Since our last post about comic book characters and their beards, we have had a few complaints about leaving out other more beloved characters who have mastered the art of facial hair. Not all are part of the comic world, but they all do exist in various forms of fantasy, and have seemingly made a profound impact on a number of our readers. So for them, we offer a fresh look at the epic beards that exist in multiverse.
Hagrid From the Harry Potter Series – The character of Hagrid would not be the same without that birds nest growing down from his chin. As big as he is, this character was given a full beard style that perfectly depicts his persona.
Batroc the Leaper from Captain America – For the original comic design, Batroc the leaper is sporting a beard that could rival Hagrid’s in size. This unique characteristic is a perfect adornment for the otherwise understated comic book character.
Ming the Merciless from Flash Gordon – An oldie but definitely a good, Ming has taken his beard trimmer to new heights in beard styles. Not only is he sporting the always ominous fu Manchu, but he tapers it off into two sinister points. Well done in the making the bad guy look really bad category.
Seneca Crane from the Hunger Games – This is what happens when you take creativity with your beard trimmer a bit too far. There are curves, and swirls that extend all the way to the hairline making this by far one of the most original beard styles born yet.
Evil Spock from Star Trek – With must give a special nod to one of science fictions greatest actors. We lost Leonard Nimoy last month, but his contribution to science fiction will never be forgotten. Nor will that perfectly groomed beard that is evil alter ego wore in Star Trek. With just a little goatee and mustache one of the most loved characters in the series suddenly seemed sinister.
Leonidas from 300 – Pulling off that perfectly trimmed beard 300 times took a lot of beard trimmers working very hard. If you see the original, it seems impossible to emulate, but with Hollywood stylists and a very good beard trimmer Leonidas and the rest of the 300 were made to look exactly how the real Spartans did during that time.
Gendo Ikari from Evangelion – This character takes his beard grooming tips very seriously, with a short cut that barely grazes his chin. This is a no-nonsense beard style that only those who don’t let anyone stand in their way could pull off.
Jaime Lannister from Game of Thrones – All we can think is to please buy that man some beard balm. The ultimate prisoner of war look, it is obvious that Jaime is not getting any beard grooming tips while being locked up.
This mix of characters from all the fantasy worlds is a perfect depiction of how the beard really does make the man. If you are developing characters, and want a physical feature to help tell their story or define their place in your fantasy world, play around with different beard styles to see what you can come up with.