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"Find Sparrow for me and relay a message from Capitán Salazar, and tell him... Death will come straight for him! Will you say that to him, please?"
Capitán Salazar

Dead Men Tell No Talesnote  is the fifth movie in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, released on May 26, 2017.

Captain Jack Sparrow is pursued by the ghost of a pirate hunter, Captain Armando Salazar, who along with his crew that turned into ghosts, has escaped from the Devil's Triangle where Sparrow once led them to their death. In order to defeat Salazar, Jack sets out to seek the Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that grants its possessor total control over the seas. Salazar also wants to get his hands on the Trident, to kill every pirate at sea.

Previews: Teaser, Super Bowl TV spot, Trailer.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales contains examples of:

  • Aborted Arc: The Stinger from On Stranger Tides receives no follow-up in this movie. Additionally, Jack and Gibbs are left only with the Black Pearl in the bottle, while they had a whole bag of ships in the bottles. What happened to them? It is never mentioned. It may be speculated that Barbossa's fleet destroyed by Salazar were those ships, but, again, it is never stated in the movie. Also, with a reboot announced one year later, the movie and its Sequel Hook are on the receiving end of this trope.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: The woman Jack is almost forced into a Shotgun Wedding with. Not to mention her kids.
  • Actor Allusion: Uncle Jackie is introduced singing "Maggie Mae", a folk song recorded by Paul McCartney and The Beatles on Let It Be.
  • Aerith and Bob: "Salazar" is a believable Spanish surname (albeit one much more associated to Latin American than continental Spain), but "Lesaro" is not.
  • Affably Evil: When Salazar first meets Henry, he very politely asks if he would pass on a message to Jack Sparrow.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Just after Salazar and his crew lose their curse, becoming normal men again after years of a Fate Worse than Death... they immediately drown. Doubles for Salazar's crew, as they are left behind by their captain.
  • Always a Bigger Fish: A fight with the English? Goodness, no—the fight will be with the Silent Mary, which literally eats the English ship first.
  • Anachronism Stew: Has its own page.
  • And the Adventure Continues: As the film ends, Jack, now back in his beloved Black Pearl and with his crew by his side, sail off into the sunset in search of further adventure beyond the horizon.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Carina, as a "woman of science", refuses to believe in ghosts. Henry rightfully points out the obvious: a literal ghost ship of undead pirates pursuing them.
  • Arc Words: "It is treasure worth dying for." Yes, as it turns out, it is.
  • Artistic License – History:
    • Saint Martin is portrayed as a British colony in this film. While there were a few British settlements in the 1600s, the island was split between the Dutch and French by the time of the film's indeterminate 1700 time-frame.
    • This is compounded by, if we assume the film is set after 1735, 'witchcraft' not actually being a crime in England and its territories. It had been decriminalised in 1735 and prosecutions moved into the vagrancy act (i.e. if you claimed you could do magic, you were a con artist).
  • Artistic License – Marine Biology: The zombie sharks Salazar sends to kill Jack show that they have bones consisting of a spine along with a complete rib cage, whereas sharks are cartilaginous fish whose only bone tissue is their jaws.
  • Artistic License – Physics: In case it wasn't completely obvious, a team of horses cannot drag a building made as heavy as a bank would be. They certainly cannot do it at anything like a full gallop or remotely approaching the speed required to do all of the damage shown.
  • Artistic License – Ships: The movie relies on the premise that only a handful of sailors can navigate by stars, when just about every maritime vessel in real life would need at least one person on board with that ability. This gets a lampshade when Carina is surprised that Barbossa can and he points out that of course he can, he's a captain.
  • Artistic License – Space:
  • Bad Black Barf: Salazar has some black ectoplasm going out of his mouth.
  • Bald Mystic: Shansa, a sea witch who uses mysticism to guide Barbossa, keeps her head shaved and tattooed. It's a striking combination.
  • Bank Robbery: Jack Sparrow and his current crew are introduced by having them robbing a bank. Things don't go as planned, as they accidentally steal the whole building along with the giant safe that they are trying to drag out of it. Even worse, the safe's door was open during the escape, spilling all its contents into the streets and leaving naught but a single gold coin (which Jack secretly snags into his coat).
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: All the heroes look gorgeous from beginning to end no matter what abuse they go through (Jack's mud episode notwithstanding), but Carina easily tops them all.
  • Bermuda Triangle: The Devil's Triangle is clearly based after this legend. In real life, "Devil's Triangle" is actually just another name for the Bermuda Triangle, but navigational charts shown in the film reveal the two triangles are not the same location.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Scarfield, the main Royal Navy officer, clearly thinks he is a big deal and presents himself as a contender for the Trident, but is effortlessly dispatched by Salazar's ship. Though, he still is a threat to some extent so there is some Big Bad Ensemble in there.
  • Big Damn Reunion: With Will's curse broken, he and Elizabeth are reunited after many years.
  • Bling of War: As a result of many successful raids and taking so much plunder, Barbossa and his crew wear aristocratic clothing and jewelry.
  • Blunt "Yes": Jack tries to give an Armor-Piercing Question to Henry that he is comfortable abandoning Jack for "a Horologist in her knickers?" Henry bluntly says "yes."
  • Body Horror: Salazar's crew are basically their animate charred remains after they were led to their doom by Jack many years ago. Salazar himself isn't a pretty picture, either. It's implied that their existence is a painful one, too.
  • The Bus Came Back: Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann return after being absent in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Among the pirates, we see again Mullroy and Murtogg (the dumb redcoats from the first movie, who turned into pirates in the third movie), and Marty (the dwarf). Davy Jones returns in The Stinger.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday:
    • Jack is Covered in Mud, but acts as if this is the type of thing you'll have to get used to as a pirate:
      Jack: Pirate's life.
    • Played slightly more dramatic later, however, as Jack has no clear memory of Salazar despite cursing him to his undead state, since he's outwitted countless pirate hunters and naval officers in his time. The only thing he does remember is that he's a Spaniard. When the chips were down, Jack later brought up his original conversation with Salazar, boasting how if Salazar surrendered, he would spare him.
  • The Cameo:
    • Davy Jones's shadow and claw make an appearance in The Stinger.
    • Due to their little involvement in the story, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann also count, since they both only appeared at the very end of the film and in The Stinger (with Will also present in the opening scene).
    • In a more traditional sense, Paul McCartney as Jack Sparrow's uncle.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • If you listen very closely during the opening scene, at the point where Will and Henry hear the unseen crew of the Flying Dutchman talking among themselves belowdecks, you can vaguely hear the words "part of the crew, part of the ship" among the whispers.
    • In a deleted scene from Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Jack says a line about the French inventing mayonnaise. When Jack is about to go to the guillotine, he mentions that the French invented mayonnaise as well.
    • Shansa's line to Barbossa about regaining his "treasure" isn't just a Prophecy Twist, it references a comment Jack made once, also back in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl:
      Jack: Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate.
    • Henry tries to pull a sword on Jack, who immediately draws his pistol. His father's swordfight with Jack in Curse of the Black Pearl ended much the same way.
    • Carina and Henry don't know it, of course, but his Mum also had to strip out of a bulky dress and swim to shore wearing only (period appropriate) undergarments, which still kept them completely dressed; and Jack is there both times.
    • Jack repeatedly took jabs at Will Turner by calling him a eunuch, and still calls him that... to Will's son Henry. Now Jack tries needling Henry, but in a reverse-twist:
      Jack: [at Henry] You men are all alike.
      (Henry gives a silent What? look.)
    • In the flashback sequence, we see the ship that Jack takes control of is called the Wicked Wench. This is the original name of the Black Pearl before Davy Jones raised it from the sea for Jack Sparrow in exchange for Jack's servitude upon his death.
    • Both Carina and Elizabeth scoffed at the existence of ghosts and the supernatural, then screamed and scurried about in fright (at first) at finding themselves before actual ghosts.
    • Uncle Jack makes a joke about how the "skeleton walks into a bar and asks for a beer... and a mop" which references Barbossanote  when he drank wine on the Black Pearl during Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and the gag in the ride said scene was inspired by.
  • Cool Boat: As always for the series. The Black Pearl, the Flying Dutchman, the Queen Anne's Revenge and introducing the Silent Mary.
  • Covered in Mud: Jack Sparrow falls off a fence into mud. Then he goes into an inn and drinks from his bottle of rum — which is also covered in mud — and doesn't seem to be bothered the slightest. And, with the pigs that were nearby, it probably wasn't just mud.
  • Crucified Hero Shot: Barbossa, having saved his daughter from Salazar, takes this pose as he falls to the sea.
  • Curse Escape Clause: The Trident of Poseidon is the ultimate curse escape clause, being able to break any sea-related curse. Henry and Carina realize this is because it contains every curse; breaking it cancels all curses everywhere.
  • Demonic Possession: When he realizes that Jack is close to obtaining the Trident of Poseidon, Salazar possesses Henry, whom he had captured earlier, so that he can walk on dry land (as the sea had parted so that Poseidon's Tomb can be accessed). Though his lieutenant Lesaro warns him that if he is killed whilst in Henry's body, then he will be killed for good.
  • Digital De Aging: Johnny Depp was de-aged into his teens/20s for the flashback involving a young Jack Sparrow.
  • Distressed Dude: Captain Barbossa and his crew end up as this, as Salazar takes over their ship and Barbossa is forced to bargain to ensure they won't slaughter everyone.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Henry frees his father from his curse, allowing him to reunite with him and Elizabeth for good.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: Henry is not at all impressed with his first encounter with Jack; drunk, imprisoned, and without pants. Never mind that Jack would've launched a successful jailbreak if Henry were an actual guard at the prison.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Worn by Lesaro, the helmsman of Silent Mary.
  • Feathered Fiend: A pirate gets scared by an undead seagull before the ship he's in is sunk by Salazar.
  • Flanderization: Jack gets hit with it in full force during this film. In the first movie especially, but also somewhat in the sequels, he was still a solid captain capable of serious moments amidst Indy Ploy while being The Ditz and loving his drink. By this film, he is a full-on The Alcoholic, doesn't have the respect from his crew, gets thrown around as Pinball Protagonist, forgets words and only escapes danger through contrived luck. The only real excuse is a long bout of Alcohol-Induced Stupidity and Shansa mentioning that Barbossa had asked her to jinx his enemies, Jack included, when they had met sometime after On Stranger Tides.
  • Flying Dutchman:
    • The Silent Mary (Salazar's ship) is yet another ghost ship manned by a crew of the damned.
    • The actual Flying Dutchman returns, both as how it looked in the second and third movies, and as a ship free of its curse (albeit seen from a distance) at the end.
  • Forgot About His Powers: Barbossa starts as captain of the Queen Anne's Revenge and wielding the Sword of Triton, but the only time he used it was to break Blackbeard's curse that trapped the Black Pearl in a bottle. It was not even seen in his hands during his fight with Salazar.
  • Funny Background Event: You can still see Carina running for her life in the background as Jack and Salazar meet face to face once again.
  • Genre Blindness: When offered the options of death by firing squad, hanging or a new method, the guillotine, Jack picks the last ("I like the French! Did you know they invented the mayonnaise?"). Once he finds out what it does, he regrets and begs for an executing by disembowelment.
  • Ghost Pirate: Captain Salazar and his crew. Ironically, they are actually pirate hunters out to wipe every single pirate off the face of the Earth.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: The bank robbery gone awry near the beginning.
  • Grand Finale: The final chapter for both Jack Sparrow and Barbossa. On a meta level, this is the final film produced before a reboot of the franchise was announced, thus marking this movie as the conclusion for the current iteration of the Pirates of the Caribbean world as a whole.
  • Gratuitous English: Strangely enough, the Silent Mary sports an English name despite being a Spanish Royal Navy ship (and according to the manual, a ship completely built in Spain, not a captured foreign one as one might think). Apparently, her name was going to be a much more credible Silenciosa María, but it was later changed to English. Given that it is a ghost ship related to a "Devil's Triangle", it was probably done to make it a reference to the similar-sounding Mary Celeste, a real-life Ghost Ship that was thought to be a victim of the Bermuda Triangle.
  • Handy Feet: While trying to climb the anchor and escape in the climax, Jack uses his boot to draw Henry's sword so Barbossa can use it to kill Salazar.
  • Hanging Around: Carina Smith is set to hang publicly after being accused as a witch. She is saved by Henry Turner and the crew of the Black Pearl.
  • Happy Ending Override: To a degree, but ultimately subverted.
    • While an Ambiguous Situation, the ending of At World's End hinted that Elizabeth had remained faithful to Will for ten years, meaning he could finally return. And then we see Will's new look, due to the the curse of being captain of the Flying Dutchman.
    • In At World's End Elizabeth takes Will's name — "Mrs. Turner." In this film, Henry refers to himself as "the son of Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann," implying that Elizabeth has given up on Will in the intervening years. Despite this implication, the two are nothing but overjoyed to be reunited in the final scenes.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Barbossa sacrifices himself to prevent the now-mortal Salazar and his crew from pursuing Jack back to the Black Pearl at the end, right after revealing to Carina that he's her father.
  • Humanity Ensues: The destruction of the Trident of Poseidon causes all curses to be lifted. This results in Salazar and his crew being fully restored to the way they were before they died. The same effect also happens to the crew of the Flying Dutchman, freeing them from an eternity trapped on the ship and allowing Will Turner to be reunited with his son, Henry, and his wife Elizabeth.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Scarfield is revealed as this after constantly referring to Carina as a "witch" and eager to have her executed, only to employ an actual dark-sorcery-using witch with her own witch lair who's implied to have served him and the Royal Navy for a long time.
    • Salazar insists he never killed men, only pirates. The audience first sees him massacring a British naval vessel for no reason other than For the Evulz. He does so later again in the field destroying Scarfield's ship despite both times the Royal Navy were chasing down pirates. Captain Barbossa, who spent some time as a privateer, was basically a legally-sanctioned pirate, but the film never states that this motivates Salazar's attacks on his vessels.
  • I Banged Your Mom: When Carina proudly states that she's a horologist (one who studies time), Jack's dimwitted crew immediately only hear the first part of that word. One of them chimes up and says that his mother was one, but didn't go around boasting about it. Marty then makes a comment that goes over the other's head that he knows her personally.
  • Immortality Field: Captain Armando Salazar and his crew were cursed by the Devil's Triangle to become The Undead. They were trapped in the cave where they died until Jack Sparrow "betrayed" his compass, enabling them to sail the seas again. However, setting foot on land will reduce them to dust.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy:
    • All Jack has to do to avoid the British soldiers with guns pointed at them is to drop to his stomach. The soldiers simply fire straight over him.
    • Played straight during the bank robbery chase scene.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: While we do know the source of the curse, why a random crew that happened to wander into a cursed location would be so much more powerful than all the other supernatural threats in the series goes unexplained. We also get no explanation for the Triangle itself.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Jack insists tribute for the "privilege" of saving him, after Gibbs and his crew return to save him after being paid by Henry. Gibbs ends up agreeing with Jack, for half of what they were paid.
  • Insignia Rip-Off Ritual: When Henry tries to be the Only Sane Man on his ship in regards to sailing into the Devil's Triangle, his commanding officer does this to him and throws him in the brig. This unfortunately gives him trouble as Scarfield believes he's a coward and a traitor because of it and refuses to listen to his warnings about Salazar.
  • Insistent Terminology: When Barbossa relates the legends about Salazar, who had killed thousands of men, Salazar angrily corrects him that he did not kill men. He killed "pirates".
  • Ironic Name: The name of the ship Jack and his crew sail away from St. Martins on: the Dying Gull. It nearly perfectly emulates, in name alone, the downward spiral of Jack's career that's already been reflected upon throughout the film: the downgrade of his capture reward, his near-constant drunken state, the loss of his crew and their faith (the ever-faithful Gibbs included!) in his abilities to be their captain, the poor decisions that led to the events of the film, and the bad luck in general that has been following Jack around. It just seems a rather fitting name, however sad it is.
  • I Shall Taunt You: In the flashback where he became captain, Jack deliberately raises a pirate flag and demands Salazar's surrender just to piss him off, knowing Salazar will pursue him into the cave. Jack manages to save his ship by snagging a nearby rock with heavy rope so it will drag the ship into a hard turn, leaving Salazar to sail to his death.
  • Jacob Marley Apparel: The crew of the Silent Mary retain their clothing and the injuries they sustained at the time of their deaths. Salazar died whilst underwater, so he looks like he's constantly floating, and most of the crew who died as the Silent Mary exploded are missing varying degrees of their body parts (for instance, one crew member has the upper-half of his head completely missing).
  • Last Words: Carina decides to drop some that even insult the intelligence of the commoners who think she's a witch. Then Jack decides to barge in.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Actually, like potential mother-in-law Elizabeth to potential daughter-in-law Carina, as the similarities and parallels between them makes things nearly Freudian, doesn't it.
  • Living Figurehead: Just as Jack thinks that he has eluded danger by outrunning Salazar during their swordfight in between of their ships, the figurehead of Salazar's ship comes alive and starts attacking him too.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Carina is Barbossa's daughter. She discovers when seeing the tattoo on his arm, resembling the cover of the diary she inherited.
  • MacGuffin: Two of them: Jack's famous compass and the Trident of Poseidon, the former of which is needed to find the latter.
  • Making a Splash: One of the Trident of Poseidon's powers is literal control of the sea.
  • The Man They Couldn't Hang: Carina is saved by Henry.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Jack pulls this off with Carina to get information from her. He claims he'll throw Henry overboard if she doesn't give him the information he desired, and after trussing Henry up and throwing him overboard while explaining what keelhauling was, she blurts out everything she knows and rushes to Henry's aid... only to find him safe and sound, lying in the dingy little rowboat tied off to the side of the Dying Gull. Jack and his crew laugh it off in the aftermath when she sees what they did was all for show.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": The crews of the Black Pearl and the Silent Mary both have this reaction towards the end of the film when they realize that they're heading straight into the island where the trident is hidden.
  • Meadow Run: When Will steps on land and Elizabeth appears, they run towards each other.
  • Moment Killer: Carina's Final Speech instantly lose its intended gravitas when Jack decides to add his two cents, much to her chagrin.
  • Motive Decay: Salazar is established to have been motivated by a justified hatred of pirates and was absolutely ruthless towards them. Throughout the movie, however, his specific revenge against Jack Sparrow seems to start taking priority over everything. He consistently gives Barbossa plenty of time to bargain for his life, despite his historical lack of hesitation, and in the climax there is no hesitation as he wipes out a navy ship (albeit a rival navy) to get to Jack, even though the navy was also after Jack and could have been of use like Barbossa. Although it could be argued that his motive itself was decay, since he opened the movie slaughtering a ship full of navy men for no real reason before we're even told that he only kills pirates.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The name of the ship which Jack captains in Salazar's flashback is called Wicked Wench, the name of the ship in the original Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. This was previously revealed in commentary regarding the At World's End and in the The Price of Freedom novel.
    • For the third time, a drunk ends up in a pigpen like in the original park attraction (first Gibbs, then Norrington, now Jack).
  • Nerds Are Virgins: A pun is made of this, with a squeamish astronomer yelling that "no woman has ever handled his Herschel" when he sees Carina handling his telescope.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
    • Jack trades his compass for a bottle of rum, freeing Salazar in the process; he betrayed the compass by giving it up, and by doing so it released Jack's greatest fear in retribution.
    • Carina scratching her astronomic calculations into the wall of her prison cell ends up putting the Redcoats on the protagonists' trail.
    • The destruction of the Trident of Poseidon causes all curses to be lifted... including the Flying Dutchman, causing it to become crewless, when the crew's job is to ferry souls to the afterlife. It is implied that it forces Davy Jones to return to haunt the seas once again.
  • No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Armando Salazar seems more than a bit inspired by real life captain Antonio Barceló, another mid-18th century Spanish pirate hunter with some ugly scars and a family involved in the business (the main difference being that Barceló operated in the Mediterranean rather than the Atlantic). Bardem even has a passing resemblance to him and would make a quite credible Barceló himself.
  • Not So Above It All: Carina strips down to her undergarments before swimming. Henry insists that she not leave the boat while Jack is preoccupied with the idea of her stripping naked. After she's gone, Henry excitedly admits to seeing her ankles!
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • This is more or less Jack's default expression throughout the movie due to his tendency to find himself in trouble he didn't notice before because he's constantly hammered. A particularly good one happens when he sees the guillotine for the first time.
    • Also Carina seeing that ghosts are real.
  • Old-Timey Ankle Taboo: Carina Smyth strips out of her heavy outer garments so she can dive off a boat and escape pursuit by Salazar's men. Henry Turner, who is in the boat with her, becomes flustered and tries to stop her out of modesty the more she takes off, while (Captain) Jack Sparrow, who is also in the boat, gets increasingly excited. When she stops stripping and jumps into the water, Jack angrily rebukes him for trying to dissuade her.
    Henry: I saw her ankles!
    Jack: You'd have seen more than that if you'd kept your cakehole shut!
  • Ominous Music Box Tune: As it is revealed that Will's dream about Davy Jones was real after all, the camera focuses on the barnacles Jones left behind, while playing his iconic music box Leitmotif.
  • One-Woman Wail: The teaser trailer ends with a haunting, melodic wail before the skull-and-crossbones logo is shown.
  • Parting the Sea: The island where Poseidon's Trident is hidden parts the waters when its missing gemstone is returned, allowing access to the Trident's home on the ocean floor. Shattering the Trident causes the magic to unravel, which causes a bit of difficulty.
  • Pinball Protagonist: Just like On Stranger Tides, Jack becomes this. The only reason Jack ends up getting involved in the plot of the film is because Henry believes he will be useful and because the main villain, Salazar, wants to take revenge on him. But even so, Jack simply spends most of the film jumping from event to event, fleeing Salazar while the rest of the characters do most of the important actions.
  • Precision F-Strike: As close to one as a Disney film can get, with Carina telling some of Salazar's men to "piss off!" during the movie's climax.
  • Promoted to Scapegoat: Gibbs pulls this on Scrum by claiming that Jack told him he wanted him to become Captain if anything happened to him. One Smash Cut later, he's being beaten up by the Royal Navy after they board the ship.
  • Properly Paranoid: When Henry realizes that the ship he's on is heading into the Devil's Triangle, he tries to warn his captain, but he's ignored, receives an Insignia Rip-Off Ritual, and is thrown in the brig for attempted treason. The captain doesn't realize until it's too late that he should've listened to him.
  • Prophecy Twist: Shansa, after giving Barbossa Jack's compass, mentions that if he follows it, he will find Jack and regain his "treasure". Barbossa is originally led to believe that he will regain all the wealth he's lost thanks to Salazar's attacks, as logically, that would be what he wants most. However, after meeting Carina, he realizes that she is the treasure he seeks, as she's his long-lost daughter. This is only further proven when he sees the compass point towards her.
  • Raising the Steaks:
    • Undead sharks and seagulls can be seen in the wake of the Silent Mary.
    • Jack, the undead monkey, also returns. Probably a subversion, as breaking all the sea's curses presumably returned the animal to life at the end.
  • Rapid-Fire "No!": Salazar's response when Barbossa calls pirates "men".
  • Ramming Always Works: The Silent Mary is The Juggernaut who simply goes through other ships in its path.
  • Red Baron: Salazar is also known as "El Matador del Mar" (The Butcher Of the Sea), gained from his ruthless campaign of slaughter against piratesnote .
  • Revenge of the Sequel: The alternate title Salazar's Revenge.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Salazar, even when living, wanted to rid the world of pirates for murdering both his father and grandfather. After his death, there is no pirate he wants to destroy more than Jack Sparrow, the man who outsmarted and killed him.
    Salazar: He took everything from me. And filled me with... rage.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The Silent Mary and its crew are trapped in the cave where they died. However, when Jack gives away his compass, it causes the cave to collapse and breaks them free of their imprisonment, allowing Salazar to continue his hunt for pirates and Jack Sparrow.
  • Series Continuity Error: A few.
    • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest established that Jack got his compass from Tia Dalma. Here he got from the old captain of the Wicked Wench, back when he first started out as pirate. (Although he may have bartered it from Tia Dalma for the captain or he took it from him afterwards.)
    • Will's time on the Flying Dutchman has meant he's slowly began to mutate like Davy Jones. However Jones only became the monster he did because he forsook his duty to ferry souls to the other side, which Will is not stated to have done. It's a key plot point that Will took over as captain of the ship at the end of the 3rd movie, yet his appearance at the start of the film indicates he's just yet another crew member who happened to find his son before the others could.
    • Scrum is seen as part of Jack's crew when he went with Barbossa at the end of On Stranger Tides. Though it's possible he switches sides again during the intervening years between On Stranger Tides and this installment.
    • The flashback showing how Jack first became a pirate captain conflicts with his backstory presented in the prequel books. Though this could be a case of Canon Marches On since it's books vs. movie.
    • Within the film's own continuity, destroying the Trident broke all curses at sea, including that of the Flying Dutchman, but Davy Jones is still a monster.
    • There's also the question of exactly when Barbossa fathered Carina. Since Henry is the son of Will and Elizabeth and Carina is around the same age as him, she should have been born around the same time as him, the events of At World's End or shortly after. However, Jack and Barbossa knew Carina's mother Margaret as a mutual friend, implying Carina would have been born sometime before Curse of the Black Pearl when Barbossa was on Jack's crew, which should make her likely several years older than Henry, possibly as old as Will and Elizabeth themselves. While it's not impossible that Jack and Barbossa initially met Margaret while Barbossa was serving with Jack and Barbossa reconnected with her after At World's End, that's still a tight timeframe for pregnancy to occur, and for it Carina ought to be a little younger than Henry.note 
  • Ship Sinking: Since the ending to At World's End and the fact that the main character is Will and Elizabeth's son didn't seem to hammer the fact that Elizabeth doesn't care for Jack is enough, the scene where Henry tells Jack his mother doesn't care about him obliterates Sparrabeth's chances for good. Not that it will stop the shippers from trying to reading into it entirely wrong.
  • Shotgun Wedding: Jack is roped into one — well, Flintlock and Gallows Wedding, to be more specific.
  • Spare a Messenger: Salazar is known to spare one man of any ship he slaughters so that the survivor can tell the tale of his "deeds". Salazar's ghost crew massacre everyone on the ship that Henry was on save for him, in which Salazar then asks him to deliver a message of death to Jack Sparrow. Salazar does the same to ships under Barbossa's command. Averted when he destroys Scarfield's ship, but he already had his goal in sight at that point and didn't need to bother.
  • Spexico: "Salazar" is a Spanish-born surname, but it became very rare to hear in Spain after the Conquest of the Americas, as most people with that name migrated there. As the character Salazar is not mentioned to have been born in the Indias, it's most likely this trope.
  • Spin-Offspring: The film focuses on Henry Turner, son of Will and Elizabeth, looking for a way to free his father from the Flying Dutchman. Near the end of the film, we also learn that Carina is Barbossa's daughter.
  • Stacked Characters Poster: The poster shows a stack of five major characters with Jack Sparrow in the center and the villain on top.
  • The Stinger: Doubles as a Sequel Hook. While Will and Elizabeth are asleep, the shadow of Davy Jones comes upon them and prepares to strike, only for Will to wake up and realize that it was only a nightmare. However, the camera then pans to a pair of barnacles on the still-wet floor, revealing that it may not have been a dream after all....
  • Supernatural Floating Hair: Captain Salazar, possibly a result of him drowning in the Devil's Triangle, its curse preserving him and his crew in whatever state they were in when they died.
  • Supernatural Repellent: Salazar and his men, much like Davy Jones, are bound to the seas. Stepping on dry land will result in whatever remains of their being disintegrating. Thus, the ghosts are forced to remain on the literal edge of a beach when they finally catch up to Jack. When Salazar manages to obtain the Trident of Poseidon, he loses his inability to walk on dry land.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: The pirate fleet that attempted to take on the Silent Mary in the flashback numbered around ten frigate-sized ships. But the Silent Mary, even before getting a supernatural upgrade, was a 100-gun floating fortress, and annihilated the pirate fleet despite having a massive numbers disadvantage. This is absolutely Truth in Television, as ships with less than 74 guns were considered too small and too weak to engage real Ships of the Line.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute:
    • More or less the only difference between the Silent Mary and the Flying Dutchman is the motivations of their respective captain. The rest of both essentially boils down to "creepy ghost ship with a massively destructive special attack and a cursed, undead captain that can't set foot on land."
    • Shansa the sea witch is one for Tia Dalma.
    • Mullroy and Murtogg are back again, now serving under Barbossa. They basically serve the same role that Pintel and Ragetti used to provide.
    • Bollard and Cremble are so similar to Pintel and Ragetti (both personality-wise and appearance-wise) that most stories just confuse them for the famous duo.
  • That Poor Cat: As Jack stumbles around during the chaos caused by him robbing a bank, a cat's screech can be heard.
  • Threatening Shark: Undead ones, to boot! Albeit Jack manages to use one to pull his dinghy.
  • Title Drop: At the beginning of the film, Salazar explains to Henry that his reason for sparing only one man for every ship he massacres is because "Dead Men Tell No Tales".
  • Tongue Trauma: Barbossa threatens to cut off Jack's tongue if he tells Carina that he is her father.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Far from the Only Sane Man he was in the previous films, Gibbs is now just as cowardly, disloyal, and self-centered as the rest of the pirates.
  • Toros y Flamenco: Salazar is a Spanish captain with a bullfighting-related nickname, El Matador del Mar ("matador" translates literally as "killer", but it is rarely used in Spanish language outside of bullfighting lingo). He also does a little flamenco tap dance to order Barbossa's men to be killed.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: An International Trailer revealed that Elizabeth would appear in the film.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Marty, Mullroy, and Murtogg return after being presumed to be either killed by Blackbeard or stuck in the bottle with the Pearl based on Barbossa's account from the last movie. In fact, when the Black Pearl is freed from the bottle, we don't see any of the crew on board, alive or dead (the only one who shows up is Jack the Monkey).
  • Unusual Euphemism: Henry and Carina discuss his Accidental Pervert moment while saving her from being hanged using nautical terms.
  • Walk on Water: Salazar and his crew can walk and run on water.
  • "Wanted!" Poster: Jack has one as usual, but due to his bad luck and constant failures the price on his head has gradually been reduced to almost nothing. Henry carries one of these wanted posters with him in his search for Jack Sparrow. When Salazar sinks the ship Henry is on but sees the poster, he allows Henry to be the one crewmember to survive so he can deliver a message to Jack should he ever find him.
  • 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 undead.
  • We Meet Again: Said by Barbossa (right after firing a shot in the air) when reunited with Jack Sparrow, interrupting his Shotgun Wedding in the process.
    Barbossa: Jack, we meet again.
  • Wham Shot: The Stinger shows Will and Elizabeth lying in bed. While Will struggles to sleep, the door creaks open, and the shadowed figure of Davy Jones enters the room. When Will wakes up from his nightmare, he goes back to sleep, before the camera pans to several barnacles lying in a puddle of seawater under the bed.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • The fates of the Dying Gull, the Queen Anne's Revenge and the Silent Mary ships after the events of the film are unknown.
    • The last we see of Shansa the sea witch is when she helps Captain Scarfield out.
    • Will Turner Sr., Will's father and the reason he boarded the Flying Dutchman, is nowhere to be seen when Will comes back to Elizabeth.
  • What the Hell Are You?: Asked by Captain Toms before Salazar kills him.
    Toms: What are you? [is lifted from the neck by Salazar]
    Salazar: Death. [twists the neck of Toms]


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