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-->'''Barbossa:''' I feel...cold.\\

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-->'''Barbossa:''' I feel... cold.\\



'''Beckett:''' It's just.. good business.
** Less so with [[spoiler: Blackbeard]] in the fourth film [[spoiler: thanks mainly to his KarmicDeath]], but there is the sad music playing and him trying to reach the one person who cares about him as he withers away...
** Completely averted with [[spoiler: Salazar]] in the fifth film, as it's [[spoiler: Barbossa's death at the same time that is treated as sad.]]

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'''Beckett:''' It's just..just... good business.
** Less so with [[spoiler: Blackbeard]] [[spoiler:Blackbeard]] in the fourth film [[spoiler: thanks [[spoiler:thanks mainly to his KarmicDeath]], but there is the sad music playing and him trying to reach the one person who cares about him as he withers away...
** Completely averted with [[spoiler: Salazar]] [[spoiler:Salazar]] in the fifth film, as it's [[spoiler: Barbossa's [[spoiler:Barbossa's death at the same time that is treated as sad.]]



* TheCatCameBack / ClingyMacguffin: Norrington's sword returns to its rightful owner. [[spoiler: Doesn't do him much good in the long run, though...]]



** Elizabeth, who goes from [[http://www.costumersguide.com/pirates_gold/ref1.jpg this]] to [[http://www.costumersguide.com/potc3/hires19.jpg this]]. From noble woman to [[spoiler: pirate king]] in only a few short years!
** Will goes from a blacksmith to [[spoiler: full-on pirate]] and eventually [[spoiler: captain of the ''Flying Dutchman'']].

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** Elizabeth, who goes from [[http://www.costumersguide.com/pirates_gold/ref1.jpg this]] to [[http://www.costumersguide.com/potc3/hires19.jpg this]]. From noble woman to [[spoiler: pirate [[spoiler:pirate king]] in only a few short years!
** Will goes from a blacksmith to [[spoiler: full-on [[spoiler:full-on pirate]] and eventually [[spoiler: captain [[spoiler:captain of the ''Flying Dutchman'']].



** Subverted -- when Elizabeth attempts to defend herself with one of the swords displayed above the mantle, she finds it is permanently attached to its decorative shield. Played straight with Elizabeth's bedwarmer; she uses it to dump hot coals on the pirates invading her room. Also Jack Sparrow's confiscated effects, including his one-shot pistol and curious compass, all serving a vital purpose. The compass gains even more importance in the second film. Used again in the second movie in Tia Dalma's shack (the locket and the boots). In the third movie, [[spoiler: Raghetti's wooden eye]] turns out to be Barbossa's Piece Of Eight. Jack's own Piece of Eight is debatable, being present in the first two movies before the sequels were even written.

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** Subverted -- when Elizabeth attempts to defend herself with one of the swords displayed above the mantle, she finds it is permanently attached to its decorative shield. Played straight with Elizabeth's bedwarmer; she uses it to dump hot coals on the pirates invading her room. Also Jack Sparrow's confiscated effects, including his one-shot pistol and curious compass, all serving a vital purpose. The compass gains even more importance in the second film. Used again in the second movie in Tia Dalma's shack (the locket and the boots). In the third movie, [[spoiler: Raghetti's [[spoiler:Raghetti's wooden eye]] turns out to be Barbossa's Piece Of Eight. Jack's own Piece of Eight is debatable, being present in the first two movies before the sequels were even written.



* ChekhovsSkill: Elizabeth's childhood obsession with pirates comes in handy a few times. In ''The Curse of the Black Pearl'', her knowledge of the Pirate Code [[spoiler: allows her to negotiate a Parley with Barbossa]] and her knowledge of piracy and sailing in general inspires her last-second stunt while the ''Interceptor'' is being pursued by the ''Pearl''. In ''At World's End'' she [[spoiler: becomes a Pirate Lord, and then Pirate King]]. She also [[spoiler: inspires the troops with a speech about the power of piracy]].

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* ChekhovsSkill: Elizabeth's childhood obsession with pirates comes in handy a few times. In ''The Curse of the Black Pearl'', her knowledge of the Pirate Code [[spoiler: allows [[spoiler:allows her to negotiate a Parley with Barbossa]] and her knowledge of piracy and sailing in general inspires her last-second stunt while the ''Interceptor'' is being pursued by the ''Pearl''. In ''At World's End'' she [[spoiler: becomes [[spoiler:becomes a Pirate Lord, and then Pirate King]]. She also [[spoiler: inspires [[spoiler:inspires the troops with a speech about the power of piracy]].



* ClingyMacguffin: Norrington's sword returns to its rightful owner. [[spoiler:Doesn't do him much good in the long run, though...]]



* DressedToPlunder: They put their own spin on the costumes, but it still hits the major notes: parrot, beards, eyepatches, hats, bandanas, everything short of a hook. [[spoiler: Barbossa even gets a peg leg in the fourth movie]].

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* DressedToPlunder: They put their own spin on the costumes, but it still hits the major notes: parrot, beards, eyepatches, hats, bandanas, everything short of a hook. [[spoiler: Barbossa [[spoiler:Barbossa even gets a peg leg in the fourth movie]].



* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler: Philip and Syrena in the 4th movie. And boy, did they earn it.]]

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* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler: Philip [[spoiler:Philip and Syrena in the 4th movie. And boy, did they earn it.]]



** Jack claimed to escape the island Barbossa marooned him on by creating a raft made of sea turtles. [[spoiler: He actually bartered his way onto a smuggler's vessel when they landed to pick up their rum cache.]]
** When Will arives on the island where Davy Jones stashed his heart and Jack asked how he got there, he replied, "Sea Turtles! I strapped a pair of them to my feet!" [[spoiler: He was hiding on the Flying Dutchman.]]

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** Jack claimed to escape the island Barbossa marooned him on by creating a raft made of sea turtles. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He actually bartered his way onto a smuggler's vessel when they landed to pick up their rum cache.]]
** When Will arives on the island where Davy Jones stashed his heart and Jack asked how he got there, he replied, "Sea Turtles! I strapped a pair of them to my feet!" [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He was hiding on the Flying Dutchman.]]



* HonorBeforeReason: At first, just Will is doing stupidly honest and honorable things ([[BewareTheHonestOnes although this does make him unpredictable to selfish pirates]]) and to a lesser extent Norrington with his MercyLead for a WorthyOpponent. Later on, even Jack fits this trope [[spoiler: by allowing Will to become Davy Jones' successor in order to save Will's life]]. In Jack's case, though, it's hard to tell where (and whether) he's using reason in the first place.

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* HonorBeforeReason: At first, just Will is doing stupidly honest and honorable things ([[BewareTheHonestOnes although this does make him unpredictable to selfish pirates]]) and to a lesser extent Norrington with his MercyLead for a WorthyOpponent. Later on, even Jack fits this trope [[spoiler: by [[spoiler:by allowing Will to become Davy Jones' successor in order to save Will's life]]. In Jack's case, though, it's hard to tell where (and whether) he's using reason in the first place.



* LeaveBehindAPistol: Barbossa inflicts this on Jack twice, only for him to escape both times. Flipped around in the fourth movie when ''Jack'' leaves [[spoiler: Angelica]] on an island, although he leaves them an easier way out.

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* LeaveBehindAPistol: Barbossa inflicts this on Jack twice, only for him to escape both times. Flipped around in the fourth movie when ''Jack'' leaves [[spoiler: Angelica]] [[spoiler:Angelica]] on an island, although he leaves them an easier way out.



* MadnessMantra: "Part of the ship, part of the crew." Repeated by Davy Jones's crew near the end of the third film [[spoiler: and, earlier, by Bill Turner when he fully joined Jones's crew.]]

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* MadnessMantra: "Part of the ship, part of the crew." Repeated by Davy Jones's crew near the end of the third film [[spoiler: and, [[spoiler:and, earlier, by Bill Turner when he fully joined Jones's crew.]]



* PirateKing: Who actually rules over all the pirates on all the seas in the world. The position itself is chosen by vote (and being pirates, all of them [[ItsAllAboutMe vote for themselves...]]), and [[spoiler: Elizabeth Swann]] was voted by Sparrow and [[spoiler:her]]self, breaking the tie and becoming the Pirate King in the third movie.

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* PirateKing: Who actually rules over all the pirates on all the seas in the world. The position itself is chosen by vote (and being pirates, all of them [[ItsAllAboutMe vote for themselves...]]), and [[spoiler: Elizabeth [[spoiler:Elizabeth Swann]] was voted by Sparrow and [[spoiler:her]]self, breaking the tie and becoming the Pirate King in the third movie.



** A rare example of a ''closing'' Wham Line: [[spoiler: "So tell me, what's become of my ship?"]]

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** A rare example of a ''closing'' Wham Line: [[spoiler: "So [[spoiler:"So tell me, what's become of my ship?"]]
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[[caption-width-right:300:''Yo ho ho, a pirate's life for me...'' [[note]]From left to right skulls, ''The Curse of the Black Pearl'', ''Dead Man's Chest'', ''At World's End'', ''On Stranger Tides'' and ''Dead Men Tell No Tales''.[[/note]]]]
->''"This is the tale of Captain Jack Sparrow,\\
Pirate so brave on the seven seas!\\
A mystical quest to the isle of Tortuga,\\
Raven locks sway on the ocean's breeze!"''
-->-- '''Music/TheLonelyIsland ft. Music/MichaelBolton''', "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GI6CfKcMhjY Jack Sparrow]]"

''Pirates of the Caribbean'' is a Disney film franchise based on a [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks theme park ride]] [[Ride/PiratesOfTheCaribbean of the same name]], centering around the adventures of pirate Captain Jack Sparrow on his quest for immortality and rum. The series is famous for originally [[ItWillNeverCatchOn being thought a terrible idea]], only to surprise everyone with its huge success, partly due to Creator/JohnnyDepp and his wild-eyed acting.

The film series consists of:
[[index]]
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'' (2003)
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest'' (2006)
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'' (2007)
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides'' (2011)
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMenTellNoTales'' (2017)

Other works:

* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTalesOfTheCodeWedlocked'', a ShortFilm serving as a {{prequel}} of sorts to ''The Curse of the Black Pearl''.
* ''Ride/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'', the original Ride/DisneyThemeParks ride.
* ''VideoGame/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'', an online game based on the movies.
* ''Pinball/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'', a pinball game.
* ''VideoGame/LEGOPiratesOfTheCaribbean'', a game based on the movies.
* ''VideoGame/DisneyInfinity'': ''Pirates of the Caribbean'' is one of the Play Sets included with the first version, and includes Jack, Barbossa and Davy Jones as playable characters.
* ''[[Literature/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanJackSparrow Pirates of the Caribbean: Jack Sparrow]]'', a young readers series about Jack Sparrow's teen years.
* ''[[Literature/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanThePriceOfFreedom Pirates of the Caribbean: The Price of Freedom]]'', a prequel novel detailing how Jack Sparrow got the ''Black Pearl''.
[[/index]]

[[Characters/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Here we present the rogues gallery (so far) of the this epic series of yarns, me hearties!!]] [[EvilLaugh YarrHarrHarrHarrHarr!!]]

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->''"Awaken an era."''
[[caption-width-right:200:Can you dig it?]]

A {{Mons}} series from Creator/{{Nintendo}} and Creator/RedEntertainment, ''Fossil Fighters'' (''Kaseki Horider'', or "Fossil Hunters", in Japan) is
a pirate's life collection Mon RPG/paleontology sim series for me...'' [[note]]From left the DS and 3DS.

On the tropical Vivosaur island, the Richmond archaeological foundation has built a fantastic resort. Using the brilliance of Dr. Diggins, they have developed a process
to right skulls, ''The Curse revive dead animals from fossil fragments. ([[Film/JurassicPark Sound familiar?]]) As a side-effect of this process, the dead animals are not complete copies of the Black Pearl'', ''Dead Man's Chest'', ''At World's End'', ''On Stranger Tides'' and ''Dead Men Tell No Tales''.[[/note]]]]
->''"This is the tale of Captain Jack Sparrow,\\
Pirate so brave on the seven seas!\\
A mystical quest to the isle of Tortuga,\\
Raven locks sway on the ocean's breeze!"''
-->-- '''Music/TheLonelyIsland ft. Music/MichaelBolton''', "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GI6CfKcMhjY Jack Sparrow]]"

''Pirates of the Caribbean'' is a Disney film franchise based on a [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks theme park ride]] [[Ride/PiratesOfTheCaribbean of the same name]], centering around the adventures of pirate Captain Jack Sparrow on his quest for immortality and rum. The series is famous for
creatures they originally [[ItWillNeverCatchOn being thought a terrible idea]], only to surprise everyone with its huge success, partly due to Creator/JohnnyDepp were in life--they gain unusual appearances and his wild-eyed acting.

The film series consists of:
[[index]]
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'' (2003)
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest'' (2006)
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'' (2007)
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides'' (2011)
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMenTellNoTales'' (2017)

Other works:

* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTalesOfTheCodeWedlocked'', a ShortFilm serving as a {{prequel}}
best of sorts to ''The Curse of all--superpowers. Vivosaur Island has become a playground for the Black Pearl''.
* ''Ride/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'',
rich where wealthy young dinosaur fanatics can revive extinct animals in the original Ride/DisneyThemeParks ride.
* ''VideoGame/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'', an online game based on the movies.
* ''Pinball/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'', a pinball game.
* ''VideoGame/LEGOPiratesOfTheCaribbean'', a game based on the movies.
* ''VideoGame/DisneyInfinity'': ''Pirates
form of the Caribbean'' is superpowered monsters and fight them against each other for glory and fame.

Like most games, this
one of the Play Sets included stars a [[KidHero young boy]] (or girl, starting with the first version, second game) who aspires ToBeAMaster. You hunt fossils, battle other fans, and includes Jack, Barbossa raise in the ranks, with the help of his friends. But the island is lousy with groups of fossil thieves and Davy Jones as playable characters.
* ''[[Literature/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanJackSparrow Pirates of
general schemers who, naturally, want to TakeOverTheWorld.

Games in
the Caribbean: Jack Sparrow]]'', series:
* ''Fossil Fighters'' (''Bokura wa Kaseki Horider'', or "We Are Fossil Hunters", in Japan), 2008 JP/2009 US Nintendo DS
* ''Fossil Fighters: Champions'' (''Super Kaseki Horider'', or "Super Fossil Hunters" in Japan), 2010 JP/2011 US Nintendo DS: This game features improved, [[CelShaded cel-shaded graphics]] (with FMV cutscenes),
a young readers series about Jack Sparrow's teen years.
* ''[[Literature/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanThePriceOfFreedom Pirates of
female player character, a revamped movement system, new islands, new villains, and the Caribbean: ability to Super Revive certain Vivosaurs into evolved forms.
* ''Fossil Fighters: Frontier'' (''Kaseki Horider Mugengear'', or "Fossil Hunters Infinite Gear" in Japan), 2014 JP/2015 US Nintendo 3DS:
The Price of Freedom]]'', a prequel novel detailing how Jack Sparrow got the ''Black Pearl''.
[[/index]]

[[Characters/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Here we present the rogues gallery (so far) of the
new feature for this epic series of yarns, me hearties!!]] [[EvilLaugh YarrHarrHarrHarrHarr!!]]
title is the ability to fight wild Vivosaurs and to drive around in customizable vehicles. The combat system has also been entirely overhauled.



!!Tropes found in ''Pirates of the Caribbean'':
%%Character-specific tropes go on the Characters page, please.

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* AbnormalAmmo: In the first movie, after tossing most of their cannonballs and excess weight overboard in a failed attempt to lighten the ''Interceptor'' and evade the ''Black Pearl'' in shallower waters, Will orders the crew to load their cannons with "everything ... anything we have left". This is known as "langridge", a [[TruthInTelevision real combat tactic]] utilizing whatever nails, screws, chunks of wood, broken glass, and other useless bits are left over after fixing and maintaining a ship. Mister Gibbs even uses the term. (Usually it's what you did when you wanted to take out the other guys but keep their ship). Ammunition specially designed to do this is called "grape shot", and consists of many, many tiny iron balls. Although using [[spoiler:an undead monkey]] as ammo may have been pushing the trope beyond TruthInTelevision. And at several points throughout the films, two cannonballs chained together are. This is TruthInTelevision as well, as chain shot was designed to cripple a ship by doing a merry number on its rigging or even the mast. Barbossa grabs a set before making port in ''At World's End'' to use as a gavel calling the Brethren Court to order.
* ActionGirl: Elizabeth Swann and Angelica. Played with in the first movie when Elizabeth tries to grab a sword to fight off Pintel and Ragetti and can't pull it out of the decoration it's built into. But by ''Dead Man's Chest'', she's all about this trope.
* AdaptationExpansion: Based on a theme park ride that had no story or characters to speak of, albeit a [[CultClassic fan favorite]] theme park ride that's been popular since the '60s. It has since become a case of recursive adaptation: the ride now features Captain Jack Sparrow.
* AdaptationalHeroism: The pirates. Real pirates were (and still are) murderers, rapists, thieves, and sadists who wanted to take their life of crime to the lawlessness of the sea where they were harder to pursue. In the franchise, Pirates tend to be some sort of freedom fighters.
* AgentPeacock: Jack Sparrow.
* AlasPoorVillain: All the {{Big Bad}}s meet their end with sympathetic FamousLastWords.
-->'''Barbossa:''' I feel...cold.\\
'''Davy Jones:''' Calypso...\\
'''Beckett:''' It's just.. good business.
** Less so with [[spoiler: Blackbeard]] in the fourth film [[spoiler: thanks mainly to his KarmicDeath]], but there is the sad music playing and him trying to reach the one person who cares about him as he withers away...
** Completely averted with [[spoiler: Salazar]] in the fifth film, as it's [[spoiler: Barbossa's death at the same time that is treated as sad.]]
* AllMythsAreTrue: All pirate myths at least. WordOfGod says that the series is set in a sort of mythological Earth, where all of the sea's urban legends are real.
* AllTakeAndNoGive: "Take what you can!" "Give nothing back!"
* AllThereInTheManual: Lt. Groves was not named in canon until ''On Stranger Tides'' and either was confirmed to have that name either in the credits or by his actor. A lot of MagicAIsMagicA is explained AllThereInTheManual by the writers as well.
* AnachronismStew: Too many to list completely, but here's a quick rundown:
** First film: 17th-century curled wigs, 18th-century panniered skirts, 19th-century teacups and, strangely, the young Elizabeth saying "okay"![[note]] "Okay" is older than many people think -- there are arguably recorded uses as early as 1790 -- but that's still fifty years after the film is set.[[/note]] Elizabeth's corset, while women wore garments that looked like that, would have been technologically impossible to tie so tight it made her ill (no whaleboning yet and without steel eyelets the lace-holes would have torn when she sat down). Oh, and [[DoomedHometown Port Royal was destroyed in an earthquake]] in 1692 (and subsequently rebuilt, but not as the bustling metropolis seen in the movies). And it wasn't a clean, proper little English town. (A deleted scene reveals their Port Royal is only civilized from the sheltered, upper-class perspective.)
** Second film: Lord Cutler Beckett's flagship ''HMS Endeavour''.
** Third film: Until the mid-early 19th century Singapore was a fairly minor fishing village. There's a teddy bear at the end; they weren't introduced until the 20th century.
** Fourth film: The Navy vessel bears the current Union Flag (with a red saltire for Ireland), which was not used until 1801 (when the Kingdom of Ireland joined the Union). This is particularly odd, since the first movie(set several years earlier) used the correct flag. The appearance of King George II sets the film no later than 1760. The fleet also uses the Blue Ensign, which denotes Atlantic, Pacific and East Indies stations. The correct flag would be the Red Ensign, which denotes West Indies. Also it features Blackbeard as a pirate and Barbossa as a British privateer. Blackbeard didn't become a pirate until after Britain outlawed the practice of privateering.
* AnimalThemeNaming: Present in the leads- Jack ''Sparrow'', Elizabeth ''Swann''. "Will Turner" is a bit more obscure, but is also the name of a real-life English ornithologist, and a tern is a seabird. The missionary in the fourth film is named Philip ''Swift''.
* ArcWords:
** "Pirate!"
** "Leverage."
** "Parley!"
** "Bloody pirates."
** "Hoist the colours."
** [[MadnessMantra "Part of the crew, part of the ship."]]
** "The ''Dutchman'' must always have a captain."
** "A touch...of destiny."
** "Mermaids are tough."
** "Stick to the code."
** "Savvy?"
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
-->'''Jack: '''Shoot him, cut out his tongue, then shoot his tongue. And trim that scraggly beard.
** "... [[TheLongList arson; kidnapping; perjury; piracy; pilfering; depravity, general lawlessness ... impersonating an officer of the Royal navy; impersonating a cleric of the Church of England]]..."
*** A bit of ShownTheirWork -- the 'jaywalking' elements really ''were'' hanging crimes at the time, part of what was referred to as the 'Bloody Code'. ('Impersonating a cleric' ''sounds'' harmless, but it was the basis of scams like fraudulent marriage and bogus charity collecting. Clergymen also had a certain amount of legal immunity, which some men would falsely claim for.) Furthermore, impersonating a cleric of the Catholic Church remains an offense incurring automatic excommunication to this day, on the grounds that doing so maliciously endangers the souls of others with invalid Confessions and Communions.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Ragetti's false eye shouldn't be able to move along with his real one. On the other hand: [[AWizardDidIt magic]].
* ArtisticLicenseShips: The amount of this in the films could fill a small book. A quick rundown:
** Jack Sparrow's rapidly sinking dinghy at the start of the first film is impossible. Even if a ship could be uniformly sunk like that, its momentum would certainly tip it forward.
** The stunt with the upturned boat in the first film would not work. While you could overturn a boat and float it across the water, you could not drag it underwater like a poor-man's submarine unless you were both inhumanly strong and incredibly ''heavy''.
** Neither the ''Dauntless'' nor the ''Interceptor'' in the first film could be crewed by only two men in real life even once they are under sail. Lt Gillette even specifically mentions this in relation to the ''Dauntless'' when Jack and Will are trying to steal it, though it's still treated as if they'll be fine as long as someone does the work for them, when they most certainly would not.
** The HMS ''Endeavour'' is shown as being overwhelmed by two frigates. In reality, a first-rate ship-of-the-line like the ''Endeavour'' could turn both into matchsticks with ease (aside from the fact that one of the frigates is an unsinkable GhostShip), even if they attacked at once. This example, however, is justified; the ''Endeavour'' did not shoot back because Beckett was too deep in his VillainousBreakdown to react and his underlings lacked the presence of mind to respond until the ''Endeavour'' was already finished.
** Full-rigged sailing ships cannot be steered simply by spinning the wheel like a car. It takes a lot of trimming of sails, etc. for even a small course change. Though the memorable scene where Jack sweeps Will off the deck with the ''Interceptor'''s boom shows at least some awareness of how the helm actually works (The boom itself would have stayed in the same place- it's the rest of the ship that's turned. Allegedly.).
** The Maelstrom Battle in its entirety, but at least the ''Dutchman'' has the excuse of being magic. The ''Pearl'' would have filled with water and sunk with its gunports open. Of course, given the ''Pearl'' itself was raised by the ''Dutchman'' and impossibly fast for its size, one could charitably use AWizardDidIt as an excuse for both.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: No one would simply have hanged captured pirates without a semblance of a trial, such as at the beginning of the third film[[note]]Unless there were mass kangaroo courts held in Port Royal...[[/note]].
* AwesomeMcCoolName: Captain Jack Sparrow
* AnAxeToGrind
* AttentionWhore: Jack.
* BackFromTheDead: Nearly every major character in the series has been killed at some point, but Barbossa, Jack, and Will are the ones who get to come back from their deaths. See KilledOffForReal below for the ones that didn't.
-->'''Jack:''' Four of you've tried to kill me! One of you succeeded.
* BadGuyBar: [[WretchedHive Tortuga]] and the Captain's Daughter. {{Inverted|Trope}} in that pirates are the good...er...not-so-bad guys in this world.
* BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork: The crew of the Dutchman in the wake of [[spoiler:Norrington's HeroicSacrifice]] as Elizabeth's crew makes their getaway. And in ''On Stranger Tides'' by the Spanish navy [[spoiler:with the intention to ''destroy'' the Fountain of Youth.]]
* BaitAndSwitchGunshot:
** During the final battle in ''Curse of the Black Pearl''.
** In ''On Stranger Tides'', when [[spoiler:Captain Teague]] shoots [[spoiler:the redcoat]] who had cornered [[spoiler:Jack.]] Though this isn't quite played straight, as the smoke and flash from the actual shot is clearly visible in the background. It's only really a proper bait-and-switch from [[spoiler:Jack]]'s POV.
* BalancingDeathsBooks: Jack tries this on Davy Jones in ''Dead Man's Chest''. Doesn't exactly work out, but at least it buys him some time. In ''On Stranger Tides'', this is how the Fountain of Youth works: to gain extra life from it, there must be a designated victim for the life to come from.
* BatmanGambit:
** Jack through nearly all of ''Curse of the Black Pearl''. Once he sees the medallion and is shown proof that the curse is real, his entire role in the film is hatching a plot to kill Barbossa and get his ship back. His initial idea backfires ''horribly'' when [[SpannerInTheWorks Will doesn't cooperate,]] but rather than give up, Jack just [[XanatosSpeedChess keeps adjusting his plans]] to fit new developments until he manages a successful execution without interference.
** In the fourth movie, [[spoiler:Angelica has Philip apparently killed in front of Syrena in an attempt to [[MacGuffin make her cry]]. She knows Syrena's "too tough" to do so under those circumstances, but crying tears of joy when she later finds out that the man she's fallen in love with is still alive, however...]]
** Also in the fourth movie, [[spoiler:Barbossa]]'s entire convoluted plan counts: In order to [[spoiler:get his revenge on Blackbeard for sinking the ''Pearl'', he joins up with the King's navy as a privateer, uses his well-trained crew and the King's considerable resources to travel to the Fountain of Youth, then takes his revenge on Blackbeard, claims Blackbeard's ship and crew, and uses them to return to piracy.]]
** Jack's [[spoiler:PoisonedChaliceSwitcheroo at the end of ''On Stranger Tides''.]]
* BattleCouple: Elizabeth and Will in the third film. Taken to ludicrous extremes when the two actually get ''married'' during a balls-out ship-boarding sword/gun fight.
-->'''Will''': Elizabeth! Marry me!
-->'''Elizabeth''': I don't think now's the best time!
-->[''a bit later'']
-->'''Elizabeth:''' Barbossa! Marry us!\\
'''Barbossa:''' I'M A LITTLE BUSY AT THE MOMENT!
** Jack and Angelica in the fourth film. [[spoiler:It doesn't end well.]]
* BattleInterruptingShout: Frequently. For instance, in ''On Stranger Tides'', Jack halts a row between Blackbeard's and Barbossa's crews to point out that none of them have any real quarrel with one another even if their leaders do. This sways exactly one pirate, while everyone else goes back to fighting.
* BerserkButton:
** [[spoiler:Bootstrap]] seeing [[spoiler:Will get stabbed by Davy Jones. [[TheDogBitesBack He then proceeds to tackle]] Jones in a flying rage, allowing Captain Jack to use Will's hand to stab Davy's heart.]]
** This seems to be Captain Teague's reaction to anyone who questions the Pirates' Code or proposes they ignore it for the sake of their own interests. An unfortunate {{Mook}} of one of the Pirate Lords learned this the hard way.
** In the fourth film, Jack lunges for Barbossa's throat and has to be restrained when he learns that [[spoiler:the ''Black Pearl'' has sunk while Barbossa was its captain.]]
** Falling victim to any one of Jack's {{Indy Ploy}}s, or {{plan}}s, or {{Batman Gambit}}s will be a surefire way to set the unwilling victim off.
* BettyAndVeronica: Or rather "Brian and Vincent", with Will as the Brian and Jack as the Vincent with Norrigton supplying the ThirdOptionLoveInterest.
* BigBad: Davy Jones led the First Brethren Court to imprison Calypso, allowing man to take control of the seas. This opened the door to...
* BigBadassBattleSequence: Nearly every naval battle throughout the first three films. Averted in ''On Stranger Tides'', when a seemingly-pending engagement against the Spanish fleet fails to occur.
* TheBigDamnKiss:
** Will and Elizabeth in ''At World's End'', after their marriage at sea. Surrounded by an epic battle, trading blows while exchanging vows, and culminating in an OrbitalKiss a few minutes before [[spoiler:Will is killed and comes back from the dead]]. EPIC.
** In ''On Stranger Tides'', the fateful kiss, at the end, between [[spoiler:Philip and Syrena.]]
** TheBigDamnKiss on the edge of the sea at the end of the first and third movie, while the camera goes up and out.
** TheBigDamnKiss between [[MoodWhiplash Liz and Jack]] at the end of the second film.
** {{Subverted|Trope}} at the end of ''On Stranger Tides'', when one is about to happen between [[spoiler:Jack and Angelica, until Jack turns and mutters "I need to go."]]
* BigScaryBlackMan: Captain Barbossa's Bo'sun in ''Curse Of The Black Pearl''- he's even got ritual scars and terrible teeth. Also, one of Blackbeard's zombie officers in ''On Stranger Tides''.
* BilingualBonus:
** Sao Feng and one member of Davy Jones's crew speak both English and Cantonese.
** The French-speaking sailor who rows Will out to Pelegosto is telling Will he won't take him any further.
** In ''On Stranger Tides'', Angelica curses pretty colorfully at Jack in fluent Spanish.
** The two guys who find Jack's hat in ''Dead Man's Chest'' are speaking Turkish, although it is hard to understand all of it from the accent that many non-Turkish people have when speaking it.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: The first film started out as [[ShadesOfConflict White and Gray vs. Black morality]], since Jack was the only morally ambiguous character, but by the end of the third film, ''everyone'' has an angle and is willing to screw most anyone over for it. (With the possible exception of the monkey. He was apparently only in it because he missed Jack.) The only character who can truly be called ''evil'', however, is Cutler Beckett, who Ted Elliott describes as "a guy who just wants to sell more cheeseburgers when you get right down to it. How evil is that?" The tradition of ''At World's End'' continues in ''On Stranger Tides''. Blackbeard is pure evil, Philip is the TokenGoodTeammate, [[spoiler:the Spaniard is a more ruthless version of Commodore Norrington]], and everyone else is screwing everyone else over for the prize.
* BoardingParty: Several boardings by means of swinging ropes, and one less conventional boarding: walking out to the ship in question. Also less conventional is Davy Jones and crew's ability to teleport between ships, which apparently has a fairly narrow minimum and maximum range.
* BodyHorror: From ''Black Pearl'', we have Barbossa's crew's DemBones forms revealed by moonlight, from ''Dead Man's Chest'' and ''At World's End'', Davy Jones's crewmen are gradually colonized by barnacles and coral, and fused with fish and[=/=]or crustaceans [[WasOnceAMAn until they are barely recognizable as human,]] and from ''Dead Men Tell No Tales'', Salazar's crew is in a horrific state of decay, such as missing jaws or in one case the entire top half of his skull.
* BookEnds:
** [[spoiler:Barbossa gets the ''Pearl'' back at the end of the third movie, as Jack sails off in a dinghy.]]
** Listen to the song Elizabeth sings (as a child) at the beginning of the first movie, and Jack singing at the end of the third. Seem familiar?
** Even more applicable to what [[spoiler:Elizabeth's ''son'' is singing in the third film's Stinger, as he's about the same age his mom was at the start.]]
** The first time we meet piratical Mr. Gibbs, Jack is waking him with a bucket of water. At the close of ''At World's End'', Mr. Gibbs is once again, passed out and Jack wakes him with a cup of... [[WildMassGuessing Grog?]]
** In the first film, it's mentioned that Jack was marooned on a remote island by Barbossa with only a pistol with a single shot. In the fourth film, Jack does the exact same thing to [[spoiler:Angelica.]]
** In the first film, Elizabeth's first encounter has her giving Barbossa Will's surname as her own, to which he responds by excitedly repeating it to the whole crew: "Miss TURNER..." When they part company for the final time in ''At World's End'', he respectfully (and a touch affectionately) greets her as " ''Mrs.''Turner," after she has become Will's wife.
** Similarly, in the first film the pirates ready a boat to take Elizabeth to Isla de Muerta, saying "your chariot awaits, Highness" as a sarcastic and condescending remark. By the time of the third film, [[spoiler:Elizabeth is elected Pirate King, and Gibbs says this line quite earnestly as he presents a boat for her.]]
* BreakoutCharacter: Jack Sparrow. [[note]]"'''''Captain'''''" Jack Sparrow.[[/note]] In the original film, Will is the supposed to be the star (he's TheHero of the HerosJourney) and continues to be the access character throughout the next two, but Jack not only stole the show, he made off with the franchise! (''Pirate''.) They even added him (or at least animatronic duplicates) to the original Disneyland/ Disneyworld ''Pirates of the Caribbean'' rides.
* BreakTheCutie: several times, the films appear to be headed this way with regards to Elizabeth, only for the trope to be turned on its ear, especially in the third film.
* BrickJoke:
** In the beginning of the first film, Will Turner is working on a sword to present to the governor, who remarks on its unique quality. In the third film, [[spoiler:James Norrington stabs Davy Jones with the same weapon, who then calmly removes it and remarks, "mmm... nice sword." Later, Jones uses the exact same sword to stab its creator, Will Turner.]]
** Former Commodore Norrington introduces his story to Gibbs in ''Dead Man's Chest'' as "Same as you, just a chapter behind." At the end of the scene, once he's been knocked out by Man!Elizabeth, he's heaved into the pigsty, where Gibbs woke up at the end of ''Curse of the Black Pearl'', making him truly just a chapter behind Gibbs.
** Captain Teague summons a dog to bring the key for the Pirate Codex book (the dog itself is a bit of a BrickJoke, showing up out of nowhere after appearances in the first two movies). When Pintel and Ragetti wonder aloud how the dog managed to get there, Teague responds, [[RunningGag "Sea turtles, mate."]]
** When Jack and Elizabeth are marooned on a desert island during the rising action of ''Curse of the Black Pearl'', Elizabeth burns all the rum that smugglers have stored there to attract the Navy's attention, prompting Jack to ask "[[CatchPhrase Why is]] [[MemeticMutation the rum gone?]]" for the first time. In ''Dead Man's Chest'', Elizabeth (dressed as a man) and Norrington arrive at the dock where the ''Pearl'' is moored, and Jack and Gibbs begin to talk to Elizabeth without realizing who she is. When she reveals herself, the following happens:
--> '''Jack:''' Elizabeth?! (''aside, to Gibbs'') Hide the rum.
*** Which quickly becomes a BrickJoke of its own when the crew meets up with Jack in ''At World's End'', and [[VoiceForTheVoiceless Cotton's parrot]] cries "Hide the rum!"
* CallBack:
** "Goodbye, Poppet." Perhaps the most tear-inducing callback ever.
** First film: Elizabeth says she's Elizabeth Turner, because her maid convinced her the pirates wanted to kidnap the governor's daughter. They happen to be looking for Bootstrap Turner's child. The last thing Barbossa says to her in the third film is "Mrs. Turner", seeing as she's married Will.
** ''On Stranger Tides'' is filled with these to the first movie, in different subtle sorts of ways that you have to have an eagle eye to spot.
*** In the first movie, Jack was charged with "impersonating an officer of the Royal navy" and "impersonating a cleric of the Church of England". ''On Stranger Tides'' opens with Jack impersonating a judge. A judge by the name of Smith. Perhaps he might go by 'Smithy' on occasion?
*** Jack gives his compass to Mr. Gibbs telling him it will lead him to freedom. In the first movie, Jack tells Elizabeth that what the ''Black Pearl'' really is is freedom. Cut to the end of ''On Stranger Tides'' and [[spoiler:Mr Gibbs is sitting on a beach with the Black Pearl in a bottle, waiting for Jack.]]
*** The cut on Angelica's hand looks just like the cuts the characters in ''Curse of the Black Pearl'' get to bleed on the medallions.
** In ''At World's End'', one of the patrons of Sao Feng's bathhouse can be seen with barnacles littered across his face, neck, and across his arms, just like a RedShirt crew member of the ''Flying Dutchman''.
*** Likewise, the SequelHook at the end of the film is a CallBack to the various accounts of Barbossa's mutiny prior to ''Curse of the Black Pearl''.
** While visiting Elizabeth in her jail cell in ''Dead Man's Chest'', Governor Swann leans on one of the candelabras next to him. He then trips, proceeding to break a piece of said candelabra, in a similar fashion to Will's introductory scene in ''Curse of the Black Pearl'', where he inspects one of the candelabras in Governor Swann's mansion, but accidentally breaks a piece of it.
* CaptainErsatz: Many ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' fans believe that Barbossa in the first film and Davy Jones in the sequels are ersatzen of [=LeChuck=], Tia Dalma is the Voodoo Lady, and Will Turner may also derive from Guybrush Threepwood, regardless of whether anyone involved in the films has [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial ever known anything]] about ''Monkey Island''. (It has been [[http://www.worldofmi.com/comments.php?type=news&id=1259&action=read reported]] that Ted Elliott worked on a proposed ''Monkey Island'' film some time before becoming co-writer of the ''Pirates of the Caribbean'' series). It's also worth noting that ''Monkey Island'' derived inspiration from both the original ''Pirates of the Caribbean'' ride, and the original ''Literature/OnStrangerTides'' novel.
** As if hammering this home, Philip from ''On Stranger Tides'' has an ever closer resemblance to Guybrush.
* TheCatCameBack / ClingyMacguffin: Norrington's sword returns to its rightful owner. [[spoiler: Doesn't do him much good in the long run, though...]]
* CatchPhrase: Several.
** Jack Sparrow: [[SoLongSuckers "This is the day you will always remember as the day you ''almost'' caught Captain Jack Sparrow"]], "I'm Captain Jack Sparrow!", "It's ''[[InsistentTerminology Captain]]''; ''Captain'' Jack Sparrow", "Savvy?", "But why is the rum gone?!"
** Davy Jones: "Do you fear death?" (There's a much longer poetic verse after it that he doesn't use after the first time.)
** Cutler Beckett: "It's just good business."
** Pintel: "Hello, Poppet."
* CaughtInASnare:
** Will, early in the second movie.
** Most of Blackbeard's crew when they attempt a mutiny in OST.
* CharacterDevelopment:
** Elizabeth, who goes from [[http://www.costumersguide.com/pirates_gold/ref1.jpg this]] to [[http://www.costumersguide.com/potc3/hires19.jpg this]]. From noble woman to [[spoiler: pirate king]] in only a few short years!
** Will goes from a blacksmith to [[spoiler: full-on pirate]] and eventually [[spoiler: captain of the ''Flying Dutchman'']].
** Norrington started as a StuffyBrit... until he [[http://images2.fanpop.com/image/photos/12800000/James-Norrington-james-norrington-12829973-879-931.jpg changed somewhat.]]
* ChekhovMIA: Will's father, Bootstrap Bill Turner.
* ChekhovsGun:
** Subverted -- when Elizabeth attempts to defend herself with one of the swords displayed above the mantle, she finds it is permanently attached to its decorative shield. Played straight with Elizabeth's bedwarmer; she uses it to dump hot coals on the pirates invading her room. Also Jack Sparrow's confiscated effects, including his one-shot pistol and curious compass, all serving a vital purpose. The compass gains even more importance in the second film. Used again in the second movie in Tia Dalma's shack (the locket and the boots). In the third movie, [[spoiler: Raghetti's wooden eye]] turns out to be Barbossa's Piece Of Eight. Jack's own Piece of Eight is debatable, being present in the first two movies before the sequels were even written.
** Subverted again with the jar of dirt. Jack ends up breaking it.
** The knife Bootstrap Bill gives to Will is the same one that [[spoiler:he uses to carve out Will's heart after Davy Jones is killed.]]
* ChekhovsLecture: Near the beginning of ''Curse of the Black Pearl'', Will shows Jack how to break out of a prison cell by applying the right [[ArcWords leverage]] to the hinges, something which comes in handy in ''At World's End'' when Jack is imprisoned in the brig of the ''Flying Dutchman''.
* ChekhovsSkill: Elizabeth's childhood obsession with pirates comes in handy a few times. In ''The Curse of the Black Pearl'', her knowledge of the Pirate Code [[spoiler: allows her to negotiate a Parley with Barbossa]] and her knowledge of piracy and sailing in general inspires her last-second stunt while the ''Interceptor'' is being pursued by the ''Pearl''. In ''At World's End'' she [[spoiler: becomes a Pirate Lord, and then Pirate King]]. She also [[spoiler: inspires the troops with a speech about the power of piracy]].
* ChewingTheScenery: It may be easier to list who isn't. Special mention has to go to Geoffery Rush, who looks like he's having an absolute blast in every scene.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Just about every character.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Anamaria. Although, for some reason, Jack is wearing her belt in the sequels.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Mild and possibly unintentional. Elizabeth, Will, and Jack all have brown eyes, while Barbossa, Davy Jones, Cutler Beckett, and Blackbeard have blue or green eyes.
* CombatByChampion:
** Basically the climax of the third movie; the ''Black Pearl'' for the pirates, vs. the ''Flying Dutchman'' for the EITC.
** Jack actually proposes that [[spoiler:Barbossa and Blackbeard]] do this while the pirates and troops stand back and lay bets, in the fourth film. [[spoiler:The suggestion doesn't go down so well.]]
* CombatPragmatist:
** Jack Sparrow, along with most of the more intelligent pirate characters. Perhaps best summed up by this exchange from the first film, when Jack uses a gun to win a sword fight:
-->'''Will:''' You ''cheated!''\\
'''Jack:''' ''Pirate.''
** Lampshaded later on when Will points out he would win in a fair fight. Jack then comments that means he wouldn't have any incentive to fight fair.
** Astonishingly, also Commodore Norrington, to some extent. He kicked Will in the chest, kicked sand in Will's face and tripped Jack [[spoiler:during the fight over the key.]]
** Barbossa is not above punching/kicking people during a sword fight.
** And even Davy Jones pulls off a surprisingly graceful back roundhouse kick.
* CombatTentacles: The Kraken, obviously, and also the ones on Davy Jones's face and the rigging of Blackbeard's ship.
* ComfortFood: According to the WordOfGod, the reason why Hector Barbossa is always eating apples in the four films is because they're a form of ComfortFood for him.
* ContinuityCreep: The second film contains a few fun [[ContinuityNod nods]] to some throwaway lines and [[FandomNod fan-favorite]] comedic scenes from the original. The third contains nods to what seems like ''[[ContinuityPorn all]]'' of them. See also ChekhovsGun above.
* ContinuityDrift: In the first couple of films, the pirates running around are all a bunch of independent libertines running around without any concern for anyone else. The third film introduces plot points that amount to pirate government structure and diplomatic contractual obligations.
* CoolBoat:
** The ''Black Pearl''.
** The ''Flying Dutchman''.
** The ''Endeavour''.
** The ''Interceptor''.
** Blackbeard's ''Queen Anne's Revenge'' from the fourth film.
* CoolSword:
** The small sword that Will Turner makes for Norrington. Everyone who [[MementoMacguffin comes into contact with it]] [[PhraseCatcher agrees that it is, indeed, nice]]. This gets one nameless British marine killed as he picks up the sword in the middle of a battle and spends the same requisite amount of time staring at it rapturously before Davy Jones shows up, kills him and retrieves the sword.
** Blackbeard's sword, which [[spoiler:controls the rigging of the ''Queen Anne's Revenge'', and can apparently control the rigging of other ships as well. It also controlled the wind when pointed, as shown at the end when Barbossa lets down the sails with it, then throws the boat forward by the wind, catching everyone off guard, including Barbossa. Before duelling Blackbeard he claims the sword is nothing to fear away from the ''Revenge'']].
** It seems as if the only redeeming quality of working on the ''Flying Dutchman'' under the command of Davy Jones is that you get a really kick-ass sword. Just look at Hadras's.
* CorporateWarfare: The East India Company are the antagonists of the second and third films in their war on piracy.
* CriticalStaffingShortage:
** In the first film Jack Sparrow and Will Turner steal a ship by pretending to attempt to steal another ship, one larger and far more complicated, so that the Navy will come up with the smaller and easier to manage vessel already rigged for sailing. During a later argument Jack nearly flings Will into the ocean, but lets him live because just two people crewing the ship is cutting it close as it is.
** In the second film it's inverted. The ''Black Pearl'''s crew is imprisoned in two halves, and one pirate blurts out that the ship can make do with a crew of just six, prompting [[VillainBall a race by both halves to escape first]]. Later on Jack hires a ton of unqualified surplus sailors not because the ship needs them but because he needs 99 souls to give to Davy Jones in exchange for his own soul going free.
* CrypticConversation: 90% of what Tia Dalma says is this.
* CuffsOffRubWrists:
** Governor Swann in the second film, with visible evidence that they were fastened too tight.
** Jack in the third film, right after he's shoved into Beckett's cabin. (We don't actually see the cuffs before removal, but since he's a prisoner it's strongly implied he had 'em.)
* CursedWithAwesome: Literally for Barbossa's crew, in the first movie. And [[spoiler:Will]] in the finale of ''At World's End''. Although Jack views it more as BlessedWithSuck due to the absence of port... er, making port.
* DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster: The pirate lifestyle in general is depicted to be a romanticized badass madcap [[{{Swashbuckler}} swash-buckling]] life of adventure where you get to [[BadAssLongcoat wear awesome clothes]], bed a different salty wench in every port, go through fortunes of doubloons like water, [[DidYouJustScamCthulhu outwit mythical beings]], stick it to the man, and most of all ''have the freedom to determine your life's course.''
* DarkerAndEdgier: The franchise took this turn from the second movie and onward.
* DealWithTheDevil: Will makes one with Jack in the first film. "Spring me from this cell and I will take you to the Black Pearl ''and'' your bonny lass."
** In the second, Jack is revealed to have made one with Davy Jones to float the Black Pearl earlier. "You owe me a ''soul'', and its time to pay up."
** In the third, it's kinda hard to tell who's supposed to be the devil and who the mortal sucker.
* DeathGlare:
** In the first movie, Jack delivered a formidable one when he [[spoiler:shot and killed Barbossa]]. It's all the more effective since, up 'til that moment, the generally-cheerful pirate hadn't sported any expressions [[http://www.deppimpact.com/gallery/albums/caps_pirates/pirates1096.JPG remotely like it.]]
** Davy Jones has a killer stare when he snarls "Do you fear death?" ''Everybody'' takes him seriously.
** The look one of Sao Feng's bath attendants gives Beckett's Dragon after he shoots the other(the insinuation being they were sisters) should've ''incinerated'' the man, by all rights.
** Captain Teague has a mighty fearsome one that cows the entire Brethren Court when it's suggested in his presence that they ''won't'' keep to the Code.
* DeathIsCheap:
** [[spoiler:Jack (who was retrieved from Davy Jones's Locker)]]
** [[spoiler:Will (who was made captain of the Flying Dutchman after being killed by and then killing Jones)]]
** [[spoiler:Bootstrap (who was sent to the bottom of the ocean while undead)]]
** [[spoiler:Barbossa (whom Tia Dalma resurrected)]]
** So common, in fact, that Tia Dalma has to justify the ''aversion'' with [[spoiler:Governor Swann]]. "Him at peace."
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment:
** ''Dead Man's Chest'':
-->'''Will:''' You want me to find this?\\
'''Jack:''' No. ''You'' want you to find this. Because the finding of this finds you incapacitorially finding and/or locating in your discovering the detecting of a way to save your dolly belle ol' what's-her-face. Savvy?
** ''Also Dead Man's Chest'':
-->'''Jack:''' You want to do what you want to do because you want it.
** ''On Stranger Tides'':
-->'''Jack:''' There is a girl. A female. Of the opposite sex.
* DesertedIsland: Jack is marooned on one, twice, the second time with Elizabeth. Fortunately, he escaped off-screen (subverted in that he [[UnspokenPlanGuarantee explains how he did it]]). The titular Dead Man's Chest is housed on another.
* DistractedByTheShiny: If he didn't take the time to rummage through every nook and cranny for things that could be of value, Jack would have made a ''lot'' more effective escape attempts. But he [[JustifiedTrope is a pirate...]]
* DivineDate: Davy Jones's backstory involves him falling in love with the sea goddess Calypso when he was still a mortal man. She gave him the job of [[{{Psychopomp}} ferrying the souls of those who died at sea to the afterlife]] with the promise of seeing her once every 10 years, but since Calypso is as treacherous as the sea itself, she failed to show up. This prompted Jones to go rogue and caused his mutation into a [[{{Cthulhumanoid}} squid-man]].
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything:
** When Barbossa calls the brawling Pirate Court to order, he steps onto the table with a pistol in one hand and, curiously, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chain_shot chain shot]] in the other. During his speech, we get a shot of Jack peering through his legs, where you can clearly see a pair of [[VisualPun huge, cast-iron balls]].
** ''On Stranger Tides'' is about [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade an adventurous scoundrel who must form an uneasy alliance with his foes in a race to find the secret key to immortality]]. And then the BigBad [[spoiler:chooses... poorly.]]
* DressedToPlunder: They put their own spin on the costumes, but it still hits the major notes: parrot, beards, eyepatches, hats, bandanas, everything short of a hook. [[spoiler: Barbossa even gets a peg leg in the fourth movie]].
* DropTheHammer
* TheDrunkenSailor: Virtually everyone, [[MemeticMutation unless all the rum is gone]]. Though, in interviews, the scriptwriters revealed Jack's inebriation is usually an act; he fakes being tipsy to throw his (numerous) enemies off their guard.
* DuelOfSeduction:
** Elizabeth and Jack.
** Jack and Angelica in the fourth film.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome - Becket's death could be viewed as this. He calmly turns and walks down the stairs (AS THEY ARE EXPLODING BEHIND HIM, casually trailing his hand along the railing. Before coming to a stop, looking at the camera and accepting death. Most seem to see this as Becket being in denial over what has happened and is happening. Most deaths somewhat count in some shape: Jack dies going in a Mano-A-Mano with the [[SuperPersistentPredator Goddamn Kraken]], Jones perishes in the middle of a massive whirpool battle while [[KickTheDog kicking dogs]] all around, etc
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler: Philip and Syrena in the 4th movie. And boy, did they earn it.]]
* EndOfAnAge: The films are set at the end of the golden age of piracy. Several times through all three films, characters make note of how difficult it's become to make a living as a pirate, with no sign of the change slowing down. Though possibly somewhat averted at the end of the third movie, with Calypso being returned to her proper place as goddess of the sea. And it's obvious in the fourth movie that if an end is coming to the age of piracy and sea magic, Blackbeard never got the memo.
* EnemyMine. When your protagonists and antagonists have the same goals and profession, good and bad are "a matter of perspective":
** In ''Curse of The Black Pearl'', Will and then Norrington both end up having to make deals with Jack (who they hate) to track down Barbossa, and Barbossa makes a deal with Jack (he hates Jack, too) after finding out Norrington is waiting off shore to ambush them.
** A variation in ''Dead Man's Chest'', where during a three-way sword-fight between Will, Jack and Norrington, as the latter is curb-stomping Jack for all of the misfortune he's endured since the last film, Jack points out that since Will freed Jack from jail, convinced Norrington to let him go, ''and'' got Elizabeth, that makes ''Will'' more responsible. Norrington pauses for a moment to consider this, turns and immediately begins attacking Will instead.
--> '''Norrington''': Unfortunately Mr Turner... ''he's right!''
** In ''At World's End'', Barbossa feigns EnemyMine at first to cover up his true motive, the fact that he needs to call to order the Brethren Court just to get their Pieces of Eight, which he needs to [[spoiler:free Calypso, who brought him back, else she'll withdraw her power and let him die again]]. But by the end, Barbossa plays the trope straight.
*** Also, the Brethren Court seems to be made up of rival Lords who can't stand each other and will break out in a fist-fight at the slightest provocation. They're only united by a common enemy.
*** Also #2: Jack cooks up a plan with Will, who had betrayed Jack to Beckett earlier, because Will wants to stab Jones's heart to free Bootstrap and Jack wants to stab Jones's heart [[spoiler:and become immortal.]]
** In the fourth film, Jack and Barbossa briefly team up to screw over Blackbeard.
* EnemyRisingBehind: The Kraken.
** And in the fourth film, the entrance to [[spoiler:the Fountain of Youth]] provides ample opportunity for characters to rise up ominously through the mist. Happened with both [[spoiler:Barbossa, to Blackbeard]] and [[spoiler:the Spanish, to everyone]].
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: ''[[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Zombie pirate]]'' monkeys.
* EvilCounterpart:
** [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Pintel and Ragetti]] vs. [[ThoseTwoGuys Mullroy and Murtogg]] in the first film.
** [[{{Jerkass}} Barbossa]] vs. Davy Jones and Jack vs. Beckett (his old nemesis) in the third.
** Bosun, Maccus, Mercer and "Quartermaster" are Evil Counterparts to Gibbs.
** In the first film's commentary, Barbossa is called "the dark side of Jack Sparrow" by Ted and Terry.
** Also, in the fourth film, Blackbeard is arguably this to Barbossa.
* EvilPlan: Each movie involves a villain seeking a treasure but the specifics vary widely.
* EvilVersusEvil: The third movie especially. Jones hates working for Beckett and Mercer, rebelling at the earliest opportunity; Norrington does a HeelFaceTurn about midway through after realizing how evil Beckett really is. Not to mention Tia Dalma and Sao Feng's roles in the story.
* ExpandedUniverse: The movies have spawned a number of novels, short films, comics, and games.
* {{Fainting}}: Elizabeth does this three times in the first two films. The first instance is genuine (see OfCorsetHurts), and sets the plot into motion. The second is faked, and accomplishes its purpose. The third is also faked, and is completely ignored (seems you've shot your bolt, Liz).
* FantasticRomance: A lot. See also InterspeciesRomance.
** Davy Jones and the goddess Calypso in the second and the third movie.
** [[spoiler:Will after removing his heart and becoming the captain of the Flying Dutchman]] and Elizabeth at the end of the third movie.
** Philip and Syrena in the fourth.
* FixedForwardFacingWeapon:
** The Flying Dutchman is equipped with a pair of forward facing [[GatlingGood gatling cannons]]. Not bad for a time when all firearms were still loaded manually ''through the muzzle'' one shot at a time.
** The aforementioned flame throwers on the ''Queen Anne's Revenge''.
* {{Flanderization}}: The series, originally an AffectionateParody and homage to the pirate genre, became a parody of itself after the first film, when all the character traits, quirks, and set-pieces that were more subtle in the first film were [[UpToEleven turned up to eleven,]] and subject to relentless self-referencing.
* FlirtingUnderFire: In ''At World's End'', Elizabeth and Will [[spoiler:get ''married'' under fire, and even share a kiss.]]
* FlyingDutchman: Rather literally in the case of Davy Jones.
* {{Flynning}}: Naturally, since every principle actor had to learn to use a sword.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** In ''Dead Man's chest'', the sailor's mention of the long pork on the island of Peligostos, which we learn later on is home to a cannibal tribe.
** Where we find Jack, believed to be a god by island natives who attempt to release him from his human form. [[spoiler:Tia Dalma is later revealed to be the sea goddess Calypso, and released from her human form.]]
** When discussing the story of Davy Jones's tragic love, the pirates can't agree on whether it was the sea he fell in love with or a woman ''tameless as the sea''. Tia Dalma tells them that both versions are true, for they are [[ElementalEmbodiment one and the same]]. And during the same visit to Tia Dialma, you can see : [[spoiler:Barbossa's boots and the heart medallion that forms a pair with Davy Jones's]]
** In ''Stranger Tides'', the pub where not-Jack [[spoiler:actually Anjelica]] is hiding is named ''The Captain's Daughter''.
** In the same film, Blackbeard describes Angelica as "a fitting last sight for a doomed soul".
* {{Forgiveness}}:
** Davy Jones and Tia Dalma can't; Will and Elizabeth manage to.
** Evidently, Jack also forgave Elizabeth for [[spoiler:abandoning him to be eaten by the Kraken. He could easily have treated her the same when the ''Flying Dutchman'' started to flounder; instead he unhesitatingly rescued her.]]
** The last love scene between Syrena and Philip has him asking her forgiveness for [[spoiler:him getting her captured.]]
* FountainOfYouth: The [[TropeMaker original]] Fountain of Youth, purportedly discovered by Ponce de León, is mentioned as a SequelHook at the end of the third movie, and is a central plot elemental of the fourth. [[spoiler:Unlike most depictions, its use involves HumanSacrifice.]]
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Jack = Sanguine; Will = Choleric; Barbossa = Melancholic; Elizabeth = Phlegmatic. Although a case could be made that Will and Elizabeth [[CharacterArc switch places]] in the end -- [[ElementalPowers conveniently]] in Will's case, given his change of profession in the end: from one associated [[TheBlacksmith with fire]] (Choleric) [[FlyingDutchman to water]] (Phlegmatic). And Elizabeth's corresponding [[TookALevelInBadass change]] of profession ([[SheIsTheKing more Choleric]] to say the least).
* AFriendInNeed: Jack, when it really matters. [[spoiler:He readily sacrifices his chance at immortality to save Will's life. And then he does it ''again'' to save Angelica.]]
* FriendlyEnemies: ''All'' the main characters are this at various points in the series.
* GatlingGood: The Triple Guns on the ''Flying Dutchman''.
* GenreDeconstruction: Of the pirate/swashbuckler genre. None of the pirates are shown in a truly positive light. Sparrow may not be killing indiscriminately but that's because he would prefer to con and swindle people instead. When he's up against someone he truly hates(Barbossa), he doesn't hesitate to go for the kill.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** Note Jack clearly stating that '''four''' of his rescuers have tried to kill him in the past: Elizabeth, Will and Barbossa in the classic way and Tia Dalma, in a sexual way. There are also many hidden sexual innuendos throughout the trilogy; it may be rated PG-13, but it's still a Disney film.
** Barbossa's remarks about "pleasurable company".
** The "mine's bigger" scenes in the third movie where Jack and Barbossa try to outdo each other in seemingly innocent and trivial things, like who has a bigger scope.
** At the end of the third movie when Jack is bragging to a couple of wenches about how big it (the Black Pearl) is and how it might be frightening at first but they can both have a ride on it. Then when they get to the docks, one of them remarks, "Is that it?" while the other says "It's not very big".
** "You took advantage of our hospitality last time, it holds fair now you return the favour", and Barbossa tosses Elizabeth to his men who begin pawing at her.
** In the fourth film, Jack stating that he "support(s) the missionary's [[DontExplainTheJoke (Philip)]] position."
** Also in the fourth:
-->'''Gibbs:''' (to Jack) I thought you were hell-bent of finding the Fountain of Youth?
-->'''Jack:''' I'm still bent! Hellishly so!
** And this:
-->'''Angelica:''' How is it we can never meet without you pointing something at me?
** Jack also slips in a masturbation joke when he says, "My eyesight's as good as ever, just so you know" in reference to the Black Spot on his hand. (''Could'' also be a syphilis joke- while the Black Spot doesn't look like a syphilis lesion, they usually appeared much like that in art of the day, probably because they would be covered with black stick-on patches)
** In the third film, Beckett finds his way to Shipwreck with Jack's compass, which Will gave Beckett, so naturally, Barbossa assumes Will's the one who betrayed them. Beckett says Will is "merely the ''tool'' of your betrayal" and singles Jack out as it's grand architect. Will says he acted alone. And Jack says, "Listen to the tool." The grin on Jack's face says it all.
** ''"Waste not."'' That one was particularly creepy.
** There's also this from the fourth film:
--> '''Angelica:''' I was innocent in the ways of men!\\
'''Jack:''' You demonstrated a lot of technique for someone I supposedly corrupted.
** This exchange in the second film as the crew are entering Tia Dalma's shack:
--> '''Gibbs''': Watch your back.
--> '''Jack''': It's my front I'm worried about.
** There were a couple of GetTheeToANunnery moments throughout the film slipped in for this purpose. There was Tia Dalma's introduction:
-->'''Will Turner:''' You know me?\\
'''Tia Dalma:''' You want to know me.\\
'''Jack Sparrow:''' There'll be no knowing here!
** And then Jack's exchange with Angelica, which hinted at an actual nunnery pun:
-->'''Angelica:''' What were you doing in a Spanish convent, anyway?\\
'''Jack:''' Mistook it for a brothel. Honest mistake.
* GhostPirate:
** The villains of the first movie.
** Davy Jones and his crew are a MixAndMatchCritters variety.
** The fourth film contains several zombie (of the Voodoo variety) pirates.
* GoodIsBoring: More a case of Lawful Good Is Boring; the stoic Norrington has the most to offer as a potential suitor(high ranking naval officer, good breeding, stability), but Elizabeth is drawn to the more hot-headed Will, who is an orphaned blacksmith of a lower social order.
* GorgeousPeriodDress: Since the movies revolve around pirates, there isn't much of this flavor, but if you pay attention, the movies include a surprisingly great amount of [[PimpedOutDress pimped out dresses]]. Elizabeth dresses like this in the first two movies, before she became a PirateGirl. While we're on the subject, Norrington's uniform got pimped when he got promoted to admiral between the second and third movies. A bit more of this in the fourth film, which includes some scenes of British and Spanish court officials and dress-uniformed officers.
* GottaCatchThemAll:
** ''The Curse Of The Black Pearl'' required the crew of ''The Black Pearl'' to track down 882 pieces of Aztec gold to break their curse. As the film starts, though, they've already found them all but one, and they get that one inside the first hour.
** The Nine Pieces of Eight are needed to assemble the Pirate Lords and complete the spell in ''At World's End''. This actually becomes a plot point as a reason not to kill Jack.
** The keys to the Fountain of Youth in ''On Stranger Tides''.
* GravityIsAHarshMistress:
** In ''Dead Man's Chest'', Jack freefalls what looks like several hundred feet down a canyon and lands little more than dazed at the bottom. We're expected to believe that falling through a few flimsy rope bridges on the way down slowed him up enough.
** In the fourth film, Jack is exceptionally leery of jumping off a cliff in order to get the silver chalices. It takes Blackbeard threatening to shoot Angelica and one of the zombies throwing the Jack voodoo doll over the ledge to get him to jump.
* GrinOfAudacity: "Now bring me that horizon!". ''Captain'' Jack Sparrow is very excited [[spoiler:he got his ship back]]. Of course there's a lot more of those throughout the trilogy: it's a swasbucking action show about ''pirates'', what did you ''expect?''
* HamToHamCombat: Any time any of the following are onscreen at the same time: Barbossa, Jack Sparrow, Captain Teague, Davy Jones, Elizabeth (in the third movie), Angelica and Blackbeard (in the fourth).
* {{Handwave}}: In-universe example. Whenever something improbable happens, the character insists Sea Turtles were involved
** Jack claimed to escape the island Barbossa marooned him on by creating a raft made of sea turtles. [[spoiler: He actually bartered his way onto a smuggler's vessel when they landed to pick up their rum cache.]]
** When Will arives on the island where Davy Jones stashed his heart and Jack asked how he got there, he replied, "Sea Turtles! I strapped a pair of them to my feet!" [[spoiler: He was hiding on the Flying Dutchman.]]
** The dog that carries the keys to the written version of the Pirate Code. Pintel and Ragetti ask where it came from and Teague says, "Sea turtles, mate." Word of God is that the Dog really did escape the island with sea turtles.
* HatOfAuthority: Generally, a pirate's hat size indicates his or her authority among the crew (with regional variations for the international pirates, such as Sri Sumbaji's turban). In ''Dead Man's Chest'', Sparrow offers to buy Barbossa a "big floppy hat" as part of the deal to be 'commodore' of a pirate fleet.
* HeelFaceReturn:
** Pintel and Ragetti (the paired comic relief pirates)
** Barbossa
* HeldGaze: Will and Elizabeth of have this quite regularly between them in the first movie and the sequel as their romance blossoms. Philip and Syrena have a lot of gaze-holding going on in ''On Stranger Tides''.
* HeroicBSOD:
** Norrington is already in one when the protagonists first meet up with him again in Tortuga in the second movie.
** Elizabeth has one at the end of the second movie [[spoiler:due to her heavy guilt of leaving Jack to die at the hands of the Kraken]].
** Barbossa briefly has one in the third movie after his plan to save the pirates [[spoiler:by releasing Calypso]] backfires on them. Elizabeth manages to snap him out of it.
** Jack gets a couple of brief ones:
*** When he's in prison in the first movie, before Will frees him
*** After Davy Jones [[spoiler:fatally stabs Will]] in the third movie, before Jack could stab his heart to gain immortality. [[spoiler:Jack ultimately breaks out of it by sacrificing said immortality to save Will's life.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: Both played straight and subverted: [[spoiler:Norrington as a straight example in the third film and Jack as a subversion in the second (as Elizabeth rightly doubts his courage and "helps him" act appropriately), as well as Norrington also subverting it - or at least playing with it - by taking the empty Dead Man's Chest and running off, commanding the others to abandon him while never letting on that he has the heart of Davy Jones. As a result, he does legitimately save them from danger, but he also gains an excellent excuse to escape with his ill-gotten gains.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Captain Jack Sparrow and Mr. Gibbs are a classic example. Pintel and Ragetti. WordOfGod says that Ragetti is Pintel's nephew.
* HighDiveEscape: Jack. Repeatedly.
* HilariousOuttakes: The first four movies have their Bloopers of the Caribbean on their [=DVDs=].
* HollywoodNatives: The CannibalTribe from the second movie.
* HollywoodVoodoo: Tia Dalma and [[spoiler:Blackbeard]]
* HomeFieldAdvantage: Davy Jones can move through the Flying Dutchman at will, while Blackbeard or rather, [[spoiler:whoever has his sword]] can manipulate the Queen Anne's Revenge and, if Barbossa's exposition is to be believed, any other ships they encounter, at will.
* HoneyTrap:
** In the second movie, Elizabeth [[spoiler:lures Jack into kissing her]], but this is to allow [[spoiler:her plans of chaining Jack against a nearby mast, so the Kraken kills only him, and not all the crew.]]
** In the fourth film's London ChaseScene, Jack takes cover inside [[Creator/JudiDench a wealthy older lady's]] carriage, and immediately leans over to smooch her behind the ear before resuming his escape. She's apparently not displeased by this event... until she realizes that [[spoiler:he's just fled with her jewelled earring in his mouth!]]
* HonorAmongThieves: [[PlayingWithATrope Toyed]] with constantly. The pirates' code is supposed to enforce this notion, but it's viewed as only "guidelines" when it suits them.
* HonorBeforeReason: At first, just Will is doing stupidly honest and honorable things ([[BewareTheHonestOnes although this does make him unpredictable to selfish pirates]]) and to a lesser extent Norrington with his MercyLead for a WorthyOpponent. Later on, even Jack fits this trope [[spoiler: by allowing Will to become Davy Jones' successor in order to save Will's life]]. In Jack's case, though, it's hard to tell where (and whether) he's using reason in the first place.
-->'''Will:''' So that's the reason for the... you know.\\
'''Gibbs:''' ''Reason's'' got nothin' to do with it.
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* HostageMacGuffin:
** When Elizabeth Swann is chased after in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'', she thinks it's because she's the governor's daughter... but it turns out the men were just being 'called' by a magical amulet she was wearing. She tries to avert this trope by claiming to be her own maid (she was in her undistinguished nightclothes, and the place is full of maids), using the family name of her crush -- this leads them to take her for Bill Turner's child, [[spoiler:the person they were looking for]].
** In the sequels, she comes into her own and is no longer fought over... until being MacGuffinSuperPerson mistaken for a god]] in ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd At World's End]]'', when a [[GambitPileup bargaining session]] is held on who gets to kidnap her. She manages to negotiate her way into being declared [[SheIsTheKing Pirate King as a result]].
%%* HumanityEnsues
* HypocriticalHumor: [[ThoseTwoGuys Pintel and Ragetti's]] introductory exchange in ''Dead Man's Chest''. Summarized, and properly dashed, when Ragetti says [[ItMakesSenseInContext "It's the Bible. You get points for trying."]]
* IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace: Isla De La Muerta(The island of the dead); Shipwreck Cove.
-->'''Gibbs:''' Not for naught it's called '''''Shipwreck Island''''', where lies '''''Shipwreck Cove''''' and the town of '''''Shipwreck!'''''\\
'''Jack:''' You know, for all that pirates are clever clogs, we are a terribly unimaginative lot when it comes to naming things.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Elizabeth gets this from all over, or is at least threatened with it, most prominently in the third movie.
* ImmortalitySeeker: Jack, and Blackbeard. Which is the plot of the fourth movie. Subverted with Barbossa and the crew of the ''Black Pearl'' before the first movie; they didn't ''want'' immortality, but oh boy did they get it.
%%* ImmortalLifeIsCheap:
%%* ImNotHungry
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: The British Royal Navy sailors are kind of useless at their jobs in the films. They become a little competent in ''At World's End'' but become useless again in the fourth film.
* {{Improv}}: Half of Depp's lines, in the first film at least.
* ImprovisedWeapon: It wouldn't be a swashbuckling pirate series without them. See also the AbnormalAmmo entry, above.
** Jack uses the wrist irons that the soldiers put him in ("Finally!") to take Elizabeth hostage and make his escape.
** Will uses a red-hot poker as an impromptu sword midway through his duel with Jack in the first film.
** Elizabeth uses a bed-warming pan to drop hot coals on a pirate.
** A rowboat is used to knock several undead Black Pearl crewmembers to pieces.
** Elizabeth gets a SimpleStaff scene using an ornate pole against pirates at Isla de Muerta.
** When escaping from cannibalistic natives, Jack tries (mostly unsuccessfully to use the wooden roasting spit he's tied to as a weapon.
** The Dead Man's chest gets used at least once to wonk somebody in the face.
** In the fourth, Jack knocks down several Spanish soldiers, while armed only with [[spoiler:a coconut on the end of a rope.]]
* IncomingHam:
** Jack Sparrow's and Davy Jones's grand entrances in the first and second films establish their mystique.
** [[HammyHerald Davy Jones even provides one for the (not so articulate) Kraken]]:
-->"Let no joyful voice be heard! Let no man look up at the sky with hope! And let this day be cursed by we who ready to wake... the KRAKEN!"
** While he starts out a little understated, you know Blackbeard's about to unleash when he first enters.
* IndyPloy: Most of Jack's plans, though he maintains a certain GambitRoulette mystique about them just to keep people on their toes.
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* InNameOnly: Despite buying the rights to the [[Literature/OnStrangerTides Tim Powers novel]], ''On Stranger Tides'' has almost nothing in common with it aside from a few very general (and very public domain) similarities, such as Blackbeard and the Fountain of Youth. Owing to the movie's savage critical reception, Disney probably could've stood to lift a lot more from the book.
* InsistentTerminology:
** "Mr. Sparrow." "''[[TheyCallMeMisterTibbs Captain]]'' Jack Sparrow!"
** Davy Jones {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this in the second movie:
-->'''Jones:''' You've been captain of the ''Black Pearl'' for thirteen years. That was our agreement.\\
'''Sparrow:''' Technically I was only captain for two years before I was viciously mutinied upon.\\
'''Jones:''' Then you were a ''poor'' captain, but a captain nonetheless. Or have you not introduced yourself all these years as "''Captain'' Jack Sparrow"?
** Also, in the first movie:
-->'''Will:''' We're going to steal that ship?\\
'''Jack Sparrow:''' ''Commandeer.'' We're going to ''commandeer that'' ship; nautical term.
** And in the 4th movie:
--> "You are Jack Sparrow?"
--> {{beat}} "There should be a Captain in there somewhere."
** When Cutler Beckett mentions Jack Sparrow (sans "Captain") in front of Will and Elizabeth, they both spontaneously blurt out "Captain".
* InterestingSituationDuel: Several.
** In ''Curse of the Black Pearl'', Sparrow and Turner's first-meeting fight in the blacksmith's shop. Also Jack and Barbossa's clash in the treasure cave, with the tactical use of immortality.
** In DMC, Jack, Will and Norrington's three-way swordfight on Isla Cruces, which moves from beach to bell-tower to runaway mill-wheel.
** In AWE, Jack and Davy Jones's battle in the rigging.
** In OST, Jack fighting a duplicate of himself, [[spoiler:which turns out to be Angelica in disguise.]]
* InterspeciesRomance: A lot. See also FantasticRomance.
** Davy Jones and [[DivineDate the goddess Calypso]] in the second and the third movie.
** Philip (human) and Syrena (mermaid) from ''On Stranger Tides''.
* IronicEcho: Several, especially in the third film. [[spoiler:[-[[WhamLine "The Dutchman must have a captain."]]-]]]
** One is even twisted into a BrickJoke when Pintel asks [[CatchPhrase "Why is all but the rum gone?"]] , only to be told by Gibbs that the rum was gone.
** Another one worth mentioning is [[TheDragon Mr. Mercer's]] introductory line, "Evening, Guv'nor." A common British colloquialism, when uttered with [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]], stoic pride, that masks a SlasherSmile, is made even ''more'' ironic at the fact that he just caught Governor Swann attempting to flee Port Royal in the middle of the night.
** An early one from the first film: Elizabeth's "You may tell the captain that I am disinclined to acquiesce to his request."
** "Parley?"
* ItMayHelpYouOnYourQuest:
** Jack's jar of dirt.
-->'''Jack:''' Is the... jar of dirt going to help?\\
'''Tia Dalma:''' If you don' want it... give it back.\\
'''Jack:''' (''tentatively'') No...\\
'''Tia Dalma:''' Then it helps.
** The Nine Pieces of Eight. The Pirate Lords were, to a man, ''skint broke''.
-->'''Pintel:''' Those are nine pieces of ''[[LampshadeHanging junk]]!''
** Bootstrap's grungy knife as well. It seems [[ItWasAGift an odd gift]], but Bootstrap gives it to Will as if he knows he will need it and may never see him again. Will assumes he needs it to stab the heart. Ironic in hindsight.
* ItsTheJourneyThatCounts: {{Discussed}} and paraphrased in every movie.
* ItWasAGift: Commodore Norrington's [[CoolSword sword]]; Bootstrap's [[ItMayHelpYouOnYourQuest knife]].
* IWantThemAlive:
** Will is one of the few characters to use this trope to his advantage. Though in his case, Barbossa didn't know it was specifically Will he needed alive until he told him.
** Lord Beckett's motive for reining in Davy Jones, in the first part of ''At World's End''. Jones had been exterminating the crews of the pirate ships he attacked; Beckett couldn't have that. "I need prisoners to interrogate. This tends to work better if they're alive."
* KangarooCourt: The trials in the third and fourth movies are hinted to be this.
* KarmaHoudini: Barbossa in the fourth movie. Not so much in the first.
* KarmicTransformation: Davy Jones, prior to the events of the movies.
* KickTheDog:
** Cutler Beckett earns the ignominious honor of being the first Disney villain [[spoiler:to kill a ''child'', '''onscreen'''. In the first scene of the third movie, no less.]]
** Davy Jones kills dozens of innocent people in attempting to track down Will and Jack, though which one hits as most insidious - the innocent foreigners who merely chance upon Jack's hat or the trading crew with the stern captain we actually come to know somewhat - remains to be seen.
** For specific moments, there is also him ordering the defiant crewman who spurned his offer of crewmanship killed immediately and, in a rage, having the survivors of the aforementioned trading ship slaughtered wholesale without even offering them the chance to take his wretched bargain.
** There's another example from Beckett later. To ensure Jones's loyalty (and to make sure he wouldn't turn against them), Beckett forced and ordered him [[spoiler:to kill The Kraken. Judging from his reaction, Jones was quite attached to the giant ship-eating monster, with Beckett even referring to it as his "pet".]]
** Blackbeard. [[spoiler:[[LargeHam Gleefully so]]. {{Subverted}} when he appears to kill Philip, but only uses poison to knock him out. Said subversion is the {{justified|Trope}} by his using Philip to get Syrena's [[ChekhovsGun tear]].]]
** Barbossa in the fourth film. [[spoiler:When his ship and crew are being swarmed by mermaids, he refuses to help or even ''recognize'' their plight, passing it off as "seagulls nesting" when the officers point out their crew's screams of terror. Admittedly, it's not like he could have actually saved them, but it was still pretty cold.]]
** "Someone make a note of that man's bravery."
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Norrington, Beckett, Governor Swann, Sao Feng, Davy Jones[[note]]though TheStinger of the fifth movie casts some doubt on this[[/note]], and the poor Kraken all die premanently; no resurrection for them. It's debatable whether or not Tia Dalma fits the bill. Many assume that Tia Dalma was killed, but that Calypso ascended. Then there's Blackbeard in the fourth movie, and Salazar in the fifth - possibly Barbossa too, although given that he was resurrected once before, it could theoretically happen again.]]
* KilledOffscreen: This is the fate of a number of characters. [[spoiler:The Kraken]] dies before the events of ''At World's End''. [[spoiler:Pintel, Ragetti, and Cotton]] are killed in the battle with Blackbeard before ''On Stranger Tides''.
* KissOfDeath: Elizabeth and [[spoiler:Jack]] in ''Dead Man's Chest''. Elizabeth and [[spoiler:Sao Feng]] in ''At World's End''. Elizabeth and [[spoiler:Norrington]] in ''At World's End''. Elizabeth and [[spoiler:Will]] in ''At World's End''. Those who got kissed by Elizabeth all died by Davy Jones's hands (directly or indirectly).
* KnightKnaveAndSquire: In the first movie, Jack is the Knave, Will is the Knight and Elizabeth is the Squire. A defining moment of both Jack and Will's characters is during the sword fight between the two. By the second movie, the dynamic is more or less dropped and they all become Knaves, especially in the third.
* LargeHam: [[WorldOfHam Many]].
** Jack Sparrow himself.
** Barbossa all the way, who looks like he's having an absolute blast whenever he shows up.
** Davy Jones, helped by [[WhatTheHellIsThatAccent the weird accent]] and enunciation.
** Elizabeth alternates between understated and quite loud (mostly in the second and the third movies).
** Blackbeard, usually of the ColdHam variety.
* LeaveBehindAPistol: Barbossa inflicts this on Jack twice, only for him to escape both times. Flipped around in the fourth movie when ''Jack'' leaves [[spoiler: Angelica]] on an island, although he leaves them an easier way out.
--> "Besides, this is a well-traveled trade route. You can signal a passing ship - or you can just bite the proverbial bullet, as it were."
* LicensedPinballTables: In addition to [[Pinball/PiratesOfTheCaribbean an arcade table]] by Creator/SternPinball, there was also a smaller home table designed by Creator/JohnPopadiuk and released by Zizzle Toys.
* LivingForeverIsAwesome:
** Jack the Monkey steals Aztec Gold at the end of ''Curse of the Black Pearl'' and is still cursed in the following films. Evidentially, he finds the immortality worth the drawbacks. It's interesting to note that the Aztecs themselves try to defy this trope by making those cursed with it unable to enjoy anything (food, drink, pleasant weather, "pleasurable company" etc.) that would come with it.
** Davy Jones invokes the corollary of this trope ("Do you fear death?") when doing a recruit drive.
* LostInTranslation: The Italian version of the first movie was titled "''La Maledizione Della Prima Luna''" ("''The Curse of the First Moon''"), which is completely unrelated to the plot. Particularly ominous because the ''Black Pearl'' is not just some random cursed piece of jewelry, but an actual cursed ship.
* LoveRedeems:
** In a slightly roundabout way; it's a given that Will's love for Elizabeth is what leads him to accept his new duties of ferrying the souls of the dead on the ''Flying Dutchman''. This frees the crew from the corruption that Jones had caused with his actions and they also seem to lose their mindless bloodlust.
** Angelica ''attempts'' to do this for Blackbeard in a more father-daughter sense but he's a bad man.
* LoveTriangle: Love Quadrangle between Will, Jack, Norrington and Elizabeth.
* LunaticLoophole: Jack rides a wave of them throughout the series.
* MacGuffin: Several in each movie, usually with Jack's compass or the Black Pearl coming into play at some point.
** ''Curse of the Black Pearl'' had the last piece of Aztec gold and the blood of William Turner.
** ''Dead Man's Chest'' had the Chest and the key to unlock it.
** ''At World's End'' had Calypso and the Nine Pieces of Eight.
** ''On Stranger Tides'' had the chalices of Ponce de León and a mermaid's tear.
** ''Dead Men Tell No Tales'' had the Trident of Poseidon.
** Jack also becomes one between ''Dead Man's Chest'' and the first portion of ''At World's End'', and then again in the beginning of ''Dead Men Tell No Tales''.
* MadnessMantra: "Part of the ship, part of the crew." Repeated by Davy Jones's crew near the end of the third film [[spoiler: and, earlier, by Bill Turner when he fully joined Jones's crew.]]
* MagicAIsMagicA: The entire series is built around this trope, in accordance with pirate superstition and lore. Or rather, the writers made [[AllThereInTheManual a concordance]] out of pirate superstition and lore.
* MagicCompass: Jack's compass points to whatever the one holding it wants.
* TheMagicGoesAway: [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-Zagged]] across the series:
** In the second film, Isla de Muerta is wiped off the proverbial map by a hurricane. {{Invoked}} by Lord Beckett, who believes in the supernatural, but sees progress and expansion as the overriding force in the world.
** Further invoked by Beckett in ''At World's End'' as he doesn't bat an eye to anything on the Flying Dutchman and forces Davy Jones to dispose of the Kraken. {{Defied}} by the pirates, who [[spoiler:release Calypso specifically so expansion and progress by man across the seas will be more difficult.]]
-->'''Cutler Beckett:''' This is no longer your world, Jones. The immaterial has become... immaterial.
** In ''On Stranger Tides'', defied by Blackbeard, but invoked by the [[spoiler:Spanish, whose actual goal is to destroy the Fountain of Youth, not use it.]]
* MalignantPlotTumor: Cutler Beckett and the East India Trading Company. The company is more-or-less mentioned in passing in the first film, before becoming much more of a threat in the following two films. By the time ''At World's End'' rolls around, the combined threat of Beckett and Jones was enough to ultimately unite the world's pirate forces, who up until then were crossing and betraying each other on a regular basis.
* MeaningfulEcho: "You are different. Are you not?" Said first by Syrena to Philip when she explains why [[spoiler:she saved him during the mermaid attack]]; later said by Philip to Syrena when he explains [[spoiler:why he came to save her after Blackbeard had tied her up in an attempt to get one of her tears.]]
** Pintel saying "Goodbye, Poppet", and Barbossa saying "Farewell, ''Mrs.'' Turner" as Elizabeth walked away from the crew of the Black Pearl for the final time in ''At World's End'' definitely counts.
* MeaningfulName:
** All three of the main characters have names related to birds: Jack Sparrow and Elizabeth Swann being the most obvious. Will Turner, on the other hand, shares the exact same name as a British scientist who studied birds, much like Film/JamesBond. There's also a seabird called a tern. The missionary in the fourth film also counts- his full name is Philip Swift, and a swift is a songbird.
** Tia Dalma's name is an anagram for Dalmatia, a famous haven for pirates.
** Barbossa's name is rather close to Barbarossa, another famous pirate, and is a mangled version of the Latin for "Beard of Bones".
** 'Norrington' may be (consciously or otherwise) more or less a compound name of [[UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars Nelson]] and [[UsefulNotes/TheDukeOfWellington Wellington]] (both commanders were a little young for this period, but it's close; the character- at least in his first appearance- has had a career more like Admiral Nelson's, but is more like General Wellington in personality.)
** Syrena is Greek for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siren "siren"]] and, in the movie, is pronounced as the Spanish word for mermaid, "sirena." (Could count as a Bilingual Bonus). Which made the Spanish dub sound like "The mermaid's name will be... [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Mermaid]]".
* MembershipToken: In the first film, the cursed gold coins, in the third film, the nine Pieces of Eight.
* MementoMacGuffin:
** The paired set of [[StarCrossedLovers music box/locket]].
** The Aztec gold talisman itself is an OrphansPlotTrinket which Elizabeth takes from Will.
** Bootstrap Bill's knife. It's given to Will [[ItWasAGift as a gift]] from the no-longer-dead Bootstrap.
* MexicanStandoff:
** After rescuing Jack in ''At World's End'', the crew quickly devolves into one of these over who gets the Pearl and who gets the map. Just about every main character starts pointing a pair of pistols at different characters, [[ThoseTwoGuys Pintel and Ragetti]] join in because everyone else is, and pistols change targets about a dozen times over the course of the standoff. Then finally, someone fires... [[spoiler:only for it to fail. Cue everyone pulling their triggers and failing. Turns out that all the guns had gotten waterlogged after the fall off the InevitableWaterfall. That defuses the situation pretty quickly.]]
** Will, Norrington, and Jack over the Dead Man's Chest.
** Jack, Angelica, and Scrum over the [[spoiler:mermaid's tear.]]
* MixAndMatchCritters: Davy Jones's fishy crew.
* MobileShrubbery: One rather successful instance with a canoe, and another much less successful one with a potted plant.
* MoreDakka: The ''Dauntless'' and the ''Endeavour'' bristle with around 100 guns. After all, they are classed as first-rate ships-of-the-line - the navy's most powerful warship class.
** In the final scene where Beckett commands an attack against the Black Pearl, see the ''Endeavour's'' massive array of guns (as the ship sails by) and ''be scared''. Too bad its commander didn't return fire even when he knew he had the upper hand in armament.
** The ''Flying Dutchman'' has a ''very heavy'' armament for a standard Fluyt (the ship it's based on), mounting ''36 pounders'' (very few warships carried guns that big). Of course, her triple guns add to this trope.
* TheMountainsOfIllinois:
** Port Royal was not built on a cliff. Jamaica has plenty of cliffs, but not anywhere near the site of Port Royal.
** Singapore isn't mountainous.
** My the waterfalls and mountains of the Florida Everglades are beautiful. Here's what the place [[http://www.destination360.com/north-america/us/florida/images/s/florida-everglades.jpg really]] [[http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3275/2297266934_ef2b86f983.jpg looks]] [[http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/SouthFlorida/images/everglades.JPG like]].
* MrFanservice: Pretty much the entire male cast, excepting perhaps some of the minor characters.
* TheMutiny:
** Several instances, most importantly the pre-''Curse of the Black Pearl'' one which cost Sparrow his ''Black Pearl''.
** In ''On Stranger Tides'', Jack attempts to incite a mutiny aboard the ''Queen Anne's Revenge''. After this insurrection fails spectacularly, Jack claimed he did it just to gain an audience with the until-then-unseen Blackbeard.
* MythologyGag: When Jack and Barbossa find Ponce, he's a skeleton lying on a bed surrounded by treasure examining a jewel with a magnifying glass, reminiscent of the [[spoiler:Captain's Quarters in the introduction segment of the original ride.]]
** In the first film, when Jack is captured by the Port Royal guards and is undergoing his HeroicBSOD in his jail cell, a group of recently-detained pirates are trying to coax the guard dog into giving them the keys. Jack, in a gloriously [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] allusion to the original ride, tries to convince the pirates to give up. In the following exchange, however, we can see that it has no effect whatsoever:
-->'''Jack:''' You can keep doing that forever, that dog is '''''never''''' going to move.\\
'''RedShirt Pirate #1:''' Well, excuse ''me'' if we haven't resigned ourselves to the gallows just yet.\\
''(Jack leans his head back, smirking from ear to ear)''
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* NauticalKnockout: Jack intentionally does this to Will in the first movie.
* NiceHat: Apparently, the only way to be a truly badass {{Pirate}} is to have a ''really'' nice hat.
** Jack's hat is one of his most important possessions, to the point of being a plot point in the second movie (see the main entry for details).
** Jack seals a deal with his AffablyEvil LargeHam nemesis with an offer of... well, which trope are we talking about, here? It's even what Jack uses to [[IncrediblyLamePun cap]] off the deal. It works in lieu of 25% of Jack's loot.
** Will gets a {{Swashbuckler}} hat with a really gigantic feather at the end of the first film, which gets in Jack's face as he attempts to escape, prompting Jack to declare, "Will... nice hat!" as his parting adieu.
** Barbossa loses his NiceHat when he becomes a privateer, but gets a new one when he reverts to being a true pirate (as he'd probably intended to from the start).
** Davy Jones's hat curves up into little devil horns, making his silhouette even scarier.
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished:
** Jack is recaptured because he enlisted the Navy's help to save Will. And in a karmic turnabout, Norrington decides that this is unjust, gives him a MercyLead after the first movie's over, and loses his ship and his commission because of it. ''Man''.
** Philip the Missionary, the only '''unambiguously''' good and decent human being in the entire fourth movie, is basically the plot's punching bag, firmly setting the deeply-cynical tone of the film and the (supposed) new trilogy.
* NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine:
** Barbossa's hospitality to his captive, Elizabeth, in the first movie.
** Barbossa to Jack in the first movie.
-->'''Barbossa:''' "Gents, you all remember Captain Jack Sparrow! ... Kill him."
** ''At World's End'' features Beckett and Will having tea together to discuss alliances, with Davy Jones [[DidYouJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu spoiling the mood]].
** Played with during Jack Sparrow's audience with the king in the fourth movie.
* NoodleImplements:
** To [[spoiler:get the ship out from the bottle]] in ''On Stranger Tides'', Jack will need: "a crossbow, an hourglass, three goats, and one of us will need to learn to play the trumpet, and the other will need to do this (wiggles fingers)".
* NoodleIncident:
** "Clearly you have never been to Singapore."
** Just what sort of run-in are Beckett and Jack referring to, when they talk about "each leaving his mark on the other"? We do know how Beckett marked Jack; Cutler made the above statement whilst displaying the metal 'P' he used to brand Jack as a pirate. Sparrow's mark on Beckett, however, was never explained- the look on Beckett's face when Will asked about it suggests it's a touchy subject. (See the WMG list for a couple fan theories.)
** The "trick we perfected in new Guinea" Gibbs uses to take care of the guards on board the ''Queen Anne's Revenge'' in ''On Stranger Tides''.
** Jack has a conspicuous new scar in ''On Stranger Tides''; [[XMarksTheHero a small red X on his right cheekbone.]] Such a distinct shape suggests a deliberate infliction, but no explanation is given for it.
** "What were you doing in a Spanish convent?"
*** He mistook it for a brothel. It was a usual practice for some Spanish kings (namely Philip III and Philip IV) to send their former lovers to convents once they got them pregnant. So, it was not so strange to find some hot women in convents.
*** Not just royal mistresses- it was a valid way of getting rid of any unmarried woman who had somehow disgraced herself. They also sometimes incorporated [[CatholicSchoolGirlsRule girls' schools.]]
** "... And then they made me their chief."
** "... impersonating a clergyman of the Church of England..."
* NotSoSafeHarbor:
** Port Royal
** Tortuga
** Shipwreck Cove
* OhCrap:
** In ''Curse of the Black Pearl'', Barbossa's expression upon realising he's about to die is pretty comical, if you're in a cruel mood ("I feel... cold.")
** When Jack finds himself surrounded by hungry natives in ''Dead Man's Chest'', he gives a dry, "Oh, bugger."
** Likewise, Bootstrap's realizing that he was fighting over control of the mooring line with his son upon the ''Flying Dutchman''.
** Jack's reaction upon seeing the ''Flying Dutchman'''s guns:
-->'''Jack:''' ... Hardtostarboard...\\
'''Elizabeth:''' '''''HARD TO STARBOARD!!'''''
** A minor example, but just ''watch'' Jack's expression change during ''At World's End'' when Barbossa calls for Captain Teague.
** In ''On Stranger Tides'', the mutineers when Blackbeard makes his appearance.
** When Jack Sparrow looks out at the water to see a massive swarm of mermaids swimming towards everyone.
** Blackbeard upon being told [[spoiler:he drank from the wrong chalice.]]
* OnceAnEpisode: Every movie has a [[TheStinger stinger]] and mentions parley.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness:
** Towards the end of the first movie when Jack [[spoiler:shoots Barbossa]] and Barbossa thinks that [[spoiler:Jack wasted his shot]]. Clever viewers can tell from Jack's cold, steely glare that this is not the case; it's the one time in the entire movie that he's not doing something eccentric.
** Speaking of Jack acting OOC; it can be hard to tell what is and isn't out of character for [[TheUnfettered a guy whose methods are so mercurial]]. The only certainty is that ''anything'' he does is (virtually) always with the ultimate goal of [[WildCard furthering his own interests.]]
-->'''Elizabeth:''' ''Whose side is Jack on?''\\
'''Will:''' ''At the moment?''
** Jack gets one at the climax of ''At World's End'' when Jones [[spoiler:stabs Will through the heart]] and Jack, who has has his self-serving objective ''literally'' in the palm of his hand, goes from cruelly gloating over his imminent victory to looking mind-screwed by despair, almost [[HeroicBSOD HBSODing]]. It's brief, but is big enough to make his sacrifice afterward make perfect sense without hefty foreshadowing.
* OrderVersusChaos: In the first movie, there is no particular moral component to the sides -- the three major players are the ruthless Barbossa, the largely self-interested Jack and [[InspectorJavert Norrington]], while Will and Elizabeth are mostly neutral. The second and third movie side more fully with Chaos, as all the protagonists become fairly chaotic, while the role as main villain is taken over by [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Cutler Becket]].
* OrphansPlotTrinket: The Aztec gold piece and Bootstrap's carving knife are both taken from Will who kept them as [[MementoMacguffin mementos]] from his left-for-(un)dead father. Their ultimate purpose becomes HarsherInHindsight.
* OutlawTown: Shipwreck and Dry Tortugas
* PhraseCatcher: "Sea Turtles".
* PimpedOutDress:
** Elizabeth ends up in a few in the first couple films, given her position. (What a shame that so many of those pretty frocks met untimely ends.)
** In ''On Stranger Tides'', [[CoolOldLady Judi Dench's]] gown. With cleavage. She's 75, the cleavage is still lovely.
* PinballProtagonist: Jack Sparrow falls into this in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides'' and ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMenTellNoTales''. Whereas in the previous three movies he had been a proactive character whose agenda helped drive the plot, here he's unwillingly dragged along on adventures that mostly center around other people, with there being nothing for him to gain in the end.
* PirateKing: Who actually rules over all the pirates on all the seas in the world. The position itself is chosen by vote (and being pirates, all of them [[ItsAllAboutMe vote for themselves...]]), and [[spoiler: Elizabeth Swann]] was voted by Sparrow and [[spoiler:her]]self, breaking the tie and becoming the Pirate King in the third movie.
* The film ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'' puts its central character's claim right in the title.
* PirateParrot: and ''[[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys monkey]]'' too. Then they [[UpToEleven join forces]] to [[TheyFightCrime defeat evil]] [[StuffBlowingUp using explosives]].
* {{Pirates}}: Take a wild guess.
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: ''Inverted''. Elizabeth gets into all sorts of trouble throughout the trilogy for forgetting that most of the people she hangs out with (a) are not particularly nice, (b) want to get paid, and (c) have no interest in fighting or dying in a noble fashion because of (a) & (b).
* ThePlan
** It's lampshaded in the third movie that a major part of Jack's mystique is if he [[GambitRoulette somehow plans every detail in advance]] or [[IndyPloy just wings it]].
** It can be argued that the entire third movie is [[GambitPileup a series of interlocking plans]], because although all of the plans (except Jack's) are straightforward, they interact in unexpected ways.
** The wild shifting is lampshaded in ''On Stranger Tides''.
* PlotArmor:
** Barbossa is killed, but by the next movie is BackFromTheDead.
** Of course when Jack is killed off and the sequel was inevitable, they had no intention of killing off their fan favorite character.
* PlotCoupon: You need the [[TreasureMap map]]... To get the key... to open the chest... to stab the [[BeatStillMyHeart heart]]... with the [[ItMayHelpYouOnYourQuest knife]] [[MementoMacguffin your old man]] [[ItWasAGift gave you]] ([[ItMayHelpYouOnYourQuest you hope]]).
* PluckyComicRelief: Pintel and Ragetti.
** And to a lesser extent [[ThoseTwoGuys Mullroy and Murtogg]].
* PollyWantsAMicrophone: Mr. Cotton's pet parrot (actually a macaw) doesn't just talk; it speaks on behalf of its owner. See VoiceForTheVoiceless.
* PortTown:
** Port Royal
** Tortuga
* PowerWalk:
** A particularly badass one occurs in the third movie, as Jack, Elizabeth and Barbossa approach the Parlay.
** Barbossa's crew manages an [[WalkDontSwim even more badass one]] in the first movie, when they walk along the bottom of the sea to ambush the ''Dauntless''.
** Barbossa himself does it walking to [[spoiler:his new ship, ''Queen Anne's Revenge''.]] With a peg leg to boot!
* PowerUpgradingDeformation: What happened to Davey Jones and his crew aboard the Dutchman for neglecting their duties.
* PrimaryColorChampion: Although he's more of a AntiHero, Jack wears a blue waistcoat and a red bandana, while his arch-nemesis Barbossa wears an orange-brown waistcoat and a green bandana.
* {{Privateer}}:
** In ''Dead Man's Chest'', Cutler Beckett sends Will to offer Jack Sparrow a Letter of Marque in exchange for his compass.
** Barbossa becomes one in ''On Stranger Tides'', after [[spoiler:encountering Blackbeard, who deprives him of both the ''Black Pearl'' and his leg. He "sold out" to the Crown only to get a chance to make even with his nemesis, and he tears his letter of marque at the end.]]
* {{Psychopomp}}: the role of the ''Flying Dutchman'' and her crew is to be TheFerryman to whose who have died at sea.
* PublicExecution:
** What Will rescues Jack from at the end of the first movie.
** The third film starts out with a mass public hanging of citizens thought to be involved with pirates, notably including a young boy amongst the victims. He has to stand on a barrel to be tall enough for the noose.
** Bunches of people show up for the trial and (presumed) subsequent hanging of one Captain Jack Sparrow in the opening of ''On Stranger Tides''.
* RageJudo: Captain Jack Sparrow, naturally.
* RapePillageAndBurn: The pillage and burn parts, at least; no raping takes place -- these are Disney movies, after all.
* RealityEnsues:
** The first film ends with Will Turner making a daring broad-daylight rescue of Jack Sparrow as he's about to be hanged. The second film opens with Will Turner being arrested for it.
** Early in the third film, Will tries to make a secret deal with Sao Feng. Knowing that Will would be double-crossing both Barbossa and Jack by doing so, Sao Feng's immediate response is to ask why he shouldn't expect to be betrayed as well.
* RecurringRiff: The melody that Davy Jones plays on his organ, and that his and Tia Dalma's music boxes' plays, returns as the melody to "Hoist the Colours".
* {{Red Shirt}}s: {{Incredibly Lame Pun}}s aside, you can write off nearly every English sailor and soldier that appears, even officers and characters with speaking parts. In fact, starting from Dead Man's Chest near any seafaring character who isn't one of the main eight or nine major characters is liable to be dead by the end of whatever movie they're in.
* RedShirtArmy: The crew of the Back Pearl - especially in "Dead Man's Chest" (where the entire crew is killed except for the same handful of people ''twice''), but continued onward in "At World's End." At least twice (the ends of the third and fourth movies) these two trends coincide and the surviving British join the surviving pirates, but towards the ends of every movie the pirate crews are usually so diminished they should be unable to sail their vessels. This is lampshaded in "Dead Man's Chest" while Will is leading the crew to escape a deadly situation.
--> '''Will:''' "Come on! We'll need all hands to man the Pearl!"
--> '''Crewman:''' "Actually, you won't need everyone! About six will do." (immediately after, the crewman and everyone but six of the crew is killed all at once).
%%* RefugeInAudacity: Most of what Jack Sparrow does.
%%** Most of the humor derived from the Pirate Court scene in ''At World's End''.
* RiddleForTheAges: Mr. Cotton's parrot.
-->'''Jack:''' Answer, man!
-->'''Gibbs:''' He's a mute, sir. Poor devil had his tongue cut out. So he's trained the parrot [[VoiceForTheVoiceless to talk for him]]. No one's yet figured ''how''.
%%* RightUnderTheirNoses
* [[RollYourRs Roll Your Arrrrs-ah]]:
** Davy Jones.
** Captain Barbossa does this as well especially in his [[HamToHamCombat Hamoff]] against Jack Sparrow.
-->'''Barbossa:''' What ARRR you doing?\\
'''Sparrow:''' What are ''you'' doing?\\
'''Barbossa:''' No, what ''AAAHHRRR'' you doing!?
* RunningGag:
** "Sea turtles, mate."
** *slap* "Not sure I deserved that."/"I probably deserved that."[[note]]In ''At World's End'', Jack then slaps ''Gibbs'', who sighs and shrugs as if to say, "Yes, I deserved that."[[/note]]
** "You will always remember this as the day you..."
** Eunuch.
** The rum.
** The dog with the keys.
** "Parley"
* SadlyMythtaken: Tons of examples, but mostly because the real legends behind the series' plotlines are tossed aside in favor of the RuleOfCool.
* SailorsPonytail: Most sailors and pirates sports a ponytail that is often worn by swashbucklers.
* SavagePiercings: The tribe that captures Jack in ''Dead Man's Chest'' and Blackbeard's zombies in ''On Stranger Tides''.
* ScoundrelCode: The Pirates' Code (Or [[AltumVidetur Pirata Codex]]) is one that governs the relations of pirates. For instance, if someone says "parley" you have to take them to your captain alive. However, there are a number of caveats to this code.
** You have to ''be'' a pirate in order for the code to apply to you.
** "The code's more like guidelines, than lateral rules."
** Is Captain Teague within hearing distance? If he is, then obey the code or [[JudgeJuryAndExecutioner he will shoot you without hesitation and neither your captain or mates will complain about it.]]
* SequelEscalation: The second and particularly the third movie featured more and more insanely over-the-top CGI and action sequences, epic plotlines and $300-million budgets. The fourth movie, however, was intentionally scaled back, returning to the more modest and character-driven style of the first film.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Played with in Jack's/Barbossa's crew; all of them speak like this, including the captains themselves, but it doesn't always indicate intelligence.
-->'''Barbossa:''' I am disinclined to acquiesce to your request. ''({{beat}})'' Means no.
* ShoutOut: Has [[ShoutOut/PiratesOfTheCaribbean its own page]].
* ShroudedInMyth:
** Barbossa in the first film.
** Davy Jones in the second film.
** Calypso in the third film.
** Blackbeard in the fourth film.
** Jack Sparrow's past. Including the [[JustSoStory sea turtles]]... his past relationships with [[NoodleIncident Beckett]] and Tia Dalma... and raising the ''Black Pearl'' from a [[DealWithTheDevil watery grave]].
** At times, this is subverted:
-->'''Imprisoned Pirate:''' The ''Black Pearl'' has been stalking these waters for nearly ten years. Leaves no survivors!\\
'''Jack:''' No survivors? Then where do the stories come from, I wonder?
* SlashFic: At one point the number of hits on Google for "Sparrabeth", "Willabeth" and "Norrabeth" combined were less than the number of hits for [[FoeYay "Sparrington"]].
* SlidingScaleOfAntagonistVileness: Barbossa is AffablyEvil, Davy Jones is WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds, Beckett and Blackbeard are monsters.
* SoLongSuckers: Jack's famous line "You will always remember this as the day you almost caught Captain Jack Sparrow", and nicely lampshaded in the end.
** [[PlayingWithATrope Toyed with]] near the beginning of the second movie.
-->'''Jack:''' (hanging from the side of his ship) "You will always remember this as the day that you ''almost''-" *gets drenched by an unusually high wave* "...Cap'n Jack Sparrow."
* SortingAlgorithmOfVillainThreat: Barbossa < Jones < Beckett.
** Broken with Blackbeard.
* SpinoffBabies: Disney has been publishing a line of pre-teen-orientated novels about Jack's teenage years since 2006.
* SpitShine: Ragetti does this with his wooden eye a couple times. Later on, Barbossa gives the thing a ''really'' good slurp and shoves it back into Ragetti's empty socket. The poor man looks terrified.
* StealthPun: Davy Jones's heart was locked in a locker... which can also be called a [[spoiler:chest—''his'' chest]].
* TheStinger: All five films feature an extra scene after the final credits.
* StrollingThroughTheChaos: [[spoiler:Lord Cutler Beckett]]'s death scene in the third movie was very much the serious version. He's walking down the stairs, which are blowing up behind him with chunks of wood flying around, when he finally dies.
** Jack does this in the second movie. After the fight starts, the man starts wandering aimlessly through the pub, randomly trying on people's hats to replace the one he lost at the beginning of the movie. He narrowly avoids getting injured in some spectacularly funny ways (such as ducking to get a dropped hat off the floor and avoiding a flying bottle that smashes on the wall above him).
* StupidStatementDanceMix:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JImcvtJzIK8 "Why is the rum gone?"]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRcj6CAhe7s "I've got a jar of dirt!"]]
* SummerBlockbuster: The whole franchise, with the 2nd and 4th becoming two of only a handful of films to cross the Billion-dollar mark, making this franchise the first to have more than one movie to have earned a Billion worldwide.
* TalkingYourWayOut: What ''can't'' Jack bribe, negotiate, trick or otherwise "parley" his way out of? Thanks to Elizabeth, [[spoiler:a kraken's lunch menu, apparently.]]
* TalkLikeAPirate: Barbossa and Blackbeard in particular.
* ThoseTwoGuys: In two flavors! [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Pirate]] ''and'' Navy!
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Barbossa and apples.
* UnrequitedLove: Norrington = StuffyBrit. Will = Orlando Bloom. Hmm... time to [[GrowingTheBeard grow a beard]].
* UptownGirl: The first three films have Elizabeth Swann (the Governor's daughter) and Will Turner (blacksmith's apprentice).
* VillainousBSOD:
** Davey Jones tried to avoid this by [[BeatStillMyHeart removing his heart]].
** Beckett has a brilliantly-executed villainous BSOD in the third movie, walking down from the quarterdeck in slow motion while his ship is being shot to pieces around him, saying his CatchPhrase: "It's just...good business..."
** Barbossa's in the first movie is nicely understated. The apple may be a bit much, though.
** [[spoiler:Blackbeard when Jack reveals that he gave the the chalice with the mermaid's tear to Angelica instead of him.]]
* VillainDecay: Davy Jones, the most feared being of the seven seas, is (somewhat awkwardly for him, at least) demoted to TheDragon to the stuffed-shirt, civilized Brits in the third film by their possession of his heart, who unaccountably maintain their insistence in the triumph of reason over superstition while ordering Jones around. He gets his thunder back at the climax though- a fair bit of the final battle is him [[KickTheDog Kicking Dogs]], being badass, or a combination thereof.
** Barbossa, sort of. Very intentional in the fourth movie, although [[spoiler:undone by the end of the film, which sees him return to his proper badassery.]]
* VisualPun: In the first movie, Jack is attempting to pick a lock with a bone. It's a skeleton key.
** And in the third, Davy Jones's Locker is filled with crustaceans that normally appear as stones, or in other words, "Rock Crabs".
* VitriolicBestBuds: Jack Sparrow and Will Turner.
** Jack and Barbossa begin to show shades of this in ''On Stranger Tides''.
* VoiceForTheVoiceless: The pirate Cotton had his tongue cut out, so he taught his parrot to speak for him. It speaks entirely in nautical StockPhrases, though, so the pirates then have to interpret what the parrot says. Gibbs mentions that "nobody's yet figured how" he taught the parrot to do that in the first place.
* WeNamedTheMonkeyJack: {{Trope Namer|s}}. Barbossa reveals they named their undead pet monkey Jack as a joke on the real Jack.
-->'''Barbossa:''' ''[takes medallion from the monkey]'' Why thank you, Jack. Not you, we named the monkey 'Jack'.
* WeaponStomp: In ''Dead Man's Chest'', [[spoiler:Elizabeth goes for the rifle, only for Jack to stomp on it. He then kicks it up so he could be the one to fire it.]] Norrington also did this with one of Davy Jones's {{Mooks}}.
** Also done in ''On Stranger Tides'' during Jack's attempted mutiny, which fails regardless.
* WhamLine:
** From ''Curse Of The Black Pearl'': "You'd best start believin' in ghost stories, Miss Turner. Yer ''in'' one!"
** [[spoiler:'''Elizabeth''': (''after kissing Jack'') "It's you ''(the Kraken)'' wants, don't you see?" She then proceeds to chain him to ship so he can't run away.]]
** A rare example of a ''closing'' Wham Line: [[spoiler: "So tell me, what's become of my ship?"]]
** [[spoiler:When called upon to cast his vote for the Pirate King, after all the others have voted for themselves, as expected, Jack hesitates for a moment and answers: "Elizabeth Swann." Elizabeth is shocked, and the other Pirate Lords are not very happy with Jack.]]
** [[spoiler:[[IronicEcho "The Dutchman must have a captain."]]]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Zoe Saldana (Anamaria) was unable to resume her role in the second film, but her character's disappearance was never explained to ever-wondering viewers. See the WMG list for a couple theories.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever:
** Stabbing Davy Jones's heart will make the person who did it become immortal. Will wants to do this, which is bad in his father's eyes as he will choose his fiancée over his father. Not to mention the whole step on land once every 10 years, and having to ferry souls to the afterlife or be turned into a fishman. Teague knows his son well enough to realize this is part of what Jack's planning, and gives him hell about it.
--->It's not just about living forever, Jackie. The trick is living with yourself forever.
** In the fourth film [[spoiler:it turns out that Blackbeard is the '''only''' character who honestly wants the Fountain's promised immortality for himself. Angelica wants it for him to prolong her time with her father; the Spanish want to destroy the Fountain, to protect God's exclusive right to dispense eternal life; King George's men, not realizing this, want to stop the Spanish king from claiming immortality; and Barbossa really only wants revenge on Blackbeard. Even ''Jack'' decides he'd really rather be ''remembered'' forever than actually live that long.]]
--->'''Jack:''' Oh, it's a pirate's life for me. Savvy?
** Barbossa and his men had this in spades in the first film. {{Justified}} because their cursed state made them live forever, but prevented them from experiencing any of the pleasures of being alive. (They couldn't eat, drink, feel the breeze, etc.) That'd be a pretty lousy way to spend eternity.
** In deleted scenes from the first, Jack is the last immortal pirate cursed by the Aztec gold, but unlike Barbossa and his mutinous crew, ''[[CursedWithAwesome actually starts to enjoy]]'' the gods' curse. It's only after contemplating that his immortality would make life utterly mundane and have no challenge, that he reluctantly undoes his curse.
%%* WillTheyOrWontThey
* WomanScorned:
** [[spoiler:Calypso]] in ''At World's End''.
** Angelica in ''On Stranger Tides'', whom Jack seduced in the past and then left behind. [[spoiler:Things don't get any better when Jack uses the chalices to give a dying Angelica immortality rather than her father Blackbeard--whose life is sacrificed for hers--and then maroons her on an island with nothing but a pistol with a single bullet.]]
* WoodenShipsAndIronMen: At least as far as visual aesthetics go.
* WorldOfHam: Aside from [[DullSurprise Orlando Bloom]] and [[KnightOfCerebus Blackbeard]], everyone is hamming up accordingly to such a project.
** And even they have their moments.
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* WretchedHive: Tortuga.
* XanatosGambit: two straight examples: Jack Sparrow allowed himself to be shackled in the first movie so he could use them to take Elizabeth hostage: Either they let him escape or she becomes a distraction for his escape. Then taking one of the Azetc coins: Barbossa can no longer win because he himself cannot be killed, but once Will dispells the curse, he can finish Barbossa off with his pistol.
* XanatosSpeedChess: '''''Jack.''''' Although, how much of it he actually plans is up to personal interpretation.
** In the first film, the ''second'' he learns Will's full name, he takes about five seconds to make the plan to kill Barbossa. And throughout the entire film, he has to constantly adjust, re-adjust, and re-re-adjust his plans to account for Will [[SpannerInTheWorks screwing things up.]]
** The Brethren Court meeting is a game of Gambit Speed Chess between Barbossa and Jack using whatever resources they have, culminating in the climax of the film.
* YouFightLikeACow: Almost every fight scene. "You're not a eunuch, are you?"
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* AbsentMindedProfessor: Dr. Diggins
in ''Pirates of the Caribbean'':
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first game, Professor Scatterly in ''Champions''.
* AbnormalAmmo: AbsurdlyLowLevelCap: In the first movie, after tossing most of their cannonballs and excess weight overboard in a failed attempt to lighten the ''Interceptor'' and evade the ''Black Pearl'' in shallower waters, Will orders the crew to load their cannons with "everything ... anything we have left". This is known as "langridge", a [[TruthInTelevision real combat tactic]] utilizing whatever nails, screws, chunks of wood, broken glass, and other useless bits are left over after fixing and maintaining a ship. Mister Gibbs even uses the term. (Usually game, it's what set surprisingly low at just twelve, and you did when can get as high as rank eight by fossil cleaning alone (''ten'' if you get a full set of rare red fossils). The second game ups the cap to 20, though viviosaurs gain stats more slowly to go with it.
* AcceptableHobbyTargets: InUniverse. The three commanders of the Barebones Brigade? They're a hipster, a hippie, and a metalhead. The game especially has fun taking potshots at Cole, the hipster, and Todd remarks that it's no wonder everyone was so terrified of him.
** [[spoiler: It's later {{deconstructed}}. The fact that they were such acceptable targets meant [[FriendlessBackground no one
wanted to take out the other guys but keep their ship). Ammunition specially designed have anything to do this is called "grape shot", and consists of many, many tiny iron balls. Although using [[spoiler:an undead monkey]] as ammo may have been pushing the trope beyond TruthInTelevision. And at several points throughout the films, two cannonballs chained together are. This is TruthInTelevision as well, as chain shot was designed to cripple a ship by doing a merry number on its rigging or even the mast. Barbossa grabs a set before making port in ''At World's End'' to use as a gavel calling the Brethren Court to order.
* ActionGirl: Elizabeth Swann and Angelica. Played
with in them]], meaning they desperately attached themselves to the first movie when Elizabeth tries charismatic figure who appeared to grab a sword to fight off Pintel them and Ragetti and had no trouble [[WhosLaughingNow turning on those who mocked them]]. But it's also why, despite the fact that they were used, they can't pull it out of the decoration it's built into. But by ''Dead Man's Chest'', she's all about this trope.
* AdaptationExpansion: Based on a theme park ride that had no story or characters
stay mad at said figure--they know he tried to speak of, albeit a [[CultClassic fan favorite]] theme park ride that's been popular since the '60s. It has since become a case of recursive adaptation: the ride now features Captain Jack Sparrow.
* AdaptationalHeroism: The pirates. Real pirates were (and still are) murderers, rapists, thieves,
do what he thought was right, and sadists who wanted to take their life of crime to the lawlessness of the sea where they were harder to pursue. In the franchise, Pirates tend to be some sort ecstatic that they'd been shown ''any'' [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe kindness at all]].]]
* AdventurerArchaeologist: Nevada Montecarlo, who is a DarkSkinnedRedhead version
of freedom fighters.
* AgentPeacock: Jack Sparrow.
* AlasPoorVillain: All the {{Big Bad}}s meet their end with sympathetic FamousLastWords.
-->'''Barbossa:''' I feel...cold.\\
'''Davy Jones:''' Calypso...\\
'''Beckett:''' It's just.. good business.
[[Franchise/TombRaider Lara Croft]] (with Franchise/IndianaJones' whip).
** Less so with [[spoiler: Blackbeard]] ''Champions'' has an even more direct CaptainErsatz of Franchise/IndianaJones called Joe Wildwest.
* AllNaturalGemPolish: Everything you find
in the fourth film [[spoiler: thanks mainly to his KarmicDeath]], but there is the sad music playing and him trying to reach the one person who cares about him as he withers away...
** Completely averted with [[spoiler: Salazar]] in the fifth film, as it's [[spoiler: Barbossa's death at the same time that is treated as sad.
Jewel Rocks.
* AncientAstronauts: [[spoiler:The dinaurians.
]]
* AllMythsAreTrue: All pirate myths at least. WordOfGod says that the AndYourRewardIsClothes: The first two games include a series is set in a sort of mythological Earth, where all of the sea's urban legends are real.
* AllTakeAndNoGive: "Take what you can!" "Give nothing back!"
* AllThereInTheManual: Lt. Groves was not named in canon until ''On Stranger Tides'' and either was confirmed to have
masks that name either in the credits or by his actor. A lot of MagicAIsMagicA is explained AllThereInTheManual by the writers as well.
* AnachronismStew: Too many to list completely, but here's a quick rundown:
** First film: 17th-century curled wigs, 18th-century panniered skirts, 19th-century teacups and, strangely, the young Elizabeth saying "okay"![[note]] "Okay" is older than many people think -- there are arguably recorded uses as early as 1790 -- but that's still fifty years after the film is set.[[/note]] Elizabeth's corset, while women wore garments that looked like that, would have been technologically impossible to tie so tight it made her ill (no whaleboning yet
your character can collect and without steel eyelets the lace-holes would have torn when she sat down). Oh, and [[DoomedHometown Port Royal was destroyed in an earthquake]] in 1692 (and subsequently rebuilt, but not as the bustling metropolis seen in the movies). And it wasn't a clean, proper little English town. (A deleted scene reveals their Port Royal is only civilized wear.
* AgentPeacock: Ryne
from the sheltered, upper-class perspective.)
** Second film: Lord Cutler Beckett's flagship ''HMS Endeavour''.
** Third film: Until
''Champions'' DLC. He wears the mid-early 19th century Singapore was a fairly minor fishing village. There's a teddy bear at the end; they weren't introduced until the 20th century.
** Fourth film: The Navy vessel bears the current Union Flag (with a red saltire for Ireland), which was not used until 1801 (when the Kingdom of Ireland joined the Union). This is particularly odd, since the first movie(set several years earlier) used the correct flag. The appearance of King George II sets the film no later than 1760. The fleet also uses the Blue Ensign, which denotes Atlantic, Pacific and East Indies stations. The correct flag would be the Red Ensign, which denotes West Indies. Also it features Blackbeard as a pirate and Barbossa as a British privateer. Blackbeard didn't become a pirate until after Britain outlawed the practice of privateering.
* AnimalThemeNaming: Present
only pink Brigade suit in the leads- Jack ''Sparrow'', Elizabeth ''Swann''. "Will Turner" is a bit more obscure, but game and draws attention to himself because of it. But he is also the name of a real-life English ornithologist, and a tern is a seabird. The missionary in the fourth film is named Philip ''Swift''.
* ArcWords:
** "Pirate!"
** "Leverage."
** "Parley!"
** "Bloody pirates."
** "Hoist the colours."
** [[MadnessMantra "Part of the crew, part of the ship."]]
** "The ''Dutchman'' must always have a captain."
** "A touch...of destiny."
** "Mermaids are tough."
** "Stick to the code."
** "Savvy?"
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
-->'''Jack: '''Shoot him, cut out his tongue, then shoot his tongue. And trim that scraggly beard.
** "... [[TheLongList arson; kidnapping; perjury; piracy; pilfering; depravity, general lawlessness ... impersonating an officer of the Royal navy; impersonating a cleric of the Church of England]]..."
*** A bit of ShownTheirWork -- the 'jaywalking' elements really ''were'' hanging crimes at the time, part of what was referred to as the 'Bloody Code'. ('Impersonating a cleric' ''sounds'' harmless, but it was the basis of scams like fraudulent marriage and bogus charity collecting. Clergymen also had a certain amount of legal immunity, which some men would falsely claim for.) Furthermore, impersonating a cleric of the Catholic Church remains an offense incurring automatic excommunication to this day, on the grounds that doing so maliciously endangers the souls of others with invalid Confessions and Communions.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Ragetti's false eye shouldn't be able to move along with his real one. On the other hand: [[AWizardDidIt magic]].
* ArtisticLicenseShips: The amount of this in the films could fill a small book. A quick rundown:
** Jack Sparrow's rapidly sinking dinghy at the start of the
first film is impossible. Even if a ship could be uniformly sunk like that, its momentum would certainly tip it forward.
** The stunt with the upturned boat in the first film would not work. While you could overturn a boat and float it across the water, you could not drag it underwater like a poor-man's submarine unless you were both inhumanly strong and incredibly ''heavy''.
** Neither the ''Dauntless'' nor the ''Interceptor'' in the first film could be crewed by only two men in real life even once they are under sail. Lt Gillette even specifically mentions this in relation to the ''Dauntless'' when Jack and Will are trying to steal it, though it's still treated as if they'll be fine as long as someone does the work for them, when they most certainly would not.
** The HMS ''Endeavour'' is shown as being overwhelmed by two frigates. In reality, a first-rate ship-of-the-line like the ''Endeavour'' could turn both into matchsticks with ease (aside from the fact that one of the frigates is an unsinkable GhostShip), even if they attacked at once. This example, however, is justified; the ''Endeavour'' did not shoot back because Beckett was too deep in his VillainousBreakdown to react and his underlings lacked the presence of mind to respond until the ''Endeavour'' was already finished.
** Full-rigged sailing ships cannot be steered simply by spinning the wheel like a car. It takes a lot of trimming of sails, etc. for even a small course change. Though the memorable scene where Jack sweeps Will off the deck with the ''Interceptor'''s boom shows at least some awareness of how the helm actually works (The boom itself would have stayed in the same place- it's the rest of the ship that's turned. Allegedly.).
** The Maelstrom Battle in its entirety, but at least the ''Dutchman'' has the excuse of being magic. The ''Pearl'' would have filled with water and sunk with its gunports open. Of course, given the ''Pearl'' itself was raised by the ''Dutchman'' and impossibly fast for its size, one could charitably use AWizardDidIt as an excuse for both.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: No one would simply have hanged captured pirates without a semblance of a trial, such as at the beginning of the third film[[note]]Unless there were mass kangaroo courts held in Port Royal...[[/note]].
* AwesomeMcCoolName: Captain Jack Sparrow
* AnAxeToGrind
* AttentionWhore: Jack.
* BackFromTheDead: Nearly every major
character in the series has been killed at franchise to actually make his own Vivosaur, discounting [[spoiler: Zongazonga and his [[PurpleIsTheNewBlack purple evil]] zombiesaurs. [[WordSchmord Magic shmagic.]] [[MemeticMutation Booo!]]]]
* AmbiguouslyGay: Cole in ''Champions''. It's hard to tell which parts of his campness just come from his obsession with fashion, and which parts come from... somewhere else.
* AnnouncerChatter: In the first two games, the two announcers like to prattle on with each other about nonsensical things only tangentially related to the battles taking place.
* AntiFrustrationFeatures: ''Frontier'' cleans up
some point, but Barbossa, Jack, and Will are the ones who get to come back from their deaths. See KilledOffForReal below for the ones that didn't.
-->'''Jack:''' Four of you've tried to kill me! One of you succeeded.
* BadGuyBar: [[WretchedHive Tortuga]] and the Captain's Daughter. {{Inverted|Trope}} in that pirates are the good...er...not-so-bad guys in this world.
* BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork: The crew
of the Dutchman issues with finding fossils in the wake of [[spoiler:Norrington's HeroicSacrifice]] as Elizabeth's crew makes their getaway. And in ''On Stranger Tides'' by field; identifying fossils on sight and allowing immediate excavations, rather than requiring the Spanish navy [[spoiler:with player to haul an entire inventory back to base before they even know what they have. Vivosaurs can also be revived from any fossils, not just the intention to ''destroy'' heads.
* ArtEvolution: ''Champions'' featured a much more detailed, and more {{Animesque}}, art style than
the Fountain of Youth.original's more cartoony look.
** ArtShift: [[spoiler: Rosie's icon in ''Champions'' is in the same style as the first game, making her stand out next to the anime-style characters from the second game.
]]
* BaitAndSwitchGunshot:
** During ''Fossil Fighters: Frontier'' seems to have significant change in the final battle design of... just about everything, really.
* ArtisticLicensePaleontology: Fully justified by the fact that vivosaurs are explicitly stated to be dinosaur-''like'' creatures and not actual dinosaurs. Beyond that, it's generally averted since the creators have ShownTheirWork and keep their data as accurate as possible.
* AuthorAvatar: The first game's announcers are the game's two creators, and the idea of putting them
in ''Curse the game started out as a joke.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Many high-level vivosaurs with really high Attack or LP are devastating from the Attack Zone... but if they end up in the Support Zone somehow, they'll turn your attacker into a quivering pile of useless mush. T-Rex is a perfect example--he has the highest attack in the game and can attack all of your enemies at once, but, if he ends up in the support zone, he reduces all your attacker's stats by ''30%!''
** Zino and Centro. Every hit from them will be a critical-but their accuracy is so terrible that the rest
of the Black Pearl''.
**
team needs to be focused around buffing accuracy/evasion stats to get them to even land a hit. In ''On Stranger Tides'', other words: CriticalHitClass meets ATeamFiring.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Joe Wildwest in ''Champions'' and Captain Stryker in ''Frontier''.
* [[BadJobWorseUniform Bad Sidequest, Worse Costume]]: So... how 'bout that Hare Club? Y'know, the one where you have to wear a bunny mask, then clean 100 fossils to 80 points or higher?
* BagOfHolding: We really have ''no'' idea how a twelve-year-old can lug around up to ''64'' fossils as long as his entire body and not get sore, esecially
when [[spoiler:Captain Teague]] shoots some of those rocks contain an ''entire skeleton''. Justified and averted in ''Frontier'', where A) you travel by car, which can much more easily accommodate the size and weight, and B) fossils are processed automatically, so you're not even carrying them around in the first place.
* BigOlEyebrows: The samurai, with a BigOlUnibrow chaser.
* BittersweetEnding: Subverted in the first game. [[spoiler:Guhnash]] is defeated, but your partner didn't quite make it out of [[spoiler:stone sleep]]. You've saved the world, at a cost, and that's how it has to be... [[spoiler:and then the Digadig chieftain shows up and tells you to use the hip-shaker dance!!]]
* BlackAndNerdy: Dr. Diggins in the first game is a professional-grade [[Series/{{Scrubs}} blerd]]. Who's dorky enough to wear shorts and a Hawaiian shirt beneath his lab coat, no less.
* BluntMetaphorsTrauma: It's no wonder Nick Nack mangles foreign languages so bad--he barely gets ''English!'' "I can have my snacks and feet them too!"
* BodySurf: This is how [[spoiler:Zongazonga's immortality spell]] works in ''Champions''. His latest victim is actually
[[spoiler:the redcoat]] who had cornered [[spoiler:Jack.]] Though this isn't quite played straight, as the smoke and flash from the actual shot is clearly visible in the background. It's only really a proper bait-and-switch from [[spoiler:Jack]]'s POV.
* BalancingDeathsBooks: Jack tries this on Davy Jones in ''Dead Man's Chest''. Doesn't exactly work out, but at least it buys him some time. In ''On Stranger Tides'', this is how the Fountain of Youth works: to gain extra life from it, there must be a designated victim for the life to come from.
* BatmanGambit:
** Jack through nearly all of ''Curse
owner of the Black Pearl''. Once he sees the medallion and is shown proof that the curse is real, his entire role in the film is hatching a plot to kill Barbossa and get his ship back. His initial idea backfires ''horribly'' when [[SpannerInTheWorks Will doesn't cooperate,]] but rather than give up, Jack just [[XanatosSpeedChess keeps adjusting his plans]] to fit new developments until he manages a successful execution without interference.
** In the fourth movie, [[spoiler:Angelica has Philip apparently killed in front of Syrena in an attempt to [[MacGuffin make her cry]]. She knows Syrena's "too tough" to do so under those circumstances, but crying tears of joy when she later finds out that the man she's fallen in love with is still alive, however...
Fossil Park, Joe Wildwest.]]
** Also in * BonusBoss: After you beat the fourth movie, [[spoiler:Barbossa]]'s entire convoluted plan counts: In order to [[spoiler:get his revenge on Blackbeard for sinking final boss of the ''Pearl'', he joins up with the King's navy as first game, almost ''every character you've fought before becomes a privateer, uses his well-trained crew and the King's considerable resources to travel to the Fountain of Youth, then takes his revenge on Blackbeard, claims Blackbeard's ship and crew, and uses them to return to piracy.]]
** Jack's [[spoiler:PoisonedChaliceSwitcheroo at the end of ''On Stranger Tides''.]]
* BattleCouple: Elizabeth and Will in the third film. Taken to ludicrous extremes when the two actually get ''married'' during a balls-out ship-boarding sword/gun fight.
-->'''Will''': Elizabeth! Marry me!
-->'''Elizabeth''': I don't think now's the best time!
-->[''a bit later'']
-->'''Elizabeth:''' Barbossa! Marry us!\\
'''Barbossa:''' I'M A LITTLE BUSY AT THE MOMENT!
** Jack and Angelica in the fourth film. [[spoiler:It doesn't end well.]]
* BattleInterruptingShout: Frequently. For instance, in ''On Stranger Tides'', Jack halts a row between Blackbeard's and Barbossa's crews to point out that none
BonusBoss.'' Almost all of them have any real quarrel with maxed-out teams, some of them you have to fight one another even if their leaders do. This sways exactly one pirate, while everyone else goes back to fighting.
* BerserkButton:
** [[spoiler:Bootstrap]] seeing [[spoiler:Will get stabbed by Davy Jones. [[TheDogBitesBack He then proceeds to tackle]] Jones in a flying rage, allowing Captain Jack to use Will's hand to stab Davy's heart.]]
** This seems to be Captain Teague's reaction to anyone who questions the Pirates' Code or proposes they ignore it for the sake of their own interests. An unfortunate {{Mook}} of one of the Pirate Lords learned this the hard way.
** In the fourth film, Jack lunges for Barbossa's throat and has to be restrained when he learns that [[spoiler:the ''Black Pearl'' has sunk while Barbossa was its captain.]]
** Falling victim to any one of Jack's {{Indy Ploy}}s, or {{plan}}s, or {{Batman Gambit}}s will be a surefire way to set the unwilling victim off.
* BettyAndVeronica: Or rather "Brian and Vincent", with Will as the Brian and Jack as the Vincent with Norrigton supplying the ThirdOptionLoveInterest.
* BigBad: Davy Jones led the First Brethren Court to imprison Calypso, allowing man to take control of the seas. This opened the door to...
* BigBadassBattleSequence: Nearly every naval battle throughout the first three films. Averted in ''On Stranger Tides'', when a seemingly-pending engagement against the Spanish fleet fails to occur.
* TheBigDamnKiss:
** Will and Elizabeth in ''At World's End'',
right after their marriage at sea. Surrounded by an epic battle, trading blows while exchanging vows, the other, and culminating in an OrbitalKiss a few minutes before [[spoiler:Will is killed and comes back the prizes for beating them range from the dead]]. EPIC.
** In ''On Stranger Tides'', the fateful kiss, at the end, between [[spoiler:Philip and Syrena.]]
** TheBigDamnKiss
"BraggingRightsReward" to "OlympusMons." You can even take on the edge of the sea at the end of the first and third movie, while the camera goes up and out.
** TheBigDamnKiss between [[MoodWhiplash Liz and Jack]] at the end of the second film.
** {{Subverted|Trope}} at the end of ''On Stranger Tides'', when one is about to happen between [[spoiler:Jack and Angelica, until Jack turns and mutters "I need to go."]]
* BigScaryBlackMan: Captain Barbossa's Bo'sun in ''Curse Of
FinalBoss again as often as you like! The Black Pearl''- he's even got ritual scars and terrible teeth. Also, one of Blackbeard's zombie officers in ''On Stranger Tides''.
* BilingualBonus:
** Sao Feng and one member of Davy Jones's crew speak both English and Cantonese.
** The French-speaking sailor who rows Will out to Pelegosto is telling Will he won't take him any further.
** In ''On Stranger Tides'', Angelica curses pretty colorfully at Jack in fluent Spanish.
** The two guys who find Jack's hat in ''Dead Man's Chest'' are speaking Turkish, although it is hard to understand all of it from the accent that many non-Turkish people have when speaking it.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: The first film started out as [[ShadesOfConflict White and Gray vs. Black morality]], since Jack was the only morally ambiguous character, but by the end of the third film, ''everyone'' has an angle and is willing to screw
most anyone over for it. (With the possible exception of the monkey. He was apparently only in it because he missed Jack.) The only character who can truly be called ''evil'', difficult BonusBoss fight, however, is Cutler Beckett, who Ted Elliott describes as "a guy who just wants to sell more cheeseburgers when you get right down to it. How evil is that?" The tradition of ''At World's End'' continues in ''On Stranger Tides''. Blackbeard is pure evil, Philip is the TokenGoodTeammate, [[spoiler:the Spaniard is a more ruthless version of Commodore Norrington]], and everyone else is screwing everyone else over for the prize.
* BoardingParty: Several boardings by means of swinging ropes, and one less conventional boarding: walking out to the ship in question. Also less conventional is Davy Jones and crew's ability to teleport between ships, which apparently has a fairly narrow minimum and maximum range.
* BodyHorror: From ''Black Pearl'', we have Barbossa's crew's DemBones forms revealed by moonlight, from ''Dead Man's Chest'' and ''At World's End'', Davy Jones's crewmen are gradually colonized by barnacles and coral, and fused with fish and[=/=]or crustaceans [[WasOnceAMAn until they are barely recognizable as human,]] and from ''Dead Men Tell No Tales'', Salazar's crew is in a horrific state of decay, such as missing jaws or in one case the entire top half of his skull.
* BookEnds:
** [[spoiler:Barbossa gets the ''Pearl'' back at the end of the third movie, as Jack sails off in a dinghy.]]
** Listen to the song Elizabeth sings (as a child) at the beginning of the first movie, and Jack singing at the end of the third. Seem familiar?
** Even more applicable to what [[spoiler:Elizabeth's ''son'' is singing in the third film's Stinger, as he's about the same age his mom was at the start.]]
** The first time we meet piratical Mr. Gibbs, Jack is waking him with a bucket of water. At the close of ''At World's End'', Mr. Gibbs is once again, passed out and Jack wakes him with a cup of... [[WildMassGuessing Grog?]]
** In the first film, it's mentioned that Jack was marooned on a remote island by Barbossa with only a pistol with a single shot. In the fourth film, Jack does the exact same thing to [[spoiler:Angelica.]]
** In the first film, Elizabeth's first encounter has her giving Barbossa Will's surname as her own, to which he responds by excitedly repeating it to the whole crew: "Miss TURNER..." When they part company for the final time in ''At World's End'', he respectfully (and a touch affectionately) greets her as " ''Mrs.''Turner," after she has become Will's wife.
** Similarly, in the first film the pirates ready a boat to take Elizabeth to Isla de Muerta, saying "your chariot awaits, Highness" as a sarcastic and condescending remark. By the time of the third film, [[spoiler:Elizabeth is elected Pirate King, and Gibbs says this line quite earnestly as he presents a boat for her.]]
* BreakoutCharacter: Jack Sparrow. [[note]]"'''''Captain'''''" Jack Sparrow.[[/note]] In the original film, Will is the supposed to be the star (he's TheHero of the HerosJourney) and continues to be the access character throughout the next two, but Jack not only stole the show, he made off with the franchise! (''Pirate''.) They even added him (or at least animatronic duplicates) to the original Disneyland/ Disneyworld ''Pirates of the Caribbean'' rides.
* BreakTheCutie: several times, the films appear to be headed this way with regards to Elizabeth, only for the trope to be turned on its ear, especially in the third film.
* BrickJoke:
** In the beginning of the first film, Will Turner is working on a sword to present to the governor, who remarks on its unique quality. In the third film, [[spoiler:James Norrington stabs Davy Jones with the same weapon, who then calmly removes it and remarks, "mmm... nice sword." Later, Jones uses the exact same sword to stab its creator, Will Turner.]]
** Former Commodore Norrington introduces his story to Gibbs in ''Dead Man's Chest'' as "Same as you, just a chapter behind." At the end of the scene, once he's been knocked out by Man!Elizabeth, he's heaved into the pigsty, where Gibbs woke up at the end of ''Curse of the Black Pearl'', making him truly just a chapter behind Gibbs.
** Captain Teague summons a dog to bring the key for the Pirate Codex book (the dog itself is a bit of a BrickJoke, showing up out of nowhere after appearances in the first two movies). When Pintel and Ragetti wonder aloud how the dog managed to get there, Teague responds, [[RunningGag "Sea turtles, mate."]]
** When Jack and Elizabeth are marooned on a desert island during the rising action of ''Curse of the Black Pearl'', Elizabeth burns all the rum that smugglers have stored there to attract the Navy's attention, prompting Jack to ask "[[CatchPhrase Why is]] [[MemeticMutation the rum gone?]]" for the first time. In ''Dead Man's Chest'', Elizabeth (dressed as a man) and Norrington arrive at the dock where the ''Pearl'' is moored, and Jack and Gibbs begin to talk to Elizabeth without realizing who she is. When she reveals herself, the following happens:
--> '''Jack:''' Elizabeth?! (''aside, to Gibbs'') Hide the rum.
*** Which quickly becomes a BrickJoke of its own when the crew meets up with Jack in ''At World's End'', and [[VoiceForTheVoiceless Cotton's parrot]] cries "Hide the rum!"
* CallBack:
** "Goodbye, Poppet." Perhaps the most tear-inducing callback ever.
** First film: Elizabeth says she's Elizabeth Turner, because her maid convinced her the pirates wanted to kidnap the governor's daughter. They happen to be looking for Bootstrap Turner's child. The last thing Barbossa says to her in the third film is "Mrs. Turner", seeing as she's married Will.
** ''On Stranger Tides'' is filled with these to the first movie, in different subtle sorts of ways that you have to have an eagle eye to spot.
*** In the first movie, Jack was charged with "impersonating an officer of the Royal navy" and "impersonating a cleric of the Church of England". ''On Stranger Tides'' opens with Jack impersonating a judge. A judge by the name of Smith. Perhaps he might go by 'Smithy' on occasion?
*** Jack gives his compass to Mr. Gibbs telling him it will lead him to freedom. In the first movie, Jack tells Elizabeth that what the ''Black Pearl'' really is is freedom. Cut to the end of ''On Stranger Tides'' and [[spoiler:Mr Gibbs is sitting on a beach with the Black Pearl in a bottle, waiting for Jack.]]
*** The cut on Angelica's hand looks just like the cuts the characters in ''Curse of the Black Pearl'' get to bleed on the medallions.
** In ''At World's End'', one of the patrons of Sao Feng's bathhouse can be seen with barnacles littered across his face, neck, and across his arms, just like a RedShirt crew member of the ''Flying Dutchman''.
*** Likewise, the SequelHook at the end of the film is a CallBack to the various accounts of Barbossa's mutiny prior to ''Curse of the Black Pearl''.
** While visiting Elizabeth in her jail cell in ''Dead Man's Chest'', Governor Swann leans on one of the candelabras next to him. He then trips, proceeding to break a piece of said candelabra, in a similar fashion to Will's introductory scene in ''Curse of the Black Pearl'', where he inspects one of the candelabras in Governor Swann's mansion, but accidentally breaks a piece of it.
* CaptainErsatz: Many ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' fans believe that Barbossa in the first film and Davy Jones in the sequels are ersatzen of [=LeChuck=], Tia Dalma is the Voodoo Lady, and Will Turner may also derive from Guybrush Threepwood, regardless of whether anyone involved in the films has [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial ever known anything]] about ''Monkey Island''. (It has been [[http://www.worldofmi.com/comments.php?type=news&id=1259&action=read reported]] that Ted Elliott worked on a proposed ''Monkey Island'' film some time before becoming co-writer of the ''Pirates of the Caribbean'' series). It's also worth noting that ''Monkey Island'' derived inspiration from both the original ''Pirates of the Caribbean'' ride, and the original ''Literature/OnStrangerTides'' novel.
** As if hammering this home, Philip from ''On Stranger Tides'' has an ever closer resemblance to Guybrush.
* TheCatCameBack / ClingyMacguffin: Norrington's sword returns to its rightful owner.
probably against [[spoiler: Doesn't do him much good in the long run, though...]]
* CatchPhrase: Several.
** Jack Sparrow: [[SoLongSuckers "This is the day you will always remember as the day you ''almost'' caught Captain Jack Sparrow"]], "I'm Captain Jack Sparrow!", "It's ''[[InsistentTerminology Captain]]''; ''Captain'' Jack Sparrow", "Savvy?", "But why is the rum gone?!"
** Davy Jones: "Do you fear death?" (There's a much longer poetic verse after it that he doesn't use after the first time.)
** Cutler Beckett: "It's just good business."
** Pintel: "Hello, Poppet."
* CaughtInASnare:
** Will, early in the second movie.
** Most of Blackbeard's crew when they attempt a mutiny in OST.
* CharacterDevelopment:
** Elizabeth, who goes from [[http://www.costumersguide.com/pirates_gold/ref1.jpg this]] to [[http://www.costumersguide.com/potc3/hires19.jpg this]]. From noble woman to [[spoiler: pirate king]] in only a few short years!
** Will goes from a blacksmith to [[spoiler: full-on pirate]]
Dynal, Duna, and eventually [[spoiler: captain of the ''Flying Dutchman'']].
** Norrington started as a StuffyBrit... until he [[http://images2.fanpop.com/image/photos/12800000/James-Norrington-james-norrington-12829973-879-931.jpg changed somewhat.]]
* ChekhovMIA: Will's father, Bootstrap Bill Turner.
* ChekhovsGun:
** Subverted -- when Elizabeth attempts to defend herself with one of the swords displayed above the mantle, she finds it is permanently attached to its decorative shield. Played straight with Elizabeth's bedwarmer; she uses it to dump hot coals on the pirates invading her room. Also Jack Sparrow's confiscated effects, including his one-shot pistol and curious compass, all serving a vital purpose. The compass gains even more importance in the second film. Used again in the second movie in Tia Dalma's shack (the locket and the boots). In the third movie, [[spoiler: Raghetti's wooden eye]] turns out to be Barbossa's Piece Of Eight. Jack's own Piece of Eight is debatable, being present in the first two movies before the sequels were even written.
** Subverted again with the jar of dirt. Jack ends up breaking it.
** The knife Bootstrap Bill gives to Will is the same one that [[spoiler:he uses to carve out Will's heart after Davy Jones is killed.]]
* ChekhovsLecture: Near the beginning of ''Curse of the Black Pearl'', Will shows Jack how to break out of a prison cell by applying the right [[ArcWords leverage]] to the hinges, something which comes in handy in ''At World's End'' when Jack is imprisoned in the brig of the ''Flying Dutchman''.
* ChekhovsSkill: Elizabeth's childhood obsession with pirates comes in handy a few times. In ''The Curse of the Black Pearl'', her knowledge of the Pirate Code [[spoiler: allows her to negotiate a Parley with Barbossa]] and her knowledge of piracy and sailing in general inspires her last-second stunt while the ''Interceptor'' is being pursued by the ''Pearl''. In ''At World's End'' she [[spoiler: becomes a Pirate Lord, and then Pirate King]]. She also [[spoiler: inspires the troops with a speech about the power of piracy]].
* ChewingTheScenery: It may be easier to list who isn't. Special mention has to go to Geoffery Rush, who looks like he's having an absolute blast in every scene.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Just about every character.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Anamaria. Although, for some reason, Jack is wearing her belt in the sequels.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Mild and possibly unintentional. Elizabeth, Will, and Jack all have brown eyes, while Barbossa, Davy Jones, Cutler Beckett, and Blackbeard have blue or green eyes.
* CombatByChampion:
** Basically the climax of the third movie; the ''Black Pearl'' for the pirates, vs. the ''Flying Dutchman'' for the EITC.
** Jack actually proposes that [[spoiler:Barbossa and Blackbeard]] do this while the pirates and troops stand back and lay bets, in the fourth film. [[spoiler:The suggestion doesn't go down so well.]]
* CombatPragmatist:
** Jack Sparrow, along with most of the more intelligent pirate characters. Perhaps best summed up by this exchange from the first film, when Jack uses a gun to win a sword fight:
-->'''Will:''' You ''cheated!''\\
'''Jack:''' ''Pirate.
Raptin]] ''all at once.''
** Lampshaded later on when Will points out he would win in a fair fight. Jack then comments that means he wouldn't have any incentive to There's also an {{Early Bird|Boss}} BonusBoss named Petey, who requires you fight fair.
him with three very specific vivosaurs. If you take the time to max out said three and wait until you're near the end of the game, he's not so tough... But try him ''without'' copius LevelGrinding, and he proves to be quite the KillerRabbit.
* ABoyAndHisX: Thanks to the player getting a sidekick, ''Frontier'' is a "Boy/Girl and his/her dinosaur" story.
* ButtBiter: A RunningGag in ''Frontier'' involves your little vivosaur sidekick chomping down on Nate's butt. In the little guy's defense, Nate is usually literally asking for it by sticking his butt out and taunting him.
* ButtMonkey: Rosie.
* CallARabbitASmeerp: The names have been changed to emphasize that Vivosaurs aren't really dinosaurs, and to trim down the {{Overly Long Name}}s that real dinos often have. There's a mode that gives detailed information on the animals that inspired each dinosaur.
* CanonName: The main character of the first doesn't really have one, but Nintendo's guide suggests "Buckland", after an early paleontologist. The official mini-manga gives his name as "Hunter." The second game's protagonists, though, are [[AnimalThemeNaming Dino and Dina]].
** Astonishingly, also Commodore Norrington, to some extent. He kicked Will ''Frontier'' has nameable protagonists "Jura" and "Tria". The puns just don't stop. The canonical name for their little dino sidekick is "Nibbles".
* CardboardPrison: Only
in the chest, kicked sand first game, but it's exaggerated. [[PoliceAreUseless What happens in Will's face and tripped Jack [[spoiler:during the fight over the key.that police station is anybody's guess.]]
** Barbossa is not above punching/kicking people during a sword fight.
** And even Davy Jones pulls off a surprisingly graceful back roundhouse kick.
* CombatTentacles: The Kraken, obviously, and also the ones on Davy Jones's face and the rigging of Blackbeard's ship.
CelShading: ''Champions'' uses cel-shaded graphics, as well as more detailed graphics in general.
* ComfortFood: According ChekhovsSkill: [[spoiler:The hip-shaking dance, used to the WordOfGod, the reason why Hector Barbossa is always eating apples in the four films is because they're a form of ComfortFood for him.
* ContinuityCreep: The second film contains a few fun [[ContinuityNod nods]] to some throwaway lines and [[FandomNod fan-favorite]] comedic scenes
revive Rosie/Duna from the original. tainted stone sleep.]]
* [[TheChiefsDaughter
The third contains nods to what seems like ''[[ContinuityPorn all]]'' of them. See also ChekhovsGun above.
Chief's Granddaughter]]: [[spoiler:Pauleen.]]
* ContinuityDrift: In the first couple of films, the pirates running around are all a bunch of independent libertines running around without any concern for anyone else. The third film introduces plot points that amount to pirate government structure and diplomatic contractual obligations.
* CoolBoat:
** The ''Black Pearl''.
** The ''Flying Dutchman''.
** The ''Endeavour''.
** The ''Interceptor''.
** Blackbeard's ''Queen Anne's Revenge'' from the fourth film.
* CoolSword:
** The small sword that Will Turner makes for Norrington. Everyone who [[MementoMacguffin comes into contact with it]] [[PhraseCatcher agrees that it is, indeed, nice]]. This gets one nameless British marine killed as he picks up the sword
{{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Trip Cera in the middle of a battle and spends the same requisite amount of time staring at it rapturously before Davy Jones shows up, kills him and retrieves the sword.
** Blackbeard's sword, which [[spoiler:controls the rigging of the ''Queen Anne's Revenge'', and can apparently control the rigging of other ships as well. It also controlled the wind when pointed, as shown at the end when Barbossa lets down the sails with it, then throws the boat forward by the wind, catching everyone off guard, including Barbossa. Before duelling Blackbeard he claims the sword is nothing to fear away from the ''Revenge'']].
** It seems as if the only redeeming quality of working on the ''Flying Dutchman'' under the command of Davy Jones is that you get a really kick-ass sword. Just look at Hadras's.
* CorporateWarfare: The East India Company are the antagonists of
the second and third films in their war on piracy.
* CriticalStaffingShortage:
** In the
game. His first film Jack Sparrow and Will Turner steal a ship by pretending to attempt to steal another ship, one larger and far more complicated, so that name [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs seems appropriate]].
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: The vast majority of Vivosaurs are absent in ''Frontier'', in particular nearly all of
the Navy will come up non-dinosaur Vivosaurs are gone, with the smaller and easier to manage vessel already rigged for sailing. During a later argument Jack nearly flings Will into the ocean, but lets him live because just two people crewing the ship is cutting it close as it is.
** In the second film it's inverted. The ''Black Pearl'''s crew is imprisoned in two halves, and one pirate blurts out that the ship can make do with a crew
exception of just six, prompting [[VillainBall a race by both halves to escape first]]. Later on Jack hires a ton of unqualified surplus sailors not because the ship needs few pterosaurs.
* CollectorOfTheStrange: Since you can't use
them but because he needs 99 souls to give to Davy Jones revive vivosaurs, nobody wants dropping fossils. Except Nick Nack...
** John Guano replaces him in the sequel. John's even ''weirder,'' if that's possible. He's standing not three feet away from a lady who offers dropping fossils
in exchange for his own soul going free.
fossil cleaning. The only catch is, he'd have to wear the Hare Mask to join the club to do so. EveryoneHasStandards?
* CrypticConversation: 90% of what Tia Dalma says CombatCommentator: In ''Fossil Fighters'', they're {{Author Avatar}}s. In ''Champions'' we have a two talking Vivosaurs. ''Frontier'' doesn't have any announcers.
* ContinuityNod:
** In ''Champions'', Pauleen
is this.
* CuffsOffRubWrists:
** Governor Swann
a throwback to the first game's Digadig tribe. [[spoiler:You also get to fight Rosie in the second film, post-game.]] [[spoiler:Duna, Raptin, and Dynal]] also make appearances in some bonus content.
** In ''Frontier'', the Vivosaur Island and Caliosteo Fossil Parks from the first two games get mentioned occasionally. Characters from ''Champions'' (or at least people
with visible evidence the same names) can show up in the in-game tournaments; one such team is Joanie, Pooch, and Tonzilla and another is Todd, Rupert, and Pauline.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: Mt. Lavaflow in the first game, and Mt. Krakanak in the second.
* CowardlyLion: Todd in ''Champions''.
* CrooksAreBetterArmed: Wanted vivosaur thief Blambeau carries around a shotgun. The [[PoliceAreUseless unarmed and largely ineffective police force]] send [[KidHero Hunter]] after him. Thrice.
* DarkSkinnedRedhead: Nevada Montecarlo, who also likes to WhipItGood.
* {{Deconstruction}}: Rosie can be seen as a deconstruction of TheLoad[=/=]DamselInDistress. She is those things, but realizes it, and is sorry for the times when you have to save her. After one instance she even asks if you hate her.
* DefiedTrope: The final boss of ''Fossil Fighters Champions'':
-->''"Yes, well, [[BondVillainStupidity let's not waste any more time with empty threats]] or [[JustBetweenYouAndMe the revealing of plans]], mmm?"''
* DemBones: The [=BareBones=] Brigade's boneysaurs in ''Champions''.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Averted. When the bad guy pulls out an {{Olympus Mon|s}}, you need to get your own before you can properly challenge him. (Unfortunately, you can't keep it - see NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup below)
** However, it's later played straight with [[spoiler:Guhnash--apparently, all you have to do is destroy his brains. Easy-peasy.]]
** In ''Champions'' [[spoiler:The FinalBoss, Zongazonga, is pretty much exactly this. A body-snatching skull
that turns into a literally on fire zombie T-Rex with giant, bloody skeleton arms coming out of it? Just send some kid with his pet dinosaurs to beat it up.]]
* DinosaursAreDragons: The Fire-type Vivosaurs breathe fire, but remember - they're no longer Dinosaurs, they're ''[[CallARabbitASmeerp Vivosaurs]]''.
** In ''Champions'', the Super Revive function in the sequel plays this to the hilt, essentially morphing your Vivosaurs from dinosaur-like creatures into more draconic monsters. Also, [[spoiler:the BigBad Zongazonga literally refers to the dinosaurs as dragons in his magic chant in the penultimate battle.]]
* [[AnimalMotif Dinosaur Motif]]: In ''Champions,'' the male PC has a T-Rex motif, while the female PC has a triceratops motif.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: Frigisaur, and the leader of the BB Bandits with him.
* DiscOneFinalDungeon: Boy, isn't Mt. Lavaflow climactic! The lava! The HeelFaceTurn! The impending epic battle between the opposing forces of Frigisaur and Ignosaur! ...Wait, whaddiya ''mean'' half the plot threads still haven't been followed up on?
* DiscOneNuke: The Spinax you're given at the beginning of the first game is strong enough to last you until endgame.
** In ''Champions'' the starters are powerful enough to last you the entire game, particularly Dimetro.
** The 'Donation Point' dinosaurs also count, particularly Compso in the first game. There's nothing to stop you from grinding all the way to him the moment you get access to your first dig-site, and his support-effects will make you basically unstoppable for the rest of the game. To a lesser degree, Stego - being the cheapest of the DP-dinosaurs, you can, again, fairly easily get all 4 parts of him, in [[RareRandomDrop 'red' quality]], for an instantly high-level 'Tank' who can solo practically anything up to late-mid-game if needs be.
** Giga Raja in Champions, which is created by evolving Raja (available in the first area) with a gold fossil (can be found early with some dedication). Giga Raja's already powerful attacks can be bolstered by his ability to Charge-Up for a turn, causing him to hit like a meteor and deal damage exceeding the highest possible Life Points for anything in the game!
* DoWellButNotPerfect: In ''Champions,'' there's a man who wants your help making hard-boiled eggs in the hot springs. They need to be in there for 10 seconds ''exactly,'' and hardly a millisecond longer. However, boiling the eggs for ''9.9 seconds exactly'' is the only way to get the [[spoiler: elemental chick]] fossils. Better bring a stopwatch. Or learn how to count to 7-1.
* DownloadableContent:
** The original game briefly featured four of the five Mysterious Egg fossils available for download on the Nintendo Channel, but
they were fastened too tight.
** Jack in the third film, right after he's shoved into Beckett's cabin. (We don't actually see the cuffs before removal, but since he's a prisoner it's strongly implied he had 'em.
taken down eventually. (They're still available in-game, though; it just takes longer.)
** ''Champions'' features [[OlympusMons Frigisaur and Ignosaur]] from the first game, along with sidequests from a... ''strange'' character named Ryne, and downloadable fights with [[spoiler: Duna, Raptin, and Dynal.]]
** ''Frontier'' distributed its bonus content through AR cards rather than actual downloads; including some Bone Buggys, versions of Yutie in all four elements, the villains' dark vivosaurs, and some ''actual'' dinosaurs.
* CursedWithAwesome: Literally for Barbossa's crew, DudeWheresMyRespect: Averted. The [=NPC=]s' dialogue changes to praise you as you progress through the story and ranks.
* {{Eagleland}}: The Fossil Park America in ''Frontier''. The whole place is lit up like Las Vegas, the Warden in charge is TotallyRadical and [[AmericansAreCowboys dresses like a cowboy]], and the first dig site is in a southwest canyon. To its' credit, the Starry Falls dig site is a South American jungle instead of being a US stereotype. Fossil Parks Asia and Europe aren't all that much better when it comes to cultural stereotypes.
* ElementalPowers: It turns out that the cloning process gives these to animals as a [[CursedWithAwesome side-effect]].
** BlowYouAway
** DishingOutDirt
** MakingASplash
** PlayingWithFire
** NonElemental
** InfinityPlusOneElement: "Legendary"
in the first movie. And [[spoiler:Will]] two games, though in practice these vivosaurs are treated as Neutral; they just have better stats. The first game has [[spoiler:Frigisaur, Ignosaur, and all the parts of Guhnash]] and ''Champions'' has [[spoiler:Zombie Tricera, Zombie Ptera, Zombie Rex, Zombie Plesio, and Zongazonga; plust the return of Frigi and Igno]]. ''Frontier'' drops the designation.
* ElementalRockPaperScissors: Fire beats Air, which beats Earth, which beats Water, which beats Fire. Neutral has no advantages or disadvantages.
* ElvisImpersonator: Rockin' Billy from ''Champions.'' Did you catch the PunnyName?
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: Duh!
* [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Everything's Better With Princessaurs]]: Maia (Maiasaurus) is a pink dinosaur with a feminine face and a princess-crown. She's also a support-skill powerhouse, the only one
in the finale game to have both healing and anti-status-ailment skills.
* EvolutionaryLevels: [[spoiler:The Dinaurians have a devolution beam. It turns humans into "triconodonta", a ratlike mammal ancestor.]]
** The three "Transformation-Class" Vivosaurs also transform into later descendants
of ''At World's End''. Although Jack views it theirs: Guan turns into T-Rex, and Proto turns into Tricera. Aoptryx is somewhat more confusing--it can turn into ''any'' neutral-type Vivosaur. Even those that technically came before it. And even those it ''could not possibly be related to'' (Apato isn't even a ''theropod!'').
** In ''Champions'', some vivosaurs can "Super Evolve" into stronger forms.
* {{Expy}}: Pauleen in ''Champions'' has a lot in common with Rosie from the first game. In addition to being your designated female hanger-on and being surprisingly powerful for such a young age, both have bright pink TwinTails... and the same (accidental, in Rosie's case) VerbalTic.
* FeatheredFiend: Aopteryx. It can semi-reliably steal FP with Thieving Talons, recover LP with Life Drain and
as BlessedWithSuck due mentioned above, transform into any Neutral vivosaur. [[JokeCharacter Unfortunately, it needs significant support to dish out and/or take damage...]]
* FetchQuest: AND HOW. The first game is loaded with these. Thankfully, most of them go by quickly enough to keep the story rolling.
* FireWaterJuxtaposition: Frigisaur and Ignosaur in the first game represent the Fire/Ice version.
* FlyingSeafoodSpecial: And [[WaterIsAir inverted]] when fighting in [[UnderTheSea Bottomsup Bay]].
* FossilRevival: ...It's the backbone of the series.
* GeniusSweetTooth: Dr. Diggins has a weakness for Dino Cakes.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Professor Scatterly in the second game manages to slip a [[DidNotDoTheBloodyResearch "Sod it"]] past the radar. Similarly, the game goes to absolutely ''zero'' lengths to disguise the fact that Pauleen has a [[HoYay girl crush]] on the female protagonist. She grabs the female PC's hands, stares deeply into her eyes, and then admits she has no idea why she's blushing.
* GlobalCurrencyException: Redundant fossils are donated
to the absence of port... er, making port.
* DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster: The pirate lifestyle
museum, which gives you donation points based on how good they are. These points are the only currency the cleaning station store accepts. Averted in general is depicted to be a romanticized badass madcap [[{{Swashbuckler}} swash-buckling]] life of adventure ''Frontier'', where you just get cash for extra fossils.
* {{Gonk}}: Baron von Blackraven, especially compared
to [[BadAssLongcoat wear awesome clothes]], bed a different salty wench in every port, go through fortunes of doubloons like water, [[DidYouJustScamCthulhu outwit mythical beings]], stick it to his two PrettyBoy associates.
* GoodAllAlong: [[spoiler:Don Boneyard and
the man, [=BareBones=] Brigade, trying to stop the Caliosteo Cup in order to stop Zongazonga's scheme. Well, the Brigade didn't know Don Boneyard was a good guy, but they don't have a problem with it when they find out.]]
* GottaCatchEmAll
* GreenHillZone: Greenhorn Plains in the first game, Treasure Lake in ''Champions'',
and Paradise Beach in ''Frontier''.
* HarmlessFreezing: Frigisaur freezes you and Rosie completely after your first fight with it. But you're still OK.
* HarmlessVillain: The Barebones Brigade aren't exactly what you'd call menacing at first. Their eeeeevil plans involve such plots as "Pampering girls so they forget to participate in a tournament," and "Fill the hot springs up with powdered gelatin so people get stuck and can't participate."
** NotSoHarmlessVillain: [[spoiler: Their fourth plan, the one Don comes up with, is to destroy the ''entire Caliosteo island system''. Egads.]]
** [[spoiler: It's later {{justified|Trope}} when you learn that Don Boneyard is, in fact, the real Joe Wildwest in disguise. He didn't want to hurt anybody. When he [=OKed=] the third plan, things were getting ''extremely'' desperate, and it went slowly enough to give the people plenty of time to evacuate.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: The BB Bandits - well, the TerribleTrio team, anyway; the {{Mooks}} don't seem to turn.]]
** [[spoiler: The entire [=BareBones=] Brigade.]]
* HelloInsertNameHere: All games actually allow you to change your main character's name at any time! The first game doesn't allow you to name your {{Mon}}s, strangely, though this was changed in the second.
* HopelessBossFight: [[spoiler: Round one against Frigisaurus.]]
* HotSpringsEpisode: In the second game, there's a hot spring-themed dig site called Hot Spring Heights. Not surprisingly,
most of the plot in that area revolves around the hot springs.
* HumansAreSpecial [[spoiler: Not only do they have the sci-fi standard "pluck," but the dinaurians are impressed by their capacity for both compassion and forgiveness.]]
* HypnotizeThePrincess: Comes into play late in Champions. [[spoiler: It's Todd.]]
* InconsistentDub: ''Frontier'' changes a couple names from previous games. The coin-like items vivosaurs are stored in were "Dino Medals" but are now "Dino Gears", and Becklespinax's vivosaur name goes from "Spinax" to "Beckles" - of course, the first two games identified it as an Altispinax, and its Japanese name was "Altis", which would explain the change.
* InfinityPlusOneSword: T-Rex in the first game, natch. Also, [[KillerRabbit Compso, who debuffs the enemy's attack power by 90%]]. Even moreso are [[spoiler:Duna, Dynal, and Raptin]], with their ridiculous support effects, and crazy abilities.
* InterspeciesRomance: [[spoiler:Before the final battle with Guhnash, you can choose to bring either Rosie or Duna with you. Choosing Duna leads to this. And considering that little mishap with the devolution ray, Rosie technically counts for this too.]]
* ItemGet: Every last fossil is one of these in the first two games. The hero bends over, picks up the rock, faces the camera and thrusts it above his/her head triumphantly. The fanfare plays, and a blurb appears stating the nature of the rock found. It's a thing of beauty.
* JokeCharacter: In the first game, Anato. Its expression can only be described as "derpy," and even the ''game'' goes out of its way to point out how stupid it looks. It's a vivosaur who tries to sell itself based ''solely on'' the fact that it looks ridiculous. From a gameplay perspective, it also tries to lay claim to having a 100% effective [[StandardStatusEffects Confusion skill]], but said skill also does no damage and costs ''240 FP.'' Similar skills on other vivosaurs not only do damage, they also cost ''over 100 FP less.''
** LethalJokeCharacter in ''Champions '' It gets an [[TookALevelInBadass upgrade]] to gold confusion which means that the vivosaur inflicted has a chance of attacking itself or any of its allies. In addition its super evolver form Papygon, is widely accepted as one of the best in the game.[[note]]However, it's worth nothing that Papygon's PaletteSwap brother Teffla is much more the fan favorite of the two, and can deal heavier direct damage.[[/note]]
* JustifiedTrope: The game goes out of their way to emphasize that Dinosaurs didn't really have superpowers, and a great deal of the Vivosaurs aren't even really revived from Dinosaurs, per se, but are rather other forms of prehistoric life.
** Driven home in ''Frontier'', where [[spoiler:you travel back in time and encounter ''real'' dinosaurs. Unlike vivosaurs, dinosaurs are
all ''have the freedom to determine your life's course.Neutral-type, [[RealIsBrown have brown skin]], and are identified by their full names (like "Triceratops" instead of "Tricera")]].
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Mihu, a ceratopsian found in Japan, has ''katanas for horns.
''
* DarkerAndEdgier: KidHero: The franchise took main characters.
* KingIncognito: During ''Champions'', you're tasked with finding the Princess of Nomadistan, who has quietly entered the tournament; and are shown a picture of a girl and her dog that you ran into earlier. [[spoiler:The Princess turns out to be ''the dog''; the girl's her retainer. Both the fact that
this turn from would have been good to know earlier and the second movie and onward.
absurdity of [[CaligulasHorse appointing dogs as royalty]] is lampshaded.]]
* DealWithTheDevil: Will makes one LampshadeHanging: The {{Combat Commentator}}s sometimes do this.
-->'''P.A. Leon''': I was wondering, why do we talk through every fight?
-->'''Slate Johnson''': I'm wondering how we can ''see'' every fight happening!
-->'''P.A. Leon''': Excellent point, Slate.
* LargeHamAnnouncer: All the announcers, but special mention must be given to Trip Cera. A couple choice quotes:
-->Not as excited as me! BOOYAH, GRANDMA!

-->'''Trip:''' Just like my wife
with Jack a credit card! Zing!\\
'''Ty:''' You're not married, Trip.\\
'''Trip:''' I'M SO LONELY!

-->There is a literal river of sweat running over my laptop! Seriously, I may electrocute myself before the day is over!
* LastLousyPoint: The five elemental [[spoiler:baby birds]]
in the first film. "Spring me game, who can only be obtained by getting every other vivosaur in the game and then ''maxing their levels.'' Yikes! They used to be downloadable from this cell the Nintendo Channel on the Wii, but have since disappeared, as the aforementioned channel is no longer supported.
** More generally, you may find yourself gritting your teeth over the last lousy point of every single fossil you can clean. Properly-cleaned fossils are worth a ton of experience points, way more than you can reasonably give any specific vivosaur through combat. It's not ''mandatory'' to get everything perfect, but for perfectionists...
* LeakedExperience: Three vivosaurs participate in each fight, but all five that you're carrying (including defeated ones) get the experience. Averted in ''Frontier'', where all vivosaurs are available to use at all times but only the one used in battle gets experience.
* LizardFolk: In the second half of the game [[spoiler:a race of dromaeosauridae that evolved into hyper intelligent humanoids become the main antagonists after the BB Bandits are defeated. They want to KillAllHumans, naturally.]]
* [[GratuitousForeignLanguage Gratuitous Foreign]] {{Malaproper}}: Nick Nack does this. Airy cat oh! Donkey shine!
* MaskedLuchador: There seems to be a thriving masked-battler community, since each game involves some:
** Saurhead in the first game, who wears [[RefugeInAudacity no less than]] ''[[RefugeInAudacity thirty]]'' full-head dinosaur masks at any given time. [[TheUnreveal Can't risk]] [[DramaticUnmask being unmasked]], after all.
** Pauleen from ''Champions'' also wears a mask. [[spoiler: She wears it because it's shy,
and I will take you it helps her feel more confident--but the mask is enchanted to bestow confidence, and ''evil,'' so it takes over the wearer's body in a rather literal case of BecomingTheMask.]]
** In ''Frontier'', it's Dino Gigante. You have to find his old rival, the Flying Smile Kid, and draw him out of retirement to try and win his belt in order to get the piece of MacGuffin on it.
* MetalDetectorPuzzle: This is your entire means of finding {{Mons}}--you have sonar and need to search the ground for stuff.
* MisterMuffykins: Joannie and Madame Pooch in ''Champions''. [[spoiler:Joannie's pampering is justified as Madame Pooch is legitimately royalty as "Princess Pooch"; see KingIncognito above.]]
* {{Mon}}: It's a dinosaur-collecting and battling game.
* MythologyGag: Many visual details of the Vivosaurs are based on facts about their dinos:
** Some are [[PunnyName name puns]] (Krona is covered in clock-like Roman numerals, and Coatlus was made to look like its namesake, Quetzalcoatl.)
** Others are based on the location of their discovery (U-Raptor (''Utahraptor'') has feathers that look like a Native American headdress, Carchar has Egyptian details, Chinese Shanshan is designed to look like a ChineseGirl crossed with an Asian dragon.)
*** The fact that Breme (''Bradycneme draculae'') is vampiric is both a name and location reference, as it was discovered in Transylvania and and consequently named after {{Dracula}}.
** And more have their own fun facts (M-Raptor was exceptionally bird-like and so resembles a parrot; Megalo was one of the first discoveries ever, so according
to the Black Pearl ''and'' graphic designer "[[http://www.fossilfighters.com/html/making-of/5/ I deliberately used the design of a dinosaur as it was conceived by people long ago.]]")
* {{Nerf}}: Support effects were nerfed quite heavily in ''Champions.'' In the first game, vivosaurs had their full support effects regardless of their level, making things like [[GameBreaker Compso]] incredibly dangerous. In the sequel, support effects grow when
your bonny lass.levels do... meaning the game gives you a Compso in the ''very beginning of the game,'' and feels no remorse.
** But there's also an inversion, as some game mechanics got stronger in the transition from the original game to ''Champions''. In the original game, only the vivosaur in the Attack Zone could have a negative status effect put on them, and switching zones got rid of status effects. This made attacks whose only purpose was to cause a status effect somewhat weak, but this hurt poison attacks especially--you would need to use a chain of either knockback or [[StandardStatusEffect excite]] skills to get a poison attack to work, and the extra damage frequently wasn't that spectacular. In the sequel, however, all zones can have status effects and rotating doesn't get rid of them, meaning the extra damage from poison is more likely to stick around.
** A similar inversion applies to counterattacks. In the first game, counterattacks only had a 40% chance of working, making them a rather weak and luck-based strategy. In the sequel, counterattacks were upped to a 70% success rate, making them far more dangerous.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: The Dinomatons are robot dinosaurs, and the aforementioned Breme is a vampire dinosaur.
** And the sequel brings us skeleton [[spoiler:and zombie]] dinosaurs.
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: A rare living example in [[OlympusMons Frigi(saur) and Igno(saur)]]. As soon as you defeat the former, the latter vanishes as well due to them cancelling each other's powers out. Still, it removes a god-like power from your party to prevent a Game Breaker. [[spoiler:Until you can win them from post-game {{Bonus Boss}}es, anyway.]]
* NothingIsScarier: When [[spoiler: the BB Bandits take over Vivosaur Island]], no music plays even in friendly areas.
* NotQuiteBackToNormal: Poor Rosie. The other girl's ending shows she hasn't fully thrown off the effects of the Digadig charm ''or'' the [[spoiler: deevolution ray]].
* OddNameOut: Three of Holt's V-Raptors in the mini-manga are Odin, Thor, and Steve.
* OlympusMons: Frigisaur and Ignosaur.
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler:The main villains of both ''Champions'' and ''Frontier'' turn themselves into monstrous dino-beasts for the final battle.]]
* OverlyLongName: Avoided. Many dinos have these, but their Vivosaur counterparts have them cut short.
* PaletteSwap: In ''Frontier,'' certain dinos have variants (based off famous specimens) that are colored differently. They sometimes differ in elements and skills, too--Hypsi comes in Air, Water, and Fire versions.
* {{Panspermia}}: Subverted. [[spoiler: The Dinaurians seeded the planet with life, but it was Earth's own species that survived instead.]]
* PeninsulaOfPowerLeveling: There's a bonus boss post-game that most people have trouble with. However, with the right team (ex. Seismo, Hoplo, and Compso) you can consistently defeat said bonus boss over and over again in about 6 turns each time by abusing a team skill and how long-range attacks work, making leveling up all your vivosaurs to rank 12 easy.
** In the second game, there's the three Barebones Brigade officials. They use teams made up entirely of Boneysaurs; although Boneys have powerful support effects, they're also extreme {{Glass Cannon}}s, meaning vivosaurs several levels lower of them can take them out with some decent planning. They grant a full 30 points (in a game where level-ups come every 50 points) on defeat, making them great for grinding.
** Also in the second game, after you beat the game, you can talk to Prof. Scatterly to "reenact" the final battle with Zongazonga. By thee end of the game your vivosaurs will probably be strong enough to take him out no problem, and he gives you 50 points, so any dinosaurs can be leveled up just by being put in the support group.
* PlanetEater: [[spoiler:Guhnash.]]
* PlayableEpilogue: A whole crop of stuff opens up after you beat the game. UnusableEnemyEquipment becomes [[InfinityPlusOneSword usable]], new areas open up, everyone becomes a BonusBoss, you get ''both'' the OlympusMons...
* PhlebotinumKilledTheDinosaurs: [[spoiler:Inverted; Dinosaurs were introduced on Earth by the Dinaurians.]]
* PopQuiz: The second go through the Secret Tunnels has you correctly answering dinosaur trivia to advance in the maze.
** In ''Champions'' there's a roaming quiz show sidequest run by Tess Score.
* PowerTrio: Hunter, Rosie, and Holt become one of these in the mini-manga. In ''Champions'', it's the player, Todd, and Pauleen; with Rupert as SixthRanger.
* PowerupLetdown: Getting the upgrade for Dark Fossils lets you find red fossils, which you could already find anyway, jewels, which you could find anyway, and dino droppings, which you ''couldn't''. Also, dark fossils have an outer shell that can only be broken with a hammer. If there's a speck of outer shell covering that perfect red fossil, expect to lose some points smashing it.
** Yes, but you don't get challenged for finding Dark Fossils in the original. Meaning you don't have to fight tooth-and-nail for every [[VendorTrash Emerald and Diamond]] that you dig up. In addition, the best jewels are available in Dark Fossils, meaning you can now get those all-important case, sonar, and cleaning tool upgrades without running around swinging a pickaxe like a maniac for hours on end. BoringButPractical.
* PunnyName / MeaningfulName: Where to start? We've got name changer Ty Tull, advice giver Tipper, Sam Inaro who teaches seminars... And these are just from the ''first'' game.
** Gets lampshaded:
--->'''Rosie:''' Oh, I can't believe I didn't make the connection before... Knickknacks... ''Nick Nack''. Ugh. Waa ha ha! To think we're out looking for knickknacks for a guy named Nick Nack... It's like some awful joke!
** NeverHeardThatOneBefore: Even the [=NPC=]s warn you that "We've heard all the jokes" about Bea Ginner (who teaches novices).
* PurelyAestheticGender: Your gender has no effect on the plot in ''Champions'' or ''Frontier''.
* QuintessentialBritishGentleman: In ''Champions,'' both Professor Scatterly and Rupert show signs of it. Rupert is more of a nascent one, though he certainly shows signs of Britishness.
* RandomlyDrops: Some fossils are ''much'' rarer than others, and you'll have to go back and forth between the main town and the area where they're found if you want to complete your fossil collection. Averted in ''Frontier'', where fossils for a specific vivosaur can be counted on to show up near each other and always in the same areas; plus they're identified on sight and you no longer need to go back to town to excavate them.
* TheReptilians: [[spoiler:The dinaurians in the original game.]]
* RibcageRidge: Treasure Lake in the second game has a gigantic skull of some variety, smack dab in the middle of the lake.
** Could also be a parody DesertSkull. Food for thought.
* RichBitch: Bling sisters Ruby and Sapphire, aka "the Posh Pair", in ''Frontier'''s postgame; who consider the player a commoner and recruit him/her in a few schemes to get rare jewels. Averted with [[spoiler:Penny]], who is only revealed to come from a rich family in the postgame and is SpoiledSweet.
* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: A great deal of the Fossil Fighters are implied to be this.
* RoadApples: Yes, you can dig up fossilized dino dung. Nick Nack and John Guano are the only ones who want it for whatever reason (the shop will ''accept'' it, but will pay next to nothing).
* RobotBuddy: [=KL-33N=], the cleaning robot. Rupert has a prototype digging robot called [=Di66-R=]. In ''Frontier'', the Bone Buggies have an onboard AI called [=VR-00M=] (whose picture looks like the robots from the prior games).
* RoseHairedSweetie: Nate from ''Frontier'' is a RareMaleExample, in {{Adorkable}} flavor.
* RuleOfCool: Dinosaurs battling it out is cool enough, but the sequels give them even more powerful, awesome-looking forms.
* RunningGag: In ''Champions'', every time [[spoiler: someone's skull jumps into your pocket]], it is always described as "lumpy."
* SamusIsAGirl: In ''Frontier,'' it's revealed that the MascotMook T-Rex--the big red, yellow, and black one that appears on the box art of every game--is specifically a female version (named [[GeniusBonus Sue]]). The male version is a [[RealMenWearPink purple]] variant named [[FluffyTheTerrible Stan.]]
* SaveScumming: If you save before you talk to the cleaning robot, you can reload the save until he gives satisfactory results. No longer the case in ''Frontier'', where you do all the cleaning out in the field where you ''can't'' save.
* SchmuckBait: The Secret Tunnels of the Mole Brothers contain several treasure chests, but a nearby plaque warns you that "greed is its own setback." Opening them keeps you from advancing in the maze. It's later confirmed that opening these chests is why Lemo and O'Mel got separated in the first place.
* SetBonus: Putting three vivosaurs with something in common on the field can unlock a special attack for each.
* ShoutOut:
** One poor nameless NPC is tasked with standing guard over a warehouse, and nothing else. Keep talking to him, and he'll eventually reveal the "deep, philosophical" thoughts he's been having: "'''What is a man''''s life worth? Nothing but guarding '''a miserable pile of secrets?'''"
** The cleaning robots resemble Japanese emoticons.
** A cinematic from the sequel shows [[Film/JurassicPark a helicopter transporting new people to the island.]]
** In ''Champions'', one park staffer is trying to come up with new ideas:
-->Fast cars are exciting, right? Maybe we could [[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds have people battle while driving around a racetrack]]! [[TakeThat No, you're right. That's a dumb idea.]]
** Stella, Staff leader of Ribular Island informs the Hero(ine) that "[[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1 Your dig site is on another island!]]" once they progress past Round 2 of the Cup. She then wonders why that sounds familiar.
** ''Champions'' also features a fisherman who became lost at sea. His name is [[Literature/RobinsonCrusoe Robinson,]] and he also talks to [[Film/CastAway a ball, whom he calls his best friend]].
** When its programming goes haywire, Rupert's robot says things such as "[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda I AM ERROR.]]" and "[[Videogame/ProWrestling A WINNER IS YOU.]]"
** In ''Frontier'', if you talk to a shopkeeper about cleaning a daily random fossil, they'll say [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda "It's a secret to everybody."]] During a tournament during one of the postgame quests, one character will also reference [[UsefulNotes/NintendoEntertainmentSystem "playing with power"]].
* ShownTheirWork: The information on the extinct animals, also see MythologyGag above.
* SignificantAnagram: The Mole Brothers' names are Lemo and O'Mel. Hm. I wonder what ''those'' [[SarcasmMode are anagrams of]]?
* SinisterSchnoz: Snivels, no question.
* SkullForAHead: Don Boneyard [[spoiler:and anyone else who became a victim of Zongazonga]].
* SlasherSmile: [[spoiler: Guhweep]] has one, but it's not immediately obvious until it [[spoiler: uses Tears of Dark Light... and turns upside down]].
* SlippySlideyIceWorld: The Glacier dig site from the first game, though it doesn't open up until the endgame.
** All of the Ilium Island digsites in ''Champions'' apply. Ilium isn't called "The island where warmth goes to die" for nothing!
* TheSlowPath:
** In the first game, [[spoiler:Dr. Diggins after he's sent back to the Jurassic. Thank goodness he manages to find the Stone Sleep device!]]
** Also seen in ''Frontier''. [[spoiler:While time-traveling, your vivosaur partner gets left behind in the late Cretaceous in order to make sure you get home safely. Eventually, you realize that a fossilized Dino Gear-like artifact you'd found earlier in the game really ''is'' your partner's Dino Gear.]]
* StanceSystem: Used in ''Frontier''. While previous games had tactical systems based on a vivosaur's placement on the field, ''Frontier'' instead focuses on how your vivosaur is standing: straight ahead, rearing up, ducking down, or turned around and baring its tail. Each vivosaur has a different set of strong and weak stances, and different attacks can change your or your opponents' stances (though a vivosaur's stance is always reset when it takes its turn).
* StarterMon: Each game in the series does it differently:
** ''Fossil Fighters:'' You start the game with a Spinax who, while common, is decently powerful. However, at the game start, you also get a free bonus fossil of a dinosaur based on how you answer some questions about what you like in your dinos.
** ''Champions:'' Joe Wildwest lets you pick between dinos of the four basic elements, which are hard to get until late game. All can [[MagikarpPower Super Evolve.]] Plus, boys get a T-rex and girls get a Tricera.
** ''Frontier:'' You befriend Chomp, the most traditionally mons-like dino in the series. He's no recognizable dinosaur species, he's quite powerful, and he evolves at certain points in the game. Plus, he's your TeamPet and your close friend.
* StatGrinding: A mild case in the first game; most stat gains are at levelups but vivosaurs also gain HP gradually between levels. ''Champions'' removes this.
* StockDinosaurs: But also includes any new prehistoric mammals and dinosaurs discovered during the creation of the game.
** The sequel appears to be continuing this, including many other prehistoric creatures from before and after the age of dinosaurs.
* StopHavingFunGuys: [[{{In-Universe}} Rupert]] in ''Champions''. After witnessing Todd take his loss to you in stride, he's baffled as to why Todd's not upset about losing. Though it turns out it's less arrogance that his way is the right one and more ignorance that there are other ways in the first place.
** Turns out it comes from his dad, who tried to drive the "have fun" mentality out of him and wanted him to bail out when facing even a 50% chance of failure. [[spoiler:This game being high on the idealistic end of the scale, this was just dad trying to protect Rupert from the pain of losing. [[ManipulativeBastard Or so he says...]]]]
* StrangelyEffectiveDisguise: [[spoiler: Somehow, the majority of the Dinaurians are fooled by yours and Dr. Diggins' masks.]]
** See also ''Champions'', where the hero(ine) receives a Ty Ranno mask for disguise purposes. No other mask keeps [=NPC=]s from immediately knowing who he/she is; how is this mask different?
* SummonBiggerFish: Calling up Ignosaur to fight Frigisaur.
* TakeThat: After completing the main quest and all the sidequests of ''Frontier'', you'll take a group photo with the main cast; to which Dahlia comments "And it's a PICTURE, got it? Not a selfie. That word is so overused these days.
"
** In the second, Jack is revealed to * TakenForGranite: [[spoiler:The [[LizardFolk dinaurians]] have made one with Davy Jones to float the Black Pearl earlier. "You owe me a ''soul'', and its time to pay up."
** In the third, it's kinda hard to tell who's supposed to be the devil and who the mortal sucker.
* DeathGlare:
** In
technology that can do this. The technology that un-stones them is also responsible for how you can revive dinosaurs in the first movie, Jack delivered a formidable one when he [[spoiler:shot and killed Barbossa]]. It's all the more effective since, up 'til that moment, the generally-cheerful pirate hadn't sported any expressions [[http://www.deppimpact.com/gallery/albums/caps_pirates/pirates1096.JPG remotely like it.place.]]
** Davy Jones has a killer stare when he snarls "Do * ATasteOfPower: Do you fear death?" ''Everybody'' takes him seriously.
**
go straight to the confrontation with [[spoiler: Ignosaur]] in your party... or do you have some fun with the [[OlympusMons godlike beast]] beforehand?
* TerribleTrio:
The look one of Sao Feng's bath attendants gives Beckett's Dragon after he shoots BB Gang. Also counts as the other(the insinuation being they were sisters) should've ''incinerated'' GoldfishPoopGang for the man, by all rights.
** Captain Teague has a mighty fearsome one that cows
first half of the entire Brethren Court when game. In the sequel, it's suggested in the Barebones Brigade. ''Frontier'' has Baron von Blackraven and his presence that they ''won't'' keep gang.
* TheTetrisEffect: Expect
to the Code.
see fossils in various states of cleaning every time you close your eyes.
* DeathIsCheap:
** [[spoiler:Jack (who was retrieved from Davy Jones's Locker)]]
** [[spoiler:Will (who was made captain
TyrannosaurusRex: The game's mascot, and somewhat of the Flying Dutchman after being killed by and then killing Jones)]]
** [[spoiler:Bootstrap (who was sent to
InfinityPlusOneSword. One NPC ensures the bottom player near the end of the ocean while undead)]]
** [[spoiler:Barbossa (whom Tia Dalma resurrected)]]
** So common, in fact,
game that Tia Dalma has to justify "all the ''aversion'' with [[spoiler:Governor Swann]]. "Him at peace."
hype you've ever heard about it is true!"
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment:
** ''Dead Man's Chest'':
-->'''Will:''' You want me to find this?\\
'''Jack:''' No. ''You'' want you to find this. Because
TheUnintelligible: Rex of the finding of this finds you incapacitorially finding and/or locating in your discovering the detecting of a way to save your dolly belle ol' what's-her-face. Savvy?
BB Bandits.
** ''Also Dead Man's Chest'':
-->'''Jack:''' You want to do what you want to do because you want it.
** ''On Stranger Tides'':
-->'''Jack:''' There is a girl. A female. Of the opposite sex.
* DesertedIsland: Jack is marooned on one, twice, the second time with Elizabeth. Fortunately, he escaped off-screen (subverted in that he [[UnspokenPlanGuarantee explains how he did it]]). The titular Dead Man's Chest is housed on another.
* DistractedByTheShiny: If he didn't take the time to rummage through every nook and cranny for things that could be of value, Jack would have made a ''lot'' more effective escape attempts. But he [[JustifiedTrope is a pirate...
EloquentInMyNativeTongue: [[spoiler:His true speech patterns tend toward SesquipedalianLoquaciousness. Those kooky English bulldogs...]]
* DivineDate: Davy Jones's backstory involves him falling in love with UnknownItemIdentification: In the sea goddess Calypso when he was still a mortal man. She gave him first two games, fossils had to be brought back to base and excavated before they could be identified. In ''Frontier'', fossils are "unknown" the job of [[{{Psychopomp}} ferrying first time they're excavated but the souls of those who died at sea sonar will be able to ID them afterward.
* UnusableEnemyEquipment: Boy,
the afterlife]] with the promise of seeing her once every 10 years, but since Calypso is as treacherous as the sea itself, she failed to show up. This prompted Jones to go rogue and caused his mutation into Dinatomatons sure are cool, aren't they? Who wouldn't want a [[{{Cthulhumanoid}} squid-man]].
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything:
**
[[VideoGame/RobotDinosaursThatShootBeamsWhenTheyRoar Robot Dinosaur That Shoots Beams When Barbossa calls the brawling Pirate Court It Roars?]] Well, sorry, but ''you don't get none.'' And you'll have to order, he steps onto the table with a pistol in one hand and, curiously, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chain_shot chain shot]] keep your paws off [[spoiler:Duna, Dynal, and Raptin]] too... [[spoiler:until they all become available in the other. During his speech, we get a shot of Jack peering through his legs, where you can clearly see a pair of [[VisualPun huge, cast-iron balls]].
** ''On Stranger Tides'' is about [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade an adventurous scoundrel who must form an uneasy alliance with his foes in a race to find the secret key to immortality]]. And then the BigBad [[spoiler:chooses... poorly.
postgame, that is.]]
* DressedToPlunder: They put their own spin on VendorTrash: Digging up and cleaning gemstones is the costumes, but it still hits the major notes: parrot, beards, eyepatches, hats, bandanas, everything short of a hook. [[spoiler: Barbossa even gets a peg leg in the fourth movie]].
* DropTheHammer
* TheDrunkenSailor: Virtually everyone, [[MemeticMutation unless all the rum is gone]]. Though, in interviews, the scriptwriters revealed Jack's inebriation is usually an act; he fakes being tipsy to throw his (numerous) enemies off their guard.
* DuelOfSeduction:
** Elizabeth and Jack.
** Jack and Angelica in the fourth film.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome - Becket's death could be viewed as this. He calmly turns and walks down the stairs (AS THEY ARE EXPLODING BEHIND HIM, casually trailing his hand along the railing. Before coming to a stop, looking at the camera and accepting death. Most seem to see this as Becket being in denial over what has happened and is happening. Most deaths somewhat count in some shape: Jack dies going in a Mano-A-Mano with the [[SuperPersistentPredator Goddamn Kraken]], Jones perishes in the middle of a massive whirpool battle while [[KickTheDog kicking dogs]] all around, etc
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler: Philip and Syrena in the 4th movie. And boy, did they earn it.]]
* EndOfAnAge: The films are set at the end of the golden age of piracy. Several times through all three films, characters make note of how difficult it's become
only way to make a living as a pirate, with no sign money. The better the gem, the more money.
* VerbalTic: The Digadigs, including Pauleen in ''Champions''. Rosie [[GotMeDoingIt picks it up]] when she is mystically made part
of the change slowing down. Though possibly somewhat averted at the end of the third movie, with Calypso being returned to her proper place as goddess of the sea. And it's obvious in the fourth movie that if an end is coming to the age of piracy tribe, and sea magic, Blackbeard never got the memo.
she is very ''diga-''displeased.
* EnemyMine. When your protagonists and antagonists have the same goals and profession, good and bad VideoGameCrueltyPotential: Roise asks "you probably hate me now, don't you?". You actually are "a matter of perspective":
** In ''Curse of The Black Pearl'', Will and then Norrington both end up having
ABLE to make deals with Jack (who they hate) to track down Barbossa, and Barbossa makes a deal with Jack (he hates Jack, too) after finding out Norrington is waiting off shore to ambush them.
** A variation in ''Dead Man's Chest'', where during a three-way sword-fight between Will, Jack and Norrington, as the latter is curb-stomping Jack for all of the misfortune he's endured since the last film, Jack points out that since Will freed Jack from jail, convinced Norrington to let him go, ''and'' got Elizabeth, that makes ''Will'' more responsible. Norrington pauses for a moment to consider this, turns and immediately begins attacking Will instead.
--> '''Norrington''': Unfortunately Mr Turner... ''he's right!''
** In ''At World's End'', Barbossa feigns EnemyMine at first to cover up his true motive, the fact that he needs to call to order the Brethren Court just to get their Pieces of Eight, which he needs to [[spoiler:free Calypso, who brought him back, else she'll withdraw her power and let him die again]]. But by the end, Barbossa plays the trope straight.
*** Also, the Brethren Court seems to be made up of rival Lords who can't stand each other and will break out in a fist-fight at the slightest provocation. They're only united by a common enemy.
*** Also #2: Jack cooks up a plan with Will, who had betrayed Jack to Beckett earlier, because Will wants to stab Jones's heart to free Bootstrap and Jack wants to stab Jones's heart [[spoiler:and become immortal.]]
** In the fourth film, Jack and Barbossa briefly team up to screw over Blackbeard.
* EnemyRisingBehind: The Kraken.
** And in the fourth film, the entrance to [[spoiler:the Fountain of Youth]] provides ample opportunity for characters to rise up ominously through the mist. Happened with both [[spoiler:Barbossa, to Blackbeard]] and [[spoiler:the Spanish, to everyone]].
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: ''[[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Zombie pirate]]'' monkeys.
* EvilCounterpart:
** [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Pintel and Ragetti]] vs. [[ThoseTwoGuys Mullroy and Murtogg]] in the first film.
** [[{{Jerkass}} Barbossa]] vs. Davy Jones and Jack vs. Beckett (his old nemesis) in the third.
** Bosun, Maccus, Mercer and "Quartermaster" are Evil Counterparts to Gibbs.
** In the first film's commentary, Barbossa is called "the dark side of Jack Sparrow" by Ted and Terry.
** Also, in the fourth film, Blackbeard is arguably this to Barbossa.
* EvilPlan: Each movie involves a villain seeking a treasure but the specifics vary widely.
say "yes".
* EvilVersusEvil: The third movie especially. Jones hates working for Beckett and Mercer, rebelling at the earliest opportunity; Norrington does a HeelFaceTurn about midway through after realizing how evil Beckett really is. Not to mention Tia Dalma and Sao Feng's roles in the story.
* ExpandedUniverse: The movies have spawned a number of novels, short films, comics, and games.
* {{Fainting}}: Elizabeth does this three times in the first two films. The first instance is genuine (see OfCorsetHurts), and sets the plot into motion. The second is faked, and accomplishes its purpose. The third is also faked, and is completely ignored (seems you've shot your bolt, Liz).
* FantasticRomance: A lot. See also InterspeciesRomance.
** Davy Jones and the goddess Calypso in the second and the third movie.
** [[spoiler:Will after removing his heart and becoming the captain of the Flying Dutchman]] and Elizabeth at the end of the third movie.
** Philip and Syrena in the fourth.
* FixedForwardFacingWeapon:
** The Flying Dutchman is equipped with a pair of forward facing [[GatlingGood gatling cannons]]. Not bad for a time when all firearms were still loaded manually ''through the muzzle'' one shot at a time.
** The aforementioned flame throwers on the ''Queen Anne's Revenge''.
* {{Flanderization}}: The series, originally an AffectionateParody and homage to the pirate genre, became a parody of itself after the first film, when all the character traits, quirks, and set-pieces that were more subtle in the first film were [[UpToEleven turned up to eleven,]] and subject to relentless self-referencing.
* FlirtingUnderFire: In ''At World's End'', Elizabeth and Will [[spoiler:get ''married'' under fire, and even share a kiss.]]
* FlyingDutchman: Rather literally in the case of Davy Jones.
* {{Flynning}}: Naturally, since every principle actor had to learn to use a sword.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** In ''Dead Man's chest'', the sailor's mention of the long pork on the island of Peligostos, which we learn later on is home to a cannibal tribe.
** Where we find Jack, believed to be a god by island natives who attempt to release him from his human form. [[spoiler:Tia Dalma is later revealed to be the sea goddess Calypso, and released from her human form.]]
** When discussing the story of Davy Jones's tragic love, the pirates can't agree on whether it was the sea he fell in love with or a woman ''tameless as the sea''. Tia Dalma tells them that both versions are true, for they are [[ElementalEmbodiment one and the same]]. And during the same visit to Tia Dialma, you can see : [[spoiler:Barbossa's boots and the heart medallion that forms a pair with Davy Jones's]]
** In ''Stranger Tides'', the pub where not-Jack [[spoiler:actually Anjelica]] is hiding is named ''The Captain's Daughter''.
** In the same film, Blackbeard describes Angelica as "a fitting last sight for a doomed soul".
* {{Forgiveness}}:
** Davy Jones and Tia Dalma can't; Will and Elizabeth manage to.
** Evidently, Jack also forgave Elizabeth for [[spoiler:abandoning him to be eaten by the Kraken. He could easily have treated her the same
''Frontier,'' when the ''Flying Dutchman'' started to flounder; instead he unhesitatingly rescued her.]]
** The last love scene between Syrena and Philip has him asking her forgiveness for [[spoiler:him getting her captured.]]
* FountainOfYouth: The [[TropeMaker original]] Fountain of Youth, purportedly discovered by Ponce de León, is mentioned as a SequelHook at the end of the third movie, and is a central plot elemental of the fourth. [[spoiler:Unlike most depictions, its use involves HumanSacrifice.]]
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Jack = Sanguine; Will = Choleric; Barbossa = Melancholic; Elizabeth = Phlegmatic. Although a case could be made that Will and Elizabeth [[CharacterArc switch places]] in the end -- [[ElementalPowers conveniently]] in Will's case, given his change of profession in the end: from one associated [[TheBlacksmith with fire]] (Choleric) [[FlyingDutchman to water]] (Phlegmatic). And Elizabeth's corresponding [[TookALevelInBadass change]] of profession ([[SheIsTheKing more Choleric]] to say the least).
* AFriendInNeed: Jack, when it really matters. [[spoiler:He readily sacrifices his chance at immortality to save Will's life. And then he does it ''again'' to save Angelica.]]
* FriendlyEnemies: ''All'' the main characters are this at various points in the series.
* GatlingGood: The Triple Guns on the ''Flying Dutchman''.
* GenreDeconstruction: Of the pirate/swashbuckler genre. None of the pirates are shown in a truly positive light. Sparrow may not be killing indiscriminately but that's because he would prefer to con and swindle people instead. When he's up against someone he truly hates(Barbossa), he doesn't hesitate to go for the kill.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** Note Jack clearly stating that '''four''' of his rescuers have tried to kill him in the past: Elizabeth, Will and Barbossa in the classic way and Tia Dalma, in a sexual way. There are also many hidden sexual innuendos throughout the trilogy; it may be rated PG-13, but it's still a Disney film.
** Barbossa's remarks about "pleasurable company".
** The "mine's bigger" scenes in the third movie where Jack and Barbossa try to outdo each other in seemingly innocent and trivial things, like who has a bigger scope.
** At the end of the third movie when Jack is bragging to a couple of wenches about how big it (the Black Pearl) is and how it might be frightening at first but they can both have a ride on it. Then when they get to the docks, one of them remarks, "Is that it?" while the other says "It's not very big".
** "You took advantage of our hospitality last time, it holds fair now
you return the favour", and Barbossa tosses Elizabeth to his men who begin pawing at her.
** In the fourth film, Jack stating that he "support(s) the missionary's [[DontExplainTheJoke (Philip)]] position."
** Also in the fourth:
-->'''Gibbs:''' (to Jack) I thought you were hell-bent of finding the Fountain of Youth?
-->'''Jack:''' I'm still bent! Hellishly so!
** And this:
-->'''Angelica:''' How is it we can never meet without you pointing something at me?
** Jack also slips in a masturbation joke when he says, "My eyesight's as good as ever, just so you know" in reference to the Black Spot on his hand. (''Could'' also be a syphilis joke- while the Black Spot doesn't look like a syphilis lesion, they usually appeared much like that in art of the day, probably because they would be covered with black stick-on patches)
** In the third film, Beckett finds his way to Shipwreck with Jack's compass, which Will gave Beckett, so naturally, Barbossa assumes Will's the one who betrayed them. Beckett says Will is "merely the ''tool'' of your betrayal" and singles Jack out as it's grand architect. Will says he acted alone. And Jack says, "Listen to the tool." The grin on Jack's face says it all.
** ''"Waste not."'' That one was particularly creepy.
** There's also this from the fourth film:
--> '''Angelica:''' I was innocent in the ways of men!\\
'''Jack:''' You demonstrated a lot of technique for someone I supposedly corrupted.
** This exchange in the second film as the crew are entering Tia Dalma's shack:
--> '''Gibbs''': Watch your back.
--> '''Jack''': It's my front I'm worried about.
** There were a couple of GetTheeToANunnery moments throughout the film slipped in for this purpose. There was Tia Dalma's introduction:
-->'''Will Turner:''' You know me?\\
'''Tia Dalma:''' You want to know me.\\
'''Jack Sparrow:''' There'll be no knowing here!
** And then Jack's exchange with Angelica, which hinted at an actual nunnery pun:
-->'''Angelica:''' What were you doing in a Spanish convent, anyway?\\
'''Jack:''' Mistook it for a brothel. Honest mistake.
* GhostPirate:
** The villains of the first movie.
** Davy Jones and his crew are a MixAndMatchCritters variety.
** The fourth film contains several zombie (of the Voodoo variety) pirates.
* GoodIsBoring: More a case of Lawful Good Is Boring; the stoic Norrington has the most to offer as a potential suitor(high ranking naval officer, good breeding, stability), but Elizabeth is drawn to the more hot-headed Will, who is an orphaned blacksmith of a lower social order.
* GorgeousPeriodDress: Since the movies revolve around pirates, there isn't much of this flavor, but if you pay attention, the movies include a surprisingly great amount of [[PimpedOutDress pimped out dresses]]. Elizabeth dresses like this in the first two movies, before she became a PirateGirl. While we're on the subject, Norrington's uniform got pimped when he got promoted to admiral between the second and third movies. A bit more of this in the fourth film, which includes some scenes of British and Spanish court officials and dress-uniformed officers.
* GottaCatchThemAll:
** ''The Curse Of The Black Pearl'' required the crew of ''The Black Pearl'' to track down 882 pieces of Aztec gold to break their curse. As the film starts, though, they've already found them all but one, and they get that one inside the first hour.
** The Nine Pieces of Eight are needed to assemble the Pirate Lords and complete the spell in ''At World's End''. This actually becomes a plot point as a reason not to kill Jack.
** The keys to the Fountain of Youth in ''On Stranger Tides''.
* GravityIsAHarshMistress:
** In ''Dead Man's Chest'', Jack freefalls what looks like several hundred feet down a canyon and lands little more than dazed at the bottom. We're expected to believe that falling through a few flimsy rope bridges on the way down slowed him up enough.
** In the fourth film, Jack is exceptionally leery of jumping off a cliff in order to get the silver chalices. It takes Blackbeard threatening to shoot Angelica and one of the zombies throwing the Jack voodoo doll over the ledge to get him to jump.
* GrinOfAudacity: "Now bring me that horizon!". ''Captain'' Jack Sparrow is very excited [[spoiler:he got his ship back]]. Of course there's a lot more of those throughout the trilogy: it's a swasbucking action show about ''pirates'', what did you ''expect?''
* HamToHamCombat: Any time any of the following are onscreen at the same time: Barbossa, Jack Sparrow, Captain Teague, Davy Jones, Elizabeth (in the third movie), Angelica and Blackbeard (in the fourth).
* {{Handwave}}: In-universe example. Whenever something improbable happens, the character insists Sea Turtles were involved
** Jack claimed to escape the island Barbossa marooned him on by creating a raft made of sea turtles.
[[spoiler: He actually bartered his way onto a smuggler's vessel when they landed to pick up their rum cache.]]
** When Will arives on the island where Davy Jones stashed his heart
travel back in time]], you can encounter dino nests. You can cheerfully drive your Bone Buggy over them and Jack asked how he got there, he replied, "Sea Turtles! I strapped a pair of shatter them to my feet!" [[spoiler: He was hiding on the Flying Dutchman.]]
** The dog that carries the keys to the written version of the Pirate Code. Pintel and Ragetti ask where it came from and Teague says, "Sea turtles, mate." Word of God is that the Dog really did escape the island with sea turtles.
* HatOfAuthority: Generally, a pirate's hat size indicates his or her authority among the crew (with regional variations
pieces, for the international pirates, such as Sri Sumbaji's turban). no other reason than they're there. (Though they magically reform themselves if you wait.)
* XMeetsY: ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' meets {{Mon}}s. (''Magazine/NintendoPower'' said "meets ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''", but "meets ''VideoGame/{{Spectrobes}}''" is much more apt.)
* WeCannotGoOnWithoutYou:
In ''Dead Man's Chest'', Sparrow offers to buy Barbossa a "big floppy hat" as part of the deal to be 'commodore' of a pirate fleet.
* HeelFaceReturn:
** Pintel and Ragetti (the paired comic relief pirates)
** Barbossa
* HeldGaze: Will and Elizabeth of have this quite regularly between them in
the first movie and the sequel as their romance blossoms. Philip and Syrena have a lot of gaze-holding going on in ''On Stranger Tides''.
* HeroicBSOD:
** Norrington is already in one when the protagonists first meet up with him again in Tortuga in the second movie.
** Elizabeth has one at the end of the second movie [[spoiler:due to her heavy guilt of leaving Jack to die at the hands of the Kraken]].
** Barbossa briefly has one in the third movie after his plan to save the pirates [[spoiler:by releasing Calypso]] backfires on them. Elizabeth manages to snap him out of it.
** Jack gets a couple of brief ones:
*** When he's in prison in the first movie, before Will frees him
*** After Davy Jones [[spoiler:fatally stabs Will]] in the third movie, before Jack could stab his heart to gain immortality. [[spoiler:Jack ultimately breaks out of it by sacrificing said immortality to save Will's life.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: Both played straight and subverted: [[spoiler:Norrington as a straight example in the third film and Jack as a subversion in the second (as Elizabeth rightly doubts his courage and "helps him" act appropriately), as well as Norrington also subverting it - or at least playing with it - by taking the empty Dead Man's Chest and running off, commanding the others to abandon him while never letting on that he has the heart of Davy Jones. As a result, he does legitimately save them from danger, but he also gains an excellent excuse to escape with his ill-gotten gains.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Captain Jack Sparrow and Mr. Gibbs are a classic example. Pintel and Ragetti. WordOfGod says that Ragetti is Pintel's nephew.
* HighDiveEscape: Jack. Repeatedly.
* HilariousOuttakes: The first four movies have their Bloopers of the Caribbean on their [=DVDs=].
* HollywoodNatives: The CannibalTribe from the second movie.
* HollywoodVoodoo: Tia Dalma and [[spoiler:Blackbeard]]
* HomeFieldAdvantage: Davy Jones can move through the Flying Dutchman at will, while Blackbeard or rather, [[spoiler:whoever has his sword]] can manipulate the Queen Anne's Revenge and, if Barbossa's exposition is to be believed, any other ships they encounter, at will.
* HoneyTrap:
** In the second movie, Elizabeth [[spoiler:lures Jack into kissing her]], but this is to allow [[spoiler:her plans of chaining Jack against a nearby mast, so the Kraken kills only him, and not all the crew.]]
** In the fourth film's London ChaseScene, Jack takes cover inside [[Creator/JudiDench a wealthy older lady's]] carriage, and immediately leans over to smooch her behind the ear before resuming his escape. She's apparently not displeased by this event... until she realizes that [[spoiler:he's just fled with her jewelled earring in his mouth!]]
* HonorAmongThieves: [[PlayingWithATrope Toyed]] with constantly. The pirates' code is supposed to enforce this notion, but it's viewed as only "guidelines" when it suits them.
* HonorBeforeReason: At first, just Will is doing stupidly honest and honorable things ([[BewareTheHonestOnes although this does make him unpredictable to selfish pirates]]) and to a lesser extent Norrington with his MercyLead for a WorthyOpponent. Later on,
game's Master-rank Level-Up Battles, losing even Jack fits this trope [[spoiler: by allowing Will to become Davy Jones' successor in order to save Will's life]]. In Jack's case, though, it's hard to tell where (and whether) he's using reason in one vivosaur makes you lose the first place.
-->'''Will:''' So that's the reason for the... you know.\\
'''Gibbs:''' ''Reason's'' got nothin' to do with it.
%%* HooksAndCrooks
* HostageMacGuffin:
** When Elizabeth Swann is chased after in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'', she thinks it's because she's the governor's daughter... but it turns out the men were just being 'called' by a magical amulet she was wearing. She tries to avert this trope by claiming to be her own maid (she was in her undistinguished nightclothes, and the place is full of maids), using the family name of her crush -- this leads them to take her for Bill Turner's child, [[spoiler:the person they were looking for]].
** In the sequels, she comes into her own and is no longer fought over... until being MacGuffinSuperPerson mistaken for a god]] in ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd At World's End]]'', when a [[GambitPileup bargaining session]] is held on who gets to kidnap her. She manages to negotiate her way into being declared [[SheIsTheKing Pirate King as a result]].
%%* HumanityEnsues
* HypocriticalHumor: [[ThoseTwoGuys Pintel and Ragetti's]] introductory exchange in ''Dead Man's Chest''. Summarized, and properly dashed, when Ragetti says [[ItMakesSenseInContext "It's the Bible. You get points for trying."]]
* IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace: Isla De La Muerta(The island of the dead); Shipwreck Cove.
-->'''Gibbs:''' Not for naught it's called '''''Shipwreck Island''''', where lies '''''Shipwreck Cove''''' and the town of '''''Shipwreck!'''''\\
'''Jack:''' You know, for all that pirates are clever clogs, we are a terribly unimaginative lot when it comes to naming things.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Elizabeth gets this from all over, or is at least threatened with it, most prominently in the third movie.
whole fight.
* ImmortalitySeeker: Jack, and Blackbeard. Which is the plot of the fourth movie. Subverted with Barbossa and the crew of the ''Black Pearl'' before the first movie; they didn't ''want'' immortality, but oh boy did they get it.
%%* ImmortalLifeIsCheap:
%%* ImNotHungry
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: The British Royal Navy sailors are kind of useless at their jobs in the films. They become a little competent in ''At World's End'' but become useless again in the fourth film.
* {{Improv}}: Half of Depp's lines, in the first film at least.
* ImprovisedWeapon: It wouldn't be a swashbuckling pirate series without them. See also the AbnormalAmmo entry, above.
** Jack uses the wrist irons that the soldiers put him in ("Finally!")
WellDoneSonGuy: Rupert's father is... difficult to take Elizabeth hostage and make his escape.
** Will uses a red-hot poker as an impromptu sword midway through his duel with Jack in the first film.
** Elizabeth uses a bed-warming pan to drop hot coals on a pirate.
** A rowboat is used to knock several undead Black Pearl crewmembers to pieces.
** Elizabeth gets a SimpleStaff scene using an ornate pole against pirates at Isla de Muerta.
** When escaping from cannibalistic natives, Jack tries (mostly unsuccessfully to use the wooden roasting spit he's tied to as a weapon.
** The Dead Man's chest gets used at least once to wonk somebody in the face.
** In the fourth, Jack knocks down several Spanish soldiers, while armed only with [[spoiler:a coconut on the end of a rope.]]
* IncomingHam:
** Jack Sparrow's and Davy Jones's grand entrances in the first and second films establish their mystique.
** [[HammyHerald Davy Jones even provides one for the (not so articulate) Kraken]]:
-->"Let no joyful voice be heard! Let no man look up at the sky with hope! And let this day be cursed by
please, shall we who ready to wake... the KRAKEN!"
** While he starts out a little understated, you know Blackbeard's about to unleash when he first enters.
* IndyPloy: Most of Jack's plans, though he maintains a certain GambitRoulette mystique about them just to keep people on their toes.
%%* InexplicableTreasureChests
* InNameOnly: Despite buying the rights to the [[Literature/OnStrangerTides Tim Powers novel]], ''On Stranger Tides'' has almost nothing in common with it aside from a few very general (and very public domain) similarities, such as Blackbeard and the Fountain of Youth. Owing to the movie's savage critical reception, Disney probably could've stood to lift a lot more from the book.
* InsistentTerminology:
** "Mr. Sparrow." "''[[TheyCallMeMisterTibbs Captain]]'' Jack Sparrow!"
** Davy Jones {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this in the second movie:
-->'''Jones:''' You've been captain of the ''Black Pearl'' for thirteen years. That was our agreement.\\
'''Sparrow:''' Technically I was only captain for two years before I was viciously mutinied upon.\\
'''Jones:''' Then you were a ''poor'' captain, but a captain nonetheless. Or have you not introduced yourself all these years as "''Captain'' Jack Sparrow"?
** Also, in the first movie:
-->'''Will:''' We're going to steal that ship?\\
'''Jack Sparrow:''' ''Commandeer.'' We're going to ''commandeer that'' ship; nautical term.
** And in the 4th movie:
--> "You are Jack Sparrow?"
--> {{beat}} "There should be a Captain in there somewhere."
** When Cutler Beckett mentions Jack Sparrow (sans "Captain") in front of Will and Elizabeth, they both spontaneously blurt out "Captain".
* InterestingSituationDuel: Several.
** In ''Curse of the Black Pearl'', Sparrow and Turner's first-meeting fight in the blacksmith's shop. Also Jack and Barbossa's clash in the treasure cave, with the tactical use of immortality.
** In DMC, Jack, Will and Norrington's three-way swordfight on Isla Cruces, which moves from beach to bell-tower to runaway mill-wheel.
** In AWE, Jack and Davy Jones's battle in the rigging.
** In OST, Jack fighting a duplicate of himself, [[spoiler:which turns out to be Angelica in disguise.]]
* InterspeciesRomance: A lot. See also FantasticRomance.
** Davy Jones and [[DivineDate the goddess Calypso]] in the second and the third movie.
** Philip (human) and Syrena (mermaid) from ''On Stranger Tides''.
* IronicEcho: Several, especially in the third film. [[spoiler:[-[[WhamLine "The Dutchman must have a captain."]]-]]]
** One is even twisted into a BrickJoke when Pintel asks [[CatchPhrase "Why is all but the rum gone?"]] , only to be told by Gibbs that the rum was gone.
** Another one worth mentioning is [[TheDragon Mr. Mercer's]] introductory line, "Evening, Guv'nor." A common British colloquialism, when uttered with [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]], stoic pride, that masks a SlasherSmile, is made even ''more'' ironic at the fact that he just caught Governor Swann attempting to flee Port Royal in the middle of the night.
** An early one from the first film: Elizabeth's "You may tell the captain that I am disinclined to acquiesce to his request."
** "Parley?"
* ItMayHelpYouOnYourQuest:
** Jack's jar of dirt.
-->'''Jack:''' Is the... jar of dirt going to help?\\
'''Tia Dalma:''' If you don' want it... give it back.\\
'''Jack:''' (''tentatively'') No...\\
'''Tia Dalma:''' Then it helps.
** The Nine Pieces of Eight. The Pirate Lords were, to a man, ''skint broke''.
-->'''Pintel:''' Those are nine pieces of ''[[LampshadeHanging junk]]!''
** Bootstrap's grungy knife as well. It seems [[ItWasAGift an odd gift]], but Bootstrap gives it to Will as if he knows he will need it and may never see him again. Will assumes he needs it to stab the heart. Ironic in hindsight.
* ItsTheJourneyThatCounts: {{Discussed}} and paraphrased in every movie.
* ItWasAGift: Commodore Norrington's [[CoolSword sword]]; Bootstrap's [[ItMayHelpYouOnYourQuest knife]].
* IWantThemAlive:
** Will is one of the few characters to use this trope to his advantage. Though in his case, Barbossa didn't know it was specifically Will he needed alive until he told him.
** Lord Beckett's motive for reining in Davy Jones, in the first part of ''At World's End''. Jones had been exterminating the crews of the pirate ships he attacked; Beckett couldn't have that. "I need prisoners to interrogate. This tends to work better if they're alive."
* KangarooCourt: The trials in the third and fourth movies are hinted to be this.
* KarmaHoudini: Barbossa in the fourth movie. Not so much in the first.
* KarmicTransformation: Davy Jones, prior to the events of the movies.
* KickTheDog:
** Cutler Beckett earns the ignominious honor of being the first Disney villain [[spoiler:to kill a ''child'', '''onscreen'''. In the first scene of the third movie, no less.]]
** Davy Jones kills dozens of innocent people in attempting to track down Will and Jack, though which one hits as most insidious - the innocent foreigners who merely chance upon Jack's hat or the trading crew with the stern captain we actually come to know somewhat - remains to be seen.
say.
** For specific moments, there is also him ordering * {{Whateversaurus}}: Along with the defiant crewman who spurned his offer of crewmanship killed immediately and, in a rage, having term "vivosaur" itself, this is used liberally for the survivors of the aforementioned trading ship slaughtered wholesale without even offering them the chance to take his wretched bargain.
** There's another example
various made-up species.
* WindIsGreen: Air-type Viviosaurs are revived
from Beckett later. To ensure Jones's loyalty (and to make sure he wouldn't turn against them), Beckett forced and ordered him [[spoiler:to kill green fossils.
* WombLevel:
The Kraken. Judging from his reaction, Jones was quite attached to Bonehemoth in ''Champions.''
* WordSaladTitle: In ''Champions,'' all
the giant ship-eating monster, with Beckett even referring to it as his "pet".]]
** Blackbeard. [[spoiler:[[LargeHam Gleefully so]]. {{Subverted}} when he appears to kill Philip, but only uses poison to knock him out. Said subversion is the {{justified|Trope}} by his using Philip to get Syrena's [[ChekhovsGun tear]].]]
** Barbossa
songs in the fourth film. [[spoiler:When his ship sound test have silly and crew are being swarmed by mermaids, he refuses to help non-indicative names, like "Sleepy Robin," "Chocolate Soiree," or even ''recognize'' their plight, passing it "Raspberry Bell."
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Rosie's pink hair could be passed
off as "seagulls nesting" when the officers point out their crew's screams an [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis artistic rendtion]] of terror. Admittedly, it's not like he could have actually saved them, a strawberry blonde, but it was still pretty cold.]]
** "Someone make a note of that man's bravery."
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Norrington, Beckett, Governor Swann, Sao Feng, Davy Jones[[note]]though TheStinger of the fifth movie casts some doubt on this[[/note]], and the poor Kraken all die premanently; no resurrection for them. It's debatable whether or not Tia Dalma fits the bill. Many assume that Tia Dalma was killed, but that Calypso ascended. Then
there's Blackbeard in the fourth movie, and Salazar in the fifth - possibly Barbossa too, although given that he was resurrected once before, it could theoretically happen again.]]
* KilledOffscreen: This is the fate of a number of characters. [[spoiler:The Kraken]] dies before the events of ''At World's End''. [[spoiler:Pintel, Ragetti, and Cotton]] are killed in the battle with Blackbeard before ''On Stranger Tides''.
* KissOfDeath: Elizabeth and [[spoiler:Jack]] in ''Dead Man's Chest''. Elizabeth and [[spoiler:Sao Feng]] in ''At World's End''. Elizabeth and [[spoiler:Norrington]] in ''At World's End''. Elizabeth and [[spoiler:Will]] in ''At World's End''. Those who got kissed by Elizabeth all died by Davy Jones's hands (directly or indirectly).
* KnightKnaveAndSquire: In the first movie, Jack is the Knave, Will is the Knight and Elizabeth is the Squire. A defining moment of both Jack and Will's characters is during the sword fight between the two. By the second movie, the dynamic is more or less dropped and they all become Knaves, especially in the third.
* LargeHam: [[WorldOfHam Many]].
** Jack Sparrow himself.
** Barbossa all the way, who looks like he's having an absolute blast whenever he shows up.
** Davy Jones, helped by [[WhatTheHellIsThatAccent the weird accent]] and enunciation.
** Elizabeth alternates between understated and quite loud (mostly in the second and the third movies).
** Blackbeard, usually of the ColdHam variety.
* LeaveBehindAPistol: Barbossa inflicts this on Jack twice, only for him to escape both times. Flipped around in the fourth movie when ''Jack'' leaves [[spoiler: Angelica]] on an island, although he leaves them an easier way out.
--> "Besides, this is a well-traveled trade route. You can signal a passing ship - or you can just bite the proverbial bullet, as it were."
* LicensedPinballTables: In addition to [[Pinball/PiratesOfTheCaribbean an arcade table]] by Creator/SternPinball, there was also a smaller home table designed by Creator/JohnPopadiuk and released by Zizzle Toys.
* LivingForeverIsAwesome:
** Jack the Monkey steals Aztec Gold at the end of ''Curse of the Black Pearl'' and is still cursed in the following films. Evidentially, he finds the immortality worth the drawbacks. It's interesting to note that the Aztecs themselves try to defy this trope by making those cursed with it unable to enjoy anything (food, drink, pleasant weather, "pleasurable company" etc.) that would come with it.
** Davy Jones invokes the corollary of this trope ("Do you fear death?") when doing a recruit drive.
* LostInTranslation: The Italian version of the first movie was titled "''La Maledizione Della Prima Luna''" ("''The Curse of the First Moon''"), which is completely unrelated to the plot. Particularly ominous because the ''Black Pearl'' is not just some random cursed piece of jewelry, but an actual cursed ship.
* LoveRedeems:
** In a slightly roundabout way; it's a given that Will's love for Elizabeth is what leads him to accept his new duties of ferrying the souls of the dead on the ''Flying Dutchman''. This frees the crew from the corruption that Jones had caused with his actions and they also seem to lose their mindless bloodlust.
** Angelica ''attempts'' to do this for Blackbeard in a more father-daughter sense but he's a bad man.
* LoveTriangle: Love Quadrangle between Will, Jack, Norrington and Elizabeth.
* LunaticLoophole: Jack rides a wave of them throughout the series.
* MacGuffin: Several in each movie, usually with Jack's compass or the Black Pearl coming into play at some point.
** ''Curse of the Black Pearl'' had the last piece of Aztec gold and the blood of William Turner.
** ''Dead Man's Chest'' had the Chest and the key to unlock it.
** ''At World's End'' had Calypso and the Nine Pieces of Eight.
** ''On Stranger Tides'' had the chalices of Ponce de León and a mermaid's tear.
** ''Dead Men Tell No Tales'' had the Trident of Poseidon.
** Jack also becomes one between ''Dead Man's Chest'' and the first portion of ''At World's End'', and then again in the beginning of ''Dead Men Tell No Tales''.
* MadnessMantra: "Part of the ship, part of the crew." Repeated by Davy Jones's crew near the end of the third film [[spoiler: and, earlier, by Bill Turner when he fully joined Jones's crew.]]
* MagicAIsMagicA: The entire series is built around this trope, in accordance with pirate superstition and lore. Or rather, the writers made [[AllThereInTheManual a concordance]] out of pirate superstition and lore.
* MagicCompass: Jack's compass points to whatever the one holding it wants.
* TheMagicGoesAway: [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-Zagged]] across the series:
** In the second film, Isla de Muerta is wiped off the proverbial map by a hurricane. {{Invoked}} by Lord Beckett, who believes in the supernatural, but sees progress and expansion as the overriding force in the world.
** Further invoked by Beckett in ''At World's End'' as he doesn't bat an eye to anything on the Flying Dutchman and forces Davy Jones to dispose of the Kraken. {{Defied}} by the pirates, who [[spoiler:release Calypso specifically so expansion and progress by man across the seas will be more difficult.]]
-->'''Cutler Beckett:''' This is no longer your world, Jones. The immaterial has become... immaterial.
** In ''On Stranger Tides'', defied by Blackbeard, but invoked by the [[spoiler:Spanish, whose actual goal is to destroy the Fountain of Youth, not use it.]]
* MalignantPlotTumor: Cutler Beckett and the East India Trading Company. The company is more-or-less mentioned in passing in the first film, before becoming much more of a threat in the following two films. By the time ''At World's End'' rolls around, the combined threat of Beckett and Jones was enough to ultimately unite the world's pirate forces, who up until then were crossing and betraying each other on a regular basis.
* MeaningfulEcho: "You are different. Are you not?" Said first by Syrena to Philip when she explains why [[spoiler:she saved him during the mermaid attack]]; later said by Philip to Syrena when he explains [[spoiler:why he came to save her after Blackbeard had tied her up in an attempt to get one of her tears.]]
** Pintel saying "Goodbye, Poppet", and Barbossa saying "Farewell, ''Mrs.'' Turner" as Elizabeth walked away from the crew of the Black Pearl for the final time in ''At World's End'' definitely counts.
* MeaningfulName:
** All three of the main characters have names related to birds: Jack Sparrow and Elizabeth Swann being the most obvious. Will Turner, on the other hand, shares the exact same name as a British scientist who studied birds, much like Film/JamesBond. There's also a seabird called a tern. The missionary in the fourth film also counts- his full name is Philip Swift, and a swift is a songbird.
** Tia Dalma's name is an anagram for Dalmatia, a famous haven for pirates.
** Barbossa's name is rather close to Barbarossa, another famous pirate, and is a mangled version of the Latin for "Beard of Bones".
** 'Norrington' may be (consciously or otherwise) more or less a compound name of [[UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars Nelson]] and [[UsefulNotes/TheDukeOfWellington Wellington]] (both commanders were a little young for this period, but it's close; the character- at least in his first appearance- has had a career more like Admiral Nelson's, but is more like General Wellington in personality.)
** Syrena is Greek for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siren "siren"]] and, in the movie, is pronounced as the Spanish word for mermaid, "sirena." (Could count as a Bilingual Bonus). Which made the Spanish dub sound like "The mermaid's name will be... [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Mermaid]]".
* MembershipToken: In the first film, the cursed gold coins, in the third film, the nine Pieces of Eight.
* MementoMacGuffin:
** The paired set of [[StarCrossedLovers music box/locket]].
** The Aztec gold talisman itself is an OrphansPlotTrinket which Elizabeth takes from Will.
** Bootstrap Bill's knife. It's given to Will [[ItWasAGift as a gift]] from the no-longer-dead Bootstrap.
* MexicanStandoff:
** After rescuing Jack in ''At World's End'', the crew quickly devolves into one of these over who gets the Pearl and who gets the map. Just about every main character starts pointing a pair of pistols at different characters, [[ThoseTwoGuys Pintel and Ragetti]] join in because everyone else is, and pistols change targets about a dozen times over the course of the standoff. Then finally, someone fires... [[spoiler:only for it to fail. Cue everyone pulling their triggers and failing. Turns out that all the guns had gotten waterlogged after the fall off the InevitableWaterfall. That defuses the situation pretty quickly.]]
** Will, Norrington, and Jack over the Dead Man's Chest.
** Jack, Angelica, and Scrum over the [[spoiler:mermaid's tear.]]
* MixAndMatchCritters: Davy Jones's fishy crew.
* MobileShrubbery: One rather successful instance with a canoe, and another much less successful one with a potted plant.
* MoreDakka: The ''Dauntless'' and the ''Endeavour'' bristle with around 100 guns. After all, they are classed as first-rate ships-of-the-line - the navy's most powerful warship class.
** In the final scene where Beckett commands an attack against the Black Pearl, see the ''Endeavour's'' massive array of guns (as the ship sails by) and ''be scared''. Too bad its commander didn't return fire even when he knew he had the upper hand in armament.
** The ''Flying Dutchman'' has a ''very heavy'' armament for a standard Fluyt (the ship it's based on), mounting ''36 pounders'' (very few warships carried guns that big). Of course, her triple guns add to this trope.
* TheMountainsOfIllinois:
** Port Royal was not built on a cliff. Jamaica has plenty of cliffs, but not anywhere near the site of Port Royal.
** Singapore isn't mountainous.
** My the waterfalls and mountains of the Florida Everglades are beautiful. Here's what the place [[http://www.destination360.com/north-america/us/florida/images/s/florida-everglades.jpg really]] [[http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3275/2297266934_ef2b86f983.jpg looks]] [[http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/SouthFlorida/images/everglades.JPG like]].
* MrFanservice: Pretty much the entire male cast, excepting perhaps some of the minor characters.
* TheMutiny:
** Several instances, most importantly the pre-''Curse of the Black Pearl'' one which cost Sparrow his ''Black Pearl''.
** In ''On Stranger Tides'', Jack attempts to incite a mutiny aboard the ''Queen Anne's Revenge''. After this insurrection fails spectacularly, Jack claimed he did it just to gain an audience with the until-then-unseen Blackbeard.
* MythologyGag: When Jack and Barbossa find Ponce, he's a skeleton lying on a bed surrounded by treasure examining a jewel with a magnifying glass, reminiscent of the [[spoiler:Captain's Quarters in the introduction segment of the original ride.]]
** In the first film, when Jack is captured by the Port Royal guards and is undergoing his HeroicBSOD in his jail cell, a group of recently-detained pirates are trying to coax the guard dog into giving them the keys. Jack, in a gloriously [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] allusion to the original ride, tries to convince the pirates to give up. In the following exchange, however, we can see that it has no effect whatsoever:
-->'''Jack:''' You can keep doing that forever, that dog is '''''never''''' going to move.\\
'''RedShirt Pirate #1:''' Well, excuse ''me'' if we haven't resigned ourselves to the gallows just yet.\\
''(Jack leans his head back, smirking from ear to ear)''
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* NauticalKnockout: Jack intentionally does this to Will in the first movie.
* NiceHat: Apparently, the only way to be a truly badass {{Pirate}} is to have a
''really'' nice hat.
no explaining why Dr. Diggins' hair is ''green.''
** Jack's hat is one of his most important possessions, to the point of being a plot point in the second movie (see the main entry for details).
** Jack seals a deal with his AffablyEvil LargeHam nemesis with an offer of... well, which trope are we talking about, here? It's even what Jack uses to [[IncrediblyLamePun cap]] off the deal. It works in lieu of 25% of Jack's loot.
** Will gets a {{Swashbuckler}} hat with a really gigantic feather at the end of the first film, which gets in Jack's face as he attempts to escape, prompting Jack to declare, "Will... nice hat!" as his parting adieu.
** Barbossa loses his NiceHat when he becomes a privateer, but gets a new one when he reverts to being a true pirate (as he'd probably intended to from the start).
** Davy Jones's hat curves up into little devil horns, making his silhouette even scarier.
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished:
** Jack is recaptured because he enlisted the Navy's help to save Will. And in a karmic turnabout, Norrington decides that this is unjust, gives him a MercyLead after the first movie's over, and loses his ship and his commission because of it. ''Man''.
** Philip the Missionary, the only '''unambiguously''' good and decent human being in the entire fourth movie, is basically the plot's punching bag, firmly setting the deeply-cynical tone of the film and the (supposed) new trilogy.
* NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine:
** Barbossa's hospitality to his captive, Elizabeth, in the first movie.
** Barbossa to Jack in the first movie.
-->'''Barbossa:''' "Gents, you all remember Captain Jack Sparrow! ... Kill him."
** ''At World's End'' features Beckett and Will having tea together to discuss alliances, with Davy Jones [[DidYouJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu spoiling the mood]].
** Played with during Jack Sparrow's audience with the king in the fourth movie.
* NoodleImplements:
** To [[spoiler:get the ship out from the bottle]] in ''On Stranger Tides'', Jack will need: "a crossbow, an hourglass, three goats, and one of us will need to learn to play the trumpet, and the other will need to do this (wiggles fingers)".
* NoodleIncident:
** "Clearly you have never been to Singapore."
** Just what sort of run-in are Beckett and Jack referring to, when they talk about "each leaving his mark on the other"? We do know how Beckett marked Jack; Cutler made the above statement whilst displaying the metal 'P' he used to brand Jack as a pirate. Sparrow's mark on Beckett, however, was never explained- the look on Beckett's face when Will asked about it suggests it's a touchy subject. (See the WMG list for a couple fan theories.)
** The "trick we perfected in new Guinea" Gibbs uses to take care of the guards on board the ''Queen Anne's Revenge'' in ''On Stranger Tides''.
** Jack has a conspicuous new scar in ''On Stranger Tides''; [[XMarksTheHero a small red X on his right cheekbone.]] Such a distinct shape suggests a deliberate infliction, but no explanation is given for it.
** "What were you doing in a Spanish convent?"
*** He mistook it for a brothel. It was a usual practice for some Spanish kings (namely Philip III and Philip IV) to send their former lovers to convents once they got them pregnant. So, it was not so strange to find some hot women in convents.
*** Not just royal mistresses- it was a valid way of getting rid of any unmarried woman who had somehow disgraced herself. They also sometimes incorporated [[CatholicSchoolGirlsRule girls' schools.]]
** "... And then they made me their chief."
** "... impersonating a clergyman of the Church of England..."
* NotSoSafeHarbor:
** Port Royal
** Tortuga
** Shipwreck Cove
* OhCrap:
** In ''Curse of the Black Pearl'', Barbossa's expression upon realising he's about to die is pretty comical, if you're in a cruel mood ("I feel... cold.")
** When Jack finds himself surrounded by hungry natives in ''Dead Man's Chest'', he gives a dry, "Oh, bugger."
** Likewise, Bootstrap's realizing that he was fighting over control of the mooring line with his son upon the ''Flying Dutchman''.
** Jack's reaction upon seeing the ''Flying Dutchman'''s guns:
-->'''Jack:''' ... Hardtostarboard...\\
'''Elizabeth:''' '''''HARD TO STARBOARD!!'''''
** A minor example, but just ''watch'' Jack's expression change during ''At World's End'' when Barbossa calls for Captain Teague.
** In ''On Stranger Tides'', the mutineers when Blackbeard makes his appearance.
** When Jack Sparrow looks out at the water to see a massive swarm of mermaids swimming towards everyone.
** Blackbeard upon being told [[spoiler:he drank from the wrong chalice.]]
* OnceAnEpisode: Every movie has a [[TheStinger stinger]] and mentions parley.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness:
** Towards the end of the first movie when Jack [[spoiler:shoots Barbossa]] and Barbossa thinks that [[spoiler:Jack wasted his shot]]. Clever viewers can tell from Jack's cold, steely glare that this is not the case; it's the one time in the entire movie that he's not doing something eccentric.
** Speaking of Jack acting OOC; it can be hard to tell what is and isn't out of character for [[TheUnfettered a guy whose methods are so mercurial]]. The only certainty is that ''anything'' he does is (virtually) always with the ultimate goal of [[WildCard furthering his own interests.]]
-->'''Elizabeth:''' ''Whose side is Jack on?''\\
'''Will:''' ''At the moment?''
** Jack gets one at the climax of ''At World's End'' when Jones [[spoiler:stabs Will through the heart]] and Jack, who has has his self-serving objective ''literally'' in the palm of his hand, goes from cruelly gloating over his imminent victory to looking mind-screwed by despair, almost [[HeroicBSOD HBSODing]]. It's brief, but is big enough to make his sacrifice afterward make perfect sense without hefty foreshadowing.
* OrderVersusChaos: In the first movie, there is no particular moral component to the sides -- the three major players are the ruthless Barbossa, the largely self-interested Jack and [[InspectorJavert Norrington]], while Will and Elizabeth are mostly neutral. The second and third movie side more fully with Chaos, as all the protagonists become fairly chaotic, while the role as main villain is taken over by [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Cutler Becket]].
* OrphansPlotTrinket: The Aztec gold piece and Bootstrap's carving knife are both taken from Will who kept them as [[MementoMacguffin mementos]] from his left-for-(un)dead father. Their ultimate purpose becomes HarsherInHindsight.
* OutlawTown: Shipwreck and Dry Tortugas
* PhraseCatcher: "Sea Turtles".
* PimpedOutDress:
** Elizabeth ends up in a few in the first couple films, given her position. (What a shame that so many of those pretty frocks met untimely ends.)
** In ''On Stranger Tides'', [[CoolOldLady Judi Dench's]] gown. With cleavage. She's 75, the cleavage is still lovely.
* PinballProtagonist: Jack Sparrow falls into this in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides'' and ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMenTellNoTales''. Whereas in the previous three movies he had been a proactive character whose agenda helped drive the plot, here he's unwillingly dragged along on adventures that mostly center around other people, with there being nothing for him to gain in the end.
* PirateKing: Who
Siamo actually rules over all the pirates on all the seas in the world. The position itself is chosen by vote (and has blue hair, despite being pirates, all of them [[ItsAllAboutMe vote for themselves...]]), and [[spoiler: Elizabeth Swann]] was voted by Sparrow and [[spoiler:her]]self, breaking the tie and becoming the Pirate King in the third movie.
* The film ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'' puts its central character's claim right in the title.
* PirateParrot: and ''[[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys monkey]]'' too. Then they [[UpToEleven join forces]] to [[TheyFightCrime defeat evil]] [[StuffBlowingUp using explosives]].
* {{Pirates}}: Take
a wild guess.
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: ''Inverted''. Elizabeth gets into all sorts of trouble throughout the trilogy for forgetting that most of the people she hangs out with (a) are not particularly nice, (b) want to get paid, and (c) have no interest in fighting or dying in a noble fashion because of (a) & (b).
* ThePlan
** It's lampshaded in the third movie that a major part of Jack's mystique is if he [[GambitRoulette somehow plans every detail in advance]] or [[IndyPloy just wings it]].
** It can be argued that the entire third movie is [[GambitPileup a series of interlocking plans]], because although all of the plans (except Jack's) are straightforward, they interact in unexpected ways.
** The wild shifting is lampshaded in ''On Stranger Tides''.
* PlotArmor:
** Barbossa is killed, but by the next movie is BackFromTheDead.
** Of course when Jack is killed off and the sequel was inevitable, they had no intention of killing off their fan favorite character.
* PlotCoupon: You need the [[TreasureMap map]]... To get the key... to open the chest... to stab the [[BeatStillMyHeart heart]]... with the [[ItMayHelpYouOnYourQuest knife]] [[MementoMacguffin your old man]] [[ItWasAGift gave you]] ([[ItMayHelpYouOnYourQuest you hope]]).
* PluckyComicRelief: Pintel and Ragetti.
** And to a lesser extent [[ThoseTwoGuys Mullroy and Murtogg]].
* PollyWantsAMicrophone: Mr. Cotton's pet parrot (actually a macaw) doesn't just talk; it speaks on behalf of its owner. See VoiceForTheVoiceless.
* PortTown:
** Port Royal
** Tortuga
* PowerWalk:
** A particularly badass one occurs in the third movie, as Jack, Elizabeth and Barbossa approach the Parlay.
** Barbossa's crew manages an [[WalkDontSwim even more badass one]] in the first movie, when they walk along the bottom of the sea to ambush the ''Dauntless''.
** Barbossa himself does it walking to [[spoiler:his new ship, ''Queen Anne's Revenge''.]] With a peg leg to boot!
* PowerUpgradingDeformation: What happened to Davey Jones and his crew aboard the Dutchman for neglecting their duties.
* PrimaryColorChampion: Although he's more of a AntiHero, Jack wears a blue waistcoat and a red bandana, while his arch-nemesis Barbossa wears an orange-brown waistcoat and a green bandana.
* {{Privateer}}:
** In ''Dead Man's Chest'', Cutler Beckett sends Will to offer Jack Sparrow a Letter of Marque in exchange for his compass.
** Barbossa becomes one in ''On Stranger Tides'', after [[spoiler:encountering Blackbeard, who deprives him of both the ''Black Pearl'' and his leg. He "sold out" to the Crown only to get a chance to make even with his nemesis, and he tears his letter of marque at the end.]]
* {{Psychopomp}}: the role of the ''Flying Dutchman'' and her crew is to be TheFerryman to whose who have died at sea.
* PublicExecution:
** What Will rescues Jack from at the end of the first movie.
** The third film starts out with a mass public hanging of citizens thought to be involved with pirates, notably including a young boy amongst the victims. He has to stand on a barrel to be tall enough for the noose.
** Bunches of people show up for the trial and (presumed) subsequent hanging of one Captain Jack Sparrow in the opening of ''On Stranger Tides''.
* RageJudo: Captain Jack Sparrow, naturally.
* RapePillageAndBurn: The pillage and burn parts, at least; no raping takes place -- these are Disney movies, after all.
* RealityEnsues:
** The first film ends with Will Turner making a daring broad-daylight rescue of Jack Sparrow as he's about to be hanged. The second film opens with Will Turner being arrested for it.
** Early in the third film, Will tries to make a secret deal with Sao Feng. Knowing that Will would be double-crossing both Barbossa and Jack by doing so, Sao Feng's immediate response is to ask why he shouldn't expect to be betrayed as well.
* RecurringRiff: The melody that Davy Jones plays on his organ, and that his and Tia Dalma's music boxes' plays, returns as the melody to "Hoist the Colours".
* {{Red Shirt}}s: {{Incredibly Lame Pun}}s aside, you can write off nearly every English sailor and soldier that appears, even officers and characters with speaking parts. In fact, starting from Dead Man's Chest near any seafaring character who isn't one of the main eight or nine major characters is liable to be dead by the end of whatever movie they're in.
* RedShirtArmy: The crew of the Back Pearl - especially in "Dead Man's Chest" (where the entire crew is killed except for the same handful of people ''twice''), but continued onward in "At World's End." At least twice (the ends of the third and fourth movies) these two trends coincide and the surviving British join the surviving pirates, but towards the ends of every movie the pirate crews are usually so diminished they should be unable to sail their vessels. This is lampshaded in "Dead Man's Chest" while Will is leading the crew to escape a deadly situation.
--> '''Will:''' "Come on! We'll need all hands to man the Pearl!"
--> '''Crewman:''' "Actually, you won't need everyone! About six will do." (immediately after, the crewman and everyone but six of the crew is killed all at once).
%%* RefugeInAudacity: Most of what Jack Sparrow does.
%%** Most of the humor derived from the Pirate Court scene in ''At World's End''.
* RiddleForTheAges: Mr. Cotton's parrot.
-->'''Jack:''' Answer, man!
-->'''Gibbs:''' He's a mute, sir. Poor devil had his tongue cut out. So he's trained the parrot [[VoiceForTheVoiceless to talk for him]]. No one's yet figured ''how''.
%%* RightUnderTheirNoses
* [[RollYourRs Roll Your Arrrrs-ah]]:
** Davy Jones.
** Captain Barbossa does this as well especially in his [[HamToHamCombat Hamoff]] against Jack Sparrow.
-->'''Barbossa:''' What ARRR you doing?\\
'''Sparrow:''' What are ''you'' doing?\\
'''Barbossa:''' No, what ''AAAHHRRR'' you doing!?
* RunningGag:
** "Sea turtles, mate."
** *slap* "Not sure I deserved that."/"I probably deserved that."[[note]]In ''At World's End'', Jack then slaps ''Gibbs'', who sighs and shrugs as if to say, "Yes, I deserved that."[[/note]]
** "You will always remember this as the day you..."
** Eunuch.
** The rum.
** The dog with the keys.
** "Parley"
* SadlyMythtaken: Tons of examples, but mostly because the real legends behind the series' plotlines are tossed aside in favor of the RuleOfCool.
* SailorsPonytail: Most sailors and pirates sports a ponytail that is often worn by swashbucklers.
* SavagePiercings: The tribe that captures Jack in ''Dead Man's Chest'' and Blackbeard's zombies in ''On Stranger Tides''.
* ScoundrelCode: The Pirates' Code (Or [[AltumVidetur Pirata Codex]]) is one that governs the relations of pirates. For instance, if someone says "parley" you have to take them to your captain alive. However, there are a number of caveats to this code.
** You have to ''be'' a pirate in order for the code to apply to you.
** "The code's more like guidelines, than lateral rules."
** Is Captain Teague within hearing distance? If he is, then obey the code or [[JudgeJuryAndExecutioner he will shoot you without hesitation and neither your captain or mates will complain about it.]]
* SequelEscalation: The second and particularly the third movie featured more and more insanely over-the-top CGI and action sequences, epic plotlines and $300-million budgets. The fourth movie, however, was intentionally scaled back, returning to the more modest and character-driven style of the first film.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Played with in Jack's/Barbossa's crew; all of them speak like this, including the captains themselves, but it doesn't always indicate intelligence.
-->'''Barbossa:''' I am disinclined to acquiesce to your request. ''({{beat}})'' Means no.
* ShoutOut: Has [[ShoutOut/PiratesOfTheCaribbean its own page]].
* ShroudedInMyth:
** Barbossa in the first film.
** Davy Jones in the second film.
** Calypso in the third film.
** Blackbeard in the fourth film.
** Jack Sparrow's past. Including the [[JustSoStory sea turtles]]... his past relationships with [[NoodleIncident Beckett]] and Tia Dalma... and raising the ''Black Pearl'' from a [[DealWithTheDevil watery grave]].
** At times, this is subverted:
-->'''Imprisoned Pirate:''' The ''Black Pearl'' has been stalking these waters for nearly ten years. Leaves no survivors!\\
'''Jack:''' No survivors? Then where do the stories come from, I wonder?
* SlashFic: At one point the number of hits on Google for "Sparrabeth", "Willabeth" and "Norrabeth" combined were less than the number of hits for [[FoeYay "Sparrington"]].
* SlidingScaleOfAntagonistVileness: Barbossa is AffablyEvil, Davy Jones is WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds, Beckett and Blackbeard are monsters.
* SoLongSuckers: Jack's famous line "You will always remember this as the day you almost caught Captain Jack Sparrow", and nicely lampshaded in the end.
** [[PlayingWithATrope Toyed with]] near the beginning of the second movie.
-->'''Jack:''' (hanging from the side of his ship) "You will always remember this as the day that you ''almost''-" *gets drenched by an unusually high wave* "...Cap'n Jack Sparrow."
* SortingAlgorithmOfVillainThreat: Barbossa < Jones < Beckett.
** Broken with Blackbeard.
* SpinoffBabies: Disney has been publishing a line of pre-teen-orientated novels about Jack's teenage years since 2006.
* SpitShine: Ragetti does this with his wooden eye a couple times. Later on, Barbossa gives the thing a ''really'' good slurp and shoves it back into Ragetti's empty socket. The poor man looks terrified.
* StealthPun: Davy Jones's heart was locked in a locker... which can also be called a [[spoiler:chest—''his'' chest]].
* TheStinger: All five films feature an extra scene after the final credits.
* StrollingThroughTheChaos: [[spoiler:Lord Cutler Beckett]]'s death scene in the third movie was very much the serious version. He's walking down the stairs, which are blowing up behind him with chunks of wood flying around, when he finally dies.
** Jack does this in the second movie. After the fight starts, the man starts wandering aimlessly through the pub, randomly trying on people's hats to replace the one he lost at the beginning of the movie. He narrowly avoids getting injured in some spectacularly funny ways (such as ducking to get a dropped hat off the floor and avoiding a flying bottle that smashes on the wall above him).
* StupidStatementDanceMix:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JImcvtJzIK8 "Why is the rum gone?"]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRcj6CAhe7s "I've got a jar of dirt!"]]
* SummerBlockbuster: The whole franchise, with the 2nd and 4th becoming two of only a handful of films to cross the Billion-dollar mark, making this franchise the first to have more than one movie to have earned a Billion worldwide.
* TalkingYourWayOut: What ''can't'' Jack bribe, negotiate, trick or otherwise "parley" his way out of? Thanks to Elizabeth, [[spoiler:a kraken's lunch menu, apparently.]]
* TalkLikeAPirate: Barbossa and Blackbeard in particular.
* ThoseTwoGuys: In two flavors! [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Pirate]] ''and'' Navy!
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Barbossa and apples.
* UnrequitedLove: Norrington = StuffyBrit. Will = Orlando Bloom. Hmm... time to [[GrowingTheBeard grow a beard]].
* UptownGirl: The first three films have Elizabeth Swann (the Governor's daughter) and Will Turner (blacksmith's apprentice).
* VillainousBSOD:
** Davey Jones tried to avoid this by [[BeatStillMyHeart removing his heart]].
** Beckett has a brilliantly-executed villainous BSOD in the third movie, walking down from the quarterdeck in slow motion while his ship is being shot to pieces around him, saying his CatchPhrase: "It's just...good business..."
** Barbossa's in the first movie is nicely understated. The apple may be a bit much, though.
** [[spoiler:Blackbeard when Jack reveals that he gave the the chalice with the mermaid's tear to Angelica instead of him.]]
* VillainDecay: Davy Jones, the most feared being of the seven seas, is (somewhat awkwardly for him, at least) demoted to TheDragon to the stuffed-shirt, civilized Brits in the third film by their possession of his heart, who unaccountably maintain their insistence in the triumph of reason over superstition while ordering Jones around. He gets his thunder back at the climax though- a fair bit of the final battle is him [[KickTheDog Kicking Dogs]], being badass, or a combination thereof.
** Barbossa, sort of. Very intentional in the fourth movie, although [[spoiler:undone by the end of the film, which sees him return to his proper badassery.]]
* VisualPun: In the first movie, Jack is attempting to pick a lock with a bone. It's a skeleton key.
** And in the third, Davy Jones's Locker is filled with crustaceans that normally appear as stones, or in other words, "Rock Crabs".
* VitriolicBestBuds: Jack Sparrow and Will Turner.
** Jack and Barbossa begin to show shades of this in ''On Stranger Tides''.
* VoiceForTheVoiceless: The pirate Cotton had his tongue cut out, so he taught his parrot to speak for him. It speaks entirely in nautical StockPhrases, though, so the pirates then have to interpret what the parrot says. Gibbs mentions that "nobody's yet figured how" he taught the parrot to do that in the first place.
* WeNamedTheMonkeyJack: {{Trope Namer|s}}. Barbossa reveals they named their undead pet monkey Jack as a joke on the real Jack.
-->'''Barbossa:''' ''[takes medallion from the monkey]'' Why thank you, Jack. Not you, we named the monkey 'Jack'.
* WeaponStomp: In ''Dead Man's Chest'', [[spoiler:Elizabeth goes for the rifle, only for Jack to stomp on it. He then kicks it up so he could be the one to fire it.]] Norrington also did this with one of Davy Jones's {{Mooks}}.
** Also done in ''On Stranger Tides'' during Jack's attempted mutiny, which fails regardless.
* WhamLine:
** From ''Curse Of The Black Pearl'': "You'd best start believin' in ghost stories, Miss Turner. Yer ''in'' one!"
** [[spoiler:'''Elizabeth''': (''after kissing Jack'') "It's you ''(the Kraken)'' wants, don't you see?" She then proceeds to chain him to ship so he can't run away.]]
** A rare example of a ''closing'' Wham Line: [[spoiler: "So tell me, what's become of my ship?"]]
** [[spoiler:When called upon to cast his vote for the Pirate King, after all the others have voted for themselves, as expected, Jack hesitates for a moment and answers: "Elizabeth Swann." Elizabeth is shocked, and the other Pirate Lords are not very happy with Jack.]]
** [[spoiler:[[IronicEcho "The Dutchman must have a captain."]]]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Zoe Saldana (Anamaria) was unable to resume her role in the second film, but her character's disappearance was never explained to ever-wondering viewers. See the WMG list for a couple theories.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever:
** Stabbing Davy Jones's heart will make the person who did it become immortal. Will wants to do this, which is bad in his father's eyes as he will choose his fiancée over his father. Not to mention the whole step on land once every 10 years, and having to ferry souls to the afterlife or be turned into a fishman. Teague knows his son well enough to realize this is part of what Jack's planning, and gives him hell about it.
--->It's not just about living forever, Jackie. The trick is living with yourself forever.
** In the fourth film [[spoiler:it turns out that Blackbeard is the '''only''' character who honestly wants the Fountain's promised immortality for himself. Angelica wants it for him to prolong her time with her father; the Spanish want to destroy the Fountain, to protect God's exclusive right to dispense eternal life; King George's men, not realizing this, want to stop the Spanish king from claiming immortality; and Barbossa really only wants revenge on Blackbeard. Even ''Jack'' decides he'd really rather be ''remembered'' forever than actually live that long.]]
--->'''Jack:''' Oh, it's a pirate's life for me. Savvy?
** Barbossa and his men had this in spades in the first film. {{Justified}} because their cursed state made them live forever, but prevented them from experiencing any of the pleasures of being alive. (They couldn't eat, drink, feel the breeze, etc.) That'd be a pretty lousy way to spend eternity.
** In deleted scenes from the first, Jack is the last immortal pirate cursed by the Aztec gold, but unlike Barbossa and his mutinous crew, ''[[CursedWithAwesome actually starts to enjoy]]'' the gods' curse. It's only after contemplating that his immortality would make life utterly mundane and have no challenge, that he reluctantly undoes his curse.
%%* WillTheyOrWontThey
* WomanScorned:
** [[spoiler:Calypso]] in ''At World's End''.
** Angelica in ''On Stranger Tides'', whom Jack seduced in the past and then left behind. [[spoiler:Things don't get any better when Jack uses the chalices to give a dying Angelica immortality rather than her father Blackbeard--whose life is sacrificed for hers--and then maroons her on an island with nothing but a pistol with a single bullet.]]
* WoodenShipsAndIronMen: At least as far as visual aesthetics go.
* WorldOfHam: Aside from [[DullSurprise Orlando Bloom]] and [[KnightOfCerebus Blackbeard]], everyone is hamming up accordingly to such a project.
** And even they have their moments.
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* WretchedHive: Tortuga.
* XanatosGambit: two straight examples: Jack Sparrow allowed himself to be shackled in the first movie so he could use them to take Elizabeth hostage: Either they let him escape or she becomes a distraction for his escape. Then taking one of the Azetc coins: Barbossa can no longer win because he himself cannot be killed, but once Will dispells the curse, he can finish Barbossa off with his pistol.
* XanatosSpeedChess: '''''Jack.''''' Although, how much of it he actually plans is up to personal interpretation.
** In the first film, the ''second'' he learns Will's full name, he takes about five seconds to make the plan to kill Barbossa. And throughout the entire film, he has to constantly adjust, re-adjust, and re-re-adjust his plans to account for Will [[SpannerInTheWorks screwing things up.]]
** The Brethren Court meeting is a game of Gambit Speed Chess between Barbossa and Jack using whatever resources they have, culminating in the climax of the film.
* YouFightLikeACow: Almost every fight scene. "You're not a eunuch, are you?"
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6th Jun '17 1:33:27 PM TheGreatConversation
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** Jack also becomes one between ''Dead Man's Chest'' and the first portion of ''At World's End''.

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** ''Dead Men Tell No Tales'' had the Trident of Poseidon.
** Jack also becomes one between ''Dead Man's Chest'' and the first portion of ''At World's End''.End'', and then again in the beginning of ''Dead Men Tell No Tales''.
30th May '17 5:16:21 PM Isaac_Heller
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* PinballProtagonist: Kack Sparrow falls into this in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides'' and ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMenTellNoTales''. Whereas in the previous three movies he had been a proactive character whose agenda helped drive the plot, here he's unwillingly dragged along on adventures that mostly center around other people, with there being nothing for him to gain in the end.

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* PinballProtagonist: Kack Jack Sparrow falls into this in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides'' and ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMenTellNoTales''. Whereas in the previous three movies he had been a proactive character whose agenda helped drive the plot, here he's unwillingly dragged along on adventures that mostly center around other people, with there being nothing for him to gain in the end.
30th May '17 5:16:01 PM Isaac_Heller
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* PinballProtagonist: Kack Sparrow falls into this in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides'' and ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMenTellNoTales''. Whereas in the previous three movies he had been a proactive character whose agenda helped drive the plot, here he's unwillingly dragged along on adventures that mostly center around other people, with there being nothing for him to gain in the end.
27th May '17 8:50:27 AM Isaac_Heller
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* DarkerAndEdgier: The franchise took this turn from the second movie and onward.
27th May '17 8:32:34 AM Isaac_Heller
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** Blackbeard.

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** Blackbeard.Blackbeard, usually of the ColdHam variety.
27th May '17 8:31:52 AM Isaac_Heller
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* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Norrington, Beckett, Governor Swann, Sao Feng, Davy Jones, and the poor Kraken all die premanently; no resurrection for them. It's debatable whether or not Tia Dalma fits the bill. Many assume that Tia Dalma was killed, but that Calypso ascended. Then there's Blackbeard. Although you can never know with him.]]

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* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Norrington, Beckett, Governor Swann, Sao Feng, Davy Jones, Jones[[note]]though TheStinger of the fifth movie casts some doubt on this[[/note]], and the poor Kraken all die premanently; no resurrection for them. It's debatable whether or not Tia Dalma fits the bill. Many assume that Tia Dalma was killed, but that Calypso ascended. Then there's Blackbeard. Although you can never know with him.Blackbeard in the fourth movie, and Salazar in the fifth - possibly Barbossa too, although given that he was resurrected once before, it could theoretically happen again.]]
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