Pirate AU is a popular AU (Alternate Universe) within the Rise of the Brave Tangled Dragons fandom. In the AU, Rapunzel, MeridaHiccup and Jack Frost are all shipmates as pirates, off on different adventures across the seven seas. Because it is not canon, ideas for this AU are shown through fanfiction, fanart, and other fan-made works.

About the AUEdit

Spawned from fanart, Pirate AU slowly grew into a developed section of the fandom with stories, mockup art and fanart showcasing the Big Four (and some significant others) as the crew of a pirate ship on different misadventures.

Popular Spin-off AUs Edit

Featured CharactersEdit

The Big FourEdit

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock IIIEdit

Tamer and first-mate of the crew. Debatably one of the more sensible of the bunch, this peg-legged Viking ran from his home to protect his closest friend the uncredited fifth crew member Toothless. Many like to equate Hiccup's admission to the crew as a means of protecting Toothless from his dragon-killing tribe. Because of the original-book's incarnation of Hiccup having a history with pirates, fans like the idea of the film's version of Hiccup working with or at least associating himself with pirates.

Hiccup being a natural-born leader in-canon, can even make Hiccup a pirate caption of his own crew; and the Night Fury insignia or Berk's crest can serve as the mark on his ship's flag. His crew can be his fellow Dragon Riders of Berk (or any of the other members in the fandom) and fans have commonly named his ship, the Night Fury.

Jack FrostEdit

Man of the crow's nest, acrobat and assassin of the crew. Jackson "Frost" Overland has a wit that can run circles over his captain and has the feet to match, ever stealthy and shoeless. His origins are a mystery to everyone and himself, something that could explain his pale skin and white hair. He can also be seen as a infamous pirate captain or a wanted mercenary, as well known pirates were feared throughout the sea.

Merida DunBrochEdit

Captain of the crew and former heir of the clan DunBroch. To change her fate, Merida ran away from home to freedom in the open ocean. Gathering a crew, Merida became the captain under one of the most notorious pirate flags with one of the biggest band of misfits to ever sail. Despite her ill temper, she treats her crew like family and is willing to die for them like a true captain. Fans also see her as a bounty hunter, as she hunts and fights every pirates she comes across so she could someday make the sea safe for other ships to sail upon.

Rapunzel CoronaEdit

Lost princess of Corona, Rapunzel is the cabin girl and newest member of the crew. New to the ocean, fate has seen her sense of wonder and desire for adventure and brought her to the unlikely three. Stories commonly make it to where Rapunzel knew of her royal heritage, unlike the movie where she did not know. Corona's crest is sometimes placed as Rapunzel's pirate tattoo, the shape of the pendent around her neck or as the mark on a pirate flag; when it is placed with a skull.

Extra CharactersEdit


Since Kakamora are a tribe of pirates, people portray them as a band of human pirates. With one of their face paint designs as the mark on their flag. Tamatoa can also be portrayed as a human pirate (with a peg leg), so he could be their caption, or as a member of their crew that is waiting for the right moment to steal all the treasure they find for himself.


Since Zarina had spent time as Caption to James Hook's crew before they reveal their true attention, along with fighting alongside Tinker Bell and her friends as Pirate Fairies. She can be portrayed as the Pirate Caption of one of those two crews or of a pirate crew of her very own. As a Human or remaining fairy.

Drago BludvistEdit

Drago's feared and conquering history can easily make him a well-known and feared pirate captain, with the Conqueror and his army as his pirate ship and crew. His Bewilderbeast can be the mark on his flag, or any of the other dragon shape crests that are on the sails of his armada's ships.

Pitch BlackEdit

Since Pitch was a pirate caption in the Guardians of Childhood books, along with having the Nightmare Galleon as his ship and Nightmare Pirates as his crew; he can be portrayed as his pirate self. Sailing the seas instead of the galaxy.

Lady CaineEdit

Caine being the leader of small band of pirates in Corona can easily have her portrayed as herself, and as a pirate captain that sails the sea with her crew. Her skull and rose tattoo on her arm can be used as the mark on her ship's flag. Like her backstory in Tangled: Before Ever After, her father was arrested when she was a child and to get revenge on the people that punished him for being a criminal, she took charge of her father's crew and terrorized the waters surrounding Corona to get back at its people. Caine can even be a member of a rival pirate crew of Rapunzel's, when she is portrayed as a high or low ranking member (like captain or cabin girl) of her pirate crew.

Moana WaialikiEdit

Since both pirates and wayfinders are sailors that sail the high seas and work together as a team to steer their ship, Moana and a hand full of her people can easily serve as a band of pirates that sail the waters of the South Pacific ocean; with Moana as their caption. When the Heart of Te Fiti was stolen from the Island Goddess and Moana realizing the danger that the world and the ocean is in, she and a small band of her loyal crew members - Pua, Heihei and Maui - decided to find the heart and return it to the goddess to save the world, and to make the ocean safe to sail upon again. Human versions of the Kakamora can serve as a rival crew of Moana's, since they both come from the same film.

Queen ElsaEdit

Princess AnnaEdit

Known ExamplesEdit


Mockup ArtEdit