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16th Jan '17 6:46:35 PM iowaforever
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** As if regular orks weren't CrazyAwesome enough, Ork Freebooter bands are type two space pirates, and like hats and bandanas and fly the Jolly Ork. Examples include flash git Kaptin Badrukk, while the ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar II'''s Retribution expansion gives us Kaptin Bludflagg, who cuts through scores of Imperials, Chaos cultists and aliens, culminating in a battle with a daemon prince and an inquisitor on the same day, all so he can claim said inquisitor's NiceHat (because she'd refused to give it to him as payment to kill the daemon prince in the first place). And in the end he even gets out of it with an even better ship than before.

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** As if regular orks weren't CrazyAwesome enough, Ork Freebooter bands are type two space pirates, and like hats and bandanas and fly the Jolly Ork. Examples include flash git Kaptin Badrukk, the richest ork in the galaxy with a coat of gold armor forged from the false teef of other kaptins he's defeated, while the ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar II'''s Retribution expansion gives us Kaptin Bludflagg, who cuts through scores of Imperials, Chaos cultists and aliens, culminating in a battle with a daemon prince and an inquisitor on the same day, all so he can claim said inquisitor's NiceHat (because she'd refused to give it to him as payment to kill the daemon prince in the first place). And in the end he even gets out of it with an even better ship than before.
3rd Jan '17 3:59:28 PM Kazrak
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* ''VideoGame/SunDogFrozenLegacy'' includes pirates who will actually attempt to convince you to jettison cargo before attacking, and since you can sometimes catch a cargo container when you destroy one of them, presumably they can do the same if they destroy you.
16th Dec '16 5:25:04 AM WZA
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* Space piracy is a major theme within the ''Literature/BlackSun'' series, such that the main protagonists are known as the Flint Pirates. The first book alone details the hijacking of a prototype starship from her dock, followed by her being refitted into the titular ''Black Sun'', crewed and then sent back into space again, while the second opens with her engaging in a traditional pirate raid. That being said, the central plot is less a pirate story and more along the lines of ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode'' (InSpace)...
13th Dec '16 11:41:02 AM AFP
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** After NASA re-establishes contact with Watney, Vincent Kapoor is informed that Watney is claiming to be a space pirate, and insisting that he be addressed as "Blondebeard". Rather than be stricken by the latest absurdity, Kapoor [[StrangeMindsThinkAlike starts to go off on a verbal tangent about maritime law...]]
12th Dec '16 3:45:08 PM KagSwirby
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* An entire skit of ''WesternAnimation/TheMrMenShow'' was devoted to this trope.
28th Nov '16 1:31:06 PM Morgenthaler
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* The Turanic Raiders of ''VideoGame/{{Homeworld}}''. Also, while they are the only pirate race, both the Kushani and Taiidani sides use pirate-like ways, namely, hijacking. In the first series, the peaceful-sounding "Salvage Corvette" is often used for hijacking ships by making them incapable of resisting, towing them back to base, and let the landing party do the job. Thanks to the brokenness of this system, in Homeworld 2, the salvage corvettes are replaced by Marine Frigates (Hiigaran race), and the Infiltrator Frigate (Vaygr side). This time, they either latch onto said hapless ship (Hiigaran's preferred method), or launch [[BoardingParty boarding]] pods (Vaygr's way of saying BadAss), ''in the middle of battle''. Both frigates are lightly armored and lightly armed, but very invaluable in the heat of battle. Their tendency to get targeted first could also be useful as bait, as a couple of these frigates will send any AI player to engage them even if that means turning their backs to the WaveMotionGun wielding enemies nearby.

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* The Turanic Raiders of ''VideoGame/{{Homeworld}}''. Also, while they are the only pirate race, both the Kushani and Taiidani sides use pirate-like ways, namely, hijacking. In the first series, the peaceful-sounding "Salvage Corvette" is often used for hijacking ships by making them incapable of resisting, towing them back to base, and let the landing party do the job. Thanks to the brokenness of this system, in Homeworld 2, the salvage corvettes are replaced by Marine Frigates (Hiigaran race), and the Infiltrator Frigate (Vaygr side). This time, they either latch onto said hapless ship (Hiigaran's preferred method), or launch [[BoardingParty boarding]] pods (Vaygr's way of saying BadAss), badass), ''in the middle of battle''. Both frigates are lightly armored and lightly armed, but very invaluable in the heat of battle. Their tendency to get targeted first could also be useful as bait, as a couple of these frigates will send any AI player to engage them even if that means turning their backs to the WaveMotionGun wielding enemies nearby.
26th Nov '16 11:12:06 AM DimensionalShambler
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* ''VideoGame/{{Brigador}}'''s Spacers are one part ruthless pirates and one part hyperelite hedonists - they raid planet colonies to fund their astronomically (sometimes literally) expensive lifestyles, make room so they can acclimate to planetside gravity (and thus not die or suffer debilitating diseases from spending too long in space), and [[FantasticRacism carry out a genocidal grudge on planetside humans, who they consider no better than animals there for amusement via torture, and find it insulting that the Spacers share ancestry with the 'soil vermin'.]]
9th Nov '16 12:25:00 PM Sar-Chasm
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** Or that's what the creators want you to believe. In reality, most "pirates" describe piracy as rather unprofitable as the occasional loss of an expensively fitted ship is not made up by the equipment dropped by the low-level players that actually fall for pirates. These "pirates" go on to explain that they [[ForTheEvulz do it for the lulz]] and [[TerroristsWithoutACause not for the money]]. The fun of [[KickTheDog blowing up any random passerbys]]. The closest thing to Moneymaking via violence in EVE may be the PsychoForHire "mercenary corporations" who demand money up front. This sort of [[AxCrazy behaviour]] is the [[AlwaysChaoticEvil expected default]] in VideoGame/EveOnline.

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** Or that's what the creators want you to believe. In reality, most "pirates" describe piracy as rather unprofitable as the occasional loss of an expensively fitted ship is not made up by the equipment dropped by the low-level players that actually fall for pirates. These "pirates" go on to explain that they [[ForTheEvulz do it for the lulz]] and [[TerroristsWithoutACause not for the money]]. The fun of [[KickTheDog blowing up any random passerbys]]. The closest thing to Moneymaking via violence in EVE may be the PsychoForHire "mercenary corporations" who demand money up front. This sort of [[AxCrazy behaviour]] is the [[AlwaysChaoticEvil expected default]] in VideoGame/EveOnline.
9th Nov '16 12:15:24 PM Sar-Chasm
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* ''VideoGame/{{Celestus}}'' has some of the second type, rum and [[TalkLikeAPirate Ahoy !]] included. They ''do'' steal your ressources, though.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Celestus}}'' has some of the second type, rum and [[TalkLikeAPirate Ahoy !]] Ahoy!]] included. They ''do'' steal your ressources, resources, though.
5th Nov '16 5:14:40 AM Mhazard
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* In the Universal Century of Gundam, a lot of Zeon remnants became space pirates after the One Year War, including Cima, the antagonist in 0083. Instead of rationalizing them the scientific way, the stories usually tell of how the Federation tolerated or even encouraged them to exist, in order to provide a sense of risk to civilians to keep their large forces active and not decommissioned. It is also a good way to obtain info from the remnants.
* The ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' spinoff series ''Manga/MobileSuitGundamSEEDAstray'' reveals a surprising number of pirates operating at the fringes of the SEED universe.
* The manga ''Manga/MobileSuitCrossboneGundam'' has the main characters from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91'' opposing the Jupiter Empire under the guise of space pirates, even going so far as to take on the name of the original antagonists, the Crossbone Vanguard. They employ all the standard pirate tropes, including spaceships that look like sailing ships (complete with broadside beam cannons) and a robot parrot (apparently for no other reason than that they can), but are actually preventing the Earth from being attacked by the Jovians.
** It gets even crazier. The titular Gundam has X-shaped thrusters (though they're actually practical), a beam cutlass and daggers instead of the standard saber, a beam gun shaped like a flintlock pistol, a targeting lens shaped like an eye patch and an extra antenna on its head modeled after a feather. Apparently just sporting the Jolly Roger insignia on its forehead wasn't enough for Hajime Katoki.

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In the Universal Century of Gundam, ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', a lot of Zeon remnants became space pirates after the One Year War, including Cima, the antagonist in 0083. Instead of rationalizing them the scientific way, the stories usually tell of how the Federation tolerated or even encouraged them to exist, in order to provide a sense of risk to civilians to keep their large forces active and not decommissioned. It is also a good way to obtain info from the remnants.
* ** The ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' spinoff series ''Manga/MobileSuitGundamSEEDAstray'' reveals a surprising number of pirates operating at the fringes of the SEED universe.
* ** The manga ''Manga/MobileSuitCrossboneGundam'' has the main characters from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91'' opposing the Jupiter Empire under the guise of space pirates, even going so far as to take on the name of the original antagonists, the Crossbone Vanguard. They employ all the standard pirate tropes, including spaceships that look like sailing ships (complete with broadside beam cannons) and a robot parrot (apparently for no other reason than that they can), but are actually preventing the Earth from being attacked by the Jovians.
** *** It gets even crazier. The titular Gundam has X-shaped thrusters (though they're actually practical), a beam cutlass and daggers instead of the standard saber, a beam gun shaped like a flintlock pistol, a targeting lens shaped like an eye patch and an extra antenna on its head modeled after a feather. Apparently just sporting the Jolly Roger insignia on its forehead wasn't enough for Hajime Katoki.



* ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE Gundam AGE]]'' also gives us a group. They're known as Bisidian, they pirate Federation vessels, and as of the Kio arc, they have their own Gundam. [[spoiler:In actuality, they're led by Asemu Asuno, and they've been attacking both Federation and Vagan forces in order to preserve the balance of power and keep large-scale battles to a minimum, in an effort to minimize casualties in the war.]]

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* ** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE Gundam AGE]]'' also gives us a group. They're known as Bisidian, they pirate Federation vessels, and as of the Kio arc, they have their own Gundam. [[spoiler:In actuality, they're led by Asemu Asuno, and they've been attacking both Federation and Vagan forces in order to preserve the balance of power and keep large-scale battles to a minimum, in an effort to minimize casualties in the war.]]]]
** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans Iron Blooded Orphans]]'' has the Brewers, a group of space pirates mainly operating in the route between Earth and Mars. Known to be [[RuthlessModernPirates very ruthless]], they also utilize [[ChildSoldier Child Soldiers]].
* The main characters of ''{{Vandread}}'' are female examples of this trope.



* ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans Iron Blooded Orphans]]'' has the Brewers, a group of space pirates mainly operating in the route between Earth and Mars. Known to be [[RuthlessModernPirates very ruthless]], they also utilize [[ChildSoldier Child Soldiers]].
* The main characters of ''{{Vandread}}'' are female examples of this trope.
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