best."''
* OnlyOneNameOnlyOneName: His last name may be 'Tunde' or it may be an alias.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: The actor wanted to leave the show, the reasons being somewhat varied depending on who's talking. Some say that he was difficult to work with, particularly not getting along with Terry O'Quinn. Others say he was frustrated about being in the dark about his own character (as is standard on Lost). The most likely explanation is the one that was given: he disliked living in Hawaii and having the tragic loss of both his parents, wanted to move back home.
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