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James Ford, better known by the alias "Sawyer" and known to the DHARMA Initiative as Jim LaFleur, is one of the middle section survivors of Oceanic Flight 815. His rural Southern accent, selfishness, machismo, and folksy use of oft-abrasive nicknames belied his sophisticated and tender sides as an avid reader and a caring lover—elements of his personality that became more apparent as he spent more time on the Island. Sawyer's early life was ravaged when his father killed young James's mother and himself, a tragedy the boy blamed on the con artist who seduced and swindled his mother. As a child, James wrote a letter to this con man, whom he knew only as "Mr. Sawyer", hoping to deliver it and its promise of vengeance to him in person one day, and taking on the name as an alias for a series of his own con schemes. On the Island, Sawyer has used his abilities to con people to accomplish various ends, and has hoarded material possessions to leverage power. He escaped from an enslavement by the Others with Kate, and he was in a romantic relationship with her. After finally killing the real Sawyer (revealed to be John Locke's biological father, Anthony Cooper), Sawyer joined Locke and a small number of survivors sheltered in the Barracks, but has since left the faction. Before rescue, Sawyer told Kate to do a favor for him back home, but it's unknown what he asked. He chose to stay behind on the Island, which has since moved and underwent time shifts. After being stuck in a final time shift in 1974, Sawyer became known to the DHARMA Initiative under the alias Jim LaFleur. By the time Jack, Hurley and Kate returned to the Island following the crash of Ajira Airways 316 three years later, he had become Head of Security for the DHARMA Initiative and was romantically involved with Juliet.

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