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Edward Tech, better known as Blackbeard was a famous pirate who was so named because of his thick black beard which he usually used to light with fuses so he would be feared. He was also known to shoot his crew on occasion and this led to his downfall. Blackbeard was notoritous for kidnapping people, he was ruthless and Greedy, to the point where towards the end he started to get rid of his crew to increase his share of the plunder.

Blackbeard also spent a lot of his reign spreading stories of his own cruelty arround to make it easier for him to defeat others. Exactly how true these stories are is unknown, as the majority of what he told was said for the purpose of scaring others so they would surrender rather than face his wrath. Likewise he never killed a single person he kidnapped, although on one occasion he cut a man's arm when he reused to give him a ring he was wearing.

After the navy stormed his ship the Mary Rose they decapitated him and hung his head on the bowsprit of the boat.


Blackbeard appears as a sketch character in the TV series Horrible Histories. In the song "Black beard" he is played by Jim Howick.

Blackbeard serves as the main antagonist in the film Pirates of the Caribbean:On Stranger Tides replacing Cutler Beckett. This version dies in a different style as he does not get decapitated. Instead he turns into a skeleton and fades out of existence.