And because it's day one, here's a bonus entry: Lai Choi San
Lai Choi San was a female pirate captain who commanded a fleet of a dozen junks, at least one of which was armour-plated and cannon-armed, in the 1920s and 1930s (you read that right!), operating in the South and East China Seas.
We don't know much of anything about her, so you can really fill in the blanks as you see fit. All we know is that she must have been tough and charismatic to command such a large group of cut-throats.
Lai Choi San on Wikipedia