Blackbeard in popular culture
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In Rick Riordan's novel Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters, Blackbeard is shown to be stranded on the evil sorceress Circe's island. He, along with his crew, has been turned into a guinea pig. Annabeth and Percy turn them back to human and also escape with his ship, The "Queen Anne's Revenge". Here Blackbeard is shown to be a son of Ares. Blackbeard makes an appearance in Neal Stephenson's The System of the World.
- In the 1968 Doctor Who serial, The Mind Robber, the Master of the Land of Fiction summons Blackbeard in his mental battle with the Second Doctor.
- In the 1993 Simpsons episode "Treehouse of Horror IV", Blackbeard is one of the jurors in "Jury of the Damned".
- In the 2005 BBC miniseries Blackbeard, Blackbeard was played by James Purefoy.
- In the 2006 Hallmark Channel miniseries Blackbeard, the famed pirate (Angus Macfadyen) searches for Captain Kidd's treasure.
- The 2006 Bones episode "The Man with the Bones" centers around a murder on Assateague Island, the legendary home of Blackbeard's hidden treasure.
- The 2014 Once Upon a Time episode "The Jolly Roger", Blackbeard is featured as an enemy of Captain Hook. He is portrayed by Charles Mesure.
- The 2014 series Crossbones features Blackbeard (John Malkovich) as the main character.
The 2011 film Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, adapted from Powers' novel, features Ian McShane as Blackbeard, the film's antagonist, who somehow survived the battle at Ocracoke Island with the help of his quarter master who has foreseen his fate. This Blackbeard is a master of black arts and wields a sword with supernatural powers which allows him to make his ship come alive to attack his foes. He is also described by Jack Sparrow as "the pirate that all pirates fear". He seeks the Fountain of Youth so that he can redeem his soul and escape his prophesied death.
Comics and manga
In the popular Japanese manga and anime One Piece two characters are named after the famous pirate — major antagonist Marshall D. Teach, who goes by the nickname Blackbeard, and his former captain Edward Newgate, who goes by the nickname Whitebeard. Teach fled the crew after killing Thatch (an alias for the real-life Blackbeard), and then would go on to kill Captain Whitebeard after insinuating a war between the Whitebeard pirates and the Marines by arresting on behalf of the Marines one of Whitebeard's division captains, Portgas D. Ace.
In a Shazam comic Blackbeard was one of six American villains brought back to life by evil scientist Doctor Sivana to cause chaos in Pittsburgh. He is defeated and like the other villains sent back.
- Blackbeard appears in the 2004 video game Sid Meier's Pirates!. This portrayal of Blackbeard correctly depicts him with lit cigars in his beard. However, the Queen Anne's Revenge is under the control of Henry Morgan, with a ship called the Adventurers Prize.
- He appears as an NPC in the 2013 video game Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, voiced by Mark Bonnar. In the game, Blackbeard is an infamous English pirate captain who sails the West Indies and the eastern seaboard of the American colonies during the early 18th century, aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge. He aids the game's protagonist, Captain Edward Kenway, during various missions throughout the game. Instead of terrifying people by nature, Thatch is presented as putting on an act and is in fact not a bloodthirsty man at all in this rendition.
- In 2013, Blackbeard was portrayed by Nice Peter in his web series Epic Rap Battles of History, where he faces gangster Al Capone (portrayed by EpicLLOYD) in episode 35 "Blackbeard vs Al Capone" (aired on 21 October), in a rap battle.
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