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
Anime & 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.
- Davy Jones from Pirates of the Caribbean has Octopus tentacles around his face to resemble his beard in human form.
- Sentinel Prime has weird circuit things that look like a beard in Transformers: Dark Of The Moon.
- This is also true with Jetfire from Revenge of the Fallen.
- 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.
- The Goblin King in The Hobbit has a mass of fatty flesh hanging down from his chin, wobbling as he speaks, like a very unpleasant beard.
- D'Argo from Farscape has a fleshy beard-bulb along with a long-braided moustache.
- In the video for Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance", there's a guy with a beard made out of golden metal.
- 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.
- Admiral Razorbeard from Rayman 2 has, well, a razorblade for a beard.
- Emboar from Pokémon Black and White has a beard made of fire. Also, Probopass has a mustache made of iron filings and Beartic has a beard made of ice. Tropius has a beard made out of bananas.
- A minor character in the original Paper Mario, Oakley, has a beard made out of leaves.
- The Dekus in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask also have leafy beards.
- In The Secret of Monkey Island, the Ghost Pirate LeChuck, on whom Davy Jones above is based, has a beard which appears to be made of hair but writhes about of its own accord. In Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge, Guybrush keeps it as a memento - and it's still wriggling.
- Much like Davy Jones pictured above, the male Draenei and Eredar of World of Warcraft have tentacle beards. (Or barbel beards, or something.)
- The Organon of Deponia have mechanical beards. These beards can contain various tracking sensors.
- Flexo's metal beard in Futurama.
- Also Bender sports rust stubble if he goes too long without drinking.
- Several Transformers characters have metal beards, goatees, or mustaches.
- 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.
- 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.
- The barbels of many fish species can look like mustaches and goatees.