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This trope applies to any female character who sports a moustache or beard at some point. Since it is extremely unusual for human females to have large amounts of facial hair, this is almost inevitably Played for Laughs, with the Unfortunate Implications that can go along with it.

The most common variant involves a woman wearing a fake moustache, possibly as part of a Sweet Polly Oliver, or temporarily growing one due to some form of Applied Phlebotinum. Sometimes it may even just be a part of an Imagine Spot. Permanently moustachioed women are rarer. If they do appear, expect them to be a part of The Freakshow as "The Bearded Lady". This is also a stereotype of nerd girls, burly female athletes, or any woman who doesn't care at all about her appearance.

If female dwarves appear, expect jokes to be made about them having beards, even if they normally don't.

Not to Be Confused with Moustache de Plume.


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  • Sexy Sadie, one of the mascots of the Argentinan smoking paraphenalia company Lion Rolling Circus is a bearded woman who stop shaving her face as a way to protest against sexism and is part of the titular Lion Rolling Circus.
  • For old Jamaican ginger beer, they run an ad campaign, in which women grow ginger beards, with commercial of a man on date with those ginger bearded ladies and
    Anime & Manga 

  • Frida Kahlo had a visible moustache in most of her self-portraits. When comparing her self-portraits to photographs of the artist, one can see that while she did have some peach-fuzz on her upper lip and a unibrow, she deliberately accentuated these traits in her paintings.
  • Magdalena Ventura, an Italian woman who suffered of hirsutism and who had her portrait painted by Jusepe de Ribera.

    Asian Animation 
  • Happy Heroes: In Season 5 episode 4, Big M. laces a hair lotion with a formula that causes rapid beard growth on those who use it. The formula affects women as much as it does men, with news reporter Miss Peach being among the female victims.

    Comic Books 
  • The Adventures of Aero-Girl: The Bearded Lady of the Three Ring Gang has a LOT of facial hair. Doubles as a Rare Female Example of a Beard of Evil.
  • Castle Waiting: One character is a bearded nun who comes from a whole convent of such. Their patron saint is St. Wilgefortis, described in the "religion" section.
  • Persepolis: A teacher tells her female students to wear head coverings because a glimpse of any of a woman's hair is a temptation to men. The main character's father comments that the teacher's moustache is hardly seductive. A narration box on the pages also assures the reader that her father actually said that in real life.
  • Batman: A Bearded Lady turns up in Batman: Faces, revealing herself to be the Femme Fatale that's been duping a gullible property agent. His reaction is somewhat overblown for a reveal of this magnitude. May have also had to do with her growing a full beard overnight.
  • In Lois Lane #39, Lois ends up with a mustache for a few minutes thanks to her and Superman's baby son, who had gotten ahold of a paintbrush and some reality warping paintings.
  • Princeless: Bedelia is half-dwarf. When hit with a magical hair-growing effect, she sports a full beard, which she promptly shaves. Her dwarven features otherwise don't show up much, since she's the size of a normal human like her mother.
  • Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi: "Working Holiday", an unpublished story from DC Comics, has Ami and Yumi in disguise while visiting an amusement park so that their fans won't bother them for pictures and autographs. Ami sports a safari pith helmet and a long handlebar mustache.
  • Shakara: The Buggerian women are just as furry as the men.
  • Rat Queens: Female dwarves grow beards, though Violet generally shaves hers off. She says it's magnificent, and when it finally appears in a flashback, it's rather lustrous and long. Notably, and despite the page title, no dwarf woman has yet been seen with a moustache.
  • Bout D Homme: One of the members of the freak show is Satou, a girl whose face is entirely covered in hair. Mr Maertens, the owner, introduces her to the public by saying her mother must have had sex with a cat while pregnant with her.
  • Wonder Woman: (Pre-Crisis) While Hypnota's beard and mustache were intended to be part of her stage costume she's later seen with the mustache even while in prison. Her Post-Crisis iteration presents as female and does not have or wear any facial hair besides her eyebrows.
  • Chief Judge Hilda McGruder in Judge Dredd grows a goatee during her time in the Cursed Earth. She refuses to shave it on reclaiming her position, despite the wishes of her advisors.

    Comic Strips 
  • Bloom County: Bobbie Harlow seems to have one. It's not visible, but one of the things her mom offers, when Bobbie repeatedly refuses makeover help, is, "At least let me bleach your little mustache".
  • Dick Tracy: Notta Fallar has a small goatee on the tip of her chin.

    Fan Works 
  • Twilight's List: Twilight uses a spell to give Rainbow Dash a long (and, of course, multicoloured) handlebar mustache.
  • Dungeon Keeper Ami: After being shaved courtesy of the Unraveler of Mysteries preparing to vivisect her, Keeper Mercury looks for a quick and dirty way to get her hair back. So she has one of her warlock modify the "Beastly Beard Booster" spell. The results can be accurately summed by her reaction to the modified spell.
    Mercury: "Torian. Did you, by any chance, only expand the target region?"
  • Super Mario Bros: Genderswapped fanart and cosplay often has Mario and Luigi retain their iconic mustaches in female form.

    Films — Animation 
  • Return To Neverland: Captain Hook has a picture of his mother, who has a mustache just like him.
  • Shrek 2 begins with a montage of Shrek and Fiona on their honeymoon. One part shows Shrek shaving his face. The camera then pans over to reveal that Fiona is doing the exact same thing. Justified, considering that she's an ogre.
  • In The Willoughbys, early on it is stated by the cat that everybody in the Willoughby family had a mustache, even the women.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Monty Python's Life of Brian, some women had unconvincingly disguised themselves as men, complete with big bushy beards, in order to attend a stoning. To make it even more absurd, those women were played by men.
  • Sylvia Scarlett: Played for Drama. Sylvia does not wear a false moustache in her disguise as a boy; but her father's girlfriend Maudie suggests that "Sylvester" should grow one, and playfully gives "him" a dashing moustache with her eyebrow pencil. Then, much to Sylvia's horror, she says, "I wonder what it would be like to kiss anybody with a moustache like that..."
  • In Divorce Italian Style: The unwanted wife (Daniela Rocca) of Marcello Mastroianni's character has a perceptible moustache on her upper lip before her makeover.
  • But I'm a Cheerleader: Butch Lesbian Jan has a moustache. Except she isn't really a lesbian; everyone assumes she's lesbian because she's butch.
  • In Yellowbeard, "Mr Prostitute" is obviously a woman wearing a false moustache.
  • Shaolin Soccer: Two female soccer players have fake facial hair, presumably because it's ostensibly an all-male league.
  • DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story featured a mustachioed Brawn Hilda on the villains' team. (She was from an ex-Soviet state and was the best dodgeball player at the nuclear plant.) She ended up being romantically involved with one of the main characters.
  • Intermission: "Do I have a Ronnie?"
  • Shakespeare in Love. Viola wears one as a Sweet Polly Oliver illegally acting in Romeo and Juliet. Played for Laughs when she has to quickly change out of her man's clothes to meet her betrothed. She bursts into the room in a Gorgeous Period Dress but has forgotten to take off the mustache. Fortunately her future husband is looking out the window and her loyal (but understandably exasperated) nurse rips the fake mo off her face. Ouch!
  • Charlie's Angels (2000) uses this for a disguise for Natalie and Dylan when they break into a corporate headquarters. Justified - the technicians to the server room they impersonated while breaking in were men and it helped hide the fact they were going full Bifauxnen.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: Angelica Teach disguises herself as Captain Jack Sparrow in the beginning of the movie, including a false moustache and beard. When he confronts her about it (with a smooch) she removes the beard, but keeps the moustache on for a few minutes.
  • Carry On Again Doctor: Near the end, Gladstone Screwer shows up at the clinic run by Dr Jimmy Nookey, who is using Gladstone's slimming potion to make a fortune but not giving him a cut. To force Dr Nookey to make him a partner, Gladstone gives him a batch of male hormones instead of the slimming potion, causing the female patients at the clinic to begin growing full moustaches and beards. Although it's not clear when, or if, the effects will wear off, the plan does succeed in getting Gladstone a share of the clinic's profits.
  • Spaceballs: A bearded lady makes a five-second appearance while shoving Darth Helmet out of the way to an escape pod.
  • The Greatest Showman: A bearded lady is one of the "freaks" Barnum hires to perform in his show. She’s otherwise feminine, a great singer and The Heart of the circus troupe.
  • In Chai Lai Angels: Dangerous Flowers, Spadix wears a moustache when she is disguised as a tuk-tuk driver. She fails to recognize herself when she looks in a mirror. During the subsequent fight, her cap gets knocked off, leaving her fighting with both a moustache and her long feminine hair flowing.
  • Aladdin (2019): During this version of "Prince Ali" when Genie disguises himself as a woman to join some women watching and sing praises of Ali, aka Aladdin, Genie keeps her beard. It isn't until the veil falls do the other women notice.
  • In The Freakmaker, the freak show includes a bearded woman.
  • Little Women (2019): Meg sports a fake moustache for her Cross-Cast Role in one of the plays she and her sisters perform.
  • In Troll 2 Female goblins have facial hair, as seen with Creedence.
  • In The Dark Crystal Aughra has a moustache and goatee. Word of God states that this is because she is a combination of both genders.
  • Mister T plays a bearded lady in Freaked. He didn't start out as a lady.
  • Cruella: After she is believed dead, Cruella wears a fake bushy moustache as disguise when she drives a garbage truck through the front of the police station, and agin when she visits Artie's shop.

  • Discworld: All female dwarfs, openly female or not, have long, flowing beards. Cheery Littlebottom, among the first female dwarfs to embrace her femininity, states no female dwarf would be likely to do shave it. After all, there's a difference between declaring yourself female and declaring you're not a dwarf. When Juliet Stollop (a human) becomes the Disc's first supermodel in Unseen Academicals, she does so working for a dwarf fashion store, which requires the use of a fake beard for the full dwarf look. Rhys Rhysson, the Low King, notes in passing when the subject comes up that a number of dwarves wear them as well, if they aren't naturally gifted in the beard department.
  • Tolkien's Legendarium: Female dwarves are stated in the books (although it's kind of buried in the appendices) and shown in the films to have beards or whiskers of some type. This is apparently a very attractive trait in dwarf society. They're often mistaken by outsiders for dwarf men as well.
  • In Tour of the Merrimack, the otherwise very attractive Amadea sports a small beard, one of several traits that make her an Uncanny Valley Girl.
  • Lionboy features a carnival "Bearded Lady" variant. She is described as being quite attractive.
  • Dragonlance: Female dwarves have "sidewhiskers", which are described as either beards that are less full than those of male dwarves or particularly long sideburns. Male dwarves seem to find this attractive. This was due to its Dungeons & Dragons roots, as it inherited the trait from there. Later books quietly retconned this trait away.
  • Princess Lisa Bolkonskaya from War and Peace has a small moustache and Tolstoy keeps going on and on about how beautiful it is and how charming it makes her.
  • The Woman in White: Marian Halcombe is noted as having unfeminine features, "and the dark down on her upper lip was almost a moustache".
  • Harry Potter:
  • A Song of Ice and Fire: Queen Selysse Baratheon has a mustache in addition to being generally ugly looking and personally unpleasant. Given this, along with her exceptional height (Taller than her well over six foot husband) and fertility issues, she likely has some sort of hormone disorder. There's also a random Lannister soldier mentioned whose nicknamed "The Beardless" or something to that effect because his wife has the facial hair for both of them.
  • Les Misérables:
    • Madame Thenardier has whiskers as part of her generally monstrous appearance. Javert gets in a pretty hilarious dig about it when she resists arrest and he tells her, "You have the beard of a man, but I have the claws of a woman," dodging the paving slab she throws and nabbing her and her slimy husband.
    • Mame Hucheloup is noted to have a very impressive mustache.
      Grantaire: "Every good girl contains a hero. As for Mother Hucheloup, she's an old warrior. Look at her moustaches! She inherited them from her husband. A hussar indeed! She will fight too."
  • Clockwork Angels: The novelization features the hero meeting some carnies, including a bearded lady. And the ringmaster due to Heir Club for Men.
  • In Steadfast, Katie stays at a theatrical boarding house for ladies that is run by a bearded lady named Mrs. Baird, a former performer herself.
  • Amelia's Notebook: In Amelia's 6th-Grade Notebook, Amelia includes a list of teachers at her middle school that you should avoid, and lists the as-yet unseen Mrs. Kittredge as having a distracting beard.
    "She'd be okay if she would just shave off her beard. It's hard to concentrate when you're trying desperately to NOT look at her chin."
  • The Saga of Darren Shan: The Cirque du Freak's inevitable "bearded lady", Truska, can grow that and other hair at will and suck it back into her body, too. In the prequel series, it's revealed that she's some sort of magical being from the sea, who was befriended by one of the Vampire Princes, Vancha March, and introduced to the Cirque through him.
  • Llama Llama: Llama Llama's best friend Nelly Gnu has a visible beard despite being a preschool-aged girl. Justified, however, in that she IS a gnu, an animal known for sporting a beard even as a calf.
  • Tom Gates: Most jokes about Mrs. Worthington revolve around her mustache.
  • In Pugs of the Frozen North, Helga Hammerfist has a beard.
  • In Gnomes, it's mentioned that elderly female gnomes will start to grow a light beard once they reach 350 years of age.
  • Hawksmaid: When Matty poses as a boy, she sticks strands of her own hair to her upper lip to create the illusion of the wispy moustache of a teenage boy.
  • All the (leonine) hani from the Chanur Novels have Animal Facial Hair regardless of gender. This confuses Token Human Tully until they manage to impress on him that all the hani he’s dealing with are “she.”
  • Max And The Midknights Battle Of The Bodkins: In order to infiltrate the Land of Knot, Mumblin' casts a spell on the Midknights to turn them into dwarves, which includes a beard on their faces, even Max's.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Nanny: Fran infiltrates a men-only club dressed as a man, complete with facial hair.
  • Sliders: In one episode, the characters travel to a world where women have mustaches. Rembrandt complains about how it feels to kiss a woman with a mustache and Wade comments that now he knows how women feel.
  • My Name Is Earl: In junior high, Earl made fun of a girl with a moustache, so now she's on his list. He tracks her down and discovers she's got a full beard and is in a carnival freakshow as "The Bearded Woman". He convinces her (and the other freaks) to quit the freak tour and follow their dreams — in her case, being a realtor.
  • Wicked Science: One episode has a female character grow a beard after her Mad Scientist friend tried to cure her baldness.
  • The Basil Brush Show: Molly wears one as part of a throwaway gag.
  • On The Sopranos several of the wiseguys are sitting around their no-work jobs, "breaking balls" about each other's girlfriends. One teases another, saying his girl had a moustache so bad it must have been like kissing a fireman.
  • Everybody Loves Raymond: Ray's wife has a mustache that she waxes regularly. He doesn't know this until years into their marriage.
  • On Arrested Development, GOB sets Michael up with a mustached girl out of revenge.
  • Concentration: Marjorie Goodson-Cutt once wore a fake mustache.
  • Doctor Who: One Affectionate Parody exaggerates Ace's Butch Lesbian tendencies by giving her a moustache.
  • 'Allo 'Allo!: Used whenever the female Resistance fighters and waitresses have to pose as gendarmes, engineers, soldiers and so forth.
  • In 30 Rock, Liz promises to grow out her moustache, which she has named "Tom Selleck", in order to get Jenna to own up to her age.
    Jenna: How soon can he be here?
    Liz: If I do nothing, two days!
  • All in the Family: In an episode where Edith is starting to go through menopause, she mentions how when her aunt Elizabeth underwent hormone treatment for her own menopause she grew a mustache.
    Gloria: Nowadays, with simple hormone treatment, there are no unpleasant manifestations.
    Edith: Well, my Aunt Elizabeth went through this, and she didn't get manifestations ... she got a mustache!
  • Lois & Clark
    • The eponymous heroine, when we're first introduced to her, is wearing a trucker cap, flannel, and a beard.
    • In the next season, Lois sneaks into a men's social club. No reason, really, she just did it out of principle.
  • The Avengers (1960s): Mrs. Peel gets one when she puts Steed's electric shaver in reverse in the epilogue of "Dead Man's Treasure".
  • Match Game: Thanks to some cheesy video effects, some of the ticket plugs feature female celebrities/contestants sporting mustaches by simply superimposing a male celebrity's/contestant's mouth onto her face. Very common in the daily syndicated version.
  • Discussed on Mock the Week, when the panelists tested a "gender swap" Snapchat filter. Sindhu Vee opted out, on the grounds that she'd spent too much time and effort in her life trying not to look like her brothers.
  • The Carol Burnett Show: During a Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde spoof skit, Harvey Korman and Carol Burnett spend the entire skit turning into each other with the help of some stage magic. At one point, Carol grows Harvey's mustache, and then promptly excuses herself "to get some fresh air... and Nair..."
  • Power Rangers Time Force: After the rangers run through a costume room and end up with different sets of clothes on them, Jen ends up with a male attire of an early 20th century gentleman, moustache included.
  • On Raising Hope, Barney falls in love with a young woman who grew a beard as a result of milk that had been spiked with bull hormones. They almost get upstairs, until she finds out that he was (initially) just being nice to her to distract her while Maw-Maw had sex with her grandfather as vengeance for the time his wife slept with her husband.
  • On The Big Bang Theory, Mrs. Wolowitz is mentioned as having a lot of facial hair due to menopause.
  • Masters of Horror: Played for horror in "The Screwfly Solution", where by the end the surviving women must disguise themselves as men (with drawn-on stubble) to avoid being brutally murdered.
  • Legion (2017): Adminral Fukiyama's Hive Mind is manifested in a group of identical women wearing skintight catsuits, pageboy haircuts and mustaches for no explicable reason.
  • Scrubs: In an episode where the Janitor has been wearing fake muttonchop whiskers as part of a prank, Carla is later wearing them when she explains the Aesop. Turk says it makes it kind of hard to take her seriously.
  • Out of Jimmy's Head: In one episode, Yancy's werewolf boyfriend Mike comments that she grows facial hair and should shave.
  • CSI: NY: A piece of evidence found in one case is a single strand of hair from a beard, but the DNA is determined to be female. Danny has an idea and takes Sheldon with him to question some Coney Island performers, one of whom is a bearded lady. Sure enough, the folks there put them on the right trail.
  • Several times on My Brother and Me, Alphie and Dee Dee's Aunt Helen is mentioned, and each time, someone inevitably brings up her mustache.
  • Taskmaster: In the second "Champion of Champions" special, Liza Tarbuck wears a beard as part of her task outfit during the pre-recorded tasks. After getting over the initial shock, most of the others agree that it weirdly suits her.
  • Odd Squad:
    • In "Reindeer Games", white beards are a part of Olive and Otto's Santa Claus outfits. Olive thinks hers is fake. It only takes one harsh tug on it for her to realize that it is, in fact, a real beard.
    • At the end of "Moustache Confidential", Oprah wears Obfusco's old mustache after he rejects it when she tries to give it back to him.
    • A Seadog Beard and a thin black mustache are part of Olive's Pirate Girl ensemble in "The Curious Case of Piratitis" after she contracts the titular disease.
    • In the Cold Open of "Hands on a Desk Chair", a client who works in a supermarket has his mustache disappear every time he scans an item. As he demonstrates the problem to Olympia and Otis, he scans a box of cereal, causing his mustache to move to Olympia, who screams in fright. As he scans more items, the mustache goes to Otis, then back to him, and so on until his mustache has returned to him. The problem is traced back to a wizard who had cursed the cashier previously, and Olympia and Otis chase him away with brooms.
    • In "Set Lasers to Profit", every agent, including Osmerelda and Orla, ends up getting mustaches as a result of Osmerelda, and later Orla, accidentally activating the wrong function on their suits.

  • Victoria Justice is a big fan of moustaches and wearing fake moustaches, to the point that most of the emoticons she uses have moustaches on them.
  • CocoRosie: Bianca Casady wears mustaches and drag in a lot of her music videos.
  • Tom Waits: Percilla Bejano, a real life sideshow artist with a beard, is namedropped among other freakshow artists in "Lucky Day Overture" from The Black Rider.
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic: Seen on the women parodying those found on Robert Palmer videos in the video for "UHF".
  • Parodied with Austrian drag queen performer and Eurovision 2014 winner Conchita Wurst. She looks feminine enough to pass for a genetic woman, except for the fact that she doesn't shave.
  • Frank Zappa’s "Catholic Girls" briefly mentions one of the titular... um, Catholic girls having a "tiny little mustache".

    Myths & Religion 
  • The Noongar sun goddess is sometimes described as having a beard. She is a grandmotherly figure and female beards are not weird to the Noongar anyways.
  • According to The Other Wiki, Guanyin, the Buddhist bodhisattva of compassion, is sometimes depicted as having a mustache despite being usually considered female. Some images displayed Guanyin attributes of both genders, in accordance with the Lotus Sutra.
  • Wilgefortis, also know as Kümmernis, was an apocryphal Christian saint, venerated in The Late Middle Ages. The story goes that she was a Christian princess, forced to marry a heathen by her father. To avert this fate, she prayed for her face to look repulsive. Her wish was granted by her miraculously growing a beard, whereupon her father had her crucified. The myth probably arose from depictions of the crucified Christ wearing a long robe, which to some audiences would have looked like a woman's dress.
  • The Yoruba goddess Oya is said to sprout a beard before going to battle.
  • Aphrodite, Greek goddess of beauty, was depicted as bearded in some of her cults on Cyprus.
  • Medusa and her sisters were depicted throughout the Archaic period as masculine Gonky Femme with fleshy noses, stuck-out tongues and beards. It's only after the beginning of Early Antiquity that their appearance shifted to the "young maidens with snakes for hair" model most people are familiar with.

  • One anti-suffrage political cartoon depicted a woman "stripped of her political disadvantages" as looking and dressing very mannishly — even having stubble.

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    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • The spell "Silverbeard" gives its caster a magic silver beard that blocks attacks. The spell explicitly notes that the user grows a beard if lacking one (casters with an existing beard have theirs modified), even if they can't normally grow one (Listing Elf or female Human as examples).
    • In the earliest editions of its lore, due to being heavily based on Tolkien's dwarves, D&D dwarf women grew beards, although depending on the setting there might be changes to this — Greyhawk dwarf women having a cultural tendency to shave, Dragonlance dwarf women growing sideburns rather than beards, et. As the game aged, however, bearded dwarf women became more controversial and TSR began quietly sweeping that lore away. When Wizards of the Coast bought the license and released 3rd edition, they tossed the idea out; thus, Sharindlar, Dwarf Goddess of Love, went from having a massive flaming red beard in 2nd edition to being clean-shaven in 3rd. "Wizards Presents: Races & Monsters", a design preview book for 4th edition, even had a section explicitly referring to this trait and explaining why it had been officially removed from the setting, since it tended to do nothing but make dwarf women a bad joke and alienate female players from the dwarf race. 5e's release brings back optional female dwarves with beards, mentioned once as a possibility in the handbook.
    • There's also the Belt of Dwarvenkind which, aside from giving the wearer the Constitution, poison resistance and language skills of a dwarf, also gives you a fifty percent chance each dawn of growing a full beard, as long as you are capable of growing one. Depending on how the DM interprets that last rule, bearded women are certainly a possibility.
  • Pathfinder:
    • Female manticores with human heads grow beards the same as males. Likewise, lion-headed females sport full manes.
    • Dwarven women, but only amongst the Grondasken, or underground dwarves; female mountain dwarves and surface dwarves don't grow beards.
  • Warhammer: Subverted in regards to the dwarfs. People do believe, in-universe, that dwarf women grow beards. They don't, and dwarfs find this belief highly insulting. In place of the men's elaborate beards, dwarf women instead wear their hair long, untrimmed and complexly braided.

  • Twelfth Night: Depending on the production, Viola might wear a fake moustache in order to masquerade as her brother.
  • Macbeth: The three witches are bearded.


    Video Games 
  • Ninja Clowns: Fat bearded ladies are an enemy you face in the game.
  • Team Fortress 2 has Australia, where this is actually the norm for women due to Australium. If you look at the Loose Canon webcomic, Australium has made all the men and women in Australia become geniuses... and obsessed with acting stereotypically macho, gain moustaches and enhanced muscle mass (the last one is only shown for the men in the comic, though).
  • The King of Fighters: In King of Fighters XI, the Kyokugen team's ending has Yuri, of all people, don a fake moustache as part of her disguise. Needless to say, Ryo and King aren't fooled, nor are they amused.
  • Dark Souls III: In the character creation screen, you have the option to make some very hairy female characters.
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution: Optionally Discussed by Adam Jensen, as part of a sarcastic response to someone asking if he'd been followed.
    Adam Jensen: Yeah, by a clown and a midget for a while. But they eventually met the bearded woman they were looking for near a coffee shop and we went our separate ways.
  • Saints Row: The Third does not restrict any appearance traits according to the gender of the player character.Saints Row IV continues the tradition and also features the Boss facing down an Evil Doppelgänger, who wears an eyepatch and goatee regardless of the Boss' sex.
  • Kingdom of Loathing: All female giants, since the simple art style necessitates that, absent scale or detail, all species need a simple trademark physical characteristic common to all individuals. For giants, it's the beard, regardless of gender.
  • In Baldur's Gate and Icewind Dale (Both games running on the same engine) all female Dwarves have beards. This can lead a funny interaction when you start out in Icewind Dale where you experience Viewer Gender Confusion.
  • Neverwinter Nights: One of the player characters's female Dwarf faces has two medium braids of beard descending from her chin. The Community Expansion Pack mod compilation adds several female Dwarf faces sporting facial hair, which are shorter and lighter than their male counterpart.
  • Sunset Overdrive does not limit appearance traits such as facial hair to just male playable characters.
  • In Fantasy Life, you can create a female character with facial hair.
  • Super Paper Mario: Princess Peach briefly sports an impressive moustache if you feed her the wrong fruit in the Overthere.
  • A Hat in Time: Red-hooded anti-mafia little girl vigilante Mustache Girl, appropriately enough, sports a curly handlebar mustache. No details about it are addressed in the game.
  • Dwarf Fortress's raw files contain code to give female dwarves the same beards as the men. It's Dummied Out by default, but has a plain-text comment telling you exactly how to reenable it.
  • Arc Style: Baseball!! 3D: You can invoke this trope for laughs in the Team Customization option by giving your female player a moustache. Don't worry: it can be removed at any point.
  • Starbound: The Apex are an entire race of super-intelligent ape people, all of whom have an excess of body hair — and the women are no exception. Naturally, this applies to beards as well.
  • In Skyrim, certain female draugr have beards.
  • Mystery Case Files: Lucy, Fate's Carnival's resident bearded lady and most popular carny in Mystery Case Files: Madame Fate sports one of the longest beards seen in fiction. She can wrap it around her torso twice. Shame it accidentally gets cut.
  • In Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers, the dwarves all have big bushy white beards, male and female. The beards are actually wholly artificial and part of their face-concealing helms. Underneath their helmets, they are visually indistinguishable from lalafells.
  • Monster Hunter: World's character creator lets you put facial hair on female characters.
  • Blasphemous has Altasgracias, a giant woman who not only sports a beard, but also has three faces on the same head. The reason for her appearance is that she used to be three sisters that were all forced into unwanted marriages. They prayed to the Miracle to become hideous enough to deter their suitors, and the Miracle obliged.
  • In PAYDAY 2, you can play as a female heister and wear Almir's Beard or the fake mustache "masks."
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition: Even though female dwarves in the Dragon Age universe are portrayed as much more feminine and sensuous than in most other settings, the game does allow you to give a female dwarf Inquisitor facial hair, though it'll be much thinner and fainter than the male options.
  • Age of Wonders 3 has a variety of full and luxurious beards for both male and female dwarven heroes in the character creator.
  • Dwarf women in EverQuest and EverQuest II can have facial hair. Nothing as heavy as the males, but it's still considered desirable among the various Dwarven cultures.
  • Carlotta, from the first level of 2Dark, is this
  • In Jurassic Park: Trespasser, John Hammond's secret tapes tell a story about a woman he loved in his youth. A recounting of their first meeting has him remembering "the hair on her upper lip" as one of the first things he noticed.

    Web Animation 

  • El Goonish Shive: Several times, none of which are canon.
  • Misfile: Emily tries to imagine what Ash would have looked like as a boy, resulting in an image of female Ash with a moustache.
  • In The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, there's "Paul Bunyan's Disease". It transforms its victims to bearded, axe-toting, giant lumberjacks. Can be contracted by both genders.
  • In Alfdis & Gunnora, dwarf women have beards. Alfdis in particular has a luxuriant braided moustache.
  • In Marilith, Marilith wears a fake beard and moustache as part of her Colonel Sanders disguise during a bank robbery.
  • In Sluggy Freelance, the "A Time For Hair-Raising" arc starts with Zoe and Gwynn growing beards from a hair-growth spell gone wrong, as seen here.
  • In Scandinavia and the World, Lady Germany has one.
  • The Whiteboard: Sandy greets a customer to Doc's shop, and is told by the customer that he wants to deal with a male employee. She ducks behind the counter, and comes back up with a fake moustache on her face, asking again if she can help him.
  • Homestuck character Jane Crocker wears a fake mustache several times.
  • Bravemule: Humans base leadership on who has the best mustache. While this would seemingly preclude women in positions of power, Atrix makes a successful bid for leadership by wearing a fake 'stache.
  • Two Guys and Guy has Guy growing a beard out of sheer willpower, just to prove Wayne a woman can be manlier than him.
  • In The Non-Adventures of Wonderella, Hitlerella's greatest weakness is that she has a moustache. Wonderita later suggests shaving it into a toothbrush moustache while high on truth serum, and Hitlerella spends the rest of the comic nervously checking herself in a mirror.
  • Bomango: Gogo Bomango, in one gag, grows some peach fuzz on her upper lip. Didi is too afraid to tell her.
  • Baskets of Guts: Female dwarves in grow beards.
  • Boozle: Every wizard's magical powers comes from facial hair. Even the little girl mage apprentices.
  • In Yokoka's Quest, Lady Pachi has subtle chin stubble when introduced. She shaves it off for Clyde and Blinky's wedding, and as of her last appearance it hadn't regrown yet.
  • The Chu, the creator of Slightly Damned, once drew a comic about a genetic disorder she suffers from that causes facial hair growth in females. She later drew a follow-up comic stating that since she had realized she is non-binary she decided to let it grow out to see what it looks like.
  • In Freefall, Tess Thurmad, an avowed transhumanist, modified herself to sport a handlebar mustache. Her son recounts it's a social filter - if people stay hung on the mustache, she keeps herself grounded at more mundane conversation topics. If someone sees beyond the mustache, she's an enthusiastic Genki Girl enchanted with the transhumanist cause and allows her mouth to run wild on any idea on the topic.
  • One of Aubrey's drunken schemes in Something*Positive was an idea to market fake beards to women so they could stroke them while they were thinking, as male academics stereotypically do. Later on, Peejee and Vanessa find a site which sells fake beards and moustaches modelled after those of famous people such as Einstein and Marx, and spend several strips wearing them.

    Web Original 
In a video title sexy moustache cooking, two women wearing fake moustache try to cook, but do it badly for comedic affect.
  • Joueur du Grenier: In the episode reviewing the Platoon and Metal Gear games, the "Al Moustacha" terrorist gang members all have a Porn Stache — including the one female.
  • JourneyQuest season 3 features Daggie the female dwarf, whose proper full beard does nothing to diminish her femininity, even though it usually conceals her ample cleavage.
  • Looming Gaia: Female dworfs are capable of growing thick facial hair due to the cold climate of their original homeland.
  • In Within Lapenko, all main characters are played by Anton Lapenko, who has an impressive moustache. He doesn't hide it even when he plays most of female characters.

    Western Animation 
  • In Grossology: In "Hirsute Yourself", many women, including Abby, grow beards after being subjected to an overdose of testosterone by Freddy Folicle.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog cartoons:
    • In Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, Dr. Robotnik's mother has a moustache similar to Robotnik's own.
    • Sonic Boom: In "Eggheads", when Sonic's friends eat the personality-changing cookies with Dr. Eggman's DNA, they all gain Eggman's trademark mustache. This includes the female characters, Amy and Sticks.
  • The Venture Bros.: Girl Hitler has a Hitler moustache.
  • TaleSpin: Rebecca Cunningham disguises herself with a moustache and beard in two episodes.
  • Kung Fu Panda 2: The Soothesayer is an elderly female goat with a beard.
  • The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries: In "Sherlock Doo", Daphne and Fred war false moustaches when disguised as British police officers.
  • Totally Spies!:
    • In "The Fugitives", the girls go in disguise to investigate a bank their doppelgangers robbed, and Sam wears a false mustache as part of her disguise.
    • In another episode, the girls are assigned to test new gadgets, one of which is a combination pocket and fake beard. They put it on the reject list for two reasons. One is this trope, and the other is that putting anything of value in there made it too heavy.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
  • In VeggieTales, Larry the Cucumber sometimes brings up his Great Aunt Ruth, who he mentioned had a beard.
  • The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty wore mustaches to infiltrate a Water Buffalo lodge meeting.
  • Teen Titans Go!: In "La Larva de Amor", Raven gets involved in a ridiculous milk mustache contest and goes through several mustache and beard styles.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door: One episode has an alien race of mustaches implant themselves on people's faces to grow, several girls are also implanted.
  • Fairly OddParents: In the first episode, a homeless Vicky is visible in Timmy's fantasy with a clear beard shade.
  • Family Guy:
    • In one episode, Chris tells Meg that he's jealous of her mustache. A later episode shows her shaving.
    • In another, Peter notes to Lois that bleaching her upper-lip hair doesn't mean everyone can't see it. He then calls her Martin Mull, a character actor who typically sports a blonde mustache.
  • Voltron: Legendary Defender: The Smurf-esque woman working at Vrepit Sal's sports a long beard.
  • Llama Llama: Nelly Gnu has a visible beard, despite being a preschool-aged girl. This is justified due to her species.
  • In Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Babyface's wife, Mrs. Manface, has a five-o'clock shadow on her, well, man-face (she's all woman despite that).
  • Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels: In one episode, Brenda Chance wore a mustache as part of her chauffeur disguise.
  • The Powerpuff Girls (1998): Two instances from Bubbles:
  • Looney Tunes: Several women fall victim to Daffy Duck's crimes of painting moustaches on everything in "Daffy Doodles".
  • American Dad!: In the episode "Shallow Vows", Francine gets facial hair after she stops doing her activities to stay beautiful, while also getting much fatter, getting a Big Ol' Unibrow, having her hair get messy, and getting hairy arms.
  • In one episode of Clone High, Joan of Arc puts on a fake mustache as part of a Paper-Thin Disguise to get on the boys' basketball team. It's enough to fool everyone. As it turns out, she's not the only one; several other players are wearing fake mustaches in order to play, including a dolphin.
  • Strawberry Shortcake: Berry in the Big City: In "Strawberry Nightmare", Strawberry dreams that she's in an alternate version of Big Apple City ruled by her after she betrayed her friends and sold their recipes as her own, and the Strawberry of this universe wears the Purple Pieman's outfit and also has his mustache. Right before the real Strawberry wakes up, she grows said mustache herself, then in the real world sees that her face is bare and expresses relief that she doesn't have to wax her upper lip.

    Real Life 
  • Having a strongly pronounced beard as a woman can be a symptom of an actual medical condition known as "hirsutism" and is caused by a higher-than-normal level of testosterone, which itself can have a number of causes (some of them quite serious).
  • Many women with typical masculine hormone levels also have moustaches, albeit thin ones. It tends to be more obvious on those with naturally dark and/or thick hair.
  • All humans have an extremely fine layer of hair all over the body except on the palms and soles, and certain ethnic phenotypes are prone to having more obvious hair than others whether any medical issues are present or not.
  • Hypertrichosis causes hair to grow on the chin and lip, as well as everywhere else.
  • Mexican painter Frida Kahlo was/is famous for her moustache, even though it was not very thick, as it was at that time considered unusual for a woman to not remove her beard.
  • Female rulers of Egypt (such as Cleopatra) used to wear the same royal attributes as the males when performing their official duties, which included a stylized fake beard.
  • In Brazil, it's a common joke about Portuguese women. The reasons are many: immigrants who really had them, the fact that most Portuguese men had them, and taking any opportunity to mock the former colonizers.
  • In 16th-century Poland, a Sensual Slav would have included a "moss" on her upper lip. While a full beard was seen as too masculine, just a little wisp of one was coyly feminine.
  • Naser al Din Shah, Qajar Shahanshah of Iran had a thing for girls with moustaches (he had a mustache of epic proportions himself). He was also a major Chubby Chaser and one of the first people in the world to acquire a photo camera, so every photo taken of women from his time was, well...mentioning Qajar-era beauty standards is an easy way to make an Iranian laugh.
  • A well known freakshow artist with a beard was Percilla Bejano, who is also namedropped in Tom Waits' song "Lucky Day Overture" from The Black Rider.
  • P. T. Barnum's circus featured a bearded lady named Josephine Clofullia, and at one point was the subject of a Frivolous Lawsuit by a patron who claimed she was merely a man in drag. A highly public trial ensued, with Barnum, the woman, her husband and her doctor proving her womanhood without a doubt. But of course, the man who sued was hired by Barnum to do so, and the whole thing was one big publicity stunt.
  • Cats, walruses, and many other whiskered animals.

Alternative Title(s): Girls With Mustaches, Bearded Lady


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