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In literature and film, irony is defined as:

A technique of indicating, as through character or plot development, an intention or attitude opposite to that which is actually or ostensibly stated.

In Lost, a number of points of cosmic irony occur, in which fate appears to be playing a cruel joke on some of the characters (some know it as "poetic justice"). This article lists some of these examples, but is by no means a comprehensive list.




Every Season

Season 1

Season 2

  • Despite the fact that the raft had been traveling for a day and half at night, the currents still carry Michael and Sawyer back to the Island, the place they were hoping to escape from, and the place that they now wish to return to, in order to rescue Walt. ("Adrift")
  • Locke escaped a life of sitting at a cubicle, only to end up a slave to 'the button' in the Swan. ("Walkabout")  ("Adrift")
  • On meeting, both the Losties (Sawyer, Jin and Michael) and the Tailies believe the other party to be "The Others". ("Orientation")
  • Sawyer tells Ana Lucia that he, Michael, and Jin are "about to be the best thing that ever happened to you." Michael later kills Ana Lucia. ("Orientation")  ("Two for the Road")
  • Hurley struggled with an eating disorder, and is put in charge of all the DHARMA food in the Swan. Finally was on his way to beating said disorder, only to have more food drop from the sky. ("Everybody Hates Hugo")  ("Dave")
  • Rose tells Hurley that her husband Bernard has a mouth full of "sweet teeth", referring to his fondness of candy. We later find out that Bernard is actually a dentist. ("Everybody Hates Hugo")
  • Sun loses her wedding ring as Eko asks Jin about his. ("...And Found")
  • Jin originally bumped into Sun because he was looking away from her at another woman in orange, who Tai Soo had warned him would signal his true love. ("...And Found")
  • Rose told Hurley, when speaking of Shannon: "Poor thing, it can't be easy losing the one person you love on the Island." She said this even though her husband was missing and Hurley presumed him to be dead. ("Abandoned")
  • Shannon was told she can start a new life on the Island, only to have Ana Lucia shoot and kill her soon after. ("Abandoned")
  • Sayid claimed to be able to tell if anybody was lying, but didn't believe Shannon saw Walt, which ultimately led to her death. ("Collision")
  • Sawyer tells Jack he loves Kate. Kate and Jack kiss minutes later. ("What Kate Did")
  • Jin spent all of his marriage telling Sun what to do. Now the roles are reversed. ("The Hunting Party")
  • Jack tells his wife the truth about the kiss between him and an another woman, thinking that a bit of honesty might help an already failing marriage. Jack indeed says that he will "fix this". On the contrary, his wife was cheating on him all along, and she is ultimately the one who leaves him. ("The Hunting Party")
  • Locke was the one who helped Charlie stay off the drugs, but is ultimately the one who gets Charlie to re-enter drug addiction (the plane, Claire,...). ("The Hunting Party")
  • Charlie refuses to give Ana Lucia the gun because the last time she used one, she murdered someone. However, this is also true for Charlie, as, excluding "Exodus, Part 1" where he did not use his gun, he murdered Ethan the last time he handled a gun. ("The Whole Truth")
  • Libby claimed to be a psychologist, and helped people through mental health issues, but she herself was a patient at Santa Rosa Mental Health Institute. ("Dave")
  • While on their honeymoon, Rose tells Bernard that she would have rather have it spent on a beach than in the Australian desert. They crash on the Island on their way home from Australia only to be separated from each other for the first month and a half. ("S.O.S.")
  • Bernard made the biggest push to build the SOS sign and bring them all salvation, only to later find that he has the most to lose in Rose if they leave. ("S.O.S.")
  • Jack tells Kate he invited her on his mission to find the Others and propose a trade because the Others do not want Kate or Jack. Jack and Kate are two characters who the Others do want, and who are on the list that Bea later gives to Michael. ("S.O.S.")
  • Ana Lucia killed a man for killing her unborn child, and is later killed by a man trying to save his child. ("Collision")  ("Two for the Road")
  • Ana Lucia survived being strangled by Ben, only to be shot by Michael later that same day. ("Two for the Road")
  • Eko saves Yemi's life by taking his place in a criminal gang, and as adults, Yemi tries to save Eko's soul, asking him to confess instead of running drugs. Ironically, it is Yemi who is killed by the military troops he reported Eko to, while Eko is mistaken for Yemi, allowing him to take Yemi's place and assume the life of a priest. Earlier in the episode, Yemi had said Eko could never be a priest. ("The 23rd Psalm")
  • Hurley was indirectly responsible for his love interest's death, Libby, as he was the one who forgot the blankets. ("Two for the Road")
  • Libby gave Desmond The Elizabeth, but misses his reappearance back on the Island in the boat one day after being murdered. ("Three Minutes")
  • Desmond was imprisoned in Southway Garrison for something involving a cowardly act, but ended up being a hero on the Island for turning the fail-safe key. ("Live Together, Die Alone")
  • Locke began the season as the person most determined to push the button, and ended it as the one least likely to. ("Live Together, Die Alone")

Season 3

Season 4

  • Miles states that Naomi's words "tell my sister I love her," was a code for danger since he reveals Naomi didn't have a sister, and uses the example holding a gun "so right now, Jack would say, tell my sister that I love her." Jack actually does have a sister, Claire.   ("Confirmed Dead")
  • The acknowledgment of Ben's information about Charlotte, the woman he tried to kill, saves his life.   ("Confirmed Dead")
  • Locke says that Ben's bullet would have killed him if he had a second kidney, so Locke would have been dead if Anthony Cooper never stole his kidney. (Wasn't Ben aware of Locke's stolen kidney?)  ("Confirmed Dead")
  • Frank Lapidus was meant to be the pilot of Oceanic Flight 815 and he ends up on the Island anyway.   ("Confirmed Dead")
  • Naomi said that her team was unsuitable for such a high-risk operation, and Matthew Abaddon said that it was her job to keep them alive, yet it was Naomi who died.   ("Confirmed Dead")
  • Sayid says that the day he trusted Ben is the day that he sold his soul, yet we see that he is working for Benjamin in the flash-forward.   ("The Economist")
  • On the Island, Sayid is using diplomacy and trying to honor a dead woman's body. Off the Island, he becomes a pragmatic assassin.   ("The Economist")
  • Sayid says the job he's on is proving harder than he first thought. Elsa suggests she thought he was staying in Berlin because of her, which in fact he is.   ("The Economist")
  • Kate prefers not to take Aaron in her arms, saying she would do a terrible job in raising a baby. Claire jokes that Kate should try motherhood sometime. In the future, Kate not only has a son, she actually ends up raising that same child that sparked the conversation.   ("Eggtown")
  • Kate devises her plan in order to deceive Locke, so she can know from Miles whether it is safe for her to leave the Island or whether she should stay there. When she finds out that everyone knows she is wanted and that she shouldn't leave, Locke won't let her stay in the Barracks because of her setup.   ("Eggtown")
  • Ben finds himself being held against his will in his own basement.   ("Eggtown")
  • Jin tells Sun he is learning English for her. Sun learned English so she could get away from Jin.   ("Eggtown")
  • Even though Locke is the self-proclaimed leader in his group, he remains in Ben's hands concerning information about the Island.   ("Eggtown")
  • In 1996 Daniel wonders if his future self knows about his meeting with Desmond, to which Desmond says Daniel probably forgot. Daniel replies sarcastically, "Yeah, how would that happen?" Daniel would later suffer from some form of memory loss.   ("The Constant")
  • Goodwin was allegedly making a case for Ana Lucia to be brought into the Others' society, but she killed him.   ("The Other Woman")
  • Claire tells Locke that the freighter people may consider them hostile. The Survivors thought that the Others were hostile.   ("The Other Woman")
  • Locke, who used to call Ben a hypocrite and a Pharisee for living in the Barracks, is now living there with him.   ("The Other Woman")
  • Jin tells Sun that she will never lose him. In the flash-forwards we see that he's either dead or left behind.   ("Ji Yeon")
  • Sayid turns in Michael because he works for Ben. In the future (as seen in "The Economist"), Sayid himself works for Ben.   ("Meet Kevin Johnson")
  • Michael made terrible sacrifices to get Walt back from the Others, only to lose him again after telling him about killing Ana Lucia and Libby.   ("Meet Kevin Johnson")
  • Frank talks to Michael about the idea of finding 815 survivors alive.   ("Meet Kevin Johnson")
  • Michael trades Jin's Rolex watch for a handgun with which to kill himself. On the Island, Jin tried to kill Michael over the same watch.   ("Meet Kevin Johnson")
  • Ben says that Charles Widmore is "without conscience" even though Ben killed, amongst other people, his own father.   ("Meet Kevin Johnson")
  • When Michael attempts his automotive suicide, an optimistic song is playing.   ("Meet Kevin Johnson")
  • Michael is seen attempting to fix the engines, the same that he agreed to sabotage.   ("Meet Kevin Johnson")
  • In "The Beginning of the End", Locke said that everyone who wanted to live should join him at the Barracks. The Barracks were later stormed by the freighter commandos, and several people were killed.   ("The Shape of Things to Come")
  • Ben wakes up wearing a parka in the middle of the desert.   ("The Shape of Things to Come")
  • Locke did not want to execute Ben in front of Alex in "Confirmed Dead", and ultimately it is Alex who is executed in front of Ben.   ("The Shape of Things to Come")
  • Jack, the surgeon, comes out as a stubborn patient in an operation performed on him by someone else. ("Something Nice Back Home")
  • Jack despised his father for being an alcoholic, yet that's exactly what he becomes in his post-Island life.
    • Not only does Jack become an alcoholic, but he abandons his life after coming home from the Island to fly all around the world with his gold pass from the airlines, perhaps trying to recapture his past on the Island.
    • Similarly, after losing his medical license, Christian abandoned his life and ended up in Australia on a drinking binge trying to reconnect with his past, i.e. Claire. When Jack's mother sent him to find Christian, it ultimately led Jack to the Island. ("Something Nice Back Home")
  • Six of the Losties arrive on the freighter looking for safety, only to find it is rigged with explosives. ("There's No Place Like Home, Part 1")
  • Carole Littleton compliments Kate about her baby, without realizing that he is her own grandson. ("There's No Place Like Home, Part 1")
  • Kate assists Frank with removing his handcuffs, while she herself is a fugitive. ("There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3")
  • Ben killed Keamy with Keamy's knife. ("There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3")
  • The helicopter crew tries to get to the freighter, thinking that it will save their lives. At the same time, Desmond, Michael and Jin want to get off the freighter because they are all about to die when the bomb explodes.
  • We are led to believe from the flash-forwards that the Oceanic Six left the people on the Island, while in fact the Island 'left' them. ("There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3")
  • Michael is killed by a bomb that is not his while not wanting to die, while he was earlier wanting to die, but his bomb would not detonate. ("There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3")
  • Jack spent his whole time on the Island trying to get him and all the Losties off it, thus entering into conflict with Ben and Locke. In the flash-forwards, Locke persuades him that he made a mistake by leaving, and tries to convince the Oceanic 6 to go back and is reduced to seeking Ben's help for this purpose. ("Through the Looking Glass")  ("There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3")
  • Jack, a man of science, feels compelled to accept the logic of Locke, a man of faith, concerning the lie that will have to be told to the outside world. ("There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3")
  • We are led to believe from the flash-forwards that the Oceanic Six left the people on the Island, while in fact the Island has "left" them. ("There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3")
  • Michael dies in an explosion, as he had originally planned to, but not by the bomb he had brought aboard. ("There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3")

Season 5

  • Locke travels back in time and is shot by Ethan, whom Locke knows will later be killed by Charlie.
  • Sawyer, Kate, Juliet, Miles, and Daniel are initially allowed to stay with the Dharma Initiave while they looked for their missing friends. Rose and Bernard, their missing friends, were hiding from them.
  • After 815 crashed, the Others knew all about the survivors and the survivors knew nothing about the Others. After 316 crashed, the survivors knew a lot about the Others, but the Others knew nothing about the survivors.
  • Neil complains about Bernard's incapability of creating fire, just before being shot with a flaming arrow. ("The Lie")
  • "Jones", a man whom Locke refuses to kill, is later revealed to be a young Charles Widmore, who would ultimately become the nemesis of the survivors. ("Jughead")
  • When Jones returns to his camp, he tells Richard that there is no way that he could have been tracked by a "sodding old man" and that he knows more about the island than Locke, when in reality, Locke is an expert at tracking and follows him to his camp. ("Jughead")
  • Locke (being inhabited by Jacob's enemy) gave Richard the information to give Locke (the time-traveler) which Locke then told to Richard the first time they met.
  • Jin is rescued by Danielle Rousseau's science expedition, meaning once again he is among a group of people whose language he cannot speak nor understand. ("The Little Prince")
  • Jin gives his wedding ring to Locke so he can use it to convince Sun that he is dead, and Ben, who uses it to convince Sun that Jin is alive, takes it from Locke. ("This Place Is Death")
  • Ben convinces Locke not to kill himself, only to murder him minutes later. ("The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham")
  • Sawyer, the career criminal, is head of security for the DHARMA Initiative in 1977. ("LaFleur")
  • Jack, a successful, and well educated surgeon, is given the lowly position of "Workman". ("Namaste")
  • Sayid is given a truth serum while a captive of the DHARMA Initiative in 1977 and states numerous facts about the future that are all true, but which his captors dismiss as lies. ("He's Our You")
  • After putting a huge effort into escaping the Island, the Oceanic Six ultimately decide to return after their lives get worse, while the survivors who didn't leave the Island lead enjoyable lives and do not want to leave. ("316")  ("LaFleur")
  • Sayid, Juliet, Kate, Sawyer and Jack, all people who hate Ben and have suffered extensively at his hands, are responsible for him becoming the man that he is. ("Whatever Happened, Happened")
  • Jacob's nemesis disguised as John Locke, Ben's murder victim, welcomes Ben "back to the land of the living". ("Whatever Happened, Happened")
  • Miles has lived all his life without knowing his father, only to find him back in year 1977, just after his own birth. ("Some Like It Hoth")
  • Daniel is killed by his mother, Eloise while she is pregnant with him. ("The Variable")
  • After Eloise kills Daniel, Charles Widmore looks at his body and says "Why is this man so familiar to me?" Charles had not only met Daniel in 1954, but was also his father.
  • Kate goes back to rescue her friends, but instead is captured herself. ("Follow the Leader")
  • The Others stored the hydrogen bomb in the tunnels and DHARMA built their barracks right on top of it.("Follow the Leader")
  • Daniel tells Eloise to bury the bomb that she later will help (attempt) to detonate, at his advice.
  • The survivors of Flight 815 knew nothing about Jacob, but many of them had met him; The Others knew and revered Jacob, but none of them ever met him. ("The Incident, Parts 1 & 2")
  • Hurley worries about people asking him questions about the year 1977, like the name of the president. Sawyer says not to worry, it's not a game show. Later, Chang is quizzing Hurley to confirm they are from the future, and asks him who is the president. ("Namaste") ("Follow the Leader")
  • The first and second time Eloise and Daniel meet, she asks him "Who are you?" Daniel is her son.
  • "Locke" criticizes Caesar for calling people "friend" when he doesn't really mean it. Many years earlier, the man who was impersonating Locke in that scene called Jacob "friend" after he had openly admitted the intent to kill him. ("Dead Is Dead") ("The Incident, Parts 1 & 2")

Season 6

See also

External links

  • SWLS "Points of Irony" thread

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