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Touch his scruff and you'll get kilt.
Min: It's Rainbow Beard, the pirate from the book.
Rainbow Beard the Pirate: Ahoy, me hearties!
Now listen well, and a special secret I will tell.
If it's me treasure you wants to discover, then follow the map of shapes and colors.
It might be gold and jewels you find or perhaps a treasure of another kind.
It will be an adventure if ya dares to try it! Ha ha ha ha ha ha!
Sincerely yours, Rainbow Beard the Pirate!
Barney & Friends, "The Treasure of Rainbow Beard"

Probably as a result of infamous sailors like Blackbeard and Barbarossa brothersnote , 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, being a Serial Killer rather than a Pirate. Compare to Name-Face Name.



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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 ("Kurohige" in Japanese) and Whitebeard ("Shirohige") sport mustaches... but lack actual beards.note  "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. Of whom only Shanks himself actually has red hair.
    • As of chapter 904, we got Pinkbeard
    • While keeping the spirit of the naming style, there's the Warlord of the Seas Dracule Mihawk who most of the world knows as "Hawkeye" Mihawk.
  • Amagi Brilliant Park had a pirate named Captain Ironbeard. He didn't have a beard, but he had a massive mustache made of iron.
  • After the Quirky Miniboss Squad of pirates in Berserk get caught and zombified by the local sea monster, they reintroduce themselves as Captain Bonebeard and crew.

    Comic Books 
  • Barbe-Rouge (Redbeard), the French comic series. Better known by their parody in Asterix, although the title character is never named in the books.
  • 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. Midnighter and Apollo adds Halfbeard.
  • 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.
  • In the second issue of the Madballs comic book published by Marvel Comics subsidiary Star Comics, the Madballs went back in time and fought a pirate named Captain Weirdbeard.
  • The 17th issue of The Legion of Super Heroes in the 31st Century, the comic book tie-in to the Legion of Super-Heroes animated series, had the heroes get into conflict with a group of Thanagarian pirates led by Talon Redbeard.
  • Wonder Woman Vol 1: In issue 20 Di fights a pirate known as Captain Redbeard, whose pirate crew is actually commanded secretly by his wife Nifta.
  • Gold Key issue #6 of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, an adaptation of the TV episode "Go Away Ghost Ship," had Redbeard the pirate but his beard was colored white. Corrected in the reprint in issue #26.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Pirates of the Caribbean:
    • Hector Barbossa was named "Captain Blackheart" in early drafts of the script of the first film, but his name eventually was changed to something less Narm-inducing. A reference to his previous appellation is included when Elizabeth returns the dress and says, "Goes with your black heart." "Barbossa" is based on real-life pirate Barbarossa, which means red-beard, even though his beard isn't red, but "Barbossa" can also be read as Latin for "Bony Beard", which makes it a hidden example of both this and Meaningful Name.
    • In the fourth movie, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the antagonist is the original Captain Blackbeard.
    • One of Davy Jones' crewmen is named Greenbeard. He's certainly green, but he hasn't actually got a beard.
  • In The Martian, Mark Watney notes that Mars is legally under maritime law, and that he's going to be commandeering a rocket in order to get home, which makes him a Space Pirate. As a result, he insists that the ground crew refer to him as "Captain Blondbeard."
  • Yellowbeard

  • 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 Angélique 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....
  • In The Martian, Mark Watney figures out that because he's piloting a vehicle (the rover) in international waters (Mars) without explicit permission, he's technically a Space Pirate under maritime law. He then sends a message to NASA asking them to call him "Blondbeard".
  • In Akira Kurosawa's Red Beard Toshiro Mifune plays the eponymous character.

    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.
  • The Barney & Friends episode "Treasure of Rainbow Beard" had the namesake pirate send Barney and the kids on a color and shape themed treasure hunt to find his treasure.
  • 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.
  • The Power Rangers Operation Overdrive episode "Pirate in Pink" features Captain Brownbeard. He shaves his beard off at the end of the episode and Rose suggests he now go by the name of Captain Nobeard.
  • In Sherlock, the titular character had a dog named Redbeard when he was a boy. It turns out Redbeard was actually one of Sherlock's childhood friends with whom he used to play pirates, hence the name Redbeard. When Sherlock's sister killed him, though, Sherlock's mind rewrote his memories so that he remembered his friend as a dog rather than a playmate.


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    Tabletop Games 
  • 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, like the namesake fairytale character on which he is based, actually does have a blue beard.
  • Warhammer 40,000 features Lugft Huron, infamous Chaotic lord of the Red Corsairs, better known by his nickname Huron Blackheart.

  • 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.

    Video Games 
  • Parodied in Fancy Pants Adventures World 3. One of the antagonists is a pirate named Captain Rainbowbeard, who has a multi-colored beard. This earns Rainbowbeard endless mockery and ridicule from his own crew, who deem him to be an unmanly wuss. He later uses the legendary "Beard Dye of Norris" to turn his beard brown and regain control over his men.
  • The Monkey Island series has Yellow Beard (who had a drink named after him in Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge) and Blonde Beard (who runs a fried chicken restaurant on Plunder Island in The Curse of Monkey Island).
  • The main villain of Rayman 2: The Great Escape was a robotic pirate named Admiral Razorbeard.
  • The Bonus Boss Deadbeard in Golden Sun (2001).
  • No-Beard from Reality-On-The-Norm.
  • Captain Greenbeard from Ghost Pirates of Vooju Island.
  • Thinbeard of Jay's Journey, who has no visible beard at all.
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns: The leader of the Scurvy Crew is named Captain Greenbeard.
  • There's a fan-made custom map for Minecraft titled "The Treasure of Captain Rainbowbeard".
  • In the beginning of the Captain Scarlett DLC in Borderlands 2, you fight a pirate named No-Beard.
  • Risen 2 - Dark Waters has the in-universe Memetic Badass Steelbeard.
  • This is parodied in the first Skylanders game when you play Pirate Cards. There are different pirate characters on the card and each one has a name relating to beards, including "No-Beard" and "She-Beard."
  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag features Edward "Blackbeard" Thatch himself.
  • Final Fantasy XIV features the NPC Eynzahr Slafyrsyn, formerly known as the legendary pirate Mistbeard.
  • Strider (Arcade) has the pirate-themed captain of a futuristic Airborne Aircraft Carrier, Captain Beard Jr., who may have been named after the legendary pirate Captain Beard from an older Capcom game, Higemaru Makashima.
  • Slime Forest Adventure features a pirate named "Silverbeard II".
  • Life Is Strange protagonists Max Caulfield and Chloe Price used to play pirate as children. Chloe’s pirate alter ego went by “Captain Bluebeard”, unknowingly befitting her dyed blue hair in the future.
  • Naughty Bear: Episode 9 has Captain Bearbeard, a friendly pirate bear who's more of a sea sailing treasure hunter than an actual pirate... Friendly to everyone except violent murderers like Naughty. The treasure he's looking for is buried under Naughtie's hut, so he and his crew plan to tear it down so they can dig up the treasure.

    Web Comics 
  • William Shakespeare as seen in Irregular Webcomic! daydreams of being a pirate called "Shakesbeard"
  • Rusty and Co. has Plaidbeard the pirate. Beat that.
  • The Princess Planet:
    • One strip features 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.
  • Starslip has the Space Pirate Infra-Redbeard.

    Western Animation 
  • Stickybeard from Codename: Kids Next Door (Also his Spanish name literally translates as "Sweetbeard").
  • South Park mocked this with the episode "Fatbeard", Cartman's pirate name.
  • Phineas and Ferb: "The Ballad of Badbeard".
  • The Simpsons:
    • When Lisa is researching the family history in the 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.
    • In "Bart Gets An F", when asked to name one of the pirates from Treasure Island, Bart (inaccurately) guesses "Blue-Beard." Though, considering the number of people with blue hair in Springfield, it's highly possible a Blue-Beard would've existed.
  • An episode of the Where's Waldo? cartoon featured a pirate named "Peg-Beard", who had a peg-leg on his chin with tufts of hair sticking 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 Built for Two" 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.
  • Scooby-Doo:
    • Redbeard in the "Go Away, Ghost Ship" episode of the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!.
    • The A Pup Named Scooby-Doo episode "Ghost Who's Coming to Dinner" had a ghost pirate named Boobeard as the villain.
    • And in the Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated episode "The Grasp of the Gnome", Scooby uses the name 'Dogbeard" while dressed as a pirate.
    • The Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! episode "The Curse of Half-Beard's Booty" had the gang's old enemy Captain Cutler manipulate them into helping him find the treasure of Half-Beard, a pirate so named because he couldn't grow hair on one half of his face.
  • 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.
  • Spongebob 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 early short "Where's the Wand?" has Cosmo dress up as Greenbeard.
  • One of Captain Tighty-Whitey's pirate crew in Grojband is the clean shaven Shavenbeard.
  • Camp Lakebottom: The campers run afoul of the Ghost Pirate Captain Spitbeard in "Pirates of Ickygloomy".
  • One of the Phantom's personas in Flying Rhino Junior High was "Captain Peachfuzz Beard".
  • The ChalkZone episode "Tiny Pirate Problem" featured a pirate named Red Facial Hair.
  • Laser Pirate's crew in Teamo Supremo are aptly named Mauvebeard, Chartreusebeard, and Indigobeard.
  • In the Ultimate Spider-Man story arc "Return to the Spiderverse", Spidey's counterpart on the pirate world is Captain Webbeard.
  • The Goof Troop episode "Slightly Dinghy" had Max try to uncover the treasure of a pirate named Nearbeard.
  • In the Laff-A-Lympics episode "Russia and the Caribbean", one of the challenges was to find the treasure of a ghost pirate named Bluebeard.
  • In the Darkwing Duck episode "Film Flam", one of the movie villains Tuskerninni brings to life is a pig pirate named Fleabeard.
  • The Muppet Babies (2018) episode "Playground Pirates" has Kermit pretend to be a pirate named Captain Greenbeard.

    Real Life 
  • The aforementioned Blackbeard, a.k.a. Edward Teach.
  • The late-15th/early-16th century Turkish-privateer-turned-governor-of-Algeria Oruç Reis, who was known by the nickname Barbarossa, Italian for "Redbeard". He was previously nicknamed "Baba Oruç" ("Father Oruç"), but the pronunciation was similar to "Barbarossa" and he actually had a red beard. So the Italian nickname became more widely known, and was even adopted in Turkey. The same nickname was inherited by his younger brother Khizr after the elder's death in battle, who became "Hayreddin Barbarossa".
  • This nickname was shared by Frederick I of the Holy Roman Empire, who likewise had an actual red beard as his most distinguishing physical feature.
  • Many notable Vikings had colourful nicknames, among them Sweyn Forkbeard.

Alternative Title(s): Captain Colourbeard


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