The Others, referred to by the DHARMA Initiative as the Hostiles or the Natives, and also by the tail section survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 as Them, are a group of people living on the Island who were followers of Jacob, intermediated by Richard Alpert. Jacob never showed himself to his people, and they took orders from a succession of leaders including Eloise Hawking, Charles Widmore, Benjamin Linus, and briefly, John Locke, before being led by Hugo Reyes, with Linus second in command.
- Anti-Villain: The Others are a mixture of Well-Intentioned Extremist and genuine killers; they're all pretty ruthless but they care for each other and their goals are largely directed by whoever the leader is at the time.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Many of the Others introduce themselves as polite, reasonable people or even as victims. It doesn't take long before they show just how far they'll go to carry out their goals.
- The Chosen Many: They are ultimately revealed to be something like this. Jacob enlists them to help him protect the Island from outside forces, as well as to protect the rest of the world from the malevolent force that exists on the Island.
- Crazy-Prepared: More often than not.
- Cryptic Conversation: They're masters of this. It's a wonder not one of them ever stops and asks for clarification about what the hell they're talking about.
- Cult: They are very similar to one, engaging in odd rituals and treating Jacob as a deity.
- Good Is Not Nice: Although their mission is pretty noble, they themselves rarely are.
- In-Universe Nickname: The Others, as dubbed by Rousseau, which subsequently becomes the survivors' name for them as well.
- Jerkass: There are few things The Others do that put them in a positive light.
- Knight Templar: "We're the good guys."
- A Lighter Shade of Black: Definitely come off as this once The Man in Black surfaces.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: During their initial appearances, they seem to be a group of insane, savage hillbillies that dwell in the wilderness, getting by on their Crazy Survivalist skills. The survivors eventually discover this is a ruse, and they are far more advanced than they let on.
- Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits: Much like the Oceanic 815 survivors, the Others are comprised of men and women from all walks of life.
- Shout-Out: Likely a nod to the Others from A Song of Ice and Fire, at least initially. A mysterious, extremely hostile group of unseen individuals who live in the land beyond a forest and kidnap children for unknown purposes.
- Shrouded in Myth: For most of the first two seasons.
- Skewed Priorities: Under the leadership of Ben Linus (and his predecessor, Charles Widmore), the Others' original purpose is mostly lost. They're largely concerned with solving the problem of pregnant women on the Island and assaulting anyone who happens to land there.
- Undying Loyalty: Most of them are highly dedicated and firm in their beliefs, to the point where some have willingly died to protect their cause, and the Island. They hold Jacob in extremely high esteem, despite never meeting him.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Not all of the Others are bad people, but they are all conditioned to go to crazy lengths to fulfill their tasks.
- You Kill It, You Bought It: The Others have a habit of commandeering the resources of the enemies they kill, adding to their strength. This is what they do to the U.S. soldiers who arrived on the Island in the 1950s. They do it again after the DHARMA Initiative purge in the late '80s or early '90s.
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 in Roger Linus, a self-loathing drunk who blamed Ben for the death of his mother.
- Affably Evil: He's very charming, polite and softspoken even when manipulating you and planning your demise.
- The Atoner: Eventually moves into this, particularly after the death of his daughter.
- Badass Bookworm: Ben might be slight of build, but he's fast and highly skilled. 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. Put a baton in his hand and watch him wreck everybody.
- Badass in Distress: Even if beaten and bound, he not lose his composure and the possibility to do snark comments.
- Big Bad: Ben was a Hidden Villain during the first two seasons for the most part; the Others were shrouded in mystery and nobody even knew about Ben's existence, although he was the one who sent Ethan and Goodwin to infiltrate the survivors. When he finally appears in Season 2, he masquerades for most of it as 'Henry Gale' and claims that he crashed on the island just like the survivors. When he's revealed to be one of the Others, he pretends to be a regular mook until the Season Finale. In the third season he's the Big Bad in earnest, but becomes an Enemy Mine for the fourth and fifth seasons before finally graduating to Token Evil Teammate in Season 6.
- Blatant Lies: He's so good at it, he convinces people he's regularly betrayed to eat from his hand. It occurs so much that Sun even lampshades it by asking him why she should trust him (in one of the few occasions that hes actually telling the truth) and he straight up says she shouldnt.
- Breakout Character: Michael Emerson's debut performance was so good the writers changed the script, they wanted him so badly. Emerson also ended up getting more Emmy recognition for his performance than any other cast member, earning nominations for each of the show's last 4 seasons (and one win for Season 5).
- Breakout Villain: Originally scheduled for a three-episode run, the writers evolved him into the main antagonist for most of the series.
- The Chessmaster: He's well-known for his skills in manipulation. Even people who know not to trust him end up doing his bidding. Even when trapped in the Hatch, he plays Jack and Locke against each other with minimal effort.
- The Chew Toy: It seems Michael Emerson's contract required him to get beat up and/or tied up at least twice a season.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Ben has a tendency to change his loyalties. He betrayed the Dharma Initiative to join the Others under Widmore's leadership, then betrayed Widmore and took his place. He later betrayed Locke, Jacob and the Man in Black (although he wasn't really on the Man in Black's side to begin with).
- Consummate Liar: "I Lied." is his Catchphrase, if that means anything. Even in the final season, his first instinct when confronted with a problem is to lie his way out of it, and he's vaguely annoyed whenever people who've dealt with him for any length of time are surprised to find that he lied to them.
- Cultured Badass: He speaks a few languages, is an excellent cook, plays the piano and is very well-read.
- Crazy-Prepared: To the point of keeping a shotgun in his piano bench, just in case.
- Creepy Monotone: He has a calm, long drawl that can be very creepy.
- Deadpan Snarker: Ben is a major provider of snark, rivaling even Sawyer."We have two giant hamsters running in a massive wheel in our secret underground lair."
"No, John, unfortunately we don't have a code for "There is a man in my closet with a gun to my daughter's head" although we obviously should."
"I'm a Pisces, John."
"It's C4, Richard. I put some thought into hiding it."
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: In the Season 5 finale, he kills Jacob. Yes, that Jacob; the guy who's pretty much been played as God since his offscreen introduction to the series.
- 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 was revealed 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 HeelFace 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 MiB's boat is. This not only helps some of the main characters get off the Island, but results in Kate arriving in the nick of time to stop Man in Black from killing Jack, and finally Man in Black's Disney Villain Death.
- The Dragon: Ben inadvertently became The Dragon to the Man in Black, who was pretending to be John Locke at the time. When the Man in Black revealed who he really was, he offered Ben the role of The Dragon again but Ben refused. He then pretended to be The Dragon for a final time, when actually he was just trying to survive while also covertly helping the survivors.
- Driven by Envy: He attempt to kill John when seems that he is The Chosen One by Jacob and later succeed in Season 5. In the finale, after reuniting in the afterlife, Ben apologizes to Locke and tells him that he killed him "because [Locke] was special. And [Ben] wasn't."
- Enemy Mine: Pretty much this to the rest of the cast.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He has a thing about not hurting children, and 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.
- A truly shining example from Season 4: Sawyer finally wisens up and tries to just shoot Ben on the spot while he is beaten, bloodied and with his hands bound. Linus talks himself out of it on the spot, but is still locked in a solitary room in a basement. Then he talks himself out of it too and is allowed to eat with everybody in the kitchen while still being closely watched. Skip one episode and he is left totally by himself, playing a piano with a shotgun hidden inside it, just in case. And by this point he has already lied to, manipulated and even ordered to kill main characters multiple times, so they REALLY should have known what to expect.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic.
- Freudian Excuse: His father was horribly abusive to him, blaming him for the death of his mother. He was also corrupted by the Others and Jacob from a young age, which is largely Sayid's fault since he shot an innocent, abused child who had risked a great deal to help him because of things he hadn't done to him yet, so the other survivors were forced to turn to the Others to save his life (which involved an almost literal Deal with the Devil which basically life-binded Ben to the Others, which set him up to be their main antagonist later on in the future.)
- From Nobody to Nightmare: From a quiet young boy to a ruthless mass murderer pulling all the strings.
- Going Down with the Ship: When the Island is sinking in The End, he decides that he will stay behind and comes as close as it is to namedrop this trope while still referring to the Island.If this Islands going down then Im going down with it.
- 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 6, 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 HeelFace Turn.
- He Who Fights Monsters: The majority of his kill count are people who have tried to either hurt/destroy the Island or his people (and those that REALLY deserved it *cough*Keamy*cough*). He dedicated his entire life to keep the Others and The Island safe from harm.
- Ben: When I'm at war, I'll do what I need to do to win, but I will not kill innocent people.
- HeelFace Turn: Done beautifully in a gradual build-up before finally being solidified in "Dr. Linus".
- Iconic Sequel Character: Big time. He's easily one of the most important characters in later seasons and yet he wasn't introduced until halfway through the second season.
- I Just Want to Be Special: The Season 5 finale reveals that Benjamin Linus deeply wants to be as special as Locke seems to be. When he gives Jacob a speech about this, Jacob basically tells him that he was never special. Ben, not taking this very well, stabs and kills Jacob.
- 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. 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 HeelFace Turn.
- Knocking out Anthony Cooper with his walking stick.
- Killing Martin Keamy.
- Killing Charles 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: He plays damn near everyone like a fiddle through lies, nuggets of truth and emotional exploitation. He's manipulated almost the entire cast at some point or another, and they only continue to even pay attention to him because he convinces them to.Alex: "That's what my father does - he manipulates people. He makes you think it's your idea but it's his."
- Meaningful Name: In The Bible, Benjamin was Jacob's twelfth and youngest son, whose mother Rachel also died in childbirth. Though in Genesis, Benjamin was not the name given by his dying mother.
- Linus was the name of the second pope in the pope line, successing st Peter, and is thus mostly remembered as "the second pope". Ben Linus is Jacob´s second, and later Hurley´s second.
- Minored In Ass Kicking: Ben's The Chessmaster, through and through. That being said, if push comes to shove he will wreck your shit in the blink of an eye, though he's still not quite as much of a fighter as Sayid, Keamy or Desmond.
- Missing Mom: His mother died in childbirth. (Interestingly, she was played by Michael Emerson's wife.)
- 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.
- 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.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Not so much stupidity as weakness. His bookish appearance makes it easy for him to appear harmless and vulnerable — right up until he stabs you in the neck or takes your gun and shoots you with it.
- Pet the Dog: The first instance is 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. In the flashsideways, he's a gentle and good-natured teacher.
- Redemption Equals Life: Ben's newfound selflessness results in him surviving the series.
- Revenge by Proxy: He kills Jacob partially for manipulating him his entire life, leading him into misery and bloodshed and then dismissing him thoughtlessly, but also for allowing Alex to die when Ben believed she was under Jacob's mystical 'protection'.
- 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 him to not only pull a HeelFace 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 City: His primary goal throughout the series is this, albeit it's an island, not a city. He succeeds in becoming leader of the Others, though he eventually loses his leadership role and tries to reclaim it frequently. 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 HeelFace 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: For the survivors, after he falls from leadership.
- Unwitting Pawn: While Ben loves to use this against literally everyone, he ironically turns out to be this to the Man in Black, who begins exploiting him from a very young age taking on his mother's appearance and eventually infecting him with cancer.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Ben was a shy, quiet, bookish little boy who was twisted by circumstances into a monster.
- Villainous Breakdown:
- Toward the end of the third season. His slow recovery from surgery, the war with the survivors, Alex's rebellion, Naomi's appearance and the rest of the Others growing disatisfaction with his leadership result in Ben becoming angry and bloodthirsty.
- When faced with the man who killed his daughter (who, it should be pointed out, is a highly trained mercenary), he manages to take him down in a straight fight and stab him to death with his own knife. Honestly not too horrible on its own, but both he and Locke are aware that Keamys heart monitor would cause the freighter to explode with dozens of people on it when Keamy died. His only reaction when Locke points that out is a So?, delivered with absolutely zero emotion behind it.
- Villainous BSoD: After Alex dies, he stares outward in blank incomprehension. For several episodes after that, he shows almost no emotion.
- Villain Protagonist: In his centric episodes.
- Warrior Therapist: A villainous example; a master of More Than Mind Control and Break Them by Talking, 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: One of his earliest redeeming features. Alex became his adoptive daughter because he refused to kill a child. He also decided not to kill Penny because he saw her with little Charlie. He is not above kidnapping them though. This trait is what allows the show to show Ben as someone capable of redemption by comparing that with the other Big Bad of Season 6, Charles Widmore, the man who ordered him to kill Alex in the first place.
- Wicked Cultured: Ben is well-read and cultured; he speaks a few languages, he's in a book club, enjoys literature like Ulysses, plays the piano and, unsurprisingly, he's an excellent chess player.
- 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.".
Dr. Juliet Burke
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: Juliet is a stone-cold badass and one of the best combatants in the series. She flips Kate over with the skill of a mixed martial artist, frequently gets the better of other people, and is a crack shot with a pistol. Even when she's injured, she just pops her dislocated shoulder back in.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: With Edmund Burke, Goodwin and especially with Sawyer.
- Back for the Finale: Like everyone, she returns in the finale.
- Badass Bookworm: She hosts her own bookclub and is a fan of Carrie.
- Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Kate's Veronica for Sawyer's Archie.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Juliet is sweetly charming, but cross her and she will put you down without hesitation.
- Break the Cutie: Poor, adorable Juliet goes through absolute hell both on-island and off, usually due to Edmund Burke or Ben Linus.
- Broken Bird
- Cut the Safety Rope: Of the "letting go of hands" variety.
- Dark Action Girl: Before abandoning the Others in favor of the Survivors.
- Deadpan Snarker: No amount of trauma can stop her snark.Sawyer: So, you screwing Jack yet?
Juliet: No, are you?
Sawyer: [after his food gets stuck in a vending machine, Juliet catches him reaching into it] It's okay, I'm a cop.
Juliet: Then why don't you read the machine its rights?
- Defecting for Love: At first, she shows romantic interest in Jack, but later falls in love with Sawyer. Then dies. A bit of an expansion: the Others and the Losties were usually opposing forces, similar to the Montagues and Capulets. Juliet was The Dragon to Ben until her HeelFace Turn.
- 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 mess around. When Sawyer and Kate acted out of line, she aimed a gun at Kate's head. And Sawyer commented that she would've 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 literal Bus Crash to free her.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric.
- HeelFace Turn: She leaves the Others to join the Survivors, acting as a Reverse Mole.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Juliet detonates the hydrogen bomb to reverse the timeline, being fatally wounded in the process.
- Hospital Hottie: Ed Burke, Goodwin, Ben, Jack and Sawyer all agree she's extremely attractive. She's a tall, stunning blonde who also happens to be a highly skilled OB/GYN.
- Iconic Sequel Character: Made her first appearance in the third season premiere and ultimately the only character introduced after the second season to appear in the Grand Finale's final scene.
- Informed Attribute: Apparently she looks uncannily similar to Sarah, Jack's ex-wife. The only real resemblance is that they're both blonde.
- Meaningful Name: Much like her namesake, she ends up one half of a pair of Star-Crossed Lovers.
- The Medic: For the Others and the Survivors. She helps Sun with her pregnancy.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: She gives a coldly logical speech to Sawyer and Sayid, calling them out on their distrust of her."You know, it's interesting that you two are now the camp's moral police. I'm curious, Sayid, how long was it before you told everyone on that beach exactly how many people you've tortured in your life. Do they know about Basra? And I'm sure the first thing you did when you got here, James, was to gather everyone in a circle, and tell them about the man you shot in cold blood the night before you got on the plane. So why don't we just skip the part where you two pretend to be righteous. I'm taking that medication back to Claire. And you're gonna let me. Because if she doesn't get it, she's gonna die. And the last thing that either of you need right now, is more blood on your hands."
- Reverse Mole: Ben sends her to infiltrate the Survivors, but it's revealed that when she joined them she instantly confided her true role in Jack. From there on, she pretended to aid the Others while truly helping the Survivors.
- 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.
- Not So Stoic: When Juliet first appears, she's a very cold, clinical person with an even voice and logical tone. However, when she leaves the Others and settles with the Survivors, she shows a more genuine side, appearing bright, friendly, warm and considerate.
- "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.
- Statuesque Stunner: At 5'9" she's one of the taller female characters.
- Take My Hand: Sawyer desperately tries this to save her. It ultimately isn't enough.
- Took a Level in Badass: She used to be an Extreme Doormat. Now, not so much.
- Would Not Hurt A Child: Even given the chance to avoid her the terrible things Ben put her through, she won't hurt his younger self.Juliet: That kid was bleeding out. You're a surgeon, and I needed you.
Jack: That kid is Ben.
Juliet: It's not Ben yet. He's just a kid.
- Wrench Wench: As a member of the DHARMA Initiative.
- Working with the Ex: With Edmund in flashbacks and Jack in the flash-sideways.
The enigmatic and seemingly ageless advisor to the leader of The Others.
- The Ageless: Jacob gave him immortality; Richard can be killed, but he doesn't age and hasn't for hundreds of years.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He'd have to in order to stay the most constant member of the Others. Richard shows himself to be a capable fighter and a good shot.
- Blessed with Suck: When Jacob dies, Richard quickly becomes disillusioned and describes his "gift" of agelessness as "a curse".
- The Consigliere: To the Leader of the Others, whoever that may be at the time.
- Crisis of Faith: Following Jacob's death, Richard loses his faith and becomes a Death Seeker.
- Deadpan Snarker: He's right up up there with Sawyer and Ben in this department.Locke: What is this?
Richard: It's a compass.
Locke: What does it do?
Richard: It points north, John.
- Death Seeker: When Jacob dies and he believes there's no point to his life."I devoted my life, longer than you can possibly imagine, in service of a man who told me that everything was happening for a reason, that he had a plan, plan that I was a part of, when the time was right that he'd share it with me, and now that man's gone so...why do I want to die? Because I just found out my entire life had no purpose."
- Enigmatic Minion: Richard's agelessness, his tendency to turn up at unexpected times, strangely gentle yet ruthless actions and innate charisma ensured that many fans were very interested in the exact nature of Richard Alpert.
- First Gray Hair: Notices it in the series finale. Hes overjoyed that hes aging again, as it means he can finally die.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic.
- Heartbroken Badass: Due to the death of his wife. Hundreds of years later, he still loves her dearly and grieves for her.
- Heroic BSoD: After Jacob is killed.
- Honest Advisor: To the leader of the Others. Richard is fully aware of how valuable he is, and isn't afraid to tell whoever the leader is exactly what he thinks. It's up to them whether or not they take his advice, but since he's responsible for choosing the next leader, it's in their best interests to keep him satisfied. Richard clashed with Widmore frequently while he was the leader, and Widmore was subsequently desposed by Richard's chosen successor: Ben. And Ben himself was ousted when Richard began to believe that he was 'wasting time' with all the effort he poured into solving the pregnancy problem.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: Like all of Jacob's followers, Richard is unable to kill himself.
- I Have Many Names: His original name is Ricardo. He's been variously known as Richardus and eventually Richard Alpert. Technically, theyre all variations on the same name.
- Immortality Seeker -> Who Wants to Live Forever?: Richard wanted to live forever because he was afraid of going to hell, but later becomes disillusioned following Jacob's death.
- The Lancer/The Dragon: To whoever is leading The Hostiles/Others at the time, and Jacob all the time.
- Meaningful Name: He is named after contemporary spiritual teacher Ram Dass, whose original name was Richard Alpert.
- Mouth of Sauron: For Jacob, who is notoriously distant and dislikes being around people. Richard is the only member of the Others to speak to Jacob (and even then, it seems to be infrequent) and relay his commands.
- Not So Stoic: Even with a gun aimed at him, Richard stays unflappable. However, there are times when he loses it, especially in Season 6 when he has to deal with the Man in Black.
- Older Than They Look: And how. Richard looks to be in his 40s, but is closer to being 200 years old at the time of the series.
- Promotion to Opening Titles: Nestor Carbonell was elevated to the main cast for the final season after recurring heavily in the show since Season 3.
- Really 700 Years Old: Looks about 40. He's closer to 170.
- The Starscream: Richard isn't a starscream himself, but he's a facilitator for The Starscream; he chooses who the next leader of the Others is going to be, and helps to oust the previous leader to make room for the new one.
- Trauma Conga Line: His backstory episode really does showcase one horrible event after the other.
- His beloved wife is dying.
- A snobby doctor treats him terribly and refuses to help.
- His wife dies as a result.
- He's imprisoned for accidentally killing the doctor and sentenced to die.
- A corrupt priest tells him he's going to hell no matter what.
- He's sold as a slave to Magnus Hanso.
- He crashes on the island and watches as the other slaves are slaughtered right in front of him, and he is nearly killed himself.
- Although he is the sole survivor, he spends days dying of thirst locked up in a ship.
- The Man in Black manipulates him into trying to kill Jacob, resulting in him getting his ass beaten.
- Wham Line: Not said by him, but about him: "Hello, Richard. It's good to see you out of those chains."
- Wham Shot: His appearance in Ben's flashbacks... looking no younger than he does in the present.