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"I grew this moustache through sheer force of will, don't tell me I'm not ready."
Gordito Delgado (age 12), The Adventures of Dr. McNinja

Few things say "badass" the way a well groomed mustache does. Well, unless you're a woman—although that's not out of the question. There's just something about a man who carries almost half of his body weight on his upper lip that screams, "I came here to kick ass and Chew Bubblegum, and I'm all outta gum." Growing a 'stache (or turning up with one after an absence) also works as an easy and quick way for an established character to Take a Level in Badass. It may also turn them into a Chick Magnet.

A good mustache can also be used to tell the difference between a young, inexperienced rookie versus a more wizened adult. The mere presence of this facial hair can signify that the person sporting it is not the type to appear delicate, young, or boyish. Rather, this guy is matured, rugged, and prone to awesomeness.


In real life, moustaches are considered more professional than beards and they were mandatory in certain services. In certain areas of India, police officers are encouraged to grow a moustache or have moustaches as part of the uniform. From 1860 to 1916, it was mandatory for British soldiers to wear moustaches and they would be arrested if they removed their facial hair.

Not to Be Confused with the Beard of Evil, although a Badass Beard may also be present. The Badass Mustache is smaller and more defined and does not inherently bring with it villainous intent. However, it is an essential style accessory for Dastardly Whiplash, who twirls it while cackling an Evil Laugh.

Not all mustaches are badass; there is a fine line between this and the Porn Stache. Growing a 'stache is not related to Growing the Beard, except perhaps metaphorically.



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  • A surreal ad for Weetos cereal involves a disembodied Badass Moustache terrorising a small boy for... some reason. Naturally, he's only able to defeat it when he's had a proper breakfast.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Black Cat Detective: Black Cat has Badass Whiskers. When Hei Mao twists his whisker like a pimp, you know shit is about to go down. It is an allegorical moustache.
  • One Piece:
    • Whitebeard has a stache so badass many fans assume he'll use it as a sword. In fact, his moustache is so badass it counts as a beard.
    • There's also the late Pirate King Gold Roger. And Vista of the Whitebeard pirates. And Zeff, Sanji's mentor. In fact it seems like a disproportionately high number of high level pirates have badass moustaches.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • Fuhrer King Bradley, Major Alex Louis Armstrong, Brigadier General Basque Grand, Lieutenant General Grumman, Fu, Heinkel and Joliot Comanche. Golden age of the moustache indeed.
    • Captain Bucaneer has a badass Fu Manchu.
  • Prof. Yumi from Mazinger Z and Prof. Kabuto from Great Mazinger sported badass-looking moustaches both of them. Ditto Professor Umon from UFO Robo Grendizer
  • Kabuto's VA Hidekatsu Shibata seems to like this trope - he also plays Captain Dan/Ichimonji Dantetsu in Planet Robo Danguard Ace - a character so off-the scale badass he could make Captain Harlock look like the slacker he is... (How he hides his awesome facial fur under his mask however remains a mystery.)
  • From Galaxy Angel, Colonel Volcott O. Huey is a usually even-tempered and complacent commander. But tell him his moustache doesn't suit him, and he'll revert to his combat days as the "White Wolf" and proceed to destroy everything in his path to defend his moustache's honor.
  • Case Closed:
    • Kogorou Mouri/Richard Moore has a neatly-trimmed moustache, and though his "badass" status tends to come in sporadic bursts, it does happen.
    • Inspector Megure and Superintendent Matsumoto have pretty nice moustaches as well.
  • Paul Moriyama in Sgt. Frog. The 'stache is particularly touched upon in the English dub, but even in the original form, his badass status was apparent.
  • Dragon Ball Z: While the moustached Mr. Satan/Hercule is far less powerful than the main cast, he is still absurdly strong for an ordinary human. Vegeta also grows a moustache for a little while as well, but most people note  tend to think he is more badass without it.
  • Soichiro Yagami from Death Note has a thick mustache, and he would go so far as to ride a truck inside a building to prevent more killings from happening.
  • Kabapu from Excel Saga, though (in the anime at least) his moustache is actually fake. Space Butler too, and his 'stache is real. note 
  • Porco Rosso, a moustachioed pig who flies a plane.
  • School Rumble: Harima before he grows his beard, and then shaves everything off.
  • Tenchi Muyo!:
    • Katsuhito Masaki/Yosho is an old moustached man who can still kick ass. Nobuyuki Masaki, while less combat-savvy, is also moustached and does help out with the occasional threat as well. Not surprisingly, future Tenchi continues the tradition by growing a moustache himself.
    • Badass facial hair is a longstanding tradition of Jurai royalty: his great-grandfather Azusa sports an epic Badass Beard in addition to his 'stache, as does the latter's father-in-law, Utsutsumi Kamiki Jurai.
  • Prospector from Martian Successor Nadesico, a surprisingly battle-savvy accountant aboard the ship.
  • Speed Racer: Lionel "Pops" Racer.
  • The Big O: Norman has one, along with a cool eyepatch.
  • Miami Guns: Chief Amano has a moustache and a huge afro.
  • Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple:
    • James Shiba, who also supports it with an Eyepatch of Power. Ma Kensei's moustache might count as well.
    • In a rare show of vanity, Kouetsuji-sensei is convinced that his own is more than a match for Shiba's. But we know better.
  • Gundam:
    • G Gundam - Just like everything else about him, Master Asia's moustache is completely awesome. Subverted with Gentle Chapman, who used to be badass but is plagued by illnesses and old age when we get to see him. And he later Came Back Wrong.
    • Gundam 00 - Sergei Smirnov.
    • Mobile Suit Gundam - Ramba Ral.
    • ∀ Gundam: Fans (and detractors), and people in the series, often attribute this to the eponymous mecha itself, and considering how it's the strongest of all Gundams, it fits the "Badass" part pretty well. The Turn A was designed by the famous American mecha designer Syd Mead, and represented a major break with the Gundam design traditions, which is why it was controversial in the first place. One of the key differences is that the characteristic Gundam's "V-fins", that officially house the various antennas and comm equipment and are usually placed on a forehead crest, were moved much lower by Mead, resembling the enormous pointed 'stache a la Salvador Dalí.
    • Gundam AGE - Flit Asuno (Second Generation onwards).
  • Cromartie High School - Freddie practically defines badass in a very unusual way.
  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind - Old Master Yupa has quite a big bushy moustache.
  • Ren from Himechan No Ribon has one wonderful moustache though he's a Non-Action Guy.
  • Bleach:
    • Captain-General Yamamoto. Possibly the strongest Shinigami in the series, and his moustache blows in the wind whenever he releases his zanpaku-to. Bad. Ass. Flashbacks reveal that he had the Badass Moustache in his earlier (less...grey hair) days.
    • Yhwach on the other hand has badass mutton chops. For reference, mutton chops are an archaic facial hair style where the moustache extends and conjoins with the sideburns. His mustache also grows thicker and thicker over the course of the series.
  • Shunsaku Ban imitator Dr. Reichwein from Monster is another example.
  • Higeoyaji - Best known for starring in Astro Boy, is a multi-dimensional character in Osamu Tezuka's Star System. He is also know as "Old Man Moustache" or "Dr. Walrus".
  • Legend of Galactic Heroes's Ernest Mecklinger - Because nothing shows authority like wearing black, a mustache and a bowl haircut.
  • Hellsing - When Alucard has his final release state activated, it causes his appearance to revert to his original form as Vlad Tepes, complete with moustache (see Real Life examples). Seras finds herself unable to focus on anything else.
  • The Familiar of Zero - Although minor characters, both Louise's father and General Poitier have quite the moustaches. Louise's father's moustache is reminiscent of Kabapu's from Excel Saga.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! - Gozaburo Kaiba has a nice 'stash, to go with his Hot Blooded Sideburns and Big Ol' Eyebrows.
  • Makarov from Fairy Tail.
  • The Principal from Hyakko.
  • Unlike his historical counterpart (who, as far as anyone can tell, only sported wicked sideburns), Junot in Tetsuya Hasegawa's Napoleon manga has a huge black moustache.

  • Often appears in Indian art, especially that of Raja Ravi Varma. See examples here and here. Considering that both of these are depictions of the Ramayana and Mahabharata, this could arguably make the trope Older Than Feudalism.

    Comic Books 
  • Albert Einstein: Time Mason: Albert Einstein, of course. In this incarnation, a young Albert Einstein with a little black mustache battles evil across the timeline.
  • Nikolai from Assassin's Creed: The Fall sports a particularly glorious moustache. He's also a very skilled assassin.
  • From Batman, both Commissioner Gordon and Alfred apply. Even Batman had one (albeit briefly) in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.
  • Green Arrow sports one fairly often. Of the moustache-and-goatee variety. It is magnificent, if detrimental to maintaining a secret identity.
  • Same thing with Travis Morgan of The Warlord.
  • The Comedian from Watchmen.
  • The Corinthian gets one of these briefly in The Sandman spinoff Death In Venice. It makes him look like a badass, verging on making him look ridiculous.
  • Demon from Justice Machine.
  • Master Lin from Deadly Class.
  • Omni-Man in Invincible, who comes from a race of moustachio'd supermen. Apparently they don't even grow beards, just moustaches. One in-disguise Viltrumite reveals himself by pulling off a fake beard (but the moustache was real). And of course, they're all pretty powerful, all the way to their leader and strongest fighter Thragg and his Freddie Mercury 'stache.
  • Asterix - Asterix has a fantastic moustache, yellow, droopy, and above all badass. This could apply to all the Britons from 'Asterix in Britanny' : they all have beautiful moustaches and are all badasses. Most of the Gauls have moustaches. Most of the Gauls are badasses. There's their huge, muscular blacksmith, their chief who rarely travels on foot but instead on shield, their bard, who can, as of recent books, summon rain and storms by striking only a few chords... it's easier to count the folks who don't have these.
  • Simon Wiesenthal from Simon Says: Nazi Hunter has a mustache. He also kicks Nazi butt like nobody's business.
  • Sinestro - Sinestro has a pencil thin evil Moustache reminiscent of David Niven.
  • Iron Man: Tony Stark, all the way. Later evolved into a Badass Van Dyke. Anthony Edward Stark.
  • In X-Men Cyclops' father, Corsair, is a badass Space Pirate with a seriously badass moustache. Cyclops worked out that Corsair was his father when he had to go without shaving for a couple of weeks, and realized that his new moustache was exactly as badass as Corsair's.
  • Mack "Clownface" Delgado from Body Bags has one, only seen when he removes his clownface mask.
  • In Gotham Central, Sergeant "Sarge" Davies has a nice, thick moustache, and is very proud of it and all relevant facial hair.
    Detective Crowe: People don't trust a moustache anymore. It's just a cultural thing. Don't ask me to explain it.
    Sarge Davies: What about Teddy Roosevelt? He had a handlebar moustache.
    Crowe: Different era, Sarge. You telling me you'd vote for some guy with a handlebar moustache in this day and age?
    Sarge: Hell, yes. Anyone puts that kind of attention into a 'stache has just got class. I don't care what year it is.
  • Green Lantern: Guy Gardner has a very large, brushy, droopy moustache in the Supergirl storyline Red Daughter of Krypton.
  • Captain Hunter from the Atari Force second series has one, while Blackjak combines his with Perma-Stubble.
  • Doctor Strange, moustached "Master of the Mystic (and Martial) Arts". The style varies, and he sometimes pairs it with a goatee, but he always has the 'stache.
  • Tintin: General Alcazar. To a (much) lesser degree, Kûrvi-Tasch (used as an Unusual Euphemism by Bordurians) and the Thompsons (who are accused of copying Kûrvi-Tasch's. Their response is to claim they've been wearing them since they were born. More precisely, they were worn bearing them).
    • Thompson and Thompson should count to.
  • Spike and Angel in the flashback at the start of issue #3 of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (IDW).
  • Judge Guthrie from Judge Dredd sports one. His moustache is so badass that when he loses his limbs and part of his head in an explosion, it's the only part of him that manages to survive unscathed.
  • Blake and Mortimer: Blake has a small I Am Very British moustache.
  • Spirou and Fantasio: The Count has a large bushy moustache.
  • Suske en Wiske:
    • Aunt Sidonia's father, nicknamed "De Snorrende Snor" ("The Purring Moustache" has a small moustache. ( "snorren" is a Dutch word for driving around in a loud auto- or motormobile, which is his favorite way of transport.)
    • Lambik is a subversion. For decades fans have wondered whether he actually has a moustache or if it's just part of his upper lip? The comic strip creators have confirmed that it is indeed a moustache.
  • Nero: Meneer Pheip and even his infant son, Clo-Clo has a large walrus like moustache! Kapitein Oliepul has a brushy moustache.
  • Jommeke: Professor Gobelijn has a huge walrus like moustache. Mic Mac Jampudding has a brushy moustache.
  • Piet Pienter en Bert Bibber: Professor Kumulus and Profesor Warwinkel both have large moustaches.
  • Cubitus: Sémaphore (Professor Dingy in the animated spin-off Wowser) has a brushy moustache.
  • De Kiekeboes: Marcel Kiekeboe. The real-life Moustache Club of Antwerp even elected his walrus like moustache as their annual "Moustache of the Year" in 1984, an honor that inspired the story "De Snor van Kiekeboe".
    • Marcel's uncle, Nonkel Vital, also sports a big brushy moustache.
  • Lucky Luke: The Daltons have long droopy moustaches.
  • Agent 212: Agent 212 has a brushy moustache.
  • Quick and Flupke: Agent 15 sports a Chaplinesque moustache.
  • Tom Poes: Wal Rus (naturally since he is a walrus.)
  • Piet Fluwijn from Piet Fluwijn en Bolleke has a long droopy moustache.
  • Clifton: Clifton has a I Am Very British moustache.
  • Inverted in Superlópez. López's mustache is pretty commonplace among everyman Spaniards from older generations. So, at least to Spanish readers, it's a distinctly un-heroic, even old-fashioned trait.
  • Like his historical counterpart, Dracula in Requiem Vampire Knight has a mustache that goes far past his chin. And then you factor in that Dracula is about twelve feet tall...
  • The Garth Ennis comics Adventures In The Rifle Brigade and Bloody Mary both feature so-British_it-hurts officers-and-gentlemen badasses with a mustache only rivalled by Lord Kitchener.
  • Wendigo Wood: Hank Williamson has a moustache, and saw combat in Korea.
  • Wonder Woman Vol 1: Colonel (later General) Darnell, who was Steve Trevor and Diana "Prince"'s unflappable superior officer during and immediately following WWII kept a thin well manicured mustache.

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  • Ironically, despite having a style of moustache named after him due to depictions in movie adaptations and even novel cover illustrations, Fu Manchu had no moustache; he was explicitly described as clean shaven in the original novels, which was necessary for the makeup he used as a Master of Disguise.
  • Many characters in Alatriste, including the eponymous, for historical reasons: 17th-century Spaniards fashioned moustaches in general, and more than a few of the characters are badass, ambiguous, mercenaries. Beard of Evil is more common in clearly evil characters.
  • Dragaera: Vlad Taltos. As an Easterner (human) living among Dragaerans Vlad gets treated as a second-class citizen, and cultivated his mustache as a Screw You, Elves! type statement, since Dragaerans have no facial hair. The badass factor comes from him spending about ten years as an assassin and mob boss before leaving the Organization.
  • In Star Wars Legends, Imperial officers with facial hair are pretty rare. (Depending on the Writer, facial hair is actually prohibited by Imperial military uniform regulations.) One who does have some is Captain (later Supreme Commander) Gilad Pellaeon. He's old, but damn is he awesome.
  • Hercule Poirot, Belgian detective.
  • Dragonlance - The Knights of Solamnia are known for their distinctive moustaches, and are all badasses.
  • Believe it or not, Dracula; he was described in the original Bram Stoker novel as having a big, white moustache. This detail has been almost always left out of the television and movie adaptations.
  • Time Scout: Kit Carson's moustache is a bit more Errol Flynn than Dan McNinja, but it counts.
  • Faye Kellerman's Peter Decker is a tough, cool police detective with a ginger moustache (which eventually turns gray).
  • Although it's unknown what he really looks like (or if he even exists), 1984's Big Brother is embodied in the public eye as being dark-eyed and mustachioed.
  • In the Safehold series, Merlin Athrawes has a Badass Beard, but it takes second place to his fierce moustachios.
  • The Duke of Taunton, in the Village Tales novels, well in front of other candidates in the series (big pub landlord Mr. Kellow and the local butcher Mr. Mullins, for instance). Everything about the man bristles, and that includes his Big Ol' Eyebrows and his moustaches. Which, being on the Duke, are thereby badass by definition.
  • Girl Waits With Gun is based on true events which happened in the town of one Sheriff Bob Heath - his mustache gets mentioned.
  • Sported by Deputy U.S. Marshal Curtis 'Longarm' Long, the eponymous hero on the Longarm series of westerns, and seen on the cover of every book in the series.
  • Villains by Necessity: The legendary hero Sir Pryse was a paladin who sported one of these; apparently he set a trend since every other paladin who shows up in the story is described as boasting a thick, neatly-trimmed mustache. When Blackmail removes his armor and reveals his identity, he's still got the same mustache he had as Sir Pryse, now just slightly graying from age.
  • Miles Taylor And The Golden Cape: General Breckenridge has a handlebar mustache that stays on his face even in the brief moments when he becomes Gilded.
  • The children's book Fire Engine By Mistake'' mentions moustaches on several male characters.
  • Roald Dahl seems to write a lot about moustaches and facial hair.
    • In his autobiography Boy, he describes the moustache on the teacher he feared most of all, Captain Hardcastle. The moustache was a brilliant dark vermilion, not small and clipped, nor droopy in the walrus style, but curled splendidly upwards towards his ears, as if intensely brushed that way.
    • The Witches has a character Mr Jenkins, whose black moustache jumps up and down like crazy when he shouts.
    • Danny, the Champion of the World: the village policeman expresses his annoyance and being poked in the chest by twitching his lip, so that his moustache comes alive and jumps about like a small bristly animal.
  • Moustaches are mentioned on several characters in Fire Engine By Mistake. One character grows an enormous moustache like so many aeroplane pilots have.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Captain Leland Stottlemeyer in Monk sports a solid mustache about an inch thick and four inches wide. This is in contrast to Lieutenant Randy Disher, who besides being clean-shaven also has a thinner head and is noticeably younger than his superior. On the rare occasions where they switch positions of authority, Stottlemeyer will often shave his mustache while Disher grows one.
  • The seventh season of 24 sees the return of seemingly dead and notably more Badass for it Tony Almeida sporting a moustache.
  • Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart of Doctor Who, who sports a badass moustache in most of his appearances. His evil alternate-universe counterpart in "Inferno", on the other hand, is clean-shaven. The Doctor seems unable to resist making note of this difference with several cutting remarks regarding the evil Brigadier's looks and personality over the course of the serial, which does little to lighten the evil Brigadier's mood. Slightly lessened by the fact that it wasn't Nicholas Courtney's real facial hair; it was a prop. His evil counterpart in "Inferno" is how Courtney always looked off-camera.
  • Richard Burke (Tom Selleck) from Friends. Chandler in particular seems to resent this and makes fun of it whenever possible. He's been accused of doing so because he's proven unable to grow a good moustache. Chandler did try to imitate him, with limited results.
  • Delahoy from The Unusuals counts. He once leapt from the roof of one building onto the balcony of another to break up an assault. His darker personality also contributed to the jump...
  • LazyTown - Sportacus is a subversion of the long, pointy, "villainous" moustache, as he is a hero, and an all-around good guy. Robbie Rotten suspects his moustache is the reason everyone listens to him in the episode "Sportafake."
  • Miami Vice: Cool, collected Commandant Castillo (Edward James Olmos) sports one.
  • MythBusters: Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman. Jamie also combines this with Bald of Awesome to great effect.
  • Star Trek:
  • Battlestar Galactica: In a slight subversion, Bill Adama from grew a moustache after the Fleet settled on New Caprica, pointedly to show off how lax and laid-back he'd gotten. However, he retained the moustache while leading the extremely badass assault on New Caprica to rescue humanity from Cylon occupation, so perhaps it was more in the vein of an extremely long-lived playoff beard.
  • In a Top Gear (UK) episode, Clarkson, after spending some time in a "mood room" and deciding True Art Is Incomprehensible, decided their prototype eco-car "Geoff" needed a huge moustache. He duly got one.
  • Firefly - Though Shepherd Book's hair is the stuff of legends, his moustache is undeniably badass, as well. Simon jokes about growing the villainous equivalent after the events of "Ariel", but sadly the series ended before we could find out what he'd look like if he went through with it. Wash's own 'stache, as seen in flashback, was probably trying for this, but he couldn't pull it off.
  • The Shield's Ronnie Gardocki has one during the first two years of the show, before upgrading to Badass Beard
  • Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation. Not only is the man himself is Rated M for Manly bar none with the strength and toughness that comes with it (by sitcom standards, of course), the mustache itself is badass enough to come back to full form within mere days of being singed or trimmed off.
  • Deadwood - While several of the denizens of the town of Deadwood are fond of facial hair, Seth Bullock's is the nicest. He is also the most likely to deliver a richly deserved beating to someone.
  • General Melchett from the fourth season of Black Adder has a magnificent moustache, to go with his Upper-Class Twit persona. He covers it with a moustache net at night.
    • A Discussed Trope in this scene in QI which has Stephen Fry donning his Melchett moustache again. According to him prior to the First World War the British army used to court-martial soldiers who shaved their Stiff Upper Lip, and the panelists question whether it was wise to change this policy at a time of total war when Britain was in serious need of badassitude.
  • In The Good Guys, detective Dan Stark (played by Bradley Whitford) has one of these, which he addresses as "Stache" in an early episode. When he talks to his former partner at the end of a later episode, he asks him, since he's retired, "why you still got that bitchin' stache?"
  • In Danger 5, Stalin's moustache is so badass entire women can fit inside it. Yep.
  • In NCIS, Gibbs sported one for a few episodes after his "retirement" at the beginning of Season 4. It worried the rest of the team.
    Jenny: [to Tony] You're turning down a promotion because of Gibbs' moustache?
  • In season 3 of the BBC television show Sherlock, John Watson is shown to have grown a badass moustache in the Sherlock's absence, perhaps making it a moustache of sorrow. The jokes immediately begin as to whether or not Sherlock will allow him to keep it.
  • Game show host Alex Trebek was so known for his moustache that many pop-culture depictions of him still show it, even though he shaved it off in 2001. Though he had briefly grown it back in Jeopardy!'s 2014-2015 season.
    • From 1990, 5-time Jeopardy! champion Frank Spangenberg, who won $102,597 in his 5 games, with a record-setting $30,600 in his last game, making him the top regular game winner in the pre-doubled era (1984-2001)note . He's the only player to appear at every "all-time" tournament: "Super Jeopardy!", "Tenth Anniversary Tournament" (which he won), "Million Dollar Masters", "Ultimate Tournament Of Champions", and "Battle Of The Decades".
    • From 1992, 5-time champion Jerome Vered, who won $96,801, the second-highest total from the pre-doubled era after Spangenberg's, and shattered Frank's 1-day record by winning $34,000 in his 4th game. He finished third at both the 1992 Tournament of Champions and the 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions (where he and Frank finally faced one another in the Round 4 semifinals).
  • Another game show related example: Kiyoshi Kodama, original host of Panel Quiz Attack 25, sported one in his final year or so as host.
  • Jake Talley in the Supernatural episode "All Hell Breaks Loose, Part One" (S02, Ep21).
  • The Muppets: Floyd Pepper, the Swedish Chef, and Lew Zealand.
  • Mike Torello (Dennis Farina) in Crime Story - gave him a perpetual scowl.
  • M. Moustache, The Strongman from Boyard Land. And no, it isn't fake: he's played by Hugo Saladon, who was nominated "most beautiful mustache of France 2018". (Yes, that's a thing.)
  • The Mandalorian:
    • Greef Karga sports a thin, black mustache one over his lips. By Season 2, it's evolved into a white and somewhat thick Perma-Stubble.
    • Moff Gideon sports a well-groomed mustache.
    • The Mandalorian's biological father sports a mustache and some stubble in Mando's recurring flashbacks of his parents rushing him to safety during a Separatist Droid raid. Mando also has a mustache and stubble as an adult, even though his rule never to remove his helmet near another living thing means he rarely gets to show off his 'stache.

  • Doug Fetterman of The Protomen had a sweet handlebar moustache that was accentuated by facepaint.
  • James Hetfield of Metallica used to have a Badass Moustache in the late 80s through the early 90s; later he took up a Badass Beard.
  • All four Beatles had one at at least one point, though George and Ringo's are the most memorable.
  • Nick Cave adopted this after Grinderman for a little while, perhaps to compensate for a receding hairline. Does not disappoint.
  • Captain Beefheart , from the Unconditionally Guaranteed period onwards. He became especially known for it when he combined it with a fedora for his last two albums Doc at the Radar Station and Ice Cream For Crow.
  • Lemmy Kilmister, probably the most badass moustache in heavy metal (or Rock'n Roll, as he preferred).
  • Eugene Hutz of Gogol Bordello. The band even sells t-shirts that show a picture of Eugene under the words "This Moustache Kills Fascists."
  • The song by the Mexican composer of songs for children, Cri-Cri, "El Abejorro Mostachon" (The Moustached Bumblebee).
  • Frank Beard is, ironically, the one member of ZZ Top without a beard, because he has a moustache instead.
  • Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath. In fact, Ozzy was the only one in Sabbath that didn't have a moustache.
  • Michael Jackson's "Beat It" has the gang leader played by choreographer Michael Peters.
  • Ray Thomas of The Moody Blues sported one of history's suavest and most glorious examples of the breed, and successfully rocked it long after the winds of fashion had made the 'stache look silly on lesser men.
  • Giorgio Moroder's moustache is sufficiently iconic that it's been used as visual shorthand for the man himslef on several CD sleeves. He went clean-shaven after stepping back from music in the 1990s, but regrew it when he had a Career Resurrection in The New '10s (though its effect is rather less now that it's white rather than the rich brown it was in the 70s).

  • The shooter from Eight Ball Deluxe wears his moustache unflinchingly, as a Badass should.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Ox Baker's mustache was so long the ends of it rested on his chest. Ox Baker Jr has an even longer mustache, albeit one that is also much less bushy at the tips.
  • Chavo Guerrero was made immediately distinct from his brothers Hector, Eddie and Mando by a mustache so sharp it stabbed its way through his beard.
  • "Superstar" Billy Graham was famous for his long blond handle bare mustache against his darker beard. So famous Jesse Ventura, Hulk Hogan and Scott Steiner all copied it.
  • Rick Rude didn't just have a mustache, He practically WAS a mustache.
  • Hulk Hogan is so recognized for his mustache that when it was shaved by the Dungeon of Doom in 1995, it precipitated a full fledged "turn to the dark side" where he wore all black and cut bizarre promos while brandishing swords, talking about having his then ally the Macho Man bringing him Meng's head on a silver platter...
  • The Iron Sheik had a curly mustache.

  • Captain Marcus Gray from The Gungan Council sports one awesome moustache.
  • Expanding to the rest of Rooster Teeth, Geoff Ramsey tried to pull off a Badass Beard like his Achievement Hunter partner Jack Pattillo, but couldn't pull it off and later shaved it. He then switched to growing a handlebar mustache that has proven to be more popular in the long run.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Uncle Pennybags, also known as Mr. Monopoly, the mascot of Monopoly.
  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • The Praetorian Guard are essentially the British Army of the Zulu Wars IN SPACE!, from bright red coats to pith hats and of course, magnificently moustaches.
    • The Taurox crew has a particularly inspiring lip cover.
    • Typically Space Marines have very little hair of any kind, due to either their trans-human physiology stopping it from growing or from their spartan military lifestyles requiring it out of practicality. Then there are the Space Wolves Chapter - bombastic, feral and highly renowned as being amongst the best Space Marines in the Imperium - who prefer viking-like manes and moustaches that grow long enough to reach their chests, and are braided and decorated in great detail.
    • It is gaining popularity to show Imperial Fists primarch Rogal Dorn with a muttonstache, with jokes about fortifying his upper lip.
    • Vostroyans are known for their large moustaches. In a footnote to Old Soldiers Never Die, Inquisitor Vail mentions the common and only partly joking belief that "the size and degree of grooming are at least as reliable a signifier of status as the official insignia of rank".
  • Rocket Age is full of Earthling characters with fancy moustaches, which is to be expected when the world is still in the 1930s. Some Martian princes in the southern areas also sport well maintained Fu Manchus.
  • Warhammer: Empire military leaders tend to sport some rather impressive facial hair, including large, impeccably groomed mustaches.


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  • Rhys was clean-shaven when he first appeared as a protagonist in Tales from the Borderlands, but by the time you meet him in Borderlands 3 he has grown an impressive mustache. "It's a siege mustache!" Eventually he asks your opinion of it; the Vault Hunter's response, whether positive or negative, is impressively over-the-top. And Rhys will remember that.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • Mario and his brother Luigi are perhaps the most iconic moustached heroes of all time. Unlike many mustachioed characters in media, Mario and Luigi eschew the idea of being the gruff, or hardened type, and instead have very youthful personalities. It's worth noting that they were designed with mustaches to get around technical limitations back in the 8-bit days- the programmers and sprite artists didn't want to have to animate a mouth on top of all of the other things they were doing (which is also why all athlete sprites in Konami's 1983 arcade Track & Field have them). The way the moustaches are designed are also indicative of their personalities: Mario, who is more active, has a bushy-looking moustache, while Luigi's is better groomed.
    • The lightning bolt-shaped moustache of Wario precedes his over-the-top badass persona. Waluigi has a distinguished pointy moustache as well.
    • Wario's friends Jimmy T., his double Jimmy P., and Dr. Crygor also sport huge moustaches. One of his enemies, Count Cannoli, has a moustache as well.
    • Moustaches actually seem to be status symbols, and signs of literal badassery in the Mario universe. The moustache-bearing bosses of Super Mario 64 DS pride themselves on their moustaches, and the "Stache" stat (which, humorously, the babies have as well in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time) from the Mario & Luigi games earns store discounts. The Stache stat also affects your chances of scoring a Lucky (read: critical) hit. Essentially, better moustache = occasional power boost for Mario and Luigi. The moustaches are also very much admired In-Universe and in the instruction books.
    • While it can never be as iconic as the Mario Bros.'s, Admiral Bobbery's moustache is easily in the running for the most badass in the series.
  • Granblue Fantasy: Anre/Uno of The Eternals sports one that defies gravity (i.e. it always floats upwards).
  • Gryphon Knight Epic: Sir Oliver, one of the protagonists, has a very big, curled moustache.
  • Mugen Souls Z has Bertram, whose mustache is used as a multi-hitting boomerang during his ultimate attack, and it is a REAL mustache that he can detach and throw. Helps that he is a lesser god though.
  • The Handymen of Bioshock Infinite sported fine molded mustaches in previews, but both their facial and head hair were removed in the final release. Many citizens and soldiers of Columbia still sport some pretty epic lip shrubbery, though; particularly Cornelius Slate.
  • Pokémon:
    • Blaine, who compliments the look with some Cool Shades. Lampshaded in the Pokémon Adventures manga, where Blaine's moustache is a fake, because apparently he singed his real moustache completely off.
    • Kadabra and Alakazam also have one.
    • Male Jellicent sport a fantastic white Monopoly Guy moustache.
    • Samurott also sports quite a wonderful 'stache.
    • Kricketune sport a long, curly moustache. An impressive feat for an insect.
    • Herdier, being partially based on a Scottish terrier, has part of its fur give the appearance of an impressive moustache. It evolves into Stoutland, whose moustache is as long as its body.
    • The Kami Trio of Thundurus, Tornadus, and Landorus.
    • Following in Blaine's footsteps is Pokémon Black and White's Gym Leader-and-mayor of Opuleid City, Drayden. The damn thing practically covers his face!
    • Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald was a host to its own badass, Drake of the Elite Four.
  • Call of Duty:
    • Captain Price, whose Porn Stache is the thing of legends. It is also hilariously old-fashioned, even when the series was set in World War II.
    • From Modern Warfare 2 we have General Shepherd, who manages to single-handedly take on two SAS Commandos at least 15 years his junior in unarmed combat (and very nearly win), as well as being the Big Bad responsible for nearly all the major events that occur within the game, including the invasion of the United States.
  • Super Robot Wars - Kai Kitamura is your only pilot with facial hair in the games he appears in, and an epitome of Badass Normal. There's also Axel Almer's Soulgain, which sports a steel moustache. In fact, when it stranded into the OG world for the first time, it's nicknamed Moustache Man. Yes, Axel and Soulgain are as badass as they get.
  • Lunar: Eternal Blue Complete - Toyed with and gender-reversed(!) very briefly in During the anime cutscene where the girls are changing Lucia's outfit, one of the costumes has a gigantic, fantastic moustache. It is markedly more badass than the other costumes Lucia tries on during the sequence, but the moustache falls off. Lucia may have been more badass with the moustache on, but the actual chosen outfit was probably for the better.
  • The King of Fighters: Villain Rugal Bernstein. Also, Clone Zero from KOF 2000.
  • Von Kaiser from Punch-Out!!. Soda Popinski, too, to a lesser extent. Also Bald Bull.
  • Solid Snake in Metal Gear Solid 4. A Badass Moustache is part and parcel of the "Big Boss" heritage, as demonstrated previously by the original and Solidus. Liquid didn't have one because he wasn't a true Boss. Revolver Ocelot isn't eligible for Bosshood, but he has one anyway, because he's just that awesome.
  • Cid from Final Fantasy Tactics A2. He's large with big muscles.
  • Cyan in Final Fantasy VI. It makes him kind of look like Frank Zappa. Or Sean Connery as Ramirez from Highlander. Or some unlikely offspring of the two.
  • Oda Nobunaga in game series. Which, since he had one in Real Life, makes sense. Relatedly, Sengoku Basara and Samurai Warriors also have Shimazu Yoshihiro and Takeda Shingen, the former of whom is both an Old Soldier in both game incarnations, where the latter tends to be an extremely entertaining Genius Bruiser. Both game versions of both characters sport impressive moustaches, and Basara's Yoshihiro also goes into the Badass Beard territory as well.
  • In Battalion Wars 2, a handlebar moustache is a matter of regulation among Anglo Isles veteran infantry, and by gum do they wear it with pride (though it's noted that a bazooka veteran should be careful to not grow his moustache longer than 4 1/4 inches or it's likely to be singed by his weapon's exhaust).
  • Victor "Sully" Sullivan from Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. His moustache is so badass that protagonist Nathan Drake rates it in his journal's list of scary things.
  • Dudley from the Street Fighter series: his use of this is a rare example of non-villainous twirly moustache.
  • Dragon Quest:
    • In Dragon Quest III, Merchants join the Chosen Hero in his quest to save the world. Behold the magnificent mustachioed marvel that is the male Merchant's huge, bushy, twisty black moustache.
    • Ragnar McRyan and Torneko Taloon in Dragon Quest IV. Ragnar has a nice-looking blue mustache to go along with his pink armor.
    • Dragon Quest V: Pankraz has a very bushy, think black handlebar. His loyal servant Sancho has a rocking handlebar, too. Although his is brown, and the ends curve upwards.
  • Team Fortress 2:
  • Fire Emblem:
  • Mike Haggar of Final Fight. Mayor of Metro City, who personally wipes out the entire criminal element with his fists, dropkicks, suplexes, and Spinning Pile Drivers. He is said to weigh over 120kg, and over half of it is estimated to be body hair.
  • Red Dead Redemption is jam-packed with impressive moustaches. Let's see: We've got Landon Ricketts, Drew MacFarlane, Edgar Ross, Dutch Van Der Linde, the American Army captain, adult Jack Marston, and many, many more.
  • Fable: The third offering in particular. The various protagonists almost all boast some truly magnificent specimens. Major Swift too, and Boulder and the indefatigable Sir Walter Beck. The Prince can as well, should you desire him too. When you sign the agreement to make Major Swift the army commander in the future, it actually says, "With a moustache like that on your side? How can you lose?" Ironic that he gets killed....
  • Yang grew a fantastic one in the 17-year gap between Final Fantasy IV and Final Fantasy IV: The After Years.
  • Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure: The titular Henry Hatsworth, the Quintessential British Gentleman from the puzzle/platformer hybrid for the DS.
  • Golden Sun fans had mixed reactions to Garet's new 'stache in Dark Dawn, but there's little denying his badassery, since he was previously a player character who helped save the world and all.
  • Warcraft:
  • League of Legends:
    • Draven has an impressively ridiculous Fu Manchu moustache.
    • And now we have Braum, who has this huge red, magnificent moustache.
  • In Heroes of Might and Magic II, both Archibald and Roland Ironfist rocks fine-looking moustaches and are both fine examples of Royals Who Actually Do Something. Roland gets a beard in later games, while Archibald keeps his moustache (it gets slightly less bushy, just).
  • J'zargo, a Khajiit from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, has one.
  • This magnificent mustache can kill a man without trying-and that's without the Assassin behind it. Sadly, it's only fanart.
  • Fallen London has a few, aside from possibly giving one to your character. At one point, you're able to instantly spot a whole bunch of undercover constables, invisible to the common man, through the "strength of their mustaches". The Knuckle-Scarred inspector has a messy one, though he probably doesn't have much time to groom it between episodes of strategically-applied Police Brutality. The Bishop of Southwark has a particularly good one, too, backed up by the fact the man absolutely loves to wrestle people like experienced tiger-wranglers. And the Pre-Emptive Guinea Pig, an armor-clad, talking Killer Rabbit of a rodent, has the most badass 'stache you will ever find on a guinea pig.
  • Leo from Leo's Fortune, a little green ball of fur with a truly impressive soup-strainer.
  • Raul from Fallout: New Vegas has a tiny, barely-noticeable moustache that nevertheless manages the badass feat of being the only facial hair to ever exist on a ghoul's face.
  • Being a Generational Saga, Phantasy Star III demonstrates that a male character has aged by drawing a mustache on their portrait. This affects your first- and second-generation hero, as well as side character Lyle if you chose to have Rhys marry Maia.
  • In The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Link's uncle has a droopy and very bushy black moustache. And he may not be as badass as his nephew, but he can and did put an honorable fight before getting done in.
  • Emperor Magulus in Warden: Melody of the Undergrowth has a sizable moustache. He can also slice through a bunch of vines with a single swipe of his sword, and take out a Plant Mook with a leaping strike.

    Web Animation 
  • In Homestar Runner, Strong Bad's #1 fan, Fabrosi, is probably out ladying with that fake moustache he's always wearing.
  • Weebl's song "Moustaches" is all about this.
    My mustache was curled by lasers.
    Looks so sharp, avert your gazes.
    Think your beard is so flash?
    You cannot handle this 'tache.
  • Agent Wyoming of Red vs. Blue has been revealed to have a magnificent moustache.
  • Marshall Bass in No Evil has a nice large 'stache, possibly because he's Bass Reeves.

  • In the world of The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, a good moustache seems to instantly command fear and respect.
    • Dan McNinja had his moustache revealed in a fight to determine who would be the next leader of the Ninja Guild. Even though he needed his son's help to win the fight, and he made it clear that he intended to kill his opponent, which was against the rules, he was instantly made new guild leader, and cut a hole in his mask so that his moustache would always be on display.
    • In the case of Gordito Delgado, badassery actually caused moustache growth: he grew a thick, stereotypical bandito moustache, fully waxed, at age 12, in seconds, through sheer force of will, when a social worker threatened to take away his father's guns. Naturally, the social worker backed down.
      Social Worker: I'm so sorry... here you are... sir.
    • Frans Rayner, the rival Dan defeated for guild leadership, is apparently incapable of growing any facial hair above the jawline. But, after being beaten by despite technically winning their duel, he is convinced that lack of moustache is the only thing keeping him from taking over America, and therefore tries to steal Dan's, and later Gordito's.
  • Bruno the Bandit: Bruno Bunkleyutz's stache is shown to defeat Chaos itself by being so absolutely neat.
  • Axe Cop's title character was born with a moustache that is not only an essential part of his look, but also contains robot hands that can hand him secret weapons and gives him the power to see microscopic details and whether things are perfect. Flute Cop also has a moustache on the rare occasions he's a human.
  • The Las Vegas Tsunami from The Dugs features a GM with a moustache. It has been seen to curl when he gets angry.
  • Dr Nonami: Dr. Alfred Mechano has a magnificent handlebar moustache.
  • 8-Bit Theater's Wizard Who Did It Sarda has one. Notably, he grew it as a means to pass time when he stranded himself in the beginning of the universe. He killed a few weeks with it (Only several billion years to go...)
  • Mr. Verres of El Goonish Shive has one.
  • The Word Weary subverts this trope, featuring a character named Harry the Hipster, who, though having an epic handlebar moustache, is still clingy and whiny.
  • Thanh the paladin from The Order of the Stick has a thick blue moustache.
  • In Voodoo Walrus Grymm has been known to grow a particularly badass moustache on a couple of occasions.
  • Waterworks: Tubs the gangster, a freakishly strong giant of a man, has a prominent moustache.

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    Western Animation 
  • Looney Tunes:
    • Yosemite Sam, arguably the best example of this trope, except for the fact that he is easily defeated by a rabbit.
    • The Mighty Angelo, the world's strongest flea, from the short "To Itch His Own". Anytime he goes to do something badass, his mustache uncurls itself.
  • This excerpt from The Tick (as quoted in the Quotes page).
  • Johnny Test gets himself a moustache using one of his sisters' inventions. Bling-Bling Boy gets one, too much.
  • Though it's also villainous, the moustache of Snidely Whiplash is one of the most iconic in Western Animation.
  • The same can be said for Dick Dastardly.
  • Haru from Avatar: The Last Airbender gets one. It has been continuously parodied/praised by the fandom.
  • Family Guy parodied this with Peter trying to invoke the trope by growing a moustache. Naturally, at least some innate badassness is required for the stache to actually work, and Peter does manage to rescue a guy from a burning building while wearing it. It gets burnt off in the attempt. While mourning his loss of facial hair, he ate so many hamburgers that he had a stroke.
  • In Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers, Commander Joseph Walsh has a badass handlebar moustache, in keeping with the series' Space Western theme. One of the Rangers, Walter "Doc" Hartford, has a more conventional moustache.
  • Man-at-Arms from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983), who along with Teela is one of the most dependable heroes in the show, second only to He-Man himself. The same applies to his 2002 version as well.
  • In The Animals of Farthing Wood, Sinuous. If there's any way you can work a moustache onto a snake's schnozzle, there you go!
  • Chef Mung Daal in Chowder, played straight there as he always boasts about how it helps him with the ladies. In one episode, he claims "This moustache proves I'm great!"
    • A later episode has Mung reveal that the mustache used to part of a "moustache-beard combo", but when Truffles said it was distracting her from her Mahjong games, she ripped it right off his face, breaking the combo. That must've hurt...later in the episode, she rips part of his mustache off.
  • In The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, Mindy convinces SpongeBob and Patrick that they are men by giving them seaweed moustaches. They spend half a minute admiring them before setting on their way, only to run into paid assassin Dennis, who rips off the fake moustaches and shows them what a "real" moustache looks like by willing one to grow instantly on his face.
  • Duke Phillips from The Critic.
  • The Jimmy Two-Shoes episode "Jimmy Gets a 'Stache" centers around these becoming a trend in Miseryville (even with the women), leaving Jimmy the only person without one. He does eventually find a living mustache who proves to be a literal example that is until it turns into a Jerkass monster who refuses to leave Jimmy's head.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Twilight magics a big-ol' moustache onto Spike's face in "Boast Busters". He thinks it makes him look pretty cool, and can't wait to show it off to Rarity... who, it turns out, isn't impressed.
    • A later episode, "Call of the Cutie", features a briefly shown male pony with some impressive mutton-chops, in addition to a Carpet of Virility. How facial or chest hair work on a being with a full-body coat doesn't bear thinking about (though some real-life horse breeds can grow beards and mustaches).
    • In the "Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000" episode, a duo of cider-making shyster ponies known as the Flim-Flam Brothers appear in Ponyville. Flam sports a small but impressive moustache.
    • Sheriff Silverstar in "Over a Barrel" has an impressive mustache.
  • Raul, Manny's sentient moustache, in El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera.
  • ThunderCats (2011) has several:
  • Phineas and Ferb has Major Monogram. In "Save Summer", he was fired from OWCA and his mustache was given to Carl. In the end, he is somehow able to grow it back.
  • The Mayor from The Powerpuff Girls. Although he's not much of a badass and his 'stache is pretty much taken for granted.

Alternative Title(s): Badass Moustache


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