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The Silent Mary

    The Crew 
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"It's time to hunt a pirate!"

The ghosts of The Silent Mary's crew, trapped within the Devil's Triangle by a curse after their death since a young Jack Sparrow outmaneuvered them.


  • Alas, Poor Villain: The destruction of the Trident lifts their curse, turning them back to mortal men. They are all overjoyed by this... until they realize that they're at the bottom of the sea which is about to be refilled with water. They then try to reach the anchor of the Pearl in vain, with their captain leaving them to drown (though he isn't able to escape death thanks to Barbossa).
  • Body Horror: Every one of them save Salazar were killed in an explosion, resulting in their ghostly forms missing large portions of their bodies. One of them is merely a floating hat and a forearm holding a saber.
  • Cool Boat: Before Jack Sparrow led it to its doom, the Silent Mary was packed with cannons to engage several pirate ships at the same time and obliterate them. Under the undead curse, it looks more like the skeleton of a ship, and can lift its own bow to crash it on the hapless ships of the living.
  • Cursed with Awesome: The Devil's Triangle curse has some important shortcomings (they cannot set foot on land and probably are in some kind of agony), but in turn it also grants them and their ship several awesome powers. If they were powerful pirate hunters back when they were alive, they are now basically unstoppable; the only way to beat them is precisely wiping out their curse.
  • Custom Uniform: Their navy black uniforms are notably different from the dark green ones used by the Spanish Royal Navy in On Stranger Tides, hinting they might be a more specialized/elite branch of their fleet.
  • Dark Is Evil: Even before they died, the most prominent colors of the crew and their ship were black and grey.
  • Everyone Has Standards: A flashback shows some of Salazar's men looking uncomfortable as they are ordered to kill surrendering pirates.
  • Fate Worse than Death: After dying, they were trapped in a cavern within the Devil's Triangle and forced to remain within, waiting for unfortunate ships to enter their domain. They manage to escape it once Jack Sparrow "betrays" his compass. They escape further when they are free from the curse thanks to the destruction of Poseidon's Trident.
  • Floating Limbs: The explosion of the ship left some of the crew in this state in undeath.
  • Flying Dutchman: Ghost Piratesnote  who are Barred from the Afterlife? Check. Can't set foot on dry land? Check.
  • Ghost Pirate: Subverted in that none of them are pirates. They are pirate hunters. Although they do seem to attack other ships than pirates once they are freed from the Devil's Triangle.
  • Gratuitous English: They are part of the Spanish Royal Navy, yet their ship has an English name. While Silent Mary might be an intentional reference to the real life Bermuda Triangle Ghost Ship Mary Celeste, apparently the ship's name was going to be La Silenciosa María (its Spanish translation) early in production.
  • Mooks: Only Salazar and to a much lesser extent Lesaro have any characterization. The others are just nameless goons.
  • Non-Human Undead: The crew keeps undead sharks onboard to unleash them if need be, such as when chasing Jack Sparrow, Henry Turner and Carina Smyth. The ship also has undead seagulls in its wake.
  • Revenant Zombie: Probably a middle step between that and Vengeful Ghost (they are physically corporeal and retain the amount of body mass they had while dying, but the rest is supported by ghostly floating and they are capable to walk weightlessly on the water), but in any case they fit the archetype of a dead who returns with his personality intact out of revenge.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Salazar and his ship and crew were sealed inside the Devil's Triangle for several decades, thanks to Jack Sparrow. Should Jack be separated from his compass, his worst fear would be unleashed into the world — and his worst fear appears to be Salazar and his crew. Sure enough, they are freed from the Devil's Triangle when a drunken Jack uses the compass to pay himself some rum.
  • Shadow Archetype: Salazar and his crew have similarities with Barbossa and his crew aboard the Black Pearl from the first movie. Both groups were cursed into a state of undeadliness in which the pros don't exactly outweigh the cons, and they are notorious in the world of pirates as merciless pirate hunters and especially vicious pirates, respectively. Both crews have at least one undead animal onboard their ghostly ship, and their journey to their cursed state was linked to Jack Sparrow and the Black Pearl (or the former Wicked Wench).note  The state of Salazar's crew is arguably worse, for unlike Barbossa's cursed crew, they can be destroyed if they touch the land, and they don't know any way to undo their curse. Barbossa's crew composed of homicidal and greedy plunderers, but they weren't genocidal in any way. In a sense, Barbossa is facing the crew of the Silent Mary as worse versions of himself and his former crew. Both crews are freed from their curses at an inconvenient time when they'd have otherwise loved it (with Jack having a crucial role in both cases again), leading them to die or getting arrested. In a sense of irony, Barbossa was killed by Jack when his curse was lifted, and he personally sees to the unhexed Salazar's death with a weapon provided by Jack and at the cost of his own life.
  • Walk on Water: All of them can run on water.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: None of them are able to step on dry land. If any try, by purpose or accident, they immediately disintegrate.
  • Wound That Will Not Heal: They are basically living simulations of their cause of death. Given that most of them died in an explosion, it means their bodies are ripped apart and lack entire pieces.
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Captain

    Salazar 

Capitán Armando Salazar

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"Find Sparrow for me, and relay a message from Capitán Salazar! Tell him... Death will come straight for him!"
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Played By: Javier Bardem
"Pirates had infected the seas for generations, so I vowed to eliminate them all!"

A Spanish captain who once went on a crusade to rid the Caribbean of its pirates with his ship, the Silent Mary. At some point, he chased a young Jack Sparrow up until a place called the Devil's Triangle. Sparrow outmaneuvered the Silent Mary and caused it to crash on reef, leading to its destruction and taking the lives of Salazar and his crew. The place was cursed, it turned Salazar and his crew into ghosts and trapped them there. When Sparrow separated himself from his compasse, the Silent Mary's crew was free to terrorize the seas, seeking to exact revenge on Sparrow and find the Trident of Poseidon to come back among the living.


  • Adaptational Backstory Change: In the film, he claims both his father and grandfather were killed by pirates. In the novelization, it is stated that Salazar himself killed his father because he was corrupt and accepted pirate bribes. This is not entirely incompatible, given that someone as zealous as Salazar might argue pirates were the cause of his father's death after all, but is still an oddity. Jerry Bruckheimer has stated that the novelization's explanation is actually the canonical one.
  • Anti-Villain: Salazar might be cruel, brutal and ruthless, but that doesn't change the fact that he's utterly dedicated to a noble goal: eradicate piracy on the oceans once and for all. His hatred for pirates (and one in particular) is so intense not even death could stop him, and everything evil he does in the movie is part of his single-minded quest to make the seas safe. If the franchise wasn't centered on Villain Protagonists, Salazar could well be his story's exceptionally callous Anti-Hero.
  • Arch-Enemy: Salazar competes with Cutler Beckett as Jack Sparrow's most important enemy. Jack first initiated his career as the captain of the Black Pearl (or Wicked Wench as it was named back then) by killing Salazar who was undefeated until that point. After Jack has become a shell of his former glorious self, he betrays his compass by trading it for rum, releasing from the Devil's Triangle the now ghostly Salazar whose primary goal is to find and kill Jack for his humiliating death. Salazar's desire to kill Jack is so passionate that after regaining his humanity, the Spaniard abandons his loyal crew to drown at the bottom of the ocean because he doesn't want Jack to escape alive. After Jack has confronted Salazar and played a role in the Spaniard's final death, he has regained the command of the Black Pearl and gotten back on his feet.
  • Bad Black Barf: He spews black gas-like goo when talking sometimes, implied to be a ghostly simulation of old blood.
  • Big Bad: Of Dead Men Tell No Tales. Some international versions even call it Salazar's Revenge.
  • Body Horror: Whatever it was that brought him and his crew back, it did not see fit to bring them back exactly as they were (or rather brought them back exactly as they were while dying). He looks twisted and almost part of the sea, a la Davy Jones.
  • Brought Down to Normal: When the Trident is destroyed, he and his men become alive and mortal again. This also means they can drown or be hurt by normal weapons.
  • Came Back Wrong: To be fair, he wasn't exactly the nicest guy before his death, but his post-resurrection persona is positively demonic compared to his former days as a Spanish fleet captain.
  • Dirty Coward: With the sea bearing down on the now normal Salazar and his crew, he attempts to save himself by clinging on to the Pearl's anchor Jack Sparrow is using to escape, leaving his crew to drown and paying no heed to his loyal lieutenant Lesaro calling after him.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: His treatment of Barbossa's crew. Yes, they are pirates, and incredibly successful ones, meaning they probably did deserve punishment of a definitively final kind, but Salazar goes out of his way to make it as needlessly horrific as possible, hanging the ones he already didn't kill up and murdering them one by one.
  • The Dreaded: By pirates. Given that he's killed thousands of them in his lifetime, it makes sense.
  • Dual Wielding: Limps about with the aid of a pair of swords.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • To James Norrington. Both are officers in the Royal Navy of their respective countries who disdain pirates and aspire to wipe them out. They both suffer a fall from grace of which they blame Jack Sparrow. However, the more honorable Norrington cares for justice more than revenge, and he doesn't like to ruin lives to advance himself, expressing remorse for losing his crew because he tried to chase Jack Sparrow through a hurricane and coming to regret giving Beckett the heart of Davy Jones. He also adopts a greyer viewpoint in regards to pirates and a sense of respect for Jack Sparrow. The more vindictive and petty Salazar never changes his bigoted opinions about pirates and has less qualms about ending lives in his fanatical crusade, even abandoning his loyal crew to drown just to get to Jack.
    • As already expressed in the Shadow Archetype section above, Salazar is sort of a dark mirror of Barbossa. Notably, both men were killed by their shared nemesis Jack Sparrow, but unlike Salazar, Barbossa doesn't hold a grudge against Jack for that and becomes more of a Friendly Enemy with him.
  • Evil Is Petty:
    • He is seen casually eating an apple before ordering his men to gun down drowning survivors of a pirate ship, and said pirates were waving a White Flag on top of that.
    • His implied motivation for his resurrection. He simply could not get over the fact that, of all things note , he was killed by a pirate. He's going through all of this and doing everything because he got bested by one guy.
  • Evil Plan: "Eradicate all pirates" doesn't sound evil until you realize that he's gone Knight Templar about it. There's also the revenge angle.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Courtesy of being played by Javier Bardem. His naturally deep voice is deepened even further by the means he's been rendered undead.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's rather polite when he's talking with Henry, particularly when he asks Turner to deliver his message... but in the process, guts the terrified man in the next cell. When he's talking with Barbossa, he instructs his men to kill one of the Revenge's crew every time he taps his sword... which he is using as a cane. And after they strike a deal, he taps it a few more times just to be petty. He tries to kill Hector at first light rather than after the sun has risen, and Barbossa has to provoke a Motive Rant to buy enough time for them to see the Dying Gull.
  • Ghost Pirate: Technically not a pirate as he made his life's goal to kill them, but fits the trope otherwise.
  • Insistent Terminology: Salazar does not kill men. He kills pirates.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: Played with, in that he doesn't do this directly. However, he refuses to see pirates as human beings.
  • Kick the Dog: Having a man in a brig gutted for whimpering with understandable terror at seeing a group of undead walk into the room.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: His first on-screen murders include a group of arrogant, classist officers who'd just arrested Henry Turner to trying to warn them about going into the Devil's Triangle, one of whom'd even said he wanted to execute Henry for it. It's hard to feel too sorry for them when he does that (the rest of the crew, sure, but not the captain).
  • Kill ’Em All: Salazar's goal against pirates and he wants to use the Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that grants its possessor total control over the seas to achieve this.
  • Knight Templar: He was ruthless against pirates when he was alive, seeing them as a "disease" and not as humans. He still seems to consider them fair game as an undead:
    Barbossa: I have heard stories of the mighty Spanish captain, who's hunted and killed thousands of men-
    Salazar: No, no, no, no, not "men"! Pirates!
  • The Man Behind the Monsters: Due to the curse, the Silent Mary crewmen look like they looked at the moment they died. Most of them kicked the bucket in an explosion, meaning that their undead bodies are mangled sometimes to the point of being unrecognizable as people (one of them only has left an arm). Salazar, however, is implied to have died by drowning instead when he fell to the sea, so he enjoys a watery but relatively intact body.
  • Man in White: Before his death, his uniform was predominantly white.
  • Moral Myopia:
    • He was a well-known pirate hunter responsible for the deaths of thousands. He and his crew chased Jack Sparrow, but ended up crashing into a reef and died, but this made him be consumed by a desire of vengeance. While his victims were pirates, him being angry at one of the very people he was hunting down and trying to kill is a clear case of this.
    • His Freudian Excuse also brings this up. Salazar hates pirates because a crew of them were responsible for the deaths of his father and grandfather, but his rage-fuelled crusade against them turned him into a mass-murdering maniac, something much worse than the ones who murdered his family.
  • Mythology Gag: Incorporates aspects of three past antagonists. Like Curse of the Black Pearl's Barbossa, he's undead (although in a different way) and has a personal enmity with Jack Sparrow. Like Cutler Beckett, he has a genocidal hatred of pirates. And like Davy Jones, he possesses supernatural traits. Most notably, a physical aversion to dry land.
  • Neck Lift: Does this to Captain Toms while answering his What the Hell Are You? question with "Death", twisting his neck immediately afterwards.
  • Never My Fault: Salazar blames Jack and pirates in general for his death and fall from grace, but on examining the sequence of events, the fault in his death lies in Salazar's own pride and wrath, for chasing Jack into the Devil's Triangle because he was "mocking [his] pride", a decision entirely his own. On his resurrection, this pattern continues; Salazar begins gutting Barbossa's crew for Jack's escape onto land, and later dies again due to "playing with his food" and swinging Jack around with the Trident before attempting to kill him, giving Carina and Henry time to smash the Trident, thus removing his invulnerability, as well as wasting precious time usable to kill Jack and/or Henry & Carina or escape Poseidon's tomb.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: His skin is as livid as you would expect from an undead. He can harm the living, walks on water and seems to be intangible. He can also posses the living as he does to Henry Turner, but it's mentioned as irreversible without the Trident.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Of a sort.
  • Red Baron: "El Matador del Mar" (translated officially as "The Butcher of the Sea", but more literally "The Killer of the Sea", if not spelling literally "matador" as in bullfighting jargon).
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Salazar, even when living, wanted to rid the world of pirates. After his death, there is no pirate he wants to destroy more than Jack Sparrow, the young man who outsmarted and killed him.
    Salazar: He took everything from me, and filled me with ... rage.
  • Self-Made Orphan: In the novelization, his father was a corrupt Admiral that took bribes from pirates until he was arrested by the authorities while Armando's mother was taken and sent to the workhouse where she died. When his father paid his sentence and returned home, Armando greeted him with a knife and killed him. As such, he blames pirates for ruining his family's life rather than his own father's deeds.
  • Sincerity Mode: When he says "Will you say that to him, please?" to Henry after ordering him to deliver his warning to Jack Sparrow.
  • Slasher Smile: As he asks Henry to relay his message to Jack Sparrow, he sports one of these.
  • Sore Loser: The reason he's after Jack in the first place, he couldn't find peace in death knowing he was outsmarted by a pirate and pretty much came back as a zombie just to even the score with him.
  • Sword Cane: Inverted by him using a pair of swords as crutches.
  • Spare a Messenger: Standard operating procedure. Salazar spares one man's life while his crew massacre everyone else on a ship. He does so with Henry Turner in order to have a death threat message delivered to Jack Sparrow.
  • Title Drop: When asking Henry to deliver his message.
    Salazar: "I'd tell him myself, but... dead men tell no tales."
  • Toros y Flamenco: He's Spanish and sports a nickname that is a rather farfetched bullfighting metaphor, El Matador de Mar (matador translates literally as "killer", but it is never used in Spanish language outside of bullfighting lingo, where it is actually just another word for torero or bullfighter).
  • Voice of the Legion: Salazar's voice as a ghost sounds to be distorted.
  • Walk on Water: He charges on the water with his ghost crew, not bothering to use rowboats to land.
  • Was Once a Man: Salazar and his crew used to be ordinary human pirate hunters — until a younger Jack Sparrow and his crew sent them and their ship to the depths of the ocean, only to awaken as the undead.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: A rather large problem with Salazar's condition is that if he sets foot on land he promptly goes up in a puff of smoke.
  • Wild Hair: Salazar's hair has been messy and flowing ever since he became a ghost, and he's more of a vindictive vigilante than the naval officer of the King of Spain he was while he was alive, during which time his hair was neat.
  • You Killed My Father: The reason why he wants to kill all pirates. His father and grandfather were killed by them.

Lieutenant

    Lesaro 

Lieutenant Lesaro

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"Capitán, there must be another way. You know the dangers."
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Played By: Juan Carlos Vellido

Salazar's most loyal officer onboard the Silent Mary. He served Salazar during his crusade against piracy and was onboard when they chased Jack Sparrow to the Devil's Triangle. He distinguishable from the rest of the crew through the eye patch he wears over his left eye before and after becoming a ghost.


  • Aerith and Bob: "Lesaro" is not a known Spanish surname.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: The way he's last seen — calling after his capitán who's leaving Lesaro and the rest of the crew to drown — reaches out to you.
  • The Consigliere: Shows signs of this trope when he advises in clear concern his capitán not to go through with his plan to possess Henry's body with the risk of remaining trapped there or dying along with Henry on the land.
  • Eye Patch Of Power: Wears an eye patch.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Lesaro follows his capitán's orders, but he's not unaware of how deeply revenge is influencing Salazar's judgement. During the flashback scene, Lesaro follows the order to shoot surrendering pirates struggling for their lives in the sea, but he doesn't exactly share Salazar's nonchalantness.
  • Nice Hat: His cocked hat, which stayed on his head even in death. Some of the other crewmembers have a similar hat.
  • Number Two: Lesaro is Capitán Salazar's second-in-command and most loyal crewmember.

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