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16 Plot Holes In 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' That Are The True Scourges Of The Seven Seas

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Vote up the plot holes that make you want to walk the plank.

For a franchise spanning more than a decade with different directors, writers, and actors, the Pirates of the Caribbean movies still hold up fairly well. However, with that much change, there are bound to be a few plot holes that would peeve any pirate. 

Vote up the annoying plot holes that you want to send down to Davy Jones' Locker!

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    Will Broke The Curse, So He Shouldn't Have Sea Life Growing On Him

    Will Broke The Curse, So He Shouldn't Have Sea Life Growing On Him
    Photo: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    From Redditor u/chucker173:

    The reason the crew of the Flying Dutchman were all gross looking is because Davy Jones stopped doing his duty as captain. When Will became captain, all the crew reverted back to looking human and not crusty because he broke that curse. But at the beginning of DMTNT, we see that he's covered in barnacles and other sea life. Did he start neglecting his duty [although he directly says in it that he's still helping lost souls], or did the new writers not keep this detail in mind while making this scene?

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    What Is The True Origin Of The Compass?

    What Is The True Origin Of The Compass?
    Photo: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    From Redditor u/FoxyMoxie13:

    In one of the earlier movies we find out that Jack got the compass from Tia Dalma, but in DMTNT they said he got it from his previous captain. 

    From Redditor u/CJTheSong:

    In Dead Men Tell No Tales depicts the fact that Jack came across the magical compass from his predecessor, captain of the ship as he gave the compass to Jack and told him "not to betray it". But in Dead Man's Chest, it clearly states that Tia Dalma had bartered with Jack in exchange for this same compass. Not to mention, there are numerous times where Jack has betrayed the compass by giving it to various members of the crew in exchange for his own safety and 'leverage'. Most of all, I'm confused to why the one time Jack gives away the compass to barter for a bottle of rum  that Captain Salazar and his crew are able to escape the Devil's Triangle. Like, why? What? How? Why is the compass bound to Salazar and his crew's fate? What is the significance? 

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    Captain Salazar Is Released When Jack Gives Up The Compass, But He Had Already Given It To Others Way Before Then

    Captain Salazar Is Released When Jack Gives Up The Compass, But He Had Already Given It To Others Way Before Then
    Photo: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    From Redditor u/n00d0l:

    Captain Salazar is a great character and I love how, because of Jack, he and his crew were trapped in the triangle. My issue is how they were freed from it.

    "Jack Sparrow has given away the compass.... WE ARE FREE"

    My question is, in the other 4 movies there were MANY MANY other instances where Jack had lost or given up possession of the compass.

    Dead Mans Chest, he offered to trade the compass to Will if he helped find the key, he also gave it to Elizabeth when he didn't know what he wanted and there's probably more.

    At Worlds End, he was tossing it back and forth with Becket, he also gave it to Will - "what am I supposed to do with this?" "Think like me, it'll come to you" and again there are probably more examples.

    On Stranger Tides he lost it to Angelica, and he gave it to Gibbs to find Queen Anne's Revenge and the bottles of ships and again, there's probably more examples.

    WHY ON EARTH DID NONE OF THESE EVENTS TRIGGER SALAZAR'S RELEASE!!!

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    Wouldn't Will Turner Die When The Dutchman's Curse Was Lifted?

    Wouldn't Will Turner Die When The Dutchman's Curse Was Lifted?
    Photo: Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    From Redditor u/CJTheSong:

    This trident of Poseidon, God of the sea, whatever. It seems that this magical trident has the power to break any curse in the world. Alright, I can buy that another magical item is the main objective of the plot. But... if the trident broke every curse known to exist, and let's take the curse of the Flying Dutchman as a start, then that means the ship itself cannot venture back and forth to the locker or sail underwater, due to its sails becoming white (hinting the curse is lifted), and her captain, which might I add has no heart because it's in the chest still, is still alive after the curse is lifted?! I mean it's all nice and swell that Will Turner is freed from the Dutchman's oath to sail as her captain forever, but shouldn't he be dead? I mean even if the curse is lifted, his heart is still technically in the chest and not inside... him, so... what? 

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    Will Never Actually Needed To Cut His Heart Out

    Will Never Actually Needed To Cut His Heart Out
    Photo: Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    From Redditor u/SyrenaSwift:

    Why did Will have to cut out his heart to become the captain of the Dutchman? Davy Jones didn’t have to, he only did it because he couldn’t bear the heartache over Calypso anymore. He sailed at least a decade with his heart still inside him, putting it in a chest was his decision that happened later on, not a requirement. So I don’t get why Will had to cut it out? Yes, the Dutchman needs a living heart, but the heart can be inside him, like it was the case with Jones for years. I also don’t get why it would have been done to save him - if your heart gets pierced by a sword, how does it save you to cut it out completely? It would get even more damaged, if anything, but certainly not healed. Taking it out doesn’t repair any previous damage, right? The transferal from captain to captain of the Dutchman happens by piercing the current captain's heart, no matter where it is. Will did that, so that should have been it. 

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    Salazar Wouldn't Have Known Jack's Name

    Salazar Wouldn't Have Known Jack's Name
    Photo: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    From Redditor u/tannermanner271:

    Salazar never actually hears Jack's name, but still refers to him as Jack the Sparrow because they say they saw him in a crows nest looking like a sparrow, but they had no way of ever knowing his first name was Jack.