Probably as a result of infamous sailors like Blackbeard and Barbarossa, it's popular to give pirate or nautical characters names that reference their facial hair
— and not just sailors, either.
Despite the title, the beard name isn't restricted to names based around colors, or even necessarily beards (you'll see names like "Captain Blackheart" or "Captain Deadeye" about as often, and of course there's Captain Hook
See also Dressed to Plunder
, Father Neptune
, and Seadog Beard
. And strangely enough, since blue is a color associated with the ocean, The Bluebeard
is completely unrelated.
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Anime & Manga
- Whitebeard and Blackbeard from One Piece. Also Brownbeard, a Small Name, Big Ego trying to invoke this trope simply by naming himself after his facial hair, piggybacking on the hype of those with a similar name. Ironically, due to Japanese not having a separate word for "beard", both Blackbeard and Whitebeard sport mustaches... but lack actual beards. "White Facial Hair" doesn't flow as well.
- Well, Blackbeard has now grown a small one nowadays.
- The name "Whitestache" is still pretty awesome.
- Spain's dub actually renamed Whitebeard to "Albino Mustache" so it works better. The manga keeps on calling him "Whitebeard" despite him obviously lacking a beard.
- We also have "Red-Haired" Shanks and his Red Haired Pirates.
- Barbe-Rouge (Redbeard), the French comic series.
- The Subway Pirates of Grant Morrison's Seven Soldiers. The ones we see are the slick, hairless Nobeard and the gruff, fur-faced Allbeard, but mention is made of other, older captains like Falsebeard.
- She-Beard from Seaguy.
- Parodied with Captain Wackbeard in Deadpool: X Marks The Spot. He shoots anyone who uses that name.
- According to one Silver Age story Jimmy Olsen is a descendant of Greenbeard Olsen; a buccaneer from the 1700s. Over the course of the story, Jimmy suffers from a curse whereby he assumes Greenbeard's personality under a full moon. A summary of the story can be read here.
- In one Golden Age story, Batman fights a one-shot villain called Blackbeard, who styles himself after the historical Blackbeard (see Real Life below).
- Due to time travel shenanigans, Ben Grimm is Blackbeard.
- The pirate captain featured in the 13th issue of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is eventually revealed to be named Hoofbeard.
- Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean films, rather surprisingly, narrowly averted this. Hector Barbossa was named "Captain Blackheart" in early drafts of the script, but his name eventually was changed to something less Narm-inducing.
Folklore and Mythology
- Averted with "Bluebeard", who is, shockingly, not a pirate. Just a serial killer.
- Firebeard (an Expy of Blackbeard) is one of the pirate kings in The Pyrates.
- Marauders of Gor has Ivar Forkbeard, who is a Viking outlaw pirate.
- In the Hoka story "Yo Ho Hoka!", the main character dons a false green beard as a disguise and ends up as the Pirate Captain Greenbeard.
- In one of the later Angelique historical novels by Anne Golon, a former lover of the title character turns up as a pirate now using the name Goldbeard. Too bad Angelique has been reunited with her husband....
Live Action TV
- Blackadder has Redbeard Rum. And the beard is all that's left of him after the cannibals are finished.
- Conan: The episode where Will Ferrel shaved Conan O'Brien was titled "The Last Stand of Redbeard."
- Käpt'n Blaubär
- In the Mythbusters pirate special, Adam's pirate name is Redbeard the Savage.
- Yellowbeard, recurring Monty Python character, who finally managed to get his own movie. Sort of.
- One early Barney & Friends episode had a character named Rainbow Beard the Pirate, who sends Barney and the kids on a color and shape themed treasure hunt.
- Horrible Histories: One episode had Captain Saltybeard giving a weather forecast as dictated by pirate supersitions.
- In Brazilian series "A Turma do Arrepio", there was a Captain Greenbeard. His beard was actually red but the pirates enforced the One Steve Limit trope.
- An episode of Power Rangers Operation Overdrive features Captain Brownbeard. He shaves his beard off at the end of the episode and Rose suggests he now goes by the name of Captain Nobeard.
- Munchkin Booty, a pirate-themed set, has a whole series of Captain Colorbeards, including Greenbeard (who's an anime character), Fatbeard (who's a geek), and Nobeard (who's a woman).
- And don't forget Redbeard, who is a communist. If you run into him and the Red Herring at the same time, trouble is afoot (apegleg?).
- The Ravenloft setting included a domain lord named Bluebeard who, unlike the namesake fairytale character on which he is based, actually does have a blue beard.
- In a LEGO Pirates line, there was a Pirate-captain figure referred to in the literature as "Redbeard."
- LEGO Rock Band has a pirate minifig called Gingerbeard; his description cites the name as an improvement over the alternative, "Strawberry-Blonde-Beard".
- LEGO Battles features Captain Brickbeard in the Pirate story-line as the protagonist and in the Imperial story-line as an antagonist.
- William Shakespeare as seen in Irregular Webcomic! daydreams of being a pirate called "Shakesbeard"
- Rusty and Co. has Plaidbeard the pirate. Beat that.
- One strip of The Princess Planet featured a whole string of oddly-bearded pirates, including a Plaidbeard. One of them, Captain Auberginebeard, wound up becoming a main character in the Epic Sails arc.
- There's also recurring antagonist Clearbeard, who completes the look with a nosepatch.
- Captain Greenbeard, an ocean-going version of the Joker, who appears in Li'l Gotham.
- Stickybeard from Codename: Kids Next Door (Also his Spanish name literally translates as "Sweetbeard").
- Redbeard in the "Go Away, Ghost Ship" episode of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
- South Park mocked this with the episode "Fatbeard", Cartman's pirate name.
- Phineas and Ferb: "The Ballad of Badbeard".
- When Lisa is researching the family history in The Simpsons episode "The Color Yellow", hoping to discover a Simpson in her family tree that was not an alcoholic, criminal, or sexual fetishist, one of the newspaper articles refers to "Bart-Beard the Pirate". This might be a Bilingual Bonus, as 'bart' means 'beard' in German.
- An episode of the Where's Waldo? cartoon featured a pirate named "Pegbeard", who had a peg-leg on his chin with tufts of hair coming out of it. Mention is also made of a "Captain Peg-Neck" who had an ill-fated encounter with some termites.
- The Futurama episode "A Bicyclops In Love" has a statue of the cyclopean Purplebeard the Pirate, Scourge of the Six Seas. Of course, given the way the episode turns out, he almost certainly never actually existed, and even if he did he wasn't a cyclops.
- In one of the many Scooby-Doo films, Scooby Doo! Pirates Ahoy!!, we have.... Captain Skunkbeard.
- Also, from one of the main episodes, we have Redbeard the Pirate, who provides the picture above.
- And in the Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated episode "The Grasp of the Gnome", Scooby uses the name 'Dogbeard" while dressed as a pirate.
- Parodied in the cartoon based on the British Dennis the Menace, with a series of paintings showing a family of pirates with names like these, ending in "Weirdbeard", whose beard was green with stuff sticking out of it.
- Sponge Bob Squarepants has given us Blindbeard the Pirate, Longbeard the Pirate, and Redbeard the Pirate.
- Team Umizoomi gives us Squarebeard the pirate, made from Geo's shapes.
- In Garfield's Halloween Adventure, Garfield is dressed as a pirate captain named Orangebeard.
- Non-villainous example Captain Greybeard in Care Bears.
- The Fairly OddParents: In "Odd-Pirates", Timmy, Poof, Wanda, and Cosmo encounter a pirate named Dirtybeard.
- The aforementioned Blackbeard, aka Edward Teach.
- The late-15th/early-16th century Turkish-privateer-turned-governor-of-Algeria Oruc Reis, who was known by the nickname Barbarossa, Italian for "Redbeard". Also used by his younger brother after the elder's death in battle.
- Many notable Vikings had colourful nicknames, among them Sweyn Forkbeard.
- The emperor Nero's family name was Ahenobarbus (Bronzebeard).
- The Holy Roman Emperor named Friedrich Barbarossa, who worked hard to live up to his reputation (until he died of a heart attack in Turkey by falling in an ice-cold river at the beginning of the Third Crusade...) Those Wacky Nazis named their invasion of Russia after him.