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Life is cruel. Why should the afterlife be any different? I offer you a choice. Join my crew... and postpone the judgement. One hundred years before the mast. Will ye serve?
~ Davy Jones speaking about the afterlife

Captain Davy Jones is a villain from the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. He was the main antagonist of the second film Dead Man's Chest, the secondary antagonist of the third film At World's End, and a cameo character in the fifth film Dead Men Tell No Tales. He is a cursed pirate, loosely based on the old seaman's legend of Davy Jones's Locker.

He was played by Bill Nighy who also played Viktor in the Underworld film series, and Rattlesnake Jake in Rango (which also starred Johnny Depp), Leonard Saber in G-Force and General Fallon in Jack the Giant Slayer.


Many things you were, Davy Jones. But never cruel. You have corrupted your purpose...and so your self.
~ Calypso

His personality is one of the strange villain personalities ever. Towards his crew, he appears to be cold, cruel, forboding, and hateful.


Ragetti: So he wasn't always so...tentacley?
Calypso: No. He was a man... once.
~ Ragetti and Calypso, about Davy Jones

Davy Jones was designed by the films' producers to be a mixture of various aquatic flora and fauna features. Jones's most striking feature is his cephalopod-like head, with octopus-like tentacles giving the illusion of a thick beard, which is similar to the head of Cthulhu.

Throughout the films, Jones uses the 46 tentacles of his "beard" like fingers to manipulate objects, such as the Dead Man's Chest key (he shows this during a game of Liar's Dice), his hat (when his ship submerges), and the keys of his vast pipe organ; while dueling Captain Jack Sparrow in the climactic maelstrom battle sequence of the third film, he waves, wags, wiggles all of his "beard - tentacles" at once while screaming in frightening fashion in an effort to scare Sparrow, which, in context, appears humorous.

A prominent sac bulges from under the back of his barnacle - encrusted tricorne. Jones's face lacks a nose, and instead has one short, hollow tentacle called a siphon (on the left side of his face) that acts as part of his respiratory system, capable of inhaling and exhaling, which we see in the second film as he smokes his pipe. Davy Jones also has a crustacean - style crab - like claw for his left arm which is shown to be incredibly powerful as he can snap a sword in two without difficulty, he has a long tentacle in place of the index finger on his right hand and his right leg is that of a crab (resembling a pegleg). He also speaks with a clearly distinguishable, albeit very thick, Scottish accent.

Davy Jones was known for his sadistic ways. Proud, sly, cruel, hateful, and dangerous, Jones was a creature of malice. Perhaps a nihilist as a result of Calypso's perceived betrayal, the only thing he seemed to enjoy was to ensure the lives of those around him were as miserable and joyless as his own one. He regularly mistreated his own crew as well, believing that all humans should suffer through the afterlife with much pain; this is backed up by his proclamation of "Life is cruel. Why should the afterlife be any different?".

In the Films

In the films, Davy Jones is the captain of the Flying Dutchman (based on the feared ghost ship of the same name featured in nautical lore), and roams the seas in search of souls to serve upon his vessel for a century. He was previously the lover of Calypso, a "heathen goddess" from which a bad relationship turned him antagonistic. Jones is the legend behind the fictitious Dead Man's Chest, a major aspect of the second film.

Dead Man's Chest

Jack Sparrow made a deal with him to raise the Black Pearl. Afterward, Jones sought to make Jack a crew member of the Flying Dutchman. Jack refused, so Bootstrap Bill (who also made a deal with Jones) put a symbol on him for Jones's pet, the Kraken, to hunt him and take his soul to Davy Jones's Locker. Jack tricked Will Turner into becoming part of the Flying Dutchman's crew, but he was able to steal the key to the Dead Man's Chest from Jones while he was asleep. Eventually the Kraken swallowed Jack and the Black Pearl, but his heart, which Jack earlier dug up, was taken to Lord Cutler Beckett by James Norrington.

At World's End

From here, Jones became Beckett's servant, since he possessed the heart and could destroy it if Jones disobeyed him. Eventually he and his crew fought alongside the East India Trading Company against Will, Elizabeth, Barbossa, Gibbs, and other pirates in Jack's crew as the Black Pearl and Flying Dutchman faced off at a maelstrom created by Calypso. During which, Jones dueled Jack, who eventually unlocked the Dead Man's Chest and threatened to
The Flying Dutchman

Davy's ship. The Flying Dutchman

stab Jones's heart with his broken sword (earlier snapped in two by Jones with his claw). He stabbed Will in the heart with his sword, twisting the blade. At this, Bootstrap, previously driven insane from his imprisonment in the wall of the ship, returned to his senses and beat up Jones. Before Jones could stab Bootstrap, Jack stabbed the heart and Jones fell to his death into the maelstrom. As he fell, he whispered his final word: "Calypso". After years of sailing the sea spreading terror, Davy Jones was finally defeated and rejoined with Calypso. Beckett would meet this fate shortly afterwards.

Dead Man Tell No Tales

In the post-credits scene of the 2017 Pirates film Dead Man Tell No Tales, Will and Elizabeth are sleeping in their bed together when suddenly there are footsteps outside their bedroom door. The person making the footsteps slowly creaks the door open and walks into the room. His silhouette reveals that it is Jones. Will awakens to see Jones raise his claw, ready for an attack. Suddenly Will wakes up then assumes that he was simply dreaming, and goes back to sleep. However the camera then pans to the floor, revealing a puddle of water and barnacles, hinting that Jones has indeed returned from the grave and will appear in the 6th film of the franchise.


Do you fear death?
~ Davy Jones to numerous individuals
You are neither dead nor dying! What is your purpose here! (Will: Jack, Sparrow sent me to settle his debt.) What is your purpose here? (Will: Jack Sparrow sent me to settle his debt.) Did he, now? I'm sorely tempted to accept that offer.
~ Davy Jones
You have a debt to pay. You've been captain of the Black Pearl for thirteen years. That was our agreement.
~ Davy Jones to Captain

Jack Sparrow

One soul is not equal to another.
~ Davy Jones
I wonder, Sparrow, can you live with this? Can you condemn an innocent man, a friend, to a lifetime of servitude in your name while you roam free?

~ Davy Jones to Jack Sparrow
Let no joyful voice be heard! Let no man look up at the sky with hope! And let this day be cursed by we who ready to wake... the Kraken!
~ Davy Jones releases the Kraken
How do you know of the key?
~ Davy Jones
I accept, mate.
~ Davy Jones accepting Will's challenge
They're here. And I cannot set foot on land for near of a decade.
~ Davy Jones
I trust you to know what awaits you should you fail!
~ Davy Jones to Maccus
Let them taste the triple guns.
~ Davy Jones ordering his crew to shoot the triple guns
Jack Sparrow, our debt is settled.
~ Davy Hones after Jack Sparrow is killed
Damn you, Jack Sparrow...
~ Davy Jones
The Dutchman sails as its captain commands.
~ Davy Jones to Lord Cutler Beckett
I cannot be summoned like some mongrel pup!
~ Davy Jones
Ten years, I devoted to the duty you charged me. Ten years, I looked after those who died at sea, and finally, when we could be together again, you weren't there. Why weren't you there?
~ Davy Jones to Calypso
My heart will always belong to you.
~ Davy Jones to Calypso
Come to join me crew again, Mr. Turner?
~ Davy Jones to Will Turner
Your debt to me is still to be satisfied. One hundred years in servitude aboard the Dutchman, as a start!
~ Davy Jones
She'll not harm us! Full bore and into the abyss!
~ Davy Jones
Ha ha... Lookie here boys. A lost bird. A lost bird that never learned to fly!
~ Davy Jones upon seeing Jack Sparrow
The chest! Hand it over!
~ Davy Jones to Jack Sparrow
You can do nothing without the key!
~ Davy Jones to Jack Sparrow
Harriden! You'll see no mercy from me!
~ Davy Jones to Elizabeth Swann
Missed! Did you forget? I'm a heartless wretch!
~ Davy Jones after Will stabs him
Ah, love; a dreadful bond, and yet, so easily severed.
~ Davy Jones
You've a cruel mind, Jack Sparrow!
~ Davy Jones to Jack
You will not forestall my judgement!
~ Davy Jones before trying to kill Bootstrap Bill
~ Davy Jones last words




  • Davy Jones is perhaps one of the most popular and memorable Disney Villains ever.
  • While Davy Jones has not yet appeared in any Kingdom Hearts game.
  • Davy Jones is sometimes thought to be the main antagonist of the third film, due to the climactic battle in the maelstrom, but he was really manipulated by the film's true main antagonist, who had bigger plans than him.
  • His fondness for playing the organ has been reflected among many other villains of TV and film, such as Lord Fear.
  • Although he is sadistic and cruel, Davy Jones seems to have a soul or something human left.
  • It is unknown if his dead body became a dead human body after the end of the curse of Calypso.
  • In LEGO: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Videogame, he takes a while to fall out the Flying Dutchman to the maelstrom.
  • He is the only main Pirates of the Caribbean film antagonist who doesn't die at end of the movie where he was the main antagonist.
  • He is also the only main villain in the series who don't die in their first appearance. Beckett, who became the main villain in the third film, does not count even though he first appeared in the second film with Davy.
  • He admits that he is a cunning and heartless villain, not only because he has no heart, but also he has no sympathy or feelings.
  • He cameos in the fifth possibly hinting a sequel with his return. If he came back, it is uncertain how Jack defeat him again.