Created By: TheMuse on November 25, 2011 Last Edited By: TheMuse on May 27, 2013
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Time Passage Beard

A long passage of time is showed passing by a character growing a beard

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A long amount of time passes. A character is shown in the next scene with a (usually comically long) beard. Usually used in cartoons as Rule of Funny and sometimes involves the beard disappearing in the next scene or even being ripped of by said character. Is occasionally used simply with hair length (nearly always in female cases). Not to be confused with Growing the Beard

Advertising
  • Done in an old Chuck E. Cheese commercial. The voiceover says, "Boring restaurants make you wait...and wait...and wait," while time lapses are shown with a kid sitting at a table waiting, ending with cobwebs and a ridiculously long beard. This is contrasted with the kid excitedly playing games at Chuck E Cheese.

Anime
  • Not only does Kenshiro grow a beard in the animated movie in between his assault by Shin and encountering Bat and Lin (And then shaves it using some thug's knife), but he also develops a beard at the start of the second series, shaving it once he finally begins to fight again.

Comics
  • Done in Thorgal - after he escapes from caves where time flow was slowed, he wakes up with a long beard the next day. Not at all played for comedy, as the girl he was with had spent most of her live there and got aged into a shrivelled husk overnight.

Fairy Tales

Film

Literature
  • In The Kingdom of Gods, Sieh keeps magically aging whenever he uses too much of his power or does anything particularly unchildlike, such as remembering he's a father. Each time this happens, he ends up with a massive beard and head of hair.
  • Arthur Dent grows one of these when he is trapped on Earth 2 million years ago in the Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy books.

Live-Action Television
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus: when a milkman's Pizza Boy Special Delivery is Subverted, he's locked in a room with many other milkmen with various lenghths of beard.
  • The Big Bang Theory: the gang goes to the North Pole for three months; when they come back all have big beards (except Sheldon).
  • Crichton does this a few times in Farscape, notably while he's stranded on an alien planet in "Jeremiah Crichton".
  • In the sixth series of Doctor Who, the opening two-parter has the Doctor (who has always previously been beardless) imprisoned for several months and growing a beard. It happens again in the season finale.
    • Also from the revived Doctor Who; in "The Doctor's Wife", Amy stumbles across Rory's dead body in a Room Full of Crazy, having grown a beard, aged, and eventually starved to death. Don't worry, he gets better.
  • House the season 2 finale has House awaken from a coma. He determines roughly how long he had been out (three days) by the amount of growth of his Perma-Stubble.

Machinima
  • In one scene in the "Blood Gulch Chronicles" of Red vs. Blue, Church spends a thousand years standing in a hallway waiting for a computer to fabricate a teleporter (...maybe). By the end of it, Church has a massive beard drawn on his sprite. Played for laughs, given he's in a robotic body at this point.

Newspaper Comics

Western Animation
  • Happens to Superman in the Justice League episode "Hereafter".
  • South Park: when Cartman awakes from a coma, he's got a big beard. But it's just a facewarmer, he's only been out for a day or so.
  • Parodied in an episode of Tiny Toons where Babs is looking for a personal hero in old cartoons. As she sits in the Acme Looniversity archive the camera pans around and when it comes back to her she has a long gray beard and a cane. She tosses the cane aside, then rips the beard off and is about to storm off in frustration but decides to watch one more film.
Community Feedback Replies: 21
  • November 25, 2011
    Koveras
    Happens to Superman in the Justice League episode "Hereafter".
  • November 25, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    Done in Thorgal - after he escapes from caves where time flow was slowed, he wakes up with a long beard the next day. Not at all played for comedy, as the girl he was with had spent most of her live there and got aged into a shrivelled husk overnight.
  • November 25, 2011
    randomsurfer
  • November 27, 2011
    Micah
    • Crichton does this a few times in Farscape, notably while he's stranded on an alien planet in "Jeremiah Crichton".
    • In The Kingdom of Gods, Sieh keeps magically aging whenever he uses too much of his power or does anything particularly unchildlike, such as remembering he's a father. Each time this happens, he ends up with a massive beard and head of hair.
  • November 27, 2011
    dalek955
    Remember to keep this distinct from Growing The Beard.
  • November 27, 2011
    69BookWorM69
    Hmm. Would this also apply to shots in stories where a previously clean-shaven character is shown to have aged by suddenly sporting a moustache? You know, cut to five years later or whatever, and there's the 'stache.
  • November 27, 2011
    condottiera
    Arthur Dent grows one of these when he is trapped on Earth 2 million years ago in the Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy books.
  • November 27, 2011
    condottiera
    Subverted in an episode of Spongebob Squarepants: the characters appear to have grown beards after waiting a long time, but they are revealed to be fakes when Squidward yanks his off in frustration.
  • November 27, 2011
    PaulA
    • In the 2011 series of Doctor Who, the opening two-parter has the Doctor (who has always previously been beardless) imprisoned for several months and growing a beard. It happens again in the season finale.
  • November 27, 2011
    McKathlin
    Done in an old Chuck E. Cheese commercial. The voiceover says, "Boring restaurants make you wait...and wait...and wait," while time lapses are shown with a kid sitting at a table waiting, ending with cobwebs and a ridiculously long beard. This is contrasted with the kid excitedly playing games at Chuck E Cheese.
  • November 27, 2011
    fulltimeD
    Done twice to John Crichton in Farscape. And the fandom learned, both times, that Ben Browder looks much better clean shaven or with perma stubble.
  • November 27, 2011
    CompletelyDifferent
    Also from Doctor Who; in "The Doctor's Wife", Amy stumbles across Rory's dead body in a Room Full Of Crazy, having grown a beard, aged, and eventually starved to death. Don't worry, he gets better.
  • November 27, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    Needs A New Title as there can be female examples.

    • The New Mutants had an example. They were scattered across Asgard at different periods of time. Karma was fat and short haired when it happened. When the team finally reunite, it has been so much time that she is thin and long-haired.

  • November 27, 2011
    JohnDiFool
    Happened to Ash in the alternate ending of Army Of Darkness, when he "slept too long" and overshot the 20th century.
  • November 27, 2011
    Arivne
    Film
    • Die Another Day. When James Bond is finally freed by the North Koreans more than a year after his capture, he's grown a beard (as well as a mustache and long, shaggy hair).
  • November 28, 2011
    Chabal2
    One Foxtrot strip evokes this trope, showing Paige on the phone, Jason walking by wearing an obviously fake beard, bald wig and cane. Paige's response is "I haven't been on the phone THAT long!"
  • February 13, 2013
    Medinoc
    Fantaghiro has an extreme one when the King's advisor is making her take the oath of allegiance: The advisor's beard is seen reaching the ground and the girl emerges as an adult.
  • February 13, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Updated with examples, added my own, and fixed some formatting.

    I can't add the New Mutants example unless it's established that this applies to other hair, or if it's specific to beards.

    And I can't add the Fantaghiro because I don't know the medium or the meaning of the second sentence at all.
  • February 13, 2013
    MrRuano
    Fist Of The North Star: Not only does Kenshiro grow a beard in the animated movie in between his assault by Shin and encountering Bat and Lin (And then shaves it using some thug's knife), but he also develops a beard at the start of the second series, shaving it once he finally begins to fight again.
  • February 16, 2013
    robinjohnson
    Lee And Herring did this once, in a routine where Richard Herring was explaining that he really liked the movie Seven, despite not having seen One, Two, Three, Four, Five or Six. He'd also seen Ten, although he couldn't find Eight or Nine, and {{2001}}, although he hadn't found Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen, or... fade to black, and fade back in to Lee and Herring with beards down to their ankles.
  • February 16, 2013
    Tallens
    • Parodied in an episode of Tiny Toons where Babs is looking for a personal hero in old cartoons. As she sits in the Acme Looniversity archive the camera pans around and when it comes back to her she has a long gray beard and a cane. She tosses the cane aside, then rips the beard off and is about to storm off in frustration but decides to watch one more film.

    That episode also had another time passage sequence involving changing weather. DO we have that trope?
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