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Specs of Awesome
Glasses aren't always nerdy, you know. They can be pretty badass.
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The greatest spectacles in the wizarding world.

Popular culture, especially in the West, tends to portray glasses as nerdy and as a sign of weakness. However, for some reason, if the one with the glasses isn't a meek Non-Action Guy, they are surprisingly likely to be this.

A subtrope of Megane/Meganekko, this trope has only two requirements: you must be badass, and you must wear glasses while demonstrating your badassery. Often overlaps with Badass Bookworm and Genius Bruiser, in which case the wearer is also likely to be The Stoic and frequently display Awesomeness by Analysis. These, however, are merely common traits, not requirements.

To qualify for this trope, the character in question must be badass while still wearing glasses, otherwise it's The Glasses Come Off. Distinct from Cool Shades in that these are actual, transparent glasses. Contrast Stoic Spectacles, where the character is witty but not necessarily action oriented.


Manga and Anime

  • In The Ipcress File and its sequels, there was Harry Palmer, a Cockney spy in National Health Service specs, way back in the 1960s. At the time, this was a notable subversion of the suave upper-class British intelligence agent epitomized by James Bond.


Live-Action TV

Video Games
  • Gordon Freeman Half-Life is a good example.
  • In the Pokémon games, there's often at least one bespectacled member of the Elite Four: Shauntal, Lorelei, Lucian. There's also Roark, the only Gym Leader in any game who wears glasses. Then there's Cheren from Black and White.
  • Charlie from Street Fighter Alpha never removes his glasses, even in a fight.
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