Created By: EmbracingShadows on July 10, 2011 Last Edited By: EmbracingShadows on July 13, 2011

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.


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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.
Community Feedback Replies: 14
  • July 10, 2011
    • Charlie, who never takes out his glasses, even in battle.
  • July 10, 2011
    I'd presonally prefer Specs Of Awesome over any kind of additional Badass trope, since that's misusing the Badass family anyway.

    Isn't this Badass Bookworm though? That's not about Badasses who like to read, that's about someone who appears nerdy and is secretly a badass.
  • July 10, 2011
    ^ It sometimes overlaps, but badass or not, not all people who wear glasses are bookworms (Harry Potter), and not all bookworms wear glasses (Hermione Granger). And I checked the trope, a Badass Bookworm must be The Smart Guy. Specs Of Awesome do not require any intelligence (though it's common).
  • July 10, 2011
    • America from Axis Powers Hetalia who is awesome and has Brainy Specs essentially because they too are awesome. And because they are Nantucket. Or something.
  • July 11, 2011
    ^ No, America's glasses are Texas. Which is also awesome.
  • July 11, 2011
    Seriously? Nobody's mentioned Cyclops yet?
  • July 11, 2011
    ^ Those are Cool Shades. The distinction is mentioned.
  • July 11, 2011
    I've never played the game but wouldn't Gordon Freeman from Half Life be the Trope Codifier? In fact, wouldn't an image of him be the perfect page image?
  • July 11, 2011
    Movie example:- Michael Caine, in The Ipcress File and its sequels, was playing 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 epitomised by James Bond.
  • July 11, 2011
    ^^ Good example, yes. Trope Codifier, not so much, since there aren't many later examples that resemble him.
  • July 11, 2011
    Maybe "Spectacools" would be a alternate title, perhaps?
  • July 11, 2011
    ^ Sounds a bit silly...
  • July 13, 2011
    This trope sounds like a Super Trope to Cool Shades. Am I mistaken?
  • July 13, 2011
    ^ Not at all, you're more or less right.