A question inspired by my recent watching of the third Pirates of the Caribbean
I was wondering: why are pirates so popular as heroes in movies, RPGs etc.? I mean, I know it'd be kind of cool to swing a cutlass and wear a big hat (although I don't quite see the appeal of living on the sea - sea is scary)... but aside from that, pirates weren't really pleasant people. Why are they being romanticized so much?
It's not that I have something against pirate stories - I liked the original PotC
movie, as well as Geena Davis' Cutthroat Island
. But I could never play a pirate in an RPG... it'd mean RPing a character whose occupation is looting and killing of innocent people...
So... do you like pirates? If so, why? And, if you RP pirates, then how do you deal with the fact that they are robbers and killers?