Yaaaarrr mateys! Today be Talk Like a Pirate day! So I have rounded up some fictional pirates, that are not Jack Sparrow, that need some appreciation. I like Jack, but he is not the only pirate on the sea…or space. These swashbucklers are in no particular order. They are just some of my favorites from various games and shows. I hope you enjoy the list and see some of your favorites on here.
1. Faris Scherwiz, Final Fantasy V
Faris was my favorite character from the game. It was really great to see a lady as a pirate captain. She was born a princess but preferred the high seas instead. One of my favorite moments in the game is when the male characters find out she is a woman. She acts just like a pirate: selfish, reckless, and brave. Her character was enjoyable to play throughout the game. She was a contrast to the gentle, selfless Reina. I wish there were more female pirate captains out there!
2. Dread Pirate Roberts, The Princess Bride
The character, like the movie, is an icon. Westley, played by Cary Elwes, made a dashing Dread Pirate Roberts. The legend of the pirate invoked so much fear it was funny to see Westley as the nice guy version. Who could forget that black mask? The showdown with Vizzini? He was not only good at swordfighting but he was smart, too. He probably didn’t drown himself in rum. I think Westley in general was worthy of a few swoons; Westley as a pirate was irresistible.
3. Captain Hook, Once Upon a Time
I picked this version because I absolutely love it. Captain Hook is such a bad guy. He changes alliances quicker than you can change your shirt. I like his true pirate attitude. He brought some old-fashioned villainy to the show. He was only interested in revenge and plunder. It was always interesting to see who he would double cross on each episode. It was a nice change from the all the magic melodrama. Of course, by the end of the season he had a small change of heart. But I believe once a pirate, always a pirate.
4. Malcolm Reynolds, Firefly
Nathan Fillion as the captain of Serenity is an icon. He was free living space man who looked good in suspenders. You don’t have to pilot a boat on the sea to be a pirate. Malcolm was a moral captain, as far as he was able. Oh, he did his share of thieving and killing in the show. What pirate does not? But Malcolm was a nice guy for a pirate. Maybe it was his years of being raised on a ranch and as a sergeant in the army. Either way, Malcolm makes the list for being one cool space pirate.