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"The thing that's cool about the Island is that the Island can sort of conjure up these images of great importance from your life. Then the characters on the show have to sort of deal with the consequences. Those visions often provide tests, and those tests are right along the axis of what is most important for the character." -- Carlton Cuse, DVD commentary for "The Man Behind the Curtain".

In addition to flashbacks, many characters in Lost have had dreams and visions.

Occurrences

The following characters have had dreams or visions:

SeasonMain article
Ben-mBen3
Boone-mBoone1
Charlie-mCharlie2Charlie's dream
Claire-mClaire1, 4Claire's dream
Desmond-mDesmond3Desmond's flashes
Eko-mEko2, 3Eko's dreams
Hurley-mHurley2, 4, 5, 6
Jack-mJack1, 4
Kate-mKate2, 4
Locke-mLocke1, 2, 3, 4, 5Locke's dreams
Enemy-Locke-portalMan in Black6
Michael-mMichael4
Sawyer-mSawyer2, 6
Sayid-mSayid2
Shannon-mShannon2
WaltheadWalt5

Details are listed below, sorted by episode.

Season 1

Season 2

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Hurley's dream. ("Everybody Hates Hugo")

Season 3

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Locke has a vision quest. ("Further Instructions")
  • Locke undergoes a vision quest in which he is guided by Boone and instructed to save Eko. ("Further Instructions")
  • Desmond has a series of flashes, in which he perceives possible instances of future eventualities:
    • Locke giving a speech, saying he would go after Jack, Kate, and Sawyer. ("Further Instructions")
    • Lightning striking Claire's roof, killing Charlie. ("Every Man for Himself")
    • Charlie drowning trying to save Claire. ("Flashes Before Your Eyes")
    • Charlie dying in the ocean from being slammed against rocks, while trying to catch a seagull for Claire. ("Par Avion")
    • Desmond, Charlie, Hurley, and Jin trekking through the jungle; Charlie is killed by an arrow trap, and they find a parachutist. ("Catch-22")
    • Charlie drowning while flipping a switch in a hatch; Claire and Aaron leaving the Island in a helicopter. ("Greatest Hits")
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The polar bear in Locke's dream. ("Further Instructions")

Season 4

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Hurley's vision of Charlie. ("The Beginning of the End")
  • Hurley has several visions of Charlie: once in a convenience store, in the LAPD interrogation room, and outdoors at the mental institution. On the Island, he also sees Jacob's cabin, which appears to follow him, then disappears after he wills it to disappear, much as he willed Charlie to disappear at the mental hospital. ("The Beginning of the End")
  • Michael had two separate visions of Libby: once while in the hospital, and once just before he was about to detonate a bomb on The Kahana. Both of these appearances are connected to his guilt over killing her. ("Meet Kevin Johnson")
  • Off the Island Jack sees visions of his father while inside his medical office. He seems to only be seen by Jack. ("Something Nice Back Home")
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Claire's manifestation in Aaron's room. ("There's No Place Like Home, Part 2")

Season 5

Season 6

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A mysterious boy appears in front of the Man in Black and Sawyer. ("The Substitute")


Recurring themes

Seeing dead people

See also: Mediumship

Many dreams and/or visions have consisted of characters interacting with dead characters:

Many visions of people who have died appear barefoot.

Asking to help others

In some of the visions where a dead person appears, he/she asks the one having the vision to help somebody:

Literary references to dreams and visions

Main article: Literary works

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The following books seen and referenced on the show have a major surrealist/dream element to them.