Season: 1–3, Episodes: 65, Faction: Survivors
Charlie Hieronymus Pace was a survivor from the middle section of Oceanic Flight 815. Before the crash, he was the bassist and principal songwriter for the rock band Drive Shaft. He was addicted to heroin, but he kicked the habit on the island. He also suffered from self-doubt before the crash, but he formed new relationships on the island, including a friendship with Hurley and a romantic relationship with Claire Littleton.
Learning he was fated to die, Charlie Pace sacrificed himself to guide the survivors toward safety. After his death, Charlie has continued to guide his friend Hurley.
In the flash-sideways, he was reunited with his lover, Claire Littleton after she gave birth to Aaron, and along with their friends, they moved on.
2×12 – Fire + Water
Charlie was raised a devout Catholic and served as an altar boy. According to a dream, his mother gave him a piano one Christmas because she sensed his special musical talent. Charlie’s father, however, vehemently opposed the career choice, and believed that Charlie and his brother Liam should become butchers like him. (“Fire + Water”)
3×21 – Greatest Hits
His father supported Charlie in other arenas though, teaching him to swim as a child. Charlie claimed he later became Northern England’s swimming champion. (“Greatest Hits”)
Musical Career and Addiction
3×08 – Flashes Before Your Eyes
Charlie honed his talents over the years, practicing and singing on the street for money. During one performance, a stranger claimed they’d been on an Island together, and Charlie jokes that “this is why we don’t do drugs.” (“Flashes Before Your Eyes”)
3×21 – Greatest Hits
Another time, after a rainstorm caused his street performance to end, he chased off a mugger and the victim (Nadia) he saved called him a hero. (“Greatest Hits”)
3×21 – Greatest Hits
Charlie and Liam formed a band called Drive Shaft. They initially doubted their chances, but they heard their song “You All Everybody” on the radio one day, and the group gained hope. (“Greatest Hits”)
1×07 – The Moth
Their song then became a hit, and the pressure of stardom consumed Liam, who turned to heroin. During their second Finland tour, he gave Charlie an heirloom ring for Christmas, thinking that only drug-free Charlie could carry on the family legacy. (“The Moth”)
2×12 – Fire + Water
The band was a one-hit wonder. Losing popularity, they even parodied their song for a diapers commercial.
Liam’s addiction continued as well, and Charlie stood in for him at his daughter’s birth. Charlie tried rejuvenating the band with a new song, but Liam sold Charlie’s piano for an Australia rehab clinic. With Liam gone, Drive Shaft ceased to exist. (“Fire + Water”)
1×15 – Homecoming
Despite Liam’s expectations, Charlie eventually turned to heroin. A year after Liam left the band, Charlie started a relationship with Lucy, a wealthy businessman’s daughter, so he could rob her to pay his dealer. He changed his mind and took a job from her father, but heroin withdrawal kicked in, sending him to the hospital. Doctors returned to Lucy from Charlie’s pocket a stolen antique, still covered in his vomit. (“Homecoming”)
1×07 – The Moth
Years after Drive Shaft’s fall, Charlie flew to Sydney to convince Liam to reform the band. Liam, now living happily with his wife and children, refused and offered to house Charlie while he fought his addiction. Charlie scoffed at this and bought a plane ticket for seat 29C aboard Oceanic Flight 815. (“The Moth”)
1×24 – Exodus, Part 2
He spent the night before the flight with a fellow addict who pretended to be a Driveshaft fan. They fought physically over the last of his stash, which ended after she kneed him in the groin. (“Exodus, Part 2”)
1×02 – Pilot, Part 2
On the plane, fearing a flight attendant’s suspicion, Charlie threw his stash into a toilet, first snorting some of it. The plane then hit turbulence, and Charlie quickly buckled himself into a new seat. (“Pilot, Part 2”)
On the Island (Days 1-44)
1×01 – Pilot, Part 1
When the crash’s initial aftermath had died down, Charlie accompanied Jack and Kate to the cockpit to secretly recover his stash from the bathroom. The Smoke Monster chased them to through the jungle, and Charlie told the other survivors. (“Pilot, Part 1”)
3×21 – Greatest Hits
Charlie quickly became friends with Claire, a pregnant survivor, first offering her a second blanket and joking with her about the crash on the first night.
1×02 – Pilot, Part 2
Charlie joined a group the next day that picked up Rousseau’s distress call. During the hike, the group was attacked by a polar bear. (“Pilot, Part 2”)
1×03 – Tabula Rasa
At the beach Claire struggles moving luggage and Charlie comes to her aid. He then asked her how the baby was going and if her husband was on the plane, Claire then tells him she is not married. (“Tabula Rasa”)
1×04 – Walkabout
Shannon finds Charlie while he is trying to take drugs in the jungle, and uses her charm to make him try to catch fish for her. Soon after he and Hurley try to catch fish with a stick to no avail.
Charlie arrives back from his own hunt, giving Shannon a fish he eventually managed to catch. Boone and Shannon argue once more about her using people to get her own way, however, and Charlie realizes that she used him. Charlie then began using heroin again. (“Walkabout”)
1×05 – White Rabbit
On day six, Charlie noticed a woman drowning in the sea. He ran to Jack for help claiming he didn’t swim. (“White Rabbit”)
1×06 – House of the Rising Sun
John Locke helped him with the addiction by trading him his drugs for his guitar, but withdrawal pains made him soon demand his stash back. (“House of the Rising Sun”)
1×07 – The Moth
Locke told him he would return it the third time he asked. Still suffering, Charlie later argued with Jack, causing one of the caves to collapse on Jack. Charlie crawled in though and rescued him. Later that night, successfully retrieved his drugs from Locke. He threw them into the fire and began the long road to recovery. (“The Moth”)
1×08 – Confidence Man
When half the survivors moved to the caves, he convinced her to join them by offering a pretend jar of her favorite food: peanut butter. Charlie began to feel an emotional attraction to her, which blossomed into genuine love. (“Greatest Hits”) (“Confidence Man”)
1×10 – Raised by Another
After Claire began suffering from nightmares and possible attacks, Charlie defended her against those who disbelieved her. (“Raised by Another”)
The next day, an Other masquerading as a survivor kidnapped Claire and left Charlie to die hanging in the jungle. Kate and Jack found and resuscitated him. (“All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues”)
1×12 – Whatever the Case May Be
With Claire gone, Charlie withdrew from the others. Rose confided in him though about her missing husband to comfort him. (“Whatever the Case May Be”)
1×15 – Homecoming
When Claire returned the survivors used her as bait to capture Ethan. Charlie foiled the plan by shooting him before anyone could interrogate him. (“Homecoming”)
1×16 – Outlaws
While Charlie was breaking open coconuts at the shoreline, Sayid warned him the murder would take its toll on Charlie. (“Outlaws”)
1×20 – Do No Harm
Charlie was present after Claire gave birth to a healthy boy. (“Do No Harm”)
1×21 – The Greater Good
Charlie took on the role of surrogate father to the child and looked after him when Claire couldn’t. (“The Greater Good”)
1×24 – Exodus, Part 2
Charlie created a carrying device for Aaron and gave it to Claire to use. Soon after Danielle Rousseau entered the camp and attacked Claire and kidnapped the baby, hoping to exchange him for her missing daughter. Charlie and Sayid went after her, walking into one of Danielle’s traps on the way and coming upon a plane containing statues filled with heroin. (“Exodus, Part 2”)
1×25 – Exodus, Part 3
They successfully rescued Aaron, and Charlie angrily told Danielle “You’re pathetic!” as Lily had said to him. Charlie returned Aaron to Claire, but he’d brought something else back as well, one of the heroin-filled statues. (“Exodus, Part 3”)
Associated LOST Themes & DHARMA Stations
Decoded Family Members & Lovers
Decoded Season 1 Characters
Decoded Season 2 Characters
Decoded Season 3 Characters
Decoded Season 4 Characters
Key Episode(s) to Decoding the Character
A widely-worshiped popular religion deity across Egypt, and whose unmistakeable image was disseminated internationally, Bes is depicted, almost always with bold frontality, as a staring, bearded dwarf, naked or semi-naked, with a large head, broad face and short legs. Bes’ unusual physical characteristics seem to be borrowed from a lion (Romano 1980): a lion’s ears, mane, and sometimes tail, flexed legs like a lion standing on hind paws, protruding tongue, and sometimes a number of secondary leonine elements such as a forehead groove and ventral mane. His variable iconography also includes a plumed crown similar to that worn by Anukis and which is broadly associated with Nubia, knives (or later a sword and shield), musical instruments (especially the tambourine, harp, or double flute) or bouquets of flowers. Bes also frequently appears grasping snakes in his hands or mouth, and may be accompanied by other animals, such as cats, monkeys or frogs. Elaborate depictions of Bes from magical texts show an almost unlimited profusion of features such as multiple animal heads, erect penis, wings, crocodile tail, and so forth. Bes protects the living body in every situation of vulnerability—pregnancy, birth, childhood, sleep—and also promotes procreation. Bes has a female counterpart, Beset.
Bes specializes above all else in the protection of women from the hazards of childbirth and he is almost invariably invoked, with Taweret, during labor and for all female concerns. Bes is also the general protector of children up to the age of puberty, the mythic guardian of the Horus child (Harpocrates), and an intimate protector throughout life, warding off demons of disease and venomous animals. He is also a God of music, of dancing and of good cheer, especially in association with the Goddess Hathor and her son Ihy. Hathor’s temple at Dendara hosted an annual festival for Bes, and reliefs depict him playing music and dancing for Hathor, having accompanied her on her return from Ta-Sety (a term for Nubia or for a mythical place to the south of Egypt). Bes has the role, in particular, of appeasing Hathor in her wrathful aspect. In accord with his association with the living body, Bes is not prominent in the afterlife literature, although his image appears on coffins for infants. Bes is also the protector of the sacred space of the temple, inasmuch as his images frequently appear in the outer areas, which also served a demand for popular access to his images. Otherwise, the image of Bes is usually to be found in the rooms of the temple dedicated to the ceremonies pertaining to the birth of divine and/or royal infants. An increasing theological significance accorded to Bes in the late period expresses responsiveness to popular religious sentiment after the end of state sponsorship (on which see especially Frankfurter 1998), as well as the symbolic potency of the assistance Bes renders to infants when the infant is transposed into a symbol of cosmic renewal, at which point Bes becomes the guardian of the cosmos, or even its ‘pantheistic’ embodiment (for the roots of the ‘pantheistic’ Bes, see especially Malaise 1990). Due to his association with the most immediate human concerns, in the late period Bes enters into fusion and identification with many of the great Gods of Egypt. It is interesting to note that Bes is depicted on amulets and furniture dating from the Amarna period, showing that he escaped the monotheist pharaoh Akhenaten’s suppression of Gods other than the Aten (Bosse-Griffiths 1977, 100-101).
The name ‘Bes’ may derive from the word besa, meaning to guard or protect. In earlier depictions the figure who came to be called Bes is called ‘Aha, ‘the fighter’, and in later times is also sometimes called Haty, Hity, or Hatiti, which may mean ‘the dancer’. The universal designation of these figures by the name ‘Bes’ is somewhat more a feature of modern scholarship than of Egyptian practice. Bes is commonly depicted on cosmetic items and household objects of every kind, imparting to them his protective power over the body’s perimeter and on beds, as protection against nightmares or to encourage sexual intercourse and procreation. He also appears on equipment used by magical specialists, such as ivory ‘magical knives’ and on the healing stelae known as cippi. Bes also gives oracles, both by dreams and by direct visions, as in a spell from the Greek Magical Papyri (PGM VIII. 64-110) in which Bes is identified with the magically potent menstrual blood of the Goddesses Isis and Nephthys. The roots of the cult of Bes may lie in the Egyptian reverance for dwarves already attested in the Old Kingdom. Thus in PT utterance 517 the king affirms “I am that pygmy, a dancer of the God, who pleased the heart of the God in front of his great throne,” while the sixth dynasty pharaoh Pepi II sent a letter to Prince Harkhuf asking him to fetch such a dwarf “of the God’s dances” from Punt (eastern Sudan and Eritrea) in order that he perform at the court (Lichtheim, vol. 1, 26-27).
Patron of: The home, childbirth, infants, humor, song and dance.
Appearance: A fat bearded dwarf, ugly to the point of being comical. He is often shown sticking out his tongue and holding a rattle. When carved or painted on a wall, he is never shown in profile, but always full-face, almost unique in Egyptian art. There are also depictions of Bes with feline or leonine features.
Description: Bes is a very unusual god. He does not appear to be Egyptian at all, but where he does come from his largely unknown. He resembles gods found in central and southern Africa, and his function is very much like that of the Fool Shaman. Bes was primarily the protector of childbirth. During the birth, Bes would dance about the room, shaking his rattle and yelling to frighten away demons that would otherwise put a curse on the child. After the child was born, Bes would stay by the cradle entertaining the child. When a baby laughed or smiled for no apparent reason, it was believed that Bes was somewhere in the room making funny faces.
Bes’ role as demon-queller also extended to driving off mischievous beings that were believed to cause minor misfortune, like tripping people and souring food. Bes was so ugly that even a statue of him would frighten away wicked creatures. Thus, many houses would keep a statue of Bes near the door to guard it.
Worship: Though there are no temples to Bes, and no formal ritual, shrines to him were found in many homes, especially those with children or pregnant women.
Bes (also spelled as Bisu) was an Egyptian deity worshipped in the later periods of dynastic history as a protector of households and in particular mothers and children. In time he would be regarded as the defender of everything good and the enemy of all that is bad. While past studies identified Bes as a Middle Kingdom import from Nubia, some more recent research believes him to be an Egyptian native. Mentions of Bes can be traced to the southern lands of the Old Kingdom; however his cult did not become widespread until well into the New Kingdom.
His name appears to be connected to a Nubian word for “cat” (besa) which literally means “cat”, and indeed, his first appearances have the suggestion of a cat god.
He is also known as a comic dwarf god that brings good luck and happiness to homes.
Modern scholars such as James Romano demonstrated that in its earliest inceptions, Bes was a representation of a lion rearing up on its hind legs.
After the Third Intermediate Period, Bes is often seen as just the head or the face, often worn as amulets. It is theorized that the god Bes came from the Great Lakes Region of Africa, coming from the Twa people (a pygmy group) in Congo or Rwanda. The ancient Twa were about the same height as the depictions of Bes.
Dawn Prince-Hughes lists Bes as fitting with other archetypal long-haired Bigfoot-like ape-man figures from ancient Northern Africa, “a squat, bandy-legged figure depicted with fur about his body, a prominent brow, and short, pug nose.”
Another theory born out by Bes’s role in both the protection of children and women in labour is the theory that Bes is the figure of a miscarried fetus.
Images of the deity were kept in homes and he was depicted quite differently from the other gods. Normally Egyptian gods were shown in profile, but instead Bes appeared in portrait, ithyphallic, and sometimes in a soldier’s tunic, so as to appear ready to launch an attack on any approaching evil.
Bes was a household protector, throughout ancient Egyptian history becoming responsible for such varied tasks as killing snakes, fighting off evil spirits, watching after children, and aiding (by fighting off evil spirits) women in labour (and thus present with Taweret at births).
Since he drove off evil, Bes also came to symbolize the good things in life – music, dance, and sexual pleasure. Later, in the Ptolemaic period of Egyptian history, chambers were constructed, painted with images of Bes and his wife Beset, thought by Egyptologists to have been for the purpose of curing fertility problems or general healing rituals.
Many instances of Bes masks and costumes from the New Kingdom and later have been uncovered. These show considerable wear, thought to be too great for occasional use at festivals, and are therefore thought to have been used by professional performers, or given out for rent.
In the New Kingdom, tattoos of Bes could be found on the thighs of dancers, musicians and servant girls.
Like many Egyptian gods, the worship of Bes was exported overseas, and he, in particular, proved popular with the Phoenicians and the ancient Cypriots.
The cult of Saint Bessus in northern Italy may represent the Christianization of the cult associated with Bes; St. Bessus was also invoked for fertility, and Bessus and Bes are both associated with an ostrich feather in their iconography.