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Flight 815 Survivors

    Flight 815 
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  • Action Survivor: The vast majority of them are just people with average jobs, save for the occasional Republican Guard veteran or Nigerian warlord.
  • Anti-Hero: With the possible exception of Hurley, the survivors tend to go with their own self-interests a great deal of the time.
  • 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: With only a few exceptions, most of the survivors are seeking redemption for things they did in their past.
  • Badass Normal: Many (Kate, Sayid, Sawyer, Jin, Ana Lucia, Mr. Eko) were absolute bad-asses even before they were stranded on The Island. The ones who weren't (Jack, Locke, Hurley, Claire, Charlie, Sun) learned very quickly.
  • The Chosen Many: It turns out that several passengers on the plane were candidates to replace Jacob as protector of the Island and destroy the Man in Black. Ultimately, Jack is the one who accepts the role, only to pass it on to Hurley.
  • Cosmic Plaything: Life sucks a lot for these guys, and the individual cases are astoundingly tragic.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: All of them have at least something horrible or traumatic in their background. It can be as tragically banal as a dead husband, or as outrageously disturbing as a father stealing a kidney from them.
  • The Determinator: That they rarely if ever completely give up on each other is one of their biggest strengths.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Pretty much all of them go through absolute hell, and only a few get a happy ending.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: They end up bonded together by the trauma and terrible events they endure.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Team
  • Trauma Conga Line: Every one of the survivors have lead complex lives usually full of misery and misfortune, and that's prior to a plane crash that strands them on a dangerous island where their lives are constantly at risk.
  • True Companions: They gradually become this over the course of the series.
  • White and Grey Morality: Ultimately, though, the survivors all begin with Grey and Gray Morality.
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    Jack 

Dr. Jack Shephard

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Played By: Matthew Fox & John O'Hara (child)
Voiced By: Ricardo Tejedo (Latin-American Spanish), Kazuhiko Inoue (Japanese)
Centric Episodes: "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.


  • After-Action Patch-Up: His first meeting with Kate is this. Following the crash, he has a wound he needs stitched but can't reach. Kate just so happens to be walking by at the time.
  • Agent Scully: In Seasons 1 through 4. It reaches its ultimate point in the Season 4 finale, where the Island disappears right before his eyes and he still desperately tries to deny it happened.
  • The Alcoholic: Prior to the crash (and even afterwards) Jack could take or leave a drink, but after being rescued he gradually comes apart psychologically as the island tries to draw him back. To cope, he starts drinking heavily and abusing prescription medication, even writing prescriptions for himself.
  • The Atoner: He becomes consumed with guilt over Locke's death and leaving the other survivors on the island behind. He becomes it again when his actions lead to Juliet's death.
  • Badass Beard: Develops one as there are no razors on the Island.
  • Badass Bookworm: Jack might be an intelligent, moralistic doctor but he's also a complete badass who doesn't show much fear and rarely backs down.
  • Battle in the Rain: He has a climatic showdown in the rain three times. Firstly with Ethan, who ably kicks his ass but loses in the subsequent rain-soaked rematch. He then fights the Smoke Monster (in mortal form) on the cliffs during a storm.
  • Beard of Sorrow: During his post-Island depression.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Sawyer's Veronica for Kate's Archie. He ultimately ends up with Kate, while Sawyer is with Juliet.
  • Big Good: Jack accepts Jacob's offer to become the next guardian of the island, briefly becoming the Big Good before dying and passing the mantle to Hurley.
  • Book-Ends: The first shot of the show is Jack opening his eye as he wakes up on the island. The last is him closing his eye as he dies.
  • Broken Ace: Jack has a variety of skills but as a person, he's messed up and borders on unstable.
  • Butt-Monkey: Nothing seems to go right for him. An abusive father, deep psychological issues, a marriage which dissolves, a plane crash and a laundry list of traumatic events that ensue following the crash.
  • Catchphrase: "Live together, die alone."
  • The Chains of Commanding: Jack is a conflicted leader, and mostly winds up in the position initially because he's the only one who seems capable.
  • Character Death: The Man in Black stabs Jack in the side. He manages to make it through to the Source and fixing the problem. He walks into the bamboo forest he landed in when the plane first crashed, and dies with Vincent at his side.
  • Chekhov's Gun: In the flash-sideways timeline, Jack notices a cut on his neck and a scar on his side, both of which he can’t remember getting (his mother claims the wound on his side was from an appendectomy, which he also doesn’t remember). He had an appendectomy in the original timeline, while both of those wounds were given in his final fight against the Man in Black; the latter wound kills him.
  • The Chessmaster: He's no Ben Linus, but he does make some very skilled moves. Perhaps because nobody expects it from him, but Jack manipulates both Ben, Juliet and Tom to save Kate and Sawyer.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: One of his biggest flaws is his savior complex. Several people call him out on it and his pathological need to save everybody leads to his more extreme moments. For example, his attempt to amputate Boone's leg in what would have likely been a pointless attempt to save his life.
  • Cultured Badass: He plays a mean game of chess. He also plays the piano.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He has his moments, particularly when he's feeling especially confident.
    Jack: Tell me something. How come any time there's a hike into the heart of darkness, you sign up?

    Kate: Being told not to come along. Now you know what it's like to be me.
    Jack: Does that mean I should wait 20 minutes and go anyway?
  • 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.
  • Dr. Jerk: His bedside manner is awful. Jack comes across as cold, clinical and uncaring to his patients. Of course, this is the way a doctor needs to be so they can cope with their job, but Jack lacks the charm his father posses. He overcompensates by marrying his patient.
  • Establishing Character Moment: When we first see Jack, he awakes from the crash and instantly starts running about pulling people out of the wreckage.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: His relationship with Sarah Wagner, his ex-wife, was based entirely on this. Deconstructed, since Sarah still idolizes him for saving her and Jack thinks he's obligated to be her caretaker. The foundations of their relationship are too shaky to build a marriage on, and it gradually dissolves.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Dying from his wounds, Jack wanders back into the bamboo growth where he first awoke on the island and, after seeing the plane taking off with his friends aboard, dies with a smile.
  • Good Is Not Soft: While he's no doubt a hero, Jack is in no way a pushover. His speech while trying to convince Sawyer to give up a briefcase full of guns is a standout.
  • The Hero: Of the entire series. The leader of the group, basically the main character of the cast, with the innate need to help in whatever way he can. In the end, he spends some time as the protector of the island before his passing.
  • The Hero Dies: The last shot of the series is Jack closing his eye as he dies from his wounds.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In the series finale when he saves the Island despite knowing he'll die in the process. Of course, he was dying from his injury anyway.
  • Inconvenient Hippocratic Oath: Jack, somewhat reasonably, ignores his oath and refuses to help Ben...at first. Eventually, he gives in, but only to use Ben as leverage when he has him helpless on the operating table.
  • Ivy League for Everyone: He attended Columbia University.
  • Manly Tears: He's often seen crying in various moments. Exodus (1) is particularly memorable with one of the most emotional moments in the series, as Sawyer tells him about his meeting with his father Christian in Australia.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: His attempts to "fix things" usually fail and when they don't they usually makes things worse. The most prominent example is his plan to detonate Jughead: he intends to blow it up to prevent Oceanic 815 from crashing, but Jughead’s detonation begins the chain of events that lead to the crash in the first place.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: When a situation heats up, Jack gets snippy and short-tempered but he does have a genuine desire to help others
  • Last Kiss: With Kate, after he's mortally wounded.
  • The Leader: To the 815 survivors, which he isn't always happy about.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Jack and Claire are half-siblings through Christian.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: His love for Kate and despair at having lost her leads him to detonate a hydrogen bomb.
  • Love Triangle: He's involved in an extremely long Love Triangle with Kate and Sawyer.
  • The Medic: His medical expertise makes him invaluable among the survivors.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Ben tricks Jack into thinking that he'd just executed Bernard, Jin and Sayid. Jack beats the absolute hell out of Ben, stopping just short of killing him.
  • Not So Different: From Locke. Both are determined, strong personalities who are willing to go to the extreme for their beliefs.
  • 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.
  • Rage Against the Reflection: When he realizes that Jacob has been watching him his entire life, he smashes all the Lighthouse mirrors.
  • Skeptic No Longer: Season 5 and beyond, when he starts believing and becomes more passive.
  • Take Up My Sword: After being grievously wounded by the Man in Black, he turns over guardianship of the island to Hurley.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: It's not hard to see why the likes of Sarah, Gabriela, Achara, Ana-Lucia, Kate and Juliet gravitate toward him. Even Miles calls him 'handsome' albeit in an aggressive way.
  • To the Pain: Jack gives a brutal and chilling speech to Sawyer when he won't give up Kate's locked case to him.
    "That's the antibiotic I've been giving you for the knife wound in your arm. You're right in the middle of the treatment cycle now, if I keep giving you the pills you're going to be right as rain. But I'm going to stop giving you the pills. And for two days you're going to think you're all good, then it's going to start to itch. The day after that the fever's going to come and you're going to start seeing red lines running up and down your arm. A day or two after that you'll beg me to take the case, just to cut off your arm."
  • 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.
    Sawyer: ...yes.
    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.
  • We Just Need to Wait for Rescue: Initially, this is Jack's issue hence why he's set on burning the bodies from the crash.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He has some severe issues with his father, both hating him and craving approval.
  • 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.
  • Window Love: With Kate, when they're both held captive by the Others.

    Kate 

Katherine Anne "Kate" Austen

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"I'm coming with you!"
Played By: Evangeline Lilly, Skye McCole Bartusiak (voice) & Emily Rae Argenti (child)
Centric Episodes: "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.


  • AB Negative: Her blood type.
  • Action Girl: She has plenty of combat experience, and she's a pretty good shot too.
  • After-Action Patch-Up: Her first interaction with Jack has her stitching up a wound in his side.
  • Ambiguously Christian: Kate uses the names of saints as aliases while on the run, and she knows enough about Catholicism to start a habit of phoning Mars on Holy Days of Obligation, but she never admits to any specific religious beliefs of her own.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: She gives one to Jack, realizing his choice to stay behind to die, after giving him a parting kiss.
  • Badass in Distress: Despite her badassness, Kate gets inexplicably caught on multiple occassions, the most blatant example being on Season 2 when she gets caught by the Others and used to send the group searching for Michael back to camp.
  • Betty and Veronica:
    • The Archie for Jack's Betty and Sawyer's Veronica. She ends up being Jack's "soulmate", while Sawyer ends up with Juliet.
    • The Veronica to Juliet's Betty for Sawyer's Archie. This Love Triangle doesn't last so long, as by the time Kate returns to the island, Sawyer has already become adamant that Juliet's the one for him.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: One of the early reasons Jack trusts Kate seems to be motivated on her good-girl attitude. It's how Kate gets out of many scrapes, by pretending to be sweet and innocent.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Deals the finishing blow to the Man in Black in the series finale.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: She's worse than Sawyer when it comes to admitting her feelings. Most of her confessions come during times of stress.
  • The Chick: Kate might be a badass, but she's also the character who gets kidnapped the most.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With her friend Tom, which included a childhood marriage promise and all... unfortunately, he dies in the same flashback episode he's introduced of an Instant Death Bullet.
  • Did You Just Shoot Cthulhu: Shot The Man in Black just as he was about to kill Jack.
  • Distressed Damsel: With some frequency. The Others seem to constantly kidnap her. This also corresponds to her being in custody while on the plane.
  • Heel–Face Turn: She was a fugitive being taken from Australia back to the U.S. by a government agent. But after the crash, she's clearly a good guy.
  • I Have Many Names: Kate adopts many aliases while on the run.
  • Kill It with Fire: How she murdered her father—causing an explosion that took the entire house.
  • Last Kiss: With Jack after he's mortally wounded.
  • Love Triangle: She's involved in a very long lasting one with Jack and Sawyer.
  • Mad Libs Catch Phrase: "My name's not [insert alias]".
  • Mama Bear: To Aaron. She's willing to go to prison rather than let her toxic mother near him, and even kicks Jack out when his behaviour becomes too erratic.
  • Moral Myopia: Kate has an unfortunate tendency to do this, often taking the moral high ground despite being a fugitive and murderer who isn't above manipulating people for her own ends. At one point she lectures Locke about love while refusing to rescue a man who did love her and the real mother of her adopted son.
  • Ms. Fanservice: We get our fair share of shower and sponge-bath scenes.
  • My Eyes Are Up Here: To Sawyer, when he sees her getting dressed.
  • Parental Substitute: After Claire disappears and doesn't get off the island with them, Kate adopts her son Aaron.
  • Patricide: Upon realising that her hated and abusive stepfather was her biological father, Kate murdered him.
  • Rebellious Spirit: The best way to get Kate to do something is to tell her to do the opposite.
  • Save the Villain: Saves young Ben when he's shot by Sayid.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: Of the original Losties, although she pales in comparison to Locke.
  • Sex for Solace: She has sex with Sawyer after seeing how close Jack has become to Juliet.
  • Suddenly Always Knew That: Kate suddenly becomes a tracker when Ethan abducts Claire and Charlie, despite never showing this skill at all when taken along with Locke on the boar hunt.
  • Themed Aliases: She uses the names of Saints when on the run.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After killing her father, she started down the badass path.
  • Toplessness from the Back: Early in Season 3. It sets off Sawyer's heartbeat monitor.

    Hurley 

Hugo "Hurley" Reyes

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Played By: Jorge Garcia & Caden Waidyatilleka (child)
Centric Episodes: "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.
  • Badass Adorable: Despite his many levels in badass, he's still a good-hearted man who takes care of people and geeks out over Star Wars.
  • Bad Liar: Hurley is a terrible liar, being a naturally honest man.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: One particularly cruel jibe from Sawyer drives Hurley to beat him senseless (no one is in a particular hurry to step in), and he mows down Pryce with a DHARMA van to save his friends in the Season 3 finale.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Takes out Pryce with the DHARMA bus in the Season 3 finale, saving Jin, Sayid, and Bernard.
  • Big Fun: He's quite clearly overweight, but he's also one of the funniest characters who's capable of defusing a dramatic scene.
  • Big Good: At the end of the series, he is promoted to protector of the Island after the deaths of Jacob and Jack.
  • Book Dumb: Hurley doesn't have the best grammar.
    Hurley: What do we do about the... [sees Walt] B-O-D-Y-S?
    Michael: What are you spelling, man, "bodies"?
    Walt: B-O-D-I-E-S.
  • 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: Not quite as deadpan as some of the other characters, but he has great lines and certainly has his snarky moments.
  • 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.
  • 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: Although he seems like Big Fun and nothing more than comic relief, Hurley has wrestled with survivor's guilt and mental illness.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Hugo feels this way in regards to Libby. He'd forgotten to bring blankets to a picnic they were having, and she went to the hatch to get some. As a result, she died and Hurley feels responsible.
  • I See Dead People: Starting once he gets off-island.
  • My Beloved Smother: His mother is very controlling and constantly badgers him to get married: ideally to someone who can give her grandchildren.
  • 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.
  • Odd Friendship:
    • Hurley and Ben form a strange friendship over the course of the last few seasons. At the end of the series, they work together to protect the Island, and in the afterlife are clearly happy to see each other.
    • There are elements of this to his dynamic with Miles in Season 5. While Miles at first seems to be generally annoyed by Hurley's presence (his cynical Deadpan Snarker attitude conflicting with Hurley's comedic nature), the two strike up a rapport when talking about the implications of time travel. Hurley later helps Miles muster up the courage to speak with his father.
  • 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 realizes 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: Moreso in the early seasons, where his happy-go-lucky kindness offsets some of the more selfish mindsets of the other survivors.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: Along with Sawyer, he's the one with the most pop-culture references.
  • Sad Clown: Hurley is funny, but he's had more than his fair share of tragedy.
  • Survivor's Guilt: Hurley has a great deal of this due to a deck accident. He's convinced his weight brought the deck down and he was responsible for the deaths of the other people on it, but it was far over capacity as it was.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the Season 3 finale, where he pulls a Big Damn Heroes with the Dharma van. Takes another one in the Season 6 premiere. By the end of the series, he's become the protector of the island.

    Sawyer 

James "Sawyer" Ford

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Played By: Josh Holloway & Gordon Hardie/Keenan Boos (child)
Centric Episodes: "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.


  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Played straight in flashbacks where he seduces women with his bad boy persona. Subverted on the island, since Kate and Juliet only start to fall for him when he exhibits his selfless, considerate side.
  • And This Is for...: Invoked when he shoots and kills Tom in the Season 3 finale, saying that it was for his role in abducting Walt at the end of Season 1.
    Sawyer: That's for taking the kid off the raft.
  • 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.
  • Badass Beard: Badass Perma-Stubble, at any rate.
  • Badass Bookworm: Loves reading almost as much as Ben.
  • Battle in the Rain: A short-lived one, with Pickett.
  • Becoming the Mask: A pivotal part of his backstory. In pursuit of "Sawyer", the con man who destroyed his family, young James Ford had to travel in the same circles and eventually became a con man himself to survive. This is the reason he calls himself "Sawyer", and the source of his self-loathing.
  • Beneath the Mask: Within his Hidden Heart of Gold, Sawyer is deeply self-loathing and regretful of his actions.
  • Best Served Cold: Sawyer has been plotting revenge since he was a small boy.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Jack's Betty for Kate's Archie. He's also the Archie for Kate's Veronica and Juliet's Betty.
  • The Chew Toy: He's endured a lot of physical abuse, particularly in the first three seasons (where Sawyer is beaten, shot, and even tortured!).
  • 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.
  • The Con Within A Con: He tends to pull this with some frequency. His most notable con is on Cassidy.
  • Consummate Liar: As a con man, his ability to lie is vital. The only better liar than Sawyer is probably Ben.
  • Cowboy Cop: In the alternate reality. It probably isn't necessary to sleep with your target.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His father killed his mother, then killed himself...which Sawyer witnessed. From there on, he became a con man and became a self-loathing directionless mess obsessing over his revenge.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The premier source of snarking on Lost, although Ben and Miles compete admirably. His number of snarky lines are too vast to list.
  • Death Seeker: Michael notices it, and Sawyer vaguely confirms.
    Michael: Since the day you told me you wanted on this raft, I couldn't figure it out. Why does a guy who only cares about himself want to risk his life to save everyone else? Yeah... way I see it, there's only two choices. You're either a hero, or you want to die.
    Sawyer: Well... I ain't no hero, Mike.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: After Juliet's death, he gets drunk in his old Dharma home.
  • Freak Out!: He loses it when he finally confronts the first Sawyer, Anthony Cooper, quickly going from Tranquil Fury to Unstoppable Rage. Especially when Cooper destroys the letter he wrote to Mr. Sawyer as a boy. And Sawyer is pretty messed up for awhile after violently killing him.
  • Freudian Excuse: Seeing his dad murder his mother then turn the gun on himself.
  • Guile Hero: After he grows out of his jerkass behaviour, Sawyer starts using his con man talents for the betterment of the survivors, managing to get them an in with the DHARMA Initiative after being trapped in the 1970's.
  • Heartbroken Badass: In Season 6, following Juliet's death and the complete destruction of the life he'd built with her.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: He became a conman while trying to find a conman.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Miles. It's more prominent in Purgatory but they are quite close in both universes.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite his brash exterior, Sawyer is a well-read and highly intelligent man.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Sawyer is filled with self-loathing; Kate hits the nail on the head when she accuses him of wanting to be hated by people.
  • Hyper-Awareness: Sawyer instantly realizes that "Locke" isn't who he appears to be.
  • It's All About Me: Immensely so at first. It takes two and a half seasons, but he grows out of it.
  • Jerkass: Big-time, when we first meet him. Sawyer starts a fight, throws racist accusations, behaves with smug derision to his fellow survivors and robs from the dead. Early on, he was incredibly hated due to his opportunistic ways and general lack of co-operation.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At his core, Sawyer is a good man. He eventually tosses off the Hidden Heart of Gold-hiding facade to reveal himself as a caring, considerate and observant man.
  • 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: He is manipulative of his fellow survivors in early seasons. For example, he claimed to be in possession of Shannon's asthma medication and promised to hand it over for a kiss from Kate: it is revealed after the kiss that he never had the medication in the first place.
  • Meaningful Name: Both in-universe and out. Sawyer is commonly associated with Mark Twain's cocky trickster Tom Sawyer, which certainly fits with him. In-universe, it's the alias of the man indirectly responsible for the deaths of Sawyer's parents. When he came to realize he'd become what he hated by conning people out of money, James Ford took the name Sawyer to reflect his disgust with himself.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Sawyer gets more than his fair share of shirtless scenes.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • After killing Frank Duckett and realizing that he'd been manipulated by Hibbs.
    • After he realises that he failed to euthanize Mars, Sawyer is horrified as he realises that all he did was worsen the man's suffering.
    • When his refusal to listen to Jack and tampering of the bomb leads to the deaths of Sayid, Jin, and Sun. Even when Jack would rather blame the Man in Black than him, Sawyer remains unconvinced.
  • My Parents Are Dead: In a Murder-Suicide.
  • Nerd Glasses: Part of his charm.
  • Never My Fault: He spends most of Season 1 bitching and moaning about how people hate him and accuse him of lying and stealing. It seemingly never occurred 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 deaths 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: He's frequently unshaven.
  • Playing Both Sides: In Season 6, with the Man in Black and Charles Widmore.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: Half of his nicknames come from pop culture.
  • 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.
  • The Rival: Sawyer and Jack spend most of their time together at each others' throats over various things (Sawyer's behaviour, Jack's authority, Kate's affections, Jack's return to the Island endangering Sawyer and Juliet's new life), culminating in a brutal fistfight in the Season 5 finale.
  • Southern-Fried Genius: Some people assume he's an 'idiot redneck', but Sawyer is a highly observant, well-read and intelligent man.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Starting in Season 3. Hurley cons him into being nice to people, and the lesson sticks. Mostly.
  • What You Are in the Dark: In the Season 3 finale, Sawyer guns down a surrendering Tom Friendly, growling "that's for taking the kid off the raft". When Hurley asks why he did it, Sawyer claims that he just didn't believe Tom's surrender.
  • Wild Card: As of Season 6.
    • He was also openly this in Season 1.
    Sawyer: You're still back in civilization.
    Jack: And where are you?
    Sawyer: Me? I'm in the wild.
  • You Are What You Hate: After conning a woman and her husband in order to get out of a tight spot, a young James Ford started calling himself "Sawyer", acknowledging that he'd become like the mane who destroyed his family.

    Locke 

John Locke

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Played By: Terry O'Quinn, Charles Henry Wyson (child) & Caleb Steinmeyer (teenaged)
Centric Episodes: "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.


  • Aerosol Flamethrower: Against a polar bear.
  • Agent Mulder: To Jack's Scully. Particularly when he believes he has to push a button every 108 minutes to save the world.
  • 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.
  • Badass Grandpa: He's one of the older characters, and does a lot of badass stuff.
  • Bait-and-Switch: In the few episodes, Locke is teased as some sort of serial killer. He's quietly enigmatic and revealed to have a suitcase full of knives. The slash across his eye makes him look dangerous, and one episode ends with him appearing to glare menacingly at Walt. Upon his first flashback episode, we get a better view of his character, and some of his unusual behavior is explained.
  • Bald of Awesome: His lack of hair is mentioned a couple of times. About the awesome there are many examples, but one particular moment stands out: his defeat of a polar bear using an aerosol can and a lighter.
  • Because Destiny Says So: Locke's default motivation when following the island's 'commands'.
  • Big Damn Heroes: During the time-traveling arc early in Season 5, Locke comes out of nowhere to save Sawyer and Juliet from being maimed by the 1950s version of the Others.
  • Broken Ace: Sometimes literally.
  • Butt-Monkey: Played so straight he's almost a deconstruction of the trope.
  • Character Death: Locke is about to commit suicide in his motel room, but is interrupted by Ben who talks him out of it. However, as soon as Ben gets the information he wanted out of John, he strangles him out of jealousy and stages it to look like the original suicide.
  • 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.
  • Dead All Along: John Locke dies in the events of seasons 4-5 and is revived midway through the fifth season. Then it turns out that Locke actually was never brought back and is still dead; the person that's appeared to be Locke walking around for the remainder of the series has actually been The Man in Black assuming his form.
  • 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.
  • Determinator: When Locke feels he has a purpose he is unquestionably this, as seen when opening the hatch or pressing the button (and then not pressing the button).
  • Doomed Moral Victor: In the end, all of John's goals come to fruition; the Oceanic Six return to the Island, which will be protected, and Jack finally becomes a believer. Sadly, John doesn't live to see any of it, and it's only in the afterlife that he gets a reward for all of his suffering and strife.
  • Driven to Suicide: Ben "helps".
  • Establishing Character Moment: Locke gets two in the pilot. In the opening scene, before he receives any introduction, he's one of the random passengers who help Jack save a man's life from the plane's wreckage. Later, while everyone rushes to find shelter during a sudden rainstorm, Locke doesn't move, instead smiling and embracing the rain with open arms.
  • Fatal Flaw: His desperate need to believe that he's been chosen for a special destiny, and his inability to trust himself unless he's sure that a higher power is guiding him.
  • Freudian Excuse: A rare heroic example. Locke is someone who's been abandoned, isolated and tread on his entire life.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Not at first. As the series progresses, however, and his violent, impulsive, and reckless side becomes more pronounced, it begins to cause frequent tensions with his fellow survivors. Namely, he has had conflict with Shannon, Charlie, Eko, Sayid, Kate, Sawyer, and especially Jack. After Locke warns the rest of the group about the Freighter and tries to convince them to come with him to the Barracks, Rose firmly tells Bernard, "I'm not going anywhere with that man," despite Rose herself being among the few survivors who never wanted to be rescued. After the Oceanic Six leave the Island, Locke is unsuccessful in convincing any of them to come back, and Jack and Kate in particular are openly hostile to Locke upon seeing him again.
  • Friend to All Children: While he never had any of his own, Locke is quite good with kids, once working in the toy section of a department store (where he's shown encouraging a young boy's interest in Mouse Trap), quickly forming a bond with Walt, and acting as a surrogate uncle to Aaron.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: A rather sad and lonely old man in a wheelchair who worked for a box company. On the Island, John regains the ability to walk and becomes a hunter, adventurer, leader and Messianic Archetype who is not to be underestimated.
  • Great White Hunter: His role in the beginning.
  • Handicapped Badass: Locke was in a wheelchair but was still prepared to go on an outback walkabout.
  • 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: Zig-zagged. Early on, he seems to understand his fellow survivors on a deep and intuitive level and helps them overcome a lot of their personal issues before his own messiah complex hits a reef, triggering a string of absolutely horrible decisions. Although in fairness, his life had been littered with bad decision after bad decision even before he arrived on the island. The one thing he excelled at above all else was being brutally manipulated by those around him.
  • 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 to fight off a polar bear and his own crutches to stop "Henry" from strangling Ana-Lucia.
  • Irony:
    • Locke ends up being Jack's main rival as leader of the survivors' camp, which is ironic considering that Locke was the one who originally encouraged Jack to accept his role as de facto leader.
    • 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. His killer then proceeds to use John’s death to manipulate the Oceanic Six to return to the Island, which was John’s goal in the first place.
    • When the survivors learn that the Freighter isn’t there to save them, Locke leads the people who would rather stay on the Island than risk encountering the new people and takes them to the Barracks. The mercenaries then attack the Barracks and not the beach, where Jack’s group is, and almost all of Locke’s group dies.
    • After he's dead, the identity and legacy he'd built for himself over the course of the series end up being hijacked by an evil bastard who desperately wants to escape to the outside world, destroy the Island (which he hates) and kill all of the survivors. Basically, appearing exactly like Locke while being his complete opposite.
  • It's All My Fault: He accepts blame entirely for the destruction of the hatch.
  • Knife Nut: Locke works almost exclusively with knives, and is extremely skilled with them. Knives are a motif of his character.
  • Knight Templar: At the height of his fanatical faith, he's murdered people for the island.
  • Last-Name Basis: Many characters know him as 'Locke'. Only Ben consistently calls him John. This changes somewhat after his death; with the Man in Black assuming John's appearance, the other characters refer to him as "Locke" for lack of anything else to call him, but whenever someone refers to the Man in Black as "John", there's always a reply of "this/that is not John".
  • 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. Widmore lampshades this by saying that “if [Locke’s] parents can have a sense of humor, why can’t I?”
  • The Mentor: Especially in the first season, and especially to Boone. He spends several episodes helping the other survivors deal with their personal issues. He also served this to Jack, although Jack wouldn't realize it until after Locke's death.
  • Messianic Archetype: A subversion. Locke initially seems to definitely fit this role. A whole race of people awaiting his arrival? Suffering a lot and eventually dying to save everyone? Having a resurrection?. Cruelly subverted in season five when it is revealed Locke was never brought back to life at all.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: He is devastated when Boone dies as a result of his influence, blaming himself and thinking the Island has betrayed his faith. Of course, when he appears to receive a sign that he's on the right path, Locke recovers and claims Boone was "a sacrifice the Island demanded." He later goes back to how he originally felt; while he and Desmond are waiting for the Swan countdown to reach zero, he tells Desmond about what happened and his somber tone indicates he is genuinely remorseful about it.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: There are a couple of times when Locke feels provoked to very suddenly and surprisingly beat someone senseless. The first time is when Charlie's erratic behavior ends up endangering Claire and Aaron. The second is when Mikhail stands in the way of him meeting Jacob.
  • Not So Different: From Jack and Ben.
  • Organ Dodge: After years of anger and regret, Locke's missing kidney ends up saving his life when he is shot by Ben. The bullet passes right through his abdomen, and he even says to Sawyer that he would be dead if he still had a kidney there.
  • Papa Wolf: He is rather protective of Claire and her baby, as well as Walt.
  • Parental Substitute: Serves as father figure to many of the younger passengers including Charlie, Claire, Walt and especially Boone.
  • Perma-Shave: He usually sports stubble on the island, but never a full beard.
  • Pet the Dog: He goes out of his way to endear himself to the other survivors in the first season. This includes finding Vincent for Walt and letting Michael take credit for it, helping Charlie overcome his heroin addiction, compelling Boone to overcome his fixation with Shannon, building Claire a baby cradle for her birthday, and encouraging Jack to seek out his "white rabbit" and embrace his role as a leader. Unfortunately, almost none of these relationships turn out well due to Locke's later actions.
  • Properly Paranoid: Locke turned out to be right not to trust the Freighter's arrival, although his warnings didn't manage to save many people.
  • Secret Test of Character: He has a habit of coming up with these for his fellow castaways early on, usually as a way of testing their faith and resolve.
  • Tragic Hero: He's very gifted but throughout his life he's unwilling to accept the his actual gifts or the blessings in his life instead being focused on what he wants or how he's been wronged. This starts with him denying his genius in favor of sports and violence. He also could have been the Chosen One if he'd been more patient.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To Ben and the Man in Black.
  • Warrior Therapist: He's perhaps at his happiest and most useful during Season 1, partly due to this trope. He helps the survivors cope with their issues (Charlie and Boone of note) and hunts down boars.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: A complicated issue. Locke has an obsessive need to gain fulfillment through his long-lost father, even after Cooper reveals exactly how despicable he is and how little he cares for John. Perhaps especially after this.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Locke isn't a hateful man, and does want to protect the island... but he does so at the expense of his fellow survivors, bringing him into conflict with them multiple times. Locke often has an especially antagonistic relationship with Jack because of this.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Locke regaining the use of his legs is, obviously, a big deal for his character. Naturally, most of the major injuries he sustains are to his legs, and he loses the ability to walk once or twice when he seriously loses faith in his destiny.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Ben talks him down from suicide to get the information he needs from him, and then murders him instantly afterwards.
  • Zen Survivor: At first, when he's an extremely calm, quiet and contemplative presence among the survivors. At events progress, Locke gradually becomes more short-tempered and impulsive.
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    Sayid 

Sayid Jarrah

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Played By: Naveen Andrews & Anthony Keyvan (child)
Centric Episodes: "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.


  • Anti-Hero/Anti-Villain: Sayid is constantly straddling the line between hero and villain. He's ruthless but well-intentioned, and while he hates the part of himself that's good at inflicting pain he can't fully put it behind him.
  • The Atoner: On and off, with a final stint toward the end.
  • Ax-Crazy: When he comes back to life after drowning in season 6.
  • Back from the Dead: In season 6, he dies after being shot by Roger Linus and subsequently drowned in the healing water of the temple by the Others. However, he awakens after being dead for a few hours, much to everyone's shock.
  • Badass Beard: He sports a beard from time-to-time, but has gone clean-shaven.
  • Badass Bookworm: Sayid is very well-read and cultured.
  • Badass Iraqi: Sayid is a supreme badass and the most capable fighter among the survivors, most notably fighting off multiple of Widmore’s assassins after having been hit with two doses of horse tranquilzer in Season 5.
  • Came Back Wrong: When he returns from the dead, Dogen declares that he's 'infected'. He switches to the Man in Black's side, and becomes an emotionless shell.
  • Cartwright Curse: Nadia, Shannon, and Elsa.
  • Character Death: On the submarine, Sayid takes the bomb that the Man in Black planted and runs deeper into the sub to minimize the instant damage of the explosion. In doing so, he saved the lives of Jack, Hurley, Frank, Kate and Sawyer.
  • Deal with the Devil: Sayid has an unfortunate tendency to make these, be it with Ben or The Man in Black.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In season 2, he beats up Ben when he asks what happens to Sayid's loved one and says that he doesn't know how deep he "buried his wife". While Ben's story wasn't true in any way, beating someone up just because that person can't answer a question that no one can really answer is extreme.
  • The Dragon: To Ben, for a while after they leave the Island, and then to the Man in Black on the island.
  • Dying as Yourself: Sayid heroically sacrifices himself after betraying the Man in Black.
  • Genius Bruiser: His military training makes him a tough opponent that few can stand to (only Keamy has really bested him in a straight-up fight) and he's highly knowledgable on a variety of subjects.
  • Heartbroken Badass: After the deaths of Shannon, Nadia and to a lesser degree Elsa.
  • Heroic BSoD: After Shannon's death, and again later after Nadia's death.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: After Nadia's death, Sayid can't decide whose side he's on. He goes from Ben, to the survivors, to himself, to the survivors again, then to the Man in Black, then the survivors.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Sayid is fully prepared to give his life for his friends, and does so when the Man in Black stows a bomb away on the submarine.
  • Hurting Hero: Sayid is in a lot of emotional pain due to the harsh life he's been forced to live.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: He was a torturer, and tends to resort to these methods.
  • Love Makes You Evil: The Man in Black manages to snag him as The Dragon by promising him he could bring Nadia (or possibly Shannon) back from the dead.
  • Majorly Awesome: Flashbacks show him as a Major in the Iraqi Army.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He sure likes his tank-tops.
  • Not So Different: From Ben. Both of them were raised under abusive fathers, are highly cultured badasses, can be ruthless when they think they have to be and lost loved ones to Widmore.
  • Not So Stoic: Sayid has an almost unflappable demeanour, but by virtue of the sheer amount of horrible situations thrown at him, he does break down at times.
  • The Professor
  • Psychotic Smirk: Post-infection Sayid flashes one that terrifies even BENJAMIN LINUS.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Following Nadia's death, Sayid murders members of Widmore's inner circle on Ben's instruction.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Due to his Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: When Sayid time travels to the 1970s, Sayid takes initiative and shoots a young Ben Linus, trying to kill him before he becomes a problem later. When DHARMA won’t heal him, though, Kate is forced to hand him over to the Others to save his life, beginning Ben’s path to becoming the man Sayid wanted to kill in the first place.
  • The Smart Guy: Of the survivors. Sayid is highly intelligent and has a vast knowledge of technology and survival techniques.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: Late in Season Five, Sayid seems to more or less give up on any hope of redemption, shooting a twelve-year old Ben in the chest. His infection in Season Six only makes it worse, with Sayid being almost completely apathetic as he sees Claire try to cut Kate's throat. In the end, though, a talk with Desmond manages to reawaken Sayid's better nature, and he dies as a hero.
  • Torture Technician: A huge part of his character is his past as an interrogator for the Republican Guard.
  • Would Hurt a Child: After travelling back to the 1970's, Sayid shoots a twelve-year-old Ben, hoping to avert the damage that Ben would cause as an adult. Ironically, this only results in Ben growing up to become the very man that Sayid was hoping to prevent from existing.

    Jin 

Jin-Soo Kwon

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Played By: Daniel Dae Kim
Centric Episodes: "...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.


  • Adorkable: As he warms up to the other survivors and starts learning English, Jin gets a few moments of unrestrained glee, shouting with joy when Hurley manages to get the old DHARMA truck working again.
  • The Brute: For his father-in-law.
  • Character Death: Drowns in the submarine with Sun.
  • 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.
  • Irony: Jin gave Locke his wedding ring to prove to Sun that he was dead, but Ben used it to prove to Sun that he was still alive.
  • 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: 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.
  • Kick the Dog: When he destroys Sun's garden.
  • Language Barrier: Naturally encountered this problem since he initially knew very little English. By Season 5, he has become fluent. (His actor Daniel Dae Kim who emigrated to the United States at the age of two actually knew very little Korean at the time.)
  • Love at First Sight: "...And Found" certainly leaves the viewer with the impression that this is the case, what with him and Sun bumping into each other, doing a double take, and smiling.
  • Missing Mom: And he himself becomes a Disappeared Dad, but not by his own choice.
  • Never Found the Body: after the explosion of the ship, and his subsequent return.
  • Odd Friendship: With Michael, considering where they started.
  • 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: After certain events in Season 1, Jin loosens up and becomes less possessive of Sun (although such traits do surface every now and then).

    Sun 

Sun-Hwa Kwon

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"Where is my husband?"
Played By: Yunjin Kim & Sophie Kim (child)
Centric Episodes: "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 3 when her ruthless streak gradually surfaces.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: After saying she'd not harm Ben she knocks him out with an oar and is challenged about it.
    "I lied."
  • 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 crashing on the Island. It's not.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: In a scene reeking of satisfaction and badassery, she finally calls out her ruthless father on how he's hurt Jin.
    Mr. Paik: Who do you think you are? I am your father. You will respect me!
    Sun: Oceanic paid us our settlement for the crash. It was very significant. This morning, I bought a controlling interest in your company. So you will now respect me.
    Mr. Paik: Why... would you do this?
    Sun: You ruined my husband's life. It is because of you we were on that plane. Two people are responsible for his death. You are one of them. I am going to have my baby. And then we shall discuss the plans for the future of the company. Our company.
  • Character Death: Drowns in the submarine with Jin.
  • Consummate Liar: The episode "The Glass Ballerina" showcases this side of her personality, where it is revealed that she cheated on Jin (and she even lied to him later on the island when she found out she was pregnant and swore to him she hadn't been with any other man) and that even as a child she would lie to avoid facing consequences for her acts (blaming a maid for breaking the titular glass ballerina and getting her fired).
  • Deadpan Snarker: She has her moments.
  • Love at First Sight: "...And Found" certainly leaves the viewer with the impression that this is the case, what with her and Jin bumping into each other, doing a double take, and smiling.
  • Mafia Princess: Her father, Woo-Jung Paik, is not a man to cross.
  • 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 1 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.
  • Your Cheating Heart: She had an affair with Jae Lee, her English teacher, while married to Jin.

    Claire 

Claire Littleton

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Played By: Emilie de Ravin
Centric Episodes: "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.


  • Ax-Crazy: Quite literally in the final season.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: In Season 6. She kills two Others without flinching.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy / Corrupt the Cutie: In-between seasons, she was corrupted by the Man in Black who turned her into a rifle-toting jungle-dwelling loon.
  • Break the Cutie: She was an outspoken but sweet and good-natured girl. She lost that sweetness sometime before the final season.
  • But We Used a Condom: Aaron was conceived even though she was taking the pill.
  • Dark Action Girl: In Season 6. She becomes unpredictable, ruthless and dangerously handy with a gun.
  • Everyone's Baby Sister: The other survivors are very protective of her. Sawyer was so protective Miles even asked "What are you, her big brother?" Interesting because one of the survivors actually WAS her big brother, although they didn't realize it until Season 4 and 6, respectively.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Between Seasons 4 and 6, when she's alone on the island with only the Man in Black for company. His suggestions turn her.
    • Heel–Face Turn: After learning of the Man in Black's intentions of killing her friends and being abandoned by him when she refuses to help him.
  • Good Girl Gone Bad: Claire was easily the sweetest and kindest survivor, but after the Man in Black gets his hooks into her, she becomes ruthless and insane.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: Spending three years on the Island with only the Man in Black for consistent company did not do wonders for Claire's sanity.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: See The Heart below.
  • The Heart: Enhanced episodes stated that she was considered the heart and soul of the 815 survivors.
  • Imperiled in Pregnancy: Claire is not only involved in a plane crash, but kidnapped while she's pregnant.
  • Kubrick Stare: Develops one in Season 6 after going mad, mainly towards Kate.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Claire and Jack are half-siblings.
  • Mama Bear: To Aaron, especially in season six when she learns that Kate was raising Aaron.
  • Never My Fault: In Season 6, Claire blames Kate for "taking" Aaron, disregarding that she wandered off with the Man in Black in the middle of the night and left her son alone. Justified, as Claire is very clearly not in her right mind and has been manipulated by the Man in Black for three years.
  • Pregnant Hostage: Averted. Ethan nabs her, but she isn't a hostage, she's the goal.
  • Put on a Bus: After wandering off into the jungle and vanishing near the end of Season 4, she is entirely absent from Season 5.
  • Sanity Slippage: Three years alone on an island with only an Eldritch Abomination for company did not do wonders for her sanity. Although she seemed to be recovering somewhat by the Grand Finale.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: In season 6 she is basically the new Danielle Rousseau.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After three years alone on the Island, Claire has become a Rousseau clone.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: When Ethan kidnaps her and administers her drugs to keep her passive, she blocks out the memory and only later recalls what happened with help from Libby.
  • Trauma Conga Line: She was left alone and abandoned on an island for three years longing for her son who didn't know she existed and thought Kate was his mother. With several people who wanted to kill her. And is "infected" by the Man in Black.
  • Wild Hair: In Season six.

    Charlie 

Charlie Pace

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Played By: Dominic Monaghan & Jeremy Shada (child)
Centric Episodes: "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.


  • Adorkable: He has his moments, with his geeky argument with Hurley about who would win a race between the Flash and Superman, and his "imaginary peanut butter" moment with Claire being stand-outs.
  • The Atoner: First for his drug addiction, and then for his unstable behavior in Season 2.
  • Back for the Finale: Like everyone else.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Shooting Ethan six times in the chest definitely counts.
    Charlie: I wasn't gonna let that animal near her again.
  • British Rock Star: Charlie considers himself a 'bloody rock God' but he's more of a one-hit wonder than he perhaps realizes.
  • Celebrity Survivor: A very loose definition of 'celebrity', but he was the bass player for a semi-successful band.
  • Dead Person Conversation: With Hurley.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Along with Sawyer, he was the primary source of snark in the first season.
    Eko: Charlie! Do you know how they got the hatch door open?
    Charlie: [strumming on his guitar] No, but if you hum a few bars, I could probably play it.
  • 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 briefly stopping him from trying to save his life), miraculously resuscitates him.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: To Claire.
  • Everything Trying to Kill You: For a while Desmond couldn't take his eyes off of Charlie for a second or something might kill him.
  • Expy: Drive Shaft, being a Manchester alt rock band founded by two brothers who struggled with drug problems, is a pretty obvious expy of Oasis. This is even lampshaded by a flashback where Charlie is busking by performing "Wonderwall".
  • Face Death with Dignity: He locks the Looking Glass door to save Desmond, gives him a final message and does the sign of the cross before drowning.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Whatever flaws he may have, Charlie is, at heart, a good person.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: To stop the Looking Glass blocking the satellite phone signal, he swims down despite knowing he wouldn't make it back up.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Hurley.
  • Nice Guy: Before Season two, he was possibly the most likeable character on the show.
  • Odd Friendship: With Mr. Eko in season 2
  • Oop North: Hails from Manchester.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: In particular for the early seasons, when he's paired with Hurley often and has some of the snarkiest lines.
  • Raised Catholic/Real Men Love Jesus: His first flashback scene is a confession in Church, and he's seen several times struggling to reconcile his religious beliefs with his rock and roll lifestyle.
  • Sanity Slippage: Heroin withdrawal and jealousy over Locke's close relationship with Claire does a number on Charlie's mental state in Season 2, but after a while, he pulls himself together.
  • 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.
  • Wham Line: Charlie has several:
    • From Pilot Pt. 1, after finding the pilot’s body: “Guys, what could do something like that?”
    • From Pilot Pt. 2: “Guys, where are we?”
    • From Through the Looking Glass: (written on his hand in marker) “Not Penny’s Boat”.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: In Season 3, Desmond reveals that Death not only wants him, but is a persistent bastard. Charlie fights it until he’s given the chance to go out like a hero and save the others, wherein he accepts his fate with dignity while warning Desmond of danger.
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    Michael 

Michael Dawson

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Played By: Harold Perrineau
Centric Episodes: "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.


  • All for Nothing: All the strife and moral compromise Michael undergoes to reunite with his son and escape from the Island ends up destroying his and Walt's relationship, and Michael ends up spending the last weeks of his life as a suicidal wreck, returning to the Island to die.
  • Apologetic Attacker: After Ana-Lucia gives him her gun to murder "Henry", Michael says "I'm sorry"; when Ana asks what he's sorry for, Michael shoots her dead.
  • The Atoner: The guilt of killing Ana-Lucia and Libby combined with the loss of Walt results in Michael returning to the island to atone for his sins.
  • Back for the Dead: He returns in Season 4 for a few episodes before dying onboard the Kahana. It's lampshaded.
  • The Bus Came Back: For Season 4, Michael returns as Ben's inside man on the freighter.
  • Butt-Monkey: Poor guy never can catch a break. His girlfriend's pregnancy means he has to give up his art (which is his real passion), she subsequently cheats on him, leaves him, practically steals his son from him, moves to Australia with her boss/lover, then she dies and the stepfather foists him off on Michael who's estranged from him, they crash on an island with monsters, his son is kidnapped by the Others, Michael falls apart mentally, gets taken by the Others himself, Forced into Evil, has to live under the radar with his son, is consumed with guilt to the point of becoming suicidal, loses his son to estrangement, dies and then he can't even move on to the afterlife because the guilt is too much!
  • Catchphrase: 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. He even tells Sayid and Desmond that he's 'here to die'.
  • Despair Event Horizon: After killing Ana and Libby, he started to lose his mind. Attempting to kill himself, first with a car and then with a gun, also count.
  • Disappeared Dad: Was one himself before the start of the show, though involuntary. Walt's mother took Walt to Europe with her and ended up starting a new life, never giving Michael an opportunity to connect with his son.
  • The Everyman: His past doesn't involve fame, crime, murder, destiny or incest. He's the closest to 'ordinary' the cast gets. Naturally, his life is horrible.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Tragically, even after his death, Michael'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.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Michael eventually becomes friends with Locke, Jin and Sawyer despite their initial clashes: Michael's suspicion of Locke spending time with Walt, Jin's seemingly unprompted attack of Michael and Sawyer's general jerkishness.
  • Forced into Evil: By the Others. Ben dodges responsibility later, saying that his orders didn't involve killing anyone, just freeing him.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Sent to blow up a freighter, gets blown up in the freighter, though he manages to save some lives before that happens, most notably Desmond and Jin.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: The Island refuses to allow Michael to kill himself, forcing him to return. When he finally does die, it's from a Heroic Sacrifice.
  • 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.
  • The Mole: On Widmore's freighter. He's employed as a deckhand while secretly working for Ben.
  • 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 her 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.
  • Nice Guy: Not to the point of being a doormat, and he certainly has his tempermental moments, but on the whole Michael was a decent man who was considerate of others. He had big opportunities to tear down Susan and Brian in Walt's eyes, but didn't take them, choosing to let Walt think they were good people instead of jerks. Even his most heinous actions were done to save his son and left him with crippling regret.
  • Odd Friendship: With Jin, considering how they started. Notably, Jin is the last physical person that Michael interacts with while he is alive, and his last words are for Jin to escape and reunite with Sun while he stays behind and keeps the boat bomb at bay.
  • Papa Wolf: One word: WAAAAAAALT!
  • Put on a Bus: At the end of Season 2, the Others live up to their end of the bargin and allow him and Walt to leave the island on a boat. See The Boat Came Back for what happens in Season 4.
  • Redemption Equals Death: He saves the lives of Jin, Desmond, Sun, Aaron, Kate, Jack, Sawyer, Faraday and Hurley by staying behind on the boat to keep the bomb frozen. It does explode anyway, but he buys them enough time to get the helicopter in the air. Jack himself, one of the people most personally effected by Michael’s betrayal, even seems to forgive him by citing Michael as an example of the people they’ve lost.
  • Tragic Villain: Michael was just a good-hearted man dealt a very bad hand, and made some dumb decisions along the way. He killed Ana-Lucia and Libby to save his son, and the guilt subsequently destroys him.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: After he shoots Ana-Lucia and Libby and freeing Ben, he shoots himself in the shoulder to make it look like Ben escaped and shot him, along with Ana-Lucia and Libby, to gain sympathy from the survivors.

    Walt 

Walter "Walt" Lloyd

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Played By: Malcolm David Kelley
Centric Episodes: "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.


  • Aborted Arc: See below.
  • Back for the Finale: In the epilogue, Hurley and Ben bring him back to the Island, presumably to help his father move on.
  • Break the Cutie: Michael apparently confessed to Walt that he murdered Ana Lucia and Libby, ruining their relationship for the remainder of Michael's life.
  • Creepy Child: If only because of his Psychic Powers.
  • Nice Guy: Creepy though he may be, Walt is, at heart, a decent kid, even leaving Vincent in Shannon's care so that she can have someone to comfort her over Boone's death.
  • Out of Focus: Season 3 onwards.
  • Psychic Powers: It's never explored to any real extent, but Walt has the ability to 'make things happen' and has premonitions about the hatch.
  • Put on a Bus: Or a boat. The Others let Walt leave with Michael, and he never returns to the island on-screen. He's seen sparingly throughout the series.
  • Reality Warper: Walt shows signs of being one before being Put on a Bus. The polar bears seem to have been retconned away, but the dead bird was never explained (when the producers were developing the character of Walt, they initially intended for him to display supernatural powers by summoning animals).
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: The fact that a year was passing in real life but only a couple of months in screen each season meant that Walt had to be shipped off fairly quickly.
  • Sanity Slippage: He ends up in the same asylum as Hurley due to his experiences on the island.
  • Tagalong Kid: The only kid who has ever been a main cast member.
  • Trauma Conga Line: In Locke's estimation, and it's hard to argue. His mother dies, his stepfather abandons him, he crashes on an island with monsters, gets kidnapped by the natives and becomes estranged from his father.
    Walt: [My mother and I] move a lot. She got sick. She died a couple of weeks ago.
    Locke: You're having a bad month.

    Shannon 

Shannon Rutherford

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Played By: Maggie Grace
Centric Episodes: "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.


  • Accidental Murder: The victim of a particularly senseless case; following an apparition of Walt, Shannon charges through the jungle amidst heavy rain, spooking an already shaken Ana-Lucia, who shoots her dead on reflex.
  • Alpha Bitch: If the island was high school, there's no doubt Shannon would be the head of the popular clique.
  • Back for the Finale: Like everyone else.
  • Character Development: Shannon gradually moves past her selfishness and self-imposed isolation to become a more valued member of the survivors.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Particular with regard to Boone, who she engages in Snark-to-Snark Combat from time to time.
    Shannon: What's a four letter word for I don't care?

    Shannon: I am so not moving to the rape caves!
  • Death by Sex: Or "Death By Sex with Sayid", since he has a pretty high count of dead girlfriends.
  • A Death in the Limelight: Her centric episode had a lot of people pitying her, when finally her goals and motivations were put into the spotlight instead of Boone's and rendering her a truly sympathetic character. Then Ana Lucia kills her.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Due to Sayid's actions.
  • Flirty Stepsiblings: With Boone, to the point where they have a one night stand with each other. It's pretty clear initially, to the point where Claire mistakes them for lovers at first.
    Claire: Is that your boyfriend?
    Shannon: My brother, Boone. God's freakin' gift to humanity.
  • Hidden Depths: She appears to be just a shallow, manipulative Alpha Bitch, but she's much smarter than she lets on. She also speaks French, has a wonderful singing voice, and was a talented dance teacher.
  • Ill Girl: Asthmatic, the inhalers she has run out...Sun's ingenious use of eucalyptus leaves saves her in the end.
  • It's All About Me: She tends to concern herself with her own problems first, resulting in everything else being secondary.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Shannon may give off the impression of an Alpha Bitch, but she does try and do the right thing when it comes down to it. She isn't entirely selfish, she just has a very low opinion of her abilities. The reality is that people have been underestimating her for her entire life, her stepmother was a true bitch who clearly hated her, and she dealt with the unwanted romantic affections of her own stepbrother. She believed that everyone abandoned her.
  • The Load: What everyone else (particularly Boone) accuse her of being. Boone thinks that she's lazy and useless, and she tries to prove otherwise. Shannon grows to resent her status as this with time; after losing track of Vincent, whom Walt had entrusted to her care before leaving on the raft, Shannon bitterly laments that she's failing at the one of the few things anyone had actually asked of her.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Although Boone did eventually wise up to her game, Shannon had been manipulating him for a long time. She does the same thing to Charlie.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Hence all the bikini shots.
  • Not Blood Siblings: With Boone.
  • Pretty Freeloader: She starts to get resentful of her status of this as time goes on, though.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Beautiful!: Shannon uses her beauty to get by in life and on the island, manipulating Charlie into catching fish for her.
  • Second Love: For Sayid.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: She starts to shed her selfish attitude as the first season progresses, growing a lot through her relationship with Sayid and desire to actually contribute.
  • Wicked Stepmother: Has one in the form of Sabrina Carlyle.

    Boone 

Boone Carlyle

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Played By: Ian Somerhalder
Centric Episodes: "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.


  • All Love Is Unrequited: He's in love with Shannon, who understandably doesn't return it.
  • Ambiguously Bi: In "Exposé", Shannon interrupts a conversation between Boone and Paulo by telling the former to "stop flirting with random guys", implying that Boone might be in the habit of doing so (although given that the source is Shannon, the comment should be taken with a grain of salt).
  • Back for the Finale: Like other dead characters.
  • 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.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Boone suffers catastrophic injuries after the Beechcraft falls from a cliff with him inside of it. Jack's struggles to save his life just make matters worse, and he's nearly forced to amputate Boone's leg before being convinced (by Boone himself) to let him go. To his credit, Boone manages to Face Death with Dignity despite his situation.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has his moments, mostly when with Shannon.
    Boone: We've all been through a trauma. The only difference is, you're the only one who's given herself a pedicure since we crashed.
  • 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.
  • Face Death with Dignity: In the end, Boone simply tells Jack that it's okay to let him go, dying peacefully shortly after.
  • Failure Hero: Despite his best efforts, Boone never manages to be the hero; he bungles the CPR while trying to revive Rose, nearly drowns trying to save Joanna (who dies anyway), his attempt to ration the survivors' remaining water fails miserably, he falls asleep while trying to guard the camp against Ethan (who slips in undetected and kills someone through no fault of Boone's), and he sustains fatal injuries trying to send an SOS from the Beechcraft (adding insult to injury, the signal didn't even make it off the Island and was dismissed when the Tailies received it).
  • Fallen Princess: Averted. He takes to island survival and teamwork a lot easier than most.
  • Fatal Flaw: Boone's naivety and overwhelming desire to help others drive his ill-fated efforts at heroism, which eventually put Boone in an early grave.
  • Flirty Stepsiblings: With Shannon, to the point where they have a one night stand with each other. It's pretty clear initially, to the point where Claire mistakes them for lovers at first.
    Claire: Is that your boyfriend?
    Shannon: My brother, Boone. God's freakin' gift to humanity.
  • Heroic Wannabe: A tragic case; Boone wants to be a hero so badly that he's willing to risk his life to do it. This nearly gets him killed early on, and near the end of the first season, he ends up being catastrophically injured trying to radio for help and dies in the following episode.
  • 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.
  • The Lancer: To Locke, but more like his acolyte than anything.
  • Like a Son to Me: Boone is like the son Locke never had, even informally calling him "Son" at one point.
  • Nepotism: Implied heavily to be the reason he was elevated to the position of CEO at his mother's company.
  • 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: Boone might be a wealthy yuppie type, but he's happiest when he's being active and helping out.
  • Not Blood Siblings: With Shannon.
  • Posthumous Character: Despite dying in the first season, he appears no less than 10 times after his death, among the most of any deceased character.
  • Pretty Boy: Boone stands out in a cast full of handsome males for his boyish good looks.
  • Sacrificial Lion: His death serves to hammer home that Anyone Can Die. Boone's demise greatly impacts the other survivors and leads to several events to come.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Boone's fatal attempt to radio the outside world for rescue only reached the Tailies, who disregarded it as a trick by the Others.
  • Spoiled Sweet: His mother is extremely wealthy, and Boone was made the CEO of her company. He's still a good man with a strong moral compass.
  • Tragic Hero: All Boone wanted was to help others, but his best efforts never made much of an impact, and one final attempt to get everyone rescued resulted in his death. Even more tragic, his sacrifice proved to be in vain; the transmission he sent from the Beechcraft only got as far as the Tailies, where Ana-Lucia dismissed it as a trick by the Others, believing her group to be the only survivors of Flight 815.
  • 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 

Rose Nadler (nee Henderson)

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Centric Episodes: "S.O.S."

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.


  • Armour-Piercing Question: Delivers a frankly epic one during the Season 5 finale.
    Rose: We travelled back 30 years in time and you're still trying to find ways to shoot each other?
  • Cool Old Lady: From the very beginning, unlike her bumbling husband who's nice but not 'cool'.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Moreso in the later seasons, but also in the first. See the above quotes.
  • Gut Feeling: Rose is utterly convinced that Bernard is alive, despite the low odds of survival for the tail section. Everyone thinks she's in denial, but Bernard does turn up alive and...not 'well', but alive!
  • Happily Married: To Bernard.
  • I Choose to Stay: Due to the island keeping her cancer at bay, she makes this choice.
  • Magical Negro: Blatantly in Season 1. She leads Charlie in prayer after his Disney Death. She mystically "knows" her husband is alive elsewhere on the island. In general, if she believes a character is good, she's correct.
    • However, Rose later grew a bit, becoming a character in her own right in season 2 with a back story and her own side plot. And by season 4, she's actively snarking at Jack. And then she decides to just give up and just live in "retirement" with Bernard.
  • Not Afraid to Die: She and Bernard eventually reach this point.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: Refuses to help at the end of Season 5 because she's retired.
  • Promoted to Opening Titles: For the last episode.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Moreso in the later seasons when her snarky moments kick in.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Rose stands up very firmly to the Man in Black.
  • Zen Survivor: She's remarkably calm following the crash; so much so that Jack believes she's in shock.

    Nikki & Paulo 

Nikki Fernandez and Paulo

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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.


  • Affably Evil: Nikki is reasonably friendly with her fellow survivors, forming a friendship with Arzt and being willing to help Hurley repair a DHARMA van he found in the jungle.
  • Asshole Victim: Nikki, moreso than Paulo.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Nikki actually seems quite sweet and nice in contrast to the more abrasive Paulo. In reality, Nikki is a Manipulative Bitch and Paulo is pretty much her pawn.
  • Buried Alive: Both are then buried alive because they looked dead.
  • Character Death: Nikki paralyses Paulo with a species of spider that lives on the island, but then a dozen spiders come out of the woodwork and paralyse her. They're both buried alive with the survivors presuming they're dead.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Being paralysed and then buried alive by your aquaintances who think you're dead can't be pleasant.
  • Death by Materialism: Nikki moreso than Paulo. She paralyses Paulo so she can have the diamonds, but ends up meeting the same fate.
  • A Death In The Lime Light: In their first and last flashback episode, they are both killed.
  • Even Evil Can Be Loved: Despite Nikki's gold-digging ways, Paulo still loved her, although it didn't save him.
  • Faux Death: Both of them are paralysed, but mistaken for dead and subsequently Buried Alive.
  • Gold Digger: Nikki. Before the crash, she pretended to love a film director from Sydney long enough for her to poison him, and then get a bunch of diamonds worth millions of dollars. They didn't help her much on the island, though.
  • Karmic Death: The diamonds they killed for tore their relationship apart and ultimately killed them.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Paulo. He commits murder under Nikki's guidance.
  • Love Makes You Stupid: Again, Paulo, who's so blinded by his love for Nikki that he can't see how self-centered she is.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Nikki, of Paulo.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Nikki in her last episode. The writers seem to have decided to make the most of Kiele Sanchez while they could, so she appears in lots of cleavagely tops, a bikini, and has an extended stripper sequence.
  • Only One Name: Paulo is never given a surname.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Introduced out of nowhere at the beginning of season three, the dynamic duo were apparently survivors of the crash. While random Redshirt characters regularly pop in and out, Nikki and Paulo began chumming with the main characters, going on adventures, and in general trying to fit in when they had obviously never been there before. One of the reasons they became a collective case of The Scrappy.
  • Shoo Out the New Guy: Nikki and Paulo lasted a grand total of half a season before being killed, due to being hated by absolutely everyone.
  • The Sociopath: Nikki. She's perfectly willing to ruthlessly kill for her diamonds.
  • Stripperific: Nikki in her acting role due to playing a...stripper.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: All in all, their appearance was short. They died in their only centric episode.

The Tailies

    The Tailies 
  • Anti-Hero
  • Butt-Monkey: They suffer even more than the survivors we met initially. They're targeted by the Others frequently and they don't have the benefit of a highly competent surgeon crash-landing with them, so most of the Tailies died quickly.
  • Crazy Survivalist: Spending the first two months on the Island living in constant fear of the Others will do that.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Most of them have gone through this.
  • Dwindling Party: They suffer badly from this; they start out with 23 people, but lose many to injuries and abduction by the Others. By the time Season 2 begins, they're down to five people (Ana, Eko, Libby, Bernard, and Cindy), losing three more before the season ends (Cindy is abducted while Ana and Libby are killed by Michael), with only Eko and Bernard making it to Season 3. With Eko's death, Bernard becomes the group's Sole Survivor.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Ana Lucia.
  • Hufflepuff House: The Tailies have much less relevance to the plot than the other survivors.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Ana Lucia, Libby, and Eko.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Cindy and the other Tailies who were abducted and converted by the Others. They are presumably still somewhere on the Island by the end of the series.

    Bernard 

Bernard Nadler

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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.


  • Action Survivor: He's the only Tailie to not die or get kidnapped by the Others.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Bernard turns out to be a crack shot with a rifle, taking part in the survivors' trap at the end of Season 3, successfully killing several of Pryce's men.
  • Chekhov's Hobby: Bernard offhandedly mentions that he knows Morse Code, which comes in handy when the freighter can only communicate with Daniel through Morse Code and he can determine that Daniel is lying about what they’re saying.
  • Cool Old Guy: Maybe not at first, but he becomes one by the series finale along with Rose: neither of them fear death anymore and are living a happy life in a tropical setting.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He might appear to be a bumbler, but Bernard is actually very competent, particularly when it comes to defending the people he loves.
  • Deconfirmed Bachelor: Spent 56 years happily single, then he met Rose and proposed five months later. Even learning that she had terminal cancer and a year left to live didn't deter him.
  • Determinator: When it comes down to it, Bernard will not give up. When he finds out Rose has cancer, he pulls out all the stops, even taking her to a faith healer. He's also frustrated to find that most survivors have given up on rescue, and takes it on himself to create an Island Help Message.
  • The Everyman: Bernard's a dentist; no secret life, no big tragedy in his backstory, he's just a dentist in his later years happily married. He's easily the most normal survivor.
  • Happily Married: To Rose.
  • I Choose to Stay: When he discovers that Rose's cancer is kept at bay by the island's healing properties, Bernard decides he wants to stay with her.
  • Island Help Message: He makes one saying 'S.O.S' for overhead planes, but ultimately gives up after Rose confesses that her cancer is gone thanks to the island.
  • Nice Guy: At heart, Bernard is just a basically decent human being who enjoys helping others.
  • Not Afraid to Die: By the time Desmond meets up with him and Rose, they've both settled down and no longer fear death. They only care about being together.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: Refuses to help the "A Team" at the end of Season 5, since him and Rose are retired.
  • Promoted to Opening Titles: For the last episode.
  • Sweet Tooth: A whole mouth of them, according to Rose.

    Ana-Lucia 

Ana-Lucia Cortez

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Centric Episodes: "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.


  • Accidental Murder: Seemingly surrounded by the Others and their whispers in the pouring rain shortly after one of their own had been taken, Ana shoots without thinking and kills Shannon by accident.
  • Action Girl: Aside from being a cop, when the plane crashes, Ana goes straight to work pulling people out of the wreckage. She kills Goodwin in a one-on-one fight.
  • Blood from the Mouth: After being shot in the stomach by Michael.
  • Character Death: Michael, having been Forced into Evil by the Others, convinces Ana to give him her gun so he can kill the imprisoned Ben. He subsequently shoots her in the stomach, killing her.
  • Cowboy Cop: Ana straight-up lies about the identity of her attacker during an investigation, so that when he goes free she has the opportunity to personally kill the man.
  • Dead Person Conversation: With Hurley.
  • Death by Sex: Ana dies in the same episode she has sex with Sawyer.
  • Dirty Cop: She's seen taking bribes in the flash-sideways.
  • Fair Cop: The likes of Sawyer and her partner Mike have noticed how attractive she is.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Ana has a strong moral compass but she's also aggressive, short-tempered and stand-offish. It's part of what makes her so unpopular.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: She can fly off the handle with little warning.
  • Heroic BSoD: She completely loses her shit after shooting Shannon.
  • Hot-Blooded: Her blood is always up.
  • Imperiled in Pregnancy: Ana suffered a shooting in the line of duty while she was pregnant, suffering a miscarriage as a result. She explicitly mentions this before gunning down the man who shot her.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She still remains a jerk, but it isn't intentional. She just seems to have a natural inability to endear herself to others.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Her face screams this after she shoots Shannon.
  • No Social Skills: Ana suffers pretty badly from this; she's blunt, irritable and has no idea how to make people like her, something she laments.
    "People don't like me. I tried to get them to most of my life. I guess I just gave up a while back. I mean, I am what I am."
  • Perpetual Frowner: Life hasn't been kind to Ana, and it shows in her sour disposition.
  • Properly Paranoid: Ana turns out to have been right that her camp had been infiltrated by the Others. She just got the spy's identity wrong, assuming that it was Nathan instead of Goodwin.
  • Revenge: Her motivation for killing the man who shot her.
  • Sanity Slippage: Undergoes a bit of this during her first 48 days on the island, what with the paranoia of the Others and her (correct) belief that they have a spy amongst them. It culminates in her Thousand-Yard Stare after shooting Shannon.
  • Spicy Latina: Ana is certainly emotional at times.

    Libby 

Elizabeth 'Libby' Smith

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"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."
Played By: Cynthia Watros
Centric Episodes: None

"Okay, hey, hey, how about no one's in charge, okay? I'm sure everyone can manage to just take what they need."

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


  • Accidental Murder: Downplayed; Michael shot her on reflex, but given that she'd seen him murder Ana-Lucia, it's unlikely he would have let her live anyway. He claims afterwards that killing Libby was a mistake, but Hurley himself pointedly asks Michael if he would have still killed her. Regardless, it doesn't lessen Michael's guilt over her death.
  • Back for the Finale: Like most of the other main characters, she returns for the finale.
  • Character Death: When Michael shoots Ana-Lucia to free Ben, Libby walks in and startles him. He swings around and fires in a panic, shooting her twice in the gut. She's still alive when Jack and the others find her, but quickly succumbs to her injuries.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Described by Dave as a 'hot blonde' and is easily one of the most good-hearted characters on the show.
  • The Heart: Of the tail-end survivors. She's often the calm, sympathetic voice of reason that balances out the more aggressive and paranoid Ana-Lucia.
  • The Medic: For the tail section survivors. She might not be a medical doctor (she dropped out of medical school), but she does have some medical training. Despite doing her absolute best, many of the people she tends to end up dying. It's a harsh acknowledgement of how lucky the front section survivors were to have a supremely talented doctor crash with them.
  • Mysterious Past: Everything about Libby is a straight-up mystery that's never answered. We didn't get to learn her surname until years after her death. It's also never explained why she was in a mental hospital with Hurley, what happened with her 'sick' husband David or if the meeting with Desmond was pure coincidence.
  • Nice Girl: From her first appearance, she's good-natured and considerate of others.
  • The Lancer: To Ana-Lucia before they found the other survivors.
  • The Shrink: Libby was a psychologist before the crash, and she uses those skills to help Hurley as he suffers from hallucinations.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: One of the few main characters to never get a centric episode, though she had a brief flashback at the end of the Hurley centric "Dave". It took 4 years for the creators to reveal her surname!

    Mr Eko 

Mr. Eko

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"Don't mistake coincidence for fate."
Played By: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje & Kolawolfe Obileye, Jr. (child)
Centric Episodes: "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: There was a huge plan for Mr Eko's character, but when the actor left, much of his arc was shifted to Locke and Ben, if not cut altogether.
  • Affably Evil: As a drug lord, Eko had a certain politeness and charm, even if he was ready to slash two men's throats over an insult.
  • 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 was gunned down by the military.
  • As the Good Book Says...: Eko carves Bible verses into what Charlie refers to as his "Jesus Stick".
  • The Atoner: Subverted. He seems to be a very clear-cut example of the trope: he's a brooding, largely silent man with a blood-soaked past who scratches Bible verses into his weapon and took a forty-day vow of silence after killing two attacking Others, indicating that he feels he needs to atone. As it turns out, he's utterly unrepentant of his past. He believes he only did what he needed to in order to survive and save his brother, who would have wound up in his position had he not made that first choice which set him down a dark path.
  • Badass Baritone: Eko has a very deep voice, and he was a dangerous crime lord in the past. On the island, he is clearly one of the toughest survivors.
  • Badass Beard: He grows one while on the island, and is certainly very formidable.
  • Badass Preacher: Except he's only a priest in the technical sense since he forced his brother to sign papers making him a priest. Still, he becomes a spiritual leader of sorts among the survivors.
  • Becoming the Mask: Initially, Eko was using his priesthood as a disguise, but after Yemi's death, he slowly becomes a genuine man of God.
  • Berserk Button: During a flashback in "The 23rd Psalm", a criminal with 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.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Eko doesn't say much most of the time, usually reacting to what others say to him. Taken to the extreme with his 40-day vow of silence.
  • Character Death: The Smoke Monster beats him to death after he refuses to atone for his 'sins'. It's been theorized that the Smoke Monster killed him because it saw he couldn't be manipulated, so it killed him out of frustration and moved on to manipulate Locke.
  • Children Forced to Kill: Eko got his start when a violent militia tried to force his brother to kill an innocent old man. Eko took the gun and did it instead to spare his brother a life of violence.
  • The Comically Serious: Eko's reserved demeanor is occasionally put up against more light-hearted and humorous characters, like Sawyer or Charlie.
    Eko: [My name is] Mr. Eko.
    Sawyer: Mr. Eko.
    Eko: Yes.
    Sawyer: Is that like "Mr. Ed"?
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Eko's death stands out for how brutal it is; the Monster grabs him, then violently slams him into nearby trees and into the ground before leaving him to die of his injuries.
  • Dies Wide Open: Locke shuts his eyes for him.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Despite being one of the most popular characters on the show, he dies rather suddenly near the start of Season 3, killed by the Monster and rarely mentioned again. It's a case of Real Life Writes the Plot, and in a series where most dead characters turn up in flashbacks or even the flash-sideways, Eko never makes a physical appearance following his death. This is due to the actor wanting too much money.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Even as a ruthless drug lord, Eko loved his brother. Yemi's death proved to be the start of Eko's Heel–Face Turn.
  • Fingertip Drug Analysis: He knows how to do this, since he'd be a pretty poor drug lord if he didn't.
  • Foreshadowing: Eko's death is the first hint for the audience that the Smoke Monster is both intelligent and actively malevolent; in hindsight, the Man in Black was trying to manipulate Eko as he would later manipulate John and Ben, then killed him when the attempt failed.
  • 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: When Yemi/The Monster tries to get him to 'confess' his sins, Eko refuses. This wasn't what the Man in Black wanted to hear, however; "Yemi" becomes cold to Eko, then turns back into the Monster and murders him.
    "I ask for no forgiveness, Father. For I have not sinned. I have only done what I needed to do to survive. A small boy once asked me if I was a bad man. If I could answer him now, I would tell him that... when I was a young boy, I killed a man to save my brother's life. I am not sorry for this. I am proud of this. I did not ask for the life that I was given. But it was given, nonetheless. And with it... I did my best."
  • No Sense of Humor: Unlike the rest of the main cast, Eko doesn't make jokes or sarcastic comments, and he barely responds to the humor of others.
  • Not So Stoic: Eko seldom shows much emotion, usually maintaining a calm, quiet demeanor. His placid demeanour noticeably cracks when he finds Yemi's body, and in his final episode he's completely erratic as he goes through his Trauma Conga Line.
  • Only One Name: He's largely known as Eko or Mister Eko. As a priest, he goes by the last name "Tunde", which may or may not be an alias.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: The actor wanted to leave the show, the reasons being somewhat varied depending on who's talking. Some say that he was difficult to work with, particularly not getting along with Terry O'Quinn. Others say he was frustrated about being in the dark about his own character (as is standard on Lost). The most likely explanation is the one that was given: he disliked living in Hawaii and with the tragic loss of both his parents, wanted to move back home.
  • Religious Bruiser: Most ably demonstrated by his main weapon, a club with scripture carved into it. Charlie calls it his 'Jesus stick'.
  • Scary Black Man: Standing at an impressive height, heavily muscled and usually dressed in rags, Eko is a very frightening man even when he's calm.
  • 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: For most of his time on the Island, Eko is very calm and quiet.
  • Trauma Conga Line: In the episode "The Cost of Living" the Monster puts him through this. Eko is still badly wounded from the Hatch explosion and spends the episode being tortured with hallucinations of his brother. Eventually, he's murdered by the Smoke Monster.
  • The Quiet One: Even after his forty day vow of silence, Eko is hardly the loquacious type.
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