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Curious. Your friends appear to be quite desperate, Jack. Perhaps they no longer believe that a gathering of squabbling pirates can defeat the Flying Dutchman. And so despair leads to betrayal. And you and I are no strangers to betrayal, are we?
~ Lord Cutler Beckett to Jack Sparrow.
It's nothing personal, Jack. It's just good business.
~ Lord Cutler Beckett breaking his promise, also his final and infamous words before his demise
He is the Governor of the East India Trading Company who wants to kill all pirates and control the seas by finding the heart of Davy Jones and using it to manipulate Jones into doing as they command. He and Jack Sparrow have had encounters in the past that leave both of them with permanent engravings on their skin. Beckett seeks to obtain order in the new world, as well as make Britain grow more powerful.
Prior to the events of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Cutler Beckett was born in Somersetshire in England, the son of a wealthy man named John Beckett. Cutler Beckett disliked his father and when his mother died of pox, he went so far as to accuse his father of killing her. He left home immediately after this argument. Only his sister Jane supported him, but she later died before he could repay her. In his studies, Beckett became obsessed with the mythical island of Kerma which had been inhabited by descendants of the Kushite Empire. Beckett was unusual because he was obsessed with magic, but disinterested in religion. And thus from reading about this island began his obsession with magic and superstition. Beckett determined to find this island. He was eventually recruited by the bank, then by the Navy, and sent off on a life-changing mission at sea - but his ship was captured by pirates, who, when Beckett told the captain about his outdated clothes, took to whipping and torturing Beckett, leaving him with a lifetime hatred of pirates.
Cutler Beckett took employment in Great Britain's East India Trading Company at a young age. He went as far as to go into black market dealings for the Company, meeting his later business partner Mr. Mercer on one such mission. While on a mission for the Company, he was captured by pirates led by Christophe-Julien de Rapièr. He was tortured for several weeks, an experience which left him with eternal hatred for all maritime outlaws, before he was ransomed by the Company. Over the years, he became the EITC Director for West Africa.
Thirteen years prior to the events of Dead Man's Chest, Beckett provided Jack Sparrow (who was under the employment of the E.I.T.C.) with the Wicked Wench to transport "a certain cargo" to the island of New Avalon in the Bahamas for Beckett's superior Viscount Penwallow. On voyage, Sparrow discovered the cargo was slaves and set them free on the island of Kerma off the west coast of Africa. Beckett became enraged upon learning Sparrow's deed. Beckett ordered the Wicked Wench sunk and officially branded Sparrow a pirate.
Dead Man's Chest
In the film, Cutler arrived at Port Royal carrying an arrest warrant for Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann as they helped a pirate named Jack Sparrow escape death. However, he offered Turner and Swann a royal pardon in exchange of delivering Sparrow's compass, though it turns out that Beckett only wants to use the compass to find the Dead Man's Chest, which possesses the heart of Davy Jones as part of King George ll's true plan to take over the Seven Seas and rid the world of a pirate council known as the Brethren Court.
In the end, James Norrington was able to steal Jones' heart and deliver it (along with signed Letters of Marque) to Beckett, who happily appoints Norrington as Admiral of the East India Trading Company. With that in mind, Beckett happily decides to set his plans further in taking control of Jones and his undead crew.
At World's End
In the film, Beckett is appointed representative of the company by the King, and is given full command of an entire British Navy armada to wipe out all of the pirates from the Seven Seas. His commitment to ending piracy bordered on fanaticism and obsession. Under his decree, all legal rights to trial and jury were suspended, and anyone suspected of piracy, or aiding or even associating with those suspected of piracy would be hanged. Using the Flying Dutchman, Beckett sends off Jones and his crew to take down many pirates ship without mercy, killing many pirates in the process. He even killed Elizabeth's father. After a while, Beckett was even able to obtain the Black Pearl, with Sparrow on board. Beckett then offers a deal to Sparrow: if the latter would lead Beckett to the Brethren Court, he would spare Sparrow's life from Jones' judgement.
However, Sparrow manages to outwit Beckett and flee with the Black Pearl on tow, delaying Beckett enough for Sparrow to warn the Brethren Council of Beckett's ambitions. At one point, Will boards the Flying Dutchman to make a deal with Beckett and Jones. Later, Jones, Beckett and Will go to an island where they meet with Jack, Elizabeth and Hector Barbossa (the main antagonist of the first Pirates of the Caribbean film The Curse of The Black Pearl). Elizabeth agrees to give Jack to Beckett and Jones in exchange for Will's freedom, much to Jack's dismay. Beckett sets Will free and Jones takes Jack abroad. During the meeting, Elizabeth also tells Beckett he will die for killing her father. With that in mind, Jack's teams manage to board on the Flying Dutchman and stab Davy Jones' heart, killing him and freeing his crew from both Jones's and Beckett's control.
The Black Pearl and the Flying Dutchman then sailed onward to confront Beckett on his ship (known as the Endeavour), firing many rounds. Realizing now that he has lost, Beckett can only watch in horror as he remains on boards while the surviving crew are forced to flee. Beckett slowly descends the deck stairs as the powder magazine of the Endeavour explodes, throwing him overboard and onto the floating EITC flag, symbolizing his death. With Beckett and Jones killed, the armada retreats away in defeat.
Behind his elegance and manner, Cutler Beckett is a cold, ruthless, arrogant, manipulative and murderous man. He is incredibly, almost eerily calm. Beckett speaks in an incredibly relaxed voice, he rarely, if ever, loses his temper, and has a sarcastic sense of humor. Even when The Flying Dutchman and The Black Pearl had surrounded his ship and began to fire, he still managed to keep a level-head, although this could be due to shock.
Beckett can come off as being an increasingly xenophobic and magisterial person. He despised pirates and sought to eradicate them from the Caribbean. He has single-handedly caused the deaths of dozens of pirates, even though some of them were children. Beckett also appeared to be a complete megalomaniac since he sought to locate the Dead Man's Chest that contained the heart of Davy Jones so that he may control Jones' ship, The Flying Dutchman, and in doing so, would control the seven seas. As mentioned beforehand, Beckett is a master manipulator. He will bargain or even blackmail someone to his advantage as he did with both Will Turner and Davy Jones. However, he wouldn't always follow through on his deals, such as when he promised Sao Feng the Black Pearl if Feng captured the crew of the Pearl, something which he never intended to honor.
After gaining control of the Dead Man's Chest, Beckett appears to have developed paranoia and believed that his new minion Davy Jones would sic his pet, the Kraken on him. Therefore, he demanded that Jones slay the monster, as well as killed Governor Swann in case he ever discovered the true significance of the Dead Man's Chest. Beckett comes off as being quite authoritative and confident, perhaps even overconfident and egotistical, and he never once doubted his fleet. Given its size and numbers, this was justified.
Beckett was neither a religious man nor did he believe in God, which was odd for men at that time, and refused to become a priest. As an eight-year old, Beckett was a very intelligent boy and ahead of any of the children in his class; as an eighteen-year old, he was extremely well-educated and knowledgeable, and he was familiar with the workings of Isaac Newton; as a grown man, Beckett possessed great skills that help him run the East India Trading Company. He is also extremely biddable, obsequious, manipulative, and smooth-talking, so he will use any means necessary to get what he wants, and he is very deferential and polite.
Lord Cutler Beckett is the first main villain of the series who is not a pirate followed by Armando Salazar from the fifth film Dead Man Tell No Tales, released 10 years after At World's End.
Something which makes Beckett really monstrous in comparison to other antagonists in the series is his willingness to kill children whose only crime is being associated with pirates, as seen during the beginning of At World's End, where he sends a cabin boy to the gallows. In real life, kids recruited by pirates were mostly pardoned due to being forced to join them and if they didn't do any piracy act on their own.