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Real name

When describing his escape to Richard Alpert, young Widmore referred to Cunningham as... Cunningham. Meaning:

  • The Others thought it would be fun to use as code names for each other the names found on the tags of the clothing they requisitioned from the vanquished U.S. Army soliders; or
  • Cunningham was a U.S. Army soldier who, rather than being massacred, defected to the Others and became one of them (recall that some DHARMA Initiative personnel did so);
  • Cunningham, already an Other, found "Cunningham"-labeled fatigues for himself by sheer coincidence.

Robert K S (talk) 07:17, 29 January 2009 (UTC)

However Richard tells John he had orders to kill ALL of the Army team. Lanpesci 07:33, 29 January 2009 (UTC)
Good point, but that might only help explain why Cunningham was so quick to give up the Others' camp, and why Widmore was so quick to kill him. Robert K S (talk) 08:03, 29 January 2009 (UTC)
  • I doubt Cunningham was his real name. More likely it was used as a convenient code name. ---- LOSTonthisdarnisland 17:00, 29 January 2009 (UTC)
    • The fact that he spoke with an American accent is just one more indicator that he might have been with the Army contingent. This seems like it might be too minor a mystery for the show to clear up, so it might make a good submission as a question to the official podcast. Robert K S (talk) 17:11, 29 January 2009 (UTC)
  • This character may be a possible tongue-in-cheek reference to the tv sitcom "Happy Days". The Cunningham family (who were the central characters in the series) had an older brother named Chuck, who appeared occasionally during the first season, but who was subsequently dropped with no explanation given. This led to the tv slang euphemism called the "Chuck Cunningham Syndrome", which refers to when a tv series suddenly, and with no explanation written into the plot, drops a character from the series. The reference to this is even more striking when one compares the image of the Lost character Cunningham to the image of Happy Days' Chuck Cunningham (sorry about that last photo, I couldn't find a better one). Saukkomies 03:46, 08 February 2009 (UTC)
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