Palifico is a character in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series.
As with other members of the Dutchman, Palifico has characteristics of sea creatures - he is shown with a fire coral crest on top of his head, a coral and bone structure forming an exoskeleton on his body in place of his eyes, nose, and mouth, and two tube worms on his eye sockets.
On board the scuttled ship, Palifico and the rest of the crew confront Will Turner in combat while Davy Jones took control of the ship, with Will noticing Jack Sparrow was nearby on the Black Pearl. Onboard it, Palifico and the other crewmen went on it and held his motley crew (especially Cotton) as prisoners.
During a game of Liar's Dice, Palifico watched Maccus, Koleniko, and Clanker play the game with the other crew members just as Will Turner offers to challenge against Davy Jones. Jones, however, calls Will's father Bootstrap Bill a liar, punishing him to stay on the ship forever while telling Will to feel free to go ashore due to Will's father helping his son not lose the game.
The next day, Palifico and the crew of the Flying Dutchman raise the mast while Davy Jones prepares to summon the Kraken in order to kill Jack Sparrow, Will Turner, and the rest of the crew, because Will took the key from him while he was sleeping. Later at Isla Cruces when the crew spies on Jack and his crew surviving on Isla Cruces, Palifico and the rest of the crew plan to go after the crew who are seeking Dead Man's Chest.
Throughout the ambush, Palifico and the other crewmen become distracted upon hearing a bell tower and attacked Pintel, Ragetti, and Elizabeth Swann during a sword fight in combat. The motley crew managed to escape from him and the rest of the Dutchman pirates. Just as the Pearl faces against the Dutchman, Davy Jones orders his crew to destroy the Black Pearl just as the Dutchman fires its cannons to destroy it. As the Dutchman fails to defeat Jack Sparrow, the crew of the Pearl celebrates as the moment is interrupted when the Kraken prepares to attack; it turns out that the Kraken is only searching for Jack.
After Jack sacrifices himself to save the crew, Palifico and the other crew members only find out that Jack took Davy Jones' heart with him just as Davy Jones plans to take revenge against Jack, much to the captain's rage.
Palifico returns in this film where Davy Jones and his crew have a conversation with Lord Cutler Beckett of the East India Trading Company just as Davy Jones is forced to kill the Kraken. Later, by order of the EITC, Palifico and the rest of the crew attacked Sao Feng's crew, the Empress, and executed most of the crew of the Empress. With James Norrington dead, Palifico and the other crew react in shock just as Maccus gives orders to escape the cabin just as Davy Jones manages to take command of the Dutchman under Mercer's duty.
During battle at the maelstrom, Palifico was present atop the crow's nest watching the crew members of the Flying Dutchman and the EITC soldiers fight against Jack's crew and Tai Huang's men. After the battle stops when Davy Jones falls to his death, Palifico and the remaining crew members of the Flying Dutchman revert back to their human forms with Will Turner as the new captain of the Dutchman. Afterwards, both the Dutchman and the Black Pearl destroy the HMS Endeavor, defeating Cutler Beckett for good.
Video game appearances
Palifico appears as a mini-boss twice in this video game. The player must defeat regular enemies and then use a special move in order to defeat him.