Film / Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

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The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) is the first movie in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

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

Unfortunately for her, the pirates, led by Captain Barbossa, sail off with Elizabeth, but Barbossa tells her the Backstory. They have been cursed for stealing Aztec gold, doomed to forever exist as undead creatures who can not gain satisfaction from eating, drinking, or even the simple pleasure of a warm breeze; even the final peace of death is denied to them. Now they must collect all the coins and return them, along with blood from each pirate. Since Elizabeth gave them her name as Elizabeth Turner, they think she is the daughter of a missing crewman and they need her blood. Jack likewise has ties to them, as before they were cursed, their ship, the Black Pearl, was under his command before Barbossa took it over. Now Jack is looking to get it back, and Will springs him from prison in exchange for Jack's promise to help rescue Elizabeth.


The Curse of the Black Pearl provides examples of:

  • Accidental Pervert: Elizabeth Swann's corset is laced so tightly that she cannot breathe. As a result, she passes out and falls into the sea. Jack dives in to rescue her, and slices the corset open so she can breathe—an action which is misinterpreted by those around him as Jack having perverse intentions toward the unconscious Elizabeth.
  • Adult Fear: A toddler is shown wandering alone, screaming for his mother during the ransacking of Port Royale. He's just barely saved by a passing woman before being crushed by a burning building. Thinking of one's own child alone, terrified, and screaming for you during a disaster can certainly send a stab of fear through any parent.
  • All Myths Are True: The chest of gold was supposedly cursed by the Ancient Aztec gods as punishment for what the first Spanish settlers did.
  • All There in the Stinger: If you missed the stinger you'd wonder what the smeg was happening when Captain Sparrow shoots Jack the monkey, and he's later shot out of a 6-pounder as a screeching fireball, but later seen not dead.
  • An Aesop: Just because a man is an outlaw doesn't mean he isn't a good person in his own ways.
  • Anti-Advice: Jack provides some sound tactical advice, but since it's from Jack, Norrington decides to set up the ambush in a different way.
    Murtogg: But why aren't we doing... what Mr. Sparrow said we should do? With the cannons and all?
    Norrington: Because it was Mr. Sparrow who said it.
  • Attack of the Monster Appendage: Gov. Swann and the pirate zombie's arm.
  • Audible Sharpness: When Will says his father was not a pirate, then draws his sword, it makes the metallic scraping sound, despite simply being tucked in his belt without any kind of sheath.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: As Barbossa makes Elizabeth walk the plank, he makes this remark:
    Barbossa: [to the crew] It does seem a shame to lose somethin' so fine, don't it, lads? [beat]; [to Elizabeth] So I'll be havin' that dress back before you go.
  • Bait-and-Switch Gunshot: When Jack tosses his piece of Aztec treasure to Will during the climax, Barbossa draws his gun on Elizabeth. A gunshot rings out and Elizabeth flinches. When Barbossa turns, Jack has shot him.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: As a child Elizabeth is fascinated with pirates and dreams of meeting one. When she finally does meet some real pirates as an adult, well, they're not quite the romantic figures she imagined them to be.
  • Beware the Honest Ones: Jack briefly gives homage to this trope.
    Jack: Me? I'm dishonest, and a dishonest man you can always trust to be dishonest. Honestly. It's the honest ones you want to watch out for, because you can never predict when they're going to do something incredibly... stupid.
  • Big Bad: Captain Hector Barbossa leads the undead pirate crew.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: When Barbossa maroons Jack on a desert island, even providing him with a loaded gun. Truth in Television, as pirates really did do this, largely as a means of suicide. Although after Jack escaped the first time, you'd have thought Barbossa would have learnt not to do it again.
  • Book Ends:
    • The movie begins and ends with someone singing "A Pirate's Life for Me".
    • Jack and Elizabeth meet when she falls from the cliff; when they say goodbye at the end of the film, at the same place, Jack is the one who falls off the cliff.
  • Bowdlerize: You can't have Sparrow say the actual phrase, "Rape, pillage, plunder", now could you? He substitutes "raid" instead.
  • Brick Joke: As Jack is about to be arrested by the British after arriving at the port at the beginning, Norrington comments on how he's the "worst pirate he's ever seen." Several scenes later, after Jack steals a British ship, Lt. Groves declares Jack to be "the best pirate he's ever seen," earning him a Death Glare and a muttered, "So it would seem," from Norrington.
  • Catchphrase Interruptus: The only time Jack ever finishes his Catch Phrase "You will always remember this as the day you almost caught Captain Jack Sparrow!" is when he actually gets captured.
    Norrington: Well, I'm sure you will remember this as the day that Captain Jack Sparrow almost escaped.
  • Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys:
    Pintel: Damn to the depths whatever muttonhead thought up parley!
    Jack: That would be the French.
    • Though a deleted scene has the pirates discussing things of French origin and deciding they actually like the French.
  • Chekhov's Boomerang: Will's sword throwing is first used to stop Jack from escaping, but at the end he saves Jack from the gallows with it. Although this looks like it would be a Chekhov's Skill, Will's skill at throwing swords was part of the screenplay before the scene at the gallows was even created.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The gun with only one shot in it.
  • Chekhov's Lecture: The story of how Jack escaped that island (via sea-turtles). As it turns out, he didn't escape at all. The island was a stash for some rum-runners, who found him and gave him transport off.
  • Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are: "We know you're 'ere, poppet..."
  • Comically Missing the Point: As Norrington is saying he intends to propose to Elizabeth, Elizabeth says she can't breathe (because of her corset). Norrington replies by saying he's a little nervous himself.
  • Crowd Hockey: Ragetti's wooden eye falls out during a battle on deck, and he scrambles to grab it. The battle ends about the same moment he finds it again.
  • Curse Escape Clause: Return all of the Aztec gold pieces to the chest, along with a blood sacrifice from each person who took a piece (or a blood relative of the person), and the curse is broken. The entire motivation of Barbossa and his crew is to find the last remaining piece of the treasure as well as the descendant of Bootstrap Bill Turner so that they can meet these conditions. Jack, being Jack, curses himself before the final battle, and then triggers the escape clause at the opportune moment.
  • Dem Bones: The Black Pearl was really run by a "skeleton" crew under Barbossa.
  • Derelict Graveyard: Isle de Muerta is surrounded by one, implied to be all the other people who've gone looking for the treasure.
    Gibbs: Puts a chill in the bones, how many honest sailors have been claimed by this passage.
  • Disappeared Dad: William's father being missing from his life turns out to be an important plot point. He was one of the Black Pearl's crew, who objected to mutinying against Jack... until Barbossa got fed up, tied him to a cannon, and dropped him into the sea. And then the crew learned they needed his blood.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Barbossa explicitly says the gold's curse is this in his big speech before taking Elizabeth's blood.
    Barbossa: Punished we were—the lot of us—disproportionate to our crime!
  • Establishing Character Moment: Jack Sparrow heroically sailing his sunken boat into port (physics be damned), and stepping onto the dock without breaking stride.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: It is said that "the Black Pearl is crewed by the damned and captained by a man so evil that Hell itself spat him back out."
  • Exact Words: One of Will's conditions for not killing himself is for Barbossa to set Elizabeth free. Barbossa complies by having her walk the plank and marooning her on the island where he left Jack a decade ago.
    Barbossa: I agreed she go free, but it was you who failed to specify when or where.
  • Fake Hair Drama: Governor Swann is inspired to take action against the pirates after they almost steal his wig.
  • Falling Chandelier of Doom: During the scene where the crew of the Pearl is kidnapping Elizabeth out of her father's mansion, the chandelier is dislodged by cannon fire. Elizabeth ducks under it as it falls so that it blocks the way of her pursuers.
  • Food Porn: Brief in-universe example: Barbossa can't taste, so he just watches Elizabeth eat with a very... interesting expression on his face.
  • Foreshadowing: Will gets into a fight with one pirate, who's slammed through a window by a falling sign. A few minutes later, he's up and about again, one of the first hints something's up with the pirates.
  • For Want of a Nail: The main plot basically kicks off because of Elizabeth's corset being laced too tightly. It was because of that that she fell into the sea and the medallion summoned the Pearl to Port Royal. Had it not been for that, the main plot wouldn't have happened.
  • Ghost Pirate: Aztec-cursed pirates that are "not alive, and so [they] cannot die, but neither are [they] dead." They cannot enjoy any sensations and become rotting skeletons in moonlight.
  • Gilligan Cut: Used with Elizabeth's would-be Rousing Speech. Immediately after she makes it, it cuts to her rowing back to Ilse De Muerta alone.
    Elizabeth: Bloody pirates.
  • Go Through Me: Elizabeth and Will to Jack.
  • Guns Do Not Work That Way: Unless Jack's pistol was loaded with an over-sized patch and had the touch-hole sealed with wax, it's unlikely the powder would still be usable after ten years in the Caribbean humidity even without Barbossa throwing it in the sea.
  • He's Dead, Jim: Barbossa, as he is shot through the chest, says "I feel... cold." and collapses. The symbolic apple falls out of his opening hand.
  • Hot Blade: Will uses a sword that was resting in the fire during his duel with Jack in the blacksmith's shop, which makes the end of the blade red hot. He loses it when Jack uses his cuffs to snag the sword and wrench it out of Will's hand.
  • If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: Norrington obliquely gives Will and Elizabeth his... conditional blessing by complimenting his sword, also acknowledging that he knows Will made the sword and not his drunkard master.
    Norrington: This is a beautiful sword. I expect the man who made it to show the same care and devotion in every aspect of his life.
  • Improvised Zipline: Captain Jack Sparrow loops the chain on his handcuffs over a rope and slides away from his pursuers.
  • Insistent Terminology: They're not stealing the Dauntless, they're commandeering it.
    Jack: Nautical term.
  • Irony:
    • When the pirates raid Port Royal, one of Elizabeth's maids assumes they've come to kidnap her because she's the Governor's daughter, so Elizabeth lies to say her last name is Turner and that she's just a maid. Except unfortunately for her, they were actually looking for someone descended from one of their crew whose blood they need to remove their curse. The man in question's name? Turner, of course.
    • Further irony—the Turner the pirates were actually looking for is in love with Elizabeth, and when the pirates kidnap her he sets out to try and rescue her, not knowing he's the one they're looking for. And another bit—he didn't need a plan to rescue Elizabeth. He could have just walked into the Isla de Muerta, told them who he was, and offered his own blood in exchange for Elizabeth's safety (provided he invoked parlay as well).
    • Pointed out by Pintel and Ragetti about the story of Bootstrap Bill. Barbossa dropped him into the sea for sticking up for Jack, after which they learned they needed his blood to end the curse in the first place.
  • Island of Mystery: The Isle de Muerta where the cursed Aztec gold is hidden, a place shrouded in fog that can only be found by those who already knew where it is. Following the events of the movie, it is reclaimed by the sea.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: Will doesn't deign to use personal pronouns when he and Jack first meet—and immediately start fighting in Will's smithy.
    Will: I practice [swordfighting] three hours a day so that when I meet a pirate, I can kill it!
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Elizabeth stabs Barbossa and breaks another cursed pirate's neck by smacking him with the ship's wheel while dressed in the crimson dress she's been forced to wear. Later subverted with Pintel and Ragetti, zombified, fighting British sailors while still wearing the tattered remnants of their pretty dresses.
  • Killing for a Tissue Sample: Averted initially, then played straight.
    • The pirates avert the trope with Elizabeth. They let her believe she'll be sacrificed to free them, but all they need is a few drops of her blood on the gold.
      Barbossa: Waste not.
    • When it becomes William's turn, they are by this point rather frustrated and decide to spill it all just to make sure. And provide greater dramatic emphasis for the effort to rescue him, of course.
  • Killed Off for Real: Several of the crew of the Black Pearl are given mortal injuries after the curse is lifted, or before the curse is lifted and cannot heal in time.
    • Grapple and Mallot: Smashed into pieces by a longboat and fall into the water.
    • Jacoby, Clubba and Monk: Will takes one of Jacoby's grenades, lodges it into his skeleton, then Will and Elizabeth push the three pirates out of the moonlight.
    • Barbossa: Shot by Jack just before Will lifts the curse. Though this is ultimately subverted by Dead Man's Chest
    • Koehler: Stabbed by Norrington just after the curse is lifted.
  • Loophole Abuse:
    • As Barbossa's crew captures Jack's crew and Will, Barbossa agrees, as per Will's demands, to set Elizabeth free and not harm Jack's crew. Barbossa, however, adds a loophole, marooning Elizabeth and Jack on the island Jack was marooned on years earlier. When Will calls Barbossa out on his actions, Barbossa retorts thus:
      Barbossa: Don't dare impugn me honor, boy! I agreed she'd go free, but it was you who failed to specify when or where.
    • He also does it when agreeing to spare Port Royal in exchange for the final piece of Aztec gold; Elizabeth didn't say anything about being returned to port, so Barbossa decides to keep her for her blood.
      Barbossa: First, your return to short was not part of our negotiations nor our agreement, so I must do nothing. And secondly, you must be a pirate for the Pirate's Code to apply, and you're not. And thirdly—the Code is more what you'd call "guidelines" than actual rules.
  • Mayincatec: The cursed Aztec gold.
  • Meaningful Echo: Jack says to Will "you can accept that your father was a pirate, and a good man, or you can't." At the end of the film this exchange occurs about Jack.
    Governor Swann: He's a pirate.
    Will: And a good man.
  • Mercy Lead: At the end of the film, Norrington grants the escaped Jack a day's head start.
  • A Minor Kidroduction: The film starts with Elizabeth meeting a shipwrecked Will, during their childhood.
  • Misplaced-Names Poster: This poster for the first movie. None of the names line up with the faces below them.
  • Mondegreen: There are two interpretations of what Barbossa says directly after the Interceptor's mast falls.
    • Interpretation 1: Barbossa: "Blast all to carcasses, men! Forward clear to the powder magazine, and the rest of you, bring me that medallion!"
    • Interpretation 2: Barbossa: "Pistols and cutlasses, men! Koehler, Twigg to the powder magazine, and the rest of you, bring me that medallion!"
  • Mortality Ensues: This happens to Barbossa at the worst possible time; Will drops the final gold piece into the cursed treasure chest just after Sparrow blows a fatal hole in Barbossa's chest with a pistol, removing the curse and causing Barbossa to bleed out. Meanwhile, the rest of the Black Pearl's crew are in the middle of a pitched battle aboard the Dauntless when the curse is lifted, and immediately surrender when they realize they can be killed again.
  • Mutual Disadvantage: Near the end of the film, Jack grabs a bit of the cursed treasure before his fight with Barbossa, briefly resulting in this.
  • Myopic Architecture: Will uses his blacksmithing experience to spring Jack from jail, realizing that the cell door can be simply lifted off its hinges with a proper lever. And that, my friends, is why one shouldn't build prison cells with half-pin barrel hinges.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Jack saves Elizabeth from drowning, which gives Norrington the chance to find him and order him hanged, something Elizabeth and Jack object to.
    Elizabeth: Pirate or not, this man saved my life.
    Norrington: One good deed is not enough to redeem a man for a lifetime of wickedness.
    Jack: Though it does seem enough to condemn him.
    Norrington: Indeed.
  • No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine: The scene where Elizabeth is forced to dine either with Barbossa (wearing a fancy dress) or with the crew (naked) and she reluctantly decides to dine with Barbossa.
  • No Respect Guy: Will is the one doing all the work at the town smithy, while his master spends all day either drunk or unconscious, yet the man gets all the credit while Will is overlooked completely. After all, he's just an apprentice. Averted at the end of the film when Norrington acknowledges Will as the maker of his sword.
  • No Sell: Will cuts down some pirates on the attack on Port Royal, but they're perfectly fine thanks to the curse.
  • Not Afraid of You Anymore: At first, the curse alarms Elizabeth. By the time of the climax though, Jack trying to give her a jump scare only momentarily startles her. Then she bludgeons him over the side of the ship.
  • Of Corset Hurts: Elizabeth complains mightily when trussed up in a corset for Norrington's ceremony, especially since it causes her to faint, and fall off a cliff...
  • Of Corsets Sexy: ...but one can't deny it gives her some excellent cleavage. Although in the audio commentary Keira Knightley jokes that her cleavage was painted on.
  • Off-into-the-Distance Ending: The film ends with Captain Jack Sparrow sailing off into the distance in search of a new adventure.
    Jack: Now, bring me that horizon.
  • Ominous Fog: Follows the cursed Black Pearl around.
  • Organ Dodge: Ragetti takes a fork to the eye after the opposing ship fires a round of shrapnel after running out of cannonballs. Fortunately, the eye that gets hit is wooden.
  • Orphaned Punchline: We leave Jack Sparrow stringing Murtogg and Mullroy along aboard the Interceptor, and we return to catch the line "...And then they made me their chief."
  • Palm Bloodletting: The preferred way to shed the blood required to end the curse, once it's established that only a little bit of blood is needed.
  • Powder Trail: How the cursed Black Pearl crew destroys the Interceptor, setting off its entire remaining powder magazine.
  • The Power of Blood: The blood of those who took coins from the Chest of Cortez (or that of their children) is required in order to end the curse.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: See Beware the Honest Ones above.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Will to Barbossa before lifting the curse.
    Will: "He (Jack) didn't waste it."
  • Precision F-Strike:
    • Will isn't happy that Barbossa's idea of "setting free" equals "Walk the Plank."
      Will: Barbossa, you lying bastard!
    • Props for slipping that into a Disney movie. Oh, and also using the word "strumpet". And "eunuch". And... just the way that Jack is, feels like it shouldn't be in a Disney movie.
  • The Punishment: Steal the Aztec Gold and you'll become immortal and impossible to kill (downside: but you won't enjoy a moment of it).
  • Rape, Pillage, and Burn:
    • The pillaging and burning occurs during the Black Pearl's attack on Port Harbor. This being a Disney movie, no raping is shown.
    • Earlier, Jack declares his intentions to "raid, pillage, plunder, and otherwise pilfer my weaselly black guts out."
    • Although, in a pretty blatant Getting Crap Past the Radar moment, there is the scene where Barbossa tosses a recaptured Elizabeth into the hands of his crew, who start pawing at her and pulling on her dress and hair as she starts screaming. Will shows up, everyone is distracted, and nothing further happens to Elizabeth, but this still reads as a near-Attempted Rape.
  • The Reveal: Didn't Will toss a sword into that pirate's back? How is he alive? And hold on, Elizabeth just stabbed Barbossa in the chest and all he did was pull the knife out. What's going on? Cue horror.
    Barbossa: Look! The moonlight shows us for what we truly are. We are not among the living and so we cannot die, but neither are we dead...Ye'd best start believin' in ghost stories, Miss Turner. Ye're in one!
  • Rule of Three: Leverage, parley, and thinking of the pirates' code as guidelines are all mentioned thrice over the course of the movie:
    • Will first brings up leverage in a literal sense when he lifts Jack's cell door off its hinges. Jack later refers to Will as "leverage"—a bargaining chip he can use to get the Black Pearl back. Will overhears this and knocks Jack out before he can put this plan into action, refusing to be Jack's leverage.
    • Elizabeth uses parley to spare her life, Jack tries it later on his old partners to no avail, and Pintel warns Jack's captured crew not to think of playing the parley card.
    • In this case, it could be "Rule of Four": after the curse is lifted and Barbossa's crew are no longer immortal, they are held at gunpoint by the soldiers. As this happens, Pintel nervously says, "Parley?"
    • Barbossa informs Elizabeth that he finds the pirates' code to be more like guidelines than actual rules, something she repeats to Jack's crew, and which they tell Jack at the end of the film.
      • Though it's not likely something either would repeat to Captain Teague.
    • In Tortuga, Jack encounters a woman who slaps him without speaking a word, and he defiantly tells Will, "Not sure I deserved that." Another woman steps up, says one line, and then she slaps Jack. "I might have deserved that." A few scenes later, his newly-assembled crew contains one woman, who slaps Jack the moment he removes her hat.
      Will: I suppose you didn't deserve that one, either.
      Jack: No, that one I deserved.
  • Running Gag:
    • Jack calling people (Will, mostly) a "eunuch."
    • Ragetti's fake eye falling out or otherwise taking damage.
    • "Pirates." / "Pirate."
  • Sarcastic Confession: Jack thoroughly confuses Murtogg and Mullroy when he tells them the honest truth about why he's come to Port Royal.
    Jack: Well, then, I confess. It is my intention to commandeer one of these ships, pick up a crew in Tortuga, raid, pillage, plunder, and otherwise pilfer my weaselly black guts out.
  • Sealed Evil in a Duel: Subverted, but Barbossa does raise the possibility, since he knows he and Jack are closely matched as swordsmen and as cursed beings can't be killed.
    Barbossa: So what now, Jack Sparrow? Are we to be two immortals locked in an epic battle until Judgment Day and trumpets sound?
    Jack: Or you could surrender.
  • Sense Loss Sadness: Barbossa's motivation to undo the curse. He and his crew seem to still be able to feel unpleasant sensations, but cannot derive any enjoyment from such things as food or sea breezes.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: "I am disinclined to acquiesce to your request. (Beat) Means 'no'."
  • Shoot the Dog: Suggested by Captain Barbossa as what Jack should do after he and Elizabeth are stranded (in lieu of Jack's offer of giving him two shots).
    Barbossa: It'll be one shot same as before, so you can shoot the lady and starve to death yerself.
  • Shout-Out: Several very nice ones to pirate films, and to Disney movies as well:
    • Peter Pan: In the very first scene, Governor Swann's costume looks exactly like Captain Hook. Also, in the final fight, Jack cuts off some of the feathers on Barbossa's hat, just like Peter does to Hook.
    • Snow White: When Elizabeth refuses Barbossa's apple, believing it's poisoned.
    • Dante's Inferno: A subtle one, but when confronted in the jail cell by Kohler, Jack retorts that the deepest circle of hell is reserved for traitors, as that book states.
    • There are numerous nods to the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at Disneyland. Most notably is the use of the theme song "Yo Ho, Yo Ho, a Pirate's Life for Me", which is partially sung a good three times in the film.
      • Port Royal stands in for the Spanish fort attacked by pirates on the ride, while Isla de Muerta represents the pirate caverns at the start of the ride.
      • The prison scene where captured pirates try to lure the guard dog over with a bone. Jack points out the dog will never move, and then tries to lure it over with the bone himself later on.
      • Tortuga features a lot of nods to the "burning town" scenes from the ride—the iconic redheaded woman named Scarlett appears as a prostitute, a pirate lies under a barrel of rum drinking from the tap, Gibbs sleeps with pigs, a woman chases a thief pirate around a balcony, and there is a musical band of pirates.
      • During the Black Pearl's assault on Port Royal, pirates chase women around.
      • Cotton's talking parrot is a nod to the ride's animatronic parrot mascot, and squawks, "Dead men tell no tales!"
      • When Jack and Will are rowing through Isla de Muerta's caverns, there is a skeleton lying nearby with a crab next to it.
      • The skeletal Barbossa "drinks" a bottle of wine, and its contents trickle through his ribcage.
      • The film's plot of cursed treasure and greedy pirates may come from the ride's line, "Who knows when that evil curse will strike the greedy beholders of this bewitched treasure."
      • The storm scene is a nod to a similar one in the ride.
      • Barbossa calls his crew "bloomin' cockroaches!"
  • Spiteful Spit: Koehler does this toward Jack Sparrow when he discovers him in the jail.
  • Squick: In-universe example when Jack finds out that Cotton has no tongue.
  • Stepping-Stone Sword: Will throws a sword under Jack's feet to save him from a hanging.
  • The Stinger: Jack (the monkey) recovering one of the cursed coins after everything's over.
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist:
    • Norrington. He's definitely not the bad guy, and is pursuing Jack out of duty and orders. Jack is, after all a pirate, and piracy was a huge threat to settlements.
    • Several of the deleted scenes feature Pet the Dog moments for Norrington. Notably, he tells Governor Swann that whatever his personal feelings towards Will, he's duty-bound to try and rescue him from Barbossa. He also has a moving heart-to-heart talk with Elizabeth after she "accepts" his proposal. Even Jack admits that he respects Norrington as "a man who knows what he's after."
  • Tactful Translation: Played for laughs when Barbossa "translates" his comments for Elizabeth. It can be argued that Elizabeth's look of confusion is merely the result of Barbossa speaking so eloquently seconds after asking her to use smaller words that the "humble pirates" can understand, and his translation is not for her, but his own crew, who also seem confused.
  • Tap on the Head: Both Will and Jack are knocked out by a blow to the head. Will gets smacked by a candlestick-wielding passing pirate during the Port Royal assault, and later belts Jack across the face with an oar.
  • Tell Me About My Father: Will. He notes on breaking Jack out that the man recognises his name, but doesn't press the matter until they're out at sea. He doesn't like what he hears.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: This film has four sets: Pintel and Ragetti, Koehler and Twigg (the two who encounter Jack in his cell and blow up the Interceptor, Grapple and Mallot (named for their weapons and killed by Elizabeth and Jack's crew during the battle) and Jacoby and Clubba (a large bald pirate and the crew's resident Mad Bomber).
  • Treasure Room: A cave filled with treasure.
  • Undead Author: The cursed Black Pearl has been marauding in search of the missing gold pieces for nearly ten years, and is rumored to never leave any survivors.
    Jack: No survivors? Then where do the stories come from, I wonder?
  • Using You All Along: As Jack is bargaining with Barbossa for Will's life, and to destroy the men of the Dauntless (more or less), plus getting to sail the Pearl again as captain, Will bursts out "You've been planning this from the beginning!"
    Jack: [beat] Yeah.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Where Elizabeth stores the Aztec gold piece.
  • Walk, Don't Swim: The strategy used by the undead pirates to reach Norrington's ship undetected.
    Barbossa: Gents... talk a walk!
  • Walk the Plank: To be marooned on a Desert Island... twice.
  • Wham Shot: When the two pirates stumble upon Jack in the cells, they talk, Jack accuses them of being damned to hell for mutiny. And then the Scary Black Man reaches through the bars to grab his throat... and his hand turns to bone.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: The motivation for breaking the curse, as Bootstrap Bill can attest. The pirates would probably be quite happy to live forever, except that the curse prevents them from deriving any enjoyment from their endless life.
  • Who Are You?: From Barbossa to Will Turner. It features a mild subversion, with Jack trying very hard to keep Will from answering, since it will derail his plans.
    Barbossa: Who are you?
    Jack: No one! He's no one! Distant cousin of my aunt's nephew, twice removed. Lovely singing voice, though. Eunuch.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: The donkey in Will's blacksmith shop does not like hot metal.
  • Worthy Opponent: Naval officer Lt. Groves seems to hold this view of Captain Sparrow. At the least, he openly admires the pirate's ingenuity. "That's got to be the best pirate I've ever seen!"
  • You Need to Get Laid: Jack's initial impression of Will, when they fight amongst Will's swords.
    Jack: Who makes all these?
    Will: I do! And I practice with them three hours a day!
    Jack: You need to find yourself a girl, mate.

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