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[[caption-width-right:350:(''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings It's the beards.]]'')]]

This trope applies to [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin any female character who sports a moustache or beard at some point]]. This is almost inevitably PlayedForLaughs.

The most common variant involves a woman wearing [[PaperThinDisguise a fake moustache]], possibly as part of a SweetPollyOliver, or temporarily growing one due to some form of AppliedPhlebotinum. Sometimes it may even just be a part of an ImagineSpot. Permanently moustachioed women are rarer. If they do appear, expect them to be a part of an anachronistic FreakShow as "The Bearded Lady".

If female [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame dwarves]] appear, they are likely to sport beards similar to those of the males.

Not to be confused with MoustacheDePlume.

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!!Examples

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'': In one chapter, a bunch of {{otaku}} reject normal women for having "subtle facial hair" (also a case of MinorFlawMajorBreakup).
* In ''Manga/BGataHKei'', several characters have eros deities that serve as a manifestation of their sexual desire. They normally appear as the character, but with minor silly additions. The main character's, Yamada's Eros Deity, is her in a pink kimono and a white moustache.
* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', 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.
* ''Anime/DennouCoil'': Several characters, including girls, sprout sentient virtual facial hair for an episode.
* In ''LightNovel/BibliothecaMysticaDeDantalian'', Camilla wears a [[PaperThinDisguise top hat and fake moustache]], and then [[FunnyMoments sticks the latter on Dalian]].
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[[folder:Arts]]
* Frida Kahlo had a visible moustache in most of her self-portraits. When comparing her self-portraits to photographs of the artist, one can see that while she did have some peach-fuzz on her upper lip and a unibrow, she deliberately accentuated these traits in her paintings.
* [[http://www.artble.com/artists/jusepe_de_ribera/paintings/the_bearded_woman Magdalena Ventura]], an Italian woman who suffered of hirsutism and who had her portrait painted by Jusepe de Ribera.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* One of the characters in ''ComicBook/CastleWaiting'' is a bearded nun who comes from a whole convent of such. Their patron saint is St. Wilgefortis, described in the "religion" section.
* In the graphic novel ''ComicBook/{{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.
* A Bearded Lady turns up in ''Franchise/{{Batman}}: Faces'', revealing herself to be the FemmeFatale that's been duping a gullible property agent. His reaction is [[FelonyMisdemeanor somewhat overblown]] for a reveal of this magnitude. May have also had to do with her growing a full beard ''overnight''.
* Bedelia, supporting character in ''{{Princeless}}'' is half-dwarf. When hit with a magical hair-growing effect, she sports a full beard, which she promptly shaves. Her dwarven features otherwise don't show up much, since she's a normal sized human like her mother.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Twilight Sparkle]] is shown using a spell that causes moustaches. This at times crops up in fanfic, such as giving Rainbow Dash a long (and, of course, multicoloured) handlebar moustache in ''Twilight's List''.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'', some women had unconvincingly disguised themselves as men, complete with big bushy beards, in order to attend a stoning. To make it even more absurd, [[RecursiveCrossdressing those women were played by men]].
* PlayedForDrama in ''Sylvia Scarlett''. Sylvia does not wear a false moustache in her [[SweetPollyOliver disguise as a boy]]; but [[TheVamp her father's girlfriend]] Maudie suggests that "Sylvester" should grow one, and playfully gives "him" a dashing moustache with her eyebrow pencil. Then, much to Sylvia's horror, she says, "[[LesYay I wonder what it would be like to kiss anybody with a moustache like that...]]"
* In ''Film/DivorceItalianStyle'': The unwanted wife (Daniela Rocca) of Marcello Mastroianni's character has a perceptible moustache on her upper lip before her makeover.
* ''Film/ButImACheerleader'': ButchLesbian Jan has a moustache. [[spoiler:Except she isn't really a lesbian; everyone assumes she's lesbian because she's butch.]]
* In ''Film/{{Yellowbeard}}'', "Mr Prostitute" is obviously a woman wearing a false moustache.
* Two female soccer players have fake facial hair in ''Film/ShaolinSoccer'', presumably because it's ostensibly an all-male league.
* ''Film/DodgeballATrueUnderdogStory'' featured a mustachioed BrawnHilda on the villains' team. (She was from an ex-Soviet state and was the best dodgeball player at the nuclear plant.) She ended up being romantically involved with one of the main characters.
* ''Film/{{Intermission}}'': "Do I have a Ronnie?"
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[[folder:Literature]]
* All female dwarves in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', openly female or not, have long, flowing beards.
* In both ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' and ''Literature/TheHobbit'', female dwarves are stated in the books and shown in the films to have beards or whiskers of some type. This is apparently a very attractive trait in dwarf society since Glóin (Gimli's father) proudly brags about his wife's fine beard. They're often mistaken by outsiders for dwarf men as well.
* In ''Literature/TourOfTheMerrimack'', the otherwise very attractive Amadea sports a small beard, one of several traits that make her an UncannyValleyGirl.
* ''Lionboy'' features a carnival "Bearded Lady" variant. She is described as being quite attractive.
* Female dwarves in the ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' series have "sidewhiskers" or beards that are less full than those of male dwarves. Male dwarves seem to find this attractive.
* Subverted in ''Literature/WarAndPeace'' 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.
* Marian Halcombe in ''Literature/TheWomanInWhite'' is a borderline example.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter''
** Aunt Marge in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'', in addition to being "large, beefy and purple-faced", has a small mustache.
** Facial hair is a side-effect of drinking an Aging Potion in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'' for both genders.
* Queen Selysse Baratheon of ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has a mustache in addition to being generally ugly looking and personally unpleasant. There's also a random Lannister soldier mentioned whose nicknamed "The Beardless" or something to that effect because his wife has the facial hair for both of them.
* Madame Thenardier in ''Literature/LesMiserables'' has whiskers as part of her generally monstrous appearance. Javert gets in a pretty hilarious dig about it when she resists arrest and he tells her, "You have the beard of a man, but I have the claws of a woman," [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome dodging the paving slab she throws and nabbing her and her slimy husband]].
* The novelisation of Rush's ''Music/ClockworkAngels'' features the hero meeting some carnies, including a bearded lady. [[spoiler:And the ringmaster due to HeirClubForMen.]]
* In the book ''Steadfast'' of the ''Literature/ElementalMasters'' series, Katie stays at a theatrical boarding house for ladies that is run by a bearded lady named Mrs. Baird, a former performer herself.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/YoungBlades'', [[SweetPollyOliver 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''.
* ''Series/TheNanny'': Fran infiltrates a men-only club dressed as a man, complete with facial hair.
* On an episode of ''Series/{{Sliders}}'', the characters travel to a world where women have mustaches. Rembrandt complains about how it feels to kiss a woman with a mustache and Wade comments that now he knows how women feel.
* ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'': 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 FreakShow 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 ''WickedScience'' has a female character grow a beard after her MadScientist friend tried to cure her baldness.
* Molly wears one as part of a throwaway gag on ''TheBasilBrushShow''.
* On ''Series/TheSopranos'' 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 ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'' had a mustache that she waxed regularly. He didn't know this until years into their marriage.
* On ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', GOB set Michael up with a mustached girl out of revenge.
* Marjorie Goodson-Cutt once wore a fake mustache on ''Classic {{Concentration}}''.
* One AffectionateParody of ''Series/DoctorWho'' exaggerated Ace's ButchLesbian tendencies by giving her a moustache.
* Frequently used in ''Series/AlloAllo'', whenever the female Resistance fighters and waitresses have to pose as gendarmes, engineers, soldiers and so forth.
* In ''Series/ThirtyRock'', Liz promises to grow out her moustache, which she has named "Tom Selleck", in order to get Jenna to own up to her age.
-->'''Jenna:''' How soon can he be here?\\
'''Liz:''' If I do nothing, two days!
* In an episode of ''AllInTheFamily'', Edith is starting to go through menopause:
-->'''Gloria''': Nowadays, with simple hormone treatment, there are no unpleasant manifestations.
-->'''Edith''': Well, my Aunt Elizabeth went through this, and she didn't get manifestations ... she got a mustache!
* ''Series/LoisAndClark''
** The eponymous heroine, when we're first introduced to her, is wearing a trucker cap, flannel, and a beard.
** In the next season, Lois sneaks into a men's social club. No reason, really, she just did it out of principle.
* Mrs. Peel gets one when she puts Steed's electric shaver in reverse in the epilogue of ''Series/TheAvengers'' episode "Dead Man's Treasure".
* Thanks to some cheesy video effects, some of the ticket plugs for the ''Series/MatchGame'' featured female celebrities/contestants sporting mustaches by simply superimposing a male celebrity's/contestant's mouth onto her face. Very common in the daily syndicated version.
* During a Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde spoof skit on TheCarolBurnettShow, Harvey Korman and Carol Burnett spend the entire skit turning into each other [[spoiler: with the help of some stage magic.]] At one point, Carol grows Harvey's mustache, and then promptly excuses herself "to get some fresh air... and Nair..."
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[[folder:Music]]
* Music/VictoriaJustice is a big fan of moustaches and wearing fake moustaches, to the point that most of the emoticons she uses have moustaches on them.
* Bianca Casady of Music/CocoRosie wears mustaches and drag in a lot of her music videos.
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[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* According to TheOtherWiki, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guanyin#Depiction Guanyin]], the Buddhist bodhisattva of compassion is sometimes depicted as having a mustache, despite being usually considered female. Some images displayed Guanyin attributes of both genders, in accordance with the Lotus Sutra.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilgefortis Wilgefortis]], also know as Kümmernis, was an apocryphal Christian saint, venerated in TheLateMiddleAges. The story goes that she was a Christian princess, forced to marry a heathen by her father. To avert this fate, she prayed for her face to look repulsive. Her wish was granted by her miraculously growing a beard, whereupon her father had her crucified. The myth probably arose from depictions of the crucified Christ wearing a long robe, which to some audiences would have looked like a woman's dress.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' 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).
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[[folder:Theater]]
* Depending on the production, Viola in ''Theatre/TwelfthNight'' might wear a fake moustache in order to masquerade as her brother.
* The three witches in Shakespeare's ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'' are bearded.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'': Toa Hahli in her Inika form wore a mask [[WeirdBeard that had breathing tubes forming a mustache and a goatee]], and Macku had a pharaoh-beard on her mask.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' 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... [[TestosteronePoisoning and obsessed with acting stereotypically macho]], gain moustaches and enhanced muscle mass (the last one is only shown for the men in the comic, though).
* In ''[[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters 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, [[http://youtube.com/watch?v=_V8Ta2KILHs nor are they amused]].
* Optionally {{Discussed|Trope}} in ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'' by Adam Jensen, as part of a sarcastic response to someone asking if he'd been followed.
-->'''Adam Jensen:''' Yeah, by a clown and a midget for a while. But they eventually met the bearded woman they were looking for near a coffee shop and we went our separate ways.
* ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'' does not restrict any appearance traits according to the gender of the player character.
** ''SaintsRowIV'' continues the tradition and also features the Boss facing down an EvilDoppelganger, who wears an eyepatch and goatee regardless of the Boss' sex.
* All female giants in ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'', since the simple art style necessitates that, absent scale or detail, all species need a simple trademark physical characteristic common to all individuals. For giants, it's the beard, regardless of gender.
* In ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' and ''''VideoGame/IcewindDale'' (Both games running on the same engine) all female Dwarves have beards. This can lead a funny interaction when you start out in Icewind Dale where you experience ViewerGenderConfusion.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* The Strong Bad Email "retirement" from ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' has Strong Sad dress as a bearded woman.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Several times in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', none of which are canon.
** An ImagineSpot showed Nanase [[GenderBender as a man]], [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2005-11-04 looking exactly like her normal self only sporting a moustache]].
** Grace had a [[http://www.egscomics.com/egsnp/?date=2009-12-03 Jamie Hyneman 'stache]] as a part of a ''Series/MythBusters''-themed filler arc.
** The gypsy woman who sells Tedd dangerous magical objects in the non-canon NP arcs [[http://www.egscomics.com/egsnp/?date=2008-09-08 has a moustache]] at one point.
** Sarah is [[http://www.egscomics.com/egsnp/?date=2009-11-12 shown with one]] when playing as [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]].
* Similar to the above, in ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'', Emily tries to imagine what [[GenderBender Ash]] would have looked like as a boy, resulting in an image of female Ash with a moustache.
* In ''WebComic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', a prank by King Radical results in a bunch of kids, girls included, ending up with bushy beards.
* In ''Webcomic/AlfdisAndGunnora'', dwarf women have beards. Alfdis in particular has a luxuriant braided moustache.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Marilith}}'', Marilith wears a fake beard and moustache as part of her Colonel Sanders disguise during a bank robbery.
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', the "A Time For Hair-Raising" arc starts with Zoe and Gwynn growing beards from a hair-growth spell gone wrong, as seen [[http://www.sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/080522 here]].
* In ''Webcomic/ScandinaviaAndTheWorld'', Lady Germany has one.
* ''Webcomic/TheWhiteboard'': [[OnlySaneWoman Sandy]] greets a customer to [[WeirdnessMagnet Doc's shop]], and is told by the customer that he wants to deal with a male employee. She ducks behind the counter, and comes back up with [[PaperThinDisguise a fake moustache]] on her face, asking again if she can help him.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' character Jane Crocker wears a fake mustache several times.
* Humans in ''LetsPlay/{{Bravemule}}'' base leadership on who has the most BadassMoustache. While this would seemingly preclude women in positions of power, [[ActionGirl Atrix]] makes a successful bid for leadership by wearing a fake 'stache.
* ''Webcomic/TwoGuysAndGuy'' has Guy [[http://www.twogag.com/archives/2917 growing a beard]] out of sheer willpower, just to prove Wayne a woman can be manlier than him.
* In ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'', Hitlerella's greatest weakness is that [[http://nonadventures.com/2010/05/01/the-queerest-of-the-mirror/ she has a moustache]]. Wonderita later suggests shaving it into a toothbrush moustache (for [[ThoseWackyNazis obvious reasons]]) while [[http://nonadventures.com/2014/01/11/fountain-of-truth/ high on truth serum]], and Hitlerella spends the rest of the comic nervously checking herself in a mirror.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* In the episode of ''WebVideo/JoueurDuGrenier'' reviewing the ''Platoon'' and ''Metal Gear'' games, the "Al Moustacha" terrorist gang members all have a PornStache -- including [[TheDarkChick the one female]].

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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Grossology}}'', Abbie grows a beard after being subjected to an overdose of testosterone by Freddy Folicle.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'', Dr. Robotnik's mother has a moustache similar to Robotnik's own.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'' has the characters, including Piper, eat some "Beard Berries".
* Girl Hitler from ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' has a {{Hitler}} moustache, as her name implies.
* Rebecca Cunningham from ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' disguises herself with a moustache and beard in two episodes.
* The Soothesayer from ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'' is an elderly female goat with a beard.
* In a 1980s episode of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'', both Daphne and Fred wore false moustaches when they were disguised as British police officers.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'' episode "The Fugitives", the girls go in disguise to investigate a bank their doppelgangers robbed, and Sam wears a false mustache as part of her disguise.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
** In the episode "Spike at Your Service", Pinkie Pie insists on wearing a false mustache during her crazy plan to [[IOweYouMyLife get Spike out of Applejack's debt]].
--->'''Pinkie Pie:''' And I'll wear this mustache!\\
'''Applejack:''' [[LittleNo ...No.]]
** "Magic Duel" has Twilight using her moustache spell on Trixie. Trixie snips it off.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'': Wilma and Betty wore mustaches to infiltrate a Water Buffalo lodge meeting.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' episode "La Larva Amor", Raven gets involved in a ridiculous milk mustache contest and goes through several mustache and beard styles.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Having a beard as a woman is an actual medical condition known as "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hirsutism hirsutism]]" and is caused by a higher-than-normal level of male hormones, which itself can have a number of causes (some of them quite serious).
* Many women with normal male hormone levels also have moustaches, albeit thin ones. It tends to be more obvious on those with naturally dark hair.
* Female rulers of Egypt (such as UsefulNotes/{{Cleopatra|VII}}) used to wear the same royal attributes as the males when performing their official duties; which includes a stylized fake beard.
* In Brazil, it's a common joke about Portuguese women. The reasons are many: immigrants who really had them, the fact that most Portuguese men had them, and taking any opportunity to mock the former colonizers.
* In 16th century Poland, SensualSlavs would have included a "moss" on her upper lip. While a full beard was seen as too masculine, just a little wisp of one was coyly feminine.
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