Formerly: Boatswain in the British Royal Navy
|Ship(s) served on||Black Pearl
|Weaponry||Pistol and Cutlass|
|Appearance(s)||Pirates of the Caribbean (film series)
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (video game)
Pirates of the Caribbean Online
|Portrayed by||Kevin McNally|
Joshamee Hamish Gibbs (often referred to as Mr. Gibbs, Master Gibbs, or simply Gibbs) is a fictional character in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. Alongside Jack Sparrow and Hector Barbossa, he is one of the few characters to appear in every film.
Gibbs is portrayed by Kevin McNally in the films. He is voiced by Steven Blum in video game adaptations (except for the At World's End video game and Disney Infinity, in which McNally reprised his role).
The Curse of the Black Pearl
Gibbs is first seen as a Royal Navy warrant officer aboard the vessel carrying Governor Weatherby Swann and his young daughter Elizabeth from England to Port Royal. Gibbs is highly superstitious and fearful of the mere mention of pirates. When they come across a wrecked vessel (from which young Will Turner is rescued), Gibbs is the first to suggest it was attacked by pirates.
Sometime over the next eight years, Gibbs either leaves or is expelled from the Royal Navy. Despite his initial dread of pirates, he became good friends with one: the Black Pearl's former captain, Jack Sparrow. Jack's history is well-known to Gibbs, including his quest to regain the Pearl and seek revenge on his mutinous first mate, Hector Barbossa. He is also familiar with the curse that has afflicted the Black Pearl's crew and how to break it. He has not grown any less superstitious, however, and continually comments about what causes bad luck, such as bringing women aboard ships, as well as waking a man while he's sleeping.
Jack finds Gibbs sleeping among pigs in Tortuga after he and Will escape from Port Royal. They assemble a crew to man the stolen navy vessel Interceptor. After Jack falls behind during a confrontation with the pirates at Isla de Muerta, Gibbs assumes command, indicating he is now Jack's first mate.
Gibbs and the crew flee from Barbossa. The Pearl quickly catches the Interceptor and destroys it. Gibbs and the rest of the crew are captured.
On Isla de Muerta, Elizabeth frees Gibbs and the crew from the Pearl's brig, and they take control of the ship. Although Elizabeth tries to convince Gibbs and the others to save Jack and Will, who are fighting Barbossa on the island, they set sail with the Pearl. They tell Elizabeth that Jack owes them a ship. However, they later rescue Jack from execution in Port Royal. With Jack back in command of the Black Pearl, Gibbs stays on as second in command.
Dead Man's Chest
Gibbs is still serving under Jack aboard the Black Pearl. Jack obtains a drawing of the key to the Dead Man's Chest. When Mr. Gibbs asks if the chest and key is what they are looking for, Jack refuses to give a clear answer. Afterwards, Gibbs, Jack, and the crew are captured by a cannibalistic native tribe after they beach the Black Pearl on the mysterious island of Pelegosto. Some time later, they narrowly escape, following Will Turner's arrival while searching for Jack. When Jack reveals the Black Spot to Tia Dalma, Gibbs panics.
Gibbs is also among the few survivors after the Pearl is destroyed by the Kraken. When Gibbs and the other survivors return to Tia Dalma for help, she asks if they would be willing to do anything to save Jack and the Pearl. Gibbs is the first to accept the challenge.
At World's End
Gibbs travels to Singapore with Elizabeth and Barbossa, where he aids in the attempt to secure a ship and crew from Sao Feng. They make their way to World's End to rescue Jack Sparrow. When Jack suggests leaving some people behind in Davy Jones's Locker, Gibbs is one of the few people Jack wants to take back to the world of the living. He also indicates that he came to save Jack because he missed him, and not because of any ulterior motive.
During the meeting of the Fourth Brethren Court, Pintel notices that the Nine Pieces of Eight are in fact "just pieces of junk." Gibbs provides the backstory for the pieces of eight and their role in imprisoning Calypso. Later, he fights against the Dutchman during the battle in Calypso's maelstrom.
At the end of the film, Gibbs passes out drunk and lets Barbossa steal the Black Pearl. Despite his allowing the Pearl to be stolen, he and Jack part as friends. Gibbs then stays behind in Tortuga with Scarlett and Giselle while Jack tries to find the Fountain of Youth.
On Stranger Tides
In London, Gibbs is arrested and wrongfully accused of being Jack Sparrow. The real Jack Sparrow, posing as a judge, comes to his aid and gives him a life sentence instead of the expected death penalty. After being arrested by the royal guard and sent to prison, Gibbs manages to steal Jack's map and memorize it. That night, after Jack Sparrow escapes the palace, Gibbs is sentenced to hang anyway. He is surprised to see that Barbossa is now a privateer in the service of the King. Barbossa tries interrogating Gibbs for information about Jack's plans. When Gibbs offers to lead Barbossa in search of the Fountain of Youth, Barbossa refuses and threatens him with execution. Gibbs reveals the map; knowing how traitorous Barbossa is, Gibbs burns the map, knowing that Barbossa would then have no choice but to take him along to search for the Fountain.
Gibbs is eventually reunited with Jack. He uses Jack's magical compass to find the Queen Anne's Revenge and retrieve the Black Pearl, which has been magically shrunk and imprisoned in a bottle. He reunites with Jack after the battle; he and Sparrow plan to look for a way to restore the Pearl to her original size.
Dead Men Tell No Tales
McNally reprises his role as Gibbs in the film.
- Scott Holleran (2003-05-31). "Interview: Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio on 'At World's End'". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2007-06-06.