Top 20 Deaths in 'Lost'

The popular TV show had a way of reviving "dead" passengers

Many experiences come into play when picking the top 20 deaths in the popular television show Lost, which ran on ABC from 2004-2010. The death might be shocking, or poignant, or a goodbye to a favorite character. Regardless of why the death makes the list, it didn't mean the character was never seen again.

As we learned with Lost over its run, dead didn't mean gone. We would often see a dead character in flashbacks or an alternate timeline, but sometimes we'd never see or hear from them again. Here are the top 20 deaths in Lost.

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Ilana in 'Lost' episode 6x12, 'Everybody Loves Hugo'
Ilana in 'Lost' episode 6x12, 'Everybody Loves Hugo'. ABC/Mario Perez

Ilana is killed when she sets down her bag of dynamite and it explodes. In the alternate "purgatory" timeline, we meet Ilana again, as an attorney for the Shepherd family trying to connect Claire and Jack. (Ep: 6x12, Everybody Loves Hugo). More »

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Deaths in Lost - Robert
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While walking through the jungle on the way to the radio tower with Jin, one of the team members, Nadine, disappears. Then the smoke monster drags Montand into a hole. They all hold on to him, but his arm rips off and he is dragged into the hole. He calls for help and Robert says they need to go in after him. He climbs down into the hole, but Jin won't let Rousseau go because she is pregnant.

Later, Jin sees Danielle ready to shoot Robert. Robert says he doesn't want anything to happen to her or their baby and she lowers the gun. He tries to shoot her, but his gun doesn't fire and she kills him.

(Ep: 5x5,​ This Place is Death).

Deaths in Lost - Shannon Rutherford
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Shannon died shortly after Sayid told her that he loved her and he would never leave her. She was running after Walt, who had left the island, but whom she saw standing on the island dripping wet. Ana-Lucia and her group were making their way to the fuselage group and got spooked when they heard whispers. When Shannon surprised her, Ana-Lucia shot her (Ep: 2x8, Collision). More »

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Deaths in Lost - Roger Linus
Roger Linus. ABC/Mario Perez

We first saw Roger as the skeleton Hurley found in the abandoned Dharma van. Later, we learned that Roger was killed when Ben gassed him while the hostiles gassed the rest of Dharma (Ep: 3x20, The Man Behind the Curtain). More »

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Deaths in Lost - Goodwin and Ana-Lucia
Goodwin and Ana-Lucia. ABC/Mario Perez

Ben sent Goodwin to infiltrate the Tailies after the plane crash. Ana-Lucia figured out that Goodwin had not been on the plane and the two fought. She killed him by spearing him with a stick (Ep: 2x7, The Other 48 Days).

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Neil Frogurt

His was a great death, not only because he was really annoying, but because he yelled that they couldn't even get fire and just then a flaming arrow hit him in the chest (Ep: 5x2, The Lie).

Deaths in Lost - Charlotte Lewis
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When the sky begins flashing and those on the island jump through time, Charlotte begins getting bloody noses and headaches. After telling Daniel that he came to her when she was a little girl and told her never to return to the island, she died (Ep: 5x5, This Place is Death). More »

Deaths in Lost - Daniel Faraday
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Daniel was killed by his own mother before he was even born. Huh? In 1977, Eloise Hawking, living on the island with Richard's group, shot a man whom she thought was going to shoot Richard. At the time, she was pregnant with Daniel.

In 2005, Daniel had the opportunity to go to the island, not knowing about his mother's past there. Daniel went to the island, but due to time shifting, ended up in 1977, where he was shot by Eloise (Ep: 5x14, The Variable). More »

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Deaths in Lost - Alex and Keamy
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Danielle Rousseau's daughter whom was born on the island and whom Ben raised as his own was killed by Martin Keamy, a mercenary sent on the freighter. Ben was bluffing when he told Keamy that Alex meant nothing to him, and he was devastated when Keamy shot her in the head (Ep: 4x9, The Shape of Things to Come).

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Deaths in Lost - Eko
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Eko saw his dead brother, Yemi, and followed him. Yemi asked him to confess, but Eko didn't and was violently killed by the smoke monster (Ep: 3x5, The Cost of Living).

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Boone Carlyle

Deaths in Lost - Boone Carlyle
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Boone's was the first major character death, so it hit us hard. Locke told him to climb up into a small airplane that they'd found in the jungle to get answers on how to get into the hatch. The plane fell from a cliff with Boone inside. Locke carried Boone back to Jack, and Jack rigged up a blood transfusion, but he was unable to save Boone (Ep: 1x20, Do No Harm).

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Deaths in Lost - Ryan Price
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Hurley to the rescue! Ryan was one of only three of his men to survive when some of the Others went to get the pregnant women from the survivors' camp. Hurley flew out of the jungle in the Dharma bus and mowed him down (Ep: 3x22, Through the Looking Glass). More »

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Man in Black/Man in Locke

Deaths in Lost - Man in Locke in 'Lost' episode 6x17, 'The End'
Man in Locke in 'Lost' episode 6x17, 'The End'. ABC/Mario Perez

The Man in Black took over Locke's body. He was able to change from Locke to the smoke monster. He was finally killed after Desmond took the cork out of the light cave and Kate shot him. Then Jack kicked him over the edge of the cliff (Ep: 6x17, The End).

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Pilot Seth Norris

Jack and Kate found the pilot in the jungle, still strapped into his seat in the front of the plane. The pilot said that no one knows where to look for them, because they were 1000 miles off course and had lost radio communication. The pilot stuck his head out of the window to see what the loud noise was and was pulled out. Later, they saw his dead, bloody body high up in a tree (Ep: 1x1, Pilot Part 1).

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Leslie Arzt

Deaths in Lost - Leslie Arzt
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This death brought a big bang as Dr. Arzt blew himself up accidentally with dynamite (Ep: 1x24, Exodus Part 2). What gives it that extra kick is you brace yourself thinking it might be coming and when it does, it makes you jump. And, of course, this event brought us possibly the funniest line of Lost. Hurley looks at Jack and says, "You got some Arzt on you."

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Jin and Sun in 'Lost' episode 6x14, 'The Candidate'
Jin and Sun in 'Lost' episode 6x14, 'The Candidate'. ABC/Mario Perez

Shortly after they were reunited after enduring three years apart, Sun and Jin get on the sub, only to find that Man in Locke has placed a bomb in Jack's backpack. Sayid sacrifices himself to get the bomb away from them, but the explosion rocks the sub, and Sun is trapped under debris as the sub fills with water. She begs Jin to leave her, but he won't, and they hold hands while water overtakes them (Ep: 6x14, The Candidate). More »

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Juliet Burke

Deaths in Lost - Juliet Burke
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First, we had to go through the agony of Juliet slipping from Sawyer's hand and falling down the hole, but she didn't die, she was able to detonate the bomb (Ep: 5x16, The Incident). She still didn't die, she was under the hatch rubble when the group moved through time. Sawyer climbed through the rubble and was with her when she actually did die (Ep: 6x1, LA X).

Jack and Vincent in 'Lost' episode 6x17, 'The End'
Jack and Vincent in 'Lost' episode 6x17, 'The End'. ABC/Mario Perez

Jack collapses in the same spot where he'd woken up after the plane crash. Vincent comes over and lies next to him. Jack sees the Ajira plane fly off the island and then his eye closes for the last time (Ep: 6x17, The End). More »

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John Locke

Deaths in Lost - John Locke
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Locke's death was so shocking because it seemed so sudden when Ben killed him (Ep: 5x7, The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham). Then, even more shocking, he arrives back on the island alive and well, but we were in for another shock when we realized Ilana and crew had Locke's dead body in their crate. So who is the man running around claiming to be John Locke?

Deaths in Lost - Charlie Pace
ABC/Mario Perez

Charlie started out as a character we didn't much care for, the drug addicted former rock star. But, he steadily grew on us as he grew as a person and began taking care of Claire and Aaron. By the time of his death (Ep: 3x22, Through the Looking Glass), in which he sacrificed himself to save Claire and Aaron in the underwater station, the Looking Glass, we were in love with him, and his death is the most tragic we've felt so far. More »