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Desmond Hume
"See you in another life, brotha."
Played By: Henry Ian Cusick
Centric Episodes: "Live Together, Die Alone", "Flashes Before Your Eyes", "Catch-22", "The Constant", "Jughead", "Happily Ever After", "What They Died For", "The End"

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).
  • Badass Beard: Des sports a scruffy beard from time to time.
  • 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: While on his boat after trying to flee the island and discovering that he can't escape the island; it just keeps bringing him back. He's clean-shaven when he's off the island; his facial hair seems directly proportionate to his state of mind.
  • Butt-Monkey: Desmond has gone through some extremely bad times in his life. He's been emotionally destroyed, lost the love of his life, came close to death several times and was literally told that the island wouldn't let him have a happy ending.
  • Catch-Phrase/Verbal Tic: He has a tendency to call people 'brother' or 'sister'. It's a habit he picked up from his time in a monastary.
  • Cosmic Plaything: He's told multiple times that no matter what he does, fate is against him.
    Eloise: You may not like your path, Desmond, but pushing that button is the only truly great thing that you will ever do.
    Eloise: I'm sorry to have to tell you this, Desmond, but the Island isn't done with you yet.
    Widmore: The Island isn't done with you yet.
  • Death Seeker: It’s revealed that he almost committed suicide in Season 2, having had enough of the loneliness and the mental stress caused by pushing the button. Fortunately, Locke chose that moment to bang on the hatch loud enough for Desmond to hear, making him realize that other people were on the Island and restoring his will to live.
  • Disappeared Dad: Implied by Desmond's mention of having to take care of his brothers, but nothing is ever made of it.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Whenever he's crushed by the world (which is often) Desmond has himself a drink or four.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Desmond has been through emotional and physical pain that would drive most people to insanity, but he's one of few main characters to survive the series. With their Love Interest intact, nonetheless.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's very intelligent and crafty when he needs to be, and is one of the tougher characters around. Out of the main cast, only he and Sayid have an extensive military background.
  • Guile Hero: In the flash-sideways timeline.
  • Happily Married: Once he and Penny reunite, they waste no time in getting married.
  • Living Macguffin: Once he’s back on the Island and it becomes clear that the Man in Black wants him for his plan, the entirety of the conflict revolves around everyone trying to either find him or kill him.
  • Looks Like Jesus: Before he shaved off his beard. Henry Ian Cusick has actually played Jesus before.
  • 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: He has shower scenes, shows up naked at one point, and spends most of Season 3 and 4 dressed in a blue shirt unbuttoned halfway down.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He doesn’t mean to, but pursuing Kelvin away from the hatch causes him to almost not push the button in time. As a result, an electromagnetic incident occurs and causes Oceanic 815’s crash.
  • 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. Which, given the dynamite and sidearms they were packing (dynamite which they had just used to break uninvited into his dwelling), was entirely reasonable to assume.
  • Put on a Bus: After he escaped from the Island, he mostly disappeared from the story except for a brief fight with Ben Linus.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: People (mostly Widmore) throw these at Desmond at any opportunity.
  • 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.
  • The Bus Came Back: After a large amount of absences from the main timeline of Seasons 5 and 6. Well, more like the bus was kidnapped, locked in a submarine, and dragged back against his will.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: In the flash-sideways, if running over Locke is any indication.

    The Man in Black 

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
Centric Episodes: "Across the Sea"

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

A long-time inhabitant of the Island. He was once a normal man with dark hair and steely eyes, but an encounter with the Heart of the Island, brought on by his brother and enemy, changed him into the Smoke Monster, a living cloud of black smoke. As the smoke, he could manifest himself as deceased individuals, most frequently as his former self.

  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Lost wiki among many of his crimes lists multiple murders (direct or indirect), few kidnappings and vandalising Jacob's cave.
  • 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.
  • Badass Boast: He has a tendency to make these.
    "Because I could kill you, Jack. Right here, right now. And I could kill every single one of your friends, and there is not a thing you could do to stop me."
    "I'm gonna destroy the Island."
    • Of course, it's easy to act badass when you know you can't be killed.
    Sawyer: I'm wondering what would happen if I put a bullet in your head.
    The Man in Black: Let's find out.
  • Bald of Evil: While posing as Locke and Yemi.
  • Berserk Button: Do not suggest that he should stay on the Island or that he's never going to leave. Also, don't be Jacob. Or act like Jacob, in regards to Locke and Jack.
    • Not cooperating with him when he wants something from you is a good way to get yourself killed by him without hesitation.
  • 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: The entire series is a game of chess between the Man in Black and Jacob. Since Jacob is so solitary and disinterested, many of the events in the series are a direct result of his manipulations.
  • Curiosity Is a Crapshoot: Wondering what lies beyond the Island spurs his Start of Darkness.
  • The Corrupter: Whether it's masquerading as a dead loved one, putting his excellent manipulation skills to work, or just flat-out infecting you with a "sickness" that makes you blindly loyal to him, this guy knows how to make people do his bidding.
  • Dark Is Evil: He's the Big Bad of the series and his motif is darkness.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    (After brutally murdering the men sent to stop him from killing Jacob) “I’m sorry you had to see me like that.”
    ”That’s probably the coffin they were gonna bury me in.”
  • Dead Person Impersonation: A favourite of his.
  • Death Glare: He has a few very menacing ones, usually when something doesn't go his way. But the most chilling has to be when he declares his motive to Ben: "I want to go home.
  • 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: Everybody who knows about his existence and nature is terrified of him.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: Jacob and higher-ranking members of The Others are convinced this will happen if he is ever allowed to leave the Island. The protagonists are eventually convinced of this as well, as The Man in Black proves to be The Corrupter Big Bad with a Straw Nihilist view of the world... in addition to being a One-Winged Angel MONSTER who callously murders anyone he has no use for.
  • Evil Wears Black: Although as Locke, his shirt is usually a dark grey.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Genre Savvy: The castaways' confusion and ignorance of the exact nature of phenomena on the Island is key to his strategy, and he is centuries ahead of everyone. Being a psychic shapeshifter is real handy in a place running rampant with ghosts, mysterious visions, prophetic dreams and a bunch of people who are never entirely sure which is which. His crescendo is pretending to be a resurrected John Locke, trusting that no one would be able to dispute this given all the crazy, unexplainable things they've already seen.
  • Hero Killer: He kills Eko, Sayid, Jin, Sun and Jack. Jacob and Widmore could count as well, since they were both trying to stop him.
  • 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.
  • Humanoid Abomination: He usually appears in human form, and was once human himself.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Believes this wholeheartedly, in direct opposition to Jacob's worldview. Also, considering the fact that he's also human, this one applies on him literally.
  • I Just Want to Be Free: This has been his motivation since he was a boy.
  • 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. When Desmond uncorks the Heart of the Island, this trope completely inverts; Kate shooting him gives Jack an opening to finally take him down.
  • It's All About Me: He's ridiculously self-centered, and will gladly destroy everyone and everything that stands in the way of him escaping the Island.
  • The Juggernaut: In his Smoke Monster form.
  • Karmic Death: His death directly mirrors his murder of Jacob. Jacob was stabbed in the chest, the Man in Black was shot in the back. They both give ominous warnings to their killers. And Jack kicks the Man in Black off a cliff into the ocean, the same way the MIB kicked Jacob into the fire pit.
  • Knife Nut: He's proficient in firearms, but his weapon of choice is typically a knife, whether he's using them himself or giving them to people he uses to do his killing for him. This makes his final form as resident Knife Nut John Locke all the more fitting. Although, there is greater emphasis on the nut part in the Man in Black's case, as displayed when he threatens to use his hunting knife to slowly kill Bernard and Rose to force Desmond to go with him.
    "I'll make it hurt."
  • Knight of Cerebus: When The Monster shows up, it's serious business. This is even more pronounced when he permanently takes the form of the dead John Locke in the final season.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: His manipulations, lies, and attempt to kill the survivors eventually resulted in them killing him.
  • Manipulative Bastard: His main weapon to deal with people who he can't kill.
  • Mode Lock: Ilana claims that he's stuck in the form of Locke during season 6, though we get no explanation why. The most common theory is that Jacob’s death somehow took away his shape shifting, except for his smoke monster form.
  • 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: He himself admits to having issues with his mother.
  • Nerves of Steel: Widmore's people try to intimidate him by shelling his camp with mortars. He doesn't even blink.
  • Never Given a Name: His birth mother never gave him a name, and neither did his adoptive mother.
    • It's likely that he did have a name, but it was simply never said for the sake of this trope's effect. And after he became the Monster, the person he used to be is pretty much gone.
  • 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.
  • Not So Different: As much as he disdains John Locke and everything he stood for, the Man in Black shares a lot of Locke's self-destructive qualities, which become all the more pronounced when he is trapped in the form of Locke. Like Locke, his obsessive quest for fulfillment leads him to violence and ruin, and he even finds himself repeating Locke's Catchphrase at one point: "Don't tell me what I can't do!" Not that he would ever acknowledge this, of course.
  • Oh, Crap!: A subtle but notable example. In the final episode, his air of invincibility is briefly broken when Jack states with utter certainty that he's going to kill him. Considering that at this point the Man in Black has fully displayed how unstoppable he is, Jack's confidence in his defeat is enough to unsettle him.
    • He has an even bigger one later when Jack punches him in the face after the Island begins falling apart and he bleeds for the first time in thousands of years, realizing that he's vulnerable now.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: He tried to kill everyone on the Island by destroying it, and possibly threatened mankind as a whole in the process.
  • One-Man Army: His powers make him virtually invulnerable to harm, especially when he's in his smoke monster form and can lay waste to large, heavily armed groups of soldiers, becoming a sentient tornado with bullet-like precision.
  • One-Winged Angel: His true form is the Black Smoke, an invincible column of darkness that can 'scan' the memories of others.
  • Passed-Over Promotion: In "Across the Sea", it seemed as if Mother was grooming him to be her replacement as Protector of the Island. Until he learns about his real mother and begins longing to leave the Island. This is his Start of Darkness.
  • Person with the Clothing
  • Psychotic Smirk: When things are going the way he wants, his twisted pleasure is plain to see.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Over 2000, actually.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: With the island being the can cork of the bottle.
  • 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.
  • 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
    • Cunning/manipulative
    • Lack of remorse or guilt
    • Callousness; lack of empathy
    • Poor behavioral control
    • Impulsivity
  • Start of Darkness: "Across The Sea"
  • Straw Nihilist: Despite his obsession with escaping the island to the world "across the sea", The Man in Black really looks down on humanity. Even what he knows of life outside of the Island from looking into people's memories doesn't impress him, as he considers the lives that the Oceanic survivors left behind to be "pitiful."
    • You'd be forgiven for thinking this was a symptom of his being, well, The Monster, but no. He loathed everything about other people even when he was still a man.
  • 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: He was just a poor bastard with an abusive mother, and his dweeby brother killed him and trapped him on a place he hates for thousands of years.
  • The Unfettered: There is nothing he won't do to get what he wants.
  • 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: Prior to killing Jacob and being stuck in the form of Locke, he could appear as his original self and virtually anyone else. Usually these would be people who have a connection to those he was trying to manipulate, especially dead loved ones.
  • Was Once a Man: Before being tossed into the Source by Jacob.


Dr. Christian Shephard
"Some people are just supposed to suffer. That's why the Red Sox will never win the damn series."
Played By: John Terry
Centric Episodes: None

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.

  • Abusive Parent: Psychologically abusive. Jack's father was a drunk who never showed him any approval or affection, constantly belittling his own son just to feed his own ego. His mother blames him for getting his dad fired, ignoring the fact that Christian performed surgery on a pregnant woman while drunk, leading to the woman's death, which Christian subsequently tried to cover up.
  • The Alcoholic: He struggled with alcoholism for much of his life, and it ultimately cost him his job and his life.
  • Alcoholic Parent: To Jack.
  • Character Death: After losing everything, Christian goes to Australia to see his daughter and ultimately drinks himself to death.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Disappeared Dad: To Claire, who only finds out who he is when her mother ends up in a coma.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: He spends his time in Australia drinking himself to death out of bitterness over how his relationship with Jack turned out.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Arrogant yet self-loathing, callous, selfish, an alcoholic, verbally abusive to his son, an adulterer, absent parent...and still a good man who feels he's failed his son in almost every way.
  • Jerkass: He's an arrogant drunk with a penchant for verbal abuse.
  • Dr. Jerk: Averted while he's on the job; he's aware of what bedside manner can do to help someone.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Paying for Claire's mother's medical care and trying to convince Claire to let her go, out of genuine compassion. He also genuinely wanted to help Jack move on from his divorce, even bringing the latter along to one of his AA meetings. Sadly, Jack's refusal to cooperate depresses Christian so much that he ends up hitting the bottle harder than before.
  • Meaningful Echo: Actually a retroactive example. His comment to Sawyer about the Sox winning the World Series makes Sawyer realize that he’s Jack’s father once Jack repeats it. Sawyer uses this information to repeat everything Christian said to him about how proud he was of his son.
  • Meaningful Name: 'Christian Shephard'? It’s lampshaded in the finale.
  • Posthumous Character: He's only ever seen in the flashsideways and flashbacks, having died prior to the crash. The Man in Black sometimes takes his form.
  • Punny Name: Lampshaded in the Finale.
  • Promoted to Opening Titles: For the last episode.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He doled these out to a young Jack.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He has shown very little approval of Jack, despite being secretly proud of him.
  • You All Share My Story: Christian turns up over and over in the flashbacks of other characters like Sawyer and Ana-Lucia.
  • Your Cheating Heart: He has a second family, and it's strongly implied he frequently has affairs.

    Pierre Chang 

Pierre Chang
"Namaste. And... good luck."
Played By: François Chau
Centric Episodes: None

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

A DHARMA Initiative theoretical astrophysicist from Ann Arbor, Michigan who appeared in orientation films for the different stations on the Island.


Ilana Verdansky
"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: Ilana is certainly handy with a gun.
  • Bounty Hunter: Her cover story to nab Sayid; in reality she's an agent of Jacob.
  • Character Death: Ilana blows up after mishandling dynamite.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: But it never gets to truly happen.
  • Determinator: She's relentless in her mission.
  • 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 flash-sideways.
  • Honey Trap: The tactic she used to entrap Sayid when she was masquerading as a Bounty Hunter.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She can certainly be bossy, but she's brave and has good intentions.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: When she explodes.
  • 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.
  • 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."
Played By: Sonya Walger
Centric Episodes: None

"There's no calling my father off."

The wife of Desmond Hume, the daughter of Charles Widmore, and half-sister of Daniel Faraday. Before he became stranded on the island, Penny was the long time girlfriend of Desmond. However, due to Desmond's fear of commitment, they stopped seeing each other. After Desmond went missing in 2001, Penny began searching for him hoping he was still alive.


    Eloise Hawking 

Eloise Hawking
"All right. I apologize if this is confusing, but let's pay attention, yes?"
Played By: Fionnula Flanagan, Alexandra Krosney (teenaged) & Alice Evans (middle aged)
Centric Episodes: None

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

The caretaker of the L.A.-based Dharma station known as the Lamp Post, which can track the location of the island. Eloise is the mother of Daniel Faraday, the father being Charles Widmore, and like Widmore was formerly a member of the Others.

  • 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.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Her motives and actions are shrouded in mystery for much of the show, and as such her ultimate goal is ambiguous. She's certainly ruthless, but ultimately her actions did settle on the side of good.
  • 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 her capacity for ruthlessness.
  • 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.
  • The Chessmaster: She's one of the best and most experienced players in the show.
  • 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: To Daniel, who she forces along a scientific career.
  • Grandfather Paradox: Inverted. Her son gets sent back in time and killed by her...while she's pregnant with him.
  • Jerkass: When she was a teenager.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Eloise successfully manipulates Daniel down a pre-arranged path for his entire life, ultimately culminating in his death.
  • Meaningful Name: She's named after quantum physicist Stephen Hawking, author of 'A Brief History of Time'. Time is very relevant to Eloise.
  • Mysterious Past: Despite seeing her in 1977, very little remains known about her. How she came to the island in the first place, exactly how her relationship with Widmore soured, how she came to know so much about being the Time Police...
  • 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.
  • Pregnant Badass: In 1977.
  • Promoted to Opening Titles: For the last episode.
  • Time Police: Per Word of God and backed up by her actions.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: To ensure everything that happened still happens, she sets her son on the path to certain death.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Her entire philosophy as she explains it to Desmond.
    Eloise: Had I warned him about the scaffolding tomorrow he'd be hit by a taxi. If I warned him about the taxi, he'd fall in the shower and break his neck. The universe, unfortunately, has a way of course correcting. That man was supposed to die. That was his path just as it's your path to go to the island. You don't do it because you choose to, Desmond. You do it because you're supposed to.


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