The Ten Most Worthless Characters of "Lost"

Yahoo TV recently declared Lost's 10 most worthless characters. They are the characters whose scenes we usually fast-forward through because they just don't have a lot to offer. They're not necessarily evil, most of them kick very little butt, their back-stories eat up precious screen time, and they require far too much hand-holding from the characters who are actually making themselves useful (or entertaining) on or off the island. We're calling them out because we know Jack just doesn't have the heart to. And besides, he's busy doing important things, which is more than we can say for these guys.


10. Michael

"Oops! I killed Libby!" When Michael wasn't running around wildly screaming "My son!" at anything with ears (annoying, but a great drinking game rule nonetheless), he was killing or betraying his fellow castaways for Walt's benefit. While we're on the subject of Walt, it should be noted that Michael is also the least fun dad ever. He wouldn't let Walt learn how to throw knives, even though all the cool kids on the island were doing it, and he dragged him on his shoddy raft tour of doom and kidnapping, the island's equivalent of a long and boring father-son fly fishing trip. Did we mention he's just no good?


9. Christian Shephard

When this guy was alive he liked to do things like perform surgeries whilst intoxicated, drunkenly botch them, and then try to guilt his son (Jack) into lying about it for him. This is the same son he spent a lifetime convincing that he was hopelessly inadequate by drilling the mantra "You just don't have what it takes" into his head, by the way. And that's just what he does to the kid he tells people about! He also has a secret family on another continent that he enjoyed violently threatening on rainy evenings from time to time. Now that he's un-dead (half-dead? Half-alive? It's anyone's guess), he's certainly become a much cooler character, but he haunts Jack for no good reason and he seems to have killed Claire, so he's still about a million miles away from sainthood in our book.


8. Kate

Kate's biggest problem is that she just can't follow instructions. Ignoring simple pleas like "Kate! Don't touch that!" or "Kate! Don't follow us!" have wound up causing a whole mess of problems, from getting her and Jack "caught in a net" once, to losing the Losties quite a few weapons to The Others back in Season 2, to, most recently, assuring a frantic wife, "Sun, you get the baby on the helicopter. I'll get Jin." -- moments later, Jin (ostensibly) blew up, and Kate was safe and sound in the air. Oh, and back on the mainland she got her cancer-curing, upstanding-citizen-minding-his-own-business of a childhood sweetheart shot to death when she stole his car with him in it to escape the fuzz. Short and simple, Kate ruins everything.


7. Charlie

Admittedly, Charlie offered some great comic relief at times, and he did do cool things every once in a while (killing Ethan to avenge Claire, rescuing Sayid's girlfriend from an alleyway robbery, drowning himself to save everyone, probably a couple other nice things we're forgetting). The downside is that all of that was negated by his never-effing-ending struggle with heroin, freakish obsession with Aaron, and the thinly veiled Oasis: Behind the Music that was his back story, all of which just got in the way of much more interesting plotlines. And while we're at it, "You All Everybody" is a far cry from "Wonderwall." A really far cry.


6. Claire

Claire is representative of the problems common among all of Lost's least compelling characters. She can't fight for herself, so she constantly needs to be protected and/or rescued, she can't hunt for herself, so she constantly needs to be provided for, and she's guilty (though to a lesser degree) of Michael's "My son!" syndrome when it comes to all things Aaron, which is more than a little grating after four seasons. Basically, she's the least kick-butt of any of the show's remaining major characters, which

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Jan 26, 2009 6:22AM EST

I'd actually rate S05E02's character - Neil - as one of the most worthless characters. I hate how LOST introduce a previously unheard of survivor and then have the whole camp act like they know him, just so they can kill him off. Bad times.

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Jan 8, 2011 11:56PM EST

Charlie is no-way near useless. He's so funny, really sweet and he sacrificed himself to save everyone, who else would do that?
There are so many other characters that are pointless compared to Charlie.

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