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Poll results: Who has the best beard in fighting games?

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Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • September 7, 2021 at 7:58 a.m. PDT • Comments: 47

Updated: Our poll has closed and results have been added to the story. Be sure to check out who our readers voted for best beard after the jump.

Earlier: Beards. Ladies love them, guys like to do funky stuff with them, and they've been a sign of strength, wisdom and growing up among the fictional martial artists we've been following for decades.

With today being World Beard Day, we thought it might be fun to spark up the debate as to who among fighting game characters has the best bushy facial hair of them all.

Pulling from the worlds of Street Fighter, Tekken, The King of Fighters, Mortal Kombat, Guilty Gear and more iconic series, we've compiled a poll full of bearded warriors for fans to duke it out to decide who is king of the mountain in 2021.

They could be the defining traits of characters like SNK's Chang and Chin or new takes on classic characters like Hot Ryu and Akuma in Street Fighter 5.

What you define as a top tier beard is completely subjective, so vote based on your own personal preference and favorites, whether they be big and bushy, sleek and stylized or simply iconic.

Since it's probably close to impossible to choose only one best beard, we're giving you the option to select your top five to see how everyone's opinions best line up.

Who has the best beard in fighting games?

1. Hot Ryu (SF): 73 votes / 13.9%
2. Zangief (SF): 50 votes / 9.5%
3. Jinpachi (Tekken): 41 votes / 7.8%
4. Shang Tsung (MK): 37 votes / 7.0%
5. Slayer (GG): 33 votes / 6.3%
6. Goldlewis (GG): 29 votes / 5.5%
7. Gen (SF): 28 votes / 5.3%
8. G (SF): 24 votes / 4.6%
9. Dhalsim (SF): 22 votes / 4.2%
10. Rashid (SF): 20 votes / 3.8%
11. Leroy (Tekken): 20 votes / 3.8%
12. Leo (GG): 19 votes / 3.6%
13. Sub-Zero (MK): 12 votes / 2.3%
14. Jeffry (VF): 10 votes / 1.9%
15. Scorpion (MK): 9 votes / 1.7%
16. Antonov (KOF): 9 votes / 1.7%
17. Akuma (SF): 8 votes / 1.5%
18. Other (Specify in comments): 8 votes / 1.5%
19. Tusk (KI): 8 votes / 1.5%
20. Kano (MK): 7 votes / 1.3%
21. Chang (KOF): 7 votes / 1.3%
22. Azrael (BB): 7 votes / 1.3%
23. Soriz (GBVS): 6 votes / 1.1%
24. Ladiva (GBVS): 6 votes / 1.1%
25. Robert Garcia (AOF): 6 votes / 1.1%
26. Jax (MK): 4 votes / 0.8%
27. Marduk (Tekken): 4 votes / 0.8%
28. Bass (DOA): 4 votes / 0.8%
29. Kum (GG): 3 votes / 0.6%
30. Lau (VF): 3 votes / 0.6%
31. Birdie (SF): 3 votes / 0.6%
32. Shun (VF): 3 votes / 0.6%
33. Ganryu (Tekken): 2 votes / 0.4%
34. Tung Fu Rue (KOF): 1 votes / 0.2%
35. Azwel (SC): 1 votes / 0.2%

Total votes: 527


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