Stranger Cat Pirates VS Ninjas
The internet meme about pirates vs. ninjas is about as old as the lol cats, but it’s a debate that probably won’t go away any time soon. It’s similar to the Angel Season 5 debate “astronauts vs. cavemen”. The side of the line you fall on is probably the same as the two main characters who debated it (Angel and Spike). It’s one of those nonsensical arguments that is about as pointless as arguing Mac vs. PC (and, by pointless, I mean Macs are undoubtably the winners). All this to say that ninjas and pirates have been set on opposite sides of the proverbial sand bar and you must pick your ship (or whatever the ninja mode of transportation might be at the moment).
Got your team? Good, because I really can’t decide myself.
Both pirates and ninjas appeal to humankind’s romanticized view of history. Pirates, in our minds, are not the true half-starving, never had a bath, ruthless cut throats who do little more than rob the banks (at the time) of their treasure. Instead, they’re a call to a life of adventure and escape. Ninjas, similarly, are not the true delta-force mercenaries of feudal Japan. Rarely, in our spirited imaginations do the ninjas sabotage or assassinate. They’re more likely to be voiced by Jack Black and have adorable bellies.
Yet, there is the call for adventure that has been the basis of all great literature since the invention of the printing press. Spare me the serialized garbage about love — give me a great battle, some sword play and a man who rides off without the love-struck girl. And that, my friends, is why we love pirates and ninjas.
Pirates and ninjas both have the anti-hero complex down to an exact science. They are dangerous, living by a code all of their own, and good in a bar fight. They have the bad boy swagger and a glint of the mysterious mythos that leaves ordinary heroes weeping into their Wheaties.
So no matter what team you pick in the epic final battle between pirates and ninjas (or astronauts and cavemen), I hope it’s the winning side. I heard that the other guys don’t play nice with traitors.
Elizabeth: And you’ll be positively the most fearsome pirates in the Spanish Main.
Jack Sparrow: Not just the Spanish Main, luv. The entire ocean. The entire wo’ld. Wherever we want to go, we’ll go. That’s what a ship is, you know. It’s not just a keel and a hull and a deck and sails, that’s what a ship needs but what a ship is… what the Black Pearl really is… is freedom.