Created By: EdnaWalkerJune 27, 2012 Last Edited By: EdnaWalkerAugust 7, 2013
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Animal Facial Hair

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This is when an animal, often an anthropomorphic animal, has facial hair, whether in the form of a mustache or beard. Sometimes, the facial hair is in the form of whiskers slicked into a moustache.

Fictional examples can apply to pretty much any animal as long as it's not a natural feature of their species or in the case of dogs a default characteristic of the breed.

Compare Furry Baldness, Furry Female Mane, and Nonmammalian Hair.


Examples:

Comics

Film
  • Rufus the cat from The Rescuers has a mustache, as do some of the mice in the Rescue Aid Society.
  • Dr. Dawson and Hiram Flaversham from The Great Mouse Detective both have mustaches.
  • Harold from Shrek 2 keeps his goatee even when he turns into a frog.
    • Also, Puss In Boots and Donkey have goatees, and Puss has his whiskers slicked into a moustache.
  • Ratty from The Adventures Of Ichabod And Mr Toad has a mustache and Angus MacBadger has a white beard.
  • In An American Tail Papa Mousekewitz has a beard, and several background characters have beards or mustaches.
  • Several characters in The Secret Of NIMH: Mr. Ages has both eyebrows and a mustache, while Nicodemus and the Great Owl have especially long ones. Jenner has Big Ol Eyebrows and an evil goatee.
  • In Gay Purree, Big Bad Meowrice has his whiskers slicked into a mustache.
  • Master Shifu (a red panda) from Kung Fu Panda has a bushy white mustache.
  • Played with in The Muppets films:
    • In The Muppet Movie; one scene shows Kermit shaving, but then he comments "I wish I had whiskers. Of course, then I'd have to use a blade."
    • In The Muppets Take Manhattan he claims to be growing a moustache, which Jenny "helps along" with makeup.

Literature
  • Older mice in the animated adaptations of Redwall would have beards made of whiskers. Younger mice would look more "clean-shaven", and a few officer hares had mustaches.
  • In the Chanur Novels Hani have beards and moustaches, along with manes. Both genders.

Theater
  • Wicked has Professor Dillamond, a goat-man professor with a goatee.

Video Games
  • The dragon Ramses in Skylanders Spyros Adventure has a white beard and bushy eyebrows because he is very old.
  • In World Of Warcraft the little boy Pandaren will sometimes say when clicked on that he's growing a beard. Pandaren are, of course, anthropomorphic pandas and some do indeed have beards, putting them into this trope.
  • Star Fox: Peppy starts sporting a mustache in later games.
  • One of the bad green pigs in the Angry Birds franchise has an orange moustache.

Web Comics
  • Many of the male characters in Lackadaisy Cats have patterns in their fur that look like facial hair (Victor's snout/face is brighter and looks like a goatee + mustache, for instance.)

Western Animation
  • Monterey Jack from Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers had a very thick moustache as well as whiskers. It would twirl itself when he smells cheese.
  • Uncle Chuck from Sonic Sat AM sports a large, bushy mustache.
  • In "The Old Gray Hare" after a Flash Forward to the year 2000 a 70-or-so-year-old Bugs Bunny is shown with white chin whiskers.
  • In My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic, beards and mustaches are relatively common on the characters.
  • In Dog City, Mayor Kickbark and Rusty MacCracken in the animated sections have moustaches, as does McCracken's puppet inspiration Mr MacTaggart.
  • In MAD, there is a skit that parodies Duck Dynasty called "McDuck Dynasty", featuring Scrooge, Donald, Huey, Dewey, and Louie. Donald and Scrooge have beards made of feathers.

Real Life
  • The bearded vulture or lammergeier has facial feathers that look like a beard.
  • The mustache of the walrus makes it quite easy to anthropomorphize this animal.
  • Goats are so well-known for their beards they even named a kind of beard after them.
  • The schnauzer (a breed of terrier) is named after a German term for mustache, because it looks like it's wearing one. For that matter, many other terrier breeds have a similar appearance.
Community Feedback Replies: 31
  • July 2, 2012
    Rognik
    • Monteray Jack from Chip N Dale Rescue Ranges had a very thick moustache as well as whiskers. It would twirl itself when he smells cheese.
  • July 30, 2012
    ShadowHog
    Uncle Chuck from Sonic Sat AM sports a large, bushy mustache.
  • July 30, 2012
    yogyog
    Does The Lorax count?
  • July 30, 2012
    Stratadrake
    The Lorax would be a hard call because it's clearly some generic creature and not based on something specific.

    This isn't strictly limited to anthropomorphic animals - it can apply to pretty much any animal, as long as it's not a natural feature of their species.

  • July 30, 2012
    LobsterMagnus
    The mustache of the walrus makes it quite easy to anthropomorphize this animal.
  • August 4, 2012
    CharacterInWhite
    • Many of the male characters in Lackadaisy Cats have patterns in their fur that look like facial hair (Victor's snout/face is brighter and looks like a goatee + mustache, for instance.)
  • August 4, 2012
    HenryT
    Thundercats characters count?
  • August 4, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In "The Old Gray Hare" after a Flash Forward to the year 2000 a 70-or-so-year-old Bugs Bunny is shown with white chin whiskers.
  • September 1, 2012
    Rognik
    ^^ I'm not sure if it would or not. The Thundercats are aliens, but basically human-shaped cat people; they are far more man than cat. Then again, aliens wouldn't necessarily grow beards or mustaches at all. If you can think of an example, list it, and the OP can decide if it counts or not.
  • September 1, 2012
    randomsurfer
    The anthropomporphic duck Flintheart Glomgold, a major antagonist to Scrooge Mc Duck, has a big beard.
  • September 27, 2012
    sgamer82
    • In World Of Warcraft the little boy Pandaren will sometimes say when clicked on that he's growing a beard. Pandaren are, of course, anthropomorphic pandas and some do indeed have beards, putting them into this trope.
  • September 27, 2012
    Tuckerscreator
    • Older mice in the animated adaptations of Redwall would have beards made of whiskers. Younger mice would look more "clean-shaven", and a few officer hares had mustaches.
  • September 27, 2012
    Surenity
    • In An American Tail Papa Mousekewitz has a beard, and several background characters have beards or mustaches.
  • October 31, 2012
    CarrieVS
    Real-life example: goats. They're so well-known for this, they even named a kind of beard after them.
  • December 17, 2012
    TheHandle
    Friendship Is Magic; beards and mustaches are relatively common.
  • December 18, 2012
    StarSword
    Theater:
    • Wicked has Professor Dillamond, a goat-man professor with a goatee.
  • December 18, 2012
    Tallens
  • December 28, 2012
    zarpaulus
    Literature
    • In the Chanur Novels Hani have beards and moustaches, along with manes. Both genders.
  • December 28, 2012
    SeptimusHeap
    Do we have a better name than "furry"? To my understanding, it carries connotations that aren't pertinent to the trope.
  • January 8, 2013
    ShadowHog
  • January 15, 2013
    ShadowHog
    ^ Twist it around a little; Furries With Facial Hair.

    (Wait, I'm replying to myself. Well, okay then... I like this one better.)
  • March 15, 2013
    Knight9910
    Someone could start a crowner for the name?

    I'm with the people who want "furry" to not be in the name. It implies something like Star Fox, which really isn't (or at least isn't strictly) what this trope is about at all.
  • March 15, 2013
    Tallens
    Speaking of Star Fox, Peppy starts sporting a mustache in later games.
  • March 23, 2013
    EdnaWalker
    Could Facial Hair On Animals or Animal Facial Hair work as trope titles?
  • March 23, 2013
    LobsterMagnus
    Real Life:
    • The schnauzer (a breed of terrier) is named after a German term for mustache, because it looks like it's wearing one. For that matter, many other terrier breeds have a similar appearance.
  • June 29, 2013
    DA
    Western Animation:
  • July 17, 2013
    DAN004
    Film
    • Master Shifu (a red panda) from Kung Fu Panda has a bushy white mustache.
  • July 28, 2013
    DaibhidC
    • In Dog City, Mayor Kickbark and Rusty MacCracken in the animated sections have moustaches, as does McCracken's puppet inspiration Mr MacTaggart.

    • Played with in The Muppets films:
      • In The Muppet Movie; one scene shows Kermit shaving, but then he comments "I wish I had whiskers. Of course, then I'd have to use a blade."
      • In The Muppets Take Manhattan he claims to be growing a moustache, which Jenny "helps along" with makeup.
  • August 6, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    This (cropped) could make for a good page picture. With a caption: "Scrooge McDuck, young and old. Can't tell which one is which? Well, just look at the sideburns!"
  • August 7, 2013
    DAN004
    Launch plz.
  • August 7, 2013
    Tallens
    Not sure that really gets the idea across. Maybe a shot of Papa Mousekewitz would work.

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