This trope applies to any female character who sports a moustache or beard at some point
. This is almost inevitably Played for Laughs
The most common variant involves a woman wearing a fake moustache
, possibly as part of a Sweet Polly Oliver
, or temporarily growing one due to some form of Applied Phlebotinum
. Sometimes it may even just be a part of an Imagine Spot
. Permanently moustachioed women are rarer. If they do appear, expect them to be a part of a Freak Show
as "The Bearded Lady".
If female dwarves
appear, they are likely to sport beards similar to those of the males.
Not to be confused with Moustache de Plume
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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.
- 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 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 a normal sized human like her mother.
- 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!
- 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
- 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.
- 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 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 Freak Show 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
- 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.
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.
- 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).
- Depending on the production, Viola in Twelfth Night might wear a fake moustache in order to masquerade as her brother.
- The three witches in Shakespeare's Macbeth are bearded.
- 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.
- 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, a prank by King Radical results in a bunch of kids, girls included, ending up with bushy beards.
- 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.
- In Grossology, Abbie grows a beard after being subjected to an overdose of testosterone by Freddy Folicle.
- In Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, Dr. Robotnik's mother has a moustache similar to Robotnik's own.
- 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.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
- In the episode "Spike at Your Service", Pinkie Pie insists on wearing a false mustache during her crazy plan to get Spike out of Applejack's debt.
And I'll wear this mustache! Applejack: ...No.
- "Magic Duel" has Twilight using her moustache spell on Trixie. Trixie snips it off.
- 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.
- Having a beard as a woman is 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 hair.
- 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.