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Biographical information


Eye color


Hair color



Around the 1660s or the 1670s[1]

Weapon(s) owned

Flintlock pistol

Ship(s) captained or crewed

HMS Interceptor
Black Pearl
Hai Peng


Destruction of the Interceptor
Skirmish off of the Isla Cruces
Battle of Singapore
Skirmish off of the Black Sand Beach
Battle of Calypso's maelstrom


Cotton's Parrot
Crew of the Black Pearl

Behind the scenes
First appearance

The Curse of the Black Pearl

Latest appearance



David Bailie

"He's a mute, sir. Poor devil had his tongue cut out, so he trained the parrot to talk for him. No one's yet figured how."
Joshamee Gibbs to Jack Sparrow[src]

Cotton was a pirate who operated in the Caribbean during the Age of Piracy, most notably during the mid-18th century. Prior to joining the crew of the Black Pearl, Cotton had his tongue cut out, due to an encounter with Mungard. He subsequently trained his loyal parrot to speak for him—though how he, as a mute, achieved such a feat remains unknown.


Early lifeEdit

Losing his tongueEdit

"Lock up the Code! Strike the wenches! And if any of ye ever speak a word of this...I'll have your tongue."
"...Aye, sir. Mum's the word."
[squawks] "Mum's the word.
Mungard, Cotton and Cotton's Parrot[src]

Not much is known of Cotton's early life, but it is known that he would still live in Shipwreck Cove by the mid-1720s with his loyal parrot. One night, he would join a group of pirates as the Auctioneer led an auction on two wenches, Scarlett and Giselle. The bidding would end with the Marquis D'avis winning with seven hundred and two goats. After accidentally shooting at the Pirate Code, a pirate named Mungard ordered the Code locked up and warned the crowd of pirates that if any of them speak a word of what occurred, that he would have their tongues. It was then that Cotton and his parrot assured Mungard that mum's the word.[2]


Cotton and his parrot at Shipwreck Cove.

However, Mungard ended up cutting off Cotton's tongue anyway, though it is unknown if Cotton's tongue was cut before or after Cotton spilled the beans about Mungard.[2] For the next few days, Cotton would subsequently teach his parrot how to talk for him; though how he, as a mute, achieved such a feat is unknown.[3]

Jack Sparrow's crewEdit

"You, sailor!"
"Cotton, sir."
"Mr. Cotton. Do you have the courage and fortitude to follow orders and stay true in the face of danger and almost certain death? Mr. Cotton! Answer, man.
Jack Sparrow and Joshamee Gibbs[src]
Cotton crew

Cotton and his parrot joining Jack Sparrow's crew.

Cotton was at Tortuga the day Jack Sparrow arrived seeking a crew to journey with him to Isla de Muerta, when William Turner set out to rescue Elizabeth Swann from Hector Barbossa and his cursed pirates. Cotton signed up for service aboard Jack's ship, the commandeered Royal Navy vessel HMS Interceptor, accompanied as ever by his parrot.

Cotton served faithfully throughout the adventure that followed, and continued to serve after Jack's crew commandeered the Black Pearl. He accidentally destroyed a merchant vessel carrying St. Piran's Blade, though Jack later retrieved the item and handed it over to Will Turner. Approximately one year later, Cotton was captured on Pelegosto along with the rest of the crew, and helped his comrades escape the cannibalistic natives and return to the Pearl. He was also one of the few to survive the Kraken's attack on the Pearl, during which Captain Sparrow sacrificed himself to save his men.

Davy Jones' LockerEdit

"Cotton. Cotton's parrot, I'm a little iffy, least I'll have someone to talk to."
Jack Sparrow to Cotton and his parrot[src]

Through his parrot, Cotton voiced his agreement to join the quest to World's End, endeavouring to bring Jack back from Davy Jones' Locker. The crew first infiltrated Sao Feng's bath house, where Cotton took control of the steam controls while the others set bombs. He later fought against East India Trading Company soldiers in the streets of Singapore, sniping at them from inside a barrel.

After the group saved Jack from the locker, they returned to the living realm where very soon they were captured. When Jack asked if any of the crew missed, Cotton was one of the few to raise his hand.[4]

He took the wheel of the Pearl, during the battle around Calypso's maelstrom, after fighting. Morey with part of the wheel. He continued to serve aboard after Barbossa's second mutiny. His further fate is unknown.

Personality and traitsEdit

Cotton was an older man with a thick white beard. The man seemed to have some affliction to his right eye for he seemed to keep it shut. He was of normal height and lean built that made his an excellent helmsman. Among the clothes he wore, Cotton wore a faded blue bandanna and a dull yellow shirt, possibly to mirror his parrot. He also wore is standard brown vest and pants as well as a neckerchief.

Prior to losing his tongue, Cotton seemed to be a big talker. For example, when the pirate Mungard threatened anyone who spoke about his heinous act of having shot the Code, the pirates present all looked to Cotton for emphasis. As a mute, Cotton became very compliant. It is unknown how, but Cotton was able to successfully train his parrot to talk for him. He also seemed to very knowledgeable with a ship's helm.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • Cotton was portrayed by David Bailie in The Curse of the Black Pearl, Dead Man's Chest, At World's End and Wedlocked.
  • The only known time that Cotton speaks was during Wedlocked, which takes place before the events of The Curse of the Black Pearl, because by that time, Cotton is already mute.[2]
  • During an interview released on May 2017, Bailie stated that after At World's End was released in theaters, he along director Gore Verbinski and writer Terry Rossio talked about the possibility of including a subplot in the then untitled fourth film, where it will be revealed that Cotton could speak and that he only refused to speak due being in a catatonic fit.[5] The film, entitled On Stranger Tides, was released in 2011, but without Bailie in the cast and without Verbinski as director, being the latter replaced by Rob Marshall.
  • From the dialogue in Wedlocked, it's implied that Mungard was the one who cut Cotton's tongue out. Though if the cutting happened before or after Cotton spilled the beans about Mungard, is unknown.[6]
  • According to David Bailie, if Cotton had been able to speak in the movies, he would have made him a comic and funny character, but according to his words, he never did because he was "intimidated" by director Gore Verbinski.[7]
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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Estimation based on David Bailie's age during the filming of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, and the fact that TCotBP takes place in the 1730s.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Tales of the Code: Wedlocked
  3. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  4. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named AWE
  5. Original 'Pirates of the Caribbean' Stars on Regrets, Triumphs and a $2 Million Snack Budget at The Hollywood Reporter
  6. While it is shown that Mungard was the one who cut off Cotton's tongue ("If any of ye speak a word of this, I'll have your tongue"), it is unknown if Cotton ever spoke a word of it before his tongue was cut out.
  7. Original 'Pirates of the Caribbean' Stars on Regrets, Triumphs and a $2 Million Snack Budget at The Hollywood Reporter
Motley Crew

Captain: Jack Sparrow
HMS Interceptor
AnamariaCottonCotton's ParrotCrimpDuncanJoshamee GibbsKursar
LadbrocLejonMartyMatelotMoisesQuartettoTearlachWill Turner

Captain: Joshamee Gibbs
HMS Interceptor/Black Pearl
AnamariaCottonCotton's ParrotCrimpDuncanKursarLadbroc
LejonMartyMoisesQuartettoElizabeth SwannTearlachWill Turner

Captain: Jack Sparrow
Black Pearl
CottonCotton's ParrotCrippled manDuncanJoshamee GibbsGunnerHo-KwanIrish man
Jack the MonkeyKursarLadbrocLeechLejonMartyMoisesJames NorringtonNill OfrillPintel
QuartettoRagettiJohn SmithSkinny manElizabeth SwannSweepyTearlachWill TurnerVery old man

Captain: Hector Barbossa
Hai Peng
CottonCotton's ParrotTia DalmaJoshamee GibbsTai HuangJack the Monkey
MartyPintelRagettiElizabeth SwannWill Turner

Captains: Jack Sparrow / Hector Barbossa
Black Pearl
CottonCotton's ParrotTia DalmaJoshamee GibbsTai HuangJack the Monkey
MartyPintelRagettiElizabeth SwannWill Turner

Captain: Hector Barbossa
Black Pearl
CottonCotton's ParrotJack the MonkeyMartyMullroyMurtoggPintelRagetti

Captain: Jack Sparrow
Dying Gull
BollardCrembleJoshamee GibbsMartyPikeScrum

Captains: Jack Sparrow / Hector Barbossa
Black Pearl
BollardCrembleJoshamee GibbsMartyMullroyMurtoggPikeScrum

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