Badass Beard

"He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man."

Some badasses are not satisfied with just a Badass Moustache or Perma Stubble 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 moustache would just look 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 Badass Moustache gets cranked Up to Eleven.

In Real Life, 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 Growing the Beard, but the two can most definitely overlap. Same thing goes for Beard of Evil and Beard of Barbarism. Also see Stroke the Beard. Contrast with Beard of Sorrow, although they could overlap. Sometimes goes hand in hand with Wild Hair. Sometimes part of a Bald Black Leader Guy look. Occasionally the beard has some unusual properties.

Do not confuse with The Beard.


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  • Used in a sidebar advertisement for a "Free Online MMO Trading Card Game" called Urban Rivals that appears on TV Tropes at the time of this writing. An initially wimpy-looking soldier character is shown growing increasingly more powerful through a series of stages, and his beard grows gradually at the same time.
  • The Most Interesting Man in the World 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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    Fan Works 
  • The dwarven noble in Dragon Age The Crown Of Thorns 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 girlfriend 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 Magic Knight status, all his hair is snow/silver white (that includes the spiked short cut on the head). Badass much?
  • Megin in Honor for the Enemy is a bearded Viking. 'nuff said.
  • Our six protagonists in Epic Unicorn History The Beards Of Harmony 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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    Films — Live-Action 
  • Clint Eastwood as The Man with no name in the Dollars Trilogy.
  • Ivan the Terrible: Ivan's beard defies gravity. And boyars.
  • Miraz in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is surrounded by bearded badguys, but his beard is the baddest one.
  • The Lord of the Rings:
    • Rohirrim look badass, particularly Éomer and Théoden. Notably, the Evil Chancellor, Wormtongue, is clean-shaven.
    • Gandalf.
    • Even the 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 Perma Stubble before taking the throne and growing out a regal beard,
    • The trend is continued in The Hobbit- nearly all of the dwarf company are depicted with badass beards (the exception is Kíli, who sports badass Perma Stubble).
  • Colour Sergeant Bourne from Zulu, who's 'tash and sideburn combo is so awesome it is simultaneously Badass Mustache and Badass Beard!
  • Desert warrior Ardeth Bey, played by Oded Fehr, in The Mummy Trilogy.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean:
    • 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. (Truth in Television: The real Blackbeard did things like that to terrify people.)
  • While better known as a comic character, Tony Stark's beard in Iron Man is more individualistic than his relatively generic comic counterpart's.
  • Maximus.
  • Alan from The Hangover.
  • Star Wars: 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 The Force Awakens is that Luke Skywalker will definitely have a beard as a Jedi Master.
  • Macready from The Thing (1982), along with Barbarian Longhair.
    • Bennings, Clark, Fuchs, Windows and one of the Norwegians also have beards.
  • Tarzan's father. Makes you wonder why Tarzan himself doesn't have a beard...
  • Roadblock from G.I. Joe: Retaliation.
  • Everyone in Gettysburg. It's an The American Civil War period piece, facial hair was in fashion, and the cast is 100% male.
  • Roy from R.I.P.D..
  • In The Hunger Games, Head Gamemaker Seneca Crane sported one of these. (Bonus Points to Wes Bentley as that was his actual facial hair.)
  • X-Men:
    • Victor Creed/Sabretooth. How else can he compare to Wolverine?
    • The Wolverine: Logan has a very shaggy one at the start of the movie.
    • X-Men: Days of Future Past:
      • Iceman sports one. Shawn Ashmore has said in interviews that it signifies his character's maturity.
      • Bishop's thick facial hair makes him look formidable.
      • Inverted with the younger Charles Xavier; he has a beard and somewhat longer hair, but they signify how much he has let himself go.
  • Coffin Joe in the "Coffin Joe" series.
  • In The Last Witch Hunter, flashback!Kaulder sports an impressive Viking beard.

  • Mangiafuoco from The Adventures of Pinocchio has a very long beard.
  • Dwarves of The First Dwarf King, naturally. Some humans have impressive beards as well.
  • Sometimes, Gilgamesh of The Epic of Gilgamesh fame is depicted with a really long beard. It helps that he's 2 parts Divine and one part Human.
  • Guan Yu, above, from Romance of the Three Kingdoms is infamous for his impressively long and full beard and he's one of the top badasses of the story. So impressive, the Designated Villain 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 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 a terrifying, castrating authority figure. Case in point: The Trial.
  • One of the ways in which Our Dwarves Are All the Same is in having impressive beards. Another is in being badasses.
  • 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 The Hobbit 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 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 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 Big Guy from the series' Viking Fantasy Counterpart Culture who turns into a bear on occasion, never shaved in his life.
  • Kurik in The Elenium 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 Iron Druid Chronicles 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.
  • Dumbledore, once described as reaching down to his knees.
  • Yamauchi-sensei in Greek Ninja has one.
  • Averted in the medieval fantasy series Tales of the Branion Realm, in which men go clean-shaven to honor the female founder of their religion. They're essentially feminizing themselves — it helps that Everyone Is Bi.
  • Averted by Mr. Twit from The Twits . 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 Warbreaker possess the magical ability to control the color and length of their hair, due to having a trace of divine blood. Word of God explicitly confirms that this extends to facial hair in the case of male royalty.
  • Bluebeard: Bluebeard the woman killer is a literal Big Bad with a beard.
  • King Arthur and Merlin.

    Live-Action TV 
  • During the writers' strike in 2007-8, late night talk show hosts David Letterman and Conan O'Brien 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 Will Ferrell 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 Billy Mays from Pitchmen and innumerable advertisements.
  • Doyle Bennett from Justified.
  • Commander Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation is, for the most part, a poor man's Kirk. The beard is what makes him Riker-er.
  • Firefly: Jayne Cobb, whose facial hair bounced around this trope and Perma Stubble.
  • Marcus Cole of Babylon 5.
    • Sheridan grows a beard later in the series, fittingly right before he ousts President Clark from power and becomes the President of the Interstellar Alliance himself.
  • In Doctor Who, 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 War Doctor grew one at some point in his life (given he started out clean-shaven). Given his Reluctant Warrior status, and the war he fought in, definitely counts as a Beard of Sorrow.
  • Half the cast of Sons of Anarchy, being bikers have beards, with varying degrees of badass and evil backing them up. Probably the most badass is the beard belonging to Tig Trager, the club's Sergeant-at-Arms and assassin of choice although Jax's beard in Season 4 bids fair to rival it.
  • Duck Dynastyfull stop. All the male leads have big, healthy beards—all awesome, too.
  • Morgan Grimes from Chuck.
    • Ironically, Morgan's beard is much more badass than he actually is. Except for when he has the Intersect.
  • Community: The Dean grows one to show he is serious about making Greendale respectable. Both last for less than an episode.
  • Fairly common in 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 Supernatural.


    Myths & Religion 
  • Santa Claus. (If it's a case of a Badass Santa, even better.)
  • Sinterklaas: On whom Santa Claus is mostly based.
  • Many representations of the 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 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 Norse Gods particularly Odin, Thor, and Tyr are commonly depicted and described as having some truly epic facial hair.
    • Certain gods in Classical Mythology 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 Islamic prophet Muhammad is said to have had one, and he was most certainly a badass given that he successfully led his armies to victory in three separate battles against numerically superior forces.
    • Similarly, his uncle, Hamza ibn Abdul Muttalib, is even today renowned as the greatest Semitic warrior to ever live.
  • 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.


    Pro Wrestling 
  • Porkchop Cash decided to go the other way in the 1970s, when the NWA territories were seeing a rise in the Afro's popularity. The generally hairy Pampero Firpo decided to go with bushy hair on both ends of his head.
  • The Undertaker, when not close shaven.
  • Randy Savage Oooooh yeah!
  • Hillbilly Jim really went the extra mile to fit the look.
  • Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart [2]
  • Jim Cornette, in a roundabout way, claimed the nWo was this in a shoot.
    "Eric Bischoff is a guy who's a big fan of hanging around studly guys with long hair and beards, who smoke cigars and ride Harleys so that some of it can rub off on his pansy ass!"
  • "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, you know, when he wasn't doing his Gorgeous George gimmick.
  • Bill Goldberg, who was criticized for copying Austin's look initially.
  • The Briscoes. The plate Jay chose for the "real" ROH world title belt was a bearded skull.
  • The Marquee Bruce Santee is instantly recognizable thanks to his goatee.
  • Travis "Tyson" Tomko, whose beard, tattoos, bald head, and black ring attire make him look like a total badass. [3]
  • Does Daniel Bryan have one? YES! YES! YES! Did he shave it? NO! NO! NO!
  • Your IWA Texas ACW Tag Team Champions, Paul London, Jack Jameson, Two Dudes With Facial Pubes!

    Tabletop Games 
  • 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.
    • Tomb Kings as well, in the manner of their real-life counterpart Ancient Egypt. Settra, the most badass of them, also has the biggest beard.
  • Chejop Kejak of Exalted, the oldest and most powerful Exalt in existence, possesses one of these.
  • In Dungeons & Dragons 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 Forgotten Realms setting (arguably the biggest in any setting of the game).

  • G.I. Joe. It started in the 70s with the 12" Adventure Team 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.

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    Western Animation 
  • The Monarch from The Venture Bros..
  • Action Hank, one of Dexter's idols in Dexter's Laboratory. 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 weapons, Dexter learns "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 Levels in Badass when growing up, and gets a Badass Beard in the process. He also goes bald. Elderly Dexter is beardless so he presumably shaved it off when his one-man La Résistance days were over.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: While not a true character, Sokka's alter-ego Wang Fire is generally held to be incredibly badass.
    • Also Ozai, Sozin and Azulon.
    • And Hakoda.
    • In Season 2, Iroh grows out his goatee and Hot Blooded Sideburns into an amazing beard, and keeps it that way.
    • Special Mention goes to the Order of The White Lotus, an organization full of them.
  • The Legend of Korra: 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.
  • Santa Bot. Whether you have been naughty or nice. Also, his pal the Hanukkah Zombie. Kwanzaabot is badass, but alas, no beard.
  • 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 Smurfs had to rescue him, as they often did.
  • While no attention is drawn to it, Hank Scorpio would be far less awesome without his.
  • In ThunderCats (2011) King Claudus and General Grune, the Big Good and The Dragon respectively, both sport expansive versions of these, while Court Mage Jaga has a slightly more downplayed badass Wizard Beard.
  • 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 Motorcity.
  • The Teen Titans 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 Rudolf The Red Nosed Reindeer (he wrestled the Abominable into submission and tamed it, for crying out loud) and his beard was just as full as Santa's.
  • Popeye: Bluto, who is the villain of the series and therefore true to the trope.
  • The Simpsons: Jasper Beardley.