When Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl came out, nobody realized it would launch a powerhouse franchise that would become a household name. Like many long-running series, there are recurring themes in every Pirates of the Caribbean movie if you know where to look. After several films and more than 10 years of adventures, it's hard not to notice how the movies rely on the same tropes in regards to their characters, action, and stories. From Jack Sparrow's affected mannerisms to William Turner always putting love above all else, there are many things that happen in every Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Seriously, you can pretty much set your watch to them.
You've probably subconsciously noticed these repeated motifs across the films, but they've likely never really registered as you watched. These tropes will let you know what to look out for in the future adventures of Jack Sparrow.
Jack Sparrow Gets Slapped By A Woman
Jack has a way with the ladies, and it certainly catches up with him. When he and Will first visit Tortuga, he gets slapped several times (some of which he deserved, some... he probably also deserved). It's pretty hilarious, but when you get to the sequel the slapping continues.
They try to make it comical, but it ends up being far too self-referential on a one-note joke. They do bring it back to good effect during On Stranger Tides, when during a mermaid attack one swims up to Jack and slaps him in the face. It's so unexpected, it kind of works.
The Rum Is Always Gone
In a now famous scene from the first movie, Elizabeth and Jack are left to die on a small island. Elizabeth soon discovers the island is a cache for rum smugglers, with much of their wares still tucked away. While Jack just wants to get drunk, Elizabeth decides to burn everything to create a smoke signal. This leads to Jack's beloved quote, "But why is the rum gone?"
It's proven so popular, throughout the sequels almost every time Jack has tried to get a swig of his favorite drink, it's nowhere to be found. It was a funny line in 2003, but by the third time the rum was gone the sheen had worn away. It's the Caribbean. Surely at some point, they'd come across some rum.
The Crew Of The Black Pearl Turns Against Jack Sparrow
Jack Sparrow may be brilliant, but pirates are a treacherous lot. The inciting incident for the first film's story sees Jack deposed from his captaincy by a mutiny. Of course, after he gets his ship back and is captain again in Dead Man's Chest, Elizabeth leaves him to die at the tentacles of the Kraken, and the crew is basically fine with it.
Then, at conclusion of At World's End, the crew ditch him to go off and find the Fountain of Youth all on their own, only to discover Jack took the most important part of the map for himself. With the amount of back and forth Jack has with his crew, it's amazing he didn't fire them all and hire some new shipmates ages ago.
There's Always A Weird, Immortality Curse Afflicting A Crew Of Pirates
The first movie revolved around the Black Pearl's crew getting cursed by an Aztec treasure. The afflicted pirates become immortal, and look like skeletons in moonlight. Overall, pretty cool stuff. In Dead Man's Chest and At World's End, not only is Jack trying to escape a supernatural debt to protect his soul, but Davy Jones and his crew are cursed to live as immortal man/sea creature hybrids.
The fourth film features Blackbeard's crew, who are essentially (immortal) zombies in bad makeup. With four films of supernatural crews, it's easy to think the entire Atlantic is full of undead pirate crews afflicted with supernatural maladies, which also seems to be the case in Dead Men Tell No Tales. Is it too much to ask for a singular regular crew of pirates?