At the beginning of Pirates of the Caribbean : Curse of the Black Pearl, it shows Mr. Gibbs being a sailor on Norrington's ship as a member of his crew. It is later that revealed Gibbs became a pirate and best friends with Jack Sparrow. Jack even poses as a judge in a courthouse to save Gibbs because he was facing charges of piracy and most likely would have been hung afterwards. Jack never showed this much of a care anyone else other than him. I think later Gibbs even becomes Jack's first mate on the Black Pearl.

Things I'm looking for answers are,

  1. How did Gibbs become a pirate?
  2. How did he end up being Jack Sparrow's best friend?
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    By hanging out with Jack, and by being a pirate.
    – cde
    Commented Jul 13, 2017 at 5:53
  • how he met jack? why hangout with him? why become friends? why become a pirate? all are there mate
    – Vishwa
    Commented Jul 13, 2017 at 6:10
  • pirates.wikia.com/wiki/Joshamee_Gibbs
    – Paulie_D
    Commented Jul 13, 2017 at 6:40

2 Answers 2


It's all explained in the wiki:

Not much is known of Gibbs' early life, but it is known that Gibbs started sailing with the British Royal Navy in his younger days. At some point in Jack Sparrow's teenage years, Jack and his father Edward Teague were captured by the Royal Navy. Gibbs, being friends with Teague, secretly helped them to escape their cells, being able to do this only because he was a sailor in the Royal Navy. However, he was very lenient to pirates as he wanted to keep the rum supply he was getting from them going.

His history with Royal Navy:

Serving as a sailor of the Royal Navy, Gibbs was stationed aboard the HMS Dauntless some time later during its voyage from England to the Caribbean, carrying Weatherby Swann and his twelve year old daughter, Elizabeth, to Port Royal. Along the way, they encountered a wrecked vessel, and Gibbs voiced the opinion that it was the result of a pirate attack. Elizabeth became acquainted enough with Gibbs to recognize him on sight many years later. Ironically, while serving on the Dauntless, Gibbs was superstitious of pirates, even going as far to tell Elizabeth to stop singing a pirate song because it will supposedly invoke pirates upon them.

Some more details of how he became a pirate:

Gibbs remained with the Royal Navy for a while, though at some point over the next eight years, Gibbs turned to piracy once more. How he left the Navy is unknown, though it could have been either Gibbs deserted his post or that it was Jack Sparrow who persuaded Gibbs to turn pirate. By this point, Gibbs had known Jack well enough to be able to relate much of the man's life story and misadventures prior to his going after the treasure of the Isla de Muerta aboard the Black Pearl. He also became aware of the curse that afflicted those who removed the Aztec gold, and was aware of Sparrow's attempts to retake the Pearl following a mutiny led by Hector Barbossa.

Following Barbossa's mutiny, Jack wound up on Port Royal, where he met a local beggar named Sightless Sam who offered to join Jack's crew as a boatswain. Little did Jack know that Gibbs, who had recently deserted the Royal Navy, was Sam's assistant. By this time, they began a close friendship.

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    For what it's worth, almost all of this information comes from non-film material, like this young reader book about a teenage Jack Sparrow. Commented Jul 13, 2017 at 17:36
  • Thanks for the great answer @Gustavo Gabriel. but is any of these are verifiable? I mean is any of these are implied by the movies?
    – Vishwa
    Commented Jul 14, 2017 at 9:52
  • @Vishwa The movies don't show this. We can only infer information from official canon, such as the books, like Thunderforge pointed out
    – BlueMoon93
    Commented Jul 14, 2017 at 10:42
  • @Gustavo Gabriel - It's a closer reality to being canon, because Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales go back to young Jack Sparrow in memory and because the Trident derives from one of the children's novels. Commented Sep 2, 2017 at 21:19

How did Gibbs become a pirate?

Maybe at sometime in his life he subconsciously had existential crisis and his compass of morality changed which resulted in Gibbs becoming a Pirate to enjoy the adventures of the sea.

How did he end up being Jack Sparrow's best friend?

Gibbs seems to be a good guy who found it really hard to get a buddy in the world. However, he was a bit selfless and unambitious. Jack somehow sensed that Gibbs was not an impediment in his way and Gibbs never had same goals like jack sparrow, so both of them didn't compete for same target and Gibbs was a bit submissive. Their friendship reminds me the friendship of Mr. Leslie chow and Alan from the Hangover series!

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    Commented Jan 3, 2022 at 2:39

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