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"Cruel blackguard!"
"Life is cruel. Why should the afterlife be any different?
"
―Scuttled ship sailor and Davy Jones[src]

A blackguard (alternatively spelled as "blaggard") could mean a scoundrel, an unprincipled contemptible person, or an untrustworthy person. It is also a verb, meaning to abuse or disparage (someone) scurrilously. Some people, like Davy Jones and Jack Sparrow, were called blackguards by their actions.

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An old-fashioned term for a scoundrel, the term had been used several times during the Age of Piracy. Shortly after becoming the Pirate Lord of the Caribbean Sea, Jack Sparrow once referred to fellow Pirate Lord Eduardo Villanueva as blackguard to Tia Dalma.[1] Villanueva returned the favor when he called Jack a "horse-faced blackguard" aboard his ship.[2] When Davy Jones killed the chaplain of a scuttled ship, one of the other sailors used the term on Jones.[3] One of Jones' crewmen, Clanker, was known as a barnacled-browed blackguard while serving aboard the Flying Dutchman.[4] Near the end of the parley that took place during the war against piracy, Hector Barbossa called Jack Sparrow a "blaggard" while cutting off Piece of Eight.[5][6]

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