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John Scarfield
Biographical information


Ethnic group





1751, died in the explosion of the Essex caused by the ghost ship Silent Mary.[2]



Weapon(s) owned


Ship(s) captained or crewed



Escape from Saint Martin
Race to the Black rock island


British Royal Navy
Crew of the Essex

Behind the scenes
First appearance

Dead Men Tell No Tales

Last appearance

Dead Men Tell No Tales


David Wenham

"Only the British Empire will hold the power of the sea."
―Scarfield as he spots the Black Pearl[src]

John Scarfield was a British Royal Navy officer around the early 1750s. Holding the rank of lieutenant, he served as the second-in-command of the island of Saint Martin behind Mayor Dix. Mean spirited, condescending, quick to scapegoat others for his faults and a loyal servant of King George II of Great Britain, he was driven mad by his lust for vengeance against the notorious pirate Captain Jack Sparrow, the supposed "witch" Carina Smyth and the perceived traitor Henry Turner.

Following the escape of the trio, Scarfield led his crew while commanding the Essex on the quest for the legendary Trident of Poseidon with the intent of securing the control of the Seven Seas for the British Empire as well as recovering his good reputation. During the quest, Scarfield managed to capture Sparrow's crew, although they later escaped from his clutches. When he deduced where Sparrow and his party were planning to go in order to find the Trident, Scarfield decided to chase them and steal the Trident, but his plans were thwarted by the unexpected appearance of the Silent Mary, which was captained by the ghostly Capitán Armando Salazar, who crushed Scarfield and his crew to death via destroying the Essex in a matter of seconds.


Early lifeEdit

"The Navy sent me here to kill witches."
―John Scarfield to Young soldier[src]

Not much is known about John Scarfield's early life, but it's known that at some point, he became a Lieutenant of the British Royal Navy due his work. He desired to have his own fleet and fight in the wars of West Africa, but he was denied and instead he was assigned to secure the island of Saint Martin. Although he was also assigned as the commanding officer of the warship Essex, the denial of his superiors was probably the reason why he acquired a fierce temper.[3]

Quest for the Trident of PoseidonEdit

Saint MartinEdit

Young soldier & Scarfield

Scarfield threatens his own officer.

"Well, look at this. If I kill the coward, the witch hangs. Two for the price of one."
―John Scarfield[src]

The "witch" Carina Smyth and the Captain Jack Sparrow were both captured at Saint Martin, and Scarfield demanded that they both be executed simultaneously so as to not ruin his reputation. After Henry Turner washed up on his shores, he coldly brushed him off as a deserter while sentencing the boy to be hanged as well. However, Turner manages to escape trouble twice, first by Smyth giving him the key to his release and again by enlisting Jack's old crew while acting as the distraction during their sentencing and thus enabling said rogue's escape once again, who knocked out Scarfield with a block of wood before he could do any harm to Carina and Turner.[4]

The PursuitEdit

"Those pirates are going for the Trident."
―John Scarfield[src]

Scarfield was now in pursuit, assembling a crew and doing everything in his power to find the three miscreants that ruined his reputation. He, along with his crew, sought out the help of Shansa the sea-witch, who willingly showed Scarfield the route to the Trident of Poseidon, where Henry, Carina, and Jack were headed, in exchange for him sparing her life.[4]

After hours of searching, Scarfield's ship, the Essex, encountered the newly resurrected Black Pearl. After Henry Turner spots his ship on the starboard side, Hector Barbossa orders the entire crew to stand their ground and fight until the end. Scarfield stood aboard the Essex looking at the Pearl through his spyglass and ordered his men to prepare to fire. When all had seemed well, Scarfield heard a menacing sound creeping up behind him.[4]

DMTNT Scarfield & Silent Mary

Scarfield, seconds before being crushed by the Silent Mary.

As he slowly turned around, he noticed a peculiar large object moving upward in a chilling way: the Silent Mary. The Silent Mary opened its sides like a cage and came crashing down on top of Scarfield and his crew, igniting the powder magazine and causing the Essex to go up into flames and sink to the depths of the ocean, therefore ending the tyrannical lieutenant's reign of terror.[4]

Personality and traits Edit

Lieutenant John Scarfield was known to be ruthless and cruel, not only to his enemies, but to his own men as well, as seen by his threatening to hang one of his own officers in Carina Smyth's place if she wasn't found. His personal lust for reputation and vengeance ultimately ended in his quick demise at the hands of Capitán Armando Salazar. In fact, Scarfield's only interest in his life was his reputation, which is the reason for his obsession with the escapes of Jack Sparrow and Smyth, since said escapes ruined his status in the first place.[3]

Scarfield was also largely hypocritical in his beliefs as evident while in taking glee in tormenting an innocent woman on the account of witchcraft, he was willing to deal with an actual witch in pursuit of his selfish goals. Scarfield also shows signs of incompetence given his tendency to re-assign blame, write off others at a glance and need to gloat over pleasant situations that are distracting him from what's in front of his face.

Behind the scenesEdit

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