Video Game / Pirate 101
is a Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game
from the makers of Wizard101
During the colonization of the Spiral, tensions with Polaris reached their breaking point and a war between the great naval powers of the Spiral erupted
. As the war went on, some mercenaries began to switch allegiances based on who offered the greatest profit
, while others eventually swore off all allegiance and pillaged all ships they saw.
Thus the first pirates
Now the war has ended and all the great navies are broken and licking their wounds, allowing pirates to pillage and plunder to their heart's content. The thieves den of Skull Island has become a republic, and a golden age of piracy is on the horizon!
However, the Marleybone Royal Navy is beginning to regroup and the Valencian navy's army of clockworks, called the Armada, is growing. The Armada's leader, Commander Kane, has made it his sworn duty to bring all piracy to an end and unite the entire Spiral under his flag. In the meantime, rumors of pieces of a treasure map leading to an island made of gold have brought many young greenhorns out of the woodwork while also luring older pirates back from their retirement
, and even their graves
It takes place in the same setting and at about the same time as Wizard 101
, but the two games' stories do not interact. Pirates are a superstitious lot and thus avoid wizards (the Witch Doctor
class uses a completely different type of magic than wizards). Most of the Spiral believes the affairs of wizards are strange, mysterious, and best ignored, while wizards themselves are reclusive and avoid getting involved in non-magical affairs.
Pirate 101 provides examples of:
- Absurdly Spacious Sewer: These are very common. The player's companions even begin to complain about the "wondrous" places the player takes them.
- There's even a shanty town in the sewers of the isle of dogs.
- Accidental Murder: Ratbeard accidentally kills his crew when the knockout drops he thought he had were replaced with poison.
: Poisoned? I never poisoned ye! I just meant to put ye to sleep! Not...well..."to put you to sleep
- Adorkable: Gracie Conrad has shades of this and is sort of YMMV. However, anyone who has Milo Graytail on their crew knows that he has this in SPADES.
- Affectionate Parody: As Wizard 101 was at least partially inspired by Harry Potter, Pirate 101 is partially inspired by Pirates of the Caribbean.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Ratbeard accidentally killed his crew when someone switched out the knockout drops with poison. Upon finding out it was Captain Fowl to blame in his second promotion, he will say, "Fowl! He took me leg, killed me father, burned me house, an' stole me parrot."
- There are wanted posters all over Cool Ranch for a banditoad named "Warty Willy" who is wanted "For vandilism, theft, assault, murder, and loitering."
- Badass Crew: Your crew eventually evolves into this over the course of game, especially after their promotions when they Take a Level in Badass.
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Several of the animal caracters. Some companions start this way, but gain shoes with promotions.
- Bears Are Bad News: One of the species from Grizzleheim. However, they have tried to remain neutral in the wars.
- Big Bad: Kane, the first and leader of the clockworks.
- Bizarrchitecture: Flotsam is an entire town made of floating shipwrecks, and a three dimensional maze of peir-like walkways holding them together.
- Other towns are pretty normal, except for the places they were built. Jonah Town is built on the back of a flying whale (and see Womb Level below for a description of the dark side of this town), and Scrimshaw was built inside the skeleton of some sort of giant sea serpent-type thing, including some upper levels held up by braces attatched to the ribs.
- Born Lucky / Born Unlucky: Boochbeard has almost Rincewind-type luck since he is almost always thwarted in his plans, but he always escapes to try again another day. He also has a way of always being present when important events happen.
- Catch Phrase: Did Hawkules mention that his father is Zeus? He would also like you to know that his father is Zeus. Oh, and he says that his father is Zeus.
- Armada troops will usually greet the player with "You will identify yourself and surrender. Comply or be terminated." They seem to be shifting to more intense variations on this theme as the story progresses.
- Chain Lightning: Witch Doctors get this ability that after it strikes has a 75% chance of jumping to another random enemy, dealing full damage unless it kills.
- Chess with Death: Captain Blood became immortal by challenging Death to a poker game and Death accepted. Death has a gambling problem. The twist is Death has the winning hand, but when he played his hand first Blood left to go to the bathroom and never returned. Since the game is technically still going on he can't be killed.
- Clock Punk: Valencia's armada is manned by an army of clockworks. They are incredibly beautifully built.◊
- Conveniently an Orphan: The player character.
- Convenient Questing: Unless you've been given a quest that's part of the main story line on the other side of a blockade, you can't get past it.
- Painfully averted with one quest that requires the player to sail from Aquila to Subata in Mooshu, back to Aquila, and then back to Subata, then back to Aquila one last time. Did I forget to mention that these worlds are also nearly at the opposite ends of the world at the time of this mission's release?
- Conservation of Ninjutsu: In special battles if the enemy outnumber the player by more than one, the enemies are usually significantly lower level than normal enemies in the same area. Meanwhile bosses that go solo against an entire team are much tougher than anything else in the area.
- It's also discussed by El Toro while invading a ninja fortress.
- Cool Airship: Hand in hand with the Sky Pirates theme.
- Dragged Off to Hell / Winged Soul Flies Off at Death: The defeat animation for the cursed monquistadors does an impressive job of combining these two.
- Deadpan Snarker: Later in the game, Bonnie Anne becomes this to fill the role of The Straight Man once Ratbeard, El Toro, and Catbeard are on your crew.
- If your parents died to mutiny, you will have Dead Mike on your crew. He fits this trope to a T.
- Dead Person Conversation: Old Scratch's specialty. With either a corpse or a few keepsakes he can summon the ghost of someone to learn more information.
- Death Dealer: Standard attack of weasel gamblers/assassins. Also used by Bill Peacock.
- Death from Above: The Privateer abilities Gunnery, Artillery, and The Big Guns. It can attack any 3x3 square on the board.
- Musketeers have several of these as well.
- Dear Negative Reader: A well-placed and polite one was added to the Port Royal mansion instance after several players called What the Hell, Hero? on the player having to kidnap the Governor of Port Regal's daughter. The writers answered why the player was doing this but let Bonnie Anne serve as a voice for those that didn't like it.
- Defeat Equals Friendship: Several of your crew members will begin as enemies.
- Defeat Means Playable: A couple of bosses that do not join the player's crew can be unlocked in the crown shop. Depending on the player's class, they may join the player for free.
- There are also three bosses that become available in the crown shop once they have been defeated multiple times.
- Disc One Nuke: The most common damage output of low-level swashbucklers is to use the ability Walk In Shadows, then use a typical sneak attack. At common high level Player Versus Player though, If you want to get this combo through, this time with enhanced versions of these skills, like Black Fog and Assassin's Strike, plus the increased criticals of Shadow Dance for good measure, you need to hope that the enemy Privateer, Witchdoctor or Musketeer forgets to throw down their Area of Effect spells. It pays off when you do land it though. Other than that, when some low-level swashbuckler thinks they can one-shot anyone, even max levels, the results are most likely Cherry Tapping and if the enemy has a vengeance strike on him like Hawkules, this results in a one-shot on the swashbuckler's part.
- A Dog Named "Dog": Usually played straight. For example, one of the possible crew mates is Lucky Jack Russel, an anthropomorphic Jack Russell terrier. Subverted and discussed with Froggo Villa, who is actually a salamander.
- Also zig-zagged with El Toro. The current one is a bull, but his predecessor was a horse.
- Dummied Out: El Tiburon, the Storm Shark companion, was suppose to became available in the crown shop after defeating him but once the game went live, the badge that served as the flag that added him to the crown shop was removed.
- This has become a subverted trope for those that had defeated him after the third main update, for them he is now the same as in the beta. For those that had completed the mission, he is still inaccessible, but plans to make him accessible to all in in motion. (Yes, this means currently we have an actual case of a partially subverted trope.)
- Even Evil Has Standards: Ratbeard might scam his crew out of their share of the treasure, but he'd never do anything to harm them.
- Everything Is Better With Monkeys: The Monquistans.
- Everything Is Better With Penguins: Polarians are a bunch of French penguins. They are more dangerous than they sound. Had Valencia not created the clockworks, Napoleguin would have conquered the entire Spiral.
- Everything's Better with Platypi: The Water Moles are a tribal pirate faction. There are two groups: the Nui, friendly traders, and the Waponi, a warlike tribe that are xenophobic to the point of hating even the Nui.
- Expy: Subverted with Captain Avery being one for Merle Ambrose. While they could pass as brothers, Avery quickly shows he's not above using Exact Words to cheat the player.
- Flunky Boss: Quite a few of these tend to appear through the course of the game. Early on, there's Fin Dorsal who combines this with Damage-Sponge Boss. Later, there's Commander Davis, who is also a damage sponge and has three waves of mooks accompanying him, and then there's Scylla. It's a ship battle where if you don't have your friends disabling the spawns that appear on the ship fighting it, you will be forced against a questionable amount of demonic spiders that get free attacks anytime anyone dodges, can take a lot of punishment due to being buccaneers, love to rush down foes due to the sheer amount of them, and have unbelievably creepy faces for a family game.
- Giant Mecha: The player pilots one to fight a Stormzilla.
- Genre Blind: Avery just doesn't seem to catch on that Fin is a greedy backstabbing traitor, despite being robbed by him multiple times.
- The player also becomes this in a couple of side missions such as when they unknowingly rob a bank.
- Glass Cannon: Witchdoctors have some of the hardest hitting attacks, but they have the least amount of health and no natural defense to physical attacks.
- Great Offscreen War: The backstory for the origins of the Pirates.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: The Wharf Rat Squirts.
- Hawlules doesn't wear a shirt, but that's most likely due to his muscles.
- Heel–Face Turn: Ratbeard does one when you save him after his new allies betray him.
- Quite a few others including Old Scratch.
- Herd Hitting Attack: While most classes have a couple of special attacks that can strike multiple targets, witchdoctors have many attacks that can hit multiple enemies.
- Hollywood Voodoo: The Witchdoctor class
- I Have Many Names: Boochbeard has collected quite a few in his long career. This being Boochbeard, none are particularly Bad Ass.
- Karma Houdini: Captain Fowl. Remorseless, even sadistic personality, responsible for killing Ratbeard's father, Taking his leg, and BURNING DOWN HIS HOUSE. What does Ratbeard Do when Fowl's at his mercy? He lets him go. What the Hell, Hero?
- Kid with the Leash: The player takes hold of a leash uses it to control the Monkey King. The one on the leash has made it clear that he does not like it and had made two attempts on the player's life before being collared
- Kid With The Remote Control: When the player spares Old Scratch, Old Scratch becomes very loyal to the player and with the players help he even eventually banishes his former spirit master, the evil Dark Crawler.
- Let's You and Him Fight: Using advice from Catbeard, the player starts a war between Marleybone and the Armada in order to weaken Fort Eleana's defenses enough to sneak in and free some of it's prisoners.
- Life Drain: Witchdoctor's Jobu attacks drain enemies health and restore a portion of the damage to the caster's health.
- The Mafia: Frogfather's Syndicate is the most powerful group of smugglers in the Spiral.
- Malevolent Masked Men: The Armada all wear Venetian style masks. Of course, there's nothing but machinery underneath.
- The Man Behind the Man: Mr. Gandry is rumored to be behind Boochbeard's operations.
- Mechanical Lifeforms: The Clockworks are extremely advanced sapient machines. However, they are not actually alive. They are but puppets with a facsimile of life. Hollow men, run on gears and wires; heartless, soulless, and ruthless. They do not tire. They do not sleep. They do not stop. Ever.note
- Mighty Glacier: The Buccaneer class
- Monster Clown: Phule, one of the member's of Kane's court. Despite being a machine he has a Split Personality that corresponds with which side of his mask the camera is facing. The white smile has a certain level of respect and seems to be entertained by how well you're succeeding, while the black frown just wants you dead.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Many of the companions reactions to seeing Marleybone's skies filled with debris from Marleybonian and Armada ships and the entire skyway having become a war zone as a result of the war the player started.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Captain Blood, one of the most evil Pirates to ever exist. Fortunately, they claim he met his end a few years ago. Yeah, right.
- The Napoleon: Napoleguin, the ultimate Chess Master. Or so he'd have you believe.
- Not-So-Safe Harbor: Skull Island is suppose to be type 1, but as this is supposed to be a family game it is fairly safe.
- Not This One, That One: After finishing the first few missions, the player is granted their very own ship from Avery's private stock. As such, the private dock the player is directed to has a massive, golden, magnificent Cool Ship. This is, of course, promptly moved aside to reveal the player's raft.
- Oh Crap!: Whenever a character makes a critical hit, the person on the receiving end pulls one of these.
- Our Wormholes Are Different: The Stormgates are giant whirlpool like swirly things that enable ships to travel between the worlds of the Spiral.
- The Password Is Always Swordfish: Subverted, The player is first told that the password to see Frogfather is "swordfish", the real password is "ribbet". This seems like a stupid idea for a mafia of anthropomorphic frogs to choose for a password, but because it's so silly nobody has ever guessed it.
- Petting Zoo People: As with Wizard 101, they make up a large potion of the Spiral's population.
- Precursors: The Aztecosaurs, a race so old they lived on the first world alongside the titans before it was destroyed. Their empire had dwindled to only Azteca since the first world was shattered. Unfortunately, Azteca was destroyed when a comet collided with it leaving only their ruins on different worlds of the Spiral. Azteca is still around and it's denizens are still alive as well, at least at the moment....
- The Celestians and citizens of El Dorado were two extremely powerful civilizations that developed magic and technology beyond anything the rest of the Spiral has. El Dorado had such power that when it's people died off the Celestians used their power to make it's Stormgate appear and vanish in a way that was almost impossible to use to prevent anyone from accessing El Dorado and it's magic. Afterwards the Storm Lord sank their civilization when they asked him for help in a war. It's rumored that there are powers in El Dorado that could destroy the Spiral, if awakened.
- Previously On: Boochbeard and the player's companions remind the player what they were doing when they log in if it had been a while since the last time the player logged in.
- Proud Warrior Race: The Amber Horde.
- Puzzle Boss: Some fights require facing the boss with a different tactic than just attack everything. Either the player must compete additional objectives to win or at least make the boss vulnerable.
- The most infamous fight is the Giant Mecha fight with Stormzilla. In a plain hand to hand fight Stormzilla will win because it will have more health than the player, gets two to three attacks per turn compared to the player's one and if the player doesn't destroy the eggs quickly minions will join it. The player has to learn to use the Mecha's abilities and how to use the battlefield to win.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Your entire crew is essentially this. Crews can contain members ranging from a Proud Warrior Race Guy, Blood Knight, Dumb Muscle, Anti-Hero, Loveable Rogue, to The Engineer,the list goes on.You and rest of your crew are up against an army of Mechanical Lifeforms and everything else that's trying to get to El Dorado
- Retired Bad Ass: Captain Horace Avery, the most successful Pirate in history. He's forsaken the sail and is now the Steward of Skull Island after he won it in a bet from the previous governor.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Some of the pets are this without a doubt. Special mentions include: Orchid/Cutie Chameleons, Armadillo Verde, and White-Tailed Jackalope. (For Easter, There were variations on the Armadillo and Jackalope called the Marshmadillow, which is the armadillo Verde with the design of a marshmallow peep, and Chocolopes. Jackalopes that are chocolate bunny look-alikes. Putting a whole new meaning to the term "Tastes like diabetes.")
- Running Gag: A stinger is heard almost every time someone says the name "El Toro". At one point when he's not feeling all that confident, it trails off.
- Often, when an obstacle blocks your path, someone on your crew (usually Ratbeard) will find a cannon just sitting around and suggest blowing it up.
- Scenery Porn: Kingsisle has vastly improved their graphics from when Wizard101 was first released. The whole purpose of Catbeard's Lair is to show off just what Kingsisle can do.
- Self-Deprecation: Kingsisle makes a reference to the poor design choice of making most of the areas in Marleybone for Wizard101 take place on similar looking rooftops by Ratbeard saying that the sewers were more appealing.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: El Toro accidentally creates one when he buries Captain Blood. At the time he didn't know that his opponent had was still alive. Judging by the broken clockworks surrounding the dug up grave, when the Armada tries to dig up his corpse to see if he had a key buried with him they got one Hell of a surprise.
- Shamu Fu: One of Catbeard's critical attacks is to use the pickled herring he carries.
- Shattered World: This takes place in the same Spiral as Wizard 101, made of a bunch islands that are the remaining pieces of the first world after it was shattered by the war between the dragons, ice giants, and tritons and stitched together in the Spiral shape by the grandfather tree.
- Shed the Family Name: Bonnie Anne abandoned her last name, Fox, when she left Marleybone in an attempt to distance herself from the members of here family, most infamously Guy Fox, that were known Radicals and anarchists that were attempting to secure Albion freedom by violence and destruction.
- Shock and Awe: Musketeers are able to fire electrically-charged shots from their guns. Witchdoctors are also able to launch bursts of electricity via Mojo Strike, Mojo Blast, Mojo Storm, and Chain Lightning.
- Shout-Out: Similar to Wizard101 to may to list. Don't even try to start one.
- Sky Pirate: Since there aren't many seas on the Spiral, this is the main way to travel.
- Smoke Out: Swashbucklers have abilities that creates a cloud of smoke that let them be come invisible for a few turns and doubling the damage of any attack performed while invisible
- Squishy Wizard: The Witchdoctor class has the lowest base health and does not naturally learn to wear armor. Partially averted in that they can learn to wear light armor for the cost of a Skill Point.note
- Suicide Mission: Referred to literally by Ratbeard, when the player tries to join the Marleybonian Navy in order to use some emergency laws to help a character get out of jail, the command sends the player on one in an attempt to stop an Armada superweapon. This is done not out of malice but a combination of desperation and normality. Suicide missions are apparently relatively common practice, and at least one of command has been on multiple suicide missions. The command truly expected to see the player survive.
- Super Not-Drowning Skills: Zig Zaged, When diving into a lake to retreive Captain Blood's hand you have to complete the fight in 15 rounds because you're holding your breath, but earlier in both Skull Island and Monquista, there were underwater fights with no special conditions that weren't even lampshaded. In Mooshu, Old Scratch says the following just before you have to go underwater:
Old Scratch: These be no natural waters, my Captain. You be safe to breathe beneath them, I think.
- Tangled Family Tree: Perhaps one of the most massive cases of this, all of Monquista is at least a third cousin of some former king. Their marriages are so twisted and tangled that the family trees look like cobwebs made by drunken spiders.
- Took a Level in Badass: Your Companions do this when you promote them.
- Turned Against Their Masters: The clockworks have become the most powerful navy in the Spiral and are increasing the power of Valencia but have enslaved the people of Valencia and are destroying entire floating islands, and not always removing all it's inhabitants before they do so, to create The Machine.
- Turn-Based Strategy
- The Weird West: Cool Ranch, Considering that the western outlaws could be considered a Western version of Pirates. This is a bit of Fridge Brilliance.
- Uriah Gambit: Discussed as a likely outcome of a character that would have been sentenced to death instead being forced to join player's crew and help fight the war instead. The judge liked the idea and agreed.
- Villain Exit Stage Left: Deacon pulls this off in the tutorial after injuring Boochbeard. Later on Ratbeard does this as well.
- Welcome Back, Traitor: Ratbeard betrays the crew the player joins in search of Gunn's treasure. When the player later saves his sorry hide he begs for forgiveness and ask to join the player's crew. One member of the player's crew makes an objection but goes on to accept Ratbeard as a fellow crew mate.
- Wild Card: The Monquistans are quick to change alliances since they are very easily offended. Boochbeard's second in command, Mr. Gandry, literally served in three different navies before becoming a Pirate.
- Wham Line:
Ratbeard: Catbeard thought Marleybone'd make short work of the clockworks did he? Looks t'me like Captain Kitty has much to answer for!
Bonnie Anne: He had help.
- Whip It Good: El Toro uses one for both attacking to swing over obstacles. He can even latch onto thin air with it.
- Womb Level: Gullet, a city built inside a sky whale. You get there by riding a bucket down the blowhole.
- You All Meet in a Cell: The player starts off as a captive of the Valencian Clockworks but is rescued by Boochbeard and Mr. Gandry.
- You Do NOT Want To Know: In the Moomori Mansion instance, your first Companion, from Mooshu, volunteers to be the one to deface the walls. After Ratbeard asks what they say, your Companion refuses to translate. This trope is voiced literally by Subodai, the Companion given to Swashbucklers.
- You Killed My Father: A member of Kane's Court and Grand Marshal of the Armada, Rooke gives us a rare case of the villain saying this after the player kills his "brother", Deacon.
- Ratbeard also says this to Captain Fowl during his second promotion.
Ratbeard: Ahoy there, turkey! My name's Ratbeard. Ye killed me father! Prepare to die.note
- Your Size May Vary: Particularly large companions will be shrunken to only slightly larger than the player when not in combat.
- Monsters in the skyways are huge when they're not boarding you, due to the camera being extremely zoomed out when you're steering your ship.