The 8 Most Dedicated LOST Characters


Serialized TV demands for dedication from its viewers, no serial more so than ABC’s LOST. In turn, the genre-switching drama brought us some of the most dedicated characters on television. With that in mind, here’s our 8 Most Dedicated LOST Characters.

Note: The following story contains major spoilers for all six seasons of LOST

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[wptabtitle] 1[/wptabtitle] [wptabcontent]John Locke

Deluded or dedicated, once Flight 815 crashed on the ‘place where miracles happen’, John Locke would spend the rest of his days serving the ‘Island’, before eventually sacrificing himself for the cause (with a little help from Ben). But Locke got it wrong, Boone wasn’t a sacrifice the Island demanded, rather Locke himself was the ultimate boon for the Man In Black.

[wptabtitle] 2[/wptabtitle] [wptabcontent]Charles Widmore

Charles Widmore, the one time leader of the Others, would spend an insane amount of money and time trying to reclaim the Island that was his domain before he was exiled by Benjamin Linus.

While a lack of commitment to the Island was his original undoing, his desire to reclaim the throne was not in question. Widmore not only faked the wreckage of Flight 815, he also sent a team of mercenaries led by the ruthless Martin Keamy to the Island to dethrone Ben. Thwarted by Ben’s resolve, he then made his Island homecoming in the final chapter when, let’s be honest, he could easily have stayed at home, put his feet up and knocked back a glass or 47 of MacCutcheon.

[wptabtitle] 3[/wptabtitle] [wptabcontent]Jacob

One of the few players born on the Island, Jacob would dedicate most of his incredibly long life to proving that mankind wasn’t a lost cause — a philosophy rooted in his own mommy issues and sibling rivalry.

Jacob’s dedication to the cause was symbolised when he assumed the role of protector of the Light; before spending hundreds of years bringing candidates to the Island, foolishly hoping they would pass the test without any guidance or protection.

The fact that Jacob would spend centuries pulling the strings from behind the curtain (however corrupt his own role in the tapestry) certainly puts him amongst the most dedicated LOST players.[/wptabcontent]

[wptabtitle] 4[/wptabtitle] [wptabcontent]Man In Black aka Smokey

Brother of Jacob and villain of the game (or was he?), Man In Black‘s commitment to fleeing the Island was unwavering.

Even as a child he yearned to know what was ‘across the sea’, a need that only intensified once Jacob stole his humanity, transforming him into the entity known as that “Smoke thing.” (and other such endearing names).

If Jacob was patient, then MIB/Smokey was equally so — if not a touch more, given the fact that he somehow found a ‘loophole’ in Jacob’s game.

[wptabtitle] 5[/wptabtitle] [wptabcontent]Benjamin Linus

Ben may not have been born on the Island as he once claimed (metaphors aside), but the embattled leader of the Others defended the mystical rock with his life — and that of his daughter’s. For it was the death of Alex, the girl he saved when she was just a baby, that marked the lengths Ben was prepared to go in service to the Island.

Ben would serve at Hurley’s right hand for who knows how many years after the Man In Black was defeated. Why, even in the ‘afterlife waiting room’, Ben refused to go into the Church of Light, choosing instead to stay patiently behind to build redemptive bridges with Danielle and Alex Rousseau. Dedicated even after “The End”.

[wptabtitle] 6[/wptabtitle] [wptabcontent]Jack Shephard

The unwilling leader, Jack would spend half the game desperately trying to escape the Island.

What makes Jack a particularly interesting player is his transition from wanting nothing to do with the Island to ultimately saving it.

While some might mark Jack’s changing attitude towards to Island down to a lack of solid commitment, his dedication towards whichever cause he was fighting at the time is not in doubt. He walked a winding path, but ultimately it was he who sent the Man In Black to his mortal demise.[/wptabcontent]

[wptabtitle] 7[/wptabtitle] [wptabcontent]Richard Alpert

While Richard’s mystique was eventually eroded by his backstory reveals, the scale of his service to the Island is nothing to be sniffed at.

Sure, after the Fall of Jacob, the only thing Richard was committed to was not being committed, but who can blame the middle man? His spiritual leader was dead, his faith crippled, and he was unable to grow old gracefully (until the end).

That doesn’t take away decades upon decades of loyal, unquestioning service to Jacob and the various leaders of the Others.[/wptabcontent]

[wptabtitle] 8[/wptabtitle] [wptabcontent]Desmond Hume

Desmond may have ran away from love like a coward, but it led him to the Island where he would spend years pressing a button to save the world. A BUTTON.

If that’s not dedication enough, Desmond’s determination to one day reunite with Penny Widmore underscored his journey with a more tangible kind of commitment.

Even when we thought his story was over, he returned to help Jack cork the Island’s so-called evil before helping his fellows awaken in the sideways world so they could all let go. “See you in another life,” indeed.[/wptabcontent]

[wptabtitle] Conclusion[/wptabtitle] [wptabcontent]Conclusion

In the end there can only be ‘one’ winner. While every LOST fan will have their own take on the most dedicated LOST character (which could include those that didn’t quite make our list, like Michael Dawson, James “Sawyer” Ford,” Mrs Hawking, Ilana, and Frogurt ( who was dedicated to being an a-hole), in my humble opinion it has to go to either John Locke or MIB. And given the relationship between those two, I think that’s quite fitting.


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  1. Steve says

    I think John Locke is the most dedicated Lost Character!!! Once he crashed on the Island and walked, he believed in that! Everything happens for a reason! He was a man of faith like Ben said!

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  2. Aria Mohtadi says

    Thanks for the great article, Roco.

    My vote definitely goes to MIB’s final impersonation/shell; Locke. As much as we perceive the “reincarnation” of Locke to be solely another one of MIB’s shape-shifts, I think the MIB had very well inherited some of his qualities as well.

    In his quest for ‘illumination’, Locke was literally blinded by the ‘brilliant white light’ he saw in the beginning, believing it to be of elaboration, while actually we can pretty much say it was MIB’s scanning lights reading Locke’s mind and pinning him as the ‘perfect candidate’ for his loophole gameplan.

    Ironically, Locke who was destined to embrace and explore the “mystical” qualities of the island, ended up becoming the perfect pawn for the MIB who desperately wanted (and as you mentioned, had waited for so long to carefully move his pieces on the board) to abandon the place.

    I think for most of the listed characters above, their dedication to Jacob’s ancient “game”, led to gullibility and disappointment. It was Jack, who unlike others, started in despair and finally, truly “chose” to protect the island. Just as Jacob had envisioned his endgame to unfold.

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  3. Jim says

    Interesting post! Especially the fact that Desmond’s on there. I wonder if John Locke would have been “dedicated” enough to push a button for three years!

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  4. Red Balloon says

    Wonderful Roco!,
    If the human mind can see any possibility of another reality, it’s only natural for it to persue it. MIB’s motives were right in the beginning, and the punishment was wrong IMO. Rules exists only to be broken, and to dare for something different shouldn’t be a bad thing. So, whatever came next for him was pure frustration, as in Socialism but at extreme large and long rate. Then Locke is my second choice, for the reasons you explained, he was driven by faith, while MIB was driven by survival.

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