Captain Flint

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Name: Captain James Flint
Occupation: Pirate, Former British Naval Lieutenant (Black Sails)
Fandom: Black Sails
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Captain Flint is a fictional character in Robert Louis Stevenson's book Treasure Island. He also appears in other books, TV and movie adaptions of Treasure Island. Captain Flint is also a main character in Starz's TV series Black Sails, which is a prequel to the original novel.


Treasure Island

Black Sails

In the Starz TV series, Captain Flint is portrayed by Toby Stephens. The character is revealed to be a former British naval officer fleeing scandal and tragedy in England with his companion, the mysterious Mrs. Barlow.

His former name is James McGraw. He developed a romantic relationship with the married Mrs. Miranda Hamilton and her husband, Thomas Hamilton. When their unconventional relationship was uncovered, James and Miranda fled but Thomas was imprisoned and later died. James took the name Flint and avenged Thomas by killing his father. Miranda adopted the name Mrs. Barlow.

In season 1 of Black Sails, Flint is determined to seize a Spanish treasure galleon whose wealth could establish Nassau's independence and protect the small pirate community from British and Spanish colonial rule. His efforts to complete Thomas Hamilton's vision for a prosperous Nassau, has tragic consequences for Flint personally.


Common Pairings

Captain Flint is most commonly paired with John Silver or Thomas Hamilton. Captain Flint/Billy Bones is another less prevalent slash pairing.

Threesome and Moresome fics are common, possibly due to the canon existence and acceptance of relationships with more than two people. The canonical pairing of Miranda Barlow/Captain Flint/Thomas Hamilton is most common, but other pairings include Captain Flint/Madi/John Silver and Captain Flint/John Silver/Thomas Hamilton

Common Tropes in Fanworks



  • The New World by sebastianL (felix_atticus). (Post Season 3 Canon Divergence. James McGraw/OMC)
  • Fifteen Men in September by ballantine, A Black Sails origin story for the song.
  • Fairlead by Farasha. "I don't want to be a pirate, I'm not interested in the life, I'm not interested in the fighting, I'm not interested in the ships. Don't care much for the sea while we are on the subject." - John Silver (Captain Flint/John Silver)
  • Until death it is all life. by Craftnarok, Ever since Flint told Silver about Thomas he hasn't been able to stop imagining Flint with another man. But then that turns into him imagining Flint with him, and it's only been a few days, but Silver thinks he might be about to lose his mind. So he has to do something about it.
  • st. augustine is that way by vowelinthug, James Flint had yet to meet a conversation he couldn't avoid. John Silver had yet to meet a routine he couldn't disrupt. (post-show domesticity, with oranges)



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