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"Hello, Dad."
- Captain Jack Sparrow
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Captain Teague of Madagascar arrives -- who wears the same garb at Jack. A moment between Jack and Teague -- who stole the look from who?

Before anyone says anything, yes, I know it's late again to say the following...

Happy Father's Day, Pirates of the Caribbean fans! I admit, aside from New Year posts, where I may post yearly PotC Wiki updates, I am not particularly fond of making posts per holiday, but following the recent news about the so-called "reboot" (I'm still doubtful about that, personally, but that's another matter entirely) as well as the variety this post may provide, I figured I'd showcase some fathers and children of the Pirates franchise. From the four corners of the Earth, here are the Dads of the Caribbean...


Liz&Weatherby

Governor Weatherby Swann, first portrayed by Jonathan Pryce in the 2003 film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, is the father of Elizabeth. Since the death of his wife, Governor Swann has raised his daughter Elizabeth on his own. Over the years Elizabeth has blossomed into a beautiful young lady, although at times she drives her father to distraction with her willfulness and disregard for propriety!


Will&Bill

William "Bootstrap Bill" Turner, first portrayed by Stellan Skarsgård in the 2006 film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, is the father of William "Will" Turner. When Bill sent Will an Aztec Medallion, his son thought it was just an exotic trinket that he had picked up on his travels as a respectable merchant seaman, but Will is shocked and dismayed when he learns that his father was "Bootstrap Bill" Turner, "a good man, and a good pirate." Both father and son were reunited on the deck of Davy Jones' ghost ship, the Flying Dutchman, where "Bootstrap Bill" is determined to help his son to escape from Jones' clutches, and Will promises to free his father from an eternity of servitude aboard the Dutchman. As the Flying Dutchman is reborn following Jones' death, with Will Turner as the new captain, both father and son have a moment as Will welcomes "Bootstrap Bill" aboard his ship as a willing and able crewmember.


AWEYoureinmywayboy

Captain Edward Teague (dare I call him "Robert" somewhere?), first portrayed by Keith Richards (who is now 80-YEARS-OLD!) in the 2007 film Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, is the father of Jack Sparrow (er, Captain Jack Sparrow!). As the Pirate Lord of Madagascar and Keeper of the Pirate Code, Teague knew more than anyone about the ins and outs of the sea. He is an outlaw, but with an aristocratic bearing; a fearsome figure, but with unmistakable touches of sweetness and vulnerability; a feral pirate who can also break your heart with a lovely ballad on his guitar. A legendary pirate in his own right, although sometimes reputed to be the supposed father, or "The-Man-Who-Might-Be-Dad" as his son would refer to him as in his teenage adventures, Captain Teague is indeed the enigmatic father who occasionally re-appears in the life of his son who followed in his buccaneering footsteps, Captain Jack Sparrow.


AngieBBWatchingPhilip

Edward Teach aka Blackbeard, first portrayed in the Pirates series by Ian McShane in the 2011 film Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, is the father of Angelica (dare I call her "Rivera"?). As history becomes myth and legend, Blackbeard is a brujo, having studied Voodoo to his own ends, learning a variety of beliefs and techniques to get to his level of ability. He could resurrect those he had killed into zombies, fashion voodoo dolls to bend people to his will, and magicking an armada of conquered vessels into ships in bottles. His flagship, the Queen Anne's Revenge, is manned by zombie officers, festooned with the bones of his victims, spits Greek fire from its bow to incinerate enemy ships, or the occasional crew member fallen out of favor. Brandishing the Sword of Triton, Blackbeard is able to bring his ship to life and control the ship with one of three sapphires of Triton...or rather, maybe, Neptune. Despite all this, Angelica was determined to save Captain Teach's soul from certain damnation as he lives under the shadow of a prophesied death, with the restorative waters of the Fountain of Youth his only hope.


Will & Henry

William "Will" Turner, first portrayed by Orlando Bloom in The Curse of the Black Pearl, is the father of Henry. Born to a father he did not know was a pirate, Will became much more than a simple blacksmith's apprentice, remaining humble and selfless even as he sails the seas to save his own father, "Bootstrap Bill" Turner, and find his true love, Elizabeth Swann. In saving Bootstrap, Will became the new captain of the Flying Dutchman, thereby only being able to step on land once every ten years, with little hope that his curse and his attachment to the ship being broken. Having spent his life studying the myths of the sea, knowing every legend and curse, Henry Turner is determined in the search to find the Trident of Poseidon, to complete his quest and free his father from his curse.


I'm a captain

Hector Barbossa, first portrayed by Geoffrey Rush in The Curse of the Black Pearl, is the father of Carina Smyth (dare I call her "Barbossa"?). Once the cursed captain of the Black Pearl, Pirate Lord of the Caspian Sea, and a deadly nemesis of Captain Jack Sparrow, Barbossa was the ultimate survivor looking for any opportunity to prove his superiority to his rivals. Despite their long and complicated relationship, Hector and Jack had exciting adventures, in which they entered uneasy alliances and compromised for greater purposes. Even when he was a privateer under King George II, it was revenge rather than valor that pushed Barbossa in a rendezvous with Blackbeard and fate, which led him to become the new captain of the Queen Anne's Revenge, wield the Sword of Triton for himself, and settled into a prosperous pirate empire. Although Barbossa was determined to find the Trident of Poseidon and swindle his way into new treasure, Hector realized Carina Smyth, a brilliant astronomer 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 for his "treasure".


And that be all for Dads of the Caribbean. At least as far as the Pirates movies go, as I'm sure there are others across the franchise that I missed. Are any of these fathers your favorite? Or do you prefer another character not listed here. Please comment below!

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