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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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* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}''
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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.
5th Nov '16 5:12:56 AM Mhazard
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* And ''[[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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* And ''[[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/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]].
3rd Nov '16 11:49:58 PM Theriocephalus
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* Plenty of examples from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. Type one space pirates include Eldar Corsairs who raid the lesser races' shipping and settlements to survive, Dark Eldar who raid for captives and playthings (or more specifically, [[FateWorseThanDeath souls]]), Chaos warbands including some traitorous Space Marines such as the Red Corsairs. And even perfectly average human pirates, mainly around some of the more unexplored and backwater sectors.

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* Plenty of examples from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000''.
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Type one space pirates include Eldar Corsairs who raid the lesser races' shipping and settlements to survive, Dark Eldar who raid for captives and playthings (or more specifically, [[FateWorseThanDeath souls]]), Chaos warbands including some traitorous Space Marines such as the Red Corsairs. And Corsairs, and even perfectly average human pirates, mainly around some of the more unexplored and backwater sectors.
30th Oct '16 2:35:25 PM zarpaulus
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'' pirates will often spawn early in the game from an empire and make an asteroid base in an unexplored system. Their fleets aren't much of a threat to anything more than an undefended mining station and are easily taken out by decently sized fleets of warships, making them more of a brief annoyance than anything else. But the Leviathan DLC adds Privateers, who are actually TheRemnant of a fallen {{Precursor}} civilization and a much more serious threat.
30th Oct '16 2:30:17 PM zarpaulus
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* ''VideoGame/SinsOfASolarEmpire'': Space pirates act as npc enemies the player can encounter, their ships are spikey versions of the TEC faction, they can also be hired to attack other factions by placing bounties on them.
21st Oct '16 10:36:03 PM StarSword
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* ''VideoGame/EscapeVelocity'' and its sequels has a lot of pirates. EV has straight up pirates, EVO has the Renegades (double plural -- there are ''several'' pirate groupings called Renegades, some of which aren't even ''aware'' of the others' existence), Nova has pirates, marauders (weak pirates hated by everyone, including [[EvenEvilHasStandards other pirates]]), the Guild (a more organized group with a semi-legal veneer), the Association (technically; they are the Pirates mentioned below as being one of the major mission strings, only they aren't so much pirates as semi-legal free traders that PayEvilUntoEvil with ''actual'' pirates and smuggle stuff because TheFederation's laws are blatantly MegaCorp-slanted) and Houseless (Auroran [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Ronin]] pirates). It's also notable that you can ''be'' a pirate in any of the EV games. EVN even made it one of the possible primary mission strings (kinda). You could also attack, disable, board, steal from, and even ''hijack'' (basically everything the pirates themselves do) [[PayEvilUntoEvil the pirate's own ships]] without getting a bad rep for it. They had some serious cash, too...

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* ''VideoGame/EscapeVelocity'' and its sequels has a lot of pirates. EV has straight up pirates, EVO has the Renegades (double plural -- there are ''several'' pirate groupings called Renegades, some of which aren't even ''aware'' of the others' existence), Nova has pirates, marauders (weak pirates hated by everyone, including [[EvenEvilHasStandards other pirates]]), the Guild (a more organized group with a semi-legal veneer), the Association (technically; they are the Pirates mentioned below as being one of the major mission strings, only they aren't so much pirates as semi-legal free traders that PayEvilUntoEvil with ''actual'' pirates and smuggle stuff because TheFederation's laws are blatantly MegaCorp-slanted) and Houseless (Auroran [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Ronin]] pirates). It's also notable that you can ''be'' a pirate in any of the EV games. EVN even made it one of the possible primary mission strings (kinda). You could also attack, disable, board, steal from, and even ''hijack'' (basically everything the pirates themselves do) [[PayEvilUntoEvil the pirate's own ships]] without getting a bad rep for it. They had some serious cash, too...too. ''Nova''[='s=] more advanced mechanics make the game piracy a bit more believable: the player's ship can actually be disabled, unlike in the other games, and pirates can and will board ships they disable to steal money or cargo.



* ''VideoGame/{{Independence War 2}}: Edge of Chaos'' puts you in the role of an up-and-coming space pirate following in his grandmother's footsteps, partly as a means of building up the resources to get revenge on the LoanShark / CorruptCorporateExecutive that [[YouKilledMyFather killed your father.]]

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* ''VideoGame/{{Independence War 2}}: ''VideoGame/IndependenceWar2: Edge of Chaos'' puts you in the role of an up-and-coming space pirate following in his grandmother's footsteps, partly as a means of building up the resources to get revenge on the LoanShark / CorruptCorporateExecutive that [[YouKilledMyFather killed your father.]]



* In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', the Kig-Yar[[note]]a.k.a. Jackals and Skirmishers[[/note]] have a notorious reputation for being inclined towards piracy, whether as sanctioned Covenant privateers or independent brigands; it has even been noted that being a successful pirate is the go-to dream career for most Kig-Yar children. Part of the novel ''Literature/HaloContactHarvest'' takes place aboard a Kig-Yar "missionary ship", which really is just a glorified pirate vessel.
** In fact, the Kig-Yar are almost literally {{Thieving Magpie}}s, being semi-avian creatures who hoard anything of value into a treasure hoard.

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Kig-Yar[[note]]a.k.a. Jackals and Skirmishers[[/note]] have a notorious reputation for being inclined towards piracy, whether as sanctioned Covenant privateers or independent brigands; it has even been noted that being a successful pirate is the go-to dream career for most Kig-Yar children. Part of the novel ''Literature/HaloContactHarvest'' takes place aboard a Kig-Yar "missionary ship", which really is just a glorified pirate vessel.
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vessel. In fact, the Kig-Yar are almost literally {{Thieving Magpie}}s, being semi-avian creatures who hoard anything of value into a treasure hoard.



* The pirate clans in the ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'' have gotten to the point (as of ''Terran Conflict'') where they've become [[NGOSuperpower N.G.O. Superpowers]], with capital ships and space stations constructed out of [[UsedFuture kitbashed derelicts]], while using AceCustom fighters with sweet flaming NoseArt. Rather than trying to exterminate them (they respawn at their home base), advanced players generally work to befriend them by selling them [[FantasticDrug spaceweed and space fuel]]. Ditto the Yaki, who are space pirates for all intents and purposes, though they use a motif of {{yakuza}} [-[[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE!]]-]. Pirates return in ''Videogame/XRebirth'', but <script id="gpt-impl-0.6509900855248898" src="http://partner.googleadservices.com/gpt/pubads_impl_94.js"></script>most of the Type 2 traits are either absent or toned down; most of the pirate clans are rogue fanatics (religious, sovereign citizens, etc).

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* The pirate clans in the ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'' have gotten to the point (as of ''Terran Conflict'') where they've become [[NGOSuperpower N.G.O. Superpowers]], with capital ships and space stations constructed out of [[UsedFuture kitbashed derelicts]], while using AceCustom fighters with sweet flaming NoseArt. Rather than trying to exterminate them (they respawn at their home base), advanced players generally work to befriend them by selling them [[FantasticDrug spaceweed and space fuel]]. Ditto the Yaki, who are space pirates for all intents and purposes, though they use a motif of {{yakuza}} [-[[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE!]]-]. Pirates return in ''Videogame/XRebirth'', but <script id="gpt-impl-0.6509900855248898" src="http://partner.googleadservices.com/gpt/pubads_impl_94.js"></script>most most of the Type 2 traits are either absent or toned down; most of the pirate clans are rogue fanatics (religious, sovereign citizens, etc).


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* ''VideoGame/RebelGalaxy'' has multiple factions of pirates that go by such colorful names as the Red Devil Cartel and the Doublejack Thugs. They will sometimes blockade stations, and RandomEncounters include rescuing trade freighters from them. Unusually, it's also possible to improve your reputation with pirate factions to gain access to their stations and buy equipment and ships from them.
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