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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 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), [[OnePiece Whitebeard]], Film/{{Yellowbeard}}, [[{{Futurama}} Purplebeard]]... everything but Literature/{{Bluebeard}}, which was already taken by a non-pirate.

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

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* 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.
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[[folder:Anime And Manga]]
* Captain Smudge from ''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 ''{{Macross}}'' series traditionally have the captains of their respective {{Cool Ship}}s to wear the traditional bushy beards. [[SuperDimensionFortressMacross Bruno Global]] and [[MacrossFrontier Jeffrey Wilder]] being the most prominent examples.
** [[{{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.
*** Kawamori reportedly [[WordOfGod outright stated]] that Max stopped aging due to his sheer awesomeness.[[note]]This statement, however, is better to be taken with a grain of salt, as it's turned out recently that a lot of similar trivia Words Of God were fabricated by an influential fan.[[/note]]
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' ''runs'' on this trope.
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[[folder:ComicBooks]]
* Captain Haddock in ''{{Tintin}}'', and his old mate Captain Chester.
* Comicbook/{{Aquaman}} had one for a while.
* Lex O'Malley in ''Comicstrip/{{Dan Dare}}''.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Most of the male pirates from ''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 ''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]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* 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]] is usually depicted like this (which makes sense, he spent an unclear period of time stuck in the middle of the sea long after the fresh water supplies had run out).
* [[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
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[[folder:Live Action Television]]
* The page quote and image are of Redbeard Rum from ''Series/{{Blackadder}}''.
* ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' gives another BritCom example with Uncle Albert.
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[[folder:NewspaperComics]]
* Bluto/Brutus in ''{{Popeye}}'' has this overlapping with BeardOfEvil. Popeye himself is eerily hairless, while his father, Poopdeck Pappy, has thick PermaStubble.
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[[folder:VideoGames]]
* [[spoiler: Capt. Price]] in ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2''. 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/TimeSplitters: Future Perfect''.
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[[folder:WesternAnimation]]
* The Sea Captain of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' fits this to an extent given his nautical work, VerbalTic of "yar", and roughed up beard.
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[[folder:WebComics]]
* ''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]].
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* In the Royal Navy, you can have a beard and moustache, or be clean shaven. That's all the choice you have.
* 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 [[BeardOfEvil ominous beard]] that he's better known as Blackbeard.
* During WorldWarII, the [[ThoseWackyNazis 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.
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