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[[caption-width-right:350:The Pirate Captain[[note]]Yes, that's his actual name[[/note]] and his [[LivingMacGuffin very ]] [[RuleOfFunny odd]] [[TeamPet parrot]], Polly.]]

->''"It's only impossible if you stop to think about it!"''

''The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!'' is a {{Claymation}} film directed by Peter Lord and made by AardmanAnimations based on the pirate stories of Gideon Defoe. It's Aardman's first full-length stop-motion film in seven years.

Outside the UK, the film was marketed under the title of ''The Pirates! Band of Misfits''.

The film features a nameless crew of pirates (who are [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep only referred to by description]], as in "The Pirate With Gout," "The Albino Pirate," and "The Pirate Who Likes Kittens and Sunsets") who aren't very good at piracy but are incredibly enthusiastic about it. The Pirate Captain is obsessed with winning the Pirate of the Year Award so he can at last earn the respect of his peers, but his incompetence renders this almost impossible.

To earn the prize, the crew navigates a ridiculously exaggerated caricature of VictorianLondon, running afoul of [[HistoricalDomainCharacter Charles Darwin, Jane Austen, and the Elephant Man]], and braving the hellish wrath of Queen Victoria (whose official royal motto is "I hate pirates!")

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!! This film shows examples of:

* TheAce: Black Bellamy, much to the Pirate Captain's frustration.
* AchievementsInIgnorance: See the page quote above.
* {{Acrofatic}}: [[spoiler:Queen Victoria in the climactic fight scene.]]
* AdaptationalHeroism: In the original book, the pirates are rather disdainful of each other and even casually execute one of their own when the crew becomes too large. In the film, they're TrueCompanions.
* AdaptationalVillainy: [[spoiler:Darwin and Mr. Bobo, for the first half of the film.]]
* AdiposeRex: Queen Victoria.
* {{Adorkable}}: The Albino Pirate.
* AdvertisedExtra:
** Though Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz are featured prominently in trailers and posters, they only appear for two scenes.
** RuleOfSexy applies to the latter.
* AffablyEvil: These are the most friendly, loveable terrors of the high seas you will ever meet.
* AffectionateNickname: The Pirate Captain occasionally refers to Darwin as "Chuck."
* AllLoveIsUnrequited:
** Darwin has a crush on Queen Victoria, who couldn't care less about him. Also, it's implied that the Surprisingly Curvaceous Pirate has feelings for The Pirate Captain, who has no idea she's even female. [[spoiler:Darwin gets over Victoria, while Surprisingly Curvaceous Pirate's plotline is left unresolved.]]
** According to Peter Lord, The Pirate Captain has a bit of an unrequited crush on Cutlass Liz which is hinted at in his DreamSequence.
* AllStarCast: Hmm, lessee here... Creator/HughGrant, Creator/DavidTennant, Creator/MartinFreeman, JeremyPiven, SalmaHayek, LennyHenry, Brendan Gleeson, and last but not least, BrianBlessed!
* AllThereInTheScript: The Pirate Who Likes Sunsets and Kittens is named only in the credits.
* Music/AlsoSprachZarathustra: [[RuleOfFunny On an]] ''[[RuleOfFunny accordion and conga drums]]'', [[RuleOfFunny no less!]]
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: The other three Pirates who have better chances of winning the award than the Pirate Captain.
* AnachronismStew:
** The movie states at the very start that the year is 1837, which instantly confuses a few things. Victoria ''was'' queen at this point, but only just; she was crowned that year. Darwin was already famous in scientific circles by now. The film also features cameos from JaneAusten and [[TheElephantMan Joseph Merrick]]. In 1837, the former was already dead and the latter was yet to be born.
** [[FreezeFrameBonus Apparently, people in 1837 are aware of who]] BrianBlessed is.
** And this is putting aside the fact that 17th century style pirates are still hanging around in the ''19th century.''
*** Though this is actually Queen Victoria's reason for hating pirates--they're out of date and need to go.
** Many, ''many'' science issues in the film, including the (albeit limited) public use of electricity in 1837.
** The pirates' first disguises was as a group of Girl Guides. However, the scouting movement didn't begin until 1907.
** Some usage of modern linguistics in Victorian times, such as the 'crew in the street sense, yo' line in the trailer.
** It should be noted that all of these examples use the RuleOfFunny excuse.
* ArcWords: Or rather, Arc Question. "What's the best thing about being a pirate?"
* ArtShift: The opening credits and each TravelMontage are done in stylized CG across a HereThereBeDragons-style sea map, with all the peril that entails.
* AsHimself: [[PlayedForLaughs Mr. Bobo is credited as this.]]
* AsideGlance: Done by Victoria when the Pirate Captain tries and fails to conceal his identity from her with a fake accent.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: [[spoiler:Queen Victoria is no pushover when it comes to a throw-down knife fight.]]
* BadassBeard: The Pirate Captain.
* BarefootCartoonAnimal: Mister Bobo.
* BareYourMidriff: Cutlass Liz.
* BastardGirlfriend: Cutlass Liz can barely even walk across a room without stabbing someone. Apparently, this just makes her even more attractive.
* BeenThereShapedHistory: The Pirate Captain may have inadvertently inspired Darwin to study evolution. Take this exchange, for example;
-->'''Pirate Captain:''' We didn't evolve from slugs just to sit around drinking our own sweat, now did we?
-->'''Darwin:''' What was that about slugs?
** It can also be inferred from one of the travel montages that the crew are responsible for the panama canal.
* BerserkButton: Don't mention pirates around Her Majesty. Just don't.
* BigBad: Queen Victoria.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Mr. Bobo and the crew coming to the Pirate Captain's aid in the climax.]]
* BigEater: Queen Victoria.
* BigEntrance:
** The Pirate Captain's competitors for Pirate of the Year show up in the Barnacle's Face tavern in Reverse Order of Awesomeness. Peg Leg Hastings swings through the door. Cutlass Liz blows a hole in the wall with a hand-held cannon. Black Bellamy arrives inside ''a whale full of gold doubloons''.
** The Pirate King's principal method of travel seems to be by giant, Vegas-esque clam shell.
* BigFancyHouse: Darwin has one. With the pirates inside, though, it doesn't last long.
* BlackComedy: Just by the trailers there seems to be a lot of it.
-->"[[CrowningMomentOfFunny This is a leper boat!]]" [[BodyHorror *arm falls off*]] "[[CrossesTheLineTwice See?]]"
** [[NeverTrustATrailer However,]] [[DudeNotFunny backlash from actual lepers]] (as the disease unfortunately still exists) changed the inhabitants of the ship to...[[{{Bowdlerise}} plague victims.]]
* BlackAndGrayMorality: On one hand, we have the murdering, looting pirates that want nothing but fame in the pirate world, on the hand we have the [[AlphaBitch Queen of England]], who is definitely not shown in a sympathetic light.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: ExecutiveMeddling is to blame for this in the American release. The title was changed for the official reason that the longer title wouldn't take, Albino Pirate's lines were redubbed with an actor known by American audiences, an announcer was redubbed by [[Series/{{Today}} Al Roker]], and any jokes that were deemed too inappropriate were removed entirely.
* BrainyBrunette: The Pirate With A Scarf.
* BreakTheHaughty: Darwin believing he's smarter than the pirates [[HumiliationConga doesn't exactly work out for him.]]
* BrickJoke: Several:
** "We could have made that with a good wind behind us, [[HereThereBeDragons except there's this great big sea monster in the way]]".
** The best thing about the airship being that it allows its users to look down women's tops. ({{Bowdlerised}} in the American version to being a "chick magnet" instead.)
** When depressed about being mocked at the Pirate of the Year Award signups, The Pirate Captain makes a crack about "getting into baby clothes" instead. [[spoiler: Guess what he's doing after being cast out of pirate society?]]
* BrokenPedestal: [[spoiler:The Pirate Captain becomes this for his crew when they discover that he sold Polly to Victoria. He wins back their approval by saving her.]]
* BuffySpeak: "Fire those long things that go bang!"
* ButtMonkey:
** Oh, Darwin...
** The old man in the rowboat who always seems to be in any harbour the pirates happen to drop anchor in.
** Surprisingly not the actual monkey. [[spoiler:He does get a bathtub dropped on him at one point, though.]]
* TheCaligula: Victoria.
* CallForward:
** At the scientific conference, Darwin gets caught in an explosion of vinegar and baking soda, which makes him look like he has his trademark beard.
** Similarly, the Pirate Captain tells Darwin to grow a beard.
* CaptainObvious: After changing into their {{Paper Thin Disguise}}s (both of them), the pirates feel the need to remind Darwin that it's really them.
* CardCarryingVillain:
** The pirates in the movie are so proud of being pirates they hold a "Pirate of the Year" awards and pirates who receive pardon for their crimes are disqualified for the prize and banned from Bloody Island. When Queen Victoria revoked Pirate Captain's pardon and set the reward for his capture to be higher than the reward for any other pirate on the world, Pirate Captain actually liked it.
** On the other side of things, Victoria's royal crest literally says "I Hate Pirates!"
* CelebrityParadox: One joke involves a mention of BrianBlessed, who voices The Pirate King.
* TheCenterpieceSpectacular: The bathtub chase.
* ChainOfPeople: Formed by the crew to rescue the Captain near the end.
* ChangingClothesIsAFreeAction: On two separate occasions, Darwin (and the camera) look away from the crew for a few seconds, only for them to all be wearing matching disguises when he looks back.
* ChekhovsGun:
** [[spoiler:Vinegar and baking soda.]]
** [[spoiler:The airship.]]
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: According to Peter Lord, ''everyone'' in the film is this to some extent. The Pirate Captain and the Albino Pirate stand out from the crowd, though.
* TheChewToy: Darwin. After a few minutes you will ''want'' to see bad things happen to him, and the movie delivers.
* ComedicSociopathy: A lot of it.
* ComfortingComforter: The Pirate with a Scarf tucks the Pirate Captain in.
* ConspicuousCG: The sea monster sticks out like a sore thumb, despite all the CG water and environment.
* CoolBoat: The Pirate Ship and [[spoiler:the [=QV1=].]]
* CowardlyLion: [[spoiler:Mr. Bobo flees when the Pirate Captain decides to try and save Polly, but later rows across the sea to gather TheCavalry.]]
* CreativeClosingCredits: Featuring a WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue and a montage of the background jokes from the film.
* CruellaToAnimals: [[spoiler:Queen Victoria]]
* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: "There's a sea monster in the way."
* DarkReprise: "Rule Britannia," which triumphantly opens the film and returns in an ominous form whenever Victoria's up to no good.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: Darwin.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: The Albino Pirate.
* TheDogBitesBack:
** [[spoiler:A literal example of this trope; Polly finally escapes from Victoria by pecking her in the eye.]]
*** [[spoiler: The endangered species Victoria was going to have cooked and eaten are trying to eat her [[ParachuteInATree as she dangles from a tree]] at the end]].
** [[spoiler: Darwin is the one who opens the shaft that Victoria gets knocked down in the climax.]]
* DramatisPersonae: Done in the first part of the closing credits.
* DualWielding: [[spoiler:Victoria can fight with two katanas.]]
* TheDulcineaEffect: Darwin's crush on Victoria.
* EndOfAnAge: [[spoiler:This is why Victoria hates pirates; the modern world she envisions has no place for them and their old-fashioned way of life. She's ultimately proven wrong when the Pirate Captain triumphs over her.]]
* EpicFail: Whenever the Pirate Captain boards a ship to demand gold. Special mention goes to the part where he boards a ghost ship and [[RealityIsOutToLunch ends up falling through the ghost deck]].
* EpicMovie: By Aardman's standards. It's by far the studio's largest and most technologically complex film to date.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment:
** "I! HATE! PIRATES!"
** The Ham Nite scene serves as one for the pirate crew in general.
** Black Bellamy's flashy entrance.
** Darwin's first scene has him writing in his journal about discovering a new species of barnacle and generally being all [[BuffySpeak Darwin-ish]], then he says this; [[NerdsAreVirgins "I'll never get a girlfriend.]] I am ''so'' unhappy."
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Pirate Captain and his crew (which include The Pirate With A Scarf, The Albino Pirate, The Pirate With Gout, The Surprisingly Curvaceous Pirate, and The Pirate Who Likes Sunsets and Kittens).
** HisNameReallyIsBarkeep: He signs his name as 'Pirate Captain' on the Pirate of the Year entry form.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: CharlesDarwin's pet monkey, Bobo.
* EvilAlbino: Averted. Apart from his skin condition, the Albino Pirate is a normal guy (for a pirate, anyway) and probably one of the more good-natured pirates on the crew.
* EvilIsHammy: Queen Victoria throws a ''lot'' of hissy fits.
* ExcitedTitleTwoPartEpisodeName: Played straight in most markets, averted in North America when the film was released as ''The Pirates! Band of Misfits'', without the second exclamation point.
* ExecutiveMeddling:
** Besides the title change, the American release cuts out a few of the more risque jokes and redubs the Albino Pirate's lines with Anton Yelchin for apparently no reason.
** This was also the movie that caused ''WesternAnimation/FlushedAway'' to end up being released in 2006 as it was planned that the next movie after ''WesternAnimation/ChickenRun'' would be a pirate movie. Creator/DreamWorks nicked it claiming at the time, they weren't marketable.
* ExoticEntree: A recreational hobby [[spoiler: ''for all the world's leaders''. Queen Victoria somewhat uses this]] in an EvilerThanThou speech aimed at the Pirate Captain.
* EyeScream: [[spoiler:Polly biting Victoria.]]
* FatBastard: Queen Victoria.
* AFatherToHisMen: The Pirate Captain.
* FiveManBand: There are two {{Sixth Ranger}}s [[note]]Darwin is the new member and Mr. Bobo is the second animal[[/note]] on the team.
** TheHero: The Pirate Captain.
** TheLancer: The Pirate with a Scarf (The Pirate Captain referred him as NumberTwo).
** TheSmartGuy: Darwin.
** TheBigGuy: The Pirate with Gout.
** TheChick: The Surprisingly Curvaceous Pirate.
** {{Team Pet}}s: Polly and Mr. Bobo.
* FoolForLove: Darwin, who calls himself this after [[spoiler:realizing that Victoria manipulated him into bringing her Polly.]]
* ForTheEvulz:
** Queen Vicky has an obsession with [[spoiler:eating endangered animals to extinction]], seemingly just because she can. And judging from her rant in the opening scene, she also has rather petty reasons for hating pirates, citing their shanties, hats, and roaring as reasons for their extermination.
** She hates pirates for the same reason as [[spoiler: endangered animals]]- they're outdated remnants of the past.
* FreezeFrameBonus: It wouldn't be an Aardman film without this trope.
* FryingPanOfDoom: Victoria wields one in the final battle.
* GetAholdOfYourselfMan: The Captain does this to Darwin.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Again, Aardman.
** "I could have sworn they were women."
** When the crew is showing Pirate Captain their tattoos of him, Surprisingly Curvaceous Pirate's tattoo is on her naked backside.
* GirlsWithMoustaches: The Surprisingly Curvaceous Pirate wears a fake one.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Victoria, portrayed as a bloodthirsty supervillainess with [[spoiler:a penchant for dining on very rare animals.]]
* GrandRomanticGesture: Darwin thinks that getting Victoria a dodo will be seen as this. [[spoiler:He's wrong.]]
* GrayRainOfDepression: After the Pirate Captain is expelled from the pirating community.
* GroinAttack: When the Captain stabs the ceiling. Whoops.
* HammerSpace:
** The source of Mr. Bobo's seemingly endless amount of notecards.
** The Pirate Captain's luxuriant beard is revealed to be HammerspaceHair.
* HartmanHips: Cutlass Liz and the Queen, but especially Surprisingly Curvaceous Pirate, necessary because her large fake beard covers almost all evidence of other possible curves. (The occasional side and back shot, such as the scene where Darwin walks the plank, reveals that she's actually curvy all over.)
* HarmlessLadyDisguise: Pirate Captain and the crew (even Polly!) disguise themselves as Girl Guides when they first arrive in London, due to Victoria's hatred of pirates.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Darwin and Mr. Bobo.]]
* HeelRealization: [[spoiler:Darwin finding the pamphlet about Victoria's rare animal eating society. His face practically screams "MyGodWhatHaveIDone".]]
* TheHero: [[TheCaptain The Pirate Captain]].
* HeroicAlbino: The Albino Pirate, whilst not a technical 'hero', is definitely a positive and upbeat character.
* HerosMuse: Victoria is this to Darwin. [[spoiler:Until he finds that pamphlet.]]
* HistoricalDomainCharacter:
** QueenVictoria and CharlesDarwin are main characters.
** With assorted other cameo appearances by real-life people, such as Joseph Merrick and JaneAusten.
* HistoricalInJoke:
** The Pirate Captain tries to refuse Darwin joining the crew due to his "nose being too big for his face." Darwin almost got refused his position on his historic expedition because the captain, a firm believer in physiognomy, thought Darwin's nose meant he was lazy.
** The captain also suggests that Darwin grow a beard to help even out his face. [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/02/1878_Darwin_photo_by_Leonard_from_Woodall_1884_-_cropped_grayed_partially_cleaned.jpg/170px-1878_Darwin_photo_by_Leonard_from_Woodall_1884_-_cropped_grayed_partially_cleaned.jpg Darwin took the advice to heart evidently.]] (Before that of course, Charles gets a temporary beard of Vinegar-Baking Soda foam.)
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Despite many atrocities across the British Empire including in India and Ireland during her reign, QueenVictoria herself was '''not''' a vicious, bloodthirsty psychopath.
** She also wasn't a member of a society [[spoiler: that ate rare animals]]. [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2003/mar/09/foodanddrink.features15 Darwin was]], [[HistoricalHeroUpgrade though]].
* HypercompetentSidekick: The Pirate with a Scarf seems quite a bit smarter than the Pirate Captain. The same goes for Mr. Bobo and Darwin.
* IAmBigBoned: Before Polly is recognised as a dodo, the Pirate Captain gets mocked for having such a fat parrot. He claims that she is just big boned.
* IChooseToStay: [[spoiler:Mr. Bobo joins the pirate crew in the end.]]
* IdiotBall: If the Pirate Captain picked up any more of them, the story would plummet straight into DownerEnding territory.
* IdiotHero: The Pirate Captain. Oh god, the Pirate Captain.
* IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace: The island where all the pirates meet up for the contest is named Blood Island. Not because of a history of bloodshed, but because it's "exactly the same shape as a bit of blood".
* ItsAllMyFault: Darwin says this word-for-word when he encounters the Pirate Captain after [[spoiler:learning Victoria's true plan for Polly.]]
* JabbaTableManners: Queen Victoria talks with her mouth full while discussing plans with Admiral Collingwood.
* TheJeeves: Mr. Bobo.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: [[spoiler:Victoria wields [[DualWielding two of them]] during a fight scene. Probably ''because'' she thinks they're better than ordinary, pirate-related swords.]]
* {{Keet}}: The Albino Pirate.
* KickTheDog: Victoria rejecting Darwin, especially the second time.
--> '''Victoria:''' You know, I think...secretly...I've always loved you, Charles.
--> '''Darwin:''' ...Really?
--> '''Victoria:''' ''No.'' [[FryingPanOfDoom (clobbers him with a frying pan)]]
* TheLancer: The Pirate With A Scarf, who is both the OnlySaneMan and TheReliableOne.
* LargeHam:
** The Pirate Captain and Victoria, when her BerserkButton is pressed. Also, {{BRIAN BLESSED}} as the Pirate King.
** BrianBlessed himself says the Pirate King is the most "larger than life" character in the whole story. Boy, was he right.
-->'''The Pirate King''': TREACHEROUS VILLAINY! VILLAINOUS TREACHERY!
* LastOfHisKind: Polly is the last dodo in existence. [[LivingMacGuffin This is a pretty big deal.]]
* {{Leitmotif}}: "Rule Britannia" is used as Victoria's theme, and it shows up whenever she does. The bigger a threat she is, the darker the music gets. By the climax, it sounds [[HellIsThatNoise positively demonic.]]
* LetsGetDangerous:
** The Pirate Captain pulls off some pretty {{Badass}} feats in the climax.
** Specifically, he [[spoiler:chases, breaks into and subsequently blows up what is essentially the steampunk equivalent of the Death Star. All to save his pet.]]
* LighterAndSofter: Compared to the book, which is much more mean-spirited and violent.
* LivingMacGuffin: Polly.
* LoveMakesYouDumb/LoveMakesYouEvil: Darwin's pursuit of Victoria drives him to do some rather unheroic things. [[spoiler:He gets better.]]
* LovingAShadow: Darwin loving Victoria.
* ManipulativeBitch: Victoria.
* MarketBasedTitle: The US title is ''The Pirates! Band of Misfits,'' while the title everywhere else is ''The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists.'' (see ExecutiveMeddling)
* MissingTrailerScene: The leper boat [[spoiler:is a subversion. Though the offending joke is redubbed, the footage itself remains]].
* [[MistakenForDog Mistaken For Parrot]]: Polly.
* MsFanservice: Cutlass Liz.
* MythologyGag: In the Plundering Montage, the pirates go to America and get chased by cowboys and Native Americans. This is a nod to a NoodleIncident from the first book.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: There's a ''nudist'' ship in the movie.
* NerdsAreVirgins: Darwin really wants a girlfriend, and scientists are impressed by a hot air balloon having some uses with women.
* {{Ninja}}: Not literally, but [[spoiler: Queen Victoria does dual-wield katannas and has some fancy acrobatic moves]].
* NoAnimalsWereHarmed: "No dodos were made extinct in the making of this film."
* NoEndorHolocaust:
** [[spoiler:Don't worry, all of the world's most powerful and ethically questionable leaders and everybody working on the [=QV1=] got to a lifeboat before the ship sank.]]
** [[spoiler:Similarly, Victoria formally unpardoned the Pirate Captain (as shown by those new wanted posters), so we can be pretty sure that she didn't get eaten by those animals.]]
* NonActionGuy: Darwin.
* [[NoFlowInCGI No Flow In Claymation]]: Neatly averted in a similar fashion to WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}.
* NonHumanSidekick: Polly for the Pirate Captain and Mr. Bobo for Darwin.
* NoNameGiven: All of the known pirates so far, with the exception of Black Bellamy, Cutlass Liz, and Pegleg Hastings.
* NoodleIncident: While giving the Pirate Captain a pep talk, the Pirate With A Scarf mentions the crew's adventures with Aztecs, librarians and a pig.
* NumberTwo: The Pirate With A Scarf is even called Number Two by the Pirate Captain.
* OddFriendship: The Pirate Captain and Darwin.
* OffscreenVillainy:
** The pirates, so as to retain sympathy, never actually commit any successful crimes on-screen. Unless impersonating scientists is a crime.
*** [[spoiler:Stealing a one-of-a-kind exotic animal worth the entire contents of the Tower of London and sinking its owner's ship]] certainly is. But [[spoiler:Queen Victoria]] deserved it.
** Given his whopping twelve doubloons-and-a-pen bounty, It's doubtful if he's ever committed any serious crimes.
** He does say something about using babies as squid bait though...
** The Surprisingly Curvaceous Pirate likes making people walk the plank, especially the bit where the victim falls off, so they must have done it at least once before.
* OnlySaneMan: The Pirate With A Scarf and Mr. Bobo.
* PaperThinDisguise:
** Twice. When they arrive in London, the pirates disguise themselves first as Girl Guides, then as scientists.
** UpToEleven: When disguised as Girl Guides, even the Surprisingly Curvaceous Pirate keeps her beard on.
** It doesn't exactly take a genius to figure out that the Surprisingly Curvaceous Pirate is a SweetPollyOliver.
* ParentalBonus: It's an Aardman film, and therefore loaded with them.
* ParodiedTrope: About half the tropes listed here are spoofed.
* PimpDuds: For the Pirate of the Year awards, Pirate Captain dons a hat and coat that are like this, including zebra print lining.
* PimpedOutDress: Victoria's dress is not only loaded with frills, [[spoiler:it has a mechanical casing under the skirt]].
* PinkMeansFeminine: Surprisingly Curvaceous Pirate's shirt has pink and white stripes.
* APirate400YearsTooLate: A very important plot point, as the root of Queen Victoria's hatred of pirates is because they are an anachronism.
* PirateGirl: Cutlass Liz and The Surprisingly Curvaceous Pirate.
* PirateParrot: Actually, the last living dodo.
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: The Pirate Captain's crew consistently fails to board a ship worth stealing from, though not for lack of trying. It's implied that they have engaged in actual piracy in the past, though; one of them says his favorite bit about being a pirate is the looting. (Plus, they've been at this for over twenty years; they must have been doing something to stay in the black.) In the end they do manage to steal one very valuable thing -- [[spoiler:Polly, who the captain had sold to Queen Victoria for all the gold in London Tower]] -- and even [[spoiler:sink a ship]] in the process.
* PointThatSomewhereElse: Darwin does this with the Pirate Captain's cutlass when they first meet.
* PragmaticAdaption: In a collection of the first two books, released around the movie's theatrical showings, the Pirate Captain himself writes a foreword where he acknowledges the difficulty in adapting a literary work to a visual medium, and incidentally he'd prefer a pet dodo to the stupid parrot he has in the books.
* PrimAndProperBun: Victoria has one, which Darwin finds attractive.
-->'''Darwin:''' It's the bun, the bun ''really'' does it for me.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: "I! HATE! PIRATES!" Accompanied by slamming a knife into a table, no less.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Guess who.
* RecordNeedleScratch: When the Pirate of the Year Award presentation is interrupted.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Polly.
* RoyalWe: Victoria uses it.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Victoria takes her crusade against pirates ''very'' seriously.
* RuleOfFunny: The films is just loaded with silly and impossible stuff.
* SadTimesMontage: After The Pirate Captain loses everything, including Polly and his crew. With "I'm Not Crying" by Music/FlightOfTheConchords playing, no less!
* SceneryPorn: Aardman certainly went all out on detailed backgrounds and sets.
* SeaDogBeard: Several of the pirates. The Pirate Captain's is frequently drawn attention to, with the word "luxuriant" being used repeatedly.
* SelfPlagiarism: Or maybe MythologyGag or ShoutOut--but the climactic scene of this film bears a surprising resemblance to Aardman's previous effort, ''WesternAnimation/ChickenRun''. In both, someone is trying to get away via an ungainly flying device (the bird machine in the first one vs. a blimp in this film). In both, someone else is trying to catch them via climbing up a long string or rope (Christmas tree lights in the first, a rope in the second). In both, the person trying to fly away attempts to cut the string/rope as the other person climbs. The main difference is that in this film, it's the hero (the Pirate Captain) trying to climb up and the villain (Queen Victoria) trying to get away, whereas in ''Chicken Run'' the situation was reversed.
* ShoutOut:
** Plenty of the usual Aardman sight gags, like one of the Pirates having a BluePeter badge.
** The Pirate King resembles ElvisPresley.
* ShownTheirWork: The meeting place of the Royal Society closely resembles Somerset House, where the group really was based at the time of the film. A subtle example, but quite impressive for a film that indulges in AnachronismStew.
* SilentSnarker: Bobo. Remember, this is the same studio that gave us [[WallaceAndGromit Gromit]]. When Darwin is explaining his plan, Mr Bobo holds up a '''[[foldercontrol]]

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* SilkHidingSteel: Victoria. [[spoiler:Literally as well as figuratively.]]
* ASimplePlan: Take Polly to London, show her off to the Royal Society, get some money out of it and use that booty to snag the Pirate of the Year award! WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong
* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer:
** Darwin gets this treatment in the American trailers; he only appears for three or four shots, is never named and gets almost no lines.
** Arguably, this is justified, since there are people who... rather strongly dislike Darwin and his theories. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment And that's all we'll say.]]
* SkyPirate: [[spoiler:The Pirate Captain is briefly one when he uses the airship.]]
* SleepMask: Pirate Captain wears one.
* SophisticatedAsHell: Darwin's introductory voiceover.
* SpannerInTheWorks: [[spoiler:Darwin's first attempt to steal Polly would have been successful if the Pirate Captain hadn't been dreaming about fighting with Black Bellamy over the Pirate of the Year Award.]]
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: The Pirate Captain.
* {{Steampunk}}: [[spoiler:The airship, the [=QV1=] and Victoria's mechanical hoop skirt.]]
* StuffBlowingUp: [[spoiler:The [=QV1=] in the climax.]]
* SueDonym: The Pirate Captain's scientist alias is The Scientist Captain.
* SweetPollyOliver: The Surprisingly Curvaceous Pirate (her actual name in the credits).
* SweetOnPollyOliver: The Pirate Captain seemingly tries to invoke this when he asks the Pirate With A Scarf if he's really a woman. Hilariously, he misses the actual SweetPollyOliver in his crew.
* SymbolSwearing: When The Pirate Captain decides to [[spoiler: board the [=QV1=] and save Polly]], Mr. Bobo responds by running off and leaving behind a series of cards reading "Are you out of your [SymbolSwearing] mind?!" The Captain reads them out loud as "Are you out of your... oh my!" -- and an elephant sounds in the pause after "your", acting as a SoundEffectBleep.
* TalkingWithSigns: Mr. Bobo
* TarAndFeathers: Happens to Darwin at one point.
* TeamPet: Polly.
-->'''Albino Pirate:''' She's like an auntie! With a beak...
* TechnologyMarchesOn: Aardman previously switched ''WesternAnimation/FlushedAway'' to an AllCGICartoon due to the amount of water required. Come the announcement of a stop-motion film, and there's a lot of water to be seen.
* TemptingFate: When the Pirate Captain decides that there's a sea monster on their route because there's a drawing of one on the map, Darwin remarks that the drawings are only there for decorations. At the end of the film, the aforementioned sea monster jumps out of the water and swallows the ship... only to spit it out again.
** Also, with an added serving of GenreBlindness:
--->'''Albino Pirate:''' This can only end brilliantly!
* ThrowABarrelAtIt: [[spoiler:How Victoria is initially defeated.]]
* TokenGoodTeammate: The Pirate With A Scarf is the closest thing this movie has to a truly good character. He's loyal to his friends, never does anything openly evil and although he's a pirate, he would rather go on adventures than plunder ships.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Ham.
* TradeYourPassionForGlory: Pirate Captain [[spoiler:trades Polly away for a load of treasure Victoria offers]].
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil:
** The ''{{Titanic}}'' TrailerSpoof gives away [[spoiler:not only the existence of the [=QV1=], but also its destruction, the Pirate Captain nearly falling onto the propeller and being rescued by his crew]].
** Some behind-the-scenes videos available on YouTube spoil TheReveal of [[spoiler:Victoria's plan to eat Polly]].
* TrailerSpoof: One TV spot parodies ''Literature/TheHungerGames,'' and another parodies the trailer for the 3D re-release of ''{{Titanic}}.'' Yet another spoofs ''Series/AmericanIdol.''
* TravelMontage: Three of them; the pirates searching for treasure (which doubles as the opening credits), the pirates and Darwin sailing to London and [[spoiler:the Pirate Captain and Darwin chasing the [=QV1=] across Europe]]. The latter two include the vessel's path being shown on the map as a trail of red dots -- intercut with a shot of the vessel in which someone is actually dropping a series of red circular objects off the stern.
* TreasureRoom: Victoria has one.
* TrueCompanions: The Pirate Captain and his crew members.
* TurnInYourBadge: Pirate Captain has to turn in all of his pirate stuff once it's found out [[spoiler:that he was pardoned and therefore is technically no longer a pirate.]]
* UnexplainedRecovery: During the Pirate of the Year Awards, at one point we can see Cutlass Liz stab Pegleg Hastings in the back. He's fine during the epilogue, though.
* TheUnreveal: We don't see what the Suprisingly Curvaceous Pirate looks like without her beard. The one time she's seen without it, her face is blocked by bubbles.
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler:The Pirate Captain to Darwin, and Darwin to Victoria.]]
* VictorianLondon
* VillainOpeningScene: The film starts in London and shows a meeting between Victoria and Admiral Collingwood, during which Victoria is told that pirates are still at large. [[EstablishingCharacterMoment She subsequently goes into a violent, over-the-top rant about them]] which transitions into the introduction of the crew.
* VillainProtagonist: Well, obviously. This is, after all, a movie starring pirates.
* TheVoiceless: Bobo, [[RuleOfFunny who speaks with index cards.]] When dropped through a hole in the ground, [[UpToEleven his cards even spell out "AHHHHHH" as he falls.]]
* WalkThePlank: Darwin almost ends up doing this before he notices [[LastOfHisKind what species of bird Polly is.]] [[spoiler:Double subverted when the Surprisingly Curvaceous Pirate gets carried away and ends up forcing Darwin off the plank anyway.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: Zig-zagged when [[spoiler:the Pirate Captain catches Darwin stealing Polly. At first he's furious and demands an explanation, but when Darwin confesses that he's trying to win over a girl, the Pirate Captain instantly softens up and is willing to help him. Then he learns that the girl in question is Victoria and reacts as one would expect him to. Ultimately, he forgives Darwin.]]
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue
** [[spoiler:Darwin returns to the Galapagos Islands and successfully woos a local girl.]]
** [[spoiler:Mr. Bobo joins The Pirate Captain's crew.]]
** [[spoiler:The Pirate Captain becomes the most wanted pirate of them all, and his crew presents him with a makeshift Pirate of the Year award.]]
** [[spoiler:Queen Victoria is cornered by the rare animals she was planning to eat, some of which look very hungry.]]
** [[spoiler:Black Bellamy's Pirate of the Year Award is revoked by The Pirate King, though it's not clear why.]]
* WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief: This movie isn't supposed to be realistic. Or make sense.
* WorldOfHam:
** It's got BrianBlessed in the cast! Hugh Grant also turns in a deliciously hammy performance as The Pirate Captain. And he sure likes his ham.
** On the Pirate of the Year entry form, the highest class of [[NoIndoorVoice shouting]] is "BrianBlessed"
** There's even [[LampshadeHanging a shop on the Wharf called World Of Ham]]!
* YouHaveFailedMe / YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler:Victoria pulls a tamer version of this on Darwin. He brings her Polly but also leads the Pirate Captain to her by accident, and she repays the favor by rejecting his affections and dropping him down a garbage chute.]]
* YoungFutureFamousPeople: Darwin.
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