That's MS. Pirate To You

I have no idea where the cliché of the pirate queen comes from, beyond simple "oh shit, the pirate captain's a girl?!" narrative misdirection. I'm all for a bit of gender equality in positions of power, but I wonder why this progressiveness so often occurs among deadly maritime cutthroats and pillagers.

While certainly not exclusive to games, the idea that the leader of a boat of pirates - or an entire pirate fleet - is a woman is surprisingly ubiquitous in this medium as well. Honestly, at this point, I'd be more freaked out if the mysterious leader of an oddly gregarious pirate band turned out to be a guy. I mean, what if Bikke was a lady pirate wearing a fake beard all this time? It's not like you could tell with 8-bit graphics. Oh god, the veil of reality is shattering all around me! I CAN'T DEAL W-

Sorry. These are pirate queens. A list of them. Have fun.

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Posted by MooseyMcMan

For whatever reason, I read that as M S Pirate, as in MS like MS Paint.

So, Microsoft pirate.

Yeah.

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Posted by LikeaMetaphor

There's also Captain Scarlet from the Borderlands 2 DLC "Captain Scarlet and Her Pirate's Booty."