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->''"He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man."''
-->-- '''Creator/WilliamShakespeare'''

Some {{badass}}es are not satisfied with ''just'' a BadassMustache or PermaStubble to show off their awesomeness. No, they choose to take it ''further''. As opposed to facial hair growing above their upper lip, they won't be content until they have a full blown beard to show off. Many times, it works for them where a simple mustache would just look [[{{Narm}} foolish]] or out of place. And when it does work, the gentleman in question is a bona fide tough guy, a man's man, a veritable buffet of manliness.

In short, it's what happens when the BadassMustache gets cranked UpToEleven.

In RealLife, beards fell out of style (in most places) after the invention of the safety razor. Before that, shaving had to be done with a straight razor, and the risk of cutting yourself was a much more dangerous concern. This is why most historical bearded people were around before the 20th Century. Having a long beard in battle isn't always a good thing, as an enemy can grab on it and pull the guy in reach of a sword. However, beards have been making a comeback, and the more common they have become, the more bearded badasses that have sprung up on sheer statistical possibility alone.

Distinct from GrowingTheBeard, but the two can most definitely overlap. Same thing goes for BeardOfEvil and BeardOfBarbarism. Also see StrokeTheBeard. Contrast with BeardOfSorrow, although they ''could'' overlap. Sometimes goes hand in hand with WildHair. Sometimes part of a BaldBlackLeaderGuy look. Occasionally the beard has [[WeirdBeard some unusual properties]].

Do not confuse with TheBeard.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Media in General]]
* [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Dwarves]], usually.
* Some Half-Elves, who are like Elves... with a beard!
* Every [[HornyVikings Viking]] ever ([[WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon Hiccup]] gets a pass, though).
* {{Pirate}}s in media, tend to be fond of beards, as a lot of famous real ones were.
* Uncle Sam.
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[[folder:Advertising]]
* Used in a sidebar advertisement for a "Free Online MMO Trading Card Game" called ''VideoGame/UrbanRivals'' that appears on Wiki/TVTropes at the time of this writing. An initially wimpy-looking soldier character is shown [[TookALevelInBadass growing increasingly more powerful]] through a series of stages, and his beard grows gradually at the same time.
* Advertising/TheMostInterestingManInTheWorld has a well-maintained full beard; the character probably wouldn't work any other way.
** "His beard alone has experienced more than a lesser man's entire body."
** "His organ donation card also lists his beard."
* The guy in the Dr. Pepper 10 advertisements has a rather impressive one.
* Captain Birdseye from the "Captain Birdseye frozen products".
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Jet Black from ''Anime/CowboyBebop''
* Thorkell the Tall in ''Manga/VinlandSaga''. It was dubbed the Beard of Awesome by fans.
** Askeladd and Thors as well come to think of it.
* Rider from ''LightNovel/FateZero'', with a big red beard.
* Gendou Ikari from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.
* In ''Anime/HikaruNoGo'' Hikaru has to play the loud, bearded Tsubaki in the first round of the Professional Exam, something he finds quite intimidating.
* Hohenheim and [[spoiler: Father]] from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''.
** Oy! what about [[spoiler: Havoc]]?
** As well as Sig Curtis and the patriarch of the Armstrong family
* [[BadassGrandpa Shigekuni Yamamoto-Genryusai]] of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' sports a Badass Beard so long he has to keep it braided.
* Kenji Harima of ''Manga/SchoolRumble'' grew a great big one for awhile till it was accidentally chopped off by Eri.
* Kenshiro in the ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' film had one for a moment, performing his usual badassery.
* You Don't Fuck with [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Lordgenome]]. That is all.
* General Cross Marian from ''Manga/DGrayMan''.
* [[FanNickname Vladcard]] from ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' has the second nickname of Beardycard for a reason!
* Kan'u Gundam from ''BBSenshiSangokuden''. Based on Guan Yu (see below), he's a Gundam with a beard. He makes it work.
** Though most Gundams do have a small red goatee-looking thing on their faces for some reason (one sourcebook claims it's a coolant tank for the head-mounted sensor and computer systems). Even ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'''s [[FemBot Nobel Gundam]]. [[{{Squick}} Ewww]]...
*** Another particularly triumphant example is ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'''s Sandrock, an Arabian Nights-themed Gundam whose red face-thing encompasses the entire bottom part of its mask. [[FridgeBrilliance This is not only a caricature of the full beards typically worn by Muslim men, but also fits with stated explanation of it being part of the cooling system, as a model specced for desert combat would require more coolant]]. Sadly, the movie version's redesign went with the standard goatee look.
*** The Zeus Gundam in ''G Gundam'' had a full beard!
* From ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' Hiruzen and his son Asuma, Shikaku Nara, the Third Raikage and [[CrazyAwesome his sons Killer Bee and A]]
* King Neptune from ''Manga/OnePiece'' has a very impressive beard.
** Black Beard. [[spoiler:Took out Ace, killed White Beard with the help of his crew, and is set on the destruction of the world.]]
*** A particularly notable example, since each time he shows up again he's become more powerful and his beard is darker and fuller
** Also Brownbeard, whose beard [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110821115228/onepiece/images/thumb/1/1a/Brownbeard_2.JPG/200px-Brownbeard_2.JPG defies explanation]].
* Lord Nightray from ''Manga/PandoraHearts'' has a Rasputin-style beard. Uncle Oscar's beard also looks pretty badass.
* Jigen from ''Franchise/LupinIII''.
* The goatee (aka. the [[FanNickname catbeard/kittybeard]]) of Kotetsu T. Kaburagi (the "Tiger" of ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'') has achieved [[MemeticMutation memetic status]] - not only because it's [[ImprobableHairstyle impeccably groomed to the point of implausibility]], but because it also looks like a pair of kittens.
* ''Anime/SuperAtragon'': Captain Hayate, of the battleship ''Ra'' sports a full beard.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'': Captain Grodek Ainoa. [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20111113131827/gundam/images/e/ef/Grodek.jpg That is all.]]
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}, in nearly every incarnation in which he's an elderly King of Atlantis. Not only does his white beard rival Poseidon's, but it makes him sufficiently DarkerAndEdgier to make the reader know that no one fucks with him. Ever. Even Franchise/{{Superman}} in ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'' treats him with kid gloves.
* Leonidas, king of the Spartans, in ''ThreeHundred''.
* ComicBook/GreenArrow. Come on, that beard is awesome.
* Wulf Sternhammer in ''StrontiumDog'' is a Viking, and has an impressive beard to match.
* For quite some time, Comicbook/TheMightyThor wore a beard, and lo, it was epic.
** Fellow [[ComicBook/TheAvengers Avenger]] [[Comicbook/TheIncredibleHercules Hercules]] normally has a beard as well, and [[BloodKnight he never passes up a fight]]. The one notable time Herc ''didn't'' have a beard came during TheNineties, when he decided [[DorkAge he'd rather look more like]] [[Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys Kevin Sorbo]].
* Lucas Orion of the ''Comicbook/AtariForce'' first series, though his character was mostly a pacifist that won't fight.
* [[http://www.asterion.se/haddock.jpeg Captain Haddock]] in ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}''. Because: Hey, what is a sailorman without his badass beard?
** His beard is pretty impressive in [[Film/{{Tintin}} the recent motion-captured film, as well]]. [[http://www.screened.com/captain-haddock/15-15371/all-images/132-2513116/the_adventures_of_tintin_movie_image_9/131-585799/ Behold!]] Both him and the [[BeardOfEvil antagonist]] sport beards- between this and ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'', you get the impression Creator/PeterJackson has a thing for them.
** Professor Calculus' goatee should be mentioned as well.
* Beards were an important feature of Bill Mauldin's ComicStrip/WillieAndJoe; as WWII combat infantrymen, they rarely got the chance to shave, and the look endeared them to readers who were in the same boat.
* Given that he's supposed to be the wisest of the NewGods, the Highfather always has a beard; just how long and full it is [[DependingOnTheWriter Depends on the Writer]].
* NickFury has it sometimes in the regular universe (when it's not a PermaStubble), and regularly in the SamuelLJackson-[[ComicBookFantasyCasting inspired]] UltimateMarvel.
* ComicStrip/{{Asterix}}: The pirate captain, who was a caricature of Redbeard in ComicStrip/BarbeRouge.
* ComicStrip/{{Blueberry}}: Blueberry who has a stubble beard.
* "Bakelandt": Pé Bruneel has a black beard.
* ComicStrip/{{Thorgal}}: Also has a stubble beard.
* ComicStrip/BlakeAndMortimer: Mortimer.
* ComicStrip/PietPienterEnBertBibber: Professor Snuffel.
* ComicStrip/SuskeEnWiske: Professor Barabas, Jerom and Krimson.
* ComicStrip/{{Nero}}: Abraham Tuizentfloot, who has a very long white beard.
* ComicBook/{{TomPoes}}: Zbygniew Prlwytzkofsky, Hocus P. Pas and professor Sickbock (who is a goat, sporting a goatee).
* ComicBook/DouweDabbert: Douwe Dabbert.
* ComicStrip/PaulusDeBoskabouter: Paulus.
* ComicStrip/LeonardLeGenie: Léonard.
* ComicStrip/KabouterWesley: Wesley.
* ComicStrip/HagarTheHorrible: Hägar.
* ComicStrip/TheSmurfs: Big Papa Smurf.
* ComicStrip/{{Iznogoud}}: Iznogoud.
* ComicStrip/MrNatural.
* ComicStrip/{{Jommeke}}: Captain Jan Haring.
* ComicStrip/TifEtTondu: Tondu.
* ComicStrip/{{Urbanus}}: Urbanus, despite being a child, has a large beard, much like the real-life comedian Urbanus.
* Sam from ''ComicBook/DeathVigil''.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The dwarven noble in ''FanFic/DragonAgeTheCrownOfThorns'' has a very elaborate style, reaching as low as the sternum. It has three intertwined braids in front, plus an extra one on each side. His mustache is also long, arranged neatly in two long strands that reach the level of his collarbone. His long-dead {{action girl}}friend invented it, and the same style was since shamelessly copied by Lord Harrowmont, the Assembly Steward, etc. To compound it all, due to an event that gave the prince his [[spoiler:MagicKnight]] status, all his hair is snow/silver white (that includes the spiked short cut on the head). Badass much?
* Megin in [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/184872/honor-for-the-enemy Honor for the Enemy]] is a bearded Viking. 'nuff said.
* Our six protagonists in ''FanFic/EpicUnicornHistoryTheBeardsOfHarmony'' all have beards, and they can defeat a stone-encrusted mountain lion, a pack of timberwolves, outsmart changelings and also act stallionly.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Naturally, all of the dwarves in ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' except Dopey had beards. (What? Don't think they were badass? Watch the climax of the movie, and ''then'' try to deny it.)
* Hiccup's father Stoick from ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' sports one. This is probably intentional, given that he's voiced by Creator/GerardButler in a similar manner to his version of [[Film/ThreeHundred King Leonidas of SPAR-TA]].
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Creator/ClintEastwood as The Man with no name in the Film/DollarsTrilogy.
** Clint sports a great big beard in ''TheOutlawJoseyWales'' as well.
* ''Film/IvanTheTerrible'': Ivan's beard defies gravity. And boyars.
* [[http://costumes.narniaweb.com/caspianbaddies/mirazcoronation2.jpg Miraz]] in ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia: Film/PrinceCaspian'' is surrounded by bearded badguys, but his beard is the baddest one.
* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'':
** [[http://images.allmoviephoto.com/2002_The_Lord_of_the_Rings:_The_Two_Towers/two_towers_009.jpg Rohirrim]] look badass, particularly Éomer and Théoden. Notably, the EvilChancellor, Wormtongue, is clean-shaven.
** [[WizardBeard Gandalf]].
** Even the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qM50TY9xl2g ents]] have beards made out of tree branches.
** And Faramir. And Boromir. And Gimli and the rest of the Dwarves. Aragorn spends most of the series with vagabond PermaStubble before taking the throne and growing out a regal beard,
** The trend is continued in ''Film/TheHobbit''- nearly all of the dwarf company are depicted with badass beards (the exception is Kíli, who sports badass PermaStubble).
* Colour Sergeant Bourne from ''Zulu'', who's [[http://fabulousblueporcupine.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/bourne-hitch-and-allen.jpg 'tash and sideburn combo]] is so awesome it is simultaneously BadassMustache and Badass Beard!
* Desert warrior [[http://angelacameron.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/oded-fehr.jpg?w=450&h=640 Ardeth Bey]], played by Oded Fehr, in ''Film/TheMummyTrilogy''.
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'':
** Captain Jack Sparrow. Come on -- his beard has beads in it! That's pretty awesome.
** Barbossa has one too.
** Davy Jones had an octo-beard, in that it was made up of tentacles. He could kill someone with it. Beards don't get much more badass than that.
** Blackbeard has them all beat by virtue of being introduced with the ends of his beard smoldering with smoke. (TruthInTelevision: The real Blackbeard did things like that to terrify people.)
* While better known as a comic character, Tony Stark's beard in ''Film/IronMan'' is more individualistic than his relatively generic comic counterpart's.
** Fellow Avenger Film/{{Thor}} as well, in contrast to the usually clean shaven comics counterpart.
** NickFury, played by the one and only SamuelLJackson. (when DavidHasselhoff played him, it was PermaStubble)
* [[Film/{{Gladiator}} Maximus]].
* Alan from ''Film/TheHangover''.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Many Jedi, most noticeably Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Ki-Adi-Mundi. Dooku's would also count. And as of this writing, one of the ''few'' things that we know for certain about ''Episode VII'' is that Luke Skywalker will definitely have a beard as a Jedi Master.
* Macready from ''Film/TheThing1982'', along with BarbarianLonghair.
** Bennings, Clark, Fuchs, Windows and one of the Norwegians also have beards.
* Franchise/{{Tarzan}}'s father. Makes you wonder why Tarzan himself doesn't have a beard...
* Roadblock from ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation''.
* ''Everyone'' in ''Film/{{Gettysburg}}''. It's an UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar period piece, facial hair was in fashion, and the cast is 100% male.
* Roy from ''Film/{{RIPD}}''.
* In ''Film/TheHungerGames'', Head Gamemaker Seneca Crane sported one of these. (Bonus Points to Wes Bentley as that was his ''actual'' facial hair.)
* ''Film/XMen'':
** [[Film/XMenOriginsWolverine Victor Creed]]/[[Film/XMen1 Sabretooth]]. How else can he compare to Wolverine?
** Wolverine, grows one by the beginning of ''Film/TheWolverine''.
** ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'':\\\
Iceman sports one. Shawn Ashmore has said in interviews that it signifies his character's maturity.\\\
The younger Xavier has a beard and somewhat longer hair.
* Coffin Joe in the "Coffin Joe" series.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Sometimes, Gilgamesh of Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh fame is depicted with a really long beard. It helps that he's 2 parts ''Divine'' and one part Human.
** Just check him out in Civilization IV.. [[http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee171/dalamb54/Sevopedia/Civs/Gilgamesh.jpg Look at this!]]
* Guan Yu, above, from ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' is infamous for his impressively long and full beard and he's one of the top {{badass}}es of the story. So impressive, the DesignatedVillain Cao Cao gives him a beard-bag to protect its luxuriousness. A mere display of his beard makes {{Mooks}} go weak at their knees and [[HeelFaceTurn beg to join him]].
** He was known by his contemporaries as "Lord of the Magnificent Beard", which rather attests to its badassery.
*** The Han Emperor once said what roughly translates into, "Damn, that is one bad ass beard!"
* If an older man has a beard in a Kafka novel, you can assume he's [[Theatre/OedipusRex a terrifying, castrating authority figure]]. Case in point: ''The Trial''.
* One of the ways in which OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame is in having impressive beards. Another is in being badasses.
* [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Gandalf and Saruman]]: big beards --> big badassness.
** Gimli! Effectively competed with an elf no less!
** Cìrdan, anyone?
*** Given to the presumption that elves do not grow facial hair...
* Beorn. The climactic battle in ''Literature/TheHobbit'' is going badly for the good guys until he shows up late in the day and wins it more or less single-handed. Admittedly being able to turn into a [[BearsAreBadNews giant bear]] immune to weapons has its advantages...
* Similar to Guan Yu, El Cid Compeador is described in ''The Poem of the Cid'' as having a magnificent beard, as befitting an archetypal {{Badass}}.
* Belgarath of ''Literature/{{Belgariad}}'' had a beard, often depicted in art as being long and flowing, but was described in the books as being cropped close to his face. Barak, the BigGuy from the series' Viking FantasyCounterpartCulture who turns into a {{bear|sAreBadNews}} on occasion, never shaved in his life.
* Kurik in ''Literature/TheElenium'' has a mighty beard, as well as the 25,000 member strong Order of the Genidian Knights (with the exception of Sir Ulath).
* Väinämöinen in the Literature/IronDruidChronicles has a badass beard which Atticus duly notes. In fact it is later found that he has a kit of knives strapped and concealed beneath his massive face bear.
* [[Literature/HarryPotter Dumbledore]], once described as reaching down to his knees.
* Yamauchi-sensei in ''Literature/GreekNinja'' has one.
* Averted in the medieval fantasy series Literature/TalesOfTheBranionRealm, in which men go clean-shaven to honor the female founder of their religion. They're essentially feminizing themselves -- it helps that EveryoneIsBi.
* Averted by Mr. Twit from ''Literature/TheTwits'' . He only ''thinks'' it makes him look wise and manly, especially since it's prone to keeping bits of food in it to be eaten later.
* The Royal House of Idris in ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'' possess the magical ability to control the color and length of their hair, [[spoiler: due to having a trace of divine blood]]. WordOfGod explicitly confirms that this extends to facial hair in the case of male royalty.
* Literature/{{Bluebeard}}: Bluebeard the woman killer is a literal BigBad with a beard.
* King Arthur and Merlin.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* During the writers' strike in '07-'08, late night talk show hosts Creator/DavidLetterman and Creator/ConanOBrien sported "beards of solidarity" (also they paid their crews out of pocket and kept their shows on the air throughout).
** Conan re-grew his since he left ''The Tonight Show''. For his show ''Conan'' on TBS, he kept it from November 8th, 2010 to the day Creator/WillFerrell wanted it gone when he guest-starred on May 2nd, 2011. Then grew it back that fall, and shaved it off again in spring of 2012.
* The late Creator/BillyMays from ''{{Pitchmen}}'' and innumerable advertisements.
* Doyle Bennett from ''Series/{{Justified}}''.
* Commander Riker on ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' is, for the most part, a poor man's Kirk. The beard is what makes him Riker-er.
** [[GrowingTheBeard This wasn't always the case.]]
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Jayne [[Film/{{Serenity}} Cobb]], whose facial hair bounced around this trope and PermaStubble.
* Marcus Cole of ''Series/BabylonFive''.
** Sheridan grows a beard later in the series.
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', the Eleventh Doctor gained one between "The Impossible Astronaut" and "Day of the Moon" and shaves it off later.
** He grew another one in "The Wedding of River Song", but shaved it off during the episode.
** The [[spoiler:War Doctor]] grew one at some point in his life (given he started out clean-shaven). Given his ReluctantWarrior status, and the war he fought in, definitely counts as a BeardOfSorrow.
* Half the cast of ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'', being [[BadassBiker bikers]] have beards, with varying degrees of badass and [[BeardOfEvil evil]] backing them up. Probably the most badass is the beard belonging to [[http://img440.imageshack.us/img440/9021/pholy1jmizmsrx1m.jpg Tig Trager]], the club's Sergeant-at-Arms and assassin of choice although Jax's beard in Season 4 bids fair to rival it.
* ''DuckDynasty''--[[UpToEleven full stop.]] All the male leads have big, healthy beards--all ''awesome'', too.
* Morgan Grimes from ''Series/{{Chuck}}''.
** Ironically, Morgan's beard is much more badass than he actually is. Except for when [[spoiler: he has the Intersect]].
* ''Series/{{Community}}'': The Dean grows one to show he is serious about making Greendale respectable. Both last for less than an episode.
* Fairly common in [[Series/GameOfThrones Westeros]]. Of the Starks, Ned has one from the beginning, while Robb and Jon Snow grow one later in the show. Tywin Lannister also sports one, as does Ser Davos Seaworth.
* Bobby Singer in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Music]]
* Both Dusty Hill and Billy Gibbons of Music/ZZTop (no coincidence since one of their biggest hits is "SharpDressedMan"). Ironically, their drummer Frank '''Beard''' has a BadassMustache instead.
* Les Claypool from Music/{{Primus}}.
* [[HornyVikings Zakk Wylde]] of Music/OzzyOsbourne's band and Black Label Society.
* Mark Morton, Chris Adler and John Campbell of Music/LambOfGod.
* Rob Halford of Music/JudasPriest
* Kerry King of Music/{{Slayer}}.
* Music/FrankZappa has an emphirio goatee on his chin to sport with his BadassMoustache.
* 'Dimebag' Darrel Abbot of Music/{{Pantera}}.
* John Petrucci of Music/DreamTheater is known to have sported one from time to time.
* [[Music/{{Metallica}} James Hetfield]] ever since the late 80's, with a few breaks. As his hair has thinned out on top, [[http://queen.home.sapo.pt/metallica%20james.jpg his beards have]] [[http://www.myfreewallpapers.net/music/pages/metallica-james-hetfield.shtml gradually gotten bigger.]]
* Scott Ian of Music/{{Anthrax}}.
* Nick Oliveri, Music/{{Kyuss}} member and formerly of Queens Of The Stone Age.
* [[http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/news/21-best-beards-in-metal/ Metal Hammer's countdown of the 21 best beards in Metal]].
* [[http://windham.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/400px-jim_james_langerado.jpg Jim James]] of MyMorningJacket
* Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister of Music/{{Motorhead}}.
* Sam Beam of Music/IronAndWine.
* Shavo Odadjian of Music/SystemOfADown is famous for his braided beard.
* [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lkf6dbIyDR1qa95m0o1_400.jpg Johan Hegg]] of Music/AmonAmarth is about as well known for his long, Viking-inspired beard as for his vocals.
* Beards are all over the place in CountryMusic, but some particularly badass ones include:
** [[http://www.hometowninvasion.com/photos/470/IMG_4673.jpg William Lee Golden]] of Music/TheOakRidgeBoys.
** [[http://images.starpulse.com/pictures/2008/09/18/previews/Jamey%20Johnson-SGY-003215.jpg Jamey Johnson]].
** [[http://www.cmt.com/sitewide/assets/img/artists/daniels_charlie/charliedaniels15-430x250.jpg Charlie Daniels]].
** [[http://www.nndb.com/people/995/000024923/hank-williams-jr-3-sized.jpg And]], Music/HankWilliamsJr , who gets extra Badass points for having grown it to cover up facial scars that resulted from him falling off a mountain.
* Commander, Murphy, the 'late' Demon Barber, and the Keymaster of Music/TheProtomen. The band [[http://www.protomen.com/BeardsGoingNowhere/ even wrote a song about beards]].
* Ian Anderson of Music/JethroTull, especially in TheSeventies.
* Adrian Smith ever since he rejoined Music/IronMaiden.
* Each of Music/TheBeatles grew these at various points, with [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_iPVBvyHM4Co/RfW_PkAD9gI/AAAAAAAAAFE/8tKVtQvA4NY/s400/Paul_McCartney_Biography.jpg Paul McCartney]] and [[http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_kxnrgxLq9C1qz8tj3.jpg George Harrison]] arguably achieving the most successful results.
* Four out of five Music/FleetFoxes.
* Mike Patton's [[http://discovolante.free.fr/photos/patton/40.jpg scrub brush]] during the Angel Dust period.
* Neil Fallon of Music/{{Clutch}}.
** Taken to High Octane Nightmare Beard levels in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eepsCXpLY4 "Burning Beard" video]].
* All five members of Music/TheBand sported beards, or at least some form of facial hair. They were successful at it, too!
** Garth Hudson's was particularly Badass, however.
* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Mike_Wengren_x_60cc2f06_4354.jpg Mike Wengren]], drummer for Music/{{Disturbed}}. How else would he create those tribal beats without one?
** Guitarist [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Dan_in_chair_9622.jpg Dan Donegan]] may also count.
* Mick Jagger and Brian Jones of Music/TheRollingStones briefly donned these in the late '60s, [[http://media.photobucket.com/image/Mick%20Brian%20beards/GLIMMERBOY/GLIMMERBOY%202/2beards.jpg as can be seen here]].
* Really, Music/BrianWilson, Dennis Wilson, Carl Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine of [[Music/TheBeachBoys The Beach Boys]] had badass beards in the 70's. Just look at Dennis's beard gracing the cover of his solo album. [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/27/POBCover.jpg Awesome, huh?]]
** Carl Wilson also graced a brilliant beard from the early-70's until his death in 1998. [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_gx4icdg4mgo/TPKckuA0YvI/AAAAAAAAAKU/NQFmE1cBEVA/s1600/41tkjAK3gLL._SL500_AA300_.jpg What a loss!]]
* [[http://www.nightwish.com/images/profiles/marco.jpg Marco Hietala]] of Music/{{Nightwish}} could easily pass for a viking warrior.
* Producer Rick Rubin, whose beard has practically taken over his body:[[http://www4.images.coolspotters.com/photos/143088/rick-rubin-profile.png]]
* Robb Flynn and Adam Duce of Music/MachineHead are known to grow some pretty badass beards from time to time.
* Doug Clifford, drummer of Music/CreedenceClearwaterRevival.
* Mick Fleetwood of Music/FleetwoodMac
* John Bonham of Music/LedZeppelin
* [[http://www.metal-archives.com/images/1/6/9/5/16957_artist.jpg?233 Tobias Larsson]] of Ocean Chief.
* [[https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/63097_489331737754320_1633860829_n.jpg Steven Archer]] of Music/EgoLikeness.
* Music/ThirtySecondsToMars occasionally sport these, most often when recording This is War and Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams.
* Robert Fripp of Music/KingCrimson had one in the first half of the 1970s, most notably during the ''Larks' Tongues In Aspic'' era.
* Members of Music/{{Genesis}}, especially in TheSeventies:
** [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/c66a5976d2797c8ad3db621d01e041ea/tumblr_ml5gkpbkF21reneaho1_500.jpg Phil Collins]]
** [[http://cache1.asset-cache.net/gc/124044660-english-guitarist-mike-rutherford-of-rock-gettyimages.jpg?v=1&c=IWSAsset&k=2&d=CSIMBv%2FaraCCLNLdbJQvXt7ipMSCFGZ4FcDuMoG3YnbiOjUeEvPxrxGPVt1NU833s5ZqX3GgMFy90R9NXyFVwQ%3D%3D Mike Rutherford]]
** [[http://www.metal-archives.com/images/1/2/7/3/127346_artist.jpg?07 Steve Hackett]]
** [[http://www.silhobbit.com/silweb/images/anthony%20phillips.jpg Anthony Phillips]]
* Music/ChrisCornell [[http://cdn.antiquiet.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/kimthayil-chriscornell.jpg and Kim Thayil]] of Music/{{Soundgarden}}.
* Music/DaveGrohl [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-kdg3pE4Ue18/UDu2Grijb9I/AAAAAAAAAqc/KFXEe7Cr_xw/s1600/FooFightersDC060511.jpg and basically everyone in]] FooFighters.
* Moondog.
* Luciano Pavarotti.
* Music/WillieNelson.
* Music/BarryWhite.
* Music/TheBeeGees.
* Music/WyclefJean.
* Music/MarvinGaye.
* Music/DrJohn.
* Music/LeeScratchPerry
* Music/{{Abba}}: Benny and Björn.
* A Dutch children's song "Al Die Willen Kaap'ren Varen" has four protagonists, Jan, Piet, Joris and Corneel who wear beards and are therefore "fit to travel along on the ship".
* [[https://andrewmatherevent.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/three-days-grace-6.jpg Barry Stock]] of Music/ThreeDaysGrace.
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[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* SantaClaus. (If it's a case of a BadassSanta, even better.)
* {{Sinterklaas}}: On whom Santa Claus is mostly based.
* Many representations of the [[Literature/TheBible Judeo-Christian]] {{God}} (blamed equations of him to the Semitic El or Persian Ahura Mazda). Also, the literal patriarchs: Abraham, Moses, Noah, etc.
** {{Jesus}}. Blame it on the art and ''especially'' on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus_of_Nazareth_%28miniseries%29 Robert Powell's]] iconic portrayal in ''Jesus of Nazareth''.
*** Sure, he may not have looked exactly like he does in those portraits, but he almost certainly had a beard. (In would have been kind of hard for him, or anyone of his social class, to shave regularly in those times.)
* Most of the [[NorseMythology Norse Gods]] particularly Odin, Thor, and Tyr are commonly depicted and described as having some truly epic facial hair.
** Certain gods in ClassicalMythology also count, including Zeus, Poseidon, and Ares (interestingly, Hades has often been depicted as lacking a beard, unlike his two brothers (whom he is older than).
** Heracles is usually portrayed in mythology with a beard too. There's not enough room to explain why ''he'' was a badass.
* Merlin, King Arthur's wizard advisor, is almost always depicted with a beard. (More often than not, Arthur is too.)
* Leviticus 19:27
* The Muslim claimed seal of the prophets had a beard and Sahih Bukhari 7:72 tells that he laid a curse on anyone who removed hair from their face.
* As Sikhs reject altering a person's natural appearance apart from clothing, making them well known for turbans and beards. Add the martyrdom/militancy that tend to follow the monotheist/monist faiths and you have some badass bearded men.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Pinballs]]
* Papa Mellon in [=WhizBang=] Pinball's ''[[Pinball/WhoaNellieBigJuicyMelons Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Melons]]'' has one, which helps him keep the men away from [[FarmersDaughter his girls.]]
* The Master sports one in Creator/WilliamsElectronics' ''Pinball/DoctorWho''.
* The protagonist in ''Pinball/{{Sinbad}}'' has a respectably black and bushy beard.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin.
* Bill {{Wrestling/Goldberg}}.
* Travis "Tyson" Tomko, whose beard, tattoos, bald head, and black ring attire make him look like a total badass. [[http://www.powerprowrestlingfigs.com/images/uploads/TysonTomko.jpg]]
* Wrestling/TheUndertaker
* Wrestling/RandySavage [[http://www.sabotagetimes.com/wp-content/uploads/img_151291_1.jpeg Oooooh]] [[http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSwWUt3PMqKVFIgg5jLegXCsKia6JaAisvWoDGyL6fHqFc9Lb3c yeah]]!
* [[http://www.legendschampionshipwrestling.com/uploaded_images/02-756687.jpg Hillbilly Jim]] really went the extra mile to fit the look.
* Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart [[http://www.wwe.com/f/wysiwyg/image/2012/05/The%20Anvil%20ARTICLE%20IMAGE%202.jpg]]
* Does [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] have one? YES! YES! YES! Did he shave it? NO! NO! NO!
* Jim Cornette, in a roundabout way, claimed the NWO was this in a shoot.
--> "EricBishoff is a guy who's a big fan of hanging around studly guys with [[BarbarianLonghair long hair]] and [[BadassBeard beards]], who [[SmokingIsCool smoke cigars]] and [[BadassBiker ride Harleys]] so that some of it can rub off on his pansy ass!"
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Fantasy Battle's'' Warriors of Chaos are basically Heavy-Metal Satanist Vikings so they naturally have long, flowing, plaited beards loudly proclaiming their copious badassery to all who look upon them.
** Dwarfs have beards just as badassed, and they're weaponized.
* [[http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p186/EarthScorpion/Random%20stuff/Kejak_profile.png Chejop Kejak]] of ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', the oldest and most powerful Exalt in existence, possesses one of these.
* In ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' again, it is always emphasized how fond dwarves are of beards. (In some editions, but not all of them, even female dwarves occasionally have them.)
** Elminister has a pretty decent beard, and he's the biggest badass in the ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' setting (arguably the biggest in ''any'' setting of the game).
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Toys]]
* Franchise/GIJoe. It started in the 70s with the 12" AdventureTeam member Joe Colton with realistic flocked facial hair as a selling point, and despite the fact that facial hair is still against military regs in most branches, a lot of Joes started sporting Badass Beards, including Shipwreck, Snowjob, Frostbite, Clutch, Outback, Rock & Roll, and most recently Bench Press. On the other side, Dreadnoks Ripper, Torch, and Monkeywrench as well as Iron Grenadiers Voltar and General Mayham have their own.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Many of the characters in ''Videogame/DynastyWarriors'' have them, and [[YouShouldKnowThisAlready obviously the most magnificent of them]] is Guan Yu's.
* [[PlayerCharacter Gordon]] [[BadassBookworm Freeman]] from the ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life}}'' series.
* The Vanguard bloodline and Engineer within ''VideoGame/BloodlineChampions''. The officer outfit for the Igniter has this as well.
* Ganondorf from ''Zelda'', only after ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', in which he was clean shaven.
** Darmani/Goron Link definitely qualifies. An NPC shopkeeper even comments on it.
----> '''NPC:''' Whoa, nice sideburns!
*** And if sideburns count, even pre-beard Ganondorf has epic chops, along with eyebrows that connect to his hairline. Truly fitting fiendish facial hair.
* Gorath from ''VideoGame/BetrayalAtKrondor'' has a Badass Beard despite being an elf - which is supposed to be impossible, but [[AllThereInTheManual according to the manual]] is possible because he's half-human - which, in turn, is also supposed to be impossible in Midkemia canon. In short, the designers probably just gave him the beard to emphasize his "badass dark elf leader" image.
* Solid Snake's beard in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' is not much worth talking about. But [[http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w191/FodderForce/snake.jpg Naked Snake/Big Boss]] in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' has a Badass Beard that is a sight to behold. Snake single handedly [[EvenTheGuysWantHim made the beard sexy again for a generation]].
** On top of that, it gets longer in Peace Walker, ''especially'' in the comic-style cutscenes.
** Also of worthy mention is Solidus Snake.
* Jack Cayman of ''VideoGame/MadWorld''. It helps that he looks a lot like [[Anime/CowboyBebop Jet Black]].
** And on the subject of ''VideoGame/MadWorld'', ''VideoGame/AnarchyReigns''! Jack returns, complete with Badass Beard, but he's completely outdone by [[BadassGrandpa Douglas Williamsburg]].
* Agent Chieftain of ''VideoGame/EliteBeatAgents''.
* ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' in the latest installment.
* ''VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga'': Kyle [[MemeticBadass freakin']] [[Franchise/StarWars Katarn]].
** It's Official: There is no chin behind Kyle Katarn's beard, just another Bryar Pistol.
* Hector in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe'', specifically in the epilogue of ''Blazing Sword'' and his appearance in ''Sword of Seals'', showing how badass he still was after all those years.
** Also, Athos the Archsage in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Blazing Sword'' had a pretty spiffy beard.
* Duncan from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' has one. This has led to MemeticMutation on the Creator/BioWare forums.
** First Enchanter Irving has one as well, though his also gives him a MemeticMolester reputation.
** The default male version of Hawke in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' sports one.
* Lampshaded in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', where Anise insists that Van's beard is the source of his power.
** Also Largo
* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'', [[PlayerCharacter Ezio Auditore da Firenze]] has such a beard in the final Memory Block, at the age of forty. DownloadableContent added two Memory Blocks before the final one, and Ezio can be seen growing the beard in them.
** Returns in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'', starting just after AC II ended.
** Taken up a notch in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRevelations''. Ezio is now is his [[BadassGrandpa early fifties]][[note]]In the Renaissance this was '''old'''.[[/note]] and sports an even fuller beard.
*** Ezio is a certified badass and did things at fifty that most people couldn't do at twenty. The beard is definitely deserved.
** And in the newest trailer for Desmond in ''Videogame/AssassinsCreedRevelations'' there is a short shot of Desmond sporting one of these.
* [[spoiler: Captain Price]] in ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2''. Gaz in the first ''Modern Warfare'' game also had one. Soap, meanwhile, favors PermaStubble.
* Slayer from ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear''.
* Kratos from ''VideoGame/GodOfWar''.
** In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', when Kratos is the victim of a Babality (turned into a baby), ''he keeps the goatee.'' It's just ''that'' badass.
* Basch from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII''
** Jecht from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''. His badassery gets ramped up even further in the ''Dissidia'' games, where he actually gets to show off his moves outside his [[spoiler: Final Aeon form.]]
** Cid, Tellah, and [=FuSoYa=] from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV''.
* Dr. Light of ''VideoGame/MegaManClassic''.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'': The Demoman's facial hair straddles the line between a Badass Beard and a BadassMustache. (He's trimmed off everything on his chin except for a small triangle beneath his lip. The man is stylin'.)
** The Spy can also have a beard. Well, [[IncrediblyObviousBug a fake one with a "hidden" camera in it]].
** The [[http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/All-Father All-Father]], a Santa-like mustache-and-beard combo for the Heavy and Soldier.
* ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxter'''s Jak sports a [[GoodHairEvilHair traditionally evil]] goatee as an AntiHero.
* [=LeChuck=] from ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland''. His beard is so badass that it gets used to reanimate the rest of his body.
** And in the third game, it's on fire!
* ''{{Jed}}'', as a [[AndYourRewardIsClothes rew]][[CosmeticAward ard]].
* Jorge-052 from ''VideoGame/HaloReach''.
* The Point Man of [[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon F.E.A.R.]], formerly TheFaceless, has one in the third game.
* The Monk of ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' counterpoints his BaldOfAwesome with his mighty beard.
* Gouken from ''Franchise/StreetFighter''.
** And Gen. ''Definitely'' Gen.
** Zangief also has a Badass Beard.
* Isaac in ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'' sports one 30 years later after saving the world in the previous game. A NPC comments that Isaac is quite the looker for his age and many women are attracted to him. He's only 47! [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20101018184943/goldensun/images/f/fe/DDIsaac.png see for yourself.]]
** [[OlderThanTheyLook Forty-seven apparently going on twenty-seven]], [[AWizardDidIt due to Alchemy]].
** [[spoiler: Briggs]] also grew a mighty long beard in the last thirty years. His son favors the PermaStubble look.
* Bill Overbeck from ''VideoGame/Left4Dead''. Francis could also count.
* [[{{Troperrific}} Obligatory]] ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' example: Unzan. The fact that he's a cloud really helps.
** [[BadassGrandpa Youki Konpaku]] tends to be depicted this way in fanarts.
* Adam Jensen from ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution''.
* Putting a beard on a male PlayerCharacter was possible in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', but ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' reduced your options to five-o'clock shadow. Creator/{{Bethesda}} brought true beards back for ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', to the fans' joy.
* Putting a beard and/or mustache on male non-elf {{player character}}s in ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' is as easy as clicking "Toggle Facial Hair" during character creation.
** Among non-player characters, we have the bald, bearded Khelgar Ironfist, and mustache/goateed Ammon Jerro. ''Storm of Zehir'' adds Septimund and Ribsmasher.
* Jinpachi Mishima from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}''. Just...WOW. The Mishima Family is known for their outlandish, pointy hairstyles (a bonus from having electric attacks or the Devil Gene, maybe?), but the original progenitor definitely takes the cake for his beard alone.
* [[TheCaptain Kunkka]], [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Lycanthrope]], [[ThePaladin Omniknight]], and [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Beastmaster]] from ''VideoGame/{{Dota 2}}''. And while she obviously doesn't have one, [[AffirmativeActionGirl Tresdin]] will compliment those who has a BadassBeard.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'': [[BadassGrandpa Drayden]] has a beard that completely covers the lower part of his face, and he's a badass Dragon Master.
** Wattson's beard may not have seemed that impressive back in the GBA games, but as of ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'' he returns with an [[http://cdn.bulbagarden.net/upload/8/8d/Spr_B2W2_Wattson.png updated, animated sprite]], showing just how much his beard compliments his [[LargeHam hamminess]].
* Lampshaded in ''[[VideoGame/DontStarve Don't Starve]]'': Wilson's special ability is to "''grow a magnificent beard''". It even has its own practical purpose, as it turns out.
* Ogden from Book I and Book II of ''VideoGame/DragonFantasy'', who remains otherwise bald after fighting a dragon as a teenager.
* ''VideoGame/{{Resident Evil}}'': Barry Burton. He has one, and oh boy is it badass. Also has a good 'ole fashioned Handcannon to go with it.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'', resident {{Badass}} / {{Determinator}} Dex Garrett grew a beard. Sadly, it's long gone by the time he [[spoiler: nearly gets killed by a monster and is presumed he would die from his injuries.]]
* The werewolf [[http://lj-phillips.deviantart.com/art/Vinegar-Tom-340715645 Vinnie]] from ''Webcomic/{{Skins}}''. His beard and CarpetOfVirility enforce his role as the team's {{Badass}}.
* Hall from ''Webcomic/SupernormalStep'' has a pretty sweet one that just reaffirms his badassery.
* O-chul in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' combines this with BaldOfAwesome to [[MemeticBadass great effect]].
* [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=543 Mr. Thorn]] from ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''. Games teacher and dragon-slayer for the previous generation, and owner of an ''epic'' beard.
* In the "Oceans Unmoving" arc of ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', Calix grows a massive beard after [[spoiler: Stu dies]], and afterward becomes much more ruthless and determined, growing up from the skilled but innocent boy he was.
* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', Franz Rayner {{Double Subver|sion}}ted this with his neckbeard. While normally the complete opposite of this trope (and it just led to him getting humiliated when compared to Dan's BadassMustache) it's capable of blocking ninja punches.
** King Radical, on the other hand, wins the award for most ridiculous beard that still manages to look badass. He also [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/20p79 gave a bunch of orphans beards]] just because he loves all things awesome.
** The Ultimate Diplomat is a BadassPacifist example.
* [[http://pics.livejournal.com/beatonna/pic/0004eh1s/ Sandford Fleming in this Hark! A Vagrant strip.]]
* Callous, a minor villain from ''Webcomic/WrightAsRayne'', [[http://wrightasrayne.thecomicseries.com/comics/10 sports one of these.]]
* Ryan and Jason of ''Webcomic/{{Remus}}'' each sport one. The badassery of Jason's is debatable, but Ryan's... [[http://www.remuscomic.com/2012/03/05/020/ not so much.]]
* The wizard Lobster Mallory in Neko the Kitty grows a [[http://www.nekothekitty.net/comics/1620078/1056-night-on-the-prowl-page-2/ Battle Beard]] in the presence of vampires. [[http://www.nekothekitty.net/comics/1621303/1057-night-on-the-prowl-page-3/ It is flowing and luxurious.]]
* From DeweyDefeatsTarzan: [[http://www.ddtcomic.com/2013/09/03/potent-beard/ Help! This woman witnessed my beard and promptly fainted!]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', [[MagicKnight Belial]], [[TheGoodKing Khasra III]], [[PraetorianGuard Orestes]], [[GloriousLeader Pronin]], and [[TricksterMentor Taliesin]] have these. [[FallenHero Refan]] also had it for a while, but he eventually cut it off to signify his newfound determination.
* Post-Mission WebVideo/ThatDudeInTheSuede.
* Harley Morensein's grew in during the run of WebVideo/EpicMealTime. He shaved it off for "Breakfast Lasagna" and is letting it grow in again.
* WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd has grown one recently.
* Quinn from WebVideo/DemoReel has a great bush of hair on his face, making him even more manly than the clean-shaven (but still {{badass}}) Carl.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/user/SmoothMcGroove?feature=watch Smooth McGroove]].
* Saberspark from the ''WebVideo/MLPAnalysis'' community.
** Digibrony once grew one, then he [[SubvertedTrope shaved it off]]
* Jack Pattillo of Creator/RoosterTeeth's Creator/AchievementHunter is known for two things: sounding almost exactly like cohort Ryan Haywood, and having the most glorious beard among any of the Achievement Hunters. It's so iconic that [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4yMjp-dpJ8 his part of the group's RTX 2014 intro is just him running his fingers through it.]]
** Adam Ellis from the same company can be considered Jack's FriendlyRival when it comes to beards.
* Creator/BradJones, of ''WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob'' fame.
* Arthéon from ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'' is the most experienced player of the eponymous guild and also the only one wearing a full-grown beard among the three male members.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The Monarch from ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''.
* Action Hank, one of Dexter's idols in ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory''. In "Beard to Be Feared", Dexter comes to the conclusion that Hank's beard is what makes him "rugged", and in an attempt to become tougher, uses an invention to give himself a fairly impressive beard. After Hank helps Dexter defeat a band of villains who use their own bad-ass facial hair as [[ImprobableWeaponUser weapons]], Dexter learns [[SpoofAesop "It doesn't matter if you have the beard on the outside, as long as you have the beard on the inside."]]
** In ''Ego Trip'', Dexter takes a few [[TookALevelInBadass Levels in Badass]] when growing up, and gets a Badass Beard in the process. He also goes {{bald|OfAwesome}}. Elderly Dexter is beardless so he presumably shaved it off when his [[OneManArmy one-man]] LaResistance days were over.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': While not a true character, Sokka's alter-ego [[GrowingTheBeard Wang Fire]] is generally held to be [[MemeticBadass incredibly badass]].
** Also [[BeardOfEvil Ozai, Sozin and Azulon]].
** And Hakoda.
** In Season 2, Iroh grows out his goatee and HotBloodedSideburns into an amazing beard, and keeps it that way.
** Special Mention goes to the Order of The White Lotus, an organization ''full'' of them.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': Tenzin.
** In a similar vein, flashback adult Aang and Sokka (though not to Wang Fire degrees).
** Zuko adopted a beard similar to his ancestor Sozin in his later years.
* [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Santa Bot]]. Whether you have been naughty or nice. Also, his pal the Hanukkah Zombie. Kwanzaabot is badass, but alas, no beard.
* [[WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs Papa Smurf]] is instantly distinguishable from the other Smurfs by his full beard (along with his red hat, opposed to the white ones the other Smurfs wear) and {{Flashback}} scenes showed he had one back when he was a young Smurf too, although it wasn't grey then. Grandpa Smurf, who was his predecessor, has an even longer one.
** In one episode, Gargamel tried to use magic hair tonic to grow a beard, seeing as he believed it would make him a respected wizard like all his relatives (who had Badass Beards of their own). Unfortunately, he didn't read the instructions, and the resulting beard grew so large it filled his whole house; the [[SaveTheVillain Smurfs had to rescue him, as they often did.]]
* While no attention is drawn to it, [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Hank Scorpio]] would be far less awesome without his.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' [[TheGoodKing King]] Claudus and [[FourStarBadass General]] Grune, the BigGood and TheDragon respectively, both sport expansive versions of these, while CourtMage Jaga has a slightly more downplayed badass WizardBeard.
* Count Dooku In the Clone Wars Television series has a particularly badass beard.
** Also Obi-Wan
** The Father and Baron Papanoida.
* Abraham Kane, Jacob, The Duke of Detroit and Tennie's father Bracket from ''{{WesternAnimation/Motorcity}}''.
* The ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode "Betrothed" introduces Galfore, Starfire's ''k'norfka'' (guardian), a serious badass with a very impressive beard.
* Yukon Cornelius was likely the most badass character in ''WesternAnimation/RudolfTheRedNosedReindeer'' (he wrestled the Abominable into submission and tamed it, for crying out loud) and his beard was just as full as Santa's.
* WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}}: Bluto, who is the villain of the series and therefore true to the trope.
* WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons: Jasper Beardley.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epic_Beard_Man Epic Beard Man]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chabal France's most famous rugbyman]].
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_V King George V]]
** While we're at it, his physically similar cousin [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_II_of_Russia Tsar Nicholas II]] Yes, they're [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/84/Tsar_Nicholas_II_%26_King_George_V.JPG related]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Barbarossa01.jpg Frederick I Barbarossa, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire]] might just have the most badass of them all. So badass, in fact, that it grows either all the way around or ''through'' [[http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/sleep.html the table he is sitting at]]. [[note]]The same is told of Denmark's Holger Danske and [[KingInTheMountain others.]][[/note]]
* ChuckNorris is not, in fact, the reincarnation of Jesus. His beard, on the other hand, is.
** In fact, there is not a chin under Chuck Norris's beard. There is only another fist.
*** ChuckNorris doesn't has a beard. It just his overgrown moustache growing all over his body.
* WolfBlitzer of Creator/{{CNN}}.
* Creator/AlanMoore. Bloody 'ell, that's a beard!
* UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln, because a little girl sent him a letter asking him to grow a beard, then he did.
* Creator/GeorgeCarlin
* Anders Friden, the vocalist for the heavy metal band In Flames, definitely qualifies. [[http://www.examiner.com/sites/default/files/styles/image_full_width_scaled/hash/In%20Flames3.jpg Just look at that thing.]] Oh, and when he was younger, he also had some pretty cool [[http://www.spirit-of-metal.com/membre_groupe/photo/Anders%20Friden-12438_2505.jpg dreadlocks as well.]]
* Jewish guys seem to be able to grow these effortlessly.
** Including [[Series/TheDailyShow Jon Stewart]].
** Also the Amish (who only grow them once they get married).
* Creator/HenrikIbsen
* Creator/GeorgeBernardShaw
* CharlesDarwin's image is made instantly recognizable by his epic beard. This is even more impressive because he didn't grow the iconic beard until well after he published ''Origin''. [[http://www.jacksofscience.com/lol/great-beards-of-science-or-standing-on-the-beards-of-giants/ Beard of science, indeed.]]
* [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d4/Karl_Marx_001.jpg Karl Marx.]] And his less-famous co-author for the ''Manifesto of the Communist Party'', [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/71/Engels.jpg Friedrich Engels]]
* Che Guevara, best shown off in his classic and much replicated portrait. You are not a real communist until you have awesome beardage.
** Beards seemed to be particularly popular with the Bolsheviks (Lenin, Trotsky, Kamenev, Kalinin... Stalin also had a beard, but later shaved it off and adopted his famous full-mustache look).
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gustav_I_of_Sweden King Gustav I]], the first renaissance king of Sweden, was a badass tyrant who sat 37 years on the throne and made a state in a modern sense out of a fractious medieval realm. [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/59/GustavEriksson.jpg His beard]] was as badass as himself.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivan_the_Terrible Ivan the Terrible]].
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crown_Prince_Haakon Crown Prince Haakon of Norway]] married the love of his life, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mette-Marit,_Crown_Princess_of_Norway Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby]], despite her less than regal background, and afterwards grew a beard to show that he was a real badass who'd done the right thing.
* Aversions: [[http://www.cameronmcewan.com/projects/magazine/culture_blog/wp-content/uploads/2007/02/neckbeard.jpg The Neckbeard]].
** It [[http://wiki.rpg.net/index.php/File:MPost12037-motivator6105244fd4%2Ejpg protects the neck]] from ninjas.
*** Either way, it's downright disturbing.
* King Leopold II of Belgium.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Richard_Matthew_Stallman.jpeg Richard Stallman]]. For a Nerd King, that's quite a beard.
* Creator/BillHicks, as seen on the cover of ''Arizona Bay''.
* Edward Teach, a.k.a. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackbeard Blackbeard himself]], whose name derived from his huge, braided beard which had lit fuses woven into it.
* Creator/ErnestHemingway.
* [[http://archives.nd.edu/episodes/sorin/sorin-e.jpg Fr. Edward Sorin, C.S.C.]], the founder of the University of Notre Dame. Shouldn't expect anything less from a priest who almost singlehandedly built ND in the middle of Nowhere, IN, and after it burned down in 1879 swore to rebuild it even larger. Also, he's an ''honest-to-God'' doppelganger of Albus Dumbledore--check if you don't believe me.
* It's a hockey tradition, at least in the NHL, that players grow a playoff beard when entering said part of the season. Most players do not shave until they either win the StanleyCup or get eliminated. Thus the length of the beard is usually directly proportional to how deep the team is in the playoffs and thus how badass it is. However, some players elect to not follow that tradition and some others trim their beards after a loss to change their luck.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._G._Grace W.G. Grace]] The most famous beard to ever [[{{Pun}} grace]] Victorian cricket fields.
* Many officers on both sides of UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar, including UsefulNotes/UlyssesSGrant, had quite impressive facial hair. Also BadAss in the sense that these men would often lead their men from the front lines.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brigham_young Brigham Young,]] who led the Mormons into the desert and eventually founded settlements from Canada to Mexico, defied a fifth of the US Army, and became known as the "American Moses."
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morihei_Ueshiba Morihei Ueshiba]], founder of modern aikido.
* San Francisco Giants closing pitcher [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Wilson_(baseball) Brian Wilson]] has his own new all-black beard and a nice following of its own fans. If you don't believe its scary, ask [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4BO26nqPmM Josh Elliot and Jay Harris.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4o-TeMHys0 Jimmy McMillan]] of the Rent Is Too Damn High Party.
* Alfred Molina when his character has one.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poilu The Poilus (the hairy ones)]], the French infantrymen of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.
* Canada's army [[http://img225.imageshack.us/img225/8729/ljc.jpg Pioneers]]: hybrid infantry / military engineers: dozer blades on their APCs and training in explosive demolitions (among other things). Referred to as "Lumberjack Commandos" in the linked pic.
** The sappers ("sapeurs") of the French Foreign Legion , for that matter. [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/29/Pionnier-legion.JPG I mean, look at them!]] When they do [[DropTheHammer parades]], they carry sledgehammers instead of rifles.
* [[http://www.harrypotterforseekers.com/images/flamelanddee.jpg Nicholas Flamel and Dr. John Dee]] the famous alchemist and supposed discoverer of a way to live forever and turn metal into gold and coal into gems and the man who was Queen Elizabeth's right hand man, personal astrologer, spy, and the man who gave James Bond his codename. and both had awesome beards.
* The late [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luciano_Pavarotti Luciano Pavarotti]] of The Three Tenors.
* Creator/{{BRIAN BLESSED}}.
* [[RasputinTheMadMonk Grigori Rasputin]].
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:John_Brown_Painting.JPG John Brown]].
* [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/cc/Ned_Kelly_in_1880.png Ned Kelly]], an Irish-Australian outlaw.
* [[http://unsportsmanlikecomment.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/fidel3.gif Fidel Castro]]. So bad ass a beard, the CIA actually tried a plot to slip him a drug for the express purpose of making it fall out. ''And failed.''
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bust_Hadrian_Musei_Capitolini_MC817.jpg Emperor Hadrian]] of the Roman Empire. Brought single-handedly beards back into fashion after hundreds of years of clean-shavedness enforced by tradition on the Roman aristocracy. As [[BadAss an avid proponent of the martial virtues]] and an openly homosexual man, this also made him the first [[TheBear Bear]] in recorded history.
** [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ec/Julien_l%27Apostat%2C_Mus%C3%A9e_de_Cluny.JPG Julian the Apostate]] is another bearded Roman emperor, again, against the prevailing fashions of the time. However, he was less successful in promoting beardliness than Hadrian, although not for lack of effort, since he wrote a satire of Christianity known as "Beard Hater," referencing Eastern Christians' making fun of his facial hair.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_T._Bakker Dr. Robert T. Bakker]] - The DeadpanSnarker of paleontologists with the face of Santa Claus. His research propelled the theory of dinosaurs as warm-blooded animals into mainstream paleontology.
* Egyptian Pharaohs, [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/47/Tuthankhamun_Egyptian_Museum.jpg full stop]].
** A subversion: for a long time the fashion was to be clean-shaven, and then wear a '''fake''' beard (one about as realistic as the one in the linked image).
*** To be fair, that was also the fashion for [[BaldOfAwesome the hair atop one's head]]. Ancient Egypt had a problem with head lice, and shaving everything to deprive them of nesting sites was their solution.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bashir_II Bashir Shahib II]] "The Great", Emir of Lebanon. He ruled Lebanon in the name of the Ottoman Empire, and played a minor role in thwarting Napoleon's Egyptian Campaign. However, this will be forever overshadowed by his truly epic [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/11/BashirChehab.jpg beard/moustache]] combo. So epic, that you'd be forgiven for believing that the lining of his robe is part of it.
** Lots of Ottomans had especially badass beards. Good examples would be his contemporaries [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad_Ali_of_Egypt Muhammad Ali of Egypt]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hursid_Pasha Hursid Pasha]]
* Mark Bunker, aka "[[{{Imageboards}} Wise Beard Man]]". His words are wise, his face is beard.
* Mark Levin
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmFnarFSj_U The Beards]], an Australian band
* Photos of Special Forces Operators (Delta Force, [=SEALs=] etc.) and their colleagues from around the world often show them with fullgrown beards, supposedly so they can blend in with the local population more easily (who, in recent times, are generally inhabitants of Iraq or Afghanistan, where men commonly have beards). Also, being Special Forces, they can get away with the additional facial hair other troops would be admonished for.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bundesarchiv_Bild_134-C1743,_Alfred_von_Tirpitz.jpg Alfred Von Tirpitz]], commander of the German Navy during UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. The [[FascinatingEyebrow eyebrows]] and BaldOfAwesome only help matters.
* [[Creator/ValveSoftware Gabe Newell]] as of late has grown a rather hearty beard.
* Guan Yu, the Chinese "God of War" was reported to have one.
* [[http://archive.sci-fi-london.com/cutenews/data/upimages/patrick-rothfuss.jpg Patrick Rothfuss]], author of the Name of the Wind series
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brett_Keisel Brett Keisel]], DE, Pittsburgh Steelers. How badass is his beard? Most beards don't get their own Facebook page. Somewhat subverted because he'll shave it off completely about once a year--for charity.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_B%C3%A1thory Stephen Batory, King of Poland]]
* Captain Edward Smith of the UsefulNotes/RMSTitanic.
* This trope was often specifically invoked by men who were not blessed with a LanternJawOfJustice (at least, during times when such a face was seen as the paragon of desirable manliness). If you had a weak chin, a sufficiently large and well-groomed beard could disguise that fact; if you had a broad jaw, then a beard would only serve to enhance it. There were also certain old laws which specified that policemen ''must'' have respectable facial hair, presumably because it made them look more imposing.
* Dutch singer Father Abraham.
* Flemish comedian Urbanus.
* Flemish fashion designer Walter van Beirendonck.
* Creator/VincentVanGogh in some of his portraits.
* Creator/LeonardoDaVinci.
* Creator/OrsonWelles in adult age.
* Blackbeard the pirate.
* Mr. T
* Haile Selassie
* Buffalo Bill.
* Hannibal.
* UsefulNotes/{{Plato}}
* Pericles
* UsefulNotes/{{Socrates}}
* UsefulNotes/{{Aristotle}}
* UsefulNotes/{{Archimedes}}
* Diogenes
* UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden.
* Jean-Bédel Bokassa.
* Björn Borg
* Yasser Arafat.
* Billy Connolly.
* The Duke of Alva.
* UsefulNotes/KarlMarx.
* Billy Mays.
* The Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
* Charles Manson.
* Ho Chi Minh.
* Archbishop Makarios of Cyprus.
* UsefulNotes/{{Khomeini}}
* Flemish journalist Paul Jambers has a stubble beard.
* UsefulNotes/SaddamHussein wore a beard after being captured by American soldiers in 2003.
* UsefulNotes/UlyssesSGrant and General Robert Lee.
* British cricketer W.G. Grace
* Lots of film directors too: Creator/StevenSpielberg, Creator/PeterJackson, Creator/SergioLeone, Creator/StanleyKubrick, Creator/FrancisFordCoppola and Creator/GeorgeLucas.
* Creator/PieterBruegelTheElder
* Creator/{{Michelangelo}}.
* Alexi Lalas became the face of American [[TheBeautifulGame soccer]] during TheWorldCup they hosted for having a [[http://www.realclearsports.com/blognetwork/rcs_sidelines/Alexi%20Lalas.jpg flashy red beard (with added long hair)]]. He recently has a PermaStubble [[http://assets-s3.mensjournal.com/img/essential/alexi-lalas-espn-villains-of-the-2014-world-cup/618_348_alexi-lalas-espn-villains-of-the-2014-world-cup.jpg version of it.]]
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