A catch phrase (a memetic phrase) is a word, phrase or expression recognized by its repeated utterance. Some catch phrases become the de facto "trademark" of the character with whom they originated.

This is a page which lists the frequent appearance of certain thematically important phrases spoken by different characters at different times. This page is arranged alphabetically, and then within each phrase, by episode chronology.



"Are you him?"

"Clean up the mess"


"Cowboy up"

3x13 The Man from Tallahassee

Locke perplexed by his father's presence on the Island


"Do not mistake coincidence for fate"

"Don't say his name"

"Don't tell me what I can't do"


Locke arguing with the travel agent.


Main article: Dude

"Every man for himself"


Sawyer trying to get Kate to escape.

"Fate"/"Free Will"

Main article: Fate vs. Free Will

"Find your way"

"Fixing people/things"


Jack will always have something to fix

"From the dawn of our species, Man has been blessed with curiosity"


Tom quoting Alvar Hanso

"Go back!"

"God help us all"

"Good people", "Bad person", etc.

Main article: Good and bad people

"Hey yourself"

  • Used by the main characters often in a response to "Hey".

"I didn't sign up for this."

"I'm not going anywhere with you."

"I'm sorry."

"It doesn't work like that."

"It's not real, none of it is real."

"I've seen enough."



Ben telling Sawyer the Others aren't murderers.

"The last time you had a gun..."

"Let go"


Boone asking Jack to let him go.

"Let's do this"

"Letting you off the hook"


Rose letting Jack off the hook.

"Lift it up"

"Live together, die alone"

"Making an excellent point"

"Never say never"

"Not the enemy"

"One, two, three, four, five."


Jack recounts the "five" story

"On my own"

  • "No, I’m on my own and at least I know that now." - Claire to Charlie when she thinks he is sabotaging her plan for rescue ("Par Avion")
  • "I'm already on my own, Jack." - Juliet, before she "heals" Claire ("One of Us")
  • "No I was never undercover, James. I'm on my own journey now." - Locke to Sawyer ("The Brig")

"Open this damn door!"

"Running like the devil's chasing you"

"See you in another life"


Nadia giving her photo with the message

"See you on the other side"


Locke and richard

Richard telling Locke that Ben felt threatened because he is special

  • The episode with this name.
  • "I'm an ordinary man Jack, meat and potatoes, I live in the real world. I'm not a big believer in magic. But this place is different. It's special." - Locke to Jack (1x05)
  • "She's smart and special in a lot of ways." - Boone to Locke, about Shannon (1x13)
  • "I want to tell you that you're special, very special." - Emily Locke to Locke (1x19)
  • "She told me I was special." - Locke to his anger management group (2x03)
  • "He's a very special boy." - Tom to Jack, Locke and Sawyer, about Walt (2x11)
  • "You’re special, love." – Megan Pace to Charlie (2x12)
  • "John's a very special guy." - Mike to Eddie Colburn (3x03)
  • "We think you're special, Dr. Burke." - Richard Alpert to Juliet (3x07)
  • "...Adam had something special." - Peter Talbot to Locke, about Anthony Cooper (Adam Seward) (3x13)
  • "I think you're fine because deep down a part of you knows that the place we're taking you to is special." - Richard Alpert to Juliet (3x16)
  • "'Cause when word got back here that there was a man with a broken spine on the plane, who could suddenly walk again...well, people here began to get very excited because that...that could only happen to someone who was extremely special. But Ben doesn't want anyone to think you're special, John." - Richard Alpert to Locke (3x19)
  • "But I thought I was special?" - Locke to Ben (3x19)
  • "He's very special." - Juliet to Michael, about Walt (mx04)
  • "Jacob wanted him here. He's important. He's special." - Ben to Juliet, presumably about Walt (mx06)
  • "You're here because you can see the cabin and that makes you special." - Locke to Hurley (4x11)
  • "I run a school for kids who are extremely special, and I have reason to believe that you might be one of them." - Richard Alpert to young Locke (4x11)
  • "I was told a lot of things, too: that I was chosen, that I was special." - Ben to Locke (4x11)
  • "You're special. You're uniquely and miraculously special." - Daniel to Desmond (5x01)

"Starting over"

  • "Three days ago we all died. We should all be able to start over." - Jack to Kate (1x03)
  • "Everyone gets a new life on this island, Shannon. Maybe it's time you start yours." - Locke to Shannon (1x17)
  • "We all have setbacks. I mean God knows, it's just life. We'll start over." - Michael to Walt, about the first raft burning (1x17)
  • "I want to go back to the beginning. Can't we just start all over?" - Sun to Jin (1x17)
  • "I wish I could start over." - Jin to his father (1x17)
  • "Everyone gets a new life on this island. I'd like to start now." - Shannon to Sayid (1x17)
  • "Never too late for a fresh start." - David Reyes to Hurley (3x10)

"Stay away"

  • "Stay away from me. And my kid." - Michael to Jin (1x08)
  • "Stay away from my sister." - Boone to Sayid (1x13)
  • "Stay away from my son. And me." - Michael to Locke (1x14)
  • "Stay away from me." - Michael to Eko (2x05)
  • "You stay away from us." - Claire to Danielle, referring to herself and Aaron (2x15)
  • "This is for your new life - away from my daughter. The conditions are simple - no contact, no calls, no posts." - Charles Widmore to Desmond (2x13)
  • "And they take Jack, Kate and Sawyer someplace and they sent me back to warn everyone to stay away." - Hurley, referring to The Others, talking to himself at Libby's grave (3x10)
  • "Come in, Others. If you're listening in, I want you to know that we got you bastards. And, unless the rest of you wanna be blown up, you best stay away from our beach" - Hurley into one of The Others' walkie-talkies (3x22)
  • "Stay away from the phone." - Locke to Jack (3x22)

"That was a long time ago"

  • Jack: "Is that what you people are? What's left over of the Dharma Initiative?" Juliet: "That was a long time ago." (3x01)
  • Annie: "Is that what happened to the volcano on our island?" Olivia: "Exactly, Annie. But that was a long time ago." (3x20)

"That's the spirit"

"The new sheriff"

  • "Seeing as how you're the new sheriff and all, might as well make it official." - Sawyer to Kate (1x05)
  • "There's a new sheriff in town, and ya'll better get used to it." - Sawyer (2x13)

"There's a line"

  • "There's a line, son. You know it's there. And pretending it's not -- that would be a mistake." - Christian Shephard to Jack (2x11)
  • "Right here there's a line. You cross that line, we go from misunderstanding to something else." - Tom to Jack (2x11)
  • "I didn't cross the line! We had a truce!" - Mikhail Bakunin to Sayid (3x11)

"Use the five iron"

"What did one snowman say to the other snowman?"

Main article: Snowman joke

"What did you do?"

"Whatever you think I am, I'm not."

  • "I'm not who you think I am. My brother made me an addict." - Charlie to Eko (2x10)
  • "Whatever you think I am, I'm not." - Ben to Sayid (2x14)
  • "Whatever you think I am, I'm not. I'm not a leader. I'm a mess." - Juliet to Richard Alpert (3x07)

"We're the good guys"

  • "We're the good guys Michael." - Ben to Michael (2x24)
  • "We're the good guys." - Ben to Elliott (vdx02)

"Where are we?"

"Where he wants to be"

"Who are you people?"

"Why are you asking me these questions?"

  • "I don't know why you're asking me all these questions." - Ben to Sayid (2x14)
  • "Why are you asking me all these questions?" - Michael to Bea Klugh (2x22)
  • "Why are you asking me these questions, Jack?" - Ben to Jack (3x05)
  • "Why are you even asking me these questions?" - Claire to Barnes (3x12)
  • "Why are you asking me all these questions, Jack?" - Sun to Jack (3x18)

"Work to do"

Walt dharma pit

Walt guiding Locke

"Wrong people for mission"

"You can go now."

"You can't help me!"

"You don't call, you don't write"

  • "Boy, you bunk with a guy for 48 days -- now he doesn't call or write." - Bernard to Eko (2x19)
  • "So, you wake up in the middle of the night; you grab your Jesus stick; you race off into the jungle. You don't call, you don't write?" - Charlie to Eko (2x22)
  • "So you're gone for a whole day after a massive hatch detonation -- you don't call, you don't write?" - Charlie to Locke (3x03)

"You make your own luck"

Martha Toomey

Martha Toomey discussing luck with Hurley

"You'll speak when you have something worth saying"

  • "You'll speak when you have something worth saying" - Boone to Locke (3x03)
  • "I bet he will when he has something to say." - Horace to Roger (3x20)

"You don't seem to know much about him"

  • "Well, for someone who wants to retain his paternal rights so badly you don't seem to know much about your son, Mr. Dawson. - Lizzy to Michael (2x02)
  • "For someone who wants his son back so badly, you don't seem to know much about him, Michael. - Bea Klugh to Michael (2x22)

"You're mine"

  • "You're mine, and I love you. I love you so much." - Claire to Aaron (2x15)
  • "After everything I did to get you here, after everything I've done to keep you here, how can you possibly not understand... that you're mine?" - Ben to Juliet (4x06)

Character-specific "trademark" catchphrases

  • "WAAAAAALLLLLT!" (Michael)
  • "My son/boy!" (Michael)
  • "They took my son/boy!" (Michael)
  • "My baby!" (Claire)
  • "Dude..." (Hurley)
  • "Whoa..." (Hurley)
  • "I'm not crazy" (Hurley)
  • "The numbers are bad!" (Hurley)
  • "You wanna talk about it?" (Kate)
  • "I'm going with you." (Kate)
  • "No you're not, Kate/whomever is relevant." (Jack)
  • "He was a sacrifice that the island demanded." (Locke)
  • "Don't tell me what I can't do!" (Locke)
  • "Everything happens for a reason!" (Locke)
  • "...., brother/sister!" (Desmond)
  • "See you in another life, [brother/yeah]." (Desmond)
  • "Aye" (Desmond)
  • "What can I do for you?" (Sawyer)
  • "Son of a bitch!" (Sawyer)
  • "Open this damn door!" (Sawyer)
  • "You're mad!" (Charlie)
  • "Have you ever heard of Driveshaft? The band?" (Charlie)
  • (singing in a high-pitched voice) "You all everybody!" (Charlie)
  • "Bloody hell!" (Charlie)
  • "Oh, bollocks." (Charlie)
  • "Sodding..." (Charlie)
  • "My name isn't [insert alias here]." (Kate)
  • " ..., be my guest." (Locke)
  • "My name is Henry Gale and I'm from Minnesota" (Ben)
  • "I lied" (Ben)

See also

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