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[[caption-width-right:300:Schoolgirl by day, pirate queen by night.]]

''Polly and the Pirates'' is an independent comic by Ted Naifeh consisting of 6 issues and an OGN (which is illustrated by Robbi Rodriguez) published by Oni Press. The comic follows Polly Pringle, a sheltered young girl who lives at a boarding school and has no desire to go on any adventures--unlike her friend Anastasia. One night Polly gets swept up in an adventure when she is captured by the former crew of the famous Pirate Queen Meg Malloy.

!!Tropes associated with this work:
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: The Naff brothers and some pickpockets live in one.
* AbusiveParents: Apparently the Naff brothers had an abusive father. Percy Naff is worried that his brother is becoming like his father towards the child pickpockets.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Claudio tries out this trope on Polly. He fails spectacularly.
* AlliterativeName: Poppy Pringle. Meg Malloy.
* AlternateHistory: The United States has an emperor.
* AmoralAttorney: A pair of them are in Book Two.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Anastasia "Stasia" Van Vervendander.
* {{Blackmail}}: Attempted by Claudio, to Polly.
* BoardingSchool: Polly is living in one while her father is away doing diplomatic work.
* AChildShallLeadThem: Because of course a girl with no knowledge of nautical travel, crime, or even that her mother was a pirate is the perfect candidate for a captain. Only it turns out Polly is extremely gifted at this.
* CoolHat: It's also a very important hat.
* ExtremeDoormat: Stasia's father is one to King Rolf, but he eventually grows a spine and stands up to him at the end of book two.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: "Vervenvania" is Germany.
* GenerationXerox: Implied by Claudio's father, who states that Meg Malloy used to trick him often (as Polly bested Claudio).
* GentlemanAdventurer: Polly's father.
* GermanDialects: King Rolf.
* {{Gonk}}: Kutner Naff and his brother have very goblin-like appearances. As do the pair of attorneys from Book two.
* InTheBlood: Piracy, apparently, is a genetic trait.
* LittleMissSnarker: While Polly isn't as mean as [[ComicBook/CourtneyCrumrinAndTheNightThings Courtney Crumrin]], her dialogue is full of dry wit.
* MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter: Ms. Vimmenvigger, that is, if you consider Mr. Shoe to be a mad scientist.
* MissingMom: Polly has no memories of her mother, and thus far what happened to her hasn't been revealed.
* ModestRoyalty: The emperor looks like a pauper.
** He actually is a crazy tramp guy who was crowned Emperor of America as a joke.....but then apparently he's recognized as Emperor anyways. But then in book two he's put to jail for claiming to be Emperor. But then he's released, and the queen of England recognizes him as an Emperor....its confusing.
** Based on the real life [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Norton Emperor Norton]]
* JustAStupidAccent: King Rolf (heavy German accent) and Pamplemousse (heavy French accent)
* PirateGirl: Polly!
* PirateParrot
* ProperLady: Polly is determined to be one at all costs. She believes her mother was this as well.
* SpiritAdvisor: Possibly in book two, where Poly is visited by apparitions of her mother Meg, several times.
* SpiritedYoungLady: Polly's friend Stasia would seem to be this at the outset as she is the one who wants to sneak out at night... but played with when proper Polly turns out to be the pirate.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Polly looks uncannily like Meg Malloy, to the point that everybody believes Meg is her mother before Polly is willing to accept it.
* TellMeAboutMyFather: Polly of course wants to know all about her mother, and her father has been spinning stories for her for years... just not true ones.
* TheFagin: When Kutner Naff isn't out on the high seas, he's bossing around a gang of boy pickpockets.
* TheSocialDarwinist: King Rolf, type 4. He even makes a small speech about how the strong always rule.
* WouldHitAGirl: King Rolf. Miss Vimmenvigger, Polly and Stasia are all threatened to be crushed into jelly by him.