History Series / Lost

19th Jun '16 10:18:05 PM gewunomox
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** A number of episodes are directly named after works of classic literature - ''Literature/TheShapeOfThingsToCome'', ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen'', ''[[Literature/AliceInWonderland Through the Looking Glass]]'', ''Literature/TheLittlePrince'', ''Literature/ATaleOfTwoCities'', ''Literature/StrangerInAStrangeLand'', ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo'', etc. Some of these books are directly referenced in the episodes as well. Other episode titles are less direct - for instance, "The Man Behind the Curtain" and "There's No Place Like Home" are both references to ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''. The episodes [[JeffersonAirplane "White Rabbit"]], [[BruceSpringsteen "Born to Run"]], and [[Music/TheAnimals "House of the Rising Sun"]] are named after popular songs.

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** A number of episodes are directly named after works of classic literature - ''Literature/TheShapeOfThingsToCome'', ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen'', ''[[Literature/AliceInWonderland Through the Looking Glass]]'', ''Literature/TheLittlePrince'', ''Literature/ATaleOfTwoCities'', ''Literature/StrangerInAStrangeLand'', ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo'', etc. Some of these books are directly referenced in the episodes as well. Other episode titles are less direct - for instance, "The Man Behind the Curtain" and "There's No Place Like Home" are both references to ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''. The episodes [[JeffersonAirplane [[Music/JeffersonAirplane "White Rabbit"]], [[BruceSpringsteen [[Music/BruceSpringsteen "Born to Run"]], and [[Music/TheAnimals "House of the Rising Sun"]] are named after popular songs.
18th Jun '16 12:25:32 AM gewunomox
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** ''ARG/TheLostExperience'' {{ARG}} revealed that the numbers are [[spoiler:the core products in the [[FormulaicMagic Valenzetti Equation]], which "predicts the exact number of years and months until humanity extinguishes itself."]]

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** ''ARG/TheLostExperience'' {{ARG}} AlternateRealityGame revealed that the numbers are [[spoiler:the core products in the [[FormulaicMagic Valenzetti Equation]], which "predicts the exact number of years and months until humanity extinguishes itself."]]
17th Jun '16 8:37:12 AM gemmabeta2
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The show was famous at the time for its high production values (the pilot alone cost $14 million and led to the firing of a ABC executive for greenlighting such an expensive endeavor), [[SlidingScaleOfContinuity inhumanly dense plotting]], [[KudzuPlot a tendency to raise more questions than it can answer]], and somehow remaining a smash hit despite all these "hurdles". The show also heavily involved its fandom in the storytelling process through the parallel Alternate Reality Game ''The LOST Experience''. The success of ''Lost'' inspired network TV to commission [[NoughtiesDramaSeries a slew of imitators]] (''Series/TheEvent'', ''Series/{{Jericho}}'', ''Series/{{Surface}}'', ''Series/TerraNova'', ''Series/{{Invasion}}'', ''Series/FlashForward2009'', ''Series/{{Revolution}}'', and Creator/JJAbrams's follow up show ''Series/{{Alcatraz}}''), all serious and densely plotted serialized dramas based around a central mystery and tinged with a sci-fi edge. Unfortunately most of these shows have failed to recapture the lightning and almost all of them were cancelled after one or two seasons.

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The show was famous at the time for its high production values (the pilot alone cost $14 million and led to the firing of a ABC executive for greenlighting such an expensive endeavor), [[SlidingScaleOfContinuity inhumanly dense plotting]], [[KudzuPlot a tendency to raise more questions than it can answer]], and somehow remaining a smash hit despite all these "hurdles". The show also heavily involved its fandom in the storytelling process through the parallel Alternate Reality Game ''The LOST Experience''. The success of ''Lost'' inspired network TV to commission [[NoughtiesDramaSeries a slew of imitators]] (''Series/TheEvent'', ''Series/{{Jericho}}'', ''Series/{{Surface}}'', ''Series/TerraNova'', ''Series/{{Invasion}}'', ''Series/FlashForward2009'', ''Series/{{Revolution}}'', and Creator/JJAbrams's follow up show ''Series/{{Alcatraz}}''), all serious and densely plotted serialized dramas based around a central mystery and tinged with a sci-fi edge. Unfortunately most of these shows have failed to recapture the lightning and almost all of them were cancelled after one or two seasons. Honorable mention goes to ''Series/PrisonBreak'', while not a sci-fi show, it was the first out of the gate to capitalize on TV audience's newfound love for serialized dramas, it was also arguably the most critically-acclaimed and successful of the ''Lost''-clones, running for four seasons.
10th Jun '16 9:43:10 AM Javertshark13
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** Hurley's one of the nicest guys you could meet, but you're taking a chance if you ever call him "crazy."
** [[CatchPhrase Don't tell Locke what he can't do!]]
10th Jun '16 9:38:50 AM Javertshark13
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* BerserkButton: When Charles Widmore's mercenary Martin Keamy [[spoiler: executes Ben's daughter Alex in front of him]], Ben responds by ''summoning the smoke monster to fry his team.'' One of Keamy's men is thrown 50 feet into the air and torn apart, while the rest of them barely escape in time. And on top of that, the episode's flashforwards show Ben teaming up with Sayid for a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against Widmore.

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* BerserkButton: BerserkButton:
** Don't call Desmond a coward.
**
When Charles Widmore's mercenary Martin Keamy [[spoiler: executes Ben's daughter Alex in front of him]], Ben responds by ''summoning the smoke monster to fry his team.'' One of Keamy's men is thrown 50 feet into the air and torn apart, while the rest of them barely escape in time. And on top of that, the episode's flashforwards show Ben teaming up with Sayid for a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against Widmore.


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* OnceMoreWithClarity: At the end of "Flashes Before Your Eyes."
28th May '16 12:42:49 PM Morgenthaler
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** [[spoiler:Jacob]] has [[BlondGuysAreEvil blonde hair]], likes wine (and uses it as a metaphor for evil "corked" by the island), interferes with the lives of the characters in subtle ways, and is explicitly called "the devil" by the Man in Black, though he was presumably saying this metaphorically to [[BeliefMakesYouStupid exploit]] [[spoiler:Richard]]'s Catholic faith. He's also played by Mark Pellegrino -- Lucifer in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''.

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** [[spoiler:Jacob]] has [[BlondGuysAreEvil blonde hair]], hair, likes wine (and uses it as a metaphor for evil "corked" by the island), interferes with the lives of the characters in subtle ways, and is explicitly called "the devil" by the Man in Black, though he was presumably saying this metaphorically to [[BeliefMakesYouStupid exploit]] [[spoiler:Richard]]'s Catholic faith. He's also played by Mark Pellegrino -- Lucifer in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''.
13th May '16 10:57:37 PM Eagal
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* [[spoiler: PlaceBeyondTime: the FlashSideways.]]

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* [[spoiler: %%* PlaceBeyondTime: the The FlashSideways.]]



* PolarOppositeTwins: [[spoiler:Jacob and the Smoke Monster]].

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* %%* PolarOppositeTwins: [[spoiler:Jacob and the Smoke Monster]].



* RasputinianDeath: Mikhail

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* %%* RasputinianDeath: Mikhail



* [[ReassignedToAntarctica Reassigned to HYDRA Island]]: In Season 5, Dr. Chang threatens to reassign Hurley to shoveling polar bear turds if he mentions the corpse he saw.

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* [[ReassignedToAntarctica Reassigned to HYDRA Island]]: ReassignedToAntarctica: In Season 5, Dr. Chang threatens to reassign Hurley to shoveling polar bear turds if he mentions the corpse he saw.



* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Sayid]].

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* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Sayid]].



** Heck, pretty much EVERY SINGLE DEATH of a main character was this. Once they fulfilled their purpose for the Island, or came to terms with a deep problem in their life, BAM!

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** Heck, pretty much EVERY SINGLE DEATH of a main character was this. Once they fulfilled their purpose for the Island, or came to terms with a deep problem in their life, BAM!%%** [[spoiler:Sayid]].



--> '''Hurley:''' Dude... Nikki's dead.
-->'''Sawyer:''' Who the hell's Nikki?

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--> '''Hurley:''' Dude... Nikki's dead.
-->'''Sawyer:'''
dead.\\
'''Sawyer:'''
Who the hell's Nikki?



* {{Retcon}}: Oh, boy.
** What do you mean, [[TheScrappy Paulo and Nikki]] weren't there all along?

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* {{Retcon}}: Oh, boy.
{{Retcon}}:
** What do you mean, [[TheScrappy Paulo and Nikki]] weren't there all along?Nikki were evidently written off the show or something.



* ScaryBlackMan: Mr. Eko, at first; also Abaddon

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* %%* ScaryBlackMan: Mr. Eko, at first; also Abaddon



* ScottyTime: during TheGreatRepair of the Ajira plane in the GrandFinale:
--> '''Miles''': Hey, how much longer 'til we get this thing in the air?
-->'''Frank''': I still have to check the electrical and the hydraulics. Five hours, maybe six.
-->'''Richard''': You've got ''maybe'' one.

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* ScottyTime: during During TheGreatRepair of the Ajira plane in the GrandFinale:
--> '''Miles''': Hey, how much longer 'til we get this thing in the air?
-->'''Frank''':
air?\\
'''Frank''':
I still have to check the electrical and the hydraulics. Five hours, maybe six.
-->'''Richard''':
six.\\
'''Richard''':
You've got ''maybe'' one.



* ShapeshifterModeLock: [[spoiler:The Man in Black, after killing Jacob, can only change into John Locke when not in smoke form.]]
** And in the SeriesFinale, [[spoiler:he's {{Shapeshifter Mode Lock}}ed into a human being when the island's keystone is pulled out by Desmond, allowing him to be killed.]]

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* ShapeshifterModeLock: [[spoiler:The Man in Black, after killing Jacob, can only change into John Locke when not in smoke form.]]
**
]] And in the SeriesFinale, [[spoiler:he's {{Shapeshifter Mode Lock}}ed into a human being when the island's keystone is pulled out by Desmond, allowing him to be killed.]]



* TheStoic: Dr. Juliet Burke.

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* %%* TheStoic: Dr. Juliet Burke.



* SuperWeight:
** Type 0: The people at the Temple
** Type 1: Most main characters, the freighter commandos, elite others, Charles Widmore, Anthony Cooper
** Type 2: Richard, Desmond, Hurley, Miles, Walt, [[RasputinianDeath Mikhail]], [[spoiler:Ben, after the finale]]
** Type 4: The Man in Black, Jacob, [[spoiler:Jack during and Hurley after the finale]]
** Type 5: The Rules, the Island itself



* SurvivalistStash: The Dharma bases.

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* %%* SurvivalistStash: The Dharma bases.



* TokenEvilTeammate: Ben, starting around season 4.
** Made hilariously obvious when he's part of [[FiveManBand Ilana's Group.]]

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* TokenEvilTeammate: Ben, starting around season 4.
**
4. Made hilariously obvious when he's part of [[FiveManBand Ilana's Group.]]



* TheUnsolvedMystery: Several.

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* %%* TheUnsolvedMystery: Several.



* WastelandElder: Jack

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* %%* WastelandElder: Jack



* WhamEpisode: The {{Season Finale}}s, with several in between.
** "The Candidate" is probably the biggest non-finale wham episode of the series.

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* WhamEpisode: %%* WhamEpisode:
%%**
The {{Season Finale}}s, with several in between.
** %%** "The Candidate" is probably the biggest non-finale wham episode of the series.



---> '''Jack:''' But...[[spoiler: you're dead]]. How are you here?
--->[[spoiler:'''Christian''']]: [[spoiler:[[DeadAllAlong How are YOU here]]]]?

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---> '''Jack:''' But...[[spoiler: you're dead]]. How are you here?
--->[[spoiler:'''Christian''']]:
here?\\
[[spoiler:'''Christian''']]:
[[spoiler:[[DeadAllAlong How are YOU here]]]]?



* WistfulAmnesia: The flash sideways.

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* %%* WistfulAmnesia: The flash sideways.



*** Not even though, because Ben [[spoiler: lived with Sawyer, Juliet, Jin and Miles for three whole years in the 70s]], and yet he does not remember any of them. There weren't THAT many people in the Initiative

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*** ** Not even though, because Ben [[spoiler: lived with Sawyer, Juliet, Jin and Miles for three whole years in the 70s]], and yet he does not remember any of them. There weren't THAT many people in the InitiativeInitiative.
13th May '16 10:50:18 PM Eagal
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* FiveBadBand: The Others in season 3
** BigBad: Ben Linus
** TheDragon: Richard Alpert
** EvilGenius: Mikhail Bakunin
** TheBrute: Tom Friendly and Danny Pickett
** TheDarkChick: Beatrice Klugh
* FiveManBand: The "A-Team".
** TheHero: Jack Shephard
** TheLancer: John Locke
** TheBigGuy: James "Sawyer" Ford
** TheSmartGuy: Sayid Jarrah
** TheChick: Kate Austen
** TheSixthRanger: Ana Lucia, later Juliet
*** The Freighter Folk had one going--[[TheLancer Frank]], [[TheBigGuy Miles]], [[TheSmartGuy Daniel]] and [[TheChick Charlotte]]--but there's a lack of an obvious [[TheHero hero-leader-guy]], as Naomi was killed off before the Freighter Four even landed on the Island, and Keamy was only out to [[AxCrazy brutalize as many people as he could get away with]]. No surprise they didn't last too long.
*** For the Losties who spent time with Dharma, there's [[TheHero Sawyer]], [[TheLancer Miles]], [[TheBigGuy Jin]], [[TheSmartGuy Daniel]], and [[TheChick Juliet]].
*** In the final two episodes, it becomes [[spoiler: [[TheHero Jack]], [[TheLancer Kate]], [[TheBigGuy Sawyer]], [[TheSmartGuy Ben]], and [[TheChick Hurley]]. And then immediately [[PlayingWithATrope played havoc with]], as Hurley's the one that eventually lands's Jacob's job, with Ben becoming his Lancer]].



* FromACertainPointOfView: "The box was a metaphor."
** WordOfGod reportedly has it that by "magic box" Ben meant the island itself. (Or the island's power, you could say, if that helps clear things up.)

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* FromACertainPointOfView: FromACertainPointOfView:
%%**
"The box was a metaphor."
** WordOfGod reportedly has it that by "magic box" Ben meant the island itself. (Or the island's power, you could say, if that helps clear things up.)
"



* FromNobodyToNightmare: Ben Linus.

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* %%* FromNobodyToNightmare: Ben Linus.



* GeographicFlexibility: The Island.

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* %%* GeographicFlexibility: The Island.



* GrandFinale: "The End." See [[GrandFinale the page]] for details.



* GrayingMorality
* TheGreatRepair: In the final episode.

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* %%* GrayingMorality
* %%* TheGreatRepair: In the final episode.



* GuileHero: Desmond [[spoiler:in the flash-sideways universe]].

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* %%* GuileHero: Desmond [[spoiler:in the flash-sideways universe]].



* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: [[spoiler:Sayid and Benjamin Linus.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Juliet and Ben]].
** [[spoiler:Sayid in his final act of heroism]].
** Kate pulls one at the beginning of the show.

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* %%* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: [[spoiler:Sayid and Benjamin Linus.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: %%* HeelFaceTurn:
%%**
[[spoiler:Juliet and Ben]].
** %%** [[spoiler:Sayid in his final act of heroism]].
** %%** Kate pulls one at the beginning of the show.



* HookersAndBlow

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* %%* HookersAndBlow



* HumansAreBastards / RousseauWasRight: [[spoiler:As it turns out, this is the nature of the conflict between the Man in Black and Jacob. The Man in Black believes the former, while Jacob believes the latter.]]

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* HumansAreBastards / RousseauWasRight: HumansAreBastards: [[spoiler:As it turns out, this is the nature of the conflict between the Man in Black and Jacob. The Man in Black believes the former, while Jacob believes the latter.]]



* [[InformedJudaism Informed Islam]]: Sayid is obviously meant to be a Muslim -- he is ''once'' shown praying and recites the shahada at one point when he's been caught in Rousseau's trap -- but he also gets liquored up and fornicates with non-believers.

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* [[InformedJudaism Informed Islam]]: InformedJudaism: Sayid is obviously meant to be a Muslim -- he is ''once'' shown praying and recites the shahada at one point when he's been caught in Rousseau's trap -- but he also gets liquored up and fornicates with non-believers.



* KilledOffForReal: Many, ''many'' people.

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* %%* KilledOffForReal: Many, ''many'' people.



* KnifeNut: Locke

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* %%* KnifeNut: Locke



* LoanShark: [[spoiler:Flash-sideways Keamy.]]

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* %%* LoanShark: [[spoiler:Flash-sideways Keamy.]]



* LoveMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler:Sayid in "Sundown".]]

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* %%* LoveMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler:Sayid in "Sundown".]]



* MadeOfEvil: [[spoiler:The Man In Black.]]
* MafiaPrincess: Sun, though she does not really approve of it.
** And her [[CorruptCorporateExecutive father]] believed that she [[ObfuscatingStupidity was unaware]] of her status as this trope until she [[spoiler:threatened to stop pretending unless he helped out Jin]]. But in the long run, [[spoiler:Sun's threat doesn't actually help either of them]].

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* %%* MadeOfEvil: [[spoiler:The Man In Black.]]
* MafiaPrincess: Sun, though she does not really approve of it.
** And her
it. Her [[CorruptCorporateExecutive father]] believed that she [[ObfuscatingStupidity was unaware]] of her status as this trope until she [[spoiler:threatened to stop pretending unless he helped out Jin]]. But in the long run, [[spoiler:Sun's threat doesn't actually help either of them]].



* MetaTwist: The season 3 final episode.

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* %%* MetaTwist: The season 3 final episode.



* MisplacedWildlife / NoisyNature: Season 3 reveals that most of these are escaped DHARMA experiments from 12 years before the crash.

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* MisplacedWildlife / NoisyNature: MisplacedWildlife: Season 3 reveals that most of these are escaped DHARMA experiments from 12 years before the crash.



* MoralityKitchenSink: See discussion under GreyAndGreyMorality above.

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* MoralityKitchenSink: See discussion under GreyAndGreyMorality above.%%* MoralityKitchenSink



* MorningRoutine: The first episode of the second season starts with one.

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* %%* MorningRoutine: The first episode of the second season starts with one.



* MurderByCremation: Burn, [[spoiler:Jacob]], burn.

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* %%* MurderByCremation: Burn, [[spoiler:Jacob]], burn.



* OracularUrchin: Walt, maybe.

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* %%* OracularUrchin: Walt, maybe.
13th May '16 10:41:37 PM Eagal
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* TheAgeless: Richard Alpert.

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* %%* TheAgeless: Richard Alpert.



* TheAlcoholic: Christian, and later Jack.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Sawyer has the fangirls to prove it.

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* %%* TheAlcoholic: Christian, and later Jack.
* %%* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Sawyer has the fangirls to prove it.Sawyer



* AntiHero[=/=]AntiVillain: Every character on the show -- with the exception of PsychoForHire Keamy, there are no straight-up heroes and villains on ''Lost''. Our "good guys" are incredibly flawed and rarely stick to the scruples of heroism, while the "bad guys" often have a very good FreudianExcuse or else genuinely believe they ''are'' the good guys.

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* AntiHero[=/=]AntiVillain: AntiHero: Every character on the show is either this or an AntiVillain -- with the exception of PsychoForHire Keamy, there are no straight-up heroes and villains on ''Lost''. Our "good guys" are incredibly flawed and rarely stick to the scruples of heroism, while the "bad guys" often have a very good FreudianExcuse or else genuinely believe they ''are'' the good guys.



* BigBad: [[spoiler:The Man in Black]].

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* BigBad: [[spoiler:The The Man in Black]].Black.



* BigFun: Hurley.

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* %%* BigFun: Hurley.



* BlatantLies: Ben. Always.



* CharacterDevelopment: Everyone.

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* %%* CharacterDevelopment: Everyone.



* ChekhovsBoomerang: Multiple.

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* %%* ChekhovsBoomerang: Multiple.



* ChekhovsGunman: Many.

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* %%* ChekhovsGunman: Many.



* [[spoiler:EarnYourHappyEnding: Oh yeah. On, like, a Creator/DonBluth character level.]]
* EasyAmnesia: Claire and Ben.
** Also the main character of the video game, though he got his in the plane crash.

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%%* EarnYourHappyEnding
* [[spoiler:EarnYourHappyEnding: Oh yeah. On, like, a Creator/DonBluth character level.]]
* EasyAmnesia: Claire and Ben.
EasyAmnesia:
** Also the The main character of the video game, though he got his in the plane crash.crash.
%%** Claire
%%** Ben



* EducationMama: Eloise Hawking.

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* %%* EducationMama: Eloise Hawking.



-->'''Hurley''': But what about the B-O-D-Y-S?
-->'''Michael''': What are you trying to spell, man, "bodies"?
-->'''Walt''': B-O-D-I-E-S.

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-->'''Hurley''': But what about the B-O-D-Y-S?
-->'''Michael''':
B-O-D-Y-S?\\
'''Michael''':
What are you trying to spell, man, "bodies"?
-->'''Walt''':
"bodies"?\\
'''Walt''':
B-O-D-I-E-S.



* EvilBrit: Charles Widmore

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* %%* EvilBrit: Charles Widmore



* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: AKA Flashback Wig.
* EyepatchOfPower: Mikhail.

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* %%* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: AKA Flashback Wig.
* %%* EyepatchOfPower: Mikhail.
13th May '16 10:35:41 PM Eagal
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* TheAbridgedSeries: [[http://abc.go.com/shows/lost/lost-untangled Lost Untangled.]] The kicker is that it's not just ''endorsed'', but was ''made'' by the airing channel.
** The extremely funny [[http://www.youtube.com/show/lostwwhn?s=1 Fine Bros Lost parody]].
** And then there's "[[http://neverseenlost.wordpress.com/ The Final Season of 'Lost' as Seen by Someone who has Never Seen 'Lost']]", which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like, and is a thing of beauty.
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