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->''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. The series is famous for originally [[ItWillNeverCatchOn being thought a terrible idea]], only to suprise everyone with its huge sucess.

''The Curse of the Black Pearl'' begins when [[StraightMan Will Turner]], the sole survivor of a shipwreck, is found by a ship carrying his future love interest, [[ThePresidentsDaughter Elizabeth]], who takes a [[PlotCoupon medallion]] from him. Eight years later, Will is a [[TheBlacksmith blacksmith]] in Port Royal. The pirate captain, [[LoveableRogue Jack Sparrow]], arrives in a crowning entrance high on the mast of a sinking...dinghy, only to be arrested after a couple fateful run-ins with Elizabeth and Will. That night, the town is [[RapePillageAndBurn attacked by more pirates]], but Elizabeth persuades them to call off the attack in exchange for the medallion.

The pirates, led by [[AntiVillain Captain Barbossa]], sail off with Elizabeth and tell her the BackStory. They have been [[ThePunishment cursed]] for stealing [[{{Mayincatec}} Aztec gold]], doomed to forever exist as undead creatures who can not gain satisfaction from eating, drinking, or even the simple pleasure of a warm breeze; even the final peace of death is denied to them. Now they must [[GottaCatchThemAll collect all the coins]] and return them, along with [[ThePowerOfBlood blood from each pirate]]. Since Will turns out to be the son of their missing crewmember, this means they [[MagicAIsMagicA need his blood]]. Jack likewise has ties to them as before they were cursed, their ship, the Black Pearl, was under his command before Barbossa took it over. Now Jack is looking to get it back.

Jack Sparrow, Will, Elizabeth, the pirates, and Elizabeth's military fiance Norrington, a Royal Navy commodore, all converge on the island where the gold is kept, double crossing each other along the way. After a final battle, the curse is broken, Barbossa is killed, Will and Elizabeth are together, and Jack goes free, given a [[MercyLead day's head start]] by Norrington, and manages to reclaim his ship.

''Dead Man's Chest'' begins with the arrival of Cutler Beckett, who blackmails Will into hunting Jack and his [[PlotCoupon magic compass]]. Cutler's ultimate target is the [[SoulJar chest containing the heart]] of Davy Jones, captain of ''The Flying Dutchman'' and immortal lord of the oceans who controls the dreaded monstrous [[GiantSquid Kraken]]. Holding the [[PlotCoupon heart]] will allow Beckett to control Davy Jones, and hence all the seas of the world.

Will is soon held prisoner on the ''Dutchman'', where he meets his mutated father who is a slave to Davy Jones, while Jack, Elizabeth and a disgraced Norrington hunt the chest holding the heart. When they find it, Will, freshly escaped from the ''Dutchman'', turns up with the [[PlotCoupon magic key]] needed to open the chest, and Davy Jones in hot pursuit.

After a climactic battle, Jack is swallowed alive by the Kraken and Norrington gets the heart, which he presents to Cutler, setting up the sequel.

''At World's End'', the third installment, chronicles the adventures of Will, Elizabeth, and a [[PlotArmor newly resurrected]] Captain Barbossa in their journey to retrieve Jack from the afterlife. It resolves with the final showdown between the forces of Cutler Beckett (now with Davy Jones and the ''Flying Dutchman'' as their flagship), and the assembled pirate forces of the world, with an angry sea goddess thrown into the mix. This installment is the most expensive film ''ever'' made, costing 300 million dollars before marketing. However as it made 950 million dollars it was still a huge success financially.

The fourth installment, ''On Stranger Tides'' (SuggestedBy [[Literature/OnStrangerTides the novel of the same name]], which was also an inspiration for the ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' series) sees Captain Jack unwillingly joining forces with the notorious Blackbeard to seek out the Fountain of Youth, racing the English navy (led by Barbossa, who has turned {{privateer}}) ''and'' the Spanish (who have found a map made by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juan_Ponce_de_Leon Juan Ponce de Leon]]). The situation is complicated by the presence of Angelica, a woman from Captain Jack's past (who, unlike all the ''other'' women in his past, still seems to mean something to him).

A fifth film, ''Dead Men Tell No Tales'', is planned for a summer 2016 release. Playdom has released a [[VideoGame/PiratesOfTheCaribbean videogame]] for Facebook.

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

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* AbnormalAmmo:
** In the first movie, after tossing their cannonballs and excess weight overboard in an attempt to lighten the ship and evade the Black Pearl in shallower waters, Will orders the Interceptor's 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.
** Using [[spoiler:an undead monkey]] as ammo may have been pushing the trope beyond TruthInTelevision...
** At several points, there are two cannonballs chained together. This is TruthInTelevision as well, as chain shot was designed to cripple a ship by doing a merry number on its rigging. (Doesn't explain why Barbossa is walking round with some [[VisualInnuendo in his pockets]], mind...)
*** He wasn't. They were the gavel used to call the Brethren Court to order.
* ActionGirl: Elizabeth Swann and Angelica.
* ActorAllusion: KeithRichards, an inspiration for Johnny Depp's portrayal of Jack, as Jack's father.
* 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.
* 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...
* 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). The appearance of King George II sets the film no later than 1760.
*** This is slightly odd, seeing as in the first one used the correct flag.
**** They use 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.
*** The whole series, given the presence of cursed pirates, undead, and other mysticism, smacks of AlternateUniverse / AlternateHistory.
* AnimalThemeNaming: Present in the leads- Jack ''Sparrow'', Elizabeth ''Swann''. And ''William Turner'' was the name of a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Turner_(naturalist) 16th century naturalist]] who did extensive studies of birds.
** And, of course, 'turner' is actually found in the name of a bird species in its own right - the Turner's Eremomela (''Eremomela turneri'').
** Also the ''tern'', a seabird given to mating for life in between exceptionally long migrations. Which, come to think of it...
*** Interestingly enough, all the "Turner" stuff seems to just be a happy coincidence. The writers mention in the commentary they were going to name him Will Bear, or something similar, but felt they were going too far with the animal naming and chose a plain name, Turner.
* 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.
** "Such charges include, but are not limited to, piracy, treason, torture of the most heinous sort - including the theft of a well-used, hairy right leg!"
* ArtisticLicenseShips: The amount of this in the films could fill a small book. A quick rundown:
** Jack Sparrow's rapidly sinking ship 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 can be crewed by two men in real life. 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, 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
* 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.
* 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.
** Done 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 and Will 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 original Brethren Court to imprison Calypso, allowing man to take control of the seas. This opened the door to...
* BiggerBad: Cutler Beckett, a CorruptCorporateExecutive who has no respect for InfantImmortality. He also [[DemotedToDragon turns Jones into his]] [[TheDragon Dragon]] by holding his WeaksauceWeakness at gunpoint.
* 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 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' crew have lines in Cantonese.
** The French-speaking sailor who rows Will out to Pelegosto 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 Barbosa's crew's DemBones forms revealed by moonlight, and from ''Dead Man's Chest'' and ''At World's End'', Davy Jones' crewmen are gradually colonized by barnacles and coral, and fused with fish and[=/=]or crustaceans [[WasOnceAMAn until they are barely recognizable as human.]]
* 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 "Miss'''us''' 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]] And ''how''. 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, Davy 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!"
* BroadStrokes: The films' plotlines are a gumbo of different nautical legends.
* CallBack:
** "Goodbye, Poppet." Perhaps the most tear-inducing callback ever.
** First film: Elizabeth says she's Elizabeth Turner, to keep the pirates from kidnapping 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.
* 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]].
** Will.
** 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 wasting it.
** The knife Bootstrap Bill gives to Will is the same one that [[spoiler:he uses to carve out his heart after Davy Jones is killed.]]
** Jack's compass.
* 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.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Just about every character.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Anamaria. Although, for some reason, Jack is wearing her belt in the sequels.
* 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 shouldn'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.
* CombatTentacles: The Kraken, obviously, and also the ones on Davy Jones' face and the rigging of Blackbeard's ship.
* 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.
* ContinuityNod: In the fourth film, Barbossa is eating apples by fork and knife [[spoiler:aboard the British ship he is captaining]]. Apples can be seen as his TrademarkFavoriteFood.
* 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.
* CrewOfOne: Subverted and lampshaded in the first film.
** In the second movie, someone even states "you don't need everyone, six would do".
* CrypticConversation: 90% of what Tia Dalma says is this.
* CuffsOffRubWrists:
** Governor Swann in the second film.
** 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.
** [[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 Damn It Feels Good To Be A Pirate]]: 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.''
* 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 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' 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?
** ''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.
** Pirate.
* 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 [[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:chose... 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.
* 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.
* DyeingForYourArt: Many of the actors playing pirates have to wear false, rotten teeth, tanning lotion and contacts. Stellan Skarsgård's makeup took four hours to apply in ''Dead Man's Chest''.
* 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, e.t.c
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler:According to WordOfGod, Will is freed from his curse during the Post-Credits scene because Elizabeth remained faithful to him.]]
** Also, [[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 him from jail, convinced Norrington to let him go, ''and'' took Elizabeth for himself, that makes ''him'' 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' heart to free Bootstrap and Jack wants to stab Jones' 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]].
* EnforcedMethodActing:
** The actors were told that TheReveal at the end of ''Dead Man's Chest'' would be of a completely different character.
** The ''Black Pearl's'' crew screaming while rolling in the bone cages.
** Will and Elizabeth's reaction to Jack's little "I've got a jar of dirt" song.
** Will's reaction to witnessing Elizabeth's kiss of death at the end.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: ''[[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Zombie pirate]]'' monkeys.
* EvilCounterpart:
** [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Pintel and Ragetti]] vs. [[ThoseTwoGuys Mullroy and Murtogg]] in the first film.
** [[{{Jerkass}} Barbossa]] vs. [[BiggerBad Davy Jones]] and Jack vs. Beckett (his old nemesis) in the third.
** Bosun, Maccus, Mercer and "Quartermaster" are EvilCounterparts 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}}:
* {{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' 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 which forms a pair with Davy Jones']]
** 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 sacrificed 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 prefer killing indiscriminately but that's because he would prefer to con and swindle people instead.
* GenreSavvy:
** These films generally end with a hook for the next film in the franchise. Angelica tries to use this to her advantage in ''On Stranger Tides'' when pitching possible new adventures to Jack to prevent him from deserting her, all of which Jack can see through.
** Earlier in ''Tides'' Jack Sparrow attempts to take a map from the hands of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juan_Ponce_de_Le%C3%B3n Juan Ponce de León's]] corpse, curious as to why the Spaniards didn't take it for themselves, Barbossa stops him as it appears Juan isn't [[SkeletonCrew quite dead]].
** Gibbs, being a superstitious old salt, knows how to stay alive.
** One of the Spaniard's men's first reaction to seeing a tree suddenly bending is "The prisoner is escaping."
** Pintel and Ragetti also show traits of this trope.
** When Jack is brought to the palace in ''On Stranger Tides'', George II and his guards consider it perfectly safe to unchain him, since there's [[TemptingFate no way he could possibly escape]]. When Barbossa - who knows Jack rather better - arrives, he immediately asks why Jack isn't in chains, only to have his objection dismissed. Naturally, [[spoiler: Jack pulls off a characteristically implausible escape moments later]].
* 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
* 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 is guilty of this in the first two movies, before she TookALevelInBadass. And 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, and are on their way to deliver the last piece.
** 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 Barbosas marooned him on by creating a raft made of sea turtles. [[spoiler: He actually bartered his way onto a smuggler's vessel with someone else's 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.
* 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 in the second movie.
* 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.
* 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
** [[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 [[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, and to a lesser extent Norrington. Later on, even Jack embodies this trope. 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.
* HooksAndCrooks
* HumanityEnsues
* HypocriticalHumor: Where to start? Probably with Jack.
** Also with [[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; 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.
* 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.
* 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.
** Not exactly this trope, but in the first movie Barbossa insists that the pirate code is "more what you'd call guidelines than actual rules".
** And in the 4th movie:
--> "You are Jack Sparrow?"
--> {{beat}} "There should be a Captain in there somewhere."
** When another pirate 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' 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, and the poor Kraken. Debatable whether or not Tia Dalma fits the bill. Many assume that Tia Dalma was killed, but that Calypso ascended. And now Blackbeard. Although you can never know with him.]]
* 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.
* 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.
--> "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."
* 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 pretty much 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. 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.
** Jack also becomes one between ''Dead Man's Chest'' and the first portion of ''At World's End''.
* MadnessMantra: "Part of the ship, part of the crew." Repeated by Davy Jones' crew near the end of the third film [[spoiler: and, earlier, by Bill Turner when he fully joined Jones' 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.
** 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.
** 'Norrington' may be (consciously or otherwise) more or less a compound name of [[NapoleonicWars Nelson]] and [[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' fishy crew.
* MobileShrubbery: One rather successful instance with a canoe, and another much less successful one with a potted plant.
* 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).
* 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 OST; [[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.
* 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 [[TreasureChest 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.
* {{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 ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' film starts out with a mass public hanging of citizens thought to be involved with pirates, notably including a young boy amongst the victims.
*** [[TearJerker 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 having been arrested for it.
* {{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: "Acually, 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).
*** Should at least be averted with the ''Dauntless'' in the first film, as most of those killed appear to be marines, who wouldn't actually be involved in sailing the ship (in most circumstances they would defend the ship and provide small arms fire in a fight, and subdue any mutiny.)
* RefugeInAudacity: Most of what Jack Sparrow does.
** Most of the humor derived from the Pirate Court scene in ''At World's End''.
* RightUnderTheirNoses
* [[RollYourRs Roll Your Arrrrs-ah]]:
** Davy Jones.
** Captain Barbossa does this as well especially in his [[HamToHamCombat Hamoff]] against [[JohnnyDepp 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."
** Eunuch.
** The rum.
** The dog with the keys.
* 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 a patently silly version, since freedom from authority is one of the main reasons for being a pirate in the first place. This is probably why they are rarely hesitant to stray from it, so long as Captain Teague isn't in the room.
** "The code's more like guidelines, than actual rules."
** The idea of a Pirate Code isn't ''entirely'' silly, as every pirate ship did have rules- the 'ship's articles', and strict ones at that ('Black Bart' Roberts' rules included a strict 10pm bedtime for anyone who was not on watch), just in order to function (you can't sail a tallship if you're not organised). These were, however, written specifically for each individual ship (sometimes extending to the crew's behaviour ashore), not to the whole trade.
*** The most important part of the Articles was the table spelling out what percentage of the treasure each pirate received. This often also included a "worker's comp" system specifying a certain amount of gold for a lost hand, leg, eye, etc.
* 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:
** The first film contains numerous highly specific Shout Outs to [[TheThemeParkVersion the theme park ride]] on which the film is loosely based.
** The ending of ''Dead Man's Chest'' has Will rowing in a coffin to a skull-shaped hut in a swamp, in a scene that's an almost exact duplicate of a scene in ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'', although the writers [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial insist they've never heard of it]].
** There are a number of references to ''TreasureIsland'', including:
*** Depp's role as the JerkWithAHeartOfGold mentor.
*** The setup where the new captain of the pirate ship keeps a pet [[WeNamedTheMonkeyJack named after the captain he mutinied against]]. Are we talking about Barbosa and his monkey named "Jack", or Long John Silver and his parrot "Cap'n Flint"?
*** In ''On Stranger Tides'', the reason Blackbeard seeks the fountain is because he receives a warning about a one legged-man, in this case Barbossa.
** The PowerWalk scene from the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQy15VtPb50]] is a ShoutOut to Creator/SergioLeone westerns, complete with a SuspiciouslySimilarSong [[EnioMorriconePastiche "honoring"]] Music/EnnioMorricone's music and a close up on The Good, The Bad... and The Ugly (Davy Jones, who [[AsideGlance winks at the camera]]).
** The musical locket owned by the villain (Jones) with an identical one owned by a good guy with a history with the villain ([[spoiler:Tia Dalma, aka Calypso]])? Straight from ''Film/ForAFewDollarsMore'', though the relationship between the corresponding characters is quite different.
** The scene in the first movie, with the upper class lady getting rid of the alcohol after the lower-class wild man got drunk and started singing the previous night while they're stranded together? Yeah, [[TheAfricanQueen happened in more than just this movie.]]
** In AWE, one of the Boats Of Deceased Souls contains two identical, stoic-faced little girls- rather reminiscent of the CreepyTwins in ''Film/TheShining''.
** Sparrow's ad-libbed "And then they made me their chief" was a running gag OrphanedPunchline from ''Series/TheFastShow'', of which Depp is a fan.
** In the fourth film, Blackbeard remarks on how he has to [[YouHaveFailedMe shoot one of his own crew]] every so often, so they don't forget who he is. This line was also used in the Creator/TimPowers ''Literature/OnStrangerTides'' novel, but is allegedly (according to the 18th-century book ''A General History of the Pyrates'' by "Captain Charles Johnson") a real-life quote from Blackbeard, after he shot Israel Hands (a RealLife crew member whose name Stevenson stole for ''Treasure Island'') in the leg for [[AxeCrazy no apparent reason]].
** At the end of ''On Stranger Tides'', Jack quips to Mr. Gibbs 'It's a pirate's life for me, mate', like the song that plays in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.
** In a scene in ''Stranger Tides'', Jack and Angelica threaten each other with [[PeterPan meat hooks.]]
** In ''On Stranger Tides'', [[spoiler:when [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent Syrena]]'s glass coffin breaks, she is forced to walk on land. Her tail changes to legs, and every step causes her agonizing pain. These details are obviously borrowed from [[Literature/TheLittleMermaid Andersen's fairy tale]].]]
** The scene in On Stranger Tides where Jack blows up the lighthouse is very similar to Ezio's destruction of Borgia towers in VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood.
** The climax of ''Stranger Tides'' evokes recollection of a dilemma from [[IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade another adventure film.]]
** The Fountain of Youth looks suspiciously like the [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Guardian of Forever]], surrounding scenery (and fog!) included.
** The scene of pirates walking along the seabed with an air-filled upside-down boat held over them is based on an incident in ''The Crimson Pirate'', a 1952 pirate flick with a similar tongue-in-cheek attitude.
** Beckett's world map painted on a wall recalls the opening of ''TheSeaHawk'', an Errol Flynn movie also featuring a monkey sidekick.
** PeterPan in ''The Curse of the Black Pearl'': In the very first scene, Governor Swann's costume looks exactly like Captain Hook. Also, in the final fight, Jack cuts off some of the feathers on Barbossa's hat, just like Peter does to Hook.
** SnowWhite in ''The Curse of the Black Pearl'': When Elizabeth refuses Barbossa's apple, believing it's poisoned.
* 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"]]. You may now go [[BrainBleach bleach your brain]].
* 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.
* StealthPun: Davy Jones' heart was locked in a locker…which can also be called a [[spoiler:chest—''his'' chest]].
* TheStinger: All four 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' Locker is filled with crustaceans that normally appear as stones, or in other words, "Rock Crabs".
* VitriolicBestBuds: Jack Sparrow and Will Turner are Type 2.
** 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
* 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' {{Mooks}}.
** Also done in ''On Stranger Tides'' during Jack's attempted mutiny, which fails regardless.
* WhamLine:
** A rare example of a ''closing'' Wham Line: [[spoiler: "So tell me, what's become of my ship?"]]
** [[spoiler:[[IronicEcho "The Dutchman must have a captain."]]]]
** [[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:'''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.]]
** From ''Curse Of The Black Pearl'': "You'd best start believin' in ghost stories, Miss Turner. Yer ''in'' one!
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Anamaria's actress could not reprise 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.
-->"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 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 forver, 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 last immortal pirate cursed by the Aztec gold, but unlike Barbossa and his mutinous crew, ''[[CursedWithAwesome actually starts to enjoy]]'' the god's curse. Its only after contemplating his immortality would make life utterly mundane and have no challenge, does he reluctantly undo his curse.
* WillTheyOrWontThey
* WomanScorned:
** Subverted in ''At World's End''. [[spoiler:Calypso]] fits this trope to a T, but in all technicality she started the whole thing in the first place.
** Angelica in ''On Stranger Tides'', who 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.
* WorldOfSnark
* 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: Barbosaa can no longer win because he himself cannot be killed, but once Will dispells the curse, he can finish Barbosa 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?"
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Curse of the Black Pearl]]
* AdultFear: A toddler is shown wandering alone, screaming for his mother during the ransacking of Port Royale. He's just barely saved by a passing woman before being crushed by a burning building. Thinking of one's own child alone, terrified, and screaming for you during a disaster can certainly send a stab of fear through any parent.
* AnAesop: Just because a man is an outlaw doesn't mean he isn't a good person in his own ways.
* AntiAdvice:
-->'''Murtogg:''' But why aren't we doing... what Mr. Sparrow said we should do? With the cannons and all?
-->'''Norrington:''' Because it was Mr. Sparrow who said it.
* AsYouKnow: First movie, "You're the Governor's Daughter."
* AttackOfTheMonsterAppendage: Gov. Swann and the pirate zombie's arm.
* AudibleSharpness: When Will says his father was not a pirate, then draws his sword, it makes the metallic scraping sound, despite simply being ''tucked in his belt without any kind of sheath''.
* BewareTheHonestOnes: Jack briefly gives homage to this trope.
--> '''Jack:''' Me? I'm dishonest, and a dishonest man you can always trust to be dishonest. Honestly. It's the honest ones you want to watch out for, because you can never predict when they're going to do something incredibly... stupid.
* BrickJoke: As Jack is about to be arrested by the British after arriving at the port at the beginning, Norrington comments on how he's the "worst pirate he's ever seen". Several scenes later, after Jack stole a British ship, Lt. Groves declares Jack to be "the best pirate he's ever seen", earning him a DeathGlare from Norrington.
* CatchphraseInterruptus: The only time Jack ever finishes his CatchPhrase "You will always remember this as the day you almost caught Captain Jack Sparrow!" is when he actually gets captured.
-->'''Norrington:''' "Well, I'm sure you will remember this as the day that Captain Jack Sparrow ''almost'' escaped."
* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys:
-->'''Pintel:''' Damn to the depths whatever man invented ''parley!''
-->'''Jack:''' That would be the French.
* ChekhovsBoomerang: Will's [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks sword throwing]] is first used to stop Jack from escaping, but at the end he saves Jack from the gallows with it. Although this looks like it would be a ChekhovsSkill, Will's skill at throwing swords was part of the screenplay before the scene at the gallows was even created.
* ComeOutComeOutWhereverYouAre: "We know you're 'ere, poppet..."
* CrowdHockey: Ragetti's eye.
* DemBones: The Black Pearl was really run by a skeleton crew under Barbossa.
* DerelictGraveyard
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Jack Sparrow heroically sailing his sunken boat into port (physics be damned), and getting on the dock without breaking stride.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: It is said that "the Black Pearl is crewed by the damned and captained by a man so evil that Hell itself spat him back out."
* FakeHairDrama: The governor frightful governor is inspired to take action against the pirates after they almost steal his wig.
* FairytaleWeddingDress: Elizabeth Swann has one. Things don't go according to plan.
* FallingChandelierOfDoom: During the scene where the crew of the ''Pearl'' is kidnapping Elizabeth out of her father's mansion.
* FoodPorn: Brief in-universe example: Barbossa can't taste, so he just watches Elizabeth eat with a very...interesting expression on his face.
* GilliganCut: Used with Elizabeth's would-be RousingSpeech in the first movie.
* GoThroughMe: Elizabeth and Will to Jack.
* HesDeadJim: [[spoiler:Barbossa, as he is shot through the chest, says "I feel... cold." and collapses.]]
* IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer:
-->"I expect the man who made this sword would put the same care and dedication into every aspect of his life."
* ImprovisedZipline: Captain Jack Sparrow did this with the chain on his handcuffs.
* {{Irony}}: When the pirates raid Port Royal, Elizabeth assumes they've come to kidnap her because she's the Governor's daughter so she lies to say her last name is Turner and that she's just a maid. Except unfortunately for her, they were actually looking for someone descended from one of their crew whose blood they need to remove their curse. The last name in question? Turner of course.
** Further irony - the Turner the pirates were actually looking for is in love with Elizabeth and when the pirates kidnap her he sets out to try and rescue her, not knowing he's the one they're looking for. And another bit - he didn't need a plan to rescue Elizabeth. He could have just walked into the Isla De Muerto, told them who he was and offered his own blood in exchange for Elizabeth's safety (provided he invoked ''par lay'' as well).
* LoopholeAbuse: As Barbossa's crew captures Jack's crew and Will, Barbossa agrees, as per Will's demands, to set Elizabeth free and not harm Jack's crew. Barbossa, however, adds a loophole, marooning Elizabeth and Jack on the island Jack was marooned on years earlier. When Will calls Barbossa out on his actions, Barbossa retorts thus:
-->'''Barbossa:''' Don't dare impugn me honor, boy! I agreed she go free, but it was ''you'' who failed to specify ''when'' or ''where''.
** He also does it when agreeing to spare Port Royal in exchange for the final piece of Aztec gold; Elizabeth didn't say anything about being returned to port, so Barbossa decides to keep her for her blood.
* {{Mayincatec}}: The cursed Aztec gold.
* MeaningfulEcho: Jack says to Will "you can accept that your father was a pirate, and a good man, or you can't." At the end of the film this exchange occurs about Jack.
-->'''Swann:''' "He's a pirate." \\
'''Will:''' "And a good man."
* MercyLead: At the end of the film, Norrington grants the escaped Jack a day's head start.
* AMinorKidroduction: The film starts with Elizabeth meeting a shipwrecked Will, during their childhood.
* MisplacedNamesPoster: [[http://www.razorfine.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/07/pirates-curse-of-the-black-pearl-poster.jpg This]] poster for the first movie.
* MortalityEnsues: This happens to Barbossa at the worst possible time; Will drops the final gold piece into the cursed treasure chest just after Sparrow blows a fatal hole in Barbossa's chest with a pistol, removing the curse and causing Barbossa to bleed out.
* MutualDisadvantage: Near the end of the film, Jack [[spoiler:grabs a bit of the cursed treasure before his fight with Barbossa, briefly resulting in this.]]
* MyopicArchitecture: And that, my friends, is why one shouldn't build prison cells with half-pin hinges.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Pirate zombies.
* NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine: The scene where Elizabeth is forced to dine either with Barbossa or with the crew and she reluctantly decides to dine with Barbossa.
* OfCorsetHurts: Elizabeth complains mightily when trussed up in a corset for Norrington's ceremony...
* OfCorsetsSexy: ...but one can't deny it gives her some excellent cleavage.
** In the audio commentary Keira Knightley says her cleavage was painted on.
* OminousFog: Follows the cursed ''Black Pearl'' around.
* OrphanedPunchline: "...And then they made me their chief."
* PalmBloodletting: The preferred way to shed the blood required to end the curse, once it's established that only a little bit of blood is needed.
* PowderTrail: How the cursed ''Black Pearl'' crew destroys the ''Interceptor''.
* ThePowerOfBlood: The blood of those who took coins from the Chest of Cortez (or that of their children)is required in order to end the curse.
* PrecisionFStrike: From ''Curse of the Black Pearl'':
-->'''Will:''' Barbossa you lying bastard!
** Props for slipping that into a ''Disney'' movie. Oh, and also using the word "strumpet". And "eunuch". And...just the way that Jack ''is'', feels like it shouldn't be in a Disney movie.
* ThePunishment: Steal the Aztec Gold and you'll become immortal and impossible to kill (downside: but you won't enjoy a moment of it).
* RuleOfThree: Both parley and thinking of the pirates' code as guidelines are both mentioned thrice over the course of the movie:
** Elizabeth uses parley to spare her life; Jack tries it later on his old partners to no avail; and Pintel warns [[spoiler: Jack's captured crew]] not to think of playing the parley card.
** Barbossa informs Elizabeth that he finds the pirates' code to be more like guidelines than actual rules; something she recites to Jack's crew; and something they tell him at the end of the film.
** In Tortuga, Jack encounters a woman who slaps him without speaking a word, and he defiantly tells Will that "I didn't deserve that one." Another woman steps up, says one line, and then ''she'' slaps Jack. "I ''may'' have deserved that one." A few scenes later, his newly-assembled crew contains one woman, who slaps Jack the moment he removes her hat.
--->'''Will:''' I suppose you didn't deserve ''that'' one, either.
--->'''Jack:''' No, ''that'' one I deserved.
* SarcasticConfession: Jack.
-->''Well, then, I confess. It is my intention to commandeer one of these ships, pick up a crew in Tortuga, raid, pillage, plunder and otherwise pilfer my weaselly black guts out.''
* SenseLossSadness: Barbossa's motivation to undo the curse.
* ShoutOut: Several very nice ones to pirate films, and to Disney movies as well:
** ''PeterPan'': In the very first scene, Governor Swann's costume looks exactly like Captain Hook. Also, in the final fight, Jack cuts off some of the feathers on Barbossa's hat, just like Peter does to Hook.
** ''Disney/SnowWhite'': When Elizabeth refuses Barbossa's apple, believing it's poisoned.
* {{Squick}}: In-universe example when Jack finds out that Cotton has no tongue.
* SteppingStoneSword: Will throws a sword under Jack's feet to save him from a hanging.
* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: Norrington. He's definitely not the bad guy, and is pursuing Jack out of duty and orders. Jack is, after all a pirate, and piracy was a huge threat to settlements.
** Several of the deleted scenes feature PetTheDog moments for Norrington. Notably, he tells Governor Swann that whatever his personal feelings towards Will, he's duty-bound to try and rescue him from Barbossa. He also has a moving heart-to-heart talk with Elizabeth after she "accepts" his proposal. Even Jack admits that [[WorthyOpponent he respects Norrington]] as [[TheDeterminator "a man who knows what he's after."]]
* TactfulTranslation: Played for laughs when Barbossa "translates" his comments for Elizabeth. It can be argued that Elizabeth's look of confusion is merely the result of Barbossa speaking so eloquently seconds after asking her to use smaller words that the "humble pirates" can understand, and his translation is not for her, but his own crew, who also seem confused.
* TellMeAboutMyFather: Will.
* UndeadAuthor: With regards to the ''Pearl''.
-->'''Jack:''' No survivors? Then where do the stories come from, I wonder?
* UsingYouAllAlong: As Jack is bargaining with Barbossa for Will's life, and to destroy the men of the ''Dauntless'' (more or less), plus getting to sail the ''Pearl'' again as captain, Will bursts out "You've been planning this from the beginning!"
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: Where Elizabeth stores the Aztec gold piece.
* WalkDontSwim: The strategy used by the undead pirates to reach Norrington's ship undetected.
* WalkThePlank: To be marooned on a DesertIsland... twice.
* WhoAreYou: From Barbossa to Will Turner. It features a mild subversion, with Jack trying very hard to keep Will from answering, since it will [[KansasCityShuffle derail his plans]].
-->'''Barbossa:''' Who ''are'' you?\\
'''Jack:''' Nobody! He's nobody! [[HurricaneOfExcuses Distant cousin of my aunt's nephew, twice removed]]. Lovely singing voice, though. ''[[RunningGag Eunuch]]''.
* WorthyOpponent: Naval officer Lt. Groves seems to hold this view of Captain Sparrow. At the least, he openly admires the pirate's ingenuity. "That's got to be the best pirate I've ever seen!"
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Dead Man's Chest]]
* ArtificialLimbs: Davy Jones has two legs as a human, but his mutated form turns one of them into a lobster/crab leg that evokes the image of the stereotypical pirate peg leg. While we're at it, his lobster claw hand evokes the image of the stereotypical pirate hook hand.
* AttackAttackRetreatRetreat: In the trailer:
-->'''Will:''' We can't leave without him! ''(sees Jack being chased by natives)'' Never mind, let's go!\\
Though the second line is a blooper from one take as the actual is "Time to go."
* AttackOfTheMonsterAppendage: The Kraken is the "whole body seen later" example.
* BathroomStallOfOverheardInsults: Well, it's a boat, and there's a kiss, but the gist of it is, [[spoiler:Will sees Elizabeth kiss Jack]] and proceeds to act like a teenage girl afterwards.
* BigNo: Bootstrap yells this before the Kraken is summoned to destroy the ship Will has escaped on.
* BlackSpot: Jack receives one at the beginning of the film.
* CameraAbuse: A subtle example. As Jack is sailing away from the Island of the Pelegostos and is giving his [[CatchPhrase standard farewell speech]], the wave that smacks Jack in the face and cuts his sentence also manages to hit the camera as well.
* ChargeIntoCombatCut: When Jack Sparrow charges the Kraken with sabre in hand.
* ChasedByAngryNatives
* CraniumChase: One of Davy Jones' henchmen loses his head. The body then stumbles about trying to find the head, while the head tries in vain to give it directions.
* DeadMansChest: Naturally.
* DealWithTheDevil: How Jack originally raised the ''Black Pearl'' ([[AllThereInTheManual nee]] ''[[ShoutOut Wicked Wench]]'') from a watery grave. He reneged on his end of the bargain, then {{Rules Lawyer}}ed his way out of [[{{Psychopomp}} Davy Jones]]' clutches.
* DoomedAppointment: Governor Swann's friend, with whom Swann had aagreed to meet so they could smuggle Elizabeth out, is killed just as they arrive.
* EliteMook: Agents of the East India Co. We only see one of them (Mercer) but Jack "vanished from under the eyes of seven agents of the East India Company" and this is listed as an impressive feat.
* EnforcedMethodActing: Used to some extent at the end of the movie. [[spoiler:The cast was not told who would be returning, and were genuinely surprised to see Geoffrey Rush.]]
* FlamingSword: Will sets his sword on fire with some oil from a lantern in an attempt to ward off the zombies.
* {{Foil}}: In a more tragic example, Davy Jones and [[spoiler:Calypso]] whilst in Tia Dalma's body. Davy Jones has a HumanoidAbomination of a body, abandons all emotions and develops a convincing range of reactions, both facial and verbal; and takes delight in putting the lost souls he captures through torment and pain. Tia Dalma, however, has retained all her emotions, and will not hesitate to help those in need, and does not require a steep price in return.
* ForbiddenZone: The island of the [[ImAHumanitarian Peligostos]]. They make the most delicious [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/long_pork long pork]]. Their ride dumps Will overboard to get there.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: When Tia Dalma tells the tale of how Davy Jones fell in love with a woman, Gibbs says that he heard a different version of the tale in which Jones fell in love with the sea. Tia Dalma says that they are two versions of the same story and both true. [[spoiler:Turns out that he fell in love with a sea goddess]].
* GiveMeASword: Done repeatedly in one scene with three heroes and two swords between them.
* GodGuise: The cannibal island at the beginning of the movie believe Jack Sparrow to be a god.
* HeelFaithTurn: Discussed and PlayedForLaughs. In their first scene in the movie, Pintel and Ragetti talk about how they are going to read Literature/TheBible and become "good men". They revert to their piratical ways pretty soon.
* ImAHumanitarian: The Peligostos.
** The trader that pointed Will to the island as well, judging by the longpork comment.
* ImStandingRightHere: Gibbs, Ragetti, and Pintel freak out at the sight of the Black Spot on Jack's hand. Jack responds with "My eyesight's as good as ever."
* KissOfDistraction: Elizabeth on Jack in order to shackle him to the deck of the ''Pearl''.
* LastStand: "Hello, beastie!" Jack's futile, but irrefutably courageous, charge towards the Kraken.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Davy Jones takes the inspiration for his from a [[MementoMacguffin music box]], all minor keys.
* LifeIsntFair:
-->'''Davy Jones:''' Life is cruel! Why should the afterlife be any different?
* LivingForeverIsAwesome: Jack's motive for wanting to stab Davy Jones's heart, who is already enjoying the fruits of this trope as the immortal lord of the sea.
* LosingYourHead: Happens to Jones's conch-headed crewman.
* LoopholeAbuse: This was Jack's "Plan A" to honor his deal with Jones, and the value of one hundred souls.
--->'''Gibbs:''' And how do you intend to harvest these ninety-nine souls in three days?
--->'''Jack Sparrow''': Fortunately, he was mum as the condition in which these souls need be.
--->'''Gibbs''': Ah. [[WretchedHive Tortuga]], then?
--->'''Jack:''' (Wipes slime on Gibbs) Tortuga.
** He tried it on Jones earlier in the film, but Jones wasn't having any:
-->'''Jones:''' You have a debt to pay. You've been captain of the Black Pearl for thirteen years. That was our agreement.\\
'''Jack:''' Technically, I was only captain for two years, then I was viciously mutinied upon.\\
'''Jones:''' Then you were a poor captain, but a captain nonetheless! Have you not introduced yourself all these years as [[InsistentTerminology Captain]] Jack Sparrow?
* MacGuffinMelee: A long extended sequence in the middle of the movie involved this, as almost all of the regulars competed for control of the chest containing Davy Jones' heart.
* MeatMoss: The interior of the Flying Dutchman is a sea-themed variant of this. Crewmen of the Dutchman are fated to meld into the walls after spending enough time on the ship.
* MegaCorp: The East India Trading Co.
* MockingSingSong: Jack tries to exploit Davy Jones's prohibition from setting foot on land.
-->'''Jack:''' ''(singsong)'' I got a jar of dirt! I got a jar of dirt! And guess what's inside it!
** Jack was also hinting to Jones that [[spoiler:there was something other than dirt, namely Jones' heart, in the jar. Unknown to Jack, Norrington had stolen the heart out of the jar.]]
* MoodWhiplash: The end of the film, particularly Elizabeth kissing Jack.
* OminousPipeOrgan: And how.
* PercussivePrevention: Elizabeth to Norrington. Though she missed the boat on 'preventing him from doing something stupid' like starting a massive BarBrawl, she managed to stop the others from killing him.
* PrepareToDie: "I shall ''pry'' the chest away from your cold, dead hands."
* TheReveal: [[spoiler:The resurrected Captain Barbossa at the end]].
* SayMyName:
-->"''DAMN YOU, JACK...'' '''''[[LargeHam SSSSSPPPPAAAAAAAAAARRROOOOOOOOOWWWW!!!!!]]'''''"
* SkywardScream: Davy Jones. See SayMyName, above.
* TemptingFate: "Actually, you don't need ''everyone.'' About six of us will do. ''({{Beat}})'' [[OhCrap Ohhh, dear...]]"
** "The bright side is, you're back and made it off free and clear!" (cue the Flying Dutchman bursting out of the sea literally right behind them)
** "Even [[CrazyAwesome Jack Sparrow]] can't best the devil!" cries one of Davy Jones's crew. Jones immediately [[OhCrap pauses in doubt]], and demands the chest be opened, discovering his heart is gone. Cue SkywardScream.
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: Jack's reaction to [[spoiler:being eaten by]] the Kraken, among other insalubrious things.
* TribalCarry: Will Turner is brought into the village trussed to a pole like game, and Jack Sparrow spends a few minutes running away from the locals whilst tied to a rotisserie skewer.
* ATruceWhileWeGawk: The pirates momentarily pause battle to watch the strange sight of the mill wheel go by.
* VaginaDentata: The Kraken's mouth (symbolically, rather than literally, obviously).
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Norrington in ''Dead Man's Chest''.
* WackyWaysideTribe: The Peligostos.
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: The two RedShirt fishermen who stumble upon Jack's hat, and, subsequently, become the Kraken's first victims. It sounds vaguely Russian, but it is too difficult to tell since it is spoken at such a fast pace.
** DVD subtitles imply that it's meant to be Turkish or Turk-Cypriot.
* WheelOfPain: The kraken-summoning machine.
* YourOtherLeft: The conch-headed crewman's knocked-off head tries to guide his body's fumbling attempts to recover it with instructions like this.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:At World's End]]
* AggressiveNegotiations: This is played with. One pirate shoots another for questioning the pirate code. However, nothing really major happens--the dead pirate is a nobody, and none of the assembled pirates really want a fight to break out at their meeting.
* AssShove: [[ImpliedTrope Hinted at]] with a really big gun.
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: For the King of the Brethren Court, [[spoiler:''Captain'' Elizabeth Swan]].
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: For all his selfishness and scheming, you've got to "Awww" at the look on Jack's face when [[spoiler:Will gets stabbed.]]
* BeatStillMyHeart: Davy Jones' heart (and [[spoiler:Will's, at the end]]).
* BigBookOfWar: The Pirate's Code. Amusingly, the actual book itself is apparently only a few pages of actual code -- the rest is discussion on what the code ''should'' be.
* BowelBreakingBricks: Pintel and Ragetti each grab a cannonball, planning to drop them on the bodies floating in the water while escaping Davey Jones' Locker. As they're about to, they see Tia Dalma standing there. The camera cuts to their lower bodies, as they drop the cannonballs in a way that resembles this trope.
* BroughtDownToNormal: The sea goddess Calypso ([[spoiler:Tia Dalma]]).
* CelebCrush: As part of their BatmanGambit, the pirates must enact a ritual involving words spoken as if to a lover, but the pirates are {{Large Ham}}s who've never known a love they didn't pay for... except one:
-->'''[[spoiler:Ragetti]]:''' [[spoiler:[whispers tenderly] Calypso... I release you from your human bonds.]]
* ChekhovsSkill: Jack escapes from the ''Dutchman's'' jail using the same trick that Will used in the first film to free him.
* ClippedWingAngel: Calypso's transformation.
* CosmopolitanCouncil: The Court of the Brethren.
* DeathOfTheHypotenuse: Death By UnrequitedLove.
* DefiantToTheEnd: The pirates that were to be hung at the beginning of the movie started singing "Hoist The Colours" for the Brethren Court to rally, but the song also sounded like they were saying that the way of pirates will never die.
* DemotedToDragon: Davy Jones is following orders from Lord Cutler Beckett. Justified, as Beckett possesses the heart of Davy Jones.
* {{Denouement}}: After the credits.
* {{Descriptiveville}}: Lampshaded.
-->'''Gibbs:''' Look alive, and keep a weather eye! Not for naught it's called Shipwreck Island, where lies Shipwreck Cove and the town of Shipwreck.\\
'''Pintel:''' You heard him. Step lively!\\
'''Jack:''' For all that pirates are clever clogs, we are an unimaginative lot when it comes to naming things.\\
'''Gibbs:''' Aye.
* DidYouActuallyBelieve:
-->'''Beckett:''' (preparing to violate his deal with Sparrow by attacking the ''Pearl'') It's nothing personal, Jack. It's just good business.
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: [[spoiler:James Norrington stabbing Davy Jones with his final breath instead of accepting his offer.]]
* DismantledMacguffin: [[spoiler:The Nine Pieces of Eight]] turn out to be the [[GottaCatchThemAll missing ingredients]] in a spell to [[SealedGoodInACan free Calypso]].
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler:After getting stabbed in the heart, Davy Jones falls over the side of the ship and plummets into the maelstrom during the final battle.]]
* TheDogBitesBack: Davy Jones.
* DragonLady: Mistress Ching.
* DynamicEntry: Jack's cannonball stunt, except no one gets hurt in the process and it doubles as a Dynamic Exit.
* EmergencyTransformation: [[spoiler:Will becomes the Captain of the ''Flying Dutchman'']].
* EpicMovie
* EvilVersusEvil: Beckett and Jones clearly do ''not'' get along, even with Jones under Beckett's thumb. On the two occasions Jones sees a chance of breaking free, his crew immediately start killing Norrington and Mercer's soldiers.
* ExposedToTheElements: The journey to Davy Jones' Locker features the crew sailing through a frozen ocean. One unnamed chinese crewmember's foot is frozen through, to the point that he accidentally snaps his big toe off. The rest of the crew are still wearing the same clothes they had in Singapore, yet suffer no ill effects apart from Pintel and Ragetti shivering.
* FascinatingEyebrow: Davy Jones does this when facing off against Jack, Barbossa, and Elizabeth on the sandbar.
* FiveSecondForeshadowing:"If he's not with you, and he's not with us...who's he with?"
* FlatWhat: Elizabeth, when Jack uses his vote to make her the [[spoiler:Pirate King.]]
* FreezeFrameBonus: Pirate Lord, Diego De Leon, in the "Hoist The Colours" scene, appears to have a flag very reminiscent of [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_bR6jwDPKQGU/TTCbVoozrNI/AAAAAAAABsY/33iSgKKORio/s1600/Blackbeard%2Bflag%2Bc%2B1718.png Blackbeard's]] real-life flag. (However, in ''On Stranger Tides'' Blackbeard's flag is different.)
* GambitPileup: Comes to a head in the movie; see ChronicBackstabbingDisorder above.
* GodzillaThreshold: Implied to be such with the singing of the "Hoist the Colours" song. The way it's treated throughout the movie is that it's sung as a warning to all pirates regardless of allegiance. Lord Beckett is pleased when the threshold is reached as he knows it means that the Brethren Court will be convened and he can eliminate the last great pirates at a stroke. It's even implied that the song can be heard through coins at a distance like through a conch shell, helping it spread.
* GondorCallsForAid: From the [[MisfitMobilizationMoment Pirate Lords]] of the Seven Seas, using the Nine [[MembershipToken Pieces of Eight]].
* HeartInTheWrongPlace: When [[spoiler: Will Turner]] reappears after becoming captain of the ''Flying Dutchman'', the scar from impromptu heart surgery is visible high on the left side of the chest.
* IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: [[spoiler:Norrington]]'s reason for HeroicSacrifice.
* InTheDoldrums: Davey Jones' Locker is a barren wasteland (for a while, anyways). Nothing but perfectly flat, white desert in every direction.
* IronicEcho: When they first meet, Jack cuts a deal that Elizabeth finds underhanded and horrifying, especially as how it works to her personal detriment. She protests, to receive only:
--> Jack: "PIRATE!"
** In this movie, Elizabeth cuts a deal that Jack doesn't approve of. He protests.
--> Elizabeth: [[spoiler:"KING!"]]
* KeystoneArmy: The ''enormous'' Imperial Armada Beckett brought with him to annihilate the pirates: they all [[InstantWinCondition turn tail and run]] when the ''Endeavour'' is sunk, despite it being heavily implied that they vastly outnumber the entire pirate fleet. May simply be a case of LazyBackup. On the other hand, they were up against the Black Pearl, which was pretty infamous at the time for her actions, as well as the Flying Dutchman, all at once. Especially the Dutchman, who would probably have made it a curbstomp battle given how everyone keeps saying "Control the Dutchman, control the seas."
* KickTheDog: Davy Jones really shows pride and craftmanship in exercising this trope every chance he gets.
* TheLastHorseCrossesTheFinishLine: When Tia Dalma uses [[spoiler:her sand crabs]] to locate and bring Jack back to the crew of the Black Pearl. Needless to say, it takes a while for [[SarcasmMode Witty Jack]] to figure out that his ship was suddenly ferried, without effort, across Davy Jones' Locker, after he himself was trying his damndest to pull it across to pull it over that same hill with a piece of rope. It takes even longer for him to realize that the ship is moving at breakneck speed, and he will soon be left behind if he does not catch up.
* LazyBackup: The final battle. The ''Black Pearl'' faces down the ''FlyingDutchman'', and then Beckett's ''Endeavour'', without any help from the pirate armada assembled behind them. {{Justified|Trope}} because the maelstrom prevented other ships from intervening. And once again, when the [[spoiler:''Dutchman'' does its HeelFaceTurn.]]
** In the second case, [[spoiler:Beckett's much-larger armada may have scarpered because the situation had just gotten too weird to cope with.]]
** The rest of Beckett's fleet may have been put off [[spoiler:by the return of a ship that had just been shot to pieces and sunk down a whirlpool, suddenly repaired and now fighting for the enemy.]]
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Davy Jones. When Calypso breaks his heart, he says to hell with all of it and shirks his rightful duties, which leads to him and his crew becoming corrupted and inhuman.
* MagicMap: The charts acquired early in the movie can guide the reader to sites that will never appear on more accurate charts, and also bear vague warnings to aid in overcoming obstacles.
* MarriedAtSea: [[spoiler:Elizabeth and Will]] get married by [[spoiler:Barbossa]] in the middle of the climactic battle.
* MisfitMobilizationMoment: One after Elizabeth's RousingSpeech drives all the pirate crews to truly fight for their way of life. They raise their banners and prepare for the fight.
* MistakenForSpecialGuest: Elizabeth for Calypso in the third film, turning her into a LivingMacguffin for a brief round of [[GambitPileup pirate negotiations]].
* MobileFishbowl: A variation. Negotiations are taking place on a sandbar, but since Davey Jones is cursed to be unable to set foot on land, he's standing in a big wooden bucket of seawater, with several others visible behind him.
* NonIndicativeName: The Nine Pieces of Eight. In more ways than one.
-->'''Pintel:''' Change the name.\\
'''Gibbs:''' What, to "[[GottaCatchThemAll The Nine Pieces]] of [[ItMayHelpYouOnYourQuest Whatever we happened to have in our pockets]] at the time"? Ohhh, yes, that sounds ''very'' piratey.
* NothingPersonal: Beckett uses those exact words as he prepares to renege on his agreement with Sparrow.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: The Kraken is killed offscreen, with only a throwaway comment and a scene where they find the body afterward.
* OrbitalKiss: At the climax while That One Theme plays.
* PetTheDog: A quick one for Davy Jones: seeing incoming cannon fire, he throws himself on Mercer to protect him from the blast. The fact that he quickly remembers he hates the man and promptly chokes him to death just reinforces the fact that he would have protected ''any'' member of his crew in the same way.
* PowerHigh: When [[spoiler:Tia Dalma]] is released from her human form and regains her godly powers by becoming Calypso, she makes a familiar expression that makes her enjoyment very evident.
* RashEquilibrium: Throughout the movie.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: For poor [[spoiler:James Norrington.]]
* RescuedFromPurgatory: Saving Jack.
* RidiculouslyDifficultRoute: Getting from the normal world to Davy Jones' Locker can be considered this.
-->'''Barbosa:''' We're good and lost now.\\
'''Elizabeth:''' Lost!?\\
'''Barbosa:''' For certain ye have to be lost to find a place as can't be found. Elseways everyone would know where it was.
* RousingSpeech: A truly moving, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome]] one.
-->'''Captain Barbossa:''' Revenge won't bring your father back, Miss Swann, and it's not something I'm intending to die for.\\
'''[[spoiler:Pirate King Captain]] Elizabeth Swann:''' You're right...\\
[''Walks back a few steps towards the crew'']\\
'''Elizabeth:''' Then what ''shall'' we die for?\\
[{{beat}}]\\
'''Elizabeth:''' You will listen to me... '''''LISTEN!''''' The Brethren will still be looking here to us, to the Black Pearl, to lead. And what will they see...? Frightened bilge rats aboard a derelict ship? No... No, they will see free men! And ''FREEDOM''! And what the '''''enemy''''' will see is the flash of our cannons! They will hear the ring of our swords and '''''they will know what WE can do!''''' [[MeaningfulEcho By the sweat of our brows... And the strength of our backs...]] '''''And the courage of our hearts!''''' Gentlemen... ''[[TranquilFury Hoist the colors.]]''
* SaharanShipwreck
* ShaggyDogStory: Calypso's entire subplot actually adds nothing to the film except to have everybody running around for a while. The filmmakers suggest that the maelstrom scene was designed so that she would "Provide the arena," which pretty clearly translates to, "Yeah, we weren't really sure what she was doing in our script either."
* SheIsTheKing: [[spoiler:Elizabeth Swann, Pirate King]]. They're just ''giving'' the bloody title away!
* ShootTheMessenger: Making the scene where Teague shoots someone at the Pirate Lords' meeting for questioning the Code, it's ''not even the speaker's idea'' to question it: he's a mouthpiece for one of the Lords, and was just saying what his boss wanted him to.
* ShoutOut: The shots of Beckett as the [[DissonantSerenity serene]] centre of the screen as his ship disintegrates around him are extremely similar to shots of Scorpius in a similar situation in the ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' episode "Into the Lion's Den".
* ShrunkenHead: During a conversation with Captain Teague, Jack asks, "How's Mum?" Teague shows him a shrunken woman's head.
-->'''Jack''': She looks good.
* SlasherSmile: Tia Dalma sports one in Singapore.
* SomeoneHasToDoIt: "The ''Dutchman'' must have a captain."
* TensionCuttingLaughter: During the MexicanStandoff mentioned above, after a minute goes by they all start laughing... but then they remember that, yes, they ''do'' all have people to threaten.
* TheUnintelligible: Calypso, when in 50 foot giant form, rains unintelligible things at the pirates after they set her free. WordOfGod says that she's cursing them, and basically telling them to go fuck themselves.
* VaporWear: After an ExtendedDisarming sequence in the third movie while in Singapore, Swann is left wearing only a shirt. One of the fellow pirates, who is hiding under the floorboards, gets a peep up her dress and informs his friend. During the interval, however, Swann has moved forward, resulting in the other guy getting an eyeful of the privates of one of Sao Feng's male group.
** Unlike Elizabeth's 'corset', this is a rare (probably accidental) bit of authenticity: panties (and male underpants) haven't been invented yet- nobody wore anything under between their undersides and their clothes but a 'shift' (the garment Elizabeth spends most of the first film in) if they were female or a long shirt if they were male (or a cross-dressing female pirate, of course.)
* ViewersAreGeniuses: Those familiar with ocean weather patterns get an OhCrap moment when two captains facing off both claim the wind is on their side. [[spoiler:Cue the maelstrom.]]
* VisualInnuendo: The feud of "biggus" scopes between Sparrow and Barbossa
* VocalDissonance: One of the Pirate Lords has his underlings speak for him at the meeting, because his own voice is very high and squeaky.
* WartimeWedding: [[spoiler:Will and Elizabeth not only get married in the middle of a war, but in the middle of a battle. [[MarriedAtSea On a pirate ship]].]]
* WeddingSmashers: Inverted - [[spoiler: they interrupt the battle with their wedding, seeing how they could be about to die.]]
* YesNoAnswerInterpretation: Davy Jones likes to ask men about to die whether they fear death, as he can offer them servitude on his ship instead. When he asks [[spoiler:Norrington]], all he gets is a stab in response. He says he takes that as a 'no'.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:On Stranger Tides]]
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: One of Blackbeard's zombified officers laughs at Jack's "Missionary's Position" quip. Which gives said Missionary the distraction he needs to help Syrena.
* AdiposeRex: King George II.
* AmazonBrigade: The [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent Mermaids]].
* AmbiguousSituation: The fate of [[spoiler:Philip. Syrena pulls him into the water, but we never find out what happened to him, though it was hinted earlier in the film that the kiss of a mermaid grants you immunity to drowning.]]
* ArentYouGoingToRavishMe: During an escape sequence, Jack finds himself in a carriage opposite an [[JudiDench older woman]] who looks startled and terrified. He leans over and nibbles the woman's ear, then ducks out of the carriage, to which she utters "Is that it?" in a disappointed tone. Then finds out too late that he nibbled off her earring in the process.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
--> [[spoiler:'''Blackbeard:''' My trick's up, is that it?]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Barbossa:''' Such crimes do include, but are not limited to, piracy, treason, murder, torture of the most heinous sort, including the brutal theft of one used, twisted, hairy right leg.]]
* ArtificialLimbs: This wouldn't be a proper pirate movie series without at least one wooden leg. It shows up in ''On Stranger Tides'', [[spoiler:attached to Barbossa. Kind of appropriate, since he's the most stereotypical (yarr!) pirate of the bunch.]]
* BarbieDollAnatomy: While the film goes to great lengths to preserve the illusion of topless mermaids in several scenes Syrena's upper chest is visible, and the actress is wearing a skin suit (making the GodivaHair potentially ''more'' sexual than just showing their body.)
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: The preacher seems to think so, mooning over the mermaid's beauty and that she must thus be one of God's creatures.
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: According to ''On Stranger Tides'', Blackbeard was a voodoo sorcerer, and survived for many years past the battle that history records as his death.
* BehindTheBlack: The film has some issues with this in the early chase scenes. For example, there is a part where Jack is being chased down a set of stairs by several British soldiers. He reaches the bottom. The camera cuts to the soldiers who then reach the bottom and run down the hall. Cut to Jack hiding behind a table at the bottom of the stairs. Even given that the soldier closest to him in pursuit turned away for a second to yell for back-up, it's highly improbable he could have hidden there without the soldiers seeing him do it.
** An even more {{egregious}} example occurs with the Spanish ships; nobody on Barbossa's ship notices them until Gibbs points them out, even though they're practically bearing down on top of them.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: The mermaids - for such sexy, harmless-looking creatures, they sure are vicious.
* BridalCarry: When Syrena's box breaks, and she gains legs, Philip carries her. It's quite touching.
* CaliforniaDoubling: Location shooting on the previous films was in the real Caribbean. To keep the budget lower, this one was mostly in Hawaii, with some scenes also in Puerto Rico and... California.
** And Greenwich, London.
* TheCameo: JudiDench.
* CaptainObvious: Jack Sparrow escapes from a room full of guards right in front of King George II. His Majesty turns to Hector Barbossa, and observes: "He escaped."
* ChandelierSwing: Jack does one during his escape from the palace.
* CombatByChampion: Subverted, Jack suggests a combat between Barbossa and Blackbeard to settle the thing and it seems it's generally received as a good idea, but two words by the would-be champions and the fight becomes a massive brawl as usual.
* ContinuityNod: The judge Jack disguises as is named "Smith", which was the alias Jack used at the beginning of the first film.
* TheCorrupter: Angelica claimed that Jack was this towards her.
* DeathEqualsRedemption: As Jack says, maybe for [[spoiler:Blackbeard.]]
* DirtyOldWoman: The old lady that Jack fondles in the London carriage. [[ArentYouGoingToRavishMe "Is that it?"]]
* DolledUpInstallment: Actually based on a book with no connection to the ''[=PotC=]'' franchise beyond this movie.
%%DroppedABridgeOnHim: According to Barbossa, Blackbeard captured the ''Black Pearl'' and likely killed her crew. Pintel, Ragetti, Cotton, Marty? All probably dead. (We see Jack the Monkey and Cotton's parrot inside the bottle, so there's a strong possibility they're still alive. This is too speculative for now.)
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Angelica poses as Jack because he was the only (male) pirate she thought she could pass for.
* TheDulcineaEffect: Philip towards Syrena.
** And Syrena towards Philip as well. She reveals that the reason she saved Philip during the mermaid attack was because she noticed that he was "different".
* EquivalentExchange: The fountain takes life from one to extend another's. However, the rate of exchange isn't exactly equal. The one on the receiving end gets the person's entire natural lifespan, regardless of their age or actual life expectancy, meaning that the recipient is going to get around 100 years from the deal no matter the sacrifice.
* ErmineCapeEffect: George II.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The quartermaster of the ''Queen Anne's Revenge'' is never addressed as anything but "Quartermaster".
** Likewise the gunner, though Gunner (Or Gunnar) is an actual name as well.
** HometownNickname: The Spanish commander is simply called the Spaniard.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: The cook. Forced to row out in a longboat until the ''Revenge'' turns his way and literally [[FireBreathingWeapon opens fire]] for several seconds. Then he gets blasted ''again'' for good measure.
** [[spoiler:Blackbeard's death]].
* FantasticRacism: The way that Blackbeard (and judging by the number of skeletons, numerous others that have gone questing after the Fountain) treat the mermaids. They even refer to her as "the creature" and revel in how cruel and torturous her suffering and death will be, going out of their way to make sure she'd die slowly and painfully rather than just letting her go after she had outlived her usefulness.
** To be fair, there were legitimate reasons to regard Syrena this way, as the mermaids were highly predatory (essentially sharks with human intelligence), although why Syrena acted so differently wasn't really explored.
* FireBreathingWeapon: Blackbeard's ''Queen Anne's Revenge'' has flamethrowers.
* FloatingWater: Near the Fountain, water defies gravity to drip ''up'' off leaves and stream upwards to a cave's roof, forming a portal to the Fountain.
* GodivaHair: Syrena the mermaid.
* GoshDarnItToHeck: [[spoiler:Blackbeard]]'s LastWords to Jack Sparrow are "Trickster!" and "Devil!".
* HideYourPregnancy: PenelopeCruz. Thank God for elastic corsets and puffy shirts. (The scene where her character seeks clemency by claiming to be pregnant may have been added as RealitySubtext.)
* HilariousOuttakes: During the credits, a blooper of the scene where Barbossa removes his peg leg plays... except the peg leg fails to come off and Geoffrey Rush stays in character throughout.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: It features Blackbeard, with smaller appearances by King George II of England and some of his ministers, and a brief cameo by King Ferdinand VI of Spain.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Blackbeard, he's 70 in ''On Stranger Tides'', yet died in real life at 40, has a crew composed of zombies made from his sword, and can ''bring ships to life''.
** Contrary to popular belief, the real Blackbeard was not the most cruel or violent pirate of his time. He was simply the most famous because of his use of theatricality to boost his fearsome image. In fact, there are no known accounts of him killing anyone who didn't aim to kill him first.
* HotterAndSexier: To the franchise and Disney in general; it's the very first Disney film to mention sexual content (though not in those words) in the MPAA's reason for giving it a PG-13 rating.
* InsultBackfire: After Jack tells Gibbs that he had feelings for Angelica (but still left her the first time):
-->'''Gibbs:''' And you left her still. Oh, that's low.
-->'''Jack:''' Thank you.
* InThatOrder: The mermaids will take you to the bottom of the sea, drown you, then eat you. Sometimes, however, they will do it the other way around.
* KangarooCourt: Strongly implied to be what Gibbs' trial was intended to be before Jack Sparrow posed as a judge and gave him a life sentence instead.
* KilledMidSentence: [[spoiler:Theodore Groves]].
* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn: Invoked - Scrum is playing a particularly authentic Spanish tune when Jack and Angelica dance.
* LegendaryImpostor: As the movie begins, there's a rumour going around London that Captain Jack Sparrow is hiring a crew. This comes as news to Captain Jack Sparrow.
* LifeOrLimbDecision: [[spoiler:How Barbossa lost his leg.]]
* LogoJoke: The flag at the top of the Disney castle VanityPlate is replaced with the flag of Blackbeard's ship, the fireworks are replaced with cannon fire (or rather, just given a dull white color), and mermaids appear in the river that runs through the castle.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Possibly between Philip and Syrena.
* MermaidProblem: Averted. The mermaids are heavily implied to be mammals, not fish, given that they have lungs and need to breathe to live, and their tails are horizontal, which is indicative of aquatic mammals, not vertical, indicative of fish (not uncommon in media portrayals of mermaids, however - see OurMermaidsAreDifferent). On top of this, the MermaidProblem is solved by Syrena having her tail turn into legs when she is taken completely out of water, if only temporarily, possibly a ShoutOut to ''Film/{{Splash}}''.
* MissionFromGod: Well, for him, as far as the Spaniards are concerned.
* MotiveMisidentification: The Spanish aren't looking for the Fountain of Youth [[spoiler:to attain immortality. They wish to destroy this place of pagan sorcery in the name of God]].
* MsFanservice: Penelope Cruz, especially in that one scene of her and Jack rolling about on the deck.
** Also, the mermaid Syrena, who was pretty much half naked for all of her scenes. In fact, all of the mermaids really, [[FanDisservice until they attack. ]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Philip, when he realizes that [[spoiler:Syrena was pulling him to safety, not attacking him, when he captured her.]]
* NaughtyNuns: Angelica was about to take her vows, when Jack arrived. He was there because [[GetTheeToANunnery he'd mistaken the convent for a brothel]]. Honest mistake.
* NoNameGiven: The Spaniard.
* NoodleImplements: Jack rattles off a number of these in his plan to [[spoiler:restore the Black Pearl.]]
* NoOneSeesTheBoss: When Jack hears that Blackbeard never comes out of his cabin, and that none of the crew have really sees him, he believes it's this trope. However, he turns out be very, very WrongGenreSavvy.
* NotMeThisTime: Jack Sparrow is believed to be trying to locate a ship to find the Fountain of Youth, as well as recruiting a crew. Turns out that [[spoiler:it was Angelica, a former flame of Sparrow, disguised as him.]]
* NotWorthKilling: When the Spanish ships sail by Barbossa's, they don't so much as spare him a glance, even though their numbers would have easily allowed them to sink his ship.
* OminousLatinChanting: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2A-Y-fz2Li0&feature=fvst The Mermaid theme.]]
* OurMermaidsAreDifferent: They're freaking spooky, and man-killers.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: [[spoiler:Blackbeard's officers are the Voodoo type; mindlessly obedient to their 'creator', with no interest in eating anyone.]]
* PoisonedChaliceSwitcheroo: Bonus points for using actual chalices. [[spoiler:Jack tricks Blackbeard into downing the life-draining chalice under the pretense that it's the one that grants life, [[BatmanGambit knowing he values his own life over that of his daughter]].]]
* PoisonedWeapons: The vengeful Barbossa coats his sword with tree frog venom, so if he so much as scratches Blackbeard he'll be dead within minutes. Unlikely as it may seem, this ploy is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poison_dart_frogs Truth In Television.]]
* PreAsskickingOneLiner: Jack: "Oh I understand everything. Except that wig." Spectacular escape ensues.
* PropRecycling: The ''Queen Anne's Revenge'' was built atop the ship used for the ''Black Pearl'' in the previous films.
* ProveIAmNotBluffing: Blackbeard tries to coerce Jack into helping him by threatening to shoot his love interest, who happens to be Blackbeard's daughter. When Jack calls him out on it, Blackbeard orders the Quartermaster to bring him six pistols, four unloaded. Jack gets the message fairly quickly. After he leaves, Angelica asks Blackbeard if he knew which guns were loaded. His answer is a not-very-reassuring "Of course, my love."
** And then handed her the compass, possibly implying he did.
* RecordNeedleScratch: Even though the actual sound isn't used, the effect of this trope is definitely present at the end of the movie.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: Philip. Maybe. See AmbiguousSituation above.]]
* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: Jack relates the RealLife myth about how Blackbeard's body swam three times around a ship after being decapitated ''to'' Blackbeard, who doesn't deign to explain how come he's still alive.
* RevivalLoophole: After hearing a prophecy that says he's going to meet his end at Barbossa's hands, Blackbeard figures YouCantFightFate and rather than trying to avert or avoid the prophecy, he starts searching for the Fountain of Youth so that he can use it to heal himself after it inevitably does happen. [[spoiler:Unfortunately for him, Fate took that trick into account and [[PoisonedChaliceSwitcheroo sabotaged it accordingly]].]]
* ShownTheirWork: A lot of stuff in this movie is very well-researched. For example, historical accounts of the real-world Blackbeard do mention him never showing his face to the crew, singeing his own beard to inspire terror, and possibly indulging in sorcery.
** They did get his flag wrong, though that was possibly an intentional change due to already having used a flag based on the real Blackbeard's in ''At World's End''.
* SoftWater: Twice in this movie.
* StabTheSky: This is apparently necessary to use the powers of the Sword of Triton (Blackbeard's sword).
* StealthHiBye: [[spoiler:Captain Teague]].
* SuggestedBy: This movie is officially "suggested by" the novel ''Literature/OnStrangerTides''.
* TakeThat: (Apparently) in-universe example regarding a dilapidated lighthouse with its whale-oil reservoir intact:
--> '''Blackbeard: '''Can you make it work?\\
'''Salaman:''' Made by the English! let's not get our hopes up.
* TellMeHowYouFight: Jack figures out it's Angelica posing as him when she uses a move no one else would know.
* ThrowABarrelAtIt: Angelica and Jack fight each other in a room full of barrels in the beginning. The barrels are quickly utilized as potential weapons during the fight.
* {{Treebuchet}}: Jack launches himself from palm tree to palm tree to get across the Spaniards' encampment and escape.
* TrilogyCreep
* UnwittingPawn: Philip, who [[spoiler:rushes back to Syrena as soon as he regains consciousness.... and thus rewards Blackbeard with Syrena's tear and gets her tied up to die.]]
* VoodooDoll: Blackbeard has one of [[spoiler:Jack.]]
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Jack and his first mate discuss this trope at the end of the movie. Jack feels that the thrill of death encourages one to live to the fullest. He also speculates he may live forever in history as the man who discovered the Fountain of Youth.
-->''Jack: ''It's a [[ShoutOut pirate's life]] [[CallBack for me]]; savvy?"
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: When Barbossa makes landfall near the Fountain of Youth, he takes a squad to shore with him and calmly leaves the sailors on board the ship to be killed by mermaids.
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: When Blackbeard compliments Philip's capture of Syrena with a hearty "Well done, sailor", this trope is written all over Philip's face, as well as MyGodWhatHaveIDone.
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