Captain Shakespeare
Biographical information




Cause of Death
Portrayed By

Robert De Niro

Captain Shakespeare is the captain of a sky vessel.


When he was young he always dreamed of England on the other side of Wall, but was bound to become a notorious pirate because of his father. An effeminate man, the young Shakespeare knew he had to follow in his father's footsteps and become a fearsome pirate captain, so he choice the name Shakespeare, interpreted by his crew as "Shakes Spear".

A Chance EncounterEdit

One day, whilst illegally using his vessel to collect lightning, Shakespeare caught Tristan Thorne and Yvaine in his nets. He decided to help them on their journey. Tricking his crew into believing Tristan is dead, he dresses him up in fancy clothes and introduces him as his nephew.

An Eventful JourneyEdit

"How can we ever repay this kindness?
Ah, don't mention it. Seriously, don't mention know reputations, lifetimes to build, seconds to destroy.
―Tristan and Shakespeare[src]

After stopping off to sell lightning to the dodgy dealer Ferdy the Fence, Shakespeare introduced Tristan (who had been hiding in his cabin) to the crew as his "fearsome buccaneer nephew" The Captain played the host perfectly, teaching Tristan to fence and Yvaine to waltz, during which time he revealed that he knew Yvaine was in fact, a fallen star.

At the end of the journey, Shakespeare gave Tristan a container full of lightning as well as some whispered advice, before preparing to depart.

Secret RevealedEdit

Before the vessel managed to depart, it was set upon by Prince Septimus and his men, who had killed the seer and were on the trail of Yvaine, who unknowingly carried the Royal Ruby. The men were killed, taking a large amount of Shakespeare's crew with them, but not before Septimus had discovered the Captain, dressed in a pink dress and feather boa, twirling around his cabin.

The crew saw off the Prince, before revealing to their distraught Captain that they "always knew you were a whoopsie". Shakespeare later attended the coronation wedding of Yvaine to King Tristan, who he had told that his true love was right in front of his eyes.

Portrayal in the film Edit

Captain Shakespeare is portrayed by veteran actor Robert DeNiro.