The pirate crew's reputation of being vile rapscallions terrified the crew of the invaded ship.
The Captain Jack Sparrow character played by Johnny Depp is an example of a rapscallion.
Origin of rapscallionfrom earlier rascallion, extension of rascal
Origin of rapscallionAlteration of obsolete rascallion from rascal
From an alteration of rascallion, a fanciful elaboration of rascal (someone who is naughty).