Created By: Earnest on September 29, 2010 Last Edited By: Earnest on October 2, 2010
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Perma Shave

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Clean shaven counterpart to Perma Stubble. The heroes might be stuck in the wilderness with no supplies for days, spend weeks working tirelessly to create/research/outrun a deadly enemy, but they always have a baby-smooth face.

While it doesn't take much time to shave, it does require some base equipment (mirror, razor, cream/soap, hot water, or an electric razor) heroes who are normally seen clean shaven rarely need to have it to stay smooth.

This can be Played for Laughs by implying the character just doesn't grow facial hair at all. While everyone else has a Beard of Sorrow-type growth from the circumstances, they're as smooth as a smarmy preteen or smug elf.

Of course it's just as commonly justified as the character being both Crazy-Prepared and so dedicated to grooming/discipline they always shave (often before everyone else woke up).
Community Feedback Replies: 10
  • September 29, 2010
    Starry-Eyed
    Legolas, from The Lord Of The Rings, obviously, along with the rest of the elves, as well as the hobbits. Neither species grows facial hair.

  • September 29, 2010
    the grene kni3t
    In The Hound of the Baskervilles, Sherlock Holmes has been secretly living in a stone hut on the moor for several weeks, and yet "he had contrived, with that catlike love of personal cleanliness which was one of his characteristics, that his chin should be as smooth and his linen as perfect as if he were in Baker Street."
  • September 29, 2010
    randomsurfer
    Probably doesn't count but
    • One time on Cheers all the fellows had a beard-growing contest. Everybody's beards grew in thick and lush except Cliff, who had a few whisps of hair. Then on the final day he came in with a big beard. Everybody thought it was a face-merkin but he proved to them it wasn't by them pulling on it. Turned out it was fake, but he glued it on with Krazy Glue so it couldn't come off.
  • September 29, 2010
    Micah
    ^^^Middle-Earth elves actually do grow facial hair, but probably not until they get really old. Check out the description of Círdan the Shipwright in the last chapter of Lord Of The Rings.

    • Sheldon in The Big Bang Theory, more or less. When everyone comes back from the Arctic at the beginning of season 3, everyone else has massive full beards; he has a tiny, neatly trimmed goatee.
  • September 29, 2010
    AmazinglyEnough
    Most of the guys on Lost have at least Perma Stubble, but how does Locke's head stay so smooth and shiny and bald all the time?

    And I'm not sure if we should get started about how women in fiction never have to shave their legs.
  • September 29, 2010
    callsignecho
    In Anne Rice's version of vampire lore, you are stuck with the hairstyle you had when you died. This can mean perma-stubble or perma-shave.
  • September 30, 2010
    Koveras
    Every Bishonen EVER.

    Also, Superman (and a bunch of other superheroes, I guess), to the point where when he grows a beard in one episode of Justice League, you can barely recognize him.
  • October 1, 2010
    randomsurfer
    The Hulk when he isn't the Maestro.
  • October 2, 2010
    bluepenguin
    Character hasn't
    Shaved in weeks,
    Yet not one hair
    Grows on his cheeks:
    Perma-Shave

    ... Sorry, couldn't resist.
  • October 2, 2010
    AmazinglyEnough
    ^You should alter that a little and put it on the Haiku Wiki.
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