Pirate Parrot: It's "lubber".
Youngblood: Really? It's "lubber"? That makes no sense!
In Real Life, pirates have been around for a very long time and come from many places across the globe. Julius Caesar fought them, and to this day, pirates are still taking ships off the coast of Somalia. Logic dictates that all these pirates be speaking in many different ways, but in Hollywood, there exists only one way pirates talk.
In fact, this trope is Newer Than They Think. The standard pirate accent was said to have been invented by Robert Newton for his role as Long John Silver in the 1950 movie Treasure Island. There's even a scene in the film where he ends a prayer with "Arrrmen."
However, "Piratespeak" is somewhat of an exaggerated parody of some English rural accents of the 16th century. A "snapshot" of a moment in the language during the "Great Vowel Shift", as it were. There are some who've argued the associating of rural English accents with seafaring folk be on account of Lord Nelson, whose contemporaries noted his heavy Norfolk accent. But the standard "Poirate accent" sounds more like it came from the West Country (Devon, Dorset, Cornwall and Bristol), probably because of memories of famed Devonshire man, Sir Francis Drake. Treasure Island (which does indeed begin in about the right part of England) did popularize it, as well as one of the most common phrases, "ARRRRHHHH!"
This is specifically inclusive to characters talking like pirates while obviously not being pirates, or having a pirate-themed episode or moment as a joke. However, this also includes times when a fictional pirate talks "piratey", even though he might not have in reality.
For more pirate tropes, see Dressed to Plunder, a Sister Trope for costumes, and, of course, Pirate, the Super-Trope. For the types of songs pirates typically sing, look at Pirate Song. See International Talk Like a Pirate Day as well.
Space Pirates sometimes talk like this too, although there are sometimes variants.
- Arr-verted in One Piece, shockingly (with the possible exception of Gold Roger...). Though there'll probably be a future character who will abuse this to no end. It's not so shocking: Japanese has no equivalent of the Pirate Talk. Not completely avoided, though — Brook's special laugh is the old-fashioned "Yohohoho!" The English translation of the manga will occasionally add in pirate talk, actually, but not to a great extent.
- Zigzagged be the dub o' Funimation; some of these seadogs engage in Pirate Talk, while others will chose to forego the accent like the landlubbers they are, and some of these pirates get to a full accent when the seas be storming, or when great fights take place.
- The most prominent example is King of the Pirate Gol. D Roger himself. Very fitting given that Oda designed him as a very typical, traditional pirate.
- Captain Smudge from Serendipity the Pink Dragon like this.
- Berserk: Captain Sharkrider is made fun of for talking like this, and even lampshades that he is a walking pirate stereotype.
- This be the manner a speech used by rogue privateer Jim Hawkins in Lullaby. Ditto his trusty shoulder parrot Crew. "Enemy ship to stern!", indeed...
- This also be th' gimmick a Zanzibar, one a th' deadly Dreadnoks from parts near G.I. Joe.
- The Skull of Agarash, a graphic novel set in the Lone Wolf world, is rife with this with the Lakuri Isles pirates and Cleosian sailors.
- This be the usual manner of speakin' for that seagoin' varlet Cap'n Fear what fights Batman fights from time to time.
- The "Advanced Restraint Research" story arc in Empowered defies description... pirate-themed bondage fetishists operating under the acronym A.R.R... yes, really....
- The dead-tree edition of Get Medieval includes a bonus story involving Japanese pirates:
Pirate Leader: Ahoy, ye scurvy buggers! We be here for revenge!
Another Pirate: An' now we're no workin' for that landlubber, we be allowed to talk like pirates!
- The pirate captain in Asterix speaks like this. It should be noted that he is probably of French rather than Cornish origin, and living in 50BC.
- U.S.Avengers: The time-travelling supervillain Golden Skull steals a bunch of Arcade's robots who talk like this. It leads to the Captain America of thirty years from "now" fighting off a bunch of robots going "arr" and "jim, lad" at her, even as their heads are getting knocked off.
- Wonder Woman Vol 1: Capt. Storm and his crew talk like they've come from the film which started the trend, as amusingly do the Barnacle Gang for a brief unremarked upon bit after they discover the map to Storm's buried treasure.
- Mirai of Mobile Suit Gundam Abridged.
- Gordon for an April Fools' Day episode in Freeman's Mind, as seen here.
- Bojack in Dragon Ball Z Abridged, since he's still stuck in King Kai's planet and can't do anything except talk.
- Mr Moccus, first mate on The Crimson Kraken in Under The Northern Lights. He is the only pirate to speak like that, which Spike points out. He claims the pegasi he learnt Equestrian from long ago just happened to have that accent.
- In Ultra Fast Pony, Big Macintosh talks like this because he thinks he's a pirate. Everyone else is too scared of him to tell him otherwise.
- The four do this a little in The Keys Stand Alone: The Soft World after they come out of Gothmarik Citadel loaded with treasure chests. Paul also says "Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum" after he retrieves a chest from a pedestal in the middle of a pool of acid.
- At the end of Becoming Female, Crystal (Harry Potter, after turning female) gets married to Draco Malfoy at a pirate-themed wedding. The wedding vows are spoken in pirate speak.
- Gan Ning always talks like this in Farce of the Three Kingdoms, despite being Chinese.
- Mocked in Castle in the Sky when Sheeta tries it.
- Remarkably averted in Treasure Planet. Silver might throw out a couple "Haharrr!"s, but his accent is much more Irish than West Country, and the rest of the pirates have accents from all around the English-speaking world.
- Mostly averted, surprisingly in the original 1953 Peter Pan movie. In which Captain Hook, despite him — especially in his appearance here — being one of the most iconic "classic pirates" in all fiction, speaks mostly RP English with scarcely any pirate sayings. He may call his crewmates "swabs" a scattered few times, say "ye" instead of "you" occasionally, and ultimately threaten the children with walking the plank, but aside from that, he's pretty much an aversion. Even his crew, despite looking and acting very much like the cartoon pirates they are, don't use much of the typical slang aside from "Yo-ho!" when they sing "The Elegant Captain Hook". To top it all off, not even one "Arr!" is heard!
- In The Boss Baby, one of Tim's favorite fantasies is being a pirate and when he plays pirates with the Boss Baby, the Boss Baby says, "You're fired! And here's your severance package! Ha!", causing Tim to tell him that "You're not supposed to end 'Ha!' You're supposed to end with 'AAARRRGH'!"
- Averted mostly in The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!, although you arrrrrrguably could count all the flowery, sea-themed swearings of the Pirate Captain. The one time it's played completely straight, it's Played for Drama.
Pirate with a Scarf: You can't just say "arrr" at the end of a sentence and think that makes everything alright.
- As mentioned above, Robert Newton in Treasure Island is the Trope Codifier.
- Jaws. After that old salt Quint got on ta givin' him a hard time, Hooper uses pirate talk, including the phrase "Jim boy".
- Pirate Steve from DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story.
- There's also the obscure movie Pirates of the Great Salt Lake.
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Aspiring Pirate Will Turner overdoes it in The Curse of the Black Pearl in his first attempt to commandeer a ship of the Queen's navy; his "Aye! Avast!!" causes general hilarity. Even Jack Sparrow gives him an incredulous look.
- Cap'n Barbossa. "Dearly Beloved, we be gathered here today... to nail yer gizzard to the mast, yer poxy cur!" He even hangs a lampshade on it in the third movie: "No! What AARRRRRHHH ya doin'?"
- Blackbeard also talks like this in On Stranger Tides, though he doesn't go as overboard with it as Barbossa does.
- Painfully used in the pornographic film Pirates XXX during a Girl-on-Girl Is Hot scene by the pirate spectators. They stand around saying "ARRRR" during the "action".
- Down Periscope. When Pascal is made to Walk the Plank, the crew dress like pirates and ham it up appropriately, especially The Captain (who'd been ordered by his admiral to "Think like a pirate!" when briefed on the war games).
Dodge: Misterrr Pascarrrl, harrve you any last worrrrds before ye walk the plank, sirrr?
- Batman: The Movie. Has a strange variation where the Penguin occasionally throws in talk of cutlasses and so on, but he and his "pirates" talk recognizably like cartoonish, but contemporary, naval officers and sailors while operating the submarine, except in statements when they would say "aye, aye (cap'n)" in correct pirate speak (or just "aye" used similarly in contemporary speech), they say "yo-ho" instead. E.g., Penguin: "Now hear this: Mr Joker, load the torpedo tubes" Joker: "yo-ho, load the torpedo tubes".
- Yo-ho is also in correct pirate form (to raise someone's attention) once by the sonar technician: "Yo-ho!!" "what?" "Unidentified small craft bearing 1-1-3", but is used to mean "aye" again right after: "Hold her steady, up periscope" "yo-ho!, up periscope."
- In the Popeye movie, Bluto does a pirate growl at one point during his Villain Song, but otherwise mostly avoids this. At one point in his number, Poopdeck Pappy does a "yo-ho" note .
- A pirate ship runs aground during a storm. One of the sailors is washed ashore and soon sees his captain, the ship's wheel embedded in his groin. "Cap'n, be that the ship's wheel in your nethers?" "Yarr, 'tis drivin' me nuts!"
- Why wasn't the 11-year-old allowed to see the pirate movie? Because it was rated Arr!
- What's a pirate's favorite letter? [listener typically guesses 'R'] Nay, ye may think that, but his first love be the 'C.'
- Treasure Island, the arr-example, as mentioned above.
- The Spellsinger book, Day of the Dissonance has a Pirate Parrot that talks like this.
- Searat pirates all talk like this, thanks to the Funetik Aksent abundance, as do other vermin in the pirate business. It's not far removed from the "generic" villain talk, it just has a lot more nautical terms thrown in.
- One book has a hare accompany a Master of Disguise into a searat camp and try a searat accent. The other one winces (hares have a markedly refined way of speaking inspired by WWII Royal Air Force pilots) and tells him that he'll be his mute assistant.
- George MacDonald Fraser's novel The Pyrates:
- Practically the entire cast is Genre Savvy. The pirates know their metier and they stick to it:
"Vittles, sez you!" cried the captain, rolling both eyes. "Why, then vittles it is, sez I, wi' all my heart, aye, an' a flagon o'ale, devil a doubt, or Spanish vino, sa-ah! to wet our whistles, an' damn all, wi' a curse. Scupper me wi' a handspike." he added triumphantly. "else."
- One of the pirates speaks with a thick Welsh accent, but he's a one-joke character specifically put in to parody the labor union militancy that was common in Britain when the novel was written. Jokes about the Nautical Union of Piratical Employees striking in support of Red Robbo are just part of the deliberate Anachronism Stew in this novel.
- Practically the entire cast is Genre Savvy. The pirates know their metier and they stick to it:
- Subverted, or at least general "sea talk" is subverted, in Jingo. A ship's captain tells Vimes "That yo-ho-ho stuff's for landlubbers, or at least it would be if we actually used words like landlubber. We don't say port and starboard. I've never even drunk starboard!" Part of this is just the captain twitting the profoundly non-nautical Vimes, though. After seeing Vimes throw the anchor and the ship's boats overboard to increase their speed and being told "to put on the brakes" to stop an imminent shipwreck on a lee shore, the captain is driven to use the word "landlubber" in legitimate anger for the first time in his life.
- Miya Black, Pirate Princess speaks like an educated and intelligent fourteen-year-old princess... unless she's really fired up, in which case she drops into pirate speak.
- The Pirate Primer, by George Choundas, is an actual guide for layman on how to Talk Like a Pirate and includes phrases found in many books, films, and television shows, as well as a few Real Life examples. Incidentally, there's an entire chapter devoted to all the subtle nuances behind "Arrgh!"
- In Mark Delewen and the Space Pirates, the only pirate lines consist of variations of 'Arr!'. Seriously.
- In Fortunately, the Milk, the protagonist gets captured by pirates who use a lot of words like "keelhauled", "landlubber", and "scurvy dog".
- Those lily-livered landlubbers in Monty Python did Long John Silver impersonations in several Flying Circus sketches, arrrhh.
- Adam talking like a pirate is sort of a pseudo-Running Gag in MythBusters, and he gets to do it to his heart's content in the episode showcasing pirate myths. His pirate accent, however, is not the stereotypical Robert Newton pirate accent, but, well... it's hard to be sure what it is, actually.
- Newscommentator Keith Olbermann talks like this, for no particularly clear reason, when imitating Rupert Murdoch. But not Ann Coulter, even though his picture of her has an eyepatch and he calls her "Pirate Annie".
- Doctor Who:
- In "The Infinite Quest", the Doctor and Martha talk like pirates through Private Kelvin's communicator to avert a battle that is about to happen. The Doctor does all the pirate talk, while Martha just goes "Arr... Arr Arr..." and the Doctor tells her to stop doing that.
- In "Curse of the Black Spot", when pirates find the Doctor, Amy and Rory in the hold:
The Doctor: Yo ho ho! [beat] Or does anyone actually say that?
- Xander goes as a pirate for Hallowe'en in Buffy the Vampire Slayer's fifth season episode "All the Way". As for talking like a pirate...
Xander: Store go boom... Arr.
- The infamous Saturday Night Live sketch in which a pirate convention (held at the Ritz Carrrrlton) hired actor Peter Saarsgaard to be their keynote speaker simply because of all the "arrrr"s in his name. Yes, this WAS the best joke they could come up with featuring Peter Saarsgaard.
- Captain Redbeard Rum (Tom Baker) talks this way in the Blackadder 2 episode "Potato", although technically he isn't a pirate. He even introduces himself with a truly incredible: "AAAAaaaaaaAAAAAaaaaAAAARRaaarrrrrrhhhhhh... me laddie!"
Rum: Opinion is divided on whether it is customary for a ship to have a crew. All the other captains say 'tis; I say 'tisn't.
- The "pirate episode" of Charmed is noteworthy for its title alone: "Charrrmed".
- Marshall as a gay pirate in How I Met Your Mother.
Marshall: What be a pirate's favourite kind of sweater?
Marshall: And what be a pirate's favourite fast food restaurant?
Marshall: 'twould think it would be Arby's... but actually it's Long John Silver's.
- For some reason, on the short-lived 1998 revival of Match Game, announcer Paul Boland always said panelist Nell Carter's voice in a pirate growl ("Nell Carrrrrterrrrrrr").
- Rutland Weekend Television: When George Harrison made a guest appearance, he came on stage in full pirate gear and doing this trope, only to be disappointed when he was informed there was no pirate sketch. After several small appearances throughout the episode where he persists in trying to be a pirate, he finally appears at the end, dressed normally, to sing as he was invited to. He and the band play the full intro to "My Sweet Lord"... and then he breaks out into a song about pirates.
- Alestorm, being a pirate-themed band, sings like this. Except with a Scottish accent rather than Cornish.
- Whenever Paul and Storm play their song "The Captain's Wife's Lament", they have the audience shout "Yarr!" at various points. There's also some pirate speak in the lyrics.
- The Great Luke Ski sings his Jack Sparrow tribute song "You Don't Know Jack" in piratey vernacular, complete with a Lampshade Hanging when he talks of his plans to burn the song onto a "CD-ARRRRRR!"
- Captain Dan and the Scurvy Crew, a pirate-themed hip hop group ("Authentic pirate hip hop", if you will), features rhyming with excessive use of pirate-speak, songs combining gangsta rap with pirating, and party commands such as "Throw your hooks in the air!", and uses of "Arr!" or "Yar!" in place of more common words, such as "What" and "Yeah".
- In Ray Stevens' "The Pirate Song", he voices two characters: a typical "arrrr!" type pirate who is frustrated at a normal-voiced pirate who wants to abandon his ways to sing and dance instead.
- "Talk like a Pirate Day"
- "Shiver Me Timbers" from Tom Waits' The Heart of Saturday Night.
- Jokey Canadian musician Captain Tractor does a few Arrhhs and even heave-ho-s in his satirical farmer-turned-pirate song "The Last Saskatchewan Pirate". More of a subversion, as it's not particularly overused.
- The pirates on the "Skulduggery" table of Full Tilt! Pinball aren't ashamed to pull out all the hoary old pirate quotes.
"Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!"
- The titular Black Rose talks like this, albeit without the accent.
- "ARRRRR Frenzy" in Pirates of the Caribbean (Jersey Jack) plays an "ARRRRR!" sound bite upon every switch hit.
- LazyTown's YOU AAAAARE A PIRATE! song has fun with this trope.
"Do what you want 'cause a pirate is free! You are a pirate!"
- An episode of Sesame Street available on DVD had Elmo encounter the Book-caneers, led by Tina Fey. Among the challenges Elmo had to pass to join the Book-caneers was to name three words that begin with "a pirate's favorite letter". Alan thought it would be "ARRRH!", but it turned out to be "F". "Pirates LOVE F-words!"
- Another common way for this joke to end is to wait for someone to reply "arrrr" and then say "No, it be the C".
- The Million Pound Radio Show: "Us pirates wants us a training day!"
- The Cruise of the Poll Parrot was a children's serial from the 1937-1938 which featured quite a bit of nautical-speak.
- Open Blue's help topics tend to shift into and out of it. Depends on the mood, apparently.
- The anti-virus program Avast! has a pirate language option that they remind you of when Talk Like a Pirate Day rolls around. Whether or not it is turned off afterwards is up to you.
- Captain Kraken in Mutants & Masterminds talks like this because he learned English from Hollywood pirate movies. He can be played as everything from a serious threat (evil squid-faced Space Pirate) to comic relief (evil squid-faced Space Pirate who refers to his opponents as "scurvy dogs").
- This is the speech pattern of Captain Cutthroat, a "stereotypical pirate" villain from Wasteland 2010.
- Sonic Rush Series: Captain Whisker be his name, and thieving be his game!
Mini: O mighty evil, come fourth into this world!
Mum: Rule the seven seas!
Mini: Justice is not welcome! Kindness is weakness!
Mun: Master of evil, show unto us those mighty whiskers!
Whisker: And so, it is I! The Dread Pirate Whisker! D'arr har har har!!
- Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood be hangin' a gigantic lampshade on it when the gang runs into some Space Pirates:
Pirate: Harr! Give up yer booty, yer cargo is ours now!
Rouge: Why is he talking like that?
Sonic: Who knows? Just go with it.
Pirate: Hand it over, lubbers! Or ye'll be forced to walk the plank!
Rouge: Seriously. Why would a pirate from another dimension talk like that?
Pirate: Arr, this be just how I talk! Now—
Rouge: This is stupid.
Pirate: Aye. A speech impediment it be. We gonna fight, or not?
- Cubot in a cutscene from Sonic Colors when he first gets his voice chip changed.
- Kingdom of Loathing:
- The Can of Binarrrca gives you the "Talking Like a Pirate" status effect, which randomly adds "Yarrr", "Arrr", "Avast ye!", or "Ahoy, Matey!" to the end of your messages in chat.
- Kingdom of Loathing Abuses this to no end. If there's anything to do with pirates that has an ar in it, there will be more r's. even if it is not traditionally associated with pirates, like the Safarrri Hat.
- The MMORPG Pirates of the Caribbean Online, bein' run by them scab'rous swabs at Disney, needs to protect the wee young flotsam from the filthy language of other foulmouthed buccaneers, and changes words that aren't "recognized" by the chat servers dictionary into "arrr". (Ye can turn this option off though, making this swashbuckler wonder just what they think they be achievin' with it.)
- Oddly enough, most be averted in Skies of Arcadia, with the exception of Drachma, the grumpy old fisherman.
- Leila in Final Fantasy II talks like this, but to a far less absurd degree than the infamous case of...
- The first official English translation of Final Fantasy V had Faris speaking like this. The retranslation toned it down to a rougher mode of speech and exclamations like "By the briny beard o' Neptune!"
- The Online multiplayer puzzle game Puzzle Pirates has most of its lines in this style. There's even an option to hide swear words and convert them to piratey swears, like "Billions of blisterin' barnacles!"
- If'n ye be playin' Sid Meier's Pirates! on International Talk Like a Pirate Day, then all o' the characters in the game, even the comely governors' daughters, be talkin' like this. That's what landlubbers call an Easter Egg, Boyo.
- Neverwinter Nights demo module "Thar be Rats! Yarrr!" It seems Uncle Fester was an ex-piratey.
"Yarrr! This here be yer demo of dat filthy beast der rat! Arrr!"
- Subverted in RuneScape, where the actual pirates mock the player when they speak like that.
- Redbeard's Ghost in Scooby-Doo: Night of a Hundred Frights does this as his Boss Banter.
- Gonzo in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker talks a little bit like this. Subverted in that everyone else on the ship speaks normally, especially Tetra, which is justified, because you can't have Princess Zelda saying "Arrrhh" after every other sentence. That'd be just ridiculous.
- Paper Mario:
Toad Captain: So, ye be this... Mario, eh? The Mario who saved this vessel, me crew, and yars truly? Wish I could give ye a reward, but me thanks'll have to do. I owe ye one.
- Averted in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. The undead pirate Cortez has a Spanish accent, befitting his name.
- Played straight in Paper Mario: Color Splash. The Toad captain in Violet Passage speaks with an exaggerated pirate accent. He eventually meets a legendary pirate captain, who tells him to stop talking that way.
- Subverted in Discworld Noir, in which a sailor on the Milka initially speaks to Lewton in stereotypical pirate accent and sea-dog jargon, but quits hamming it up when Lewton calls him on it.
- In BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Ragna's Gag Reel, Robot Girl Nu appears as a Pirate Girl, then suddenly started picking this up along with Valley Girl.
"Nu! Sea or valley! Pick one!"
- The Ork freebooterz in Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Retribution, led by Kaptin Bluddflagg, talk not only like pirates (southwest of England), but also like Orks (lower-class Londoners). The good Kaptin himself occasionally has half an Irish accent and is all the more beloved for it.
- Captain Rhubarb does this all the time in both Adventure Quest and DragonFable, as do most minor pirate characters.
- Captain Frolgar in Adventure Quest and its expansion WarpForce speaks with a pirate accent, as well as having a traditional pirate look.
- Karlina and Jayson, two Space Pirates in WarpForce, speak with a pirate accent.
Karlina: Methinks this scurvy bilge rat is making a fool of ye, Jayson.
Jayson: Aye. Perhaps we should make these two walk the plank into the fusion coolant, eh, Karlina?
- Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves features Sly having to visit a town that intentionally throws itself back to 'pirate times'. The pirates talk like this, and Sly has to imitate it at one point.
- The 1.1 Update for Minecraft has an option to change your language. Naturally, Pirate Speak is one of the options.
- Garry's Mod now features the ability to choose your language, along with Pirate language like the Minecraft example above.
- Spoofed in zOMG! when an NPC dressed as a pirate disses you in Pirate Speak, and dialogue options include replying in kind. After exchanging enough quips, he says this:
"Arrr! Ye win! I've nae more insults!"
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds featured an Hilarious Outtakes reel in which Nicholas Brendon improvs some piratey lines in reference to the Buffy episode mentioned above.
"Arr! There be monsters!"
- Mocked in Kid Icarus: Uprising, where one level takes place aboard a space pirate space ship. Upon encountering the pirate captain, who Pit can't understand:
- Captain of the Ghost Ship in MediEvil talks like this, and his mooks' battle cries are made of "arrs" and "yahoors". Sole exception is the ship's first mate, who speaks in more sophisticated tone.
- Averted with Cervantes in the earlier games of Soul Series, but by Soul Calibur III, he too developed a nautical tone with promises of "watery graves".
- Despite pirates not appearing in Napoleon: Total War, British Admirals have a tendency to say something to the effect of "PREPARE FOR ACTION, YOU SCURVY DOGS!" made especially weird when the admiral saying that is Horatio Nelson note . Who has a Fowl-Mouthed Parrot...
- Surprisingly little of this in the Monkey Island series, where accents are all across the map. Possibly the creators didn't want any bit characters to out-ham LeChuck. There are some examples, though, notably in the insult sword-fighting sequence in the first game, complete with a lampshade:
Guybrush: Why do you talk so funny, anyway?
Pirate: It's how everybody talked back then. Come on, Guybrush, play along!
- In Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, there is a cheat to make it so every line from Edward's mouth is "full of stereotypical pirate clichés." Otherwise, the trope is mostly averted, with the Pirates from the British Isles demonstrating a wide range of accents, from Edward's Welsh, to Yorkshire, Norfolk and Irish. The only one who comes close is Edward "Blackbeard" Thatch, who was in Real Life a native Bristolian and therefore probably did speak like that. His multiplayer incarnation invokes this:
Blackbeard: Arrrr! Ahoy matey! Shiver me timbers! All that pirate drivel the tourists are always asking me to repeat. Bollocks.
- In the DLC case of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Dual Destinies, the crime scene is a part of the 'Shipshape Aquarium', which has a pirate theme. This runs to a show put on there where every speaking character puts on this pirate accent, which gets ridiculous when talking to the lead of the show when she spontaneously gets into character and pulls out this accent.
- If you want to talk about characters who suddenly pull a pirate accent out of nowhere in this case, look no further than Marlon Rimes.
- In fitting with the pirate-styled theme of the game, Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest features Klubba, the guardian of the entrance to the Lost World, who speaks with a heavy pirate accent. He'll shout threats of death and violence at you, and bat you back with his massive spiked club if you try to fight him, but pay his toll and he'll suddenly be your best friend.
Klubba: Now 'ear this, landlubbers! Me name is Klubba, an' to cross this bridge is gonna cost yer many pieces o' eight! An' if yers don't pay up, I'll run yer through like the scurvy dogs ye are, A-harrr!
- The Zoness boss in Star Fox 64 talks like this. He even laughs this way as well:
- In Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, many of the Principi, the local pirate alliance, and pirate party member Serafen. They also swear like sailors. The exact strength of the "piratical" accent varies from character to character, and some of the old guard speak with Afro-Italian-ish Vailian accents instead; the Principi were founded by Vailians, after all.
- Played for laughs in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End where Nate is explaining to Elena how does the founders of Libertalia died.
Nate: Avery makes a grand toast.
Nate: [raises cup] For God and Liberty! Argh. Ahoy. Mateys. All that.
Nate: And they all take a swig except these two. And just like that (snaps finger) all the treasure of Libertalia become the sole possession of two men.
- Empire Earth: Pre-modern ships use various takes on pirate accents even millenia before the idea of Arrr-ing pirates comes along. (others just go with a standard British accent, especially as the Age Of Sail approaches).
- For entirely unknown reasons that only contribute to his Ensemble Dark Horse status, the Merchant in Resident Evil 4 gets a distinctly pirate-y accent in the English dub.
- Parodied in the Runescape quest Cabin Fever, where the player character crews the pirate ship The Adventurous, captained by Bill Teach (another captain threatened to sink the ship, so all the actual sailors wouldn't go near it). The PC tries talking like this the entire quest, and it drives Teach, a real pirate who speaks normally, up the wall.
- Red vs. Blue: When Tex and Church go inside Caboose's mind, the version of Sarge (who normally has a Deep South accent) they find does this.
"Arr, I be havin' a southern accent. Yarr."
- Russell, from Happy Tree Friends, is perhaps the most extreme version of this. The characters in the show are mostly unintelligible, and Russell is no exception: his entire vocabulary consists mainly of the word "Yarr!"
- The main Villain in X-Ray & Vav, The Corpirate (based on Achievement Hunter's WWE'13 Let's Play ), has a strong pirate accent, despite him being a CEO-like character.
- In Harvey Rothman's "Foxy gets Hooked", Foxy has a switch on the back of his neck with "Poncy Brit" and "Pirate" settings. He switches to the latter once he gets his Hook Hand.
- In Inanimate Insanity, Bandana has got pirate lingo! Arrrrrrrr!
- In Freeman's Mind, Freeman spends episode 27 talking like this, though his throat is too sore to continue after the episode is over.
- There be a Pirate translation of Darths & Droids, mateys, 'pon which th' settin' be altered ta more seafarin' environs. Landlubbers be warned. Here bein' the link, mateys.
- Both a pirate and his Pirate Parrot speak like this in a strip of Cyanide & Happiness.
- Naturally, this be the form a speech used by Bikke in 8-Bit Theater. ARRR, a scurvy dog be he, utterly illiterate and slow-witted to the last!
- The Law of Purple has Morgan, a Caligulan space pirate.
- Something*Positive Sometimes remembers to celebrate:
- The Repository of Dangerous Things features Wanderin' Laurie. If yer curious if she be a pirate, yer all kerrectly. Also, if ye remember proper terminology from yer Talk Like a Pirate Day, it can save yer guts.
- Pokémon-X turns Magma vs. Aqua into Rednecks vs. Pirates.
- The pirates in Irregular Webcomic!, of course. Then got inverted in one strip, being on Talk Like a Pirate Day, the pirate invert their speech to British style.
- Blossom from Rhapsodies, though that's just her being from Devon.
- Exaggerated in Keychain of Creation: Seatongue apparently consists entirely of a bunch of piratey words strung together, most of which are variations on "arr".
Mew Cai: Aharr yarr, harr <Seatongue> yarr?
Secret: Avast! Yo ho yaharr harr yarr, matey!
Mew Cai: Aharr yarr yo ho, scurvy dog bilges.
- In Rusty and Co.:
- Bug, when discussing pirate hippies and possibility of being shanghaied.
- Walter from Dubious Company, when he's wearing his captain's garb and not explaining the magical technology.
- Captain Locke alternates between this and normal modern English in Ozy and Millie. His crew sticks to it for the most part.
- Xykon indulges in this in one strip of The Order of the Stick:
Xykon: I like you this way. It's like we have a grumpy pirate on the team.
Demon-roach: Thus began the Legend of Arrrghcloak!
Xykon: OK then, let's cast off, ye evil mateys!
- Girl Genius:
- Eerie Cuties has the Ghost Pirate gym coach, who yells like a pirate at the students.
- Kyzok and the Space Pirates in Episode One of Space Kid.
- A pirate finds a new use for one of his piratey nautical terms when on land in this Biter Comics strip.
- The characters of Weregeek celebrate "Talk like a pirate" day every year.
- For some reason in The Back o' Beyond, despite being a comic about pirates, only Nate and his mam seem to have this accent. It may just be the accent of their home town.
- Time was, the main TV Tropes page were changed ta pirate speak, for Talk Like a Pirate Day. If'n ye should belive in such tales, talk be heard that th'incident be archived yet still somewhar 'pon this very wiki... AND THAR BE A GHOST IN IT or some such.
- Facebook has an English(Pirate) language setting. In this setting, the language choice setting is called "DON'T TOUCH THIS".
- As does Google.
- "Captain Highliner" talks about the worst team of the National Hockey League's New York Islanders (given both the name and an infamous logo that resembled the Gorton's fisherman, adequate).
- Squeen the Thief in Hello, from the Magic Tavern talks like a pirate, but he's not a pirate, he's just a plain old thief. No, just because he also has an eyepatch, a hook hand, a pegleg, a parrot on his shoulder, and a three-cornered hat, that doesn't make him a pirate. And the fact that he owns a ship and wants to be bruied at sea is just a coincidence, really.
- Instructions can be found here.
- In The Guild there is a restaurant called Cheesy Beards. The waitress the team keeps running into gives the most deadpan and exhausted "Yarrg, welcome to Cheesybeards." She clearly has to sounds like a pirate - a lot, and is bored to death with it.
- Whenever Achievement Hunter play Sea of Thieves, they talk like pirates. For the whole video. Accompanied by piratey names—Jeremy is Captain Shortbeard, Jack is Navigator Jack (despite being noted as the helmsman, not the navigator), Michael is Peg-Pecker, Ryan is Willy Two-Legs, and Gavin is The Sea-Sniffer. Geoff, however, puts on a country bumpkin accent for the role of Pirate Geoff, despite (or perhaps because of) his previous role as the Corpirate (see Web Animation).
- Manic Pixie Dream Wife: Chance talks like a pirate in the episode "I Be Her Bear" when he "kidnaps" his wife Simone from work for a little maritime adventure. Simone's boss Vincent joins him in the fun and also talks like a sailor/pirate.
Chance: Yarrr! Ha! Ha! Ha! YARRR, me matey. Ha-ha-ha, I'll be looking for a pirate wench who's ready for some high adventure.
- While Ye Novelty Desire have no Space Pirates, at least one of ye Stormtroopers appear to talk like one.
A ST ER ORMTROOP: A. Setting the stern.
- Salty the diesel from Thomas the Tank Engine.
- And let's not go forgettin' 'bout our old chum the Pirate Captain from The Venture Bros..
- SpongeBob SquarePants has Mr. Krabs, Patchy the Pirate, the Flying Dutchman, and many more. There even be a pirate-themed episode titled "Arrgh!", which does parody this trope. SpongeBob tries to warn Mr. Krabs of danger, but says "argh" between each word, delaying the actually important information he needs to say.
- That ol' salty sea dog Captain K'nuckles from The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack.
- Dr. Drakken is possessed by a pirate in an episode of Kim Possible. He speaks like a Pirate while the Pirate is in charge of his body. Shego, not being possessed, tries speaking like this to the pirates at the end... she fails.
Shego: ... Argh, be to get them, me h—... hardlies?
- Danny Phantom: Youngblood dresses like a pirate, commands a pirate crew, has a Pirate Parrot, but can't speak the pirate lingo despite his best efforts. This becomes a Running Gag for the entire episode.
- Captain Seamus from Family Guy. Also Peter in the episode "Long John Peter".
- The Simpsons:
McCallister: Arr, I hate the sea, and everything in it!
- Captain McCallister.
- Blackbeard has exactly the same voice during his Treehouse of Horror appearance.
Blackbeard: [examining writing] Arr, 'tis some kind of treasure map!
Benedict Arnold: You idiot, you can't read!
Blackbeard: Aye, 'tis true. My debauchery was my way of compensatin'!
- Garfield does this when he and Odie dress like pirates for Halloween in Garfield's Halloween Adventure. Odie even tries to do a pirate growl at one point ("R-arr!").
- Yo, ho ho! Jake and the Never Land Pirates. One of the show's songs is titled after the trope name as well.
- Your backyard friends, The Backyardigans, talk this way in the various episodes where they imagine themselves to be pirates.
- Total Drama World Tour: In the episode "Sweden Sour", Owen does this while dressed as a Viking.
- In one episode of The Mr. Men Show, Mr. Stubborn (although not dressed as a pirate) calls Miss Helpful "landlubber." Another episode is about pirates.
- Avast tharr, maties! Arrrr'nt we forgettin' Captain Capacitor the Crimson Binome, an' his scurvy crew o' software pirates from ReBoot
- Binky from Arthur does it in "S.W.E.A.T.", me hearties. When asked about it, he says it is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Arr, when he continues the next day Mr. Ratburn tells him that it is no longer International Talk Like a Pirate Day so he should cut it out.
- Codename: Kids Next Door: Candy Pirate Stickybeard and his crew are Dressed to Plunder and talk like this all the time.
- The 2006 revival of Biker Mice from Mars had this happen in the episode "Swimming with Sharks", where Vinnie's aunt Mago is revealed to be a Space Pirate and talks like a pirate to her crew. Modo asks why she talks this way when she is in fact a scientist and Mago replies that she only talks this way because her crew likes it when she does.
- Popeye does this occasionally, using phrases like "Ahoy", and "avast". It's a bit more prominent in the movie.
- Miraculous Ladybug: Juleka's mother Anarka talks like a pirate, to have fun with the fact that she lives on a houseboat.
- Ready Jet Go!: Lillian does this at some points in "That's One Gigantic Pumpkin, Jet Propulsion!" as part of her Halloween costume.
- In "Danny's Pirate Party" from Peppa Pig, Peppa and her friends attend a pirate-themed party dressing up as pirates (except for Pedro, who has dressed a cowboy to be different), and Granddad Dog gets in on the fun by dressing up as a pirate also and asking to be called "Dogbeard." However, when he talks like a pirate trying to explain a game he's made up, the kids can't understand him, forcing him to speak more normally.
Dogbeard: Here be the plan. Time was, I had a heap of gold was mine by right, but I was hornswaggled by one Captain Hog.
Suzy Sheep: What?
Narrator: Pirate talk is a bit difficult to understand.
Dogbeard: Captain Hog took my treasure.
- PAW Patrol:
- The Patrol themselves used this in "Sea Patrol: Pirate Pups To The Rescue", where they went on a mission dressed as pirates.
- Also commonly used by the actual pirates, Sid Swashbuckle and first mate Arrby.
- The Fairly OddParents: Cosmo does this when playing pirate with Timmy in one of the Oh Yeah! Cartoons shorts.
- In 1995, Ol' Chumbucket and Cap'n Slappy be introducin' to the world an Innernation'l Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19th, so all humanity be talkin' like a pirate fer one glorious day.
- Talk Like a Pirate Day was declared an official holiday in Key West.
- Considering many pirates, including Blackbeard, came from the south west of England, Robert Newton was pretty much spot on with the accent. Sir Francis Drake, from Devon, is privateer example.
- Mad Cap'n Tom be standin' for Parleyment in the 2010 UK General Election. For some reason he only be gettin' 84 votes though.
- Partly because he be accidentally splitting the pirate vote mateys.
- In some regions of Michigan, the "R" sound is pronounced like a pirate's "arr".
- There's a kind of cheese made in Cornwall called Yarg. The 17th-century recipe was recorded by a fellow from Nottinghamshire and its name only dates to the 1970s, but it certainly sounds like something you'd expect to see Blackbeard washing down with a mug o' cider.