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

Updated July 3, 2019 2.4k votes 420 voters 26.1k views13 items

List RulesVote 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?

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    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.

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    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?

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    Jack Spent Time With Rose To Ensure Her Safety

    James Cameron has a knack for making movies about time-travelers sent back in time to protect someone from being snuffed out. Cameron's motif serves as the basis for many fan theories about Jack Dawson, specifically that he's a Kyle Reese figure sent back to save Rose. Redditor /u/ZodiacMan423 explains: 

    Skynet has learned that straight up sending robots to [eliminate] people draws too much potentially history-altering attention so it was trying to subtly manipulate the timeline by [ending] Rose's dad. This would cause Rose's family to fall on financial hard times, lead Rose's mother to push Rose to become engaged to the abusive Cal, and cause her to [jump off] on the Titanic... Of course John Connor somehow becomes aware of this plot and sends Jack Dawson back in time to the Titanic to prevent Rose's [passing] and see that she arrives safely in New York. This would explain why Lovejoy had a look of disappointment when Jack saved Rose.

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    Jack Knows Rose Is Going To Have His Child

    Many of the fan theories around Jack's time-traveling note the similarities between Titanic and the Terminator series. In the original Terminator, Kyle Reese gives Sarah Connor a pep talk about how important she is to the future, which is kind of what Jack does before he drifts off into the freezing waters of the Atlantic. Redditor /u/NotSure2505 explains:

    Jack's last sentences to Rose are 'Listen, Rose. You're gonna get out of here, you're gonna go on and you're gonna make lots of babies, and you're gonna watch them grow. You're gonna [pass as] an old... an old lady warm in her bed, not here, not this night. Not like this, do you understand me?'

    Jack knows she is pregnant at that point and that he has passed along his DNA. This is a declaration that he has fulfilled his mission successfully, to mate with her, and he instructs her to survive and procreate. Of course he can't say 'go on and have my baby,' that would be too prosaic and direct, so he just makes that general statement, knowing that it will have the same impact on her.

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