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References to the Pirates of the Caribbean films in various media, notably films, television, music and videogames.



Billy & Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure[]

  • A Villain is able to summon the Kraken.

Captain Ron[]

Dark Shadows[]

  • Footage of the HMS Interceptor crossing the ocean was reused for young Barnabas Collins' journey in the beginning of the film. Barnabas as an adult was also portrayed by Johnny Depp, who played Jack Sparrow in the Pirates franchise.


  • A skeleton refers to himself and his friends as Pirates of the Caribbean. Another skeleton tells him they agreed to no Disney jokes.

Epic Movie[]

  • Spoofs several scenes in Dead Man's Chest, including the waterwheel battle.
  • Jack Sparrow is spoofed as "Captain Jack Swallows", whose dialogue is purposely difficult to understand.

The Fog[]

Jurassic Park[]

The Lone Ranger[]

National Treasure[]

  • Sean Bean (Ian Howe) says "It's not like Pirates, is it?"

Once Upon Time in Mexico[]


Puss in Boots[]

  • The film is a spin-off relating to a swashbuckler, similar to Jack Sparrow, who meets an equal, similar to Angelica, in which they would either help each other or fight against one another. Rodrigo y Gabriela also play guitar music at points in the film. An extended clip, released from Nick.com, had parts of "Walk the Plank" during the sword fight scene.[2]

Underworld: Awakening[]

  • During the final battle the vampire warrior Selene punches a hole on the stomach of the giant werewolf Quint Lane and stuffs a silver grenade in it. When his wound instantly heals, he is unable to take the grenade out before it explodes. This is a possible reference to The Curse of the Black Pearl, when Will Turner puts a grenade between Jacoby's ribs and moves him away from the moonlight, making him unable to take the grenade out before it explodes.

Zombie Pirates[]

  • A dangerous young woman offers up human sacrifices to a ghost ship of the dead in return for an ancient treasure.


American Dad![]

  • In the episode Spring Break-Up at the beginning of the party, a pirate skeleton from Disneyland's "Pirates of the Caribbean" ride is in the living room.
  • When Roger is being taken away by the CIA, he asks Stan to send his love to the cast of Pirates of the Caribbean - especially Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom, but excluding Geoffrey Rush, although he wants it done in front of Rush.

Avengers Assemble[]

  • The episode The Vibranium Coast features the piratical versions of Typhoid Mary and the Red Skull. Mary burns the treasure map she stole from the Red Skull, forcing him to keep her alive. When Mary, Miss Marvel, and Ant-Man escape from Skull's ship, they use a Pym Disc to enlarge a ship in a bottle into a fully operational seaworthy vessel identical to the Black Pearl.

Black Sails[]

Casper's Scare School[]

  • A portrait of Davy Jones appears on a wall of Scare School alumni.

Celebrity Deathmatch[]

  • Characters from the series appeared in the episode "What Did Nick Do?", depicting a match between Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom.

Conan the Adventurer[]

  • The episode The Heart of Rakkir features the ghostly pirate ship crewed by the undead skeletons.


Doctor Who[]

Emirates Airlines Advertisement[]

  • By the end of the advertisement for Emirates-to-America, Davy Jones and Jack Sparrow appear... saying Ahoy or something similar.

Entern oder Kentern[]

  • The show is inspired by Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Music from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies was used.
  • The pirate ship was called Black Shadow as a reference to the Black Pearl.

Family Guy[]

  • In one episode Peter and the Giant Chicken fight on top of the ferris wheel spinning out of control.

Family Matters[]


  • An episode of the show concentrates on Henry Morgan, who is presented as the historical prototype of Captain Jack Sparrow.
  • Footage from the Curse of the Black Pearl was used in the show.

George Lopez[]

  • In the episode Fishing Cubans, George and Ernie refer to themselves as Pirates of the Caribbean while talking about smuggling George's uncle-in-law out of Cuba.
  • In the episode George Goes to Disneyland, George is seen sleeping after having gone to Disneyland for the first time in his life. He sings Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me) in his sleep and suddenly wakes up saying "The dog has the keys!"

How I Met Your Mother[]

  • Marshall (Jason Segal) dresses up as Jack Sparrow for special occasions.

Ice Age-2[]

  • In one of the shows of the Russian figurine skating celebrity show Ледниковый период-2 (Ice age-2), Alexei Yagudin and his partner, Valeria Lanskaya performed to the music from Pirates of the Caribbean, dressed as Jack Sparrow and Elizabeth Swann (Watch the performance at [2])

Kim Possible[]

  • In the episode Cap'n Drakken, Dr. Drakken becomes possessed by the spirit of a pirate Captain Black-eye Brown. Drakken finds Brown's magical cutlass and summons a ghost ship crewed by pirates. He is also constantly talking about the Pirate Code. During the final fight, Shego calls him "Blackbeard".

Life's Too Short[]

Life With Derek[]


  • A parody called Pirates of the Neverland: At Wit's End has Jack Sparrow try to help Captain Hook defeat Peter Pan by teaching him his method of pirating. It ends with Jack helping Cap'n Munch with a squid cereal.
  • A parody called Pirates of the Pair of Tweens uses elements from On Stranger Tides and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, another Johnny Depp film. After finding the Fountain of Youth, Angelica and Blackbeard drink its waters in the hopes of living forever. However, the waters work too well and the pair are regressed into children in their tweens. Much to Jack Sparrow's dismay, he was forced to take care of them. He reluctantly takes them to the mall, where they do nothing but shop and play without end. Eventually, Jack had enough and turned to Willy Wonka for help. Wonka had a formula made, disguised as milkshakes, which Jack gives to the kids. Unfortunately, the formula causes the kids to turn into anamorphic blueberries that swell up and explode. Wonka explains that there was a mix-up from his new workers.

Martin Mystery[]

  • The Martin Mystery animated television series episode Pirates of Doom features a ship with tattered sails, ghostly fog, a boy who steals apples, a girl forced to walk the plank, a cave with a treasure chest, zombie pirates, and a supernatural gold medallion. Also, a music similar to the POTC soundtrack plays during the episode.

Mighty Max[]

  • In the episode Bring Me the Head of Mighty Max, when Max fights against a zombie aboard an old sailing ship, he says:"Shiver me timbers, it's a pirate's life for me."

Mind of Mencia[]

  • Features the skit "Curse of the Butt Pirates" in which Carlos Mencia portrays the homosexual character Captain John Swallow.

Modern Family[]

Monsters & Pirates[]

  • In the Italian animated series Monsters & Pirates, the pirate ship Aurora has a mast in the middle of a capstan, just like the Black Pearl. The Maelstrom appears in one of the episodes.


  • MythBusters has done two episodes dealing with things done in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Among the things tested are whether a rowboat can be used as a submarine, what would make good ammunition for a cannon when the cannonballs are gone, whether you can use a knife in a sail to slow your fall, and how deadly the splinters from cannons really are.


  • In one episode Tony (Michael Weatherly) explains the difference of "pirate" and "pirated" to Ziva (Cote de Pablo) and uses Jack Sparrow as an example of a pirate only to get in trouble when trying to explain who Jack Sparrow is.

The Cleveland Show[]

  • Cleveland Brown Jr. and Rallo role-play as Jack Sparrow and Blackbeard from Pirates of the Caribbean.

The New Paul O'Grady Show[]

  • In the Halloween 2006 edition, host Paul O'Grady|Paul O'Grady dressed up as Captain Jack Sparrow, although he claimed he felt more like Russell Brand—whose mannerisms and appearance have been compared to Sparrow elsewhere.

Once Upon A Time (ABC TV Series)[]

  • Captain Killian Jones, aka Captain Hook, in the episode "And Straight On 'Til Morning," after learning Baelfire is Milah's son, decides to keep Baelfire as part of his crew and tells Bae "It's a pirates life for you, mate." Later Hook mentioned to Smee "Anyone who doubts me may walk the plank, and may the mermaids have mercy on their soul!" This may be a reference to the mermaids in POTC, as they eat men, and the "mercy on their soul" part may be a nod to Barbossa's quote: "Cling to your soul, Gibbs, for mermaids be given to take the rest. To the bone!"

One Tree Hill[]


  • After airing the first two films on March 22 and March 29 2009, the German TV channel started using various outtakes from all three movies in order to promote their program.

Scooby-Doo! Pirates Ahoy![]

  • features a ship with tattered sails crewed by skeletal pirates
  • in the ending scene Scooby is sailing the ship into the horizon.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World[]


Star Wars: The Clone Wars[]

Tales from the Cryptkeeper[]

  • In the Ghost Ship episode Ben and his friend Mike go for a joyride on Ben's father's new yacht and sink it, leaving the two stranded in the ocean until a phantom ship haunted by pirates comes to their rescue.

The Simpsons[]

Doctor Who[]

  • In the 2011 Season, episode "The Curse of the Black Spot" features numerous references, including the episode title, taking place on a pirate ship, characters being marked by a black spot, walking the plank, a sword-fighting heroine, and a "a stroppy, homicidal mermaid." The Doctor also says "Yo ho ho!" when meeting the ship's crew.

Yolanda, Daughter of the Black Corsair[]



The cover of Captain Morgan's Revenge

  • The cover of the first album of the Scottish Pirate Metal band Alestorm, called Captain Morgan's Revenge, features a skeletal pirate with Davy Jones-like tentacles. The cover of their second album, Black Sails at Midnight, features a zombie pirate crew on a ship with black sails. Davy Jones is mentioned in their song Keelhauled on their second album. The cover of their third album, Back Through Time, features a ghost ship similar to the Flying Dutchman flying in the sky.

Axel Rudi Pell[]

  • The cover of Into the Storm, the sixteenth album of the German metal guitarist Axel Rudi Pell features a ghost ship sailing on the stormy sea full of sea monsters.

Blazon Stone[]

Bring Me the Horizon[]

Girls Lie Too[]

Iced Earth[]

  • A treasure chest similar to the Dead Man's Chest appears on the cover of the 2019 EP Enter The Realm.

Nox Arcana[]

  • Phantoms of the High Seas, the tenth album of gothic duo Nox Arcana is inspired by pirate lore and stories of ghost ships. The cover of the album features a ghostly vessel flying the Jolly Roger. The first song on the album is titled Dead men tell no tales.


  • The twelfth album of the British melodic hard rock band Ten is titled Isla De Muerta.

The Pirate[]

  • Julia Rich's song makes numerous references to Johnny Depp ("I'm not hip to what's hep / but I can savvy Johnny Depp") and Jack Sparrow ("I'd consider nothing finer... than a pirate with eyeliner / overtaking me for purposes of plunder"), and Pirates of the Caribbean in general ("Midnight on a tropic beach... moonlight on his golden teeth / me and the scallywag, marooned / just a little rum'll do us... sends a little fire through us / pretty soon the moment's headed straight towards opportune").

The Sweet Escape[]

  • In the video to the song Gwen Stefani is locked into a prison cell and lures a dog holding the keys for it.

Visions of Atlantis[]

  • The Flying Dutchman from the Pirates series appears in the video to the song The Deep & The Dark.

Jack Sparrow[]

  • The music group Lonely Island meet Michael Bolton who talks about seeing the series. Bolton sings with the group and gradually strays from the focus of the song to the pirates movies before going to other movies.

Video games[]

Age of Pirates 2: City of Abandoned Ships[]

Assassin's Creed[]


  • A gravestone in the Lychfield Graveyard reads "Cpt. J. Sparrow: A wind at your back forever, sir", a line similar to that given in the toast Johnny Depp shares with his father while playing George Jung in Blow.

Killer Instinct[]

  • The character Spinal is an undead pirate skeleton with the ship's wheel stuck in his bones.

Kingdom Hearts II[]

Monkey Island 2[]

  • When the main character is in jail, he uses a bone to lure a dog with the keys to him. Also, one of the items is called the E Ticket, a reference to the type of ticket used to get on Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland.

Nightmares from the Deep[]

  • The first game in the series, The Cursed Heart, features a ghost ship similar to the Black Pearl crewed by undead pirates. The main villain is Henry Remington, a supernatural pirate captain who became immortal after making a deal with Davy Jones. Remington's still beating heart is locked in a chest similar to Dead Man's Chest. The wanted poster of Blackbeard appears on the wall of Remington's cabin.
  • The third game, Davy Jones, features Davy Jones himself. Originally a successful merchant, Davy Jones asks the Heaven for help when a gang of pirates kills his daughter. Now in possession of supernatural powers, Jones commands a crew of undead skeletons and roams the seas searching for a way to resurrect his daughter.

Pirates Vs. Ninjas Dodgeball[]

Port Royale 3[]

Streets of Rage 2[]

  • In level three, the player fights in an amusement park. Part of the level goes through a pirate ride, meant to represent Pirates of the Caribbean.

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass[]

  • In the opening sequence, the pirate Tetra is said to be savvy to the seas.

Yohoho! Puzzle Pirates[]

  • As a bonus for people who buy the boxed version of the game, a hat called the Savvy Hat was included. Obviously based on Jack Sparrow's tricorne, it's a tricorne with a red bandanna beneath it. The name comes from Jack Sparrow's frequent use of the word "Savvy".

Sid Meier's Pirates![]

  • The Pirate captain in the pirate haven looks similar to Jack Sparrow.
  • One of the pirate haven names in the portable version is "World's End."

Pirates Saga[]

Tropico 5[]

Heroes of the Storm[]

  • One of the game's battlegrounds is called Blackheart's Bay. It features a pirate captain whose dialogue mentions a Dead Man's Chest closely followed by a question about where the rum has gone. On the northern edge of the map is a Kraken and parts of a wrecked ship.

Sea of Thieves[]

  • Many of the achievements in the game are named after lines from Pirates of the Carribean, such as "I am not obsessed with treasure" and "Bring me that horizon".
  • The 2021 expansion titled A Pirate's Life is an official crossover with the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, featuring many characters from the films and references to the original Disneyland ride.

Literature and comics[]


  • Jack Sparrow appears amongst a group of time-displaced pirates and robots in issue #24.

A Feast for Crows[]

  • A courtesan named Black Pearl appears in the book. She is descended from a pirate queen who was also named Black Pearl.


  • The 2013 French comic book features the Barracuda, a pirate ship with black sails whose captain, the infamous buccaneer Blackdog, searches for a cursed red diamond called the Kashar Diamond.


  • In the Halloween 2007 strip, Elmo and his friends Emory and Ron all dress up as Jack Sparrow for Halloween, though supposedly their costumes are different versions from each movie.


  • Issue 113 (La Nave Fantasma) of the Italian comic book Dampyr features the Akron, a ghost ship crewed by pirate vampires led by the Master of the Night Akhar Nun. Issue 227 (Pirati!) shows Nun turning a rival pirate crew into vampires and burying them alive in an underground cave for centuries. When the pirates awake as the undead they try to raise a mutiny against their captain, blaming him for their misfortune, reminiscing a scene from The Curse of the Black Pearl where the cursed crew blames Hector Barbossa for being cursed.

Dead Men Tell No Tales[]

Disneyland Line[]

  • The March 2007 edition of Disneyland Line focused on Pirates of the Caribbean to celebrate the attraction's 40th anniversary.

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom[]

  • It mentions that Pirates of the Caribbean was changed to an AI-driven sim. It also mentions a version featured in the fictional Disneyland Beijing, featuring Cheng I Sao.

El Atlas Furtivo[]

Grimm Tales of Terror[]

One of the zombie pirates from the Seven Undead Seas ride.

Zenescope's Grimm Tales of Terror Quarterly: 2021 Halloween Special features Dreamland Park, a haunted place which magically transforms into Nightmareland on Halloween, with the Pirates of the Caribbean-like ride Seven Undead Seas being full of bloodthirsty zombie pirates who kill and eat the the visitors. During the ride, as the pirates attack a small town, reminiscing the battle of Puerto Dorado, the pirate captain sings Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me.

Hard Aground[]



  • Jack Sparrow appears on the cover of Issue #439. He's at the lower right corner of the dart board.
  • Issue #468 contains booty-licious outtakes from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.
  • The cover of issue #479 shows Alfred E. Neuman dressed as Jack Sparrow. It also includes things overheard at the premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End as well as Arr-Rated outtakes.

Pirates of the Caribbean[]

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  • The novel takes its name from the movies of the same name, but actually deals with Hugo Chavez, former president of Bolivia.


  • In issue #1 of Mathieu Lauffray's comic book series seveal parties search for the treasure of Cortés, hidden on an uncharted island. The infamous pirate Raven burns the treasure map, leaving him the only one who knows the way to the treasure, forcing Captain Darksee to accept him as her partner.


  • Issue #6 features the Bloodhunt, the long lost pirate ship of Captain Morgan, sailing across the stormy seas, with Morgan's skeleton tied to the helm.

Red Sonja[]

The "E" Ticket[]

The Kingdom Keepers[]

  • The pirates from Pirates of the Caribbean come to life every night. When the captain introduces himself as Blackbeard, Finn introduces himself as Jack Sparrow.

Theme Park Adventure[]

  • One issue of the magazine Theme Park Adventure was dedicated to Pirates of the Caribbean.


The cover of Zagor: La nave nera/The Black Ship

  • Issue #200 "Il Tesoro Maledetto" (The Cursed Treasure) features the British warship HMS Discovery which carries a cargo of gold. When the captain and his officers slaughter the crew so they could keep the gold, the mysterious comet sinks the ship. More than fifty years later, when the comet appears again, the Discovery rises from its watery grave, and the slaughtered sailors come back to life as the undead to protect the cursed treasure.
  • Issues #366 "Vendetta Vudu" (A Voodoo Vendetta) and #367 "La laguna dei morti viventi" (Lagoon of the Living Dead) show the Voodoo witch Marie Laveau summoning the Kraken (the physical form of the Voodoo spirit Maitre Carrefour) to raise the slaughtered members of Jean Lafitte's pirate crew as zombies.
  • Issues #429 "La nave nera" (The Black Ship) and #430 "La dea della luna" (The Goddess of the Moon) feature a ghost ship with black sails called the Black Ivory. The Black Ivory was originally a slave ship, but its crew was turned into vampires, and the ship begun to haunt the waters of the Caribbean. The story also involves cannibals and the British Royal Navy.
  • Annual issue #18 "La maledizione del Poseidon" (The Curse of the Poseidon) features a Dutch East India Company ship called the Poseidon. When the crew attacks and plunders the old Phoenician temple in India, the Indian holy man curses the crew and the ship ends up in a timeless limbo between life and death.



Tampa Bay Buccaneers[]

  • The Buccaneers have a pirate ship at the north end of their stadium. The ship has cannons which fire soft rubber footballs and confetti for each point the Buccaneers score. At certain times during the game, they play Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me) on the loud speakers while guest on the ship throw prizes into the crowd.

Political demonstrations in Mexico[]

  • On March 12, 2008 demonstrates protesting against several Mexican politicians, accusing them on bribery, nepotism and betraying the national interests of Mexico, showed a collage based on the promotional poster of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End with the faces of the main characters replaced by faces of Mexican politicians and the movie title replaced with the slogan "¡Ya vienen los piratas y van por el tesoro!" ("Here come the pirates and they come for the treasure!"). This was shown in the news worldwide.

UEFA Euro 2008[]


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