According To This 'Titanic' Theory, Jack Is From The Future

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Vote up the strongest evidence that Jack Dawson is, in fact, a time-traveler.

Do you like to have your mind blown into a million pieces by crazy fan theories? What if the theory concerns some of the most popular movies of the '90s? Some fans who have watched Titanic closer than James Cameron ever did have come to the conclusion that Jack Dawson is a time-traveler. Ludicrous? Maybe, but there are just too many facts to back up the theory for there to be any other explanation. 

This Titanic fan theory combines elements of Cameron’s Terminator films with anachronisms in Jack’s dialogue - and even a little bit of Doctor Who just for fun. Be warned, this theory gets weird. Are you ready to jump in?

  • 1
    270 VOTES

    Jack Talked About A Nonexistent Roller Coaster On Santa Monica Pier

    One of the most romantic moments of Titanic may hold the key to Jack's history as a time-traveler. When he's holding Rose at the bow of the ship, he tells her they'll ride a roller coaster on the Santa Monica Pier until they puke. 

    That's romantic and all, but the roller coaster on the Santa Monica Pier wasn't constructed until 1916 - four years after the sinking of the Titanic. Maybe Jack got his dates mixed up, or maybe he didn't think he was going to go down with the ship.

    270 votes
  • 2
    222 VOTES

    He Said He Ice Fished At Lake Wissota, Which Didn't Exist Yet

    While wooing Rose, Jack throws out a lot of game. He tells her about being an artist in Paris, the women he met and France, and some time he spent ice fishing on Lake Wissota. Here's the thing: Lake Wissota didn't exist until 1917 - five years after the Titanic sunk.

    The only way Jack could have gone ice fishing in 1917 and been on the Titanic is if he traveled back in time to do so.

    222 votes
  • 3
    213 VOTES

    He Stopped Rose From Jumping To Keep The Crash On Course

    If Jack Dawson really was time-traveling back to 1912 to make sure the Titanic had its fateful run-in with an iceberg, his first task would be saving Rose. There's a belief that if Rose had jumped from the ship, the Titanic would have attempted to stop and look for her. It's not easy to stop a ship the size of a building, but it would have been delayed one way or another. 

    Any delay in the Titanic's journey could have kept it from sinking - and changed history in myriad ways as a result.

    213 votes
  • 4
    171 VOTES

    His Haircut Was Not Appropriate For The Period 

    Most fan theories split hairs, but this one does it literally. One of the sticking points over Jack for some fans of Titanic is that his hair doesn't make sense for the period. For the most part, men at the time kept their hair short and combed out of their eyes - but not Jack.

    He has a definite 1990s thing going on, and it's not like he couldn't afford a haircut. He's clearly styled it to be expertly messy.

    171 votes
  • 5
    192 VOTES

    There's No Proof Jack Exists

    The biggest clue that Jack is from an advanced future is a line of dialogue spoken by Rose while on board the Keldysh. She tells Brock Lovett's crew, "A woman's heart is a deep ocean of secrets. But now you know there was a man named Jack Dawson and that he saved me in every way that a person can be saved. I don't even have a picture of him. He exists now only in my memory." 

    Think about it: Why would someone from the future have records they existed in the past? In all likelihood, if Jack was born at the tail end of the 19th century, he would have a birth certificate or some record that he was alive. 

    The only way to explain his complete lack of existence is that Jack wasn't born until well beyond Rose's time.

    192 votes
  • 6
    156 VOTES

    Jack's Rucksack Was Uncommon For The Time

    Jack Dawson is easily one of the most ill-prepared adventurers to jump through time. Not only is he prone to discussing places and objects that don't exist yet, but his personal effects are also anachronistic. The bag Jack carries with him aboard the Titanic is of a style that became popular in the 1930s, which means he picked it up at least a good 18 years before traveling back to save Rose.

    Was it that hard to find a bag in 1912?

    156 votes