- "Jack, our sands be all but run. Where's the harm in joining the winning side? And you do meet a nicer class of person."
"I understand everything...Except that wig."
- ―Hector Barbossa and Jack Sparrow
A wig was a head of hair made from horsehair, human hair, wool, feathers, yak hair, buffalo hair, or synthetic materials which was worn on the head for fashion or for representing strength, power, and status. The word wig is short for "periwig" and first appeared in the English language around 1675.
During the 18th century, a powdered wig was a sign of high social standing, and was worn by many a loyal servant to the King of England, most notably George Augustus. Loyal servants include the Harbormaster and Governor Weatherby Swann. Though his wig made his head hot and itchy, Swann felt undressed without it. While serving as a privateer, the former pirate Hector Barbossa wore a powdered wig, which Jack Sparrow would made fun of throughout the quest for the Fountain of Youth. Even officers of the British Royal Navy and East India Trading Company wore wigs, like James Norrington, Theodore Groves, Gillette, and Cutler Beckett.
Behind the scenes
- In an interview for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Jack Davenport (who portrayed James Norrington in the film) said that he looked like an "ice cream" with the wig on.
- Jack Sparrow: The Siren Song (Mentioned only)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (First appearance)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
- Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
- Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
- LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (Non-canonical appearance)
- Pirates of the Caribbean (film series)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Visual Guide
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Complete Visual Guide
- Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: The Visual Guide