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Whitebeard on a horse.jpg
Portrayed by Kurando Mitsutake
First appearance How to Stop an Exploding Man
In-story stats
Known ability None
Home Japan
Occupation Warlord

In 1671, Whitebeard faces Takezo Kensei in Otsu, Japan.

Character History


Whitebeard's war apparel is housed in a display case next to Kensei's display case at the Museum of Natural History.

How to Stop an Exploding Man

As Hiro teleports to a field outside Kyoto, Japan in 1671, Whitebeard leads a small group of Japanese warriors. Just as Whitebeard is about to begin battling with Takezo Kensei, he and his men are distracted by both an ominous eclipse and a traveler from the future.

Four Months Later...

After the eclipse overshadows Otsu, Japan, Whitebeard orders his archers to fire at Takezo Kensei and Hiro. Hiro sees the arrows being fired and stops time around him, stopping the arrows, and freezing Takezo, Whitebeard and his men. He teleports away from the battle, leaving Whitebeard and his men in disarray.


Whitebeard and eleven of his men taunt and fight with Yaeko as she claims they dishonor the title of samurai. Suddenly, Hiro, disguised as Takezo Kensei, arrives. He stops time and takes the twelve swords from the men. Whitebeard orders his men to take up their bows and arrows, but Hiro proceeds to disarm them again. They run away from "Kensei".

Later, Whitebeard and his men appear to take revenge on Kensei. Whitebeard orders his men to fire arrows at Kensei, hitting him twice in the chest and once in the heart. They retreat after Kensei falls to the ground.

The Line

Hiro, Yaeko, Kensei, and the swordsmith run away from Whitebeard's camp, with Kensei killing many men in their way. Guards sound the alarm and Whitebeard fires a rifle towards the invading party. The bullet nearly hits Hiro or Yaeko, but Hiro teleports the two to safety. Later on Whitebeard appears on the cliff after Kensei knocked out Hiro, revealing that he and Kensei have made an alliance and that Yaeko and the swordsmith have been captured. Whitebeard promises Kensei anything he wants in return for his help.

Out of Time

Hiro escapes from Whitebeard's camp and destroys the guns the swordsmith had crafted for him. The explosion destroys the camp and defeats Whitebeard and his army. It is unknown if Whitebeard himself survives, he is just stated to have been defeated.

Heroes Evolutions

Sword Saint

In Chapter 1, "The Battle of the Twelve Swords", the narrator introduces Takezo Kensei as the Sword Saint and a samurai living in 1671. Professor Donna Dorn documents Japan's Edo period, proclaiming White Beard has turned Japan from its most prosperous time to its bloodiest. Expecting an easy victory, she says, he marches to Otsu with only a small company of men. He is met by Takezo Kensei, who saves the people of Otsu, in what becomes known as the Battle of Twelve Swords. Curator Tatsuya Atsumi documents that Kensei knew that in order to save Japan, he would have to defeat White Beard. White Beard decides to keep the location of his camp a secret and calls it the Hidden Fortress.

In Chapter 2, "The Trial of the Fire Scroll", the year documented is 1671. Takezo Kensei is the one man standing in White Beard's way of conquering all of Japan since the Battle of Twelve Swords. Kensei must find White Beard's hidden camp in order to defeat him. His first task is to find the Fire Scroll. Curator Tatsuya Atsumi documents that the Fire Scroll contains strategies, secrets, and locations of White Beard's operations. Professor Donna Dorn comments that entire villages were burnt as a result of people trying to steal the Fire Scroll from White Beard. In order to get to the Fire Scroll, Kensei has to defeat the ninety angry ronin. Dorn documents that White Beard had picked his ninety cruelest men to guard the scroll.

In Chapter 3, "The Trial of the Hidden Fortress", the year documented is 1671. Professor Karen Chamberlin documents that Takezo Kensei must find the missing piece to White Beard's map, which the Black Bear of Sakashita is guarding. Kensei is victorious and has the location of White Beard's Hidden Fortress. Curator Tatsuya Atsumi claims that White Beard's army at the Hidden Fortress was numerous because it was the largest in all of Japan. Kensei fights eleven days until it is only Kensei and White Beard left alive. Kensei defeats White Beard and rescues Japan. The narrator continues to comment that facing the ninety angry ronin, the Black Bear, and White Beard’s army made Kensei a god among men.

In Chapter 4, Part 1, "Kensei and the Dragon", Takezo Kensei meets a beautiful princess who makes him swear to defeat White Beard with everything in his power.

Saving Charlie

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  • Whitebeard may be named for Whitebeard, a pirate who led a mysterious fleet in the Japanese manga, One Piece.
  • Whitebeard seems very similar, and may have been influenced by, Nobunaga Oda, who once conquered much of Japan, used firearms, and was alleged to have made pacts with oni.


Fan Theories

Please refer to Theory:Whitebeard for fan-created theories and other speculation.

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