Video games are filled with strange and unique characters. Often when pirates appear in video games, you don’t directly interact with them. You see their ship, but that isn’t the same thing. There are some pirates, though, that practically jump off the screen, both main characters and villains. In fact, the best pirates often display both good and bad qualities. The following list highlights the top five best pirates to ever appear in video games.
5. Cervantes de Leon (Soulcalibur) – Cervantes is the final boss of just about every game in this series. He fights with a pair of giant swords and a single shot pistol which is used for certain specific moves. Imposing and powerful, he is practically the spitting image of classic Caribbean pirates. Because this is a fighting game you never really get to see him act as an actual pirate, but his fierce attitude earns him a spot on this list.
4. Balthier (Final Fantasy XII) – Balthier isn’t just a pirate. He is an airship pirate, which makes him twice as cool. But while it is cool to be an airship pilot, the game has a distinctive lack of flying around in airships or pirating. You can see his pirate ways through his speech patterns and flamboyant attitude, but never really get to see Balthier in his element. It is like a tease of one of the best possible pirates ever.
3. Edward Kenway (Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Sails) – Edward has been a privateer, a pirate, and an assassin by the end of this game. That is an absolutely amazing combination of professions and tells a lot about the main character of Black Sails. While most of your time controlling Kenway will involve assassinations, you do get to sail the sees and actually engage in piracy. That is rare in video games and makes him a worthy contender for best pirate.
2. Zegram Ghart (Rogue Galaxy) – Zegram has almost everything going for him. He is both a playable character and an enemy at various points in the game. He sales around on an intergalactic pirate space ship, has an eyepatch, and his colorful, gruff statements are voiced by the brilliant Steve Blum. Everything about him looks and sounds like a pirate, including the cutlass he uses in battle. Just as a space pirate he would earn a high place on this list, but with wavering loyalties and the ability to control him at times, he is almost perfect.
1. LeChuck (Secret of Monkey Island) – The only pirate better than an intergalactic pirate is an undead pirate. You simply can’t get more traditional than that. LeChuck may be classic in design, but his depiction is anything but classic. Ranging from naïve to brilliantly despotic, he is a perfect fit in the zany, yet surprisingly deep Secret of Monkey Island series of games. Despite being destroyed multiple times, he constantly returns to both harass and entertain. Finally, the artwork for LeChuck is simply amazing. He is exaggerated in every way imaginable, but that just makes him seem even more like a voodoo, ghost pirate from the beyond and definitely creates exactly the right sense of being dangerous and ridiculous.