Teresa Cortez

Season: 2, Episodes: 2, Faction: N/A


Teresa Cortez is the mother of Ana Lucia Cortez, and was also her boss at the Los Angeles Police Department.

Fertility (Water)

Sun (Fire)




2×08 – Collision


At a later point in her career, Ana Lucia was shot in the line of duty while being on call to a reported burglary, which caused her to have a miscarriage. After a four-month leave of absence, Teresa made the decision to put Ana Lucia back on the force after seeing a counselor (Matthew Reed), even though she didn’t feel that her daughter was ready.


Ana was originally assigned to a desk job working with evidence, but then her mother relented and let her take a “beat” in a calmer area of town with her partner Mike Walton. With a gun back in hand, Ana Lucia was able to seek revenge against the man who had caused her baby’s death. (“Collision”)

2×20 – Two for the Road


Ana quit her job the next day, as Teresa suspected her daughter to be guilty, but wanted to help her anyway. Ana subsequently ran away to Australia as the “body guard” of Christian Shephard. Becoming disgusted with his actions, Ana phoned her mother, telling her that she wanted to return home.


After some words of comfort from her mother, and a tear in her eye, Ana arranged to meet her at LAX, telling her that she would be on Oceanic Flight 815. This was not to be so, however, as after the crash, Ana was shot and killed by Michael. (“Two for the Road”)

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Decoded Family Members & Associated Characters

Ana Lucia Cortez (Daughter)

Ana Lucia's Unborn Child (Granddaughter)

Decoded Season 1 & 2 Characters

Christian Shephard

Mike Walton

Matthew Reed


Detective Raggs

Assistant D.A.

Key Episode(s) to Decoding the Character

2x08 "Collision"

2x20 "Two For The Road"

(Tapsais, Tnaphersais) Tapshay’s name means ‘She who is of fate/destiny’ [shai]; it is also found in the form Tnaphersais [Tanefershay], meaning ‘She who is good for fate/destiny’ and her consort is Tutu. She was unknown until a temple dedicated to her and Tutu was discovered at Kellis in the Dakhla oasis. Included among the finds was an impressive bronze statue of Tapshay in almost perfect condition dating to the second or third century CE. In the statue Tapshay wears the crown with bovine horns, sun disk and two ostrich feathers, the whole set atop a modius. She also wears a small necklace with a round pendant, of a type also depicted on Roman mummy portraits; elsewhere in the temple she is depicted wearing the vulture headdress and the same crown without modius. The Greek inscription on the statue dedicates it “to Tapsais all-victorious <and> to Tithoes [Tutu], the God of Kellis.” This association with victory is also underscored in an inscription from the temple in which Tapshay affirms to the pharaoh (here actually the Roman Emperor Pertinax), “I send your enemies to the slaughtering place.” In addition to Tutu, Tapshay is closely associated at Kellis with Neith. Tapshay bears the titles “Mistress of the Oasis” and “Mistress of the City.”

The nature of the crowns in which Tapshay is depicted suggest queenship, and it has been suggested that this iconographic choice might imply that Tapshay is a deified mortal, the mortal wife and mother of the deified Imhotep being similarly depicted (Kaper and Worp, 115). Tapshay’s possession of certain traits of sovereignty, however, parallels Tutu’s adoption of many traits of ancient pharaonic royal imagery.


Mythological Family Members & Associated Deities

TUTU (Consort)



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