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It used to be that things were simple: The Heroes had faces smoother than a baby's bottom and Villains had long, thin, oily moustaches to twirl after tying the Distressed Damsel to a set of train tracks. Then along came the grizzled Drifter with his five o'clock shadow, The Gunslinger with his proud beard, and other Antiheroes who broke out of old archetypes. Thanks to these brave pioneers in the fight for facial follicle freedom it's been okay for heroes to have beards, villains to be clean-shaven, and Antiheroes to blur the lines. However, much like superhero costumes there are still guidelines for who can get away with what.

By default Heroes tend towards clean shaves, whether it's because of artistic inertia or simple cultural popularity is up for grabs.

It is worth noting that the last United States President with any facial hair whatsoever is William Howard Taft, meaning our last century of Presidents has been clean-shaven. Sometimes movies made in countries or/of eras that are friendlier to facial hair have a higher number of heroes and extras with beards and moustaches, though it is still very common to find anachronistically clean shaven male main characters. A full, thick, and above all well trimmed beard is almost always a sign of the good guys (Dwarves, The Mentor, Santa, etc). You will never, ever see a good character with a Fu Manchu moustache, nor one with a pencil thin moustache, unless you are watching an Errol Flynn movie, or in fact any movie from the 1930s or 40s. Stubbles are an exception, as they're usually a sign of Antiheroism and badassitude.

Villains with beards tend to either have long wispy ones, short fancy ones, or wild and unkempt ones. This depends entirely on what flavor their villainy has. Sophisticated villains tend towards clean shaves and devil goatees and will almost always be very fastidious about their appearance. Savage villains are likelier to have a full on uncontrolled beard, possibly with braids or dreadlocks. Back alley thugs or unsavory types are likely to keep thin and scraggly beards, in line with their ratty appearance.

An Anti-Hero, of course, can go either way, although they rarely have the wispy beards. Perma-Stubble is popular for antiheroic characters (as well as the generally badass) as a contrast to clean-shaven heroes. One pop culture extreme is to get incredibly elaborate patterns in a full beard. Again, this depends on if the Anti-Hero is the grungy unkempt kind or is going for a Blade like extravagance.

For Evil Minions and foot soldiers one of the few perks they enjoy is complete freedom to go overboard with their beards: long braids, intricate patterns, pencil thin flame designs and more are common. The punk/grunge/barbarian image their intricate styles boast is an excellent cue that they'll soon be wishing they'd spent less time grooming and more practicing to dodge an Offhand Backhand.

Whether a woman's hairstyle is good or evil depends on when the show was filmed. The good hairstyle of 2009—long, sexy, but not too smooth—would have been seen only on a villain (like Cruella Deville) fifty years earlier. In contrast, the bad hairstyle of 2009—big, teased, with floofy bangs—was the good hairstyle of 1985. The implication is that heroines are slaves of fashion while villains are dowdy and out of date.


These type of characters often have a neat full beard—especially if they are a wise old wizard. The odder the mentor, the less tidy his beard.

Belgarath of the Belgariad has a neatly trimmed beard. His "brothers" (fellow disciples of the God Aldur) also have beards—long and wispy for the twins Beltira and Belkira, and unkempt birds-nest for Beldin.

A famous example in Commander William Riker's beard in Star Trek: The Next Generation which not only signaled the moment when he was a Kirk clone no more but also created the trope Growing the Beard marking when the series started improving to become the television classic it would be.

The entire stock fantasy race of Dwarves (and yes, if female dwarves exist at all, they have beards too), usually priding themselves on the fullness and thickness of their beards and sometimes styling them elaborately.

Older Than Print: The first example is Merlin, King Arthur 's famous advisor, who is always drawn/filmed/described as having a long beard, which was copied by Gandalf and Dumbledore.

Subverted by the BBC series, which depicts Merlin as a clean-shaven teenager.

Popular depictions of Jesus typically portray him with a thick beard and long hair.

Both Gorion and Elminster from Baldur's Gate have the wizard beard variety.

Avatar: The Last Airbender , Avatar Roku and Uncle Iroh both sport the "Sage Graybeard" variety of facial hair, as befits "good" characters (in spite of their both being from the otherwise Always Chaotic Evil Fire Nation).

These type of characters are pretty likely to have a Thick Moustache or Porn Stache , though this is the hardest hair to pin down. This is something of a Justified Trope insofar as before 1980, the dress codes of some urban police departments mandated mustaches for men, as there was a perception that they made cops look older and more authoritative. Even now "moustache" is a French slang term for "policeman." In British shows senior military personnel will often have a moustache for similar reasons, probably a Kitchener-style handlebar.

Thomson & Thompson (a k a Dupont & Dupond) from Tintin . One has a slight curl to his mustache, which seems to be the only way to tell them apart.

Captain Gordon from Godzilla: Final Wars sported a badass moustache, which suited a character so awesome he only spoke English in a Japanese movie (that and he was willing to take on Godzilla in a fistfight).

In the live-action Transformers film, Barricade's holographic driver was a police officer simply called "mustache man" by the filmmakers.

In RoadGames , the trucker Pat Quid has a typical blue collar 80s moustache. He is stalked by a serial killer with an unkempt beard and mullet.

Rembrandt "Crying Man" Brown from Sliders , a musician with more soul than any mere soulpatch could carry.

Monk 's Captain Stottlemeyer sports this distinctive mustache.

Lampshaded on That '70s Show when Kelso joins the police academy and grows a mustache purely because of his new career choice.

In keeping with some of the more "mildly trustworthy" points on the scale illustrated, Ray Carling from Life On Mars and Ashes to Ashes has a droopy moustache which could either be full or the "RS Jake" horseshoe, and he is often rather more on the Cowboy Cop end of things for Sam Tyler or Alex Drake's comfort.

The Beastie Boys all wear fake mustaches in their video for "Sabotage", which parodies cop shows of the 70's/80's.

Super Mario Bros. : Mario and Luigi are mustachioed heroes, as a simple mouth on the primitive game sprites wouldn't show as well.

Kai Kitamura from Super Robot Wars Original Generation. The "older and more authoritative" part especially kicks in when he recruits most of the younger members of the group into a single team.

The Super Robot Soulgain also sports a metal moustache, though its pilot Axel Almer doesn't sport one. And yes, he's still a military man.

Colonel Stephon Ely, from the Crusader series of games, has a thick moustache and chomps a cigar (which he never actually smokes, probably because the actor didn't).

Every cop in Axe Cop , along with ever-present aviator shades.

Subverted in Code Geass , where several female characters have hair like this (Nunnally, Marianne, Shirley, Euphy), but the one with the longest and wavier hair is... a cute little boy named V.V.

In A Song of Ice and Fire , where Dothraki men wear their hair long, and it's considered the height of masculinity. as a warrior must cut his hair if he loses a fight. The longer his hair, the longer he's been winning. Khal Drogo died with his hair never cut—not many men can say that.

Morgana and Guinevere from Merlin . In Guinevere's Rags to Riches story-arc she goes from practical buns to long, flowing hair, whilst Morgana's Jumping Off the Slippery Slope arc takes her from shiny, flowing tresses to a bird's nest of messy hair that seems to include dreadlocks.

On Smallville every single one of Clark's love interests have long hair, Lana in particular; contrast with his Unlucky Childhood Friend Chloe, whose hair never goes past her shoulders.

Subverted by the perceptions of the ancient Spartans, who considered their warriors as the pinnacle of masculine beauty with their muscles and long hair. There's a story that Spartan law required men to wear their hair long, as it made the handsome ones look even more handsome and the ugly ones even uglier. Before fighting, they would often get their hair styled as part of their preparation for death.

Although according to legend this was because after a certain war against their eternal rivals Argos the Spartans, who up until then had worn their hair short, started to wear it long while it was vice versa for the Argives.

In The Middle Ages, long hair was a mark of a free man; serfs had to wear it short. In Bavaria, "G'scherter" (shorn one) is still an insult meaning something like "ignorant peasant".

This type of hair on a man often indicates that he is a Nature Hero, or otherwise close to nature.

Jerom from Suske en Wiske (Spike and Suzy) has shaggy long(er) hair, and a beard. He's also a time-displaced caveman.

Tarzan : Tarzan is usually portrayed as having long hair due to living in the wild, though curiously he rarely has a beard. (This goes back to the original novel, in which he learns about shaving from an abandoned book and adopts the practice as a reminder to himself that he's a man and not an ape.)

This type of facial hair is rare, but not unheard of. They often indicate that the character is mysterious or an outsider.

Doctor Strange occasionally sports a goatee. All his incarnations (except for a Dork Age version best forgotten) have had some variety of 'stache.

Oliver Queen started out clean-shaven in the comic-books as well. When Denny O'Neil started writing him and he became a hippie (Queen, that is, not O'Neil), he grew his goatee in part to signify that he was 'hip' and 'sticking it to The Man '. That, and it would offer a nice contrast with his clean-shaved temporary partner Hal " Green Lantern " Jordan.

Ollie's goatee in its fullest glory was truly a thing to behold, as some artists would draw it long enough that it started to curl back up again at the end, and in extreme cases, made it actually fork into two distinct curls, one on each side.

Jack and Will both sport goatees in Pirates of the Caribbean . The "van Dyck" style goatee was popular in the era the films were set.

It's debatable whether he's a good character, an Anti-Hero, or just a Magnificent Bastard, but Willy Wonka sports a black goatee. At least in the original book he does: both films and virtually all of the parodies have him appear clean-shaven. Douglas Hodge went with a (makeup-assisted) chin tuft and thin, neatly-shaped mustache as Wonka in the 2013 stage adaptation, a combination that suggests this particular Wonka is, indeed, antiheroic. His successor in the role, Alex Jennings, returned to the clean-shaven approach (though when he first publicly performed as the character at the 2014 Olivier Awards, he did have the hair, and understudies follow Hodge's example).

Telemain the magician from The Enchanted Forest Chronicles sports a goatee. While he is unquestionably on the side of good, his line of work puts him on the mysterious side for most people.

Ironically, the very goatee styled as "Very Evil" in the picture above sat one the only non-evil character in his entire universe: Mirror Spock, who was at worst an anti-hero and more likely a hero with a bad start, and either way a Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!.

Marcus Cole of Babylon 5 has very villain-typical black hair and facial hair, despite being heroic, self-sacrificing, and occasionally outright silly.

Entirely lampshaded by Abed in Community when he cuts out construction paper black goatees and gives them to the newly christened Evil Study Group, an alternate universe evil version of the Greendale gang.

Gordon Freeman of Half-Life fame mixes the mentor's full beard with a more compact cut when battling oppression and Eldritch Abominations. Apparently even the G-Man thought it was cool enough to keep, despite being a cold, logical person, and practically owning Gordon's soul.

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Ezio Auditore da Firenze from the Assassin's Creed series. Since we meet Ezio when he is seventeen and see the rest of his life, we also see the development of the beard.

The Prince in the Prince of Persia series sports a goatee, but is a fairly classic hero much of the time.

Jak trades in his soulpatch for a goatee at the start of Jak 3: Wastelander . His personality changes as well: though still bitter and an Anti-Hero, he's decidedly less tortured and no longer hell-bent on revenge.

Hinjo from The Order of the Stick sports a goatee. He's also a paladin and is consistently portrayed to be a reasonable, sensible and above all noble person.

Real life king of Sweden Karl IX (ruled 1604-1611) not only sported a van Dyck, he also arranged the hair on his balding head in the shape of a cross. If this is good or bad hair will be left unsaid, he DID order a bloodbath to get rid of some rivals…


This type of facial hair is usually on characters who are villains and/or are Asian.

In The Authority , Asian dictator/terrorist Kaizen Gamorra is depicted with one.

And in his original appearances in 60s kung fu flicks, he was an outright villain.

Indeed, Bill describes him as a rotten bastard who's massacred hundreds for reasons as petty as not returning to his friendly nod. He just happens to be mentoring the morally grey protagonist for awhile.

For what it's worth, not returning a superior's bow WAS and is a really big deal in many Asian cultures, but massacring hundreds of peaceful monks was still a thoroughly evil reaction.

Gilbert and Sullivan 's operetta Ruddigore makes heavy use of this trope: Sir Despard Murgatroyd, the evil Baron of Ruddigore, usually has an evil goatee. Upon his Heel–Face Turn, he shaves it off, whilst his brother Ruthven grows a twirly mustache and does a simultaneous Face–Heel Turn, also donning a monocle and top hat. Upon Ruthven's Heel–Face Turn at the end, he discards these. Also, Ruthven's sidekick Old Adam's beard usually gets much scruffier when he is evil.

Of course, in an Eastern-flavored setting, it would be far more likely for there to be a lot of men sporting such facial hair.

Scourge from the original Transformers has a metal Fu Manchu, as do his clones (made by Unicron).

Averted as well with Wreck-Gar, however.

Averted with Mysto from Mixels . He is the heroic leader of the Nindjas, and sports a Fu Manchu to highlight his Old Master personality.

In Kung Fu Panda 2 the villainous Lord Shen had a pair of feathers on the sides of his beak that resembles a Fu Manchu. He's noticeably one of the few characters in the franchise to have facial structures akin to human hairstyles.

This type of character will invariably have a Goatee.

In one film version of Romeo and Juliet , the villain Tybalt sports a soul patch that ends up having the same effect as a goatee would.

Another "Mirror, Mirror" homage comes from MST3K , in which Tom and Gypsy get transported into an alternate dimension version of Deep 13 run by an Evil Mike. Evil Mike has a goatee.

In the episode "Point of View", Apophis in the Alternate Universe had a goatee, as did Teal'c (who, in this universe, was still his First Prime). Perhaps inspired by "Mirror, Mirror" (Spock and Teal'c are both The Stoic of their teams), the alternate universe Teal'cs seem to be exactly the same except for their varying hair styles.

In the fourth season, "our" Teal'c himself sported a goatee (actually it was more like a chin caterpillar) for a short while.

Also, the villain Heru'ur also sports a goatee, complete with Bald of Evil.

About 13 minutes into DS9 episode "Defiant", we see William Riker (a good guy; see way, way, above) pull off the sides to reveal himself to actually be... William "Tom" Riker, his transporter-produced twin, who now wears an ("evil") goatee instead of a ("good") full beard! Oh no!

In this Darths & Droids webcomic, Governor Sio Bibble, Queen Amidala's trusted advisor, is described as having a goatee, although it actually seems to be just a beard. Based the description, the players immediately decide he can't be trusted. Bonus points for linking to both this page and Evil Chancellor.

In the evil mirror universe of Dinosaur Comics , the protagonists all have goatees. Even being big reptiles. The arc begins here.

The Order of the Stick played this one straight: Elan's evil twin Nale sports a goatee—and Haley, being Genre Savvy, suspected he was evil well before it was actually revealed for exactly this reason. Nale later takes advantage of this by cutting off his own goatee and sticking it to Elan's chin with Sovereign Glue. Nale also later admits he sports a goatee in honour of this trope, saying it is not just for show, it is a part of the Linear Guild's whole evil opposites theme.

Gaia Online 's T-Bone, the mechanically-separated incarnation of Timmy's inner evil. Evilest act to date? Trying to have Santa Claus, who was a cow at the time, cooked for Christmas dinner.

This was subverted in Futurama , when Bender's goateed twin Flexo turned out to be the good Bender, while Bender was the evil Bender.

In Megas XLR 's yet-another-parody-of the-Star-Trek-episode episode "Rearview Mirror Mirror", the evil alternate Coop has, you guessed it, a goatee.

Then again, so does regular Coop. Evil Coop's primary difference was that he was skinny.

Likewise, everyone from the evil parallel dimension in the South Park episode "Spookyfish" has a goatee, including the alternate version of Cartman, who is much nicer than the normal Cartman.

In one episode of Sushi Pack , the Pack was sent to a mirror universe where all the males had goatees and all the females had heavy eyeshadow, regardless of whether they were good or evil.

This type of character may have helmet hair.

The same haircut is worn by the evil Empire's Ysanne Isard in X Wing: Rogue Squadron.

Alias : Not quite the same role, but the same 'do — Sydney Bristow has such a wig when she pretends to be a Russian soldier.

This type of moustache is so linked to Adolf Hitler currently that the only people that US media will dare show wearing that style positively nowadays are Charlie Chaplin and Oliver Hardy, because they already wore it when Hitler rose to power. In fact, as those examples demonstrate, it was a comic, silly mustache before Hitler ruined it. Even Chaplin took advantage of that growing stigma in his lifetime when he made fun of the Führer in The Great Dictator . Otherwise, if you see a character with such a mustache, outside of Spider-Man's J. Jonah Jameson, assume he is one of Those Wacky Nazis. Or Michael Jordan.

This print ad for Hut-Weber, a German hat retailer.

Soul Eater features a librarian who looks suspiciously similar to Charlie Chaplin.

The father of Suneo, one of the main characters in Anime/Doraemon has a toothbrush mustache which is actually edited out of the Disney XD localization!

Many characters in the Anthology Comic The Beano have toothbrush moustaches including the Teacher from Bash Street Kids, Dennis the Menace's Dad and Minnie the Minx's Dad. All of these characters originated from the 1950s and nothing is often said about these moustaches they are just there.

Most versions of J. Jonah Jameson from Spider-Man have this kind of moustache.

In The Flower Girl , a propaganda film from North Korea, the Japanese officer dining with the Paes (the Japanese were occupying Korea, and the Paes are Les Collaborateurs ) has a Hitler mustache.

Barty Crouch has one of these in the Harry Potter books, for some reason. He's a textbook Well-Intentioned Extremist, and he had massive political ambitions in his heyday… it doesn't gel very well, but it does gel just enough to make you wonder if Rowling is just that riled up about government excesses.

One of Isaac Asimov 's Black Widowers mysteries averts this when a distinctly admirable high-school principal is described as having "a brief moustache of the kind Adolf Hitler had put out of fashion for at least a generation."

In China, a trimmer version of this moustache is viewed as a stereotype of Japanese people, especially of Japanese soldiers from World War II.

A certain domestic rabbit pattern is called a Charlie after Chaplin, because they sometimes have an abbreviated moustache that resembles his.

This kind of moustache is featured as one the options for facial hair for creating Miis on the Nintendo Wii.

, the skinny cat in the two Open Season sequels, looks like he has an off-center variant of this kind of moustache.

Some of the random background character men in Hanna-Barbera have moustaches of this type.

In one skit of one episode of the Cartoon Network show, MAD , there is a light grey dog dressed up as his owner Rick who has a slightly lighter grey moustache of this type.

Toothbrush moustaches were common among Japanese soldiers during the Sino-Japanese War and World War II. The Japanese used poison gas against Chinese civilians, and wanted to ensure that the masks issued to their troops fitted correctly.

This kind of moustache is a classic look for black hat villains in Wild West serials. Extra points if it's curled into twin spirals. Other than Hercule Poirot, it's hard to imagine anyone but a villain or a Smug Snake with one of these.

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A more restrained kind of pencil mustache that doesn't stick out or curl at the ends is associated with heroic characters played by the likes of Errol Flynn.

In The Citadel , Manson the idealistic crusading young doctor is clean-shaven. But when he sells out to the Dark Side, and joins a clinic that makes a lot of money bilking hypochondriac old ladies, he grows a hilarious pencil mustache.

Bertie Wooster once grew one of these, hoping it would give his appearance more diablerie. Jeeves told him it looked like a stain of tomato soup.

Oddly, inverted in LazyTown by the hero Sportacus, who wears a pencil mustache so sharp it looks like it could double as a scalpel.

This is further inverted by Harmless Villain Robbie Rotten, who is clean shaven to the point you wonder if the actor isn't wearing a rubber mask (actually, he kind of is). His otherwise meticulous good grooming is also a bit off on the evil-dress-o-meter, but being in a dark purple color scheme helps.

"Pencil Thin Mustache" by Jimmy Buffett is a paen to the heroic pencil mustache wearers of 1940s cinema, particularly detective Boston Blackie and anybody played by Errol Flynn.

One short for Dexter's Laboratory had Dexter artificially grow a super beard and pair up with Action Hank to fight a cartel of evil bearded men, all of whom use "beard fu". After beating the rasta and long bearded henchmen, Hank and Dexter face off against the Big Bad french chef, who along with his pencil mustache had a sheathed sword-sharp goatee!

Captain Hook is usually portrayed with a wax-tipped pencil mustache, with or without the curls. See Disney's Peter Pan and the live-action Hook .

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has one

. Though he didn't really become a full-blown villain until he had his army attack groups of protesters against his regime.

The "halfbreed" demon Balthazar in Constantine wears his hair slicked back very precisely.

Matt Dillon in My Bodyguard

James Spader's drug dealer character in Less Than Zero.

Michael Corleone, after he becomes head of the family in The Godfather Part I and II.

The psychopathic killer Leo Rook in Lighthouse has this, despite having been captured by the police for over two months.

Loki from Marvel Cinematic Universe . Played with, because he is the Big Bad in Thor and The Avengers (2012) , but becomes an Anti-Hero in the next three films, and still keeps wearing his black hair this way. However, in The Avengers where he is at his worst it is very styled and oily, while later it gets looser and notably more curly.

In Louise Marley's The Maquisarde, the dictator of the Northern Hemisphere, a Card Carrying Villain, has hair that is described as "plastered to his skull."

You can usually tell how villainous or sympathetic Spike is meant to be in a given episode by where his hair is on the spectrum between tousled ( Anti-Hero ) and slick (villain).

Angel/Angelus. Angelus has... more menacing hair.

On the topic of Ace Attorney , Manfred von Karma's Beethoven-ish hairstyle probably counts.

In Devil May Cry , Vergil, Dante's evil twin and main villain of the third game, has slicked-back hair. The game even includes two dramatic cutscenes of him slicking it back after it gets out of place, and seeing him do this in UMvC3 heralds incoming pain.

Vlad Masters from Danny Phantom . Tied back to a ponytail, but slicked back nonetheless.

The first episode of Fillmore! has a boy named Julian who had curly hair back before he became a criminal. Current time it's slicked back.

Scott, the main antagonist of Total Drama 's fourth season, has slicked back hair.


Black Zero from Superboy 1994 is an AntiVillain rather than hero, mostly by stint of not seeming to realize he is a villain and considering himself a hero and defender of clone rights due to being manipulated by his creator, wears a boxy soulpatch.

Future Hiro from Heroes has one of these. Unlike the energetic past Hiro, though, he fights in a dystopian future, and has stained his hands with enough blood to count as an Anti-Hero.

Tommy Oliver, the most renowned Sixth Ranger from Power Rangers history, who through the early seasons went back and forth between good and evil, also sports an anti-heroic soul patch.

Jak acquired one in the switchover from the relatively innocent and idealistic Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy to the much grittier Jak II , with corresponding change in personality.

Jason Spades has one, though he straddles the line between "dystopian hero" and Jerk Ass.

White Noise sports an impressive tuft himself, but it just seems to highlight his tough-old-guy qualities.

George Strombolopoulous, former Muchmusic VJ and current host of the CBC talk show The Hour (CBC) , sports one of these. Since The Hour is seen by some as a transparent attempt by the CBC to appear hip and draw in younger viewers, George's anti-hero status is disputed.

This kind of facial hair is a classic way of saying "gritty".

Wolverine 's face is pretty consistently fuzzy while rarely ever being clean shaven. One almost wonders if it's one of his mutant powers. Yet he never acquires a real beard beyond those sideburns.

Wolverine is also notable for his super-hairstyle, which always forms two neat peaks at the sides, just like his mask. He once disguised himself beyond recognition by shaving his head.

As a matter of fact, his hairstyle is a function of his regenerating ability, according to some sources. Notice how his hair returns to normal after he's reduced to a skeleton.

In the Weapon X limited series by Barry Windsor-Smith, the crew at Weapon X remove all of Logan's hair before the procedure. However, just a few minutes in they notice it's growing back at a highly accelerated rate.

The mercenary drow elf Downer, titular Anti-Hero of the comic by Kyle Hunter, sports tousled hair and shaggy side-burns despite the fact that D elves usually have no facial or body hair. But then, Downer is a tough-as-nails loveable rogue and proven loser who only survives by wit, reflexes, dark gallows-humour and a lot of fast-talking his way out of situations (except when he actually dies, which happens a couple of times, and is brought back from the dead by magic, usually to punish him further).

Indiana Jones apparently shaves when lecturing students but gets instant perma-stubble when adventuring.

Max Carrigan of Across the Universe isn't precisely in the antihero category (more like the leftovers in the Two Guys and a Girl setup) but features something resembling perma-stubble in his earlier scenes and something closer to a scruffy hippie beard in the later.

The titular character from The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. always had a five o'clock shadow. In fact, it was once included in his description on a wanted poster.

Wesley Wyndham-Pryce of Angel gained a permanent stubble when he Took a Level in Badass and started Dating Catwoman. Lampshaded in that he had a reason to suddenly stop shaving: his throat had been cut, and the wound rather got in the way.

Gregory House of House usually has this. In fact, being shaved in a 5th season episode was an indication that he is a bit Out of Character.

Jack Shepherd, from Lost , not only has five o'clock shadow, it DOESN'T GROW FOR 108 DAYS. After he leaves the island, though, he is shown with a Beard of Sorrow after three years. Think of all the money he saves on razors.

They did actually show him shaving with scavenged razors at least once while on the Island. Most of the men of the show had surprisingly permanent shadows for a long time, although some did advance into full on beards.

Shawn Spencer from Psych nearly always has stubble as well as an amazing head of hair in which he takes great pride. He and Gus also judge other people by their hairstyles.

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Dr. Cox of Scrubs sometimes falls into this one. Usually head first.

The Tenth Doctor on Doctor Who has permanent five o'clock shadow. Seems due less to directorial intent than to the fact that David Tennant's face is too meatless and bony to hide even the tiniest hint of stubble.

Averted with Henry of Silent Hill 4 , whose perma stubble just makes him look sloppy, and Walter's unshaven mug adds to the Ax-Crazy.

Chuck Norris ' perma-stubble is so tough it can sand granite to a fine finish.

This hairstyle is long associated with greasers in America, and with delinquents in Japan.

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Parodied in the Excel Saga episode "Butt Out, Youth!", where all the delinquents have ridiculous pompadours. The toughest of them all, Binbou, has a pompadour that extends about fifteen feet.

Ditto Amamiya Ryu aka Bokuto no Ryu from Shaman King , who not only has a six-foot pompadour, but also a six-foot-long pompadour-shaped motorcycle helmet. He's also VERY pissed off when one of his rivals cuts his pompadour in half.

Hanamichi Sakuragi from Slam Dunk has one of these in the first part of the series. He shaves it later as self-punishment for the loss against Kainan.

Himegawa Tatsuya of Beelzebub has an impressive example although some believe it has to be a wig. He denies this.

Aizawa also sports a smaller version.

JP from REDLINE has a pompadour that, in reality, would collapse under its own weight.

Waldo "D.R." Dobbs from D.R. & Quinch is very much the delinquent and sports an exaggerated pompadour.

In at least one case, Spider-Man 3 , the eponymous hero fixes his hair to match the evilness imparted by his badass new black suit. Taken from a thread discussing the movie: "Evil hair. Because that's what people do when they give in to the forces of evil and hatred. They mess up their hair."

Gentarou Kisaragi, the hero of Kamen Rider Fourze , might sport of pompadour and wear clothes more like a delinquent, but the guy's the most nicest person you have ever met.

Similarly, Fonzie of Happy Days has "juvenile delinquent" hair and rides a motorcycle, but is really a nice guy.

Katamari Damacy : The King of All Cosmos had a pompadour as a teenager, as do most of the teenage boys you roll up in the game.

Crimson Viper from Street Fighter IV boasts a pompadour. Not surprisingly, she possesses a very duplicitous nature, working as a ruthless Double Agent for both S.I.N. and the CIA.

Winston Payne, of all people, has a pompadour in the flashback chapter of Ace Attorney (but loses it in spectacular fashion).

Some of the Date soldiers from Sengoku Basara have pompadours. It should be noted that this is feudal Japan we're talking about.

The Sims series has this type of haircut available for any character though it's popularized by womanizer pre-created character Don Lothario in trailers.

The male delinquents in Yandere Simulator all sport pompadours, and will knock Yandere-chan comatose if she approaches them while carrying a corpse or visibly holding a weapon. Considering they're knocking out a murderous Yandere , though, it's hard to think too bad of them.

There is, in fact, one of The Simpsons Halloween specials wherein Snake, the notorious white trash criminal, gives his hair to be donated after he has been executed. It is given to Homer, and the Evil Hair makes him kill Apu, Moe, threaten Bart, and otherwise epitomize Bad.


The Mohawk. Good guys with this type of hair tend to be rebellious or gentle despite appearances. Bad guys tend to be savages or criminals.

The Mullet. In media made from about 1984-1995, good guys with the mullet are rock stars, sensitive heartthrobs or ass-kicking Hollywood Action Heroes, and bad guys with the mullet are the action hero's Evil Counterpart or sexy, androgynous beings. In media made after the mullet became a punchline, good guys with the mullet are parody / pastiche 80s Genre Throwback archetypes or tacky but loveable hicks, and bad guys with the mullet are psychopathic 80s action hero deconstructions or bigoted rednecks. See also: '80s Hair.

The Mullet varies, as the style was not created fallen. In the Eighties, the flowing hippie locks of the 70s had fallen hard out of style, but a lot of men weren't ready to throw away their hard-grown length. This combined with influences from the heavily layered ladies' cuts of the time and the edgy, asymmetrical punk cuts to create what was intended to be the Ultimate Haircut - short at the front, long down the back, and either cropped or mid-length on the sides; a perfect balance between the traditional masculinity of short hair, and the stylishness and fun of long hair.

That's why in media made from the 80s to the early 90s, you'll find this hairstyle on any male character designed to represent a balance of strength and kindness. The Mullet, in the Eighties, is for Hero Protagonist men - the cool but sensitive teen heartthrob, the hard-bitten but Hunky Hollywood Action Hero, the traditional family man with a kind heart. A rarer variant can be used to suggest gender ambiguity (as the style is both masculine and feminine). One of the originators of the mullet, David Bowie, wore the style to emphasise the liminality and androgyny of his Otherworldly and Sexually Ambiguous Ziggy Stardust alter-ego; it's not uncommon to see cool female heroes in the 80s rocking a mullet to indicate their toughness; and fancy variants can be found on the Sissy Villain.

But eventually, the mullet fell, and once it did, it fell hard. The cut is tricky to pull off, with most of the men who managed to look amazingly cool and sexy with one - and there were some - being the kind of men who would look amazingly cool and sexy with any hair. On mortal men, it looks at best like an unfinished short haircut, and, at worst, unhygienic and repulsive. As the Camp conspicuousness of the 80s faded and was replaced with the disaffection, understatement and irony of the 90s, the hairstyle became an automatic punchline. Characters wearing a mullet after 1995 are either styleless middle-aged dads in the Midwest who didn't get the memo to cut their mullet, the Disco Dan, looking stupid in a flashback or period piece, or Pastichey Eighties Genre Throwback heroes. Only this last group may maintain some of the style, manliness and radness the Mullet was once believed to epitomise, but distanced with a layer of referentiality and irony. It should be noted that even in this era, the Mullet is rarely outright villainous - its humour value is too great for it to be used on serious villains, although you may see it on the odd reactionary old fart or sociopathic 80s Action Hero deconstruction.

It should be noted that softer, layered versions of the Mullet remain a fairly popular cut in Japan even to this day, and there have been several attempts to have a Hipster Mullet revival... but who would honestly bite? Cut the mullet, dude!

Ghost : Patrick Swayze, a clear case of the cool-but-sensitive mullet.

Hard Target : Jean-Claude Van Damme 's greaseball Jheri curl mullet is a very late variant of the Action Mullet, appearing around the time both of these trends were on the verge of inglorious death.

Billy in Stranger Things likely thinks his scraggly mullet is the height of cool, but, as the show was made in the 2010s, indicates to modern viewers his slightly pathetic nature.

David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust, an androgyny mullet as noted above.

Solid Snake has the 'throwback' mullet, although he started out roughly contemporary with the style. He's shown with one in a flashback in Metal Gear Solid (1998), but cuts it off before the start of the game, as a nod to the change in fashion since his previous appearance in 1990. In Metal Gear Solid 2 , it's supposed to be a reference to Snake Plissken's hair, mentioned above.

Naked Snake/Big Boss has a mullet largely because Solid Snake had one, even in time periods before this haircut existed. A brief flashback image shows him with a mullet in the 1950s, before long hair was accepted on men whatsoever.

The three main heroic male characters in Metal Gear Solid V all have mullets. Venom Snake has the established "Snake" mullet haircut, Kazuhira Miller has a pompadour mullet, and Revolver Ocelot has a sort of undercut mullet. Justified Trope as the game is set in 1984.

Final Fantasy XV gives Gladio an interesting undercut mullet that's a cross between the action mullet, and the cool-modern-Japanese-boy mullet.

Regular Show : The rockstar incarnations of Mordecai and Rigby have ironic throwback mullets.

The Venture Bros. : Brock Sampson has the psychopathic-hero-deconstruction mullet.

The Chilean name for the mullet is "Choco Panda", because of one of the most popular popsicles there... usually sold by guys who sport mullets.

Curly Hair

Curly hair, particularly if black/dark brown, often suggests evil and/or Ax-Crazy tendencies in adults. However, it can also convey extreme innocence, particularly if seen on children or hobbits.

Blake and Gan from Blake's 7 both have curly hair and are both (initially) the most innocent characters - Gan is literally incapable of killing anyone in a Life Is Cheap universe and Blake remains a comparatively innocent idealist in a crew comprised of convicted criminals - he is the only one innocent of the charges against him.

Chuck Bartowski from the NBC series Chuck sports curly hair, and either an ear to ear smile, or a sad kicked puppy face.

OK, the Fourth Doctor doesn't quite count as innocent, but definitely on the side of the good guys. He's definitely one of the more light-hearted incarnations, and probably the most iconic.

The Eighth Doctor has rather long curly locks, and starts out quite innocent and childlike due to an unfortunate spot of amnesia. Even when he starts getting his memory back, he's still very pacifistic and forgiving. Notably, the more world-weary Eighth Doctor who re-appears in "Night of the Doctor" has close-cropped hair.

In earlier seasons, Delphine of Orphan Black wears her hair in soft ringlets. As she becomes more ensconced in the nefarious happenings at Dyad, she's seen with her hair worn straight and sleek. When she is reunited with Cosima at the end of season four, her hair is wavy again

Pretty much every character ever played by Helena Bonham Carter in a Tim Burton film, with the exception of Emily (whom she voiced) in Corpse Bride .

In the film, becoming a vampire actually causes Claudia's hair to curl itself.

Magenta is a spectacular example.

Likewise, Dr. Frank N Furter himself has curly hair. In one scene, we even see his hair in curlers.

Though certainly not Ax-Crazy, the curly-haired Sixth Doctor is one of the Doctor's nastier and more unstable incarnations.

The Fourth Doctor belongs in both connotations of the trope due to being Creepy Cute in both appearance and personality. He's childlike and quirky and hopelessly adorable, but also capable of doing unspeakable things while smiling about it.

River Song. She's one of the good guys, usually, but was raised from birth to be an assassin, identifies herself as a "psychopath," and makes Daleks beg for mercy.

Mad Meg, and a number of other Insane Heroines in the Gilbert and Sullivan tradition, are usually portrayed with spectacularly frizzy curly hair.

Sabine from The Order of the Stick is one of the very few curly-haired characters in the comic, although it's her red leather outfit that actually tips off the Genre Savvy Haley to the fact that she's evil...

The Makara family in Homestuck all have curly hair of an impressive size. They worship the main villain and his dragon. There's also )(er Imperious Condescension, who has spectacularly large and curly hair, to the point where one wonders how she can handle it underwater.
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