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

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

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


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Den-noh Coil had a whole episode about beards made out of "illegals", dark creatures that could only be seen by characters wearing the series' computer glasses. The beards worshiped the people whose faces they were on as gods.
  • Endeavor from My Hero Academia is a superhero with the power to produce and manipulate large amounts of fire. When using his powers he chooses to give himself a beard made of flames.
  • In One Piece, Django's goatee is actually the stalk of a mushroom that grew on his chin. Eating the cap of the mushroom is what gave Django his hypnosis powers.

    Comic Books 
  • One of the mutated teens in Charles Burns graphic novel Black Hole has what appears to be a regular beard (which makes sense since he's been living out in the woods) but on closer and repeated viewing is revealed to be his mutation: a lump of flesh growing on his face in that general shape.
  • Empowered has the villain Weirdbeard. (It's made of Prehensile Hair, otherwise seems to be normal - just very long.)
  • Wonder Woman:
    • Wonder Woman (1942): Rykornians have plant-fiber based facial hair reminiscent of corn-silk.
    • Wonder Woman (1987): This version of Deimos, the Olympian god of terror, has a beard made of poisonous serpents.

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

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Goblin King in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has a mass of fatty flesh hanging down from his chin, wobbling as he speaks, like a very unpleasant beard.
  • Davy Jones from Pirates of the Caribbean has Octopus tentacles around his face to resemble his beard in human form.
  • Certain Transformers in the Transformers Film Series have beards made out of mechanical parts. Ratchet has a mustache, Jetfire has a beard made of metal plates, The Fallen somehow has a braided beard made of metal, same with Sentinel Prime. Hound has a beard that appears to be made of wires and circuits.

  • In the Discworld novels, Jack Frost's hair and beard are made out of icicles.
  • Treebeard and most of the other Ents in The Lord of the Rings have moss or leaf beards.
  • In Artemis Fowl, dwarf beards are basically alive. Along with other magical properties.
  • Blue Beard: The antagonist gets his nickname from his titular beard, which is inexplicably blue. Very weird indeed

    Live-Action TV 
  • Doctor Who: "The End of Time" has a pair of Rubber-Forehead Aliens called the Vinvocci, who have spikes on their heads instead of hair. The male Vinvocci has some spikes on his chin like a goatee.
  • D'Argo from Farscape has a fleshy beard-bulb along with a long-braided moustache.

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

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • Barbazu are devils with beards made up of bristles so sharp and stiff, they can stab people with them.
    • Mitchifer, the proprieter of The World Serpent Inn, has a beard made up of hundreds of small, thin snakes.
  • Dreadfleet: The artwork for Tordrek Hackhart, the Chaos Dwarf captain of the Black Kraken, shows that he replaced his beard with a mass of writhing mechanical tentacles, fitting with the mechanical sea monster theme of his daemon-possessed submersible.
  • Magic: The Gathering: Male Kor have tentacle beards.

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

    Video Games 
  • Boldur from Battleborn is a space dwarf with a beard that is a bunch of tree branches with a few leaves sticking out.
  • Vamos the Blacksmith in Dark Souls is a very large skeleton with a beard made of chains.
  • The Organon of Deponia have mechanical beards. These beards can contain various tracking sensors.
  • Paarthurnax in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, as a proud member of the Greybeard order, has a beard made out of horns on his chin.
  • God of War (PS4): Jormungandr the World Serpent, like his title suggests, is a SNAKE with a typical Viking beard, and it's made of seaweed!
  • Heroes of the Storm: Muradin's Candy King skin gives him a beard made of whipped cream.
  • The Deku, a race of Plant People from The Legend of Zelda franchise, have leafy beards.
  • Mass Effect: Although it's not common, krogan seem to have a propensity to grow bony "goatees". Grunt has a few little plates on his chin, while Nakmor Drack has a cluster of spikes growing from his.
  • A minor character in Paper Mario 64, Oakley, has a beard made out of leaves.
  • Emboar from Pok√©mon Black and White has a beard made of fire. Also, Probopass has a mustache made of iron filings and Beartic has a beard made of ice. Tropius has a beard made out of bananas, while Galarian Weezing has a beard made of smog on one of its faces. Corviknight has one too, sporting what looks like a beard made of metallic feathers.
  • Admiral Razorbeard from Rayman 2: The Great Escape has, well, a razorblade for a beard.
  • In The Secret of Monkey Island, the Ghost Pirate LeChuck, on whom Davy Jones above is based, has a beard which appears to be made of hair but writhes about of its own accord. In Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge, Guybrush keeps it as a memento - and it's still wriggling.
  • World of Warcraft:
    • In Warcraft III, most Ancients have long flowing beards made of vines and leaves, specifically the Ancient of Lore, Ancient of War, Tree of Life, and Ancient Protector. This is carried into their WoW models, with the beardless Ancients of Wind and Wonders not appearing at all.
    • Male draenei and eredar have zero, two, or four tentacles hanging from their chins like a beard (female draenei instead have them behind their ears). The really weird part is that they can also grow regular beards alongside their tentacles.

  • Vlad in El Goonish Shive had feather-antennae growing out of his jaw and cheeks. He lost them when he was transformed into a human woman.
  • In Questionable Content, the Linux AnthroPC has a heat sink where a beard should be.
  • Unsounded: Ruck, a mind drinking efheby, has tentacles instead of hair. This includes a beard and sideburns, with a pair of small hands for holding victims in place.

    Web Original 
  • The SCP Foundation contains one such example in SCP-6087, a mythical boogeyman known as the Voice-Taker who, as his name implies, steals the voices of children who lie, curse, and disobey their parents, which he then hides down in the same well where he died. The titular being is described as possessing an oversized mouth, and a beard composed entirely out of flies and maggots.

    Web Video 
  • In Critical Role, Fjord, knowing of Nott's fondness for buttons and baubles, concocts a tale of a pirate named Buttonbeard to trick the hydrophobic Nott into accompanying the team on an underwater treasure search. Nott sees through it instantly.
  • Pinchly, from Long Gone Gulch, is a cactus man. It's hard to tell sometimes, but he sports a scruffy looking beard and sparse moustache of cactus prickles.

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

    Real Life 
  • Egyptian Pharaohs wore strap on beards made of different materials. Even one, Hatshepsut, who was a woman.
  • Some people are into bee bearding, with several thousand of the live bugs looking like a beard on their faces and necks, although it's not likely to be a long-term thing when you think about it.
  • Dewlaps are fleshy dangling structures found on the necks of animals, such as turkeys (wattles), lizards, or zebu. Not technically beards, but it looks like this trope. Similarly, bearded dragon lizards have spines on their neck that look like a beard, hence their name.
  • The barbels of many fish species can look like mustaches and goatees.
  • Turkeys have a long tuft of "hair" that's called a beard, and looks bit like a neck beard.