Created By: OmegaMetroid on January 22, 2010
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Pirates. Villains of the seven seas, lovable rogues who rob other pirates, or what have you. Strong or handsome men, with ladies either afraid of or swooning over them...

...And then there's the Pirate Wench, a young girl or woman who clearly has no place in this tough world of men. Except she is either determined to show that she does, or is accepted by the roguish male crew without any apparent difficulty or explanation. Depending on age, may or may not be a Little Miss Badass; either way, usually an Action Girl. There are two types: the better type would be either cute or a Hot Amazon. The much, much more common type is the "bad girl".

Can be Truth in Television -- historically, a number of female pirates did plough the seas along with the men, sometimes rising to positions of authority. In the modern world, women might have a place on pirate ships depending on the local culture.

Not to be confused with what could be called a "Pirate Wench", a woman who sails *with* pirates, supporting pirates, perhaps as a Team Mom; it also has sexual connotations -- the woman on the ship that every man lusts after. In other words, it's not a pirate who is a woman; it's a woman who does "women's work" *for* pirates, perhaps along with providing eye candy.

Any little boy found on a pirate ship will half the time be this girl in disguise.

The Pirate Girl or Buccaneer Babe often has a Dark And Tragic Past detailing how she ended up in this position; abusive fathers who they are in a "Well Done, Son!" Guy relationship with seems to be a common theme.

A subtrope of Pirate.


Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
  • Revy from Black Lagoon is a modern-day female pirate.
  • The anime "Sol Bianca" features a pirate ship with an all female crew.
  • Almost every female character from One Piece. From the Straw Hats alone, we have Nami and Nico Robin. Also, Boa Hancock.
  • The titular character from Space Pirate Mito is an alien who is over ten thousand years old, but looks like a nine-year-old kid. She also has a Mail Suit that makes her look more like a human adult.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
  • The pirates in Y: The Last Man, as should be obvious from the comic's name.
  • El Cazador's main character becomes a pirate after another the pirate captain Blackjack Tom attacks the ship she's on, killing most of the passengers.
  • Batman foe Cap'n Fear had a buxom first mate named Annie.
  • Cixi joins an all-female pirate crew in her spinoff of Lanfeust, Cixi De Troy.
  • Ann Preston from the House of Mystery.
  • The most recent League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comic 1910 features Captain Nemo's daughter Janni who becomes the "Pirate Jenny" of the song.
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[[folder:Music]]
  • Emilie Autumn has always had one pirate captain since the first Asylum tour in 2007. The first was Captain Vecona who was also the Asylum semstress and left the Bloody Crumpets after the first 2008 tour. The second was Captain Maggot who took over in fall 2008, she appears to be far more popular of a captain owing to her more pirate-y feel including being a drunkard who speaks like a pirate and having a costume that looks more like a pirate. She also is a cirus performer in the real world, during the tours she stilt walks and hula-hoops...Mind you EA's shows take place in a victorian asylum...
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[[folder:Theater]]
  • There's a play called Scavenger Hunt (Aargh! Avast Ye!) which concerned a retired Pirate Lady and her daughter, who Sweet Polly Olivered her way on to a ship to search for a MacGuffin her mother and some friends had encountered in the past.
  • We can't forget Ruth, the piratical maid of all work, from Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance.
  • In The Threepenny Opera, Penny (or, in some productions, Polly) sings "Pirate Jenny," a revenge fantasy about a chamber maid who dreams of being a pirate queen.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
  • Female members of La Résistance (which tends to call itself 'pirates') in Skyland.
  • On Muppet Babies, the kids pretended to be treasure hunters and encountered a trio of female pirates.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
  • The infamous Anne Bonney, aka Anne of the Indies. She got her own movie, too, besides getting a guest shot in... I think it was The Spanish Main.
  • There where infact more than a few female pirates of note. All of these women where at least captains and all where openly women for at least part of their captaincy:
    • Grace O'Malley
    • Ching Shih (who was closer to a pirate Admiral given the number of ships she commanded)
    • Alvilda Daughter of the king of Gotland
    • Charlotte de Berry
    • Rachel Wall
    • Jane de Belleville
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Index: Always Female Alternate names: Buccaneer Babe

Make sure to remember to just post replies, instead of editing this. That way, hopefully nothing'll be removed. Thanks for resizing the image, though.

Rolling Updates.

Other possible titles: Pirate Girl, Pirate Wench, Salty Sea Wench, Scurvy Sea Wench. Unless you guys think I shouldn't, I'll use Pirate Girl for the page, with Buccaneer Babe as an alt. title. If anyone thinks I should, I'll redirect the others to it.

Removed something that sounded kinda rude from the notes at the top and bottom of the YKTTW. Sorry about the original.
Community Feedback Replies: 55
  • January 14, 2010
    animeg3282
    well, in modern environments, women can have a place on a pirate ship.
  • January 14, 2010
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
  • January 14, 2010
    Tannhaeuser
    Real Life: The infamous Anne Bonney, aka Anne of the Indies. She got her own movie, too, besides getting a guest shot in... I think it was The Spanish Main.

    Seems to me Maureen O'Hara played this character a lot -- notably as "Spitfire" Stephens opposite Errol Flynn in Against All Flags.
  • January 14, 2010
    Unknown Troper
  • January 15, 2010
    Nomic
    Skarra the Pirate Queen from Warmachine. The mercanary pirate army also has a few female figures.
  • January 15, 2010
    Arivne
    Real Life
    • Add to Anne Bonney: her companion in crime, Mary Read.

    Tabletop RPG

    Image 1 would be a good page picture.
  • January 15, 2010
    Grue
    Webcomics

    • Girl Genius has Bangladesh Dupree, Pirate Queen.
    • Curvy features a pirate ship with a female captain and multigender crew.
  • January 15, 2010
    Reg Shoe
    There where infact more than a few female pirates of note, Anne and Mary we have but also there are:
    • Grace O'Malley
    • Ching Shih (who was closer to a pirate Admiral given the number of ships she commanded)
    • Alvilda Daughter of the king of Gotland
    • Charlotte de Berry
    • Rachel Wall
    • Jane de Belleville

    All of these women where at least captains and all where openly women for at least part of their captaincy.
  • January 15, 2010
    foxley
    Batman foe Cap'n Fear had a buxom first mate named Annie.
  • January 15, 2010
    TBTabby
    (Never mind, I see she's already been mentioned.)
  • January 15, 2010
    Chabal2
    Cixi joins an all-female pirate crew in her spinoff of Lanfeust.
  • January 15, 2010
    Yin
    Ann Preston from the House Of Mystery.
  • January 15, 2010
    Cidolfas
    @Arivne: Dude, please mark images as NSFW when they contain nudity!

    Isn't One Piece all about pirates? I haven't seen it, but I'm sure there are some examples in there.
  • January 15, 2010
    Vree
    Should be noted that the cute little boy on the ship will half the time be this girl in disguise. (Do we have a trope for that yet?)
  • January 15, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Western Animation
    • On Muppet Babies, the kids pretended to be treasure hunters and encountered a trio of female pirates.
  • January 15, 2010
    foxley
    @Vree:

    The girl disguised as boy is Sweet Polly Oliver.
  • January 16, 2010
    foxley
    Lai Choi San, the Trope Namer for Dragon Lady, from Terry And The Pirates.
  • January 16, 2010
    Chabal2
    As I write these words, the ad on the left of the YKTTW page is for (a game, presumably) called Pirate Princess.
  • January 16, 2010
    Evalana
    The titular character from Space Pirate Mito is an alien who is over ten thousand years old, but looks like a nine-year-old kid. She also has a Mail Suit that makes her look more like a human adult.
  • January 16, 2010
    JackButler
    Has anyone mentioned Captain Morgan Adams, played by Geena Davis in Cutthroat Island?
  • January 16, 2010
    KnownUnknown
  • January 16, 2010
    foxley
    • Gena Davis in Cutthroat Island.
    • In Muppet Treasure Island, Ellis Ashley Flyte, the wife of Brian Henson (the film's producer and director) gives an uncredited appearance as Big Fat Ugly Bug-Faced Baby-Eating O'Brian (a female ship's crew mate seen only during the Roll Call scene).

  • January 16, 2010
    Sackett
    Uh... usually not cute from what I've seen. Tend to go the "bad girl" route.
  • January 16, 2010
    PkMARIO
    Morgan isn't a Pirate, she is a Pirate hunter. Elaine and Carla fit more the description for the Monkey Island games.
  • January 16, 2010
    Jordan
    The Pyrates, a novel that's an Affectionate Parody of most pirate-movie tropes has a pirate queen (itself a common term for this type) who is very much The Baroness.
  • January 17, 2010
    Everzwijn
  • January 17, 2010
    Shrikesnest
    Christ and a half that picture is terrifying.
  • January 17, 2010
    random surfer
    (No Such Thing As Notability) This Troper was in a production of a play called Scavenger Hunt (Aargh! Avast Ye!) which concerned a retired Pirate Lady and her daughter, who Sweet Polly Olivered her way on to a ship to search for a Mac Guffin her mother and some friends had encountered in the past.
  • January 17, 2010
    Tannhaeuser
    Maureen O'Hara should be under Film, not Real Life. Having checked, I see that she was in three pirate movies: The Black Swan (1942), The Spanish Main (1945), and Against All Flags (1952) but was only a pirate herself in the last (in the others she is a high-born lady of quality kidnapped by a pirate), though she plays the similarly sword-wielding daughter of Athos in the land-bound At Sword's Point (AKA Sons of the Musketeers) (1952).

    Jean Peters played a pirate woman called "Anne Providence" in Anne of the Indies (1951); Binnie Barnes played Anne Bonney in The Spanish Main (1945); Hope Emerson played her in Double Crossbones (1951); Sonia Sorell played her in Captain Kidd and the Slave Girl (1954); and Lorna Bennett played her in Pirates (1998).

    That picture is going to be re-sized, right?
  • January 19, 2010
    Chabal2
    The second Asterix movie (and only good one) included a female pirate for absolutely no reason whatsoever, even making her the Captain's daughter.
  • January 19, 2010
    Game_Fan
    Theater: We can't forget Buttercup, the piratical maid of all work, from Gilbert And Sullivan's Pirates Of Penzance. She's also one of the most beautiful women in the world.
  • January 19, 2010
    gupwalla
    Theater: In The Threepenny Opera, Penny (or, in some productions, Polly) sings “Pirate Jenny,” a revenge fantasy about a chamber maid who dreams of being a pirate queen.
  • January 19, 2010
    random surfer
    Random Surfer, do you want me to link your point to you, or just leave it as the wiki word This Troper?

    Don't much care. Probably shouldn't use "this troper" anyway, just list the title of the play and yada yada yada.
  • January 19, 2010
    Bisected8
    One Order Of The Stick had Haley wondering if she'd rather be a pirate thief or a ninja thief. The former pays better.
  • January 19, 2010
    girlyboy
    Not sure about the rename to "Pirate Wench." Pirate Wench, for me at least, has connotations about a woman who sails *with* pirates, supporting pirates, perhaps as a Team Mom; it also has sexual connotations -- the woman on the ship that every man lusts after. In other words, it's not a pirate who is a woman; it's a woman who does "women's work" *for* pirates, perhaps along with providing eye candy.

    This trope is about women who actually *are* pirates in their own right. Pirate Girl might not be the best name either, but Pirate Wench sounds to me like a trope that's distinct from (if related to) what's being described here.
  • January 19, 2010
    Chabal2
    [[Nitpicking Complaining]] about the image size: I now find it to be too small.
  • January 19, 2010
    foxley
    The Threepenny Opera reference just reminded me. The most recent League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen comic 1910 features Captain Nemo's daughter Janni who becomes the "Pirate Jenny" of the song.

    As for indexes, it should definitely go in Always Female.
  • January 19, 2010
    GameChainsaw
    Lost Odyssey. Seth.
  • January 19, 2010
    macroscopic
    @girlyboy: That.

    Also, Pirate Girl sounds cute. I vote that.
  • January 19, 2010
    PkMARIO
    I don't like the new name either, prefer the other one. And I insist you take out Morgan Leflay as an example, it fits the description quite nicely but it's also a plot point that she is not a pirate.
  • January 19, 2010
    random surfer
    @girlyboy & macrosopic: I'd ass/u/me that Pirate Wench (in this case) is based on Wrench Wench.
  • January 19, 2010
    girlyboy
    I do not think that "Pirate Wench" is really based on any similar phrase...
  • January 19, 2010
    foxley
    How about Buccaneer Babe?
  • January 19, 2010
    girlyboy
    Resized picture a bit (from the earlier big one)... It's a bit blurry now, but it's a compromise. :P Compromises are supposed to be blurry.

    Buccaneer Babe has Added Alliterative Appeal, at least! :)
  • January 19, 2010
    Chabal2
    Picture size is perfect. And Buccaneer Babe gets my vote.
  • January 20, 2010
    Arivne
    Literature

    Tabletop RPG
    • Ed Greenwood has mentioned a number of female pirates in his Forgotten Realms setting material for Dungeons And Dragons, including Thilana, Azla and Laershala of the Emerald Eyes.
  • January 20, 2010
    girlyboy
    Hay where did the Real Life section go. :( I'm sure I didn't take it out when I resized the picture.

    Ugh, it was a database hickup of some sort, wasn't it? >_< The Literature section looks cut in half, too...

    I guess this is why the examples are supposed to be added at launch. :P
  • January 20, 2010
    KnownUnknown
  • January 20, 2010
    girlyboy
    Sorry. :(
  • January 20, 2010
    OmegaMetroid
    Don't worry about it.
  • January 20, 2010
    macroscopic
    I think this wiki is unfairly biased towards Added Alliterative Appeal lol.

    Pirate Girl would be easier to find, it's simpler, and more compatible with non-hot examples. For instance, if it's a little girl or a Sweet Polly Oliver it'd make more sense to call her a Pirate Girl than a 'babe.'

    And I think we have enough Male Gaze trope names as it is.
  • January 20, 2010
    Duncan
    Ruth is the Piratical maid-of-all-work from Pirates of Penzance. Buttercup is from HMS Pinafore (and is not an example of the trope).
  • January 21, 2010
    NeoChaos
    Ruby Heart from Marvel vs. Capcom 2.
  • January 21, 2010
    Vree
    In almost every example, the girl also has a Dark And Tragic Past detailing how he ended up in his current position. Abusive fathers who they are in a Well Done Son Guy relationship with seems to be a common theme.
  • January 22, 2010
    OmegaMetroid
    Launching.
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