Characters / The Pirates of Dark Water

Character trope page for The Pirates of Dark Water. Beware spoilers, ye swabs!
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     The Wraith's Crew 


Voiced by: George Newbern

  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: The first episode established how impractically heroic Ren can be: when a friendly dragon orders him to run as he holds off Bloth's crew, Ren can't resist looking back and see the dragon is being overwhelmed. Despite the obvious danger, and the fact that the dragon told him to flee in the first place, Ren charges right back into the fray to try to save the dragon.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: A blue-eyed towhead with a mahogany complexion.
  • Good Is Dumb: Mostly averted, but Ren is only seventeen and sometimes gets taken for a fool by crafty one-off villains who play on his kindness.
  • The Hero
  • Hidden Backup Prince: Prince Ren was raised by a lighthouse keeper unaware of his true heritage until the first episode. Hiding him was proven a wise move, considering Bloth had killed Ren's father's other heirs.
  • Magnetic Hero


Voiced by: Jodi Benson

  • Action Girl: Even after she gets her ecomancer abilities, she's still consistently competent and remarkably tough.
  • Closer to Earth: Leaving out the ecomancer powers, Tula is the only member of the crew who doesn't manage to screw up The Quest through some personal failing (Ren's innocence, Ioz' greed, Niddler's gluttony)
  • Face–Heel Turn: By the final episode, she's totally fed up with having to put up with her male counterparts'(particularly Ioz's) misogyny and joins a tribe of man-hating Deltha Warriors, who then make slaves/prisoners out of Ren and Ioz. Whether or not this was purely so she could get closer to the last Treasure of Rule (which just happened to have been captured by the Delthas) is anyone's guess.
  • Lovable Traitor: Tula betrays the crew of the Wraith, twice. The first time, she turns over Ren and Ioz to Bloth to try and rescue the ecomancer Bloth has captive, and is both exploiting and abusing. The second time, she betrays Ren and Ioz to the amazon Deltha Warriors, presumably to gain access to the 8th Treasure or Rule, which is a living thing that is just about as gluttonous as Niddler, and which the Deltha Warriors are trying to exterminate (ironic since later it's shown that this treasure is what's allowing their island plant life to bloom and flourish). While Ioz neither forgets nor forgives this, Ren turns a blind eye to it, not just because he needs all the help he can get, and is a ridiculously Skilled, but Naïve Nice Guy, but because both these actions were ultimately highly beneficial to the crew and the quest.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Tula's ecomancer powers facilitated a great many plots. About the only thing she couldn't do was kill dark water.
  • Only Sane Girl
  • Pink Means Feminine
  • Pirate Girl
  • The Smart Guy: Hinted at by both of the times she feigns a Face–Heel Turn and pulls one over on the bad guys.


Voiced by: Hector Elizondo (Season 1), Jim Cummings (Season 2-3)

  • Badass Mustache: Has spiked muttonchops and is the physical powerhouse of the crew.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Develops one towards Ren. Late in the series, it's revealed he has a younger sister and he spends an entire episode trying to keep her out of trouble.
  • The Big Guy: Of the "gruff warrior" type. Seems to be the physically strongest of the crew; also is the oldest, tallest, and beefiest.
  • Distressed Dude: SO many times! And more often than not, it's his own fault.
  • Greed: His Fatal Flaw. He once wound up on the show's equivalent of The Flying Dutchman because he tried to steal the ghost's treasure. Ren and Tula had to undertake enormous risk to rescue him.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: Starts out as this, but gradually mellows throughout the series.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Pun aside, he really does care about Ren, Tula, and even Nidler, at least enough to pull their fat out of the fire when things get tough.
  • Loveable Rogue
  • Mr. Fanservice: Ioz flashes the most skin out of the whole cast.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: "I only signed up for this noble adventure for the treasure!"
  • Pointy Ears
  • Token Evil Teammate: Used to work for Bloth, is obsessed with treasure, and often counsels the most ruthless measures in the series.
  • Unscrupulous Hero


Voiced by: Roddy McDowall (Season 1), Frank Welker (Season 2-3)

     The Maelstrom's Crew 


Voiced by: Brock Peters

  • Bad Boss: Just count how many times he has Konk thrown to the Constrictus. Threatens his other crew members with this at lest once per episode with the only exceptions being the few episodes that Bloth isn't in. To say nothing of how he treats those he captures and exploits.
  • Bald of Evil: His head is completely bare. Whether he went bald naturally or shaves it is unclear.
  • Big Bad: At least he likes to think so...
  • Gonk: Pallid gray-white skin. No eyebrows. Disproportionately large, snaggle-toothed mouth with blue lips. Blue claws for fingernails.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: A ruined eye and a torn ear.
  • Large Ham: "TORMENT MY EYES!"
  • Large and in Charge: Canonically seven and a half feet tall and over a quarter ton; rules his crew with an iron fist.
  • Mighty Glacier: His girth makes him slow and unwieldy, but he's insanely strong, able to break free of Morpho's tentacle with ease when any other character requires either a treasure of rule or a Delicious Distraction to trick him into letting go.
  • You Have Failed Me / You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: If you're either his prisoner or a member of his crew and manage to fall into either of these categories, you'll probably find yourself giving Bloth's constrictus a belly rub...from the inside.


Voiced by: Peter Cullen

  • The Dragon: He's one of the cooler heads on the Maelstrom's crew and often advises Bloth, although the latter seems like he'd be happy to replace him if a better option came along.
  • Lean and Mean: He's freakishly gaunt and spidery-looking.


Voiced by: Tim Curry

  • Bald of Evil: Although he has big muttonchops, underneath his cap he's completely bald.
  • Fed to the Beast: Thrown to the Constrictus by Bloth numerous times. It's how he got his Pirate Pegleg.
    • Too Spicy For Yog Sothoth: ...although it didn't ever manage to eat him. He was its only victim to ever escape (before Ren came along), perhaps because:
      Mantus: Once the beast had a taste of Konk, why would he want another bite?
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: Is the butt of one of these remarks in the episode Andorus.
    Bloth: You've picked the wrong fight, girl! I have my top swordsmen with me.
    Konk: Thank you, Master!
    Bloth: And Konk, too.
    Konk: Aww.
  • Pirate Peg Leg: A metal one he can unscrew and use as a weapon.

The Lugg Brothers

Voiced by: Earl Boen (Brother #1), Frank Welker (Brother #2)

  • Bald of Evil: The one with the mustache has a completely bald head.
  • Big Eater: They help themselves generously to any food that's close at hand. And naturally they have Jabba Table Manners, too.
  • The Brute: Seems to be their function in Bloth's crew, although they never really directly fight anyone.
  • Dumb Muscle: They're dumb, even for members of Bloth's crew.
  • No Name Given: Even on the official model sheets, they're simply "#1" and "#2."
  • Stripperific: They wear nothing but furry He-Man underpants and matching leather body harnesses. The latter are functional, featuring handles which allow the smaller Konk to piggyback on them a few times, Master Blaster-style.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: They just sort of disappear after their fourth episode.

     The Darkdweller and Thralls 

The Darkdweller

  • Eldritch Abomination: Dark Water is an evil substance that devours anything and anyone it gets near. The Darkdweller is a sentient mass of the stuff.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Though if Bloth get all the 13 Treasures, he'll be able to control it to conquer the world.


  • Flight: He can fly.
  • Master of Illusion: He can project auditory and visual illusions to tempt people, at least Ren, into doing what he wants.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: His mouth has a lot of teeth.
  • Outgambitted: On the receiving end. Ren tricks him into touching the real bell by placing a heavy guard on a fake bell, and then crawling into the real one, presumably while trying to hide.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: He's reptillian and is quite abhorent, both physically and morally.
  • Scary Teeth: He has a mouth full of razor sharp fangs.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: In the same episode where he's introduced, he gets locked back up again.
  • Smug Snake: Because he was able to fool Ren with an illusion of Primus, he thought Ren was as dumb as a rock. It was quite gratifying to see Ren prove him wrong.
  • Taking You with Me: When Ren manages to trick him into crawling back into the bell so he could be sealed, he tries to drag Ren into the bell with him.


  • Cruel Mercy: Rather than devour him, the Dark Dweller made him its slave, compelled to obey the Dark Water.
  • Enemy Mine: He, and by extension, The Dark Dweller, team up with Bloth to go after Ren because he's their common enemy, though they both seek the remaining treasures for their own gain, and absolutely do not trust each other.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Thanks to the Dark Dweller, he has a tentacle for an arm, a half-mutated face, and "speaks" with the Dark Water.
  • Suicidal Overconfidence: In his backstory, he was an alchemist who foolishly went after the Dark Dweller, alone, with little in the way of a plan, and no back-up.

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