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The Flying Dutchman

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The crew of the Flying Dutchman consisted of a large number of crewmen aboard Davy Jones' ship, the Flying Dutchman. Davy Jones' monstrous crew is made up of the doomed sailors who have opted to serve one hundred years before the mast rather than face certain death at sea. With every year that passes, the crewmen become less human, their bodies taking on traits from the sea, until eventually, they become part of the Flying Dutchman itself. After Jones' own death, the crew turned back to normal, with Will Turner as the new captain of the Dutchman.


  • Animalistic Abomination: Combined with Humanoid Abomination. Many of them grow traits of sea creatures, frequently several different ones in the same body.
  • Body Horror: They are mutated into grotesque mishmashes of humans and sea life, and it goes worse over time until they merge with the ship itself.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Even if they became condemned to mutation as a consequence of a desperate and unholy bargain (or breaking a deal, in Jones' case), several of them enjoy quite unique abilities thanks to it, if highly unnerving ones.
  • Deal with the Devil: All of them accepted to become crewmen to escape death.
  • Fish People: Murtogg and Mullroy call them these in the third film due to their aquatic nature.
  • Ghost Pirate: In a technical sense, as many of them were pirates before joining the crew, and all are supernaturally Living on Borrowed Time after having died or meant to die. However, it gets subverted because, except for Jones, they are not immortal.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: Including tentacles, sea snake mouths, giant crab pincers, detachable heads, and autonomous bodies...
  • Madness Mantra: "Part of the ship, part of the crew". The longer they serve on the Dutchman, the more they lose their sense of self.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Their oath of service is to the ship's captain, whoever that is. When Davy Jones is killed, they immediately turn their allegiance to the one that stabbed Jones' heart who will take his place. When Will is brought back as their captain, they lose their monstrous forms and serve him in the fight against Beckett's ship.
  • The Voiceless: Only Jones, Bootstrap, Maccus, Jimmy Legs, Clanker, Hadras, and Koleniko get a decent amount of lines, Ogilvey and Palifico only get one line each and the rest of them don't speak at all.

Captain

    Davy Jones 

Captain Davy Jones

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"Life is cruel. Why should the afterlife be any different?"

Played By: Bill Nighy Other Languages

Appears In: Dead Man's Chest | At World's End | Dead Men Tell No Tales

"Do you fear... death? Do you fear that dark abyss? All your deeds laid bare, all your sins punished? I can offer you an escape."

The supernatural ruler of the Seven Seas is the condemned captain of the Flying Dutchman. A fearsome captain, striking terror into the bravest of sailors, Jones became the stuff of various myths and legends of Pirate Lore, particularly relating to the Dutchman and Davy Jones' Locker.


  • Accent Upon The Wrong Syllable: How the European Spanish dub translated Bill Nighy's trademark weird delivery, combined with long, awkward mid-word pauses. It turns up into a true Speech Impediment at some points, adding some extra Body Horror by implying that Jones actually struggles to talk through his sea-mutated throat.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Though a monster both figuratively and literally, Jones' death is a surprisingly sad affair. Just when he's given new hope that he and Calypso could be together again, she finds out he was the one who told the original Brethren Court how to bind her. In her fury, she releases a maelstrom and Jones cries out in rage and pain when he realizes he's lost her again. When his heart is stabbed, he sadly says her name before his lifeless body falls overboard into the whirlpool she created.
  • Anti-Villain: Of the Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds variety. He has one hell of a sad backstory but remains needlessly brutal and ruthless.
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • To Will Turner. Will is determined to put an end to Jones in order to free his long-lost father from the Dutchman, though this jeopardizes Will's relationship with Elizabeth. In the end, Will is mortally wounded by Jones, but he manages to kill Jones with Jack's help. However, he's forced to take Jones' place as the captain of the Flying Dutchman, unable to be with Elizabeth but only one day every ten years. Though their son Henry manages to free his father, the stinger of the fifth movie shows that Will might not be free of Jones yet.
    • He is one to Jack too (sharing the spot with Barbossa and Beckett). He is the one trying to collect Jack's soul, and threatening him with his worst fears. He is the only villain who truly made Jack's moral compass (no pun intended) actually tremble (during the entire second film and at the end of the third), the only one Jack cannot really dance circles around (requiring every single ounce of his cunning and strength just to stop him and try to get ahead of him), and the one least deceived by Jack (ironically, in a way, considering he is one of the three main villains who has the least personal connection to Jack).
  • Armor-Piercing Question: He attempts to make one over whatever or not Jack can truly stomach making Will serve his one hundred years aboard the Dutchman. Its effect is debatable.
    Jones: I keep the boy. Ninety-nine souls. But I wonder Sparrow: can you live with this? Can you condemn an innocent man, a friend, to a lifetime of servitude in your name while you roam free?
    Jack: [looks hesitantly aside for a second before changing his mood] Yep. I'm good with it. [...] [after Jones has left] I feel sullied and unusual.
    • Gets one turned against him when Will asks whether he cut his own heart out after Calypso betrayed him, or after he betrayed her. Based on his response it hit home, implying the latter.
  • Ax-Crazy: It's safe to say that Jones' sanity was all but totally evaporated after being cursed into a literally heartless immortal. His homicidal outbursts are the most prominent in the third movie when he brutally kills Mercer and fatally stabs Will, the latter right in front of his wife and father. Even before that point he sends a Kraken to destroy ships and eat pirates/sailors and has any who refuse his deal to serve an entire century aboard his ship executed (or just executes them right away without any sort of deal at all in at least one case).
  • Back from the Dead: As his cameo in Dead Man Tell No Tales reveals.
  • Bad Boss: Just like the original legend, he's a cruel boss. He's feared even by the mussels clinging to his ship, which retreat into their shells at the sound of his approach, employs a sadistic Bo'sun to motivate his crew with a whip, and forces a man to whip his own son rather than let said Bo'sun do it.
    Maccus: You'll trust us to act in your stead?
    Jones: I'll trust you to know what awaits should you fail!
  • Beat Still, My Heart: Jones carved his own heart out. Legend has it that it was due to the pain he felt at his lover's betrayal, but it's part of the ritual to become the Dutchman's captain. At least, it became part of the ritual after Jones, according to a deleted scene in World's End, cut out his heart and cursed it so that whoever destroyed it would be forced to serve as the Dutchman's new captain.
  • Berserk Button: Quite a few: Jack Sparrow and all connected to him, Calypso and anything connected to her, and betrayal in general.
    • In particular, Will's Armor-Piercing Question ("And after which betrayal did you cut out your heart?") strikes a nerve.
  • Big Bad: The main threat to Jack's soul in Dead Man's Chest.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: While nominally and narratively Beckett is the big bad, and in scheming terms is not inactive, factually, Jones has as much importance if not more than Beckett in the entire story.
    • To exemplify it: The entire main battle is against Jones, his ship, and his crew, and by that point, Beckett has 0 inference in the events (it is pretty clear it doesn't matter who won the battle, Beckett was dead either way). Jones duels with every single main character and powers through every one of them, the entire battle is about getting his heart, he is the one who kills Will, and once his heart is stabbed, the tide of the entire war is decided. While Beckett has an epic piece of music while his ship blows up, all and all, after the climatic whirlpool battle, his death is more of an afterthought and an easy action by the protagonists, while fighting and killing Jones and his crew is a brutal and harrowing experience requiring all the efforts by part of the protagonists, that ends with one of the main characters dead (for a bit anyway)
  • Big Bad Ensemble: He shared this role with Cutler Beckett in Dead Man's Chest before getting Demoted to Dragon in the third film.
  • Break the Haughty: At World's End is basically this all the way through for him. He's forced to be Demoted to Dragon for a Smug Snake, he's repeatedly bossed around on his own ship, he's forced to be near his heart at all times and keep experiencing the very emotions he hates, he was forced to kill his beloved Kraken offscreen, and he's ultimately killed and replaced after he finally breaks free enough to go on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • Captain Nemo Copy: Ticks many of the boxes. He loves the ocean to the point of spurning dry land completely, is utterly disdainful of humanity, permanently travels the seas in his submersible ship, only commands one vessel but is powerful enough to threaten major governments, and he plays an Ominous Pipe Organ.
  • Character Catchphrase: "Do you fear death?"
  • The Chessmaster: He was the one responsible for teaching the Brethern Court how to bind Calypso, a Physical God, into mortal form.
  • Co-Dragons: With Mercer and Norrington to Beckett after getting Demoted to Dragon.
  • Combat Tentacles: Jones uses his tentacle beard to kill Mercer via facial Orifice Invasion.
  • Creepy Asymmetry: Being a mixture of human and sea creature, he has various body parts that don't match. He has a human left leg, and a crab's right leg, which makes him walk like he has a Seadog Peg Leg. His left arm is a gigantic crab pincer, whilst his right has octopus tentacles instead of fingers, just like the tentacles that make up his beard. All of which combines to show that Jones is a Psychopomp who all sailors and pirates are afraid of meeting.
  • Cthulhumanoid: Possibly the Trope Codifier due to the immense popularity of the films. If needing an example of a humanoid character with a mass of tentacles hanging from their face, Davy Jones is the best bet for those who haven't heard of Cthulhu.
  • Cumbersome Claws: He has a crab pincer instead of a left hand, which is very useful for Neck Lifts, but not for doing anything else, such as shaking hands or playing the Flying Dutchman's pipe organ. To make up for this, Jones mainly plays the organ with his tentacle beard, and uses his right hand as a holding hand. (Though that comes with its own problems, seeing as Jones' right hand has tentacles instead of fingers, and therefore he has to tug it free from Jack's hand after removing the Black Spot from it)
  • Deal with the Devil: "Do you fear death?" If you do, you can join his ship.
  • Death Glare: Jones has a very intimidating stare; helped by his Cthulhu-esque appearance.
  • Death Seeker: Zigzagged. While not explicitly mentioned, Jones has some weirdly suicidal tendencies, a product of his misery and self-hatred. While he does not lack a self-preservation sense, and a great part of his actions is a conscious effort to protect his heart, he also very noticeably acts against his own interests on more than one occasion, and shows quite a lot of contradictory behaviors, almost like he unconsciously wants to die. In a deleted scene in At World's End, when Governor Swann is trying to stab Jones' heart, Jones goads him to do it, and does absolutely nothing to try to stop him. He almost seems glad he will die making someone else inherit his hellish rank.
    • While in the same scene, there is nothing truly stopping Jones from literally teleporting behind both Swann and Norrington and killing them both. Or killing Mercer and Beckett when they are alone with the heart. And this is only one example of many. While he clearly hates Beckett, it is also remarkable how many opportunities he has to recover his heart with actual minimum risk, but does not take them. Either a plot hole in the writing or an expression of the fact Jones wants to subconsciously be punished. Even when his men start killing the crew at the first mutiny, he doesn't really make a lot of effort. It is only after Calypso is released he decides to break free from Beckett's control and go on a rampage against everyone.
    • The most demonstrating example of this is when he stabs Will, while Jack is holding the heart; and later when he dies. While Jack has been looking for immortality during the entire movie, he actually does not seem to be that eager to stab Jones, and might have just preferred to coerce him into blowing Beckett up to hell and releasing him and Will's dad from their debts. So there was an actual possibility for Jones to come out alive of the entire chaos... But Jones spitefully stabs Will (in front of his friend, his wife, and his father) and mocks Jack (so either Jack orders Jones around but has to watch Will die...or Jack has to stab the heart and still watch Will die). While Jones might know Jack didn't really want to become the Dutchman's captain, that act was just risky and cruel. Which shows how little Jones actually cares about his own life. adding to this, when Bootstrap attacks him, Jones seems more focused on killing bootstrap than actually trying to stop Jack from doing anything (hell he almost looks like he forgot about the heart thing)...and then comes his death. While he is shocked and reacts surprised...he noticeably doesn't pay too much attention to it, and cries the name of his beloved before falling into the whirlpool, looking sadder about the fact he lost calypso than about having been killed.
  • Demoted to Dragon: Formerly the main villain of the second film, Jones becomes The Dragon for Beckett in the third. Although he decides to kill Mercer, Beckett's lieutenant in the final battle, his allegiance was hardly relevant by that point.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Losing his love was his and led to his current condition.
  • Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe: He frequently smokes from a pipe that's surprisingly fancy-looking when compared to the rest of his barnacle-and-salt-caked possessions and environment. It, along with the pipe organ in his quarters, helps to give Jones a classy but ominous appearance.
  • Divine Date: He fell in love with Calypso, a sea goddess. Unfortunately for them both, she's as fickle and treacherous as the sea itself.
  • Disney Villain Death: Sorta. He dies from his heart getting stabbed and is likely already dead by the time the body falls. But the stinger in Dead Men Tell No Tales hints he might not have stayed dead.
  • Domain Holder: Controls the Locker, an Eldritch Location somewhere in the afterlife. If you really piss him off (as Jack learns the hard way between Dead Man's Chest and At World's End), he won't "just" kill you, but send you there to experience your personal worst fears forever (or at least indefinitely). It's unknown if Will takes over as this after replacing Jones, though.
  • The Dreaded: Everyone is afraid of him. Given that he controls the fate of all those who die at sea, it's not that hard to understand why.
    • Of all the main villains, Jones is the only one Jack actually fears. While he loathes Barbossa (well, that kind of gets sorted) and Beckett, he is usually far more calm and relaxed while dealing with them. With Jones, Jack spends the entire second movie doing everything he can do to avoid and stop him (even when he outwits Jones, it is something that only allows him to win a very small amount of time, and Jones wises up to the deception).
  • Eldritch Abomination: Lampshaded by Hector Barbossa:
    Barbossa: Better were the days when mastery of seas came not from bargains struck with eldritch creatures... but from the sweat of a man's brow and the strength of his back alone. You all know this to be true!
  • Establishing Character Moment: His first scene in Dead Man's Chest shows both his cruelty and menace, but also his deep scars from having his heart broken by Calypso (though we do not learn the specifics until At World's End).
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He is shown to be visibly distraught over Cutler Beckett forcing him to kill the Kraken. And despite attempts to do so, it's clear that he can't truly bring himself to hate Calypso, as proven during their meeting on the Black Pearl during At World's End:
    Jones: My heart will always belong to you.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Even he is somewhat disgusted that Jack Sparrow is willing to let a friend, Will Turner, stay and torment as his prisoner on board the Dutchman just so Jack could have a few more days of freedom. That being said, this didn't stop him from treating Will as cruelly as his other crew later.
    • Despite being a total jackass when it comes to deals, if he makes a deal, he will hold his end of the bargain. Case in point, when Jack proposes him a counter deal for his soul, while he puts him in incredibly hard conditions, he does release him from the black spot and is willing to trade Jack's soul for 100 others. In the backstory, he brought the Pearl back from the sea when it was sunk by Beckett, and lets Jack be captain of it for 13 years. The best example of this being the deleted scene of him playing with Will for Will's father's soul. When he loses, he congratulates Will, and releases Bootstrap from his service to the Dutchman.
    • Even he seems to find Beckett an asshole.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Will Turner given Jones' backstory. Will is devoted to Elizabeth, the love of his life, and will risk anything for her. Davy Jones was similar, a mortal, implied-to-be-good man who was devoted to the love of his life, to the point where he sacrificed ten years of his life captaining the Dutchman at her request. Yet when his lover betrayed him, Jones became vengeful and cruel. Will, on the other hand, eventually becomes the new captain of the Dutchman following Jones' death, and serves as his Redeeming Replacement, ferrying the souls of those who die at sea as originally intended, while his own lover, Elizabeth, continues to remain faithful to him.
  • Evil Is Petty: Sympathetic and engaging as he is, Jones can be tremendously petty. The kick the dog list is enough to exemplify. A particularly good example is when he gives Jack the set of conditions for exchanging his soul. 3 days, 100 souls, and he's not willing to give up Will again. Or him cruelly mocking Will, his father, and Jack.
  • Evil Laugh: It's more of a full-throated chuckle and it's very scary.
  • Evil Makes You Monstrous: He looks like a monster because he kept the souls of those who died at sea on his ship working for him instead of sending them to the afterlife. When Will Turner takes up the role as originally intended, he retains his original appearance, and Jones' crew turns human-looking again.
  • Evil Overlord: Of the 7 seas.
  • Evil Versus Evil: His "alliance" with the East India Trading Company is not a happy one, and he takes the first opportunity he has to turn on them.
  • Face–Heel Turn: It is implied in the movies that Davy Jones used to be a far nicer person before Calypso betrayed him (Calypso, in fact, outright states he used to be merciful once). After the betrayal, however, no more.
  • Fantastic Romance: Jones was still a mortal man when he fell in love with a sea goddess, Calypso.
  • Fatal Flaw: In Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Davy Jones' main flaw is his wrath. His desire to bring judgment on others has often left him blind to what others are doing while he is distracted. As a result, when Jones focused solely on killing Bootstrap Bill for interrupting his judgment, he allowed Jack to have a dying Will stab his heart. This act kills Davy Jones as he plummets into the maelstrom whirlpool.
  • Fisher King: The monstrous transformation of the Flying Dutchman and its crew is directly tied to the transformation of Davy Jones. When he is replaced by Will Turner, the ship and crew are restored.
  • Flying Dutchman: He captains the ship itself in his eternal patrol of the sea for the dead and dying.
  • For the Evulz: Literally the only thing he enjoys anymore is making others' lives as miserable and joyless as his own. In his own words: "Let no joyful voice be heard, and let no man look up into the sky with hope."
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: When Calypso first met Jones, he was just a young mortal sailor. By the time he's introduced in Dead Man's Chest, he's become a vicious and greatly-feared force of legend; courtesy of his grotesque appearance, supernatural abilities and (literal and figurative) heartlessness.
  • Genre Blind: Davy Jones, a sailor of all people, fails to recognize the fact the sea is fickle and should have expected the Anthropomorphic Personification to be no different. Although, considering she was half human and it was 1 day for 10 years, it kind of falls less into fickleness and more into plain old Bitchness.
  • Ghost Pirate: Of a sort. He's technically undead, having carved his own heart from his body.
  • Graceful Loser: In a deleted scene where Will beats him at the first game of Liar's Dice for Bootstrap's soul, Jones calmly replies "Well done, Master Turner," and barely seems phased at all.
  • Hero Killer: Literally, too. He does in Will by his own hand, along with Jack and Norrington by proxy (through the Kraken and Bootstrap), though admittedly, only one of those stuck.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Most of his anger, bitterness, and villainy stem from the fact that Calypso broke his heart.
    Davy Jones: Ten years, I devoted to the duty you charged me! Ten years, I looked after those who died at sea! And finally, when we could be together again... You! Weren't! There!
  • Hidden Depths: He might be a cruel and outright psychopathic murderer, but he's also a wicked good organist, who provides his own Leitmotif. His cruelty is also the result of a broken heart, and/or self-loathing for the way he got revenge for said broken heart.
  • Home Field Advantage: When he's on the Flying Dutchman or over water, he can teleport.
  • Horns of Villainy: His tricorne hat flairs out in front to give the impression of two devilish horns; fitting for a supernatural entity who spends his time convincing men to sell their souls.
  • I Am the Noun: "I am the sea."
  • Iconic Sequel Character: He serves as the Big Bad for the three movies and is arguably one of the franchise's most iconic villains - next to Hector Barbossa - but wasn't even mentioned in the first movie and just introduced in the second one.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: He invokes this after revealing he was the one who showed the Brethren Court how to bind Calypso in human form. Will calls him out on it.
    Will: You loved her. She's the one. And then you betrayed her.
    Davy Jones: She pretended to love me. She betrayed me!
  • Implacable Man: Without his heart, the most you can do is slow him down. In At World's End, he powers through almost all the major characters before Jack finally helps Will stab the heart. Although Dead Men Tell No Tales reveals that not even stabbing him in the heart kept him down for long.
  • Interim Villain: Jones took over as the Big Bad from Barbossa. Barbossa became the Sixth Ranger, Jones was Demoted to Dragon in the following movie, and the Big Bad archetype lies on the shoulders of Cutler Beckett.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Calypso. He's human (or was) and she is most decidedly not.
  • Hypocrite: He despises traitors and liars when basically, he screws every single person he does a deal with by lying to them about the deal's conditions(or has the bad luck of crossing paths with).
    • He has the gall of calling Jack cruel when practically every single one of his evil actions is out of sheer hatred and spite, and all of them are almost, invariably, pointlessly cruel.
  • Ironically Disabled Artist: In Dead Man's Chest Davy Jones' mutation has turned his left hand into a lobster claw. However, he can still play his pipe organ, because the same mutation has turned his beard into a mass of prehensile tentacles.
  • Irony: Does Davy Jones fear death? Yes, yes he does indeed. He spends his time press-ganging unlucky sailors into serving him under the threat of death, only to have A Taste of Their Own Medicine when Beckett gets ahold of his heart.
  • Jackass Genie: When Jones makes an offer of a reprieve from death in exchange for a hundred years of service, he neglects to inform those he's bargaining with that not only will they physically transform into monsters, but that eventually, they'll lose their minds and physically merge with The Flying Dutchman indefinitely.
  • Karmic Transformation: Jones' transformation from an immortal man into a tentacle-faced monster is due to the neglect of his duties. It is pretty significant he becomes half a crab, half an octopus (crabs being Calypso's animal, and the octopus is its predator).
  • Kick the Dog: A master of this. Jones makes a habit out of doing this to spite the world for his own misery. Practically most of his scenes involve him kicking the dog one way or the other:
    • Jones is introduced ordering a religious survivor from one of his raids killed because the man refused his Deal with the Devil.
    • Bootstrap Bill Turner offers to take the five lashes the Bosun is going to give Will in his place. When Jones finds out that Will is Bootstrap's son, he orders Bootstrap to be the one to deliver the lashes himself and takes visible delight in seeing a father whip his son. Bizarrely, he is also Petting the Dog in a very fucked up way (he gives bootstrap the chance to be him the one lashing Will, instead of the bo'sun, who would damage Will far more than Bootstrap).
    • Forcing Bootstrap Bill to watch as his Kraken destroys the ship Will is on.
    • While particularly incensed, Jones orders his men to murder all the survivors of one of his raids rather than extend the traditional offer to any of them to join his crew.
    • In a deleted scene, he mocks Governor Swann telling him his daughter was killed by the Kraken. It almost gets him killed.
    • Stabbing Will Turner in the heart right in front of his father and his wife Elizabeth as a last act of spite. This one does him in.
  • Knight of Cerebus: While these movies are hardly kiddie flicks to begin with, they still have enough goofiness and adventure to give audiences a fun time. But whenever Davy Jones is onscreen, nothing about him is played for laughs at all and he's truly a force to be reckoned with in the first two sequels. And when he's not trying to be creepy or scary, he's the direct cause of some pretty sad moments like Will and himself dying or his own backstory.
  • Large Ham: Mostly due to the way he accentuates certain words suh. He's played by Bill Nighy, after all.
  • Laughably Evil: Subverted. In addition to his many idiosyncrasies ranging from bizarre to outright goofy, Jones is not above cracking the occasional mean-spirited joke or throwing out juvenile taunts. It only serves to highlight that beneath the exterior of an Eldritch Abomination, there’s a profoundly cruel and completely broken man, lashing out at the world.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Can snap a sword in half or hurl a grown man vertically upwards one-handed, one of the best swordsmen in the series, can teleport and move through walls. On the other hand, his crab-like leg works like a peg-leg, so he is sort of a Mighty Glacier in short distances.
  • Living Forever Is Awesome: He certainly seems to enjoy his eternal dominion over the ocean and he sells this idea (or, more appropriately, that death is worse) to new recruits. One can presume he originally took up his post on the Flying Dutchman hoping for Eternal Love with Calypso. It ends up subverted, as he is ultimately bitter and miserable about his own existence due to what he perceives as Calypso's betrayal.
  • Lord of the Ocean: With Calypso gone, Davy Jones takes over as the high supernatural authority over the Seven Seas.
  • Love Is a Weakness: His belief given his own history as a Heartbroken Badass.
    Davy Jones: Ah. Love. A dreadful bond... and yet, so easily severed.
  • Love Makes You Evil: His evil is caused by a broken heart.
  • Manly Tears: When Jack tells him that Will is engaged and set to be married, Jones' expression noticeably softens before he calls Jack out on selling Will out. He sheds a Single Tear over Calypso. Then he realizes someone's brought his heart into close proximity with him, thus intensifying his emotions, and gets mad.
  • Mobile Menace: As a part of his power over the seas, Jones is able to teleport from ship to ship and phase through objects on the ship (as can his crew). Not only that, but the Dutchman moves faster against the wind (either due to magic or just the way the sails are rigged) and is functionally submersible.
  • Motif: His locket's song, which he plays constantly on a massive pipe organ. This is shared with Tia Dalma on her own identical locket.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Invoked. After Will finds out that Calypso was the woman Jones loved, and that he betrayed her to the Brethren Court, Jones insists that she lied to and betrayed him, and he was only getting even with her. Will doesn't buy it, and asks after which betrayal did Jones cut his own heart out.
  • Mysterious Past: His time as a mortal man prior to meeting Calypso is mostly unknown, though it is said that he was a much nicer person back then.
  • Nigh-Invulnerable: The only way to kill him is by stabbing him in the heart. Which isn't even in his body. And even then he may have found a way to come back.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Davy Jones is a supernatural undead pseudo lichian humanoid psychopomp (part crab, part octopus, part men) capable of teleporting and binding people's souls to his ship, is the captain of the Flying Dutchman, and rules over the seven seas. And before, he was one of the greatest sailors of the seven seas. And his pet is a Kraken.
  • Oh, Crap!: In a moment of Villain Respect, Jones responds to something Maccus says after Jack goes down with the Pearl with dawning horror, knowing that Jack WOULD be the kind of person to somehow manage to get the last laugh. The irony is that it was actually Norrington who's responsible for his eventual downfall by being the one who actually took Jones' heart, not Jack, who was actually outplayed without even knowing it and thus didn't get the last laugh after all.
    Maccus: Not even Jack Sparrow could best the Devil.
    Jones: Open the chest...open the chest, I NEED TO SEE IT!
  • Ominous Music Box Tune: His Leitmotif is also played from his locket, but it’s more tragic-sounding than creepy.
  • Ominous Pipe Organ: He plays it with his beard. Apparently, the organ had been grown from the coral in Jones' quarters.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: After Calypso betrays him again, Jones loses it, and had he won the battle, both pirates and EITC would have been fucked (and maybe Calypso too, considering Jones knows how to bind her).
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: His suffocation of Mercer with his tentacles was done partly to steal the key off him, and partly because he could. It's hard to deny that Mercer had it coming, though.
  • Pet the Dog: Sparingly, but still there:
    • One case overlapping with a massive Kick The Dog moment: When Will is going to be lashed, he offers Bootstrap the chance of being the one doing it instead of the Bo'sun. While he clearly enjoys a lot seeing a father (unwillingly) hurt his own son, he is also sparing Will (and his father) the much worse pain the former would suffer in hands of the Bo'sun (who prides himself on cleaving flesh from bone with every swing. By contrast, Bootstrap barely scratches him).
    • In a deleted scene, he does release Bootstrap after Will beats him in liar's dice, and does not complain or pull tricks about it.
    • He offers Norrington the chance of becoming a member of his crew and save himself (this is explained in a previous draft in which he and Norrington develop a sort of friendship; he also shows Norrington where Governor Swann's body is).
    • When he has Calypso at his mercy, he lets her live, and softly tells her his heart will always belong to her, showing he never stopped loving her.
  • Power Pincers: His left arm is a crustacean-like chela capable of bending steel.
  • Psychopomp: He was commissioned with transporting the souls of drowned sailors to the afterlife, although he neglected his duties, which led to his mutation. He even hijacks the system by having the Kraken attack ships, then press-ganging the dying and survivors into slavery for 100 years, which is inevitably indefinitely prolonged until they become a part of the Flying Dutchman itself.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Displays this in Dead Man's Chest when Bootstrap Bill is (unwillingly) giving five lashes to Will, his only son.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: He sometimes lapses into this when speaking to someone, especially when he's angry. Two stand-out examples occur in At World's End:
    • When he talks to a captive Calypso in one scene:
      Davy Jones: And finally, when we could be together again... You. Weren't. There.
    • His penultimate last words:
      Davy Jones: YOU WILL NOT! FORE! STALL! MY! JUDGE! MEN! TAH!
  • Recurring Riff: The tune he plays on his organ... with his beard.
  • Rules Lawyer:
    • Not as much as Barbossa, but he is this in his deals when he needs to. Most notoriously, when Jack attempts to buy more time by saying he hasn't been Captain of the Pearl for thirteen years:
      Davy Jones: Then you were a poor captain, but a captain nonetheless! Have you not introduced yourself all these years as "Captain Jack Sparrow"? (Evil Laugh)
    • A semi-example is when he agrees to let Will go... but adds that it will be the very next time they make port, which they never will.
    • He also gets around the problem of not being able to set foot on land apart from once every 10 years by having his crew place buckets of seawater to where he wants to go. Or just lets them do the dirty work since they are bound by no such restrictions.
  • Rule of Symbolism: His monstrous form is a fusion of an octopus and a crab, a predator and its prey. Crabs are associated with Calypso in the films, thus Jones' monstrous form is the embodiment of his hatred born of love towards her.
  • Sadist: In contrast to Beckett who is a standard sociopath that just doesn't care about killing thousands of people, Jones actually enjoys being cruel for the sake of cruelty. Calypso claims he was never a cruel man before his transformation, so presumably, his newfound sadism is because he wants others to share in his own misery.
  • Satanic Archetype: A malicious supernatural figure, ruler of an entire realm, who makes twisted deals with dying and desperate men in exchange for their souls (although he doesn't engage in complex manipulations like Satan usually does). His backstory with Calypso makes him even more of this. He was the main enforcer of a more powerful deity against who he rebelled (although differing from Satan, he managed to overthrow the deity and "take" her place). And most of his actions are out of hatred and spite against the world because of his own inner pain.
  • Seadog Peg Leg: He has both his legs, but the right one is that of a crab's, which gives it the impression of a peg leg thanks to way it stiffens his gait and adds weight to his footsteps.
  • Sequel Hook: His appearance in The Stinger of Dead Men Tell No Tales.
  • Shout-Out: Davy Jones' appearance bears a strong resemblance to H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu, with Cthulhu being described as "...a monster of vaguely anthropoid outline, but with an octopus-like head whose face was a mass of feelers, a scaly, rubbery-looking body, prodigious claws on hind and fore feet..." according to The Call of Cthulhu.
  • Shrouded in Myth: Very few people had seen him and lived to tell the tale, and his exact history was a mystery to all but himself and Calypso.
  • Soul Jar: The Dead Man's Chest, which contains his heart.
  • Space Master: He demonstrates some shades of this. Even when out of range of his Locker (where he's a full-on Domain Holder), he can still teleport, phase through walls, etc.
  • Skyward Scream: After discovering that his heart has been stolen. Interestingly, Jack wasn't the one who stole it: Norrington was.
    Jones: Damn you, Jack SPARROOOOOOOOOOOW!!!!
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Jones and Calypso. His anger at being spurned is perhaps justifiable, but in the third film she calls him on it, telling him he would not have loved her in the first place if she were not as fickle and unpredictable as the sea itself.
  • The Starscream: To Beckett. He has to obey the guy under the pain of death, and so he looks for every opportunity to overthrow him.
  • Straw Nihilist: To quote the man himself: "Life is cruel, why should afterlife by any different?"
  • Tentacled Terror: He has many octopus-like features, most prominently a big beard of tentacles, and he's quite the villain.
  • Tentacle Hair: He has a beard consisting of octopus tentacles, which come in handy with playing the ship's pipe organ or murdering Lord Beckett's Dragon Mercer by shoving them down his throat and nostrils.
  • The Captain: Feared captain of the legendary Flying Dutchman.
  • Together in Death: As he dies, he reverently whispers Calypso's name, before falling into the sea's embrace. Then he came back.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Both he and Calypso keep a locket which plays a somber version of Jones' Motif. She's seen imprisoned listening to it at one point, only for Jones to start his locket's tune after hers finishes.
  • Tragic Villain: Jones' life was pretty tragic after he met Calypso. He took the post as the captain of the Flying Dutchman hoping she would wait for him after ten years and release him from his role (or alternatively, stay in the post and remain in a relationship forever). But she wasn't there, dooming Jones to be tied to the Dutchman forever. Furious, Jones told the brethren court how to bind her into human form, but after that, became so filled with regret he carved his own heart from his body to stop feeling the pain. He reneged his duty, becoming a borderline hate-filled, monstrous octopus/crab undead humanoid trapped on his own ship and lived the remaining century miserable and making almost everyone he crossed paths with miserable until he dies. Despite all his evil actions, he manages to remain the most sympathetic of all the main villains, whose actions, if not morally justifiable, are the most "understandable", so to say.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Zigzagged. He is not stupid nor unskilled, but he usually powers through by sheer brute force (and usually, it is enough). And while he does not get involved in most of the manipulations most characters do, he is usually the only one who does not get trapped in Jack´s mind games and tricks (save one occasion).
  • Villain Has a Point: When Jack tries to appeal to the fact that he didn't command The Black Pearl for ten years out of the thirteen years they agreed due to Barbossa's mutiny, Jones points out that Jack has insisted for all those years that the Pearl is his ship and demanded to be called Captain. Jack drops his argument after that and instead offers Jones souls in his place.
  • Violent Glaswegian: He has a Scottish accent and is a pseudo-undead mutated psychopomp who hijacked the system and enslaves dying soldiers to crew his ship until they become a part of it.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Jones cannot set foot on dry land, except once every ten years.
  • Weird Beard: He has a mass of prehensile octopus tentacles sprouting out of his face where a beard would normally be. They are dexterous enough that he can play a pipe organ with them.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He gives one to his ex, Calypso, demanding to know why, after ten years of faithful service, she abandoned him rather than be with him as she promised. Her response?
    Calypso: It's my nature. Would you love me if I was anything but what I am?
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: With a strong overlap with Jerkass Woobie. It's implied that Davy Jones was a much better person as a mortal man, as he sacrificed ten years of his life to captain The Flying Dutchman at the request of the woman he loved, dutifully ferrying the souls of those who died at sea to the afterlife. However, when the time came for his job to end and he could finally be with his beloved again, she wasn't there. In response to his own heartache, he cut out his heart and neglected his duties, turning himself into a monster both figuratively and literally. By the time of the films, Jones' only purpose in life seems to be hurting others, but whenever he's alone or reminded of his ex, Jones expresses deep sadness and pain, showing him to be a pitiful, heartbroken man who wants the world to share in his misery.
  • Would Hit a Girl: His reaction to Elizabeth Swann boarding his ship.
    Jones: Harridan! You'll see no mercy from me!!

    Will Turner 

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First Mate

    Maccus 

Maccus

Played By: Dermot Keaney

Appears In: Dead Man's Chest | At World's End

First Mate aboard the Flying Dutchman under Captain Davy Jones.


  • Creepy Long Fingers: His left hand is mostly skeletal.
  • The Dragon: Davy Jones' First Mate. He still gets whipped.
  • Eye Scream: Maccus' left eye has forced itself to the side of his head, where a hammerhead shark's eye would be.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Reverts back to his human form and helps the Black Pearl to destroy Beckett's ship. When the surviving Flying Dutchman crewmen turn human, a man with the same axe is shown.
  • Mauve Shirt: He gets the most screentime and lines of the Flying Dutchman's crew, in no small part for being the most visually distinctive and expressive one.
  • Meaningful Name: Maccus means "hammer" in Celtic and Maccus is a hammerhead shark hybrid.
  • Mook Lieutenant: As Davy Jones' first mate, Maccus is often shown reporting directly to his Captain or commanding the rest of the crew in Jones' stead, such as on Isla Cruces.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Comes with being half-shark.
  • Shark Man: Due to being part of Davy Jones' damned crew, he partly mutated into a hammerhead shark.
  • Slasher Smile: Flashes one near the end of Dead Man's Chest when he realizes that Davy Jones is about to unleash the Kraken on the Black Pearl.

Bo'sun

    Jimmy Legs 

Jimmy Legs

Played By: Christopher Adamson

Appears In: Dead Man's Chest | At World's End

"Impeding me in my duties? You'll share the punishment!"

The bosun aboard the Flying Dutchman, under the command of Captain Davy Jones. He was known as a harsh taskmaster, and took sadistic pleasure in demanding the impossible from the crew.


Head Gunner

    Ogilvey 

Ogilvey

Played By: Jonathan Linsley

Appears In: Dead Man's Chest | At World's End


  • Fat Bastard: Quite chubby.
  • Gutted Like a Fish: Will cuts Ogilvey's belly open with his sword when the Dutchman crew attack him on the scuttled ship, though he survives.

Navigators

    Koleniko 

Koleniko

Played By: Clive Ashburn

Appears In: Dead Man's Chest | At World's End


  • Elite Mooks: One of Jones' most trusted crewmembers and one of those most frequently dispatched into battle. He also duels Jack one-on-one.
  • Two-Faced: The right side of his face has taken the characteristics of a puffer fish.

    Greenbeard 

Greenbeard

Played By: Jason Kakebeen

Appears In: Dead Man's Chest | At World's End


  • The Brute: One of the larger members of Jones' crew.
  • Jagged Mouth: Has a huge mouth with mussels for teeth.
  • Meaningful Name: His body is covered in seaweed, giving him a symbolic green beard.
  • Plant Person: Or rather seaweed person. According to promotional materials, he doesn't need to eat or sleep.

Other Crew Members

    Bootstrap Bill 

William "Bootstrap Bill" Turner Sr.

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Played By: Stellan Skarsgård

Appears In: Dead Man's Chest | At World's End

"I'm part of the ship... part of the ship, part of the crew..."

Will Turner Jr's thought-to-be-dead father, who gave Will his piece of the cursed treasure after his crewmates betrayed Jack, since he thought they all deserved to be punished for what they'd done. Barbossa and co. retaliated by tying him to a cannon and letting him sink to the bottom of the ocean. The sequels reveal him to be trapped in the crew of Davy Jones, and saving him becomes Will's main drive.


  • And I Must Scream: Barbossa wanted him to be trapped at the bottom of the ocean, unable to die until whenever they managed to remove the curse. He made a deal with Davy Jones to escape... only to find himself slowly and painfully merging with the Dutchman, losing his mind and his memories and going insane.
  • Ascended Extra: He plays a big part in the backstory of the first film, but he's never seen and is only ever talked about by other characters. He appears for the first time in Dead Man's Chest and plays a more active role in the trilogy from then on.
  • The Atoner: He feels awful for abandoning his son, Will, and does what he can in the second two movies trying to make up for it.
  • Big "NO!": Has one when Davy Jones sics the Kraken on a ship Will is on.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: All crewmen under Davy Jones slide slowly into this state.
  • Butt-Monkey: The fact he doesn't even appear in the first movie, yet Pintel and Ragetti recount how he's already suffering a Fate Worse than Death should tell you pretty early on how much hell this man goes through.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Subverted, as he turns out to not have such an excuse. Bootstrap admits that he left Will and his mother to go pirating not for his son's benefit, but because he wanted to.
  • Defiant to the End: In Dead Man's Chest, he's stuck with an eternity of service on the Dutchman, which after Davy Jones finds out that he helped Will escape, will not be at all pleasant for him.
    Bill: What more can they do to me?
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: The man is the series' biggest Butt-Monkey yet somehow manages to walk out of the original trilogy able to sail the seas forever with his son aboard The Flying Dutchman.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Merged into the Flying Dutchman which removed his mobility and causes memory loss. He also had this in when Barbossa strapped a cannon to him and pushed him off the Black Pearl, leaving him unable to die while the curse was still on the crew. Bootstrap also intended this for the rest of Barbossa's crew by sending off his single coin to his son Will, so the crew would remain cursed, punishing them for their mutiny against Jack.
    Pintel: Course, it was only after that that we learned we needed his blood to lift the curse.
    Ragetti: That's what you'd call ironic.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: He’s meant to be Scottish, but you wouldn’t be able to tell with the Swedish Skarsgard's english leaning towards American.
  • Not-So-Badass Longcoat: A long, tattered black coat (that is somehow long enough to drag on the ground when being worn by a 6'3" man) accentuates his stooped posture and general air of misery.
  • Notorious Parent: He is Will Turner's father but he is also a notorious pirate who participated in the mutiny against Captain Jack Sparrow. Too bad Will followed in his footsteps.
  • Papa Wolf: He flying tackles Davy Jones when he threatens his son.
  • Parental Abandonment: Left Will to try to find a good life in the seas. Didn't work out.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: He's not happy to serve aboard the Flying Dutchman and he still respects Jack, but nevertheless shows up on the Black Pearl to brand his old captain with the Black Spot in Jones' orders.
  • Token Good Teammate: Bootstrap Bill is the most humane member of Davy Jones' crew both in appearance and spirit. Before that, he was also this to Barbossa's cursed crew aboard The Black Pearl. He was the only one who didn't like overthrowing Jack, and to punish them all for it, he sent his piece of Aztec gold to Will in order to leave the entire crew permanently cursed.
  • Trauma Conga Line: First he was cursed as an undead skeletal Pirate. Then Barbossa strapped him to a cannon and dropped him into the crushing depths of the ocean. Then he was rescued in exchange for becoming part of Davy Jones' crew. Then he wagered an eternity of service to the Dutchman attempting to prevent Will from doing the same. And then, after believing Will to be dead, he completely loses the will to live, accelerating the process that transforms crewmembers into part of the ship.
  • Undying Loyalty: Seems he had this for Jack when he was part of his initial crew of the Black Pearl, since he is the only crew member who disagreed with Barbossa's mutiny, which started off his Trauma Conga Line.

    Palifico 

Palifico

Played By: Winston Ellis

Appears In: Dead Man's Chest | At World's End

Another crew member of the Flying Dutchman. He serves as Captain Davy Jones' bodyguard.


  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He is not on his job for nothing: In the fight against Elizabeth, Pintel, and Ragetti, he is cut down many times by all three yet keeps coming.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: Not only because Jones can guard himself just fine, but also because he is immortal as long as his heart is not pierced.
  • Dual Wielding: Wields a dao and a cutlass.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: His one line reveals this.
  • Mook Lieutenant: Is almost always by Jones' side.
  • Scary Black Man: A large and dangerous crewmember, he is also one of the only members of Jones' crew to be played by a black man, who is later seen once he has reverted back to human form.

    Clanker 

Clanker

Played By: Andy Beckwith

Appears In: Dead Man's Chest | At World's End

A crew member serving aboard the Flying Dutchman, under the command of Captain Davy Jones.


  • Dissonant Serenity: He is often the first to laugh during tense moments, even whenever they involve Jones himself.
  • Elite Mooks: One of the most effective combatants in Jones' crew.
  • Epic Flail: His main weapon is a pair of balls on chains.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Has barnacles covering his left eye.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Has an inhumanly deep voice.
  • The Hyena: He is a sadistic bastard with a perennial Evil Laugh, which promotional materials point out.
  • Unexplained Recovery: He falls into the maelstrom after being whacked by Jack while high on a rope, and he isn't shown among surviving Flying Dutchmen crewmen when Will is made new captain. However, when surviving crewmembers turn human, Andy Beckwith is seen among them.

    Hadras 

Hadras

Played By: Reggie Lee & Ho-Kwan Tse

Appears In: Dead Man's Chest | At World's End

"Aunido! Aunido! Follow my voice! Follow my voice! To the left— no, turn around! Go to the right, go to— no... that's a tree."

A crewman on the Flying Dutchman. Perpetually unlucky.


  • Beware the Silly Ones: Despite his role as comedy relief, he is still about as dangerous as the rest of Jones' crew and is frequently involved in battle. He also effectively frightens Norrington into tossing him the chest.note 
  • The Cameo: In At World's End he only appears in the background, and his presumed death is the only time he gets any focus.
  • Cranium Chase: Provides his quote.
    "Aunido! Aunido! Follow my voice! Follow my voice! To the left— no, turn around! Go to the right, go to— no... that's a tree."
  • Losing Your Head: This is his entire function as a character.
  • The Other Darrin: His original actor plays Tai Huang in the sequel, while his next actor previously portrayed a crew member stuck inside Will's bone cage in the second movie.
  • Punny Name: Hadras = Headless. He's even credited as "Headless" in Dead Man's Chest.
  • Token Minority: He appears to be Chinese, speaking Cantonese to his headless body at one point.
  • Uncertain Doom: He fell into the Maelstrom during the final battle. However, knowing the nature of the Flying Dutchmen crew, it is possible he survived and reverted back to his human form.

    Penrod 

Penrod

Played By: Peter Donald Badalamenti II

Appears In: Dead Man's Chest | At World's End

A shrimp-like crewman, the shortest man in the Dutchman's crew.


  • Depraved Dwarf: Shortest guy in the crew and is seen holding a knife to Marty's throat.
  • Living Prop: Mostly stands in the background while the taller crew members do all the work.
  • Pun-Based Creature: A diminutive man who has mutated into a shrimp.
  • The Voiceless: Never says a word.

    Angler 

Angler

Played By: René Auberjonois

Appears In: Dead Man's Chest | At World's End

A huge, anglerfish-shaped crewman.


  • The Brute: He is big and burly, and is often tasked with pushing the Kraken's bell wheel.

    Crash 

Crash

Played By: Patrick Hume

Appears In: Dead Man's Chest | At World's End

A quite mutated member of the crew.


  • Cool Sword: He wields the snout of a sawfish as a makeshift sword.
  • Dreadlock Rasta: Has some tube worms hanging in the shape of dreadlocks.
  • Epic Flail: Also uses a pulley as a flail. He knocks Will down with it.
  • Flower Mouth: His mouth has been replaced by weird mandibles.

    Quittance 

Quittance

Played By: Marc Joseph

Appears In: Dead Man's Chest | At World's End

A starfish-themed crewman.


  • Eye Scream: Has a clam in the place of an eye. Whether he lost it before or after mutating is unknown.
  • Flower Mouth: His mouth has been replaced by an anemone.
  • Healing Factor: According to promotional materials, he can regenerate any part of his body due to his starfish traits.
  • Slippery as an Eel: Has a moray eel living on his chest.

    Two Head 

Two Head

Played By: Chris and Michael Symonds

Appears In: Dead Man's Chest | At World's End

Two crew members fused together.


  • Conjoined Twins: Became this after joining the crew. Apparently, they were born as regular twins but ended up fusing together as a consequence of their mutation.

    Morey 

Morey

Played By:

Appears In: At World's End

An eel-headed member of the Dutchman's crew. He only shows up in At World's End, but he gets a lot of focus in the battle scenes compared to some of the other crew.


  • Elite Mooks: A vicious fighter who is quite effective in combat, nearly killing Barbossa.
  • Gender Flip: Oddly enough, there's some early concept art which shows Morey as a woman. The character's gender was probably changed early in the design stage.
  • Meaningful Name: Morey, because his physical appearance resembles a moray eel.
  • Off with His Head!: Courtesy of Hector Barbossa, in the Maelstrom Battle.
  • Slippery as an Eel: Has an eel's head and neck. He bites people in the face.
  • The Speechless: Speaks only in hisses, probably because he doesn't have a proper larynx.
  • Uncertain Doom: He's not shown regaining human form after Will takes command of the Dutchman, so the decapitation probably worked. It should be noted that he is gone from the Black Pearl soon after, implying that Barbossa likely pushed him into Maelstrom afterwards. However, knowing the nature of the Flying Dutchmen crew, it is possible he survived and reverted back to his human form.

    The Kraken 

The Kraken

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Appears in: Dead Man's Chest

"Let no joyful voice be heard! Let no man look up at the sky with hope! And let this day be cursed by we who ready to wake... the Kraken!"
Davy Jones

A monstrous, squid-like sea creature that is bound to do the bidding of Davy Jones. Spends most of Dead Man's Chest hunting Jack and finally catches him at the climax. In At World's End, it's killed off unceremoniously to hit home the theme of the passing of an age.


  • Alas, Poor Villain: While in life it was a terrifying destructive monster, its death is still somewhat tragic when Jack and Barbossa find its corpse washed up and rotting on a beach, especially since it was apparently the last of its kind and was anticlimactically killed purely as an assertion of Beckett's power over Jones.
  • Combat Tentacles: Which it uses to sink ships.
  • The Dragon: Davy Jones calls it to kill his enemies.
  • The Dreaded: Just like its master.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Despite being the biggest threat in Dead Man's Chest, it's anticlimactically Killed Offscreen before At World's End when Beckett forces Jones to kill it, and its corpse is discovered by the pirates.
  • Implacable Man: Nothing stops it, even after several of its tentacles have been blown up to the point they're almost in pieces. The best you can do is slow it down and piss it off.
  • It Can Think: The kraken is not merely a monster, when one analyzes its behaviors it is clearly intelligent. It can suck ships underwater all at once with no warning, or crush the them to bits with its tentacles. In the latter case, it seems to enjoy toying with its prey and prolonging the attack. When the Black Pearl and her crew try to fend it off, they do so by holding fire until its tentacles are in the air, and then blast them all at once with the cannons. How does the kraken respond? By quickly raising its tentacles all at once and driving them through the sides of the ship to smash apart the cannon deck and grab the crew manning them; clearly it's learned from its mistake and is not happy it was tricked.
  • Lamprey Mouth: A massive, gaping one.
  • Kraken and Leviathan: It's called the Kraken, after all. And Bootstrap refers to it as "Jones' terrible leviathan" at one point as well.
  • Killed Off for Real: It doesn't show up in the Locker and doesn't return after its beached corpse is discovered.
  • Killed Offscreen: The last we see of the Kraken alive is in Dead Man's Chest. When it shows up again in At World's End, it's just a carcass.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Its mouth is full of multiple rings of teeth.
  • Mundane Utility: In Dead Man's Chest, when Will assumes that a wrecked ship ran aground on shoals, one of the survivors tells him the Kraken was actually keeping it afloat.
  • Psychopomp: Anyone it eats and any ship it destroys is transported to the Locker.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Its abrupt death is discovered by Jack and Barbossa, convincing the former that they really are at the End of an Age for the pirates.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: It can find his targets as long as they're in open water.
  • Super-Persistent Predator: Relentlessly pursues anyone marked with the black spot.
  • Tentacled Terror: A gigantic squid-like monster that knows no mercy.
  • To Serve Man: When it attacks the Edinburgh Trader, it snaps the ship in half and essentially double-fists the two halves and everyone on them into its gaping maw.
  • Wheel of Pain: The "Kraken Hammer" on the Flying Dutchman that Jones uses to sic it on other ships.

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