Richard Alpert, also called Richardus, is a long-time inhabitant of the Island and holds a form of leadership position with the Others, a group known to the DHARMA Initiative as the "Hostiles." According to Ben, Richard is some sort of "advisor." From his first chronological appearance in 1954 to current events on the Island, Richard perpetually appears to be in his late 30s or early 40s, whether on or off the Island. Only his hairstyle and manner of dress appear to change, and that change seems dependent on the circumstances surrounding him. He has credited Jacob, who like him appears ageless, for this unusual characteristic. In the outside world, he presented himself as a recruiter for Mittelos Bioscience, and helped bring Juliet to the Island in 2001.
Richard Alpert Quotes
|Season 6 / Episode 17: - The End (1)|
Miles Straume: Looks like you got your first gray hair. What are you smiling about?
Richard Alpert: I think I just realized that I want to live.
Miles Straume: It's good timing.
|Season 6 / Episode 9: - Ab Aeterno|
Richard Alpert: There were other people here before me?
Jacob: Yes, many.
Richard Alpert: What happened to them?
Jacob: They're all dead.
Richard Alpert: If you brought them here, why didn't you help them?
Jacob: I wanted them to help themselves. To know the difference between right and wrong without me telling them. It's all useless if I have to make them do anything. Why should I have to step in?
Richard Alpert: If you don't he [referring to the Man in Black] will.
Jacob: [pauses, taken aback] Tell you what, would you like a job?
Richard Alpert: A job? Doing what?
Jacob: If I don't step in, maybe you could. You could be my representative and intermediary to the people I bring to this Island.
Richard Alpert: What would I get in return?
Jacob: You tell me...
Richard Alpert: I want my wife back.
Jacob: I can't do that.
Richard Alpert: Can you absolve me of my sins?
Jacob: I can't do that either.
Richard Alpert: Then I don't want to die... I want to live forever.
Jacob: [smiles, lays a hand on his shoulder] Now that, I can do.
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