Characters: Lost Main Characters
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- Action Survivor
- Abusive Parents: Very few of the heroes had good parents.
- Anyone Can Die: The only survivors who are (technically) left at the end of the series are Kate, Sawyer, Claire, Hurley, Rose, Bernard, Walt, and Vincent.
- The Atoner
- 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.
- Byronic Hero: Totally.
- The Chosen One: Jacob chose several of the main characters at different stages in their lives to be possible replacements for him in the future. Jack is the one who accepts the role, but has to pass it down to Hurley shortly after.
- Cosmic Plaything: Life sucks a lot for these guys, and the individual cases are astoundingly tragic.
- Dark and Troubled Past
- Deadpan Snarker
- The Determinator: That they rarely if ever completely give up on each other is one of their biggest strengths.
- Earn Your Happy Ending
- Fan Nickname: The Losties, among many others.
- Fire-Forged Friends
- Five-Man Band: Called The A-Team on the Lost wiki. Typically consists of:
- Freudian Excuse
- Good Is Not Nice
- Ineffectual Loner: 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.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: They all have their moments, but Sawyer especially.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Some of their problems could be resolved if not for their own personal hangups getting in the way of the broader picture.
- The Protagonist: The majority of the series' main characters are survivors of Flight 815.
- Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits: A doctor, a fugitive, a con man, a millionaire, a torturer, a hunter... the list keeps going.
- Team Pet: Vincent.
- Trauma Conga Line: To the point where a plane crash is the least of their troubles.
- True Companions
- White and Grey Morality: Ultimately, though, the survivors all begin with Grey and Gray Morality.
"If we can't live together, then we're gonna die alone."
"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.
- Abusive Parents: 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.
- Agent Scully: In seasons 1 through 4.
- All-Loving Hero
- The Atoner: Becomes this in the final seasons after Locke dies and he finally becomes a believer in the Island.
- Beard of Sorrow: During his post-Island depression.
- Big Good: Briefly.
- Broken Ace
- Butt Monkey: Nothing seems to go right for him.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome
- Deadpan Snarker: Has his moments.
- Determinator: Especially in the earlier seasons, he will stop at nothing in order to save someone's life.
- Did You Just Knock Cthulhu Off A Cliff: Jack has a fight with The Man in Black in the series finale, and finally kicks him off a cliff.
- Fan Nickname: Jears for Jack's Tears
- Go Out with a Smile
- The Hero
- Heroic Sacrifice: In the series finale.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: 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.
- Killed Off for Real: In the Grand Finale.
- Long Lost Relative: Jack and Claire are half-siblings.
- Love Makes You Dumb
- The Medic
- Mr. Fanservice
- Not as You Know Them
- Not So Different: from Locke.
- Plot Armor: A rare case where Plot Armor is an actual power the character possesses. Jack realizes he's wearing Plot Armor 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.
- The Stoic
- Tall, Dark and Handsome
- 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.
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.
- Wasteland Elder
- "Well Done, Son" Guy
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: 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.
"I'm coming with you!"
Played By: Evangeline Lilly
, Skye McCole Bartusiak (voice) & Emily Rae Argenti (child)
"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.
Hugo "Hurley" Reyes
"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.
- Adorkable: His attempt at writing The Empire Strikes Back is a shining example of this.
- Bad Liar
- Big Damn Heroes: Takes out Pryce with the DHARMA bus in the Season 3 finale, saving Jin, Sayid, and Bernard.
- Big Good: At the end of the series, he is promoted to protector of the Island after the deaths of Jacob and Jack.
- Big Fun
- Book Dumb
- Buffy Speak
- Cosmic Plaything: At least, that's what he thinks he is. And he sort of is, the same way all the Losties are.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Drives Like Crazy: Almost every time Hurley gets behind the wheel, screaming is somehow involved.
- Fat and Skinny: 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.
- Genre Savvy: But since the rest of the cast are mostly Genre Blind, it doesn't always help him.
- Guile Hero: 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.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Charlie.
- Hidden Depths
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die
- I See Dead People
- Nice Guy: So much so that he actually convinces Sawyer to be nicer to people.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: 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.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: To most people, though Locke and Ben call him Hugo almost exclusively.
- Only Sane Man: 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.
- Plucky Comic Relief
- Sad Clown
James "Sawyer" Ford
"I'm a complex guy, sweetheart."
Played By: Josh Holloway & Gordon Hardie/Keenan Boos (child)
"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"
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.
- 0% Approval Rating: In the early seasons.
- Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: 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.
- Best Served Cold
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Initially.
- Con Man: 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.
- Consummate Liar
- Cowboy Cop: In the alternate reality.
- Dark and Troubled Past
- Deadpan Snarker: The premier source of snarking on Lost.
- Death Seeker: Michael notices it, and Sawyer vaguely confirms.
- Drowning My Sorrows: After Juliet's death.
- Freudian Excuse: Seeing his dad murder his mother then turn the gun on himself.
- He Who Fights Monsters: He became a conman while trying to find a conman.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Miles. Its more prominent in Purgatory but They are quite close in both universes.
- Hidden Depths
- It's All About Me: Big time at first. It takes two and a half years but he grows out of it.
- Kick the Dog: Many of his actions are this. His first centric episode is basically one long dog kicking session.
- Ladykiller in Love: With Juliet.
- Last Name Basis: His fake name Jim LaFleur among the 1970s DHARMA Initiative is generally referred to as simply LaFleur.
- Manipulative Bastard/Guile Hero
- Meaningful Name
- Mr. Fanservice
- My God, What Have I Done?: After killing Frank Duckett and realising that he'd been manipulated by Hibbs.
- My Parents Are Dead
- Nerd Glasses: Part of his charm.
- Never My Fault: 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.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: 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.
- The Nicknamer: Compulsively. For a period in Season 3, he's forbidden from using nicknames (he lost a bet) and clearly struggles with it.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Until the later seasons, when he's called James almost exclusively.
- Perma Stubble
- Playing Both Sides: 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.
- Southern Fried Genius
- Took a Level in Kindness: Starting in Season 3. Hurley cons him into being nice to people, and the lesson sticks. Mostly.
- Troubled, but Cute
- Wild Card: As of season six.
"I've looked into the eye of this island, and what I saw...was beautiful."
Played By: Terry O'Quinn
, Charles Henry Wyson (child) & Caleb Steinmeyer (teenaged)
"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.
- Abusive Parents: Hoo boy.
- Aerosol Flamethrower: Against a polar bear.
- Agent Mulder
- Anti-Hero: 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.
- Back from the Dead: Subverted. We thought he'd been resurrected, but really it was just the Man in Black impersonating him.
- Bald of Awesome
- Because Destiny Says So
- Butt Monkey: Played so straight he's almost a deconstruction of the trope.
- The Chew Toy: 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.
- Cool Old Guy
- Despair Event Horizon: After he fails to convince a single one of the Oceanic Six to return to the Island.
- Destination Defenestration: How he was crippled.
- Driven to Suicide: Ben "helps".
- Freudian Excuse: A rare heroic example.
- Hollywood Healing: 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.
- Horrible Judge of Character
- I Just Want to Be Special: It's why he's desperate to believe Ben so often, or really anyone who will tell him he has a higher purpose.
- Improbable Weapon User: He uses an Aerosol Flamethrower 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.
- It's All My Fault
- Killed Off for Real: In Season 5, by Ben.
- Knife Nut
- Knight Templar
- Last Name Basis
- Living Bodysuit: What poor Locke eventually ended up as.
- Meaningful Name: 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 Historical In-Joke because Bentham's utilitarianism is quite at odds with Locke's natural law theory.
- The Mentor: To Boone.
- The Messiah: 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 Character Development in Seasons 5 and 6.
- Not So Different: From Jack and Ben.
- Parental Substitute: Serves as father figure to many of the younger passengers including Charlie, Claire, Walt and especially Boone.
- Perma Shave
- Pretty Spry for a Dead Guy
- Senseless Sacrifice
- Unwitting Pawn: To Ben and the Man in Black.
- Warrior Therapist
- Well-Intentioned Extremist
- Wild Card
- Zen Survivor
"My name is Sayid Jarrah, and I am a torturer."
"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.
Played By: Daniel Dae Kim
"...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.
- The Brute: For his father in law.
- Fan Nickname: "Jinglish" for the butchered English he speaks until mid-S5.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Stays on the submarine to die with his trapped wife rather than escape with the others.
- Honor Before Reason: C'mon, he was going to kill Michael over a watch.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: To the point that he is willing to let Sun believe that he's dead rather than have her return to the Island.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Big time!
- It is, however, worth noting that 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.
- Killed Off for Real: Along with Sun in season 6.
- Language Barrier: Naturally encountered this problem since he initially knew very little english. By Season 5, he has become fluent. Subverted in that Daniel Dae Kim (who emigrated to the United States at the age of two) actually knew very little Korean at the time.
- Missing Mom: And he himself becomes a Disappeared Dad, but not by his own choice.
- Mr. Fanservice
- Never Found the Body: after the explosion of the ship, and his subsequent return.
- Son of a Whore: 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.
- Together in Death: With Sun.
- Took a Level in Kindness
"Where is my husband?"
Played By: Yunjin Kim & Sophie Kim (child)
"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.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Starting in season three.
- Borrowed Catchphrase: After saying she'd not harm Ben she knocks him out with an oar and is challenged about it.
- Break the Cutie: You see it happen when she thinks Jin dies.
- But I Can't Be Pregnant!: 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.
- Deadpan Snarker: She has her moments.
- Killed Off for Real
- Mafia Princess
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Jin's mother threatened her that she would publicly dishonor Jin by leaking information that he is a Son of a Whore 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.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: For years she pretended that she had no idea about her status as a Mafia Princess and that her father was a Corrupt Corporate Executive. 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.
- Together in Death: With Jin.
- Took a Level in Badass: 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.
"I'm pregnant, single, and on an island in the middle of nowhere."
"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.
"Guys... where are we?"
Played By: Dominic Monaghan & Jeremy Shada (child)
"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.
- The Atoner: First for his drug addiction, and then for his unstable behavior in Season 2.
- Back for the Finale
- Beware the Nice Ones: Shooting Ethan six times in the chest definitely counts.
- Celebrity Survivor
- Dead Person Conversation: With Hurley.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Dogged Nice Guy: To Claire.
- Disney Death: 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.
- Face Death with Dignity
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Whatever flaws he may have, Charlie is, at heart, a good person.
- Heroic Sacrifice
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Hurley.
- Killed Off for Real
- Nice Guy: Before Season two, he was possibly the most likeable character on the show.
- Oop North: Hails from Manchester.
- Plucky Comic Relief
- The Rock Star
- Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll: Before he came to the island.
- Shoot the Dog/Kick the Son of a Bitch: 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.
- Took a Level in Badass: See also Shoot the Dog.
- You Can't Fight Fate: In Season 3, Desmond reveals that Death not only wants him, but is a persistent bastard.
"They took my son."
Played By: Harold Perrineau
"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.
- The Atoner: When he returns to the island.
- Back for the Dead
- Butt Monkey: Poor guy never can catch a break.
- Catch Phrase: WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALT!!!
- Cosmic Plaything: 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.
- Death Seeker: When he returns to the island.
- Despair Event Horizon
- The Everyman
- Face-Heel Turn
- Heroic Sacrifice: Sent to blow up a freighter, gets blown up in the freighter, though he manages to save some lives before that happens.
- Killed Off for Real: In Season 4, when he was blown up in the freighter.
- Fate Worse than Death: 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.
- Love Makes You Evil: 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.
- My God, What Have I Done?: 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.
- Out of Focus: In season 3.
- Papa Wolf: One word: WAAAAAAALT!
- Put on a Bus: At the end of season 2.
- Tragic Villain
"You're not looking!"
Played By: Malcolm David Kelley
"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.
"I've just been through a trauma here, okay?"
Played By: Maggie Grace
"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.
"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
"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.
- Back for the Finale
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: 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.
- Deadpan Snarker: 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.
- The Dutiful Son: Ends up being the CEO of his mother's business, despite being in his early 20s.
- The Everyman: In spite of the fact that he runs his own company while in his 20s.
- Fallen Princess: Averted. He takes to island survival and teamwork a lot easier than most.
- The Lancer: To Locke, but more like his acolyte than anything.
- Genre Savvy: Tying red shirts to the tree.
- Honor Before Reason: Nearly drowns trying to save someone in the fifth episode despite not being a strong swimmer.
- Jumped at the Call: 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.
- Killed Off for Real: In Season 1. He was a sacrifice the island demanded.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: His final thoughts ultimately go incomplete as he passes away before he can finish, though they were of Shannon.
- Like a Son to Me: Boone is like the son Locke never had, even informally calling him "Son" at one point.
- Nice Guy: 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.
- Non-Idle Rich
- Not Blood Siblings: With Shannon
- Sacrificial Lion: His death greatly impacts the other survivors and leads to several events to come.
- Spoiled Sweet
- We Hardly Knew Ye: The first main character to be killed off of the show (all the way back to season 1).
- What Beautiful Eyes: He's played by Ian Somerhalder. This is pretty much a given.
Rose Nadler (nee Henderson)
"If you say "live together, die alone" to me, Jack, I'm gonna punch you in your face."
Played By: L. Scott Caldwell
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.
Nikki Fernandez and Paulo
"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.
"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.
"If I were a savage I would have cut off his finger already. That's tomorrow."
"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.
"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."
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
"Don't mistake coincidence for fate."
Played By: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje & Kolawolfe Obileye, Jr. (child)
"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.
- Aborted Arc
- Anti-Villain: 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.
- The Atoner: 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.
- Becoming the Mask: Initially, Eko was only pretending to be a priest, but after Yemi's death, he slowly becomes a genuine man of God.
- Berserk Button: 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.
- Beware the Quiet Ones
- Dies Wide Open
- Dropped a Bridge on Him
- Heel-Face Turn: Subtly, at some point after Yemi's death.
- I Did What I Had to Do: His justification for his past actions.
- I Regret Nothing
- Killed Off for Real: Beaten to death by the Smoke Monster in Season 3's "The Cost of Living".
- Only One Name
- Religious Bruiser
- Scary Black Man
- Staring Down Cthulhu: Does so both times he faces the monster. The first time, it leaves him alone, but Eko's not so lucky the second time.
- The Stoic: Eko seldom shows much emotion, usually maintaining a calm, quiet demeanor.
- The Quiet One: Even after his forty day vow of silence, Eko is hardly the loquacious type.
"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.
- Abusive Father: Had one.
- Action Survivor
- Affably Evil: He's very charming, polite and softspoken even when manipulating you and planning your demise.
- Anti-Villain: Type I/Type II/Type III, Type IV in season 6.
- The Atoner: From the end of season 4 onwards, but made more explicit in season 6.
- Badass Bookworm: 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.
- Cultured Badass
- Big Bad: Of seasons 2 and 3. He spends season 4 and 5 as a Token Evil Teammate whose real goal is to reclaim his position as this. He doesn't, and discovers that he was an Unwitting Pawn to the REAL Big Bad, The Man in Black. This, and his guilt and remorse from his past actions, ultimately lead to him pulling a Heel-Face Turn.
- Blatant Lies: He's so good at it, he convinces people he's regularly betrayed to eat from his hand.
- Breakout Character: Michael Emerson's debut performance was so good the writers changed the script, they wanted him so badly.
- Breakout Villain: Originally scheduled for a three-episode run, the writers evolved him into the main antagonist for most of the series.
- Butt Monkey: It seems Michael Emerson's contract required him to get beat up and/or tied up at least twice a season.
- The Chessmaster
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder
- Consummate Liar: "I Lied." is his Catch Phrase, 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.
- Crazy-Prepared: To the point of keeping a shotgun in his piano bench, just in case.
- Creepy Monotone
- Deadpan Snarker
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: In the season 5 finale.
- Disc One Final Boss: In the early seasons he was portrayed as the Big Bad, but it became much more questionable with his enemy, Charles Widmore, entering the picture. Finally Ben wasrevealed to be a pawn of the REAL Big Bad, 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 Your Princess Is in Another Castle twist ending, which lead to the second half of the series, which depicts Ben as slowly gearing toward a Heel-Face Turn which he finally does in the final season.
- The Dog Bites Back: While he's pretending to be The Dragon 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 Mi B'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 Disney Villain Death.
- The Dragon: He briefly pretends to be this to 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 Mi B was John Locke). Since this was BEFORE his Heel-Face Turn, he was a far more effective in this role as he kills Jacob under Mi B's orders. Man in Black also offered this role to him again in "Dr. Linus", but Ben declined in favor of pulling the aforementioned Heel-Face Turn.
- Enemy Mine: Pretty much this to the rest of the cast.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He couldn't bring himself to murder Penny in cold blood in front of her son.
- First Name Basis: Calls everyone he works against by Their first name, showing his affable side.
- Forgot To Gag Him: 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.
- Freudian Excuse
- From Nobody to Nightmare
- The Heavy: He's the main antagonist for the majority of the series. Even when he was the Token Evil Teammate, it seemed that he was ultimately going to wind up as the show's Big Bad until towards the end of season five, when the TRUE Big Bad 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 Heel-Face Turn.
- Heel-Face Turn: Done beautifully in a gradual build-up before finally being solidified in "Dr. Linus".
- Karma Houdini: 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 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.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: More and more during the progress of his Heel-Face Turn.
- Knocking out Anthony Cooper with his walking stick.
- Killing Martin Keamy.
- Killing Widmore.
- Knight Templar Parent/Papa Wolf: 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 Atoner status in Season 4 and beyond.
- The Lancer: Becomes Hurley's lieutenant on the Island at the end of the series.
- Laser-Guided Karma: 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.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Missing Mom
- Morality Pet: 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.
- More than Mind Control - He's able to convince people who want him dead to do his bidding. Now THAT's skill.
- The Napoleon: Even compared to Napoleon in the show on one occasion.
- Non-Action Guy: He almost never uses a gun or engages in a fight which made his No-Holds-Barred Beatdown of Keamy all the more terrifying.
- Number Two: To Hurley, post-finale.
- Pet the Dog: 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 closes his eyes.
- Redemption Equals Life
- Revenge by Proxy
- The Social Expert
- The Sociopath: 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.
- The Starscream: 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 Heel-Face Turn, but even willingly accept the role of Number Two to Hurley, who had become the new Big Good, 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.
- 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 Heel-Face Turn and even rejecting promises by 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 Number Two to Hurley.
- Token Evil Teammate
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid
- Villainous BSOD: After Alex dies.
- Villain Protagonist: In his centric episodes.
- Warrior Therapist: A villainous example; a master of More than Mind Control and the Breaking Speech, but he has killed a Crazy-Prepared ex-Marine with a telescoping baton and nearly choked a former cop to death in hand-to-hand combat while his hands were tied.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: How Alex became his adoptive daughter. He also decided not to kill Penny because he saw her with little Charlie.
- Wicked Cultured
- Yandere: For Juliet, in Seasons 3 and 4. He even orchestrates Goodwin's death because he's his romantic rival. Then he shows Juliet the body and tells her "You're mine".
"It's very stressful being an Other, Jack."
"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.
- Action Girl
- Begins as a Dark Action Girl, before abandoning the Others in favor of the Survivors.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: With Edmund Burke, Goodwin and especially with Sawyer.
- Back for the Finale: And how!
- Becoming the Mask
- Beware the Nice Ones
- Break the Cutie
- Broken Bird
- Deadpan Snarker
- Defecting for Love: At first she shows romantic interest in Jack, but falls in love with Sawyer. Then dies.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Played straight, but also inverted in her backstory. In the three years since she'd been an Other she pretty much completely froze over.
- Despair Event Horizon: 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 Heroic BSOD at the end of Season 5.
- The Dog Bites Back: 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."
- Establishing Character Moment: 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.
- Extreme Doormat: 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 Bus Crash to free her.
- Heel-Face Turn
- Heroic Sacrifice
- Hospital Hottie
- Informed Attribute: Apparently she looks uncannily similar to Sarah, Jack's ex-wife. This actually came into play in the final season when she was Jack's Amicably Divorced ex in the flash-sideways, instead of Sarah.
- Killed Off for Real: In the Season 6 premiere.
- Meaningful Name: Much like her namesake, she ends up half of a pair of Star-Crossed Lovers.
- The Medic
- Romantic Runner-Up: 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.
- The Stoic
- Shaggy Dog Story: She never gets off the island to see her sister again, even in the afterlife.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Watch her normal cool, soft-spoken nature, and then watch her big smile when Sawyer brings her a flower.
- Take My Hand: Sawyer desperately tries this to save her. It ultimately isn't enough.
- Wrench Wench: As a member of the DHARMA Initiative.
"...you'll see things there that you never imagined."
Played By: Nestor Carbonell
"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.
The Freighter Science Team
"I don't believe in a lot of things, but I do believe in duct tape."
Played By: Ken Leung & Lance Ho (child)
"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.
"We're not going to Guam, are we?"
Played By: Jeff Fahey
"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.
Played By: Jeremy Davies & Spencer Allyn (child)
"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.
"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)
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?
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.
"See you in another life, brotha."
Played By: Henry Ian Cusick
"Live Together, Die Alone", "Flashes Before Your Eyes", "Catch-22", "The Constant", "Jughead", "Happily Ever After", "What They Died For", "The End"
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.
- Absentee Actor: 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).
- Action Survivor
- As You Wish
- Badass Beard
- Badass Bookworm: Loves the works of Charles Dickens and has read every work but "Our Mutual Friend" which he is saving for just before he dies.
- Beard of Sorrow
- Butt Monkey: At first.
- Catch Phrase or Verbal Tic: Brotha!
- Cosmic Plaything
- Disappeared Dad: Implied, but nothing is ever made of it.
- Drowning My Sorrows
- Earn Your Happy Ending
- Guile Hero: In the flash-sideways timeline.
- Happily Married: Once he and Penny reunite, they waste no time in getting married.
- Hot Dad
- Looks Like Jesus: Before he shaved off his beard.
- Meaningful Name: He is named after Scottish philosopher David Hume, who is known for his philosophical empiricism and scepticism and is considered one of the most important figures of the Scottish Enlightenment.
- Messianic Archetype: He even looked the part while he had a beard.
- Mr. Fanservice
- Nice Guy: 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.
- Sanity Slippage: 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.
- Unstuck In Time
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: In the flash-sideways, if running over Locke is any indication.
The Man In Black/The Smoke Monster
"They come. They fight. They destroy. They corrupt. It always ends the same."
Played By: Titus Welliver
, Ryan Bradford (child), Carlton Cuse, Simon Elbling, Rob Kyker, Adetokumboh McCormack, Tania Raymonde, Terry O'Quinn
, Mirelly Taylor & John Terry
"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.
- Bad Boss: 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.
- Bald of Evil: While posing as Locke and Yemi.
- Big Bad: 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 Big Bad towards the end of season 5, and finally plays the role directly for the entirety of the final season.
- Cain and Abel: With Jacob.
- The Chessmaster
- Constantly Curious
- Dark Is Evil
- Deadpan Snarker
- Dead Person Impersonation: A favourite of his.
- De-power: When Desmond turns off the Heart of the Island.
- Disney Villain Death: We do actually see the body, though.
- Doppelgänger: For various dead people, including John Locke in seasons 5 and 6.
- The Dreaded
- Eldritch Abomination
- 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? Sounds like the First Evil.
- Fan Nickname: Esau, Un-Locke, Flocke, Samuel and Smokey are the most common, but he has a lot.
- Faux Affably Evil: 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.
- Final Boss: He has one final fist fight with Jack in the series finale which leads to his demise.
- Freudian Excuse: Like pretty much all of the other main characters.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: He starts off as an ordinary man who has Mommy Issues. Then he's thrown into the heart of the Island by his brother Jacob and becomes the immortal Big Bad Smoke Monster who would cause The End of the World as We Know It should he ever escape the Island. Nice going Jacob.
- Hijacked by Ganon: 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 Big Bad of the entire series
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: Believes this wholeheartedly, in direct opposition to Jacob's worldview.
- Icy Blue Eyes: In his original form.
- Immune to Bullets: 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.
- The Juggernaut: In his Smoke Monster form.
- Karmic Death
- Killed Off for Real: In the Grand Finale.
- Knight of Cerebus
- Laser-Guided Karma: His manipulations, lies, and attempt to kill the survivors eventually resulted in them killing him
- Manipulative Bastard
- Mode Lock: Ilana claims that he's stuck in the form of Locke during season 6, though we get no explanation why.
- More than Mind Control: The single person in the series who can effectively manipulate Ben; being able to read peoples' memories and manifest as a deceased person from their past certainly helps.
- Mommy Issues
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: His murder of Sayid, Jin, and Sun gave the survivors the Heroic Resolve 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.
- Nigh Invulnerable: Even in human form, he's Immune to Bullets, 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.
- No Name Given
- Omnicidal Maniac: He tried to kill everyone on the Island by destroying it, and possibly threatened mankind as a whole in the process
- One-Winged Angel: His true form is the Black Smoke, an invincible column of darkness that can 'scan' the memories of others.
- Person with the Clothing
- Really 700 Years Old: Over 2000, actually.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: With the island being the
can cork of the bottle.
- Smug Snake
- The Sociopath: 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
- Lack of remorse or guilt
- Callousnes; lack of empathy
- Poor behavioral control
- Start of Darkness: "Across The Sea"
- Telepathy: Is able to "scan" people in his Smoke Monster form and read their memories, which makes his Manipulative Bastard tendencies that much more effective.
- Tragic Monster
- The Unfettered
- Villain Exit Stage Left: 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 Final Battle with Jack anyway when Jack tries to stop him which leads to his Disney Villain Death.
- Villain Protagonist: The Big Bad was also a main cast member in the final season. He was also a HiddenVillain Protagonist in season 5, as the audience believes he's John Locke until the season finale.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Though after killing Jacob he suffers from:
- Shapeshifter Mode Lock: He doesn't appear to be able to shapeshift like he could before, stuck between either smoke cloud mode or fake!Locke.
- Was Once a Man
"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
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.
"Namaste. And... good luck."
Played By: François Chau
"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.
"What lies in the shadow of the statue?"
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.
- Aborted Arc: 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)
- Action Girl
- Badass: Trained by Jacob to protect the candidates.
- Bounty Hunter: Her cover story to nab Sayid; in reality she's an agent of Jacob.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: But it never gets to truly happen.
- 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.
- Hello, Attorney!: She's Desmond's attorney in the flashsideways.
- Honey Trap: Worked as this for Sayid.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Killed Mid-Sentence
- Killed Off for Real: In Season 6, when she was blown up by dynamite.
- Mysterious Past: 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.
- Omniglot: She speaks English, Russian
- Promotion to Opening Titles: 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.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Ben muses that the Island may have decided this of Ilana, leading to her death.
- You Killed My Father: To Ben, after she learns he killed Jacob. Even though Jacob wasn't her actual father, he was the closest thing she had.
Penelope "Penny" Hume (nee Widmore)
"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."
"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.
- Determinator: Hunted for Desmond and never gave up.
- Inter-Class Romance: With Desmond.
- I Will Wait for You: For Desmond.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's one of the most morally upright characters, and has strawberry blonde hair.
- Happily Married: Eventually, to Desmond.
- Hot Mom: After she and Desmond have a child, Charlie.
- Mama Bear: For her son, who she tells to go inside when Ben confronts her.
- Meaningful Name: In The Odyssey, 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.
- Nice Girl
- Morality Pet: For her father, Charles.
- Promoted to Opening Titles: For the last episode.
- Spoiled Sweet: 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.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Desmond.
- Time Travel Romance: With Desmond, again.
"All right. I apologize if this is confusing, but let's pay attention, yes?"
"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.
- Abusive Parent: 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.
- Action Girl / Dark Action Girl: During the time in which the younger versions of her appear. Either way, it's Up to Eleven with "Ellie" in the 1954 timeline.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: Delivers one to Widmore after he reminds her that Daniel is his son as well.
- Because Destiny Says So: Her entire mantra. She even actively aids 'destiny' by sending Daniel on the path to the island.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: 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.
- Brutal Honesty: 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.
- Deadpan Snarker: She doesn't suffer fools gladly and lets them know it.
- Dramatic Irony: 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.
- Education Mama
- Grandfather Paradox: Inverted. Her son gets sent back in time and killed by her...while she's pregnant with him.
- Hot Mom: In the form of Alice Evans.
- Meaningful Name: She's named after quantum physicist Stephen Hawking.
- Offing the Offspring: 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.
- Promoted to Opening Titles: For the last episode.
- Time Police: Per Word Of God.
- You Can't Fight Fate: Her entire philosophy as she explains it to Desmond.