The myriad characters from STARZ's Black Sails.
Warning: All spoilers except those from the last season (Season 4) will be unmarked.
Crew of The Walrus
Captain James Flint
Captain James Flint, real name James McGraw, is the Captain of the pirate ship Walrus, and known throughout the West Indies as the most feared of all the Golden Age pirates. His charisma masks a deep, simmering rage, and a propensity towards breathtaking violence. In order to hold off the British and Spanish forces hell make himself ruler of Nassau through any means necessary.
- Actually Pretty Funny: His reaction to the Maroons' trusting Silver over everyone not to betray them for money.
- He can't help but chuckle when he realizes Silver's ridiculous daily updates are actually working as intended. He manages to simultaneously get the crew to like him and remind them how much they hate each other. It arguably saves both Silver's and Flint's lives.
- Ambiguously Gay: Flint's orientation is hard to pin-point. He is shown having sex with both Thomas and Miranda as Miranda was fine with Flint being involved with her own husband if Flint satisfied her strong sexual appetite. They continue to have sex with each other even after Thomas dies but Flint does not seem to enjoy it. Though he was angry with Miranda at the time and they arent shown in any other sexual encounters after it.
- Anti-Hero: Flint is a ruthless pirate with a tragic past, noble goals, and general civility.
- Arch-Enemy: As far as he's concerned, the whole of England. Charles Vane in Seasons 1 and 2.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: With Vane, of all people, in the Season 2 finale.
- Badass Beard: He has one.
- Badass Longcoat: His default outfit.
- Batman Gambit: In episode "X", he advises Dufresne to avoid the shipping lanes on their way back to Nassau, as he knows the crew will want to take any prize they come across despite their depleted numbers and fatigue from a long ordeal at sea. Dufresne, distrustful of Flint, does the exact opposite. Flint was counting on this, and that Dufresne's inexperience would result in failure, giving Flint the opportunity to retake command. It works.
- Beard of Evil: In line with him being a Villain Protagonist.
- Blood Knight: Miranda accused him of this.
- But Not Too Gay: He had relationships with Miranda and Thomas, but despite his love for Thomas being claimed as the driving force behind the series — his relationships with Miranda gets much more on-screen focus as she haunts his consciousness (whereas Thomas is hardly mentioned). Flint has on-screen sex with Miranda (even if he doesn't seem to enjoy it) and kisses her in full-view to the camera. He is never shown engaging in sex with Thomas and their kiss is shadowed by the darkness. The entire series runs on this; with lesbian and straight sex scenes being common, and women constantly nude, but male nudity being rare and gay male sex scenes completely non-existent.
- The Captain: The quintessential pirate example.
- Combat Pragmatist: When it comes to fighting with swords, he's not above cheating. Of course, pirates aren't exactly known for rules.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Kicked out of the Navy, exiled from England, and lost the two people he loved most.
- Despair Event Horizon: After Miranda's death.
- The Dreaded: Infamous as the most dreadful pirate in the world.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: Ends up reunited with Thomas Hamilton....or he's murdered by Silver. It depends how much of Silver's tale you believe. But considering that the flashbacks match, Treasure Island can't happen unless Flint lives, and the Odysseus references in the show only make sense if Flint lives, all the evidence points to the fact that he does.
- Face Death with Dignity: What he was doing while on trial and awaiting execution. Then Vane comes in, cue Back-to-Back Badasses.
- Gentleman and a Scholar: During his days in the Royal Navy. Part of what attracted him to Thomas and Miranda Hamilton.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: He can go from being rather polite to pulling a gun on you within two seconds.
- Foregone Conclusion: Subverted Trope. He was a Posthumous Character in Treasure Island. However, in Treasure Island, he died only a few years before the book, and given how the series is set twenty years before the book, it could go either way. He survives. If one believes that Silver is telling the truth.
- Heartbroken Badass: The deaths of Thomas and Miranda hit him really hard, pushing him straight into a Despair Event Horizon.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: He tracked down Alfred Hamilton and killed him in a manner that was implied to be slow and painful. As horrible as what Flint did was, there's no question that Alfred Hamilton deserved every second of it.
- My Greatest Failure: Everything he does throughout the series can be traced back to Thomas Hamilton's death. Not only did Flint originally feel responsible for his lover's imprisonment, but after spiriting both Miranda and himself out of England, he was unable to return in time to save Thomas from Bethlem Hospital.Flint: The only thing I'm ashamed of is that I didn't do something to save him when we had the chance.
- Named by the Adaptation: Treasure Island simply gives his name as "J. Flint" with no indication of what the "J" stands for. Here, his first name is James, and Flint is an alias, his real last name being McGraw.
- No Place for Me There: Flint's life's work and ambition is to create a stable, profitable, and (as much as possible) free Nassau. When asked if he will be the one ruling that colony, he says that there are many things Captain Flint can do, but lead a colony is not one of them.Flint: I can help establish the militia. I can organize the navy. But beyond that, I don't think there's a part for Captain Flint in Nassau's future. He will have to go away.
- The Plan: He plans on raiding a Spanish treasure galleon carrying five million dollars worth of gold in order to finance the militarization of Nassau; he admits that he doesn't think that he can make it capable of withstanding an out and out war with either the Spanish or the British, but he hopes to make it strong enough to force a truce; instead of being wiped off the map as pirates, they may live as a relatively autonomous colony with a sympathetic governor.
- Revenge: As Miranda points out, one of Flint's main reasons for his actions is getting revenge for what happened to Thomas Hamilton.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Amps it up to this after finding out what happened to Thomas was the result of betrayal by their friend Peter Ashe, and Miranda's murder due to her reaction to the revelation. Once Flint escapes custody, he orders a full bombardment of Charlestown from his warship, leaving the city a burning, smoking ruin in his wake.
- Sanity Slippage: Grows steadily for unstable as the season passes. He gets over it by Season 2. Then goes right back in Season 3 after Miranda's death.
- The Storyteller: His ability to weave words around his crew is what Mr. Scott says was the reason he gained power so quickly in Nassau.
- Straight Gay: Flint has loved both men and women, though nothing in his demeanor suggests that he's anything but traditionally straight.
- Then Let Me Be Evil: Practically says it word for word when tried in public, after Miranda's death. With her gone, and his chances for peaceful reconciliation on his terms with England gone, he decides to simply declare war on all of civilisation with all notion of mercy utterly shot away.
- Tragic Keepsake: An old copy of Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. It's eventually revealed that this was the last gift Flint received from Thomas before their betrayal.
- Tranquil Fury: He doesn't say a word or move a muscle, but when the people of Charlestown start throwing fruit and vegetables at Miranda's corpse, it is clear Flint is utterly enraged.
- Visionary Villain: He has a grand design of organizing the pirates into a stable force capable of opposing the British and the Spanish.
- Undying Loyalty: To Thomas and Miranda Hamilton.
- The Unfettered: Nothing will stand in the way of The Plan. Not Billy, not Gates.
- Wicked Cultured: Part of what distances him from his crew is his classical education.
- Worf Had the Flu: He's on the receiving end of a Curb-Stomp Battle at the hands of Blackbeard in their duel over control of the pirate fleet; it's explained that this is largely due to him having not yet recovered from weeks of starvation, and that at his best it would have been a more even contest.
"Long" John Silver
A lowly sailor turned pirate recruit, John Silver is a born opportunist. He insinuates himself into the crew of Captain Flint while secretly possessing the schedule Flint so dearly wants. A staunch individualist, Silver resents authority of any kind, a quality that brings him into direct conflict with Flint, even as events conspire to make them reluctant partners in the quest to take the Treasure Fleet.
- Affably Evil: He's a very fun and "up" sort of chap, quick with a winning smile and just the right words to say, but his greed and manipulations only cause havoc. As he becomes more loyal, he also drops the affable part in favor of a more ruthless persona.
- An Arm and a Leg: His left leg has to be amputated after it is brutalized by Vane's quartermaster with a sledgehammer for several minutes.
- Becoming the Mask: He's able to secure his place in the crew by conning them into thinking he has their best interests at heart. The fact that they believe he has their best interest at heart, how much faith they place in him because of it, and the lengths they're willing to go to for him because of it has an effect on him, to the point that by the second season finale, he truly does have their best interests at heart.
- A more literal example is the legend of "Long John Silver", a story that Billy invented of a ruthless and dreaded pirate king. At first, Silver had no choice but to play along with it to strike fear into their enemies, but eventually, he genuinely became Long John Silver and was shown to be every bit as dangerous as the stories indicated.
- Berserk Button: Insults regarding his missing leg; suggesting he's an invalid, weak and helpless because of it. Dufresne made this mistake while attempting to intimidate Silver, and paid for it with his life.
- Black Spot: As part of the legend of "Long John Silver", Billy Bones sent out black spots to anyone who needed to die. It started off as a part of the story and pirate lore, but eventually John adopted the use of the spot for real to where it became his official marker.
- Blatant Lies: Flint eventually learns that half of the shit he says are brazen lies.
- Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Invoked by Silver when he memorizes and subsequently burns the Urca schedule, forcing Flint to keep him alive, at least until they've captured the Urca.
- Character Development: Silver gradually progresses from a selfish and cowardly opportunist to a brave pirate quartermaster who feels burdened by his obligations to his fellows.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: It'd honestly be easier to list the people he didn't use, betray or manipulate. He grows out of this as the series progresses.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Towards the end of season 4 he reveals that his previous claim about growing up in an oprhanage was a lie but refuses to talk about what actually happened to him. The only thing he does say is that the truth about his past would make Flint lose his faith in humanity.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: After losing his leg, he insists on wearing a peg leg despite his stump failing to heal properly, refuses aid from other crew members and keeps knocking himself out trying to remain useful.Silver: All this shit we've been through the last few months, do you wanna know what the most terrifying part of it's been? "We'll take care of you."
- Divide and Conquer: How he secures his place amongst the crew. To use his words, it's not about getting the crew to like him, it's about reminding them about how much they dislike each other. Thanks to Randall, who's beneath notice, he gets a hold of lots of juicy gossip, revealing the actions of various crew-members, yet leaving them unnamed. They still react to his speeches, giving themselves away, but the rest of the crew finds it hilarious. It works, and soon, they can't go a day without it.
- The Dreaded: By the fourth season, "Long John Silver" has become the most infamous and ruthless pirate in the Bahamas, whose name carries fear as far as London. No one, not even Flint himself, dare cross him without making an enemy of virtually everyone in Nassau and the surrounding islands.
- Evil Genius: He's utterly unscrupulous, and he's very smart. That wouldn't account for much considering he's surrounded by Genius Bruisers, but he's also inherently charming and likable. This results in him being able to play pretty much anyone to his advantage, even extremely intelligent people like Flint.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Silver and Flint start off in a rather antagonistic relationship, but after surviving hell and high water together across three seasons, Silver points out that he may be the closest friend Flint has left.
- Future Badass: Not only will he become of the badass of Treasure Island fame, he will become the only pirate that Captain Flint fears.
- Guile Hero: Oh so very much, although he's not quite as smart as he thinks he is (or rather, everyone else is just as smart or smarter than he is).
- Handicapped Badass: After the Season 2 finale, he is this. Special mention goes to what he did to Dufresne. After Dufresne insulted him for being a cripple, calling him a half-man, Silver brained him with a tankard and then proceeded to stomp him to death, making a point to use his steel peg-leg to crush Dufresne's skull.
- HeelFace Turn: While his morality has always been complicated, over the second half of Season 2 he gradually comes to care about the crew more than just himself.
- Hidden Depths: Glib and opportunistic for most of the show, by the last season it's clear that he's very deeply in love with Madi; ranking her safety above his own.
- Irony: In Season 2, he betrays Flint to Rackham for a larger share of the Urca gold, though he later abandons his claim to it in order to stay on the Walrus crew as Quartermaster. In Season 3, the Maroons trust him above all the other pirates not to betray them for money, the irony of which isn't lost on either Rackham or Flint.
- Laughably Evil: He's a complete scoundrel and unscrupulous manipulator, yet he gets away with his schemes half the time because of how he sells them and that he's just infectiously likable and personable. It helps that his schemes also tend to be pretty ridiculous.
- Lovable Coward: In the first season and a half. He's a good deal of fun, even if he does abandon his post and keep his head down at the first sign of the odds stacking against him. However, as the crew becomes increasingly loyal to him, he becomes increasingly loyal to them, and it starts to overpower his self-preservation instinct.
- Lovable Rogue: Silver gleefully declares himself an opportunist.
- Manipulative Bastard: When he speaks, chances are he's playing you for his own ends.
- Non-Action Guy: John Silver has never been a seasoned fighter. With the loss of his leg, he's not expected to take part in the Walrus crew's battles.
- Took a Level in Badass: In season 4 he's shown participating in combat quite effectively, even while using a crutch. It's eventually shown in flashback that Flint personally trained him in sword fighting to prepare him for the war.
- Not Distracted by the Sexy: Almost to the point of being asexual. Even during his initiation to the crew, which is a visit from five prostitutes all at once, he was far more interested in the page of the logbook he stole, and as far as he was concerned, the girls were little more than an inconvenience.
- Opportunistic Bastard: John Silver is a self described opportunist and will latch onto any chance to advance his position or at least keep himself from getting killed. When told that in a few months his usefulness will be gone and he will probably be killed he merely sees this as a time to make friends with his captors. Most of the other major characters have some sort of plan or goal they are working toward but Silver simply jumps at any opportunity that presents itself and goes where it takes him.
- Perma-Stubble: He starts off sporting this look, but during his months at sea on the Walrus he lets it grow out into a full-blown Badass Beard.
- Refuge in Audacity: His plans can be downright idiotic or suicidal, yet always manages to sell them with a lie or two. A prime example of it was when he was severely hated by the crew: He read daily updates for the crew about their status, sprinkled in with some rumor-mongering and gossip. He reminded the crew how much they disliked each other, and using that wormed his way into their trust. It helped that one of the crewmen fucked the dairy goat.
- The So-Called Coward: Ultimately becomes this; when Vane's quartermaster demands that he name ten Walrus men that he can convince to crew jump so they can sail away, abandoning Flint, Vane, and the other men ashore, he refuses, having come to realize that the men look to him because they feel he has their interest at heart. He endures several minutes of brutal torture that ultimately costs him his leg, and still refuses to give in.
- Undying Loyalty: To the men of the Walrus. This is best exemplified when he is below-decks with one of the ship's carpenters, patching up holes while the rest of the crew is trying to get the ship through a storm in one piece. The ship is hit hard, and a cannon traps the carpenter as water rushes in. Despite there being nobody there but him and the carpenter, Silver does everything he can to free the other man as the water-levels rise, and when he fails, he's reduced to desperate, anguished screaming as he tries and fails to pull the man above the water. When another member of the crew finally finds them, Silver is in the middle of a minor Heroic BSoD.
William "Billy Bones" Manderly
Boatswain of the pirate ship Walrus, Billy Bones is key to smooth operations on the ship, and is widely assumed to be the next quartermaster should anything happen to Gates. Billys belief in the righteousness of the pirate cause will be continually tested as hes drawn deeper and deeper into Flints plans for the future.
- Beard of Evil: Has grown one in the time-skip between Seasons 3 and 4, as well as becoming harder and more vicious, to the extent that he and his men attack Flint's outright over a disagreement as to who is in command.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: During the fight with Flint's crew near the end of Season 4, while Billy is gunning down pirates who have fallen into the water, he spares Ben Gunn, apparently as a show of appreciation for releasing him earlier when he was held captive by Flint and the others.
- Chekhov's Gun: Near the end of Season 2, Flint explains Billy's backstory: he was the son of anti-impressment activists before he was Press-Ganged into the Royal Navy, and later freed by the crew of the Walrus. At the end of Season 3, Billy wages a shadow war on Nassau using nothing but propaganda and precisely applied force. This seems somewhat out of character for him, until one remembers that Billy had been taught to do just that, ever since he was a child.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Is on the receiving end at the beginning of Season 2, courtesy of Captain Hume utilizing a technique learned from the Spanish, in which he's left exposed to the elements in a leather vest which is periodically soaked with water, causing it to constrict over a span of six days. Supposedly, on the seventh day, the vest will tighten to the point that it shatters the ribcage, puncturing internal organs.Hume: And on the seventh day, you'll rest. Who knew? They have a sense of humour."
- Doomed by Canon: He's fated to meet his end from illness as a paranoid old drunk after years of running from the remaining crew of the Walrus at the outset of Treasure Island.
- Alternatively, seeing as he washed up on Skeleton Island at the end, he'll be the maroonee instead of Ben Gunn.
- Gentle Giant: Towers over pretty much everyone else, and is pretty much the nicest guy on Flint's crew.
- Gone Horribly Right: He created "Long John Silver" as both a unifying power to be their King, and as a giant middle-finger to Flint in attempt to keep him from gathering any more power and authority. Needless to say, Billy created something which he couldn't even begin to hope to control and it gloriously backfired on him. John Silver was every bit as dangerous as the legend Billy invented.
- FaceHeel Turn: Billy simply couldn't get over his hatred of Flint, and one too many confrontations turned into him outright trying to murder Flint several times. In the end, he sides with Woodes Rogers, attempting to kill everyone he once called a friend, and meets a pathetic fate as depicted in Treasure Island.
- Never Found the Body: Apparently goes overboard in "VI.", with the strong implication that Flint pushed him, which is all but admitted to the next episode. He shows up again in Season 2.
- Nice Guy: One of the nicest in the entire show. This has most definitely changed in Season 4, owing to his role as a rebel leader. It shows most clearly in his leitmotif, when he arrives to reinforce Silver and Flint's attack on Nassau. It's darker than Vane's or even Blackbeard's.
- Not Quite Dead: Revealed in Season 2 to have survived his fall in to the sea (see above), having been picked up by the Scarborough and imprisoned by Captain Hume.
- Only Sane Man: Along with Gates and the rest of the crew, he thinks the Captain's plan is utterly insane and wants to get back to just raiding ships.
- Sanity Slippage: Over the course of the series, he goes from a genuine nice guy, to a jaded cynic, and finally a treasonous psychopath.
- The Storyteller: Being the most literate among the Nassau resistance, he takes up this role in Season 3 to create the legend of "Long John" Silver, playing him up as a boogeyman to spook the occupying British forces.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: He hates Flint for scheming against the crew, murdering Gates, and for in all likelihood having attempted to murder Billy himself. But he works with him because he believes Flint represents the best hope of defending Nassau and the pirates against the English. This breaks down during Season 4, with Billy outright ordering his men to attack Flint's when they argue over the proper course to take and who is in overall command. That said, he later leads his men to reinforce Flint and Silver when they attack Nassau directly.
- Torture Always Works: Subverted. Hume believes he's gotten Billy on his side by torturing him into submission, but all he really managed to do was convince Billy of the monstrosity of the British forces moving against Nassau, resulting in Billy siding with Flint despite his grudge against the man because he knows it's their best chance against the British.
- You Can't Go Home Again: He was Press-Ganged at a young age and forced into three years of indentured servitude, until the crew of the Walrus liberated him. When given the opportunity to face the man who'd pressed him, he killed that man where he stood. After that, Billy felt he could never return home as his father would not accept a murderer as a son.
Gates is the Walruss Quartermaster, elected representative of the crews interests, and a check on the power of the ships captain. Gates is by far the most senior member of the crew; he is loyal to Captain Flint to a fault and is very much aware hes playing a younger mans game.
- Bald of Awesome: Extremely bald, and rather awesome.
- Character Death: Flint snaps his neck when he puts The Plan in jeopardy.
- Death by Pragmatism: Is killed by Flint for attempting to abandon him when a Spanish warship shows up, which was not part of the plan.
- Forensic Accounting: When tasked with finding Silver and the missing logbook page, he spends most of the day following the appraiser. He knows that anyone who tries to sell such a valuable item on New Providence will request payment in easily transportable jewels and will call in the appraiser to make sure the jewels are real. By following the man who is going to handle the money, Gates can figure out who is involved in the transaction and where it is taking place.
- Honest Advisor: To Captain Flint. He tells him in no uncertain terms what the crew thinks of him and how tenuous his grip on leadership is, frequently calling him out for his actions.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Again, to Flint. He pretty much handles most of the more practical day-to-day business while Flint plots and dreams.
- Knuckle Tattoos: They read "HOLD FAST".
- Like a Son to Me: Says this word for word of Billy, which pushes him to defy Flint when the latter pushed Billy overboard to silence him.
- One Last Job: He views the treasure galleon as a chance at a final big score that will let him quit piracy on his own terms.
- Gates: You can't thieve forever.
- Only Sane Man: He'd likely make a better captain than Flint. He's practical, fair-minded and aware of the crew's needs.
- Tattooed Crook: He sports an impressive collection of tattoos, likely acquired over a lifetime of piracy.
- Villain Protagonist: At the end of the day, he's still a pirate.
The ship's accountant for the Walrus. His job is to add the prices of stolen goods and to make an account of the payments to be doled out to the crew.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He comes across as a bookish Non-Action Guy, who's understandably apprehensive about going into combat. After being drafted into the boarding party in the fifth episode, he ends up ripping a man's throat out with his teeth. Becomes even more pronounced in the Season 1 finale when of all the pirates, it's Dufresne who leads the crew's revolt against Flint and he even shoots Flint when Flint tries to ignore him.
- Demoted to Extra: After being a major presence in the first two seasons, season three sees him mostly appearing in the background of Hornigold's scenes, with several episodes missing him altogether. His only pivotal scene in the season is his final appearance, in which he appears out of nowhere, has a few lines, and gets quickly killed.
- The Evil Genius: He's the ship's accountant, and has more of an education than the other pirates.
- Heroic BSoD: Has a minor one when the crew fails under his command in taking a British merchant sailor as a prize.
- Important Haircut: After his first combat and promotion to Quartermaster, the crew has him shorn and tattooed as an "initiation."
- Jumped Off The Slippery Slope: Way back in Season 1, he was a dorky accountant and then a reasonable quartermaster. However, in Season 2, once he let his hatred of Flint get the better of him, he became increasingly slimy and self-centered, and by the third season, he really only cares about himself.
- Karmic Death: Is killed off in Season 3 by Silver. Dufresne let his personal hatred for Flint override his concern or loyalty for the Walrus crew and lead him to side with England. Silver took to his role as Quartermaster wholeheartedly, with his concern for the men trumping all else.
- Leader Wannabe: He temporarily unseats Flint as captain, but soon realizes that despite his brains, he simply lacks Flint's commanding presence and ability to keep a cool head under pressure. Much to his shame, he realizes that he simply isn't captain material and ultimately agrees to surrender the captain role and give it back to Flint for the sake of the crew.
- Man Bites Man: Pulls this the first time he goes into combat, killing his first opponent by ripping his throat out.
- Underestimating Badassery: Fatally underestimated John Silver.
A pirate and member of Captain Flint's crew. Despite losing his sanity during a fight, he has not lost the loyalty from the crew.
- Life-or-Limb Decision: His left leg is trapped beneath the Walrus's keel during a careening accident and there's no time to dig him out. Silver quickly throws Flint a cleaver.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Silver plays with the possibility that Randall's half-wit persona is entirely an act. If it's true, he's not revealing anything.
A pirate and ship's master on the Walrus. An extremely competent and knowledgeable sailor, DeGroot's job is seeing to the maintenance of the ship and advising on matters of sailing.
- Badass Bookworm: Despite being an ageing man whose primary strength is his intellect and experience, DeGroot is no pushover in a fight, and he is quite often in the thick of things.
- Boom, Headshot!: He takes a musket shot from Roger's troops during the evacuation of the Walrus in the penultimate episode.
- Ignored Expert: Quite often, such as the careening incident in Season 1, Mr. DeGroot's very sound advice is ignored, resulting in unnecessary deaths. This gradually decreases over the course of the series, to a point where John Silver treats DeGroot's word as the Bible.
- The Smart Guy: DeGroot has forgotten more about sailing a ship than most sailors will know in their lifetimes. When it comes to matters such as maintaining the ship, making the best use of the wind, or general seamanship, he is the man to go to for advice. At one point, when Madi asks Silver how one can know exactly how to perform a complex piece of seamanship, Silver's response is essentially, "Let DeGroot speak, and wait until he's finished."
- Tattooed Crook: He has a tattoo of a sea turtle on his neck.
A pirate and doctor on the Walrus. His job mostly involves him working on the injured crew after they take another ship.
- Bring My Brown Pants: Warns Silver that patients often loose their bowels during amputations.
- Combat Medic: On the Walrus.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: When Randall accuses Silver of thievery, Howell is in favour of killing Randall rather than missing out on his share of the five million dollar prize they stand to acquire with Silver's knowledge of the Urca's schedule.
A Japanese pirate aboard the Walrus.
- Black Viking: Joji is a Japanese swordsman and member of a predominantly white Caribbean crew in 1715, at a time when his home country was in self-imposed seclusion. That said, there were Japanese Catholics that settled in Mexico in the 17th century, so it is possible for Joji to be descended from them.
- Katanas Are Just Better: He seems to think so, and it's made clear in a throw-away scene that he has exacting standards for the sharpness of his blades.
- Mysterious Past: Other than being from Japan, we know nothing else about Joji.
- The Stoic: Joji always seems to have a grim frown on his face. The one exception is when Billy returns to the crew after being thought dead.
- Token Minority: He's the only Asian in the cast, likely Japanese, given his preference for katanas. How he got to the Atlantic is anybody's guess.
- Torture Technician: It's never seen, but Gates and Billy threaten Silver with a session with him. When Silver tells them it wouldn't help much, they reply "You haven't seen Joji work," implying he is very good.
- The Voiceless: He never says a word in any language, though appears to understand English well enough.
A pirate on board the Walrus, and one of the crew's most skilled fighters.
A pirate who serves on the Walrus under Captain Flint.
- Bald of Awesome: Being a pirate and all.
- The Big Guy: Is pretty big, and is the first one to charge into the merchant ship's hold.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Invoked. He wears a set of piranha teeth in battle to be intimidating, but actually has a normal amount of teeth.
- Scary Black Man: In battle at least, otherwise he's rather relaxed and playful.
A crew member for the Walrus, and the assumed next in line under Captain Flint. Singleton is fairly open about his dislike for the captain, and it's known that he is attempting to bring the majority of the crew to his side so he can replace Flint.
- Bald of Evil
- Boisterous Bruiser: Violent, angry and one of the best fighters on the crew. When he fights Flint for the captaincy, he favors a screaming hack-and-slash style in contrast for Flint's more graceful, educated style.
- Bludgeoned to Death: Flint kills him this way.
- Due to the Dead: Averted. After his death, the crew celebrate their incoming wealth and piss on his corpse.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: His face is covered in jagged scars, which suit his rather unpleasant personality.
- The Starscream: He plots to overthrow Flint and become captain. However, it's not as devious as many other examples of the trope. He makes it clear from the get-go that he wants to be captain, and he goes about it through the proper channels of getting crew support to make it happen.
- Starter Villain: Set up to be the rival to Flint who will oppose him at every turn, then Flint kills him at the end of the first episode.
Crew of The Ranger
Captain Charles Vane
Charles Vane is Captain of the pirate ship Ranger. Possibly the next great pirate captain on New Providence Island, he is known for his vicious temper as well as his tremendous financial success.
- Amazon Chaser: Of a sort. Though Eleanor isn't a fighter, she is an extremely strong-willed young woman, and Charles' hallucination of her in "IV" makes it very clear that it was her inner steel, her refusal to play the part of the weak little girl, that made him fall in love with her.
- Anti-Villain: Back in the first and second seasons, when he was still a villain, Charles Vane had standards that he didn't like breaking. He was disgusted with what his men did to Max, and made it clear that he only allowed it because he had no choice. He later had Jack put an end to it, although that "end" involved killing her, and it's not clear if he did so as a mercy or because he didn't want Eleanor to find out. Though he was as ruthless as Flint, he was not nearly as cruel as many of the other pirates, such as Ned Low.
- Badass Boast: Charles Vane is a veritable fount of these:
- Early in Season 1, simply introducing himself as "Charles Vane, of the Ranger" is enough to make an obstinate captain back down.
- In "XVI", after killing Richard Guthrie, Charles pins his plans for Nassau to Guthrie's dead body:"I was once a slave. I know too well the pain of the yoke on my shoulders and of the freedom of having cast it off. So I'm resolved, I will be no slave again. And as I am free, I hereby claim the same for Nassau. She is free today, and so long as I draw breath, she shall remain free. Richard Guthrie was engaged in an effort to see her return to the rule of a king, to see the yoke returned. He betrayed Nassau, and thus, as always, to traitors... I made clear the price for the girl (the Spanish man-o-war). You should have known me well enough to know, one way or another, I was going to claim it. And once I do, I'll be returning to Nassau to settle the rest of my accounts."
- Barbarian Long Hair: Charles Vane's long hair serves as an easy visual short-hand for him being more wild and savage than the rest of the pirates. The only pirates who have hair as long as his are his second crew, who are very much like him in temperament.
- Bastard Boyfriend: Subverted. At first, it seems like he was this to Eleanor, given how he hit her (after she hit him first) in the first episode and his generally vicious and uncompromising demeanor. However, it's made clear that he truly loved Eleanor, and both times they entered into a relationship with each other, she ended up using him and betraying him, breaking his heart in the process.
- Berserk Button: The mere mention of slavery of any kind results in a sharp Death Glare. When Jack tasks a group of slaves to fix up the Nassau fort, Charles damn nearly loses it and chews him out. But he ultimately, and very begrudgingly, relents knowing that the fort HAS to be fixed as soon as possible, and that Jack is as disgusted about it as he is.
- Big Bad: He was shaping up to be the first in the show, which was only reinforced when he decapitated Ned Low. However, as of the Season 2 finale, what with the threat of Britain taking center stage, he and Flint resolve their differences and ally against a common foe.
- Cigar Chomper: Usually seen with a cigar between his teeth.
- The Dreaded: Demonstrated when another captain sheepishly backs down from a confrontation as soon as Vane reveals his name.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Because of his Freudian Excuse, Vane despises slavers. In the Season 3 premiere, in response to a slave-ship captain throwing his cargo overboard, Vane brutally kills him by throwing him overboard as well. He even lampshades it, telling the captain that if he had known where Vane had come from, he would have made very different choices.
- Face Death with Dignity: Coupled with Defiant to the End. Charles refuses all attempts to get him to renounce piracy; when asked for final words, he delivers a speech to the crowd gathered to watch his hanging, urging them to fight British rule; tells the hangman to "Get on with it, motherfucker," and when the cart he's on begins to pull away, he makes a point of walking to the edge and jumping off instead of letting it be pulled out from under him.
- Freudian Excuse: Vane was raised a slave, and this fuels his desire to never be bound to servitude again, either personally, or on a grander scale of submitting to England.
- Full-Frontal Assault: Kills a man in episode seven while wearing nothing but sand.
- Genius Bruiser: Make no mistake, Vane may be an impulsive brute now and then but he is extremely intelligent, cunning, and observant, with a surprising capacity for eloquence. He was one of the few people who saw how vulnerable Eleanor's position was in Season 2, why Ned Low was dangerous to Nassau, why Flint had to be saved from the hangman of Charlestown, and eventually why he himself had to hang to rekindle Nassau's rebellious nature when everybody else thought it would have the opposite effect.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Bears a distinctive brand on his chest which marks him as a former slave labourer in Albinus' lumber camp.
- Guttural Growler: Has a very low, scratchy voice.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Especially in the first season, Vane was frequently on the verge of attacking everyone. He mellows out in the second season.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He has two: in "XXVI", when he, Flint, and Anne Bonny raid the convoy carrying Jack and a cache of gems to be shipped off to Havana, Flint leaves with the cache, but Charles stays behind to break Jack's chains. When he's shot and wounded by Woodes Rogers, and with colonial militia incoming, he orders Jack and Anne to flee while he stays behind to hold them off. Then, in "XXVII", as he is about to be executed with Billy about to stage a rescue attempt, Charles catches Billy's eye and signals him to stop, as he, unlike the rest of the cast, understands that his death is exactly what Nassau needs.
- Historical Domain Character: Charles Vane was a real person, and he was just as violent and psychotic.
- Historical Hero Upgrade: Downplayed. This Charles Vane is no hero by any means, but whereas his real-life counterpart was so pointlessly cruel that nobody, not even other pirates, wanted anything to do with him by the end of his career, this Vane is more ruthless than cruel. He'll kill anybody who gets in his way, and he won't feel a shred of remorse, but he won't go out of his way to Kick the Dog like his real-life counterpart did.
- Hollywood History: He kills Ned Low even though in real life Vane was hanged before Low became active. His backstory as a slave is also pretty unlikely, as Vane was born in England, almost certainly grew up there, and some accounts claimed to have been among the crowd at London's Execution Dock that witnessed the hanging of Captain William Kidd.
- Hot-Blooded: Vane can be rather temperamental, and has a tendency to not think before acting. However, when he manages to put a leash on these tendencies, he is capable of being extremely cunning.
- Inspirational Martyr: While Flint and Billy worry that his hanging would further demoralize Nassau's population and encourage the British, Charles himself turns out to understand his former pirate brothers a lot better. More shockingly, he also willingly goes to his death to move the town towards rebellion, refusing rescue when Billy gets into position.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Make no mistake, Charles Vane is a hard man who is, by his very nature, blunt and unyielding, even before one takes into account all the various acts of piracy. However, if you earn his friendship and loyalty, as long as you don't do anything to lose it, there are few better friends to have.
- Pet the Dog: After (just barely) defeating a Spanish marine, he not only gives the mortally wounded man a drink when asked, he compliments the man on his fighting ability. Also, Worthy Opponent.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He gives Eleanor one of these before he is set to be executed. When she makes him out to be the big villain and her the innocent victim, he calls her out on all the times she betrayed him first, and when she accuses him of taking away the father who loved her, he shoots right back with all the ample proof that her father never cared about her and that until shortly before she betrayed him (Vane), she never cared much for her father either.
- Sadistic Choice: He's given one in the Season 3 premiere. He's given a choice of keeping captured slaves and forcing them to work on Fort Nassau, or letting them go and letting the fort remain unrepaired, and Nassau defenseless. He chooses the former, and hates himself for it.
- Shipper on Deck: He finds Jack Rackham and Anne Bonny's relationship to be adorable.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Rackham, at first. They end up becoming like brothers as the show goes on. He also had this with Flint during their brief, brief partnership in Season 1, although by Season 3, their relationship has changed to one of mutual respect.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Spends much of his screentime stripped to the waist.
- Would Hit a Girl: When Eleanor punches him in the face, he doesn't hesitate to punch her right back.
- Would You Like to Hear How They Died?: Not so much out of malice as to shatter her illusion that her father cared about her, he tells Eleanor that Richard Guthrie died begging for his life, and offered up Eleanor's life in exchange for his own.
Rackham is the Quartermaster on the pirate ship Ranger, is the brains behind Captain Charles Vane's brawn, and in some ways even more dangerous than him.
- Agent Peacock: His foppish appearance and effete mannerisms tend to lead others to underestimate him or dismiss him entirely as a buffoon. He has, however proved time and again that he is very good at what he does.
- Brains and Bondage: Definitely seems to be among the most cunning of all the pirates and is seen engaging in bondage play with Anne in Season 1 (albeit unsuccessfully, as his current woes make him unable to perform).
- Brains and Brawn: The brain to Anne's brawn.
- Camp Straight: He's rather effeminate at times, but straight.
- Combat Pragmatist: He's not above throwing booze in a man's face as an opening move to a fight, or going for his pistol when he's outmatched in hand-to-hand.
- On another level, throwing the booze had a different purpose: the red wine staining the man's shirt and skin made it difficult to tell just how much he was bleeding from the first (and only) cut Jack inflicted, so by the time he realized that Jack had cut an artery, it was too late — Jack knew he'd only have to withstand the man for a few seconds after that first slice.
- Deadpan Snarker: Rackham tends to have some of the best lines.
- The Dragon: For Vane, when he was still his quartermaster.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Back when he was still Vane's Quartermaster, he was an able manipulator and very good at 'helping' Vane make decisions.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Like Vane, he despises slavery, though for different reasons (mostly relating to Anne). It doesn't stop him from resorting to Pragmatic Villainy to fix the fort using slaves when pushed into a corner, but he at least goes out of his way to make sure they're as treated as close to fairly as everyone else.
- Historical Badass Upgrade: He's significantly more clever than he really was. The real Jack Rackham was a foolish alcoholic who eventually got caught because he was too hammered to fight back, leaving Anne and Mary to fight alone. This Jack wouldn't make a mistake like that.
- Historical Domain Character: He's better known as 'Calico Jack' Rackham. However, this version of Jack Rackham is far more intelligent and competent than his real life counterpart, who was a raging drunk.
- Honest Advisor: As Vane's quartermaster, he wasn't afraid of Vane or of telling him the truth of their situation. This led to quite a bit of tension.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: To Vane, although it's a downplayed example. Really, it's not so much that he's any more intelligent or competent than Vane, he just has better impulse control, which is sometimes needed to rein his captain in.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Rackham's a talker and negotiator, while his lover Anne Bonny tends more toward solving problems with violence.
- Outlaw Couple: With Anne Bonny. Though they may argue and have their disagreements, and the business with Max in the second season made things touch and go for a while, the two are completely in love with each other,
- Phrase Catcher: People are always telling him "Fuck you, Jack!"
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: He has an impressive vocabulary which he takes every opportunity to flaunt.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: In Season 4, he's in full-blown revenge mode against Rogers' occupying force after Vane's execution.
- The Smart Guy: He's very proud of his wits, and very quick to point out that they are his greatest asset. He even invokes the part of the trope about being a weak fighter.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Being the smart one, he often finds himself in this situation.Idelle: Just how fucking stupid are your men?Jack: It's hard to say.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Vane, at first. They end up becoming like brothers as the show goes on.
Beautiful but cold-blooded, Bonny is Rackham's lover, and Vane's deadliest henchman. Her youthful looks mask a borderline psychopathic personality.
- Ax-Crazy: Anne is psychologically fragile, and while this can make her extremely endearing and vulnerable, it can just as easily switch to murderous rage at the drop of a hat.
- Badass Longcoat: She has one.
- The Brute: When she and Jack were still on Vane's crew, she was his muscle.
- Dark Action Girl: She's very handy with twin blades, and is extremely ruthless.
- Death Glare: She has a permanent glare from beneath her hat. It only drops when she's emotionally vulnerable.
- Dual Wielding: She carries a pair of swords which she wields with deadly efficiency.
- Eating the Eye Candy: At the end of Season 1, she stares at Max for quite a long time when she sees her naked.
- Even Evil Has Standards: She's visibly disgusted and upset when she sees and hears Max being raped and otherwise brutalized. When confronted by the fact that she's the one that turned Max over to the angry crew, her response is that she "only thought they'd kill you."
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Her back is heavily scarred from multiple floggings courtesy of her late husband.
- Historical Domain Character: Anne Bonny is of course a famous figure in piracy.
- Nice Hat: Anne is rarely seen without her hat, which shadows most of her face, and in fact only ever takes it off behind closed doors. We don't even see her entire face until well into the first season.
- The Lad-ette: She's more masculine then her flamboyant lover, Rackham.
- Living Emotional Crutch: Jack is hers. In the second season, when he seemingly abandons her for Max, she is devastated, and she becomes increasingly depressed in between bouts of violence.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: With Rackham. See The Lad-ette.
- Outlaw Couple: With Rackham. Though they may argue and have their disagreements, and the business with Max in the second season made things touch and go for a while, the two are completely in love with each other.
A respected captain on Nassau, and the warden of the fort that provides security for the bay.
- Adaptational Wimp: The real Benjamin Hornigold never really "retired" from piracy like his show counterpart did and never lost his ship (the Adventure Galley) to the very end. He stayed one of the most cunning and feared pirates of his time until the time he switched sides, at which point he just became a feared pirate hunter until his death.
- Arch-Enemy: His first was Charles Vane, who snuck into and overtook his fort at the end of Season 1. Flint joins the list when he promises to help Hornigold retake his fort, and then reneges on his promise, as does Eleanor.
- Butt-Monkey: During Season 2. Charles Vane has his fort, and every single one of Hornigold's attempts to get it back are shot in the foot by his own "allies."
- Character Death: After he's led into an ambush, he tries to ride down and kill Flint, only for Flint to shoot him with a musket.
- Cool Old Guy: During the first season, he's a grizzled old veteran who is, though authoritative, rather chill. It starts to wear away in Season 2 as his frustration over the lack of support for his attempts to retake the fort mounts.
- The Dog Bites Back: At the end of Season 2, after being stabbed in the back by virtually everybody on Nassau, Hornigold joins Dufresne in kidnapping Eleanor Guthrie and turning her over to Captain Hume of the Scarborough in return for pardons.
- Evil Wears Black: After swapping sides, he also swaps out his blue frock coat and white shirt for a black coat and dark blue-grey waistcoat.
- FaceHeel Turn: Switches sides at the end of Season 2.
- Historical Domain Character: Benjamin Hornigold was indeed a pirate and later pirate hunter who operated in the West Indies.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: In real life Hornigold, though ruthless, was one of the noblest pirates of Nassau known for his good treatment of prisoners and civilians and his mentorship of several other pirate Captains. He's a good deal more ruthless and conniving in the show, with a lot less scruples.
- Hunter of His Own Kind: After accepting the crown's pardons, he and Dufresne become pirate hunters under Woodes Rogers.
- Nerves of Steel: Whenever Hornigold is put into a fight, he is always eerily calm, and kills with calm precision.
- Nominal Hero: When he becomes a Hero Antagonist. Unlike Rogers, who is a reasonable man trying to restore order to the Bahamas, Hornigold is just as ruthless, selfish, and even cruel as the men he hunts. He just flies a different flag.
- Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Justified. During the first season, being an influential captain in possession of a fort, Hornigold doesn't do much pirating himself, and is content to sit in his chair overlooking the bay. During the second season, he didn't have a ship, and so was forced to sit around on the beach, trying to retake his fort.
The infamous pirate captain Edward "Blackbeard" Teach.
- Affably Evil: Impeccably and genuinely polite to most people, whether he's just asking for directions or is about to brutally kill you.
- Captain Colorbeard: The Trope Codifier.
- Badass Beard: Obviously.
- Defiant to the End: Even after being keelhauled three times, he spits blood at Rogers and laughs at him.
- The Dreaded: His piratical career has progressed to the point that the mere mention of his name strikes terror in honest men and pirates alike.
- Genius Bruiser: He is one, being both an extremely dangerous fighter and an excellent tactician, both militarily and otherwise. Also, he appears to only respect other genius bruisers, like Vane and Flint. He has no respect for Jack, despite his obvious wit and cunning, because he doesn't have the strength to back it up.
- The Gunslinger: Though all pirates use pistols, Blackbeard has a particular love for them. Whereas most pirates carry one pistol, maybe two, he carries a brace of four of them, and if given a choice, he'll default to pistols over swords even in the close-quarters fighting on a ship.
- Historical Domain Character: Edward Teach was probably history's most infamous pirate.
- Large and in Charge: He stands 6' 4", towering over pretty much everybody else. This is accurate to historical accounts which describe him as a very tall man.
- Like a Son to Me: He feels this way towards Vane, bearing him no ill will for his betrayal. He even claims that the only reason he walked away instead of fighting the coalition against him — which he seems confident he could have defeated — was because he didn't want to kill Charles.
- Made of Iron: See Rasputinian Death.
- Not in This for Your Revolution: In the Season 3 finale, he enters into a partnership with Flint, Rackham, and the Maroons to retake Nassau from Rogers. His previously stated position regarding the fate of Nassau — that he doesn't care about it — doesn't appear to have changed; he just wants revenge against Rogers and Eleanor for killing Charles.
- Rasputinian Death: Gets keelhauled three times, then gets shot through the head.
- Revenge: His motivation after Vane's hanging.
- Social Darwinist: As the quote suggests, he finds himself disgusted by the prosperity that the Urca gold and Flint's terror campaign have brought to Nassau, with crews that have only taken prizes by surrender without being tested and hardened in battle, and captains unfit to lead going un-deposed because their crews are comfortable.
- The Worf Effect: Retroactively put into place; Eleanor reveals that she earned the respect of the pirates of Nassau by forcing out Teach, specifically because he was the strongest of them, the one they all feared. Zig-Zagged in that he claims that despite Eleanor, Hornigold, and Vane conspiring against him, he chose to leave rather than kill his protégé.
- Tranquil Fury: He doesn't say a word when he learns of Vane's death. He barely even moves. But you can tell just by the look in his eyes that he's furious.
- Your Days Are Numbered: He's got a bit of shrapnel in his chest that's been making its way closer to his heart for years now. He refers to it as a "grim timepiece" that motivated him to go back on the account and seek out Vane's partnership.
A pirate of good reputation in Nassau; not much of a fighter, but a man who knows his sailingcraft. He becomes Jack Rackham's first quartermaster.
- Beta Couple: Goes steady with Idelle.
- Big Fun: Featherstone is a big guy, and quite jovial.
- The Creon: He's an able quartermaster who has his crew's respect, but he seems to have no interest in becoming a captain. After the conflict between Hornigold and Vane split his crew's loyalties, he left with most of his men, and his ship. Instead of setting out under his own banner, he went looking for another crew to join, and ended up in Jack's camp.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He does have a respectable position on Jack's ship, and he listens to his crew when he talks to them and tries his best (honestly) to make a workable solution for them. And eventually becomes Nassau's new governor after Rogers' defeat.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Though he's not as smart as Jack, he's got a good head on his shoulders, and like Jack, he becomes increasingly dismayed by the idiocy of his crew.
- Apologetic Attacker: When the captain of the Good Fortune surrenders without a fight, Low says that ordinarily he would return the favor and leave without killing anyone. Unfortunately, the captain has something Low wants, and he can't afford to leave witnesses.
- Ax-Crazy: Truth in Television: Captain Ned Low is to this day considered one of few pirates who genuinely lived up to the (frequently exaggerated) reputation of pirates being vicious, bloodthirsty maniacs.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has a distinct, intimidating scar over his right eye.
- Historical Domain Character: Edward Low was indeed a British pirate active in the Caribbean with a reputation for being uncommonly vicious and brutal by the standards of most pirates. His career started a bit later than it's portrayed here, though.
- Hollywood History: Vane kills him even though in real life his career began long after Vane was executed.
- Off with His Head!: Charles Vane decapitates him and leaves his head on a pike with a note below it in order to send a message. The note read, "I angered Charles Vane."
- Starter Villain: He seems to be set up as Season 2's Big Bad but is decapitated by Charles Vane in the third episode of the season.
A mysterious, scarred, and extremely dangerous outcast living among the wrecks of Nassau Island — until Silver brings him into the main plot.
- Composite Character: Of the historical figure (Blackbeard's second in command) and the Treasure Island character.
- Doomed by Canon: His ultimate fate of being killed aboard the Hispanolia by Jim Hawkins is a well-known element of the Treasure Island novel.
- The Dragon: He becomes Silver's.
- Drop the Hammer: When looting the bodies washed up on the shores of Nassau, he finishes off anyone still breathing with a blow from his hammer. He also uses it in combat, to deadly effect.
- Dual Wielding: A sword and a hammer.
- Lightning Bruiser: Fast enough to take on multiple armed men and kill them, strong enough to easily take down Berringer and Billy.
- Flint, however, easily take him down.
- Powerful Pick: Has used the sharp end of his hammer like a one-handed pickaxe.
- Scars Are Forever: Blackbeard shot him in the face. He still bears the marks.
Eleanor Guthrie is the beautiful and determined daughter of Richard Guthrie, the wealthiest black marketer in the Bahamas and the chief fence/supplier for the many pirate crews of New Providence Island. Left by her father to oversee all his dealings with the pirates in Nassau, she owns and operates the tavern on Nassaus main street. In contrast to her snooty, self-interested father, Eleanor dreams of building something lasting by making Nassau self-sufficient. She wields considerable influence, leading her to form a pact with Captain Flint that will either bring her dream of complete independence to fruition, or doom it entirely.
- Big Good: Is attempting to become this for Nassau. As it's a lawless island run by pirates, her results are mixed.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: She's managed to betray almost every other main character at some point — usually for understandable reasons, but she's definitely placing her own interests above her friendships.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: After suffering a grievous injury during a protracted struggle with a wounded Spanish soldier, she is found bleeding outside the Barlow house by Flint, who cradles her in her last moments.
- Establishing Character Moment: Being a walking Cluster F-Bomb.
- Fatal Flaw: Immaturity. As Vane points out, whenever somebody who cares for her ends up telling her hard truths, Eleanor ends up betraying that person for somebody who will tell her what she wants to hear. In other words, for a determined and intelligent woman, she can be very self-centered and childish, leading to her making decisions she ends up regretting.
- Guile Hero: Max learned from her. This is also why she and Flint get on so well and team up often.
- Hypocrite: Eleanor has a bad tendency to become enraged when others do things to her that she's done to them. For instance, in the first season, she promises Mr. Scott that she won't try to coerce Captain Bryson into giving her his cannons if he refuses to comply while planning to do just that. In other words, she looked him in the eye and lied to his face. When her father did the same thing to her, she got angry, not seeming to realize her own hypocrisy.
- It's All About Me: After learning about Scott's death and the survival of his wife and child, she goes from mournful to angry and self-pitying, lumping Scott in with her father, Vane and Flint as men who tried to use the trading empire she built to their own advantage and how that diminished her accomplishment. Nevermind that Scott was protecting his family and freeing slaves while Eleanor was acting as a glorified middle-man for the pirates and the loot they stole.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Can appear incredibly selfish but her concern is Nassau and she's incredibly loyal to those she loves, including Mr. Scott, Flint, Max, Madi and Woodes Rogers.
- The Lad-ette: Not to the same degree as Anne Bonny, but she's perfectly capable of meeting very uncouth men on their level and swears like a... pirate.
- Let Them Die Happy: Flint lies to her in her final moments, telling her that Rogers (her husband and father of her unborn child) wasn't with the Spanish when they invaded Nassau, something she has denied fiercely despite evidence to the contrary.
- Like a Son to Me: Both Flint and Mr. Scott treat her with almost paternal affection. In contrast to her real father.
- One of the Boys: Runs an island of pirates who are almost entirely men and commands their respect if not their loyalty.
- Self Made Woman: While most people think she simply inherited her father's empire, she claims that it was she and her mother that actually made the empire, leaving him to be the necessary male figurehead in the patriarchal world. In any case, after her father's empire crumbles, she quickly rebuilds her own in "VI".
- Spanner in the Works: To many of the plans the pirates make, as her concern is Nassau as a whole. Even after death, her memory and work in Nassau convinces her grandmother to step in and restore order.
Eleanor Guthries right-hand. Formerly Richard Guthries house slave, his loyalties will be put to the test as Eleanor allies herself more closely with Captain Flint.
- Honest Advisor: To Eleanor, whom he warns about making bad investments.
- Living a Double Life: As we find out in Season 3, he has a wife and daughter living in a secret location on an otherwise deserted island. His wife is the queen of the settlement there, and Scott sporadically sends her escaped/liberated slaves. All this is a total secret to his friends and associates.
- Number Two: He begins the series as Eleanor's right hand man. Eventually, after serving on Ben Hornigold's crew, he is promoted to Flint's quartermaster during their joint venture to retake Nassau's fort from Charles Vane. He stays on even after Flint and Hornigold's alliance is dissolved, only to be voted out in favour of John Silver.
- Only Sane Man: All Scott wants to do is keep the business stable, make some money, and minimize risk.
A smuggler and the richest black marketer in the Bahamas. Because of this, he has become a powerful and dangerous man.
- Character Death: Charles Vane has him crucified at the end of "XVI". in order to send a message to Eleanor.
- Cruel to Be Kind: His reasoning for conspiring against Eleanor with Captain Bryson and Mr. Scott is that Eleanor is going to get herself killed if he allows her to continue on her current course.
- Dirty Coward: By Vane's account, he died begging for his life and even offered Eleanor's life in exchange for his own. We have no way of knowing if this is actually true, but given everything that we've seen of him, this wouldn't be out of character for him.
- The Un-Favourite: He seems to occupy this spot among his siblings.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He has a huge chip on his shoulder about his father and brothers considering him a failure.
Max is a seductive, cunning, and cool-headed prostitute in the brothel on Nassau. In Eleanor Guthrie, shes found a kindred spirit, a lover, maybe even a savior, but when her aspirations and Eleanors begin to conflict, their relationship, and Maxs well-being, take a dark turn for the worse
- Ambiguously Gay: As a prostitute she is required to sleep with men, but has only had serious relationships with women, specifically Anne Bonny and Eleanor. Mrs. Mapleton even recruits Georgia to be Max's lover as Max will not sleep with men unless she is coerced into it meaning it is likely that Max is a lesbian.
- Ambiguously Brown: She's multiracial, possibly Haitian, and has a strange accent somewhere between French and Jamaican.
- Badass Boast: Max indulges in these frequently, often focusing on her sexual prowess.
- In Season 2, Jack brings out this trait in Max when they compete over Anne."I believe that somewhere, somehow, you have known that she has wanted this, needed this for a very long time. I am giving it to her. And now that she has it, it would be exceeding difficult for her to let it go. This upsets you, this threatens you. I am sorry. There is nothing you can do about it.""The conflict within her. I had it under control. Right until the moment you walked in on her and me, for that was the moment you began the competition between you and me. What is happening here, the three of us, it is only temporary. A state of denial until she finally makes a choice."In response to Jack's incredulity that Max could expect Anne to forsake a lifelong bond after sleeping with her for only a week, her only response is, "You'd be amazed what can change in a week in my bed."
- And in Season 3, she's still in fine form.To Anne: "I own a tavern, a brothel, a tanner, a butcher... interests in a dozen other concerns on the street. I am the one they come to here when they need things, want things, fear things. In another time and another place, they would call me a queen."To Woodes Rogers: "You say you want to be a friend of Nassau. Well, I am Nassau."
- In Season 2, Jack brings out this trait in Max when they compete over Anne.
- Born into Slavery: Her mother was a slave belonging to a wealthy landowner. Her father was the landowner.
- Closet Key: She serves as this for Anne figuring out she is bisexual.
- Lipstick Lesbian: In love with Eleanor, ends up bedding Anne quite frequently, and in Season 3 ends up in bed with a prostitute who looks a lot like Eleanor. Yes, she's had relations with men but being a prostitute it may have been no more than business, especially since she was being kept as a sex slave in the brothel.
- Ms. Fanservice: In case her cleavagey outfits and tendency to get nude didn't tip you off.
- Rape as Drama: She's kidnapped by Vane and 'punished' by locking her in a room and letting the entire crew rape her. This later happens again on the beach.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Max is incredibly articulate, especially for someone who wasn't allowed an education as a child, and she'll never use one word when ten will suffice. In scenes where she is paired with the equally gabby Jack, a simple question and response could stretch out for minutes.
- Sex Slave: Like other prostitutes in her establishment, she was a slave forced to work in the brothel. When Vane takes her prisoner, he keeps her as a sex slave for his crew.
A mysterious woman connected with Flint. It is hinted at that she is the motivation for his hidden agendas.
- Bookworm: Always reading. Captain Flint brings her books from the prizes he takes.
- Boom, Headshot!: She is Killed Mid-Sentence by Lord Ash's lackey Colonel Rhett in "XVII".
- Dead Person Conversation / Spirit Advisor: After her death at the end of Season 2, she appears to Flint to give him advice in his Dreams/Visions/Hallucinations.
- Declaration of Protection: Thomas Hamilton and James McGraw. She would do anything for them.
- Elegant Classical Musician: The first shot of her is when she is playing the virginal.
- Guile Hero: Seems to have had public affairs in order to hide her husband's sexuality.
- Happily Married: Despite Thomas' orientation, Miranda was more than happy in their marriage, accepted Flint with no small amount of glee, and remained in deep mourning for her husband ten years later.
- Incompatible Orientation: Zig-zagged with Thomas. They were Happily Married and loved each other but he was most likely gay and so could not satiate her sexual desires, leading her to have multiple affairs with other men. None of which he minded at all.
- Lady And A Scholar: Like her husband, she's very intelligent and spends much of her time reading or writing.
- The Lost Lenore: Becomes this to Flint. He dreams about her constantly and leads to him relapsing into a Sanity Slippage.
- Morality Chain: She and Thomas formed both ends of Flint's. With Miranda's death, said chain is finally destroyed and the English learn just how vital the Hamiltons were to containing Flint's wrath.
- Nice Girl: Respectful and kind to everyone. She's much better at understanding and working around people's prejudices than Thomas or James.
- Really Gets Around: Rumoured to carry on a bunch of affairs with men who were not her husband (Probably because he was gay), with Lord Alfred Hamilton even reprimanding her to "close her legs". Despite being a rumour, this may have well been true as she was confirmed to have sexual relations with Flint...she even manages to seduce and have sex with a pastor.
- Undying Loyalty: To Thomas and James. Her fierce devotion to Thomas is also what ultimately led to her death.
- Widow Witch: Thought to be one by many of the residents of New Providence. Local gossip pegs her as a Voodoo Priestess who raised Captain Flint as a Zombie and controls him with her magic.
- Worst Aid: While redressing Flint's chest wound, she comments that "whoever tied this bandage was either blind or drunk."Flint: I think both.
A prostitute on Nassau with a talent for extracting information from men. In the first season, she is the closest thing Max had to a friend, and in the second, she becomes Max's Number Two in the brothel.
- Ascended Extra: In the first season, she was just one of Max's colleagues, albeit the closest she had to a friend and the one with the most characterization. By the end of the third season, she had become a key member of Billy's conspiracy.
- Becoming the Mask: In a sense. She originally seduced Featherstone to get him to join Jack's crew, but as of the third season, though the precise nature of their relationship isn't clear, they have become at least somewhat closer, and she seems genuinely fond of him.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Max knows she's conspiring against the governor, but keeps her around anyway because that way she knows where the leaks are coming from.
- Honey Trap: She's an expert at getting people to give her information during sex.
- Number Two: From the time when Max becomes madam of the brothel at the end of Season 1 to when Mrs. Mapleton is reinstated as madam in Season 3, Idelle serves as Max's number two.
- Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: She knows this, but is still a little reserved when she sees her father.
- Disney Death: Apparently burns to death when the Barlow Estate is torched, but it's eventually revealed that she survived, only to be imprisoned by Woodes Rogers.
- Good Is Not Soft: She is a worthy successor to her mother for this reason.
- The Leader: Of the Maroons.
- Named by the Adaptation: Heavily implied that she will eventually become Silver's wife, who was unnamed in the Treasure Island novel.
- Politically Active Princess: Silver doesn't try to flirt with her to get her on his side when he first meets her, he appeals to her role as future leader.
- Relationship Reveal: We know she and Silver are friends, but don't realize they're lovers until a surprise post-coital shot.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Kind but strong and reserved.
- Young and in Charge: Easily commands the Maroon army and civilians. A source of some tension for her mother, who is nevertheless very supportive.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Both she and her mother.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Both she and her daughter.
The British Empire
The son of Lord Alfred Hamilton. Ordered to find a solution for the pirates of Nassau before the series began.
- Abusive Parents: What Alfred Hamilton did to him was horrific.
- Ambiguously Gay: Thomas was a good husband and loved Miranda, but he also seemed unable to satisfy her sexual appetite so she had affairs with other men, and he himself fell in love with Flint — calling him his "truest love".
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Always strove to right wrongs wherever he found them.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: What the Court and the Admiralty think of him.
- Driven to Suicide: After he was institutionalized by his father, faced with the crumbling of his plans for Nassau, and the prospect of never seeing James or Miranda again, he killed himself. Except he didn't, he ended up in Savannah, Georgia.
- The Gadfly: Miranda said Thomas would do this to get those around him to think.
- Gentleman and a Scholar: What draws him to both James and Miranda.
- Happily Married: To Miranda. Even if their sexualities didn't perfectly align, they were more than happy to stay together while also accepting Flint into their relationship.
- The Idealist: What inspired those around him, but led to his downfall.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Even Peter Ashe thought so.
- Intelligence Equals Isolation: His freethinking ideas cause him to be abandoned by his peers and even his family.
- The Lost Lenore: To Flint and Miranda.
- Morality Chain: One half of Flint's. It was Thomas' death that transformed James McGraw into the violently charismatic man that became Captain Flint.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Thomas may have died ten years before the series began, but he's still a crucial driving force behind the plot and everything Flint does against the British is done in Thomas' name.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: James certainly seems to think of him this way. Compassionate, outspoken, forward-thinking, and pacifistic, all traits that worked against Thomas in 18th-century England.
- Trauma Conga Line: His life went tragically wrong.
The newly-appointed governor sent to Nassau to stamp out Piracy in the Bahamas.
- Anti-Villain: He's really not a bad fellow; he offers mercy when he can, starting with a blanket pardon for any pirate that gives up piracy, tries to keep his word, and tries to govern Nassau with diplomacy and local support. He's only a "villain" in that he's the antagonist of the Anti-Hero pirate cast, and it's only Flint, Vane, and Rackham's continued piracy that forces his hand.
- Badass Bureaucrat: The royal governor, whose preferred method of dealing with the pirates is rooted in guile, diplomacy, and appealing to their instinct toward self-preservation, but an asskicker as well. During the battle on the road, he's able to fight off Jack Rackham while the latter is trying to strangle him with his chains, gets out onto the back of his carriage to participate in a running gun battle, survives his carriage toppling over while he's still hanging on off the back, and despite being bloody and battered, gets up, shoots Vane, and nearly clubs him to death. Furthermore, he actually survives a one-on-one with Teach, going so far as to score first blood before his men interfere.
- Big Bad: For Seasons 3 and 4.
- Did Not Think This Through: While his plan to reach out to the Spanish for help was understandable, if desperate, he neglects to negotiate for the lives of the people of Nassau he wants spared. Not only does it allow the governor of Havana to give his men free rein in Nassau, his wife Eleanor Guthrie dies of her wounds shortly after being attacked by a Spanish marine.
- Famed in Story: His career as an explorer and privateer, and his autobiographical book detailing his adventures has made him something of a celebrity.
- Fatal Flaw: He's a little too Hot-Blooded for his own good. Almost all of his actions, while smart, are the results of impulsive decisions. While he can see five steps ahead, he can't see ten steps ahead. Nearly everything he does bites him in the ass.
- Fate Worse than Death: When he is defeated in the end of Season 4, Jack doesn't have him keelhauled. Instead, Marion Guthrie buys up his debt and forces a default, making all of his failures a matter of public record. To add insult to injury, Jack personally helps draft the affidavit to ensure it's as humiliating an experience as possible while forcing him to sit through every single audit to make sure he knows his life and future are over. It's to be noted in real life something similar happened but in the end Rogers's debts were forgiven and he served a second term as Governor of the Bahamas, though his health would remain frail and he'd die a few years into his term.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a jagged scar down the left side of his face which he received in the same battle that claimed his brother's life.
- Historical Domain Character: Woodes Rogers was a prominent figure during the later years of the Golden Age of Piracy.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He comes off as a smug aristocrat, but he's genuinely a good person who wants to help the people of Nassau, including the pirates. He's extremely reasonable with everyone he deals with. Unfortunately, Flint forces his hand one too many times.
- Made of Iron: He survives having his carriage overturned while hanging onto the back of it, and is still able to get up and club Charles Vane half to death.
- Minored in Ass-Kicking: He's a politician and manipulator first and foremost, but damn can the man fight. He was almost dead even against Charles Vane, bested Blackbeard, and damn near killed Flint if Jack hadn't jumped into the fray.
- My God, What Have I Done?: His reckless involvement of Havana's navy resulted in Nassau getting razed, with many of her people ending up brutally butchered, raped or both. His reaction is nothing short of abject horror.
- No Social Skills: While he tries to play up the image of a suave and sophisticated gentleman always in control, he can be a little awkward in social situations and is regarded as somewhat shy. During his first face-to-face meeting with Flint, he practically blushes when the pirate praises his intellect.
- "Not So Different" Remark: Rackham believes this about the two of them, but Rogers doesn't seem to agree. Played straighter with Flint; it's all but acknowledged that Woodes Rogers is exactly the same as Flint, aka James Mcgraw, used to be, minus the personal tragedies. Even their tactics are the same, as Rogers actually ends up starting his campaign with the very same blanket-pardon Flint worked so hard to make possible in London.
- Sanity Slippage: After the death of his wife, he completely falls off the deep end and becomes utterly savage in nearly all actions. To say nothing of the fact that he outright starts hallucinating and behaving erratically - all signs of a psychiatric break.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: After suffering a personal tragedy, completely gone is the decent and honorable man he used to be.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Though Rogers is more than capable of putting his foot down when needs be, he is willing to give his employees and subjects the benefit of the doubt, and he will always try to keep his word whenever possible.
- Villain Team-Up: With the governor of Havana, to help quel the pirate rebellion. Bonus points for the governor being the brother of the Spanish captain Rogers killed in revenge for his own brother. He later teams up with Billy in an attempt to land a finishing blow to Flint and Silver.
Woodes Rogers's new second in command who elected to remain in Nassau when the fleet was recalled.
- A Father to His Men: One of his most sympathetic traits is that he cares greatly for each and every one of his men.
- Anti-Villain: Though a bit more harsh, uncompromising, and vengeful than his boss, like Rogers, he's technically one of the good guys, trying to rid England of the pirate menace, even though his motivations are a bit more personal.
- Ax-Crazy: Is regarded as a fanatic by pretty much everyone but Rogers. Hell, in his introductory episode, it's revealed he mutinied against his admiral because they were pulling out of Nassau. In battle (and show), he's also shown to be exceptionally brutal.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Or rather, the strong cannot understand the weak. Berringer's greatest weakness is that he cannot understand why repeatedly enforcing fear and oppression won't solve the problems in Nassau, and will in fact lead the people to rise up against him.
- Fatal Family Photo: "XXXI" opens with him wistuflly viewing a locket containing pictures of his wife and child. The episode ends with Israel Hands cutting his throat, and the bloody locket falling into the dirt.
- Good Is Not Soft: As evidenced by his page quote, coupled with He Who Fights Monsters and Pay Evil unto Evil. He believes that to fight the pirates of Nassau, one must be willing to sink to their level to do it. He reacts to pirate savagery with savagery of his own, and he gets started on trying and executing the prisoners his men had taken as soon as possible. Soon after we see Berringer's methods for ourselves, Bones tells Flint that Berringer's ruthless tactics were enough to completely negate Billy's terror campaign simply because people were more scared of him instead.
- It's Personal: He clearly cares for his men, and the whole reason he refused to return to England was so that he could stay behind and force the pirates to pay for slaughtering and mutilating his friends at the end of Season 3.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Though he's a hard bastard, he's loyal to Woodes Rogers, giving him advice and encouragement in the face of a dangerous mission, and he clearly cares for the family he has home in England.
- Slashed Throat: How he meets his end at Israel Hands's... hands.
- Smarter Than You Look: Though he's something of a blunt instrument, and he doesn't play the long game like other characters do, he's not stupid. Instead of trusting someone who has a history of having her own agenda, he uses threats and coercion to ensure Max's cooperation. When he discovers Silver is still alive, he wastes no time in sending a full detachment of soldiers to find him, and when he lays a trap for the pirates, he makes sure he has a backup plan, and if they hadn't received two separate waves of reinforcements, he would have won.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He's only around for three episodes, and it's only in his last episode that we start to learn something about him, namely his personal philosophy and the fact he has a family, and start to sympathize with him.