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

  • Dennou 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.
  • 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 

    Films — Animated 

  • 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.

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    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.

    Literature 

  • 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.

    Live-Action TV 

    Music 

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

    Tabletop Games 

    Toys 

  • 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 

    Webcomics 

    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.


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