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I always leave one man alive to tell the tale...
~ Salazar's catchphrase

Capitán Armando Salazar is the main antagonist of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

He is a ruthless and murderous undead pirate hunter and captain of a undead Spanish Royal Navy who is bent on exterminating all pirates in the entire world via the powerful Trident of Poseidon, and killing Jack Sparrow for cursing him and his crew, which caused them to become undead ghosts.

He was portrayed by Academy Award winning actor, Javier Bardem, who also portrayed Anton Chigurh in the No Country For Old Men film, Felix Reyes Torrena in Collateral, Raoul Silva in Skyfall and Felix in The Gunman.



Salazar was once a Spanish Royal Navy captain that served on the Silent Mary under the command of King Ferdinand VI. He dedicated his life exterminating many pirates during his voyages, which he and his crew (including his second-in-hand Lesaro) took great delight in; even some of the stories of their pirate hunting expeditions claimed that they've hunted down and killed thousands of pirates.

It wasn't until they went sailing after a young pirate named Jack Sparrow, as Salazar doesn't want to miss out a single pirate. Salazar and his crew followed Jack to the mysterious waters of the Devil's Triangle, where their ship was mangled by rocks within the Devil's Triangle. This causes the powder stored within the ship to ignite and consume the ship with an unrelenting fire, seemingly killing Salazar and his crew.

However, it turns out that as Salazar and his crew's bodies begun to sink to the bottom of the sea, they were suddenly struck by streaks of eerie red light, resurrecting them as the undead by the mysterious supernatural powers of the Triangle, where they were currently trapped. Unable to escape from the Triangle, Salazar and his undead crew of spent several years in a cave, plotting their revenge on Jack Sparrow.

Escape from the Devil's Triangle

Twenty-five years after their imprisonment in the Devil's Triangle, Salazar and his men spotted the Monarch, a British Royal Navy warship, entering their cave. As the Monarch came to a halt, the crew ran across the water, boarded the ship and launched a surprise attack. Due to their ghostly powers, Salazar and his men easily slaughtered the British soldiers on board. With the battle effectively over, Salazar walked below deck finding a single young sailor named Henry Turner locked in the brig. Noticing several wanted posters of Jack Sparrow on the floor, Salazar stabbed one of them with his sword to bring it closer to him. Salazar asked Henry if he knew the pirate. When Henry replied that he knew Sparrow only by name, Salazar allows Henry to escape and orders him to find Sparrow and give him a message about death coming straight for him.

Return for Revenge

Salazar and his crew managed to escape from the Devil's Triangle, steering the Silent Mary into the open sea for the first time in years. Though the ship was now nothing but a wreck, she was kept afloat due to the magic. Salazar eventually planned to find the legendary Trident of Poseidon, the mythical artifact which would give him and his crew absolute control over the seas so they could continue their mission and kill all the pirates in the world, starting with Jack Sparrow.

Freed from the Devil's Triangle, Salazar and his men continued their anti-piracy campaign by encountering a pirate fleet commanded by Hector Barbossa, the Pirate Lord of the Caspian Sea (and the main antagonist of the first Pirates of the Caribbean film The Curse of The Black Pearl). Without hesitation, they quickly attacked and destroyed three of its ships, the Jonty Lark, the Golden Pheasant, and the Rising Phoenix. Though the rest of the fleet managed to escape, the message the undead Spaniards sent was clear - the dead have taken command of the sea.

Some time later, the Silent Mary encountered the Queen Anne's Revenge, Barbossa's flagship. As the Silent Mary approached the Revenge, the crew used their magical powers to bend the bow of their ship backwards, opening the ship's hull like the jaws of a giant beast right in front of the pirate vessel, leaving the pirate crew stunned and unable to react. Salazar then leaped on board the Revenge, landing behind Barbossa. Salazar then orders Barbossa to help him find the Trident and kill Jack at once.

Final Battle and Defeat

Later on, Salazar spots Jack on another ship called the Dying Gull, so he and his crew attempt to attack. However, Jack, along with Henry and a girl named Carina Smyth (who is later revealed to be be Barbossa's daughter), escape on a lifeboat to a small island. Salazar and his crew follow the three to the island, but they soon realize that they can't enter on dry land, as evidenced when one of the crew members instantly turned into dust and dies for good after setting foot on dry sand.

Despite this, Barbossa manages to catch up to Jack and the others, but decides to help them as he wants to use the Trident to destroy Salazar and his men for good. Using an old map (which Carina found) that marks the location of the Trident, Jack and his gang sail across into a small island with the Black Pearl, where they finally spot the Trident. However, this caused the ocean to create a huge rift while Salazar and his crew have already followed them to it, resulting a lengthy, harsh and violent battle between Jack's crew and Salazar's crew. During the battle, Salazar gain the upper hand on Jack and attempts to kill him, hoping it would end his curse.

However, Henry destroys the Trident to end all curses that roam the seas, causing Salazar and his men to turn back into normal people. This also causes the ocean rift to finally close, drowning much of Salazar's crew members to their deaths. As Barbossa reels in Jack, Henry and Carina to safety by using the Black Pearls anchor, Salazar and his surviving men cling to it, still bent on killing Jack. Fortunately, Barbossa managed to sacrifice himself to save the trio by stabbing Salazar in the back, killing him and sending the rest of his men drowning to their deaths in the ocean floor below.


I have heard stories of a mighty Spanish captain; El Matador Del Mar. A man who scourged the sea and hunted and killed thousands of men.
~ Hector Barbossa describes Salazar as a murderous and legendary person

Capitán Salazar is an extremely megalomaniacal and most murderous individual. Since that he started his killing spree upon the pirates, he earned himself a fearsome reputation, thus making him to incredibly terrifying. More than that, Salazar uses as the truly ultimate personification of death, destruction, fear, violence and terror. He sees nothing more or less than only one goal; kill Jack Sparrow and to end the pirates life in the entire world.

In addition to his chaotic personality, Salazar is vengeful ever since that Jack is the one who made him to become undead ghost. He used his powers to make Barbossa help him in finding Jack as well as interrogated Henry Turner after he destroyed the Monarch ship, using his intimidating and menacing look as a mean in order to cause him deliver his message to Jack.

Despite his chaotic personality, he had left Henry alive and he told him that "Dead men tell no tales" which means that if someone is dead, no one can bring him back.





Sailor: What are you?!
Salazar: Death.
~ Salazar's first words in the movie to the last remaining British sailor at the Monarch ship
Salazar: Jack Sparrow. Do you know this pirate?
Henry: Only by name.
Salazar: Are you looking for him? Is that a yes?
Henry: Yes.
Salazar: It has been too many years the Trident has cursed us. Contended us to its hell. The key to our escape is Jack Sparrow and the compass which he holds. No, no, no. No need to be afraid of me, boy. I always leave one man alive to tell the tale. Find Sparrow for me, and relay a message from Capitán Salazar. Salazar! Tell him I will behold the daylight again, and on that day...Death...Death will come straight through him. Will you say that to him? Please?
Henry: Yes.
Salazar: I wish I could do it but
dead men tell no tales.
~ Salazar asking Henry Turner to find Jack Sparrow and deliver the message.
Lesaro: Capitan, what's happening?
Salazar: Jack Sparrow. Jack Sparrow had given away the compass.
~ Salazar and his right-hand Lesaro as they are finally being freed from the Triangle
Barbossa: Capitan Salazar! I hear ye be lookin for Jack Sparrow!
Salazar: What do you know of Jack Sparrow?
Barbossa: I know ye be lookin for him, any man Jack Sparrow has deceived would be.
Salazar: What do you know of any man?
Barbossa: Aye, I can help ye find Jack but you must spare me soul and crew. You'll have Sparrow by the next dawn upon me naked word. Do we have an accord?
Salazar: Find Sparrow for me and I will let you keep your soul, by dawn. Or you and your entire crew, will die.
Barbossa: I ask to be friendly to you.
Salazar: You heard that guys?!, that pirate wants to be friendly. So, let me show you my friendship, ah hombre?. Every time that i stamp my sword, one man of your crew will die. See?, so i suggest you to speak quickly.
Barbossa: I know what it is to be decieved by Jack Sparrow.
Salazar: Ah, you maybe want to speak quickly Capitan!
~ Salazar and Barbossa, having an agreement of alliance between them.
Pirates had infected the seas for generations, taking the life of my father and his father before him. So I vowed to end this plague once and for all. And that's what I did. I destroyed dozens of ships. Few of the pirates have tried to defeat me, but they soon realized that they were hopeless. The sea was finally pure. Their flags had no longer stained the sea. Their ships were burning in front of my eyes. There was this point of victory. But, one ship was trying to escape from the smoke. And then, in the crow's nest, there was this young pirate Boy! He stood there looking a little bird. And from that day he earned himself a name that would haunt me for the rest of my days. Jack Sparrow! He took everything from me, and filled with rage. I know that one day I will have his throat on my blade. And this is where the tale ends.
~ Salazar explains his motives and his plans to Barbossa
Salazar: Hey, Jack Sparrow! Jack Sparrow.
Jack: You're Spanish?
Salazar: You will soon pay for what you did to me.
Jack: I don't think so. I don't have time to chat. I need to find them.
Salazar: So, I will be waiting for you!
~ Salazar and Jack
Lesaro: Capitan, there must be another way. You know the dangers. When you enter his body, there is no coming back; you will be trapped in his body forever.
Salazar's crewman: He have to do it. There's no other way.
Salazar: The Trident will set me free.
(*Salazar starts to possess Henry*)
Henry: NO!
Salazar: It's time to kill The Sparrow.
~ Salazar discussing with his men about possessing Henry
You cut me, you cut the boy Jack.
~ Salazar possessing Henry Turner speaking to Jack
There's no where to hide.
~ Salazar to Jack, during the final battle
Hola, Sparrow.
~ Salazar to Jack


  • Salazar shares some similarities with the main antagonists of the first four Pirates of the Caribbean films.
    • His similarities with Barbossa, who was the main antagonist of the first movie; The Curse Of The Black Pearl.
      • They commanded undead armies, and they themselves were undead.
      • They also wanted revenge on Jack Sparrow.
    • His similarities with Davy Jones, the main antagonist of the second film Dead Man's Chest and the secondary antagonist of the third film At World's End.
      • Along with Barbossa, they are undead as well as their respective crew members.
      • Both weren't always frightening looking vile beasts (Davy: a sea monster, Salazar: a ghost).
      • Both are feared throughout the land.
      • Both their portrayers (Bill Nighy and Javier Bardem) were given CGI treatment during their performances.
      • Jack Sparrow always runs away from a fight against the two.
      • The curses at sea prevented both of them from setting foot on land.
      • Coincidentally Davy showed up at the end of Salazar's movie.
    • His similarities with Lord Cutler Beckett, who is the secondary antagonist of the second movie Dead Man's Chest and the main antagonist of the third movie At World's End.
      • They both stand at the opposite side of pirates.
      • Both Salazar and Beckett consider piracy as a plague for the world. They both desire to eliminate all of the pirates from the world and go ruthless to achieve their brutal goals.
      • They both have great authority among their underlings.
      • Both of them forced a tragic villain of the Pirates saga to do their bidding, especially concerning the destruction of pirates and/or the capture of Jack Sparrow. Salazar forced Barbossa to find Jack for him and his crew, and Beckett forced Jones to destroy all of pirates for him.
    • His similarities with Blackbeard, the main antagonist of the fourth film, On Stranger Tides.
      • Both are ruthless sea captains
      • Both searched for a powerful object
      • They are both the pirates' greatest fear
      • Both were defeated and killed by Barbossa.
      • Coincidentally Salazar's actor Javier Bardem's wife, Penelope Cruz, played Blackbeard's daughter Angelica in On Stranger Tides. Interestingly, Angelica was also a vilo wanted revenge on Jack Sparrow, though she also filled her role as his love interest.
  • He is also very similar to these following villains outside the Pirates of the Caribbean saga:
    • Raoul Silva from the James Bond film Skyfall.
      • Both are played by Javier Bardem.
      • Both are revenge seekers
      • Both are hideously disfigured.
    • Kai the Collector from the 2016 animated Dreamworks film Kung Fu Panda 3.
      • Both are undead spirits who command an undead army.
      • Both are revenge seekers.
      • Both debuted in a sequel to a movie released in 2011.
      • Both are the main antagonist of the sequel they appear in.
    • Rasputin from the 1997 animated film Anastasia.
      • Both are undead entities.
      • Both are revenge seekers.
      • Both have ghostly minions at their disposal.
      • Both are evil from the past.
      • Both their films came in a year that ended with a 7.
           Pirates of the Caribbean Villains

Black Pearl
Hector Barbossa | Bo'sun | Scratch | Pintel & Ragetti | Crew of the Black Pearl

Flying Dutchman
Davy Jones | Maccus | Crew of the Flying Dutchman

East India Trading Company
King George ll | Lord Cutler Beckett | Scarfield

Queen Anne's Revenge
Edward Teach/Blackbeard | Angelica Teach | Quartermaster

Kingdom of Spain
King Ferdinand VI | The Spaniard | Armando Salazar | Lesaro | Crew of the Silent Mary

Sao Feng | Tai Huang | Mermaids | Jolly Roger