5 Genghis Khan
Founder and emperor of the Mongol Empire, Genghis Khan created one of the largest empires in history: under his watch, this fast-expanding area became a true force to be reckoned with as he tyrannically pillaged his way to conquest after conquest. But, he also had time to make quite the style statement on his visage: a perfectly thin, downright sculptural-looking mustache that set him apart and subtly spoke of power, authority and control.
4 Wyatt Earp
Wyatt Earp is best known for being the principal participant in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, but he was quite the Renaissance dude: Besides the aforementioned (he’s most well known for being an incredibly accurate gunman), he was also a buffalo hunter, saloon keeper, gambler, miner, bouncer, brothel owner and even a boxing referee. But one thing tied together all of these occupations: an epic mustache. Bushy in the middle and then sloping downward in a dramatic flourish, it’s a seriously menacing, don’t-mess-with-me look.
3 Joseph Stalin
Joseph Stalin’s disdain for human life makes him a solid top 5 villain with a mustache. Dictators are villains by nature, but Stalin’s determination to rid the Soviet Union of an entire class of citizens and silence his critics classifies him as a monster. Stalin had wealthy farmers, or kulaks, eliminated and orchestrated famines to introduce state-controlled agriculture. He sent dissidents to gulags, or labor camps, where they died. According to Robert Conquest’s “The Great Terror,” Stalin oversaw the death of nearly 10 million people between 1937 and 1938.
2 Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler may well be described as evil personified. On his orders, Nazis murdered 12 million civilians. Hitler sent Jews to concentration camps, where they endured hunger, forced labor and laboratory experiments. He established killing centers in some camps for the mass murder of nearly 2.7 million detainees by firing squads or gas chambers. Another 35 to 60 million people died fighting the war triggered by his crusade to expand Germany’s borders. Small wonder that Hitler’s trademark mustache now symbolizes hatred, racism and the horrors of the Holocaust.
1 Osama bin Laden
Osama bin Laden created a global terrorist network based on his interpretation of Islam and, in the process, gave mustached Koran followers a shady reputation. His mustache and beard helped him blend into the Muslim culture; his efforts to destroy enemies of Islam made him a household name. Saying that bin Laden singlehandedly transformed the world may be giving him more credit than he deserves. However, unlike other villains whose atrocities ended when they did, this mastermind of the 9/11 attacks sparked a legacy that continues to inspire loyalists to his killing cause.