Jack Harkness

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Name: Jack Harkness (alias), Javic Piotr Thane (real name, rarely used)[1]
Occupation: Torchwood leader, Time Agent (formerly), Con-man (formerly)
Relationships: The Doctor, Captain John Hart, Ianto Jones, Gwen Cooper, Estelle Cole, Jack Harkness (1941), and many, many others
Fandom: Torchwood, Doctor Who
Other: time traveler, previous companion of The Doctor
played by the actor John Barrowman
"illustration of Jack Harkness in a blue dress shirt, slacks and a black trench coat, on a white background"
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Captain Jack Harkness is the leader of the Torchwood team on the British television show Torchwood, and he is the lead male protagonist of the show. The character was introduced in the first season of the new Doctor Who while he was running cons in London during WWII.

"Jack Harkness" is the identity stolen by our protagonist during WWII; his birth name remains unknown within televised continuity. Our protagonist, Jack Harkness, should not be mistaken for the other Captain Jack Harkness from whom our protagonist took his name. He is often thought to to be somehow related, linked, or is the Face of Boe.



Captain Jack is canonically omnisexual and flirtatious and has become a panfandom Little Black Dress, meaning that he can be paired with anyone, anywhere. His most popular pairing among fans is his canonical relationship with Ianto Jones (see Jack/Ianto). He was also frequently written as part of a threesome with The Doctor and Rose Tyler (see Doctor/Jack/Rose) in stories written after season one of Doctor Who or paired with only the Doctor (see Doctor/Jack).

Fanon and Fanfic Trends

An offhanded remark in the Torchwood pilot episode about pregnancy[2] has resulted in much speculation about Jack's reproductive history in fanworks. For example, see Get Loved, Make More, Try to Stay Alive by Dira Sudis and the crackvid Papa Don't Preach by Eunice and Greensilver.

Jack's long life & flexible sexuality make him hugely popular in crossovers; given canon time travel and amnesia, there is a minor trope in which any character played by John Barrowman, e.g. Arrow's Malcolm Merlyn, turns out to be Harkness (as a Time Agent, as a Torchwood agent, or later).


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  1. ^ https://tardis.fandom.com/wiki/Month_25_(audio_story)
  2. ^ "Still, at least I won't get pregnant. Never doing that again."