Talk:Spring-heeled Jack

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Fighting the Nazis in WW2?[edit]

"Pérák, like Spring-heeled Jack, went on to become a folklore hero, even starring in several animated superhero cartoons, fighting the SS."

So ... I know that Wiki will let anyone write anything, regardless of lack of sources or how outrageous the claim might be, but the idea that during the height of WW2 in Czechoslovakia someone was making anti-Nazi cartoons, during the German occupation of Czechoslovakia with its terrible repression, I'd just like some cited information before agreeing this isn't just a flight of fancy. Chalchiuhtlatonal (talk) 01:15, 20 February 2012 (UTC)

Animated cartoons, so probably post-war. The entry does not give any dates or details for these cartoons. (talk) 00:13, 28 August 2013 (UTC)
Animated films were made as early as 1906. It does not specifically date the films to the post-war era. A citation is still required. (talk) 00:39, 4 September 2013 (UTC)

Spring-Heeled Jack in popular culture[edit]

I honestly don't know of any references to this other than an art gallery image[1] and his open-sourced game statistics, under the fiend entry and listed as "Jumping Jack" [2] (which lack the flavor text found in the product linking him to the folklore figure), but Spring-Heeled Jack (also called a "Jumping Jack, or "Bloodfiend" in the book) is a type of fiend in the d20 Modern Roleplaying Game. It can be found in the d20 Menace Manual.

A Screenplay has been written by a couple of UK writers on Spring Heeled Jack and the synopsis can be found at: It has also been mentioned that this is also available on the script swap website.

I know of someone currently writing a story about a superhero based on Spring Heeled Jack, but he jumps with rocket boots or something.

In the popular RPG "Oblivion" there are a pair of boots called the "Boots of Springheel Jak" that allow you to jump crazy distances. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:17, 26 April 2009 (UTC) - In Oblivion, the original owner of the Springheel Jak Boots was a vampire named Jakben, which would be consistent with some of the more macabre legends. (talk) 00:15, 3 January 2013 (UTC)

In the 2015 video-game Assassin's Creed: Syndicate, a series of missions given to the protagonists by Charles Dickens consist partly of hunting down Spring-Heeled Jack, and results in a themed belt at the end. Rudgecl (talk) 22:01, 30 November 2015 (UTC)

Descriptions of reference works[edit]

Updated in line with suggestions by Dreamguy and Allen3.Mikedash (talk) 07:51, 19 March 2008 (UTC)

Footnote 5 has an "op cit" which seems out of place. Could someone fix this? (talk) 12:41, 28 May 2009 (UTC)

In popular culture.[edit]

I do not think myself fit to write on Wikipedia, but someone else might note the appearance of Springheel Jack in the latest Elder Scrolls-game? It's called The Elder Scrolls IV : Oblivion, and if I remember correctly you are asked by The Thieves Guild to obtain the boots of Springheel Jack. I also remember that you get his diary as well, and this I'm not at all sure of but there is a possibility that you also meet him.

As I said, I can't really write here but surely there is someone else who has played this widely popular game?

'Springheel' Jak was a famous thief who lived 300 years earlier in Oblivion. In his diary he discusses becoming a vampire. Upon going out of his tomb he fights you. You must kill him and take the 'boots of Springheel Jak' back to the Gray Fox during a thieves guild quest. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:42, 6 January 2009 (UTC)

As he's the titular character in the steampunk novel, Burton & Swinburne in The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack (Mark Hodder, Pyr, 2010,, I think that merits a mention. Anyone want to second that and add it to the list? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:27, 24 October 2010 (UTC)

On the science fiction TV series Sanctuary, Spring-heeled Jack is a creature classified as an "Adnormal" (a term for any powerful being that is not human I believe) who has a dark bluish grey skinned demonic appearance and is capable of leaping great distances. He is credited as responsible for the "Jack the Ripper" murders in London. His reasoning for committing the murders is because he claims that London is his rightful home and the humans had been hunting him like a dog, thus he had decided to wage his own war against the humans, using his jumping abilities to evade capture. (talk) 00:23, 10 October 2011 (UTC)

They are called "abnormals" in Sanctuary. FYI, Spring-heeled Jack featured prominently in the 3rd episode of the 5th series of the ITV/BBC America series Primeval. Doconeill (talk) 19:57, 28 January 2012 (UTC)

Should we mention Primeval in this article? Visokor (talk) 19:33, 1 July 2012 (UTC)

This is not worth an edit war...but since the page is not called "Reception of Spring-heeled Jack in Victorian and Edwardian England" I see no reason to restrict the popular culture references to the earlier period. Hopefully splitting the section into "contemporary" and "later" will deal with this issue and still keep the focus on the early years. Drow69 (talk) 13:23, 18 December 2012 (UTC)

In the Monster in My Pocket figurine collections, there is a figurine of Spring-Heeled Jack. And in the NES game, he is the first boss. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2602:30A:2E42:94A0:BD8D:1637:1CE5:970D (talk) 21:15, 15 October 2013 (UTC)

Jackie Chan Adventures[edit]

Spring-Heeled jack had a prominent role in an episode of the animated series Jackie Chan Adventures called "The Return of the Pussycat" from the second season. In it, he is depicted as a trollish man with actual spring heels. He also rhymes all of his lines. PokeHomsar (talk) 18:56, 13 July 2008 (UTC)

It is important to mention that the Spring-Heeled Jack is defeated with salt after he is wrapped up in a rug, having used the Tiger Talisman on (which splits the user into their good half and evil half), and being told by the Spring-Heeled Jack's good half how to defeat him. (talk) 23:22, 29 June 2015 (UTC)


Grouping: Hoax/Mass hysteria/ Demon/Phantom/Alien

What exactly makes Springheel Jack qualify for 'alien'? --RyanTee82 (talk) 03:43, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

springheeled jack has shown highly possible likelyness to other well known charectors such as jack the ripper. Im trying to say could it have been a series of unique sociopath that had used this legacy as some kind of diversion to there identity. but im not saying there couldnt be some kind of otherworldly demon or demons going around slapping men and undressing women but just trying to place a point of view. o' and the account of him spitting flames could have just been a joke i mean some drunk asks a girl to get a light knowing when she retuned with a candle he would just scare her by spitting liqure into the open flame.—Preceding unsigned comment added by Ironmonster (talkcontribs) 18:20, September 21, 2009 (UTC)
Please see Wikipedia:No original research for the Wikipedia policy that blocks such speculative possibilities from being added as part of a Wikipedia article. --Allen3 talk 18:31, 21 September 2009 (UTC)

Ironmonster (talk) 19:02, 21 September 2009 (UTC) Ironmonster (talk) 19:03, 21 September 2009 (UTC)

Springheeled Jock[edit]

Springheeled Jock was a superhero in Grant Morrision's Zenith Phase III. I'm not sure if that meets notability, but it is something I keep meaning to add to the page. MartinSFSA (talk) 04:31, 7 January 2010 (UTC)

Awkard, maybe plagiarized, wording[edit]

"Every effort was made by the police to discover the author of these and similar outrages, and several persons were questioned, but were set free." I have a suspicion that even though this sentence is cited, it's not a true paraphrase. No one writes like this in the 21st century. Might want to check Burke, pp. 27-28, to see if it's plagiarized. - (talk) 02:24, 21 December 2011 (UTC)

Good call in my opinion. The pages are a little different but here is the Scales account which has the paragraph. The Alsop account is here. What do other editors think?
⋙–Berean–Hunter—► 03:01, 21 December 2011 (UTC)

"Mad Marquis"[edit]

A Frenchman? Should that be "Mad Marquess"? (talk) 18:35, 24 May 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 7 December 2015[edit]

Under "In Popular Culture", a "Podcasts" section should be added, and "Sprint-heeled Jack received an in-depth analysis in Episode 22: Over the Top on the podcast Lore." should be added beneath that.

source: FrankBlocean (talk) 03:53, 7 December 2015 (UTC)

What makes this analysis notable for mention in the article? Stickee (talk) 05:01, 7 December 2015 (UTC)

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Semi-protected edit request on 4 May 2016[edit] (talk) 20:20, 4 May 2016 (UTC) In regards to Spring Heeled Jack in popular culture there was a 90's Ska band named Spring Heeled Jack. They even have there own Wiki page. (talk) 20:20, 4 May 2016 (UTC)

 Done I have also added Spring Heel Jack, an electronic band from London - Arjayay (talk) 06:50, 5 May 2016 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 25 July 2016[edit]

The entire Greeting Card section under pop culture should be deleted. Aside from Magic not being Greeting Cards, the card Springjack Pasture has nothing to do with Spring-Heeled Jack. Springjacks are rabbit-like goats (hence why they have a pasture). [1] Chorocojo (talk) 22:55, 25 July 2016 (UTC)

Done EvergreenFir (talk) 01:00, 26 July 2016 (UTC)


Semi-protected edit request on 13 September 2016[edit]

I would like to suggest an addition to the music section of this article. There is a song called Spring-Heeled-Jim on Morrissey's 1994 album, Vauxhall and I. (talk) 14:19, 13 September 2016 (UTC)

Not done: it's not clear what changes you want to be made. Please mention the specific changes in a "change X to Y" format. — Andy W. (talk ·ctb) 16:14, 13 September 2016 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 21 March 2017[edit]

In the section After 1950, under Literature, add a reference to The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder. Nelswadycki (talk) 21:04, 21 March 2017 (UTC)

Not done: One is already there, at the end of the sentence. JTP (talkcontribs) 13:59, 22 March 2017 (UTC)