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.
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 ½ 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.