Father Neptune

"If it's wet, I can sail on it."
Angus "Grim" Grimaldi, Tomb Raider (2013)

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.


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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.
  • Pokémon:
    • 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.

    Comic Books 

    Comic Strips 
  • Popeye's father Poopdeck Pappy.
  • Captain Eddie from the Non Sequitur 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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    Professional Wrestling 
  • 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.

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    Real Life 
  • 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.