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Davy Jones is a character from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise with connections to the S.E.A. mythos.

History[]

Davy Jones is a figure whose name is pseudonymous for Davy Jones' Locker, a nautical euphemism for the bottom of the sea and a watery grave. Jones does not have a clear backstory or character in mythology, typically being believed to be the result of pneumatic circulation affecting the term, "The Devil Jonah" who is a biblical figure that was swallowed by a whale.

Pirates of the Caribbean (film-series)[]

In these films, Davy Jones was originally a mortal sailor at some point prior to the 17th century. He fell in-love with the sea-goddess Calypso who made him the immortal captain of the Flying Dutchman, a supernatural vessel with the duty of ferrying the souls of those who died at sea to the afterlife. The hindrance of this position was that Jones could only step on dry land one day every 10 years, a day he would spend with his lover Calypso.

After ten years of faithfully serving Calypso and when the one day he could be on land finally came, Jones would be abandoned by the woman he loved. Devastated, Davy Jones made a bargain with the first pirate Brethren Court and instructed them on how to bind Calypso in a mortal form so that they could control the seas for themselves. After this betrayal, Jones carved out his own heart and buried it in an iron-chest on the island of Isla Cruces.

Davy Jones would go on to abandon the Dutchman's purpose and in doing so cause his physical form and the forms of his crew to become corrupted, resembling creatures made of sea-life. Instead, Jones used his dark powers to make faustian bargains with sailors by offering their desires in-return for them serving as slaves aboard the Dutchman. When one didn't obey his terms, Jones would curse them with a black spot on their hand which caused the sea-monster known as The Kraken to hunt them down.

Jones would die in 1729 when his heart was stabbed by in-debt pirate Captain Jack Sparrow, using the hand of fellow-pirate William Turner who was previously killed by Jones. Due to the curse of the Flying Dutchman, William was resurrected as new captain of the Flying Dutchman while Davy Jones died and fell into a maelstrom created by the recently freed Calypso.

Disney Parks[]

Pirates of the Caribbean[]

Disneyland[]

Davy Jones' ghost can be heard at the end of this attraction when guests leave the island of Isla Tesoro during its raid at the hands of the Wicked Wench in the golden age of piracy and re-enter the Blue Bayou of New Orleans in more modern times. He makes comments on the cursed treasure and fates of the pirates of the Wicked Wench as the guests travel through time.

Jones is also mentioned by several characters in the attraction, using his name as a euphemism for a watery grave. In particular, he is named by the undead skull Captain X, Captain Barbossa (replacing Blackbeard), the hook-handed pirate, and the pirate Redd.

Disneyland Paris[]

In this version of the ride Davy Jones' ghost appears on a misty waterfall within the ruins of the Spanish fortress on Isla Tesoro which was bombarded by the Wicked Wench. Interchanging with the ghost of Blackbeard, the spirits give guests ominous warnings before allowing them to pass into the golden age of piracy to experience the Wench's raid of the island first-hand.

Adventure Isle (Disneyland Paris)[]

Part of the subterranean Pirate's Grotto on this island in Adventureland is called, "Davy Jones' Locker".

Davy Jones in his cabin on the Flying Dutchman in Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure

Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island[]

Davy Jones' disembodied ghost can be heard in Dead Man's Grotto, haunting the Dead Man's Chest when guests touch it.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure[]

Davy Jones is the main-antagonist of this attraction in which guests assist Captain Jack Sparrow in robbing Davy Jones of the Sunken Treasure, a massive collection of gold which appears to have been collected from a multitude of shipwrecks by Jones. The Sunken Treasure is found off the coast of Treasure Cove (possibly being the cove's namesake) and is also home to a fleet of sunken ships at Jones' command, mermaids and the Kraken.

Connections[]

Oceaneer Lab[]

The Dead Man's Chest of Davy Jones was among the relics in Captain Mary Oceaneer's possession aboard the RV Oceaneer Lab.

Phantom Manor[]

A portrait of Davy Jones' ship The Flying Dutchman is hanged in the portrait corridor of Ravenswood Manor in the possession of Henry Ravenswood. It is depicted as sailing like a normal vessel before bursting into flames when the portrait changes.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad[]

Davy Jones' name is parodied in the, "Dave V. Jones Mine" of Big Thunder Mountain which is passed through after exiting the town of Tumbleweed. It is unknown what the significance of this allusion is.

Trader Sam's[]

Davy Jones is mentioned on the menu for these bars in the description for the drink Shipwreck on the Rocks, a drink which causes a miniature Wicked Wench to sink in a bottle. Additionally in Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar, one of the two lockets that he and Calypso possessed is in Sam's display case.[1]

Other[]

  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Davy Jones' pipe-organ on the Dutchman is inspired by that of Captain Nemo aboard the Nautilus. In Battle for the Sunken Treasure, he even briefly plays Toccata and Fugue in B minor which is famously played by Captain Nemo in the film.

References[]

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