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->''"Whenever pirates turn up in a romance set more recently than 1843, you figure the filmmakers ran out of ideas."''
-->-- '''Creator/RogerEbert''' 's review of ''Film/SixDaysSevenNights''

Swashbuckling, rum-swilling, DressedToPlunder [[{{Pirate}} pirates]] in modern times.

Compare and contrast SkyPirates. SpacePirates is when they are a few more centuries late. For modern, RealLife pirates of the type who are ''very good'' at shivering people's timbers (with an AK-47, not a cutlass), see RuthlessModernPirates. If the pirates are more concerned with ''looking'' the part than acting it, they're probably ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything.

Compare to BornInTheWrongCentury for when they feel like they belong in UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfPiracy.



[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'':
** Villains Captain Stingaree and Cap'n Fear. Somewhat subverted in the case of Cap'n Fear and his crew, as Detective Harvey Bullock doesn't find them funny or charming at all ("I hate them [[{{Malaproper}} swishbucklers]].") and ''one of Fear's own men'' mutters about how he's getting "sick of this Popeye rap" (though he promptly changes his mind once the DarkChick threatens to slit his throat).
** In one [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] story, Franchise/{{Batman}} fights a one-shot villain called Blackbeard, who styles himself after the historical Blackbeard
* The "Trial of Franchise/{{Superman}}" arc had a character named Freelance, a bounty hunter who traveled space in an 18th century-style pirate ship, complete with holographic figurehead changeable to whatever female he happens to be attracted to. He enjoys letting enemies onto his ship simply to throw them off, fighting with a sword, and sports an eyepatch.
* Scar and his crew from ''ComicBook/TheStrangers'' comic book in ComicBook/TheUltraverse. After gaining superpowers, they moved to the Caribbean and become pirates, basing their costumed identities on classic pirates.
* Commander Kraken, foe of the ComicBook/SubMariner in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse.
* Captain Storm of ''ComicBook/TheLosers'' (the original UsefulNotes/WorldWarII version) became one of these after losing his memory (and an eye) to an explosion.
* The Subway Pirates from Creator/GrantMorrison's ''ComicBook/SevenSoldiers''.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Steve the Pirate in ''Film/DodgeballATrueUnderdogStory''.
* ''Pirates of the Plain''. Pirate Jezebel Jack and his mutinous crew end up in modern day Nebraska via a time vortex.
* The Disney movie ''Blackbeard's Ghost'' is about a modern day man having to deal with the titular ghost as he unwittingly read an incantation to see him.
* The Crimson Permanent Assurance from ''Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife''.
* There's also ''Film/PiratesOfTheGreatSaltLake'' about two wanna-be pirates in modern Utah.
* In ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'', Matthew Patell (the first evil ex) dresses like a pirate and gets mocked by the crowd for it. "Pirates are ''in'' this season!"
* The plot of the 1980 film ''Film/TheIsland'', which stars Creator/MichaelCaine, centers on a long-isolated band of Caribbean pirates who prey on 20th Century boaters.
* The Sengh Brotherhood in ''Film/{{The Phantom|1996}}''.

* Alec Checkerfield from KageBaker's Literature/TheCompanyNovels.
* ''The Pirates' Mixed-Up Voyage'' by Creator/MargaretMahy.
* In the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse, this is the hat of the Tof race, who embrace the wooden-ships-and-iron-men aesthetic despite living in a SpaceOpera universe.
* {{Invoked|Trope}} by some (not all) space pirates in ''Literature/TheFlightEngineer''. Putting on the affectations of movie pirates makes them feel like holo heroes instead of the thieves and murderers they actually are.
* ''Literature/MrsPiggleWiggle'' 's deceased husband was a pirate when he was alive, and the story takes place in TheFifties.
* In a ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' novel, ''Shaitan Baidi,'' one of the people the ''Lagoon'' is transporting is a woman who is, or believes herself to be, a direct descendant of the infamous Captain Morgan...and dresses the part.
* The plot of Peter Benchley's 1979 book ''The Island'' centers on a long-isolated band of Caribbean pirates who prey on 20th Century boaters.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheAdventuresOfBriscoCountyJr'' actually had an inversion - one member of John Bly's gang and his lackeys were a group of actual pirates who were bikers around 80-100 years early. Somehow or another they'd gotten driven off the high seas, so they took to pirating on the American plains, and they just so happen to have stolen some experimental new bicycles Professor Wickwire just knocked up...It's also a literal example of this trope, as they're very much classical pirates (maybe 17th century-ish), but the show is supposed to take place right around the turn of the 20th century.
* ''Series/TheArmstrongAndMillerShow'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAbzVx4eOdw parodied]] this in a sketch which involves random people getting press-ganged by the Royal Navy into joining the "South Harbour Club Patrol" after buying t-shirts reading exactly that. And if that concept isn't 18th century enough, then Somali pirates attack South Harbour... by firing audible cannon broadsides.
* ''Series/TheWrongDoor'' had the "The Train Pirates", disenfranchised modern people who swapped their suits and briefcases for 17th century dress and cutlasses but took to the rails rather than the seas and rode aboard "The Whore of [[UsefulNotes/OneLondonThirtyThreeBoroughs Clapham]]" led by by Captain Goitier played by Creator/BrianBlessed.
* ''Series/YoureSkittingMe'': In one of the "Tatiana the Sailor" sketches, Tats's friend Em was supposed to be disguised as [[RuthlessModernPirates a Somali pirate]]. However, having no idea what a Somali pirate actually was, she instead appears as one of these.

* The trope name is paraphrased from the Music/JimmyBuffett song "A Pirate Looks at 40"; the line is "two hundred years too late."
%%* Music/{{Alestorm}}
* Captain Maggots, one of Music/EmilieAutumn's backing band, the Bloody Crumpets.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8G_L9tXEwmc The Last Saskatchewan Pirate]] Tractor Jack became one of these (on the Saskatchewan River) due to a lack of jobs and an unwillingnes to accept government buyouts, unemployment insurance, or welfare. And all while covering Music/TheArrogantWorms, too!
* Music/CaptainDanAndTheScurvyCrew, the "only rap crew with Buccaneer technique".

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Absolute Intense Wrestling's second championship {{tag team}}, Morty Rackem and Ruthless Rufio Rapier: The Cut Throat Crew. They were sometimes [[PowerTrio accompanied]] by Syd Smythe as well and Morty also serves in Pirate Justice, primarily for Prime Wrestling, and sometimes the two groups [[FourIsDeath got together]].
* In Wrestling/{{WWE}} Paul Burchill briefly became a "wrestling pirate" after [[{{Kayfabe}} discovering]] that he was a descendant of Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard.
* The Pro Wrestling Syndicate has The Drunken Swashbuckler and Salty The Deckhand.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* One "Pigs [[RecycledINSPACE in Space]]" sketch in ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' had John Cleese attacking the Swinetrek as a pirate- of the swashbuckler variety. Link Hogthrob informs him that he's a few centuries out of place, which leads to an argument between John and his parrot.
* In the ''WebVideo/SuperMarioLogan'' Movie "Chef Pee Pee's Father", Chef Pee Pee's father is a present-day pirate.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Captain Kraken of ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' TabletopGame/FreedomCity setting is a form of this. Essentially, he's an alien SpacePirate who started watching broadcasts of Earth pirate movies and decided that it would be fun to dress himself and his crew in the same style. How serious he is about following the tropes depends on the GM.
* The ''Back East: The North'' sourcebook for ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}'' has the Vikings of Duluth; a group of Scandanavian descendents who adopt Viking trappings to fight the British Navy on the Great Lakes. There are also pirates (drawn in full seventeenth-century garb) in the Great Maze in what used to be California.

* ''Theatre/ThePiratesOfPenzance'', maybe? Well, 300 years too late, but still.
* These pirates appear in the ''Theatre/SeraMyu'' stage shows. Some of the productions even refer to them as SpacePirates.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' games occasionally cross into this due to the PurelyAestheticEra.
* ''VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves'' features a trip to Blood Bath Bay, a series of small islands inhabited by "throwbacks" who still live by old fashioned pirate culture.
* Bonne Jenet and her crew from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' (and before that ''[[VideoGame/FatalFury Mark of the Wolves]]'') are somewhere between this and RuthlessModernPirates. The crew dresses like stereotypical pirates, but their ship is a nuclear sub.
* The Piranha clan from ''VideoGame/UrbanRivals''.
* ''Hidden Expedition 5: The Uncharted Islands'' features a mostly-{{Affably Evil}} group of pirates led by a man nicknamed Undertow. Justified because the islands in question are under a force field which grants its denizens rather long lives, at the price of never being able to leave.
* The ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soul]]'' series resident pirate Cervantes de Leon is an [[InvertedTrope inversion]] as the games are set during the late 16th (and early 17th in ''[=SoulCalibur=] V'') century but his design cues harken to UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfPiracy, which only begins in the mid-[=1600s=], thus being too early for the era.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* The main cast of ''WebAnimation/LegoPirateMisadventures'', made more prevalent in #3, when they attend an office party in a cube farm and go into a crappy dive bar.
* The Weebl toon [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSBoO4GzHaI Somalia]] portrays Somalian pirates like this.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The [[http://nonadventures.com/2007/05/26/the-curse-of-plunderella/ Chesapeake Bay Pirates]] from ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella''.
* The pirates in ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', although this occasionally overlaps with SteamPunk SkyPirates.
* T-Square from ''Webcomic/{{Altermeta}}''.
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', Kiki, Bun-Bun and a little girl play at being pirates in a small boat. Unfortunately Bun-Bun, being Bun-Bun, tries actually thieving and murdering.
* The pirates in ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' become this when they are [[AWizardDidIt arbitrarily]] transported to [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/comic.php?current=2662&theme=10&dir=next5 1940.]]
* Captain [[PunnyName Rigur DeMortis]] in ''[[http://comic.nodwick.com/?p=420 Q-Force]]''. His status as TheUndead partially justifies it as he's been around for 400 years, though in the words of his 'loyal' undead crew, he hasn't aged well:
-->'''Crewman #1:''' Ye couldn't best '''Cap'n Crunch'''!\\
'''Crewman #2:''' '''Software Pirates''' be scarier than ye!
* Captain Greenbeard and his crew from ''Webcomic/LilGotham''.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Even though most of the [[Creator/VanBeurenStudios Cubby Bear cartoons]] are clearly set in the 1930s, there are old-fashioned swashbuckling pirates in "Bubbles and Troubles".
* The pirates in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' episode "Ghosts Of The Sargasso".
* ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'':
** Mystery Inc confronts these, posing as ghosts no less, in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooPiratesAhoy''
** Mystery Inc does the same thing in various episodes of the original series... and those pirates are also posing as ghosts.
* One episode of the ''ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUK'' (from ComicBook/TheBeano) cartoon has a group of actors turn out to be real pirates.
* Creator/CartoonNetwork's ''WesternAnimation/MikeLuAndOg'' has a trio of pirates who are the shipwrecked descendants of the pirates who shipwrecked the island's other inhabitants.
* PlayedForLaughs in a ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode when Peter goes from stealing a parrot as a pet from a veterinarian's office, to dressing as a stereotypical pirate, then hiring a pirate crew and finally going on the road and engaging a motorist in an epic swashbuckling fight, in the course of which Peter's car acquires a mast and sails.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TeamoSupremo'' had the kids' teacher tell them that there are no such things as pirates in the modern day. Guess who the VillainOfTheWeek was?
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' features the candy-swiping Captain Stickybeard and crew. Fortunately for them he also hates vegetables.
* Red Dog the Pirate from ''WesternAnimation/RogerRamjet''.
* Captain Walker D. Plank is a villain in the animated TV series ''WesternAnimation/JamesBondJr''. He fits the traditional stereotype to the extent that even his PirateParrot has an eyepatch and a wooden leg.
* Youngblood and his pirate crew in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' hits the mark of the traditional, swashbuckling pirates we know and love, though this may be a justified case as Youngblood constantly dresses up in costumes for his own childish amusement.
* The ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' has a robot version as a very minor recurring villain, complete with robo-parrot and [[TalkLikeAPirate speech pattern]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Fat Beard", after hearing about the recent increase in piracy in Somalia, Cartman decides to go and live there (along with Butters, Kyle's little brother Ike, and one of the ginger kids). Kyle and Stan realize what an incredibly stupid idea this, but instead play up his fantasy, encouraging him to go, hoping that he will be killed along the way. Cartman is disgusted to learn that [[RuthlessModernPirates modern Somali pirates]] are "a disgrace to Blackbeard", and tries to get them to act more traditional.
* The first episode of ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures'' had pirates dressed like what you would expect from the typical traditional pirate from a few centuries ago. Justified because they were posing as ghosts to keep people away from a shipwreck while they carry off the loot.
* A variation: ''WesternAnimation/TheSylvesterAndTweetyMysteries'' episode "You're Thor?" has Vikings a thousand years too late.
* The Pi-Rats from ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers''.
* Gatlocke from ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex''. And he lives in the middle of a desert!
* A ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' episode featured a tv repairman who decided to follow the footsteps of his pirate ancestor and become a full pirate (In fact, the episode describes the tv repairman job as a way for pirate descendants to keep close to their roots). This modern day's pirate's criminal career was helped by the fact the authorities [[PoliceAreUseless refused to believe]] whenever his victims reported him. [[spoiler:Fortunately Garfield saved the day]].
* One ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' episode featured pirates.
* The unnamed pirate crew on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''.
* Played with in the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode where Dr. Drakken gets possessed by a pirate ghost:
-->'''Drakken:''' Aye. Set the mainsail, wench.\\
'''Shego:''' Okay, first of all we don't have any sails. Second of all, [[NeverSayThatAgain call me "wench" again]] and we'll be planning a ''burial at sea''.\\
'''Drakken:''' ''(nervously)'' Yearr. Arrgh.
* ''WesternAnimation/FilmationsGhostbusters'' had to deal with the likes of Long-John Scarechrome, a cross between this and a SpacePirate. ''Any'' ghostly pirates seen in the show.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnythingAVeggieTalesMovie We are]] ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything...''
* Captain Tighty-Whitey and his crew in ''WesternAnimation/{{Grojband}}''.
* The Pushy Pirate Posse in ''WesternAnimation/SheZow''.
* A very important plot point in ''WesternAnimation/ThePiratesInAnAdventureWithScientists'', where the root of Queen Victoria's hatred of pirates is because they are an anachronism.
* ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'', "Sailing the Seven Zzzs": After accidentally digging up a childhood trauma involving a play about pirates, Mr. Bighead starts to sleepwalk and acts out dreams of being a pirate, trying to reclaim his "treasure map" from Rocko.
* ''WesternAnimation/AlmostNakedAnimals'': The lobster pirates who attempt to take over the cabana in "Narwhal's Birthday".
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'':
** The series often throws in pirates for no reason other than to go with its nautical theme. Most notable are TheFlyingDutchman (who is a ghost) and Patchy (more of a cosplayer than anything else). Pirates sell Squidward the pie bomb in "Dyin' for Pie", and Mr. Krabs plays pirate in "Aargh!". A later episode reveals that his grandfather was a pirate... and still is.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobSquarePantsMovie'' has pirates going to see the movie as a FramingDevice.
** Burger-Beard from ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobMovieSpongeOutOfWater'' clearly doesn't belong in the movie's modern United States coast town setting. In fact, his pirate ship has wheels on it and doubles as a food truck.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* {{Invoked}} every year on [[http://www.talklikeapirate.com/piratehome.html Talk Like a Pirate Day.]]
* "Great Lakes Pirate" Dan Seavey (1864-1945) is called this in all of his biographies.
* Tampa, Florida has a festival called Gasparilla celebrating Jose Gaspar, and the people of Tampa tend to follow this trope around that time.
* http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/20/alison-whelan-jack-sparrow-steals-ferry_n_1901200.html?1348169718