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Richard Alpert has appeared throughout Locke's lifetime looking exactly the same age ("Cabin Fever")

Agelessness is the ability to not age through the passage of time. While it protects those who possess it from growing old and possibly protects them from disease, it is distinctly different from immortality in that ageless people can still be killed by other means. It is a prominent trait in both Jacob and Richard Alpert, though it has not been exhibited by anyone else.


Known ageless people



Jacob appears the same age in the 19th century ("The Incident, Parts 1 & 2")

Jacob appears to possess agelessness, and has also been said to be able to grant it to another. From as early as the 19th century onward, Jacob has perpetually retained the aesthetic age of someone in their late thirties or early forties. Jacob remained this way through 2007, when he was apparently killed by Benjamin Linus, possibly revealing that the agelessness he possessed did not protect him from other mortal wounds although it is unknown whether Jacob truly is dead due to the nature of his other powers.

Richard Alpert would later state that Jacob granted him the gift of agelessness, though it is unknown how or why this was done. ("The Incident, Parts 1 & 2")

Richard Alpert

Richard in the 1970s ("The Man Behind the Curtain")
Richard Alpert, an advisor to the leader of the Others, was granted agelessness by Jacob for an unknown reason at an unknown time. Throughout all of his appearances, Richard, like Jacob, has appeared to be in his late thirties or early forties. Chronologically, Richard was first seen on the Island in 1954 with the Others. ("Jughead") The next year, he was present at John Locke's birth, and would appear throughout Locke's childhood looking exactly the same. ("Cabin Fever") In 1973,
Richard in 2007 ("Because You Left")
Ben met a long-haired, unkempt Richard in the jungle, resembling himself in the 1950's. At that time, Richard also made a comment to Horace Goodspeed about the sonic fence being unable to keep him out. ("The Man Behind the Curtain") A year later, a more dapper Richard appeared at the Barracks and spoke to Sawyer. ("LaFleur") Three years later, he was seen again by Sayid, Daniel, Jack, Kate, and Sawyer, appearing the same as his previous encounter with Sawyer. ("Whatever Happened, Happened")  ("The Variable")  ("Follow the Leader") In 1992, during the Purge, Richard wore a gas mask, showing that despite his agelessness he was still susceptible to the toxic gas that was used to exterminate the DHARMA Initiative. ("The Man Behind the Curtain") Richard would later appear after the crash of Oceanic Flight 815 still looking the same. ("The Man from Tallahassee") When questioned by Locke about his agelessness, Richard replied that Jacob made him that way. ("The Incident, Parts 1 & 2")

The Man in Black

It can be argued in the Lost community that Jacob's nemesis also has this ability. Though his body has only been seen at one point in time, we know that his mind and consciousness has survived for many centuries.

See also

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