"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, 'cause you can never predict when they're gonna do something incredibly... stupid."
Berserk Button: Don't mess with his favorite ship. When Barbossa tells him that the Pearl was sunk, he drops his usual quips and lunges at him from across the table.
Jack: (being restrained) If that ship be sunk properly, you should be sunk with it.
Beware the Silly Ones: He is only questionably sane and often humorously bumbling; other pirates have dismissed him as being too nice. Nevertheless, he is one of the more formidable minds on the sea as well as a Pirate Lord. While he generally avoids killing, he has made exceptions for those he believes deserve to die (a fate that is usually earned). Barbossa (but came back and had a Heel-Face Turn), Davy Jones, Cutler Beckett, and Blackbeard all met their ends when they crossed him. Messing with Jack is generally a very bad idea.
Bi the Way: Johnny Depp has said as much in interviews, remarking on the situation any sailor finds himself in — at sea for months, no women on board, perhaps an "extra ration of rum" — and the practicality of being... flexible about one's preferences. In his research, he's found that sort of thing to be historically accurate.
Blue and Orange Morality: His moral code revolves around freedom. If stabbing someone in the back leads to greater freedom, then it is a moral action. He later explains this to Will. The only things that matter in the world "are what a man can do and what a man can't do", and points out that if he'll die in fair combat, "well then, that's not much incentive for me to fight fair, now is it?"
Breakout Character: Would you believe that Jack wasn't intended to be the lead character of the films as of Curse of the Black Pearl?
Breath Weapon: Jack seems to have caught onto his own brand of knock-out gas — breath described by Gore Verbinsky as smelling like "a donkey's ass" that is so bad, it can victimize people.
Byronic Hero: Intelligent, adaptable, seductive, introspective, struggles with integrity, and an outlaw.
Camp Bisexual: Considering what was said in Bi the Way above, it is safer to qualify him like this. Campy he certainly is, after all.
Cloudcuckoolander: Mildly in the first two, very much so in the third movie. Being dead and in Limbo/Hell all alone will do that to you. This gets a lampshade at the beginning of Dead Man's Chest, when he can't figure out his own heading.
Marty: Have you noticed lately that the captain seems to be acting a bit strange?
Gibbs: [silently stares at him]
The Chessmaster: As lampshaded in the third film, it's hard to tell if Jack plans everything out in advance or makes it up as he goes along. In the same film, he sets into motion a plan to get aboard the Flying Dutchman during the final battle by manipulating the other characters, but it's also clear that he didn't have control of everything and was quickly improvising at the Brethren Court.
The only thing that saves him from defeat at the hands of Will Turner, a technically superior swordsman, is his willingness to "cheat."
Will: You ignored the rules of engagement. In a fair fight, I'd kill you.
Jack: Not much incentive for me to fight fair, is it?
In a more subtle example, Jack's sword of choice is a sabre, which is slightly longer than the typical sword, giving him the advantage of having more range.
Confusion Fu: No one has any idea what he's doing at any given time. Those that think they do are the ones that lose the most.
Crazy Awesome: invoked Invoked and promptly lampshaded in the third film as shown in the quote below. Jack's plans run on the idea that they're Crazy Enough to Work, and he's confident in them to do so while everyone just thinks he's nuts.
Beckett: You're mad! Jack: Thank goodness for that, because if I wasn't, this would probably never work.
Deadpan Snarker: Jack enjoys making a wide variety of witty quips whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Deal with the Devil: According to supplementary material, Cutler Beckett had Jack's ship, the Wicked Wench, razed and sunk when Jack refused to transport slaves. Jack struck a deal with Davy Jones to raise his beloved ship and renamed it the Black Pearl. Then Barbossa mutinied him for ten of the thirteen years Jack had bargained for.
Death Glare: He directs an icy glower at his target when he shoots Barbossa.
Eaten Alive: He dives headlong into the Kraken's mouth at the end of Dead Man's Chest.
Enemy Mine: With practically everyone. In the third film, he amusingly notes that everyone who has come to rescue him from Davy Jones' Locker has attempted to kill him at some point, with Elizabeth as the only one among them to have actually succeeded.
Escape Artist: On multiple occasions, he's escaped from cuffs, cells, enemy ships out at sea, you name it.
Face Death with Dignity: While he'll pull every dirty trick he knows to cheat his impending death, when he's trapped with no way out and he knows it, he doesn't face his end like a coward.
Famed in Story: Jack has carefully cultivated his own legend. It comes back to bite him in the arse in the fourth film, where he keeps being mistaken for an imposter, after Angelica raised a crew under the name of "Jack Sparrow".
A Friend in Need: When it matters most, Jack will do the right thing but don't count on it before that point.
The Friend Nobody Likes: Even those who do call him a friend are perfectly aware that Jack is the sort of person who'd steal all their cash, drink all their rum and abscond to Tortuga with their mum if given half the chance. This is why none of the mains reply when he asks, "Did no one come to save me just because they missed me?" Marty, Cotton, Pintell and Ragetti and Monkey! Jack raise their hands.
Guile Hero: Objectively speaking, he is a very good fighter. He's also overshadowed by many other characters and tends towards fighting with words when his sword fails him.
While Jack is able to compete with and even occasionally dominate the best swordsmen in the series, Word of God is that he's actually much better with a pistol than a sword. In Dead Man's Chest he manages to shoot and ignite a falling barrel of gunpowder with a musket at a range that would make the shot hard even with rifling, and in the same movie he chucks a coconut at one of the Dutchman's crewmen and easily nails him in the head, despite the guy running full-tilt and being a good distance away.
More impressive still: in the third movie he shoots the chest from Davy Jones' hand, on the first try, whilst swinging amongst the ship's rigging, during a maelstrom,while the ship is caught in a whirlpool.The Lone Ranger couldn't have done better.
In fact, each of the first three movies includes a crucial moment where Jack has to make one shot count... which he always does.
Handsome Lech: He's had several lovers (all of which inevitably slap him) and flirts with Elizabeth.
Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Gibbs. Through all four movies, Gibbs is the only person he's never betrayed. He even put himself in danger to bust him out in the fourth movie.
Hidden Depths: Deleted scenes and Expanded Universe materials show that Sparrow tried to become an honest sailor with the East India Company. However, Beckett branded him a pirate and destroyed his ship when he was ordered to transport slaves but freed them instead.
Immortality Seeker: His primary goal in the films, other than maintaining captaincy over his beloved Black Pearl is finding a means of indefinitely extending his life, be it cursed Aztec gold, becoming captain of the Flying Dutchman, or drinking from the Fountain of Youth. None of them have worked out thus far. Note that in all of these cases, he had the opportunity to achieve his goal. He just didn't find the tradeoffs to be worth it. note The cursed gold would make him unable to enjoy drink, food, or sex. Davy Jone's post would imprison him on the guy's ship. The Fountain of Youth would tie him to the Fountain and also demand a sacrifice once or twice a century.
Memetic Badass: invoked Jack treats himself like one, explaining away anything he does or plans to do, no matter how improbable or amazing, as "I'm Captain Jack Sparrow".
Mysterious Past: The movies only give small, plot-relevant pieces of Jack's backstory. Word of God goes a bit farther, describing the precise circumstances of how he became an outlaw and made a deal with Davy Jones (Jack freed a cargo of EITC slaves, for which Beckett branded him a pirate and sank his ship), but it's still far from the complete story.
No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: In-universe example. If anyone ever tells Jack that he's the "worst pirate I've ever heard of" he is quick to respond with "but you have heard of me."
Not Me This Time: A rare heroic example in the fourth movie: In the beginning of the movie, Jack was told many times by both friends and enemies that he was trying to get a ship as well as recruit various people into attempting to find the legendary Fountain of Youth. Turns out that Jack, for once, wasn't responsible for this, and gets into a fight with the one who did the deed: Angelica disguised as Jack.
Not So Different: In On Stranger Tides, Jack organizes a mutiny, later betrays a another pirate and maroons her an island with a pistol and one shot. His motivation is far more understandable and less selfish than Barbossa's, but one would assume his grim outlook on mutineers has acquired an asterisk. It is this: (as one character points out) those pirates had signed up to sail under "Captain Jack Sparrow", so technically it's not a mutiny.
One Bullet Left: During the mutiny, he was given a pistol with a single-shot. He carried it for over 10 years, intending to use it kill Barbossa.
Opportunistic Bastard: While in the first film Jack Sparrow was shown to rely on the Batman Gambit quite a bit, the other films have also shown him to be quite the opportunist as well, and sometimes, it's not clear which one he is, this or The Chessmaster.
"Do you think he plans it all out or just makes it up as he goes?"
Pet the Dog: In On Stranger Tides, he claims credit for standing watch during the mutiny in order to spare the man who chose not to raise a cry. Blackbeard, however, has him pegged, and discovers it to be the cook. Five minutes later, the crew is missing one cook.
Pragmatic Hero: After returning from Davy Jones' locker, he's merely willing to lie, cheat, and steal to deal with Beckett, Davy Jones, and Blackbeard, as opposed to his former Unscrupulous Hero ways.
Pretty Boy: Angelica notes that he was the easiest pirate captain for her to impersonate.
Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Will's red in the first trilogy in terms of motivation. Jack keeps focused on what he wants and what he has to do to get it while Will tends to get carried away in brief fits of brashness. Will's stakes in the adventures are also purely emotional (Elizabeth and his father) compared to Jack seeking more practical rewards. By personality Jack's unpredictable nature makes him more Red and Wills upbringing makes him more Blue. Jack also wears a Red Bandana, and Will gets a blue one when he becomes captain of the Flying Dutchman.
Unscrupulous Hero: In the first trilogy, he's willing to go so far as conning people into selling their souls to Davy Jones in order to get free of his debt. His brush with death and Davy Jones' locker changes that a bit.
Wild Card: You can generally trust Jack to do the right thing in the end. What he does leading up to that, on the other hand, ranges from the heroic to the bastardly to the just plain weird.
The Wonka: He's the strangest ship captain you'll ever meet and it's because he's so strange that he is good at what he does.
Wrong Genre Savvy: In On Stranger Tides, he is shanghaied into service on Blackbeard's ship, and goes about setting up a mutiny. During the critical meeting, he learns the most salient fact that no one has so much as seen Blackbeard once, and, given that the supposed first mate is Angelica, whom is an established liar (the rest of the crew he was shanghaied with were originally brought in under the premise that they were to sail with "Captain Jack Sparrow"), he is lead to conclude that Blackbeard does not actually exist and that the whole affair (zombie pirates included) is a sham. He soon discovers that Blackbeard does indeed exist.
Jack Sparrow: One question about your business, boy, or there's no use going. This girl... how far are you willing to go to save her? Will Turner: I'd die for her. Jack Sparrow: Oh good. No worries then.
Blacksmith of Port Royal, who loves Elizabeth Swann, the governor's daughter. He was found shipwrecked and (presumably) orphaned roughly ten years before the first movie takes place. Excellent swordsman, but a little too naive when it comes to dealing with pirates, before he takes some levels and understands how the world really rolls in those circles. Proceeds to continue his Badass training and power-leveling in the course of second and third movies and eventually becomes the captain of the legendary Flying Dutchman.
Hoist by His Own Petard: A heroic (for this series) example; but you need to pay attention to notice it. If you follow the journey of Will's Sword through the movies: It gets forged for Norrington, lost or taken away after his fall from grace, regifted to him by Beckett, stabbed into Davy Jones as one last act of defiance and subsequently taken by Jones, dropped by Jones during his fight with Jack on the mast, retrieved from a random crewman (not before he's killed with it) by Jones and lastly Used to deliver the killing blow to Will by Jones. Presumably, he then takes it as his own again. Also qualifies as an extremely roundabout Chekhov's Gun.
Master Swordsman: Word of God states him to be the finest one in the franchise on a purely technical level. Unfortunately, all of the foes he faces in the saga make up for their lack of skill with their willingness to use dirty tricks.
To Be Lawful or Good: Part of Will's Character Development is growing to accept the fact that a person who is technically an outlaw or a criminal can still be a good person at heart. Like Jack. Or his Dad. Or himself, by the end of the series.
Supporting Protagonist: Even more so than Will, as the first 3 films are actually told from her point-of-view (Notice how she is the first character we see in the first 3 films, and her actions ((especially in the first film)) are usually what kick-starts the plot).
Sweet Polly Oliver: After escaping Beckett in DMC, she disguised herself as a young male sailor to get aboard the Edinburgh Trader.
Took a Level in Badass: Will taught her how to use a sword. Unfortunately for her, this was all she and Will did during their engagement. And then in the third movie she goes and becomes the Pirate King. And not just King-in-Name-Only, she leads the pirates against the East India Company and does a damned good job of it.
Wrong Genre Savvy: At least in the first movie. Elizabeth grew up reading pirate stories, so she has a pretty good idea of how pirates are "supposed" to behave. She's constantly being surprised at how rarely they live up to her expectations in real life.
Captain Hector Barbossa
Played by: Geoffrey Rush (2003-present)
Barbossa: Still thinkin' of running, Jack? Think you can outrun the world? You know the problem with being the last of anything, by and by there be none left at all. Jack: Sometimes things come back mate. We're livin' proof, you and me. Barbossa: Aye, but that's a gamble of long odds, ain't it? There's never a guarantee of comin' back. But passin' on, that's dead certain.
The villain of the first film, he controls the undead crew of The Black Pearl who Rape, Pillage, and Burn every city they ran on while trying to collect every single piece of the magical Aztec Gold that cursed them when they stole it and spent it on booze, games and hooke...oh sorry, pleasurable company. He's the very picture of a Magnificent Bastard and, as it pits him against the protagonists, he bites the big one. But fate has more in store for Barbossa, and he is later resurrected for the third film by Tia Dalma when the heroes (and other forces) need him and Jack to return. He's a Smug Snake who's big on the double-cross and willing to take out anyone who stands in his way, but really, he's just trying to take control of his life back. A lot of viewers are confused by his actions in the third film, assuming they contradict his depiction in the first movie, but (like David Xanatos) his character doesn't change, just his enemies. Barbossa remains arrogant, though, and is always convinced — and manages to convince others — that his straightforward plans are foolproof. He then proceeds to shoot himself in the foot, along with the feet of anyone foolish enough to follow him. Takes over Blackbeard's ship and crew at the end of the fourth movie, and gains his powers.
Anti-Hero: Nominal Hero in the third and fourth films, he's still not very trustworthy and you can't rely on him to do the noble thing, but you can count on him to help you fight the far more dangerous foes.
Anti-Villain: Type I in the first film. According to his backstory, Barbossa wanted a life on the sea and found piracy to be more fulfilling than other means. He also demonstrates a much more noble side in the subsequent films.
The writers have stated that their intention with Barbossa in the first film was to give him subtle moments where the audience would question, if it were not for the curse, would he more than likely be one of the good guys?
Badass: Oh, hell yes. He is one of the most skilled fighters in the series, and single-handedly cut down a good number of Davy Jones' men.
Bad Boss: Averted with the crew of the Black Pearl and played straight while a privateer. This is probably because he has no respect for 'King's men.'
Cool Sword: In the fourth movie, two of them. Firstly, he poisons his usual weapon to give him the edge against Blackbeard due to losing his leg in their first encounter. After this gambit pays off, he takes the Sword of Triton as well as the Queen Anne's Revenge as the prize, gaining with it many of Blackbeard's magical powers.
Elizabeth: Captain Barbossa , I am here to negotiate the cessation of hostilities against Port Royal. Barbossa: There are a lot of long words in there, Miss, we're naught but humble pirates. What is it that you want? Elizabeth: I want you to leave and never come back. Barbossa: I'm disinclined to acquiesce to your request. (beat) Means "no".
Will: "Elizabeth goes free." Barbossa: "Yes we know that one, anything else?"
Barbossa: "Jack, Jack, did ya not notice? That be the same little island we made you governor of on our last little trip."
Death Is Cheap: Subverted. At first, thanks to his resurrection, it looks like anyone can come back, but in the third film, it's shown that he was only brought back because the person doing the resurrecting (a god, no less) needed him for something, and he himself states that trying to come back to life is a very long gamble.
Demoted to Dragon: He was the main antagonist for Curse of the Black Pearl, the first film. In the fourth movie, he nominally works as a mercenary for King George II.
Dragon with an Agenda: The only reason Barbossa agreed to look for the fountain is because he wants to find Blackbeard.
Dual Wielding: During his fight with Blackbeard, he dual wields his poisoned sword and crutch! It pays off for a while, then he loses the crutch and nicks him with the blade while he's otherwise distracted.
Enemy Mine: In the third movie he teams up with Will, Elizabeth, and Jack (all of whom he has reason to hate) to stop Beckett. He does seem to have at least parted with the former two on friendly terms, but convinced Jack's crew to mutiny (again) to help him go after the Fountain of Youth. But even then, this time he leaves Jack in Tortuga with wenches rather than on a deserted island alone. Does this once again in On Stranger Tides, where he teams up with Jack for a chance at Blackbeard, who took the Pearl.
Hypocrite: "Better were the days when mastery of the seas came not from bargains struck with eldritch creatures, but from the sweat of a man's brow and the strength of his back alone. Y'all know this to be true."
All the while negotiating a clandestine deal with Calypso. Though in fairness, that deal he and Calypso had made was not what makes him a hypocrite. That's just him holding up his end of the bargain. What makes him a hypocrite is how he tries to get Calypso to take down the entire armada in exchange for keeping his promise. In the end though, thanks to Elizabeth's Meaningful Echo, he comes out of it and decides to adhere to it.
I Gave My Word: Zigzagged, he does keep his word when he tells Elizabeth he'll leave Port Royal, and agrees to Will that he'll set Elizabeth free and not harm the crew. However, he doesn't let Elizabeth leave and points out her terms never included her release, and mocks Will that he never said where he had to let Elizabeth go. In essense he keeps his word to the letter, but not the spirit.
Large Ham: His attempt at getting Calypso back to goddess form: "CALYPSO! I RELEASE you from your human bonds!!" If that's how a lover says those words, one wonders how many ladies went deaf after meeting him.
Life or Limb Decision: The reason why he has a peg leg in movie 4. Blackbeard took the Pearl from him and did his thing that made the ship attack the sailors, with the result that Barbossa's leg was caught in the rigging. He sliced it off to show he was master of his own fate.
Not in This for Your Revolution: Implied in regards to his "loyalties" to the crown. He doesn't actually care about preventing the Spaniards from using the Fountain of Youth as much as he only worked with the British navy as an excuse to exact revenge on Blackbeard for the latter stealing the Black Pearl which also cost him his leg.
Not So Different: In the fourth movie, Barbossa has his ship stolen by Blackbeard and becomes consumed with his desire for vengeance. He briefly becomes employed by the crown as well, defecting in the end. Karma's a bitch, but at least Jack and Barbossa have some common ground.
Much like Jack, he's a trickster, far more intelligent than he lets on and a charismatic leader. In the commentary for the first film, the writers even compare them as though they were two demi-gods, playing chess with the lives of the other characters.
Privateer: In the fourth movie. It turns out he "sold out" to the Crown only to get a chance to make even with Blackbeard, and he tears his letter of marque at the end.
Rules Lawyer: Zigzags between playing straight ("An act of war can only be declared by the pirate king.") to inverting it ("They're more like 'guidelines than actual rules".) depending on what suits his purpose. For the former, he probably just didn't want to call the rules "guidelines" in front of Captain Teague.
Screw Destiny: Makes several statements along these lines in the third and fourth films.
Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Starts out as one of these to the real-life stories of Blackbeard. Eventually becomes the new Blackbeard at the end of the fourth film.
The Starscream: He was this to Jack Sparrow. Originally, Barbossa was Sparrow's first mate, until one day he and several other pirates on Sparrow's ship decided to get rid of their captain by throwing Sparrow overboard, and as a result Barbossa becomes their captain instead.
Vitriolic Best Buds: By the time the fourth film rolls around, you could largely classify his and Jack's relationship as this.
Warrior Poet: As far as pirates go he's one of the most well-spoken and eloquent of the ones shown in the films, show genuine sadness at the signs the age of piracy is coming to an end, and when the situation calls for it he can be very poetic and moving (again, for a pirate).
"Better were the days when mastery of the seas came not from bargains struck with eldritch creatures, but from the sweat of a man's brow and the strength of his back alone. Y'all know this to be true."
The Black Pearl
Played by: Kevin McNally (2003-present)
Former Royal Navy sailor, old seadog and quarter master of the Black Pearl, Mr. Gibbs is Jack Sparrow's right hand man. Gibbs is also perhaps the only person in the series who can stand being with Jack Sparrow for several days without turning on him.
Rather, he HOPES it's just a legend. The way he talks about the Kraken seems to be saying, based on his tone of voice, that he really doesn't want to find out if it's true or not.
Guile Hero: In the fourth film. He escapes the hangman's nose by stealing Jack's map to the Fountain of Youth, memorising it, then burning the map in front of Barbossa, so he will have to bring him along.
He-Man Woman Hater: Downplayed. He doesn't have anything against the female gender as a whole, but he's superstitious about women being on board a ship.
Morality Pet: He's the only main character that Jack Sparrow doesn't manipulate or betray at least once, and he realizes this. When Jack has to collect 99 souls to appease Davy Jones, Gibbs helps him without ever considering that he might end up as one of those 99.
How is it his appearance has hardly changed since the first film??
The writers imply that, as we see him taking a good long sip from a hip-flask in the flashback in the first movie, his love of drinking was the reason why he left (or got thrown out) of the Royal Navy. There's more Rum in piracy.
Only Sane Man: Compared to the rest of the main characters, at least.
Running Gag: Being woken up with a bucket of water, after having passed out drunk in a pig-sty.
Translator Buddy: He is the only one who understands what Cotton's parrot's nonsensical phrases actually mean.
The Watson: Asks the questions necessary to get Jack to expound on his plans.
Pintel and Ragetti
Pintel played by: Lee Arenberg (2003-07) Ragetti played by: Mackenzie Crook (2003-07)
An inseparable pair of pirates who crew on the Black Pearl under both Barbossa and Jack. Their personal incompetence and bizarre personal quirks result in their mostly providing comic relief (they're genuinely menacing precisely once in the series- in their first appearance facing off against the Governor's unarmed staff and an untrained Elizabeth. Against anyone else, they're way out of their league).
Chekhov's Skill: Ragetti knowing how to speak "As to a lover" to free Calypso from her human form.
Eyepatch of Power: Ragetti gets one in the third movie after giving Barbossa his wooden eye.
Genius Ditz: Ragetti seems to be a lot smarter than he looks, and to know a lot more about science and the supernatural than any illiterate eighteenth-century pirate by all rights should.
Not only does he know how to pronounce Kraken, its animal classification("Actually, it's a cephalapod!") despite the term not even existing back then but knows it's linguistic roots in old Scandinavian! How does he know these things?!
Lampshaded in the third film, where after stealing the Black Pearl for Barbossa they comment they'd feel better about betraying Jack, knowing that Barbossa has the map to the Fountain of Youth, only to find out that Jack removed them. Since they don't show up in the next film, it's safe to say they bailed.
Minion with an F in Evil: Ragetti's not all that evil without someone else to egg him on. Pintel is pretty evil, but isn't too bright.
The Unfavourite: Pintel. Barbossa is shown in the third movie to trust Ragetti with safeguarding his Piece of Eight. Pintel on the other hand, he once shot to check if they were still immortal.
Being his polar-opposite, Jack inverts this, saying he'll have Pintel on his crew, but not Ragetti;
Jack: Not you, you scare me...
Wild Card: Like Jack, they'll ally with whoever's convenient. Unlike Jack, they generally don't have the smarts to swing things in their favor.
Played by: David Bailie (2003-07)
An old, bearded pirate with no tongue. The parrot over his shoulder speaks for him; how he trained it to do that is a mystery.
Badass: Considering how we see him neck deep in some crucial battles, how he maneuvers the Black Pearl while Barbossa fights during the maelstrom, and that he's a rather OLD pirate (which is notable when younger characters die), he definitely qualifies. Though everyone else does as well.
Mauve Shirt: We know know enough about him to give him his own character sheet, but little else.
Maniac Monkeys: Highly intelligent and mischievous to the point of being malicious.
Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: He's an undead pirate monkey, who has been trained to sneak and steal the cursed medallions making it sort of ninja-like. No robot part for the moment, unless the franchise goes steampunk in the future.
Oh Crap: When he tries to scare Elizabeth a second time in his undead form, he sports a look of apprehensive dismay just before she throws him overboard.
Commodore of the Royal Navy and a fiance of Elizabeth (not exactly an Arranged Marriage but the match definitely pleases her father more than her) before he hands her to Will, who has an almost obsessive need to catch Jack Sparrow. (Briefly, but it was enough.) However, at the end of the first movie he considers Jack his Worthy Opponent, and gives him a day's Mercy Lead. His act of generosity couldn't have impressed the higher authority, and when he goes out after Sparrow, he chased him into a hurricane, for some reason, and his ship goes down with almost all hands. He is disgraced from the Navy and ends up with a serious case of Heroic BSOD and becomes a pirate, dropping from noble officer to borderline Anti-Hero who is desperately looking an opportunity to get his old job back. This opportunity comes when the party finds the key item of the sequels, the heart of Davy Jones, whose owner controls the seas. James - seeing it as a free ticket back to his old, happy and presumably wealthy life - steals it and brings it to the new Big BadLordCutler Beckett as a token and he is restored to his normal life, and even given a promotion. But after learning how evil Beckett is, he saves Elizabeth and the party from his clutches, losinghis lifein the process.
As well as failing to capture Jack, which was largely his own fault, regardless of what Jack says. It cost James his authority in the Navy, because he followed the Black Pearl through a hurricane which destroyed his ship, which is why he lost his commission.
Prince Charmless: An odd subversion of expectations with Norrington. Most outwardly polite, establishment jerks who pursue the princess in Disney (and other) movies are secretly evil. Norrington not only actually cares for Elizabeth, but he's extremely brave and highly tactically and physically competent, and an admiral in the Royal Navy before he turns 30. At the end, when he realises he isn't going to get the girl, he bows out gracefully.
Spanner in the Works: A rare version that works in favor for the antagonist. He isn't contacted by Lord Beckett at all, but he catches on to the value of the chest and heart almost immediately, and manages to steal it from under Jack Sparrow's nose, fake a heroic departure, and return to Port Royale to present the Heart to Beckett, allowing Beckett to become the Big Bad over everyone. No wonder Beckett promoted him straight to Admiral!
Worthy Opponent: Regarded Jack Sparrow as such. Sparrow does seem to show him some respect, but underestimates him at a very costly price.
Affably Evil: For a man that wants to purge the world from pirates by mass-slaughter, he isn't really all that bad. He's very polite and well-mannered (even if you threaten him at gunpoint), is very generous when it comes to making deals and heck, even gives you free drinks during the negotiations. Ultimately subverted in the third film, where he's more like...
Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: He's an extortionist, a child murderer, a genocidal tyrant, and a drug dealer, according to what we see of him and what we know about the real-life British East India Company that he runs in the initial trilogy.
Badass: A man who can stare down the barrel of a gun qualifies for this.
Badass Boast: "The fleet is in pursuit and justice will be dispatched by cannonade and cutlass and all manner of remorseless pieces of metal."
Big Bad: For the original trilogy, but he shared the spotlight with Davy Jones in the second, and finally took center-stage in the third.
Evil Counterpart: To Jack. Both are good at playing people against each other for their own gain, but where Jack wants freedom, Beckett wants to kill every last pirate on the ocean.
Evil Plan: Conducting business and wiping out anything that interferes with it. To this end he wipes out pirates, coerces Davy Jones himself into working for him, and amasses political and military power for himself.
Gory Discretion Shot : After the explosion on HMS Endeavour, we see from the water-perspective how his surprsingly still-in-one-piece body falls onto a EITC flag (that is floating in the water), where we can see his silhouette. Fortunately, we never see his body directly, because seeing what kind of explosion it was, it probably wouldn't be a pretty sight.
Knight of Cerebus: Unlike Barbossa, Beckett is played completely straight and never for laughs; when he takes center stage in the third film, it's worked in as part of the transition to the epic format.
Knight Templar: He's willing to hunt down the pirates, in every possible way.
Mister Big: Being physically intimidating is a bit difficult when you're probably the shortest person in the room.
Non-Action Big Bad: While Beckett is allegedly a skilled duellist, he seems to consider actually getting his own hands dirty to be beneath him and always works behind the scenes.
Noodle Incident: His first run-in with Captain Jack Sparrow, wherein he branded Jack a pirate and was given an unmentioned mark in return. The films never elaborate on what went down between Jack and Beckett. It has, however, been explained elsewhere. When Jack was working for the East India Trading Company, Beckett ordered him to deliver a cargo of slaves. Jack set them free instead. "People ain't cargo, mate." This unauthorized disposal of Company 'property' gave Beckett grounds to brand Jack as a pirate, forcing him into an outlaw lifestyle. What mark Jack left on Beckett is a blank for the audience to fill in- Beckett's expression when asked about it indicates it's a touchy subject.
Odd Name Out merged with Names to Run Away From Really Fast: By the standards that the other characters have normal 17th-18th century names Cutler isn't a name you'd expect to run to. Now, replace the 'l' with another 't' and read his name again.
Playing Both Sides: In the second movie he blackmails Will Turner into pursuing Jack in order to bring back his compass and sends Mercer to recruit Norrington so that even if one fails the other will succeed. Then in the third movie he plays Jack and Will against one another and would have succeeded in his plan if Will hadn't stabbed the heart of Davy Jones.
The Stoic: It's very hard to get any emotional reaction beyond cold-blooded condescension out of him, even if you're sticking a loaded gun in his face and make it plain you'd love an excuse to pull the trigger. Even his Villainous Breakdown is understated. All together, it actually makes him stand out among the World of Ham.
Would Hurt a Child: Let's face it, if he did today what he did in the third film, he'd be doing time for the rest of his natural life at the very least.
Played by: David Schofield (2006-07)
One of Beckett's most loyal henchmen with a definite violent and psychotic streak (Psycho for Hire?) who fills the absence of Norrington when he tags along with the other good guys. Despite having only a few scenes of screen time, he has gained a surprisingly large popularity among the fanbase, though we'll spare you the details.
Dirty Coward: Sure, he acts all Badass when he's got "leverage", but when the crap hits the fan he's the first person to jump ship and leave his men to die. This is part of what leads to his Cruel and Unusual Death at the tentacles of Davy Jones. As soon as his mooks are gone, he's helpless.
In his defense on that last part, he was up against a nearly immortal monster with a giant crab claw and deadly face tentalces, there was no way he could have won there.
Heel-Face Turn: At the end of the third movie, they become members of the Black Pearl's crew.
It Has Been an Honor: At the end of the first movie, they are about to fight the undead pirates. They turn to each other, shake hands, and then leap into the battle.
Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: They watch the chaos of the final battle from afar and disappear. Afterward, they appear climbing onto the Black Pearl as pirates and pretend to fit in with the others. Strangely, the only people that take note of the fact they just appeared out of nowhere are Pintel and Ragetti, their counterparts.
The Flying Dutchman
Played by: Bill Nighy (2006-07)
"Life is cruel. Why should the afterlife be any different?"
Formerly a human pirate captain who fell in love with Calypso the sea goddess, he acted as her agent, ferrying the dead to their final resting places. After she failed to show up for their scheduled ten-year rendezvous, he turned evil, ripped his heart out of his chest, quit his job and started to terrorize people with his legendary flagship, the Flying Dutchman, offering a 100-year period of servitude to dying sailors as an alternative to facing their deaths. Over time, his bitterness and his refusal to perform his proper function changed and twisted him to resemble Cthulhu's long lost brother and his crew to mutated sea monsters. His heart, locked in the titular Dead Man's Chest in the second film, becomes one of the many (and probably the most important) key items.
Badass Beard: Made of tentacles, no less. When Calypso briefly shows his former human pirate form, he sports a long, white badass beard as well.
Beat Still, My Heart: Carved his own heart out. Legend has it that it was due to the pain he felt at his lover's betrayal, but it's actually part of the ritual for becoming the Dutchman's captain.
Berserk Button: Quite a few: Jack Sparrow and all connected to him, Calypso and anything connected to her and betrayal in general.
Demoted to Dragon: Formerly the villain of the second film, Jones becomes The Dragon for Beckett in the third. Although he does decide to kill Mercer, Beckett's lieutenant in the final battle, his allegiance was hardly relevant by that point.
Evil Laugh: It's more of a full-throated chuckle and it's very scary.
Evil Makes You Monstrous: He looks like a monster because he kept the souls of those who died at sea on his ship working for him instead of sending them to the afterlife.
Face-Heel Turn: It is implied in the movies that Davy Jones used to be a far nicer person before Calypso betrayed him (Calypso, in fact, outright states he used to be merciful once). Afterthe betrayal, however...
Large Ham: Mostly due to the way he accentuates certain wordsuh. He's played by Bill Nighy, after all.
Lightning Bruiser: Can snap a sword in half with his hand, one of the best swordsman in the series, can teleport and move through walls. On the other hand, his crab-like leg works like a peg-leg, so he is sort of a Mighty Glacier in short distances.
Living Forever Is Awesome: He certainly seems to enjoy his eternal dominion over the ocean and he sells this idea (or, more appropriately, that death is worse) to new recruits. One can presume he originally took up his post on the Flying Dutchman hoping for Eternal Love with Calypso. Ends up subverted however, as he is ultimately bitter and miserable about his own existence due to what he percieves as Calypso's betrayal.
Manly Tears: When Jack tells him that Will is engaged and set to be married, Jones' expression noticeably softens before he calls Jack out on selling Will out.
Mobile Menace: As a part of his power over the seas, Jones is able to teleport from ship to ship and phase through objects on the ship (as can his crew). Not only that, but the Dutchman moves faster against the wind and is functionally a submersible.
The reason the Dutchman can move faster against the wind has to do with the five staysails that it is rigged with.
Psychopomp: He was commissioned with transporting the souls of drowned sailors to the afterlife, although he neglected his duties, which lead to his mutation. He even hijacks the system by having the Kraken attack ships, then press-ganging the dying and survivors into slavery for 100 years, which is inevitably indefinitely prolonged until they become a part of the Flying Dutchman itself.
Rules Lawyer: Not as much as Barbossa, but he is this in his deals when he needs to. Most notoriously, when Jack attempts to buy more time by saying he hasn't been Captain of the Pearl for ten years:
Davy Jones: Then you were a poor captain, but a captain nonetheless! Have you not introduced yourself all these years as "Captain Jack Sparrow"? (Evil Laugh)
Soul Jar: The Dead Man's Chest, which contains his heart.
Star-Crossed Lovers: Jones and Calypso. His anger at being spurned is perhaps justifiable, but in the third film she calls him on it, telling him he would not have loved her in the first place if she were not as fickle and unpredictable as the sea itself.
Unskilled, but Strong: Played With; Only in comparison to the other characters. Jones is probably the least skilled manipulator in the original trilogy, only taking on desperate people and still being outsmarted, and coasting through most confrontations on pure power. He's the first and so far only main villain to actually be disarmed in a fair fight by Jack, who's traditionally ranked below most of the other characters in fighting skill. Even his moments as The Starscream depend on Tia Dalma's cooperation. Otherwise, he's the perfect example of The Brute for a series where everyone's a Trickster Archetype.
Violent Glaswegian: He has a Scottish accent and is a pseudo-undead mutated psychopomp who hijacked the system and enslaves dying soldiers to crew his ship until they become a part of it.
A monstrous, squid-like sea creature that is bound to do the bidding of Davy Jones. Spends most of Dead Man's Chest hunting Jack and finally catches him at the climax. In At World's End, it's killed off unceremoniously to hit home the theme of the passing of an age.
Bad Ass: A sea monster that resembles a cross between an octopus an a whale.
William Jr's thought-to-be-dead father, who gave Will his piece of the cursed treasure after his crewmates betrayed Jack, since he thought they all deserved to be punished for what they'd done. Barbossa and co. retaliated by tying him to a cannon and letting him sink to the bottom of the ocean. The sequels reveal him to be trapped in the crew of Davy Jones, and saving him becomes Will's main drive.
And I Must Scream: Barbossa wanted him to be trapped at the bottom of the ocean, unable to die until whenever they managed to remove the curse. He made a deal with Davy Jones to escape.
Berserk Button: Flies into a rage and attacks Davy Jones when he stabs Will, which causes Bill to go Papa Wolf on Jones. This distraction allowed Jack to help Will stab Jones's heart, thus killing him, and saving Will's life.
Defiant to the End: In Dead Man's Chest, he's stuck with an eternity of service on the Dutchman, which after Davy Jones finds out that he helped Will escape, will not be at all pleasant for him.
Bill: What more can they do to me?
Fate Worse than Death: merged into the Flying Dutchman which removed his mobility and causes memory loss.
Trauma Conga Line: First he was cursed as an undead skeletal Pirate. Then Barbossa strapped him to a cannon and dropped him into the crushing depths of the ocean. Then he was rescued in exhange for becoming part of Davy Jones' crew. Then he wagered an eternity of service to the Dutchman attempting to prevent Will from doing the same. And then, after believing Will to be dead, he completely loses the will to live, accelerating the process that transforms crewmembers into part of the ship.
Queen Anne's Revenge
Blackbeard – Edward Teach
Played by: Ian McShane (2011)
Badass Grandpa: Considering he has a grown daughter about Jack's age, this makes him one of the oldest pirates in the series, quite an impressive achievement.
Going by the Real Life Blackbeard's birthdate, he would have been about 70 at the time this film is set; definitely an impressive achievement for a pirate — and one the Real Life Blackbeard can't match, since he was caught and killed when he was about 40. (Jack mentions having heard about his death, but he never does explain how he got out of it.) Of course, not that astonishing given that he's a magician and a necromancer.
Bad Boss: "If I don't kill a man every now and then, they forget who I am."
Bait the Dog: His borderline Papa Wolf feelings for his daughter. He later asks his daughter to sacrifice her life for his. He also deliberately makes the Russian Roulette so that he wouldn't know which of the two guns contained the bullet when threatening Jack Sparrow with the death of his daughter.
Phillip: You are killing her! Blackbeard: I'm a bad man.
The Collector: Of ships from defeated crews, which he magically shrinks down and puts in bottles. Or it's implied considering he has the Black Pearl among his collections.
Cool Sword: The Sword Of Triton, which gives him some level of Mind over Matter control over ships, allowing him to control them at will. It's implied that the sword is also the root of his other supernatural powers. Taken from him by Barbossa at the end of the movie, along with his ship and crew.
Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Blackbeard acts as if he truly loves his daughter, even referring to her as the one good thing he's ever done in his life. He shows his true colors later on.
He Who Must Not Be Seen: The fact that none of the deckhands in the Queen's Revenge have actually seen him in person convinces Jack that they have all been fooled and they were not on Blackbeard's ship. He's wrong. Ironically, he ends up exposing himself when a mutiny is instigated by Jack Sparrow in order to lure him out.
Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: The Quartermaster predicted his death at the hands of the "One Legged Man". Putting aside that he earned the enmity of this man by attacking him in the first place, he opened himself to attack by searching for the Fountain of Youth to avert his fate. Furthermore, by recruiting Jack Sparrow to help find it, he brought along possibly the one man on Earth clever enough to screw him at the critical moment.
Screw Destiny: According to a prophesy, he is destined to die at the hands of the "One Legged Man". He is searching for the Fountain Of Youth to escape this fate.
You Can't Fight Fate: In the end, he is mortally wounded by the "One Legged Man", who, in a roundabout way, is still responsible for his death, even if Jack did the actual deed. In addition, he actually sealed his own fate by taking the Black Pearl, since the "One Legged Man" was a former member of the Black Pearl's crew, meaning he created the very thing that would do him in (though it's never made clear just when he got this prophecy, making it likely this prediction came as a result of that attack).
The daughter of Blackbeard, and Jack's love interest in the fourth movie. Years ago, she was in a Spanish convent, ready to take her final vows to become a nun, and then she met Jack, fell in love with him, and got ditched. Now, she has become the first mate of her father, intending to save his life by traveling to the Fountain of Youth, crossing paths with Jack once again. The difference between her and all the other women Jack has ditched is that she was the only one he actually loved.
Anti-Heroic Crossdresser: She disguised herself as Captain Jack Sparrow to recruit various pirates and presumably gain a ship and deceiving them into joining Blackbeard to find the fountain of youth. Of course, the real Jack Sparrow is being pinned with the blame, and he fights her until she makes a move that exposes her real identity as a former flame of his.
Dark and Troubled Past: She was about to take her final vows to become a nun, then she met and was ditched by Jack and she's been a trickster ever since.
Horrible Judge of Character: Having learned that Blackbeard is her father, she intends to stick around so they can actually have a father/daughter relationship. Jack's repeated attempts to convince her that he is a crappy father and all-around evil person fall on deaf ears, despite multiple examples that demonstrate the man has no redeeming qualities.
Luke, You Are My Father: Convinces Blackbeard she's his daughter... by actually being his daughter, much to Jack's surprise.
New Old Flame: To Jack. In fact, she was the only woman he had ever truly loved, and would ever love-and he still went and left her.
Of Corsets Sexy: Less sexy when you're pregnant in real-life, but that's what elastic's for.
Sequel Hook: Finds the voodoo doll of Jack in the after-credits scene.
"Land is where you are safe, Jack Sparrow, and so you will carry land with you."
Played by: Naomie Harris (2006-07)
A mysterious voodoo woman with unknown connections to Jack. Is actually the Goddess of the Sea trapped in human form, and was Davy Jones' lover before she betrayed him.
Ascended Extra: In Dead Man's Chest she has a very small part, but has a much larger part in At World's End. Considering she's actually a goddess and Davy Jones's lost love, this was probably very deliberate.
You No Take Candle: Averted (or perhaps subverted) on the "non-intelligent" part, otherwise played straight. Although its from a heavy accent, and isn't that far away from how people in the Carribean speak. Naomie Harris—the actress who plays Tia Dalma—has a Jamaican mother who served as Naomie's dialect coach.
Pirate Lord of Singapore and one of the nine lords of the Brethren Court. Elizabeth and Barbossa try to recruit him (and steal his charts) at the beginning of the third movie, and he bounces back and forth between loyalty to them and working for Beckett throughout the movie, finally settling on loyalty after coming to the (incorrect) conclusion that Elizabeth is Calypso. He's killed by the Flying Dutchman, but lives long enough to pass on his captaincy, lordship, and Piece of Eight to Elizabeth.
Dirty Coward: What Elizabeth calls him, though he generally seems less cowardly than self-interested.
Even Evil Has Standards: He's not happy when Beckett breaks his word at the drop of a hat. Sao Feng himself seems to always keep his word, even if only to the letter rather than the spirit.
"sirena" translates to mermaid in a number of languages.
Mermaid Problem: Averted mermaids are capable of turning their fins into legs.
Our Mermaids Are Different: Syrena's kin are far from The Little Mermaid, as they charm men, drown them and eat them, even fashioning lassos from kelp or their own hair to snare men from the shore. They can gather in hordes and sink a ship. Whether Syrena is any better is unclear, although what is clear is that from what little is seen of her character, she's far closer the Disney interpretation (IE, Ariel) than the other members of her species. This makes them spot on for the original concept of mermaids.
A Dog Named Dog: He never gets an official name in-series, so he's usually just called the Prison Dog.
Eat the Dog: The cannibal natives of a Caribbean island try to do this in Dead Man's Chest. At the end of the film, he's shown to now be the Pelegosto's chief.
God Guise: After the credits in the second film; given how he inexplicably keeps showing up at crucial points, who's to say he's not?
Noodle Incident: How does he keep showing up? There's a story there and it probably involves sea turtles.
Played by Óscar Jaenada
An officer in the employ of the King of Spain; he's the first party to set out after the Fountain of Youth, which prompts King George II to send Barbarossa to claim it for himself. This in turn, prompts Blackbeard (and Jack) to set sail as well, kicking off the plot for the entire fourth movie. For the most part he serves as a distant enemy to all the other seekers of the Fountain of Youth, actually ending up being the last to get there. His actions once getting there, however, have the most drastic consequences.
Affably Evil: From the little we see of him, he gives off this vibe. He is unfailingly polite and respectful no matter who he opposes.
*BAM* "Someone make note of that man's bravery."
Anti-Villain: He's ruthless and willing to kill anyone who stands between him and his goal, but doesn't seem all that malevolent otherwise; he passes by Barbossa's ship even though he had them outgunned and outnumbered. Another instance is when, shortly after he busts Jack Sparrow and Hector Barbossa's attempts at stealing the chalices, he and his men could have easily killed them right then and there, yet decided instead to simply tie them to a palm tree.
Dashing Hispanic: A polite and effective Spanish officer ruthlessly pursuing the Fountain of Youth.
The Dragon: He technically counts as one for the Spanish King.
Enigmatic Minion: To the King of Spain. Until the end, we never hear his own thoughts or motives on the whole matter.
The Reveal: "I am not just the Shadow Lord.... Nor am I the useless pirate Henry that you found so very amusing. In fact, I am much older than you know, because I devised a way to live forever. I have been around for over a hundred years. I was a Pirate Lord myself. The truth is...I am Captain Henry Morgan of the second Brethren Court!"
Benedict And Barbara Huntington
EITC Agents who chief the cooperation between The Shadow Lord and The Company in Hong Kong.
The main antagonist of the Pirates Of The Caribbean MMO. A pirate who sought to become a Pirate Lord by tricking Jack, but instead was tricked himself. Through a misunderstanding with a voodoo sorcerer, he was cursed with voodoo powers. Now he wages war on the Caribbean, with his ever-growing hatred for Sparrow.
A girl who joined a teenaged Jack Sparrow on his adventures. She later falls in love with a young Bootstrap Bill Turner but it is unclear if she is related to Will Turner.
Missing Mom: Arabella is the daughter of pirate Laura Smith, who was killed in a duel with another pirate named Left-Foot Louis. Her mother actually escaped and continued pirating to provide for Arabella.
A French boy who is a member of Jack's crew. He, his sister Constance, and his friend Tumen are on the run from Left-Foot Louis, who holds a grudge against them for accidentally revealing his identity while he was in hiding.