* EvilIsSexy: Basil Rathbone's Levasseur is considerably more attractive than the bestial figure described in the novel. Not a few female fans have been known to consider him more attractive than ErrolFlynn's Peter Blood.
* FoeYay: Levasseur, are you proposing marriage or a criminal partnership there? Every scene they share is basically dripping with homoeroticism. The swordfight makes you wonder whether they couldn't have solved their differences in a more... sensual manner.
* NarmCharm: One must have a very hard heart not to smile at the film's Silent Era-style supertitles, including "Carving a Crimson Career"; "He began with nothing but a Ship, a Handful of Men -- and a Brain"; and "Blood!" '''"Blood!" "BLOOD!"''' in successively larger letters.
* TheWoobie: Jeremy Pitt has a tendency to assume this role.