It began in The Bronze Age, with blacksmiths who were the first to forge swords from pieces of copper. Today we know the pure silver they grafted to their hilts were made for swordsmen who strove to look stylish as hell as they drove their blades into an enemy. Staying alive was everything, but appearances mattered too.
Hollywood's known this since the dawn of swashbuckling. Everybody still loves a sword-swinging dynamo -- especially one who sports well-groomed facial hair. To inform the next generation of sword fighters, and to give us an excuse to watch our favorite heroes in action, we're humbly ranking the greatest displays of mustachioed swordsmanship in pop-culture history.
But first, let's run through the rules that guided us on our quest. We limited ourselves to only one great swordsman for any given movie, show, or franchise, and to just one qualifying role per actor. We also ruled out animated fare (sorry, Puss in Boots). And we deducted serious points for half-baked mustaches -- you will not find chin straps on this list, we promise. En garde!