Season: 1–4 & 6, Episodes: 72, Faction: Survivors/MIB
Claire Littleton was one of the middle section survivors of Oceanic Flight 815. When she was seventeen, Claire was involved in a car crash which caused her mother to fall into a coma for five years. The accident in turn led her to meet her biological father for the first time since he left her and her mother when Claire was younger. Claire later became pregnant and, with some coaxing from a psychic, decided to fly to LA to give the baby up for adoption, putting her on the fated flight.
During her time on the Island, she entered into an inconsistent relationship with fellow survivor Charlie Pace. She was kidnapped by one of the Others, Ethan Rom, and taken to their camp where she was drugged and tested because of her pregnancy. After escaping, Claire suffered amnesia but found comfort in Charlie and her memory eventually returned. She later gave birth to her son, Aaron Littleton, and did her best to take care of him despite being a reluctant mother. Her relationship with Charlie grew stronger after he rescued Aaron from Danielle Rousseau, but when Claire learned of Charlie’s past with drugs and witnessed his erratic behavior, she became reluctant to let him into her and Aaron’s life. Later, when Aaron became sick, Claire, worried it was a side effect of what the Others did to her, traveled to the Staff to look for medicine. The station triggered memories of her capture. She eventually forgave Charlie after she learned of Desmond’s visions of Charlie’s death, and told him she wouldn’t give up on him. When Charlie sacrificed himself to save the other survivors, Claire heeded his warning about the people on the freighter not being who they said they were and joined Locke’s group during the split.
During Keamy’s attack on the Barracks, her house was destroyed, but strangely Claire was unharmed. When the Monster attacked the mercenaries, she went with Aaron, Sawyer and Miles into the jungle. On the way to the beach camp, she saw her dead father, followed him into the jungle and disappeared, leaving Aaron behind. She was then seen with “Christian” in Jacob’s cabin by Locke. She appeared eerily calm and did not inquire about Aaron. Three years later she reappeared, saving Jin, who was being attacked by the Others. According to Dogen she has been “infected” beyond redemption. She attempted to kill Kate, but was stopped by the Man in Black, who she has been residing with for the past 3 years. She left his side after Kate promised to get her home to Aaron, but was reunited with him after the debacle on Widmore’s Sub. She went against him again when she realized he intended to kill all her friends to leave the Island. Claire finally escaped the Island on the Ajira plane, along with Kate, Sawyer, Frank, Richard and Miles.
In the flash-sideways, she was reunited with her deceased lover, Charlie Pace after giving birth to Aaron, and along with their friends, they moved on.
3×03 – Further Instructions
After reconciling, Charlie moved back to Claire’s tent and they continued to grow close. Whilst doing laundry at the beach, Claire saw Locke and Charlie dragging the unconscious Eko through the camp. She questioned Hurley, when he seemed uncertain of Jack’s whereabouts. Claire also asked Locke of Sun, Jin and Sayid, however he didn’t know but he promised to look for them if they didn’t return. After this she brought the first aid kit to Locke. (“Further Instructions”)
3×04 – Every Man for Himself
The next day, whilst she wrote through her journal, Desmond told Claire there was something wrong with her roof and he would fix it if she would move down the beach. She opted to stay where she was, but thanked him nonetheless, however Charlie interrupted and told him if there was a problem with the roof he would fix it. Desmond left them and started to construct a lightning rod next to her shelter. The other survivors looked on, perplexed, until the structure diverted a bolt of lightning away from Claire’s tent, shocking both her and Charlie. (“Every Man for Himself”)
3×08 – Flashes Before Your Eyes
During her regular swim, Claire got caught in an undertow and was beginning to drown. She called for help and eventually Desmond ran into the ocean, he rescued Claire and brought her ashore. Desmond resuscitated her as the rest of the camp looked on. Later, she approached Desmond on the beach and noticed the photograph of him and Penny. She commented on how beautiful she was and thanked Desmond for saving her. Charlie confronted Desmond about his continual rescuing of Claire, but Desmond revealed it was actually Charlie he had saved, not Claire. (“Flashes Before Your Eyes”)
3×10 – Tricia Tanaka Is Dead
A few days later, Claire listened as Charlie recounted his adventure with the DHARMA van. It seemed as though Charlie was no longer obsessing about his imminent death, and the two seemed to have a good time. (“Tricia Tanaka Is Dead”)
3×12 – Par Avion
One morning, Charlie arranged a picnic for Claire at the beach, but Desmond interrupted to take Charlie boar hunting. Claire, after seeing a flock of migratory birds, ran off excited, saying she knew how to get off the island. She enlisted the help of Sun and Jin and Claire told them her plan to capture one of the gulls and attach a message to it. Desmond stopped Charlie from participating, which caused an argument between Charlie and Claire. While preparing fish, Sun and Claire discussed their parents. In particular their mothers expectations. After preparing fish with Sun, they finished the trap and waited for the birds. Eventually a lone gull wandered into the trap, however Desmond’s gunshot scared the bird away. Frustrated, Claire demanded to know why Desmond and Charlie were against her idea. When they refused to talk, Claire took matters into her own hands.
Claire followed Desmond to a rocky coastline. She witnessed him pick up the gull effortlessly. Claire then confronted Desmond and asked him why he was trying to hinder her efforts. Desmond came clean and described his visions, in which Charlie died trying to get one of the birds, shocking Claire significantly. He later caught one for her himself. Claire returned back to camp and composed a heartfelt note, with Charlie, for the outside world. She told Charlie she knew about Desmond’s visions and that she hadn’t given up on him. They released the seagull with the note attached and watched it rejoin its flock. (“Par Avion”)
3×15 – Left Behind
When Sawyer wanted to make amends and fit in with the rest of the survivors, his main target was to befriend Claire and gain her trust, as Hurley stated that Claire was very influential among the rest of the survivors. She was surprised but appreciative when Sawyer gave Aaron a blanket and complimented him on his lack of wrinkles. The next day, during the feast, Sawyer brought Claire some food and she eventually let Sawyer hold the baby. (“Left Behind”)
3×16 – One of Us
The next day, Claire began to feel deeply ill. Charlie, who at the time was across the camp, heard Aaron crying and rushed to Claire’s tent, where he found her passed out cold. He comforted Aaron, then tended to Claire. He told her to try to get some more rest, in the hope that whatever was wrong would burn itself out. Later she woke up and went over to the dining area, where Sawyer gave Claire some aspirin, for her headache. She then witnesses Jack arrive back with Kate, Sayid and Juliet. Claire slept for several hours before stumbling into the camp’s meeting later that night. Charlie saw she was clearly not well and tried to convince her to go back to bed, but she collapsed in his arms. He was trying to revive her when she coughed up blood.
Jack and Charlie brought Claire back to her shelter, and Juliet stated that she was the one who had made Claire sick, saying that a device had been placed in Claire when she was taken by the Others to the Staff station. Juliet explained that if Claire never had the implant, she would’ve died. She also explained where medical supplies were and if she had them, she could save Claire. Jack then sent to Juliet retrieved supplies and she supposedly nursed Claire back to health. However, Claire’s illness was actually caused by Ben’s activation of an implant that Ethan had previously put in Claire. Ben activated it so that Juliet would gain the trust of the survivors when she cured her. The plan worked as Claire awoke the following morning with Charlie holding her hand, fully recovered from her illness, and therefore allowing Juliet to gain the trust of the Beach camp. (“One of Us”)
3×21 – Greatest Hits
When Claire found out Charlie had volunteered to swim down into an underwater hatch, she was upset he didn’t tell her himself. She expressed her worries that it was dangerous, but he assured her that he would be fine and would be back to her soon.
He said he just didn’t want her to worry about him, then kissed her goodbye. As Charlie then said an emotional goodbye with Aaron, Claire looked on, clearly upset. However, she was unaware that he left his ring in Aaron’s crib, and had left her a heartfelt note with Desmond detailing how meeting her was the greatest moment of his life. (“Greatest Hits”)
Claire left with the rest of the survivors to go to the radio tower. Aaron began to cry just before Naomi told Claire that Charlie had been successful in shutting down the jamming signal at the Looking Glass, to which Claire was obviously thrilled about. After Ben’s capture, Hurley radioed Jack and told him Sayid, Jin and Bernard were alive, and hearing this, Claire approached Jack, asking for the radio to talk to Charlie, but Hurley said that he wasn’t back yet, and not to worry. Hurley said he was sure Charlie would be back soon and Claire’s fears were calmed. Jack called Naomi’s boat and Claire happily awaited rescue with the other survivors. (“Through the Looking Glass, Part 2”)