Edward Teach A.K.A. Blackbeard
A notorious English pirate who operated in the West Indies throughout the 18th century. The blackest soul and the darkest heart of any pirate who ever lived, striking fear into the bravest of sailors, Blackbeard was a name uttered in terror by all who sail the sea, or any unfortunate enough to encounter him on dry land.
- Abusive Parents: While he treats his daughter kindly at first, at one point he forces Jack to obey him by threatening to shoot her in a game of Russian Roulette. Even Jack is surprised to find out he wasn't lying. Later on, Blackbeard tries to convince Angelica to sacrifice her own life in exchange for his own.
- Badass Beard: Man's literally called Blackbeard.
- Badass Grandpa:
- Considering he has a grown daughter about Jack's age, this makes him one of the oldest pirates in the series, quite an impressive achievement.
- Going by the Real Life Blackbeard's birthdate, he would have been about 70 at the time this film is set; definitely an impressive achievement for a pirate — and one the Real Life Blackbeard can't match, since he was caught and killed when he was about 40. (Jack mentions having heard about his death, but he never does explain how he got out of it.) Of course, not that astonishing given that he's a magician and a necromancer.
- Bad Boss: He pressgangs pirates into serving on his crew, sends the most expendable ones out to serve as bait for mermaids then shoots the ones who try to escape to the shore, and burns his cook alive for taking place in the attempted mutiny. He's also not above killing his First Mate, who just so happens to also be his daughter, should it serve his own purposes.Blackbeard: If I don't kill a man every now and then, they forget who I am.
- Bait the Dog: His Papa Wolf feelings for his daughter. He later asks his daughter to sacrifice her life for his. He also deliberately makes the Russian Roulette so that he wouldn't know which of the two guns contained the bullet when threatening Jack Sparrow with the death of his daughter.
- BFS: The Sword of Triton is huge, at least compared to everyone else's cutlasses.
- Big Bad: In the fourth film, the main threat to Barbossa and Jack.
- The Captain: Feared captain of the Queen Anne's Revenge.
- Card-Carrying Villain: "I am a bad man."
- Cold Ham: He manages to be over the top while still being cool and collected.
- The Collector: Of ships from defeated crews, which he magically shrinks down and puts in bottles. Or it's implied considering he has the Black Pearl among his collections.
- Composite Character: In the novel that inspired the film, Blackbeard and the man who plans to sacrifice his daughter, the protagonist's love interest, to gain the benefit of the Fountain of Youth are two separate villains.
- Cool Sword: The Sword Of Triton, which gives him some level of Mind over Matter control over ships, allowing him to control them at will. It's implied that the sword is also the root of his other supernatural powers. Taken from him by Barbossa at the end of the movie, along with his ship and crew.
- Disappeared Dad: To his long lost daughter, Angelica, who's devoted to him because she always wanted to know her father.
- Do Not Go Gentle: During the climax, he finds himself facing Barbossa, the one-legged man prophesied to kill him. While he realizes his fate is approaching, Blackbeard is determined not to go down without a fight.Blackbeard: Aye. That be the cold breath of fate I feel down my nape. But, I'll have one last fight, by God.
- The Dreaded: "The Pirate All Pirates Fear".
- Even Evil Can Be Loved: Despite forcing his daughter into a situation where she has to sacrifice her own life to save his, she willingly does so because she loves him. She's even angry when she finds out Jack tricked them both and manipulated Blackbeard into drinking from the chalice that would kill him but save her.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Blackbeard acts as if he truly loves his daughter, even referring to her as the one good thing he's ever done in his life. He shows his true colors later on: he does truly care for her as an object of affection, but she's just that to him - an object, and one that he can and will dispose of if it suits his purposes.
- Evil Old Folks: If the real-life timeline of Blackbeard holds true in the Pirates of the Caribbean verse, he'd be about 70. He's at least old enough to have an adult daughter, and he's self-professed "bad man."
- Evil Sorcerer: See Hollywood Voodoo. Can resurrect the dead, make Voodoo dolls, and control his ship via a magic sword.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: His flesh and blood can be seen messily being stripped away by the waters of the Fountain of Youth during his death scene.
- Faux Affably Evil: Particularly when around Philip, he'll talk in a very half-amused, friendly tone while committing atrocities.
- For the Evulz: He has little motive beyond causing pain and suffering, and even admits as such:Blackbeard: You know when I feel closest to our Maker? When I see suffering, pain, and anguish. That's when the true design of this world is revealed.
- He Who Must Not Be Seen: The fact that none of the deckhands in the Queen's Revenge have actually seen him in person convinces Jack that they have all been fooled and they were not on Blackbeard's ship. He's wrong. Ironically, he ends up exposing himself when a mutiny is instigated by Jack Sparrow in order to lure him out.
- Hollywood Voodoo: A master practitioner of it and uses it to coerce Jack with a typical doll.
- Immortality Immorality: The Fountain of Youth doesn't really grant eternal life, it just lengthens it by draining another's life. Blackbeard's okay with making this sacrifice even if the sacrifice is his daughter.
- Kick the Morality Pet: Tries to sacrifice his seemingly beloved daughter to save his own life.
- Killed Off for Real: Between poison and the fountain of youth he is definitely, permanently, dead.
- Lack of Empathy: Blackbeard doesn't care about anyone but himself and his daughter, and it turns out he's even willing to sacrifice her to save his own life, or to prove a point.
- Large Ham: He has a very intense gravitas to himself.Blackbeard: Mutineers...HAAAAAAAAAAAANG!
- Magic Knight: Wields a blade and employs magic.
- Make an Example of Them: After Jack's failed mutiny, Angelica convinces Blackbeard that they need Jack alive to find the Fountain of Youth for him, so Blackbeard decides to kill the cook who took part in the mutiny instead.
- Moral Event Horizon: In-universe example. He convinces Philip, a Good Shepherd who earlier said that everyone could be saved by God's grace, that he himself could not.
- No One Sees the Boss: The fact that no member of the crew has ever actually seen Blackbeard in the flesh makes Jack think the infamous pirate isn't actually onboard at all and that the crew has all been conned. It's only after they mutiny that Blackbeard reveals himself.
- Oh, Crap!: The look on Jack's and the mutinous crew face when he finally reveals himself is priceless.
- Offing the Offspring: At one point he threatens to shoot Angelica just to force Jack to obey him, then later on he takes away her one chance at survival from the Fountain of Youth in order to save his own life.
- Papa Wolf: When Jack badmouths Angelica and tells Blackbeard she's only pretending to be his daughter, Blackbeard calls her the "only good thing" he's ever done in his life and starts torturing Jack with a voodoo doll. Unfortunately Blackbeard really does only view her as a "thing" that belongs to him, and is willing to kill her to prove a point, or save his own life.
- Remember the New Guy?: He shows up in the fourth film as a "legendary pirate" with no explanation about where he was in the previous entries, when the Pirate Lords convened and fought to save piracy.
- Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: While he doesn't outright say it, the spirit of it is there on his first conversation with Jack about his historical execution.
- Sadist: As he admits, he just likes hurting people.
- Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: The Quartermaster predicted his death at the hands of the "One Legged Man". Putting aside that he earned the enmity of this man by attacking him in the first place, he opened himself to attack by searching for the Fountain of Youth to avert his fate. Furthermore, by recruiting Jack Sparrow to help find it, he brought along possibly the one man on Earth clever enough to screw him at the critical moment.
- Screw Destiny: According to a prophesy, he is destined to die at the hands of the "One Legged Man". He is searching for the Fountain Of Youth to escape this fate.
- Shrouded in Myth: How he escaped death? How he became a sorcerer? Why does he keep ships as trophies? Myths to the persona of Blackbeard.
- The Sociopath: He commits cruel actions while maintaining a charming facade, he's incapable of empathy and ultimately proves he only views his daughter as an object to be sacrificed rather than someone he's genuinely capable of loving.
- Stripped to the Bone: The waters of the Fountain of Youth whirl around him, gorily ripping away his blood and flesh as it takes his life, ultimately reducing him to a skeleton that crumples in on itself.
- You Can't Fight Fate: This is his motivation for seeking the Fountain - you can't beat Fate in a straight duel, so you're better off cheating her. In the end, he is mortally wounded by the "One Legged Man", who, in a roundabout way, is still responsible for his death, even if Jack did the actual deed. In addition, he actually sealed his own fate by taking the Black Pearl, since the "One Legged Man" was a former member of the Black Pearl's crew, meaning he created the very thing that would do him in (though it's never made clear just when he got this prophecy, making it likely this prediction came as a result of that attack).
Jack: You demonstrated a lot of technique for someone I supposedly corrupted.
A beautiful but dangerous female pirate. Being a master of disguises, Angelica learned the art of the con from the best, Captain Jack Sparrow. A woman who tells lies that are truths and truths that are lies, Angelica was the daughter of the infamous pirate Blackbeard.
- Ambiguously Christian: Though, considering her nationality, presumably Catholic. Despite her inability to become a nun (thanks to Jack) and her current... less-than-reputable occupation, Angelica remained a devout believer in God, and spends most of the film trying to impart this belief onto her father (to no avail, which was obvious to everyone except her). It's also why she stopped Blackbeard from killing Philip, a man of God himself.
- Anti-Villain: She's just trying to help her father, the only family she has left.
- Creepy Crossdresser: She disguised herself as Captain Jack Sparrow to recruit various pirates and presumably gain a ship and deceiving them into joining Blackbeard to find the fountain of youth. Of course, the real Jack Sparrow is being pinned with the blame, and he fights her until she makes a move that exposes her real identity as a former flame of his.
- Dark Action Girl: Dressed in black, serving the main villain, and one Hell of a fighter.
- Dark and Troubled Past: She was about to take her final vows to become a nun, then she met and was ditched by Jack and she's been a trickster ever since.
- The Dragon: Blackbeard's right-hand-woman.
- Even Evil Has Standards: She's a pirate, but one of the least villainous ones in the series. She's convinced her father, Blackbeard, to spare Phillip because he's a clergyman and she's concerned about the well-being of his soul.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Having learned that Blackbeard is her father, she intends to stick around so they can actually have a father/daughter relationship. Jack's repeated attempts to convince her that he is a crappy father and all-around evil person fall on deaf ears, despite multiple examples that demonstrate the man has no redeeming qualities.
- Idiot Ball: She picks it up briefly in the climax. Even though she didn't know it was poisoned, trying to pull a sword out of someone by grabbing the blade is still pretty dumb.
- Kick the Dog: She tricks Syrena into thinking that Philip has been killed so that when he reveals himself to be alive and tries to rescue her, Syrena will cry tears of joy that can be used for the Fountain of Youth ritual.
- Love Martyr: Her father is a monster and eventually makes it clear her life means nothing to him, yet in spite of all of that, she's still willing to sacrifice herself for him and try to save his soul. She's enraged when Jack tricks her into stealing her father's life-force rather than letting Blackbeard steal hers.
- Luke, You Are My Father: Convinces Blackbeard she's his daughter... by actually being his daughter, much to Jack's surprise.
- Manipulative Bitch: And she had a good teacher - Jack himself!
- Morality Pet: She acts as one to Blackbeard, being the only person he seems to care about. He spares a clergyman because of her moral objections and listens to her advice on sparing Jack to use him. Unfortunately, his affection is mostly self-indulgent, viewing her as just a possession he's fond of, and one he's willing to throw away should the need arise.
- New Old Flame: To Jack. In fact, she was the only woman he had ever truly loved, and would ever love — and he still went and left her.
- Never a Self-Made Woman: Blackbeard's daughter and Jack's ex-girlfriend. Her motivation is to support her father.
- Of Corsets Sexy: Less sexy when you're pregnant in real-life, but that's what elastic's for.
- Pirate Girl: Seems to have been a pirate for about twenty years when we first meet her.
- Religious Bruiser: Prominently wears a cross, refuses to let a priest be killed, and firmly believes Blackbeard can be redeemed.
- Samus Is a Girl: Jack wasn't expecting her to be the false Jack Sparrow everyone was talking about.
- Save the Villain: Jack's big dilemma in the climax is how to save her from a fatal poison wound.
- Sequel Hook: Finds the voodoo doll of Jack in the after-credits scene.
- Spicy Latina: Hails from Spain and is quite a sexpot. Blackbeard accounts her fiery temper on account of her mother's "Latin blood."
- Sweet Polly Oliver: She first appears in the movie disguised as Captain Jack Sparrow.
- Taking the Veil:
- Subverted; she and Jack met in a convent where she lived and when she was about to take the veil.Angelica: I was about to take my vows!
- It's implied that because of her falling in love with Jack, she couldn't become a nun anymore and turned to the pirate life.
- Subverted; she and Jack met in a convent where she lived and when she was about to take the veil.
- Tsundere: She alternates between being hot, cold and incredibly passive-aggressive when interacting with Jack, her former lover. She's even tried to kill him in the past, though so have most people who've met Jack.
Philip: I'm not with you, neither am I against you.
Salama: Can he do that?
Jack: He's religious, I believe it's required.
A missionary spared by Blackbeard at his daughter's request and taken captive on the Queen Anne's Revenge.
- All-Loving Hero: For the first part of the movie he is firm in his belief that all pirates, no matter how ruthless, can saved by God's love. Then Blackbeard crosses the line.
- Badass Preacher: He stands up to Blackbeard even after he's tied to the mast! When he fights the Spaniards, Reality Ensues and he's very quickly injured in the abdomen.
- Deadpan Snarker: The man has a fine wit. For instance, when Blackbeard asks if it's true that all souls can be saved, he replies that yes, it is true but Blackbeard himself is "a bit of a long shot".
- The Drag-Along: Captured by the crew, spared by Angelica and tied to the mast, in hopes that he can save Blackbeard's soul. After the crew's mutiny, he's freed and dragged along on the journey.
- Dulcinea Effect: He becomes smitten with Syrena in no time and consistently tries to protect her.
- Expy: For John Chandagnac, The Protagonist of the novel the movie is based on. He's an ordinary man kidnapped by pirates and forced to join in the search for the Fountain of Youth.
- Fantastic Romance: With Syrena, a mermaid.
- Foil: To Angelica. Philip is a stand-up missionary while Angelica is a former convert novice who still seems to believe in God, despite her being a pirate. They initially share the belief that the evil soul of Blackbeard can be saved. However, Philip eventually learns to accept that Blackbeard is a lost cause when he sees how cruelly the pirate is willing to treat Syrena in his quest for the Fountain of Youth. Angelica in turn blindly clings to the possibility of his father's salvation even after seeing how willing he is to sacrifice his daughter just to prolong his own life.
- Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: He believes that everyone has some good in them and all souls can be saved, even Blackbeard's. Before the movie's over, Blackbeard's actions convince him that he was wrong and Blackbeard is evil beyond redemption.
- Good Shepherd: He sincerely attempts to persuade the pirates to turn toward the path of righteousness, and he's the only one among them to show kindness to and demand humane treatment for Syrena.
- The Missionary: He was spreading the Good News when Blackbeard's crew caught him.
- Nice Guy: Because he's a Good Shepherd it's a proactive niceness by spreading the Good News and demanding humane treatment for others.
- Non-Action Guy: Justified; he's a priest. He's no good at action.
- No Name Given: Up until the very last scene he's in, he is referred to as Cleric, Missionary, Hey, You!, and other such terms.
- Sequel Hook: Where did Syrena take him?
- Shirtless Scene: After he gives up his shirt to protect Syrena's modesty, he spends the rest of the movie in his unbuttoned vest.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Philip is suspiciously similar to Will Turner in terms of characterization: token good teammate on a pirate ship whose primary motivation is protecting his love interest and is killed near the climax and for this purpose may or may not have been saved from it depending on what Syrena did to him.
- This Is Unforgivable!: He firmly believes in the goodness of men, and believes all pirates can be saved by God's love, though he admits that saving Blackbeard's is "a bit of a long shot." When Blackbeard has Syrena tied up half in the water for a slow, painful death to extract a tear from her, Philip backpedals, declaring that he was wrong and Blackbeard has no chance of redemption.
- Token Good Teammate: He's a missionary on a pirate ship.
Officers on Blackbeard's ship which have been zombified to make them more compliant.
- Actually Pretty Funny: Gunner laughs when Jack quips about "the missionary's position".
- The Brute: Gunner, whose main purpose is terrorizing the crew and their enemies.
- Creepy Monotone: Both speak this way.
- Evil Genius: The Quartermaster, who can see the future.
- Scary Black Man: Gunner is a frightening, very tall, black male.
- Seers: The Quartermaster can apparently see into the future. It's his prophecy concerning Blackbeard's upcoming death that motivates the infamous pirate into searching for the Fountain of Youth. Played for Laughs later when Jack asks him if he'll survive a suicidal leap off a cliff.
- The Undead: They've been zombified and resurrected by Blackbeard.
- Undying Loyalty: The reason Blackbeard had them zombified is to make them obedient. In the junior novelization, Blackbeard resurrects the Cook he earlier burned to death. Apparently the scene was going to be filmed but was cut for being "too scary."
- Walking Shirtless Scene: None of their clothes completely cover their chests.
A pirate tricked into joining "Jack Sparrow's" crew only to find himself press-ganged into working for Blackbeard.
- Butt-Monkey: Scrum suffers quite a lot, particularly in Dead Men Tell No Tales at the hands of the British Navy after Gibbs dupes Scrum into thinking he's the captain.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Scrum ignores all the warnings he's been told about mermaids the second one swims up and begins flirting with him.Scrum: Boys! There ain't much been given to me in my brief, miserable life, there's the truth of it. But by God, I'll have it said that Scrum had himself a kiss from a proper mermaid!
- The Ditz: Scrum wants to marry a mermaid. After the mermaids have butchered half of his crew.
- Due to the Dead: He takes his hat off in honor of Barbossa's sacrifice to save his daughter.
- Hidden Depths: Though he's not the sharpest tool in the shed, he's a very talented at playing the mandola.
- Leeroy Jenkins: When Jack claims Blackbeard isn't onboard and they should mutiny, Scrum immediately grabs a sword and rushes off to start. Everyone else stares in silence before Jack tells them to go along with him.
- Lovable Coward: Scrum flees from most fights, but is also very endearing.
- Only Sane Man: Compared to the rest of his crew. When Jack suggests to just let Barbossa and Blackbeard fight without starting a huge battle, Scrum is the only one who agrees.
- Plucky Comic Relief: He provides a funny, dim-witted sidekick to Jack in the fourth movie.
- Punch-Clock Villain: He's a pirate, but a cheerful, non-malicious one who seems like a fun guy otherwise.
- Son of a Whore: Revealed during the whole "horologist" sequence in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
- Wild Card: He switches sides as many times as Jack does.