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18th May '17 10:18:15 AM Vir
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* In ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', by the time Season 5 begins, Jack has grown a very long bear and doesn't even tie his hair anymore. After 50 years of wandering the future searching for a way back to his timeline without [[TheAgeless physically aging]] and [[spoiler:losing his sword - the one thing capable of destroying the BigBad]], he is consumed with grief and despair going as far as to hallucinate with a SplitPersonality that tries to convince him to [[DrivenToSuicide put them out of their misery]].

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* In ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', by the time Season 5 begins, Jack has grown a very long bear beard and doesn't even tie his hair anymore. After 50 years of wandering the future searching for a way back to his timeline without [[TheAgeless physically aging]] and [[spoiler:losing his sword - the one thing capable of destroying the BigBad]], he is consumed with grief and despair going as far as to hallucinate with a SplitPersonality that tries to convince him to [[DrivenToSuicide put them out of their misery]].
11th May '17 3:53:46 AM GottamsReckoning
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* ''Film/BlueRuin'': Dwight sports an impressive hobo beard, but it turns out that he's a hobo because he's unable to deal with the brutal murder of his parents, so his beard is a direct result of his sorrow.



* The old Zero Mustafa in ''Film/TheGrandBudapestHotel''. Zero was much more active in his youth days and used to paint a thin moustache with a pencil. As an older man, he is much more melancholic and lonelier, grieving [[spoiler:the premature deaths of his wife and baby son]].



* In ''Film/{{Intouchables}}'', the paraplegic Philippe grows one after sending Driss away, his stay-home-nurse and friend, so that Driss can take care of his family again.



* In ''Film/MrMom'', Jack Butler grows one when he realizes he's going to be stuck watching over the kids and the house for a while as his wife goes off to work. He shaves it after he has his SoapWithinAShow dream.



* In ''Film/MrMom'', Jack Butler grows one when he realizes he's going to be stuck watching over the kids and the house for a while as his wife goes off to work. He shaves it after he has his SoapWithinAShow dream.
* ''Film/BlueRuin'': Dwight sports an impressive hobo beard, but it turns out that he's a hobo because he's unable to deal with the brutal murder of his parents, so his beard is a direct result of his sorrow.
* In ''Film/{{Intouchables}}'', the paraplegic Philipe grows one after sending Driss away, his stay-home-nurse and friend, so that Driss can take care of his family again.
9th May '17 6:21:37 AM jamespolk
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* ''Film/ApurSansar'': After his wife dies the formerly fresh-faced Apu stops shaving. He has quite the scraggly beard by the end.
27th Apr '17 2:48:13 AM TheNerevarine
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* In ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', by the time Season 5 begins, Jack has grown a very long bear and doesn't even tie his hair anymore. After 50 years of wandering the future searching for a way back to his timeline without [[TheAgeless physically aging]] and [[spoiler:losing his sword - the one thing capable of destroying the BigBad]], he is consumed with grief and despair going as far as to hallucinate with a SplitPersonality that tries to convince him to [[DrivenToSuicide put them out of their misery]].
23rd Apr '17 10:55:09 PM WillBGood
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* ''[[ComicBook/TeenTitans The New Teen Titans]]'': [[ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} Dick Grayson]] grows one after [[ComicBook/{{Starfire} Koriand'r]] has an ArrangedMarriage.

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* ''[[ComicBook/TeenTitans The New Teen Titans]]'': [[ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} Dick Grayson]] grows one after [[ComicBook/{{Starfire} [[ComicBook/{{Starfire}} Koriand'r]] has an ArrangedMarriage.
20th Apr '17 3:49:45 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Xander Harris grows one shortly after Renee's death in Season 8.
* In "Series/PersonOfInterest," John Reese has one in the Pilot, as he's mourning [[spoiler: Jessica's death]].
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', the Eleventh Doctor grows one of these while held in the Tower of London by the Holy Roman Emperor UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill. It's a long story.
* Very nicely {{subvertedTrope}} in the pilot episode of ''Series/WhiteCollar.'' After his girlfriend Kate comes to the prison to tell him goodbye, Neal stops shaving for a month-and-a-half. Turns out he wasn't wallowing--[[ItMakesSenseInContext growing a beard was part]] [[GreatEscape of his escape plan.]]
* ''Series/BurnNotice'': In "Good Soldier", Michael Westen adopts the persona of an alcoholic and stops shaving.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': Nathan Petrelli in Season Two. General reaction among fans (and even Nathan's own kids) was KillItWithFire - thankfully, it vanished after two episodes.
* When ''Series/{{House}}'' [[spoiler: switches to methadone and becomes as happy as House can be,]] he shaves his PermaStubble. The other characters are taken aback by this, not to mention the fans.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': [[spoiler: Jack]] at the end of the third season. The beard was massive, probably because it stood for alcohol ''and'' pills. [[UnfazedEveryman Frank Lapidus]] of the Freighties also sported a beard, as he was busy drinking before being recruited. [[spoiler:He shows up again, relatively happier and clean-shaven in season five.]]
* ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'': In the US series, Roy grows a Beard of Sorrow after Pam breaks up with him. This does involve alcohol (and a DUI). Later, reeling after his breakup with Angela, Dwight also rocks the depression stubble.
* At the beginning of the second season of ''Series/TwentyFour'', Jack has one as he is shown missing his wife and daughter and possibly contemplating suicide. It takes the killing and beheading of a peodophile to snap him out of it and reach for the razor.

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Xander Harris grows one shortly after Renee's death in Season 8.
* In "Series/PersonOfInterest," John Reese has one in the Pilot, as he's mourning [[spoiler: Jessica's death]].
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', the Eleventh Doctor grows one of these while held in the Tower of London by the Holy Roman Emperor UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill. It's a long story.
* Very nicely {{subvertedTrope}} in the pilot episode of ''Series/WhiteCollar.'' After his girlfriend Kate comes to the prison to tell him goodbye, Neal stops shaving for a month-and-a-half. Turns out he wasn't wallowing--[[ItMakesSenseInContext growing a beard was part]] [[GreatEscape of his escape plan.]]
* ''Series/BurnNotice'': In "Good Soldier", Michael Westen adopts the persona of an alcoholic and stops shaving.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': Nathan Petrelli in Season Two. General reaction among fans (and even Nathan's own kids) was KillItWithFire - thankfully, it vanished after two episodes.
* When ''Series/{{House}}'' [[spoiler: switches to methadone and becomes as happy as House can be,]] he shaves his PermaStubble. The other characters are taken aback by this, not to mention the fans.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': [[spoiler: Jack]] at the end of the third season. The beard was massive, probably because it stood for alcohol ''and'' pills. [[UnfazedEveryman Frank Lapidus]] of the Freighties also sported a beard, as he was busy drinking before being recruited. [[spoiler:He shows up again, relatively happier and clean-shaven in season five.]]
* ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'': In the US series, Roy grows a Beard of Sorrow after Pam breaks up with him. This does involve alcohol (and a DUI). Later, reeling after his breakup with Angela, Dwight also rocks the depression stubble.
* At the beginning of the second season of ''Series/TwentyFour'', Jack has one as he is shown missing his wife and daughter and possibly contemplating suicide. It takes the killing and beheading of a peodophile pedophile to snap him out of it and reach for the razor.



* In the break between Seasons 1 and 2 of ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', two of the male leads get Beards of Sorrow:
** Ward's doubles as a [[spoiler:BeardOfEvil]], and is grown during his incarceration [[spoiler:by SHIELD, after being outed as a HYDRA mole last season]]. However, he reveals to Skye that he attempted suicide several times when first imprisoned, and claims that he's latterly been pining for her, making it a Beard of Sorrow as well.
** In Fitz's case it's more like Stubble of Sorrow, but since he was perfectly clean shaven throughout Season 1 it's noticeable nonetheless. At first it seems like a reaction to the brain damage he suffered in the first season finale that, among other things, has left him with limited use of his hands. [[spoiler:There's that, of course, but it's Simmons leaving the team after he told her he loved her that's really tipped him over the edge into a full-blown depressive breakdown.]]
* In ''{{Series/Alias}}'', when Sydney is presumed dead in a house fire, Jack (who is correctly convinced that she's actually been kidnapped) ends up arrested by the CIA because his attempts to find her include illegal contact with her mother, a former KGB agent and wanted criminal. He spends months in custody, and has a genuinely epic beard of sorrow by the time she comes back.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Starting towards the end of Season 3 [[spoiler: after he gets his throat cut]], Wesley, the formerly clean-shaven, glasses-wearing nerd loses his glasses, his boyish optimism, and his boyishly smooth cheeks. He kept it up for the rest of the series, too- this was [[PermaStubble The Stubble That Would Not Die.]] [[spoiler: According to the Season 6 comics, not even when its owner did.]] It was part of Wesley's character development, a visual aid to his [[TookALevelInBadass newly acquired badassery.]] Alexis Denisof once commented in one of the episode commentaries how difficult it was to maintain the stubble rather than either keeping clean-shaven or just actually growing a full beard. This was also {{Lampshaded}} in the memory-loss ep. "Spin The Bottle", where Wesley, who, along with the rest of the gang has woken up thinking he is in high school after a memory spell goes awry, scratches his chin thoughtfully and remarks "I seem to have grown about three days' worth of beard."



* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': Dr. Cox after [[spoiler:accidentally killing three patients]] spirals into a depression that involves drinking and growing a much heavier beard (as opposed to the [[PermaStubble regular stubble]] he had for much of that season).
** Also gets PlayedForLaughs when [[spoiler:Eliot's boyfriend Sean]] grows an impressive beard in a minimal amount of time after he gets dumped, explaining to J.D. that he is part Bulgarian.
* Dr. Romano in ''Series/{{ER}}'', after his [[spoiler: arm gets cut off by a helicopter blade.]]
* ''Series/TheShield'': Actor David Rees Snell, who played "Ronnie Gardocki" on "The Shield", upgraded in his trademark moustache to a full-fledged beard in between seasons two and three of the series (largely to sidestep the issue of his character being brutally disfigured in season two by having a beard cover up where his scars were). The character shaved off the beard midway through season six, to please a new girlfriend of his, but after finding out that fellow Strike Team member Shane Vendrell had not only murdered Ronnie's friend Lem, and had exposed Vic and Ronnie's involvement in robbing several million dollars from a local crime syndicate's money laundering ring, the beard came back for revenge as Ronnie sought (unsuccessfully) to save himself from being destroyed by Shane and Vic's war.
* ''Series/{{Titus}}''- In fact, taking time to shave was an indication that he was going sober.
* Used a few times in ''Series/{{Rome}}'':
** Mark Antony in grows a beard after Octavius defeats his army. By a historical account, [[TruthInTelevision this actually happened]].
** Brutus grows one after he kills Caesar. It goes away after he [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic cleanses himself in a river]] in slow motion.
** Lucius Vorenus grows a "mourning beard" after his wife dies. His friend Pullo grows one as well out of solidarity.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' - Starting towards the end of Season 3 [[spoiler: after he gets his throat cut]], Wesley, the formerly clean-shaven, glasses-wearing nerd loses his glasses, his boyish optimism, and his boyishly smooth cheeks. He kept it up for the rest of the series, too- this was [[PermaStubble The Stubble That Would Not Die.]] [[spoiler: According to the Season 6 comics, not even when its owner did.]] It was part of Wesley's character development, a visual aid to his [[TookALevelInBadass newly acquired badassery.]] Alexis Denisof once commented in one of the episode commentaries how difficult it was to maintain the stubble rather than either keeping clean-shaven or just actually growing a full beard. This was also {{Lampshaded}} in the memory-loss ep. "Spin The Bottle", where Wesley, who, along with the rest of the gang has woken up thinking he is in high school after a memory spell goes awry, scratches his chin thoughtfully and remarks "I seem to have grown about three days' worth of beard."
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Parallels", in an alternate timeline, William T. Riker (who's already famous for GrowingTheBeard), captains the ''Enterprise''. In this timeline, the Borg had won in "The Best of Both Worlds", with the United Federation of Planets destroyed and the ''Enterprise'' is one of the last few intact/unassimilated ships. As a result, he grows [[http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/File:Riker_gone_mad.jpg a beard of Leonidas-like proportions.]]

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* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': Dr. Cox after [[spoiler:accidentally killing three patients]] spirals into a depression that involves drinking and growing a much heavier beard (as opposed to the [[PermaStubble regular stubble]] he had for much of that season).
** Also gets PlayedForLaughs when [[spoiler:Eliot's boyfriend Sean]] grows an impressive beard
In ''Series/{{Banshee}}'', Brock Lotus, in a minimal amount of time after he gets dumped, explaining to J.D. that he is part Bulgarian.
* Dr. Romano in ''Series/{{ER}}'', after his
Season Three, [[spoiler: arm gets cut off by a helicopter blade.]]
* ''Series/TheShield'': Actor David Rees Snell, who played "Ronnie Gardocki" on "The Shield", upgraded in his trademark moustache to a full-fledged beard in between seasons two and three of the series (largely to sidestep the issue of his character being brutally disfigured in season two by having a beard cover up where his scars were). The character shaved off the beard midway through season six, to please a new girlfriend of his, but after finding out that fellow Strike Team member Shane Vendrell had not only murdered Ronnie's friend Lem, and had exposed Vic and Ronnie's involvement in robbing several million dollars from a local crime syndicate's money laundering ring, the beard came back for revenge as Ronnie sought (unsuccessfully) to save himself from being destroyed by Shane and Vic's war.
* ''Series/{{Titus}}''- In fact, taking time to shave was an indication that he was going sober.
* Used a few times in ''Series/{{Rome}}'':
** Mark Antony in grows a beard after Octavius defeats his army. By a historical account, [[TruthInTelevision this actually happened]].
** Brutus grows one after he kills Caesar. It goes away after he [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic cleanses himself in a river]] in slow motion.
** Lucius Vorenus grows a "mourning beard" after his wife dies. His friend Pullo grows one as well out of solidarity.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' - Starting towards the end of Season 3 [[spoiler: after he gets his throat cut]], Wesley, the formerly clean-shaven, glasses-wearing nerd loses his glasses, his boyish optimism, and his boyishly smooth cheeks. He kept it up for the rest of the series, too- this was [[PermaStubble The Stubble That Would Not Die.]] [[spoiler: According to the Season 6 comics, not even when its owner did.]] It was part of Wesley's character development, a visual aid to his [[TookALevelInBadass newly acquired badassery.]] Alexis Denisof once commented in one of the episode commentaries how difficult it was to maintain the stubble rather than either keeping clean-shaven or just actually growing a full beard. This was also {{Lampshaded}} in the memory-loss ep. "Spin The Bottle", where Wesley, who, along with the rest of the gang has woken up thinking he is in high school after a memory spell goes awry, scratches his chin thoughtfully and remarks "I seem to have grown about three days' worth of beard."
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Parallels", in an alternate timeline, William T. Riker (who's already famous for GrowingTheBeard), captains the ''Enterprise''. In this timeline, the Borg had won in "The Best of Both Worlds", with the United Federation of Planets destroyed and the ''Enterprise'' is one of the last few intact/unassimilated ships. As a result, he grows [[http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/File:Riker_gone_mad.jpg a beard of Leonidas-like proportions.]]
mourning Emmett's death]].



* In an episode of ''Series/SledgeHammer'', Sledge starts showing up to work looking disheveled and with unkempt stubble after the love of his life was stolen from him... that love being his gun of course.

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* In an episode Jesse grows one in the second half of ''Series/SledgeHammer'', Sledge starts showing up season 5 of ''Series/BreakingBad''. Walt later grows one following his [[spoiler:exile to work looking disheveled and with unkempt stubble New Hampshire.]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Xander Harris grows one shortly
after Renee's death in Season 8.
* ''Series/BurnNotice'': In "Good Soldier", Michael Westen adopts
the love persona of his life was stolen from him... that love being his gun of course.an alcoholic and stops shaving.



* When ''Series/GreysAnatomy'''s [[HospitalHottie Dr McDreamy]] [[spoiler: became depressed about losing a patient, he went dark and twisty and retreated to the woods. While sitting in a lawn chair in front of his trailer, feeling {{emo}} and contemplating giving up neurosurgery]], his face acquired a startling amount of bush. [[spoiler: When he finally got his crap together, and was ready to go back to the hospital and propose to Meredith,]] the beard disappeared and quite a lot of viewers let out a sigh of relief; if not because [[spoiler: of the proposal and his return to work]], then because Patrick Dempsey looks a lot cuter clean-shaven.
* Crichton at the start of ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' season four.
** Also one in the first season. Granted, he's been stranded RobinsonCrusoe-style on a planet where technology just...stops working, but then you remember that A) he genuinely believes his shipmates abandoned him, and B) when one looks at the natives, there's not [[NubileSavage a beard or woman with leg hair]] in sight.
* Daniel in ''Series/UglyBetty'', after losing his fiancé.



* Rob Fitch (Katie and Emily's dad) has one in series 4 of ''Series/{{Skins}}'' [[spoiler:after the bank shut down his gym]].
* Parodied in ''Series/{{Weeds}}'' by Andy when Nancy [[spoiler: leaves to be with her Mexican gangster boyfriend]]. People keep commenting on it, and he eventually shaves it, after much hilarity.
* On ''Series/That70sShow'', Eric gets one after his [[spoiler: breakup with Donna. (Well, the first one.)]]
* In a sixth season episode of ''Series/{{Medium}}'' Joe grows a Beard of Sorrow while Allison is in a coma. It's a pretty impressive beard, though it turns out to be a dream.
* ''Series/VeronicaMars'':
** Duncan near the end of the first season. Unless he's actually entering the BeardnessProtectionProgram -- at the time that he grows it, he's both depressed and running away from home.
** Logan grows one in the third season after Veronica breaks up with him.
* {{Lampshaded}} in the season 3 episode of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', where [[spoiler: Ted]] grows a beard after breaking up with [[spoiler: Robin]]. Also played with, in that the beard only showed up for less than two minutes of screen time before it was shaved off, in stages, as he kept walking in and out of the bathroom to shave off portions of the beard between taking part in a group conversation in the living room. Each time he comes out of the bathroom, he is given a different name by his friends, including "Old Timey Inventor", "Our 21st President, Chester A. Arthur", and "Persian Nightclub Owner".
* Mulder of ''Series/TheXFiles'' grows one of these in times of stress, ranging from stubble in season 2 when Scully is missing to a full beard in the six-year interim between the end of the series and "I Want to Believe".
** Byers has very subtle one. In the episode "Three of a Kind", he has a dream sequence about living [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5YHT7TQ45k the American Dream]]. At the beginning of the dream he has a short and neat beard, but his beard becomes longer after his dream is shattered.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': Gibbs, after being blown up, and retires ([[TenMinuteRetirement temporarily]]). Even if it is just a mustache.



* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingOfRiverSong "The Wedding of River Song"]], the Eleventh Doctor grows one of these while held in the Tower of London by the Holy Roman Emperor UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill. [[ItMakesSenseInContext It's a long story.]]



* Ben Wyatt of ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' sports some thick stubble after [[spoiler:being forced to resign.]]
* In the Season 8 premiere of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', Clark Kent has a beard after losing his powers, getting captured, and imprisoned in a Russian slave labor camp. He shaves shortly after getting rescued.
* On ''Series/LawAndOrderSVU'', whenever the normally clean-shaven Amaro gets an ItsPersonal episode, you can almost invariably tell how bad things are going for him by how intense his five o'clock shadow is.
* On Season 4 of ''Series/TeenWolf'', [[spoiler: Chris Argent]] grows one after [[spoiler: his daughter Allison]] dies.

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* Ben Wyatt of ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' sports some thick stubble Dr. Romano in ''Series/{{ER}}'', after [[spoiler:being forced to resign.his [[spoiler: arm gets cut off by a helicopter blade.]]
* In Crichton at the Season 8 premiere start of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', Clark Kent has ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' season four.
** Also one in the first season. Granted, he's been stranded RobinsonCrusoe-style on a planet where technology just...stops working, but then you remember that A) he genuinely believes his shipmates abandoned him, and B) when one looks at the natives, there's not [[NubileSavage
a beard or woman with leg hair]] in sight.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Tyrion Lannister,
after losing [[spoiler:he kills his powers, getting captured, father and imprisoned in a Russian slave labor camp. He shaves shortly after getting rescued.
* On ''Series/LawAndOrderSVU'', whenever
escapes from Westeros.]]
** Doran Martell is introduced sporting one as part of his general dishevelment, which is understandable since he has just learned that he's outlived all his siblings even though he is by far
the normally clean-shaven Amaro gets an ItsPersonal episode, you can almost invariably tell how bad things are going for eldest.
** Loras has one in "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken", likely since his captors didn't let
him by how intense his five o'clock shadow is.
shave.
* On Season 4 of ''Series/TeenWolf'', When ''Series/GreysAnatomy'''s [[HospitalHottie Dr. McDreamy]] [[spoiler: Chris Argent]] grows one after became depressed about losing a patient, he went dark and twisty and retreated to the woods. While sitting in a lawn chair in front of his trailer, feeling {{emo}} and contemplating giving up neurosurgery]], his face acquired a startling amount of bush. [[spoiler: When he finally got his daughter Allison]] dies.crap together, and was ready to go back to the hospital and propose to Meredith,]] the beard disappeared and quite a lot of viewers let out a sigh of relief; if not because [[spoiler: of the proposal and his return to work]], then because Patrick Dempsey looks a lot cuter clean-shaven.



* Jesse grows one in the second half of season 5 of Series/BreakingBad. Walt later grows one following his [[spoiler:exile to New Hampshire.]]
* In ''Series/{{Banshee}}'', Brock Lotus, in Season Three, [[spoiler: mourning Emmett's death]].
* In the break between Seasons 1 and 2 of ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', two of the male leads get Beards of Sorrow:
** Ward's doubles as a [[spoiler:BeardOfEvil]], and is grown during his incarceration [[spoiler:by SHIELD, after being outed as a HYDRA mole last season]]. However, he reveals to Skye that he attempted suicide several times when first imprisoned, and claims that he's latterly been pining for her, making it a Beard of Sorrow as well.
** In Fitz's case it's more like Stubble of Sorrow, but since he was perfectly clean shaven throughout Season 1 it's noticeable nonetheless. At first it seems like a reaction to the brain damage he suffered in the first season finale that, among other things, has left him with limited use of his hands. [[spoiler:There's that, of course, but it's Simmons leaving the team after he told her he loved her that's really tipped him over the edge into a full-blown depressive breakdown.]]

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* Jesse grows one ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': Nathan Petrelli in Season Two. General reaction among fans (and even Nathan's own kids) was KillItWithFire - thankfully, it vanished after two episodes.
* When ''Series/{{House}}'' [[spoiler: switches to methadone and becomes as happy as House can be,]] he shaves his PermaStubble. The other characters are taken aback by this, not to mention the fans.
* {{Lampshaded}}
in the second half of season 5 3 episode of Series/BreakingBad. Walt later ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', where [[spoiler: Ted]] grows one following a beard after breaking up with [[spoiler: Robin]]. Also played with, in that the beard only showed up for less than two minutes of screen time before it was shaved off, in stages, as he kept walking in and out of the bathroom to shave off portions of the beard between taking part in a group conversation in the living room. Each time he comes out of the bathroom, he is given a different name by his [[spoiler:exile to New Hampshire.friends, including "Old Timey Inventor", "Our 21st President, Chester A. Arthur", and "Persian Nightclub Owner".
* On ''Series/LawAndOrderSVU'', whenever the normally clean-shaven Amaro gets an ItsPersonal episode, you can almost invariably tell how bad things are going for him by how intense his five o'clock shadow is.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': [[spoiler: Jack]] at the end of the third season. The beard was massive, probably because it stood for alcohol ''and'' pills. [[UnfazedEveryman Frank Lapidus]] of the Freighties also sported a beard, as he was busy drinking before being recruited. [[spoiler:He shows up again, relatively happier and clean-shaven in season five.
]]
* In ''Series/{{Banshee}}'', Brock Lotus, in Season Three, [[spoiler: mourning Emmett's death]].
* In the break between Seasons 1 and 2
a sixth season episode of ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', two of the male leads get Beards of Sorrow:
** Ward's doubles as a [[spoiler:BeardOfEvil]], and is grown during his incarceration [[spoiler:by SHIELD, after being outed as a HYDRA mole last season]]. However, he reveals to Skye that he attempted suicide several times when first imprisoned, and claims that he's latterly been pining for her, making it
''Series/{{Medium}}'' Joe grows a Beard of Sorrow as well.
** In Fitz's case it's more like Stubble of Sorrow, but since he was perfectly clean shaven throughout Season 1 it's noticeable nonetheless. At first
while Allison is in a coma. It's a pretty impressive beard, though it seems like a reaction turns out to the brain damage he suffered in the first season finale that, among other things, has left him with limited use of his hands. [[spoiler:There's that, of course, but it's Simmons leaving the team after he told her he loved her that's really tipped him over the edge into be a full-blown depressive breakdown.]]dream.



* In ''{{Series/Alias}}'', when Sydney is presumed dead in a house fire, Jack (who is correctly convinced that she's actually been kidnapped) ends up arrested by the CIA because his attempts to find her include illegal contact with her mother, a former KGB agent and wanted criminal. He spends months in custody, and has a genuinely epic beard of sorrow by the time she comes back.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Tyrion Lannister, after [[spoiler:he kills his father and escapes from Westeros.]]
** Doran Martell is introduced sporting one as part of his general dishevelment, which is understandable since he has just learned that he's outlived all his siblings even though he is by far the eldest.
** Loras has one in "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken", likely since his captors didn't let him shave.

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* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': Gibbs, after being blown up, and retires ([[TenMinuteRetirement temporarily]]). Even if it is just a mustache.
* ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'': In the US series, Roy grows a Beard of Sorrow after Pam breaks up with him. This does involve alcohol (and a DUI). Later, reeling after his breakup with Angela, Dwight also rocks the depression stubble.
* Ben Wyatt of ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' sports some thick stubble after [[spoiler:being forced to resign]].
* In ''{{Series/Alias}}'', when Sydney is presumed dead ''Series/PersonOfInterest'', John Reese has one in the pilot, as he's mourning [[spoiler:Jessica's death]].
* Used
a house fire, Jack (who is correctly convinced that she's few times in ''Series/{{Rome}}'':
** Mark Antony in grows a beard after Octavius defeats his army. By a historical account, [[TruthInTelevision this
actually been kidnapped) ends up arrested by happened]].
** Brutus grows one after he kills Caesar. It goes away after he [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic cleanses himself in a river]] in slow motion.
** Lucius Vorenus grows a "mourning beard" after his wife dies. His friend Pullo grows one as well out of solidarity.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': Dr. Cox after [[spoiler:accidentally killing three patients]] spirals into a depression that involves drinking and growing a much heavier beard (as opposed to
the CIA because [[PermaStubble regular stubble]] he had for much of that season).
** Also gets PlayedForLaughs when [[spoiler:Eliot's boyfriend Sean]] grows an impressive beard in a minimal amount of time after he gets dumped, explaining to J.D. that he is part Bulgarian.
* ''Series/TheShield'': Actor David Rees Snell, who played "Ronnie Gardocki" on "The Shield", upgraded in
his attempts trademark moustache to find her include illegal contact a full-fledged beard in between seasons two and three of the series (largely to sidestep the issue of his character being brutally disfigured in season two by having a beard cover up where his scars were). The character shaved off the beard midway through season six, to please a new girlfriend of his, but after finding out that fellow Strike Team member Shane Vendrell had not only murdered Ronnie's friend Lem, and had exposed Vic and Ronnie's involvement in robbing several million dollars from a local crime syndicate's money laundering ring, the beard came back for revenge as Ronnie sought (unsuccessfully) to save himself from being destroyed by Shane and Vic's war.
* Rob Fitch (Katie and Emily's dad) has one in series 4 of ''Series/{{Skins}}'' [[spoiler:after the bank shut down his gym]].
* In an episode of ''Series/SledgeHammer'', Sledge starts showing up to work looking disheveled and
with her mother, a former KGB agent and wanted criminal. He spends months in custody, and unkempt stubble after the love of his life was stolen from him... that love being his gun of course.
* In the Season 8 premiere of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', Clark Kent
has a genuinely epic beard after losing his powers, getting captured, and imprisoned in a Russian slave labor camp. He shaves shortly after getting rescued.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Parallels", in an alternate timeline, William T. Riker (who's already famous for GrowingTheBeard), captains the ''Enterprise''. In this timeline, the Borg had won in "The Best of Both Worlds", with the United Federation of Planets destroyed and the ''Enterprise'' is one of the last few intact/unassimilated ships. As a result, he grows [[http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/File:Riker_gone_mad.jpg a
beard of sorrow by the time she comes back.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Tyrion Lannister, after [[spoiler:he kills his father and escapes from Westeros.
Leonidas-like proportions.]]
** Doran Martell is introduced sporting * On Season 4 of ''Series/TeenWolf'', [[spoiler: Chris Argent]] grows one as part of after [[spoiler: his general dishevelment, which is understandable since he has just learned daughter Allison]] dies.
* On ''Series/That70sShow'', Eric gets one after his [[spoiler: breakup with Donna. (Well, the first one.)]]
* ''Series/{{Titus}}'' -- In fact, taking time to shave was an indication
that he was going sober.
* Daniel in ''Series/UglyBetty'', after losing his fiancé.
* ''Series/VeronicaMars'':
** Duncan near the end of the first season. Unless
he's outlived all his siblings even though he is by far actually entering the eldest.
BeardnessProtectionProgram -- at the time that he grows it, he's both depressed and running away from home.
** Loras has Logan grows one in "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken", likely since the third season after Veronica breaks up with him.
* Parodied in ''Series/{{Weeds}}'' by Andy when Nancy [[spoiler: leaves to be with her Mexican gangster boyfriend]]. People keep commenting on it, and he eventually shaves it, after much hilarity.
* Very nicely {{subvertedTrope}} in the pilot episode of ''Series/WhiteCollar''. After
his captors didn't let girlfriend Kate comes to the prison to tell him shave.goodbye, Neal stops shaving for a month-and-a-half. Turns out he wasn't wallowing -- [[ItMakesSenseInContext growing a beard was part]] [[GreatEscape of his escape plan]].
* Mulder of ''Series/TheXFiles'' grows one of these in times of stress, ranging from stubble in season 2 when Scully is missing to a full beard in the six-year interim between the end of the series and "I Want to Believe".
** Byers has a very subtle one. In the episode "Three of a Kind", he has a dream sequence about living [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5YHT7TQ45k the American Dream]]. At the beginning of the dream he has a short and neat beard, but his beard becomes longer after his dream is shattered.



* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': After [[spoiler:getting [[EyeScream blinded]]]] in the season 2 finale, after a six-month TimeSkip and a lengthy HeroicBSOD Kanan Jarrus has grown out his sideburns and goatee into a full-on beard and mustache.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': After [[spoiler:getting [[EyeScream blinded]]]] in the season 2 finale, after a one six-month TimeSkip and a lengthy HeroicBSOD later Kanan Jarrus has grown out his sideburns and goatee into a full-on beard and mustache.
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* ''[[ComicBook/TeenTitans The New Teen Titans]]'': [[ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} Dick Grayson]] grows one after [[ComicBook/{{Starfire} Koriand'r]] has an ArrangedMarriage.
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'''s Ray Gillette combines this with DrowningMySorrows after his robotic legs quit working and he spends a good part of the "Archer Vice" arc confined to a wheelchair, wearing only a pair of soiled briefs and weeping constantly. During a mission Kreiger casually reminds Cyril to have him reboot the CPU in Ray's spine to get his legs running again.
* Being prepubescent, Aang of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' had to grow Hair of Sorrow after [[spoiler:being killed and brought back to life. During that period he was forced to let people continue to think he was dead,]] which didn't sit well with him. He shaved it again right before [[spoiler:leading the attack on the Fire Nation capital on the dramatically named Day of Black Sun.]]



* On ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', Beezy manages to get stubble literally seconds after losing his [[CollectorOfTheStrange collection of chewed gum]].
* On ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', Modercai grows a beard and disheveled feathers [[LoveHurts after Margaret tells him, in "Steak Me Amadeus", she can't be his girlfriend since she's going to college]].
* On ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'', after [[DarkestHour Mystery Inc was disbanded in the Season 1 finale]], the Season 2 premiere has Fred sporting a massive beard.



* In ''WesternAnimation/SongOfTheSea'', Conor gets one after Bronagh vanishes.



* Being prepubescent, Aang of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' had to grow Hair of Sorrow after [[spoiler:being killed and brought back to life. During that period he was forced to let people continue to think he was dead,]] which didn't sit well with him. He shaved it again right before [[spoiler:leading the attack on the Fire Nation capital on the dramatically named Day of Black Sun.]]

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* Being prepubescent, Aang of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' had to grow Hair of Sorrow ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': After [[spoiler:getting [[EyeScream blinded]]]] in the season 2 finale, after [[spoiler:being killed a six-month TimeSkip and brought back to life. During that period a lengthy HeroicBSOD Kanan Jarrus has grown out his sideburns and goatee into a full-on beard and mustache.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'': Robin grows one in "Birds" when
he was forced to let people continue to think he was dead,]] which didn't sit well with him. He shaved it again right before [[spoiler:leading is driven out of the attack on team and starts living in the Fire Nation capital on mockingbird nest in the dramatically named Day of Black Sun.]]chimney (ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext).



* On ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', Beezy manages to get stubble literally seconds after losing his [[CollectorOfTheStrange collection of chewed gum]].
* On ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'', after [[DarkestHour Mystery Inc was disbanded in the Season 1 finale]], the Season 2 premiere has Fred sporting a massive beard.



* On ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', Modercai grows a beard and disheveled feathers [[LoveHurts after Margaret tells him, in "Steak Me Amadeus", she can't be his girlfriend since she's going to college]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'': Robin grows one in "Birds" when he is driven out of the team and starts living in the mockingbird nest in the chimney (ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext).
* In ''WesternAnimation/SongOfTheSea'', Conor gets one after Bronagh vanishes.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'''s Ray Gillette combines this with DrowningMySorrows after his robotic legs quit working and he spends a good part of the "Archer Vice" arc confined to a wheelchair, wearing only a pair of soiled briefs and weeping constantly. During a mission Kreiger casually reminds Cyril to have him reboot the CPU in Ray's spine to get his legs running again.


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* Many people noted that during the breakup of Music/TheBeatles and the stress that resulted, PaulMcCartney grew a beard, something he was not previously known to do (even when the other Beatles were experimenting with facial hair, [=McCartney=] was usually noticeably clean-shaven) and only rarely seen to do since. It was suggested that this trope might have something to do with it.

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* Many people noted that during the breakup of Music/TheBeatles and the stress that resulted, PaulMcCartney Music/PaulMcCartney grew a beard, something he was not previously known to do (even when the other Beatles were experimenting with facial hair, [=McCartney=] was usually noticeably clean-shaven) and only rarely seen to do since. It was suggested that this trope might have something to do with it.
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* Tyrion Lannister in ''{{Series/Game of Thrones}}'', after [[spoiler:he kills his father and escapes from Westeros.]]

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
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Tyrion Lannister in ''{{Series/Game of Thrones}}'', Lannister, after [[spoiler:he kills his father and escapes from Westeros.]]]]
** Doran Martell is introduced sporting one as part of his general dishevelment, which is understandable since he has just learned that he's outlived all his siblings even though he is by far the eldest.
** Loras has one in "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken", likely since his captors didn't let him shave.
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