For a long time, men’s beards have been seen as a symbol of power and masculinity. It should come as no surprise, then, that the world of anime is no different. With that in mind, we have produced a list of the top 10 anime characters who sport facial hair.
1. Iskandar (Fate/Zero)
Iskandar is a big guy, standing at over 2 metres in height. He had massive muscles, chiselled features, a fiery red beard and hair, and blazing red eyes.
In addition to being a man of integrity, Iskandar also possesses considerable physical strength. Contrary to popular belief, he is not a cynical anime character; rather, he is a bearded one who follows his gut. He’s a wild man who doesn’t give a hoot about anyone but himself, but his avarice is what drives his subjects and ultimately brings them joy.
2. Jet Black (Cowboy Bebop)
An important figure in the Cowboy Bebop series is Jet Black. It would appear that he is tall, stocky, and powerful. He is completely bald, with sideburns that extend down his cheeks to form a beard. Because of this, he resembles Daisuke Jigen a little bit.
His mother sparked Jet’s interest in the blues, and he regularly sought advice from his grandmother and the sage counsel of his father. Jet, who was raised with strong moral principles, enlisted in the ISSP and rose quickly through the ranks to become an investigator.
3. Van Hohenheim (Fullmetal Alchemist)
Hohenheim is a towering bearded man of middle age. His square jaw is outlined by a thick, blonde beard. He has a messy ponytail with a few strands of his long, blond hair flowing over his forehead.
Despite leaving his young family behind to devote himself to Alchemy and its enigmatic circumstances, he was seen as unfeeling. A caring man with a quick tongue, he takes a while to accept compliments but is quick to give them.
He doesn’t seem to have much respect for himself. As a result, Hohenheim is frequently put in precarious positions that make him look odd. He seems like a peacemaker who would rather speak out a problem than get into a fight.
4. Brownbeard (One Piece)
Former New World pirate known simply as “Brownbeard” (born Chadros Higelyges). After Whitebeard’s death, Blackbeard escaped to the New World and took control of Foodvalten, one of the islands that Whitebeard had protected.
Brownbeard is three to four times as tall and wide as the typical human being. His lengthy brown beard is braided into three sections and he sports a moustache.
5. Juuzou Okita (Space Battleship Yamato)
Bearded anime hero Juuzou Okita is the stern commander of the Yamato, and his thick beard and severe face are trademarks of the character.
He is willing to put his life on the line to protect Earth from Gamilus’ threat. In reality, he is sickened and passes away, but he is still convinced that he will live to see his homeworld again. However, Juuzou still offers his advice to the crew, especially Kodai, even from his bed.
6. Marshall D. Teach (One Piece)
Blackbeard, as Marshall D. Teach, is one of the few black anime characters who sport a full beard. In comparison to Luffy, he towers above everyone by a factor of 2. (pre-timeskip).
Because of his round physique and rather skinny limbs, the character is quite bulky. Blackbeard’s features include a crooked nose, a thick beard covering his chest and torso, and a gaping mouth full of broken or missing teeth.
His character seems to be an odd cocktail of boldness and fear, brilliance and ignorance. Blackbeard can be intimidating and forceful at times, but also naive and vulnerable.
7. Gendo Ikari (Evangelion)
Gendo Ikari has the standard beard and glasses of a middle-aged man.
Gendo is Shinji Ikari’s real-life father and the Commander of NERV. He contributed significantly to the Human Instrumentality Project and the Evangelions’ development and research.
Gendo left Shinji, then a child, as he went off to sea. His attitude toward Shinji throughout the Evangelion series was consistently cold, aloof, and nasty.
But as he lay dying, Gendo reveals that he had avoided his son out of fear of injuring him, much like Shinji had done, and that it was better to do nothing.
8. Precht Gaebolg/Hades (Fairy Tail)
Hades, real name Precht Gaebolg, was the second Master of Fairy Tail and a founding member of the organisation. The responsibility was then taken over by Makarov Dreyar.
After leaving Fairy Tail, Hades established and headed the Dark Guild Grimoire Heart until his death at Zeref’s hands.
The man’s beard and hair are so long that they reach his lower chest. Hades wears a black eyepatch to cover his Demon Eye.
Precht Gaebolg seems unfazed by his opponents, especially Makarov. As Hades, he reveals a far more sinister side of his personality. As his crushing of Makarov without remorse demonstrates, he has an extreme belief in his own abilities and a strong determination to destroy those who stand in his way.
9. Yugo Tennouji (Steins; Gate)
Yuugo is a character from an anime, and he is bald and has a short, boxed beard. A yellow shirt and a “I Love CRT” apron adorn Yuugo’s wardrobe. He’s stuck in the past, preferring CRT sets and refusing to move on.
Yugo’s short fuse is readily stoked by Okabe’s brash personality and his constant experimentation. On top of that, he always tried to protect his daughter from Rintaro, whom he considers a pervert (even though Rintaro was probably only being sarcastic).
10. Zouroku Kashimura (Alice & Zouroku)
The history of the grumpy old guy with the white beard, Zouroku Kashimura, is shrouded in mystery.
Sanae’s grandfather also happens to be a florist. Later on, Zouroku takes in an orphan named Sana and raises her as his granddaughter. They become close as they go through life together, from the dangers of trying to escape the research facility to the day-to-day challenges of Sana’s education in the outside world.
Our collection of bearded anime characters includes both villains like Gendo Ikari and heroes like Jet Black. Usually older and wiser than the average Joe, these figures are easily identified by their facial hair. Which one do you enjoy the most, then? Leave a comment and tell us.