Sort of inventory character from science fiction and fantasy

Air pirates (often known as sky pirates) are a kind of inventory character from science fiction and fantasy.


Fictional air pirates sometimes function as pirates within the air, or, typically, the ambiance of a planet, dwarf planet or moon, and journey by plane, versus the extra conventional pirates on the excessive seas, who journey by ship. Nonetheless, simply as conventional seafaring pirates goal crusing ships, air pirates serve an identical function in science fiction and fantasy media: they seize and plunder plane and different targets for cargo, loot and sometimes they steal a complete plane, typically killing the crewmembers within the course of. Nonetheless, their gown and speech could range; it could correspond to the actual creator’s imaginative and prescient of the story’s setting, slightly than their seafaring counterparts. Then again, air pirates could also be modeled after stereotypical sea pirates. Some air pirates use airborne plane carriers as cell bases from which to conduct raids.[1][2][3] Air pirates made early appearances in novels, silent movies, comics and pulp magazines, and have since appeared in quite a lot of media, together with alternate historical past,[4][5]steampunk,[6][7][8] and dieselpunk[9][10] works.

In widespread tradition[edit]

  • Robur, an inventor who kidnaps folks and takes them aboard his superior plane within the 1886 novel Robur the Conqueror and its 1904 sequel Grasp of the World (each written by Jules Verne), in addition to within the 1961 movie adaptation based mostly on components of each novels.
  • Captain Mors, a.ok.a. the “Air Pirate”, within the German pulp journal The Air Pirate and His Steerable Airship (1908–1911).
  • Captain Alfonso Payton, a.ok.a. the “Sky Pirate”, within the 1909 novel The Sky Pirate.
  • The 1910 brief story The Sky Police by John A. Heffernan options an air pirate.[11]
  • The air pirates within the 1911 silent movie Pirates of 1920.[12][13]
  • The sky pirates within the 1915 ebook The Pirates of the Sky: A Story of Trendy Journey by Stephen Gaillard.[14][15]
  • The title character within the 1915 Italian journey movie Filibus.
  • Prince James and his “social revolutionaries” commit an act of air piracy within the 1931 brief story The Raid of the Mercury by A. H. Johnson.[16]
  • The Orks and Darkish Eldar are house pirate factions in Warhammer 40,000.
  • The Sky Pirate is a DC Comics villain and an enemy of the Inexperienced Lantern, who first appeared within the 1947 comedian Inexperienced Lantern Vol 1 #27.
  • “The Sky Folks” (1959) of the Maurai collection by Poul Anderson.
  • Miles Lydecker, a.ok.a. “Sky Pirate”, is one other DC Comics air pirate who fought towards Black Condor within the 1992 comedian Black Condor Vol 1 #2.
  • The Blackhawks of DC Comics often fought towards air pirates, akin to within the 1951 comedian Blackhawk (1944 1st Sequence) #36.
  • Alexandre LeRoi within the DC Comics 1991 graphic novel Batman: Grasp of the Future.
  • Captain Plunder and his Sky Pirates within the comedian Sonic the Comedian.
  • Vikram Szpirglas and his gang of air pirates within the 2004 novel Airborn.
  • The sky pirates within the Callisto collection of novels.
  • Air pirates had been featured within the caricature Barney Baxter within the Air.
  • Dola and her gang of air pirates within the 1986 Japanese anime movie Citadel within the Sky.
  • The air pirates, together with the Mama Aiuto Gang, within the 1992 Japanese anime movie Porco Rosso, in addition to the 1989 manga Hikōtei Jidai on which the movie was based mostly.
  • Sala and her air pirates within the 1996 movie The Phantom.
  • A number of characters within the Edge Chronicles books are sky pirates.
  • Captain Shakespeare and his aerial pirates within the 2007 fantasy movie Stardust.
  • Blackbeard and his pirates within the 2015 fantasy movie Pan, who use flying crusing ships.
  • Don Karnage and his gang of air pirates within the Disney animated collection TaleSpin (1990–1991).
  • The pirates within the animated collection Skyland (2005–2007).
  • The 2009 novel Boneshaker by Cherie Priest options air pirates like captain Cly.
  • The air pirates of the Crimson Skies recreation franchise, together with the principle character Nathan Zachary and his gang the Fortune Hunters.
  • The sky pirates of the Remaining Fantasy media franchise, together with Vaan and Balthier.
  • Captain Gyrfalcon from the function enjoying recreation Exalted.
  • Air pirates are featured within the function enjoying recreation Citadel Falkenstein.
  • The air pirates within the online game Skies of Arcadia.
  • Captain Phoenix and his gang within the online game Jak and Daxter: The Misplaced Frontier.
  • The air pirates within the online game Freedom Wings.
  • The sky pirates within the online game Weapons of Icarus.
  • The Aetherblades from the online game Guild Wars 2.
  • The air pirates within the online game Skyrates.
  • The crew of the airship Silvana within the anime collection Final Exile and the sky pirates within the sequel collection Final Exile: Fam the Silver Wing
  • The fictional characters of the band Abney Park within the Airship Pirates Chronicles
  • The Black Cat Gang from the online game Tail Concerto and the various different sky pirate factions that seem in its sequel Solatorobo: Crimson the Hunter.
  • The principle theme within the MMORPG recreation, Pirate101.
  • The principle theme within the widespread OpenXCom mod, XPiratez
  • A narrative arc within the Mandrake the Magician caricature concerned a pirate airplane that will latch on to the surface of a passenger jet after which threaten to punch holes by means of the fuselage (with remote-controlled hammers) if the victims did not comply with orders and land at an airstrip the place the pirates might loot their prey.
  • The air pirates within the anime The Magnificent Kotobuki.

In actuality[edit]

In real-life use, the phrase “air piracy” extra typically refers back to the hijacking and unlawful seizure of an plane. Nonetheless, there was not less than one event of an act of nautical-type piracy being performed from the air. This occurred in 1917, when the civilian Norwegian schooner Royal was boarded and captured by a boarding social gathering from the German Zeppelin L23.[17]

See additionally[edit]


  1. ^ Mullen, Micheal (October 20, 1999). “Crimson Skies Creator Speaks Out”. GameSpot. Retrieved July 9, 2015. Lastly (and most significantly), are the air pirates of their zeppelin-based plane carriers that hunt the airborne prey and the wealthy cargoes they carry.
  2. ^ Herold, Charles (March 1, 2001). “Recreation Principle; Fly in a Retro World Beneath Crimson Skies”. The New York Occasions. Retrieved July 9, 2015. Set in 1937, Crimson Skies issues itself with a dashing air pirate, Nathan Zachary […] Touring the globe in an airship, the Pandora, Zachary and his crew make their residing plundering cargo zeppelins. As Zachary, you start every mission by main a squadron of fighter pilots out of the zeppelin towards your goal.
  3. ^ “The TaleSpin Sourcepage – The Iron Vulture”. Archived from the unique on March 2, 2009. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  4. ^ Kasavin, Greg (September 19, 2000). “Crimson Skies Impressions”. GameSpot. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  5. ^ Tringham, Neal Roger (2014). Science Fiction Video Video games. CRC Press. p. 445. ISBN 978-1-4822-0388-2 – through Google Books.
  6. ^ “Valves and Cogs! 15 Most Fashionable Steampunk Pirate Novels”. OCLC. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  7. ^ “Airborn by Kenneth Oppel”. December 16, 2010. Archived from the unique on July 10, 2015. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  8. ^ Abney Park’s Airship Pirates’ RPG”. ICv2. April 18, 2011. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  9. ^ O’Connor, Alice (April 12, 2012). “Jordan Weisman hopes to resurrect Crimson Skies”. Shacknews. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  10. ^ Yin-Poole, Wesley (April 13, 2012). “Shadowrun creator desires to resurrect Crimson Skies”. Eurogamer. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  11. ^ Bleiler, Everett; Bleiler, Richard (1990). Science-fiction, the Early Years: A Full Description of Extra Than 3,000 Science-fiction Tales from Earliest Occasions to the Look of the Style Magazines in 1930: with Writer, Title, and Motif Indexes (Web page 357). Kent State College Press. p. 357. ISBN 0-87338-416-4 – through Google Books.
  12. ^ Lawson, Mark (December 5, 2014). “Beware air pirates, be good to Martians: classes from the daybreak of British sci-fi”. New Statesman. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  13. ^ Paris, Michael (1992). Winged Warfare: The Literature and Principle of Aerial Warfare in Britain, 1859-1917. Manchester College Press. p. 57. ISBN 0-7190-3694-1 – through Google Books.
  14. ^ Gaillard, Stephen (1915). The Pirates of the Sky: A Story of Trendy Journey. Chicago: Rand McNally & Firm – through Web Archive. the pirates of the sky a story of contemporary journey.
  15. ^ Bleiler, Everett; Bleiler, Richard (1990). Science-fiction, the Early Years: A Full Description of Extra Than 3,000 Science-fiction Tales from Earliest Occasions to the Look of the Style Magazines in 1930: with Writer, Title, and Motif Indexes (Pages 271-272). Kent State College Press. pp. 271–272. ISBN 0-87338-416-4 – through Google Books.
  16. ^ Bleiler, Everett; Bleiler, Richard (1998). Science-Fiction: The Gernsback Years: A Full Protection of the Style Magazines Superb, Astounding, Marvel, and Others from 1926 By means of 1936. Kent State College Press. p. 194. ISBN 0-87338-604-3 – through Google Books.
  17. ^ Robinson, Douglas Hill (1962). The Zeppelin in Fight: A Historical past of the German Naval Airship Division, 1912-1918. London: G.T. Foulis. pp. 220–21. OCLC 1302222.

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