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22nd Sep '16 9:43:26 PM nombretomado
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* ''Under the Jolly Rodger'' from the BloodyJack series has Jacky as a privateer.

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* ''Under the Jolly Rodger'' from the BloodyJack Literature/BloodyJack series has Jacky as a privateer.
10th Aug '16 9:39:31 PM PaulA
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* In James Clavell's ''[[Literature/AsianSaga Shogun]]'', pilot John Blackthorne (based on the real life English navigator William Adams) was a privateer.

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* In James Clavell's ''[[Literature/AsianSaga Shogun]]'', ''Literature/{{Shogun}}'', pilot John Blackthorne (based on the real life English navigator William Adams) was a privateer.
8th Aug '16 9:34:11 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Unlike the other Covenant races in ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', the Kig-Yar (Jackals) are not officially a part of it. Instead, they're paid mercenaries who have to, at least, pretend to believe in the holiness of the [[{{Precursors}} Forerunners]]. They operate their own ships and are allowed to raid non-Covenant ships and colonies.

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* Unlike the other Covenant races in ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', the Kig-Yar (Jackals) are not officially a part of it. Instead, they're paid mercenaries who have to, to at least, least pretend to believe in the holiness of the [[{{Precursors}} Forerunners]]. They operate their own ships and are allowed to raid non-Covenant ships and colonies.
7th Aug '16 5:23:29 PM nombretomado
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* In TheDCU, the Black Pirate was a 16th-century costumed privateer working for the English against the Spanish.

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* In TheDCU, Franchise/TheDCU, the Black Pirate was a 16th-century costumed privateer working for the English against the Spanish.
7th Aug '16 1:23:41 PM erforce
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* In ''TheWestWing'', first lady Abbey Bartlet's status as a "daughter of the American revolution" is contested, as her "revolutionary" ancestor was in fact a privateer helping the revolutionaries for money. She's very insistent that he was a privateer, and not a pirate.

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* In ''TheWestWing'', ''Series/TheWestWing'', first lady Abbey Bartlet's status as a "daughter of the American revolution" is contested, as her "revolutionary" ancestor was in fact a privateer helping the revolutionaries for money. She's very insistent that he was a privateer, and not a pirate.



* In theory, you start out as one of these in ''SidMeiersPirates''. Doesn't stop you from potentially turning against your employers, though.

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* In theory, you start out as one of these in ''SidMeiersPirates''.''VideoGame/SidMeiersPirates''. Doesn't stop you from potentially turning against your employers, though.



* Futuristic version in the ''VideoGame/WingCommander: Privateer'' games.

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* %%* Futuristic version in the ''VideoGame/WingCommander: Privateer'' ''VideoGame/WingCommanderPrivateer'' games.
24th Jul '16 11:19:44 AM Morgenthaler
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* The MMORPG ''PiratesOfTheBurningSea'', features the Privateer as one of the career (character class) choices for a player who chooses to represent one of the three player nations: Britain, France, or Spain.
* In the second ''BrokenSword'' game, two [=NPCs=] are the descendants of a privateer (''not'' [[InsistentTerminology a pirate]]) who claim he was falsely accused of acting without the correct papers by a governor and hung in order to get at his fortune.

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* The MMORPG ''PiratesOfTheBurningSea'', ''VideoGame/PiratesOfTheBurningSea'', features the Privateer as one of the career (character class) choices for a player who chooses to represent one of the three player nations: Britain, France, or Spain.
* In the second ''BrokenSword'' ''VideoGame/BrokenSword'' game, two [=NPCs=] are the descendants of a privateer (''not'' [[InsistentTerminology a pirate]]) who claim he was falsely accused of acting without the correct papers by a governor and hung in order to get at his fortune.
21st Jun '16 12:35:20 AM gewunomox
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* "Privateering", song and album by [[DireStraits Mark Knopfler]].

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* "Privateering", song and album by [[DireStraits [[Music/DireStraits Mark Knopfler]].
2nd Jun '16 8:00:31 PM Taxima
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* A light-sided Smuggler in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' is essentially this.

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* A light-sided Smuggler in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' is essentially this.this, attacking the Empire exclusivly.
27th May '16 5:50:28 AM GentlemensDame883
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* It's one of the units in games like ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}}''. In some of them (like ''Civilization 3''), the Privateer unit has a hidden nationality, meaning you can attack without the victim knowing who's responsible.
** In ''Civilization V'', Privateers no longer have this ability and are instead good coastal city raiders.

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* It's one of the units in games like ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}}''. In some of them (like ''Civilization 3''), the Privateer unit has a hidden nationality, meaning you can attack without the victim knowing who's responsible.
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responsible. In ''Civilization V'', Privateers no longer have this ability and are instead good coastal city raiders.raiders who also have a chance to capture enemy units they would otherwise sink.
4th May '16 1:20:54 PM Eievie
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Often used to allow the {{pirate}} atmosphere without some of the...less civilized parts. Turning into a real pirate was a recurring problem with privateers. Of course, [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters one nation's "privateer" is often another nation's "pirate"]]. Sometimes the same nation would even issue letters of marque when fighting a powerful navy they couldn't match in conventional warfare, then [[{{Hypocrite}} turn right around and denounce it]] as an illegitimate tactic when they were up against less powerful nations. Indeed, until the eighteenth century the distinction wasn't formalized in international law, and any ship with enough muscle could go a-rovin on a whim however respectable it was in port. It was also common for an IntrepidMerchant to moonlight as a privateer. After all, all that was needed was a paper, and one could have the object of profiting by {{Plunder}} as well as being the subject of it.

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Often used to allow the {{pirate}} atmosphere without some of the...the… less civilized parts. Turning into a real pirate was a recurring problem with privateers. Of course, [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters one nation's "privateer" is often another nation's "pirate"]]. Sometimes the same nation would even issue letters of marque when fighting a powerful navy they couldn't match in conventional warfare, then [[{{Hypocrite}} turn right around and denounce it]] as an illegitimate tactic when they were up against less powerful nations. Indeed, until the eighteenth century the distinction wasn't formalized in international law, and any ship with enough muscle could go a-rovin on a whim however respectable it was in port. It was also common for an IntrepidMerchant to moonlight as a privateer. After all, all that was needed was a paper, and one could have the object of profiting by {{Plunder}} as well as being the subject of it.



** WordOfGod notes that the Shichibukai are indeed based off the privateers, and a few, notably Bartholomew Kuma, are inspired directly from them... if in name only.

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** WordOfGod notes that the Shichibukai are indeed based off the privateers, and a few, notably Bartholomew Kuma, are inspired directly from them... them… if in name only.
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