- "Jacob" redirects here. For other uses of the name Jacob, see Jacob (disambiguation).
Jacob is a mysterious figure of authority living on the Island who appears to be the leader of the Others. Ageless, Jacob has lived on the Island since at least the 19th century - residing inside the statue of Taweret. Capable of coming and going from the Island, Jacob appears to have had some subtle hand in guiding events - meeting with several individuals who much later would become passengers on board Oceanic Flight 815. In 2007, Jacob was brutally stabbed by Benjamin Linus acting under orders from Jacob's mysterious nemesis. Before being kicked into his own fire, Jacob's last words were: "They're coming."
References to Jacob
While not seen on-screen until Season Five, Jacob has been a significant behind-the-scenes presence throughout the series with his existence hinted at as early as Season Two by Benjamin Linus. Jacob appears to command a great respect among the Others who look to him as a leader who is both admired and feared. Both Mikhail and Ben referred to Jacob as a "great", "brilliant" and "magnificent" man. Jacob has also been referred to as "powerful" and "unforgiving." ("Two for the Road") Occasionally members of the Others have been seen to invoke Jacob's name as a means exercising their own authority over others - or using Jacob's name as an excuse for carrying out certain actions. Jacob is often referred to as "Him."
Jacob does not appear to communicate directly with the Others, but instead provides his instructions or various lists he has drawn up to a few select individuals who then relay his commands to the rest of the Others. Richard Alpert implies that Jacob has some way of summoning these select individuals to him. Generally one does not seek an audience with Jacob; it is he who summons you. Audiences with Jacob are conducted alone. ("Follow the Leader") ("The Incident, Part 1")
- Richard tells a younger Charles Widmore that Jacob wanted the young Ben saved at The Temple. ("Whatever Happened, Happened")
- Ben uses Jacob's name as an excuse for saving baby Alex from death. ("Dead Is Dead")
- Ben tells Juliet that Jacob was able to heal her sister's cancer. ("One of Us").
- Ben implies he was sent by Jacob on a mission to bring Locke back to the Others when he was captured by Danielle Rousseau. ("Two for the Road")
- Ben uses Jacob's name as an excuse for placing Walt in Room 23. ("Room 23")
- During a conversation between some Others, one of Jacob's lists was mentioned by Danny Pickett, who stated that Jack was not on it ("I Do").
- Jacob's name appears in the Room 23 video ("Not in Portland").
- Richard Alpert notes that his agelessness is a gift from Jacob. ("Follow the Leader")
During Season Three, Benjamin Linus took John Locke to see Jacob at a cabin deep in the jungle. The room appeared empty, but when Locke attempted to leave he heard the words "help me" that did not appear to come from Ben. Angry with Ben for deceiving him, Locke turned on his flashlight. Immediately the cabin began to shake, jars of liquid flew across the room and the lamp was knocked over and set aflame. Ben grabbed the apparently empty rocking chair, telling "Jacob" that he had had his fun and needed to stop before being thrown against the wall by a mysterious force. In looking back across the room, Locke briefly observed a shadowy figure with shaggy hair and tattered clothes sitting in the chair. ("The Man Behind the Curtain") Ben later confessed that he had never seen Jacob in all his time as leader of the Others. He told Locke that he had been putting on an elaborate deception at the cabin but was just as surprised when things started flying around the room. ("The Incident, Part 1") The identity of this shadowy individual is unknown.
A figure appearing to be the Christian Shephard has been observed on several occasions in Jacob's cabin. In "The Beginning of the End" Hurley discovered Christian at the cabin along with an unidentified individual. Later on returning to the cabin in "Cabin Fever", Locke also encountered Christian who told him to move the island. On this occasion Christian claimed that he could speak on Jacob's behalf.
Later in 2007, Ilana visited the cabin and implied that Jacob may have lived there for a time, but hasn't done so in a long time. She states: "Someone else has been using it." ("The Incident, Part 1")
On the Island (1800s)
At some point during the 1800s, Jacob was living on the Island in a hidden chamber beneath the statue of Taweret working on the production of a tapestry with homemade thread. On venturing outside the statue, he encountered a mysterious dark-haired individual and the two of them proceeded to have a short conversation while watching a ship (likely the Black Rock) approaching the Island. The man in black accused Jacob of bringing the ship to the Island in an attempt to prove him wrong about the nature of humanity. Moments later, Jacob's unnamed nemesis, asked if Jacob knew how badly he wanted him dead. One day, his nemesis declared, sooner or later, he would find a "loophole" and be able to accomplish the deed.
JACOB: I take it you're here because of the ship.
Off the Island (1976-2008)
Capable of coming and going from the Island, Jacob left the Island on several occasions to meet with certain individuals who would later become passengers on board Oceanic 815. Jacob also met with Ilana and asked her for an unrevealed favor.
In the late 1980s, Jacob visited a convenience store in Iowa where he witnessed a young Kate and Tom Brennan caught while attempting to steal a lunchbox. Intervening, Jacob offered to pay for the lunchbox instead, and instructed Kate to "be good" before poking her playfully on the nose.
Jack's first surgery
Following a near-accident during his first major surgery, Jack attempts to purchase an Apollo Candy bar but it thwarted by a stuck vending machine. Afte a brief argument with his father, Jack is approached by Jacob asking if this candy bar is his. Jacob purchased the next bar, freeing the one Jack left behind. Jacob gives the bar to Jack stating: "Maybe it just needed a little push."
Jin and Sun's wedding
Jacob is waiting in the reception line after Jin and Sun's wedding. Jacob addresses the newly married couple in Korean and wishes them the best in their marriage, tellign them never to take each other for granted. Departing, Jin and Sun appear confused as to the man's identity. Jin remarks that Jacob's Korean is excellent.
In 2000, Jacob was sitting on a bench outside an apartment complex reading Flannery O'Connor's Everything That Rises Must Converge, when John Locke suffers the accident that breaks his back. Rising smoothly, Jacob calmly walks over to Locke's fallen body and gently squeezes his shoulder saying: "I'm sorry this happened to you." Locke's eyes open, staring uncomprehending at Jacob as he turns and walks away.
At some unknown time, Ilana lies, heavily bandaged, on a bed in a Russian hospital. She is visited by Jacob, whom she seems to recognize. He speaks to her in Russian initially before changing to English. He requests her help which she nods wordlessly.
In 2005, Sayid and Nadia are walking three blocks from the intersection of North La Brea Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles, discussing how to celebrate their first wedding anniversary. As they start to cross La Brea, Jacob approaches Sayid and asking him for directions. Nadia, turning to say something to Sayid while out in the crosswalk, is killed in a hit and run by a car that escapes the scene of the accident.
Sometime in late 2007 or early 2008, Hurley is released from Los Angeles County Jail, Jacob is waiting for him in the back seat of a taxicab outside the jail with a guitar case beside him. Stating he would only "be going a few blocks," he offers to share the cab. Jacob engages Hurley in a short conversation asking why he won't return to the Island. He suggests that Hurley's curse of seeing dead people could actually be looked on as a blessing and informs him to return to the Island he need only be on Ajira Flight 316 which is departing in 24 hours. As Jacob steps out of the taxi, Hurley tells him he forgot his guitar. Jacob responds: "It's not my guitar" and departs.
On the Island (2007)
In 2007, after the crash of Ajira Airways Flight 316, the seemingly resurrected Locke revealed his plans to kill Jacob. The false Locke told Ben that this task would not be easy, but after Jacob's death "things will change." With Richard's help, Locke and Ben entered the hidden chamber in the foot of the statue to find Jacob sitting in an old rocking chair observing them. Jacob recognized Locke immediately as his old nemesis, stating that his unnamed nemesis had "found his loophole."
ENEMY: Hello Jacob.
In a brief but tense conversation, Jacob told Ben he had a choice before him: to follow through on "Locke's" instructions or to leave. An emotional Ben confronted Jacob - asking questions about why he had been ignored by Jacob for so many years on the Island. "What about me?" Jacob, looked gravely back at Ben, and repeated quietly: "What about you?" Ben's temper flared and he responded by stabbing Jacob brutally twice in the chest. Dropping to his knees and coughing up blood, Jacob warned his nemesis: "They're coming." His nemesis looked slightly alarmed before kicking Jacob into the fire pit setting him completely ablaze.
- Jacob speaks fluent Korean and Russian.
- Ben claims that Jacob does not like technology. ("The Man Behind the Curtain")
- Jacob touches all of the characters he meets in some fashion; the camera even focuses on his fingers touching Jack as he hands him the candy bar. The significance of this action is unknown.
- He was not observed to touch Ilana at the hospital.
- So far, he's been shown touching only the passengers of Flight 815.
- Jacob says the words "I'm sorry" to about half the characters he meets off-island: Sawyer (in reference to his parents' deaths), Ilana (an apology for not arriving sooner), Sayid (introducing a request for help), and John (in sympathy). He does not say these words to Kate, Sun, Jin, Jack, or Hurley.
- While Jacob has been mentioned in many episodes, he has only definitively been seen in two ("The Incident, Part 1"), and possibly two others ("The Man Behind the Curtain")("The Beginning of the End").
- Jacob was the thirty-first character to ever have a flashback.
- On the front cover of Lost: The Complete Third Season, the text "Jacob loves you" is visible.
- In an interview Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse gave to Entertainment Weekly's Jeff Jensen and Dan Snierson prior to the fifth season finale, Lindelof noted that the episode would be very "touching", a reference to the fact that Jacob notably touches all of the Oceanic 815 survivors when he crosses paths with them.
- In the opening scene where Jacob is spinning thread for his tapestry, it is briefly shown that he is wearing Nomadic brand sandals. ("The Incident, Part 1").
- Jacob is one of the six characters to have a flashback on his first appearance. The other five are Jack, Frank, Miles, Charlotte and Juliet.
- Jacob sees man as being a flawed creature, but thinks that there is always hope, while his nemesis has a much more cynical but, in some ways, more realistic view of man. 
- Jacob was confirmed to be "him" In the 3/20/07 Official Lost Podcast.
- When Jacob finally was cast for "The Incident, Part 1" the casting call described him as "Jason. Any ethnicity, late 30s-60s. Former soldier. A leader of men. Smart but more than that – he is wise. Strong and straightforward. The words he says are always listened to and they carry gravitas. Looking for someone very interesting and very special for this role..."
- Jacob's cabin
- Jacob's chamber
- Jacob's faction
- Jacob's knife
- Jacob's nemesis
- Jacob's painting
- Jacob's tapestry
- For fan theories about these unanswered questions, see: Jacob/Theories
- Who or what is Jacob?
- How does he bring people to the Island?
- What powers or abilities does he possess?
- Did Jacob cure Rachel's cancer?
- How does Jacob possess foreknowledge of events to come?
- Why does Jacob prevent Richard from aging?
- Why is a loophole necessary to kill him?
- How does he come and go from the Island?
- Does Jacob dislike technology?
- What is Jacob's history on the Island?
- How does he choose who to bring to the Island?
- What issues does he have with his nemesis?
- How did Jacob come to command the Others?
- Why is only the leader of the Others permitted to talk to Jacob?
- Why did Jacob refuse to meet with Ben?
- How does Jacob draw up his lists?
- Why did Illana expect to find Jacob at the cabin?
- What is Christian's connection to Jacob?
- Why does Christian claim to speak for Jacob?
- Who was the shadowy figure seen in "The Man Behind the Curtain"?
- Whose voice did Locke hear?
- Why did objects start flying around in the cabin?
- Who did Hurley see in "The Beginning of the End"?
- Why did Jacob visit Sawyer, Kate, Sun, Jin, Sayid, Hurley, Jack and Locke?
- Why did he physically touch everyone he visited?
- Why did he leave Hurley a guitar?
- What is Jacob's relationship with Ilana?
- Why did he request her help?
- How did he recognize his nemesis in Locke's form?
- What did he mean by "They're coming"?