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If I don't kill a man every now and then, they forget who I am.
~ Blackbeard to Angelica.
If I don't make it to the fountain in time, neither will you.
~ Blackbeard to Jack Sparrow

Captain Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard, is the main antagonist of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. He is an infamous pirate, based on the real-life pirate of the same name, who wishes to claim the Fountain of Youth for himself. He is also a pirate that every pirate in the world is afraid of (presumably and arguably apart from Hector Barbossa and Davy Jones), due to his powers and ruthlessness. 

He was portrayed by Ian McShane, who also played Tai Lung in Kung Fu Panda, Leigh Emerson in American Horror Story: Asylum, Judas Iscariot in Jesus of Nazareth, Winston in the John Wick film series, Dr. Brinkman in Agent Cody Banks, and Iofur Raknison in The Golden Compass.


Captain Blackbeard was the pirate that all pirates knew and feared, as he was utterly ruthless, malicious, egotistical and sadistic, valuing his own success above everyone else's. The dark captain sailed the seas and, as the years passed, his age began to catch up with him. Therefore, he sought the legendary Fountain of Youth and became far more serious with his goals when he had to deal with Hector Barbossa and Jack Sparrow.

The pirate was known to be argumentative and cruel to his prisoners, often torturing them mostly for his own selfish amusement, even admitting that seeing anguish, pain and suffering make him closer to God. He shows a great love for his daughter and, after his vicious pirate years, he devoted himself into teaching her the ways of a worthy pirate. He taught her sword-fighting and various other skills. Still, Blackbeard still saw her as a pawn and was perfectly willing to sacrifice her to get what he wanted, especially when he chose to save himself rather than his own child which ultimately resulted in his death.


Between At World's End and On Stranger Tides

Blackbeard attacked the Black Pearl without being provoked, capturing the crew in the ship's own riggings. However, Hector Barbossa escaped by chopping off his foot. Blackbeard shrunk the ship down with his voodoo magic and placed it in a bottle.

On Stranger Tides

Having received a prophecy that a one-legged man would end his life from the quartermaster, Blackbeard began seeking Jack Sparrow, who was said to have been to the Fountain of Youth, which could save his life. He sent his daughter, Angelica to pose as Jack and recruit more crew-members with the possibility of capturing Jack. His plan was successful; he forced Jack to lead them to the Fountain with the threat of a voodoo doll. He captured a mermaid for her tear as part of the ritual to gain the years of life from another, and badly wounded the missionary she was in love with to get it. Succeeding in getting to the Fountain of Youth, he once more met Barbossa, the one-legged man in the prophecy and fell victim to a poison sword stab. Jack then tricked him into drinking from a chalice without the mermaid's tear in it to save the life of his daughter, who had also been poisoned by the sword. Blackbeard was subsequently stripped of his flesh and reduced to nothing more than a skeleton, which then crumbled to dust.

Theme Parks

On the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, after the boat goes through many skeletons, the passengers will see Blackbeard in the mist, replacing Davy Jones.


No need Mr. Sparrow. They are sheep, you their Shepherd.
~ Blackbeard to Jack Sparrow.
I'm a bad man.
~ Blackbeard
A fitting last sight for a doomed soul.
~ Blackbeard
Why is it twice in one day, I find myself in a bewilderment?
~ Blackbeard
My daughter fears for my soul or what's left of it.
~ Blackbeard on Angelica.
Which of you poor souls stood watch?
~ Blackbeard to his crew, in order to execute that specific person.
You know when I feel closest to our maker? When I see suffering, pain and anguish. That's when the true design of his world was revealed.
~ Blackbeard to Philip.
It would be foolish to battle fate, but I would be willing to cheat it. I will reach the fountain, you will lead me.
~ Blackbeard to Jack Sparrow.
I need those chalices! You will go, you will return, or I will kill her.
~ Blackbeard threatening to kill Angelica.
Behold, gentlemen! A man formerly of faith.
~ Blackbeard on Philip.
That be the cold breath of fate I feel down my nape, but I'll have one last fight! By God, kill them all!
~ Blackbeard
I expected fate to put up more of a fight, eh?
~ Blackbeard to Barossa.
In fate there is light enough to see, yes, but darkness enough to blind!
~ Blackbeard
Trickster! Devil!
~ Blackbeard's last words.



  • Blackbeard is the first historical pirate who appears in the Pirates of the Caribbean series.
  • In real life, Blackbeard was killed during the Battle of Ocracoke Inlet in 1718. However, taking into account that Jack Sparrow mentions that it was never verified if Blackbeard was really beheaded or not, it's assumed that Blackbeard somehow survived the battle in the Pirates of the Caribbean universe.
  • Ironically, before playing Blackbeard in On Stranger Tides, Ian McShane auditioned to play Davy Jones in Dead Man's Chest and At World's End, but lost out to Billy Nighy. Coincidentally, Javier Bardem was considered to play Blackbeard, but ended up playing Armando Salazar later in Dead Men Tell No Tales.
  • Blackbeard is considered, alongside Lord Cutler Beckett, as one of the darkest Pirates of the Caribbean villains.


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