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->''"[[BadassBoast If it's wet, I can sail on it.]]"''
-->-- '''Angus "Grim" Grimaldi''', ''VideoGame/TombRaider2013''

This is a [[WoodenShipsAndIronMen maritime]] BadassGrandpa. He has endured [[AStormIsComing storms]], {{pirate}}s, [[OminousFog fog]], and all the [[SeaMonster perils of the sea]]. He has been in a BarBrawl in every port and he has never lost. Sometimes he is a DrillSergeantNasty to all the scurvy foc'sle swabs. Sometimes he develops a BigBrotherInstinct toward the PluckyMiddie. But he is a lord of the sea and all sailors must heed him or endure his wrath. Often wears a SeaDogBeard.

If he actually serves in a Navy then he's likely to cross over with OldSoldier.

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!!Examples:

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* The Gorton's fisherman.
* Captain Birdseye, when they're not casting someone for MrFanservice.

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* Too many examples to name in ''OnePiece''. Edward Newgate and Shanks come to mind, though the Seven Warlords of the Sea, the rest of the Four Emperors, and several Marine Admirals could very well qualify.
** Luffy's grandpa Garp, who is depicted as one of the oldest (Or at least, oldest-''looking'') Navy man in the series. Has a beard, too.
** Then there is the mermaid king ''named'' Neptune who is a father as well.
* Drake of the Hoenn Elite Four is shown in the ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' anime to be a ship captain, befitting his naval uniform. However, his Pokemon are Dragon types instead of Water types in both media.
** Mr. Briney is also this type of character.
* Although it's set in space, ''StarBlazers / SpaceBattleshipYamato's'' military is portrayed very much as the [[RecycledInSpace Navy In Space,]] right down to bellbottomed uniforms. Captain Avatar/Okita is every inch this trope, as is Captain Gideon in the second season.

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* Captain Haddock from the ''{{Tintin}}'' comics.

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* Gibbs, Barbossa, and Jones from ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''.
* Captain Gregg, the ghost of ''TheGhostAndMrsMuir'', was presumably this in life, considering [[spoiler:he titles his biography ''Blood and Swash'']].
* Sam Quint from ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' certainly counts.

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* Diokles the oarmaster in ''OverTheWineDarkSea'' by HarryTurtledove.
* Long John Silver in ''TreasureIsland''.
* [[ClassicalMythology Poseidon]] in the ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' series DEFINITELY qualifies due to him almost essentially being the trope namer [[CaptainObvious due to him being, you know, Poseidon.]] It mainly applies in the fifth book when he is defending his kingdom of Atlantis from the original god of the sea, Oceanus.
* Disko Troop in ''CaptainsCourageous''.
* Captain/Commodore/Admiral Sir Edward Pellew as he is portrayed in the ''[[HoratioHornblower Hornblower]]'' series. (Arguably TruthInTelevision as Pellew was a RealLife naval commander.)
* Captain John Charity Spring from the ''{{Flashman}}'' novels.
* [[KeysToTheKingdom The Mariner]]
* The title character of Coleridge's ''Literature/TheRimeOfTheAncientMariner.''
* Davos Seaworth from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. He actually has seven children, as well as being an exsmuggler.

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* Parodied in ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' with [[Creator/TomBaker Captain Redbeard Rum]] who, despite having suffered innumerable injuries at sea, [[TalkLikeAPirate talking like a pirate]] and having [[SeadogBeard a beard you could lose a badger in]], is an absolutely ''terrible'' sailor, who has no idea how to navigate, regards an actual crew for his ship as an unnecessary luxury, and whose typical sailing trip is to take the ship around in circles until everyone gets dizzy and then head home.
* Scotty in ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' is a FatherNeptune [[RecycledInSpace in space]]
* The [[CharacterTitle eponymous character]] of the ''CaptainBluebear'' (German for "Captain [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Bluebear]]") series. Whenever he tells one of his past adventures, his three grandkids usually don't believe a word of it.

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* {{Popeye}}'s father Poopdeck Pappy.
* Captain Eddie from the ''ComicStrip/NonSequitur'' comic strip likes to portray himself as this. How much of if is purely in his own mind is open to debate.

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* Cap'n Carl (Phil Hartman) in the original version of ''Series/ThePeeWeeHermanShow''.
** He was replaced by Cowboy Curtis (a character from the TV show) in the new verison of show, out of respect for the late Hartman.

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* Admiral Bobbery in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor''.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'''s Drake, as mentioned above.
* Man O'War of ''FreedomForce''
* Robert Faulkner in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII''.
* Admiral Steven Hackett in the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series is this [[RecycledInSpace in space]].

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* The Sea Captain from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. His name is actually Captain [=MacAllistar=] but he is almost never referred to as that.
* Subverted with Capt'n K'nuckles from ''TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack''.
* Parodied with "Two-Patch" Crappie Jack from an episode of ''RockosModernLife''
-->"All the way to Davy Jones Locker! And Micky Dolenz's locker, too, and Peter Tork's locker! All TheMonkees had lockers."
* Mr. Krabs on ''SpongebobSquarepants'' has some characteristics of this, espcally in the very early episodes.
* Captain Kidd from the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "The Belly of the Beast".
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* Gideon Welles, the Secretary of the Navy during the UsefulNotes/AmericanCivilWar. Although a political apointee, he became an invaluable asset to the Lincoln administration during the war.
* Admiral William Halsey (though the USN is a little embarrassed about some of his decisions).
** Granted, they were the same decisions that Spruance had been criticized for ''not'' making just a few months prior.
* Admiral Marc Mitscher.
* [[http://www.amazon.com/Folklore-Sea-Maritime-Horace-Beck/dp/0913372366/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1256531356&sr=8-1 Horace Beck]]
* Tristan Jones, the first man to sail a boat from the Dead Sea to Lake Titicaca, the highest and lowest bodies of water on Earth. He also spent months trapped in an iceberg in the Arctic Circle, and continued sailing even after losing his leg. That is, [[UnreliableNarrator if you believe him.]]
* Samuel Eliot Morison: Historian, IntrepidReporter and writer of ''Literature/HistoryOfUSNavalOperationsInWorldWarII''.
* Anyone who lives to collect his pension after spending their adult life deep-sea fishing in the northern latitudes probably qualifies by default.

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