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The Others
a.k.a. The Hostiles
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First seen
Antagonists of the Oceanic 815 survivors, the DHARMA Initiative, and the US Army

The Others, referred to by the DHARMA Initiative as the Hostiles or the Natives, are a mysterious and secretive group living on the Island.

They appear to have considerable wealth and power in the outside world with the front company Mittelos Bioscience. After The Purge, they gained the use of the the Galaga submarine from the DHARMA Initiative, allowing them to come and go from the Island as they please.

Their history, and current aims and goals, are still shrouded in mystery. They appear unwilling to explain themselves to the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815, while still abducting, killing, enslaving and terrorizing them for unknown purposes. This has resulted in a long-running conflict between the two groups although since the time the freighter came to the island, the two groups seemed to have moved on to other conflicts.

According to Richard Alpert, only one leader is appointed at a time, and this person has to undergo numerous tests to get this position. According to Benjamin Linus, the leader is the person who leads the Others but that person still has to answer to a man named Jacob who is apparently "in charge of the island". Although the leader has to follow Jacob's orders, a previous leader, Ben Linus, never met Jacob during his time in that role. Aside from Ben, who finally encounterd Jacob in "The Incident, Part 2," the only Other known to have communicated with Jacob is Richard Alpert. Sometime after the Purge, Benjamin Linus became their leader. He stayed so until moving the Island in 2004, when it appears that John Locke has taken his place before the time flashes occurred - when Locke returned three years later to The Others it was actually Jacob's enemy in Locke's form. Prior to Ben, the leadership of the Others included Charles Widmore and Eloise Hawking. Richard Alpert appeared to be leading the Others in 1954 but mentioned he had a superior that he answered to. It is unclear if he was referring to Jacob or simply another leader who could commune with Jacob. While the leadership of the Others changes the tradition of Richard's role as second in command or advisor as Ben puts it, appears to have been upheld for "a very long time".

The earliest time frame that shows the Others on the Island is in 1954, but they have been on the island long enough to be referred to as "indigenous". (LaFleur-Enhanced transcript)  ("Jughead") They also speak various languages with each other, including Latin and Russian, to keep from being understood by foreigners. They actively recruit people from the outside world to join them on the Island, and, by 2004, very few of their members had been born on the Island due the deaths of their pregnant women from an as-yet uncured medical affliction.



"The Others" was a designation initially coined by Danielle Rousseau and later adopted by the middle section Oceanic 815 survivors, while the tail section survivors simply identified the Others as "them" ("The Other 48 Days"). When the DHARMA Initiative established itself on the Island and came into conflict with the Others, it labeled them as "hostile indigenous people" ("LaFleur") or simply "the Hostiles" (Access: Granted), a term eventually adopted by Desmond Hume after spending three years with Kelvin Inman, the last living DHARMA member present on the Island ("Live Together, Die Alone"). The Initiative and the Kahana's science team also referred to the Others as "natives" ("The Man Behind the Curtain") ("Confirmed Dead"). It is unknown by which term, if any, the Others refer to themselves; Ben has referred to his group as "the good guys" and "the Island's original inhabitants." ("Live Together, Die Alone") Juliet Burke is the only Other to refer to herself as such. ("The Other 48 Days") ("Jughead")

Pre-crash history


History of the term

Only Ben, Richard, Juliet and Mikhail have revealed facts about their origin and whether or not they have always lived on the Island. Therefore, it is unknown whether the majority of the Others at the present time are actual natives or recruits from the outside world. Ben initially identified himself as having "lived on the Island all [his] life." Even though this was later proven inaccurate, he used this phrase in a way to suggest that he was different from his peers, stating "most" of them have been recruited.

Conflict with the U.S. Army (1954)

The 1954 Army camp

In 1954, 18 members of the United States Army were discovered by the Others, setting up a camp at the Mesa and making preparations for testing a hydrogen bomb named "Jughead" they had brought to the Island. Richard Alpert, leader of the Others at the time, claimed to have given the soldiers "the opportunity to leave the island peacefully," but his proposition was rejected. The Others exterminated the squad, an offensive that was, according to Alpert, a defensive response to the soldiers firing at them. Richard explained that he was ordered to carry out the attack, probably referring to Jacob. After burying the soldiers, the Others established themselves at the Army camp and salvaged their clothing, equipment and weapons, noticeably replacing their bows with modern infantry rifles. ("Jughead")

Daniel, Miles, and Charlotte are held captive.

Less than a month after confronting the U.S. Army, the Others discovered the time-traveling Oceanic Flight 815 survivors, accompanied by Juliet and three members of the Kahana science team, loitering on the beach. Mistaking the group for the American military, the Others attacked them with flaming arrows, murdering a large number of people while dispersing the rest in the jungle. A group of Others, headed by Eloise Hawking, captured the three Kahana members, led by Daniel Faraday, and brought them to the Army camp. Once there, Faraday was allowed to attempt to deactivate the hydrogen bomb by Richard Alpert, who presumed him to be a scientist from the U.S. military. He was taken to the bomb by Eloise, and urged her to bury it, revealing he was from the future and explaining that the Island would be unscathed 50 years later. Meanwhile, two Others, one of them being Charles Widmore, were captured by three time-travelers, John Locke, Juliet Burke and James Ford. Widmore was able to flee, allowing Locke to follow him to the the Army camp. Richard was confronted by Locke, who claimed to be sent by Jacob, an affirmation that stunned Richard. Locke explained to a hesitant Richard that he was from the future, where he was the Others' leader, and demanded to know how to leave the Island, a piece of information Richard described as "very privileged." In an attempt to ease Richard's reluctance to believe his time-traveling story, Locke suggested that, two years from now, Richard should leave the Island and witness Locke's birth (which he did ("Cabin Fever")). Moments later, a time flash occured, and the survivors disappeared before the Others' eyes. ("Jughead")

DHARMA years (1970s–1992)

The Initiative

The DHARMA Initiative welcomes its new members to the Island. ("The Man Behind the Curtain")

In the early 1970s, the DHARMA Initiative established itself on the Island, where “properties […] that exist nowhere else on earth” (Barracks video) were studied in an attempt to change the core values of the Valenzetti Equation (Sri Lanka video). Founded in 1970 by Karen and Gerald DeGroot and financially backed by Alvar Hanso’s Foundation (Swan Orientation film), the Initiative found the Island after building the Lamp Post, a station that indicates its location with respect to time ("316").

The DHARMA personnel consisted of workers and scientists, who were brought to the Island via a submarine. A series of at least nine stations were built all over the Island where scientific research was conducted, and a suburban-like neighborhood called the Barracks was constructed where the DHARMA employees resided with their families. The DHARMA staff used microbuses and jeeps as a mean of transportation, and a network of dirt roads connected the Initiative’s facilities ("The Man Behind the Curtain"). A radio tower was also erected on the Island, broadcasting the numerical values of the Valenzetti Equation. (Sri Lanka video)

Charles Widmore appears to have led the Others during the DHARMA years.

Charles Widmore attested that under his leadership, the Others "protected the Island peacefully for more than three decades" ("The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham") indicating that he occupied this position during most, if not all, of the years during which the DHARMA Initiative was settled on the Island. He shared his authority with Eloise Hawking until she left the Island, although Richard Alpert did not "answer to either of them." ("Whatever Happened, Happened")

During the years of the Initiative's presence on the Island, the Others lived in a camp consisting of yurts and tents. ("The Variable")
During this period, the Others lived in a camp consisting of yurts and tents, located near both the temple and the Barracks. At the time, some the Others wore modern clothing, were in possession of rifles and used horses to travel across the Island. The presence of the Initiative on the Island apparently did not affect the Others’ activities in the outside world, as Richard Alpert, who contacted John Locke in 1972 through his science teacher by offering him a place at a summer camp sponsored by Mittelos Bioscience ("Cabin Fever"), was seen on the Island a year later during his first encounter with Benjamin Linus ("The Man Behind the Curtain").

Thus far, no information on the DHARMA Initiative’s first contact with the Others have been given, and the nature of their relations during this time is unknown. Horace Goodspeed, a DHARMA mathematician and leader of DHARMA on the Island, admitted in 1973 that the Initiative was not “exactly sure” who the Others were ("The Man Behind the Curtain").


Regardless of the initial relationship the DHARMA Initiative had with the Others, the situation rapidly deteriorated into military conflict, and the Others became known to the DHARMA personnel as the “Hostiles”. Mikhail Bakunin, an Other, would later affirm that the Initiative “foolishly initiated a war against the Hostiles” ("Enter 77"). Benjamin Linus, a DHARMA workman who defected to the Others, would state: "The DHARMA Initiative. They came here seeking harmony, but they couldn't even coexist with the Island's original inhabitants." ("The Man Behind the Curtain")

The earliest known battle occurred in 1973, when the Hostiles attacked the Barracks. Roger Linus, a DHARMA workman who was driving back from the Flame during the attack, claimed that he heard a "huge explosion” and drove through the middle of a "shootout”. This, however, may very well not have been the first assault on the DHARMA Initiative by the Hostiles; Goodspeed noted that the Initiative was "having some skirmishes with the natives", and the DHARMA staff appeared well-prepared for an attack: a siren warned the personnel of the strike, armed employees could be seen rushing to presumably engage the Hostiles, young students in the DHARMA classroom knew their "positions" while their teacher, Olivia Goodspeed, had a shotgun available. Furthermore, Annie, a girl attending the DHARMA classroom, reassured a young and scared Benjamin Linus by telling him not to worry; that it was “just the Hostiles” and that they were going to be okay. ("The Man Behind the Curtain")

The Truce

On August 16, 1973, a truce between the DHARMA Initiative and the Others was negotiated and agreed upon. The truce was brought into effect by the Letter of Truce, written by Horace Goodspeed and amended by Richard Alpert, which stipulates that "the DHARMA Initiative and the indigenous island inhabitants, desiring to bring about cessation of hostilities on the island, [...] call upon all authorities and leaders concerned to order a cessation of all actions of armed force in perpetuity going forward from this date." The truce established the boundaries of the Hostile and DHARMA territories as areas of five kilometers surrounding each camp. The letter also "instruct[ed] the DHARMA Initiative and the indigenous inhabitants to create security teams." Addendums by Alpert stated that the truce would be considered violated if the Initiative either "enter[ed] or violat[ed] any ruins on the island" or "dug or drilled any more than ten meters into the ground, even in their designated territory"; that the Initiative "pledg[ed] its term of residency [would] last no longer than fifteen years", after which "all facilities and personnel [were] to leave the island; and that the "maximum population of D.I. members [could not] exceed 216 at any one time on the island." One of Alpert's note, "Our willingness to allow your presence should not be mistaken as continued opportunities for diplomacy," indicates that in Alpert's view, the Others were in a position of power over the DHARMA Initiative. The Initiative violated the truce by building the Swan and the Orchid, both of which involved significant drilling, while the Swan was built in Hostile territory ("Dead Is Dead"). (Letter of truce)

The DHARMA Initiative had a security team prepared to engage the Hostiles.

The DHARMA Initiative took several measures to protect its workers from the Hostiles. The Arrow, a DHARMA station whose primary purpose was “to develop defensive strategies and gather intelligence on the island's hostile indigenous population”, had members with “a specific area of expertise” ("Because You Left"). The Initiative built a high-frequency sonic fence surrounding the Barracks, however it is unclear if the fence was effective, as Richard Alpert apparently passed through it with ease, claiming that "[the] fence may keep other things out, but not [his people]." ("LaFleur"). A security team, headed by Sawyer (known to DHARMA members as Jim Lafleur), was present on the Island. Some stations were equipped for defense against the Hostiles: the Swan and the Hydra had their own armory, which contained a wide array of weapons, and signaling "an incursion […] by the Hostiles" in the menu system of the Flame's computer triggered an explosion, effectively destroying the communication station ("Enter 77").

Richard Alpert and Benjamin Linus meet for the first time.

In late 1973, Ben ventured in the jungle and encountered Richard Alpert. While being initially scared of Richard, Ben eventually explained that he was looking for his dead mother, of whom he had had visions. At first, Richard encouraged Ben to head back to the Barracks, claiming that his people would be looking for him. However, after Ben expressed his hate for the Initiative and his desire to join the Hostiles, Richard explained that it might be possible, but cautioned that he would "have to be very, very patient." ("The Man Behind the Curtain")

Richard Alpert accuses Horace Goodspeed of breaking the truce. ("LaFleur")

In 1974, the truce was threatened when a conflict involving two members of the Others and a husband and wife pair of DHARMA members, Amy and Paul, resulted in the death of the latter. The episode took place outside the sonic fence surrounding the Barracks, and would have ended in Amy's capture (and possible death), had not a time-traveling Sawyer and Juliet intervened, killing the two Others and rescuing her. Later that night, Richard Alpert visited the Barracks and talked with Horace, accusing the Initiative to have broken the truce. However, Sawyer explained his actions to Richard and proved that he was not a member of the DHARMA Initiative. Alpert acknowledged that the truce had not been violated, on the condition that the Initiative surrender Paul's body as a symbol of justice, which was done. ("LaFleur")

Richard Alpert warns of the consequences of saving Ben's life. ("Whatever Happened, Happened")

In 1977, a group of armed Others, led by Erik, discovered Sawyer and fellow Flight 815 survivor Kate Austen, both now members of the DHARMA Initiative, along with an unconscious and gravely injured Benjamin Linus, near a river located inside Hostile territory. Erik claimed that they were in violation of the truce, to which Sawyer responded that Ben had been shot, and that he needed to talk to Richard Alpert, or otherwise there would be a war. Kate and Sawyer were taken to Richard Alpert, who recognized both the young Benjamin Linus and Sawyer. Kate asked that Richard save Ben's life. Richard warned that if he accepted, Ben would never "be the same again," meaning that he would "forget this ever happened, [...] that his innocence [would] be gone," and that he would "always be one of [the Others]." Kate nonetheless consented, and Richard took Ben to the Other's Temple as Kate and Sawyer were escorted out of Hostile territory. ("Whatever Happened, Happened")

After having healed Ben at the Temple, Richard returned to the the Others' camp, where he put Ben to rest. There, he was confronted by Charles Widmore, who was furious at Richard for having brought a member of the Initiative to the Temple, suggesting that Richard should have let him die. Richard justified his actions, saying, "Jacob wanted it done. The Island chooses who the Island chooses," to which Widmore acquiesced. Widmore woke up a recovering Ben, who had no memory of having been shot. Widmore assured him that he was "among friends." When Ben expressed his desire to stay with the Others, Widmore explained that he would return to the Barracks, but still remain one of them. He added that he should be dead, but that the Island had saved his life. ("Dead Is Dead")

Danielle Rousseau

Danielle Rousseau encountered the Others after shipwrecking onto the Island.

On November 17th, 1988, a 7-months pregnant Danielle Rousseau, along with the other five members of her science expedition, shipwrecked onto the Island. The vessel, after capting the transmission of the DHARMA radio tower broadcasting the numbers, had changed course to investigate. As the ship approached the Island, it was caught in a storm and and ran agroud. While waiting for rescue, her team dug out a temporary shelter and survived for two months. Rousseau claimed that while they were coming back from exploring the Black Rock, her group met the Others, who Danielle identified as "the carriers" of the sickness, even though she later stated that she had never seen other people on the Island. ("Solitary") Although Rousseau claimed that the sickness took her comrades, one after the other, it is known that she shot and killed three members of her team while the other two members were killed by the Monster. ("This Place Is Death")

After her team was gone, Rousseau went back up to the radio tower and changed the transmisson, broadcasting a distress signal. Even though Danielle arrived on the Island in 1988, four years before the collapse of the Initiative, it appears that she did not meet any DHARMA personnel. The transmission was not changed back to broadcasting the Numbers, as if the Initiative had abandoned the radio tower. It is unknown if this was a result of its ongoing war against the Hostiles. ("Numbers") At this time, DHARMA's maximum residency of 15 years on the Island, as stated in the Letter of Truce, had expired approximately five months ago.

Ben confonted and questioned his leader, Charles Widmore, in order to save and raise Alexandra Rousseau. ("Dead Is Dead")

Three days later, Rousseau delivered her baby herself. Rousseau had only been with the child, Alex, for only one week when she saw a pillar of black smoke 5 kilometers inland. That night, Benjamin Linus and a young Ethan Rom (two members of the DHARMA Initiative) were instructed by Charles Widmore to kill Rousseau. Ben entered Rousseau's tent while she was sleeping and discovered Alex. Instead of killing Rousseau, Ben took her baby, warning her, "If you want your baby to live, every time your hear whispers, your run the other way." Ben brought Alex to the Others' camp, where he was confronted by an aging Widmore for not having followed his orders, claiming they were in the Island's best interests. Widmore ordered Ben to kill the baby, but Ben refused, questioning if Alex's death really was what Jacob wanted and proposing that Widmore kill her instead. Widmore scoffed and walked away, allowing Ben to raise Alex as his child. ("Dead Is Dead")

The Purge

Richard Alpert waits for the gas to dissipate.

On December 19, 1992, the Hostiles launched an Island-wide toxic gas attack - known as the Purge - that effectively wiped out the DHARMA Initiative's presence on the Island, marking the end of the long conflict between the DHARMA Initiative and the Others. Over forty people were killed, and among the notable fatalities was Horace Goodspeed. ("The Man Behind the Curtain") ("Through the Looking Glass") The toxic gas was released from a DHARMA station called the Tempest, and it is unknown how the Hostiles were able to use one of the Initiative's stations against its members. ("The Other Woman")

Earlier that day, Benjamin Linus, having defected to the Hostiles, used a deadly gas canister to murder his father Roger while the two were alone at the Mesa. Ben then returned to the Barracks, where the gassed members of the DHARMA Initiative were lying dead, strewn all over the lawn. The Hostiles, led by Richard Alpert, emerged from the woods wearing gas masks. After making sure the gas had time to dissipate, the Others took off their gas masks and began to pile the DHARMA workers into a mass grave. ("The Man Behind the Curtain")

The members of the DHARMA Initiative were nearly all murdered by the toxic gas attack of the Hostiles.

Ben would later explain his betrayal: "When it became clear that one side had to go, one side had to be purged, I did what I had to do. I was one of the people that was smart enough to make sure that I didn't end up in [the mass grave]." ("The Man Behind the Curtain") This quote suggests that other members of the Initiative defected to the Others. Ethan Rom, born on the Island and son of Horace Goodspeed, was 15 years old when the Purge occurred and joined the Others' society under unknown circumstances. ("He's Our You")

It is unclear who ordered the Purge. Ben once said, "Not so long ago, Jack, I made a decision that took the lives of over forty people in a single day" ("Through the Looking Glass"), but later claimed that the purge was not his decision, but rather the Others' previous leader's ("Cabin Fever"), suggesting Charles Widmore.

The Others did not know about the existence of the underground Swan station. (Official Lost Podcast/March 20, 2007). Stuart Radzinsky and Kelvin Inman, its two occupants, were the sole DHARMA survivors of the Purge, and remained hidden. While the Others could have monitored the Swan from the Pearl, they had no way of knowing its location.

Under Benjamin Linus (1992-2004)

Following the Purge, the Others made the Barracks their new home. (The World of the Others).

Following the Purge, the Others assumed full control of a number of facilities belonging to the DHARMA Initiative. Under Ben's directives, they established themselves at the Barracks, living in the suburban-like houses previously occupied by the DHARMA employees, with hot water, electricity, and other modern conveniences. John Locke would later express doubts on whether this move was something the Island would want. ("Dead Is Dead")

It was around this time that Benjamin Linus, a DHARMA workman who had defected to the Hostiles and supported them in their obliteration of the Initiative’s personnel, emerged as new leader of the newly formed Others, replacing Charles Widmore by establishing some sort of communion with Jacob. Ben acknowledged that “no one else [from the Others] has ever seen [Jacob]” and initially claimed that he was “the only one who talks to him” ("The Man Behind the Curtain"), although he later admitted having never seen Jacob, instead receiving his instructions through Richard Alpert. ("The Incident, Parts 1 & 2")

Charles Widmore was exiled by Benjamin Linus, who became the Others' new leader. ("Dead Is Dead")

Charles Widmore was exiled from the Island by Ben, putting an end to his three-decades rule. ("The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham") Before his departure, Ben claimed that Widmore was forced to leave because he had "brok[en] the rules," leaving the Island regularly and having a child with an "outsider." ("Dead Is Dead")

The Others did not form a pure society; their community has incorporated other people into it over time (Access: Granted). Karl and Alex, two young rebel Others and lovers, went against the Others' way of life and teachings. Other members, such as Bea Klugh and Mikhail Bakunin, were loyalitsts, willing to do anything to protect the secrets of the Island. Some prominent Others under Ben were displeased with his leadership. (The World of the Others) Not all Others knew about the existence of the Temple ("Meet Kevin Johnson"). Later on, Richard Alpert would eventually comment on the new direction undertaken by the Others under the leadership of Benjamin Linus: "Ben has been wasting our time with novelties like fertility problems. We're [...] here for more important reasons." ("The Brig")

The Initiative’s submarine provided a new mean of travel to the mainland, and the Others used it to recruit new members to their community, using their front company Mittelos Bioscience. Members recruited off-Island include Juliet Burke as part of the research on the Island pregnancy phenomenon, as well as potentially many other personnel such as Harper Stanhope, a trained psychiatrist. While talking about his community, Ben once told Locke, “Most of these people you see—I brought them here,” ("The Man Behind the Curtain") indicating that the majority of present-day Others come from off the Island.

The Others also permanently occupied various DHARMA Initiative stations. The Staff was apparently used for the medical treatment and research of their dying pregnant women, while the Flame provided communication systems with the outside world. The Others also established themselves at the Hydra, although the purpose and subject of their activities at this DHARMA station is a mystery: Karl mentioned the Others working on “projects” ("Stranger in a Strange Land"), while many members were building a runway ("The Glass Ballerina"), an initiative ordered by Jacob. (Official Lost Podcast) Meanwhile, research on toxic gas was conducted at the Tempest, but the nature and ultimate aim of those experiments is currently unknown, except the fact that Goodwin Stanhope, while working there, confesses that “[Ben] has [him] working with chemicals that could kill every man, woman and child on this island.” ("The Other Woman") Ben also secretly stationed two members, Greta and Bonnie, at the the Looking Glass. It is uncertain if the Others continued, altered or abandoned the research of the Initiative, although Ben later referred to all DHARMA experiments as “silly”. ("There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3") The Hostiles also had knowledge of the Pearl and the Orchid, although it is unknown to what extent, if any, they were used.

Post-crash summary

Season 1: "Good people"

Ethan tells Claire that the Others are "good people". ("Maternity Leave")
Main article: Good and bad people

On September 22nd, 2004, Oceanic Flight 815 crashed onto the Island. The Others' response was to send spies to infiltrate the two main groups of survivors. Lists were made of who amongst the 815 survivors were "good people". These people would then be kidnapped by the Others at night. The mid-section survivors were for the most part unscathed by this plan, with the exception of Claire who was taken quickly after Ethan panicked that his identity was about to be found out with the discovery of the flight manifest. At the tail-section camp, however, Goodwin was much more successful, and over a dozen survivors were taken in total. Some of those taken would later be seen at the Hydra station, including Cindy, Zack and Emma, suggesting that those kidnapped may have joined the Others.

This led to immediate conflict between the Others and the remaining survivors, and when a group of mid-section survivors set sail on a raft in order to escape the Island, the Others destroyed it and kidnapped Walt, whom they believed was "special."

Season 2: "Primitives"

The Others' decoy village.

With Walt's kidnapping and the merging of the mid-section and tail-section camps, the survivors were now united against the threat posed by the Others. In response, the Others met with the survivors in the jungle, and agreed upon a line separating the groups which neither side should cross. ("The Hunting Party") However, this "line" was quickly flouted, firstly by Ben who pretended to be an innocent survivor from a balloon crash ("One of Them"), and secondly by Michael when he tried to find Walt. ("The Hunting Party")  ("Three Minutes")

At this point, the Others maintained a ruse that they were in fact very primitive, using huts and ragged clothing to augment this. However, after using Michael to get Jack, Kate and Sawyer ("Live Together, Die Alone"), it was revealed that their society was far more sophisticated. ("A Tale of Two Cities")

Season 3: "Leadership"

Juliet, Ben and the rest of the Others watch the crash at the Barracks. ("A Tale of Two Cities")
Main article: Leadership

The survivors finally learned more about the Others, and about Ben's role as leader. With their home at the Barracks compromised, the Others moved out and were forced to camp out in the Island plains and then The Temple. In addition, the survivors discovered how the Others had obtained information on them through the use of the Flame station, and slowly the omnipotence surrounding the Others and Ben was shattered, particularly with the deaths of a number of Others at the survivors' hands, casting doubt on Ben's ability to lead in light of John Locke's ability to also communicate with Jacob.

The issue of Island pregnancy was also pushed forward by Ben, who used Juliet to infiltrate the beach camp to report back if any of the women besides Sun were also expecting. Ben's plan was to kidnap these women, but as the survivors faced possible rescue, he accelerated these plans. Juliet's betrayal, however, saved the women, leading to a culmination in the conflict that had been boiling for approximately three months. During the Beach camp battle, a large number of the Others were killed, and around the same time, the survivors were able to contact a freighter which was anchored near the Island, much to Ben's horror.

Season 4: "The Island"

Alpert and the Others after killing the Freighter mercenaries. ("There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3")

The arrival of the freighter spelled disaster for both the survivors and the Others. Unbeknownst to Jack and those who had sought to contact the boat, the people on board worked for Charles Widmore, who was said by Ben to be a "bad man" who would destroy the Island and everyone on it. It emerged that the people on the freighter planned to kill everyone on the Island after extracting Ben, and the result was the death of all the freighter's soldiers at the hands of Richard Alpert and the Others. Ben was shown to also have some degree of control over the Monster, summoning it after Alex was murdered.

Much of Ben's actions were done in the name of the Island, and indeed he and Locke followed orders by Jacob, who seems connected to the Island itself. In doing this, Ben went to the Orchid station and turned a frozen wheel, which resulted in the Island physically disappearing. This event also ended Ben's leadership, as he stated whoever moved the Island could not return to it. As a consequence, John Locke appeared to have emerged as the new leader of the Others.

Interestingly enough, when the Others returned from the Temple to eliminate the mercenaries and greet their new leader, they were once again wearing shabby clothes and camping in crude tents, suggesting that there is more to this way of life than a mere deception.

Season 5: "Jacob"

"John", after 3 years of absence, reclaims his leadership over the Others. ("Follow the Leader")
Following the turning of the frozen wheel by Ben, all of the Island's inhabitants except for the Others began skipping in time. Why the Others alone stayed with the Island in the present is unknown; possibly they have some sort of deeper connection to it. For three years, the Others lived on the Island alone. They were living in a camp made up of yurts on the beach when Benjamin Linus and the form of John Locke suddenly returned, the latter reassuming his leadership after a long absence. Richard readily yielded authority to John, and, while he expressed reservations with the newly returned leader's new motivations and goals, he accepted his commands. The Others also seemed to tolerate the presence of Sun, who had returned to the Island with Ben and Locke, and was in their company when the two arrived at the camp.

The Others, lead by "John", journey to see their leader. ("The Incident, Parts 1 & 2")
The next day Locke, with the help of Richard, led the Others to the four-toed statue, where he had promised them that they could finally meet their mysterious leader, Jacob. The Others responded enthusiastically to this new approach. While en route, Locke quietly convinced Ben to kill Jacob, a deed Ben had not actually decided to go through with until he arrived. The Others waited as the two men entered the statue. While they were waiting, Ilana and her group arrived bearing a heavy crate, asking for "Richardus", and presenting the question, "What lies in the shadow of the statue?"

When Richard answered correctly, they emptied the crate, revealing the corpse of the real John Locke. The man whom the Others had been following appears to have been Jacob's nemesis, for when he entered the statue, after exchanging pleasantries with the mysterious Jacob himself, killed the Others' leader through the manipulation of Benjamin's resentment and bitterness. After being stabbed by Ben, Jacob whispered, "they're coming," to which Jacob's nemesis responded by kicking him into the fire.

From the answer to Ilana's riddle, it would appear that the Others' reverence for Jacob borders on the religious, as he as thus known as "he who will protect/save us all". The riddle's existence also implies that the Others may not be the only group with knowledge of and allegiance to Jacob.

Season 6

Based on Richard's reaction and those of the Temple Dwellers, it seems the Others or at least their leaders are familiar with Jacob's nemesis. ("LA X, Parts 1 & 2")


Main article: List of Others

While some could be described as original Hostiles, such as Richard Alpert, other members of what is now called "the Others" consists of people recruited from other sources. For example, Ben was a person who joined the Hostiles, betraying DHARMA. Furthermore, former members such as Juliet were recruited from the outside world to live on the Island and aid the Others in their research. ("Not in Portland")  ("One of Us") Finally, some survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 have been abducted or joined willingly, such as Cindy and Locke. ("Abandoned")  ("The Man Behind the Curtain")

New members

Locke joins the Others as their leader. ("There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3")

When Locke attempted to join the Others, Ben told him that people who wanted to be part of them needed to show their commitment--in Locke's case, by killing his father, Anthony Cooper. Ben handed Locke a knife while the rest of the Others gathered to watch, but Locke could not bring himself to kill Cooper.

The next day, Richard Alpert suggested to Locke that he use Sawyer to kill Cooper. Ben gave Locke an ultimatum that he would only be able to continue following the Others if he presented them with his father's dead body.

Before Ben moved the Island, he told Locke that Richard and the Others would be waiting for him 2 miles east of the Orchid. When Locke got there, he was greeted by Richard, who told him, "Welcome home."

Temple Dwellers

The temple dwellers are a group of Others who have made the Temple their base of operations. They protect the spring located in the inner sanctum of the temple. ("LA X, Parts 1 & 2")


Guns surrendered to the Others. ("The Hunting Party")

The Others have access to a variety of weapons, including firearms, tasers, explosives, a bolas, and U.S. army knives. Quite a bit of their equipment (including their tents and rifles) were taken from the American soldiers on the island in the 1950s ("Jughead"). Prior to this, they were mostly armed with bows and arrows. They have various means of off-Island transportation, including a submarine (taken from the DHARMA Initiative), a yacht, a motor boat which they gave to Michael, and Desmond's sailboat (which they took from the survivors).

There seems to be extensive audio and video surveillance in certain areas of the Barracks where the Others live. Tom indicates the game room where Kate is held and speaks to Jack is under surveillance. The house where Jack is temporarily staying is equipped with video cameras which were carefully monitored.

Ben's house did not seem to be monitored. Locke was able to enter the house without being detected. He was also able to move hostages to different areas of the house including the kitchen. The full extent of the monitoring at the Barracks is not known. ("The Man from Tallahassee")

The submarine was just one of the items at the Others' disposal.

They had both communication with the outside world (via the Flame) and regular supply dispatches and transport to the outside world (via the Galaga); however, both of these were destroyed by John Locke in Season 3. They also had an implicit supply of fuel for their motor boat; when Michael and Walt departed in the motor boat, this became a moot point.

On December 12, 2004, all the Others along with John Locke left the Barracks for an unknown location that Ben called an old place. Juliet was left behind. She and a group of Losties were gassed by the Others but left within the perimeter of the Barracks. John Locke made a case for allowing Kate to accompany the Others, but the request was turned down because of her personal history, saying that "forgiveness isn't their strong suit." ("Left Behind")

The Others stopped on their journey and stopped at a high area full of stone ruins. They camped at that location for a few days and then moved on.

Funeral Process


As seen in "The Cost of Living" during Colleen's funeral, The Others' funeral process is very unique. They burn the bodies of their dead, and send them out to sea. The reason for this is unknown at the moment.

Pregnancy issues

Ethan examines Claire's unborn child.
See also: Pregnancies

The women among the Others suffer from degeneration of their reproductive systems. The condition was described as causing the reproductive system of a woman in her 20s to look like that of a woman in her 70s.

Juliet, a fertility researcher, was brought to the Island because she had discovered an effective treatment that allows women with damaged reproductive systems to become pregnant. On the Island she began researching another condition where women's bodies had immune reaction against the fetus leading to the death of both early in pregnancy.

After the deaths of several volunteers among the Others, including Sabine, Juliet developed a theory that whatever went wrong in the pregnancy might be occurring at conception. She asked Ben if she could take a woman off the Island as a control case to test the theory, but he refused to allow anyone to leave the Island. Claire, who arrived on the Island pregnant, became their control case.

Juliet has gathered data on Sun's pregnancy. She was also attempting to gather information on other women among the crash survivors including specifically Kate.

The nature of the fertility and pregnancy problems on the Island has not been revealed. When these conditions emerged on the Island is also unknown. However, it is possible they are related to the incident.

Goals and purpose

Locke and the survivors argue about who the other people on the Island are. ("...In Translation")

I want to know what you people are doing on this island. Why you're terrorising us. Making lists. Kidnapping children. - Sayid

The ultimate aims, motives, goals and purpose of the Others have not yet been revealed, and are among the most integral mysteries of the show.

Throughout the third season, it was revealed that the pregnancy problems on the island were a major factor in several of the actions undertaken by the Others, such as:

  • Their recruitment of fertility doctor Juliet, to study the problem
  • Their kidnapping of Alex, Zach and Emma, to supplement their own population
  • Their kidnapping of Claire, for use as a test subject
  • Their raid on the beach camp in the finale of Season 3, to obtain pregnant women as test subjects

However, it is likely that this is merely a means to ensure their continued survival as a group on the island, for the completion of their greater objectives.

The Others have made extensive use of DHARMA facilities, and have an understanding of their operation and purpose, but it is unclear whether they are continuing any of the DHARMA Initiative's research.

Jacob appears to be a major force in determining the Others' purpose, and they treat him with an almost religious attitude. Locke has implied several times that he thinks all island residents, including the Others, should be treating the island itself with religious respect.

Crimes of the Others

Ben after he shoots Locke. ("The Man Behind the Curtain")

The Others have committed a number of crimes against other groups on the Island. This includes murder, kidnapping, assault and imprisonment. However, it should be stated that the crimes are relative in comparison with those also committed by other groups themselves, including the survivors of Flight 815. Indeed, in an US Weekly interview in the June 12, 2006 issue, Lost writer Damon Lindelof was asked what it means that the Others are good guys, and he replied with a question: "Who has killed more people since they went to the Island, our guys or the Others?"

Murders, attempts, and intentions

Main articles: Body count and Life and death

The Others have committed a number of murders, including the killing of 17 members of the United States military in the 1950s (an 18th was killed by radiation poisoning), when Goodwin killed Nathan in "The Other 48 Days", when Ethan murdered Scott in "Homecoming", when Mikhail murdered Bonnie and Greta (as well as causing Charlie to drown) in "Through the Looking Glass", and the mass murder of the DHARMA Initiative personnel.

There have also been attempted murders, including when Ben attempted to kill Locke in "The Man Behind the Curtain", when Pickett almost shot Sawyer in "I Do", and Ethan's attempted murder of Charlie in "All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues".


The list given to Michael by the Others.

Perhaps the most obvious crime committed by the Others is their numerous kidnappings. For instance, Alex was kidnapped as a baby from Danielle, as was Claire whom they wanted for her baby. The Others also attempted to kidnap all the pregnant women among the survivors. Despite Ben's promise that the kidnapping would be non-violent, he later ordered his team to shoot any survivor who got in their way. ("The Brig")  ("Greatest Hits")

Numerous Tailies were also abducted by the Others. Karl commented that "we give them a better life". When Kate further asked "Better than what?" Karl answered "better than yours." In addition, Jack, Kate and Sawyer were all abducted as part of Ben's plan to convince Jack to operate on his tumor. Finally, Walt was forcibly abducted, though was returned to Michael as part of the deal to get Jack, Kate and Sawyer.


Main article: Conflict
The survivors confront the Others for the first time, and manage to resolve it non-violently. ("The Hunting Party")

The Others have committed a large number of assaults during confrontations. For example, when attempting to abduct survivors, there were multiple skirmishes at the Tailies camp, as well as the final beach camp battle between members of the Others and Flight 815 survivors.

Imprisonment and punishment

The Others held Claire at the Staff Station in what appeared to be a drugged state in "Maternity Leave". Walt was also held captive and made to take tests before Michael arranged for his release, during which time he himself was imprisoned. Furthermore, Jack, Kate and Sawyer were all held prisoner on Hydra Island, with Jack kept in a tank originally designed for sharks and dolphins, and Kate and Sawyer were kept in cages originally designed for polar bears. They were monitored using video surveillance, and Kate and Sawyer were forced to do manual labor at a location called the Quarry.

The Others also employ psychological methods of torture, such as telling Sawyer that he had been implanted with a pacemaker device that would lead to heart failure if his pulse was above a certain rate. Karl was also made to undergo a psychological method of punishment similar to brainwashing in Room 23 at the Hydra.

Finally, the Others also seem to follow rules of punishment similar to "an eye for an eye," according to what was said on Hydra Island. Juliet was punished for being a traitor by being marked.


  • Lost producer Damon Lindelof said of the Others, "...they eat chicken, they wear clothes out of the J. Crew catalog" in reference to their lifestyle at the Barracks revealed in season 3.
  • In Lost: The Complete Second Season (DVD), the Others' method of leaving no tracks was revealed when a group of 12 Others (the ones seen by Eko and Jin in "...And Found") are seen passing the screen, with the last member brushing off their trail with leaves.
  • In the special feature "Access: Granted" TPTB state "And the Others... yes, there are other nefarious things the Others are doing in the real world, but, um... we can’t tell you about that yet."
  • All Others are taught to speak Latin. When asked why this is the case, Juliet simply says "because it's the language of the enlightened."

Unanswered questions

Unanswered questions
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For fan theories about these unanswered questions, see: The Others/Theories


  • Who are they?
  • Where did they come from?
  • How long have they been on The Island?
  • How large is their group?
  • What are their objectives?
  • Why do they abduct and kill outsiders arriving on the Island?
    • Why do they take blood samples from kidnapped individuals?
  • Who are they seeking to recruit from the outside world?
  • What is their connection to Jacob?

Recent Events

  • How did they learn of the raft's departure from the Island?
  • When did they learn of the Swan station?
  • Why did they abandon The Staff, The Hydra and The Barracks upon their discovery by the survivors of Flight 815?
  • Why were they unaffected by the time flashes after Ben turned the frozen wheel?

See also

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