If some people have a real trademark look, it can seem pretty weird when you take that away.
Like with somebody who always wears glasses; they take them off and they look like a totally different person. Hey, it worked for Superman for years!
But there are other things too, like moustaches for example. You might think it’s no big deal, that you barely even notice if it’s there or not.
As we’re about to find out however, if you rip the moustache off somebody who is really famous for having one, they can look pretty strange!
Mahātmā Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on 2 October 1869. In his lifetime he became an Indian activist who was the leader of the Indian independence movement against British rule.
He famously employed nonviolent civil disobedience, and eventually led India to independence and inspired movements for freedom across the world, including the US Civil Rights movement and the Anti-Apartheid movement in South Africa.
His famous title Mahatma (written as Mahātmā in English) is actually honorific and wasn’t Gandhi’s real first name, which was Mohandas. Mahatma comes from the Sanskrit meaning ‘high-souled’ or ‘venerable’, but in India he is now also known by the nickname Bapu, Gujarati term of endearment for father.
But aside from all that impressive stuff, he is one of history’s most famous moustache wearers! He’s the kind of guy with a moustache that you probably barely even register that he has a moustache…
Gandhi with a moustache:
But take it away and he looks like a totally different person!
Gandhi without a moustache:
Whoa! Is it just me or does he look way less wise now?
Farrokh Bulsara was born in Zanzibar on 5 September 1946.
This might not sound like much to people under a certain age, but Zanzibar was later renamed Tanzania, and Farrokh would go on to become Freddie Mercury!
One of the most famous and well-loved singers of all time, Freddie Mercury was the flamboyant frontman of the rock band Queen. With a four octave vocal range, he is still held up as one of the most talented popular vocalists of any generation.
You might know him from hits like Bohemian Rhapsody, Another One Bites The Dust, Killer Queen, Somebody to Love, Under Pressure, Don’t Stop Me Now, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, We Are the Champions… the list goes on and on and on!
He also famously wore a moustache during the height of his and Queen’s popularity!
Freddie with a moustache:
Although there is lots of famous footage of him with no ‘tache – just think of the Bohemian Rhapsody video, for example – he is much better known for his trademark upper lip hair!
Freddie without a moustache:
With or without, he was not a bad looking guy at all!
Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech (yep, that is quite a full name!) was born on 11 May 1904 in the town of Figueres, in Catalonia, Spain.
He went on to be one of the most famous artists of the 20th century, and probably of all time. His best known work is in the surrealist style, and he helped to popularize an art movement called Dadaism, an avant-garde style which rejected logic and reason, in favor of nonsense and irrationality.
Dali was definitely a strange character – he told the rich customer who bought one of his works that the paint had been mixed with the venom of a million wasps. He wore outlandish outfits, like a giraffe-skin coat, sparkly socks acquired from Elvis, and curly, elastic boots, and once even delivered a lecture wearing a full deep-sea diving suit, which he refused to take off, and almost suffocated as a result.
Apart from all of that? He had an ever-present and sometimes wacky moustache!
Dali with a moustache:
You could never tell that he was a crazy character from that photo, right?
Dali without a moustache:
Hmm okay, he looks no less unhinged…
A man who needs no introduction, Professor Einstein was a German theoretical physicist and one of the smartest people who has ever lived.
He was born 14 March 1879, and went on to win a Nobel Prize in his lifetime, publish four groundbreaking papers at the age of just 26… oh, and he said E=MC2.
Which pretty much explains everything in the freakin’ universe.
He’s also a highly recognizable figure, thanks to his distinctive features, unkempt genius haircut… and of course his fine moustache!
Einstein with a moustache:
We all know what Big Al looks like with the face furniture, but…
Einstein without a moustache:
Take it off and he looks more like he should be sipping brandy in a smoking jacket by the fireplace than explaining the universe’s mysteries!
One of the most famous movie stars of the silent film era, Charlie Chaplin was born in London, in 1889.
The look that went on to become his trademark was one that he actually selected himself, for just his second movie role in 1914.
He said about the process himself in his autobiography:
“I wanted everything to be a contradiction: the pants baggy, the coat tight, the hat small and the shoes large … I added a small moustache, which, I reasoned, would add age without hiding my expression. I had no idea of the character. But the moment I was dressed, the clothes and the makeup made me feel the person he was. I began to know him, and by the time I walked on stage he was fully born.”
Chaplin with a moustache:
There’s the character we’ve all seen a thousand times!
Chaplin without a moustache:
It just doesn’t work without it!
Professional wrestler and kinda film star but not really and kinda reality TV star but not really has a very specific and recognizable look.
Bandana, dyed blonde hair, biker moustache. If you nail these three elements, even your granny could probably go to a fancy dress party in a passable Hulk Hogan outfit.
Hulk Hogan with a moustache:
But what happens when you strip that trademark ‘tache off the former WWF champ?
Hulk Hogan without a moustache:
Well, he kinda looks like Dick Van Dyke! What you gonna do, when this guy with no moustache comes for YOU!?
Gabriel García Márquez
Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez was born on the 6 March 1927, and died on 17 April 2014.
He was one of the most famous South American authors of the 20th century and beyond, considered one of the most significant authors in the Spanish language, and awarded the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature.
Born in Aracataca, Colombia, García Márquez was responsible for works such as One Hundred Years of Solitude, Love in the Time of Cholera… and of course that fine moustache!
Gabriel with a moustache:
Looking just like we remember him! It was the author’s signature look, after all!
Gabriel without a moustache:
Hey, he actually looks pretty good!
Where would Magnum, P.I. himself be without his trusty moustache?
I mean, even the guy behind the character can’t go without it! Think back to his roles in the TV series Friends, or in major motion pictures like Three Men and A Baby.
Has he ever been clean shaven? Don’t think so!
Selleck with a moustache:
There’s a familiar face!
Selleck without a moustache:
Hey, that’s not half bad! He looks like he could play a pretty good James Bond like that!
Homer Simpson’s annoying neighbor has almost never been seen without ‘the old cookie duster’ as he calls it, apart from when Homer bets him to shave it off.
The super-nice Christian Flanders’ ‘soup strainer’ (another of his weird ‘stache names) is as recognisable in The Simpsons as Marge’s famous hair, or Maggie’s pacifier.
Flanders with a moustache:
Flanders without a moustache:
Whoa! Now that’s just weird… but it does take years off the guy!
Here’s some fun Mario trivia for you, video game fans… Mario has a black moustache and brown hair. Why the mismatched hair colors?
According to series creator Shigeru Miyamoto:
“What really happened was that, when drawing the character, it became much easier to draw the mustache as an extension of the outline of his nose. Using that same color of black, we drew the mustache. But then we felt bad for Mario that he didn’t have a distinct hair color, so we gave him brown hair.”
Mario with a moustache:
So it was really technological limitations that gave him a moustache!
Mario without a moustache:
So if you take it away… weird, weird, weird.
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