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Pairing: Will Turner/Elizabeth Swann
Alternative name(s): Willabeth, Will/Liz, WE, W/E
Gender category: Het
Fandom: Pirates of the Caribbean
Canonical?: Canon
Prevalence: high
Archives: Elizabeth Swann/Will Turner works on AO3
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Will/Elizabeth is a canon het pairing from the Disney film franchise Pirates of the Caribbean.


Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann are established as childhood friends in the first film, Curse of the Black Pearl, and the film follows the development of their relationship alongside the events of the plot. Will and Elizabeth remain a couple during the second and third films, Dead Man's Chest and At World's End, and are married by Captain Barbossa on the deck of the Black Pearl during the third film. They do not appear as characters in the fourth film, On Stranger Tides.


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Will/Elizabeth quickly became one of the popular pairings in the Pirates of the Caribbean fandom after the first film was released, alongside Jack/Elizabeth and Jack/Will.

Will/Elizabeth is an enduringly popular pairing in the Pirates of the Caribbean fandom, and has the second-highest number of works in the fandom on AO3, after James Norrington/Jack Sparrow.

Willabeth/Sparrabeth Ship War

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". Much of the argument centered around the kiss which took place between Elizabeth and Jack in the final third of Dead Man's Chest. Fans would analyse the dynamics of and possible motivations for the kiss, contrasting it to the romantic kiss which takes place between Will and Elizabeth at the end of Curse of the Black Pearl.

Sparrabeth fans also interpreted the placement of the characters on some of the release posters for At World's End to symbolise that Will was coming in the middle of a relationship between Jack and Elizabeth; and many theorised that Elizabeth declined alcohol offered to her by Tia Dalma in Dead Man's Chest because she was pregnant with Jack's baby (conceived on the island Elizabeth and Jack were marooned on in Curse of the Black Pearl).

The marketing for At World's End played up the possibility of a love triangle between Will, Elizabeth and Jack, deliberately teasing it in the trailers.[1] However, the actual storyline of the film made very little reference to the supposed love triangle, disappointing fans and critics alike.[2][3]

Common Tropes & Fanon

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

  • As Will and Elizabeth are established as having known each other from a young age, many fanworks, particularly those set pre-movie, revolve around this as a theme and show a budding romance between the young Will and Elizabeth.
  • Commodore James Norrington is often depicted as a romantic rival, due to his having courted Elizabeth's affections in Curse of the Black Pearl.
  • Alternate Universes often appear.


Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.


  • Healing Wounds by williz: What if Will's wounds from his lashings were a blessing in disguise?
  • Will and Elizabeth by Romen: The story of Will and Elizabeth’s youth up from the point that she takes the medallion off of his neck. (Incomplete)
  • The Storm in Port Royal by LordLanceahlot: PreCotBP, Port Royal is struck by a terrible storm. Elizabeth Swann is safely esconsed in the mansion when she hears that the shops by the ocean will be completely obliterated. Struck by all the implications, she braves the storm to rescue Will Turner.
  • The Horse Borrower by zorro x: A 13 year old Will Turner has been stirring up trouble around Port Royal, but Elizabeth is not going to let anything happen to him! Features an appearance by Norrington, and Will's first attempt at breaking the law.




Other Fanworks

Archives & Fannish Links


  1. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) Official Trailer #1. YouTube. Published November 14, 2013 (Accessed November 22, 2016)
  2. Verbinski, why hast thou forsaken me? on IMDB. "Though I hated the idea of the love triangle between Will, Elizabeth, and Jack introduced in Pirates II, I was sad to see them completely abandon that idea, acting almost as though it had never happened." Published May 27, 2007 (Accessed November 22, 2016)
  3. It goes down with all hands by Chris Tookey, Chris Tookey's Movie - Film - Review. "This potentially entertaining love triangle was nicely set up, but goes for nothing in Pirates 3. The only reference to it comes around 10 minutes from the end, and gets a laugh of audience recognition. But why wasn’t it developed?" (Accessed November 22, 2016)