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Coincidences, often wildly improbable coincidences, occur frequently in the plot of Lost. The characters talk about coincidence, sometimes in the context of destiny, fate or religious faith. Coincidence is such a prevailing theme that it partly defines the Lost universe, and may be an important clue to the mysteries of the story.



"Do you think we crashed on this place by coincidence?" -- John Locke

The following list shows when characters have mentioned, or encountered coincidences.

Season 1

Season 2

  • Bernard turned on his handheld radio, which he only does "a few minutes a day." Coincidentally, in the few minutes that he's in the drug smugglers' plane before he falls to his death, Boone broadcasted an SOS, and Bernard heard it. ("The Other 48 Days")
  • While reinserting the missing piece of the Orientation film Locke said "Here's the missing piece right back where it belongs. What are the odds?" And Eko replies "Don't mistake coincidence for fate." ("What Kate Did")
  • Eko and his brother Yemi both ended up crashing on the same Island, at different times. ("The 23rd Psalm")
  • Dave told Hurley, "Whoa, wow, awesome, dude! What numbers did you play? Leonard's number, right -- from the hospital? What a coincidence." ("Dave")
  • After Ana Lucia told Christian that she stopped being a cop, Christian responded: "What a coincidence, I just stopped being a doctor." ("Two for the Road")
  • After Michael makes it back to camp, Locke said "So, it was just a coincidence that he came wandering out?" ("Two for the Road")
  • After a casual meeting, Libby gave Desmond a sailboat, the Elizabeth, which her late husband named after her. Desmond (marooned) and Libby (crashed) both later end up on the same island. During Libby's funeral, the Elizabeth coincidentally appeared. If Libby hadn't died then she would have recognized the boat and Desmond, and Des would have recognized her.("Three Minutes")

Season 3

Season 4

Season 5

  • Ben and Carole Littleton have both hired the same attorney in Los Angeles. ("The Little Prince")
  • Desmond arrives at the church seeking Eloise Hawking at the same time Ben, Sun and Jack do. ("This Place Is Death")
  • Jack and Desmond unexpectedly run into each other in Los Angeles for a second time. ("This Place Is Death")
  • Upon arriving back on the island after flying on Ajira 316, Jack wakes up in the jungle in a similar fashion to when Oceanic 815 crashed - flat on his back, staring up at the trees above him. ("316")
  • Frank, who was supposed to have been the pilot of Oceanic 815, is the pilot of Ajira 316. ("316")
  • Ajira 316 crash lands on the Hydra Island runway that one of the flight's passengers, Kate, helped build. ("The Glass Ballerina") ("Namaste")
  • Sayid murders a man inside the Oldham Pharmaceuticals building in Moscow then later Oldham forces him to take a drug on the island during his interrogation. ("He's Our You")
  • Sun decides to wait for Locke in Ben's house, in Alex's room. ("Dead Is Dead")
  • Daniel tells Chang and Miles that it is not just a coincidence that the adult and young Miles are both on the island at the same time. ("The Variable")
  • Sawyer, Kate and Juliet come ashore at the place where Rose and Bernard established their hidden camp. ("The Incident, Parts 1 & 2")

Season 6

  • Oceanic loses cargo for two of its passengers: Jack and Locke. ("LA X, Parts 1 & 2")
  • When making her escape, Kate jumps in the cab that Claire is already in. ("LA X, Parts 1 & 2")


Some names are given to two or more characters. Some notable coincidences:

See also

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