Follow TV Tropes


Wizard Beard

Go To
"Cumulus flounced forward in his sky-blue wizard's robe. He had golden brown hair and a thick beard that split in a wide fork, each prong of which curled up from his chin like long tongues."
Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I., Slimy Underbelly
A beard, usually white, extending a good ways down, is part of the standard appearance of a Wizard Classic. The length of a beard roughly indicates his ability as a wizard, as a really long beard can often indicate someone who is beyond a "natural" lifespan.

See also Robe and Wizard Hat. Compare and Contrast Beard of Barbarism, Beard of Evil (some evil wizards have this instead of a Wizard Beard.)


    open/close all folders 

  • Mr. Kadabra from About Dressy Sally is a wizard who magically appears in Sally's dream and emerges from a clock to carry her away. He has a long black beard.
  • Happy Heroes: Xiao Haha has a long, white-colored beard and not only uses magic like your average wizard, but he's also written an entire book about it.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Some of the older wizards in Negima! Magister Negi Magi (the Principal, and the head of the school Negi graduates from in chapter one) sport these.
  • Enho from The Twelve Kingdoms has one, despite not being a wizard. Or so we thought.
  • The Familiar of Zero: the Headmaster has one.
  • Fairy Tail: Several noticeable characters such as Org, Gran Doma, Hades, and August all have them. The latter two in particular are quite fitting since they are The Archmage.
  • Matal Mogammet, chancellor of the Magnoshutatt Magic Academy in Magi: Labyrinth of Magic, and an expy of Dumbledore and Voldemort.
  • In the Fate franchise, the Caster class is represented as an old man with long beard. However, none of the characters featured as Casters have long beard: In Fate/stay night, Caster is a young woman; in Fate/Zero, he is a middle-aged man with no beard despite being known as the Bluebeard; in Fate/EXTRA, she is a female kitsune. Even Merlin lacks a beard. Only Shakespeare has a beard albeit a short one.
  • Wil from Tweeny Witches has a long white beard.
  • One Piece: The inhabitants of the sky island of Weatheria are a group of old men who invent and utilize advanced technology to manipulate various weather phenomenon. Yet, for some reason all of them dress and look like old-timey wizards, wearing robes, pointy hats, and sporting ridiculously long beards and moustaches.

    Card Games 

    Comic Books 
  • The Ancient One, mentor of Doctor Strange, has a long beard, albeit a neat one. His colleague the Aged Genghis (who is quite insane) has an odd version which is either a forked beard or a very large mustache.
  • Asterix: Druid Panoramix/Getafix sports a long white beard. He's responsible for making the magic potion that makes the village invincible.
  • Suthaze, the Evil Sorcerer in SnarfQuest, has a long white beard that reaches most of the way down his chest and is tied into two ponytails.
  • Wonder Woman Vol 1: While Shaggy is actually a leprechaun, he wears what is essentially a Robe and Wizard Hat, has powerful magic and has a long white beard that has gotten stuck in things when he doesn't remember to tuck it into his belt.

    Fan Works 
  • There are a number of these on wizards in The Keys Stand Alone: The Soft World, most notably on Shaamforouz.
  • Empath, although more of a powerful telepath than a wizard, has a very long beard as Great-Grandfather Smurf in the Empath: The Luckiest Smurf story "Days Of Future Smurfed".
  • Papa Smurf himself grows one in the latter years of his life in Hero: The Guardian Smurf.


    Film—Live Action 

  • Harry Potter:
    • Dumbledore has such a beard, helping with his status as The Archmage.
    • Played for laughs in Goblet of Fire when Dumbledore draws an "Age Line" around the goblet to prevent any underage students entering themselves for the Triwizard Tournament. Anyone who tries, even if they've magically aged themselves up, is knocked backwards... and finds that they've suddenly grown an enormous beard (yes, this includes women). When the Weasley twins try it, Dumbledore compliments them on the quality of their beards.
    • "Merlin's beard!" is a common exclamation among British wizards (replaced, on one occasion, by "Merlin's pants!").
  • The Lord of the Rings: Gandalf, Saruman, and Círdan have such beards. Círdan is interesting because he is one of the few elves to have facial hair, and although technically not a wizard, has pretty close ties to them.
  • Phenomena: Sha-ra has this, Sherpa might have it, while no hair is ever seen on Tarkan.
  • Dragon Queen: the old man has a long white beard.
  • Where's Waldo? has a recurring character called Wizard Whitebeard.
  • Some older depictions of Elminster of Shadowdale in the Dungeons & Dragons Forgotten Realms setting. Newer pictures give him a short beard.
  • Played with in the Discworld novels with Rincewind, who has a scraggly beard but is not one of nature's beard-wearers, and Ponder Stibbons, who is not able to grow one at all. They are the exceptions in a sea of proud, beardy wizards.
    • Cohen however, has a barbarian beard. It has been described as making his loincloth superfluous as far as decency was concerned.
    • Prehumous Professor of Morbid Bibliography, Professor Pelc (as opposed to the Posthumous Professor of the same. Think about it) wears a false long beard because it is expected of wizards and remains one of the few naturally, by choice unshaven wizards to be seen.
    • Professor Hix of The Department Of Post-Mortem Communications has a goatee, as is expected of his position.
    • Cutwell in Mort also lacked a beard; the narration explained that there are fashions in wizardry like everything else, and Cutwell was out of step with the one that said you had to look like an elderly alderman.
  • In Old Man Khottabych by Lazar Lagin, the titular genie's beard becomes a plot point because he can only cast magic by expending a hair from it. Meaning that if, by any misfortune, he loses his beard (or simply gets it wet), he's Brought Down to Normal. Except for one case when he was prepared for it and cast a spell to temporarily do magic with Badass Finger Snaps.
  • Lampshaded and averted in the Young Wizards series. It's pointed out that the most skilled wizards don't get the opportunity to grow long beards, since being a thorn in the side of the Big Bad tends to lead to a short life-span.
  • Sword of Truth:
    • Averted/parodied in the first book where First Wizard Zedd has no beard. Midway through the first book, Richard calls him out on this, saying that wizards are supposed to have beards, and everyone knows that. Zedd plays along, and magically grows out a long white beard... then immediately shaves it off, saying he doesn't wear a beard because they're itchy. He can't just remove it himself, because he only has Additive magic.
    • Later, it's a plot point that Richard can both grow and remove his own beard — signifying that he can use both Additive and Subtractive magic.
  • Both Fizban from Dragonlance and his Expy Zifnab from The Death Gate Cycle have these.
  • Enforced in Diana Wynne Jones' Dark Lord of Derkholm. Mr. Chesney's regulations state that every wizard leading a Pilgrim Party must wear a long beard in order to appear ancient and wise, no matter how old they really are. For this reason, women aren't allowed to be party wizards, one of the many, many complaints the locals have about the whole affair.
  • C. S. Lewis loved this trope. In The Chronicles of Narnia, Coriakin, Ramandu, old Caspian, Father Time, Father Christmas, and the Hermit of the Southern March are all described as having very long white beards. (Of course, most of them are not actual wizards).
  • Lampshaded in The Last Unicorn. When Schmendrick announces himself as a wizard he is more than once met with doubt because people expect a real wizard to have a beard. Later they meet the powerful wizard Mabruk who has the stereotypical long beard.
  • Played with in The Belgariad, where this is, like the Robe and Wizard Hat, is a point of minor contention. All the sorcerers in the series have short beards or none at all, save Ctuchik, whose ragged whiskers fit his general "decrepit corpse" look. The idea of them all having long beards is met with scorn.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire. Grand Maester Pycelle (the maesters are Fantasy Counterpart Culture scientists rather than practitioners of magic, though some also study it) has a long white beard which gives himself an air of wisdom. Unfortunately after Tyrion Lannister has Shagga forcibly shave it off during an interrogation, he loses this implied authority, just looking like a sickly old man.
  • Second Apocalypse: Drusas Achamian is a sorcerer of rank in the School of the Mandate and sports a long beard with five white streaks in it. However, his beard is pretty standard, given that most cultures outside of the Nansur Empire cultivate beards.
  • Enchanted Forest Chronicles: All of the wizards have a long, unkempt beard.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power: The Meteor Man, is part of the Istari, and sports a bushy unkept long beard.
  • Merlin on Merlin (2008) usually averts this trope, since he's a youth in the series. But it is put into play when he uses the aging spell to turn himself into "Dragoon" and the beard is definitely there. His future self also sports one.
  • Parodied hard in Wizards of Waverly Place where the senior Wizard of Wiztech has a fake beard that he surrenders to a wannabe dark wizard.

    Myths & Religion 
  • Most depictions of Merlin. Oddly, medieval portrayals of Merlin do not give him the beard — that came later. Merlin was only shown in early works as a youth, and in later works — like Mallory — he's a shapeshifter who takes the shape of a child, a woman, and old man, but never reveals his true form.
  • Many deities have such beards. These include Zeus/Jupiter, Saturn/Kronos, Odin and even some depictions of capital G God. The modern depiction of Wizards with these beards, which can be traced to Tolkien, was directly inspired by Odin's traditional portrayals as the Gray Wanderer.
  • Santa Claus.
  • Melchior from the Magi.
  • Hermes Trismegistos, the founder of Alchemy
  • Hiram Abif, the founder of Freemasonry


    Tabletop Games 
  • Warhammer: Wizards largely, but not universally, avert this trope.
    • The most powerful wizards in the Warhammer world are either Elves (who are naturally beardless), Slann (giant frogs, so no body hair at all), daemons (mostly hairless, though it varies) or undead (and hence tend to lack not only hair but any skin to grow it from as well). The most thickly bearded race, Dwarfs, doesn't have any wizards at all. Of the remaining races with spellcasters Bretonnian wizards are all female, Skaven and Beastmen have animal heads rather than human facial features, and Ogre wizards tend to have little by way of facial hair, which leaves the human wizards of the Empire and Chaos Sorcerers as the sole candidates for Wizarding Beards, except Sorcerers tend to wear fully-enclosing armor including helmets/have so many mutations a beard wouldn't be visible as a sign of magical power.
    • Even then beards are fashionable in the Empire in general, and most Imperial wizards tend to be no more fulsomely bearded than other Imperial citizens, with the usual exception of the wild and shamanic Amber Wizards and druidic nature-venerating Jade Wizards (but that's just as much a Beard of Barbarism). Notably, however, Imperial wizards who sport beards almost invariably have ones in colors matching their associated lore of magic — the pyromancers of the Bright College wear bright red and orange beards, for instance.
    • The most powerful wizard in the Empire, Balthasar Gelt, probably does not have a beard, and even if he does it is sufficiently small to conceal entirely behind the golden facemask he wears at all times.
    • In Mordheim, the model for the human wizard Nicodemus also depicts him with a flowing beard that reaches past his belt.
  • Pathfinder: Ezren, the iconic Wizard, has a more trimmed version of this. In the same setting, male Witches can learn a hex that lets them turn even the smallest patch of beard into one of these, or make an existing one super-long, as a side-effect of turning it into Prehensile Hair.
  • Dungeons & Dragons: In Mystara, the supplement Elves of Alfheim has an elf wizard NPC sporting a very long beard (Mystara's elves can grow facial hair) just because he heard of this trope amongst human wizards and found it cool.

    Video Games 
  • Final Fantasy has the recurring summon Ramuh in that no matter what his size is, his beard is thick and goes down to his knees. One way the Warrior of Light in Final Fantasy XIV describes Ramuh is this:
    "He's half man, half beard, and another half beard for good measure."
  • Athos (who is over 1000) of Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade has a beard almost as tall as he is (or taller; portrait, official art, and battle sprite differ on the exact length, but it is always past the waist). And Hector constantly lampshades it with his nickname for Athos, Graybeard.
  • In Little Big Adventure, to become a wizard, a (fake) long white beard is a necessary costume element along with the wizard robe and hat. Before being able to graduate, Twinsen must buy one off of a shady flying carpet salesman.
  • The archmagi (including Antonidas) in Warcraft. Velen, too, although he's less "wizard" than "ancient high priest."
  • Lezaford in Final Fantasy Tactics A2.
  • The Riftwar Cycle: The Great One (read: really powerful Tsurani magician) Makala has a long white beard, in spite of the books asserting emphatically that Great Ones do not wear beards, because in Tsurani culture, only slaves are anything but clean-shaven.
  • In the game Space Station 13, there's a gamemode in which a player is selected to be a Space Wizard and cause chaos on the station. He needs a few items to be able to cast spells. Those items? A Robe and Wizard Hat and a Beard.
  • Gammel Drask of GrimGrimoire.
  • Manannan in King's Quest III.
  • Alakazam from Pokémon.
  • In the Borderlands 2 campaign "Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon's Keep", Claptrap takes the role of a mad, reclusive wizard. However, since he's a robot, he naturally has no beard until he tasks you with collecting the beards of dead dwarves and forging (yes, forging) one for him.
  • Dragon Quest III: The male mage is a hunched-over old man with a white beard, though it doesn't go much lower than his chest.
  • Dungeon Keeper 2: The enemy Wizard units have a Wizard Classic look with a long white beard, the better to contrast them with their warlock Evil Counterparts in the player's employ, who all have shaved heads and black goatees.
  • The Legend of Zelda CD-i Games:
    • Link: The Faces of Evil: Gwonam has a long gray beard and a few magic powers like making scrolls appear out of nowhere.
    • Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon has a villainous exemple with Hectan, an evil sorcerer who has a long cyan beard.

  • 8-Bit Theater: While it's not quite a beard, Sarda, the Jerkass Wizard Who Did It, was around since the beginning of the universe, where, through a mistake of Sarda's own, White Mage had beaten him to the punch in its creation. As he sits and waits for millennia, his iconic moustache can be seen gradually growing.
  • El Goonish Shive: Abraham has a relatively small grey beard for a wizard. But then he's not a very good wizard.
  • Homestuck: The wizards in Mom Lalonde's paintings and statuary and in Rose's fiction are all provided with long, flowing beards. This is parodied on a number of occasions, such as in Rose's stories mentioning that they have a habit of stroking their beards that borders on the compulsory and when Rose combines a wizard statue and ball of yarn in Sburb's Item Crafting system to create "a ball of SILKEN WIZARDBEARD YARN (WITH MAGICAL PROPERTIES)".
  • My Middle Name's Adventure: Lina's mentor has such a thick beard his speech is incomprehensible. The tail of his speech bubble even gets stuck in it.
  • Nodwick: Artax has a Wizard Mustache. In an alternate universe where he's more powerful, it's longer, and prehensile.
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • The wizard Dorukan acquired a proper long white beard in his old age, well after attaining Epic status. Eugene, Roy's father and student of the wizard Fyron Pucebuckle (who also had a nice beard before Xykon killed him), has one, but it is fairly short.
    • When Elan gets it into his head that he wants to be a wizard, part of the outfit he pulls together involves a fake white beard.
  • Sluggy Freelance: Gandledorf, what with being a Dumbledore parody with a little bit of Gandalf thrown in.
  • Wizard School has several of these — Headmaster Farnsdorf has a particularly long wizard beard.

    Western Animation 
  • Merklynn from Visionaries.
  • The Ice King in Adventure Time. And he can use it to fly.
  • Homnibus the good wizard in The Smurfs. Gargamel tried to use magic to grow one in an episode, believing he'd be more respected in the wizard community with a beard, but he didn't read the directions right, and the beard filled his entire house and extended itself all the way to the Smurf Village. Naturally, the Smurfs had to rescue him. Grandpa Smurf, who is technically a wizard from his experiences of traveling through the world, has a very long white beard.
  • Yen Sid, Mickey Mouse's magic teacher in both Fantasia and the Kingdom Hearts series.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Starswirl the Bearded, an ancient unicorn mage famous for mentoring both the Princesses and one of the founders of Equestria, inventing the amniomorphic spell and being one of the most powerful wizards to ever live, gained his name from his iconic snowy-white beard. Exactly how long this beard is depicted as has varied in the show — when Twilight Sparkle went for Nightmare Nightnote  as him, her fake beard went to the ground, and his depiction in a flashback in Rainbow Rocks gave an enormous beard large enough to fill the screen, but the comics show him with a much smaller beard. Once he appeares on-screen in "Shadow Play", he's shown with a full but much more sedate beard, paired with a mustache.
    • Sunburst has a long and somewhat scraggly goatee. Played with — the beard, alongside his messy and book-filled study and his star-spangled cape, helps reinforce the appearance in "The Crystalling" that he's a successful and powerful wizard. However, he isn't actually good at using magic and never became a wizard, although he is a very knowledgeable scholar of arcane lore.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: Avatar Roku has a Gandalf-esque long white beard to emphasize his role as Aang's mentor.
  • Il Était Une Fois...: Maestro, whose beard is clearly modelled after Leonardo da Vinci.
  • Sported by Twinkle-Stick, the tribal shaman of the Lizard Clan, in Fangbone!. In "Helmit of Durling", the reduced-intelligence Bill starts to believe that anyone with facial hair is Twinkle-Stick.
  • The Wizard from the 1933 Wizard of Oz short is depicted with having a long beard.
  • He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983):
    • Orko's uncle Montork has a long white beard that sticks out from the bottom of his scarf. He's the head of the Academy of Magic in Trolla, along with being the one that taught Orko all he knows about magic.
    • All three members of the Crimson Council, one of the highest tiers of wizards in Trolla, have long beards that stick out of their scarves, even longer than Montork's.


Video Example(s):


Wizard Stereotypes

Alex and Stevie put on long beards and pointy hats to make fun of wizard stereotypes after finding out they're both wizards, but get offended when Harper does it.

How well does it match the trope?

5 (5 votes)

Example of:

Main / NWordPrivileges

Media sources: