History Characters / Torchwood

10th May '18 2:44:32 PM Scorntex
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--> '''Jack:''' Ya because you're so in love with Rhys, [[YourCheatingHeart you spend half your time in Owen's bed.]]
--> '''Gwen:''' -punches jack in the face.- [[PrecisionFStrike FUCK YOU!!!!]]

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--> '''Jack:''' Ya Yeah, because you're so in love with Rhys, [[YourCheatingHeart you spend half your time in Owen's bed.]]
--> '''Gwen:''' -punches jack ''(punches Jack in the face.- face)'' [[PrecisionFStrike FUCK YOU!!!!]] YOU!]]


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[[folder:Yvonne Hartman]]
!!Yvonne Hartman

->'''Played by:''' Tracy-Ann Olberman (2006 (''Doctor Who''), 2015-present)

The head of Torchwood 1 in the early 21st century, a reasonably benevolent employer who operates by the motto "if it's alien, it's ours". Eventually, her actions allowed the Cybermen to infiltrate Torchwood, resulting in her own assimilation, though it turned out Yvonne's devotion to Queen and Country were stronger than the Cybermen anticipated.

* AdaptationExpansion: The Big Finish audios give her ADayInTheLimelight or two.
* AffablyEvil: Unpleasant though she is, she is at least unfailingly polite to the Doctor, bar a few moments of snark at his expense, even taking the time to ''applaud'' him on arrival.
* BenevolentBoss: Makes a point of knowing her employee's names, and doesn't bat an eyelash when two of them nip off to "double-check the readings".
* FantasticRacism: "We must defend our borders against the alien." Even if said alien is harmlessly just passing by, Hartman's policy is Shoot to Kill on Sight.
* FateWorseThanDeath: She gets her organs scooped out and put in a Cyber-suit, something ''no-one'' deserves.
* MadnessMantra: "I did my duty, for Queen and country. I did my duty, for Queen and country. Oh God..."
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: She imperialist, working for the resurrection of the British Empire. Also, the FantasticRacism.
-->'''Jackie Tyler:''' But there isn't a British Empire.
-->'''Yvonne:''' Not ''yet''.
* ShipperOnDeck: A flashback in the Big Finish range has her telling Ianto to just ask Lisa out already.
* UndyingLoyalty: Her patriotic fervour outweighs Cyber-conditioning.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: The Ghost Shift incident began when she and Torchwood decided to use a NegativeSpaceWedgie as a source of fuel, with the express hope of solving any potential energy problems Britain would ever have. As the Doctor points out, prodding a NSW with a stick is a ''stupid'' idea on any level.
-->'''Doctor:''' "Shall we back off? Shall we play it safe? Nah," you thought. "Let's make it ''bigger!''"

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13th Jan '18 7:15:46 PM Maddoxsort
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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: He's never captured or killed, simply disappearing after Abaddon is released and later defeated.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: He's never captured or killed, simply disappearing after Abaddon is released and later defeated. The ExpandedUniverse establishes that he got away, and the character resurfaces later.
13th Jan '18 7:14:19 PM Maddoxsort
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* YoureNotMyFather: An implied variant. The final reaction she gave Jack [[spoiler:for sending Steven to his death]] was maximum contempt and a clear, palpable feel that she NEVER wanted to see him again.

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* YoureNotMyFather: An implied variant. The final reaction she gave Jack [[spoiler:for sending Steven to his death]] was maximum contempt and a clear, palpable feel impression that she NEVER wanted to see him again.
13th Jan '18 7:13:51 PM Maddoxsort
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* DeadToMe: The final reaction she gave Jack [[spoiler:for sending Steven to his death]] was maximum contempt and a clear, palpable feel that she NEVER wanted to see him again.



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%%* TraumaCongaLine * TraumaCongaLine: She went through repeated abuses during the 456 incident, topped off when [[spoiler:Jack sacrificed her son to overload and destroy the 456, burning him out in the process.]]
* YoureNotMyFather: An implied variant. The final reaction she gave Jack [[spoiler:for sending Steven to his death]] was maximum contempt and a clear, palpable feel that she NEVER wanted to see him again.
13th Jan '18 7:12:03 PM Maddoxsort
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* DeadToMe: The final reaction she gave Jack [[spoiler:for sending Steven to his death]] was maximum contempt and a clear, palpable feel that she NEVER wanted to see him again.
13th Jan '18 7:10:37 PM Maddoxsort
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* ShootTheShaggyDog: She had a miserable existence and had been tortured in isolation at one point. When she had started finding happiness with Torchwood, Jack's brother Grey shot her in the gut and her stomach slowly bled out and Toshiko died in the midst of enduring Owen's death.
28th Dec '17 6:55:10 PM NOYB
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** Also subverted when he [[spoiler:joins in during a riot against the army]] in Children of Earth.

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** Also subverted when he [[spoiler:joins in during a riot against the army]] in Children ''Children of Earth.Earth''.
17th Oct '17 4:44:49 AM Kate
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* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Shortly after being brought back, he attempts to drown himself in Cardiff Bay. After an hour or so of standing hopefully under the water, he comes back out and seems to give up on suicide being possible.
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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: 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.
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%%* BoundAndGagged: In "Escape to LA".

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