From the Spanish Main to the Barbary Coast, pirates love only one thing: treasure! Arrrr!
These clichés are divided up into some of the popular sub-categories.
Peglegged Pirate: A classic, with eyepatch and parrot, of course.
Tough But Beautiful Female Pirate Who's As Good As Any Man, Or Better: And you'd better agree, or else.
Crazy, Dirty Pirate: Too much grog in his past, maybe, but this one only lives to lop off body parts with his rusty blade.
Kidnapped Cabin Boy With a Secret: No matter how ill-treated, he survives by remembering he's secretly the son of... who?
Pompous, Proper Captain: Well-dressed, well-groomed, but not well-prepared.
Efficient Lieutenant: The real brains behind the captain, and the only one with any real chance of ending the pirate menace.
Reluctant Conscript: Drafted to serve Their Royal Majesties, this swab can't wait to jump ship, even if it means becoming a pirate himself!
Governor Who Loves to Hang Pirates: The more, the merrier!
Apprentice Blacksmith Who's an Expert Swordsman and Secretly Loves the Governor's Daughter, Who Secretly Loves Him Back: C'mon, do I really have to explain this one?
Voodoo Priestess: She knows things that shouldn't be known.