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7th May '16 8:25:33 PM NOYB
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** The Walrus having a doctor on the crew is a downplayed example, as pirate crews generally didn't bother with a medical professional, and patched themselves up. Alarmingly, if a surgery was needed, the cook would be called for as they would have the most experience with delicate knife work. However, there were the occasional medical professionals, who were very valuable in the crews that were lucky to get a hold of one, so the ''Walrus'' having a surgeon is still within the realm of possibility.

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** The Walrus having a doctor on the crew is a downplayed example, as pirate crews generally didn't bother with a medical professional, and patched themselves up. Alarmingly, if a surgery was needed, the cook would be called for as they would have the most experience with delicate knife work. However, there were the occasional medical professionals, who were very valuable in the crews that were lucky to get a hold ahold of one, so the ''Walrus'' having a surgeon is still within the realm of possibility.



** Billy Bones reintroduces the old pirates' legend of the "black spot." An older Billy receives a black spot in the book.

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** Billy Bones reintroduces the old pirates' legend of the "black spot." spot". An older Billy receives a black spot in the book.
2nd May '16 12:40:52 PM Trilandian
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* DoomedByCanon: The fates of [[HistoricalDomainCharacter Historical Domain characters]] Charles Vane, "Calico" Jack Rackham, and Anne Bonny, assuming the show stays true to history. [[note]] Vane will be arrested in 1720, and then hanged in 1721 ([[spoiler:possibly making the last episode of season 3 1721]]). Rackham and Bonny will be captured in 1720; Rackham will be hanged, but Bonny will either be hanged after she gives birth or live to die of old age in 1782 (the record isn't clear which). If Mary Read appears, she will die during childbirth in 1720.[[/note]] Averted with Ned Low, who was last heard of in 1724 rather than decapitated by Vane in episode "XI."

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* DoomedByCanon: The fates of [[HistoricalDomainCharacter Historical Domain characters]] Charles [[spoiler:Charles Vane, "Calico" Jack Rackham, and Anne Bonny, Bonny]], assuming the show stays true to history. [[note]] Vane will be arrested in 1720, and then hanged in 1721 ([[spoiler:possibly making the last episode of season 3 1721]]). Rackham and Bonny will be captured in 1720; Rackham will be hanged, but Bonny will either be hanged after she gives birth or live to die of old age in 1782 (the record isn't clear which). If Mary Read appears, she will die during childbirth in 1720.[[/note]] Averted with Ned Low, who was last heard of in 1724 rather than decapitated by Vane in episode "XI."
27th Apr '16 5:14:27 PM ShugoChara
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* ApologeticAttacker: Flint kills Gates, whispering his apologies and looking genuinely distraught while he does it.

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* ApologeticAttacker: Flint kills Gates, [[spoiler:Gates]], whispering his apologies and looking genuinely distraught while he does it.
17th Apr '16 12:12:46 PM morenohijazo
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* SeadogPegLeg: John Silver loses the lower part of his leg at the end of season 2. In season 3 he is using a metal peg leg to move about. He is warned that he should be using a crutch instead since the amputation is still too recent for him to use a peg leg. He risks reopening the wound and losing the rest of his leg.
12th Apr '16 8:03:58 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* GeniusBruisers: Flint is this, as Thomas Hamilton points out, he's the son of a carpenter and yet is more literate than many of Hamilton's Eton contemporaries. It's remarked on that he often takes books as prizes for his piracy, and his cabin is full of them. It's also implied he taught himself Spanish, just so he could read a book gifted to him by the Hamiltons. The most feared pirate of Nassau, as it happens, is also a bit of a nerd.

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* GeniusBruisers: GeniusBruiser: Flint is this, as Thomas Hamilton points out, he's the son of a carpenter and yet is more literate than many of Hamilton's Eton contemporaries. It's remarked on that he often takes books as prizes for his piracy, and his cabin is full of them. It's also implied he taught himself Spanish, just so he could read a book gifted to him by the Hamiltons. The most feared pirate of Nassau, as it happens, is also a bit of a nerd.
11th Apr '16 11:41:28 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: Jack Rackham delivers one to Woodes Rogers about how he was sentenced to debtor's prison as a boy because of political corruption that ruined his father's family business, saying that he's had to fight for everything he's ever had.
11th Apr '16 11:28:04 AM CaptainCrawdad
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The series became extremely buzzy after the airing of the pilot at Comic Con, and thus was given a second season order well before the first began. A third season started airing as of January 2016, and has already been confirmed for a fourth season.

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The series became extremely buzzy after the airing of the pilot at Comic Con, and thus was given a second season order well before the first began. A third season started airing as of in January 2016, and has already been confirmed for a fourth season.



* BadassBookworm:
** Dufresne is the ''Walrus'''s nerdy accountant who never participates in combat until he's forced to by Billy. During the fight, he chews through a sailor's neck. Afterwards, he cuts his hair and starts taking a more proactive role in piracy.
** Flint is this, as Thomas Hamilton points out, he's the son of a carpenter and yet is more literate than many of Hamilton's Eton contemporaries. It's remarked on that he often takes books as prizes for his piracy, and his cabin is full of them. Oh, and it's implied he taught himself Spanish, just so he could read a book gifted to him by the Hamiltons. The most feared pirate of Nassau, as it happens, is also a bit of a nerd.

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* BadassBookworm:
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BadassBookworm: Dufresne is the ''Walrus'''s nerdy accountant who never participates in combat until he's forced to by Billy. During the fight, he chews through a sailor's neck. Afterwards, he cuts his hair and starts taking a more proactive role in piracy.
** Flint is this, as Thomas Hamilton points out, he's the son of a carpenter and yet is more literate than many of Hamilton's Eton contemporaries. It's remarked on that he often takes books as prizes for his piracy, and his cabin is full of them. Oh, and it's implied he taught himself Spanish, just so he could read a book gifted to him by the Hamiltons. The most feared pirate of Nassau, as it happens, is also a bit of a nerd.
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* CharacterDevelopment: John Silver goes from a cowardly opportunist trying to con his way through pirate life to a powerful and trusted quartermaster with a strong sense of honor.



* DidntSeeThatComing[=/=]OutGambitted: Eleanor Guthrie manages to masterfully create her own empire, with a consortium of captains as her allies. Then in the finale, Vane storms the fort with a consortium of psychos no one even knew about, and manages to ensure he is her top partner.

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* DidntSeeThatComing[=/=]OutGambitted: DidntSeeThatComing[=/=]OutGambitted:
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Eleanor Guthrie manages to masterfully create her own empire, with a consortium of captains as her allies. Then in the first season finale, Vane storms the fort with a consortium of psychos no one even knew about, and manages to ensure he is her top partner.



* GeniusBruisers: Flint is this, as Thomas Hamilton points out, he's the son of a carpenter and yet is more literate than many of Hamilton's Eton contemporaries. It's remarked on that he often takes books as prizes for his piracy, and his cabin is full of them. It's also implied he taught himself Spanish, just so he could read a book gifted to him by the Hamiltons. The most feared pirate of Nassau, as it happens, is also a bit of a nerd.



** Played straight with Vane and Flint.
** As of the of the Season 3 finale, Long John Silver.



** Jack Rackham's hipster sunglasses, making him look even more like a pirate Music/NickCave.

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** Jack Rackham's hipster sunglasses, sunglasses in the pilot, making him look even more like a pirate Music/NickCave.
11th Apr '16 9:46:09 AM CaptainCrawdad
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** John Silver's job on the ship is as ship's cook, much like his position in the novel. In the second season, he loses his leg.
** Billy Bones is the pirate whom Jim Hawkins gets the treasure map from at the beginning of the book.

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** John Silver's job on the ship is as ship's cook, much like his position in the novel. He eventually becomes quartermaster under Captain Flint, as he claims in the book.
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In the second season, book, Silver has lost his leg up to his hip, using a crutch to move around. In the show, he loses his foot in season two and is warned in season three that if he doesn't start using a crutch, he'll lose more of his leg.
** Silver's nickname "Long John" makes its first appearance in season three. It's explained as [[spoiler:a threat to those who cross him that his memory is long, and he won't forget their insult]].
** In the book, Silver has a wife of African descent who is [[TheGhost never portrayed]] but manages Silver's financial interests while he is away. Silver gets paired with a woman of African descent in season three, though it's to be seen if she's his wife-to-be.
** Billy Bones is reintroduces the pirate whom Jim Hawkins gets old pirates' legend of the treasure map from at the beginning of "black spot." An older Billy receives a black spot in the book.



* HollywoodHistory

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* HollywoodHistoryHollywoodHistory: The show is only loosely based on historical fact.



* ShownTheirWork: Despite many movies and shows, such as Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean, using ships with rigging configurations from the late seventeen and early eighteen hundreds, this show takes pains to use the older configurations that were actually used in the era of piracy.

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* ShownTheirWork: Despite many movies and shows, such as Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean, ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'', using ships with rigging configurations from the late seventeen and early eighteen hundreds, this show takes pains to use the older configurations that were actually used in the era of piracy.
11th Apr '16 9:34:00 AM CaptainCrawdad
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Compare ''Series/{{Crossbones}}''.
11th Apr '16 8:13:56 AM CaptainCrawdad
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** Averted with the ships. Despite many movies and shows, such as Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean, using ships with rigging configurations from the late seventeen and early eighteen hundreds, this show takes pains to use the older configurations that were actually used in the era of piracy.



* ApologeticAttacker:
** Flint kills Gates, whispering his apologies and looking genuinely distraught while he does it.

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* ApologeticAttacker:
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ApologeticAttacker: Flint kills Gates, whispering his apologies and looking genuinely distraught while he does it.



* BadassBookworm: Dufresne is the ''Walrus'''s nerdy accountant who never participates in combat until he's forced to by Billy. During the fight, he chews through a sailor's neck. Afterwards, he cuts his hair and starts taking a more proactive role in piracy.

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* BadassBookworm: BadassBookworm:
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Dufresne is the ''Walrus'''s nerdy accountant who never participates in combat until he's forced to by Billy. During the fight, he chews through a sailor's neck. Afterwards, he cuts his hair and starts taking a more proactive role in piracy.



** Subverted: It is very unlikely John Silver will ever grow his left leg back.



* DramaticIrony: In season 3 Billy brings back the Black Spot, a mostly forgotten pirate superstition and uses it to terrorize those who have abandoned the pirate cause. The plot of ''Literature/TreasureIsland'' starts with a much older Billy receiving a Black Spot and dying from terror.
* TheDreaded: Charles Vane, captain of the ''Ranger''. Dropping his name and that of his ship provokes an OhCrap reaction from another pirate captain.

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* DoomMagnet: A discussed trope in the season 3 finale: John Silver notes that those closest to Flint have all died, and suspects that it's Flint's very actions that bring about their doom. He worries for his safety, given that he's now Flint's closest confidant and wonders if he'll have to kill Flint someday to save himself.
* DramaticIrony: In season 3 Billy brings back the Black Spot, a mostly forgotten pirate superstition superstition, and uses it to terrorize those who have abandoned the pirate cause. The plot of ''Literature/TreasureIsland'' starts with a much older Billy receiving a Black Spot and dying from terror.
* TheDreaded: TheDreaded:
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Charles Vane, captain of the ''Ranger''. Dropping his name and that of his ship provokes an OhCrap reaction from another pirate captain.
** Edward Teach's EstablishingCharacterMoment has him reveal his true name to the honor guard of his previous wife, which provokes a sudden reaction.



** Edward Teach gives a monologue about his history to the angry family of his previous wife, then slaughters all three of them.



* FaceHeelTurn: Hornigold (JustifiedTrope in his case as he did so in real life) and Dufresne switch sides at the end of Season 2 and are working for England as pirate hunters in Season 3.

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* FaceHeelTurn: Hornigold (JustifiedTrope in his case as he did so in real life) and Dufresne switch sides at the end of Season 2 and are working for England as pirate hunters in Season 3.3. This is historical fact in the case of Hornigold.


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* HeroAntagonist: Woodes Rogers, the British Navy, and other pirate hunters are technically on the side of law and order, though they occasionally blur the lines and are sometimes dicks to make them less sympathetic, in favor of our AntiHero pirate cast.


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* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: While the pirates are AntiHeroes at best, they're made a lot more sympathetic by portraying them as idealistic, freedom-loving rebels from a corrupt and authoritarian British regime.


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* {{Mook}}s: British soldiers, in spite of wearing red shirts, are actually mooks because they're enemies.


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* NonActionGuy: For a pirate, Jack Rackham is a real wimp. His strength is cunning, while Anne Bonney does his fighting for him.


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* NotSoDifferent: Jack Rackham and Woodes Rogers have a few of these conversations, in which Rackham asserts that Rogers isn't as morally superior as he seems to think.


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* RedShirt: Non-named pirates die as needed during action scenes.


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* ShownTheirWork: Despite many movies and shows, such as Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean, using ships with rigging configurations from the late seventeen and early eighteen hundreds, this show takes pains to use the older configurations that were actually used in the era of piracy.
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