Intelligent characters wear glasses
Rolling Updates, Launch delayed while Glasses tropes are reworked So, I thought we already had this until I tried to link to it and found it was a redlink. I tried searching for it, then I put it in the Lost and Found, but nobody has been able to find it. I thought I might have seen it is a YKTTW a little while ago, but nothing turned up on the Launch list. I set the "keep" date up to 9000 and found nothing. Ergo, this YKTTW was formed. It's not Brainy Specs, that's when a character who doesn't need glasses is wearing them to appear smart. It's not Nerd Glasses, that's a specific type of glasses found mostly in Anime. It's not Geeky Glasses, that's a plot where someone needs glasses but doesn't want to wear them because they think it makes them look stupid.
In the media, smart characters have a tendency to wear glasses. The association with the Hollywood Nerd archetype helps in modern works, although this trope is older than that. May be Truth in Television, as some say that since smarter people typically do more reading, they place more strain on their eyes and are more likely to develop myopia (nearsightedness). Some studies have gone so far as to claim that myopia itself is linked with open-mindedness and intelligence. In anime, there is a commonly-used variant of this called Glasses-Kun: A Lancer who has black hair, is taller than The Protagonist, is always smarter than the main character, is relatively quiet, somewhat broody, and wears glasses. In Real Life, there are lots of different types of people who wear glasses, but in fiction they are more rare. This is due to problems such as glare from the cameras in Live Action media, difficulty reading facial expressions, etc., and is the reason why when such characters are present it seems more significant. As proved by the examples, it is also why this trope occurs more so in Live Action, animated programming, and other pictorial media and less so in literature; it's a visual cue to the audience that the character is intelligent, yet is used sparingly because of the aforementioned difficulties involved. This trope is an inherent part of The Glasses Gotta Go and Beautiful All Along, and often Hollywood Nerd. Supertrope to Nerd Glasses, and the invoked form of this is Brainy Specs. Compare The Short Guy with Glasses.
Please do not list aversions, seeing as then it would be just a list of characters with glassesAnime and Manga