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The Jumanji Character You Likely Forgot Our Flag Means Death's Rhys Darby Played

Pirating is usually a rather dangerous and deadly profession — that is, unless you are a crewmate on Stede Bonnet's (Rhys Darby) ship, the "Revenge." Loosely based on the historical figures of several pirates, including Bonnet, "Our Flag Means Death" is a hilarious romp through the Golden Age of Piracy and features some serious star power like Joel Fry, Kristian Nairn, Leslie Jones, Fred Armisen, Kristen Schaal, Tim Heidecker, Taika Waititi, and Will Arnett, just to name a few (via IMDb).

The fulcrum of "Our Flag Means Death" is Rhys Darby's Bonnet, who often refers to himself as a "Gentleman Pirate." Originally tired of his sheltered and privileged life, Bonnet decides to try his hand at pirating, despite the fact that he is naïve and woefully unprepared for a life of piracy. However, this fish-out-of-water scenario often propels both the story and the comedy forward, and the series has been a huge hit on account of the cast and plot, with "Our Flag Means Death" earning a 95% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. But before he was entertaining audiences by trying to lead a pirate crew, Darby also found a recurring role in the most recent "Jumanji" movies — though you may not have remembered his character in those films.

Darby plays the NPC Nigel in the Jumanji movies

Combining his acumen for a loud, boisterous presentation with a rather unique and confused stare, Rhys Darby plays the NPC and quest-giver Nigel Billingsley in both "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" and its sequel, "Jumanji: The Next Level" (via IMDb). As an NPC – or non-player character – in the "Jumanji" reboots, Nigel is part of the game itself and not a real person like the characters who have been whisked away to this virtual and dangerous world. His interactions in "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" see him repeat the same speech regardless of what questions are asked of him, poking fun at the often linear structure of video games.

Acting as sort of a prologue to adventure in both "Jumanji" films, Nigel lets the players know what exactly is going on in the world of "Jumanji" and what they must to do save the magical land. In the first film, that's obtaining the jeweled eye of a massive jaguar statue that grants its wielder control over all animals, while in the second movie, it's acquiring a magical necklace that will end a brutal drought. Both movies end with Nigel as he allows the players to return to the real world, and he congratulates them for their efforts before sending them off. At least if they ever decide to make another "Jumanji" movie, there's probably a good chance that we'll be seeing the character of Nigel once again, however briefly.