|For the version from Eva's world, see Charlotte Doppler|
Charlotte was born to Noah and Elisabeth in the woods surrounding post-apocalyptic Winden. Shortly after her birth, she is kidnapped by an older version of herself, and an older version of Elisabeth.
November 8, 1971
The older Charlotte and Elisabeth bring the infant Charlotte to the clockmaker H.G. Tannhaus in 1971. The same night, Tannhaus loses his son Marek, daughter-in-law Sonja, and granddaughter Charlotte in a car accident. He decides to take the baby in and raise her as his granddaughter.
As a student at Winden's high school, Charlotte takes an interest in the growing numbers of dead birds she came across, with white spots on their feathers. She documents them in a sketchbook and takes specimens home to put in the freezer. The recurrence of this phenomenon in 2019 — also coinciding with missing children — troubles her greatly.
While Charlotte is drawing a dead bird in her sketchbook on the edge of the forest, Jonas Kahnwald (from 2019) comes out of the cave and asks her what year it is. She answers 1986 and the boy goes away.
H.G. Tannhaus is working in his shop when Charlotte arrives. She asks him if he ever wondered if it was possible to rewind time. Tannhaus replies he has. He tells her he has wanted to turn back time for some time but his place is not in the past or the future, but in the present, with her. He hands her a picture of a couple with a baby. Charlotte asks if they are her parents but he tells her it is his son, his wife and granddaughter, who all died in a car accident. He tells her that when it happened he heard a noise in his store and saw two strange women, who were carrying Charlotte, telling him that everything would be taken from him, but then he would be given everything. Later he received the call telling him about the accident. They only found the bodies of his son and daughter-in-law but his granddaughter's body was never found. He shows Charlotte the only thing that was brought with her- a pocket watch engraved "for Charlotte". Charlotte says she does not understand. She asks Tannhaus who her parents are but he says he does not know. Charlotte then storms out.
Charlotte waits at the bus stop. A young man gets out and asks her how long it would take to walk to Winden, but Charlotte tells him to reconsider because most people never leave Winden. She asks him what brought him there. He tells her his mother recently passed away and his father, who she only just told him about, lives there. Charlotte asks if he believes there is a way to bring someone back from the dead- before they die. The boy introduces himself as Peter Doppler, her future husband. Later he goes to the Doppler cabin, while Charlotte returns to Tannhaus.
Charlotte gives birth to her first daughter, Franziska.
Charlotte gives birth to her second daughter (and later revealed to be her mother), Elisabeth.
Charlotte has a very serious, all-business personality. She shows this when she is questioning her Elisabeth about her missing friend Yasin, and again when she questions Peter many times about his whereabouts and Helge's cabin. She does not have a good relationship with her husband or her older daughter Franziska. Her marriage to Peter is in trouble — he has been visiting a transgender prostitute, Benni — but they remain married without addressing their estrangement, to the frustration of Franziska.
Charlotte is not known to time travel, but her grandfather was H. G. Tannhaus, the author of "Eine Reise durch die Zeit" ("A Journey through Time"), and she remembers him telling her about the 33-year solar-lunar cycle, black holes, the big bang, and other such things. Towards the end of season 1, she begins to understand that people are time traveling. She finds Ulrich's picture in a newspaper from 1953 in an article describing the missing boy Helge Doppler.
At the police station, Charlotte examines the photo with Noah that Elisabeth had found. She does a web search on "Sic Mundus Creatus Est" and finds it translated as "Thus the world was created."
She asks Clausen why they are starting their interviews with Regina. Clausen suspects a connection between the power plant, the caves, and the fact that Aleksander took his wife's name when they married. While investigating, Charlotte looks through papers and recognizes some from her grandfather's book. She relays this to Peter. She asks him why her grandfather never told her who her parents were.
Charlotte calls in sick to the police station, but she is really in H.G. Tannhaus' clockmaker's shop, where she finds blueprints for the time machine. She receives a call from Hannah. She is asked by Hannah to go to her house because an older Jonas is at. Charlotte realizes he is the man who Regina mentioned stayed at her hotel. She shows him the photo she found of Noah from 1921, whose identity he confirms, from Sic Mundus- the Travelers. Hannah is shocked that Charlotte seems to know about this.
They go to the bunker and meet with Peter. He tells them that Claudia knew what would happen and told him and Tronte what to do. Hannah cannot believe they knew about Michael, Mikkel and Ulrich. He shows her the notebook which has all the information about the missing children but the last few pages were ripped out. She asks whether Katharina knows about this. Charlotte agrees to tell her.
Charlotte informs Katharina that Ulrich and Mikkel are still alive, but that they are not "here." Katharina is confused. She takes her to the bunker, but she becomes angered when she sees Hannah there. She scoffs when she sees (older) Jonas, who tells her he is Hannah's son and her grandson. She finds it impossible to believe that Ulrich and Mikkel have traveled back in time. Hannah tries to assure Katharina she travelled back and saw Mikkel. She tells them they have all lost their minds and leaves.
Jonas tells Peter, Charlotte and Hannah that everything is going to happen the way it always does. Adam, the leader of Sic Mundus, wants the last cycle to begin in three days, but Jonas has come to stop it. Claudia tried to do it, but in the end, became what she was fighting against.
Older Jonas visits Charlotte, who asks him who Noah is. Jonas says he is a traveler and Adam's puppet—who killed Mads, Erik, and Yasin. Charlotte asks him if he knows who her parents are. He says he does not, but that he knew H.G. Tannhaus, her grandfather, though Charlotte admits that Tannhaus was not her real grandfather, even though he raised her. She asks if he was also a traveler, but Jonas says he was just a pawn, like everyone else. Claudia used him, just like she had used Jonas, Peter, and the others, to have him build the time machine, which he opens. Charlotte tells him he knows what will happen in the future, which he affirms.
Charlotte returns to the clockmaker's shop and finds a picture of her as a child with Tannhaus, as well as the blueprints to the time machine. The door opens. Noah enters and introduces himself. Charlotte says she knows who he is and that he has killed the children. He tells her he hopes she will one day understand that he is only acting to try to put a stop to everything once and for all, so she won't be taken from him again like her mother was. He shows a photo of him with her as a baby, saying she had been premature but had a strong will to live. He tells her that her mother had taken the picture, and he had promised to bring Charlotte back. He had been searching for her, but she had been there the whole time—and Adam had known. He says the apocalypse is going to happen in two days, and he knows that he must end Adam so that everyone can live, not just those in the bunker. Charlotte asks him who her mother was. Noah says she loved her very much, and still loves her, then leaves, causing Charlotte to burst into tears.
Charlotte returns to the police station and Torben, surprised to see her, warns her that Clausen has arrested Aleksander and obtained a search warrant for the power plant. Torben admits that he helped Aleksander hide a secret stash of radioactive waste on the grounds of the plant. Charlotte realizes that the waste is what triggers the apocalypse, as Jonas had told her.
Clausen arrives at the plant. He is told he cannot go further due to the radiation, but Clausen insists. The yellow drums of waste are dug up, as Charlotte and Torben arrive. Charlotte tells Clausen to stop, that opening the drums is a mistake. She says this is not about the missing people, but about the past, the future, and all their interconnections. Clausen brushes her aside and orders the drum to be opened. In it are rocks covered in an oily black substance which coalesces into a throbbing mass from which a god particle forms.
Meanwhile, in 2053, Elisabeth activates the generators in the God particle lab, and a wormhole opens up in the power plant, showing Elisabeth on the other side. Elisabeth and Charlotte walk towards each other from their respective times, Elisabeth signing Mom. As they greet each other, a massive time portal opens above the entire plant. As Elisabeth and Charlotte touch each other, the sky goes dark. At this moment she gets to the future.
Charlotte looks at a picture of her mother, Noah, and herself as a baby. Grownup Elisabeth walks up and sits next to her, but Charlotte gets up. Elisabeth tries to comfort her, telling her everything would be okay, so Charlotte grabs her and presses her face against her daughter's.
Charlotte joins forces with Adam. He sends her on an important mission to the past with Elisabeth.
Elisabeth and Charlotte use the God Particle to travel to 2041. They kidnap Charlotte as a baby from her parents. Charlotte watches her baby self as Elisabeth takes her.
Elisabeth and Charlotte later give the latter as a baby to H.G. Tannhaus for safe-keeping as well as to raise her.
Charlotte is erased from existence after the cycle is broken by Jonas and the alternate Martha.
Season 1 
- Episode 1 "Secrets" (2019)
- Episode 2 "Lies" (2019)
- Episode 3 "Past and Present" (1986, 2019)
- Episode 4 "Double Lives" (2019)
- Episode 5 "Truths" (2019)
- Episode 6 "Sic Mundus Creatus Est" (2019)
- Episode 7 "Crossroads" (2019)
- Episode 9 "Everything Is Now" (1986, 2019)
- Episode 10 "Alpha and Omega" (1986, 2019)
Season 2 
- Episode 1 "Beginnings and Endings" (2020)
- Episode 2 "Dark Matter" (2020)
- Episode 4 "The Travelers" (2020)
- Episode 5 "Lost and Found" (2020)
- Episode 6 "An Endless Cycle" (2019)
- Episode 7 "The White Devil" (2020)
- Episode 8 "Endings and Beginnings" (2020)
Season 3 
- Episode 2 "The Survivors" (2020 --> 2053)
- Episode 5 "Life and Death" (1987, 2053)
- Episode 7 "Between the Time" (2041, 2053)
Notes and references
- Dark Season 3 Episode 8: "The Paradise"
- Dark Season 3 Episode 7: "Between the Time"
- Dark Season 1 Episode 4: "Double Lives"