Here are the trope profiles for Disney's most successful live-action series (four so far) of films, the Pirates of the Caribbean
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Played by: Johnny Depp
"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."
An on-off pirate captain, who is or isn't mad due his Obfuscating Stupidity
. His fondness of freedom
, love of rum and good portion of randomness makes him a total Wild Card
, so you can never predict what he will say or do next
. Everything he does varies from very
dangerous to just plain weird. How does he stay alive, then? Indy Ploy
, Speed Chess
or just dumb luck?
No-one knows. What we do
know, is that you'll need to keep a close eye on your wallet (and ship), because he certainly isn't stupid; in fact, he is a Magnificent Bastard
who's simply waiting for a proper opportunity to strike. Oh yeah, he can parley himself out of any deal
or use people to his advantage
- Affably Evil: At his worst moments. Arguably closer to Chaotic Good, since there's some lines he simply won't cross.
- Anti-Hero: He will always do the right thing in the end, and he doesn't like unsavory methods of living forever, but he is still a manipulative, treacherous and rude fellow.
- Anything That Moves: In his subconscious at least.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: Very often at the receiving end of one, sometimes in succession. And he often brings it upon himself.
- The Artful Dodger: His first scene in the first movie ends with him bribing a dock worker to get out of giving his name, and then stealing the bribe and more before leaving. The guy had no idea.
- Back from the Dead: Jack is eaten by the Kraken at the end of the second film, and his resurrection is a major plot point in the third film.
- Badass Normal: He holds his own against supernatural beings through a combination of luck and guile.
- Bad Habits: "Impersonating a cleric of the Church of England." He must have fond memories of that scheme because it's the only one he chuckled at before his hanging.
- Being Good Sucks: One of the patron saints of this trope, as No Good Deed Goes Unpunished when you're Captain Jack.
- Rescue Elizabeth from drowning? Sentence to hang for being a pirate.
- Refuse to Just Shoot Will because he's blocking the door and unarmed? Get bashed in the head by his drunk, loser boss.
- Save his crew from the Kraken? Get left behind and devoured by it.
- Save a friend, Will, from a fatal wound? Lose a chance for immortality because it was used to save the friend.
- Stage a rescue for Gibbs who's about to hang? Be captured and sentenced to hang yourself.
- A deleted scene from the third movie suggests that the whole reason he ended up branded a pirate in the first place was because he refused to transport slaves and set them free instead:
Jack: People aren't cargo, mate.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Many of his past lovers slap or attempt to kill him.
- 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.
- Blessed With Luck: A trait often remarked about him is that he has a lot luck when pulling his stratagems. It's why even his Indy Ploy work.
- 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. Utterly self-serving, but will Never Hurt an Innocent.
- 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.
- Card-Carrying Villain:
Will Turner: You cheated!
Jack Sparrow: Pirate.
- Catch Phrase:
- "You will remember this as the day you almost caught Captain Jack Sparrow!" At least that's what he tries to say; he doesn't always finish the sentence.
- In the first film, he seems to love the word "eunuch".
- 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.
- Chronic Back Stabbing Disorder: Lampshaded in Curse of the Black Pearl.
Elizabeth: Whose side is Jack on?
Will: At the moment?
- Combat Pragmatist:
- 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 reach.
- 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 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.
- Establishing Character Moment: In his big introduction scene, Jack's in a small boat that's slowly beginning to sink. His attempts to dump out the water are proving to be futile, so he stops to pay respects to some skeletons outside Port Royale. Noticing the sign that states "Pirates, Ye Be Warned", he gives a quick look of exasperation. He arrives at Port Royale, just as his ship's mast sinks to the bottom of the sea. He causally steps onto the docks like this his nothing. He promptly bribes the dock owner and steals his money at the same time. All this establishes a ridiculous, drunk-appearing Pirate who'll betray anyone and that reality bends over backward to make him look awesome.
- Eureka Moment: When William tells Jack he's named after his father, Bill Turner, you can see the gears moving in Jack's head.
- 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".
- Fatal Flaw: His fear of dying is what drives much, much of the plot and then some.
- 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.
- The Gunslinger:
- 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.
- Probably what's most awesome about all of this, is that it's all from Jack training himself. As additional books and material point out, Jack simply took a bucket of shot, a keg of powder, and several empty bottles of rum. When he was through, he could hit 9 out of 10 that he threw out there.
- 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.
- Honor Before Reason: Because even if it may not seem so, when he says I Gave My Word.
- I Gave My Word: And he will keep it, in word and spirit. It just may take a while.
- 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
- Improbable Aiming Skills: See The Gunslinger. Practicing on Jack probably helped.
- Insistent Terminology: That's Captain Jack Sparrow, thank you very much.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: For all his scheming and plundering, there is a good heart somewhere in there.
- Ladykiller in Love: Despite the numerous companions he has undoubtedly had over the years, he has only ever loved one: Angelica. Unsurprisingly, it didn't stop him from leaving her behind.
- Large Ham: Loud and gesturing and fond of theatrics.
- Leitmotif: The most prominent in the series - and in fact accompanies many funny or actiony scenes featuring many other characters as well simply because they only vaguely involve him.
- List of Transgressions: His list is so long that only the 'most egregious' need to be recited to justify his hanging.
- Loveable Rogue: An affable pirate whose popular with the ladies (who eventually slap him).
- Made of Iron:
- 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.
- During another fall, he is wrapped in ropes, so when he falls the ropes unravel and spin him like a yo-yo unwinding, allegedly slowing his descent enough that the impact didn't kill him. During a filming accident, the stunt man who performed this scene was half-crippled and very nearly died: in reality, the centrifugal force resulting from being spun around that fast by a rope attached to your waist shatters your hip bones.
- Likewise in Curse of the Black Pearl where he falls off of a hundred foot high cliff, without the handwave applied to Elizabeth that her enormous gown acted as a parachute to slow her descent.
- Given that he has to be alive to pay his debt to Davy Jones, one interpretation is that his deal might be what allowed him to survive these falls.
- Manipulative Bastard: Manipulates everyone by using what they want.
- Memetic Badass: 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.
- Never Hurt an Innocent: Other pirates better stay out of his way. Dogs of the East India Trade Company better not even glance at him. But if you're an honest, good-hearted (wo)man, he's practically at your mercy. It's cost him immortality three times.
- Nice Hat: Possibly one of Jack's fetishes. He loves his tricorner hat - a Running Gag in the second film is his constantly trying on new hats to replace his lost hat - offers a nice hat to Barbossa in the first film, and loves Will's new hat at the end of the film, possibly being the Trope Namer has he remarks, "And Will... Nice Hat!"
- 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."
- No Sense of Personal Space: Why do people with bad breath always wanna tell you secrets?
- Noodle Incident: During his List of Transgressions, he seems awfully fond of the time he posed as clergy. One has to wonder what he did during that time - odds are it involved a lot of sex.
- 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 another pirate and maroons her on an island with a pistol and one shot. His motivation is far more understandable and less selfish than Barbossa's(he liked the woman, but couldn't trust her), but one would assume his grim outlook on mutineers has acquired an asterisk. Besides, this island was right on top of a well-traveled trade route. 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.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: He comes off as The Fool... or is he?
- 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.
- In At World's End, he's spent the entire movie trying to talke over the Flying Dutchman and inherit Davy Jones' immortality. When Jones fatally stabs Will, Jack is obviously horrified. He puts a knife in the dying Will's hand and has him stabs Jones' heart, ensuring that Will would survive, and giving up his own chance at immortality.
- 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.
- Reliable Traitor: As he puts it, "Me, I'm dishonest. And a dishonest person you can always trust to be dishonest."
- Sanity Slippage: Not that anyone else notices, but his time in Davy Jones' Locker takes its toll on his mind, and he suffers from (admittedly amusing) hallucinations throughout the third film, though he seems to get better by the end.
- Screw Yourself: On Stranger Tides has Jack Sparrow locked in an intense duel with Angelica disguised as Jack Sparrow. It ends when one kisses the other and says "I've always wanted to do that."
- Sophisticated as Hell: Jack splices a lot of fancy sentences into his standard speech before switching back to normal.
- Talking Your Way Out: He did no less than three times in the first film: Will to get him out of jail, Barbossa to give him the Pearl in exchange for Norrington and Norrington to back stab Barbossa.
- Trickster Archetype: Always screwing authority in pursuit of freedom and as wily as they come.
- 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.
- X Marks the Hero: As of On Stranger Tides.
Captain William "Will" Turner Junior
Played by: Orlando Bloom
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.
- Always Save the Girl:
(believing Will to be a hallucination
) William, tell me something: Have you come because you need my help to save a certain distressing damsel, or, rather, Damsel in Distress
? Either one.
Jack: Well, then you wouldn't be here.
- Anti-Hero: Type II at first, being just a bit reckless, with a brief run as a Type III in the third film, where he gets more Machiavellian traits.
- Back from the Dead: As Captain of the Dutchman after Jones.
- Badass Bystander: To Jack's surprise in the first film, that blacksmith's apprentice is not only blocking his path to freedom but puts up a good fight.
- Benevolent Boss: His first act as captain of the Flying Dutchman is to forgive the debts of all his crew members and then properly serve as a ferryman instead of slave owner.
- Big Damn Hero: Returns as the Captain of the Flying Dutchman during the climax of the third film.
- The Blacksmith: Will is the swordsmith variant.
- Blessed with Suck: It all depends on how you view the Curse of Davey Jones' locker.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Elizabeth. The first scene of the first movie is their meeting as children.
- Denying the Dead Parent's Sins: He almost kills Jack for calling his father a pirate.
- Distressed Dude: The second half of the first movie involves rescuing him from nearly the exact same situation as Elizabeth.
- Empowered Badass Normal: By the end of the third movie, he's now an Immortal Captain of the Flying Dutchman.
- Establishing Character Moment: His entire swordfight with Jack in the first film reveals he is not just a humble blacksmith.
Jack: Who makes all these [swords]?
Will: I do! And I practice with them three hours a day!
- Guile Hero: Starting in the second film.
Will: I said to myself, "Think like Jack."
- 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.
- Honor Before Reason: His insistence on honor and propriety and such things is what makes him such a contrast with Jack. According to Jack, it also makes him dangerous to selfish minded pirates because they can't predict when he'll do something "stupid".
- I Gave My Word: He'll go to suicidal lengths to keep a promise, especially the one he makes his father in the sequels.
- Informed Attribute: Several characters will comment on how he's a "spitting image" of his father. When "Bootstrap Bill" does show up, the two don't remotely resemble each other.
- In the Blood: "But pirate is in your blood, boy, so you'll have to square with that some day..."
- Love at First Sight: He says he fell in love with Elizabeth the moment he met her.
- 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.
- The McCoy: He often balances Jack's pragmatism with a more human side to things, at least in the first movie. In the sequels things get murkier.
- Nice Hat: At the end of Curse of the Black Pearl, he wears an extravagant feathered cap one might expect from one of The Three Musketeers. Bonus points for Jack invoking the Trope verbatim upon seeing it, and William grinning as he said it.
- The President's Daughter: Will is "the child in whose veins flows the blood of William Turner" and as such, a MacGuffin in the first film, as noted above.
- Psychopomp: What he becomes in the third movie since he took over Davey Jones' job as ferryman of those who died at sea.
- Red Is Heroic: Wears a crimson shirt in the third film.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Jack's blue in some regards, blue to Jack's red in others.
- The Straight Man: Definitely. A lot of the franchise relied on Will's seriousness and dourness setting up Jack's antics.
- 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.
- Took a Level in Badass: He starts as a competent swordsman, but far too naaive and unexperienced, but by the third movie he's a lot smarter.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Jack, and supplying most (but not all) of the vitriol.
- The Watson: Asks questions to prompt exposition from Jack or Gibbs.
Pirate King Elizabeth Swann Turner
Played by: Keira Knightley
I've had it! I've had it with wobbly-legged, rum-soaked PIRATES!
Governor Swann's daughter, essentially a modern girl trapped in an eighteenth-century world
, and keeper of the MacGuffin
in the first film. Somewhere between The Heroine
, the Action Girl
and The Heart
, she's the access character who — like the audience
— grew up with heavily romanticized pirate stories. She's kind of a fan girl when if comes to pirates, but is a brilliant strategist when given the chance, and takes a level in badass
between the first and second movies. Elizabeth is the center of a Love Triangle
(or rather a Love Trapezoid) that contains Will, Jack and Norrington all trying to get with her.
- Action Girl: Elizabeth increasingly occupies this role. By the start of the third film, she undoubtedly qualifies.
- Adrenaline Makeover: Starts off as a very "proper lady" gal, but slowly sheds that skin to become a bona-fide Action Girl.
- Anti-Hero: The lesser one of the main cast. While she does get a bit manipulative by the second and third films, she's nothing compared to Jack or Barbossa.
- Audience Surrogate: Like the audience, she's grown up reading many romanticized pirate stories, and has an idea beforehand of what she thinks pirates are like.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Gets a bit smudgy or messy-haired at a few points, but rarely suffers any disfiguring injury, most notably when the inhumanly strong Davy Jones backhands (or back-claws) her across the face without inflicting the slightest bruise.
- Born in the Wrong Century: Stated so by Keira Knightley, and it's far from wrong.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Will. It's easy to tell she's more interested in her blacksmith friend than Norrington.
- Damsel out of Distress: In the first movie where she arranges for her own rescue and otherwise gets herself out of trouble.
- Good Bad Girl: Elizabeth is "so ready to be married" to Will Turner.
- Guile Heroine: Outsmarts Jack. Four of Barbossa's crew have tried to kill him in the past; she's the one that succeeded.
- Kiss of Death: Quite possibly. In the second and third films, she kisses four different men (Jack, Sao Feng, Norrington, Will) - and all of them get killed immediately afterwards.
- Of Corset Hurts: she uses it to her advantage.
- Of Corsets Sexy: At least this is her father's opinion.
- Official Couple: With Will at the end of the first movie, where they are engaged. Officially tying the knot takes another two movies.
- Pirate Girl: As of the third movie, she is officially a pirate and not a Proper Lady visiting their world.
- The President's Daughter: "They've come to kidnap you!"
- Rousing Speech: Her "Hoist the Colors" speech in At World's End inspires the pirates to fight against the East India Company.
- Scooby-Doo Hoax: Pulls off a "ghost on a ship" charade, to convince the crew of the Edinburgh Trader to change course for Tortuga.
- She Is All Grown Up: Norrington noticed this in the first film.
- She Is the King: Once she becomes the Pirate King.
- 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.
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.
- The Alcoholic: He's often seen taking sips out of his hip-flask.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: He's highly superstitious but he thinks Davy Jones' Kraken is 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.
- Cool Old Guy: Gibbs is perhaps the only character of the main cast who's never betrayed anyone.
- Father Neptune: The spitting image of the "old and wise man of the sea" archetype.
- 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.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: 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.
- The Lancer: As his Second-In-Command, he acts as this to Jack. Being the only character to never betray or be betrayed by him helps a lot.
- Mr. Exposition: Often expoistions the Hell out of everyone with nautical tales. He gets angry if you interrupt him, too.
- Mysterious Past:
- How did he become a pirate?
- When did he met Jack for the first time?
- 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.
- Warrior Poet: Often waxes lyrical when explaining various plot-points.
- 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).
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.
- Pirate Parrot: He is the only one to have one.
- Polly Wants a Microphone: The parrot talks for him, but no one but Gibbs knows what its talking about.
- Tongue Trauma: It was cut off for some reason.
- A short film reveals it's so he wouldn't tell Captain Teague that another pirate accidentally shot the Pirate's Codex.
- The Voiceless and The Speechless: On account of lacking a tongue.
Played by: Martin Klebba (2003-07)
A dwarf pirate hired in Tortuga. He has the best sight among the pirates and often serves as the lookout.
- Mauve Shirt: Same as Cotton, he's just a memorable crewmember.
- Memetic Badass: Outside of the mains, its generally Marty who is seen as the best fighter in the crew. This might have something to do with his being played by real life tough-guy Martin Klebba.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: The guy can put up quite the fight and if he can't take someone on physically, then they can expect to have a large gun pointed at them next.
- Small Guy Big Gun: He seems to have a thing for big guns like cannons and blunderbusses, making him liable to fly backwards because of the recoil.
Jack The Monkey
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: Or not, considering his malevolence towards Jack.
- Ghost Pirate: The only crewmember of the Pearl to remain in this state permanently. The Stinger of the first movie shows him swimming back to the Aztec Gold and taking a piece for himself.
- Living Forever Is Awesome: One possible explanation as to why he decided to re-curse himself.
- 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.
- Our Zombies Are Different: He's an undead monkey.
- Phrase Catcher: "Thank you, Jack."
- Pirate Monkey: He was Barbossa's pet, and stuck around following his master's resurrection.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: He hates Jack and goes out of his way to annoy him at least once a film. Jack shoots him for fun.
- Team Pet: To the Black Pearl.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Like Barbossa, Jack seems to have grown out of his hate for Jack, being one of the individuals that raised his hand when Jack asks if anyone saved him just because they missed him.
- We Named the Monkey Jack: Trope Namer. Barbossa named him 'Jack' to spite the human Jack.
Royal Navy / East India Trading Co.
Commodore/Admiral James Norrington
Played by: Jack Davenport (2003-07)
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 Bad Lord Cutler
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, losing his life in the process.
- Beard of Sorrow: In the second movie. Losing his position, his prestige and the love of his life within about an year will do that to you.
- British Stuffiness: Norrington is the classic stuffy Brit... at first.
- Cool Sword: The sword forged by Will. Through the films, numerous characters comment on it.
- Deadpan Snarker: Only when stripped of his rank and position. When he goes back to being an officer, he returns to politeness.
- Determinator: His Fatal Flaw. Gibbs is aghast when he finds out that Norrington tried sailing through a typhoon to catch up to the Black Pearl.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Does this to Davy Jones in the third movie, during his Dying Moment of Awesome.
Davy Jones: James Norrington, do you fear death?
*Norrington defiantly stabs him with his last breath*
Davy Jones: I take that as a no.
- The Dragon: To Beckett in the third film. To be honest, he doesn't really enjoy it, and he has no choice but to obey.
- Enemy Mine: Reluctantly became part of Jack's crew in the second film.
- Expy: Norrington is inspired by Duncan from The Last of the Mohicans.
- Four-Star Badass: Very proficient at actually carrying out combat, not just ordering it- in fact possibly better than anyone he commands.
- Gentleman Snarker: Mostly in the first film.
- Heroic BSOD: Apparently, losing Elizabeth to Will hit him hard. Very hard.
- 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.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Stays behind to gain Elizabeth time to escape, and dies for it.
- Honor Before Reason: Even more so than Will, and it often comes back to bite him in the ass.
- If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: Very subtly. "This is a fine sword. I would expect the man who forged it to show the same care in every aspect of his life."
- Inspector Javert: "One good deed is not enough to absolve a man of a lifetime of wickedness!"
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In the first and third movie.
- Killed Off for Real: One of the few characters not to come back.
- Last Name Basis: Before the second and the third movies revealed his first name being James, he was only known as Commodore Norrington. (although it was revealed in a deleted scene in the first)
- Noble Top Enforcer: To Beckett in the third movie.
- 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.
- Redemption Equals Death: He realizes Beckett is a fiend and helps Elizabeth escape. Cue Heroic Sacrifice.
- Romantic Runner-Up: He's not a bad man, he's just not Will, Elizabeth's true love.
- 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!
- Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: In Curse of the Black Pearl he's lawful and righteous, just a tad misguided.
- Worthy Opponent: Regarded Jack Sparrow as such. Sparrow does seem to show him some respect, but underestimates him at a very costly price.
- You Shall Not Pass: Downplayed. He holds off Bootstrap for a few precious seconds by force of character, before dying.
Lord Cutler Beckett
Played by: Tom Hollander (2006-07)
The Big Bad
of the second and third movies and a professional dog kicker
. Also obsessed with catching Sparrow because of their old grudges. Dangerously intelligent
and determined, he wants to purge the seas of pirates. His primary plan to achieve this is to find the heart of Davy Jones, so he can control him as a Weapon of Mass Destruction
, and scarily, he succeeds in it, thanks to the help of James Norrington. He might've succeeded in his plans, if he hadn't played his cards wrong, being arrogantly sure he's already won the game. He then promptly suffers his Villainous Breakdown, but - as a comfort - gets a massive action villain explosion as his demise, when two ships blow his flagship to splinters
. He does some pretty horrible things, like order the hanging of a child.
- 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 the stakes increase and he drops all civility in everything but tone, and switches to Faux Affably Evil
- Ambition Is Evil: Trying to take over the Caribbean to enforce Draconian laws is highly ambitious, and also highly evil.
- Angst Coma: Beckett just blanks out when he sees he lost and there's no way to get out of this alive.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Lord Cutler Beckett, is it now?
- 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.
- Catch Phrase: "It's just good business"
- The Chessmaster: Word of God confirms he's one of, if not the, smartest characters in the series. As of the end of Dead Man's Chest, he's holding all the cards.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Remorseless and ruthless in expanding the East India Trading Company's prosperity. Blackmail and coercion are all in a day's work for him.
- Cultured Badass: Unafraid of battle, Beckett remains very well-read and interested in the arts.
- Deadpan Snarker: Retains a impeccably polite tone while dishing out the snark.
- Evil Brit: A High Class Englishman with an accent to match and the most ruthless character in the series.
- 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 Gloating: Mostly to Jones, whom he can't go a scene without gloating about how he's in charge.
- 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.
- Famous Last Words: "It was just... good business..."
- Gambit Roulette: Unfortunately, he ends up drawing the short straw.
- Gentleman Snarker: Particularly in Dead Man's Chest where he faces Elizabeth's pistol with sharp, yet polite, wit.
- 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.
- Insistent Terminology: Like Jack, Lord Becket insists on being called by his title.
- It's All About Me: Beckett cares for nothing in the world that's not him or his precious Company.
- Karmic Death: Turns out enslaving the Dutchman was a really terrible idea, Beckett.
- Killed Off for Real: Another one of the characters not to come back.
- 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.
- Lack of Empathy: Beckett shows no empathy for anyone or anything.
- The Man Behind the Man: Retroactively for the comics and novels, where EITC personel often serve as antagonists.
- 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.
- Rules Lawyer: Navigates the legal system to his own advantage in the second and third films.
- Smug Snake: A very high-functioning and subtle one. He tries to hide it, but it's clear he's arrogant and regards the pirates as pesky worms.
- The Sociopath: Manipulative, superficially charming, utterly ruthless and lacking in a conscience.
- 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.
- Unflinching Walk: During his Villainous BSOD.
- Villainous BSOD: "It's just good business..."
- Wicked Cultured: Drinks tea, enjoys painting, reads books and even collects vintage toy soldiers.
- Would Hurt a Child: 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
- Asshole Victim: When he was killed by Davy Jones.
- Battle Butler: He seems to act as Beckett's butler as well.
- Beware the Quiet Ones / The Stoic: The man shows sociopathic qualities that mark a Serial Killer in that he betrays no emotion when doing some really horrible things.
- 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.
- The Dragon: He's Beckett's enforcer in Dead Man's Chest. In At World's end he's more like The Brute, with Jones becoming The Dragon.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: Mercer learned the hard way never to piss off Davy Jones.
- Faux Affably Evil: There is no disguising the sheer malice in his voice, even when he's acting polite.
- Kick the Dog: Killing the Governor's captain friend in the second movie certainly counts.
Murtogg and Mullroy
Murtogg played by: Giles New (2003, 2007)
Mullroy played by: Angus Barnett (2003, 2007)
An inseparable pair of Royal Marines who crew under Norrington. Their personal incompetence and bizarre personal quirks result in their mostly providing comic relief.
- The Bus Came Back: They were missing in the second film.
- The Comically Serious: Mullroy and Murtogg, from the dry humor school of British Comedy
- Geodesic Cast: They aren't evil, but they're definitely Counterparts of Pintel & Ragetti.
- Greek Chorus: Often make commentary on the set of events.
- 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.
- Like an Old Married Couple: They have a sort of pointless back-and-forth banter that sounds like this, such as debating whether or not Jack was lying to them.
- Plucky Comic Relief: They serve no function to the plot other than being amusing.
- 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, who decide not to care.
- Those Two Guys: Never seen without one another.
- The Straight Man: Their seriouness sets up a lot of Jack's jokes.
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.
- Anti-Villain: Type II.. He has one Tear Jerker of a backstory and very sympathetic motives, but remains needlessly brutal and ruthless.
- 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.
- Big Bad: The main threat to Jack's soul in Dead Man's Chest.
- Catchphrase: "Do you fear death?"
- Combat Tentacles: Jones uses his tentacle beard to kill Mercer via facial Orifice Invasion.
- Cthulhumanoid: His current appearance is the result of Jones not performing his duties to Calypso as expected.
- The Devil: A malicious supernatural figure who makes deals with dying and desperate men in exchange for their souls.
- Deal with the Devil: "Do you fear death?"
- 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.
- Despair Event Horizon: Losing his love was his.
- Disney Villain Death: Sorta. He's already dead by the time the body falls.
- The Dreaded: Everyone is afraid of him.
- Establishing Character Moment: His first scene in Dead Man's Chest shows both his cruelty and menace, but also his deep scars from having his heart broken by Calypso (though we do not learn the specifics until At World's End).
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He is shown to be visibly distraught over Cutler Beckett forcing him to kill the Kraken.
- 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). After the betrayal, however...
- Fantastic Romance: With Tia Dalma, who is actually the sea goddess Calypso.
- Ghost Pirate: Of a sort. He's technically undead, having carved his own heart from his body.
- Gut Punch: What pretty much any mention of Calypso is to him.
- Hero Killer: Literally, too. He does in Will by his own hand, along with Jack and Norrington by proxy, though admittedly only one of those stuck.
- Heartbroken Badass: Most of his anger, bitterness and villainy, stems from the fact that Calypso broke his heart.
Davy Jones: Ten years, I devoted to the duty you charged me! Ten years, I looked after those who died at sea! And finally, when we could be together again... You! Weren't! There!
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: His suffocation of Mercer with his tentacles.
- I Am the Noun: "I am the sea."
- Interim Villain: Jones took over as the Big Bad from Barbossa, but in a subversion, Barbossa became the Sixth Ranger, Jones was Demoted to Dragon in the following movie, and the Big Bad archetype lies on the shoulders of Cutler Beckett.
- 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 or hurl a grown man vertically upwards one-handed, one of the best swordsmen 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.
- He's had that crab-leg for a couple centuries, though, and he's got good enough balance and flexibility to fight Jack atop the Dutchman's mast and to back-roundhouse Will in the head. Rule of Cool probably applies.
- 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 perceives as Calypso's betrayal.
- Love Makes You Evil: His evil is caused by a broken heart.
- 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.
- And he sheds a Single Tear over Calypso. Then he realizes someone's brought his heart into close proximity with him, thus intensifying his emotions, and gets mad.
- 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.
- Motif: His locket's song. This is shared with Tia Dalma on her own identical locket.
- Nigh Invulnerable: The only way to kill him is stabbing him in the heart. Which isn't even in his body.
- Ominous Pipe Organ: He plays it with his beard. Apparently the organ had been grown from the coral in Jones' quarters.
- Power Pincers: His left arm is a crustacean-like chela.
- 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:
: 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.
- Skyward Scream: At the end of the second film.
Jones: Damn you, Jack SPAROOOOOOOOOOOW!!!!
- 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.
- The Starscream: To Beckett in the third film. He has to obey the guy under pain of death, and so he looks for every opportunity to overthrow him.
- Straw Nihilist: To quote the man himself: "Life is cruel, why should afterlife by any different?"
- Together in Death: As he dies, he reverently whispers her name, before falling into the sea's embrace.
- Tragic Villain: It's not hard to sympathize with him when he was essentially driven into villainy for his lost love. See Star-Crossed Lovers and Heartbroken Badass.
- 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 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 Bully for a series where everyone's a Trickster Archetype.
- Verbal Tic: Davy Jones-ah.
- 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.
- Would Hit a Girl:
Jones: ''Harridan! You'll see no mercy from me!!"
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.
William "Bootstrap Bill" Turner
Played by: Stellan Skarsgård (2006-07)
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.
Played by: Reggie Lee (2006), Ho-Kwan Tse (2007)
"Aunido! Aunido! Follow my voice! Follow my voice! To the left— no, turn around! Go to the right, go to— no... that's a tree."
A crewman on the Flying Dutchman
. Perpetually unlucky.
Played by: Christopher Adamson (2006-07)
"Impeding me in my duties? You'll share the punishment!"
Bo'sun aboard the Flying Dutchman
- Cold-Blooded Torture: According to Bootstrap, he "prides himself on cleaving flesh from bone at every swing." Eugh.
- Karma Houdini: Reverts to human form at the end, and apparently gets no comeuppance for his sadism.
- Whip It Good: Enjoys being the one to dole out punishment or motivation.
Played by: Dermot Keaney (2006-07)
Davy Jones' First Mate. One of the Dutchman
crewmembers to survive the final battle, and becomes part of Will Turner
's crew at the end.
An eel-headed member of the Dutchman
's crew. He only shows up in At World's End
, but he gets a lot of focus in the battle scenes compared to some of the other crew.
Queen Anne's Revenge
Blackbeard – Edward Teach
Played by: Ian McShane (2011)
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.
- Anti-Villain: She's just trying to help her father.
- Dark Action Girl: Dressed in black, serving the main villain, and one Hell of a fighter.
- 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.
- The Dragon: Blackbeard's right-hand-woman.
- 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.
- Idiot Ball: She picks it up briefly in the climax. Even though she didn't know it was poisoned, trying to pull a sword out of someone by grabbing the blade is still pretty dumb.
- 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.
- Never a Self-Made Woman: Blackbeard's daughter. Jack's ex-girlfriend. Motivation is to support her father.
- Of Corsets Sexy: Less sexy when you're pregnant in real-life, but that's what elastic's for.
- Pirate Girl: Seems to have been a pirate for about twenty years when we first meet her.
- Religious Bruiser: Prominently wears a cross, refuses to let a priest be killed, and firmly believes Blackbeard can be redeemed.
- Samus is a Girl: Jack wasn't expecting her behind his false Jack.
- Sequel Hook: Finds the voodoo doll of Jack in the after-credits scene.
- Spicy Latina: Hails from Spain and is quite a sexpot.
- Sweet Polly Oliver: She first appears in the movie disguised as Captain Jack Sparrow.
- Tsundere: Is incredibly passive-aggressive when interacting with Jack.
Played by Sam Claflin
- All-Loving Hero: For the first part of the movie he is firm in his belief that all pirates, no matter how ruthless, can saved by God's love. Then Blackbeard crosses the line.
- Badass Preacher: He stands up to Blackbeard even after he's tied to the mast! When he fights the Spaniards, Reality Ensues and he's very quickly injured in the abdomen.
- Deadpan Snarker: The man has a fine wit. For instance, when Blackbeard asks if it's true that all souls can be saved, he replies that yes, it is true but Blackbeard himself is 'a bit of a long shot'.
- The Drag-Along: Captured by the crew, spared by Angelica and tied to the mast, in hopes that he can save Blackbeard's soul. After the crew's mutiny, he's freed and dragged along on the journey.
- Dulcinea Effect: He becomes smitten with Syrena in no time and consistently tries to protect her.
- Expy: For John Chandagnac, The Protagonist of the novel the movie is based on. He's an ordinary man kidnapped by pirates and forced to join in the search for the Fountain of Youth.
- Fantastic Romance: With Syrena.
- Good Shepherd: He sincerely attempts to persuade the pirates to turn toward the path of righteousness, and he's the only one among them to show kindness to and demand humane treatment for Syrena.
- The Missionary: He was spreading the Good News when Blackbeard's crew caught him.
- Nice Guy: Because he's a Good Shepherd it's a proactive niceness by spreading the Good News and demanding humane treatment for others.
- Non-Action Guy: Justified; he's a priest. He's no good at action.
- No Name Given: Up until the very last scene he's in, he is referred to as Cleric, Missionary, Hey, You!, and other such terms.
- Sequel Hook: Where did Syrena take him?
- Shirtless Scene: After he gives up his shirt to protect Syrena's modesty, he spends the rest of the movie in his unbuttoned vest.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Philip is suspiciously similar to Will Turner in terms of characterization: token good teammate on a pirate ship whose primary motivation is protecting his love interest and is killed near the climax and for this purpose may or may not have been saved from it depending on what Syrena did to him.
- Token Good Teammate: He's a missionary on a pirate ship.
Played By: Stephen Graham.
- The Ditz: Scrum wants to marry a mermaid. After the mermaids have butchered half of his crew.
- Plucky Comic Relief: He provides a funny, dim-witted sidekick to Jack in the fourth movie.
- Only Sane Man: Compared to the rest of his crew.
- Wild Card: He switches sides as many times as Jack does.
- Lovable Coward: Scrum flees from most fights, but is also very endearing.
"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.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: After she is set free
- The Beast Master: To crabs.
- Cluster F-Bomb: When asked about what she is shouting when she's ascended, Word of God said she was basically screaming profanties akin to "F- you!"
- Cryptic Conversation: Much of what she says is confusing to those she talks to. It must be part of her "mysterious voodoo" thing.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Tia Dalma is barefoot in the film-based comics. The second movie doesn't show her feet at all; the third one has her wearing shoes in some scenes, and barefoot in others◊.
- Facial Markings: Voodoo tattoos in her cheeks.
- God in Human Form: Calypso bound in human form.
- Hollywood Voodoo: Called a Voodoo queen in official sources.
- Hot Witch: Downplayed. While her actress is very attractive and has a nice figure, the character has horribly messy hair, terrible clothes, and rotten teeth.
- Killed Off for Real: Debatable whether or not she fits the bill. Many assume that Tia Dalma was killed, but that Calypso ascended.
- Mad Oracle: Subverted; Tia Dalma comes across like this, what with her hut full of weirdness, her speaking patterns, and seeming inability to directly answer questions, but she's quite sane.
- Necromancer: Resurrected Barbossa. It's implied she needs the corpse to resurrect someone, though.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands Of course, there's a reason for that...
- Power Makes Your Voice Deep: After she turns back into Calypso, she speaks in a Voice of the Legion tone.
- Rule of Symbolism: Of course, being a living embodiment of the sea, being a Tsundere is appropriate. The open sea can be a sailor's best friend one moment, and an absolute bitch the next.
- Sadly Mythtaken: Calypso was a Mediterranean goddess, not a Caribbean one, and there were plenty of Caribbean figures to choose from.
- Sealed Good in a Can: Calypso. More like Sealed Chaos In A Can.
- Tsundere: Type AB. She has attempted to kill Jack in the past. They are still on good terms, with Jack even saying they were once "thick as thieves." She can be helpful, kind, even sweet when she wants to be. And then the temper comes out. She even points this out to Davy Jones, commenting it was what he liked about her.
- Wild Card: Cares not who wins as long as she is freed, though she has some sympathy for Jack Sparrow. Even when she's finally released, her response is something akin to "May the best man win".
- Woman Scorned: Lampshaded by Jack. She's not very happy with the betrayals she (allegedly) suffered.
- You No Take Candle: Averted (or perhaps subverted) on the "non-intelligent" part, otherwise played straight. Although it's 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.
Captain Edward Teague
Former Pirate Lord of Madagascar turned Keeper of the Pirate Codex, which he keeps with him at Shipwreck Cove. Still the most feared pirate in the world and Jack Sparrow's father.
- Badass: Once the most feared pirate to roam the seas, everyone's still scared of him even though he's semi-retired. Quite rightly, too.
- Badass Beard: A thick, bushy black beard. Inspired by Blackbeard himself.
- Badass Grandpa: Father of the already adult Jack Sparrow and three times as fearsome.
- Berserk Button: Always honor the code. Always.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Much like Jack, he's a very strange fellow with odd behaviors, but quite a wise man.
- Cool Old Guy: Keeper of the Code and father of Jack Sparrow.
- Expy: Based on Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard. Of course, the real Blackbeard appears in the fourth film.
- Judge, Jury, and Executioner: Apparently has the authority to execute anyone who even suggests breaking the Code.
- Pet the Dog: Seems to have adopted the jailhouse dog. Also offers sound moral guidance to Jack.
It's not just about living forever, Jackie. It's about living with yourself forever.
- Retired Badass: It's heavily implied he used to be a very fearsome pirate before taking up the job of keeper of the code.
- Rules Lawyer: The straightest example in the series and for good reason. He's the guy holding the rule book! He once shot a guy for saying the code doesn't matter. "Code is the law."
- What You Are in the Dark: The advice Teague gives Jack.
Jack: What? You've seen it all, done it all. Survived. That's the trick isn't it? To survive?
Teague: It's not just about living forever, Jackie. The trick is still living with yourself forever.
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.
- Advertised Extra: The marketing for At World's End made him out to be one of the main characters of the movie, on par with Jack, Will, Elizabeth and Barbossa. In reality, he's a secondary character who's unceremoniously killed about half-way through.
- 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.
The female pirate who Jack steals a ship from in Curse Of The Black Pearl
. She also helps in the attempt to rescue Elizabeth from Barbossa in the same film.
- Action Girl: The only fighting woman in Jack's crew.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: She is completely absent from the sequels.
- Pirate Girl: If she wasn't before, she becomes one to help Jack.
- Red Herring: In a meta-sense. Orlando Bloom, Kira Knightly and the rest of the cast were told that at the end of Dead Man's Chest, it would be Anamaria who greeted them. The shocked looks on their faces when it was Geoffrey Rush were genuine.
- Samus is a Girl: Disguses herself as a man briefly.
Played by: Greg Ellis (2003-2011)
Played by Astrid Berges-Frisbey
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Presumably why she genuinely falls for Philip.
- Fantastic Romance: With Philip.
- Godiva Hair: In mermaid form.
- Heel-Face Turn: She helps Jack and Philip in the climax
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: Turns into one when forced to walk on land. In this situation, she looks no different from a non-clothed human girl.
- Meaningful Name:
- Syrena sounds a lot like "siren".
- "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?
- Mythology Gag: Prior to the film, the dog was the most memorable part of the Disney ride. As in the first film, he's holding the keys with two imprisoned pirates trying to beckon him over. Jack's line, "That dog is never going to give up the keys" is from one of the animatronic pirates.
- 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.
King George II
Played by Richard Griffiths
King of Britain during the time of the movies; he has a brief appearance in On Stranger Tides
Characters From Other Media
Legends Of The Brethren Court
The Shadow Lord/ Sir Henry Morgan
Main antagonist of the Legends Of The Brethren Court five-part series of books, The Shadow King is a mysterious dark force who seeks to control the entire world through his Shadow Armhy.
- The Ageless: Henry Morgan would be at least a century old, but the Shadow King isn't.
- Alchemy Is Magic: He is supposed to be an alchemist, even though he can make innamite things gain life through said "alchemy".
- Authority Equals Asskicking: As leader of the Shadow Army, he's quite foreboding in combat.
- Big Bad: For the "Legends Of The Brethren Court" books.
- The Chessmaster: Not to Beckett levels, but he is pretty sharp.
- Consummate Liar: Lies well enough to deceit Sparrow.
- Dark Is Evil: Shadow King, leader of the Shadow Army.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: Turns out he is none other Sir Henry Morgan, famous privateer and in the POTC verse, one of the creators of the Pirate Code.
- Magic Knight: Magic pirate.
- Manipulative Bastard: Plays most of the cast like a fiddle.
- 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.
Pirates Of The Caribbean Online
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.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Can fight an entire city alone, besides leading a zombie army.
- Ax-Crazy: He's one trigger-happy pirate.
- Badass Boast: His entire dialogue consists of these. One of his best comes from his trailer: "I am no Legend. I am Jolly Roger, Your. Worst. NIGHTMARE!"
- Bad Boss: Zombifies any of his pawns who are no longer important.
- Berserk Button: Jack Sparrow. Or anything even vaguely connected to him.
- Big Bad: Everything evil within the MMO trace back to him.
- Bifurcated Weapon: He has a steampunk-ish right-hand which can act as both a small hand-cannon and a knife.
- Blood Knight: Pretty livid about slaughtering Port Royal.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: All his deals end up with betrayal.
- Cursed with Awesome: As a voodoo priest laid dying, he cursed Roger with his current looks. Unfortunately, this also turned him in a Physical God.
- Dem Bones: His current form.
- The Dreaded: Everyone is terrified of him. With good reason.
- Evil Laugh: Steve Blum provides his.
- Evil Overlord: He controls a large chunk of the Caribbean through his zombie army in the game's events.
- Forgotten Friend, New Foe: He was friends with Jack, a long time ago.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: While he was famous, he was merely a common pirate until a curse befell him.
- Guttural Growler: He is voiced by Steve Blum.
- Hero Killer: No one faces him in a straight fight out of sheer dread.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: While trying to outwit Jack in poker, he was outwitted.
- Hollywood Voodoo: The master of it.
- Implacable Man: Oh yes. Nothing has been able to defeat him yet, only temporarily repel.
- Interim Villain: The MMO uses him for a period after Barbossa's defeat but before Beckett's [and Jones'] rise on the franchise.
- The Juggernaut: He slices through Port Royal's defenses like a butter knife.
- Large and in Charge: Roger is noticeably taller than any other character in the game.
- Large Ham: Roger talks shouting with a stereotypical hammy pirate accent.
- Mighty Glacier: As slow as he is dangerous.
- Nigh Invulnerable: Nothing can kill him except maybe a ridiculous amount of gunfire.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: A ghost-cyborg-pirate.
- Necromancer: Taken to ridiculous levels: Judging by the way the game goes, Jolly Roger is essentially reviving every single corpse avaliable.
- No Indoor Voice: Jolly Roger always shouts.
- Obviously Evil: It's a seven feet tall skeleton with a shotgun for an arm.
- One-Man Army: It takes an entire horde of players fighting side-by-side to beat him.
- Person of Mass Destruction: It takes the entire city of Port Royal, fighting at the same time, all together to repel him temporarily.
- Revenge Before Reason: Against Jack.
- Shrouded in Myth: Mysterious past, mysterious powers.
- The Sociopath: Cares for nothing but seeing Jack suffer and conquering the Caribbean.
- Sorcerous Overlord: And one that can make Blackbeard look like a novice.
- Take Over the World: Or rather, the Caribbean. He almost manages in the MMO.
- Touch of Death: He can kill anyone with a single touch.
- Villains Make The Plot: The game plot is basically: Help Sparrow defeat Jolly Roger.
- Villain Teleportation: He's able to materialize out of the thin air.
- Walking Wasteland: When he wants to.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Due the MMO being largely abandoned, nobody knows what happened to Jolly Roger.
- Your Soul Is Mine: His main technique.
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Jack 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.
- You Killed My Mother: To Left-Foot Louis
Fitzwilliam P. Dalton III
A boy from a noble family who joins the crew of the Barnacle
in order to escape an Arranged Marriage
. He is also the cousin of James Norrington.
- Blue Blood: Has noble blood.
- The Mole: For the British Royal Navy, hoping that Jack could lead him to Captain Teague.
- The Rival: To Jack.
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.
Jean's sister, who was turned into a cat by Tia Dalma.
A Mayan boy who was kidnapped by pirates and sold into slavery.
- The Exile: Shortly after he returns to his village with Jack and his crew, a mysterious plague spreads. Jack's crew is forced to leave but it's later revealed that the plague was caused by Minuit.
- Slave Liberation: When he ran away with Jean and Constance after they revealed Left-Foot Louis' identity.
One of Minuit's slaves.
A notorious pirate who literally has two left feet. He carries the Sword of Hernan Cortes.
- Big Bad: For the earlier novels.
- Demoted to Dragon: He later shows up as a member of Laura Smith's crew, where he tries to start a mutiny. He later starts working with Madame Minuit.
- Human Resources: When he lost his right foot, he cut off the foot from one of his crew members and had it sewn to his leg. In his haste, he didn't realize that it was a left foot.
A Creole witch from New Orleans. She is after the Sun-and-Stars Amulet
, which can turn anything into bronze, silver, or gold
depending on which Plot Coupon
is attached to it.
A pirate who possesses a piece
the the Sun-and-Stars Amulet. Helps Left-Foot Louis in his mutiny against Laura Smith
- Evil Cripple: His crystal peg-leg has various magical powers. He is also a skilled fighter.
- Gold Tooth: Has a crystal tooth that gives him magical powers.