Maintaining perfect facial hair is no easy task, especially when your popularity is on the line. In a recent poll on Japanese website CHARAPEDIA, some 10,000 fans voted for their favorite beard and mustache wearers in a poll designed to determine the "Most Attractive Anime Characters with Facial Hair". Of the 73 competing entrants, the top 20 were:
20.) ∀ Gundam from ∀ Gundam with 116 votes.
19.) Isaac Netero from Hunter x Hunter with 117 votes.
18.) Meme Oshino from Monogatari with 120 votes.
17.) Maes Hughes from Full Metal Alchemist with 126 votes.
16.) Ren Kouen from Magi: The Kingdom of Magic with 135 votes.
15.) Master Roshi from Dragon Ball with 159 votes.
14.) Shanks from One Piece with 165 votes.
13.) Kotetsu T. Kaburagi Tiger & Bunny with 185 votes.
12.) Asahi Azumane from Haikyuu!! with 194 votes.
11.) Klein from Sword Art Online with 217 votes.
10.) Trafalgar Law from One Piece with 225 votes.
09.) Ramba Ral from Mobile Suit Gundam with 236 votes.
08.) Gendo Ikari from Neon Genesis Evangelion with 239 votes.
07.) Isao Kondo from Gintama with 241 votes.
06.) Joseph Joestar from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure with 249 votes.
05.) Taizo Hasegawa from Gintama with 344 votes.
04.) Sanji from One Piece with 367 votes.
03.) Kogoro Mouri from Detective Conan / Case Closed with 421 votes.
02.) Edward Newgate, aka Whitebeard, from One Piece with 612 votes.
01.) Daisuke Jigen from Lupin III, blowing away the competition with 1347 votes.
What do you think? Are there any glaring omissions? Who is your favorite anime character bedecked with a beard or sporting a sharp mustache?
(My only regret is that Freddie from Cromartie High School didn't make the list.)
Paul Chapman is the host of The Greatest Movie EVER! Podcast and GME! Anime Fun Time.