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Backbeard
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Name
Japanese バックベアード
Profile
Species Yōkai
Gender Male
Home USA
Abilities Hypnosis
Affiliation Western Yōkai
First Appearance
Manga The Great Yōkai War (1966)
Anime Series 1 Episode 10 (1968)
Portrayals
1968 anime Kōsei Tomita
1985 anime Hidekatsu Shibata
1996 anime Masaharu Satō
2007 anime Hidekatsu Shibata
Video games Kiyoshi Kobayashi
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Backbeard (バックベアード, Bakkube'aado) is a semi-recurring yet major antagonist in the series. Backbeard is the most powerful of all the yōkai in the western nations. He is very loosely based on the Bugbear.

Appearance

Backbeard is a giant shadow with a single large eye in the center. The shadow expands itself with tentacle-like shapes.  Circles come out of his eye when he hypnotizes people to join his merciless clan. He hypnotizes Nezumi-Otoko in "The Great Yōkai War: Part One" and then hypnotizes Kitaro in "The Great Yōkai War: Part Two"; both parts of "The Great Yōkai War" are in the 1968 anime version.

Personality

Not truly known, but he is sometimes moody, full of pride, and egoistic. He hates all of Japan's yōkai, and believes they are too weak to even be considered yōkai.

History

Shonen Magazine/First Anime

Third Anime

Fourth Anime

Fifth Anime

Backbeard

Backbeard appears in episode #18 of the fifth anime adaptation, Black Eyes that Glow in the Old Castle.

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