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Top 10 Pirates in Video Games

VO: Dan Paradis
Script Written by Alex Crilly-Mckean They’re the digital scallywags of the seven seas! Join as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Pirates in Video Games. For this list, we’re taking a look at the video game characters most associated with the title of pirate, and ranking them based on a mix of popularity, impact and personal preference. They don’t have to be from a Pirate Themed game, but they do have to originate from videogames. Now, Arrrrr you ready? Special thanks to our users mac121mr0 and Logan King for submitting the idea on our interactive suggestion tool: WatchMojo.comsuggest

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Script Written by Alex Crilly-Mckean

Top 10 Pirates in Video Games

They’re the digital scallywags of the seven seas! Welcome to and today we are counting down the top ten pirates in video games!

For this list, we’re taking a look at the video game characters most associated with the title of pirate, and ranking them based on a mix of popularity, impact and personal preference. They don’t have to be from a Pirate Themed game, but they do have to originate from videogames. Now, Arrrrr you ready?

#10: Tron Bonne

“Mega Man Legends” series (1997-2000)
Piracy knows no age or gender, as this feisty little firecracker proved when she made her debut appearance in the alternative Mega Man series. Born into a family of air pirates, Tron was something of a hilarious antagonists due to her easily embarrassed nature and inability to confess her crush on the mullet version of the blue bomber. Her popularity soared with fans to the point where she even got her own game! Make sure you don’t underestimate her though, she’s packing a hell of a lot of Servbots!

#9: Zack and Wiki

“Zack and Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure” (2007)
Not all pirating has to be doom and gloom. Enter Zack and Wiki, a young boy dreaming of treasure and his adorable golden monkey! Harkening back to the days of silent protagonists thrown into a grand adventure, the pairs’ determination, fearlessness and knack for puzzle solving makes them the kind of pirates we would want to route for! Just be sure to take a step back when Wiki turns into a bell…

#8: Kaptain K. Rool

“Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong’s Quest” (1995)
If it at once you don’t succeed, dress up like a pirate and try to blow the crap out of some monkeys! The alter ego of the villainous King K Rool, this crocodile served as the main antagonist against DK’s sidekick Diddy Kong. Trading in his crown for a black flag and a blunderbluss, he may not have been the most threatening of pirates, but could still take a piece out of you if you weren’t on your toes!

#7: Vyse

“Skies of Arcadia” (2000)
If there ever was a pure hearted swashbuckler, it would be this Blue Roger. Unlike a lot of Square Enix protagonists, this young captain is outspokenly compassionate and optimistic in all of his endeavours, even when tasked of taking on a whole armada. Driven to succeed and always driving to stand as a role model for his crew, this is a pirate you wouldn’t mind sailing with!

#6: Tetra

“The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker” (2002)
We all know the character of Princess Zelda; an immortal staple of gaming and one who will be remembered for generations! So the obvious next step in her evolution was…to turn her into a pirate. And you know what? It worked! One of the greatest aspects of Wind Waker was the reimagining of her character in the form of Tetra, a hard as nails captain who is just as likely to cut off your jiblets as help you out. She’s no damsel and she can handle any kind of distress! She may want to give up the princess role altogether!

#5: Balthier

“Final Fantasy XII” (2006)
The question that all Final Fantasy fan asks themselves every time they play this twelve instalment of the series; why, oh why was Balthier not the main character! This sky pirateis the definition of smooth! He’s got the voice, he’s got the look, and even has a gorgeous half-bunny lady on his arm. Along with his impressive marksmanship skills, this cool customer could charm the pants of any enemy just as easily as shoot them down.

#4: Vaas Montenegro

“Far Cry 3” (2012)
Take away the black flag, the eyepatch and love of treasure, you may not have much of a traditional pirate. But when you fuse the real-life fear of modern piracy with the psychotic persona of this guy, you have a recipe for a memorable and terrifying character. Totally without remorse, utterly insane, with a tendency to leave anyone he crosses riddles with bullets, you’re only chance of surviving Vaas is to either run like hell, or go just as mad as him.

#3: Edward Kenway

“Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag” (2013)
What could be more macho than the Italian Stallion of assassins; Ezio Auditore da Firenze? How about an assassin who is also a swashbuckling, ship-sailing badass with a penchant for talking trash and taking out Templars on the coasts of the Caribbean? The grandfather of Connor and buddy buds with Blackbeard, Edward Kenway stands out amidst the franchise as the guy you would want to go drinking with BEFORE you went and launched a hidden blade into a guy’s throat.

#2: Cervantes De Leon

“Soul Valibur” series (1996-2014)
Take the badass piracy of Edward Kenway, turn him pure evil and just for the hell of it make him undead, and you have yourself Cervantes. While Nightmare is the poster boy and primary antagonist of the Soul series, this merciless pirate is not far from claiming the title. When he was human he purged lives everywhere he sailed, and then took to a whole new level when he got his hands on a smaller but still lethal version of Soul Edge. Needless to say, he’s worthy of the title “Terror on the High Seas!”

Before our number one pick makes us walk the plank here are a few honourable mentions!

Romulus Slag
“Ratchet and Clank: Tools of Destruction” (2007)
Risky Boots
“Shantae” series (2002-)

#1: Guybrush Threepwood

“Monkey Island series” (1990-2011)
He may not be the imposing or traditional of pirates, but over the course of the Monkey Island games, the character of Guybrush Threepwood goes through what only can be described as a hilarious hero’s journey. Starting off as a meek young man desperately trying to become a pirate, his various battles and escapades eventually turn him into a dashing rogue of the high seas who also marries the girls of his dreams. It’s a classic tale with a hilarious twist that we never get tired of hearing of. We also have to give a shout out to his archenemy Captain LeChuck. It takes some serious anchors to brush of death numerous times and come back as a ghost, zombie and demon! Now that takes commitment!

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