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Captain Jack Harkness
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This article is about Captain Jack Harkness of Torchwood Three. For other uses of Jack Harkness, see Captain Jack Harkness (disambiguation).
"Captain Jack Harkness, nice to meet you! Can't I say hello to anyone"
―Captain Jack to the Doctor

Captain Jack Harkness (sometimes simply "Captain Jack" to those close to him, or as the Doctor refers to him Captain), was the name adopted by a con man from the 51st century and an associate of the Doctor. His original identity remains a mystery; whenever asked he refuses to answer. Reluctantly immortal and stranded on Earth from the mid-19th to the early 21st century, he headed Torchwood Three.



Given his frequent time travelling, much of Jack's personal chronology remains confused. While we can say with some certainty that certain events happened to Jack before he met the Doctor and others afterwards, we cannot necessarily regard everything Jack says as accurate.


Early Life

Originally, Jack was born under a different name, that is yet to be revealed.(TW: Captain Jack Harkness). He grew up sometime around the year 5000, an era whose attitudes towards sex differed from those prevalent in the 21st century. Humans had begun to expand outwards to explore the universe and, meeting other species, often pursued sexual relationships with them, regardless of differences of gender or species (DW: The Doctor Dances). Although human stereotypes of bisexuality and homosexuality have been applied to Jack (i.e. Owen Harper once indicated to Gwen Cooper that Jack was "gay" (TW: Day One)), the term Jack uses to refer to himself is "omnisexual".

Attack on The Boeshane Peninsula
Boeshane Peninsula, home of the young Jack Harkness. (TW: Adam)

Jack was brought up on the Boeshane Peninsula, a sandy beach-like area. He often played with his brother Gray and his father, Franklin. They often liked to play cricket and sing around campfires. One day an alien race invaded his homeland which killed many of the inhabitants. Jack was told by his father to run away with Gray while he went back for Jack's mother. While Jack was running, Grey stumbled and Jack accidentally let go of Gray's hand and Jack continuted to run, and hid in a bush, and the invaders flew overhead. He returned to his home hoping to find his brother, but instead  his father dead. Jack claims it was the worst day of his life and he spent many years searching for his brother but never found him. (TW: Adam)

Growing Up

As a young man, he persuaded a friend to "join up" with them to fight against some unspecified enemies that Jack did not describe or name — other than to call them "horrible". Considering Jack's friend to be the weaker of the pair, the enemies tortured him as a lesson for Jack. Jack bore the guilt of his friend's fate. (TW: Captain Jack Harkness)

Once, when sentenced to death, he ordered four hypervodkas as a last meal and ended up bedding both executioners (at the same time). He recalls them as a lovely couple who kept in touch. (DW: The Doctor Dances)

As a Time Agent and a Con Man

'Captain John Hart' frequent partner of Jack's in the Time Agency. (TW: Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang)

Jack worked as a Time Agent with a partner (in more ways than one) called John Hart. At some point, they spent five years trapped in a two-week time loop, with the two becoming the equivalent of a married couple after spending so much time together (Hart concedes to having been "a good wife", which closed the argument about which of them was the wife) (TW: Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang). Jack eventually discovered that the Agency had erased two years of his memory, two years he wanted to have back (DW:The Empty Child).

While in 1941, he assumed the alias of an American volunteer Captain Jack Harkness, who had died in action that January. The impostor knew very little about the "real" Jack, other than basic information such as the former's date and manner of death. (TW: Captain Jack Harkness)

Having left the Time Agency, Jack became a time-travelling con artist, performing various scams using his knowledge of future events, such as demanding money for items that he knew would be destroyed before the buyer could see it. Finding pieces of space junk and directing them to soon-to-be disaster sites, Jack would sell them to passersby, then allow the items to get destroyed before the buyers could pick up their merchandise. He would, at some point, improperly acquire a small, sleek Chula spacecraft, fitted for Human use, which could turn invisible. (DW: The Empty Child)

Meeting The Doctor

In uniform as 'Captain Jack Harkness'. (DW: The Empty Child)

While pulling a con with a Chula Ambulance during the London Blitz, he spotted Rose Tyler hanging from a barrage balloon and rescued her, taking her aboard his ship. Quickly deducing that Rose came from the future, he suspected that other Time Agents had discovered him. (DW: The Empty Child) Shortly after, Rose introduced him to the Ninth Doctor. Together, the trio worked to stop the Empty Child plague brought about by the ambulance's nanogenes. Although he was almost killed carrying in his ship a German bomb about to explode, the Doctor and Rose rescued him just before the ship exploded. (DW: The Doctor Dances) Jack subsequently became a new travelling companion for the Doctor, to the delight of both Rose (who found Jack attractive) and Jack (who found both Rose and the Doctor likewise).

The trio shared numerous adventures together and clicked as a team to the point where Mickey Smith found himself almost an outsider during a shared adventure (DW: Boom Town).

Jack was aboard Satellite 5 when the Dalek fleet launched their assault on Earth and was exterminated while defending the satellite from their advance. He was resurrected by Rose Tyler, who at that time had the powers of the Time Vortex which turned her into the Bad Wolf. Jack later discovered he was immortal from this point on. He was unable to rejoin the Doctor and Rose before the Doctor's TARDIS departed and was left stranded on the satellite. (DW: The Parting of the Ways) The Doctor, who had just regenerated, told Rose that he believed that Jack could begin the process of "rebuilding the Earth" (DW: Children in Need Special). However, this may have been a simple ruse to disguise the fact that the Doctor's instincts told him to run because from this point on Jack became a "fixed point" in time (DW: Utopia).

Life on Earth

19th century

After Jack was left on Satellite 5, he employed the Vortex Manipulator in his Time Agency wrist strap to go back to Cardiff, the location of an active space-time rift. Jack ended up in 1869, and unfortunately his Vortex Manipulator burned out and he was unable to leave (it was later repaired by the Doctor but disabled twice by him afterwards). (DW: Utopia)

Coincidentally or not, the Doctor had first encountered the Rift in that year (DW: The Unquiet Dead). Thus, Jack may have accidently instructed the manipulator to trace the Rift to its point of origin, rather than to locate a specific point in its being, presumably in a haste to relocate the Doctor.

Regardless, he chose to remain in the city, knowing that the Doctor's TARDIS could re-fuel itself using the rift and that the Doctor would one day return there. (TW: Fragments) Jack appears to have chosen to continue using the Harkness alias, or at least was using it as of 1899. Jack's second death and resurrection occurred when he was shot in 1892 during a fight on Ellis Island. (DW: Utopia) Jack would find that he still aged, but very slowly, and could recover from any degree of physical harm, including death itself, given a few minutes time. (DW: Utopia) In 1898 he helped save a boy, Anthony, from a Lawphorum, which had fallen to Earth. Anthony, a travelling stage show boy, had failed to predict the future of Jack when he asked him how he would die. (DWF: Best Friends) Probably he decided to take up this idea and so he joined a travelling show and was billed as "the man who couldn't die" in order to investigate the Night Travellers. (TW: From Out of the Rain)

Recruitment by Torchwood

In 1899, Torchwood Cardiff agents Alice Guppy and Emily Holroyd found out about Jack's immortality and about the Doctor. They captured Jack and tortured him trying to discover why he couldn't die and what connection he had to Torchwood's enemy, the Doctor, who they knew Jack had mentioned in various conversations around the city. He was released on the condition that he worked for them, an offer which he initially refused outright. The two asked him to reconsider this option, and Jack wound up in a bar, alone until a young cartomancer offered to read him his fortune. To his immense surprise and bewilderment, she imparted a completely accurate prophecy of the Doctor's eventual return to Cardiff 100 years into the future. Left with nothing to do but wait for a full century, Jack reconsidered Torchwood's offer and began working for them. On his first mission he had to go stop a criminal Blowfish, which he returned to the Hub only to see it killed by a shot to the head. (TW: Fragments)

He continued working for Torchwood for about a hundred years, still pursuing his attempt to find the Doctor in the meantime. (TW: Fragments)

20th century

In 1909, Jack was traveling through Lahore by train with a group of soldiers under his command, when they were killed by Fairies. Some of the soldiers had recently run over and killed one of the Fairies' Chosen Ones. In revenge, the Fairies suffocated the soldiers by forcing rose petals down their throats. (TW: Small Worlds) Jack's presence in Lahore was part of a con intended to steal the diamond shipments the soldiers were guarding (WEB: torchwood.org.uk); however, he did appear to take his responsibility for the men seriously, however temporary it may have been, and to be distressed by their deaths. His participation in the con itself was at the direction of (or at least in cooperation with) an unknown agent. Jack later left Torchwood to fight in World War I. In 1914 the Doctor met a soldier who mentioned to him that Captain Harkness had survived a bullet to the head and was recovering in hospital. (IDW: The Forgotten)

Prior to February 1944, he met Estelle Cole. (WEB: torchwood.org.uk) The pair spent some time in London together. She wanted to spend the rest of her life with him. Somehow, however, this never happened, and they lost touch with one another. (TW: Small Worlds)

Jack in 1965

In 1965, the alien race known as the 456, communicating through radio, set up a deal where Jack, along with three other military officers, whose names he did not know at the time, would deliver to them twelve young orphans as a "gift" at a meeting point in Scotland. In exchange for the children, the unseen aliens would give to them a cure for a new strain of Indonesian flu that the aliens claimed would mutate and kill 25 million people. (TW: Children of Earth: Day Four)

In 1975, Jack and another Torchwood agent, Lucia Moretti, had a daughter, Melissa Moretti, who would age normally. Lucia and Jack split up sometime prior to 1977, and at the request of her mother, their daughter was sent into the Witness Protection Programme, relocated and given the name of Alice Sangster, presumably arising from her mother's fear of the immortal Captain Jack. The application was approved on February 14, 1977. Although Jack was a Torchwood agent at this time, he was still considered a freelance operative rather than a full-time employee. (TW: Children of Earth: Day Three)

Jack later became leader of Torchwood Three on New Year's Day 2000 after the previous leader, Alex Hopkins, killed his team. Knowing Jack couldn't die, he did not attempt to kill Jack and waited for him to arrive at the Hub before committing suicide. That left Jack as Torchwood Three's leader and only surviving member; he would spend the next few years recruiting new members. (TW: Fragments)

21st century

Leader of Torchwood Three

Jack recruited Toshiko Sato in 2004 (TW: Fragments, (TW: Greeks Bearing Gifts) and Owen Harper was recruited in 2006. (TW: Fragments) At some stage, Suzie Costello, his second-in-command joined the team. (TW: Fragments) Jack's activities at the time of the Blaidd Drwg incident in Cardiff – which involved Jack's younger, mortal self – are unknown, even though it is known that he was in charge of Torchwood Three and based mere feet from the TARDIS' arrival at the time. (DW: Boom Town) After the destruction of Torchwood One in the Battle of Canary Wharf Jack continued to run Torchwood Three. With Torchwood One gone and Torchwood Four having "gotten lost", Jack ran Torchwood Three with more or less complete freedom and used the removal of oversight from Torchwood One as an opportunity to run it according to the ideals he thought the Doctor represented. (DW: The Sound of Drums) He took in Ianto Jones, a survivor of Torchwood One, after some heavy persuasion by Ianto himself. (TW: Fragments) During this time, Jack held on to the hope of re-establishing contact with the Doctor, whom he believed could help him. At some point after the 2006 Sycorax incursion (DW: The Christmas Invasion), Jack obtained a severed hand that had fallen from the Sycorax craft and which was identified as having belonged to the Doctor. He kept the hand in a portable hyperbaric chamber in Torchwood Three's nerve centre, the Hub, and treated it as a prize possession, much to the occasional consternation of his colleagues. (TW: Everything Changes-TW: End of Days) He eventually relinquished the hand to the Doctor. (DW: Last of the Time Lords)

Jack with Gwen (TW Ghost Machine)

After his second-in-command Suzie Costello was exposed as a serial murderer and shot herself, he took in Police Constable Gwen Cooper as Torchwood's newest member. (TW: Everything Changes) Over the coming months, he helped train Cooper in dealing with aliens and alien weaponry, and before long Cooper had become his second in command, taking over for him during his later absence. (TW: Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang) He revealed very little of himself or his origins to his team, even when pursuing a flirtatious relationship with Cooper (TW: Ghost Machine) and a more physical one with Ianto Jones. (TW: They Keep Killing Suzie et al) Although he rarely confided in his team, preferring to keep his past secret -- Gwen was the first person to learn about his immortality -- he nevertheless often showed great compassion for them and other innocents who got caught up in Torchwood's missions (TW: Out of Time), even as he demonstrated a far more ruthless side in dispatching the team's enemies than the Doctor might have exercised. (TW: Countrycide)

Transported back to 1941 by the Rift, Jack met his namesake, the original Jack Harkness, and briefly romanced him before returning to the 21st century. (TW: Captain Jack Harkness)

Jack confronting Abaddon (TW: End of Days)

After the Rift was finally opened by Owen Harper, Jack was forced to confront Abaddon, released from the rift by Bilis Manger. Abbadon was destroyed while attempting to leech Jack's life, though the exertion resulted in Jack remaining dead for three days, his immortality apparently unable to save him. He was brought back to life by a kiss from Gwen. (TW: End of Days) Minutes after his resurrection, Jack noticed the Doctor's hand begin to glow. From inside of the Hub, Jack recognised the sound of the TARDIS materialising, elated after decades of waiting by the knowledge that the young cartomancer's prophecy had been fulfilled and that a version of the Doctor he knew was returning to refuel. By the time the rest of the Torchwood team arrived to investigate the sound, Jack had gone. (TW: End of Days)

Reunion with the Doctor

Having heard the TARDIS, Jack fled from the Hub chasing after the sound. With the Doctor's hand in a backpack, he managed to jump onto the ship before it dematerialised and re-materialised in the year 100,000,000,000,000. (Jack is the only individual known to have withstood a trip through the vortex on the exterior of a TARDIS, thanks to his immortality.) The Doctor and Jack had an awkward reunion. Jack made the happy discovery, though, that Rose Tyler had not been killed in the Battle of Canary Wharf. They met Professor Yana, actually the Master, who regenerated and took off in the TARDIS. (DW: Utopia)

For a full discussion of these incarnations of the Master, see Yana and Harold Saxon.

The Doctor, Jack and Martha traveled back to 2007 with the aid of Jack's vortex manipulator (part of his Time Agency wrist strap), which the Doctor modified. The newly regenerated Master had gotten elected as Prime Minister. Jack was captured on the Valiant along with the Doctor but gave his vortex manipulator to Martha, allowing her to escape by teleporting to the ground. (DW: The Sound of Drums)

Captain Jack when he shot a Blowfish

After being imprisoned within the Valiant for one year, the Doctor and Jack managed to release themselves, and Jack destroyed the Master'sParadox Machine with a machine gun. This resulted in time reverting back one year; only those aboard the Valiant at the time retained any memory of the year's events (see The Year That Never Was).

After the Master's death, Jack had the opportunity to end his long exile on Earth, however out of loyalty to his team at Torchwood, he decided to stay. (DW: Last of the Time Lords)

At some point in the course of events, the Doctor obtained his severed hand from Jack, and Jack would much later witness the hand being used to prevent the Doctor's regeneration. (DW: Journey's End)

Return to Torchwood Three

Jack returned to Torchwood and the team, saving the life of a woman being menaced by a Blowfish. While this took place, there was some Rift activity and John Hart from the Time Agency appeared in Cardiff. Jack tracked him to a bar, where they reunited with a passionate kiss followed by a lengthy bar brawl. John caused quite a bit of trouble before leaving Cardiff via the Rift, but disclosed to Jack that his brother Gray had been found. (TW: Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang) After Jack met Martha Jones when fighting the Master, he invited her onto the team for a few days. He asked her to investigate the Pharm, a medical organization that could cure diseases that were incurable. He ordered Toshiko to close it down. But the Pharm manager shot Owen Harper and then Jack shot him. Martha stayed for a few more days and he put her in charge as Medical officer. (TW: Reset)

Jack crashing Gwen's wedding

Jack found the other resurrection glove and resurrected Owen Harper. It worked but Jack had released an extradimensional alien, the embodiment of death, Durac. Owen saved the day by not giving his soul to Death and survived. (TW: Dead Man Walking) Jack met his younger brother Gray again when John Hart came back and bombed a warehouse in an attempt to kill all the members of the Torchwood Three team. This failed and Jack found a message from John on his vortex manipulator, which included an appearance by Gray himself. Left shaken, Jack immediately went back to the Hub to confront Captain Hart, leaving the other members of the team to deal with their respective challenges. (TW: Fragments) On meeting John again, Jack was killed before being chained up and made to listen whilst John explained his predicament. Jack's rogue partner then detonated strategically placed bombs in and around Cardiff, obliterating the city to Jack's horror before forcibly kidnapping him and sending both of them back through time to Cardiff in 27 AD. Here, Jack discovered that John was being manipulated by Gray, whose return is marked by his instantaneous, remorseless murder of his brother. He vengefully forces John to bury Jack alive 20 feet underground in the land that would become Cardiff. Gray, transformed into a merciless, sadistic psychopath by a lifetime of horrific torture had blamed Jack for letting go of his hand when they were children and wanted Jack to experience a similar never-ending pain by choking on dirt, thrashing on the edge of life every time he revived, only to die again. (TW: Exit Wounds) Before totally burying Jack, John, finally pushed too far by the awareness of how wrong his actions were, slipped a signet ring into the grave with him, hoping that the signal it emitted could be used to locate Jack.

Jack in 27 AD

Stuck in a cycle of death and resurrection for centuries, Jack was discovered by Alice Guppy and Charles Gaskell of the Torchwood of 1901, who had picked up the signal of John's ring (an act which confused his Time Agent partner, who had returned to the 21st century to rescue him, thinking that the ring, despite being 'guaranteed 5 millenia', had malfunctioned). Back in the early 20th century, Jack, insistent that he could not be allowed to cross his own timeline (for by now two versions of Jack were present – his past self and present self) demanded to be placed in cryopreservation for 107 years until the present day. Despite being baffled, the two granted him this request and Jack awoke again inside Torchwood Three concurrent to Gray's mayhem – and coincidentally preventing him from finishing off Toshiko with a bullet. Jack forgives his brother of his trespasses despite Gray's own unwillingness to absolve Jack, begrudging him everything. Left with no other option, a tearful Jack chloroformed and cryopreserved Gray, refusing to kill him, but the damage had already been done, as Gray had been responsible for the deaths of Owen Harper and Toshiko Sato. Jack and John part ways on better terms, with John travelling the world in the 21st century, determined to find out why Jack finds the time period so interesting, and Torchwood Three reduced to Jack, Ianto and Gwen. (TW: Exit Wounds)

On September 9, Martha phoned Jack for help with the CERN's Large Hadron Collider. He, Ianto and Gwen flew there, met up with Martha, investigated 12 accidents, and found a creature that fed on neutrons. (BBCR: Lost Souls)

The Medusa Cascade incident

Captain Jack during the Medusa Cascade incident

Later, when the Earth was relocated by the Daleks to the Medusa Cascade, Harriet Jones, a former Prime Minister and acquaintance of the Doctor, contacted Torchwood and other allies of the Doctor via the Sub-Wave Network. After receiving vital information from Martha that allowed him to reactivate his vortex manipulator, Jack teleported to the Doctor's side just as a Dalek shot him. (DW: The Stolen Earth)

Subsequently, after the Doctor's regeneration aborted, Jack boarded the Crucible and surrendered to the Dalek forces. He attempted to shoot the Supreme Dalek and was "exterminated". He subsequently burrowed into the Crucible and linked up with Sarah Jane Smith (with whom he flirted), Mickey Smith and Jackie Tyler. He attempted to use Sarah Jane's Warp star to bluff the Daleks into calling off the detonation of the reality bomb but was ultimately transported to Davros' chamber instead. He helped pilot the TARDIS as it returned the Earth to its original location. He offered Martha Jones a permanent position with Torchwood, and soon after was joined by Mickey, but not before the Doctor deactivated his vortex manipulator once again, refusing to run the risk of allowing him to travel in time. (DW: Journey's End)

It was some time around here that Jack made a series of tutorial videos about Adipose, Pyrovile, Ood, Sontarans, Slitheen, Hath, Vespiforms, Vashta Nerada, Judoon, Midnight, The Trickster's Brigade, Daleks, Davros, festive aliens and Cybermen in The Hub. These have been confiscated by UNIT and are now top-secret footage. (WC: Captain Jack's Monster Files)

456 Incident

Jack just before the bomb inside him blows up. (TW: Children of Earth: Day One)

Jack, specifically, as part of the team which had negotiated with the 456, was targeted by John Frobisher for assassination after they once more contacted Humanity by using the children of Earth as their mouthpiece. The British government feared that the secret of the deal would come out. They speculated, incorrectly, that the Hub had special properties which enabled his regenerative abilities, and so set out to destroy it, along with Jack. Jack went to contact his daughter Alice and grandson Steven, to try to understand what had happened with the children.

The government, through a ruse involving their agent Rupesh Patanjali, killed Jack and planted a bomb inside his body before he revived. Back at the Hub, the bomb exploded, destroying both Jack's body and the Hub. (TW: Children of Earth: Day One) The team conveyed Jack's scattered remains to a holding facility. He slowly regenerated his body and returned to life, but Johnson, a government agent, realizing that destroying the Hub had not rendered Jack mortal, had him encased in concrete. His team, who had survived, rescued him. (TW: Children of Earth: Day Two) The government subsequently captured Jack's daughter and grandson in order to blackmail him into not interfering with plans to negotiate terms with the aliens in secret. (TW: Children of Earth: Day Three)

The next day, Jack and Ianto invaded Thames House to confront the aliens. Stating that they wage war against Humanity, they released a virus which killed Ianto, who died in Jack's arms. (TW: Children of Earth: Day Four) When the bodies had been released and Jack came back to life it was apparent that Captain Jack blamed himself for Ianto's death. (TW: Children of Earth: Day Five)

Jack devised a way to defeat the 456 using a reconstitution wave of a similar wavelength to that the 456 used to kill Clem, using the children as one vast transmitter, but in order for it to work, the wave needed to be sent via one child. Even though the force of the transmission would kill the child, Jack ignored his daughter's protests and used his grandson, Steven, as the prime transmitter. The plan succeeded, and the 456 left Earth. However, Steven died as a result and Alice severed all contact with Jack. (TW: Children of Earth: Day Five)

Leaving Torchwood Three

Jack then travelled the world for six months. He did not find it enough to rid himself of his guilt. Saying good-bye to Gwen and Rhys, he used his vortex manipulator (which Rhys and Gwen had retrieved from the ruins of Torchwood) to signal a nearby cold fusion freighter near the edge of the Sol system and teleported off into space. (TW: Children of Earth: Day Five)

Jack in a bar. (DW: The End of Time)

Sometime later, Jack was in Zagizalgul a city in the planet Zog and found himself in a bar drowning his sorrows and surrounded by various alien species, when a barman handed him a folded piece of paper which indicated that someone's name was Alonso. Looking up, he saw the Doctor – making his parting goodbyes – staring back, before gesturing towards the man approaching the bar. Seizing the opportunity, Jack addressed Alonso by his first name and told him that he was psychic when asked how he knew him. The Doctor left as Jack continued to flirt with Alonso. (DW: The End of Time)

Undated events

  • As indicated above, Jack has worked for Torchwood since the late 19th century; to date only a handful of his missions prior to the recruitment of Gwen Cooper are known (TW: From Out of the Rain, Fragments, Exit Wounds)
  • Jack had a memorable experience once on a hunting expedition (DW: Boom Town).
  • Jack once quipped about the time he got pregnant, a memorable experience, though not necessarily in a good way. (TW: Everything Changes)
  • Jack had direct or indirect knowledge of the Cybermen of our universe (TW: Cyberwoman) and even stated that he knew what would happen in the Cyber-Wars of the future. (CJMF: Cyberman)
  • Jack related to a captive that he had experience in torturing prisoners, and that, "a long time ago", he had "quite a reputation as the go-to guy" in the event of needing to force information out of a person. (TW: Countrycide)
Given that he wanted to frighten a prisoner into divulging information at the time, he may have lied or stretched the truth.
  • He once worked for an employer named Vincent, who surprised "his" staff by coming out as a male-to-female transsexual renamed Vanessa. (TW: Greeks Bearing Gifts)
  • Jack once had a boyfriend with no mouth. (TW: Fragments)
  • Jack implied that he was present at the extinction of the dinosaurs and said that he had eaten some of them, stating that: "... there was nothing else around after the meteor hit." (TW: Fragments) Jack appears to be unaware that the extinction of the dinosaurs was caused not by a meteor, but a space freighter that exploded, killing the Doctor's companion Adric. (DW: Earthshock) Unless there is an unchronicled time travel event during Harkness' tenure with Torchwood, this event appears to have occurred prior to his first encounter with the Doctor.
  • At some point, and over an unknown period of time, Jack made a number of top secret video recordings providing information on the various alien races encountered by planet Earth. The timing of these recordings and why they were made remains unknown. (WC: Captain Jack's Monster Files)
  • Although not necessarily "adventures" per se, Jack has made references to having romantic relationships with several 20th century notables, including Christopher Isherwood (TW: Reset) and Marcel Proust. (TW: Dead Man Walking)

Other information


Jack has died multiple times. This is one attempt to place these deaths in a precise timeline.

Jack fought in World War I and World War II

During The Year That Never Was, the Master frequently killed Jack for fun

By this time, Jack has died at least 1392 times

Special abilities

Since his resurrection by the Bad Wolf entity (DW: The Parting of the Ways), Jack can die and come back to life almost instantly (TW: Everything Changes onwards), although on occasion his resurrection may be delayed if he experiences enough trauma. (TW: End of Days) He can also re-grow limbs, organs, bones, etc. After a bomb that was planted in his stomach exploded, he was able to fully regenerate from just an arm, a shoulder, and part of his head. His bones grew back first, followed by his internal organs, and lastly his skin. The process of resurrection can often be very painful, especially in this instance. (TW: Children of Earth: Day Two) He has also endured events which might have burned or vaporized regular humans, like a blast from a Judoon laser gun. Once, he stayed under stet radiation from a rocket ship that completely burns flesh but it never even bothered him. (DW: Utopia) Jack views this power as a curse as much as a blessing, as each time he has died he has not experienced anything at all, good or bad (TW: Everything Changes), although the process of resurrection is described as like being "hauled over broken glass." (TW: Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang)

It is impossible to calculate how many times Jack has died and resurrected since his first death from the Dalek blast. By the time John Hart killed him in a warehouse bombing, he had died at least 1,392 times (TW: Fragments), starting from 1892, when he first discovered his immortality. (DW: Utopia) However, Jack was subsequently buried alive by his brother, Gray, in 27 AD, and endured an endless cycle of suffocation deaths and resurrection – potentially hundreds of thousands – before being finally rescued in 1901. (TW: Exit Wounds)

The Doctor explained to Jack about his power after their reunion: Rose resurrected him as the Bad Wolf entity with the power of the Time Vortex after his first death, when he was shot by a Dalek. She couldn't totally control the power she wielded and she brought him back forever by accident. The Doctor knew from the moment it happened and so abandoned Jack in the future. The Doctor said that Jack is a fixed point in time, an impossible thing which the Doctor has trouble even looking at and even the TARDIS tries to get rid of. The Doctor says even he's unable to undo Jack's resurrection power and doesn't know if Jack will ever die due to this. (DW: Utopia) See "Future as the Face of Boe", below, for a potential consequence.

Like other men in the 51st century, Jack possesses evolved human pheromones which make him naturally nice-smelling and attractive to others. (TW: Fragments)

Tosh could not use Mary's telepathy pendant to read his thoughts, although he could project thoughts to Tosh if he so chose. Tosh likened it to trying to read a dead man, and Jack confirmed that he knew someone was trying to read his mind. (TW: Greeks Bearing Gifts)

Future as the Face of Boe?

Jack has mentioned that in his childhood home, the Boeshane Peninsula, as result of being the first one ever (whether of the Peninsula or of the Time Agency generally remains unclear) he had been a poster boy and so was nicknamed the Face of Boe. (DW: Last of the Time Lords) Jack had previously mentioned that he did know of the Face of Boe. (NSA: The Stealers of Dreams)

Whether this would make the immortal Jack the actual future Face of Boe remains unknown. If true, then Jack is fated to outlive the Earth. (DW: Gridlock)
In his commentary for a preview of Children of Earth, Russell T Davies said of Captain Jack: "He has lived through hundreds and hundreds of years, and will live through billions of years.

These words sound suspicously similiar to the legends surrounding the Face of Boe, implying that Jack really is/will be the Face of Boe.

In comments in a panel at Comic-Con, John Barrowman talked at length about receiving the scripts for Utopia and Last of the Time Lords at Comic-Con and about how great he thought it was that Jack was the Face of Boe, because of what it did to the dynamic between Jack and the Doctor.

Multiple Jacks

Due to Jack's immortality and time travel, there have been several occasions in which several Jacks existed on Earth at the same time. At the time of Jack's first encounter with the Doctor in World War II, there were three versions on Earth: the young mortal Jack who subsequently joined the Doctor and Rose (DW: The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances); the immortal Jack working for Torchwood (location at this point in time unknown); and a still older Jack being kept in cryogenic sleep at the Torchwood Three Hub in Cardiff. Later, when the Doctor, Rose, and Jack arrive in Cardiff prior to the Blaidd Drwg power station incident, they are only feet away from the Torchwood Three Hub where the older Jack is based and the cryogenically frozen Jack awaited resurrection. (DW: Boom Town) Yet another trio of Jacks existed on Earth, again during World War II, when the immortal Jack accidentally passed through a rift in time back to World War II, when in fact not only were there three Jacks (the 21st century Jack, the 1940s Torchwood member Jack and the frozen Jack) but a fourth as the original user of the name was also present. (TW: Captain Jack Harkness)

Donna's World

If Donna Noble had turned right instead of left, stopping herself from ever meeting and saving the Doctor, Jack would have lost fellow Torchwood members Gwen Cooper and Ianto Jones, who sacrificed their lives to save the Earth from the Sontarans' plan involving ATMOS, and would have been transported to Sontar, the Sontaran homeworld. (DW: Turn Left)


The Defabricator at work

When Rose and the Doctor first met him, Jack owned a small Chula Warship, fitted for human use, as well as psychic paper and a store of nanogenes in the ship. When saving the Doctor and Rose by carrying a German bomb a safe distance away from London, the bomb explodes inside the ship, but luckily, the Doctor and Rose saved him. (DW: The Empty Child, The Doctor Dances) In contrast to the Doctor, Jack Harkness was far more willing to use weapons and was capable of modifying equipment to that end. Jack owned a sonic blaster. (DW: The Doctor Dances) He also managed to store a Compact Laser Deluxe away somewhere "you really don't wanna know"', in case of emergencies. (DW: Bad Wolf) During his travels with the Doctor, he modified the Defabricator, to be capable of destroying a Dalek. (DW: The Parting of the Ways) As the leader of Torchwood Three, Jack liked to carry a World War II Webley. (TW: Everything Changes onward)

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Romantic interests

Although once described as gay by Owen Harper, Jack is, correctly, pansexual, in that he finds both males and females attractive and not exclusively humans, either. As such, he has had many lovers of both sexes and of numerous species.

By nature, Jack flirts with nearly everyone he meets. The earliest known example is his Time Agency partner Captain John Hart (TW: Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang), but Jack has also recalled lovers from his Time Agency days such as his would-be executioners (a couple) and a boyfriend with no mouth.

Some time after leaving the Time Agency, he became a con man during World War II and had an affair with a soldier named Algy. (DW: The Doctor Dances) While traveling at their side, Jack appeared to develop romantic feelings for Rose Tyler and the Ninth Doctor, kissing them both on the mouth upon leaving them to fight the Daleks. (DW: The Parting of the Ways) The Doctor chose neither to encourage nor discourage Jack, though he himself did little more than playfully tease Jack. (DW: Boomtown)

When once again living around the time of World War II (this time immortal and working for Torchwood) he had a relationship with Estelle Cole (TW: Small Worlds) but seemingly disappeared out of her life forever one day (possibly to go off to war again).

Ianto dies in Jack's arms.

While stranded on Earth between 1869 and 2007, Jack alluded to countless romances. He is known to have dated notables Christopher Isherwood (TW: Reset) and Marcel Proust (TW: Dead Man Walking) and developed a relationship with a Torchwood coworker named Greg Bishop. (TWN: The Twilight Streets) Other mentions include acrobatic twins and the possibility of relationships with other coworkers and acquaintances, such as Duchess Eleanor. (BBCR: Golden Age) During this period Jack also became married but outlived his wife. (TW: Something Borrowed)

With Torchwood agent Lucia Moretti, Jack was the father to Alice Carter (TW: Children of Earth) (who in turn produced a grandson). In the late 1960s, Jack met and had a brief relationship with involuntary time-traveler Michael Bellini. (TWN: Trace Memory)

In the early 21st century, Jack recruited Gwen Cooper, who was romantically drawn to him (though Jack withdrew in deference to the fact Cooper was engaged to marry Rhys Williams), and Ianto Jones whom he developed a romantic relationship with. Despite these burgeoning relationships, Jack met the real Captain Jack Harkness after traveling back in time and the two developed a romantic bond, culminating in a kiss upon their pained farewell. (TW: Captain Jack Harkness) Jack also met and was attracted to Martha Jones, the handsome Tenth Doctor and even fleetingly to the Malmooth Chantho and a human male refugee. On discussing Martha's obvious unrequited love for the Doctor, Jack replied, "You, too." (DW: Utopia)

When he returned and John Hart departed (TW: Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang), he began an exclusive relationship with Ianto, though he continued to flirt with everyone he met. During the Medusa Cascade incident, Jack confessed to being a fan of Sarah Jane Smith, because of her triumph against the Slitheen, which did come to some flirting. (DW: The Stolen Earth) Also, expectedly, Donna Noble found Jack attractive, offering a hug (Jack assumed she was kidding) after the Doctor and Rose did. Eventually Donna hugged Jack after saving the universe by pushing Sarah Jane out of the way, though Jack didn't mind. The relationship with Ianto, however, was close enough for him to surrender the world to the 456 to stop them killing Ianto. This did not save him, and the relationship was tragically ended. (TW: Children of Earth: Day Four)

He was later introduced to Alonso Frame by the Doctor during his last farewells. Although they certainly flirted with each other, it is unknown whether they merely had a fling, or if this grew into something more serious. (DW: The End of Time)


Jack's known relatives are his father, Franklin, and his younger brother, Gray. His father was killed during an attack on the Boeshane Peninsula. Gray later turned against his brother and was eventually cryogenically frozen in the Torchwood Hub; the Hub's subsequent destruction during the 456 incident renders Gray's fate unclear. (TW: Children of Earth: Day One)

He also had a mother and at least one wife, whose names are unknown. On Earth, he had a daughter, Alice Carter, and a grandson, Steven Carter; Steven died at the resolution of the 456 incident, and his relationship with his daughter has become estranged. (TW: Children of Earth: Day Five)

The fact his daughter was aging and his grandson died indicates that Jack's immortality cannot be passed genetically.

Key life events

Behind the scenes

  • Jack Harkness' first name was originally "Jax", in Russell T Davies's original production outline. In this, Jack's proper name was Jax, and he was using the Jack alias as a cover in World War II. The name was later abandoned due to its similarity to other names in the wider Doctor Who Universe.
  • Davies has said he got the surname "Harkness" from Agatha Harkness, a recurring character from the Fantastic Four comic book.
  • John Barrowman revealed that Jack does sleep and that he has a bed located down a ladder underneath a manhole cover near his office (revealed on The Friday Night Project, a late-night talk show) This bed and manhole are seen in Small Worlds.
  • Jack Harkness has the distinction of being the first ongoing character in the televised Doctor Who universe to be definitely confirmed as being non-heterosexual (although, as described above, it is not strictly correct to refer to him as homo- or bisexual either, more omnisexual). However, in the expanded Doctor Who universe he is far from the first, as Seventh Doctor companion Chris Cwej was revealed to be bisexual in the 1996 novel Damaged Goods (written by Russell T Davies), while Third Doctor-era recurring character Mike Yates was "outed" as gay in Happy Endings (although there is no suggestion of this in the televised episodes, which showed him flirting with Jo Grant on occasion). The Doctor Who Magazine Eighth Doctor comics featured recurring character Fey Truscott-Sade, and the Doctor's companion Izzy Sinclair came out as a lesbian in her final regular appearance in Oblivion.
  • Much like Nicola Bryant's portrayal of Peri, sometimes Barrowman uses word choices and pronunciations that an American wouldn't use. The most obvious example is in his way of saying "estrogen" in Everything Changes. (This is mainly because the word is spelt oestrogen in British English.) However it needs to be noted that Harkness is not an American, but rather someone from the far future pretending to be one, and it is established that he has spent much of his life (especially after gaining immortality) based in the British Isles or travelling with "British-speaking" companions such as the Doctor and Rose Tyler. There is nothing to say that Harkness is actually using an "American" accent; his accent may actually be Boeshanean.
  • Jack Harkness wears the rank slide of a Group Captain but is addressed, incorrectly, as "Captain". However, in his initial appearance in Doctor Who he is incorrectly wearing the cap and insignia of a Squadron Leader.
  • The implication that Jack is destined to become the Face of Boe is not considered set in stone due to Russell T Davies waffling over the issue during the DVD commentary for Last of the Time Lords, in which he would not commit absolutely to Jack becoming the Face in the future. However, in media and public (i.e. science fiction convention) statements, producer Julie Gardner, along with both John Barrowman and David Tennant, have all gone on record as saying that Jack is the Face of Boe.
  • Jack has appeared in every season in the revived series, with the exception of Series 2.
  • Jack is one of only two of the Doctor's assistants (the other being Sarah Jane Smith) to get their own spin-off show 

External links

  • In-universe information on Jack Harkness, from the Torchwood website

See also

Companions of the Ninth Doctor
Rose Tyler • Adam Mitchell  • Jack Harkness
Companions of the Tenth Doctor
Rose Tyler  • Mickey Smith  • Donna Noble  • Martha Jones  • Jack Harkness  • Sarah Jane Smith  • Astrid Peth  • Jackson Lake  • Lady Christina de Souza  • Adelaide Brooke  • Wilfred Mott
Other media
Grayla  • Alsa  • Majenta Pryce  • Maxwell Edison  • Heather McCrimmon  • Emma  • Gisella  • Nikki Jupiter  • Rok Ma  • June  • Koral  • Space Major Jon Bowman  • Wolfgang "Wolfie" Ryter  • Jake Carstairs  • Vienna Carstairs  • Wallace Fitch  • Emily Parr  • Kate Maguire  • Cassie Rice  • Jimmy Stalkingwolf  • Matthew Finnegan  • Emily Winter  • The Viewer
The Children of Time
Meta-Crisis Tenth Doctor  • Donna Noble (Doctor-Donna)  • Rose Tyler  • Jack Harkness  • Martha Jones  • Mickey Smith  • Jackie Tyler  • Sarah Jane Smith  • K-9 Mark IV  • Harriet Jones  • Gwen Cooper  • Ianto Jones  • Luke Smith  • Mr Smith  • Wilfred Mott  • Sylvia Noble

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Full Name: Jack
Species: Human
Gender: Male
Affiliation: United Federation of Planets
Assignment: Patient of the Institute

Jack was male Human who lived in the 24th century.



Early life

When Jack was a child, his parents had him genetically enhanced. The procedure increased his intelligence and physical abilities, but left him as a violent, aggressive, paranoid and anti-social person. Jack's parents admitted what they had done for Jack to get treatment. Jack would later become a patient of the Institute and was kept with other genetically enhanced people. (DS9 episode: "Statistical Probabilities")

Working with Bashir

By the 2370s, Jack had been selected by Karen Loews (along with Lauren, Sarina Douglas and Patrick) to be separated from the Institute's other residents so she could work with him and help give him a normal life.

In 2374, Doctor Loews brought Jack and the others to Deep Space 9 for Julian Bashir to work with him. It was hoped that Bashir, as someone who had been genetically enhanced but had led a normal life, would be able to convince him he could do the same.

Jack and the others would later watch a speech of Corat Damar's and deduced exactly how he came to power. Benjamin Sisko was able to convince Starfleet to give them access to Starfleet's data on the Dominion and the war. Working with Bashir, Jack and the others deduced the war was unwinnable and that surrender was the Federation's only option. After Starfleet refused to accept their data, Jack and the others tried to pass the classified information on Starfleet's battle plans and fleet deployments to Damar and Weyoun, but were stopped after Sarina informed Bashir of their plan. Jack and the others were returned to the Institute, with Jack planning to find a way to beat the Dominion. (DS9 episode: "Statistical Probabilities")

Jack and the others returned to Deep Space 9 the following year on the USS Farragut, posing as Starfleet officers, for Sarina to undergo the procedure to free her from her catatonic state. At the same time, Jack, Patrick and Lauren were concerned that the universe had too much matter and would collapse in sixty or seventy trillion years. (DS9 episode: "Chrysalis")

Around this time, Jack visited Elim Garak's shop and told him he planned to pursuade Starfleet to elevate Bashir to the command of the station, feeling a genetically enhanced person should be leading the station during the war. Jack and the others petitioned the Federation Council, but no one took them seriously. (DS9 novel: A Stitch in Time)

In 2376, the Section 31 agent Cole told Bashir that many genetically enhanced people living in the Federation would consider Jack to be a "social butterfly" compared to them. Cole also predicted that if the rogue genetically engineered 31 agent Ethan Locken started a war, Starfleet would abandon Jack and the others. (DS9 novel: Abyss)

Later that year, having been affected by the cathedral/anathema artifact, Bashir experienced a vision where he was placed in a cell with Jack and the others. In the vision, Jack helped Bashir to escape. (DS9 novel: Cathedral)


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Jack is a character and drug dealer in Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. He sells drugs out of The Triangle, Algonquin, Liberty City and e-mails Huang Lee, the games protagonist, regarding special deals when selling and buying drugs.

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Dr. Jack Shephard
Dr. Jack Shephard
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Los Angeles, California, USA
Workman, DHARMA Initiative
Spinal surgeon, St. Sebastian Hospital
In Australia...
...finding his father
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Family members
Ray Shephard - Grandfather
Christian Shephard - Father
Margo Shephard - Mother
Claire Littleton - Half-Sister
Aaron Littleton - Half-Nephew
Sarah Shephard - Ex-Wife
Kate Austen - Ex-Fiancée

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Dr. Jack Shephard is a former spinal surgeon and was the de facto leader of the survivors following the crash of Oceanic Flight 815. Before the crash, Jack had control issues and trouble dealing with situations that he couldn't fix, which led to the deterioration of his marriage and the relationship with his father. However, on the Island, this ability to solve problems through reason made him able to function well during a crisis and lead several A-Missions. He was commonly looked upon as the leader of the survivors and was on good terms with everyone, especially Kate and Juliet. He blew open the Hatch and pushed the button with John Locke where the two of them had issues working together because John was a "man of faith" while Jack was a "man of science". He was later captured by the Others, along with Kate and Sawyer, as part of Michael's betrayal. While with the Others, Jack performed surgery on their leader, Benjamin Linus in exchange for leaving the island but was unable to leave after Locke blew up the submarine. After calling the freighter, Jack and five other survivors managed to escape the Island by using a helicopter, although they were forced to leave everyone else behind when Ben moved the Island. Since the rescue, Jack learned of his family relation to Claire and Aaron, laid his father to rest and became engaged to Kate. Unfortunately, certain events, including a visit from Jeremy Bentham and visions of his father, caused his resolve to collapse and made him determined to return to the island. With Ben's help, Jack later returned to the island after being thrown through time and space when Ajira Flight 316 flew over the Island. After finding himself stuck in 1977 he worked for the DHARMA Initiative as a workman where he tried to change the past by detonating a hydrogen bomb. After the detonation he time traveled to his original timeline of 2007 having survived the blast.


Before the crash


Jack as a boy ("White Rabbit")

Jack Shephard is the son of Dr. Christian and Margo Shephard. He was also, through his father, the half-brother of fellow Oceanic Flight 815 survivor Claire Littleton, thus making him the half-uncle of Claire's son, Aaron. As an adolescent, Jack was beaten by a teenage bully after attempting to rescue his friend Marc Silverman. Jack later explained the cause of his injuries to his intoxicated father, who informed him over a glass of whiskey of his own ability to cope with the consequences of difficult life and death decisions. He advised Jack not to attempt to be a hero because he didn't have what it took to cope with failing. ("White Rabbit")

At some point during his lifetime, Jack took a small number of flying lessons, but chose not to continue with them because "it wasn't for me." ("Pilot, Part 1")

Professional Education

Following a heated discussion with his father, Jack speaks with Jacob.("The Incident, Parts 1 & 2")

Jack attended Columbia University and then graduated from UCLA medical school a year faster than anyone else. ("A Tale of Two Cities") Following this, Jack began working with his father at St. Sebastian Hospital as a spinal surgeon. ("All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues")

During his residency, Jack was in surgery, operating on a teenage girl. He accidentally nicked her dural sac and went into a panic. Christian told him to count to five, and that if Jack didn't calm down Christian would do the surgery himself. Jack pulled himself together and fixed the problem. Later, after his candy bar got stuck in the vending machine, Jack told Christian that he was angry that he was "put in a time-out" and disrespected in front of his team. As he started to walk away, Jacob approached Jack and offered him the Apollo Candy Bar that was stuck in the vending machine. He touched Jack's hand for a moment and said, "Maybe all it needed was a little push." ("The Incident, Parts 1 & 2")

Saving Sarah

Jack meets Desmond for the first time. ("Man of Science, Man of Faith")

At around 8:15 AM on an unknown date in 2001, Jack was presented with two victims of a head-on collision involving two SUVs. Jack chose to save the woman, Sarah, whose spine was severely damaged, at the older man's expense. ("Man of Science, Man of Faith") Afterwards, he passed the man's daughter. ("Abandoned") Upon Sarah's inquiries regarding her condition, Jack told her she would never walk again. Christian overheard this and advised his son to be more optimistic in his dealings with patients. Jack informed Sarah's fiance Kevin of the extent of her injuries and became annoyed when Kevin appeared to question whether he wanted to continue his relationship with Sarah. While preparing for surgery, Jack overstepped his professional relationship with Sarah, promising to fix her.

Jack talks to Sarah just before he discovers she can move. ("Man of Science, Man of Faith")

After what he felt was an unsuccessful surgery, Jack left the hospital for a nearby stadium, where he began a tour de stade. Another man was there doing the same thing, and as Jack tried to outrun him, he fell and hurt his ankle. The stranger came to Jack's aid and introduced himself as Desmond. He intuitively guessed Jack was worried about a woman and hypothetically questioned whether Jack had really failed to fix her. Desmond also explained that he too was once "almost a doctor." He gave Jack the advice to "lift it up," ostensibly referring to the injured ankle, though the phrase may have had a more philosophical meaning. Desmond left, promising to see Jack "in another life."

Jack went back to the hospital and tearfully informed Sarah of his failure to reverse the damage to her spine. She accused him of "yanking her chain," claiming she could wiggle her toes. Jack examined her legs and concluded he had indeed fixed her as he had promised. ("Man of Science, Man of Faith")

Marriage To Sarah

Jack and Sarah, on their wedding day ("Do No Harm")  (promotional still)

Some time later, likely in 2002, Jack's childhood friend Marc Silverman expressed his fears about giving a toast at Jack's upcoming rehearsal dinner. Jack tried to allay those fears, telling his friend there was still time to back out. Silverman planned to drink heavily beforehand, claiming eight beers should be enough to calm his nerves. Following Marc's speech at the rehearsal, Sarah gave a toast to Jack. She cited him as heroic and highly committed, and said because of him she would be able to dance at their wedding. Jack and Sarah spoke later while playing a duet on a piano in the hotel in which the wedding was to be held. During this conversation, Sarah attempted to calm Jack's nerves about the vows they had promised to write. Jack's father arrived later that night and found Jack dangling his feet in the hotel pool. Christian joined him and listened as Jack told him he was having difficulty writing his vows and feared he was only marrying Sarah because he had saved her life two years before. Christian complimented his son on his ability to remain absolutely committed, but thought it made him "not good at letting go." Some hours before the wedding, Christian joined Jack as he stood on the beach throwing rocks into the ocean and presented him with the watch his own father had given him on his wedding day. Christian explained that he had never worn the watch because his father had disapproved of his marrying Margo. Christian gave the watch to Jack, asking him to be a better father than himself. Later, at the wedding, Jack improvised his vows, telling Sarah of his belief that rather than his having fixed her, she had fixed him, and of his resulting unconditional love for her. ("Do No Harm"), ("The Watch")

In early December of 2003, Jack and his father were approached by a wealthy Italian man named Angelo Busoni who had, after being diagnosed with a spinal tumor, chosen to be treated at St. Sebastian Hospital because of the miracle Jack had performed on Sarah. Christian, who was at that time Chief of Surgery, believed the elderly man's tumor was inoperable and, although Jack shared Christian's opinion and was aware of the differences between his current patient's condition and that of his wife, he nonetheless agreed to operate. Jack's subsequent dedication to his patient and a dangerous level of association with his daughter Gabriela, put a strain on his marriage. After Angelo's death as a result of heart failure on the operating table, Jack and Gabriela shared a kiss, though afterward Jack pulled away and said he couldn't do it (the implication being that he could not pursue a relationship with her). He returned home to Sarah resolved to fix his marriage. When he confessed the kiss to his wife and began to say how he would change, Sarah told him she had been seeing another man and had already made plans to leave Jack, citing his compulsive obsession with fixing things. ("The Hunting Party")

Divorce and Aftermath

Christian confronted by Jack at the AA meeting ("A Tale of Two Cities")  (promotional still)

In February 2004, Jack stalked his estranged wife, waiting outside the kindergarten at which she taught. Enraged with jealousy, Jack bitterly contested the divorce and became obsessed with discovering the identity of Sarah's lover. At one point, he fired his lawyer and offered Sarah all his possessions in exchange for the man's name, a demand she ignored. Later, having somehow acquired her cell phone, Jack began calling all of Sarah's contacts, convinced that one of them was her new lover. He dialed a number in his father's presence and Christian's phone began to ring, causing Jack to believe it was Christian who had stolen his wife. Upon being asked why Sarah would be calling him, Christian demanded that his son let her go. Ignoring this, Jack repeated his question and Christian told him Sarah was concerned about Jack's obsession. Jack replied that, despite being "a drunk," his father would not know what it meant to be obsessive.

Later, while discussing a patient's treatment with a nurse Jack overheard Christian laughing into his phone. Jack assumed that Christian was talking to Sarah. He followed his father to the Lynford Hotel and into an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. After a brief confrontation in which Jack demanded to see his father's cell phone and mocked his achievement of staying sober for fifty days, Jack outright accused Christian of sleeping with his wife. Shortly after, Jack physically attacked his father, an action which resulted in his arrest and subsequent jailing. Jack was bailed out by his former wife, who had been informed of Jack's incarceration by an extremely drunk Christian Shephard over the phone. Jack again probed Sarah for information regarding her new boyfriend, but she refused to answer, and left the building. Jack chased after Sarah outside and, seeing a man standing by a car across the street, asked Sarah if that was he (her lover). Sarah said it didn't matter, but that Jack should be happy he once again had something to fix. ("A Tale of Two Cities")

Jack's relationship with Achara in Thailand. ("Stranger in a Strange Land")

Following the collapse of his marriage, Jack took a trip to Thailand to relax. While there, he met a mysterious woman named Achara. They became friends and occasionally slept together. Jack tried to find out what she did for a living, but she was very secretive about her work. Jack followed her one night. When he confronted her, Achara told him she saw into people and translated what she saw into tattoos. Jack grew strangely forceful and demanded to know what she saw in him. Achara became very emotional and told Jack she saw him as a leader who, although strong, could also be unhappy. Jack insisted she tattoo him. Achara warned there would be consequences, but gave in. The tattoo that Achara designed on Jack's arm translates to "He walks among us, but is not one of us." The next day, when Jack emerged from his tent on the beach, the people he had befriended earlier attacked him violently. They screamed at him, telling him to leave and never return. As Jack struggled to get up he saw Achara watching sadly from a short distance away. ("Stranger in a Strange Land")

Betraying His Father

In July of 2004, Jack was called into surgery by one of the operating nurses, who had observed his intoxicated father mistakenly cut the hepatic artery of a patient. Taking over his father's role as surgeon-of-record, Jack attempted to rectify the error; however, despite resealing the woman's artery, her rapid blood loss and resulting cardiac arrest caused her death. After the surgery, a confrontation ensued between the two Shephards, during which Christian said his son had no right barging into his surgery. Jack contended that his actions were justified, given his father's impaired state at the time of the surgery. A short time later, Jack was called into his father's office and asked to sign a falsified report of the woman's death, which stated that Jack had accompanied his father during the surgery, but in spite of their "most valiant efforts," the woman had died of massive blood loss caused by her severe internal injuries. Although Jack initially refused to sign the document, stating that his father deserved to face the consequences of his actions - including the revocation of his license - his father ultimately goaded him into it. Following this meeting, Jack witnessed his father consoling the deceased woman's husband, who was threatening legal action against the hospital for his wife's death. This, in addition to Jack's discovery of the woman's pregnancy at the time of the surgery, caused Jack to revise his statement to the panel responsible for determining whether any action should be taken regarding her death. Rather than agreeing with what had been written in Christian's falsified report, Jack revealed the truth about what had occurred during the surgery, concluding with his belief that his intoxicated father's actions, rather than the woman's injuries, were the direct cause of her death. ("All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues")

Jack identifies his father's body. ("White Rabbit")

In mid-September of 2004, at the behest of his frantically worried mother Margo, Jack traveled to Sydney, Australia in search of his missing father, despite their lack of communication in the previous few months. Jack searched his father's hotel room and found his wallet, some alcohol, and a collection of pills. He later learned his father had died due to an alcohol-induced heart attack. He attempted to load his father's body onto the same plane on which he was to return to America, but had trouble getting the casket on the plane because he had not made the proper arrangements. ("White Rabbit")

Oceanic Flight 815

Jack explaining to Chrissy why it is so important to load his father's body onto the plane. ("White Rabbit")

However, after a heartfelt plea to an Oceanic Airlines ticket agent named Chrissy, in which Jack stated his need for closure regarding his father's death, he was able to have the coffin loaded onto the plane.("White Rabbit")

Just prior to boarding Oceanic Flight 815, after his conversation with Chrissy, Jack met Ana Lucia Cortez in an airport bar. Ana Lucia was assigned to seat 42F on the same flight. Jack mentioned his father's death, as well as the fact that he had once been married. Ana Lucia stated her opinion that children should not work with their parents. When Ana Lucia received a phone call, she left, but promised to have another drink with Jack on the plane. ("Exodus, Part 1")

Jack staring out of the plane's window.("Pilot, Part 1")

Jack sat in seat 23B, and had a conversation with Australian flight attendant Cindy Chandler, who handed him two airline bottles of vodka, one of which he consumed immediately. A short time after this, while rising from his seat, Jack was nearly knocked down by a man hurrying up the aisle. This prompted a conversation with nearby passenger Rose Nadler, whose husband Bernard was in the bathroom. After Rose's reaction to some light turbulence, Jack attempted to allay her fears. Very soon, however, the plane began to shake more violently before making a sharp, uncontrolled descent. Due to the loss of cabin pressure, oxygen masks fell from the ceiling of the plane. Despite putting his mask on, Jack blacked out before the plane's tail separated from the mid-section. ("Pilot, Part 1")

On the Island

Days 1-44 (Season 1)

Jack waking up at the middle of the jungle after the crash. ("Pilot, Part 1")

Jack woke up alone in a bamboo thicket near the site of the plane crash. He looked over to see a dog run past him. He stood up and took a bottle of vodka from his jacket pocket, then began to run through the jungle toward the sound of screaming. The plane had crashed on the beach and Jack began helping the injured passengers. There was a man whose leg was being crushed under one of the detached landing wheels, and Jack enlisted the help of another survivor to help him move it. After the man was free, Jack turned around to see a pregnant woman on the beach crying for help. He was starting in her direction when a man was sucked into the engine. As it blew up, Jack shielded the woman from the explosion, then asked another survivor named Hurley to look after her so he could help Rose, who wasn't breathing. A young man named Boone was trying to give her CPR, but Jack shooed him away because he was doing it wrong. After reviving Rose, he noticed the plane's wing beginning to fall and he pushed Claire and Hurley out of its way.

Jack tells Kate about his experience with fear, while she is stitching his wound. ("Pilot, Part 1")

Jack wandered through the wreckage on the beach, then took a sewing kit from a suitcase and found a quiet place to examine his own wounds. A woman walked by and Jack asked for her help in stitching him up. Kate seemed terrified, but Jack calmed her by telling her about his first solo surgery, where he conquered his fear during an emergency by "letting the fear in," but only for five seconds.

The next day Jack, Kate and Charlie hiked into the jungle to find the cockpit. Once inside, they found the pilot alive. He gave them the transceiver shortly before being pulled out the window by the Monster. Kate, Jack and Charlie ran from the cockpit and into the jungle. After a brief rainstorm, they found the pilot dead in a tree. ("Pilot, Part 1")

Jack finds Kate's mugshot in Mars' coat. ("Tabula Rasa")  (promotional still)

They returned to camp, where Jack broke up a fight between Sayid and Sawyer. Kate gave the transceiver to Sayid so he could fix it and Jack went to take a look at the man with the shrapnel. ("Pilot, Part 2") He asked Hurley to hold the man down while he tried to take the shrapnel out. Hurley fainted and Jack had to complete the surgery himself. At one point, the man woke up and forcefully told Jack, "Don't trust her," and asked for his handcuffs. When Jack asked whom he was talking about, the Marshal directed him to look in his jacket pocket. Inside, Jack found a mugshot of Kate. Hurley later came across it, but Jack told him he wasn't interested in knowing what her crime was.

He went to look for some stronger antibiotics and found Sawyer looting in the fuselage. When he got back to the tent, the Marshal was trying to strangle Kate. Jack broke them up as Mars went into convulsions. Kate asked Jack to put him out of his misery, but Jack told her he had seen her mugshot and that he was not a murderer. Mars wanted to talk to Kate alone and Jack agreed. When Hurley told him Kate had a gun, he ran to the tent, reaching it just as Kate walked out. A gunshot rang out and Kate walked away as Sawyer left the tent. He told Jack the Marshal had asked to be shot. A second later, choking and coughing sounds came from the tent, and Jack went to euthanize the Marshal to end his suffering. ("Tabula Rasa")

When wild boars started raiding the fuselage for the dead bodies, Jack decided the best way to dispose of the bodies was to burn the whole thing. Struggling with his leadership role, he didn't want to plan or lead the memorial, nor did he want to talk to Rose, who had been sitting on the beach staring into the ocean ever since the crash. When Boone pointed out that Jack had saved her life, he sat down next to her and tried to get her to talk. Rose said she would like to watch the funeral service that night, but when Jack asked her to say something about her husband, she told him Bernard was still alive. Jack looked toward the jungle and saw a man wearing a suit and white tennis shoes standing under a tree. Jack turned to go with Rose, and when he looked back the man was gone. ("Walkabout")

Locke gives Jack an advice regarding his "white rabbit". ("White Rabbit")  (promotional still)

On day 6, Boone nearly died trying to save a woman from drowning. Jack rescued him, but felt guilty he couldn't save Joanna as well. He told Kate how he felt, and while talking to her, he saw his father standing in the water. Later, Boone berated him, telling him he could have made it back and Jack should have saved Joanna. Jack walked away from Boone, who was still ranting, when he saw his father again. He ran into the jungle and chased after him for a few hours before nearly falling off a cliff. Locke helped him up and Jack asked how everyone was doing back at camp. Locke told him they needed Jack to lead them, but Jack said he couldn't because he would fail. He told Locke he was going crazy, and Locke told him to keep chasing what he was after. Jack took his advice and eventually found some caves near a supply of fresh water. He also found his father's coffin. When he opened it and found it empty, he began beating it angrily with a metal pipe. Jack went back to the beach to tell everyone he had found water and shelter, telling them, "If we can't live together, we're going to die alone." ("White Rabbit")

Jack took Kate, Locke and Charlie to the caves to bring water back to the beach. Charlie stepped on a beehive and Jack and Kate got separated from the other two. They ran to the caves, where they found the skeletal remains of a man and a woman. Jack thought they must have lived in the caves and told Kate the survivors should move there, too. Not everyone wanted to move off the beach, and the group split. ("House of the Rising Sun")

When Jack became trapped by a cave-in, the survivors began a rescue attempt led by Michael. Charlie was the only one small enough to go in and who had no emotional attachments on the Island. Once inside the cave, he had to pop Jack's dislocated shoulder back into place. Jack told Charlie he knew he was going through withdrawals from heroin, and that night, after they had gotten out of the cave, Jack helped him through his pain and told everyone Charlie had the flu. ("The Moth")

While Jack was treating Sayid, who had been knocked out while trying to triangulate the signal for the transceiver, Boone came running into the caves, wounded. He told Jack he thought Sawyer had stolen Shanon's inhaler, and Sawyer had found him looking through his stuff trying to find it. Jack demanded Sawyer hand over the medicine, and Sawyer told Kate he would give her the inhalers for a kiss, which she refused. Later, with Jack's approval, Sayid tied Sawyer to a tree and tortured him for answers. Sawyer finally agreed to give up the inhalers, but only to Kate. He again said he would give her the medication if she kissed him, which she reluctantly did, only to find that he did not have the inhalers after all. Sayid became enraged and attacked Sawyer, stabbing him in the arm and hitting an artery. Luckily, Jack was there to stop the bleeding and save Sawyer's life. Sayid, ashamed of what he had done, left the beach. ("Confidence Man")

At Jack's infirmary in the caves, a man called Sullivan was worried about a rash. Jack told him to relax, but Hurley said everyone needed something to do. He built a golf course, and Jack and Michael were the first to play on it. ("Solitary")

Claire began having nightmares about someone trying to hurt her baby. Jack tried to convince her it was nothing to worry about, but Claire was adamant. After a particularly bad dream, Hurley decided it would be a good idea to take a census to get a better idea of whom they were living with. Just as Ethan came upon Claire and Charlie alone in the jungle, Hurley told Jack that Ethan wasn't on the plane. ("Raised by Another")

Jack beats Ethan after the survivors capture him. ("Homecoming")  (promotional still)

After discovering Claire and Charlie had been taken, Jack and Kate searched for Ethan. They got separated and Ethan attacked and threatened Jack before disappearing into the jungle again. Kate helped him up and a short time later they found Charlie hanging by his neck from a tree. Jack held his legs while Kate cut him down, then tried to revive him. Unable to let him go, Jack ignored Kate's pleas and pounded on Charlie's chest until he was finally able to breathe. ("All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues")

After Kate had found the Marshal's Halliburton case, she asked Jack to help her open it. She also revealed that the key to the case was in the buried Marshal's wallet. Jack suspected that Kate had hidden motives, and asked her if anything else in the case was of importance to her. Kate claimed she only feared the guns would fall into Sawyer's hands. Jack told her he would only help if she promised they would open the case together. Kate agreed and they headed to where Mars was buried. When they had dug him up, Kate volunteered to reach in and get the wallet, and after obtaining it she jumped quickly out of the grave. When she opened the wallet, she acted disgusted to the maggots inside and threw it on the ground. Jack picked it up again, and looked inside but found no key. Kate acted surprised, but Jack saw through her con, and bitterly praised her attempts to hide the key while distracting him. He grabbed her hand and demanded she open it. Kate complied, revealing the key inside. Jack walked away with the key, refusing to let Kate explain herself.

Jack approached Sawyer and asked for the case. When Sawyer protested, Jack threatened to take him off his medication, inducing fear about the possible complications. Sawyer reluctantly handed Jack the case and asked him if Kate had revealed what was inside. Jack lied and said she hadn't. Sawyer warned Jack that Kate was lying about whatever reasons she had given him. Back at the caves, Kate and Jack opened the case. Jack was amazed to find that the contents were as Kate described, with the exception of a yellow envelope marked "Personal Effects," which he handed to Kate. She opened the envelope, and pulled out a small toy airplane. She told him that it had belonged to the man she killed. ("Whatever the Case May Be")

On day 27, Claire came back to the caves, but she seemed to have amnesia. After Ethan threatened Charlie and killed Scott, Jack revealed the gun case to Locke and they set up a trap, using Claire as bait. The plan worked, but after Jack beat Ethan to the ground, Charlie shot and killed him. ("Homecoming")

Jack and Locke look into the Hatch. ("Exodus, Part 2")

Jack's next challenge came on day 40, when Locke brought Boone to him, claiming he had fallen off a cliff. Jack wanted to amputate Boone's leg, and when Sun tried to stop him, he said, "Don't tell me what I can't do." He had a last minute change of heart when Boone awoke and told him he wanted Jack to let him go. Jack held Locke responsible for Boone's death and confronted him at the funeral. Even after Locke explained what had actually happened, his earlier lie and the the fact the he was keeping the Hatch a secret caused Jack to distrust him. ("Do No Harm") ("The Greater Good")

On day 44, Jack set out along with Kate, Rousseau, Locke, Hurley, and Arzt to get dynamite from the Black Rock to blow open the Hatch. ("Exodus, Part 1") On the way back, Jack and Kate kept Locke from being pulled down into a hole by the Monster. Jack, Kate, Locke, and Hurley arrived at the Hatch later that night. They set the dynamite on the hinge of the Hatch and were about to set it off when Hurley noticed the Numbers on the side. He yelled not to light it, but Locke lit the fuse anyway. Hurley tried to stamp out the fuse, repeating "the Numbers are bad." Jack tackled him and the dynamite exploded, revealing a deep, dark metal tunnel. Jack and Locke stared down into the pit before them, no idea of what might be at the bottom. ("Exodus, Part 2")

Days 44-67 (Season 2)

Jack and Locke look down the hatch, moments after blowing it open. ("Man of Science, Man of Faith")

During the walk back from the Hatch, Hurley shared with Jack his story about the Numbers inscribed on the outside of the Hatch, but was disappointed by Jack's response. Upon reaching the caves, Jack explained the situation to the survivors, promising them they would be all right, as long as they stayed together. As Jack was about to finish this speech, Locke appeared, carrying cable and saying he was going into the Hatch. Soon after, Kate followed behind him. While Locke was easing her down the shaft, Kate realized that there was something in the Hatch, and in a sudden burst of light from within the Hatch, Kate mysteriously disappeared.

Back at the caves, Jack armed himself and set off after Kate and Locke. Upon reaching the Hatch and finding no one there, he rappelled down the shaft to look for the others. After being surprised by a bright light and loud music, he entered the Swan. He saw a computer and reached out to it, but Locke appeared and told him not to touch it. Jack raised the gun and asked where Kate was. Locke did not answer, as a man had a gun pointed at the side of his head. Locke told Jack to put the gun down. The man threatened that he would shoot Locke if Jack did not surrender. Jack refused, instead taunting Locke about his destiny. Finally, the man stepped out and Jack recognized him as the man he had previously met in 2001 while running in the stadium after Sarah's surgery. ("Man of Science, Man of Faith")  ("Adrift")

When the computer was shot and a system failure seemed imminent, Desmond left the Swan and Jack and Locke became its main inhabitants. They had to input the Numbers into the computer every 108 minutes for an unknown reason. Tension grew between the two as it began to become their permanent home. ("Orientation")

Jack, alongside Kate, Locke, Sayid and Hurley continued to explore the Swan Station, but their investigations would be halted when, during a golf game, Kate and Jack came face to face with Mr. Eko, a tail-section survivor carrying an injured Sawyer over his shoulder. As Jack and Kate tended to the injured Sawyer the two factions of survivors collided and it was revealed that Shannon's life had been the cost. He reunited with Ana Lucia in the jungle and the tail-section survivors joined the mid-section under strained circumstances. As per her brother, Jack led Shannon's funeral. ("Everybody Hates Hugo") ("Collision") ("What Kate Did")

Jack and Kate share a kiss as Kate faces her inner demons. ("What Kate Did")

Jack had a very hard time accepting the mystery of the numbers, and relied on scientific fact alone to explain what was happening. This put him at odds with Locke, who relied purely on faith to explain his place on the Island and the seemingly meaningless task the Countdown Timer. Jack's relationship with Sawyer also became strained as he competed for Kate's attention, and shared a passionate kiss with her in the jungle. ("What Kate Did")

Jack insists on finding Michael, seconds before the bearded man appears. ("The Hunting Party")

After Michael locked up Jack and Locke in the armory, Kate and Sawyer came to the Swan Station and opened the armory door. The A-team decided to look for Michael and try to save him. Jack and John said yes to Sawyer’s offer to join them but denied Kate’s. On their trek, they heard seven gun shots. They ran towards the sounds, hoping to find Michael alive. That night, the three of them argue after Locke lost Michael's track. Their disagreement was interrupted by the same bearded man who had stolen Walt off the raft. The bearded man said Michael wasn't going to find them and that Walt was fine. He then chastised the survivors for intruding on “their” island. Jack said he didn't believe him and that Locke, Sawyer, and himself outnumbered the Others. In a moment, a ring of torches lit up, and the hunting party discovered they were surrounded. The bearded man warned the three of them that there was a line where they stood, and they were not allowed to cross it. If they did, they would go from "misunderstanding" to "something else." Jack opposed this suggestion. Tom was forced to perform his plan B - a head-bagged Kate was handed to the man, who made the hunting party hand over all their guns so Kate could go free. The Others disappeared, and the four castaways returned to camp without having accomplished anything. Kate later tried to apologize to Jack, but he gave her the cold shoulder. ("The Hunting Party")

Jack prevents Locke from entering the code. ("One of Them")

The rivalry between Locke and Jack began to escalate into a leadership struggle, which came to a head when Locke allowed Sayid to torture a man calling himself Henry Gale who Sayid thought might be one of the Others. The man's screams led Jack to force Locke to open the armory door just as the timer began to sound. Jack said that if Locke did not open the door he would not let him push the button. Locke did not believe that Jack would risk everybody's life on the Island, but Jack said he didn't think anything would happen if the button was not pushed. Locke eventually opened the door, then rushed to enter the code and push the button, but his fingers tripped over themselves and he didn't get them entered in time. The survivors saw for the first time what happened if the timer ran past 108 minutes. ("One of Them")

Henry took advantage of the antagonism between Jack and Locke, trying to play them against each other. He often convinced Locke that Jack was controlling him and tried to convince him to take over and do what was right.

Meanwhile, Jack continually tried to "one-up" Sawyer, and threatened to withhold antibiotics from him, mere days after he'd been shot by Mr. Friendly and was recovering from an infection. After Sawyer took the medical supplies, Jack won them back from him in a poker game. ("Lockdown")

Jack and Kate, moments before Michael returns.("S.O.S.")

When they learned Henry Gale was not who he said he was, Jack and Kate traveled to the Line to force a trade between the captive Other and Walt. No Others appeared, but, after sunset, they saw Michael running out of the jungle, frightened and wounded. Jack brought him back to the Swan, where he and Kate tended to his wounds. ("S.O.S.")

Determined to regain control, Jack went with Locke and Kate to retrieve the rest of the guns from Sawyer after Michael announced a plan to take on the Others. He pulled a gun on Sawyer and burned the manuscript he'd been reading in an attempt to get him to comply. Sawyer revealed to him how Ana Lucia Cortez had gotten his gun. ("Two for the Road")

They rushed back to the Swan when they learned Ana Lucia was alone at the Swan Station with Michael and Henry. They found Ana dead in the living room. While working to treat the mortally wounded Libby, Jack sent a reluctant Kate to go with Sawyer so she could find out where the stash of guns and heroin were located. ("?")

During Ana Lucia and Libby's funeral, Sun spotted a sailboat approaching the Island. Without hesitation, Jack, Sayid and Sawyer dove into the water, and confronted the owner of the boat. It was revealed to be Desmond, who tried to escape the Island with his boat, yet couldn't find anything but the Island.

Before Jack, Michael, Kate, Sawyer and Hurley started their mission to attack the Others, Sayid recounted to Jack his suspicions about Michael and his plan for Walt's rescue. In addition, Sayid and Jack made a secret plan – Sayid would take Desmond’s boat and use it for a secret flanking maneuver on the Others' camp before Jack and the rescue mission arrived. Later, Michael discovered his gun was not loaded and Jack told him he had forgotten to load it. As the group was walking alongside a small river, Kate spotted two Others stalking them on the other side. She and Sawyer opened fire, killing one of them. Michael got upset at this, whereupon Jack confronted him about his betrayal. Michael was forced to tell the truth, admitting that he had killed Ana Lucia and Libby, let the false Henry Gale go, and led the rescue party upon the Others' instructions, in order to free Walt. They had given him a list with their names on it. Hurley wanted to go back but Jack convinced the skeptical party to continue onward, revealing Sayid's plan.

At Pala Ferry, Jack, Kate, Hurley and Sawyer are taken captive by The Others. ("Live Together, Die Alone")

Later, Jack realized they were not heading to the place Michael had told them about before. Suddenly, the party began to hear whispers, and they were soon ambushed by the Others, who used electrical stun darts and captured their entire party. They woke up at the dock where Henry was revealed to be the leader of the Others. He gave Michael and Walt a boat and a bearing on which they could leave the Island, then sent Hurley back to the beach to tell the other survivors not to come looking for them. Jack, Kate and Sawyer were hooded and told they would be going home with the Others. ("Live Together, Die Alone")

Days 68-91 (Season 3)

After having his blood taken, Jack was put in a room that was once used as an aquarium for sharks and dolphins. Here, Jack met Juliet, a member of the Others who had been assigned to interrogate him.

Jack attempted to break out by assaulting Juliet as she was bringing him food. He dragged her out into the corridor of the Hydra and commanded her to open a door, which she said would kill them if opened. He unlatched the door himself and the door burst open, flooding the corridor. Jack and Juliet managed to force the door shut, and Jack was then knocked unconscious by Juliet.

He awoke again in the room and with Juliet looking through a window, sitting at a table outside the room. After Jack decided to cooperate, Juliet revealed that she had a file containing details on Jack's life.("A Tale of Two Cities")

Jack later met Henry, who said his real name was Benjamin Linus and that he had been born on the Island. He then proved that the Others had contact with the outside world by showing Jack news footage of the Boston Red Sox winning the World Series. Jack was then offered a trip home if he cooperated with the Others. ("The Glass Ballerina")

When Colleen was brought back with a gunshot wound, Juliet, unable to stabilize her, demanded that Jack help save her life. While washing up outside the makeshift operating room, Jack saw X-rays on the wall, but was told that they weren't hers. Colleen went into cardiac arrest and Jack could not get a defibrillator so she died. Jack then revealed that he had figured out from the X-rays he saw that he had been brought there to perform a spinal surgery on one of the Others and demanded to know who it was. ("Every Man for Himself")

Despite not knowing, Jack ran a bluff on Ben, asking him about the symptoms associated with the tumor. Ben learned he had been conned by Jack (who was only making an educated guess about the X-Rays). Ben told Jack that he'd had a whole plan to break him and make him want to do the surgery, but that was destroyed when Jack figured out the job the Others wanted him to do. Later, Juliet sneaked a message to him via videotape indicating that Ben was a liar, and suggested Jack kill Ben during the surgery. ("The Cost of Living")

Jack and Kate reunite. ("I Do")

When Ben returned to ask Jack about the surgery, Jack inquired about the operating room and equipment, then scoffed at the idea of performing the operation, saying he didn't trust Ben or the Others. Juliet responded by bringing in Kate, who informed Jack that the Others would kill Sawyer if he didn't operate. Later, Jack got a message over the intercom telling him to try the door. It was unlocked and Jack was able to make his way to a weapons locker where he picked up a pistol, then to a monitoring room where he saw Kate and Sawyer sleeping together.

Jack blackmailing the Others, during Ben's operation. ("I Do")  (promotional still)

Ben confronted Jack, and Jack lowered the gun and told Ben he'd do the surgery the next morning, but in return he wanted to get off the Island. Ben agreed and Jack started the operation the next day. During the surgery, Jack deliberately cut Ben's kidney sack. He told the Others that Ben would die unless he repaired the damage, and demanded one of their transceivers. He forced Pickett, who was about to execute Sawyer, to turn his transceiver over to Kate. Jack told her that she had an hour to get away. Kate was reluctant to leave without him, but Jack told her to run. She fled with Sawyer. ("I Do")

Juliet sent Others to find Pickett, and hunt down the escaped prisoners. She authorized the use of deadly force if needed. Jack proceeded to repeat Juliet's hidden video message in front of Tom and a semi-conscious Ben. Jack agreed to give Juliet three minutes alone with Ben, during which Tom formally introduced himself to Jack. After the conversation, Juliet told Jack to finish the surgery and repair the damage to Ben, and that she would help Kate and Sawyer escape. Jack finished the surgery, and heard from Kate that she was safe. He told her not to come back after him.

Jack demanded that Juliet repeat what Ben told her during the three minutes. Juliet confessed she had been on the Island for over 3 years and Ben promised she could finally go home if his life was saved and she helped Kate and Sawyer escape. ("Not in Portland")

Jack was moved to the cage Sawyer had occupied. He refused to help either Juliet or Ben any more. Later that night Isabel came to Jack and took him back inside the station to ask him questions concerning Juliet's desire to see Ben dead. Jack obeyed, but lied on behalf of Juliet.

Ben and Jack form a truce ("The Man from Tallahassee")  (promotional still)

Jack discovered Juliet had killed Danny to save Sawyer and Kate and was going to be executed. He requested a meeting with Ben, during which he explained that Ben's infection was serious and needed treatment. Jack offered the treatment on the condition that Juliet be allowed to live. Ben agreed, but sent word that Juliet should be marked instead. Later, after being marked, Juliet showed the wound to Jack, who tended to it. Jack was then taken to the Hydra Island shore, where he joined the Others on their return to the Barracks. ("Stranger in a Strange Land")

At some point during his stay at The Barracks, Jack and Ben played chess at Ben's house. Ben expressed his regret that Jack was leaving. He affirmed that he intended to honor their agreement, but suggested that the Island may decide otherwise. Ben also asserted that if Jack left, the day might come that he would want to return again. Jack disagreed and made an aggressive chess move. Ben immediately retaliated with a defensive "castle" move. ("King of the Castle")

After 6 days, Sayid, Kate, Locke and Rousseau found the barracks and saw Jack playing football with Tom. ("Par Avion") That night, Kate was caught when she sneaked into Jack's house. Later, Jack came to see her where she was being held in the barracks' recreational center and told her he had made a deal with Ben to leave the Island and that he planned to come back for her. ("The Man from Tallahassee")

After the Others left the Barracks, Kate found Jack lying unconscious in his house. He woke up and Kate told him that the Others had left. They left the house and found Juliet and Sayid. Sayid told Jack that Juliet could not come with them, but Jack said, "She was left behind too." ("Left Behind")

Jack took Juliet back to the camp and told the survivors she was under his protection. After she apparently cured Claire and gained the survivor's trust, Jack brought her equipment in order to get her started at the beach camp. ("One of Us")

Juliet woke Jack in his tent to have a heart-to-heart talk with him. She told him that his friends' distrust of her was justified; she was still working for Ben in order to let him know which women at the beach camp were pregnant, so he could take them. Jack questioned her motives, as she had wanted to get on the submarine so badly, and Juliet's answer was that she didn't get off; she was still there. She described having seen Sun's baby, and told Jack she was tired of living Ben's dream. ("Operation: Sleeper")

After hearing Juliet's tape, the survivors confront Jack and Juliet. ("The Man Behind the Curtain")  (promotional still)

Later, Jack and Juliet were sitting on the beach when Kate approached them, wanting to talk to Jack alone. During the following argument Kate said the survivors no longer trusted Jack and that Desmond, Charlie, Hurley and Jin were concealing Naomi's presence. It also came to light that Jack and Juliet were concealing a secret of their own. Juliet wanted to tell Kate but Jack insisted "Not yet." ("The Brig")

The following night, Jack and Juliet arrived at a beach gathering, where Sayid was giving a speech about his distrust of them both. Jack told his fellow survivors that he knew about Juliet being a mole, and that they were devising a plan to do away with the Others once and for all. ("The Man Behind the Curtain")

Jack presents his plan to the rest of the survivors. ("Greatest Hits")  (promotional still)

Jack revealed to the camp that he, Rousseau, and Juliet had been planning to use dynamite from the Black Rock to lay a trap for the Others. When it was revealed that the Others were coming sooner than expected they decided to evacuate most of the survivors to the radio tower. ("Greatest Hits")

Jack set off with the group while three of the survivors remained behind to spring the trap. As night fell, Jack's group could see in the distance that only two out of three sets of dynamite had exploded, and though this led Rose, Sun and some others to want to go back, Jack convinced everyone to continue with the journey.
Jack finally makes the call that might get them off the Island. ("Through the Looking Glass")
When Juliet and Sawyer announced that they were returning to the beach with or without Jack's approval, he shared a short kiss with Juliet as Kate looked on. He told Kate that Sawyer was only trying to protect her, by going with Juliet, and then confessed that he loved her. A short time later, the group was intercepted by Ben and Alex, and Ben requested a private audience with Jack. He said that Naomi was not who she claimed to be, and that if Jack did not bring him her satellite phone, everyone on the Island would die. When Jack did not cooperate, Ben ordered Ryan to kill Sayid, Jin and Bernard (whom they had captured back at the Beach), but Jack let this happen for the good of the rest of the group (it is later revealed that they were not dead). He proceeded to physically assault Ben, and dragged him back to the rest of the group.

When they reached the radio tower, Locke appeared and threw a knife which appeared to kill Naomi. Then, though he was being held at gunpoint by John, Jack called Naomi's boat, to the rest of the survivors' delight. A man named Minkowski answered the phone, and told Jack someone was on the way. Jack, relieved, thought he had saved everyone. ("Through the Looking Glass")

Days 91-108 (Season 4)

Jack and Kate optimistically discussed their imminent rescue and Jack promised to kill Locke if he saw him. Jack answered a call on the sat phone and Minkowski informed him the signal was weak. Jack offered to adjust it, but Minkowski asked for Naomi. Unwilling to reveal Naomi was dead, Jack said she was looking for firewood and ended the call. When he turned around, Naomi was gone. Rousseau found a trail of blood and suggested they follow it, but Kate had found another one and thought Naomi might have been trying to mislead them. Jack said Naomi was hurt and not thinking about trying to trick them. Kate seemed to agree and gave him a hug, then Jack and Rousseau went into the jungle to find Naomi, dragging Ben along with them on a rope.

Jack, in a moment of rage, pulling the trigger on Locke. ("The Beginning of the End")

The trail ended abruptly. Jack reached for the sat phone, but couldn't find it. Ben revealed he had seen Kate take the phone when she hugged Jack but hadn't said anything. They headed back to the cockpit to meet the other survivors, and Jack attacked Locke, knocking him down and taking his gun. He aimed the gun at Locke's head and Locke said Jack wasn't going to shoot him. Jack pulled the trigger, but the gun clicked on an empty chamber. He started to beat him and the other survivors pulled him off.

Locke got to his feet and said anyone who wanted to live should come with him, but Jack said Locke was insane and nobody was going to follow him. Hurley disagreed, citing Charlie's message, and he and Claire sided with Locke. Other castaways joined him, and Jack allowed Ben to go with him as well. Locke's group left for the Barracks and Jack's group headed for the beach.

Alone at the cockpit, Jack and Kate reminisced about Charlie and their trip to find the transceiver. They heard a noise Kate initially mistook for thunder, but Jack recognized it as the sound of a helicopter. They moved into a clearing and saw a helicopter flying erratically, then something dropping from it to the ground. They ran toward it and found a parachutist, who removed his helmet. Upon seeing them, he asked, "Are you Jack?" ("The Beginning of the End")

Jack and Kate introduced themselves and learned the parachutist's name was Daniel Faraday. Jack gave Daniel the sat phone and allowed him to call Minkowski. He became suspicious when Minkowski told Daniel to take him off speaker phone, and even more so when he saw the gun Daniel was carrying. Jack and Kate decided to play things out and help Daniel find his colleagues, who could be tracked by GPS signals on their parachutes. They came upon a metal biohazard box containing gas masks and red bags. Daniel seemed reluctant to answer any questions, but said rescuing the survivors wasn't his team's primary objective.

Jack meets a hostile Miles.("Confirmed Dead")

They followed Daniel as he tracked his fellow team members and eventually found Miles, who accused Jack and his people of killing Naomi. He demanded to be taken to her body and Jack obliged. After kneeling over Naomi's body and whispering mysteriously, Miles accepted Kate's claims that John Locke was the one responsible for her death. He started picking up Charlotte's signal and told everyone to follow him, but Jack refused, saying his people were in the jungle with guns. Miles was doubtful until two shots rang out. Juliet and Sayid emerged from the trees and took the men from the freighter hostage.

The group saw Charlotte's signal and thought it was coming their way, but the beacon had been attached to Vincent. Jack realized Charlotte had been captured by Locke. They found Frank Lapidus and the helicopter, both in good condition. Lapidus found out Juliet hadn't been on the plane and told Miles she was a native. Miles aggressively demanded to be taken to Ben, but Jack intervened to protect Juliet. ("Confirmed Dead")

Sayid showed Jack a picture of Desmond and Penny, which he had found on Naomi's body. Jack asked Juliet to go to the beach to get Desmond. Sayid decided to go to the Barracks to reclaim Charlotte and told Jack not to go with him. Jack told Kate to go instead, telling her Sawyer would protect her from Locke. Alone with Daniel and Frank, Jack watched as Daniel performed a series of experiments. When Sayid and Charlotte returned without Kate, Jack was visibly hurt that she had decided to stay at the Barracks. ("The Economist")

Desmond and Sayid loaded Naomi's body onto the helicopter and left for the freighter with Frank. Jack and Juliet took Charlotte and Daniel to the beach. Sun asked him if Locke could be correct about the freighter team's intentions, and when Jack denied that possibility asked why Kate had stayed with him if that were the case. Jack tried to contact the freighter with the sat phone, then asked Charlotte to try to use an emergency line. When she finally got in touch with Regina, she was informed the helicopter hadn't arrived yet. ("Eggtown")

Confused, Jack asked Charlotte how it was possible that the helicopter had not reached the freighter yet. When Juliet observed that Charlotte didn't seem worried, Daniel told them time on the Island may move differently than off the Island. He reassured them that everything would be fine as long as Frank followed the bearing Daniel had given him. If he didn't, there might be side effects. Some time later, Sayid finally phoned from the freighter and informed him Desmond was acting strange. Daniel told Jack some people could get confused going to and from the Island. Jack let him speak to Desmond and give him instructions. ("The Constant")

Jack asks Juliet if she wants to tell him something. ("The Other Woman")  (promotional still)

Later that night, Jack discovered Daniel and Charlotte had disappeared. Jin revealed he had seen them go into the jungle but didn't think to tell anyone since Jack had said they were friends. Jack, Juliet, Sun and Jin went into the jungle in different directions with torches. Jack came across Juliet, who was having a heated conversation with a woman named Harper. Harper suggested Jack go with Juliet to stop Daniel and Charlotte, then disappeared into the jungle. Juliet told him Harper, who had been her therapist, said they were heading for the Tempest, but was reluctant to give him more information. The next day, Jack and Juliet found Kate, who told them Charlotte had knocked her out. While Jack tended to her wound Juliet left to continue the search alone. Kate helped Jack find the Tempest and told him why she had stayed at the Barracks. They arrived at the Tempest just as Juliet and Charlotte emerged from the station. Kate was skeptical when Charlotte claimed she and Daniel had just saved the lives of everyone on the Island and Charlotte took her inside to see for herself. Jack stayed outside with Juliet, who said Ben had sent Harper the night before with instructions to kill Daniel and Charlotte. She told Jack Ben would win the war that was coming, and when he did Jack needed to be away from her because Ben thought she belonged to him. Jack kissed her tenderly and said, "He knows where to find me." ("The Other Woman")

Jack, Juliet, Kate, Charlotte and Daniel had all made it back to the beach the following morning. While preparing breakfast, Jack noticed Jin's growing English vocabulary. Jin informed Jack that both Sun and Sawyer had been teaching him English and pointed out that Sun was much better. Sun approached the two men which triggered Jack to ask about how Sun was feeling. With a fake smile, Sun assured Jack that everything was fine and that the morning sickness had subsided. ("Ji Yeon")

Jack questions Faraday about the body that washed ashore. ("The Shape of Things to Come")

In his tent, Jack looked through some pills for a stomach ache. Kate came in and they talked for a while until Bernard started yelling on the beach. Jack and Kate ran over to find a body laying in the water. Faraday told them it was the doctor from the freighter. Jack then made Faraday hurry up fixing the phone. Later that night Faraday used Morse Code to communicate with the freighter and lied to Jack about what he was told. However, since Bernard knew Morse Code, he called out Daniel's lie, revealing what the real message said, that the doctor was fine. Jack grabbed Faraday by the collar and asked if they were ever planning on taking the survivors off the island. When Faraday said they weren't, Jack's stomach began to act up again and he walked away in pain. ("The Shape of Things to Come")

Juliet rushes to Jack's aide when he collapses ("Something Nice Back Home")  (promotional still)

With Juliet's input, Jack concluded he was suffering from appendicitis and needed immediate removal of his appendix before it ruptured and killed him. While doubtful of Juliet's expertise in surgery, Jack demanded to be kept awake during the procedure to oversee and help. However, the pain proved to be too great for him, and Bernard knocked him out with chloroform at Juliet's command. The surgery went well and Jack woke up just in time to hear Juliet say she thought Jack really loved Kate. After Kate left, Juliet stated she knew Jack was awake. ("Something Nice Back Home")

After his surgery, he left the tent against Juliet's orders and went to the pantry to eat. Juliet was upset at this, but Jack calmed her. They heard the helicopter coming, and went out to the beach. As the helicopter passed over, a backpack was dropped containing papers and a satellite phone wrapped in cloth. Jack then stated that he thought "they want us to follow them." ("Cabin Fever")

Jack and Sawyer find the chopper, yet cannot spot Lapidus. ("There's No Place Like Home, Part 1")

Kate and Jack, both armed, followed the helicopter through the jungle, tracking it with the sat phone. After hiking what appeared to be all night, they ran into Sawyer, Miles, and Aaron making their way back to the beach from the Barracks. Kate took Aaron, and she and Miles returned to the beach while Jack and Sawyer continued on toward the chopper. They arrived at the chopper and found Frank alone, hand-cuffed to a seat. He told them where Keamy and his team were going, and warned them of the danger of the Orchid. Frank promised to fly them off the Island right away, but Sawyer remembered Hurley was with Locke and Ben and therefore in danger. Jack and Sawyer went back into the jungle, in search of the Orchid, to save Hurley's life. ("There's No Place Like Home, Part 1")

The Oceanic Six return home. ("There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3")  (promotional still)

Jack and Sawyer arrived at the Orchid and found Hurley and Locke. In the Orchid greenhouse, Locke told Jack not to leave the island and that if he had to, to lie about everything that had happened. Jack left after Locke and Ben entered the Orchid elevator. Jack, Sawyer and Hurley went back to the chopper and met Kate, Sayid, and Frank. They lifted off and started toward the ship. Jack told Frank not to go back to the island when there was a fuel leak. When the chopper landed on the freighter, Jack made sure they left quickly and brought Kate back when she started to go after Jin, who was still on the freighter. The chopper left with Sun, Aaron and Desmond right before the freighter blew up. The chopper lost fuel quickly and fell into the sea after the Island had disappeared. Jack resuscitated Desmond when they got in the life raft. When they were found by the Searcher, Jack instructed the others that they had to lie about everything that had happened since they arrived on the island. One week after being rescued by the Searcher, Jack said his goodbyes to Frank and Desmond, telling the latter he would "see him in another life." He departed with the others for the island of Sumba. Approximately eight or nine hours later, after paddling with a piece of wood, they arrived and were discovered by the native inhabitants, who informed the US Coast Guard that survivors from Oceanic Flight 815 had been found. ("There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3")

After the Island

2005 (Flashforwards)

On board the US Coast Guard plane, Jack told Karen Decker that the Oceanic 6 would talk to the press. Upon landing in Hawaii, he was greeted by his mother. He took part in the press conference in which the Oceanic 6 lied to the public about how they survived the plane crash. He described the majority of the fabricated story to the press including the plane crashing into the water and the deaths of the other survivors.

Jack is shocked to learn of his relation to Claire, from her mother. ("There's No Place Like Home, Part 1") (Promotional still)

Over 6 months after their rescue, Jack held a wake for his father. After the wake, Carole Littleton approached Jack and told him her daughter, Claire, had been on Jack's plane and was his half-sister. Carole then complimented Kate's baby, not realizing Aaron was her own grandson. ("There's No Place Like Home, Part 1")

2006 (Flashforwards)

Jack poured himself a screwdriver while watching a story on the morning news about a Camaro being pursued by the police. He recognized the car as belonging to Hurley, and later went to the mental institution to visit him.

Hurley accused Jack of checking up on him to make sure he hadn't revealed the Oceanic 6's secret. He insisted they must go back to the Island, an idea that Jack disagreed with. Hurley also apologized to Jack for following Locke on the island. ("The Beginning of the End")

Jack lying on the stand during Kate's trial. ("Eggtown")

Sometime after this, Jack testified during Kate's trial, saying there were only eight people who survived the crash, and that two of those eight died. He claimed to have never met the marshal and denied his love for Kate.

He met Kate after the trial and told her he had lied, implying that he really did love her. He didn't want to come back with her to her house, and Kate gathered that this was because of Aaron. Jack asked her if she wanted to get coffee instead, but she declined and told him she would only start seeing him when he could be around Aaron. ("Eggtown")

2007 (Flashforwards)

At some point Jack came to terms with Kate raising his nephew and he and Kate became seriously involved. He moved into Kate's house and acted as a father figure for Aaron, but his insecurities forced him to compare himself to his own father. Jack maintained contact with Hurley and was called in when Hurley stopped taking his medication. Hurley told Jack he had a message from Charlie: "You're not supposed to raise him." Jack was initially dismissive until Hurley continued, saying Charlie said someone would be visiting Jack soon. ("Something Nice Back Home")

Jack proposed to Kate, and she happily accepted. Later, while working late in the hospital, Jack saw his father for the second time since leaving the Island, and this time Christian spoke to him. Startled by another doctor, Jack asked for a prescription for stress-relieving medication. Jack went home, found Kate talking on the phone, and was suspicious of who she was talking to, even more so after she gave him a name he didn't recognize. Soon after, Jack came home early and found their nanny still there, and Kate not yet home. When Kate did come home much later, Jack, now intoxicated, demanded to know where she was. Kate tried to insist that Jack trust her, but he lost control when Sawyer's name was mentioned. While he reiterated how it was Jack who "saved her," Kate finally told him to seek help, as she didn't want him acting like this around her "son." Jack yelled back that she wasn't "even related to him," when Aaron appeared in the doorway. Kate went to the boy, and Jack left. ("Something Nice Back Home")

Sometime after these events, John Locke appeared to Jack under the alias Jeremy Bentham. Locke explained to Jack that horrible things had occurred on the Island and that they were Jack's fault. This conversation took place after Locke's car accident. Locke tells Jack that Christian Shephard was the one who told him to move the island, which causes Jack to become furious. That conversation had a strong impact on Jack and drove him into a depression. ("The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham")

Afterwards, Jack spent most of his time drinking, examining maps and geography books, and using the golden pass given to him by Oceanic Airlines to fly back and forth across the Pacific Ocean. He hoped one of the planes he got onto would crash, either returning him to the Island or killing him. ("Through the Looking Glass")

Jack attempts to commit suicide, after learning of Bentham's death. ("Through the Looking Glass")

On one of these trips, while flying back to L.A., Jack read a newspaper article that deeply upset him and caused him to later call Kate. She did not answer, and Jack, in his distraught state, contemplated leaping from a bridge near L.A. At that moment, a young woman, distracted by the sight of Jack about to jump, crashed her car on the bridge, and Jack was forced to postpone his suicide attempt and rescue the passengers.

Later, after successfully rescuing the family that crashed, Jack was visited by Sarah, now pregnant and re-married. She tried to make sure that Jack was okay, then left, noting that she had come only because she was still Jack's emergency contact. Jack asked for a ride home, but Sarah explained that it would be "inappropriate" for them to ride in the same car.

An obviously unwell and still distraught Jack asked Dr. Hamill to allow him to perform the surgery on the survivor of the car crash, who had suffered a spinal injury. Dr. Hamill refused, telling Jack he had earned a rest and calling him "a hero twice over."

Jack is the only person to view Bentham's body. ("Through the Looking Glass")

Jack visited the Hoffs/Drawler Funeral Home to attend the funeral services for Jeremy Bentham, the person mentioned in the newspaper article. Seeing that no one else was there, Jack asked if he had missed the funeral. The funeral director explained there had not been a funeral, only a viewing, and Jack was the only one who had come. When asked whether he was friend or family to the deceased, Jack replied, "Neither."

After failing to get more painkillers by impersonating his father at a pharmacy, Jack went to the hospital to steal drugs. Dr. Hamill confronted Jack about his problems, and Jack lashed back, asking him to get his father "down here" and see which of them was more drunk.

Finally, Jack managed to reach Kate and asked to see her. Jack drove to the airport moments before Kate arrived. Kate remarked on his deeds at the bridge, but soon expressed her reluctance to be there. Jack showed Kate the article he saw in the paper and then told her what his life has been like since leaving her. Kate explained that she had to leave before "he" started wondering where she was, and began to walk away. Jack then started shouting that they "have to go back." ("Through the Looking Glass")

Kate condemned Jack for wanting to go back to the Island and for showing her the obituary for Jeremy Bentham when he couldn't even be there for her and Aaron. Jack tried to calm her down, but she refused to listen. She got back in the car and sped away. ("There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3")

Ben reminds Jack that Locke's corpse must return with them. ("There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3")

Jack drove back to the funeral home and found it had closed for the day and the front door was locked. He broke inside to see Bentham's body and was shocked to find he was not alone. Benjamin Linus was also there. Ben explained to Jack that if he ever wanted to return to the Island he would have to convince everyone else who left the island to return also, including the man in the coffin: John Locke. ("There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3")

Season 5

After Ben and Jack removed the coffin from the funeral home, they went to a hotel where Jack shaved his beard off and they discussed their plans to gather the rest of the Oceanic Six. Ben asked Jack if Locke told him what happened on the Island after it moved, to which Jack replied, "No, he didn't." Jack saw the news report on the hotel TV about Hurley's escape from Santa Rosa and apparent murder(s). ("Because You Left")

While in the hotel room, Ben disposed of Jack's pills by flushing them down the toilet. Ben explained that he should go home and pack a suitcase of anything he wanted in "this life," because he is never coming back. A little later, Hurley contacts Jack and arranges for him to meet with his father. Hurley's father took Sayid's unconscious body to him, where Jack took him to St. Sebastian Hospital for treatment. At the hospital, Jack called Ben to inform him about Sayid. Jack successfully treated Sayid and managed to get him to wake up. ("The Lie")

Jack was checking over Sayid when the Chief of Clinical Services called Jack out of the room and reminded him he has been suspended from the hospital because of substance abuse. Jack's phone rings and it's Hurley. Hurley told Jack he is happy and asks how Sayid is. Jack told him Sayid is fine and Hurley told Jack to tell Sayid that he followed his advice not to trust Ben. Ben arrived and he and Jack returned to Sayid who had just shot a nurse with darts. Jack watched as Sayid checks the fake nurse's wallet and finds an address written on a scrap of paper. Jack told Sayid that it was Kate's address.

Jack called Kate and persuaded her to tell him where she is because he wants to see her. Ben told Jack that after he gets Kate to meet him at slip 23 at Long Beach Marina.

Jack met with Kate and she told him that someone knows that she is not Aaron's mother and a lawyer, Dan Norton, came to try and take her blood. They saw Dan driving off in his car so Jack gets into the car with Kate and they chased after him.

Kate and Jack believe Carole Littleton to be Norton's client. ("The Little Prince")

Jack and Kate followed Dan to a motel where they see he is meeting with Carole Littleton, Claire's mother. Jack told Kate he will persuade Carole that they lied for Aaron's own good and goes to her room. Jack told her that he and Kate lied for Aaron's sake but Carole is confused and asks, "Who's Aaron?" Jack realized that she is not Dan Norton's client. Jack gets back in Kate's car and told her that Carole is only trying to settle a lawsuit with Oceanic Airlines and doesn't know who Aaron is. They drove off to meet with Ben, unbeknownst to Kate.

A while later, Jack and Kate get to the meet. Jack told her Ben is here to help them when Kate is startled to see him. Jack defended Ben when Kate says he is the one who is trying to take Aaron until Ben told him that this is indeed true and apologized to Jack. ("The Little Prince")

Angry of the deception, Kate hastily left, and Sayid followed. Ben managed to convince Sun that her husband is alive, and Ben drove Jack and Sun to a church in LA, where they coincidentally met Desmond, who came looking for Daniel Faraday's mother. They go into the church to find Eloise Hawking, who is revealed to be working with Ben to rejoin the Oceanic 6 and is Daniel's mother. ("This Place Is Death")

Jack once again meets Frank Lapidus onboard Flight 316. ("316")

Eloise showed the group the Lamp Post, the first DHARMA station, built to find the Island. After explaining the properties of the Island and it's future location in time, she ordered to Jack that the Oceanic 6 needed to take Ajira Airways Flight 316 to Guam, which would go through a window and transport them to the Island. She privately talked to Jack. She gave him Jeremy Bentham's suicide note, and told him that he needed to find something that belonged to Jack's father and give it to John.

While in a bar, Jack received a call that his grandfather attempted to escape his retirement home. He discovered that his grandfather was given belongings that once belonged to Christian Shephard, including a pair of shoes. Jack is allowed to take them.

Jack reads Locke's suicide note. ("316")

Later at his house, he found Kate on his bed. She agreed to come with him to the Island on the condition he never asked about Aaron, and then they kissed. The next morning, Jack received a phone call from Ben explaining that he had been sidetracked and that Jack had to pick up Locke's coffin. Jack went to Simon's Butcher Shop, and Jill let him into the back room where Locke's coffin was being held. He swapped Locke's shoes for the pair which belonged to his father. He also put the unopened suicide note inside to coffin. Jack then went to the airport and spotted Kate while he was checking the coffin onto the plane. Caesar offered his condolences to Jack over the loss of his "friend." Jack met up with Sun, and they both witnessed Sayid being escorted by Ilana. Later, he met Hurley, who bought most of the seats on Flight 316 in order to protect everyone about to get on the flight from going to the Island.

Shortly before takeoff, one of the air hostesses handed Jack the suicide note he had put inside Locke's coffin. Once the flight had taken off, he found out that Frank Lapidus was piloting the flight. Frank noticed that five of the Oceanic Six were on board the flight, asking Jack that they're obviously "not going to Guam, are we?"

Further on the flight's journey, he read John Locke's suicide letter. It read, "Jack, I wish you had believed me. JL." The flight suddenly encountered heavy turbulence, and was then surrounded by a bright light. ("316")

Back on the Island

1977 (Season 5)

Jack wakes up in the jungle once again. ("316")

After the crash of Flight 316, Jack woke up in the middle of the jungle, as he did when he first crashed on the Island. He found Hurley and Kate at the waterfall, with the rest of the passengers nowhere to be seen. Jack, Hurley and Kate heard music nearby and spotted a DHARMA van coming to the side of the lagoon. The van stopped, and Jin (wearing a DHARMA suit) stepped out with his rifle. Jin called Sawyer as he transported the three to a meeting ground where they were reunited. ("316") ("LaFleur")

Jack is recruited to the DHARMA Initiative. ("Namaste")

Jack along with Hurley and Kate were integrated through posing as new recruits to the DHARMA Initiative as a workman through help from Sawyer and Juliet. His processing into the DI was completed by Pierre Chang at the Processing Center, as Amy was recovering from the recent birth of her son, Ethan. Jack faced some trouble when processing and had to think on his feet when answering Chang's question. Having been introduced to the Initiative, Jack settled into his new home and, that night, went to find Jim LaFleur's house and discovered Sawyer and Juliet were living together. After sharing a warm welcome with Juliet, Jack had a conversation with Sawyer in which he acknowledged that Sawyer was in charge now, and he would have to take a back seat. ("Namaste")

Jack, Kate, and Hurley had lunch at the Barracks cafeteria. Hurley tells Kate that Juliet and Sawyer are 'together'. Later on, when a DHARMA van crashed into a house, Jack helped to put out the fire with a fire hose. ("He's Our You")

After the fire was put out, Horace briefed the gathered DHARMA personnel on the prisoner's escape. When Jack questioned how Sayid could have started the fire when he was locked up, Horace regarded him suspiciously. After a janitor's set of keys were found in the lock of the holding cell Jack became a suspect and was placed under house arrest (along with Kate and Hurley) by Sawyer, to avoid any complication.

Sawyer tried to recruit help on little Ben's surgery, but Jack refused. He told Kate that he already saved Ben's life once, and that he did it for her. He claimed that he's done trying to fix things and now puts his trust in the Island. When Kate said that she didn't like the new Jack, he said she didn't like the old him either. Later, when getting out of the shower, Juliet burst into the house and confronted Jack for refusing to help Ben. She asked why he came back, saying he didn't need to come back to save them, because they were doing fine without. Jack simply responded that he was supposed to come back for a reason, but he didn't know why yet. ("Whatever Happened, Happened")

Jack covered Roger's work for him, assuming Roger would want the time off because Ben was injured. Roger brushed off Jack's help, and confronted him about Kate's interference. Jack defended Kate, then went to Juliet and Sawyer's house and informed them of Roger's suspicions. ("Some Like It Hoth")

Jack and the survivors discuss their next move. ("The Variable")

Early the next morning, Daniel Faraday showed up at Jack's house and frantically questioned him on how he returned to the Island. Jack told him about the plane, and about how Daniel's mother, Eloise Hawking, persuaded him to go back. When asked if Eloise spoke about destiny, Jack said yes. Daniel told Jack that his mother was wrong, and that Jack does not belong there. Subsequently, he went to Sawyer's house and informed him of Daniel's return and his departure to the Orchid. Sawyer then showed Jack his own predicament - Phil, tied up in the closet, having discovered Sawyer and Kate took Ben to the Hostiles. Later Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Juliet, Jin, and Hurley all met in Sawyer and Juliet's home to discuss their options. Sawyer suggested either leaving the Island by submarine or heading into the jungle to "start from square one." The group was interrupted when Miles and Daniel arrived asking where he can find the Hostiles so he can find his mother. When Sawyer refused to help, Jack enlisted Kate's help in taking Daniel to the Hostiles' camp. Sawyer argued that Jack was making a mistake and that he, Jin, Hurley, and Juliet would meet them at the beach when their plan inevitably failed.

Jack, Kate, and Daniel went to the motor pool to arm themselves but were interrupted by Radzinsky and two other DHARMA workers. When Radzinsky saw their weapons, he accused Daniel of lying about the group's intentions, and a firefight ensued. Jack covered them as they made their way to the jeep and opened fire on a fuel tank, causing a tremendous explosion allowing their escape. When they arrived at the sonar fence, Jack treated Daniel's neck wound as Kate entered the code provided by Juliet. Daniel reminded Jack that 1977 was now "their present," they would do well to remember that they were still at risk of injury or death regardless of their presence in the future. When Jack, Daniel, and Kate stopped at a creek to rest, Jack asked Daniel to explain his intentions. Daniel revealed his knowledge of the impending disaster caused by a massive energy release at the Swan station.
Jack tells Eloise of Daniel's plan. ("Follow the Leader")
Daniel then revealed his intention to set things right by detonating a hydrogen bomb in an attempt to negate the catastrophic energy release, thereby preventing the events that led to Oceanic 815's crash. Jack, Daniel, and Kate arrived undetected at the Hostile's camp, and Daniel decided to go in alone. Jack tried to stop him but Kate let him go as the two watched Daniel enter the Hostile's Camp. ("The Variable")

Jack and Kate discussed their options while hiding behind bushes at the Hostiles' camp when suddenly, a gunshot was heard, and they watched Daniel collapse to the ground. As they were about to run away, they were surrounded by Charles Widmore and another Hostile riding horses. Widmore knocked out Jack with his rifle's butt and the other aimed at Kate. They are brought by Widmore into the camp where Eloise ordered that they be taken to her tent. She assured them she'd believe whatever they said because she just killed her future son. Jack told Ellie of Daniel's plan and that by using the bomb, they could alter the future and undo what Ellie did to her future son.

Jack prepares to fight his way to The Swan drilling area. ("The Incident, Parts 1 & 2")

Jack, and Kate are led by Eloise, Richard, and Erik to the bomb. They arrived at the creek where they are supposed to swim under to the tunnels. Kate didn't want any part of this and told Jack she's going back. Erik threatened to shoot Kate if she tried to leave but Sayid came out of the bushes and shot Erik. Jack filled Sayid in about their plan to change the future and little Ben's fate. Kate left and Sayid agreed to help. Richard, Jack, Eloise and Sayid swam down to the underground tunnels beneath the Barracks where the bomb was hidden. When Sayid questioned if Eloise's motives were to really help them or just to "annihilate the Dharma Initiative," Jack responded that her motivation could be trusted because she would be the one to tell them how to get back to the island 30 years from then, but Sayid was not convinced. They came to a room and Eloise uncovered the bomb. She looked at Jack and said "Now what?" ("Follow the Leader")

After reading through Daniel's journal, Sayid realized that they could extract the thermonuclear core of the Jughead, and bring it to the Swan site with relative ease. Jack helped him remove the core, and afterward they followed Richard and Eloise to a concrete wall which Richard broke down revealing the basement of Horace Goodspeed's house. After Sayid donned Horace's DHARMA jumpsuit, he and Jack walked out into the barracks where Roger Linus recognized Sayid as the man that shot his son, and proceeded to shoot Sayid in the stomach. A firefight ensued in which Jack shot and presumably killed three DHARMA Initiative members before a van holding Hurley, Jin, and Miles arrived and saved them, driving to safety. Jack instructed Hurley to drive the van to the Swan while he furiously attempted to treat Sayid's bullet wound. While he treated him, Sayid informed Jack that he could rewire the bomb to detonate on impact, after which the van stopped suddenly, revealing Kate, Sawyer, and Juliet standing in the road ahead of them. ("The Incident, Parts 1 & 2")

Jack holds Jughead over the future-Swan station. ("The Incident, Parts 1 & 2")

Sawyer asked for a minute of Jack's time, and they walked away from the rest of the group to talk. Jack and Sawyer reasoned with one another, Jack attempting to convince Sawyer that they needed to detonate the bomb, and Sawyer attempting to convince Jack that there was no need to change the past, and that what was done, was done. When it became clear that Jack would not yield to this way of thinking, Sawyer punched him, and a furious fight ensued, only ended by Juliet demanding Sawyer stop after Jack was brutally beaten. Jack walked a short distance to a ridge overlooking the Swan site, where he was met by Kate, who tended to his wounds. Jack asked her why she agreed to come back to the Island, and why she left Aaron behind. Kate revealed to him her intentions were to return to the island to reunite Aaron with his mother, and when Jack asked if she would support his plan to detonate the bomb, she agreed.

After returning to the van and retrieving the bomb core from Sayid, he set off alone to the Swan site, where a group of Security team members had just arrived. He was spotted by Phil, however, and was nearly overwhelmed when the rest of the group arrived in the van and helped him attack the site. Jack shot a presumably killed another member, and he and the others successfully killed or neutralized all the DHARMA members present, and after a reaffirming look from Kate, Jack dropped the bomb into the Swan drilling shaft. Initially nothing happened, but after a moment a severe electromagnetic Incident occurred, and all metal objects in the area began to be pulled to the shaft, including a tool box which hit Jack in the back of the head, rendering him unconscious. After a moment, Jack awoke to find Kate desperately attempting to pull Sawyer away from the drilling shaft, which Juliet had just fallen down. Jack helped pull Sawyer away from the shaft, and moments later the bomb presumably detonated. ("The Incident, Parts 1 & 2")

2007 (Season 6)

Jack is woken by Kate, feet from an unconscious Sawyer, and the remains of the detonated hatch. He asks where they are, but Kate doesn't have a good answer. Sawyer wakes up and launches himself at Jack, kicking him into the crater of the hatch and agonizing over Jack's failure and Juliet's death. Kate tries to keep Sawyer away, and Jack apologizes, thinking that he failed.

After retrieving Juliet's body from the wreckage of the hatch, Jack checks on Sayid and realizes he can't help him. When Hurley suggests taking Sayid to The Temple, based on mysterious circumstances, Jack uncharacteristically doesn't question the idea. The group enters the Temple, all of their names having appeared on one of Jacob's lists.

When the attempt to save Sayid's life in the healing pool fails, Jack tries giving emergency CPR to his friend. When Kate tells him to stop, he does ("LA X, Parts 1 & 2").

Parallel Timeline (Season 6)

Aboard Flight 815

On Oceanic flight 815, Jack was very nervous. When he saw Rose he was scared that something happened on the plane. She said that she was waiting for her husband. When Jack entered the lavatory, he found that his neck was bleeding. Jack returned to his seat and met Desmond, whom he seemed to recognize. Desmond did not seem to recognize Jack, and it is unclear as to whether they previously met at the stadium in this alternate timeline.

Later, he returns to a lavatory, where he finds a man waiting for his "friend". The door opens and a woman stumbles on top of him. They smile at each other as they disentangle, and Jack watches her as she walks to her seat, looking away when he sees the man possessively holding her elbow.

After returning to his seat, a stewardess makes a call over the intercom, looking for a doctor. Jack answers her call and together they go to a lavatory towards the rear of the plane, where a man has been locked inside for half an hour, arousing the alarm of the flight staff. When the door cannot be opened, a stranger kicks the door in, revealing an unconscious man seated upright. Jack and Sayid Jarrah attempt to resuscitate Charlie Pace with the first aid kit aboard the plane, but their efforts fail until Jack is able to remove a small plastic bag of heroin from where it was lodged in Charlie's throat. Charlie is less than thankful, stating that he was "supposed to die." During the fray, Jack realizes that he has lost his pen, which was actually stolen by Kate when they bumped into each other briefly on the plane. ("LA X, Parts 1 & 2")

After the Flight

Jack doesn't disembark the plane immediately, after receiving a hateful glare from Charlie Pace, who is being escorted off the plane by police officers. Among the two passengers still left onboard, Jack sees John Locke as he is transferred to the airport's wheelchair.

While waiting in line for the customs process, Jack hears his name being paged over the airport intercom. He goes to the nearest service desk, only to learn that his father's coffin did not make it onto the plane, and Oceanic Airlines is not sure where the body is. Jack speaks to his mother on the phone, realizing that the funeral they had scheduled for two hours after Flight 815's landing will have to be postponed.

In the office for missing luggage, Jack meets John Locke, whose suitcase full of knives has likewise gone missing. Locke is able to offer Jack comfort, saying that Oceanic didn't lose Jack's father, but they only lost his body. Somewhat calmed by this, Jack asks about Locke's paraplegic status. When Locke tells him his condition is irreversible, Jack asserts that "nothing is irreversible." Before separating, Jack gives John Locke his business card, saying that if he was ever in need of a consult his medical treatment would be "on the house." ("LA X, Parts 1 & 2")



  • He has appeared in the most episodes and has had the most centric episodes of any character.
  • Jack has met all of the main characters except Ilana.
  • Jack is one of the four characters to have a flashback, a flash-forward, a Season 5 centric and a flash-sideways episode centered around them. The other three are Hurley, Sun and Kate.
  • According to Danny Pickett, Jack isn't on Jacob's list.
  • As de facto leader, Jack has resorted to some extreme measures to protect the crash survivors. This includes sanctioning the torture of Sawyer (who he believed to have Shannon's asthma medication), setting up the ambush of Ethan Rom, holding Ben hostage to trade for Walt, engaging in a risky attempt to recover Walt, holding Ben's life hostage during surgery to allow his friends to escape, and refusing to bring the phone to Ben which resulted in Jin, Sayid, and Bernard's "deaths".
  • In the commentary track on the Season 1 DVD, the producers explained that the character of Jack as the de facto leader of the survivors was intended to be killed off in "The Pilot, Part 1" by the Monster, with Kate becoming the de facto leader. However, ABC executives and advisers to the producers convinced the writers and producers to keep him alive. They reasoned that killing him off, while a novel idea, generated feelings of betrayal, bewilderment, and anger in the audience. Instead, Oceanic 815's pilot, Seth Norris was written in and killed in Jack's place. Fox's portrayal of Jack as such a likable and noble character that audiences can relate to only helped solidify his survival and importance to the show.
    • Michael Keaton was originally cast to play Jack. He left the production after it was decided that he wouldn't die in "Pilot, Part 1". [source needed]
  • In Lost: Via Domus, his full name is given as Jackson Shepherd. However, only the Island locations in the game are considered canon, but the story-line and characters are not.
  • Jack, Locke and Michael have turned suicidal at some point after leaving the Island.
  • Jack has an O-blood type which is a universal donor.
  • As seen in "Something Nice Back Home", Jack has two scars: one from his appendectomy and one from Kate's suturing in "Pilot, Part 1".
  • Jack is a baseball fan, and seems to have some affection for the Boston Red Sox and some contempt for the New York Yankees.
  • Jack may be indirectly responsible for Shannon's disdainful attitude towards others. If he had chosen to save Adam Rutherford instead of Sarah in "Man of Science, Man of Faith", Shannon may have had an easier transition from childhood to adulthood without her step-mother's influence.
  • Nearly every time Jack is seen with a gun it is a Colt .45 pistol.
  • Jack is the only character to be with of all 4 major factions on the show: The Survivors, The DHARMA Initiative, The Oceanic 6, and although not "offically" a member he was been shown being friendly and spent a significant portion of time with the Others.
  • Jack is one of the surviving five characters seen at the crash site of Oceanic 815's middle section, along with Jin-Soo Kwon, Claire Littleton, Hurley Reyes and Rose Nadler. Boone Carlyle, Shannon Rutherford, Charlie Pace, Michael Dawson and John Locke are all deceased, while the five characters not in the scene - Kate Austen, James "Sawyer" Ford, Sayid Jarrah, Sun-Hwa Kwon and Walt Lloyd are alive.
  • Jack is the only main character that is aware of all the DHARMA Initiative stations.
  • Jack, like Ben, develops a deadly condition (appendicitis) on an Island where people including Rose, Locke, and Jin are restored to health.

Episode statistics

  • Jack's episode count so far is 95 (as of "The Incident, Parts 1 & 2").
  • Jack is one of the six characters to have their first flashback in the episode they first appeared in. The other five are Juliet, Charlotte, Lapidus, Miles and Jacob.
  • Jack was the first character to ever have a flashback and a flash-forward.
    • However, he was only the third character to have a traditional centric episode after Kate and Locke.
  • The first episodes of seasons 1, 2, and 3 featured Jack's flashbacks.
  • He was also the first character to have a flashforward centered around him, in "Through the Looking Glass", and later had several more in season 4. He later had two centric episodes in Season 5, giving him a total of 16 centric episodes.
    • Both Nikki, and Paulo, even taken together, appeared in fewer episodes than Jack has centric.
  • As of "So It Begins", Jack's mobisode count is 5, which makes him one of the two most appearing mobisode characters, along with Michael with also 5 appearances.
  • Jack generally has the most appearances or ties for the most appearances in a season. The only exception is season 3, where he was second to Kate.
  • Jack and Kate are the only characters to appear in every season premier of the series.


Main article: Jack's tattoo
  • He has a tattoo on his left shoulder that translates to: "Hawk in the expansive sky" or "Eagles high up cleaving the sky". According to Isabel, the tattoo literally translates as "He walks amongst us but he is not one of us." ("Stranger in a Strange Land")
  • He has another tattoo on his left forearm that appears to be a large number 5 with a compass dial around it. The five may represent when he conquered his fear during an emergency by "letting the fear in", but only for five seconds. ("Pilot, Part 1")
  • He has another tattoo on his left elbow.


  • He has taken some flying lessons.
  • Jack learned to play poker in Phuket, Thailand, and can spot cheating and sleight-of-hand. He used this skill on the Island to gain goods from other survivors.
  • He uses a pen to complete crossword puzzles -- a rare practice even amongst crossword enthusiasts, which shows his confidence/intellect.
  • He seems to have a good memory. He remembered the Numbers after hearing them only once from Desmond, and remembered them accurately enough to correct Locke's faulty memory. He also remembered Desmond from the stadium before Desmond remembered him, and the combination to the gun vault after only hearing it once.
  • It is currently unknown how Jack knows how to use a gun, but he demonstrates a working knowledge of firearms in several episodes.

Name references

  • Jack Shephard's name could be a reflection of his position among the Losties. A shepherd is someone who guides and leads a flock, in the same way that Jack has become the de facto leader of the Losties.
  • "Jack Shepherd" is the name of the serial killer in the movie Frequency, which stars Elizabeth Mitchell and Shawn Doyle.
  • "Jack Shepherd" is the name of a notorious English criminal (1702-24), who is notable for his daring escapes from prison.
  • Jack Sheppard was a pioneer in the field of cave diving, in which divers explore underwater caves. Jack Shephard swam through an underwater cave en route to the Tunnels. ("Follow the Leader")
  • "Jack" is the name of one of the faction leaders in Lord of the Flies. In that story, Jack Merridew leads a small choir group, and is himself an accomplished singer, rather than a surgeon. Jack Merridew however is the story's antagonist who selfishly leads the boys into savagery. He is described as having red hair and a fair complexion. Despite his namesake, Jack may have more in common with Ralph, the dark haired protagonist who is described as a charismatic and handsome leader driven mostly by reason. In Lord of the Flies, Jack Merridew and Ralph also go on an A-mission but their relationship soon sours as they both struggle for power. In this regard, the relationship of these two boys has some parallels with the relationship between John Locke and Jack Shephard.
  • "Jack" is a common nickname of people named "John", as in the first name of Jack's polar opposite on the series, John Locke (an example being John F. Kennedy was sometimes called Jack Kennedy).
  • The name Jack is Hebrew and means "the Lord is Gracious". It is also a variation of John.
  • "Jack" was the nickname of C.S. Lewis, the writer of the Chronicles of Narnia.
  • Shephard is mysteriously spelled differently than the word "shepherd". Matthew Fox plays Jack Shephard. If you cross the names you get Matthew Shephard. Matthew Shepard is the name of a man who was the victim of a highly publicized hate crime in 1998 which lead to the proposal of the Matthew Shepard Act in 2007.
  • Sheppard was the name of a character in the short story The Lame Shall Enter First from the book Everything That Rises Must Converge. In that story Sheppard is a man who does not believe in God and tries to do good deeds to make up for the loss of his wife. "He had stuffed his own emptiness with good works like a glutton."
  • Matthew Fox, who plays Jack on Lost, is also the name of a former Dominican priest who was excommunicated by the Vatican for rejecting the idea of Original Sin and promoting Ecumenism (religious & spiritual unity). Jack, at least in the beginning, vehemently criticize ideas of predetermination/predestination, which is one of the presumptions behind religious ideas of Original Sin. And since one of the philosophical ideas of the show is to reject ideas of Original Sin, the correlation is further solidified. Matthew Fox wrote many works on Ecumenism, namely "One River, Many Wells", which basically posits that ALL religions are but many paths, "may wells", that lead into the same interconnected "river" of human spirituality- a theme that Lost propounds.

Additional casting

John O'Hara as Young Jack ("White Rabbit")

Unanswered questions

Unanswered questions
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For fan theories about these unanswered questions, see: Jack Shephard/Theories
  • Why was Jack so far out in the jungle the day of the crash?
  • What is the reason Jack was supposed to stay on the island, according to Locke?
  • Why is Jack wearing a suit and not hiking clothes when he is planning to go back to the island?
  • Why was Jack's neck bleeding in the parallel universe?

See also

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A fish family of over two hundred species, these colorful saltwater fish go by a host of varietal names such as yellowtail, greenback, burnfin, black and amber jack. These delicately flavored fish tend to be large, weighing a much as 150 pounds, and readily available in waters around the world. Tuna and swordfish make good substitutes.

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This article is about the boy involved with the 2006 Christmas event. For other uses, see Jack (disambiguation).
Release date Unknown edit
Race Human
Members NPC? No
Quest NPC? No
Location Musa Point or Karamja
Sells items? No
Skill requirement? No
Quest requirement? No
Gender Male
Examine After event: A happy child, now that he has been freed.
Notable features Involved with the 2006 Christmas event

Jack was a non-player character players could save during the 2006 Christmas event. He could be found playing on Musa Point during the event. The event involved freezing gublinches to rescue the kidnapped children. The Gublinch kidnapped the children to stoke the forges in their underground lair.


The two children, Jack and Jill, can be found near Musa Point. They were likely a reference to the nursery rhyme, Jack and Jill.

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Jack could refer to:


Out of universe

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The Star Wars wiki of fan invention.

Biographical information


Date of birth

32 BBY

Date of death


Physical description



1.83 meters

Hair color


Eye color


Personal Information
Fighting Style(s)

Different blasters

Chronological and political information





Jack was a male Mandalorian clone in the Imperial fleet.

He was in charge of all the space operations during the Battle of Kamino, but he was not in total control, as Darth Vader and the Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin were also present. As part of the battleplans, he conducted the destruction of the minimal rebel clone fleet. He swore that none of his men would rebel and that they would kill any insurgents that they found still living on the razed planet.


  • Last of the Jedi: Nathaniel Kenobi

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The name Jack has been applied to several Transformers characters.

There are also some real-life Jacks involved with the Transformers franchise.

  • Jack Morelli, who did lettering for the Marvel comic.

Jack should not be confused with:

  • Matt Kuphaldt, the artist who goes by the online handle "Jackpot".
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From Yu-Gi-Oh!

Jack Atlas

Jack Atlas


Jack Atlas




Jakku Atorasu

Manga debut

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Ride 4: The Settlement with Darkness

Anime debut

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Episode 1: On Your Mark, Get Set, DUEL!







Previous team(s)

 The Enforcers


 Red Archfiend (Turbo Deck)
 Dragon (Ground Deck)



WC 2009

 King's Pride

Voice actors


Jack Atlas is Yusei Fudo's rival in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's. Like Yusei, Jack is one of the Signers with a Mark of the Dragon on his right arm.

Jack is an arrogant man who thinks of his opponents as little more than entertainment for himself and his audience. However, after losing to Yusei, Jack realizes what he's been missing as King and decides on starting his own journey to becoming a real duelist. Upon meeting Carly Carmine, he realizes the error of his ways, and tries to repay Yusei and the others. Jack has little applicable skills outside of dueling and has been consequently fired from several jobs in one day. His high standards drive him to the point where he spends 3000 yen (about $32 US) on a single cup of coffee.

In the English dub, his personality is slightly more malicious: he framed his former friend Rally with the Duel Runner chip, for example.




Jack's character design is by Shuji Maruyama. Jack has violet eyes and spiked blonde hair. His other accessories include a neckband, similar to the one worn by Yugi Muto, a belt buckle and earrings in the shape of the letter A, the first letter of his last name.



Young Yusei, Crow and Jack.

Jack's parents were killed during the Zero Reverse incident. As a child, Jack was a lone wolf and never played with the other chidren. Later, he met Yusei Fudo and Crow Hogan and became one of their best friends. He was fostered by Martha.

The Enforcers

Jack and The Enforcers.

In their teens, Jack, Yusei and Crow met Kalin Kessler and formed The Enforcers as a way to improve their lives in Satellite, by becoming the best duelists in Satellite. After conquering all of Satellites zones, Kalin changed, taking dueling so seriously he forced a kid into a Duel and proceeded to beat him up, after winning. Unhappy with Kalin's attitude, Jack and Crow left the team. After learning that Kalin is on the run from Sector Security, Yusei approaches Jack to ask him to help.

The reunited gang catch up with Kalin in an abandoned storage building. They tell him he has changed and try to get him to abort the battle with Security. After Yusei refrains Kalin from further attacking a badly beaten Security, Crow and Jack hold Kalin in a room, while Yusei tries to convince Security that he, himself, is the leader, in the hopes Kalin wouldn't be arrested. However Kalin gets arrested, ultimately ending the team.

Later life in Satellite

Yusei and Jack spend much of their time with Nervin, Blitz, Tank and Rally afterwards. Jack comes into possession of the card "Red Dragon Archfiend".

Jack duels and defeats Yusei, afterwhich he tells Yusei that one cannot win a Duel with Monsters, Spell or Trap Cards alone, only with them joined up. He points to his heart as he says all you need to amass yourself victory is right here. At the time, Yusei did not understand what he meant.

Jack sitting alone in his throne.

Jack eventually fell out with Yusei after a difference in goals. Jack aspired to be a King and spent a lot of his time setting in a throne in an abandoned theater. He spent little time with his friends, although Rally occasionally visited. Jack once saved Rally from a group of bullies, but didn't stick around to converse.

Inside the theater, he met Lazar, who came on behalf of Rex Goodwin. He convinces Jack that his birthmark is special and that he can become a King in New Domino City. In order to do so, he tells Jack to steal Yusei's Duel Runner and "Stardust Dragon" card and escape through a pipeline into the city.

Accepting Lazar's offer, Jack tied Rally up and left him in a boat floating in the sea. He alerted Yusei, who came there on the Duel Runner he had built. Jack forced Yusei to choose between himself and Rally's life in order to get what he was after. After Yusei dove into the water to save Rally, Jack took Yusei's "Stardust Dragon", as well as the Duel Runner. He then made his way into New Domino through the trash pipeline.

Life in New Domino City

At an unspecified time, the Duel Runner Jack took breaks down. In the English version, his new Duel Runner, Phoenix Whirlwind (Wheel of Fortune in the Japanese version) is the old Duel Runner, after a few modifications.

Jack then became the Turbo Dueling Champion and moved into the compound of Rex Goodwin who tries to conceal Jack's origins from the public. As the King of Duelists, he was adored by the New Domino City public and his fame has been marketed, even to the point where both he and his "Red Dragon Archfiend" card have their own action figures. Also, at an unspecified time Jack faced Bolt Tanner in a Turbo Duel and beats him on his first turn.

Two years later, when Yusei ventures off into New Domino City to take back his "Stardust Dragon" card, he and Jack have a rematch, but it is interrupted by the appearance of a mysterious red-colored dragon, later revealed to be the Crimson Dragon. He later learns from Goodwin that he is a "Signer", a savior predicted to prevent the resurrection of a dark god by a Pre-Incan civilization. Although conflicted about maintaining his title even though he technically lost to Yusei, Jack complies with Goodwin's plans in the hope of truly validating his title by finally defeating Yusei in the Fortune Cup and gives "Stardust Dragon" back to Yusei as a sign of competition.

Fortune Cup finals

Yusei faces Jack for the title of King of Turbo Duels, as he has beaten every opponent on the Fortune Cup. Before their Duel commences, Jack recounts the events that happened 2 years ago that lead ultimately to the road of him becoming King. Also, now that he is finally facing Yusei, he tells Goodwin to let Rally and the others go since, there is no further need for them to been held hostage. Before their Turbo Duel starts, Yusei sees them on the screen, and once they're free, Jack says that now there is nothing holding them back.

During the duel, Jack refuses to let Yusei win, revealing that in order for him walk to the path of becoming the King, 2 years ago he gave up everything by turning his back on Satellite and on everyone else he knew. Thus, thinking that all of that happened because of the dragon birthmark, he believes now that Yusei has the chance to become King without giving up anything. Jack does not want that to happen.

As he duels against Yusei, once again the Crimson Dragon appears, and takes Jack, Yusei, Luna and Akiza to another dimension, showing them visions. Jack tells Yusei to continue since, it's their duel that is responsible for them being there. He pushes Yusei, thinking that he will finally win. Jack unleashes his devastating combo, however Yusei has already foreseen this, and manages to counter.

Yusei's Stardust Dragon unleashes its final attack destroying Jack's "Red Dragon Archfiend", consuming the last of Jack's Life Points;The duel runner he was on is completely destroyed and Jack crashes into a guard rail. Jack is thrown from his duel runner and is badly injured. Yusei is announced as the new king and Jack is carried out on a stretcher after Jack gives some words of wisdom to Yusei.

Dark Signers

Jack is transferred to Domino Hospital to recover away from the prying eyes of the public.

During the Atlas Rising premiere, Angela Rains reveals the truth to the public that Jack was not born in Tops but in the Satellite.

Carly Carmine sneaks into the hospital, disguised as a nurse in an attempt to interview him. Trudge, now under the Dark Signers' control, suddenly comes and challenged Jack. Jack's arm was broken at the time, so he asked Carly to assist him in the duel and hold his cards. Jack and Carly managed to defeat Trudge, blowing up a portion of the hospital in the process. Before Jack fainted, he asked Carly to get him out without notifying the reporters outside. Carly snuck him out on a gurney as a body with a sheet over it.

Carly disguises Jack to avoid media attention.

Jack woke up in Carly's place after envisioning a meeting with the Dark Signers in a dream. Carly went into Jack's room only to find the man gone. She then followed him to the monorail where he was attempting to get on the train to leave. In the end, Carly convinced him to come to an amusement park with her in the intention of having him relax so she could interview him. She changed her mind however after hearing how hurt he was over losing the title of King to Yusei Fudo. After spending some time with Carly, Jack started to show signs of guilt for betraying his friends and shame for how he let Goodwin use him. Carly suggested that the real Jack Atlas was returning and that the old Jack was the real one defeated by Yusei. She suggested that it was fine for him to become a real King now (in the dub, she sugessted that Jack should say sorry to his friends, mainly Yusei). Jack put on his jacket and agreed with her, after which he vowed to never let himself get used by people again.

Jack responded a call at Carly's apartment from Mina and flies back to Satellite. Here he watched the Duel between Yusei and Kalin. Yusei got impaled in the course of the fight and is taken away by Crow to receive medical attention. Jack demanded the helicopter be landed but Mina tells him that he had nowhere to go without his Duel Runner. Jack was forced to go back to New Domino and wait for the next Dark Signer attack.

After returning to the city, he and Mina told Carly she had best not get involved and Jack broke her camera's memory chip to hide the conflict between the Signers and the Dark Signers. After Jack's Duel Runner was repaired by Goodwin, he told Mina that he would go to Satellite and make his own "road" rather than "Road of the King" he had previously been on.

After the Arcadia Movement headquarters were damaged by a Dark Signer attack, Jack evaded the flaming geoglyphs as they form. He made his way to the building, unaware that Carly is the dark Signer responsible. After the Duel, he came across Luna, Leo, Yanagi and Tanner leaving the building. They told Jack that Akiza was inside and may need help. Jack entered the building to look for her and found Carly's broken glasses inside. He found Akiza unconscious and took her out of the building, unable to find Carly in time. Jack immediately took Akiza to the hospital to get help for her, thinking Carly had been sacrificed to the Earthbound Immortal.

Akiza was in a comatose state and is visited by her parents Hideo and Setsuko. Jack told them that Yusei may be able to help her, which he does in the end. He also says that the Signers still have a lot to learn about each other, and the only way they met each other was through Yusei.

Jack, along with the others Signers, were invited by Rex Goodwin to his house to learn more about the Signers and Dark Signers. He was told that the Signers are drawn together and guided by faith. After learning about the Dark Signer's powers, Jack believed Carly to be among their victims, who were sacrificed when the two Earthbound Immortals were summoned.

Seeing how much Yusei was afraid of Kalin and that he has lost confidence after his last encounter, Jack punched Yusei in the hopes that a fight would cause Yusei to regain his determination. Yusei thanked Jack and accepted that they must fight the Dark Signers to protect people. Hearing this Jack remembered that he must protect Carly.

After the Dark Signers unleash the Black fog on Satellite, Jack along with the other Signers, Leo and Mina are flown by a helicopter piloted by Trudge to Satellite. In Satellite they meet up with Martha, who is happy to see Jack back after many years. The reunion is cut close as Yusei finds out that Rally, Crow and the others have disappeared. Mina became greatly upset over Jack's feeling for Carly after seeing him with her glasses while he is saying that he is fighting for people.

During supper, Roman appeared in order to duel. Jack wanted to duel him but is stopped by Yusei, who tells him that its too dangerous to Duel a Dark Signer here. Following Yusei's instructions, Jack took Martha and the kids to safer place. Shun, Micchan and Taka snuck away to watch the Duel and to help Yusei however they could. As Roman summoned his Earthbound Immortal, Jack quickly appeared and rescued John and Mitch from being sacrificed.

After Yusei's match against Roman Goodwin conclude, Jack, Akiza, Luna along with Leo are there, as the rest of the Dark Signers show themselves. After Jack realized Carly is one of them, he chased after her and asked why is she one of them. Carly responded, "If you want to know the answer, come to see me".

The Signers split up to face their respective opponents at the four control units for the Original Enerdy Reactor. Jack took his Duel Runner to the Hummingbird tower, where Carly showed herself on her own Duel Runner.

Jack and Carly ruling as Dark Signers in Carly's vision.

During their Duel continues Carly used the card "Enlightenment" causing Jack see an alternate future in which he lost his duel against Carly and died. Carly kissed him, reviving him as a Dark Signer and together they defeat the Signers. They turn the world into a Hell, which they rule as King and Queen. During the course of the vision, Carly's glasses slipped from Jack's coat, causing him to remember Carly as she normally was and to snap out of his previous vision.

Jack told Carly that wasn't the fate she truly wanted and activated his trap card while showing her her glasses. It allowed Carly the choice between recovering her own life points or damaging Jack for half the attack power of her Fortune Lady Earth. Carly turned to accept the choice of inflicting damage on him when she hesitated and, in the end, turned down a chance to win the Duel in favor of saving Jack. However, her Earthbound Immortal, Aslla piscu possessed her and forces her to continue the Duel. She managed to summon her Earthbound Immortal after this possession.

Following this summon, Jack began to focuse hard on trying to save Carly. This causes the 5 Marks of the Dragon to leave the other four Signers and appear on Jack's back, allowing him to Summon "Majestic Red Dragon".

Jack embraces Carly before she disappears.

Jack attempted to end the Duel in a Draw, deciding that if he had to cause Carly's death that it would be acceptable if he died along with her. However, Carly's normal self managed to take control and activated a trap card that forced her to lose.

She and Jack embrace before she turned to dust, Carly finally confessing her love to him.

Jack proceeded to activate the control unit.

After Akiza's Duel with Misty, the sun sets before the final unit can be activated and the Condor geoglyph appears on the sky. The King of the Underworld appears from the original Enerdy reactor, and is moves towards the City. The Crimson Dragon transports Jack and his companions to Goodwin's island residence. Jack notices the Stairway to the Dragon Star has smashed through a building. Goodwin stands at the top of the stairway, where he reveals he has become a Dark Signer and becomes a Signer by attaching Roman's arm to himself. Goodwin prepares to sacrifice a Signer through a Turbo Duel ritual to welcome the Ruler of the Underworld. Jack, Yusei and Crow face Goodwin in a 3-on-1 Duel. During the duel, Goodwin forces Jack not to work with Yusei, and become a true King. Jack remembering Carly, refuses, and his life points lowered to 1. Soon after, he crashes and is unable to duel any further. After Yusei defeated Goodwin, he gets saved by Majestic Star Dragon.

World Riding Grand Prix

Half a year has past since the Dark Signer incident. Jack is currently working with Yusei and Crow in developing a new duel runner engine, though during a test the engine overloads and explodes. Afterward, he later assists Yusei and Crow in tracking down Ghost. After Yusei defeats Ghost, they find out he is a robot and Yusei believes a new threat is approaching.

Jack has apparently been seeing Carly in secret during the past six months at a cafe, indicating that their relationship is developing. However, Crow yells at him for slacking off and demands that he gets money for new parts. Jack attempts to find honest work, but he is fired from every job he attempts, due to his ego and his obsession of himself being a Signer. After one such failure, he and Carly learn about a money trader named Garome who rips people off by making them sign some false documents. Jack then challenges Garome to a duel for those contracts, putting up his Red Dragon Archfiend and Wheel of Fortune as antes. Jack ultimately wins, however he still can't find a job.

On the day of Akiza's final exam, Crow and Jack help Yusei modify and improve her Duel Runner so she can Turbo Duel and obtain her license. Like the rest, he is present during her first official Turbo duel, in which she is able to defeat Trudge. But the duel was almost interrupted by a trap plotted by some guys that despised Akiza. However, Jack finds out and beats them up for their cruel actions.

One day, Carly informs Jack of Duel Runner thieves. With his pride of a Turbo Duelist, he decides to try and capture the thieves, but when one pulls a laser gun on him, one of the thieves suddenly tries to stop him and takes the shot instead. As Jack stops to check on the fallen man, Trudge appears and informs him that this man was actually an undercover agent named Kazama. Feeling guilty, Jack borrows Kazama's Archfiend Chaos King and hunts down the thieves, getting beaten up numerous times before he follows them to their hideout. Once he arrived, he and the ringleader engage in a ground duel to the death. Jack seems to be on the verge of losing, but then summons the agent's Synchro monster and wins the duel. When Trudge and his officers arrived, Jack had already beaten up all the gang members and had them piled up. Later, Jack returns the Synchro card back to the recovered agent, then they shake hands and Jack vows to duel him someday.

Jack begins to try and develop applicable skills, an example being making a table and chairs out of leftover parts one morning, but still ultimately failing when Crow sits down and the chair breaks apart from under him. After Leo and Luna's loss to Lucciano, Jack and Crow discuss the changes that have recently taken place. The two grow concerned for Yusei, and they decide to go find him and figure out what's troubling him once and for all.

When they meet with Yusei, he reveals his unease around Ghost, and tells them that he suspects that Yliaster is behind everything, as Roman had told him that it was a man from Yliaster who set him down the path of becoming a Dark Signer. Furthermore, they are using the WRGP for some mysterious plan, if Sherry was to be believed. The three decide to work towards mastering Dark Glass's Accel Synchro as a means to effectively combat the new Yliaster plot and to protect the city. When Yusei takes in an amnesiac named Bruno, Jack is distrusting and very hostile towards him, since he had modified his Duel Runner to greater heights.

When Jack suddenly gets arrested by Sector Security, the word of him being a suspect gets around. Trudge shows Yusei, Bruno, and Crow a security clip of Jack purposely destroying Duel Runners during duels. They all assume that it was Jack, because of the Wheel of Fortune, and the exact same deck. When Jack escapes Security, he sets out to find the culprit. He later confronts the Imposter, a duplicate of Jack calling himself "The King". When Jack faces the mystery duelist, he ends up defeated by his own monster, Red Dragon Archfiend and seemingly falls into the sea.

It is revealed that the imposter was a Riding Roid as a part of the Infinity Trio's (namely Jose's) plan to use the Signers for their nefarious scheme involving a "circuit" of some kind. Jack Atlas did not die but is actually captured and hidden in a cave while being shown what the impostor is doing, this time wreaking havoc on the highway. He is also under the careful watch of the trio by the use of a machine. Eventually, seeing his friends (Yusei, Crow, and Kazama) getting injured trying to figure out who was the so called 'King', Jack's willpower caused the machine to break, freeing Jack from his mind prison. He then escapes from the cave he was hidden in and chases after the Imposter. Jack intercepts the imposter before he is about to hurt Yusei and then challenges the imposter to a duel. During the duel the imposter constantly taunts him, telling him that he is now weaker than his former self. Jack summons his Red Dragon Archfiend quickly with Trust Guardian but gets pushed into a corner very early in the game as the Imposter summons his Red Dragon Archfiend and boosts its attack. When it seems Jack is winning, the imposter unleashes his ultimate weapon: the summoning of 3 Red Dragon Archfiends (they are colored blue, purple and yellow). The 3 dragons nearly wipe out Jack's life points but he is saved by his Red Dragon Archfiend, which was protected by Trust Guardian. Jack then makes his final move and summons Majestic Red Dragon and gains the attack points of the imposter's Red Dragon Archfiend before attacking and defeating him. The attack destroys the Imposter Jack Atlas and all of his cards.

Voice and Mannerisms

In the English dub, Jack has an Australian accent. Words like 'little' 'better' and 'settle', he says like "lit'l", "bet'r" and "set'l". He makes puns on biking, and similar to Kaiba, he is a cold hearted guy, and in a way an anti-hero. He's a tad arrogant, showing little respect to other duelists, especially the one he defeats. His arrogance tends to make him underestimate his opponents which tend to lead to defeat or at least a disadvantage towards him. He doesn't really respect all that everyone has done to help him until sometime after the Fortune Cup after he has a conversation with Carly Carmine. He also tends to be manipulative to the point of even using his friends to get what he wants. During his duels he states that he enjoys entertaining the crowd and as such is often very theatrical with his duels along with saying "Let's kick this duel into overdrive" in the beginning of his professional duels and saying "Who's the Master of Faster" when he wins a duel. Besides "Master of Faster" he has a lot of other nicknames like "King of the Cards" or "The King". However, Jack later on realizes his errors, and stops plotting against Yusei. During his duel with Goodwin, he states that he gives up becoming King and is fighting for Carly and the rest of his friends. After Goodwin's defeat, he works with Yusei and Crow, and helps people in need, but he is still grouchy and arrogant.

Manga biography

Jack in the manga.

In the manga, Jack works with Rex Goodwin. In this version, he seems much more malicious compared to his attitude in the anime, and doesn't seem to even know Yusei. He is sent to Satellite, before Goodwin begins plans for the D1 Grand Prix.

In Satellite, Jack finds Yusei and attacks him with "Heavenly King Black Highlander". He congratulates Yusei on dodging the attack and challenges him to a Duel. Yusei declines in favor of helping Sect, but Jack continues to attack him with "Black Highlander", but Yusei defends with "Junk Blader". Seeing that they were already dueling in some form, they decide to have a proper Duel.

When Sect falls from Yusei's Duel Runner, Yusei abandons his Duel Runner to save him, but Jack continues. Yusei and Sect fall into a body of water, as Jack wins the Duel. Afterwards, he finds "Synchro Deflector", on Yusei's Duel Runner, which he could have used to prevent himself losing the Duel. Jack smiles and chucks the card away, leaving Yusei and Sect in the water.


Main article: Jack Atlas' Decks

Jack plays a Burn/Beatdown Deck that focuses on inflicting damage to his opponent either through battle or effect damage, while summoning his ace "Red Dragon Archfiend". His deck is an opposite of Yusei's, as Yusei prefers defensive play, while Jack punishes his opponents for defensive play, probably to show their rivalry. Most of his monsters inflict piercing damage like "Mad Archfiend" and "Twin-Sword Marauder", while his traps inflict most of the effect damage, but also aid in summoning. His Ground Deck, which is a Dragon Deck, focuses on the same strategy, but with the use of "Strong Wind Dragon", and "Exploder Dragonwing" in addition to "Red Dragon Archfiend". He also uses "Majestic Red Dragon" against Carly and the Imposter Jack Atlas. Jack has two Decks, one for Turbo Duels, and a one for normal Duels.

Facts about Jack AtlasRDF feed
Age 19  +
Anime appearances Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's  +, Evolving Duel! Stardust VS Red Demons  +, and Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Super Fusion! Bonds That Transcend Time  +
Gender Male  +
Manga appearances Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's (manga)  +
WC09 Deck King's Pride  +

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