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16th May '16 1:45:36 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In [[TalesOfTheBranionRealm "The Painter Knight,"]] two men wanted partly because of their religion shave their beards -- a clear sign that they are members of the ''other'' religion.

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* In [[TalesOfTheBranionRealm [[Literature/TalesOfTheBranionRealm "The Painter Knight,"]] two men wanted partly because of their religion shave their beards -- a clear sign that they are members of the ''other'' religion.
13th Aug '15 10:11:59 PM thatother1dude
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* No less than Osama bin Laden managed to hide successfully by shaving off his beard. The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abbottabad_Commission_Report Abbottabad Commission Report]] reveals that it apparently worked so well that the Pakistani policeman who stopped the car he was in on a routine traffic check [[FailedASpotCheck did not recognize him.]] Keep in mind that not only was bin Laden of unusual height, this was in ''2002'', right when his was one of the most wanted faces in the world. The Report was quite scathing on that point.

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* No less than Osama bin Laden managed to hide successfully by shaving off his beard. The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abbottabad_Commission_Report Abbottabad Commission Report]] reveals that it apparently worked so well that the Pakistani policeman who stopped the car he was in on a routine traffic check [[FailedASpotCheck [[RecognitionFailure did not recognize him.]] Keep in mind that not only was bin Laden of unusual height, this was in ''2002'', right when his was one of the most wanted faces in the world. The Report was quite scathing on that point.
6th Aug '15 10:00:42 PM DrOO7
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* In the film version of ''Film/TheFugitive'', the second thing Dr. Kimble does after escaping from prison is shave off his beard. (The first thing is to ditch his orange jumpsuit.) That is, Harrison Ford begins the film with a beard only to lose it after 20 minutes and look like himself for the rest of the film. This is an inversion from an early draft of the script, where Kimble would have ''grown'' a beard to conceal himself.

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* In the film version of ''Film/TheFugitive'', the second thing Dr. Kimble does after escaping from prison is shave off his beard. (The first thing is to ditch his orange jumpsuit.) That is, Harrison Ford begins the film with a beard only to lose it after 20 minutes and look like himself for the rest of the film. It pays off--despite having a picture of Kimble ''in his hand'' as he speaks to him, a state trooper doesn't recognize him. This is an inversion from an early draft of the script, where Kimble would have ''grown'' a beard to conceal himself.


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* Inverted on ''Series/DrQuinnMedicineWoman'', when Dr. Mike fails to recognize her presumed dead fiance when he comes to town looking for her because of the thick beard he's grown.
27th Jun '15 7:47:19 AM Morgenthaler
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-> ''"Do you know what this [being exposed] means, Hobbes? [[WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarePants We'll have to change our names, move to another state, grow a beard and shave it off, then start all over again!]] [[{{Wangst}} From now on, we're no longer Calvin and Hobbes!]]"''

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-> ''"Do you know what this [being exposed] means, Hobbes? [[WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarePants We'll have to change our names, move to another state, grow a beard and shave it off, then start all over again!]] [[{{Wangst}} again! From now on, we're no longer Calvin and Hobbes!]]"''Hobbes!"''
27th Jun '15 7:46:13 AM Morgenthaler
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* After staging his own death in ''EddieAndTheCruisers'', Jersey rock-star-in-the-making Eddie Wilson is revealed in the sequel to have developed a cunning dual strategy for concealing his identity: (a) [[SequelGoesForeign moving to Montreal]] and (b) growing a moustache. At the very end of the first film we see Eddie alive, watching a retrospective of his career on a TV in a shop window, with a big beard.
* The [=McManus=] Brothers evidently grew beards and long shaggy hair while hiding out in Ireland after the events of the first ''[[TheBoondockSaints Boondock Saints]]'' film. Before returning to Boston, they [[ImportantHaircut shave and cut their hair]].... then [[LampshadeHanging wonder why they did that]], when ''now'' they match their wanted posters, and ''before'' they "looked like JesusChrist."

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* After staging his own death in ''EddieAndTheCruisers'', ''Film/EddieAndTheCruisers'', Jersey rock-star-in-the-making Eddie Wilson is revealed in the sequel to have developed a cunning dual strategy for concealing his identity: (a) [[SequelGoesForeign moving to Montreal]] and (b) growing a moustache. At the very end of the first film we see Eddie alive, watching a retrospective of his career on a TV in a shop window, with a big beard.
* The [=McManus=] Brothers evidently grew beards and long shaggy hair while hiding out in Ireland after the events of the first ''[[TheBoondockSaints Boondock Saints]]'' ''Film/TheBoondockSaints'' film. Before returning to Boston, they [[ImportantHaircut shave and cut their hair]].... then [[LampshadeHanging wonder why they did that]], when ''now'' they match their wanted posters, and ''before'' they "looked like JesusChrist."
26th May '15 2:57:16 PM Micah
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* In the LordPeterWimsey book ''The Nine Tailors'', [[GentlemanThief Nobby Cranton]] grows a beard before going to look for a diamond necklace he'd stolen some decades before.
** As does Lord Peter himself, when infiltrating a criminal gang in one of the short stories.

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* In the The LordPeterWimsey book books:
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''The Nine Tailors'', [[GentlemanThief Nobby Cranton]] grows a beard before going to look for a diamond necklace he'd stolen some decades before.
** As does Lord Peter himself, himself grows a beard when infiltrating a criminal gang in one of the short stories.



** Ser Rodrik Cassel shaves his very impressive whiskers, initially out of pragmatism - they're on a boat, and he's badly seasick - but it later becomes a disguise.

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** Ser Rodrik Cassel shaves his very impressive whiskers, initially whiskers. Initially it's out of pragmatism - -- they're on a boat, and he's badly seasick - -- but it later becomes a disguise.



* [[ZigZaggingTrope Doubly inverted]] in ''ThePrisonerOfZenda'' -- in order to impersonate the king, the protagonist shaves off his beard. He bears a remarkable resemblance to the King, but isn't identical, so someone could pick up on the difference. Both protagonist and king wear beards, but that the "king" suddenly chose to shave is a convenient explanation for why something about the "king's" appearance seems off.

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* [[ZigZaggingTrope Doubly inverted]] in ''ThePrisonerOfZenda'' -- in order to impersonate the king, the protagonist shaves off his beard. He bears a remarkable resemblance to the King, but isn't identical, so someone could pick up on the difference. Both protagonist and king wear beards, but that the "king" suddenly chose to shave is a convenient explanation for why something about the "king's" his appearance seems off.



* In ''[[{{Literature/Lensman}} Gray Lensman]]'' Kimball Kinnison grows a beard to go undercover as Chester Q. Fordyce.

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* In ''[[{{Literature/Lensman}} Gray Lensman]]'' the {{Literature/Lensman}} books:
** In ''Gray Lensman'',
Kimball Kinnison grows a beard to go undercover as Chester Q. Fordyce.



* Lampshaded in ''Literature/BoysLife''. Toward the end of the book we discover the man killed in the beginning had helped relocate a Nazi scientist. The victim's brother comes looking for him and, learning he's dead, believes the killer is the Nazi. He shows Cory's father a picture but explains that he's probably changed his appearance, and the easiest way to go unrecognized is to "shave your head and grow a beard." [[spoiler: The vet, who was much earlier to be a bald, bearded man, is the Nazi and the killer.]]

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* Lampshaded in ''Literature/BoysLife''. Toward the end of the book we discover the man killed in the beginning had helped relocate a Nazi scientist. The victim's brother comes looking for him and, learning he's dead, believes the killer is the Nazi. He shows Cory's father a picture but explains that he's probably changed his appearance, and the easiest way to go unrecognized is to "shave your head and grow a beard." [[spoiler: The vet, who was much earlier to be described as a bald, bearded man, is the Nazi and the killer.]]



* Duncan grows a beard like this near the end of the first season of ''Series/VeronicaMars''. Unless it's a BeardOfSorrow; at the time that he grows it, he's both depressed and running away from home.
* In the pilot of ''Series/WhiteCollar'', Neal grows a beard in prison, and then shaves it off the day he escapes so he won't be recognized. He doesn't look all that different, but he ''does'' look just different enough to fool the facial recognition on the prison security cameras.

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* Duncan grows a beard like this near the end of the first season of ''Series/VeronicaMars''. Unless it's It might also be a BeardOfSorrow; at the time that he grows it, he's both depressed and running away from home.
* In the pilot of ''Series/WhiteCollar'', Neal grows a beard in prison, and then shaves it off the day he escapes so he won't be recognized. He doesn't look all that different, but he ''does'' look just different enough to fool the facial recognition on the prison security cameras. Peter realizes he can figure out when Neal first decided to escape from prison by looking through past security footage for the day Neal stopped shaving.



* It is true that this is a way to beat facial recognition in some cases.
26th May '15 2:50:59 PM Micah
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* [[Videogame/DeadSpace3 Isaac Clarke]] grows one between the second and third ''Dead Space'' games whilst trying to avoid EarthGov.

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* [[Videogame/DeadSpace3 In ''Videogame/DeadSpace3'', we see that Isaac Clarke]] grows Clarke grew one between the second and third ''Dead Space'' games whilst trying to avoid EarthGov.



* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', a variation on the idea of growing a beard just to be able to shave it off for an easy disguise is the reason the McNinja family all [[HighlyVisibleNinja wear ninja facemasks at all time]]. If no-one knows what they look like, then when they really need to, they'll be able to take their mask off and disappear.
** Unfortunately for the good doctor, one of his arch-enemies [[spoiler: Frans Rayner]], has learned what he looks like under the mask. Now he's just waiting for an opportunity to use it to his advantage.

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* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', a variation on the idea of growing a beard just to be able to shave it off for an easy disguise is the reason the McNinja family all [[HighlyVisibleNinja wear ninja facemasks at all time]]. If no-one knows what they look like, then when they really need to, they'll be able to take their mask off and disappear.
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disappear. Unfortunately for the good doctor, one of his arch-enemies [[spoiler: Frans Rayner]], has learned what he looks like under the mask. Now he's just waiting for an opportunity to use it to his advantage.
26th May '15 1:59:48 PM Shardhero16
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* [[Videogame/DeadSpace3 Isaac Clarke]] grows one between the second and third ''Dead Space'' games whilst trying to avoid EarthGov.
12th May '15 8:03:34 PM Alvin
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* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'''s Harry Osborn grows a handlebar moustache and shaves his head to get away from is [[ComicBook/NormanOsborn father]].

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* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'''s Harry Osborn grows a handlebar moustache and shaves his head to get away from is his [[ComicBook/NormanOsborn father]].
12th May '15 7:47:31 PM Micah
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* After [[TheSimpsons Krusty the Clown]] fakes his death he grows a beard so nobody can recognize him... except Bart still does. Subverted in that his beard is fake.

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* After [[TheSimpsons Krusty the Clown]] Clown on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' fakes his death death, he grows a beard so nobody can recognize him... except but Bart still does. Subverted in that his beard is fake.fake.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Zaheer shaves off the beard he grew in prison (and also shaves his head) in order to infiltrate the Air Temple in Republic City.
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