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Anytime you find a pirate in fiction or media, expect him to always have "Long John" in his name, as a Shout-Out to Long John Silver from Treasure Island, but not a direct Whole-Plot Reference to Treasure Island.

Compare Captain Colorbeard. Very likely to Talk Like a Pirate.


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     Anime & Manga 
  • One Piece: For a series all about pirates, this actually averted. The only character named after Long John Silver use the other part of the captain's name; the infamous Dark King Silvers Rayleigh.

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    Film - Live Action 


  • Early in The Beatles career they went by the name "Long John and the Silvermen."
  • Non-pirate example with blues singer Long John Baldry, named because he was tall (6 feet, 7 inches).

    Tabletop Games 
  • Warhammer has Long Drong Slayer, a mercenary Dwarf pirate captain who leads a band of piratical dwarf death-seekers festooned with every pirate cliche they can pack.

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    Web Comics 
  • In Freefall, when Helix was excited about the idea of him and Sam becoming space pirates, Helix started to call himself "Long John Aluminium".

    Western Animation 
  • The Beetlejuice episode "Ship of Ghouls" had a pirate named Long John Silverware among Jean LeFoot's crew.
  • Dr. Zitbag's Transylvania Pet Shop featured a pirate named Short John Silver as a recurring villain.
  • Duck Dodgers has the Space Pirate captain, Long John Silver the 23rd. Dodgers questions if this is copyright infringement to which the captain assures him that it's in the public domain.
  • Long John Scarechrome was one of Prime Evil's mooks from Filmation's Ghostbusters.
  • The Garfield and Friends episode "The Legend of Long Jon" featured Jon's pirate ancestor, Long Jon Arbuckle, who was hated by all the people that lived in the village, until the end, where it was discovered that he was actually a benevolent agent for George Washington.
  • The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh:
    • Tigger imagines himself as the pirate "Long John Tigger", during a fantasy in the episode "Babysitter Blues".
    • In the episode "Rabbit Marks the Spot", Rabbit claims that a false treasure map that he created belonged to his rabbit pirate ancestor Long John Cottontail. At the end of the episode, the real Long John Cottontail shows up, scaring Pooh and the others away, much to Rabbit's confusion.
  • The Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa episode "Cow Pirates of Swampy Cove" had the C.O.W.-Boys fight a gang of pirates led by Longhorn Silver.

    Real Life 
  • Although not a character per se, "Long John Silver's" restaurant is obviously a shout-out to the infamous Stevenson character.