When we first got to know Sawyer, he wanted everyone to hate him, but being hated is pretty hard when you are the most popular character on the entire Lost island.
During the last few weeks, we’ve been running a poll on who your favorite lostie is, and with over 300 votes, Sawyer is the undisputed champion.
So what is the secret behind Sawyer’s never ending popularity? What makes him stand out from the rest? Is it his good looks, the nicknames? Maybe it’s the fact that he’s the one character who has gotten beat up, shot, stabbed, punched and rejected the most and we all feel sorry for him?
Personally, I think it’s a combination of everything. He is simply a great character. While he is always in the center of the action he is also one of the funniest characters on Lost, often delivering some of the most entertaining jokes and punchlines. Not only that, but he has a very troubled past and is now involved in the main island love drama with Kate so we sympathize and feel for him because he is human and makes mistakes.
It’s easy to go on about character traits and storytelling, but it should be recognized that Josh Holloway plays Sawyer with great talent and truly deserves the praise he gets.
Locke and Jack and Sayid, oh my!
So besides Sawyer, how did the other losties rank?
It didn’t come as a surprise that Locke and Jack are popular, both coming in at above 160 votes. Following close behind them were Sayid and Desmond with 140 and 135 votes respectively.
Hurley and Kate came in at 90 and 86 votes with Charlie following at 41.
Considering that we haven’t seen her much lately it’s not much of a surprise that Claire only got 24 votes, but it was a bit unexpected to see Jin and Sun only getting 17 and 15 votes respectively.
To be fair, it was only possible to vote on one character, and I’m sure most characters are quite popular with the fans so if it had been possible to vote for several favorite characters the results would probably be a bit more even. Nevertheless it was an interesting poll. I had expected Jack or Locke to win so it was fun to see that Sawyer is the favorite.
As for who I voted on, I really like a lot of characters and Sawyer is a great winner, but my vote went to Desmond because it feels like I can relate to him in some way (though I’m really most similar to Jack) and because I think he will prove to be the most important character of the show as things unfold.