There's something very special about a character's mustache in video gaming. In a way, a mustache is like a prop in a movie. It tells the viewer things about the character that cannot be conveyed in words alone. Depending on the style and cleanliness of his facial hair, we can clearly see if a person is a gentleman, tough guy, or a mad scientist from the future without any need for words. Through the history of video gaming fiction, there have been numerous characters that have sported a wide variety of 'staches. Here, we honor the top 10 best video game mustaches.
10. Chop Chop Master Onion (Mustache First Appeared in: PaRappa the Rapper)
Known for his Fu Manchu mustache and wavy stink lines, Chop Chop Master Onion starred in one of the most memorable levels in the Playstation classic PaRappa the Rapper. In the media, the fu manchu mustache that Master Onion wears is typically used on stereotypical depictions of Asian villains and heavy metal rock stars.
9. Dudley (Mustache First Appeared in: Street Fighter III)
A mustache can say a lot about a man, and the one that adorns Dudley's face says that he's all about class. Often viewed as a chivalrous knight, Dudley can kick a guy's ass and look like a complete gentleman in the process.
8. Wario (Mustache First Appeared in: Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins)
Wario is the uglier, gassier, and materialistic-ier version of Nintendo's main man Mario. Mario's mustache is a perfect representation of what kind of person he is. It's clean, simple, and it looks like a smiley face. On the other hand, Wario's 'stache looks much more evil. Look at it, it looks like lightning bolts!
7. Peppy Hare (Mustache First Appeared in: Star Fox: Assault)
Peppy began as a member of the original Star Fox team, along with leader James McCloud and wingmate Pigma Dengar. After Pigma's betrayal and the capture of James McCloud, Peppy manages to escape, only to inform James' son of his father's fate.
Lately, however, Peppy has taken the role of General of the Cornerian Army, and grows the needed mustache. The mustache is a sign of age and wisdom, after all. He's more of a mentor to the new Star Fox team now, providing words of wisdom such as, “Do a barrel roll.”
6. Captain John Price (Mustache First Appeared in: Call of Duty 2)
There are few who can pull of the handlebar mustache as well as Captain Price from the Call of Duty series. The last guy who properly pulled off the look was rock legend Sgt. Floyd Pepper.
5. Jinpachi (Mustache First Appeared in: Tekken 5)
There isn't much we know about the style of mustache that Jinpachi has. All we can tell is that its appearance must have something to do with the devil that possessed him, and that crazy facial hair runs in the family. His son Heihachi has a crazy ass mustache as well.
4. Dr. Albert W. Wily (Mustache First Appeared in: Megaman)
The Megaman series takes place in the future, in the distant year of 200X. If Megaman's fiction is any indication of what the future will become, all mad scientists will sport a long, gray, unkept mustache just like the one on Dr. Wily. Besides, if he didn't have the mustache, he'd look a little too similar to Doc Brown from Back to the Future.
3. Doctor Ivo “Eggman” Robotnik (Mustache First Appeared in: Sonic the Hedgehog)
Dr. Eggman fulfills the necessary “mad scientist” mustache requirement, just like the aforementioned Dr. Wily. However, Dr. Eggman takes it up a notch by giving it more volume and length, possibly to distract attention away from his hair loss.
2. Solid Snake (Mustache First Appeared in: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots)
He may have the same mustache as Ned Flanders in his old age, but he's still the same old (literally) Snake that we've grown to love.
1. Mayor Mike Haggar (Mustache First Appeared in: Final Fight)
No other video game character has ever made a mustache look as badass and manly as Haggar from the Final Fight series. He's a mayor that takes care of the crime in his city by beating the crap out of gangs. He eats meat off the floor to recharge himself. He can even piledrive a shark. He can do all this while sporting a Freddie Mercury-like mustache.