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The ninth armed confrontation was at the [[Looking Glass]]. When [[Charlie]] reached the station, he was captured by [[Bonnie]] and [[Greta]] at gunpoint. [[Desmond]], in a boat above the station, was shot at by Mikhail from the beach. When [[Mikhail]] reached the station he was ordered by [[Ben]] to kill both Charlie and the team of Others at the station consisting of Greta and Bonnie. Mikhail was able to kill Greta by gunshot and fatally wound Bonnie. But before killing Charlie, he was shot by Desmond with a spear gun. Mikhail later recovered and detonated a grenade in front of the porthole in the room which contained the communications jamming equipment. According to later statements by the producers, he died. Charlie sealed the flooding radio room and died by drowning. {{crossref|3x22}}
 
The ninth armed confrontation was at the [[Looking Glass]]. When [[Charlie]] reached the station, he was captured by [[Bonnie]] and [[Greta]] at gunpoint. [[Desmond]], in a boat above the station, was shot at by Mikhail from the beach. When [[Mikhail]] reached the station he was ordered by [[Ben]] to kill both Charlie and the team of Others at the station consisting of Greta and Bonnie. Mikhail was able to kill Greta by gunshot and fatally wound Bonnie. But before killing Charlie, he was shot by Desmond with a spear gun. Mikhail later recovered and detonated a grenade in front of the porthole in the room which contained the communications jamming equipment. According to later statements by the producers, he died. Charlie sealed the flooding radio room and died by drowning. {{crossref|3x22}}
   
The tenth armed confrontation was at the end of {{ep|4x12}}. During the time Sayid and Kate where going after Jack to the [[Orchid]] they found tracks that didnt belong to either Jack or Sawyer and these tracks doubled around them. When they ordered who ever the tracks belonged to, to come out from hiding, [[Richard Alpert]] stepped out from the trees with the rest of the [[Others]] who surrounded Kate and Sayid, when they let their guns down, they became the hostages of the others.
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The tenth armed confrontation was at the end of {{ep|4x12}}. During the time Sayid and Kate where going after Jack to the [[Orchid]] they found tracks that didnt belong to either Jack or Sawyer and these tracks doubled around them. When they ordered who ever the tracks belonged to, to come out from hiding, [[Richard Alpert]] stepped out from the trees with the rest of the [[Others]] who surrounded Kate and Sayid, when they let their guns down, they became the hostages of the Others.
   
 
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Others prominent during Season 2 and Season 3. From Left: Benjamin Linus, Bea Klugh, Tom, Alex and Danny Pickett Ben is the only one still alive.

The Others are a group living on the Island made up of Hostiles, former members of the DHARMA Initiative who allied themselves with the Hostiles, and persons from the outside recruited by the first two groups to live on the Island, later including some Tailies. The group was formed after the conclusion of a long-running conflict between the Hostiles and the DHARMA Initiative known as the Purge.

The Others lived at a community located at a former DHARMA site known as the Barracks and worked at another former DHARMA facility on a small second island, but have since abandoned both locations. Benjamin Linus, a former member of the DHARMA Initiative, served in a leadership position, but ultimately answered to Jacob. Aside from Ben, Alex, Karl, Juliet, and Harper Stanhope, the Others were not seen in the storyline since the end of Season 3, where they were supposedly heading for a DHARMA station called The Temple, until "There's No Place Like Home, Part 1", when they came, under the leadership of Richard Alpert and captured Kate and Sayid.

About the Others

Names

"We're not the only people on this Island... and we all know it!" ("...In Translation")

The term Others was coined by Danielle Rousseau when she claimed to Sayid that they had taken her daughter Alexandra 16 years prior. ("Solitary") The survivors later adopted the term to refer to the other people on the Island.

People besides the Oceanic Flight 815 survivors have referred to the group that emerged from the purge as the Hostiles, as the DHARMA Initiative referred to people on the Island before them by this name. (Access: Granted#Hostiles/Others) The term "the Hostiles" has been used to refer to this post-Purge group by Kelvin and Desmond. However, as far as we know, neither of them had known of the purge.

Kidnappings

Main article: Lists

The list given to Michael

Danielle said the Others kidnapped Alex. She told Sayid that she had never seen the Others during her entire time on the Island and only knew them as whispers. Alexandra was raised as Ben's daughter and until recently was under the impression that her mother was dead.

Claire was abducted by Ethan. Charlie was also taken with Claire, but he was hanged in circumstances not yet totally explained and later revived by Jack and Kate. Charlie later murdered Ethan. Walt was taken seemingly because he had talents in which the Others were very interested, but also because Ben was interested in manipulating Michael. ("Live Together, Die Alone, Part 1") ("Exposé")

In a matter of two weeks, 12 of the Tailies were taken from their camp by the Others. Three Others were killed by the Tailies during these abductions. Cindy, another Tailie, disappeared later. ("The Other 48 Days") No guns were used by the Others in any of these abductions. Cindy and some of the people taken were later shown to be living among the Others. Cindy was shown to be a full member of their community along with four of the other "taken" Tailies: Emma, Zack, and two background (#08 and #09).. When Kate asked Karl why the Others took the children among the Tailies, he said "we give them a better life". When Kate further asked "Better than what?" Karl answered "better than yours."

Michael was lured into a trap by the Others using Walt as bait. Ben intended to use Michael to capture Jack, Kate and Sawyer long before he was captured by the Losties. ("Exposé") Michael eventually made a deal with the Others where he would lure people into a trap where they would be abducted and free Ben. In exchange, Walt would be freed. Michael also demanded that he be given a boat on which he and Walt could leave the Island. Michael, on his own initiative, murdered two people in the course of freeing Ben. Afterward he led Jack, Kate, Hurley and Sawyer into a trap. The Others kept Jack, Kate and Sawyer captive at the Hydra, but allowed Hurley to return as a messenger when they were at the Pala Ferry dock. Michael and Walt were given a boat and left the Island. ("Three Minutes")  ("Live Together, Die Alone, Part 1")

Ben told Locke that the Others plan to kidnap all the pregnant women among the survivors. He told Locke the kidnapping would be non-violent. ("The Brig") Later Ben sends a team to take all the women who might be pregnant and gives orders that any survivors who get in the way of this should be shot. ("Greatest Hits")

Armed confrontations

The Losties talk with the Others for the first time ("The Hunting Party")

In the initial interactions between the Others and the Losties, the Others did not carry guns. An Other woman killed by Ana Lucia had a military knife in her pocket which was not used. Ethan knocked out Jin with a slingshot. Their behavior seemed to change after Ethan was killed by Charlie with a handgun and seemed to become even more pronounced after the Losties gained control of the armory at the Swan.

The first armed confrontation occurred when Tom took Walt from the raft. Shots were exchanged between Sawyer and the Others but Sawyer was only shot in the shoulder. The Others also employed a crude grenade to destroy the raft, leaving Jin, Michael, and Sawyer struggling to survive in open water.("Exodus, Part 2")

The second armed confrontation occurred after Michael was captured by the Others attempting to recover Walt. A group led by Jack followed Michael's trail and was confronted by a group of Others led by Tom. Tom told them that they had a reached a line and warned them against crossing it. Alex among the Others said at the time that that purpose of the action was to scare Jack and those with him. ("The Hunting Party")

The third armed confrontation occurred as Michael was leading Jack and several other people into a trap. Sawyer discovered one of the Others following their party and shot him dead. The Others employed Taser-like devices to incapacitate the members of the party. ("Live Together, Die Alone, Part 1")

The fourth armed confrontation occurred aboard the sailboat. Sun was left on the boat while Sayid planned to ambush the Others in the jungle and hopefully capture two so they could be tortured for information. A party of Others including Colleen boarded the boat to seize it on Ben's orders. Colleen went below deck. She was confronted by Sun and did not appear to be armed. Colleen attempted to calm Sun down by talking, but Sun shot Colleen in the stomach. Sun then made her escape under fire from other members of the party on the boat. ("The Glass Ballerina")

In the fifth armed confrontation, Sayid was shot by Mikhail in the shoulder when he approached the Flame station. Eventually, an armed standoff with hostages on both sides developed. Bea, being held by Sayid, told Mikhail to simply shoot her which he did. Mikhail, after a failed attempt to kill himself as well, was taken prisoner. ("Enter 77")

In the sixth armed confrontation, Sayid and Kate were captured at the barracks. Both were quickly overpowered after being detected. No shots were fired. Locke took Ben and Alex hostage, destroyed the submarine with explosives and then surrendered himself to the Others. ("The Man from Tallahassee")

A seventh confrontation occurred between Desmond and Mikhail. Although no shots were fired, Desmond threatened Mikhail with a flare gun. The conflict ended when Mikhail traded medical treatment for his freedom.("D.O.C.")

The climax of the last battle against the Others ("Through the Looking Glass, Part 1")

The eighth confrontation occurred when Ben Linus ordered a raid on the survivors beach camp to take any pregnant women among them. Ben also gave orders that if anyone got in the way of the raid, they were to be killed. Word of the raid was leaked by Juliet, Alexandra and Karl. Dynamite was placed near the tents and a team of Sayid, Bernard and Jin was left behind to set off the dynamite with gunfire. Seven out of the team of ten Others involved in the raid were killed either by the explosions or by exchanges of gunfire after. Sayid, Bernard, and Jin were captured. Ben ordered them kept them alive as hostages, and later ordered their executions. However, Ryan shot into the sand instead, keeping the captives alive. The captives were freed when Hurley in the DHARMA van crashed into Ryan. Sayid took the opportunity in the confusion to kill Jason. Tom, the last of the Others alive, then surrendered but was executed by Sawyer. ("Through the Looking Glass, Part 1")

The ninth armed confrontation was at the Looking Glass. When Charlie reached the station, he was captured by Bonnie and Greta at gunpoint. Desmond, in a boat above the station, was shot at by Mikhail from the beach. When Mikhail reached the station he was ordered by Ben to kill both Charlie and the team of Others at the station consisting of Greta and Bonnie. Mikhail was able to kill Greta by gunshot and fatally wound Bonnie. But before killing Charlie, he was shot by Desmond with a spear gun. Mikhail later recovered and detonated a grenade in front of the porthole in the room which contained the communications jamming equipment. According to later statements by the producers, he died. Charlie sealed the flooding radio room and died by drowning. ("Through the Looking Glass, Part 1")

The tenth armed confrontation was at the end of "There's No Place Like Home, Part 1". During the time Sayid and Kate where going after Jack to the Orchid they found tracks that didnt belong to either Jack or Sawyer and these tracks doubled around them. When they ordered who ever the tracks belonged to, to come out from hiding, Richard Alpert stepped out from the trees with the rest of the Others who surrounded Kate and Sayid, when they let their guns down, they became the hostages of the Others.

False accusations

The Others have on numerous occasions been falsely accused of actions against the crash survivors. Charlie kidnapped and beat Sun on orders from Sawyer resulting in the Others being afterwards accused. Locke blamed the Others for burning the first raft in front of the entire group even though he suspected and later confirmed that Walt was responsible. The presence of a walkie among their effects led certain people at the camp (including Sawyer) to falsely assume that Nikki and Paulo were working for the Others.

Unverified accusations

Scott was found murdered on the beach after Ethan threatened to kill one person a day until Claire was given to him. As the land routes to the camp were closely guarded, it was theorized that the attacker would have had to have come out of the sea. His death was particularly brutal in that he was discovered with his arms broken, all his fingers broken and a broken neck.

Ben impersonated Henry Gale who arrived on the Island by balloon. Ben had a great deal of information about Henry Gale which he used as part of his impersonation. Henry Gale was discovered buried in a marked grave near the site of his balloon crash. ("Dave").

Murders

  • Goodwin murdered Nathan after Ana Lucia said she would begin cutting off his fingers the next day. Goodwin offered as explanation that Nathan was not a good person and that Ana Lucia may have started looking around at other people after she had cut off Nathan's fingers. Goodwin snapped Nathan's neck ("The Other 48 Days").
  • Mikhail murdered Bonnie and Greta in the Looking Glass station on Ben's order. Ben also ordered him to murder Charlie. Charlie died when Mikhail's grenade flooded the room he was in.
  • Regardless of how many people the Others have actually killed, they have attempted the Murder of Locke(Ben), Sawyer(Pickett), Charlie(Ethan), and ordered the death of resistors in the Camp raid(Ben in Greatest Hits) and Kate and Sawyer's escape (Juliet in Not in Portland)


See also: Body count, Life and death

Imprisonment

The Others held Claire at the Staff Station in what appeared to be a drugged state. She was injected with a vaccine by Ethan, and they planned to take her baby from her, and look after it. However, she escaped with the help of Alexandra and Rousseau. ("Maternity Leave")

Walt, after being taken by the Others, was held at an as-of-yet undisclosed location. He was made to take tests. On seeing his father, he was threatened by Bea Klugh with some sort of punishment involving a room if he said too much. He was released as a result of a deal Michael made with the Others.

Michael was imprisoned at the decoy village for several days. A blood sample was taken from him when he arrived. He spent most of his time restrained within one of the buildings, but was released when he made a deal with the Others that he could have Walt back and leave the Island.

Jack, Kate and Sawyer were held prisoner on Hydra Island - Jack was kept in a tank originally designed for sharks and dolphins; and Kate and Sawyer were kept in cages originally designed for polar bears. All the prisoners were kept under constant video surveillance, which was monitored by Ben. Kate and Sawyer were made to do manual labor at a location called the Quarry. They were kept under close guard and forbidden from communicating with each other. After attempts to escape, Sawyer was psychologically tortured, being told he had been implanted with a pacemaker device that would lead to heart failure if his pulse was above a certain rate. The story was false and there was no implant, but it managed to keep Sawyer in line, and he did not attempt to escape again; furthermore, he tried to stop Kate escaping as well. Jack was subjected to various forms of psychological manipulation during his captivity, including Juliet reading from a file about his life. He broke down in tears after asking about his ex-wife, and this made him more compliant as a result. Sawyer was physically abused during his captivity, mostly by Danny Pickett - Pickett blamed Sawyer for his wife's death, and attacked him using his fists and his taser. Eventually, though, Kate and Sawyer were released as a result of a deal Jack made with Ben.

Hurley was shocked and hooded at the Pala Ferry but was almost immediately released as a messenger back to the other crash survivors.

Kate and Sayid were held captive by the Others after they infiltrated the Barracks. Kate was handcuffed and held in the game room. Sayid was tied to a swing set. Both were gassed by the Others as they left the area of the barracks. Kate was dragged out into the jungle by Juliet as part of an attempt at psychological manipulation. Both were released as a result of being left behind when the Others left the Barracks area, and returned to the main camp.

Sayid, Jin and Bernard were captured after killing seven of the Others during their attempted raid of the beach camp. Ben (over the radio) threatened to kill Jin in order to get information from the captives. Ben later pretended to order the deaths all three during an attempt to bargain with Jack. The three were freed after Hurley drove a DHARMA van into the camp, running over Ryan and allowing Sayid to kill Jason. The remaining Other (Tom) was executed by Sawyer.

Ways of living

Main article: the Barracks

Juliet, Ben and the other Others watch the crash at the Barracks. ("A Tale of Two Cities")

It was first presumed that the Others are "savages" and "hillbillies". However, in Season 2, this proved to be part of an elaborate illusion; Kate discovered a locker containing a fake beard and DHARMA branded theatrical glue. ("Maternity Leave") Later, Tom appeared a couple times without his beard, ("Maternity Leave" and "Live Together, Die Alone, Part 1").
Upon his return, Michael claimed that there are only about 22 Others, most of them old and/or women, who lived on huts in miserable conditions like the crash survivors, and fed on dried fish; this is part of the facade. ("Two for the Road") Walt said that the Others are "pretending," and that "they're not who they say they are." ("Three Minutes")

Some background Others, looking like "savages"

The fact that the Others are more civilized than they appear was hinted at in Season 2, but was revealed explicitly in the Season 3 premiere; the Others live in a small idyllic town inside of a crater.("A Tale of Two Cities") They have access to guns, tasers, explosives, a bolas, U.S. army knives, a submarine, a yacht, a motor boat which they gave to Michael, and Desmond's sailboat (which they took from the Losties).

On December 12, 2004, all the Others along with John Locke left the Barracks for an unknown location that Ben called an old place. Juliet was left behind. She and a group of Losties were gassed by the Others but left within the perimeter of the Barracks. John Locke made a case for allowing Kate to accompany the Others, but the request was turned down because of her personal history, saying that "forgiveness isn't their strong suit." ("Left Behind")

The Others stopped on their journey and camped in a high area full of stone ruins. They camped at the location for a few days and then moved on.

There seems to be extensive audio and video surveillance in certain areas of the Barracks where the Others live. Tom indicates the game room where Kate is held and speaks to Jack is under surveillance. The house where Jack is temporarily staying is equipped with video cameras which were carefully monitored.

Ben's house did not seem to be monitored. Locke was able to enter the house without being detected. He was also able to move hostages to different areas of the house including the kitchen. The full extent of the monitoring at the Barracks is not known. ("The Man from Tallahassee")

The Others appear to use psychological methods of punishment similar to brainwashing. Karl was seen undergoing this process in Room 23 at the Hydra.

According to the April 30, 2007 Official Podcast, there are two factions within the Others.

Locales

  • The Barracks: The Barracks is a former DHARMA Initiative facility. It is a secure residential area where the Others lived, containing electricity and running water. All of the Others left the Barracks for an unknown destination in December 2004. The Barracks site is currently intact but abandoned.
  • The Hydra: Karl said that this was the place where the Others worked on projects. One of the projects involved the work going on at the Quarry. After Sawyer, Kate and Karl escaped, the Others evacuated the facility, leaving it abandoned.
  • Decoy village: Around 20 of the Others pretended to live and work at the site. They dressed in worn out clothing and acted as if they were living by fishing. Michael was held captive at the site. It was abandoned shortly before the Others captured Jack, Sawyer, Kate and Hurley.
  • The Flame: The Flame was a former DHARMA Initiative facility that held equipment that could communicate with the outside world. Mikhail lived at the Flame and guarded the site. The communications equipment failed as a result of the discharge. John Locke eventually destroyed the Flame.
  • The Staff: The Staff is a former DHARMA Initiative medical facility. The Others have used the facility for pregnancy-related research activities.
  • Ruins: The Others camped at this location for several days on their journey to what they called an "old place". Ben attempted to get Locke to kill Anthony Cooper at this location.
  • Jacob's cabin: Jacob resides at this location.
  • The Looking Glass: Used to block selective signals leaving the Island.
  • The Temple: The purpose of this place is unknown.
  • The Tempest: The Tempest is a former DHARMA Initiative facility that housed lethal gas. The gas was disarmed on day 97 by Daniel and Charlotte to prevent Ben from using it.

Leadership

Main article: Leadership

A struggle for power between Ben and Juliet. ("The Cost of Living")

Juliet makes multiple references to democracy and equality as important values that she and the other Others live by, both in the opening scenes of season three (the book club) as well as in her many talks with Jack. But it is unclear if the values of their community are reflected in how it is actually run.

Ben is the community's leader and has the charisma and power to make people follow him, but there is an ongoing struggle between him and Juliet. In her video, Juliet told Jack that "some of us want change". She also said that Ben "is a liar" and "very dangerous". Juliet suggests there are two "political" groups within the Others - Juliet’s and Ben's. Juliet has also shown herself to be utterly ruthless in proposing to Jack that they murder Ben on the operating table. ("A Tale of Two Cities")  ("The Cost of Living")

Isabel was referred to as the "sheriff." by Tom. She came to Hydra Island after Juliet killed Danny Pickett and investigated the situation. The killing of one Other by another Other was treated as a very serious situation. When Jack later claimed that Juliet had attempted to get him to kill Ben, her situation was made worse. Their justice system was described as based on an "eye for an eye" indicating harsh penalties. Juliet was taken in private before a meeting of the Others. The details of the meeting are unknown but most assumed that Juliet would receive the death penalty. Ben was able to intervene within the context of whatever rules governed the situation and reduce her penalty from death to being marked with an inverted eight-point cross symbol. The meeting was consistent with the Others being run by some sort of collective decision-making process and Ben having some sort of defined official position. ("Stranger in a Strange Land")

However, Ben is only a subordinate compared to his superior Jacob, sometimes referred to as "he" or "him". He is described as a magnificent and brilliant man, but not a forgiving one. Ben's apparent high status is because Ben is the only one who receives orders directly from Jacob, carrying them out to the rest of the Others. ("The Man Behind the Curtain")

Another person worth noting in the Others' leadership is Richard Alpert, who recruited Juliet, spoke and delivered files about Anthony Cooper to Locke seemingly behind Ben's back. It seems as if his aging process has been slowed down dramatically, but all that can be said for certain is he appears the same age in no matter what time period he is in. He appears to have been on the Island longer than Ben, but his original allegiances are still unknown. He interacts with and answers directly to Ben, sometimes disagreeing with him. Yet Ben does not seem to directly retaliate against him. ("The Brig")  ("The Man Behind the Curtain")

Ben mentions there were other leaders, before himself, that ordered the purge. He declares to Locke that his time is done and that Locke is now the new leader of the Island under Jacob.("Cabin Fever")

New members

When Locke attempts to join the Others, Ben says that people who want to be part of them need to show their commitment. Ben tells Locke he needs to show his commitment by killing his father Anthony Cooper. He is handed a knife by Ben while the rest of the Others gather to watch. But cannot bring himself to kill Cooper.

The next day, Richard Alpert suggests to Locke that he use Sawyer to kill Cooper. Ben gives Locke an ultimatum that he will only be able to continue following the Others if he presents them with his father's dead body.

It is unclear if Cindy and the four other captured Tailies later identified as Others underwent a similar test to become part of the community.

"Good" people

Main article: Good and bad people

Ethan tells Claire that the Others are "good people". ("Maternity Leave")  (promotional still)

The concept of "good"-ness seems to be very important to the Others as they themselves claim to be good people even after kidnapping and killing various castaways. This sets up an odd paradox, as Benjamin told Locke he was one of the "good ones", and implied that other Losties (e.g. Jack, Kate) were not "good" and they are the ones who were taken. The Others seem to only abduct those they believe to be "good people" and who are on a list. However, it should be noted that Ethan abducted Claire, who was pregnant at the time, without completing a list, and it is implied by Alex that the Others plan to keep the baby and dispose of Claire. While Alex implies that they intend to dispose of Claire, that would be inconsistent with their other shown behavior.

The Others seem to have a process where a case can be made that a particular person is a "good" person. Ben indicates that Goodwin attempted this for Ana Lucia. Later Locke attempts to convince them that Kate is a good person but fails because of "what she has done" and because they don't believe in forgiveness.


Connection with DHARMA

The DHARMA Initiative fought a conflict with people known as "Hostiles" for many years. The Initiative was eventually destroyed in a toxic gas attack on the Barracks and possibly more sites. Before the gas attack, Ben Linus, a DHARMA workman along with other DHARMA staff allied themselves with the Hostiles and formed what is now the Others.

It was confirmed in the 5/11/2007 podcast that Ben was not the only person in the Initiative to side with the Hostiles.

Mikhail Bakunin, an Other, was put in charge of the Flame communications station of the DHARMA Initiative for the Others. In performing that task, he wore the clothing of the Initiative. Mikhail claimed he arrived on the Island around 1993 by submarine. He also mentioned that the Hostiles have been on the Island for a very long time. ("Enter 77")

Pregnancy issues

See also: Pregnancies

The women among the Others suffer from degeneration of their reproductive systems. The condition was described as causing the reproductive system of a woman in her 20s to look like those of a woman in her 70s.

Juliet, a fertility researcher, was brought to the Island because she had discovered an effective treatment that allows women with damaged reproductive systems to become pregnant. On the Island she began researching another condition where women's bodies had immune reaction against the fetus leading to the death of both early in pregnancy.

After the deaths of several volunteers among the Others, including Sabine, Juliet developed a theory that whatever went wrong in the pregnancy might be occurring at conception. She asked Ben if she could take a woman off the Island as a control case to test the theory, but he refused to allow anyone to leave the Island. Claire, who arrived on the Island pregnant, became their control case.

Juliet has gathered data on Sun's pregnancy. She was also attempting to gather information on other women among the crash survivors including specifically Kate.

The nature of the fertility and pregnancy problems on the Island has not been revealed. When these conditions emerged on the Island is also unknown.

Members


Below is a list of all of the Others that have been introduced into the show.
For a list of Others background cast, see Background cast (Others background)

Picture Name Role Status Overview
Jacob (aka "Him") Leader Alive Authored a list of names. According to Danny, "Shephard wasn't even on Jacob's list." Also possibly directly referenced in the Room 23 video. Confirmed as the leader in a podcast.
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Benjamin Linus (aka the fake Henry Gale) Leadership position Alive Ben is a former workman for the DHARMA Initiative who grew up on the Island. He allied himself with the Hostiles at a time before the Purge. At some point, he became the sole person responsible for communicating between Jacob and the Others. He holds a high-ranking leadership position among the Others but the exact nature of his position is uncertain. After the failure of the raid on the beach camp, his shooting of Locke and the discovery of the Looking Glass, his position as leader was no longer secure. He ordered the Others to go to the Temple while he himself went to try to convince Jack not to contact Naomi's people. He failed to do so and was taken captive. When visiting the cabin with Locke and Hurley, he states that his time [as the Others' leader presumably] is now over.
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Richard Alpert Prominent Alive Richard Alpert was one of the Hostiles who fought the DHARMA Initiative on the Island and was native to the Island before the Initiative arrived. He does not appear to age as a normal human would. He recruited Juliet saying he worked for Mittelos Bioscience. Richard was told by Ben to take all remaining Others to the Temple.
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Harper Stanhope Semi-Prominent Alive Harper was Goodwin's wife, aware of his husband's infidelity. She is also the Others' therapist. Ben used her to trick Juliet into stopping Daniel and Charlotte at the Tempest.
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Cindy Chandler Minor Alive A member of the tailies, now aligned with the Others. Former Oceanic Airlines flight attendant, caretaker of Zack and Emma.
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Emma Minor Alive A member of the tailies taken by the Others on day 12 with her brother, Zack.
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Zack Minor Alive A member of the tailies taken on day 12 with his sister, Emma.
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Amelia Minor Alive A member of Juliet's Book Club.
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Adam Minor Alive A member of the book club, appears to be extremely loyal to Ben.
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Mikhail Bakunin Prominent Deceased Other who was stationed at the Flame, and was in charge of communications. Killed Bea Klugh on her order; then was captured and held in the custody of Locke, Sayid, Kate, and Danielle Rousseau. He was later severely injured by Locke who pushed him into the Others' security perimeter but later stumbled upon Desmond, Charlie, Jin, Hurley & Naomi in the forest. Is very loyal to Ben. Killed Bonnie and Greta on Ben's orders before being shot at close range with a spear gun. Managed to survive, and detonated a hand grenade in order to kill Charlie in the Looking Glass station.
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Ethan Rom Prominent Deceased Murdered by Charlie. Pretended to be one of the mid-section survivors; kidnapped Claire and Charlie in order to obtain Aaron. He met Juliet before arriving on the Island, and seemed to be part of the Mittelos Bioscience laboratory. Ben told Jack that he was a surgeon.
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Goodwin Stanhope Prominent Deceased Killed by Ana Lucia. Married to Harper Stanhope. Maintained the Tempest station. Infiltrated the tail section survivors. Prior to this, he was in a relationship with Juliet.
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Ivan Minor Deceased Killed in "Through the Looking Glass, Part 1". Seen in medical garb in the Hydra operating room, chasing Kate and Sawyer in "Not in Portland", and other action sequences in Season 3. Killed in the raid on the beach in "Through the Looking Glass, Part 1".
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Danny Pickett Semi-Prominent Deceased He did not seem to be an authority figure, although he was foreman on the rock clearing operation. Married to Colleen, who calls him 'Danny'. He took Colleen's death at the hands of Sun badly and took out his anger on Sawyer. Pickett was killed by Juliet when he was attempting to kill Sawyer in "Not in Portland". Juliet had made a deal with Ben to leave the Island but the deal required that Kate and Sawyer escape.
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Colleen Pickett Semi-Prominent Deceased Shot in the chest by Sun in Desmond's boat when the Others took the boat from the Pala Ferry pier. She appeared to be unarmed and was trying to talk Sun out of any violent action. Jack and Juliet were trying to save her in the Hydra's medical section, but her life couldn't be saved. Married to Danny.
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Bea Klugh Semi-Prominent Deceased Killed by Mikhail at her own request. Made a deal with Michael to free Benjamin Linus. Had some degree of authority.
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Isabel Minor Deceased Was referred to as "the sheriff" by Tom. She seems to be right under Ben in the Others' hierarchy. Investigated Danny's murder case, and decided to execute Juliet, but was stopped by Ben. Left the Hydra Island with the rest of the Others. She speaks Cantonese. Said to have died by the end of Season 3.
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Aldo Minor Deceased Guards part of the Hydra facility. Was reading "A Brief History of Time" before he was attacked by Kate, Sawyer and Alex. Killed in the raid on the beach in "Through the Looking Glass, Part 1".
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Sabine Minor Deceased Sabine was one of the women among the Others who volunteered to become pregnant, even though she knew it was a risk. Despite the best efforts of Juliet, her body turned on her pregnancy. Ethan attempted surgery to save either her or her baby, but she died during the operation. Ben later attempted to console Juliet by telling her that Sabine was the one who chose to become pregnant.
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Tom (aka Mr. Friendly) Prominent Deceased Appears to be a spokesman/enforcer of the Others. Has some degree of authority. Used to wear a fake beard during his encounters with the mid-section Losties. His loyalty to Ben is questionable though. Shot in cold blood by Sawyer after the beach raid, for "taking the kid from the raft."
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Ryan Pryce Semi-Prominent Deceased Seems to hold a bit of influence over the policing of The Others' community. He was put in charge of supervising Sayid while he was bound to the swing set, and attempted to shut Sayid up when he began divulging information about Alex's mother to her. Run over by Hurley in the DHARMA Van while he was leading the beach raid.
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Jason Minor Deceased An Other who appears to be some kind of a bodyguard. He assisted Matthew with injecting something to Sawyer, accompanied Ben and Sawyer on their journey, guarded Jack while he attended Colleen's funeral and went with Pickett to Sawyer's cage. He was chasing Kate and Sawyer after they escaped their cages. Had his neck broken by Sayid while trying to raid the Losties beach camp.
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Matthew Minor Deceased Administers an injection into Sawyer's chest. Shot by Jin in the raid on the Losties beach camp. ("Through the Looking Glass, Part 1")
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Luke Minor Deceased Was at the quarry and was seen talking to Juliet. He was later elbowed by Sawyer in his escape attempt. Shot by Jin in the raid on the Losties beach camp. ("Through the Looking Glass, Part 1")
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Diane Minor Deceased Killed in the explosions during the raid on the Losties beach camp. ("Through the Looking Glass, Part 1")
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Greta Minor Deceased Stationed in the Looking Glass. Killed by Mikhail on the orders of Ben. ("Through the Looking Glass, Part 1")
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Bonnie Minor Deceased Stationed in the Looking Glass. Killed by Mikhail on the orders of Ben. ("Through the Looking Glass, Part 1")
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Many people in the Others' boat, following Walt's rescue party, abducting the tailies, at the decoy village, at the quarry, at the Pala Ferry, in the Staff, stealing the Elizabeth, at the cages, at the beach leaving Hydra Island, and at the Barracks. Minor Background (unnamed) These are Others that are currently extras and are not significant to the storyline.

Body count among unnamed Others background cast: (Two killed by Eko, one killed by Ana Lucia, one killed by Sawyer).

See Background cast (Others background) for recurring extras.
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Widmore's victim Minor Unknown Captured and brutally interrogated by Charles Widmore in order to obtain information about the Island.
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Juliet Burke Prominent Expelled Fertility doctor. Had some degree of authority in the past, though subordinate to and antagonistic relation with Ben. Has been on the Island for over 3 years, 2 months and 28 days. Interrogated Jack. Shot Danny and helped Kate, Sawyer and Karl to escape in exchange for being allowed to go "home"; was sentenced to be executed but instead was "marked"/expelled as punishment. Was sent on an undercover O-Mission to infiltrate the survivors at the beach. The ruse given to the Losties was that she was left behind when the Others left the Barracks indicating that they may no longer consider her one of them. After her cover was blown by Locke she has claimed again to be on the Losties side. She betrayed Ben telling the Losties where the Looking Glass was.
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Alexandra Rousseau Prominent Deceased Danielle Rousseau's daughter. She was taken from Rosseau a week after being born and raised by Ben Linus as his daughter. She was told her mother was dead. Developed a love interest in Karl which Ben disapproved of because of the danger associated with pregnancy on the Island. After discovering that she had given away the Others plan to raid the beach camp, Ben took her to them and introduced her to Danielle Rousseau as her mother. She was killed by Keamy at The Barracks.
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Karl Prominent Deceased Had a love interest in Alexandra. Ben disapproved of this because of the dangers of pregnancy on the Island. He was imprisoned in the Hydra cages, and was later moved to Room 23. He escaped the Hydra Island with Kate and Sawyer. He remained in covert contact with Alex and eventually warned the survivors that the Others intended to raid their camp. He was seemingly killed by unknown gunfire on the way to the Temple with Danielle and Alex.

Trivia

  • Lost producer Damon Lindelof said of the Others, "...they eat chicken, they wear clothes out of the J. Crew catalog."
  • In Lost: The Complete Second Season (DVD), the Others' method of leaving no tracks was revealed when a group of 12 Others (the ones seen by Eko and Jin in "...And Found") are seen passing the screen, with the last member brushing off their trail with leaves.

Unanswered questions

Unanswered questions
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For fan theories about these unanswered questions, see: The Others/Theories
  • How many total Others are there on the Island?
  • Where did they live before moving to the Barracks?
    • Why exactly did they leave this place?
  • Why are the Others so unwilling to explain themselves openly to the Losties?
  • Why do they almost universally refer to the Losties by their surnames rather than their first names?
  • What is their link to Mittelos Bioscience?
  • Why did Ben downplay the Swan Station and encourage Locke to let the timer run down?
  • How do they still get DHARMA-branded food?
  • How many of them were on the Island when the Purge occurred, and how many were since brought to the Island like Juliet was?
  • Why do they disguise themselves as DHARMA personnel?
  • On what basis are they recruited?
  • How did the Others steal a week old Alex without Danielle seeing them?

See also

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