Weird Beard
Yarr! Davy Jones's beard be made of Octopus Tentacles!

So you want to give a character a beard and invoke all of those fun beard tropes. But oh no! Our character is some kind of creature or robot that doesn't have hair! But, that's okay, we'll just put something else there and make it look like a beard. See? All better!

May also be used when you want your character to appear alien, but not too alien. If they have a real beard anyway, they may be a case of Non-Mammalian Hair. If they're a pirate, may overlap with Captain Colorbeard.


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     Anime And Manga  

  • Dennou Coil had a whole episode about this. The beards were made out of "illegals", dark creatures that could only be seen by characters wearing the series' computer glasses. The beards worshiped the people whose faces they were on as gods.
  • In One Piece, Django's goatee is actually the stalk of a mushroom that grew on his chin. Eating the cap of the mushroom is what gave Django his hypnosis powers.


  • One of the mutated teens in Charles Burns graphic novel Black Hole has what appears to be a regular beard (which makes sense since he's been living out in the woods) but on closer and repeated viewing is revealed to be his mutation: a lump of flesh growing on his face in that general shape.
  • Empowered has the villain Weirdbeard. (It's made of Prehensile Hair, otherwise seems to be normal - just very long.)
  • Deimos, the Olympian god of terror in the Post-Crisis version of Wonder Woman, has a beard made of serpents.

     Films — Animated  

  • The Candlemaker from The Book of Life, has one made out of clouds.
  • The Zen Master (an old Japanese three-wheeled truck wearing a coolie hat and traditional Japanese robes and carrying a rake on one of his wheels who runs Tokyo Art Museum's zen gardens) from Cars 2 has a large white fender over his front wheel that looks like a long, flowing beard (appropriate since he's supposed to be a parody of various old men that coach martial artists).
    • For some reason, his toy and the accompanying blister package art did not show him with his "beard", making him look much younger than he actually is. The toy also incorrectly referred him to as the "Zen Master Pitty", despite not being a forklift.

     Films — Live-Action  


     Live Action TV  

     Music Videos  

  • In the video for Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance", there's a guy with a beard made out of golden metal.

     Tabletop Games  


  • Turaga Vakama in the BIONICLE movies had one on his mask that resembled Pharaoh beards. Other characters that shared his mask-type received noticeably shorter ones, even Macku, who's female. Also, Hahli's Toa Inika form had a mustache+goatee combo composed of breathing tubes. Again, Hahli's a she.

     Video Games  

     Web Comics  

     Western Animation  

  • The way Vilgax of Ben 10 is designed makes his tentacles look somewhat like a beard. However, you'll only notice this in the very first episode, because for most of the series he wears a breathing mask, making him look like a typical Chthulu-inspired character.
  • Flexo's metal beard in Futurama.
    • Also Bender sports rust stubble if he goes too long without drinking.
  • Star Wars Rebels: Mon Calamari starship engineer Quarrie from "Wings of the Master" has a "moustache" made of flesh flaps and "stubble" caused by variation in the pigmentation of his skin.
  • Several Transformers characters have metal beards, goatees, or mustaches.
    • In The Transformers we have an apparent case of a metal beard growing. Alpha Trion has a long white metal beard, but during a time travel episode a younger version is seen with a black metal mustache. Best not to think about it.
  • In the 1996 series of Dennis the Menace (UK), one episode had A Pirate 400 Years Too Late looking at portraits of his ancestors, including one actually named Weirdbeard, who had a green beard with something stuck in it.

     Real Life  

  • Egyptian Pharaohs wore strap on beards made of different materials. Even one, Hatshepsut, who was a woman.
  • There is an annual, international artistic contest, the World Beard and Moustache Championships. Just look at those pictures. One man who won Norway's Best Beard Contest scuplted part of his beard into a quite impressive deer. Another has a windmill made out of beard growing from his face.
  • Some people are into bee bearding, with several thousand of the live bugs looking like a beard on their faces and necks, although it's not likely to be a long-term thing when you think about it.
  • Dewlaps are fleshy dangling structures found on the necks of animals, such as turkeys (wattles), lizards, or zebu. Not technically beards, but it looks like this trope.
    • Similarly, bearded dragon lizards have spines on their neck that look like a beard, hence their name.
  • The barbels of many fish species can look like mustaches and goatees.
  • Turkeys have a long tuft of "hair" that's called a beard, and looks bit like a neck beard.
  • Marty Lewis, a police detective turned biker gang member, has a half-black, half-white beard.