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23rd Apr '16 12:27:49 AM SuperEquality07
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In animation, when such a character's glasses are lost, their eyes shrink down to pinpoints, which indicates either that they are squinting to see, or to point out the jarring real life effect of seeing someone who has huge eyes when seen through heavily magnified glasses without their glasses. An anime variation on this is usually represented with the character's eyes being replaced by 3's or '''[[{{Emoticon}} 3_3]]''', which is another stylization of squinting.

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In animation, when such a character's glasses are lost, their eyes usually shrink down to pinpoints, which indicates either that they are squinting to see, or to point out the jarring real life effect of seeing someone who has huge eyes when seen through heavily magnified glasses without their glasses. An anime variation on this is usually represented with the character's eyes being replaced by 3's or '''[[{{Emoticon}} 3_3]]''', which is another stylization of squinting.


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People who are legally blind without their glasses are a Real Life example of this trope.
20th Apr '16 12:35:10 PM 123MannCoBox
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::They then grab each others' glasses and...

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::They *They then grab each others' glasses and...
20th Apr '16 12:33:45 PM 123MannCoBox
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-->'''Velma:''' My glasses! I can't see without my glasses!\\

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-->'''Velma:''' My glasses! I can't see without my glasses!\\glasses!
12th Apr '16 4:20:51 PM SuperEquality07
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Note: The legal term "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blindness legally blind]]" is ''with corrective lenses'' (per linked article). Saying you are "legally blind without your glasses" is absurd.

Further note: because special lenses are needed to keep eyeglasses from flashing stage lights, and reflecting filming equipment, any time an actor wears glasses, it's a character choice, and the glasses are special stage glasses, which the actor may or may not need. If an actor needs corrective lenses, and it's deemed wrong for the character, the actor has to do without, or wear contacts.

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Note: The legal term "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blindness legally blind]]" is ''with corrective lenses'' (per linked article). Saying you are "legally blind without your glasses" is absurd.

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because special lenses are needed to keep eyeglasses from flashing stage lights, and reflecting filming equipment, any time an actor wears glasses, it's a character choice, and the glasses are special stage glasses, which the actor may or may not need. If an actor needs corrective lenses, and it's deemed wrong for the character, the actor has to do without, or wear contacts.
30th Mar '16 4:36:02 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Matsuri from ''Manga/IchigoMashimaro'' is already quite clumsy, but it gets throttled to near-catastrophic proportions when she doesn't wear her glasses. She almost gets herself (and Nobue) killed during a visit to the public bath, for one.

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* Matsuri from ''Manga/IchigoMashimaro'' ''Manga/StrawberryMarshmallow'' is already quite clumsy, but it gets throttled to near-catastrophic proportions when she doesn't wear her glasses. She almost gets herself (and Nobue) killed during a visit to the public bath, for one.
19th Mar '16 3:42:34 PM StFan
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* The woman in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZOeWFBy75A/ this]] Sears Optical Ad, who mistakes a raccoon for her cat. "Come snuggles with momma..."

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* Sears Optical Ads:
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The woman in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZOeWFBy75A/ this]] Sears Optical Ad, one ad]], who mistakes a raccoon for her cat. "Come snuggles with momma..."



* Mousse in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' is so dependent upon his glasses that without them he can mistake a bright green houseplant for the purple-haired girl he loves. This isn't helped by his tendency to [[TheGlassesComeOff take them off any time he tries to be cool/dramatic]].

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* Mousse in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' is so dependent upon his glasses that without them he can mistake a bright green houseplant for the purple-haired girl he loves. This isn't helped by his tendency to [[TheGlassesComeOff take them off any time he tries to be cool/dramatic]]. He even has a pair of glasses sized for his duck cursed form.



* Tsukuyomi of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' Rather than use her specs for [[{{Meganekko}} pure cuteness]], [[KenAkamatsu the author]] made it a slight plot-point when she was interrupting [[TheRival Rival]] swordswoman Setsuna from rescuing her charge, to which Setsuna responded by [[FoeTossingCharge tossing the impeding enemy swordswoman aside]], unnintentionally [[DroppedGlasses knocking her glasses off]]. She was no threat afterwards.

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* Tsukuyomi of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' Rather than use her specs for [[{{Meganekko}} pure cuteness]], [[KenAkamatsu [[Creator/KenAkamatsu the author]] made it a slight plot-point when she was is interrupting [[TheRival Rival]] swordswoman Setsuna from rescuing her charge, to which Setsuna responded responds by [[FoeTossingCharge tossing the impeding enemy swordswoman aside]], unnintentionally unintentionally [[DroppedGlasses knocking her glasses off]]. She was is no threat afterwards.



* Sunao from ''{{Anime/Potemayo}}'', when running to school with a large group of people but without his glasses, somehow ends up in a restaurant. That's not even open. And resembles a school only in that both have doors and chairs.

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* Sunao from ''{{Anime/Potemayo}}'', ''Anime/{{Potemayo}}'', when running to school with a large group of people but without his glasses, somehow ends up in a restaurant. That's not even open. And resembles a school only in that both have doors and chairs.



* ''Manga/VictorianRomanceEmma'': Emma, the title character.
* A one episode character from ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' called Seymour. He gets tripped by Meowth and upon loses his glasses says: "My glasses! I can't see a thing!"

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* %%* ''Manga/VictorianRomanceEmma'': Emma, the title character.
* A one episode one-episode character from ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' called Seymour. He gets tripped by Meowth and upon loses his glasses says: "My glasses! I can't see a thing!"



-->'''Four:''' Jesus, is your vision really this bad?...You know these things will screw up your vision if you keep wearing them, right?

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-->'''Four:''' Jesus, is your vision really this bad?... You know these things will screw up your vision if you keep wearing them, right?



* ''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. In the crossover short ''Time Crash'', "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.



* Billy, the Blue [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Power Ranger]] could barely see without his glasses or, later, contact lenses, then glasses again when Alpha steps on his contacts.
* One episode of ''{{Series/Monk}}'' has this as a plot point: the victim was blind without her glasses, yet they weren't found at the crime scene.

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* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'': Billy, the Blue [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Power Ranger]] Ranger could barely see without his glasses or, later, contact lenses, then glasses again when Alpha steps on his contacts.
* One episode of ''{{Series/Monk}}'' ''Series/{{Monk}}'' has this as a plot point: the victim was blind without her glasses, yet they weren't found at the crime scene.



* Played to their usual absurd degree in ''TheTwoRonnies'' sketch, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIFx_GQIfSk the Opticians.]]

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* Played to their usual absurd degree in ''TheTwoRonnies'' ''Series/TheTwoRonnies'' sketch, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIFx_GQIfSk the Opticians.]]



* In an episode of ''{{Series/Seinfeld}},'' George loses his glasses. He thinks he can see just fine (especially when squinting), but he ends up mistaking a police officer petting her horse for Jerry's cousin making out with Jerry's girlfriend. It's also revealed that he once mistook mailboxes for raccoons. Oddly enough, he was also able to spot a dime on the floor from the other side of the room.
* Minkus on ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld''.

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* In an episode of ''{{Series/Seinfeld}},'' ''Series/{{Seinfeld}},'' George loses his glasses. He thinks he can see just fine (especially when squinting), but he ends up mistaking a police officer petting her horse for Jerry's cousin making out with Jerry's girlfriend. It's also revealed that he once mistook mailboxes for raccoons. Oddly enough, he was also able to spot a dime on the floor from the other side of the room.
* %%* Minkus on ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld''.



* Averted in ''Series/NewGirl''. Jess often wears glasses but can see just fine without them too. She even goes entire episodes without needing to use them.
** In one episode she mentions that "they help me see" but this is never mentioned again.

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* Averted in ''Series/NewGirl''. Jess often wears glasses but can see just fine without them too. She even goes entire episodes without needing to use them.
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them. In one episode she mentions that "they help me see" but this is never mentioned again.



* In the short-lived series ''{{Big Day}}'', Becca accidentally drinks Skobo's contacts when they're in a glass of water. Skobo has vision problems for a majority of the episodes until he buys a pair of glasses with the same prescription at a yard sale.

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* In the short-lived series ''{{Big Day}}'', ''Series/BigDay'', Becca accidentally drinks Skobo's contacts when they're in a glass of water. Skobo has vision problems for a majority of the episodes until he buys a pair of glasses with the same prescription at a yard sale.



* Also averted on ''{{CSI NY}}'', where the disappearance of Danny's glasses from the early seasons is still unexplained.
* Samantha Samuels on CoryInTheHouse removes her glasses in one episode. When asked if she can see without them she responds that she can without a problem, only for us to show the scene in her perspective. Her eyesight is pretty bad.

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* Also averted on ''{{CSI ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'', where the disappearance of Danny's glasses from the early seasons is still unexplained.
* Samantha Samuels on CoryInTheHouse ''CoryInTheHouse'' removes her glasses in one episode. When asked if she can see without them she responds that she can without a problem, only for us to show the scene in her perspective. Her eyesight is pretty bad.



* WebVideo/TheGuild song "(I'm the One That's) Cool" contains the line "Your black-rimmed glasses are prescription free. Whereas me, I literally can't see my hand in front of my face."

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* WebVideo/TheGuild ''WebVideo/TheGuild'' song "(I'm the One That's) Cool" contains the line "Your black-rimmed glasses are prescription free. Whereas me, I literally can't see my hand in front of my face."



* In Literature/TheBible, Mark 8:24 Jesus heals a blind man--and unusually, does it in two stages. After the first dose,[[note]]that is, after Jesus spits on the man's eyes and lays his hands on him,[[/note]] the man is what we could call Blind Without Em (he says "I see people; they look like trees walking around"). Which, even in a world without glasses, is still a whole lot better than being blind. Jesus lays his hands on the man again, and the man is 20/20. A possible interpretation is that Jesus first healed his vision and then implanted in his mind the ability to correctly interpret what he saw.

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* In Literature/TheBible, Mark 8:24 Jesus heals a blind man--and man -- and unusually, does it in two stages. After the first dose,[[note]]that is, after Jesus spits on the man's eyes and lays his hands on him,[[/note]] the man is what we could call Blind Without Em 'Em (he says "I see people; they look like trees walking around"). Which, even in a world without glasses, is still a whole lot better than being blind. Jesus lays his hands on the man again, and the man is 20/20. A possible interpretation is that Jesus first healed his vision and then implanted in his mind the ability to correctly interpret what he saw.



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* In the first episode of Polish puppet series ''Mordziaki'', TheProtagonist takes glasses from a rat that holds him in captivity in order to escape. It was repeating Odysseus' trick against Polyphemus the Cyclops in a family-friendly, bloodless manner.
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* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''
** ''Tweety's SOS'' (a Tweety and Sylvester cartoon set aboard a cruise ship): Granny drops her glasses while trying to keep the ''puddy tat'' away from her bird. Sylvester notices this and, seeing that Granny is virtually blind without her glasses, kicks them under her chaise. Sylvester then resumes his chase... but is unable to grab his meal before the bird finds the glasses and puts them back on his master.

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* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''
** ''Tweety's SOS''
''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'': In "Tweety's SOS" (a Tweety and Sylvester cartoon set aboard a cruise ship): ship), Granny drops her glasses while trying to keep the ''puddy tat'' away from her bird. Sylvester notices this and, seeing that Granny is virtually blind without her glasses, kicks them under her chaise. Sylvester then resumes his chase... but is unable to grab his meal before the bird finds the glasses and puts them back on his master.



* In the first episode of Polish puppet series ''WesternAnimation/{{Mordziaki}}'', TheProtagonist takes glasses from a rat that holds him in captivity in order to escape. It was repeating Odysseus' trick against Polyphemus the Cyclops in a family-friendly, bloodless manner.
8th Mar '16 4:29:45 AM Nutster
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-->'''Sydney:''' ''Ha!'' Trope subverted! Nobody's that blind! Well... I guess some people are... like blind people...

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-->'''Sydney:''' ''Ha!'' Trope subverted! Nobody's that blind! Well... blind, you big pile of idiot! Well, no, I guess some take that back. There are people are... like blind people...that blind, but they don't get to be cops.
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.
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