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15th Nov '17 3:39:50 AM CaptainTedium
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* The 2006 ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'' episode "Swimming with Sharks" had the Biker Mice deal with a group of Martian mouse space pirates led by [[EvilUncle Vinnie's maternal aunt Mago]].
30th Oct '17 1:38:51 AM PaulA
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* Creator/AndreNorton called them Jacks, presumably short for "hijackers." Their actual methods of operation weren't detailed, but they often had connections with the ThievesGuild.
** In the ''Literature/{{Warlock}}'' series, ''Ordeal in Otherwhere'' features a raid by them, and ''Forerunner Foray'' ventures to their stronghold, and they travel on a Jack ship because the captain owes a man for supplies after his raid failed.

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* Creator/AndreNorton called them Jacks, presumably short for "hijackers." Their actual methods of operation weren't detailed, but they often had connections with the ThievesGuild.
** In the ''Literature/{{Warlock}}'' series, ''Ordeal in Otherwhere''
ThievesGuild. ''Literature/OrdealInOtherwhere'' features a raid by them, and ''Forerunner Foray'' ''Literature/ForerunnerForay'' ventures to their stronghold, and they travel on a Jack ship because the captain owes a man for supplies after his raid failed.
19th Oct '17 11:44:46 PM PaulA
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* The impossibility of space piracy and the trick Julian Forward uses to make it work is central to the plot of Creator/LarryNiven's "[[Literature/KnownSpace The Borderlands of Sol]]".

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* The impossibility of space piracy and the trick Julian Forward uses to make it work is central to the plot of Creator/LarryNiven's "[[Literature/KnownSpace The Borderlands of Sol]]"."Literature/TheBorderlandOfSol".
12th Aug '17 10:11:03 AM nombretomado
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* ''{{Freelancer}}'' has ''tons''.

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* ''{{Freelancer}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Freelancer}}'' has ''tons''.
7th Aug '17 5:08:37 PM Malady
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* ''Website/{{Starwalker}}'': Starwalker is attacked by pirates. This is one of the key events in the {{StableTimeLoop}}.

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* ''Website/{{Starwalker}}'': ''Literature/{{Starwalker}}'': Starwalker is attacked by pirates. This is one of the key events in the {{StableTimeLoop}}.
26th Jul '17 8:00:43 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** The Captain of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS16E2ThePiratePlanet "The Pirate Planet"]] in the serial of the same name. Cybernetic eye and robot parrot (the Polyphase Aviatron). Slightly subverts the second type, as it turns out that he's GenreSavvy and deliberately trying to invoke BewareTheSillyOnes. He's an unusal type as he has an entire HollowWorld that [[TeleportersAndTransporters teleports]] around other planets to loot them. He also turns out to unwillingly be TheDragon, and is using the remains from the looting in a long-term plan to eliminate his (almost hidden) boss.

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** The Captain of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS16E2ThePiratePlanet "The Pirate Planet"]] in the serial of the same name. Cybernetic eye and robot parrot (the Polyphase Aviatron). Slightly subverts the second type, as it turns out that he's GenreSavvy and deliberately trying to invoke BewareTheSillyOnes. He's an unusal type as he has an entire HollowWorld that [[TeleportersAndTransporters teleports]] around other planets to loot them. He also turns out to unwillingly be TheDragon, and is using the remains from the looting in a long-term plan to eliminate his (almost hidden) boss.
14th Jun '17 1:30:25 AM shadowbeast
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* ''Literature/DebatableSpace'' has the pirates supporting their rebellion/terror activities with piracy, as well as using it as a cover.
4th Jun '17 10:15:53 AM Saber15
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* ''VideoGame/{{Elite}}'', one of the earliest space trading games, featured pirates who would attack you between hyperspace jump-points and your destination. Or you could become a pirate yourself.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Elite}}'', one of the earliest space trading games, featured pirates who would attack you between hyperspace jump-points and your destination. Or you could become a pirate yourself. In ''Videogame/EliteDangerous'', carrying cargo will cause pirates to chase you down in supercruise, and attract pirates that hang out in Navigational beacons and resource extraction zones. Of note is that they'll go for ''anything'' in your cargo, leading to the infamous quote when carrying 30 metric tons of human biowaste:
-->'''Pirate #40325''': "I knew I'd find you eventually, all that tasty cargo!"
20th May '17 3:56:26 PM nombretomado
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* The main characters of ''{{Vandread}}'' are female examples of this trope.

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* The main characters of ''{{Vandread}}'' ''Anime/{{Vandread}}'' are female examples of this trope.
19th May '17 11:41:51 PM JackG
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*** He also shows how pirates would work in practice -- they're interstellar traders who covertly supplement their income with smuggling and piracy, rather than permanent raiders operating from a secret base. All merchant vessels are armed against pirates (and because they hire out as mercenary warships) so carrying weapons isn't unusual; therefore stopping piracy involves covert intelligence work more often than dramatic space battles.

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*** He also shows how pirates would work in practice -- they're interstellar traders who covertly supplement their income with smuggling and piracy, rather than permanent raiders operating from a secret base. All merchant vessels are armed against pirates (and because they hire out as mercenary warships) so carrying weapons isn't unusual; therefore stopping piracy involves covert intelligence work undercover policework more often than dramatic space battles.
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