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If we look to the past, we can see that there were dangerous pirates and there were successful pirates, and Bartholomew Roberts is definitely part of a successful camp. During his long career he managed to capture incredible wealth and inspire such a fear that naval trade almost completely stopped around him.
In the history of buccaneers and pirates, Henry Morgan will be remembered as one of the most ruthless ones. During his entire life he waged constant war against Spanish in the New World, which brought him reputation of national hero in England and criminal in Spain.
As one of the most notorious and ruthless pirates of all time, Edward Low remains remembered today as one of the most famous pirates of the Atlantic Ocean. His violent nature and thirst for murder and torture was so strong that it almost singlehandedly brought the end of Golden age of Piracy.
Late 18th century was a time of turmoil on the Chinese Sea, with pirate bands uniting into such large forces that even military fleets of several nations could not oppose them. One of the biggest pirate captains of that time was Cheng I who after marriage with famous Ching Shih created a pirate empire of incredible proportions.