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  • Actor Allusion:
    • Sawyer referring to Charlie as "the Munchkin" in "Tricia Tanaka is Dead" could be construed as a reference to his resemblance to a Hobbit, especially given the slight smile that starts to appear before the shot cuts.
    • Charlie definitely gets one in an earlier episode "Further Instructions" during which a mute John Locke is trying to convey a message and Charlie remarks, "Trees? Yeah, I've heard they're wonderful conversationalists." This is a direct allusion to the fact that Dominac Monaghan played Merry in the Lord of the Rings films and did in fact talk to the trees.
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    • Back in the Season 1 episode "All the best Cowboys had Daddy issues", where Charlie and Claire get kidnapped and Charlie subtly leaves behind some of the bandages he wore as a trail for the pursuers to follow. It seems he learned that trick from Pippin. He was talking to Rose when she was carrying a ring on a chain around her neck.
    • A rare soundtrack example: Michael Giacchino, the series composer, also composed for Medal of Honor. Because of this, nearly every appearance of a submarine is accompanied by the submarine theme from the game.
    • One of the funniest is in "Across the Sea" when Mother asks the other woman what her name is. She responds with "Claudia". Mother smiles and says it's a lovely name. The actress who plays Mother is Allison Janney, who is probably best known for playing C.J. (Claudia Jean) on The West Wing.
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    • In "Expose," Rodrigo Santoro's character is referred to as "The Wolfgang Puck of Brazil." This is probably a reference to Santoro's title of "The Tom Cruise of Brazil."
    • Terry O'Quinn, the actor who plays Locke, played an Admiral on the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Pegasus". Here's a conversation from "All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues":
      Boone: Red shirt.
      Locke: Huh?
      Boone: Ever watch Star Trek?
      Locke: Nah, not really.
      Boone: The crew guys that would go down to the planet with the main guys, the captain and the guy with the pointy ears, they always wore red shirts. And they always got killed.
      Locke: Yeah?
      Boone: Yeah.
      Locke: Sounds like a piss-poor captain.
    • When he first meets Jacob, one of the first things Richard Alpert asks him is he is The Devil as the Man In Black told him he was in hell. This is almost certainly a reference to Mark Pellegrino's role as Lucifer in Supernatural.
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    • In the very second episode (if you count both parts of the Pilot as one), "Tabula Rasa", Kate says in the flashback she's Canadian - Evangeline Lilly's actual nationality.
  • Actor-Shared Background:
    • Doctor Pierre Chang shares the same French-first-name Chinese-last-name formula as his actor, Francois Chau.
    • Jack Shephard went to Columbia University, as did Matthew Fox.
  • Breakthrough Hit: You can thank LOST for making J. J. Abrams a big name.
  • California Doubling:
    • Nearly the entire series was filmed on Oahu, with urban areas (mixed with CGI) doubling for anywhere from London to Baghdad to Seoul to Sydney.
    • Averted for two scenes shot in London (granted, only one was on location) featuring Charles Widmore, as actor Alan Dale was doing Spamalot on the West End and unavailable to fly to Honolulu. Also averted in the season 3 finale, which had scenes shot on location in Los Angeles (notably Jack's aborted suicide attempt on the Sixth Street Viaduct bridge) and on sets from Grey's Anatomy.
  • Cast Incest: Michael Emerson played Ben. His wife, Carrie Preston, guest starred as his mother. This is made slightly less icky by the fact that the two actors never actually shared a scene.
  • Creator Backlash:
    The Joker: I can hear you all now. "How did this happen? Can I get me some of that crazy cure? I want answers, dammit! Now!" Well, here's the thing. Answers don't give you everlasting satisfaction. Sometimes, you need to brace yourself for disappointment. Now, think about it. Imagine your favorite show. You've been through it all. The ups, the downs, the crazy coincidences. And then, BANG! They tell you what it's all about. Would you be happy? Does it make sense? How come it all ended in a church?
  • Dawson Casting:
    • Averted with Tania Raymonde, who started the show at 16, the same age as her character Alex. She experienced a touch of this though four years later playing the character at the same age. Later played straight with Alex's boyfriend Karl, played by 25-year-old Blake Bashoff.
    • Daniel Faraday's age is an odd subject: Assuming he was born in late 1977, that still means he was no older than 19 when Desmond visited him at Oxford where he was a professor. The fact that he's a super-genius could maybe justify that, but it still means that Daniel was probably 18 when he graduated, and in his graduation scene he is played by 39-year-old Jeremy Davies.
    • Ben and Danielle are also supposed to be the same age (as are Michael Emerson and Mira Furlan, who are both in their 50's). Yet when they're seen together in a flashback, Danielle at 29 is played by Melissa Farman, while Ben at 29 is played by Michael Emerson (wearing a wig).
  • Executive Veto: Jack was supposed to die in the first episode; ABC nixed that idea and the rest is history.
  • Fake Nationality:
    • Naveen Andrews (British of Indian parentage) plays Sayid Jarrah (Iraqi Arab)
    • Evangeline Lilly (Canadian) plays Kate Austen (American)
    • Daniel Dae Kim (American of Korean parentage) plays Jin-Soo Kwon (Korean national)
    • Mira Furlan (Yugoslavian/Croatian) plays Danielle Rousseau (French)
    • Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (British of Nigerian parentage) plays Mr. Eko (Nigerian)
    • Alan Dale (New Zealand) plays Charles Widmore (British)
    • Fionnula Flanagan (Irish) plays Eloise Hawking (English)
    • Andrew Divoff (Venezuelan) plays Mikhail Bakunin (Russian)
    • Zuleikha Robinson (British) plays Ilana Verdansky (who is presumed to be of Russian descent)
    • In the flash-sideways verse, possibly Jeremy Davies (American) as Daniel Widmore (British) (though he still has an American accent)
  • Fan Community Nicknames: Lostaways. Or Losties. Both names refer to the Flight 815 islanders as well.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Head writers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse are generally referred to as "Darlton" or "Team Darlton".
    • Fenry for Ben when he was "Fake Henry," becoming "Benry"
    • Losties or Lostaways for the original group
    • Tailies and Boaties for those who arrived in the plane's tail and the freighter, respectively;
    • Guyliner for Richard Alpert—though he's not actually wearing any at all; Nestor Carbonell's eyes are naturally like that.
    • Smokey for The Monster. Sawyer eventually calls the Monster 'Smokey' in the series finale.
    • The Man in Black has a whole bunch thanks to having no name revealed at the beginning:
      • Esau
      • Un-Locke
      • Flocke
      • Smokey
      • "The Locke-ness Monster" probably wins for creativity.
      • Finally, his name was revealed to be 'Barry'.
    • And of course the Muppet Dr. Chang in Lost Untangled has his own series of nicknames for everyone, several of them possibly borrowed from the fan community.
  • Filming Location Cameo: When the Oceanic Six are rescued, they land in Hawai'i.
  • Foiler Footage: Three versions of the final shot from "There's No Place Like Home, Part 3" were filmed to disguise the identity of the person in the coffin. The fake shots showed Desmond and Sawyer in the coffin instead of Locke. According to the writers they were nervous during the first airing that the editor might have spliced the wrong footage into the final cut and left them with a bear of a problem to write their way out of.
  • Fountain of Expies: The number of shows from various networks (including ABC itself) that have tried to capture Lost's magic in a bottle again. Lost is nearly becoming the Doom of television shows.
  • George Lucas Altered Version: Quite a few episodes were altered for their first reairing, which is the version on DVD. Most of these corrected small goofs, such as a gloved hand directing the horse in "What Kate Did" and a white car clearly visible on the island in "The Other 48 Days." "Adrift" added a shot of the World Trade Center towers, to help better establish the timeframe of Michael's flashbacks.
  • God Never Said That:
    • The producers never said that the show would never have time travel. They once said that the then ongoing season two had no time travel — and it didn't — but never that there would never be time travel. Additionally, they never stated that there was one huge clue left in the pilot — in fact, they explicitly said there wasn't, and the last one to be made significant was the single white tennis shoe Jack found. Yet this is repeated until today.
    • In an example of "Word of Mistaken God," an excellent way to see if someone is making something up about a producer comment is to see if they attribute it to J.J. Abrams, who has had little involvement in the series since season 1, helping to set it up, write and direct the pilot, and contributing to only a very few episodes after (the last being a webisode between seasons 3 and 4).
  • I Knew It!:
    • Speculation was that based off his nickname, "Mr. Friendly", Tom's full name was Tom Friendly. Eventually the producers confirmed this was true.
    • A number of fans also speculated that Tom was gay after he told Kate, "You're not my type," and the actor apparently changed his portrayal based on the fan reaction to that line. The episode "Meet Kevin Johnson" later confirmed that Tom was gay.
    • On a more plot-relevant level, a lot of fans, upon finding out that post-return to the Island, Locke is not really Locke anymore, speculated that he was actually the Smoke Monster in Locke's form. Sure enough, in the Season 6 premiere...
  • Name's the Same: The show's Theme Naming:
    • John Locke
    • (Desmond) David Hume
    • (Danielle) Rousseau
    • (Daniel) Faraday
    • Edmund Burke
    • Mikhail Bakunin
    • Jeremy Bentham
    • Anthony Cooper
    • (Boone) Carlyle
    • Richard Alpert
    • (Eloise) Hawking
    • C(harlotte) Staples Lewis
    • Dogen
  • Playing Against Type: Yunjin Kim (Sun), who gained fame in Korea playing Action Girls. Of course, Sun's character began to show some of those traits in later seasons.
  • Romance on the Set: Evangeline Lilly and Dominic Monaghan.
  • Star-Making Role:
    • Unusually, for composer Michael Giacchino more than for any of the people in front of the camera.
    • Playing Kate Austen was a big boost to Evangeline Lilly's career.
  • Teasing Creator: Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse.
  • Viral Marketing: The Lost Experience is the biggest example, but also the other between-seasons games.
  • What Could Have Been: Has its own page.
  • The Wiki Rule: Lostpedia, and another Lost Wiki.
  • Word of God: Now that the series is over, most of the burning questions fans have had will have to be/have been addressed in this way, if at all. In particular, the original plan for Ilana's character (which may or may not count as canon) was that she would turn out to be Jacob's daughter.


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