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"Too long my fate has not been in me own hands... No longer."
―Hector Barbossa to Elizabeth Swann[src]

Hector Barbossa was a legendary pirate of the Caribbean as well as the archenemy, nemesis and rival of Captain Jack Sparrow. A captain of treacherous morality, a vile pirate cursed then resurrected from the dead, and a master of his own fate and secret agreements, Barbossa was the ultimate survivor. Ruthless and cunning, information was Barbossa's treasure as he swiftly rose through the ranks. Not one to be trusted, he had a tendency to honor the Pirate's Code only when it suited him. With Captain Barbossa, only a monkey, an apple, and a personal agenda were guaranteed as he looked for any opportunity to prove his superiority and achieve his own goals, no matter how unattainable they may seem.

In his youth, through unknown and mysterious circumstances, Hector Barbossa was an honest sailor who left to make an easier living as a pirate. By his early forties, Barbossa became captain of a ship, a schooner named Cobra, and was attacked by the Koldunya, a Bermuda-rigged sloop belonging to Boris "Borya" Palachnik, the Pirate Lord of the Caspian Sea and Barbossa's old friend. Hector Barbossa was found by Don Rafael, the Pirate Lord of the Caribbean, who took Barbossa to Shipwreck Cove to tell his tale of rogue pirates to the assembled pirates, including Captain Edward Teague, Pirate Lord of Madagascar as well as Keeper of the Code, and Jack Sparrow. After it was discovered that Borya was the rogue pirate captain, Borya apologized to Barbossa and gave him one of the Nine Pieces of Eight, though the latter was unaware of its importance as the sign of pirate lordship, thus making Barbossa the eventual Lord of the Caspian Sea.

Years later, Hector Barbossa signed on as first mate on the Black Pearl, serving under Captain Jack Sparrow in the quest for the Shadow Gold and the venture to find the treasure of Cortés. Barbossa swiftly became captain after leading a mutiny against Jack, in which the mutinous crew left Sparrow marooned on a desert island and given a pistol with one shot to kill himself with. In spite of the mutiny, Barbossa acquired a pet monkey, later mockingly named "Jack" after their old captain. Because they didn't believe the "ghost story" Sparrow told, Captain Barbossa's crew found the treasure at Isla de Muerta and soon fell under the Aztec Curse, becoming walking undead skeletons in the moonlight and unable to feel their pleasures. To lift their terrible curse as living corpses, Barbossa led a search to restore all 882 Aztec gold pieces they frittered away and the blood repaid, the latter payment they ironically didn't learn until after Barbossa sent former crewman William "Bootstrap Bill" Turner down to the crushing depths. Ten years into their search, Barbossa's cursed pirates kidnapped Elizabeth "Turner", believing her to be the child of Bootstrap Bill Turner and the blood they needed. Ultimately, the pirates' curse was lifted by the real child of Bootstrap Bill, Will Turner, at which time Barbossa was killed at Isla de Muerta by his old captain and now archenemy, Jack Sparrow, who used his one shot to kill his former first mate.

Through mysterious circumstances, even death was not the end of Hector Barbossa as he was resurrected by the voodoo priestess Tia Dalma, secretly the heathen goddess, Calypso, in human form. The two struck a bargain: in return for being brought back from the dead, Barbossa agreed to summon a meeting of assembled Pirate Lords of the Brethren Court, so they could release the goddess from her human bonds. In an uneasy alliance, Barbossa led the desperate quest to find and rescue his nemesis Jack Sparrow, from making accords with the Chinese Pirate Lord Sao Feng of Singapore to sailing at World's End to Davy Jones' Locker. He then convened the Fourth Brethren Court and freed Calypso as a plan of action in the war against the forces of the East India Trading Company, led by Lord Cutler Beckett, who had control over Davy Jones and the Flying Dutchman. After the pirate showdown with the East India Company, Barbossa stole the Black Pearl from Sparrow and planned a pursuit for the Fountain of Youth, only to find that Sparrow had outwitted Barbossa by having already stolen the map to the Fountain in anticipation.

At some point later, the Black Pearl was attacked by the fearsome pirate Edward "Blackbeard" Teach, who used the power embedded in the Sword of Triton to turn the ship and its rigging against the crew, and Hector Barbossa was forced to cut off his right leg to survive. Unbeknownst to Barbossa, who believed the Pearl was sunk in battle, Blackbeard magicked the Pearl into a ship in a bottle. Afterwards, Hector sported a wooden leg, traded his pirate regalia for a British Royal Navy uniform, and claimed to owe his allegiance to King and Country in service as a privateer in King George II's court. As captain of the HMS Providence, with Joshamee Gibbs as navigator, Barbossa sailed forth without fear on stranger tides during the quest for the Fountain of Youth. Near the end of the quest, Barbossa admitted that it was revenge rather than valor that pushed the navy captain toward the Fountain, a rendezvous with Jack Sparrow, Blackbeard and destiny.

As a result of defeating Blackbeard, Captain Barbossa returned to piracy, taking possession of Blackbeard's Sword of Triton and the Queen Anne's Revenge. He then quickly amassed a fleet of ten ships that ruled the Caribbean Sea as the scourge of the New World, and settled into a growing and prosperous pirate empire. However, the return of the malicious Spanish pirate hunter Capitán Armando Salazar and his crew of deadly ghosts threatened Barbossa's command of the sea. Although Capitán Salazar initially forced the old pirate to help him find Jack Sparrow, Hector allied himself with Jack once again, determined to find the legendary Trident of Poseidon. Along the way, Barbossa released the Black Pearl from its bottled prison and learned that Carina Smyth, a brilliant astronomer who was in possession of the Map No Man Can Read, was his long-lost daughter. By the time Carina became aware of her familial connection with Hector, the weathered sea captain would meet his ultimate demise when he sacrificed himself by piercing Salazar through the back, thereby saving his "treasure", and disappeared beneath the water and collapsing waves.

Over the course of time, Captain Hector Barbossa was a master manipulator, a bedeviling schemer ready to lie, cheat, and swindle his way into new treasure, with his trusty monkey on his shoulder. He combined life experience with reckless daring and fearlessness as he achieved his own goals. Tough and vengeful, Captain Barbossa is looking for any opportunity to survive and prove his superiority to his rivals. Despite his dishonesty and many deceptions, the prudent Barbossa did not mind dying for treasure, since he was and always would be a pirate. When Barbossa's reign of the sea came to an end, the old pirate's legacy lived on through his daughter, Carina, who adopted the Barbossa family name.


Early life

"Ladies, gentlemen, allow me to present to you, Captain Hector Barbossa."
Edward Teague to assembled pirates at Shipwreck Cove[src]

Like most pirates, Hector Barbossa came from England's West Country.[7] Not much is known of Hector's familial history, other than that his mother was Irish.[2] Although his history prior to engaging in piracy remains mainly shrouded in mystery, it was known that Barbossa grew up on a farm, possibly somewhere near Bristol, and he ran away to sea at the age of 13 because he came from a background of poverty.[27][28]

In his youth, Hector Barbossa would be on board ships where he'd seen very grand cabins and the captains living in spacious and elegant quarters. Barbossa may have had earnest desires to be a man of the sea, but he soon realized that he could gain a lot more if he broke the rules, lied, and killed a few people in the process. He became greedy, with horrible social pretensions. He became a horrible liar, pretending to be a gentleman of the sea, and a dirty, cunning rogue. Barbossa also had a sword on his belt and learned how to skewer people and survive by using preemptive logic to map out his plans and deceive people.[29][30]

Pirate's life

Early pirate career


Hector Barbossa's wanted poster.

"Gents... Ladies... 'Tis lucky I am to be standing here afore ye today. Two months ago, almost to the day, me ship Cobra was attacked and sunk by one of our own. We had raised our true colors, and yet still they tried to slaughter us. We were attacked by one of our own brethren... a clear violation of the Code, 'twas."
―Barbossa to assembled pirates at the Great Chamber[src]

Not much is known about Hector Barbossa's early adventures, except that he became a capable pirate. By his early forties, Barbossa met Boris "Borya" Palachnik, the Russian Pirate Lord of the Caspian Sea, as well as became captain of a small schooner named Cobra. After Barbossa plundered a French barque loaded with ivory, the Cobra was attacked by rogue pirates in the waters north of Bermuda. The Cobra sank, and Barbossa himself almost drowned, but the pirate captain was saved by two of his crewmembers, Pintel and Ragetti. Two months later, Barbossa and his men were picked up in Tortuga by Don Rafael, Pirate Lord of the Caribbean. Don Rafael took them to Shipwreck Cove, where Barbossa told the tale of his disaster to assembled pirates, including Captain Edward Teague, Keeper of the Code. During that meeting, Hector Barbossa met Jack Sparrow for the first time.[19]

Shipwreck Cove

"So why were ye looking for me, Jack Sparrow?"
"Captain. I believe I've found the vessel that sank
Cobra. I'd like you to come with me and see if you can identify her."
―Hector Barbossa and Jack Sparrow[src]

A few months later, Jack Sparrow discovered what ship sank the Cobra. It was the Koldunya, a ship of Boris "Borya" Palachnik, the Pirate Lord of the Caspian Sea and Barbossa's old friend. Jack immediately informed Barbossa of his discovery, and the pirate captain recognized the Koldunya as the rogue ship. Captain Teague and Don Rafael joined them on the docks, and they agreed to search Borya's ship.[31]

Later, Teague called for an official court of inquiry, and the Pirate Lords assembled in the Great Chamber. At the court, all the witnesses told their stories, but since there was not enough evidences against Borya, Teague decided to summon Davy Jones, the Lord of the sea. Jones knew everything that happened in his watery kingdoms, and the Brethren Court spoke a magic call that brought Jones onboard the Troubadour, Teague's ship. When asked about Borya's guilt, Jones recognized him as the leader of the rogue pirates, saying that he and his men sent many souls to the sea bottom without mercy.[31]

Receiving a Piece of Eight

"You need to be careful of that little token. Don't lose it. Show it to Captain Teague as soon as you can. He'll tell you what it is."
"You say this is important? Looks like junk."
"It is important, Hector. Unless I'm much mistaken, that is one of the Nine Pieces of Eight."
"And what might those be, Jack?"
"They’re important. Teague will explain.
Jack Sparrow and Hector Barbossa[src]

Borya and his whole crew were imprisoned and sentenced to hang. Borya even gave them the name of one of the rogue captains under his command, Christophe-Julien de Rapièr, captain of La Vipère. The French pirate and his crew were also quickly captured. A few days later, Barbossa visited Borya in a prison, where Borya apologized for the destruction of Barbossa's ship. Borya even gave Barbossa his most precious token, a small block of wood which also served as one of Nine Pieces of Eight and the sign of pirate lordship, thus making Barbossa the next Pirate Lord of the Caspian Sea.[32] However, Barbossa didn't know the meaning of the Piece of Eight at that time, as Borya didn't tell him about its importance. Borya also agreed to give the Koldunya to Barbossa as a payment for the loss of the Cobra, so he wouldn't be a captain without the vessel.[33]

A few hours later, Barbossa encountered Jack Sparrow and Don Rafael's granddaughter Esmeralda at the Drunken Lady tavern. He told them about his conversation with Borya, and showed them the block of wood which Borya gave him. Both Jack and Esmeralda recognized Borya's piece of eight, and they told Barbossa to show it to Captain Teague as soon as possible. However, that same night, the rogues escaped on the Koldunya and La Vipère, taking Jack with them. After that, Barbossa intended to join Captain Teague's fleet in rogue-hunting.[31] Hector Barbossa eventually gave Borya's piece of wood to one of his subordinates, Ragetti, who missed an eye and ordered him to keep it safe.[20]

Onboard the Black Pearl

First Mate

"I don't know what you're playing at, but I know you can hear me, Jack."
"Oh, sorry. I presumed you must be addressing some other Jack, one who was not captain of the finest ship ever to sail the Seven Seas—since surely if you were addressing me, you would have said 'Captain Jack,' isn't that right?"
"My apologies, Captain Jack.
―Hector Barbossa and Jack Sparrow[src]

Five years after the escape of the rogues from Shipwreck Cove, while he was in Tortuga, Hector Barbossa joined Captain Jack Sparrow's crew aboard the Black Pearl.[3] By this point, Barbossa's achieved the status as the new Pirate Lord of the Caspian Sea, though his lordship was unknown to the other pirates.[34] Barbossa also lost contact with Ragetti and his Piece of Eight in unknown circumstances.[35]

Despite this, Barbossa agreed to serve as Sparrow's first mate. Barbossa joined Sparrow as the crew of the Black Pearl set out from Tortuga to the Far East, sent by Tia Dalma to collect seven pieces of powerful magical potion called the Shadow Gold, and prevent an evil alchemist, the Shadow Lord from destroying the Pirate Brethren. Sparrow and Barbossa traveled around the world, chased by the East India Trading Company and the Shadow Army, but at the end, they were able to defeat the Shadow Lord with the assistance of all Pirate Lords of the Brethren Court.[36]

Mutiny on the Black Pearl

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Captain Barbossa with his crew.

"Well, Jack! I'm afraid your career as a pirate has been a short one. I am the captain of the Black Pearl. No one challenges my authority."
―Hector Barbossa to Jack Sparrow[src]

Two years after the adventure with the Shadow Gold, Hector Barbossa joined Jack Sparrow's quest to find the lost treasure of Hernán Cortés, but not before recruiting a new crew at Tortuga, including his two cronies Pintel and Ragetti. As Sparrow told Barbossa and the crew, Mexico's Aztec rulers delivered a stone chest with 882 identical pieces of Aztec gold to bribe the Spanish conquistador to stop him from slaughtering their people, but Cortés continued his conquest. According to legend, the heathen gods placed a curse upon the treasure: any mortal who took a single piece of the gold from the chest would be punished for eternity. None of the crew believed the legends or ghost stories about the Aztec curse, with Barbossa believing the curse to be a "ridiculous superstition!"[17] They go sailing out to Isla de Muerta, an island that could not be found except by those who knew where it was, though they had the bearings due to the use of Jack Sparrow's compass.[1][37]

Three days out into the venture, Barbossa came to Sparrow and said, "If we're all to going to have a share of the treasure, we should all know where we're going."[37] The first mate was able to coax the captain into giving up the bearings, thereby making Barbossa someone who could find Isla de Muerta because he knew the island's exact location. That night, Barbossa rallied the crew in a mutiny against Jack Sparrow, despite it being considered a violation of the Pirate's Code. Barbossa's crew marooned Jack on an island and gave the overthrown captain a pistol with one shot—to kill himself when the heat and thirst got too much.[1] According to some legends about Hector Barbossa, he eventually became the new Pirate Lord of the Caspian Sea after the mutiny against Jack,[13][32] despite having already been given Borya's Piece of Eight, and therefore lordship, years prior.[33]

The Curse of the Aztec Gold

"I hardly believe in ghost stories anymore, Captain Barbossa."
"Aye. That's exactly what I thought when we were first told the tale. Buried on an island of dead what cannot be found, except for those who know where it is. Find it, we did. There be the chest. Inside be the gold. And we took 'em all.
―Hector Barbossa to Elizabeth Swann[src]

With the Black Pearl now under Hector Barbossa's command, the mutinous crew sailed towards Isla de Muerta using the bearings Barbossa had tricked out of Jack Sparrow, and found the large stone chest and the 882 identical pieces of Aztec gold coins in the island's caves. Barbossa's crew ignored the ghost story Jack Sparrow mentioned to them earlier, and seized the treasure of Cortés for themselves. Prior to this, Barbossa acquired a pet monkey, which they mockingly named "Jack" after their old captain at some point after finding the treasure.[37]

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Barbossa under the Aztec curse.

Afterwards, Barbossa and his crew traded the whole gold away on frivolous things. Then as they went out partying and carousing, Barbossa's crew discovered that they were cursed; the more gold they gave away, the more they lost the ability to taste or feel anything in general. When they stepped into the moonlight, the grim effects of the Aztec curse were plain to see. The flesh vanished from their bones, and they become walking undead skeletons; neither living nor dead, and unable to die or succumb to bodily harm. Nevertheless, Barbossa's crew went back to Isla de Muerta, studied the Aztec writing on the stone chest.[37] They learned that, to lift the curse, every piece of Aztec gold must be returned to the stone chest from which it came.[1]

With the new plan in mind, Captain Barbossa now aimed to lead his crew in search of gold to lift the Aztec curse. However, Bootstrap Bill Turner, who had been guilt-ridden ever since Barbossa's mutiny against Jack Sparrow, sent one piece of the treasure to his child in England, saying that Barbossa's crew deserved to remain cursed. This angered Barbossa greatly as he had "Bootstrap's bootstraps" strapped to a cannon and dropped overboard, taking Bootstrap down to the crushing oblivion of Davy Jones' Locker, unable to move or die. Ironically, Barbossa's crew found out that, in addition to looking for every piece of gold, all their blood had to be repaid. While the cursed pirates could get all the gold back and add their blood to the chest, they would still be missing Boostrap Bill's blood, thereby being prevented to lift the curse.[1]

Two years after falling under the Aztec curse, Hector Barbossa sailed the Black Pearl in the crossing of England, where they attacked a merchant vessel under the suspicion that Turner's gold coin called to the cursed pirates. However, Barbossa's crew were not able to find the coin nor Turner's child and left the burning wreckage behind them, narrowly avoiding a confrontation with the HMS Dauntless, the pride of the British Royal Navy. For the next eight years, Barbossa's cursed pirates continued looking for all the gold, specifically the last piece and the Turner blood was the last blood they needed to lift the curse.[1][37]

Strangers Bearing Gifts


Pintel and Barbossa after finding a mysterious castaway.

"Then why even follow me into my trap? I am a god, after all."
"We already be damned. So even a slim chance at finding a cure is better than no chance. And for a 'god' you seem to be awfully...limited.
Palaimon and Hector Barbossa[src]

At some point during the quest to lift the Aztec curse, Barbossa recalled the story of Icarus before his crew came across a mysterious castaway, a young boy floating unconsious in the middle of the ocean. Somehow still alive and wearing shackles, the boy was brought on board the Black Pearl. After ordering Ragetti to fix the boy a stew, Barbossa felt that something was wrong. When Barbossa asked Pintel about his opinion on the bodies of the ship's crew, Pintel said they were eaten by the sharks, but Barbossa cleverly noted that there was no blood on the surface of the water.[38]

Later, as the boy had dinner in the captain's cabin, Barbossa expressed his curiosity on the situation about the wreck of the Delfin, the shackles on the boy's hands, and the boy himself being alive. Despite Barbossa's disbelief, the young boy insisted himself to be Juan Ponce de León and that he managed to find the Fountain of Youth. Claiming the Fountain, among other things, "cured all my ills in an instant", the boy offered to take Barbossa to the Fountain. Believing that the Fountain of Youth might hold the key to lifting the terrible curse that his crew was under, Barbossa ordered his men to chart a course to the Fountain's location.[38]

As the sun began to set, Bo'sun informed Barbossa that they were arriving at the cove, causing the captain to close a book about Greek mythology. Upon reaching the dubious destination that had a statue of a boy riding a dolphin, Barbossa told "Mr. de Leon" a story pertaining to Greek mythology. He collectively accused the young passenger of being Melikertes, who revealed himself now to be Palaimon, a demonic Greek sea god who fed on the human souls. As Palaimon summoned an army of souls to fight against Barbossa's undead pirates, he himself engaged in a fierce duel with Barbossa. Against the odds, Barbossa defeated Palaimon by forcing him to fall into the sea, deducing that he couldn't swim due to having found him clinging to a piece of floating wood and that his altar showing him riding a dolphin. After making sail for safer waters, Pintel asked Barbossa if the Fountain was real, despite what had occurred. Barbossa responded in saying that they're un-living proof that such tales were nothing more than tales of hope and redemption, then finished by saying he didn't believe in fairy tales.[38]

Lifting the curse

Attack on Port Royal

"First, your return to shore was not part of our negotiations nor our agreement, so I must do nothing. And secondly, you must be a pirate for the Pirate's Code to apply, and you're not. And thirdly, the Code is more what you'd call guidelines than actual rules. Welcome aboard the Black Pearl, Miss Turner."
―Hector Barbossa to Elizabeth Swann — (audio)Listen (file info)[src]

Barbossa negotiating with Elizabeth "Turner" about the medallion aboard the Black Pearl.

Over the course of the next eight years, the crew raided and pillaged settlements throughout the New World, searching for the lost pieces of Aztec gold. At last, they returned all but one of the coins to the chest. One day, Barbossa and his crew sensed the last piece. They followed the "call" of the gold, and finally ended at the British colony of Port Royal. They attacked at night, blending in perfectly with the dark and cloudy night. The Pearl was followed by an eerie fog, a side-effect of the cursed crew's long-term occupation of the ship. Due to the cover, the Pearl was able to attack Port Royal unhindered. Barbossa ordered his cannonneers to fire on Fort Charles. While the ship occupied the fort's attention, Barbossa sent a raiding party to collect the coin.[1]

Some time later, the boats returned laden with swag when two of Barbossa's crewmen, Pintel and Ragetti, came aboard with Elizabeth Swann, a young female "adversary" who had invoked the right of parley as per the Pirate's Code. When the Bo'sun approached the two pirates about this captive, the young woman tried to explain her intention to negotiate with their captain, but was silenced when the Bo'sun slapped her hard across the face. Before the Bo'sun could strike again, Captain Barbossa's hand reached out and grabbed the Bo'sun's wrist, reprimanded him and apologized to the woman. Elizabeth audaciously demanded that Barbossa's crew cease their attack on Port Royal, or else she would throw the Aztec medallion she wore around her neck overboard. Barbossa tried to hide the crew's need for the coin, but the young woman said that she had seen the Pearl on her crossing of the Atlantic from England eight years before. After Barbossa asked for the woman's name, she responded by saying her name was Elizabeth "Turner" and that she was a maid in the governor's household. Barbossa was thrilled by having found Bootstrap Bill Turner's child after all these years, realizing the pirates may finally be able to lift their curse, and so Barbossa agreed to leave Port Royal in exchange for Elizabeth handing over the medallion. After "Miss Turner" demanded she be taken ashore, Barbossa refused and welcomed her aboard the Black Pearl as they set sail.[1]

Isla de Muerta

"You, maid! Your father, what was his name? Was your father William Turner?"
"Where's his child? The child that sailed from England eight years ago? The child in whose veins flows the blood of William Turner? Where?
―Hector Barbossa and Elizabeth Swann[src]

Barbossa telling Elizabeth the "ghost story" about the medallion and cursed Aztec gold.

While the Pearl sailed towards Isla de Muerta, Barbossa entertained Elizabeth, and held her as his guest in his cabin. Food that was always kept near, in case the curse was lifted, was now able to be cooked and brought out. Barbossa watched, utterly envious, as Elizabeth ate her food. She, however, was suspicious as to why Barbossa was not eating, but was encouraging her to eat instead. When Barbossa offered an apple, Elizabeth asked if the food was poisoned; Barbossa was amused. He told her that there was no sense in killing her. Elizabeth asked why he was still keeping her. Barbossa saw that Elizabeth did not know about the curse of the Aztec Gold, and so he told her the story of the crew and its curse. He then told her that her blood was the last blood needed to lift the curse. At that, Elizabeth leapt up and attempted to run out of the cabin. Barbossa ran after her, but Elizabeth turned around and stabbed him with a knife from the table; she was shocked to see that Barbossa was unharmed. Elizabeth then ran out into the moonlit sky, and ran face to face with the half-dead skeleton crew. While drinking wine from a bottle Barbossa explained the curse's effect on the crew, and, startled, Elizabeth ran back into the cabin, where she remained for the duration of the voyage. Barbossa locked the doors behind her and laughed.[1]

"Look! The moonlight shows us for what we really are. We are not among the living, and so we cannot die. But neither are we dead. For too long I've been parched of thirst and unable to quench it. Too long I've been starving to death and haven't died. I feel nothing. Not the wind on my face, nor the spray of the sea...nor the warmth of a woman's flesh. You best start believing in ghost stories, Miss Turner. You're in one!"
―Hector Barbossa to Elizabeth Swann[src]

Upon reaching Isla de Muerta, the crew of the Pearl unloaded all of their booty into the caverns, while Barbossa prepared the blood ritual. After giving a speech to his crew, during which Barbossa said he'd eat a whole bushel of apples when the curse was lifted, Barbossa cut Elizabeth's palm with the ritual knife, covered the coin with her blood, and dropped it into the chest. Not feeling any different, Barbossa shot Pintel to see if the curse was lifted. Surprisingly, Pintel did not die. Barbossa confronted Elizabeth, asking her if William Turner was her father. Elizabeth admitted that she was not, but refused to tell Barbossa who William's child was. Frustrated, Barbossa slapped Elizabeth, dropping the coin as well. While the crew at first became angry at Pintel and Ragetti for bringing the wrong person, they soon turned their attention to Barbossa, claiming every decision he had made has led them from bad to worse, the curse itself being the most prominent example. But, when Barbossa brandished his sword, challenging the crew to fight him, no one dared fight against such a skilled swordsmen and stopped blaming Barbossa. The confrontation was interrupted by Jack the monkey, who pointed towards the exit of the caverns, screaming. Barbossa turned towards where Elizabeth had fell, and saw that she was no longer there.[1]

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Barbossa shooting the still-cursed Pintel.

He ordered the crew to find her. Soon the crew called for him, and he went to find, much to his amazement, Jack Sparrow. Barbossa asked him how he got off his island, and Jack said that he had forgotten a very important thing, that he was Captain Jack Sparrow. Barbossa, annoyed with Jack's self-aggrandizing attitude, ordered his crew to kill Sparrow. Sparrow, however, coolly asked if Elizabeth's blood hadn't worked. Barbossa, perceiving Jack's motives, ordered his crew to hold fire. Jack then told him that he knew who's blood they really needed. Since a compromise couldn't be made on the spot, the medallion was getting farther and farther out of Barbossa's reach on the Interceptor.[1]

Chasing the Interceptor

"Haul on the main brace! Make ready the guns! And run out the sweeps."
―Hector Barbossa to his crew and Bo'sun[src]

So the cursed crew and Jack boarded the Pearl and headed out in hot pursuit of the Interceptor. Barbossa and Sparrow, meanwhile, attempted to cut a deal in Barbossa's cabin. Jack was attempting to make Barbossa give him "his" ship, where then he would strand Barbossa on a beach and shout the name of the person whose blood he needed to him, as he sailed away. Barbossa, however, did not feel comfortable with giving away his ship, while he trusted that the name Sparrow gave him was the one he needed and was briefly annoyed after Jack taunted him since his mutiny prevented Sparrow from suffering under the curse as well.[1] Negotiations were at a standstill when Jack decided to tell Barbossa a story about how he sacked Nassau without firing a single shot. When Jack finished his tale Barbossa said he was spinning a lovely yarn, but he didn't believe a word of it.[39] They were interrupted when Bo'sun entered the cabin and informed them that the Interceptor was in view.[1]

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Barbossa and Jack Sparrow, before Jack was sent to the brig.

As Barbossa looked at the Interceptor with his spyglass Jack proposed to negotiate the return of the Aztec medallion without fighting. Barbossa cruelly replied that that sort of attitude lost him the Pearl in the first place because people were easier to search when they were dead. Barbossa then ordered Jack to be put in the brig and headed closely behind the Interceptor. The resourceful crew of the Interceptor, however, attempted to lose the Pearl over an unnamed shoal. The Interceptor, small and light, was easily able to transverse over the shoal. It then began to dump supplies and cargo overboard, to make it go even faster. Barbossa ordered his crew to bring out the oars, as well as the guns, confident that the Pearl would catch up with the Interceptor before she reached the shoals. As the Pearl slowly caught up, the Interceptor attempted one last trick. It lowered its starboard anchor into the shoal, catching one a rock and turning sharply around towards the Pearl. Barbossa quickly ordered the crew to turn the ship around, and ordered a full broadside.[1]

Barbossa gave his crew orders during the ensuing battle, overseeing the boarding of the Interceptor, and giving commands to his cannonneers. During the battle, the foremast of the Interceptor crashed onto the Pearl's deck, and Jack the monkey crept onto the mast and scurried onboard the Interceptor. The monkey soon returned, medallion in hand, with Sparrow (out of his cell) suspiciously in hot pursuit of the monkey. Barbossa's crew then captured the survivors of the crew aboard the Interceptor, while Barbossa, tipped off by his crew that they had set up an explosion, eagerly waited for the Interceptor's destruction, the medallion in his hand. As the battle smoke cleared, Barbossa had won; Jack and his crew were tied up on the deck of the Black Pearl, and Barbossa had the medallion. But Barbossa still did not have the person whose blood he needed.[1]

After the Interceptor exploded, Barbossa grabs Elizabeth by her wrists, saying she took advantage of the crew's hospitality and that she could now return the favor before he hurls her to a group of dirty pirates who began to hoot and jeer, surrounding the young woman and pawing at her hair and dress. Barbossa's smug grin disappears as he was confronted by a sopping wet young man claiming to be Will Turner, son of "Bootstrap Bill". He intended to shoot himself, and fall into the sea, thus making his blood unattainable for Barbossa's plan to lift the curse. Barbossa asked Turner what his terms were; Turner said he wanted Elizabeth to be set free, a term Turner eagerly made clear previously, and he also wished for the crew of the Interceptor not to be harmed. Barbossa agreed, ordering the crew of the Interceptor to be locked in the brig.[1]

Deal with Sparrow

"I suppose in exchange, you want me not to kill the whelp."
"No, no, no. Not at all. By all means, kill the whelp. Just not yet. Wait to lift the curse until the opportune moment.
―Hector Barbossa and Jack Sparrow[src]
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Jack Sparrow and Hector Barbossa negotiating in Isla de Muerta.

But, instead of just leaving Elizabeth at a port, he decided to cleverly twist his bargain with Turner and "release" Elizabeth by marooning her on an island, the same island that Jack had been marooned on all those years prior. But, she would have company; Sparrow was also to be marooned on the island, in response to his previous escape, and for trying to manipulate Barbossa. With those two dealt with, Barbossa turned the Pearl back toward Isla de Muerta, now finally able to lift the curse. At the request of his crew, Barbossa intended to kill Will and spill all of his blood to lift the curse in order to avoid any mistakes.[1]

Duel with Sparrow

"So what now, Jack Sparrow? Are we to be two immortals locked in an epic battle 'til Judgement Day and trumpets sound, hmm?"
"Or you could surrender.
―Hector Barbossa and Jack Sparrow[src]
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Hector Barbossa dueling Jack Sparrow.

Barbossa's crew made for Isla de Muerta, though the Pearl sailed slower than usual due to damage sustained during the fight. By the time Barbossa began the ritual once more, this time with Will as the sacrifice, Jack Sparrow miraculously appeared yet again, leaving Barbossa in utter disbelief. Jack informed Barbossa and his crew that the HMS Dauntless was sailing just off shore, waiting for them. With the ritual successfully stalled, Jack offered Barbossa a deal: Barbossa would seize the Dauntless for himself, leaving Jack as captain of the Pearl, and would have the makings of his very own fleet, and could take the title of commodore. Enticed, Barbossa agreed to Jack's proposal in return for twenty-five percent of Jack's plunder, and Jack's promise that he would purchase Barbossa a big hat. Barbossa sent his men on a walk on the ocean floor, while he, Will and Jack waited in the caves for the battle to end.[1]

"You're off the edge of the map, mate. Here there be monsters!"
―Hector Barbossa to Jack Sparrow[src]
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Hector Barbossa dueling the cursed Jack Sparrow.

Barbossa was starting to trust Jack again and noted that Jack was a hard man to predict. This trust ended when Jack freed Will, who engaged Barbossa's men, while Jack dueled Barbossa. Ultimately, Barbossa, knowing that Jack could not kill him, threw his weapon aside. Sparrow, taking the opportunity, stabbed Barbossa in the chest. Barbossa sighed to himself, ripped out the sword, and in turn stabbed Jack with it in the gut. Jack staggered backwards, feigning mortal injury, but a seemingly accidental step into a shaft of moonlight revealed him to be under the influence of the curse: He had sneaked a piece of gold from the Chest of Cortés while talking to Barbossa.


"Ten years you carry that pistol, and now you waste your shot."
"He didn't waste it.
―Hector Barbossa and William Turner[src]
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Captain Hector Barbossa's dead body.

The duel continued around the cave, quite pointlessly, until finally, Barbossa pulled a gun on Elizabeth Swann, who had come to help Will and Jack. Before Barbossa could pull the trigger, however, Jack finally used his one bullet and shot him in the heart. Barbossa sneered, claiming that Jack had wasted his shot after having it for so long. But upon defeating Barbossa's crewmen, Will called out to him and showed that he had gathered the last two coins, with blood from himself and Jack, and dropped it all into the chest, lifting the curse. Unbuttoning his coat, Barbossa found that the wound from Jack's shot began to spurt blood. Now able to feel again, Barbossa then stated that he felt cold before falling heavily to the cave floor, dropping his green apple, dead.[1]

"I feel...cold."
―Barbossa's last words before dying.[src]
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Jack the Monkey with Barbossa's boots in Tia Dalma's shack.


Accord with Tia Dalma

"Caution, Barbossa. Do not forget it was by my power you return from the dead. Or what it mean if you fail me."
"Don't you forget why you had to bring me back. Why I could not leave Jack to his well-deserved fate. It took nine Pirate Lords to bind you, Calypso. And it'll take no less than nine to set you free.
Tia Dalma and Hector Barbossa[src]

For an unknown amount of time, Hector Barbossa's dead body remained in the treasure caves of Isla de Muerta.[1] Through undetermined circumstances, it came into the possession of Tia Dalma, secretly the heathen goddess in human form, Calypso.[10] At some point, Barbossa was resurrected from the dead by the voodoo mystic. During the War of Jolly Roger, Barbossa was reputedly found haunting the island known as Devil's Anvil, providing information that only a dead man could know.[40] Several of Barbossa's possessions were spotted by Jack Sparrow's crew while visiting Tia Dalma's wooden shack seeking information about the Dead Man's Chest. The crew spotted Barbossa's boots after Tia Dalma released Jack the Monkey, who ran straight towards his boots, while Jack Sparrow himself briefly held Barbossa's old black hat.[10]

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Captain Barbossa with Jack in Tia Dalma's shack.

"So tell me, what's become of my ship?"
―Hector Barbossa[src]

However, Barbossa's resurrection came at a price: Tia Dalma/Calypso needed Barbossa, as one of the nine Pirate Lords, to assemble the Brethren Court so they could release the goddess from her human bonds.[32] Complications arose, when Jack Sparrow and the Black Pearl was taken to Davy Jones' Locker by the Kraken. It wasn't until the remainder of Jack's crew came for refuge at Tia Dalma's shack did Barbossa reveal himself, much to the crew's surprise as the resurrected pirate took a bite of a green apple, with Jack the Monkey on his shoulder. Tia Dalma proposed the crew set out on a voyage to World's End, waters that Barbossa had knowledge of.[10] However, they needed a map that led to the Locker, so Barbossa and the crew set out for Singapore.[41][42][20]

Summoning for War


"Captain Barbossa. Welcome to Singapore."
Sao Feng to Hector Barbossa[src]

Barbossa led Jack's former crew to Singapore, but not before having sent forth Hoist the Colours, a song meant to summon a meeting of the Brethren Court. Before Barbossa and his associates could venture to World's End to save Jack Sparrow, they needed to obtain a ship, crew, and the navigational charts that led to World's End from Sao Feng, the notorious Pirate Lord of Singapore. A meeting with Sao Feng was arranged so that Barbossa could request the ship and the crew, and Will Turner was sent to steal the charts.[20]

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Elizabeth Swann and Barbossa in the streets of Singapore.

Barbossa and Elizabeth Swann went together to meet Sao Feng at his Singapore bath house. Barbossa sent the rest of the crew into the passages below the bath house; they hid there, alert, ready to provide support if things went wrong. Feng ultimately told Barbossa that it was an odd coincidence he would ask for a ship and a crew on the same day his navigational charts were almost stolen. Feng then revealed the captured thief to his guests—it was Will Turner. He was being kept in a vat of water. Barbossa pretended that Will was not known to him, but when Feng moved to kill Will, Elizabeth shrieked. Certain then that Barbossa and Elizabeth had lied to him, Feng asked why they were going to such lengths to acquire his charts. Barbossa attempted to change the subject by telling that the song was sung and summoning him, as one of the Pirate Lords to the Brethren Court, in order to decide what was to be done against the forces of East India Trading Company—which was systematically exterminating pirates around the world.[20]

"There was a time when a pirate was free to make his own way in the world. But our time is comin' to an end. Our enemies have united, and have vowed to destroy us."
―Hector Barbossa to Sao Feng.[src] (trailer)
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Hector Barbossa and Elizabeth Swann in Sao Feng's bath house.

Although Barbossa and Sao Feng recalled the previous meetings of the Brethren Court,[41] Feng was hesitant to enter into open war with the East India Trading Company and remarked that pirates were betraying each other instead of holding together. After this, Elizabeth declared him a coward. Feng was impressed by Elizabeth's assertiveness but instead of answering her, he pointed out that Barbossa had still not said why he wanted his charts. Barbossa and Elizabeth both refused to answer, but Will revealed that they needed the charts to rescue Jack Sparrow from Davy Jones' Locker. Feng became angry because Sparrow had insulted him once, and declared that the only reason why he would not want Jack Sparrow to remain dead is that he wanted to kill Jack himself. Barbossa then stated that Sparrow was one of the nine Pirate Lords and could not pass on his Piece of Eight before being dragged into the Locker, and therefore they could not open the Brethren Court without him.[20]

"Jack Sparrow holds one of the nine Pieces of Eight. He failed to pass it along to a successor before he died, so we must go and get him back."
―Hector Barbossa to Sao Feng[src]

The meeting became much more tense, when Feng suddenly noticed an unfamiliar man with a fake tattoo among his soldiers—undoubtedly another spy. Assuming that the man belonged to Barbossa’s crew, Feng called on his soldiers, who came out of their hideouts. Barbossa tried to calm his opponent, but without success. Barbossa’s men who were hiding under the floor, realized that this attempt has failed and that Barbossa and Elizabeth needed help, so they threw four swords through slots between the planks forming the floor of the bath house and Barbossa and Elizabeth grabbed two of them each. Feng immediately seized the spy and declared that he would kill him if Barbossa did not drop his weapons. Barbossa, however, encouraged Feng to kill the man, claiming that the spy was not his, but at that moment the beginning confrontation between Feng on one side and Barbossa, Will and Elizabeth on the other side was suddenly interrupted by the arrival of a large group East India Trading Company soldiers led by Mercer.

Barbossa and Feng briefly united their forces against a common enemy and fought their way through the harbour. During the battle Will Turner made his own deal with Feng without Barbossa's knowledge; he acquired the charts himself, and provided Barbossa with a crew of Chinese pirates led by Tai Huang and a junk ship, the Hai Peng. They took the ship and left for World's End [20]

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Captain Barbossa consulting Sao Feng's charts.

At World's End

"You've doomed us all."
"Don't be so unkind. You may not survive to pass this way again, and these be the last friendly words you'll hear.
Elizabeth Swann and Hector Barbossa[src]

After escaping safely from Singapore, the crew sailed through uncharted, frozen wastes to reach the Farthest Gate, although Barbossa was unable to decipher the charts' cryptic instructions for returning from Davy Jones' Locker. Undaunted, Barbossa showed no fear neither when he led the Hai Peng into a giant ice cave, where they got lost, what he claimed to be necessary to find a place that can't be found else ways, nor when he sailed the ship over the world's edge, plunging the junk and its crew into the underworld.

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Barbossa holding Sao Feng's charts in Davy Jones' Locker.

The ship was wrecked, though all of the crew had survived and made it to Davy Jones' Locker. Shortly after, they were all reunited with Jack Sparrow, who was still with the Pearl. Barbossa spoke to Jack and brought up their last fateful meeting in conversation, though Jack brushed this off and, leaving Barbossa out of his new crew, continued to refer to himself as the one and only captain of the Black Pearl. Barbossa soon contested this, knowing that Jack could not leave the Locker without the charts, which were now in Barbossa's possession. Thus, the two rivals were forced to co-operate as the Pearl set sail on the endless seas of the Locker.[20]

"Jack Sparrow."
"Ah, Hector. It's been too long. Hasn't it?"
"Aye. Isla de Muerta, remember? You shot me."
"...No I didn't.
―Hector Barbossa and Jack Sparrow[src]
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Barbossa arguing with Jack Sparrow on the Black Pearl.

When sailing these mysterious waters, Barbossa and Jack were constantly fighting over who had the right to truly be captain,[20] but finally he and Jack decided that Barbossa was to be captain of the starboard side, and Jack captained the port side.[43] Sparrow ultimately worked out the meaning of the charts, and coerced the crew into tipping the Pearl upside down. Barbossa understood Jack’s plan and ordered the crew to loose the cannons and the freight in order to make capsizing the ship easier and even hacked some ropes securing the barrels himself to accelerate the process. The capsizing happened coinciding with sunset in the Locker that resulted in a green flash and the return of the Pearl to the land of the living.[20]

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Barbossa and Tia Dalma onboard the Black Pearl following Jack Sparrow's rescue.

The moment Barbossa was sure he was back in the real world, he pulled his flintlock on Sparrow, forcing him to agree to meet with the Brethren Court and Shipwreck Cove. Immediately, Jack Sparrow, Elizabeth Swann, Will Turner, Joshamee Gibbs and Jack the monkey, also drew their pistols and pointed them at each other, so that a few seconds later numerous barrels pointed at Barbossa who was treating Sparrow with one pistol and Joshamee Gibbs with another. The tense stand-off was diffused when Jack Sparrow attempted to shoot Barbossa and found out the crew's pistols malfunctioned due to wet powder, so they put them away and set about locating a source of water at a nearby island.[20]

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Jack and Barbossa talking on Black Sand Beach.

However, Barbossa and Sparrow nearly quarreled once again because they mistrusted each other so much, that none of them could afford the risk of leading the landing party and leaving the other one aboard the Pearl, because he had to fear that the one who stays aboard might commandeer the ship in his absence and sail away leaving him behind on the island. Will Turner solved the situation when he proposed that both Jack and Barbossa should go ashore temporarily leaving him as the Pearl's acting captain.[20]

Betrayals and alliances

"Still thinkin' of runnin', Jack? Think you can outrun the world? You know, the problem with bein' the last of anythin', is by and by there'll be none left at all."
"Sometimes things come back, mate. We're living proof, you and me."
"Aye, but that's a gamble of long odds, ain't it? There's never a guarantee of comin' back, but passin' on, that's dead certain.
―Hector Barbossa and Jack Sparrow[src]
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Barbossa negotiating with Sao Feng aboard the Black Pearl.

After the arrival on the island, Barbossa and Sparrow happened upon the corpse of the Kraken, and Barbossa remarked upon the certainty of death to counter Jack's insistence to the contrary. However, Barbossa, like Sparrow, would contemplate his own mortality in the time to come. For now, more pressing matters were at hand.[20]

After this short philosophical conversation between the two captains, the landing party continued exploring the island. The group could discover a spring but the dead body of Steng, the East India Trading Company spy who was killed with a fid, was lying in it. Barbossa tasted the water and found out that it was poisoned by the decaying corpse. After seeing Sao Feng's flagship, the Empress, arriving at the island and coming closer to the Black Pearl, Tai Huang and his men suddenly drew their weapons and turned on Barbossa's crew. Jack Sparrow immediately denied his captaincy and claimed that Barbossa is the captain. They were brought aboard the Black Pearl, where they met Sao Feng who had seized the Pearl immediately before their arrival. There, Turner's betrayal was revealed.[20]

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Hector Barbossa fighting Ian Mercer on the Black Pearl.

Soon afterwards, the HMS Endeavour appeared. Jack Sparrow was transferred to the Endeavour and the rest of the crew including Barbossa remained aboard the Black Pearl, chained and guarded by Feng's soldiers and some Blue Coats led by Mercer. When Jack Sparrow spoke with Lord Beckett in the cabin aboard the Endeavour, he declared that he was willing to deliver Barbossa and the other Pirate Lords to Beckett. Meanwhile, Barbossa was able to bargain with Feng by mentioning Calypso and making him believe that she is Elizabeth. Feng, already disappointed of the Company because Mercer broke their agreement and refused to give him the Black Pearl, was intrigued, and agreed to join Barbossa in opposition to the East India Trading Company in exchange for Elizabeth. Sao Feng's men freed the prisoners while Feng himself returned to the Empress together with Elizabeth. Barbossa's crew and the Chinese pirates turned on the East India Trading Company Marines aboard the Black Pearl and defeated them. During this skirmish Barbossa duelled briefly with Mercer, kicked him in the groin and made to finish him, but the cowardly Mercer escaped him by jumping overboard. After damaging the Endeavour with some shots, the Black Pearl made for Shipwreck Cove, once again co-captained by both Barbossa and Jack Sparrow who returned safely aboard the Pearl.[20]

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Barbossa and Tia Dalma at Shipwreck Island.

By the time the Black Pearl reached the coast of Shipwreck Island, Barbossa stood on the ship's forecastle, conversing with the voodoo priestess, Tia Dalma, regarding their bargain. The mystic accused him of intending to betray her and therefore reminded him on that he was brought back from the dead by her power, and also, demonstrating her abilities by briefly decomposing Barbossa's right hand, cautioning him of his fate should he fail to keep his end of the bargain. Barbossa in turn reminded her that she, secretly the goddess Calypso, was the one who needed him; she resurrected Barbossa so he could help retrieve Jack Sparrow from Davy Jones' Locker and summon a meeting of the Brethren Court, since only the nine Pirate Lords had the power to free Calypso. To avoid the risk of the goddess reaching an accord with someone else, Barbossa ordered Pintel and Ragetti to lock Tia Dalma in the brig. Barbossa remained on deck, glancing at his right hand while contemplating his debt.[20]

The Brethren Court

"There's not been a gatherin' like this in our lifetime."
"And I owe them all money...
―Barbossa and Jack Sparrow when arriving at Shipwreck Island[src]
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Hector Barbossa arriving to Shipwreck Cove.

At Shipwreck Island, Barbossa served as the de facto leader as the head of the meeting, using a chainshot as an improvised gavel. Barbossa declared the Fourth Brethren Court convened and ordered all the present Pirate Lords to lay their Pieces of Eight into a bowl, what all except Jack Sparrow did. He took Ragetti’s eyeball and put it into the ball as well. Barbossa now had all but two Pieces of eight and waited for Sao Feng's arrival, but it was Elizabeth Swann who appeared in his place. She proclaimed that Feng is dead, killed by the Flying Dutchman, and Elizabeth has been made the Empress new captain and the new Pirate Lord of Singapore. When asked what to do, Elizabeth proposed to face Lord Beckett's armada in an open sea battle, but Mistress Ching preferred staying at Shipwreck Cove and holding out a siege.[20]

"It was the First Court what imprisoned Calypso. We should be the ones to set her free. And in her gratitude, she will see fit to grant us boons!"
"Whose boons? Your boons? Utterly deceptive twaddle-speak says I.
―Hector Barbossa and Jack Sparrow[src]
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Barbossa at the Brethren Court, seeking for order.

Barbossa made a third proposal: He suggested that Calypso should be released so that the East India Trading Company would have a harder time controlling the seas. Tai Huang stated that Sao Feng supported this idea and Villanueva agreed with Barbossa as well, but the other lords opposed since they feared the sea goddess' power and vengeance. A fight broke out, but Barbossa stopped the violence by jumping on the table and firing a warning shot in the air. [20]

When the Pirate Lords were calm again, Jack Sparrow made a fourth proposal: He wanted to start a faint battle only in order to flee later. Barbossa reminded him that this would mean war and only a Pirate King had the right of declaring war. In order to proof this, he called on Captain Teague, the Keeper of the Code, who confirmed this. An election of the Pirate King was called out, during which Barbossa voted for himself, but since all the other Pirate Lords voted for themselves as well, excepted for Sparrow who supported Elizabeth, he lost the election to her.[20]


"Everything we've ever faced, everything we've ever done, has led to this."
―Hector Barbossa on the conflict with Cutler Beckett[src] (trailer)
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Barbossa, Swann and Sparrow during parley.

The pirate fleet left Shipwreck Island and got ready to fight. Barbossa and Sparrow quarrelled as to who of them was the right captain of the Pearl, but when Cutler Beckett's armada appeared, Jack Sparrow called for a temporary parley, so the two captains Jack Sparrow and Hector Barbossa, along with Pirate King Elizabeth Swann, took a rowboat and went to a sandbar where they met with Lord Cutler Beckett, Captain Davy Jones and William Turner. Barbossa walked to the right of Elizabeth. On the sandbar, the six had a confrontation and during this confrontation, Jack Sparrow was traded for Will as part of the parley, and for Jack to repay his debt to Jones. [20]

"Jack's one of the nine Pirate Lords. You have no right."
―Hector Barbossa and Elizabeth Swann[src]

Elizabeth and Will walked away, while Barbossa had a deal with Sparrow: Barbossa attacked Sparrow with his sword and cut off Jack's Piece of Eight (a coin woven into Moroccan beads) while calling Jack a "blackguard". Jack the monkey grabbed Sparrow's Piece of Eight, the last one to be collected, and secretly handed it to Barbossa. The three returned to the Black Pearl and prepared for the battle:[20]

Back at the Black Pearl Barbossa settled his debt with Tia Dalma and organized the ceremony of releasing Calypso from her human form. To do this, all nine Pieces of Eight were burned and Ragetti whispered the magic phrase in Tia Dalma's ear. When Calypso was released, Barbossa pleaded for her intervention, but Calypso refused to aid those who kept her imprisoned. Disappointed by this, Barbossa advised Elizabeth not to battle Lord Cutler Beckett, signifying that he was not going to die for her revenge, but Elizabeth held a speech which encouraged him as well as the rest of the crew. In the mean time Calypso showed her wrath by summoning a storm and forming a whirlpool by striking the sea with lightning.[20]

Battle of Calypso's Maelstrom

"Captain Barbossa! We need you at the helm."
"...Aye, that be true.
Elizabeth Swann and Hector Barbossa[src]
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Barbossa at the wheel.

Barbossa, now undoubtedly the captain of the Black Pearl, which sailed under his colours, ordered to sail into battle with the Flying Dutchman. Elizabeth asked him, as the best steersman aboard, to man the helm, and Barbossa did it with alacrity. When the two ships entered the maelstrom, Barbossa ordered to prepare for the battle, but waited with firing the guns until the Pearl came near enough to the Dutchman and assumed the right position which allowed to use her guns most efficiently. Then he gave the order for firing a full broadside. The two ships rotated in the whirlpool and fired at each other until they finally came close enough for boarding.[20]

"Barbossa! Marry us!"
"I'm a little busy at the moment!
Elizabeth Swann and Hector Barbossa.[src]
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Barbossa fighting the Dutchman's crewmen.

During the following battle Barbossa stayed on his position, the bridge of the Black Pearl and fought numerous East India Trading Company Marines and Fish-men, including Urchin and Jelly, in addition to Morey whom he killed by beheading and stabbing. During the battle Will and Elizabeth asked him, as the ship’s captain, to join them in matrimony. Still fighting against numerous enemies, Barbossa performed a rushed wedding ceremony. When Will stabbed Jones’s heart and the Dutchman began to sink in the whirlpool, Barbossa ordered Pintel and Ragetti to fire a chain shot on the mast tops of the two ships which were jammed together in order to uncouple the ship from the sinking Dutchman and when this was done he sailed the Black Pearl safely out of the dissolving swirl.[20]

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Barbossa with Jack and the crew of the Pearl shortly before the HMS Endeavour's destruction.

Despite the Dutchman's defeat, Beckett's armada still had to be dealt with. Jack Sparrow escaped from the Dutchman and came aboard the Black Pearl to become her captain once more. He ordered to continue the attack, but Barbossa refused. During their conversation the Dutchman resurfaced again, now with Will Turner as its new captain. Delighted about this unexpected arrival of a new ally, Barbossa agreed to attack. Sparrow and Barbossa sailed the Pearl towards Beckett's flagship, the HMS Endeavour. The two galleons boxed the Endeavour in and attacked it from both sides, annihilating the ship along with its captain. The remaining ships of Beckett's fleet, seeing the destruction of their flagship, the death of their supreme commander and with the Dutchman out of their control, retreated from the battle. Barbossa and all the other pirates celebrated their victory.[20]

When after the end of the battle Elizabeth Turner left the Black Pearl to spend the one day her husband could spend on land with him, Barbossa was the first in the row of crewmembers who took leave from her.[20] He smiled to her and, ironically, he had to address her as "Turner",[20] which is how Elizabeth first (falsely) introduced herself to him.[1]


Second Mutiny

"Sir. Some of the men don't feel entirely settled about leaving Captain Jack behind..."
"Is that so?
Pintel, Ragetti, and Hector Barbossa[src]
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Barbossa with Sao Feng's charts.

After the pirates' victory, the Black Pearl sailed back to Tortuga. While Jack was in port impressing women, Barbossa rallied the crew, left the sleeping Joshamee Gibbs on the pier and commandeered the Black Pearl once again, planning to use the charts he obtained from Sao Feng to find the Fountain of Youth. However, some time later, when Barbossa was feeding Jack the monkey on the bridge of the Black Pearl, a group of crewmen consisting of Pintel, Ragetti, Marty, Mullroy and Murtogg, who all felt unwell because they left Jack Sparrow behind once more, requested for him to show them the charts in order to calm them. Barbossa promised them "Eternal life" and agreed to show the charts, but when he furled the charts he was dismayed to find that Jack has cut the middle out of the charts.[20]

"Ah. Feast your eyes upon this, mateys. There's more than one way to live forever. Gents, I give you the Fountain of Youth. [notices that the center of the charts have been cut out]...Sparrow."
―Hector Barbossa after his pirate crew demanded him to show them Sao Feng's charts[src]

The Brightest Star in the North

"May the stars guide you. Better than I could. Stay safe. And remember your namesake, the star that will always lead you home. Carina. The brightest star in the north."
―Hector Barbossa to Carina Smyth[src]

With the map to the Fountain of Youth stolen, Barbossa and his crew resumed their pirate ways.[15] During an attack on an Italian ship, Barbossa came in possession of the diary of Galileo Galilei, a book with the instructions how to find Poseidon's tomb and his legendary trident, but he considered the astronomer's writings nothing but worthless scribblings. Some time later, Barbossa's lover Margaret Smyth gave birth to his daughter and died, leaving him alone with a child. Barbossa named the baby Carina, after the brightest star in the North. Knowing it would be much better for the baby if she lived her life as far away from him as possible, Barbossa left her at the doorstep of an orphanage with nothing but her name and Galileo's diary, hoping that the ruby on the cover would one day afford her some ease in life.[4]


Blackbeard's attack

"What has become of my beloved Pearl?"
"I lost the
Pearl as I lost my leg!"
"Lost the
"Aye. I defended her mightily enough, but she be sunk nonetheless."
"If that ship be sunk properly, you should be sunk with it.
Jack Sparrow and Hector Barbossa[src]

Approximately fifteen years after the battle of Calypso's maelstrom, while the Black Pearl was sailing through the coast of Hispaniola, Barbossa's crew was suddenly attacked without warning by the Queen Anne's Revenge, the infamous vessel captained by the notorious pirate Blackbeard. The Pearl was peppered by cannonfire from the Revenge. Then the sea beneath the Pearl began to roil as the Pearl itself was pitching and yawing to where the ship itself couldn't be maneuvered. Witnessing all of this tempted Barbossa to give the order he thought he would never give—"Abandon ship".[44]

But it was too late, as Blackbeard used his sword to turn the Black Pearl against Barbossa and his crew. Every plank, rail and spar aboard the Pearl began to creak a hellish noise as the rigging came to life. Barbossa's men were tangled by the ropes, unable to fight as they were wrapped around like snakes. One of the ropes would wrap around Barbossa's right leg. Not wanting his fate changed or be mastered by anyone but himself, Barbossa used his sword to cut off his own leg. Barbossa was able to escape the brutal attack, but with the knowledge of having lost both the Black Pearl and his right leg to Blackbeard.[15] Although having narrowly escaped Blackbeard's attack on the Pearl, Barbossa had no knowledge of the fate of his ship, having only believed that it was sunk in battle.[45][46]

"I am the master of my ship, not Blackbeard. I am the master of my fate, not Blackbeard! So I did what needed done...I survived."
―Hector Barbossa to Jack Sparrow[src]

From that night on, Barbossa abandoned his search for the Fountain of Youth; his goal now was to get his revenge on the man who took the Pearl and his leg: Blackbeard.[44] However, because he was without a ship and crew, Barbossa needed help to achieve this plan. Having lost his leg, Barbossa would have very few options, as his standing among other pirates would be lowered. So to ensure his revenge, Barbossa approached the British and offered his services to the Crown.[15][45]

Privateer in the King's court

"Hector. How nice to see a fellow pirate make good of himself."
"Pirate? Nay. Privateer. On a sanctioned mission, under the authority and protection of the Crown.
Jack Sparrow and Hector Barbossa[src]

Hector Barbossa, a privateer in King George II's court.

Through unknown circumstances, Hector Barbossa received a Royal Pardon and became a reformed pirate, serving as a privateer in the employ of England.[47] Barbossa has traded black and silver for the grand blue and gold uniform of British Royal Navy, under the Union Jack rather than the Jolly Roger, Barbossa claims to owe his allegiance to King and Country.[48] At some point during this time, Barbossa would have started an investigation, with an obsessive passion, in which he gained information to help him in his pursuit of Blackbeard. It was through these investigations that Barbossa would learn at least the basics on Blackbeard, including his own obsession to find the Fountain of Youth as well as the importance of his sword.[45] As time passed from departing from his past pirate ways and a seemingly new respect for authority, Barbossa had won the trust of the British Crown.[49] The ex-pirate soon became a trusted advisor of King George II's court and was given command as captain of the HMS Providence, the pride of the Royal Navy. By the time of his new-found captaincy, Barbossa began to wear a wooden leg, which contained a hidden rum supply, and used a wooden crutch.[15]


Barbossa during Jack Sparrow's escape from St. James's Palace.

Barbossa would still be serving as a privateer after King George's interest in finding the Fountain of Youth before King Ferdinand and the Spanish Armada, which Barbossa humbly agreed to take part in. After Jack Sparrow was forced to meet with King George in St. James's Palace, he was offered to guide an expedition to the Fountain under Barbossa, who believed that Sparrow could be a useful ally.[49] It was at this meeting that Barbossa and Jack had a brief reunion, in which Jack complemented Barbossa's new pirate lifestyle, though Barbossa corrected him by revealing that he was now a privateer in service to the King. Jack then asked about what became of the Black Pearl, Barbossa only revealed, without getting too far into detail, that he lost the Pearl and that his beloved vessel was sunk. Barbossa watched as Jack angrily reacted in hearing that news and the King's Royal Guards had to restrain him to stop him from attacking Barbossa. Before King George and Barbossa resumed their order of business, Jack made one of his legendary escapes. Barbossa watched as Jack, after making fun of his wig, took out some of the guards as he escaped the palace's banquet room. When the King reacted to his escape, Barbossa assured the issue was going to be handled. However, Jack was able to escape from the guards.[15]

Race to the Fountain of Youth

"Captain Barbossa, each second we tarry, the Spanish outdistance us. I have every confidence you will prevail and be rewarded with the high station you so desire."
"To serve doth suffice, Sire.
King George II and Hector Barbossa[src]

Barbossa interrogating Joshamee Gibbs.

With the pressing issue of the Spanish outdistancing the British towards the Fountain of Youth, the King sent Barbossa to prepare the HMS Providence to sail in their quest for the Fountain. To prepare for the voyage, Barbossa rallied a large crew for the Providence, including navy officers Theodore Groves and Gillette. But, since Jack Sparrow escaped, Barbossa needed someone else who might know the way to the Fountain. So Barbossa carried a noose as he greeted Joshamee Gibbs in the Tower of London. Barbossa threatened to hang Gibbs unless if he would offer him anything for their voyage to the Fountain. Gibbs revealed he had Jack's map in his possession and, after Barbossa asked for the map, burned it. This action forced Barbossa to have Gibbs recruited as the navigator of the Providence, after the latter revealed that he was able to study the map and had memorized every route to the Fountain of Youth.[15]

"The Fountain is the prize. It appears we be not even worth the time it take to sink us. Now, we've fallen behind! All hands! Make more sail!"
―Hector Barbossa[src]
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Barbossa aboard the HMS Providence.

As the journey progressed, Barbossa had Gibbs brought to him, as he needed a heading. Gibbs was sure they were on the right course, as he saw three galleons of the Spanish Armada. Realizing that this fleet was led by The Spaniard, Barbossa immediately ordered the crew to get to their battle stations. But before they could fire their cannons, the Spanish fleet simply passed by the Providence without fire. Barbossa deduced that their mission to find the Fountain was why the Spanish didn't attack, and that they weren't worth the time to attack. Knowing that they have fallen behind, Barbossa was now more determined to reach their destination.[15]

Whitecap Bay

"Are we not King's men?"
"Aye! Hands all off, and bear away! Stave on ahead to Whitecap Bay!
―Hector Barbossa and the Providence crew[src]

Barbossa enjoys his apples.

On the poop deck of the Providence, Barbossa enjoyed a silver plate bearing finely sliced apples, feasting on them with tiny bites. As the captain ate his meal, Groves came to Barbossa to report rumors amongst the crew about the ship's destination. Barbossa told Groves to continue on. But seeing that Groves hasn't moved on prompted Barbossa to reveal their immediate course in their quest, Whitecap Bay. Gibbs came in to ask if the stories of the bay were true and, after Barbossa ordered him to say it, asked if the journey to the bay could involve mermaids. Barbossa revealed that they were indeed sailing to mermaid waters, going into further detail about the danger. The crew then started to fear the worst, even leading one of its members to jump overboard to the sea, a deserter whom Barbossa refused to take notice of. After Barbossa managed to inspire confidence into the men by asking if they were King's men, the Providence continued to sail for Whitecap Bay.[15]


Barbossa threatens Groves at Whitecap Bay.

Later, a storm erupted as the Providence arrived at Whitecap Bay, where Barbossa brought a team ashore, consisting of a handful of men, including Groves, Gillette, and Gibbs. As Barbossa's men found remains of deceased mermaids from the recent attack on the bay, Gibbs warned Barbossa to give up the madness. Barbossa stated that he couldn't, saying that "footsteps lie before him"; when Gillette noted that it was actually just footstep due to Barbossas's peg leg, the navy captain's only response was an annoyed grimace. As Groves warned Barbossa that they must hasten, the remaining crew aboard the Providence fell under attack by the enraged mermaids.

"Your head or my heading, I'll have one or the other, I don't care which."
―Hector Barbossa to Joshamee Gibbs[src]

Knowing that they were dead already, Barbossa ordered a heading from Gibbs. Groves, being concerned for the men aboard, urged Barbossa to help them, but the privateer denied the idea while pointing his pistol at Groves to change his mind. As Barbossa tried getting a heading from Gibbs, the Providence soon fell to its attackers and sunk beneath the waves. With their ship ultimately destroyed, Gibbs found their next heading and the crew continued the journey through the jungle island.[15]

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Barbossa and his crew journeying through dark jungles.

Continuing their journey through dark jungles, Barbossa and Gibbs complained about it being nice to have a map or a ship. Barbossa ordered everyone in the crew to stop as he carefully takes a little, but deadly poisonous dart frog from Gibbs' shoulder. He put it in a jar with the other frogs that he recently started collecting. As Gibbs stared in a bewilderment, Barbossa asks if an old man can't have his own hobby. He ordered the crew to push on in their search, telling them that they could sleep when they were dead. Looking at his collection of frogs, he said to himself that fortune continued to favor him.[15]

Finding the Chalices


Barbossa confronts Jack Sparrow in the Santiago.

"Come come, Hector. If you wanted the Chalices, you'd seen they were missing and gone. You were lying in wait for Blackbeard."
Jack Sparrow to Hector Barbossa[src]

Later, Barbossa left his crew behind to find Chalices of Cartagena, which were hidden aboard the Santiago, the ship of Ponce de León. The Chalices were a key element of the ritual for the Fountain of Youth, and Barbossa knew that Blackbeard had to find them. He discovered the Santiago on the edge of the cliff and entered the captain's cabin, waiting for the arrival of Blackbeard. However, Barbossa was only to discover that Blackbeard sent Jack Sparrow to get the Chalices.[15]


Barbossa and Jack aboard the Santiago.

Seeing that they were both after the same prize, Jack wanted to fight Barbossa. But the balance of the Santiago was so unstable that when they moved, the ship dangerously leaned. As Barbossa and Jack put the ship into balance, a chest slid from under the bed. They knew that the chest held the Chalices, but before they could reach it, the ship went unbalanced again. After once again getting the ship into balance, Barbossa and Jack decided to open the chest together. However, they only discovered that there was nothing inside, except for two stones instead of the two Chalices. They both realized that the Spanish already took the Chalices. Taking a look at a map in the hands of Ponce de León's corpse, Barbossa found where the Spanish would make their camp.[15]

"They know the path. But I can also see where they'll most likely make camp."
―Hector Barbossa[src]

Infiltration of the Spanish camp

"What are you doing?"
"Planning an escape route. Isn't that how you do it?"
"Yes...Well, sometimes I just improvise.
Jack Sparrow and Hector Barbossa[src]

Barbossa spotting the Spanish camp.

Barbossa and Jack later found the location of the Spanish camp where they met up with Barbossa's men. Jack and Gibbs had a brief reunion before the crew continued with their goal. As the crew made it to a stopping point near the Spanish camp, Jack stated that he would take the mission from there on account of Barbossa's condition of having one leg. Barbossa however stated that he'd accompany Jack. Barbossa ordered Groves for the men to stay back and wait for the signal.[15]


Barbossa and Jack captured by Spanish soldiers.

Going through palm trees and bushes, and waded through a lake, Barbossa and Jack were able to sneak over to some bushes to investigate a tent where The Spaniard was conversing with his men. Barbossa and Jack then notice the Chalices right on the table where the tent was and crawled through bushes towards them. After Jack said that his sword smelled funny, Barbossa revealed that his sword was poisoned from the innards of poisonous frogs. As they stood up to plan the next step in their infiltration, Barbossa looked around to calculate an escape route, thinking that's how Jack's successful escape plans work. Jack however suggested to improvise. Barbossa and Jack were able to swipe the Chalices and knock out a Spanish officer. However, after attempting to just walk out and fighting off some Spanish soldiers, the two were captured by a dozen Spanish soldiers with muskets.[15]


Barbossa reveals what happened to the Black Pearl to Jack.

Now prisoners of the Spanish, Barbossa and Jack were stripped of their possessions and tied around palm trees, sitting facing each other. Barbossa reached forward, hands still tied, and works to unscrew his peg leg and opens his rum supply. As Barbossa took a gulp, Jack reacts to this by his desire for one. Barbossa then hands the wooden leg over to Jack, who toasts it to revenge, revealing that he knew of Barbossa's true intentions aboard the Santiago—to confront Blackbeard. Though denying it at first, Barbossa came out with it, revealing it was indeed revenge rather than valor that pushed him towards the Fountain. He went into further detail by relaying Blackbeard's attack on the Black Pearl and how his leg was lost.[45] Barbossa screws his leg back into place on its harness as he admitted no interest for King George or "tavern yarns that give hope for a healed limb", but was willing to give his left arm just for a chance to take on Blackbeard: the only reason he wouldn't give his right arm is because it was needed to kill Blackbeard with the blade of his poisoned sword. Jack assured Barbossa that he'll get the chance, finally having his hands freed.[15]

"So...You're not after the Fountain."
"I care not for King George or tavern yarns that give hope for a healed limb. But I'd give my left arm for a chance at Blackbeard."
"Not your right?"
"I need me good arm to drive my poisoned blade through his heart."
"I'll see you get the chance, mate.
Jack Sparrow and Hector Barbossa[src]

With haste, Jack scootches up the trunk and climbs upwards a palm tree. Barbossa looks on Jack's escape attempt with admiration as Jack reached the top and was suddenly slingshoted onto another palm tree. Patrolling Spanish soldiers witnessed the escape and took out their weapons and spread out to find Jack. As Barbossa struggled to get free, Groves appeared with Jack and Barbossa's weapons, taking Jack's distraction as the signal, and sets Barbossa free. Barbossa and Groves then fled back to the rest of Barbossa's crew. Barbossa apologized to Jack for the chalices but stated he wasn't going back. However, Jack revealed he obtained the Chalices in the escape. With the Chalices retrieved, Jack and Barbossa quickly made way in their new joint venture, in which Jack would help Barbossa get his chance of revenge against Blackbeard.[15]

Fight with Blackbeard

"Edward Teach! For crimes committed on the high seas, by the authority granted to me by His Majesty the King, with the goodly amount of personal satisfaction, I hereby place you in the custody of the court, and declare you to be my prisoner."
"My trick's out, is that it?"
"Such crimes to include but are not limited to piracy, treason, murder, torture of the most heinous sort, including the brutal theft of one used, twisted, hairy right leg!
―Hector Barbossa and Blackbeard[src]

While Jack rejoined Blackbeard's crew, Barbossa and his crew followed them from a distance. When the pirates found the Fountain of Youth, Barbossa and his crew made a surprising entrance, out of the Fountain's foggy environment, in which Barbossa finally confronts Blackbeard. As Barbossa pulled out his sword, he declared Blackbeard as his prisoner, for numerous crimes including the loss of his leg. Blackbeard asked Barbossa if he was to face his sword, in which Barbossa said he would, being far away from his ship. Blackbeard, believing Barbossa was the "one-legged man" from his prophesied death, believed Fate had come to him. However, Blackbeard didn't want to go down without a fight. And so a battle ensued as both Barbossa and Blackbeard's crew started to fight each other, with their captains in a fierce duel to the death.[15]


Barbossa duelling with Blackbeard at the Fountain of Youth.

In their deadlock battle, Barbossa fought Blackbeard, as he blocked the pirate's attacks with his sword and crutch. They continued slashing at each other until Gillette got in the way and was fatally stabbed by Blackbeard, briefly interrupting their duel. Gillette's body fell onto Barbossa, who immediately pushed it aside to resume fighting with Blackbeard. They fought evenly throughout their duel, until Blackbeard grabbed Barbossa's crutch and chopped it in half, leaving Barbossa slightly unbalanced. Blackbeard laughed and said that there could have been more of a fight, to which Barbossa retailated by poking Blackbeard in the face with the remaing half of his crutch. Despite being at a disadvantage, Barbossa was still able to fight, until Blackbeard tripped Barbossa to the ground, where he couldn't get back up due to his peg leg. To Blackbeard's frustration, Barbossa had a smile on his face, which infuriated him as he was about to finish him off. But Blackbeard wouldn't be given that chance, as Barbossa pointed out to him, as he gazed upon unwanted visitors—the Spanish.[15]

Barbossa and Blackbeard watched as The Spaniard and his men appeared out of the fog, slowly stopping the fight at the Fountain of Youth. After killing Groves and taking the Chalices from Angelica, Blackbeard's daughter, the Spaniard declared that the Fountain was to be destroyed and smashed the two Chalices thrown them in a deep pool nearby. As the Spanish began destroying the Fountain, the Spaniard confronted Blackbeard, calling him a fool for seeking what only faith can provide. Blackbeard debunked that claim, saying that for faith there is enough to see, but enough to blind. Barbossa took this opportunity to cut Blackbeard's wrist with his poisonous sword. As the bewildered Blackbeard turned around, Barbossa ran him through with his sword, saying that his act was for the Black Pearl.

"What devilry is this?"
[Barbossa stabs Blackbeard with his poisoned sword]
"For the
Blackbeard and Hector Barbossa[src]

Seeing that he was mortally wounded, Angelica ran to her father's side to remove the sword, but cut herself in the process. Barbossa informed them that the blade of his sword was poisoned, saying that he wouldn't have faced Blackbeard without a "little venomous advantage". As the Spanish continued destroying the temple around the Fountain, Barbossa walked to pick up Blackbeard's sword, claiming it along with his ship and crew as payment for his lost leg. And so Barbossa left Blackbeard to die at the Fountain, followed by Blackbeard's human crew.[15]

Return to piracy

Captain of the Queen Anne's Revenge

"I claim Blackbeard's ship and crew and this sword payment for me missing limb."
―Hector Barbossa[src]
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Hector Barbossa looks upon his new ship.

Having taken the revenge he wanted from Blackbeard, Barbossa made his way across the huge barren rocks, backed by what is left of Blackbeard's pirate crew, including Ezekiel, Salaman, Garheng, Scrum, and the Cabin Boy. Anchored in the bay of the island, lied the Queen Anne's Revenge. Barbossa declared the Revenge his new ship due to his previous losses of both the Black Pearl and the HMS Providence. Unbeknownst to Barbossa,[46] the Pearl was among Blackbeard's ship-in-a-bottle trophies found aboard the Revenge, though Joshamee Gibbs was able to sneak aboard and retrieve the Pearl prior to Barbossa's arrival.[15]

When he came aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge, Barbossa had changed into his full pirate regalia. As Barbossa took the ship's helm, the Cabin Boy approached him with an old wide-brimmed black hat—the very hat Barbossa had lost in battle—which he found belowdecks. Barbossa takes the hat and flips it as he places it on top of his head. He then draws his new sword, causing the lines to whip through the air and the sails unfurl, on their own accord. The crew looks in wonder, as Barbossa points the sword straight ahead, causing the Revenge to sail forward at full speed.[15]


Hector Barbossa takes command of the Queen Anne's Revenge.

As the Revenge sailed, Barbossa sheathed his sword and yelled orders to his new crew, who approve him as their new captain. Barbossa became a pirate captain once again as he reached into his coat and pulled out his Letters of Marque, saying that the Crown served him well, and ripped them up as he told the crew of their next destination. The papers flew through the air as Barbossa had the Revenge set sail for Tortuga.[15]

"All hands! Ply to windward! Get cracking, ye bloomin' cockroaches! [laughs] The Crown served me well. But now, by the Gods of sea and sky! Make way for Tortuga!"
―Hector Barbossa to his pirate crew[src]

A rich rogue

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Barbossa enjoying himself in his cabin.

"The pirate Barbossa rules these seas now. Has ten ships."
Pike to Jack Sparrow[src]

Now a pirate once again, having taken possession of the Queen Anne's Revenge and the Sword of Triton as a result of defeating Blackbeard, life aboard the Revenge was good as Captain Hector Barbossa's luck had taken a decided turn for the better. Within the next year, Barbossa settled into a growing and prosperous empire, assembling a fleet of ten ships, with the Revenge as Barbossa's command ship.[11] His name was whispered with fear across the Caribbean, and when his Jolly Roger was spotted at sea, pirates and soldiers alike knew it was only a matter of time before they were conquered.[50] While he had been generous with his crew on deck, Barbossa always kept the best for himself inside the captain's quarters, where Barbossa stood among his own private treasure. Barbossa dressed himself in clothes made of the finest materials stolen money could buy, and his wooden peg leg had been replaced with one made of gold. He looked every bit the king of pirates as he had taken over the pirate world and fulfilled his old desire to live as a very rich rogue.[4]

At some point before 1751,[11][12] Barbossa saved the sea witch Shansa from hanging, and she returned the favor by cursing his enemies. Even though Barbossa couldn't pay Shansa's way out of jail, she remained in a prison cell in Saint Martin, which she turned into a sanctorum where the witch would devote herself to all kinds of magic. Barbossa would regularly visit Shansa by bribing the guards. Mullroy and Murtogg would also return to serving Barbossa aboard the Revenge.[4]

Quest for the Trident of Poseidon

Deal with Salazar

"Captain, shouldn't we be getting back to Salazar, trade Mister Sparrow's life in for our own?"
"Aye, that we could. But I've come for the Trident of Poseidon."
"You're gonna double-cross the dead?"
"You did promise!"
"And with it I'll gut the dead that stole my command of the sea.
Mullroy, Barbossa, and Murtogg[src]

When the Spanish Navy officer Capitán Armando Salazar and his ghostly crew of the dead were released from the Devil's Triangle, they began hunting down pirate ships using the Silent Mary, including some of the ships in Barbossa's fleet.[4] Meanwhile Barbossa had just concluded another successful round of pillaging and plundering and brought the Queen Anne's Revenge into port. Inside his quarters, Barbossa sat in his ornate chair, eating orange candies and listening to the dulcet tones of a string quartet.[50]

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Barbossa and Salazar make a deal.

Two crewmen, Mullroy and Murtogg, entered the captain's cabin to inform Barbossa that three of his ships were attacked and sunk by an enemy which seemed to have no interest in riches, killed without provocation, and left only one man from each vessel to tell the tale. Upon realizing the attacker was Salazar, Barbossa went to see the witch Shansa Shansa confirmed to Barbossa that the dead had taken command of the sea in search for Jack Sparrow, who himself would sail for the Trident of Poseidon "with a girl and a Pearl." While Barbossa believed that the Trident could never be found, Shansa insisted the Trident was Jack's only hope. Shansa also suggested, since the dead were unable to step on dry land, Barbossa could retire to the country side. Barbossa found the idea of retiring while the dead were sinking his treasure ridiculous, then declared that he did not mind dying for treasure, since he was and always would be a pirate. Despite Shansa's warnings, she gave Barbossa Jack Sparrow's compass to help him.[4]

With the threat of his entire fleet being sunk by the dead, Captain Barbossa chose to confront Capitán Salazar in person and to make a deal with the dead. As the Queen Anne's Revenge and the Silent Mary sailed toward each other, Barbossa ordered his men to prepare to be boarded, stand their ground and show no fear in front of the shipwrecked ghost ship. Much to the concern of Barbossa's crew, the Revenge was soon boarded by Salazar's ghostly crew, against which the living pirates were defenseless. Barbossa offered to lead Salazar to Jack Sparrow by sunrise in exchange for the dead to spare his own life. After killing several of Barbossa's crewmen, the dead took the living aboard the Silent Mary to find Sparrow.[4]

Finding Jack and the Pearl

"Jack! We meet again!"
"Hector? This is me bestest mate in the whole world."
"I always knew you'd settle down eventually.
―Hector Barbossa and Jack Sparrow[src]

At the helm of the Silent Mary, Salazar prepared to kill Hector Barbossa as the sun began to rise, but the latter was able to convince the former to talk about his life as "El Matador del Mar" and the past encounter with young "Jack the Sparrow" that led to his defeat. Salazar's tale told to Barbossa was able to delay until the Silent Mary found Jack Sparrow's ship, the Dying Gull. However, Sparrow escaped to Hangman's Bay, and since the ghostly crew could not set foot on dry land because of their curse, Salazar killed several of Barbossa's crew members in his anger. They barely escaped the Spanish captain's rage with Barbossa offering for his crew to go to shore in Salazar's place to find Sparrow. Although he had agreed to find Jack and return him to the Silent Mary, trading Sparrow's life for his own, Barbossa instead planned to find the Trident of Poseidon himself in order to double-cross the dead that stole his command of the sea.[4]

We meet again

Barbossa finds Jack Sparrow.

By this point, despite his past belief that the Black Pearl was sunk,[15][45][46] Hector Barbossa learned of the true outcome of Blackbeard's attack five winters ago, in that the Pearl was trapped in a bottle, which Sparrow now kept on his person under his coat. Barbossa found Jack, along with Henry Turner and Carina Smyth, who were captured by Pierre Kelly and his gang, with Sparrow in a forced wedding with Kelly's sister, Beatrice. As the two men continued to go back and forth with oddly warm greetings, Barbossa shot Pig Kelly as a wedding gift for Sparrow. In this reunion, Mullroy and Murtogg inquired about turning Sparrow over to Salazar for their lives, Barbossa laid out his revised plan to find Poseidon's Trident. Although Jack pointed out no vessel can outrun the ghostly shipwreck, Barbossa anticipated that problem and pointed out the Black Pearl was their only hope. Barbossa then used Blackbeard's Sword of Triton to stab the shrunken ship's bottle, in which the glass bottle cracked upon being struck by its steel blade, thereby gradually restoring the Pearl to her original size.

Barbossa and his crew followed Jack Sparrow as he ran toward the beach of Hangman's Bay, where the Black Pearl began to grow only a couple feet. After Jack commented on its size, Barbossa took the four-foot Pearl from Sparrow, walked with it to the edge of the water, and then threw the ship in the tourquoise sea water, saying "She needs the sea." Together, they stood on shore, watching the vessel sink, disappearing under the water. Barbossa's face fell as the two men stood in respectful silence, mournful and disappointed, each lost in thoughts on the Pearl. Barbossa felt his heart breaking anew as, once more, his ship was taken from him. Although the sadness enveloped Barbossa, he saw the Black Pearl breaks the surface beneath the waves, rising majestically to her full height. As Sparrow smiled in delight, Barbossa echoed the delight and laughed as their beloved Pearl settled itself on the water. Barbossa holds his pistol to Sparrow's head, taking control as the only captain of the Pearl, and was then reunited with "Jack" the Monkey.[4]

A long lost daughter

Jack Henry Carina Barbossa

Barbossa releases the Black Pearl from its prison.

"Where did you get that from, missy? I know this book. Stolen from an Italian ship many years ago."
"Stolen? No, you must be mistaken."
"There was a ruby on the cover I would not soon forget.
―Barbossa and Carina Smyth[src]

With the Black Pearl restored to her former glory, as the only ship to outrun the Silent Mary, Barbossa intended to race Salazar's crew of the dead in their hunt to find the Trident of Poseidon. Barbossa ordered Jack Sparrow to be tied to the foremast, Henry Turner and Carina Smyth to the wooden stand for ship's bell on the quarterdeck, as as the Pearl prepared to make sail. At first Barbossa tried to find the way to the Trident on his own, ignoring Carina's warnings that his maps were incomplete. However, when a lightning illuminated a dark shape of the Mary in pursuit of the Pearl, Barbossa realized that he needed Smyth to take them to the island where they would find the Trident and thus released her, ordering his men to let her sail the ship to their destination.[4]

I'm a captain

Barbossa realizes Carina Smyth is his daughter.

Barbossa noticed that Smyth was carrying the diary of Galileo Galilei, an object that he had once possessed. While discussing its origin with Smyth and how she got it from her father, a shocked Barbossa discovered that Carina Smyth was actually his own daughter and walked off. He pulled out Jack's compass and when it pointed toward Carina he realized that she was his "lost treasure" that Shansa talked about. When Jack Sparrow figured that as well, he confronted Barbossa on the matter, and the older pirate told him how he left Carina as an infant in the orphanage after her mother's death, hoping that the ruby from the diary would afford her some easy life. When Jack attempted to blackmail Barbossa the old pirate threatened him with cutting off his tongue, and Jack the monkey finally gagged Jack with a piece of cloth.[4]

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Barbossa gets wounded against Salazar's crew.

Just a moment later the British warship Essex appeared in the dark, not far away from the starboard side of the Pearl. Barbossa ordered the crew to fight to the last, as he didn't intend to let the Pearl be taken from him again. However, before the Essex could fire a broadside the Silent Mary suddenly crashed into it, cutting the British vessel in half. The Spanish ghosts boarded the Pearl and a fierce battle ensued, during which Barbossa valiantly fought against the ghosts. However, he knew if they didn't find land soon he and all his men would die. The battle was ended when Smyth managed to take the Pearl to the island where they believed they would find the Trident of Poseidon. Barbossa said that finding the Trident was their only chance to save Turner as well since he had been captured by Salazar.[4]


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Barbossa, Carina, and Jack on the black rock island.

"Who am I to you?"
Carina Smyth and Barbossa, in his last moments[src]

Barbossa, Jack Sparrow and Carina Smyth set foot on the land and began searching for the Trident of Poseidon. Smyth quickly noticed that one of the ruby stones which were supposed to give them the location of the artifact was not shining like the others, as it lacked the fragment that decorated the diary of Galileo Galilei. Barbossa gave Smyth the fragment that had been previously stolen by Jack the Monkey, telling her to find the Trident for her father. Once Smyth put the fragment in place, the island shook as the sea was torn in half with Sparrow and Smyth falling to the bottom of the ocean while Barbossa managed to remain at the surface.[4]

With the arrival of Salazar](possessing Henry Turner), Sparrow and Smyth were put in danger but faced a new problem after the trident was destroyed. Fortunately, Barbossa returned to the Black Pearl and had it sailed right on the edge of the ocean's rift. There, he ordered his men to lower the anchor as he was grabbing it, getting down into the open abyss to rescue Sparrow, Smyth and Turner, whose body had been freed of his control once the Spanish captain had seized the Trident. With the Trident broken, Salazar and his men were returned to their human form as the ocean rift was closing, threatening to drown them all.[4]

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Hector Barbossa sacrifices himself to save his daughter Carina.

Barbossa called out to his allies urging Sparrow, Henry, and Carina to come aboard. They all ran and successfully grabbed the anchor's chain as Salazar and two of his crew members chased after and grabbed hold as well. As Carina began to climb the anchor, she slipped and nearly fell, but was saved by Barbossa. By doing so, Barbossa revealed a tattoo on his arm that had the same shape of a schematics drawn in the Diary of Galileo Galilei. Upon seeing this, Smyth understood that Barbossa was her father and asked him what she meant to him, to which he responded "treasure". Carina looked at her father in shock as he smiled. However, Barbossa realized that Salazar was slowly getting closer and closer toward his daughter with his sword drawn, threatening his daughter's life. Sparrow took Turner's sword and shouted "Hector!" as he threw him the blade. After assuring Carina was safely on the anchor, Barbossa grabbed the hilt of the sword and let go of the anchor. As he fell through the air Carina and Barbossa locked eyes, before he pierced the dangling Salazar through the back with his sword and the villainous Spaniard began to fall toward the depths of the ocean, letting out a scream of horror, which was soon silenced from him landing face first on to the anchor below, then disappearing through the water. Barbossa and Carina locked eyes one last time, Barbossa having a look of pleasure and peace, knowing his daughter had finally made it to safety. Carina watched in disbelief, tears in her eyes as her father disappeared beneath the water and collapsing waves. Jack looked as if he was sent into pure shock as he watched his old rival be consumed by the waters below. Captain Hector Barbossa's notorious reign of piracy had finally come to an end, making the ultimate selfless sacrifice to save what he held dearest to him, his "treasure".[4]


"Pirate's life, Hector..."
Jack Sparrow mourning Barbossa's death[src]

When Jack Sparrow, Henry Turner and Carina Smyth safely made it aboard Black Pearl, they both looked down toward the now calm sea. Jack sighed and looked down "Pirate's life, Hector...." Carina's eyes filled with tears as she was still trying to comprehend what had just happened. Murtogg and Mullroy removed their hats from their heads and placed them on their hearts, honoring their fallen Captain. Gibbs then followed in their footsteps and placed his hand on his heart, appearing to be effected dearly by it, even Jack the monkey joined in honoring the fallen Captain. The entire crew of the Black Pearl mourned the loss of Captain Hector Barbossa, who sacrificed everything to save those he held dearest to him. Although all had seemed loss, Barbossa had left something behind, a daughter to carry on his name.[4]

Personality and traits

"Barbossa, you lying bastard! You swore she'd go free!"
"Don't dare impugn me honor, boy! I agreed she'd go free, but it was you who failed to specify when or where.
Will Turner and Hector Barbossa[src]
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Hector Barbossa

Confident and persuasive,[49] ruthless and cunning,[51] Hector Barbossa combines experience with almost reckless daring.[14] At first sight, he seemed more gentleman than pirate. Though his bearded face was lined and weathered, and the whites of his eyes were more yellow than white, he wore a fine feathered hat and long, black dress coat.[52] With Barbossa, only a monkey, an apple, and a personal agenda were guaranteed. A gnarled, weathered man, Barbossa was grim and rough-edged, to say the least, but he had a knack for dry humor.[1][20] He was also very inspiring when it came to pep-talking his mates and was never short some wise advice. At his worst he was cruel, wily, manipulative, and bloodthirsty. He could be merciless and often turned agreements to his own favor,[53] but nevertheless he stated that he had a merciful nature and sense of fair play, though this was possibly only an example of his morbid sense of humour.[20] He was not completely without honor, however; he claimed to be a man of his word, and defied the Pirate King when told not to free the sea goddess Calypso from the human form of the voodoo priestess Tia Dalma, in order to fulfill his accord with the goddess-turned-mystic. He considered himself a gentleman of the seas and possessed a certain eloquence which he frequently used to his advantage. Being a vain person,[17] Barbossa liked to wear fine clothes and enjoyed setting himself in scene and holding powerful speeches, for example in the caves at Isla de Muerta[1] or on the Brethren Court.[20] Like many other pirates he considered the Pirate Code to be "more guidelines than actual rules", but nevertheless he respected the right of Parley and preferred interpreting the Code in his own favor instead of breaking it openly.[1] Barbossa had an apparent fearlessness, which could be interpreted by some as suicidal insanity—much to the dismay of his crew, he did not hesitate to sail right over the waterfalls at World's End, nor did he show much concern for sailing the Black Pearl straight into the massive maelstrom created by the enraged goddess Calypso and took part in the battle at the center of it.[20]

Originally having earnest desires to be a man of the sea, Barbossa became greedy because of his megalomania for wealth and power.[30][29][53] Cunning, wily, and manipulative, Barbossa became a pirate, but not because he wanted to live the adventurous life as a pirate in the way Jack Sparrow did. However, once he became a pirate Barbossa constantly and successfully worked on the attainment of these dreams, so that by the time the end of his captaincy over the cursed crew he considered them fulfilled. Indeed, Barbossa intended to lift their curse, have a prized pirate bride, and spend the rest of his life as a rich rogue.[53][5] Attracted by Elizabeth Swann's beauty he even believed that she could be a pirate bride for him,[53] but nevertheless he had no scruples when sending her to walk the plank, to face either the sharks or a slow death at a desert island, when he found out that she was worthless for him.[17]

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Barbossa and his monkey, "Jack".

Like most pirates, Hector Barbossa kept a pet parrot or monkey, sometimes perched on his shoulder. Hector had once owned a parrot named Polly during his captaincy aboard the Cobra, with Barbossa himself saying Polly was a fine bird, but always messed up the shoulder of his jacket. The name "Polly" was later given to a female monkey that became Hector's beloved pet, a pretty little thing that understood every word he said to her and wore a little blue dress. However, when the Cobra was attacked by rogue pirates, Hector lost Polly through the water and the wreckage. At some point before finding the treasure of Isla de Muerta, Captain Barbossa kept a pet capuchin monkey wearing a white dress shirt, mockingly named "Jack" after Captain Jack Sparrow, who Barbossa had led a mutiny against aboard the Black Pearl. Even after falling under the Aztec Curse, Barbossa genuinely cared about the monkey and seemed to find pleasure in petting or feeding him. Like Barbossa's other pets, "Jack" the monkey normally accompanied his master everywhere and often sat on his shoulder.[1][20]

Hector Barbossa's relationship with Jack Sparrow was long and complicated, as rival pirate captains of the Black Pearl. Jack was also one of the few who called Barbossa by his first name "Hector" in some conversation, implying a companionship between the two pirates. However, their history was rooted in Barbossa being Sparrow's first mate before having led the mutiny that resulted in the mutinous first mate becoming captain of the Black Pearl.[1] Although Barbossa could be vengeful, most notably shown by his obsession with revenge and personal grudge against Blackbeard,[15][45] he did not seem to have a huge grudge against Jack. This is noted by their reunion in Davy Jones' Locker, where Hector casually pointed out their previous encounter in Isla de Muerta where Sparrow shot Barbossa. Even after they returned to the mortal world, Barbossa didn't attempt to harm Jack, though the ferocious pirate confided to Tia Dalma/Calypso that he only agreed to rescue Jack as per their accord to assemble the Fourth Brethren Court.[20] Despite having had a hostile relationship as rivals, Barbossa and Jack worked well together in uneasy alliances. And even after all they had been through, though he'd never admit it, Barbossa was secretly an admirer of Jack's incredible escapes and had attempted to study his methods.[44] During the quest for the Fountain of Youth, Hector really believed that Jack Sparrow can be a useful ally.[49]

Barbossa's favorite delicacy was caviar,[13][54] but he also had a penchant for apples, which was a quite expensive obsession since fresh fruit like apples are not commonly available in the Caribbean and therefore a rare treasure. He offered an apple to Elizabeth during their dinner aboard the Pearl and he commented that after the curse was lifted, he would eat a whole bushel of apples - for this reason he always kept a number of apples on the table in his cabin on the Pearl. This seemed to be one of Barbossa's simple pleasures in life - unable to feel or taste due to the curse, apples turned into a constant craving. He was holding an apple upon his death because he intended to eat it immediately after lifting the curse,[1] he was eating one when he revealed himself to the members of Jack Sparrow's crew in Tia Dalma's shack.[10]

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Barbossa offering an apple to Elizabeth "Turner".

Although Barbossa did not drink much alcohol by the time of his command over the crew, the fact that his liver was wrecked[55] implies excessive drinking in the past. It is known that rum was his favorite drink after the loss of the Cobra.[33] He drank ale when he and Jack Sparrow came to the Faithful Bride at the beginning of the Quest for the Shadow Gold to recruit a crew for the Black Pearl.[56] It is likely that he overcame the habit of drinking strong drinks during the decade when he was cursed and therefore unable to find any pleasure in drinking.[1] However, he was seen drinking wine when he captained the HMS Providence.[15]

Barbossa was a tall man speaking with a strong West Country accent and uses the pirate "Arrrr" in his accented speech. His voice gravelly with age, but was still powerful. His face was covered with pockmarks or freckles and he had many scars, the most notable one is under his right eye. He wore his brown, greying hair long and partially loose, partially tied up to a thin plait. He had a straggly beard running down to the base of his neck.[1] Barbossa also had a braid descending from the top of his head to the back of his head. After his resurrection he painted his long and sharp fingernails black.[20]

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Captain Barbossa's skeletal form due to the Aztec Curse during his duel with Jack Sparrow.

With the Aztec Curse upon him, Barbossa's face became weathered and gaunt over time, with yellowed eyes giving him a particularly sinister appearance. Under the light of the moon, Barbossa transformed into a living corpse with rags for clothing. Interestingly, his appearance in the moonlight showed somewhat less decomposition than that of his crewmen; for example, the soft tissues of his nose remained, whereas most of his crew's nasal cavities were exposed.[1] However, even after the curse was lifted, Barbossa still had yellow eyes, the likeliest cause being hepetitis.[57] Though Barbossa was aged by the quest for the Trident of Poseidon, a gnarled, weathered man, his eyes were sharp.[58] In his initial resurrection prior to the voyage to Davy Jones' Locker, Barbossa would remember being shot by Jack Sparrow at Isla de Muerta,[20] in part to a scar on his chest, where Sparrow's one shot was lodged in Barbossa's heart.[41]

Despite appearing to be heartless and greedy, Barbossa ultimately loved his daughter, Carina Smyth. He had her sent away as an infant to an orphanage in the hopes that she would live a better life, something Barbossa thought a pirate couldn't provide. Upon rediscovering her, Barbossa made a conscience effort to keep the truth of her heritage from her, not wanting to shatter Carina's notion that her father was a "man of science" and out of fear that Carina wouldn't accept him as her father. When she discovered the truth of him being her father, she asked what she meant to him as he realized that she now knew and told her that she was his "treasure". At the end of the quest for the Trident, Barbossa knowingly sacrificed himself to save Carina from Armando Salazar. In his final moments, the last thing Barbossa saw was his daughter's face looking back at him while he calmly accepted his own demise, knowing that she would live on.[4]

Equipment and skills

"Jack, our sands be all but run. Where's the harm in joining the winning side? And you do meet a nicer class of person."
"I understand everything...Except that wig.
―Hector Barbossa and Jack Sparrow[src]

Hector Barbossa in his pirate regalia.

As a legendary pirate captain, Hector Barbossa wore fine clothing befitting a man of his stature and status, and he carried many valuable items about his person. His suit consisted of dark brown, full breeches, a brown, double-breasted waistcoat elaborately ornamented by a pattern and a grey dress coat with black cuffs, black liner and thin black brims around the buttonholes, fitted with buttons made from melted down Inca silver stolen from Spanish ships.[17] He also wore brown leather swash boots and a faded light-green bandanna. At the end of his time as the cursed captain of the Black Pearl, Barbossa's shirt was dirty and grey, but after his resurrection he wore a shining white one.[59] An orange with yellow sash worn under a leather belt with a patinated bronze buckle and a leather baldric with a big, frame-shaped silver buckle, a smaller silver loop and a silver cover at the end, all three elaborately ornamented, complete his outfit. On his left hand he wore a black leather gauntlet, presumably in order to protect the hand.


Hector Barbossa as a reformed pirate and privateer in King George II's court.

Barbossa was rarely seen without his big, round, dark hat which is decorated with blue ostrich feathers as a show of vanity. There were several holes and cracks in the hat's brims and during Barbossa's duel with Jack Sparrow on Isla de Muerta his opponent has cut off some of the ostrich feathers. Barbossa was most interested in getting a "really big" hat after Jack negotiated with Commodore Barbossa.[1] After becoming a privateer for England, Barbossa abandoned his pirate regalia and wore instead a Naval officer's black and gold bicorne, along with a set of fine clothes serving as his uniform, including a white cravat, blue privateer's waistcoat with gold trimmings, white gloves and a dark blue coat with gold trimmings and crimson cuffs. While his clothing changed, Barbossa still wore his hair long and scraggly, along with his signature moustache and beard, unless he wore his powdered wig in the presence of higher-class persons. Having lost his leg, Barbossa began sporting a peg leg in place of his right shin and foot, which contains a rum supply and a cup. He also used a wooden crutch fashioned for him by an admiralty carpenter. This crutch was used both for balance and for combat as shown during his fierce duel with Blackbeard. Yet despite Hector Barbossa's respectable appearance, he had a look in his eye that suggests unsettled scores.[44]

Following his return to piracy, Hector Barbossa wore clothes that expressed his great wealth. He wore a white shirt with long lace cuffs and a rich blue brocade suit with gold embroidery underneath a navy-blue coat with gold trimming and cuffs. Clinging to the baroque style, Barbossa wore a very old-fashioned curly brown wig spilled out from underneath his three-cornered bicorne (similar to his privateer bicorne) with gold tassels on each "horn".[60] He wore a black leather belt with a gold buckle around his waist and a matching baldric to hold his Sword of Triton. Barbossa even bejeweled his peg leg with gold and wore a brown leather boot on his left leg with gold straps.

The jewelry he wore consisted of a silver ring, which bore the image of a lion's head, plundered from a Venetian ship and signifying Barbossa's status as leader of his pirates on his right ring finger. A silver snake pendant on a 26-inch long metal chain, which features four white crystals set in a square around a much larger shining red stone at the centre of the piece. Wherever Barbossa found his elaborately carved pendant—whether ancient ruins, buried chest or plundered ships—the sinuous snake wraps its coils around the pendant to give the wearer an air of secret mystery and power.[61] and a silver earring with an attached fang of an unknown big carnivore in his right ear.[1][17][20]

Hector Barbossa carried a broadsword and a flintlock pistol. He won his elegantly engraved pistol in a duel against a Spanish pirate - a foolish opponent who lost his life - and allowed him to kill his enemies in the way of a gentleman.[17] After the loss of his leg and commission as a privateer, Barbossa switched out both in favour of his new weapons: a rapier-esque sword with a lethally-poisoned blade and an elegant flintlock with a handle of polished walnut with gold livery. Though he kept the pistol upon his return to piracy, the sword was left at the Fountain in lieu of his mighty new blade, the legendary Sword of Triton.

He was a master seaman, who had excellent navigational abilities,[1][20] a strategist who could plan ahead and outwit his opponents[62] and an able yet brutal and unforgiving leader as evidenced when he shot Pintel in the heart in order to see if the curse has been lifted.[1] These abilities not only gave him many advantages in his pirate life but also earned much respect both among his subordinates[17] as well as among his enemies; these skills, combined with his good fighting abilities, were in fact the reason why Barbossa managed to survive a life of piracy for several decades and contributed to his reputation and his high-ranked position during this time. Barbossa rose through the ranks, and through treachery and cruelty he swiftly became captain; the mutiny he led robbed Captain Jack Sparrow of his beloved ship the Black Pearl.[29][17]

Barbossa had a controlled and defensive style of combat; he normally attempted to win through building his forces up to something big without allowing himself to be torn back down.[62] Therefore, when he participated in a battle he preferred not to fight on the front but to stay behind the fight and command his subordinates from a safe position.[1][20] However when he was forced into a duel, he was a deadly enemy. Barbossa was a skilled swordsman, hinting at a lifetime of experience, where he just had a sword on his belt and learned how to hack off heads, skewer people, and survive.[29][63] Only a few people could match his swordsmanship.[64] Barbossa proved capable of holding his own against numerous enemies at once and also fatally injured the fearsome pirate Blackbeard, although it should be noted that Blackbeard was distracted when Barbossa iniciated his final strike, cutting him on the hand when looking at his back and then stabbing him in the chest when he turned around afterward. Before challenging the legendary pirate, Barbossa poisoned his sword, saying he wasn't foolish enough to fight Blackbeard without a "venomous advantage". During his duel with Blackbeard, Barbossa was hindered by the loss of his right leg and lost his balance a few times but still managed to fight his opponent as an equal and might have even defeated him in a fair fight if not for his lost leg. He also used his crutch as a weapon in battle, weilding it along with his sword against Blackbeard. The two cutlasses on his flag possibly signifies these swordsman abilities. It is likely that he did not receive training at a finishing school, but instead learned through brawls since his teenage years, therefore his fighting style was quite dirty, however he had an extensive knowledge of killing manoeuvres such as beheading. Barbossa used hand grenades as well on some occasions and sometimes he kicked his opponents in sensitive points like the head or the stomach area, like he did with an attacking East India Trading company Marine whom he kicked in the face.[20]

In addition to his swordsmanship he was also an accurate and experienced marksman, so that while residing on Devil's Anvil he could give people who visited him shooting lessons.[40]

Aside from English, which was his native language, Barbossa also fluently spoke Spanish.[38]

Behind the scenes

"I think Barbossa is actually quite smart. That's probably why he's survived, because he used preemptive logic to map out his plans and deceive people. He pretends to be a gentleman of the sea, but he is a dirty old cunning rogue."
Geoffrey Rush[src]

Hector Barbossa's Jolly Roger.

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Illustration of Captain Barbossa by Crash McCreery.

  • For director Gore Verbinski and writers Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio,[37] Barbossa was a "dark trickster" and the evil counterpart to Jack Sparrow. While Geoffrey Rush felt, from the inside, he was playing the hero in The Curse of the Black Pearl. Because Barbossa's dream was that his crew would lift the curse, he'd have a fabulous prize pirate bride, and he would live happily ever after as a very rich rogue.[53]
  • Gore Verbinski referred to Barbossa as "the Sid Vicious" of pirates, which may be in the same vein as Johnny Depp's idea for Jack Sparrow was that pirates were the rock stars of their day.[29]
  • For The Curse of the Black Pearl, in an effort to find out what makes Barbossa tick, Geoffrey Rush developed an elaborate backstory for the character, to explain who and what he is, as the actor prepared for the role. The backstory revolved around Barbossa running away to sea at the age of thirteen because he came from a background of poverty. And having had earnest desires to be a man of the sea at one time in his early life, Barbossa realized that he could gain a lot more if he broke the rules. Rush also said of Barbossa, "I actually think he's quite smart, it's probably why he's survived. He's a horrible liar, and he pretends to be a gentleman of the sea, but he's a dirty, old, cunning rogue. And a crack swordsman. And a nasty one. He didn't go to finishing school with an epee, he just had a sword on his belt and learned how to skewer people and survive. When he pulled his sword out, even big guys cower away."[30][29][53]
  • One of the first illustrations by Crash McCreery for The Curse of the Black Pearl featured Barbossa holding a cherry. However, the cherry became an apple, as shown by Barbossa's desire to "eat a whole bushel of apples" in the film,[73] as well as discussed in a conversation with McCreery and Jim Byrkit in the Disney+ series Prop Culture.[74] Another sketch by McCreery showed Barbossa with his hairs and beard tied to a knot under his chin.[75] Darrell Warner created an early costume concept drawing that showed Barbossa with an eyepatch on his left eye and armed with a rapier.[76]
  • In Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio's first screenplay draft of The Curse of the Black Pearl, Barbossa claims to have "sailed with Morgan for ten years". Also, when Barbossa is shot by Jack Sparrow he was not going to say "I feel...cold" but just fall dead without saying anything.[77]
  • While it's logical to assume the "Morgan" that Barbossa was talking about the notorious buccaneer Henry Morgan, another pirate named Captain Morgan was introduced in Dead Men Tell No Tales/Salazar's Revenge. However, whether the "Morgan" that Barbossa spoke about is canon or not is unknown.
  • As noted in the "Spirit Of The Ride" feature in The Curse of the Black Pearl DVD, the scene in which Barbossa drinks rum from a bottle in his skeletal form is a reminiscence to the original ride, where a skeleton can be seen doing the same.[1][78]
  • According to Barbossa's wanted poster, he is wanted for committing piracy in the Caribbean Sea and the Caspian Sea, stealing the Aztec gold of Hernándo Cortés, murder, pilfering a bushel of apples, cruelty to animals, mutiny, theft, and kidnapping.[citation needed][16]
  • As of At World's End, Barbossa's bounty of 10000 guineas is the second highest of all bounties featured in the whole Pirates of the Caribbean franchise as of At World's End, it is only 1 guinea less than Jack Sparrow's bounty, which is the highest.[16]

Concept art for Disneyland Paris.

  • Following the success of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Captain Barbossa replaced the Pirate Captain of the Wicked Wench[79] in the Pirates of the Caribbean attractions in Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in 2006, and the ride in Tokyo Disneyland in 2007. Since 2011, Barbossa has been dressed in his privateer uniform from On Stranger Tides in the Magic Kingdom version. In the 2017 revamp of the Disneyland Paris ride, Barbossa appears with the skeleton helmsman in Dead Man's Cove at the end of the ride, holding a lantern and a sword, with flashes of lightning revealing his cursed skeleton state as he lets out a laugh.[citation needed]
  • A number of visual clues foreshadow Barbossa's return in Dead Man's Chest: Jack inspects his hat at Tia Dalma's shack, and Barbossa's boots are seen while Tia is searching for the jar of dirt. Jack the monkey instinctively returns to his master upon being released from his cage.[10]
  • One of the rumored ideas for a second Pirates of the Caribbean movie featured Barbossa's daughter seeking revenge for her father's death at Isla de Muerta.[80] This was proved untrue with Barbossa's return in the final version of Dead Man's Chest.[10] However, similar rumors resurfaced in 2013 for the fifth Pirates film, in that Kaya Scodelario's character Carina Smyth was Hector Barbossa's daughter and the love interest of Jack Sparrow.[citation needed] While the final version of Dead Men Tell No Tales/Salazar's Revenge did not feature Carina as Sparrow's love interest, the former rumor proved true when it was revealed that Carina is indeed Hector's daughter.[4]
  • When it was announced that Tim Powers' novel On Stranger Tides was used as the basis of the fourth film, speculations arose that Barbossa would be based on Blackbeard, specifically from Powers himself. Pirates co-writer Terry Rossio explained Disney's move to option the book and the story behind the new film, saying, "We wanted to do a story about Blackbeard and the Fountain of Youth [...] it just turns out that to do that story you would need that book."[81][82][83] The idea was ultimately debunked when Ian McShane was confirmed to be cast as Blackbeard in the film.
"The best part, for me, has been that the writers have managed to give an evolution to the character. He started out as this spat out from hell villain who was the bad guy and an evil dude. And in the course of the subsequent films, he used those particular powers to become a politician, brokering a G20 summit of Pirate Lords. In the last film, he went over to the other side and worked for the king. So, on that level, it feels as though I'm going into a new terrain each time, which is terrific."
Geoffrey Rush[src]
"Who're you calling punks? It's Sora, Donald and Goofy to you! And don't you forget it!"
"That we won't. And we'll engrave it on your tombstones, to be sure."
"Whoa! I like your style.
Sora, Barbossa and Pete[src]
  • Captain Barbossa is a villain in the Port Royal world of Kingdom Hearts II. Based on the storyline featured in The Curse of the Black Pearl, Captain Barbossa leads a team of pirates who have been cursed to be undead by Aztec gold, leading them to seek out all 882 pieces gold so that they can break the curse. Barbossa's crew are allied with Pete. Instead of his pet monkey Jack, Barbossa has a Heartless named Illuminator which Pete summons for him, who acts in a similar way. During a confrontation with Sora, Donald, Goofy, Jack Sparrow and the others, Barbossa agrees to leave with Will Turner, but allows the Heartless to stay on board with the explosives placed on the Interceptor. In the final confrontation with Jack Sparrow and Sora's group, Barbossa makes use of Illuminator, a Gecko-type Heartless that can hide Barbossa in darkness, as well as his own sword skills and grenades. When he was defeated by Sora, Jack and the others, Jack drops his sword and shoots Barbossa with the pistol the renegade captain left him upon his exile. Barbossa laughs it off at first, but Will calls his attention and drops the last two Aztec coins back into the chest, both smeared with his and Jack's blood. Captain Barbossa, his curse broken, feels the pain of his gunshot wound, which struck him directly in the heart. His last words are, "I feel... cold." He then falls backwards, dead.[18] It is unknown whether or not Hector Barbossa was resurrected by Tia Dalma in Kingdom Hearts continuity, though it may seem likely the case as Kingdom Hearts III follows the storyline featured in At World's End.[66]
  • In the original draft of The Curse of the Black Pearl script, Barbossa was Italian, not English, this was changed later but he kept his surname.[7][citation needed]
  • Barbossa (along with other Black Pearl crewmen) is pictured on the cover of WAS IST WAS band 71 Piraten.[89]
  • Barbossa appears in a German Disney comic as a success-less pirate who met an ancestor of Scrooge McDuck.[90]
  • Zizzle made a "Captain Barbossa" basic figure with a sword, the captain's hat and a pistol for it's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest series and a "Battling Barbossa" (with sword, coat and hat) basic figure and a "Battling Captains 3-Pack" featuring Barbossa. (the other two are Jack Sparrow and Davy Jones). [91]
  • Barbossa was made into several action figures by the National Entertainment Collectibles Association. He appeared in the first wave of Curse of the Black Pearl figures in his human form; that same figure would be re-released as part of the fourth wave of Dead Man's Chest toys. Barbossa's Cursed form was released as a box set, which also featured a skeletal Jack Sparrow, and the chest of cursed Aztec gold.[8]
  • Barbossa was made as a plush for the M&M Dead Man's Chest promotion. He was the blue M&M.[9]
  • 7 cards in the Pirates of the Caribbean Trading Card Game features Barbossa: the "ally" card "Captain Barbossa - Cursed Mutineer" (Number 135) and six chamber cards (Numbers 176 to 181). He is a "Dark" character and his abilities are "Mind" and "Sail".[62]
  • "Cursed Captain Barbossa" is a "crew" card in the Pirates of the Caribbean PocketModel game.[10]
  • In On Stranger Tides: The Visual Guide, Hector Barbossa was mentioned as an admiral several times.[44] However, this is considered a mistake as Barbossa was given the rank of "captain" in the film.[92]


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Notes and references

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 1.25 1.26 1.27 1.28 1.29 1.30 1.31 1.32 1.33 1.34 1.35 1.36 1.37 1.38 1.39 1.40 1.41 1.42 1.43 1.44 1.45 1.46 1.47 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Bring Me That Horizon: The Making of Pirates of the Caribbean, p. 71 - "Pirates of that age tended to come from England's West Country, and I decided that Barbossa's mother was Irish." - Geoffrey Rush
  3. 3.0 3.1 Legends of the Brethren Court: The Caribbean
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 4.16 4.17 4.18 4.19 4.20 4.21 4.22 4.23 4.24 4.25 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  5. 5.0 5.1 An Epic At Sea: The Making of "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl"
  6. According to Pirates of the Caribbean: The Price of Freedom Barbossa was in his early forties when Jack Sparrow was twenty. The timeline established in On Stranger Tides (which takes place in 1750) and Dead Men Tell No Tales (which takes place in 1751) sets Jack Sparrow's birth around the year 1690 which sets Barbossa's birth around the 1660s.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Since Barbossa speaks with a distinct West Country Accent, he must have been born and raised there. The Price of Freedom also confirms this when Jack Sparrow assumes from Barbossa's accent that he came from West Country or Cornwall.
  8. Disney Pirates: The Definitive Collector's Anthology, p. 21.
  9. The timeline established in On Stranger Tides (which takes place in 1750) and Dead Men Tell No Tales (which takes place in 1751) sets the events of The Curse of the Black Pearl and Barbossa's first death around 1728.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales: Movie Graphic Novel
  12. 12.0 12.1 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides takes place in 1750. As evidenced by Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales: Movie Graphic Novel, the events of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales are set in 1751.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 "Inside the Brethren Court" featurette on the Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End DVD
  14. 14.0 14.1 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: The Visual Guide, pp. 48-49: "Naval Files"
  15. 15.00 15.01 15.02 15.03 15.04 15.05 15.06 15.07 15.08 15.09 15.10 15.11 15.12 15.13 15.14 15.15 15.16 15.17 15.18 15.19 15.20 15.21 15.22 15.23 15.24 15.25 15.26 15.27 15.28 15.29 15.30 15.31 15.32 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End official site.
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 17.5 17.6 17.7 17.8 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Visual Guide,Pirates of the Caribbean: The Complete Visual Guide
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 Kingdom Hearts II
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 The Price of Freedom, Chapter 2: "Lady Esmeralda"
  20. 20.00 20.01 20.02 20.03 20.04 20.05 20.06 20.07 20.08 20.09 20.10 20.11 20.12 20.13 20.14 20.15 20.16 20.17 20.18 20.19 20.20 20.21 20.22 20.23 20.24 20.25 20.26 20.27 20.28 20.29 20.30 20.31 20.32 20.33 20.34 20.35 20.36 20.37 20.38 20.39 20.40 20.41 20.42 20.43 20.44 20.45 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
  21. Legends of the Brethren Court: The Caribbean, Chapter Five
  22. Legends of the Brethren Court: Wild Waters, Chapter Five
  23. Legends of the Brethren Court: Wild Waters, Chapter Eleven
  24. Legends of the Brethren Court: Day of the Shadow, Chapter Three
  25. Legends of the Brethren Court: Day of the Shadow, Chapter Eleven
  26. Legends of the Brethren Court: Day of the Shadow
  28. "The reason why the pirates speak that British English is that they are likely to come from Bristol, which is where the ports were (...). And I told them that this guy would probably have grown up on a farm and was poor, so he decided to go to the port to see the boats and find work as a sailor. Then he would see the cabins of the captains and think that he would never get into the naval academy, so he would kill to get that room." - Geoffrey Rush
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 29.3 29.4 29.5 29.6 29.7 Pirates of the Caribbean production notes, accessed Dec 9, 2006
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 Bring Me That Horizon: The Making of Pirates of the Caribbean, p. 71
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 The Price of Freedom
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 Pirates Secrets Revealed: Top questions moviegoers had about Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 The Price of Freedom, Chapter 10: "Revelations"
  34. Legends of the Brethren Court: Wild Waters
  35. While Hector Barbossa appears the Pirates of the Caribbean: Legends of the Brethren Court series, Ragetti and his wooden eye do not.
  36. Pirates of the Caribbean: Legends of the Brethren Court
  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 37.3 37.4 37.5 The Curse of the Black Pearl Audio Commentary with Screenwriters Stuart Beattie, Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio and Jay Wolpert
  38. 38.0 38.1 38.2 38.3 Six Sea Shanties: Strangers Bearing Gifts
  39. 39.0 39.1 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow
  40. 40.0 40.1 40.2 40.3 Pirates of the Caribbean Online
  41. 41.0 41.1 41.2 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (junior novelization)
  42. 42.0 42.1 42.2 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End video game
  43. Barbossa reveals this in a deleted scene.
  44. 44.0 44.1 44.2 44.3 44.4 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: The Visual Guide, pp. 16-17 "Hector Barbossa"
  45. 45.0 45.1 45.2 45.3 45.4 45.5 Terry Rossio on Barbossa finding Blackbeard
  46. 46.0 46.1 46.2 Terry Rossio on Jack and Barbossa con each other and Black Pearl fate
  47. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: The Visual Guide, p. 45
  48. Pirates 4 Poster Debut: Barbossa - IGN
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  50. 50.0 50.1 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Novelization, p. 95
  51. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Complete Visual Guide, pp. 32-33: "Barbossa"
  52. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2006 junior novelization), p. 64
  53. 53.0 53.1 53.2 53.3 53.4 53.5 Becoming Barbossa, The Curse of the Black Pearl featurette
  54. Caviar are abundant in the Caspian sea, so this may be a reference to his position as the pirate lord of this area.
  55. Fluch der Karibik ISBN 978-3-8025-3540-6 , a German novelization of The Curse of the Black Pearl by Wolfgang and Rebecca Hohlbein.
  56. Legends of the Brethren Court: The Caribbean, Chapter Two
  57. Interesting info on characters' health by PotC writer. - the place for all POTC discussion — LiveJournal
  58. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales: The Brightest Star in the North: The Adventures of Carina Smyth
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  64. James Norrington was equally skilled and only William Turner was better.
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  74. Prop Culture
  75. Illustration of Captain Barbossa by Crash McCreery
  76. Early costume concept drawing for Barbossa. Artwork by Darrell Warner.
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Captain: Jack Sparrow
Black Pearl
Jan van der GrooteKwameDomingo Velasquez
Captain: Jack Sparrow
Black Pearl
AlexHector BarbossaCarolinaGomboDiego de Leon
Jean MaglioreMarcella MaglioreCatastrophe ShaneBilly Turner
vdeCursed Crew
Captain: Jack Sparrow
Black Pearl
Hector BarbossaBo'sunClubbaDog EarGrappleHawksmoorJacoby
ScarusScratchSimbakkaTwiggBootstrap Bill TurnerWeatherby
Captain: Hector Barbossa
Black Pearl
Bo'sunClubbaDog EarGrappleHawksmoorJack the MonkeyJacoby
Motley Crew

Captain: Jack Sparrow
HMS Interceptor
AnamariaCottonCotton's ParrotCrimpDuncanJoshamee GibbsKursar
LadbrocMartyMatelotMoisesQuartettoTearlachWill Turner

Captain: Joshamee Gibbs
HMS Interceptor/Black Pearl
AnamariaCottonCotton's ParrotCrimpDuncanKursarLadbroc
MartyMatelotMoisesQuartettoElizabeth SwannTearlachWill Turner

Captain: Jack Sparrow
Black Pearl
AnamariaCottonCotton's ParrotCrimpDuncanJoshamee GibbsLadbroc

Captain: Jack Sparrow
Black Pearl
CottonCotton's ParrotCrimpDuncanJoshamee GibbsHo-KwanJack the MonkeyLeechLejonMartyMatelotMoises

Captain: Jack Sparrow
Black Pearl
CottonCotton's ParrotJoshamee GibbsJack the MonkeyLejonMartyPintelRagettiWilliam Turner Jr.

Captain: Jack Sparrow
Black Pearl
CottonCotton's ParrotCrippled manJames NorringtonJoshamee GibbsIrish manJack the MonkeyLejonMartyPintelRagettiElizabeth SwannSkinny manSweepyVery old manWilliam Turner Jr.

Captain: Hector Barbossa
Hai Peng
CottonCotton's ParrotTia DalmaJoshamee GibbsTai HuangJack the Monkey
MartyPintelRagettiElizabeth SwannWill Turner

Captains: Jack Sparrow / Hector Barbossa
Black Pearl
CottonCotton's ParrotTia DalmaJoshamee GibbsTai HuangJack the Monkey
MartyPintelRagettiElizabeth SwannWill Turner

Captain: Hector Barbossa
Black Pearl
CottonCotton's ParrotJack the MonkeyMartyMullroyMurtoggPintelRagetti

Captain: Jack Sparrow
Dying Gull
BollardCrembleJoshamee GibbsMartyPikeScrum

Captain: Joshamee Gibbs
Dying Gull

Captain: Jack Sparrow
Dying Gull
BollardCrembleJoshamee GibbsMartyPikeScrumCarina SmythHenry Turner

Captains: Jack Sparrow / Hector Barbossa
Black Pearl
BollardCrembleJoshamee GibbsJack the MonkeyMartyMullroyMurtoggPikeScrumCarina SmythHenry Turner

Captain: Jack Sparrow
Black Pearl
BollardCrembleJoshamee GibbsJack the MonkeyMartyMullroyMurtoggPikeScrum
vdeCrew of the HMS Providence
Captain: Hector Barbossa
HMS Providence
Lieutenant Commander Theodore GrovesLieutenant GilletteJoshamee GibbsProvidence Sailor
vdeCrew of the Queen Anne's Revenge
Captain: Blackbeard (controlled by Jolly Roger)
Queen Anne's Revenge
Jumbees: LaSchafe

Captain: Blackbeard
Queen Anne's Revenge
Zombie Officers: GunnerMaster-at-ArmsQuartermasterYeoman

Captain: Blackbeard
Queen Anne's Revenge
AngelicaCabin BoyCookDerrickEzekielGarheng
PurserSalamanJack SparrowScrumPhilip Swift
Zombie Officers: GunnerMaster-at-ArmsQuartermasterYeoman

Captain: Hector Barbossa
Queen Anne's Revenge
Cabin BoyEzekielGarhengSalamanScrum

Captain: Hector Barbossa
Queen Anne's Revenge
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 SparrowRagettiMelindaEsmeralda
Prison Dog

Fourth Court
Pirate Kings
Elizabeth Swann
Pirate Lords
AmmandSumbhajee AngriaHector BarbossaChevalle
ChingJocardJack SparrowEduardo Villanueva
Aides: AskayPusasnRagettiJoshamee Gibbs
Keeper of the Code: Edward Teague
Others: Sao FengPintelPrison DogCarriers of the Code


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