Howard Pyle: pirates with prisoners. (Type 1. Definitely Type 1)
"No, Frederic, it cannot be. I don't think much of our profession, but, contrasted with respectability, it is comparatively honest. No, Frederic, I shall live and die a Pirate King."
Not those ones. Not these, either.
Dashing villains who lived free on the open sea, with a parrot
on each shoulder
and a chest full o' gold. Fond o' drinking and prone ta fights, out to live "a short life and a merry one." The pirates we know and love were greatly influenced by those of Peter Pan
and Treasure Island
- Type 1: Some pirates are major threats whenever they appear. Seeing the Jolly Roger on the horizon is bad news for the dashing, clean-cut heroes, who will soon have to deal with a wave of unwashed brutes intent on looting as much as they can, killing the crew, and... ahem..."abducting" the women. Generally the easy go-to bad guys for anything in The Cavalier Years. These pirates are pure evil. They have, in fact, thoroughly earned their Real Life designation hostes humani generis or in literal Latin, "enemies of the human race".
- Type 2: Pirates featured as dashing romantic heroes and rebels, ranging from the rather goofy to the totally rebellious; generally, they follow a code of honor. Frequently featured as The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything to prevent their romantic aura being tainted by them harming innocents. The Romantics were fond of this trope, as in Lord Byron's The Corsair. It appeared in Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance with pirates who can not oppress an orphan (and swallow any and all claims to be an orphan) and are easily overcome by appealing to their loyalty to Queen Victoria. In Real Life, this type of pirate tended to overlap with Privateers (people hired by a government during wartime to capture enemy vessels or otherwise cause problems for enemy ships). The Spanish viewed Sir Francis Drake as a pirate, and the British, John Paul Jones (not remotely that one).
Both types are among The Oldest Ones in the Book
, and can, indeed, be found in the same works.
Pirate tropes include:
Mostly, the pirates can be found in the Caribbean
, a few hundred years ago
, but they pop up anywhere and everywhere — any sea-faring hero can expect to meet pirates at least once. Elizabethan-era privateers (such as the aforementioned Sir Francis Drake) used to be quite popular but have fallen out of favour in recent decades.
occur in the far future
, sailing the ocean of space
. They usually throw people out of the airlock
rather than making them Walk the Plank
, and may substitute some alien flier
for the parrot.
have flying ships but otherwise resemble the standard Pirate.
If the pirates are mixed up with the occult, expect voodoo, zombies and/or skeletons
(sometimes including the pirates themselves
), and cursed treasure.
Not to be confused with
real pirates. Were you attacked by pirates around the 1700s, the 'nicest' you could hope for would probably lean towards Type 2 - they would steal your things but might
not harm you. Modern day piracy
is less covered in fiction, with the 1979 Soviet film Piraty XX veka
("Pirates of the 20th Century", one of the first real Soviet "action" films) and the Japanese anime Black Lagoon
being some of the few rare examples of the opposite. So far, the pirates currently active off the coast of Somalia have been interested in money, not lives (indeed, their "business model" is based on extorting ransom from the shipping companies), but the entire meme of pirates is in danger of becoming a huge "Funny Aneurysm" Moment
Note that in fiction, many Pirate Captains are presented as absolute masters of their ship, with The Mutiny
being regarded as fully as serious as on merchant or naval ships. In Real Life
, the 'lawless men' - who rebelled against the very notion of having masters - often constructed crude democracies. It was not uncommon for the captains of large, organized vessels had absolute command only in battle; out of battle, he could be freely deposed — and often marooned — for incompetence. Even those that did comprise the single authority on their ship could find themselves out of the job if they screwed up enough.
For some reason
, there's a running joke
about them being the arch-enemies of Ninjas
Honored every September 19th with International Talk Like A Pirate Day
. Reading/watching/playing any of the below works, at least in parrr
t, would be a good way to celebrate.
See Pirate Tropes
for a full list of tropes associated with pirates and their kin.
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Anime and Manga
- One Piece: Type 1 for some of the villains - a lot aren't actually pirates - but easily Type 2 for the Straw Hats and a few others. Oda states that there are two types of Pirates in the world of One Piece, Type 1 being "Morgania" and Type 2 being "Peace Maine."
- In earlier depictions of One Piece (Romance Dawn and Wanted one-shots), pirates are described as being of two types: The "Morganeers", who are all about pillaging and looting, and the "Peace Mains", who are more about fun and games and beating the Morganeers for their loot.
- Oda intentionally avoided using those terms in the regular series, feeling they were a bit too on the nose. Although most One Piece pirates fall into one category or another early on, as the series progresses things get a bit more gray and some pirates straddled the moral line (although the Strawhats remain staunchly in the second category.)
- The Strawhats are SO type two that they're never even shown (successfully) stealing loot. Lampshaded in the Skypeia arc, when they tried to steal a bag of gold... except that the owners of said gold had just decided to give it to them as a reward. Luffy was a better thief when he was a vagrant.
- The exception to this rule is Nami, a rather shameless and highly skilled thief and con artist.
- Despite being one of the biggest pirate shows out there, it curiously averts several common Pirate Tropes, like Walk the Plank, Pirate Parrot, Eyepatch of Power, and Talk Like a Pirate. The latter is justified for Japanese language not really having "pirate talk", it is confirmed that we'll see an eyepatched pirate later in the story, and other animals like monkeys sometimes fulfill the Pirate Parrot role, but it is a bit weird that no-one ever walks the plank, given that half of the series' characters cannot swim. Also, the only known character with a peg leg actually got it after he stopped being a pirate.
- The main cast of Black Lagoon are an example of your average modern-day South-East Asian variety of pirate, and prefer AKs and pistols to swords and cutlasses- though in fact, Revy's signature weapon is a pair of local knock-offs of the Beretta 92FS called "Cutlasses," marked with a version of the Jolly Roger used by "Calico" Jack Rackham.
- Kyouran Kazoku Nikki's tenth episode is 21 minutes of pirate absurdity. This on top of the normal absurdity the show already has. Interestingly, the episode is about the differing ideals of shows like One Piece where the lead pirates don't do anything and the traditional view. The traditional view wins.
- The main Big Bad of the ninth Pokémon movie, Pokemon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea, was a pirate, complete with a Chatot, a parrot Pokemon.
- First episode of Slayers REVOLUTION has Lina Inverse laying waste to a group of pirates.
- Mugen's backstory in Samurai Champloo features a group of pirates.
- It is shown that England in Axis Powers Hetalia was a pirate for awhile.
- Ythe Last Man - Because of the shortage of food and medicine caused by the plague the Australian navy has turned to piracy - one of their spies even has an eyepatch. It later turns out that the Australians are actually trying to stop the pirates who are taking all the food in exchange for heroin.
- El Cazador was comic book from CrossGen. In the opening issue, the ship carrying Spanish noblewoman Donessa Cinzia Elena Marie Esperanza Diego-Luis Hidalgo and others of her family is attacked by pirate captain Blackjack Tom. The Donessa is one of the few survivors of the attack. She swears to hunt down Tom and rescue his prisoners. To accomplish this, she re-names her ship El Cazador ("The Hunter") and becomes a pirate herself, dubbed "Lady Sin" by her crew. The remaining issues of the series detail the beginnings of Lady Sin's quest as she forsakes her privileged past for life on the high seas.
- Captain Hawk, a.k.a. 'the Sea Snake', was a fairly treacherous sometimes-ally of Travis Morgan in The Warlord.
- The Phantom features The Phantom's arch-rivals, The Singh Brotherhood, a criminal organisation that used to be pirates. Nowadays they are landlubbers who work with more "modern" crimes like drug-dealing, blackmailing and kidnaping.
- In Watchmen, since superheroes exist people don't bother reading about them in comics, so instead pirate comics are popular. The type depicted in "Tales of the Black Freighter" are definitely Type 1, and both the one issue we're shown, and the other issues described, are squarely of the dark and horrific type.
- Tintin album "The Treasure of Rackham the Red" features Type 1 pirates in the flashbacks to Captain Haddock's 17th century ancestor.
- Batman has been a pirate in at least two stories: an Elseworld story called Batman: Leatherwing and an upcoming story in the mini-series Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne. Also, there's one of his villains, Captain Stingaree, A Pirate 400 Years Too Late.
- Little Nemo in Slumberland had a series of strips in which Nemo, Flip and the Princess are taken aboard a pirate ship, which in the end is sunk by the Slumberland navy.
- The Spirit has Long Jane Silver and her all-female crew.
- Empowered had the pirate-themed villainous group "Advanced Restraining Research". A.R.R.!!
- Both types of pirate have appeared in Red Sonja, as enemies or allies as the situation dictates.
- Astérix has a recurring crew of pirates that very much fall into Type 2. They try to be Type 1, but encounter the Gauls and get the crap beaten out of them every time they appear, if they're lucky (in one occasion their ship was blown up by Corsican cheese).
- Issue #13 and #14 of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (IDW) is a genuine pirate arc, as even the protagonists get into the spirit. It's very much Type 2.
- In Fair Brow, the hero blames his loss of money on this.
- Treasure Island — The 1950 Walt Disney movie version of this featured British actor Robert Newton as Long John Silver. His wildly over the top performance as the ragged, full-bearded, wild-eyed, sinister but charismatic pirate leader was purely his own creation and quite unlike the actor himself. (He had been considered for the role of the role of the handsome, brooding Heathcliff in the 1939 version of Wuthering Heights, narrowly losing out to Laurence Olivier.) His distinctive Argggh growl and English West Country accent have been imitated by hundreds of millions of people over the decades. It is unlikely that any line of recorded cinema can match its popularity.
(Given that Robert Louis Stevenson was in the West country for his health and used two pubs in Bristol as models for those in Treasure Island and given the distinctive 'arrr' local accent, Robert Newton wasn't that far from the truth.)
- Muppet Treasure Island is...well, the above but with muppets. While the original plot's obviously been mucked around with quite a lot, they play a lot of the dramatic moments completely straight. "Shiver My Timbers" is an especially chilling song, given the film.
Now take Sir Francis Drake: The Spanish all despise him.
But to the British, he's a hero, and they idolize him.
- Not to mention just about every other adaptation of the novel in existence.
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Captain Jack Sparrow was apparently originally written as a fairly strait-laced character. Until Johnny Depp decided he was going to chuck Keith Richards into his portrayal.
- Barbossa even has the accent, lampshaded in the third movie.
- The first film in the series is notable for having both types of pirates, with Jack and his crew of living pirates being type 2 and Barbossa and his crew of undead pirates being type 1.
- In the second two, though, everyone is type 2, pirates who might keep changing sides and tricking each other, but are on the whole much better than the East India Trading Company.
- And in the fourth, we get Blackbeard himself, very much a Type 1. In terms of main characters, Jack and Barbossa both vary between the types, with Jack leaning towards Type 2 and Barbossa towards Type 1.
- The Black Pirate (1926) features Type 1 pirates who murder their captives to Leave No Witnesses and hack rings off the fingers of corpses. The hero infiltrates them in order to have his revenge after they kill his father.
- Pirates, starring Walter Matthau, in which the trope is taken to the other end of the spectrum (i.e., the whole lot is dirty, vile, etc.) for comedic effect.
- The Pirate Movie, starring Kristy MacNichol, which was a (very) loose adaptation of The Pirates of Penzance.
- And the film adaption, Pirates of Penzance which played it straight. Well, as straight as anything based on Gilbert and Sullivan could be.
- Yellowbeard: The title character is a Type 1 pirate if ever there was one.
- The Crimson Pirate Burt Lancaster has fun playing a Type 2.
- The Dread Pirate Roberts in The Princess Bride. He's a Type 1: he never takes prisoners, always killing everyone aboard the ships he captures. Well, except for one.
- That's what everyone thinks, anyway. "Takes no prisoners" does not mean "kills everyone." It means "if you resist, you're dead, but otherwise we'll just take your stuff and leave." Roberts cultivated the reputation so that no one would resist having their stuff taken. It helps that no actual piracy is shown, and the only pirate in the movie is the current Roberts.
- In Stardust, we meet a group of Sky Pirates. Led by a Camp Gay Robert De Niro.
- They seem to be pirates only in name, the only thing we see them do is carry passengers, harvest lightning, and sell it. They mostly just seem to entertain themselves by going "ARRRG!" a lot.
- In the movie, at least, they don't do any piracy, but they do do some smuggling. Which is also illegal, but perfectly safe to put on the silver screen.
- "Bully" Hayes in Nate and Hayes gives what might well be the core creed of the Type 2 pirate:
Hayes: Are you saying in that book that I'm a pirate?
Clerk(hesitantly): I suppose I am
Hayes: Good. Because I am one, and a damn good one. Oh, I never flew the skull and crossbones, that's for your fictioneers. But I have sought pleasure and profit in every port known to man without regard to any man's law. That's not to say I lack morals and standards. I got morals and standards. I never killed a man who didn't deserve it, I never cheated an honest man, I never pillaged and I never raped.
- The Goonies, anyone? One-Eyed Willie certainly counts as Type-1!
- Pirates and its imaginatively named sequel, Pirates 2, XXX movies known for being, by porn standards, rather well-made, both cram in as many pirate cliches as they possibly can. However, the main characters are not pirates themselves but pirate hunters, tasked with hunting down and capturing (and having sex with) the titular buccaneers.
- The pirates in the 1976 film Swashbuckler are definitely Type 2, as they help to bring down a corrupt governor.
- The fourth Ice Age film involves Sid, Manny, Diego, Scrat, and friends all being captured by evil pirates (all portrayed as prehistoric predatory animals) whose ship is made from an iceberg, and they all must find a way to escape them and head back home.
- The title character of Captain Blood, whose heart still yearns for England.
- A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner! has Timmy fighting a bunch of pirates for his birthday in the opening scene.
- The film Ice Pirates are strictly Type 2 IN SPACE!.
- Peter Pan
- Treasure Island
- Lord Byron's The Corsair
- Captain Blood: His Odyssey
- Edgar Rice Burroughs's Pirates of Venus, Tanar of Pellucidar, and Tarzan at the Earth's Core; also the black pirates of The Gods of Mars.
- Conan the Barbarian has been a pirate more than once in his career. In addition to his membership in the Red Brotherhood, he has also captained several ships as well as being the lover and right hand of Belit, the Queen of the Black Coast, in the story of the same name.
- Andre Norton's Scarface (historical) and the Jacks (Space Pirates) in many of her science fiction novels.
- The Pyrates — comic novel archly highlighting all the pirate tropes.
- The second of Scott Lynch's Gentleman Bastard books gets his heroes involved with pirates.
- Douglas Morgan's Tiger Cruise takes the modern route, and depicts a Navy destroyer beset by a typhoon and a well-equipped band of Indonesian pirates. They don't fit any of the typical traits of type-1, but they're definitely not type 2.
- In Poul Anderson and Gordon R. Dickson's Hoka stories, some of them decide to be Pirates! When Alex Jones foils their plot to loot a city, the mayor suggests that actually, they think it would be kind of fun. Being Hokas, they agree to give back their plunder after they loot the city. (What do you take them for, thieves?) And the looting of the city becomes an annual event.
- Many, many of Emilio Salgari's books. The Black Corsair series, the Pirates of Malaysia series, the Pirates of Bermuda series... and the list goes on.
- In Forgotten Realms novels, as usual, all variants are represented — including Type 1, Type 2 and Chaotic Neutral pirates. One of latter captains, among other achievements, was given "elf-friend" status, got imprisoned for debauch in Wretched Hive sort of port where tavern brawls are so common normally no one gives a damn and essentially adopted drow mage (and Lolth priestess) as a daughter. There's also group named 'Wolves of the Waves'... and it's quite definitely not a metaphor.
- Invoked in Patricia A. McKillip's The Bell at Sealey Head, Dalia wants Gwyneth to write about pirates. When Raven objects that pirates are uncouth and wouldn't know what to do with tea — probably use the teapot to drink rum — Dalia objects that she wants nice pirates who were driven to it and would be glad to give it up.
- The Takers, a Two Fisted Tale by Jerry Ahern, has the protagonists having to battle the modern-day version when the owner of the yacht they chartered plans to get rid of it in an insurance scam. Which would be made more authentic by their deaths.
- In Nick Kyme's Warhammer 40,000 Salamanders novel Salamander, the Divided We Fall between the Salamander and the Marines Malevolent culminates in the discovery that the Marines are out to resupply themselves from a Mechanicus delerict. Or loot it, as the Salamanders put it, accusing them of being pirates.
- In Over the Wine-Dark Sea these are a recurring peril. Most of the Mediterranean is in constant war and the Rhodian Navy can only handle so much.
- Stationery Voyagers has the very Type 1-ish Yehtzig Pirate League, who take Always Chaotic Evil to extremes. They not only rape and pillage, they also take over the drug trades of worlds, establish candy factories as drug fronts, hijack educational curricula, spread infertility viruses to wipe out Stationery types they don't like, and try to collapse entire societies by forcing women to have more out-of-wedlock births than they can financially sustain. They don't always rape directly, but will shoot men and women with darts that contain weaponized Viagra. And for those religious idealists who continue to stand in the way...a good bullet almost always seems to do the trick. Oh yeah...they also consider themselves kinda-sort-of a devil-worshipping cult as well.
- Gideon Dafoe's The Pirates! In an Adventure With... series, featuring the Pirate Captain and his crew (none of whom are named, only given descriptions such as the Pirate with a Scarf) having wacky misadventures with famous historical figures including Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, and Napoleon Bonaparte. They are portrayed as somewhat lecherous and violent, but generally good-hearted.
- The 13 ˝ Lives of Captain Bluebear contains Minipirates; 4-foot tall pirates born with eye-patches, hook hands and peg legs, who would be the scourge of the seas, if they were big enough for anyone to notice them.
- Gustaf Drake in The Freebooter of the Baltic, apparently based on a historical figure.
- Maquesta Kar-Thon, captain of the Perechon, and her crew in the Dragonlance novels are Type 2 pirates, rebelling against the oppressive Dragon Highlords conquering the continent. After the War of the Lance ended, she and her crew gave up piracy, and instead became seafaring mercenaries.
- Bertolt Brecht wrote a "Ballad of the Pirates" in his early years. Later he followed with "Pirate Jenny", otherwise known as "The Black Freighter".
- Tim Powers' On Stranger Tides, featuring Blackbeard himself (see Real Life). Soon to be the basis of (or at least lend its name to) the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie.
- In Catherynne M. Valente's Orphan's Tales, Tomomo's (or, as she prefers to be known, Tommi's) crew are a type 2. They're made up entirely of female monsters, and they steal things, including more people for the crew, like Sigrid. Most of their actual skullduggery is off-screen until Sigrid gains the captaincy, and then they get in trouble with a shapeshifter and get swallowed by a sea monster.
- While the Greyjoys are somewhere between this and Norse Raiders, Euron "Croweye" Greyjoy is explicitly stated to be a pirate, among other things, before his first appearance.
- Miya Black, Pirate Princess has a couple.
- In Edgar Rice Burroughs's The Monster Men, pirates attack the boat on the deserted island.
- In Rick Riordan's The Heroes of Olympus book The Mark of Athena, Chysaor. He intercepts them on their quest.
- In Alethea Kontis's Enchanted, "far-to-go" Thursday ran off and married a pirate.
- In John C. Wright's The Hermetic Millennia, one Chimera comments on how the lower class had cheap literature concentrating on Rags to Royalty Rescue Romance. Pirates were one possible villain.
- The gamebook Sail with Pirates does, in fact, contain frequent run-ins with these—and these guys are the gritty realistic type. At one point, the protagonist can even get enrolled into a pirate crew for a while.
- In Seanan McGuire's Velveteen Vs series, Jolly Roger derives his superpowers from the collective notion of "Pirate" — type II.
- Les Clients du Bon Chien jaune (Clients of the Good Yellow Dog tavern) by Pierre Mac Orlan. The story starts very much like Treasure Island (which had a big influence on Mac Orlan's writer career). A poor young boy embarks on a ship, only to discovers said ship's horrible secret: the crew is actually made of pirates, who don skeleton disguises and mock up the boat as a ghost ship in order to scare the crap out of the prey ships, which makes them easy to subdue. Then they mercilessly slaughter the crews.
- The corsairs that Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas fight in The Lord of the Rings. They're given more facetime in the film, but they're firmly established as Type 2.
- There are pirates in My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding. Cursed pirates, yet.
- The Princess Bride: The Dread Pirate Roberts. As mentioned in the Film section, he plays at Type 1 while really being Type 2; he prefers using fear instead of actually slaughtering his victims.
- The Liveship Traders: Kennit is a Type 1 thanks to a severe Lack of Empathy. However, his methods cause people to think of him as type 2—he spends a lot of time attacking slavers.
- In William Alexander's Goblin Secrets, river pirates are, according to the story, the cause of Graba's lost legs.
- The Amazons in Swallows and Amazons play at being Type 2 pirates, but they're just kids messing about in boats. They also pretend "Captain Flint" is a Type 1.
Live Action Television
- The BBC version of Treasure Island with Eddie Izzard.
- In the LazyTown episode that the page quote comes from, the children have been playing type 2-ish pirates, and are shown a history book that tells them about Rottenbeard, a type 1 pirate who once victimised LazyTown and stole a corner of a stone containing a message from the town's founder, then was driven off by a hero who bears a suspicious resemblance to both Sportacus and a ninja. Despite him being type 1, the kids are impressed, so Robbie decides to take advantage of the kids' pirate fever by dressing as Rottenbeard and getting them to 'help' him look for the missing corner, which he has made a mock-up of that makes the message say "LazyTown should always be lazy".
- Fred Perry, author of the comic Gold Digger, actually made a short animation sketch of the first part of said episode's song, featuring his Voltron Pirate Ninja Leprechaun characters. Apparently, he actually bought the rights to do it legally, despite it being a test animation, and yes that's a ninja doing pelvic thrusts with a katana/shovel strapped to his crotch.
- Doctor Who, episodes "The Smugglers", "Enlightenment," and, of course, "The Pirate Planet," as well as the novels "The Resurrection Casket" and "The Pirate Loop".
- Doctor Who and the Pirates seems to start off as a Type 2, with a gallivanting, musically-inclined band of pirates. The Doctor even sings along, at times! And then the lead pirate makes a man eat his own tongue...
- The new series had pirates in "The Curse of the Black Spot".
- According to the crew, they are definitely of the Type 1 variety.
- And then there's "The Time Meddler"; in those days, "Vikings" meant Norse pirates.
- On SpikeTV's Deadliest Warrior, they had a Caribbean pirate fight one-on-one against a French knight. The pirate manages to defeat the knight with his superior firepower.
- Such a shame they didn't go for the obvious route.
- That's probably because there would be a huge Internet Backdraft and flame wars all over the place no matter who won.
- Yeah, it's not like that show hasn't already generated controversy to begin with.
- There was a pretty faithful version of Treasure Island on British TV in either the late '70s or early '80s. The theme song was an extended version of Sixteen men on the Dead Man's Chest, including the lines "No more of the crew were left alive, that put to sea with seventy-five".
- Also on British TV in the '80s was Long John Silver's Return to Treasure Island, which with modern sensibilities, contrasted "evil" Silver, who looted and pillaged with "good guy" Trelawney who owned a whole plantation full of slaves. Better yet, silver was played by the largest Large Ham of them all, BRIAN BLESSED. Shiver Me Timbers!
- In 1990 a TV movie was aired staring Charlton Heston as Long John, Christopher Lee as Blind Pew and Christian Bale as Jim Hawkins.
- A crew of type 1 pirates shows up in Charmed.
- CSI once had a lobotomized victim show up dressed and talking like a type 2 pirate (headscarf, eyepatch, earring and all) and insisting on being called "Captain Jack".
- Once Upon a Time gives us another rendition of Captain Hook, who wafts between the two types while strutting about in tight leather trousers.
- The 2011 Super Sentai season is the pirate themed Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger. (Kaizoku means pirate.) It's an anniversary series too, but pirates the predominant theme. The Gokaigers themselves are Type 2.
- On Rutland Weekend Television, guest George Harrison was extremely disappointed to find out there wasn't going to be a pirate sketch in the episode. That didn't stop him from dressing like a pirate, talking like a pirate, and even turning his performance of his hit song "My Sweet Lord" into a rousing sea shanty.
- The Hamster Wheel: I call her Julia Gill-aaard!
- The pirates in Black Sails are overwhelmingly type 1, and include some Historical Domain Characters from the Golden Age of Piracy with reputations for brutality, such as Jack Rackham and Charles Vane.
- In 1995, Carl Ouelett (formerly known as Pierre, of The Quebecers) was repackaged as Jean-Pierre Lafitte, a Cajun pirate who wore an Eyepatch of Powernote . He was quickly put into a feud with Bret Hart, and was originally booked to end Kevin "Diesel" Nash's one-year title reign. However, Executive Meddling on the part of Shawn Michaels saw that not only did Lafitte lose the match (in his hometown of Montreal), but was then buried for the remainder of his WWF tenure.
- Ten years later, Paul Burchill, the protege of William Regal discovered that he was a descendant of Edward Teach, aka "Blackbeard", and decided to adopt a pirate persona to honor his heritage (this is all Kayfabe). The writers were attempting to cash-in on the success of Pirates of the Caribbean, but Vince McMahon had apparently never even heard of POTC and didn't think that pirates were marketable anymore, and the (very over) character was quietly dropped. Wrestling fans are still reeling from this.
- The Drunken Swashbuckler and Salty The Deckhand of the Pro Wrestling Syndicate are type two, as their misdeeds are played for laughs.
- Dungeons & Dragons has some whenever salt (or sometimes even fresh) water is in sight.
- AD&D2 got slightly different kits Pirate/Outlaw in The Complete Fighter's Handbook, Buccaneer in The Complete Thief's Handbook, Pirate in Player's Options.
- 3.5 has a prestige class called Dread Pirate. The player must choose which of the two kinds of pirates he wishes to be; honorable pirates gain bonuses to two weapon fighting and inspiring allies, and dishonorable pirates gain sneak attack and intimidation bonuses.
- Dark Elves from Warhammer Fantasy Battle on whom Warhammer 40,000 Dark Eldar are based, are also largely pirates. They engage in piracy partly for the sake of survival (their homeland of Naggaroth has very little arable land, so they steal resources from other races and take them as slaves) and partly out of sheer malice for everyone else in the world.
- Ork Freebooterz. As the name implies, they are Orks who have taken a life of plunder and pillaging. Their banner is the "Jolly-Ork", and many of them dress like stereotypical pirates.
- Warhammer has an entire spin-off game packed with pirates and piratical tropes, in the form of Dreadfleet. Dreadfleet recreates the epic voyage of Pirate Prince Jago Roth and his Grand Alliance of pirate lords to stop the raids of Vampire Pirate Count Noctilus and his Dreadfleet from out of the Galleon's Graveyard - an aquatic pocket dimension of gloom and misery something like a dark fantasy version of the Bermuda Triangle. Needless to say Roth's home port is the Pirate Principality of Sartosa - an island off the coast of Tilea occupied by little apart from the most piratey pirates that ever pirated their way to infamy. And plenty of rum.
- Exalted; The Lintha. A family of terrifying, demon-descended, bloodline-obsessed, super-powerful buccaneers. Who make you eat your shipmates. They will normally leave a survivor - just one - to spread the tales of their viciousness and bloodlust.
- And the actual reason that they're pirates is because they view the idea of actually producing things for themselves as beneath them; you either steal it, have slaves (captured in raids) make it, or trade for it in stuff you stole or had slaves make.
- This is the hat of the Lhazaar Principalities in Eberron. Numerous sources have noted that legitimate Lhazaarite merchantmen will not hesitate to engage in piracy if the opportunity arises or if they are down on their luck.
- The airships of the setting also open the door to Sky Pirates, though getting the funds to purchase and man an airship, and controlling one is quite difficult without the Mark of Storm, makes this an expensive proposition.
- Pirates in roleplaying games... and thar's yet to be a tip o'the hat to The 7th Sea, an RPG mechanically oriented for piratical adventures.
- The DrunkQuest expansion The 90 Proof Seas is mostly pirate themed including ship cards the players can obtain and a Pirate class card.
- Hollow Earth Expedition supplement Mysteries of the Hollow Earth. Pirates are a distinct culture in the Hollow Earth. They sail everything from Roman triremes to 18th century galleons.
- GURPS Discworld Also has a campaign setting in the Brown Islands, which is full of pirates. And also of tourists. And, therefore, also of pirate-themed taverns, where some of the pirates occasionally get jobs as "local colour" when the piracy isn't doing so well. As this suggests, most of them are a skewed Discworld version of Type 2note , although there are also Type 1s available if the PCs need to be seriously menaced.
- Captain Sabertooth is Norway's biggest and most successful franchise; it centers around the black-clad pirate king (and self-declared "King of the Seven Seas") Captain Sabertooth, and his crew. Starting out as a series of theatrical musicals, the pirates now appear in books, comics, TV series and movies.
- The Kremlings in Donkey Kong Country games are always pirates, but they've never really looked the part. Except for the pirate-themed sequel, where the enemies undergo a superficial change that gives them a more gritty, aggressive look. No explanation is ever provided for why they undergo this change (or why it never carries over), but it looks cool.
- Skies of Arcadia, which has Air Pirates! Because The Sky Is an Ocean. There are actually two factions of Pirates in the game: Blue Rogues, which are type 2 and Just Like Robin Hood (the main characters are these) and the Black Pirates, which are type 1. To be fair, while they call themselves air pirates, the title Blue Rogues doesn't actually imply that they do any piracey, while Black Pirates is Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
- Monkey Island Though most of the pirates seem to be Type 2. This gets subverted when Guybrush contracts a Pox that makes everyone type 1 for progressively longer periods of time.
- Final Fantasy I had the very brief encounter with Bikke the pirate, who fixes the Broken Bridge of being stuck on the initial continent by awarding you a boat after his defeat. Ironically, enough, outside of the hat and the "Argh"-speak, he could easily just be a regular boat-owner.
- Final Fantasy II has Leila, who talks like a pirate and steals the gang's gear, before Defeat Means Friendship happens.
- Final Fantasy V on the other hand, has pirate captain Faris, a long lost sister of Princess Lenna, who was raised by pirates who found her, and disguised herself as a man. The Playstation version is known for giving her the stereotypical pirate accent.
- This is in fact made even better since the game's job system lets you make her a ninja, thus combining two of the most badass forces in the universe.
- A couple of Wario Land platformers pits the greedy anti-hero against Captain Syrup and her pirate minions.
- And the Shake King from Wario Land: The Shake Dimension is a pirate with very much similar minions to Captain Syrup. He's also more like an Evil Overlord and a viking.
- Sid Meier’s Pirates!, naturally. NPC pirates are mostly of the first type, but the Player Character can be either.
- For some odd reason the MMORPG Pirates Of The Burning Sea features them.
- The arcade/Dreamcast shooter Gunbird 2 has a Team Rocket-esque group of pirates, called the Queen Pirates, as the Big Bads. With a buxom female pirate as the leader. Plus, they also have an army of Humongous Mecha. What a winningcombination!
- Yohoho Puzzle Pirates is almost (but not quite) all Type 2. It's hard to be a mean, evil, unkempt scourge of the seas when you're a cartoon pirate in pretty outfit, with no nose.
- The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
- Dawn of War Retribution has Kaptin Bludflagg and his band of freebooter Orks as a playable faction. He's likely to say Argh as much as Waargh, calls his crew by mister, and even wears a pirate hat.
- A bonus character in the PS3 version of Tales of Vesperia will be a Loli-Pirate named Patty.
- The undead pirate captain, Cervantes.
- Chosokabe Motochika from Sengoku Basara is a self-styled pirate, though he seems to do it more for the adventure and his tendency to rob you blind varies between adaptations.
- In Chapter 4 of Eternal Sonata, the ship you're on is attacked by the pirate ship Dolce. You confront her captain (and namesake), later fight her again, and may fight her yet again before the game is over. Additionally, there are pirates in the Mysterious Unison.
- In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, you take on the animated skull of the infamous pirate Cortez. He's simultaneously parts 1 and 2: during the battle he devours half the audience; afterwards, he joins you, and Mario doesn't even blink at the recent mass murder.
- And earlier in the series, there was the shark pirates led by Jonathan Jones in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. He seems to be Type 1 at first, but after being defeated, he befriends Mario and company, freely giving them the star piece and then helping them to corner Yaridovich. There's also the occasional pirate enemies in other Mario games such as the Shy Guy Pirates in Yoshis Story.
- "Cap'n" Ginny of My Sims is obessed with pretending to be a pirate, and her best friend (boyfriend?) goes along with it. By MySims Kingdom, she's moved on to a new profession, but her old obsession is still referenced by Vic Vector when you give him a figurine of her.
- Tropico 2: Pirate Cove shows that it takes a lot of work to be a successful pirate lord, far more than just sailing the high seas to find victims or Buried Treasure.
- Dubloon is an RPG about pirates and their conflict with The Navy.
- Skabb and his crew from the The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night serve as the main villains for a story arch early in the game. Ironically, Skabb himself is too stupid to be captain so his two birds Scratch and Sniff are the real captains of the pirate fleet. Also ironic is Skabb ultimately meets his Disney Villain Death by Walk the Plank after Spyro badly hurts him.
- The able men of Champa resort to piracy in Golden Sun when the beginning of the return of Alchemy to the world drives the fish from their waters. As a result, they're goodhearted Type 2 pirates, and their leader Briggs even befriends the heroes of The Lost Age after they defeat him and send him to jail. His son grows up and joins the heroes in Dark Dawn to avenge Briggs's death by monsters the bad guys brought about.
- The Pirats in Raskulls.
- Kingdom of Loathing has The Obligatory Pirate's Cove on the Mysterious Island of Mystery, which is full of stereotypical pirates. They Talk Like a Pirate, engage in Insult Beer Pong, and drop bottles of rum. Though for some reason, they swear by Mike Nesmith's locker instead of Davy Jones.
- Risen features classical pirates. They are also the main theme of the sequel.
- The Caribbean (1650 A.D.) in Time Lord.
- Most of the enemies in Captain Silver.
- Show up repeatedly in the Suikoden series. A trio are recruitable in the first game, and befitting the nautical setting, a small pirate band are fan favorites in Suikoden IV and Suikoden Tactics.
- Reality On The Norm has the recurring character Hooky McPegleg, who came to Reality-on-the-Norm in hopes of finding treasure and later became the town's postman—oh, I'm sorry: "Pirate Postman". There's also his archenemy No-Beard.
- Assassins Creed IV has the past protagonist be Edward Kenway, a pirate/Assassin (before he settled down and had a son who would become a Templar). Unlike Assassins Creed III, where naval missions were scripted, the high seas in IV will be open for exploration and pillaging. One of the trailers even has Blackbeard refer to Edward Kenway with reverence and fear, even though he definitely fits the Type 2.
- According to the backstory, Kenway was originally a British privateer until the practice was abolished, at which point he chose to make his own way.
- League of Legends' Gangplank is a Type 1 Pirate, a ruthless pirate whose life is more about plundering anything he could (and eating his orange while he's at it).
- The iOS game Crimson Steam Pirates developed by Bungie (yes, that Bungie) takes place in an Alternate History where piracy lasted well into the steam age. The events take place in the late 19th century. The player takes on the role of Captain Thomas Blood, an up-and-coming pirate who quickly rises from commanding a slow, weak ship into having a small flotilla behind him, even adding a well-armed zeppelin to his air fleet. It's not clear if the events take place during the American Civil War, as both the USA and the CSA are present, or if the war ended with the Confederacy remaining separate. Britain, France, and Spain are also powers in the area. Besides steamers, the game also includes combat aircraft, including zeppelins and machinegun-armed aeroplanes, and submarines. Presumably, everything is steam-powered, including submarines. You also meet several Historical Domain Characters including Mark Twain (an expert navigator), Jules Verne (who lends you his hot air balloon for some Sky Piracy), and Nikola Tesla (who gives you a power electric superweapon). The game tries to create an atmosphere of life on the high seas with the appropriate music (reminiscent of Pirates of the Caribbean) although with a definite Steam Punkish feel.
- Power Stone features pirate Captain Kraken as The Dragon to the game's Big Bad.
- A major arc in the popular Sluggy Freelance featured "The Pirates of the Oceans Unmoving"... pirates in flying ships, sailing through cross-dimensional waters where time doesn't exist. In a clever subversion, it turns out that most (though not all) of the "pirates" are actually geeks who ended up "outside time" as a result of various technological mishaps, failed experiments, et cetera, found all these abandoned, flying ships, and decided to live out life-long dreams of adventures on the high (if unmoving) seas.
- In The Order of the Stick, when Elan needs to reach Azure City, he meets a Sky Pirate.
- In 8-bit Theater, Garland recruits pirates to help him against the Light Warriors.
- Girl Genius has sky pirates (such as Bangladesh Dupree) and at least one crew of submarine pirates (in Sanaa's backstory): Moloch von Zinzer's time on a renegade 'walking gunship' might even qualify him as a Land Pirate. So far, no Subterranean Pirates or Space Pirates. But in this strip, it wouldn't be surprising.
- The titular hero of The Adventures of Dr. McNinja spends one of his first major story arcs battling pirates. The origin of the Pirates vs. Ninjas conflict is explored. Frozen shamrock shurikens are thrown. Like everything else in this comic, it has to be read to be believed.
- In The Dreamland Chronicles we have a whole crew ready to cause trouble. Complete with airships and high altitude battles.
- Eridan Ampora and Vriska Serket from Homestuck role played as pirates at one point. Type 1's all the way, the latter being more into the whole Pirate thing considering her love of loot, and the former in order to keep his friend's surrogate mother/eldritch abomination from letting out a world-ending scream.
- Later it's revealed that they're roleplaying as their ancestors, or at least the closest troll equivalent of.
- Rusty and Co. face Land Pirate!
- In Sinfest Monique envisions herself as one.
- In Doc Rat, one of Captain Kerpow's foes.
- In Quentyn Quinn, Space Ranger, Quinn observes that sophonts always use the skull and crossbones if they are pirates -- even invertabrates.
- On Codename: Kids Next Door, the KND sometimes had to deal with candy-stealing pirate and recurring foe Stickybeard.
- Pirates of Dark Water offers a fantasy take, complete with fantasy swearing.
- Kim Possible is on a field trip to a Colonial Williamsburg-type historical reenactment town, when Dr. Drakken gets possessed by a pirate ghost and comes gunning for the town in the episode "Captain Drakken". The heroes, complete with Wade who arrives on a white charger, fight him off the old fashioned way, to save their grades.
- La Résistance in Skyland are proud to call themselves pirates.
- Captain Pugwash.
- Captain Hook and his crew in Disney's Peter Pan.
- The Veggie Tales videos once had a Silly Song with Larry titled The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything. Originally it was just, well, a silly song where Larry and some of the other cast dressed up as pirates and sang about how they just sat around and looked cool all day, but the popularity of the characters and song meant that eventually they became (sort of) real pirates for the two feature films.
- Parodied in a recent episode of South Park, where Cartman and his assembled gang meet the Somalian pirates (see the real life section below) and turned them away from modern piracy and fashioned them into pirates as seen in popular culture.
- Danny Phantom: Youngblood and his crew of dead pirates. Complete with Ghost Ship.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender had the kids run in to pirates in season one during which Karata "high-risk trades" a scroll that has waterbending moves on it from them. The pirates team up with Prince Zuko to capture the gang and when the pirates refuse to hand Aang over to him the resulting brawl allows the kids to escape. Later on in the season final the same pirates are hired by Admiral Zhao to kill Zuko. Also in season three when Sokka andZukosearch for Sokka's father in a Fire Nation prison. They don't find him at first but when they hear other guards talking that new prisoners are arriving and one of them is a pirate!
- There be Pi-Rats (type 2) in two episodes of Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers.
- Featured in two episodes and two songs from Nick Jr.'s The Backyardigans.
- Darkwing Duck featured an Elseworlds episode called "Darkwing Doubloon", where the Justice Ducks were type 2 pirates and the Fearsome Five were type 1 pirates.
- Aardman Animations' film The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists, loosely based on the first book in Gideon DeFoe's The Pirates! In An Adventure With... series (see Literature). These guys are Type 2, but aspire to be Type 1.
- Talk Like A Pirate Day
- Everythings Better With Pirates: University of York (York University is in Canada) in England recently held an election for student president. There were two sensible candidates and Mad Cap'n Tom, who carried a duck named Brian on his shoulder, said 'Aharrr' a lot and promised cutlass training for all student officers. Guess who won. Cap'n Tom has legitimate pirate credentials: he runs the UK branch of Talk Like A Pirate Day.
- On "Talk Like A Pirate Day 2008", Facebook created an option to display everything in Pirate Speak.
- And unlike Google, they actually put some effort into it.
- Henry Morgan, later governor of Jamacia. Since he fought only the Spanish and while they were at war with the English (at least to the best of his knowledge) a border-line case. Many fictional pirates (Type 2) have drawn on his history, which explains why so many became colonial governers.
- Likewise Henry Every— The most Bad Ass pirate you've never heard of. Nicknamed the King of Pirates, he was one of the few Great Captains to successfully retire with all of his loot and suffer almost no repercussions for his crimes. Made a spectacular fool out of the East-India trading company through out his entire career and was more or less the impetus for the creation of hired Pirate Hunters like Captain Kidd.
- Samuel "Black Sam" Bellamy had the potential to outdo Every. Bellamy took 50 ships in less than a year, and is estimated to have taken more plunder than captains operating for years. Bellamy was the very model of a type 2, often leaving captain and crew alone after his raids. His own career was tragically cut short when his flagship, the Whydah, sank in a Nor'easter off Cape Cod.
- "I am a free prince, and I have as much authority to make war on the whole world as he who has a hundred sail of ships at sea and an army of 100,000 men in the field; and this MY conscience tells me!"
- Edward Teach, more commonly known as Blackbeard, is the dark genesis for a lot of the Type 1 fictional pirates. The man had serious issues. He habitually went into battle with lit cannon-fuses in his beard (putting himself at serious risk of having his head catch fire). He once proposed that he and his crew 'test themselves' against their 'future destination' and swamped the below-decks area with sulphur fumes, refusing to emerge until his entire crew had fled. Another time, while peacefully playing cards with three of his crew belowdecks, he blew out the candle and started shooting at random. He once held the entire port of Charleston for ransom and dared the British crown to do anything about it. He was eventually cornered and brought down - see his entry in Rasputinian Death - and his corpse left dangling for public display so that the people would know the monster was finally dead.
- Captain Kidd was executed as a pirate, though some modern historians believe he was framed.
- Bartholomew Roberts, one of the more successful Caribbean pirates (a 30-month career and over 200 captures), is probably the closest pirates ever got to Type 2 in reality. He did kill a bunch of people, but often treated captives with compassion (unless his crew really wanted to hurt them).
- It was actually pretty common for pirates to treat their prisoners reasonably well. They mainly replenished their ranks from among them after all, as they all tended to be former sailors from navy or commercial vessels fed up with lousy pay and tyrannical captains. The officers tended to be free game, however.
- And if you treat your captives reasonably well and allow them to leave alive, then the crew of any future ship captured is less likely to fight and be more compliant. This, in turn, heightens the success rate of future endeavors, so it's in your best interest as a pirate to take prisoners and treat them well.
- He himself was originally a prisoner of the pirate crew, they took him because he was a good navigator, in a time when your average person couldn't read or do advanced math this was a very important job.
- The Barbary Pirates started as vassals of the Turkish sultan and raided Christian lands and ships, taking slaves and plunder. (See, for example, Robinson Crusoe and Rafael Sabatini's The Sea Hawk.) Eventually they realized they could become The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything by converting their business into a protection racket. They still raided territories that didn't pay up, but mostly sat back and let the money role in. Until an upstart young country called the United States of America decided it had no truck with this (or really not enough money to pay up) and thus had the then small and brand spanking new US Navy fight the two small Barbary Wars.
- An incident in the first war where William Eaton and Presley Neville O’Bannon led 8 Marines and 500 Mercenaries is the reason behind that line in the anthem, and the Marine's use of the Mameluke Sword.
- The US Coast Guard likes to think of themselves as all... piratey. It has to do with the whole "Arr, mateys, lets seize us some ships" deal. The Revenue Cutter Service, which was the original service, included hunting pirates among its duties. So does the modern one.
- Julius Caesar was once captured by Mediterranean pirates. He managed to charm them into treating him well, and was ransomed back to Rome. Once he was returned he made a special point of raising a personal naval force, confiscating his captors' treasures (including his own ransom), and having them all crucified. So, uh, it's not clear here whether what we're looking at here are Type 2 pirates or a Type 1 Caesar.
- Stepan Razin was the Russian contemporary to Blackbeard and Morgan. Russia of this era was landlocked, but it didn't stop Razin: he looked for his prey on the rivers and on the inland Caspian sea. The pinnacle of Stepan Razin's career was a rebellion to overthrow the Tsar. He failed and was executed.
- Later remembered as the Russian Robin Hood, especially during the Soviet era.
- Benjamin Hornigold was one of the few real-life Type 2 pirates, and later became a pirate hunter for the British crown. On one occasion, his vessel attacked a merchant ship, which promptly struck its colours. Upon boarding the ship, the terrified sailors were relieved of their hats - Hornigold explained that he and his men had got drunk the night before, and thrown theirs overboard. Having got the hats, they left the merchantman in peace.
- Though almost all pirates were Class 1, the simple truth is that most pirates ended up with things like sailcloth, flour, rum, and other low-value staples as "plunder" from most of their raids. Treasure ships or vessels with wealthy passengers usually had escorts, guards on board, or both. Contrary to media depictions, pirates didn't earn much of a living.
- In many times and places periods everyone at sea was a potential pirate because hard as it was to enforce law on land it was even harder at sea and few rulers bothered-many were even sponsors of piracy themselves (a custom which evolved into the more formalized privateering). A lot was a matter of degree; some ships were Intrepid Merchant ships that happened to go raiding when chance arose and others were raiders that also happened to buy and sell, all across the spectrum.
- Royal Navy submarine crews love to act as pirates: at the start of World War I the First Sea Lords (their commander in chief) compared submarine crews to pirates, and a submarine crew decided to reply by hoisting the Jolly Roger after sinking a German ship. Since then, British submarines are entitled to fly the Jolly Roger upon returning from a successful patrol, often adding symbols to show what their patrol involved, like ship silhouettes to show enemy ships sunk, missiles to show attacking enemy bases with cruise missiles, and (on one occasion) a can opener, after a submarine almost sank a thin-skinned Italian destroyer by getting rammed.
- Although not really pirates, the US Navy squadron VF-84/VFA-103 fly the Jolly Roger in all its glory on the tail of their aircraft. In the last few decades, even the cartoons representing the aircraft have gotten in on the act as "Tom the Cat" and "Rhino" both dawned pirate◊ gear◊ for their patches. This squadron also served as inspiration for "Skull Squadron" of Macross fame