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It was not worth feeling what small, fleeting joy life brings. And so, him carve out him heart, lock it away in a chest, and hide the chest from the world. The key...he keeps with him at all times.
Tia Dalma[src]

The Dead Man's Chest is a mysterious chest that holds the heart of Davy Jones, captain of the ghostly Flying Dutchman. It played a prominent role in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and its sequel, At World's End. Among other appearances, the chest appears in Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island.

Thirteen years after his bargain with Davy Jones, Captain Jack Sparrow searches for the key to the fabled Dead Man's Chest to use as leverage to satisfy his debt to Jones. Meanwhile, Lord Cutler Beckett sets his sights on retrieving the Chest, knowing that whomever controls the heart of Davy Jones has the power to control the Seven Seas.

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Films

Dead Man's Chest

Thirteen years after his bargain with Davy Jones, Captain Jack Sparrow was given the Black Spot by Bootstrap Bill Turner, thereby marking him for the Kraken to hunt unless Jack repays his debt. To elude Jones' wrath, Sparrow sought out the Dead Man's Chest, which contains the the still-beating heart of Davy Jones, in order to save himself from a life of servitude to Jones. With Will Turner press-ganged into Davy Jones' crew aboard the Flying Dutchman, Jack managed to convince Elizabeth Swann to use his compass to find the chest of Davy Jones in order to save Will. To convince Elizabeth, Jack said that whoever has the chest has leverage to command Jones to do whatever he or she wants.

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Jack opening the Dead Man's Chest.

Charting a course to Isla Cruces, Jack and Elizabeth were able to find the Dead Man's Chest, while Will Turner stole the key from Davy Jones from aboard the Flying Dutchman. However, a three-way sword fight breaks out between Jack, Will and Norrington to pursue their own goals. Will wants to kill Jones, so his father Bootstrap is freed; Jack, however, wants it to force Jones to call off the Kraken; James Norrington, now a rum-pot deckhand, wants to present the chest to Lord Cutler Beckett, who also sought the chest. Fighting off both Turner and Norrington in the duel for the key, Jack Sparrow eventually opened the chest and stole the heart. The pirates Pintel and Ragetti made off with the chest during the battle, though Sparrow stored the heart in a jar of dirt. While Davy Jones' crew battled Jack's crew for the chest, Norrington found the heart along with Jack's Letters of Marque, and took both items for himself before absconding with the chest to draw Jones' crew away from Elizabeth. However, deep in the jungle, Norrington gave up the chest to barnacled crew and fled.

The crew of the Flying Dutchman returned the Dead Man's Chest and gave it to their captain Davy Jones. Upon witnessing the Black Pearl dragged to the depths, Jones opened the chest only to find that his heart was missing. Meanwhile, Norrington presented the heart to Lord Beckett in an attempt to regain his life as a British officer. According to legend, whoever possesses the Dead Man's Chest gains control of Davy Jones, and Beckett intends to use this awesome power to destroy every last Pirate of the Caribbean once and for all.

At World's End

According to legend, whoever controls the heart of Davy Jones, controls the sea. Lord Cutler Beckett of the East India Company has gained control of the terrifying ghost ship, the Flying Dutchman, and its malevolent, vengeful Captain, Davy Jones. The Dutchman now roams the seven seas, unstoppable, destroying pirate ships without mercy, under the command of Admiral Norrington. Upon seeing the aftermath of the massacre of pirate ships led by the Flying Dutchman, Beckett had the Dead Man's Chest transferred aboard the Dutchman in order to ensure that the ship did as directed by the Company. The chest would be kept in the captain's quarters, where it was guarded by EITC soldiers.

Elizabeth Swann's father, Governor Weatherby Swann, learned of the secrets of the Dead Man's Chest. While Jack's crew were trying to escape Davy Jones' Locker, they met with Governor Swann, who revealed that if you stab the heart, yours must take its place and that you will sail the seas for eternity. Swann was killed by Beckett for having learned this information. Later, Bootstrap Bill Turner conveyed the same message to Elizabeth when she was imprisoned aboard the Dutchman, as a way to avoid having his son Will Turner to complete his mission to save him, saying he who slays him must take his place as captain, forever. Both warnings were given with the line, "The Dutchman must have a captain."

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Davy Jones holding the chest.

After Bootstrap Bill killed Admiral Norrington, Jones and his crew tried to retrieve the chest, but Mercer summarily retained control aboard the Dutchman. The chest would then be guarded by Mullroy and Murtogg, who were armed with two large cannons that they aim at the chest. During the titanic battle between the Black Pearl and the Flying Dutchman, Mercer was killed by Jones, who then took the key as he made his way to the chest, though by this point Jack Sparrow had already stole the chest out from Mullroy and Murtogg. On the rigging of the Flying Dutchman, Jack Sparrow and Davy Jones dueled for the chest. Jones claimed the chest until Jack shot it from his hand, landing it on deck. Will Turner took the chest as he boarded the Dutchman, but lost it when Bootstrap Bill attacked him. By the end of the battle, Jack opened the chest and was about to stab the heart, thereby achieving immortality.

Unfortunately, at the moment of Sparrow's triumph, Jones fatally stabbed Will, forcing Jack to choose between gaining immortality or saving Will. Jack then gave up immortality and helped Will stab Jones' heart. After Jones' death, Bootstrap Bill and other Dutchman crewmen gathered around to cut out Will's heart. As the new captain of the Flying Dutchman, Will Turner must carry out the duty to ferry souls to the next world. Before leaving, Will gave the chest (and his heart) to the newly-wed Elizabeth Turner for safe keeping.

Video games

LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game

The Dead Man's Chest appears in the game.

Disney Parks

Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island

Deep within "Dead Man's Grotto", the Dead Man's Chest can be found. Upon touching the chest, lighting will change, and Davy Jones' disembodied voice will utter words of warning, and guests will be able to feel the heartbeat of Jones' heart from within the chest. Skeletons litter the pits of the cave, implying danger to those who continue to press onward.

Song Lyrics

Fifteen men on the Dead Man's Chest!

Yo ho ho, and a bottle of rum!

Drink and the Devil has done the rest!

Yo ho ho, and a bottle of rum!

But one of her crew alive

What put to the sea with twenty five

Yo ho ho, and a bottle of rum! 

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Media

Films: The Curse of the Black Pearl | Dead Man's Chest | At World's End | On Stranger Tides | Dead Men Tell No Tales
Short film: Tales of the Code: Wedlocked
Books: Jack Sparrow prequel novels | Pirates of the Caribbean: Legends of the Brethren Court | Pirates of the Caribbean: The Price of Freedom | Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: The Visual Guide | Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (Ultimate Sticker Book)
Video games: Pirates of the Caribbean | The Legend of Jack Sparrow | Pirates of the Caribbean Online | Kingdom Hearts II | Pirates of the Caribbean Multiplayer Mobile | LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game | Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (video game) | Pirates of the Caribbean: Armada of the Damned | Pirates of the Caribbean (pinball) | Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (video game) | Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (video game) | Pirates of the Caribbean: Master of the Seas (App) | Disney INFINITY

Disney Parks

Treasure Cove | Pirateland | Pirate Takeover | A Pirate's Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas | El Teatro Fandango | Jungle River Cruise: Pirate Takeover! | Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island | Pirates of the Caribbean | Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure | Shipwreck Shore | Siren's Revenge | The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow
Entertainment: Captain Jack Sparrow's Pirate Tutorial | Celebrate the Magic | Disney Illuminations | Eye of the Storm: Captain Jack’s Stunt Spectacular | Fantasmic! | Ignite the Dream: A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and Light | World of Color
Restaurants: Barbossa's Bounty | Blue Bayou Restaurant | Pintel & Ragetti's Grub to Grab | The Snackin’ Kraken | Tortuga Tavern | Tortuga Treats
Shops: Doubloon Market | Jolly Gypsy | Pirates League | Pirate Treasure |
Halloween: Mickey's Boo-to-You Halloween Parade | The Nightmare Experiment

Characters

Jack Sparrow | Hector Barbossa | Joshamee Gibbs | Will Turner | Elizabeth Swann | James Norrington | Davy Jones | Pintel and Ragetti | Cutler Beckett | Ian Mercer | Tia Dalma | Kraken | Weatherby Swann | Bootstrap Bill Turner | Sao Feng | Captain Teague | Jack the Monkey | Cotton | Marty | Leech | Angelica | Blackbeard | Philip Swift | Syrena | Tamara | Marina | Mermaids | King Ferdinand | King George II | Giselle | Scarlett | Anamaria | Redcoats | Black Barty | Jolly Roger | Prison Dog | Auctioneer | Mungard | Spaniard | Murtogg and Mullroy | Theodore Groves | Captain Salazar | Marquis D'avis

Organizations

The Crew of the Black Pearl | The Crew of the Flying Dutchman | East India Trading Company | Brethren Court | Spaniard's crew | Zombie Officers

Locations

Isla Tesoro | Port Royal, Jamaica | Fort Charles | Tortuga | Isla de Muerta | Pelegosto | Isla Cruces | Singapore | Davy Jones' Locker | Shipwreck Cove | London, England | Spain | Whitecap Bay | Fountain of Youth

Ships/Boats

Wicked Wench | Black Pearl | Flying Dutchman | Queen Anne's Revenge | HMS Interceptor | HMS Dauntless | HMS Endeavor | Jolly Mon | Barnacle | Dying Gull

Objects

Jack Sparrow's hat | Jack Sparrow's sword | Jack Sparrow's compass | Treasure of Cortés | Elizabeth Swann's gold medallion | Ragetti's wooden eye | Jar of Dirt | Davy Jones' pipe organ | Key to the Dead Man's Chest | Dead Man's Chest | Mao Kun Map | Pirata Codex | Jack Sparrow's piece of eight | Sword of Triton | Jack Sparrow Voodoo Doll | Chalices of Cartagena | Dark Magic | Voodoo

Music
"Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me)" | Theme park soundtrack | Soundtrack Treasures Collection | Swashbuckling Sea Songs | 1966 soundtrack | He's a Pirate | Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (soundtrack) | Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (soundtrack) | Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (soundtrack) | Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (soundtrack) | Pirates Remixed | Hoist the Colours | My Jolly Sailor Bold
Miscellaneous

Pirates of the Caribbean Trading Card Game | Liar's Dice

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