Pirates of the Caribbean

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Name: Pirates of the Caribbean
Abbreviation(s): PotC
Creator: Disney
Date(s): 2003 - present
Medium: live-action films
Country of Origin: United States
External Links: The Curse of the Black Pearl at IMDB
Pirates of the Caribbean at Wikipedia

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Captain Jack on the cover of a general pirate fanzine called "No Quarter Given," art by Christine Lampe, issued the same month the first movie was released

The first Pirates of the Caribbean film, The Curse of the Black Pearl, was released in July 2003. It was based on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland and was directed by Gore Verbinski. The movie mixed realistic drama, comedy, cliché pirate movie tropes, and supernatural elements to tell the story of a pirate (Captain Jack Sparrow--Johnny Depp), a blacksmith (Will Turner--Orlando Bloom), the Governor's daughter (Elizabeth Swann--Keira Knightley), a British Navy officer (Commodore James Norrington--Jack Davenport) and the man at the helm of the cursed Black Pearl (Hector Barbossa--Geoffrey Rush).

After commercial success,[1] Disney expanded the franchise to two more movies, Dead Man's Chest, (released 2006) and At World's End (released 2007). The fourth film, On Stranger Tides, was released in May 2011 and featured Jack Sparrow but not Will Turner or Elizabeth Swan.[2] It introduced Angelica (played by Penelope Cruz) as Captain Jack's love interest.

A fifth film, Dead Men Tell No Tales, was released in May 2017 and saw the return of Will Turner and Elizabeth Swan and the introduction of their son, Henry Turner. Former Bond villain and Cruz's real-life husband Javier Bardem appears as the film's villain. (Christoph Waltz had previously been rumored, but instead he became Bardem's successor as the next Bond villain.)


The fandom began before the release of the first movie; the LiveJournal community pirategasm was founded 1 April 2003 by leggyslove, and leggyslove posted an NC-17 fic the same day.

The fandom has both slash and het pairings (including the canon Will/Elizabeth pairing) which are very popular, as well as polyamorous threesomes and foursomes, which have been quite popular. In the interim between the release of the second and third films, a ship war raged between fans of Will/Elizabeth, or "Willabeth", and fans of Jack/Elizabeth, or "Sparrabeth", with both pairings played up and openly teased in the marketing for Dead Man's Chest. (See Willabeth/Sparrabeth ship war for more details).

(Refer to Pairing Names for more information on popular pairings and pairing-specific communities.)

The fandom has also produced considerable amounts of gen works.

POTC is part of the Age of Sail umbrella fandom. The newsletter despatches includes POTC stories, and many crossovers with other Age of Sail fandoms have been written.


Captain Jack Sparrow, art by Bohemian Weasel


Notable Works

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Meta/Further Reading


  1. IMDb summary of box office. Accessed 3 October 2008.
  2. IMDB page for On Stranger Tides (contains spoilers), accessed April 4, 2010