Bearded Video Game Characters

So, I finally joined the ranks of 21st-century gamers and bought myself a Playstation 3.  I had been putting off the purchase until I actually had an HDTV that could take advantage of the PS3’s impressive powers.  Well, last month, my very cool wife decided that a flat screen television would be a nice house warming gift to ourselves, and my birthday last weekend gave me license to finally make the purchase I’d been waiting to make since I played Little Big Planet until 4 am at my friend Chris’s house a couple years ago.

In anticipation of said purchase, I did some online game shopping to get an idea of what fun was in store for me as I entered the 8th generation of game consoles.  One of the first games that popped up in my search held a fantastic surprise…

Medal Of Honor Beard

Whoa! The main character in the newest Medal of Honor game has a giant beard!

I usually don’t play first-person shooters, mainly because I suck at them and don’t find being repeatedly shot or exploded very enjoyable.  If my character had a giant beard, however, that may change things up a bit.  Could this be my first FPS game purchase?  I mean, how can you not want to be this guy for an hour or two?

Medal Of Honor Beard

The game is set in Afghanistan, and it turns out that this character is modeled after a real special forces operative named Cowboy who was spotlighted in Life magazine back at the beginning of the Afghanistan War.  Some people might be skeptical that the US military would allow such an outlandish beard, but when you need your personnel to blend into the background, and that background is made up of bearded men, you bend the rules a little.   Check out this image of the real Cowboy for comparison.

Anyway, this got me wondering about other bearded video game characters.  The only two I could come up with are these guys.

dr light beard
Doctor Light from Mega Man
Barret Wallace from Final Fantasy VII
Barret Wallace from Final Fantasy VII

Two more awesome characters with awesome beards, for sure, but I know you can come up with some more.  Feel free to comment and add your favorite bearded video game character to the list!


  1. There’s a few more bearded video game characters:

    Basche from FF12

    Sazh from FF 13

    Ieyasu Tokugawa, Nobunaga Oda (though he had more of a soul patch than anything), Goemon Ishikawa, Hideyoshi Toyotomi, and Yoshihiro Shimazu from Samurai Warriors

    Zhuge Liang, Guan Yu, Liu Bei, Zhang Fei, Huang Gai, Yuan Shao, Dong Zhuo, Huang Zhong, Sun Jian, Cao Cao, Xiahou Dun and Yuan, Sun Ce, Sun Quan, Meng Huo, Deng Mao, Cao Ren and Lu Meng from Dynasty Warriors

    Francis and Bill from Left 4 Dead

    Coach from Left 4 Dead 2

    Those are the ones I can think of off the top of my head…

  2. You’re kidding, right? Granted, it’s an old game – but all three of the Lost Vikings (Erik the Swift, Olaf the Stout and Baleog the Fierce) had serious face fur. I’m sure there are more bearded video game characters out there.

    As for myself, I’ve had one beard in my life – the one I grew in my teens, wore at my high school graduation and still have to this day as a guy in his mid-40s. It’s grown out to its fullest extent – has been for years, and I see no reason to consider a change EVER. (When I go out on the motorcycle, I just braid it to keep it from getting snarled. Those Vikings knew their stuff.)

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