List of Pirates of the Caribbean characters
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This is a list of characters appearing in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series.
- 1 Primary characters
- 2 Antagonists
- 3 Supporting characters
- 3.1 Joshamee Gibbs
- 3.2 James Norrington
- 3.3 Bootstrap Bill Turner
- 3.4 Pintel and Ragetti
- 3.5 Lieutenant/Lieutenant Commander Theodore Groves
- 3.6 Cotton
- 3.7 Marty
- 3.8 Scrum
- 3.9 Jack the Monkey
- 3.10 Governor Swann
- 3.11 Tia Dalma / Calypso
- 3.12 Henry
- 3.13 Carina Smyth
- 3.14 Sao Feng
- 3.15 Spaniard
- 3.16 Philip Swift
- 3.17 Syrena
- 3.18 Anamaria
- 3.19 Brethren Court
- 3.20 Captain Teague
- 4 Minor characters
- 4.1 Murtogg and Mullroy
- 4.2 Lieutenant Gillette
- 4.3 Mercer
- 4.4 Flying Dutchman crew
- 4.5 Black Pearl cursed pirate crew
- 4.6 East India Trading Company
- 4.7 Edinburgh Trader crew
- 4.8 King Ferdinand
- 4.9 King George
- 4.10 Giselle
- 4.11 Scarlett
- 4.12 Cabin Boy
- 4.13 Gunner
- 4.14 Quartermaster
- 4.15 Master-at-Arms
- 4.16 Yeoman
- 4.17 Prison Dog
- 4.18 Leech
- 4.19 LeJon
- 4.20 Ho-Kwan
- 4.21 Lian
- 4.22 Park
- 4.23 Mr. Brown
- 4.24 Chaplain
- 4.25 Salaman
- 4.26 Steng
- 4.27 Hernán Cortés
- 4.28 Tai Huang
- 4.29 Tamara
- 4.30 Whitecap Bay Mermaids
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Captain Jack Sparrow
Captain Jack Sparrow is the main protagonist of the series, portrayed by Johnny Depp. First introduced in the film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), he later appears in the sequels Dead Man's Chest (2006), At World's End (2007), On Stranger Tides (2011), and Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017). Originally conceived as a supporting character, Jack Sparrow was brought to life by actor Johnny Depp, who based his characterization on The Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards and cartoon character Pepé Le Pew. He insists on being introduced as "Captain" Jack Sparrow.
Sparrow is one of the Brethren Court, the Pirate Lords of the Seven Seas, acting as Pirate Lord of the Caribbean. He can be treacherous and survives mostly by using wit and negotiation rather than weapons or force, preferring to flee most dangerous situations and fight only when necessary. Sparrow is introduced seeking to regain his ship, the Black Pearl, from his mutinous first mate, Hector Barbossa, and attempts to escape his blood debt to the legendary Davy Jones while battling the East India Trading Company. He is attracted to four women throughout the series, Elizabeth Swann, Angelica, Scarlet, and Giselle. During Dead Man's Chest, Elizabeth realized she was attracted to Jack. Fearing that she would betray Will, she literally "drowned" her guilt by a single kiss. She is currently the only character to kiss Jack Sparrow.
In his quest of the Fountain of Youth, he becomes reacquainted with his love interest Angelica, who takes him aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge. Aboard the Revenge, Jack leads a mutiny that is eventually crushed by Blackbeard. Working with Blackbeard and Angelica, Jack leads them to the Fountain.
Jack Sparrow is also the subject of a children's book series, Pirates of the Caribbean: Jack Sparrow, which chronicles his teenage years. The character has also appeared in numerous video games.
William "Will" Turner, Jr. is one of the main characters and protagonists of the first three films and will appear in the fifth film in the series; portrayed by Orlando Bloom as an adult and by Dylan Smith as a child at the beginning of the first film. The only son of pirate "Bootstrap" Bill Turner, Will is a blacksmith's apprentice working in Port Royal. He secretly loves the governor's daughter, Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley), although he occupies a lower social class. Will is an exceptional swordsman, though he lacks actual combat experience. Despite being mild-mannered, Will is brave, as seen when he confronts Captain Jack Sparrow in a sword fight and by his response to Barbossa's attack on Port Royal. He is loyal to those he cares about and would risk everything to protect them, especially Elizabeth. This trait is seen throughout the films as Will's character develops more by his reaction to unforeseen circumstances rather than his personal ambition or deliberate choices. Most likely he would have continued plying his trade, never presuming to rise above his current station, pining for the woman he believes he can never have. At his best, Will is clever, heroic, and courageous and never shirks responsibility or leaves an obligation unfulfilled. He can also be preoccupied and brooding and, early on, demonstrated rather simplistic and naïve views, although his character gradually matures and deepens into a more complex and worldly man as the films progress.
By the end of the third film, Will, now married to Elizabeth, has replaced Davy Jones as the immortal captain of the Flying Dutchman.
Elizabeth Swann (later Elizabeth Turner) is one of the main protagonists in the first three films in the series and the leading lady of the series, portrayed by Keira Knightley as an adult and by Lucinda Dryzek as a child in the first film's prologue. She is known to use the alias "Elizabeth Turner," but this later becomes her married name when she weds the character, Will Turner (Orlando Bloom).
Elizabeth is a spirited, intelligent, and independent-minded character. Her beauty attracted the attention of several men including William Turner, Hector Barbossa, Pintel and Ragetti, James Norrington, Sao Feng and Captain Jack Sparrow. Throughout the three films, she transforms from a proper lady into a courageous pirate. Piracy and life at sea have always fascinated Elizabeth, but she is revolted by pirates' aggressive, wild nature, especially Captain Jack Sparrow, who made his escape from Port Royal at her expense, though she is grateful to him for saving her life. Even after becoming a pirate, Elizabeth retains her refined manners and morals, as well as her loyalty and compassion for loved ones (including Will Turner, her father, and later, Jack Sparrow and James Norrington). Elizabeth first becomes the pirate lord of the South China Sea, succeeding Sao Feng after his death; and later becomes the voted Pirate Queen of the Brethren Court of the nine pirate lords.
Elizabeth adapts easily to piracy, for instance, learning swordsmanship from William. She is able to defend herself against multiple opponents and can fight using two swords simultaneously. Elizabeth has natural leadership abilities, learned seamanship quickly, and possesses an innate talent for battle strategy, devising new defensive and offensive maneuvers against her opponents. She uses a Chinese Jian sword and is seen carrying a multitude of other weapons on her person including knives, firearms, and what appears to be a small grenade.
She often speaks her mind, even if it means offending others; for example, she calls Sao Feng (a potentially dangerous enemy) a coward to his face, to which Sao Feng replies, "Elizabeth Swann...there is more to you than meets the eye, isn't there? And the eye...does not go wanting." (2007) Elizabeth is a brave and resourceful woman. During her brief reign as Pirate King, Elizabeth proves to be very charismatic, encouraging the pirates to face off against Cutler Beckett's fleet, showing that she has a talent for leadership. However, there is a darker side to Elizabeth's personality, as shown when she handcuffs Jack Sparrow to the mast of the Black Pearl in order to give herself and the others time to escape from the Kraken. She does feel extremely guilty for leaving Jack (though she tells Jack that she's not sorry before leaving him to his doom) and is a member of the crew that went to rescue him from Davy Jones' Locker.
At the end of the third film, At World's End, Elizabeth marries Will Turner, who has now become the new Davy Jones after stabbing the heart of the first one. The curse of being Davy Jones only allows Will one day on land every ten years, and so he is unable to dwell with Elizabeth, and can only see her once per said number of years. At the finish of "At World's End", Elizabeth is raising her and Will's son, and takes the boy, now ten years old, to meet his father for the first time. It is unknown what happens to Elizabeth after this film, as she does not appear in the fourth film.
Hector Barbossa, portrayed by Australian actor Geoffrey Rush, appears in all of the films. Barbossa was first introduced in the series as the main antagonist in the events of the first film, and pirate captain of the Black Pearl after committing mutiny against the ship's former captain, Jack Sparrow. Having met his demise in the climax of the film, his character is revealed to have been resurrected at the end of the second film, becoming a supporting protagonist in At World's End. In the third film, it is revealed that Barbossa is also one of the nine pirate lords as Pirate Lord of the Caspian Sea. In the fourth film, On Stranger Tides, he has become a privateer in the British Royal Navy and is ordered to be Jack's guide on an expedition for the Fountain of Youth.
In the first film, Barbossa is captain of the pirate ship Black Pearl, and is the main antagonist of the film. His plan is to break the Aztec curse he and his crew are under and bring an end to Jack Sparrow, one of his archrivals. Originally the ship's first mate under Captain Sparrow, Barbossa persuaded Jack to reveal the bearings to Isla de Muerta where the Chest of Cortez, containing 882 pieces of Aztec gold, was hidden. After Sparrow divulged the location, Barbossa and the crew mutinied and marooned Sparrow to starve on a tiny island. But he didn't know that Sparrow was still alive and seeking revenge.
Barbossa and the crew found the Aztec treasure, but ran afoul of a curse placed upon the gold by the Aztec gods, which rendered the pirates undead and immune to pleasure or feeling. To lift the curse, the crew had to return all 882 coins to the chest and offer their blood. They still need their former shipmate Bootstrap Bill Turner's blood, who sent one coin to his son, Will. In retaliation, Barbossa tied Bootstrap to a cannon and threw him overboard. For years, Barbossa searched for the last coin, which was now possessed by Elizabeth, daughter of Governor Weatherby Swann. Barbossa sets sail for Port Royal after detecting a "signal" when the coin touched the sea.
Believing Elizabeth is Bootstrap's daughter, Barbossa makes off with her and the medallion. He reveals their cursed state en route to Isla de Muerta. Elizabeth's blood is offered, but the ritual fails. Will, aided by Sparrow, rescues Elizabeth and escapes with the medallion. Sparrow is taken prisoner aboard the Pearl, and Barbossa pursues the Interceptor. Catching them, Barbossa learns Will's true identity and tricks Will into believing that Jack, the crew, and Elizabeth will be freed. He instead maroons Jack and Elizabeth on a deserted island (the same one he marooned Jack on years before) while, inspired by an idea of one of his crew, he takes Will to Isla de Muerta to be killed to break the curse. Before the final battle, as Barbossa is about to kill Will, Sparrow makes another unexpected return to Barbossa's astonishment at his escape. When he threatens to kill Jack too, Jack reveals to Barbossa that he has led the British Royal Navy to the island and he convinces Barbossa to capture the HMS Dauntless, leaving Jack the Black Pearl. While the pirates battle the Royal Navy, Jack reveals his trickery and duels Barbossa. Barbossa stabs Jack during a duel, but Jack reveals that he holds a coin and is now also cursed. When Barbossa attempts to kill Elizabeth, Jack fatally shoots Barbossa with the pistol whereupon Will tosses his coin with his blood on it into the chest, breaking the curse and killing Barbossa, issuing his last words "I feel... Cold".
Following the events of the second film, Barbossa is revealed to have been resurrected by Tia Dalma in order to save Jack Sparrow from Davy Jones' Locker. Returning in the third installment, he plays a much more positive role and joins forces with Will, Elizabeth and the Black Pearl crew in their attempt to rescue Jack from the Locker. After defeating Davy Jones and Lord Beckett, Barbossa reclaims the Pearl from Jack and sails in search of the Fountain of Youth. By the events of the fourth film, it is learned that Barbossa has lost the Black Pearl to the pirate Blackbeard, and has become a privateer in service of the King as part of his plan to take revenge on Blackbeard. After killing Blackbeard during the film's climax, he becomes the new captain of Blackbeard's ship, the Queen Anne's Revenge.
Davy Jones, portrayed by Bill Nighy, appears as the main antagonist of Dead Man's Chest and one of the two main antagonists of At World's End. Davy Jones is the captain of the Flying Dutchman (based on the feared ghost ship of the same name featured in nautical lore), roaming the seas in search of souls to serve upon his vessel for a century. In the story, his original purpose was to carry souls of those who died at sea from this world to the next on his vessel. He was charged with this duty by his one true love, a sea goddess named Calypso. For every ten years at sea he could spend one day ashore to be with her. Ten years after first being charged with the duty, Jones prepared to be reunited with his true love on land, but became enraged and saddened when she didn't show. Unable to deal with Calypso's betrayal, he ripped out his heart and placed it in a chest, burying it on land. This chest became known as the Dead Man's Chest, the primary object being sought after in the second film. Jones then abandoned his duties, and instead ruled the seas as a tyrant with a damned crew bound by oath to serve aboard the Dutchman for one hundred years each. Bound to the duties of the Flying Dutchman both he and his crew slowly transformed into sea monsters.
Lord Cutler Beckett, portrayed by Tom Hollander, is introduced as a secondary antagonist in Dead Man's Chest and serves as the main antagonist during the events of At World's End. A devious, ruthless, manipulative, elegant and treacherous mastermind, Beckett is the chairman of the East India Trading Company and a representative of King George II of Great Britain.
Angelica, played by Penélope Cruz in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, is the daughter of Blackbeard and a former love interest of Jack Sparrow's. She first met Jack just before she was to take a vow of celibacy in a Spanish convent; she later blames Jack for her corruption, although Jack counters this argument citing that she was 'hardly innocent' to begin with. Angelica is first mate of the Queen Anne's Revenge. She claims to be Blackbeard's daughter, and constantly is shown to care for his well-being yet is on the edge of betraying him for her own desires and usually manipulating him into doing what she wants. After the battle at the Fountain of Youth she unintentionally poisons herself while trying to remove Barbossa's poison-laced sword from Blackbeard's chest, Jack tricks Blackbeard into sacrificing his life to save Angelica's. Although Blackbeard intended to let her die so he could survive, Angelica holds Jack responsible for her father's death, though he angrily pointed out that he was doing what a good father would've done. Jack then maroons her on a deserted island (which is within a well-traveled trade route for her to signal any passing ships), and gives her a pistol loaded with one shot to shoot herself rather than starve to death. Seeing that he still loves her, Angelica tries to convince Jack not to leave her on the island by claiming she has knowledge of several artifacts that can give him control of the ocean and that she is pregnant with his child, but he doesn't fall for either of her ruses. It is then Angelica finally admits her love for Jack, who is somewhat touched by this, but he still leaves to row away, as he knows she still cannot be trusted. Angered, Angelica then uses the sole round from her pistol in an attempt to kill Jack as he rows away, but misses, inciting Jack to taunt her of having done so. This leaves Angelica to rant in Spanish as Jack rows away from her.
In a post-credits scene, Angelica finds Blackbeard's voodoo doll made in Jack's image and smiles, hoping that she would finally get her revenge on Jack. However, despite the cliffhanger-style post-credits scene, it is said that Penelope will not reprise her role for Dead Men Tell No Tales, leaving her fate currently unknown.
Edward Teach, commonly referred to as Blackbeard, is portrayed by Ian McShane, is based on the historical figure of the same name and appears as the main antagonist of On Stranger Tides. Blackbeard is a notorious pirate and Jack's most recent nemesis. He is one element retained from the novel On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers, from which Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides draws inspiration. Blackbeard is the heartless pirate captain of the Queen Anne's Revenge and a master of black arts, who wants to find the Fountain of Youth to escape a prophecy of his death by a one-legged man. Blackbeard's prophetic killer is later revealed to be Hector Barbossa, who amputated his leg to escape Blackbeard's attack on the Black Pearl, which Blackbeard then shrunk and placed in a bottle with countless other ships. With the exception of Angelica, who has a blind familial loyalty to him, Blackbeard has zombified his entire staff of officers to follow his every order to ensure their loyalty. Said by Jack to be "the one pirate all pirates fear", Blackbeard practices voodoo and appears to have the power to literally command ships using his sword. The origin of Blackbeard's sword and crew is unknown, but it is thought that he is not a part of the Brethren Court.
Blackbeard's history prior to On Stranger Tides is slightly different than in real-world history. He is still alive in 1750, though the story about his death at the battle of Ocracoke Inlet in 1718 still circles the Caribbean. As stated by Jack Sparrow, people believe that Blackbeard was beheaded, and that his headless body swam three times around his ship before climbing back on board.
In the film's climax, Blackbeard and Barbossa engage in an intense battle at the Fountain of Youth, with Barbossa ultimately stabbing Blackbeard with a poison-laced sword and Angelica accidentally cutting herself on the sword when trying to remove it from her father. As Blackbeard and Angelica learned earlier in the film, the nature of the fountain requires two people to drink from the fountain with two silver chalices belonging to Juan Ponce de León, with the person drinking an additional mermaid tear gaining the life from the other person. As both Blackbeard and Angelica lay dying, Blackbeard asks his daughter to sacrifice herself to save him, which Angelica willingly agrees to, but Jack secretly switches the cups to give her the one containing the mermaid Syrena's tear, thus sparing her life and killing Blackbeard. Meanwhile, Barbossa claims Blackbeard's magical sword, and, assuming command, leaves with Blackbeard's crew. Joshamee Gibbs then delivers all of Blackbeard's bottled ships to Jack.
Capitán Salazar is a ghostly pirate captain and an old enemy of Jack Sparrow who escapes from the Devil's Triangle determined to exterminate all pirates in the world and have his vengeance on Jack Sparrow. He will be the main antagonist of the fifth film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and will be portrayed by Javier Bardem.
Bootstrap Bill Turner
William "Bootstrap Bill" Turner, Sr., portrayed by Stellan Skarsgård, is a crewmember on Davy Jones' Flying Dutchman and Will Turner's father. He was once an associate of Jack Sparrow's who remembers him fondly as a "good pirate and a good man" in the first film. When Sparrow's first mate, Hector Barbossa, led a mutiny against Sparrow and left him stranded on a small island, Bootstrap was the only one who did not participate; and when the crew uncovered the cursed Aztec Gold, it was Bootstrap who avenged Sparrow and atoned for not defending him by sending his coin to his young son, so that he and the crew would not be able to find it and thus remain cursed forever. This act enraged Barbossa greatly, and he punished Bootstrap by tying his bootstraps to a cannon and throwing him overboard. Due to the curse, Bootstrap could not die, and was forced to suffer constantly due to the lack of oxygen and crushing water on the seabed. It was only after this happened that the crew learnt they needed the blood of every man who had taken part in the raid to lift the curse, meaning they needed to find a child of Bootstrap to donate their blood on his behalf. This was what motivated Barbossa to kidnap Elizabeth Swann, as she misled him into believing she was Bootstrap's child.
Ten years later, sometime before the curse was lifted and Barbossa defeated by Sparrow and William, Bootstrap is found by Davy Jones, captain of the Flying Dutchman, and offered rescue from his fate in exchange for one hundred years working on his ship. Bootstrap agrees, and is depicted as any other crewmember on Jones' ship, with oceanic flora and fauna growing from his body. Eventually, Bootstrap is sent by Jones to remind Sparrow of his debt to him, (Jones raised the Black Pearl from the bottom of the sea for Sparrow in the first place), and Bootstrap brands Sparrow with the Black Spot, a sign that the Kraken, Jones's leviathan, is hunting him.
Bootstrap is eventually reunited with his son on the Dutchman following a confusion regarding their surnames, and Bootstrap is given the task of whipping Will on the back (so that Jimmy Legs will not do Will any worse harm). Despite the flogging, Bootstrap and Will bond, albeit rather uneasily, and Bootstrap eventually aids Will in stealing the key to the Dead Man's Chest from a sleeping Jones, although at the cost of surrendering his soul to Jones for eternity during a game of Liar's Dice. Despite Bootstrap admitting that he had abandoned him at an early age and does not deserve salvation, Will promises to free his father no matter what. However, Jones discovers this and punishes Bootstrap by forcing him to watch the Kraken destroy the Edinburgh Trader, the ship which is harbouring Will. Following the devastation, Jones orders Bootstrap to be locked in the brig. Bootstrap, however, remains unaware that Will survived, and is too devastated to resist his imprisonment.
While in the brig, due to the grief of the loss of his son, Bootstrap begins gradually to lose his humanity and begins to be absorbed into the ship's hull, and becomes slightly delusional, as shown when Elizabeth Swann, Will's lover, is locked in the same brig as Bootstrap and briefly tells him that Will survived and that he will come to save him. He says Will cannot save both Elizabeth and himself—he will only choose her. Elizabeth finally understands Will's terrible dilemma and his motives: he must sacrifice one to save the other, but before she could learn more, Bootstrap forgets their conversation completely. Later, when Admiral James Norrington helps Elizabeth and the other prisoners escape, Bootstrap follows and corners Norrington on the edge of the ship, alerting the other crewmen. In his delusion, Bootstrap impales Norrington through the stomach, killing him. This apparently wins him Jones's trust, as Jones does not order him to be imprisoned again.
In the final battle against Jones and Cutler Beckett, Bootstrap, still delusional, encounters and fights Will, not recognising him. He is subdued by Will, and only recognises his son after seeing Jones stab him and catching a glimpse of Will's dagger. In a fit of rage, Bootstrap attacks Jones and is nearly killed before Sparrow uses Will to stab Jones' heart. With their captain gone, Bootstrap and the other crewmen cut out Will's heart and place it in the Dead Man's Chest, restoring him as the new captain of the Dutchman.
Following the battle's end, Will offers the now-free Bootstrap to leave the Dutchman and live a normal life, but Bootstrap, desiring to make up for having abandoned Will when he was a boy, chooses to stay with his son aboard the Dutchman.
Pintel and Ragetti
Lieutenant/Lieutenant Commander Theodore Groves
Lieutenant Commander Theodore Groves, played by Greg Ellis, is a British Royal Navy Officer under Commodore Norrington's command in The Curse of the Black Pearl. He is present when Jack Sparrow steals the Interceptor and notes Sparrow's cleverness, saying "That's got to be the best pirate I have ever seen", the opposite of Norrington's oft-stated opinion that Sparrow is "without a doubt the worst pirate I have ever heard of". He is absent in Dead Man's Chest but reappears in the third movie. Between the events of "Dead Man's Chest" and "At World's End", Lieutenant Groves is appointed as Lord Cutler Beckett's second-in-command aboard the H.M.S. Endeavour. He stars in At World's End aboard the Endeavour and is present when Captain Jack Sparrow makes a daring escape from Cutler Beckett's grasp. He admiringly wonders if Jack plans everything out or just makes it up as he goes along but is scared off by a glare from Beckett. During the final battle, he asks Cutler Beckett for orders as the H.M.S. Endeavour was being pounded by The Black Pearl's and the Flying Dutchmann's cannons. Beckett remains in a state of shock during the entire battle, forcing Lieutenant Groves to order the crew to abandon ship. Somehow he is picked up by the Armada and saved by the British soldiers. Groves later resurfaces in the events of On Stranger Tides, and is promoted to Lieutenant Commander while working under Captain Barbossa to find the Fountain of Youth aboard the H.M.S. Providence. He accompanies Barbossa on the shores of Whitecap Bay, only to be stranded there with the beach party as flesh-eating mermaids tear the Providence apart along with its crew. He scolds Barbossa for not helping the crew as the Providence is attacked but Barbossa warns him to remain silent.
While Captain Jack Sparrow and Barbossa were held captive by the Spaniards, Lieutenant Commander Groves snuck through the Spanish picket lines (aided by a distraction Jack Sparrow made in a daring escape) and freed Barbossa from his bonds, although he lost his wig during the venture. He reached the Fountain of Youth with Barbossa and fought off Blackbeard's crew seeing his fellow generals and soldiers being rapidly killed by the crew. The fight is stopped by the sudden arrival of the Spanish. Trying one last time to get a British victory in the quest, Groves stood defiantly on top of the fountain claiming the Fountain to be property of the British Empire while holding a British flag. But at the same moment, the Spaniard shot Groves. When the Spanish began destroying the Fountain of Youth, Groves' body was being carried away by two British officers.
Cotton, played by David Bailie, is a mute pirate, having lost his tongue before the film series began. Unable to speak, he trained his blue-and-yellow macaw, voiced by Christopher S. Capp, to use a large number of phrases to essentially speak for him. No one was able to figure out how he did this. He is hired by Jack and Gibbs in The Curse of the Black Pearl to retrieve the Black Pearl from Barbossa. He returns in the two sequels, loyally serving Jack. At the climax of the third film, he leaves Tortuga on the Black Pearl, now commandeered by Barbossa. Cotton's parrot, along with Jack the Monkey, often serve as comic relief. It is unknown what became of Cotton before the events of On Stranger Tides, but his parrot is seen trapped alongside Jack the Monkey inside the bottle that Blackbeard had shrunk the Pearl into.
Mr. Cotton's Parrot is voiced by Christopher S. Capp. After Cotton ended up losing his tongue and could not speak anymore, he bought his parrot from Tortuga and trained it to speak different pirate sentences such as yes, no, "Walk the plank", and "Dead men tell no tales", for him. Cotton's parrot was nearly shot by Jack Sparrow when it said "Walk the plank," and in At World's End it left Cotton, squawking "Abandon ship! Abandon ship!", after it saw the hundreds of ships in Beckett's armada, but joined Cotton again, after Beckett's defeat.
Marty, played by Martin Klebba, is a dwarf pirate hired by Jack and Gibbs to search for the Black Pearl in The Curse of the Black Pearl. He has only one line of dialogue in the first film, but he becomes more prominent in the second and third films as one of the main crew members. At the end of At World's End, he leaves with Barbossa on the stolen Black Pearl. Marty often provides comic relief such as being blown off his feet after firing a blunderbuss in At Worlds End.
Scrum, played by Stephen Graham, is a crafty, mandola-playing Machiavellian pirate. Hardly the sharpest sword in the scabbard, Scrum made up for his life with a natural-born talent for music, and duplicity.
Jack the Monkey
Jack is Barbossa's pet capuchin monkey, named after Jack Sparrow to mock him after Sparrow was marooned on a deserted island. During The Curse of the Black Pearl, Jack, like the rest of the crew, is cursed, turning undead in lunar light and bestowed with indestructibility. Jack temporarily becomes mortal again when Will lifts the curse, though he later steals another coin and becomes cursed again. During Dead Man's Chest, he resides on the Black Pearl and torments the crew (and gets tormented back, if Jack Sparrow didn't start it first) until he is bartered to Tia Dalma for the location of the Flying Dutchman and the jar of dirt she gives to Jack Sparrow. He is shown wandering near a boot, which with hindsight is revealed as Barbossa's, and later rejoins the resurrected captain. In At World's End, Jack serves mainly as a comic relief character. It is shown throughout the second and third films that the crew members of the Black Pearl, particularly Jack Sparrow, like to shoot at Jack the monkey. Jack has stolen several objects, such as Will's medallion and Ragetti's wooden eye, though their owners were able to retrieve them. Most of the crew is not partial to Jack, with the exception of Barbossa, who is also the person he is most loyal to. In a scene at the end of At World's End, Barbossa cheerfully declares that Jack is a 'daddy's boy'.
In On Stranger Tides the Black Pearl only appears as a shrunken ship in a bottle, after Blackbeard captured it and presumably used his voodoo magic. Barbossa is the only one to escape the vessel before its capture and the fate of all human characters aboard is unknown. However, both Jack the monkey and Cotton's parrot are still present on a miniature version of the ship, to which Jack Sparrow comments that the monkey is even more annoying that way. At the end of the film, Sparrow reclaims the bottle with the Pearl and is discussing with Gibbs the plan to return it to normal size.
In Curse of the Black Pearl, Jack is played by Tara, a ten-year-old female capuchin, and Levi, an eight-year-old male. The skeletal monkey was added in post-production by Industrial Light and Magic. In Dead Man's Chest and At World's End, Jack is played by Boo Boo, a twelve-year-old male and Mercedes, a ten-year-old female. Keira Knightley stated that the capuchins were very difficult to work with because of their short attention spans, adding "Oh, and that monkey! I want...to stuff...the monkey!". Geoffrey Rush would often have to wait for them to look in his direction before delivering his lines, and they often had to spray them with squirt guns to grab their attention. Rush was accidentally struck a few times as well.
Several plush toys have been developed by Disney, including both as a regular monkey and as a skeleton. Other toys, such as figurines and Mega Bloks also include Jack.
Governor Weatherby Swann, portrayed by Jonathan Pryce, is the royal governor of Port Royal and the father of Elizabeth Swann. In contrast to his strong-willed daughter, he is something of a milquetoast. Both Elizabeth and the Governor sailed from England to the Caribbean eight years prior to Curse of the Black Pearl, along with then Lieutenant James Norrington, presumably when Swann assumed the governor's post. Swann is a doting father, and he wishes for his daughter to accept Commodore Norrington's marriage proposal. However, he eventually comes to accept that she truly loves Will Turner. According to the Pirates of the Caribbean Visual Guide, Elizabeth's mother died when Elizabeth was a young child. It is possible that Governor Swann holds some sort of peerage, as his butler refers to him as M'Lord. Many Colonial Governors held peerages or knighthoods, however, it is not directly stated in the films whether Swann holds one. In Dead Man's Chest he opposed Will and Elizabeth's arrest by Lord Beckett for freeing Sparrow. After Beckett freed Will so he could go search for Jack Sparrow, Elizabeth escapes jail with help from her father Weatherby Swann but he is captured by Ian Mercer while Elizabeth is sent off by Beckett to offer Letters of Marque to Jack in return for the compass after threatening Beckett with his life. Later on Port Royal Beckett informs Governor Swann about his daughter's status and that EITC ship are in chase of the Black Pearl and that Elizabeth, if caught, will be saved and Weatherby will be freed as long as he gives good reports to England about Beckett's presence.
In At World's End, Weatherby Swann is forced to use his authority to allow Beckett to execute several pirates. In a deleted scene, Swann comes on board the Flying Dutchman when Beckett confronts Davy Jones about the attack on pirates fleets, Swann asks Jones if he offered the pirates a chance to surrender as Swann was concerned if his daughter was on board one of them, Jones informed him that his daughter is dead as she apparently went under with the Black Pearl which it was pulled down to the bottom of the sea by the Kraken. Weatherby attempted to stab the heart of Davy Jones with a knife but Admiral Norrington stopped him and Jones informed him about the consequences of stabbing his heart, Beckett and Ian Mercer informed Swann that his daughter was still alive, and finally after Norrington plead dropped the knife and walked away  After this however due to him having a fairly good knowledge of the Dead Man's Chest and his attempt at stabbing it Beckett ordered Swann to be killed and informed others such as Admiral Norrington that Swann was going back to England. He later appeared in Davy Jones' locker informing the crew of the Black Pearl about the chest and ignored Elizabeth's request to come aboard the Pearl (since he's beyond rescue now), saying he was proud of her and that he will give her love to her mother.
Tia Dalma / Calypso
A mystic witch who wields the power of voodoo-like magic, there was more to her than meets the eye. Before she was known as Tia Dalma, she was the sea goddess Calypso, until the First Brethren Court tricked the goddess and imprisoned her into the body of a mortal woman.
A woman of power, Tia Dalma resided deep within the bayou swamps of Cuba, in a sprawling wooden shack perched in a treetop by the mouth of the Pantano River. Some believed that judging Tia Dalma by her humble home was a mistake, as she had uncanny powers to foretell the future, to summon up demons, and to look deep into men's souls. She had devoted her powers to help anyone who needed it. So it was to this mysterious and beautiful mystic that Jack Sparrow occasionally turned to for help, who once provided him with his unique compass. Tia Dalma also had dealings with Angelica, who traded a ring in order to learn the Profane Ritual.
According to one particular legend, Tia Dalma was originally the sea goddess Calypso. Because she too had mortal blood, Calypso fell in love with a sailor named Davy Jones. She gave him the Flying Dutchman and the sacred task of collecting all the poor souls who died at sea, and ferrying them to the worlds beyond. Because of that love, Davy Jones agreed to set foot on land once every ten years, where Jones would be free to come ashore to be with Calypso. But when Davy Jones came ashore after his ten-year duty, Calypso was nowhere to be found, for the seas are fickle and unpredictable, as was the powerful goddess who ruled that domain. And so, unbeknownst to Calypso, Davy Jones plotted with the First Brethren Court where they would tear the rule of the seas away from the sea goddess. Jones showed them how to bind her to human form using Pieces of Eight; and thus the Brethren "captured the Sea Goddess, and bound her in her bones," imprisoning her into the body of a mortal woman. She appears in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End portrayed by Naomie Harris.
Henry (portrayed by Brenton Thwaites) is a young man who tries to reconnect with his father. He struggles to break a curse that is preventing him from doing so. Lewis McGowan portrays a young Henry.
Carina (portrayed by Kaya Scodelario) is a young astronomer who is fighting for her rights to study at a university. Possessing a diary of clues, she goes on a journey to find the trident of Poseidon and encounters Captain Jack Sparrow along the way.
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Sao Feng (Traditional Chinese: 嘯風; Simplified Chinese: 啸风; pinyin: Xiàofēng; literally "Howling Wind") is portrayed by Chow Yun-fat. Sao Feng is the pirate lord of the South China Sea and his character is based on the legendary Chinese pirate Cheung Po Tsai. Feng owns a bathhouse that caters to the highest paying clients. He also has two known ships at his disposal, the Empress and the Hai Peng. Sao Feng is tall and has a moustache that is about a foot long. His head is shaven. Extensive scars cover him, especially his scalp. He wears black clothing and speaks English proficiently, but with a slight Chinese accent. Chinese characters adorn his robes; it is unclear what they specifically are, but appear to match his name. He is also heard reciting a few lines of a Chinese poem in Cantonese. His weapon of choice is a dao. Personality-wise, Feng is depicted as unscrupulous, honour-less, and will do anything to join with the winning side (which he considers to be "just good business"), even if it means betraying his best friends.
In At World's End, Barbossa and Elizabeth intend to rescue Jack Sparrow from Davy Jones' Locker. They visit Feng at his bathhouse in Singapore, requesting a ship and a crew. Feng is suspicious and informs them that earlier that day someone broke into his uncle's temple and attempted to steal the navigational charts to World's End. He reveals the thief to be Will Turner. Barbossa and Elizabeth deny knowing Will, but when Feng threatens to kill him, Elizabeth reacts, confirming they are allies. Barbossa explains that the Brethren Court has been summoned to convene on Shipwreck Cove and Feng, being one of the nine Pirate Lords, is honor bound to attend. Feng demands to know why they want to sail to the Locker. When Will admits they want to rescue Jack, Feng becomes enraged and declares that he would only resurrect Sparrow to kill him in person. Barbossa reminds Feng that Jack is one of the nine Pirate Lords and still in possession of his "piece of eight," a pirate lord's insignia and didn't have a successor to give it to before his "death." Feng then notices a fake tattoo dissolving on a servant's shoulder and, assuming he is Barbossa's spy, seizes him.
Hidden below, Gibbs and the Black Pearl crew toss up swords through the floorboards to Barbossa and Elizabeth. Feng commands they drop their weapons, threatening to kill their man. When Barbossa replies that he is not with them, Will asks "If he's not with you [Feng], and he's not with us, then who's he with?", then, Mercer and East India Trading Co. marines burst in and open fire. Feng joins the fight against the E.I.T.C. troops, and leads Barbossa and the others through an exit. During the battle, Feng and Will confront each other while Mercer secretly listens in. Will tells Feng that if he wishes to make a deal with the E.I.T.C. then he needs what Will offers — the two strike a deal. Will wants the Black Pearl to free his father from Davy Jones. In exchange, Feng can have Jack Sparrow to barter to the East India Trading Company for his own freedom. Feng agrees and provides Will with a ship and crew, then covers Will and the others' escape from Singapore. Unbeknownst to Will, however, Feng makes his own deal with the East India Trading Company to turn over all the pirates, including Will, in exchange for the Black Pearl and his own freedom.
After Jack and the Black Pearl are rescued and the crew escapes the Locker, Will leads them to an island where he and Feng arranged to meet. Jack, Barbossa and the crew are taken captive when Feng arrives in the Empress. After a brief confrontation between the parties, Feng directs Sparrow's attention to Lord Cutler Beckett's approaching ship, the Endeavour. Feng hands over Sparrow and the crew to the East India Trading Company, but learns Beckett is keeping the Black Pearl. Barbossa then sways Feng to their side by revealing that he intends to release Calypso from her human form to help them battle Beckett and his minions. Feng, mistaking Elizabeth for Calypso, aids their escape in exchange for her. Seeing no other option and to save the crew, Elizabeth agrees to go with Feng.
In his quarters, Feng reveals that he believes Elizabeth is Calypso. He tells Elizabeth it was the first Brethren Court who imprisoned the sea goddess, Calypso, in human form. Elizabeth pretends to be Calypso, and discusses with Feng what she might do for him if freed. When she asks what would happen if she refused to grant her favors, he suggests he would take them by force. He then forcefully kisses her, but she pushes him away. While angrily approaching her once more, he is caught by cannon fire as the Flying Dutchman suddenly attacks. When the smoke clears Elizabeth finds Feng under a small pile of rubble, impaled with a huge piece of drift wood. Dying, Feng pronounces Elizabeth the captain of the Empress, and gives her his "piece of eight", a jade stone on a necklace, telling her that she must take his place at the Brethren Court. Elizabeth becomes the Pirate Lord of the South China Sea. His last words are, "Forgive me, Calypso." Unbeknownst to him, Elizabeth was never actually Calypso and Tia Dalma is the real Calypso.
In the film, Sao Feng recites part of a Chinese poem in Cantonese. That poem is the first four sentences of "關山月" ("Guan Shan Yue", The Moon at the Fortified Pass) by the renowned Tang poet Li Bai (701-762 AD), which is one of the Three Hundred Tang Poems (an anthology designated in the Qing as the most popular Tang poems).
The Spaniard, portrayed by Óscar Jaenada, is King Ferdinand's most trusted agent. Introduced in On Stranger Tides as the secondary antagonist, the Spaniard leads a Spanish force to the Fountain of Youth to destroy it on the orders of his King, who being a staunch Catholic views the Fountain as an abomination and a threat to the Church. His men find the silver Chalices of Juan Ponce de León on the wreck of his ship, though they were later stolen by Jack Sparrow. In the final battle at the Fountain, the Spaniard remorselessly killed Theodore Groves, who tried to stop them by proclaiming the Fountain as the property of the British Empire, though he would later tell one of his men to take note of Groves' bravery, showing that he has a sense of honor. During the final battle with his men destroying the Fountain of Youth, the Spaniard claims that only God could grant immortality, not the Fountain of Youth's water. When Blackbeard attempts to taunt the Spaniard by discrediting his claims, he is distracted by Barbossa who stabs him with a poisoned sword. The Spaniard and his men leave after destroying the Fountain of Youth.
Philip Swift, portrayed by Sam Claflin, is a stalwart missionary who was captured by Blackbeard. Introduced as a captive missionary in On Stranger Tides, Philip's life was spared thanks to Angelica's belief that her father's soul can be saved. Along the journey to find the Fountain of Youth, Philip meets a beautiful mermaid and names her Syrena then develops a close bond. Acting as Syrena's protector, he risks his own life for the mermaid, eventually falling in love with her. After being mortally wounded during the film's climactic battle, Philip returns to Syrena and frees her. Begging Syrena for her forgiveness, Philip is taken underwater and healed by Syrena by her kiss, as stated earlier in the film that a mermaid's kiss can "save a man from drowning."
The character of Philip Swift, along with the characters of Angelica and the mermaid Syrena, was introduced with the departure of Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) following the events of the third film.
Syrena, portrayed by Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey, is a mermaid captured by Blackbeard's crew, who need a mermaid's tear when they reach the Fountain of Youth. Philip notices that she can not breathe and he opens the glass tank a little to allow air to flow through. When the glass tank Syrena is being carried in shatters, the character changes to a human form, causing missionary Philip Swift to remove his shirt and cover Syrena's naked body. Philip then carries her the rest of the way due to her inability to walk and names her in an attempt to make Blackbeard realize she is a person and not a creature as he used to call her. Philip and Syrena develop a strong bond and eventually they fall in love, which Blackbeard exploits by apparently killing Philip, revealing that he is alive, and using it to obtain Syrena's tears of joy. Syrena is left to die, but a mortally wounded Philip returns to cut her loose. She swims off, and after returning the chalices needed for the ritual at the Fountain of Youth to Jack Sparrow, Syrena offers to save Phillip, but he only asks her forgiveness. She kisses Philip, as a mermaid kiss can prevent one from drowning, and pulls him underwater with her to heal him.
Anamaria, played by Zoe Saldana, is a pirate whose ship was stolen, some years in the past, by Jack Sparrow. She joins Mr. Gibbs and Will Turner in order to get a chance to confront Sparrow, at which time Anamaria slaps him repeatedly, whereupon Will intervenes and promises her the Interceptor (the ship Jack had "borrowed" to chase the Pearl) in exchange for her cooperation on the journey. Reluctantly, Anamaria agrees. In the end, she allows Jack to captain the Pearl. She doesn't appear in any further films, and her final fate is unknown.
In 2014, Saldana revealed why she never appeared in any further films in the franchise and revealed that she almost quit acting following "disrespectful treatment" on the set.
The Brethren Court comprises nine pirate lords from the different seas. There have been four meetings over the centuries. The First Court met when they mutually agreed that the goddess, Calypso, should no longer rule the seas and oceans. With help from Davy Jones, her lover, they entrapped her within human form. Many years later, the Fourth Court meets to address Lord Cutler Beckett's assault on piracy. When Captain Barbossa proposes releasing Calypso to help them fight Beckett and the East India Trading Company, the other pirate lords initially refuse, fearing Calypso's vengeful wrath.
Each pirate lord always carries a "piece of eight" insignia. The "pieces" are actually various small trinkets, used as the original court members were so poor that they lacked any money among them, Gibbs sarcastically commenting that "the nine pieces of whatever we happened to have in our pockets at the time" wasn't considered "piratey" enough. Each "piece of eight" must be presented to verify a pirate lord's identity, and it is handed down to that lord's successor when he or she dies.
The Fourth Court includes main characters Jack Sparrow, Hector Barbossa, and Elizabeth Swann (Sao Feng's successor), as well as Chinese Mistress Ching, Indian Sri Sumbhajee Angria, African Gentleman Jocard, Turkish Ammand the Corsair, Spanish Eduardo Villanueva, and French Capitaine Chevalle. Jack Sparrow's father, Captain Teague, is a former pirate lord, although he is now the keeper of the Pirata Codex and the prison dog which supposedly escaped Pelegosto by using sea turtles, mirroring Jack's lie about escaping the deserted island. After every other lord votes for him or herself to be the "pirate king", Jack votes for Elizabeth, giving her the plurality.
Captain Edward Teague, played by Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones, is Jack's father who was also formerly the pirate lord of Madagascar, before he became keeper of the code. He first appeared in At World's End.
Teague was once the most feared pirate in the world and as such receives respect and fear from all of the pirates in the Brethren Court. At one point Teague was the Pirate Lord of Madagascar but later resigned to become the Keeper of the Pirate Code, the Pirata Codex, which he keeps with him at Shipwreck Cove. He firmly believes that the pirate code is law and will kill anyone who claims otherwise, which happens in the film when, at the Brethren Court, the first mate of the Pirate Lord of India says to "Hang the code" (colloquially saying to "ignore" the code). Teague immediately guns him down. Despite his gruff demeanor, he does have a sense of humor as well as musical skill though he said recently he forgets some tunes when on his ship, and he does seem to be fond of his son, calling him "Jackie". During a conversation with Jack, who asks about his mother, Teague shows him a shrunken head. Jack then comments, "She looks great!".
Jack references the fact that Teague has "seen it all, done it all", hinting that Teague has experienced a great deal during his pirating career. Likewise, his crew seems to be made up of older pirates. It is possible that Teague was at one of the three previous meetings of the Brethren Court (he seems to have an awareness of how the meetings go), or has fought in a battle or war of the like that the current Brethren face. He also seems to have a knowledge of immortality as he warns his son "It's not just about living forever, Jackie, the trick is living with yourself forever." He may be lonely as he spends his time at Shipwreck Cove and it appears his wife died at some point in the past, possibly killed by Amazonians or Melanesians who shrunk her head, which he carries with him everywhere. It is clear that his relationship with his son is strained, highlighted by Jack's negative facial expression when Barbossa calls for Teague.
Captain Teague seems to be the new master of the jailhouse dog that was last seen on Pelegosto about to be devoured by the natives (it was later explained in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Price of Freedom that Teague was the original owner of the dog). Teague explains the dog's apparent escape to Pintel and Ragetti by merely shrugging his shoulders and commenting, "Sea turtles, mate" mirroring to how his son Jack lies about his escape from the rumrunners' island.
After Jack escaped from St James's Palace, he was chased through the streets of London by the Royal Guard. Just as one of the soldiers aimed his musket at Jack, he was shot in the back by Teague. Later, inside the Captain's Daughter pub, Teague gave Jack a significant amount of information about the Fountain of Youth. When Jack asked him, "Have you ever been there?", Teague sarcastically replied, "Does this face look like it's been to the Fountain of Youth?". Teague then vanished when Jack looked away.
Murtogg and Mullroy
Mullroy and Murtogg, played by Giles New and Angus Barnett, are two Royal Marines in Port Royal. They serve as comic relief characters, easily becoming distracted from their duties by getting into arguments, and are the 'civilized' equivalent of Pintel and Ragetti. Like their pirate counterparts, they display a dichotomy of a fat, blustering, dominant figure versus a thin, semi-perceptive, reticent figure. They are first the guards of the H.M.S. Interceptor until one of their arguments over seeing the Black Pearl (Murtogg says he saw the Pearl but Mullroy didn't) allows Jack Sparrow to board it. Afterwards, they serve on the H.M.S. Dauntless and survive the final battle. They reappear in At World's End, put in service to the East India Trading Company's forces. They are posted as the main guards of the Dead Man's Chest, but it is stolen by Jack during another argument. They later stow away on the Black Pearl, casting their lot with the pirates, and join Barbossa after the battle is over. Since they were on the Black Pearl after Blackbeard shrinks it into a bottle, it is presumed that they, along with the rest of the crew, are trapped on it. Murtogg and Mullroy will return in Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Lieutenant Gillette, played by Damian O'Hare, is Commodore Norrington's Flag Lieutenant in Port Royal. He is left in H.M.S. Dauntless during Norrington's absence and loses the ship to Jack Sparrow. He accompanies Commodore Norrington on the H.M.S Dauntless in pursuit of both the Black Pearl and the Interceptor. When they rescue Elizabeth, she warns Lieutenant Gillette about the curse of the pirate crew aboard the Black Pearl but he refuses to believe her. When the cursed pirates ambush the H.M.S. Dauntless, Gillette, who was left in charge of the Dauntless at the time, fights off the cursed pirates with the remainder of his crew before Norrington and his Royal Marines arrive to reinforce the dwindling resistance against the pirates. He survives the final battle of Curse of the Black Pearl. It was at first believed that he perished during Norrington's ill-fated pursuit of Jack Sparrow between the events of Curse of the Black Pearl and Dead Man's Chest, but he returns unharmed in On Stranger Tides as one of Captain Barbossa's Lieutenants aboard the H.M.S Providence. He assists Barbossa in claiming the Fountain of Youth before Blackbeard and the Spaniards do. He was killed in a duel with Blackbeard by Blackbeard's sword.
Ian Mercer, played by David Schofield, is Lord Beckett's facially scarred, loyal personal assistant in Dead Man's Chest and At World's End. Despite serving faithfully in his official capacity as a clerk, Mercer often executes Beckett's more sinister agendas as an assassin and spy. He is eventually put aboard the Dutchman to serve as Davy Jones's keeper after the death of Admiral James Norrington. He also can be seen dueling Barbossa when the Pearl is being taken over from the E.I.T.C. Mercer sees his marines are mostly beaten, jumps ship, and is presumably picked up by the Endeavour. During the maelstrom battle, Mercer is shielded by Davy Jones from a cannon blast. However, the same blast also kills all the E.I.T.C. marines around the helm, leaving Mercer defenceless. Jones takes advantage of the situation, and uses his tentacles to strangle Mercer and constrict his throat from the inside. Mercer falls to the deck, dead, as Jones takes the key to the Dead Man's Chest from around his neck.
Mercer is named after actor Ian Mercer, who would later portray Blackbeard's Quartermaster in On Stranger Tides.
Flying Dutchman crew
The Flying Dutchman's crew are captured sailors who willingly surrender to Davy Jones to avoid death for 100 years. Originally, those who joined helped ferry souls to the next world; but after Davy Jones abandons his duty, he uses them for his own purposes. This has caused Davy Jones and every crewman to gradually transform into deformed creatures resembling sea life. Along with Bootstrap Bill Turner, the crew complement includes Amlanto, Angler, Broondjongen, Bunglash, Clanker, Crash, Driftwood, Emealle, Finnegan, Greenbeard, Giant Clam, Hadras, Jelly, Jimmy Legs, Koleniko, Maccus, Manray, Morey, Ogilvey, Old Haddy, Palifico, Penrod, Piper, Quittance, Ratlin, Roam, Turtleman, Two-Head, Urchin, Weedey, Wheelback, Wyvern, and Yanker. Several of them (including Hadras) are apparently killed when they fall into the maelstrom at the climax of the third film. Most of the crew use swords and other weapons in combat, but one crewman named Morey (having a moray eel for a head) is seen biting a man's head off. These men seem to hold stronger ties to the ship than its captain, as shown when they abandoned all duties when Davy Jones was killed, but not to grieve for their fallen captain. Instead the crew members, almost instinctively, made Will the new captain, after which they resumed their normal human forms. Some were apparently killed during the final battle, but due to their very violent nature, they may have survived and just been defeated (though this seems unlikely for some, such as Morey, who was decapitated by Barbossa). Maccus and Ratlin are Davy Jones' two most trusted men. Maccus has four eye sockets, but only two of them are empty. He also has the head of a hammerhead shark. Jimmy Legs controls the Dutchman's wheel. Hadras is a crewman whose head is half shell and the other half is his face. Hadras was carrying his head while he captured Norrington. When Norrington gave Hadras the Dead Man's Chest, Hadras dropped his own head. In order to catch up with the crew, Hadras' head burys itself into the shell and the head becomes a crab. Penrod is a crewman who has six legs on his torso. He has four legs and a shell for a back. Palifico seems to be made almost completely out of coral, and Weedey has two arms and legs, but he is actually hiding 10 tentacles within his body. Wyvern is the most bizarre of the crew- his body is actually attached to the Flying Dutchman's framework, resembling more a coral reef or underwater rock face than a man. It is implied that all the crew members will eventually share this fate.
Black Pearl cursed pirate crew
The Black Pearl crew was originally captained by Jack Sparrow. A decade prior to The Curse of the Black Pearl, Barbossa led a mutiny and marooned Sparrow. Soon after, Barbossa and the crew became cursed after stealing coins from an ancient Aztec chest. They became immortal, but the curse rendered them unable to feel, taste, or satisfy their desires. The lunar light exposed them as skeletal beings. Later, the curse was broken, and the ship once again fell under Jack's command. At the end of the third film, At World's End, the Pearl briefly returns to Barbossa's hands before losing it and his leg prior to the events of "On Stranger Tides".
Crew members that appear in The Curse of the Black Pearl include Bo'sun (played by Isaac C. Singleton Jr., a large African man that acts as Barbossa's second in command), Clubba (played by David Patykewich, a large bald man with facial tattoos and a large earring), Grapple (played by Trevor Goddard, a sailor who fights with a large grappling iron), Jacoby (played by Vince Lozano, a man with a long black beard and uses hand grenades), Koehler (played by Treva Etienne, a slender African man with dreadlocks), Mallot (played by Brye Cooper, who wields a large mallet), Scratch (played by Finneus Egan, sporting blond dreadlocks who wields a dagger), and Twigg (played by Michael Berry Jr., an Irish sailor who is often paired with Koehler). In the film, five of them (Clubba, Grapple, Jacoby, Mallot and Scratch) are knocked apart by either explosion or impact and died instantly when the curse was lifted. Koehler is also killed in the final battle by James Norrington, revealing to the pirates that they are mortal once again; it is unknown what happened to Bo'sun, Twigg, and the rest of the crew, although it is likely they were arrested by the British and executed.
East India Trading Company
Edinburgh Trader crew
The Edinburgh Trader is a Scottish merchant vessel commanded by Captain Bellamy, who is played by Alex Norton. Three other members, Bursar, played by Max Baker, the Quartermaster, played by Steve Speirs,and a sailor, played by Matthew Bowyer are a superstitious pair duped into believing that Elizabeth's dress is possessed by a ghost when it is found by the sailor. Various crew members also believe this. Most hands are killed when the Kraken attacks the ship. The few survivors are captured and executed by the Flying Dutchman's crew on Davy Jones's orders.
King Ferdinand VI of Spain is portrayed by Sebastian Armesto and based on Ferdinand VI of Spain. He rules Spain from his palace in Cádiz. After learning about the discovery of the Fountain of Youth, King Ferdinand sends his most trusted agent, known only as the Spaniard, to find and destroy the Fountain, because he saw it as the abomination in the eyes of God.
King George II of Great Britain was portrayed by Richard Griffiths and based on George II of Great Britain. He rules Great Britain and Ireland. Just before the events of the second film, he orders Cutler Beckett to take control of Port Royal and report events back to him. He does this to try to rid Piracy from this part of the world. At some point before the events of the fourth film, he employed Hector Barbossa as a Privateer. When Jack Sparrow refused to lead an expedition to the Fountain of Youth, the King sent Barbossa to find the legendary spring as he did not want the Spanish Catholics to have the key to eternal life.
Giselle, played by Vanessa Branch, is a blonde wench in Tortuga who appears in the first three films. She is a friend of Scarlett. Both women seem to have relationships going with Jack Sparrow, though they frequently slap him for having cheated on them with each other. They are last seen at the end of the third film, strolling down a pier with Gibbs after once again slapping Jack following his declaration that he lied to them several times and on several levels.
Scarlett, played by Lauren Maher, is the woman who slaps Jack for cheating on her with her friend Giselle in Curse of the Black Pearl. In Dead Man's Chest Scarlett and Giselle ask Will Turner to give Jack a message from them, as they both believe he has abandoned them for some other woman, and then they slap Will. In At World's End the two women have reconciled their differences somewhat. At the end of the film, they are looking forward to a ride Jack promised them on the Pearl, only to find that Barbossa has stolen it, upsetting Jack and making it impossible for him to keep his promise.
Cabin Boy (played by Robbie Kay), a dirty deck-scrubber, but still a brave pirate, who fights in the mutiny scene on the Queen Anne's Revenge. He also takes part at the Fountain of Youth and fights Barbossa and his crew, and also frees Phillip from his bonds so he could save Syrena from dying in the sun.
The Gunner (played by Deobia Oparei) was one of Blackbeard's zombie officers serving aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge. He fought against Jack Sparrow during the mutiny before being subdued by Salaman and the Cook. He died when Blackbeard himself was killed at the Fountain of Youth.
The Quartermaster (played by Ian Mercer) was a zombie serving aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge. He could predict things before they happened as seen when he predicted Blackbeard's death by a one legged man. He died at the Fountain along with all the other zombies.
The Master-at-Arms (played by Derek Mears) was a zombie in On Stranger Tides under the command of Blackbeard. He died at the Fountain along with his fellow zombies.
Yeoman (played by Danny Le Boyer) was a zombie who helped carry Syrena's glass coffin through the jungle but ended up tripping causing the coffin to shatter. He died at the Fountain along with the other zombies.
The prison dog guards the Port Royal jail keys by carrying them in its mouth during The Curse of the Black Pearl. Prisoners vainly attempt to retrieve the keys from it (in a reference to the original Disneyland ride). The dog appears again in Dead Man's Chest with Pintel and Ragetti after they have escaped prison and are headed for Pelegosto to search for the Black Pearl. He was named "Poochie" by Pintel until he was left on Pelegosto. The dog is eventually left on Pelegosto, where the cannibal tribe chases after it, leaving Jack Sparrow to climb aboard the Black Pearl. In an extra scene after the credits of Dead Man's Chest it is revealed that the dog becomes the chief of the Pelegosto tribe. The dog reappears during the third film as the keeper of the Pirata Codex keys on Shipwreck Cove. Captain Teague explains the dog's presence by saying, "Sea turtles, mate," a reference to Jack Sparrow's tall tale of his own escape from being marooned. The DVD case for At World's End confirmed that the dog literally rode on the backs of sea turtles.
Leech, played by San Shella, is an Indian pirate under Captain Jack in The Dead Man's Chest. When the crew is captured on Pelegosto Island, they are imprisoned in two suspended cages of bone, about six prisoners to a cage. In their escape effort, crawling up the cliff-face, Will Turner encouragingly shouts that it'll take all of them to crew the Black Pearl. Leech innocently corrects him, saying it'll take only about six. At this point the two groups pause, look at each other, and realize that only one group need survive. Leech reacts with comic surprise, saying "Oh, dear." Both groups begin a mad scramble to the top, but Leech mistakenly pulls on a snake instead of a vine and panics, resulting in his cage and all those in it plummeting to the bottom of the gorge.
LeJon is a pirate who serves under Jack Sparrow in Dead Man's Chest. He is captured on Pelegosto along with the rest of the crew, and is one of those who is not eaten immediately, instead put into a cage dangling above the canyon. They try to escape, but are spotted after Leech and the others in the second cage fall to their deaths. He manages to escape along with Will, Gibbs, Cotton and Marty. They meet Pintel and Ragetti at the Black Pearl. After reuniting with Jack, he and the others escape, and he continues to serve under Jack even when faced with Davy Jones. He dies during the Kraken's attack while trying to ignite explosives to repel it.
Ho Kwan is a pirate who serves under Jack Sparrow in Dead Man's Chest. He is captured on Pelegosto along with the rest of the crew, and is one of those who is not eaten immediately, instead put into a cage dangling above the canyon. They try to escape, but are spotted after Leech and the others in the second cage fall to their deaths. He manages to escape the gorge along with Will, Gibbs, Cotton and Marty, but in a deleted scene, he is killed by the Pelegostos.
Lian appears in At World's End in Singapore as one of Sao Feng's body guards along with her twin sister Park. She is present when Elizabeth Swann and Hector Barbossa visit Sao Feng. When a group of EITC soldiers led by Ian Mercer barge into the bath house, Lian and Park fight alongside Sao Feng. When Mercer aims his gun at Elizabeth, William Turner pushes her out of the way and the bullet hits Park square in the forehead killing her. Determined to avenge her sister, Lian ambushes Mercer in a small shop stand. She manages to stab him with a steel chopstick from her hair, but Mercer shoves her to the ground and shoots her dead.
Park appears in At World's End in Singapore as one of Sao Feng's body guards along with her twin sister Lian. She is present when Elizabeth Swann and Hector Barbossa visit Sao Feng. When a group of EITC soldiers led by Ian Mercer barge into the bath house, Park and Lian fight alongside Sao Feng. When Mercer aims his gun at Elizabeth, William Turner pushes her out of the way and the bullet hits Park square in the forehead killing her instantly. Lian would avenge her by ambushing Mercer in a small shop stand, but she gets pushed to the ground and also gets shot and killed.
Mr. Brown, played by Ralph P. Martin, is a drunken blacksmith Will Turner is apprenticed to at the beginning of The Curse of the Black Pearl. He normally does nothing to help Will and takes credit for the work Will does. After Jack Sparrow defeats Will in his shop while fleeing from Commodore Norrington, Brown prevents Jack's escape by knocking him over the head with a wine bottle from behind, allowing Norrington and his men immediately burst in and capture Jack. Norrington thanks Brown for his help, to which the blacksmith replies drunkenly "Just doing my civic duty sir" once again taking credit for Will's actions.
Chaplain is an English first mate of a ship. He is a strong Christian, as when he is killed in the Dead Man's Chest he is holding a cross. Chaplain's ship is sunken by the Kraken under the order of Davy Jones and he is one of the few people that survive. One of his crew is confronted by Jones, and Jones asks the crew member if he fears death. The crew member, clearly terrified, nods. Jones offers him and the rest of the crew an "escape" from death. Chaplain yells to the member, "Don't listen to him!" and Jones switches his attention to Chaplain, grabbing him around the neck and asking him, "Do you not fear death?". Chaplain tells Jones, "I'll take my chances, sir." Jones orders his own crew to send him "to the depths," and Chaplain is killed.
Salaman (played by Paul Bazely) was an Indian pirate serving aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge in On Stranger Tides who later took part in the mutiny against Blackbeard. He was last seen heading for Tortuga under the command of Captain Hector Barbossa after the battle at the Fountain of Youth.
Steng, also known as The Spy, was a former pirate assigned by the East India Trading Co. to see where the brethren court were meeting. He dressed with a fake tattoo and dressed like a pirate and went to Singapore and spied on Barbossa talking to Sao Feng. Feng saw the tattoo dissolving and assumed that the spy was Barbossa's. Feng pulled out his sword and aimed it at the spy's chest and said "Drop your weapons, or I kill your man!". Barbossa said that the spy was not his. Will Turner said "If he's not with you [Feng] and he's not with us, who's he with?" before the East India Trading Company ambush Feng and Barbossa. He was later found dead on a tropical island, floating (ironically in the freshwater spring they were looking for) when the Black Pearl crew were searching for a supply of water after they escaped from Davy Jones's Locker. Barbossa immediately tastes the water of the spring and says "Poisoned. Fouled by the body".
Hernán Cortés was an unseen character based on the conquistador of the same name. As Barbossa said, Cortés was very greedy and he began to conquer the Aztec empire. He was about to stem the slaughter with his Spanish armies and when there were only rare Aztecs the Aztec Indians then gave him 882 pieces of their gold. Cortés took it but still was not satisfied with his greed. The Heathen gods could not take his greed anymore and cursed the gold so that anybody who removes a single piece would be cursed. The curse would turn someone completely insatiable, and also into a skeleton when placed in the moonlight.
Tai Huang, played by Reggie Lee, is Sao Feng's first mate and his most loyal assistant. He joins Barbossa's crew on their quest to rescue Jack from Davy Jones' Locker, although he later betrays and captures them for Feng. It's not sure whether he does this out of true loyalty to Feng, as while in the Locker he tells Sparrow that his loyalties lie with "the highest bidder," suggesting that Feng had just happened to have the upper hand more often and therefore was who Tai Huang was most willing to serve. He (reluctantly, at first) serves Elizabeth Swann after Feng appoints her as captain and pirate lord just before his death. He is last seen cheering a victory cry on his ship.
Tamara, played by Gemma Ward, was a mermaid who attacks Blackbeard's crew. When she first appears, she sings the song "My Jolly Sailor Bold" to the crewmen as the other mermaids appear. She tries to seduce Scrum and when he tries to kiss her she reveals her true monster form. She tries to attack but Ezekiel hits her with an oar. The mermaids then afterwards attack the crew.
Whitecap Bay Mermaids
Whitecap Bay Mermaids are a vicious and dangerous horde of mermaids with siren skills. When Tamara appears and sings the song "My Jolly Sailor Bold" the rest of the mermaids appear and try to attract and enchant the sailors. When Tamara reveals her true form they attack the crew and begin a bloody battle. Several of them died or were wounded. They finally escaped when Jack Sparrow explodes the lighthouse. In a deleted scene Jack meets one of them and calls her "Marina", possibly inferring that he had met her in his previous trips. Though not as hostile towards him, Marina still slaps Jack and leaves with the rest of her people. They were played by: Jorgelina Airaldi (Marina), Sanya Hughes (Serena), Daphne Joy (Xenith), Antoinette Nikprelaj (Cree), Breanne Beth Barrett (Briana) and Toni Busker (Diana).
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