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In fiction, most Pirates are easily identifiable by their Stock Costume Traits. Expect to see some combination of the following:
- A tricorner hat, bicorner hat (as seen in the page image), cavalier hat, or a bandana wrapped around their head.
- A peg-leg or Hook Hand, or some other form of Artificial Limbs.
- A Pirate Parrot, perched on a shoulder. (And it's surprisingly common for the parrot to sport its own miniature hat and/or eyepatch.)
- Buckles and sashes.
- Either a large, bushy beard or a layer of Permastubble.
- Gold hoop earrings and/or a Gold Tooth.
- Cutlasses and pistols as weapons.
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- In an ad for FreeCreditReport.com a man sings the jingle; in his story his credit went to hell and now he has to work as a singing waiter in a pirate-themed restaurant.
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Film - Animated
- The pirates in the fourth Ice Age movie can pull this look without actually wearing any clothes. For example, Captain Gutt is a giant ape whose fur looks like a tricorner hat and a cape.
Film - Live-Action
- The Pirates of the Caribbean series puts its own spin on the costumes, but still hits the major notes: parrot, beards, eyepatches, hats, bandanas, everything short of a hook.
- Fast Times at Ridgemont High: Brad ends up working at a pirate-themed restaurant and realized how low his life has sunk when he catches a look at himself in his own rear view mirror making a delivery dressed as a pirate.
- Muppet Treasure Island, being based on the trope codifier, naturally follows this motif. Long John is particularly resplendent once he shows his true colors.
- Treasure Island is the Trope Codifier thanks to Captain Long John Silver.
- Peter Pan's pirates had a heavy influence on the trope. Most notably, Captain Hook popularized the Hook Hand look.
- The Peter and the Starcatchers series plays off of Peter Pan, so of course the characters are similarly depicted.
- Gideon Defoe's The Pirates books use these as the only identifiers for the otherwise nameless characters - the Pirate Captain, the pirate with the wooden leg, the pirate with the hook, etc. In the movie, one of the pirates has a wooden nose.
- The Pyrates manages to hit every major pirate stereotype. This includes all variations of the standard pirate outfit.
- Magic: The Gathering: Ramirez DePietro has the standard eyepatch.
- Dungeons & Dragons: The Complete Adventurer sourcebook for 3.5 edition includes rules for a "Dread Pirate" prestige class, accompanied by an illustration of a swashbuckling pirate sporting the standard beard, bandana, loose breeches, and Badass Longcoat.
- The Ork Freebooterz of Warhammer 40,000 wear pirate hats.
- RuneScape: All of the stock traits appear on various pirate NPCs: bandanas, tricorner hats, eyepatches, a hook-hand, a captain's hat with a skull-and-crossbones on it, etc. Most of them are also available as wearable equipment, and there is a parrot...well, a zombie parrot ("ex-ex-parrot") available as a pet as a reward for a pirate-related quest.
- Team Fortress 2: The Demoman has an eyepatch by default, but the "Swashbuckler's Swag" outfit adds a peg-leg, a bottle of rum, and a captain's bicorne with piratey Flavor Text. Also of note are the Rimmed Raincatcher hat and the Soldier's Brawling Buccaneer outfit.
- Most pirates in the Monkey Island games fit the bill.
- Dungeon Defenders: This is an alternate outfit for the Squire in the Halloween 2011 Costume Pack DLC.
- Puzzle Pirates hits most of the notes.
- There are several factions of pirates in World of Warcraft, most of whom sport this type of garb and have a tendency to say "Yeaaarg!" when they attack. There's even a hat with a skull and crossbones on it that players can get and use, and if you really want, here's how to dress your character as a pirate. Or you can just use the pirate wand.
- Pirates in Final Fantasy dress like this:
- In Final Fantasy I, Bikke is the Badass Longcoat captain with bicorn and Badass Beard, while his crew have bandannas and eyepatches.
- Leila of Final Fantasy II wears a bandanna; her crew has that and eyepatches.
- Faris of Final Fantasy V has a Badass Longcoat and a Sailor's Ponytail in the concept art, although her sprite looks different, and her crew look the same as all the others. Also, the Cannoneer job uses this kind of clothing (although you can call it a navy outfit, too), and the Skeleton enemies in the Ship Graveyard have bandannas and—somehow—beards.
- In Crystal Chronicles Ring Of Fates and Echoes Of Time, Selkies can equip pirate hats and coats.
- Drake's pirates in Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light have stripey shirts and bandannas; Drake himself has the bicorn and Badass Beard but is otherwise dressed the same.
- The field and battle sprites for the Pirate class in the Fire Emblem series have bandannas. Most recruitable pirates have them too. Exceptions are Geese from Binding Blade (who has a Badass Longcoat) and Briggid from Genealogy of the Holy War, who was a pirate captain by profession but a Sniper by class.
- Rusty and Co. has Plaidbeard, a rare hatless example. Notably, his crew is dressed in the standard breeches/bandana/stripy shirt.
- Irregular Webcomic! uses fancy hats to identify its pirates.
- When Something*Positive's characters celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day, they wear standard pirate costumes.
- Cyanide & Happiness: This strip hangs a lampshade on the trope. ("Yarr, how can ye tell?")
- The Powerpuff Girls: In "Mizzen in Action", a crew of predictably-dressed pirates accidentally imbibe some Chemical X to become the Villains of the Week.
- The Simpsons: Shown on the cover of Treasure Island that Bart tries to BS his way through a book report of.
Well, as Mrs. Krabappel already mentioned, the name of the book that I read was Treasure Island. It's about these pirates, (Looks at the illustrated cover of the book.) pirates with patches over their eyes, (Looks at cover.) and shiny gold teeth, (Looks at cover.) and green birds on their shoulders. Did I mention this book was written (Looks at cover.) by a guy named Robert Louis Stevenson? (Looks at cover.) And published by the good people at McGraw-Hill. So, in conclusion, on the Simpson scale of one to ten—ten being the highest, one being the lowest and five being average—I give this book a nine.
- Spongebob Squarepants:
- Patchy the Pirate and the Flying Dutchman.
- In "Aargh!", Mr. Krabs goes treasure hunting with SpongeBob and Patrick dressed in fancy pirate captain duds, and gives his two underlings some pirate wear to match. SpongeBob puts on two peg legs and calls himself Peggy the Pirate, while Patrick wears eyepatches on both eyes as Blindbeard the Pirate.
- Codename: Kids Next Door features the candy-themed pirate villain Stickybeard, who wears an eyepatch, a black hat with a skull on it, a Blackbeard-style beard (with candy stuck in it), and a peg-leg and hook-hand both made from candy canes.
- Youngblood of Danny Phantom is seen in full hook-and-pegleg regalia, complete with skull-and-crossbones hat.
- Futurama's Space Pirates dress this way, with accommodations for their Bizarre Alien Biology—one pirate has three peg-legs and multiple eyepatches.
- The Garfield Halloween Special has him and Odie going out Trick-or-Treating dressed as pirates, Garfield wearing a pirate hat and sporting a peg leg, while Odie has a bandana, single earring, and striped shirt, and being who he is, starts off with a peg on every leg. Later they run into some ghostly pirates who show more of the usual fashion sense, just more dead and decayed.
- In one Muppet Babies Imagine Spot, the gang finds themselves talking to a crew of pirates, and when one of them demands to know whose crew they're on, they says they're Nanny's crew. Gonzo then goes a bit overboard in describing her as a great pirate, with a patch over both eyes, two hook hands and two peg legs.
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