"If it's wet, I can sail on it."This is a maritime Badass Grandpa. He has endured storms, pirates, fog, and all the perils of the sea. He has been in a Bar Brawl in every port and he has never lost. Sometimes he is a Drill Sergeant Nasty to all the scurvy foc'sle swabs. Sometimes he develops a Big Brother Instinct toward the Plucky Middie. But he is a lord of the sea and all sailors must heed him or endure his wrath. Often wears a Sea Dog Beard. If he actually serves in a Navy then he's likely to cross over with Old Soldier.
— Angus "Grim" Grimaldi, Tomb Raider (2013)
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- The Gorton's fisherman.
- Captain Birdseye, when they're not casting someone for Mr. Fanservice.
Anime & Manga
- Too many examples to name in One Piece.
- "Whitebeard" Edward Newgate and "Red-Haired" 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) Marine 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 to be a ship captain, befitting his naval uniform. However, his Pokémon are Dragon types instead of Water types in both media.
- Mr. Briney is also this type of character.
- Although it's set in space, Star Blazers/Space Battleship Yamato's military is portrayed very much as the Navy In Space, right down to bellbottomed uniforms. Captain Avatar/Okita is every inch this trope, as is Captain Gideon in the second season.
- Captain Haddock from the Tintin comics.
- Jommeke: Captain Jan Haring.
- Nero: Captain Oliepul.
- Tom Poes: Captain Wal Rus.
- Pouvoirpoint: Quint, the grumpy chief cook of starship Entreprise-2061, obviously based on Sam Quint from Jaws. The one-eyed and one-armed sea-dog has been through a lot, although we learn at the end that every scar has a story...
Films — Live-Action
- Diokles the oarmaster in Over the Wine-Dark Sea by Harry Turtledove.
- Long John Silver in Treasure Island.
- Poseidon in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series DEFINITELY qualifies due to him almost essentially being the trope namer, what with 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, the captain of the fishing vessel in Captains Courageous.
- Captain/Commodore/Admiral Sir Edward Pellew as he is portrayed in the Hornblower series. (Arguably Truth in Television as Pellew was a Real Life naval commander.)
- Captain John Charity Spring from the Flashman novels.
- The Mariner
- The title character of Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.
- Davos Seaworth from A Song of Ice and Fire. He actually has seven children, as well as being an ex-smuggler.
- Amos Trask/Captain Trenchard from The Riftwar Cycle boasts that "I'm Captain Trenchard! The Dagger of the Sea! I've sailed the Straits of Darkness on Midwinter's Day! My ship's the Raptor and I've taken her into the Seven Lower Hells, drunk ale with Kahooli and sailed home again! My mother was a sea dragon, my father was lightning and I dance a sailor's jig on my victim's skulls! I fought with the war god and kissed death herself. Men tremble at my shadow and women swoon at my name and no one lives who can call me liar!"
- Captain Ahab is a classic example. Throughout the book he's referred to consistently as an "old man", but despite having a whalebone pegleg above the knee, he's portrayed as a skilled whale hunter to this day (and even called the best harpooner in Nantucket), the Pequod's owners have utter faith in his competence, and his crew genuinely admires him. He also charts whale migrations and manages to successfully locate a single whale that could be anywhere in the world's oceans, suggesting that his reputation as a captain is well earned.
- Parodied in Blackadder with Captain Redbeard Rum who, despite having suffered innumerable injuries at sea, talking like a pirate and having 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.
- Game of Thrones: Ser Davos Seaworth, a smuggler-turned-knight, complete with Sea Dog Beard.
- Scotty in Star Trek is a Father Neptune in space
- The eponymous character of the Käpt'n Blaubär (German for "Captain Bluebear") series. Whenever he tells one of his past adventures, his three grandkids usually don't believe a word of it.
- Canada based All Star Wrestling has Salty The Seaman, who is a maritime expy of Blue Demon.
- The Pee Wee Herman Show
- Cap'n Carl (Phil Hartman) in the original version.
- 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.
- Admiral Bobbery in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
- Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire's Drake, as mentioned above.
- Man O'War of Freedom Force
- Robert Faulkner in Assassin's Creed III.
- Admiral Steven Hackett in the Mass Effect series is this in space.
- Angus "Grim" Grimaldi in Tomb Raider (2013).
- Rocco "The Old Sailor" Alemkel from Uncharted Waters and Uncharted Waters: New Horizons
- Any Zee-Captain in Sunless Sea who lives long enough to retire comfortably.
- RWBY: When a sea dragon Grimm attacks the ship Blake and Sun are travelling on, the crew are stunned, having never fought a Grimm that huge. The captain observes that no-one has ever fought such a large Grimm before, and then calmly, efficiently, takes full command of the situation. He instructs the crew on how to fight, he strategises the use of the ship-board side-guns and main cannon, as well as turning the entire ship into a battering ram. He also takes command of the Huntsmen on board, instructing Blake and Sun on what he needs them to do for his ship to become effective against the fast-moving, flight-capable monster. No-one questions his orders once he takes over, not even the anti-social Blake or mischief-making Sun, and it's his tactics that result in the defeat of the Grimm, rather than any plan the protagonists come up with.
- Captain McCallister from The Simpsons.
- Parodied with "Two-Patch" Crappie Jack from an episode of Rocko's Modern Life
"All the way to Davy Jones Locker! And Micky Dolenz's locker, too, and Peter Tork's locker! All The Monkees had lockers."
- Mr. Krabs on Spongebob Squarepants has some characteristics of this, especially in the very early episodes. He's an old Navy deckhand and certainly carries the accent and slang around.
- Seamus from Family Guy will sometimes play this role when some salty exposition is needed, though at other times he's as oblivious as the rest of the cast.
- Gideon Welles, the Secretary of the Navy during the American Civil War, whose nickname was, in fact, "Father Neptune." 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.
- 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, if you believe him. The iceberg thing is bollocks. He did sail on both the Dead Sea and Lake Titicaca (albeit not in the same boat), though, and the leg bit is also true — it was losing his other leg that finally knocked him out.
- Samuel Eliot Morison: Historian, Intrepid Reporter and writer of History of U.S. Naval Operations in World War II.
- Anyone who lives to collect his pension after spending their adult life deep-sea fishing in the northern latitudes probably qualifies by default.