Fictional Characters (Circa 1912)
Rose DeWitt Bukater
Played by Kate Winslet (1912) and Gloria Stuart (1996).
- Action Survivor: She's about as physically competent as someone you'd expect to have lived a pampered life. She manages to save Jack's life with a fire ax out of sheer luck, but saves him nonetheless.
- Age Cut: The plot is about her as an old lady reflecting on her time aboard the doomed ship. The movie is a series of flashbacks of her 17-year-old self.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Does this to her mother during the sinking.
- Cool Old Lady: Grows into one.
- Deadpan Snarker: Oh stop it mother. Youll give yourself a nose bleed towards Ruth who forbids her daughter from seeing Jack again.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Is this to Jack as she gradually discovers his depths and talents.
- Driven to Suicide: Subverted. Tries to kill herself but was talked down by Jack.
- Exact Words: After she survives the Titanic, she went on to do the thing she and Jack said they'd do together.
- Fiery Redhead: Rose is a pistol even when she's being polite. At lunch she tells Mr. Ismay that Dr. Freud's ideas about the male preoccupation with size might be of particular interest to him. When Cal tries to stop her from going to Jack she tells him that she's rather be Jack's whore than Cal's wife and spits in Cal's face. She has curly red hair.
- Going Down with the Ship: Literally; the last part of the climax has her and Jack riding the stern down in the final plunge.
- The Heroine: The protagonist of the film and it happens to be her coming of age story.
- Her Heart Will Go On: Trope Confider. After surviving the shipwreck, Rose sets out on her own, without any money to her name (save Cal's diamond, which she never spends out of principle), without any friends or family, while facing potential trauma from witnessing 1,500 people die, including her love. But she keeps her promise to Jack and makes the most of her newfound freedom, savoring her ability to choose her own path without her abusive family controlling her, and makes a good life for herself in time. Rose DeWitt Butaker is nothing if not a survivor.
- Hidden Depths: One of the main themes of the movie, and what Jack brings out in her.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Old Rose says "Wasn't I a dish?" after looking at the old nude drawing of herself.
- MacGuffin: The Heart of the Ocean necklace, which finds its way into her possession during her stay on the Titanic. It is worth a fortune, and sought after by treasure hunter Brock Lovett, leading to his encounter with elderly Rose.
- Ms. Fanservice: The outfits and corset sheath a curvy figure that she soon bares for Jack. She was quite a dish.
- Nice Girl: After warming up to Jack after he rescues her, she's very much compassionate, willing to go to great lengths to help anyone in trouble regardless of their class status and prefers living a simple lifestyle.
- Nice to the Waiter: Treats her maids and the servants on the ship very politely, as opposed to her mother, who behaves as though they don't exist. She even offers to help her maid, Trudy, clean up after Cal throws a fit of rage, and flips the table.
- Of Corset Hurts: She is not at all pleased while her mother tightens up her corset. This is metaphorical of Rose being strangled by her mother's control.
- Rebellious Princess: Rose is far too difficult to impress because of the high society she comes from. Her fiance even tells her that they are royalty. Despite this she feels that the Titanic is a slave ship taking her back to America in chains. She would rather kill herself than continue the life she feels forced to live. She does learn to express this and break away.
- Second Love: Some time after the sinking of the Titanic, she was able to start over and formed a family with another man, as well as having children as a promise to Jack. She tells her granddaughter she hasn't told her granfather about herself and possibly the Titanic.
- Spirited Young Lady: Quite snarky, and rebellious against upper class society. Becomes full-blown after meeting Jack.
- Spiteful Spit: To Cal during the sinking.
- Spoiled Sweet: Unlike her mother, Rose is friendly, humble and compassionate towards the lower-class passengers who genuinely loves Jack and is willing to leave her wealthy lifestyle behind for a new life.
- Start My Own: Some time after severing ties with her mother and Cal for good, she managed to make full use of her life such as being a pilot and horseback riding, and finally settling down.
- Together in Death: With Jack, if that's how you see it.
- Took a Level in Badass: Starts off with little more than sass and angst, but grows into a courageous, assertive woman who defies authority and danger to do what her heart chooses.
- The Tragic Rose: Screaming on the inside due to upper-class society around her, would rather kill herself than become the Proper Lady her mother expects her to be, was on the Titanic and witness to its sinking, and lost her true love to hypothermia after said sinking. You think?!
- Tsundere: Towards Jack, at first.
- Uptown Girl: Hails from a rich family, but falls for the poor Jack Dawson.
- White Sheep: Unlike her mother, she treats her maids with respect, and she hates her rich life due to the rich jerkasses for company and the stress it's giving her. She falls hard for the poor Jack, and wants to be with him, even if it means a life of financial struggles. She calls out on her mother on her self-absorbed attitude to the ship sinking with a Big "SHUT UP!". After she survives the sinking of Titanic, she pursues a simple lifestyle, partly because the family thought her dead, even if it was no big loss on her.
Played by Leonardo DiCaprio.
- Bourgeois Bohemian: Despite being homeless, he had manage to finance himself during his travels by drawing clients at a dime a piece and his skills really show.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Saves Rose, a complete stranger from committing suicide, and tries to save several more while on the Titanic.
- Cultured Badass: He's into painting, tap dancing, and manages to outlast most others through sheer force of will on a sinking ship.
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially in his first interactions with Rose.Ruth: Tell us of the accommodations in steerage, Mr. Dawson. I hear they are quite good on this ship.Jack: The best I've seen, ma'am. Hardly any rats.
- Deuteragonist: Rose is the focal character the story revolves around, but part of the story is also dedicated to showing Jack's struggle against social hierarchy.
- Determinator: Does everything in his power to make sure Rose survives.
- The Drifter: He prizes freedom, and often travels from place to place working for a while, but eventually moving on.
- Face Death with Dignity: Pretty impressive seeing as he was freezing to death with people dying all around him.
- Famous Last Words: A bit of a speech actually.
- Friend to All Children: Shown with his attitude towards Cora; later, he and Rose stop to save a boy while the ship is flooding.
- Going Down with the Ship: Literally; he and Rose ride the stern down in the final plunge.
- Good Is Not Soft: He has proven to be this when he has no problem beating Lovejoy in a deleted scene.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Is a loyal friend, an honest lover, and a noble hero onboard the Titanic.
- The Hero: The 1912 scenes are as much his story as Rose's.
- The Hero Dies: He dies after making sure Rose is safe on a board, from hypothermia.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Falls in love with Fiery Redhead Rose.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He gives his life to save Rose's just minutes before being rescued.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: Very playful and good-natured along with being the Love Interest and hero of the story.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Molly and Cora.
- Kill It with Ice: Jack's fate; he freezes to death in the arctic-cold ocean water (which would have been completely frozen if it was freshwater) before the lifeboat commanded by Officer Lowe returns.
- Knight of Cerebus: A rare, indirect, and non-villainous example. But his presence in the film makes several serious conflicts and even adding more drama to the film.
- Nice Guy: A Friend to All Children, boy with a heart of gold who sees the best in people.
- Starving Artist: A talented but impoverished artist who was able to board the ship only after winning tickets in a lucky game of poker.
- Street Smart: He is pretty cultured with his worldly experience.
- Together in Death: With Rose, based on your interpretation at the end.
Played by Billy Zane.
- Ate His Gun: Mentioned to have died this way by Rose when he lost his riches after the 1929 Crash.
- Big Bad: While the iceberg is the bigger threat as a whole, he is the main antagonistic character, being the one trying to get in the way of Rose and Jacks romance.
- Control Freak: He's clearly somewhat domineering and controlling towards Rose, as exemplified by the fact that he orders them both the same lamb dish for lunch without bothering to first check whether Rose even likes lamb.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: Jack, a lowly nobody, winning his fiancée's heart slowly but surely sends him over the deep end.
- Disposable Fiancé: Every appearance he makes reinforces the notion that he cannot make Rose happy.
- Domestic Abuser: To Rose, whom he strikes in frustration after she continues to see Jack and defy him.
- Driven to Suicide: Old Rose mentions that after the 1929 Stock Market Crash (which also finished off White Star Line in RL), he "put a pistol in his mouth."
- Faux Affably Evil: Towards Jack and Rose, initially. Later he stops pretending to be affable.
- Flat "What": Say this when Thomas Andrews informs him and Rose that Titanic is doomed.
- Hate Sink: The audience can't hate the iceberg that causes the disaster on the title ship, as it is a force of nature, but they can hate this guy. He disparages the Picasso paintings; he verbally and physically abuses Rose; he tries to have Jack killed; is exposed to care more about money than Rose; and finally cons his way onto a lifeboat using a small child to save his pathetic hide. But the karma gods are not mocked: in the aftermath of the disaster Cal loses the Heart of the Ocean diamond, loses Rose, loses his fortune, and eventually takes his own life.
- Ivy League for Everyone: A deleted scene establishes that Cal went to Harvard.
- Jerkass: He regards Rose as a possession and Trophy Wife to control, makes an abusive husband, is very ungrateful towards Jack even after he saved Rose, an enormous snob who looks down on anybody who isn't even remotely wealthy, only saved a child just to secure a place on the lifeboat and is just an all-around insufferably rude and arrogant asswipe.
- Jerk Jock: The aforementioned deleted scene suggests that Cal was on the rowing team at Harvard.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Only redeemable thing he did was save a little girl, and that was only so he could get on a lifeboat.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: Yes he survives the sinking, but as far as he knew Rose was dead and the Heart of the Ocean is lost forever. Also, years later he loses his money and kills himself.
- Kick the Dog: In the span of one night, Cal frames Jack for stealing the Heart of the Ocean, slaps Rose, bribes William Murdoch, attempts to shoot Jack and Rose and is seen attacking people trying to get on a lifeboat during the sinking.
- Killed Offscreen: He's not seen again after he tries and fails to find Rose after the survivors are rescued. Old Rose just mentions that Cal put a pistol in his mouth after losing his fortune in the stock market crash of 1929.
- Nice to the Waiter: Cal tips the porter in Southampton with a five pound note, which is like tipping £100 today. He also suggests giving Jack a $20 bill, after being convinced that he saved Rose's life, which is roughly the equivalent of $500 in 2017. Subverted, since he turns out to be a huge, greedy, and jealous jerkass to both Jack and Rose.
- A Sinister Clue: When he undergoes his Villainous Breakdown the last time he sees Jack, he uses Lovejoy's pistol in his left hand in his attempt to shoot Jack.
- Smug Snake: Practically everything he says is dripping in self-satisfaction. He's also, for all his wealth and power, not especially competent as an antagonist.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Was a tad apathetic when Jack first saved Rose. He only showed gratitude when Rose points this out, and he only likely did it to save face.
- Villainous Breakdown: When it's clear Rose won't leave the ship without Jack, he grabs Lovejoy's pistol and tries to shoot them both.
- He also has a brief one when Murdoch throws his bribe back in Cal's face, pointing out that his money isn't going to save him.
- Villainous Crush: For Rose. He's extremely possessive and abusive and he goes mad when it becomes publicly obvious that Rose is in love with Jack and not him.
- Would Hit a Girl: Slaps Rose across the face in one scene, and also flips the breakfast table to bully her into not seeing Jack. Not to mention trying to shoot her when she's running away with Jack in the sinking Titanic.
Fabrizio De Rossi
Played by Danny Nucci.
- "Blind Idiot" Translation: "I go to America!"
- In a deleted scene, he says "I go, I go!" when being told off by a first class gaurd.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Crushed to death by the falling funnel.
- Death by Looking Up
- Determinator: After Tommy is shot, Fabrizio makes a concerted effort to survive. After taking Tommy's life jacket, he helps cut the lines of Collapsible A before he is swept away and nearly sucked inside the ship. He sees the overturned Collapsible B and makes a dash for it, but that's when the forward funnel begins to collapse...
- Funny Foreigner: The comedic relief and is immigrating from Italy to America by way of Britain.
- Going Down with the Ship: Crushed by the first funnel to fall in the final stages of the sinking after he can't get on a lifeboat (and this is seconds after Tommy and Murdoch's deaths). He and everyone else who died return in the final "dream" scene of the film.
- The Lancer: To Jack.
- Large Ham: Doesn't have an indoor voice.
- Nice Guy: Very friendly and caring of his friends.
- Sacrificial Lion: Dies in a scene where one of the smoke stacks falls on a crowd of people.
- Squashed Flat: : Fabrizio is crushed by the forward funnel when it collapses. In real life, Lightoller reported this as having happened to Murdoch.
Played by David Warner.
- Battle Butler: A loyal servant to Cal, who also packs heat and lays the beat down on Rose's romantic interests.
- Bling-Bling-BANG!: His Colt M1911 semi-automatic pistol, which is nickel-plated with pearl grips.
- Crazy-Prepared: As seen with this line.Cal: I make my own luck.Lovejoy: (shows a holstered pistol) So do I.
- The Dragon: To Cal.
- Even Evil Has Standards: In a deleted scene, he calls Cal a bastard after he tries to kill Jack and Rose. Doesn't stop him from trying to kill her during the same scene, though.
- Going Down with the Ship: In the end, Cal loses him (the scene where Cal ditches Lovejoy was cut), and he fails to find a lifeboat and is on the part of the ship that splits in two right before it sinks.
- Ironic Name: His surname at least. He's hard to love and not a joy to be around.
- Inspector Javert: Suspects Jack from their first meeting. Lovejoy is obsessed with catching Jack and Rose. Also, is mentioned to have been a policeman, so this fits.
- Not So Above It All: While Hockley silently fumes over the nude sketch of Rose, Lovejoy makes a point of looking away...except for a couple of times when his eyes shift to sneak a glance.
- Pinkerton Detective: According to the script, before he was hired by Cal's father to keep him out of trouble. He's also mentioned in passing to have been a policeman at one point.
- Spotting the Thread: He immediately notices the flaws in the story of Rose and Jack meeting, pointing out that she slipped so suddenly and yet Jack had the time to remove his jacket and shoes.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Suffers this in the final film, but more pronounced in the deleted scenes. Cal abandons Lovejoy during the sinking after chasing Jack and Rose into the dining saloon, saying that he can keep the diamond if he catches them.
Ruth DeWitt Bukater
Played by Francis Fisher.
- Abusive Parents: Of the emotionally abusive variety. She tries to guilt-trip and emotionally manipulate Rose into marrying a man she knows is violent and abusive, essentially selling her out as property, purely so she will retain her reputation and status and won't have to get a job to support herself. When Rose rebels, she even slaps her to silence her. Rose eventually lets her believe she is dead so she can away from her as much as she does Cal.
- Dramatically Missing the Point: While boarding the lifeboat, she asks one of the attending crewmen if the lifeboats are being seated by class and states that she hopes the boat won't be too crowded in a manner that would almost be comical if not for the legitimate seriousness of the situation. This statement earns her a well deserved glare from Rose and prompts Rose to call out her mother for maintaining such a haughty attitude amidst such a grand tragedy.
- Evil Counterpart: To Molly Brown.
- Evil Matriarch: Not so much evil as appearing to be a very proper lady who prioritizes money and class over things like her daughter's happiness and the lives of other people who aren't of her social class.
- Evil Redhead: She has red hair like her daughter and is one of the main antagonists.
- Fate Worse than Death: Considers losing her riches this.
- Gold Digger: A variant. After her husband died and left her and Rose completely bankrupt, Ruth forced her daughter into an arranged marriage with Cal for his money.
- Hypocrite: Accuses Rose of being selfish for not wanting to marry Cal, when all she cares about is to be rich again.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She cares deeply for her daughter, but sadly still wanted her to marry a very wealthy albeit abusive man to keep her social class. It doesn't take until Rose runs off on her lifeboat and the final stages of Titanic's sinking for her to realize what she had done.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Believes she drove Rose away, and likely believed that she died in the sinking. The look on her face as she watches the Titanic, Rose (presumed), and 1,500 other people in their death throes is one of horror.
- Rich Bitch: Has an extremely rude and snobby attitude towards anyone who is not wealthy.
- Ungrateful Bitch: Shows nothing but utter contempt for the young man who saved her daughter's life, caring more about class than character.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Ruth survives the sinking, but she is not seen or mentioned again after the lifeboats in the ocean, and no mention of what happened to her or how she coped with Rose's "death". Seeing as how she was warning Rose that if she didn't get married, Ruth would have had to become a seamstress...
Tommy RyanAn Irish immigrant who befriends Jack and Fabrizio.
Played by Jason Barry.
- Deadpan Snarker: Keeps this up even during the sinking.Tommy: [as they run past Titanic's orchaestra still playing on deck] Music to drown by. Now I know I'm in first class!
- Determinator: Tommy desperately urges the crew to let the third class passengers up to the deck, and succeeds in helping Jack and Fabrizio bust the gates holding them back. He makes it to the deck, but is sadly shot by Murdoch before he can make any attempt at the last lifeboat when the situation gets out of hand.
- Going Down with the Ship: Despite his attempts to survive, Tommy never makes it off the ship; he's shot by Murdoch accidentally (Murdoch then turns the gun on himself), and both become part of the casualty list and are among the people seen in the "Ship of Dreams" ending with everyone who died that night.
- Nice Hat: Wears a bowler hat for the first half of the film.
- Oireland: Has a very thick Irish accent, gets in competitions, friendly, drinks, and uses very sentimental colloquialisms.
- Sacrificial Lion: Shot by Murdoch after a panicky passenger pushes him closer to the lifeboat.
- Suddenly SHOUTING!: "FOR GOD'S SAKE, MAN! THERE ARE WOMEN AND CHILDREN DOWN HERE!"
- Talk to the Fist: Delivers one to a steward who is yelling at them after breaking down one of the gates.
Cora CartmellA young English girl who Jack befriends.
- Alliterative Name: The script shows her full name to be Cora Cartmell.
- Big Brother Worship: To Jack.
- Children Are Innocent: Looks, sounds, and acts about five but is apparently nine.
- Killed Offscreen: Drowns with her parents. Their death was filmed, but cut as Cameron found it too distressing.
- Older Than They Look: Was played by a nine-year-old.
- Precocious Crush: Has a crush on Jack.
Trudy BoltRose's maid.
Played by Amy Gaia
- Going Down with the Ship: She is seen holding on to someone as the ship's tilt increases, then slips and slides down into the water.
- Nice to the Waiter: Rose treats her as a friend, while both Cal and Ruth treat her as little more than a servant. When the ship is sinking, Ruth tells her to go back to their rooms to turn the heater on and ready a cup of tea, and doesn't even wait for her when boarding the lifeboat.
- Satellite Character: She only appears around Rose.
Captain Edward John SmithCaptain of the Titanic. White Star Line's favorite officer and nicknamed "The Millionaire's Captain."
Played by Bernard Hill.
- Big Good: Captain of the ship and a very gregarious character.
- Cool Old Guy: Good natured, respected and loved by his men, and well-loved by others. Truth in Television, the real Captain Smith was highly regarded by his crew and passengers, and got along especially well with Americans and continental Europeans because he did not espouse the jingoistic "God is an Englishman" attitude so popular in Edwardian Britain.
- Deadpan Snarker: "Well I believe you may get your headlines, Mr Ismay" to Bruce Ismay upon learning the ship will sink.
- Face Death with Dignity: He decides to meet his fate in the ship's pilothouse at the wheel.
- Going Down with the Ship: As the captain, he locks himself in the wheelhouse and drowns when it floods. Since not everyone would make it off, his death as the ultimate command on board was a given.
- Heroic BSoD: When he realizes how many people are going to die. You can see it clearly begin once Bride informs him that Carpathia will be there in four hours, well after the ship will have sunk.
- Oh, Crap!: He rushes onto the bridge immediately after the collision and instantly knows that something is seriously wrong.
- Retirony: Ismay mentions that Titanic is Smith's last command before retirement.
Thomas AndrewsNaval architect and Master Shipwright of Harland & Wolff Co. who oversaw the design and construction of Titanic. He was on board to assess the general performance of the ship and note any changes that were needed.
Played by Victor Garber.
- Brutal Honesty: He does not make light the fact that the Titanic is beyond saving once he has assessed the damage done to his vessel. Even as Mr. Ismay and others around him scoff at the suggestion, Andrews presses everyone to get off by every means necessary.
- Determinator: True to the actions of the real man, Andrews desperately urges as many people as he can into the lifeboats, at one point angrily chewing out Lightoller for launching his boats at barely half their capacity.
- Going Down with the Ship: Ultimately, he remains onboard of his own volition and, when he last meets Jack and Rose in the Smoking Room, hands his lifejacket to Rose. He's last seen adjusting the time on a clock on the mantle (about 2:14, 6 minutes before sinking), and Andrews both in the film and in real life is one of the passengers who died on the Titanic.
- Ignored Expert: During their tour of the ship, Andrews tells Rose that he designed the boat deck to be able to fit an extra row of lifeboats, but he was overruled because it would "make the deck look cluttered."
- It's All My Fault: He takes responsibility for the ship sinking."I'm sorry I didn't build you a stronger ship, Rose."
- Nice Guy: Probably the nicest guy on the ship. He even greets Jack with a smile while the latter is trying to get into First Class to speak with Rose. It's likely he sympathizes with Jack on some level.
- Oh, Crap!: On April 14, he's in his cabin looking over the ship's blueprints and his own notes on her performance, when he starts to feel a vibration in the table and sees the chandelier shaking. The look on his face shows he knows something has happened. In actuality, he didn't realize anything was wrong until Captain Smith sent for him.
- Parental Substitute: Rose has a much better relationship with Andrews than her own mother. It's pretty apparent that Rose sees him this way, as he essentially hands her off to Jack during the ending dream sequence.
- The Perfectionist: He is shown making notes about various cosmetic improvements needed to the ship. The last thing we see him do is adjust the time on a clock in the First Class smoking room.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Rose comes to him to find Jack after he's put under arrest. Despite insisting she go to a boat, Andrews tells her where to go upon seeing how adamant she is. He is also seen telling several maids and stewardesses to get to the boats, and later gives Rose his life jacket.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Andrews calls out Officer Charles Lightoller for lowering lifeboats that are nowhere near full when there are still hundreds onboard the sinking ship.Thomas Andrews: Mr. Lightoller, why are the boats being launched half full?Second Officer Lightoller: Not now, Mr. Andrews.Thomas Andrews: Look, twenty or so in a boat built for sixty-five? And I saw one boat with only twelve. Twelve!Second Officer Lightoller: [clearly fumbling for an excuse] Well, we weren't sure of the weight, Mr. Andrews. These boats may buckle.Thomas Andrews: Rubbish! They were tested in Belfast with the weight of 70 men! Now, fill these boats, Mr. Lightoller, for God's sake, man!
J. Bruce IsmayThe owner of White Star Line.
Played by Jonathan Hyde.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: One of the reasons he "recommends" Smith push the ship faster was because he wanted the maiden voyage of the Titanic to "make headlines". This is lampshaded in his face by Smith right away after they discover from Andrews and Murdoch that the iceberg's damage will sink the ship and likely kill at least half of those onboard. Sure enough, the voyage of the Titanic made headlines, but the exact opposite of the ones White Star and Ismay were hoping for.Captain Smith: I believe you may get your headlines, Mr. Ismay.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Downplayed, though he is a bit forceful when he "recommends" to Captain Smith that they push the engines.
- Dirty Coward: Subverted. Unlike other portrayals of him, Ismay is shown helping passengers into a lifeboat late in the sinking, and gets in only after taking a look around and seeing that no one else is nearby. He still feels ashamed, though, and Murdoch gives him a Death Glare...which is ironic, as a number of sources state that Murdoch hustled Ismay onto the lifeboat in Real Life.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: Not as much as in some other movies, but he's still portrayed as encouraging unsafe operations for the sake of publicity, which the real Ismay never did. White Star knew they could never compete with Cunard's faster ships, so they focused on making their ships more luxurious.
- It's All My Fault: Blames himself for the sinking because he insisted that Captain Smith should make the ship go faster (something the real Ismay never did). He's so guilt-ridden that, when the stern rises up and the final plunge begins, he turns away in sorrow, almost as though he's about to start crying. A deleted scene about the Carpathia shows many of the survivors looking at him in disgust, to which he hangs his head in utter shame. The Titanic experience was a virtually instant Creator Killer for the real Ismay, who resigned from White Star by the end of the year and became a recluse (it also seriously damaged White Star's business, a blow they never recovered from and ultimately led to them merging with their chief competitor, Cunard Line, in 1934; White Star truly ceased to exist in 1949, while Cunard is now owned by Carnival and still runs seasonal transatlantic services).
- Pet the Dog: We see him helping several passengers into a lifeboat before getting on himself, and even then, he actually takes a look around to make sure no one is coming before doing so.
Chief Officer Henry WildeExecutive officer of Titanic.
- Big "NO!": Cries out "No, Will!" right before Murdoch kills himself.
- Chekhov's Gun: Uses a whistle repeatedly throughout the sinking as a means of coordination. It ends up saving Rose's life, though Wilde doesn't make it.
- Determinator: He fights like all hell to get the last lifeboat afloat, and in his last minutes after the final plunge desperately whistles for help.
- Going Down with the Ship: He survives the ship sinking from under his feet, but the ice-cold water still claims his life; Wilde's one of the 1,500 victims.
- Kill It with Ice: Wilde is seen in the ocean after the ship sinks desperately blowing his whistle to get the boats back. He freezes to death in the water before Lowe returns, but Rose uses his whistle to get their attention and save her life.
First Officer William MurdochThe officer of the watch on duty when Titanic hits the iceberg.
- Driven to Suicide: After shooting Tommy, he salutes Wilde and turns the gun on himself in regret. How the real Will Murdoch died is anyone's guess (comrade Lightoller stated he saw Murdoch crushed by a funnel), but he is one of the crew members who died on the ship that night.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: Oh dear God. Taking bribes (albeit unwitting and later rejecting it), panicking and shooting Tommy...it's little wonder that the Murdoch family threatened James Cameron with a lawsuit. The supposed shooting incident has never been conclusively corroborated. Fifth Officer Lowe is known to have fired two warning shots into the air at one point, and Second Officer Lightoller really did stop a panicked mob by pulling his Webley and threatening to shoot any man who rushed the lifeboats (with an empty pistol, no less). Three survivors claimed to have witnessed the shooting, but their accounts differ significantly from each other (one didn't mention the alleged suicide at all), and none of them had any idea who Murdoch was. Lightoller saw Murdoch on the roof of the Officers' Quarters trying to deploy a collapsible boat by himself (this normally required a dozen men) moments before the forward funnel collapsed on top of him. If anything, the real William Murdoch was the most heroic man on the Titanic. Predictably, Murdoch's family in real life, and by extension, fellow Dalbeattie residents (who remember him as a hero), were very angry about his portrayal. Murdoch's nephew was reportedly livid over how his uncle was portrayed, and local officials demanded the controversial scenes to be cut from further releases. 20th Century Fox issued an apology and donated money for the schools in Will's hometown, but that didn't seem enough.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After accidentally shooting a passenger during the sinking. Luckily, didn't happen in real life.
- Oh, Crap!: When Fleet rings the warning bell, he turns towards the front, and eventually sees the iceberg approaching. This is his expression before he darts into the wheelhouse to order "hard to starboard" in panic.
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: After initially taking Cal's bribe, he throws the money away when he and Cal next meet.Cal: We had a deal, damn you! (Murdoch throws the wad of money back in Cal's face to his utter disbelief)Murdoch: Your money can't save you anymore than it can save me.
- Squashed Flat: In real life, this is how Second Officer Charles Lightoller (who commanded the port side of lifeboats) said Murdoch died; the forward funnel crushed Murdoch. This is not depicted in the movie, but Fabrizio is the one to get crushed by the funnel.
Second Officer Charles LightollerThe highest-ranking officer to survive the sinking.
- Action Survivor: As the passengers start to panic and try to rush Lifeboat 14, Lightoller pulls out a .455 Webley revolver and tells them all to back off. He then turns to order Lowe to man the boat, revealing that he just bluffed the crowd with an unloaded revolver—which he immediately loads, just in case.
- Going Down with the Ship: In a way; he never boards a usable lifeboat, but he IS one of the six people to be rescued from the water by way of hanging onto a capsized boat (Collapsible B), though he is not seen after the first funnel collapses. A deleted scene shows him standing on Collapsible B with nearly two dozen men, all of whom survived. Lightoller is the highest-ranking officer of the Titanic to survive the sinking; all three of the higher officers, Captain Smith, Chief Officer Wilde and First Officer Murdoch, die in the sinking.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: Not as bad as Murdoch, but he's depicted as somewhat jumpy and lowers several lifeboats hastily (and half-full) before Andrews chews him out. The real Lightoller tried desperately to get more people into the boats and only launched the half-empty ones when he absolutely had to. The boat he commanded was swamped and capsized by the collapse of the forward funnel. Lightoller put everyone on top of the capsized boat and huddled them together to prevent hypothermia, keeping them alive until Carpathia arrived.
- It's Probably Nothing: He shrugs when Murdoch asks if they found the binoculars for the lookouts, replying that they haven't seen the set since they left Southampton.
Fifth Officer Harold LoweJunior officer who is placed in charge of Lifeboat 14, and the only one to try to find survivors after the ship sinks. He's the one who saves Rose in the end.
Played by Ioan Gruffudd.
- Good Samaritan: After offloading the women Lowe is the only one to attempt a rescue with his lifeboat, rescuing six, including Rose. In the extended Carpathia sequence, he personally hands Rose a cup of coffee after helping her on board. You can also see he's torn when he has to separate couples while loading the boats.
- You Are Too Late: Says they waited too long upon seeing the endless sea of corpses.
Sixth Officer James MoodyJunior officer on the bridge when the ship hits the iceberg. He dies in the sinking.
- Delegation Relay: He relays Murdoch's order for hard-a-starboard, even with Murdoch standing right next to him and shouting at the top of his lungs.
- Going Down with the Ship: He's the only junior officer who doesn't survive.
- Oh, Crap!: He breaks into a run towards Murdoch after Fleet tells him there's an iceberg right ahead.
- Small Role, Big Impact: As he's closing the last gangway before departing Southampton, Jack and Fabrizio run up with their tickets. Moody lets them aboard.
- Spot of Tea: Moody is shown holding a cuppa when he goes to answer the bridge telephone. In his rush to reverse the engines, Murdoch accidentally spills it over Moody's coat.
Quartermaster Robert HichensOne of the quartermasters, he's the sailor at the wheel when Fleet and Lee spot the iceberg and is the one to turn it "hard to starboard" and "hard to port". He's also the only one on the bridge during the iceberg strike to survive, via Boat 6, the same one Molly, Fleet, and Ruth leave in.
- Big "SHUT UP!": Gives one to Molly Brown when she tries to convince the boat to return and rescue survivors.
- Hate Sink: Out of all the surviving White Star employees who are not Bruce Ismay and the other characters apart from Hockley, Hichens is the most dislikable person who does not go down with the ship. His conduct in the sinking has made him a popular target of derision in multiple Titanic projects (it doesn't help that the Titanic struck the iceberg under his control of the wheel, though there wasn't much that could be done). At least in this film, Ismay is helpful regarding a few things and decently charming.
- Jerkass: The only jerkass scene of his that's in the final cut is him shouting Molly down after she tries to rally the boat to return for survivors, threatening to toss her overboard. The deleted scenes show him willfully ignoring a megaphone order from Captain Smith to return to Titanic to retrieve more passengers.
- Jerkass Has a Point: The reason he states for not going back for more passengers was because the Titanic would have a suction pull upon going down and then the thrashing people in the water could very well swamp the boat in their attempts to get in, both of which could sink the lifeboat as well and kill all aboard.
Frederick BarrettLeading Fireman in Boiler Room 6.
- Action Survivor: Makes it to Lifeboat 13, which is nearly crushed after drifting under the oncoming Lifeboat 15. You can see him feverishly cutting the lines for the boat to get away in time.
- Cigarette of Anxiety: Barrett can be seen having a cigarette the next morning on Carpathia.
- The Men First: He waits until all the stokers get under the closing watertight door before escaping himself (unfortunately, one guy doesn't get out in time).
- Oh, Crap!: Much like Bell, he knows that a red warning light turning on out of the blue in the middle of the night probably means they're in danger of hitting something and instantly starts shouting orders.
- 13 Is Unlucky: He does survive the sinking, but leaves on Boat 13, which got caught in the pumps and nearly got crushed by another lifeboat.
Jack Phillips and Harold BrideThe ship's wireless operators, who appear mostly in the deleted scenes.
- Adorkable: Jim Cameron noted that he wanted to portray them as sort of the computer nerds of their day.
- Bearer of Bad News: Bride reports to Captain Smith that the closest ship, Carpathia, will arrive in four hours, long after the ship will have sunk.
- Cassandra Truth: Phillips tells the operator on the Californian, Cyril Evans, to sod off, as he's trying to clear a large backlog of messages. That results in crucial information about the ice field not making it to the bridge, and Evans to shut down for the night, ensuring that the closest ship does not hear Titanic's imminent distress signal.
- Communications Officer: Both of them, as they're the ship's wireless operators, and the only way of communication to the outside world.
- Gallows Humor: In a deleted scene, after Smith tells them the ship is sinking, Bride suggests to Phillips that they try the new distress call "SOS." After all, as Bride says, it may be their only chance to use it.
- Going Down with the Ship: Bride survives, but Phillips is one of the lives lost.
- Honor Before Reason: Phillips continues to broadcast the distress call until the water hits the boat deck, even after their wireless power has failed. In a deleted scene, he has to be dragged from the room by Bride.
- Oh, Crap!: When Smith tells them the ship is "going down by the head". Phillips: "Blimey".
- Those Two Guys: Rarely seen apart, with a heavy rapport between the both of them.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Phillips. When the Californian tries to warn them about the ice field that Titanic is about to steam into, Phillips rudely tells them to shut up, causing their operator to power down for the night.
Frederick Fleet and Reginald Lee
- "Iceberg, right ahead!"
The ship's lookouts who sight the iceberg.
- Informed Ability: In-universe. Fleet tells Lee that he can smell ice when it's near. Lee calls him out on this later after they sideswipe the iceberg, which sinks the ship, though both survived (Lee died the next year, however; he's the first surviving crew member to die post-April 1912).
- Oh, Crap!: The first of many from the ship's crew. After turning back to their job from watching Jack and Rose make out below them (which also prompted Murdoch to turn away and snicker), they see the iceberg with this expression. Cue Fleet ringing the bell and telephoning the bridge (it also gets Murdoch to turn back towards the front of the ship to see the iceberg himself).
- Precision F-Strike: When the iceberg appears, courtesy of Fleet.
- "Shaggy Dog" Story: While both survived (along with the other four lookouts who were off duty and are not seen in the film), Reginald Lee died from pneumonia the very next year, becoming the first Titanic officer who survived the sinking to die.
- Those Two Guys: Rarely seen apart and offer a bit of comedic commentary. In the script, they're on duty while Jack and Rose are on the bow, and lament that they don't have binoculars for a closer look.
Joseph BellChief Engineering Officer of Titanic.
- Cool Old Guy: In his early 50s, and is chief engineer of the largest steamship in the world.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: He and his men are trapped in the dark bowels of the ship once the power goes out; and then the ship begins to break up.
- The Determinator: Succeeds in keeping the power on right up to the ship's breakup, even as the breakers around him inevitably fail.
- The Engineer: He and his crew keep the ship running and rarely venture outside the engine room, even ensuring the survival of the ship and its passengers despite the risk to their lives.
- Going Down with the Ship: He remains on board with his crew to man the breakers so the ship can have power for as long as possible. He succeeds, but the breakers blow and electrocute one of his men, and anyone else left plus him die when the ship goes under seconds later.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Stays at his post along with all the engineers to ensure that Titanic has power (and therefore light and heat) for as long as possible.
- Oh, Crap!: He was seen preparing some soup for the other engineers when suddenly the engine room telegraph orders full astern. He does a Double Take before realizing something is seriously wrong.
- Going Down with the Ship: Though he's only seen in a few scenes and never after he locks Jack in his office, King is one of the 1,500 passengers who died on the Titanic.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Not really a villain, but he tries to apprehend Jack because it's his job. He does in fact say that Jack's drawings are rather good. He actually comes off as a pretty decent guy.
Charles JoughinThe gourmet chef and baker on Titanic. He was on the sinking ship's stern as it went down, swam to the overturned Collapsible Lifeboat B, and lived to tell the tale. He encounters Jack and Rose during the final moments of the vessel's sinking.
Played by Liam Tuohy
- Acrofatic: Despite being somewhat overweight, Joughin is able to climb up the stern to the poop deck's railing and maintain his balance and the ship plunges into the ocean. Additionally, he manages to keep moving about in the water, keeping off the effects of hypothermia, until he is able to be rescued.
- Action Survivor: The final person still alive when the Titanic sunk completely to "leave" the ship (he gets forced off of it when it goes under), and he survives the night on the ocean and is one of the few men not to really be shamed for surviving.
- The Alcoholic: Joughin is a drinker, and all scenes of him in the film have him plastered, but still functional, including helping Rose up and climbing over the stern railing.
- Almighty Janitor: Truth in Television. As Joughin was the survivor who experienced the sinking from the greatest vantage point (being the last person to "exit" the ship), his testimony was crucial during the subsequent trials in the British Inquiry. In a deleted scene, he is shown throwing deck chairs into the water for swimmers.
- Functional Addict: Despite carrying a whiskey flask around with him, he is still able to prepare fine dining for the passengers. On top of that, he assists in helping the women and children evacuate the sinking ship, including sacrificing his seat in a lifeboat (he also sent bread rations on the lifeboats). With how he survived, it's possible that his drinking, ironically, is what saved him from freezing to death in the Atlantic Ocean.
- Going Down with the Ship: Literally; Joughin is technically the final Titanic member to leave the ship "alive" (he's with Jack and Rose on the stern in the final plunge). He's also one of the 6 rescued from the water, ironically because of his drinking.
- Nice Guy: He is courteous to Rose when she falls in her and Jack's retreat to the back of the ship. He also is seen pulling a passenger climbing on the railings up on top with him despite at that point being literally seconds away from being submerged in the water.
John HutchinsonThe ship's carpenter. He helps inspect the damage to the ship after the iceberg collision.
Played by Richard Ashton
- Bearer of Bad News: He inspects the damage in the forward compartments and reports to Captain Smith.
- Going Down with the Ship: He doesn't appear after Andrews gives the damage report, but he died in the sinking.
- No Name Given: Hutchinson isn't named in the film. He's named in the credits and subtitles.
Thomas McCawleyThe ship's gym instructor.
Played by Brian McDermott
- All There in the Manual: He only appears in two scenes which were cut from the film.
- Gallows Humor: He refuses to put on a life jacket because it will "impede his stroke." Astor quips back that since they are 700 miles from shore, he certainly wouldn't want anything to impede his stroke.
- Going Down with the Ship: He perished in the sinking, not that wearing a life jacket would have helped him.
John Jacob Astor IVThe richest man on board.
Played by Eric Braeden.
- Deadpan Snarker: In a deleted scene, the gym instructor Thomas McCawley says he won't put on a lifejacket, because it will impede his stroke. Astor quips, "Right you are. It is 700 miles to shore, so you wouldn't want to have anything to impede your stroke."
- Going Down with the Ship: In addition to being the richest man to have sailed on the Titanic, he's one of the 1500+ casualties; he lets his wife get onboard a boat, but he's last seen in the grand staircase when the lighting at the top shatters and water begins pouring in. In a deleted scene, he tells Guggenheim that he's looking for his dog, so he won't die alone.
- MayDecember Romance: He was 47 at the time of the disaster and Rose points out that his wife Madeline is her age.
- Nice Guy: He's very polite and asks Jack if he's related to the Boston Dawsons.
- Renaissance Man: In real life, though the film doesn't touch on this. He was a sportsman, inventor, served as a colonel in the Spanish-American War, and even wrote a science-fiction novel called A Journey in Other Worlds.
- "God almighty."
A socialite whom Rose's mother calls "new money," as her husband had recently struck gold.
Played by Kathy Bates.
- Cool Old Lady: Middle aged, but still.
- Helps with Rose and Jack's secret flirtations, and tells Jack how to properly use the massive set of cutlery at dinner.
- As in any other portrayal of the sinking, Molly is presented as someone who lives in the First Class but empathizes with the Third Class.
- Fiery Redhead: Very fiery auburn hair, loud, friendly, and doesn't take any crap from anyone.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: To Ruth and the other first-class women who try to avoid her.Countess: Look, here comes that vulgar Brown woman.Ruth: Quickly, get up before she sits with us.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Jack.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Her real name is Margaret Brown.
- Token Good Teammate: Along with Rose, she is one of the few decent upper class passengers that refused to discriminate against the lower class.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Calls out the crew for sitting in the lifeboats and refusing to go back to help the drowning passengers, but she's shot down when it's pointed out there are just too many of them.
Thomas BylesA British Catholic priest, who remained behind on the Titanic of his own volition and is seen towards the end of the sinking giving a final sermon and reciting Revelation 21:4
Played by James Lancaster
- All There in the Manual: Byles is not named or identified at all in Titanic; one would have to look him up on The Other Wiki to realize he's the priest seen on the stern in the final minutes of the Titanic.
- Going Down with the Ship: Byles isn't seen at all until Jack and Rose reach the stern in the final sinking, but he refused to board a lifeboat and is giving a "death" sermon, having to hold onto something when the ship starts tilting. Byles is one of the 1,500 casualties of the sinking.
- Good Shepherd: He refuses a seat on a lifeboat so that he can minister to the doomed passengers and crew.
Colonel Archibald Gracie IVA writer and amateur historian, frequently shown having cigars and brandy with Cal. He survives the sinking, but the ordeal still made him a "victim" of it in the end due to hypothermia and injuries sustained in the sinking that he died at the end of the year; he's the first survivor to pass away.
Played by Bernard Fox
- Deliberate Values Dissonance: Feminist writer and director Jim Cameron uses him to demonstrate just how far perceptions and treatment of women have come."As I always say, women and machinery don't mix.""Joining us, Dawson? You don't want to stay out here with the women, do you?"
- Fake American: The real Gracie was born in the American South, while here he has a distinct British accent.
- Nice Guy: Very good-natured and gregarious with people, treats Jack as one of the guys, and was seen guiding passengers to lifeboats.
- Pet the Dog: He prods Cal into giving something to Jack for saving Rose.
Benjamin GuggenheimAn American businessman, one of the elite shown having cigars with Cal.
Played by Michael Ensign
- Going Down with the Ship: When it's clear the ship will sink, Guggenheim and his valet change into their finest evening wear to "go down as gentlemen."
- I Need a Freaking Drink: "But we would like a brandy!"
- Oh, Crap!: The last time he's seen, it's as he's drinking his brandy when the top deck of the Grand Staircase floods in front of him. This is the expression on his face and his butler's face.
- Your Cheating Heart: Is actually traveling from France with his mistress, with his wife being at home with the children.
Wallace HartleyThe leader of Titanic's orchestra. They were instructed to play upbeat music to avoid causing a panic, and continued playing right until the end. He and the orchestra went down with the ship.
Played by Jonathan Evans-Jones
- Deadpan Snarker: His reply when John Hume asks why they're still playing even though no one is listening anymore."Well, they don't listen to us at dinner either."
- Going Down with the Ship: Around 2:10am, the band begins to disperse when they see that it's the end. Hartley stays and begins playing "Nearer, My God, to Thee," causing the band to join him for one last song.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Captain Smith instructs them to play music on deck in order to keep everyone calm, and they did so to the very end.
- It Has Been an Honor: "Gentlemen, it has been a privilege playing with you tonight."
Isidor and Ida StrausThe co-owners of Macy's Department Store. They refuse to board a lifeboat if it means being separated and choose to stay together as the ship goes down.
Played by Lew Palter and Elsa Raven
- Alter Kocker: The Strauses were elderly German Jews.
- Deadpan Snarker: In a deleted scene, Ida tells her husband not to argue, as it doesn't do him any good.
- Going Down with the Ship: Isidor refused to board a lifeboat before the other men, and Ida refused to board without her husband.
- Happily Married: They had been together for forty years and always stayed together. "Where you go, I go," as Ida says upon refusing to board the lifeboat.
- Together in Death: During the "Nearer, My God, to Thee" montage, the Strauses are shown together in their cabin as it fills with water. Sadly, in real life, only Isidor's body was found and identified afterwards.
Fictional Characters (Circa 1996)
Brock LovettA treasure hunter trying to find the Heart of the Ocean.
Played by Bill Paxton.
- Adventurer Archaeologist: Sort of. A news report mentions that he's spent much of his career finding Spanish gold in the Caribbean. Going down to Titanic is one of the most dangerous submersible dives in the world.
- I Gave My Word: When Rose is about to throw the Star of the Ocean into the water, he asks only to hold it for a moment, as he's been looking for it for so long. She lets him, and while he could have easily kept it, he lets it go after a few seconds. He also knows that the diamond is hers, and she can do whatever she wants with it.
- Only in It for the Money: He pays a lot of lip service to the tragedy and is only focused on obtaining the diamond. After Rose's story, he throws away the cigar he planned to light up upon finding it.
Played by Lewis Abernathy
- Deadpan Snarker: Lewis is arguably the most sarcastic character in the film:
- 'Oops someone left the water running.'
- 'You know, boss, the same thing happened to Geirado and his career never recovered.'
- 'Doesn't exactly travel light, does she?' on elderly Rose.
- Innocently Insensitive: While he is describing to Rose the way the ship sank while the computer generated video plays, he is talking through it like it's a cool video game, complete with sound effects. Needless to say, it wasn't all fun and games for Rose and the 1500 people who died along with the ship's sinking. Rose is polite enough to simply tell Bodine that the experience was somewhat different from the way he described it.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He treats Rose like total crap, and even he's moved to tears by the end of her story.
- Mr. Exposition: In the time between Old Rose calling Brock and her coming aboard the Keldysh, a few days at least, Lewis does a background check on her and relates this to Brock to try to convince him that she's seeking money or publicity. He also narrates a computer simulation of the Titanic's sinking, so the audience knows what to expect.