The Pirates!

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The Pirates!
Author Gideon Defoe
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Comedy
Historical fiction
Publisher 1-4: Weidenfeld & Nicolson (UK)
5: Bloomsbury Publishing (UK)[1]
Published 2004-2012
Media type Print (hardcover and paperback)

The Pirates! is a series of five comedy books following a group of pirates on their adventures. It is written by British author Gideon Defoe and was published starting in 2004 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson. The fifth book The Pirates! in an Adventure with the Romantics was released in 2012, and was published by Bloomsbury Publishing.


  1. The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists (2004)
  2. The Pirates! in an Adventure with Whaling (2005)
  3. The Pirates! in an Adventure with Communists (2006)
  4. The Pirates! in an Adventure with Napoleon (2008)
  5. The Pirates! in an Adventure with the Romantics (2012)[2]


  • The Pirate Captain is the protagonist of the series. He is arrogant, naive and mostly incompetent as a pirate and as a sea captain, but he's ultimately well-meaning 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. He is said to have a "pleasant, open face", though he is quite successful at terrifying non-pirates.
  • The Pirate with a Scarf, the Pirate Captain's closest best friend who is trustworthy, logical, and he has a nice scarf.
  • Queen Victoria is the antagonist of the series. She is an evil, mean and violent monarch who hates pirates. In the end, she is killed into the fiery pit of hot lava.
  • Charles Darwin is a friendly naturalist who is the helper of the crew.
  • Cutlass Liz
  • Black Bellamy, the Pirate Captain's cunning and black-hearted arch nemesis.
  • Peg-Leg Hastings
  • The Pirate King
  • The Pirate with Gout
  • The Albino Pirate
  • The Surprisingly Curvaceous Pirate, a female pirate in disguise
  • 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
  • The Burly Pirate
  • The Pirate with an Accordion
  • The Sassy Pirate
  • Jennifer, a sensible Victorian lady who becomes an invaluable member of the crew.

Film adaptation[edit]

Aardman Animations in partnership with Sony Pictures Animation loosely adapted The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists into a 3D stop-motion animated film internationally titled The Pirates! Band of Misfits. Released on 28 March 2012, and directed by Peter Lord, the film features the voices of Hugh Grant, Martin Freeman, David Tennant, Salma Hayek, Jeremy Piven, and Imelda Staunton.[3] The film was met with very positive reviews,[4] while it earned $118 million against the budget of $55 million.[5] A short film, titled So You Want to Be a Pirate!, was released on the film's DVD and Blu-ray, and it shows The Pirate Captain hosting his own talk show about being a true pirate.[6]


  1. ^ "Gideon Defoe". Janklow & Nesbit Ltd. Retrieved 2011-07-19. 
  2. ^ "The Pirates! In An Adventure With The Romantics". Janklow & Nesbit Ltd. Retrieved 2011-07-19. 
  3. ^ O'Hara, Helen (October 25, 2011). "Exclusive! New Pirates! Trailer". Empire. Retrieved October 25, 2011. 
  4. ^ "The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 22, 2012. 
  5. ^ "The Pirates! Band of Misfits". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved August 22, 2012. 
  6. ^ Sony Pictures Animation (6 April 2012). "Sky Movies in the UK posted the first five minutes". Retrieved 6 April 2012. Sky Movies in the UK posted the first five minutes of The Pirates! Band of Misfits short that will plundering on DVD and Blu-ray later this year. Take a look and tell us what you think!