Season: 1-5, Episodes: 54, Faction: Survivors
Aaron Littleton (known to the world as Aaron Austen) was born on the Island, and was the son of Claire Littleton and Thomas; the grandson of Christian Shephard and Carole Littleton; half-nephew of Jack Shephard; and great-nephew of Lindsey. Before making a fatal mission to the Looking Glass, Charlie Pace acted like a father to Aaron, and passed on to him his family heirloom ring. Aaron was left behind by Claire in the jungle for unknown reasons when she followed his grandfather, and Aaron was passed through multiple survivors (Sawyer, Kate, Sun) until he made it to the freighter where he was then picked up by the helicopter. When the Oceanic Six made it to the mainland, Kate presented Aaron as her son to the public. For a few days, Jack read bedtime stories to Aaron, hoping to become a surrogate father before getting a message from Charlie that he wasn’t supposed to raise him. Kate then lived alone with him in California and was warned by visions of Claire, his real mother, not to take him back to the Island. Neither Charlie nor Claire used Aaron’s name when admonishing Jack and Kate. After 3 years of living with Kate, Aaron was handed over into the care of his maternal grandmother, Carole Littleton, Claire’s mother, until Claire returns to care for her son. Sometime later Aaron was reunited with both birth mother, Claire and adoptive mother, Kate.
3×04 – Every Man for Himself
After his return from the hatch implosion, Desmond seemed to develop precognitive abilities and these powers indicated that an imminent rain storm wouldn’t bode well for Aaron’s family. He tried to persuade Claire and Aaron to move down the beach but Charlie stepped in. Later, the rain storm destroyed Claire’s roof and, as she and Charlie protected Aaron, the lightning strike that would have killed Charlie instead hit a device Desmond build. (“Every Man for Himself”)
3×08 – Flashes Before Your Eyes
Desmond’s abilities again predicted danger and, as he swam out to help a drowning survivor, Charlie noticed that Sun was holding Aaron and taking care of him – revealing the survivor out at sea to be Claire. (“Flashes Before Your Eyes”)
Despite learning of his imminent fate, Charlie continued to play an active role in Aaron and Claire’s lives and he arrived at Claire’s tent soon after with Aaron and told her he planned to take her on a picnic. Aaron was left in the care of Sun and Jin as the couple spend what was supposed to be a happy day together. Charlie’s reluctance to tell Claire of what Desmond had told him saw Claire refuse Charlie access to Aaron once more branding him a “liar.” However, the later reconciled and attached a message for rescue to a dove. During this, Claire mentioned that life, as well as death had occurred since the crash, referencing her son. Claire later attended Nikki and Paulo’s funeral with Aaron. (“Par Avion”) (“Exposé”)
3×15 – Left Behind
When Sawyer was tricked by Hurley into believing the survivors were voting whether or not to banish him, he revealed Claire’s importance within the group. Sawyer approach Claire and awkwardly complemented Aaron (“he’s not as wrinkly as he was a couple weeks ago”) and offers her a blanket. Claire is puzzled, but appreciative of Sawyer’s gesture. After Sawyer helps serve a feast of boar, Claire let him hold Aaron. (“Left Behind”)
3×16 – One of Us
The next day, Charlie found Aaron crying and Claire sleeping through it. He comforted the child and awoke Claire to discover she wasn’t feeling well. Charlie agreed to take Aaron so Claire could sleep. When Claire’s condition worsened the new addition to the camp Juliet revealed that Claire is suffering withdrawal from the medication that The Others administered in order to allow her to give birth on the Island. After Juliet administered the medication and Charlie slept beside a sleeping Claire with one hand holding her hand, and the other holding Aaron’s. (“One of Us”)
3×18 – D.O.C.
After Sun learned of the fate of pregnant women on the Island, and her own eventual fate unless she escaped, she jealously watched mother and child Claire and Aaron. (“D.O.C.”)
3×21 – Greatest Hits
After Jack and Juliet formulated a plan to escape the Island and defeat the Others, they led the group into the jungle to demonstrate their plan. During this trip, Desmond had a vision of Claire and Aaron boarding a helicopter and leaving the Island. Later, when Juliet revealed that a survivor must turn off the Looking Glass station in order for the rest to leave the Island, Charlie volunteered with the thought of Claire and Aaron’s rescue as a motivator. He said goodbye (although she didn’t know it) to Claire and Aaron, and left a family heirloom in Aaron’s crib indicating that he had come to think of Aaron as his son. (“Greatest Hits”)
3×22 – Through the Looking Glass
During the survivors second exodus of the beach camp Aaron was taken to the Radio tower with his mother in hope of contacting Naomi’s boat. However, during the trek, Aaron began crying uncontrollably as Charlie drowned in the Looking Glass. A subdued Aaron was present when Jack called the boat and brought rescue to the Island. (“Through the Looking Glass, Part 1”)
During Charlie’s mission to the Looking Glass station; Greta, Bonnie, Mikhail and Charlie himself all perished.
After leaving the beach camp with Claire and Aaron, Hurley was instrumental in the rescue of the captured survivors by driving the DHARMA Van into Pryce, killing him.