Villain Overview
Do you fear death? Do you fear that dark abyss? All your deeds laid bare. All your sins punished. I can offer you…an escape.
~ Davy Jones' most famous quote.

Davy Jones is a recurring antagonist in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. He is a monster pirate who is loosely based on the old seaman's legend of Davy Jones's Locker. He is 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 antagonist in the fifth film Dead Men Tell No Tales.

He is portrayed by the legendary actor Bill Nighy, who also played Viktor in the Underworld film series, Rattlesnake Jake in Rango (which also starred Johnny Depp), Whitey in Flushed Away, General Fallon in Jack the Giant Slayer and The Network from The World's End.


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 strangest villain personalities ever. Towards his crew, he appeared to be cold, cruel and hateful. Despite feeling betrayed by Calypso, he still holds a warm heart for her and tells her that his heart will always belong to her.

Davy Jones is known for his sadistic and destructive ways. Very arrogant, dangerous, and manipulative, Jones is shown to be a malicious creature. The only thing he seems to enjoy is 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?".


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, and 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 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.

The Curse of The Black Pearl

Davy Jones doesn't appear in the first film The Curse of The Black Pearl, but he is mentioned by Will Turner when he says "Or I will pull this trigger and go down to Davy Jones' Locker!" and we can assume from this line that the feared pirate was currently killing and enslaving numerous pirates even at this time. Knowing that Captain Jack Sparrow knew of Davy Jones from his childhood, this is most probable. 

Dead Man's Chest

Davy Jones first appears in the second film Dead Man's Chest, where he attempts to collect on his bargain with Jack Sparrow. Sparrow argues that he was only captain for two years before one of his crew members Hector Barbossa committed mutiny, but Jones rejects this explanation. Sparrow then attempts to escape the deal by providing Will Turner as a substitute for himself (the true plan of Sparrow was tricking Davy Jones for killing him and later free Will). Jack strikes a new "deal" with Jones; Jack will be spared enslavement on the Dutchman if he brings Jones one hundred souls to replace his own within the next three days. Jones accepts, removes the black spot from Jack's hand, and retains Will, keeping him as a "good faith payment" but will free him if Sparrow gives to him one hundred souls.

While on the Dutchman, Will challenges Jones at a game of Liar's Dice. They wager Will's soul for an eternity of service against the key to the Dead Man's Chest. Bootstrap Bill joins the game and purposefully loses to save Will. During the game, Will learns where Jones keeps the key. The next morning, Jones realizes the key is gone and summons the Kraken to destroy the ship carrying Turner, who actually survives. The Dutchman then sails to Isla Cruces to stop Sparrow from getting the Chest.

Arriving, Jones sends his crew to retrieve the Chest; they return to him with it. The Dutchman then chases after the Black Pearl, but is outrun. Jones summons the Kraken, which drags Jack Sparrow and the Pearl to Davy Jones's Locker. He afterwards opens the Chest only to find his heart missing; Despite the fact that Sparrow was supposedly dead, Jones felt a summons from his heart and set sail for the source of the summons, Port Royal. Upon arriving, he found the very man who had inadvertently spawned Sparrow's debt with Jones, Lord Cutler Beckett of the East India Trading Company. Beckett had Jones' heart, presented to him by a former member of Jack Sparrow's crew, James Norrington. Jones took off his hat in respect for his new master.

At World's End

The Flying Dutchman

Davy's ship, the Flying Dutchman.

In the third film, At World's End, Jones became Beckett's servant, since he possessed the heart and could destroy it and kill Jones if he didn't obey his orders. 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 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. After seeing this, Bootstrap, previously driven insane from his imprisonment in the wall of the ship, returned to his senses and tackled Jones for what he had done to his son. However Davy quickly overpowered Bootstrap. Before Jones could stab Bootstrap, Jack helped a dying Will stab 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. Bootstrap was able to bring Will back to life so Cutler would later be destroyed along with Jones.

Dead Man Tell No Tales


Davy Jones, back from the dead.

In the post-credits scene of the fifth 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, still in his cursed form, back from the dead. 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, revealing that Jones has returned from the grave and will appear in the 6th film of the franchise. It is unknown how this happened, but it probably happened when Jack destroyed the Trident of Poseidon in the film in order to defeat an undead ghost captain named Armando Salazar. It's possible that even if Davy Jones is still trapped in his cursed form, he is now able to walk on land and might be more dangerous now than ever.


Part 1

Do you fear death?
~ Davy Jones to numerous individuals.
Life is cruel. Why should the afterlife be any different? I offer you a choice. Join my crew…and postpone the judgment. One hundred years before the mast. Will ye serve?
~ Davy Jones to dying sailors.
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.
Master Turner, feel free to go ashore…the very next time we make port!
~ Davy Jones to Will Turner.
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.

Part 2

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.
My freedom was forfeited long ago.
~ 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're a cruel man, Jack Sparrow. (Jack Sparrow: Cruel is a matter of perspective) Is it?
~ Davy Jones to Jack Sparrow, before he stabs Will.
You will not forestall my judgement!
~ Davy Jones before trying to kill Bootstrap Bill.
~ Davy Jones when he dies before being resurrected in the fifth film.


  • Davy Jones is one of the most popular and memorable Disney Villains ever.
  • Davy Jones is the second tragic villain to appear in the franchise (the first being Hector Barbossa).
  • Davy Jones has not yet appeared in any Kingdom Hearts game, but is confirmed to appear in the upcoming Kingdom Hearts III.
  • 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.
  • 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 antagonist in the series who didn'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 literally has no heart, but he is also unsympathetic and unfeeling.
  • His cameo in the fifth film is a reference to his return in the upcoming sixth film.


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