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Tia Dalma
Background information
Feature films Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
Television programs
Video games Disney INFINITY (NPC)
Disney INFINITY: 2.0 Edition (NPC)
Park attractions A Pirate's Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas
Portrayed by
Portrayed by Naomie Harris
Animators
Voice Julianne Buescher (video games, Disney parks)
Performance model
Designer
Inspiration
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names Calypso
Personality Flirty, playful, dramatic
Appearance Slender, gold skin, black hair, brown eyes, black lips, spots on her eye circles, barefoot (seen in the comics)
Birthday
Occupation Witch doctor, voodoo practitioner
Alignment
Affiliations
Alignment Neither good nor bad
Goal To get revenge on the Brethren Court for their part in her imprisonment (formerly, as Calypso), To defeat Davy Jones and his men
Home Pantano River
Relatives
Pets
Allies Jack Sparrow, Hector Barbossa, Davy Jones (as Calypso), Will Turner, Elizabeth Swann, Pintel, Ragetti, Joshamee Gibbs, Jack (Hector's monkey)
Minions
Enemies Davy Jones, Cutler Beckett
Likes Talking in riddles
Dislikes
Powers and abilities Witchcraft, revival
Weapons Voodoo, black magic
Fate Released from her single human form, grows giant and transforms into a legion of crabs and starts the maelstrom
Quote "Would you do it? Hm? What would you…hm? What would any of you be willing to do, hm? Would you sail to the ends of the Eart' and beyond, to fetch back witty Jack and him precious Pearl?"
"The Brethren Court? All of them, the last thing they will learn in this life...is how cruel I can be. And what of your fate, Davy Jones?"

Tia Dalma (under the guise of Calypso) is one of the minor protagonists from Disney's 2006 film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and its sequel. She is portrayed by Naomie Harris, with Julianne Buescher voicing her in her non-film appearances.  

Personality

Tia Dalma's personality is flirty and playful (according to the legend, Calypso was something of a seductress), and she likes talking in riddles. She speaks with a thick West Indian accent, and all her "th"'s come out as "d"'s. Her language is Jamaican Patois, so she often uses grammatically strange phrases, such as "him carve out him heart."

Appearances

Dead Man's Chest

When Jack has a need to travel "up river" to figure a means of weaseling out of his debt to Davy Jones, he and his crew travel to Tia Dalma's shack deep in a swamp. She notices Will has a "touch of destiny" about him and takes Jack the Monkey as payment. She gives Jack a Jar of Dirt, deeming that carrying land with him will help keep him safe from Jones and using her crab claw means of prediction, charts a course to find the Flying Dutchman. At the end of the film, she tells the crew there is a way to free Jack from Davy Jones' Locker and reveals that she has brought Barbossa back to life to assist them.

At World's End

Tia Dalma travels with the crew on their journey to find a means of getting to the Land of the Dead. First going to Shanghai, they retrieve the Navigational Charts and make a deal with Sao Feng for a ship and additional crew. When making their way off World's End and down into the Locker, Tia Dalma sends a band of crabs to retrieve Jack and the Black Pearl, which they use to find their way out.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Jack Sparrow

Tia Dalma makes several appearances in this book series about Jack's youth.

By Jack's sixteenth year, Tia Dalma was already established on the Pantano River, and was considered to be the greatest mystic in the Caribbean. She returned to Jack the eye of Stone-Eyed Sam along with two beads that allowed him to summon the spirit of Montecuhzoma to defeat the phantom Hernán Cortés. Later, during a meeting with the crew of the Barnacle, Dalma professed to have divined something of Sparrow's future, and seemed to be aware that the Chest of Cortés would play a part in his later life. It was during this time that Dalma provided Jack with catnip; the means to return Constance Magliore to her human form, after Dalma herself transformed the girl into a cat.

Kingdom Keepers

Tia Dalma appears in the fifth book, "Shell Game," at Castaway Cove in a cabana. She is a member of the Overtakers, despite her status as a neutral character. The Overtakers who boarded the Disney Dream had brainwashed sailors try to bring her back to the ship, but Tia Dalma refused, demanding a liaison from the Overtakers to meet her instead. Jafar was sent to talk her into boarding the ship, which proved successful; she knew that Maleficent never broke a promise, which in this case was to gift the lamp to Jafar for his services. She then cast a spell of half of the brainwashed sailors, for some unknown reason; Maleficent then appeared as a distraction to allow Tia Dalma the luxury of leaving while he was busy. The Overtakers placed her in the power generator, where they kept their DHI server; basically, she was serving as the server's watch dog. or gatekeeper if you prefer.

Finn and Willa infiltrated the room, prompting Tia Dalma to attack her voodoo magic. Finn got the flash drive from the server, rendering it useless; Willa tried tying up Tia Dalma using her own necklaces. However, Finn caused a power outtage, allowing her to capture Willa. However, the power surge had done something to Finn; he usually didn't think about killing a Disney villain because it was against Disney to do so, but her grabbed Tia Dalma by her throat, demanding the release of his mother from Maleficent's control, or he would snap her neck. Unable to do anything but comply, Tia Dalma did that, and was left weakened as the hyneas chased the Keepers off.

In the fifth book, "Dark Passage", Tia Dalma helps Maleficent and the Evil Queen perform the dark ritual that would restore Chernabog to his full power and frightening form.  As Finn and the others interrupt the ritual, specifically the sacrifice of Finn's non-Kingdom Keeper friend Dillard, Finn stabs Tia Dalma with her own knife.  Only when it was too late did he realize that he'd been fooled by her dark magic, that it was Dillard whom he'd stabbed, and not Tia Dalma.  His grief over what he'd done, his horror at the thought of Chernabog using his friend as an appetizer, and his fury over being used so gave him the strength to knock out Tia Dalma in one punch and prompted him to lead Chernabog into the labrynth-like passages of the temple itself.

Later, as the Kingdom Keepers arrive in Disneyland, they try to cheer Finn up by suggesting that since Dillard was killed by magical means, namely Tia Dalma's voodoo magic, then it may be possible to bring him back the same way; that they may convince her to remove the pin from Dillard's voodoo doll in exchange for her freedom.

In the seventh book, Tia Dalma tries to retrieve Chernabog from the labyrinth.

As Calypso

Calypso was a sea goddess and the lover of Davy Jones. Calypso was as harsh and untamable as the sea itself, but nevertheless fell deeply in love with Davy Jones. She asked him to carry out the duty of ferrying souls drowned at sea to the afterlife, giving him use of the Flying Dutchman to visit the dimension between worlds that came to be known as Davy Jones' Locker. As a reward for carrying out a decade of service, Jones would be reunited with Calypso for a single day, and if she was faithful, he could come and go on land or sea forevermore afterward.

Jones remained true to his word, and spent the next ten years faithfully carrying out his duty. Calypso did not wait for him when he returned to the land of the living, however, as her very nature would not allow her to wait. Enraged, Jones carved out his own heart and locked it in the Dead Man's Chest, and left the dead to wander aimlessly in the Locker. For abandoning his duty, Jones was transformed by Calypso into an amalgamation of human and tentacled sea creature to reflect the man inside, and his crew suffered similar disfigurements.

Seeking revenge, Jones made a deal with the first Brethren Court to imprison Calypso in human form. Led by the original Pirate King, the Pirate Lords' nine pieces of eight were used to bind Calypso into the body of Tia Dalma, and only with all nine pieces could she ever be released. With Calypso's fiery and unpredictable nature bound, the Brethren Court deemed the seas safe to travel as they so pleased.

Years later, when it was revealed to Jack Sparrow and the others by the current Pirate King of the Bretheren Court, his own father, that the human form Calypso had been imprisoned in was none other than Tia Dalma herself, Calypso made one last entreaty to Davy Jones, asking him to release her of his own free will, to take back his heart and accept her love again.  She explained that it was not faithlessnes that bid her not to stay but rather her nature as the goddess of the sea, and that if he went back on the path she'd set him on then she'd restore his human form. However, Davy Jones no longer trusted her and so he rejected her offer.

And so, despite her anger towards the Bretheren Court for having imprisoned her in the human shell, Calypso's bitterness over Davy Jones' rejection was greater, and she agreed to help them defeat him when they performed the ritual to release her.

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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

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 | Marty | Angelica | Blackbeard | Philip Swift | Syrena | Tamara | Marina | Mermaids | King Ferdinand | King George II | Giselle | Scarlett | Anamaria | Redcoats | Black Barty | Jolly Roger | Prison Dog | Auctioneer | Spaniard | Murtogg and Mullroy | Theodore Groves

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's 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

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

Disney Parks: Pirates of the Caribbean | Pirates of the Caribbean (Disneyland Paris) | Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island | The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow | A Pirate's Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas | Treasure Cove

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


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Overtakers: Maleficent | Chernabog | The Queen | Cruella De Vil | Claude Frollo | Ursula | Jafar | Shan Yu | Jack Sparrow | Tia Dalma | Gaston | Prince John | Horned King | Big Bad Wolf | J. Worthington Foulfellow | Gideon | Shenzi, Banzai and Ed | Diablo | Magic Brooms | Green Army Men | Blackbeard | Shere Khan | Si and Am | Hopper | Flotsam and Jetsam | Judge Doom | Madam Leota | Sabor | The Headless Horseman | Stormtroopers | Scar | Zira

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