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->''"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."''
-->-- '''The Pirate King''', ''Theatre/ThePiratesOfPenzance''
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[[RuthlessModernPirates Not those ones.]] [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil Not these, either.]]

Dashing villains who lived free on the open sea, with a [[PirateParrot parrot]] on [[ParrotPetPosition their shoulder]], a cutlass in their hand 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 ''Literature/PeterPan'' and ''Literature/TreasureIsland''.

* '''Brutes:''' 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 after prolonged torture to ensure they aren't holding back treasure and pure cruelty as well, and… ahem… [[RapeAsDrama "abducting"]] the women. Generally the easy go-to bad guys for anything in TheCavalierYears. These pirates are pure evil. They have, in fact, thoroughly earned their RealLife designation ''hostes humani generis'' or, in literal Latin, "enemies of the human race".
* '''Rogues:''' Pirates featured as dashing romantic heroes and rebels, ranging from the [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain rather goofy]] to the [[LaResistance totally rebellious]]; generally, they follow a [[ScoundrelCode code]] [[EvenEvilHasStandards of]] [[HonorAmongThieves honor]]. Frequently featured as ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything to prevent their romantic aura being tainted by them harming innocents. The Romantics were fond of this trope, as in Creator/LordByron's ''The Corsair''. It appeared in Creator/GilbertAndSullivan's ''Theatre/ThePiratesOfPenzance'' 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 RealLife, this type of pirate tended to overlap with {{Privateer}}s (people commissioned by a government during wartime to capture enemy vessels or otherwise cause problems for enemy ships, and paid with the prizes they took). The Spanish viewed [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Drake Sir Francis Drake]] as a pirate, and the British, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Paul_Jones John Paul Jones]] (not remotely [[Music/LedZeppelin that]] [[Music/ThemCrookedVultures one]]). Many fictional pirates demonstrate some principles by preying only on their nation's enemies, or only the EvilOverlord's, etc., despite the lack of official letters of marque.

Both types are among TheOldestOnesInTheBook, and can, indeed, be found in the same works.

Pirate tropes include:
* [[TalkLikeAPirate Talking like a Pirate]].
** An accent from UsefulNotes/TheWestCountry.
** Lots of nautical slang.
** Swearing [[ClusterFBomb "like a sailor"]] to the degree that [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar can be gotten away with]]--which mostly consists of lots of "Son of a Dutchman!" or, in extreme cases, "Son of a double-Dutchman!"
* [[DressedToPlunder Dressing like a Pirate]].
** Earrings and colourful clothes
** Any combination of peg leg, HookHand, and [[EyePatchOfPower eye patch]].
** A NiceHat.
** [[DoesNotLikeShoes Being barefoot.]]
* Sailing aboard a CoolBoat, [[WoodenShipsAndIronMen while being tougher than nails themselves]]
* Making victims WalkThePlank
* A BoardingParty swinging on ropes to the luckless vessel alongside.
* Marooning--and they LeaveBehindAPistol.
* [[RapePillageAndBurn Wreaking havoc]] on coastal towns
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: pirate crews are prone to [[TheMutiny mutiny]] once the captain [[KickTheDog kicks the dog]] [[EvenEvilHasStandards too hard]], or doesn't give them a satisfying part of the loot. The leader of the mutiny may end up being betrayed himself.
* Buried [[PirateBooty treasure]]
** {{Treasure map}}s, to find it with.
* The skull-and-crossbones Jolly Roger.
* Captains elected by their crew (although real sailors that mutinied and became pirates actually did this)
* Keeping your buckler shield swashed at all times
* [[PirateGirl Buxom female pirates]], as well as pirate wenches working as slaves.
* VillainByDefault for the first, and JustLikeRobinHood for the second.
* [[TattooedCrook Lots of tattoos]].
* [[SwordAndGun Fighting with a flintlock in one hand and a cutlass in the other]].
* And, of course, a PirateParrot.
** Or even a [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys monkey]].
** Or any kind of animal that [[AvertedTrope normally don't associate]] with pirates.

Mostly, the pirates can be found in the [[WelcomeToTheCaribbeanMon Caribbean]], [[TheCavalierYears 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.

SpacePirates occur in [[RecycledINSPACE the far future]], sailing the [[SpaceIsAnOcean ocean of space]]. They usually [[ThrownOutTheAirlock throw people out of the airlock]] rather than making them WalkThePlank, and may substitute [[CallARabbitASmeerp some alien flier]] for the parrot.

{{Sky Pirate}}s have flying vehicles but otherwise resemble the standard Pirate.

If the pirates are mixed up with the occult, expect voodoo, [[TheUndead zombies and/or skeletons]] (sometimes including [[GhostPirate the pirates themselves]]), and cursed treasure.

[[TheThemeParkVersion 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 ChaoticGood--they would steal your things but ''might'' not harm you. [[RuthlessModernPirates Modern day piracy]] is less covered in fiction, with the 1979 Soviet film ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0151987/ Piraty XX veka]]'' ("Pirates of the 20th Century", one of the first real Soviet "action" films) and the Japanese anime ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' 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 FunnyAneurysmMoment these days.

Note that in fiction, many Pirate Captains are presented as absolute masters of their ship, with TheMutiny being regarded as fully as serious as on merchant or naval ships. In RealLife, 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 [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pirates_versus_Ninjas some reason,]] there's a [[MemeticMutation running joke]] about them being [[PiratesVersusNinjas the arch-enemies of]] {{Ninja}}s.

Honored every September 19th with [[http://www.talklikeapirate.com/ International Talk Like A Pirate Day.]] Reading/watching/playing any of the below works, at least in p[[IncrediblyLamePun arrr]]t, would be a good way to celebrate.

See PirateTropes for a full list of tropes associated with pirates and their kin.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** ChaoticEvil Brutes for some of the villains -- a lot aren't actually pirates -- but easily ChaoticGood Rogues for the Straw Hats and a few others. Oda states that there are two types of Pirates in the world of ''One Piece'', "Morgania" and "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 Straw Hats remain staunchly in the second category).
** The Straw Hats are SO ChaoticGood that they're never even shown (successfully) stealing loot. Lampshaded in the Skypeia arc, when they tries 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 [[AvertedTrope averts]] several common PirateTropes, like WalkThePlank, PirateParrot, EyepatchOfPower, and TalkLikeAPirate. 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 PirateParrot role, but it is a bit weird that no-one ever walks the plank, [[SuperDrowningSkills 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 ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' are an example of your average modern-day South-East Asian variety of pirate, and prefer [=AK=]s 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.
* ''LightNovel/KyouranKazokuNikki'''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 ''Manga/OnePiece'' where [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything the lead pirates don't do anything]] and the traditional view. [[spoiler:The traditional view wins.]]
* The main BigBad of the ninth ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' movie, ''Pokemon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea'', was a pirate, complete with a Chatot, a parrot Pokemon.
* First episode of ''{{LightNovel/Slayers}} REVOLUTION'' has Lina Inverse laying waste to a group of pirates.
* Mugen's backstory in ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'' features a group of pirates.
* It is shown that England in ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' was a pirate for awhile.
* ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'' has a [[PlanetOfHats whole race of pirates]] in the form of the aggressive Shark Mermaids. Or at least, they USED to be pirates and ne'er-do-wells way back when. Nowadays they've moved away from it, but that doesn't stop them from romanticizing the good ol' days and dressing up as pirates.

[[folder:Card Games]]
* The ''TabletopGame/DrunkQuest'' expansion The 90 Proof Seas is mostly pirate themed including ship cards the players can obtain and a Pirate class card.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/YTheLastMan'': 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. [[spoiler:It later turns out that the Australians are actually trying to ''stop'' the pirates who are taking all the food in exchange for heroin.]]
* ''Comicbook/ElCazador'' was comic book from Creator/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 ''Comicbook/TheWarlord''.
* In ''ComicBook/{{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'' ChaoticEvil, and both the one issue we're shown, and the other issues described, are squarely of the dark and horrific type.
* ''ComicBook/{{Tintin}}'' stories ''[[Recap/TintinTheSecretOfTheUnicorn The Secret of The Unicorn]]'' and ''[[Recap/TintinRedRackhamsTreasure Red Rackham's Treasure]]'' feature flashbacks to UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfPiracy, when Captain Haddock's ancestor Admiral Francis Haddock battled a pirate [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed very similar to Calico Jack Rackham]].
* Franchise/{{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, APirate400YearsTooLate.
* ''ComicBook/TheSpirit'' has Long Jane Silver and her all-female crew.
* ''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}'' had the pirate-themed villainous group "Advanced Restraining Research". [[FunWithAcronyms A.R.R.!!]]
* Both types of pirate have appeared in ''Comicbook/RedSonja'', as enemies or allies as the situation dictates.
* ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' has a recurring crew of pirates that very much fall under Rogues. They ''try'' to be Brutes, but [[ButtMonkey encounter the Gauls and get the crap beaten out of them every time they appear]], if they're lucky (in one occasion [[ItMakesSenseInContext their ship is blown up by Corsican cheese]]).
* Issue #13 and #14 of ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW'' is a genuine pirate arc, as even the protagonists get into the spirit.
* In ''[[ComicBook/{{Swordquest}} Swordquest: Waterworld]]'', Captain Frost leads a crew of humanoid pirates on a planet entirely covered in water, on [[CoolBoat a boat carved entirely out of ice.]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Nero}}'': A regular cast member is Abraham Tuizentfloot, a dwarf who is a complete {{Cloudcuckoolander}} and thinks, dresses, talks and acts like he's a pirate. He attacks everybody with his sword, though [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything he doesn't own a ship and can't even swim]].
* ''ComicBook/SuskeEnWiske'': The albums ''De Geverniste Zeerovers'', ''De Kleppende Klipper'' and ''De Regenboogprinses'' are pirate themed stories.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom'' 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.
* ''ComicStrip/LittleNemo 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.

[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* In ''Literature/FairBrow'', the hero blames his loss of money on this.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/IceAge4ContinentalDrift'' 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.
* Creator/AardmanAnimations' film ''WesternAnimation/ThePiratesInAnAdventureWithScientists'', loosely based on the first book in Gideon [=DeFoe=]'s ''The Pirates! In An Adventure With…'' series (see Literature). These guys are Roguish, but aspire to be Brutish.
* ''WesternAnimation/TreasurePlanet'' has space pirates. They're mostly of the Brutish variety, except for Silver, who is far more Rogueish than his literary inspiration.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017'' has Captain Celaeno and her crew, a band of {{Lovable Rogue}}s, help the heroes out at several points. They prefer to describe themselves as "swashbuckling treasure hunters".

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{Treasure Island|1950}}'': 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 ''Literature/WutheringHeights'', narrowly losing out to Creator/LaurenceOlivier.) 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.
* ''Film/MuppetTreasureIsland'' 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.
** And Long John Silver discusses the blurry line distinguishing pirates from privateers in his VillainSong:
-->''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.
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''
** Captain Jack Sparrow was apparently originally written as a fairly strait-laced character. Until Creator/JohnnyDepp decided he was going to chuck Keith Richards into his portrayal.
** Barbossa even has the accent, lampshaded in the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd third movie]].
** The [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl first film]] in the series is notable for having both types of pirates, with Jack and his crew of living pirates being Roguish and Barbossa and his crew of undead pirates being ChaoticEvil.
*** In the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest second]] [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd two]], though, ''everyone'' is Roguish, pirates who might [[GambitPileup keep changing sides and tricking each other]], but are on the whole much better than the East India Trading Company.
*** And in the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides fourth]], we get Blackbeard himself, very much ChaoticEvil. In terms of main characters, Jack and Barbossa both vary between the types, with Jack leaning towards Roguish and Barbossa towards Brutish.
* ''Film/TheBlackPirate'' (1926) features Brutish pirates who murder their captives to LeaveNoWitnesses and hack rings off the fingers of corpses. The hero infiltrates them in order to have his revenge after they kill his father.
* ''Film/{{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.
* ''Film/ThePirateMovie'', starring Kristy [=MacNichol=], which was [[InspiredBy a (very) loose adaptation]] of ''Theatre/ThePiratesOfPenzance''.
** And the film adaption, ''Pirates of Penzance'' which played it straight. Well, as straight as anything based on Creator/GilbertAndSullivan could be.
* ''Film/{{Yellowbeard}}'': The title character is a Brutish pirate if ever there was one.
* ''Film/TheCrimsonPirate'': Burt Lancaster has fun playing a Rogue.
* The Dread Pirate Roberts in ''Film/ThePrincessBride''. He's a Brute: he never takes prisoners, always killing everyone aboard the ships he captures. 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 [[LegacyCharacter current]] Roberts.
* In ''Film/{{Stardust}}'', we meet a group of SkyPirates. Led by a CampGay Creator/RobertDeNiro. 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 ''Film/NateAndHayes'' gives what might well be the [[BadassCreed core creed]] of the Roguish 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.
* ''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 Roguish as they help to bring down a corrupt governor.
* The title character of ''Film/CaptainBlood'', whose heart still yearns for England.
* ''Film/AFairlyOddMovieGrowUpTimmyTurner'' has Timmy fighting a bunch of pirates for his birthday in the opening scene.
%%* The film ''Film/IcePirates'' are strictly Roguish InSpace.

%%* ''Literature/PeterPan''
%%* ''Literature/TreasureIsland''
%%* Creator/LordByron's ''The Corsair''
%%* ''Literature/CaptainBloodHisOdyssey''
* Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs's ''Literature/PiratesOfVenus'', ''Tanar of Literature/{{Pellucidar}}'', and ''Literature/{{Tarzan}} at the Earth's Core''; also the black pirates of ''[[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars The Gods of Mars]]''.
* ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' 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 Literature/QueenOfTheBlackCoast, in the story of the same name.
* ''Literature/AlexAndTheIronicGentleman'' has pirates as a main theme.
* Creator/AndreNorton's ''Scarface'' (historical) and the Jacks (SpacePirates) in many of her science fiction novels.
* ''Literature/ThePyrates'': Comic novel archly [[LampshadeHanging highlighting]] all the pirate tropes.
* The second of Scott Lynch's ''Literature/GentlemanBastard'' 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 Brutish, but they're ''definitely'' not Roguish.
* In Creator/PoulAnderson and Creator/GordonRDickson's ''Literature/{{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 ''[[{{Sandokan}} Pirates of Malaysia]]'' series, the ''Pirates of Bermuda'' series… and the list goes on.
%%* ''Literature/{{Vampirates}}''
* In ''Literature/ForgottenRealms'' novels, as usual, all variants are represented--including Brutish, Roguish, and ChaoticNeutral pirates. One of latter captains, among other achievements, was given "elf-friend" status, got imprisoned for debauch in WretchedHive sort of port where tavern brawls are so common normally no one gives a damn and essentially adopted drow mage (and [[ReligionOfEvil Lolth priestess]]) as a daughter. There's also group named "Wolves of the Waves" …and it's quite definitely ''[[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent not]]'' a metaphor.
* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in Creator/PatriciaAMcKillip's ''Literature/TheBellAtSealeyHead'', 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 TwoFistedTale 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 ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' Salamanders novel ''Salamander'', the DividedWeFall 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 ''Literature/OverTheWineDarkSea'' these are a recurring peril. Most of the Mediterranean is in constant war and the Rhodian Navy can only handle so much.
* ''[[http://dozerfleetwiki2.wiki-site.com/index.php/Stationery_Voyagers Stationery Voyagers]]'' has the very Brutish Yehtzig Pirate League, who take VillainByDefault to [[UpToEleven 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, [[FantasticRacism 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 [[AliensMadeThemDoIt will shoot men and women]] with darts that contain weaponized Viagra. And for those religious idealists who continue to stand in the way… [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim a good bullet almost always seems to do the trick]]. Oh yeah… [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking 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.
* ''Literature/TheThirteenAndAHalfLivesOfCaptainBluebear'' 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 ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' novels are Roguish 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.
* Creator/BertoltBrecht wrote a "Ballad of the Pirates" in his early years. Later he followed with "Music/PirateJenny", otherwise known as "The Black Freighter".
* Creator/TimPowers' ''Literature/OnStrangerTides'', featuring Blackbeard himself (see Real Life). Loosely adapted into ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides''.
* In Creator/CatherynneMValente's ''[[Literature/TheOrphansTales Orphan's Tales]]'', Tomomo's (or, as she prefers to be known, Tommi's) crew are Roguish. 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.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** While the Greyjoys are somewhere between this and Norse Raiders, Euron "Crow's Eye" Greyjoy is explicitly stated to be a pirate, among other things, before his first appearance. He's very much a Brutish one, raiding, killing and raping as he pleases, and amply earning his reputation as TheDreaded.
** In a smilar vein, the islands of the Stepstones are full nests of pirates and corsairs that are an endless source of danger for ships passing through or near them.
** Salladhor Saan is a wealthy Lysene buccaneer who commands a large fleet of pirate ships, operating mostly in the Narrow Sea between Westeros and Essos. It's mentioned he's more of an opportunist than a dedicated pirate -- besides outright pirating (which he absolutely does), he's also a sellsail (a ship-based mercenary) for those with coin, and even does honest trading and banking if there's profit in it. He's a much more Rougish type -- he's well-mannered and polite, incredibly flamboyant (the only things more gaudy than his colorful ships are his expensive clothes) and not dishonorable, in his own way. He also comes for a long line of professional pirates.
%%* ''Literature/MiyaBlackPiratePrincess'' has a couple.
* In Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs's ''Literature/TheMonsterMen'', pirates attack the boat on the deserted island.
* In Creator/RickRiordan's ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'' book ''The Mark of Athena'', Chysaor. He intercepts them on their quest.
* In Creator/AletheaKontis's ''Literature/{{Enchanted}}'', "far-to-go" Thursday ran off and married a pirate.
* In Creator/JohnCWright's ''Literature/TheHermeticMillennia'', one Chimera comments on how the lower class had cheap literature concentrating on RagsToRoyalty Rescue Romance. Pirates were one possible villain.
* The gamebook ''[[Literature/TimeMachineSeries 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 Creator/SeananMcGuire's ''Literature/VelveteenVs'' series, Jolly Roger derives his superpowers from the collective notion of "Pirate".
* ''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: [[spoiler: 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 ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. They're given more facetime in the film, but they're firmly established as Roguish.
* There are pirates in ''My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding''. Cursed pirates, yet.
* ''Literature/ThePrincessBride'': The Dread Pirate Roberts. As mentioned in the Film section, he plays at Brutish while really being Roguish; he prefers using fear instead of actually slaughtering his victims.
* ''[[Literature/RealmOfTheElderlings The Liveship Traders]]'': Kennit is a Brute thanks to a severe LackOfEmpathy. However, his methods [[VillainWithGoodPublicity cause people to think of him as Rogue]]--he spends a lot of time attacking slavers.
* In Creator/WilliamAlexander's ''Literature/GoblinSecrets'', river pirates are, according to the story, the cause of Graba's lost legs.
* The Amazons in ''Literature/SwallowsAndAmazons'' play at being Roguish pirates, but they're just kids messing about in boats. They also pretend "Captain Flint" is a Brute.
* A group of extremely brutish pirates show up as antagonists in the third Literature/{{Spellsinger}} novel, Day of the Dissonance. Naturally, they're led by a PirateParrot. The same pirates show up again in the sixth book, this time led by the original captain's brother, a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot pirate parrot accountant]].
* The eponymous ''Literature/MrsPiggleWiggle'' was once married to a pirate, who built her an upside-down house, but he passed away some years before the first book. He left her a TreasureChest full of magic potions, and cures for kids' bad habits. (The Piggle-Wiggles never had any children themselves.)
* Growltiger, "the terror of the Thames", in Creator/TSEliot's book of cat poems, ''Literature/OldPossumsBookOfPracticalCats''.
* ''Literature/TheWitchlands'' has two groups of pirates, the Baedyeds and the Red Sails. The former are a nation of people from a desert called the Baedyed Sand Sea, who turned to piracy after their land was conquered, while the Red Sails are a more mixed group. It's generally agreed that it's better to be attacked by the Baedyeds than the Red Sails, but that's because the Baedyeds will keep you alive and sell you into GladiatorGames, while the Red Sails are less concerned with leaving survivors.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': The people of the Iron Islands, the Ironborn, are a whole society of them. The naval skills of their population are unmatched and they enjoy great mobility due to their ships. They have a unique culture centered on maritime raiding and pillaging other peoples.
* The BBC version of ''Series/{{Treasure Island|2012}}'' with Eddie Izzard.
* In the ''Series/LazyTown'' episode that the page quote comes from, the children have been playing Roguish pirates, and are shown a history book that tells them about Rottenbeard, a Brutish 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 Brutish, 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.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Episodes "The Smugglers", "Enlightenment", and, of course, "The Pirate Planet", as well as the novels "The Resurrection Casket" and "The Pirate Loop".
** ''[[AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho Doctor Who and the Pirates]]'' seems to start off as Roguish, 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 has pirates in "The Curse of the Black Spot". According to the crew, they are definitely of the Brutish variety.
** And then there's "The Time Meddler"; in those days, "Vikings" meant Norse pirates.
* On [=SpikeTV=]'s ''Series/DeadliestWarrior'', they had a Caribbean pirate fight one-on-one against a French knight. [[spoiler:The pirate manages to defeat the knight with his superior firepower.]]
* There was a pretty faithful version of ''Literature/TreasureIsland'' 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 LargeHam of them all, Creator/BrianBlessed. Shiver Me Timbers!
* In 1990 a TV movie of ''Film/{{Treasure Island|1990}}'' was aired staring Creator/CharltonHeston as Long John, Creator/ChristopherLee as Blind Pew and Creator/ChristianBale as Jim Hawkins.
%%* A crew of Brutish pirates shows up in ''Series/{{Charmed}}''.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' once had a lobotomized victim show up dressed and talking like a Roguish pirate (headscarf, eyepatch, earring and all) and insisting on being called "Captain Jack".
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' gives us another rendition of [[PeterPan Captain Hook]], who wafts between the two types while strutting about in tight leather trousers.
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'':
** The 2011 season is the pirate-themed ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger''. (Kaizoku means pirate.) It's an anniversary series too, but pirates is the predominant theme. The Gokaigers themselves are Roguish.
** Also, there are plenty of series where pirates show up where you wouldn't expect them. In ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'', one sea animal-based MechaExpansionPack gives the main robot a pirate theme.
* On ''Series/RutlandWeekendTelevision'', guest Music/GeorgeHarrison 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, [[TalkLikeAPirate talking like a pirate]], and even turning his performance of his hit song "My Sweet Lord" into a rousing sea shanty.
* ''Series/TheHamsterWheel'': I call her Julia Gill-''aaard''!
* The pirates in ''Series/BlackSails'' are overwhelmingly brutish, and include some [[HistoricalDomainCharacter Historical Domain Characters]] from UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfPiracy with reputations for brutality, such as Jack Rackham and Charles Vane.
* Several episodes of ''Series/ElChapulinColorado'' are in the UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfPiracy setting, often with Chapulin fighting evil captain Alma Negra (Black Soul).
* ''Series/{{QI}}'' did a segment on real life pirates and the differences from their fictional portrayals. For one thing, rules on pirate ships tended to be very strict, including "lights out at 8pm sharp", "no playing music on a Sunday", "no smuggling women aboard", any woman who ''did'' happen to be on board and was raped, her rapist "shall suffer present death", etc. It was also pointed out that the Captain only had authority in combat, and in virtually all other situations the Quartermaster was the one in charge, and most major decisions tended to be made democratically. Also, none of them spoke in the [[TalkLikeAPirate stereotypical pirate accent]].

* Emilie Autumn has always had one pirate captain since the first Asylum tour in 2007. The first was Captain Vecona who was also the Asylum seamstress and left the Bloody Crumpets after the first 2008 tour. The second was Captain Maggot who took over in fall 2008, she appears to be far more popular of a captain owing to her more pirate-y feel including being a drunkard who speaks like a pirate and having a costume that looks more like a pirate. She also is a circus performer in the real world, during the tours she stilt walks and hula-hoops… EA's shows take place in a victorian asylum...
* Music/FloggingMolly has some songs about pirates.
* Australian children's music group Music/TheWiggles have Captain Feathersword, sometimes known as the "[[SixthRanger fifth Wiggle]]". He's ''definitely'' ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything type, though he can [[ImprobableWeaponUser tickle you to death]].
* German metal band Music/RunningWild is one of the first metal bands to pick up the pirate image, starting with their third album ''Under Jolly Roger''. Their songs on the subject take cues from Roguish pirates.
* Music/TheArrogantWorms have "The Last Saskatchewan Pirate", who, according to the song, plunders ships on the Saskatchewan river, "stealing wheats and barley and all the other grains". Including, somehow, from the [[ArtisticLicenseGeography "mighty shores"]] of Regina (which is nowhere near the river but does include Wascana Lake).
* Music/{{Alestorm}} are a Pirate Metal band. Yes, they are as awesome as they sound.
* Music/CaptainDanAndTheScurvyCrew are a Pirate rap crew of good lyrical skill and catchy beats.
* ''Svarta Malin'' in the Povel Ramel song of the same name.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lpVaJ1l7ms "Captain Kidd"]] by the Canadian celtic-rock band Great Big Sea.
* Cosmo Jarvis gives us [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dysG12QCdTA&feature=feedlik Gay Pirates,]] who have the misfortune to be sailing with a bunch of the first type. "''[[TearJerker I hope they didn't tie up your hands as tight as mine…]]''"
* Other german metal band with a pirate image was Zed Yago, which was the first pirate metal band with a female singer.
* Music/AbneyPark has a {{Steampunk}} image related to the dashing, romantic Roguish pirates. They are mostly awesome [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPH1OoTobtk Airship Pirates.]]
* A FilkSong by Music/TomSmith, "Hey, It's Can(n)on" has [[Literature/HarryPotter Hermione Granger]], in response to learning that her birthday is also Talk Like a Pirate Day, become a Roguish, with Harry and Ron as her [[OneTrueThreesome "young stallions"]].
-->"Hermione Granger, the Pirate Queen, the pride of Gryffindor!"
* Tiësto has the song "He's A Pirate", made especially for ''Pirates of the Caribbean''.
* The Shlosharim, an Israeli pop trio from the late [[TheSixties 1960s]] recorded a song titled [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qQRDSDzKYE "Were I a Pirate,"]] about a man fantasizing of being a Roguish pirate for his beloved.
-->But I am no pirate, my beauty, or a bandit,\\
But one man standing at your gate,\\
Standing there in this lonely night\\
With no sword on his thigh.
* In songs, of Soviet authors, pirate motives were common ([[http://www.russiandvd.com/store/product.asp?sku=56401 some more here]]):
** Creator/BulatOkujava "Когда воротимся мы в Портленд" (When we'll be back to Portland...)
** Creator/VladimirVysotsky "Еще не вечер" (It ain't 'til it's over), "Пиратская песня" (Pirates' song)
** Creator/GarikSukachev "Моя бабушка курит трубку" (My granny smokes a pipe)
* The Child Ballad ''Captain Ward and the Rainbow'', about a pirate captain and his fight against the king's ship, the Rainbow. After winning the fight, he sends the Rainbow home with the message that the King may reign on land, but [[BadassBoast Ward is king of sea!]]

* The "Blackbeard and Ironmen" table of ''VideoGame/SuperPinballBehindTheMask'' is themed around a pirate crew.
* Creator/WilliamsElectronics' ''Pinball/BlackRose'' features the PirateGirl Captain Rose and her men.
* Of course, ''Pinball/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' is all about this.
* And ''Pinball/{{Hook}}'' has Captain Hook's crew.
* The "Skulduggery" table of ''VideoGame/FullTiltPinball'' has a whole bunch of 'em.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* In 1995, Carl Ouelett (formerly known as Pierre, of The Quebecers) was repackaged as Jean-Pierre Lafitte, a Cajun pirate who wore an EyepatchOfPower.[[note]]Ouelett actually had a glass eye.[[/note]] He was quickly put into a feud with Wrestling/BretHart, and was originally booked to end Kevin "Diesel" Nash's one-year title reign. However, ExecutiveMeddling on the part of Wrestling/ShawnMichaels saw that not only did Lafitte lose the match ([[{{Foreshadowing}} in his hometown of Montreal]]), but was then buried for the remainder of his WWF tenure.
* Ten years later, Paul Burchill, the protege of Wrestling/WilliamRegal 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 ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'', but [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]] had apparently [[CriticalResearchFailure never even heard of POTC]] and [[ItWillNeverCatchOn 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 Roguish, as their misdeeds are played for laughs.
* Prior to winning the World Of STARDOM title, 15th century captain themed entrance attire was a trademark of "Pirate Princess" Kairi Hojo. Even after the belt, her music was only less obvious in its ''Pirates Of The Caribbean'' influence than Burchill's. Despite taking on a more subdued look she still [[BerserkButton exploded]] when Hudson Envy suggested Hojo was not a pirate.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' 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.
** D&D Fifth Edition offers a standard Sailor option as a background, with Pirate as a variant--clearly leaning towards the Brute side, as the primary benefit is a lethal reputation.
** ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'':
*** This is the [[PlanetOfHats hat]] of the Lhazaar Principalities. 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 SkyPirates, 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.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'':
** Dark Elves are frequent 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), partly to keep themselves freshly supplied with slaves and partly out of sheer malice for everyone else in the world.
** ''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.
* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'':
** 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. They straddle the line between the two types -- on the one hand, their flamboyance and piratical stereotypes, together with the way the Orks serve as the setting's CrazyAwesome comic relief, peg them as Rogues. On the other, being Orks, they're also violent, murderous thugs who'll raid, burn and pillage as they please and carelessly slaughter anyone in their way, putting them more in the Brute category.
* ''TabletopGame/{{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.
* Pirates in roleplaying games... and thar's yet to be a tip o'the hat to ''TabletopGame/SeventhSea'', an RPG mechanically oriented for piratical adventures.
* ''TabletopGame/HollowEarthExpedition'' 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.
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'':
** The ''TabletopGame/DiscworldRolePlayingGame'' has a campaign setting, the Brown Islands, which are 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 Roguish (the Pirates' Code is complicated enough that they've been known to press-gang contract lawyers), although there are also Brutes available if the [=PCs=] need to be seriously menaced.
** Naturally, ''GURPS Swashbucklers'' deals extensively with pirates of both Roguish and Brutish style.
* in ''TabletopGame/Wasteland2010'', Captain Cutthroat "is every inch a stereotypical pirate", complete with EyepatchOfPower, TalkLikeAPirate speech pattern and robotic PirateParrot. Beware that pointing this out to him is his BerserkButton.
* The ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' world of Golarion has the Shackles, essentially a pirate paradise. It has been thoroughly explored in both an Adventure Path, a Pathfinder Adventure Card Game base set, and a whole line of accessories. The [[PlayerCharacter PCs]] become involved in a factional fight between [[ChaoticGood Roguish]] and [[ChaoticEvil Brutish]] pirates.
* The now out-of-print roleplaying game ''Furry Pirates'' was about... well, [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom furry]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin pirates]].
* ''TabletopGame/IronKingdoms'' has its share, from the various undead and living pirates that are in service to the Cryx Nightmare Empire (All Brutes to man/Ogrun/animated corpse/ghost/goat-woman), to the motley crews that plunder along the Broken Coast that can be Roguish or Brutes. Lastly there is the Talion Charter, an alliance between 3 of the nastiest pirate captains; Fiona the Black, one of the most influential members of decentralized cult dedicated to jerkass goddess of magic. Broadsides Bart, a Captain Hook-expy with shotgun instead of a hook who also happens to be secretly a privateer doing dirty work for the local navy power that publicly professes neutrality. Lastly the founder of the group, Captain Phinneus Shae, a renegade merchant navy warcaster that has considerable bounty on his head from his former employers, and through his banker may in fact be doing literal wetwork for the landlocked Dwarven kingdom.
* In ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' Mars' silt seas have a wide variety of pirates and corsairs, from tribesmen looking to make a little money on the side, to proud soldiers who have lost their kingdoms and are seeking to found their own.

* Creator/GilbertAndSullivan's ''Theatre/ThePiratesOfPenzance''. While they spend most of the play as comical Roguish pirates their songs indicate some very nasty behavior beforehand.
* Growltiger, "the terror of the Thames", in ''Theatre/{{Cats}}''.
* ''Theatre/TheThreepennyOpera'' features the song "Music/PirateJenny", in which Jenny fantasizes about pirates descending on the town, making her their queen, and killing off all the people who have treated her badly.
-->''You gentlemen can watch while I'm scrubbing these floors''\\
''And I'm scrubbing these floors while you're gawking...''
* ''Franchise/CaptainSabertooth'' is UsefulNotes/{{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.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The Kremlings in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' games are always pirates, but they've never really looked the part. Except for the [[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry2DiddysKongQuest pirate-themed sequel]], where the enemies undergo a superficial change that gives them a more [[DarkerandEdgier gritty, aggressive look]]. No explanation is ever provided for why they undergo this change (or why it never carries over), but it looks cool. To see the difference, compare the original's [[TheGoomba standard mooks]] [[http://donkeykong.neoseeker.com/wiki/Kritter Kritter]] with the sequel's [[http://donkeykong.wikia.com/wiki/Klomp Klomp,]] or the former's [[http://images.wikia.com/donkeykong/images/8/82/KingKRoolDKJC.jpg King K. Rool]] with the latter's [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100905032852/donkeykong/images/a/a6/Kaptain_k_rool_1.jpg Kaptain K. Rool.]]
* ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'', which has Air Pirates! Because TheSkyIsAnOcean. There are actually two factions of Pirates in the game: Blue Rogues, which are Roguish and JustLikeRobinHood (the main characters are these) and the Black Pirates, which are Brutish. 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 ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'', being a comedy series almost all the pirates are Roguish in personality. Even the supposedly evil pirates are too silly to be really threatening. Main character Guybrush Threepwood is barely a himself. The only real exception is BigBad [=LeChuck=] who is less of a Brutish pirate and more of an unkillable insane zombie-demon. This gets subverted in ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland'' [[spoiler: when Guybrush contracts a Pox that makes everyone Brutish for progressively longer periods of time]].
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' Pirate is a very recurring character class in the series debuting in the first game, and is thus far exclusively male. The pirate class wears traditional pirate garb: striped shirts, bandanas, eyepatches, but exclusively wield axes instead of a cutlass, possibly based on pirates historical use of boarding axes. In gameplay Pirate is a GlassCannon with high HP, Strength, Speed, but low defense, and skill. They also possess the ability to WalkOnWater giving them a terrain advantage. They advance to TheBerserker class which keeps the terrain advantages, and usually the pirate thematics. Playable pirates are almost always the rogue kind, while enemy pirates are usually the brute kind. There may also be characters in the pirate profession but not in the pirate class. All TalkLikeAPirate.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia'': The very first boss in the series, Gazzak is a brutish Pirate. Darros, a pirate from the same organization, ends up joining the protagonists to start a new leaf. Additionally one of the playable characters, Barst turns to piracy in his ending.
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGaiden'': most pirates are brutes in service of the pirate king Grieth who [[TheDon united all criminals]] in the continent. One Pirate of the Mercenary class, Saber, is hired by the protagonists to protect them. [[HilariousInHindsight Humorously]] Saber(eventually), Grieth, and many of his mooks are Dread fighters, which is a {{Ninja}} based class.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral'': A playable character in the [[ArcherArchetype Sniper]] class led a group of Rogue Pirates before her crew mutinied. In the next game in the saga, Lifis, a playable character in the thief class, is a TokenEvilTeammate in the player's army.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe'': A prominent character is Fargus, the leader of a group of noble pirates that aids the protagonists. Dart, one of Fargus crew members joins the player's army. In the sequel, the playable Geese is an ex merchant who became a pirate that fights injustice inflicted on the lower classes.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'': While there are no pirates in the story, the pirate class is an optional advanced class choice for Ross, an axe-using playable character.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius'': No pirates are playable, but two show up as bosses. The first is Havetti, a goofy pirate extorting a harbor for food, and resources. The second is Nedata, a roguish pirate with a sense of honor who sings a song about the joy of being a pirate and serves as a [[SkippableBoss optional]] {{miniboss}}.
** ''VideoGame/TearringSaga'': In this SpiritualSuccessor, Holmes, one of the two main characters, is a privateer with his own crew. Garo is in the pirate class, and is a kind hearted bruiser with a FaceOfAThug. A goofy Pirate boss also ends up doing a HeelFaceTurn, and joining the protagonists. Finally one of the Holmes missions has raiding ships, and opening all treasure chests as a victory condition, thus averting ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything. The game's sequel, Berwick Saga, has another pirate class character, this time looking very similar to Gazzak of the first game, trying to earn money for his blind daughter.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'' had the very brief encounter with Bikke the pirate, who [[BrokenBridge 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.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'' has Leila, who talks like a pirate and steals the gang's gear, before DefeatMeansFriendship happens.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' on the other hand, has pirate captain Faris, [[spoiler: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 [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot combining two]] of the most badass forces in the universe.
* ''VideoGame/WarioLand'':
** A couple of 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 EvilOverlord and a viking.
* ''VideoGame/SidMeiersPirates'', naturally. {{NPC}} pirates are mostly of the first type, but the PlayerCharacter can be either.
* For some odd reason the MMORPG ''Videogame/PiratesOfTheBurningSea'' features them.
* The arcade/Dreamcast [[ShootEmUp shooter]] ''VideoGame/{{Gunbird}} 2'' has a [[TerribleTrio Team Rocket-esque]] group of pirates, called the Queen Pirates, as the [[BigBad Big Bads]]. With a [[GagBoobs buxom]] female pirate as the leader. Plus, they also have an army of HumongousMecha. What a [[RuleOfCool winning]][[NinjaPirateZombieRobot combination]]!
* ''VideoGame/YohohoPuzzlePirates'' is almost (but not quite) all Roguish. 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.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** Zelda in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker''. And this is pretty ironic, considering that Zelda's previous disguise was a [[CoolVersusAwesome Ninja]].
** There are also the subrosian Skelleton-Pirates in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames'' and the all-female Gerudo Pirates in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''. Possibly including Jolene from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass''.
* ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'' 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 ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' will be a [[TokenMiniMoe Loli-Pirate]] named Patty.
* ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'': The [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot undead pirate captain,]] Cervantes.
* Chosokabe Motochika from ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' 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 ''VideoGame/EternalSonata'', 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 [[BonusDungeon Mysterious Unison]].
* ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'':
** 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 ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG: Legend of the Seven Stars''. He seems to be Brutish at first, but after being [[DefeatMeansFriendship 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 ''VideoGame/YoshisStory''.
* "Cap'n" Ginny of ''VideoGame/MySims'' 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.
* ''VideoGame/{{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 BuriedTreasure.
* ''VideoGame/{{Dubloon}}'' is an RPG about pirates and their conflict with [[TheGovernment The Navy]].
* Skabb and his crew from the ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfSpyro: The Eternal Night'' serve as the main villains for a story arch early in the game. Ironically, Skabb himself is too [[DumbMuscle stupid to be captain]] so his [[PirateParrot two birds]] Scratch and Sniff are the real captains of the pirate fleet. Also ironic is Skabb ultimately meets his DisneyVillainDeath by [[spoiler: WalkThePlank after Spyro badly hurts him]].
* The able men of Champa resort to piracy in ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' when the beginning of the return of Alchemy to the world drives the fish from their waters. As a result, they're goodhearted Roguish 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 ''[[VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn Dark Dawn]]'' [[spoiler: to [[YouKilledMyFather avenge Briggs's death]] by monsters the bad guys brought about]].
* The [[YouDirtyRat Pirats]] in ''VideoGame/{{Raskulls}}''.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' has The Obligatory Pirate's Cove on the Mysterious Island of Mystery, which is full of stereotypical pirates. They TalkLikeAPirate, engage in [[VideoGame/MonkeyIsland Insult Beer Pong]], and drop bottles of rum. Though for some reason, they swear by [[Music/TheMonkees Mike Nesmith's]] locker instead of [[NamesTheSame Davy Jones]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Risen}}'' features classical pirates. They are also the main theme of the sequel.
* The Caribbean (1650 A.D.) in ''VideoGame/TimeLord''.
* Most of the enemies in ''VideoGame/CaptainSilver''.
* Show up repeatedly in the ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'' series. A trio are recruitable in the first game, and befitting the nautical setting, a small pirate band are fan favorites in ''VideoGame/SuikodenIV'' and ''VideoGame/SuikodenTactics''.
* ''VideoGame/RealityOnTheNorm'' 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 [[CaptainColorbear No-Beard]].
* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIV'' has the past protagonist be Edward Kenway, a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot pirate/Assassin]] (before he settled down and had a son who would become a Templar). Unlike ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'', 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 Rogue. 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. Note also, that Blackbeard himself is actually a surprising Rogue. He just realized that the Dread Pirate Roberts trick works GREAT. You actually see him shift from a reasonable guy, to his GameFace, and then back when off duty.
* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends''' Gangplank is a Brutish 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 ''VideoGame/CrimsonSteamPirates'' developed by Creator/{{Bungie}} (yes, [[Franchise/{{Halo}} that]] [[VideoGame/{{Marathon}} Bungie]]) takes place in an AlternateHistory 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 [[ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld zeppelin]] to his air fleet. It's not clear if the events take place during the UsefulNotes/AmericanCivilWar, 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 [[GatlingGood machinegun-armed]] aeroplanes, and submarines. Presumably, everything is steam-powered, including submarines. You also meet several {{Historical Domain Character}}s including Creator/MarkTwain (an expert navigator), Creator/JulesVerne (who lends you his hot air balloon for some [[SkyPirates Sky Piracy]]), and UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla (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 ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'') although with a definite {{Steam Punk}}ish feel.
* ''Videogame/PowerStone'' features pirate Captain Kraken as TheDragon to the game's BigBad.
* Both Foxy and Mangle from the ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' series, although they both reach NinjaPirateZombieRobot levels due to being Animatronics, Foxy of which being a ArtificialZombie.
* Captain Chris Raven and his crew from ''VideoGame/RavensCry''.
* Countless characters in ''VideoGame/{{Pirate101}}'', from the main protagonists to the gangs on Skull Island to the Frogfather's Syndicate in Jonah Town. The storyline of the game is based around pirates.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** Cyrus the Restless from the series' spin-off ActionAdventure game ''Redguard'' is of the LovableRogue variety. He also might be [[GodInHumanForm an incarnation]] of the Redguard/Yokudan god, the [=HoonDing=], the "[[OddJobGods Make Way]]" god who manifests whenever the Yokudan/Redguard people need a place to live.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'':
*** A pirate ship and her crew are docked in the Imperial City's waterfront and an early [[MurderInc Dark Brotherhood]] mission involves assassinating their captain. Surprisingly (for Bethesda, "The company with only six VA's") two of the nameless mook pirates have unique voices with the appropriate accent.
*** The ''Thieves Den'' plug-in lets you inherit your own pirate ship to use as the game's thief-oriented base. Unfortunately, the ship itself is trapped in a cove buried under a mountain (and what remains of the ship itself is definitely not seaworthy) so sailing isn't possible, but you can still hire your own pirate crew and send them to pillage for you.
* The League of Privateers from ''[[VideoGame/{{Thera}} Thera: Legacy of the Great Torment]]'' are a loose alliance of brigands, thieves, cut-throats and outcasts all united under the banner of the legendary pirate lord William Greystoke and brought to the far-reaches of Mesocala for one purpose: to conquer, loot, pillage and get revenge on the Inquisition. League armies in the initial stages will effectively be whole armies of rag-tag pirates, though later as professional armies are fielded the League's forces adopt a more colonial/revolutionary America aesthetic but still keep some of their pirate influences.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' is more than happy to use such an existing set of tropes/clichés.
** In particular, Booty Bay is pirate-themed, and there's a ClicheStorm of a questline where you infiltrtate the Bloodsail Buccaneers and go through every pirate cliché they could fit it. Even PiratesVsNinjas -- the only reason given for the ninjas being there is basically that they're doing that trope, too.
** With the ''Legion'' ExpansionPack, the Rogue specialisation Combat, already something like the {{Swashbuckler}}, was changed to "Outlaw", with lots of its abilities changed to pirate-themed ones -- blunderbusses, ghost ships, parley, etc. It was pretty obvious, but [[https://worldofwarcraft.com/en-us/news/19955666 Blizzard seemed reluctant to admit the new theme was "pirate" more than anything else]].
* Pirates are even their own minion tribe in ''VideoGame/HearthstoneHeroesOfWarcraft''. They are often associated with weapon synergy effects and fit well in aggressive early-game decks that use weapons.
* In the Sega's iOS game ''War Pirates'' or ''Sen No Kaizoku'', you are the captain of the noble Freedom Pirates and live in a world that wears it's ''Manga/OnePiece'' influence on its sleeve. War Pirates has tons of characters including ninjas, samurais, robots, undead and animal people, with each given a fairly well-fleshed background reminiscent of ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles''
* ''VideoGame/LittleBigPlanet'' has both a generic pirate costume, and ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' DLC.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* The island nation of Hise in ''VisualNovel/SevenKingdomsThePrincessProblem'' is effectively a country of pirates. "Prince" Hamin of Hise is a pirate captain of the "dashing rogue" type, and so is the PlayerCharacter if you so choose.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Russell from ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'' looks and talks like one, though he doesn't really do any pirating (other than some digital piracy in Youtube Copyright School).

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/WhispersInTheWind'' is a webcomic of adventure and drama on the high seas, where a woman has to go to sea to get back her son who left town with pirates, unknowing the captain is his real father.
* A major arc in the popular ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' 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 ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', when Elan needs to reach Azure City, he [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0389.html meets]] a SkyPirate and his ship. The whole party gets to ride on the same airship in later arc, at first graciously, but as the mission is stretching in length, the pirate crew remind them that time spent saving the world is less time spent looting, and the Order agree to pay them to make it worthwhile.
* In ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'', [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/daily.php?date=021029 Garland recruits pirates to help him against the Light Warriors.]]
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' 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 ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' spends one of his first major story arcs battling pirates. The origin of the Pirates vs. Ninjas conflict is explored. [[RuleOfCool Frozen shamrock shurikens are thrown]]. Like everything else in this comic, it has to be read to be believed.
* In ''Webcomic/TheDreamlandChronicles'' we have a whole crew ready to cause trouble. Complete with airships and [[HighAltitudeBattle high altitude battles]].
* Eridan Ampora and Vriska Serket from ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' role played as pirates at one point. Brutish all the way, the latter being more into the whole Pirate thing considering her love of loot, and the former in order to [[ItMakesSenseInContext keep his friend's surrogate mother/eldritch abomination from letting out a world-ending scream.]] Later it's revealed that [[spoiler:they're roleplaying as their ancestors, or at least the closest troll equivalent of]].
* ''WebComic/RustyAndCo'' face a [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level2/level-2-6/ Land Pirate!]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'' [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3341 Monique envisions herself as one.]]
* In ''Webcomic/DocRat'', [[http://www.docrat.com.au/default.asp?thisItem=842 one of Captain Kerpow's foes.]]
* In ''Webcomic/QuentynQuinnSpaceRanger'', [[http://www.rhjunior.com/QQSR/00005.html Quinn observes that sophonts always use the skull and crossbones if they are pirates -- even invertebrates.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Roleplay/OpenBlue'', which features both types, depending on whether they're {{NPC}}'s or not. Player characters tend to be Roguish. Usually.
%%* [[Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses How to Be a Pirate]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8HnCwl5rjA This]] catchy WebVideo/AdamTheAlien video.
* The title character in the Tales of Ubernorden story [[http://www.ubernorden.com/the-smiling-demon.html The Smiling Demon]] is a Brutish version.
%%* LetsPlay/{{Mianite}} features the pirates of Ianaria, who are more Roguish.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The Crimson Binome and the crew of the ''Saucy Mare'' are pirate binomes from ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot''. In their first appearance they rob Mainframe blind by taking everything that isn't nailed down, with plans to sell it. They are later convinced that honest trade between systems would be more profitable, so they become legitimate businessmen. Later in Season 3 they return to help the protagonists on a dangerous journey into the Web.
* LaResistance in ''WesternAnimation/{{Skyland}}'' are proud to call themselves pirates.
* On ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'', the KND sometimes had to deal with candy-stealing pirate and recurring foe Stickybeard.
* ''WesternAnimation/PiratesOfDarkWater'' offers a fantasy take, complete with [[PardonMyKlingon fantasy swearing]].
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPugwash''. Pugwash himself is so soft that he barely qualifies even as a rogue. His archenemy, Cut-Throat Jake, is a brute, though a fairly mild one.
* The ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'' videos once had a Silly Song with Larry titled ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything. 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 [[TheMovie feature films]].
* Parodied in a recent episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'': Youngblood and his crew of dead pirates. Complete with GhostShip.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' 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 and[[spoiler:Zuko]]search 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 Roguish Pi-Rats in two episodes of ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers''.
* Featured in two episodes and two songs from Nick Jr.'s ''WesternAnimation/TheBackyardigans''.
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' featured an {{Elseworlds}} episode called "Darkwing Doubloon", where the Justice Ducks were Roguish pirates and the Fearsome Five were Brutish pirates.
* ''WesternAnimation/PiratesPassage'' naturally features pirates of various kinds including the most horrible of all: capitalists, profiteers and the like.
* Fox's ''WesternAnimation/PeterPanAndThePirates'' as the name implies, it focus on the Pirates themselves almost as much as in Peter Pan and the Lost Boys.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[http://www.yarr.org.uk/ Talk Like A Pirate Day]]
** [[{{Pirate}} 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. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztYapweHD3g 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", Website/{{Facebook}} created an option to display everything in Pirate Speak. And unlike Website/{{Google}}, they actually put some effort into it. You can set Facebook to be in Pirate all the time if you want.
* 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 (Roguish) have drawn on his history, which explains why so many became colonial governers.
* Likewise Henry Every-- The most badass 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 Rogue, 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 Brutish 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 '[[{{Hell}} 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 RasputinianDeath - and his corpse left dangling for public display so that the people would know the monster was finally dead.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_Kidd 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 Rogue 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, ''Literature/RobinsonCrusoe'' and Creator/RafaelSabatini's ''Literature/TheSeaHawk''.) Eventually they realized they could become ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything 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 roll 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.
* UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar was once captured by Mediterranean pirates. He managed to charm them into treating him well, and was ransomed back to Rome. He'd often got on quite well with some of them, and would often say "I'll have you all killed once I've returned," with a bit of laughter all around. 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 Roguish pirates or a [[MagnificentBastard Brutish 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 RobinHood, especially during the Soviet era.
* Benjamin Hornigold was one of the few real-life Roguish 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 IntrepidMerchant ships that happened to go raiding when chance arose and others were raiders that also happened to buy and sell, all across the spectrum.
* [[UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships Royal Navy submarine crews]] love to act as pirates: at the start of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI 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 [[RammingAlwaysWorks 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 [[http://www.patchbug.com/ProdImages/2050108.JPG pirate]] [[http://thumbs1.ebaystatic.com/d/l225/m/mEeM8jR28--1D1zI4iDMOyg.jpg gear]] for their patches. This squadron also served as inspiration for "Skull Squadron" of ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' fame.
* Frigatebirds are seabirds that regularly supplement their diet via kleptoparasitiam, harassing smaller seabirds into dropping the fish they've caught so the frigates can steal their fishy booty. This piratical behavior earned them their name, as "frigates" are a type of sailing ship which was historically favored by Dutch privateers.