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Sawyer working a con ("The Long Con")

Deceptions and cons have been made by nearly every main character in the storyline of Lost and have become an integral part of the mystery of the show.


Survivors

Ana Lucia

Character Deceptions/Cons
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Ana Lucia Cortez

Charlie

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Charlie Pace

Hurley

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Hugo "Hurley" Reyes

Jack

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Jack Shephard

Kate

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Katherine "Kate" Austen

Michael

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Michael Dawson

Sawyer

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James "Sawyer" Ford

Sayid

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Sayid Jarrah

Shannon

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Shannon Rutherford
  • Convinced Boone that her boyfriend Bryan was beating her so that Boone would pay off Bryan to leave her, and they could split the money. But her plan backfired when Bryan took the money and left. ("Hearts and Minds")
  • Re-established her connection to Boone, her stepbrother, by sleeping with him. ("Hearts and Minds")
  • Feigned interest in Charlie so that he'd catch a fish for her. ("Walkabout")

Sun

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Sun-Hwa Kwon

Walt

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Walt Lloyd

Nikki and Paulo

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Paulo and Nikki


Flashback characters

Character Deceptions/Cons

Anthony Cooper

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Anthony Cooper
  • Conned James Ford's parents under the name Tom Sawyer.
  • Used Locke's mother to con him into giving away his kidney.
  • Is a professional con man.
  • Faked his own death to escape his creditors.
  • Used Locke again in a money-transfer scam.
  • Failed at conning Mrs. Talbot in a wedding con.

Cassidy

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Cassidy Phillips
  • Fledgling con woman, trained by Sawyer as part of a long con.
  • Began by convincing people at gas stations to buy fake jewelry.
  • Conned the authorities into revealing themselves by impersonating Kate.

Eddie Colburn

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Eddie Colburn
  • Undercover police agent who pretended to be a hitchhiker drifter to befriend Locke.
  • Secretly operated a sting to uncover Jan and Mike's marijuana-growing operation.

Dr. Je-Gyu Kim

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Dr. Je-Gyu Kim
  • Told Jin and Sun while they were together in his doctor's office that Sun was incurably infertile due to advanced endometriosis.
  • Later accosts Sun when she is on the street alone to tell her that he had lied and Jin was the infertile one.
    • Claims that he couldn't tell him, for fear that an employee of Mr. Paik would want retribution if he gave him such news.
  • Unknown motivations, and unknown which version was a lie at this point.

Hibbs

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Hibbs

Kelvin

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Kelvin Joe Inman
  • Led Sayid to believe he couldn't speak Arabic so that Sayid would torture Tariq.
  • Got Desmond to live with him in the Swan for years and believe in the Sickness, when he himself did not.
  • During this time, secretly fixed Desmond's boat (the Elizabeth), in the hopes of escaping the Island and leaving Desmond to push the button.

Richard Malkin

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Richard Malkin
  • Originally read Claire's fortune as a psychic, and told her that her baby was in great danger if she did not raise it herself.
  • Later gave her the option of meeting with a mysterious couple in L.A. who wanted to adopt the baby and give her money
  • When he met Eko he told him he was not psychic, but pretended to earn a living.
  • Unknown motivations, and unknown which version was a lie at this point.

Sam Austen

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Sam Austen
  • Always knew that Kate was not his biological daughter, but let her believe otherwise.



The Others

We did all this because the only way to gain a con man's respect is to con him. And you're pretty good, Sawyer. We're a lot better. -- Benjamin Linus ("Every Man for Himself")


Character Deceptions/Cons

The Others

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The Others
  • Took great lengths to appear as primitives to the Losties.
    • Tom's fake beard.
    • Dirty clothes, later revealed to be costumes.
    • Fishing village with a fake hatch door.

Ben

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Benjamin Linus

Ethan

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Ethan Rom
  • Pretended to be a crash survivor to infiltrate the group on Ben's orders.

Goodwin

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  • Pretended to be a tail-section survivor to report on them.

Juliet

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  • Took part in Ben's plan to "break" Jack, using her own resemblance to his ex-wife Sarah.
  • Gave Jack a speech about the importance of saving Ben's life, while simultaneously playing him a video of herself holding cue cards asking Jack to play along but then kill Ben during the surgery. ("The Cost of Living")
  • Attempted to manipulate Kate into thinking they were "in it together" by handcuffing herself to her and putting her out in the jungle. ("One of Us")
  • Agreed to infiltrate the survivors for Ben and collect information on the pregnant women among them. ("One of Us")
  • Double-crossed Ben and told Jack about the planned raid on the beach camp by the Others. ("Greatest Hits")

Mikhail

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Mikhail Bakunin

Richard

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Richard
  • Told Jack and Hurley he would lead them to the Temple, but took them to the Black Rock instead. ("Dr. Linus")

Mother

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Jacob

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  • Told Sayid he was lost in Los Angeles to lure him away from being hit by the car that killed Nadia. ("The Incident, Part 1")
  • Told Hurley he and Jack needed to operate the Lighthouse, but later admitted he really wanted them away from the Temple. ("Lighthouse")
  • Did not know how to lie, according to his Mother. ("Across the Sea")
  • Deceived his twin when asked whether Mother knew of their visits. ("Across the Sea")

Other characters

Character Deceptions/Cons

The Man in Black

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The Man in Black

The pros of cons

The following are all, or have been, professional con artists:

Episodes

The following episodes have a strong focus on deception and cons:

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