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Clanker DMC
Biographical information


Eye color


Hair color

Black (human form)

Weapon(s) owned


Ship(s) captained or crewed

Flying Dutchman


Crew of the Flying Dutchman

Behind the scenes
First appearance

Dead Man's Chest

Latest appearance

At World's End


He apparently falls into the Maelstrom or he reverted into his human form


Andy Beckwith

"Down on your marrow bones and pray!"
―Clanker to Will Turner[src]

Clanker was a crew member serving aboard the Flying Dutchman, under the command of Captain Davy Jones.


"I wager…ten years."
"I'll match ten years."
Maccus, Koleniko, and Clanker[src]

Clanker onboard the Flying Dutchman.

When Will Turner was sent to settle Captain Jack Sparrow's debt with Davy Jones, Clanker was one of the crewmen who confronted him aboard a scuttled ship, wielding two lengths of chain-shot. He later played a game of Liar's dice with Maccus and Koleniko prior to Turner's game with Davy Jones.[1]

Clanker was one of the crewmen that assisted in killing the remaining crew of the Edinburgh Trader following the attack of the Kraken, which Clanker helped summon. He was one of the crewmen chosen to recover the Dead Man's Chest from Isla Cruces, and fought Ragetti, and was also one of his fellow crewmen to be trampled by the large wheel that Will Turner and James Norrington were trapped in.[1] He later fought in the battle of Calypso's maelstrom, into which he was cast when Jack Sparrow stole his pistol, pushing him from a rope above the Flying Dutchman sending him falling into the maelstrom. He possibly survived though as he was seen aboard the Flying Dutchman, implying that he possibly landed on the Flying Dutchman.[2] His further fate is unknown.

Appearance and traitsEdit

Clanker full

Clanker concept.

Like Bill Turner, Clanker bears a more human appearance than those of other crewmates. Known as a barnacled-browed blackguard,[3] Clanker commonly wielded two lengths of chain-shot with devastating effect. He used it in combat,[1] though was also known to wield a flintlock pistol. His face was covered in barnacles and mussels—his left eye being completely covered—and he had seaweed in place of hair under his algae-covered hat. Sea anemones grew from his left shoulder.[3] He had a hole in his forehead, which was lined with a circle of shells, and his tongue, inside an inhumanly-wide mouth, appeared to be an oyster. The mussels on his face were known to respond to Clanker's mood; for instance, they would simulate laughter whenever Clanker was amused.[4] His wicked laugh can be heard echoing around the ship, especially when he sees others suffer.[3]

Behind the scenesEdit

  • Clanker was portrayed by Andy Beckwith in Dead Man's Chest and At World's End.
  • In the revision screenplay draft of Dead Man's Chest, Clanker's name was "Clacker" and he was to appear just in the Liar's Dice scene instead in the Scuttled ship scene, in which his line "Down on your marrow bones and pray!" was to be said by Maccus instead. The credits of Dead Man's Chest, however, misspelled the character's name as "Clacker" like in the earlier drafts.
  • In the revision screenplay draft of At World's End, during the battle at Calypso's maelstrom, the Flying Dutchman crewman who was to be head-butted by Jack Sparrow on one of the Dutchman's lines was specified to just be a "Dutchman Crewman". Instead, Clanker was to confront Pintel and Ragetti at the Black Pearl only to went over the edge, leaving Pintel holding his clinking chain shoot.[5]
  • Zizzle produced an action figure of Clanker for the first series of its Secrets of the Deep line. NECA produced a Clanker figure in its third series of Dead Man's Chest figures.
  • In the At World's End video game, Clanker is named "Quartermaster". However, this is an error, as the Flying Dutchman has its own quartermaster.
  • Although Clanker was pushed into the Maelstrom like a few other crewmembers like Hadras, it's implied that he survived as when members became human, Andy Beckwith is seen among them. This implies that he either landed on the Flying Dutchman or that the crewmembers of the Flying Dutchman cannot be killed. Alternatively, it's possible that the creators didn't care and randomly put all the actors who played the Flying Dutchman crew without speculating of whether some died or not. In answering a fan question about Clanker's fate, Beckwith stated that he hopes that Clanker survived.[6]
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Notes and referencesEdit

vdeCrew of the Flying Dutchman
Captain: Davy Jones
Flying Dutchman
AnglerBroondjongenBrinescumCannon ArmClankerCrashElectric ArmFinneganGreenbeard
HadrasJellyJerichoJimmy LegsKelpbrainKolenikoMaccusManrayMoreyOgilveyOld Haddy
PalificoPenrodPiperQuartermasterQuittanceRatlinTorrentsTurtlemanTwo Head

Captain: Davy Jones
Flying Dutchman
AnglerBroondjongenBrinescumCannon ArmClankerCrashElectric ArmFinneganGreenbeard
HadrasOgilveyOld Haddy
PalificoPenrodPiperQuartermasterQuittanceRatlinBoostrap Bill TurnerTurtlemanTwo Head

Captain: Davy Jones
Flying Dutchman
AnglerBroondjongenBrinescumCannon ArmClankerCrashElectric ArmFinneganGreenbeard
HadrasHelmsmanJellyJerichoJimmy LegsKelpbrainKolenikoMaccusManrayMoreyOgilveyOld Haddy
PalificoPenrodPiperQuartermasterQuittanceRatlinBootstrap Bill TurnerWill Turner
TurtlemanTwo HeadUrchinUrchinfistWheelbackWyvern

Captain: Davy Jones (controlled by Lord Cutler Beckett)
Flying Dutchman
Admiral James NorringtonAnglerBroondjongenBrinescumCannon ArmClankerCrashElectric Arm
FinneganGreenbeardHadrasHelmsmanJellyJerichoJimmy LegsKelpbrainKolenikoMaccusManray
Ian MercerMoreyMullroyMurtoggOgilveyOld HaddyPalificoPenrodPiperQuartermaster
QuittanceRatlinBootstrap Bill TurnerTurtlemanTwo HeadUrchinUrchinfistWheelbackWyvern

Captain: Will Turner
Flying Dutchman
AnglerBroondjongenCannon ArmClankerCrashFinneganGreenbeardHadrasHelmsmanJellyJimmy LegsKolenikoMaccusManrayMoreyOgilveyOld HaddyPalificoPenrodPiperQuittanceRatlinBootstrap Bill TurnerTurtlemanTwo HeadUrchinWheelbackWyvern

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