open/close all folders
Anime & Manga
- Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei: In one chapter, a bunch of otaku reject normal women for having "subtle facial hair" (also a case of Minor Flaw, Major Breakup).
- In B Gata H Kei, 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 Ranma ˝, 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. Although in her case they are literal whiskers; six or eight long strands of hair jutting from her cheeks, like a dog or a cat.
- Dennou Coil: Several characters, including girls, sprout sentient virtual facial hair for an episode.
- In Bibliotheca Mystica de Dantalian, Camilla wears a top hat and fake moustache, and then sticks the latter on Dalian.
- 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.
- Magdalena Ventura, an Italian woman who suffered of hirsutism and who had her portrait painted by Jusepe de Ribera.
- One of the characters in Castle Waiting 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 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 narration box on the pages also assures the reader that her father actually said that in real life.
- A Bearded Lady turns up in Batman: Faces, revealing herself to be the Femme Fatale that's been duping a gullible property agent. His reaction is 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 the size of a normal human like her mother.
- "Working Holiday" was an unpublished Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi story from DC Comics which had Ami and Yumi in disguise while visiting an amusement park so their fans wouldn't bother them for pictures and autographs. Ami sports a safari pith helmet and a long handlebar mustache.
- 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.
Films — Live-Action
- In Monty Python's Life of Brian, 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, those women were played by men.
- Played for Drama in Sylvia Scarlett. Sylvia does not wear a false moustache in her disguise as a boy; but 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, "I wonder what it would be like to kiss anybody with a moustache like that..."
- In Divorce Italian Style: The unwanted wife (Daniela Rocca) of Marcello Mastroianni's character has a perceptible moustache on her upper lip before her makeover.
- But I'm a Cheerleader: Butch Lesbian Jan has a moustache. Except she isn't really a lesbian; everyone assumes she's lesbian because she's butch.
- In Yellowbeard, "Mr Prostitute" is obviously a woman wearing a false moustache.
- Two female soccer players have fake facial hair in Shaolin Soccer, presumably because it's ostensibly an all-male league.
- Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story featured a mustachioed Brawn Hilda 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.
- Intermission: "Do I have a Ronnie?"
- Shakespeare in Love. Viola wears one as a Sweet Polly Oliver illegally acting in Romeo and Juliet. Played for Laughs when she has to quickly change out of her man's clothes to meet her betrothed. She bursts into the room in a Gorgeous Period Dress but has forgotten to take off the mustache. Fortunately her future husband is looking out the window and her loyal (but understandably exasperated) nurse rips the fake mo off her face. Ouch!
- Charlie's Angels uses this for a disguise for Natalie and Dylan when they break into a corporate headquarters. Justified - the technicians to the server room they impersonated while breaking in were men and it helped hide the fact they were going full Bifauxnen.
- Angelica Teach disguises herself as Captain Jack Sparrow in the beginning of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, including a false moustache and beard. When he confronts her about it (with a smooch) she removes the beard, but keeps the moustache on for a few minutes.
- Near the end of Carry On Again, Doctor, slimming potion discoverer Gladstone Screwer shows up at the clinic run by Dr James Nookey, who is using Gladstone's potion to make a fortune but not giving him a cut. To force Dr Nookey to make him a partner, Gladstone gives him a batch of male hormones instead of the slimming potion, causing the female patients at the clinic to begin growing full moustaches and beards. Although it's not clear when, or if, the effects will wear off, the plan does succeed in getting Gladstone a share of the clinic's profits.
- All female dwarves in Discworld, openly female or not, have long, flowing beards.
- In both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, 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 Tour of the Merrimack, the otherwise very attractive Amadea sports a small beard, one of several traits that make her an Uncanny Valley Girl.
- Lionboy features a carnival "Bearded Lady" variant. She is described as being quite attractive.
- Female dwarves in the Dragonlance series have "sidewhiskers" or beards that are less full than those of male dwarves. Male dwarves seem to find this attractive.
- Subverted in War and Peace with Princess Lisa Bolkonskaya. She has a small moustache and Tolstoy keeps going on and on about how beautiful it is and how charming it makes her.
- Marian Halcombe in The Woman in White is a borderline example.
- Harry Potter
- Aunt Marge in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, in addition to being "large, beefy and purple-faced", has a small mustache.
- In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Fred and George try to bypass an Age Line (which will only let people over 17 pass) by taking one drop of Aging Potion each. It doesn't work—they get thrown back outside the line and suddenly grow long beards, to their amusement. Dumbledore informs them that two girls tried the same trick earlier, but their beards weren't nearly so nice.
- Queen Selysse Baratheon of A Song of Ice and Fire 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 Les Misérables 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," dodging the paving slab she throws and nabbing her and her slimy husband.
- In the same book, a less villainous example: Mame Hucheloup.
Grantaire: "Every good girl contains a hero. As for Mother Hucheloup, she's an old warrior. Look at her moustaches! She inherited them from her husband. A hussar indeed! She will fight too."(She doesn't actually fight, though.)
- In the same book, a less villainous example: Mame Hucheloup.
- The novelisation of Rush's Clockwork Angels features the hero meeting some carnies, including a bearded lady. And the ringmaster due to Heir Club for Men.
- In the book Steadfast of the Elemental Masters series, Katie stays at a theatrical boarding house for ladies that is run by a bearded lady named Mrs. Baird, a former performer herself.
- In Amelia's 6th-Grade Notebook, Amelia includes a list of teachers at her middle school that you should avoid, and lists the as-yet unseen Mrs. Kittredge as having a distracting beard.
"She'd be okay if she would just shave off her beard. It's hard to concentrate when you're trying desperately to NOT look at her chin."
- The Cirque du Freak's inevitable "bearded lady", Truska... who can grow that and other hair at will and suck it back into her body, too. In the prequel series, it's revealed that she's some sort of magical being from the sea, who was befriended by one of the Vampire Princes, Vancha March, and introduced to the Cirque through him.
- In Young Blades, Jacqueline wears a fake mustache and beard to infiltrate a gang in the episode "Rub-a-Dub Sub." Halfway through the series, she permanently augments her male disguise with a fake goatee.
- The title character of The Aunty Jack Show.
- The Nanny: Fran infiltrates a men-only club dressed as a man, complete with facial hair.
- On an episode of 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.
- My Name Is Earl: In junior high, Earl made fun of a girl with a moustache, so now she's on his list. He tracks her down and discovers she's got a full beard and is in a carnival 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 Wicked Science has a female character grow a beard after her Mad Scientist friend tried to cure her baldness.
- Molly wears one as part of a throwaway gag on The Basil Brush Show.
- On The Sopranos several of the wiseguys are sitting around their no-work jobs, "breaking balls" about each other's girlfriends. One teases another, saying his girl had a moustache so bad it must have been like kissing a fireman.
- Ray's wife on Everybody Loves Raymond had a mustache that she waxed regularly. He didn't know this until years into their marriage.
- On Arrested Development, GOB set Michael up with a mustached girl out of revenge.
- Marjorie Goodson-Cutt once wore a fake mustache on Classic Concentration.
- One Affectionate Parody of Doctor Who exaggerated Ace's Butch Lesbian tendencies by giving her a moustache.
- Frequently used in 'Allo 'Allo!, whenever the female Resistance fighters and waitresses have to pose as gendarmes, engineers, soldiers and so forth.
- In 30 Rock, 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 All in the Family, 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!
- Lois and Clark
- 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 The Avengers episode "Dead Man's Treasure".
- Thanks to some cheesy video effects, some of the ticket plugs for the Match Game 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 The Carol Burnett Show, Harvey Korman and Carol Burnett spend the entire skit turning into each other 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..."
- Lila, the bearded lady from Carnivŕle
- Ethel Darling, American Horror Story: Freak Show's bearded lady.
- In the episode of Power Rangers Time Force, after the rangers run through a costume room and end up with different sets of clothes on them, Jen ends up with a male attire of an early 20th century gentleman, moustache included.
- Victoria Justice 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 Coco Rosie wears mustaches and drag in a lot of her music videos.
- Percilla Bejano, a real life sideshow artist with a beard, is namedropped among other freakshow artists in Tom Waits' song "Lucky Day Overture" from The Black Rider.
Myths & Religion
- According to The Other Wiki, 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.
- Wilgefortis, also know as Kümmernis, was an apocryphal Christian saint, venerated in The Late Middle Ages. 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.
- Bobbie Harlow, of Bloom County, seems to have one. It's not visible, but one of the things her mom offers, when Bobbie repeatedly refuses makeover help, is, "At least let me bleach your little mustache".
- Regeneration X (Allison Danger and Leva Bates) as Mario and Luigi at SHIMMER did not skimp on the mustaches. Leva took on a beard in SHINE to appear as Captain Jack Spafrrow when taken on by Canadian Ninja Portia Perez. She also had a beard as Gandalf against The Diva Beater Sienna Duvall.
- Subverted: In Dramatic Dream Team, where Ladybeard turned out to be a guy.
- The Dungeons & Dragons spell "Silverbeard" gives its caster a magic silver beard that blocks attacks. The spell explicitly notes that the user grows a beard if lacking one (casters with an existing beard have theirs modified), even if they can't normally grow one (Listing Elf or female Human as examples).
- In some settings, especially in the 2nd edition, female dwarves are implied or stated to have them, such as in Forgotten Realms, or Dragonlance as mentioned under Literature above.
- BIONICLE: Toa Hahli in her Inika form wore a mask that had breathing tubes forming a mustache and a goatee, and Macku had a pharaoh-beard on her mask.
- Team Fortress 2 has Australia, where this is actually the norm for women due to Australium. If you look at the Loose Canon webcomic, Australium has made all the men and women in Australia become geniuses... and obsessed with acting stereotypically macho, gain moustaches and enhanced muscle mass (the last one is only shown for the men in the comic, though).
- In King of Fighters XI, the Kyokugen team's ending has Yuri, of all people, don a fake moustache as part of her disguise. Needless to say, Ryo and King aren't fooled, nor are they amused.
- Optionally Discussed in Deus Ex: Human Revolution 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.
- Saints Row: The Third does not restrict any appearance traits according to the gender of the player character.
- All female giants in Kingdom of Loathing, 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 Baldur's Gate and Icewind Dale'' (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 Viewer Gender Confusion.
- In the unmodded Neverwinter Nights, one of the player characters's female Dwarf faces has two medium braids of beard descending from her shin. The Community Expansion Pack mod compilation adds several female Dwarf faces sporting facial hair, which are shorter and lighter than their male counterpart.
- Similar to Saints Row, Sunset Overdrive does not limit appearance traits such as facial hair to just male playable characters.
- In Fantasy Life, you can create a female character with facial hair.
- Princess Peach briefly sports an impressive moustache◊ in Super Paper Mario if you feed her the wrong fruit in the Overthere.
- The Big Bad of A Hat In Time is the appropriately named Mustache Girl, a little girl with a mustache.
- Dwarf Fortress's raw files contain code to give female dwarves the same beards as the men. It's Dummied Out by default, but has a plain-text comment telling you exactly how to reenable it.
- The Strong Bad Email "retirement" from Homestar Runner has Strong Sad dress as a bearded woman.
- Several times in El Goonish Shive, none of which are canon.
- An Imagine Spot showed Nanase as a man, looking exactly like her normal self only sporting a moustache.
- Grace had a Jamie Hyneman 'stache as a part of a MythBusters-themed filler arc.
- The gypsy woman who sells Tedd dangerous magical objects in the non-canon NP arcs has a moustache at one point.
- Sarah is shown with one when playing as Mario.
- Similar to the above, in Misfile, Emily tries to imagine what Ash would have looked like as a boy, resulting in an image of female Ash with a moustache.
- In The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, there's "Paul Bunyan's Disease". It transforms its victims to bearded, axe-toting, giant lumberjacks. Can be contracted by both genders.
- In Alfdis And Gunnora, dwarf women have beards. Alfdis in particular has a luxuriant braided moustache.
- In Marilith, Marilith wears a fake beard and moustache as part of her Colonel Sanders disguise during a bank robbery.
- In Sluggy Freelance, the "A Time For Hair-Raising" arc starts with Zoe and Gwynn growing beards from a hair-growth spell gone wrong, as seen here.
- In Scandinavia and the World, Lady Germany has one.
- The Whiteboard: Sandy greets a customer to 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 a fake moustache on her face, asking again if she can help him.
- Homestuck character Jane Crocker wears a fake mustache several times.
- Humans in Bravemule base leadership on who has the most Badass Moustache. While this would seemingly preclude women in positions of power, Atrix makes a successful bid for leadership by wearing a fake 'stache.
- Two Guys and Guy has Guy growing a beard out of sheer willpower, just to prove Wayne a woman can be manlier than him.
- In The Non-Adventures of Wonderella, Hitlerella's greatest weakness is that she has a moustache. Wonderita later suggests shaving it into a toothbrush moustache (for obvious reasons) while high on truth serum, and Hitlerella spends the rest of the comic nervously checking herself in a mirror.
- Gogo Bomango, in one gag, grows some peach fuzz on her upper lip. Didi is too afraid to tell her.
- Female dwarves in Baskets of Guts do grow beards.
- In Grossology, Abbie grows a beard after being subjected to an overdose of testosterone by Freddy Folicle.
- Sonic the Hedgehog cartoons:
- In Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, Dr. Robotnik's mother has a moustache similar to Robotnik's own.
- In the Sonic Boom episode, "Eggheads", when Sonic's friends eat the personality-changing cookies with Dr. Eggman's DNA, they all gain Eggman's trademark mustache. This includes the female characters, Amy and Sticks.
- An episode of Storm Hawks has the characters, including Piper, eat some "Beard Berries".
- Girl Hitler from The Venture Bros. has a Hitler moustache, as her name implies.
- Rebecca Cunningham from TaleSpin disguises herself with a moustache and beard in two episodes.
- The Soothesayer from Kung Fu Panda 2 is an elderly female goat with a beard.
- In a 1980s episode of Scooby-Doo, both Daphne and Fred wore false moustaches when they were disguised as British police officers.
- In the Totally Spies! 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.
- In another episode, the girls are assigned to test new gadgets, one of which is a combination pocket and fake beard. They put it on the reject list for two reasons. One is is this trope, the other being putting anything of value in there made it too heavy.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
- In VeggieTales, Larry the Cucumber sometimes brings up his Great Aunt Ruth, whom he mentioned had a beard.
- The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty wore mustaches to infiltrate a Water Buffalo lodge meeting.
- In the Teen Titans Go! episode "La Larva Amor", Raven gets involved in a ridiculous milk mustache contest and goes through several mustache and beard styles.
- One episode of Codename: Kids Next Door has an alien race of mustaches implant themselves on people's faces to grow, several girls are also implanted.
- Having a beard as a woman can be a symptom of an actual medical condition known as "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 and/or thick hair.
- Mexican painter Frida Kahlo was/is famous for her moustache, even though it was not very thick, as it was at that time considered unusual for a woman to not remove her beard.
- Female rulers of Egypt (such as Cleopatra) 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, Sensual Slavs 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.
- A well known freakshow artist with a beard was Percilla Bejano, who is also namedropped in Tom Waits' song "Lucky Day Overture" from The Black Rider.