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Anthony Cooper
 
 
Anthony Cooper
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Episode count
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Name
Anthony Cooper
Also known as
Tom Sawyer
Adam Seward
Paul
Ted MacLaren
Louis Jackson
"The Man From Tallahassee"
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Date of birth
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Date of death
Origin
Tustin, California, USA
Profession
Con man
In Australia...
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On the island...
Prisoner of the Others so that Locke can kill him
Family members
John Locke - Son
Mrs. Talbot - ex-Fiance
Emily Locke - ex-Lover
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Season(s)

S1 - S2 - S3 - MP - S4 - S5 - S6

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Anthony Cooper was the presumed name of John Locke's biological father. Cooper was shown to have used the alias of Adam Seward, and he claimed to have used Tom Sawyer, Ted MacLaren, Louis Jackson and Paul, among others. He is, by his own admission, a con man. As "Tom Sawyer", he seduced James Ford's mother, Mary Ford and then used her in order to swindle money from her and her husband, which resulted in the death of both. This prompted James to take on the alias "Sawyer", and to hunt down his namesake. Cooper was killed by Sawyer on the Island. ("The Brig")

Contents

Off the Island

Early life

Emily Annabeth Locke became pregnant while she was fifteen. His grandmother referred to the man she was dating at the time as being twice her age. If this were confirmed as Anthony and taken literally it would make him born as early as 1924 and as old as 80 when he died. ("Cabin Fever")

Earlier in Cooper's life, he conned a woman named Mary Ford under the alias of Tom Sawyer for $38,000. This con resulted in her husband killing her and himself over the incident, and sent their son, James Ford, on a quest to murder the man he perceived as killing his parents. He wrote a letter when it first happened, and vowed to make him read it out loud to him before he killed him. ("The Brig")

Conning Locke

Locke meets Cooper for the first time. ("Deus Ex Machina")

When John Locke first found him, Anthony was on dialysis and in need of a new kidney. He got close to John by taking him hunting occasionally. Locke volunteered to give his father one of his kidneys. However, after the surgery, Locke woke to find Cooper had already checked himself out of the hospital. Locke's mother admitted that she had worked with Cooper to con Locke into donating his kidney. ("Deus Ex Machina")

Cooper moved in an attempt to get away from Locke, who was stalking him, but John managed to find his new home. Locke waited outside his house nearly every day in his car. Eventually Anthony opened the car door and got in, telling Locke that he knew he'd been stalking him and wanted it to stop, finally telling him, "Don't come back; you're not wanted."
Cooper reveals his true status to an amazed Locke.
Helen eventually convinced John to move on, and he and Anthony were out of contact for a while. ("Orientation")

Some time later, he faked his own death to avoid retribution for a $700,000 dollar retirement con he pulled on Jimmy Bane. He followed Locke around town in a white car until Locke found out it was him. He asked John to retrieve the money from a safety deposit box and left him $200,000 as promised for his help. Later Locke brings the money to him, who waits at a local motel. Cooper offers Locke his part of the money, but Locke refuses. Cooper is leaving but suddenly Helen stands in the door way. She asks "Are you him?", and slaps him. After he has left, Locke proposes to Helen, who tearfully rejects Locke. ("Lockdown")

Locke's attempted murder

Cooper tackles Locke, pushing him through a window. ("The Man from Tallahassee")  (promotional still)

Several years later, John stumbled into another of Anthony's cons. Going by the name "Adam Seward," he was attempting to marry Mrs. Talbot in order to steal her money. Peter Talbot, her son, suspected his plan and attempted to intervene and went to ask John. Locke confronted his father at a flower shop, demanding that he call off the wedding. He told Cooper that Peter was aware of the con and threatened to tell Mrs. Talbot the truth. Cooper agreed to call off the wedding. However Peter Talbot died suddenly and mysteriously. John went to Anthony's apartment to confront him over the death, but Anthony said he had nothing to do with it. Locke went to the phone to call Mrs. Talbot. When John turned his back, Anthony suddenly rushed and pushed him out an eighth story window, leaving John's back broken and leaving him permanently paralyzed. His actions make it very likely that he did kill Peter Talbot. Soon after, Cooper was suspected to have fled to Mexico and he disappeared. ("The Man from Tallahassee")

According to his own later account, Cooper heard with the rest of the world that Flight 815 had gone down in a trench near Bali, and he believed that John had died along with all of the other passengers. Some time later, he says, he was driving down I-10 through Tallahassee when someone slammed into the back of his car, sending him through the divider at 70 miles per hour. He remembers being put in an ambulance, where one of the paramedics smiled at him, receiving some kind of injection, and then waking up gagged and tied to a chair on The Island. ("The Brig")

On the Island

Cooper tied up in the basement of Ben's house ("The Man from Tallahassee")

When Locke arrived at the Barracks, Ben told him about a "magic box" on the Island that could grant wishes and later asked Locke if he wished to see what Ben had found inside. He then opened the door to a small basement room in which Anthony was sitting bound and gagged. Previously, Ben had referred to Cooper as "the man from Tallahassee". ("The Man from Tallahassee") Locke asked Ben how he got to the Island, and Ben told him to ask Cooper. When Locke removed his gag cloth, Cooper bit him on the hand, then yelled out "Don't you know where we are, John?" ("The Brig")

Locke contemplates on whether or not Cooper should be murdered. ("The Brig")

Cooper was brought with the Others when they left the Barracks, and was later seen tied to a stone column at the edge of their camp site. Ben informed Locke that he could not become a full member of their group until he made a definitive break with his past--by murdering Cooper. When Locke balked at killing him, Cooper started to mock his son, claiming he still "wants his daddy." Shortly after this, the Others broke camp and left Locke and Cooper behind, with Ben telling Locke that he shouldn't follow them unless he's carrying his father's corpse on his back.

A captive Cooper is strangled by Sawyer inside of the Black Rock. ("The Brig")

Acting on knowledge obtained from a file given to him by Richard Alpert, Locke carried Cooper to the Black Rock and then lured Sawyer there to kill him, claiming that the man he was holding captive was Ben. After Locke locked Sawyer and Cooper in the Brig together, Cooper told Sawyer about how he came to the island, corroborated Naomi's claim that Flight 815 was found with no survivors, and shared his belief that the island is actually Hell. Cooper then inadvertently revealed his past connection to Sawyer, who handed him the letter he wrote to the original Sawyer as a child, demanding that he read it. When Cooper mocked Sawyer and tore up his letter, Sawyer strangled him to death with a chain. ("The Brig")

Trivia

  • Cooper's episode count so far is 5.
  • Out of all the main characters, Anthony has only met Locke, Ben and Sawyer.
  • Cooper's apartment number, where Locke fell from the window, is #3801.
  • Anthony Cooper is the second of four people Sawyer has killed on the Island, the first and the more recent were unnamed Others.
  • In "The Man from Tallahassee" we can see this picture in his room, before he pushes Locke out an eight-story window: [1]
  • Anthony Cooper's mysterious appearance on the Island in "The Man from Tallahassee" was at first completely unexplained, and a plot twist to both John Locke and the Lost audience. (Literary techniques)
  • Technically, Cooper saved Locke's life. Ben's gunshot in "The Man Behind the Curtain" would have been fatal if he still had a kidney. (Irony)
  • Although, to be fair, it's reasonable to assume that Cooper, in a broad sense, caused Locke to end up on the Island in the first place. Aside from essentially creating Locke's depression and anger issues, he paralyzed him as well, and both things played a significant role in causing him to come to the Island (for example, it's probably true that Abaddon's suggestion of Locke taking a walkabout, given while Locke was recovering from the fall in the hospital, caused Locke to to think that perhaps his depression could be cured as a result).
  • Despite being on the Island alive for at least nine days, Cooper has never been seen alive in an episode that wasn't Locke-centric.
  • The producers confimed in "Access: Granted" that the Others did indeed bring Cooper to the Island, having staged an accident.

Cultural references


This article uses material from the "Anthony Cooper" article on the Lostpedia wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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