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William B. Pordobel, better known as One-Eyed Willy, was the pirate captain of the ship, Inferno.


William was only born with one eye earning him the nickname “One-Eyed Willy”. He wore an eyepatch to cover it up.


Once a court jester for the Spanish, he was banished for telling off-colour stories and having practical jokes.[1] Following this, he started his own pirate crew and stole millions worth in treasure from the king of England. The king finally began retaliating, sending out his entire armada to take down the infamous captain, which erupted into a mass war. Willy ordered to flee, trying to escape being killed in the process; while in a cave, the navy began firing, hitting the walls and creating a cave-in, which sealed the Inferno into a giant cavern.

Before Willy and his crew perished, Willy had a series of intricate booby traps set up in the caves that led away, in hopes to kill those who attempted to find him or those who attempted to escape. While this was a strong defense, it was not foolproof, as one of his crew escaped to the surface with his map and the two pieces that went with it: a doubloon and a copper medallion. The legend of One-Eyed Willy spread around the locals.

He and the pirates he trusted close died in his cabin on his ship loaded up with his treasure. It is likely that he is expired while sitting down, as his earthly remains were found in the captain's chair.

Willy sat in his chair for nearly three centuries before he was discovered by Mikey and the rest of the Goonies. When Mikey finds him sitting at the head of his treasure table, he is deemed the "First Goonie", due to his missing eye. When the cavern began to collapse and open, he sailed away on his ship once again, to wherever the wind takes him.

Behind the scenes[]

In early versions of the script, One-Eyed Willy was meant to be asthmatic, like Mikey. This was dropped in the final version, as asthma was a relatively new medical discovery and would not have been fully understood in the times One-Eyed Willy was still alive.

In promotional images for the film. One-Eyed Willy often appears with a hat. This goes unseen in the movie.



  1. The Goonies Souvenir Magazine