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25th Mar '15 1:42:46 PM Pastykake
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While glasses are universally seen as a sign of intelligence, in anime it's the shape of the frames that's telling of the personality. Generally speaking, characters with rectangular or square frames tend to have "harsher" personalities that range from emotionally distant to downright evil. Characters with the circular frames (they can be ovals or perfect circles, depending on how serious the work is) have more "soft" personalities that range from comically nerdy to shy and sweet.

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While glasses Glasses are universally seen as a sign of intelligence, but in anime it's the shape of the frames that's telling of the personality. Generally speaking, characters with rectangular or square frames tend to have "harsher" personalities that range from emotionally distant to downright evil. Characters with the circular frames (they can be ovals or perfect circles, depending on how serious the work is) have more "soft" personalities that range from comically nerdy to shy and sweet.
31st Jan '14 7:32:54 AM TVRulezAgain
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* MadScientist: Depending on whether he's a lovable {{cloudcuckoolander}} or a CompleteMonster.

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* MadScientist: Depending on whether he's a lovable {{cloudcuckoolander}} or a CompleteMonster.villain.
23rd Aug '13 12:25:07 AM Servbot
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* Els Tasmin of ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'' has horizontal, oval frames. While she tries her hardest to be the stern and serious type of character, her personality is closer to comical ButtMonkey.
31st May '13 11:16:15 AM Greenygal
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* ''{{Saiyuki}}'' has an interesting example, in that [[{{Yandere}} Cho Gonou]] is shown with square glasses, while [[ThatManIsDead Cho]] [[MeaningfulRename Hakkai]] has a single round [[HighClassGlass monocle]] instead.

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* ''{{Saiyuki}}'' ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'' has an interesting example, in that [[{{Yandere}} Cho Gonou]] is shown with square glasses, while [[ThatManIsDead Cho]] [[MeaningfulRename Hakkai]] has a single round [[HighClassGlass monocle]] instead.
20th Mar '13 2:05:24 PM ChaoticTrilby
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* Weevil Underwood/Insector Haga of ''Anime/YuGiOh'' is a bit of an interesting case. Despite having very narrow, creepy-looking, {{Tsurime}} eyes and having a pretty {{Jerkass}} SmugSnake personality, both sets of glasses he wears are very rounded. This may have been intentionally done to make him look more [[AnimalMotif insect-like]].
7th Jan '13 10:36:14 AM PyroLynx
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* Prince of Tennis has the {{Megane}}s:

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* Prince of Tennis has the {{Megane}}s: following:


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* Yagyuu Hiroshi has oval lenses. While ruthless on the court (even against his own partner when they were forced to play against each other), he's pretty nice when not playing tennis.
7th Jan '13 10:24:39 AM PyroLynx
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** Inui has rectangular OpaqueGlasses because he is a BadassBookworm, and they turn into ScaryShinyGlasses whenever [[GargleBlaster his Inui Juices]] make an appearance.

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** Inui has rectangular OpaqueGlasses OpaqueLenses because he is a BadassBookworm, and they turn into ScaryShinyGlasses whenever [[GargleBlaster his Inui Juices]] make an appearance.
7th Jan '13 10:24:11 AM PyroLynx
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* Prince of Tennis has the {{Megane}}s:
** Tezuka has oval frames, denoting his SugarAndIcePersonality.
** Inui has rectangular OpaqueGlasses because he is a BadassBookworm, and they turn into ScaryShinyGlasses whenever [[GargleBlaster his Inui Juices]] make an appearance.
** Oshitari has round glasses and a fondness for the romance genre.
** Konjiki Koharu also has oval glasses; while he's usually fun-loving and goofy, he's also a super genius data tennis player who managed to analyse Momo's and Kaidoh's play styles right away.
** Kite Eishirou has rectangular glasses and is known as the Hitman because of his tendency to cheat and use violence.
8th Nov '12 5:43:23 AM Bakazuki
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* Shirai-sensei from ''KodomoNoJikan'' is quite the SternTeacher, but her actual personality isn't anywhere near as harsh as it first appears and she wears the oval type glasses. Mimi is shy and naturally her glasses are the circular type.

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* Shirai-sensei from ''KodomoNoJikan'' ''Kodomo no Jikan'' is quite the SternTeacher, but her actual personality isn't anywhere near as harsh as it first appears and she wears the oval type glasses. Mimi is shy and naturally her glasses are the circular type.
27th Aug '12 1:24:52 AM FELH2
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* ''{{Bleach}}'' seems to love this trope. You can pretty much tell a character's alliance or personality based on the shape of their glasses:

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* ''{{Bleach}}'' ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' seems to love this trope. You can pretty much tell a character's alliance or personality based on the shape of their glasses:



* In ''KingdomCome'', Edward Nigma (aka the Riddler) wears round bifocals that scarecly resemble question marks which fit his nerdy personality and alludes to his former life of crime.

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* In ''KingdomCome'', ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'', Edward Nigma (aka the Riddler) wears round bifocals that scarecly resemble question marks which fit his nerdy personality and alludes to his former life of crime.
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