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The 7 Most Terrifying Pirates From History

First Posted: 08/19/11 09:42 PM ET Updated: 10/19/11 06:12 AM ET

Badass Pirate
The stereotypical Hollywood pirate is a wimp compared to the scurillous bastards who ruled the seven seas back in the day.

Between Johnny Depp and numerous sports logos, pirates have become cartoon characters in modern culture.

It's easy to forget that the real thing did exist, and that in many cases they were much more badass than the Hollywood version.

Don't take the word "badass" the wrong way; these men were unspeakably violent, often mass murderers and slaveholders. They were pirates, real pirates, not goofy caricatures. Here's proof.

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Filed by David Moye  |