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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 statuesque. The much, much more common type is the "bad girl".

Truth in Television—in rare instances. Pirates held many of the same prejudices and superstitions as other sailors, but, as they already existed on the fringes of society, were more likely to make exceptions. 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 
  • 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).
  • Doraemon
    • Doraemon: Nobita's Great Adventure in the South Seas has Betty, the niece of Captain Kidd, as one of the new heroes who's introduced beating up some pirates all by herself. Gian managed to save her by knocking out another pirate sneaking up on her, leading to a minor crush between the two for most of the story until Gian had to leave the Age of Piracy with Doraemon and the others (much to Betty's sadness).
    • Doraemon: Nobita's Treasure Island have a villainous pirate henchwoman named Vivi as one of the two recurring Co-Dragons antagonizing the heroes.
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers:
    • 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.
  • 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 43 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.
  • Captain Liliana from Queen's Blade Rebellion is a female Undead Pirate Captain.
  • 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 herself 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.
  • Episode 40b of Tamagotchi has Makiko cast as one of the pirate captains. Mermaid-turned-land-dwelling-Tamagotchi Lovelin becomes a pirate by the end of the same episode.
  • 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.

    Asian Animation 
  • Balala the Fairies: Hayley's transformation in Over the Rainbow looks like a blue-colored pirate with a matching hat, highlighting her tomboyishness.
  • 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 2000 AD Alternity Winter Special recast Harmony Krieg from Harmony as Anne Bonney.
  • 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).
  • Batman foe Cap'n Fear had a buxom first mate named Annie.
  • Capitana Felina, a piratic version of Catwoman in the Elseworlds story Batman: Leatherwing.
  • El Cazador's main character Lady Sin becomes a pirate after the pirate captain Blackjack Tom attacks the ship she's on, killing most of the passengers.
  • 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.
  • One of Dracula's many adversaries in Dracula Lives! is the "She-Pirate" Hellyn DeVill, who leads her crew to plunder his castle.
  • 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.
  • Singapore Sal, a Golden Age villain later brought back in Femforce.
  • 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.
  • Sarawak Sally was the leader of a band of Southeast Asian river pirates in G.I. Joe Special Missions #4.
  • 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.
  • Ann Preston from the House of Mystery.
  • Scarlet Fever, from the second Lady Rawhide miniseries; a spin-off from Topps' Zorro series.
  • Cixi joins an all-female pirate crew in her spinoff of Lanfeust, Cixi de Troy.
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comic 1910 features Captain Nemo's daughter Janni who becomes the "Pirate Jenny" of the song.
  • Legion of Super-Heroes gave us the Sklarian Raiders; an Amazon Brigade of Space Pirates.
  • Marine, fille de pirate (translated "Marine, daughter of a pirate") is a Franco-Belgian Comics about Marine, young daughter of a famed pirate captain. She goes on adventures in the Caribbean with her dog Pepito and her friends Tabasco and Tafi. Ironically, her father's will mentioned that he wanted her to live an educated life, far away from the seas and piracy.
  • 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.
  • Red Lucy Keough, an ancestor Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch in the Marvel Universe.
  • Misfit City: Black Mary, who hid a treasure somewhere in the town of Cannon Cove.
  • Tess Bannister from the "Pirate Hearts" strip in Penthouse Men's Adventure Comix.
  • Polly and the Pirates is an indie miniseries entirely focused on this concept, and makes the trope image.
  • Almost the entire main cast of Princeless - Raven: The Pirate Princess is one to some extent.
  • La Sirena, heroine of the Rawbone series.
  • Red Sonja has served as a pirate in her time.
  • The mercenaries stow away on a pirate ship with an all-female crew in Skullkickers #13.
  • Long Jane Silver and her all-female crew in The Spirit.
  • Tomorrow "Tommy" Hardtack of DC's Star Raiders graphic novel is implied to be a space pirate girl. She even sports an eyepatch.
  • Patience Drew, a Ghost Pirate captain once encountered by the Sub-Mariner (in Marvel Fanfare #43).
  • Serra in Tellos. A tough-as-nails sea captain who is in love with a thief. She sails around the world of Tellos.
  • Sangre, the only female member of Scar's Raiders in The Ultraverse.
  • Genoa, or "Gen" as her friends call her, is a pirate girl onboard the pirate ship "Jacklight" in The Unsinkable Walker Bean graphic novels.
  • Varmints has Captain Bellows, one of the racers in The Crooked Butte Dirtbag Derby.
  • "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.
  • 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.
  • The Warlord (DC): Captain Bloodhawke; captain of a band of Sky Pirates in the Lost World of Skataris.
  • Warlord of Mars: Phondari, the Pirate Queen of Mars.
  • Wonder Woman:
    • Comic Cavalcade: In a past life Judy MacGregor turned to piracy after realizing that her fiancé had betrayed her. She claimed a pirate crew by killing their captain while he was threatening her and then taking down those crew members who tried to fight her.
    • Wonder Woman (1942): The vengeful lady "Nifta" runs a large group of Sky Pirates all of whom besides her husband are women, and they like to dress the part.
    • 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.
  • Hepzibah from the Starjammers, a band of Space Pirates in X-Men and other books in the Marvel Universe.
    • The X-Men also had "Kitty's Fairy Tale," a breather issue where Kitty spins a bedtime yarn to Colossus' little sister with her as Pirate Kitty and the other X-Men in supporting roles.
  • The pirates in Y: The Last Man, as should be obvious from the comic's name.
  • Denise Lafitte, daughter of French pirate Jean Lafitte, in Italian comic book Zagor.

    Comic Strips 

    Fan Works 
  • Elsa in Storm Siren double subverts this trope, disguising herself as a man and even then displaying parts of this trope to the letter.
  • 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).
  • Vow of Nudity: The villains of one story are a zeppelin crew of pirates led by a lecherous female tiefling called The Jackal.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • 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.
  • Jean Peters played a pirate woman called "Anne Providence" (based on Anne Bonney) in Anne of the Indies (1951).
  • The second Asterix movie includes a female pirate which doesn't originate from the comic books, even making her the Captain's daughter.
  • Sonia Sorell played Anne Bonney in Captain Kidd and the Slave Girl (1954).
  • Captain Morgan Adams, played by Geena Davis, in Cutthroat Island. Although technically she's a Pirate Hunter.
  • Hope Emerson played Anne Bonney in Double Crossbones (1951).
  • 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).
    • Benjamina Gunn used to be one, given that she sailed with Captain Flint.
    • Subverted with Angel Marie, who has a name implying this, but is in fact an extremely ugly man who happens to have a very feminine name.
  • 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.
  • Lorna Bennett plays Anne Bonney in Pirates (1998).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Binnie Barnes played Anne Bonney in The Spanish Main (1945)
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • Mary "Jacky" Faber, from the young adult novel, Bloody Jack, and its sequels.
  • 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 Chronicles of Dorsa: Akella is a female pirate captain whom Tasia forcibly enlists to help her in the third book.
  • Aires from Chronicles of the Emerged World.
  • Belit, the female pirate captain from the Conan the Barbarian story "Queen of the Black Coast."
  • 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".
  • Ezri Delmastro and Zamira Drakasha, both from Red Seas under Red Skies, the second book in Scott Lynch's Gentleman Bastard series.
  • Ruda of The Gods Are Bastards is the princess of a pirate nation and still comfortably able to fight alongside demigods and paladins.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • I, Jedi gives us Captain Tyresi Gurtt, Caet Shrovl, Timmser, and Big Bad Leonia Tavira.
  • In the Mabel Jones series, Mabel joins a pirate crew of Funny Animals called the Feroshus Maggot.
  • 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.
  • The eponymous Miya Black, of Miya Black, Pirate Princess.
  • The Pillars of Reality: Teenaged mechanic Mari eventually becomes an honorary pirate due to an alliance she forms with some Lovable Rogues who help her capture vessels of the Mechanics Guild. Something similar happened to her ancestor Jules.
  • Lazue in the Michael Crichton novel Pirate Latitudes, due in part to her having been raised as a boy.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • The eponymous character of The Red Vixen Adventures, and her rival Bloody Margo.
  • Romsca, a ferret corsair from the book Pearls of Lutra in Brian Jacques's Redwall series.
  • Elena Dugan (Lady Galbraith) from The Seas Of Fionnghuala.
  • Jenna Storm from Sebastian Darke: Prince of Pirates, a young woman who inherited her pirate father's crew.
  • 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. "Half of them think I'm their daughter, and the other half want to spread my legs."
  • Splashdance Silver by Tansy Rayner Roberts has a pirate Action Girl as its protagonist.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • Tales of the Ketty Jay. Trinica Dracken is a deconstruction when it's spelled out exactly how ruthless and manipulative she had to be to rise from captured Sex Slave to The Dreaded sky pirate captain she is now.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 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.
  • Nebula from Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.
  • 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).
  • 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 Legends of Tomorrow, Mick and Nate pass 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.
  • 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.
  • Mary Rose from Queen of Swords is an ex-pirate.
  • 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.
  • Connie Blackheart from short-lived series, Tales From The Poop Deck.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Yancy Derringer: In "The Fair Freebooter", Yancy must deal with a female pirate, Coco LaSalle, who has stolen the shirt he ordered from Paris. Coco LaSalle returns in "The Wayward Warrior".
  • In Young Indiana Jones and the Treasure of the Peacock's Eye, while Indy and his friend Remy are traveling on a cruise ship through Southeast Asia in 1919, the ship gets attacked and robbed by a Chinese pirate gang. The pirates' leader is a woman who was disguised as a singer, entertaining the passengers until her men boarded the ship.

  • Abney Park: 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.
  • Aqua's video for "My Oh My" features Lene first as a Damsel in Distress kidnapped by pirates played by her bandmates, before successfully revolting against them and taking over the captain position.
  • 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 the fall of 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.
  • "Ladies in Scarlet" by Captain Dan & the Scurvy Crew has Anne Bonny and Mary Read rapping alongside Captain Dan.
  • "The Worst Pirate Song," by Irish-American band Ceann, mocks this trope.
  • 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.
  • Being the theme song singer for Bodacious Space Pirates, the members of Momoiro Clover Z dressed as space pirate girls in their single "Mouretsu".
  • 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.
  • 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!"
  • The music video for Gwen Stefani's "Rich Girl" features her & many other women as these.
  • 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.

  • The eponymous 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 
  • 7th Sea contains several. The most famous is probably "Bloody" Bonnie McGee, first mate of the Sea Dogs.
  • 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.
  • Several of fantasy RPG artist Clyde Caldwell's paintings have been of female pirates.
  • Synthre, a runaway alien princess and member of the Galatic Marauders, a band of Space Pirates in the Champions sourcebook Alien Enemies.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Pathfinder has Besmara, the goddess of pirates, strife, and sea monsters.
    • Come Starfinder, Besmara has become a major deity!
  • La Capitan from Sentinels of the Multiverse is a pirate captain... Whose gimmick is Time Travel. Her crew include a Rōnin, 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.
  • SPANC Space Pirate Amazon Ninja Catgirls, a very Fanservice game which is Exactly What It Says on the Tin.

  • Captain Bree and Her Lady Pirates by Bill Francoeur.
  • 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.
  • Ruth, the piratical maid of all work, from Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In The Threepenny Opera, Polly (or, in some productions, Jenny) sings "Pirate Jenny," a revenge fantasy about a chambermaid who dreams of being a pirate queen.
  • John Fletcher and Phillip Massinger's The Double Marriage has Martia, the headstrong Amazon-like daughter of a Robin Hood-esque pirate duke who fights a tyrant.

  • Big Barda is re-imagined as a Space Pirate in the Ame-Comi Girls line of PVC statues from DC Direct.
  • The LEGO Pirates line has had multiple female pirate minifigures.
  • 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.
  • Transformers: Scylla of the Seacon Pirates of Beast Wars II... theoretically. She's more concerned with doing whatever she feels like (usually harassing guys she's got a crush on) rather than helping her teammates pillage. However, her Beast Wars: Uprising incarnation is this trope in spades, complete with eyepatch and requisite accent, yar. But for some irony, that incarnation actually isn't a pirate — she's a leading member of La Résistance.

    Video Games 
  • Elisabet Ramsey of Age of Empires III, suspected to be the narrator's great-grandmother.
  • Anne Bonny and Mary Reed in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, although Mary is initially disguised as James Kidd.
  • Azur Lane: Royal Fortune is the personification of the ship of Bartholomew Roberts (a.k.a. Black Bart), so it should be no surprise that she takes on the persona of a pirate herself. Some of the other girls also have aspects of this, Jean Bart being named after a pirate and Oklahoma getting a Dressed to Plunder skin.
  • Back Stab has a pirate swordswoman named Lisette who saves you from being Shot at Dawn early in the game. There's also Sofia, daughter of Captain Blackbeard (yes, that Blackbeard) who helps you gun down the main villain in the final showdown.
  • The eponymous Captain Scarlett of Borderlands 2's Captain Scarlett and her Pirate's Booty DLC.
  • Sidra, also known as "The Corsair Queen", from Brawlhalla, who also has a cannon as one of her weapons of choice. In fact, cannons became a regular weapon in the Grand Tournament because of her arrival in Valhalla.
  • Penny from Brawl Stars.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Red from Dragon Quest VIII.
  • Anne from Dubloon.
  • Sophia "Riptide" de Medici from Eternal Champions: Challenge from the Dark Side.
  • 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 Plus.
  • 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.
  • Bonne Jenet from Fatal Fury.
  • 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).
  • Final Fantasy:
  • 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 it's 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.
  • Beidou from Genshin Impact, who is also the captain of the ship.
  • Jane Starling from Ghost Pirates of Vooju Island.
  • Spina, the protagonist of Golden Force is an ass-kicking lady pirate who Dual Wield a pair of cutlasses on her enemies.
  • Elisha in Gloria Union. Occupation-wise, however, all playable females are this due to the nature of the party.
  • 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.
  • Gryphon Knight Epic has Lorraine Learn, one of the bosses you face.
  • Margrid the Sly from Guild Wars.
  • May of Guilty Gear, with a giant anchor as her weapon of choice.
  • Shark, from Gunbird 2.
  • 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).
  • Indivisible has Baozhai of the Black Jade, a self-proclaimed "Queen of the Pirates" who lost her armada to sea monsters but is determined to rebuild her crew and sail the seas once more.
  • Infinite Space has the Merciless Night Queen Celina Sioufas, one of the most infamous pirates in known space.
  • A... slightly drunk lady pirate is included in Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier as a background character.
  • Gina Benvesta from the H-Game Kuutei Senki: a bisexual veteran pirate airship captain. Also, mother with four kids.
  • Miss Fortune from League of Legends is strictly speaking a pirate hunter but you wouldn't be able to tell by looking at her. Her abilities include "Strut" and "Make It Rain" (bullets). Changes to her lore have made her an actual Pirate Lord of Bilgewater (who is also a Hunter of Her Own Kind because of her vendetta against the former Pirate King Gangplank) rather than just a bounty hunter, with her own ship (the Syren) that has a crew apparently entirely made up of pirate girls.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
  • A lady pirate appears at the end of Captain Brickbeard's story in LEGO Battles.
  • Lost Odyssey: Seth Balmore.
  • 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.
  • Looney Tunes: World of Mayhem has, as a Legendary character (only available via special events), Dread Pirate Penelope. 'Terror of the Tasman Sea, the cute lass with the cutlass.' The other pirates in the game are played by Yosemite Sam, Barnyard Dawg, Henery Hawk, and Nasty Canasta.
  • Ruby Heart from Marvel vs. Capcom 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...
    • Aria T'Loak is described as the "Pirate Queen of Omega."
  • "Cap'n" Ginny of MySims is obsessed 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 Hunter has a female pirate captain as one of the mid-game bosses, and she's one of the faster, deadlier boss battles in the game, moving all around the deck and landing hits on you and your crew with ease.
  • Pirates (NIX), a pirate-themed arcade game (Who could've guessed?) have you playing as two pirates, one of each gender, in search of lost treasure while battling hordes and hordes of hostile pirates. In two-player mode, the second player gets the pirate girl by default.
  • Pirates: Legend of the Black Buccaneer have you meeting Vanilla, a pirate-girl seeking to avenge her father's death early on, and she'll help you throughout the early levels from fighting hostile island wildlife to battling rival pirates.

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    Web Original 
  • Demonstrated by Shannancy in this catchy Adam the Alien video. The cleavage always wins.
  • 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.
  • Dreamscape: Seleenara, who wields a curved sword and wears boots and a bandana. She and Boru go around stealing anything they can get their hands on.
  • Ridiath plays this role in Guts and Sass: An Anti-Epic, where she has been mentored and trained by the pirate crew to not be useless.
  • 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!
  • "Patched Up Matey" — the entire crew. This season eyepatches be fashionable, yarr!
  • 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.
  • Hololive's Captain Houshou Marine invokes this trope with her design, however she doesn't have her own pirate ship and streams to raise money for one.

    Western Animation 
  • The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin has Captain Zelza, an octopede who dresses and talks like a pirate.
  • Lydia Deetz dresses in a pirate girl get-up as she recruits a pirate band in helping to find Beetlejuice's head in the episode "Quit While You're a Head."
  • 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.
  • The pirate queen Maggie Lafayette appeared in the second series of Captain Pugwash when she hijacked the captain's ship to escape from the authorities.
  • Danny Phantom: When Ember McLain does a Villain Team-Up with Youngblood, who has a pirate gimmick, she wears pirate gear.
  • 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.
  • Oona from Disenchantment joins a pirate crew in Season 2 after they rescue her when she was stranded at sea. When the pirates' original captain Leavo resigns from his position to live in Dreamland, Oona quickly becomes their new leader.
  • 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.
  • Miraculous Ladybug: In "Captain Hardrock", Hawk Moth akumatizes Juleka's mother into Captain Hardrock, a pirate whose indestructible ship blasts loud music to destroy a music festival.
  • On Muppet Babies, the kids pretended to be treasure hunters and encountered a trio of female "pirettes".
  • 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.
  • Lillian dresses up as one in the Ready Jet Go! episode "That's One Gigantic Pumpkin, Jet Propulsion!".
  • 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!
  • Santiago of the Seas: Bonnie Bones, Santiago's arch-nemesis, is a villainous girl pirate.
  • 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.

    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
    • Zheng Yi Sao, or Ching Shihnote  (who could be called a Pirate Admiral or Pirate Queen given that she is believed to have commanded up to 400 ships) was absolutely terrifying in that she managed to hold an alliance of pirates 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 surrender 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, ruler of the Illyrians is the earliest version of this trope, and ironically the earliest pirate known by name.
  • 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