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3rd Jun '17 5:26:33 AM JackG
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-->''Extremely unconvincing denials ensues, then...''

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-->''Extremely unconvincing denials ensues, ensue, then...''
3rd Jun '17 5:25:43 AM JackG
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* ''Series/DoctorWho''. In "Last Christmas", Clara Oswald wakes up to the sound of a reindeer-drawn sleigh crashing on her roof, piloted by two elves and a jolly bearded man in a red suit.
-->'''Clara:''' Are you Santa Claus?
-->''Extremely unconvincing denials ensues, then...''
-->'''Santa:''' All right, fine, yes. Yes, it's me. Ha! Guilty. How did you recognise me?
-->'''Elf:''' You know how you grew that beard as a bit of a disguise? People have picked up on it.
26th Mar '17 5:56:40 PM Katsuhagi
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* In ''{{Literature/Dragonlance}}'', Tanis takes advantage of this several times, since as a [[HalfHumanHybrid half-elf]] he's able to grow facial hair unlike all but the oldest full-blooded elves and can pass for a human when he has one.
2nd Feb '17 11:47:13 AM nighttrainfm
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* Inverted on ''Series/TheFlash2014''. The Earth-2 Hunter Zolomon was a prolific and well-known serial killer with an unkempt beard and hair. He was able to take on a whole new, equally-public identity [[spoiler: as "Jay Garrick"]] simply by going clean-shaven.
23rd Jan '17 12:47:06 AM Morgenthaler
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* Garion suggests this to Zakath when he joins them in the ''[[Literature/{{Belgariad}} Malloreon]]''. (As Zakath is the Emperor of the largest nation in the world, his face is on almost every coin in Mallorea, which would tend to hinder attempts at stealth.) Zakath has no trouble complying, because he doesn't know how to shave. Garion's a little incredulous that a man at his level of power/paranoia would let other people near him with a straight razor.

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* Garion suggests this to Zakath when he joins them in the ''[[Literature/{{Belgariad}} Malloreon]]''.''Literature/TheMalloreon''. (As Zakath is the Emperor of the largest nation in the world, his face is on almost every coin in Mallorea, which would tend to hinder attempts at stealth.) Zakath has no trouble complying, because he doesn't know how to shave. Garion's a little incredulous that a man at his level of power/paranoia would let other people near him with a straight razor.
23rd Jan '17 12:46:19 AM Morgenthaler
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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 his appearance seems off.

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* [[ZigZaggingTrope Doubly inverted]] in ''ThePrisonerOfZenda'' ''Literature/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 his appearance seems off.



* Attempted by Buck Williams in the first ''LeftBehind'' novel, and is lampshaded by his boss Steve Plank, who comments how unnecessary he believes it to be.

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* Attempted by Buck Williams in the first ''LeftBehind'' ''Literature/LeftBehind'' novel, and is lampshaded by his boss Steve Plank, who comments how unnecessary he believes it to be.



* In ''[[SantaClausIsCominToTown Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town]]'', this is supposedly why Kris Kringle first grows his beard. His wanted posters had him beardless and he wasn't an iconic toy-making symbol just yet. The bearded form is, according to the special, the symbol it is because he grew the beard to escape the law.

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* In ''[[SantaClausIsCominToTown Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town]]'', ''WesternAnimation/SantaClausIsCominToTown'', this is supposedly why Kris Kringle first grows his beard. His wanted posters had him beardless and he wasn't an iconic toy-making symbol just yet. The bearded form is, according to the special, the symbol it is because he grew the beard to escape the law.
24th Dec '16 3:47:17 PM jinnah
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* In ''Series/{{HowToGetAwayWithMurder}}'', Frank shaves his iconic beard to go on the lam after being implicated in a murder.

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* In ''Series/{{HowToGetAwayWithMurder}}'', ''Series/HowToGetAwayWithMurder'', Frank shaves his iconic beard to go on the lam after being implicated in a murder.
24th Dec '16 3:46:14 PM jinnah
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* In ''Series/{{HowToGetAwayWithMurder}}'', Frank shaves his iconic beard to go on the lam after being implicated in a murder.
24th Dec '16 11:31:35 AM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Arcanum}}'', the "Gnome" you met at the start of the game is quickly revealed to have been a Dwarf, who shaved his beard ([[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame inconceivable to their culture]]) to flee from something [[spoiler:he was forced to work on the machine that would bring the BigBad back to Arcanum and managed to use it prior to full completion due to his small size]].

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* In ''{{Arcanum}}'', ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura'', the "Gnome" you met at the start of the game is quickly revealed to have been a Dwarf, who shaved his beard ([[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame inconceivable to their culture]]) to flee from something [[spoiler:he was forced to work on the machine that would bring the BigBad back to Arcanum and managed to use it prior to full completion due to his small size]].
24th Dec '16 9:15:18 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Barristan Selmy grows one during his ChekhovMIA.
** Roose Bolton sports one in "The Lion and the Rose" after having to smuggle himself into his own lands. The next scene includes him shaving it off.
** Tyrion grows a hybrid between this trope and BeardOfSorrow for Season 5.
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