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The Best Fictional Characters Who Time Travel 

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Updated April 18, 2020 10.5k votes 1.5k voters 47.9k views 51 items

Time travel is an extremely interesting subject in fiction because it deals with a myriad of themes and issues. Traveling in time allows fictional characters to deal with history, the future, or both with modern day characters. Characters who time travel range from average Joes who stumbled into time travel, to hundred year old aliens who love to move through time and space.

The charm of some time traveling fiction is to see how characters deal with an unfamiliar era. Marty McFly dealt with his parents in high school, while Austin Powers traveled from the 60s to the 90s and had to abandon some of his 60s-ways. Not all time travel is used for innocent purposes. In the Terminator series, killer cyborgs used time travel to murder people and change the future.

Some time travelers use a time machine or spaceship, while others time travel by accident. While The Doctor use his Tardis to see the universe, Peggy Sue’s concussion allowed her to go travel back in time to her high school days.

Who is your favorite fictional time traveler? What era would you visit if you could time travel?

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The Doctor is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Time Travel
Doctor Who
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Marty McFly is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Time Travel
Back to the Future franchise
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Emmett Brown is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Time Travel
Back to the Future franchise
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Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Time Travel
Harry Potter series
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Fry is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Time Travel
Futurama, Futurama
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T-800 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Time Travel
Terminator franchise
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Jack Harkness is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Time Travel
Doctor Whoniverse
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River Song is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Time Travel
Doctor Who
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Rose Tyler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Time Travel
colingreig667 added Doctor Who
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Ted "Theodore"... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Time Travel
Shaun Smith added Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
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Sam Beckett is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Time Travel
Greg Watanabe added Quantum Leap
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Samurai Jack is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Time Travel
Samurai Jack
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Okabe Rintaro is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Time Travel
Adrián Nieblas added Okabe Rintaro Steins gate
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Sarah Jane Smith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Time Travel
colingreig667 added Doctor Whoniverse
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Kyle Reese is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Time Travel
Terminator franchise
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Austin Powers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Time Travel
Austin Powers series
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Merlin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Time Travel
Tom Islava added Merlin The Sword in the Stone
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Rory Williams is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Time Travel
Daniel Massey added Doctor Who, Doctor Who: Space and Time
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Agent Phil Coulson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Time Travel
Daniel Massey added Ultimate Spider-Man, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Thor
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T-1000 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Time Travel
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
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The Time Traveller is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Time Travel
The Time Traveller The Time Machine
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Rip Hunter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Time Travel
Daniel Massey added Rip Hunter DC Legends of Tommorow, Arrowverse
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Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Time Travel
Donnie Darko
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Ash Williams is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Time Travel
Jude StOnge added The Evil Dead, Army of Darkness, Evil Dead II
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Reverse Flash is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fictional Characters Who Time Travel
Scott Smiley added Reverse Flash