List of fictional pirates

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This is a list of fictional pirates, alphabetized by the character's last name or full nickname.

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  • Edward Kenway – the main protagonist of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag; during the course of the game, he joins the assassins
  • Elisabet Ramsey, a.k.a. "Lizzie the Pirate" – a buccaneer from the Caribbean colonies in Age of Empires III; voiced by Jennifer Hale
  • Elizabeth Swann – a governor's daughter turned pirate in Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean movies. She is portrayed by Keira Knightley.
  • Emperor Grog – first appeared in the Futurama episode "Godfellas" and attacked the Planet Express ship and its crew with his fellow space pirates; killed in the explosion of his own ship due to Bender crashing right through it; later appeared on a barrel of Space Grog in "Möbius Dick", where his name was finally learnt





  • Captain Ironhook – one of the leaders of the LEGO Pirates
  • Captain Isabela – female pirate from Dragon Age role-playing video games







  • Wolf O'Donnell – a one-eyed space pirate and bounty hunter in the Star Fox video game series
  • One-Eared Pirate – a pirate in Robert Arthur's book The Three Investigators: The Mystery of the Talking Skull; legend says that he stole money and, before he was caught, he put all of the money into the geyser
  • One-Eyed Willy – the pirate whose "rich stuff" the kids set out to find in The Goonies
  • Orm the Red – a 10th-century Viking whose piratical exploits in Christian and Muslim Spain, England and southern Rus (present-day Ukraine) are narrated with considerable empathy and humor in The Long Ships, a novel by Frans G. Bengtsson


  • Painty the Pirate and Patchy the Pirate are pirates that appear on the animated comedy SpongeBob SquarePants. Painty is a pirate captain in a painting that sings the theme song along with an unseen group of children, while Patchy is a live-action character who hosts many of the show's "special episodes".
  • Sir Humphrey Pengallan - the main antagonist in the film Jamaica Inn
  • Harvey 'Blind' Pew – a pirate in the movie Yellowbeard
  • Sneaky Pete – the nemesis of Zan the Man
  • Pirate Jenny (German: "Seeräuber-Jenny") in the well-known song from The Threepenny Opera by Kurt Weill, with lyrics by Bertolt Brecht. The lowly maid Jenny imagines avenging herself for the contempt she endures from the townspeople. A pirate ship – with eight sails and 50 cannons – would sail in and destroy the town, and the pirates would chain up the townspeople. Thereupon, Jenny would command the Pirates to slaughter everybody, after which Jenny would be crowned Pirate Queen and sail away with them. In this case, the pirates are imaginary also within framework of the play itself.
  • Pirate Beard – a Raposa pirate from Drawn to Life, originally set on plundering the village with his crew, but is convinced to stay after being given a pirate ship by the Mayor; seems to be a spoof on the character Jack Sparrow from the movie Pirates of the Caribbean
  • The Pirate Captain – the main character in The Pirates!; self-deluded and mostly incompetent as a pirate and as a sea captain, but he's ultimately kind-hearted and very much respected by his crew. He doesn't appear to possess any of the stereotypical pirate accoutrements, though he dresses in the traditional manner, and much is made of his luxuriant beard. In The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists he was voiced by Hugh Grant. His crew includes:
    • Cutlass Liz, voiced in the film by Salma Hayek
    • Peg-Leg Hastings, voiced in the film by Lenny Henry
    • The Pirate with a Scarf, voiced in the film by Martin Freeman
    • The Pirate with Gout, voiced in the film by Brendan Gleeson
    • The Albino Pirate, voiced in the film by Anton Yelchin (US version) and Russell Tovey (UK version)
    • The Surprisingly Curvaceous Pirate, a female pirate in disguise, voiced in the film by Ashley Jensen
    • The Pirate in Green
    • The Pirate with a Hook Where his Hand Should Be
    • The Pirate in Red
    • The Pirate who Likes Kittens and Sunsets, voiced in the film by Al Roker
    • The Burly Pirate
    • The Pirate with an Accordion
    • The Sassy Pirate
    • Jennifer, a sensible Victorian lady who becomes an invaluable member of the crew
  • Captain Walker D. Plank – a villain in the animated TV series James Bond Jr.; fits the traditional stereotype to the extent that even his parrot has an eyepatch and a wooden leg
  • The Pepper Pirates – robbed the Smurfs in The Smurfs
  • Captain Kelso Pepper in Colin Greenland's Take Back Plenty – terrorizing the spaceways in his green-colored, powerfully armed ship, "The Ugly Truth", which bears a figurehead of a bare-chested Nubian woman. His piratical crew consists of a Chinese man, a black robot and a superhumanly powerful female extraterrestrial. They all come to a suitably bad end at the hands of treacherous partner in crime.
  • The Pie-Rats – a band of rodent thieves who specialise in stealing pastries and dress as pirates, from Pocket Dragon Adventures
  • The Pirate King – with his crew of pirates, the title characters in Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance
  • Piet Piraat, a.k.a. "Pete the Pirate" – a good-natured adventurous pirate in a Flemish children's program [3]
  • The Pirates – a band of nameless and hapless pirates that appear as a running joke in almost all of the Asterix adventures
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything – three veggie pirates who tell a story of Jonah in Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie
  • The Pirats – pirate rats in Reader Rabbit Math Adventures Ages 6–9;"enemies" of Reader Rabbit and friends; they are Captain Ratbeard, Pearl, Vermina, Cheester and Riley
  • Captain Pugwash – from a series of children's comic strips, books, and animated films created by John Ryan





  • Taicoon Chang and Taicoon Wu – leaders of the Three Island Pirates who want to chop off heads in Arthur Ransome's 1941 novel Missee Lee
  • Jean Tannen – with Locke Lamora, the protagonists of Scott Lynch's Red Seas Under Red Skies; they are in essence land-bound thieves and swindlers "who don't know one end of a galley from another" but nevertheless get unwillingly sidetracked into joining and then leading a pirate crew
  • Helen Tavrel – female pirate in Robert E. Howard's 1928 story "The Isle of Pirate's Doom" ([2], [3]
  • "Three Sheets" Neate Legendary pirate of The Sea of Thieves. Associated with the lead producer of the game, Joe Neate
  • Captain Teague – a Pirate Lord of Madagascar and keeper of the Pirata Codex, captain of the Misty Lady, in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series
  • Captain Tempest – from two classic novels by Emilio Salgari: Il capitano Tempesta (1905) and Il leone di Damasco (The Lion of Damascus, 1910)
  • Tetra – a female captain of a band of pirates in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass video games
  • Theseus, a.k.a. Captain Firebrand – in Jack Williamson's 1940 Reign of Wizardry, a loose adaptation of Greek mythology, Theseus becomes the piratical Captain Firebrand since pirates greedy for loot are the only allies he can find in his struggle to destroy the evil magical rule of Minoan Crete; Theseus is a pirate leader also in Poul Anderson's The Dancer from Atlantis, but in that rendition the Cretans are the heroes and the greedy Theseus is a villain
  • Thoas – in Poul Anderson's 1952 story "Son of the Sword"; a Cretan adventurer who visits Ancient Egypt in the turbulent times after Akhnaton's death; he makes off with an Egyptian princess whose life is in imminent danger; flees pursuit down the Nile and escapes by inventing the Ram, which would be a major part of naval warfare for many centuries to come
  • Bloody Tranicos, in his time the greatest of the Barachan pirates, admiral of an entire pirate fleet which stormed the island castle of the exiled Stygian prince Tothmekri, killed the prince and his people and carried off an enormous treasure of gems. Fearing betrayal, Tranicos along with eleven of his trusted captains made a secret hideout in the land of the savage Picts – but they made the mistake of massacring a Pict village, and a surviving Shaman raised a demon to kill Tranicos and his captains, their bodies magically preserved around the table where they were sitting. A hundred years later, two rival pirates – Strombanni of The Red Hand and Black Zarono – sought Tranicos's treasure. Falling out with each other while being besieged by the Picts, they ended up being massacred along with their crews, and the treasure fell into the hands of their rival, Conan The Barbarian, who sold the gems to finance the army which turned him from pirate into King of Aquilonia.
  • Abraham Tuizentfloot – one of the main characters in the Belgian comic strip The Adventures of Nero; this insane little man talks, dresses, acts and claims to be a pirate, despite the fact that he is hardly seen at sea and can't even swim
  • Gammis Turek – leader of a space pirate fleet in Vatta's War
  • James Turner, nicknamed Captain Flint, in Ransome's Swallows and Amazons series
  • William Turner, Sr. – a supporting character of Pirates of the Caribbean; played by Stellan Skarsgard
  • William Turner, Jr. – one of the protagonists of Pirates of the Caribbean; played by Orlando Bloom
  • Guybrush Threepwood – the bumbling hero of Ron Gilbert's Monkey Island series of adventure games by LucasArts; his antagonist is the evil zombie ghost pirate LeChuck



  • Pieter van Cleef, a wily 16th Century Dutch pirate in Cecelia Holland's The Sea Baggars. Captain of The Wayward Girl – based first at Nieuwpoort and later at Plymouth – van Cleef is quite old but still very fit and has an unmatched skill, both in seamanship and in the tricks of sea fighting. Playing the game of piracy for loot, pure and simple, van Cleef is reluctantly forced to join with the Watergeuzen seaborne rebels, whose claim to fight for Dutch freedom van Cleef dismisses as completely hypocritical. Conversely, Jan van Cleef – Pieter's nephew and second-in-command – is more of a Dutch patriot than pure pirate.
  • Captain Vasquez – a pirate mentioned in the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? episode "Hassle in the Castle"
  • Terence Vulmea, a.k.a. Black Vulmea – born a 17th-century Irish peasant, he carried his vendetta with the English oppressors of his country to the waters of the Caribbean. He is one of Robert E. Howard's lesser known characters, more of his exploits added by David C. Smith
  • Very Long – a giant pirate in the Puff the Magic Dragon cartoon film
  • Vyse – main character of the video game Skies of Arcadia





  • Zack – the lead pirate in the 2007 video game Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure
  • Zanzibar – a Dreadnok pirate in the G.I. Joe toy line and comics; his real name, Morgan Teach, is a reference to Captain Morgan and Edward Teach
  • Black Zarono – a Zingaran buccaneer who contended with his hated rival, the Barachan pirate Strombanni, for the famed treasure hidden a hundred years earlier by Bloody Tranicos in the land of the savage Picts. Falling out with each other while being besieged by the Picts, Zarono and Strombanni ended up being massacred along with their crews, and the treasure fell into the hands of their rival, Conan the Barbarian.


  • several pirates in the book series Redwall by Brian Jacques
  • the majority of the characters in the computer game Pirate101
  • unnamed one-eyed pirate appearing on the cover of Pirate's Booty snack food packaging, with speech balloons voicing praise for the product accompanied by "Yo ho ho" and "Shiver me timbers" (expressions derived from Stevenson's Treasure Island, though the pirate depicted does not precisely correspond to any of its characters)

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