Avast Ye! These pirate characters show us how the roaring waves of the oceans can be both beautiful and dark at the same time.
Famous fictional pirates are proof of how influential real pirates are until today. Pop culture did a great job in helping each new generation remember the pirates of the bygone eras. Just look at how the film series “Pirates of the Caribbean” remains one of the most popular pirate movies of all time.
Sunshine Scenic Tours rounded up the web for these top 10 pirates whose monikers and personalities remain popular to adults and kids alike. Take a seat, young bucko, and get to know popular culture’s favorite pirates now.
Top 10 Most Famous Pirates
Feed your inner pirate by knowing the pirates that have wreaked havoc on fictional islands, seas, and pirate ships. Here are the top 10 pirates to know and love:
1. Captain Hook
The beloved Captain Hook trumps our list of pirate characters. He’s probably one of the first pirates children know about. A villain in J.M. Barrie’s 1904 novel “Peter Pan,” Captain Hook was not only a cunning pirate of the Jolly Ranger ship, but he was also the leader in Neverland’s pirate village.
Though feared by all in Neverland, including Peter Pan and the famous Long John Silver, Captain Hook is petrified only of two things: a crocodile and the sight of his own blood.
2. Long John Silver
Among the famous fictional pirates in history is Long John Silver. He’s a protagonist in Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel, “Treasure Island.” He had one of the greatest influences on how fictional marauding buccaneers are portrayed in popular culture.
His name continues to deliver fear and scrumptious foods as the fast-food restaurant chain Long John Silver’s is named after him.
3. Jean LaFoote
Jean LaFoote is Cap’n Crunch archenemy. Known as the Barefoot Pirate, he is named after a real pirate, Jean LaFitte. Jean LaFoote is a doer of dastardly deeds and is hell-bent on knowing what keeps Cap’n Crunch’s cereal crunchy.
LaFoote is one of the unforgettable fictional pirates. He does everything to steal Cap’n Crunch’s cereal. However, he always gets caught in the act by the Captain and his friends.
4. One-Eyed Willy
Next on our list of famous pirates in pop culture is One-Eyed Willy. The cult classic 80s flick, “The Goonies,” made a name for William B. Pordobel or One-Eyed Willy. He’s the captain of the ship, Inferno. As his name suggests, he only has one eye where he dons an eye patch.
Pordobel was banished because of his practical jokes and stories, after which he formed his own pirate crew. He and his crew stole from the king of England. The king chased after him leading to a war between him and the king.
5. Captain Jack Sparrow
Black Pearl’s pirate captain is one of the most famous fictional pirates. He is the protagonist in Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie series. Johnny Depp is the one who gave life to this character.
Although he has a pirate reputation, Captain Jack Sparrow did everything to keep everyone safe. He sailed the Seven Seas aboard the Black Pearl. Sparrow is known for his unorthodox nature and treachery — resulting in his men abandoning the ship during voyages.
6. Captain Morgan
Before Captain Morgan became the face plastered on rum bottles, he was a real pirate in the 17th century. He was a Welsh privateer who sailed in the Caribbean. Captain Morgan was remarkable because of his ruthlessness.
Aside from the cartoon on the rum bottle, Captain Morgan has not much of a connection to the rum company. As one of the best fictional pirates, he became an iconic image of flavored rums.
7. Captain Flint
Captain Flint is one of the most remarkable pirate characters in the “Black Sails” series. He has a reputation for getting what he wants while still remaining honorable. The Black Sails also showcases the truer nature of a pirate’s life. “Black Sails” is a prequel to “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Captain Flint is known to be the most feared and most brilliant pirate across the West Indies during the Golden Age of Piracy. His pirate adventures are what make the series popular among pirate fans.
8. Captain Barbosa
Captain Barbosa is another one of the memorable pirates in pop culture. As Captain Jack Sparrow, Captain Barbosa is part of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series. Geoffrey Rush’s portrayal of this character made him a crowd favorite.
Although Barbosa is a hated villain, his personality made audiences want more. Known for being power-hungry, Captain Barbosa will do anything to get his hands on treasure. However, he is one of the bravest and most caring pirates in the film series.
From the kids’ show Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Jake is one of the most popular fictional pirates for the young ’uns. It takes place in the same place where Peter Pan exists. The only difference is that it centers on a young, aspiring pirate. He and his friends go on pirate adventures while providing entertainment and education to the young audiences.
10. The Pirate Captain
The Pirate Captain is one of the greatest pirates in the history of television. This character was brought to life by the voice of British actor Hugh Grant. He is a protagonist whose goal is to win the 1837 “Pirate of the Year Award.” Although the Pirate Captain has the crew, the beard, and the bird, he doesn’t have what it takes to win the award.
He is in the competition together with his enemies — Black Bellamy, Cutlass Liz, and Peg-Leg Hastings. The Pirate Captain has made many attempts to loot gold in different ships. Together with Queen Victoria, Charles Darwin, and a rare dodo bird, the Pirate Captain throws in an awesome and entertaining adventure for the viewers.
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