Created By: ArtyMorty on August 6, 2011 Last Edited By: ArtyMorty on December 15, 2011

Pince-Nez on a Duckbill

A cartoon animal with spectacles uses a pince-nez.

Name Space:
Main
Page Type:
Trope
Up for Grabs / Needs a Better Title I'm not sure if this is tropable, but it seems to be omnipresent that most cartoon characters prefer the Pince-Nez above regular glasses. Especially if the character has a snout or a beak it is more likely that a pince-nez is used instead of spectacles with temple arms.

Examples I can think of:

  • Most characters in the Disney Universe (Uncle Scrooge, Flinthart Glomgold, Gyro Gearloose, etc.)
  • Once Upon a Forest has Edgar the mole and Cornelius the badger
  • The Sword in the Stone: though in his human form Merlin has regular spectacles when he transforms into an animal he uses a pince nez
  • The Incredible Mr. Limpet: The title character played by Don Knotts wears them in his human form and in his fish form.
  • Bedknobs and Broomsticks: The secretary bird uses a Pince-Nez.
Community Feedback Replies: 25
  • August 6, 2011
    Deboss
    What? What's a prince-nez?
  • August 6, 2011
    ArtyMorty
    A Pince-Nez is a kind of spectacles that lacks the earpieces. Basically they are just a pair of glasses with a bridge piece.
  • August 6, 2011
    TonyG
    There doesn't seem to be a page for pince-nez glasses. Maybe expand it to make it about pince-nezes in general and have this as a sub-category.
  • August 6, 2011
    LobsterMagnus
    The reason for this trope is most likely another trope I sadly can't find right now: It's about the position of Petting Zoo People ears, namely more on top on the skull (like most mammals) vs. at the side of the skull (like humans). At first I thought Furry Ear Dissonance is the article for this trope, but it's actually about cartoon animals having the wrong ear shapes. Maybe I have actually read this at some internet site other than TV Tropes??

    Anyway, those different ear positions are certainly at least one of the reasons why designers of cartoon animals tend to omit the ear pieces of spectacles, and draw prince-nezes instead. Not to mention that most non-mammal animals (like ducks) don't even have outer ears.
  • August 6, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi

  • August 8, 2011
    peccantis
    Pince-Nez Sans Nez :P Obviously not going to be named this, but it had to be said.
  • August 8, 2011
    DarkSasami
    Rarity, the Mayor, and Vinyl Scratch all wear pince-nez in My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic. (Photo Finish's gigantic shades appear to have temple arms, probably because the glasses reach her ear level, and it's hard to tell with Hoity Toity.)
  • August 8, 2011
    Aielyn
    The problem is, as demonstrated by Deboss, most people don't know what a Pince-Nez is. That means that the trope name is going to confuse a lot of people. Better to rename the trope in a way that describes Pince-Nez, rather than using that term. Something like Spectacles On The Nose, which has the added advantage of playing off the phrase "on the nose".
  • August 9, 2011
    peccantis
    Nose Pincer Glasses to replace Pince-Nez? Or just Nose Glasses?
  • August 9, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Pince Nez should be in the trope name proper, since it's the established term. Nose Pincer could be used as a redirect.
  • August 9, 2011
    Aielyn
    It might be the established term, but it's also a very obscure term. If people see the trope name and go "What the hell is that? Prince-Nez?", it fails as a trope name.
  • August 22, 2011
    QuakPenguin
    Didn't Sean Connery use something like that in The Name of the Rose?
  • August 22, 2011
    ZombieAladdin
  • August 23, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    I don't think there is any special connection to animals and Prince Nez. I think a Prince-nez trope should be made, and then you can mention that Prince Nez are common to animal characters, because many don't have ears like a humans, making it hard to justify proper glasses on them.
  • August 23, 2011
    randomsurfer
    ^Arthur has ears on the top of his head but wears glasses with the temple pieces in the normal human position. All the other bespectacled characters on the show also wear human-type glasses that just stay on their faces for no reason.
  • August 24, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    ^I don't see that one show that doesn't adhere to my suggestion of an explanation for this commanlity, means it's wrong.
  • August 24, 2011
    QuakPenguin
  • September 1, 2011
    ArtyMorty
    Bump
  • September 25, 2011
    ArtyMorty
    Bump?
  • September 26, 2011
    TechUnadept
  • September 26, 2011
    lebrel
    There's no other accepted name for pince-nez, so people that aren't familiar with the word are SOL anyway.

    The proposer's thesis seems to be that pince-nez are more likely to be used on animals than regular-style glasses, but there isn't any shortage of animals with regular glasses, so I'd support broadening the trope. Make it about pince-nez in general and note the associated stereotypes (old-fashioned, miserly, clerkish), then note that they're often used on animals, perhaps because of the placement/lack of ears, and maybe also note that they're frequently used on characters without noses, which makes no sense whatsoever.
  • December 14, 2011
    QuakPenguin
    One Sherlock Holmes Story was The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez.
  • December 15, 2011
    Loquacia
    Behemoth (who is a talkative cat [[spoiler: or, rather, takes the form of a cat on Earth) wears a Pince-Nez at one point in The Master And The Margarita. If the article is about The Master And The Margarita in general, then of course Kirovyov is famous for wearing his (completely cracked) pince-nez in the same book.
  • December 15, 2011
    69BookWorM69
    @ TonyG I've already suggested including pince-nez (and lornettes among other things) for the YKKTW Useful Notes Corrective Lenses.

  • December 15, 2011
    bibbles
    Averted by the title character in Duckman, who wears regular glasses... but still doesn't make sense as he lacks ears.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=ou18e77l577lqdztbefhltkk