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James Hook, sometimes referred to as James, was a pirate captain during the Age of Piracy. His real name was unknown, though he was generally known as James to other pirates. James was notorious for his bad temper, though was subdued over time. At some point in his life, James lost a hand and put an hook in its place, in which he became "James Hook". Of all the ships he sailed on, Hook was most notably the pirate captain of the Jolly Roger. Although he mysteriously disappeared for years, James' traits became known during Don Rafael's time as a Pirate Lord of the Brethren Court.
- "Just before we parted company, James mentioned that he had come upon a man, half dead, floating in the sea. They pulled him out, and before he died, he told them a story similar to the ones I have heard here today. He said it happened off the coast of India. It seems these villains are everywhere."
- ―Don Rafael to pirates assembled at Shipwreck Cove
At some point during the early 18th century, James disappeared from the Seven Seas without a trace. Many years later, when people thought he would have met the rope or be in prison, James reappeared long enough to embark on several voyages. By his return, James was described as not looking a day older. Among other changes during his mysterious absence, James lost one of his hands, which he put an iron hook in its place.
In the late 1720s, James made at least one voyage across the Indian Ocean, where he discovered a body of a half-dead sailor in the water. His men pulled him out, and before the sailor died, he told them that his ship was attacked and destroyed by a pirate ship flying the red flag of no quarter. Some time later, James sailed for Portugal, where he encountered Don Rafael at Oporto. While having dinner in a tavern, James told Rafael of his tale, in which Don Rafael would later repeated it to the pirate captains assembled at Shipwreck Cove. After their discussion, James sailed off on further ventures.
It is unknown what ever happened to James.
Personality and traitsEdit
- "Did he brag as much as he used to?"
"No, and that was strange, too, James was a lot more...subdued. You remember his temper. He'd fly into such rages."
"I kept expecting his crew to slit his throat in his sleep and send him to Davy Jones. But they were all too frightened of him."
- ―Mistress Ching, Don Rafael and Eduardo Villanueva
James Hook was known as one of the most fearsome pirates during the Age of Piracy. Known for his temper, in which he'd fly into such rages, James was a good duelist. After one of his hands was cut off, however, James' skills improved with an iron hook for a hand being as useful as a dagger in a fight. At some point before having dinner with Don Rafael in a tavern at Oporto, he developed a fear of children. Despite having a history of flying into rages because of his temper, James became more subdued.
Behind the scenesEdit
- Though the character's full name wasn't revealed in the novel, it was confirmed by the author A. C. Crispin that this man is indeed Captain James Hook, the main antagonist from J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan. Crispin figured that since The Curse of the Black Pearl had a couple Disney "in" jokes (such as Gillette's comment about "a little mermaid"), that she'd include the mention of "James" as a joke.
- Captain Hook also appears at the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts as a meetable character, as well as part of the dark ride Peter Pan's Flight.
- In the promotional souvenir video A Day at Disneyland, Captain Hook and Mr. Smee set sail on the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction in search of treasure.
- Captain Hook's Galley is a ship-like restaurant in Disneyland Paris.
- Capitaine Chevalle, the Pirate Lord of the Mediterranean Sea, bears a strong resemblance to Captain Hook. One of the early concept arts of Pirate Lords for Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End showed a pirate with a hook in place of his left hand.
- Captain Hook also makes an appearance in Kingdom Hearts series. Although this appearance is non-canonical in both the Pirates of the Caribbean universe (which appears in Kingdom Hearts II) and the Disney's Peter Pan universe.
- The song "The Elegant Captain Hook", which appears in Disney's Peter Pan, is one of the songs on the compilation album Pirates of the Caribbean and Other Villains.
- In the 2007 American animated film Shrek the Third, James Hook was voiced by Ian McShane, who later portrayed Blackbeard in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
- According to J. M. Barrie's novel, James Hook was a bo'sun on Blackbeard's ship.
- In the TV series Once Upon a Time, Captain Hook's ship was portrayed by the Lady Washington, a ship which portrayed the Interceptor in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. In episode 17, Blackbeard temporarily steals the Jolly Roger from Hook.
- Captain Hook's Pirates of the Caribbean is the name of a dinner cruise in Cancún, Mexico.
- The Price of Freedom (First mentioned) (as James)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 A. C. Crispin referred him by this name
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Price of Freedom
- ↑ In Peter Pan, Captain Hook's ship was known as the Jolly Roger.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 As James was only mentioned, we don't know which hand was cut off, as it varies in other media.
- ↑ Fans who know of Peter Pan would know that James was in Neverland, where everyone's aging is stopped. And that it was there that he lost one of his hands.
- ↑ Fans who know of Peter Pan would know that James returns to Neverland, where he would remain for the rest of his life. But as none of the other POTC characters know of Neverland, his fate is unknown.
- ↑ KeepToTheCode - View topic - Pirates of the Caribbean: The Price of Freedom
- ↑ AC Crispin here...I'd be happy to answer questions about this book... - Goodreads