Created By: deuxhero on December 6, 2009
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A Pirate that is also some form of Undead. A type of Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot. Alt title: Literal Ghost Ship.

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  • December 6, 2009
    Chabal 2
    The pirates in the first Pirates Of The Caribbean movie.
  • December 6, 2009
    Vree
  • December 6, 2009
    Vree
    Also, Kids Next Door had such an episode.

    I think the source of the cliché is sailor's ghost stories - there is definitely more description to be added.
  • December 6, 2009
    random surfer
    South Park: "Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery"
  • December 6, 2009
    foxley
    At least two ghost pirates have appeared in The DCU, both of them historical characters that used to have their own series. The Black Pirate appeared as a ghost in Starman and Captain Fear in the Dr Thirteen mini-series.
  • December 6, 2009
    Ronka87
    The film of James And The Giant Peach adds a fight scene between James and a crowd of undead pirates, one of whom looks like Jack Skelington.
  • December 6, 2009
    Sparky Lurkdragon
    • One of Vyse's specials from Skies Of Arcadia involves summoning a pirate ghost to up the party's defence.
    • Cortez the Pirate King from Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door is a large collection of bones and commands a crew of Ghost Lights.
  • December 6, 2009
    Henker
  • December 6, 2009
    random surfer
    Tales of the Black Freighter, the Show Within A Show from Watchmen.
  • December 7, 2009
    Chabal 2
    Ghost pirates (along with zombie tourists and Confederate soldiers) are featured in the Scooby Doo animated movie. Interestingly, they're not the bad guys here.
  • December 7, 2009
    Wyvernil
    Suggested this before as Ghost Pirate. Here's the examples I got from that iteration of the trope (some might be repeats):


    Sometimes the most scurvy and fearsome of Pirates just don't stay in Davy Jones's locker. Instead, they continue to terrorize the seas as fearsome undead scourges, complete with a Ghost Ship crewed by the damned.

    Occasionally, this is due to a terrible curse that keeps them sailing (which may or may not involve voodoo). Other times, they're just too badass to stay in hell.

    Of course, not all Ghost Ships have ghost pirates.

    Examples:

    • Pirates Of The Caribbean is full of these, particularly in the first film.
    • The recurring antagonist of the Monkey Island series, the undead pirate Le Chuck, is one of these. At least it explains why he keeps coming back in each game.
    • Cervantes from the Soul Calibur series is a zombie/ghost pirate thanks to the power of the evil sword Soul Edge.
    • The Flying Dutchman.
    • Played with in Ratchet And Clank 3 with the space pirate ghosts.
    • Captain Cortez of Paper Mario: TTYD.
    • The movie Blackbeard's Ghost.
    • Scooby Doo! Pirates Ahoy! (although they turn not to be real ghost pirates! What a shock!)
      • There were also episodes of the original series which had (fake) ghost pirates. And in one episode, ghost vikings as well.
    • The Ghost Pirate crew in Capt'n Drakken
    • Chrono Cross has the player's party board a Ghost Ship full of pirates. They're actually just putting on an act, and aren't ghosts at all. Later, though, the ship is attacked by a real Ghost ship.
  • December 7, 2009
    Unknown%25252520Troper
    Just remember to differentiate between Ghost Pirates and Pirate Ghosts.
  • December 7, 2009
    Amazingly Enough
    This has been YKTTW'd at least twice before. What happened?

    • The Garfield's Halloween animated special has Garfield and Odie dressed as pirates and eventually encountering some real ghost pirates who come looking for their treasure.

    Also, not sure I understand the difference between ghost pirates and pirate ghosts.
  • December 7, 2009
    Chabal 2
    Ghost pirates: Pirates who also happen to be ghosts; Pirate ghosts: Ghosts of individuals who were pirates in life.

    ... My interpretation, YMMV.
  • December 7, 2009
    sgamer82
    • There's a quest-chain in the Howling Fjord area of World Of Warcraft which involves helping a cursed ship of ghost pirates defeat a giant for its treasure.
  • December 7, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Brook from One Piece. Surprisingly for this trope, he's a good guy!
  • December 7, 2009
    Everzwijn
    One Piece also has Gecko Moria's crew, of which only four members are alive, the rest being zombies.
  • December 7, 2009
    foxley
    The Disney movie Blackbeard's Ghost. Exactly What It Says On The Tin.
  • December 7, 2009
    Amy of Darkness
    There's a pirate ghost in the webcomic "Eerie Cuties" who's the gym teacher. As for other forms of undead, do Vampirates count? There's at least 3 examples of that out there!
  • December 7, 2009
    Ub3rD4n
    Seems to be a regular feature of the Venture Brothers, both this and FAKE ghost pirates seem to co-exist.
  • December 8, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    The Wario Land series has about one per game, with one un named boss in the third game, Captain Coin in the fourth game and the boss Captain Skull in Wario World being ghost pirates. Or pirate ghosts. Or both.
  • January 7, 2010
    Wyvernil
    Bumping to top.

    I think we have enough examples here to launch, what do you think? Might launch this myself if no one objects.
  • January 7, 2010
    Stormtroper
  • January 15, 2010
    Wyvernil
    Any consensus on the trope name? I'd go with either Ghost Pirate (the most common term for undead pirates) or Undead Pirate (to establish that the trope covers both ghosts and other forms of undead pirate).
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