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2nd Feb '16 4:05:37 AM Gwyddone
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* The Porcelain Doctor from ''Literature/DeadWest plays with this. He wears glasses, and rarely takes them off or loses them, but when he has to fight without them, he does it just fine (in close quarters, afterthough). Then again, he might be actually blind, or just simply unable to perceive his environment, due to his frequent hallucinations.
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* The Porcelain Doctor from ''Literature/DeadWest ''Literature/DeadWest'' plays with this. He wears glasses, and rarely takes them off or loses them, but when he has to fight without them, the glasses, he does it just fine (in (that happened in close quarters, afterthough).though). Then again, he might be actually blind, or just simply unable to perceive his environment, due to his frequent hallucinations.
2nd Feb '16 3:38:34 AM Gwyddone
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* The Porcelain Doctor from ''Literature/DeadWest plays with this. He wears glasses, and rarely takes them off or loses them, but when he has to fight without them, he does it just fine (in close quarters, afterthough). Then again, he might be actually blind, or just simply unable to perceive his environment, due to his frequent hallucinations.
1st Feb '16 7:48:33 PM GrammarNavi
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* TamoraPierce's Tris, from the ''Literature/CircleOfMagic'' series. In a mild variation, she has much worse regular vision without her glasses, but can see magic better.
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* TamoraPierce's Creator/TamoraPierce's Tris, from the ''Literature/CircleOfMagic'' series. In a mild variation, she has much worse regular vision without her glasses, but can see magic better.
14th Jan '16 8:05:45 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/CelebrityDeathmatch'' where Mills Lane and Stacy Cornbread take over in the announcers' booth (due to Nick and Johnny being arrested) shows that Mills is badly nearsighted without his glasses. (Good thing he's usually very close to where he's supposed to be.)
8th Jan '16 3:56:46 AM StFan
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* Integra Hellsing from ''{{Anime/Hellsing}}'', in the anime at least, is shown at a couple of points to have extremely poor eyesight without her glasses.
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* Integra Hellsing from ''{{Anime/Hellsing}}'', ''Anime/{{Hellsing}}'', in the anime at least, is shown at a couple of points to have extremely poor eyesight without her glasses.

* Sacchan from ''{{Manga/Gintama}}'' has a tendency to lose her glasses often, leading to such situations as poking Gintoki's eye out with a chopstick full of natto or mistaking a time bomb for a giant ''breath mint''. What makes her plight all the more disastrous -- or hilarious -- is that she's actually a ninja.
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* Sacchan from ''{{Manga/Gintama}}'' ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' has a tendency to lose her glasses often, leading to such situations as poking Gintoki's eye out with a chopstick full of natto or mistaking a time bomb for a giant ''breath mint''. What makes her plight all the more disastrous -- or hilarious -- is that she's actually a ninja.

* Shou of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' cannot tell the difference between a giant koala and his friend Hayato without his glasses. It's surprising he can even WITH them.... In all fairness, Judai mistakes Hayato for a giant koala upon meeting him.
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* ''Franchise/YuGiOh'': ** Shou of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' cannot tell the difference between a giant koala and his friend Hayato without his glasses. It's surprising he can even WITH them.... In all fairness, Judai mistakes Hayato for a giant koala upon meeting him.

* Maylene, the maid in ''Manga/BlackButler'', is so farsighted she doesn't need a sight on her sniper rifles. However, that makes ordinary tasks as a housemaid rather difficult. She's BlindWithoutEm, barely functioning with 'em. ** This is also true of all the [[{{shinigami}} Grim Reapers]]. The "Story of Will the Reaper" OVA shows the workshop of the craftsman who makes all of their spectacles - he is a highly respected legend. The Shinigami Haken Kyoukai Theme Song from the second musical says that their #1 rule is that all reapers must wear glasses. In regards to actually seeing them fumble around for a dropped pair, the stoic, straight-edged William gets that sort of scene the most. About thirteen minutes into [[http://www4.funimation.com/video/?page=video&v=6172: episode 9 of Kuroshitsuji II]], he loses his glasses and starts fumbling around on the ground Velma-style—even admonishing a brick wall that he thinks is his partner. It also happens to a lesser extent in the aforementioned OVA.
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* Maylene, ''Manga/BlackButler'': ** Maylene the maid in ''Manga/BlackButler'', is so farsighted she doesn't need a sight on her sniper rifles. However, that makes ordinary tasks as a housemaid rather difficult. She's BlindWithoutEm, barely functioning with 'em. ** This is also true of all the [[{{shinigami}} Grim Reapers]]. The "Story of Will the Reaper" OVA shows the workshop of the craftsman who makes all of their spectacles - -- he is a highly respected legend. The Shinigami Haken Kyoukai Theme Song from the second musical says that their #1 rule is that all reapers must wear glasses. In regards to actually seeing them fumble around for a dropped pair, the stoic, straight-edged William gets that sort of scene the most. About thirteen minutes into [[http://www4.funimation.com/video/?page=video&v=6172: episode 9 of Kuroshitsuji II]], he loses his glasses and starts fumbling around on the ground Velma-style—even admonishing a brick wall that he thinks is his partner. It also happens to a lesser extent in the aforementioned OVA.

* Riruka Dokugamine from ''{{Manga/Bleach}}''. She refuses to wear her glasses due to vanity. ** Actually downplayed. Her nearsightedness is brought up only once, in a dark room when Ginjo refuses to turn the lights on, and she shows no obvious signs of needing glasses at any other point.
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* Riruka Dokugamine from ''{{Manga/Bleach}}''. ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. She refuses to wear her glasses due to vanity. ** vanity. Actually downplayed. Her downplayed: her nearsightedness is brought up only once, in a dark room when Ginjo refuses to turn the lights on, and she shows no obvious signs of needing glasses at any other point.

* Tenpou in ''{{Manga/Saiyuki}} Gaiden'', despite being a ''god'', suffers from this problem, to the point that [[spoiler:he's only able to be killed]] once his glasses are knocked off and broken (he even admits the fight's lost once his glasses are gone).
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* Tenpou in ''{{Manga/Saiyuki}} ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}} Gaiden'', despite being a ''god'', suffers from this problem, to the point that [[spoiler:he's only able to be killed]] once his glasses are knocked off and broken (he even admits the fight's lost once his glasses are gone).

* Chie from ''{{Manga/Hyakko}}''
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* ''{{Comicbook/X-Men}}'''s ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} could be seen as a special case. Though technically able to see without his ruby-quartz glasses, he [[PowerIncontinence cannot turn off]] the concussive beams that continually shoot from his eyes. He is thus forced to keep his eyes shut in order to keep from destroying everything around him. He can therefore be said to be "voluntarily blind" in the same way that the Inhuman's Black Bolt (whose voice is a similarly uncontrollable sonic weapon) is often said to be "voluntarily mute". They are contained because his body is immune to his own power: The beams which flow from his eyes flow right back in to his eyelids with no loss of energy. * ''ComicBook/SpiderMan''
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* ''{{Comicbook/X-Men}}'''s ''ComicBook/XMen'''s ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} could be seen as a special case. Though technically able to see without his ruby-quartz glasses, he [[PowerIncontinence cannot turn off]] the concussive beams that continually shoot from his eyes. He is thus forced to keep his eyes shut in order to keep from destroying everything around him. He can therefore be said to be "voluntarily blind" in the same way that the Inhuman's Black Bolt (whose voice is a similarly uncontrollable sonic weapon) is often said to be "voluntarily mute". They are contained because his body is immune to his own power: The beams which flow from his eyes flow right back in to his eyelids with no loss of energy. * ''ComicBook/SpiderMan''''ComicBook/SpiderMan'':

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* ''{{ComicStrip/Peanuts}}''''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames'': Unlike Pony Twilight who's almost never seen wearing glasses in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Human Twilight really needs them, as demonstrated when she's seen squinting and looking for them after bumping into Flash Sentry. We even get a POVShot when Flash gives her back the glasses, showing just how blurry her vision is without them.

* ''Film/MyCousinVinny''
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* Olivia in ''Film/FinalDestination5'' appears to be this. When she loses her glasses on the bridge she is unable to do anything but stumble around and cry for help. The audience is also shown a brief glimpse of her vision- it's pretty dire.
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* Olivia in ''Film/FinalDestination5'' appears to be this. When she loses her glasses on the bridge she is unable to do anything but stumble around and cry for help. The audience is also shown a brief glimpse of her vision- vision -- it's pretty dire.

* Olivia in ''Film/FinalDestination5'' appears to be this. When she loses her The film ''Film/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'' averts this trope nicely when Harry gets his glasses on knocked off by the bridge she is unable Whomping Willow. This leads to do anything a fuzzy but stumble around and cry for help. The audience is also shown a brief glimpse of her vision- it's still somewhat intelligible POVShot that's pretty dire.close to what the world looks like through myopia.

* Literature/HarryPotter has very poor eyesight without his glasses and everything is said to look blurry without them. He almost never drops them, though he breaks the frames a lot, but he does have them removed when he goes into the hospital wing. ** [[Film/HarryPotter The film]] of ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban Prisoner of Azkaban]]'' averts this trope nicely when Harry gets his glasses knocked off by the Whomping Willow, leading to a fuzzy but still somewhat intelligible [=PoV=] shot that's pretty close to what the world looks like through myopia. ** Paradoxically, Harry's vision is quite good with his glasses on, enough so that he serves as Seeker on the Hogwarts Quidditch team, a position which relies on keen eyesight. *** Though one of the books does point out that Harry being a glasses-wearer ''does'' affect his playing in certain situations -- Hermione has to make his glasses waterproof with magic to allow him to play in the rain. * Princess Andromeda, from ''[[TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms One Good Knight]]'', has been severely nearsighted since early childhood. However, the Sophont who made her glasses designed them to stay on her face (and they do, unless she chooses to take them off).
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* Literature/HarryPotter has very poor eyesight without his glasses and everything is said to look blurry without them. He almost never drops them, though he breaks the frames a lot, but he does have them removed when he goes into the hospital wing. ** [[Film/HarryPotter The film]] of ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban Prisoner of Azkaban]]'' averts this trope nicely when Harry gets his glasses knocked off by the Whomping Willow, leading to a fuzzy but still somewhat intelligible [=PoV=] shot that's pretty close to what the world looks like through myopia. ** wing. Paradoxically, Harry's vision is quite good with his glasses on, enough so that he serves as Seeker on the Hogwarts Quidditch team, a position which relies on keen eyesight. *** eyesight. Though one of the books does point out that Harry being a glasses-wearer ''does'' affect his playing in certain situations -- Hermione has to make his glasses waterproof with magic to allow him to play in the rain. * Princess Andromeda, from ''[[TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms ''[[Literature/TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms One Good Knight]]'', has been severely nearsighted since early childhood. However, the Sophont who made her glasses designed them to stay on her face (and they do, unless she chooses to take them off).

* Meg in Literature/AWrinkleInTime.
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' exception: The Fifth and Tenth Doctors both have only minor vision problems. David Tennant admitted in an interview that he had the Doctor wear glasses to give children with glasses a hero. ** In the crossover short ''Time Crash'', the 10th Doctor explicitly states that neither he nor the 5th Doctor need glasses to correct their vision -- [[PurelyAestheticGlasses they only wear them to look clever]]. The 1st Doctor occasionally did wear proper glasses to improve his ailing vision.
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' exception: The Fifth and Tenth Doctors both have only minor vision problems. David Tennant admitted in an interview that he had the Doctor wear glasses to give children with glasses a hero. ** hero. In the crossover short ''Time Crash'', the 10th Doctor explicitly states that neither he nor the 5th Doctor need glasses to correct their vision -- [[PurelyAestheticGlasses they only wear them to look clever]]. The 1st Doctor occasionally did wear proper glasses to improve his ailing vision.

** Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' with ''The Scary Door'', where the last man on Earth has just lost his glasses. -->"Wait, my eyes aren't that bad; I can still read the large-print books. ''(eyes fall out)'' Well, lucky I know how to read braille. ''(hands fall off, {{big no}}, [[{{OverlyLongGag}} tongue falls out]])''

* Minor subversion: Brent Sienna of ''{{Webcomic/PvP}}'' is [[http://www.pvponline.com/2008/05/06/loveblind/ quickly blinded when he removes his sunglasses]].
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* Minor subversion: Brent Sienna of ''{{Webcomic/PvP}}'' ''Webcomic/PvP'' is [[http://www.pvponline.com/2008/05/06/loveblind/ quickly blinded when he removes his sunglasses]].


* In ''TheMercuryMen'', Edward Borman can't see anything without his glasses.
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* In ''TheMercuryMen'', ''WebVideo/TheMercuryMen'', Edward Borman can't see anything without his glasses.

* When The Makeover Fairy yanks away her glasses, WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick sulks that now she can't see. ** Subverted overall in that she functions perfectly well without the glasses, and rarely wears them after that episode.
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* When The Makeover Fairy yanks away her glasses, WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick sulks that now she can't see. ** see. Subverted overall in that she functions perfectly well without the glasses, and rarely wears them after that episode.

* The classic example is Velma from ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'', who was always losing her glasses in the original series. (A common gag on the show: Whenever she loses her glasses, the MonsterOfTheWeek is the one who hands them back to her, and she doesn't realize how close he is until she puts them on.) ** Nicole Jaffe, the actress who originally played Velma, admitted in an interview that at the initial taping of the show, she accidentally dropped her glasses. She then exclaimed something the writers adapted into her catchphrase: "My glasses! I can't see without them!"
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* The classic example is Velma from ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'', who was always losing her glasses in the original series. (A common gag on the show: Whenever she loses her glasses, the MonsterOfTheWeek is the one who hands them back to her, and she doesn't realize how close he is until she puts them on.) ** ) Nicole Jaffe, the actress who originally played Velma, admitted in an interview that at the initial taping of the show, she accidentally dropped her glasses. She then exclaimed something the writers adapted into her catchphrase: "My glasses! I can't see without them!"

** They then grab each others' glasses and: --->'''Velma:''' Jinkies! Everything's dark! I'VE GONE BLIND!! ** Leading to Johnny switching their glasses back and replying: -->'''Johnny Bravo:''' I'm only going to say this once...'''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis Don't. Touch. The Glasses!]]''' * ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
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** They ::They then grab each others' glasses and: --->'''Velma:''' and... -->'''Velma:''' Jinkies! Everything's dark! I'VE GONE BLIND!! ** :: Leading to Johnny switching their glasses back and replying: replying... -->'''Johnny Bravo:''' I'm only going to say this once... '''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis Don't. Touch. The Glasses!]]''' * ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':

---> Milhouse: *to approaching car* Nice doggy!
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---> Milhouse: *to --->'''Milhouse:''' (''to approaching car* car'') Nice doggy!

* Chow in ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' can't see without his CoolShades, as we learned when he tried using the [[EyeBeams Pig Talisman]]. -->'''[[ClassyCatBurglar Viper]]:''' ''(dodging every blast)'' I'm going out on a limb here, but it looks like you need contacts.\\
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* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'': ** Chow in ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' can't see without his CoolShades, as we learned when he tried using the [[EyeBeams Pig Talisman]]. -->'''[[ClassyCatBurglar --->'''[[ClassyCatBurglar Viper]]:''' ''(dodging (''dodging every blast)'' blast'') I'm going out on a limb here, but it looks like you need contacts.\\

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* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "The Problem with Popplers", the Omnicronians are almost fooled when Zapp Brannigan tries to substitute an ape for Leela. Leela at first thinks this is because they have a hard time telling ''any'' creatures other than their own species apart, but seeing as Lrrr did indeed only figure it out when he used his glasses to get a better look, it seems bad eyesight may be at least partially to blame. * Macie on WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger can hardly see without her glasses.
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': ** In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "The Problem with Popplers", the Omnicronians are almost fooled when Zapp Brannigan tries to substitute an ape for Leela. Leela at first thinks this is because they have a hard time telling ''any'' creatures other than their own species apart, but seeing as Lrrr did indeed only figure it out when he used his glasses to get a better look, it seems bad eyesight may be at least partially to blame. ** ''The Twilight Zone'' episode "Time Enough at Last" is parodied with ''The Scary Door'', where the last man on Earth has just lost his glasses. --->"Wait, my eyes aren't that bad; I can still read the large-print books. (''eyes fall out'') Well, lucky I know how to read braille. (''hands fall off, {{big no}}, [[{{OverlyLongGag}} tongue falls out]]'') * Macie on WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger'' can hardly see without her glasses.

* Implied for Jeremie Belpois of CodeLyoko, given that his first instinct when woken up isn't to investigate but to snatch up and put on his glasses.
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* Implied for Jeremie Belpois of CodeLyoko, ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'', given that his first instinct when woken up isn't to investigate but to snatch up and put on his glasses.
3rd Jan '16 10:31:05 AM JMQwilleran
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* On ''WesternAnimation/DragonTales'', while the point-of-view shots show fuzzy nearsightedness, Eunice the unicorn (a flying unicorn, or alicorn, actually) is apparently so blind without her glasses that when Max and Emmy arrive, she addresses dragonberry bushes before turning to them. Then, when she actually sees Max, she thinks at first that he's a dragon and not a human.
27th Dec '15 2:19:52 PM nombretomado
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* Sid from ''{{Skins}}'', mostly likely. The lenses of his glasses are noticeably thick (they magnify his eyes a little bit) and he's been shown to sleep with them on. Of course, Sid only has glasses because the actor who plays him does.
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* Sid from ''{{Skins}}'', ''Series/{{Skins}}'', mostly likely. The lenses of his glasses are noticeably thick (they magnify his eyes a little bit) and he's been shown to sleep with them on. Of course, Sid only has glasses because the actor who plays him does.
23rd Dec '15 2:05:34 PM Prioris
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* William of Baskerville, in ''Literature/TheNameOfTheRose'', has an interesting version: his distance vision is just fine, but he cannot ''read'' without his "lenticules." Since the plot entails a series of murders involving a library and its contents, he is seriously handicapped when they're broken halfway through the action.
7th Dec '15 7:47:25 PM PaulA
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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': Mr. Conklin and Mrs. Davis. Mr. Conklin suffers ''Blind Without 'Em'' with a vengeance in ''Living Statues'' and ''Cure That Habit''.
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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': ''Series/OurMissBrooks'': Mr. Conklin and Mrs. Davis. Mr. Conklin suffers ''Blind Blind Without 'Em'' 'Em with a vengeance in ''Living Statues'' "Living Statues" and ''Cure "Cure That Habit''.Habit".
7th Dec '15 9:20:06 AM Hossmeister
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** In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney: Justice For All'', Richard Wellington's eyesight without his glasses is so bad that he mistook a baseball glove for a bunch of bananas (admittedly, the glove was extremely bright yellow).
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** In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney: Justice For All'', ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyJusticeForAll'', Richard Wellington's eyesight without his glasses is so bad that he mistook a baseball glove for a bunch of bananas (admittedly, the glove was extremely bright yellow).
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