"I am a Pirate Lord, and you are nothing!"
―Eduardo Villanueva[src]

Eduardo Villanueva was a Pirate Lord of the Brethren Court during the time of Lord Cutler Beckett's attempts to eradicate piracy in the Caribbean. A Spaniard, Villanueva was the lord of the Adriatic Sea, though he had traveled to ports across the Seven Seas, such as those in the Philippines and South America.[4]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Early life[edit | edit source]

Eduardo Villanueva was a privateer on behalf of Spain and the Pirate Lord of the Adriatic Sea. He raided ships across the Adriatic, as well as waters near Spanish holdings in Mexico and South America. During his early career, he circumnavigated the World, traveling the Seven Seas and traveling to places as far as the Philippines. His travels and pirating endeavours pitted him against fellow Pirate Lords, Ammand the Corsair, and Capitaine Chevalle, all of whom he battled in his powerful flagship, the Centurion. Ammand and the Barbary Corsairs often raided the coasts of the Mediterranean and whenever they ventured into the Adriatic, they would come into conflict with Villanueva's personal privateer fleet, the Spanish Treasure Fleet. Villanueva also developed a heated rivalry with Capitaine Chevalle, and he came to dislike the Frenchman immensely.[4]

Villanueva's wanted poster.

He was wanted dead or alive by the East India Trading Company for crimes including pilfering gold, instigating and participating in a bar fight, and piracy on the Spanish seas. The bounty was worth 2,000 guineas.[5]

Rogue pirates[edit | edit source]

"They have been preying off the coast of Spain. And they operate as Borya has described. We have found two burning wrecks, and other ships have simply vanished like this!"
―Eduardo Villanueva, talking about the rogue pirates[src]

At some point in his life, Villanuvea and his crew sailed off the coast of Spain, when they encountered two burning wrecks, victims of a band of rogue pirates. A few months later, Villanueva told the tale of his discovery to pirates assembled at Shipwreck Cove. All Pirate Lords at the meeting agreed to take actions against the rogues, to prevent the navies of Europe from declaring war on piracy.[6]

When the young pirate Jack Sparrow accused the Pirate Lord Borya Palachnik of being one of the rogues, Captain Edward Teague called for an official court of inquiry. Villanueva, along with all other Pirate Lords at Shipwreck Cove, was present at the court. He initially opposed the idea of summoning Davy Jones to confirm or deny Borya's guilt, but he agreed after a brief conversation with the fellow countryman Don Rafael.

The Shadow Lord[edit | edit source]

"Out. The Centurion is leaving now."
―Eduardo Villanueva to his new crewmembers[src]

Several years later, Villanueva made port in Tortuga, where he forced some pirates to join his crew, instead of joining the crew of a young pirate captain, Jack Sparrow. At that time, he also made a deal with the Spanish monarchy to completely take over the Caribbean for Spain. Later, he fought a duel with Jack Sparrow for one of the vials of the Shadow Gold. Although he proved that he was a good swordsman, he was eventually defeated.[7]

Some time later, it was revealed that one of Villanueva's new crewmembers, Henry, was actually the infamous sorcerer Shadow Lord. Villanueva was captured by the Shadow Lord, who commandeered his ship, the Centurion. The Centurion, with the whole crew imprisoned, sailed for Marseilles, where the Shadow Lord abandoned the ship, leaving Villanueva and his men behind.[8]

A few days later, Villanueva and his men were freed by Jack Sparrow and the French Pirate Lord Chevalle. They had to board the Centurion because the Shadow Lord commandeered the Black Pearl. Villanueva told them that Henry was the Shadow Lord.[9]

In the final battle, the Pirate Lords discovered that the Shadow Lord is none other than Henry Morgan, the creator of the Code of the Pirate Brethren. Despite Morgan's supernatural powers and his control over the vast fleet of EITC and Spanish Royal Navy ships, the Pirate Lords were able to destroy him.[9]

Retirement[edit | edit source]

Captain Villanueva confronted by Jack Sparrow in Tortuga

"Then let me charmingly remind you of an appointment: the Conclave of Pirate Lords at Shipwreck City?"
"Eduardo, would you be ever so kind as to rid me of this Pirate Council errand boy?"
"Uh...you mean, to kill him?
Jack Sparrow, Mistress Ching and Eduardo Villanueva[src]

Around the time of the search for the Dead Man's Chest, Eduardo had retired from the life of piracy, though he retained his Pirate Lord status,[10] and founded a piggery in Tortuga. He also helped his close friend Mistress Ching, who had sailed five of the seven seas, run a brothel. Eduardo and Mistress Ching resisted the summons sent out by Hector Barbossa to attend the fourth meeting of the Brethren Court at Shipwreck Cove. Soon after this, however, they were confronted by Jack Sparrow. Sparrow was intent on getting both Pirate Lords to attend the conclave. He confronted Villanueva at his piggery. Villanuva loosed his men on Jack Sparrow, and ran through the streets to warn Mistress Ching. Sparrow defeated Villanueva's men and followed him to Ching's brothel. Outside the brothel's main balcony, Villanueva engaged Sparrow in a duel. Villanueva was outmatched by the young pirate captain, and conceded. After the subsequent defeat of Mistress Ching, Villanueva agreed to join the Brethren and sailed to Shipwreck Island.[11]

War Against Piracy[edit | edit source]

Captain Villanueva at the time of his retirement.

"Calypso was our enemy then, she will be our enemy now."
"And it's unlikely her mood's improved."
"I would still agree with Sao Feng. We release Calypso.
Jocard, Chevalle and Villanueva[src]

During the fourth meeting of the Brethren Court, Villanueva agreed with Captain Barbossa's proposal of releasing Calypso, but only after Tai Huang, the former first mate of Sao Feng, stated that Sao Feng would have agreed with Barbossa had he been alive. Chevalle was against the release of Calypso, however, and Villanueva drew his pistol to intimidate the Frenchman. Chevalle took great insult from the gesture and punched the Spaniard in the face, causing him to discharge his pistol. This action instigated a brawl among the two pirates and their crews. The concerned bodyguards of the other Pirate Lords soon joined in and soon the entire hall was filled with the sounds of pistol shots and broken bottles. Barbossa was able to stop the fight and calm the fighting pirates. During the vote for a new Pirate King, Villanueva voted for himself, but was defeated by Elizabeth Swann. Villanueva ultimately abided by the decision of Captain Swann to go to war against Lord Cutler Beckett, Governor of the East India Trading Company.[12]

Villanueva celebrating Cutler Beckett's defeat.

Beckett struck the first blow, and he sent a force of Black Coats to attack the Pirate Lords. Villanueva and Mistress Ching became trapped in the Market Area, but were able to the defeat the Company troops with the assisstance of Jack Sparrow.[11] Villanueva then set sail and joined the ships from the Spanish Treasure Fleet and assembled off the coast of Shipwreck Island. The fleet of the Brethren Court came face to face with the enormous armada of the East India Trading Company. A huge maelstrom formed in between the two fleets and he and his crew witnessed the battle of Calypso's maelstrom. They later celebrated the victory over the Company after the deaths of Davy Jones and Lord Beckett.[12] His further fate is unknown.

Personality and traits[edit | edit source]

Villanueva's Jolly Roger

A very reserved Spaniard,[13] Villanueva was a gruff and proud individual. He was notorious for instigating bar fights. He was also responsible for the brawl that engulfed the fourth Brethren Court meeting.[12] Villanueva was disdainful of young upstart pirates, and had more respect for older veteran pirates. He didn't even consider Jack Sparrow a true Pirate Lord. He was close friends with Mistress Ching and sometimes escorted her, and he was sometimes needed to guide her through crowded areas, due to her poor eyesight.[11] Villanueva also held Gentleman Jocard in high regard, respecting anyone brave enough to confront him.[5]

Like almost all Pirate Lords, Villanueva had a distinctive pirate flag. His flag was black with the horned white skeleton holding a spear pointed to a bleeding heart. That flag was originally used by the infamous pirate Blackbeard.

Equipment and skills[edit | edit source]

Eduardo Villanueva was a short stout man. He had greying hair, with several streaks of black in his mustache and beard. He had a black hat with a bright white feather, a necklace, and a brown leather coat with golden embroidery, worn over a faded white shirt. He also wore a large leather strap across his chest and had a belt that held his pistol and sword, as well as dark brown pants and shoes.[12]

Villanuva possessed a cutlass which he used with some degree of skill. Villanueva was a simple duelist and was often outshone by his friend Mistress Ching. Villanueva did have great strength and often used punches and kicks during duels.[11]

His piece of eight is the neck of a broken bottle with a cork still inside, tied to a string. It was often said that it had been broken when Villanueva used the bottle to win a legendary, and deadly, bar brawl.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

  • Eduardo Villanueva was portrayed by Sergio Calderón in At World's End. Calderón also voiced the character in the film's video game.
  • Even though Sergio Calderón's character called himself "Villanueva" in the film he was credited as "Captain Vallenueva". The name Vallenueva was also used on the original version of the character's wanted poster. Villanueva's first name "Eduardo" was first used in the At World's End video game. In all other appearances the character was called Eduardo Villanueva or just Villanueva.
  • Villanueva's name translates literally into "New Town" in Spanish.
  • The flag hoisted by Villanueva's crew is the same flag that's commonly attributed to the real-world pirates Edward "Blackbeard" Teach and Edward Low.
  • It is possible that Eduardo Villanueva is named after the historical Spanish Royal Navy Admiral Don Miguel Augustin de Villanueva, who was killed in battle with the British Royal Navy in 1711, while leading the Spanish Treasure Fleet from Portobelo to Spain.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

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Notes and references[edit | edit source]

Members of the Brethren Court

First Court
Pirate Kings
First Pirate King
Pirate Lords
First Pirate Lord of the Atlantic Ocean
Aides: Davy Jones

Second Court
Pirate Lords
Henry MorganBartholomewGrandmama

Third Court
Pirate Lords
Sao Feng's father
Others: Tartaglia

Court of inquiry
Pirate Lords
ChingBoris PalachnikRafaelEdward TeagueEduardo Villanueva
Aides: Davy Jones
Keeper of the Code: Edward Teague
Others: Hector BarbossaJack SparrowEsmeralda
Prison Dog

Fourth Court
Pirate Kings
Elizabeth Swann
Pirate Lords
AmmandSumbhajee AngriaHector BarbossaChevalleChing
Sao FengJocardJack SparrowElizabeth SwannEduardo Villanueva
Aides: AskayPusasn
Keeper of the Code: Edward Teague
Others: Prison Dog

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