"Her white shirt and black leather, they complement her eyes,Pirates! Villains of the seven seas! Strong or handsome men, with ladies fearing or hankering for 'em! ...and then there's the Pirate Girl, a young girl or woman who clearly has no place in this tough world of men. Except she is either determined to show that she does, is accepted by the roguish male crew without any apparent difficulty or explanation, or is part of a ship with an all female crew. Depending on age, may or may not be a Little Miss Badass; either way, usually an Action Girl. There are two types: one type would be either cute or an Amazonian Beauty. The much, much more common type is the "bad girl". Truth in Television - in rare instances. Pirates, going out of their way to scorn law and flout custom, were just as likely to ignore 'a woman's place' as any other rule. Historically, a number of female pirates did plough the seas along with the men, sometimes rising to positions of authority. Some did so by disguising themselves as men; others found themselves among pirate groups who didn't care about your gender, as long as you did your job in the crew. In the modern world, women might have a place on Ruthless Modern Pirate Ships (often referred to these days as maritime terrorists) depending on the local culture. Not to be confused with Pirate Wench, a term that usually refers to a woman who sails with pirates, doing "women's work" for them, perhaps while providing eye candy. The Pirate Girl is a pirate in her own right. Any "little boy" found on a pirate ship will half the time be this girl in disguise. The Pirate Girl often has a Dark and Troubled Past detailing how she ended up in this position; abusive fathers whom they are in a "Well Done, Son!" Guy relationship with seems to be a common theme. A Sub-Trope of Pirate. Avast! Anyone caught making cheap jokes about "booty" or "treasure chests" will be made to Walk the Plank.
A red sash brings it t'gether (and the boots half up her thighs)
Cap'n Hook's a fan and Jack Sparrow thinks it's great,
It's in the books, it's canon, so let's all celebrate!"
A red sash brings it t'gether (and the boots half up her thighs)
Cap'n Hook's a fan and Jack Sparrow thinks it's great,
It's in the books, it's canon, so let's all celebrate!"
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Anime & Manga
- Captain Liliana from Queen's Blade Rebellion is a female Undead Pirate Captain.
- Axis Powers Hetalia:
- Seychelles is sometimes drawn/written this way in fan work. In a show with several of the male characters given the pirate treatment, she is notable for being the only female to be cast in this light. In the 2011 Halloween event, she dresses as Captain Cook and informs the others that her place also has a lot of pirate legends, meaning that she interacted with them and may have joined them at some point or another.
- Portugal's female concept art, at the top here◊, shows this very heavily as well, complete with scars and a sword.
- Chacha from Basara
- Revy from Black Lagoon is a modern-day female pirate.
- Marika Kato from Bodacious Space Pirates. Also Chiaki Kurihara, daughter of the captain of Barbarossa, though it doesn't show. At one point, Marika's entire high school yacht club gets in on the act (briefly).
- Love Flag Girls is a Yuri work focusing on a main character who enrolls on a pirate ship full of girls. Safe to say, the entire crew fits.
- One Piece:
- Almost every female character. From the Straw Hats alone, we have Nami and Nico Robin. Also, Boa Hancock, Vivi (temporarily, anyways), Alvida... It's easier to list the ones who are NOT pirates. Though that's still a lot of people.
- The one who acts most like a traditional pirate girl is surprisingly Nami. Besides drinking any of the guys under the table, she isn't nice (unless she's trying to scam you), and as the navigator she is completely in control of the ship, bar instructions from Luffy.
- Rival captain Jewelry Bonney is pretty close to traditional, too.
- Whitey Bay one of the 48 Pirate Captains allied to Whitebeard is also an example.
- Leiji Matsumoto's Queen Emeraldas, as well as Kei Yuki and Miime on Captain Harlock's crew.
- Played with in a Rurouni Kenshin filler arc, where a pirate girl named Shura finds self forced to pull a Sweet Polly Oliver so she will have her men's respect. Kenshin, as the good Warrior Therapist he is, helps her out with it.
- The anime Sol Bianca features a pirate ship with an all female crew.
- The title character from Space Pirate Mito is an alien who is over ten thousand years old, but looks like a nine-year-old kid. She also has a Mail Suit that makes her look more like a human adult.
- In the various Tenchi Muyo! continuities, there are more named female space pirate characters than male ones, including main cast member Ryoko.
- Technically, the entire female cast of Vandread.
- From the Chinese manhua, Melody Drifting in the Rain, we have pirate princess Jin Bi Hui, feisty and an excellent fighter. In fact, only men she's ever feared are her father and eldest brother and she does not take the discovery of her fiance being in love with another woman lying down.
- The pirates in Y: The Last Man, as should be obvious from the comic's name.
- El Cazador's main character becomes a pirate after the pirate captain Blackjack Tom attacks the ship she's on, killing most of the passengers.
- Batman foe Cap'n Fear had a buxom first mate named Annie.
- Cixi joins an all-female pirate crew in her spinoff of Lanfeust, Cixi de Troy.
- Ann Preston from the House of Mystery.
- The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comic 1910 features Captain Nemo's daughter Janni who becomes the "Pirate Jenny" of the song.
- Polly and the Pirates is an indie miniseries entirely focused on this concept.
- Denise Lafitte, daughter of French pirate Jean Lafitte in Italian comic book Zagor.
- Red Lucy Keough, an ancestor Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch in the Marvel Universe.
- Capitana Felina, a piratic version of Catwoman in the Elseworlds story Batman: Leatherwing.
- Patience Drew, a Ghost Pirate captain once encountered by the Sub-Mariner (in Marvel Fanfare #43).
- She Buccaneer.
- Maura Hawke, captain of the Serpent's Crown in the Marvel Universe. When she was betrayed by her first mate Jebediah Fate, she laid a curse on him and all her mutinous crew resulting in Fate becoming a Flying Dutchman.
- Singapore Sal, a Golden Age villain later brought back in Femforce.
- Tess Bannister from the "Pirate Hearts" strip in Penthouse Men's Adventure Comix.
- Sarawak Sally was the leader of a band of Southeast Asian river pirates in G.I. Joe Special Missions #4.
- Hepzibah from the Starjammers, a band of Space Pirates in X-Men and other books in the Marvel Universe.
- Dread Mac Farlane, a French comic about a girl who goes to Neverland and grows up among the Lost Boys (let's not explore exactly how she, y'know, GROWS UP in Neverland), then leaves them to join Captain Hook and his crew in the exciting life of a pirate.
- Legion of Super-Heroes gave us the Sklarian Raiders; an Amazon Brigade of Space Pirates.
- Sjörövar-Jenny from Bamse seems to be this, being a young woman in piratical garb who is a skilled cutlass fencer and sailor, but she is merely the daughter of a rather eccentric scholar obsessed with pirates and pirate treasure, and takes after him. (Her name, of course, references the "Pirate Jenny" song from the The Threepenny Opera, as per below).
- In Wonder Woman, the "Silver Serpent" saga featured an all female cadre of Space Pirates who travel from planet to planet to steal that world's technology, recruit a small group of the females for membership and the remainder of the planet's people for food stock.
- Scarlet Fever, from the second Lady Rawhide miniseries; a spin-off from Topps' Zorro series.
- Captain Bloodhawke from The Warlord.
- Sangre, a member of Scar's Raiders in The Ultraverse.
- The 2000 AD Alternity Winter Special recast Harmony Krieg from Harmony as Anne Bonney.
- Featured in Rawbone.
- Red Sonja has served as a pirate in her time.
- Tomorrow "Tommy" Hardtack of DC's Star Raiders graphic novel is implied to be a space pirate girl. She even sports an eyepatch.
- Long Jane Silver and her all-female crew in The Spirit.
- Phondari, the Pirate Queen of Mars, from Dynamite Comics Warlord of Mars.
- The mercenaries stow away on a pirate ship with an all-female crew in Skullkickers #13.
- "The Crew of the Alexandria" in Victorian Secret: Girls of Steampunk features a crew of Privateers in a submersible. These tales were later collected in Steampunk Corsairs.
- One of Dracula's many adversaries in Dracula Lives is the "She-Pirate" Hellyn DeVill, who leads her crew to plunder his castle.
- The Cursed Pirate Girl, heroine of a comic book of the same name, is an orphan searching for her father who is one of five pirate captains in a remote fantasy land. She learned sword fighting and other skills from her father in her dreams.
- Serra in Tellos.
- Almost the entire main cast of Princeless - Raven: The Pirate Princess is one to some extent.
- Under The Northern Lights has Crimson Coat (actual name Sudden Gale), captain of the Crimson Kraken. A renegade Equestrian pegasus, she is not a nice mare: besides being a violent criminal she can add casual racism and sexual molestation to her resumé.
- Upon A Falling Feather has a cast populated entirely by MLP's main and secondary characters, most of whom are female, so several pirates are female - primarily Rarity (a noblemare forced into the position), Pinkie Pie (who embraces the role completely) and Trixie (who has a minor role and mostly acts like herself).
- Elsa in Storm Siren double subverts this trope, disguising herself as a man and even then displaying parts of this trope to the letter.
Films — Animation
- Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure has prissy French doll Babette turn on her pirate captor, lock him in the brig, and take over his ship. "Hooray for me! Babette of Gay Paree! Hooray for me! I'm Captain now you see!"
- Zarina, the title character of The Pirate Fairy.
- The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!:
- One of the crew is known as Surprisingly Curvaceous Pirate — but obviously isn't a girl because girls don't have big bushy beards that don't match their hair color.
- There's also the Spanish Cutlass Liz, one if the Pirate Captain's rivals.
Films — Live-Action
- Pirates of the Caribbean:
- Elizabeth has become a Pirate Girl over the movies. To the point that she becomes the Pirate King.
- The character list also includes Anamaria, who is apparently a no-nonsense Lady of War type.
- The original Disneyland ride itself has a painting in the skeleton caves implying this is what happened to the Redhead.
- There's also Mistress Cheng, though she's past Pirate Girlhood and is more of a Pirate Lady.
- In the fourth movie we have Angelica, a Dashing Hispanic who is Jack Sparrow's New Old Flame.
- Maureen O'Hara played this character — notably as "Spitfire" Stephens opposite Errol Flynn in Against All Flags. She also appeared in The Black Swan (with Tyrone Power) and The Spanish Main (with Paul Henreid); she appears as a high-born lady of quality in both, but in the former changes into Pirate Girl garb in the final scene.
- Captain Morgan Adams, played by Geena Davis in Cutthroat Island Although, technically, she's a Pirate Hunter.
- In Muppet Treasure Island, Ellis Ashley Flyte, the wife of Brian Henson (the film's producer and director) gives an uncredited appearance as Big Fat Ugly Bug-Faced Baby-Eating O'Brian (a female ship's crew mate seen only during the Roll Call scene).
- Jean Peters played a pirate woman called "Anne Providence" in Anne of the Indies (1951); Binnie Barnes played Anne Bonney in The Spanish Main (1945); Hope Emerson played her in Double Crossbones (1951); Sonia Sorell played her in Captain Kidd and the Slave Girl (1954); and Lorna Bennett played her in Pirates (1998).
- The second Astérix movie includes a female pirate which doesn't originate from the comic books, even making her the Captain's daughter.
- The 2005 big budget pornographic film Pirates (also known as Pirates XXX) starred Janine Lindemulder as Serena, the vicious first mate of the Big Bad Captain Eric Victor Stagnetti, and Jesse Jane as Jules, her good guy counterpart among the pirate hunters. The sequel Pirates II: Stagnetti's Revenge adds Katsuni as Xifeng, a Dragon Lady pirate empress.
- Pirate Fritton from St. Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold is eventually revealed to having been a woman masquerading as a man.
- In the 2003 Peter Pan, Wendy considers an offer to be a pirate on Hook's ship, though she eventually turns it down.
- The Pyrates, a novel that's an Affectionate Parody of most pirate-movie tropes has a pirate queen (itself a common term for this type of character).
- Belit, the female pirate captain from the Conan the Barbarian story "Queen of the Black Coast."
- Also Valeria from Red Nails.
- Mary "Jacky" Faber, from the young adult novel, Bloody Jack, and its sequels.
- Missee Lee, a Chinese woman pirate captain in Missee Lee, part of the Swallows and Amazons series, by Arthur Ransome, although she is a slight subversion in that she never wanted to be a pirate. She is a frustrated Cambridge academic who was forced to become a pirate after her father's death.
- The "Amazons", Nancy and Peggy Blackett, play the trope more straight, albeit they're technically just kids enacting a pirate fantasy.
- Charlotte de Berry is a (probably fictional) female pirate captain who stars in Edward Lloyd's History of the Pirates, a "penny dreadful" or "penny blood" - cheap stories with a fairly gory or shocking theme written to entertain the masses.
- Minerva Sharpe and Nancy Kington are the protagonists of Pirates! by novelist Celia Rees.
- Art Blastside is a former gentlewoman named Artemesia Fitz-Willoghby Weatherhouse who lost her all memories of her life with her mother, Piratica, in a cannon accident that cost her mother her life. She regained it after 6 years of attending a finishing school and gathered her mother's former crew to set sail again in The Piratica Series, by Tanith Lee.
- Romsca, a ferret corsair from the book Pearls of Lutra in Brian Jacques's Redwall series.
- Lazue in the Michael Crichton novel Pirate Latitudes, due in part to her having been raised as a boy.
- Appears in all its various forms in Piers Anthony's Bio of a Space Tyrant series: Spirit does the Sweet Polly Oliver cabin boy version for a while, Rue is the straight Little Miss Badass version, and there is also a cross-dressing adult female pirate captain. As per the series title, they are all Space Pirates.
- A semi-fictionalized account of the real-life pirate Ching Shih is given in Jorge Luis Borges's short story The Widow Ching, Lady Pirate.
- The eponymous Miya Black, of Miya Black, Pirate Princess.
- Splashdance Silver by Tansy Rayner Roberts has a pirate Action Girl as its protagonist.
- Aires from Chronicles of the Emerged World.
- I, Jedi gives us Captain Tyresi Gurtt, Caet Shrovl, Timmser, and Big Bad Leonia Tavira.
- Ezri Delmastro and Zamira Drakasha, both from Red Seas under Red Skies, the second book in Scott Lynch's Gentleman Bastard series.
- Elena Dugan (Lady Galbraith) from The Seas Of Fionnghuala.
- Asha Greyjoy of A Song of Ice and Fire was bred and groomed for this by her father, the lord of the Iron Islands. She's well loved by her crew, and is basically one of the guys, except that she's damned hot.
- The eponymous character of The Red Vixen Adventures, and her rival Bloody Margo.
- Hook's Revenge by Heidi Schulz features Jocelyn Hook, daughter of the famous Captain Hook, who takes on her own ship and crew after the death of her father.
- Jenna Storm from Sebastian Darke: Prince of Pirates, a young woman who inherited her pirate father's crew.
- Ruda of The Gods Are Bastards is the princess of a pirate nation and still comfortably able to fight alongside demigods and paladins.
- The Boojumverse story Boojum features Captain Song, female leader of a crew of Space Pirates. The story protagonist, Black Alice Bradley, is a member of her crew.
- The Warhammer: Age of Sigmar novel City of Secrets has a scene-stealing Aelf Corsair captain named Arika Zenthe as an old acquaintance and occasional ally of one of the two protagonists, the Witch Hunter Hanniver Toll. While still a somewhat cruel character whose assistance Toll dreads having to call upon (the Corsairs are, after all, descended from the Dark Elves of Warhammer), and who relishes a chance to bloody her blades, she is still loyal to the forces of Order and is more a privateer than a pirate.
- Mary Rose from Queen of Swords is an ex-pirate.
- Nebula from Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.
- Doctor Who:
- Captain Wrack from the serial "Enlightenment" wants to be one, but is more of a badass cosplayer.
- And the Captain from the CBBC The Infinite Quest cartoon.
- Amy Pond becomes one briefly (certainly in appearance, and with a reasonable amount of swashbuckling flair) in the Doctor Who episode "Curse of the Black Spot".
- In the Big Finish audio adventure Doctor Who and the Pirates, the Sixth Doctor attempts to pass off his companion Evelyn Smythe as "Evil Evelyn, the Pirate Queen". Evelyn does her best, but the masquerade does not last long.
- Connie Blackheart from Tales From The Poop Deck.
- Being a pirate-based Sentai, Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger has... just one, Luka Millfy/Gokai Yellow. The other lady, Ahim de Famille/Gokai Pink isn't as much a Pirate Girl but more of The Ojou. (She is quite happy to call herself a pirate, however.)
- Key & Peele have a sketch featuring a (male) pirate crew singing a song that sounds like they're bragging of conquests, but the last line of each verse reveals them to be unusually enlightened in their attitudes towards women (for example, a verse about a woman who gets so drunk she passes out ends "so we took her to bed, and rested her head, and we left 'cause that's what gentlemen do"). The last pirate to sing starts in on something that's clearly not going that direction, and he gets out about two lines before being shot dead by the (unseen before this point) female captain, of whom the other pirates are all visibly terrified.
- In Stargate SG-1 there is Vala Maldoran who is a pirate/thief and acts like a child.
- In Stargate Atlantis there is Larrin of the Travelers who, while maybe not technically a pirate all the time, sure acts like one in her first appearance.
- The title character in Xena: Warrior Princess spent some time as a pirate Captain, during which time she kidnapped a young Julius Ceasar and held him for ransom while also having a romantic affair with him. That was until he came back with an entire Roman legion and had Xena and her crew crucified.
- In Moonlight episode "B.C.", Josef mentions that he first met his on-and-off girlfriend Lola in the 17th century when she was trying to put together a pirate army. Apparently, one could do that in those days. Being a vampire helps too.
- Horrible Histories: Cutlass Liz who co-hosts the Pirate Shopping Network (until her partner pulls out a bag of sugar. Then she draws a pistol and robs him. She is a pirate, after all).
- The HMS Ophelia's crew of drunken pirates includes Kristina Erickson and Jody Ellen. On a pirate ship retrofitted into a steampunk time-travelling dirigible. Yes.
- 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.
- The S.J. Tucker album Sirens includes three songs called "The Wendy Trilogy". The Wendy Trilogy is a retelling of the Peter and Wendy story, diverting from the original at the point where Captain Hook offers Wendy Darling the chance to become a pirate. In this version, Wendy accepts the offer and starts an adventure of her own.
- "The Worst Pirate Song," by Irish-American band Ceann, mocks this trope.
- Tom Smith's Filk Song "Hey, It's Can(n)on!" pointed out that Hermione Granger's birthday is also Talk Like A Pirate Day, which inspires Harry to buy her a ship "and now they're her young stallions, and she's a pirate queen!"
- Members of metal band Zed Yago had a pirate image, so naturally the singer Jutta Weinhold was the pirate girl of the band. The band also has the song "Rebel Ladies", which is about the real life pirate women Ann Bonney and Mary Reed.
- Being the theme song singer for Bodacious Space Pirates, the members of Momoiro Clover Z dressed as space pirate girls in their single "Mouretsu".
- "Ladies in Scarlet" by Captain Dan & the Scurvy Crew has Anne Bonny and Mary Read rapping alongside Captain Dan.
- The titular character from Black Rose, self-professed "queen of the high seas".
- Gunpowder Gertie (Gertrude Stubbs) is a Canadian pirate created by storyteller Carolyn McTaggart. The story of Gunpowder Gertie was told as an April fools joke in the local Kootenay area newspaper, the Kootenay Review. So many people believed that it was true that it was later retold as historical fact on the CBC program, This Day in History.
- Pirate Princess Kairi Hojo of World Wonder Ring STARDOM. The gimmick comes from her background in world championship yachting. She's now Kairi Sane in WWE.
- SPANC Space Pirate Amazon Ninja Catgirls, a very Fanservice game which is Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
- The Satyxis of the Iron Kingdoms setting are a whole island-nation of Sexy Monster Pirate Girls, of whom the best known is the Pirate Queen and Cryx warcaster Skarre Ravenmane. The mercenary privateer faction of Warmachine has several playable female character models, including the Thamarite pirate captain Fiona the Black.
- Several of fantasy RPG artist Clyde Caldwell's paintings have been of female pirates.
- Ed Greenwood has mentioned a number of female pirates in his Forgotten Realms setting material, including Thilana, Azla and Laershala of the Emerald Eyes.
- Azla fits the "Dark and Troubled Past" part. She was a noble and a Cormyrean army officer, but came across a Zhent party bigger than her patrol could handle and ran. In self-exile, she became a pirate, then her high-end training kicked in and soon she was one of the most influential captains on the Pirate Isles, raiding Sembian targets (Cormyr's in a cold war with Sembia). She appeared in The Threat from the Sea.
- Liriel Baenre was a ship mage on a pirate ship once, but almost accidentally. At first the crew didn't think that a female(!!!) drow(!!) elf(!) on board was a good idea, but they didn't have much choice anyway.
- BattleTech has had several female Space Pirates such as Morgan Fletcher, Suzy "One-Eye" Morgaine-Ryan and Paula "Lady Death" Trevaine, the latter are rare female Magnificent Bastard.
- Also two separate female "Red Corsairs" — one a young Katrina Steiner on the run from her uncle's assassins (in backstory that's been alluded to but never actually detailed), one decades later a renegade Jade Falcon warrior who was actually running a False Flag Operation for the Crusader Clans trying to use her own band of outcasts to break the Truce of Tukayyid and reignite the war between the Clans and the Inner Sphere.
- Synthre, a runaway alien princess and member of the Galatic Marauders, a band of Space Pirates in the Champions sourcebook Alien Enemies.
- 7th Sea contains several. The most famous is probably "Bloody" Bonnie McGee, first mate of the Sea Dogs.
- Pathfinder has Besmara, the goddess of pirates, strife, and sea monsters.
- Come Starfinder Besmara has become a major deity!
- Exalted has the Solar pirate queen Ocean Pearl, plus pretty much any female Exalt to get started in the West. Of course, they need to dye their hair red, join the Tya, or be a bit careful because the West throngs with storm mothers who hate all women more beautiful than themselves (i.e. anyone other than a withered old crone who's just had an acid bath) and make their displeasure clear with terrible weather, but since Exalts > Gods/Elementals, this issue can probably be solved by kicking the storm mothers' collective butts until they knock it off, or using Sail Charms to make overcoming the storms far less difficult.
- There's a play called Scavenger Hunt (Aargh! Avast Ye!) which concerned a retired Pirate Lady and her daughter, who Sweet Polly Olivered her way on to a ship to search for a MacGuffin her mother and some friends had encountered in the past.
- Ruth, the piratical maid of all work, from Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance.
- In The Threepenny Opera, Polly (or, in some productions, Jenny) sings "Pirate Jenny," a revenge fantasy about a chamber maid who dreams of being a pirate queen.
- Loof Merrow of the Sera Myu who was featured in the Kagyua Island musicals. She's a pirate, and a princess, who's been frozen in Ice for the last 5000 years, and is after the Silver Crystal to restore her Kingdom of Artuka which was destroyed by a tidal wave when they asked Princess Serenity to change the earth's orbit so the comet Coatl wouldn't hit it. And she's only out of the ice because the comet and its inhabitants have returned and are seeking revenge on Sailor Moon.
- The Pirate Queen is a musical written by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil. It is based on the life and adventures of the 17th century Irish chieftain and pirate Grace O'Malley.
- Captain Bree and Her Lady Pirates by Bill Francoeur.
- Aika and the other female Blue Rogues in Skies of Arcadia. Fina eventually becomes this, shown by the switch of costumes at the end of the game.
- Faris/Princess Sarisa from Final Fantasy V.
- And before Faris, there was Leila in Final Fantasy II.
- Given that she works with known Sky Pirate Balthier, we can probably add Fran from Final Fantasy XII to the list as well.
- The Selkie unique armour from Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time consists of a Pirate Hat and Pirate Outfit. There is even an eyepatch, for literally no reason beyond the Rule of Cool because all Selkie characters have fully functional eyeballs, and are the bow specialists.
- Captain Syrup from the Wario Land series, quite likely Wario's greatest rival and the only one in the Mario franchise who is greedier than he is.
- Shark, from Gunbird 2.
- Piracy is on Jack's list of crimes in Mass Effect 2, but it isn't any more prominent than things like arson and a somewhat excessive act deemed 'vandalism' by the Hanar.
- If you talk to her, she'll suggest that after the Collector business is over, you should take the Normandy and go pirate yourself - you can be the captain, and she'll be the master of arms, and do executions.
- One of the most famous post-Rebellion krogan warlords (read: pirates) was a fertile female named Shiagur; thanks to the genophage, fertile females are exceptionally rare, and she used her status to raise a major fleet. Then she started setting up bases, attacking colonies, and in general doing things pirates ought to do. She's very seriously dead by the time the game rolls around, though, thanks to a highly-unamused turian fleet.
- Large parts of that fleet are dead as well since Shiagur's legion of lovers and children swore and exacted revenge on anyone involved in her death...
- The Legend of Zelda:
- Tetra/Zelda in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker actually captains a pirate ship, and she inherited her crew and command from her mother.
- Majora's Mask takes the all-female Desert Bandits from Ocarina of Time and makes them pirates.
- Phantom Hourglass has Jolene, a pirate with a grudge against Linebeck. Every time you encounter her on the high seas, Link has to fight her off, while Linebeck hides.
- The PS3 release of Tales of Vesperia has a Token Mini-Moe pirate named Patty. It's out in Japan, but no North American release as of this writing.
- The pirate ship Dolce from Eternal Sonata is named after its female captain, who you encounter in chapter 4. You fight her again later, and maybe a third time. And even a fourth time is possible if you're playing on Encore Mode, the game's version of New Game+.
- "Cap'n" Ginny of 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.
- Pirate Princess
- Lost Odyssey: Seth.
- MapleStory has a female Job Instructor for Pirates, Kyrin, captain of the Nautilus. Also, Angelic Buster is an Always Female class who is considered the Pirate Class.
- Elisabet Ramsey of Age of Empires III, suspected to be the narrator's great-grandmother.
- Though Morgan LeFlay from Tales of Monkey Island fits the description of this trope, she is not actually a pirate (this is even a plot point).
- Elaine and Carla (from the previous games), however, are.
- Also Kate Capsize.
- Ruby Heart from Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes: New Age of Heroes
- Bonne Jenet from Fatal Fury
- Terra from Ys.
- Kisala from Rogue Galaxy. Lilika too, once she joins the crew.
- Risky Boots◊, the Big Bad of Shantae.
- Tawni Balfour, one of the heroes in Heroes of Might and Magic IV.
- Regna Island was crawling with female pirate crossbowmen, as well as female inhabitants evidently not restricted to wenchy stuff (note that Regna is a nation of pirates, so if you are not in the support business you'd be in the pirate business).
- May of Guilty Gear, with a giant anchor as her weapon of choice.
- Henriette "One Eye" Cooper - a female raccoon pirate ancestor of Sly Cooper.
- Captain Rose from Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure is the captain of Rose Rock; rivals to Zack's crew the Sea Rabbits. Despite being a pirate, she wears expensive lipstick, but as Tribal Face Paint funnily enough.
- The Piranas clan from Urban Rivals is full of half-dressed pirate babes.
- Ann Sireina from Super Robot Taisen OG Saga Endless Frontier is the Captain of the submarine Silent Vox, and wields a pair of Hand Cannon-tonfas. She's a buxom half-shark babe.
- A lady pirate appears at the end of Captain Brickbeard's story in LEGO Battles.
- A... slightly drunk lady pirate is included in Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier as a background character.
- Catalina Erantzo, one of the six protagonists of Uncharted Waters: New Horizons, is a pirate captain. A red-headed, Spanish captain, who is goddess with her rapier.
- Red from Dragon Quest VIII.
- Jane Starling from Ghost Pirates of Vooju Island.
- Nelly Cootalot is a somewhat... unconventional example.
- Margrid the Sly from Guild Wars.
- Captain Kika from Suikoden IV.
- Anne from Dubloon.
- Captain Silver from Romancing SaGa. She's also a dragon.
- Sophia "Riptide" de Medici from Eternal Champions: Challenge from the Dark Side.
- Miss Fortune from League of Legends is strictly speaking a pirate hunter though you wouldn't be able to tell. Her abilities include "Strut" and "Make It Rain" (bullets).
- Isabela from the Dragon Age series. She's an NPC that teaches the Duelist specialty for rogue classes in the first game, but gets upgraded to party member and love interest in the second. Her status as The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything is justified in her ship having sunk before the start of the second game.
- Fate/EXTRA features a Gender Flipped Sir Francis Drake as a Rider-class Servant (which is admittedly par for the course for this series), with the explanation being that she acted so manly that her crew refused to acknowledge she was a woman because it made them insecure in their own masculinity. The game, oddly for the universe, acknowledges Drake was male in life. There are hints that this rider was actually Queen Elizabeth in disguise. She returns in Fate/Grand Order alongside fellow real-life Pirate Girls Anne Bonny and Mary Read (who are summonable as Rider and Archer-class Servants together).
- Kooh from Pangya.
- Sally from Exit Fate. Might also be exaggerated, since she's "just" a young girl who owns her own ship. Her grandfather had been a famous pirate, but she herself isn't an actual one- just acts like one, complete with an accent.
- Gina Benvesta from the H-Game Kuutei Senki: a bisexual veteran pirate airship captain. Also, mother with four kids.
- Elisha in Gloria Union. Occupation-wise, however, all playable females are this due to the nature of the party.
- Biggid from Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War is a deconstruction. Because she's a Token Good Teammate of the crowd of rogues and wouldn't let her men raid villages, she is quickly betrayed once its found out she was adopted by the late Captain and wasn't his blood daughter. She is also not of the Pirate class which is Always Male in the series.
- The eponymous Captain Scarlett of Borderlands 2's Captain Scarlett and her Pirate's Booty DLC.
- Anne Bonny and Mary Reed in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, although Mary is initially disguised as James Kidd.
- Infinite Space has the Merciless Night Queen Celina Sioufas, one of the most infamous pirates in known space.
- In Grandia, Justin's mother reveals she used to be one of these before meeting his father during an attack on the ship he was traveling on.
- The titular character of Captain Morgane and the Golden Turtle. As a kid, she's of the "cute" kind. Grown up, she's tougher, but still generally nicer than you'd expect from pirates.
- Marine the Raccoon from Sonic Rush Adventure is a captain of her own pirate ship. Even proclaiming herself to be the hero of the story.
- Valbarossa Hawkeye from Raiden V, whose name is an Engrish version of Barbarossa ("red beard").
- In Seven Kingdoms: The Princess Problem, you can play as a female pirate captain if you choose that background during character generation. She follows in the footsteps of her mother, the infamous pirate Blackthorn.
- I Was Kidnapped by Lesbian Pirates from Outer Space.
- Girl Genius has Bangladesh Dupree, Pirate Queen, Knife Nut and all-around Ax-Crazy.
- Foglio's What's New? with Phil and Dixie in its Magic: The Gathering days depicted semi-retired characters, including Benalish Hero turned into a Pirate Queen and converting the Island Base into a resort.
- Curvy features a pirate ship with a female captain and multigender crew.
- One Order of the Stick had Haley wondering if she'd rather be a pirate or a ninja. Her answer? "Pirate. Definitely pirate."
- Bandana as well.
- The Legend Of Anne Bunny.
- Irregular Webcomic!: In the Pirates theme, has Wendy Wenchgood, who is a better pirate than most of the men on the ship.
- Sluggy Freelance:
- Played with when elementary schoolgirl Jaya wants to join Bun-Bun's makeshift pirate crew.
Bun-Bun: Little girls can't be pirates! What do you know about robbing and plundering?
Jaya: Well, my dad's an investment banker and my mom's a lawyer...
Bun-Bun: Welcome aboard, First Mate!
- Later played straight in the Ocean's Unmoving arc with Kada Jansen.
- Played with when elementary schoolgirl Jaya wants to join Bun-Bun's makeshift pirate crew.
- Giovanna from Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic.
- The Elven pirate captain Tah'vraay from Looking for Group. May or may not be Benny's mother.
- Martello is actually the captain of her ship in Mushroom Go. There's also Palma, who acts more like she's just along for the ride.
- Homestuck's Vriska Serket may or may not count, being a roughly thirteen-year-old LAR Per, but she's attempting to emulate her ancestor Marquise Mindfang, who was definitely a Pirate Girl.
- Alex Ze Pirate has TWO of these.
- Boobs Ahoy!
- Lady Sabre & the Pirates of the Ineffable Aether. Lady Sabre fits this trope to a T.
- El Goonish Shive: At least one convention attendee cosplays as this in the EGS:NP storyline "EGS-Con 2006".
- The titular La Mouette Noire, along with Lady Faucon and Easy.
- In Sonic the Comic – Online! six-year old Cream is the Token Good Teammate of the Sky Pirates.
- Helena Queenie, the hench wench of Captain Greenbeard, in Li'l Gotham (who are piratical expies of Harley Quinn and The Joker).
- Elizabeth in Dino Attack RPG was a former pirate. It was played a bit more straight in the Pirate RPG where she originated.
- "Patched Up Matey" — the entire crew. This season eyepatches be fashionable, yarr!
- Demonstrated by Shannancy in this catchy Adam The Alien video. The cleavage always wins.
- Ridiath plays this role in Guts and Sass: An Anti-Epic, where she has been mentored and trained by the pirate crew into not being useless.
- The entire crew of Flash Dashing in Mad Jack the Pirate consists of (attractive) women.
- Kim, the 18 year old niece of Captain Barnibus Crab in Flipper and Lopaka. Kim is quite an ethusiastic apprentice pirate and often seems far better at the actual business of piracy than her uncle.
- On Muppet Babies, the kids pretended to be treasure hunters and encountered a trio of female "pirettes".
- Princess Bula in ReBoot. The largest Bi-nome in the show, and has the other pirates too scared to tell her she's not really a princess.
- On Rugrats, there was an Imagine Spot (stemming from a game of make-believe) where the babies were pirates. Naturally, Angelica plays the role of the evil pirate captain.
Angelica: Prepare to be bored!
- Female members of La Résistance (which tends to call itself "pirates") in Skyland.
- Ruby the Red from Super 4. Reared on Pirate Island as a tavern wench, her dream was to join a pirate crew for a long time, but she had trouble imposing herself among the macho pirates. She's as rough and rowdy as any of them, however; don't try to have her play Damsel in Distress or tell her to Stay in the Kitchen if you're not ready for a swordfight.
- The infamous Anne Bonny (or Bonney), aka Anne of the Indies. She got her own movie, too, besides getting a guest shot in The Spanish Main.
- There have in fact been more than a few female pirates of note. All of the following women were at least captains, and all were openly women for at least part of their captaincy:
- Grace O'Malley, Pirate Queen of Ireland
- Ching Shih (who was closer to a pirate Admiral given the number of ships she commanded)
- It should be noted that she was absolutely terryfying in that she managed to hold an alliance of pirates (possibly up to 1800 ships) with a code of honor where breaches (such as disobeying orders, raiding protected villages, not sharing the plunder, raping female captives) would likely result in death, and she managed to defeat the Chinese Dynastic navy and navies sent by England and Portugal with none of her fleet retreating because they would rather die in battle than face her wrath. In the end, she negotiated her demise allowing her to retire in peace with all her loot.
- Alvilda, Daughter of the king of Gotland.
- Charlotte de Berry (although some modern historical opinion doubts whether Charlotte actually existed)
- Rachel Wall
- Jane de Belleville
- Elizabeth Trewinnard
- Queen Teuta, leader of the Illyrians
- In a "culture" always apart from main society by definition, the notion of a woman being bad luck was probably more easily overcome so long as she was talented at bringing in literal boatloads of plunder.
- Being able/willing to kill you for suggesting she's bad luck is likely also a factor.
- Check The Other Wiki for a complete list of female pirates.
- Jeanne de Clisson, the Lioness of Brittany; when her husband was executed by the French government for treason, she swore revenge against the French King and sold her ancestral lands to buy three warships, which she painted black with red sails. She then spent the next thirteen years plying the English channel, capturing and looting every French ship she could find and beheading any French noblemen she could find personally with a huge axe.
- Child Prodigy Barbara Newhall Follett became a Teen Genius who cherished swashbuckling pirate fantasies — at thirteen she signed on as an apprentice sailor on a three-masted schooner so she could experience and write about it.