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#1 Posted by JasonHawke (1387 posts) - - Show Bio

Because ladies and men like smooth faces.

#2 Posted by pikachumonster (3100 posts) - - Show Bio

Beards... Hair on your face.

#3 Posted by ThanosIsMad (2223 posts) - - Show Bio

Because it's a distinguishable feature that's easily identifiable. Ollie Queen's goatee should've been the first clue that he was Green Arrow; current, clean shaven Ollie has anonymity due to his lack of a beard.

#4 Posted by CaptainMarvel4Ever (3022 posts) - - Show Bio

I say it's partly because of anime.

#5 Posted by CaptainMarvel4Ever (3022 posts) - - Show Bio

Because ladies and men like smooth faces.

Because it's a distinguishable feature that's easily identifiable. Ollie Queen's goatee should've been the first clue that he was Green Arrow; current, clean shaven Ollie has anonymity due to his lack of a beard.

Also because of these reasons.

#6 Edited by FearTheLiving (3298 posts) - - Show Bio

Clint's been sporting some stubble in his ongoing. Hope he keeps it cause I always liked the look, so much so it saddens me that I can't grow stubble all over my face (mainly just a goatee).

#7 Posted by Gyardos (28 posts) - - Show Bio

I Love cuddling men with beards, they need to make some new superheroes with a beard.

They also can use the Conchita Wurst to make a woman with beard in comics : ( very good music)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaolVEJEjV4

#8 Posted by G_leno (1020 posts) - - Show Bio

Ah man, screw beards. Hate facial hair, it annoys the hell out of me. It was such a struggle keeping it for 2 months while I grew mine for Wolverine cosplay.

#10 Posted by Lurkero (189 posts) - - Show Bio

Part of the reason is because Western society has been conditioned to shave off all facial hair. A practical reason is because a person's beard may be shaved a certain way that makes them identifiable and that prevents concealment of a secret identity. Hair and beards can also make you more vulnerable in battle.

Although, Superman and Green Lantern have both proven how little one has to do to have a secret identity.

#11 Posted by judasnixon (6586 posts) - - Show Bio

Batman would be way cooler with a beard......

#12 Edited by kleo_94 (90 posts) - - Show Bio

Maybe Bucky isn't a "Super-hero", but he's certainly a hero. And hey, he often has a beard, and as Captain America, maybe he was shaving more often, but the beard was also visible from time to time (as Winter Soldier he seems not to care that much if he;s shaven or not). So, hurray for the beards!

#13 Posted by pikachumonster (3100 posts) - - Show Bio

@judasnixon: I don't know the source of that pic, but he looks straight up confederate. Not saying they're not cool, but that's no batman imo

#14 Posted by AmazingWebHead (2823 posts) - - Show Bio

It would compromise their secret identities

#15 Edited by PhoenixoftheTides (3582 posts) - - Show Bio

Typically, when a hero appears with a beard, it is an easy way for artists to show that they are so stressed that they no longer care how they look. Thematically speaking, I think a beard conjures an image of ruggedness and survival-oriented thinking that is at odds with the preservation of order most heroes typically are associated with. The image of a bearded lumberjack is very different from a shaved soldier, partially because the discipline to shave and maintain a standard has more to do with preserving society according to the last few generations of Western imagery. It is why bad guys in stories have beards, while good guys are often clean shaven.

On a more pragmatic level: I tend to think that artists would hate drawing bears on a regular basis; heck, most artists don't even like drawing the textured hair of african hair types or afros. It is also easier to make clean shaven characters look generically handsome than bearded characters.

Also: Beards are gross. There, I said it. They are called soupcatchers for a reason. Plus the main benefit of frequent shaving is the exfoliation that occurs; men who shave often have better skin because the shaving regiment forces men to take care of their face every day or two, without needing to go to a spa, or even think about it. (Just note that this is a humorous aside).

However, I'll admit that there is a big difference between this:

And this:

#16 Posted by PhoenixoftheTides (3582 posts) - - Show Bio

Batman would be way cooler with a beard......

That is terrifying. He looks like a cannibal.

#17 Posted by pikachumonster (3100 posts) - - Show Bio
#18 Edited by Sighburr_Punk (221 posts) - - Show Bio

Oliver Queen placed a trademark on the beard. The instant Aquaman tries growing one again even the ocean won't save him from the lawsuits. :P

#19 Posted by joshmightbe (24907 posts) - - Show Bio

It would work against some people's secret identity. Like if Batman grew a grizzly addams people might think something odd about Bruce Wayne suddenly sporting the mountain man look as well.

#20 Posted by kennybaese (1121 posts) - - Show Bio

They aren't aerodynamic enough.

#22 Edited by COBRAMORPH (1562 posts) - - Show Bio

A lot of businesses want a clean shave. Bruce could get by without shaving, but Clark might not.

#24 Posted by Outside_85 (9199 posts) - - Show Bio

It is rather perplexing that of nearly all the big name heroes out there, Thor the Norse God, is clean shaven. And I say that because culturally amongst the Norse a beard was a sign of manhood, as in if you didn't have one you were either a child, thrall or a woman.

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#25 Posted by monopolyloser (74 posts) - - Show Bio

Maybe they don't have beards, because they're afraid that it'll offend Alan Moore, and he'd accuse them of being unoriginal? Wait... too late.

#26 Posted by DarthAznable (7125 posts) - - Show Bio

Stubble is what the ladies really like.

#27 Posted by Husk (456 posts) - - Show Bio

manliness and tights don't mix

#28 Posted by bgibs13390 (891 posts) - - Show Bio

@outside_85: Thor has worn a beard in the past an in his ongoing right now old Thor has a beard and even made fun of current Thor for not having one but I agree he should have a beard.

#29 Posted by HumanRocket (8381 posts) - - Show Bio

Superman had one of the best beards ever in the JL episode Hereafter.

#31 Posted by StMichalofWilson (3858 posts) - - Show Bio

I could see Batman with a beard. The Bat-Beard...you know there will be memes of that.

Anyways, we don't see more superheroes with beards because they would look too badass.

#32 Posted by Jphu8414 (3807 posts) - - Show Bio

It's hard to draw beards for artists?

#33 Posted by Nightwing4 (366 posts) - - Show Bio

After that Eurovision concert happened, you should start asking why more super HEROINES don't have beards.

#34 Posted by Bierschneeman (4017 posts) - - Show Bio

Because ladies and men like smooth faces.

you haven't met my wife

@husk said:

manliness and tights don't mix

ohh and this

#35 Edited by pikachumonster (3100 posts) - - Show Bio

I can't imagine zach galifianakis without a beard...

#36 Posted by JasonHawke (1387 posts) - - Show Bio

@jasonhawke said:

Because ladies and men like smooth faces.

you haven't met my wife

@husk said:

manliness and tights don't mix

ohh and this

Shave your face now.

#37 Posted by Redmonkeyssj4 (855 posts) - - Show Bio
#38 Posted by christianrapper (1194 posts) - - Show Bio

i think another reason is that the whole comic and sci fi industry kind of made beards evil. every time someone came from another dimension with a beard he was evil. every evil twin had a beard back in the day.

#39 Posted by joshmightbe (24907 posts) - - Show Bio

@redmonkeyssj4: Its pretty much only a huge issue for guys with exposed jaws, tho it seems like a beard would have to be fairly short to fit comfortably in a mask.

#40 Edited by flameboy298 (1908 posts) - - Show Bio
@g_leno said:

Ah man, screw beards. Hate facial hair, it annoys the hell out of me. It was such a struggle keeping it for 2 months while I grew mine for Wolverine cosplay.

#42 Posted by Mucklefluga (2570 posts) - - Show Bio

I love the main image haha.

#43 Posted by THORSON (2446 posts) - - Show Bio

because they fear the beard.

unlike THOR.

#44 Edited by PowerHerc (84340 posts) - - Show Bio

So few superheroes have beards because none can rock a beard as well as Hercules.

That's right.

#45 Posted by TheHeat (451 posts) - - Show Bio

There's no reason why Thor shouldn't be rocking a beard. Even his movie version rocks one.