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"Her white shirt and black leather, they complement her eyes,
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!"
— "Hey, It's Can(n)on (Hermione Granger the Pirate Queen)" by Tom Smith

Pirates! Villains of the seven seas! Strong or handsome men, with ladies hankering for 'em!

…and then there's the Pirate Girl, a young girl or woman who is part of a pirate crew. Except she is either accepted by the roguish male crew without any apparent problem or explanation, or is part of a ship with an all female crew. Depending on age, she 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.



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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 character 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.
    • Charlotte Linlin, AKA Big Mom, is an overweight 68-year old woman. And just so happens to be one of the most powerful characters in the series.
    • Among the prisoners recruited by Blackbeard from Impel Down, there's Catarina Devon, who post-timeskip wears a traditional pirate captain outfit.
  • 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.
    • The spinoff series Tenchi Muyo! GXP also has a space pirate girl in the main cast. Who's also named Ryoko. But not the same Ryoko; she was named after the original, who's roughly 5000 years older and a legend in the space pirate community.
  • 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.

    Comic Books 
  • 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).
  • The Voyages of She-Buccaneer. If Indiana Jones were a pirate, and a well endowed female, then that is exactly the type of tale you would find in the pages of 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).
  • Wonder Woman:
    • Wonder Woman (1987): Upon escaping from Sangtee Empire slavers Wonder Woman builds herself a crew of fellow escaped slaves (all women) as Space Pirate revolutionaries. After abolishing slavery Emperor Sangtee recruits her crew as legitimate privateers and pardons them for their acts of piracy.
    • Wonder Woman (2006): In 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; captain of a band of Sky Pirates in the Lost World of Skataris.
  • Sangre, a member of Scar's Raiders in The Ultraverse.
  • The 2000 AD Alternity Winter Special recast Harmony Krieg from Harmony as Anne Bonney.
  • La Sirena, heroine of the Rawbone series.
  • 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. A tough as nails sea captain who is in love with a thief. She sails around the world of Tellos.
  • Almost the entire main cast of Princeless - Raven: The Pirate Princess is one to some extent.
  • In Heathen (2017), Makeda's crew are a rag-tag crew of all-female pirates that search the seas with the intent of raiding slave-ships and freeing the slaves aboard, every member having been a slave before Makeda freed them.
  • Varmints has Captain Bellows, one of the racers in The Crooked Butte Dirtbag Derby.
  • Misfit City: Black Mary, who hid a treasure somewhere in the town of Cannon Cove.
  • Genoa, or "Gen" as her friends call her, is a pirate girl onboard the pirate ship "Jacklight" in The Unsinkable Walker Bean graphic novels.
  • In The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones #15, a crew of Submarine Pirates attempts to steal Indy's latest discovery out from under him. Indy is shocked to discover that their leader is a young woman named Esmeralda Vasquez.

    Comic Strips 

    Fan Works 
  • 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 

    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 first crew Jack hires out of Tortuga 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. Life imitated art in 2017, when Disney started replacing each ride's Redhead Audio-Animatronic with a female pirate named Redd.
    • There's also Mistress Ching, 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 Asterix 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. In her version of Cinderella, the titular heroine becomes one; swashbuckling with pirates who tried to steal her glass slippers.

  • 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."
  • 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.
  • Calixta Morris from S. E. Grove's The Mapmakers Trilogy is captain of the Swan, alongside her twin brother and first mate Burton/"Burr", and treats a shootout between carriages in a fancy dress and hat like a pleasant stroll.
  • 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 Boys, 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.
  • In Fortunately, the Milk, the protagonist is captured by a crew of pirates led by a Pirate Queen. In the UK edition, the illustration of her crew includes another female pirate, identified in a caption as "Mad Matilda, the Girl Buccaneer".

    Live-Action TV 
  • Mary Rose from Queen of Swords is an ex-pirate.
  • Nebula from Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.
    • 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.
  • 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 short-lived series, Tales from the Poop Deck.
  • Being a pirate-based Sentai, Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger has just one, Luka Millfy/Gokai Yellow. Ahim de Famille/Gokai Pink is an active member of same crew, but too much of The Ojou to really fit the Pirate Girl mould. (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.
  • 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).
  • In Legends of Tomorrow, Mick and Nate passes Amaya off as Dread Pirate Jiwe, who impresses even Blackbeard. In the future, a Captain Morgan-like spiced rum suddenly changes to Captain Jiwe spiced rum.
  • Whodunnit? (UK): Captain Dorothea 'Treasure Chest' Magee (played by the incomparable Kate O'Mara) in "Which Eye Jack". She is the only woman present at a meeting of pirate captains when a murder occurs. She earned her nickname because of her impressive fo'c'sles.
  • Yancy Derringer: In "The Fair Freebooter", Yancy must deal with a female pirate, Coco LaSalle, who has stolen his shirt he ordered from Paris. Coco LaSalle returns in "The Wayward Warrior".

  • 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.
  • There are several songs out there celebrating Grace O'Malley, a real life Irish pirate. The Dreadnoughts have a song about her, and there's a version of the Irish folk song "Óró sé do bheatha abhaile" about her as well.

  • The titular character from Black Rose, self-professed "queen of the high seas".

    Print Media 
  • 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.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • 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.

    Tabletop Games 
  • 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.
  • Deadlands: Hell on Earth: The leader of the River Rats, a gang of Ruthless Modern Pirates who prey on survivor settlements on the Mississippi, is a woman named Elvira.
  • La Capitan from Sentinels of the Multiverse is a pirate captain... Whose gimmick is Time Travel. Her crew include a Ronin, a Viking, a French Musketeer, an acrobat, a World War One Flying Ace, a Spanish cavalryman, and a Mongolian archer, all of them wielding an Enhanced Archaic Weapon.

  • 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.

  • Big Barda is re-imagined as a Space Pirate in the Ame-Comi Girls line of PVC statues from DC Direct.
  • Although Playmobil usually manufactures male pirates, there have been at least two pirate girls - one as part of a pirate ship set and one in their "Fi?ures" line of mystery-bag characters.

    Video Games 

    Visual Novels 
  • 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.

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • Avantika from Critical Role is an elven pirate, and the captain of the Squall-Eater. She's also a warlock of Uk'otoa, and serves as the antagonist during the Mighty Nein's time in the Swavain Islands.
  • 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.
  • We Are All Pirates' Revenge: The crew of the Zenpance includes several female pirates, including Sennen, Gabrielle, Jane, Mikaela, Parada, and Bright Eyes. Each one of them has their own special abilities that have proven time and time again to be valuable to the crew.
  • Inanimate Insanity:
    • Bandana from Inanimate Insanity Infinity is a female pirate, complete with pirate talk and a gold tooth. Arg!
    • In "Mine Your Own Business", Lightbulb, even if she's female gets a pirate outfit. Shiver me timbers!

    Western Animation 
  • Danny Phantom: When Ember McLain does a Villain Team-Up with Youngblood, who has a pirate gimmick, she wears pirate gear.
  • 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.
  • The entire crew of Flash Dashing in Mad Jack the Pirate consists of (attractive) women.
  • 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.
  • Bojack Horseman: Parodied in "That Went Well" with two seawomen (one human, another a parrot) who behave, dress and talk like pirates. Their job is to replenish a restaurant.
  • Lillian dresses up as one in the Ready Jet Go! episode "That's One Gigantic Pumpkin, Jet Propulsion!".
  • Kitty Boon from Mysticons is captain of the Pink Skulls Sky Pirate crew. She and her brother Casey were originally kidnapped and enslaved by a pirate, but after marooning him on an island, they formed the Pink Skulls with the rest of the slaves.
  • In The Deep, Captain Hammerhead's daughter Mad Madeline is probably the most Axe-Crazy member of the crew of the pirate submarine the Dark Orca.

    Real Life 
  • 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 (an Anglicization of Gráinne Ní Mháille), Pirate Queen of Ireland
    • Ching Shih (who could be called a Pirate Admiral or Pirate Queen 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.

Alternative Title(s): Buccaneer Babe, Pirate Wench


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