Long John Shoutout
The name Long John is used to indicate a character is a pirate.
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Exactly What It Says on the Tin, anytime you find a pirate in fiction or media, expect him to always have "Long John" in his name, as a Shout-Out to "Long John Silver" from Treasure Island, but not a direct Whole Plot Reference to Treasure Island.

Compare: Captain Colorbeard


Examples

Comic Books
  • In issue #16 of Cartoon Cartoons, a Courage the Cowardly Dog story featured a ghost pirate visiting the Bagge farm, whose name was Captain Long John Longjohns.

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Video Games

Web Comics
  • In Freefall, when Helix was excited about the idea of him and Sam becoming space pirates, he started to call himself "Long John Aluminium".

Western Animation
  • The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh:
    • Tigger imagines himself as the pirate 'Long John Tigger', during a fantasy in the episode "Babysitter Blues".
    • In the episode "Rabbit Marks The Spot", Rabbit claims that a false treasure map that he created belonged to his rabbit pirate ancestor Long John Cottontail. At the end of the episode, the real Long John Cottontail shows up, scaring Pooh and the others away, much to his confusion.
  • The Garfield and Friends episode "The Legend Of Long Jon" featured Jon's pirate ancestor, Long Jon Arbuckle, who was hated by all the people that lived in the village, until the end, where it was discovered that he was actually a benevolent agent for George Washington.
  • Long John Scarechrome, one of Prime Evil's Mooks from Filmations Ghostbusters.
  • The novelisation of the Puff The Magic Dragon animated movie had a pirate called Very Long John Black and Bluebeard Kidd.

Real Life
  • Although not a character per se, "Long John Silver's" restaurant is obviously a shout-out to the infamous Stevenson character.

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