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22nd Jul '16 3:17:01 PM CrypticMirror
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* The Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures novel ''Sky Pirates!'' blurred the line between this trope and SpacePirates.

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* The Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures novel ''Sky Pirates!'' blurred the line between this trope and SpacePirates.SpacePirates with its setting being a solar system within a pocket universe which is fully pressurized with a breathable atmosphere. The pirates (and all the other "space" ships) are able to travel in a variety of non-airtight steampunk-esque vessels, some with open decks.
17th Jul '16 1:43:01 AM GravityBone
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* Podcast/DiceFunk features the antagonistic Blackhearts, a group of pirates flying an airship dubbed the Zavala.
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4th Jul '16 1:19:15 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' has [[TheObiWan Julio Scoundrel]], who owns a large Airship, the ''Mechane'', and [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0392.html "admits to nothing, but has it on good authority that there are several attractive young heiresses that are quite shamefully lax in securing their most valuable jewelry."]]

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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' has [[TheObiWan Julio Scoundrel]], Scoundrel, who owns a large Airship, the ''Mechane'', and [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0392.html "admits to nothing, but has it on good authority that there are several attractive young heiresses that are quite shamefully lax in securing their most valuable jewelry."]]
28th Jun '16 4:15:15 PM Nippertipper
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Following all of the tropes applicable to {{pirate}}s except for using aeroplanes (or better yet, [[UsefulNotes/{{Airships}} airships]], especially [[CoolAirship cool ones]], or even better: [[{{Pun}} flying boats!]]) instead of boats, Sky Pirates (sometimes referred to as "Air Pirates") were fairly popular in the early days of aviation, though they were soon eclipsed by SpacePirates once aeroplanes became less novel. Nowadays, Sky Pirates are mostly found in the yellowing pages of 1920s and 1930s comics and {{pulp magazine}}s, [[TwoFistedTales in modern media intended to evoke that era]], and in {{Steampunk}} settings.

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Following all of the tropes applicable to {{pirate}}s except for using aeroplanes (or better yet, [[UsefulNotes/{{Airships}} airships]], especially [[CoolAirship cool ones]], or even better: [[{{Pun}} flying boats!]]) instead of boats, Sky Pirates (sometimes referred to as "Air Pirates") were fairly popular in the early days of aviation, though they were soon eclipsed by SpacePirates once aeroplanes became less novel. Nowadays, Sky Pirates are mostly found in the yellowing pages of 1920s 1920's and 1930s 30's comics and {{pulp magazine}}s, [[TwoFistedTales in modern media intended to evoke that era]], and in {{Steampunk}} settings.
15th May '16 9:13:17 PM PaulA
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* ''Film/ThePhantom'' has Sala and her all-female air pirates.

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* ''Film/ThePhantom'' ''Film/{{The Phantom|1996}}'' has Sala and her all-female air pirates.
4th May '16 10:30:41 PM Eievie
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* Seems to be the direction Alex Ross and Dynamite Entertainment are taking the Black Terror within the ''ComicBook/ProjectSuperpowers'' universe, complete with a parrot-themed sidekick. Must be that Jolly Roger on his chest...

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* Seems to be the direction Alex Ross and Dynamite Entertainment are taking the Black Terror within the ''ComicBook/ProjectSuperpowers'' universe, complete with a parrot-themed sidekick. Must be that Jolly Roger on his chest...chest…



* As could the pirates in ''[[Franchise/DisneyFairies The Pirate Fairy]]'' - aspiring sky pirates, at least.

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* As could the pirates in ''[[Franchise/DisneyFairies The Pirate Fairy]]'' - aspiring Fairy]]'': ''Aspiring'' sky pirates, at least.



* Captain Shakespeare of ''Film/{{Stardust}}'' is a more literal example, captaining a flying boat which is powered by lightning. (However, although they dress and act like pirates, they're [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything never seen attacking other boats]] -- if there ''are'' any other flying boats -- and seem instead to be smugglers.)

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* Captain Shakespeare of ''Film/{{Stardust}}'' is a more literal example, captaining a flying boat which is powered by lightning. (However, although they dress and act like pirates, they're [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything never seen attacking other boats]] -- if boats]]--if there ''are'' any other flying boats -- and boats--and seem instead to be smugglers.)



* Prominently featured in ''Literature/TheEdgeChronicles'' - in six out of the ten books in the series, the protagonist is either a sky pirate, a former sky pirate, or a future sky pirate, and of the four short stories in the series, two of the protagonists are sky pirates.

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* Prominently featured in ''Literature/TheEdgeChronicles'' - in ''Literature/TheEdgeChronicles''--in six out of the ten books in the series, the protagonist is either a sky pirate, a former sky pirate, or a future sky pirate, and of the four short stories in the series, two of the protagonists are sky pirates.



-->"We are Heavy Metal Pirates
-->We sail across the sky!
-->In our battleships of Cosmic Steal
-->With a terror up on high!"

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-->"We are Heavy Metal Pirates
-->We
Pirates\\
We
sail across the sky!
-->In
sky!\\
In
our battleships of Cosmic Steal
-->With
Steal\\
With
a terror up on high!"



* Captain Gyrfalcon from ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', who -- mainly out of greed and an old grudge -- harasses the airships of the Haslanti League, who are the only significant power with a meaningful air force in the entire North. He dresses like a classic pirate, and sports a sidearm (which is actually a small flamethrower, not a gun, but whatever).

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* Captain Gyrfalcon from ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', who -- mainly who--mainly out of greed and an old grudge -- harasses grudge--harasses the airships of the Haslanti League, who are the only significant power with a meaningful air force in the entire North. He dresses like a classic pirate, and sports a sidearm (which is actually a small flamethrower, not a gun, but whatever).



* ''Webcomic/MobTies'' has a storyline that starts out with Sky Pirates. Just...[[http://www.drunkduck.com/Mob_Ties/index.php?p=725460 look.]]

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* ''Webcomic/MobTies'' has a storyline that starts out with Sky Pirates. Just...Just… [[http://www.drunkduck.com/Mob_Ties/index.php?p=725460 look.]]



* In April 1917, in the midst of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, the Imperial German [[UsefulNotes/{{Airships}} Zeppelin]] ''L23'' that was on sea patrol came across an honest-to-goodness wooden sailing ship that was transporting a non-war related cargo. It was the Norwegian schooner ''Royal'', and was a holdover from a different era of shipping. TheCaptain of the Zeppelin then gave an order said to be unique in aircraft history: "Gentlemen, prepare to board our prize!" Unfortunately, as the boat from the Zeppelin was being lowered, the rough seas caused them to lose their machine gun overboard. So instead, the Zeppelin crew ''[[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome bluffed the schooner into submission with a flare gun.]]'' They sailed the schooner all the way back to Germany! These boardings weren't all that unusual, either: Zeppelins sometimes boarded sea vessels to check their papers and cargo holds, but this was the only time they actually ''pirated'' a vessel.
* {{Privateer}} vessels are essentially private vessels given permission by their government to pirate vessels of other nations, or even conduct naval combat and raids on foreign military vessels. Although extremely obscure, the U.S. Constitution provides for the issuing of Letters of Marque -- documents permitting piracy -- by Congress. Congress exercised this power during the War of 1812, and while it never actually received a Letter of Marque, operating instead like an armed merchant vessel, the last U.S. vessel to operate as a privateer was the Goodyear blimp named ''Resolute'', which engaged in anti-submarine patrols in 1941 and 1942, armed only with a rifle.

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* In April 1917, in the midst of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, the Imperial German [[UsefulNotes/{{Airships}} Zeppelin]] ''L23'' that was on sea patrol came across an honest-to-goodness wooden sailing ship that was transporting a non-war related cargo. It was the Norwegian schooner ''Royal'', and was a holdover from a different era of shipping. TheCaptain of the Zeppelin then gave an order said to be unique in aircraft history: "Gentlemen, prepare to board our prize!" Unfortunately, as the boat from the Zeppelin was being lowered, the rough seas caused them to lose their machine gun overboard. So instead, the Zeppelin crew ''[[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome bluffed the schooner into submission with a flare gun.]]'' gun]]''. They sailed the schooner all the way back to Germany! These boardings weren't all that unusual, either: Zeppelins sometimes boarded sea vessels to check their papers and cargo holds, but this was the only time they actually ''pirated'' a vessel.
* {{Privateer}} vessels are essentially private vessels given permission by their government to pirate vessels of other nations, or even conduct naval combat and raids on foreign military vessels. Although extremely obscure, the U.S. Constitution provides for the issuing of Letters of Marque -- documents Marque--documents permitting piracy -- by piracy--by Congress. Congress exercised this power during the War of 1812, and while it never actually received a Letter of Marque, operating instead like an armed merchant vessel, the last U.S. vessel to operate as a privateer was the Goodyear blimp named ''Resolute'', which engaged in anti-submarine patrols in 1941 and 1942, armed only with a rifle.
21st Apr '16 1:55:46 AM aye_amber
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* ''VideoGame/Klonoa2LunateasVeil'' features a [[spoiler:former trainee priestess turned]] sky pirate as the main antagonist. [[spoiler:At one point, she turns into a giant robotic chicken, and you have to fight her.]] She comes with a NonHumanSidekick in the form of Tat, a sort of cat creature with the skin tone of [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Lokai and Bele]]. (For non-Trekkies, that's black on one side and white on the other. [[spoiler:Turns out Tat can split into black and white forms.]])

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* ''VideoGame/Klonoa2LunateasVeil'' ''VideoGame/{{Klonoa}} 2: Lunatea's Veil'' features a [[spoiler:former trainee priestess turned]] sky pirate as the main antagonist. [[spoiler:At one point, she turns into a giant robotic chicken, and you have to fight her.]] She comes with a NonHumanSidekick in the form of Tat, a sort of cat creature with the skin tone of [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Lokai and Bele]]. (For non-Trekkies, that's black on one side and white on the other. [[spoiler:Turns out Tat can split into black and white forms.]])



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24th Feb '16 4:22:37 PM merotoker
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Following all of the tropes applicable to {{pirates}} except for using aeroplanes (or better yet, [[UsefulNotes/{{Airships}} airships]], especially [[CoolAirship cool ones]], or even better: [[{{Pun}} flying boats!]]) instead of boats, Sky Pirates (sometimes referred to as "Air Pirates") were fairly popular in the early days of aviation, though they were soon eclipsed by SpacePirates once aeroplanes became less novel. Nowadays, Sky Pirates are mostly found in the yellowing pages of 1920s and 1930s comics and {{pulp magazine}}s, [[TwoFistedTales in modern media intended to evoke that era]], and in {{Steampunk}} settings.
No Sky Pirate story is truly complete without at least one AirborneAircraftCarrier. Huge {{zeppelin|sFromAnotherWorld}}s and giant flying boats are par for the course as well, as are other MagnificentFlyingMachines. The punishment of [[WalkThePlank walking the plank]] is especially deadly when it's administered by a sky pirate after a HighAltitudeBattle.

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Following all of the tropes applicable to {{pirates}} {{pirate}}s except for using aeroplanes (or better yet, [[UsefulNotes/{{Airships}} airships]], especially [[CoolAirship cool ones]], or even better: [[{{Pun}} flying boats!]]) instead of boats, Sky Pirates (sometimes referred to as "Air Pirates") were fairly popular in the early days of aviation, though they were soon eclipsed by SpacePirates once aeroplanes became less novel. Nowadays, Sky Pirates are mostly found in the yellowing pages of 1920s and 1930s comics and {{pulp magazine}}s, [[TwoFistedTales in modern media intended to evoke that era]], and in {{Steampunk}} settings.
No Sky Pirate story is truly complete without at least one AirborneAircraftCarrier. Huge {{zeppelin|sFromAnotherWorld}}s and giant flying boats are par for the course as well, as are other MagnificentFlyingMachines.[[ThoseMagnificentFlyingMachines magnificent flying machines]]. The punishment of [[WalkThePlank walking the plank]] is especially deadly when it's administered by a sky pirate after a HighAltitudeBattle.



* In Franchise/TheDCU, the [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] Franchise/GreenLantern had a recurring foe called Sky Pirate who embodied this trope.

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* In Franchise/TheDCU, the Franchise/TheDCU
** The
[[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] Franchise/GreenLantern had a recurring foe called Sky Pirate who embodied this trope.



* Captain Plunder and his Sky Pirates in ''Comicbook/SonicTheComic'' including the first mate Filch and the cook Simpson the Cat.
** In ''Webcomic/SonicTheComicOnline'' after another recruitment drive Cream the Rabbit joins the sky pirates.

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* Captain Plunder and his Sky Pirates in ''Comicbook/SonicTheComic'' including the first mate Filch and the cook Simpson the Cat.
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Cat. In ''Webcomic/SonicTheComicOnline'' after another recruitment drive Cream the Rabbit joins the sky pirates.



* The setting of the ''Air Buccaneers'' mod for [[VideoGame/UnrealTournament2004 Unreal Tournament 2003]] is heavily pirate-influenced. The weapons are blunderbusses and old-style-fuse cannons, the clothing is straight out of a pirate film and although the gameplay does not involve actual piracy in the strict sense of the word, the taking of enemy airships to be used against your foe is a common occurrence.
* ''VideoGame/{{Pirate101}}'' has this since it takes place in the Spiral, a ShatteredWorld with few large bodies of water. (Yes, that's the same Spiral as in ''{{Wizard101}}.'') It's currently assumed that the ships fly due to the magic from [[AWizardDidIt a wizard]].
* The Capua Family from ''VideoGame/LegendOfHeroesVI''

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* The setting of the ''Air Buccaneers'' mod for [[VideoGame/UnrealTournament2004 Unreal ''VideoGame/{{Unreal Tournament 2003]] 200|4}}3'' is heavily pirate-influenced. The weapons are blunderbusses and old-style-fuse cannons, the clothing is straight out of a pirate film and although the gameplay does not involve actual piracy in the strict sense of the word, the taking of enemy airships to be used against your foe is a common occurrence.
* ''VideoGame/{{Pirate101}}'' has this since it takes place in the Spiral, a ShatteredWorld with few large bodies of water. (Yes, that's the same Spiral as in ''{{Wizard101}}.''VideoGame/{{Wizard101}}.'') It's currently assumed that the ships fly due to the magic from [[AWizardDidIt a wizard]].
* The Capua Family from ''VideoGame/LegendOfHeroesVI''''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsInTheSky''
13th Feb '16 10:25:07 AM MisterDrBob2
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* ''Anime/PorcoRosso'' pretty much runs on this trope.
11th Feb '16 4:25:08 AM JustKnown
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* ''Final Arcanum'' bears the tagline "What happens to a sky pirate when he falls from the sky?"
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