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->''"I know I'm only a bluff old cove with no legs and a beard you could lose a badger in..."''
-->-- '''[[Creator/TomBaker Captain Redbeard Rum]]''', ''Series/{{Blackadder}} II''.

Men of the maritime or naval business, especially the [[BadassGrandpa more experienced ones]], will usually grow [[BadassBeard beards]]. It's more an issue of practicality- shaving requires fresh water, and you have to conserve this on a ship. But in any case it is one way to tell that a character is a real FatherNeptune.

For {{Pirate}} [[TheCaptain Captains]], a prominent beard is such an obligatory part of the [[DressedToPlunder dress code]] that you have a high probability of [[CaptainColorbeard being named after it]]. RealLife [[TropeMaker gave us]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackbeard Blackbeard]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oru%C3%A7_Reis Redbeard]], and fiction has responded with [[Series/{{Blackadder}} Redbeard Rum]] (see right), [[Manga/OnePiece Whitebeard]], Film/{{Yellowbeard}}, [[{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}} Purplebeard]]... everything but Literature/{{Bluebeard}}, which was already taken by a non-pirate.

Any character sporting this is likely to TalkLikeAPirate. [[TechnoBabble Something about the way the densely packed follicles baffle the sound waves...]] Combine with BeardOfBarbarism for {{Pirate}}s and HornyVikings.


* The Gorton's Fisherman.
* Captain Birdseye
* Despite what it says in the trope's description, there was a Weetabix advert which featured "Black-, Blue-, Red- and Yellowbeard". All were afraid of the pirate captain of the MarieCeleste, who was in turn scared off by learning the Royal Navy had their Weetabix.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Captain Smudge from ''Anime/SerendipityThePinkDragon'' has a big grey beard like this, and [[TalkLikeAPirate talks like a pirate]] too.
* Despite mostly serving in space, Captain Okita of the ''SpaceBattleshipYamato'' wears the traditional bushy captain beard.
* Due to the franchise's roots as an intended parody of the SF anime cliches of the 70s, most ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' series traditionally have the captains of their respective {{Cool Ship}}s to wear the traditional bushy beards. [[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Bruno Global]] and [[Anime/MacrossFrontier Jeffrey Wilder]] being the most prominent examples.
** [[Anime/{{Macross 7}} Max]] [[TheAce Jenius]], though, is an aversion -- he's clean-shaven and [[BlingOfWar impeccably]] [[ManInWhite clad in white]], and wears a CoolShades just to show off what [[TheAce an Ace]] he is. He even looks like a total {{Bishonen}} at 52.
*** Creator/ShojiKawamori reportedly [[WordOfGod outright stated]] that Max stopped aging due to his sheer awesomeness.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' ''runs'' on this trope.

* Captain Haddock in ''{{Tintin}}'', and his old mate Captain Chester.
* ComicBook/{{Jommeke}}: Captain Jan Haring.
* ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} had one for a while.
* Lex O'Malley in ''Comicstrip/{{Dan Dare}}''.

* Most of the male pirates from ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''.
* In ''Film/DasBoot'', most of the crew have beards by the end. TruthInTelevision, as fresh water was in limited supply aboard U-Boats.
* In ''Film/TheFinalCountdown'', several of the crew of the USS Nimitz wear a beard. Granted, this was 1980, so regulations have changed since then.
* ''Film/CabinBoy'' has some quite impressive one. [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1TriKNPbNb4/Tdr-YzFe1pI/AAAAAAAAAR4/BqxZ3akMjO0/s1600/cabinboy.png Just take a look]]
* [[HuskyRusskie Captain Ramius]] from ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober'' has an impressive beard. So does a nameless NPC on his boat.

* While not strictly speaking ''sea'' dogs, many of the SkyPirates in ''Literature/TheEdgeChronicles'' have beards of this nature, especially Tem Barkwater.
* [[Literature/TheRimeOfTheAncientMariner The Ancient Mariner]]
--> By thy long grey beard and glittering eye,
--> Now wherefore stopp'st thou me?.
* [[SpaceIsAnOcean Surprisingly]] ''[[SpaceIsAnOcean not]]'' [[SpaceIsAnOcean prominent]] in ''Literature/HonorHarrington'', Aivars Terekhov is one of those few who have it.
* Invoked in ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', where Reacher Gilt affects an ostentatious pirate "look" including a beard. Mostly so that he can [[BeardnessProtectionProgram lose it]] when it's time to disappear.
* ''{{Literature/Redwall}}'': Several shrews, otters and searats (all sailor-types, though only searats practice piracy) are noted to have beards.

[[folder:Live Action Television]]
* The page quote and image are of Redbeard Rum from ''Series/{{Blackadder}}''. He's ultimately eaten by cannibals, and all his comrades manage to save is his beard.
* ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' gives another BritCom example with Uncle Albert.
* Commander Wil Riker famously [[GrowingTheBeard grew a beard]] in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''.

* There is a popular German folk song called "Alle, die mit uns auf Kaperfahrt fahren". The Lyrics are "Alle, die mit uns auf Kaperfahrt fahren müssen Männer mit Bärten sein" (All who go on a sea raid with us have to be men with beards).

* Bluto/Brutus in ''{{Popeye}}'' has this overlapping with BeardOfEvil. Popeye himself is eerily hairless, while his father, Poopdeck Pappy, has thick PermaStubble.

* [[spoiler: Capt. Price]] in ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyModernWarfare2''. When you first see him he looks like a crusty old sea captain.
* Captain Daitetsu of ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'' is the very model of the old salty captain, with beard and pipe.
* Captain Ed Shivers from ''VideoGame/TimeSplittersFuturePerfect''.
* [[FatherNeptune Zigo d’Acosta]] of ''Videogame/BioShock2's'' multiplayer.
* Gangplank from ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends''.
* Kunkka from ''VideoGame/{{Dota 2}}'', an Admiral with a pirate-y outfit who uses lots of gratuitous nautical lingo.
* In ''VisualNovel/BurlyMenAtSea'', the three seafaring Beard Brothers, and the mysterious old man at the coffee shop who is probably a retired sailor, all have enormous beards.

* Captain [=McCallister=] of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' fits this to an extent given his nautical work, VerbalTic of "yar", and roughed up beard.
* Yellowtail from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has a large, bushy beard, befitting his job as a fisherman.
* Lampshaded in ''WesternAnimation/ThePiratesInAnAdventureWithScientists'', as the Pirate Captain is very proud of his bushy beard, and it's even one of the judging points of the Pirate of the Year Award. His rival, Black Bellamy, has a bigger beard, which makes the Pirate Captain feel inadequate.

* ''Webcomic/EerieCuties'' has {{ghost pirate}} [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/strips-ec/scurvy_swabs! Jim Beard Sprynter]] as a phys.ed. coach in [[AllGhoulsSchool Charybdis Heights]].

[[folder:Real Life]]
* As mentioned above, it was largely EnforcedTrope in time of WoodenShipsAndIronMen and even into the later 19th/early 20th century for most seamen (at least while at sea) - shaving without freshwater was next to impossible, and most of the limited supply of freshwater carried by ships of the era was necessary for drinking and cooking. This condition existed even longer on smaller naval vessels (not equipped with dedicated freshwater condensators), such as destroyers and especially submarines.
* In the Royal Navy, you can have a beard and moustache, or be clean shaven. That's all the choice you have.
** Prince Philip grew an impressive beard while serving at sea during World War II. Then-Princess Elizabeth kept a photo of the bearded Philip in her room because their courtship had to be kept secret and he looked like an entirely different person from his normally clean-shaven look.
* The US Navy actually prohibits beards among sailors- due to the need to get a gas mask on.
** Beards were a bit of a naval tradition in the Royal Navy, and in the US Navy (since the latter was pretty much based on the former). During Zumwalt's term as the American Chief of Naval Operations, beards were re-authorized for American Navy personnel, though they've been banned since. This rule does not appear to stop [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_P._Murphy certain SEALs]].
*** It's fairly common for commanders of special forces units to turn a blind eye to shaving regulations. It's almost an unspoken rule that they've "earned the right" due to the particularly grueling and dangerous work they do.
*** It also helps them do their job in places like Afghanistan, where most men have beards. Beards are considered an essential sign of masculinity in Afghan culture and many Afghans won't take a clean-shaven man seriously.
*** They also aren't breaking any rules. SpecOps personnel (and those working with them) are given "grooming waivers." Other personnel with skin issues can be issued "No Shave Chits" which, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin allow the bearer to not shave]].
** Many US submarines allow the beards while underway. Traditionally, a sailor buys a $5 No Shave Chit, which goes into the ship's recreation fund. However, as soon as the ship pulls into port or if there are riders aboard, then they're immediately required to shave.
* Edward Teach had such an ominous beard that he's better known as Blackbeard.
* During UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the [[UsefulNotes/NazisWithGnarlyWeapons Kriegsmarine]] took pride in not shaving, as they considered it a waste of resources.
** Even nowadays, German sailors on subs tend to eschew washing and shaving. But yes, with limited freshwater resources, this is justified.