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The Black Pearl

Captain

    Jack Sparrow 
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    Barbossa 

First Mate

    Gibbs 

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Other Crew Members

     Pintel & Ragetti 

Pintel & Ragetti

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Played By: Lee Arenberg (Pintel) & Mackenzie Crook (Ragetti)

An inseparable pair of pirates who crew on the Black Pearl under both Barbossa and Jack. Their personal incompetence and bizarre personal quirks result in their mostly providing comic relief (they're genuinely menacing precisely once in the series — in their first appearance facing off against the Governor's unarmed staff and an untrained Elizabeth. Against anyone else, they're way out of their league).


  • Anti-Hero: They're marauding pirates concerned only with their vices, but at the same time, they won't go out of their way to be assholes, and have some standards.
  • Bald of Evil: Pintel's top of the head lacks hair, and he's at the very least a bit meaner than Ragetti.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: The two of them may be ditzy and comical, but neither is to be messed with in a fight.
  • Butt-Monkey: Ragetti, whenever his wooden eye is lost or injured.
  • Catchphrase:
    Pintel: 'Ello, poppet.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Ragetti's wooden eye is more important than one would guess.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Ragetti knowing how to speak "As to a lover" to free Calypso from her human form.
  • Churchgoing Villain: Played for Laughs. They both become religious starting in the second movie because they've been Brought Down to Normal. According to Ragetti, "We've got to take care of our immortal souls!" Pintel promptly points out that pretending to read the Bible (they’re both illiterate) is cheating, which is a sin.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Ragetti's a mild example with his talk of spiritual holiness, random poetical musings, and happiness when wearing a pretty dress.
  • Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are: As they look for Elizabeth in her home.
    Pintel: We know you're heeeere, poppet.
    Ragetti: Poppet.
    Pintel: Come out... and we promise we won't hurt you. We will find you poppet. You've got something of ours, and it calls to us. [notices the closet Elizabeth's hiding in] The gold calls to us. [peeks inside the closet] 'Ello, poppet.
  • Companion Cube: Ragetti's wooden eye, which is also Barbossa's Piece of Eight.
  • The Ditz: Both of them, though Ragetti will occasionally have moments of surprising intelligence.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Even if Pintel does lash out at Ragetti sometimes, the two quite clearly care about each other. Supplementary material says that Ragetti is Pintel's nephew.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Though Pintel is the more evil of the two, he sticks to the code, and rebuffs Ragetti when he says they should just kill Elizabeth after she's already invoked the right of "Parlay." He begrudgingly does it again when Jack invokes it, but his patience eventually runs out and he threatens to kill any member of Sparrow's crew who tries to invoke the right again.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Murtogg and Mullroy, their counterparts in the Royal Navy.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Ragetti gets one in the third movie after giving Barbossa his wooden eye.
  • Fat and Skinny: Pintel's portly, while Ragetti's skin and bone.
  • Genius Ditz: Ragetti seems to be a lot smarter than he looks, and to know a lot more about science, literature, and the supernatural than any illiterate eighteenth-century pirate by all rights should. Not only does he know how to pronounce Kraken, its animal classification ("Actually, it's a cephalopod!") despite the term not even existing back then but knows it's linguistic roots in old Scandinavian! How does he know these things?!
  • Hat Damage: Pintel shoots Lieutenant Gillette's hat off during the first film.
  • Hazy Feel Turn: Sort of. They're still pirates, but compared to how they were portrayed in the first movie, they've both mellowed out considerably. At the beginning of the second movie, they even talk about reading the Bible (despite being illiterate) and becoming "good men" because they barely avoided an appointment with the gallows. Though, despite their claims to have changed, they're not above going back to treachery and murder for a quick profit.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: You'll never see one without the other- it's been suggested they're great friends. The manual says Pintel is Ragetti's uncle.
  • Hyper-Awareness: Ragetti states everyone's reasons for wanting the Dead Man's Chest, despite not being present for half the events, nor having any way he could possibly have known about them.
  • I Fight for the Strongest Side: They'll gladly follow their Captain's orders, or the orders of whoever happens to be Captain at that particular given moment. It's lampshaded in the third film, where after stealing the Black Pearl for Barbossa they comment they'd feel better about betraying Jack if Barbossa showed them the map to the Fountain of Youth, only to find out that Jack removed the relevant part of the map. Since they don't show up in the next film, it's safe to say they bailed.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Subverted for the most part. Though Ragetti's not all that evil without someone else to egg him on. Pintel is pretty evil, but isn't too bright.
  • The Peeping Tom: In Sao Feng's bath house, Ragetti peeks under Elizabeth's skirt through a hole while he's under the floor she's standing on. He tries to let Pintel have a look, but Pintel only gets to see a huge-bellied man. In a deleted scene of the first movie, the duo spy on Elizabeth while she's getting on the dress Barbossa gave her. Noticing this, she pokes Ragetti's wooden eye out through the hole in the cabin's wall.
  • Pet the Dog: After Elizabeth lies that Jack sacrificed his life so the surviving crew can escape, both Pintel and Ragetti are touched by the idea Jack would do that and mourn his death. They even volunteer to help resurrect him despite being warned of the dangers the journey entails and with no, initial, reward expected.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Most of their scenes are about comedy, such as the parlay gag or the church going villains thing.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Pintel's first line is a "Hello, chum" before shooting Governor Swann's butler dead.
  • Son of a Whore: Ragetti, whose mother is a prostitute and Pintel's sister.
  • The Southpaw: Ragetti is left-handed.
  • This Index Is Highly Improbable: How they managed to tightly tie themselves upside down to a mast of a ship and to escape from it in a small amount of time by themselves is questionable and illogical.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: They're a pair of villains always seen in each other's company, and sometimes provide exposition or unexpected wisdom, usually from Ragetti.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Jack privately regards the two as the most expendable crewman, and Pintel and Ragetti show more loyalty to Barbossa rather than Jack. They also have this relationship with Elizabeth and Will as they try to escape Isla Cruces with the titular Dead Man's Chest, and later share swords to fight against the Kraken.
  • The Un-Favourite: Pintel. Barbossa is shown in the third movie to trust Ragetti with safeguarding his Piece of Eight. Pintel, on the other hand, he once shot to check if they were still immortal.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Pintel never wears a shirt but it's not fan service.
  • Weapon of Choice: Pintel favors a double-barreled pistol as his main weapon.
  • Wild Card: Like Jack, they'll ally with whoever's convenient. Unlike Jack, they generally don't have the smarts to swing things in their favor aside from generally surviving.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: They're last seen At World's End, having rejoined Barbossa's crew but there's no mention of them even when Barbossa appears in future movies.

     Cotton 

Cotton

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Played By: David Bailie
Appears in: Tales of the Code Wedlocked | The Curse Of The Black Pearl | Dead Man's Chest | At World's End

Gibbs "He's a mute, sir. Poor devil had his tongue cut out, so he trained the parrot to talk for him. No one's yet figured how."

A pirate with no tongue. The parrot over his shoulder speaks for him; he supposedly trained it to do so, although this is likely untrue.


  • Mauve Shirt: Enough is known about him to give him his own character sheet, but little else, to the point that the parrot is more of a character.
  • Noodle Incident: No one's sure how he taught his parrot to talk, since he can't speak.
  • Pirate Parrot: He is the only one to have a parrot on his shoulder. It speaks for him.
  • Polly Wants a Microphone: The parrot talks for him, but no one but Gibbs knows what its talking about.
  • The Speechless: On account of lacking a tongue.
  • Tongue Trauma: It was cut off for some reason. Tales Of The Code: Wedlocked reveals it's so he wouldn't tell Captain Teague that another pirate accidentally shot the Pirates' Codex.

     Marty 

Marty

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Played By: Martin Klebba

A dwarf pirate hired in Tortuga. He has the best sight among the pirates and often serves as the lookout.


  • Mauve Shirt: Same as Cotton, he's just a memorable crewmember.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: The guy can put up quite the fight and if he can't take someone on physically, then they can expect to have a large gun pointed at them next.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: He seems to have a thing for big guns like cannons and blunderbusses. Due to his pint size, this causes him to fly backwards because of the recoil. He manages to get control of the recoil by the maelstrom battle.

     Jack The Monkey 
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Appears in: The Curse Of The Black Pearl | Dead Man's Chest | At World's End | On Stranger Tides | Dead Men Tell No Tales

Barbossa: "Why thank ye, Jack."
Jack Sparrow: "You're welcome."
Barbossa: "Oh, not you. We named the monkey Jack."

The Black Pearl's mascot/pet monkey.


  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Or not, considering his malevolence towards Jack Sparrow.
  • Ghost Pirate: The only crewmember of the Pearl to remain in this state permanently. The Stinger of the first movie shows him swimming back to the Aztec Gold and taking a piece for himself. But as of Dead Men Tell No Tales the curse may have been broken and restored him to mortality.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite endlessly trolling and screwing around with Jack, he DOES raise his hand when the (human) Jack Sparrow asks whether anybody legitimately missed him.
  • Living Forever Is Awesome: One possible explanation as to why he decided to re-curse himself.
  • Maniac Monkeys: Highly intelligent and mischievous to the point of being malicious.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: He's an undead pirate monkey, who has been trained to sneak and steal the cursed medallions making it sort of ninja-like. No robot part for the moment, unless the franchise goes steampunk in the future.
  • Oh, Crap!: When he tries to scare Elizabeth a second time in his undead form, he sports a look of apprehensive dismay just before she throws him overboard.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: He's an undead monkey.
  • Phrase Catcher: "Thank you, Jack."
  • Pirate Parrot: He was Barbossa's pet, and stuck around following his master's resurrection. He becomes one for Sparrow at the end of the fifth film after Barbossa's Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: He hates Jack Sparrow and goes out of his way to annoy him at least once a film. Sparrow shoots him for fun. This continues even after Barbossa dies again in the fifth film.
  • Team Pet: To the Black Pearl.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Like Barbossa, Jack seems to have grown out of his hate for human Jack, being one of the individuals that raised his hand when Sparrow asks if anyone saved him just because they missed him.
  • We Named the Monkey "Jack": Trope Namer. Barbossa named him 'Jack' to spite Sparrow after he and his crew betrayed him. Ironically, he becomes Sparrow's pet monkey in Dead Men Tell No Tales, though they still annoy each other.
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The Cursed Crew

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The Cursed Crew

Jack Sparrow's original crew of The Black Pearl who mutinied against him, and shortly after found a chest of cursed Aztec gold.


  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: The three pirates who fight Will during the Final Battle: Weatherby (big and bald), Monk (lean) and Jacoby (short).
  • Cursed with Awesome: The Aztec gold cursed them into being undead. It gives them a great advantage in battle, but they can't feel or taste anything.
  • Dirty Coward: The moment they lose their immortality, they immediately surrender to the Royal Navy crew whom they were earlier killing gleefully. And earlier while they're all still immortal, they are about to mutiny against Barbossa, but when he unsheathes his sword and calls forth any man who wishes to challenge him, everyone is demoralized.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: There are both white and dark-skinned people onboard.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Implied to be the main reason they mutinied against Jack. They apparently thought him weak and soft for being less bloodthirsty. It might also have something to do with Jack's eccentricity, with which his new crew from Dead Man's Chest has become begruntled along with their lately lack of loot under Jack's leadership.
    Jack: What say we run up a flag of truce, I scurry over to the Interceptor, and I negotiate the return of your medallion, eh? What say you to that?
    Barbossa: Now you see, Jack, that's exactly the attitude that lost you the Pearl. People are easy to search when they're dead.
  • Ghost Pirate: Thanks to the cursed Aztec gold they stole, they're trapped in a state between life and death, rendering them unable to die. The moonlight reveals their true forms as skeletal zombies.
  • Greed: They went after the treasure of Cortés, dismissing the tales of the curse as superstition. They then started wasting the gold on food, beverages and "pleasurable company", only to realize that the curse rendered them unable to slake their desires.
    Barbossa: Compelled by greed, we were, but now... we are consumed by it.
  • Implacable Man: While cursed, they can survive whatever's thrown at them, unless they're blown up. They do however still seem to feel pain of mortal blows, especially when out of the moonlight.
  • Jerkass: They're among the most vulgar and unscrupulous people in a setting of pirates and corrupt officials. They disliked their former Captain Jack's eccentricities and less violent ways so much that only Bootstrap Bill Turner had qualms about overthrowing him. They don't even have a shred of what little honor and manners Barbossa has.
  • Keystone Army: They're unstoppable thanks to the curse, but as soon as they lose their immortality while fighting Norrington's soldiers, they lose their morale and surrender.
  • Leave No Survivors: They have a reputation of never leaving survivors, but Jack lampshades the contradiction of this by asking where the stories about the Black Pearl and her fearsome crew come from. There are plenty of survivors left in Port Royal thanks to Elizabeth bargaining with Barbossa to cease the assault.
  • Never My Fault: When Elizabeth's blood doesn't lift their curse, they start placing the blame for their misfortunes on Barbossa's leadership, ignoring that they chose to join in his mutiny against Jack, follow him to Isla de Muerta and carry out his order to sink Bootstrap Bill, hindering their efforts to lift the curse.
  • No-Sell: Will cuts down Jacoby and another pirate during the attack on Port Royal, but both shrug their injuries off thanks to the curse.
  • Rape, Pillage, and Burn: They've got a reputation of preying on ships and settlements mercilessly in their efforts to locate all the 882 Aztec gold pieces they wasted foolishly. They indeed viciously assault Port Royal in the first part of the movie because the gold piece Elizabeth had calls to them. Eight years before that, they've sank a merchant vessel carrying young Will onboard.
  • Sense Loss Sadness: The reason they want to get rid of the curse is because they're unable to enjoy food, beverages and "pleasurable company" anymore.
  • Shrouded in Myth: By the time of the first movie, the crew is told to be damned and never to leave survivors. Some people don't believe in their existence before facing them.
  • The Starscream: All of them betrayed (minus Bootstrap Bill) Jack without any provocation.
  • Storming the Beaches: The first crewmembers introduced are beaching to ransack Port Royal.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: There are several pirates that fight in pairs. They are:
    • Pintel and Ragetti
    • Koehler and Twigg
    • Grapple and Mallot
    • Weatherby and Jacoby
  • Treasure Room: They have one in the caverns of Isla the Muerta, filled with loot from a decade of plundering. The reason their treasure is as big as it is stems from their inability to enjoy anything they can buy with it. They have every intention to spend it after the curse is lifted though. The sequel reveals that the treasure was lost when the island was swallowed into the sea.
  • Villain Has a Point: They blame Barbossa's decisions — sailing after Cortés' treasure and sinking Bootstrap Bill before they could have his blood — for their misfortunes after Elizabeth's blood fails to break the curse. There is blameshifting in the play, but a crew's effectiveness and actions are dependent on that of its decisive captain. In the end, Barbossa's decision to listen to Jack's manipulations ends with the cursed crew being left at the mercy of the Royal Navy when the curse is lifted.
    Koehler: [to Barbossa] Every decision you've made has led us from bad to worse!
  • Walk, Don't Swim: By Barbossa's order, they walk along the ocean floor to reach the HMS Dauntless undetected.
    Barbossa: Gents! Take a walk!
    Jack: Not to the boats?
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: With the exception of Barbossa, Pintel, Ragetti, and Jack the Monkey, they do not appear after the first film. It's safe to assume they were hanged for piracy by Norrington.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Only someone who can fully enjoy being unable to be killed by anything as well as unable to take pleasure in the simple sensations of life.
    Koehler: [to Jack] You know nothing of Hell.

    Bo'sun 

Bo'sun

Played By: Isaac C. Singleton Jr.

  • Bald of Evil: Has not a single hair on his head and not a single scruple in his mind.
  • Bitch Slap: Bo'sun does this to Elizabeth when she's brought on board the Black Pearl.
    Elizabeth: I am here to negot — [gets slapped and is shaken]
    Bo'sun: You will speak when spoken to.
  • The Dragon: Bo'sun serves as this to Barbossa as his first mate.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: He has the deepest voice of the crew, making him all the more intimidating.
  • Nonchalant Dodge: Does this when Gillette swings a pulley at him.
  • Psychotic Smirk: When he saddles Pintel and Ragetti with dressing up as women as a distraction.
  • Savage Piercings: Bo'sun has some around his eyes.
  • Scary Black Man: The largest member of the crew with African ancestry, and given his position in the crew, he means business.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Bo'sun is shown to have a low opinion about Pintel and Ragetti. He eye-rolls when he sees them with umbrellas, and when Elizabeth's blood proves to be inadequate for lifting the curse, he quickly blames the duo for bringing the wrong person. He also makes them to wear dresses in order to distract Norrington's men.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Wears nothing but a belt over his torso.
  • Whip It Good: In the video game The Legend of Jack Sparrow, Bo'sun engages Jack and Will in a boss battle with a flaming whip.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He slaps Elizabeth in his first appearance when she attempts to speak on her behalf.

    Koehler 

Koehler

Played By: Treva Etienne

  • An Axe to Grind: Wields an axe in his duel with Norrington.
  • Beard of Evil: He has a goatee.
  • Dreadlock Warrior: Koehler is a dreadlocked pirate with a Jamaican accent, and he duels Commodore Norrington himself.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Twigg and Koehler are hardly seen apart from each other. Koehler's death upon the lifting of the curse dismays Twigg so much that he surrenders first.
  • Mortality Ensues: Koehler is stabbed by Norrington right after the curse is lifted, killing him.
  • Neck Lift: Koehler grabs Jack's neck through the prison bars, showing him the curse as his arm (Koehler's) turns to bone and rags in the moonlight.
    Jack: "So there is a curse."
    Koehler: "You know nothing of Hell."
  • Scary Black Man: Though not as tall and muscular as Bo'sun, Koehler is a black-skinned and ruthless pirate.
  • Spiteful Spit: Does this when he meets his former captain Jack for the first time in ten years.
  • Villainous Friendship: Koehler is never seen far from from Twigg. His death dismays Twigg so much that he first surrenders to the British Navy.

    Twigg 

Twigg

Played By: Michael Berry Jr.

    Jacoby 

Jacoby

Played By: Vince Lozano & John DiMaggio

  • Beard of Evil: He has a long braided black beard with lighted fuses as an obvious homage to the infamous Blackbeard (who does appear in a later movie).
  • Famous Last Words: "No fair!"
  • Giggling Villain: Jacoby really enjoys tossing those mini-bombs.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Jacoby is blown up with one of his own bombs.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Along with Weatherby and Monk before Will lights one of Jacoby's bombs and he and Elizabeth push the three pirates out of the light so they can't get to the bomb before it goes off.
  • In the Back: Will takes Jacoby down (though he gets back up) during the attack on Port Royal by throwing an ax into his back.
  • Mad Bomber: Jacoby primarily uses grenades.
  • Nice Hat: He has a peculiar red headgear.
  • Oh, Crap!: Lets out a whimpery "No fair!" when he finds himself about to be blown up from the inside with one of his own bombs.
  • Troll: When Will throws a hatchet into his back, Jacoby pretends to die, but he later reveals himself to Will to confuse the blacksmith who doesn't yet know about Jacoby's immortality.
  • Wicked Cultured: Downplayed. In the scene in which the crew is first shown in their skeletal forms, Jacoby is playing an accordion to entertain the crew.

    Grapple 

Grapple

Played By: Trevor Goddard

    Mallot 

Mallot

Played By: Brye Cooper

  • Beard of Evil: A thin one kept together with a bead.
  • Drop the Hammer: Mallot's known for the cooper's mallet he carries with him.
  • Nice Hat: He wears a grey tricorne.
  • Wicked Cultured: Downplayed. In the scene in which the crew is first shown in their skeletal forms, Mallot is playing a violin to entertain the crew.

    Weatherby and Monk 

Weatherby and Monk

Played By: D.P Fitzgerald and Michael Earl Lane

  • Bald of Evil: Weatherby is bald.
  • Beard of Evil: Monk has a beard.
  • Butt-Monkey: Monk serves as this during the final duel in the cave; he gets one of his swords stolen by Jack, shoved into a pool of water by Jack and Will (individually), spends most of the duel trying to get his head out of a bucket, and once he manages to get his head out of the bucket, gets hit in the face by Elizabeth.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Will and Elizabeth run a gaff through both of them as well as Jacoby when they're all skeletal. They then place a bomb inside Jacoby and push the three pirates out of the moonlight before they can throw the bomb away and avoid being blown up.
  • Tattooed Crook: Weatherby has facial tattoos.
  • The Brute: Weatherby, along with Bo'Sun and Dog-Ear, is one of the tallest members of the crew and is pretty tough.
  • The Quiet One: Weatherby does speak when the pirates first land in Port Royal, though he's hard to hear, and Monk never speaks at all.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Often stand next to or near each other in crowd shots, they form a Terrible Trio with Jacoby during the battle of Isla de Muerta though it is mostly just Jacoby and Weatherby since Monk spends most of the battle with his stuck in a bucket.

    Bootstrap Bill 

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