Pirates: Raised as I was on the North Shore, I am partial to pirates and other sea-faring folk. Love me some shanties, stories about the West Indies, and tales of haunted captain's houses.
However I recently found YA author John Green's brilliant answer to that age-old question: "Pirates or ninjas?"
"Ok- On the one hand we have a bunch of alcoholic peg-leg smokers with scurvy, and then on the other hand we have perfectly trained killing machines in excellent physical condition. So...Ninjas."
I may have been officially swayed. Damn you, sense-making!
*(I would say "and Ninjas," but the ninjas are invisible.)