'''Basic Trope''': Stubble is badass.
* '''Straight''': Bob is the badass hero in a grizzly action movie and has stubble.
* '''Exaggerated''':
** Every badass character has stubble, and anyone who is not badass is clean-shaven.
** Alternatively, the BadassBeard.
* '''Downplayed''': Bob is a badass with a slight five-o'-clock shadow -- visible, but not grown out enough to feel stubbly to the touch.
* '''Justified''':
** Bob has no time to shave, but doesn't want to let his stubble grow out so he trims it.
** Bob just likes the way stubble looks.
** Bob is unable to grow a beard
** Bobs facial hair is a side effect of superpowers
* '''Inverted''':
** The least badass character is the only one with stubble.
** The ActionHero (the most badass and the main character) is the only one with a clean-shaven face, all other men have stubble.
* '''Subverted''': Bob has stubble, but he turns out to be a wimp.
* '''Double Subverted''': ...Until Bob pulls a LetsGetDangerous and reveals that he was just ObfuscatingStupidity.
* '''Parodied''':
** Every character who is remotely badass has stubble, even the girls.
** It is physically impossible for Bob to shave his stubble, or for his stubble to grow any longer. Or it grows back the instant he shaves it off.
** Bob can (and does) use his face as sandpaper.
** Generally wimpy characters automatically become badass after not shaving for a few days.
* '''Zig Zagged''': Characters with stubble seem to be either end of the extreme. Either they are a wimp and loser or they are a stone cold badass. And the few who fall into CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass and appear to be losers but are actually very powerful.
* '''Averted''':
** Stubble is purely a fashion statement and has nothing to do with badassitutde.
** The cast is entirely female, or only the female characters are badass.
* '''Enforced''': The audience needs to know right away which character is a gritty badass, and stubble = gritty.
* '''Lampshaded''':
** "A true badass never shaves! Razors are for the weak!"
** "He's so manly, you could sand wood with his face!"
* '''Invoked''': "Bob, you'd look a lot tougher if you grew some stubble."
* '''Exploited''': Bob has lost confidence in his abilities for whatever reason. So he lets himself grow a bit of PermaStubble, which makes him look badass enough to restore his self-confidence.
* '''Defied''': Bob is a total badass, but doesn't like the feel of stubble so he continues shaving.
* '''Discussed''': "That guy must be badass. He looks like he hasn't shaved in a week."
* '''Conversed''': "That character must be badass. He looks like he hasn't shaved in a week."
* '''Deconstructed''': Everyone who grows stubble is immediately badass and society is thrown into turmoil. For instance, teen males who grow stubble earlier end up dominating their schools, be they {{nice guy}}s or {{jerk|ass}}s.
Back to PermaStubble, Mr. Sandpaper.
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%%* '''Played For Laughs''': ???
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