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Ethan Rom
Ethan Rom
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Ethan Rom
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Surgeon, Employee of Mittelos Bioscience
In Australia...
On the plane...
On the island...
Family members
Horace Goodspeed - Father
Amy - Mother
Possible deceased wife
Possible deceased child

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

Dr. Ethan Rom was the son of Amy and Horace Goodspeed, and the surgeon of the Others. He spent some time as a child with the DHARMA Initiative, as well as The Others, who he eventually ended up living with. As a boy he participated in the kidnapping of Danielle Rousseau's baby, Alex, with Ben Linus. Years later, when Flight 815 crashed on the Island, he was sent by Ben to infiltrate the middle-section survivors. On the verge of being discovered, he kidnapped Claire and took her to a medical station. After she escaped, Ethan attempted to take her back but was captured himself. Shortly afterward, Charlie killed the captive Ethan by firing several gunshots into him.


On the Island




In 1977, Amy of the DHARMA Initiative went into labor two weeks sooner than was expected, and so she couldn't go off-island to give birth as she and her doctor had planned. When her baby was found to be breech, the doctor was worried about performing the delivery, because it needed to be a cesarean section and he was just an internist.
Juliet holding a baby Ethan. ("Namaste")
Juliet was brought in by Sawyer to perform the procedure and deliver the baby. ("LaFleur")

The next day, Juliet walked up to a sleeping Amy, attempting to retrieve the sub manifest without disturbing her, but accidentally woke Amy up. Juliet picked up the baby and asked Amy if she and Horace had decided on a name. Amy replied the baby's name was Ethan. ("Namaste")

That evening, several members of the DHARMA Initiative took a vote to decide whether to execute Sayid. While holding Ethan, Amy gave an impassioned statement about being unable to sleep worrying about their children's fate while he was there, so they all voted in favor of execution. ("He's Our You")

At a later date, under unknown circumstances, Ethan grew up and started living with the Hostiles.

With the Others


Ethan is told to "shut up" by Ben, just before they steal Alex. ("Dead Is Dead")

More than a decade later, a young Ethan, now living with the Hostiles, went with Ben to Danielle Rousseau's camp on the beach. Ben had orders to kill Rousseau, and he told Ethan to stay back and be quiet after Ethan offered to do the job himself. Ben did not kill Rousseau, and instead took her baby. Ethan and Ben returned to their camp where they were confronted by Charles Widmore, who was upset that they did not complete the job, which Ben took full blame for. ("Dead Is Dead")

Ethan's father Horace Goodspeed and the majority of the DHARMA Initiative were murdered during the purge. Ethan's role in the Purge is unknown.

Off the Island

Ethan is introduced to Juliet. ("Not in Portland")

Sometime before September 5, 2001 (the time Juliet first came to the Island), Ethan was seemingly living across the hallway from Juliet's ailing sister, Rachel Carlson. Ethan worked for Mittelos Bioscience but this company may have simply been a front used by the Others to conduct business in the outside world. On one occasion, he passed Juliet in a corridor in her apartment building, and later joined Richard Alpert in convincing Juliet to join their organization. He introduced himself as a man knowing of Juliet's work, saying that it was "an honor" to meet her. Together, Richard and Ethan managed to successfully bring Juliet with them. ("Not in Portland")

With Richard, he brought Juliet to Herarat Aviation. In the air terminal, Richard and Ethan administered to Juliet a tranquilizer mixed in a glass of orange juice that she knowingly drank after Ethan told her that the journey to the island could be "intense". Later she woke up on the submarine, strapped to a bunk, and Ethan explained that it was a requirement to tie her down, as the last moments of the journey were "a little bumpy". ("One of Us")

Back on the Island

With the Others

Ethan after a failed surgery on Sabine. ("One of Us")

Many years before the crash of Oceanic 815, Ethan was present after the crash of the Drug smugglers' plane on the Island. When a time-traveling John Locke climbed up the cliff to investigate, he was shot down by Ethan. Ethan did not recognize Locke, and was about to execute him when Locke traveled to yet another period, saving his life. ("Because You Left")

Ethan resided along with the rest of the Others at the Barracks, acting as the surgeon, as well as being actively involved in the community (such as helping to fix Juliet's plumbing.) Along with Juliet and Goodwin, Ethan performed failed surgery on a pregnant woman named Sabine in The Staff's operating theater. ("One of Us").

After feeling shockwaves, Ethan, along with the rest of the Others, witnessed Oceanic Flight 815 breaking apart in mid-air. He was then ordered by Benjamin Linus to go to the crash site of the fuselage, pose as a mid-section survivor, come up with an adequate story if asked, stay quiet if not asked, listen, learn, don't get involved, and make a list within three days. ("A Tale of Two Cities")

Days 4–30 (Season 1)

Ethan introduces himself to Nikki and Paulo. ("Exposé")

On Day 4, Ethan introduced himself to Jack, when he gave him a case full of medicine that he said he found in the jungle. He told Jack that Claire may give birth on the island, and that he could provide assistance. Following this he mentioned that his wife died in childbirth along with the baby, and that he hoped rescue was on the way. ("Jack, Meet Ethan. Ethan? Jack")

Not long after, he met Paulo and Nikki as they searched for their missing bag. He suggested that they try looking inland due to the plane splitting apart over the island. ("Exposé")

Ethan keeps Claire quiet as he injects her. ("One of Us")

While posing as a survivor, he accompanied Locke on some of his hunts. Ethan also said he found a bag with golf clubs in them out in the jungle and gave it to Hurley. He then played golf with the castaways. ("Solitary")

On the 15th day, Ethan tried to inject something into Claire while she was sleeping, but she woke up screaming. He fled from the scene before everyone woke up and then returned as if he had just been woken up, and subsequently fetched Claire water upon Jack's request. ("Raised by Another")

After his attempt failed, Hurley decided to make a list of the survivors from the crash, so everyone would feel safe and secure around people who were once complete strangers. When Hurley interviewed Ethan, he claimed to be from Ontario. Hurley mentioned "You'd think we'd know everybody on the Island by now," to which he replied, "Yeah. You would."
Ethan warns Jack not to go after him. ("All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues")
Later, on Boone's advice, Hurley found and consulted the flight manifest with the list he had made up himself. Ethan realized that eventually, with the new passenger quota and the flight's manifest, the survivors would learn that he was not one of them. Ethan then prepared to make a hurried departure from the survivor's camp. Thinking on his feet, he captured Claire and Charlie. He took them and disappeared into the jungle. ("Raised by Another")

The survivors, realizing that they had been duped, organized several search parties to stop him. Jack, Kate, Locke and Boone set out to track him and divided up along the way. Locke and Boone found nothing, but Jack was attacked by Ethan, who easily overpowered him. He pinned Jack down with a warning to stop following him or else he would kill one of the captives. Despite Ethan's warning, Jack continued his pursuit, and Ethan hanged Charlie from a tree. ("All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues")

Ethan takes care of Claire while she stays at the Staff. ("Maternity Leave")

Ethan took Claire to DHARMA Initiative station "The Staff" where he and the Others, including Tom, were going to perform a Cesarean section in order to take Aaron for themselves. He drugged Claire to make her compliant and injected her, or her baby, with a substance. While showing Claire the Nursery, he was scolded by Tom for not making a list before bringing Claire. During the time Claire spent in the Staff, Ethan's treatment of Claire was both concerned and sympathetic. He referred to the Others as "a family". ("Maternity Leave")

After Claire escaped back to the survivors' camp (with the help of Alex and Rousseau), Ethan set off after her. Acting on his own, Ethan attacked Charlie and Jin in the jungle and said that he wanted her back. After knocking Jin out with a slingshot, he told Charlie that he would kill a crash survivor every day if she did not return and that he would kill Charlie last. Jack reacted by organizing a defensive perimeter around the camp and at the beach. Shortly after the survivors found Scott with broken bones, battered and bloody. His dead body was found near the ocean. It was assumed that Ethan must have approached the camp from the ocean (although Scott's killer has yet to be definitively identified). ("Homecoming")

Ethan finally fell to a trap set by Jack, Locke, Sayid, Sawyer and Kate with Claire used as bait. Jack physically overpowered him, and the group wanted to keep him alive in the hope of learning more about who he was and what his motives were. However, Charlie pulled out a gun and shot Ethan six times at close range. ("Homecoming")


Ethan's dead body, after being shot six times by Charlie. ("Homecoming")

Upon being asked by Jack why he had killed an unarmed and captive Ethan, Charlie told him that Ethan deserved to die saying he "wasn't going to let that animal anywhere near Claire again". ("Homecoming")

His body was buried by Hurley and Charlie the next day, and it appeared that Charlie was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Nonetheless, with Ethan gone Claire finally felt safe at the beach camp and resumed her friendship with Charlie despite still having no recollection of her time with the Others . ("Outlaws")

When Aaron developed a sickness, Claire feared it was caused by something the Others did to him during her time in captivity. Desperate for answers and fearing for her son's life she asked Libby to help her remember what happened during her time of captivity. As she, Kate and Danielle Rousseau trekked to the Staff for the vaccine, she remembered her time with Ethan. ("Maternity Leave")


  • Ethan's episode count is 13 (as of "Dead Is Dead"). He has appeared in more episodes post-death than pre-death.
  • Out of the main characters, Ethan has met Ben, Charlie, Claire, Hurley, Jack, Juliet, Jin, Kate, Locke, Nikki, Paulo, Sawyer, Sayid and Richard.
  • On the Oceanic homepage, the Pre-Board Check in the Seating Chart shows the name Ethan Rom and a series of boxes. Place "Other Man" into those boxes to see a video of Walt taken by the Others from Season 1.
  • Some fans argue that Ethan can be seen breathing from inside the body bag as he is being buried by Charlie and Hurley, although this is most likely just a production error. ("Outlaws")
  • During Season 3, Ben implied to Jack that Ethan was a very skilled surgeon. ("Stranger in a Strange Land")
  • Despite being discovered before Goodwin, the other "infiltrator", Ethan outlived him by two days.
  • Ethan was born in the same year as Miles.
  • Ethan was both born and died on the Island.


  • Ethan Rom is an anagram of Other Man. The letters in his name can be rearranged to form other several anagrams, including the Roman, and More Than. The company for which he works, Mittelos Bioscience, is also an anagram for Lost Time.
  • Ethan is of Hebrew origin, and its meaning is "strong, firmness, steadfastness, constancy."
  • His name is similar to Ethan Rayne, a character on Buffy the Vampire Slayer another television show in which David Fury produced. Ethan Rayne was a magic-wielder of dubious morality who worshiped chaos.
  • His name may be a reference to the novel Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton.
  • It is unknown how Ethan acquired the surname "Rom," his father's surname being "Goodspeed". His mother's maiden name, however, is still unknown.

Additional casting

Devon Gearhart portrayed Ethan as a boy in "Dead Is Dead". An unknown infant or infants portrayed Ethan as a newborn in "Namaste" and "He's Our You".

Unanswered questions

Unanswered questions
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For fan theories about these unanswered questions, see: Ethan Rom/Theories
  • Why is his last name Rom when it should be Goodspeed?
  • Where was he educated as a surgeon?
  • When and why did he join the Others?
  • Why did Ben send their surgeon on a potentially dangerous mission?
  • Who was his wife who died in childbirth?
  • How was he able to lift Charlie off the ground by the neck with only one hand?
  • After infiltrating the camp, did Ethan recognize Locke as the man who once disappeared in front of his eyes at the site of the Beechcraft crash?

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