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Basic Trope: As a period of time passes, a character grows a beard to show it.

  • Straight: Bob has been on a quest for several months. A cut revealing he has grown notable facial hair is used to show this.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob has been on a trip for a month. A cut reveals he has grown an extremely long beard and very shaggy hair.
    • Bob and all of his male companions grow beards. The women also grow long Rapunzel Hair.
  • Downplayed: Bob simply grows some shaggy hair or develops some stubble.
  • Justified:
    • The male characters are in a situation (deserted island, etc.) where they don't have the opportunity to shave.
    • It's used as part of an Age Cut to show the difference between pre- and post-pubescence.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: A cut occurs that reveals Bob has grown a beard, implying a long amount of time has passed. The beard is actually fake and only five minutes has passed.
  • Double Subverted: Bob takes off the fake beard to reveal he has grown an actual beard. Turns out it has actually been three months.
  • Parodied:
    • Bob and Sally have been waiting for five minutes. They both grow beards that reach their knees.
    • The character affected belongs to a species that is incapable of growing hair (much less a beard), a robot, or similar 'non-living' creature
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    • A woman grows a beard
  • Zig Zagged: Bob goes on a trip. A cut reveals he has grown a long beard, which he shaves off immediately. He then proceeds to put on a fake beard.
  • Averted:
    • None of the time cuts use beard or hair growth to show the passage of time
    • All of the characters have Perma-Shave or have beards for the entire story
    • All of the characters are bald and/or incapable of growing body hair
    • Perma-Shave
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "It's been a while since we've seen you, Bob. You look really different because of your beard."
  • Invoked: Bob uses his beard and the fact he's been gone for a very long time as a wayto ensure no one will recognize him.
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  • Exploited: Bob uses a fake beard to pull a prank on his gullible friend, making him believe he has fallen asleep for several months.
  • Defied: Bob makes a conscious effort to continue to shave and cut his hair.
  • Discussed: "We're going to be on this trip for a long time. I'll probably have a beard by the end of it."
  • Conversed: "Hero Mc'Hunkington has definitely been stranded on that island since last episode. You can tell because of his beard."
  • Implied: The characters find a man with a long beard who has been stranded on a deserted island for an unknown amount of time.
  • Deconstructed: ???

It's been a while since you've been back to Time-Passage Beard *strokes new beard*

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