Created By: PapercutChainsaw on September 5, 2011 Last Edited By: PapercutChainsaw on October 6, 2011
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Girls With Moustaches

Boys don't make passes at girls with moustaches.

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This trope applies to any female character who sports a moustache or beard at some point. This is almost inevitably Played for Laughs.

The most common variant involves a woman wearing a fake moustache, possibly as part of a Sweet Polly Oliver, or temporarily growing one due to some form of Applied Phlebotinum. Sometimes it may even just be a part of an Imagine Spot. Permanently moustachioed women are rarer. If they do appear, expect them to be a part of an anachronistic Freak Show as "The Bearded Lady".

If female Dwarves appear, they are likely to sport beards similar to those of the males.

Examples

Anime and Manga
  • Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei: In one chapter a bunch of otaku reject normal women for having "subtle facial hair" (also a case of Man Hands.)
  • In B Gata H Kei, several characters have erogami (sex gods) that serve as a manifestation of their sexual desire. They normally appear as the character, but with minor silly additions. The main character, Yamada's erogami is her in a pink kimono and a white moustache.
  • In Ranma when Akane eats the super soba. This soup is full of male hormones, making facial hair growth a side effect. At least the whiskers drop off once the magic wears off.
  • Dennou Coil: Several characters, including girls, sprout sentient virtual facial hair for an episode.
  • In Dantalian No Shoka, Camilla wears a top hat and fake moustache, and then sticks the latter on Dalian.

Comics
  • One of the characters in Castle Waiting is a bearded nun.
  • In the graphic novel Persepolis, a teacher tells her female students to wear headcoverings because a glimpse of any of a woman's hair is a temptation to men. The main character's father comments that the teacher's moustache is hardly seductive.

Film

Literature
  • All female dwarves in Discworld, openly female or not, have long, flowing beards.
  • In Tour of the Merrimack, the otherwise very attractive Amadea sports a small beard, one of several traits that make her an Uncanny Valley Girl.
  • Lionboy features a carnival "Bearded Lady" variant. She is described as being quite attractive.
  • Female dwarves in the Dragonlance series have "sidewhiskers" or beards that are less full than those of male dwarves. Male dwarves seem to find this attractive.
  • Subverted in War and Peace with Princess Lisa Bolkonskaya. She has a small moustache and Tolstoy keeps going on and on about how beautiful it is and how charming it makes her.

Live-Action TV
  • In Young Blades, Jacqueline wears a fake mustache and beard to infiltrate a gang in the episode "Rub-a-Dub Sub." Halfway through the series, she permanently augments her male disguise with a fake goatee.
  • The title character of The Aunty Jack Show.
  • The Nanny: Fran infiltrates a mens-only club dressed as a man, complete with facial hair.
  • On an episode of Sliders, the characters travel to world where women have mustaches. Rembrandt complains about how it feels to kiss a woman with a stache and Wade comments that now he knows how women feel.
  • My Name Is Earl: In Junior High Earl made fun of a girl with a moustache, so now she's on his list. He tracks her down and discovers she's got a full beard and is in a carnival Freak Show as "The Bearded Woman." He convinces her (and the other freaks) to quit the freak tour and follow their dreams - in her case, being a realtor.
  • An episode of Wicked Science has a female character grow a beard after her Mad Scientist friend tried to cure her baldness.
  • Molly wears one as part of a throwaway gag on The Basil Brush Show.
  • On The Sopranos several of the wiseguys are sitting around their no-work jobs, "breaking balls" about each other's girlfriends. One teases another, saying his girl had a moustache so bad it must have been like kissing a fireman.
  • Ray's wife on Everybody Loves Raymond had a mustache that she waxed regularly. He didn't know this until years into their marriage.
  • On Arrested Development, GOB set Michael up with a girl with mustache out of revenge.

Tabletop Games
  • The Dungeons & Dragons spell "Silverbeard" gives its caster a magic silver beard that blocks attacks. The spell explicitly notes that the user grows a beard if lacking one (casters with an existing beard have theirs modified), even if they can't normally grow one (Listing Elf or female Human as examples).

Theatre
  • Depending on the Production, Viola in Twelfth Night might wear a fake moustache in order to masquerade as her brother.
  • The three witches in Shakespeare's Macbeth are bearded.

Video Games
  • Team Fortress 2 has Australia, where this is actually the norm for women due to Australium. If you look at the Loose Canon webcomic, Australium has made all the men and women in Australia become geniuses...and obsessed with acting stereotypically macho, gain mustaches and enhanced muscle mass (the last one is only shown for the men in art though).
  • In King of Fighters XI, the Kyokugen team's ending has Yuri, of all people, don a fake moustache as part of her disguise. Needless to say, Ryo and King aren't fooled, nor are they amused.

Web Comics
  • Several times in El Goonish Shive, none of which are canon.
    • An Imagine Spot showed Nanase as a man, looking exactly like her normal self only sporting a moustache.
    • Grace had a Jamie Hyneman 'stache as a part of a Mythbusters-themed filler arc.
    • The female immortal who sells Tedd dangerous magical objects in the non-canon NP arcs has a moustache at one point.
    • Sarah is shown with one when playing as Mario.
  • Similar to the above, in Misfile, Emily tries to imagine what Ash would have looked like as a boy, resulting in an image of female Ash with a moustache.
  • In The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, a prank by King Radical results in a bunch of kids, girls included, ending up with bushy beards.
  • In Marilith, Marilith wears a fake beard and moustache as part of her Colonel Sanders disguise during a bank robbery.

Western Animation
  • In Grossology, Abbie grows a beard after being subjected to an overdose of testosterone by Freddy Folicle.
  • In Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, Dr. Robotnik's mother has a moustache similar to Robotnik's.
  • An episode of Storm Hawks has the characters, including Piper, eat some "Beard Berries".
  • Girl Hitler from The Venture Bros. has a Hitler moustache, as hr name implies.

Real Life
  • Female rulers of Egypt (such as Cleopatra) used to wear beards when performing their official duties.
  • Frida Kahlo had a visible moustache in most of her self-portraits.
Community Feedback Replies: 46
  • September 5, 2011
    deuxhero
    • A common trait of female dwarfs when they exist and Dwarfs aren't all male.
    • The Dungeons And Dragons spell "Silverbeard" gives its caster a magic silver beard that blocks attacks. The spell explicitly notes that the user grows a beard if lacking one (casters with an existing beard have theirs modified), even if they can't normally grow one (Listing Elf or female Human as examples).
  • September 5, 2011
    thegrenekni3t
  • September 5, 2011
    Merlo
    In Life Of Brian some women had unconvincingly disguised themselves as men, complete with big bushy beards, in order to attend a stoning.
  • September 5, 2011
    HiddenFacedMatt
    In the Adventures Of Sonic The Hedgehog episode Zoobotnik, Dr. Robotnik's mother turns out to have a moustache similar to Robotnik's.
  • September 5, 2011
    jadmire
    Divorce Italian Style. The unwanted wife (Daniela Rocca) of Marcello Mastroianni's character has a perceptible moustache on her upper lip before her makeover.
  • September 5, 2011
    foxley
    In Grossology, Abbie grows a beard after being subjected to an overdose of testosterone by Freddy Folicle.
  • September 5, 2011
    PapercutChainsaw
    Which media would Divorce Italian Style and Sylvia Scarlett fall under?
  • September 5, 2011
    thegrenekni3t
    They're both films.
  • September 5, 2011
    SKJAM

    I remember seeing this mentioned in several stories to indicate the narrator's/protagonist's disgust at older women who fail to prune their upper lips.
  • September 5, 2011
    randomsurfer
    But Im A Cheerleader: Butch Lesbian Jan has a moustache. Except she isn't really a lesbian, everyone assumes she's lesbian because she's butch.
  • September 5, 2011
    foxley
    In Yellowbeard, 'Mr Prostitute' is obviously a woman wearing a false moustache.
  • September 5, 2011
    AmyJade
    TV:

    In Young Blades, Jacqueline wears a fake mustache and beard to infiltrate a gang in the episode "Rub-a-Dub Sub." Halfway through the series, she permanently augments her male disguise with a fake goatee.

    Comics:

    One of the characters in Castle Waiting is a bearded nun.

    (It's been a while since I read Castle Waiting, so that entry could use some more detail, if anyone else is familiar with the work.)
  • September 5, 2011
    TBTabby
    All female dwarves in Discworld, openly female or not, have long, flowing beards.
  • September 6, 2011
    randomsurfer
    • Depending on the Production, Viola in Twelfth Night might wear a fake moustache in order to masquerade as her brother.
    • The Nanny: Fran infiltrates a mens-only club dressed as a man, complete with facial hair.
  • September 6, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    In B Gata H Kei, several characters have erogami (sex gods) that serve as a manifestation of their sexual desire. They normally appear as the character, but with minor silly additions. The main character, Yamada's erogami is her in a pink kimono and a white moustache.
  • September 6, 2011
    darkclaw
    Team Fortress 2 has Australia, where this is actually the norm for women due to Australium. If you look at the Loose Canon webcomic, Australium has made all the men and women in Australia become geniuses...and obsessed with acting stereotypically macho, gain mustaches and enhanced muscle mass (the last one is only shown for the men in art though).
  • September 6, 2011
    Xelloss08
  • September 7, 2011
    HiddenFacedMatt
    Adventures Of Sonic The Hedgehog is western animation, not anime.
  • September 7, 2011
    sky48728
    Darla's sister in the movie Intermission has a slight moustache that is constantly pointed out and harped on by her sister and mother. She herself doesn't believe it's that noticible until she sees herself on television and is appalled and embaressed.
  • September 7, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Real Life: Female rulers of Egypt (such as Cleopatra) used to wear beards when performing their official duties.
  • September 7, 2011
    NateTheGreat
    In Ranma One Half when Akane eats the super soba. This soup is full of male hormones, making facial hair growth a side effect. At least the whiskers drop off once the magic wears off.
  • September 7, 2011
    Webby
    The Adventures Of Sonic The Hedgehog example doesn't need the episode title; Momma Robotnik was a recurring character who had shown up long before "Zoobotnik".
  • September 7, 2011
    Jordan
    • In A Song Of Ice And Fire, Selyse, the wife of Stannis Baratheon is described as rather ugly, and having a noticeable mustache (and she doesn't even have a nice personality to compensate). Because of the these reasons, coupled with the fact Stannis is a total cold fish, the two rarely sleep together.
  • September 9, 2011
    randomsurfer
    • My Name Is Earl: In Junior High Earl made fun of a girl with a moustache, so now she's on his list. He tracks her down and discovers she's got a full beard and is in a carnival Freak Show as "The Bearded Woman." He convinces her (and the other freaks) to quit the freak tour and follow their dreams - in her case, being a realtor.
  • September 9, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    I'm a little disturbed by how many examples we've come up with. ;o;

    Also, a few times I've seen "Girl with long hair takes a strand of hair and wears makeshift-moustache" often a picture is taken, this happens I assume to show that the girl is happy/cheerful/playful/photogenic/etc.
  • September 9, 2011
    Unknown Troper
    ^Yes, there are a lot... I'm wondering whether Bearded Lady (of the freak show variety) should be a separate trope... Also, do we even have a trope for freak shows?
  • September 9, 2011
    Xelloss08
    • In Marilith, Marilith wears a fake beard and moustache as part of her Colonel Sanders disguise during a bank robbery.
  • September 9, 2011
    dyson88
    On an episode of Sliders they travel to world where women have mustaches. Rembrandt complains about how it feels to kiss a woman with a stache and Wade comments that now he knows how women feel.
  • September 9, 2011
    apathetice
    In the graphic novel Persepolis, a teacher tells her female students to wear headcoverings because a glimpse of any of a woman's hair is a temptation to men. The main character's father comments that the teacher's moustache is hardly seductive.
  • September 9, 2011
    Jordan
    Just came across another example from A Song Of Ice And Fire. There's a minor character (spearcarrier type) mentioned in A Feast For Crows that is known as "The Beardless", in part because his wife has beard enough for both of them. It's commented in the POV that he'd rather hunt murderous bandits than be with his wife.
  • September 10, 2011
    SKJAM
    Dennou Coil: Several characters, including girls, sprout sentient virtual facial hair for an episode.
  • September 13, 2011
    youcantseeus
    Female dwarves in the Dragonlance series have "sidewhiskers" or beards that are less full than those of male dwarves. Male dwarves seem to find this attractive.
  • September 14, 2011
    guyy
  • September 14, 2011
    Illuminatus
    • On The Sopranos several of the wiseguys are sitting around their no-work jobs, "breaking balls" about each other's girlfriends. One teases another, saying his girl had a moustache so bad it must have been like kissing a fireman.
  • September 14, 2011
    YusufAlaseeri
    Subverted in The Saga Of Darren Shan and the prequel, The Saga Of Larten Crepsley, in which Lady Evanna is hairier than most men, yet all the Vampires want her for her ability to bear Vampire children. It can be justified in that she can transform her figure, and sometimes does.
  • September 14, 2011
    AP
    • Ray's wife on Everybody Loves Raymond had a mustache that she waxed regularly. He didn't know this until years into their marriage.

    • Dodge Ball featured a female dodgeball player on the villains' team who has a mustache. She ended up being romantically involved with one of the main characters.
  • September 15, 2011
    AnEditor
    Subverted in War And Peace with Princess Lisa Bolkonskaya. She has a small moustache and Tolstoy keeps going on and on about how beautiful it is and how charming it makes her. Then again, her husband doesn't like her, so the "men don't make passes" part is strictly true.
  • September 18, 2011
    Xelloss08
    I think this trope looks pretty much ready to launch.
  • September 20, 2011
    Xelloss08
    Thought of another example.

    • In Sluggy Freelance, the "A Time For Hair-Raising" arc starts with Zoe and Gwynn growing beards from a hair-growth spell gone wrong, as seen here.
  • September 20, 2011
    Kellor
    On Arrested Development, GOB set Michael up with a girl with mustache out of revenge.
  • September 21, 2011
    aurora369
    You know, women can actually have facial hair due to hormonal issues.
  • September 21, 2011
    smashingmelons
    Girl Hitler from The Venture Brothers has a Hitler moustache, as hr name implies.
  • September 21, 2011
    Oreochan
  • September 21, 2011
    MiinU

    Video games

  • September 22, 2011
    PapercutChainsaw
    ^^ I know it has a lot already, but people are still bringing in examples. Once traffic dies down a bit I'll launch.
  • October 6, 2011
    Xelloss08
    It's been two weeks and there haven't been any more traffic. I think it's safe to launch.

    If anyone comes up with more examples, they can just edit the page. This is a wiki, after all.
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