- This page details the version of The Time Traveler as he's known in the continuity of The Time Machine (2002 Film). For info on the character in general, see The Time Traveler.
Alexander Hartdegen (born 1865) was a scientist and inventor, who created The Time Machine in the late nineteenth century. Motivated by the accidental death of his fiancee, he was determined to travel back through time and rescue her. His plan failed when he discovered he couldn't undo the Time Machine's reason for existing in the first place, and he instead traveled 800,000 years into the far future to encounter the Eloi and the Morlocks. ("The Time Machine")