History Main / HighClassGlass

15th Feb '17 2:54:23 PM karstovich2
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They are never seen on the faces of the working class. Instead, they are the exclusive province of [[BlueBlood titled nobility]], [[OfficerAndAGentleman high ranking military officers]], upper-level businessmen, academics, etc. They are also exclusively worn by men -- though lesbians in the early 20th century sometimes used them for a [[{{Bifauxnen}} subtly masculine edge]]. Monocles were available to the lower classes, but proper manufacture and fitting made them very expensive. Cheaper versions were of poor quality and very uncomfortable to wear.

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They are never seen on the faces of the working class. Instead, they are the exclusive province of [[BlueBlood titled nobility]], [[OfficerAndAGentleman high ranking military officers]], upper-level businessmen, academics, etc. They are also exclusively worn by men -- though lesbians in the early 20th century sometimes used them for a [[{{Bifauxnen}} subtly masculine edge]]. Monocles were available to the lower classes, but proper manufacture and fitting made them very expensive. Cheaper versions were of poor quality and very uncomfortable to wear.
wear; people needing a corrective lens in only one eye who could not or would not get a monocle would generally opt for a full pair of glasses with a flat pane of glass as the "lens" for the eye not needing correction. This is generally how it is done today (except when the person just [[TakeAThirdOption goes for contacts]]).
29th Jan '17 9:46:22 AM Nazetrime
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* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': Taru, who happens to be a miliatary strategist, wears a monocle as part of a "proper" outfit in the prologue. She may be female, but the story is set 90 years AfterTheEnd in one of the better-off bastions of humanity, so she can be excused for liberties taken on the usual use.
19th Jan '17 6:59:06 AM SteveMB
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* The Penguin from ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''. This has been [[PlayingWithATrope played with]] in various subsequent adaptations. In ''Film/BatmanReturns'' the Penguin's father wore a monocle, but the Penguin himself uses one only when he's writing at his desk. In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', he does wear the monocle all the time, but is actually dirt-poor, the idea that he is living the high life being just a delusion in his head.

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* The Penguin from ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''. This has been [[PlayingWithATrope played with]] in various subsequent adaptations. In ''Film/BatmanReturns'' the Penguin's father wore a monocle, but the Penguin himself uses one only when he's writing at his desk. In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', he does wear the monocle all the time, but is actually dirt-poor, the idea that he is living the high life being just a delusion in his head. Most versions suggest that it's mostly if not entirely an affectation (in one Silver Age comics story, he switches the monocle to his other eye just to troll and distract Batman with an irrelevant puzzle).
11th Jan '17 7:03:17 PM nombretomado
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* Wilkins Micawber from ''Literature/DavidCopperfield''.
* LordPeterWimsey from Creator/DorothyLSayers' detective novels. His monocle was actually a disguised magnifying glass, perfect for taking a really close look at something -- and looking like a bloody ass while doing it.

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* %%* Wilkins Micawber from ''Literature/DavidCopperfield''.
* LordPeterWimsey Literature/LordPeterWimsey from Creator/DorothyLSayers' detective novels. His monocle was actually a disguised magnifying glass, perfect for taking a really close look at something -- and looking like a bloody ass while doing it.



* ''VideoGame/KilledUntilDead'' is populated by parodies of various detectives, including a "[[LordPeterWimsey Lord Peter Flimsey]]". If you manage to rattle him when you interrogate him, his monocle flies off -- [[RuleOfFunny but it still blinks when his eyes do]].

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* ''VideoGame/KilledUntilDead'' is populated by parodies of various detectives, including a "[[LordPeterWimsey "[[Literature/LordPeterWimsey Lord Peter Flimsey]]". If you manage to rattle him when you interrogate him, his monocle flies off -- [[RuleOfFunny but it still blinks when his eyes do]].
24th Dec '16 9:30:17 PM MadAnthony94
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** ''BatmanTheTelltaleSeries'' decides to play with Penguin's monocle as well, this time by making it a smartglass that lets him interface with the technology he stole from Wayne Enterprises.
1st Nov '16 3:28:07 PM LongTallShorty64
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* In ''Film/JewelRobbery'', Teriís former lover, Paul, the cabinet minister, sports one whenever he wants to look more serious.
25th Oct '16 9:52:55 PM rwe1138
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* Often used in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' in flagrant parodies of rich white people. At one point, when the rich white couple gasps dramatically at some display of boorish lower-class behavior and the man's monocle falls off and breaks, he laments "That's the third monocle this week. I simply MUST stop being so horrified."

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* Often used in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' in flagrant parodies of rich white people. At one point, point on the former, when the rich white couple gasps dramatically at some display of boorish lower-class behavior and the man's monocle falls off and breaks, he laments "That's the third monocle this week. I simply MUST stop being so horrified."
28th Sep '16 6:15:51 PM TheCuza
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* The Penguin in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' ''looks'' like he has one of these at first glance... then you get a closer look and realize it's [[spoiler:a ''broken bottle'' [[EyeScream embedded around his eye]]. Zsasz's dialog implies that he lost that particular eye outright.]]

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* The Penguin in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' ''looks'' like he has one of these at first glance... then you get a closer look and realize it's [[spoiler:a [[spoiler:the bottom half of a ''broken bottle'' that had been [[EyeScream embedded around his eye]]. Zsasz's dialog implies that eye]] during a barfight. It apparently can't be removed without killing him, but he lost that particular eye outright.likes how it looks so he doesn't particularly want it removed anyway.]]
8th Sep '16 3:12:13 PM LongTallShorty64
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* In ''Film/DeathTakesAHoliday'', Death tries to blend in with the Italian aristocracy, and puts one of these glasses as he masquerades as Prince Sirki.
25th Jul '16 7:18:28 AM Amon_Ra
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They are never seen on the faces of the working class. Instead, they are the exclusive province of [[BlueBlood titled nobility]], [[OfficerAndAGentleman high ranking military officers]], upper-echelon businessmen, academics, etc. They are also exclusively worn by men -- though lesbians in the early 20th century sometimes used them for a [[{{Bifauxnen}} subtly masculine edge]]. Monocles were available to the lower classes, but proper manufacture and fitting made them very expensive. Cheaper versions were of poor quality and very uncomfortable to wear.

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They are never seen on the faces of the working class. Instead, they are the exclusive province of [[BlueBlood titled nobility]], [[OfficerAndAGentleman high ranking military officers]], upper-echelon upper-level businessmen, academics, etc. They are also exclusively worn by men -- though lesbians in the early 20th century sometimes used them for a [[{{Bifauxnen}} subtly masculine edge]]. Monocles were available to the lower classes, but proper manufacture and fitting made them very expensive. Cheaper versions were of poor quality and very uncomfortable to wear.
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