The anticipated October release of Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag inspired us to stew together a list of the 10 Best Video Game Pirates. Gaming has seen it all in terms of piracy: space pirates, sky pirates, modern pirates and, of course, the bearded, gritty-looking, sea dogs we have come to idolize. So keep a parrot on your shoulder, tuck your cutlass into your belt and have a cronie in the crow's nest with a spyglass, because we're on the lookout for the 10 Best Video Game Pirates. Yarrr!

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    Skies of Arcadia

    Vyse had all the perfect aspirations to being a sky pirate (unlike that dork, Vaan). Thus, he kicks off our list of the 10 Best Video Game Pirates.

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    Vanessa Vancleef

    World of Warcraft

    Pirate's Day is coming to Azeroth next month, so we're paying homage to the queen of the Goonies-inspired Deadmines, Vanessa Vancleef.

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    Bartholomew Fatima


    After being exiled from his home country and losing an eye, Bart became a sand-pirate whose Gear (a gundam-like robot) actually had an ocular motor removed so it could visibly match its owner. Bart even became a full-fledged sea pirate afterwards.

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    The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker

    Instead of having Zelda as the traditional, helpless damsel-in-distress, Nintendo did a 180 by introducing Wind Waker's main female as the badass pirate, Tetra.

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    Vaas Montenegro

    Far Cry 3

    "Did I ever tell you what the definition of insanity is?"

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    Cervantes de Leon

    Soul Series

    He was a pirate, he was a ghost pirate, and then he was an undead pirate possessed by the Soul Edge. Either way, Cervantes has had rum in his blood for eons and is why he's on our list of the 10 Best Video Game Pirates.

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    Kaptain K. Rool

    Donkey Kong Series

    The first Donkey Kong Country showed how much of a master thief King K. Rool was. But DKC 2 showed why -- because he was a pirate.

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    Final Fantasy 12 & Revenant Wings

    Balthier was so awesome that he almost made up for the lameness of Vaan. Balthier was a ballin' sky pirate with a foxy Viera that he kept as a wench... err, partner.

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    Metroid Series

    Ridley is a leader of Space Pirates who completely eradicated Samus' home planet. He nearly tops our list because he is both a giant dragon and a space pirate. Two cool things in one great package!

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    This could be YOU

    That's right... gamers top our list of the 10 Best Video Game Pirates. Why? Think of the astronomical amount of torrenting and illegal downloading of games that occur every single day. Piracy pretty much sank the Sega Dreamcast (which was Sega's fault for making their games playable when burnt to CD-Rs), and dropped Sega out of the console business. Stop illegally downloading games, you scumbag pirates.