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""Dave"" redirects here. For the episode of the same name, see: Dave (episode). For other uses of "Dave" or "David", see David.
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Dave is Hurley's imaginary friend. Hurley created Dave while he was a patient at the Santa Rosa Mental Health Institute.




At the Institute

In the episode "Dave", Dave is Hurley's friend in the Santa Rosa Mental Health Institute. Hurley's doctor thinks Dave is a bad influence and doesn't want Hurley to change or lose weight.

Hurley's doctor, Dr. Brooks, takes a photo of Hurley with his arm around Dave. The doctor later shows the photo to Hurley. Dave is not in the picture and Hurley's arm is hanging over empty air.

Hurley refuses to escape the mental hospital with Dave and instead locks him out of the building. Hurley later reveals that this led to a breakthrough in his therapy which resulted in his eventual release.

Dave tries to convince Hurley that the person he locked out of the hospital was real and that he imagined the breakthrough, the release from the hospital, winning the lottery and crashing on the Island. Dave tells Hurley that he is still in the Santa Rosa Mental Health Institute and that everything is a hallucination. Dave says that even he is a figment of his imagination, but he did let out the real Dave at the hospital. He says that he is the part of Hurley that wants him to escape the dream. As proof, he points out that the Numbers he used to win the lottery and are used to reset the timer were learned from Leonard at the hospital. Then, as further proof, he points out that someone like Libby would never be romantically interested in him.

On the Island

The character Dave was first seen on the Island by Hurley as the survivors scrambled to gather food from the supply drop. ("Dave")

Dave lost a slipper when Hurley followed (chased) him away from the supply drop. Hurley found the slipper, but Libby later said she didn't recall seeing him carry it.

Dave appears to be able to physically interact with Hurley, by slapping him and hitting him with coconuts. This interaction occurs in the hospital and on the Island but since nobody else is present at the time this incident may just have happened in Hurley's head.

Dave leads Hurley to a cliff and tells him the only way he can escape the dream is by throwing himself off the cliff and challenging his mind to deny the hallucination. When he jumps Dave tells Hurley "see you in another life", a phrase Desmond said to Jack. Dave plunges off the cliff himself and Hurley nearly follows him before being talked out of it by Libby.


Despite the producers confirming that Dave may not be Libby's Dave, the theories persist. Particularly the fact that Dave appears in two places that Libby herself was at. Also, Dave attempting to kill Hurley could be seen as an angry spirit trying to protect his wife. The revelation that Hurley speaks to dead people, brings into question, was the Dave at the mental institution truly Imaginary? Could Hurley’s Dave, really be David trying to protect Libby from beyond the grave?

In the Official Lost Podcast/May 26, 2006, the producers said, "There's a good chance that you guys saw the Monster this year Season 2, but just didn't realize you were looking at the Monster." Gregg Nations later stated that the appearance of the Monster was after the episode "The 23rd Psalm" and likely in the second half of the season. It is possible that the Monster assumed the guise of "Dave" in the episode of that name in season two. If it could get Hurley to kill himself, it has eliminated a pivotal character able to speak to the dead. Making it his choice rather than a direct attack may relate to rules around 'choice'. Remember, Jacob told Hurley it was his choice to return to the island.


  • David is of Hebrew origin, and its meaning is "beloved".
  • Dave was intended as a reflection of Hurley's issues with his missing father, David. They both have rascally, happy-go-lucky personalities. Imaginary Dave keeps encouraging Hurley to over-eat; David's last act before leaving his son is giving him a bar of chocolate.

Producers' commentary

  • In an interview with, the executive writers and producers discuss the source of the name "Dave":

Damon Lindelof: We like certain biblical names and David is one of them. David happened to be my father’s name, maybe that’s sort of subconsciously rattling around in there.

Carlton Cuse: The connection between the imaginary Dave and Dave his father was completely intentional, I mean we wanted basically Hurley to imagine a friend and have that be wrapped up in his unresolved relationship with his Dad, so that’s why his imaginary friend is named Dave.

Damon Lindelof: As to Libby’s ex, that’s an entirely different David we may or may not meet in the future.

See also

  • Spiro Razatos - the stunt actor who performed the cliff-falling stunt.

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