* AlasPoorScrappy: [[spoiler:Nikki & Paulo]]. Also [[spoiler: Shannon to those who still considered her a Scrappy by the time of her death.]]
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: This show is probably the poster child for this trope, and it can be applied to pretty much every character with explicit grounding in the show's {{subtext}}. Keep in mind, these are just some of the ''major'' ones:
** Is the universe really such a rational place, or is Jack Shepherd just interpreting it that way because of his compulsion to fix things caused by his daddy issues?
** Is the Island really guiding John Locke's destiny (or sentient at all), or is he just interpreting it that way because of his compulsion to discover his destiny caused by his daddy issues?
** Are the Numbers really cursed, or is Hurley just interpreting them that way after a string of bad luck like [[http://www.neatorama.com/2007/10/17/the-worlds-unluckiest-man/ this guy]] because of his compulsion to blame himself caused by his daddy issues?
** Is the boar in the jungle really the spirit of Frank Duckett, or is Sawyer just interpreting it that way because of guilt over the accidental murder caused by his daddy issues?
** Is the world really such a hostile place, or is Ana-Lucia just interpreting it that way because of her accident and her overprotective mommy issues?
** Is Sayid really in love with Nadia, or is he just interpreting his feelings that way because of his guilt and his need to be absolved?
** Is Jacob a weary God-like character full of love whose hand is forced by fate? Or a callous, sociopathic momma's boy whose manipulations have caused thousands of deaths?
** Is the Man In Black as much of an apocalyptic villain as Jacob says, or is he simply so desperate to escape the island that he's willing to resort to evil means?
** How seriously are we supposed to take Ben's statement that the Others are the "good guys?"
** Watching the series a second time knowing Locke has no real idea of anything he's talking about makes him a good deal less sympathetic, and more like he's trying to start a cult of personality around himself as the island's savior.
* AssPull:
** The Man in Black's nature and FreudianExcuse.
*** Plus [[spoiler:his getting {{Mode Lock}}ed as John Locke. We never learn why, or how Ilana knows this. Basically, it was just an excuse to keep Terry O'Quinn on the show in the final season.]]
*** The claim that the Man in Black cannot leave the island unless he kills all the candidates. This is never really explained properly. It's essentially a HandWave so that the character can do evil things, and thus give the audience a reason to root against him. For that matter, how was Jacob keeping him on the island? Did Jacob wave a magic wand and make a force field erupt whenever his brother tried to leave?
** In season 4, Hurley gets the ability to talk to ghosts out of nowhere, which is never explained. Even weirder, this is the same season that introduces a new character who can ''also'' talk to ghosts, so what was wrong with using him for these scenes?
* AwesomeMusic: It has its own [[AwesomeMusic/{{LOST}} sub-page]].
* BadassDecay: Played with in Locke's case. He goes back and forth from awesome to pathetic so many times that this duality has basically become one of his main character traits.
** Even though his badassery was only [[MemeticBadass memetic]], Richard Alpert could be said to have suffered from this, having spent most of season 6 in a state of HeroicBSOD instead of actually doing anything badass. It's made worse because he BSOD'd after the first time he ever really ran into trouble. Before that, he got by on just standing around and looking badass without ever actually doing anything.
* BellisariosMaxim: Largely averted, due to the extreme amount of attention to detail and hidden clues. However, this often backfires, since fans attribute significance to ''every'' little detail, and minor things like getting the date of a real-world event wrong become central points of theories.
* BetterOnDVD: For one thing, you don't have to wait an ungodly time between seasons.
* BrokenBase: ...Yes. And the finale too.
* CanonSue: Many think this of Jack and Kate.
* TheChrisCarterEffect: Oh, boy... It's already a major point of contention now that the series is over.
** The worst part is that the writers ''swore'' that they had the answers. As a [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19043_6-classic-series-you-didnt-know-were-made-up-fly_p2.html Cracked.com article]] put it - "In a 2005 interview, co-creator Damon Lindelof said: ''"Every mystery that we present on the show ... all of those are questions that we know the answers to."'' He also said that ''"nothing in the show is flat-out impossible"'' and that everything so far could be explained by science. Sure, he was talking in the present tense -- but the present tense included the Smoke Monster, who ended up being the ghost of a 2,000-year-old guy who can impersonate dead people, and Michael's 10-year-old son, Walt, displaying supernatural powers that turned out to be ... actually, we have no idea, because that was never explained."
* CommitmentAnxiety: Due to the show's ContinuityLockout, it was difficult for some new viewers to jump in at later seasons without seeing any of the prior episodes.
* ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontWatch: Deserves a mention as this affected ''Lost'' like almost nothing else in the whole of popular culture.
** Many people would claim the show was stupid, and when pressed would point out how easy it is to get off an island - as if the plot were exactly the same as ''Series/GilligansIsland''. Claiming this is a dead giveaway that the person hasn't watched the show because as fans knew, the plot became ''far'' more complicated than just getting off of or even ''away from'' an island. And that's not even starting on the "what's the deal with the polar bears?" or "they were dead all along" crowd.
** The polar bear is a particular signal that you're dealing with someone who doesn't really know what they're talking about, as within the show it's clearly presented as something very strange.
* CompleteMonster
** Anthony Cooper from the first three seasons was the [[ArchnemesisDad father]] of John Locke, whom he sired with a teenager half his age, and was a [[{{Conman}} notorious conman]] who formerly earned his money by having affairs with married women, scamming them out of their money, then ditching them once he had what he wanted. Flashbacks reveal that he was the man who scammed Sawyer's parents, resulting in Sawyer's father murdering his wife then committing suicide, [[{{Jerkass}} something he's completely unapologetic about when he meets Sawyer as an adult.]] When he finally meets his son, John Locke, whom he had neglected before, [[BitchInSheepsCLothing he comes off as a kindly man and the father Locke has always wanted.]] In reality, [[BaitTheDog it's just another scam.]] Cooper's kidneys are failing and the nice guy act was just a ruse to get Locke to donate a kidney to him, after which he coldly dumps his son, telling him he wants nothing to do with him. Later on, Locke is approached by a man named Peter Talbot, the son of a wealthy woman that Cooper is planning to marry for her money. When Talbot expresses a desire to stop the wedding to protect his mother, he later ends up mysteriously murdered. When Locke confronts his father on killing Talbot, his father responds by [[OffingTheOffspring attempting to kill Locke himself]], throwing him out of an eight-story-window and paralyzing him.
** [[SociopathicSoldier Martin Keamy]] from season 4 works for [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Charles Widmore]], who sent [[PsychoForHire Keamy and his mercenary team]] to attack the island, capture Benjamin Linus, and kill anybody else. Keamy, despite being informed that [[WouldHurtAChild a baby is among the innocents there]], wages an all-out assault on the Barracks where Linus is held up; at least three survivors are killed before he arrives in front of Ben's house. There he brings out the 16-year-old Alex, Ben's foster daughter, and threatens to kill her if Ben doesn't leave the house by the time Keamy finishes his countdown. When Ben tries to resist Keamy's threats and negotiate instead, [[KickTheDog Keamy forgoes the rest of the countdown and coldly shoots the young girl in the head while her father watches]]. Keamy kills and threatens to kill several other innocent people (including one by [[SlashedThroat slashing his throat]]), and also shows no emotion when he [[AccidentalMurder inadvertently kills]] his own [[UndyingLoyalty loyal]] [[TheDragon dragon]] Omar by kicking an active grenade that landed at his own feet over in Omar's direction. Upon being gravely wounded by Ben, Keamy reveals he has [[DeadManSwitch a bomb on the freighter he arrived on that's rigged to go off in the event of his death]], [[TakingYouWithMe just so he can kill as many people as possible when he goes out.]]. The [[AxCrazy psychopathic]] Keamy had the distinction of being one of the few villains in the series [[{{Sadist}} who just enjoyed killing people]].
* CreepyAwesome: Ben, Eloise Hawking.
* DesignatedVillain: The producers considered Michael killing Ana Lucia and Libby to be pure evil that demanded he die, despite the numerous other characters (including Ben, who was much of the reason for Michael doing it in the first place) who did far worse without being considered irredeemable. It wasn't lost on Harold Perrineau himself that there were also UnfortunateImplications to this, considering a black person doing something like this worse than a white person doing it.
** WordOfGod is that a number of fans had expressed to the writers that they were angry with Michael and wanted to see him punished for what he did. His death may have been a misguided attempt at PanderingToTheBase. They still could have done it without killing him, though.
* DracoInLeatherPants: Sawyer, before he grew into a legitimately likable character.
** Ben Linus. Even the show itself wants you to like him more than he deserves.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: There is, of course, a stable full of them with this many characters. Rose and Bernard deserve special mention. Both Desmond and the BreakoutVillain Ben started out this way with [[BreakoutCharacter their popularity earning them major roles]].
** Juliet, the resident StoicWoobie BadAssBookworm ActionGirl.
** Daniel Faraday, as is par for the course with characters played by Jeremy Davies, made a large impact with fans in the relatively little screentime he had on the show.
** Mr. Eko came onto the scene in Season 2 and immediately earned an enthusiastic fan response (being one of the few Tailies to do so, aside from Bernard). His sudden death left many fans in despair.
** Hurley's general comic relief made him a fan-favorite character, particularly as the show went on and he engaged more and more in LampshadeHanging when dealt with new exposition.
* EpilepticTrees: One wild fan theory was the TropeNamer. Yeah, it's [[MindScrew that kind of a show]]. We've a very active WildMassGuessing page if you've got a crazy fan theory to share.
* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: The fan speculation on this started early but several characters throughout the series espouse their own theories of this variety. Hurley, when they get off the island, thinks they died on the island and are in heaven because things are going well for everybody and he's seeing dead people. Richard Alpert thinks the island is hell after being disillusioned about Jacob, and because he can't die.
** Most true in [[spoiler: the flash sideways verse which turns out to take place after the main characters die and they are all finding each other again and living/working through their unresolved issues before uniting to go to Heaven.]]
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: The show sets up a conflict between science and faith...and then comes down so hard on the side of faith that it can come off as saying ScienceIsBad and you should believe everything you're told without trying to understand it.
** The obsession with "black and white" symbolism gives us "Anyone who wears black is evil." This includes newborn babies.
* FanPreferredCouple: Some fans prefer Sawyer/Juliet just because they're so damn sick of the Jack/Kate/Sawyer love triangle.
* FanonDiscontinuity: The only thing that ''isn't'' guaranteed to fall under here for someone somewhere is early-to-mid season 1. Beyond that, it varies massively.
* FoeYay: Tons between Ben and Locke.
* SugarWiki/FunnyMoments: [[Funny/{{Lost}} Have their own page.]]
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In one episode, Hurley wonders aloud if he should make a pass at Libby. Sawyer overhears and suggests that Hurley should "Drop a load in her".
* GrowingTheBeard: Many fans were hooked right from the outset. But the fourth episode of the series, "Walkabout", where we find out [[spoiler: Locke couldn't walk before the crash]], is the earliest episode to hint at deeper supernatural elements on the island and is remembered for having the series' first big plot twist.
* HarsherInHindsight: The mysterious disappearance of Flight [=MH370=] of Malaysia Airlines in 09 March 2014 will inevitably get people thinking of the show.
* SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments: [[Heartwarming/{{Lost}} Have their own page.]]
* HellIsThatNoise:
** The clicking noise of the Monster when its travelling, just hearing it leads to so many an OhCrap moment from the Losties when they realise its near.
** The ominous, rumbling ''whoosh'' sound during the transitions between flashbacks/flashforwards and present day.
*** Even better is the sound effect for the flash-sideways transitions: a distorted, higher-pitched, stuttering version of the normal whoosh.
* HilariousInHindsight: Since almost the beginning of the show, viewers have [[spoiler:theorized, ''over and over'', that everyone died in the crash and the Island is Purgatory, even after repeated debunking]]. The final revelation of the series? [[spoiler:The ''flash-sideways timeline'' is Purgatory, or the next best thing -- though the Island and all the events that happened on and/or off it in normal continuity was all real.]]
** It makes it even funnier when you realize that after being told [[spoiler: the Island wasn't purgatory]] over and over again, NO ONE theorized that [[spoiler: that's what the FS really is]].
** The January 4, 2011 U.S. Mega Millions lottery (worth $355 million) had a very significant amount of overlap with The Numbers, with [[http://www.tmz.com/2011/01/05/lost-numbers-pay-off-in-megamillions-lottery-hurley/ 4, 8, 15, 25, 47 and the bonus 42]]. Playing The Numbers would have netted a person $150, and apparently there were 9,078 people who did just that.
** Season 3's "The Man Behind the Curtain" gave us the weird scene where Ben has a conversation with a seemingly empty chair. This may have already been [[{{Narm}} narmy]] to some, but five years later, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=933hKyKNPFQ along came Clint Eastwood...]]
** Terry O'Quinn revealed in an interview during the first season that the direction he was given for the scene where Locke first sees the Monster was "It's the most beautiful thing you've ever seen." Then during the last season-and-a-half, [[spoiler:the Man in Black was {{Mode Lock}}ed as Locke himself.]]
** In the episode ''Further Instructions'', Charlie claims to know how clever polar bears can be from watching "nature programs on the Beeb" while he was high. Fast forward to 2013, and the actor who played Charlie now has his own nature program, ''Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan'', on BBC America.
** For anyone who found Jacob UnintentionallyUnsympathetic as noted below, Mark Pellegrino's role as Lucifer in ''{{Supernatural}}'' is basically exactly what they wanted him to be like, deliberately playing on people's sympathies to hide how evil he really was.
* HoYay: By union set:
** Jack and (Sawyer, Locke, Sayid, Hurley);
** Sawyer and (Sayid, Hurley, Jin);
** Charlie and (Hurley, Desmond)
** [[LesYay Kate and Claire]]
** There was definitely a good amount of HoYay between Charlie and Desmond. There's the way Desmond repeatedly tries to save Charlie's life even though he believes this could prevent him from reuniting with Penny. Then, in the flash-sideways, it was Charlie [[spoiler:who triggered the beginning of Desmond's memories of the island.]]
** Also, Ben and Locke in the flash-sidways/alternate universe [[spoiler:afterlife]]. Of course this can also be seen as NoYay
** Plus, there's Richard/Jacob. And In "The End" there's some implied Miles/Richard. Miles' actor even said that Miles would be the one to take care of Richard after they [[spoiler:left the island.]]
* {{HSQ}}: Pretty much guaranteed to double during season premiers and finales.
** Locke, Desmond, and Ben episodes also tend to be slathered in {{HSQ}}.
** Listing all examples, it will need it's own page. However, the crowner has to be when Ben ''moves the entire fricking'' '''ISLAND'''!
* InternetBackdraft: Lots. Specially after the finale.
* IronWoobie: Sayid.
* ItWasHisSled: Even if you haven't finished Season 1 (or just haven't bothered watching the show), by now you should know that [[spoiler:the monster on the island is made out of smoke]].
* JerkassWoobie:
** Sawyer.
** Benjamin. Despite being so entertainingly evil, he suffers so much and so often its nigh-impossible to be completely unsympathetic towards him.
* LauncherOfAThousandShips: Claire. Paired in Fandom with just about anyone she shared a frame with.
* MagnificentBastard: Ben, [[spoiler:Jacob and the Man in Black]].
** Also in a flash-sideways, Ben gets out-magnificent-bastarded (!) by the principal of the high school where he works.
*** Oh ho ho, it wasn't just ANY principal bastard. IT WAS THE [[HeyItsThatGuy ASSHOLE]] FROM Film/{{GHOSTBUSTERS}} AND [[Film/DieHard2 DIE HARD 2]]!!
* MemeticBadass: Lapidus, Richard.
* MemeticMutation:
** "We have to go quack, Kate. WE HAVE TO GO QUAAAAACK!"
** Richard Alpert has become the show's Chuck Norris (in terms of unseen badassery) and Big Boss (in terms of being the mancrush of all male fans). Among other things, Jughead is apparently Richard's third testicle and he has had an orgy with every female on the show.
*** "DON'T BOTHER ME!!!"
** Fans have begun rewriting Locke's suicide note to Jack to say humorous things. "Jack, I wish you had believed it was butter, [[IncrediblyLamePun because now I'm toast]]. JL."
** The [[http://lostpedia.wikia.com/wiki/Jackface Jackface]] meme.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owGykVbfgUE This commercial]] first aired during a season six episode and now seems to be somewhat memetically associated with the show. For instance, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4t612HVRew4&feature=related a recreation of the commercial using screenshots of Richard]].
** Did anyone notice the ocean?
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujgbvwlVDkE Do you want eggs? He can make you some good poached eggs.]]
** The scene from "Everybody Loves Hugo" where Desmond slides his sunglasses back over his eyes make for some good [[{{CSI}} Horatio Caine]] comics.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6uAAFdJMBc HEY! You got yourself a fish biscuit! How'd you do that?]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTKdvLHxr94 Hugo throwing the Hot Pocket at Ben.]]
* MemeticSexGod: Lapidus, Richard.
* SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome: [[Awesome/{{Lost}} Has its own page.]]
* MoralEventHorizon: [[spoiler:The Man in Black tricking the main characters into activating his timebomb]], resulting in the deaths of [[spoiler:Jin, Sun and Sayid]].
** [[spoiler:Martin Keamy shooting Alex dead right in front of Ben.]]
** [[spoiler:Anthony Cooper crossed it when he threw his own son out of a building just for [[DisproportionateRetribution trying to reason with him]], even after his son gave his kidney to save his life.]]
** [[spoiler:Jonas (in Richard's flashback) crossed it when he murdered his prisoners after they get stranded on the island.]]
** [[spoiler:Ethan Rom crossed it when he hung Charlie.]]
* NarmCharm: One would argue that Michael's repeated shoutings of "WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALT!", given their justification, come off less narmful than anybody else in the same situation.
** Granted his son has gone missing at the time, but it's the ten thousand other "WAAAAAALT!" moments throughout the first season, when Walt is only ten feet away is the reason it comes across as so narmful. There is being a PapaWolf and there is being simply ''annoying''.
** Similarly, Claire's "MY BAY-BEE!"
* NightmareFuel: [[NightmareFuel/{{Lost}} Has its own page.]]
* TheProducerThinksOfEverything: Despite a lot of the show's criticism claiming the contrary, anyone who actually watched the show through all 6 seasons knows that ''way'' too many things ''do'' add up for it to all be "made up as they go along". [[spoiler:Locke's black and white stones. Adam and Eve. The DHARMA Initiative. They planned quite a bit of everything YEARS in advance.]]
** Even in the ''first couple of episodes'' there was Foreshadowing of the events of the last couple of seasons, including [[spoiler:the sounds of the Monster playing on the soundtrack during the final close-up of Locke at the end of "Tabula Rasa", and Locke's dialogue about backgammon in ''the very pilot'' ("a game played between two sides, one light, the other dark").]]
** [[spoiler: Locke mentions seeing a bright light after his encounter with the Monster in the first season, and later tells Mr. Eko that he looked into the heart of the Island and what he saw was beautiful, referring the light he mentioned, in season 3. Towards the end of the series, it's revealed that the Island DOES have a "heart" filled with a glowing bright light, and it needs to be protected from The Man in Black/The Monster.]]
** The Mr. Eko centric episode "The Cost of Living" basically foreshadows the fact that [[spoiler: The Smoke Monster is the true BigBad of the series]]. There is the aforementioned conversation with Locke, in which Eko replies "That is not what I saw" [[spoiler: in reference to his encounter with the Monster]]. And at the end of the episode, [[spoiler: After Mr. Eko refuses to confess his sins and says he did all he could to save his brother Yemi from the same fate, "Yemi" responds "You speak to me as if I were your brother", revealing that he is not Yemi's ghost. When Mr. Eko asks who he really is and follows him, he sees the Monster and realizes it was the Monster posing as his brother all along, right before it kills him. In his dying breath, he whispers something to Locke, which Locke claims to be "We're next".]]. In the season 5 finale, we see that Locke [[spoiler: is not really Locke(the real one having been killed by Ben after all), but The Man in Black who was seen earlier in the episode vowing to kill Jacob, and in the season six premiere the Man in Black is revealed to be the Smoke Monster, and the true BigBad of the series]].
*** Even the brief image after Eko's [[spoiler:death]] of young Eko and Yemi as children walking off happily together foreshadows the fact that [[spoiler:the afterlife, where loved ones will be reunited, will be a factor at the end of the show.]]
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* PutneySwopePanic: Will invariably occur to first time viewers and those who have missed an episode... Hell, not even those who have seen every damn one as well as the deleted scenes and web content will be safe from this.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: Jack's popularity within the fanbase significantly increased during Season 6.
** Kate became much more likable throughout the last two seasons ("Whatever Happened Happened" in particular is considered very good for a Kate episode). Then she had enough awesome moments in the GrandFinale to put her in this category.
** Shannon, to the point where [[spoiler: her accidental death actually [[AlasPoorScrappy saddened many people.]]]]
** After the pilot aired, Sawyer was said to be the characters audiences hated the most, and he spent the rest of the season as a unsympathetic, antagonistic JerkAss. But thanks to character development, he's become popular for reasons ''other'' than how hot he is with his shirt off.
* RomanticPlotTumor: The Jack/Kate/Sawyer love triangle took up significant story time.
* TheScrappy: Jack, Kate, (though see RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap above) Nikki & Paolo, Michael in season 2, Ana Lucia and in season 6, Zoe.
* SeasonalRot: Some say Season 2, some say Season 6, some say the first half of Season 3 (especially the six episode "pod" at the beginning), but 2 and 3 got back on track as they approached the finale.
* ShockingSwerve: ''"We have to move the island."'' Of course, that plot line was tied up quite well and it did prove to be invaluable to the MythArc, but at the time it was pretty weird.
* SpecialEffectFailure: Not common, but glaring when it happens.
* StoicWoobie: Juliet was a brilliant fertility expert with an ex-husband who controlled her every move, and had a cancerous sister who she was helping. She came to the island because she was mislead into thinking she was going to conduct experiments for a scientific company in Oregon. She found out her duty on the island was to try to prevent pregnant women and their children from dying, and she [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption failed countless times]]. She then slowly became Ben's slave while her chances of leaving and seeing her sister became slimmer each year. Despite all these hardships she maintains a stoic demeanor, but [[NotSoStoic when she slips]] you just want to give the girl a big fat hug.
* StrangledByTheRedString: In the series finale, [[spoiler:it bizarrely turns out that Shannon and not Nadia is Sayid's true soul mate. Nadia doesn't even appear in the episode. The fans were not happy.]]
* TakeThatAudience: Some fans were not amused by the character Arzt, who abruptly appears in the season 1 finale to voice several popular fan complaints about the show, and then gets blown up due to his own stupidity.
* TearJerker: [[TearJerker/{{Lost}} Has its own page.]]
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Cindy the flight attendant. After mysteriously disappearing during the Tailies' trek to the main characters' camp, she's later confirmed to have been abducted by the Others, though it's also kinda/sorta hinted that she actually ''is'' one of the Others and was deliberately put on the plane. Then she disappears again until the final season...where she does absolutely nothing and just stands around in the background, to the point where you wonder why they even bothered getting the actress back.
** Matthew Abaddon, the mysterious figure from Locke's flashback who turns out to be working for Charles Widmore. His surname is a reference to Judeo-Christian entity that is either an angel or a demon (usually a demon), and he is hinted to know a lot more than he lets on. He is killed in his second appearance and ''nothing'' about him is ever explained or elaborated on.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: After suffering a humiliating defeat to the Others in mid-season 2, Jack approaches Ana-Lucia and proposes they train the 815 survivors into becoming an army. That sounded really interesting and cool. What we got instead was Sawyer stealing and hoarding all the guns, causing Jack's army to be stillborn.
** The crash of the Ajira Flight 316 survivors could have brought in a slew of new characters forced to deal with a situation they didn't understand, with the normal cast members forced to deal with them as well. [[spoiler: They're unceremoniously killed off-screen by Widmore's people.]]
* UnintentionallySympathetic: The Man in Black can invoke this response, especially after seeing "Across the Sea." When you consider that he's been trapped on the island for thousands of years, with Jacob determined to keep him there, it's possible to see him as a WellIntentionedExtremist who has simply lost any empathy for those who stand in the way of that goal. Especially because the show never gets around to explaining ''why'' his leaving the island would supposedly cause the end of the world.
* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: By the same coin, Jacob can come across as this. To sum up: After the Man in Black kills their adoptive mother (who killed their real mother and massacred the Man in Black's village), Jacob throws him into the heart of the island, which he had been warned would cause a fate worse than death. This turns the Man in Black into the smoke monster. Jacob did this without even bothering to hear his brother's side of the story. There's also the fact that he essentially brought everyone to the island to use them as pawns in his war with his brother, and doesn't seem particularly concerned about everyone who died in the process.
* UnfortunateImplications: The fact that Walt has become a stereotypical urban black kid growing up without a dad is apparently the reason Harold Perrineau was not pleased with his character's fate.
** "The Candidate" [[spoiler: killed off three members of the cast in order to show how evil and serious the threat from MIB was. This has many people believing that the producers considered the non-white, foreign members of the cast to be "expendable". Even Jimmy Kimmel had to joke about it.]]
*** You can also take an inverse unfortunate implication of this episode in that those characters that died were the only real options for such an [[AnyoneCanDie Anyone Can Die]] moment, given that there simply would have been nothing remotely sad about the main white lead characters (Jack, Kate and Sawyer) eating it.
** Thanks to the setting not getting much explanation, you can leave the series finale with the impression that [[spoiler:poor Aaron has to spend eternity in the afterlife as a newborn baby. And he's still better off than Ji Yeon, who's stuck as a fetus inside Sun.]]
** The whole storyline with how Aaron must be raised by Claire is pretty offensive to adoptive parents, with its insisting that someone being raised by their biological parents is the only way they can have a good life. This includes Jack stating that even in his current drunk and pill popping state, he's a more worthy parent for Aaron than Kate just for being biologically related to him. It also doesn't help that the show never explains ''why'' Claire needs to raise Aaron, leaving the impression that it's directly because kids should only be raised by their biological parents.
* ViewersAreMorons: The explanations of time travel in season 5, which are played with an absurd amount of awe, like the show was inventing the entire concept. Given the contingent of viewers who were still confused, however, these attempts were possibly justified.
* {{Wangst}}: Jack, though he gets significantly better in Seasons 5 and 6.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotDidactic: See below. [[EpilepticTrees Some people think]] that there seems to be a little too much religious symbolism for it not to have some sort of message. Not only are there mentions of yin and yang, the I Ching, [[RhymesOnADime dharma, karma]]...
* TheWoobie: Every. Single. Main. Cast. Member. Even the BigBad during his DayInTheLimelight.
** Danielle Rousseau, arguably the most tragic character seen. [[spoiler:She was forced to kill her friends including the love of her life, had her baby taken away, spent 16 years as TheAloner going nuts, and when she was finally reunited with her daughter [[ShootTheShaggyDog she got]] [[AnyoneCanDie killed off]]]].
** Benjamin as a child.