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Hector Barbossa

Hector Barbossa wearing his second hat.

"Barbossa thinks his hat outshines mine because of the ostrich feathers, but everyone knows that it just makes his head look like the ratty nest of a dead bird."
Jack Sparrow to Catastrophe Shane[src]

These two hats were worn separately by Hector Barbossa during his pirate career. Both hats were big, round, dark hats, with the second hat having ostrich feathers.

History

The First Hat

Hector Barbossa's first hat was a hat which wore during his time as captain of the Cobra. It was a huge, black hat, battered and ragged from long use. After the loss of the Cobra at hands of the rogue pirates, Barbossa continued to wear this hat. He hadn't got another one for the next five years.[1]

The Second Hat

"I quite like the hat!"
Grandmama to Hector Barbossa[src]
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Jack Sparrow looking at Barbossa's hat.

Shortly after Barbossa joined the crew of the Black Pearl under Captain Jack Sparrow, he obtained a new hat, similar to the previous one. The new hat was decorated with blue ostrich feathers as a show of vanity. Barbossa wore this hat during Jack's search for the Shadow Gold,[2] and during his mutiny against Jack. He continued to wear that hat during the ten years under the curse of the treasure of Cortés.[3] When Barbossa was killed, his hat, along with his body, ended up in Tia Dalma's shack. Jack Sparrow examined this hat while he and his crew visited the shack.[4] The hat was seen on top of Barbossa's head when he revealed himself to be alive, and during the voyage to Davy Jones' Locker and throughout the War Against Piracy.[5]

Lost and Return

"Sir. I found this, belowdecks."
Cabin Boy to Hector Barbossa, regarding Barbossa's hat[src]
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Barbossa putting on his old black hat.

At some point after the war, the Black Pearl was attacked by the infamous pirate Blackbeard, during which time Barbossa would have lost many things: the Pearl, his right leg, even his favorite old black hat. After the attack, Barbossa accepted a Royal Pardon and became a privateer, during which time Barbossa began to wear more elegant clothes, including a black and gold bicorne hat, which he would wear throughout the quest for the Fountain of Youth.[6]

After defeating Blackbeard, Barbossa returned to piracy as he climbed aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge, where he abandoned his privateer garb and returned to his pirate regalia. However, Barbossa was hatless until the Cabin Boy found his old hat below deck. Reunited with his favorite hat, Barbossa immediately put it on as he had the Queen Anne's Revenge set sail for Tortuga and in his further adventures.[6]

Behind the scenes

  • Actor Geoffrey Rush stated his opinion on how hats were important when it comes to creating a character.[7] On set, Rush was reluctant to part with Barbossa's wide, feathered hat "because that, to me, is the brain of the character. All his vanity and pomposity, all his danger and cunning and ego is contained in that hat".[8]

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