The Blackguard Pirates is a group that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics. It is a crew of robotic pirates lead by Captain Metal who scourge the Sol Zone.
The Blackguard Pirates established a base on one of the Sol Zone's islands, led by a captain named Captain Boltbeard. However, Boltbeard's reign came to an end after he was defeated and destroyed by a rebuilt Metal Sonic v3.0, who afterwards became known as Captain Metal. Sailing the Metal Marauder, this group defeated many of their rivals and managed to capture the last of the Sol Emeralds.
Pirate Plunder Panic
Their prize quickly earned them the enmity of Blaze and her allies on Team Rose, who with the Ocean Tornado-captained by Marine and manned by the Coconut Crew-engaged the pirates in battle. However, Metal's ship proved the more formidable, thanks in part to the services of Bean and Bark, whom the pirates had rescued after their unexpected teleportation to the Sol Zone. The battle ended with the pirates' capture of the Blaze and the Ocean Tornado's destruction, seemingly with all hands lost aboard. The pirates then returned to their island, where they unveiled their latest weapon: the Egg O' War, a massive airship that had mysteriously appeared in their territory, and which they had repaired in preparation to power it using the Sol Emeralds.
Metal's crew were then hit by a series of rapid surprises: Team Rose's reappearance-aided by the Sprockets-the theft of the Sol Emerald by Bean and Bark, and its theft from them by Captain Whisker's underling Johnny. Team Rose subsequently commandeered the Marauder, forcing its crew to help them pursue the thief. A battle then took place between the two crews, who were both menaced by the Kraken before the metal monster was destroyed. However, Metal soon regained the Sol Emerald, and left with it and Blaze to power up the Egg O' War. With the Marauder sinking, Team Rose-now aligned with Bean and Bark-took command of Metal's submarine, forcing his subordinates to depart for home without transportation. The Marauder's crew jumped ship to join Whisker's, and their vessel soon fled to escape the rising Egg O' War. Fortunately, Blaze defeated Metal and sunk the warship by transforming into Burning Blaze.