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

[[folder: The Wraith's Crew]]

->Voiced by: Creator/GeorgeNewbern

* ChronicHeroSyndrome: 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.
* DarkSkinnedBlonde: A blue-eyed towhead with a mahogany complexion.
* GoodIsDumb: Mostly averted, but Ren is only seventeen and sometimes gets taken for a fool by crafty one-off villains who play on his kindness.
* TheHero
* HiddenBackupPrince: 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 [[BigBad Bloth]] had killed Ren's father's other heirs.
* MagneticHero

->Voiced by: Jodi Benson

* ActionGirl: Even after she gets her ecomancer abilities, she's still consistently competent and remarkably tough.
* CloserToEarth: Leaving out the ecomancer powers, Tula is the only member of the crew who doesn't manage to screw up TheQuest through some personal failing (Ren's innocence, Ioz' greed, Niddler's gluttony)
* FaceHeelTurn: 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 [[AmazonBrigade 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.
* LovableTraitor: 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 SkilledButNaive NiceGuy, but because both these actions were ultimately highly beneficial to the crew and the quest.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Tula's ecomancer powers facilitated a great many plots. About the only thing she couldn't do was kill dark water.
* [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Girl]]
* PinkMeansFeminine
* PirateGirl
* TheSmartGuy: Hinted at by both of the times she feigns a FaceHeelTurn and pulls one over on the bad guys.

->Voiced by: Hector Elizondo (Season 1), Creator/JimCummings (Season 2-3)

* BadassMustache: Has spiked muttonchops and is the physical powerhouse of the crew.
* BigBrotherInstinct: 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.
* TheBigGuy: Of the "gruff warrior" type. Seems to be the physically strongest of the crew; also is the oldest, tallest, and beefiest.
* DistressedDude: SO many times! And more often than not, it's his own fault.
* {{Greed}}: His FatalFlaw. 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.
* HeManWomanHater: Starts out as this, but gradually mellows throughout the series.
* HotBlooded
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: [[IncrediblyLamePun 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.
* LoveableRogue
* MrFanservice: Ioz flashes the most skin out of the whole cast.
* MrViceGuy: "I only signed up for this noble adventure [[OnlyInItForTheMoney for the treasure]]!"
* PointyEars
* TokenEvilTeammate: Used to work for Bloth, is ''obsessed'' with treasure, and often counsels the most ruthless measures in the series.
** Or TheLancer, in sharp contrast to Ren's [[TheHero Hero]].
* UnscrupulousHero

->Voiced by: Roddy [=McDowall=] (Season 1), Creator/FrankWelker (Season 2-3)

* ActionPet: It takes him a while, but he gets there!
* BigEater
* LovableCoward
* TeamPet
* TookALevelInBadass: It's subtle, but by the time the series ended, Niddler had gotten a lot less concerned for his own skin, and was willing to do things like use himself as dagron bait to distract Konk from the crew.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Those jitatin minga melons.


[[folder: The Maelstrom's Crew]]

->Voiced by: Brock Peters

* BadBoss: 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.
* BaldOfEvil: His head is completely bare. Whether he went bald naturally or shaves it is unclear.
* BigBad: At least he likes to think so...
* {{Gonk}}: Pallid gray-white skin. [[NoBrows No eyebrows]]. Disproportionately large, snaggle-toothed mouth with blue lips. Blue claws for fingernails.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: A ruined eye and a torn ear.
* LargeHam: "TORMENT MY EYES!"
* LargeAndInCharge: Canonically seven and a half feet tall and over a quarter ton; rules his crew with an iron fist.
* MightyGlacier: 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 DeliciousDistraction to trick him into letting go.
* YouHaveFailedMe / YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: 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...[[FedToTheBeast from the inside]].

->Voiced by: Creator/PeterCullen

* TheDragon: 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 [[DevourTheDragon replace him]] if a better option came along.
* LeanAndMean: He's freakishly gaunt and spidery-looking.

->Voiced by: Creator/TimCurry

* BaldOfEvil: Although he has big muttonchops, underneath his cap he's completely bald.
* FedToTheBeast: Thrown to the Constrictus by Bloth numerous times. It's how he got his PiratePegleg.
** TooSpicyForYogSothoth: ...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?
* [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg 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.
* PiratePegLeg: A metal one he can unscrew and use as a weapon.

!!The Lugg Brothers
->Voiced by: Earl Boen (Brother #1), Creator/FrankWelker (Brother #2)

* BaldOfEvil: The one with the mustache has a completely bald head.
* BigEater: They help themselves ''generously'' to any food that's close at hand. And naturally they have JabbaTableManners, too.
* TheBrute: Seems to be their function in Bloth's crew, although they never really directly fight anyone.
* DumbMuscle: They're dumb, even for members of Bloth's crew.
* NoNameGiven: Even on the official model sheets, they're simply "#1" and "#2."
* {{Stripperific}}: They wear nothing but furry [[WesternAnimation/MastersOfTheUniverse 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, [[Film/MadMaxBeyondThunderdome Master Blaster]]-style.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: They just sort of disappear after their fourth episode.


[[folder: The Darkdweller and Thralls]]

!!The Darkdweller
* EldritchAbomination: Dark Water is an evil substance that devours anything and anyone it gets near. The Darkdweller is a sentient mass of the stuff.
* GreaterScopeVillain: Though if Bloth get all the 13 Treasures, he'll be able to control it to conquer the world.


* {{Flight}}: He can fly.
* MasterOfIllusion: He can project auditory and visual illusions to tempt people, at least Ren, into doing what he wants.
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: His mouth has ''a lot'' of teeth.
* {{Outgambitted}}: On the receiving end. [[spoiler: 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.]]
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: He's reptillian and is quite abhorent, both physically and morally.
* ScaryTeeth: He has a mouth full of razor sharp fangs.
* SealedEvilInACan: In the same episode where he's introduced, he gets locked back up again.
* SmugSnake: 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.
* TakingYouWithMe: 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.

* CruelMercy: Rather than devour him, the Dark Dweller made him its slave, compelled to obey the Dark Water.
* EnemyMine: 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.
* HumanoidAbomination: Thanks to the Dark Dweller, he has a tentacle for an arm, a half-mutated face, and "speaks" with the Dark Water.
* SuicidalOverconfidence: 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.


[[folder: Other/One-Shot Characters]]

* BigFun: Canonically six and a half feet tall and over 300#. Is a BoisterousBruiser who runs a tavern/casino in [[WretchedHive Janda-Town]].
* BoisterousBruiser
* StoutStrength: He's got a beer gut...framed by bigger shoulders than Ioz. Although [[TheDragon Mantus]] gives him a run for his money, he'd been effortlessly thrashing the {{mooks}} beforehand.