Cotton was a pirate who served under Jack Sparrow. He'd been rendered mute after he had his tongue cut out. He trained his pet parrot to talk for him, although no one is sure how exactly. He was hired out of Tortuga by him and Mr. Gibbs to crew the Interceptor. After Sparrow reclaimed the Black Pearl from Captain Barbossa, Cotton remained with him up until the Pearl was sunk by the Kraken.