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Talk Like a Pirate Day Pirate Awards: The Best Pirate Stuff Ever

Talk Like a Pirate Day

My friends — dare I say, mateys — the day has come. Talk Like a Pirate Day. The revered holiday on which we talk like pirates. In celebration of this all-important holiday, I give you, a completely random and subjective list of pirate-themed awards, in no order at all! 


The Pirates' Mixed-Up VoyageBest Middle Grade/Children’s Pirate Book

The Pirates’ Mixed-Up Voyage by Margaret Mahy.

When Lionel Wafer declares himself “captain” and christens his boat The Sinful Sausage, he and his “crew,” a parrot and some sea-loving landlubbers, embark on a humorous voyage. This book is delightful.

Best Pirate Improv Comedy Skit

Whose Line Is It Anyway with special guest Whoopi Goldberg!

Best Doctor Who Pirate Episode

“The Pirate Planet” from the era of the Fourth Doctor! This episode treats the concept of “pirate” more metaphorically, with an entire planet that pillages other planets. There is a bit of quintessential “pirate” in the captain, though. He has a cybernetic “eyepatch” and a robotic parrot on his shoulder. This episode was written by Douglas Adams!

Sorry I couldn’t find a proper trailer. For a more literal treatment of “space pirates,” see “Enlightenment” from the Fifth Doctor, with old-timey pirate ships floating through space. 

Black Fire Sonni Cooper coverBest Star Trek Pirate Novel

Black Fire by Sonni Cooper.

This is the one where Spock becomes a space pirate! I’m not even kidding. Just read it, it’s my favorite. 😀

Best Historical Pirate Fact

The “pirate accent” is actually a (very strong version of an) accent from southwest England. Many pirates were supposed to have been from this area, but it’s thought to have been introduced to popular culture in 1950’s Treasure Island movie. I discovered this doing some Googling after watching some British movie and thinking “Why does that random guy have a pirate accent?”

Best Animated Pirate Movie

Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy. And, of course, shout out to the actual Peter Pan!

Best Pirate Graphic Novel

Pirate Penguin vs. Ninja Chicken: Troublems with Frenemies by Ray Friesen, from Top Shelf, the same company that publishes my beloved Owly comics. Also another wonderful example of a fictionalized group — ninjas.


Favorite picture of my cat photoshopped as a pirate

Pirate cat

The Pirates Who Do The Least

The Only Live-Action Movie I’ve Actually Seen that Has Pirates in It


What are your Pirate Awards? 🙂

13 thoughts on “Talk Like a Pirate Day Pirate Awards: The Best Pirate Stuff Ever

  1. Have you read any of Gideon Defoe’s ‘The Pirates!’ books? I’ve only got around to reading ‘The Pirates! In an Adventure With Scientists’ so far but I loved it!! Looking forward to reading the adventure with Romantics! There is a film (Aardman Animation) based on the scientist one- in the UK it has the same title as the book but in the US I think it’s called ‘The Pirates: Band of Misfits!’ It’s a great film for cheering yourself up on a sad day and highlights all the important parts of being a pirate- the shanties, the luxuriant beards and of course… Ham Night!


  2. Pirates of the Caribbean is the only live action pirate movie you’ve ever seen? You should watch Muppet’s Treasure Island, unless for some reason you don’t like the muppets.

    Also, We Are The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything brings back so many memories.


    1. Yep. I should’ve given the Dread Pirate Roberts an award, but other than that I’ve racked my brain and can’t think of any other pirates. I watch the Muppet Christmas Carol every year, and I think I’ve seen the original muppet movie, but not much else. I should, though.

      😀 I haven’t watched VeggieTales in ages, I’m glad someone else remembers!


  3. I can’t believe I could have been talking like a pirate all day, and I just now found out about it! I love pirate talk!

    This is definitely a great post because pirates are awesome! And so are Doctor Who, Veggie Tales, and Pirates of the Caribbean!

    Great blog! 🙂


    1. well, you didn’t leave it out…. I was reading this in my email and didn’t realize it cut out parts… 🙂
      Now I will be singing that song all night.

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  4. “Favorite picture of my cat photoshopped as a pirate” – Is this category as exclusive as the Star Trek pirate category?

    I hope it isn’t. I hope there are more. I loved this light-hearted post, thank you for sharing!


    1. Glad you enjoyed it! 😀

      This is actually the inaugural picture of my cat photoshopped as a pirate. He was winking at me while getting his picture taken for some other post, and I just thought he looked piratical. But I have a feeling there will be more. 😉

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