"He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man."
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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Media in General
- Dwarves, usually.
- Some Half-Elves, who are like Elves... with a beard!
- Every Viking ever (Hiccup gets a pass, though).
- Pirates in media, tend to be fond of beards, as a lot of famous real ones were.
- Uncle Sam.
- 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".
Anime & Manga
- Jet Black from Cowboy Bebop
- Thorkell the Tall in Vinland Saga. It was dubbed the Beard of Awesome by fans.
- Askeladd and Thors as well come to think of it.
- Rider from Fate/Zero, with a big red beard.
- Gendou Ikari from Neon Genesis Evangelion.
- In Hikaru no Go Hikaru has to play the loud, bearded Tsubaki in the first round of the Professional Exam, something he finds quite intimidating.
- Hohenheim and Father from Fullmetal Alchemist.
- Oy! what about Havoc?
- As well as Sig Curtis and the patriarch of the Armstrong family
- Shigekuni Yamamoto-Genryusai of Bleach sports a Badass Beard so long he has to keep it braided.
- Kenji Harima of School Rumble grew a great big one for awhile till it was accidentally chopped off by Eri.
- Kenshiro in the Fist of the North Star film had one for a moment, performing his usual badassery.
- You Don't Fuck with Lordgenome. That is all.
- General Cross Marian from D.Gray-Man.
- Vladcard from Hellsing has the second nickname of Beardycard for a reason!
- Kan'u Gundam from BB Senshi Sangokuden. 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 Mobile Fighter G Gundam's Nobel Gundam. Ewww...
- From Naruto Hiruzen and his son Asuma, Shikaku Nara, the Third Raikage and his sons Killer Bee and A
- King Neptune from One Piece has a very impressive beard.
- Black Beard. 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 defies explanation◊.
- Lord Nightray from Pandora Hearts has a Rasputin-style beard. Uncle Oscar's beard also looks pretty badass.
- Jigen from Lupin III.
- The goatee (aka. the catbeard/kittybeard) of Kotetsu T. Kaburagi (the "Tiger" of Tiger & Bunny) has achieved memetic status - not only because it's impeccably groomed to the point of implausibility, but because it also looks like a pair of kittens.
- Super Atragon: Captain Hayate, of the battleship Ra sports a full beard.
- Mobile Suit Gundam AGE: Captain Grodek Ainoa. That is all.◊
- 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 Darker and Edgier to make the reader know that no one fucks with him. Ever. Even Superman in Kingdom Come treats him with kid gloves.
- Leonidas, king of the Spartans, in 300.
- Green Arrow. Come on, that beard is awesome.
- Wulf Sternhammer in Strontium Dog is a Viking, and has an impressive beard to match.
- For quite some time, The Mighty Thor wore a beard, and lo, it was epic.
- Lucas Orion of the Atari Force first series, though his character was mostly a pacifist that won't fight.
- Given that he's supposed to be the wisest of the New Gods, the Highfather always has a beard; just how long and full it is Depends on the Writer.
- Nick Fury has it sometimes in the regular universe (when it's not a Perma Stubble), and regularly in the Samuel L. Jackson-inspired Ultimate Marvel.
- Astérix: The pirate captain, who was a caricature of Redbeard in Barbe Rouge.
- Blueberry: Blueberry who has a stubble beard.
- "Bakelandt": Pé Bruneel has a black beard.
- Thorgal: Also has a stubble beard.
- Blake and Mortimer: Mortimer.
- Piet Pienter en Bert Bibber: Professor Snuffel.
- Suske en Wiske: Professor Barabas, Jerom and Krimson.
- Tom Poes: Zbygniew Prlwytzkofsky, Hocus P. Pas and professor Sickbock (who is a goat, sporting a goatee).
- Douwe Dabbert: Douwe Dabbert.
- Léonard le Génie: Léonard.
- The Smurfs: Big Papa Smurf.
- Iznogoud: Iznogoud.
- Mr Natural.
- Jommeke: Captain Jan Haring.
- Tif et Tondu: Tondu.
- Urbanus: Urbanus, despite being a child, has a large beard, much like the real-life comedian Urbanus.
- Sam from Death Vigil.
- 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.
Films — Animation
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.
- 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.
- 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.)
- Coffin Joe in the "Coffin Joe" series.
- 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.
- During the writers' strike in '07-'08, 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 Dynasty—full 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.
- Both Dusty Hill and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top (no coincidence since one of their biggest hits is "Sharp-Dressed Man"). Ironically, their drummer Frank Beard has a Badass Moustache instead.
- Les Claypool from Primus.
- Zakk Wylde of Ozzy Osbourne's band and Black Label Society.
- Mark Morton, Chris Adler and John Campbell of Lamb Of God.
- Rob Halford of Judas Priest
- Kerry King of Slayer.
- Frank Zappa has an emphirio goatee on his chin to sport with his Badass Moustache.
- 'Dimebag' Darrel Abbot of Pantera.
- John Petrucci of Dream Theater is known to have sported one from time to time.
- James Hetfield ever since the late 80's, with a few breaks. As his hair has thinned out on top, his beards have◊ gradually gotten bigger.
- Scott Ian of Anthrax.
- Nick Oliveri, Kyuss member and formerly of Queens Of The Stone Age.
- Metal Hammer's countdown of the 21 best beards in Metal.
- Jim James◊ of My Morning Jacket
- Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister of Motorhead.
- Sam Beam of Iron And Wine.
- Shavo Odadjian of System of a Down is famous for his braided beard.
- Johan Hegg◊ of Amon Amarth is about as well known for his long, Viking-inspired beard as for his vocals.
- Beards are all over the place in Country Music, but some particularly badass ones include:
- Commander, Murphy, the 'late' Demon Barber, and the Keymaster of The Protomen. The band even wrote a song about beards.
- Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, especially in The Seventies.
- Adrian Smith ever since he rejoined Iron Maiden.
- Each of The Beatles grew these at various points, with Paul McCartney◊ and George Harrison◊ arguably achieving the most successful results.
- Four out of five Fleet Foxes.
- Mike Patton's scrub brush◊ during the Angel Dust period.
- Neil Fallon of Clutch.
- All five members of The Band sported beards, or at least some form of facial hair. They were successful at it, too!
- Garth Hudson's was particularly Badass, however.
- Mike Wengren◊, drummer for Disturbed. How else would he create those tribal beats without one?
- Mick Jagger and Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones briefly donned these in the late '60s, as can be seen here◊.
- Really, Brian Wilson, Dennis Wilson, Carl Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine of The Beach Boys had badass beards in the 70's. Just look at Dennis's beard gracing the cover of his solo album. Awesome, huh?◊
- Carl Wilson also graced a brilliant beard from the early-70's until his death in 1998. What a loss!◊
- Marco Hietala◊ of Nightwish could easily pass for a viking warrior.
- Producer Rick Rubin, whose beard has practically taken over his body:◊
- Robb Flynn and Adam Duce of Machine Head are known to grow some pretty badass beards from time to time.
- Doug Clifford, drummer of Creedence Clearwater Revival.
- Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac
- John Bonham of Led Zeppelin
- Tobias Larsson of Ocean Chief.
- Steven Archer◊ of Ego Likeness.
- 30 Seconds to Mars occasionally sport these, most often when recording This is War and Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams.
- Robert Fripp of King Crimson had one in the first half of the 1970s, most notably during the Larks' Tongues In Aspic era.
- Members of Genesis, especially in The Seventies:
- Chris Cornell and Kim Thayil◊ of Soundgarden.
- Dave Grohl and basically everyone in◊ Foo Fighters.
- Luciano Pavarotti.
- Willie Nelson.
- Barry White.
- The Bee Gees.
- Wyclef Jean.
- Marvin Gaye.
- Dr John.
- Lee Scratch Perry
- 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".
- Barry Stock◊ of Three Days Grace.
- The much-missed beard of Jussi Wickström◊, the guitarist for Finnish folk/Viking-metal band Turisas. Sometime in 2011 he shaved his head and switched to a Badass Mustache, and then, in May 2013, when he once again had a full head of hair, went completely clean-shaven. Someone pointed out that it's pretty much the first time in the band's history when people have been able to see his mouth. Since then he's been periodically re-growing and then shaving his beard, although he sadly still hasn't regrown his previous braided beard.
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 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.
- 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 ◊
- Jim Cornette, in a roundabout way, claimed the nWo was this in a shoot.
- "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.
- Travis "Tyson" Tomko, whose beard, tattoos, bald head, and black ring attire make him look like a total badass. ◊
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- Many of the characters in Dynasty Warriors have them, and obviously the most magnificent of them is Guan Yu's.
- Gordon Freeman from the Half-Life series.
- The Vanguard bloodline and Engineer within Bloodline Champions. The officer outfit for the Igniter has this as well.
- Ganondorf from Zelda, only after The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, 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 Betrayal at Krondor has a Badass Beard despite being an elf - which is supposed to be impossible, but 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 Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty is not much worth talking about. But Naked Snake/Big Boss◊ in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater has a Badass Beard that is a sight to behold. Snake single handedly 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 MadWorld. It helps that he looks a lot like Jet Black.
- Agent Chieftain of Elite Beat Agents.
- Max Payne in the latest installment.
- Dark Forces Saga: Kyle freakin' Katarn.
- It's Official: There is no chin behind Kyle Katarn's beard, just another Bryar Pistol.
- Hector in Fire Emblem Elibe, 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 Fire Emblem Elibe Blazing Sword had a pretty spiffy beard.
- Duncan from Dragon Age: Origins has one. This has led to Memetic Mutation on the BioWare forums.
- First Enchanter Irving has one as well, though his also gives him a Memetic Molester reputation.
- The default male version of Hawke in Dragon Age II sports one.
- Lampshaded in Tales of the Abyss, where Anise insists that Van's beard is the source of his power.
- In Assassins Creed II, Ezio Auditore da Firenze has such a beard in the final Memory Block, at the age of forty. Downloadable Content added two Memory Blocks before the final one, and Ezio can be seen growing the beard in them.
- Captain Price in Modern Warfare 2. Gaz in the first Modern Warfare game also had one. Soap, meanwhile, favors Perma Stubble.
- Slayer from Guilty Gear.
- Kratos from God of War.
- In Mortal Kombat 9, when Kratos is the victim of a Babality (turned into a baby), he keeps the goatee. It's just that badass.
- Basch from Final Fantasy XII
- Jecht from Final Fantasy X. His badassery gets ramped up even further in the Dissidia games, where he actually gets to show off his moves outside his Final Aeon form.
- Cid, Tellah, and FuSoYa from Final Fantasy IV.
- Dr. Light of Mega Man (Classic).
- Team Fortress 2: The Demoman's facial hair straddles the line between a Badass Beard and a Badass Mustache. (He's trimmed off everything on his chin except for a small triangle beneath his lip. The man is stylin'.)
- Jak and Daxter's Jak sports a traditionally evil goatee as an Anti-Hero.
- LeChuck from Monkey Island. 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 reward.
- Jorge-052 from Halo: Reach.
- The Point Man of F.E.A.R., formerly The Faceless, has one in the third game.
- The Monk of Diablo III counterpoints his Bald of Awesome with his mighty beard.
- Gouken from Street Fighter.
- And Gen. Definitely Gen.
- Zangief also has a Badass Beard.
- Isaac in Golden Sun: Dark Dawn 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! see for yourself.◊
- Bill Overbeck from Left 4 Dead. Francis could also count.
- Obligatory Touhou example: Unzan. The fact that he's a cloud really helps.
- Adam Jensen from Deus Ex: Human Revolution.
- Putting a beard on a male Player Character was possible in The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, but Oblivion reduced your options to five-o'clock shadow. Bethesda brought true beards back for Skyrim, to the fans' joy.
- Putting a beard and/or mustache on male non-elf player characters in Neverwinter Nights 2 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 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.
- Kunkka, Lycanthrope, Omniknight, and Beastmaster from Dota 2. And while she obviously doesn't have one, Tresdin will compliment those who has a Badass Beard.
- Pokemon Black And White: Drayden has a beard that completely covers the lower part of his face, and he's a badass Dragon Master.
- Lampshaded in 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 Dragon Fantasy, who remains otherwise bald after fighting a dragon as a teenager.
- Resident Evil: Barry Burton. He has one, and oh boy is it badass. Also has a good 'ole fashioned Handcannon to go with it.
- Steve?, the masculine (sort of) version of the player in Minecraft, is a badass who, if the player is skilled enough, can become very powerful, and once had a Badass Beard. It was eventually removed due to players mistaking it for a smile.
- In Dominic Deegan, resident Badass / Determinator Dex Garrett grew a beard. Sadly, it's long gone by the time he nearly gets killed by a monster and is presumed he would die from his injuries.
- The werewolf Vinnie from Skins. His beard and Carpet of Virility enforce his role as the team's Badass.
- Hall from Supernormal Step has a pretty sweet one that just reaffirms his badassery.
- O-chul in The Order of the Stick combines this with Bald of Awesome to great effect.
- Mr. Thorn from Gunnerkrigg Court. Games teacher and dragon-slayer for the previous generation, and owner of an epic beard.
- In the "Oceans Unmoving" arc of Sluggy Freelance, Calix grows a massive beard after Stu dies, and afterward becomes much more ruthless and determined, growing up from the skilled but innocent boy he was.
- In The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, Franz Rayner Double Subverted 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 Badass Mustache) 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 gave a bunch of orphans beards just because he loves all things awesome.
- The Ultimate Diplomat is a Badass Pacifist example.
- Sandford Fleming in this Hark! A Vagrant strip.
- Callous, a minor villain from Wright as Rayne, sports one of these.
- Ryan and Jason of Remus each sport one. The badassery of Jason's is debatable, but Ryan's... not so much.
- The wizard Lobster Mallory in Neko the Kitty grows a Battle Beard in the presence of vampires. It is flowing and luxurious.
- From Dewey Defeats Tarzan: Help! This woman witnessed my beard and promptly fainted!
- In The Gamers Alliance, Belial, Khasra III, Orestes, Pronin, and Taliesin have these. Refan also had it for a while, but he eventually cut it off to signify his newfound determination.
- Post-Mission That Dude in the Suede.
- Harley Morensein's grew in during the run of Epic Meal Time. He shaved it off for "Breakfast Lasagna" and is letting it grow in again.
- The Angry Video Game Nerd has grown one recently.
- Quinn from Demo Reel has a great bush of hair on his face, making him even more manly than the clean-shaven (but still badass) Carl.
- Smooth McGroove.
- Saberspark from the MLP Analysis community.
- Jack Pattillo of Rooster Teeth's Achievement Hunter 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 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 Friendly Rival when it comes to beards.
- Brad Jones, of The Cinema Snob fame.
- Arthéon from 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.
- In Why Beards are Awesome by Matt Santoro, Matt gives reasons for why his beard is badass.
- 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.
- Epic Beard Man
- France's most famous rugbyman.
- King George V
- 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 the table he is sitting at. note
- Chuck Norris 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.
- Chuck Norris doesn't has a beard. It just his overgrown moustache growing all over his body.
- Wolf Blitzer of CNN.
- Alan Moore. Bloody 'ell, that's a beard!
- Abraham Lincoln, because a little girl sent him a letter asking him to grow a beard, then he did.
- George Carlin
- Anders Friden, the vocalist for the heavy metal band In Flames, definitely qualifies. Just look at that thing.◊ Oh, and when he was younger, he also had some pretty cool dreadlocks as well.◊
- Jewish guys seem to be able to grow these effortlessly.
- Including Jon Stewart.
- Also the Amish (who only grow them once they get married).
- Henrik Ibsen
- George Bernard Shaw
- Charles Darwin'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. Beard of science, indeed.
- Karl Marx.◊ And his less-famous co-author for the Manifesto of the Communist Party, 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).
- 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. His beard◊ was as badass as himself.
- Ivan the Terrible.
- Crown Prince Haakon of Norway married the love of his life, 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: The Neckbeard◊.
- King Leopold II of Belgium.
- Richard Stallman◊. For a Nerd King, that's quite a beard.
- Bill Hicks, as seen on the cover of Arizona Bay.
- Edward Teach, a.k.a. Blackbeard himself, whose name derived from his huge, braided beard which had lit fuses woven into it.
- Ernest Hemingway.
- 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 Stanley Cup 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.
- W.G. Grace The most famous beard to ever grace Victorian cricket fields.
- Many officers on both sides of The American Civil War, including Ulysses S. Grant, had quite impressive facial hair. Also Bad Ass in the sense that these men would often lead their men from the front lines.
- 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."
- Morihei Ueshiba, founder of modern aikido.
- San Francisco Giants closing pitcher 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 Josh Elliot and Jay Harris.
- Jimmy McMillan of the Rent Is Too Damn High Party.
- Alfred Molina when his character has one.
- The Poilus (the hairy ones), the French infantrymen of World War I.
- Canada's army Pioneers◊: hybrid infantry / military engineers: dozer blades on their AP Cs 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. I mean, look at them!◊ When they do parades, they carry sledgehammers instead of rifles.
- 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 Luciano Pavarotti of The Three Tenors.
- BRIAN BLESSED.
- Grigori Rasputin.
- John Brown◊.
- Ned Kelly◊, an Irish-Australian outlaw.
- 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.
- 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 an avid proponent of the martial virtues and an openly homosexual man, this also made him the first Bear in recorded history.
- 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.
- Dr. Robert T. Bakker - The Deadpan Snarker of paleontologists with the face of Santa Claus. His research propelled the theory of dinosaurs as warm-blooded animals into mainstream paleontology.
- Egyptian Pharaohs, 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 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.
- 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 beard/moustache◊ combo. So epic, that you'd be forgiven for believing that the lining of his robe is part of it.
- Mark Bunker, aka "Wise Beard Man". His words are wise, his face is beard.
- Mark Levin
- 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 dubbed tactical 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.
- Alfred Von Tirpitz◊, commander of the German Navy during World War I. The eyebrows and Bald of Awesome only help matters.
- Gabe Newell as of late has grown a rather hearty beard.
- Guan Yu, the Chinese "God of War" was reported to have one.
- Patrick Rothfuss◊, author of the Name of the Wind series
- 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.
- Stephen Batory, King of Poland
- Captain Edward Smith of the RMS Titanic.
- This trope was often specifically invoked by men who were not blessed with a Lantern Jaw of Justice (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.
- Vincent van Gogh in some of his portraits.
- Leonardo da Vinci.
- Orson Welles in adult age.
- Mr. T
- Haile Selassie
- Buffalo Bill.
- Osama bin Laden.
- Jean-Bédel Bokassa.
- Björn Borg
- Yasser Arafat.
- Billy Connolly.
- The Duke of Alva.
- Billy Mays.
- The Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
- Charles Manson.
- Ho Chi Minh.
- Archbishop Makarios of Cyprus.
- Flemish journalist Paul Jambers has a stubble beard.
- Saddam Hussein wore a beard after being captured by American soldiers in 2003.
- Ulysses S. Grant and General Robert Lee.
- British cricketer W.G. Grace
- Lots of film directors too: Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson, Sergio Leone, Stanley Kubrick, Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas.
- Pieter Bruegel the Elder
- Alexi Lalas became the face of American soccer during The World Cup they hosted for having a flashy red beard (with added long hair)◊. He recently has a Perma Stubble version of it.◊
- You remember hussars, those winged Polish badasses? Well, most Polish nobility wore Badass Mustache, but many veteran hussars didn't settle for that, and would additionally wear long beards, known as broda katańska.
- Aleksandr Mozhayev a.k.a Babai, a pro-Russian Cossack militia in Eastern Ukraine.
- Andrea Pirlo◊