Will Turner

Will Turner

Pirates of the Caribbean character
name = William Turner
caption = Orlando Bloom as Will Turner in ""

spouse = Elizabeth Turner
type = Protagonist, Lead Role
gender = Male
age = 25
hair color = Dark brown
eye color = Dark brown
occupation = Former blacksmith, pirate, immortal Captain of the "Flying Dutchman"
ships used = Captain of:
"Flying Dutchman"
Others: | weapons = Pistol
status = Immortal
bounty = Aiding a condemned pirate's escape from the latter's execution
family = Bootstrap Bill Turner (father)
Elizabeth Turner (wife)
Will Turner III (son) Governor Weatherby Swann (father-in-law)
appearance = '
portrayed by = Orlando Bloom (Adult), Dylan Smith (Adolescent),

William "Will" Turner is a fictional character and the second protagonist of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" film series next to Jack Sparrow. He is played by Orlando Bloom (and by Dylan Smith in a flashback). Will is a blacksmith's apprentice working in Port Royal. He is in love with the governor's daughter, Elizabeth Swann, although he is of a lower social class. Will is an exceptional swordsman, although he lacks actual combat experience compared to other duelists. Although mild mannered, Will is brave, as seen when he confronts Captain Jack Sparrow in a sword fight and by his response to Barbossa's attack on Port Royal. He is loyal to those he cares about and would risk everything to protect them, especially Elizabeth. This trait is seen throughout the films as Will's character develops more by his reaction to unforeseen circumstances rather than his personal ambition or deliberate choices. Most likely he would have continued plying his trade, never presuming to rise above his current station, pining for the woman he believes he can never have. At his best, Will is clever, heroic, and courageous and never shirks responsibility or leaves an obligation unfulfilled. He can also be preoccupied and brooding and, early on, demonstrated rather simplistic and naïve views, although he matures and deepens into a complex character as the films progress.


Will's final costume in "" is reminiscent of Errol Flynn's swashbuckler movie roles. There is also a nod to Douglas Fairbanks when Turner uses his knife to glide down the ship's sail in "Dead Man's Chest", just as Fairbanks did in the 1926 film, "The Black Pirate".

Will is twenty-years old as the series begins. He has shoulder-length, brown hair, worn loose or tied back in a short ponytail. Throughout the first movie, he wears a puffy-sleeved white shirt, a simple brown jerkin, brown breeches, thick brown stockings and leather shoes with metal buckles. In the second and third movies he wears various outfits including a fine suit and tri-corn hat for his wedding that is typical of upper-class gentlemen. In the second film, he also wore a leather jacket over a white embroidered shirt and, as requested by Orlando Bloom, boots. In both sequels, he is also seen wearing a leather cord necklace with what appear to be charms and other trinkets hanging from it. In the third film, he predominately wears a puffy-sleeved maroon shirt, a black leather vest, and boots. Sometime between "Dead Man's Chest" and "At World's End", Will had his left ear pierced and wears a tiny gold hoop earring throughout the third film. Just after Will becomes immortal, he appears in a green bandana and a bit of blue eye make-up. His hair has changed from slightly oily and curly from the first and second movie to dryer and fuller, possibly the effects of sailing. When he returns from the next world ten years later, in the movie's "Easter egg" scene, he is wearing a puffy-sleeved white shirt, the leather necklace, and a green bandana. He also bears a scar on his chest where his heart was carved out.

In one scene in "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" when Turner and Jack are fighting in the blacksmith's shop, there is a glimpse of Orlando Bloom's wrist tattoo of the Elvish word for "nine". Bloom and the other actors except John Rhys-Davies who comprised the nine "Fellowship of the Ring" members in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy have this same tattoo to commemorate their participation in the films. While some felt his tattoo should have been covered for his "Pirates" role, the producers simply stated, "Will has a 'pretty' tattoo on his wrist."


"Early life"

Will is "Bootstrap" Bill Turner's only known child. According to Jack Sparrow, Will strongly resembles his father, both in appearance and ability. However, his father was absent during his youth in England, and Will grew up believing him to be a merchant seaman. After his mother died, Will, then about twelve years, journeyed to the Caribbean to search for his father. His vessel was attacked and sunk by the "Black Pearl", then under the command of Captain Hector Barbossa, and ironically, the same ship his father served on when it was under Captain Jack Sparrow's command. The "Pearl" had been searching for the medallion that Bill Turner sent to Will, which Barbossa needed to break the Aztec curse. When Elizabeth fell into the water while wearing the medallion, it sent a 'pulse' that 'called' the "Black Pearl" to Port Royal.

"Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl"

Will Turner is introduced to the story as a young boy who is rescued at sea by the British navy, the sole survivor of a pirate attack. Aboard the ship is Port Royal's new governor, Weatherby Swann, and his daughter Elizabeth, then aged twelve years. It was Elizabeth who spotted Will clinging to the floating wreckage, and he was placed under her care for the voyage's duration. Discovering a gold medallion around his neck, she hid it to prevent anyone from mistaking him as a pirate.

Over the next eight years, Will and Elizabeth maintain a respectful friendship, although Will conceals his true romantic feelings. Will is now an apprentice to a Port Royal blacksmith. Although this provides him a respectable occupation, being lower class means he is unsuitable to court Elizabeth, even though she may (secretly) reciprocate his feelings. Will also has a rival for Elizabeth's affections, Commodore James Norrington, a man who is socially superior to Will in nearly every way and seems likely to win her hand in marriage. Meanwhile, Will has developed into a master craftsman of fine swords, although it is his oft-drunken master who usually takes credit for Will's exquisite workmanship. Will is also an exceptional, self-taught swordsman. The DVD commentary states that he is the best among the characters in the film, including Barbossa, Norrington, and Jack Sparrow. Will lacks practical fighting experience, however. When Sparrow outwits him in a duel, Will claims Jack "cheated" by ignoring the "rules of engagement" and would have killed Sparrow in a fair fight. Sparrow retorts, "That's not much incentive for me to fight fair then, is it?" He impresses upon the naïve young man that the only rules that matter are, "What a man can do, and what a man can't do." It is a lesson Will is unlikely to forget.

Initially, Will is depicted as an honorable, but rather simple, character whose actions are primarily driven by his emotions rather than reason, particularly when someone he cares about is threatened or endangered. However, as he matures throughout the trilogy, he is guided more by logic and experience and gradually realizes that the lines between what, or who, is right and wrong are often obscured. Will is always motivated by love and loyalty to protect friends and family. For now, however, he appears to follow the convention that obeying rules, working hard, and knowing one's station in life will result in fair treatment and a secure livelihood, even if there is little opportunity for social advancement. It is a fateful twist of irony that Will, a peaceful and law-abiding man, learns that his father was the pirate William "Bootstrap Bill" Turner, who served aboard the "Black Pearl" when it was commanded by Captain Jack Sparrow. Desite Sparrow telling him that Bootstrap was "a good man," Will remains deeply conflicted over his new-found lineage. Will learns that when First Mate Barbossa and the crew mutinied and marooned Sparrow, only Bootstrap defended him. Captain Barbossa had Bootstrap tied to a cannon and thrown overboard after he sent a gold medallion to Will so the crew would remain under an ancient Aztec curse as punishment for betraying Sparrow. To break the curse, the last medallion and Turner blood must be returned to the Aztec chest.

Even though Will is a model citizen and despises pirates, he feels justified in resorting to piracy and forming an alliance with Jack Sparrow if it is to save Elizabeth. After commandeering a navy ship and recruiting a crew in Tortuga, Will and Sparrow sail to Isla de Muerta where Barbossa has taken Elizabeth. Unknown to Will, Sparrow intends to use Will to bargain back the "Black Pearl". When Will learns his role in lifting the curse, he barters himself to Barbossa to free Elizabeth and the crew, although Barbossa tricks him. In the end, Sparrow and Will lift the curse together; Sparrow kills Barbossa, and the pirate crew is defeated. At Sparrow's execution in Port Royal, Will, who believes Sparrow deserves to live, declares his love for Elizabeth before attempting to rescue Sparrow from the gallows. They are quickly captured, but Will refuses to abandon Sparrow. Elizabeth intervenes and declares her love for Will. Will is pardoned while Sparrow escapes by falling off the rampart and into the bay where the "Black Pearl" is waiting.

"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"

Will returns with the other main characters from "". In this film, his appearance has become more pirate-like, reminiscent of Errol Flynn's swashbuckler movie characters, and reflects Will's evolution from naïve boy to world-wise man. For aiding Jack Sparrow's escape, Will and Elizabeth are charged just prior to their wedding ceremony by Lord Cutler Beckett, a man made wealthy and powerful by profits from the East India Trading Company. Beckett offers them clemency if Will finds Sparrow's compass. He also has a Letter of Marque with which he wants to recruit Jack as a privateer.

In order to save Elizabeth, Will hunts for Jack Sparrow and the "Black Pearl". He finds the crew captive on Pelegosto, a cannibal-inhabited island. They escape, and Jack agrees to give Will the compass if he helps him find a key, although he has no idea what it unlocks. Will, Jack, and the crew visit Tia Dalma, a voodoo priestess who takes a particular interest in Will and proclaims that he has a "touch of destiny" about him. Dalma tells Jack the key is to the Dead Man's Chest containing the heart of Davy Jones. The crew searches for Jones, and Will soon finds himself stranded on a wrecked vessel that Jack deviously claimed was Jones' ghost ship, the "Flying Dutchman". When the real "Flying Dutchman" suddenly arrives, Jack attempts to barter Will to Davy Jones to repay his blood debt, but Jones refuses, saying one soul is unequal to another. Instead, he keeps Will as a "good faith" payment and demands an additional ninety-nine souls. Otherwise Jack must surrender or face the Kraken. Sparrow once made a bargain with Davy Jones to raise the "Black Pearl" from the ocean bottom and to make Jack captain for thirteen years. Sparrow would then serve aboard the "Dutchman" for a century. Will meets "Bootstrap" Bill Turner, the father who abandoned him and his mother to become a pirate and who is now an indentured sailor on Jones' ghost ship. Will challenges Davy Jones to Liar's Dice, betting his soul against the key to the "Dead Man's Chest". Bootstrap joins in and purposely loses to save his son, although he condemns himself to eternal enslavement. Will steals the key and escapes in a longboat, vowing to one day free his father. Will's determination to save Bootstrap will nearly become an obsession, although it is unclear why he feels such deep loyalty and obligation to a man who deserted his family. However, there are indications that Bootstrap may have supported his family in some way during his absence. Also, Will may feel indebted to Bootstrap for helping him to escape with the key while condemning himself to eternal slavery. A passing ship rescues Will, but Will's presence dooms it when Jones summons the Kraken. Will survives the attack and stows back aboard the "Dutchman," now headed for Isla Cruces where the Dead Man's Chest containing Jones' heart is buried.

On Isla Cruces, Will is reunited with Elizabeth, who escaped jail. Also there are Jack Sparrow and ex-Commodore James Norrington, now a member of Jack's crew. They find the chest, and, key in hand, Will intends to stab the heart to kill Davy Jones. But he finds himself at the point of Jack's sword and caught in a three-way duel between himself, Sparrow, and Norrington, all claiming the heart. Norrington steals the heart and the Letters of Marque, escaping just as Davy Jones' crew attack.

The "Black Pearl" flees, outrunning the "Flying Dutchman", but Davy Jones summons the Kraken. Drawing on his previous experience fighting the monster, Will leads the crew in temporarily in fending it off, gaining enough time to abandon ship. When Elizabeth realizes that Sparrow is the Kraken's prey, she distracts him with a passionate kiss while handcuffing him to the mast. Will witnesses this and believes Elizabeth now loves Sparrow. From the longboat, the crew watches as the Kraken drags the "Pearl" and Sparrow to Davy Jones' Locker.

Will, Elizabeth, and the crew seek refuge with Tia Dalma. As they mourn their captain, Will is particularly despondent, although not only over Elizabeth and Jack. Tia understands his despair—with the "Black Pearl" Will could defeat Davy Jones and free his father. Gibbs proposes a toast to their fallen captain, to which Will glumly raises his mug. Seeing Elizabeth's tearful face and believing she loves Sparrow, he nobly tries comforting her. "If there was anything that could be done . . ." Tia Dalma interrupts, asking would he be willing, would they all be willing, to travel to World's End to bring back Jack Sparrow and the " Black Pearl". All agree, including Will. Tia Dalma says they will need a captain who knows those waters. To their astonishment, a resurrected Captain Barbossa descends the stairs.

"Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End"

Will is next seen when he travels to Singapore with Elizabeth, Barbossa, Tia Dalma, and the "Black Pearl" crew to bargain with Sao Feng, the Pirate Lord of the South China Sea, for a ship and naviational charts leading to World's End and Davy Jones' Locker. Ostensibly, the group's mission is to rescue Jack Sparrow, but like the others, Will has a personal motive: to retrieve the "Black Pearl" so he can free his father from Davy Jones. When Mercer and the East India Trading Company soldiers attack Sao Feng's bathhouse, Feng strikes a secret bargain with Will—Jack Sparrow in exchange for the "Black Pearl". Will and the others journey to World's End on Feng's ship. There they find a delusional Jack. After some convincing, Jack sets sail with them, although he and Barbossa dispute who is captain. Will learns that Elizabeth sacrificed Jack to the Kraken. Although he now knows the reason for Elizabeth's anguish, she believes that her unrelenting guilt over causing Sparrow's death is her burden alone to bear. They agree their relationship cannot endure if they lack trust in one another and make choices alone; their future together is uncertain.

Will has also made choices alone, however, and he helps Feng commandeer the "Black Pearl", although Will only wanted the "Pearl" to save his father. But Sao Feng betrays Will in lieu of another bargain with Lord Beckett, although Beckett double-crosses him. Feng then offers Barbossa the "Black Pearl" in exchange for Elizabeth, who he mistakenly believes is the sea goddess, Calypso. Although Elizabeth may understand Will's underlying motives, she is angry and upset over his betrayal; they are driven even further apart. She agrees to Feng's terms in exchange for the crew's protection. Jack tosses Will in the brig, but he soon escapes. Still plotting to obtain the "Pearl", Will leaves a trail for Lord Beckett to follow to Shipwreck Island, the Brethren Court stronghold, although Jack catches him. Rather than returning Will to the brig, Jack instead gives him his magical compass and pushes him overboard, apparently also intending for Beckett to find them. Will, clinging to a floating barrel, helplessly drifts towards Beckett's ship, "Endeavour."

Will and Elizabeth are reunited after Will is exchanged for Jack during parley with Beckett and Davy Jones. Elizabeth tells Will she understands the burden he bears, but having been aboard the "Dutchman", she now believes Bootstrap can no longer be saved, although Will disagrees. During the maelstrom battle, Will again proposes to Elizabeth, convincing her this may be their only opportunity to wed. Elizabeth calls on Barbossa to immediately marry them; they exchange vows amid the fighting.


After a climactic showdown with Jack atop the "Flying Dutchman's" mast, Davy Jones duels with Elizabeth. Will rushes to her defense, only to be trounced by Jones, who, ironically, now wields the same sword Will crafted for Commodore James Norrington in "Curse of the Black Pearl". Pressing the blade to Will's Heart, Jones menacingly asks, "Do you fear death?" Jack calls out to Jones, "Do you?" and reveals he has Jones' heart. In a bid to save Will, Jack threatens to stab it. Before he can, Jones thrusts the sword deep into Will's chest, mortally wounding him. The act enrages "Bootstrap" Bill, causing him to regain his senses and attack Jones. Torn between immortality for himself and saving Will, Jack places his broken saber in Will's hand, guiding it to stab the heart, killing Jones. Jack and Elizabeth escape as the ship is sucked into the maelstrom. Bootstrap carves out the dead Will's heart and places it in the Dead Man's Chest, fulfilling Will's destiny to free the "Flying Dutchman" from Davy Jones' cursed corruption of his true mission.

The ship resurfaces with Captain Will Turner at the helm. He is now a psychopomp, bound to sail the Netherworld, ferrying souls to the other side. The "Dutchman's" crew have reverted to their human forms. The "Flying Dutchman" joins forces with the "Black Pearl", and together they destroy the "Endeavour", killing Beckett and causing his armada to retreat. Will is allowed one day ashore before he begins his ten-year duty aboard the "Dutchman". Elizabeth, a mortal, is unable to accompany Will to the Netherworld and can only be reunited with Will if he does not touch land. "Bootstrap" Bill chooses to remain aboard with his son. Will spends his one allotted day with Elizabeth on an island where they consummate their marriage. Before returning to the "Dutchman" at sunset, he leaves the "Dead Man's Chest" containing his heart in her care. The "Flying Dutchman" disappears from the horizon amid the Green Flash.

An Easter Egg scene set ten years later follows the end credits. Elizabeth and her and Will's son stand atop a cliff watching the horizon. As the sun sets, the "Flying Dutchman" appears with the Green Flash, Captain Will Turner aboard. The film's writers explain in the DVD's commentary that Will is released from his duties after the ten-year period because Elizabeth remained faithful to him.

Relationship with Jack

Throughout the trilogy, Will maintains a complicated and strained relationship with Captain Jack Sparrow. In the first film, Will, who despises pirates, is revolted by Jack. He helps to capture him in Port Royal, but when he later realizes that he needs Jack's help to rescue Elizabeth, he frees him from jail. Will eventually considers Sparrow a far better man than anyone realizes, and he willingly risks his own freedom to save him from the gallows.

At the start of the second film, Will is ambivalent regarding Jack Sparrow, probably never expecting to see him again. When he is confronted by Lord Cutler Beckett, who is hunting Sparrow, Will claims Jack is merely an "acquaintance" rather than a friend, although this is accurate, it may also be an effort to shield Jack or simply to downplay his association with him to protect himself and Elizabeth. However, Will again needs Jack's help to spare him and Elizabeth from Lord Beckett's death sentence, although Sparrow's "help" soon lands him aboard the "Flying Dutchman" as Davy Jones' captive. Jack does attempt to retrieve Will when he bargains with Jones for 100 souls in exchange for his own. Jones refused to release Will, however, likely suspecting that Jack cared enough for Will as a friend that keeping him captive would motivate Sparrow to fulfill his debt.

In the third film, Will cares nothing for Jack Sparrow, believing he has won Elizabeth's affections. Will agrees to help rescue Jack from Davy Jones' Locker only because he needs the "Black Pearl" to free his father from the "Flying Dutchman". After escaping the "Pearl's" brig, Will attempts to leave a trail for Beckett's ship to follow. Jack, who has become an unwitting mentor to Will despite Will's contempt, discovers him. Jack then seemingly provides Will the means to betray him, although it is actually a ruse to lead Beckett to Shipwreck Cove so Jack can implement his own plan to capture Davy Jones' heart.

Elizabeth is the most important person in Will's life, and anything or anyone that threatens her is his enemy, including Jack Sparrow. Although Jack represents a lifestyle that Will detests, he is often intrigued, puzzled, and even amazed by Jack Sparrow without sacrificing his own personal convictions or morals. He respects Jack even while often considering him unethical and distasteful, and ultimately deems him a pirate but "a good man". And though their relationship constantly teetered on either helping or betraying one another, depending on their respective circumstances, Jack proves that he cares for Will when he selflessly sacrifices his bid for immortality to save the fatally wounded Will.

Video game appearances

Will Turner appears in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" world, Port Royal, of "Kingdom Hearts II". In the Japanese version of "Kingdom Hearts II" as well as in the movies he's voiced by Daisuke Hirakawa, who was also the Japanese voice for Legolas, another famous character portrayed by Bloom. Crispin Freeman provided the voice of Will for the U.S. version of the game since Orlando Bloom was unavailable due to the filming of "Dead Man's Chest". Freeman was also the voice of Will in the video game ' and in the video game adaptation of '.

Will Turner appears in the Pirates of the Caribbean Online game as the character who gives the player their first sword.


External links

* [http://pirates.wikia.com/wiki/William_Turner William Turner] at the [http://pirates.wikia.com "Pirates of the Caribbean" wiki]

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