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    Nadia 

Noor 'Nadia' Abed Jaseem

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Played By: Andrea Gabriel

Sayid: This isn't a game, Nadia.
Nadia: Yet, you keep playing it, Sayid — pretending to be something I know you're not.

Nadia Jaseem is the long lost love of Sayid Jarrah. The two were childhood friends in Iraq and she became involved in the insurgency against Saddam Hussein. Sayid, who was an interrogator for the Republican Guard, was assigned to interrogate her and instead helped her escape. Sayid's priority in life is to find his way back to Nadia, and he was headed to Los Angeles to find her when the plane crashed.


  • Broken Bird: Subverted. Despite all the horrible things she goes through, Nadia doesn't let it get to her and stays a cheerful, good-hearted woman.
  • Character Death: While out with Sayid, she's hit by a car as she's crossing the street. She dies shortly after in Sayid's arms.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Sayid. As children, Nadia would push him in the mud and tease him so that he would notice her. They eventually get married as adults.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Survived it without breaking, even after they flayed off the soles of her feet.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: She dies with Sayid holding her.
  • Happily Married: Nadia enjoys a happy (but brief) marriage to Sayid.
  • La Résistance: She was a member of an insurgent group against Saddam Hussein's regime.
  • Look Both Ways: She's killed when crossing the road. Not entirely her fault, since it was a murder as opposed to an accident.
  • The Lost Lenore: For Sayid, who spends a great deal of the series trying to find her. When he does, and marries her, she is killed, thus making her The Lost Lenore yet again.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Sayid. She's a member of La Résistance, he's a Torture Technician for the Republican Guard.

    Cooper 

Anthony Cooper

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Played By: Kevin Tighe

"A conman goes by many names, friend."

John Locke's biological father. Cooper was shown to have used the alias of Adam Seward, and he claimed to have used Tom Sawyer, Ted MacLaren, Louis Jackson and Paul, among others. He was, by his own admission, a con man. As "Tom Sawyer", he seduced James Ford's mother, Mary Ford and then used her in order to swindle money from her and her husband, which resulted in the death of both. This prompted James to take on the alias "Sawyer", and to hunt down his namesake.


  • Abusive Parents: Very much so. Aside from the implications of either abusive or disinterested foster parents, Locke's own father frequently ruins his life with no remorse and ultimately tries to kill his own son.
  • Archnemesis Dad: To Locke. He abandons him, steals his kidney, abandons him again, destroys Locke's romantic relationship with Helen (albeit not on purpose) and eventually tries to kill him.
  • Asshole Victim: Go on, it's okay to admit you cheered when Sawyer strangled him with a chain.
  • Badass Grandpa: The son of a bitch deserves some props. He's never scared, fearlessly taunting Sawyer and Locke when they're just about to kill him. He never begs for his life.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Part and parcel of being a conman is pretending to be a good, trustworthy person. In Cooper's case, he's particularly special: it wouldn't have cost him anything to have a son who worshipped him but he still dropped Locke like a grenade when he no longer needed him.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He's a charming, manipulative liar...but when he drops the charade, he's refreshingly up-front about being a selfish, sociopathic sub-human monster.
  • Character Death: After Sawyer realizes who Cooper is and confronts him about being indirectly responsible for the death of Sawyer's family, Cooper shows no remorse whatsoever and taunts him. In a rage, Sawyer throttles him with the old slave chains in the Black Rock.
  • Con Man: His trade. His victims include Sawyer's mother, his own son, a pair of low-life criminals, an elderly widow and presumably many more.
  • Create Your Own Villain: By conning Sawyer's parents and causing their deaths by proxy, he sets Sawyer on a path of vengeance which eventually leads right to him.
  • Daddy Needs An Organ: And he'll con his own son to get it.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Cooper has some great lines, even when faced with certain death.
  • Defiant to the End: Even as he realizes that Sawyer means to kill him, he remains cruel and taunting.
  • Ephebophile: He fathered Locke on a teenager half his own age.
  • Evil Is Petty: Cooper doesn't just refuse to read Sawyer's letter, he tears it up in front of the poor man.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Don't let his polite facade fool you for a second. Beneath it lies an utterly unrepentant, sociopathic monster who cares not one bit about the innumerable lives he has destroyed.
  • I Have Many Names: We don't know his real name; Anthony Cooper is just one of his many aliases.
  • It's All About Me: If he seems like he cares about you or likes you at all, its only because you are useful to him in some way.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Cooper is able to screw Locke over again and again because he's very good at faking Pet the Dog moments.
  • Lack of Empathy: Human suffering means nothing to Cooper. On top of all the misery he piles on Locke, he flat out mocks Sawyer and his family for the devastation he brought upon them, all but laughing in Sawyer's face.
  • Karmic Death: A very well deserved strangling at Sawyer's hand; his life ended by the man whose life he ruined.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Virtually anything and everything Cooper does to Locke qualifies, but special mention goes to immediately cutting him out of his life after getting the kidney he needed. Locke had given up the kidney willingly and with no strings attached, and Cooper hadn't done anything illegal to get it, so his cruelty is doubly needless.
    • After he and Sawyer realise their connection to each other, Cooper mocks Sawyer's suffering, makes cruel comments about his late mother and father, and finally tears up the letter Sawyer had waited nearly thirty years to force "Mr. Sawyer" to read. The last turns out to be Sawyer's Rage Breaking Point, prompting him to strangle Cooper in a fit of rage.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He's made an entire career out of playing with people's emotions and motivations.
  • Nerves of Steel: Cooper doesn't panic, make hasty decisions or even show fear when a situation becomes dangerous. He always maintains control of himself, even when tied up by the Others or faced with the possibility of an incoming Karmic Death.
  • Offing the Offspring: Cooper caps off his years-long abuse of Locke by pushing him out of an eighth-story window. John survived, but Cooper clearly didn't want him to.
  • Playing Gertrude: Kevin Tighe is only a few years older than his on-screen son, Terry O'Quinn.
  • Smug Smiler: He frequently shows off a big, bright smile, usually whenever he's gotten away with something monstrous.
  • The Sociopath: Good God, is he an example of this trope. Cooper is entirely concerned with himself and doesn't feel an ounce of remorse for his numerous horrific crimes.
  • Two Aliases, One Character: Locke's abusive father Anthony Cooper and the "Mr. Sawyer" who destroyed the life of a young James Ford? One and the same.

    Carmen 

Carmen Reyes

Played By: Lillian Hurst

Hurley's mother. She was a devout Catholic, and was fluent in Spanish. She was often overbearing towards Hurley.


  • Christianity Is Catholic: She's very devoutly Catholic. She even gets a golden Jesus (and she hilariously puts her hands over Jesus' ears when talking about sex with her husband).
  • Completely Missing the Point: She rarely understands what Hurley is trying to tell her.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She earned some degree of adoration by fans due to the sheer hilarity of her lines.
  • Good Parents: As smothering and critical as she can be, Carmen loves her son dearly and can be relied on to help.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Carmen is often short-tempered, rude and critical of her son. As critical as she is of Hurley, she does love him and shows it.
  • Mama Bear: For Hurley.
  • My Beloved Smother: She tries to insert herself into Hurley's business with some frequency.
  • Right Through the Wall: With her husband, very much to Hurley's horror.
  • Too Much Information: With regards to Hurley, explaining that she 'has needs'. Hurley puts his hands over his ears.

    Diane 

Diane Janssen

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Played By: Beth Broderick

The mother of Kate Austen.


  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: She loves and adores her abusive drunk of a husband more than her own daughter.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She seems like a typical battered housewife and sweet waitress; the reality is that she placed her alcoholic, abusive husband before her own flesh and blood. She never forgives Kate for killing Wayne, taking every opportunity (save one) to turn her into the police. She even tries to threaten Kate with her testimony in exchange for seeing her 'grandson'.
  • Posthumous Character: Subverted. In her first flashback, she's dying of a terminal disease. She appears in several more flashbacks, but they all clearly take place before the first one. Then, in a flash-forward, it's revealed that she still lives. "The doctors have been given me a year to live for the past five years now."
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: She was never a good person, but after Kate returns she becomes much more underhanded.
  • The Topic of Cancer: She has terminal cancer.
  • Your Cheating Heart: It seems extremely likely that she was already sleeping with Wayne while married to Sam, who was on deployment.

    Randy 

Randy Nations

Played By: Billy Ray Gallion

The cruel, diabolical, and taunting middle management boss for whom both Hurley and Locke have worked.


  • Bad Boss: He's mean-spirited, bullying and cruel to his employees.
  • Beard of Evil: When he's working in Locke's office, although he's later seen without it.
  • The Bully: To Locke especially, who he detests for some strange reason that may have something to do with Locke being in a wheelchair.
  • Control Freak: He looks into Locke's personnel file and takes things off his desk.
  • Jerkass: Randy is a smug bully who openly insults his employees.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: He puts it about as cruelly as he can, but Randy isn't wrong in his assessment of Locke's hopes of going on a walkabout; the agency running the walkabout tells John the same thing, albeit in a far less cruel fashion.
  • Karma Houdini: Despite his horrible treatment of Locke and Hurley, he doesn't really face any consequences.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: His bullying of Locke seems to stem from his prejudice against a disabled man.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He's fond of giving these to Locke, as part of his whole bullying campaign.
    "What is it with you Locke? Why do you torture yourself? I mean, imagining you're some hunter? Walkabouts? Wake up, you can't do any of that."
  • Smug Snake: He's a truly horrible little man who fires people with a smile on his face.
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    Cassidy 

Cassidy Phillips

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"Show me how to con people, Sawyer."
Played By: Kim Dickens

A divorcée who fell in love with Sawyer, but was conned by him, and later gave birth to his daughter Clementine. She also became friends with Kate.


  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: She falls in love with Sawyer, even when she knows he's a con man.
  • Con Woman: When Sawyer's con (seemingly) fails, she asks him to teach her how to con people. She learns from Sawyer and works with him for a time before they split and she goes solo.
  • The Mark: In Sawyer and Gordy's scheme.
  • Outlaw Couple: With Sawyer, for a short while. They teamed up to con people, and had a whale of a time doing it. In reality, she was actually the mark. Sawyer was hoping to con her out of her divorce settlement money.
  • Woman Scorned: After Sawyer leaves her, she presses charges and as a result Sawyer winds up in prison. She remains viciously angry toward him for years afterward and never does forgive him, at least not on-screen.

    Mr Paik 

Woo-Jung Paik

Played By: Byron Chung

The CEO of the South Korean corporation Paik Heavy Industries. Mr. Paik was Sun's father and Jin's father-in-law, as well as Jin's employer.


  • Archnemesis Dad: To Jin, although they're obviously not related. It's played straighter with Sun.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He's an extremely rich man who keeps his motor business operating through illegal means...theft, blackmail and even murder.
  • The Corrupter: Is this for Jin.
  • The Don: Of his criminal empire.
  • The Dreaded: Everybody who knows about Mr Paik is understandably terrified of his power and reach.
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids: He seems very disappointed when Sun lies about who broke the glass ballerina, blaming the maid and getting her fired.
  • It's All About Me: Daughter cheats on her husband? She's disgracing his name and honor.
  • Jerkass: Paik is a cold, emotionless man who treats people like objects to be used and discarded. He cares for nothing but profit.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: He does show up to welcome Sun home after she leaves the Island, but soon afterwards reverts back to being a cold jerk.
  • Morality Pet: Sun. He does try to protect her, but he wants to make all her decisions. It's likely he sees her more as something he owns than an actual daughter, especially when he tells Jin that Jae Lee stole something of his.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: When Sun returns, she uses her wealth to secretly take control of her father's company and oust him. Paik loses his company and his daughter, the two things he placed the most value on.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: When Paik raises his voice, it's sudden and terrifying.
  • The Stoic: Paik rarely changes his expression.

    Margo 

Margo Shepherd

Played By: Veronica Hamel

Jack's mother and Christian's widow.


  • Satellite Character: She doesn't have much character herself, existing pretty much just to facilitate plot between Jack and Christian.

    Carole 

Carole Littleton

Played By: Susan Duerden

Claire's mother, Lindsey's sister, Christian Shephard's former lover and Aaron's grandmother.


  • Convenient Coma: A car accident puts her into a coma for years on end. She only comes out of it after the plane crash.

    David 

David Reyes

Played By: Cheech Marin

"Having hope is never stupid."

Hurley's father, and husband of Carmen Reyes.


  • The Atoner: For abandoning his son. After he returns, David gradually realizes what a mistake it was to abandon his family and dedicates himself to being a better father to Hurley.
  • Cool Old Guy: It's Cheech Marin! Of course he's cool!
  • Deadpan Snarker: As is the standard for any character played by Cheech Marin.
  • Disappeared Dad: When Hugo was a child, David gave him a candy bar, jumped on his motorcycle and rode off into the sunset for years on end...until Hurley won the lottery, at which point he promptly turned up.
  • Easily Forgiven: Carmen quickly forgives him for abandoning the family, and he ends up back in her bed very fast.
  • Only in It for the Money: At first, Hurley is correct in assuming that the only reason he turned up back in his son's life was because he'd won the lottery. That was true, but it's eventually subverted the more time David spends with him.
    David: When your mom called me about the lottery I was on my bike before she could hang the phone up. I'm getting old. Yeah, I saw my retirement. You're right. I'm here for the money.
    Hurley: Well, you're not getting any of it.
    David: That's not why I'm here talking to you now. I'm here talking to you now because going to Australia's not going to break any curse. You don't need to leave. You just — you need a little hope. We make our own luck, Hugo. You know what I think you should do?
    Hurley: What?
    David: I think you should give away the money. All of it, every penny. Just save enough for a new carburetor — work on the Camaro — you know, just you and me — take it off the blocks and make that road trip to the Grand Canyon. Never too late for a fresh start.
  • Right Through the Wall: With Carmen, much to Hurley's horror.
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    Malkin 

Richard Malkin

Played By: Nick Jameson

A self-professed psychic in Australia whom Claire visited several times while pregnant with Aaron.


  • Con Man: Malkin pretends to be a fortune teller to con people out of money. He's rather good at it, too.
  • Fortune Teller: Subverted, it's all a charade.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Successfully manipulates Claire through careful lies and actions. Malkin first gives Claire her money back, pretending he 'saw' something terrible, and then slowly pushed her into boarding the plane.
  • Only in It for the Money: Well, he's a con artist, after all.
  • Phony Psychic: Malkin admits to Eko straight-up that he's a fraud.
    Eko: Why would [Malkin's wife] spite you?
    Malkin: Because she knows I'm a fraud. Because I make my living as a psychic. You see, that's what I do. I gather intelligence on people and I exploit it. Everyday I meet people looking for a miracle, desperate to find one. But there are none to be had. Not in this world, anyway.

    Dr Brooks 

Dr. Douglas Brooks

Played By: Bruce Davison

Hurley's therapist at the Santa Rosa Mental Health Institute. During his sessions with Hurley, he focused on helping Hurley feel better about himself, and he helped Hurley examine his unhealthy relationship with food.


  • Nice Guy: A genuinely caring doctor who only wants to help his patients. He does everything he can to help Hurley better himself.
  • Not So Above It All: He's generally a competent and well-intentioned guy, but he does accept a bribe from Hurley. It's in the form of a donation to the hospital, however, and not a donation to his own pocket.

    Leonard Simms 

Leonard Simms

Played By: Ron Bottitta

A former U.S. naval officer who Hurley knew at Santa Rosa Mental Health Institute.


    Dan Norton 

Dan Norton

Played By: Tom Irwin

An attorney working for the Agostini & Norton law firm, and Benjamin Linus's lawyer.


  • Amoral Attorney: Norton doesn't do anything really illegal, but has no qualms harassing Kate so she'll be pushed into returning to the island.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: He's only doing a job for Ben.
  • Smug Smiler: Always seen with a big grin on his satisfied face.

    Big Mike 

Det. Mike 'Big Mike' Walton

Played By: Michael Cudlitz

A police officer, and later detective, for the LAPD and the partner of Ana Lucia Cortez before she quit the force.


  • All Love Is Unrequited: Implied for Ana-Lucia. He tries to get information out of Hurley about her, and describes her as 'gorgeous' in a melancholy tone.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: He acts like a hard-ass to intimidate Hurley, but he's actually a good-natured fellow and an excellent cop.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Despite hiding his Hidden Heart of Gold, he actually treats Hurley pretty well for someone who'd led the police on a car chase. When he was a beat cop with Ana-Lucia, he was even-tempered and kept a leash on Ana's Hot-Blooded ways.

    Mrs Dawson 

Mrs Dawson

Played By: Starletta Du Pois

Michael's mother and Walt's grandmother.


  • Mama Bear: Toward Walt, of whom she's very protective.
  • Never Mess with Granny: She's capable of giving Michael a very stern talking to and does the same to Hurley when Walt goes to meet with him.
  • Promotion to Parent: After Michael's return and later death, she raises Walt. Interestingly, this is exactly what Michael suggested in a panic after Susan died.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: She gives an extensive one to Michael when he returns from the island. Prior to that, she gave him an unheard one when he asked if she could 'take Walt'.
    "I thought you were dead! They said your plane crashed in the middle of the ocean, but you show up here fine and dandy, only I can't tell anybody about you or Walt, can't call you by your real names. He barely talks to me, but he does wake up screaming in the middle of the night, and I'm the one that's got to tell him it's gonna be okay. So until you can explain to me where you were for over two months and what happened... you gave up your rights."

    Ray 

Ray Shephard

Played By: Raymond J. Barry

Christian Shephard's father and Jack Shephard's grandfather.


  • Badass Grandpa: Ray has a tendency to make daring escapes from his nursing home.
  • Cool Old Guy: The casting call for him described him in such a way:
    Successful, handsome and charming rogue with a twinkle in his eye. A guy who can still fight the establishment and win.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He comes across as this in his short screen-time.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Ray outlived his son, Christian.

    Karen Decker 

Karen Decker

Played By: Michelle Forbes

A public relations representative of Oceanic Airlines.


  • The Cameo: For Science Fiction mainstay, Michelle Forbes.
  • Miss Exposition: She's the one who describes the false circumstances of the Oceanic Six's 'rescue'.

    Bram 

Bram

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"We are the good guys."
Bram: You're playing for the wrong team!
Miles: Yeah? What team are you on?
Bram: The one that's gonna win.

A member of a team that worked for or with Jacob. He abducted Miles shortly before the departure of the Kahana, and offered him an alternative to joining Widmore's team. He directly opposed Widmore and had interests in the Island, claiming that he was on "the winning side" of the war. He was also a passenger aboard Ajira Airways Flight 316 and a survivor of the crash on the Hydra Island.


  • The Big Guy: In Ilana's group. He's the one who leads the charge against the Man in Black.
  • Character Death: Bram shoots at the Man in Black, who reacts violently. While the Man in Black (in his smoke form) kills his friends, Bram places ash around himself to protect him. The Man in Black pulls down some stone pillars, knocking Bram out of the protective circle. Then he grabs him, lifts him up and impales him on a splint of wood.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: On a piece of wood by the Smoke Monster.
  • The Lancer: To Ilana.
  • Hot-Blooded: He grows increasingly impatient outside the statue, finally just charging in.
  • Jerkass: Moreso on the island than on the mainland. On the island he's impatient, argumentative and wants to kill Frank just because he doesn't like dragging him around.
  • Number Two: Seemed to be this to Ilana.
  • Smug Snake: Comes across as such when he talks to Miles.
  • Too Dumb to Live: When he attacks the Man in Black even after he's given the chance to leave.

    Caesar 

Caesar

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Played By: Saïd Taghmaoui

Caesar: What you are going to do is to sit down and tell us how you know so much about this Island, my friend.
Man in Black: You're in the habit of calling people "friend", but I don't think you mean it.

A passenger aboard Ajira Airways Flight 316 from Los Angeles to Guam when it crashed on the Hydra Island. Caesar assumed a semi-leadership role among the small pocket of survivors there, and took an interest into exploring the DHARMA Initiative station on the island.


  • Blown Across the Room: Ben blasts him away with a shotgun.
  • Catchphrase: Calling people 'friend', especially when he's trying to take charge or threaten.
  • Character Death: When Caesar attempts to stop the Man in Black and Ben from leaving Hydra Island, Ben shoots him in the chest with a shotgun.
  • Jerkass: Caesar tries to assert leadership in a pretty aggressive way, insulting Frank and being stand-offish in general.
  • Tempting Fate: He claimed to be 'calling the shots' and gets shot.
  • Too Dumb to Live: His attempts to take charge come across as this.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: He thinks he's going to be the heroic leader who takes command. He doesn't realize how bad an idea this is, especially since he puts his trust in Ben.

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    David 

David Shephard

Played By: Dylan Minnette

The son of Jack Shepherd and Juliet Burke in the flash-sideways. He is a piano-playing prodigy but has a difficult relationship with his father.


    Principal Reynolds 

Principal Donald 'Don' Reynolds

Played By: William Atherton

The principal of the Washington Tustin High School, at which Dr. Benjamin Linus and Leslie Arzt worked in the flash-sideways timeline and where John Locke also appeared as a substitute teacher. Reynolds seemed to have a chilly relationship with Dr. Linus, dismissing the importance of the "History Club" that Ben ran and forcing Ben to oversee afternoon detentions instead.


  • The Bully: Reynolds pushes Ben around, dismissing him at every turn.
  • Jerkass: He frequently belittles and insults Ben. He even threatens to destroy Alex's future academic career for something she had nothing to do with.
  • Karma Houdini: He doesn't get much in the way of comeuppance for his adultery, bullying and abuse of power, save for having to give Alex a very positive letter of recommendation.
  • Smug Snake: Very confident in his abilities, which extend to being the incompetent principal of a school.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Despite being married, he's carrying on an affair with the school nurse.


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