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Arrival on the island

  • His accident was somehow caused by Richard Alpert and one of the Others (possibly Richard) was the EMT who smiled at him.
    • Ben told Richard to get "The man from Tallahassee."
    • Cooper was in Tallahassee.
    • It is significant that Ben told Richard to get him, and not someone else.
    • Richard clearly is not what he appears.
  • The Anthony Cooper that was revealed to John on the island is not really him. It could be:
    • A manifestation of the Monster.
    • Ben's magic box - whatever one wanted to be in the box would be there when it's opened. John secretly wanted Cooper to be in the box so he could get revenge on him. In reality, Cooper is in the outside world alive and well. He's up to his old tricks and thinks his son John is dead.
      • Ben's magic box *is* the Monster. It can manifest people who are still alive (Walt) animals or things it has never seen but which are important to the characters (Kate's Horse) and can be summoned by Ben. It took the form of Anthony Cooper, who is still alive in the real world.
    • Cooper's spirit, assuming he actually died as a result of his car accident.
    • A manifestation that was manufactured in the "magic box" of Jacob's cabin.
    • An illusion.
  • Cooper's arrival on the island will be explained in a Richard Alpert flashback.
    • It will be explained in a minor Others' flashback.
    • It will be explained in an unknown Others' flashback.
    • One of the Oceanic Six will found out what how Cooper came to the Island.
  • John Locke in the real time line needed to kill his father. So the future John Locke went back in time, found his father and sent him to the Island.
  • In Tallahassee is the Wikipedia:National High Magnetic Field Laboratory where they created the highest magnetic field on earth (about 45 Tesla). Perhaps this have something to do with the Island?
  • Cooper is Jacob's nemesis in disguise. He needed to impede Locke's ascent to leadership. Had Locke become the leader too quickly, he would have asked to see Jacob. Assuming that Christian Shepard and the man in Jacob's cabin are related to Jacob's nemesis, Locke and the Others would have had known not to trust them, and Nemesis's plans to kill Jacob would have been thwarted.

Additional appearances

  • Cooper mentions his other aliases (Adam Seward, Ted MacLaren, Louis Jackson, and Paul-something) in "The Brig". These names will be relevant to another survivor in a future episode.

Possible cultural references

  • The last name of Cooper is a reference to D.B. Cooper. He's the right age, a meticulous planner and certainly ruthless enough.

Other Children

  • Interestingly enough, in The Brig, Cooper says that he didn't raise "fools" when referring to Locke, rather than "fool" in the singular, possibly implying that he knows of his paternity of other children. Similarly, he seems to (genuinely) question whether or not Sawyer is his biological son, further indicating that he's aware of fathering multiple children. From "The Brig"

Anthony: Guess I didn't raise no dummies

    • One of his children are also on the island (like Jack and Claire).
    • Kate is the daughter of Anthony Cooper.
  • Anthony was married and had other children he didn't raise besides Locke. From "Deus Ex Machina":

Anthony: You have a family your own?
Locke: No, sir.
Anthony: Me either. I tried it a couple of times, didn't take.

  • The name of the Jean Shepard (a real-life person, no relation to Jack or Christian) song is "Mama Didn't Raise No Fools." It's a figure of speech.

Miscellaneous theories

  • He is not Locke's Real father, he just used that as a ploy to get the kidney, and then convinced Emily Locke to lie about him.
  • He is the one who Locke hears saying "Help me" in Jacob's cabin. Jacob is Ben's personal projection just like his dead mother was when he was a young boy and saw her physically appear on the island (not knowing then that he himself brought her there by aching for her to come and rescue him). For Locke to hear someone who has physically materialized from another man's memories doesn't make sense. Ben can't hear the message Locke receives from his father any more than Locke can hear the conversation between Ben and Jacob. Seeing as Locke arranged to have his own father killed, it would be logic if it was the desperate call for help of his father that he heard.
    • The Producers have already stated that Cooper was brought to The Island by the others, so this doesn't hold water, nor do any other theories about the "magic box". It seems to have further been stated that the "magic box" is a metaphor as opposed to an actual box. This would further negate theories that Jacob's Cabin is the box. Any manifestations seem to simply be the product of "The Monster", as it has been shown scanning people's thoughts and memories previously.
  • Locke's private investigator was compromised, and Anthony led Locke to believe he was his father so he could take his kidney.
  • When Cooper was 'bonding' with John, this was not just for the sake of the con. Locke's real force on the island has been as a hunter; the time he spent with his father was a sort of training or engineered preparation for what was to come on the island.
  • Further to the "hunt bonding", Cooper's stealing Locke's kidney aided in Locke's healing after he was shot by Ben. "If I still had a kidney, I would have been dead" Locke S4E2. Perhaps Cooper engineered the missing kidney, because he knew Ben will shoot him in the future.
  • He was brought to the island by the Others as a means for Ben to manipulate Locke and/or Sawyer.
  • Ben wanted Locke to kill Cooper, because Ben had to kill his father to join the Others.
    • This particular theory says more about Ben than anybody else.
  • Ben wanted Locke to kill Cooper because he was Locke's constant. Now that he's dead, Locke has no constant and may "jum
  • Sawyer and cooper are the same person.

Real name

  • Anthony Cooper is just an alias. In The Brig, he lists some of the names he's gone by and "Anthony Cooper" was right in the middle of his aliases, thus hinting that it's not his real name.
  • His real first name is roger. this is suggested as John Locke's mother's name is Emily, the same as Ben Linus, and connections have been displayed between them. ie, their connection to the island, their passion to stay on the island, their thirst for purpose/leadership.
    • There do seem to be a great deal of similarities between Locke and Ben, perhaps that's the only reason Ben was allowed the shogun-like authority he as is because he was close enough Richard thought this was the one they were looking for after Locke seemingly failed the original "Lama test". Thought it is possible Locke didn't fail, he just wasn't ready to go to The Island as The Purge had not happened yet, so perhaps The Island wasn't ready for him.

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