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- Done in an old Chuck E. Cheese commercial. The voiceover says, "Boring restaurants make you wait...and wait...and wait," while time lapses are shown with a kid sitting at a table waiting, ending with cobwebs and a ridiculously long beard. This is contrasted with the kid excitedly playing games at Chuck E Cheese.
- In 1933, several movie theaters added beards◊ to posters advertising the popular short subject Three Little Pigs to illustrate how long it's been held over.
Anime & Manga
- Fist of the North Star: Not only does Kenshiro grow a beard in the animated movie in between his assault by Shin and encountering Bat and Lin (And then shaves it using some thug's knife), but he also develops a beard at the start of the second series, shaving it once he finally begins to fight again.
- In Dragon Ball Super, Goku and Vegeta grow beards after training in isolation for a while. While Vegeta ends up looking like his father, seeing Goku with facial hair is just weird.
- In The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw Learoyd shaves near the beginning of the story and his stubble visibly grows as the days pass.
- Done in Thorgal: after he escapes from caves where time flow was slowed, he wakes up with a long beard the next day. Not at all played for comedy, as the girl he was with had spent most of her life there and got aged into a shriveled husk overnight.
- In a Richie Rich comic book story, Richie has a Rip Van Winkle dream where he wakes up years in the future wearing a beard.
- Superman in the Time And Time Again story arc in 1991 gets a Time Passage Beard as he is stuck in the prehistoric past with no way of getting home except to expose himself to explosions and powerful energy discharges. The beard is magically removed by Merlin when he removes the spell that Morgan le Fay puts upon him to be her black knight attacking Camelot.
- Subverted in one issue of The Simpsons, where it looks like this had happened to Homer. He's actually just looking at a photo taken from the time he tried to join Z.Z. Top.
- In The Smurfs comic book story "The Strange Awakening Of Lazy Smurf" (and the Animated Adaptation original story "Smurf Van Winkle"), the Smurfs wear fake beards while pretending to have aged 300 years during Lazy's "long sleep".
- Almost always done in adaptations of Rip Van Winkle.
- Charlton Heston was the king of this trope. He grows a beard in the wilderness in The Ten Commandments, while a slave in Ben-Hur (1959), over the course of The War Lord, during a period of convalescence in Major Dundee and while in hypersleep in Planet of the Apes (1968).
- Happened to Ash in the deleted alternate ending of Army of Darkness, when he "slept too long" and overshot the 20th century.
- Die Another Day: When James Bond is finally freed by the North Koreans more than a year after his capture, he's grown a beard (as well as a mustache and long, shaggy hair).
- In the Apocalypse film series movie Tribulation, Tom Canboro wakes up with a beard a few years into the Tribulation after being in a coma from a car accident.
- Parodied in Superhero Movie, where after breaking up with his girlfriend Rick is next shown with a Beard of Sorrow indicating that a lot of time has passed. Then it turns out the beard is fake.
- Tom Hanks' character in Cast Away after living for four years on an island. Also Hanks' previous role Forrest Gump when his beard grew during his three years of running cross-country.
- Matt Damon's character in The Martian grows a scraggly beard after a seven-month timeskip. He shaves it off before taking off though.
- In The Mask of Zorro Diego de la Vega (Anthony Hopkins), the original Zorro, is imprisoned for twenty years, emerging with long hair and a grey beard, which he keeps and trims for a period, before shaping into a moustache and goatee and finally shaving off entirely as part of a disguise.
- In the third act of The Bounty Lt. Bligh and several of those hands loyal to him are set adrift during the mutiny. They grow beards which correspond to their 47-day journey to safety.
- In The Edge, Anthony Hopkins once again grows a beard while stranded in the wilderness, along with his love rival, played by Alec Baldwin.
- Christian Bale has also perfected the beard grown during captivity, having employed it in three of his films: Batman Begins, Rescue Dawn and The Dark Knight Rises.
- Clint Eastwood has had a couple of very realistically-paced Time Passage Beards in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and The Outlaw Josey Wales.
- In Kingsman: The Secret Service, Harry grows one in his hospital bed. It (along with the dogs' growth) helps conveying how long the Kingsman assessment actually took.
- Early photos of Avengers: Infinity War show Steve Rogers grew a beard during his time on the run after that dust-up over the Sokovia Accords.
- In The Kingdom of Gods, Sieh keeps magically aging whenever he uses too much of his power or does anything particularly unchildlike, such as remembering he's a father. Each time this happens, he ends up with a massive beard and head of hair.
- Arthur Dent grows one of these when he is trapped on Earth 2 million years ago in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy books.
Live Action Television
- Monty Python's Flying Circus: when a milkman's Pizza Boy Special Delivery is Subverted, he's locked in a room with many other milkmen with various lenghths of beard.
- The Big Bang Theory: At the end of season two the gang goes to the North Pole for three months; when they come back in the following premiere they all have big beards (except Sheldon, who has a neatly-trimmed goatee).
- Crichton does this a few times in Farscape, notably while he's stranded on an alien planet in "Jeremiah Crichton", and the season 4 premiere.
- Doctor Who:
- The artificially aged Fourth Doctor in "The Leisure Hive" grows an incredibly long beard as the result of the process.
- In the sixth series, the opening two-parter has the Doctor (who had always been beardless previously) imprisoned for several months and growing a beard. It happens again in the season finale.
- Also from the revived Doctor Who; in "The Doctor's Wife", Amy stumbles across Rory's dead body in a Room Full of Crazy, having grown a beard, aged, and eventually starved to death. Don't worry, he gets better.
- House the season 2 finale has House awaken from a coma. He determines roughly how long he had been out (three days) by the amount of growth of his Perma-Stubble.
- Chief O'Brien grows one in the virtual prison cell that he spends twenty virtual years in in an episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
- Tom Paris grows one in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Alice" as he spends most of his time fixated on fixing up the titular shuttlecraft and eventually becoming its slave.
- In How I Met Your Mother, Ted becomes part of a very long discussion about Teddy Roosevelt with another man and a woman. He explains it went of for "days" and by the end, the other man and Ted have grown long beards.
- At the end of 24's fifth season Jack is taken prisoner by the Chinese government and held there for nearly two years. When he's released in the following season he how has a long, unkempt beard as well as shaggy hair, similar to the James Bond example.
- Sherlock at the start of the "The Empty Hearse" episode of Sherlock, during which he'd been kept a prisoner in Eastern Europe. He has it all shaved off by a barber upon his rescue. (This is used as symbolic contrast to the moustache that John grows.)
- Wiseguy. Also used to show how Vinnie has let himself go after his 10-Minute Retirement from the OCB.
- On 30 Rock, Frank goes into his office to test the prototype of Tracy's porn video game, and comes out three months later with long shaggy hair and a beard.
Tracy: Yes! I'm going to be a billionaire!
- In The Flash (1990) episode where Barry Allen jumps ten years into the future, his partner Julio Mendez is seen with long dreadlocks and a full beard.
- In The Flash (2014) episode "Flashpoint", the imprisoned Eobard Thawne has a stubbly beard in order to indicate that he and Barry have spent several months in the Flashpoint timeline.
- In the Legends of Tomorrow episode "Out of Time", Ray Palmer is stranded in the time of the dinosaurs and has a massive, shaggy beard and hair by the time he is rescued.
- Since This Is Us covers three different decades, family patriarch Jack Pearson goes through a beard in the 70s, mustache in the 80s, and a goatee in the 90s. Whichever facial hair he has onscreen is an indication of the decade.
- Parodied in Scrubs when the show catches up with Elliot's ex-boyfriend, who has slipped into depression and not bothered shaving, resulting in a thick, bushy beard despite Elliot having broken up with him just days ago. He explains that he's part Hungarian.
- Played for Laughs in episode 7 of Brass Eye where they show a policeman growing a beard that twists into a figure-eight as a part of their sensationalist news story.
- Blake's 7. Blake disappears at the end of season 2, but Avon encounters him as a bearded patient in a hospital a year later. However this turns out to be an illusion; when the real Blake turns up at the end of the series, the passage of time is indicated by a nasty facial scar and permastubble.
- In one scene in the "Blood Gulch Chronicles" of Red vs. Blue, Church spends a thousand years standing in a hallway waiting for a computer to fabricate a teleporter (...maybe). By the end of it, Church has a massive beard drawn on his sprite. Played for laughs, given he's in a robotic body at this point.
- Developer commentary revealed that at they wanted the computer involved in the scene to have one too, for Rule of Funny. They ultimately decided against it, citing it as too ridiculous for the storyline at hand.
- One FoxTrot strip evokes this trope, showing Paige on the phone, Jason walking by wearing an obviously fake beard, bald wig and cane. Paige's response is "I haven't been on the phone THAT long!"
- Fire Emblem: The Blazing Sword has a short scene in the epilogue where Eliwood and Hector meet up several years after the events of the main plot, with Hector having grown one of these. By The Sword of Seals, which takes place over a decade later, it's grown even longer.
- Don't Starve has this as a game mechanic with the character Wilson. While he isn't the only character with a beard, he's the only one capable of growing it over time and shaving it to obtain beard hair to use for dark magic.
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt advertised its dynamic beard growth mechanics. Which is to say, Geralt's beard actually grows over time until it hits a max length (although you can shave it, at which point it starts growing from the beginning again).
- During the extended story mode of Fable I the Hero grows a long beard during their ship ride to the Northern waste. Riding a ghost ship like he did its understandable that he wasn't able to shave or maintain whatever facial style he had before.
- In Crusader Kings, your character's portrait ages as the years pass (specifically, it shifts an age category higher at thirty and fifty years old, gaining wrinkles in the former and white hair in the latter). If they have facial hair, this trope comes into full effect: what starts off in the youngest age category as simply a full beard, covering the jawline but no more, becomes a full-on Methuselah!Beard in the oldest.
- Inverted by Roy on The Order of the Stick: after the group has been trapped in a Lotus-Eater Machine for an undetermined amount of time, he figures it couldn't have been too long since he doesn't have to shave.
- In The Dragon Doctors Aki, who only recently became male, grows a beard while he and Goro (and later their daughter) are trapped in a field of accelerated time.
- Happens to Superman in the Justice League episode "Hereafter".
- South Park: When Cartman (and later Kyle) awakes from a coma, he's got a big beard. But it's just a facewarmer, he's only been out for a day or so.
- Parodied in an episode of Tiny Toons where Babs is looking for a personal hero in old cartoons. As she sits in the Acme Looniversity archive the camera pans around and when it comes back to her she has a long gray beard and a cane. She tosses the cane aside, then rips the beard off and is about to storm off in frustration but decides to watch one more film.
- Averted in The Smurfs episode "Smurf Van Winkle" (and its comic book counterpart "The Strange Awakening Of Lazy Smurf"), where the only characters seen with any Time Passage Beards are the Smurfs that claim that Lazy has slept for a few hundred years. Of course, the whole thing was a Faked Rip Van Winkle, since the Smurfs were wearing fake beards.
- In The Super Hero Squad Show episode "The Saga of Beta Ray Bill", this happens to Thor when he winds up in the abandoned space station. He sits in a corner waiting for someone to show up, and eventually he's sporting a long, full beard, and treating Mjölnir as a Companion Cube.
- Parodied in The Simpsons episode "Bart vs. Lisa vs. the Third Grade", when Homer and Bart spend day after day sitting on the couch watching TV. Bart grows a stubble of his own.
- Many other episodes when Homer spends a lot of time waiting or doing nothing have his stubble growing into a beard (visually indicated by it getting a bit fuzzy).
- The hero of Samurai Jack grows one in the fifty years between seasons 4 and 5. But otherwise doesn't age.
- Kaeloo: Parodied. Stumpy, who is a kid, somehow grows a gray beard after being stranded on an island for less than a day.
- SpongeBob SquarePants: In "Clams", Mr. Krabs makes SpongeBob and Squidward look out for the clam that ate his millionth dollar. After three days, all three have become ragged and grown beards; Squidward rips his off in frustration.