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Michael Giacchino's musical score for Lost makes use of numerous recurring motifs. This article covers motifs that recur rarely, appear on no soundtrack release or lack a character or setting association. For a comprehensive list of themes and motifs, see musical themes.


Season 1 motifs

See Season 1 motifs

Season 2 motifs

Fearful Transition

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This motif plays during several tense scenes throughout the series.


Walt's Apparitions

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This motif plays during two of Walt's appearances to Shannon.


Station Investigation

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This motif plays during several scenes in which characters explore a DHARMA station for the first time.


Sneaking Motif

"Sneaking Motif"
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This motif plays during a number of scenes in which characters sneak around an area.


DHARMA Patrol

"DHARMA Patrol"
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This motif plays during two scenes in which DHARMA personnel spy on an intruder.

  • Desmond surveils Jack from the Swan and reacts. ("Adrift")
  • Radzinsky surveils Sayid from the Flame and reacts. ("Namaste")
  • In a Previously on Lost recap, the Man in Black attacks Richard, and tells the assembled group that he is very disappointed in all of them. ("The Substitute")


Chase Motif

"Chase Motif"
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This action motif plays during several action scenes, usually involving a chase.

  • Jack chases Desmond. ("Orientation")
  • Jack and Locke enter the Hatch to find Kate gone and the countdown timer under a minute. ("What Kate Did")
  • The hunting party runs towards the sounds of Michael's gunfight with the Others. ("The Hunting Party")


Standing Down

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This sad motif plays during two scenes where characters cannot bring themselves to shoot a person they are holding at gunpoint.


Rustling Motif

"Rustling Motif"
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This tense motif plays during two scenes where characters suddenly hear movement.



Arming Up

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This motif plays during a number of scenes throughout the series where characters arm up in preparation for moving to a new destination.


Eko and Yemi

"Eko and Yemi"
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This sad motif plays during a few scenes relating to Eko and his troubled relationship with Yemi.


Night Motif

"Night Motif"
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This suspenseful motif plays during two night scenes where a character betrays a group.

  • Charlie lights a fire in the camp. ("Fire + Water")
  • Roger Linus notices that Ben is missing from the infirmary and leaves to get security. ("Some Like It Hoth")
  • Ilana's group reacts to learning that Ben killed Jacob. ("Dr. Linus")


Danielle's Motif

"Danielle's Motif"
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This motif plays during a few scenes involving Danielle and Alex Rousseau.


Kwonflict Motif

"Kwonflict Motif"
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This motif plays during two scenes of conflict between Jin and Sun.


Worried Words

"Worried Words"
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This sad motif plays during two scenes relating to bad news.

  • Kate and Sawyer tell Hurley about Libby's shooting. ("?")
  • Desmond dodges questions from Claire about scaring away the birds. ("Par Avion")


Vertical Eko

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This motif plays during two scenes where Eko ascends or descends in "?".

  • In Locke's dream, Eko ascends a cliff toward Yemi. ("?")
    • Eko and Locke descend into the Pearl.


Season 3 motifs

Chaos Motif

"Chaos Motif"
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This motif plays during a few chaotic action scenes.

  • Nikki runs through the jungle and buries the diamonds she stole from Paulo. ("Exposé")
  • Jack, Kate, and Faraday exchange gunfire with DHARMA members at the motor pool. ("The Variable")


Cabin Motif

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This motif plays during a few scenes relating to the Cabin.

  • Locke examines the ash circle around the cabin. ("The Man Behind the Curtain")
  • Hurley unintentionally reveals to Locke and Ben that he has been to the cabin. ("Confirmed Dead")
  • Locke's group arrives at the location the cabin had been at when Ben took Locke there, only to find the cabin gone. ("The Economist")


Season 4 motifs

Tension Motif

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This chilling motif plays during several tense scenes throughout the series.

  • Naomi contacts the Freighter. ("The Beginning of the End")
  • The survivors in the jungle see the light from the Hatch. ("The Little Prince")
  • Sun and Lapidus look on as Christian searches for the 1977 DHARMA recruitment photo. ("Namaste")
  • Several men grab Miles and pull him into a van. ("Some Like It Hoth")
  • The Man in Black returns to his camp only to find that his entire group has been knocked out and Jin is missing. ("The Package")


Ben's suspense motif

"Ben's Suspense Motif"
4x09 DidYouCallThatThing
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This motif plays during several suspenseful scenes involving Ben.


Frank's instructions

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This motif plays during two of Frank's action scenes.


Season 5 motifs

Dr. Chang's Motif

"Dr. Chang's Motif"
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This motif plays during several scenes featuring Dr. Chang.

  • Dr. Chang enters the Orchid work site. ("Because You Left")
  • Dr. Chang threatens Hurley with shoveling polar bear feces on Hydra Island if he talks about the body he discovered. ("Some Like It Hoth")
    • He orders several workers to take the body into the work site.
  • Daniel follows Dr. Chang into the Orchid work site. ("The Variable")
    • Daniel tells Dr. Chang that Miles is his son. He asks Miles for confirmation, though he denies it.


1954 Others' Motif

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This motif plays during several scenes featuring the Others in 1954.


Desmond's action motif

"Desmond's Action Motif"
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This motif plays during two of Desmond's action scenes.

  • Desmond and Efren Salonga rush to help Penny. ("Jughead")
  • Desmond is rushed into surgery after being shot by Ben. ("The Variable")



Sawyer's action motif

"Sawyer's Action Motif"
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This motif plays during a few action scenes involving Sawyer.

  • Sawyer and Juliet aim their rifles after the group hears gunshots. ("LaFleur")
  • Radzinsky and Phil interrogate Sawyer and Juliet. ("Follow the Leader")
  • Widmore's men hold Sawyer at gunpoint. ("Recon")
  • Widmore's men fire warning shots at the Man in Black. ("The Package")


Ben and Widmore

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This motif plays during a few scenes involving Benjamin Linus and Charles Widmore.

  • Desmond confronts Widmore at his office. ("Jughead")
  • Ben tells Widmore that if the Island wants Alex dead, Widmore should do it himself. ("Dead Is Dead")
    • As Ben sees Widmore off, Widmore warns him that he may end up being banished himself someday.
    • Ben tells Sun that "dead is dead".
  • Widmore visits Daniel and offers him a job opportunity. ("The Variable")
  • Widmore asks Richard how he recognizes Daniel. ("Follow the Leader")
  • Widmore's people take Sawyer through the submarine. ("Recon")
    • Sawyer talks to Widmore.
  • Zoe questions Jin about the DHARMA Initiative's maps of electromagnetic pockets. ("The Package")


Duel motif

"Duel Motif"
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This motif plays during a few climactic action scenes, usually involving Jack or the Man in Black.


Season 6 motifs

Kate's escape

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This action motif plays in several of Kate's action scenes in the Flashsideways world.


Temple motif

"Temple Motif"
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This rhythmic motif characterizes a few of the Temple's scenes.



Temple suspense

"Temple Suspense"
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This motif plays during a few of the Temple scenes in "What Kate Does".

  • Dogen tests Sayid. ("What Kate Does")
    • Jack goes past guards to confront Dogen.
  • In a Previously on Lost recap, Sayid is tortured by Dogen. Jack confronts Dogen about it. ("Sundown")


Dogen's theme

"Dogen's Theme"
6x03 DarknessInYourSister
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This sad motif characterizes Dogen.


Medical emergencies

"Medical Emergencies"
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This action motif concludes a few scenes.


Claire's 2nd motif

"Claire's 2nd Motif"
6x05 SheDidWhat
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This plays during a few of Claire's scenes in "Lighthouse".


Man in Black's chase motif

"Man in Black's chase motif"
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This motif plays during several of the Man in Black's action scenes.


Ben's second action motif

"Ben's Second Action Motif"
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This motif plays during Ben's "Dr. Linus" action scenes.


Sawyer's flash sideways theme

"Sawyer's Flash Sideways Theme"
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This simple motif of two-note pairs that fall conversely to Sawyer's theme, offset with a four-note haunting piano lilt.

  • Sawyer lays in bed after an affair with a married woman. ("Recon")
    • Sawyer is revealed to be a cop in the flash-sideways.
    • Sawyer tells Charlotte why he became a cop.
    • They have sex.
    • She later rejects his flower.
    • He tells Miles about Anthony Cooper.


Claudia's theme

"Claudia's Theme"
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This motif plays during Claudia's scenes in "Across the Sea".


Ford and Straume

"Ford and Straume"
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This motif plays during a few of Sawyer and Miles's finale flash sideways scenes.


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