In honor of No Shave November – an awareness campaign for prostate cancer and other cancers that are male-specific – let’s take a quick look at some of the greatest bearded characters out there.¬†

  • There’s no denying that Dr Seuss’ The Lorax sported a pretty sweet ‘stache so pick up his book and remind yourself (and maybe your children) how important his message is, too.
  • Gandalf the Grey, of JRR Tolkein’s famed Lord of the Rings trilogy, has taken beard-growing almost as seriously as he takes his pipe weed (or so we hear)
  • When it comes to bearded wizards, we simply can’t leave Harry Potter’s mentor Albus Dumbledore off the list
  • Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, a World Fantasy Award winner, features incarnations of the brother Cain and Abel (impressive facial hair and all)
  • Charles Perrault’s fairytale villain Bluebeard kept more than a few skeletons in the closets of his mansion home
  • Gamemaker¬†Seneca Crane may very well have the most elaborate and well-cared-for beard in all of The Hunger Games universe
  • Captain William T Riker (formerly first officer under Captain Picard of the USS Enterprise) just didn’t have the right spring in his step until his grew his iconic beard in season two of Star Trek: The Next Generation