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!!Captain Jack Harkness / Javic Piotr Thane
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->'''Played by:''' Creator/JohnBarrowman (2006–present)

--> ''"Have faith: with a dashing hero like me on the case, how can we fail?"''

Captain Jack Harkness is the man in charge at Torchwood: knowledgeable, [[GoodThingYouCanHeal immortal]], [[EvenTheGuysWantHim absolutely gorgeous]]. Originally introduced in parent show ''Series/DoctorWho'', he revived after dying, and given a spinoff because of aforementioned reasons. At his core, oscillates between TeamDad and ActionHero. We've definitely seen him be the ScienceHero as well, though usually other members of the team (read: [[AsianAndNerdy Tosh]]) have that down.

For tropes from ''Series/DoctorWho'' see [[Characters/DoctorWho the respective character page]]

%%* ActionHero:
* AgeWithoutYouth: Albeit at a much slower rate. This is partially an AuthorsSavingThrow for if/when Barrowman starts to show his age, unlike the actors who work in ''Highlander'' shows.
%%* AndIMustScream: On many different occasions.
%%* AntiHero
* ArtifactAlias: The name of Captain Jack Harkness is an alias that he took from a deceased American volunteer pilot to mix in with UsefulNotes/WW2 era London. He still goes by that title for most of his appearances, well after it serves any purpose. In fact, his true name is never revealed.
** Finally averted in 2017 AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho production ''The Lives of Captain Jack''. After twelve years we finally learned his true name: [[spoiler:Javic Piotr Thane]]
* AwesomeAnachronisticApparel: He always dresses in a 1940s military style, and when forced to wear anything else, he is not happy about it.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: He seems to think so too, stealing it from an RAF pilot and all.
** [[spoiler: His real name, Javic Piotr Thane, isn't too shabby either.]]
* BackFromTheDead: It happens again and again and again... and again...
%%* BadassBookworm
%%* BadassInCharge: For Torchwood-3.
* BadassGay: He's from a future where everyone is omnisexual, so he'll flirt with men, women, aliens, whatever floats his boat. And as for the badass part, he's a former companion of the Doctor, he leads an incarnation of Torchwood, he fights the bad guys and doesn't afraid of anything, to the point where he asks Ianto out on a date while in the middle of a gunfight.
* BadassLongcoat: Of the World War II greatcoat variety.
* BerserkButton: Do NOT touch his Hand-In-A-Jar.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: He can go from dashing and witty to deeply scary and holding a gun in Your face in a matter of seconds.
* BiTheWay: Jack is attracted to men and women and anything in between, as well as non-humanoid aliens. It's stated in Doctor Who that in the 51st century almost every human is bisexual.
* BodyHorror: His body regenerates layer by layer, and pops him back into consciousness as soon as he's able to live again... even if his skin isn't done regenerating yet. He does a lot of screaming at times.
* BreakingSpeech: For a hero, he's frighteningly good at these.
* BrokenAce: As the series progresses, you definitely see that Jack is having trouble dealing with the shitload of angst he's gotten handed with him. He takes [[spoiler: Ianto's death]] especially hard.
* BroughtDownToNormal: In the first episode of ''Miracle Day'', he discovers that while the rest of the world has become TheAgeless, he's now mortal again. [[spoiler:He regains his immortality by the end of ''Miracle Day''.]]
%%* ByronicHero
%%* CainAndAbel: The Abel to Gray's Cain.
%%* TheCaptain
* CampGay: Often puts on this persona when he wants people to underestimate him. And to piss off Rex.
* TheCasanova: He will hit on any girl. Or any guy. Or any''thing'' for that matter. If it has a semblance of a personality, Jack will flirt with it.
* CartrightCurse: Granted, [[spoiler:his immortality means he can't find a lifelong partner anyway]], but as it turns out [[spoiler:they have a habit of dying in messy ways (such as Estelle and Ianto). Alice's mother Lucretia was a rare lucky one, and even she grew to resent Jack for his eternal youth prior to her death of old age.]]
%%* TheCharmer
* ChekovsGun: His aforementioned Hand-In-A-Jar has both saved the universe ''and'' almost doomed it. It allowed The Master to reconfigure the TARDIS into his paradox machine and effectively rule the world for an entire year. But it was also responsible for the [[ItMakesSenseInContext birth of Doctor-Donna and the Ten Clone]] effectively help defeat Davros.
* ChivalrousPervert: Has the occasional flirt with Gwen (and jokingly invites her for a threesome) and has a snog with his ex-boyfriend shortly before he asks his sometime 'dance partner' Ianto on a date. Has been happily married at least once, and is still good friends with his ex-girlfriend from the 1940s, pretending to be his own son. Makes sure to spend quality time with [[spoiler: his daughter and grandson]] and takes responsibility for them. The world is ending (again), he goes on a complete bender, gets smashed drunk, hooks up with a random bartender... and because he happens to be mortal that day (long story), he still [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome insists on using condoms]].
* ColdBloodedTorture: Was the Time Agency's top interrogator for 10 years. Considering other members included John Hart, and he is shown to do this on occasion, this is somewhat chilling.
* CursedWithAwesome: After episode one of ''Miracle Day'', it's clear how lucky he's been with his type of immortality.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Quite a lot of his dark history has come back to bite him in the ass.
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* DeathByOriginStory: He was killed by Daleks on ''Series/DoctorWho'' and was revived and made immortal by a [[PhysicalGod temporarily god-like]] Rose Tyler. Every time he died subsequently, he then returned to life. When we meet him at the start of the series, his death and resurrection happened 138 years ago. His death, abandonment by the Doctor, and immortality, more or less created the Jack we see here.
* DeathIsCheap: Explictly immortal so it's okay.
* EthicalSlut: For the most part, extremely ethical about it, to the point where if someone in a monogamous relationship kisses him, he probably won't kiss back. Jack probably could have seduced Gwen away from Rhys if he had really tried to, but instead he was the one telling her to keep some small measure of normality in her life. Despite his desire for Gwen to have a normal relationship with Rhys, he has cast her longing looks in the series.
* {{Expy}}:
** Comes across as a hybrid of the Doctor and Stuart from Series/QueerAsFolk.
** A BadassLongcoat who is ReallySevenHundredYearsOld that investigates the paranormal with a FiveManBand, which is a more adult {{Spinoff}} of a previous show? [[Series/{{Angel}} Wait, what show are we talking about?]] Just check the main images for ''Series/{{Angel}}''. Creator/RussellTDavies was pretty heavily inspired by Creator/JossWhedon.
* ExtremeOmnisexual: "You people and your quaint little categories...."
%%* GoodIsNotSoft
%%* GoodThingYouCanHeal
%%* HealingFactor
* TheHero: Main good guy, or as close to one ''Torchwood'' gets.
%%* HurtingHero
* IconicItem: His BadassLongcoat.
* ImmortalityHurts: Especially if it's well within reason that he has died '''''over a billion times'''''. He was once buried alive. He suffocated to death and came back every few minutes for ''two thousand years''. That's not the worst that's happened to him.
%%* ImmortalLifeIsCheap
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Jack is well aware of the sexual tension between himself and Gwen. He also goes to many lengths to make sure her relationship with Rhys succeeds.
%%* LanternJawOfJustice
%%* LargeHam: Occasionally.
* TheLeader: The brash type.
* {{Leitmotif}}: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJd5ldQXJdo "Captain Jack's Theme"]], a barnstorming (literally) action theme that also captures Jack's subtle mystique. According to Ben Foster, he wrote the theme around the phrase "here he comes in a ruddy great tractor", as the theme first plays when Jack... drives through a barn in a tractor.
* LimitedWardrobe: Always wears some variation of a blue shirt, dark trousers held up by suspenders, brown boots and an RAF greatcoat. (When it's destroyed, Ianto finds a new one for him within a day ''while the world is ending''.) While there was some variation in earlier series, his outfit goes completely unchanged for the duration of ''Miracle Day''.
* LivingForeverIsAwesome: While dying a lot isn't fun, living a lot provides a lot of opportunities for tail. It also comes in handy in his line of work.
* LoveableSexManiac: According to Ianto, Jack's style in bed is "innovative... bordering on the avant-garde." When he's joined up with ''three Doctors'' (Ten, Doctor-Donna and the Hand Clone), he makes it clear they ''don't'' want to know [[AThreesomeIsHot what he's thinking.]]
* MeanBoss: His management style involves a lot of snapping and shouting at people who question him and he seems to consider explaining his more unpopular decisions to be a completely foreign concept (which is unfortunate, because he's almost always right).
* MrFanservice: He's the character most likely to get naked (which was also {{Lampshaded}} in ''Doctor Who''). Finally gets a proper (and quite magnificent) sex scene in series 4.
* MrViceGuy: You'd think it would be his lust that gets him into trouble, but it's actually his brashness.
* MysteriousPast: Other than his immediate family, birthplace, and former occupation, almost nothing is known about him. What is known normally isn't pretty.
* NoNameGiven: "Jack Harkness" is not his real name, but one he stole from a World War II pilot and has used ever since.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: His CampGay persona.
* OfficerAndAGentleman: Despite being very ''very'' sexually active.
* OffingTheOffspring: More specifically, [[spoiler:Offing the ''Grand''-Offspring]]. Not that he had much of a choice in the matter, though, especially after having crossed the DespairEventHorizon [[spoiler:over Ianto's death previously]].
* OutOfTimeOutOfMind: 1874 years of unending torture didn't seem to bother him too much. It is possible that he simply stayed dead for the duration of it, but it can't be known.
* PapaWolf: Hurt his Team and you are in for a world of pain. The Doctor has mercy. He doesn't. This is best shown on two separate occasions: first when he tricks a StarfishAlien in human form that manipulated Tosh via sex and emotions into teleporting into the heart of the sun, and when his team was captured by cannibals and he performed a BigDamnHeroes with a tractor and a pump action shotgun. A TeamDad for many the same reasons.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Now past the 2000 mark.
%%* ReallyGetsAround
* ResurrectiveImmortality: He can technically die, but only for a short while (in at least one case, for several days) due to a mixture of this and FromASingleCell.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Has seen more pain and destruction than any other good-aligned character in the Franchise/{{Whoniverse}}, except the Doctor and [[HeroOfAnotherStory possibly Rory Williams]]. Becomes even more traumatised after the events of ''Children of Earth''. Manages to weaponise that fact from the get-go in ''Miracle Day'', when he's able to suggest experimenting on the ''horrifyingly'' gruesome victims of Miracle Day's consequences, without being halted by his own emotions.
* TheSlowPath: Has had to wait from 1869 to 2008 for the Doctor to fix his vortex manipulator, and again from 27 AD to 2009 (with many, ''many'' deaths).
* {{Troll}}: Sometimes plays up his CampGay persona just to mess with people. Taken UpToEleven with [[TheComicallySerious Rex]].
%%* TheSpock
%%* TimePolice: Formerly.
%%* TouchedByVorlons
%%* {{UST}}: With Gwen.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Dying a lot and centuries of waiting isn't fun.

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!!Captain Jack Harkness / Javic Piotr Thane
[[quoteright:222:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Captain_Jack_3549.jpg]]
->'''Played by:''' Creator/JohnBarrowman (2006–present)

--> ''"Have faith: with a dashing hero like me on the case, how can we fail?"''

Captain Jack Harkness is the man in charge at Torchwood: knowledgeable, [[GoodThingYouCanHeal immortal]], [[EvenTheGuysWantHim absolutely gorgeous]]. Originally introduced in parent show ''Series/DoctorWho'', he revived after dying, and given a spinoff because of aforementioned reasons. At his core, oscillates between TeamDad and ActionHero. We've definitely seen him be the ScienceHero as well, though usually other members of the team (read: [[AsianAndNerdy Tosh]]) have that down.

For tropes from ''Series/DoctorWho'' see [[Characters/DoctorWho the respective character page]]

%%* ActionHero:
* AgeWithoutYouth: Albeit at a much slower rate. This is partially an AuthorsSavingThrow for if/when Barrowman starts to show his age, unlike the actors who work in ''Highlander'' shows.
%%* AndIMustScream: On many different occasions.
%%* AntiHero
* ArtifactAlias: The name of Captain Jack Harkness is an alias that he took from a deceased American volunteer pilot to mix in with UsefulNotes/WW2 era London. He still goes by that title for most of his appearances, well after it serves any purpose. In fact, his true name is never revealed.
** Finally averted in 2017 AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho production ''The Lives of Captain Jack''. After twelve years we finally learned his true name: [[spoiler:Javic Piotr Thane]]
* AwesomeAnachronisticApparel: He always dresses in a 1940s military style, and when forced to wear anything else, he is not happy about it.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: He seems to think so too, stealing it from an RAF pilot and all.
** [[spoiler: His real name, Javic Piotr Thane, isn't too shabby either.]]
* BackFromTheDead: It happens again and again and again... and again...
%%* BadassBookworm
%%* BadassInCharge: For Torchwood-3.
* BadassGay: He's from a future where everyone is omnisexual, so he'll flirt with men, women, aliens, whatever floats his boat. And as for the badass part, he's a former companion of the Doctor, he leads an incarnation of Torchwood, he fights the bad guys and doesn't afraid of anything, to the point where he asks Ianto out on a date while in the middle of a gunfight.
* BadassLongcoat: Of the World War II greatcoat variety.
* BerserkButton: Do NOT touch his Hand-In-A-Jar.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: He can go from dashing and witty to deeply scary and holding a gun in Your face in a matter of seconds.
* BiTheWay: Jack is attracted to men and women and anything in between, as well as non-humanoid aliens. It's stated in Doctor Who that in the 51st century almost every human is bisexual.
* BodyHorror: His body regenerates layer by layer, and pops him back into consciousness as soon as he's able to live again... even if his skin isn't done regenerating yet. He does a lot of screaming at times.
* BreakingSpeech: For a hero, he's frighteningly good at these.
* BrokenAce: As the series progresses, you definitely see that Jack is having trouble dealing with the shitload of angst he's gotten handed with him. He takes [[spoiler: Ianto's death]] especially hard.
* BroughtDownToNormal: In the first episode of ''Miracle Day'', he discovers that while the rest of the world has become TheAgeless, he's now mortal again. [[spoiler:He regains his immortality by the end of ''Miracle Day''.]]
%%* ByronicHero
%%* CainAndAbel: The Abel to Gray's Cain.
%%* TheCaptain
* CampGay: Often puts on this persona when he wants people to underestimate him. And to piss off Rex.
* TheCasanova: He will hit on any girl. Or any guy. Or any''thing'' for that matter. If it has a semblance of a personality, Jack will flirt with it.
* CartrightCurse: Granted, [[spoiler:his immortality means he can't find a lifelong partner anyway]], but as it turns out [[spoiler:they have a habit of dying in messy ways (such as Estelle and Ianto). Alice's mother Lucretia was a rare lucky one, and even she grew to resent Jack for his eternal youth prior to her death of old age.]]
%%* TheCharmer
* ChekovsGun: His aforementioned Hand-In-A-Jar has both saved the universe ''and'' almost doomed it. It allowed The Master to reconfigure the TARDIS into his paradox machine and effectively rule the world for an entire year. But it was also responsible for the [[ItMakesSenseInContext birth of Doctor-Donna and the Ten Clone]] effectively help defeat Davros.
* ChivalrousPervert:
-->[[Characters/DoctorWhoJackHarkness Has the occasional flirt with Gwen (and jokingly invites her for a threesome) and has a snog with his ex-boyfriend shortly before he asks his sometime 'dance partner' Ianto on a date. Has been happily married at least once, and is still good friends with his ex-girlfriend from the 1940s, pretending to be his own son. Makes sure page]], owing to spend quality time with [[spoiler: his daughter and grandson]] and takes responsibility for them. The world is ending (again), he goes on a complete bender, gets smashed drunk, hooks up with a random bartender... and because he happens to be mortal that day (long story), he still [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome insists on using condoms]].
* ColdBloodedTorture: Was the Time Agency's top interrogator for 10 years. Considering other members included John Hart, and he is shown to do this on occasion, this is somewhat chilling.
* CursedWithAwesome: After episode one of ''Miracle Day'', it's clear how lucky he's been with his type of immortality.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Quite a lot of his dark history has come back to bite him in the ass.
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* DeathByOriginStory: He was killed by Daleks on ''Series/DoctorWho'' and was revived and made immortal by a [[PhysicalGod temporarily god-like]] Rose Tyler. Every time he died subsequently, he then returned to life. When we meet him at the start of the series, his death and resurrection happened 138 years ago. His death, abandonment by the Doctor, and immortality, more or less created the Jack we see here.
* DeathIsCheap: Explictly immortal so it's okay.
* EthicalSlut: For the most part, extremely ethical about it, to the point where if someone in a monogamous relationship kisses him, he probably won't kiss back. Jack probably could have seduced Gwen away from Rhys if he had really tried to, but instead he was the one telling her to keep some small measure of normality in her life. Despite his desire for Gwen to have a normal relationship with Rhys, he has cast her longing looks in the series.
* {{Expy}}:
** Comes across as a hybrid of the Doctor and Stuart from Series/QueerAsFolk.
** A BadassLongcoat who is ReallySevenHundredYearsOld that investigates the paranormal with a FiveManBand, which is a more adult {{Spinoff}} of a previous show? [[Series/{{Angel}} Wait, what show are we talking about?]] Just check the main images for ''Series/{{Angel}}''. Creator/RussellTDavies was pretty heavily inspired by Creator/JossWhedon.
* ExtremeOmnisexual: "You people and your quaint little categories...."
%%* GoodIsNotSoft
%%* GoodThingYouCanHeal
%%* HealingFactor
* TheHero: Main good guy, or as close to one ''Torchwood'' gets.
%%* HurtingHero
* IconicItem: His BadassLongcoat.
* ImmortalityHurts: Especially if it's well within reason that he has died '''''over a billion times'''''. He was once buried alive. He suffocated to death and came back every few minutes for ''two thousand years''. That's not the worst that's happened to him.
%%* ImmortalLifeIsCheap
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Jack is well aware of the sexual tension between himself and Gwen. He also goes to many lengths to make sure her relationship with Rhys succeeds.
%%* LanternJawOfJustice
%%* LargeHam: Occasionally.
* TheLeader: The brash type.
* {{Leitmotif}}: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJd5ldQXJdo "Captain Jack's Theme"]], a barnstorming (literally) action theme that also captures Jack's subtle mystique. According to Ben Foster, he wrote the theme around the phrase "here he comes in a ruddy great tractor", as the theme first plays when Jack... drives through a barn in a tractor.
* LimitedWardrobe: Always wears some variation of a blue shirt, dark trousers held up by suspenders, brown boots and an RAF greatcoat. (When it's destroyed, Ianto finds a new one for him within a day ''while the world is ending''.) While there was some variation in earlier series, his outfit goes completely unchanged for the duration of ''Miracle Day''.
* LivingForeverIsAwesome: While dying a lot isn't fun, living a lot provides a lot of opportunities for tail. It also comes in handy in his line of work.
* LoveableSexManiac: According to Ianto, Jack's style in bed is "innovative... bordering
impact on the avant-garde." When he's joined up with ''three Doctors'' (Ten, Doctor-Donna and the Hand Clone), he makes it clear they ''don't'' want to know [[AThreesomeIsHot what he's thinking.]]
* MeanBoss: His management style involves a lot of snapping and shouting at people who question him and he seems to consider explaining his more unpopular decisions to be a completely foreign concept (which is unfortunate, because he's almost always right).
* MrFanservice: He's the character most likely to get naked (which was also {{Lampshaded}} in ''Doctor Who''). Finally gets a proper (and quite magnificent) sex scene in series 4.
* MrViceGuy: You'd think it would be his lust that gets him into trouble, but it's actually his brashness.
* MysteriousPast: Other than his immediate family, birthplace, and former occupation, almost nothing is known about him. What is known normally isn't pretty.
* NoNameGiven: "Jack Harkness" is not his real name, but one he stole from a World War II pilot and has used ever since.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: His CampGay persona.
* OfficerAndAGentleman: Despite being very ''very'' sexually active.
* OffingTheOffspring: More specifically, [[spoiler:Offing the ''Grand''-Offspring]]. Not that he had much of a choice in the matter, though, especially after having crossed the DespairEventHorizon [[spoiler:over Ianto's death previously]].
* OutOfTimeOutOfMind: 1874 years of unending torture didn't seem to bother him too much. It is possible that he simply stayed dead for the duration of it, but it can't be known.
* PapaWolf: Hurt his Team and you are in for a world of pain. The Doctor has mercy. He doesn't. This is best shown on two separate occasions: first when he tricks a StarfishAlien in human form that manipulated Tosh via sex and emotions into teleporting into the heart of the sun, and when his team was captured by cannibals and he performed a BigDamnHeroes with a tractor and a pump action shotgun. A TeamDad for many the same reasons.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Now past the 2000 mark.
%%* ReallyGetsAround
* ResurrectiveImmortality: He can technically die, but only for a short while (in at least one case, for several days) due to a mixture of this and FromASingleCell.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Has seen more pain and destruction than any other good-aligned character in the Franchise/{{Whoniverse}}, except the Doctor and [[HeroOfAnotherStory possibly Rory Williams]]. Becomes even more traumatised after the events of ''Children of Earth''. Manages to weaponise that fact from the get-go in ''Miracle Day'', when he's able to suggest experimenting on the ''horrifyingly'' gruesome victims of Miracle Day's consequences, without being halted by his own emotions.
* TheSlowPath: Has had to wait from 1869 to 2008 for the Doctor to fix his vortex manipulator, and again from 27 AD to 2009 (with many, ''many'' deaths).
* {{Troll}}: Sometimes plays up his CampGay persona just to mess with people. Taken UpToEleven with [[TheComicallySerious Rex]].
%%* TheSpock
%%* TimePolice: Formerly.
%%* TouchedByVorlons
%%* {{UST}}: With Gwen.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Dying a lot and centuries of waiting isn't fun.
wider franchise.



%%* BoundAndGagged: In "Escape to LA".

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%%* * BoundAndGagged: In "Escape to LA".
28th Aug '17 4:02:32 PM moloch
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* AncientAstronauts: Implied to be an early colinizer of earth.

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* AncientAstronauts: Implied to be an a very early colinizer of earth.arrival on Earth.
28th Aug '17 3:57:56 PM moloch
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->'''Played by:''' Murray Melvin (2007)

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->'''Played by:''' Murray Melvin (2007)
(2007, 2017)



* LongBusTrip: It took fully ten years for him to show up again, in Series 5, "Aliens Among Us".



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: He's never captured or killed, simply disappearing after Abaddon is released and later defeated. As such, it's very likely that he's still out there and biding his time in another time period.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: He's never captured or killed, simply disappearing after Abaddon is released and later defeated. As such, it's very likely that he's still out there and biding his time in another time period.
9th Aug '17 4:36:09 PM DarkPhoenix94
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Oh, Owen. Torchwood's resident DrJerk [[CombatMedic medical officer]], Owen likes [[INeedAFreakingDrink alcohol]], [[AnythingThatMoves sex]], and being [[BrilliantButLazy shockingly intelligent on occasion]]. Has a ''very'' nasty EstablishingCharacterMoment in his first episode when he uses an alien pheromone spray on himself to date rape both a random woman and her boyfriend. From that point on, though, he goes through absolute emotional hell about once every three episodes, and gradually becomes a much more agreeable, likeable person. Incredibly TroubledButCute ("[[EmotionalTorque I'M]] [[CaptainObvious BROKEN]], TOSH!"). Also functions as TheLancer. Is also the only member of Torchwood Three to never have met the Doctor.

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Oh, Owen. Torchwood's resident DrJerk [[CombatMedic medical officer]], Owen likes [[INeedAFreakingDrink alcohol]], [[AnythingThatMoves sex]], and being [[BrilliantButLazy shockingly intelligent on occasion]]. Has a ''very'' nasty EstablishingCharacterMoment in his first episode when he uses an alien pheromone spray on himself to date rape both a random woman and her boyfriend. From that point on, though, he goes through absolute emotional hell about once every three episodes, episodes (possibly as a form of karma), and gradually becomes a much more agreeable, likeable person. Incredibly Deeply TroubledButCute ("[[EmotionalTorque I'M]] [[CaptainObvious BROKEN]], TOSH!"). Also functions as TheLancer. Is also the only member of Torchwood Three to never have met the Doctor.



%%* BadassNormal
* BiTheWay: Hypnotizes a woman using alien pheremones in his first appearance, until her boyfriend shows up... at which point he promptly hypnotizes him too.
* BreakTheCutie: Starts the series completely broken, with no sign of "cutie" left. Gradually works his way back up, only to be broken over and over again. Eventually, we catch a glimpse of what he was like ''before'' Torchwood, and it turns out that he was a genuine cutie indeed. (In fact, Adam's interpretation of him wasn't even that far off.)

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%%* BadassNormal
* BadassNormal: Prior to [[spoiler: dying]], he's a fair hand in a fight.
* BiTheWay: Hypnotizes a woman using alien pheremones pheromones in his first appearance, until her boyfriend shows up... at which point he promptly hypnotizes him too.
** In a less horrifying example, when the world seems like it's about to end he bluntly propositions Ianto and Tosh. The latter just stares while Ianto, who's also BiTheWay, snarks, "Just when I thought that the end of the world couldn't get any worse."
* BreakTheCutie: Starts the series completely broken, with no sign of "cutie" left. Gradually works his way back up, only to be broken over and over again. Eventually, we catch a glimpse of what he was like ''before'' Torchwood, and it turns out that he was a genuine cutie indeed.indeed - the process leading up to his joining was an epic TraumaCongaLine. (In fact, Adam's interpretation of him wasn't even that far off.)



* CharacterDevelopment: Owen's introduction was date rape -- he used alien pheromones to make two people uncontrollably attracted to him. Two episodes later, he gets to experience the feelings of a woman being raped and murdered through a telepathic artefact, and promptly performs a complete HeelFaceTurn on the issue. In the episode "Out of Time", he actually falls in love with someone, is dumped days later, and as a result (and after a period of violent mourning) generally becomes a nicer person.



* {{Jerkass}}: A ''deeply'' unpleasant man. His EstablishingCharacterMoment where he attempts to gang-rape a group via an alien-pheromone pretty much sums it up. Even after undergoing some much needed CharacterDevelopment, he's still a bit too mean-spirited and cruel to count as a JerkWithAHeartOfGold. His few redeeming qualities however are worth having him around: The fact that he's damn good at his job; his fierce loyalty to the team; the fact that he ''knows'' that he's a very shitty person gives him some sense of self-control.

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* {{Jerkass}}: A ''deeply'' unpleasant man. His EstablishingCharacterMoment where he attempts to gang-rape a group via an alien-pheromone pretty much sums it up. Even after undergoing some much needed CharacterDevelopment, he's still a bit too mean-spirited and cruel to count as a JerkWithAHeartOfGold. His few redeeming qualities however are worth having him around: The fact that he's damn good at his job; his fierce loyalty to the team; the fact that he ''knows'' that he's a very shitty person gives him some sense of self-control.person, doesn't pretend otherwise, and generally has the decency to remain at an emotional distance.



%%* KavorkaMan

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%%* KavorkaMan* KavorkaMan: While naturally a subjective trope, he's very successful with women despite not being classically handsome, or even particularly charming.



%%* OnlyMostlyDead: From mid-series 2.
* OurLichesAreDifferent / OurZombiesAreDifferent: Take you pick as to which he is. He becomes either a [[spoiler: non-magical lich or a revenant zombie. Seems to be closer to lichdom than zombiedom as his mind is about as unaffected as it can be after coming back from the dead.]]
* PetTheDog: Owen's introduction was date rape -- he used alien pheromones to make two people uncontrollably attracted to him. Two episodes later, he gets to experience the feelings of a woman being raped through telepathy, and promptly does a complete HeelFaceTurn on the issue. In the episode "Out of Time", he actually falls in love with someone, is dumped days later, and as a result (and after a period of violent mourning) generally becomes a nicer person.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: His first episode saw him committing date rape on two people. Just a few episodes later, he got to experience rape from the ''other'' side through a telepathy gizmo, which gave him rather a lot to think about.

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%%* * OnlyMostlyDead: From mid-series 2.
2, when he's a suicidal zombie.
* OurLichesAreDifferent / OurZombiesAreDifferent: OurLichesAreDifferent[=/=]OurZombiesAreDifferent: Take you pick as to which he is. He becomes either a [[spoiler: non-magical lich or a revenant zombie. Seems to be closer to lichdom than zombiedom as his mind is about as unaffected as it can be after coming back from the dead.]]
* PetTheDog: Owen's introduction was date rape -- he used alien pheromones to make two people uncontrollably attracted to him. Two episodes later, he gets to experience the feelings of a woman being raped through telepathy, and promptly does a complete HeelFaceTurn on the issue. In the episode "Out of Time", he actually falls in love with someone, is dumped days later, and as a result (and after a period of violent mourning) generally becomes a nicer person.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: His first episode saw him committing date rape on raping two people. Just a few episodes later, he got to experience rape from the ''other'' side through a telepathy gizmo, which gave him rather a lot to think about.



%%* SirSwearsALot
%%* TheSnarkKnight
* TokenEvilTeammate: Starts out as this in series 1 -- first by raping two people in the very first episode, then by starting an affair with Gwen, who's in a monogamous relationship and uses him to cheat on Rhys. The first series has him slowly working his way towards a HeelFaceTurn, an arc that properly kicks into gear in series 2.

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%%* SirSwearsALot
%%* TheSnarkKnight
* SirSwearsALot: He's particularly foul-mouthed, even by Torchwood standards.
* TheSnarkKnight: He's the snarkiest in the cast, in a dark sort of way.
* TokenEvilTeammate: Starts out as this in series 1 -- first by raping date-raping two people in the very first episode, then by starting an affair with Gwen, who's in a monogamous relationship and uses him to cheat on Rhys.Rhys (though it does take two to tango on that one). The first series has him slowly working his way towards a HeelFaceTurn, an arc that properly kicks into gear in series 2.



* TraumaCongaLine: Gets a new trauma every couple of episodes. Starts out broken, breaks more throughout series 1 and eventually [[spoiler: kills Jack]]. Breaks again in series 2 and becomes [[spoiler: a suicidal zombie]].

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* TraumaCongaLine: Gets a new trauma every couple of episodes.episodes, possibly as recompense for his horrific EstablishingCharacterMoment. Starts out broken, breaks more throughout series 1 and eventually [[spoiler: kills Jack]]. Breaks again in series 2 and becomes [[spoiler: a suicidal zombie]].zombie]].
** Season 2 reveals that he underwent a fairly horrific one before he joined Torchwood; he was originally a sweet, lovely and caring young doctor who was deeply in love with his fiancée. Then, she seemed to develop some kind of debilitating motor-neurone disease. After that, there was a HopeSpot when it appeared to be an operable brain tumour... then it turned out that it was an alien parasite that released chemicals that killed Owen's fiancée and the entire operating team (the lead surgeon being a friend of Owen's), and to add insult to injury, Jack stepped in to steal the body and the brain, knocking out Owen when he tried to stop him. Owen then spent everything he had trying to track Jack down and demand his fiancée's body back and just what the parasite was, while Jack's vanishing trick and Retcon making it look like he was mad, until Jack finally confronted him. No wonder he's such a miserable bastard when we first meet him.
2nd Aug '17 7:07:24 PM DarkPhoenix94
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* VillainousBSOD: Jack reappearing, alive and well, after Hart drop kicked off a building onto a park bench leaves him in utter shock.

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* VillainousBSOD: Jack reappearing, alive and well, after Hart drop kicked him off a building onto building, leaving him splayed over a park bench leaves him in utter shock.



** Peter Capaldi went on to play none other than the '''Twelfth Doctor'''. "The Girl Who Died" explains that when he regenerated into this form, the Doctor subconciously chose to have Caecilius' face as a reminder of his duty to save anyone he can no matter what. Moffat later elaborated at the 2015 Doctor Who Festival that the tragic fate of Frobisher also factored into the Doctor's choice -- just because Time and Space fight back against the Doctor's efforts to save others doesn't mean he should give it up -- but they couldn't fit that detail into the episode.

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** Peter Capaldi went on to play none other than the '''Twelfth Doctor'''. "The Girl Who Died" explains that when he regenerated into this form, the Doctor subconciously subconsciously chose to have Caecilius' face as a reminder of his duty to save anyone he can no matter what. Moffat later elaborated at the 2015 Doctor Who Festival that the tragic fate of Frobisher also factored into the Doctor's choice -- just because Time and Space fight back against the Doctor's efforts to save others doesn't mean he should give it up -- but they couldn't fit that detail into the episode.
2nd Aug '17 7:06:36 PM DarkPhoenix94
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Jack's former boyfriend of five years, also from the 51st century. A member of the Time Police, and -- like Jack used to be before meeting the Doctor -- a bit of a con man. Has a flair for the dramatic and wears cowboy gear for no discernable reason. Also shares Jack's love for standing on top of buildings.

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Jack's former boyfriend of five years, also from the 51st century. A member of the Time Police, and -- like Jack used to be before meeting the Doctor -- a bit of a con man. Has a flair for the dramatic and wears cowboy gear for no discernable reason.discernible reason beyond RuleOfCool. Also shares Jack's love for standing on top of buildings. \n

* AffablyEvil: Walks the line between this and FauxAffablyEvil. He's generally quite friendly, in a snarky, totally inappropriate sort of way. However, you take your eye off him at your own risk, because he is totally amoral (if not without [[EvenEvilHasStandards standards]]) and ''will'' stab you in the back.



* BadassGay: More like Badass Omnisexual, but the effect is the same.

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* BadassGay: More like Badass Omnisexual, but the effect is the same. He is incredibly dangerous.



* TheDragon: [[spoiler:To Gray, not through any will of his own, though.]]
* ExtremeOmnisexual: Once eyed a ''poodle''.
* EvilCounterpart: Of Jack himself, right down to his incredibly anachronistic wardrobe, being a rogue ex-Time Agent and his chosen name being an alias, that he adopted simply to parody Jack's own.

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* DeadpanSnarker: In pretty much every spare moment.
* TheDragon: [[spoiler:To Gray, not Gray. Not through any will choice of his own, though.]]
* ExtremeOmnisexual: Once eyed a ''poodle''.
''poodle''. However, his opening scene does indicate that he has some kind of tastes, at least as far as humans are concerned, picking out the people he was attracted to.
* EvilCounterpart: Of Jack himself, right down to his incredibly anachronistic wardrobe, being a charming omnisexual rogue ex-Time Agent and his chosen name being an alias, that he adopted simply to parody Jack's own.



%%* FauxAffablyEvil



%%* KatanasAreJustBetter

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%%* KatanasAreJustBetter* KatanasAreJustBetter: Has one on his belt, though he doesn't use it, preferring pistols and poisons, probably wearing it to invoke this trope.



%%* NewOldFlame
* PetTheDog: In the finale, he's shown to still love Jack and have some sense of honor. He's still amoral but not genuinely evil as he first appeared to be.

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%%* NewOldFlame
* NewOldFlame: Jack's ex, who pops up out of nowhere. Then again, Jack is an immortal time traveller who ReallyGetsAround, and extremely secretive at the best of times.
* PetTheDog: In the finale, he's shown to still love Jack and have some sense of honor.honour. He's still amoral but not genuinely evil as he first appeared to be.


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* RedOniBlueOni: The Red Oni to Jack's Blue, being impulsive, easily bored, and willing to cause mayhem for his own amusement - though on his second appearance, he's not actually [[spoiler: blowing up Cardiff]] for his own amusement, he genuinely has no choice in it.


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* VillainousBSOD: Jack reappearing, alive and well, after Hart drop kicked off a building onto a park bench leaves him in utter shock.
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** He also [[spoiler:joins in during a riot against the army]] in Children of Earth.

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** He also Also subverted when he [[spoiler:joins in during a riot against the army]] in Children of Earth.
27th Jul '17 2:39:29 AM EdibleSamurai
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** He also [[spoiler:joins in during a riot against the army]] in Children of Earth.
2nd Jul '17 8:52:52 AM RoninMacbeth
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** [[spoiler: His real name, Javic Piotr Thane, isn't too shabby either.]]
12th Jun '17 5:03:05 PM Eagal
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!!Captain Jack Harkness (True name: [[spoiler:Javic Piotr Thane]])

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!!Captain Jack Harkness (True name: [[spoiler:Javic / Javic Piotr Thane]])Thane



* [[BadassGay Badass Omnisexual]]: To the point where he asks Ianto out on a date while in the middle of a gunfight.

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* [[BadassGay Badass Omnisexual]]: To BadassGay: He's from a future where everyone is omnisexual, so he'll flirt with men, women, aliens, whatever floats his boat. And as for the badass part, he's a former companion of the Doctor, he leads an incarnation of Torchwood, he fights the bad guys and doesn't afraid of anything, to the point where he asks Ianto out on a date while in the middle of a gunfight.



* BerserkButton:
** Hurting any of his team.
** Do NOT touch his Hand-In-A-Jar.
** His [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope jump off the slippery slope]] at the end of Children of Earth is implied to be a result of [[spoiler:[[DespairEventHorizon Ianto's death]]]], culminating in Jack [[spoiler:[[ThisIsUnforgivable sacrificing his own grandson.]]]]

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* BerserkButton:
** Hurting any of his team.
**
BerserkButton: Do NOT touch his Hand-In-A-Jar.
** His [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope jump off the slippery slope]] at the end of Children of Earth is implied to be a result of [[spoiler:[[DespairEventHorizon Ianto's death]]]], culminating in Jack [[spoiler:[[ThisIsUnforgivable sacrificing his own grandson.]]]]
Hand-In-A-Jar.
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