Eko, much like Locke, has a mystical connection to the island and sees it as the solution to all of his problems; he believes in things firmly without explanation, such as that they “must” push the button even when the evidence suggests it was all an experiment and nothing bad will happen if they cease the countdown. He’s right. He often answers others’ questions with obscure abstract references and phrases meant to provoke them into deeper thought, and he feels a strong need to start a church on the island, for an eventual payback of his brother (“I owe him a church”). Eko doesn’t waver from his intentions; when others attempt to recruit him away from the church, he insists he already has a “purpose” and will keep doing it. His inferior Se is opportunistic but also foolish; he stands up to a local gang of thugs while working undercover as a priest in the parish and winds up getting a woman killed, then kills them all when they attack him a few weeks later. He is not often careful or aware of his environment. He has a universal sense of morality, not an inner sense of ethics; as a child, under duress, he shoots someone at the behest of bad guys. As an adult, for awhile he works as a drug dealer and satisfies his conscience by telling his brother at least they get the drugs out of Nigeria, so their “own kind” are not taking them (but someone else is). He often goes along with Ana Lucia’s plans without complaint, and is a philosophical ponderer at heart, trying to figure out whether the good or the bad of his deeds is enough to shift the balance in his favor in the afterlife. He refuses to repent, out of a sense that “I did nothing wrong.” Eko wants things to make sense, but doesn’t care if the outside evidence contradicts his conclusions.

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Eko is the “strong silent” type – a man of very few words and a strong presence, who gets things done and can be intimidating when he needs to be. Much of the time, he is mild-mannered, but also aware of his authority – he often uses force and aggression to seize control over situations, enforce his brand of “justice,” and rationalize away his actions as being necessary – he kills three men who attempt to kill him and has no remorse for it. He finds the most peace on the island, in merging into it, and sensing what it wants from him – the peace it is driving him toward, away from his former life as a drug dealer and “sometimes” priest. He used to use that as a cover, without remorse for misleading people or killing them, but now seeks atonement.