Pirates of the Caribbean has some of the most notable and cunning villains. They are usually associated with evil acts and morbid plans, and will certainly do everything in their power to get what they want. But, villains in Pirates of the Caribbean are not just pirates; some people are as contemptible as the sea bandits.
In this list, we have rounded up the most popular and most wicked of all villains in the franchise. They had significant roles within the story, and each of them delivered an exceptional performance portraying their respective character.
Lord Cutler Beckett
Lord Beckett does not seem attractive to the audience as a villain. Certainly, he has done a lot of bad things to which he never redeemed himself. Although his plans were not as worse as the other pirates’ evildoings, many fans would rather choose Barbossa or Blackbeard over him.
His worse trait is apathy, and he is always concerned with business no matter the cost. Lord Beckett’s job as a pirate hunter allows him to conduct operations that are deemed inhumane and inconsiderate, making him the worst person of all.
Captain Hector Barbossa
Barbossa is undoubtedly the most popular among the pirate villains in the story. He has appeared in several installments and has a strong influence in the development of the plot as well as Jack Sparrow’s character. Hector is a very relatable character, and he is the only villain that can feel sympathy.
Because of this touch of humanity, the audience sometimes forgets that he is first and foremost an antagonist. Barbossa is no angel; evilness still resides in his heart and he is willing to double-cross and trick anyone to accomplish his plans.
Edward Teach AKA Blackbeard
Blackbeard is one of the most threatening pirates to encounter in the middle of the sea. He has a large ship, an entire army of the undead, and his beautiful yet cunning daughter to deal with. Above all that, Blackbeard is a man of great passion.
It means that he seeks eternal life and will stop at nothing to gain immortality. He will do everything to clear his path, including killing his own child.
Captain Armando Salazar
The Spanish pirate hunter was introduced in the 2017 movie Dead Men Tell No Tales, where his soul is trapped in the Devil’s Triangle. He wanted revenge against Jack Sparrow for luring them into a cave that transformed him and his crew into the undead.
This is why he has been seeking the Trident of Poseidon, and Salazar will cause havoc in his wake just to get a taste of vengeance.
Davy Jones is not like other pirates. He once used to be a pirate, but after a great deal of pain that he experienced with his relationship with Calypso, he grew cold. Davy Jones carved out his heart, kept it in a locker, and turned into a horrible octopus monster.
He helms the Flying Dutchman and sails the seven seas while luring people to become food for his pet, the Kraken.